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I was reminded once again today of the importance of NOT taking our health for granted as a friend (near my age) has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (surrounding her organs) and while she's starting her first round of chemo - even after this treatment - she has only been given 2 years to live.

When you hear stuff like this... you are reminded...


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Maureen- you have a big heart and a diminishing waist line! I hear ya. It is about being in the drivers seat of our beautiful lives! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thanks for your positive energy, Helene.
I know that when we are on a spiral, it's easy to keep going - whether that is up emoticon ... or down. emoticon
We are creatures of habit, and breaking a habit takes will power, and support.

I'm an introverted type, and not inclined to put myself in large crowds (though I did go to the Women's March on Washington!) or groups. Thus, this one is nice.

I was just thinking about when I gave up smoking. I was 22, and had had a 3 pack a day habit. Then, after going out for a run with my dog after a long winter, and finding myself wheezing for breath, I quit smoking. Just like that. I never smoked again, nor, was tempted.
My health is just too important.

So, the 3 beers a day habit ... kind of similar, though I didn't really have any negatives from it. My health is excellent (at 69, I take no medications), I have plenty of energy, and, am not overweight.
So, why quit?
I never got drunk as i'd drink the beers throughout the day, starting at lunch.

It was the feeling of compulsion that caused me to realize i had to quit. I felt that the booze was controlling me in that I would walk to the store (in poring rain, freezing cold, etc) to buy a six-pack if I was out.

Plus, it was the waste when I realized I could be doing a whole lot of good for desperate people in great need with that $30 a week I was spending on beer.

Oh, and it was also the beer belly. My waist had gradually disappeared, and, I had crept up a couple clothing sizes - from 6-10, which meant that i was only wearing stretch-waist type pants, and, shapeless dresses.

So, I'm happy to report that since February 3, My stomach has flattened, and i can fit into my size 8 pants. I expect I'll get into the size 6 by the end of next month, and, size 4 before long. :)

As I've said before, it is mostly about feeling in control. I feel strong, and confident.
The feeling flows over into all other aspects of my life as i no longer feel as if I am hiding.

Thanks for listening.

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Thanks for sharing that video - it resonates with stuff that Annie Grace talks about in This Naked Mind too. For me - for sure forming healthy relationships was KEY to my success in maintaining my AF goals.

Bizi - I hope that even though it's mardi gras season that you can stay balanced and that you find a happy medium ... so that you can keep reaching your health goals.

Em - I hear you on purging ... and as for SP teams - this is pretty much IT for me here... this team!!

Cherie - I do hope you can turn things around so you can start feeling better too!

Here's to a new week and a NEW DAY - make it a great one!!

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Well it is mardi gras season and lots of parades, festivities and partying abound! for the past 2 weekends.

That means good food and dance and drink and fun!
No parades today but one monday (lundi gras) then a king cake party.
then off for fat tuesday where there will be parades all day and tents set up with people barbequing all along the 3 mile parade route up to the fair grounds. we may walk the entire way. Jeff likes to get chicken on a stick from the food vendors at the fair. and I like to ride the ferris wheel. but the 3 mile hike back to our car is tough. We may or may not do that this year.
It is family friendly not like new orleans which is adult oriented.

Even the mail shuts down for mardi gras!

Jeff is off work monday thru wednesday. which is ash wednesday the starting of lent. WE are not catholic but the vast majority of the residents here are. and they will more than likely give up something for lent. a friend of ours gives up alcohol. He does so to prove to himself that he is not an alcoholic.

I leave on saturday for florida with my family. It should be fun. talked to my sister tonight there are items that I did not think about that I need to figure out.


I just ate the last of the halloween candy 3 small recees peanut butter cups. yum

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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Hi all!

Was in bed till 2, didn't feel good. been drinkin a liter a day. Thought about it when I was layin down, not going to buy a liter, I'll buy the smaller one. till I get my way down. My weight is up. But I finally got up and did some cleaning.
I see my psych on Wed. I don't want to tell her how much I've been drinkin. But I'm gettin on the right path. I just can't hurt myself and my hunny. He doesn't know how much I've been drinkin, he wouldn't understand about tapering....

Have a good evening everyone!

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2/26/17 3:11 P

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Geesh, Em! Your house must be sparkling by now! :)
We talk about getting someone to come clean at least bi-weekly, but then I just end up doing it. It's a small apartment: 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, but we are both messy. emoticon

All the best to you, Bizi, in finding help and support for your health.

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Thanks Bizi- and hope all goes well with your Dr. and you can figure it out together so you have peace!

