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7/29/14 10:38 P

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horizon makes a good organic milk.
they took the milk back!
ate chicken salad and tomato, organic and very good. tabouli left over so that is gone now. ate a juicey peach yum!
Hubby is due back at 4;30 tomorrow. Happy to have him home he has been gone 3 weeks.
He just helped his mom pick out a new cat from the human society..it took 2 hours!
Talked with him on the phone...he is ready to be home. WE were just there for 2 weeks in june so that is 5 weeks out of his summer.
But he was so helpful and his mom needed him.
It was perfect timing him being off for the summer.
He is a good son.
I can't find his keys.....
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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7/29/14 8:53 P

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ya- it really stinks about the additives. I like the convenience of having it rady made. As for milk I like organic or a nearby diary. I have tried to go vegan a few times but a glass of milk can be very refreshing. I have pretty much ended up just trying to eat unprocessed.

Took DS on a college tour and will be doing most of that all month.
Did go out last night and had a martini and 1 beer with Sauerbraten - it was a German place.- nice had fun with my partner in Legos as we call each other. We are not doing lego robotics anymore and so now he is really pushing me towards making an art studio AND writing. He thinks I am capable of both. He gifted me with an online writing course that I am nearly done with. Now to put myself first- that is the hard part.

Bizi- they should take the milk back- let me know. I mean some guar gum is probably ok but now I am noticing that they are putting it in so many things. emoticon

I just got a quick 8 mile bike ride in so one episode of Dexter and I am off to bed. Milk sounds good! emoticon emoticon
Have a great eve everyone!

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7/29/14 1:58 P

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I totally understand Melissa! I'm going for AF today too...
We can do this!!!!

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7/29/14 12:35 P

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Very stressful day yesterday, and I finished it off by drinking. Mad at myself. Today will be better.

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7/29/14 11:02 A

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on 2lb loss!!

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7/29/14 9:58 A

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Good luck Sue!

Yay--I lost 2 lbs. That's a good start.

On the milk front-I'm going back to cow's milk. I will get some from the local farm here instead of dealing with these additive laden alternatives. If I had time to make my own nut milks I would but I'm too lazy for that. emoticon

I also joined a CSA so I'm getting lots of fresh local veggies and fruit, which is great.
I have an enormous spaghetti squash I have to cook--must find a good recipe for it.


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7/28/14 9:37 P

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Good luck sue, I am rooting for you!
nice to see you elle and water witch!!
They let me exchange it for a quart of organic fat free horizon milk, I also bought some organic strawberries, will never buy non organic ones as these are the worst harbengers of pesticides of all fruit.
bizi
I will keep using the yogurt to make my smoothies, I am awaiting to try the shacklee smoothie mix and a friend of mine here locally is giving me a sample warrior food extreme (of rice protein)
It costs about $1.40 a serving and has 16 grams of protein using a cup of dairy( a cup of milk costs 50 cents) that brings the total up to 24 grams for the smoothie a decent amount. If i half the dose then that is less expensive and still gives me 16grams of protein which I think is adequate.
I am afraid to try it, supposedly has a gritty taste. She is going to bring it to me tomorrow.
I will share what I think.
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/29/2014 (00:03)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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7/28/14 9:09 P

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Good luck Suespa emoticon

Let us know how you make out Bizi
Have a wonderful night everyone emoticon

xoxo elle~


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7/28/14 9:00 P

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Ha! Good luck Bizi!

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7/28/14 8:32 P

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I am headed to my health food store to take back my almond breeze milk.
wish me luck
bizi

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

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

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emoticon Really FEEL LIKE I DON'T WANT TO DD this week! & That includes the weekend! I emoticon Some last week while I was having a break from work & gonna have a break this week too! (voulantry) + it was my birthday last week! My husband gets benefit cash today! so gonna go down to the shop just opend & get few bits till Wednesday shopping! for the rest of the cash! comes in on Wednesday! Husband got some cash this morning family member SO THOUGHT RIGHT GO & GET ME SOME CUP SOUPS HENCE THE HEAT TO FILL ME UP!! went to mum's to get some bananas husband got cappuccino oh FRESH ORANGE! oh yer FULL OF VITAMIN C which I don't usually get! (my vitamins!) emoticon CAN WISH ME LUCK! or not.

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7/28/14 2:42 P

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Ugh--so I just looked the ingredients in my coconut milk to find all kinds of yuck. Geez, now what? I was only joking about buying coconuts but seriously...why all the additives?

