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www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3colcJDJe4
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The link doesn't work (it has the 's' with the https - which means you have to be logged in so it only works for you)

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I just got this off Carries blog- emoticon
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"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
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2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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Maureen- emoticon on the weight loss and continued emoticon at home.

I came back from dropping off DS and although I have to work in my kitchen and it was still kinda messy I dove in and did an art lesson and then finished off creating a drawing of an orchid that I am mailing as a postcard to my friend for his continued support.
I don't think there is ever going to be any right time to draw so I am diving in and doing it- will be looking for groups that do figure study because I miss that. If I do not begin now I will regret not being better when I do have more time to devote to this.

emoticon makes me happy to see everyone is doing great today!
I made the decision not to drink when I went on my walk yesterday.
Got to the pool today and it felt great emoticon Right now alcohol just does not fit in my life. Won't put the pressure of forever on that but see how it goes-

Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 9/18/2014 (13:33)
~~~ Emily~~~
"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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I love this team too!! SP overall is superb - but I have a fond attachment to our members/team here!

Today - I'm working from home (so blessed that I can do this). I went to a meeting with my volunteer association - ladies you have to check out her video on her website - she was emoticon susanstewart.ca/ ... it really gave me a 'boost' about just BEING in the moment and really STOPPING this 'crystal ball' prediction thing.

She talked about doing three things to live a good life... Acceptance, Clarity and Trust... Simple rules - but it applies to so many areas of our lives. I'm so grateful to be where I am in every way - because despite all my challenges and fears - if I let go of all the pre-conceptions and just BE in the moment - life is pretty darn great!!

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9/18/14 10:49 A

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What support! I love this team!
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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We all have weaknesses, Lisa. It helps to know what they are so that we don't put unnecessary temptation in our way.

I just don't buy stuff that's going to sabotage my goals anymore.

When my son's girlfriend came to stay with us this summer (from Denmark), I had the fridge, and pantry full of special cheeses, crackers, and goodies. And, of course, I ate them too (as well as special beers, and wine).
It's amazing how we can get into both bad, and good habits with not too much difficulty.

Coming back to SP, logging my food and drink calories, and chatting to you guys is enough to get me back on track, and feeling good about myself once again. And I am!
Thanks, SP. Thanks team!
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Thanks, Helene, and Lisa. I'm also walking 10,000 steps a day - thanks to my fitbit that helps me to challenge myself. :) That's about 35 miles a week! Too bad I can't make it to California this way! LOL!

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Maureen it is kind of you to not have tempting drinks in the house when your hubby is struggling. Kudos tonyou for that. Keep up the good work!

Lisa - I've got Kummerspeck! (grief-bacon)


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That's emoticon Maureen.

And Lisa - you seem to be doing great too ... I agree that you are NOT powerless by any means!!

This team is super Powerful!!

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9/18/14 6:47 A

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Hey, team! Happy Thursday
I'm glad to report that I've lost about 10 lbs in 3 weeks since giving up drinking beer! Yeah! I was drinking 3-5 bottles of the good stuff a day!
Plus, I'm saving about $40-$50 a week.
I just don't buy beer anymore. If it's not here, I'm not tempted.
Part of the reason (for not buying it) was that my husband, who had had been dry for 10 years, had started drinking again, and got drunk a few weeks ago.
He's back on the program - going to meetings, and all.
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September Spirit, nothing wrong with settling for coping in the short term. Been there done that and it works.

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I am on a good no alcohol no sugar streak and I am committed to losing weight which means being committed to no refined sugar no alcohol without being neurotic about it.

When i have taken those am I an alcoholic quizzes I seem to qualify mostly for the do you drink alone question due to liking to drink while reading,but whatever.

My problem is this, and it applies to chocolate, cookies and sweets....yes, it is hard for me to stop at one drink but I can stop at three. It is hard for me to stop at one square of chocolate but I wouldn't eat the whole bag either, nor drink the whole bottle of wine.

As a result, I don't keep the pantry filled with luscious goodies that I eat judiciously because I don't eat judiciously. But when I do overeat, I don't over indulge to the point of being sick or feeling bad about it, it just isn't healthy and over time it takes it's toll.

My folks can have a closet full of spirits and a jar of chocolate in every room and they hardly indulge, Me, I see chocolate and I want to eat chocolate. Or I have a bottle of wine and it's not one glass, but three. However, not having any at all is less of a chore. It actually isn't that hard for me now that I don't have so much stress in my life.

I guess it's not the worst way to be but it isn't ideal,either.

Can I change or shall I just have a mindset of I don't eat refined sugary things as a general rule because I can stop at one?

I don't like to think I am powerless either.

Edited by: FRENCHSEAMS at: 9/18/2014 (01:22)
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9/17/14 10:59 A

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one more thing before I head out the door emoticon I called in AF early for today the 17th and I think maybe for good-going to go think think think ...and walk... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
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2. 09/26
3. 10/03
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5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
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Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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9/17/14 10:48 A

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emoticon with Bizi and coping with all the stress is an excellent path Helene! You ARE going to R'October!!!! emoticon
-got better sleep last night btw- and also I did not know it was my DD and her friends making that noise- I was not sure who was disturbing the peace but glad I did not call the police.
I did talk to her and she really needs to get some better friends- her closest ones went to college out of state emoticon
anyway- out for a walk/
I would swim but it is so beautiful out.

Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 9/17/2014 (10:53)
~~~ Emily~~~
"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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dear helene, you have enough pressure with the move coming so soon. be kind to yourself. You are doing the best that you can be doing for right now.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

