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Old 08-23-2019, 06:04 PM   #136  
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Good Afternoon,

Friday ended on the positive note of reduced student numbers and a found curriculum for geography that I am truly excited about. The students are engaged. I call a win for the week.

Pilates yesterday. OP today but yesterday I came home and ate a bunch because I was starving. I don’t want to make the same mistake. I have a healthy plan.

This week is in San Francisco. I don’t want to undo my losses so I will have to ponder a strategy.

Karen: I have to tell you my success of a 10 mile hike with a 2300 foot elevation gain three weeks ago. I was thrilled,

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Old 08-24-2019, 06:30 AM   #137  
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Thumbs up Saturday - Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum (79)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Entertainment was watching Analyze This with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal. We nearly laughed ourselves off the couch. Since it's twenty years old, it's possible that I've seen it before and get to enjoy it again simply because I've forgotten. It's the movie that I got by walking to the library in 91 degree F heat. Was worth it.

I managed to leave the supermarket without picking up some dark chocolate strategically offered at the checkout line. CREDIT moi - even though I can't right now remember how I resisted. Lunch was a tomato sandwich. A garden fresh tomato sandwich to be precise. DW calculates that she's harvested about 40 cukes so far. Yesterday she gave a few to the workmen fixing the fence in the public garden. They jumped at the offer. Twice blessed to be sure.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Interesting that kids are getting more dressy at college. Congrats for having your Parisian silk scarf handy.

maryann - Engaged students is a triumph. Kids who know some geography will be rare. [If I was speaking to you, I'd say "is" in the preceding sentence. In writing, it looks like "are" would be correct. Which is right?]

Karen (karenrn) - Congrats for making the last of the backpacking granola gone. It can't temp you anymore. I can only imagine that your trail pictures are spectacular.

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Contrast Ella's behavior with that of people without weight problems. It would never occur to most of them to eat when they were upset. They don't rely on food to help them feel better.

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Old 08-24-2019, 11:04 AM   #138  
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Today includes my usual Saturday activity with lunch out. Our lunch spot for fourth Saturdays is Mod Pizza where I do well if ignore the pizza and design my own salad instead.

Exercise: +20, 830/1100 minutes for August
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BBE: I am going with “Engaged students are a triumph” as opposed to “is.” I have a feeling gardenerjoy will have the definitive answer.

Last night everybody in the house decided to celebrate a good week with food. More junk around than I can remember. Oh well. Today I will focus on the company at an SF party. That is my plan.

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Thumbs up Sunday - Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River (1540)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Walked, CREDIT moi, for a two hour trek with DW over a bike path that she'd never walked before - although I had. We walked a mile to the beginning and a mile home afterward from the end - almost a perfect triangle. Encountered many rented bikes that are a new thing around here. All bikers were courteous and careful; that's pretty good since there's another path where folks on foot are treated as targets. We analyzed all new construction; critiqued all gardens; and noted new restaurants and stores. It would have been more aerobic if we hadn't stopped in two stores for errands. Staples had, rather weirdly, priced a specific box of labels more than $10 higher in-store than ordering them online with store pickup within the hour. Naturally, DW ordered online and we picked them up. Doesn't seem like a sane business model.

Lunch was yet another tomato sandwich. Dinner included tomatoes and cukes with the grilled Tuna that had been on sale that morning. I always feel like I'm eating the last Tuna on earth even though they're labeled 'sustainable.'


Joy (gardenerjoy) - That's a serious step to skip the pizza at a pizza store.

maryann - Celebrating with food is so ingrained; it's a challenge to avoid.

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Good morning coaches,

Yesterday I didn't make a plan and I kind of ate what I wanted. I have been feeling hungry quite a bit this past week and I just decided I wanted the feeling of being between satisfied and full. I didn't go crazy, but did have a really big salad for lunch and a patty melt with tater tots and the local tavern with dinner, along with a couple of drinks. This morning I feel great and ready to be back to making a plan and sticking to it. I am finally getting a little tired of the pumpkin waffles I have been eating for breakfast for so long and changed it up with a veggie scramble which tastes really good. No big plans for the day and dh will be heading to the golf course which he loves even in 100+ degrees.

