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It sounds like you're doing great, Gloria. I worked right through lunch, so I'll be pacing in the kitchen this evening to get my minimum 11,000 steps for the day. When I filled out my timesheet, I realized I put in 50 hours (including the regular work I put in every Sunday evening). Oddly, I'm still very far behind. On top of real work, I've got a lot to do to prepare for my semi-annual performance review. It feels like I just finished the last one. Maybe I'll get some work done tomorrow.

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I am working late and then going to a friend's place. She is having a "class" about essential oils tonight. My team took me out to lunch today as I will be leaving this group for another - my start for the other group has been delayed and it won't be until next Thursday but we can't go for lunch next week as we will be so busy. I asked that we go to Panera because it is easy for me to track nutrition - had a salad and then I got a couple of cookies which I divided and shared with the entire team (there were ten of us there). No exercise today since I didn't have time. I am organizing and cleaning up my work area so that when it is actually time to move my stuff from the 9th floor to the 8th floor it won't be so difficult. I didn't get much sleep last night - about 6.5 hours, but that is still better than most nights - I have definitely done better than usual this week. My friend is serving pasta tonight, and I am glad because I am very low on carbs today - kind of low on calories too. Hoping not to get home too late as I need to get up tomorrow at 5:00 a.m. for half marathon training. Long day planned for tomorrow.

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I'm just passing through quickly. I've got to get back to work. I'm very glad I can do this from home rather than staying in the office. I'll be very glad to wrap up the workweek tomorrow. My exercise and my nutrition have been in range, but my weight is still higher than I'd like. I'm afraid lack of sleep and being stressed aren't helping much.

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Tricia, you know so much about nutrition, I wonder why your husband doesn't listen to you - I can understand your daughter not listening, that is just how kids are, LOL! But anyway, I don't know much about this, you can probably tell me, don't we need carbs for our brains to function well? Won't we be tired and grumpy if we don't get enough carbs? Congrats on the 2 pound loss!

Gloria - just breezing by here, I have done better most days this week about getting to bed earlier and I got over seven hours of sleep last night but it isn't going to happen tonight - I worked very late, got home late, etc. I have to pay some bills and do a couple of things before I can go to bed. Got a three mile run in today. I feel like I am exercising less these days because when I walked, I would exercise at least for an hour each day if not more but now I run and it is only for 30 minutes or so. Looks like I won't be actually transitioning to my new job until Thursday - my old group has a temp coming in but she can't start until later next week so my new team agreed to wait a few days.

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Nicky, so glad to hear from you. After the flu, you might need to start small and build fitness gradually.

Gloria, I can relate to frustration with a rebellious eater. My younger daughter wants to do the opposite of anything I tell her. My husband has been doing low carb, and at least he's losing but when he is grumpy, I feel like he should take it as part of low carb.

Aurlie, hope you got that walk. I still need to work that in today.

I had lunch with a friend I used to work with in 1996. She has a lot of health struggles. She's on meds that increase appetite which she wishes didn't happen.

I took a satisfaction with life survey this morning which I took last week also, not realizing the score was saved, and my satisfaction increased 10%. I think it was morning, and a bureaucratic issue with my financial aid resolved, and I lost 2 pounds. : )

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Aurlie, I usually just rinse off in the shower, not anything too crazy, and I always have to hope that my hair doesn't get too messed up since I don't have time to deal with it. As our training runs get longer I will either have to run at night (by which time it should be light out later so I can do that) or I will have to take longer lunches and stay late at work. I will be in my new job and I don't know what my schedule is going to be like so I will have to figure that all out later.

Just got back from lunch with my husband. I talked him into ordering one taco instead of three but he order queso dip and ate a ton of it. Today is probably going to be a rest day for me. I want to do speed work with the running club but I need a rest day - Friday will be one and I need another so today is probably the best day for that. Maybe I will try to do some strength training tonight...I don't know, I need to do laundry and pay bills too. Hey, last night I was actually in bed for eight hours and I got seven hours of sleep according to FitBit! Woo hoo, that is awesome for me! Had a dermatologist appointment today, that went well, new guy since mine retired.

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You're doing great, Gloria. I really admire your ability to do aerobics or run during the workday. I just haven't managed to factor in enough time to shower and change clothes in addition to working out.

Things are crazy busy in the office today! I still hope I can get out and walk at lunchtime.

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Going to do a quick check in tonight, hoping to get to bed earlier - only 5.25 hours last night. Got in a three mile run at lunch time, but not a good run. I am definitely in need of a rest day from exercise and that will be happening on Friday for certain but possibly could happen tomorrow too depending on how I feel. Also went to step aerobics today, which surprisingly enough left me feeling exhilarated, probably because I love it so much. It continues to be cold here, though not bitterly cold, just colder than average most of the time, and cloudy, gloomy and often rainy. We have been lucky that the frozen precip has been minimal. I said I wasn't going to be so wimpy about the cold weather this season, after all, we really don't have it so bad here, but I have been wimpy and have not been handling it well at all. Food is okay, I am trying to up my calories this week (although my weight trend is slightly up) and I am not sure if I am going to be able to get in another snack this evening as I am already full from dinner and I want to go to bed early tonight! Work is going okay, I finally started training my replacement. Had my annual review which was what I expected and actually quite positive. I don't know what next week is going to bring since I start in my new position but will be expected to continue to provide support for my replacement in the old job.

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Just returned from a beautiful lunchtime walk!

Now back to work....

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GLORIA, frustrating situation with Jamie. I'd be tearing my hair out. And the tummy ache won't be helping.
AURLIE, I hope you got an early night.

NICKY. AGain no exercise.
ATTITUDE, frustrated as I have not yet succeeded in getting anyone to talk Kurmanji with me on Skype.
Sleeping badly. Lack of exercise probably not helping
NUTRITION. Breakfast, borscht and bread and honey. Lunch sticky chicken with potato, artichoke and carrot chips. PB choc pudding cake. Generous slice of byrek when visiting, so just had cream of tomato soup for supper.Maybe another slice of bread and cheese before bed...

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Great to see you, Nicky! The flu certainly can derail you. Take it easy when you start to think about exercising again. Take care of yourself!

Tricia, you've been a great influence on me! I love how you internalize your coursework and apply so much of it to your life (and share with us here).

I'm just too tired to wrap my mind around my work this evening. It's already shaping up to be a very busy week. Maybe early to bed would be a good idea for me.
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Aurlie, the CSA from which I get eggs, veggies and some fruit, they also have chickens. They let their chickens wander all around and they are organic I would LOVE to get one but Jamie won't eat chicken that is not white meat and is not boneless and I don't have time to deal with de-boning a chicken, nor do I have the money to waste of a whole chicken that he will refuse to touch Our local produce market does have some locally raised beef but it is frozen so not so fresh. I'd also like to fix more fish for us and I get wild Alaskan salmon or other sustainable fish when I can, but Jamie won't eat that either. emoticon I do eat quite a few nuts but lately have been trying to cut back on the beans because of my stomach issues.

Tricia, I don't know anything about amino acids, thanks for telling us about the peanuts! I tend to buy mixed nuts that don't contain any peanuts. How are you doing with the soy? I am leery of soy but I do eat edamame and some of the granola that I eat has soy in it.

Hi Nicky, I was hoping that the flu had passed you by but I see that isn't the case! Glad to hear from you and hope that you are quickly recovering from the illness. Interesting that you are learning Kurdish! There are a large number of Kurds here in Nashville, Tennessee and the dialect that they speak is very close to Farsi, and I guess that is likely because of the region that they are from. In fact, some of them operate restaurants and the food is very much like Persian food.

Yes, Jamie doesn't like anything and he told me last night that he has still not read the diet/food list that the doctor gave him. He seems to have no interest in it whatsoever. I began packing his breakfasts and lunches a while back because he was eating out every day and his choices were just terrible. But it seems to not matter because he won't eat anything that I pack for him if there is even a remote suggestion that it might be healthy. Yesterday I asked him to please help me select things that are healthy that he finds acceptable and he said he would have to read the list that the doctor sent. But he didn't. Unfortunately my husband wouldn't touch a bran cake even if it tasted wonderful because he wouldn't even taste it. He is one of those people that says he doesn't like such and such a food but since he has never actually tasted the food (and never will) he really doesn't know whether he likes it or not. It is very difficult. Since Aurlie mentioned taking Mike to the Farmer's Market, which inspired Mike to eat those foods, I have tried to get Jamie to go with me to the Produce Market or to the big Farmer's Market, but he won't. I tried to get him to do the walking/running program with me and he flat out refuses. So my take on it now is that I will continue to encourage him if the opportunity arises and if it is appropriate to do so, otherwise I am not going to say anything further. In the past few days he has bought two bags of potato chips and a box of crackers and he won't buy any kind of baked chips, only the bad kind. Since the doctor told him this, he has still not drank any water whatsoever, opting instead of Coke and Mountain Dew, sweetened iced tea and sugar loaded coffee.

Gloria - my GI doctor has been trying to get me back on steroids since September and I just don't want to do that. Today I started taking a capsule of peppermint oil, fennel and ginger. I hope that it will bring some relief as I want to do a natural/homeopathic remedy rather than drugs. Calories are higher than usual but still low according to SP and FitBit. But I am just too full and have heartburn, which means that I have overeaten and put too much pressure on my lower esophageal sphincter, which is not a sphincter at all since it was made by surgery! Exercise today was a two mile walk/run with my friend - run two minutes, walk one minute, for two miles. We actually got in closer to 2.5 miles. Then tonight went to one of the running stores where they had the Mizuno running shoe rep visiting. She let us run in Mizuno shoes (I only went 2.5 miles since I had already run today) and then she gave us some free Mizuno running gloves - which I am very excited to try. They are supposed to be very good at moisture/sweat management and good at keeping hands warm. I hope so! I've looked at a lot of gloves in the past couple of weeks but haven't purchased any because I just don't know what to get...and these were FREE, so YAY! Had an okay day at work but not enough was accomplished and now I am getting a little worried about getting it all done by the deadline. Sleep was 6.75 hours last night - not going to make that tonight.

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Dear All, I am still in the land of the living, despite recurrent flu, which has sabotaged January Jumpstart for the last week or so. I've started learning Kurdish, which is timeconsuming as resources are very limited! And the flu has left me disinclined to spend ages logging food and I have virtually no exercise to log......
GLORIA, thanks for kind words re maintenance challenge! You weren't far behind me, and were UNDER goal weight! Congratulations!
Worrying about Jamie. If he doesn't like anything on the doc's list, no way is he going to follow it. I make oven-type chips that I can gorge on without getting fat.Microwave crisps are also fat free, tho fiddly to make. Might he like SP cheeseburger soup, or MacMuffin makeovers? Very tasty, but real food! My friend Ian was diagnosed with bad diabetes and it was the kick iin the pants from God that transformed his life! He's taking exercise and lost about 80 lbs, tho he did put on 10 kilos over Christmas. His blood sugar is down to 5% above normal.And he has much more energy. The doctor says this will give him another 20-25 years of life, and high quality life. His wife is an innovative cook and makes delicious bran cakes etc that Ian can eat and everyone enjoys.
Hope the tummy settles down. I'm lucky to have a cast iron tummy that can eat anything!
TRICIA, I'm glad your daughter got to college OK. And that the applications land you with a course that will be good for you.
AURLIE, keep Mike thinking healthy eating was his idea, and he'll keep eating well!
Cpngratulations on avoiding bloodshed at the computer shop! Sounds as if a few heads ought to be rolling at your workplace....