Happiness is a decision!


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emoticon I did pretty well and will get back to it- last night I had a DD but I am ok today just slow and want to get back to being fierce! emoticon

~~~ Emily~~~
"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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Emily your AF streaks are inspiring but I don't think I am going to pressure myself anymore about this for the month. I am going to focus on the move and just 'cope' - be it maybe not the best way (with eats/drinks) - but so long as I get through these next 2 weeks - I will get set to R'October once the move is complete!!

I truly want to lose for my Winter Gala - and get a new dress as a reward/treat! That countdown ticker is on my SP page.

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emoticon Lisa!- yes most of the time it is just one crisis and actually it is except for DS having some sort of stomach thing but that will get figured out.

emoticon Bizi- not too bad- actually did not think of it as drama but more the norm. Not really that tough- I come from a family of 6 so I guess that might be why I am used to it. It gives you the skill to listen to several conversations at once. My kids have that even with just the 4 but DH can't- he only has a brother. For me it was just the lack of sleep. Having had several years of bad nights when they were little I like my sleep! I also ended up drinking but I do see that the AF streaks are getting longer!

Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 9/17/2014 (06:15)
~~~ Emily~~~
"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
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10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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HI lisa!
Welcome back!
baby steps is what it is all about.
taking steps forward no matter how slowly we go as long as it is forward and never give up. keep trying.
we can do this we really can.
thanks helene.
(((((HUGS))))))
emily sounds like a lot of drama at your house! I don't have children, so I can't relate, sounds tough!
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 9/16/2014 (21:18)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Hey all! I did not fall off the face of the earth. After DD3 (child #4) graduated we had a busy summer and I stopped most of my exercise and some of my eating healthy. I didn't totally go off the rails, but close. Gained 7 lbs back and at least half is due to wine. I am now an empty nester except for the dogs and cats and DF on the weekends. I did an 8k that I had signed up for months ago weekend before last. It was 90+º and high humidity. I hadn't run/walked all summer. I finished and was 4 minutes over my goal time, but I actually did better than I was doing while I was doing it. BUT it was so hard! WAKE UP CALL! I am again out of shape...what little shape I had myself back to.

I am doing a do-over. Starting once again. I ate great all last week and did OK over the weekend. Back to trying get miles in and just walking and running and trying to lose this weight. Not AF, but have been mod since the race. I am signing up for another one to help keep me on track. I don't want to win or actually race anyone, but I want to do better than the last time and be headed in the right direction.

Sounds like everyone has their hands full on here. Helene, moving is hard work. We moved a lot when I was growing (navy dad) so I have hardly moved at all as an adult. The downside to that is I have accumulated a bunch of crap I don't need. I need to work on that. Emily, I feel your pain with your DD. Trying times for sure. I always hoped I could limit it to one crises at a time with my four. Bizi, glad you are back on.

Have a great day (what's left of it). XO
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well- almost called the police on my own DD and her friends- yikes!- she is already in trouble with community service about a toy gun- perhaps we shall all look back and laugh but for now I am exhausted!
Last night-They were out slamming her car doors and making noise-AND I did not know it was her- I had no idea who it was making all that noise!
not much sleep - but did get a circuit training in
DS has a leadership meeting tonight so I don't pick him up until about 8:30- he is the captain of cross country and the VP of the class and they meet to discuss how to. It is fun since he is the youngest of our family and not used to leading.
Other son has some stomach issues will do prilosec for a couple of weeks and then see. He also wants to see a therapist so will be looking for one but hopefully not a drug pusher..
DD is still doing the news on WERS and interning at Boston Globe!
DH is doing great- so far so good about the smoking. Getting sick while I was gone on the college tours scared the crap out of him-so hope he keep it up!

