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The day after Christmas I woke up feeling very ill. I had way to much wine, chocolate and salt and as a result I was almost unrecognizable. My face was bloated, my stomach was extended beyond my own comfort and I felt like I was wearing lead boots! My heart was racing and I felt like passing out. As a result I headed to the doctor's the following week where I was told my sugar was high. I knew I finally had reached a point where I had to admit I needed to change or I was going to end up like my dad - dead at 59!

This is what I have decided for me and my life. I need to give my liver a break . I am not a heavy drinker, but I am a regular drinker. I do look forward to having a glass of wine again, but not until I am able to feel more in control.

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Hello Maureen from Down Under- so exciting!!! I know that cold feeling having tried raw foods/juices in the winter and then needing to wear a hat inside! I am considering doing a juice or a few days raw- like 3-5 in Spring some time. So good to hear from you!

Chelsea- honestly - you are such a great Mom and teacher. I hope you can find the balance. You are so mindful of it.

Bizi- have a fun Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras!

Helene- yep me too. I think it just comes down to what I want out of life. The Eat to live plan always made sense to me for health and longevity. Plant based. Not vegan and 1 glass of alcohol is allowed..but if I am on vacation or a bottle of wine is being shared at dinner I will most likely enjoy. I think it goes back to my cake thing. I love to eat cake with people but if I found myself eating cake all the time or hiding cake etc... then I would know I need to give up the cake. For now I know it has calories. I don't need any extra ones.ok
I have a huge list of dumb stuff- college aid to keep the ball rolling on and health stuff- aid that has to be straightened out. Cooking and cleaning. Gotta get heating oil again and need to look ahead at our trip and work out all the details..ride to airport etc.
My friend is also taking me out to lunch some time this wee..now that the weather is getting some what better and I might make him bring the pack of tarot cards I gave him when I was purging. He can give me a reading....

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Bizi - I need to take that fork in the road now. I don't know if that path will be forever, but it needs to be now. Just posted about it. I'm thinking of it as my octopus brain scanning the environment for how to latch onto ways to deal with things. Right now it scans and latches onto alcohol, even if I don't want it to. I realized I've been wondering about this for at least 4 years. That's a lot of time and energy to be focused on it. I come back to it because of the social things and because I don't have super low rock bottom experiences. But once again I find myself here, my intention not matching my actions. Day 1 for me today. It's time.




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Thanks for taking time to post while on your travels Maureen! Best wishes on your travels and your health goals.

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Hi, friends.
I posted a long response yesterday from my phone - but I see that it didn't appear. :(

I had no Internet service at Deep Creek Lake.

We each have our own journey to traverse - with a little bit of help from our friends. :)

I read Jason Vale's book on quitting the alcohol habit, and, I agree with him.
There are no positives re: drinking booze IMHO.

It's an addiction - like cigarettes.

When I stopped smoking 40 years ago (I noticed how it was affecting my breathing, and wind), it wasn't: "I'll have one or two at social occasions."

I knew that quitting was quitting. One would lead to two, and etc...

Same with beer, and all alcohol. Addiction is what it is. I chose to be addiction free.
It's been 8 days, and, no problem after the first 3.

I stopped the raw food plan though. Hot food is greatly missed in the winter, plus, I wasn't feeling so great.

I'll check in from time-to-time to say "hi," and send some photos from my Down Under trip. It sounds like we're going to extend our trip to other adventures. :

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Chelsea - I totally get where you are coming from. I'm hoping with an extended AF period and as I am learning tools to cope with those feelings without alcohol (through The 30-Day Sobriety Solution) that when I go back I will be able to keep a handle on it. In the past I just reverted to old patterns. I somehow feel that this time is different - I guess time will tell because honestly I can't say I'll quit forever - I do want to be able to enjoy it in my life occasionally, socially and maybe even a few times getting down right giddy. It's all about balance.

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chelsea, yes I too know what road I need to choose. I resent this fork. IT is like I am being punished for bad behavior. The 2 year old rebels and throws tantrums. I won't....
I am celebrating mardi gras tomorrow/today that is...and will be abstaining alcohol for lent starting ash wednesday.
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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, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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You're all good, Emily. Don't stress it. I like everyone sharing their opinions/experiences/perspectives. How boring would it be otherwise?

I am going to load a helping of my truth out there. I came home from a weekend away with my family and I felt so excited to be home! My husband and I had had a little fight/uncomfortable conversation the last night. There were tears..eventually talked through but poor sleep. Got home and the weather was finally warm and I had left the house clean and I was just happy. Husband went directly to bed with a cold. I knew that upon my return I wanted to go back to way less drinking. Well...I had some stressful work emails to deal with. Then I went outside with my kids and felt happy. And for some reason the combo of happy warm weather and work stress made me want to drink and I did. I said I wouldn't drink today and I did. Then I had another beer (trying to chase the feeling). I probably would have had another if I didn't have work tomorrow. And once again it is not the amount, it is the control I don't have over it all the time. It sucks. Sometimes it's fine and sometimes it's not. But when I say AF forever I just can't visualize that life for myself. At another impasse, or another fork in the road and don't know which way to turn.