I'm cleaning and checking to see if wind died down. I got in a core workout but want to go out for a wog/jog? fast walk..slow run...

Also- going to leave all teams except for this one and my 2 challenge teams and my eat to live- as I am doing that challenge. It is nice when you blog to get all the responses...but then again who are these people? lol
So purging that. Going to get support for my work/hobby/interests in real life- and that will motivate me as I won't get that instant support from here ...so me too Bizi- want less time on the computer.
Also will be dropping SP friends that I am not active with. Then - no bonus points. Will spin and do team points.. I guess. I already do not track food or exercise. I journal so I know but ...well I dunno ...maybe I will track exercise again- not sure...
ok enough rambling back to vacuum and etc...gee I know how to have fun! emoticon

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congratulations emily!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are awesome.

This increased drinking, increased internet usage are both hypomania/mania symptoms.
I am sure of it. Some how I need to tell my psych doctor.
She will want to change my meds.
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Rat Park! love it. So true too. So important to connect....that is kinda what I meant about connecting in real life- love this team too but ya know what I mean. And I do love my solitude. I need it to recharge. My friends are similar and we know not to just drop in unless it is an emergency but we also know to keep in touch. And also keeping your world fun. I like too that the drugs were available to the rats in the fun park and some used but not compulsively ...that makes total sense as that is how I feel now about booze.
-anyway Thanks Maureen!

I'm excited!- just put on a cute size 6 dress- still purging that closet. I needed to as I was up a pound. Going to keep going! emoticon emoticon but the NSV's help too! emoticon
I think the once a week beer/wine is the weigh to go for me!

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This is a great video!
Thanks for sharing it with us!
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Watch, and listen: http://theunboundedspirit.com/drugs-dont-c
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eo-will-change-your-view-on-drugs-forever/

Addiction is caused by disconnection.

We need to connect with our friends. :)


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Got my thoughts together with a new challenge too aNd blogged:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Safire- Breville is on my wish list to replace my Champion we bought about 30 years ago. I don't make juice as often as cleaning up and all the prep and clean up after is time consuming.
And if I run it long it heats up too. So some day...although I have other things on top of that like getting a new pair of running shoes which I need very soon. I bought Brooks in 2014- 2 pair and they have lasted but time to gt new ones as they are falling apart.

I'm organizing this weekend and sketching too. I will try to scan/take a photo of the life drawings and maybe I can post one if it is not too ...um nude? lol

I also need to manage my time here on SP and am considering a weekly rather than daily check in except for challenge groups. Along with I joined groups here instead of finding them IRL. I have done this before and it is not going to help me out with the stuff I REALLY need to do so gotta get going on that.
Ex- Running groups
Writing groups
oh right I did at least find a drawing session..
ok
Have an awesome weekend all!
I don't plan on any drinks but I may or may not depending on if it serves me.

Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 2/25/2017 (12:19)
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Phase 2 GW=143 completed on:
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Phase 4 GW=133 completed on:
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I am so happy for you saffire!
sleep well and enjoy this weekend!
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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It's late. Getting ready for bed. Wanted to check in, love reading about how you are all doing!

It is a Breville juicer I am getting, just like on that movie "Fat Sick And Nearly Dead". Figure if it lasted him the whole 60 days it should do me just fine. Lots of good reviews for it.

Had a craving today pushed through. Had an anxiety attack today, first in a long long time, pushed through. Wasn't too bad. Had forgotten to take some supps last night and this morning, and had too much sugar. That usually does it. Going to be careful about those things.

Maureen I love like you have mentioned how much more you can get done! And I too felt like a hypocrite being I have been into natural remedies and herbs for so very much of my adult life, people coming to me for advice, and then to not take care of myself. It feels SO good to finally be back on track! Have to take care of ourselves too! Can't pour from an empty cup and all. emoticon

I am getting more done and adding MORE things to my life! Never could before because I was so unsure if I would be feeling well enough or not. Now I know! Woohoo!



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Hi all!
Congrats on those who are keeping a good balance. I'm tryin.The exercise means a lot! I always felt good when I worked out. I'm trying to psych myself into do my cds. A little at a time!

Helene, You are an inspiration to all of us. I'm proud of you!

I can't remember everyones names, but I'm here for you all!

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Good for you, Em!!

Glorious day here!

I am walking over 50 miles each week, and loving it.

Have a great weekend, all,
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Hello people!

Maureen- emoticon

Helene-55 days! emoticon

Bizi- How are you doing? Glad to hear your bone density is good!