-and I am still looking around for where we will live. We have 2 sets of bills here as this is a 2 family house we rent so that cannot continue.....

emoticon Helene- moving is so hard. I did that twice a year when the kids were little.
for 5 years- Nice places but just such hard work. I am planning on getting a dumpster for my birthday in May of next year. I sure know how to have good time....

emoticon to you all have a great day!


Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 9/17/2014 (10:51)
~~~ Emily~~~
"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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There's only one girl with me now and she's only doing her own room which is not very much. I'm trying to be as gentle with myself as I can... Thanks Bizi!

And Congrats on LOSING 10lbs!! I will get there too!

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147 again this morning, maybe I really have lost 10 pounds in 10 weeks?????
Make it a great day all!
Helene please be kind to yourself. You are human and continue to have too much on your plate. Are the girls helping packing as well?
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

Happiness is a decision!


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Sue is the lady who did the women's group I joined earlier in the year for the body image - which I did two rounds of (5 weeks each). The ending was with the boudoir photo shoot. This new session - is geared for couples and singles - about relationships and more in depth. She has graciously invited me to be there - just because she thinks I need to 'get out more' and she's right.

I'm not AF again tonight... I am finding it hard to get back to being AF with the 'stress' of everything - just need to get that FIRST day in again... aiming for it tomorrow.

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Make it a great day!
bizi emoticon

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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helene, I can't believe he said that to you. how rude is right!
I am glad that you will take some days to move and I hope that your helpers pull through for you.
You are a very strong woman and i see that you will make it thru this move. Who is sue? a friend of yours?
glad that she is helping you to get out there.
hoping that you have a good productive day.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

Happiness is a decision!


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emoticon Helene- moving is stressful!
Do what you need to do.
What a stupid thing for that guy to say- dumba$$
-well I am doing really well with AF but not so good with food- well actually I am eating healthy but I am also eating unhealthy- just waaaay too much eating!
- I watched a couple of movies over the weekend too. I think I needed down time. Also eye candy. Both movies starred some actor named Chris Messina- yum!
-ok off to do stuff! and not eat bagels and ice cream and pickeles and chips- yikes you would think I was pregnant!

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Bizi - if all goes well (and that's another stressor - I am praying I can move on this date) Saturday the 27th. I booked the 26th off to do last minute stuff. I also booked off the following Monday in case I need it. I just hope the people who said they would help won't bail on me.

It's different this move - not like the last one and probably because it's only been a year. I'm going through the motions but it's surreal - like I can't see myself there in the new place.

So today I decided to book a day off - I'll try to get more done but honestly did not sleep well.

I can't even think of being 'on program' with all the other stuff - although I know that's a lame excuse.

I met a single guy on Friday - he said something to me that was so rude lol - he was really tall for me (6'4 and I'm 5'3) and he said 'I am as tall as you are big' - thankfully I have a few other male friends who think I am beautiful just as I am - curves and all. Being single and overweight really does take a toll on my self-confidence.

I was invited again to participate in some group sessions with Sue - this time for 'couples' and singles ... first meeting is this coming Sunday so we'll see if I will make it. She has invited me because she said I need to get out - I just can't believe how amazing she has been with me. She's really helped me through a lot of this - but I'm still a work in progress.

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Stopping by to say a quick hello and send hugs to all.

I've been reading about everyone's journey, just not posting much.

I hope all my friends here have a wonderful week!

Stay strong.


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HI helene, I am sorry that you are stressed out with the moving preparations. When are you actually moving? I wish I could help you....Have you had the cold front too, in the 40's at my parents house in northern Indiana almost to michigan.
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Helene, moving is the pits. emoticon

You are so strong. I don't know how you balance it all. Sending you positive energy.

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I didn't do so well today - ended up having drinks. This move is a stressful thing for me - even though it can be positive - it's just a process that stresses me out.

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We will get it off Helene! I just got off my treadmill. I started running and it is kicking my rear. I have a new strategy. I put my scale in my kitchen. I'm hoping it works as a deterrent.

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Bizi, Thank you so much. You are such a positive force.

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Yes well the booze is definitely my down fall - I drink then I eat unhealthy foods... Trying to reset today

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helene, am sorry about your 10 pounds...it is so easy gaining weight and soooo hard to lose it.
Just keep plugging away at eating healthier and taking good care of yourself.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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I have gained 10lbs that I am having a hard time to lose this time. Normally it comes off easy enough but it is now getting harder and harder to do. I need to smarten up - so going to be AF today and hope to stay AF for the week. If I want change, then I must change. Enough of the mindless eating/drinking.

