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11/2/13 7:15 P

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Not Russian, but Ukrainian. My grandfather was born in Western Ukraine, which is now technically in Poland, and my grandmother was born in the US, but her parents were from the same general area in Ukraine.

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11/2/13 2:02 P

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Somebody set it up! I would, but I can't make anything sound interesting or fun or any way enticing.

Managed to resist all candy yesterday. Much pleased.

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I like it, New Challenges in November! We must remain calm, we must execute what we start out to do. We must attempt to stick to our lifestyle when things get hectic. Easier said than done I know but that is why we have each other, it makes us accountable.

Woubbie are you Russian? The ER is Orthodox, Christmas and Easter are later for her so she celebrates 2 since her German hub is regular. He loves Christmas but you'd never get him to set foot in a church for Easter.

Breakfast was 3 pieces of bacon and 2 eggs cooked in a bit of the grease. I saved the rest to combine with suet and I'll make bird cakes. We had our first hard frost last night and I STILL have a couple very confused hummingbirds! I'll have to devise some way of keeping the bird juice liquid for them if they hang around much longer.

Not sure what lunch will be but I'm having the Pub make me a steak salad for my dinner. They have steak strips for a sandwich so they can put it on a Caprese salad for me easy enough.

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11/2/13 9:38 A

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I like New Challenges in November. Even if they're the same old challenges, they're new every day. Great idea!

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What about New Challenges in November? I am doing low carb starting back up today, and a plank challenge, and working on other habits like tracking and getting to bed on time.

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11/1/13 10:42 P

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I don't care what it's called - I need these monthly threads!

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11/1/13 9:16 P

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Well, I'm feeling much the same way. I'm pretty good about nurturing myself. I need concrete goals to work on. How about something along the lines of pick your own challenge? Or thinking of Flylady's "you can do anything for 15 minutes" - pick your challenge and commit to 15 minutes a day, whether it's taking time out for yourself or using that time to further your progress on some other goal, like 15 minutes to prep your food for the following day or strength training or whatever...

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Not I, said Woubbie. I've barely been checking in with the October one.

I'm more in the mood for Boot Camp than nurturing. I've got that long straight run of holidays right through until Orthodox Christmas to get through and I'm already stressing instead of blessing. I need someone to be yelling "Come on, you can do one more!"


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So who wants to write up the November challenge? With a little direction from you guys I would do it but if someone has wording in mind, please go for it.

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11/1/13 3:45 P

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Good for you Leslie! I avoided the candy but the free-floating desserts around here got me, they were everywhere and as a rule, I don't have a sweet tooth. I purposely avoided the scale until at least Monday. Today a fat fast to kick me back into ketosis and then meat and veggies for the remainder of the weekend. I have 2 social situations this weekend that are bugging me- I'm wondering if by chance Saturday they'd make me a special meal if I asked for it and offered to pay a little extra and sneak some of my own food in on Sunday.



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3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
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My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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11/1/13 12:46 P

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a little actually doesn't hurt. I tracked yesterday and had eight halloween candies and still kept my NC well under 100. And I've lost a pound in the past couple days.

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11/1/13 12:16 A

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Had a calmer day today, and after a short rant to my boss, he decided that the Danish nitpicking over finances was LOW in priorities... :) So I ignored her stuff and worked on the important stuff! I also bailed out early and Chaser and I went up to a cool, funky neighborhood with a good friend to watch the trick-or-treaters. We got Mexican food to go and ate in the car so we had a ringside view. It was a good way to detox from yesterday.

I didn't eat any candy. I just didn't want any! LOL And, yes, I was conscious and functioning lest you wondered...

I really do need to get better at managing my stress. I have a good massage therapist and prepaid some treatments so I need to make an appointment.

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10/31/13 6:31 P

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Thanks Cindy- H ate Taste of the Wild when I got him but I can't reliably get it here. The feed store carries it but they have regular orders and if they run out and I run out there is no plan B and his digestion is wouldn't tolerate switching and we don't really have the room for more than one bag at a time.

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Not to worry Maw, any time you drop by is good!

Nurturing sounds good to me too.

1. Stop wasting money- Save money

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4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
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10/31/13 2:02 P

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Don't know why, but I'm avoiding you all again. My food has been good, though I haven't exercised. Usually when I avoid you it's because I'm not on plan. Oh well. One of these days it will all come back together again and you won't be able to shut me up!

Halloween is officially tomorrow around here. As of last night, the forecast for this evening was lots of heavy rain, winds gusting up to 60 mph, and the possibility of thunder and lightning and/or tornadoes. Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler, but better weather. My candy is still in the freezer.

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Nurturing sounds good to me.

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Ended up getting Blue dog food, it was on sale. It came in the toy breed size so easier for her to swallow. Never would have occurred to me that they need smaller kibbles! She likes it.

So, what's our November challenge - did we decide on Nurturing November?

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Oy. A little halloween candy yesterday. Be good to get it out of the house.

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Along the lines of dog food, I have found the best prices on grain free and sensititve stomach are at Walmart. Rachel Ray has them, Lamaderm, and there is another couple I found cheaper than the pet stores. I also used Taste of the Wild over Blue Buffalo in the pet store because it was cheaper. Also Diamond Naturals was too. Just some thought I know we can all stand to save some money!

Leslie I often get aggravated and overwhelmed at work. Aside from meditiation, I like to "run it out". Which doesn't mean running necessarily, just some high energy exercise that you can focus on letting go of it...

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Aww Les, it'll pass, don't let it come out in your face or it'll get stuck that way and we can't have that! See your doctor and see if they'll prescribe a 'medical' massage, they're more inclined to do that as opposed to drugs these days.

Kris, I read LOTS on food before we got Hannibal and Blue was the best we could afford, it's easier to find and he likes it, which isn't saying much for that one because he'd eat trash if the can was where he could reach it. Blue makes , lg, sm and in between food, puppy, fat dog, old dog, dry and some good sounding canned food; Grammy's Pot Pie, Cowboy Cookout- yeah, I know it's a marketing ploy and yeah, I fell for it. The ingredient list sounds like something I could feed hub when I did feel like cooking and he'd be none the wiser. Iams is good, the local vet that has a Leo feeds his dog that- sniff it and see if it's it's gone rancid or stale, you can tell. I love Petco! I take H in to pick out his own toys after he's had his "spa days".

