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Old 11-11-2019, 12:13 AM   #61  
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Hi everyone!

I had a great visit with my dad but we went out to eat too much. I had more carbs than I intended but (and this is a big but) I have not had any sugar. I realize that all carbs are sugar, but at this point, it's the added sugar that seems to send me over the edge into binging so that's where my focus is. I'm using the I Am Soberapp and checking in with it every day. It actually even has the category of being addicted to sugar, so that's the one I'm working with--with a daily morning pledge and daily evening review.

I had chicken Parmesan for dinner tonight--the meal was huge and I ate less than half the chicken and just a few bites of potato (instead of pasta) but all of the garlic bread :-). I knew that I wanted to be on all products the first 3 days of this week before going to NY on Wednesday night. So, I sent my leftovers home with my dad, who is going to stay with his brother for a few days before returning home to Mexico. I cleaned out the fridge this evening--DH left for OH today, so I wanted to get rid of all the stuff that wasn't going to be any good when he gets home. My dad left a package of barely touched chocolate mint things here--I dumped them in the trash (loose) and then put all the other stuff from the fridge on top of them, and took the whole mess to the garage trash. I wasn't tempted by them, but I didn't see any reason to leave them in hopes I wouldn't be tempted by them over the next few days!

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Diet Coaches/Buddies - Standard Sunday walk with DW, CREDIT moi, enjoying that it was enough below chilly to call 'cold'. Went a little further to check out some gardens that interested her to see how they were getting ready for winter. There's much to see if one looks.

Dinner was about average for a restaurant. We took a friend to a Tibetan restaurant nearby for what may have been the best restaurant meal in a few years. We split three dishes so we had access to all the different spices. Don't know how Tibet came to master so many spices since they seem to be up in the mountains outside of the spice trade. DW and I may have to go back just to repeat the experience. The portions weren't super large - but certainly larger than a meal served at home. Fortunately for me, our friend finished off all the dishes so I wasn't tempted to clean up by eating the remainders myself.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Continue to send supportive thoughts for you guys and your MIL. By the by, are you doing NaNoWriMo this month?

maryann - Neat that you're tending your points. Thanks for reminding me that stretching is required.

Karen (karenrn) - Can't wait to hear how you liked Harriet. It's definitely on my list.

curlyjax - Kudos for humor and "Onwards!" Ouch for the recurring pain - so glad you've scheduled your operation already

Beth (bethturnaround) - Kudos for sticking to your "no sugar". Yep, unexpected gifts such as "chocolate mint things" are the worst.

Penny. - On plan and holding is always good.

CJZee - Happy Colonoscopy Day. The good news is that it will soon be over and you can have breakfast.

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Three Steps to Lower Your Level of Stress
Here are the steps you should take: . . .

Step 3: Change Your Mindset

Lillian, for example, has a rule: I should always put other people first. Therefore, even though it was the hardest time of the year at work, she agreed to help her mother buy a new computer, go with a friend to a concert, and help her cousin with gardening. Michael has an unspoken rule: I can't show any sign of weakness. Therefore, she didn't take time off from work when he had the flu (and it took longer to recover). Suzanne also has a rule, I should do everything myself. Therefore, she deprived herself of the assistance she needed when her husband's chronic illness took a turn for the worse.

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I'm enjoying a very leisurely morning of sitting in bed with coffee and laptop. I stayed up late last night to watch a show called MayDay -British murder which I do enjoy as long as it focuses more on suspense than violence. I went to church late, bumped into another late friend and we ended up hanging out instead of sitting thru the sermon, then I had met another friend later. And today I am hopefully catching up with someone else. I realize I do have friends in an introvert, one on one way, just not a gang. If you say you're feeling sad, i think folks are more apt to get back to you.
CJZee- always good to have the colonoscopy over! I find it so interesting that we can refrain from eating when we absolutely have to; I wish i could make myself do that other times as well.
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Good morning!

Yesterday was one of my food trap events, and I did succumb. We went on a hike and then enjoyed a very yummy meal at a vegan restaurant. Weight is up but still in the "holding" range.