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7/28/14 11:14 A

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Thanks Emily--I'll check those links out. I guess it's just another reminder to stay away from processed foods in general, or at least as much as possible. I'll have to see what an alternative would be for my coconut milk. Besides buying coconuts emoticon

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7/28/14 11:06 A

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thanks emily, I just looked at my almond breese almond coconut milk that I jsut bought at my health food store this weekend, carregeen and guar gum....oh well time to go looking more carefully thanks for the info!
bizi

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

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

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Hugs to you, Brenda! Sounds like an emotionally exhausting week.

Thanks for all the great food tips, Emily. Whenever you talk about food, I get inspired to make more careful choices.

Working on Day 6 AF today. Our offer on the house was accepted! The inspection is Wednesday, and then we'll know whether it's good to go.

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Guar gum is used as a stabalizer so as with all these things sometimes when we are looking for healthy alternatives we end up having too much of something that is not so bad in small amounts but if you using a creamer with it and then nut milks or hemp milks for ex you may get side effects.
You could do a google search - and I don't usually take Livestrong's site as the bible for nutrition but is a good starting point-
www.livestrong.com/article/314356-th
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harmful-side-effects-of-guar-gum/

I just figure when you can make it easily even with a a regular blender then why not?-
The home made stuff does have to be shaken up but that is ok with me.
Here is a site for home maDE
I do still buy commercial but I try to limit the use of any kind of additives because we just don't know-
this is a pretty good how to but yeah just google for that info too
www.thekitchn.com/diy-nutmilks-5-eas
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and-nourishing-recipes-176008


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What's the issue with guar gum?

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7/28/14 9:47 A

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I heard that carregeen is bad for us so I looked at my almond milk and it has it in it as well as the guar gum.
time to look for another brand that doesn't have that.
you keep so busy. wow!
bizi

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

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

Happiness is a decision!


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Brenda- yes the 4 kids keep me going ...I mean I feel like I am on a roller coaster most of the time or since 3 of them are home now this is the house of raging hormones since Istopped having my period in April so I think this is the year. Pretty intense time.
I understand the sobbing and the beer!
Bizi- buckwheat groats you can buy in bulk and although they can be used as a grain they are a seed. Guar gum is used in most if not all commercial preparations of coconut milk as in the So Delicious brands and Almond and soy milks too-it is GRAS but as with all things Like that if you are getting quite a bit or more than you can tolerate it might not be so- I just make my own
I got a Vita mix on my 50th birthday in Ruby red- instead of the sportscar emoticon and it actually has paid off with all the things I can make with it
Have a great day everybody!
College tours and Dr appointments oh boy gee whiz...

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sugar is what causes cardiovascular disease. not fat!
bizi

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

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

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7/27/14 10:56 P

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Great food talk here... and much more...
I have a link concerning sugar I thought I'd share.. http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014
/the-secrets-of-sugar
My dear daughter was able to call tonight for a few minutes (they are very strict) and she told us that a guy she "dated" when she was 14 was there too... very awkward... too funny...
Emily, I'm guessing you've been through quite a few experiences with your children... at least the older ones.

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had left over chili and egg plant with ground beef with a side of quinoa tabouli it was very good and filling.
emily what are groats? and what is guar gum?
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/27/2014 (23:35)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

Happiness is a decision!


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Well,
I've just returned from dropping my oldest off at military college (2.5 hours away). I thought I would handle it better than this, but no. I'm crying/sobbing. This is a huge change for our family and an even bigger one for her: new people, new surroundings, new routine, many rules to learn, and mostly in her second language (French). I know lots of good will come of it for her but I also think she'll have many struggles especially emotionally and physically. She's a sensitive young lady and it's going to be a long time until she can see us again in October.
I was planning on being AF today, but decided to have a beer. Tomorrow is another day.

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Bizi- for my smoothies I add cannellini beans and sometimes quinoa- you actually can't taste it and it adds protein and fiber and is cheap. I cook the beans from dry and then put them in the fridge. I also like to make my own seed and nut milks because I did not like having guar gum all the time.
Tomorrow I will have a smoothie with sunflower seed milk but I am not adding the above as I am making buckwheat groats and then just as it is done I throw an egg in there and put on the cover and then I have a poached egg with the groats and a small green smoothie.
Gives me tons of energy!

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I just read the dirty dozen fruits and veggies that we should buy organic strawberries are number 2 so I will buy them organic. blueberries are not even in the top 20 so I will buy regular ones. I just found frozen blueberries at the dollar tree for a $1 for 10 ounces!!!! and mango chunks too. Made my day!
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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Bizi-I haven't used the Shaklee products but I've used Shakeology and it is also expensive but I do like it very much. I mix it with coconut or almond milk and water and ice. Throw in some frozen berries--which by the way--aren't that expensive as fresh. Though I don't buy the organic ones I probably should. .