Bill The tomato sandwiches sound delicious.
Maryann I remember reading about the family reunion and long hike before it happened, but not after. Good for you. That is a big hike especially with that elevation gain. I'm sure you didn't start out at sea level either. It feels so good to know we can do hard things, don't you think?
GardenerJoy I love salad, but passing up pizza is to be commended.

Okay, onward with making my plan for the day food wise and other wise. Have a great Sunday!
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Good morning!

My pdx to coast relay walk was so much more involved than I expected. My initial understanding was just doing a couple walks and calling it a day, but it was basically no sleep for 2.5 days and living out of a van. It was a cool, exciting event though and I can see how it would be amazing if I knew ahead to plan in better ways to get sleep. There are areas to lay down a sleeping tarp/bag if I had brought the stuff.

I managed to eat pretty great but weight is up a few pounds because sodium was high and my legs got a bit of swelling from not being able to put them up.

Bill, credit for the walk! The cucumber and tomato garden bounty sounds amazing! I'm hoping I can do better next year.

Joy, kudos for having salad at the pizza place. They apparently have a cauliflower crust at Mod pizza, I was thinking about trying at some point. At least I think I read that they have it.

Karen, that's great about your grand-nephew. I'm glad he's doing well and filling in some baby rolls.

Maryann, does that mean your class size is going to be smaller from now on? If so, yay!

Curly, I hope you are having a great road trip and the hip isn't screaming at you for the drive.
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Today's challenges are some anxiety-provoking chores to take care of. Food doesn't fix anxiety. Here are some things to try instead: get the thing done so I can stop thinking about it. remember to breathe, take a walk.

Exercise: +40, 870/1100 minutes for August

BBE and maryann: I agree that engaged students are a triumph. To get rid of the awkwardness, in a formal setting, I'd probably go with "Student engagement is a triumph."
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A funny thing happened this morning. I woke up grumpy and groggy after a bad food party where I disappointed myself again. Then I went in to take a bath and became mad at my husband for turning the water heater too low for my bath. I was peeved at having to host my sister in from Baltimore.
While bathing, though, my thinking changed and I thought how lucky I was I have family to come and that they were all healthy. I thought my husband was a pretty good sport for driving for hours to two of my events and being cheerful. I thought how nice it is to have warm water instead of cold for the bath. The day became better.

This isn’t a revelation of shattering importance but it made a difference to my day and I want to put these kinds of changes into my food habits. So I put on my exercise clothes immediately when I got home so i was committed. I might eat some cookies but they will the low calories kind not the high calorie. I will sit while I eat them. I will get in some spinach somewhere in the day.

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The last official high-school reunion event in a weekend full of them was a brunch this a.m. I had a very good time at all the events. Then, this afternoon, I drove around my home town with my DH and a girlfriend I've known since the 5th grade. It was fun to look at old houses where I lived with my parents, drive by parks where I went to day camps and made endless potholders, and see the restaurants where I worked as a waitress in high school. Very nostalgic.

Eating has been pretty good. I've loaded up on salads at the various buffets, and been able to avoid sweets until this afternoon when above-mentioned girlfriend claimed she was going to serve the best dessert in the world and was pretty insistent I try it. It was a small portion, so I don't feel too bad. One of the guys I went to high school with told me I looked very fit, so I figure all this weight-lifting at the gym must have had some effect. I think what he meant is that, despite being heavy, I looked fit but I'm not 100% sure and didn't really want to pursue it. I still have my girly pride.

Anyhow, the main food events on this trip are now done and after visiting some relatives this week, DH and I will be on our own. That should make it somewhat easier.

Curlyjax - I use the cruise control all the time. This rental car will allow the cruise control to kick in at 20 mph and I use it at low speeds as well as high. It really helps my hip.

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Thumbs up Monday - Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà (1498, Rome)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Standard Sunday walk with DW felt good, CREDIT moi. I insisted on wearing only a short-sleeved Polo shirt, correctly guessing that the exercise would keep me warm. It did. But sitting for an hour required me to fake that I was warm enough. On the way home, DW took her jacket out of my backpack because she admitted that it was a tad chilly. I marched forward in denial.