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athena,
I am sorry about the 5 pounds you will get it off.
I just know that you will.
((((HUGS)))
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Bizi congratulation on getting your weight back down. I have gained 5 pounds and I can't seem to shake it. Emily I love the streaks! Too cool! Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

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Took me a month to get back to 148, geesh so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose it!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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hey emily, love the new hair!
and I love your emoticons for the journal, you are so creative!
Have a great weekend ladies. calling it 3rd day AF, did not go to a birthday party for a friend with hubby because it was held in a bar. We ate an early dinner and then he went with out me. Hard to not drink alcohol in a bar! I am a social misfit so I usually end up drinking to ease my anxiety. Which is not good. Best that I just avoided the whole affair.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Let's keep those streaks going!
I got some turquoise streaks in my hair. Had much of it put in the back of my hair
underneath but have not been able to take a selfie of that.
So I do have 3 photos but will most likely delete soon
I will leave them up for a couple of days- tried covering my face emoticon
I love it except for having it on both sides so I am going to darken part of that side
So Friday night AF and plan on a busy weekend. Hope everyone has a great one!

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keep it up, bizi! emoticon

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Well the likelihood of me participating is slim because I am 'Canadian' ... and the producers told her to find people in the states (she did write back to say she loved my story and blog). Everything happens - or doesn't - for a reason.



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hi tread gentlym, this has been a trying time for you and your hubby. I am sorry that the alcohol seems to be creeping back into his life(yours too for that matter)
stay strong and I hope he regains some control sooner than later.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Thanks for your well-wishes, Frenchseams. :)
That sounds like an interesting, and helpful project, Helene.
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good evening to all
ending day 2 AF. first twosome of the month so far.
good luck to all of you ladies!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Good morning lovely ladies. Privacy is a big concern for me as well. It's why I keep my page private and I have such a small circle of friends. You guys are the best. I have cut way back on my consumption of alcohol since I joined this team. And I know I am not alone in this. I feel accountable and supported. emoticon



Have a wonderful day! Sending positive energy to all as we move towards our goals!
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Great discussion - Helene sounds like a wonderful opportunity to help others.
emoticon for considering it.

I to am concerned about privacy, but am enjoying the interaction I've 'seen' here.

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it is a choice- I choose this on all my teams not just this one. I do vent a bit more on a private one I belong to.
The subject of this team is good one not anything to be ashamed of-

Alcohol is definitely related to weight gain and when it is not as in alcoholism that is another thing which has not been really part of this group. My thoughts were more about how to lose by eliminating or controlling- like we would do with ice cream or other weaknesses.

I don't reveal too much here on SP because of what a large group it is. It is more to protect family privacy than my own.

- and speaking of ice cream I have to stop that . Ben and Jerry both came back into my life and so I have not lost since I am enjoying that. I have been AF for 9 days out of this month so it is now time to make that all work towards weight loss.

I joined the pool and although that is good for health it is not as much of a workout as some of my DVD's or a fast bike ride so I have to keep that in mind- although as I get better I think I will get faster and should be able to burn up more calories.
I am still shooting for 143 for New Years! emoticon

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It is a choice to post publicly on SP - while our names are anonymous, depending on how much we share - and I've even googled myself and found links to my blogs. I know I'm 'out there' already - so this documentary (if it happens) would just be another one of those things.

Someone told me to be careful about it because it might affect my job - but I believe it's all about healthier living and methods of getting there. How we discuss here - our issues around drinking and wanting to lose weight is very real for loads of people who don't even know about SP.

I am appreciative of the team's support... and for sure will keep you posted.

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emoticon I hope you all know I was not in any way diminishing or detracting from Helene's possible role in the documentary!- I know Helene knows that but just wanted to mention that.

I think what I was thinking about and still am today is how public SP can be. I have since deleted most of the photos of me.

There are some members here that share so much that we know where they live and what they do and I am not comfortable with that.-but that is me.

I have been talking to a good friend of mine who although he is younger seems to be a good mentor and I feel I need to
-spend less time on SP
-more time IRL!-
- I actually do have to stop talking about and start doing. For ex I really did have dust on my easel- sheesh...
I think that might have been what was initiating those thoughts.
Anyway- on to today- carpe diem! emoticon

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wow helene this sounds right up your alley!