I'm also lucky that I live in Pennsylvania farm country so had so many blueberries last month that I froze a bunch of those for later.

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Thank you lisa for your advice. I was thinking of a reasonable breakfast smoothie. right now mine are running about $5 a smoothie because I have bought organic berries yogurt and milk. the shaklee ones run $3 a smoothie. I think I would rather go the whole foods route but will try to add a protein supplement to mine right now. I never used to eat breakfast now I am trying to hope it doesn't stall my weight loss efforts. But I can't afford to do the organic berries but ehy are supposed to be the worst harbengers of pesticides of fruits. So I guess I will continue to buy them, will go to target and see how they fare there. WE are having a whole foods open up on our side of town soon!
I hear it is expensive....we shall see.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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WATERWITCH, I'd start today. Save the alcohol that you do have and let not drinking it be a choice that you're making. That gives you power over it and eliminates the 'should I buy some or not' argument.

Elle, I wouldn't stress over the question of teetotaler or moderate drinking. Just do what you need to at each moment in your life. You've had some pretty awesome AF streaks, so you know that you can be MOD. If you enjoy a drink with friends and family once in awhile and then go home and be MOD or AF then have a drink and enjoy life.

Bizi, I've never tried those products but I've heard the name. I don't know what they offer, but I'm pretty sure, just looking at your food logs that you've been posting, that you're probably getting all the nutrients you need and it would likely be a waste of money. Just my opinion.

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Hi everyone.
Bizi--your losing 10 lbs in 6 weeks is so inspiring. I love reading about what you're eating, too, it's giving me good ideas.

Helene--I hope you can relax at your conference and maybe being away will give you a fresh look at whether or not to make the move.

I still haven't gotten the first AF day in--so much stress--but I need to. I know all this alcohol is contributing to my weight gain and plus its not good for me. I am going to try again today--or I will finish what I have and start tomorrow. I really want to start today though. I need to lose this weight!

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yes elle, it is something to think about. like most things in my life, moderation is tough place for me. like this AF streak that I am having, it is just easier to not have any in the house and I am not going to go out and buy some to drink alone. AND I AM LOSING WEIGHT which is most important to me these days. To say that I am never drinking again is not truthful. I will imbibe again just don't know when that will be. I know there will be drinking again in my future hopefully good times to be had.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

Happiness is a decision!


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Elle-
I think I will answer mostly in terms of the weight loss. Just about every diet program or non diet lifestyle weight loss emoticon is advocating high nutrition
so alcohol has little to offer in that way and is even supposed to slow weight loss.
So- if you are trying to lose quite a bit of weight avoiding it 100% or if not then to track it as part of caloric intake for some time anyway- and I think that is the main support or reason for the team here on SP.-the weight loss aspect.

I think if a person is drinking 17 beers a day and endangering their children they have a problem and can't have or should not have alcohol because they are treating it like a drug.
(on the other hand if they choose to drink themselves to death without endangering the life of anyone else then that is their choice) I also wondered why 17?

I think as part of your food say a glass or two of wine/beer with food no problem.

My opinion is a couple (or more) of stiffer drinks like the gin and tonic should be a fun thing to do as long as you are careful. Or sharing one or even two bottles of wine with family/friends at some celebration- when you wake up the next day though...
I am hoping to do that tomorrow eve actually with a friend of mine at a place that I can walk home from. It will most like be 2 martinis or something like that.

And then there is the not thinking about it and do not even have it in your life carefree aspect of AF. The body treats alcohol like a poison. It is.

So if you can keep alcohol in the house and not drink it but have it once in awhile I think that is a good place to be- hey you are a writer after all so you are doing really well! emoticon
So those are my thoughts. emoticon

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I’ve been lurking, but not writing much these days.

All your food sounds so good, Bizi. My fingers are crossed for you, Melissa.

A couple of weeks ago I was getting ready for work and turned the television on to find out about the weather. An old Dr Phil show came on about an alcoholic woman (around 17 beers a day and she drove with her kids in the car) He brought back an old guest he had helped who was a few years sober. She talked about how great it was but some of the challenges. This got me thinking, could I ever be totally AF? Like forever? Do I really want to be? I enjoy a drink or two once in a while. My sister lives in London, could I ever spend a day with her without gin and tonics and hysterical laughter?

I’ve only had 3 or 4 drinks this July. I feel comfortable with that. I have alcohol in the house, unopened bottles of wine I’ve had for years, and an opened bottle of vodka. I’m not tempted but need to have this in my house. These are my crutch, I know some people can’t have booze in the house, but I need it... just in case.