For dinner on the patio, however, I wore a lined windbreaker. Sorry for the temperature details, but this is mid-August and I'm convinced that it's supposed to be warm - even blisteringly hot. The good news is that I had no evening snack as if I was getting back at the weather by staying on plan, LOL.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Thanks for "Food doesn't fix anxiety." Methinks that you and maryann are correct in "Engaged students are." I'm in a constant battle to avoid incorrectly assigning a plural subject to phrases such as "Picking blueberries is fun," but overreached on "engaged students."

maryann - Super Kudos for seeing your way out of negative thinking.

Karen (karenrn) - Kudos for being ready to be back on plan. I already am tired of advertisements for pumpkin-flavored stuff. It's not Fall yet.

Penny. - Ouch for going for 2.5 days without sleep. But Big Congratulations for completing your contribution to the walk.

CJZee - Yay for enjoying your high school reunion with Super Kudos for preparing yourself to feel good.

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There is nothing wrong with having negative emotions. They're just nature's way of telling us there's a problem. Do you think that you can't tolerate negative emotions? You can! Of course, you don't like feeling upset. But negative emotions aren't dangerous. Nothing bad will happen to you. You won't fall apart. Given enough time, negative emotions - just like cravings - will subside on their own. You don't have to eat. A negative emotion is not an emergency.

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Good morning!

Yesterday was on plan and weight is holding. I am still so tired, with two nights of sleep and a four hour nap in between.

CJ, I am glad to read the reunion activities went well and a good time was had.

Maryann, so nice that a bath soaked the worries away.

Joy, yep, food does not fix anxiety. I gave it a thorough test for many years.

Bill, credit for the walk and on plan eating. It does feel like temps are already going down here too.
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Good morning coaches,

I had a successful on plan day yesterday except for just a couple of walnuts in the afternoon. I've made my plan for today and feel motivated to stick with it. We are flying to Washington in 2 1/2 weeks, so I'll try to be diligent and on plan at least until then. I'll be heading out to the gym shortly to get the day started on the right note. Yesterday I made an outline of an meal plan for the weeks dinners. Tonight will be chicken cacciatore. It's so much easier when I have a plan and ensure I have the necessary ingredients.

Penny It makes me tired just hearing about how many hours you went without sleep.
Bill I am envious of your cooler temps. It's supposed to be about 107 here today and is already 85.
CJZee I'm so glad you had fun at all the reunion events. My next one is in two years.
Maryann Good job turning your thoughts and mood around.
GardenerJoy I hope you were able to get your anxiety provoking chores completed so you don't have to think about them anymore.

Off to the gym. Once I get my exercise I feel like I can do whatever I want for the rest of the day . . well not quite, but almost.
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I'm taking today off. At the moment, that means a day of making art and watching videos. All well and good but I sometimes let my routines go along with all the things that I label as work. A daily post here is one of the routines. So, I'm later than usual, but I made it.

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karenrn: We're having chicken cacciatore tonight, too. Although our version isn't very traditional since DH doesn't like bell peppers. We use zucchini instead.
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Hi all,
I pretty much took the weekend off from my computer. Foodwise, I did fine Friday--we went out to dinner and I ate exactly what I intended to--and told the server not to bring the bread so I wouldn't even be tempted by it. She brought it anyway and DH and I told her to take it away :-) We've had this server before--she's generally not so scatter brained, but she really was that night.

Saturday--I did not do well at our evening event--I ate more than I needed to be satisfied and ate things I didn't need to be eating at all.

I had a good success on Sunday though--it occurred to me to eat raisin bread (what is it with me and raisin bread?) I opened the bread box, then stopped and took half a dozen deep breaths, closed the breadbox and the temptation was gone. Major success--and credits for thinking of taking deep breaths to focus myself on what I am trying to accomplish.

Today is going to be an all product day. I'm not sure if I have any non-product days between now and our trip--we leave the September 12th.

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