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Old 07-19-2013, 08:51 AM   #436
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I'm working on my "50 before 50" list as I sit here. Any suggestions? I've got 11 months and a small budget, so nothing grand like visiting the Alps (although that is on my big bucket list). I'm thinking of breaking the list into categories like 10 things that serve others, 10 'adventurous' things, 10 things to face my fears, 10 classic books to read, 10 "gee, I've always wanted to...." things.

That being said, as I have been thinking about this list, I have been pretty impressed with all of the things I HAVE accomlpished in my life. Nothing earth shattering or Mother-Theresa-esque, but still pretty neat things.

I challenge all of you to create a list of 100 amazing (or semi-amazing or just plain "neat") things you've done in your life. You might be amazed with yourself!


Have an AWESOME Friday! TTYL...........P
I think a trip to has to be in there somewhere!!

to our new friends and congrats on taking that next step to getting healthy!

Fought with myself to NOT step on the scale today as I'm taking a new road to my weight loss. Historically, I've found if I start getting TOO focused on it, the losses come to a screeching halt. So, at least for July and August, I'll only be weighing in twice, (at the start and end of each month), and see how it goes. Wish me luck and to all of you on your continued progress!
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Thanks for all the welcomes!! Also glad it almost the weekend, this week has been looong... Busy night tonight as well, but at least busy with fun things. Hoping to go hiking on Saturday as the weather has been so lovely! And here is my verbal commitment to make time for the run I'm scheduled to do today

I love the 50 list idea! Book - Le Petit Prince in French. Adventurous - Eat something exotic you've not had - maybe snails or durian or those halfway incubated eggs? Face a fear - As a pet shop if you can hold an animal you're scared or? Find a poetry slam or open mic night to perform in front of people? For others - Volunteer for a charity race or fundraise for one and participate yourself.

I turn 30 in about 7 months, I feel a 30 before 30 list coming on...
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #438
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Happy Friday everyone!

Hi guys! Ok, about to embark on my first coaching week... let's see how I manage. Before I ramble TOO much I'll do a QOTD!

What was something healthy you did for yourself TODAY - I'll count tomorrow given I'm posting late!

For myself, I managed to eat a pretty healthy fast food meal with some friends today: A Roy Rogers grilled chicken sandwich - I tossed the bun and heaped salsa, mustard and pickles on top. It was delicious! No fries, just a baked potato with Pete's Hot Sauce and a little sour cream for consistency.

Forgive me if I repeat a coaching question - I've been pretty busy this month and haven't had a chance to follow very closely. Just spent a week in Niagara - managed to stay about even on weight, and I'm thankful for that. Best complement that week was my beau asking if I had bought new shorts - nope, these are just a pair I couldn't fit in before!

So feeling pretty good starting out this week of coaching. Welcome NEW PEOPLE!!! As I learned last month it's never too late in the month to join in on the healthy bandwagon here. Everyone is very helpful, positive and for me it's a great way to be accountable.

My next post - hopefully to follow this one shortly, will be my attempt at figuring out the quoting on here, I still have yet to grok that. Have a great weekend, I'll be posting every day so jump on when you can and give updates!

Here's a pic from Niagara last week. I'm heading into the 170s (it's been a while!) and feeling very good about it - good enough to don the tank tops! Thank goodness, because even Canada was HOT!

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Staying busy I see! Did your carpets dry fast? It is so humid here I would hesitate to clean my carpets now. I wanted to clean my bedroom carpets before the party, but not sure I will have the time now to let them dry. My Bissell carpet cleaner developed a leak a few years ago and I never got it fixed, so now I have to rent a Rug Doctor to do the carpets. What did you use??

Nice work getting in 4 miles early in the day!!

We actually rent a Rug Doctor or whatever brand Home Depot has. It cleans so much better that the home one we had (I think a Bissell maybe?). DH did the carpets around 4 and we put 2 fans blowing on them. It was around 93 that day with 96% humidity so I was worried about them drying. We left for the afternoon & they were pretty dry by 9:00! We moved the furniture back and they were completely dry by the morning. Wow is all I can say. 2 kids, a dog, and a cat make the carpets so yucky!

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Morning friends! Big sigh of relief since my one "work day" of the week just passed so I can relax just a bit.

