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GLORIAMAJDI
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4/16/14 8:34 P

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Aurlie, I understand that you need to cut back, just stop in every now and then and let us know you that you are doing okay...and please do not completely stop doing things that you enjoy, make sure to get some time for yourself in there somehow!

Nicky, I will be looking forward to your blog about Beri's wedding adventures. Ugh about the snow and slush! Such interesting weather. We had snow here yesterday, unheard of for this time of year but it didn't stick - melted immediately.

I am exhausted to the core, have a headache and body aches, can barely keep my eyes open so no studying tonight because I can't focus. I am going to bed early and as I think that the my issues relate to lack of sleep, I should be fine tomorrow. I went for a very slow stroll about the neighborhood, very slow, because I am too tired to go fast! I think I tracked my calories okay, but not sure - am very full that is for certain. I had some cushion on calories from yesterday so no harm done if I did happen to go over. Got some eggs from the farm, first time we have had fresh eggs from them in a while and I am quite excited about it. They covered their strawberries last night and no harm came to them in the cold weather. They will cover them again tonight as we might have frost. They also informed me that they are raising chickens to sell for meat. I am very happy about this as they will be organic, free range, non-GMO fed chickens and should be very good.

Hope that you are able to sleep better tonight Nicky...I am thinking I might have some chamomile tea to help me relax and sleep tonight. I've got to prepare my meals to take to work tomorrow and get myself otherwise ready for the day, then off to bed I am going!

Gloria

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GLORIA,actually appendicitis is not much fun! Very traumatic in Albania, as once outof intensive care I was afraid they would accidentally kill me.... Luckily medical friends were on tap to see I got the right drugs and not the ones I am allergic to, and that my antibiotic jabs did not getntotally forgotten, tho one was 4 hours late. Emergency, but they always have an emergency on Monday mornings......
I dont plan to go to Germany for Beris church wedding. Shall write up todays adventure at the registery office in my blog later. Wedding lunch went on forever and filled me up so much I shant be able to eat supper, so should ne somewhere near cal guidelines.
Under 5 hours sleep, despite yoga. Tension aboutntoday at the registery office. Would have been worse if I had known we should be slithering through snow and slush,nwhich luckily had cleared before I had to take the car out again for lunch.
AURLIE, ,good to know younare surviving. I am sure your decision to cut down was a wise one with a view to long term survival.
Decluttered, thanks to commitment to daily decluttering for 100 days challenge. Junk room is at last beginning to look more like the guest room it needs to be in 2 weeks time!


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Just passing through quickly. I've got to cut back on Spark time and other things I enjoy.

Be well!

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4/15/14 9:25 P

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Stayed at work an hour late, left to do my step aerobics class and then went back to work for another hour and a half. Ended up getting home at 8:00 p.m., oh, if I go to bed when I ought to in order to be in bed for eight hours, I should be in bed at 8:30 p.m.! Crazy, fortunately for me I have a wonderful co-worker who is a manager (but not my manager) and she helped me wade through this particular problem. I am so grateful to her and she is a blessing to our whole team. Because I am eating dinner so late I am not going to be able to eat my evening snack, which means I am going to be low on calories today, but I am sure I will make it up somewhere. Eating wise, low on calories because I did manage to get some exercise in, a walk at lunch time - it was very cold and windy today, more like a January day than a mid-April day. I just bundled up and went on ahead with my walk. The wind chilled me a bit but the sun was out so that helped. Then I went to step aerobics during a 45 minute break in the afternoon. I enjoy that class so much (but only go a couple of times a month) and I was afraid I would have to miss it to work on this problem with our reports but fortunately I was able to go.
Nicky the company I work for is not bad, but sometimes bad things happen no matter where one is employed! Generally I am very happy with my job, there are just certain times that I feel that I am not being supported by management - but in talking to people who are accountants at other firms, I feel that I actually have it very good. Haha, you made me laugh with your suggestion of appendicitis. I am off on Friday for Good Friday...I would prefer to do other things on that day besides study but most likely that is how I will spend the day....kind of frustrating really but I guess it is a blessing in disguise because I do have it off.

I actually was in bed for seven hours last night and FitBit says I got about six and a half hours of sleep, which is very good for me as of late. Got a lot done at work (in addition to solving the problem), just need to continue to remain focused for the next couple of weeks...it's going to be rough at best but I have to get it done.

You new challenge sounds good Nicky, I might look into that after I get done with the exam. Will you go to Germany for Beri's church wedding? I know in many countries there is a civil ceremony and then the church wedding...over here generally it is one or the other, and it is usually in the church where most choose to marry.

Great job on your weight Nicky!

Gloria

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AURLIE, sorry about stressful day. Hope you sleep after that, and have a better day tomorrow.
GLORIA, we could have a sunrise service, but it has never happened. We have midnight vigil service and then 11 o clock mass.
Maybe you should develop appendicitis or something, or would they expe t you to work from a hospital bed? You say its a good firm, but it seems to me that they take you for granted.

NICKY. Slept well last night, actually got 7 hours acc to fitbit, and I dont think it was lying this time, tho its sometimes wildly optimistic... Very tired today, so went back to bed with a book.
Blogged and decluttered, thanks to 100 days to a new you challenge that I joined today. I have been trying all year to make daily decluttering a habit, but the motivation has not kept me going. There are other habits I urgently need to form, but decluttering is the most urgent.
Beri, my Albanian friend and colleague and honorary daughter, is getting married tomorrow, to a charming German boy, whose brother has been married for about 20 years to a girl from the next village to Beris. This will be the registry office ceremony, after which she can get a new passport in her married name and then get a visa to join her husband in Germany, where they will have the church wedding. I am to be a witness tomorrow, and have to be there for 8.30. Help! We shall all be sad to lose her. They came to see me today. Luckily she told me to bring mynpassport tomorrow. I should not have thought of it!!
Weight spot on goal, which is encouraging. Slightly over cal guidelines, as usual. Breakfast was a protein drink as Beri and Ralph came to see me before I was dressed, in the middle of the morning. Lunch, salmon and salad, followed by biscuits and nutella and PB and lotsnof fruit. Supper, salsa chicken and oven potato and carrot chips, padded out by olive bread as I was still hungry.....


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4/14/14 9:13 P

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Aurlie, so sorry that you had a stressful day.

Nicky, I finding reading before sleeping makes a huge difference for me. I do it nearly every night. We do not have midnight services here for Easter, we have sunrise services...weather permitting, many churches will do that outside, however, around here, weather is not often warm enough in the early morning hours of spring.

Today the enormity of what I must accomplish at work over this week and next became quite overwhelming. Nicky, it had occurred to me that if I was sick or injured, they would be in trouble! However, I also know that they would just expect me to work from home. Depending on how things are going over the next few days, I might ask my manager if I can work from home for at least one or two days...that will save at least an hour and a half of commute time during which I can study. It depends on how much I can get done. Today the actuary asked me for some info that is far from being complete. I stayed very focused all day and fortunately the woman who sits next to me was in meetings all day. She is such a dear sweet young woman and she has become a good friend since we share our papercrafting hobby. But when she is there we talk way too much and that is distracting...I cannot afford to be distracted right now. She will be off half a day on Wednesday and all day Thursday so I should be able to accomplish a lot...I hope.

That is interesting about the windshield for your balcony Nicky, it sounds very nice!

I had a good day other than a bit of a headache from trying to get much accomplished at work. I did leave on time and was so relieved that traffic was not bad for once. Got home and went for a jog as I waited on DH to get here. Oh, and I did go to Power Sculpt class at lunch time. Got dinner and ran to the store for just a couple of things (I really wanted some oranges). Didn't get a lot of sleep last night. Usually I don't have too much trouble falling asleep but I do wake up frequently. Last night I studied way too late and then I couldn't wind down - I definitely need to have a bit of down time before trying to sleep and since it was so late I didn't do that. I was bouncing off the walls and just not sleepy - paying for that as I only got about five hours of sleep last night. Studying for a while tonight but will try to retire a bit earlier!

Gloria

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4/14/14 7:04 P

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very stressful day here. I suppose I should write about it in my stress journal.

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AURLIE, I joined the stress busting team, but am not sure whether I shall continue. Energy and motivation are low at the moment.
GLORIA, the yoga alone didnt work last night. I needed to read for a while. But I still appeared to get 7 hours sleep, first time for over a week. At the moment I am doing Yoga with Adrienne in the morning, and with Esther ?Ekhard in the evening, 21 and 14 mins respectively. Ekhard , or was it Adrienne?,also does a yoga session for when you are unwell! Free on Youtube. I plan to do the same workouts for a week, and then maybe experiment with others.
For Holy Week there is a Maundy Thursday mass at church. I may actually skip the Good Friday service as it clashes with our newly started womens group which includes one of the older girls and her mother, who has just started. We shall have reached Gethsemane, which is fairly relevant to Good Friday. Midnight Mass for Easter, often with baptisms, tho I dont know if we have any this year, as I have been away, first in Tirana and then on my bed of sickness, so am outnof touch. Most of our baptisms are adults, and the core of lastnyears baptism group come to me for Bible storying, albeit irregularly this year. I wonder if I should try to meet them in town, rather than the Sister having to transport them all to me.
Our Easter celebration will be later, sometime in May. We always celebrate later, as I am always behindhand organising it! And I feel the event is more important than the date. Being away most of March and then out of action for the next 2 weeks has not helped!
Gloria, If you were to trip and fall studying on the treadmill, that might get you off sick so free to get on with your studying.....

NICKY. Continuing with the yoga. Still tired and lazy and unmotivated.
Big excitement today, went with my neighbour to track down the guy who does plastic pull down blinds for windshields on balconies, amongstnother things. He came to look at my balcony and will do it in the next few days, for the price of just over $500! Then I shall be able to sit in the sun for more of the day! I noticed this very effective windshield on the balcony of a restaurant on the mountain and asked them who did it. He gave us a very good impression, quiet and knows whatnhe is talking about, and concerned that. I should choose what I want. He is prepared to advise, but not to dictate. This is unusual among workmen in Albania. Also they tend to treat me as incompetent because I am a woman. Not all of them. I stick with the ones who treat me as a human being. The plumber saw me chopping firewood and insisted on chopping lots for me, for which I was grateful, as my arm was playing me up. My neighbour supports me when we have to deal with workmen, which is great.
NUTRITION. 100 cals over, but I enjoyed them! breakfast, spinach, onion and mushrooms, topped by baked beans and an egg. Lunch, salsa chicken on lettuce. Snack, tomatoe and mozzarella slices. Olive bread off and on. Microwave carrot cake. By now I had loads of protein and vegs so i went wild for supper, pancakes and nutella. And late night snack the usual microwave brownie, laced with PB. Tomorrow I shall start on the salmon, happily marinading...




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4/13/14 8:55 P

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Aurlie, I will be eager to hear what you think about the stress challenge. I might want to do that after I get through with this exam. Sounds like you are feeling better and I am glad that you were able to get things done AND get in some relaxing time! Are you off on Good Friday Aurlie?

Nicky, that is wonderful that the yoga is helping me sleep....I definitely want to do more yoga. It has been a few months since I went to a class. I do have some yoga DVDs here at home, perhaps I should look into some short yoga workouts in the evenings....but after the exam, haha, that is my main focus now! Are you going to be doing anything special for Holy week Nicky? I still haven't decided what our Easter meal is going to be. Guess I need to figure that out very soon.

Tricia, it sounds like you had such a nice time with your daughter...I am glad that you have this opportunity since she will be grown and away from home before you know it. I think it is awesome that you can incorporate your studies into your fitness. I wish that there was some way I could study on the treadmill, but that just isn't going to happen...not with a laptop, a calculator, pencil and notepad all at once...I would probably trip and fall, haha!

Gloria - got some omelets made and in the freezer. We also had salsa chicken for dinner, that will be our dinner tomorrow as well and my lunch for a couple of days at least. We went and got some staples such as toothpaste but didn't go to the grocery store. I kind of wish that we had gone. I don't need a lot but would like some fruit. Everything is organized and ready for the week, including workout clothes. I was hoping for a long walk today but my husband decided to go and he doesn't like to go far, so it was a shorter walk but I have met my step goal. I got eight hours of sleep last night and I need to think about trying to get enough sleep tonight - I am going to study some more but probably not for long since it is getting late.

Aurlie, I MUST get my workouts in - they are my stress relief and if I quit, I might not start again! Fortunately I can do some of that at lunch time on most days during the week, though I prefer to do my running at home (because I don't want to shower at work). I am thinking that I need to do more strength each week, right now I do two days a week for 45 minutes each time. How much do you do and what type? Is it a video or do you just do it on your own or what? I think that I need to increase it to at least three days a week.

Gloria

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4/13/14 5:23 P

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Nicky, I was feeling ambitious when I joined the 4-week Stress-Busting challenge. My initial thought was that joining another team and taking on a challenge was just going to add more stress to my life. This seems to have few requirements though. The initial week assignment was to join the team, take a SparkTest about stress, set some goals, and start a stress journal. There will be emails, presumably weekly, with assignments and links to articles to read.

You're in my prayers, Gloria. I'm impressed that you can keep up with your fitness so well. It will certainly be a relief when your exam is over, no matter what the outcome.

It sounds like you're having some special time with your DD, Tricia. It's lovely to have these moments now to look back on when you're missing her while she's moving on to a new life stage. I hope you're taking plenty of pictures of this time - prom-dress shopping must be a real adventure!