NICKY. Virtually no exercise, steps very low.
ATTITUDE. Have been ascaping into Kurdish from other responsibilities... Have had some very bad nights and then overslept in the mornings.
NUTRITION. Haven't felt I could bother with tracking. Flu has sent everything haywire. But weight under a kilo above goal. Fresh chicken appeared in our local shop, claims to be organic. Very tasty and tender. Have done some bingeing, e.g.chocolate, but consequences not too disastrous, Generally intuitive eating, seems to be working OK. Have been making lots of soups, e.g. cream of tomato, borscht, 5 ingredient soup. Some fine boston baked beans. The freezer is a blessing as I have plenty of tasty healthy meals in there, very helpful when I'm not up to cooking. Have been low on water and often low on veg. But we survive!

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Aurlie, a lot of days I have just one serving of meat, whereas I used to base every meal around it. I use more nuts and legumes now. I did recently see an amino breakdown on peanuts and realized I'd been relying too heavily on them. So I've been having soy to pick up more lysine. I also get protein from reduced fat dairy. But yeah, my perception of my protein requirements has changed a lot.

Gloria, good luck with the busy week. We had friends over last night so that motivated us to keep up the house.

I continue to do a lot of emotional processing with my psychology classes. Not as bad as abnormal psychology was last term, but I'm finding some areas I want to improve. I think that our surroundings influence us, and we choose those influences. The last year and a half in school, it's been a skeptical and sometimes competitive influence along with the desire to achieve. Exchanging support like here has been a good influence for me. :)

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Great going on improving your speed, Gloria. You're smart not to let the schedule stress you out. It's hard work to fit a running program into your busy life.

I eat very little dairy, but buy chicken every other week or so and beef about once a month from our local farmer's market. It's all humanely-raised and naturally-fed with no hormones, antibiotics or steroids. It's expensive (but cheaper than Whole Foods) so we don't eat much of it. I'm happy with 2-3 ounce portions or no meat at all. We also get our eggs from the Farner;s Market. We get wild-caught fish and seafood from a local specialty market about once a month or so, and more often wild-caught salmon at Trader Joe's. Most days, I just have beans and nuts for my protein. However, there are those days when I have a hamburger or a taco while we're out. I've got to be flexible. I just looked back at my nutrition and I see I'm generally in the range of 60-75 grams of protein per day (the low end of my recommended range). It seems to be working for me.

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Your weather sounds so wonderful Aurlie. Glad you got your PC back, hate to hear that you had to deal with idiots again. That is so frustrating. I guess they think that if they act that way you will just give up. I am glad you stood your ground and that they finally made things right but it makes me think that they don't need my business when I hear things like that. We don't have Fry's here but there is one in Indiana that we pass frequently and my husband always suggests stopping there. I can't remember if I have asked you this before Aurlie, I know that most of your food is fresh and local, mostly fruit and veggies, where do you get your protein? You mentioned leftover chicken so I know you are not vegan or even vegetarian. I used to eat mostly vegetarian, not much meat at all but now I find I eat a LOT of meat. I would like to get back to eating less meat but I feel like I need a little extra protein since I run now and I also feel I can't get enough calories from eating just fruit and veggies - and my portions tend to be small too so that is a consideration. Oh, I tried a broth bowl at Panera the other day, I really liked it!

Wow,Tricia an 11 hour drive, that is far! I guess this is a good time for a road trip since gasoline prices aren't too bad right now. I love to go somewhere for a long weekend or something but I just can't tolerate being in the car for very long. And then I am so exhausted by the end of it that I need a vacation to recover from the vacation! Sounds like you have had some stress lately. You manage so well with school and the family. Hope that things calm down and you are able to get some better sleep.

Gloria - Ice yesterday, rain today. I tend to procrastinate on my runs. They say it is best to do it early and get it done but I just like to do it later in the day. This morning we were out and about but as soon as we got home I made myself get out and run because rain was close by. I will run in rain if it is not too cold - running in rain actually feels nice if it isn't too cold out but I am afraid of slipping - although not as afraid as I am about slipping on ice! Anyway, got out and got three miles in, fast! My pace seems to be improving. Glad that is done because it did start tor rain after I got back. Slept about 7.75 hours, pretty good, but it has been about a week since I've gotten a full eight in. I've done some laundry but there is a lot that needs to be done around this house so I need to get up and get to work. I've got a very busy week planned, but I am going to try not to let the schedule get me too stressed.

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Another day of beautiful weather with temperatures in the 80's. I'm happy about exercise and nutrition for the day. We've run all our weekend errands. Now I've got to work on household chores, including laundry. It's only a few hours before I've got to log into my office and get to work. The weekend flies by far too quickly for me.

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Aurlie, glad you got your computer back, at least, sorry the guy at Fry's was a jerk. My husband always talks about going there if we are in California or Vegas (on the way to somewhere else), but we were too busy catching up on sleep.

Gloria: How scary that people were falling! I'm glad you took it slow.

It was about 11 hours to LA, and we didn't leave until Saturday afternoon. We had a meeting for the toddler's behavioral therapy in the morning.

My sleep has not been great. I have been pretty worried about school and applications, I think. If I wake up really early and my brain gets going on something or other, I seldom get back to sleep. This morning we had people coming over for behavior therapy, so I got up and organized a couple of clutter spots in the living room.

I want to use the time between dropping off the toddler for preschool and class starting to do decluttering twice a week. We'll see how that goes!

I did legs, abs and arms today, and 7000 steps which is my daily goal.

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I admire your courage to run in icy weather, Gloria! I'm squeamish about running on wet pavement! I hope your stomach settles down and your colitis improves.

It's a beautiful day here, almost 80 degrees. We're looking at the possibility of rain mid-week so I'm enjoying this weather while it lasts. I finally got my desktop computer back today. The Service Desk guy at Fry's was an absolute jerk again, but I got out of there without bloodshed. The operating system and drivers were reinstalled at Dell, so I'm just doing a bit of recustomizing.

We had a light lunch and I just had a salad with a couple of ounces of leftover chicken for dinner. I've been right on track with food much more often than not this past week. I'm realizing that working extra hours and often through lunch has become the norm lately. It looks like I'm going to be forced to keep my calories lower to balance my reduced activity during the week. I've just got to find a good balance.

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Wow Aurlie, your company is crazy. It sounds like they get a good employee and then work them to death! I admire and respect your determination to stick with it and make it work!

Woke up this morning, stomach felt fine, so I ate an energy bar. Stomach still fine, so I went and ran. I was a little worried about my energy levels since I didn't eat as much solid food yesterday but it was okay. My friend asked me to go another four miles with her after we did the five but I didn't and I don't think that I could have. Later I ate some oatmeal and my stomach started to rumble and grumble again. And then later I had a salad and it did the same thing. And the colitis hasn't been kind to me today either.

It snowed here last night and the roads were a bit icy. I made it to the run location (about 50 minutes from here) okay but the run.....wow, it was so slick and I was terrified! I took it slow. A couple of people did fall. I felt like every time I stepped I could feel myself slip so I tried to stay in the grassy area. It was very pretty out, but now it has warmed up and the sun is out so it all melted. After the run went to Starbucks with a large group of ladies from the half marathon training and from the 5k/10k training. Since I have been home I have been chilling and so nothing much has been accomplished today. I need to get up and get moving and get some stuff done. I think that Jamie and I are headed out to the pharmacy so he can refill his BP meds. When I get home it will be cleaning and laundry!

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Aw, Gloria, I'm sorry you're feeling so unwell. It's a double whammy to have bad weather and traffic two. I hope you can rest and recover this weekend.

Tricia, baking soda is a component of baking powder, but it also requires an acid in the recipe to make it work. I believe cocoa would work as the acid ingredient, but replacing it with peanut butter may have removed the essential acid the recipe needed. I used to do a lot of experimenting with quickbreads (in a previous lifetime) so I've had my share of baking mishaps. I really enjoyed learning about the chemistry of baking.

I had a crazy-busy week at work and ended up bringing a lot of stuff home to work on this weekend. We're engaged in our semi-annual performance reviews at work. My boss is taking hers very seriously and I can already tell she intends to shift some of her workload to me so she can take on new projects. I don't want to let her down, but I simply can't imagine how I'm going to take on more work. I'm going to try to accomplish a lot this weekend and see what I can do to get more organized.



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Tricia, it does sound pretty comical to think of you eating the apples in a hurry! Sounds like you had such a fun trip. How far is it for you to drive all the way there?

Gloria - I was up much of the night with my tummy. Painful and just felt awful in general. I am not sure if this is the colitis because it usually doesn't give me tummy aches. I ended up sleeping in a while this morning since I had slept poorly. It was pouring rain and it took me an hour and a half to get to work and nearly as long to get home...nothing like spending three hours in the car. I got to work two hours late and worked through lunch - not sure if I felt up for a walk anyway, and with the weather being so unpleasant, I didn't want to go - so no exercise today at all, and not even 4,000 steps. We will probably have snow tonight. I had only liquids in the morning and then had some soft foods. For dinner I decided to see if I could tolerate one of those broth bowls at Panera. So far so good but my stomach has been gurgling and making a racket most of the day and still is. But it doesn't seem to hurt as much as it did. I am not sure if I will be able to run tomorrow, maybe I can just go with the walking group. If it snows, I might not be able to go at all. I guess I need to get to bed so I can get a bit of sleep - I've to get up bright and early!

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Gloria: That's funny you should mention the Honeycrips. My husband brought a lot of fruit on the trip and then realized we were entering California and all our fruit might be confiscated. So we were trying to eat all the Honeycrisps, at least, since they are so expensive. It was kind of comical, actually. It was really late, and there was only one booth so they were waving people through and just checking trucks. School is really invigorating. I was in four classes but I let Pathophysiology go. I would have loved to take it just for fun, but I really don't have the time. And I didn't get into the U of U nursing program (bureaucratic fun, there) so I don't need it.

Aurlie, good luck with your computer. I do almost everything through some cloud or other now, because I never know which computer I will be on. I remember when I first signed up for livejournal 11 years ago, I was ecstatic that I could post from any computer in the house and all my writing would be in one place. Though I never have figured out how to use Microsoft office from the cloud, which the college apparently provides. I only just figured out how to sign onto wifi at the college, after 4 semesters. I like handwritten notes better.