Since that show, I’ve been trying to figure out if I really want to ever be totally AF... for years or the rest of my life? Do you? Thoughts please.

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Anyone use shaklee products weight loss shakes, vitamins and supplements?
I am looking into using theirs....seems really expensive though.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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oh good luck with the house, hope your offer is accepted right away. will your mother in law be moving in the new house with you?
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

Happiness is a decision!


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Thanks for the encouragement, Bizi! This was overdue. I'm starting to feel better. We actually kind of had a vacation last weekend! Only a few days, and it was a family reunion (with its own sadness about people gone, aging, etc.) but I think that's what has help me get back on track this week. Just needed a couple days of not being responsible for anyone.

We are living in a temporary rental right now with my mom-in-law. We actually made an offer on a house this morning. Waiting to hear. If you guys feel like crossing something, thank you!

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melissa,
yeah to day 4!!!! emoticon
you are doing this.
tea it is what ever works to distract you.
sorry that this has been such a busy year for you....have you settled in from the move?
bizi

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

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

Happiness is a decision!


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Day 4 AF for me today. I'm sad to say this might be the longest I've been AF in 2014. Ugh, it has not been a good year—in that or any other respect! Each night, the witching hour (for me, 5-6pm) is a struggle. I am so programmed! I've been making tea instead each night at that time. So far, it's working. I originally had a plan to look for an exercise class at that time, but then we ended up traveling/moving/more traveling/etc. Tea it is, then.

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I messed up and used a 1/3 cup measuring instead of the 1/2 cup for everything so the kale was really strong, I had used a handful of it. I used a lot of stevia to sweeten it.
But it turned out very good.
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, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149 yippie!

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I added up the calories of the smoothie and it runs at 300 and 32 grams of carbs so it is a meal. I am getting a bit obsessive about this, need to calm down. Got up early this morning only 6 hours of sleep. need to get to bed now so I can get up at 730am. I am very tired.
nite nite
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hope I am not getting hypomanic....

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

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

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helene,
You have so much stress, I don't know how you stay sane...
(((((HUGS))))
bizi

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

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I went to a health food store and bought many organic things.
like kale in a box, frozen things: butternut squash, asparagus, blue berries, raspberries, pizza that is not meat see if hubby notices! and amy's meatless burgers we have had bocca burgers for a long time. time to try something different. I bought almond coconut milk, grass fed yogurt plain, going to mix the berries with this and make a smoothie. french vanilla coconut creamer for coffee, see how it compares. organic sharp cheddar cheese. I could add some of the kale to my smoothie!
I think that I will get to bed early tonight to get up and make this smoothie.
(kale, blueberries, raspberries,yogurt, stevia to sweeten).
I will let you know how it goes.
I spent 58 dollars there very quickly I might add.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

Happiness is a decision!


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I didn't make day 2 ... and likely won't be AF until my return ... This month is filled with so much STUFF and I've been using alcohol to cope - I know that it's not the best way ... and my weight is suffering for it. After this trip I need to shake myself back into shape.

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Why is that second day so hard? I don't know about you guys, but when I'm starting a new streak, Day 2 is the hardest. Last night was challenging—we had friends over, everyone was drinking, and we were making dinner together with beer and wine flowing. I stuck to cinnamon tea, but it was a close one!

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I ate a lot today!
and it was all good for me.
I split this lunch and had it at dinner too.

Mousaka: ground grass fed beef, egg plant, onions, red peppers, small white potatoes with Mediterranean spices, so good!
steamed purple cabbage
boiled beets that were delicious
all of the veggies were organic.
some left over chicken from last night that had chimichurri sauce on it:garlic and parsley and crushed peppers. That was even better tonight!
fruit salad(pears, grapes, blueberries, nectarine)

Last night I went to the gym and only walk 1.5 mile on the tred mill about 35 minutes. I was so tired.
At least I went and did what I did!

I have been thinking about when I was going to drink next.
It just doesn't seem appealing since I have been losing weight and just eating healthy.

I saw my pdoc yesterday. She asked about my drinking behavior. She said that If I had 3 drinks that I should not be taking the klonipin at night. I told her that I would be afraid to not take it that getting good sleep was the most important thing to me staying stable. I don't think she liked me disagreeing with her.
I did not tell her that the alcohol interferes with me getting good sleep sometimes I can't get to sleep and will take another 1mg a few hours later if I am still awake.
I need my sleep!