I did well with my fitness today. I'm feeling much better in spite of my fragmented sleep last night. I've accomplished quite a bit this weekend overall. I'm trying to relax a bit this afternoon before launching into my office work.

Wishing all a serene Sunday.

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GLORIA, yes, yoga is doing me good, tho I did an unexpected flop again today.
Well done jogrunning despite the heat. And studying. You sound much less stressed today.
TRICIA, I am glad you are getting some fun in your hectic life!
AURLIE, I see you have joined stress busting challenge. I may explore that. Wish theymwould give you an idea whatnitninvolves before you join. Tho I can always unjoin!

NICKY, did another flop today, but no harm done.sat down through church. Pizza for breakfast, lots of cals and lots of protein. Salsa chicken and loads of veg for lunch. Low cals, high protein. Have just binged on TWO slices of bread and nutella. May or may not end up justmwithin cal guidelines. Made pumpkin pie spice with view to carrot cakes in future.
Sleptnwell again after yoga. Itngives me more extra sleep time than I spend doing it! And I am doing SOME exercise, tho not burning many cals.


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Yesterday I went prom dress shopping with my daughter and did estate taxes for my husband's friend. Talk about the yin and yang of fun. It's good to not leave either till the last moment. When my daughter was trying on dresses I commented "This is the most fun I've had since you were six months old!" Still a bit of a financial hangover, though. She went grocery shopping with me too, which she hasn't done in a really long time, and that was fun. The taxes went well in that the estate doesn't owe anything, and they were much simpler. The first few years there were a lot of changes, but things have stabilized a lot and we hope to close that out this year.

Well, I gotta get ready for church. My nutrition has been more on track than not, but I have let the busy-ness keep me from getting fitness in. Fortunately I have a lot of reading to catch up on and I can do that on the exercycle.



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Hope you were able to get some rest today Aurlie, you definitely need it. Nicky, you sound very chipper, I think that the yoga is doing you good! I love yoga myself, and I really need to do more of it.

I had a very lovely day, not too stressful. I am studying now, taking a short study break. I did a 55 minute jog/run today. I was a bit apprehensive about it because it was nearly 80 degrees, and I was afraid it would be too warm but there is a brisk wind and I was comfortable - I actually sweated less than I do when I run on the treadmill. As it gets warmer I will need to start taking a water bottle though because I did get thirsty. Eating was good, barbecue chicken for lunch, then crock pot chicken for dinner (I am really into chicken these days), yogurt for a snack. I am having a chai latte now and might have another snack in a while since I have quite a few more calories to spend. I got really good sleep last night and have spent time getting organized for next week. House is mostly in order and I can focus on studying. I've been enjoying having the windows open these past few days but it is supposed to be very cold here early next week.

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GLORIA, sorry you had a frustrating day, and more to come. Good idea to take it as an exercise free day. You may just need to let the exam take its own course, frustrating tho that will be if you dont pass, and all that previous study is wasted.. But YOU are not defined by the exams you pass or dont pass..
AURLIE, you sound low. Not surprising after all you've been through this week. Hope you get some rest and refreshment this weekend.

Thank you both for your good wishes. I'm actually feeling human today!! Did yoga last thing last night and slept right through without needing to go to the bathroom in the night. Did some more yoga this morning. Am not trying anything more strenuous for the moment. Did go into town, partly to get my steps up, 6k now, and partly so I shant wear myself out doing lots of shopping as well as church tomorrow.
After being low on water and veg, have rehydrated myself today and eaten my 5 vegs. Shall probably be just over cal guidelines as I enjoyed eating the piece of birthday cake that was put in front of me this afternoon! Scales still down to goal weight.


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Glad you're feeling better, Nicky.

Sounds like rest day was a wise choice yesterday, Gloria.

Overall my week was okay. I met my step goal most days and kept up with a low level of strength training. My nutrition was very good most days. With 2 half-days off work I got in a couple of naps, but last night my sleep was terribly fragmented. Leg and feet cramps kept me awake, in spite of my efforts to raise my levels of potassium and magnesium.

I don't know what this day will bring, probably nothing interesting or fun.

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Weekend is here Aurlie, hope that the day went fast but without too much work! Nicky, I am relieved to hear that you seem to be doing better.

CFO took our team to lunch today. I was grateful for that but at the same time I wanted to go to Power Sculpt and wasn't able to - I only get strength training in two times a week and I really need that so I hate to miss a day of it. I am not inclined to do it on my own. And it is so hard to track food when dining out. This was a local Italian place, very nice but almost all of their dishes are in a cream base. I ended up with a salad and a small portion of spaghetti. I also go off track with my eating times because of it. I am hoping that I tracked accurately and that I will be within range. Was going for a jog after work but had to stay at work about an hour and a half late and then it took about an hour and 15 minutes to get home. By the time I got here there was lightning nearby and it was beginning to rain so no jogging for me. I have decided that I will take this day as a much needed exercise free day. Work is terribly stressful right now and will be for the next two and half weeks. Not sure if I can study much anymore but I am not even halfway through the study material. Not good!

Gloria

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AURLIE, well done leaving early again!
GLORIA, I wish you survival skills to get you through the end of the quarter!

NICKY. RESURRECTION! My doctor was so right! I feel a fool for bothering him in a panic, but I had never been so cripplingly dizzy for so long. I usually consult him over the phone, or occasionally briefly on a social visit, so its not time consuming for eıther of us. And doesnt often happen. When I getnflu, people are surprised that I have not been tomthe doctor. What can the doctor do for me that I cant do for myself? Prescribe you vitamins.... I am taking vitamins!
Spent much of the morning hunting out and downloading yoga videos, even one for when you are unwell! And some for bedtime, which I hope may help with sleeping problems. This is all the exercise I can do at the moment, so I am doing it.
Appetite back today. Should be somewhere around top end of guidelines.salsa chicken on spinach for lunch. Lots of fruit. Low on water.




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Hope everyone is well today.

I've just got to get through this day and then the weekend will be here! My boss is out, workload could be heavy, but at least that will make the day go quickly, right?

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Congrats on getting first place at the symposium Tricia - that is awesome. I sense that you are stressed - is the semester over, or nearly over? Don't let yourself get burned out - I know you are anxious to get finished but would it be possible to take just one course over the condensed summer term? I like dark chocolate and I do eat a tiny bit of some very dark stuff a few times a week but the amount I eat is so small that I wonder if it makes a difference.

Nicky, you made a good point about the chips! I didn't eat my yogurt so I was lower on calories, so other than the sodium, I am sure you are right and the chips didn't hurt me...today I grabbed the wrong container and took a cheeseburger to work instead of my chicken. I had the nutrition tracker all filled out when I opened it and made the discovery. Because of that I ate way too high in fat again...that seems to be a recurring problem lately and I need to get a handle on that. I am so glad that your neighbors and Savi have been watching over you! Kitties are such a blessing, so are kind neighbors!

Aurlie, I am so glad that the weekend is here so that you can get some rest. I hope that your employer understands what a committed employee you are for coming in these half days and working when you are ill!

Gloria - work is becoming frantic again but I am trying to maintain calm behavior. It's quarter end and everyone wants their reports early and I also have my regulatory stuff to get done. We had lovely weather today, though a bit windy, so a friend and I went for a walk in the park near my office - got about three miles in. Leftover roast for dinner so that was easy enough, then my husband mentioned that we needed to run to the grocery store. I try to curtail these last minute trips to the store but we did good and only got what we needed - just didn't like the time that it took to go. Having a lovely evening sitting here studying with two of the kitties by my side and the windows open.

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Nicky, I'm glad you and your doctor aren't worried. Take care of yourself! I'm glad others are taking care of you as well. An attentive kitty is a comforting thing.

Congratulations Tricia on a job well done! Your coursework sounds very interesting. I enjoy hearing about what you're learning.

Gloria, it sounds like your day at work was productive, if not enjoyable.

I left the office at noon again today. I just felt so tired. I skipped lunch and just took a nap for an hour. I keep checking my office email and so far I've just had one request. I responded and asked if they mind receiving the report tomorrow morning. If not, I'll log in with my office laptop and invest an hour. My boss is scheduled to bet out of the office tomorrow, so I'll have a busy enough day.

I'll walk Lola later and get my minimum steps. I may not reach the low end of my calorie range but that's not an issue for just one day. At least I already have my lunch packed for tomorrow.



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GLORIA, dont think tortilla chips will do you much harm if your problem is to eag enough calories!
TRICIA, well done coming first!

NICKY, so dizzy I couldnt getmup today. Doc is not worried, so nor am I! Thank God for good friends and neighbours, who fed me and cat and dogs. Not ill, but not hungry, so cals will be down.
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Freezing eggs is a really good idea. I'm supposed to feed the toddler eggs everyday but it would sure be nice to have some ready to go.

I placed first in my session at the science symposium, which was just a group of 4, but it was judged by Chemistry PhDs so I was apprehensive going in and glad to do well. I learned a lot on that project. It was about caffeine and theobromine (a similar looking chemical in chocolate) but in the course of study I learned they really are different and while they contribute to oxidative stress, the polyphenols in coffee, tea and dark chocolate can help up to a point. But like almost anything, too much throws you out of balance (More than 3 cups a day of coffee and more than 3 oz per week of chocolate.) Research shows that moderate intake is better than no intake, but since moderate intake isn't possible for me, I'm okay with continuing to abstain. I used to prefer milk chocolate anyway.

It was so interesting learning about the cellular chemistry of insulin resistance. I thought this was something medical people basically understood, but it is still getting ironed out. I like the oxidative stress defense theory.

I'm thinking it will be good to just take the two classes this summer. Summer term is compressed compared with normal. I was thinking about all I've been doing yesterday and it made me sad or maybe angry with myself that I failed to anticipate things better. Maybe I was relieved to have parts of it over.

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Aurlie, your boss leaves you alone with the insanity sometimes, and you were sick and I think that is a legitimate reason for her to deal with the crazy on her own for an afternoon! Hope you are feeling better.

Nicky, thank you, the last challenge that we did, I actually went too far under and got eliminated - I am trying hard to stay near my center weight this time, but from week to week I just don't know how it is going to turn out. So far so good. I kind of wanted to drop the center weight by one pound for the next challenge but this is working very well for me so I left it as it is.

Gloria - had just a so so day at work, discovered a lot of problems in a big report that I do each month - so glad that I found the errors before I submitted it but it took me a long time to fix - it seems to have been caused by a system error but that one problem caused a snowball effect. Had lunch with my husband, Tex Mex, his favorite. I try to eat very little but tortilla chips are a danger food for me, especially if the salsa is good, and it is was. Had a roast in the crock pot for dinner, love the crock pot and we will have the leftovers tomorrow night. Had a walk/jog after work, went just over two miles, not far but I was able to meet my step goal today. I am planning on some yogurt soon but right now I am feeling quite full so maybe I will have to skip the yogurt. I wouldn't mind some peanut butter and toast but I am a little apprehensive about eating bread since I never eat it anymore.

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GLORIA, I gave up after 18 mins light exercise today!
Your tracking is obviously very effective. I keep meaning to congratulate you on being near the top of the list for earth day maintenance!
AURLIE, well done leaving someone else to cope with the insanity for a change!

NICKY, gave up on easy low impact aerobics video after 18 mins, 4k steps.
Slightly over cal guidelines.
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Just checking in quickly. I did take a half day off yesterday so I've got quite a bit to do today. I regret leaving my boss with all the insanity for herself. It really does not need to be so crazy here. I'm glad the halfway point in this week will be here in just a few hours!

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Nicky, I take my breakfast, lunch and a couple of snacks to work with me almost every day. I do indulge and eat out with my husband for lunch on Wednesdays. And every now and then I will go out with some friends, but I try to limit that. It is just easier for me to track my food if I know where it came from! You got me about the exercise when sick, though I only do light stuff. I really want to get my steps in most days simply because my job is so sedentary and I don't get much movement in otherwise. Very glad to hear you were able to get some sleep!

Aurlie, the omelet turned out great! I am very happy to know this. I can make a big batch of them with one egg and some sauteed veggies and freeze them. My doctors have encouraged eggs. When I am able to, I get them from a farm here. There are also local eggs at the local produce store in our community. If I have to get them at the regular store I try to be very picky about what I get but I am quite mistrustful of the labeling on the cartons because I don't think that the descriptions (like cage free) are regulated very well. Funny, today I had an interesting conversation with a woman at work about the inhumane way we treat animals so that we can have massive amounts of food that we don't really need. I just hate to hear that you have the flu and that you still must go to work. I hope that you were able to leave early.

I got a short walk in at lunch time, and I also went to try out this new barre studio near my office. I had looked into it when they first opened just a couple of months ago but decided it was way too expensive so never went. Today they offered a free class to employees of my office so a bunch of us went over there. The class was fast paced and I felt very out of shape because I could not do a lot of the stuff that they asked us to do (I also think that I might have been the oldest one in there). I just didn't care for the class much. I could potentially go back to it but it would not be my first choice, probably not even my second choice.

Since I was very low on calories yesterday I tried to eat high today and thought I would probably go over but right now I am right on target. I didn't have an evening snack but really I am just too full anyway, so I guess I am stopping where I am.

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TRICIA, I sympathise. I have been having sleeping problems too, and dont have school and family responsibilities, except to cat and 2 dogs...
GLORIA, you just seem to carry on exercising when sick!
Great idea taking lunch in to work to heat in the microwave!
AURLIE, hope you did get away from work early for once!

