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Old 02-12-2021, 10:57 AM   #61  
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Good Morning, Coaches.

I headed up to Tahoe before the storm, cheating a little on my school hours when I left. I checked in with the students when I got up here but nobody wanted to hop on an intervention googlemet. I will spend some time correcting and reading. i was going to go downhill skiing today but the President's Day holiday is blacked out for my pass. I will stick to cross country.

I weighed twice, continued my 332 day streak of no red light foods, and stopped eating after dinner. I continue to daily struggle to sit while eating but I will not be defeated.

gardenerjoy: Thank you for posting. Of course I am very interested. We were given all the same information except DH's "Gleeson number" and age suggested that "watchful waiting" with every six month PSA tests is a treatment option. He will get another confirmation biopsy on Feb. 25. The ED and incontinence possibilities are scary possibilities but then the word cancer carries such an emotional load it is hard to balance alternatives. One day at a time is my mantra for right now.
Karen: I am planning a trip to Tucson and Sedona with SIL, could you give me the names of a few good Sedona hikes and where you stayed?
BBE: I would like to have a picture of the Leaf in the gas station to teach the kids irony.
curleyjax: glad you are feeling better.
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Thumbs up Saturday - State record of -40°F (-40°C) (1905, Warsaw, Missouri)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Went to the real brick-and-mortar library. Was second in line so only a one minute wait outside in the cold to give my card. After that, the long wait of three minutes was spent inside standing at "Position B" inside the heated building. Wonderful service. Got a book for the DGD that I'd ordered months ago with pictures of bird nests and bird eggs - one of her things. I looked over the barrier to see the rows of shelves of books and just salivated.

DW continues on her tear. I dug into a section of the food shelves in our basement that contained stuff that I haven't touched in years. A jar of protein powder was labeled 2013 - back from when I believed that a dose of protein powder would give me defined muscles and six-pack abs. Can't believe that I fell for that. And can't believe that I intended to save the remainder for the rest of my life. Now gone. Along with some ancient tahini, fish sauce, and vinegar that had turned. "Does spoiled vinegar turn to wine?" I hopefully asked.

Eating was on plan with no daytime snacks, CREDIT moi. Dinner was pumpkin soup along with some frozen chicken thingies from Trader Joe's. They were round, breaded, with an olive in the center. OK enough, but won't be picked up again.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Thanks for sharing all the details. Those of us with a prostate have been through some version of that information. I was shocked to be told that all older men die with some level of prostate cancer even though few die from it. Am particularly impressed with the notion that there can be life after ED. Sending supportive thoughts as you continue to thread that needle.

maryann - Kudos for your "332 day streak of no red light foods." Love your consistency.

curlyjax - LOL at "my fleet of cars." Yep, you could set up a garage for maintenance and repair - a new career. Yay for a day to forget about the world.

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  • My back and knees won't hurt.
  • I'll be happy when I get on the scale.
  • I won't feel self-conscious all the time.
  • I'll be able to climb the bleachers at my son's games.
  • It will be easier to go upstairs.
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Old 02-13-2021, 07:23 AM   #63  
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Good Morning, Coaches.

I went to bed too early last night and woke up too early this morning. Serves me right for thinking I'll just read in bed where it is warm.

My right foot is really aching and has for some time. I thought my new orthotics would take care of it. Obviously it is not. I have lost confidence in my podiatrist and am lucky enough to be able to seek a second opinion. I need to be able to walk. That is the bottom line. Food was fine. I don't want to take for granted that I am not obsessed with what I eat and what I can eat everyday. I am not where I want to be in terms of allowing food to just be fuel but I have come a far towards that goal.

BBE: I have some of the protein powder wandering around. It was an off brand and I couldn't stand the taste. I will borrow your courage and toss it.

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My other source for anxiety this week has been that I committed months ago to give a presentation at an adult Sunday School tomorrow. The preparation has not been going well. But, I finally had the break-through I needed this morning -- an outline that I'm happy with. Now, all I have to do is implement it. I'm pretty confident in my ability to do that, so I'm feeling much better!

The break-through came in answering the question "what do I really want?" A part of me wants to express my outrage at the various systems that are failing us. But, really, I want to bring these people into the work to fix it. Anger has a place in that, but I’m going to pull more people in with a positive vision of how to make change.

Switching from anger to compassion made all the difference. Plus, that fits nicely into a Valentine Day's presentation.