Came back on to edit because this thought popped in my head: I need to be able to experience the joy, the stress, the sadness, the tiredness without alcohol as the next step. My brain is so wired together with these thoughts/feelings and drinking, that when I reintroduce it it latches on again so quickly! I need to be able to experience these things without it. I think I know which fork I need to take and I'm scared.

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just got to read the posts below yes- this is aan amazing team with some similar goals and maybe different ways to get to them. I hope you all know my opinions are just that- just opinion and never do I put them out there to demean or to negate other people's choices. I share just in case some one else can relate or actually just to share.
Right now I am struggling with the idea of doing the 6 week challenge that is part of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's nutritarian plan. It has been something I have always wanted to complete (I have come so close) and caffeine and alcohol are not something Dr. F recommends but he is ok with it in moderation as in 1 glass of wine/beer daily- www.nomeatathlete.com/eat-to-live/ anyhow I am getting the 30 day sobriety book today /tomorrow so having tried the 6 week challenge before I am considering doing the 30 day along with that. I think it is recommended you don't make big changes with the 30 day but I am accustomed to the 6 week so phew! And honestly it can be easier to just abstain.
I KNOW in order not to fail with the structured challenges that I would need to wait until I got back from vacation/visit to son- so it would not begin until first days of March anyway.
It just seems like there is something about the approach of Spring that makes me want to get things in order and so am playing with it- after having said I would not have a plan. Prolly just flip the coin at this point BUT anyhow- just wanted to say I love being able to share but my views are certainly not meant to rain on anyone's parade! emoticon

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snow day here so I continue to sort and clean- took a little time off to try to figure out what to wear to this thing this weekend coming up..it is not so easy - I blogged about it. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Because it used to be so easy to dress up.... I am not buying anything new for it.I would love input on which one to wear if you get the chance. We all age so that also enters into it....a little bit and then of course it is important to be comfortable.
Whatever I have will have to do- as it is today is like Christmas. I am waiting for several things I ordered yay! Coming today I think- books etc. Including the 30 day book. Will scan and then decide what to do with it. We go away on the 24th of this month for a few days to California and so would need to find a better start time IF I do. Might just end up flipping a coin on that one...for now... Back to cleaning and old grubby clothes and rubber gloves oh boy!

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Yes Chelsea - our stories definitely change. This morning I pulled out my calendars (I get the same one every year and I have them dating back to 2010). As I reviewed it - I saw the 'stars' (which is what I used to mark my AF days) and I also logged my weight and my lowest weight was 154.5 - which I haven't seen since 2011. I'm at 191.5lbs this morning.

I managed to stay around the same weight range for 3 years - and what I noticed is that was possible when I had more AF days - like averaging more 15 or 20 days per month. My stretch will help me get back to a healthier pattern of 'moderation' if you will and I realize now that I need to do this if I want to reach my weight loss goals.

I was even reading an old blog post that I had printed from a SP member who is no longer active too much because she has a handle on things - she said her NUMBER ONE weight loss tip was to limit alcohol in her 'diet' or lifestyle - which is what I am going to do.

To those who can manage to have drinks and still lose - KUDOS - I'm not one of those lucky persons lol. I have to work HARD to lose now...

Gloria - happy to hear you are also letting go of some of the weight. My hope is that by abstaining before my trip I'll be able to fit into my summer clothes comfortably and be ok with wearing mostly just my bathing suit most of the time.

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Feeling good about this weekend and all of the work I have done around the house. I have been drinking a lot of water and trying to keep this cold in check. My body is slowly letting go of the weight I have gained over the year and I look forward to getting back into my summer clothes. I figure I can get back to a good weight after 3 months of being AF, eating clean and exercising. I am emotionally ready to be AF for the next 30 - 60 days.

Going to get my taxes done tonight and am looking for a nice return. Going to take the money and pay off CC bills and stick the rest in the bank for a vacation.

Have a great day everyone!

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Helene - Thanks for your honesty and perspective. It's so important here. I think we all initially joined this team because we wanted some motivation, some support, some accountability, to do better by ourselves when it comes to drinking. Everybody comes with a different story so thank you for honoring that. Also, our stories change over time. Sharing our stories, with people who get it, is a powerful tool.

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Reading over the posts it seems everyone is finding their rhythms and what works for them. That's what is great about this team - the diversity and how we aren't limited to 'one' choice. The title of this chit chat is AF or not - because we support whatever goals people choose here - be it completely AF, or if they decide they just want a place to post/chat with people who 'get' what it's all about.

For some thinking about it too much - the tracking, etc., makes matters worse. I know I was often of the mentality if you tell me I can't have it I want it more. For now - I'm doing The 30-Day Sobriety and extending it likely until Lent is over (because I want to beat my own record of I think it was 32 or 33 days quite a few years ago - I have not had that kind of stretch since - thus my reason for wanting to do it now). My other reason is that while I don't over do it, when I reviewed my stats for the year last year with only 65 days AF in the entire year and my weight up at its highest - well I'm remove the alcohol from the formula for a while to see if it will help get the scale moving. With my own peri-menopause and hormone issues, it's harder than ever it seems to lose what I've gained.