Jeff texted me a picture of the new carpet and put back together living room. It looks so nice. Now to go find a cat for his mother! 6 days until jeff comes home!!!! I miss him.

I got up early to take a much needed shower and a couple cups of coffee with cream and liquid stevia. Gave up my favorite french vanilla creamer, that stuff is full of artificial ingredients. Had a glass of organic fat free milk it was delicious!

Trying to eat healthy, not counting carbs but avoiding them for the most part.
Happy about my diet and not drinking alcohol....
and the scale keeps moving in the right direction so
Life is very good to me.
bizi

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

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

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I was AF yesterday but not tonight nor do I know if I will be while away at my conference. I honestly feel like it's MY time and I want to enjoy.... after dropping off my daughter today it was like a huge relief - I only pray she behaves while I'm away. Last time I left the country it was a disaster... fingers crossed and extra prayers for good times for all.

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Hi guys! Bizi, you sound so upbeat and positive! I've heard chimichurri is good on cauliflower steaks...I must give that a try, since I'm not doing meat now.

I've been AF since last Friday, but tonight is date night, so we'll be enjoying some together, then that's it till next week. This wine-once-a-week thing seems to be working for now.

Great to see some returnees again!

Have a good one, all!

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thank you melissa! emoticon
bizi

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

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

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Congrats on 149, Bizi! I'm looking forward to how I'll feel in 2 weeks if I stick to my plan.

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dear helene, am glad that you can go month to month this buys you some time...at least it seems to so you can ponder this some more with out a rush. Do what feels right in your heart. YOu always make things work out so I trust that you will continue to do so.
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Hi melissa, nice to hear from you, you sound very busy. It is hard to stay focused when you are traveling and such. I hoope you are having fun along the way.
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who is happy to see 149 this morning! Not drinking is paying off!
Just looked at my ticker notes signature notes and saw that I was able to lose 10 pounds in 6 weeks. I can do this again!

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/24/2014 (11:03)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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Hi everybody. Life's been crazy, and I haven't been home much or able to have any consistency in my day-to-day schedule. Just got back from a cross-country family reunion trip. I'm off on another trip two weeks from today, but I figure that's two weeks I can work on practicing consistency with food/workouts, and stay AF! So, that's my goal. Just joined a new (temporary) gym. We're living in a temporary rental, looking for a house, don't know where we'll end up, so this probably won't be my long-term gym.

I've been drinking a lot this year (stress) and though I hovered around my goal weight the whole time, this last trip put me up 4 pounds. Not liking it. Gotta take advantage of this brief lull in the storm.

Helene, my mom-in-law just said something last night that I think is so true. Moving costs money, in hidden and not-so-hidden ways. A lot of times, staying put is actually cheaper, even if the monthly is a little higher. As someone who's been semi-transient for the last five months or so can attest!

Glad to see some familiar faces around here. Hope the summer is treating you all well.

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Yes - once my year's lease is up it's month to month and as long as I give two month's notice. My worry is staying here - with less money coming in and how I will be able to manage it. It would mean really tightening up my budget.

Kathleen - I'm off to a conference flying out tomorrow and not back until July 30th. I sure wish we could win some of that lottery - it would for sure relieve some pressure I'm feeling.

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Day at a time lisa, day at a time!
fall down 7 times get up 8.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149 yippie!

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Bizi, if the couch still smells like cat pee, the new cat will most likely mark it, too. I would talk her into a new couch. The cauliflower sounds interesting; might try that.

I've been drinking and gaining. I can't believe how much I've gained in the last couple years. Wish I had gotten a new scale earlier; maybe could have avoided some of this.

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helene,
If you are unsure then you should meditate on this, can you go month to month after the year is up? or do you have to sign a new one year contract? Maybe you could talk to the manager?
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I cooked again tonight.
Dinner:
Sauteed chicken in a marinading sauce called chimichurri from argentina.
It is delicious!
has lots of garlic and parsley soybean oil vinegar, salt , red pepper and spices.
Cooked a bag of spinach with roasted garlics that I got off an olive bar, in grape seed oil.
ate left over asparagus broccoli coleslaw that was a little sweet over a fresh home grown tomato, organic too! and delicious.
I could not eat all of the chicken so saved it for another day.
I am stuffed
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/23/2014 (19:55)
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, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149 yippie!

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Helene, I think you should stay put, for now at least. I worry that you're rushing into moving...and I'm not sure it's the best decision at the moment. You also need some stability and your current home is so lovely. Are you free for a walk Saturday or Sunday morning?