NICKY, slept 8 hours last night, and about another 3 at midday. Out with dogs for 40 mins, their first outing for a month, and shattered afterwards. Went back to bed with kindle after that... Day off today, just as well, as I didnt get anything done. Only 6k steps today. I am not pushing myself.
Very hungry atnthe moment, and craving sweetness, PB, etc. breakfast, hawai toast. Lunch, salsa chicken and veg. Supper?? Possibly beans and egg and salad. Will take me slightly over cal guidelines, but weight down to goal this morning




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Tell us how the frozen omelete turned out, Gloria. We eat a lot of eggs now that we can get them local, organic and humanely raised at our Farmer's Market. The poultry people are very nice and I'd rather support them than the scary big commercial processors.

I've definitely got the flu, but my symptoms are much milder than last year. I did get a flu shot early in the season, but it wasn't a perfect match for the local strain that seems to have hit a lot of people around here. It sounds like you're recovering well, Nicky. Take good care of yourself. You did great with your steps yesterday.

I hope you're getting enough sleep, Tricia. Insomnia has been an issue for me most of my life. Right now my early-morning awakening issue is partially offset by the Spring time change. Waking up at 4 am is more acceptable than waking at 3 am. Typically, though I'll start waking earlier and earlier until it generates enough anxiety to disrupt my sleep through the night.

My boss will be in the office today. If all goes well with our workload, I'll ask to leave early. Our calendar is completely unpredictable since we're a support department and the project teams are inconsiderate. Yesterday my boss and I spent 8 hours between us on a project that we had no idea was coming until 11 am yesterday.

My fitness will be lagging a bit because I don't have much energy. I'm good on food, though.

Hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday.

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Tricia, hope that you can get more sleep because it sounds like you ARE tired! You are amazing raising a family and going to school and doing all that you do. I agree with you about eating the veggies and not overdoing it on the empty calories...I have not been good about eating my veggies, especially today.

Nicky, sounds like you are slowly building up your strength, 7,000 steps is impressive after being sick Don't over do it! Maybe the exercise will help you get more sleep tonight.

Aurlie, I hope that you are feeling better, try to get some rest if you can, it will help you get better faster. Is your boss in this week? Maybe she can pull some of the slack so you don't have to work so much.

I tried part one of my experiment...made two omelets last night, froze one and put one on the frig for today. Heated it up in the microwave at work this morning - awesome! I will have the frozen one tomorrow. If this works I will be thrilled - the cafeteria at work sells omelets but they are gigantic and who knows where the eggs come from. If this works, I can make several omelets ahead of time, save a lot of money and use eggs and veggies that are wholesome and local. I did end up staying up way too late last night and making some steel cut oats to freeze for later this week. I like to cook ahead and freeze stuff because it saves me a lot of time and money. I ate terribly today - very low on calories, hardly any carbs, hardly any veggies and very high in fat. Ugh, that was just poor planning on my part. I usually try to think about the the day before and balance it out a little better. I meant to have a chai tea latte for a snack to get the calories up but I was busy and I forgot. No studying today and I am sincerely sad about that. Too much to do and not enough time. Went to Power Sculpt today and then did about 30 minutes of walking/jogging on the treadmill. I've got to get focused at work because my major huge deadline is coming up in three weeks.

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Just keeping up the babysteps. Having a hard time getting enough sleep, but I think that's a spring thing. Maybe we don't need x hours of sleep a day. Though I do feel like I could tip right over but I have to make dinner... no idea what! Hope you feel better Aurlie!

I have been learning a lot about insulin resistance this week. I really like learning the nitpicky details. But it all comes down to eating your veggies, I guess, and not overdoing the empty calories.

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GLORIA, brilliant idea to put the kindle in a ziplock bag. Mine is also an old kindle.
AURLIE, I'm sorry you're still feeling unwell. Stress is obviously not helping either..
I grow Jerusalem artichokes in the garden. Albanians don't like them, or only eat them raw in salads. (I must try that too). I've seen globe artichokes here once. I got one, but it was past its prime when I got it, and tasted like it....

NICKY. Actually slept over 5 hours last night. Great improvement! And today I haven't needed to crawl back into bed. Actually did some gentle walking and clocked up 7k steps.
Just over cal guidelines, as far as I can estimate. Breakfast, smoothie, allbran and yogurt. Lunch salsa chicken on green salad., followed by biscuits with PB and Nutella. SUPPER, sort of polenta with sorrell.


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Happy Monday!

I agree with Gloria -- I have no reason to complain when we have such an abundance of local organic food here. Mike was frustrated yesterday because we couldn't find artichokes at the farmer's market yesterday -- I had to laugh when thinking about all the alternatives surrounding us!

I've still got a sort throat, a sinus headache and an all-around achy feeling. Still, I came to work today. I'll just take it down a notch and get through the day. I did some light strength training this morning. I'll make an effort to get my minimum steps. Food is mostly on auto-pilot. I'm paying closer attention to getting good nutrition (yes, plenty of vitamin C and zinc). OTC medications don't make me feel any better, so I'm skipping those. I may regret not taking today off as a rest day, but we'll see....

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Nicky, what I do is I put my Kindle in a clear Ziplock freezer bag. My Kindle is older so I have to push a button to turn the pages rather than touch the screen so it works in the plastic bag. I don't have to worry about it getting wet - though certainly I am extra careful not to drop it or anything! Reading is probably my most favorite hobby and reading in the pool seems so decadent to me! I absolutely love it.

Nicky, you make me feel so grateful for the abundance of food that we have here. We definitely have a pretty much everything that we need, and most of what we want, and lots of it too. I was grumbling today because I went to one store and they didn't have a few of the things that I wanted, but I should not complain because it is not difficult or far to go to another store to get those things and I need to remember to be thankful for those blessings instead of complain!

Aurlie, hope that you are feeling better. Hope you can get some rest and not have to work too hard or long. I am sure you are already taking some vitamin C.

Got some groceries so we should be able to eat at home more this coming week...with leftovers should have some for next week too. I wanted to pre-cook some oatmeal and things to take to work but ran out of time. Might still make an attempt to do so this evening but it is getting dangerously close to bedtime. I still have some picking up to do around the house and just can't get it all done on the weekend. I studied for about five hours yesterday and that was just not enough - I was only getting 58% on the practice questions and that is simply not good enough to pass the exam...and I still have two and a half sections out of five to go. Yikes. Got a walk in today. Food was okay, I am doing better on that but today I didn't get enough calories. Had a chai this evening to boost up the calories and get some much needed calcium. Maybe I will have an orange before I go to bed.

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GLORIA, how lovely to read books on Kindle in the pool. Our pools are full of noisy kids, so not relaxing. I hope you really do have the chance to take it easy after the exam.
AURLIE, hope you feel better soon. I get very annoyed when people try to solve problems I dont have...

NICKY. Had to go to the shops as running out of food. Came home and collapsed. This bug is tenacious.....
Just over cal guidelines, but scales read lower today. Managed my 8 glasses of water. Smoothie and bread and cheese for breakfast. Pizza and salad for lunch. Borek and veg for supper. Have just put Dr. Birdies salsa chicken into the slow cooker,nwhich should give me instant wholefood for this week.
Mozzarella and fat free milk have disappeared from the few shops that usually stock them. But we have so much now compared to 20 years ago. I am annoyed with myself because I didnt stock up on mozzarella when they did have it...
The last 2 or 3 nights I have hardly slept. Hope I get over that soon. Maybe lack of exercise doesnt help.


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It sounds like you're in the home stretch, Gloria. Investing in some easier-to-prepare foods will definitely make things a bit less stressful for you right now.

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better, Nicky. I'm struggling with symptoms today: sore throat, sinus headache, achy feeling. Mike's "help" is really getting on my nerves so I guess I'm cranky as well. He's feeling better so I've got to put up with his input. He's offering cures for problems I just don't have! Since he's been a life-long smoker his symptoms always settle in his lungs while I've tended toward sinus problems with every illness. I guess I'll take it easy and hope this passes quickly.

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Poor Lemur is fighting with his tail again. We have looked into this and it possible that he has a syndrome that causes him to do this but he doesn't exhibit all of the typical behaviors for that syndrome. It is thought that this syndrome is caused by stress and might be like panic attacks. Poor Lemur had a lot of stress in his younger years, though these days he isn't under duress as often as he used to be. Also these days he doesn't exhibit the odd behavior as often as he used to. He and Earl got into it earlier and then I saw him doing that so maybe it is stress related.

The weather is very cool today but sunny and pretty. I went out for a walk/jog. I am still having trouble with pacing myself outdoors. I tend to go too fast and it is very hilly here so it is not as easy as hoofing it on the treadmill anyway. I've got to learn to slow it down and stay steady. Made my step goal for the day and the week. Food is on track and I think that I might have some extra calories available for a chai latte or some Horlicks later on this evening.

Aurlie, hope that you don't have to work too much this weekend. It seems like you are expected to work extra all of the time...I don't mind doing that sometimes (like during our month end closing or during the time when we are doing regulatory stuff, like right now) but I don't want to be working that way all of the time.

Nicky, I do hope that you continue to feel better! I will take it easy soon...in about a month I guess! I have it all planned. Assuming the weather is good, I will take my exam and then come home, maybe go on a jog, and then jump in the pool, where I shall stay for the entire afternoon! In the summer I lounge in the pool a lot, and I do mean LOUNGE! I sit in there all day and float around and read books on my Kindle...usually do that every Saturday and Sunday. Two summers ago I read "War and Peace" in the pool. I love the hot summer days.

We did go out and get a few things like dental floss and facial tissue but I have not been to the store yet. I need to start doing a better job of planning meals and making a list and cooking. But I decided yesterday that I just need to get through the next month and then I can start working on those things. In the meantime, I do need to get some food that is easy to prepare. I will probably go to the store later today. Might need to do a load of laundry too but I am going to study now. Everyone have a great weekend!

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GLORIA, Thanks for your concern! are you going to take your own advice about taking it easy??
AURLIE, well done surviving the week!

NICKY, another day of crawling out of bed periodically. First time I've been unwell this year, so I'm grateful for that. Cals should be within or close to guidelines. Green smoothie, bread and cheese, biscuits and nutella and PB, and a helping of pilau at the neighbours. Low on veg, and low on energy to cook, and run out of decent bread and mozzarella...


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Continue to take care, Nicky -- don't do too much too soon.

Good for you for walking in the wind, Gloria -- that's a real workout.

I made it though the workweek! I had a big project due yesterday that I wasn't able to complete until this morning. Afterwards, the project team came back to me with more requests that I was able to complete this afternoon to everyone's delight. I also managed to keep up with the daily workflow and maintained communications with other teams. At least my boss won't login on Monday to find a mess.

I need to do some extra work this weekend to clean up a bunch of loose ends. It doesn't look like the workflow will ever get easier. I've got to manage my time better. Mike will be undergoing some injections for his back problem later this month and I've got to take at least one day off work for that.

Since Mike has the flu, it doesn't look like we're be doing anything this weekend. I've got plenty of chores around the house -- just nothing I'm looking forward to doing. The weather is supposed to be wonderful and I'd love to get out for a long walk.

I'm glad that even with a chaotic week, my food has been on track. Best wishes with your grocery shopping, Gloria. At least I'll get to the Farmer's Market this weekend and stock up on fresh veggies.

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What a day this was - oddly, I don't feel too terribly worn out from it. I got up at 4:30 a.m. for work and got home from work at about 8:00 p.m. I didn't get my steps in, and although it is really late, I am in the mood for the treadmill...undecided about that though because I just ate dinner and I don't need to do that on a full stomach. I did go to the Power Sculpt class - wasn't sure I ought to because I needed to work but I went and it turned out okay as far as my responsibilities go for my job so I am very glad that I went. He had us do the stairs today and a lot of squats. For the upper body work I did increase my weights for a few exercises (and for the dead lifts as well) and I felt really good afterwards.

Nicky, sounds like you are starting to recover. I believe that illness wears us down so don't overdo it, just continue to rest as needed. Come to think of it, I could use some rest myself! I've done okay on food today, probably have some room for a snack but I am very full from my late dinner and so I don't think that I will eat anything. I am sorry to hear that your two young friends will be leaving Nicky, it sounds like they will be missed. Hope that you sleep better tonight!

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TRICIA, you seem to have all sorts of fall back plans! Impressive. Hope your exam went well.
Thanks for good wish. es, I crawled out of bed at intervals today, tho we had the womens group upstairs as I didnt have the energy to run up and down stairs a hundred times to keep the fire going.
GLORIA, I have had 2 days in bed and only crawled out sporadically today. I have actually not always got my 8 glasses of water for some reason. Today I am just about there, and seem to be under 100 cals over the guidelines.
I would definitely call one and a half miles walking exercise, specially if you are doing it against the wind!