I was bad tonight- I was watching Barefoot Contessa last weekend and Ina made a mocha cream icebox cake and I thought I would make one for the party at work tomorrow so I did and tested the first one out on my resident guinea pig. He liked it so I had a bite, then another and. . . It was good. The recipe says it serves 8, I'm thinking 16, it's rich and 8 would be huge pieces (perhaps that's why she's as big as she is). The recipe calculator won't open on the tablet for some reason so I can't calculate it but I'm sure it's baaaaad. I countered it with a rather plain chicken breast and a smallish half of acorn squash.

1. Stop wasting money- Save money

2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
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My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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10/30/13 10:46 P

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Ha, my awareness is increasing out of desperation! Today I got trapped on a two-hour phone call from the Danish finance manager and listened to her pick over numbers line by line in excruciating detail. I came home in tears - exhaustion, intense frustration, and complete mental overload. I cannot and will not do the kind of job she'd like me to do! Period. I do not want to sacrifice my mental and physical health to crunch stupid numbers. Anyway, I did not overeat in reaction - I meditated! It helped. I also medicated with a little bit of Crown Royal... :) I'm calmer now and will talk to my boss tomorrow. I am sure she expects me to spend tomorrow on this quarterly project (estimating income and expenses month by month for the rest of the fiscal year). I just wanted a normal accounting job. I do not want to do this forever - I want to be an author when I grow up.

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10/30/13 1:09 P

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Ugh. I haven't even thought about getting Halloween candy. Guess I better do that or decide to keep the lights off tomorrow night. We usually have less than 20 kids.

Good discussion on dog food. Jewel is getting Cloe's old food (Iams) and that was from before I switched her to the expensive Blue canned stuff because of her digestive issues. I know it's old and I need to throw it out, but I hadn't decided what to give her instead. My sister-in-law didn't bring me any food, just the dog and nothing else so I have already bought toys and a sweater for her. I have a trip planned to Petco or Petsmart tonight, I think I saw that Blue has a food just for toy breeds. I have done only a little reading on the raw diet, I don't think I could sustain that over the long term.

And, I want to eat at Heidi's house. Everything sounds so delicious!

My awareness this month is diminishing...

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10/30/13 12:58 A

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Speaking of "ugh". The halloween candy got me.

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Ugh, I'm with you, Heidi, on a raw diet. It sounds ideal and I could probably pull it off if I had a Chihuahua - even if it looked totally wrong. I have a lot of dog treats left from Whiskey that Chaser won't eat - he's a finicky little dude. He eats Wellness with a glob of crappy canned food from Trader Joe's - he and I agreed to that as a compromise. :)

I became aware today that I have a lot of tension in my face and jaw. I'm not grinding my teeth, but I'm still tense (and apparently not very happy).

Ugh. Just ugh.

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10/29/13 3:53 P

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My 17 year old pound kitty only eats crap. When we got her, grocery store food was the only choice we had and I was ignorant, that is all she will eat. I've tried several high end, brands, grain free etc. and she won't touch them, I wind up throwing them out. She likes the juice that comes off the tuna and has just recently started to show an interest in what I'm eating. Last night she wanted a piece of the turkey I was slicing so I gave her a bite. The dog only eats Blue grain free, his digestion is sensitive so he doesn't get much people food unless he counter surfs and steals it if I forget to put something away, or we give him fish or bites of meat. He STILL will eat and eat and eat. The new cat is stared out on Wellness Core grain free kitten food. He arrived eating that so that is what he has but I'll look into it a bit more and see if there is something better- we now have a Petco so I can get different brands. A friend of mine feeds raw and I've watched her prepare her dogs (she has 2 Leo's) meals- first, I think tripe is disgusting and I just can't watch a puppy chomp on a raw chicken wing. Plus, I don't have time for that, nor do I have the freezer space it requires to store it when you get a good deal on meat or fish-

I didn't do much last night, we had roasted Brussels sprouts and mashed cauliflower cheese with sliced turkey and made the raspberry almond coffee cake thing from Linda's LC and I was done. Tonight will be beer cheese soup and something besides turkey, haven't gotten that far yet. I'm going to pick the bones and make stock, make a turkey salad and get the carcass out of the fridge so there is room for something else.





1. Stop wasting money- Save money

2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

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My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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This thread really has made me pay more attention to what motivates me, affects me, and changes my mind. I am uncomfortable with several parts of my job (extremely high expectations from Danish home office staff on complex, time-consuming quarterly budget estimates among other things), and I have to admit that I do not like heavy-duty, analytical accounting!! Blech!! I can't change anything yet and I really like the local staff, so I'm not doing anything drastic or stupid. However, I can see how a distracted mind has caused brainless overeating...

I am with you, SJP, I SO want to eat instinctively and stop when I'm nourished! I know that awareness is part of that and I still have hope that I'll get there. :) Our domesticated animals are so much smarter than we are in some ways no matter what we do! Chaser had a Greenie, a rawhide stick, and other treats all over my office floor today and he only noshed on a few bites of everything and left most of it.

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Leslie

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10/28/13 9:42 P

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I had a cat once upon a time, who refused to eat anything but her dry cat food. Probably Purina or something like that. I got her some fancy canned stuff for a Christmas present, and she refused to eat it. So I tried tuna. Same result. And chicken. Same thing. Then it occurred to me that I should just let her be and be glad she wasn't always trying to eat people food. She, like all of my cats, was a grazer. Well, except for one of my current foster kitties, who is a vacuum cleaner when it comes to canned cat food. She grazes at the canned food, though. None of my cats was particularly overweight.

Food has been pretty good day today.

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Totally agree. And cooked table food is so bad too. My sister always feeds her dogs "people" junk food and they are always fat and sickly. I'm just now switching our cats to low carb, no grain foods. The smaller scruffier one is looking sleek again and the BIG cat is slimming down too.

