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4/30/17 9:22 P

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what play did you see with your granddaughter? it's always fun to go and watch the high school play. the local high school here did Jekyll and Hyde. it was very cute.

i think you have been so stressed over things at work and maybe you are starting to relax and munching. i know that is what i do. when i'm finally relaxing i want to shove things in my mouth. the donut holes would be tempting me also especially if they were the raised type.

well, Sat. we went to a local church and had Ham Pot Pie for supper and then i ate 2 pieces of chocolate. i generally don't eat that many carbs at a meal. i also had 2 buttered rolls. the meal was so delicious. they did this for a fund raiser to help pay off the renovations they are doing there.

this past week has been rough for me as my new computer on Monday evening just shut down on it's own and will not turn back on. i think it is a goner and i have things on the hard drive i was working on. so now i'm behind on everything. i'm using my lap top, but we don't get along to good. so...i'm behind on the May challenge. need to re work it.

well, i better get moving and work on the challenge.

hope you have a good Monday.

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4/29/17 8:19 P

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Not a bad day only had 6 donut holes that I shouldn't have had but that isn't bad compared to what I have been eating lately.
I tracked all my food today and I mowed the lawn, now it is ready for the snow that is on it's way. emoticon





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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/29/17 7:59 A

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I sure don't know what is happening with my eating these days I am back into my old habits and it really sucks. I don't seem to care enough to stop eating crap. I am sneaking food, hiding wrappers. What is up emoticon
I wrote in my journal this morning asking these same questions, my plan is to write in it tonight about how my day went. I am going to try to be mindful of my eating today, try to not eat candy or chips today.
My granddaughter is here we are going to a High School play this afternoon, that will keep me busy and I have my meeting this morning.
Hoping to end this challenge with one good day this week!!!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/26/17 11:37 A

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Candy,,,hope the new job position will work out for you and you will be able to relax and it will be less stressful for you.

have also been under stress lately due to hubby. i'm stressed out now because my new computer of 5 months just shut off and i can't get it to turn back on and i have a project on it i was working on and...get the picture.

it has been rainy and i have been lazy myself, today the sun is supposed to come out so i have lots to work on this afternoon outside. one major thing is to walk Panda.

need to get supper in the crock pot. thinking of making Chinese, broccoli chicken.

hope you had a wonderful day.

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4/26/17 6:17 A

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Sue, I am doing good. I will be staying on with the company but at a different site. I feel good about it and I will get to keep my health insurance.
My emotions have been up and down these past couple of weeks and my eating hasn't been the best. Got to get eating the sweets back under control.
It has been raining since yesterday afternoon and it will continue throughout the day.
I need to get back to sparking in the evenings it really helps me stay focused.
Have a good hump day!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/26/17 12:32 A

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Candy...so glad you had a good birthday and enjoy that cd of Neil Diamond. you enjoy feeding the birds also. so much fun watching them. sounds like you had a fun day.

have been busy today and on Monday my new computer just shut down and i can't get it to turn on. so i have been using my lap top and do miss my new computer.

well, it's late and need to get through things on the computer before i go to bed. i got into this program on ION tv called "Saving Hope" and it is on late night like 12 am to 1 pm. so i'm watching that off to bed i go.

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4/23/17 7:46 A

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Sue, my birthday was just grand. I did what I wanted and boy did I feel entitled to eat what I wanted. No food charting for this girl yesterday.
I did get my menu planned for the week so I need to get to the store today so I am ready for the week.
We got a lot done with the gardens yesterday- there was so much action to watch between the birds and squirrels what a great day. My meeting went well and lunch after was nice.
Hubby surprised me with presents- I got Neil Diamonds new CD- 50 years it is wonderful, I got a new bird feeder that is squirrel proof and flowers. He made BBQ ribs for me and ended the day with a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
I will have a busy day again today- having dinner out with my son for my birthday and will get to see my granddaughter.

Hope you were able to relax this weekend.

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/22/17 12:20 A

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Hope you have a Good Birthday. don't work to hard in the gardens. make some time for you! hope your meeting goes good.

was a busy day for me. so i'm going to say good night and sit back and relax for a few minutes.

have a good Saturday.

the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:14-15a


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4/21/17 8:40 P

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Not too bad of a day food wise only had 2 mini Milky Ways, chocolate was needed at work.
Went out for supper to a place we would go if we wanted good steak. They doubled their prices so I had a prime rib sandwich which was okay nothing great and hubby had a chopped steak sandwich. Not much of a birthday dinner but that is okay.
I got out for a walk tonight with the dogs, went an extra block the little guy kept up but he is tired now, what a trooper.
The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend so the plan is to work in the yard get the gardens cleared out. I will go to my meeting in the morning and out for fellowship after and then home to work.
Hope your Friday went well and you are able to enjoy your weekend. Talk to you tomorrow.

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I am an intellingent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my enjured ego or dull my senses, I will remember...even though I overeat in private, my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/21/17 12:39 A

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Candy...you gave me a chuckle tonight with the donut and the M&M cookie. we are only human and if you are like me i love my goodies and when i have the chance i down them also. you don't get them everyday so no big deal. i think i would of had a hard time resisting the donut especially if it was a raised, glazed one.

good for you turning in your notice. you might not be allowed to quit because they are short handed. Yep, you are dealing with some people also. the only difference is that person is the employer not an employee like i have to deal with.

that particular employee has been a pain in my butt for many, many years, but we just can't get rid of her according to hubby. i thought that was a weird comment from that person. i just am trying to not let that person bother me anymore and i did pretty good this season ignoring her.

hope you have a good Friday.

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4/20/17 8:08 P

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I like your idea of doing one a month. I have a Fitbit and track my steps daily. The getting in a walk is good unless it rains, maybe just getting yourself moving at least 20 minutes.

That comment is weird, not sure how to take that one.

Turned in my notice so my last day will be 5/5. For your birthday they give you an hour off and you still get paid. So my birthday is Sat. and I asked if I could leave early on Friday-nope too many people will be gone. So how about Monday- will have to see to many people are off. I am not sure when I will get to take off from now until middle of May there is always 2 people gone. I may have to call in sick one day within my 2 weeks just cuz.

I was doing so good with my eating- my instructor brought in donuts and I stayed away from them all day. At the end of the day she handed me one and before I knew it I was eating it. And than I was asked if I wanted an M & M cookie and of course I took one.

Hope your day was good- have a great Friday!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/20/17 12:33 A

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do you have any suggestions you would like to work on. i'm thinking on doing the challenges a month at a time. i think one thing could be counting steps if you have some way of tracking them, or trying to get a walk in daily. i will do more thinking and am open to suggestions.

sorry about the job. you said the director brought in a friend for the job...i would classify it as nepotism. i wonder if the director was thinking this all the time and just had to act like she did interview others to make it look on the up and up.

one thing i didn't say about an employee is she said something to the new employee that she is the new hon. i have no idea what this certain employee meant neither did the new employee understand. i know this was a reference to me.

it's late heading off to bed. hope you have a better day on Thursday.