Well, I need to either work out or go shopping pretty quick here. I made a whole wheat peanut butter cake, (substituting lowfat peanut butter powder for cocoa), and the recipe said baking soda, but I wonder if it was actually supposed to be baking powder. Still pretty tasty. Or the whole wheat flour might have caused it to fall. I was out of white flour, which is probably a good thing.

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I love apples, especially Granny Smith, but I think that I heard recently that those kind had been contaminated with listeria so they were pulled of the shelves here. I also love the Honeycrisp apples but they are expensive and not as easy to get. I read something recently that said that maybe apples and that type of fruit could aggravate my colitis. I eat more veggies than fruit so it doesn't really matter I guess.

Tricia, I tend to generally trust people and believe that people are inherently good but at the same time, I am quite introverted and find that I don't do well in situations where I don't know people. Once I know someone fairly well, I am fine...but if it is just an acquaintance or a co-worker, not so much. Tricia, how is school going?

Aurlie, I have been hungry for oranges lately. I remember the first time that I smelled orange blossoms. Oh how I loved that fragrance! Oranges have to travel to get here, mostly from California but some from Florida (which is closer but they make juice with most of their oranges). My dad lived in Florida for a short time when he was a kid and when I was a kid my grandfather would go down there every year to visit family. He would always bring us oranges.

Gloria - walked with my friend at lunch today, was supposed to run and now I am not pleased with myself for walking instead of running. Yesterday was supposed to be a rest day or a cross training day and I walked and ran so it is really not such a big deal and I need to just accept it for what it is. Work is hectic, I have so much to do and so little time before I transition to my new job. Ate okay all day then got home and pigged out on coconut chips. I am going to have to quit buying those things because I am too tempted to gorge myself with them. I haven't been getting much sleep and we are not on target for tonight either.

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That's frustrating about your post, Gloria. My new home internet provider is faster and more reliable than the old one. I'm STILL waiting for my home desktop computer to be repaired. They service department at Fry's had to send it back to the manufacturer (Dell) for repairs. I have a loaner computer, but I'm anxious to get my own machine back.

Tricia, that does seem like a lot of apples to me. I eat one or two most days lately. My favorite winter fruits (pomegranate, kumquats, cranberries) are pretty much gone. I'll be switching to citrus fruit at my next Farmer's market visit.

I'm generally wary of new people, too. I guess a default state of distrust is a good way to describe it. I think I manage to disguise it well enough, especially in the workplace. Once I get to know someone, I'm much better with trust.


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Happy Birthday, Aurlie! I love your purple balloons!
Gloria, that's a bummer when you lose your post. I haven't had it happen due to the site very often, though I guess it happened when our connection was spotty.

The last couple of days I've realized that I don't think very highly of people in general. Like, when I get to know a person I like them fine, but I seem to have a default state of distrust. I kind of became aware of it through my positive psychology class, and then it came up again today in Personality Theory. Lots to think about.

Weight is still up from the road trip, but hanging in there. I cleaned the dining room yesterday and most the stuff in there needed to be taken to a different story of the house. So I only had about 5000 steps, but I called it good. And I did arms. I've been eating a lot of apples. Compared to me normally, 4 small ones, plus veggies at dinner.

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Rats, everything I typed got wiped out! Well, had a good day, got a walk in earlier and went to the high school track with the running club in my community to do some running. It's late and I have to get to bed, so I won't retype but it was a good day.

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Tricia, I'm glad you had a good time on your vacation! I haven't been to the beach in years! It's good for you to have fun again.

I know what you mean about the frustration of a sedentary day, Gloria. Tomorrow we're scheduled for lengthy meeting regarding our company strategy for 2015. My steps will be limited and the lunch they provide will be far from healthy. I'm glad it doesn't happen more often here.

My boss is taking me out for lunch today to celebrate my birthday. I've got to find the menu for the place before we go so I can make the best choice. The restaurant is a new one, with the added bonus of being within walking distance of the office.

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Gloria: I used to think obesity was pretty much genetic too. I did try to eat better food, because I didn't believe that about cancer.
Aurlie: I didn't understand how bad blood pressure was until we studied the kidneys in Anatomy and Physiology this summer. I thought it was a matter of strokes and stuff, which it is, but the kidneys are a lot more important than I realized.

Sorry I disappeared there for a bit. We decided to go to LA for the holiday. It was a lot of driving, but the beach was really fun. The toddler especially just loves the sand, and the older kids love the waves. My husband went out in it too. I went swimming at the hotel pool, which was the first time I'd done that in a year and a half, probably. I think when the toddler was diagnosed with Autism, I gave up on some things like that. I had this sense that he was made of porcelain all the sudden.

Of course, roadtrips can be havoc for food. I feel like I did pretty good, though. Once the swelling in my feet goes down I'll weigh myself.


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This is one of those days where I am trying to just "roll with it." I had continuing education today so I was sitting pretty much the entire day. I just don't like that at all, it makes my back hurt and we know that just isn't good for us. And eating is a problem too. They feed us but who knows how many calories that is. I guessed. And I didn't really love the food so I ate a little, guessed at calories for that small amount, then ate a couple of the snacks that I had brought myself. I feel like my calories are very low but it is all based on guesses and estimates. Ended up with only about 5.5 hours of sleep last night, though I feel okay today and wasn't sleep in the conference. Overall not a bad day, though I got home a little bit later since the conference was very far away from home and it got out later than I would have gotten off from work. I am going to get clothes and food ready for tomorrow and I hope that I will have time to do a couple of small chores around the house and get to bed at a reasonable time!

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Aurlie, a lot of my husband's friends had heart attacks or strokes when they were in their early 40s (he is younger than I am, only 44) and it seemed to phase him for only a minute. He was freaked out but didn't change his ways. His parents both have high BP, his dad has high cholesterol and his mom is borderline diabetic. His parents say it is hereditary and that diet doesn't matter but none of them have tried to change their diets. Their physicians put them on diets and they say that they are following it but all they eat is processed and fried foods. Whenever my MIL tells me what she is eating, I just shake my head because with that kind of eating, no way will they improve their health. Last night Jamie called me out for eating a tiny piece of bread with butter and I gently reminded him that my BP is only 100/60 and that my weight is practically too low. I have a little more leeway than he does but I guess I should try to be a good role model for him.

I am fixing dinner at home tonight, which is almost as frustrating as eating out...because if I don't fix the things that Jamie likes, he pretty much plays with the food and then eats a bunch of junk food later. He ate Fruit Loops for breakfast and what do you suppose he ate for lunch? We went out and he got a cheeseburger and fries and he ate the bread that came with my food. emoticon

Not too much accomplished today but still, it was a nice day. My husband's computer might be dead and for him, that is crazy bad since pretty much 100% of his free time is spent on the computer. His PC is pretty old and he has wanted a new one for a long time because it isn't compatible with some of the newer games that he wants to play. My mom gave him Christmas money for a new one for the past two years and he has been saving the money for when he is ready. I hope he finally goes ahead and gets one but he will have to build his own to get what is compatible with the games he wants to play.

Otherwise, went to the dry cleaners to drop stuff off, went to the car repair place to get the headlight changed in my husband's car. Then we had to go back to get it. Also went to two places looking for something he needs to work on the computer, but didn't find what he wants. Went for a three mile run today - I'm not sure but this might be the first day ever that I ran three days in a row - two days in a row I have done but can't remember ever doing it three days in a row. I kind of had to adjust the training schedule because of my work schedule (and the weather) this week so I did it today and it was such a gorgeous day, I was thrilled to be out. It was almost 70 degrees today! Yahoo! Loved it! Got eight hours of sleep last night, so all in all, pretty good day!

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I feel your frustration with your husband's diet, Gloria. The long-term impact of high blood pressure is tragic. One of the things that made Mike think more about his health was knowing a number of friends who were undergoing kidney dialysis. I kept reminding him frequently that uncontrolled high blood pressure was the leading cause of kidney failure. His friends didn't live indulgently and then experience a quick and painless end -- they're spending their final years in misery. I'll be there for him, no matter what health problems he experiences, but he does have some control over his own health.

We're going to walk at the zoo this morning, at least as far as Mike feels well enough. I'm looking forward to getting out in the sunshine!



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Stomach bugs are so nasty, they really create havoc on energy and stamina. It might take Mike a few days to get back to speed. That broth bowl was probably good for him. What kind did you get? I haven't tried them yet but I want to - they look so yummy, and I think I want to try one with quinoa. But I usually just get a salad when I go to Panera.

We've been having a good weekend so far. Today I met up with a woman from the local running club and gave her $5 for one of their t-shirts, and the $5 actually goes toward cases of water bottles which are strategically placed at locations during their weekend runs. Then we went to the grocery store, then home. I did some laundry and we had a "craft" day. My husband painted his miniatures and I worked on my card making. It was another sunny warm day and I went for a 2.5 mile run in the afternoon. My focus today was on speed. It was actually supposed to be a rest day but because of my schedule next week I realized that I needed to run today because I won't be able to run (or do much of anything other than sit) on Tuesday. After that went to two more grocery stores. It is annoying that I can't get everything that I need in one place, but this is a first world problem, and I know that we are actually very fortunate. Talked to husband about eating. Last night he wanted to go to a steak place for dinner so that he could eat rolls and a cheeseburger. I said no. So tonight he wanted to go to the same place. We went and they were too busy so we went to a different steak place, where he ate a lot of bread and butter, french fries and a cheeseburger. I asked him about his eating and he told me that he had only glanced at the diet that the doctor gave him, hadn't actually read it. I told him that if he continues on this path, he will get to a point where he won't be able to eat any of the things that he likes, ever. If he would just make some changes and improve his health now, at least he will be able to treat himself occasionally to those things that he loves. He has decided that he will have cereal for breakfast every day. Cereal for him is Fruit Loops. Sigh. It is so frustrating. I am going to bed soon, got over eight hours of sleep last night and hoping for almost that much tonight.

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Great going on your running, Gloria. I'm glad your weather is better now, but 30 degrees for running still sounds rough to me. I'm also looking forward to the return of Daylight Savings Time. The Spring time change doesn't bother me -- my sleep is so chronically bad, I don't really notice the loss of an hour.

Mike is feeling better but the stomach virus took a lot out of him. He wasn't up to doing anything today. I went out alone and ran some errands. Panera has added new soups called "broth bowls" to their menu so I got a couple of those to go for our dinner today. I thought they tasted good I also went out for a walk alone to enjoy our nice weather. I walked the 5k route that I used to run. I don't know when/if I'll get back to running regularly again.