Whatever works for us right? Keep doing whatever you are doing and keep posting...

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Hubby is picking up the king cake he ordered for his mom, he will wrap it up and ship it to her tomorrow.
It is ameretto walnut and she loves it! So do I!
bizi
3 bloody mary's for breakfast along with 3 scrambled eggs with spinach and a side of brocolli and black bean salsa over the eggs. yummy!

I have some calls to make for work and we are going to rake up some pine needles from the back yard.
It is a beautiful day today brisk 60, bright blue sky! great mardi gras weather! The weather will cooperate tru mardi gras on tuesday, high in the 50's but sunny skys! My friend lent me the best socks!!!! They were warm and toasty last nights parade.

My friend stephanie and I made the local newspaper! Yesterday morning we went to the courit de mardi gras here at the horse farm park.
the daily advertiser news paper interviewed us yesterday...Today there was an article about it with our interview. fun!


no parades today but there is the superbowl, may go with jeff...girlfriend is picking out a movie to watch later....will watch downton abbe next sunday to catchup.

Fun until lent starts wednesday.


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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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yep- you get it Chelsea. Sometimes I drink a couple and that is good and overdrinking seems to come more with overthinking or thinking of abstaining.

Maureen- yes I know you are into the health fields and also creative too! I am proud of myself for staying healthy and balanced. Addiction is imbalance. Passion is good!- I need to bring more back- the running and art work. As you said- living life fully. Spark Joy! emoticon

I need to think more about why I have gained since I have been here on SP.
Today- I am moving furniture around..lol so I guess the wine and beer and staying up until 1:00 did not hurt me!. But yeah- living room arranging and getting rid of old DVD's - figuring out how to detangle wires etc-
I think honestly the house stuff might take a couple of months.
I can't wait until DH sees Palo Alto in a couple of weeks- if I were rich...I would love to live there.
oh yes- and this tam is great. It has always been more about health and wellness- not sobriety unless that is a goal. There is a team here on SP for those who are strictly going for sobriety. It is called Living above the Influence. LATI.

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Maureen, that vacation sounds amazing! I may have to retrace your steps one day...those are all places I'd love to visit as well (been to Hawaii already, loved it, want to go again).

I love Eva Cassidy too. What a voice. And such an interesting and sad story, finding fame posthumously.

Saw "Hail Caesar" last night which was super fun. Today is prepping for the week: making/freezing steel cut oats to take for breakfasts, hard-boiling eggs to take for snacks, getting the gym bag out again to I can hit it before work. My man is so great: although he has started this intense job, he says he will take DD to school so I can go early to the gym before work. He's the most supportive guy I've ever known.

Sleep issues again, so I'm a little emotional....on with the day! Have a good one, y'all.

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Maureen - Your upcoming trips sound AMAZING! Please take pics and share if comfortable or report back. I will live vicariously through you for now. :) I absolutely agree with you about being comfortable in your own skin and healthy. Amen.

Emily - I completely get it. Everyone has to come to their own conclusion. I have had success with completely giving up alcohol and success when I just stopped thinking about it. I usually come back to tracking it when I've let go of the reins a little too much and I find myself right back where I started - it having more power over me rather than the other way around. I am not a heavy drinker either, so it's just different. Do what's right for you! Track, don't track, post good and bad...we're here no matter what. Just know I understand fully. emoticon

Although I drank yesterday, I didn't feel bad, it was fairly moderate (3) and over many hours...but I was so tired I went to bed at 9 PM and woke up at 7. Glorious! My problem with it is when I can't say no, or when I use it to deal with uncomfortable emotions. If I'm not doing that, I'm not worried about it (except occasionally for calorie reasons). Found a quote on pinterest that said:

"Fall in love with the process and the results will follow." I liked that a lot. The few times I've felt strong and fit and stuck with exercise was when I really enjoyed the process, not weighing myself each day. Going to return to that.


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Cool, Cracker! We have two things in common - besides being on SP.and, being women. I'm sure there are many more. :)

I get it, Emily. The bottom line, IMHO, is to live one's life fully, and be comfortable in one's own skin.
Health, and fitness is very important to me. As you know, I teach Pilate's, and am a Personal Trainer, and am committed to supporting others to be comfortable in their bodies. :)

I am feeling great! I am in good health, and have lots of energy. There was a time when my life was in a black hole.

We are going on a great trip in a few weeks! First to visit my DD in Oakland for her 26th birthday, then, to Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, and, Australia!
I've been shopping for new underwear, and travel clothing. It will be late summer in all these places so I won't need a lot of clothing. :) I'm just taking a small back pack, and, a camera.

Off to the slopes!
Have a great day, all,
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There really are some creepy people in this world for sure. I am glad everyone is ok!

Maureen, I have been to DCL several times and love it! Have a great time enjoying the snow!
I also enjoy the music of Eva Cassidy and have just recently heard one of her songs at the end of a movie I watched recently.