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4/19/17 7:42 P

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Thanks Sue, I know what you are going through been there done that.
I found out today I didn't get the position that I was going for and the reason I stayed this week. I am putting in my 2 weeks tomorrow. I thought about just leaving but as I think about it it is better to give them 2 weeks. The Director brought in her friend for the position. These interviews were to be internal and she brought someone in from the outside-not cool. I can't work for someone who can do that-what else is she capable of doing.
I tracked my food today- not much exercise, but working on getting back on track.
I just read about writing in a journal, how it helps to put things on paper, thinking I might do that as now my life is going to change.

What are you thinking about for the next challenge?

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I am an intellingent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my enjured ego or dull my senses, I will remember...even though I overeat in private, my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/19/17 11:26 A

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Candy...i feel for you. what you are going through right now is very trying and stressful.

i have been where you are, but different situation. my situation is with employees and....this was the best spring processing i ever had with stress as i just made up my mind i wasn't going to let things bother me. i worked on this weeks ahead of time in my mind. there are at least 3 employees that talk about me behind my back and there is one in particular that thinks she is hot sh*t, because my hubby has a crush on her and i have to watch him flirt with her and her....so get the picture. i have watched this for so many years...i even have brought this up to him and of course he denies it. so i just decided on other ways to cope with it. this year i carried in the trays of trees instead of him asking her. it was a struggle to lift those heavy tress, but i forced myself to do that. i eliminated one problem, but others have arrived. then of course she thought she knew everything about the seedlings as she was mentioning on how long she worked for the nursery. i shot her down and let her know how long i processed seedlings even for hubby's father and i never was paid a cent for what i did. i was more like slave labor and still am. he even treats me differently when we are working and he will be seeing her. then when we are finished with seedlings he isn't very polite to me for several weeks so...this was the best season for me and now i'm dealing with the impoliteness of his actions until he gets her out of his system for several months until wreath season. enough said you don't need to be bored with my life.

this is why i stress eat and i'm trying my best to control the stress eating.

just hang in there and do the best that you can. it does help to write about what is bothering you. i used to do journaling in a diary and that has helped. anymore i don't have the time as hubby thinks i need to be doing something that he can see done every waking hour of mine. so i must get moving.

i hope your day got better. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/19/17 6:17 A

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I am having a tough week- really struggling to get back on track. No time to chat right now will try to get myself back on the computer tonight.


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I am an intellingent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my enjured ego or dull my senses, I will remember...even though I overeat in private, my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/18/17 12:25 P

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i'm still around, just kept busy. stopping in quickly to catch up a little. will need to go back and read over things. finally finished up processing seedlings on Monday. was tired last night and dozed off in front of the computer and unfortunately hubby came in and startled me awake. he never pays attention when i doze off.


Candy, hang in there and be patient and pray and accept what is God's will. i generally shy away from making comments on my beliefs as some people don't appreciate it. all i can say i have prayed many times and it really does help. what i have found is i end with whatever is your will i will accept it. prayers coming your way and hoping you get the job you want.

be back later (i hope) to chat more tonight.

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4/18/17 6:11 A

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I didn't get the position as of yet, they still have interviews to do. I am still working for them waiting to see what happens.

Hope you are well Sue.

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/15/17 1:00 P

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Aloha!

(I am posting this way early for me ... but do not know 'when' I'll be able to access the computer/internet again this weekend - we are getting rains and our solar is not up to par yet. I do not anticipate any changes in what I've projected for today).

Okay - did not know the challenge went through April 30!! I thought all this time it ended today, the 15th! Well, hate to do this but for me today is going to have to be my last day. I'm geared up mentally for taking a break from Spark (till the Fall) and having so much trouble with solar right now and power ... hate to bail on you guys early but I honestly thought today was the last day. (Edit: just went back and looked at Challenge posts - don't know WHY but sometime in March I started thinking/posting the end as 4/15??? WEIRD - ha! Maybe I 'knew' in some straaaange way we'd be having all this solar/internet access probs - ha! - just kidding!)

Candy - hope you get it all worked through at 'work'!!!! It's easy to go overboard right after abstaining from something for a period of time ... the important thing is to just 'start' again. Eventually it will 'stick'.

Sue - I know the eating I did was due to residual stress but I REALLY want to work on using alternatives other than food. I'm not beating myself up about it ... just acknowledging to myself this is something I need to focus on going forward. Turning to food during stress has been a lifelong habit of mine and those do not get broken/changed overnight ... but with diligence and attention I think I'll be able to find better alternatives and turn this around ... someday - ha! It's a new goal I can work on anyway - ha!

Well, I didn't quite 'lose' as much as I had wanted with the First Challenge ... I wanted to be at 179 or below. Weighed in this morning at 182. Lost 3 lbs.total for the challenge and 10 lbs. for year-to-date. Pleased with it - IT IS PROGRESS compared to years past!

I want to thank you, Sue, and Candy for being such great and supportive and fun team mates! Sorry I'm leaving 'early' ... will miss you guys!

I'll be back on Spark some time in the Fall ... I won't be checking in/or posting till then however my Spark mail will be accessible if anyone wants to contact me via it.

Have a wonderful rest of 'challenge', what's left to Spring and a GREAT Summer! My best wishes for you both in all ways/all things! (((( hugs )))) dj



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Still no word on the new position. I have 1 day left unless I resin my resignation in order to help them through this next week. It is such a mess if I stay I can help with the training of the new staff. I hope I will hear on Monday.
With Lent being over and I could once again eat sweets I went overboard with them yesterday. I think it was a combination of stress from work and just not holding myself to my Lent thing. Either way I need to get back on track today.
My granddaughter had her 1st Communion on Thursday so I had her parents for dinner before church and I made my famous lasagna. It was good but not diet friendly.
It will be a gloomy day here, rain on and off. Hubby and I are going to try to get to the movie "The Shack" maybe it will happen.
Have a great weekend ladies!

Happy Easter!
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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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4/14/17 11:55 P

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DJ, the challenge goes to April 30th.

things happen and we stress eat. i had a fried fish dinner tonight so....thank goodness this is the last Fridays there are fish dinners available. hubby made the decision on what we were going to eat, but i didn't have to eat the whole thing at once. got Panda out for a walk after supper.

posting later than Sat. or Sun. isn't a problem

Candy, how did the interview go for you?

this weekend will be a busy one and i have no idea when i will finally post for myself.

finally finished seedlings with the ladies. i still have some to process myself. i think i did better with not stressing out much processing seedlings. i tried very hard not to let the few bullies get to me. i don't understand why adults act that way. i guess i will never understand.

i have been doing better with what i have been eating other than the fish dinner on Friday.


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Aloha -

Have a few minutes to check in ...

Only two more days left to our Challenge. I cannot believe it is almost mid-April already!

Had a late-night eating non-food plan episode last night! Grrrrrr... here it is the last week of our Challenge and I wanted to end it well! I grabbed some onion hamburger buns my husband usually keeps for himself, slapped some cheese on it and mayo ... had not ONE but TWO ... double grrrrrrrrrr!!! Furthermore - the 'bun' didn't even taste good anymore to me but I guess I had the second one 'to be sure' - ha! I think it's from all the stress lately ... thought I was handling it in non-food ways but last night I caved. Oh well ... at least I learned - again - that the foods I used to eat are NOT all that good - or as good - as I thought. Next time IF I late night eat I'll try to remember this and at least eat on plan foods - ha!