Richard- I have bought the boxed wine a couple of times and it is true - you can't tell how much is in there. oh- right except I have taken off the box and cut the bag as you can another glass of wine that way. I do that with so many things- like lotion. I get the big bottle to save and then you can't get to the bottom unless you cut it. So I do that and wrap the bottle opening with plastic wrap.

Cherie- hope today is a good day for you.

Safire- what kind of juicer?

Donna- how are things?

Wendy-you are doing great!

Jami-you seem busy! I try to keep a sense of humor during these times.


I got a great 5 mile walk-run. I am shifting over to running slowly...and will begin an actual training program in April for the half marathon. Hal Higdon's program.

Last evening I had a bottle or red.750ml over he course of a few hours and reading and watching a film. It was delicious and I enjoyed it very much. It is all about balance.

No hangover this morning. No cravings for more today. I also had water in between glasses as that helps rehydrate. Feeling really happy and healthy lately.

I plan on sticking with ...well not a plan.. actually but just living each day to the fullest.
It's life after all. I think in all it's glory life is messy.
Weight loss is coming along steadily and I should be in the 130's in May around my 56th birthday.
I am going to keep active and eat healthy with an indulgence here or there and get to my goal of 123.4 by end of Summer. Today on my walk I was just so glad to be lighter and finally out of the 150's!!!!! emoticon emoticon 🌃




Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 2/24/2017 (14:52)
~Em~
"Run when you can,walk if you have to,crawl if you must; just NEVER give up"- Dean Karnazes

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I echo your message, Helene.
I was tired of the hold alcohol had on me. I felt it was controlling my life.
I feel free now that I've given it up.

It's 23 days AF for me, and I'm not going back. I've lost 6 lbs, saved over $100.00, but most of all, REGAINED MY SELF ESTEEM!

I was feeling weak, and hypocritical as a fitness professional, and woman.

The 3 beers a day were, I knew, robbing my body of essential nutriments (empty calories), plus, damaging my liver.

I'm sleeping better, eating better, feeling great. :)

I will not go back to drinking. I don't need it.

I can deal with my emotions via meditation, walking, getting involved with the community, taking a bath ... so much to do, especially now spring is here!

Thanks, Helene, and

best wishes to you all that you achieve what matters to you most.
Maureen

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Day 55 for me today AF and I can so relate to the frustrations some of you are expressing...

I can share that having finally successfully 'stuck to a plan' and followed through that I feel so much better. I was so tired of talking the talk and not really walking the walk. What cued this change for me was simple - what do you REALLY really want? If it's 'da booze, then it will win. BUT if what you really REALLY want is your health - you will make healthier choices!

I'm not here to judge and of course support everyone's goals - but if you are feeling YUCK - you need to make a conscious choice to make the change! It starts with YOU!! And YOU can do this!!

So who's up for making HEALTHIER choices - starting TODAY! Here's my blog about this too: losedabooze.wordpress.com/2017/02/24
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tomorrow is a new 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, 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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Excellent article (sent by Athena) about how, and why alcohol sabotages weight loss, and is, as we know, are empty calories - cheating our bodies of necessary nutrients.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
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for many years i used to buy cheap cask (boxed) wine for about $ 10 A for 5 litres.
There were 2 problems with this. The wine was usually lower in alcohol ~ 10.5% which means it was easier to drink more and the fact that the wine was in a box made it harder to keep track of how much I was drinking.
Now I buy better-quality wine thru a wine auction house which works out to be about $2.50A per bottle delivered. Considering this wine usually has a rrp of $18-$25 / bottle and an alcohol content of 11.5 to 13.5% means that at least I can try to restrict myself to 1 bottle/day.
As I am drinking better quality wine, I enjoy it more and are NEARLY satisfied with less.
I also used to work at a beer Brewery for over 34 years which didnt help my drinking habits, since if I ever drank beer, it was in large quantities.
Thats why when I drank cheap cask wine it was usually in large quantities also.
I steer away from spirits, they are expensive here and would only last me a couple of days when opened.
This is my story
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Hi all!

Went to doc today, he's gonna wean me off one med, so psych can give me another at night. I couldn't wait to get out of docs to buy a liter and a half of wine. Drank some in the car. Then poured the smaler container, into my tea, and put the bigger liter in my purse. Had a glass then I ate some cottage cheese, half hour after that, a half of sandwich. My weight has gone up. I think I'm a functioning alcoholic, I hate that word. Did sleep all night with ambien. That the one psych is taking me off of to something else.
Oh Lordy....So glad for the people who are doing good. Getting off sugar is hard, but alcohol is sugar.

