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5/6/14 3:10 P

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This month I tracking calories burned, not minutes of fitness.

I am doing the 28 day workout with Coach Nicole. Really good. Still in week one!

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4/24/14 11:03 P

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Good job, and thanks for the inspiration. Haven't been feeling too perky lately, but I'm back. Today took an hour's walk, feel better now.

Judy
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4/8/14 5:52 A

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Today I will walk 90 min on treadmill
Do 2 Coach Nicole workout videos
Do at least 10 pushups
Do at least 10 situps

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10/10/13 5:20 P

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Today I am good and bad. Had a Starbuck's nonfat pumpkin latte ... but... I had a banana with cereal for BKFT and am having a HUGE grilled chicken (4oz) salad for dinner (at least 4 cups of veggies, if not more) with a light dressing. So at least 6-7 veg/fruits today.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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10/10/13 12:10 A

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I didn't have as many as usual today either, just a fruit cup for breakfast, a big red bell pepper for a snack, a serving of mixed veggies for lunch and two fresh pressed apple juices for dinner and snack.

Judy
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10/9/13 5:02 P

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PLEASE don't give me the prize!! I only had 2 veggie/fruit servings these past two days. I need to have MORE, MORE, MORE!!!! I usually get in at least 3-4. I am keeping track though.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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10/8/13 12:19 A

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Good job everyone! This morning I picked another three bushel of apples before breakfast. Boy, was I ready for a nap afterward to warm up and rest (it was raining).

Anyway, time for this week's challenge. We're going to work on nutrition trackers for a while, and this week's challenge to get your toe in the door if you've never used the tracker. Across the top of most Spark pages is the orange menu bar, on the left is 'my trackers'. Mouse over it, and select 'my nutrition' from the drop down menu. That takes you to your Nutrition Tracker.

There's a quick tracker to keep track of fruit/veggies, and another tracker for your water at the top of the page. After that comes the actual food tracker. Let's start at the top and work our way down. The challenge this week is to keep track of your fruits/veggie for the week. If you're already using the food tracker, great, continue to do so. If not, you can use the quick veggie tracker at the top of the page. Each time you eat a serving of fruit or veggies, just click the button and add another serving. Only takes seconds.

This week's challenge will have three prizes, first one to post your daily fruit/veggie count, most days posted (by the end of the week), and closest to optimum servings (I'd say most servings, but then we might overeat to win, and that would be counterproductive!) You want at least five servings a day of fruits/veggies. 5-8 would be fine.

Ready, set. . .post those veggies! And stop in each evening and let me know how you did. We'll count Tue-Sat as the week,a five day challenge.

Judy
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10/7/13 10:31 P

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Hello all,

my activities: raking leaves, lifting branches, pulling and cutting ivy; my arms got a very good workout.

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10/7/13 2:33 P

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Friday I did my 45 minutes of aerobics. Saturday I walked around at the market and then for a walk in the park until the rain came. I actually did cleaning when I came home. Sunday when rain was over I walked through the park. It was a beautiful day. This morning I did my aerobics again and then did cleaning. I'm in the kitchen cleaning cabinets and seeing what I will keep and what I will give away. I'm just about done and then the front room, etc. It is great.

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10/6/13 7:08 P

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Good job!
I mowed the lawn, hauled apples, and did chores.

Judy
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10/6/13 5:25 P

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A little late posting, but I walked 3.5 miles on boardwalk in AC Saturday. We walk from Showboat at one end to Tropicana at the other end. Took about 70 minutes. It keeps me away from the slot machines for a while!! LOL.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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10/3/13 11:17 P

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Welcome!
The Friday challenge will be to do at least 10 minutes of exercise. If you already have an exercise plan, excellent, follow it, and post your minutes here. If not, work in at least ten minutes. That can be all at once, two five minute sessions, even one minute an hour. The important part is to get your body moving. Awards will be made for the most minutes, the first minutes (at least ten) posted here, and the most inventive exercise minutes.