Hope all is going well for you Sue and Candy ...

I'll try to post by late Saturday ... if I can't then it will be Monday before I can post my final challenge stats ... we are declaring Sunday a 'no computer/internet' day! Sorry if this causes a delay in our challenge closure...

take care, (((hugs))) dj

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Aloha Team Mates!

Good luck with all those interviews Candy! I'm sure the 'right' situation will come about for you.

Hope your day is going well Pandabear! and thanks for the goodies ...

I'm posting on my husband's laptop right now and all my 'saved' info for the challenge is on my laptop so just posting in chat right now. I do 'remember' my totals for Sun/Mon were 25/30 so off to a good start this week. My neighbor and I walked yesterday and today ... and will tomorrow ... but then that's it. She got a job!!!!! Which is GREAT for her - jobs are VERY SCARCE and hard to come by here in this area - not many businesses unless you want to drive 75 or more miles (one way). She applied for cashier at a grocery store in another town which is about 12 miles west of us ...and they hired her for a management position. She starts Thursday ... will train with managers in various divisions/depts. for the next couple of weeks ... she doesn't really know what days/hours she will be working after training. I just know with three teen girls at home and a fiance' with major medical issues/probs and a wedding coming up (theirs) in July she will be ONE BUSY LADY so I probably won't be seeing her much going forward and doubt she'll have time to walk. I'm VERY HAPPY for her. She will have benefits, be full-time, etc. THAT is hard to come by around here period these days.

I intend to do yoga and landscaping/yardwork mostly the rest of this week ... and then start walking by myself when I get the 'yard' caught up.

Food is going good this week so far ... but dh wants to do 'extras' on Easter ... he wants to fix Eggs Benedict for breakfast ... I'm 'giving in' but only eating 1/2 ... and I may - by that time - skip the English muffin part and just ask him to put it on chopped up greens. The sauce however is killer - but good and it's sweet he wants to cook. Dinner will be monterray jack chicken with bell peppers, refried beans and Spanish rice (I'll be cooking that) ... I'll have the chicken and beans but just a spoonful of the rice. I DON'T want to go OFF my food plan ... maybe a 'wee' bit but not by much (the hollandaise sauce) ... not only in regard to 'gaining' weight ... but for the health repurcussions ... I'm getting the inflammation almost 100% knocked out and do not want to antagonize things - ha! Weird Easter food - NOT what we normally have done in years past by any means - but was the best we could come up with considering what we have on hand and could get this weekend at the local store and not throw 'me' off too much.

Can't believe our challenge is coming to an END! I've been enjoying it so much and both of you have meant a lot to me with your support and encouragement.

Don't know when I'll be able to pop back on .... but at end of week for sure to post my numbers.

Have a nice evening ...

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Had my interview today for the new position at work, not sure how it went. I was very honest with my answers, I have nothing to loose.
I have a phone interview tomorrow afternoon, and another interview set up for next Wed.
Went out to eat with my sisters tonight, I checked out their menu before I went so I knew what to order.
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My Dj I don't know what I would do with a neighbor like that. I would never do that to any of my neighbors.
The weather was nice here so spent lot of time outside in the backyard. Charlie pulled out our raspberry bushes-we never get any of the berries the birds get them before we can get out there. We are making the space a place for bird feeders and squirrel feeders. We buy them corn, it is fun to watch them. Hoping some deer with stop by for some corn. Last night we saw turkeys flying around in the woods and sitting in the trees.
My eating could have been better this weekend, I didn't track anything but stayed away from the sweets so that is good.
Tomorrow is work and O.A meeting in the evening.
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Aloha -

Catching up on posts! Congrats Panda ... I noticed you broke the 200 mark - yay! 190's!!!! I always feel good when I can go 'down' to the next level - ha! That was a beautiful floral arrangement - how truly nice of the person to send them - and how truly nice and helpful you must be to them! And Congrats Candy! Turned in your notice AND applying for the other position at your company after hearing about it! Good luck on a new job or a new position where you are! And your weight loss too! Congrats!!! I'm only weighing in on the first of the month so not sure how I am this week but I will weigh in next week at the end of our challenge.

Sorry I have not been able to 'show up' and post. We've had a 'challenging' week here. Still trying to get the solar up to par. It's been a bit more 'tricky' than Bill anticipated but he is working his way through it - slowly but surely. We'll get there eventually. May have to get a few more batteries but our friend has some that Bill can do work/trade for.

That particular 'challenge' I am dealing with okay. The other challenges this week have been my neighbor and taxes. Bill always leaves taxes till the last minute and that stresses me out. You would think I'd be used to it after almost 30 years - NOT! ha! But my neighbor managed to take my attention away from that even.

Another 'episode' took place. The last time was Feb 7. I stay away from that side of our property as much as possible and I haven't seen or spoken to her since Feb 7 but I guess that only made her 'madder'. Anyway, it all exploded on Thursday when I was hanging clothes. I just kept hanging clothes and didn't respond ... it was a lot of screaming, yelling and saying she was going to have me arrested. It kept escalating so my husband came out and tried to talk to her down a bit. Suffice it to say it was really disturbing. It's beginning to feel a bit 'stalker-ish' to me - like she is just watching/waiting to catch me out there.

Needless to say this STRESSED ME OUT ... not as bad as Feb. 7th's episode ... but it's been HARD to get her 'voice' and her 'venom' out of my head. There is NO rationale or way to make 'peace' with her. And apparently having NO interaction with her doesn't work either - that just made her madder and crazier! I've NEVER come across anyone like this before. So I don't know what is in 'store' future-wise with this situation ... I am going to continue having NOTHING to do with her as much as possible however. At the end of it all when I was walking away she yelled at me that if I won't be her friend anymore there is no way there is going to be any being 'good neighbors' to/for each other and that she wanted me to know she will do what she does to neighbors she doesn't like but be assured she won't ever go so far as to hurt Daisy or any other pets we may have. ?????? What does THAT mean? She's going to do stuff to irritate me or something? do stuff to our property - but not our pets? Sounds darn creepy to me!!!!! I'm thinking there may be need for restraining order in the future. I hope it doesn't come to that! I just don't know.

Anyway, yesterday my other neighbor and I walked. I wasn't being successful at getting up to walk by myself early before it's too hot as I had planned so I'll just have to learn to deal with walking in the heat. So Friday we went for our first walk together in weeks/month? - we walked 4 miles. Panda did MOST of the talking as she has kids, grandkids, step-kids, BIG FAMILY and lots going on here and on mainland - ha! and I did NOT want to talk about my other neighbor. It felt good to be walking together again and we plan on walking Mon-Fri this week.

Saturday I did yoga ... 1 and 1/2 routines ... the first one is called a morning routine - to get you warmed up/going ... then I did a 'stress relief' routine ... I could only do about half of it. If I keep doing yoga - hopefully daily - I'll get there. What I did today has helped a bit with the stress and the sciatica prob I'm having. And, btw - Daisy 'joined' me - ha! She laid down right above my head and watched me and I think she did one 'downward dog' at the end when I got up - ha!

I've done well on my food this week ... at least this stress episode didn't drive me to eating like in the past and I'm slowly working at getting the exercise back in...so progress!