I have been sleeping so much better since I have been AF. I'm not taking anything to help me fall asleep. This is the first weekend in years that I slept until 7! I think my biggest struggle I will have is the first week I am in Chicago. We will be out celebrating and eating good food! I will volunteer to be the DD during our trips out to dinner which will help!

Time to jump in the shower and get this day going. Have a great day!

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Maureen- 3 am? I would be sleeping I think. NO! lol he did not sabatoge- I had made no plans really to do without. He brought home an expensive bottle of wine and some nice chocolate and it was very good timing! I had just been thinking why am I beating myself up over trying to be somebody I will NEVER be- for that matter somebody I don't really even want to be? A green tea drinking morning yoga person??? THAT is never going to happen and that is ok!
Before I joined spark I was in my 140's and eager to lose about 20 pounds. I gained up to 178 here on SP. So I started thinking yesterday why? My conclusion is I keep trying to stick to some regimen. So out the door they go - yesterday.
I am going to enjoy my life and get back to my weight.
As for Jason Vale- yep. He used to drink I think he said something like a case of beer? a day! and smoke. He makes great points. For me though when I started thinking about the soiree next weekend and agonizing over oh will I drink? or not?? or 1 drink??? I just got plain sick of it. Our tickets include beer and or wine so of course I will drink! I will also eat the appetizers.
And- I might even eat bacon if it is there.
The other things I am going to do- workout with heavy weights and run and eat veggies and beautiful salads and drink green juices and play and go back to tango and have more sex- and get some sex toys! And have fun!
I won't be counting AF days anymore. I won't be agonizing over this. For me- it is no way to live.
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Wow, WW! Scary!!! Do your carry mace?

Have a good vacation, Chelsea.

We're at our vacation home this weekend at Deep Creek Lake. I'll go skiing tomorrow, and Monday.

Trip planning still going on. Hopefully, we'll buy the plane tickets SOON!

Is your DH trying to sabotage you, Emily? I'd be quite upset if mine did that. But Bill doesn't drink, so, that's different.

I have been reading Jason Vale's book, Emily. It makes perfect sense. We are addicted to alcohol, just the same as cigarette addiction that I used to have. Once the cycle is broken, we can be free of it. Yet, once we start again, the addiction takes an even stronger hold.

I was a non-drinker for most of my life until about ten years ago. A glass of wine, and then two ... It got to the point that I'd be willing to go out in a storm to buy beer (just like ti was when I used to smoke).

I am determined to be a non-drinker again. It does me no good what-so-ever.
It's been 6 days. I've been allowing myself beer on weekends. I don't need it.

I've also been doing a raw fruit and veggie "diet"for 2 days - though not following Jason Vale's menus. Plus, I blend it all in the Vitamix rather than juicing. I hate to throw away all that good fiber, and nutrition.

It's 3 a,m. It's so quiet, and beautiful here. My mind often takes flight at this time of night. :)
I made myself a smoothie: banana, pear, hemp protein, Tahini and filtered water. Very satisfying.

DH is doing this plan with me - though I smelled a TJs frozen pizza cooking after I went to bed last night. he ate it all. Yes, I know they're small - though 3 servings. I didn't want any anyway.

Perhaps I'll try to catch some more sleep. I will ski tomorrow. hugs, Maureen






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DH just brought home wine and beer and bittersweet chocolate- Sirius love that stuff...so going to go change AF ~ will catch up later. It was actually good timing on his part....

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we have someone my DD and I call creepy guy in the neighborhood- but everyone knows that he is out to prey on women- so that is different- the odd thing is there is this woman now who follows him around and he got mad and threatened to call the police...saw this on the bike path and thought wow this is so weird. The path is great except for when it is getting dark. There are not too many parts where it is without people around. I will go back camping this summer and will hike alone but will need to be prepared. I do not plan on giving up my solitude.

-glad you are ok Donna.

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Wondawoman - Yuck. I am so glad you are safe. I live in a safe place and have been followed before too. My sister was followed by a truck. Sometimes best to have a dog or a partner. Being a woman just makes us stronger, I suppose. But I'm so sorry that happened.

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I am on vacation with my family this weekend. It's so nice to be in a different place. We went snow tubing today. Just went in the hot tub with my two kids in the snow. Fun! A bit of vacation-mode drinking, not horrendous but more than I would at home. Return to reality on Monday. emoticon

Thanks for picking me up when I was down. It is that TOM, (Awesome!), but I'm trying to force myself to be grateful when I start to notice my worrying/anxiety show up. I read this one thing one time, where someone would get in the habit of saying at the end of every complaint "And my life is blessed." For example, I have gained 10 pounds but my life is blessed. I'm exhausted but my life is blessed. I have stress at work but my life is blessed....etc....An interesting thought.


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I went for my walk today and a creepy guy was following me. So I cut it short. He was definitely following me....I did two random 180 degree turns and he followed me both times. I had my headset on, talking to my mom....made me a target, being distracted, I guess. I ran around the corner and got into my bldg without him seeing me. Called the police and they said they'd send a patrol car around the area. Ugh. Broad daylight, safe neighborhood. I guess we can never be too careful, huh? Sucks being a woman sometimes. If I were a 200 lb guy, he wouldn't have followed me.