I'm upset with me.

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16 days AF shows your strong will, and determination, Safire. You can win the war on junk food too. You deserve to feel great! 😁😊

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Hi everyone! Been reading all of your posts. emoticon

Today is day 16 AF. So far only fleeting thoughts about wine. It was my main drink of choice though I often followed it with a few beers!

Yes, the Annie Grace stuff is super, super helpful. I still reread bits of the book to help me stay on track.

Now to apply the same logic to junk food! LOL

At first I didn't even worry about my sugar intake or eating fast food etc. I ate too much junk the first week. Now I am eating a little bit less junk but still too much. I am having soda every day. I really want to reduce my sugar intake. Actually drinking too much sugar makes me feel bad by the end of the day and last night I couldn't get to sleep until 1 AM even though I was sleepy. So time to start changing the food now....I can't keep going on depending on sugar.

Going to try to apply some of the same concepts from the Annie Grace book in regard to sugar. I know how bad sugar is for me so now to change my thinking and stop being lazy about cooking. LOL

I really don't want to cook is part of it. Every once in awhile, being that I cook for a family, 3 meals a day every day. I do get a bit burned out. That is a big issue for me, it comes and goes though.

I can't wait to buy my juicer! I really want to juice and start giving my body more nutrients! I forgot to take my supplements yesterday and that didn't help. I really do feel better on them. My body was all achy but feeling better today because I took some late last night and then everything this morning.

I should go ahead and order the juicer today. I am waiting on the money from selling my big mixer I never use. But she said she mailed the check yesterday (friend of the family so I trust her)....I am so sick of waiting! LOL Growing impatient can you tell??? I'm just so ready for a change, to drop some pounds, to really get moving on my health goals. I have struggled too long, I'm so done living this way.

I think that "sick of this" feeling was what prompted me to finally get rid of the booze. At the moment I have no desire to have any for a very very long time.



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I fell and broke my collar bone 4-5 years ago. They tested my bone density and it came back osteopenia, borderline osteoporosis.
My results this time were great.
The technician said people would die for these numbers!
yeah!
I have been only taking 500mg of calcium a day so I thought it wasn't enough so I doubled it to 1000mg plus I started taking magnesium citrate in the pill form.
I was certain I was supposed to take this with the calcium.
(I already take magnesium oxide to treat my chronic constipation.)
Well the extra magnesium caused diarrhea.
so I will not take that.
Wasted money.
oh well.
I will go back to taking just 500mg, I must be getting enough calcium in my diet even though I don't drink milk.
I am very glad that my bone density test came out so good!
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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160.9 getting there slowly but surely.
I have been drinking a bottle of wine or more every night for weeks.
Getting these boxed wines has not been good for me.
When I come home all I think about is getting that glass and I drink it in seconds flat. Then have another. each jelly jar has 8 oz. so that is 1.5 glasses of wine each jar. I have 2 jars in less than 5 minutes so that is 3 glasses of wine very quickly in my empty stomach
(i ended up having the 3 jars of wine before dinner
so that is a bottle).
Last night I cooked boiled shrimp with potatoes and 2 niblets of corn.
I don't remember eating the corn. Here I cheated on my no carbs and don't even remember the pleasure/cheat.
sigh
bizi

I got my new work book in and will see my new therapist again today.

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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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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We are here to support each other. Little baby steps.
I hear you, Cheri. It sounds like you have a lot of battles to fight. I'm glad that you are seeking help.
Richard, Bizi, it sounds like you are dealing with a lot of frustration.
My experience is that whatever struggles I'm going through, alcohol only makes it worse - though in the moment it looks like a welcome respite.

here is a nice meditation:
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I see my therapist tomorrow. so that is good.
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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I am on a slightly similar diet to Bizi.
The problems with this are:
The ability to drink up to a bottle of wine each day can lead to overindulgence.with time
Secondly breaking the diet for any reason can lead to rapid weight-gain and consequent feelings of failure which in turn can lead to a vicious cycle of overindulgence in food/alcohol.
Cheers
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Hi all!

I've had quite a week so far. I'm bi-polar So I shouldn't drink. I go up and down the same 5 pounds. My psych wants to get me off a couple meds, cause I've been on them too long, Pharm said she couldn't because of Gerd. So I have to see reg doc tomorrow. The med for Gerd is makinf my 2 fingers on my rt hand twitch. Didn't go to Chiro or PT today, Stayed in bed till 2 pm. I was up off and on.

Sippin on a little wine now. Hunny feels helpless.