I know this is LONG ... thanks SO MUCH for listening ... I miss being able to check in more regularly these last two weeks of the challenge but things are just a bit out of sorts here in various ways.

Here's to our upcoming LAST WEEK of the challenge ! Let's DO IT!!!!

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No worries Sue- take care of yourself.
My Saturday had it's ups and downs. I had a 3 yr old birthday party to attend, the food was great and ate more than I should of. We had chicken and potatoes with gravy from the deli for supper.
My granddaughter and hubby were goofing around and she went running away from him and hit the corner of a wall and cracked her head open. This happened around 8:30 pm. emoticon we got her cleaned up and it was 50 50 if she would need a stitch and we opted out of taking her in. I went to the store and got some butterfly bandages. She will now have a scar like her dad.
Got in a nice walk yesterday so my steps were good.
Have a blessed Sunday!

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sorry for being AWOL. it has been a very busy and tiring week processing seedlings. this week was very physical with seedlings for me. carried in many trays of trees that weighed 50 or more pounds each. had to help hubby carry them in. so what that means was i was very tired in the evenings and not much computer time. today was very busy and so will Sunday be very busy. off on Monday so maybe i can catch up here.

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Nothing much to report. I didn't have any of the donuts (2 boxes) that someone brought in for his co workers. I even had lunch in the same room I sat at one end of the table and they were on the other end. emoticon

Got in a short 20 minute dog walk this evening.

Have a great Saturday!

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The flowers are beautiful and I bet they smell nice.
You won't believe what I did today at work- While I was on my break the director of the Autism dept came in and said she was sad that I was leaving, sorry things have been so hectic around there and if things don't work out for me to come back they would love to have me. Well I was mentioning this to co-workers and a supervisor asked if anything else was said and I said no. Well there are some really good things happening and very soon, she can't say anymore but it is good. My instructor said I should put in for her position if things are going to be changing for the good. So I did put in an application- the supervisor was so excited she went and told the director and she was excited that I did and thanked me as I was leaving for the day. I told the supervisor that if that gal hadn't said anything to me in the break room I wouldn't have even given much thought. So things may be looking up.

Got out for 2 walks 1 with my friend and 1 with the dogs and hubby after supper.

So glad tomorrow is Friday and my granddaughter coming for the weekend! emoticon

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sorry about the job being filled with in. maybe one of the jobs will work out better, you never know.

the dogs probably loved the walk. i know Panda is missing hers. it's to hard on my knees to walk her. the one knee is locking on me.

YEA!!! on the weight loss. you do seem to have something going right. keep up the good work!


thought i would share a picture of my flowers. the large lily smells so good.

work is tiring. been doing lots of heavy lifting and carrying. maybe one more week of processing seedlings. i have been trying not to let things bother me and have been doing much better. seemed to be doing better with stress eating so far. hopefully i can keep this up. i think i'm just to tired to want to eat much. well, it's late and i'm tired and need to feed the cats.

have a good Thursday.

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How wonderful flowers- what a nice thing to do.

I called that place and set up an interview for the 19th. I also emailed the place I really wanted and the position was filled internally. I put my application in 2 more places this afternoon-the work has begun.

Took the dogs out for a walk boy they liked that, gave me my exercise for the day.

Hubby is bowling tonight and then off to work so I won't see him till morning.

I was down 2.4 pounds this week, must be doing something right.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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keeping my fingers crossed and sending prayers things go good for you with your call. oh my gosh PIZZA...YUM!!! that was nice that they let you know ahead of time.

had a surprise today at work. someone sent me flowers! the note said, "Thanks for being my friend and everything you do." i think i know who sent them, but they want to remain anonymous and i will honor their wishes.

trying to do better with my eating. still working on the bag of chips. i keep reminding i need to behave with eating them. they are almost gone so i will have to use my will power to not grab another bag.

cats are eating so when they are done it's off to bed. mornings come way to early for me right now.

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Panda you did great with the candy and cookies- I too would have been into the chips. I can't buy them or I will eat them all.

My day was okay, they bought pizza for us but they told us that yesterday so I put it in my food plan for the day.

I had a call yesterday but I missed it and they didn't leave a message. I missed it again tonight I was out walking but tonight they left a message. They got my resume and want to set up an interview. I will call her tomorrow on my lunch break. Work gave us back lunch breaks during the day so now we don't have to wait till 1:30 p to eat. Tomorrow I will go out to my car and make the call. Wish me luck.

Have a great Hump Day!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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good for you Candy on putting in your resignation. i'm sure something will come along soon for you. just be patient.

DJ check in when you can. hope all works out with the solar panel. was to a friends camping trailer and they set up a solar panel for light inside and out and i was amazed what they did have.

you asked about a slow season. when i'm not working for hubby i have lots to do around the house, cleaning, painting , gardening and whatever else needs done. i can keep myself busy doing odds and ends. i also need to find time to walk Panda. she loves her walks.

today was a busy and hard day for me. employees have been decent to me. i have showed them i'm no wimp. i have been carrying heavy trays of trees, doing the worst that needs done. i don't expect anyone to do something i hate doing. i will do it anyways. i drug out the heavy mats we stand on so i could hose them off. hubby was at the seed beds finishing up with the guys. i wanted to get my work done and get home as i had to wash the aprons and get them hung out on the line in the basement to dry. had odds and ends i needed to get done also before i could relax for the evening.

hubby brought home potato chips when he was shopping and unfortunately i can't resist them. he also brought home cookies and candy. i tasted one of the cookies with a small bite and had a small bite of the candy and told him he could eat them. they just didn't seem to interest me, but now the potato chips were another story. unfortunately i indulged in them on Sunday evening and todays lunch.

the play on Friday night Jekyll and Hyde was really good. the kids did an excellent job. totally enjoyable.

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Gloomy weather here today- I did a power walking DVD this afternoon. I had my O.A. meeting this evening.
I put in my resignation this morning, feeling okay about it.

Panda take care of yourself.

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Candy...good luck on job shopping. Great on the 90 minute walk.
put your trust in God and pray to Him everyday for His will. i know this works as i have placed so many things in His hands. Prayer helps.

it's late and work in the morning. good night.

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Another week has begun. I have been agonizing over this job. I was talking with my sponsor the other day and she told me if Charlie (hb) said it was ok to put in my 2 weeks I should do that and see what God has in store. I have done lot of talking with God this weekend and finally decided I am going to resign. I could feel the weight being lifted off my shoulders. I then went onto Pintrest and what did I see but 3 sayings about trusting God. I am taking that as a sign I am doing the right thing.
I went on a walk with my friend this afternoon and we walked for 90 minutes-needless to say I got in my 10k steps plus.

DJ glad to hear the solar power is working for you.

Have a wonderful Monday ladies!

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Aloha Team Mates -

Sorry I did not get this past week's points and totals posted till today ... and that I've not been around as much as I'd like lately!

Our challenge is going to be done before we know it. I really want to make the last two weeks COUNT! So I need to do some real 'effort' reinforcing these new habits!

Glad the walnut idea helps you Candy! I just realized this morning I'm almost 'out' of my stock ... never thought I'd panic when my walnut stash gets low - ha! But I just might - ha!

