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5/27/16 10:12 A

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Hello friends! emoticon

I have been away from SP for a very long time - life has been incredibly busy. Some very good, some not very good...but here I am....

With the amazing support of this team, I have been mostly moderate (and sometimes completely abstinent for long stretches) since 2010 (!!!!!WOW!!!!!). Over the past 2 years, I realize that I have more or less been looking for excuses to quit completely. Don't ask me why I feel the need for an excuse, or permission....or maybe a little push....but I do. However, I have not done so.

For the most part, I have maintained a good grip on moderating, but over the past few months my intake has been creeping up.

...and I don't want to go there any more.

I am in a pretty happy place after having been in a very very very unhappy place for a long time. So drinking lately has not been about escaping or looking to feel better for a while. It has just very quickly become a bad habit. A way to kill time. Almost like a hobby. Yuck.

I want to take a long pause...maybe quit for good. DH was away for 3 weeks and I drank once during that time. Felt amazing, lost 5 lbs, didn't miss the wine. He's been back for less than 10 days and I've had booze most of those days, have gained 4 of the 5 pounds back and am pretty disappointed in myself.

It's pointless. I know I can live without it. Looking back, I think I bought the first bottle to make his return festive....and kind of just kept celebrating. We've had other things to celebrate too, but it is time for the party to stop. I'm writing this today after having consumed far too much than is healthy for me last night....I didn't feel overly drunk or anything, it's not good for my mental or physical health to do that as frequently as I have lately.

I'm ready to give it up.....heading over to the reset thread...

Very happy for the support and encouragement of this team...

Edited by: MIMICOTO at: 5/27/2016 (10:15)
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5/27/16 8:30 A

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lol- well I got banned by Coach Jen herself in one thread. No posts!

That was highly amusing.
Got rid of my maps.
I kept a few photos
and it is beautiful out there..so a walk for sure.

also- just out of curiosity since I am going back to all my info and stuff- I wonder why we have to say if we are male or female? I wonder who we would contact here for that? In this day and age I think that needs updating to be able to opt out as some do not want to share and some are gender neutral or gender fluid




Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 5/27/2016 (08:34)
~Emily
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5/26/16 8:33 P

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Getting caught up on the posts.

Bizi - exciting about your trip. I have never been to Paris or Italy but hope to see it someday.

Chelsea - I hope your last day was good...

Sam - CONGRATS on the weight loss.

And to all the others - keep doing what you're doing! Checking in and posting. Em - I respect your desire to pull back. I am honestly super busy and need to pare down some of what I do as well.

I will blog a bit about that tonight.

Day 25 AF for me today - 5 more days to go to hit my 30!

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5/26/16 3:50 P

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I spent some time online shopping for ahem.. adult toys- wow I never knew there were attachments for power tools you may already own!
Why? - to see if that would change the ads on here BUT not really any more odd ads...except I do see more for sleep apnea??? hmm

Bizi- yes it will be expensive but plenty will be free to see too and it is a trip of a lifetime! My kids have traveled much more than I have. I am glad they have had the chance. Anguilla to see grandparents (we most like will be back for christmas) but also England (I did go there for 3 weeks) and Scotland and Netherlands and Iceland and Japan and Italy and Spain and Peru and around here in the states too. It really is an education and I hope to go somewhere too- just trying to figure out where

Chelsea- I hate the snoring thing. I use earplugs but also have to flip over and hope he does not kick me in the face. Hope your last day was very good! And yes- I can change my mind and come back but I Need a long break. I have plans to do quite a bit being free from all social media and this place is too facebooky for me now.
I will check back in September.

Sam- me too on Italy although I would like to go on the St. james walk in Spain- I am an atheist but I have always appreciated the quest aspect of it. 4 days!

Cherie- you sound good! Keep it up. emoticon

I had the best lunch with an old friend who has been through much and she is thriving. We spent a few hours together and she likes bowling too so we plan on doing that.

I'm deleting most of my blogs will get rid of the recent photo of me. I won't leave teams but won't have them visible on my page.
I have to think on what if anything I need here on SP.
so with that I want to wish you all-
Helene and Jami and Maureen and WW and ALL of you a BEAUTIFUL Summer!
I will check back in end of September. You can contact me by SP mail as it will alert my email and some of you also have that too.
Take care of each other!
Much love! emoticon
btw- I may contact you WW about buying a mattress!

Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 5/26/2016 (16:24)
~Emily
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5/26/16 11:18 A

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Hi all!
I've had 3 af days, today will be too. Part of the reason I gained weight, was sitting at the computer too long, used to have wine with it, but that was over a month ago, still haven't lost but 2 pounds. Not eating right, have a sore in my mouth, hurts when I eat, so its been soft foods, fattening! I feel good today, will get a work-out in!
Great Sam!
Bizi, you over think like I do... You'll have a great time!
Everyone have a great day!
Cherie

I was on a medication, with a side affect of weight gain. Doc said I can stop taking it. I,ve cleaned up my eating, am walking, I did this before, I can do this again!
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Bizi: don't stress too much, it will be a great trip! I'm so envious, I've never been to France or Italy and really want to get there. Especially Italy.

I come and go from Spark, but I really do enjoy this group the most.

FTL--best wishes on the last day. Change is always so hard.

I'm on an AF streak--going for day 4 today!

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5/26/16 8:26 A

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Good morning everyone. Up early because my lovely husband was snoring. emoticon It's my last day of work at the school I most likely will have to leave. I am feeling just about every emotion: pride at making it through my first year back, sadness of having to leave my kids/friends, excitement of being free for a bit, anger that I'm being forced to leave based on seniority, not on my principal's desire to keep me, stress for going to work at a new school with a different IB program....and then it begins again....

So my goal for today will be to try to remain as present as possible for my students and then let the feelings come and go. That's my goal at least.

Bizi - You are going to have an amazing time! You can always buy something there if you forget it.

Sam - Amazing job! 10 pounds is a big deal! emoticon

Em - I've come and gone from SP. Do whatever feels right for you...you can always change your mind.

Okay guys...I'm off to my last day.




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5/26/16 8:24 A

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Got up at 6, jeff was up, he could not sleep and had been awake since 4;30. Yikes
hate that when that happens.
I had forgotten to get my scrub pants out of the dryer last evening. So they were a wrinkled mess so I rewashed them and decided to iron creases in my tops... long over due this morning. The pants are in the dryer and should be wrinkle free like usual...fingers crossed.
I think the thing that worries me most is how expensive everything is in europe. All this trip is costing a small fortune, I know that I should not complain but golly!!!!!! This will be our last trip like this, unless we win the lottery!
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, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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thanks em :)

all of this planning and we have not thought about food at all.
so many restaurants to choose from so little time left to plan.
I was on trip advisor for a bit just now...it is all so overwhelming....

I still wonder if I am smart enough to do this.
one person said plan on 100 euros per person per day, yikes!
I need to move more money from savings.....

the attractions are all so crowded, they said it was hard to find the groups and the lines are still long thru security screenings.

sigh
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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5/25/16 9:31 P

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Bizi- you are a great planner!
Sam- awesome
WW- now I have Saatva ads all the time!
went back to the thread about the page changes that make our SP page look like FB.
have been thinking again about what to do as far as staying/spening time here.

My weight history- underweight in high school
119 age 29-
125 after first kid and 133 after the 4th.
Then I gained years ago up to 150. I lost by myself down to 138. Then gained 7 pounds and came here and gained 30. Have been trying for years and although I lost it just recently from too much birthday partying I gained a little back.
Not into 160's which is good. BUT I am thinking I might take a SP break- have been thinking about it for a few days

Anyhow- tomorrow I want to walk in the morning
Lunch with a GF and I got her a nice belated birthday present
I also found a cast iron teapot- brand new! for $16- worth about $75 more or less

Have a great eve! First AF night for me in some time!

~Emily
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5/25/16 2:27 P

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Great job, Sam! Woohooooo!
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Thanks Bizi!

Actually, thanks to everyone on this team, you all have really helped me to stick to my goals. And it's also great and inspiring to see other peeps on here having success, it's very motivating.

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5/25/16 10:48 A

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congratulations sam!!!!!!
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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So happy!! Finally, I reached my first weight goal: I lost 10 lbs!! Yay! Wow, what a difference the alcohol intake makes.

I'd like to lose another 5-10lbs so I will keep doing what I'm doing which seems to be working.

I was AF the last two days and plan to be AF today and tomorrow for sure.