Another steamy day on schedule for us today! But lots to do here, so no slacking just for the weather! I've already done a second coat of touch-up painting in the downstairs bathroom this morning and have a load ready for the clothesline.

I've noticed that my crazy super-hungry days of July 4th week seem to have passed. I just was CONSTANTLY hungry that week! I would eat DOUBLE my usual amount of breakfast and still have a growling belly in two hours. I was hungry for days! But the last few days I've eaten UNDER my points and been just fine. Obviously it is some sort of change in me, because I am just as busy and active and the weather is still HOT. Wish I knew what caused it and what stopped it though. My only clue is that I got an unexpected visit from "Aunt Flo" and it seemed to coincide with the hunger getting better. Stupid hormones. Wish my body would decide which side of the fence I am going to sit on!

Hungry days drive me crazy! I had one on Tuesday. I wanted to eat everything...and mainly bread & desserts. Luckily it went away!

Off to before I breakfast and then a bit of around the house before I have to to swim practice. I'll be sure to plenty of water in today's heat so that I don't !! Wish I could just or but so much to do before DD's ! In August though, I will enjoy before I have to when I send DD off to .

Love this!

Everyone enjoy your day!!...............P


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Sooo sorry, just realised that I have been a really rubbish coach this week!!! Hardly been on at all!!!! Now on leave until Monday so promise to try harder!!!

Lots of people missing from this topic since we started, probably due to being busy with other life stuff, soooo, QOTD for today (Wednesday for those of you in different time zones!!) is.........

What will you specifically do to help yourself focus until the end of the month?


I thought I was pretty focussed, but as I've said, completely forgot about my committment to you all...sooooo I've set some reminders in my phone to check in each day as soon as I get home from work.....I'm hoping that focussing on you all will help me focus on myself more!!! (Hope you get what I mean!)

I'm a planner by nature, but been so busy planning other stuff that I forgot this important committment. Not any more.

I'm doing another 5K in the park on Saturday morning, hoping to improve on 40:14, but it's really hot here, so not sure how it will go. I have not done any walking or running since Sunday as I was a bit sore in the hips again, so resting until Saturday.

Food wise, I feel like I'm on the edge of a slippery slope. Was bad at the weekend, and feel like I'm half heartedly chugging along with the food choices this week - not helped by the fact that it's payday on Tuesday, and the cupboards are looking a bit bare!!) First time I've felt like this since starting my journey in January.

Anyway, enough self-pity from me, hope you guys are all doing well, and I'll be back tomorrow to see what you've all been up to!
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QOTD~I am going to keep up the exercise and make sure I TRACK EVERYTHING!! I do so much better when I track my ww points. So far so good today!


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DANG it is hot here! Not really complaining, since I prefer it over winter any day.... but it is hot to be getting stuff done outside. That being said, DD and I have been super productive, despite the heat! DD actually took the initiative and patched the concrete on the front of the garage. I've been waiting for DH to do that for months and he just kept ignoring the problem! I am so proud of her for just grabbing the bull by the horns and tackling something new!

How nice for her to help out!

I got the lamppost fixture put back together (which included cutting a new piece of glass for one side from a scrap of picture frame glass I had saved.... it looks great on its pole, but sadly one of the three bulbs won't light up... and I've already checked and there is nothing wrong with the bulb itself. I'll have to have DH take a peek at it when he get home tomorrow.

I also got some weeding done, three loads of laundry hung out (in this weather it dries as fast on the line as it would in the dryer), and a few other miscellaneous things. If we could be this productive every day it would be GREAT! That being said, DD and I are about to melt into a big sweaty puddle soon!

Lol...I picture you two melting like the wicked witch!


She has swim practice tonight, so I told her to take a break before we leave and rest and hydrate. Hoping DS will come along for the ride tonight and keep me company while I run a few errands.... we'll see.

Just want to share this.... I made a "lazy lasagna" of sorts for dinner last night. I made it without the pasta and then sliced some zucchini really thin and blanched it and used that as the "noodles" for DH and myself (kids had real noodles). It was an excellent two pot meal and didn't involve heating up the oven on a hot night! Plus it was loaded with veggies along with the 90% lean ground beef and TVP, so it wasn't terribly calorie dense.

