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Old 09-15-2021, 11:46 AM   #76  
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Good morning!

Yesterday ended with some buffalo cauliflower bites and okra chips. Weight is up. Sigh.

One of my kids came out transgender, and it wasn't the kid I was expecting. I had to go to the store and that lead to the high calorie cauliflower things.

Maryann, that's too bad about the spanx pants. It's so hard to find good clothes.

Joy, yay for progress! That feels so good.

Karen, I'm so impressed the Best Buy employee was able to help you with a cheap solution. I do love Joan's story and wish I too had a trainer in the family to help me. She's so lucky to have that support from her daughter.

Curly, that's great you got someone to help your aunt with planning. I hope she's able to get into a good place.

Bill, I've been looking for those Cosmic Crisp apples but no luck. They are so good!
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Old 09-15-2021, 02:16 PM   #77  
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DH had a PT appointment today. The PT he has been seeing is away on maternity leave, so we got a new one today. It was nice to have a second opinion at this stage. Insurance is uncertain, at this point, so mostly she went through what a good long-term program looks like for him. We'll probably pay for one more appointment, even if insurance won't cover it. The original PT goes back to work in November so it would helpful to hear her version of the last-appointment speech. Also, that will be after his next PSA -- if that should go badly, we'll have a ton of questions for a PT about how to keep recovery going through continued treatment.

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Penny: Ouch for kids taking unexpected identity turns. That can be a real stress on the whole family. Self-care is an important part of being supportive.
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:52 AM   #78  
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Thumbs up Thursday - Mexican Independence Day (since 1810)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Excitement was picking up the (5.5 yo) DGD after kindergarten. A different kid. She's a different kid each week, but seemed even more so. As she gave us a hug, I pointed to a two foot dinosaur that a young boy was holding. She ran over and immediately hugged his brother. Was her friend. Kinda taken aback. Then they ran off together to climb the school's climbing structure with five other kids. So much joy in one little bundle. After climbing, the two of them walked back to us while holding hands. We took her to another playground where there's a "Heart Friendly" path intending to take a short walk through the woods. Instead, she adopted a young girl and pushed her in the swing. Then adopted another young girl and pushed her in her car around the sand box. Finally got to do our walk which only lasted three mosquito bites for her. They raised three welts. Ouch!

Eating was on plan with no daytime snacks, CREDIT moi. Dinner was gazpacho, yet again, with more of a lime taste because the lime was just juicer. Got reminded that the only way Chain Restaurants can have dishes taste exactly the same at all their locations is to prepare them at the factory and ship them frozen. Went to the local hardware store after dinner to buy a plastic box to serve as mailbox during the time that the porch isn't there for the postman to reach our mail slot. Felt almost naughty to be checking out when the loud speakers called for shoppers to go home so that they could close. We don't shop at night very often.



Joy (gardenerjoy) - Best wishes for your continued, step-by-step movements with your DH's condition. You are so thorough at gathering information.

maryann - The Galapagos is so high on my Bucket List - I'm double green with jealousy. LMAO at your typo, "The Spanx experiment was a but." Took me a moment to figure out to add an 's' instead of a 't' to 'but'.

Karen (karenrn) - Neat that you found an inexpensive solution to your connection problem. Funny that mask wearing differs by store.

curlyjax - Yay for the "virtue" of "kale and spinach and made baked tofu". Fun thought that you can eat anything you want without comments from the kids.

Penny. - Best wishes to you and your kid on this next stage in their life. When my single-mother friend discovered that she was now the mother of an only-child son, she was confused and distraught. Finally got her act together and brought her (AFAB) son to a large LGBT gathering where she volunteered at the front desk to get better involved in the trans community and he experienced the wide range of folks in the world. Now, she's a pillar of that community and her son is studying at a university that is trans-friendly. Keep the faith.

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Success Skill 6 Overcome Hunger, Cravings, and Emotional Eating

experiment 6 Prove that you don't need to eat when you're upset.

what to do . . .
The next time you feel a negative emotion and want to eat in response, do the following: . . .