Public service announcement for the day....be vigilant, be safe. (sigh)

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Made it through Friday night without a glass of wine! I am so use to Friday night being the start of my relaxation mode. My hands are a bit stiff from the salt I took in from dinner and not from drinking!

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Chelsea - I think you're wise to up the brackets in the 21 day fix until you feel satisfied. Sometimes for the amount of activity we are doing - we are eating too little and our body is hanging on for dear life as Gloria said - thinking it's starving.

It takes patience and tweaking - but you will get there. And for sure the peri-menopause / hormones have some effect on our efforts.

We're here for you!! Cheering you on!

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Chelsea, I do know when you eat less than your body needs you will struggle to lose weight. Your body is thinking you are starving it and as a result will retain and store food =fat. Also, if you are working out and doing strength training your body will expand for a few weeks and then become more lean as you develop muscle. Make sure you are increasing your heart rate when you exercise. My heart rate is 108 when I do cardio and 150 running intervals.
Do you eat breakfast? Try to eat your meals at the same time everyday. Drinking water? Make sure you are hydrated! I hope this helps?



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Chelsea I have read that increasing your exercise can actually make your muscles retain water. I don't know what this equates to in pounds on the scale, but it could be a contributing factor. Hang in there, you know things will settle out.

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Feeling a bit discouraged, team. I did well with my exercise on Monday and Tuesday, then bad Wednesday and Thursday. I just weighed myself and now I'm over my highest recorded weight on here. I am officially up 10 pounds since October. Holy crap. I've never experienced this where it keeps going up or is staying up. I feel like my drinking is much less than before (November was everyday two drinks a day for 3 weeks!). I know my exercise is not on point yet and my eating...I always have a green smoothie for breakfast, a decent lunch, dinner/late night snacks are more hit or miss. Could that last part really be making that much of a difference? Man! I did read more on 21 day fix. I read one lady's post where she said she was starving on the lowest bracket (like me) so she went up one bracket, then another, and that's when she started losing the weight. When I look at just the next bracket up it looks more doable.

I do know this. I am very impatient. If I try hard for a few days and see no progress I get easily frustrated. Could there be something else going on too with perimenopause? Advice welcome.


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Try it now - should work (I always have to remember to remove the "s" in the http from the link :)

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good morning helene,
the link doesn't work could you check the link, thanks 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, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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Happy Friday team! Here's an article that might be of interest to you. medium.com/@CheckupChoices/mo
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It speaks to moderate drinking for those who are looking to do so.

Day 5 AF for me and first AF weekend in a while. emoticon

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Maureen- awesome I love Jason Vale's enthusiasm.
I plan on doing his 7 day juice. I like making smoothies with raw ingredients and will most like have one today. Good luck on it! I too want my waist back! Won't ever get it back to pre kids- 23" but I would settle for 25

Donna- so fun you ran into Craig Ferguson! I have someone I went to high school with who has an IMDB page- just caught up with his brother over here for lunch about a month ago.

ok- I think lunch with my friend will be rescheduled- I hope so it is a snow day although knowing him he prob just show up and whisk me away. Otherwise- it was low impact cardio and on to house search and cleaning and organizing everything!- this also includes deaqling witha mold prob. in this old house. The landlord has not done anything about and I am going to start digging out the floor and cleaning the wallls ...blech..ok maybe not today...


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Thanks, WW. :)
This is day 5 AF, and day 2 of the liquid raw program. I don't juice. Instead, I use my Vitamix, and thus don't throw away the fiber. It's more filling, and nutritional, I expect.

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My day brightened up after that... it was my bf's bday and he's been off sick for 2 days so I decided to drive out to surprise him with a visit because no one should be alone on their bday.

As a result - I'm not going to read my Day 5 of the 30 day sobriety - but that's ok because I will tomorrow - when I'm on my actual 5th day AF emoticon

I'm making plans to go visit back home for Easter and if I stick to my 60 day commitment - I'd be AF for when I visit too ... we'll see I guess. Honestly - it would be quite the experience to go and visit 100% sober.

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Wow Maureen, best of luck to you! I do love me some juice.

Congrats, Chelsea!

Helene, I'm sorry you had a rough day. What is with people sometimes?

Hey guess who I ran into today? Craig Ferguson! What a coincidink, huh? Gotta love Hollywoodland....

Had a thought today....perhaps I'm not addicted to alcohol, but addicted to stress.... It's exhausting. I gotta mull this over....

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Hi, friends!
I started Jason Vale's 28-day-juice-plan today - which means AF for the duration too. I also bought his other book (Kindle) "Kick the drink habit easily."
Just in time for my Down-Under trip.

It's not that I have any health issues, and, my weight is in the "normal" category. It's simply that I hate being a slave to alcohol - even though I've cut it way, way back - and, want to regain my waist, and get back into the nice size 4 clothes I looked so good in several years ago. :)

I'll keep you posted as to my progress,
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That's emoticon news Chelsea - enjoy the extra long weekend trip too!