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WE leave 2 weeks from today.
Not ready, don't have our new credit cards with chips yet.
We need to order money, that takes a few days.
I think that I am packed adequately.
Hubby has yet to pack anything which makes me nervous. I bought him a travel umbrella the other day.
It will be cooler in paris than italy. I am bringing one sweater/cardigan to wear over all of my short sleeve tops. Maybe I need to rethink this....
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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5/24/16 9:04 P

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came home at 4 and jeff said that we should go get a drink, so I said yes....he said he was a bad influence.
sigh
equivalence of 3 drinks when none was my goal.
sigh
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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5/24/16 10:53 A

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Hi all!
Glad to see everyone seems to be doing pretty good, we are all aware of what we want to do, what we need to do and trying different ways to do it.
Was a little over mod this weekend, Not bad tho. Mon was AF as today will be. We are grocery shopping tomorrow, buying for memorial weekend, unfortunely it 30 and 40 % chance of rain. so our list will be different. Will be planning to buy our drinks on Thurs nite. We've been having a glass of wine with dinner, and a double shot of rum in the evenings on weekends. I feel so much better being AF during the week and not sneaking. I used to sit at the computer for 3 hrs and have a glass of wine next to me. no more. feels good.
Trying to get in the habit of doing an exercise cd at least 5 times a week, its hard!
Have a great day everyone! Cherie

I was on a medication, with a side affect of weight gain. Doc said I can stop taking it. I,ve cleaned up my eating, am walking, I did this before, I can do this again!
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5/23/16 11:42 P

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Goals for week:

5-22 DD 2 x14 oz of 10% stouts=4.25 beers/units, slept 7.5 hours, mood=3
5-23 AF slept 7 hours, mood=3
5-24 AF
5-25 AF
5-26 AF
5-27 Mod 2 pints=2.5 units
5-28 AF

drinks for week 6.75

bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 5/24/2016 (13:06)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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good for you sam!
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, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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hi all:
Had a fantastic weekend, and am down basically another pound! Still doing well on the MOD front although Sat was a bit much, but still I stopped drinking once I realized.

Will be AF today. Aiming for 2-3 AF days per week.

Bizi-your trip sounds awesome.

Helene--good job on the AF streak!

Emily--I'm glad to hear someone out there is resisting the cell phone thing. It takes over your life, along with social media if you allow it to.

hi to everyone else I missed :-)


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well done Helene! That is fantastic! emoticon

who get what? I must not be getting it! lol

- yeah I found that cafe accidentally and need to NOT go back- there are some mother hens over there that are judging and if that is what you mean? It can be a drain. However hopefully those that can see that the new format is restrictive may get heard and changes can be made -options.

I got a walk in. 4 miles BUT man is it hard to get back to healthy land after staying over on Hedonistic Island for far too long.... I don't remember the last time I did any ab work!

Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 5/23/2016 (13:35)
~Emily
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Well I'm glad there is a forum for feedback for it in the chatting 'cafe'.

Back to this team's purpose... I posted this on the HAMS site and wanted to share it here because I'm pretty amazed at the stats:

Today marks 75 days that I have had abs days in 2016. I was looking back on 2015 and for the entire year - I had 65 days so I've beat out last year already at 52% abs days so far compared to 21% for all of 2015. I'd say that's MUCH better!! Once my 30 days are over - I plan to have a minimum of 20 to 25 days abs per month! Thanks SP Friends for the support and motivation! It's great to have that accountability with people 'who get it' and don't judge.



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~Emily
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Have a great...make it a great day!
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 5/23/2016 (09:44)
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, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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A right fine day to slay the fattie and fermented beasts!!!
Beautiful out!!!

WW- I will go check out that book!

Bizi- very exciting!

Helene- you are working it!



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hi wonderwoman, I had talapia for dinner tonight it was very good.
we leave june 8th for 11nights, 7 in italy, 4 in paris.
little over 2 weeks, am not ready.
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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I do find your posts inspiring, Helene. And yours too, Emily! Grateful that we have a place like this to share as much or as little as we want, about our health goals, or beyond.

Speaking of health goals: I'm on my second AF day after much merry-making. I was getting down on myself for not achieving goals I'd set. I know I am hard on myself. I do expect a lot from myself, and sometimes I think that can be a very good thing. But when I turn on myself and get negative and even punitive...not so good.