Pandabear - do you ever have a 'slow' season in your business? I hope so! You need a break!!!!!! I hope this week goes well for you in all ways!

Well, don't know how much 'posting' I'll be able to do this week ... my husband FINALLY got the solar installed and up/running ... as of a few hours ago! Charging things up, etc. may be a trick for a while ... we actually could 'use' another panel and battery to be fully 'okay' ... so I'll be experimenting with keeping computers/dvd players, etc. 'charged'. Hopefully it will be sunny!!!!!!!!!! The main thing/priority is the refrigerator! So other stuff (computers, dvds) have to take their place in line - ha! Hopefully by the end of summer of end of year we'll be able to afford another panel/battery and then we're home free!

I am 'intending' to have a busier (as in MOVING/MOVEMENT) week this week!!! I'm loving my sleeping so I may just have to walk later - in the heat - UGH!

Have a nice evening ... take care!

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FRIDAY! so glad the weekend is here. The weather is great got out for a walk again tonight.

My instructor got a new job so she will be leaving in 2 weeks. Now things will really get bad, staffing wise. I will keep looking and praying something will come along.

Hope you are doing well. Here's to a healthy happy weekend.

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Sue I love going to plays- fun for you. Glad to hear you got a day off from work today.
Work was okay, they are getting ready to start the change of daily schedule at work and if they would really look at what their plan is they would see it doesn't really work for the clientele we have. And it has program assistants (me) doing instructor's job teaching- and we won't get paid more. I don't feel that would be right and very unfair. Hubby said I can put in my notice as long as I am actively seeking another job. I will have to think about it over the weekend. It just might happen on Monday.
Went out with a friend tonight for coffee / tea it was wonderful just to sit around talking girl talk.
So glad tomorrow is Friday.

11 days no sweets- the walnuts work great emoticon

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Candy...i hope you get the new job you want. good luck on those resumes and hearing from where you have applied for the new job.

great job on your shopping. i eat walnuts in my oatmeal every day.

off today, but will have to work on Friday. Friday will be a very busy day. we have tickets to go to the local high school play, "Jekyll and Hyde". we just go to the plays, because we enjoy them and an evening out. the students do such a good job on the plays.

last night wasn't so good for me. i ate comfort ate. i think it was just coming down from a very stressful day from grading some difficult seedlings and over working my muscles from lifting trays and carrying them where they needed to be and doing some of hubbies jobs. had to do my work and keep a good eye on what was going on with the other employees. way to much multi tasking.

have lots to do around the house today.

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We all seem to be doing something right this week. I was down 2 pounds from last week. 10 days no sweets

DJ I went and bought some walnuts today taking your idea and hoping it helps me. I had to go pick up some groceries tonight I said a prayer before I went in to help me not buy and chocolate, candy or chips. It worked only bought what was on my list.

Didn't hear from anyone about a job today.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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3/28/17 11:31 P

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Candy and DJ...you 2 seem to be doing great with this challenge this week.

DJ..i can tell if my weight has gone down or up by the way my jeans and socks fit. i cheated and weighed myself on Sat. and was down and was hoping it would still be down on Monday and it was. so i just need to keep going in the right way.

today wasn't as hectic as Mon. was. thank goodness. was even down 2 employees today also, so it was a little more relaxed for me. i even did pretty good with my eating.

hope everyone has a good Wednesday.

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3/28/17 10:44 P

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Courageous Candy!!!!! WTG!!! I like that ...

Sounds like you will have a new job in no time ... people are INTERESTED!!!!! Hope you find the perfect 'fit' in a new position/company SOON...

Well, I'm doing good this week ... not perfect (ha!) but good. I think the concept that it's "80% food/20% exercise" just may be true. I seem to lose weight steadily as long as I stay with foods on my plan - which is not limiting at all - the variety is endless! And getting adequate sleep ... my appetite has been more 'normal' since I've been sleeping longer hours ... don't know if it's coincidence or cause/effect but I'll take it whichever way - ha! In fact, I've been 'skipping' my 6 a.m. walk lately so I CAN get my 8 hours in ... I know the theory if you can't fit your exercise in get up earlier and do it first thing. That IS when I prefer to exercise too. But right now maybe sleeping is MORE important... Of course, I can exercise 'later' but I'm not very consistent about THAT ... something I'll have to work on.

Pandabear - don't worry to much about checking in ... we KNOW how busy you are ... we'll be here when it's 'convenient' for you!!!!

I had a chance to pop on this afternoon ... don't know about following weekdays but will always try to post my 'end of week' challenge stats by Sunday evening at the latest. Today's was 'early' ... the only thing that 'could' change is NOT getting 8 hours ... or eating something off plan late at night ... things I'm WORKING on so I 'think' I can make it through till tomorrow morning SUCCESSFULLY - ha! If not, I'll edit the stats!

I 'can't wait' to weigh in on the 1st - that's not always a 'good thing' - to be looking FORWARD to it - in case news is a letdown! ha! But IF it is - I'll just have to FOCUS MORE and keep moving it forward!!!!!

Have a good evening all!

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3/28/17 8:29 P

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Not a bad day. Hubby and I went out for a walk this evening for 45 minutes-still nice here it was 63 today. Work had it's ups and downs.
I got a call from one of the places I applied but turned it down as it only was 30 hours a week and pays $12. I did get an email from another place for a different position than the one I had applied for and it fits me better so hopefully that will pan out.- fingers crossed.

Today is day 9 with no sweets.

Hope everyone had a great Tuesday - hump day and weigh in day tomorrow emoticon

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I am an intellingent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my enjured ego or dull my senses, I will remember...even though I overeat in private, my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly!


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3/27/17 11:30 P

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have been very busy today. seedling process is happening again. hubby kept me busy helping out with his grunt work. arm muscles are sore from lifting those heavy tray full of seedlings. i'm tired and going to feed the cats and probably head off to bed. didn't sleep well last night. hope i can sleep tonight. i did good on my eating today. made a quick peanut butter sandwich on one of those sandwich rounds and ate it on the road with hubby to pick up his truck as it needed a new spring put on it as one broke on the truck over the weekend and he needs the truck to transport the seedlings from the field to the building they are processed in. the fields are about 3 mile from the processing building. so....i hope everyone has a good Tuesday.

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3/27/17 9:19 P

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8 days no sweets

DJ- thanks for the good information on walnuts and frozen fruit I will give it a try. Glad the dessert is out of the house for you.

Tonight at OA the topic was courage. It makes you think about stuff. Someone said "courage is an action not a fear" I had to have the courage to walk in the doors of OA, courage to take a step to help myself.

Work was not too bad today. Didn't hear from any of the places I applied at but it is only Monday.

It was 60 here today, took a walk outside and didn't have to wear a jacket emoticon

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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3/26/17 9:45 P

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WTG Candy - 7 Day streak!!!!!!!! and good luck with your job applications! Just keep applying 'everywhere' ... hope you get a new job soon!

Maybe try walnuts (raw) to replace the chips? It's been tested/proven that no matter how many walnuts one eats for some 'unknown' reason it does not cause weight gain. Other nuts - not the same story. But they have to be plain raw walnuts. So I have 'personally' researched this ... and can say it has not budged my weight higher at all. I eat 3 lbs. or more of raw (English) walnuts a month ... by the handfuls. They are also heart-healthy. Maybe for the sweets ... especially when weather warms up ... frozen fruit slices? I slice up bananas or mango and 'freeze' ... 1-2 of them stave off the sweet urge and it's refreshing at the same time.

