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2/28/13 10:50 P

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Welcome back EPICONE! Hang in there, you know all of the tools you need are just waiting for you to use them. You can do it!

Marge, I've read or heard a quote similar to the 'taking the time to take care of the horrible disease/etc'. It is so true. It's borderline insane when we don't take the time to take care of ourselves. That said, we all skip out from time to time. I guess the goal is to stay "in" more often than not. And, to catch ourselves when we've been out for too long. We all CAN do it, we just need to make the decision that taking care of ourselves is non-negotiable. It simply must be done.
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2/28/13 8:38 A

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Welcome back Epicone! We missed you!

I too enjoyed reading the blog. Thanks for sharing it MPLSKEN.

I believe you have to be in the right frame of mind and totally dedicated to living a healthier life. It's not as simple as it sounds. I've been struggling too. But with so many outside forces and and extremely stressful job over the past year or so, I just can't seem to get there and stay for more than a few days....sometimes even hours! We were watching an episode of Biggest Loser (about three weeks after it aired) and the doctor on the show made a good point. Something to the effect of --- If you had some horrible disease you would take time out of your day for treatment and therapy and that you should do the same for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle. How true is that!!!!!

We can do this together. One day at a time.





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2/28/13 6:01 A

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I haven't been on sparkpeople for a while and it shows. I have been wondering what am I doing different, I plan what I am going to eat, but for some reason I am not executing the plan. Eatiing when I am not hungry and making poor choices. I realize that the one thing that is different is that I am no longer utilizing Spark People. Time to change my ways and use the tools that available to me. Thanks for listening.

Thanks for the link to the blog- I think we all feel that way at times.

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2/25/13 9:55 P

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So, in 20/20 hindsight, the jelly beans were not a good idea... Luckily, I was down enough in weight during the week that my weekend jelly bean consumption didn't change my weight for my Monday morning weigh-in. So, I guess everything is fine. My body metabolizes things so differently now that I'm in good shape and workout daily. I'm very thankful for this, but it's hard to portion/plan, because my weight doesn't seem to work exactly to the numbers like I remember it doing when I was losing weight. Oh well, I guess as long as I keep close watch I probably don't need to worry about it as much as I do.
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Oh, also I came across this blog post today and thought it was really good. It definitely touches on things I struggle with from time to time:
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2/22/13 10:03 P

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The paletas sound delish and should be ok - especially since it's a bit chilly out. But I could eat those any time of year cold or not! But three pounds of Jelly Belly jelly beans - you could be in trouble dude. Maybe you can psych yourself by making a banana split or something with the beans and think you really ate one! You'll be just fine.

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2/22/13 9:52 P

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Well, the cookies are still in the freezer, but I did buy some things on the way home from the gym tonight that I probably shouldn't have... a 3 lb canister of Jelly Belly jelly beans and some paletas (fruity ice cream bars). They'll be fine in moderation. But, I know that I'm now going to have a self-imposed struggle to moderate.
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2/18/13 9:48 P

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Wise choice putting them in the freezer. Then you have to think twice about eating them . . . but Thin Mints right out of the freezer are sooooo good. emoticon

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2/18/13 4:22 P

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Yesterday, we got the Girl Scout cookies we ordered: 2 boxes of Samoas and 2 boxes of Thin Mints. We actually ordered another box of Samoas, but there was some sort of mix up. There are girls selling them at local stores though, so we can get more if needed. Today, I decided to put all four boxes in the freezer for now (unopened). I might wait to open them until it's nicer out. I burn so many more calories when I can bike outdoors, so it may be in my best interest to save them for when they won't affect me as much. Or, at least until I'm really craving them.
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2/17/13 9:55 P

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Most of our farmers markets are local .... or from Indiana or Michigan. There are some things that are more commercialized. I usually try to buy stuff that I can't get in the grocery store. Like the Amish jellies and cheeses, We'll see what end of May brings.