I was having a bad day ... started yesterday when a colleague came to my office and quite rude/curt with me (2nd time now) and then it bothered me for the night and then again today dealing with more of this shuffle that is necessary but it's ruffling feathers and I'm the 'coordinator' so bearing the brunt of their attitudes... I was honestly on the verge of tears...

Then the communications officer sent me and my colleague this link and said 'CHEO's poster gals'... My mood turned quickly to a brighter outlook about the BIG picture of my work here and the impact I am making. Feeling very grateful. content.eluta.ca/top-employer-childr
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And Bizi - it is a true pleasure and honor to work as this team's 'leader' ... I am so appreciative of your support too!

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Way to go Chelsea! Nice to be recognized for your hard work!

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Thanks helene for starting and maintaining this group. It takes alot of commitment to stick with it over the years.

chelsea, Congratulations...you are doing so well and are being recognized for your hard work. You are a great teacher, mother, wife and friend.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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My formal evaluation went very well yesterday! Yea! We will officially talk about it later, but my boss was very complimentary off the record. So that's a huge relief.

I did "celebrate" by having two beers. Gave me a headache later and then my dinner wasn't as healthy as it could have been. It's funny I think I could have not drunk anything and been okay, but my reward system is still alcohol based after a big event. I'm not too bothered by it though because I'm looking at the big trajectory of my life and yesterday does not derail me in that. All in moderation as they say. I am proud that I did not buy a bottle of wine on the way home as I was thinking. That one is way harder for me to control.

My family and I are going to play in the snow for the weekend and I'm so excited to get out of town. Taking tomorrow off. Yippee!!


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The discussion group I speak of Bizi is here within our team - not the website ...

The one I started just has to do with anyone who has perhaps bought the book The 30-Day Solution - the website is just its companion and unfortunately at this time it's kind of slow. I haven't bothered with the forums or anything over that way. Just using the tools and bonus add ons for each day as I follow the book.

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Thank you helene for starting the discussion group.
I registered and looked at the site for a moment.
already seems big so will stick to our group here where we are more intimate and can share better this way....
at least that is how I feel.
bizi who needs to be AF again real soon.
I am gaining weight again, feel it in my scrubs. not happy.

I just decided that mardi gras is tuesday and lent begins on wednesday so I will use that as my starting date for my challenge.
I will give up alcohol for lent, one friend of mine does that , so can I.
Until easter it is about 40 days????
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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, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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I am loving The 30-Day Sobriety Solution and our discussion thread www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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It's actually giving me hope that this time will be different and I can reach my 'set' goal of 60 days of abstinence and then re-evaluate my patterns to make sure they are healthy and not taking up too much realty in my head because life is full of much more WONDERFUL things to think about ... like all the goals and dreams I want to make come TRUE!

Maureen - a friend of mine has been in Australia visiting for a couple of months and the pictures she shares are amazing - I hope to visit one day. Enjoy!!

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With dry January behind, but 66 days to go on my 100 day pledge, I find that I am really wanting a glass of wine. The 100 days is for me, no one else cares, except maybe my 20 year old daughter. I started justifying to myself last night and ended up saying "let's go one more day." And did so. I'm really uncomfortable with 12 step speak "one day at a time" and all that. But I guess that's what I'm doing. Breaking off little chunks at a time.

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Thanks for those book recommendations, Emily. I ordered them. Plus, I bought the Instant Pot - and love it! Thanks! :)

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I ended up ordering the book- 30 day book.
I JUST got an email from DH- he responded to an invite for a soiree that Stanford is hosting here in our state. Parents of Stanford and Columbia and Princeton students.
And it looks fun. I have to be honest I mean having my youngest end up there has made me very proud and the tickets are not bad and of course they have appetizers from a wonderful Italian caterer and restaurant and wine and beer. Beautiful old house
I have a closet full of dresses for things like this that are usually overpriced and I love the idea of chit chatting with a glass of wine.
So- what is it I want? I want to be healthy. I think I might just take things to extremes too much.
Having 1-2 glasses of wine or beer and enjoying it is fine! Getting it in my head to keep going a few days after is not.
I will go- it is on Feb. 13. I'm glad I got the book and I need to think about this. Need to be who I am- the best version of that but still me!

Maureen- I am so jealous you are going to Australia!! My in-laws think I would love NZ and I know it is pretty but I have always wanted to go to Sydney.


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Ogh! I know the feeling so very well, Emily - to say "WTF!" and go off on my own little island.

I see that when I do that it's like the little girl who was ignored reemerging, and going to hide in a book. Yeah, and the book can be something else too. We all know the pull of alcohol - it helps us to feel okay.
I watch my impulses, and argue them with my intentions.
"I want..."
"Yeah, but you said you would ..."
"Just one won't hurt..."
"Yeah, and that's a lie."
Often, there's a compromise. Presently, it's just 6 beers a week. All in one, or two days, or, spread out over a week.
It's kind of like playing with fire, though, as I feel pretty certain that if something really awful happens, I'll let my resolve fall.

I've had no alcohol since Sunday, but find myself thinking about this weekend when we'll go out to Deep Creek Lake, and, I'll buy a six-pack.
I actually hate that it takes up too much of my consciousness.