NICKY. We divided the womens group so 2 of the older girls and their mother can come. She has not been to a group before and seemed to enjoy it. I was very happy with the way the group went.
Sadly, we are losing 2 of our most committed and gifted young Believers, as their documents have come through for the one to join her husband in USA, probably mid May, and for the other to get married to her German fiance, also mid May, and then her visa should come through a few weeks later so she will leave us. She has been working with me since about 2001 and the children love her, as does everyone else, so this will be a great loss to the group. But God has looked after us so far, and is not going to desert us now...
Did some decluttering for the first time for about a month. Sorted clothes, to keep and to give to the Gypsies. More space in the cupboard now...
NUTRITION, seem to less than 100 cals over guidelines, which is an improvement on the last couple of days....breakfast, ham and pineapple open sandwich, lunch borek, half the slice my neighbour gave me. Supper bread and salami and lots of veg, with a nightcap of horlicks and Stollen, last slice but one. Had a protein shake earlier on as I was low on protein and no energy to cook properly, AND run out of mozzarella.... We are so lucky to be able to get all these things here now. 20 years ago we had no supermarket and the market could provide potatoes, cabbage, onions and lemons and not much more. The greengrocer even has ginger again now. He stocked it for a while and then gave up. And avocados.....
I slept badly last night. Hopefully tonight will be better....


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Tricia, I have heard that the GRE is very hard. Hope it went well - when do you get your score? I still admire your ability to manage school and the family and everything, just wish I could figure out how you do it!

Rest rest rest Nicky, that is what you need right now. No need to push yourself while your body is fighting the bug. I am sure you will get plenty of fluids too.

Aurlie, sounds like work is even crazier than it usually is. Hope that you will have a great Friday and that you will be able to get out of there on time and enjoy your weekend to the fullest.

Gloria - no exercise today. I started for a walk and went just over 3/4 of a mile when I decided that the wind was just too fierce and I went back to the office. Ended up going to lunch with my manager and a coworker. We went to this Fresh to Order place and I had a spinach salad with tofu. Everything there seems pretty fresh and wholesome but of course when dining out, it is about impossible to really know - they do put their nutritional info on their website so by my best estimate, I did okay. Worked 2.5 hours late and then traffic was terrible, I guess it took about an hour to get home...no food in the house for dinner, so out we went. A store visit has become dire. Didn't get home until 8:00 p.m. (having left the house this morning at 5:45 a.m., this feels like it has been quite a long day). Work was pretty stressful, and it is mostly my fault, I have not been focused, which put me behind. I should be in my calorie range for the day, my steps are low, only about 7,600 at this point and I am not likely to get much more since it is bedtime. No studying tonight. Last night we had fierce storms for a long time in the night but I felt like I slept okay even though I was awaken a few times by the weather. Tonight we are expected to have strong storms again.

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I took the Graduate Record Exam, which you take if hoping to apply to graduate school. My plan A doesn't actually count it (Utah physician's assistant school) but Plan B is graduate degree in biochemistry. Plan C is a couple of out of state physician's assistant programs and then I sent it to Plan E, Masters of Public Health here in Utah.

I still have class tonight I gotta prepare for, but finally breathing, sort of. I've kept my food in range better this last week than during the week before. I worked out twice yesterday, will try and ride my exercycle for a while today as well.

Sorry to hear you're ill, Nicky! Take it easy.

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GLORIA, thanks for your prayers! I'm getting lots of rest. Had another lazy day today. Also far too many cals...
AURLIE, I heard your mother's principle from a friend, and that is what I am acting on! I should have mentioned that if you hadn't!
I hope you survive too little boss and too many urgent projects.

NICKY. Enjoyed another lazy day in bed, too many cals, too few veg, no exercise.


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Take care, Nicky! I hope you're feeling better now. My mother had a theory that a person should eat a bit of whatever they're craving when they feel unwell. My mother didn't have a weight problem at the time, though.

Gloria, I hope your weight finds its way to a better range. I occasionally have unusual spikes in weight that don't last -- not sure if it's fluid or maybe my scale gets out of balance. Once I lost 25 pounds overnight, but that corrected itself when I replaced the battery in my scale.

Work was crazy today. My boss is out for the rest of the week. Urgent projects are piling up. I'm going to go to bed early tonight and get an early start in the morning.
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Nicky, praying for quick healing for you...good that you are getting plenty of rest!

Gloria - kind of frantic day at work, but okay. Weight suddenly went up a lot over the past day or so - like everyone else I do see fluctuations from day to day but not usually such extreme changes in such a short time so I assume it is because of the butter that I ate or because of sodium. Butter is high in sodium and I think it was yesterday that I ate salty food so I hope that this corrects itself in a hurry by drinking plenty of water. But I will try to eat consciously for the next few days just in case...and I was planning to take a day off from exercise today but I ended up walking a mile at lunch time and then another couple of miles after work, just to err on the side of caution. I am doing laundry, paying bills and now I will start studying. It is critical that I get to the grocery store soon too - we are quickly running out of everything and I need to make a list.

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GLORIA, owls were roosting, not nesting. They have disappeared now the family are out and about after being away. I am so glad I saw them while they were here.
AURLIE, glad you checked in, albeit briefly.

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ATTITUDE. The Bug has arrived, so I am making the most of it and enjoying ill health today! Stayed in bed all day and slept a lot..
NUTRITION. 400 cals over, but ate consciously and mindfully. Just very hungry, and strange cravings like salami, and honey, and a protein bar,mfor some unknown reason... And no exercise to offset the extra cals. Hope to be back to nearer normal tomorrow...


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Had a good day though not as effective at work as I should have been. I know better and should have stayed focused...I will pay for this later. Had a gorgeous day here, actually got into the 80s! Average is only 66 so this is quite unusual. I took a really long walk at lunch time just so that I could get outdoors. Later went to step aerobics so got a lot of exercise and feel really awesome. Food was good today I think, I have tracked but haven't looked at the numbers too closely yet. I had more Persian leftovers today and I treated myself to a Madeleine since I exercised extra. I would actually have walked a mile after I got home but I had to eat dinner and it was too close to dark to do so.

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this day has gotten away from me.
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I am getting ready for some study time, thought I would check in first. Aurlie, so sorry, hope that things got better as the day went on. Nicky, hope and pray that the pacemaker will help the child's epilepsy. Congrats on the 2,000 minutes, that is awesome - you have more steps than I do for the day! I wonder if the owls have some eggs.

Gloria - well, I had a good day I guess. I went to Power Sculpt class and he made us do about a million lunges, then he had us do the stairs. After we came back to do the weights I kind of felt shaky, then after I got back to work I felt kind of sick to my stomach. I don't typically have that happen and I am not sure what was up with that. And I felt extra tired. I had a hard time absorbing Vitamin B12 so I wonder if I am deficient or something but I am not going to stress over it unless it happens again. I had some leftover Persian food for lunch, so yummy, this time it was chicken kebab with rice. Got a bunch of veggies in for dinner (we went to a sandwich place where I order a spinach salad with a black bean patty). It sounds healthy enough, along with the steel cut oats that I had for breakfast, and Greek yogurt, but honestly, I ate terribly today because I didn't eat my fruit, and I ate butter when I got home from work. I am not sure why but I am so addicted to butter and I usually can control myself but today I just didn't. I am in the range for calories but not happy with myself because I would have rather have had a nice hot chai tea latte or something with at least some nutritional value. Walked around the block after dinner, short on steps. Am going to study for a while and then try to get to bed early.

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AURLIE, I'd be ranting if I was treated like you are at work... Your attitude constantly amazes me.
GLORIA, I'm under 9k steps so far and am not going to bust myself to reach 10k.
Good prospects for my epileptic friend. My neurosurgeon cousin can operate to put in the pacemaker. Main snag is that it only helps 2/3 of patients. 1/3 have no improvement.
Difficult situation with your husband. I have friends I can see hastening their death by not taking steps to lose weight. Though one friend has started some gentle walking with other women. I asked her to call me when they go. Get extra steps in and it's a chance to socialise.

NICKY
FITNESS. With great effort I hit 2000 mins this month for first time ever! Nothing compared to what you do, but it's a milestone for me. Bodyweight burn in morning. This evening I subscribed to Acacia TV. Don't seem able to get the TV, but do have access to videos. See if I find enough that I like to be worth it. Subscribed for a year, but can cancel within the first 10 days.
ATTITUDE. Settling back into normal life. Discovered a pair of long eared owls roosting in a neighbour's tree!! First time I've seen them. Exciting.
Since the course I've started writing down new Albanian words. Found about 25 in 2 days! Also plan to learn to conjugate one new verb a week. And am reading Albanian literature again.
NUTRITION. Breakfast, remains of yesterday's smoothie with all bran and strained yogurt. Lunch, binged on beans and lots of veg and a little salted meat. Supper??? AM still bloated from lunch. MAybe something like a ham sandwich. Should be within cal guidelines


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I was in the middle of posting a very negative rant here. Better to delete and move on....
Food and fitness on track -- working on my attitude.

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Nicky, I do find that the spring time clock change is more difficult to do, but I certainly do enjoy the fact that it is staying light out a bit later! I hope that you are able get your sleep pattern straightened out quickly....were the dogs and cat happy to see you? You are so active Nicky, I think that you might get more exercise in than you think, probably as much or more than I do! I have to intentionally work to get the exercise in since I have a sedentary job, you just seem to be naturally active! I hope that a solution can be found for the dear boy with epilepsy, that has to be so frightening for both the child and the parents.

Aurlie, so sorry that you have been working on your Sundays. You work so hard. You need your time off to get things done, to rest and to have some fun time so I hope that you don't have to keep doing it for long.

Gloria - had a fair enough day, no complaints. The weather was nice, flowers and trees are blooming and it was pretty. I didn't get much studying done. My heart is just not in it. I would rather be doing things around the house or getting outside to walk. Husband and I went for walk. It is both a blessing and a curse for him to come with me. I enjoy his company and he so desperately needs the exercise. But he won't go far and he goes so slowly. Today I wore my heart rate monitor and my heart rate got barely above 90 (it is closer to 150 when I run). He was huffing and puffing and we were only going about 3.3 mph. I worry so about his health. His eating is atrocious and he just sits around for about 16 hours a day. I am guessing he probably needs to lose about 70 pounds. He never wants to eat anything healthy...it is always burgers and fries, or maybe fried chicken or pizza, and he eats tons of candy and chips. Anything that he fixes for himself at home is high fat and processed. My eating was okay today, not the greatest but not the worst. I am in the calorie range but too high in fat. I need to eat a decent snack this evening to meet my goal.

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It's early Sunday afternoon here and I'm already tired. I just didn't sleep well last night. Lot's of stuff on my mind. Mike isn't feeling well.

I'm on track with calories although nutrition could be better. I'll get my steps today and I've done my strength training. It's almost time to log into my office and start my Monday already.

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GLORIA, happy birthday! Thanks for letting us rejoice with you! Enjoy the running shoes! You will be able to run off the effects of the Persian food....
Interesting about the Armenians.
AURLIE, hope Mike gets his teeth sorted reasonably quickly.
I think your bosses want a bomb put under them.....

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FITNESS. 30 mins in garden. 50 mins up mountain. 20 mins round town. So lots of spare cals I can eat.... If I manage 67 mins exercise tomorrow I shall actually reach 2000 monthly mins. Nothing to you, gloria and Aurlie, but a first, or maybe second, for me!
ATTITUDE. disorientated by clocks going forward this morning, after not sleeping well after journey home and a desperate phone call from a friend whose son, the only child, is in hospital after umcontrollable epileptic fits. They went to Italy in the hopes they could operate, spent a lot of money on hospital fees and got nothing done. I have a neurosurgeon cousin who is exploring the possibility of fitting him with over the next 6 months and periodic monitoring after that.
Otherwise a good day, tho I still didnt get much done. And now I am ready for bed....
NUTRITION. Within guidelines,just. Breakfast, baked beans with egg, onion, spinach and cheese. Green smoothie, one helping left for tomorrow. Lunch, green smoothie with all bran and strained yogurt. Supper, trout with lots of vegs. Late night snack, digestive biscuit with. Nutella and generous slice of Stollen. Tryingnto work out if I can afford a horlicks on top of that... I can!


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Aurlie, I just hate it for you that you that you had to stay at work late yesterday. That is just rude of them to give you work late like that on a Friday and expect you to stay there and do it. I would be furious! I hope that Mike can get everything settled with his teeth, good that he got something to take in the interim. I have never had tooth problems but my husband has a terrible time with his - so I don't really know what it is like but my husband says tooth pain is terrible. Goodness, having earthquakes like that...I don't know if you could ever get used to it?

Gloria - had a fabulous day, did what I predicted, got the running shoes, ate at the Persian restaurant. I ate very calorific food today, but I really enjoyed what I ate! At the Persian place I got a dish that is made with green stuff, with a little beef and some kidney beans. The green stuff is flat leaf parsley, maybe there is some cilantro in there, maybe some spinach, maybe some leeks, all cooked up and with some lime juice added. I had some rice with that and a small bit of pita (I don't eat much bread anymore but this was a treat) with some french type feta and flat leaf parsley in it. Also had yogurt with cucumbers and mint, and for my drink I had the yogurt drink (also has mint). I am not used to eating large meals anymore and even though I only ate a small bit of what they brought, I was overly stuffed and miserable. Also, we went to Panera bread and I have a Panera card and from time to time they give me things like $2 off a salad or a sandwich....this one was a free birthday pastry so I got a chai latte and a shortbread cookie...I love their shortbread cookies so very much but at about 400 calories each, I haven't had one in several months. We also went to a lighting store because we need a new fixture for a bathroom - didn't get anything just yet, still will look for the right thing at the right price. It was so cold here today, and rainy and windy but later we went for a mile walk, and then I wanted to try those running shoes out so I did the treadmill for 75 minutes - I didn't exercise as much this week but I WAS able to meet my step goal for the week! I didn't study as much as I should have but will tomorrow. Now I am going to relax and read for a while before bed.