keeps us posted.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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TREADGENTLY , hum, stressed over a Landmark forum project? landmark frequently comes up a a profit making group with cult like practices. I don't know this from personal experience at all, but I would certainly not want to go blindly into a large group awareness project without thoughtful consideration as it can be.........stressful.

Best wishes to you and your husband though.

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That sounds like an interesting documentary and it also sounds like you (September Spirit) would fit the profile. Keep us posted.



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I can see that and I can appreciate it. emoticon


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8. 11/07
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Thanks - and YES leading this team for me is very rewarding. emoticon

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that is why I said you are nice!
I don't think it scary as much as I just don't care about other people the way you do.
One of the things that is great is that you lead this team and I look at the documentary as another way you help.

I am glad to hear that the conversations themselves are helping you too.

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It is for sure a bit 'scary' to put myself out there - but as I said - I believe in helping others by sharing. There is no for sure that I'll be selected - the experience of talking with this person in of itself is a good one.

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I think that is very nice of you- I am not a shy person but I would not do this.
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Yes I am considering it (it is the documentary they want to put together). She just spoke to me yesterday and we may talk again (they are at the research stage) and I guess she will select the people she wants to include - so I may or may not be selected. I did tell her about our wonderful team here emoticon

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Helene- are you thinking of doing this?
Is this the documentary?

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I understand that not everyone has a name for it and I also like what HAMS supports and is going to try to expose in this documentary I might be considered for... here's a bit about it - to ME that's what it's about, but it is different for everyone. With your husband - perhaps he needs to admit it without feeling shame and feeling like he has to hide it... What is Father Ashley's program?

HBO WANTS YOU FOR A GROUND-BREAKING FILM ON DRINKING
If you can’t imagine life without drinking, sometimes drink more than you want to, and you reject stigmatizing labels, read on. If your feel conflicted about your drinking and have begun to experience some repercussions in your life or relationships, but abstinence is not an option you want to consider right now, we’d like to hear from you.

We're producing a new HBO documentary about the wide spectrum of drinking that highlights the paradigm shift away from the outdated, black or white disease model. We are committed to increasing understanding about new approaches to drinking that are neither fear nor shame-based and are working closely with leading harm reduction and moderation experts and other innovators who are challenging stereotypes and changing lives.

We are looking for two more women to be part of a frank, helpful, non-exploitive film that promises to open up a much needed conversation about the benefits and risks of drinking and the possibility of learning how to drink in a less harmful way.

This is an opportunity that can support your own efforts to understand why you drink, learn to drink more mindfully, and can help you become a pro-active example to countless others who are seeking ways to achieve stable moderation or a healthier relationship with alcohol, based on individual goals.

What we ask:
1. You are a woman in your late 20’s/early 30’s OR in your late 40s-early 60s who is still drinking, experiencing some repercussions and who wants to explore how you might make a change. You would consider being filmed for 6-9 days over the next 9 months, so we can follow your journey, efforts and progress.

It will take bravery, for sure. But we believe women must be willing to share their stories as they seek a self-affirming relationship with alcohol, or we have no way to begin to change longstanding perceptions and social norms about powerlessness and the need to ‘hit bottom’ that have harmed many people. We are focusing on ways of empowering women with tools for realistic change.

We have a strong track record for producing high quality, award- winning documentaries that make a difference.

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"I am a strong and independent and intelligent woman who does not need HIM to be happy. If I choose to visit with him - I can also choose to say goodbye and move on to doing my own thing again. " said Helene. Love that! Go, woman!

My husband is an ex alcoholic - though it still has a big pull for him. He's been stressed lately over: retiring, prostate cancer (had surgery), grown daughter became dependent again, and, a project from Landmark Forum (which was supposed to be a growth help).

His breath smelt of booze Monday morning. "Just a little makes me feel better," he explained, weakly. Yesterday, he didn't come home. Stayed at the lab. When I called his voice was shaky. "I'll sleep here tonight" he said. I asked him 3 times if he had been drinking. 3 x he said, "no."

He lied.
Today, I got him to admit it. He is in complete denial about alcohol's hold on him. "I don't drink all the time." He said.
This is the nature of the beast.
I think I'm going to call it THE BEAST as it wrecks so many lives.
I'm worried - though I have the support of his responsible daughter, and, he's agreed to go back to Father Ashley's program.


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emoticon Bizi!!

I am planning on being AF today - was MOD last night and so far my month is a straight up 50/50 split - I would love to reach 20 days AF this month (or at the very least beat my 14 days from last month).