Quitting would be freedom.

sigh ...

We are going to New Zealand, and Australia in March for the month. We'll be with people for some of the time who are wine connoisseurs, and will have plenty of vino flowing. My DH is an ex-alcoholic, so there's an additional reason for me to avoid alcohol.

Rainy day here. I'm listening to Eve Cassidy, a silky-voiced local singer who died several years ago from melanoma. She was 33. She was inducted into the hall of fame post-humorously. Life. It's short. Shorter than expected for some.

Make the most of it, friends,
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Donna- emoticon for sharing. I just came back from the grocery store and actually contemplated buying wine. But I am having lunch this Friday with a friend who encourages healthy pursuits and wants to see me succeed. That will be helpful. That is hard to determine if it is a problem- after all so many do. In my world I hear oh you look fine- you worked so hard and look how great everything turned out with your kids- and then I think that BUT I need to do what is right for me.
I am actually going to track the calories I had yesterday from wine as that will help.
What I am trying to decide is:
I track when I have a drink which would mean no more than 2
or I just don't bother with it- which is easier and yet harder- as we all know
My thing would be not a number of days but the destination of 120ville. Then I would have to think again about tracking calories to maintain and allow drinks or just say the heck with the stuff.
I will see about ordering the book- although I do have jason Vale's books- one on drinking and 2 others about juicing and health. That might just be enough for me as I don't want an end date.- oh AND because this team is so great about sharing the 30 day journey! emoticon

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Emily, I can completely relate, and was totally there just a few days ago: ready to leave SP and take a huge break, just do what I want, eff this!. I knew that would be a drastic thing, but I did the other drastic thing, this 30 day sobriety thing. I just felt I needed something to interrupt the same old-same old, to create a (record scratch sound) interruption in my thought patterns that weren't serving me. I can't yet decide if I have a problem with alcohol, or it's just a bad habit. Yet to be determined, I guess. But my thinking is shifting, and that's what I needed. I don't mean to preach or pressure you into doing one thing or another, I just recognize your words as similar to my own and want to share something that, so far, is working for me. :)

Helene, I love that Craig Ferguson clip! One time when my sister visited me out here in LA, we went to a taping of his show b/c she was a big fan. I'd never seen him before! Love him.

Crackers/Gloria, you can do it! You will feel so great when those numbers are down!

Chelsea, I'm proud of you for going to class on your own! Next time will be even easier.

It's nice to have 3 days AF under my belt, now I want to add some walks back in. Haven't stepped on the scale yet, probably won't for a while. Started this new job and it's already sucking out my brain cells at a rapid pace.....yikes! Hang on brain cells, hang on! I need ya!

Off I go, have a great day! xo

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Bizi- you are out with friends- I think that is a plus.
Last night I watched Tangerine which was quite good and drank too much wine. I did have the thought of just leaving SP and just doing whatever the heck I want to do in the moment.
Goals- schmoals kinda thinking..I mean my life is good just the way it is really.
This morning I still have those thoughts but everything I have ever been proud of in the past has been done through hard work and planning. And although I don't have a headache/hangover or anything bad I am still a bit more tired and I know I can feel better than this.
I think I just needed a break.
Break is over- well I will still have little breaks or pauses as they are important in the rhythm of life.
I have read quite a few posts in all the threads and want to respond over a cup of tea- LATER- boy it is busy here! ok
Happy HUMP day lol
Have a great one.
I do also hope to blog.I think it may hold me accountable....

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Last night It was peer pressure to go out and I used that as an excuse to drink.
The night before jeff and I had gone to the very same bar and had food and drinks. then went out there again last night.
I had gone there by myself on sunday night and had a hot dog and a beer.
That is 3 nights in a row same place same food, ate a hot dog 2 nights in a row,
I never eat hotdogs! tails and lips....gross!
bizi

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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, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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emoticon Chelsea for going to boxing on your own! That's emoticon

And Gloria emoticon - in 30 days your body will be much healthier!

I'm pumped for a NEW Day and re-energized to keep pushing with my workout program to the end (just blogged).

Day 3 AF on the schedule for today! So far it's not too bad - the weekend will be perhaps a bit more trying but eventually it will become easier.

Happy Hump Day all!

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Emily, I am cheering you on as you work on being AF until you hit the 120's. I am inspired to keep going after my 30 days and think this is possible!

My doctor is giving me 90 days to change my lab numbers. Right now I am pre diabetic with borderline hypertension. I know these numbers are up because of my weight and my choice to drink wine on a regular basis. The older you get the harder it is to get rid of weight brought on by drinking. I am so looking forward to leaving a few pounds behind as I move into a healthier lifestyle.


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Chelsea, Thank you for the encouragement and I will work on changing the way I think. I did go to bed and read for a little bit before falling into a deep sleep.

Good for you for going on your own! This is a first step in being successful with your fitness. You will regain your strength once you begin to eat the right amount of foods. I am looking forward to reading how well you are doing in future blogs. Great way of finding something to do with your time.

Bizi, Knowing your triggers is important no matter what the behavior is. We know you can do this !

