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Old 04-18-2012, 07:03 AM   #16
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Good morning, Queenlies!

We've had some unseasonably warm weather although the cold wind off the water makes it unsuitable for basking. Nevertheless, lovely to be able to go out without jacket or boots. Chillier today but it's been nice to have a little break. And summer's on the way...

The last couple of weeks have been really busy. I had final rehearsals and performance of the Schubert, Easter Brunch, trip to Halifax, final symphony performance and subsequent review, first rehearsal for Faure's Requiem in August. Along with the neverending work, an application for another job (no nibbles, though) and all the other usual stuff. But I'm thinking things are slowing down a mite now, which is v. welcome.

Got back to hot yoga on Monday and will go again today, getting my 10,000 steps in. I'm still not feeling 100% in the wake of the stupid cold I picked up just in time for the concert but well enough to carry on. And I shall.

Eydie, that sounds like quite a feast! Do you have a recipe for the raw chocolate cake? I found a recipe for coconut milk-date ice cream. It occurred to me one day that using dates to sweeten a coconut ice cream would probably give it a nice texture and taste. Lo and behold, someone had already thought of it. Haven't made it yet but will.

K, sashaying off to walk DH to work and get in a turn around the harbour. Have a blessed day, Lovelies!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:15 AM   #17
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I'm ready to sashay, for sure. Though right now it's more like a "walk of shame". I went absolutely nutso the last two weeks. Food is most certainly my "drug of choice".

Had a little procedure on eye yesterday and realizing I had let something go on way too long. Things do creep on one - and not just weight. So hoping this will improve all sorts of things. Know I've been verging on "downness" the last year and a half and have been saying all the right things to self but self has not apparently been listening all the time.

However, it's been a lovely spring here too and I've also accomplished a lot in recent times. So it's time for yet another chat w/self who should know so much better by now.

I'm off to practice my "sashay" until I get it right.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:50 PM   #18
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day here today but has been unseasonably warm -- which, here, translates to "mild." I had a fun date with my bestie -- went to a fund-raiser flea market, then went to a new place for coffee. Another friend had been and said it was like being in a different city, and it was. Good, strong coffee (weak coffee is an abomination, IMO) and a folk-art vibe from rustic original features and actual folk art. Expensive, but we weren't shopping. We've resolved to make more time for excursions. I tend to get too busy to hang out but it's one of those things that makes life worthwhile.

I'm actually taking this week OFF. DH is traveling and I'm going to putter-clean, putter-garden and just putter in general. Putt-putt-putt... Choir practice, a shleepover and a writing group in the evenings. I'm not going to drive myself too hard trying to clean every inch of the house but will go at a nice pace and intersperse some fun throughout. And then we'll see where we are by the end of the week. It's not like there's going to be an embargo on housework after that.

Recommitting to eating only at the table, trying to ensure that I only eat when hungry and the right things. Have slipped. Again. But getting back up and moving onward.

Anagram, hold your head high, you fabulous woman! I bet with whatever behaviour you've had, you're still hovering around the same numbers. And, in any case, as you pointed out, 'tis spring and everything becomes so much easier. Let's renew the vow to sashay...

Did the big Sunday walk with DH this a.m. and am going to try out the yin version of hot yoga in about 45 mins. I haven't done it before and it's got some long pose holds. We'll see. If I have to come out of a pose, it's not like they'll force me back into it. That wouldn't be very yoga-like.

Sashaying onward... Have a lovely Sunday, Queenlies!
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:08 AM   #19
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Good morning, Lovelies! I was almost finished posting yesterday when my productivity app locked me out of the site. Shall try again...

My week is going pretty well. I never get as much done as I want to but a week just isn't long enough to do everything. If I'd decided to just do the housework I probably could get through the whole spring cleaning but then I would have missed out on everything else. Anyway, getting through some big jobs, the things that bug me most. I've got my pedicure done, toes sort-of like this, maybe a little greener. But I'm thinking that from now on, I'll have at least the polish part done professionally. It's only $10 to get a polish change.

I've wrestled myself back to eating only at the table. It's shocking how difficult it can be to make myself do that, though. I had a real battle Monday evening, but emerged victorious. I figured this out about a year ago, that if there was one single thing I could do to ensure that I'd be successful in this battle, it was restricting my eating to the table. When I let myself slump on the couch and watch TV while I eat, I eat more and I eat more often. It's a treat. I had to talk to myself sternly "OK -- it's a treat. But is it enough of a treat to make up for staying fat and losing out on all the real rewards of being at a healthy weight?" Really underlines the fact that this is addictive behavior. Fighting with logic and winning now, Day 3.

I've also gone to hot yoga every day and gotten my 10,000 steps. The yin yoga on Sunday felt like it will be very beneficial, loosening up my hips and knees. It's not strenuous, as the regular hot classes are, but demanding in terms of holding the poses.