PS. I did pick up a lotto max ticket for Friday. I'd be thrilled with half of $20 million. :D

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I am still really undecided about what to do - this time of year is challenging to find places because all the students are looking to rent for the Fall. It's just so unstable with my daughter that I fear making a move at this point.

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helen any more luck finding an apartment? sorry things are tough right now. I think the move will be good for you another new start.
Had the rest of the chicken salad and some tabouli and carrot salad and some strawberries and blue berries for lunch today.
very good and healthy.
make it a great day ladies!
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HI Donna! emoticon

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

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

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Hello! Yes, the lazy days of summer. I'm doing well with eating right and not drinking, but can't seem to get the exercise in. That needs to change!

Had a 19 day AF streak, which I feel good about! Then my man and I enjoyed a bottle of wine Friday....I mean really, really enjoyed it, like it was a savory dessert...and I've got back to AF since then, so that's a 4 day streak. I guess this is how it has to be for me: to treat wine as an indulgence, not an everyday thing.

Bizi, you sound great and those meals sound super tasty!

Have a great day, everyone...

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It's summer time I guess Bizi - I've been around but just reading and not posting too much. Still not doing great on my home front. emoticon on getting back to 150!! I need to do something to feel good again... and being AF is definitely on the list.

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Where did everyone go?
150 this morning back down to almost where I was 2 months ago. Amazing how fast I put on weight drinking. Feel better losing the weight. seems easier this time, maybe it is because hubby is gone. He will come back on the 30th I am happy about that. I miss him. He has been helping his mother, she is getting a new cat after she gets new carpeting on thursday tomorrow.
The couch still smells like cat pee even though they steam cleaned it.Maybe the new cat won't pee on it?????
crossing fingers bizi

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

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Hi sam,
sorry about your leg.
. Here is to healthy eating!
my perimenapausal fatigue symptoms are back.
took another 2 1/2 hour nap after dinner. I was falling a sleep at the computer. That is twice that this has happened since jeff has been gone.
I hate that.
I am still yawning.
Time to go to sleep for real...get ready for bed, hope I can still get to sleep.
Just got off the phone with jeff. He is coming home on the 30th that is a week from tomorrow. I am happy about this!!!!!
I know that his mother appreciates all that he is doing to help her.
They are looking for a new cat for her ...a male.
Making a trip to the humane society on friday or saturday.
The carpet gets replaced on thursday. She needs to get a new couch but is stubborn about that. It still smells like cat pee hubby said even though they had it steam cleaned.
anyway
nite all
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Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/23/2014 (00:26)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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Hi Everyone--
I'm back!!!
Ugh have been drinking and eating way too much. And have hurt my leg so cant' run. The results are ugly!
But i'm back to healthy eating today and though I'm not saying I'm AF today, I'm in control and will be MOD. I did walk for about a half hour although that bothers my leg too. Grrr....

I'll catch up w everyone's posts soon.

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carol you could try adding some cayenne pepper for an even zippier taste!
have a great day!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149 yippie!

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Thanks, Bizi!. I was picturing you roasting smaller flowerets on a cookie sheets, so that's an interesting way to do it! Sounds delicious!!! I would enjoy lots of chili powder on mine, too . . . I like spicey foods! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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for carol and anyone who might like to try the roasted califlower:
Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.
pick out a califlower and carefully cut off all green leaves and cut out some of the core leaving the head in tact and put it into a glass baking dish. if using a regular califlower that is big microwave on high for 10 minutes. I used an organic one and it was small so I microwaved it for 5 minutes. Take it out of the microwave and put mayo on it using a brush to paint it on all sides, a thin layer to coat evenly the brush makes it easy. cover with chili powder, I used alot! then cover with parmesan cheese.
bake for 40 minutes it will be browned.
enjoy!


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

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I had a reasonable lunch then had a big dinner.

lunch:
tabouli made with quinoa instead of wheat
chicken salad with apples and walnuts
blue berries

Dinner:
roasted califlower(Mayo, chili powder, parmesan cheese)
small thin egg plant roasted little grapeseed oil and spices
spicy cat fish with crab stuffing
a baked tomato, organic
fresh mango

I ate about half of all of what I cooked and will save the rest for tomorrow lunch or dinner, not sure.
I am going to go to the gym and walk again on the tred mill.
I am stuffed right now so will wait an hour or so before I go.

dinner was delicious!
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, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149 yippie!