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10/3/13 3:08 P

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OK - I'm back in!
Need to get in more exercise. Seem to find a million excuses not to!

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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10/2/13 3:09 P

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I've really been trying to keep on track and so far very good. I'm actually exercising first thing in the morning. It is so wonderful being retired. I have more energy and I'm more relaxed. I don't have that stress where I was eating at work because of it. Now I don't do that and I'm doing great. I still need to work hard to keep going and not lose my way. Sometimes it is hard.

I'm going to try and post more often now that I actually have a schedule going. Take care all.

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10/2/13 2:59 P

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HEY CAMPERS!!!!!
I think our accountability has lapsed.
New season, new month, lets start again on our path to good health.

Gather 'round the campfire, campers, it's time to plan next week's activities.
My first challenge for you is to post here at Camp Accountability. Grab a bunk and a seat 'round the campfire, we're here to help you succeed.

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9/4/13 1:13 A

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Our health is important, and all too often we ignore it.

Judy
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9/3/13 6:15 P

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No sleep problems, except waking up to flip my pillow (my head always gets hot)

Jenn, Good for you! I quit a great paying job years ago. It was so stressful and,I worked long hours (salary - no overtime pay). I honestly thought I was on the verge of a breakdown! The money is NEVER worth ruining your health.


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Jenn, that was amazing. A door closes, a window opens, just amazing. It is amazing how much lack of sleep messes up our lives, physically and emotionally. Anyone else out there having sleep problems?

Judy
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8/31/13 2:21 P

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Popping in to say hello. Don't have time at this moment to read everything you wrote Judy, but I know it's worth the read so I'll be back.

At 4:30 yesterday I QUIT my job. It was getting worse & worse. It was a VERY HARD decision. We (I) actually paid ALL our bills last month - on time too. First time in an EXTREMELY long time. (many years) The company was great, I liked the people, the money was over the top! (to me) but turns out - I'm terrified of the phones. I had hoped could overcome this, but I decided I'd be loony or worse before I did. By Wed this week, I took a sick day - without pay. It had been affecting my sleep, and now makes me ill. Anytime I'd hear "YOU have an INCOMING CALL" on my headset, it was like getting stuck with an electric cattle prod. And October was coming - Open enrollment season for Medicare - what I was hired to do. I had to get out.

Oh yes - back to my sick day. I decided to look at a few job boards online while I was home. BUT - strangely - an email landed in my Inbox - from someone I didn't know - & managed to not get spammed. It - was a job offer. Granted, it is temporary, but it is (hopefully nice and simple) data entry at another insurance company. Theoretically, just my cup of tea. I'll still be busy working 8 hrs a day, but hopefully it won't overflow & take over my entire life like the other. My brain has been working on Medicare while I sleep - I wake up during the night & that's what my brain is doing as I come to.

I thought it very strange that email showing up like that. The recruiter said he had come across my resume online. I can't help but feel like it was "a God deal." though.

Ok - need to get busy now. It's way HOT HOT HOT here in Texas right now, but I managed to get out & walk the dogs this morning. Hopefully I can normalize some this week while I wait to start the new job.

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8/31/13 12:48 P

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It's a very fine line we walk towards better health. On one hand, we have body issues--metabolism, genetics, hormones, illness/injury difficulties. On the other hand, we have emotional issues--emotional eating, frustration, lack of a clear goal, laziness, exhaustion, and general 'I don't wanna'.

We often treat this journey as our enemy, and secretly (and often unconsciously) do things to sabotage our success. We know certain foods make us feel bad, but we eat them anyway as a 'treat'. We know what our calorie limits are, but we go over them as a 'splurge'. We know we need exercise, but we find a thousand excuses not to do it. (How would we like it if our doctor knew something was necessary for our health, but kept making a thousand excuses not to do what was needed? We'd have a malpractice suit up an running quick! ) So what if it's us that making the excuse? What do we do to get ourselves motivated to do the right thing?