I have a new recipe I'm going to try soon - it's using plain gelatin, green tea and slices or bits of fruit ... making little 'cubes' to eat off and on for a sweet. You get a low calorie treat with the extra punch of green tea benefit plus a bit of extra flavor with the bits of fruit.

Sooooo...mid afternoon here and the Sweet Potato Crisp is IN THE TRASH ... husband finally tasted it - made a scrunched up face - started to wrap it back off and - in a moment of weakness last ditch OMG I've gotta have One more BITE before it hits the trash - I grabbed it and ... had four more bites. He was starting to walk out the door to go to town and I said - TAKE IT! He smiled ... came back and got it ... it's gone! I'm so GLAD he did not like it ... I probably would have eaten the rest of it at midnight - ha! I can only resist sugar sooooo long .... it doesn't bother me when I have days/weeks of going without since the first of the year but it seems when I DO take one or two bites or more of something I fall ALL the way down ... it's like an alcoholic thinking they can have 'just' one drink after years of sobriety. Some can/some can't ... I'm obviously a 'can't' person. Maybe in another year or so being off sugar more and more (even for occasions) it will be easier for me - maybe I won't even get 'triggered' seeing it ... will have to see.

Well Ladies, the Challenge is winding down ... I'll try to post here a few times a week the next 3 weeks and complete the Challenge but right after I think I'm going to take a long break from Spark ... maybe through the Summer? I'm not sure on the length of time ... but will be breaking right after the Challenge. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

Have a nice evening all! It's been a 'toasty' day here - 84% - thank goodness we had some healthy breezes!

Oh - and Candy - CONGRATS on the 8 hours SLEEP!!!!! Good JOB!!!!





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3/26/17 9:05 P

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I have now gone 7 days without sweets! Now the chips on the other hand, I bought chips that are better for you but I ate the whole bag-one each day. I am now sure I can do not sugar and chips. I really need to figure out a replacement for them.
Went shopping with grand daughter and she found a dress and new shoes with heels she is so excited.
My menu is planned for the week and groceries bought so that should help. I have my OA meeting tomorrow night excited to hear what is shared hoping to pick up some pointers.
I put in about 8 applications between Friday and today- hope to hear from them.

DJ I totally agree about sugar- good for you not eating the dessert that is great. I would find it hard.

Panda I have 2 dogs and one is always on my lap-dachshund. My other dog would like to be on my lap but she is a lab.

Week 9 we we come! I didn't track my food today, too lazy but I did get in 8 hours of sleep!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Aloha Team Mates -

Hmmmm...seems like the weekend got to all of us this week.

My husband came home with a small banana bread and a sweet potato crisp dessert ... a woman that stops by the restaurant/bar daily lately has a daughter that 'bakes/sells' ... well, she likes my Mr. B and I guess thinks he needs 'fattening up' (hopeless effort - I tried for 30 years and could get no more than 5 more lbs on him one holiday season which he lost). She also 'pays' him with 'treats' lately as he checks her car out for her, connects her with people to 'fix' stuff, etc. etc. Her husband lives in Oahu and is working his 'last year' out - will be retiring/moving over. ANYWAY, Bill has tried to tell this lady we ONLY have desserts in the house at holidays, special occasions ... but evidently he has become her daughter's guinea pig for trying new recipes - which is funny as my husband doesn't even LIKE sweets - they are truly special occasion type things for him. He has seen one 'can' get addicted (one holiday season that happened to him) and he didn't like it. Well, the banana bread was for him - the sweet potato crisp for me (he had told her I liked the sweet potatoes). I took ONE TINY BITE and thought - OMG! if I ate this whole thing (about 6 small slices) I would overdose on SUGAR! even IF it has 'some' vitamins and fiber in it - ha! It was absolutely DELICIOUS. I told him we would have to throw it away ... I could have sat down and eaten the whole thing (and I would have been sick but that's a sugar addict for 'ya). I asked him to take it out to the trash when he left - he forgot. Later when I opened fridge and SAW it in there ... I almost reached for it for a BITE - but KNEW I would not stop - so I ate a cough drop instead (I have had a scratchy throat last few days and been using cough drops but I can guarantee it is a cure for wanting to take a bite of something - ha!). My husband ate the banana bread last night after his dinner ... it was a small mini-loaf - I asked him if I could have the 'heel' - I just wanted to 'taste' - it was DELICIOUS ... so I asked if I could have the OTHER heel ... once late late night I woke and 'remembered' the sweet potato crisp is STILL IN FRIDGE. I asked him to throw it away before going to bed but he said he wanted to 'taste' it tomorrow - surprised me! So ... it's been calling me this morning ... but I WILL NOT TAKE A BITE. And hopefully he will soon and decide it's too sweet for him and throw it away! As long as I don't 'taste' it again I can have better luck at staying away from it ... otherwise, I KNOW one more bite and I'll cave and eat the whole thing. I really REALLY don't want to ...

He has tried to explain to her the desserts will be fine for 'holidays' but we do not eat daily and I cannot due to health ... she does NOT understand - she said "But the sweet potato and pumpkin rolls are good stuff for you" ... but not the TONS of sugar, flour, etc. He said it's the sugar that gets me ... she does not understand. But then they are at a bar and she is drinking ... so there's that - my husband said it's 'lack of focus/attention' more than anything else. I told him to tell her 3 years ago I could barely walk, my blood pressure was critically sky high and I was in so much pain I couldn't hardly bare it ... and now I'm NOT like that because I don't eat this stuff ... he says it won't make any sense to her or her daughter.

I am saddened by this a bit - I've noticed in this area it's the elderly population living longer and well longer - the 80-100 year olds ... it's everyone else in their 40's - 60's dying around here!!! And not by accidents ... by their health issues because of the way they eat now as opposed to the way the elder population did/does still (they are not 'into' all the fast foods, packaged foods, etc.) My neighbors - Panda and her husband/3 teen girls - they eat almost NOTHING but sugar and processed foods ... she has started trying to switch fruit for candy, cookies, etc and using more veggies since meeting/walking/talking with me - ha! But the 'addiction' is soooooooooooooooooooo strong ... and the poor teens - they've never had anything else. Panda is way overweight and can't keep up with me walking ... she doesn't know what her blood pressure is ... I offered to let her use my machine but she is too scared. That scares me! As I could have easily died my pressure was sooooooooooooo high ... I had (little) clue ... it IS the silent killer!

Anyway, I guess we will just have to 'trash' the desserts ... I hope my husband doesn't 'start' eating them ... not daily/weekly. We both want to stay as healthy as possible as long as possible ...

He doesn't want to 'offend' her ... and I no longer feel like 'giving/passing on' desserts like that to my friends, neighbors when I know they don't 'need' it either!

I know this must sound like I'm too hard-core on this ... I just know what sugar, flour, etc. was doing to me ... it is/was 90% of my pain I was having ... crippling pain! You'd think that'd be enough to keep me away from even tasting stuff ... but I LOVE SUGAR ... it's like a drug though - and has been proven to trigger in our brain the same way cocaine does - no wonder it's so hard to stop eating!