We can all help each other.

IBizi, we'll make it.....


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Hi everyone! emoticon
Thanks for the welcome back! I was AF last night and feel proud. I listened to a few of Annie Graces You Tube videos when I was on the treadmill on Monday. I like her stuff. And I went on her community forum as well to check it out. These I am finding will be useful tools for me. And since I didnt spend money the last two nights on wine, I can easily treat myself to her book. I will buy the electronic version so I can read it at work and anywhere I go. Being AF tonight will probably be a struggle. I will see how things go.

Bizi, I feel the same way about the weight loss if I quit drinking. I also eat healthy most all of the time and exercise regularly. Its that darned wine that just always tastes so good from about 6:30 pm until either a. the bottle is empty or b. I fall asleep on the couch. It is hard giving it up. I know youve been AF before Bizi so I know that you can do it again when youre ready. Helene is right, we are here for you.

Maureen, way to go on the weight loss!

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!
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Bizi I hope you find some balance... and that perhaps you can find the solution that works for you! We're here to support you... through whatever decision you make!

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I should throw out the box of wine...makes it too easy to just grab a glass. I am a binge drinker and guzzle my wine which brings on a quick buzz before dinner. 3 of these glasses equals a bottle of wine. I have been having 3-4 glasses consistantly for the past 2 weeks.
sigh
weight this am = 162.4
In my mind I know I would lose weight if I quit drinking as I am eating healthy.
We did take a walk in the neighborhood last night. 2 miles so that was good.
I confessed to my husband about my addictions. Being on the internet too much. and he said he noticed too.
I blacked out monday night and fussed to him about the cat food running out. I apologized the next morning, of which I had a terrible hang over. First one really. I am surprised about that.
I see my new therapist again tomorrow. Am going to ask her about Dialectical behavior therapy DBT. It said it was good for substance abuse issues.
The work book came in yesterdays mail.
I started looking at it and it weems good so far.
have a nice day yall!
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Helene I love the Emoji! That is super cool! You continue to inspire us!

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Emily you are too funny! Captain cheeto. I have to get back to getting my protein in. Not getting my protein is really making me eat lots of junk I normally would not eat. Work has been really crazy. Only 5 more months in LA and we are heading back to San Diego!

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Helene I love the Emoji! That is super cool! You continue to inspire us!

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Emily you are too funny! Captain cheeto. I have to get back to getting my protein in. Not getting my protein is really making me eat lots of junk I normally would not eat. Work has been really crazy. Only 5 more months in LA

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These are anxious times (with Captain Cheeto in charge) and walking is a wonderful thing to do for body and mind- beats meds for sure! Even prescribed now with some lifestyle and integrative Dr.'s! And btw- I think it also sparks creativity. I know I get ideas of illustration and stories too on the road and in nature emoticon

So proud I got out to draw the figure. Felt great to draw. Excellent model and 7$ for 2 and a half hour session of varying poses. Medium size group. I will bring my easel next time as they don't have those.

Hi Jami!
Hello everybody!

Carpe Diem!
offski...

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Good morning, friends!
6 lbs down in the 3 weeks since I quite alcohol.
I'm walking on average 15,000 steps a day - helps with anxiety. :)
These are very anxious times.
Off to teach my classes.
I'll check back later,
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Nice to see you back here Wendy!! And Jami... so nice to see you too!

I'm on day 53 AF (into my second 100 day challenge) and I have decided that once this one is done - on May 1st, I'm launching a new group (spin off for those who have graduated from the 100 Day Challenge) to the 300 or more days without 'da booze.

Once I get back from Hawaii (and while I'm there I plan on being mindful and including some AF days there too) - I want to have a stretch of no drinking but perhaps not 100 days. I want to allow for some special occasions, without allowing the daily habit to creep back in.

Here's a little post I put on my website about it: www.befitspirited.com/coming-may-1st
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Count me in for struggling too. Been having wine every 5 days or so and eating more than I would without it. Donna your right, this rain needs to go.

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Hi Wendy! We are here for you. I've been struggling the past week or so, and have undone some progress.

Bizi, I seem to have lost my way as well. Today is a big freakin' RE-SET!

My # on the scale is up, but my clothes are still loose on me....weird! Anyway the # spooked me so a quick veggie scramble then off to the gym! We've had such gloomy weather here in SoCal, tomorrow it will be sunny again and easier to get out.

Em, if I make it to 145 by mid-March I will be super happy and consider it a victory. Wish it could've been by 3/1, but ah, c'est la vie....