Did great on greens, got enough sleep last night.

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NOTREADMILLDESK I think that feeding our animals grain free makes a huge impact on their relationship with food. I always fed my pets whatever, higher end maybe, like Purina One, but never thought much about what was actually in it. My last dog had a bunch of issues as he aged and I switched him to grain free and he tolerated that better. The cats were jealous of it so I got them the same brand. They all lost weight I could never get them to lose on "diet" food. Once my dog passed (who had an esophagus problem and would wolf down food til he puked even before that) I vowed to feed my new puppy only grain free. Guess what, he, like your cat, eats only what he needs, he leaves food all the time, never guards it, lets the cats eat out of his bowl, and grazes whenever he feels the need. Most labs are vacuums and will eat til they puke, mine is slim and trim and eats what he needs and nothing more. I say there is something about the grain foods that MAKES them have disordered eating.

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If I ate like my animals I"d be big as a house- that dog is not a dog but in reality he's a hog in a dog's clothing! He'd eat until he'd pop. Of late, me too.

But, I am on the austerity program! The hub won't be going out fishing anymore this season so no opportunity for additinal income so I'll have to make it up by saving. Which with the holidays fast approaching, will be difficult at best.

I was busy all weekend so didn't log. I'll be good the rest of this week though.

Since November is the end of this week, I think my goals will be to plan better, reuse, repurpose, mend/repair and make do- something I haven't done in a long time. No convenience foods, to me that is the salad bar at the store or bagged salad and jarred dressing, rotisserie chicken, packaged lunch meats and sliced cheese.


1. Stop wasting money- Save money

2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
not sure who said it

My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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I've been trying lately to pay attention to what I eat when and why. (There's some stress in my life just now and I have a history of emotional eating, so the attention seemed like a good idea.) But I have come to realize that no matter how much attention I pay or how much reprogramming I do, I will never have the intuitive sense of my body's needs that my cat displays.

He has never been on the kitty equivalent of SAD. There was some feline formula involved at one point, to supplement his mother's inadequate milk supply, but that only lasted a couple of weeks, and it was never his sole source of nutrition. His food has always been high-quality, grain-free, paleo LCHF.

And he eats only what he needs, when he needs it. No plate-cleaning, no environmental eating, no eating for entertainment. When I noticed that he eats twice as much of one canned product than the others, I checked the labels--sure enough, that one variety has half as many calories, and less protein as well. He's even been known to turn down bits of steak, a special treat, if he's eaten recently. Which is something I can barely even imagine.

But I'm trying.

Not going so far as to chase a mechanical mouse, but I think he's got the right idea about a great many things: naps, expressing feelings, active play...

SJP

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Busy weekend! My sister and her family were in town, we had a birthday get together for my nephew and my son on Saturday. I only had 2 bites of cake, but can't say the same for the Doritos! Salty stuff is so hard for me to resist. Although I did stop much sooner than I used to so I guess that's progress. Yesterday I managed to get 6 bags of leaves picked up, but that's just the beginning! It was so nice yesterday I needed an excuse to get outside. I did not track my food over the weekend, but I'm aware it wasn't the best.

We are going to keep Jewel the Yorkie. After a couple bad nights in her kennel (barking and whining), I moved it into our bedroom. Either that helped or she's just been worn out from the weekend's activity, she slept all night the last 2 nights. She finally showed an interest in one of the stuffed toys and played with it last night. I'm trying to train her to walk nice on a leash too so we can go for walks, but so far she's too distracted so we just go up and down the driveway a few times.

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No tracking yesterday, was pretty foggy all day due to lack of sleep. Better today, but not 100%.

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Oh, Cindy, I too, find your comment about not moving as much as you thought you did right on target. I had to tell myself last week that being busy wasn’t the same as being active. I had been running errands all day, but had to admit that the car was doing the moving while I was sitting in the drivers seat.

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Welcome, Earnie and Cindy!

Food has been much better since I've been doing my Food Stamp Challenge. If I overeat today, I may not have anything to eat at the end of the month! Did my knee exercises this morning, for the first time in a few days.

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Even though I just rejoined this team, I have been focusing on awareness this October as well! I have become aware that my high fruit intake a lot of times is really a palate cleanser, I do not move as much as I think I do and so no wonder I have gained so much weight! I eat over my calorie range consistently if I don't track, and even accounting for exercise I am too high on the calories! I feel so tired and my feet hurt when I am done with work, but really I am mostly standing and using my arms, which does not burn as many calories. emoticon emoticon

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Woubbie, I'd be all over a "Nurturing November" kind of challenge! I'm doing better with sleep, but I'm still way too quick to nurture myself with food. I need to remind myself that I need small quantities of dense nutrition - not full meals like I could eat before I turned 50... :(

I'm struggling with balancing awareness and responding - I can figure out what's going on with myself but I'm not necessarily sure what the best/right response is. My brain and soul just feel kinda waterlogged right now. LOL

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Lost track yesterday, probably exceeded 100 NC. Was going to go hunting today (last day of season), but absolutely could not go to sleep last night until after 5 a.m. So instead, will clean out truck and butcher at least part of the deer.

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Again I've fallen off this thread. Darn. Still hanging in with my October goals. Even ate salads this weekend, which I generally don't do. Guess the veggie thing is finally sinking in as a habit. Sleep's been going fairly well too, but that one will be on my challenge list for a LONNNNGGGG time. Anyone thinking about what theme for November yet?

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Just found this thread. I do better when I keep a journal. I actually keep an excel file for each month of daily weight and a word file for contains meals and thoughts. It helps me when I can look back and see what each day was like.

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Good grief, Maw, that does not sound like very attentive medical care! I am sure your friend was very glad to have you with her for that long day. Hope her mom is healing well.

I'm doing better today. Picked up a Living Locket I'd ordered in Whiskey's memory, and it's perfect. Chaser and I had a good walk today with a friend, and I took a nice, long (unplanned) nap! Found this quote in my email today and it makes sense to me:

"Our sadness is an energy we discharge in order to heal. ...Sadness is painful. We try to avoid it. Actually discharging sadness releases the energy involved in our emotional pain. To hold it in is to freeze the pain within us. The therapeutic slogan is that grieving is the 'healing feeling.'"
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That's a doubly-whammy, Leslie, and I'm sorry you have to go through it. The seasonal work stuff will always be there, seasonally, but I hope your grief subsides. You'll make it through this rough patch, and we're here to help.