One event down, two to go. Next weekend is the other vegan restaurant with the local mealplan subscribers, then whatever we decide for Thanksgiving.

Karen, credit for eating on plan and exercise!

Maryann, I'm glad the WW is going well for you!

Joy, yay for MIL! I'm glad it worked for her.

CJZee, I hope everything went well with the colonoscopy. I just went through that a couple months ago.

Beth, credit for getting through the weekend without too much damage and getting rid of the sugar.

Bill, credit for not letting the cold stop your Sunday walk.

Curly, skipping church with a friend sounds super cool to me! lol
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Good Morning,

I have had a slow start as well. I went to bed with a frog in my throat so I started Zicam right away this morning.

This morning is a big day on WW because they rolled out new plan options. I have changed to the plan with less zero point foods and more daily points. I know myself as someone who needs sweet treats or I will feel deprived. That is just the facts. If I can plan for them I am less likely to binge. Yesterday I went way over on zero point foods to compensate for no treat. I regretted it at 2:00 am. My ultimate goal is peace with food and I think this new plan gives me the best shot. I also must constantly go back to Beck saying Oh WelL, giving myself credit, and sitting while eating.

Super neat how the app changed over my points so I didn’t have to change my Friday weigh in day.

Off to church and then work on those pesky college apps.

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Old 11-11-2019, 12:15 PM   #66  
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Good morning!

I'm starting an all product day--the first of 3 in a row. It feels good to have a plan and it's short-term and therefore feels doable.

I do need to start walking again but I feel as if I need to focus on one thing at a time and my focus right now is abstaining from sugar. I'm not currently abstaining from baked goods but I think that focusing on the sugar issues first makes sense for me--and then will start adding in abstention from baked good if it seems that I need to do that to stay on track--or continue to lose.

Time to focus on work!

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Today, I'm getting a late start because I went to the eye doctor. I correctly diagnosed that I was experiencing Posterior Vitreous Detachment in my left eye. I could be pretty confident since it happened in my right eye a few years ago. For those of you over 55 or so, it's worth knowing to watch for the symptoms (flashes and/or floaters). PVD is a perfectly normal part of aging and no big deal, but eye doctors do like to check you out pretty carefully in case it caused any retinal tearing. Tiny retinal tears can be fixed. My retina appears to be fine but since there's a spot of blood in the vitreous, I'm going to see a retinalogist on Wednesday just to be sure.

The worst part will be having my eyes dilated twice in one week. Fortunately, I have non-polarizing orange sunglasses that I use with my devices in the evening to make it easier to fall asleep. They work well with dilated eyes, too.

We have snow on the ground. That's really early for Missouri. Another thing that's making the world a little too bright for dilated eyes, but the sunglasses work if I don't mind looking at yellow snow all day.

And, none of this is worth eating over. I'll follow the plan that I wrote before I realized that the eye doctor was going to get me in less than an hour after I called.

Exercise: +45, 410/1200 minutes for November
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This morning had both a colonoscopy and endoscopy, and the doctor said all was well “on both ends”. Hah.

I’m going to get a massage tomorrow from a lady I met at the gym on Monday. After my hour of weight lifting with the trainer, my leg/hip was really bothering me so I was in a pretzel stretch in the yoga room. I apparently look like I’m dying when I do this, because she came over concerned. I said, “Oh, my hip just hurts,” and so she started showing me how to do some foam rolling that she does when her hip hurts. She did a little trigger point work on me too. Anyway, she said she was a massage therapist and she thought she might be able to help me, so I made an appointment for tomorrow.

gardenerjoy - I’m originally from Iowa and it has snowed there too.

beth - I think having that one thing under control gives us the sanity to go on. I also totally understand about dumping things in the garbage and covering them up with more garbage so that they are totally ruined. I always remember a lady from when I was in WW who left the ice cream in her trunk because she didn’t want her husband to see it. Then she went outside and drank it because it all melted.

maryann - “My ultimate goal is peace with food.” I like that, thank you.

Penny - Is your “food trap” the vegan restaurant? The hike and restaurant day sounds very fun.