Exercise +30, 490/1400 minutes for February

BillBlueEyes: Thanks for the state record cold temperature for Missouri. That puts today's current temperature of 4 degrees in perspective.
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Some pretty bad eating for a few days. I have finally tossed the confectionary sugar that i''ve turned into frosting and its going out to the dump today. I'm definitely eating out of boredom and feeling of rewarding myself. Yesterday I had the realization that I need to put away the scale for a bit and plan for healthy but but budget friendly foods that don't involve me cooking for hours and are sustainable once I get back to working outside the home. . I get stuck in the low carb thing but its okay to eat whole wheat or protein packed pasta and I do love casseroles. And get back to scheduled exercise including weights, which i've put off due to frequent shoveling and then the whole vaccine thing. I need to get back to cardio so I can ultimately get back to dancing without being out of breath (and of course to be healthy).
Yay for a three day weekend!
Gardenerjoy- I'm so sorry you guys are going thru this,and its so hard to figure out all the decisions. But it is so great that he has options to treat it.
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Good morning coaches,

I didn't make a food plan yesterday, partly because I left so early for my hike and partly because with all the hours of hiking I figured I could be a little more generous with myself. Food plan is made for today though. I took my GPS yesterday so I would know the accumulated elevation gain and our moving time. We moved 5 hours and 45 minutes and gained over 3000 feet in 13 miles. It is kind of slow going in some of the rocky hills. We did get off the trail at one point, but after climbing down into a wash and then up some big rocks we found the trail. There was quite a fire last summer which makes it look a bit different in spots. During our hike we learned that we got a permit for the High Sierra Trail beginning 8/12. Hopefully third try is a charm. I'm afraid I will be too old to hike that strenuous backpack trip before too long although I feel as good as I ever did so far, knock on wood.

GardenerJoy What an awesome solution for your presentation! Regarding the prostate subject. With my n of 1 let me just say that I purchased a bunch of incontinence supplies and I think a couple of pads may have been used if that. The rest went to the Goodwill. My husband did have urinary retention once the catheter was removed and it had to be reinserted for a few days and then he was fine. He does know since he only has one sphincter now not to put off going to the bathroom when he feels the need. The other thing is if Viagra is needed and it is expensive with insurance, use GoodRx.com and it is very inexpensive.
Maryann I did the same thing last night and went to bed too early. I was awake for a couple of hours from 1 until 3 and luckily went back to sleep for another 90 minutes or so. I'm sorry about your foot. I know so many people who are having trouble for one reason or another.
Bill I just got rid of some expired protein powder too. I used it in spinach and berry smoothies in place of a meal, but I find I usually want something I can chew for a meal.
Curlyjax How are you feeling today?

I've got no big plans for the day. I guess I should get something done around the house, we'll see. You all have a good day.
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Hey everyone, long time no post.

I apparently can't deal with more than a certain amount of stress and let the 3fc go. It looks like everyone is doing okay. Joy, very sorry to read your dh is going through the prostate cancer stuff. Sending you guys well wishes.

I'm up some pounds and it's showing in the mirror and tight clothes, but I did buy myself a spin bike with Bluetooth to connect to online apps for classes and group rides. It is so fun! I wish I had bought it at the start of covid but glad to have it now.

So yeah, I didn't get covid or die of covid, and I did get vaccinated. Yay! I'm still testing myself and all of my coworkers for covid every week out of my driveway. They hate it, and I love it. Haha!

Hopefully I can get back to posting again and seeing some weightloss.
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Thumbs up Sunday - Valentine's Day (since the Roman Festival of Lupercalia)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Eating was on plan with no daytime snacks, CREDIT moi. Dinner was dahl made from red lentils along with a loaf of Naan bread that DW had found lost in the back of the freezer in the basement. However long it's been there we don't remember, but it was good as ever. If naan and baguettes were part of my daily life I'd be as happy as a blimp.

Excitement was a trip to Dunkin' Donuts for my favorite Dark Roast coffee. Horrors! They've stopped producing dark roast. It'll be replaced by "Dunkin' Midnight" - but that isn't yet available in one pound bags to take home. Fortunately, as one would expect, Trader Joe's had a handful of options to satisfy my caffeine lust. Did learn a new use of the phrase "food pairing" from the Dunkin' Donuts web site: "While you’re at your local Dunkin’ trying a cup of Dunkin’ Midnight, make sure to pick up a tasty food pairing! Our culinary team recommends pairing Dunkin’ Midnight with a Jelly Filled Donut." Who'd a thunk?


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Neat that you found your way forward with an outline and a perspective.

maryann - Yep, feet are a must have. Thought of you this morning when I read that you've been walking in the footsteps of Kit Carson, per: "Today in 1844 John C. Frémont and his party, including Indian Agent Kit Carson, become the first Europeans to discover Lake Tahoe during his second expedition through the American West."

Karen (karenrn) - 3000 feet in elevation gain is a goodly climb. Kudos for just doing that over and over as a natural phenomenon. Ouch for having to find your way back to a washed-out trail.

curlyjax - Kudos for continuing to figure out a food plan that works for you. It is a good idea to back away from making a religion of the carb/no-carb issue.