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Thanks for the info! I will check out Annie Grace and probably buy her book!
I am aiming to be AF tonight!
I love how, when I know I have some goals I need to meet and when I need support with some struggles, I can turn to SP for that! I have set up my weight loss goals and ticker, started tracking my food and exercise today again and will try to be AF as much as possible.
Have a great day everyone!
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Hi Wendy!

Way to go on more weight loss Em!

((HUGS)) Bizi, you can get right back to it. You are strong! Forgive yourself and move on.

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Good morning! I am trying to find Annie Gray. Can someone send me a link to her info? The one mentioned previously doesn't work for me. Thanks!
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really fell off my diet....drinking has gotten out of control again.
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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, 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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Hi Wendy!

well- ysterday was beautiful weather and I went for a walk.
Then got to see Legally Blonde which was fun at DS's alma mater- high school
but DH wanted to go to a fundraiser for a I guess what people think a a local celeb. Music was bad - I had a beer and then one of his friends bought me another but I had 4 waters too.
The fundraiser went on and on and it was one of those times when you wonder why you ae married to the person you are married to as we seem so different. I hate small talk and getting high will just kind of summarize it.
Anyhow! I lost more weight this morning!!! So happy with that. I have a massage at noon.
Doing some yoga today and it looks like can get a walk in later.
Also HAVE to draw as tomorrow evening I am going to draw from model.

Peaceful and happy Monday all! emoticon

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emoticon hi everyone! Making the commitment to make healthier coices. I still continue to struggle with drinking wine.,

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Thank you maureen.
Tell me about this water fast.
I am intrigued.
bizi
A healthy brunch today:
3 scrambled eggs with fresh spinach. A side of black bean salsa heated up to put on the eggs with some hot sauce and a side of steamed brocolli.
Delicious!

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 2/19/2017 (13:53)
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Bizi- always wondered about Mardi Gras- maybe someday..

Maureen-I hate that any human goes hungry. Cannabalism is fascinating.

I was feeling tired so skipped musical performance and read and went to bed early. Going today to matinee and walk first- beautiful out.
I am firmly in the 140's and blogged...Donna- I doubt I will make it to 145 by 3/1 BUT I will get there eventually! emoticon emoticon

Richard- true dat about BMR!

Have a wonderful Sunday team!

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We had a great time tonight at the first mardi gras parade. Went to some friends house and had brats then walked to the parade spot and were able to get on the baracade for a good spot to catch beads. The parade had marching bands and over 20 floats. We caught a lot of beads. it lasted over an hour. so that was great!


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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Hi, friends, it's been a lovely day. We visited Jamestown. They've uncovered a lot of buildings, and history since I was last here in 1991! The starving years ... they resorted to canabolism! Imagine being THAT hungry! I was thinking... I've never been hungry- really hungry. Even when I did a two week water fast I didn't feel desperate because I knew I could eat any time.
I am thinking of all those people on our planet that don't have such assuridity.
It's been 17 days since I drank alcohol. The beer belly is disappearing.

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WHOOPS TYPO!!!

I put bmi in my previous post (body mass index)

I meant to put BMR (basal metabolic rate) how much our body burns just staying alive.

Corrected now
Because our body can reach an equilibrium on its way up and taper off.
This means as our weight and BMR drop as we lose weight that our body fights this which can cause big, sudden fluctuations when we break our diet.
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Hi all!

I'm ok right now. Had a rough night, I couldn't sleep, read 2 magazines, and my book, and pigged out on food, also 2 glasses of wine at 2 am. Yea, sometimes I want more than mod.
Tried to sleep in this morning, took a klonipin, didn't work.
I can tell my weight buy my clothes. I do weigh once a week, its been staying the same. Not enuff exercise.

Bizi, I love your posts.

I can't remember everyones name, but I'm so glad We are all in this together!



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Thank you richard.
I still look at the 33 pounds that I gained last year, 8 pounds lost is 25% of that weight which is good. My BMI=25.5, considered overweight and my abd measurement is also overweight. I knew this because I gained 6 inches in that year, definitely a beer belly!
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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I just used this calculator to make sure my weight goal of 123.4 is reasonable and it came to 20.5 and so is fine!
Will keep working toward that and can even be lower. So maintenance range will be 120-126.
I think weekly weigh in is fine or monthly. Even daily is ok as long as you just think of it as a tool
Link to bmi calculator www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational
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And today will be 4 AF days in a row. I have had I dunno...5-7 mod days this year but I would like to get a stretch in.....not sure how many days yet.