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Got about 7.5 hours of sleep, in fact, almost didn't wake up for 1/2 marathon training, but I did make it over there. Four mile run this morning with my pace group, very good run. It was cold, about 30 degrees, but that is a lot warmer than last Saturday morning! Ending up being a gorgeous warm day, almost 60 degrees and sunny! Woo hoo, lovin' it! It was tempting to go for a very long walk and enjoy the sun but since I already had a run in I kept the walk to a short one, just over three miles. Stopped on the way home to look for some tights, which I wear under my pants on really cold days, and found some good after run snacks. I had been having a hard time finding portable items that are lower in calories but with a good ratio of macro-nutrients. These things are in the little squeeze pouches but are organic and GMO free, and the ingredients lists seem reasonable. One has chia, two have yogurt. Husband was in a class most of the day and now he is home and wants supper. He wants to go to an expensive steak place. He has done nothing to improve his eating and I am really sad about this. I don't want to eat at that place because I don't think that they have anything healthy and I don't want to spend that kind of money on food. I will go to the store later and get some things to cook because we just can't keep doing this the way that we are.

Yesterday when I got to work it was sunrise and for about two or three months now it has been dark when I get to work. Part of this is because it has been cloudy for the past several weeks, but also, it is getting light earlier. It was really nice. Then on my way home from work last night it was noticeably lighter too, and that made me happy. I checked to see when daylight savings time starts in the U.S. and it is March 8th, so still another month and a half away. I like it when it stays light out later on but I dislike the spring time change because it disrupts my sleep worse than the fall one does. I've had a restful relaxing day, it has been nice. Hope everyone has been having a great weekend!

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Only got about five hours of sleep last night and I have to get up early tomorrow so I am going to get to bed early...for real! Weather was really nice today and I wanted to go for a really long walk - I wished for about an hour and a half but someone came with me so we could only go for 45 minutes. Later I walked down to Starbucks and met another friend so that I could get a little more walking in. Overall, not a bad day. Not too productive at work but not terrible either.

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crazy day at work -- I'm waiting for an urgent job, so I won't get a lunchtime walk today. Mike has a severe stomach virus. It's frustrating to be stuck at the office -- if he needs to go to Urgent Care he'll have to wait until I get home.
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I'm just wrapping things up and heading to bed early tonight. I could easily invest a couple of more hours in my work, but I'm quite tired. Mike is under the weather today and I hope I don't catch it. I'll see how he's feeling tomorrow.

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Aurlie, hang in there. My week is a little overwhelming too. I signed up for a fourth class, but plan to cut back to 2 or 3. We'll see. It solves a question I had about the speech and presentation requirement for WGU. I got my personal resume, but the U of U isn't showing that it posted yet.

Gloria, I know you're right about self promotion, and I think I get it out, it's just hard.

Did my cardio and leg strength today, and sticking to my calories. I felt a lot better emotionally today than yesterday.

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Tricia, I tend to be overly modest about myself but when it comes to jobs and career (and that includes school), I am all about putting myself out there - yes it is self promoting but if you don't do it, someone else will and they will get the job (or be admitted to school, or whatever). Go for it and best wishes for your success! You can do it!

Aurlie, only one more day after this and THREE DAY WEEKEND! Hope that you take some time for yourself and relax and enjoy - and hoping for warmth and sunshine for you during your time off.

Gloria - three mile run today, still a little short on steps though. Tonight is my stamping group so we will be sitting sitting sitting for that too. But I will be able to get enough in, I only need about 600 more and I will probably get more than that just by doing my normal routine when I get home. Not very productive at work today, ugh.

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good to see you, Nicky! I'm glad you're getting help with your plumbing problems. Plumbing repairs are outrageously expensive here. Our landlord tries to cut costs by hiring a general handyman instead of a trained plumber. Ultimately, I think it costs more in time and frustration and usually he ends up paying a real plumber anyway.

Tricia, I'm glad your daughter got back to school, albeit a bit late. It may actually have been safer for her to stay at the airport instead of traveling back and forth to a motel in dicey weather. I certainly don't envy you the task of writing those personal essays. Those interview questions aren't very revealing when the answers can be researched and practiced.

Gloria, it's great that your husband showed some interest in that podcast. Mike used to be very set in his ways about eating, but once he started educating himself he started making real changes. I admit, it was frustrating that he ignored my input for years and now he acts like healthy eating was all his idea. Still, it's the results that are important so I'm happy with that.

Work has been overwhelming this week -- I'm looking forward to our upcoming long weekend.

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Aurlie, SAD is hard, but it could also be fatigue from the extra care for Mike. How is his back doing?

Gloria, gastric pain is so miserable, I wish you the best with that. I used to be up in the night with it back when I used to eat whatever. I know you have even more trouble with your esophagus. I hope it works out soon.

Nicky, my mom also used to sleep at the airport because she like to take the bus and they don't run 24 hour here. With her tumor and anemia (which was successfully operated on in the fall) she had stopped doing that. But it was her thing for a few years there.

My daughter did get to college, 24 hours after her original schedule. I'm wrangling with the nursing school application for the university where I originally got my bachelors. I'm having trouble with transcripts from a particular school, and I'm weary of writing essays about myself. I know it's no time to be modest, but I feel so weird saying what a great gal I am over and over. Though today I also got to do an online interview with those questions about "what is your biggest flaw" and that kind of thing.

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Nicky, I am so impressed with how you have gotten right back to exercise and despite the weather, you have gotten it done with alternatives. That is the the way to make it happen! So your plumbing is fixed now? That is so good that you didn't have to pay much for the repairs...I am sure that we would pay over $100 USD for similar service over here. Congrats on your success with the most recently finished maintenance challenge - you did very well!

Aurlie, I have also noticed that it is getting dark a bit later, and it makes me happy! But you work so very much and don't take time for yourself. Could that possible be the cause of your angst? Take care my friend, you will get through this! Even though I place a high value on learning, I am in complete agreement that dropping those classes was for the best - no need to put all of that added pressure on youself right now, especially with your work hours! Perhaps if you want to, you will be able to resume the coursework at a later time.

Tricia, I have a lot of groups, friends and interests on Facebook. I have gone from time to time without it (for example, when I was studying) but right now I find myself stuck on it for long periods of time each evening. I must stop that but it is hard to quit as that is one way that I keep up with friends and family from home, most of whom I don't see very often. But also, the groups I am in, mostly running groups (like my 1/2 marathon training group, or the support group for the surgery that I had) take way more time that I should allow. Hope that your daughter survived her night in the airport. I am in agreement with Nicky, it is most likely quite safe. Back in the old days the airlines would provide a room but that seems to be a thing of the past, unfortunately.

Gloria - had some snow and freezing rain in the wee hours of the morning, so the roads were somewhat bad. I had already planned to ride with my husband today so that worked out well, but got there late (he is late for everything). Had a good day at the office, went to step aerobics at lunch time and then for a short walk later in the afternoon. Stomach today has been terrible. My colitis is acting up in a terrible way and I am loathe to go on steroids again but I really can't handle this. I will spare you the gory details but it is awful. My stomach is so bloated today that instead of looking quite tiny as I really am, I actually look six months pregnant! Yikes! And the pain, if I didn't know what it was from, I might think I was having a heart attack or something, though the pain is on both sides, left and right. I thought my pants might split open they feel so tight.

Husband had a physical on January 2nd and the doctor told him that he must lose weight. So far he has done nothing to improve his eating habits. Today the results of his blood work arrived and his HDL is too low, his triglycerides are out the roof and his glucose is high. I am so worried about him. The doctor sent him a detailed diet but he just glanced at it and threw it down. I took it to him a while ago and told him to read it carefully. I don't know if he will. He doesn't like any of the foods on the list because they are not processed or fried or sugar. I had quit cooking again because he hates everything but I think that I must start again and he will just have to deal with it. He loves to listen to Podcasts and recently he listened to one about high fructose corn syrup and then he told me all about it, so I think that I am going to encourage him to see if he can find some others about nutrition. At least a couple of times he has found some success with Weight Watchers and if I go, he will go with me. I don't need to go but I am a lifetime member and it is free for me since I am below my goal weight, so I might consider doing that again, though that never seems to be a long term solution for him because every time he has done it, he has gained the weight back.

For me, within calorie range today, though too high in fat. I need to have a snack later that is higher in protein but I haven't figured out yet what it will be...

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AURLIE, I sympathise about the sciatica. I just have some foot pain thatnis a nusiance but notnagonising.
Well done, pacing yourself and dropping the classes. Your relationship with Mike is much more important.
GLORIA, I have a thingnwith spikes I can but over my shoes. Yaktrax is great on softish ice, but works like a skate when the ice is like a skating rink!
Enjoymyour pralines when you eat them!
TRICIA, quinoa is easy to cook and versatile.
Inregularly sleep atnthe airport, being too stingy to pay for a hotel. Your daughter will be fine, in an officially provided cot too!

NICKY. FITNESS. Low on steps this weather. Just completed second week of January Jumpstart. The strength videos come much easier second time round. Am combining this with Jessica Smiths January programme, FITIN15. 15 minute videos I can cope with! I'm Also Doing her new walking based dvd.
ATTITUDE. Sleeping often problematic. Today I crashed out all afternoon.
Not getting much done. Am starting for about the 6th time to try to learn Arabic with a system called fluent in 3 months.
Plumber came and suffered under my sink for half an hour, complaining bitterly thatnit was hard to work there, and eventually admitted I had been right when I told him the problem was in the bathroom! But he was not after extra money. leaves it up to me what I pay him, so I gave him the going rate for the 3 jobs he had done, $2 per job! I should find it very hard if I had to go to live in England again...
NUTRITION. Very hungry these days and eating well over cal guidelines, but weight going down more often than up. Today, breakfast a mixture of brocolli and cream of mushroom soup, topped by croutons and cheese. Lunch, a hawai toast left me feeling hungry so I indulged in a second one! Supper, bourbon chicken with black rice, carrots and brocolli. 200 cals over...

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Best wishes with your classes, Tricia! I'm sure your daughter will be all right -- airlines certainly aren't as accommodating as they used to be.

I hope you didn't have to stay up too late, Gloria. I actually enrolled in two classes this month, but I'll be dropping both of them. I've been working overtime a couple of hours almost every evening and I just don't have the stamina to do the classwork as well. I guess I could be doing more work during the weekends, but that causes a huge strain in my relationship with Mike.

I'm want to convince myself that my problem is SAD rather than just depression. Spring is coming and the daylight hours are already getting longer. I should be able to snap out of it in a few weeks, right?

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Nicky: I haven't learned how to cook with quinoa yet, though my mom makes it nice with olive oil, lemon juice, and himalayan salt. So maybe I'll try that sometime soon. She adds tomato and cucumber so it's almost a tabouleh.
Aurlie: Sorry to hear the sciatica is acting up. I know how miserable that can be. Do you need any release exercise ideas? I know we've exchanged them here before, years ago.
Gloria: I avoided facebook for years but got back on last year to keep in touch with my sister in law while my brother is on a year long overseas thing. Usually I'm pretty good. It's usually the links to elsewhere that are the impressive time sink.

Classes started yesterday and I am finally registered for pathophysiology. That was a real worry. Now I will be evaluating whether to stay in personality theory. We're using the "Please Understand Me" book for part of it, and I find that one unsatisfying because there are some ways I decide everyday stuff and other ways I decide big stuff. But maybe I shouldn't think some things aren't big. I don't know.