Hope everyone else had a great day!

Gloria

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I never knew anyone of Armenian descent before I moved here to Glendale. Southern California has the largest concentration of Armenia people in the United States. I enjoy Armenia food, too!

Glad you had a good day, Gloria. It sounds like things are on track for you!

I had a pretty stressful afternoon yesterday. It was another situation where the Project Team waited until mid afternoon to tell us a job needed to be done that day and then didn't get the material to us until 5:30 pm. It's one of the jobs that I do by hand and then my boss is obligated to proofread my work. Mike was very upset that I wasn't home on time.

Mike managed to get an appointment with his dentist early this afternoon. It didn't solve the problem, but he's got pain medication and I'm hoping he'll be able to eat comfortably until the dentist is able to finish the work.

We had a 5.1 earthquake last night -- no damage around here. It's pretty unsettling, though.

I guess the rest of the weekend will be spent with errands, chores and keeping Mike comfortable.

How are you all doing?

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Nicky, my family had a very dear close friend who was Armenian. She was like a grandmother to us, and in fact, she is my cousin's real grandmother - my cousin is half Armenian. We were very close to our friend and she made the most amazing baklava! She went to an Armenian orthodox church in Detroit and they would have these huge bizarres with wonderful shopping and the most amazing food ever. My understanding is that there are around 50,000 people of Armenian descent still living in the Detroit area.

I had a pretty good day! I got a lot done and the auditor will have his reports on Monday. I actually was feeling so good about things that I went for a short walk at lunch time. It was supposed to be raining but since it was pretty warm and not raining, I couldn't pass up the opportunity - that meant that I didn't go to the Power Sculpt class, which is kind of bad because I really need the strength training, but given how this week has been, I just decided that it wasn't going to be tragic to miss it. Then when I got home I got another mile in, so I met my step goal for today. So happy about that. I won't meet my goal for the week though. It could be done, but we have so much planned for tomorrow that I don't think I will have time to walk or run that much (I would need to get in about 18,000 steps to make it). Calorie wise, I am on track. I am going to study for a while and try to get a few things done around the house, would like to go to bed early but it is already 7:30 p.m. so I am not sure if that is going to work. I don't usually share this little tidbit with anyone...but I will tell you...tomorrow is my birthday. I celebrate it myself with my husband and my parents will do something nice for me, and my in-laws will too, but generally I just like a quiet low key day. We have some plans to go to the shoe store tomorrow (since I never did invest in running shoes like I had planned) and then we will have lunch at a Persian restaurant. I am really looking forward to it!

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GLORIA, lucky Lemur to end up with you! Most of my animals have been rescued, either from death or from being tied up most of the time.
Olbas oil is good stuff. So is Schwedenbitter, Swedish Bitters. They recommend that you take it internally, but I only use it externally, mostly for wounds, strains, etc.
Hope you get some rest over the weekend and feel better for it.
TRICIA, I hope you will be able to be proactive and prevent some of the crises before they happen. And then have more energy to cope with the crises you cant prevent.....
AURLIE, good to hear from you. Didnt realise Armenian was widely spoken in US.
Sorry about Mikes teeth. Bad enough breaking one...

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FITNESS. 2 hours walking round town.
ATTITUDE. Brain is glad to have finished the course, heart is sad to say goodby to teachers and fellow students.
NUTRITION. Tasty but doubtless calorific noodle dish for lunch, followed by very rich apple crumble. Celebration supper at restaurant. Chose baked meatballs. Not very exciting as I could have made them at home. Plus a big plate of french fries. And some tastes of other peoples choices. Enjoyed my favourite tipple of sparkling mineral water.

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I remember seeing "The Gods Must Be Crazy" when I was in college and I loved it.

Gloria and Nicky, you are both special people when it comes to caring for animals. Gloria, the description "a bit psychotic... and not very bright" certainly applies to Luther. He certainly has his own personality, though.

Nicky, knowing a few words of Armenian here is as important as knowing Spanish. So many of our neighbors speak it, it's just polite to know some social pleasantries.

O yeesh! I was just posting this here on my lunch break and I got a call from Mike. He broke 2 teeth while eating his lunch.
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I loved the Gods must be Crazy. It came out when I was 15, I think. On the local news someone accidentally typed "The Gods Bust Me Crazy" (for a list of top 10 movies, I think). They have it on Youtube now.

My knees have been kind of tender so I rode the exercycle and read a textbook yesterday. I'm trying to make time to do several things each day. It would be very easy to keep chasing 8 balls, that is, putting all my energy into the current crisis as they arise.

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Tricia, we are always so glad when you join us here - we know how busy you are so we understand when you aren't able to drop in from time to time. Certainly there is nothing to feel sheepish about! So glad to hear that your husband doesn't have any metabolic issues.

Aurlie, Lemur has lived in the house with us for almost exactly ten years - he came inside in March 2004. He has had a very hard life but things are better for him now. I think he is about 12 years old and probably 10 of those years were rough. His first owner we think was a neighbor of ours at our old house and we are certain that she (or whoever the owner was) beat him. He was skittish for years, especially with me and other women so it is pretty certain that it was a woman who did this to him. If I tried to pet him he would flatten to the ground and run. Before he came in he was mostly outside and he started hanging around our house. One day I saw the wild dogs carrying a dead neighbor cat and then we saw the dogs chasing Lemur. He had such terror in his eyes. He wasn't ours but we caught him and boarded him at very nice Kitty hotel for about two weeks in the hopes that the wild dogs would leave. We didn't tell the neighbor because we weren't 100% certain she was the owner - but we did see him around her house on several occasions. Anyway, after the dogs were gone we brought him back and let him go but the dogs came back again, so we brought him in the house. The woman came over one time and I said something to her about having taken him in and that someone had beaten him and she didn't say a word so that clinched it, he was ours. But my cats didn't take too kindly to him, especially Charlie (who died two years ago of cancer). Charlie would terrorize him. He was not allowed to use the litter box, not allowed to eat food, not allowed to sit on the floor or on the furniture. I hate to say it because Charlie was one of my darlings, but Lemur has such a good life now that Charlie is gone. He now gets comfy in the chairs or on the bed, he actually uses the litter box instead of where ever, he has his own cat food bowl on the floor. He has gotten so fat since Charlie has been gone! And after all of these years, he know comes to me and rubs all over me and meows for me to pet him and he loves it when I brush him. He sits with me when I study. We talked for years about finding another home for him but he has some issues (he might be a bit psychotic, he fights with his tail and he is not that bright) so we were afraid that others might get impatient with him and hurt him so we just tried to protect him from Charlie the best that we could. Something kind of interesting was that we also had a cat named Harley who died four years ago, also cancer. Now Harley was not afraid of anything. That cat had NO fear whatsoever and he was just so fun. But for some unexplained reason, he was terrified of Lemur! Made no sense at all.

I have never heard of oil pulling, looked it up, and that is interesting! I am learning a bunch of new stuff. I definitely prefer to try homeopathic remedies first if possible. I also had never heard of the Olbas Oil Nicky, so I looked that up and that sounds like some good stuff, used for a bunch of different things.

I have definitely heard of that movie and have heard that it is very funny. I don't recall actually every seeing it but that isn't surprising since it is so rare for me to watch a movie.

Had a not so great day and by the time I got home I also had a not so great attitude. I left for work about ten minutes late and I got to work about 45 minutes late - bad car accident slowed me down, all lanes blocked but one. My reports are due to the auditor in Switzerland on Monday and I am racing to complete them. I do this particular project once a year and I can't always remember how to do certain parts. I also should have started it in January instead of mid-March so here I am trying to do a couple of months worth of work in a few days. I skipped lunch and sat at my desk and worked all day. Ugh. No walking, no moving, no nothing. I left an hour and a half late and it took me an hour and a half to get home. When I got here I realized that bedtime was just an hour and a half away and we had to eat dinner and I am out of tissues for my nose, which I really need right now. My husband ended up eating a bowl of cereal and I had some yogurt. I only have 2,800 steps and FitBit isn't giving me many calories today, but that is okay, I am in range. If I decide to eat anything else before bed, I will have an orange or something. Still coughing a bit so no running on the treadmill or anything, maybe by Sunday I will be able to do that.

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GLORIA, I would perhaps try Olbas oil on my temples for a headache, and peppermint oil should have a similar effect. Good for a sore throat too, applied externally.
My dogsmlove my cats. Savi alays used to repel their advances, but when his brother and friend had disappeared and he was on his own, he condesxended to make friends with rhe dogs. Sometimes they play, sometimes he bats their noses. But Petri goes for him if he comes too close when I am putting on his collar or giving him medical treatment. My dogs chase foreign cats fiercely, but were very gentle when they found some kittens.
Yes, I think the movie was set in Botswana. The bushmen found an old coke bottle and it brought strife and unhappiness into their community. One of them was imprisoned for shooting a goat, but ended up tranquillising armed terorists who had kidnapped all the schoolchildren of the village with a dart from a blow pipe.
TRICIA, you are always welcome back. We would not be here if it wasnt for you! Glad your sband doesnt have the metabolism problem.
AURLIE, how come you know some Armenian? I am impressed!

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FITNESS. Only 7k today.
ATTITUDE. Brain dead. Tomorrow is the last daymof the course, which is sad, tho we shall be having supper afterwards to celebrate. Third calorific supper in a row. Today I visited the family of the epileptic boy who went to Italy hoping for treatment which they didnt get. They are very disillusioned. My neurosurgeon cousin is exploring a possible solution via a sort of pacemaker in the brain. Problem is. It needs frequent monitoring and adjusting. This may be possible in Albania. My cousin would be prepared to put the thing in. That means that I need to see how I can help them get a visa for England. People atnour consulate are not always as helpful as they might be... Stressful evening. They wanted to keep me overnight. Not happy when I insisted on retunringmto the friends I am stayingmwith. Directingnthe taxi driver over the simple route home exhausted most of my reserves of patience.
NUTRITION. Rice and stew for lunch, thenmeat with a sort of yogurt custard and soda bread for supper. All pretty calorific, albeit tasty.


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Tricia, I'm glad you solved the mystery of the car damage!

Nicky, I'm a big fan of the "ask someone who knows" school of language arts! When I first studied Spanish, my technique was to "look it up." That worked for the literal translation of single words, but didn't do much for colloquialisms or phrases in context. Lately I've been dealing with finding phrases in languages that don't use the same alphabet I do. I know a few Armenian words and phrases that are sufficient for exchanging greetings, but I don't do much to expand my vocabulary. On the other hand, Mike is extremely chatty and he's picked up the language just by asking people how to say things.

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better, Gloria. My headache is gone, so I'm convinced it was the changing weather messing with my sinuses. I prefer trying natural remedies for everything. I'm generally skeptical, but I don't mind trying anything that doesn't have unwanted side effects. The weirdest natural remedy I've found has been oil pulling for gum problems -- it works for me!

It sounds like your kitty had a traumatic life, Gloria! Our kitties are a couple of years older than Lola. They were both bigger than Lola when Mike brought her home. Now Lola is a bit bigger than Princess, but Luther outweighs them both. I guess the key to them getting along was Lola's size and bringing them together while Lola was so young.

There's a bit of disruption in my office. I guess all the Vice-Presidents had a quarterly meeting and all their goals, plans and schemes are trickling down to the real workers. I'm still on track with food and fitness -- my attitude isn't bad, either.



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Problem with staying away so long is I feel sheepish coming back. But we got the results back and my husband didn't have the weird metabolism problem, which is good. He got a nice bonus and work so we went out to Italian to celebrate.

I've also been having trouble sleeping but hopefully with a couple less things to worry about that will get better. We hear about more colleges tomorrow and so hopefully that will let us more forward on some other things.

The culprit in the parking garage was actually my daughter, she steered too close to a cement post.

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Interesting about the salt inhaler Aurlie, I had never heard of that so I looked it up. I like the idea that Mike has seen improvement from it. Have you or Nicky ever heard of using peppermint oil for headaches? I rarely get a headache but last Friday when I had one some people at work suggested it. I had never heard of that either I am always looking for natural remedies so I want to try that.

I also find it fascinating when I hear about cats and dogs getting along. My cats hate dogs. Before Lemur came to live with us he was terrorized by some wild dogs who were eating neighborhood cats. I am certain that if we hadn't taken him in, he would have been dog food and he is very afraid of dogs, for good reason.

Nicky, take it easy with that thigh, ride the bus if you are able. You have walked A LOT in the past few days, no need to strain yourself. Do you have zinc available? I think that will help fend off a bug too. I am curious if the movie that you saw is the one that is set in Botswana? If so, I have heard that movie is quite hilarious.

Gloria - feeling much better today - not completely better, still a bit of a cough, but much more manageable. I slept really well last night, not long but it was good quality sleep. I was able to go to my step aerobics class today and then after work I went for a mile walk. I am not thrilled with my eating today. It isn't terrible or anything but when I got home I found myself snacking on food right before dinner, and then I ate a lot of butter with dinner. Just not good choices, not devastating but certainly not something I want to make a habit of. If I don't eat a snack before bed I won't be too high on calories but I just would have preferred not to waste calories on non-nutritional food.