I started this book called "Clarity" by Steven Cesari that i'm really liking. From what I can tell so far, it's about matching your actions and environment with your goals, everything from healthy choices to clearing clutter. I think the 30-day sobriety book touched on something similar: when your actions don't coincide with your goals or vision for yourself, it's a source of internal strife. I know it is for me. And not taking action with my health is making me feel a bit stuck in taking action in other areas of my life, mostly in the entrepreneur realm.

Anyway, so far it is an interesting and inspiring read. I'm sure I'll be blogging about it later.

Time to go thaw some tilapia. Later, friends!

Bizi, when is your trip?

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Glad you made the choice you made Em - it has to feel right for you. I have been blogging for years and yes I share some very personal stuff but because SP has always been positive - and supportive, it's been a source of strength for me. It has carried me through some really tough times and I am so grateful to my SP Friends for their loving words of support and encouragement. It's certainly not attention seeking I'm after - rather a means to vent at times, and perhaps share of my own story so that maybe someone else living something similar can relate or connect as we strive to live healthier lives. To me - THAT is what this is all about.

And this team - well YES to being that support and rock for help in improving the amount of alcohol I was consuming. It has been a tough 'long' weekend - sunny and gorgeous - watching others drink but I'm wrapping up day 21 AF!

9 more days to hit my 30 day goal!!

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lol emily! gotta love you!
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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emoticon Sunday afternoon.
Yes- since there is a new SP look I changed mine and my name as well. Streamlined.
SP changes seem to promote cookie cutter efficiency over creativity- (real creativity anyway compared to just cutting and pasting motivational quotes)
... SO
the new sanitized me
Deleted most photos of me. Deleting many blogs.
ZIPPPPLINED! emoticon
ZipItUp's Zoetic ZONE

It is good. More focus on real life and less social media- not that I did that much of it- my facebook is only to keep in touch with 3 of my kids- one does not have one.
And perhaps I would have become one of those attention seeking whores I detest.
Telling complete strangers everything.....what would be the point of that?!
So here on SP main focus- weight loss and health goals.
Connect to help each other on- for this team I need the AF support- I am embarking on my 100 days which include AF and other healthy habits
Weighed in - not too bad of a gain for a month of merry making.
5 pounds. I will take it. I learned some things about myself.
Chill the champagne on Day 99/100
but until then- let the training begin! Time to slay the fattie beasts!!!
Hooyah! Have an awesome emoticon week team!

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good going jenna!
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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8 days AF emoticon

Training for:
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Well I drank too much last night either 3-4 strong pints can't remember how many...at whole foods playing trivia., so much for moderation, oh well...
When I drink like that I eat/snack. They have the best Chantily berry cake. It is so good! and then came home and watched x-files and snacked on pretzles and then cereal snack left over from christmas, thanks mom! It was delicious!

I was a bit hypomanic this past week. I bought over 350 little bottles of nail polish they were clearancing/ dicontinued that I use for my business. so I am set for years with polish. Hopefully they will still be good. In 2 days I went to 4 stores and cleaned them out of oranges, pinks and other colors that I will eventually use. Hind sight...I should not have bought so many oranges....sigh
Though eventually I will have to buy bigger bottles and carry fewer of them and they are more expensive and I can only carry so many of them, take up more space etc.
AND I HATE CHANGE!!!!
so I put off change for a long while.....

I also wrapped white duct tape all around my inner bag support that was awful looking. I was embarrassed by the way it looked. That took some doing and it needed to be done.
It looks so good now.

I work today, only 3 clients so that is good.
It was a light week which is not good.

I have to rethink my clothes for the trip. may need to pack some warmer clothing items...it is cooler in paris than italy and raining quite a bit next week via the weather channel. I think I will bring a rain coat after all. I have a tiny umbrella that I am bringing too.

I need to ask the bank if I could get a new debit card with a chip so that I can use it while we are gone, I think it needs to have a chip and mine doesn't have one.

I called my psych/doc about something to sleep on the airplane, she said to take half of the zyprexa that I already have as an emergency med in case I get manic on the trip. She said to go with the flow and stop organizing so much because she did not want me going manic before the trip!
I did not tell her about the 350 bottles of polish....