TTYL..............P
Your lazy lasagna sounds like my lazy stuffed cabbage. I make it into a casserole instead of boiling the cabbage & rolling them all. I think I'll try the lasagna with zucchini this week. Do you mind sharing what you did?


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Morning all! Super quiet here lately!

I'm waiting for the oil change place and the grocery to open at 7 am. If the oil change isn't overpriced (I'm downtown for swim practice so I am not familiar with this shop) I will have them do the oil while I buy groceries. It is amazing what you can get done before 8 am if you make an effort! After my walk Tuesday morning I went to the self- serve car wash (waiting for DD of course) and did a full vacuum and wash on my car!

Ok...shop is open! Hope to have time to pop on later to say hello to everyone! Stay cool! ..............P
I wish DH understood this concept! I am a get up early & get stuff done type of person. He is a lounge around in bed and do some stuff periodically throughout the day. It drives me crazy sometimes (well, most of the time)!


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Hello, I'm new here! I have been contemplating joining the board for some time. I have 25 lbs. to lose. I've been doing great with my exercise lately, this morning jogged 2.45 miles which is the best I've done in quite a while. What I really need to do is improve my eating habits. I've been compensating for the increased activity with increased calorie intake and that has got to stop. Starting again today I'm tracking my calories and activities.
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Just found the WISH board and thought about waiting until August to join a challenge, but I think waiting to start has gotten me where I am... So if I can, I'd like to join in for the last 2 weeks of July. Do I PM tomorrow? It'll be a very small goal, but hopefully a good way to start!
Welcome, welcome, welcome! It's so great to have some new "faces" here! Jump on in and ask or offer advice and whatever else you feel. Thanks for joining us.


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Good morning I finished my first week of AP prep courses. Two more weeks to go.

It has been too hot to do anything. I went to yoga last night and that has been about it for the week. Dh went to mow the lawn early yesterday got half way through and had to come in take a shower before he went back out to finish and he only did the front.

I hope everyone who is in the heat tries to stay cool.

Have a happy and healthy day.
I hope you had a good first week of prep. And, I hope you are also staying cool. Luckily, we are cooling off now...I have all the windows open and nice breezes are blowing in. In fact, DS7 who was "burning up" earlier just said he couldn't sit in front of the window because "it's cold." I hope you get some relief soon, too!

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Happy Friday friends! Here at the Y waiting for DD. I did my 50 minute walk/run early and it is already so humid and steamy! But it's done!

Just 8 days until party day and so much left to do! I will finish what I can for outside projects by Sunday night and then move inside. I've got to tell myself "what's done is done and what isn't ....oh well!" My folks will be here Wednesday to help as well and I can hand off a few outside projects to my Dad if need be, plus DH is taking some time off next week, so I can put him to work.

I'm working on my "50 before 50" list as I sit here. Any suggestions? I've got 11 months and a small budget, so nothing grand like visiting the Alps (although that is on my big bucket list). I'm thinking of breaking the list into categories like 10 things that serve others, 10 'adventurous' things, 10 things to face my fears, 10 classic books to read, 10 "gee, I've always wanted to...." things.

That being said, as I have been thinking about this list, I have been pretty impressed with all of the things I HAVE accomlpished in my life. Nothing earth shattering or Mother-Theresa-esque, but still pretty neat things.

I challenge all of you to create a list of 100 amazing (or semi-amazing or just plain "neat") things you've done in your life. You might be amazed with yourself!


Have an AWESOME Friday! TTYL...........P
Love the lists ideas! I think I'll work on mine this week.


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Thanks for all the welcomes!! Also glad it almost the weekend, this week has been looong... Busy night tonight as well, but at least busy with fun things. Hoping to go hiking on Saturday as the weather has been so lovely! And here is my verbal commitment to make time for the run I'm scheduled to do today

I love the 50 list idea! Book - Le Petit Prince in French. Adventurous - Eat something exotic you've not had - maybe snails or durian or those halfway incubated eggs? Face a fear - As a pet shop if you can hold an animal you're scared or? Find a poetry slam or open mic night to perform in front of people? For others - Volunteer for a charity race or fundraise for one and participate yourself.

I turn 30 in about 7 months, I feel a 30 before 30 list coming on...
Ooooohhhh...good suggestions! I actually read Le Petit Prince in French class in high school many moons ago I loved it.