Penny. - Congrats for getting yourself a fancy spin bike to get some exercise despite COVID. Glad to hear that you've been vaccinated. Around here there's angst about a few folks who're using the 'companion' loophole to jump the queue by driving an elder in need to their vaccination. I'm not worried about a few queue jumpers; my guess is that within a month we'll be whining about all the folks who can't, or won't, get the vaccine at all. Hope you and the family are surviving. It's good to have you back.

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Start thinking about all of the reasons you want to lose weight. Most dieters can easily come up with 15 to 20 reasons. Here are the reasons one dieter, Emily, put on her initial list: . . .
  • I'll wear more fashionable clothes.
  • I'll have a stable wardrobe.
  • I won't be embarrassed when I check out at the supermarket.
  • I'll be a good role model for my kids.
  • I won't feel inhibited when I'm intimate with my husband.
  • I'll feel in control of myself and my eating.
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It took many hours of work yesterday to finish my presentation, but I felt better all day than I did when I was working on it earlier in the week. My mood is better when I'm working from a place of compassion than from a place of outrage. That's something that I want to keep in mind.

Exercise +35, 525/1400 minutes for February

karenrn: Thanks for sharing your experience with incontinence supplies. We'll take that a little more slowly.

BillBlueEyes: I'm also working on remaining calm about who is and isn't getting vaccinated first. The roll-out in Missouri has been odd, with most of the doses going to rural areas. The people I know who aren't in the medical field and have had their first vaccine drove two or more hours into the country to get their shots. Since this includes my 84-year-old mother-in-law and my brother with several co-morbidities, I'm grateful. But, I keep reminding myself that in January, I assumed that DH would get his shot in April and I would get mine in June. So, I don't need to be in a big hurry. We're doing fine with our social-distancing and, at least, we have the comfort of knowing that most of the people we encounter in medical care settings have been fully vaccinated.
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Good Morning, Coaches.

Food was too much and rationalized because I shoveled snow and cross country skied. Drat! Today I will write down all that I eat and focus on fruits and veggies.

BBE: I can't imagine what Fremont and Carson thought when they first saw the lake. Have you ever been? It is a sight to behold. If you and DW ever get the travel again, you can fly into Reno which is 30 miles away. I'll treat you to a dockside meal at my favorite restaurant up here - Sunnyside.
Penny: Good to read your check in. That bike sounds like a gem. I have been eyeing DS's room to place just such a thing but that would be sacrilege for DH. besides our gym is just a couple of miles away. It is an easy option. It is open, clean and i can go in hours when there is nobody there.
gardenerjoy: Compassion is the ticket isn't it? Having been a bottom-feeder in the food chain of bureaucracy for 30 years, I have had to intentionally decide to continue to emotionally connect to not just my students but to those above me - which is much more difficult. Interesting bureaucratic system story. DH submitted a much needed permit to the county and was .80 short on the check. He has been in the office a number of times so he wasn't even some faceless client. The woman denied the permit and after several phone calls DH finally wrote a check for $100.80 and told her to leave a credit on his account so it would never happen again. DH asked the woman would that satisfy her.She said she didn't care because that was someone else's job to check accounting. I told DH that the woman gave him the greatest gift of the week. Now both he and I know we want to be the kind of person who reaches in our wallet and covers the .80 for one of the last few small farmers in California - a farmer who not only provides decent wages and fine housing for five families but went out of his way to create a profit sharing structure for those families. Compassion is the foundation of any true system of change.

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Yesterday I did some stuff I've been putting off, like I forced myself to deal with the "low tire pressure" symbol in my car by driving to a gas station and using air there.This stuff causes me a lot of angst and I was proud I finally dealt with it. I have ordered an air compressor/tire filler thing from Amazon as the last one i got from a local store was a bust, so this should help me deal with it better.
I did terribly with eating yesterday- I did have salmon and baked zuchini "fries" for dinner, but bought and ate lots of chocolate as well. Easter chocolate is out already! I think it was the idea of Valentines day and more storms coming up that I "needed" it.
DD showed up unexpectedly late last night; I think there's something going on with the roommates. I feel badly for her- but I also hope she stays put ultimately for the rest of the term, I am loving my alone time.
Penny- so good to see you!! Glad you've been vaccinated and health is good.
Karen- I'm back to normal, thanks. I hope the third time is the charm for the Sienna trail too!
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Good morning coaches,

Food was on plan yesterday and my plan is made for today. I've just returned from a shorter hike with a couple of good climbs. It's a beautiful day and I always feel good after a hike. Tomorrow is a hike in the Superstitions again that I haven't done before so I didn't want to wear myself out today. I will continue working on the income tax prep today and a few things around the house. Dinner will be chicken cordon bleu that I took out of the freezer with some side dishes. Dh will be happy with that.