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AURLIE, SP nutrition tracker doesnt always track potassium, so you probably are getting more than SP records.
GLORIA, well done getting to the nurse. Hope the inhaler etc helps. Glad your manager was humane...

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FITNESS. 2 hours walking, 6 miles. Walked in to the course, in the rain, but failed to put my hood up, so had a wet collar all day.... Have a sore thigh muscle the last 2 days. May take it easy if a not too full bus comes by on the new route I take.
ATTITUDE. Shattered yesterday. Fighting off a bug with vast doses of vitamin C. Today 2 of us were responsible for planning the session with our Korean teacher. Went fairly well. My partner took most of the decisions, which suited me, as I am unlikely to use such formal language teaching in the foreseeable future. My method is to ask my friends how to say what I want to say. Visited a Sister I first met in 1975 in Kosova, who was here till about 18 months ago, and then returned to France with bad arthritis. This year she celebrated 50 years as a Sister and is back in Albania for a month. In the evening they put on a hilarious film for our course, The Gods are Crazy. If you get the chance to see it, do so!
NUTRITION, havent the energy to track it. High cal, low veg. Calzone for lunch. I didnt realise that had the same amount of dough as a pizza, or I should have chosen something else! Naturally I ate it all.... Ate supper with friends in a really nice little place that only catered for Albanians. Choice of pilaf or pasticcio. Both calorific. I chose pasticio. Then they produced chips etc to go with the film. I only ate about a handful, so that could have been worse... Weighed in yesterday at 56 kilos, so not too bad. Back to filling up on smoothies next week!


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Loved your kitty story, Gloria! Luther is our big boy cat, Princess is our little girl cat. They're litter-mates but you'd never guess from their different sizes. Occasionally they get into it with Lola, running in circles like a Tom & Jerry cartoon. I never know which one is chasing the others. I hope you're breathing better and your coughing has subsided. Mike has lung problems from decades of smoking. He's currently using a salt inhaler once or twice a day and has gotten quite a bit of improvement. I don't know if it's really due to the healing properties of the salt or if it's the benefit from doing 20 minutes of controlled breathing. Maybe it's just a placebo, but at least there aren't any side effects!

It sounds like things are warming up all over the country after what should be the last Winter storm. We had a bit of rain last night! I doubt it was a measurable amount and we probably won't see any more until Fall.

I've got an early meeting and a busy day ahead. The weather won't impact my steps, but my job may.

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Wow I hope that both of you can get more sleep tonight! Aurlie, is Luther one of your kitties? My cats rarely fight on the bed, though it has happened. They are more likely to try to pet me, lick me, and just plain seek my attention all night long....especially Earl.

I also didn't sleep well last night. I took the cough suppressant, which makes me sleepy. I actually got to bed EARLY for once, and was looking forward to getting enough sleep. But I kept coughing and coughing. The cough medicine didn't do the job. I kept trying to drink water, but that didn't help, and I finally got up and got a cough drop, which did nothing. I got so desperate that I got up and started searching for an inhaler. I haven't needed one in at least a year and a half, maybe longer, but I did find one. It was expired but I didn't care at that point and it did help me settle down so I could get some rest. I went in to the office 2.5 hours late. One of my co-workers said I sounded worse than I did yesterday and my manager suggested that I go home. I stayed for about 5.5 hours and then left so I could visit the nurse. She thinks that it is probably not viral and she thinks I am not contagious. She suspects that because of the issues that I had in the past with reflux inflaming my lungs and giving me asthma like symptoms that I am more susceptible to irritation in my airways. She thinks that this has been caused by irritation from pollen or perhaps from the extreme change in weather that we have had. She prescribed a different cough suppressant and an inhaler. She said I should start feeling better very quickly. I hope so because I very much want to go to step aerobics tomorrow.

It snowed harder here today than it has snowed all winter! Wow, it was crazy. It was cold and very windy but since it has been pretty warm here lately, it all melted and didn't stick at all. By Friday it will be in the 70s here.

Had to eat low cal today since I didn't exercise much again. I might be a tiny bit high but not enough to really matter. Had to run by the store to get more yogurt. At the last minute before it got dark I decided to do a mile walk. I forgot it was so cold and forgot to wear a hat, good thing it was a short walk because I was so cold! I only have about 6,800 steps for the day...will make it to 7,000. Haven't been able to run in a week and a half now and I am feeling pretty antsy about it.

Just remembered something funny. About 20 years ago we lived in an apartment in Kentucky. I had one kitty at the time, a girl. It was so hot and we had left the windows open. Our bedroom was upstairs and we were asleep late one night when our kitty and another kitty went flying across the headboard and knocked the lamp off. What a way to be awaken in the middle of the night! Apparently the other cat had torn a hole in the screen of our window downstairs and came in and got into it with our cat. I can't recall now which cat was being chased but for some reason I think that he was chasing our cat. It scared us terribly but after that it was just plain hilarious!

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Nicky, it's so interesting to hear of people doing such important work. Encouraging languages to live on, rather than assimilating everyone into a homogenous non-culture is beautiful.

Gloria, are you going to see a doctor? It's just exhausting to be sick like that. I'm impressed that you continue to go to your Power Sculpt class in spite of it all.

Fitness and nutrition are on track well enough. I'm still puzzled about getting enough minerals, especially potassium from what I consider a reasonable diet. The numbers from the Spark nutrition tracker don't match what I'm seeing on other websites, so maybe my numbers are better than I fear. The cramps in my feet and legs did not keep me awake last night, but our pets certainly did. Luther and Lola decided to squabble on the bed just after I first fell asleep and it took me quite a while to go back to sleep after I broke up the fight.

I think my attitude will be good today. My boss will be in the office this afternoon and that always helps!

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GLORIA, be gentle with yourself. Its not a good idea to do strenuous exercise when you are under the weather, which you are. A few lazy days, maybe with some gentle walking if it makes you feel better, might do you more good.

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FITNESS. I walked all the way back across town after my course. It took an hour. I had been leaving 1 3/4 hours early to get to the course by bus!! And the bus is difficult to getnon and even more difficult to get off!
ATTITUDE. Restless night. FB credited me with under 4 hours sleep. Sleepy during the course this morning. Korean continues to be fun. On Friday he is going to instruct us how to make a Korean dish that we shall then eat!
Said goodbye to our phonetics teacher today, dont mind finishing phonetics, but sorry to say goodby to her!
NUTRITION. Lunch, spaghetti bolognais with lots of salad, followed by pineapple cake. I found the willpower to ask them to remove half the helping of spaghetti they originally aerved me. I would have eaten it all if it had remained on my plate!


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Aurlie, you seem to be keeping everything in perspective and maintaining a good attitude about things. I know that weekends are never enough time. It is about impossible to get stuff during the week and then the weekends are taken up by chores and errands. So when do we get to have fun? I try to get a good blend of both during the weekends but then end up not getting everything done that needs to be done - that adds to the stress - vicious cycle. Have you tried Arnica for soreness after running? Also, I recently read in a health magazine that one of the best remedies for sore muscles is good old Ben Gay. It said that people tend not to use it because it smells bad but it does really work.

Nicky, I have a lot of quotes about going slow. Since I began running last summer, I began collecting them. Speed does not matter, but the fact that you are moving about is what is important. You are getting a lot of walking time and steps in and that is what matters!

Gloria - big time headache today and the coughing is terrible. It kept my husband and myself up most of the night. I have some medicine to take but it makes me sleep for hours and hours and since I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work today, I didn't dare take it for fear of not being able to wake up enough for the long drive in. I have had colds and bronchitis turn into full blown asthma attacks so I might need to go to the doctor. I am just trying to give myself time to recover before spending the time and money to do that. Tonight I will take the medicine anyway and if necessary, I will either work from home tomorrow (not really a good option right now with my deadline but I will do it if necessary) or maybe I will go to the office late. I have an important meeting tomorrow with my manager - she will forgive me if I miss but it is related to the reports that I must send to the auditor within the next few days and I feel that I need to get that meeting done in order to feel comfortable about moving on.

I did go to Power Sculpt class today but our regular instructor was absent and the substitute taught a class that was totally unlike our traditional strength training class. I haven't figured out if it was good or bad. I am sure I could get used to it once I had done it a few times. Also took a mile walk. Steps are very low again today. I just didn't feel up to doing anymore. I really just feel like laying down! Trying to be careful on the calories since I didn't get as much activity in, but I still need to eat a few more if possible. I am pretty full though so I am not sure if I will go with the usual yogurt. The scale has been kind over the past few days so I am not worried one way or the other.

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AURLIE, I wish you courage and stubbornness to cope with the stress. Despite the hassle of getting old, I am fitter than I have ever been, apart from some aches and pains, tho I am not as strong and energetic as I was ten years ago.
GLORIA, walking atnthe speed I do it is not exactly energetic cardio!
I hope you can take it easier at work after meeting your present deadlines, and that the looming exam doesnt stress you too much.

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FITNESS. 90 mins walking, 5 miles, 13k steps. Much of it in pouring rain, with a thunderstorm some of the time.
ATTITUDE. More time in Bed, but fitbit says under 7 hours asleep. Very sleepy by the end of todays course programme!
Unusual number of people around. Roads blocked by traffic. Hard to get on bus, harder to get off, harder still to pay for ticket! I slipped him the money as I was getting off..
Burned out my ipad charger by leaving it on all night without ipad, on a faulty socket. Bought a new one, $15, and it appears that the plug is a pirated copy! Annoyingnthing is, it was onlynthe cable that was burned out, so i paid extra money for a false plug I dont need! But thats a minor irritation.
Korean getting more complicated. I think the teacher is suffering more than we are!
Our phonetics teacher is finishing tomorrow and leaving. I dont mind having no more phonetics, which I dont understand much, but shall be sorry to say goodby to the teacher. Nthis course is such fun. Both teachers have spent years living with people whose language had never been written, learning the language, working out an alphabet and teaching people to read their own language, and translating the Bible into it. Now they teach, and check other peoples translations into other languages. They have so many stories to tell, some hilarious. They are now training others, Albanians and an American, to teach this course in future. I am so glad I am doing it this year, as we gain from the teachers rich experience of life.
NUTRITION. Back on oranges after a 2 day break, but also indulged ina second capuccino. Lunch was chicken kebab and lotsmof salad. Supper was much too much borek....



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Hope you're feeling better today, Gloria. It will be such a relief when this deadline is behind you.

Work stress is getting me down. I did have a good weekend -- I didn't accomplish all I wanted, but then I never do. I still haven't finished preparing to file my taxes. I have everything gathered together, it's just a matter of finding time to do it. I'm going to try to break up the task and get it out of the way this week.

I've increased my strength training a little bit. I want to get back to running more, but I've got to figure out when it will be convenient to deal with the inevitable soreness. It's tough getting old.

Everything seems to be on track right now. I invested time to meditate this morning. Now it's time to dive into work. Happy Monday everyone.

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Tricia, so sorry to hear about your car getting banged up. That just stinks, especially if the culprits didn't own up to it. And sorry about the college thing. But great news that your BIL is showing some signs of improvement. Nicky, all of that walking counts as work outs! But great job on the cardio burst, and also having a bit of a rest today. We need that sometimes. Aurlie, glad to hear you had a good Saturday!

Gloria - got a lot of sleep again last night and then today I could barely keep my eyes open so I ended up taking a nap. I try to avoid that because it interferes with my sleep at night but I just couldn't stay awake. I still have a terrible cough and I would be inclined to stay home from work for the next day or two if I didn't have this huge deadline looming over me. Managed only a short walk today and I actually can't really explain where this day went. We weren't out running around, I wasn't doing much around the house. I studied a little but feel I got little accomplished, didn't even go to the grocery store for the week's supplies. I am short on steps but probably right on target with calories. I did go try out a coffee place today. It has been here a few years, a local place, but I just never tried it out. I got a chai latte. It was okay but I didn't think it was spectacular. We had salsa chicken in the crockpot tonight. I add corn, black beans and lots of sweet peppers (red, green and yellow). It is easy and I made enough so that we can have another meal later in the week. My attitude about the upcoming week seems pretty neutral at this point....kind of indifferent.

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I had trouble posting here this morning so I left to run errands, walk at the zoo and have lunch. Time to try again.

Tricia, I'm glad your BIL is doing a bit better. One day for you to be off plan shouldn't be a problem overall. I understand opting for an extra meal in order to keep the peace at home. Fortunately, that's not something that happens often, right?

Nicky, it's nice that people appreciate your company -- I do, too. Sounds like a meaningful service for you this morning.

Gloria, you remind me how blessed I am to live where there's an abundance of fresh local produce.

Yesterday I had a good day -- we ran some errands, I got my steps with an extra-long walk at the zoo, we went to Chinatown for lunch, and I even had time for a little nap in the afternoon. Today I'll have a less playtime and there's no nap in sight. I think I'll be able to get a good start on my Monday, though.

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GLORIA, i am glad you enjoyed your orane and had a good sleep. You needed it.
I ate a protein bar today, on my way home, instead of buying ice cream, for probably the same cals and less goodness.
TRICIA, you have had a rough week. I amglad your brother in law is now coping with consciousness.

NICKY
FITNESS. 10k steps, and then actually did my first workout in over a week. Bootcamp cardio burst. I want to burn more cals as I am eatingnso many more than usual.
ATTITUDE. After a week of short nights, I had a rest this afternoon, tho I read and didnt sleep.
Nice to have an inspiring sermon in church. Hebtalked about the Gospel reading for the day, brought it to life, and then linked it with our lives. Those we get at home tend to be pep talks and to send me to sleep!
NUTRITION. Lunch was bread, olive bread, french toast, sausage, feta and salad, followed by ice cream. I hope to be within cal range for today...