Tonight's writing group. I think I'll go back over my old stuff and work on something to take to read. And now -- can one sashay off to clean the fridge? I guess that's what I'm doing.
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Arabella, you can sashay to anything you want. I was out sashaying to houses today. One of the ones I looked at earlier has been looking better & better so I went back today and, of course, it just sold. Well, I hear there will be more coming up in that neighborhood soon.

I've wrangled the weight down to just below 200 again. Not down enough to be where I used to be before Easter but not seeing the deadly 2 now. Until I go to the doctor's next month. With clothes, it's still there.

Ds was here a couple of days this week and did gobs of work for me - always helps my mood - his being here and getting jobs done. Took me out to lunch and another day to the racetrack as an early Mother's Day.

Like the polish color -seems springish. I actually had them leave mine bare this last time. Probably five years or more since they weren't not polished.

Lovely today but cold. Brrrrr.

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:18 AM   #21
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Day 2 here. I've been managing to stick to table-only eating but I'm not sure I really needed those 7 chocolate chip cookies I ate a few days ago. I think I'll add no wheat and no sugar to the prohibitions. I mostly don't eat wheat but it's slipped in again from time to time. Ditto for sugar. No good for me! All good with and walking, though. (Mind you, the yoga character here should be in a vigorous stance, red in the face and dripping sweat. Sure it's good for me.)

So far, spring has been lovely here -- lots of sunshine and warmer than usual temperatures. Right now there's frost on the roofs but will be better later. I've got my sheets in the washer and will hang them out for that heavenly scent. A treat for me!

Work has been frustrating but I've got myself worked around to seeing how to make it better. I've got to build some fun breaks into the day and -- the biggest thing -- shut down email and instant messaging for most of the day. I really can't work when I'm getting constantly interrupted. So have taken a stand and will stick to it!

DGS is coming this afternoon. I think we'll go over to the pond and see how the salamanders are doing.

Anagram, how's the house-hunting feeling? Exciting, I hope. Must be a little hard to think of moving from your home, though. You've been there a long time, haven't you? Lovely to have a nice visit with DS -- and esp. one that ends up with some chores accomplished. Must see if I can't lure mine over to have a look at some networking issues...

I b'lieve I'll sashay off to do the shopping while it's quiet. I'll sashay around the harbour when it warms up a bit and then sashay off to hot yoga at lunch. Lovin' the sashayin' -- so much more fun. Have a blessed day, Lovelies!

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Old 05-06-2012, 07:02 AM   #22
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Day 1 again. I really did well yesterday but had a few bites of things while I made dinner and we know that's the slippery slope. Great day in terms of food and exercise, though.

So here we go -- eating only at the table, no sugar or processed carbs, low on the carb scale in general. DH and I will be heading out for our Sunday harbour walk soon and I'll go to yin this afternoon. We're traveling again this week and I'll be trying out a new hot hoga place. 90-minutes and reputedly much tougher than the one I do so will have to be careful to pace myself and not push harder than I should. Just completed three weeks in a row of four classes.

Hope Queenlies are having a lovely Sunday!
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #23
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hello royal ones! it has been way too long since i have been in here and posted. have missed you all! will catch up on your posts soon, but at least wanted to check in. food and exercise plans have been going fairly well. still in process of trying to get off weight i put back on last year, but going in right direction, as have been since beginning of this year, so feeling good about that. still in apartment i moved to in january as my somewhat temporary digs. still enjoying it, though. will probably start looking for something more permanent next month. condo not on market yet, but have a (new) real estate agent now, and will list it with her. first one i had thought would work out, turned out to be very, very flakey.sooo glad i never actually listed with her. anyway, i will be back again soon for personal posts. just wanted to say i am still around, and thinking of you. take care, all.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:37 PM   #24
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Huzzah, royals! Am (me) be back with a new user name and account as have been having massive computer and internet security problems for some time as well as flux with career and life sytems in general. Woot!

Anyhow finding with the newest computer am having problems on some o' the sites I like to frequent. Hence the user name change.

Currently doing what I call my Lighthouse Challenge and had switched to a goal to lose 20 pounds o' regain (goal keeps changin' lol, Am be a changeable personality but guess that's how she be and so be it), have lost a little of that. Will put up stats after the dreaded Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale tomorrow.

Arabella, love the new thread.

Woot to wsw, glad ye are enjoying your apartment and looking forward to new digs.

Anagram, congratulations on the pounds down, woot!

To all 'n sundry here in the palace, it be good to FINALLY be back. Have not been able to log in due to aforesaid problems with forums and various other systemic issues.

Am on Day 123 of a countdown to my goal date for the 20 pounds.

Huzzah to all, mentioned or un--

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Old 05-13-2012, 09:53 AM   #25
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Edited to Add: Lost .8 and that is HUGE for the me with the struggle I am having to get these pounds off. Am SO happy!

Previously Posted: Happy Mother's Day to all in the palace who are mothers or had mothers as we can all celebrate those two great events! Woot!