I spent most of yesterday at the hospital with a friend. Her 92 year old mother with mild dementia fell Wednesday evening and broke her hip. Her surgery was scheduled for noon today, so I figured I'd be there most of the afternoon while she was in surgery and the recovery room. They didn't even take her down to pre-op until after 4, and she didn't go into surgery until after 5. So no lunch for any of us. My friend took me out to dinner while her mother was in surgery, and then we went back to the hospital til she came out and went into the recovery room. We waited until after 9 and still hadn't heard that she'd been moved to her own room, so my Judy decided to go on home. Turns out mom had been back in her own room for a while but they had forgotten to tell us. Oh well. At least she came through the surgery just fine. I swear, though, that the doctor couldn't have been more than 30 years old, and the anesthesiologist would have looked right at home in high school!

Day 1 on my Food Stamp Challenge went well. I provide breakfast (eggs scrambled in butter), skipped lunch, and my friend treated me to supper! A very cheap day. Food-wise it was mostly ok, though I had some corn bread with apple-bacon butter with supper. I planned to just try it, and then ended up eating about 1-1/2" square of the stuff. I spread the butter really thick on, though!

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I'm struggling right now. It's been a tough week - mental overload on buckets of seasonal details at work and emotional overload from grief. I picked up Whiskey's ashes tonight, and put his collar around the little urn. I still can't believe he's gone. Huge personality, huge presence, and a relatively small body. I've been eating too much (LC stuff) just mindlessly. I know I'll be fine, but for now Chaser and I are still lost without the pushy, happy Whiskey around.

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I agree with Nay, just be here. I should work more on the budget aspect, I don't like having to shop so need to make a menu, which I haven't done for a while and go get everything I need so I can stay out of the blasted store.

When I binge, or at least behave badly, I tend to not log in sto SP either- I feel horribly guilty when I eat crap and think if I don't log it, it may not count. Then I put on my jeans and can't breathe- back to reality. I"ve been eating good food (except for the little coffee ice cream thing I found in the freezer last night), but eating way too much. I'm hungry all the time! Not sure what has gotten into me of late.

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Just be back, Maw. That's all we ask.

Tracked yesterday, calories and protein a little high, NC under 50.

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I have been avoiding SP again. Not you folks, but SP! And I've been bingeing. On low carb food, but still bingeing. So I decided to do a Food Stamps Challenge for a month. I can squeeze in a month before Thanksgiving. As it happened, Marsh has some good deals on meat this week, so I got enough meat for most of the month. Now I'm just hoping that there won't be more and better sales! Not that it really matters. If there are, I can just stick them in the freezer. One of the advantages of doing a FS Challenge instead of having to stick to a FS budget. Anyway, I'll probably be back as Budgetmaw instead of Simplemaw for a while.

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Not too bad yesterday. Tracked my food, calories in a good place, 51 NC OK.

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Yesterday was good for food and tracking. I'm back on plan. Had a headache yesterday too, so I'm pretty sure that was little bit of carb flu from not eating well the last several days. Have book club tonight and we're eating at a diner, it's always a challenge at this place but I'll look at the menu ahead of time and find something safe.

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I had too many calories again yesterday but still did good on carbs. I wanted chocolate and beer so opted for a single Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. And it was good.

Dinner was a 1/2 c rutabega, celery, and musrooms roasted with the end of a pork loin. I deglazed the pan with a little red wine, added 1/2 c beef broth and 2 T cream and reduced it.

Today however I am avoiding salt, I am retaining water like a sponge. Breakfast was the usual eggs and pork product, lunch is salad and roast beef with sharp white cheddar, leftover squash or green beans. No clue what dinner will be yet, I'll root through the freezer this afternoon.


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Tracked my food, lots of calories yesterday, but still stayed under 100 NC, so calling it good.

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Oh, Leslie. It will be really sad when Chaser is gone too then. I'm glad he can spend extra time with you at work. The Yorkie = Jewel. Not crazy about the name so I guess that's why I keep referring to her as the Yorkie. My niece (8 years old at the time) named her , so I don't think we'll change her name (her sister that they kept is Angel). Plus I guess we have to decide if we're actually going to keep her.

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Fitkris, I am going to take a break from Schnauzers after Chaser's gone! I know that the client who is building a business is going to need more of my time, and I do not have anyone reliable or that I trust to leave my dogs with. I need to let my life change and see what evolves... In the mean time, I am SO glad little Chaser can go to work with me. He is very solemn and quiet, and I'm pretty sure he's depressed. I think just keeping him with me will help. I know I'm not quite right yet either, so I guess we're a pair!

I'm so glad you've got that little dog. I can't remember what her name is - we just keep calling her The Yorkie! LOL

Tomorrow I'm back to working out - I must. My body needs to move.

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Leslie, I'm not sure that the Yorkie needs me as much I need her. I just read your post on the Monday thread from yesterday and laughed about your GM from Denmark who went nuts over Chaser. And the Whiskey hugs - that's so sweet. Maybe Chaser needs a new schnauzer buddy? (And you, too!) I remember in one of James Herriott's books that he told a woman that the best way to ease the grief of losing a dog is to get another one as soon as possible. I think at this point I tend to agree. I've gotten so much joy from this little Yorkie the last couple days. I know everyone is different, but it has sure helped me.

Maw, you've been working hard coming up with recipes for the food pantry items. What a great idea and service to provide!

I did really well today on food, until after supper when I had the last piece of coffee cake sitting on the counter and a leftover biscuit from Red Lobster. Ugh. I've been struggling the last week. I think it's time to set some concrete goals for tomorrow. So, I am going to go plan my food out for tomorrow and get it ready. And no straying from the plan.

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Heidi, bet you're down 2 pounds tomorrow, lol!