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Bizi- I agree with Richard - you can do it and you ARE doing it!!

not sure about the fluctuations and bmi either- sounds interesting.
I am at the max. end of normal bmi

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Height- 5'5" and 55 years young!
~Highest weight=178 GW=123.4~

2017 HOT BODY PROJECT:
Phase 1 GW=148 completed!!! -2/19/17
Phase 2 GW=143 completed on:
Phase 3 GW=138 completed on:
Phase 4 GW=133 completed on:
Phase 5 GW=128 completed on:
Phase 6 GW=123.4 completed on:


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I've never heard that explanation, Richard. My BMI is low - 21.0, yet, my weight only fluctuates a little bit in a short period of time.

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maureen
like bizi, i can suffer massive weight fluctuations
when ur bmr is at a minimum the body can suck in calories and retain water if a diet is broken
cheers

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bizi
youve knocked off about half ur weight increase
your entitled to stand on a landing on ur journey down the staircase
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I have lost 8 pounds so far.
am happy with that.
who ate too many macaroons tonight.
bizi
oh And I drank glasses of wine.

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 2/17/2017 (22:55)
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Why do you think you gained so much weight in a month, Bizi? Have you talked to your doc about your weight fluctuations?

It's helpful to examine compulsive behavior, whatever it is. Annie talks about it in her book and pod-casts. It's the Buddhist practice, actually.
Tara Brach of IMCW teaches a practice she calls RAIN:
Recognize,
Acknowledge
Investigate
Nourish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQakZvcr
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I hear you bizi on the weighing. I just couldn't help it for a long time. Daily weigh ins....sigh...

But it is freeing to not weigh. I have been using measurements and photos to track progress now along with how I feel, how I sleep, and how I am eating. Progress not perfection.

I love all you are sharing here Maureen!! I love her videos too, really helpful. Thanks for sharing. Everything in her book makes total sense. I feel like I had been lying to myself for years.

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Hi friends,

I've been gaining a lot of support through the Annie Gray podcasts.
She explains the issues with alcohol very well.
She said that if we can't go 30 days AF we need to consider checking into a facility where there is no temptation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6EyCQna
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The key is to absolutely have no alcohol around because there are always triggers.
I am determined to rid my mind, and body of the addiction. It's not easy as we have so many excuses ("Just one, or two..."

It's a poison, and more than just extra calories.
I'm on day 16 AF.

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(no judgments towards those of you who are still trying to stay MOD. :)

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EMILY congratulations on your weight loss!
yeah!!!!!!
You are doing so 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, 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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Slept great last night.161.1 this am.
I hate that I am weighing every day. It is a compulsion.
trivia tonight
Going out to eat at an indian restaurant for lunch.
Wonder what will be low carb?
have a good day yall.
bizi
I weighed 155.5 pounds on 12-9, put on 13.5 pounds in one month. scary!
now have lost 8 pounds.

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 2/17/2017 (09:14)
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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I just adjusted my goal to 1 pound a week. This will get me to goal weight by my 26th wedding anniversary..however I am also wondering if I should change it to December 31 of this year as that is my goal.... anyhow will just emoticon

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Safire- emoticon
and you asked what a half marathon is- it is half a marathon distance- so 13.1 mile race or half crazy as some say. It is not until July

Donna- emoticon I am going to keep doing what I am doing but I know my body and now that it made it to just under 150 it seems parked...lol but I will keep going. I will get there.
Goal is 123 and I am not doing anything to bump it down. Slow and steady...at teh same time I hope we both get to 145 but I would need to lose 4 pounds in less than 2 weeks so..not sure I can do that...

Bizi- yummy food!

Helene- emoticon

and hello to everybody!!!
Happy Friday!

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2017 HOT BODY PROJECT:
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Phase 2 GW=143 completed on:
Phase 3 GW=138 completed on:
Phase 4 GW=133 completed on:
Phase 5 GW=128 completed on:
Phase 6 GW=123.4 completed on:


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That's emoticon Safire! You emoticon

As for the liquid calories - this is why I wasn't progressing on my weight loss goals - I would lose and regain ... so now on Day 48 AF and doing a little extra for boosting me past this plateau ... feeling emoticon befitspirited.com/3-day-refresh-febr
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Today was day 9 AF, yay! When I make it past day 11 and that will be the longest I have had a daily streak of AF in a very long time! I had a 10 day streak several months ago.

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Cherie, glad you keep coming here. It is good to talk these things out. emoticon

I get the impression you are not happy with drinking moderately because it is always a case of wanting more??? Am I reading that correctly?