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Hello all! I am having computer issues and trying to multi-quote and reply on my phone is very time consuming. Our desktop is old and we were told that it will cost as much to update and improve it as buying a new computer, so we've been looking EVERYWHERE!! I finally ordered a laptop last night from Tiger Direct and it should be here next week. Yay!

I still may have the desktop cleaned up but not updated to Windows 8 and let the kids use it for getting on the internet to play games or look up how to draw Bigfoot. Yes, DS10 is looking that up right now on the tablet.

We are supposed to be getting storms tonight or in the morning and I am hoping it is not in the morning. DSis and I are walking 8 or 9 miles at 7:30 and I do not want to put this off until tomorrow evening or Sunday. We are walking The Biggest Loser WalkRun series half marathon in Erie (PA) on Aug 17. I don't know which former contestants from BL will be there yet, but I hope to hear some speak at the expo. Walking a half marathon counts, right?!?!

I am off to hang out with DSs and finish watching Kung Fu Panda. Have a great night!

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Hi guys! Ok, about to embark on my first coaching week... let's see how I manage. Before I ramble TOO much I'll do a QOTD!

What was something healthy you did for yourself TODAY - I'll count tomorrow given I'm posting late!

For myself, I managed to eat a pretty healthy fast food meal with some friends today: A Roy Rogers grilled chicken sandwich - I tossed the bun and heaped salsa, mustard and pickles on top. It was delicious! No fries, just a baked potato with Pete's Hot Sauce and a little sour cream for consistency.

Forgive me if I repeat a coaching question - I've been pretty busy this month and haven't had a chance to follow very closely. Just spent a week in Niagara - managed to stay about even on weight, and I'm thankful for that. Best complement that week was my beau asking if I had bought new shorts - nope, these are just a pair I couldn't fit in before!

So feeling pretty good starting out this week of coaching. Welcome NEW PEOPLE!!! As I learned last month it's never too late in the month to join in on the healthy bandwagon here. Everyone is very helpful, positive and for me it's a great way to be accountable.

My next post - hopefully to follow this one shortly, will be my attempt at figuring out the quoting on here, I still have yet to grok that. Have a great weekend, I'll be posting every day so jump on when you can and give updates!

Here's a pic from Niagara last week. I'm heading into the 170s (it's been a while!) and feeling very good about it - good enough to don the tank tops! Thank goodness, because even Canada was HOT!
I will reply in the morning, but I wanted to tell you how to quote. In the bottom right hand side of a post are 3 buttons. One is quote. This is just to quote that one person. The next button over has parentheses on it. If you click that it will turn orange. It multi-quotes. One you click that on all the posts you want to quote, click the reply to thread button and they will all show up to reply to. The 3rd button is quick reply which I do not think I've ever used lol.

I hope I made sense. If you are on a phone, that's a whole different story!

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Hi Zim

Thanks for coaching. In response to your QOTD, I ran 5K today (I'm worn out, so not actually feeling too healthy at the moment) but I know it was good for me long term!!! Finished in 39:08, so 66 seconds better than the last time I ran it 2 weeks ago.
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What was something healthy you did for yourself TODAY - I'll count tomorrow given I'm posting late!
I walked 7 miles this morning, made a menu for the week & went grocery shopping, and tracked all my points on WW so far.

Your pic was very nice! And how great that you are in smaller clothes! Where in PA are you from?


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Thanks for coaching. In response to your QOTD, I ran 5K today (I'm worn out, so not actually feeling too healthy at the moment) but I know it was good for me long term!!! Finished in 39:08, so 66 seconds better than the last time I ran it 2 weeks ago.
Congrats on the 5k. That's a great time!

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Good afternoon all

It's awfully quiet here. I squeezed in 7 miles walking this morning even though it was supposed to be 8. It rained pretty good the last 3 miles so we called it quits a mile early.

We are having a pretty lazy day around here. DSs & I will be having a movie night tonight while DH is at work. I am also planning to be in bed EARLY!! I haven't been sleeping enough & I am feeling it.

Hope everyone is getting a break from the heat like we are. It is so nice out today.

Enjoy the weekend.

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Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.

This week just kind of got away from me. But I am holding my own with the weight and might even see a loss in July if I don't go too crazy next weekend. If not, I am happy to be holding my own.