I did use the moving: carrying boxes category and guestimated time on the lower end. I ended up over 8000 steps from that alone. And most of it was back and forth no more than 12 feet. Cases and individual boxes. My body was not happy last night but surprising today it hasn't been so bad.

Wait until tomorrow. I'm finishing up some work and then off to bed to face another busy week at work. We don't get the holiday off but it's a jean day.

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2/17/13 10:59 A

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Farmers Markets are great, but the ones around here vary. Some are genuine local farmers selling local crops, others are not-so-local merchants selling... well, bananas in Minnesota! I like bananas as much as the next person, but I don't like thinking I'm at a local farmers market only to find boxes of imported fruits/etc. Another thing that is pushing me toward a CSA is that I'm not an early morning person and it seems like the best produce is picked over by the time I get to a market. The CSA share would kind of eliminate that issue. Actually, it would eliminate the whole weekly selection process, and I'm not great with making decisions since I over-think everything. LOL!

Regarding the cookies, I would probably enter that as "Moving: Carrying Boxes" in the Fitness Tracker. I used that when I helped my sister move last year. I selected that and then entered half the total time, since you aren't generally in constant action. At least for me, I pause here and there or talk/etc. Hopefully your body won't be as angry as mine was after the move. It took me several days to recover and I'm pretty darn fit these days!

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2/16/13 10:27 P

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I looked it up (and used the SP web search and got 1 point!!!). Alot of them are farther away. But when I have time I might look into it a little farther. But I will still support the local farmers markets so at least I'm doing something.

Having a hard time trying to figure out how much time to put down for moving GS cookies. Two troops - approx 175 cases (12 boxes in each case). Off the pallets, in the piles, off the piles, into truck, out of truck, down stairs, move to more piles, separate in orders. Deliver orders to church. Take orders downtown. Started at 7:00 am and just finished a bit ago. More deliveries tomorrow. My body is not liking me right now. And I won't like it in the morning!

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You would be surprised, there are a lot more around than people think. I live in Minneapolis and there are literally hundreds of drop off sites and probably over a hundred different CSAs as well. For me, all of the options make making a decision much more difficult. And, you mentioned budgets, that's another big deciding factor, the prices range quite a bit. Who knows, I might stick with grocery stores and farmers markets another year.
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2/13/13 9:05 A

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Ok thanks. I'm not sure we have something like that by us. If so, it'd probably be a half hour or more away. We have farmer's markets all over the place from May to Oct/Nov. I try to support local farmers / vendors / businesses as much as I can or the budget will allow.

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Oh yes, we'll get some Thin Mints too!
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CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. I'm just going to copy the description from one of the local CSA web sites in my area, because it explains it pretty well:
"Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a locally based food distribution system that creates a direct link between farmers and consumers. Individuals pre-purchase a 'share' of the farm's harvest in the spring when expenses are highest for the farmer. In exchange, CSA members receive a weekly box of freshly picked organic produce as it becomes available throughout the growing season. This mutually beneficial partnership helps ensure a more secure market for small farms struggling to compete with larger, less sustainable farms, as well as ensures members consistent access to healthier, safer, and tastier food."

Not all CSAs are organic though. And, some CSAs actually have you volunteer some time in addition to the payment. Prices, crop types and several other details vary, so for me, it's hard to decide. Also, some include cheeses, eggs, honey, fruit, etc.

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2/11/13 10:38 P

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Samoas are my favorites....with frozen Thin Mints right behind them. I'll have my couple and be done with them. I still love ice cream but since our EOY challenge I haven't eaten as much and can even go weeks without. Not like before where it was at least once or twice a week.

And I have to ask......what is a CSA? :)

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2/11/13 10:11 P

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Disney does sound like a blast! I always love destinations like Disney, where the exercise is kind of built-in. Las Vegas is similar with lots and lots of walking. I suppose someone could just sit, but we are always out and about all day and night.