Feeling a bit less bloated - down a few pounds - and hope to have a few more gone by Monday. Tonight I have to be AF and have loads to get done so no time for procrastinating. I have my meeting tomorrow night so things have to get done TONIGHT to get stuff ready for the garbage pickup on Friday. Yay for De-cluttering!!

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Drank too much last night and looking at my history this month I have got to start being AF again. and I really want to start going to the gym again. So lazy and full of excuses. Too tired, full, raining etc.
enough already!
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Sounds like the chats are productive.
No names here either - just need to change habits...

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I am like Emily, no nicknames, no sense of a relationship. Just one of those enjoyable things to indulge in that makes me fat and tired. humph!!!

No real drama about it all, just fat clothes and lethargy.

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emoticon The diversity is another thing that makes this team great too. I thought about the name thing. I figured I might have one without realizing it. So I thought about it some more but I don't have one. I know Belle thought of it as big bad Wolfie but I guess I always did have a thing for the antagonist emoticon Anyway- that never worked for me.

Also I do not think of it as a having a relationship with Alcohol either.

I think a just the facts way seems to be right for me. I know when having something to drink there are better choices just about most of the time.

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I just got off the phone (after a 40mins call) with someone about a documentary which I may participate in (I learned about it from HAMS). While it's scary to 'expose' myself that way - if it's something that can help others... I'm all for it!! I will keep you posted. I told her about this amazing team and how WE ROCK!!

Bizi - I also told her about Belle lol... I'm honestly not keen on how what she seemed to start as a helpful thing has turned into a marketing thing - but of course never discourage anything that anyone wishes to do. Whatever works is the motto here - your goals, your desires is what this team will support!


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I was wearing the " F***YOU wolfie bracelet until it pinched a nerve so I took it off. I got a note from belle today about a chat conference call. I may check in.
bizi

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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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mimico - foie gras and duck galore - I live in France. The wine was a sweet Monbazilliac, vineyard about 10 kilometres from here. Every vineyard around here, close to St Emillion, Bordeaux, Bergerac etc etc. Thats what made is so hard to give up drinking but so easy to over indulge when a bottle only costs around €3. I could have drowned in it if I had continued so I had to be strong. emoticon

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I love your analogy Maureen! We all have a name for Mr. Alcohol. In Belle's challenge she called him Wolfie or something like that.

I don't know that I want to end my relationship - but I definitely want to be the 'dominant' and in control person in the relationship. I want to have control - not the other way around. I want to show him that I can say no - that I can stop when I choose too. That I am strong and powerful and NEVER powerless against his voice. I am a strong and independent and intelligent woman who does not need HIM to be happy. If I choose to visit with him - I can also choose to say goodbye and move on to doing my own thing again.

This team ROCKS!!

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Hi, all! Nice reading everyone's posts. Thanks for the inspiration, Mimi! I have only just - 10 days ago - made a determination re: ending my relationship with Mr. alcohol. emoticon He's been making me fat, taking my money, and leaving me wanting more ... Yeah - he still calls my name, but I block my ears, and make myself a nice tall glass of ice tea with a sprig of mint. He is sneaky, emoticon though. I bought my son a couple six packs (beer) on his birthday, and had one with him. I instructed him to keep the rest in his room in his mini fridge.
OK. I did cave, and helped myself to one. Only one. But I could hear Mr. A jeering at me. His voice is jarring.
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I can hear that eclair all the way over here....good thing I can't see it!

- I will post a photo of the new haircut and color- do not know if the color will be obvious as I am not coloring the whole thing turquoise or purple or pink- not decided on color yet.

- glad to hear everyone is doing great!

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good for you kaligirl! and to yolu lisa for the will power to not eat that eclair.
make it a great day all!
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Wow Lisa - you do have willpower... that eclair would be calling my name!

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MIMI, yup drinking is an energy sapper for me too. Sucks because a glass while reading at night is so enjoyable.

I have been trying to eat better these last two weeks and have been sugar free except for a small yogurt when I was in a hurry to get to work plus I had two bowls of cereal that had small amounts of sugar in them. Today i made it to the grocery store so it will be easier to grab something sugar free on the run.

I did manage to avert eating eclair on the fridge. Yes, I am the one who bought it, but it was for my son upon his request, as he was having a friend over. The friend bailed and he only had eaten his, so there it sat. Willpower prevailed......this time. *sigh

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hi emily, I could not figure out which is your new hair cut?????
I hope you will post a new picture when you get it finished on friday.
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who had 2 beers tonight.
getting ready for bed.


I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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emoticon Bob got me moving!-
only 20 minutes butt..it kicks emoticon emoticon