Ever have a child that just refuses to do their written homework, or read their assigned book? You know they're going to get bad grades, you know they're not learning what they need to pass. But they have a thousand reasons why they 'can't' study. They're too tired, they don't have enough time, it's too hard to understand, it's not fair, it's too much work. . .And you look at them and shake your head, can't believe they just don't get it. You want to pass, you want to get good grades, you want to succeed, you find a way past the difficulties and make it work. You make it a priority.

Are you a priority?

Yes, it's not fair. Some people have different metabolisms, different hormone balances, and they eat what they want and don't gain weight. My cousin had to bake two pies for supper, one for the family, and one for her husband who ate the whole pie for dessert himself and still was skinny as a rail. Just because it's harder for you, doesn't mean it doesn't need done.

If your son was dyslexic, would you excuse him from learning to read because it was physically hard? Or would you find out what techniques would help him succeed, even it it was still difficult? If your daughter had a bone formation disease, would you simply accept she'll never walk, or would you look into treatment, splints, braces, crutches, whatever it took to give her as much mobility as possible?

This is us, just because it's harder for some of us to lose weight, doesn't make it hopeless. Doesn't mean it's time to throw up our arms in defeat and pig out. OK, it's harder. We already know that, and then we use the tools here to form a plan to help us succeed.

Part of the issue is not getting down on ourselves when it's hard, and we stumble.
Part of the issue is getting the help we need to succeed, and then FOLLOW THE PLAN. A musician will never be great if he doesn't consistently practice, and work especially diligently on the things that don't come easy to them. An athlete will never reach their goals without consistent training. A student will not succeed if they don't keep up with the homework. An employee won't succeed if they don't keep up with the paperwork. Getting healthy IS our job, we need to be consistent to succeed.

How happy would you be with an employee that showed up bright and perky and on time for a day or two, missed half the day the next couple of days, then didn't even show up for the next week or two? Would you consider that acceptable? What about a patient that took their medicine faithfully for the first few days, then skipped several days, then tried to make up for it by taking twice as much the next few days, then forgot all about it for the next month? If we can look at those situations and recognize how unacceptable they are, why do we accept it in our health journey?

We need to balance forgiveness for past mistakes, adjustments for our own personal difficulty levels, and eliminating excuses. On one hand, we need to be gentle with those who are really struggling to form a new lifestyle. It isn't going to happen all at once, think of a kindergartner struggling to learn to read, to correctly form letters, to string them together into words. You don't get disheartened that their 'e' is backwards, you recognize it as part of the process of learning.

On the other hand, we don't want to coddle laziness. We need to make good health a priority in order to win this battle, succeed in our goals. No excuses, just do what you need to do. Will we stumble? Of course. Will we fail? Only if we give up and don't pick ourselves back up off the ground and try again.

This isn't about perfection or nothing. It's about striving to a very important goal--our good health. It's about recognizing this is an important goal, and doing what it takes to make it happen. Giving this the priority it deserves, being consistent, making it work. Come on, aren't you tired of wishy-washy effort that gives us so-so (or worse) results?

Make up your mind that you are worth the effort to do whatever it takes to make this work, because you ARE worth the effort. You can do this. We can do this together.

Judy
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8/31/13 11:02 A

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Boy! I sure can relate to these messages. Stress, lack of exercise, and food cravings sometimes seem to take over my life. I am going to re-read that post and your post about the ship we are sailing and set my course for calmer waters. Thanks for the pep talk.
Debb