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I'm so sorry to have been absent this week. On Tuesday my husband went to the pulmonologist and they found his lung capacity had not been helped by asthma meds, so they ordered a test for this weird metabolic disorder. For several days I was just stunned. I think I'm starting to adapt to the idea. We don't know for sure yet, but it would sure explain a lot.

I've been sticking to my plan okay, except today we got a rejection letter for the college I most hoped my teen would get into. Then the car got badly dented in a parking garage. So I wound up having an extra meal with my husband. He thought we had agreed to eat out, which I hadn't recalled. The kind of day we were having, I didn't want to argue.

Though in good news, my brother in law is finally tolerating consciousness from his surgery 2 weeks ago.

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I just had an orange as I sat here and read Nicky's post! It was very sweet and juicy. Oranges don't grow here but I will buy them if they are from Florida or California...won't buy them off season when they are from South America. We have had a very cold winter so maybe crops won't be as early but I am still hoping that the farm from from which I get fresh produce will start having their cool weather crops soon, such as lettuce. I will probably start buying eggs from them again very soon.

Slept very late today! I am sure that I really needed it. It is a lovely day so I decided to go for a walk. I started out with the intention of going for a short walk but then decided I felt up for a longer one. I think that I will be good on food. I have been at home all day and have just been eating things like hot cereal, yogurt and a protein bar...nothing exciting like Nicky's food!

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GLORIA, AURLIE, SC told memto watch mympotassium intake and see that Inget enough as low potassium can cause cramps. Hard to monitor on SP as foods dont always have a potassium count recorded. TRICIA gave us a webpage address that guides about potassium.
Hope you get over your miserable bug, Gloria. Stress is doubtless lowering your immunity, and theres not muchmyou can do about that..... Be gentle with yourself. Its not an unbreakable law thatmyou can never skip a workout! You need rest to getnover this bug.
Yes, mandarins might be a change from the big oranges. They arenslightly more expensive, but my health is a worthwhile investment!

NICKY
FITNESS. An hour brisk walking round town. We had a trip to the castle at Shkodra today, slow going, as our teachers are not very mobile, but up and down hill on cobbles, so I am coming up to 13k steps. I got off the bus home several stops early, so had a 30 minute walk. Maybe I should do a short cardio workout as well to burn another 100 cals or so. Could actually do that before class as I always get there early...
ATTITUDE. Great day! I hadnt been to the castle for, probably, decades, like 20 years! I should have liked to go into the town, but it didnt happen. But I have been there fairly recently, so thatmdidnt matter. Had some time to talk to my hostess at last, yesterday evening and this evening. I am out all day. And she has 3 children and a part time job, which keeps her overburdened. Father in law, who livd with them, died a month ago, having been bedbound, incontinent and suffering from dementia, so they have been under terrible strain. The people I was hoping to stay with from tomorrow have the builders in and aremunder strain and cant cope with a guest as well, so I asked my hostess if she could cope with memfor another week. She said, You are no trouble and its nice to have you around. Thank God for friends like that!
NUTRITION....... Lunch alone was just about at my lower cal guideline for the whole day! Carp in a rich sauce.... With chips, salad, and baked veg.. Supper was the remains of the barbecue they had at lunch time, with bread and salad and then ice cream. Amazingly, after the big lunch, I ate a lot.... I do avoid drinking cals, and always drink water, whatever else is available, except that I start the day with a capuccino.


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I agree with you, Gloria -- I look forward to Nicky's posts each day! I hope your cold passes quickly. It just occurred to me that I got through the winter without getting sick. That's much better than last year where I used up all my sick days by mid-March! Get plenty of rest. I think skipping the Power Sculpt class was a good idea for the day. I've been looking into mineral deficiencies for my muscle cramps, though I want to believe my food choices should be good enough to prevent that.

Your brain-stretching has been good for us, Nicky. I've been inspired to pull up a map to look up the cities you've mentioned. I was completely unfamiliar with that part of the world!

I've been eating a lot of oranges lately, too. Citrus fruit are pretty much the only affordable fresh local fruits we can find at the Farmers Market. My favorites are tangelos -- larger than tangerines, easy to peel and very yummy!

I don't know what our plans are for the weekend. Let's see what Mike has in mind....

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Aurlie, I am happy to hear that Mike has been helping out. Not only will that be beneficial to you but maybe it will help his state of mind by making him feel useful until he can figure out the whole work situation. I have heard that some types of mineral deficiencies, such as magnesium, can cause leg and foot camps. Not sure if that would be the case for you. Hope that you are able to enjoy your weekend and relax some.

Nicky, your enthusiasm regarding your course work is contagious, I find it quite refreshing and look forward to reading your post each day! It seems that you are sincerely enjoying your time in Tirana. I do like going to different places and trying out different foods and your are doing quite well with all of the walking that you are doing! I have been eating a few oranges lately myself. But I have not eaten nearly as many as you so I am not tired of them yet! Do you have the tiny mandarins over there? I absolutely love them because they are small, easy to peel and have few if any seeds. But are sold in giant boxes and I cannot eat them fast enough so they start to go bad before I finish them.

Gloria - was so very exhausted today and when I get that tired I just start to act goofy and silly. Several people commented that I was in an extraordinarily excellent mood. It is because when I am like that, I tend to overcompensate for the exhaustion by acting practically giddy and hyper. I had a very bad cold or something and so I decided to skip the Power Sculpt class today, nor did I do any cardio. I might regret that but I need to rest and I don't need to be spreading my germs around to people in the strength training class. If I wasn't so behind on my work I would have taken a sick day. Had to stay at work a little late and I forgot that the furnace guy was coming at 4:30. I was late getting here. We must get a new one and should have done it already. Today we made the arrangements to do so and hope that we will have the new one installed within the next couple of weeks. Also went to the store to get some cough medicine with an antihistamine and a decongestant and I hope that will help me sleep tonight. Today I am much more congested than I have been and I also have a terrible cough. It seems to be centered in my chest. Eating today, I think it is going to be okay. I might end up being a bit high since I didn't exercise but I think it will not be too bad. I ended up going with a couple of my friends for lunch and I had a spinach salad with tofu. Supper was light, just a tiny bit of grilled chicken and some fruit. I am not sure if I will have a snack this evening or not. My plan for tonight - get plenty of rest!

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AURLIE, wonderful news about Mike!
I hope the cramp sorts itself out. If I flex my legs or feet, that usually cures it.counterintuitive, but it works for me.

NICKY
FITNESS. 11k steps.
ATTITUDE. disturbed night. Look forward tomresting my brain over the weekend before last week of course. Korean is fun, tho stretches the poor old grey cells!
NUTRITION. have not attempted to track today. Breakfast, olive bread and kefir. Snacks oranges. Getting tired of oranges, may need to change the fruit.... Lunch rice and chicken fillet followed by biscuits with chocolate filling. I lacked the discipline to ask for a smaller helping of rice. Ice cream on the way home. Visited friends and had a large piece of cale with lots of icing put in front of me, which I ate with zest, but it will attach itself to the fat cells round my tummy with equal zest! Supper, as sort of spinach custard bake with oven roast lamb, potatoes, a tasty but oily sauce, salad, ice cream.

I am working at reaching a balance when eating away cro home. I have put on a kilo i. 2 weeks.. Thatnis acceptable for me. Should come off quickly with the softy regime once I am home. Lunch out tomorrow on Expedition. Hope to choose something reasonably low cal.


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Just checking in quickly -- looks like it will be a busy day ahead.

Food and fitness on track. I don't know what's wrong with my attitude. I guess I need a weekend. I hope everyone is enjoying the onset of Spring!

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Happy Spring!

Gloria, I'm so glad you had a GREAT doctor's appointment! It's a good reminder that if we don't have our health, nothing else really matters.

Nicky, your course sounds fun and yummy! Asian languages baffle me, but then, I've never invested any time or energy into learning one. I love trying the food from any culture, though.

Mike has taken it upon himself to do more of our household errands and chores while I'm at work. I'm not sure what's prompting this. I hope it's that he's getting more comfortable with the idea that he's not going back to his old job. I've been working more from home a few evenings a week plus every Sunday evening and that overtime pay helps us financially. Maybe he noticed that I was feeling so discouraged that my little bit of time off on the weekend was completely absorbed by errands and chores.

I'm keeping on track with nutrition and fitness. My sleep has been pretty fragmented lately. Last night I was up with terrible muscle cramps in my feet. I hope that resolves itself.

We're looking at lovely weather and I just finished a nice lunchtime walk! Happy First Day of Spring everyone!

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HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!
GLORIA, I wish you peace, whatever happens aboutmyour exam. If you should fail it, you have survived worse times, though itnwill be very annoying thatmyounhave nothing to show for all the hours you have spent studying.
I am so glad your colitis is better, and BP, despite all the stress you are facing, which could well have made both worse.

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FITNESS.SHALL PROBABLY REACH 10k steps by bedtime.
ATTITUDE. Course continues to be great fun. We spoke 3 words, phrases of Korean today! Our teacher is very good, very patient, and has a wonderful sense of humour. He makes us combine things like, the fish stands on the bed. The cat is inside the dog, etc, and we are all in stitches. Our teachers wife sent us a Korean rice dish to go with our lunch. We cleared it up!
NUTRITION. Breakfast, olive bread and kefir. Snacks oranges. Lunch, fergese, a sort of fried cottage cheese dish with eggplant, and salad, and some of the Korean rice dish,with a sort of brownie type cake afterwards. Supper was calorific, pasta with chicken pancakes.then jogurt with fruit. I enjoyed it!


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Had a GREAT doctor's appointment. This is for the colitis. The gastro doctor is VERY happy with my weight, says that I am at the perfect weight. He is going to let me taper off the medication and if things continue to go well, I can quit taking it in about a month. I am so very pleased about this because I do not like the side effects of the steroid. My BP was awesome too.

Tonight is the monthly get together with my friends for paper crafts. I already told them I wouldn't be coming because I have to study - it's only once a month but that is three hours of study time. But then I found out that one of the others can't go because of an unexpected situation - since another of our friends is kind of new to it and doesn't know the other ladies that well, I thought maybe I should go anyway. That means I will get home late and I only got 4.5 hours of sleep last night so I am still undecided. Work is going okay though I was gone way too long for the doctor - probably on track for calories. I walked too and from the doctor's office and will try to get outside at lunch time for a walk - it is a very pretty day. HAPPY SPRING!

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Had a bit more to add....thought I wouldn't get my steps in today, even with the step aerobic class and with the walk that we did...but I did end up with enough! I need to go to bed but at the last minute I decided to do laundry and so I am waiting for it to finish so that I can put it away.

Nicky, thought more about what you said about money and having enough, be it little or much. I think that I am blessed with abundance. In the U.S. we are kind of socialized to think that more is better but certainly that is not always true. There is a young woman at work who always talks about all of her clothing, all of her shoes, her new fancy big house, etc. I hope that nothing bad ever happens to her where she doesn't have all of that material wealth because it would be difficult for her to adjust. I grew up in a family that had very little and at times it was very stressful. After I was an adult my parents began to do much better financially and continue to do so. My husband and I have faced some pretty tough financial times ourselves, especially during one period when my employer went bankrupt unexpectedly and I had no job and no pay and he was going to college and was not working. When he and I first met neither of us had any money to speak of but we were so happy with the simple things that life provides. Over the past 21 years that we have been together we have worked hard and we have been able to acquire nice cars, a nice home and other material items, but nothing is as important as the time that we spend together...or just going for walks (free), or reading books borrowed from the library (free). Having money makes things easier in many ways and less stressful for sure, and like I said, I think that I am extremely fortunate and lucky, but I definitely realize that happiness and wealth is not dependent on income! Sorry, I just had to get on that bandwagon!

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I am getting ready to settle in and start studying so I thought I would check in first. Had a decent day at work, still a long long way to go though! Nicky, so glad that you were able to get the dentures fixed - surprising that the person who did it would say it was because you had lost weight...so he thought you should gain weight so they would fit properly again? Oh my. I know how important teeth are as my mother had terrible teeth and had to have them all removed and has never had good dentures. She often just doesn't wear them since they fit so poorly. So good for you to get them fixed!

Aurlie, good for you for proving yourself at work! I know that it must have been twice as much work do that but it will be better for you in the long run!

Gloria - on track for calories today, will probably have some yogurt later. Went to step aerobics at lunch time and then went for a mile walk with my husband after work. It has been dark, gloomy and damp here for a couple of days but finally it is warm and sunny this afternoon. I had a salad today too - I definitely need to continue working at the veggies. One thing that I do is make steel cut oats a week or two ahead and I freeze them in single serving containers. I take one out each night and let it thaw in the refrigerator and have it for breakfast the next day. Lately I have been adding blueberries or mixed dried fruit to it to add to my fruit servings. I need to keep thinking of ways to get my fruit and veggie servings up. Today still have a very scratchy throat and am a little hoarse. I am not really congested but I did sneeze a few times today. It could be allergies - I don't usually have trouble with allergies but I think that they can be triggered at any time and if something is blooming here in abundance, certainly it could happen. Okay, study time!