Have a good weekend my friends.
I mailed my nieces birthday card early because I remembered it this morning and did not want to forget it which I have done in the past. So that was good.

bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 5/21/2016 (10:18)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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Hi all, I don't want any misconceptions about what I wrote yesterday.
Its hard for me to log in my foods on Spark. I do know , I'm not burning off what I eat.
Sun, it was the German fest, Had Pulled pork sandwich and 2 beers, we were stuffed, didn,t eat anything after that, later 1 rum.
Mon, Burrito with vvith veggies and beef for din, and drank 2 wines. Tues fish, AF, wed , what I call Mumbo-jumbo, getting all the little container out of the fridge and putting it all together, it was yummy. I rum later, watching survivor. Yesterday, Hunny barbecued brats and we had beans with it. Also the a beer. Coming home from the surgical center, we had a hamberger, small one, no fries, no pop. I,ve been having some dental problems, so I haven't been able to chew a variety of foods. I just haven't work out enuff. I had to cut down the meds the psych gave me, made me too sluggish.
I don't like Kale, brussels sprouts don't don,t like me. and for financial reasons, its hard, hunny doesn,t like quinoa. I can make shakes, but you have to buy the stuff$$$.
Just venting, want to lay down for a bit, but couldn,t ,this was on my mind. !
For the weekend, we will be mod.. Cherie

I was on a medication, with a side affect of weight gain. Doc said I can stop taking it. I,ve cleaned up my eating, am walking, I did this before, I can do this again!
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Helene- I can't deal with fugly
and I realize too that SP is not serving me anyway. Kudos- I guess if it helps.
Bonus points? Spark points?
I'm 55- I don't need points- a pat on the head or a gold star at the end of the day...
nor Lame articles and ads so many ads...
I have made a couple of real life friends which has been great. I will be seeing them this Summer.
I don't know who SP was trying to please. The ads are annoying. The pages are not as individual and are just plain ugly.
BUT I am actually glad of this.
I feel free- I will play here a little if it suits me....but there is nothing to learn here at all. The articles on nutrition are not helpful nor are the ones on exercise.
I like to connect with people here so I will keep my page- will edit out any personal stuff as I do not like to share everything.
It is time to spend less time here and more taking care of my actual life!
I did blog about it
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thank you helene.
((((HUGS))))
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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Chelsea - emoticon on your AF day.

Bizi - yes it's not the end of the world - one drink is allowed if you are driving.

Cherie - nice to see you are taking are of getting better and avoiding temptations.

Em - I get that the look is different but I honestly think the value from this team makes it so that i won't leave - EVER. I know the ads are a pain, but it's the way they keep things free which is good. Change is inevitable and I guess they are trying to please some of those who do like that style. It's hard to please everyone, but I give KUDOS to SP for all they do!

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Well I broke 2 goals this week. I had 3 beers on monday. Jeff drove.
then I had one drink tonight with a big dinner and drove to the gym to walk on the tred mill 3.25 miles because it was going to rain and jeff walked in the neighborhood by himself and ended up not getting rained on after all. I actually forgot that I had that root beer until after I was coming home from the gym.
sigh
It is not the end of the world.
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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I have a cousin that works as a park ranger there.
She said we could visit her. Such a long flight! Don't know..beautiful though.
Would like to see Paris some day

I think we may be heading to Anguilla for holidays but not sure. I love Puerto Rico.

Went to Todd Oldham show after a wine tasting. Was great fun

SO- I do not like the SP changes on our spark pages. So ugly kind of face booky which I am not a fan of.
I am doing my 100 day challenge but am considering just doing it the way I used to in the past. Just using a journal and sticking to it. I dislike the new look so much and all the ads SO many ads. The site is free but then again it sucks up my time.
Dunno

left some teams- getting rid of some photos and blogs. Made my page available only to friends and it may be time to take a looooong break...gonna think about it for a few days

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Hello there AF Day! It's been awhile.