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Thought I did good on food yesterday but boy howdy did I go over the calorie limit- by a lot! I had a spaghetti squash and wanted alfredo to put over it. By the time the cream reduces, it doesn't make a whole lot of sauce but since I started with a cup of cream, that is how I logged the half cup of sauce I wound up with. Add the cheese and HELLO! you just ate 720 calories! Breakfast was average, as was lunch but I was hungry later so I had a 1/4 c of deluxe mixed nuts. All in all I wound up with 1900 calories yesterday- and to top it all off, I was hungry at 9:00 pm! I avoided the padding out to the fridge and eating anything.

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I tracked my food yesterday. I wasn't particularly hungry in the evening, so didn't eat. Probably should have, ended up with 840 calories for the day. I haven't really felt hungry since Saturday's all day workout.

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Lots of animal news around here! I've been fostering two kittens for the past week, as they get over colds. I just sent an update to the shelter to see what I should do with them now. One is, I think, well, but the other one isn't.

Been busier than usual lately. When I was roasting pumpkin seeds at the food pantry last week, Kayte asked if I wanted to be an intern. She said I was already putting in enough time, and we could make it an official intern position if I wanted. At first I said no - I really don't see much point to it - but then I changed my mind. I'll probably never use it, but maybe there'll be something down the road for which I'll want to say I'm doing an internship there. Later I overheard an orientation, at which the presenter said that internships were 10 hours a week. No way do I spend that much time at it! My weekly blog post usually takes between 3 and 5 hours, and that's usually all I do. I haven't talked to Kayte about the time commitment. I had just sent her an email asking if she wanted me to find recipes for things they had an over-abundance of (at the moment it's cans of black-eyed peas and packages of dried kidney beans; a month or so ago it was many many pallets of bananas), and she said yes. So that will add some time. It's been kind of fun looking through the few of my old cookbooks (from my high carb, low fat, mostly vegetarian days) that I kept for recipes for black-eyed peas and kidney beans. And to pull out recipes that are not low carb. I won't be sampling the recipes, of course, but it's fun to find them. Kayte said that there are three other interns who also look for recipes, but I assume that they are mostly looking online, and I'm looking in my cookbooks. Of which I have many in my permanent collection, plus the 8 boxes I got for free on the last day of the big book sale here! If I'd known I'd be looking for recipes that aren't low carb I probably would have gotten some others, too.

I've been doing my knee exercises and riding my stationary bike at least once a day. "Should" be two or three times a day, but once is more than I had been doing. Food hasn't been great, but it could definitely be a whole lot worse.

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Leslie, the pancake recipe was in that LC newsletter Fit_Artist provided a while back. They're coconut flower and look and taste like regular pancakes!

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4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

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Had a full, overloaded kind of day - all mental overload. Came home and made Chaser's dinner and made Shepherd's Pie for me - with beef, not lamb! I think that is techincally called Cottage Pie or something like that. Anyway, I need to wind my brain down. I have a lot on my desk tomorrow, and I should really call a client who is probably wanting me there. I still just want to hang out with Chaser in peace and quiet.

Smiling over Fitkris getting attached to the Yorkie... I think she needed you, Kris.

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Hanging in there. Had a no veggie day this weekend but redeemed it on Sunday. Wish I could say the sleeping went well, but I was short on sleep last night.

I'm trying a new app called f.lux that darkens your computer screen and replaces some of the blue tones with red ones. It kicks on at sunset and the settings stay that way until sunrise. You can disable it for an hour at a time or shut it off entirely if you're doing something that requires color accuracy, but, weirdly enough, it does seem to encourage me to be drowsier earlier in the evening.

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Thought it might be a long night with the Yorkie, but it wasn't too horrible. She barked for about 15 minutes after getting in her kennel, then was quiet until 3. I heard just a couple little barks and she quieted down again until 5:30-6. Hopefully tonight will be a little better. She's sleeping on my lap right now. We worked on sit, and down after work - trying to get her to stay off the furniture unless invited. She seems to be quite smart, I think she'll learn quickly if today was any indication. But, I'm getting attached to her already!

A story about Caesar Milan. I didn't know who he was until our neighbors came home with 2 Great Danes, a male and female from the same litter. They named them Caesar and Milana after him. But these people should not be dog owners. They are the worst behaved animals. Barking constantly, several neighbors have reported them and animal control has been to their house a few times. You would think if they know who the guy is, they would have a clue about training the dogs. I could tell you stories about them...

Still not doing so good on food.

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Well, tracked yesterday. Went a little crazy at the drive-in, popcorn and hot dogs, but have made a reasonable estimate of how much and recorded it. Alas, that was probably the last time I'll ever go to the drive-in, as it was the last show of the season, and it doesn't look like they'll be able to get the new digital equipment necessary to operate next season.

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I'm pretty proud of the kid. She did the bulk of the dragging and never gave up. Me, just getting up the hill is hard core aerobic, although I did help with the dragging periodically. Then rested, then leapfrogged taking the rifles ahead, rested again, went back down to help dragging. Long day.

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This is a combo Awareness/Sunday post.

Kris, call Caesar Milan, he'll fix the Yorkie!

I wish you could Leslie, it's more fun to cook for someone!

Nay, good for you and the daughter! Loads of good exercise. I haven't been hunting this year and the way life is going probably won't either. I was supposed to go hiking with the Evil Russian today but got lucky, it poured rain so we couldn't (italics) go.

So, I went to JoAnn's and got a navy blue (groan) polyester suiting and started Hub's costume. It won't be as nice but will work, I'll refuse shipment and get a refund.

Food was good yesterday but drank too many beers at the Pub when the ER got back from the goat hunt. Today I did good on food.

Now just watching a PBS show on Henry VIII palace, Hampton Court, then The Paradise which is a take off on Mr. Selfridge. I WANT Downton Abbey.

Tomorrow I have to get up early, Oliver gets neutered in the morning. He is THE SWEETEST kitten. He loves being cuddled, sleeps wrapped up along the top of my head and will snuggle up under my chin and will purr and purr. He and Hannibal love to play together. Puss still hisses and spits but it's more for show.