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GLORIA, you sound a little happier today, less completely overwhelmed, which sounds good.
I am not learning Spanish, we just had a couple of demonstration Spanish classes.
I hope much of my weight gain is water retention, but my spare tyre seems to be expanding, tho someone said its a little bicycle tyre, not a big car tyre. People say I dont look as if I need to watch my weight, which is encouraging.
AURLIE, the Spanish version of dirty bread is very different. A loaf split and filled with mayo, fried onions, ham chopped lightly steamed carrot and brocolli, and slatered with tomato ketchup and barbecue sauce, then put back together. I plan to make a SP friendly version, possibly inside a split pizza base if I can split it, otherwise a flat bread, or even a roll. Or i. A wrap.... We are all enjoyingnlearning language and culture through eating!
Well done using and stretching your confidence!

NICKY
FITNESS. 11k steps, and lots of little bits in between the continuous walking.
ATTITUDE. Slept well tho briefly and awoke refreshed.
Korean was easier today. I can make out some of the words and grammaticalmpatterns. We start speaking tomorrow! The non speaking method does enable us to learn to understand a lot quickly. I have permission to share videos I took with someone who is about to teach the staff and aome of the youngsters at a centre for handicapped children. Theynwere wondering who a boy who doesnt know the Albanian alphabet would manage with reading italian..
More later after supper!
Visited the dentist who had made my denture as its not staying in place. He told me itndoesnt need adjusting till it wont stay in place at all, and its slipping because I have lost weight, all of 1.5 kilos sincenhe did it last summer!, and thatnitnwill fit again when Inget back to my normal weight..... So I went to my normal dentist for a second opinion. He said there was no big problem, took a drill to it, and lo! The vacuum is holding it in place again!! And he didnt want any money. Says he doesnt care about money. No one has enough, but so what! I said I have always had enough, be it little or much...
NUTRITION. Breakfast a hunk of olive bread and some kefir. Snacks oranges. Lunch a krep mexicana tabasco, which was as hot as it sounds, and sald, and slices of fruit. Supper a sort of filo pastry pie with some sort of guts, salad, then a sort of creamy frozen sweet. I may or may not be over my cal guidelines. I justndont know how to calculate those cals.
Weight down to about 55.6 this morning, so I am not too worried.

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I hope you're not coming down with anything, Gloria! This is supposed to be a rough allergy season in most parts of the country. At any rate, drink plenty of water -- that helps everything! I think you're doing great at keeping a good and realistic attitude about your studies -- only one and a half month more to go. Your manager is pretty irritating, isn't she?

Nicky, I've only heard of the term Dirty Bread as a child from my Hungarian relatives -- bacon drippings are the primary component. Is the Spanish version very different? I think learning about language and culture through food is great.

It's going to be a challenge for me to keep this day on the upswing. Yesterday I spent a whole lot of time explaining myself to people. One of our Client Services Teams started questioning the data in the reports I provide to them. I'm confidant that my reports are correct but sometimes it's difficult to explain the process to people who don't understand the mathematics behind it all. My whole afternoon was spent on a different project, something we had never done before. My boss wanted me to do it one way, but I felt it had to be done differently. I did it both ways and then presented both to my boss to show her why my method had better results. In retrospect, I'm glad I had the opportunity to do that, since it will probably result in her having more confidence in my techniques. I know I've always got a lot to learn, but I'm definitely making progress.

Nutrition will be on track today -- I've got a gorgeous salad instead of pizza. Fitness will be difficult, but I know I'll squeeze in my steps somehow. I did my strength training this morning already. My sleep has been more fragmented lately, but I've managed to get some underlying stress off my plate.

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I just have to say before I start my daily chat how much I appreciate this team! I am so blessed to have you in my life! This team is one of my stress relievers each day, along with exercise.

Nicky, I sure wish that I could have heard your devotion today! And your trip sounds as if it just keeps getting better and better. You must have an affinity for languages. I wish that I had taken the time when I was younger to learn a second language. I can understand a tiny bit of Farsi and I know a lot of words (can probably even manage some very basic sentences) but I have not taken the time to develop that. I always say that one day I will learn Spanish - and one day I most certainly will, just not right now! There is a very large Spanish speaking population around here. You are getting lots of steps in on your trip! And the food sounds splendid! I think that you are okay on the calorific foods since you are walking a lot.

Aurlie, I agree with you on the lunch meetings. I try not to be resentful of lunch meetings but unfortunately my attitude when that happens is not good. I consider that hour MY time to do as I please and they are not paying me for that time so I want to exercise then. I think it is great that you are bringing your own food.

Gloria - today got some much needed info from someone, now I just need to understand it, and if I can understand it, it will help me immensely over the next few weeks. At lunch time I stood up and realized I had been sitting there for hours. I was stiff and cross-eyed. I probably should work through lunch but I think that I am more effective if I take an actual break so I did. Today I got in a short walk and went to step aerobics. I am very hopeful that tomorrow I can go to step aerobics again - the instructor for the lunch time class said that she will definitely be there tomorrow. Food was good today, I probably need to get some more calories in so I might try to eat some yogurt in a while. I was trying to tell my manager that I am far behind on my studying AND my work, and she insisted that I ought to be positive about the whole thing. Oh my. What could I say? Hopeless is more like it. As far as my eating and exercise, things are good. So, I am just going to hang in there because in a month and a half all of this crazy will be done and things should get back to normal! Today I am a bit more congested than I was yesterday and now I have a bit of a cough...hope that is all it turns out to be. No time for sickness now!

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TRICIA, WELCOME BACK! Hope your lifespan project goes well and is enjoyable, even if challenging.
GLORIA, what a horrible situation, and after all your hard work both at work and for exam! I can understand that you are feeling overwhelmed.
AURLIE your discipline both re pizza and re attitude is impressive and inspiring!

NICKY
FITNESS. 90 mins walking, 12k steps.
ATTITUDE. Slept well tho briefly. Leading devotions today, from psalm 139, how God has been involved in my life since I was in my mothers womb, and how I have exoerienced his leading in my life since long before I came to know him, and how he knew the preparation i needed for coming to Albania. Leople were very affirming about what I shared.
Course continues to be great fun. We are learning to understand Spanish and Korean without starting to speak them. Todays Spanish lesson had us in stitches.
He was teaching one of us to make a sort of Spanish doner type sandwich that they call Dirty Bread. We then devoured it!
Korean was building on what we had learned yesterday. We shall start learning to talk it on thursday. The teacher is brilliant, and great fun.
NUTRITION. breakfast, olive bread and kefir, yogurt. Snacks oranges, and then Dirty Bread, which has lots of bread and mayonnaise... Lunch, immediately after, was lasagna, which was not exactly low cal! And ginger cake. I indulged in a small ice cream on the way home, which means I shall be over cal guidelines. I think supper will include rice. Next time i travel to Tirana I plan to bring magic bullet and make smoothies. Or maybe oranges will solve the snack problem. Weighed in at 56 kg today, after having gone up to 57 last week...


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ah, Gloria, my heart goes out to you. It sounds like you're being pulled in too many different directions. I know you'll be relieved once that exam is over. I hope you're feeling better today.

Nicky, I'm impressed at how you continually challenge yourself. I enjoy hearing how you devote your time to both teaching and learning.

Tricia, your project sounds fascinating. I hope you can tell us more about it. Do you paint in watercolors? acrylics? My mother was an artist, but I've never painted.

I'm looking at a busy day ahead. I've got a background project underway. I skim through hundreds of TV commercials to identify those that refer to a particular client. It doesn't take my full attention but the content is very negative and I find it brings me down. I've also found that this type of multitasking makes me anxious. I'll be glad when I'm done with this! Fitness and nutrition are okay today. I'll work on my attitude a bit. Tomorrow I've got a noontime meeting. I'll bring my own lunch rather than indulge in the free pizza. It will just be a extra challenge to get my steps. Fortunately, these things don't happen all that often.

Spring is coming and that's certainly something I celebrate. emoticon

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Hi, hope everyone had a great day. Nicky, Korean, that sounds very interesting and possibly difficult! You are walking a lot in Tirana, awesome job! Tricia, it is hard to believe it, but yes, the year is almost 1/4 over. My exam is in May, and I am about to give up on it. There are five sections of study material. According to the study plan, I should be on section four by now. I am still on section one and not doing well on it. I am tired and overwhelmed. I am at least a month behind. Work is terrible and I have major huge deadlines coming up there for some regulatory stuff, and I really need to be working about 12 hours a day right now to ensure that is completed (so I don't get fired) but I am trying not to work overtime so that I can study. It is just too much.

Tricia, your project sounds so creative and interesting! Aurlie, I heard about the earthquake this morning on the news, glad it wasn't anything major.

Gloria - just overwhelmed, glad that I am organized or it would be worse. I have been studying a little tonight, not making good progress. I actually as in bed for seven hours last night, which is great for me, but sleep was interrupted a few times, once by my husband, once by the weather, once by a noise (which I discovered in the morning to be something that had fallen - I thought it was someone trying to get into our house). FitBit says I slept only 6 hours and 15 minutes. Yesterday I tracked all of my food for today and I did pretty good other than a few jelly beans that I sneaked out of my husband's stash. I only ate about ten of those so not bad but I am trying to do better at that random kind of spontaneous junk food eating. I want treats to be planned, or at least things that I really love and can savor. But I think I am in my calorie range for the day. Exercise was the Power Sculpt class at lunch and a mile walk with my husband after dinner. I think that I might be coming down with a cold or something...my nose is a bit runny and I have a bit of a sore throat. I hope not...allergy season is upon us though I normally do not suffer from allergies. I think that my husband is sick, maybe a sinus infection. He had a bad nose bleed today and he might have a bit of a fever. I don't have time for sickness right now, I wish that I had some vitamin C and zinc handy - was going to walk to the pharmacy at lunch time to pick some up but I couldn't go to the exercise class and the pharmacy both - and didn't have time to take a break from work later to do so. Am going to study for about 30 more minutes then on to bed!

Gloria

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." Rudyard Kipling

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln


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Happy St Patrick's Day.
I'm jumping into work early this morning. I worked from home yesterday evening and intended to work much later. The website I was using unexpectedly shut down at 8 p.m. (Maybe someone was trying to tell me something.) I went to bed early. While I was getting dressed this morning we had a noticeable earthquake. It wasn't too strong, but the epicenter was fairly close. It's the sort of thing that raises our awareness: check the food/water supplies, make sure the car has plenty of gas, have cash on hand, keep my phone charged, etc. We don't think much in terms of devastating building collapses -- it's more being prepared for a power outage.

Today will be busy and on track. Gotta work now! emoticon

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Well, spring break is really over any way you slice it now. I got a lot done on different projects either for school or related to grad school. Yesterday I worked on my lifespan project, which was tough because I only had 5 pages (double space) to work with, and I had to relate anything I discussed to the class content. Half the project is a creative project that introduces my life in some way. I'm going to try and make a watercolor of this dream I had about the Potomac river. I tried to paint it last year, but now it's for school, so a little more accountability.

When is your exam coming up, Gloria? We're moving from the New Year to 2014 being 1/4 over. Nicky and Aurlie, I'm glad to hear you're having some fun (and adventure, for Nicky!)

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AURLIE, well done getting your Fun Project wrapped up, and making your VP laugh! Hope you are enjoying your beetle.
GLORIA, well done getting husband out, albeit briefly...
I am happy not to have any more exams to bother about. Tho we are going to be learning Korean for the next 2 weeks, that being a language that none of us knows, and having sounds foreign to all of us.

NICKY
FITNESS. 13k walking round town.
ATTITUDE. Slept well. Moved to other friends.
NUTRITION. BREAKFAST, HAD AN ORANGE INSTEAD OF 2nd slice of bread and jam. Calorific lunch, calorific supper. Impossible to estimate accurately. Could be up to 500 cals over.



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Checking in early today. I am so organized and on top of things, if it wasn't for this exam, I would be feeling so happy. I know that I not studying enough and I am not far enough along in the material.

I am usually an early riser but both today and yesterday I slept in kind of late. I wonder if it is lingering effects of the time change. I usually don't try to attribute my issues on to something like that but I otherwise don't know why I would be sleeping in so late (other than the fact that I never get enough sleep and am perpetually exhausted). I am also trying to make some changes to my morning routine during the week in order to save time - that way I can get to work earlier, get more work done and still leave on time (hopefully). Otherwise I am going to have to start staying late, which cuts in to my study time.

I think I am okay on eating today, might be lower on calories than necessary but as long as I get enough of the macro-nutrients in, I am okay with it for now. I need to see if we have any veggies to go with our dinner tonight. I am planning to brown some ground beef to save for meals for the coming week. We will be having chicken too - we eat a lot of chicken.

I did 70 minutes on my treadmill today. It is not a nice day out, in the mid-40s and raining, so no walking outdoors. Tried something new on the treadmill today. Music really motivates me to run but being on the treadmill for a long time running and looking at the wall is very dull. The treadmill is so big and cumbersome (and it folds up) so it doesn't really work to put it facing the TV (it would be in the middle of the floor), so today I tried watching HGTV (House Hunters and House Hunters International) on my iPad while I ran. That seems to have worked pretty well for me and I will do that again. Nothing like a little reality TV to keep me motivated!

Hope everyone has enjoyed their Sunday! Hugs!

Gloria

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"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

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Trying to collect all my loose ends today!

Hoping everyone has a serene Sunday.

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