"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it." - Amy Poehler

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Hi all,
Hawaii is beautiful, I,d love to go back, Chel, you"ll have so much fun.
Good Job Helene!
We had wine left over from Sun, ( we just do mod on weekends) so hunny said lets finish the bottle, I said thank You, He said what for? For taking the temptation out of my site. Now we have a 24 oz of beer in the fridge, and open bottles of rum, but I can resist that. Had a shot in my back today, Haven't slept good lately, I couldn't sleep on my right side at all. Haven,t worked out, too many carbs...Help! Nuff siad! Have a good evening, Cherie


I was on a medication, with a side affect of weight gain. Doc said I can stop taking it. I,ve cleaned up my eating, am walking, I did this before, I can do this again!
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Chelsea - which one is the 'big' island?

I have heard good things about Maui and I do love waterfalls and the volcano mountain sounds cool too. I'm excited for you - you need to tell us all about it when you get back.

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emoticon WW and BIZI

Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 5/19/2016 (12:45)
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Helene, I went to Maui for MY Hawaii five-oh and it was great! The 3 of us went and had a blast. Did a couple snorkel half-day tours, had a surf lesson....all of which were super fun. We went in March and there were whales everywhere. Loved it. Thinking of Kauai for the next time we go.

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Chicago for work and I'm exhausted! I'll check in later. Have a great day, all!

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Bizi-yes I am doing sort of a modified approach like HAMS--very similar.

It's been kinda eye opening, but it's also really helped me moderate!

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Sam you are doing great! measuring is the most sane thing we can do if we are really trying to reduce. I find that I like HAMS forum. All about learning to be a moderate drinker and harm/risk reduction.
By participating there is when I decided to not drink and drive.
Just not worth the risk of losing my job/license/life style that I love.
bizi

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

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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Sam- those wine glasses make it seem like there is only 1 glass of wine in 1 bottle! emoticon

Helene- you are doing great.

Chelsea- little steps can add up emoticon

I'm starting up my own 100 day challenge. It needed to be something I can do for 100 days so I am tweaking and fine tuning and glad I am doing it. For now I just let myself go out of curiosity I guess. Eating what I want. Drink what I want and no exercise except a little walking and cleaning. Monday is weigh in day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a great day everyone.
Museum tonight to see Todd Oldham fashion and dinner and drinks after.


Edited by: ZIPITUP at: 5/19/2016 (10:25)
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Good going everyone!

I now have a new thing regarding wine drinking: I measure exactly how many ounces I'm putting in a glass. I realized so many wine glasses are way oversized. By measuring, I know exactly how much I'm drinking and I give myself a "not to exceed" limit. Which, I didn't even hit last night so very restrained.

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Helene - My favorite island is Maui. It's smaller has beautiful waterfalls and resorts, the volcano mountain, lots to do...That would be my vote. Kauai has amazing hikes but on that side can be rainier. We're going to big island because it's cheaper and we're renting a house. :) I took a surf lesson last time I went and will definitely do that again. Amazing experience. We're going to try snorkling with these special full face masks (and we are NOT snorkel people). Tennis, golf, SPAS!!! Can you tell I'm excited? :)

Today is Day 1 for me. I'm going to exercise (either a turbokick video or trying my best at running/walking for 3 miles total). I'm also not going to drink. Feeling good about my decision.

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Chelsea - Hawaii - now that's motivation!! I'd love to hear details as that is our next planned destination for my '50th' year (Hawaii 5-0 lol). We plan on going for 2 weeks but trying to figure out the best place to go to. I had contemplated doing a cruise of the islands to see more than one but when I saw how many days at sea seeing nothing I thought NOT.

If anyone has ideas/feedback about where to go or not go in Hawaii - I'd love to hear it.

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Hi guys,

I seem to do better with shorter term goals - not so overwhelming. So we're leaving for Hawaii in 25 days and I'd like to lose this weight I've gained. I've got a plan in place that I think is doable (but will require focus). One of those things is drinking for sure. I will only drink when I have preplanned it (like my trip to Napa this weekend and my friend's 40th) besides that I will start doing some substituting in the evenings and pampering in different ways. Only 6 more days of work and then a break. So excited!!!

Sam - You are doing so great. Keep it up!


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great going helene!!!!!
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way to push thru a craving!
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13=140, 1-13-14=146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-21-15=142.5, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-26-15=138.5, 7-22-15=146, 8-24-15=151, 9-15-15=144.5, 10-5-15=141, 11-1-15=137, 11-29-15=143, 1-4-16=151.5, 1-26-16=144, 2-24-16=150. Happiness is a decision!


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