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3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

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Woubbie, so far the only picture I've gotten of Chaser in his Superman coat is a bad cell phone one! I'll try to get better ones and post them. He wore it over to my mom's house this evening and I think he'll get used to it and like it - he's warmer in it!

Nay, congratulations to you daughter! That's a huge accomplishment - and a nice source of clean, healthy protein...

Fitkris, I hope Jewell works out for you. Sounds like she needs some love and attention and possibly some training.

I don't feel like I accomplished much today, but I guess I did enough. My eating was terrible, and I didn't work out, and I didn't walk Chaser. It's been foggy all day here and chilly, and despite a run to Trader Joe's and taking some stuff to my mom, I just didn't want to go out there. Back to work tomorrow - with a healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch - and with Chaser!

Edited by: LUCYSUNFLOWER at: 10/21/2013 (00:03)
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Congrats to your daughter, Nay - that's awesome! Sounds like a lot of work though. Pheasant season is in full swing here, thankfully my hubby is not a hunter.

My brother's dog Jewel arrived at my house this afternoon. She is a Yorkie. They have 2 and want to find a home for this one. I guess they are constantly battling for dominance and they don't know what to do with them. So we're keeping Jewel for a week as a trial run, and may keep her. She cried when they left without her though, it was sad. She seems to be doing fine now though. We'll see how the night goes...DH and I put her in the kennel when we were gone for a couple hours tonight, and DS said she barked the whole time. Hope she wore herself out and sleeps tonight.

Food - not so good. I didn't even write it down today.

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Thanks for your encouragement, Woubbie. I don't know if being near the goal is tripping me up or not. I think it's more work stress and lack of daylight for getting everything done. I continue to make a daily effort to stick to the plan and be honest in my tracking. Blessings ot all of my Spark teammates!

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Well, I was in the woods all day yesterday, wasn't tracking, but ate so little I could actually remember it.

My daughter got her first deer! Big ass 4-point. She shot it at 7:30 in the morning, and it was 7 p.m. before we got the whole thing into the truck. Long hard haul uphill, we both got full body workouts, and were aerobic for hours. I'm definitely getting something better for hauling them next time. We built a travois out of the slash lying around (it was in a timber cut) and dragged it out.

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Good for you, Leslie. Hey, you're gonna post a picture of the outfit, right? :)

Yesterday was the first day in quite a while that I didn't get any veggies in. I had an unexpected task pull me away from home and into the drizzling rain for a few hours yesterday afternoon and it threw the whole rest of my day into a spin. Meh, it happens. I didn't eat off plan (even forgot to have my tiny chocolate allotment in the evening), and got to bed later than I wanted to but not wildly late.

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I want wings now too, Heidi! Your food ideas were great - can I move in with you??

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Today I truly had a day off. I did a lot of little things but I managed to stay in my jammies until about 4:00!! I got dressed long enough to do two errands (dropped some mail at the post office and went to PetSmart and got Chaser a Halloween costume - a blue coat with Superman on it!) and then came home and put jammies on again. I think my awareness of my own needs, primarily the emotional ones, is getting stronger and more developed. That's a good thing.

Whiskey was wildly energetic and needed to be walked every day - Chaser is happy to snuggle and stay warm under a blankie. That really takes pressure off of me and today I took advantage of it. Something in me is starting to feel restored.

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Hi everyone. Have a great weekend!

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Leslie, try the turkey in a cheese cream sauce- heat some cream in a small pan, add shredded cheese, dry mustard, white pepper, dash of nutmeg and salt to taste. Add cubed turkey and heat through and either eat it that way or over a revolution roll.

I did good today- eggs, bacon and a patty made out of leftover mashed cauliflower. For lunch I made a cheese burger with avocado and sliced tomato. The leftover hamburger became meatballs for next week's snacks. I've used this same mixture for stuffing mushrooms. Beef, ricotta, canned Parmesan, bit of onion and drained spinach with an egg to hold it together.

Dinner will be crispy chicken wings- someone here was talking about wings and it sounded SO good. These are Mediterranean style but can become Buffalo easy enough.

Paleo pancakes for breakfast tomorrow. Leslie, you could try these too! With butter and sugar free jam or a little Splenda in whipped cream and roll them up.

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Skipped the dog walk after work today. It's beautiful outside but Chaser and I were on the go all day and I think we're both tired. He's face down under a blanket on the sofa, so skipping is a good idea.

I'm becoming aware that I want to eat emotionally tonight. Something hot and comforting which in the past meant mac and cheese or something like that. I have leftovers (salmon, spinach, and some turkey) in the fridge and I'm going to make do with that. I think I hoped I'd bounce back faster than I am... Typical!

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Lost track of my food again yesterday. Actually, I don't recall much of yesterday, was kind of foggy, bad sleep. I did get in a walk.

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Maw, it sounds like these two kittens might be keepers - after they've learned how to live in a house!

Had a productive day at work - and Chaser slept next to me while I was there. He is quiet, wide-eyed, and curious. And it's amazing to me how many of the guys just light up when they look down at him. He's turning into a little goodwill ambassador and therapy dog... :)

Underate today but that's okay. There's less tension in my jaw, and I'm catching up on my sleep. I'm not working out but I think I'll tackle that next week. I still sort of feel like I got run over my a big-a$$ forklift, but I'm better.

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Glad I checked this thread. I just realized that I'm short on walking for the day and my right leg is feeling horrible - which means I've been sitting too long.

Had another big salad for lunch today and got enough sleep last night. Trying out a new little app for the computer called f.lux which changes the color settings on your computer at your local sundown time to remove much of the blue light and make it more sunset colored. Didn't seem to make a difference in my bedtime, but I actually slept straight through the night more than usual. Only got up once at 2am - mandatory bladder maintenance for beer drinkers. I'll let you all know if it's at all helpful down the road. Heaven knows, a lot of us are probably on the computer later than we should be most nights.

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Lost track at Mom's house yesterday evening. That happens mostly because I start browsing and don't record immediately. Started with an apple and went on from there. Suspect I went over 100, as I had three apples plus whatever legitimate carbs I ate.