8. Practice techniques to overcome cravings. Review your Response Cards and Advantages Deck, read about your resistance muscle, imagine the aftermath of giving in, and try activities from your Distractions Box.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., The Complete Beck Diet for Life (Green book), Pg 88.
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Old 09-16-2021, 07:34 AM   #79  
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I broke down and had some freshly baked upside down pineapple cake at work. I could smell it baking, so tempting. I called my aunt about the geriatric care manager and she was fine with it, and she also sounded good so I’m confident she’ll be able to return home with supports. The GCM will be able to take over scheduling medical appts and help with mail etc.
I didn’t get anything else done; I was feeling lonely and sad. I did wear my new foot splints at night to help with the plantar fasciitis and didn’t sleep well but hopefully they’ll help ultimately.
Penny-your child is lucky to have you to support with transgender stuff. Manfriend’s child is transgender and he is so wonderful with his now daughter.
Maryann-ooh I’m jealous too, that is on my bucket list.
Karen-that is great to have such an easy solution that worked well. Greek yogurt with PB2 sounds good.
Bill-what fun to see DGD in her school surroundings.
Gardenerjoy- always good to have another professional perspective.
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Old 09-16-2021, 09:53 AM   #80  
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Good Morning, Coaches.

Eating was planned from 11:00 - 7:00. I am back down to ticker. I have been slowly trying to decaffeinate because when I do the Prolon fast you can either have 1 cup coffee or seven cups herbal tea. I found my Good Earth Sweet and Spicy. I really love it. Today's box checker will be a grain bowl for lunch. It was my breakfast. I will also add more berries.

BBE: Sorry about the typo. No caffeine in the morning is messing with my proofreading skills.
Gardenerjoy: It sounds like the post operation recovery is really a journey with many scary twists. Best thoughts for you two.
Penny: credit to you for having a family that is loving enough that people risk the truth.
Curleyjax: It is a challenge with good cooking around.
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Good morning!

Yesterday was on plan, weight is back down to where it was before yesterday's splurge.

Clothing shopping and virtual doctor appointment for my newly discovered daughter today. She declined going to the gay skate night with me. Mean.

Bill, dgd sounds very outgoing with friendships. Adorable! Good to know other transfolks living their best lives.

Maryann, that trip sounds amazing! Apparently even in a supportive family it takes a while to come out. I'm still waiting for my youngest daughter to come out, the one I was expecting. lol

Curly, mmm cake! Manfriend must be a pretty good dad. Good luck avoiding the baked goods at work today.

Joy, thanks for the comment. So far, so good. I'm glad society is growing more accepting these days.

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Credit for passing the half-way point of this month's exercise goal on the half-way day of the month. Today's exercise will include another exploration of dolphin pose.

Tonight is the annual book selection meeting that I run for our group that specializes on books about race in America. Last year, that was a big stress since we were converting a long-running meeting that included a potluck to a Zoom call. It worked reasonably well and we learned some things, so I'm much less stressed about tonight and confident that I can make it run and, probably, end on time. If not, the last couple of steps of recruiting volunteer facilitators and finalizing the dates can happen via email.

Here's hoping that next year our members will feel comfortable coming together in person again. The bar is pretty high since many of our folks are over age 70 and uninclined to take risks. In fact, I think some have realized that they're happier not driving at night. I may have to work on setting up driving buddies when we do come back in person.

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Good afternoon coaches,

Food was close to on plan but with a snack yesterday. My problem continues to be portion sizes that keep me in maintenance most of the time. I got up early and did a short but strenuous hike and then got home in time to take a shower before an appointment to get my hair cut. After that I contacted a a nutritionist that a friend had worked with and lost 20 pounds. She really liked the gal and recommended her. The nutritionist does have an MS degree and seemed very knowledgeable. It isn't at all a quick weight loss thing, but that is good. I signed up for a month, and I'll receive my program on Monday. She took quite an extensive history and assessment. I even admitted to dh how much I weigh. Men are usually really good guessers, so he probably knew already. With my clothing on I weighed 153 and she says my ideal weight is 126. I let her know that I'm not sure I want to lose that much because it also needs to be maintainable and I don't want to look to gaunt.