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Today, I'd like to head out to the camp lake.
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See that itty bitty rowboat out there on the choppy water? The one with the oars floating away? That's us without Spark, without help, when troubled times come. We get dragged along by the wind towards whatever our craving of the moment is. We have no tools to fight against the pull, and so we helplessly give in to hopelessness. We give up. We eat whatever's in sight, even though it isn't satisfying. We skip exercise because it's hard, it's sweaty, it hurts, it's inconvenient. We skimp on sleep and make bad food choices, and then eat even more to drown out the guilt for having done so.
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But you are no longer without tools. That's what Spark is all about. We learn about techniques that support us when times get tough. We don't have to helplessly bob on the water. We can choose better choices. That gives us oars to fight against the current of cravings and laziness.
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We have routines that allow us sufficient sleep, and regular mealtimes and periods of exercise. We keep veggies and fruits in the house, ready to eat. We choose fiber and nutrient rich whole grains instead of bland white flour. We look for foods with less chemical additives and more nutrients. We watch our portion sizes. Now we have full control of our boat, with first a little trolling motor, and finally up to big roarin' dual diesel engines that could power a cabin cruiser through a tornado. We don't have to float adrift in the cravings, we can power our way through.
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It's time to remember to use our tools. We can't change the weather, but we can change what we do about it. An experienced seaman would keep his 'weather eye' cocked, keeping aware of current conditions, and what the clouds tell him is to come. BEFORE the storm hits, he would have prepared. We need to remember to do that. We need to know what things cause storms to our lifestyle, see them coming, and make preparations ahead of time to weather them.
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Even if we get caught unawares by a situation, we need to have emergency supplies in our boat to help us survive. What is it that always catches you off guard, and sends your healthy lifestyle spiraling out of control? When does it happen? Why does it happen? What can be done to prepare ahead of time, so when it does happen, it doesn't cause you to go off course?
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YOU are in control of your ship of good health. Don't let it go adrift. Take up your station at the controls, consult the compass, keep your weather eye out, and steer straight for your goal. Don't give up when choppy waves begin to break, or when the sky looks bleak. Don't give up when you have to steer around obstacles, it's all part of the journey.

The trick is to keep your eye on the prize, focus on the goal, and no matter what, don't give up!
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8/28/13 11:55 P

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You've brought up a very interesting situation, one I'm sure many of us face. What do you do when circumstances seem to be against us, when you're normal routine is trashed, and your body is suffering?

There are several things at work here:
1. When you're stressed, the stress hormone cortisol kicks in. What does cortisol do? It increases blood sugar by giving you the hungries for carbs, suppresses the immune system, is anti-insulin, messes with your metabolism so you can gain weight on even less food, decreases collagen in the skin, increases stomach acid, promotes water and salt retention (bloating), reduces bone formation which contributes to osteoporosis in chronic stress conditions. Fighting cortisol is a major part of weight loss and good health.

Things that contribute to cortisol release: Stress, lack of sleep, caffeine, severe cuts in calorie intake.

Things that help fight cortisol: Getting adequate sleep, and stress reduction through music, dance, laughter, and massage; replacing coffee with black tea to reduce caffeine intake.

So, if stress is ruling your life, you need to take active steps to counteract the cortisol. Do what it takes to unwind and get enough sleep.

2. Don't have time to exercise: This is a big problem, especially since stress saps your energy, making you unlikely to want to exercise when you do have time. Fortunately, exercise can build energy as well as improve mental state, so once we get past the 'I don't wanna' stage, we feel better. Building muscle helps us burn more calories, do you think you could bring a simple hand-held weight, and do some arm curls? Even when you have to sit, you often have 10 seconds for a few reps. Scattered through the day, they might help. You can also do isometric exercises, where you don't need anything special--you use your own muscles to create resistance for other muscles. We can sit straight, strengthening back muscles, pull in our abdominal muscles and clench the butt muscle, all without letting anyone know we are actually exercising. No, it doesn't take the place of a nice walk or workout, but it may help prevent some of the pain caused by long sitting. You might be able to stop at a park on the way home from work, and get in a nice 20 minute walk to calm down and unwind. Or a 20 minute workout when you get home.

3. Food cravings: Cortisol creates cravings for high-sugar carbs. We need to find better ways to fight this. Of course, the best way to fight it is to get adequate sleep and calm the stress. Other helps: have high nutrition versions of the food you crave. I found high fiber bars in chocolate flavor, for only 90 calories each. They give my body the fiber it needs to say 'I'm full', while still giving me the feeling of having a treat. Use whole grains instead of processed white flour, brown rice instead of white, whole fruit instead of juice. You want the fiber and nutrients to give that 'I'm full' message to your brain, and shut off the 'I'm hungry' alert. Have plenty of fresh veggies and fruit ready to eat and handy.