The knee is much improved. I even did yoga with an extra folded up mat under it when we were on our knees. Today we were supposed to run 6 miles but we went out to a free concert last night, so decided to put it off until tomorrow.

Welcome to the new folks!
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Thanks for coaching. In response to your QOTD, I ran 5K today (I'm worn out, so not actually feeling too healthy at the moment) but I know it was good for me long term!!! Finished in 39:08, so 66 seconds better than the last time I ran it 2 weeks ago.
Congrats! That's great to hear. I keep reading articles that go back and forth on running versus walking. They're both healthy of course, but I hear of knee issues and injuries. But once I get to a point with walking I itch to run! Maybe it's partially an issue of bad shoes I'm sure.

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Your pic was very nice! And how great that you are in smaller clothes! Where in PA are you from?
7 miles! That's GREAT! My walk is about 4 miles - how long does it take you to do 7? I sometimes think I should be walking faster but I walk to music, I can't walk without my music. I live in Gettysburg! Great place, except the past couple weekends for the 150th anniversary - yikes the tourism was off the charts!

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Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.

This week just kind of got away from me. But I am holding my own with the weight and might even see a loss in July if I don't go too crazy next weekend. If not, I am happy to be holding my own.

The knee is much improved. I even did yoga with an extra folded up mat under it when we were on our knees. Today we were supposed to run 6 miles but we went out to a free concert last night, so decided to put it off until tomorrow.

Welcome to the new folks!
Glad to hear your knee is improved! Holding my own, that's what I did last week, as on vacation I simply couldn't be as good monitoring what I was eating to what we were exerting!

QOTD - Do you listen to music while exercising? Do you have favorite songs that are a MUST to get you psyched for exercising??

And thanks for the help with quoting, I think I've got it!!
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7 miles! That's GREAT! My walk is about 4 miles - how long does it take you to do 7? I sometimes think I should be walking faster but I walk to music, I can't walk without my music. I live in Gettysburg! Great place, except the past couple weekends for the 150th anniversary - yikes the tourism was off the charts!


QOTD - Do you listen to music while exercising? Do you have favorite songs that are a MUST to get you psyched for exercising??

And thanks for the help with quoting, I think I've got it!!

My sister & I walk together in the summer (I'm a teacher so I'm not working & she's a sahm). We walk 4 miles T/Th and it takes us about 56 minutes. We realized that we walk faster when we aren't talking, but we seriously talk the whole entire time lol. 7 miles yesterday was 1 hour 43 minutes with a stop at our cars for a drink & to grab umbrellas. The rain slowed us down the last 3 miles. We are walking the Biggest Loser half marathon in Erie on Aug 17 so we are in training mode

You know, it's so sad I haven't been to Gettysburg. I live on the Ohio border right over from Youngstown, OH (Sharon, PA). I've lived here my whole life (other than college) and as a teenager girl I chose to stay home when my parents went. We want to take DSs (10 & 7) but haven't made it there yet. Maybe we'll shoot for this fall or spring next year. Do you go to Niagara Falls often? Growing up, we went almost every year. We've taken DSs a couple times but need to get our Passports or Passport cards for Canada. Although, the American side is fun, too.

QOTD-when I walk or run on my own I do listen to music. Nothing in particular comes to mind, but anything upbeat. Also, the spinning class I go to rocks the music. It's so fun, but I haven't been for awhile since I've been doing my walking as cardio.

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Eliza, thanks for coaching last week! I was reading and enjoyed your questions.

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I haven't checked in in a while. I've been really busy lately and also haven't been doing very well with my weight at all and have been feeling unmotivated so was staying away from the thread.
I don't know what it is but I just can't get back on track. I lost 42lbs in 6 months and since June I've just been stagnant... haven't been gaining or losing (thank God for all the exercise I'm still doing or I'd have gained back 20 lbs by now!!). But this morning I stepped on the scale and saw 180 again (which is up 6 lbs from my lowest) and that sort of gave me a kick in the butt. I do NOT want to go back up into another "decade"!!

Still can't figure out how I'm going to get back on track but I know that I have to. A lot of people lose their appetites in the summer heat but it's making me want to snack constantly.

So that's it... just came on to mope I guess

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and doing better than me with your weight loss/maintenance efforts!!
back! Sometimes the best way to start is to pick one thing that you will that is on plan and then add to it as you succeed. Thinking of doing everything all at once can be overwhelming sometimes, even when you've been totally OP. You can do it!