just dropped off DS to first day of school
I need to prioritize for my day
Donna! emoticon
Helen- emoticon
Mimi- emoticon
Elle-do you also have these sneaky eclairs getting into your house? emoticon

and thanks for everyone checking out my new hair-do- although some of you are going to my old do- I keep that one because I like the cut better but I can see the confusion as it is on top so looks like it is the newer one.
I am going back on Friday to have the sides thinned out and will have turquoise put in there for now
So- I have no "real" job emoticon
I have a few remindeers for DD and need to pick up DS at 7:45
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Declutter since my MIL dumped a bunch of stuff on us since she is decluttering and she did it the sneaky way by giving it to the kids
I still have 3 writing lesson on the writing class and speaking of which my dearest friend is waiting for some kind of art work emoticon emoticon
so...
Clean up house
Food shop
Writing lesson
Lunch
Cook for the week
Declutter- VERY important- set up my drawing stuff- dust it off TODAY!
8 mile bike ride and core workout after-
Iron shirts- prevents crazy mornings.....
Supper
Dishes
pick up son
BBR- before bed routine- for all you not flying...
Read
Pass out
BUT I promise myself that tomorrow I will-
join the pool and swim
and start my drawing lessons AGAIN- it has been so long that I need to reteach myself from the books

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Lisa- how did that chocolate eclair get on your fridge!?
What happened to it???

I will be back later- Bob Harper is here.

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MIMI hearing where you're at now and having taken part in your journey through it all is simply incredible to read. It gives me hope.

While my own habits still have a cycle of good and less good - and then the 'unplugging' when I'm just not doing as well as I'd like - that continues, but I keep pulling myself back in to face facts.

Was back to AF yesterday and plans to be for the week. My weight and bloat being the biggest issue - and second - I get absolutely NOTHING done when I'm drinking and my move is coming up. I can't keep avoiding this!

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way to go mimi!
you have done so well elle. good for you
nice to hear from you karen and lisa.
2 ciders tonight plus a shot of cinnomin whiskey, don't know whether to call it mod or DD, think I will call it mod.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Hello ladies! I've lurked a bit, but just wanted to pop in and say hello. I've been up and down with work, with stress, trying to figure a few "life" things out. Some interesting new doors opening, some other things feel so stagnant. I'm just all over the place emotionally, I guess, so the scale is up. But I'm not that stressed about it...not ready to address it either, tho....my man is whisking me away for a romantic weekend the 18th-21st (I don't know where! So exciting) and my sister is coming to visit the week following, so I know I won't be AF during those times, just my usual MOD of 2 glasses o'wine. Besides, I tend to use October to put good habits back in play, before the holidays, dontcha know...

Anyway, I'll get back to it, and to this board.....I miss you guys! Sending love and woman-power....

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I am trying to resist eating a chocolate eclair that is sitting on top of the fridge. I am stenciling a feature wall right next to the fridge and it sure is tempting.

It won't make me feel good though. It really won't.....

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Hello Lovely Ladies,

What a perfect end of summer day it is here.
emoticon blue sky, not too hot. Perfect.

I've also been checking in without always posting.

Lots of AF days, I think I only had 3 drinks last month,
BUT, food emoticon that's another story.
I haven't gained emoticon but I haven't lost either emoticon

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday

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Hey ladies! emoticon

I check in on this thread regularly, but have not been around SP much these past few months....much too much going on elsewhere!

Great to read up on everyone's happenings....SUNSHINEGIRL, emoticon for sharing your story. Where are you able to get duck and foie gras??? Personally, I would have gone for the Sauterne as it's such a rare treat! emoticon on your wonderful success...keep doing what you're doing!

On the booze front in my world....well, I've all but given it up completely. I have whittled my intake down to the occasional ONE drink with dinner or on a Saturday afternoon, poolside....I maybe have 2 servings of alcohol every 8-10 days...but I'm going to (mostly) let that go as well. After cutting back for so long, even one little drink disrupts my sleep (even if I drink it in the afternoon), gives me a headache and saps my energy.

I think I will be fine to take an occasional (truly) festive drink, but 'why not?' or just plain recreational drinking are looking more and more like things of the past for me. Not worth it anymore!


Cutting back has been a gradual, 4 year long journey for me. Incredible how dramatic change can happen, one teeny tiny step at a time emoticon

Sending great good positive vibes to all of you.... emoticon emoticon

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Hi all - just returned from Akumal Sur in Mexico -
Needless to say, no AF days, but learned Tequila is not an depressant alcohol...
Who knew? emoticon

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Athena- yes that is an older shorter cut. Pretty soon I am going to get rid of some of those selfies. The latest ones are in there now- I am going back next Friday for some color and she also said if I need any changes to the cut.I think it is too thick on the sides. I also think it makes my face a bit fatter but actually that could be a good motivator! emoticon
So the next step will be some turquoise and maybe purple or pink- I do not think I will bother much with covering up the grey/silver. But she does need to trim/thin around the ears since it is thick and is actually hotter than when I could just put it up. I can put some of it up but pretty silly looking.