P.S. I'm also really worried about my daughter, whose connecting flight got cancelled, so she had to sleep at the airport. I thought they usually put people in hotels, but apparently they just got out hundreds of cots for people to sleep on.

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Checking in early today. Went for a short run at lunch time, honestly, I don't know how far or fast I went, or for how long, because I forgot to set my watch until I was well on my way. I was supposed to do 2 miles, and it was probably close to that other than the several times I was fumbling around with the watch once I figured out it was not running - and during which time I was walking. I am hoping to go to step aerobics this afternoon if all goes well. Sleep wasn't as good last night but still better than it had been before the holidays so I see it as progress. I've been fairly well focused at work, not completely, but I have gotten a satisfactory amount of work done. I had tracked all of my calories for the day and had them close to where they should be, but I am feeling pretty full and am not sure if I am going to be able to handle a snack within the hour before the step aerobics class. I should have gone with my gut instinct and gotten a vanilla latte on my way back from the run because I had the calories to do it. Now I might end up being low. I will get home a little later tonight but I hope to stay focused on things that I need to do instead of getting immersed in Facebook!

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Quick check in, it is almost bed time and I still need to get food ready for tomorrow. It was very rainy and gloomy here today. I didn't go for a walk or a run at lunch....I guess this will be my rest day. I have exercise planned for every other day this week, so I think that will work out okay. Had a dentist appointment at 8:00 this morning. First thing on Monday morning! People acted like I was crazy but I thought it was a great idea to get it over with first thing. My dentist is pretty much retired and I don't like the other guy so I need to do something soon about finding a new one, preferably someone closer to home since this one is FAR away. Also went to the eye doctor to pick up my contact lenses. Had a panic today when my manager asked me the status of something and I realized that I hadn't done it. But she was kind and good-natured about it. Regrettably ate a praline today. Actual, I didn't regret it that much. I love pralines and it isn't like I eat them often - and it was delicious for sure! The part that was regrettable was that I have been eating junk nearly every day and I really need to get a handle on that. I estimate that it had about 200 calories, and 12 grams of that was fat, so not a cheap treat. But otherwise my eating was really good today and I am pretty low on calories (should probably eat a snack before bed), so it wasn't a huge disaster. My sleep quality has been better lately, now I need to work on (again) getting to bed earlier!

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I don't know how much my lack of progress last weekend was due to sciatica and how much was just laziness. I need to get more focused. The daylight hours are starting to get noticeably longer and that's a real benefit to me. Driving home from work in the dark causes disproportionate anxiety. It's another busy day at work and I really didn't do enough from home to prepare for it.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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Awww, Tricia, sorry your daughter has to go back to school tomorrow, I can tell that you will miss her greatly.

Aurlie, sorry to hear about the sciatica. I hope that it subsides quickly. And I agree with Nicky, you should give yourself a gift or a treat from time to time, you work hard and you deserve it!

Nicky, I have heard people around here talk about "screws" for shoes when it is icy, but I have no idea what they are talking about! Supposedly it (they?) help with traction. Maybe that is like spikes? I've considered the YakTrax but it gets icy here so rarely that I hope that I can do without them!

Gloria - flying by in a hurry, I wanted to be in bed 15 minutes ago. I am almost ready, just need to take off my contact lenses. Slept extraordinarily well last night, for 8.5 hours without much interruption. Grocery shopping is done for the week as is most of the laundry. I should have tried to accomplish one extra thing this weekend - some organizing or something- but didn't, was mostly lazy. Calories were low today but somewhat more healthy. Exercise was a two mile run on the treadmill.

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Trcia, I admire how well you're doing with your food and fitness. I hope everything falls into place with the program of studies you most want to follow. I'd be very interested in hearing about the NWCR survey.

Good to see you, Nicky! I hope you're weather warms up and your children return to the fold.

We've had a rainy weekend and my sciatica is bothering me a lot today. It's time for me log into my office and get a head start on my Monday work.

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AURLIE, good that mike is doing well and that his expectations are becoming more realistic . I think you deserve a birthday present without needing some special achievement!
GLORIA, enjoymyour GPS watch! And relax aboutnthe transition into the new job. You'll survive, even if only by the skin of your teeth!
TRICIA, hope younhad a good time with your daughter.

NICKY, FITNESS, low on steps most days . Doing Jumpstart videos and Jessica Smith workouts. Lazy day today, just jumpstart video. Clocked up 6k steps somehow...
ATTITUDE, sometimes sleeping well, sometimes disastrously little. But I survive.
Snow and ice has reduced the number of children, but we had 10 on Saturday. Yaktrax don't work when its like a skating rink, butnthe spikes work then.... Thawing atnthe moment.
NUTRITION, high on cals, often low on veg. Have been findingnitnhard to drink enough water, but have got that organised now. Breakfast, creamy brocolli soup, bread and marmite.m lunch, quinoa con pollo, pickles. Fresh bread and cheese for aftnoon snack, and revani,msortmof like bakllava, onlymmade with something like shredded wheat, which knock d thencals up. Supper calfs foot and more bread and marmite.

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Aurlie: We also had rain yesterday. Maybe finally melt the ice off the driveway, which we never properly dislodged from Christmas.
Gloria: A half marathon! That's very ambitious, good luck!
Nicky: I hope you have defended from the flu successfully. I've gotten through these holidays without an problems for myself.

My internet has been mostly better, but I did run into a hiccup earlier this week when I tried to post. And we've been trying to squeeze in as much as we could to this last week of my daughter being home. She goes back tomorrow afternoon. emoticon

I've done 5/6 strength routines and gotten 7000 steps most days, so that's good, and my eating has been 95% on pattern. School starts tomorrow for me, though there's still a chance I switch to a nursing program. There was a transcript that they lost, and I can't find out the next step until they find it. Sorry if I already griped about that.

Oh yeah, I got a follow up survey from the NWCR. I should take a look at that. That should be interesting.

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emoticon on your training run, Gloria!
Cold hands can be painful. Have you considered something like thin glove liners to wick away the sweat so your gloves are more comfortable?
I think a GPS watch sounds like a great gift for yourself. My boss uses one to keep track of her running and it works very well for her. My birthday is coming up and I was thinking of buying myself a gift but I don't really have any ideas. I guess it makes more sense for me to achieve some goal and then I'll have the feeling that I deserve to treat myself to something.

We had rain all day today -- quite a surprise since this morning the weather report predicted it would rain tomorrow! I still got in all my steps today. I haven't done my strength training yet, but I'll do at least my minimum routine before I go to bed tonight.



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Today was the first official day of the half marathon training! Woo hoo! It was eight degrees when I left the house and probably about 12 degrees when we ran. Thank goodness it wasn't windy. I wore a lot of layers and was generally okay. My hands were uncomfortable though because I had gloves that made my hands sweat but if I took them off, my hands were painfully cold - I need to find a solution for that. First group run was 3 miles. I am supposed to be with a pace group but I was running too fast and got way ahead of them, which is not good. I need to do better next week. After that I ran four more miles with my friend, then she and I met three others at Starbucks for breakfast and coffee. I enjoyed that very much. I've got a grocery list ready but there isn't much on it, just some staples that we are out of, and things that I need for breakfasts and lunches - I can tell from our schedule this week that we will be eating out for dinner or we will just be grabbing stuff that is fast and easy (like yogurt for me). Calories are a lot higher today but overall for the week I am satisfied. Less than seven hours of sleep last night, will do better tonight. And not much done around the house, yuck. I got a GPS watch today for running - had a gift certificate and money for Christmas and got that!

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It was a little warmer here today but tonight it is supposed to get super cold again. Tomorrow is our first group run for the half marathon training and it is supposed to be 11 degrees. Honestly, I am kind of dreading it. I am not a cold weather person at all. I have tried really hard this year not to be so wimpy but I just can't stand the cold. I don't know if the apparel that I have chosen is going to be enough or not.

Got bundled up today and went for a walk, about 3.5 miles, slowly. I was not as cold as I was yesterday, though when the wind came up, I could definitely feel it. Not a fruitful day at the office, and I need to get focused because I have but three weeks left to get everything in order before my transition. Aurlie, I think that a while back you asked me if the new position was as a result of passing the CMA exam, and I am not sure if I ever responded to that question - or maybe I did and I am repeating myself. I do not think that this opportunity arose as a result of passing the exam. I think that I was chosen because I already have some experience with the business line and I am very familiar with their general ledger since I am the one who set it up and who set up their chart of accounts. I had also done a good portion of the work in the position I held prior to this one so I already know how to do some of it. The last few days have been very anxious for me as the reality is setting in that this transition is really going to happen and it is only three weeks away.

Eating wise, good today, I am trying to be more attentive to my portions and I am not grabbing the sweet treats and junk like I was at work, but my weight is up a tiny bit - nothing to worry about as I am way under goal as usual but odd. My macro-nutrients ratios have been much better over the past week and my water intake has been good. Aurlie, I am with you on the sick co-workers, I am being extra vigilant about hand washing and such. I touch things all day long that other's touch, like the button for the elevator, the copier, the button for the hot water machine (for my tea). I've been using hand wipes often as well because I just don't have time for sickness. The terrible stomach virus is what has me afraid since I cannot vomit due to my esophagus surgery (and from what I hear, if my body does try to vomit, it will be very painful and could cause the surgery to come undone).

Aurlie, I think that once Mike starts PT he will start progressing very quickly and he will be very happy with the outcome. He just needs to be patient, but I know that you are telling him that! Have a great weekend Aurlie, and everyone else! Going to be very busy here!

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Keep warm, Gloria! You, too, Nicky! When I lived in Pennsylvania, I thought February was the coldest month. I hope you don't have too much bad weather ahead of you.

Many of my co-workers have returned from the holidays with illnesses to share. I hope I can continue to avoid all the viruses. I'm also staying away from all the cookies, candy, cupcakes, etc. My weight is still persistently at the high end and my sleep has been awful all week.

Mike saw his doctor again yesterday and was essentially told all the same things I've been telling him. He's had the idea that he should be 100% fit by now after his surgery. I think he's finally starting to realize that even an excellent surgical outcome still requires time to heal! He starts physical therapy next week and it will be good to have someone else confirm that he's progressing normally and should not be overdoing it at this point.

I just had a nice lunchtime walk and I'm diving into a chaotic afternoon. I'm looking forward to the weekend!

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This morning when I left for work it was five degrees and the windchill was -12 degrees. I did go out for a walk at lunch time and around that time the windchill was up to about 9 degrees. I wore a lot of layers and I am lucky enough to have my long down coat. The only part of me that was really cold was my chin - and I was wearing a scarf so I don't know why I was cold there. I am having a hard time deciding what to wear for Saturday morning's run when it is supposed to be just a little warmer than it was this morning. I did much better today on food, although I did eat a few of my husband's french fries at dinner. Work was pretty good today, fairly stress free. However, the impending transition to my new job has me quite anxious. Just over three weeks until that happens. I must stay focused now because I have a lot that must be done before I move to the other group.