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Hello, I'm new here! I have been contemplating joining the board for some time. I have 25 lbs. to lose. I've been doing great with my exercise lately, this morning jogged 2.45 miles which is the best I've done in quite a while. What I really need to do is improve my eating habits. I've been compensating for the increased activity with increased calorie intake and that has got to stop. Starting again today I'm tracking my calories and activities.
This is a great group!

Have you used a calculator to see how many calories you are burning with your workout? Sadly, it will not be as much as you would think it would be. Knowing the amount of calories you burn in a workout also helps sometimes with resisting the siren's call of the treats, too. You can do it!

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Just found the WISH board and thought about waiting until August to join a challenge, but I think waiting to start has gotten me where I am... So if I can, I'd like to join in for the last 2 weeks of July. Do I PM tomorrow? It'll be a very small goal, but hopefully a good way to start!
Yep, no time like the present to get on board with us.

I've been on vacation and just set my goal for the last few days of the challenge myself. A few extra days can make a big difference on where you start from in August.

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Weigh-In Day Reminder!

Good Morning everyone! It is Friday - so the weekend is about to start soon! And I really need a weekend now. Work has been truly horrible this week...

And Friday is also our Weigh-In Day. Please send me your weight. I will be away this weekend, so I won't get around to update the first page until Sunday evening.

I hope that I will get lots of happy PMs from you!

My weigh in wasn't so great. I had exactly the same weight as on July 1st. Which is ok. Yesterday I also had a really really bad eating day. First I could not resist the pizza at lunch in the work cafeteria and then when I was cooking dinner I was so hungry that I started to snack through the fridge...Feeling better today, so hopefully that was just a one day occurrence. But I am travelling this weekend, so not sure how well I will be able to make good choices... So, all in all I am happy with at least maintaining so far. And actually I expected a higher weight on the scale as it has been very hot over the last days and I can feel that I am retaining water. I actually expected the scale to be higher (I often know when I am going to be heavier just from how I feel in the morning). So in the back of my mind I am having this little hope that once it cools down, I will see a sudden downward jump. I know from my clothes that I have lost quite a bit of weight. I had to sort out two bras because they are just too wide now.

Next week is going to be better and I am really looking forward to getting back into my usual routine!!
It is frustrating when the scale is not showing the changes in your body but obviously you are losing inches -- for a whoosh soon!

I feel your pain! I have the same number since the end of June but I'm happy with not having any gain. I'm ready for a whoosh, too!

Thank you for being our hostess with the mostest for June and July!

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Good morning I finished my first week of AP prep courses. Two more weeks to go.

It has been too hot to do anything. I went to yoga last night and that has been about it for the week. Dh went to mow the lawn early yesterday got half way through and had to come in take a shower before he went back out to finish and he only did the front.

I hope everyone who is in the heat tries to stay cool.

Have a happy and healthy day.
Wow! Sounds hot at your house, Dona. You are always so busy you deserve a few lazy, days of summer.


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to our new friends and congrats on taking that next step to getting healthy!

Fought with myself to NOT step on the scale today as I'm taking a new road to my weight loss. Historically, I've found if I start getting TOO focused on it, the losses come to a screeching halt. So, at least for July and August, I'll only be weighing in twice, (at the start and end of each month), and see how it goes. Wish me luck and to all of you on your continued progress!
I think your strategy is an excellent one, Kim!

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Hi guys! Ok, about to embark on my first coaching week... let's see how I manage. Before I ramble TOO much I'll do a QOTD!

What was something healthy you did for yourself TODAY - I'll count tomorrow given I'm posting late!

For myself, I managed to eat a pretty healthy fast food meal with some friends today: A Roy Rogers grilled chicken sandwich - I tossed the bun and heaped salsa, mustard and pickles on top. It was delicious! No fries, just a baked potato with Pete's Hot Sauce and a little sour cream for consistency.

Forgive me if I repeat a coaching question - I've been pretty busy this month and haven't had a chance to follow very closely. Just spent a week in Niagara - managed to stay about even on weight, and I'm thankful for that. Best complement that week was my beau asking if I had bought new shorts - nope, these are just a pair I couldn't fit in before!