What do you do to fight stress?

Judy
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At this point, anything would be an improvement for me. Since I started this job on Jul 1st, my exercise has quickly dwindled to nearly nothing, I sit for nearly 8 solid hours a day, and my calorie count has gone WAAAAAY UP. Between this and the stress of the job, I'm afraid this job will damage my health in the 5 months I have to work there. : emoticon Such a lifestyle change & not for the better. Except for the money - which my husband hasn't worked since I started, so we would be heading into foreclosure again by now if I wasn't working.

P.S. - Come October when Medicare Open Enrollment starts, my sitting my extend into many hours of overtime also. It's a phone center - no I can't get up & run around every hour.

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Well, my personal need is to track my food better. I'm getting more exercise, but I think I'm making up for it by eating more.

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Next week we start a new challenge. . .any suggestions?

Edited by: ANGORA4 at: 8/17/2013 (20:10)
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Good to hear from you! Walking is good, no matter where it occurs (we just walk a LOT slower in a store, so not as many calories are used.)

Getting plenty of exercise: digging, weeding, trimming shrubs. . .must be summer!

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Just a quick hello to all. Did a LOT of eating in PA and trying to get back on track. Still shopping for living room accessories - almost done! At least I have been walking a lot in stores (if that counts a little?)

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Good for you! Good plan.
Did get about an hour in of outside work today.

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Did some walking today. Went furniture shopping too. I've been eating better lately but have a block party and christening party this weekend then a 3 day trip to PA! Getting myself mentally prepared to limit my eating and drinking. Need to focus on the social aspect NOT the food aspect of the gatherings!

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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Jenn! So glad you popped in. Sometimes life is like that, glad you could check-in with us and give an update.

Monday I spent doing heavy cleaning, Tuesday I got a two-hour walk in, which was great, except the slope was way, way too steep for me (had to ascend by hanging on to roots and branches, and descend the same way), and today I'm moving slower. Still got an hour of gardening and heavy outside work in, and feeling better.

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Quick hello all. Haven't meant to desert you all. There don't seem to be enough hours outside of work. Hope you all are doing well and I hope to participate more in the near future.
Have a great week!
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DEBBLO, good for you!
I did get my water in for the day, Sunday's family day, so didn't exercise today. It was nice to be together for an afternoon.

Judy
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My challenge will be to fit in more exercise. Last year (before my dad got sick) and the previous year, I would schedule my workouts 3x week. I had a small extra bedroom set up with my bike and weights. It had helped me lose about 45 lbs. (15 of which I kept off) Now it is cluttered with stuff (most from my living room remodeling) and I use that as an excuse NOT to exercise. Well, I have to do exercise 2x day for my neck so I am going to try to fit in some other things and at least try to walk more often, like I use to. I was early for my PT the other day, so I walked around a couple of blocks to kill some time! Today I walked in the mall.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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Wow, ND, sounds like you've had your hands full! DEBBLO, how's the PT coming?
OK, it's time for us to have another challenge, only this week it's going to be 'Camper's Choice'. Pick one area you'd like to improve in, and track your progress this week. Let us know what you're going to be tracking, and how it's going.

I'm going to choose exercise, as I need to keep track of that better. I'd like to get at least 30 min. a day.