THANKS for listening!!!!! May my husband hate the sweet potato crisp and throw it away this morning - because otherwise it could be there for the rest of the week or he'll want me to slice/freeze it ... and I would even eat it 'slightly thawed' out if on an out-of-control give-it-to-me anyway tangent! ha!

I am a recovering alcoholic (14 years) ... and CAN have liquor in the house and not be bothered ... but sweets? Noooooooo waaaaaayyyyyyy! At least not yet! I'm doing better but it may take another year or two of diligent 'practice' to get to where I can be 'around' sweets and no longer want or 'need'.

Thanks for listening - sorry so long!

Week 9 begins - may we each have better week this week ... though I don't think we did too bad this past week ... consistent effort ... progress not perfection!

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
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3/25/17 11:32 A

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Candy...Pizza?!, who could resist PIZZA? i know i crave pizza and will eat it every chance i get. so i'm glad you went for it. good on the no sweets streak. hope you can keep it going. once in a while at one of the local restaurants they have this ice cream i love called nuts about buckeyes. it's vanilla ice cream with peanut butter swirled in it and chocolate covered peanut butter balls. oh my goodness i just love this, so what we do is hubby and i split a small dish of ice cream and i eat a couple of spoonfuls and then let hubby eat the rest. i atleast get enough of a taste to satisfy my desire for it.

enjoy your time with your granddaughter. you need to make wonderful, fun memories with her.

Montana needed some company also, but i have been feeling very down this week due to my home life. maybe i'm expecting to much from hubby and i'm causing my own problems. Montana is so in tine with me. when i have bad days see seems to know. when she has a bad day she seems to want to cuddle wit he also. can you picture a horse cuddling up to a person? i need to take time and blog about my animals or as i refer to them my "critters".

the other night when hubby came in and i was sitting on the couch there was Panda on half of the couch. me on the other half and a cat beside me wanting my hand another cat on the other side of me and one on my lap.

well, tonight will be my third evening meal i will be eating wrong. going to a sausage and pancake supper at a local church and it is all you can eat. earlier this week i pigged out on a hamburger and french fries. last night has fried fish and french fries from the local fire hall and... will eat a sensible lunch, work hard on barn work, and hopefully get Panda out for a walk along with vacuuming 3 floors in the house and doing some laundry.

well, i had better get moving and get some work done.

have a good weekend and do the best that you can, but enjoy what you are doing.

Candy...GOOD LUCK on the job search. hope you get what you really enjoy doing. that is what makes working worth while.

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3/25/17 7:15 A

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Good morning ladies,

Day 5 no sweets!

Panda how nice for you to spend time with Montana, maybe she knew you needed the extra time for yourself to unwind and relax with her.

Dj hope you will be able to get out and spend time in your yard. It is too early for us here in MN to do yard work. The birds are starting to return makes my heart smile.

I had Friday off from work that was nice. I was lazy in the morning not changing out of my pj's until 11:30 a. I did go on line and filled out 3 applications for jobs will see where that leads.

We went out for lunch to Red Robin's- I just love their burgers. I was able to put it in my tracker and that sent me over in calories. They offer endless fries and I took a second helping. Hubby suggested pizza for supper and who was I to disagree I didn't want to cook. So we split a pizza, I didn't track that so no points in the challenge.
I did take my dog out for a 30 minute walk she sure liked that. I have 2 dogs and one can walk a long way as the other can't anymore so I usually just take them both on a short walk.

My granddaughter is here for the weekend. We are going shopping for a new dress and shoes for her 1st communion coming up in April.
Weekends are tough for me food wise, hoping I can keep the streak of no sweets, this could be tough as going out for ice cream could be in the future today. If I get to the store and buy some for the house I will be able to resist but if it is suggested we go out for some that will be hard to say no.

Have a great Saturday!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Candy...so sorry to hear that things are getting worse for you at work. i wonder if insurance has something to do with the change? i wonder if what they are moving towards has better insurance and pays more bucks?

emoticon on 4 days with out candy, Candy!!!! you have some really GREAT will power.

DJ...i know about the rain. well, snow and rain. seedlings have been on hold for employees for about 2 weeks now due to snow, rain and cold temps. hubby and a few men have been able to dig seedling 2 half days this week. they worked in the afternoon as the temps were below freezing in the mornings. the men didn't work today because of rain in the morning. hubby is planning on working Sat. so there will be some work next week for processing seedlings.

Great on doing better with eating and sleeping DJ. isn't it amazing on how the weather can rule our lives? situations do happen to keep us from doing exercises. hope you can get a walk in soon. it does the mind and body wonders.

did get Panda out for her walk. had a surprise on my walk. a neighbor came out and we walked and talked for the part of the walk she joined me on. it turned out to be a warm partly cloudy, and windy afternoon. i think i spent over an hour with Montana this afternoon. she seemed to want some extra loving or actually me giving her a good scratching all over her body. when it gets warm and she is shedding her winter coat she seems to get itchy. i'm sure the loose hair could be irritating to horses. Montana will actually let me know where she would like me to scratch her really good. i also think there was something in the woods that i couldn't see or hear, but she knew it was there and was a little upset, so i spent more time with her and soothing her. she is one very spoiled horse and honestly i don't know who would of done that. if you believe that i'll sell you beach front property on a volcano.

blew it tonight with supper. had fish tonight from the local fire hall as they do this for a fund raiser and well, all was fried and not very good, but ate it anyways as that is what there was to eat. the coleslaw was the best tasting out of the whole meal. cats loved my fish. they are such beggars when i eat. did good with breakfast and lunch and even my evening snack, but... did get some St. Patrick's day decorations down and some Easter decorations up/ this is just a start, have a bunch more undecorating and decorating to do yet.

everyone keep up your good work. have a good weekend.

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Congrats on Day 4 Candy!!!!!!! WTG!

I am so sorry your job is changing so much. I wish you luck if/when you start looking for another job! Will you look in the same field? Helping disabled? It certainly is NEEDED in our country and I hope with the way things are going politically/healthcare wise, etc. etc. we don't see programs start falling through the cracks!

Pandabear - it is soooo frustrating when our posts go 'off to the wild blue yonder' (wherever 'that' is - ha!). I hope you got some rest last night upon going to bed ... sounds like you need some!!!!! Hope your day goes well today!

I'm doing better on food, even sleeping better ... exercise/movement is making 'slower' progress. I had wanted to get out and do major yardwork this weekend but so far today is 'on hold' - it started raining shortly after midnight and has rained off and on ever since and we are SOAKING. I'm sure it will move through though and surely by Sat/Sun I can get out there and get to it. I'm thinking to trying to start my walking again on Monday ... I have to get my brain wrapped around it first - ha!

Have a good weekend team mates!!!

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Oh, CRAP!!! what i wrote is somewhere in outer space. maybe it is better it went that way. will write later this evening, maybe, depends on how much time i have and if i don't fall asleep at the computer. did doze off last night and unfortunately hubby doesn't pay attention and starts to talk and wakes me up. last night wi-fi went pout so i just shut computer down. if i'm on the computer hubby is constantly in and out telling me something stupid and maybe that is why he woke me up as i had the computer on and i guess he thought i was reading, but the ZZZZ's were happening.

have a good day. want to do a couple more things here before i have to go and do barn work and spend time with Montana. i'm usually with her for an hour.

i think i did better the last couple of days with my eating and snacking more later on that maybe.