Second day AF!! I never realized how many calories I was drinking until I became less physically active. I am enjoying retirement, but I have to work twice as hard to burn the calories!

I will check in later to see how everyone is doing!

Have a healthy and uplifting day!

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You can do it, Bizi. Keep your head up. emoticon Have you figured out your triggers for drinking? Maybe that might help you make a plan against it for the future? Just thinking here, because I know you can do it. You've proven that already.

Crackers - Good for you! Great job having the soda instead. I always say to myself, "It's not the drink I need, it's the break." That sometimes helps.

I'm proud of myself. I was TIRED! Long day and then my sister called to say she wasn't going to boxing because she was sick....and I went anyway! It was hard, but I am glad I went. The instructor is fun and I actually laughed a few times with others. I am weaker than before, but know that this will just take some time.


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Well I drank again tonight. 2 pints and one "root beer", mod for me.
I have eaten and drank alcohol for many days straight.
I need to decide that I will not drink and start another streak.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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Tonight I wanted a drink to take care of my headache from not getting the answers I needed. I decided to have a glass of soda which actually helped. I will be going to bed soon and read a bit before I go to sleep. Looking forward to placing AF on my calendar for today!

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This video was part of the 'bonus' for Day 3 of the 30 Day Sobriety and I felt it warranted sharing here... and at the end... when they talk about having people to talk to who 'get it'... well that's what we have here ... no judgement, and everyone is where they are with their beliefs and goals and we are on a journey to healthier lives together! www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZVWIELHQQY

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Drank too much 2 nights in a row.
I must decided that I will only drink on the weekends.
Did not sleep last night at all. HATE THAT!
Got up and canceled my 10 oclock and laid in bed until 11.
I have several calls to make...just am not up to making them.
Even got an inquiry on my facebook page! That is unusual. I looked back and this person had liked my posts a couple of them for 6 months. So she has been thinking about using my services for a while.
My last post said something like..."give the perfect gift for valentines day, an in home pedicure. I can make that happen! call me".
need to get going, have a one oclock and need to eat lunch.
And I look hideous.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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Enjoy the boxing Chelsea - great for getting your frustrations out.

I did my 20mins on my Gazelle this morning (it's a new thing for me in the mornings as I'm too stiff for a full out workout so this works) and walk at lunch scheduled again and then tonight is my Hammer and Chisel program.

I'm loving how since starting the Fit Club at work - people are approaching me and asking me to join them in doing activities - win/win as it motivates them and ME! I have a gym date tomorrow at our workplace gym with an exercise specialist who will make sure we are doing the stuff right and using the equipment properly and just booked a Friday at work Gym date.

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Shoot! Just typed up this long post and it didn't work!

Will keep it simple since I have to go to work.

Crackers and JGRH - AMAZING JOB! You too are inspirational to me.

Helene - You can do this. I can hear the resolve in your voice, girl.

I am focusing on just two small goals each day: drink all my water, and follow the exercise routine I created. I did it yesterday! Packed my gym bag, went straight from work even though I was exhausted. Will try my best at boxing today.

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I was AF yesterday and slept like a baby! I was in bed by 8 and up at 4:30 this morning. I think working out and eating clean is helpful as well. I can almost feel the junk leaving my body this morning!Today I will workout from home while I continue getting the house ready to be placed on the market.

Going to finish reading day 3 of the challenge before I get started on the house.

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I like all wine! I would have probably have used it for cooking...although I think that is why it started becoming a habit lol

Our house was built in 1840. Stuff is always being moved. Cupboards open. Tea kettle goes off. TV even went on by itself one time. The board up to the attic rattles. BUT we rent here and there is so much work to be done it is drafts and stuff like that- old circuits etc. And squirrels nested in here one year. Birds have gotten in and even a bat one time emoticon
We thought about making an offer on this place but nah..or maybe not sure. Either way I am still going through mountains of stuff. DH had even gotten tons of Egyptian cotton about 20 years ago and I am going to be able to give it ot a GF who sews... and lunch but it will be at the school most like that my youngest went to...not sure but I do know we will walk.
Tomorrow I meet up with another friend who is buying me lunch and wants to ask about a couple of programs my kids were in when I homeschooled. Good timing as he is very supportive of any things that help me be happy and healthy!
so- yep good day for my emoticon It is 2/2
33rd day of the year and 333 days left in the year. I am AF until I hit the town of 120ville.
Yes you heard that right. Then I want to treat it like I do cake except for the part where I make cake...or maybe I will m make some beer some time too. I like cake but really only on special occasions and only good quality and socially.
Have a great day all!

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Gloria - it was white wine (if I had red wine at home I likely wouldn't touch it lol).

Bizi - glad to hear things have gotten quieter. Interesting indeed about the happenings though ... keep us posted if things act up again.

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good for you helene!!!!
awesome pouring it down the drain, isn't it a great feeling to do that?

This house is 45 years old which isn't very old.
The previous owners were in a hurry to sell the house, maybe that was why????
all things have been normal since the smudging so that is good.
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getting ready to eat a chocolate marshmellow snowman left over from christmas....
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144.

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Helene, proud of you for pouring the red down the drain!

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