So feeling pretty good starting out this week of coaching. Welcome NEW PEOPLE!!! As I learned last month it's never too late in the month to join in on the healthy bandwagon here. Everyone is very helpful, positive and for me it's a great way to be accountable.

My next post - hopefully to follow this one shortly, will be my attempt at figuring out the quoting on here, I still have yet to grok that. Have a great weekend, I'll be posting every day so jump on when you can and give updates!

Here's a pic from Niagara last week. I'm heading into the 170s (it's been a while!) and feeling very good about it - good enough to don the tank tops! Thank goodness, because even Canada was HOT!

Thanks for coaching this week, Zim! It is always nice to have new coaches! And no worries on repeating questions.

QOTD: Usually Sunday is a rest day for me which means no workout at all but I did a 1.5 mile walk around my hilly neighborhood this morning to make sure that I hit my ActiveLink goal today.

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Hello all! I am having computer issues and trying to multi-quote and reply on my phone is very time consuming. Our desktop is old and we were told that it will cost as much to update and improve it as buying a new computer, so we've been looking EVERYWHERE!! I finally ordered a laptop last night from Tiger Direct and it should be here next week. Yay!

I still may have the desktop cleaned up but not updated to Windows 8 and let the kids use it for getting on the internet to play games or look up how to draw Bigfoot. Yes, DS10 is looking that up right now on the tablet.

We are supposed to be getting storms tonight or in the morning and I am hoping it is not in the morning. DSis and I are walking 8 or 9 miles at 7:30 and I do not want to put this off until tomorrow evening or Sunday. We are walking The Biggest Loser WalkRun series half marathon in Erie (PA) on Aug 17. I don't know which former contestants from BL will be there yet, but I hope to hear some speak at the expo. Walking a half marathon counts, right?!?!

I am off to hang out with DSs and finish watching Kung Fu Panda. Have a great night!

Jill
Jill, walk, run, crawl, it all counts for a half marathon -- you can do it!

Hope your computer woes are quickly over. I cannot do replies at all on my phone -- too hard.

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Hi Zim

Thanks for coaching. In response to your QOTD, I ran 5K today (I'm worn out, so not actually feeling too healthy at the moment) but I know it was good for me long term!!! Finished in 39:08, so 66 seconds better than the last time I ran it 2 weeks ago.
Woo hoo! Congrats on your great time improvement!

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Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.

This week just kind of got away from me. But I am holding my own with the weight and might even see a loss in July if I don't go too crazy next weekend. If not, I am happy to be holding my own.

The knee is much improved. I even did yoga with an extra folded up mat under it when we were on our knees. Today we were supposed to run 6 miles but we went out to a free concert last night, so decided to put it off until tomorrow.

Welcome to the new folks!
Good job on the loss. Take it easy on that knee -- you don't want an injury before going to see Mickey!

Pamela, I lost your quote but wanted to say hope all your party tasks are almost done so you can enjoy the party!

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QOTD - Do you listen to music while exercising? Do you have favorite songs that are a MUST to get you psyched for exercising??

And thanks for the help with quoting, I think I've got it!!
I do listen to music when I am running or walking. I need to update some of my playlists because my tunes are getting old. One of my newer ones that I like now is "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore.

It's official at WW I came back from vacation weighing the same as when I left so I consider that my big accomplishment for the month of July so far! But I am still hoping to lose a couple of pounds for the rest of the month so onward and downward.

Also, I just finished my second ActiveLink challenge on WW. I met my goal 91% of the time and increased my activity by 46% in the past 6 months. That is worth the $5 a month right there! I knew in my heart that my training for half marathons was not enough activity and this proved it and I have been able to increase my activity even and show a good loss for the year, especially in this last month of training before the Dumbo Double Dare!

Have a great Sunday all!
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Lisa--that is pretty impressive! Congrats on coming back from vacation without a gain. I totally agree that it takes more than training for a race to lose. I had really started to increase my activity before I fell, and I am finally getting back to that point again. I love getting sweaty in the summertime.

We ran 6 miles this morning. I feel good except my piriformis has decided to spasm. Oh well, it does that sometimes. Hopefully ibuprofen will help.