Nicky, continue to get plenty of rest, I think it helps the immune system stave off illness. I've gotten a little more paranoid than usual because so many people in my office are coming to work sick.

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AURLIE, heating the bathroom is a necessity to prevent pipes freezing and possibly bursting. Waste pipes are frozen, so my loo is a bucket till the thaw sets in!
I'm glad you're enjoying the decadent box of chocs!
GLORIA, good luck with the sugar addiction! Well done choosing bed over treadmill!

NICKY. FITNESS. In bed most of yesterday in a successful attempt to ward off a threatening attack of flu, so no workout. Did the last day's video of week 1 Jumpstart today, yesterday having been my 2nd cardio free day. Then did today's video, and Jessica Smith's yesterday's video, which was strength, so I did her HIIT walking video as well, and did all 30 mins without a break. I'm getting fitter.
ATTITUDE. Slept well, 6 1/2 hours, but was in bed most of the day as well.
Christmas celebration for the adults today. Very disappointing lack of takers. 2 people who were supposed to be telling a total of 3 stories dropped out at the last moment. One had visitors she didn't feel able to leave. The other did send me a message at the last moment to say she had to go to another village where her brother's daughter in law was unwell. At least it wasn't just a social call. So we were the grand sum of 5 adults and 3 kids. Kids can only come if accompanied by an adult, as they had their own celebration. The kids helped with some drama and memory verses. I felt it was anticlimactic. 2 people were reading the carol sheets instead of paying attention to those of us who had taken the time and trouble to learn and tell the stories.
NUTRITION. Only about 80 cals over guidelines, despite eating cake at the celebration, and accepting a plate of soup and a glass of wine on a visit. Breakfast, capuccino and cream of tomato soup. Lunch, brocolli soup and quinoa con pollo. Supper, half a trout, left over from New Year, so needing eating, and chips.

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I'm really drained but I've got a couple of hours of overtime ahead of me. It's been pretty chaotic at work. On top of all the regular work, the VP of my Department is bugging us to review last year's goals. We're required to do a lot of paperwork regarding goals and plans that somehow get thwarted. After eight years of the same dance, I'm losing my enthusiasm. Most of my job is great, but the corporate responsibilities are just silly.

I had a meeting that lasted through my lunch hour, but I still managed to get my minimum steps. I did my strength training early this morning. The office is awash in everyone's leftover holiday treats, but I'm managing to stay away from them. Mike gave me a wonderfully decadent box of chocolates for Christmas and I've been rationing them one per day. It's much nicer to savor something special than to overdo it on ordinary stuff.

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Passing through, am still at work, have been here about 14 hours now, hope that I can leave soon. Wind chill is in the negative numbers, I am not excited about going out in it but gotta get home! Calories are high and exercise is nil. Not good nutrition either. Was going to stop for a salad on the way home but Panera will be closed by then and it is too late for me to eat anyway.

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Nicky, glad that you are heating your home! And very glad that you have that electric blanket.

Aurlie, interesting about the strawberries, I had no idea. Fresh produce is pretty non-existent around here this time of year. I wish that we had your weather! 80s sounds glorious!

Gloria - we are in for a bit of a cold spell ourselves. Today it warmed up to about 40 which felt quite balmy after yesterday. Tomorrow they are forecasting a high of 21 degrees F and a low of 4 degrees F - and this does not factor in the wind chill which will make it seem much colder. It is supposed to stay very cold for a few days. They are closing school for a couple of days because a lot of the children here don't have winter attire that is appropriate for this type of weather. Generally it does not get that cold here so heavy winter clothing is generally not necessary. I myself do own a long down coat (although it is a bit too big for me) but most people in this region don't have that sort of thing. I tend to be so cold most of the time that I am probably one of the few around here that has an abundance of extreme winter clothing! And personally, if I didn't have to go to work, I would NOT go out in the cold. Hibernation sounds good to me.

My friend is going to do the half marathon too. She used to run in high school but hasn't run in many years. She will try to do 2:1 intervals, at least to start out. Our assignment for yesterday and for today was to do two miles. She did yesterday's assignment on Sunday and she felt very sore. I wonder if she has good shoes. I went with her today and she did very well - we did two miles together at 2:1 intervals, but again she was very sore afterwards. Next homework day is Thursday and I am not sure how we will do that. It is supposed to be 25 degrees that day and I do have winter clothing for running but the wind chill will make it seem even colder than 25.

Thought I might do another 30 minutes tonight on the treadmill but instead I will make a reasonable effort to get to bed on time. Only got 5.5 hours of sleep last night. Food wise, overall, better choices today but still had some unplanned treats at work - wishing that the holiday food would disappear. My manager brought in a HUGE tray of pastries and such for the birthdays of two co-workers. Calories are probably okay though - I tend to only take bites of things if I take anything at all so probably those few nibbles didn't do any harm - I just want to get a handle of the apparent sugar addiction.

I had an okay day at work, not as focused as I need to be though.

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I'm very happy our temps are no longer in the 30's at night. Hitting 80 this afternoon is quite a bonus! You're quite a inspiration during all weather, Nicky. I don't consider heating the bathroom an extravagance at all!

Gloria, I've seen how they grow winter strawberries here, so it's likely they can do the same in Florida. They set up acres of frames covered with plastic so the berries can benefit from the sunlight and are protected from the nighttime cold. They take longer to ripen with the shorter amount of sunlight and I think the taste is not as good, but it's still better than shipping them from South America.

I'm only into my second day of work and I'm so tired already. I've really got to do something about my stamina. It looks like I'm going to have a bunch of overtime work tonight and I've got to be sharp to do it.

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GLORIA, don't worry about me! The cold has been far worse in previous years, like any water spilled on the tiles in the entrance hall freezing instantly! The house is cold though, even with stoves burning in living room and entrance hall. I'm heating extravagantly with wood and electricity in bedroom and bathroom.

NICKY. FITNESS. January Jumpstart upper body video. Then Jessica Smith dvd walking core workout. Did it in 2 parts of 15 mins. previously I'd been splitting them into 10 min sections. I've definitely lost fitness since I stopped doing much in September. I;ve just remembered an exercise an osteopath taught me for different back pain. It makes my back crack,like you can crack your knuckles, when I do it on one side. The joints definitely shift, but not permanently, I fear. I wonder about trying to locate a chiropraktor, but the one I was sent to once caused excruciating pain, as bad as the dentist, which put me off. Only 4k steps today. Didn't go out.
ATTITUDE. Slept well, 6 hours.
Lazy day. Did some reorganising in the kitchen.
Had some people come for condolence visits. Apparently someone said he wouldn't come as I hadn't been to him when his brother died. First I'd heard of it. I shan't feel very hard done by without a visit from him...
NUTRITION. Within cal range for a change! 1 kilo above goal this morning. Scales were very merciful considering the amount I've been eating recently. Breakfast, creamy cauliflower soup. Lunch, cream of tomato soup and quinoa con pollo. Supper, 1/2 a trout, one of 2 the neighbours brought me as they are afraid to eat them so long after NewY ear's Day, with chips. Various fruit and a hot chocolate and a glass of vino and some chocolate during the day.

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I don't know if I could get Jamie to go to the Farmer's Market or not. So far he has not accompanied me to the local produce market. He does take me sometimes to pick up stuff from the CSA but he does not seem at all interested in what we get from them. He says he likes fruit so I get him fruit but then he never eats it and I end up throwing it out. Such a waste. We don't have a lot of local stuff here this time of the year. He did express some interest in some strawberries that he saw the other day. I assumed they were imported from South America but he said that the container indicated Florida. I was surprised because I don't know if the climate is good enough this time a year for strawberries in Florida. Everything that is available to us right now is imported from California, Florida or South America, all pretty long distance from here.

Did you get your walk in today Aurlie?

Wow wee Nicky, I am feeling worried about you in that cold house with frozen plumbing. But you do seem as if you are managing very well, and despite the cold, still getting your exercise! Impressive!

Gloria - 1/2 marathon training started today, was supposed to run two miles. Couldn't bring myself to go out in the cold and do it even though it was sunny and I worked through my lunch. So this evening hopped on the treadmill for two very boring miles. Yikes, I haven't tracked yet today, I hope that I can remember what all I ate. I will say it wasn't good. My main food choices were fine but I unfortunately snacked on some things that were not planned and were not good. I've really got to get a handle on this sugar - that was junk at work! Then when I got home I ate a ton of nuts and was way too full. That wasn't planned either. But I should still be within calorie range. I got a lot done around the house this evening and I have two major things left to do...one is not going to get done as it is bedtime. The other must be done tonight regardless, so off I go!

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AURLIE, I'm glad you have a computer that works for the time being! Well done making the people you bought it off stick to the terms of the agreement.
It will be great if you manage to take a sensible amount of time off.
Staying warm is easier said than done in my house! Moving helps!
TRICIA, hope the new tap works well. And that the toddler is better. MAybe in reverse order....!
My adolescent boy admitted to playing up, but not to stealing, tho he's equal first on my list of suspects....
GLORIA, letting taps drip normally prevents them from freezing, but not always if it's very cold. Problem is my drains freeze quicker than the taps. I'm using a bucket as the loo waste pipe is frozen, despite chucking salt and hot water down it....

NICKY. FITNESS. Combining January Jumpstart with Jessica Smith's FITIN15 and her new walk on video. I had major problems downloading. Customer support were useless. I mentioned the problems to Jessica in case she had other customers with the same problem. She admitted there had been downloading glitches and told me to delete it and redownload it. Customer support said the problem was my internet and that they could find no problems with the downloading process. When I have the time and energy I shall let them know why I am not impressed with their support, or lack of it. Jessica should not have to answer questions that customer support should be dealing with,
I'm horrifically unfit, but Jessica's January programme caters for all levels of fitness, or lack of it... Yesterday just did Jumpstart cardio workout and walked through snow and ice in town for about 15 mins, cardio free day. Today, Jessica's 15 in cardio video, plus a 9 min one for cardio for bad backs. Aim to do 30 mins cardio and burn 150 cals. Slightly short of that today. And only 6k steps. Venturing out is adventurous. Yakstrax work like skates on surfaces like a skating rink! But I do have some things with spikes in them, which are better on skating rink type surfaces...
ATTITUDE. Thought I'd check that the safety tap to the kitchen is working in case the pipes freeze. I tuned the water off and now I can't get it on again! No drainage in the bathroom, no water in the kitchen...
NUTRITION. Internet went on the blink at suppertime. By the time I got it back, I found I was 500 cals over! And I thought I was going to be borderline....Breakfast, cream of tomato soup, lunch, chicken and rice and lots of cabbage. Supper, quinoa con pollo. Ate lots of extra quinoa as I was hungry and thought it was lower cals. Then a slice of Stollen and double portion of chocolate, 30 grams. And a small glss of red wine. Pus a whole slice of bakllava when on a visit.
Yesterday I gave up tracking. I was compulsive eating. I had been skipping breakfast, which probably increased my hunger.