I am waiting for the designated time for my Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale, which I do on Sundays at the same time each week unless I switch things around for some reason or others. Then I will have my weekly brunch and go shopping. Lol, I do the same thing every Sunday.

I am redundant but happy.

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Old 05-20-2012, 02:16 PM   #26
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Well, this week I GAINED 1.6 lol! Changed my goal date to correspond with the Mayan calendar, which ends December 21 or thereabouts (depending on how you interpret it). Since I don't believe the world or time will end on December 21, I chose the end of December as my new goal date. I blogged my rationale on that on my 3FC blog, feel very positive about it.

Caveat, I don't think the end of the world or time will end on December 30 either. I look at it as a lot of people who follow this do, that IF time were to end, time would begin again, as in a new, lovely, positive cycle with all negative things in the past.

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:32 AM   #27
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Talking Day 220! Wazoo!

ETA: THURSDAY, May 24, 2012, Day 245 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,385 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Previous: GOOD MORROW ALL WHO INHABITETH THIS THREAD! Just feelin' like visitin' 'n hopin' all are well and doin' glorious things this day that make them happy! Woot!

Major project sent last night, one more work night and another little contract, then taking an ON ISLAND VACATION closeted in my mental Lighthouse (er, imaginary motivational island with inspirational lighthouse on it) to regroup on the diet/fitness front. Then back to same job as thought was leaving but am not for awhile.

Brings MOI (just me) to a THOUGHT! Woot! The thought is that Amarantha2 is eating a bit too high and blaming stress when in reality, no blame is necessary because eating is fundamental (and fun) but actually stress doesn't cause it. Stress makes MOI stressed and causes a rise in cortisol (the theory goes) and that makes MOI eat extra calories that cause the cortisol to be somewhat handled in the body (don't really understand that too clearly but that is what happens). The RESPONSIBILITY of the holder of the body is to somehow figure out a way to deal with this without whinin' 'bout it and to move on without gaining weight because another responsibility is to maintain our major weight loss, more or less, and if we lose those 18 pounds we are stalkin', so much the better, and if we get fit 'n fab, so much the better (but fit is the result of exercise, not food, while weight is the result of both).

SO, we woke up this mornin' on the island with everythin' in the bod sore (happens a lot, life is full o' aches 'n pains no matter what we do, methinks) and frustrations (yep, those too) and thought o' goin' back to sleep. BUT THEN we walked out into the glorious twilight morn' with the doggie girl 'n noticed she (or someone lol) had placed a dead birdie (sad) on our front porch. SO we sighed as we DO suspect doggie girl and dealt with that and then realized we felt sad for the birdie but our doggie girl continually makes us smile with her weird ways. So we meandered around and then did 15 minutes o' weights that we were going to skip 'cause we thought we were entitled because we felt all achey and our foot still hurts (it IS the shoe, we see that now). Fifteen minutes doesn't seem like a lot but t'is all we got for time right now and holds the place in the streakity AND to update:

THURSDAY, May 24, 2012, Day 245 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,385 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2012, Day 244 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,370 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

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Huzzah to all fabulous Royal Ones. The palace be quiet but Am2 is just wanderin' 'round the hallways and kitchens, rattlin' the pots & pans. SO focused on food today and walking walking walking.

Arabella, very interested in the different types of yoga you are doing. How is it going?

Anagram, Wsw, Huzzah! How are ye all?

Huzzah to any lurkers or anyone I missed that I should say huzzah to!

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FRIDAY, May 25, 2012, Day 246 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,460 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Woot! Places to go, things to do!

This is a week of shorter workouts and it is actually having a good effect on the bod and the sore foot, which is no longer sore but I can see I need a different type of shoe for longer walks and when I start running again.

THINKING of going to a modified paleo, just thinking, not there yet, but am close to that anyway in my eating, modified meaning that I will never give up dairy, although coconut milk is certainly a yummy alternative, but let's face it, organic or not, coconut milk is processed. So is dairy, for that matter, unless you go back in time and are trekking the landscape and find a passing milk bearing animal and capture it and drink directly from the creature.

Feeling good lol. I am Day 219 of my countdown to the ULTIMATE GOAL (or whatever)! Think I may get there before but we'll see!

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Good morrow, Royals! Halfway through a walkety walk here. T'is glorious and COOL this mornin' 'n am just wanderin' my royal neighborhood, did some weights earlier, working later, then OFF of all jobs for two weeks. Hopin' to get some real damage done (in a good way) to my goal! Day 218 on the countdown! Woot!
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Woot! Good morrow, all 'n sundry Royals and any wanderin' spirits like moi just hangin' 'round the palace. T'is quiet here in the palace but nice to be here. Huzzah!

Also hangin' 'round scanning the sky for Scale Angels, then will weigh and have brunch, same ol' same ol' lol. Have warned the scale to behave as I could turn it into a lamp. Will likely post again after the weigh-in, or not lol, dependin' on how it goeth!

SUNDAY, May 27, 2012, Day 248 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 105 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,700 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)
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