I've been wanting to join a CSA for years, but I always end up getting overwhelmed trying to decide which CSA to join and then put it off until it's too late. Maybe this year...

Marge, I'm completely the opposite in regards to cravings. I always think everything tastes too salty and prefer sweets over, well, just about everything! Hahaha! Although, I prefer candy and ice cream over baked goods. But, I will definitely be buying some Girl Scout Samoas. I usually freeze and ration them though. Also, that's terrible about the broken window. People do stupid things.
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2/10/13 2:08 P

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Cookies didn't come in - no one told the coordinator it was switched to next Saturday. Walked three doors down to grandma's house to get ready and there's water all over the basement floor. Before going in, an upper window had a rock thrown at it and shattered the outer pane. The house is vacant next to it and we called the police last week because the kids broke in again and the cops who caught the kids just laughed. I'm sure the broken window is retaliation. I'm starting to not feel so safe any more. That just topped off a really bad week so I just didn't have it in me to weigh myself too. Maybe tomorrow.

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2/8/13 1:29 P

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I have the willpower...I really don't eat too many sweets. Actually this year I didn't buy any boxes since everyone else in the house did (the damage those four other people did....) so I'll just eat one or two of theirs. Now, if it was some salty like chips, pretzels, popcorn, we have a problem. My name is Marge, I am a salt addict! LOL. Funny though, I never add salt to my food - yuck. In our council, everyone has to pay for cookies up front so now it's just sort and deliver. You can google a council in your area and see when sales are (ours happens to be in January but most are in February) and you can always go there and pick up a box or two or. . . .you don't have to buy from a scout.

Disney sounds like fun this weekend. Let me know where you go and how many steps you take. If all goes well, we are hoping to go in October. We've started some planning but need to decide where to stay and what all we really are doing. It'll be first vacation in almost six years by then. I really need to escape from life for awhile. :) Maybe by then things will slow down at work by then....who am I kidding!!!!!

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2/8/13 10:18 A

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OMG totally agree, Mplsken. Although, are those cookies already accounted for? If those are all going to people who have already paid for their cookies, I imagine that would help. We didn't order girl scout cookies this year, though we typically order at least 5 boxes. Part of me wishes I had ordered a box, but we're also planning to get in on a CSA so we'll have more produce than we know what to do with, haha.

Husband and I were supposed to go to Disney World last weekend (we live only 2 hours away and have annual passes), but we ended up putting it off for this weekend. I hope we can still go tomorrow after the long run with my group, but I want to get some other work done too, so I really hope our trip doesn't get put off again. I'm actually really excited to go this weekend because my new pedometer should be arriving in the mail today. I want to see how many steps/miles I can log at Disney. :)

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2/7/13 11:04 P

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Marge, this sounds like a workout for your willpower! At least, it would be for me!!!
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How's everyone's weekend looking? Tomorrow I'll be working from home. Saturday we get the semi full of girl scout cookies to unload. And then sort. And then load into the car. And then out of the car. Then more sorting. Then more in the cars. Then more sorting. Then finally delivering the 789 boxes that my granddaughter sold. Up, down, lift, up, down, lift. Trying to figure out how to put this in my exercise minutes. All I know is I will be sore come Monday morning!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



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I've been healthy, too. Maybe a sniffle here and there, but nothing to worry about (which is amazing, because I've been to the gym every day and I always feel like it is a cesspool of pestilence). Hahaha! I guess it can't be that bad or I would've actually caught something significant. I still can't believe it is February! Where does the time go?

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2/2/13 8:46 A

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We're pretty healthy here. With the crazy weather that's surprising. Been frigid cold and snow today so that'll help the germs. Now if the allergies would just go away.

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I am so glad that February is here! January was just brutal for us...culminating in a nasty case of norovirus (stomach flu) hitting my kids and I. Sigh. I think I'm back to normal and my daughter is getting close, but my son is still sick.

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