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The UU service was nice. and we talked freely the whole ride there and back.WE ended up have a smoothie from smoothie king, carrots and kale and banana and apple juice and a vanilla greek yogurt for extra protein. It was delicious and very sweet so lots of carbs.
She is a school teacher high school strings and she is off for the summer so she was relaxed. I ended up spending the day with her and went to jasons deli for dinner with her daughter. I had a salad bar and a cup of chili. was very good and filling.
The day is gone but it was fun and relaxed. nice to be social. Did not make it to the gym but don't feel badly about that.
bizi

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

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

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Yes, I agree with Athena . . . it's so nice to see you have a bounce-in-your-step again, Bizi. You're doing great!!! Hope you found a lovely, healthy place to at lunch, and I hope you got to the gym, too. Keep on doing great! Happy the scale is continuing to go downwards emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope everyone's weekend was wonderful . . . I FINALLY had a quiet day & got to spark a little. Miss chatting with everyone.

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Hey Bizi you got that pep back! I love it. I must say, I get hungry reading your post's!

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150.5 this am...probably water weight but I love the numbers going down!
pink lady organic apple and coffee for breakfast. I am actually going to a Unitarian Universalists church this morning out of town with my girl friend. The 2nd service starts at 11;15 so a nice leisurely morning have to meet her at her house at 9;40.WE are going to Baton rouge and will probably eat out lunch their, some place different.
I looked on line at some of the restuarants and most of the "healthy" ones are closed on sundays so maybe we can ask a member while there of a good place to eat.
I plan on going to the gym this afternoon, it is supposed to rain again today. sigh my yard is still wet in some low lying areas. I guess when it rains some every day it will do that.
Make it a great day!
bizi

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

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

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have fun helene!

lunch:
a drinkable grass fed beef milk blueberry yogurt and a cup of quinao tabouli and some carrot salad with golden raisins for desert.

dinner:
Chicken salad (Again) and freshly steamed asparagus and kale broccoli slaw and some organic strawberries for dessert.
very good dinner!
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/19/2014 (20:44)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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emoticon Bizi!

I'm going to jump back on the AF wagon today and going to do my best to stay AF at least until my trip to Milwaukee on Friday.

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151 this morning down 6 pounds in almost 3 weeks. amazing what eating healthy and not drinking can do to the scale.
blue berries and coffee with half and half and stevia to sweeten.
make it a great day!
bizi

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

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

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Had great food today!

lunch:
Wild caught salmon with slices of mango on it-yum!
purple cabbage
collard greens
chard with onions and peppers
(all organic veggies)

Dinner:
organic chicken salad with apples and walnuts
organic carrots salad with golden raisins
a whole avacado with some apple cider vinegar
an organic tomato with sour cream

I think I will have a cup of coffee about ready to fall asleep.
yawn!
bizi

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

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

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emoticon everyone!
Thanks Lisa, for thinking of me. As it turns out, the next morning I had a chat with the supervisor and instructor and they were very receptive, even glad that I approached them. As a result, my son's day went well and he now ranks the camp a 8 out of 10, rather than a zero!
Bizi, congratulations on your AF streak. You are doing tremendously well!
I'm intending to go AF but only got one day in this week. Like Helene, I'm finding it difficult to get consistently motivated.
Well, at least I've started tracking my food and exercise. I KNOW exactly what my problem is: I eat far more calories than I burn. With tracking, my eyes are wide open and I'm stunned at how much calories I consume. Way too many.....





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Hormones and the darn peri-menopausal stuff can be a bugger for sure Bizi - I believe that's a lot of what I have been experiencing. I started taking 5HTP before bed again and it's helped with my sleep and mood.

My own goals around being AF ... well I'm not doing so well. My will to stop is not strong enough yet. I am at 175 still - I truly hope now I can get back to 160Ville before my 8 year SP Anniversary. Feeling a bit discouraged by this weight gain and how hard it is to get it back down - I know the WHY - I just have to find the WILL to change it.

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I have been feeling really tired also. laid down after dinner and took a nap, just woke up feeling disoriented and decided that I would still go to the gym. So I walked for 65 minutes at 3.5 MPH and burned 300 calories. my feet are a bit sore and my back was achy but I feel good for going. I hope my perimenapausal symptoms are not returning....sigh
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Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/17/2014 (23:56)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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emoticon Bizi! You're doing great!

Haven't heard from Brenda; hope everything went well with her son.

I've been doing ok on the booze front, but drinking too much Coke. I've been feeling more and more tired all the time. I wish I could figure out why.

Have a great Friday!

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I'm still not doing so well on the AF front - Bizi - I saw your streak emoticon emoticon

Now with the uncertainty about the move in terms of 'where I'll end up' I'm feeling a bit nervous but trying to keep repeating my positive mantras - I will find a wonderful new space to live within my budget and I will LOVE it!!