Curlyjax - I know what you mean about how we can refrain from eating when we absolutely have to. It wasn’t really that hard for me, honestly. I think my compressed eating window helped. I know when I was eating regular meals and lots of carbs, I would feel weak and shaky if I didn't have breakfast. I didn't feel that way at all yesterday. I did have lots of chicken broth so it wasn’t like I didn’t have anything, I just didn’t have any solid food.

Bill - Wow, I have never actually heard of a Tibetan restaurant. I always like to try new things.












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Good evening coaches,

I got up and out the door early this morning to do a hike with 7 other gals in Sedona. It takes a couple of hours to drive there, then we did the 8 mile hike and then lunch out in the Oak Creek area of Sedona. It was a beautiful day and the hike was terrific. Sedona is so beautiful, but also just a tourist trap anymore and the traffic is horrendous. I guess that's what happens when a place is beautiful and unique. I got home so late that I didn't go to book club except to drop some things by. I haven't gotten in the shower yet and it's getting close to 7 p.m. I did eat some dinner which was just a bit of leftovers and raspberries for dessert. All in all a great day. Yesterday was on plan with a hike in the morning and weight is heading in my favorite direction, down.

CJZee Glad your GI tract is good. I hope he did the top end first . . . ha ha.
GardenerJoy Interesting to read about your orange sun glasses. Glad your eye is not a big deal and that there is further checking with a specialist.
Beth I hope your day goes well and is easy for you. I am for sure one who does better with out having much sugar.
Maryann I would have chosen the same plan you have. On my No Finish Line Nation FB site it looks like Green is the favorite.
Penny What are your favorite dishes at the vegan restaurant?
Curlyjax It sounds like Sunday was a very good day.
Bill My friend and I both though Harriet was very good. What an incredible woman. I think the next one I want to see is Pain and Glory. A couple of gals on today's hike highly recommended it.

Okay, off to jump in the shower. I'm surprised my legs aren't dirtier than they are. The trails in Sedona are as red as the red rocks and they were pretty dusty today. We saw some incredible mountain bike riders. I guess it is similar to Moab.
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Diet Coaches/Buddies - One more time I learned in class that the history of my youth wasn't exactly right. Can you imagine? Turns out the General Chiang Kai-shek, who received zillions of dollars in US military equipment to help combat the Japanese in China, was storing all the military equipment in secret to use after the war to fight Mao Zedong. After Japan surrendered, he let Russia come into Manchuria to loot all this equipment so that Mao and his army wouldn't get it. The good General played the US for his own goals. My history books never discussed that the US wasn't the smartest and the winner in all international affairs. So much to learn about China; I feel like a novice.

Dinner was with a group of guys who know something about the digital economy that I'm trying to learn about. Just found them via google. Was a little out of my comfort zone to just join strangers, but it worked out. Dinner was at a place that served the student crowd, so portions were HUGE. Ghastly HUGE! I ate more than I needed, even though I left much on the plate. The sour dough bread that I left behind was San Francisco good. I'll take DW there for dinner - maybe split a plate. I was the oldest person in place - felt like the grandfather at Thanksgiving.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - That's the fastest eye doctor appointment that I've ever heard about. And thanks for "And, none of this is worth eating over."

maryann - Good luck with the college apps - it'll soon be over. And good luck figuring out the new WW options.

Karen (karenrn) - Glad that Harriet lives up to its hype. Sedona is one of the most beautiful spots on planet earth. I need to get back there.

curlyjax - LOL at hanging out with a friend instead of suffering through a sermon. Congrats for evoking your kid within.

Beth (bethturnaround) - Your no sugar goal seems like a good path. Hard to have many baked goods without sugar.

Penny. - It's neat that vegan restaurants exist and, apparently, are making enough money to stay in business. The restaurant last night defaulted to vegetarian unless you asked for vegan. I didn't think of my meatballs as anything other than meatballs. Don't recall if I'd asked for them to be vegan - which might have affected the cheese on top.

CJZee - Congrats for being good on both ends and for not having to do that again for a handful of years.

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To reduce stress, you have to change your rules. Here's how: . . .