So a little off topic, but we are 'unofficially' listing our house. And I think once I get over the initial panic will probably go ahead and put a sign in the yard. Right now we are just working with our agent--kind of like, if you have someone you think might be interested....This has been coming for over two years, but things have just not gone smoothly. If DH does not get a transfer, then we will go ahead and buy something else in town. Eventually we will pick an end date for how long we want to try for the transfer. He has been looking for about two years, but in a very specific location. We have greatly opened up the location and he has had a couple of promising conversations. I miss my kid. I am tired of being so far away and having to drive through some of the nastiest mountains on the east coast to see him. This is partly what has been stressing me out so much, so it is nice to talk about. I don't even want to be in this house--and haven't wanted to for a long time, but I feel safe here and it is very affordable. I don't want to go into an apartment, but I don't want to be here either. Change is hard, but I know it is what we want. It is just very scary! If I had a blueprint and knew exactly what was going to happen when I would be so much happier. That would be the control freak side of my personality. Anyhow, I know this (imagined?) stress is not helping my weight/food choices. So, time to put on the big girl panties and take some action. Even DS wants us closer. But he did tell Mike that if we end up in the same city I was not allowed to bug him all the time. Thanks for letting me share.

I hope everyone has a good Sunday. I am going to clean a bit. And try not to have a panic attack that I told the real estate agent that she can show the house. NO STRESS EATING!
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QOTD - Do you listen to music while exercising? Do you have favorite songs that are a MUST to get you psyched for exercising??

If I'm at the gym, I just listen to whatever they're blasting out, but recently I have been using my iPod when running outside on my own. I have been listening to some of Shania Twain's more upbeat stuff and it seems to improve my time (as does Nickelback, Train and Rob Thomas!!!) Think I might try to put myself a specific playlist together later for my run to diet class tomorrow night.

Had a bit of a lazy day today, been out to the local shops to look at some new running shoes, but didn't really see anything that takes my fancy!! Did find one store that will do a free running gait assessment though, so am going to go back next weekend.....probably will end up with some NewBalance Shoes. Wanted Brooks but they are very hard to get in the UK.

Also did a bit of batch cooking for the freezer ths morning - made a huge veggie chilli then portioned it for work lunches as OH doesn't like it!!
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What a long weekend it's been. Came down ill yesterday and have been in bed trying to will it to go away Seems to be settling down a bit, so hopefully tomorrow will be nicer. I have to admit, the time to nap has been lovely. Must have needed it?

QOTD: I run much better with music! My tempo is more even and I can comfortably run faster. I find I can also run longer because my mind is occupied. I don't have a particular song I need, but "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" always makes me happy and I run lighter

Speaking of freezer cooking, I need to catch up. Ours is just about empty. I know if I don't soon, the temptation to eat snack-meals instead of real ones will get really strong... Any favorites you'd like to suggest? I have a usual roundup, but change is good
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Morning all and Happy Monday! Sorry I wasn't around this weekend. I was at an outdoor swim meet with no wi-fi and when we got home each evening it was STRAIGHT to work around the house!

Thankfully last week's heatwave has ended and we have cooler temps and even a bit of rain in this week's forecast. Why am I grateful for rain? Because maybe, just maybe, the painter will be able to fit me in this week if he can't paint outside and I will actually get my two stairwells painted before next weekend's party!

I've declared my outside projects officially checked off the list. Sure, I have lots more I'd like to get done, but with the party just 5 days away I've got to say "good enough" and move to the inside cleaning and stuff! My parents are coming up on Wednesday and my Dad will be able to work outside for me if I ask.

Eating over the weekend was mostly really good with just a splurge at dinner last night thrown in. DH and DS went to a comedy show so DD and I splurged on a homemade mac and cheese for dinner (NOT lowfat... testing a recipe to use for the party and it was so yummy) and a bowl of ice cream to end our weekend!! But counted, journaled, and enjoyed.... now time to move on and forget about the rest of the ice cream in the freezer!

If I can fit it in, the weather will DEFINITELY be more conducive to outdoor exercise this week! But with the ENTIRE HOUSE needing a thorough cleaning this week, plus regular swim practices (including doubles Tues, Wed, and Thurs.... skipping today's), DH out of town a few days, and party food stuff needing prepping, it will definitely be a SQUEEZE to fit in some regular walk/runs. Just need to keep reminding myself that I am worth it and that it IS just as important as everything else I am doing this week!

I'll try to take a minute here to read and reply before dashing off!.............P
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