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Best wishes to you in keeping up with your DH's "diet," Tricia. When Mike and I first got together, I didn't take on the role of household cook. At the time, Mike thought my cooking style was "too healthy" for him (I'm big on stir-fry veggies, eggs, beans and occasionally seafood). There have only been brief periods when we both worked and ate all our meals separately, but primarily Mike has been our dinner chef. When he cooks stuff I won't eat, I rely on frozen single-serve dinners from Trader Joe's or I'll cook for myself. It's a blessing now that we're mostly on the same page when it comes to meals.

Gloria, don't give up on your DH adopting some healthier habits. Mike was a confirmed fast-food, processed meat, junk food guy for most of his life. He took lots of nutritional supplements and thought that was a healthy lifestyle. I finally got him to accompany me to the Farmer's Market to buy my produce. He got drawn into fresh fruits first and then finally veggies. The concept of eating local, fresh, seasonal food was pretty foreign to him (maybe to most people), but it's certainly easier here in Southern California. We still fall back on Trader Joe's, but we rarely go to the regular supermarket for anything other than cat and dog food.

I'm back in the office and on track to make this a great year. I invested several hours in working from home last night. That will ensure I have plenty of time to take a nice walk at lunchtime -- we're expecting temps in the high 70's this afternoon!

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So glad that you stood your ground with those Fry's people Aurlie. It is so aggravating to me that they sell these service agreements and then they won't stand by them but that seems to be very common. They need to replace the thing and that is all there is to it. Hope you are able to get back to running Aurlie.

Tricia, you do very well during the holidays. I did something similar, made sure my weight was a little down before it all got started and I came out well in the end. You are awesome on your cardio and your strength training. Aurlie is good with strength training too. I need to get that into my routine. When you say your husband wants to go starch free, is he talking about rice and potatoes?

Gloria - got a lot of sleep last night, feel good. I wanted to go for a walk but my schedule just didn't permit, so no exercise, yuck. Once again, I want Wednesday to be my rest day, not Sunday. Haven't tracked food yet. Half marathon training - they had an expo for us today with some of the sponsors, went to that, talked to a dietitian about my nutrition as far as keeping my calories up high enough once we get into those longer runs. Got a few freebies. Saw a few friends. It was good. Working on laundry and need to pay some bills, want to get to bed fairly early but there isn't much time left. Haven't been on the computer today really so I want to do some catching up with that. Tricia, your husband wants to go starch free. I wish I could get my husband to do something, ANYTHING. He had his semi-annual doctor's appointment last week and the doctor really got onto him about his weight. He has gained at least 12 pounds more since his appointment six months ago. Oh, if I could just tell you what he eats. I am terrified he will have a heart attack or a stroke, it is so bad. And he sits pretty much 18 hours a day; the only time he is not sitting is during the five or six hours a night that he sleeps. I didn't get my house cleaned up like I wanted this weekend. Not happy about that.

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Aurlie: good job on sticking to your guns! I usually make my husband do that sort of thing. I wonder if the things I've learned about personality will help in that regard.

Gloria: I hope you're able to keep your gains. That's one thing I don't have to worry about like I did after Thanksgiving, I've already built up my capacity to do cardio for 45 minutes so I don't have to ease into it.

My internet was being blinky this morning but I finally got into my weight graph from last year, and the holidays were just as much of a challenge, I just didn't worry as much because I started the season like 7 pounds lower. So that's something to apply to next summer and fall.

My plan isn't really new for the new year, but hopefully I will be able to stick to it better. The first week my daughter was home, I didn't cook dinner at all. It was either some kind of party or takeout or leftovers due to shopping and projects. Then it was actual holiday week.
This week should be relatively normal.

My husband wants to go starch free. That's giving me a lot of codependency flashbacks. I can kind of understand what it's like to be unable to do moderation, but he needs some spiritual work, not keeping on with the silly fad diets. But I guess all I can do is be grateful he's willing to try something to improve his health.

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Sorry to hear of your frozen pipes, Tricia. What a hassle that can be! I certainly don't miss being in weather that cold. Temps in the 30s are bad enough for me! I hope your little guy is well enough for the aquarium -- that sounds like a fun family outing.

Your runs sound so good to me, Gloria. I'm thinking seriously of getting back into running once the days begin to get longer. If I stop taking these classes, there's a thought that I'd have some time in the evenings this Spring.

The Service guys at Fry's Electronics never gave me an official diagnosis of my computer problem. They were actually rude and unprofessional about the whole thing, so in turn I got very hostile with the Manager. Initially I put up with the rude treatment, but once I realized they were no more able to fix my computer than I was, I got very demanding about them fulfilling the terms of the service agreement I had purchased. They gave me a brand new Lenovo computer as a loaner while they're sending my computer back to Dell for repair.

I had hoped to make this a more productive day -- we went to Trader Joe's, the Farmer's Market, and the zoo today. My favorite professional football team is playing this evening so I don't intend to accomplish much more today. Tomorrow will be a typical Sunday for me, preparing for a very busy Monday at work. It's been a nice vacation. I need to be mindful of taking time off throughout the year so I don't get so overworked and stressed.

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Tricia, sorry about your pipes freezing, that is real hassle! I lived in a rental about 20 years ago and it was not insulated. We had a very rough cold spell and the pipes froze. The landlady blamed me for it. They were able to thaw the pipes and they didn't break or anything but I guess she wasn't pleased that her husband had to come over and thaw the pipes. These days if it gets especially cold, I let several faucets drip because that will allegedly keep them from freezing. Sorry that you little boy has been sick again! Hope he is feeling better. The Vivofit is supposed to be really awesome, but I think that I will stick with my FitBit! I do have a heart rate monitor (with a strap) but these days I haven't been using it much.

Gloria - was supposed to go on a three mile run with my friends early this morning - at the shoe store where I have done all my training they were having a Resolution Run, and I was going to meet them there for that. Opted out and went with the local running club. Once again, very nice people who stuck with me even though I am slower than they are. One of them I had already run with before and I think that she wanted me to go faster but I am not ready to die! Haha! Anyway, we were going to go about seven miles but somehow ended up going almost nine! Ouch! That was not planned and I really shouldn't be upping my mileage that quickly but physically so far I feel okay. They say to increase mileage no more than 10% per week and my furthest before today was just under seven miles, and we went almost two miles further than that. It was raining but not cold. Haven't eaten enough yet, energy bar in the morning, yogurt and granola after the run. Need a lot more calories so I am sure I will be supplementing with chai later. Was in bed for 7 hours and 23 minutes, FitBit says I got 6 hours and 42 minutes of sleep - even though I was not in bed long enough, I definitely felt like slept better last night.

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I was worried about our exterior faucets, but our kitchen hot water froze! So that took up a lot of Wednesday and my husband wasn't able to stay over at his folks. Thursday I installed a new sink faucet (it already needed to be done, so we did it while the cabinet was empty). It went a lot quicker than expected, so that was good. We got all geared up to go to the aquarium Friday (and my mom's birthday and we received symphony tickets for that same day too) but the toddler was sick in the morning so we scratched the aquarium. Still did the other two things. So I made up triple strength training again this morning.

Aurlie- glad you were able to do some decluttering. I bagged a lot of the baby's clothes yesterday.
Nicky- it's really hard for adolescent boys to admit they've been wrong, so that's remarkable.
Gloria- I don't know what day it is either. Hard to even know what week it is! But my younger kids go to school Monday, and we have one week with my college student before she goes back east.

So we're going to try the Aquarium again today, if toddler stays on the mend. My husband got a vivofit with heart rate monitor (which is chest strap type. Those have never worked well for me. My treadmill and the exercycle have them.)

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Oh, what cold weather Nicky! Do stay warm and I hope that you are able to keep your pipes from freezing. So glad that you have that nice electric blanket! Your New Years food sounds delicious!

Aurlie, have they any idea how to fix your computer? Glad you were able to get a loaner.

Gloria - back to work, it feels like Monday, but it is Friday and it is sort of messing me up! Went to bed in a timely manner last night but very restless - I continue to wake up at least once or twice an hour because I am either too hot or so terribly cold. No exercise. Had my annual eye exam today, that went very well, but as a result of being out of the office for that, I skipped lunch and stayed late. When I got home Jamie wanted to go out and get some Coke at the store and then go to the bookstore - and now I don't want to do anything much as I need to go to bed very soon. Much going on this weekend, not sure how I will get everything done. Not pleased with my eating today - I was on the right track but someone left chocolates on my desk over the holidays. I would have been okay eating too many chocolates but in addition, Jamie had french fries for dinner and I ate an excessive amount of those. Haven't finished tracking yet, I hope not too much damage was done, but the high fat/high sodium eating must stop. It's supposed to be warmer here tomorrow, but with rain all day, then it is supposed to get really cold next week. I am thinking about how nice it is going to be in a couple of months when the days are warmer and the flowers start blooming!

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Stay warm, Nicky! Our temperatures are expected to return to the 70s next week and I welcome that!

Congratulations on a successful 10K, Gloria!

I finally got a loaner computer to replace my desktop computer that's still in the shop. I'm going to make another stab at decluttering today. I'm determined to make real progress on my living space this year.


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HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!
AURLIE, I think it's good that Mike is not pushing himself too hard.
GLORIA, I don't think Fitbit is infallible! If you felt rested, I guess your sleep was good. Well done on your race!
TRICIA, my doggie box of bakllava continues to fill up...

NICKY. FITNESS. Have started January Jumpstart for the 3rd time. Bought the new Jessica Smith 4 walking workouts download. Very difficult to download and none of customer support suggestions worked. Have done the 1st 2 workouts, with at least one break in the middle, and the SP 10 mins strength workouts. AM still under 5k steps today, tho think I reached 11k yesterday.
ATTITUDE. SLept only a couple of hours last night. Was reading a thriller instead of doing Bible study when I couldn't sleep, so that put me behind today..... Haven't yet worked out what I'm trying to achieve this year.
Talked to one of the suspected thieves today when he came to have his hand dressed after he burned it when a firework exploded in it. I suggested maybe he might invest in safer fireworks next year.... I told him of my suspicions of him. Injured innocence! I can call the police if I want! I pointed out that he had just lied about something else, which didn't increase my confidence in his protestations of innocence. But he did say he'd spread the word that I would like my whiteboard markers back. And he agreed that he had been disruptive in the children's group, so that was progress! The other boys are on strike, don't want to come if they can't come with the younger children. Sad, but that's their decision. I offered them an alternative and they refused it.
-12 much of today. And my house is not insulated! Have lit 2 stoves, have an electric heater in my bedroom and the electric blanket and a heater that blows air in the bathroom to try to keep the pipes from freezing. The waste pipe is making unhealthy gurgles. Weather app says -6 at the moment and shouldn't go below -4 tonight. Should be less cold than last night. I'm about to luxuriate on my electric blanket!
NUTRITION. 3 calorific New Year''s celebrations within 36 hours. I tucked into half a trout out of my doggie bag for lunch today, and have the larger half of a steak still waiting for me. Still a couple of hundred cals over today. Am eating lots of soups.