I am not going to give my official notice until I have to - on July 31st or August 1st. I am hoping to have a place secured before I give notice so I can feel better about it - but if I don't, I will have to bite the bullet and just DO IT!! I need to downsize and de-clutter.

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up early today...don't know why. maybe I can finish my paper work that has been nagging at my brain.
make it a great day ladies!
bizi
finished the paperwork and put away the folded clothes that had been haunting me for a week!
152.5 this am!

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/17/2014 (09:33)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

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helen you are right, nothing beats one on one face time.
I used to belong to a mental health support group. and ran meetings after a while. It dissolved so there is nothing like that now.
I have posted on the bipolar forums at neurotalk for over 15 years...nice small group of people, we have shared our lives with each other. great comfort there. I don't really have friends(people that I do things with share personal stuff with maybe 2-3) but am trying to reach out to a woman that I have lunch with this past year with a bunch of guys and another lady. I eat at a health food store for lunch every day and sit with a group of people that are friendly. Can't tell you how nice it is to have people to eat with when I used to eat by myself everyday. Looking over my weight history...I had gained 10 pounds in 4 months. that is a very upsetting fact. But it is slowly coming off!
make it a great day ladies!
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Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/16/2014 (10:45)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

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

Happiness is a decision!


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It is frustrating to have to take time off work to deal with matters for our kids - I hope things get resolved for your son Brenda.

I wasn't AF yesterday - but plans to be today. My month is not looking as good as I would have liked. I posted on another board within the team about my counselor's suggestion to explore joining Overeaters Anonymous (less intimidating to do than looking to join AA) and it still follows the same principles (the 12 steps, etc). For me I think the food/drink binge or uncontrolled eating/drinking goes hand in hand. I haven't heard back from them yet, so I'll follow-up today with a phone call to see if I can find a meeting soon. Our team is great - but nothing beats 'group' in person connections - like the women's group sessions I had. They were amazing - I miss them because it was a chance to speak about our week, our trials and not only tell your stuff but hear about other experiences. We do that here and that's what I love too - but I always encourage members to do some 'in person' reaching out too!

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That sounds like a lot of stress brenda. hoping you get some results that you want .
thanks for the welcome back....I missed you guys!
bizi

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

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Brenda, I hope things get straightened out for you and your son tomorrow. Hate when our kids have to deal with stuff and we can't protect them from it. It doesn't get any better when they're grown. (Sorry) emoticon


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Not me...I'm pulling out my hair due to something happening (or not) at my son's weeklong day camp.... why don't adults think they should be the one's to start communication????!!!
Anyhow, this too shall pass (and happen again in a different shape and form and happen again).
Okay, I'm feeling discouraged and down.... gonna have a very explicit talk with those in charge with the camp tomorrow (which means I'm taking time out of my working hours --- that ticks me off because they could have said something to me when I picked him up today). Arggghhhhh!!!
Unfortunately, I had a flying fit when I returned to the house. Not proud of it, but I "broke" like I do when things hit the fan (and could have been dealt with in a more straightforward way).
Bizi, I hope you are doing well... I understand things are difficult in your world right now... I'm so glad you decided to rejoin us at SP (yes, old news but I've been away)


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boy it is quiet here, hope everyone is doing well....
hugs to those who are not.
(((((HUGS)))))
bizi

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

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I will be back home monday night, not a good computer here. i just got an i phone

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

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

Happiness is a decision!


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7/13/14 5:44 P

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Hey Elle. Vodka tonic sounds so good. I don't understand the ravenous hunger. I got on the scale this am for the first time in 2 weeks. I almost peed my pants! 10 pounds in 2 weeks! I am hoping some part of it is water retention. in three days I will post whatever the real weight is. I definitely need to lay off the sauce.

Happy Sunday!

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You are doing so well Elle - and if you feel the alcohol was the reason you lacked motivation ... then perhaps yes it's a reason to stay AF.

I am on the other end where I've been on a drinking streak and trying to get back to AF and I'm finding it really hard this time. If I can get a streak in again and lose some of the bloat - I hope that will motivate me to stay AF longer.

I am still doing the internal mental battle about whether or not I should quit altogether - terrified to even think that I'd have to.

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Last night I had some much needed "alone" time.

As I sat on my deck listening to the ocean waves and watching the super moon, I thought a vodka and tonic with fresh lime would be just perfect. I had two.

I slept well, but woke with no motivation to do the things I wanted to accomplish this morning. It's turning into a wasted day, AND I'm hungry even though I've eaten.

Is this a reason for me to stay AF or what???

Hope you all have a wonderful productive Sunday! xoxo

xoxo elle~


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