Identify the rule you have for yourself. Your "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" will probably show up when you try to do problem solving, and you'll exclude reasonable solutions if your rules are too rigid.

Gail was stressed at work. She knew the logical solution was to delegate some responsibilities. When she thought of doing so, though, her rule surfaced: I shouldn't let other do something important because they might screw it up.

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Quick check-in because I agreed to go to a yoga class this morning.

Yesterday was on plan and weight is holding.

Have a great day, everyone.
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HI everyone,

I didn't manage my 5 product day yesterday--3 products, 2 oranges in place of one of the products (not good to substitute but not a bad substitution), and a bunch of natural peanut butter (not such a good substitution at all). I did stick with no sugar even though I was really tempted by the chocolate mint liqueur in the fridge. Next time I'm in the fridge it's getting moved to the garage fridge so it isn't in my face. If DH wants it, he can get it from the garage

I'm one week into the "I Am Sober" app--it is a good daily reminder and daily checkin for me. I'm journaling short notes every night so I can look back and see how I've been feeling about what I'm doing. One week in! For today, I pledge to have no sugar.

BillBlueEyes: Credit for seeking out a group to discuss digital economy--it's hard to take a step like that and meet with people you don't know!

Penny: Credit for yoga class--and checking in before it!

Karen: Sedona is so beautiful--we were there this summer--but you're right--it's a tourist trap with tons and tons of stores with stuff that nobody needs. It sounds like a great hike, though.

CJZee: I hope your massage today is wonderful!

Joy: I hope your eye issue turns out well. It's bright and sunny and white here, too--maybe I should look into sunglasses like yours for evening reading.

Have a great day, everyone!

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Today, I get to have the all-indoor snow day that I expected yesterday. It's so cold here that we won't have any melting. We're hoping that the sunshine will cause some sublimation on the driveway so that we don't have to clean it up in order to get out for tomorrow's appointment with the retinalogist.

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BillBlueEyes: I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I miss it, but it would have been a lot on top of the other things we're handling right now.
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Diet Coaches/Buddies - Dinner was clam chowder conveniently provided by Whole Foods; a healthy meal even if a bit high in calories due to the white sauce. I made my standard green salad using the last cherry tomatoes sitting on the windowsill. Alas, these tomatoes have been sitting a while - waiting to get ripe before they got old. All didn't make it, LOL. But, since it's 20 degrees F outside right now, they can't be faulted for failing to remain at their summer best.

I spent much of my day working on slides for my class tomorrow. I finally figured out how to make points on a slide appear one at a time. PowerPoint has a zillion options and I'd forgotten how to select this one. It's under "Animation" - which I'd never looked under because that doesn't sound like what I wanted to do. I feel a tad stupid since I made PowerPoint slides to give my presentations for a living for years. In my area of engineering, "Animation" was frowned upon.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Yes, the sun should take away the snow even if the temperature doesn't. Hope that works for you.

Beth (bethturnaround) - It's neat to have a second fridge to get stuff out of sight.

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Catherine was stressed from being home with two toddlers. She needed time for herself, but her rule - I shouldn't ask others for help - interfered.

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Good morning coaches,

Yesterday was on plan with the addition of 2 White Claws before dinner. Exercise was only walking Otis since I had a number of errands to do and a doctor appointment for my annual check up. I had to rush home to meet a repair man. Our beverage fridge had a problem and wasn't staying cold. The repair man came back yesterday with a black light to see if the refrigerant (with dye in it that he inserted 10 days ago) was leaking some place. Luckily it was because that means the beverage fridge will be replaced for free. Darned good thing as it is only 2 1/2 years old and was expensive. Today I have more preparation for guests, including bathe Otis, and then I'm going to see Madeline Albright this evening. That will be interesting. We may have dinner before the program if I can find some place we would want to eat near the theater.

Bill That class sounds like a heck of a lot of work.
GardenerJoy It seems so odd to hear about the snow every place. We are having our coolest day of the week today at 79 degrees.
Beth I'm with you, get the tempting things out of sight.
Penny How's was the yoga?

Have a great day everybody.


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