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Wow, that would be so cool to see the stealth bomber fly over before the parade! I like to watch the parade but didn't this year since I was off to the races. Last year my alma mater Michigan State played in the Rose Bowl so I was all about it, this year they played (and won) in the cotton bowl and I didn't pay a lot of attention to any of it.

Did Lola not like the cold weather Aurlie? I can't blame her. And I am sorry your apartment is so cold - I know some people like it that way but to me that is uncomfortably chilly! Hope it does end up getting warmer so that you aren't there freezing!

Had my race this morning....of course I know I haven't said it enough so I must say it once again, IT WAS COLD! LOL! I guess it might have been about 30 degrees (F). The course was very hilly, and not far from my own neighborhood, so I should be used to it by now, but it was still a difficult course! I ran with a friend of mine and we did walk up a couple of the hills. My race time was pretty slow but I am happy - I came in 6 out of 10 in my age group. Eating today was even more messed up than it has been lately, a snack bar before the race, then to breakfast with my hubby -and that food was NOT HEALTHY! I had an omelet - glad that I only ate half. Then we had ham and macaroni and cheese later. I really need to get back on track with my eating - my tracker says I am low on calories but fat, saturated, sodium and cholesterol are all high, and who knows if I estimated the calories right? Terrible. Had some chai later.

Anyway, back to work tomorrow, I have to remind myself, it is only one day and then off for two. I am going to try to get to bed in the next 30 minutes so that I can actually get some sleep on a work night - one of my new goals for this year!

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My New Year tradition is to stand in the driveway for a few minutes waiting for the B2 Stealth Bomber to fly overhead on it's way to Pasadena to kick off the Rose Parade. It's an amazing thing to see and it didn't disappoint this morning.

Best wishes on your 10K, Gloria! You're a great inspiration to me. I jogged with Lola this morning. She wasn't happy so we didn't keep it up long. It was actually in the 30's this morning. We rarely see it this cold and I'm glad they're predicting a return to temps in the 70s next week. It's about 50 degrees in our apartment right now -- definitely uncomfortable.

It sounds like you're facing some big unknowns in the new year, Tricia. I admire your resolve not to worry needlessly.

Today will be a day for me to keep moving and to eat well. I bagged up a bunch of clothes yesterday to donate. I feel I'm getting the new year off to a good start.

Be well everyone!

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Oh Tricia, I can only imagine what those winds must have been like. On the rare occasion that we have experienced high winds here, it is so disconcerting. I hope and pray that your pipes didn't freeze. That can turn out to be a real mess, so I hope all is well.

Aurlie, hope you enjoyed your walk at the zoo! Sorry you had to walk home from the hospital in the rain. I am trying to embrace the weather and take it as it comes, including walking in the rain. But if I am not prepared, it doesn't make me happy! And I still find myself complaining about it way too much.

I want to wish everyone in this group much happiness and good health for 2015. This little group means so much to me and you all have a special place in my heart. So Happy New Year!

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Gloria - got less sleep last night and still very restless according to FitBit. Feeling a bit more tired today but still good. Realized a short time ago that I did a very bad job on water intake today and that is not good since I have a 10k tomorrow. Can't really do a lot about it now unless I want to be up all night. I had a basket full of mail and old papers, spent part of the day going through it. Still not done. I need to get that finished ASAP. Went with husband to electronics store, then to the sporting goods store. He had been to the sporting goods store a few days ago and said that they had some great sales - so he thought I might want to look. Unfortunately, not a lot of interest as far as sales. However, I did find an inexpensive running jacket for cold weather - I want jackets with zip pockets, and a front zipper that opens all the way. And I am not finding that kind of thing that is not overly expensive. So I did find one and they have multiple colors, so if I want more, I can go back - it was $19.99 which I thought was pretty reasonable. Also picked up my big for the run tomorrow. After that we ran into the grocery store and got a couple of things. Otherwise, not much accomplished but feel okay about the day. Got a short slow walk in - not doing anything to strenuous or crazy since I am racing tomorrow. Walk was about 3.5 miles at a very easy pace. In case I haven't whined enough about the cold, it was soooo cold today. When I walked the windchill was probably in the high 20s. I know it is so much colder elsewhere (soooo much colder) and as I said before, I am soooo grateful that we have not had any frozen precip. Eating today - I am only running 6.2 miles tomorrow and I don't eat anything special or carb load for a distance like that, but typically my diet is higher in protein and not as high in carbs so today I was more attentive to that. So today, while my macro-nutrients are all in range, the percentages are a little different than usual, with carbs being higher than usual and with fat and protein being a little lower than usual. Had oatmeal, yogurt/granola, pasta, cottage cheese, chai. Probably could have stood for some more calories but I figure when I get back to work I will be back on track for that, no problem. Going to bed soon - no welcoming in the new year for me, I want to make sure I get plenty of sleep for my run tomorrow!

Gloria

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Nicky: Mmm, baklava. I watched a show about making it the other day. I found it quite funny that the guy thought he was demystifying it. :D It managed to sound way more complicated than the last time I made it.

Aurlie: I was often unable to donate blood when I was younger. I hope I would do better now, but haven't tried since I got married because my husband had hepatitis, and I lived in Europe too long last time I checked. I am glad you are able to.

Gloria: we had high winds that have finally broken, but I'm afraid our kitchen pipes may have frozen, so that's concerning. The winds were kind of wearing on the nerves. We are by a canyon so they were even worse in our immediate vicinity.

I don't have specific resolutions, just ready for the holiday temptations to calm down a bit. Keep working out and eating reasonably. I tried to take a nap yesterday and found I was really anxious. My husband's day job might end in August and if he doesn't get his law practice rolling, he thinks we might have to move, which would possibly complicate my education plans. Well, worrying about it is not going to help things one way or the other, and I won't even know if I've been accepted into a local program until April.





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You're right, Gloria. LA and San Francisco are completely different. I love San Francisco, too. It's such a fun city to explore, even without a car.

I did manage to walk to the hospital for the blood drive yesterday. As usual, I saw a few young women turned away due to low hemoglobin levels. I'm blessed to be healthy enough to donate, that hasn't always been the case for me. I was surprised to find it had started to rain while I at the hospital so I had to walk home in the drizzle. I didn't let up for the rest of the afternoon and I ended up walking Lola in the rain as well. She was not happy, but she survived.

We'll be able to go to the zoo this morning and then I imagine we'll have a salad for lunch. We don't do anything to celebrate New Year's Eve. I'll likely be awake to hear local fireworks and gunfire, but Mike will surely be asleep. I'm not one for "resolutions" but I am looking forward to getting organized and making healthy choices every day.

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Nicky, I think that beets are supposed to be very healthy and recently I have heard them classed as a so-called "super-food." There are some foods that I wish that I liked, and beets are one of them. I am sure that the bugs in the soup would not have made me ill but it is a mental thing. My aunt and uncle lived in the middle east for years, and they ate buggy stuff all of the time as there wasn't any other option. But I have my issues with my esophagus and I have a form of colitis (which is causing me all kinds of grief right now) and I guess I am pretty paranoid, probably needlessly so. Nicky, enjoy your New Year's celebrations with your neighbors and with the Sisters! It sounds like it will be nice to visit with everyone!

Tricia, congratulations on 24 years, sounds like you enjoyed the day! I am glad to hear your little boy is feeling better.

Aurlie, sounds like fun to go to Hollywood and people watch! We have never been to L.A. My sister-in-law lived there for a few years and always wanted us to visit but my husband never wanted to go there. I think that I would love it, however, he does not like the city at all and probably would not enjoy it. We went to San Fran several years ago, I LOVED it, had a ball, went all over (by myself with no car). He was not into it, stayed in his seminars the whole time and wouldn't get out and do anything, even with our friends who were there at the same time. Of course, San Francisco is a totally different world than LA.

Gloria - well, I have been whining a lot about the cold but in actuality, it has not been as cold this year as it was last year. And certainly it is not as cold here as it is in a lot of other places. In fact, some people would probably find our weather to be warm! Certainly I am very grateful that we have not had snow or ice so far! Just a lot of rain. I don't know why this cold weather is so rough on me. I feel like a wimp.

Sunny today, very pretty, loved it! I did get out for a walk but it was so cold and windy. The walk was fast, one of my faster paces, and I sweated, and then I got so cold because of the sweat. I think that I need to start wearing at least one layer of moisture wicking clothing when I walk. Anyway, got about five miles in. Otherwise, I can't say that I accomplished much today, which is unfortunate. Just lazy, which is not good since I have a lot to do. Felt like I had better quality sleep last night, FitBit says no, just as bad as the night before. I am getting enough hours of sleep, just not good quality. Food today is good, maybe too salty. I need to eat some more soon, was thinking of cottage cheese but now I see I need more carbs so maybe I will have yogurt. Two salads with grilled chicken, a protein bar, steel cut oats with some cinnamon, ginger, coconut and coconut milk. Very yummy. Doing laundry.

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It's cool and cloudy here today -- we didn't walk at the zoo today as Mike didn't seem to be feeling up to it. I don't believe he needs to do it every day. We went to Hollywood this morning just for fun -- lot's of odd people to see and plenty of those Only in LA Moments. Mike is waffling now about what he wants to do this afternoon -- I'd like to donate blood this afternoon, but we'll see if I can fit that into our day. I may have to postpone a few weeks.

Food it on track for me today.

Still focusing on Peace on Earth.

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GLORIA, I didn't know that beets were particularly good for you, but I do love them
Sickening about having to chuck the turkey soup. But you don't want to risk undoing the good your surgery did you. I chucked some ancient rice and quinoa today and hated doing it. Cooked some more rice, shall freeze half of it.
TRICIA, happy anniversary!

NICKY. FITNESS didn't happen, 2k steps.... actually slightly over as I put Fitbit on a long charge. BUT
ATTITUDE, I put away my summer clothes (Amid snow and ice!), and put a lot I haven't worn in years into a bag to go to the gypsies, or whoever needs them. I feel so virtuous! May be able to fit all my clothes into one wardrobe and chuck the other. My neighbour has asked for it if I do get rid of it.
Bitterly cold today, outdoors and in. Have put a heater in the bathroom to discourage the pipes from freezing... Thank God for stoves, firewood and warm clothes, to say nothing of the electric blanket...
NUTRITION. Breakfast, borscht and capuccino. Lunch, byrek and brocolli and cheese soup, and PB and choc pudding. Supper, 2 slices of cabbage casserole I discovered, that needs eating, followed by a slice of Stollen, which took me about 100 cals over. I have gigantes thawing for tomorrow... Tomorrow evening will be calorific. I'm invited to celebrate with the neighbours. And Thursday evening we are invited to the Sisters in another town. And there will be bakllava wherever I visit!

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