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Thanks for the hugs everyone.

I caught Oliver climbing on my flannel design wall (we don't have drapes). He's going to be a handful, he's only 12 weeks now. He was to be neutered last Monday but I forgot and fed him so it's the 21st now instead. It's amazing how nasty such a little things litter box can get. We'll soon have that put right.

We had a Boss's day thing here too yesterday. I didn't partake for 2 reasons: both supervisors got on to me the other day about leave usage. The state has a liberal leave policy so I can take it when I want it for what I want. Not particularly fond of either of them- they periodically try to flex their muscle and it's all ego generated so I ignore it- this causes issues sometimes but I don't really give a rats tail. Anyway, so they bring in food for the party and it was ALL garbage. There was nothing I could have eaten IF I wanted to. I was boycotting it so didn't bring in anything except my own meals.

Last night's dinner was awesome: Caprese salad, asparagus with Hollandaise, sautéed zucchini and chicken in herb de Provence cream sauce! The hub LOVED it and I'm pretty sure I got my veg on. Not sure what tonight will be.

Not back in ketosis yet but I was down 2.6 pounds this morning and feel ever so much better for it. I felt bloated and squishy.

Today was 2 scrambled eggs- I was out of sausages or bacon so I'll most likely be needing a snack around 10:00.

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Our IT group brought in breakfast yesterday for Boss's Day. I made a LC egg bake. But I did have about 1/2 a pumpkin muffin, not bad considering all the carby stuff - caramel rolls, cinnamon rolls, etc. Otherwise a good LC day. I'm still writing down everything I eat.

Those kittens sound fun, Maw! Enjoy.

Leslie and Heidi - take care of yourselves. {hugs}

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I am so sorry about Whiskey, Lesley. How wonderful that your vet was available to take of him right away, and that he had a good final day. Sounds like you are taking care of yourself now, which is so important. Give your self time and permission to grieve, and to remember all the good things about Whiskey, and the good times you and Whiskey and Chaser had together.

Progress, Naypooie! That's what we aim for. Progress, not perfection. Tracking is good.

Sounds like your back is a mess, Heidi! Take care of it and of the rest of you, too!

Had a reasonably good day yesterday. Today will be even better! I picked up too kittens (about 4 - 6 months) yesterday. They have had colds and the shelter people thought they might do better in a home for a week or so. They thought that the dregs of the cold might really be reaction to the dust in the kitty litter. So far they haven't been out of the cat room (aka the guest bathroom). What a mess they've made of it! They knocked over both bowls of foot, knocked over the water dish several times, knocked over the litter box (fortunately before it had been used!) and managed to unroll the whole roll of toilet paper. I hope it was just because they were exploring in there. I'll let them out of the bathroom soon, but it needs to be when I'm in the living room and can supervise. They both have big motors and they like attention. My kind of cat!

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I'm wiped out today. I haven't been eating very much, and after last night (see the daily thread) I know that I need to have low expectations for myself and Chaser. I won't be doing any client work until next Monday (other than training a client's office manager on Friday). I'm going to keep it all light and give myself plenty of time and space.

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Thanks Maw. It is a chronic thing, I had 2 lower vertebrae fused several years ago, another disk that is shot now and the SI joints are too loose so they hurt. I had the steroid shots and they helped for a while but I can only have 3 a year and had those already.

I got on the scale this morning and set my day off on the wrong foot. I knew (italics) I'd been eating too much with too many carbs for too long, but 7+ pounds? No wonder my stupid pants were getting tight! So, for 2 days I was good- the hub actually got on the internet and looked up an LC recipe (chicken chile relleno casserole). I had a serving and while I was eating it I was adding it to the tracker; 25 stinking carbs in the single portion. It did have 13 fiber, but still. I think I wound up with 30 NC for the day which is tolerable but I had way too many (italics) calories to boot. I'd hoped I'd have dropped at least some water weight.

Today I had 5 ounces of pot roast I split into 2 portions- 1 for B along with 2 eggs and the other on salad for L. Not sure what is on the menu for dinner yet.

I SERIOUSLY need to go re-read the Atkins book, Why We Get FAt and anything else I can get my hands on to adjust the attitude a bit and get myself BACK on track or the blasted costume won't fit in 10 days time.

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Tracked yesterday, so that's good. Wish I could make myself exercise tho'.

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Work is lightening up a bit, so did better on walking so far this week. Salads still seem to be the answer to the veggie challenge - win!

Barely got my 6 hours last night, was hoping to try for 6 1/4. I'll keep trying.

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Didn't do much of anything yesterday, but this morning I did my knee exercises and rode my stationary bike and swished and swiped the bathroom. All before 8 o'clock!

Hope your back is feeling better today, Heidi.

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I'm aware of how awful I've been eating. It's so much easier when the hub is not around. And the BFF for that matter. When I'm alone I do much better.

Today was my Monday since I was out yesterday- my back is tweaked again, groan. But, I made deviled eggs and brought a Johnsonville brat. Lat night was pot roast so I grabbed some of that and made a salad from the grocery salad bar. Tonight will be fajitas on shredded lettuce. Must Lose 5 Pounds. After the last few weeks, my pants are tight!

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So glad Whiskey is getting some things crossed off his bucket list! I can't remember - are Whiskey and Chaser brothers? Thank goodness you have a great boss, letting you take your dog to work. Wow. And the lab company too, what a nice thing for them to do.

Need to go write down my food for today, forgot to get that going.

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Wow, Maw, that's almost my dream diet that you consumed! LOL Hope you manage a little sleep.

Well, I had a good day, and so did Whiskey. My boss is okay with me working remotely for partial days. He doesn't really care - just trusts me to get the work done. He also says it's okay for me to bring Chaser to work after Whiskey's gone. That takes some more worry off of me because Chaser has never been alone here and he's very attached to Whiskey.

The location scout was wonderful. She took pictures of the house, the yard, and then rode up to our trails with me and took pictures of the area and of me with the boys. The boys got a little walk and Whiskey was as enthused as normal. She finally admitted that the ones of boys were for me. :) She's going to put them on a memory stick when she's done with her paying jobs and send it to me. I almost cried. That was so sweet. She got a picture of Whiskey eating off a spoon which I never could do since I'm always holding the spoon!