Judy
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Welcome home ND. Sorry to hear you couldn't get a hotel room. Hope your hot water situation is fixed soon. Judy, glad to hear you are back on-line. Jenn, how is your schedule working out?
I have been tracking my food EVERY day (had slacked off for months). Water - check.
Exercise - not so good. Started PT for my neck (degeneration and narrowing problem) So, I guess I am "OLD" at the age of 56! Not much pain, just stiffness and achiness. Hopefully PT will improve it.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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Well, my life is always interesting to say the least:) Got back from MN, which was an adventure in itself. Not one motel with vacancies so I slep 1 1/2 hours in a rest stop and then made the next half of my journey home. I was too keyed up to go to sleep and so I got up at my regular time, got tired and slept until after 1 p.m. Two days without a shower and then discovered I had NO hot water! Still don't have hot water, hope by tomorrow. It's a pain driving to my son's to shower, 60 miles away! Pray this fun will end soon:)

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Hello fellow campers! I'm getting back online, and hopefully will get a chance to catch up on the posts later today. Keep on Sparkin'!

Judy
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Hello!!! Yes I'm here - at the moment. Have been trying to "regulate" with the new work schedule. With ANY work schedule - haha. I'm really liking the 11:30 to 8:00 - I have a little time in the mornings to do things. Like exercise (if I don't sit on the computer too long) Speaking of that - I better run! I'll try to be more sociable next time.

BTW - my eating has gone to heck in a hand-basket. Lots of boredom eating and WAY too much sitting!!! sigh. I need to get over my pride and walk a couple of laps on my breaks instead of moving from MY chair to the breakroom chair and EATING when I don't need to eat!!!

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HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANYONE THERE?

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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Just visited parents. Mom is ALWAYS complaining about whatever aide is there. You would think after a year she would be used to it?? If there wasn't an aide there for my dad, he wouldn't be able to be home or SHE would have to do everything for him. So why look at the negative ALL THE TIME!! Sooooo tired of hearing it! Just had to vent!

Getting in my water (always seem to). Trying to eat better. Made a bunch of doctor appts for various checkups - Time to take care of ME, if only for a while!
Happy weekend everyone.
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Hey Jenn - Are you adjusting ok to your new hours?
Little less humid here today (of course it is - I have AC now!)
Drinking & tracking. Exercise....well....that's another story.
Going to free concert tonight. 5 days a week in our local parks. Just bring a chair!
Going to see The Zombies, from the 60's (they sing "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season").
Hopefully no rain.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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For Air Conditioning !!!!!!

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WOO HOO! My AC is up and running. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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Hey Deb

I'm with you. I hate the heat too and people curse me when I say I like the winter. I don't perspire so I feel like I'll explode. A few years back I took 6 ambulance rides and the only thing they could attribute it to was being overheated. My grandma was and my mom is the same way but my mom tolerates the heat better than me. I feel like a blob when it's hot. Hang in there and hope you get relief soon.

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Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too hot here for this time of year! Where having AC units installed on main floor, but Murphy's Law kicked in and, of course, the new unit was defective so we have to wait for them to reorder another this week!!! Almost 90 in my living room! I really hate the heat (love the spring and fall and will even take a snowy winter before this heat). I really don't feel like I function well. I have been drinking LOTS of water and Crystal Light. Eating out a lot - too hot to cook - so I am trying to make good choices, which isn't always easy. Haven't been good at exercising either. Will try to start anew tomorrow. Happy work week to all.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but ... He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Debb - LI NY


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Wow! You have had changes, it sounds like you're already planning ahead and that is half the battle! I walked a lot today although most of it was done inside the SuperTarget near my daughter's! These grandkids wear me out!

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Successfully completed my first week of work! (albeit only 4 days worth - ha) Eating and exercise - bad, bad, bad. I did get out and walk today, but only the dogs around the block, and then me for 22 minutes. My body could already tell the difference from the rules of inertia, is it? A non-moving object tend to not move - lol - something like that. I'm going to try to plan my next week better. This has been a VERY stressful week and a huge change of schedule for me, so it's going to take some time and work to get straightened out.

I did find out my work schedule though is going to be 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Strange, I know. Apparently, I'll be talking to people WEST of here. Also, my EATING schedule is going to be VERY, VERY strange. My "lunch break" is going to be at 3:45 p.m.! Sigh. Maybe I'll try for 6 small meals a day or something.