Curlyjax We were posting at the same time yesterday so I was just hoping you weren't still feeling badly.
Maryann I do bet you burned a lot of calories with the shoveling and skiing. I figure if I'm going to have a little extra, those are the days to do it, as long as it isn't too much.
GardenerJoy Glad you completed your presentation. I'm trying to remember that the more who are vaccinated the better. I do wish they would get the vaccine in local pharmacies soon for those who have a difficult time getting to the large sites and also have trouble even making an appointment. Things are sounding hopeful though.
Bill Yes as happy as a blimp is what I would be too if I ate all the bread I would like, especially with big globs of butter.
Penny It was so good to see your name again. I bet you have a ton of snow. I've been getting lots of photos from family in the PNW with snow. The bike sounds like a great thing, especially this time of year. I have a friend who has one and loves it.

Well, onward now so I get some things done while I'm feeling energetic.
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Maryann,

Once I'm done posting then I remember about hikes in Sedona for you, so I will get on now and send a couple of names. I honestly have not done all that much hiking in Sedona. It seems we go there when it gets too hot to hike here and sometimes we just head further north to Flagstaff cause it is cooler yet.

Brins Mesa Trail - Moderate
Vultee Arch - Easy except a climb at the end
Wilson Mountain North - Steep
Wilson Mountain South - I think we just did the whole thing


My favorite is Bear Mountain Trail - It is a strenuous climb to epic views. It has about four false summits before you really get to the top. It is a 6 mile out and back with 1700 feet elevation gain or so.
Doe Mountain shares the trailhead and is on the other side of the street. I have never done Doe Mountain, but it is shorter with less of a climb.

I hope that helps.

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The difficult part of getting back into the habit of posting is not forgetting to post!

Yesterday was on plan with exercise. Today I have finished eating early and need to not eat again! Exercise to come. My knees are unhapoy with six days of cycling so I will keeo to a short ride and do a knee friendly video with weights.

Good to read everyone's uodates.

Karen, we only have a small layer of snow but it is icy and roads don't get cleared so it forces us to stay home. It will be gone quickly, I'm sure.
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Thumbs up Monday - Presidents Day (since 1885 to celebrate George Washington's birthday)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Walked, CREDIT moi, for two hours at Mount Auburn Cemetery with DW, DS, and DIL. Saw one Red-tailed Hawk. Was impressed that my DS identified it - didn't know that he'd ever noticed birds. All the other birds are quiet, presumably because all the food is covered with snow. There were a bunch of folks out walking. Methinks this isolation business has people anxious to get out.

Eating was on plan with no daytime snacks, CREDIT moi. Dinner was pork chops grilled on the patio with unsweetened apple sauce, pinto beans, and Chinese broccoli. After dinner snack again included a micro-brownie before my half of a Cara Cara Orange and a Cosmic Crisp Apple. I'm going to miss these brownies when we've finished the batch.

Excitement for the day was gathering information for completing our tax returns. Both boring and tedious. It is kind of warm and fuzzy to review in one sitting all the donations we've given over the year. It's painful to review all the estimated tax payments. One of the underrated aspects of heaven is no tax returns.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Congrats for plowing through writing your presentation. The Missouri roll-out of the vaccination does seem a tad odd; I'd have thought the easiest way would have been to send truckloads to the bigger cities. Driving two hours to get the shot is harsh.

maryann - Can't wait to accept your invitation for lunch at Sunnyside Lodge at Lake Tahoe. I'll start with Kimo's original Hula Pie that's listed on its menu - gotta have a dessert that has its own website. Thanks for your story about compassion when facing the bureaucratic system.

Karen (karenrn) - So neat that chicken cordon bleu can appear out of your freezer. Good luck with your tax return preparation - know that I'm suffering beside you there.

curlyjax - Those baked zucchini fries sound good. Ouch for the travails of your DD; it hurts when our kids hurt.

Penny. - Congrats for doing enough cycling that your knees hurt - even though that means that you have to back off. I'm still enjoying the image from yesterday of you administrating COVID-19 tests from the end of your driveway.

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Start thinking about all of the reasons you want to lose weight. Most dieters can easily come up with 15 to 20 reasons. Here are the reasons one dieter, Emily, put on her initial list: . . .
  • I'll feel in control of myself and my eating.
  • I'll be proud of myself.
  • I'll enjoy going shopping.
  • I'll feel more comfortable socially.
  • My mother will stop nagging me.
  • I'll be able to go hiking with my family.
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