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Dj I work in a day program for people with disabilities. It isn't a career job. I have worked in the field for over 30 years is one aspect or another. Now that I am older I just wanted a fun type job and when I started that is what it was, but now they are changing things up focusing on people with autism and leaving the rest of the people with other disabilities sort of out in the cold. I get the feeling if enough people leave they will have to move our people to some of their other sites and make our just for Autism clients.

Sue how did your day go? Hope it wasn't too stressful.

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Day 4 No sweets!!

Have a wonderful Friday!

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I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Aloha Ladies!

Candy - WTG!!! you are on a 'no-sweets' streak!!!! May it increase steadily!

If you don't mind my asking, what type of work do you do? I 'hear' what you are saying about what the company stated ... but that seems to be the attitude a lot of companies have these days. Gone are the companies that appreciated 'loyalty' in workers ... and companies that people can stay with for a 'career'. It's a job hopping society/work environment we now have. In my opinion - ha! I realize that's a rather broad, sweeping in general statement and there are exceptions but I feel in general this is the trend.

Nice your husband is understanding and has that attitude!

Well, Pandabear, know you must be BUSY today ... hoping you are having a 'less stressful' day and things are going well for you!

I worked out in the yard another couple of hours today ... doing good on keeping my food choices on plan. Last night I 'struggled' with wanting to pop up and get something to eat later in the evening while watching a dvd. I wasn't hungry ... bored with the dvd (ha!) - thus, my mind turned to FOOD ... I tried to 'rationalize' that it would 'just be a banana' but then I stopped to think ... I wasn't HUNGRY ... did not need it. So a few minutes later found my thinking BACK to the banana but now with peanut butter smeared on it as well - ha! So I got REAL ... and actually some of my Buddhist teachings popped into my head ... ones he taught about 'short term gains/losses vs. long-term gains/losses' ... so the banana (with or without the peanut butter) would be a short-term gain in that I'd satisfy that 'eating demon' but WITH food on plan to boot (aren't I being sooooo good? ha! how we deceive ourselves!) but it would have long-term loss potential ... I'd stall my weight loss, may wake up with 'acid reflux', and reinforce the 'behavior' of late night eating. So I skipped the food ... short-term loss (wasn't as much fun as eating something - ha!) BUT long-term GAIN ... didn't derail my day/plan, reinforced 'new habit' behavior (not eating at night), and will help towards my 1 lbs. weight loss this week! Actually Buddha was speaking about 'meditation behaviors' but it all applies to our daily life as well. So I was happy with myself this morning that I got 'thru' last night w/o eating!

Oh Candy - glad a salad with your meal is helping! I find my body is starting to 'crave' lots of salads now ... because the heat is on here (earlier than usual) and I eat way more salad stuff in spring/summer than in fall/winter (even here with not 'much' change in 'seasons' - ha!). Cold, crunchy salads are in my dreams almost - ha! so guess I should start eating TODAY!

I'm going to try a new smoothie recipe today as well... it has cucumber, celery and apple and other stuff in it ... sounded 'refreshing' to me for a hot afternoon ... will let you know how it goes/post recipe later if any good!

Have a wonderful day/evening! take care!

Edited by: DJBTOO at: 3/23/2017 (17:59)
dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
Whole-foods, Plant-based, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported, and Bright Line Eating - that's the plan!

"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha

KEEP CALM and Sparkle On!!!!!


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3/22/17 9:12 P

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Day 3 without sweets

I went to the store (where I buy my candy and chips) and I didn't buy any-only what was on my list. Came home and took the dogs on a walk around the block. I took a longer walk this afternoon before supper.
Work went okay today, we were down some clients so that made the day easier. At the end of the day people were talking and one of instructors was talking about a meeting they had yesterday with the president and other head people. They were told that there is 3 ways how this change is going to happen =- you can be a leader, a follower, or just stay out of the way.
In my opinion that is no way to speak to your staff if you want them to stay. We have been working short for a long time we should be getting praise not that.
I am seriously going to start looking for a new job. Hubby said if I really get looking for a new job I can put in my notice even if I don't have another one lined up as long as I am trying hard to find a new one.

I have found having a salad with my supper helps me keep my portions in check. emoticon

Have a great Thursday ladies!

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I am an intellingent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Everytime I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my enjured ego or dull my senses, I will remember...even though I overeat in private, my excess poundage is there for all the world to see.
I will take off pounds sensibly!


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Aloha Ladies!

Glad you are liking the OA group Candy. And you are doing a GOOD JOB!

Pandabear - I understand about cooking two separate meals - I did that for a LONG time and it's tough but I don't have a job like you do and if I did there is no way I would have cooked separate meals! The way I eat now I 'almost' can throw together a 'common' meal for us most days - ha!

I have a step meter I use now ... put it on in the morning and wear all day. IF I go for my walk I hit 4,000-6,000 steps for it then add the rest of the day's 'movement'. On days I don't walk my number can be 1,000 of LESS ... not many steps inside a motor home - ha! Doing the yardwork I get more ... I worked 2 hours day before yesterday in the yard and got almost 3,000 steps in (and that was w/o my morning walk). I just 'generally' am trying for MORE steps on a monthly basis but blew it most likely for this month because I was so LAZY the first weeks. In January I totaled 129,963 steps (about 64 miles) ... in February 109,982 steps (about 54 miles) ... March - oh you don't want to know - ha!!!! "I" don't want to know - ha! I don't track on Spark anymore ... just log it in one of those 'composition' books they have for school supplies ... I love those little books! We never used them when I went to school ... but I use them now. I write recipes in them, journal my steps/exercise/blood pressure/weight, have a 'quote' one where I list the quotes I like, etc. etc.

With my eating plan I don't measure, track, count anything. As long as I stay with 'foods on my plan' I do okay...lose weight slowly and surely. So that's the only way I 'track' and I just do that memory-wise/not logging anywhere. At the end of the day filling out our challenge I 'know' if all the foods I ate that day were on plan or not ... so answer yes or no. In general, I'm supposed to eat only whole real healthy foods, no processed ... eat when hungry till almost full ... 2/3 of plate should be veggies and greens ... and if hungry in between meals a snack should be a bit of protein/healthyfat/low glycemic if using fruit. I usually do not 'need' any snacks ... my meals are 'filling' and I don't have cravings anymore.

The way I've been messing up is eating foods 'off plan' and/or eating later in the evening. I've noticed I lose weight easier/more regularly when I do not eat after say 6-7 pm.

Well, we are really into HEAT here now ... it feels like mid-summer! I am melting!!!!!!!!

I'm still NOT exercising as much this week but have made a start!!! It's mid-week so I'd better get ON THE BALL for the rest of it!!!!

Have a good 'rest of the week' ladies!

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
Whole-foods, Plant-based, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported, and Bright Line Eating - that's the plan!

"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha

KEEP CALM and Sparkle On!!!!!


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