Later in the day the lab company called me and they are not going to use Whiskey's story after all since it has a sad ending. But they want me to come to the filming at the vet clinic next week and bring both boys if Whiskey's still with us. If Whiskey's gone then I can bring Chaser. They may use my commentary for part of their presentation. They are also making a $500 donation to the pet charity of my choice in Whiskey's name. OMG, that made me cry!

Whiskey and Chaser each got a McDonald's hamburger this afternoon (it's on Whiskey's bucket list so there may be more), and he's been napping. I just spent some quality time with him on my lap. It is special to be able to spend good time with him, but the emotions get overwhelming. I ate some of them this evening in the form of pumpkin macarons - and I finished with a little Crown Royal. I am exhausted mentally and emotionally, but I'm coping. Fitkris, I'm going to tell Whiskey to look up Cloe and say hi... :)

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Hugs, Lesley! Someone said once that when life got out of control, she really worked at her food, because sometimes that was the only thing she COULD control. I hope your boss will let you work at home.

I ate my way home. Lots of almonds (probably over a pound of the things) and jerky and 4 hot dogs without the bun. I'm sure they weren't low carb hot dogs. And lots and lots of diet coke and diet pepsi. All with caffeine. I don't expect to sleep tonight! But I'm safely home and I don't need to go out tomorrow.

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I am back from my trip to Minneapolis, maybe Maw and I passed each other on the freeway! A fun weekend. DH and I set a new personal record for time spent at IKEA - 4 hours. Yikes! My junk carbs last Thursday night caused me some stomach distress so I really didn't feel like eating much this weekend. I did eat a couple carbier things but I was way under on calories so I don't think it messed me up much. In fact the scale showed I'm down where I'm supposed to be. Did not track my food but will get back on track with that tomorrow. Today was just too hectic at work.

Leslie, I've been catching up on Spark posts and saw the news about Whiskey. I'm so sad for you. I still miss Cloe every day. Did you still do the interview today? I'm glad he's had a good couple years with you, every dog deserves a loving home and you gave him that. {{hugs}}

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Didn't track food yesterday, suspect I was around 100 NC. Had an orange and a two or three apples and a sandwich. Not horrible, just not what I really want. Being in Mom's house is still hard for me.

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I'm hanging on by a thread both physically and emotionally. I hardly ate anything at all yesterday and I didn't eat much today either. I told Whiskey this was not the weight loss boost I was wanting! In the name of awareness I am not fighting my emotions - I'm just letting them flow. I plan on going to work early tomorrow and talking to my boss. I am hoping he'll be okay with me doing a few hours there and then working remotely from home. I didn't get a full night's sleep last night, but also in the name of awareness I am not resisting what Is.

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I just noticed how few of us have been posting! I guess I'm not very aware on this thread.

Today is my last day with my SIL and niece near Minneapolis. I leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow and will try to make it home in one day. It's not the driving that might be the problem, but the time change. It took almost 12 hours to drive up here, and there's an hour time change going back. Well, there was an hour time change coming up here, too, but it's an hour earlier here. I don't like driving at night, especially on the highway.

Food has been pretty good. Not nearly enough veggies, but that's the way they eat here. I have stuck with low carb foods, and mostly "real" food, though there was a fair amount of junky low carb food from gas stations coming up here. I got a bag of almonds today and I'll eat them in the car going back. Plus some junky food from gas stations, like jerky or slim jims or things like that.

A fair amount of moving around (my room is upstairs) but no real exercise.

All in all, a good visit.

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Decided to go high fat for a few days to see what happens. Still doing well on veggies and back on track with sleep.

LIVERGIVER, do you think that being close to your goal is having an effect too? A lot of people seem to get close to that magic number and then lose momentum.

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I have struggled more this month than I have since I began back in February. I'm finding that it's taking more mental energy just to break even than it has before. I think that the shorter days and changing weather may be factors, along with stresses involved with my job (teaching). I am focused on staying with the plan and riding out whatever difficulty I am experiencing this month. I am grateful for the help and support of my SparkTeam!

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Well, not tracking tightly today (in the woods, couldn't measure stuff), but 6 NC for the tortilla, maybe another ten for the salami and pepperoni and cheese. Eggs are minor, and the beef ribs free. I stayed under 20 NC today.

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I'm tired and stressed and need sleep! Posted a follow-up on the daily thread so look at Friday to see my latest... (thanks for the laugh, Woubbie!)

Maw, maybe not so much 'manipulating' income as just 'restating' it?? LOL

I ate dreadfully today. We had a barbecue at work and that meant hamburgers (with a bun), hot dogs (with a bun), potato salad (commercial), Doritos (hadn't eaten them in YEARS), AND a cookie!!! Good golly it was good. And while I didn't get sick or that bloaty feeling, I do know that it was NOT smart, not good for me, and did NOT in anyway further my goals. I was fully aware of what I was doing and I think I just wanted to stop thinking, analyzing, adapting, and revolving my life around food. Since I don't have a family I really am not exposed to that kind of stuff very often at all fortunately, and I am free to eat my way most of the time. I do not feel guilty for that depraved trip to Carbage-ville, and I am lucky that I don't even feel sick.

However, I know that I do not eat like that because I choose not to. I want to be healthy, smaller, and more energetic, and the way I choose to eat (most of the time) is in a way that honors those goals and fuels my body with quality food.

Seriously, what makes makes Doritos that garish orange color?? That is SO wrong.

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Salads are still going strong. I'm finally hitting the veggies goal consistently. Sleep is still the big problem. You would think that increasing my goal by a mere 15 minutes a night would be so easy-peasy, but I think I'll be working on this habit for a LONGGGGG time.

I've been giving some thought to how WELL I sleep too. I just don't think much about it, but I do usually get up at least twice a night, and sometimes more. Last night I took a Benadryl at bedtime and used my nasal strips and I only got up once all night. Maybe part of why I dislike sleep so much is that I don't enjoy all those wake-ups. Gotta think on that one.

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