I get that feeling, I do!

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lebanese kibbe casserole spinach and onion
collards
squash
almonds
deli meat
talapia
cauliflower
vino, 3 glasses
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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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my mistake
in australia the wines we have here are 81 calories per 100 ml of white wine or 85 calories per 100ml of red wine.
so in 1 lot of a 750 ml bottle there are 7.5times 83 = 623 calories.
I must have previously been confusing glass and 100 ml.

Now that I know that I have been drinking less calories than I previously thought, I will need to be extra careful, not to consume more.
"Hic"
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richard I thought wine had 120 calories for 5 ounces?
that is 600calories for the bottle.
bizi

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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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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Cherie,
I find drinking water with a squirt of packaged lemon juice, or fizzy diet-soda drinks tide me over thru the day.
Then I have 1 bottle of wine at night. For 750 ml this is 750 calories.
Usually thru the day I only eat/drink up to about 1000 calories
that way by night with the bottle of wine I have consumed up to 1750calories.
So there is not much margin for overeating.
In the event of overeating and/or overdrinking weight can go on like a rocket.
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Hi all!

Thanks everyone! I know the calories involved with wine! We eat naturally, but smaller more frequent snacks-a meal at dinner. My hunny has diabetes so I've gotten into that habit.

I want to be able to not want to buy wine during the week, We do drink mod on weekends. But even tho we drink mod, I still have to drink more wine that I had in bathroom. Thats my problem, I'm not satified with just 2 glasses, I want 3, but hunny said "we don need any more" so thats why I do what I do. I have switched to a lot of lemon water, we always eat, so I don't get drunk.
I just want to be mod and be satified with just a small container during the week. Just enuff to keep a balance for now.

Both my hunny and I have physical problems, I know, its no excuse. Once I'm done with PT, I won't have an excuse to get out of the house to buy any....have to change my thinking.

Thanks for all your help, I'd like to keep the suggestions coming


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quick hello to you all! emoticon

Helene- emoticon

Cherie emoticon

Bizi- emoticon

busy here- Havea wonderful Friday and weekend.
Going to a musical and some other stuff coming up

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I hope you're doing better now Cherie - and venting is good. I like the question though - how can we support you to feel better? What goals do you have in regards to this team's focus?

Someone shared this article about sugar vs. alcohol and I thought it would be good to share...
www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitn
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I am on day 2 of my 3 Day Refresh and down 2.5 lbs (at 161lbs this morning) - hoping that by the time I finish this - on the morning of Day 4 - I'll finally be in 150Ville! It has been really helpful in resetting my compuslive emotional eating too!

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163 this morning.
So down 6 pounds since 1-4-17.
I have got to cut back on my drinking.
I am sabotaging all of my weight loss efforts food wise.
sigh
one bottle of wine equals 600cals.
heavy sigh
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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, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 4-21-15=142.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150, 8-15-16=162.5, 1-4-17=169 Happiness is a decision!


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2/15/17 9:44 P

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These 10 minute The Naked Mind videos are very helpful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VCJh_eS
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2/15/17 9:39 P

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This is a place to vent, Cherie.

I read your post of an indulgent few days, but you didn't tell us what was going on in your mind during that time. I understand that you were celebrating your new car, and, Valentines Day.
You started "balling?" Crying?
Then you say that you were "very lovey-dovey" and took care of yourself in between.
I am guessing that you feel bad about indulging so much, though you didn't say.
How can we support you? How would you like your life to look?

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Hi all!

Here goes... Last thurs, I turned my car in for a trade -off. Got a great deal, I said to hubby we should celebrate. He bought rum. Had some, Fri 1 Wine and 1 rum. Sat made me sick, I was drinking my stash, fri too, Then he thought he would try Sangria for after dinner. We already had wine. Then rum after that. I'm bi-polar, so I cut down on my meds before bed. I woke up, pigged out at 2:00am. . Wasn,t hung over but very tired. We had an early Valentines dinner as Hubby was gonna be busy delivering flowers. A margarita! Then I told him I wasn't gonna mix, so we stopped and bought that margarita drink at Krogers.
Now mind you, he sounds like he has a problem, he doesn't. He would rather smoke for his back pain. This drinking was a weekend thing,

Today I got up, started balling, couldn't sleep, had ice cream. Whew!!!! in between, we always ate, had water, so we took care of ourselves and were very lovey-dovey.

Sorry, had to vent.

Cherie

I,m Cherie, Been with sparker for 3 yrs, I like that I'm losing it slowly! Its a lifestyle!


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