But it is only hair. It will grow. And the pool time will be much easier. I will just stick it under a cap. That way the chlorine will not get to the hair and the dye.
I think I look better with it longer but it interferes with things I do- I don't know maybe I should shave it again! emoticon

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Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
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2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
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10. 11/21 -FW=
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Good for you, Denise! emoticon
Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon
It is 8 days since I committed myself to not drinking - other than on special celebrations, and I've kept it! emoticon
Thurs was my son's 28th birthday, and I had a beer, and a small piece of chocolate cake with him.
4 lbs down - though the benefit is also: higher self esteem, improved energy, and health and more money in my purse!!! (I was spending $40 a week on beer, and was embarrassed about all the bottles I was filling up the recycling with!) emoticon

Love these emotions!

Hi, everyone else! You all sound so nice.

Have a great, and healthful day,
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athena, I use color conserve by aveda. Taking showers is difficult for me so I avoid them. I know that is weird but oh well, we all have our stuff.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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Good morning lovely ladies. I hope everyone is doing well. Well my Nordic track is finally all put together! Today is emoticon for AF and running on that thing!

I have tried to decrease washing my hair and it always looks dirty to me. Bizi
what kind of shampoo do you use?

Emily I went to your page and saw the before pictures. I saw one picture that had you with shorter hair but I think it was older. Anxiously awaiting new pictures.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I am on countdown to my first grand child! 12 days until arrival!

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I wash my hair twice a week and it is colored.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 yippie!

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ok- just did - had a hard time since it is just me here and they are blurry but they are on my page-
so looks like 12 inch will gt me chin level
I do donate it too
I will also dye it but that will be next week because I want some turquoise and maybe purple too. emoticon 53 yearrs old and still having fun with my hair!
Well I do conusult the famers Almanac but if I think about it I should get it cut when it says inhibit growth as I will get more value out of my haircut!
- I only wash my hair twice a week
I use the nice oils they have for after you wash and I use sulfate free shampoo
That is it really!
My DH and my one of my guy friends likes my hair right now BUT like I said it is just too much work when I plan on swimming 3-4 times a week. I will use a cap but I don't think I could get all that hair in there-

Your DD proabably washed her hair too much- at that age they feel "gross" of they don't but my hairdresser said one of the best things you can do is just not wash it much

Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 9/5/2014 (12:08)
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Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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Emily - you should take a picture before/after. What are you using to make your hair grow so well - my 13 year old wrecked her hair and we had to cut it short and she's trying to figure out any way to make it grow faster lol. She's been treating it with Coconut Oil and is taking Biotin. Advice?

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Today I am getting 12 inches of hair lopped off. It will still be touching my shoulders. I am going to start swimmig next week and did not want to bother with that . I will be near a whole foods so am going to shop and eat something there.
Tomorrow house clean to get set up for next week
and long bike ride
In- laws want to meet for lunch on Sunday to see if they can see all the grandkids- so far they do not likemy choices of restaurants- they want a family style place and meat and potatoes type food and beer- well FIL. So if they want they can come here and we will BBQ. I can make beet burgers and the green energy soup which is raw and cold and so good! and my DH can grill steaks and I can have lemonade made from that new celestial tea-
www.celestialseasonings.com/products
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erbal-teas/jammin-lemon-ginger

I do add a few drops of stevia to it
Otherwise if we eat out I will enjoy a clean kitchen and make the best choices I can. FIL is always suffering from constipation- he hates veggies. It is too bad!
oh and Sunday- long walk
-oh yes and DS registers for classes on Sunday and goes to school picnic- I will bring him ther e and back as he only has his permit for now

Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 9/5/2014 (10:54)
~~~ Emily~~~
"If you want RESULTS they don't come for free" J.M.
Biggest Loser 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge!!!
0. 09/11- SW= 172.6
1. 09/19 -
2. 09/26
3. 10/03
4. 10/10
5. 10/17
6. 10/24
7. 10/31
8. 11/07
9. 11/14
10. 11/21 -FW=
Pounds Lost=
Goal- 20(152.6) yes/no


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Tonight is a social with work. Tomorrow morning I have a walk planned with a friend on paths near where I'll be moving to. De-cluttering / move prep and Sunday Zumba!!

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Black cherry is one of my favorite flavor combos. I actually had two small pieces of black forest cake and champagne the weekend before I got back on this idea of eating well and cutting sugar. I completly enjoyed both!

I've been eating well for nearly two weeks now and I again feel better. I guess I have to keep that as the first thought in my head. I even walked the dog before work yesterday.

What plans does everyone have for the weekend? Summer isn't reaaly over here yet although the mornings are darker.

Lisa - I've got Kummerspeck! (grief-bacon)


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