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Well, we got our shift bids in yesterday, but myself and a couple of friends on my row both had high numbers so doubt we'll get our chosen shifts. I haven't exercised since I started, but try to not park close so I can get a few steps in during the day at lunch and on breaks. I'm kind of waiting to see what my shift will be to make plans. Right now I'm more worried about getting through training and being READY when we "go live." (EEEK)

You all have a happy 4th as well! I've got the day off - unpaid, but I don't care - I'm just happy to get a break. This is the first "J-O-B" I've actually worked in 22 years!!!!!!

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Everyone have a Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and COOL!
No plans for me. Still working on Living Room remodel.
Thanks for the BOOT, Jenn! I might ask for another one!
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Wow! An hour lunch sounds great! I decided this year, I was going to get a regular lunch like all the teachers and not schedule students during that time. It has been wonderful and a much needed break. Have to run, get packed and may not be able to post while I make the 10-12 hour drive so until tomorrow or the 4th, have a blessed 4th!!

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WooHoo - they gave us a whole hour for lunch, so I drove the "6 minute" drive home to see my dogs and check facebook - lol. It's sooo tough. NOT. I am REALLY liking it so far. The training is going to be intense for awhile, which means I'll know what I'm doing. YAY! major concern of mine

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Hi everyone,
Moving slowly but will be moving as soon as I post here. Looks like everyone is doing well except for the heat and humidity. I don't do well with either and ND used to be a state where we didn't have much if any humid weather but over the years we get more days than I like to admit. ugh. It does a number on my asthma. It is harder for me to exercise in the summer too, heat and bugs, plus I just don't feel safe walking alone any more. The oil boom has brought with it crime and a lot of strangers so maybe once I get my conceal and carry I may walk, just don't have anyone to walk with which would probably be a better alternative but it's a small town and it is what it is, I guess. Have a blessed day.

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*BOOT* - There you go. ha. I know what you mean though about the heat being a discouragement to walking. I'm wondering if I'll have the energy after working all day to go out & walk at night? Doesn't seem likely. Plus, as summer progresses here in Texas, the nights will be into the 90's half or all night. They say there are going to be different "shifts" available for this job after training, and I'm trying to decide whether I'd like to sleep in or get off early. Maybe if I took a later shift I could still walk in the mornings, but I have so many other things to look at and schedule - dinner, the house, my sanity, sleeping, etc.

Once you get that A.C. in, maybe you can do some exercise DVDs if you have any, like Walk Away the Pounds, or whatever. That's what I may be doing after work.

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The heat in NY lately has been horrible. Very humid too. And.....my AC will NOT be installed until next weekend. So the 2 ceiling fans and another fan will be on a LOT. We do have AC in the upstairs bedrooms, so at least we can sleep well.

My goals are to be more consistent with tracking my food and to get back into an exercise routine. I was so good a year ago, but then my dad's health problems took up a lot of my time. When I had free time, I just wanted to veg out & relax. I even had a small bedroom that had my exercise bike, yoga mat, weights, and ball. Now it is cluttered with stuff from the other rooms I am renovating. The heat is discouraging me from walking much. OK, I admit it, I am getting LAZY & I need a good boot in the rear! I am working on it!

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Thanks you all. Tomorrow is the big day, and I'm pretty nervous. I've been doing moderate exercise the last few days, trying to keep moving, yet not pull my back muscles again and thus be incapacitated my first day at work.

This week begins the second half of 2013, and my goal is to have better "numbers" all around for my 2nd half. Calories in, calories out, steps taken, miles walked etc. Although the latter will be difficult with my new job, so it may not be possible.

I'm not having any trouble getting my water in, that's for sure, with the Texas summer heat.

Enjoy your lunch with your parents ND! And Deb - I hope they get the A.C. installed beforehand too!! I don't know what part of the country you live in, but over in AZ and UT, being are dying from the heat wave. Be careful if you live somewhere like that.

We miss you already Judy!!! :(

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