GardenerJoy I hope your book selection meeting goes well. Driving buddies for an in person meeting sounds like a great idea.

Penny Good luck with navigating the changes in your family. I'm sure it's a bit stressful for all parties.

Maryann Your discussion about coffee reminds me I never did have my second cup. My new plan allows 2 cups, but any more than that means lots more water drinking to offset the diuretic effect. Your newly scheduled trip sounds very fun.

Curlyjax I hope you get better sleep tonight. I can imagine the braces are a little hard to get used to. The pineapple upside down cake sounds so good. I haven't had that in years.

Bill Dgd sounds like so much fun. What a little social butterfly. We have had more bugs here late this summer because of all the rain with the monsoons. We even have multiple cases of West Nile virus in the hospital. I would think your mosquitoes would be on their way out soon with the weather cooling.


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Thumbs up Friday - U S Constitution completed and signed (1787, Philadelphia)

Diet Coaches/Buddies - Three errands handled efficiently, CREDIT moi. One entailed a drive to Costco where I resisted everything not on my list except for a refrigerated pot roast that we've had before and a bunch of flowers for DW. The flowers were 5 mm diameter berries of pinkish-orange hue that looked like they were going to grow into something else. Still haven't identified them. The pot roast is packaged to live in the fridge for weeks before heating in twenty minutes. It'll be a lot of food when it's prepared. I do love a good pot roast. Another trip brought me to the brick-and-mortar library to return some DVDs that we hadn't watched. Was fun just to walk in the door.

Eating was on plan with no daytime snacks, CREDIT moi. The third dip into the vat of dahl (lentils) was just as good as the first. We paired it with the last loaf of the Armenian flat bread, and a from-our-garden tomato and cuke salad. So many meals and supplements from that one trip to the Armenian Deli; it's finally all gone. The remainder of our fridge looks so American standard, LOL.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Hope your book selection went well. I'm in several groups that have settled quite comfortably into Zoom with many folks inclined to stay there. In my Southern Literature course on Wednesday, one student was there from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi! That'll never happen in real life.

maryann - Congrats for your journey back to ticker. I'm sipping my caffeine as I type; not inclined to give it up.

Karen (karenrn) - It's a challenge to choose a maintainable weight. The 'ideal' charts never seem to fit the lives of real people.

curlyjax - Pineapple upside down cake calls my name. I'm glad there isn't any visible in my life.

Penny. - Congrats for getting right into shopping and doctor's visit; no grass grows under your feet.

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Success Skill 6 Overcome Hunger, Cravings, and Emotional Eating

experiment 6 Prove that you don't need to eat when you're upset.

what to do . . .
The next time you feel a negative emotion and want to eat in response, do the following: . . .

9. When the urge to eat diminishes, see how long it took to go away; write it down in your Diet Notebook so you can remember for next time.
10. Give yourself credit for any length of time you resisted eating.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., The Complete Beck Diet for Life (Green book), Pg 88.
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I ate the cooked lunch at work but brought half of it home (pasta bolognese) so credit for that. I did eat the brownie dessert. I have noticed some of the cooked casserole food is fairly oily so a reason not to eat too much. I am still eating my way thru the fridge but may break down and buy something tonight for dinner that would serve as leftovers for tomorrow too.
I didn’t do any exercise but I did some clearing out of the tv room while I listened to silly tv, so that was great, I feel like i’m finally getting things done. Today is a beautiful day so I will plan for a walk in a local park after work.
Karen- meeting with a nutritionist sounds like a great idea. That ideal weight sounds low indeed.
Penny- I used to love rollerskating! Now I’m afraid of falling and breaking something-geez, i’m not even that old.
Maryann-I like the idea of a grain bowl for breakfast, sounds very filling.
Gardenerjoy-meeting in person is the best for sure, but nice to have a zoom option.
Bill- ooh that roast beef sounds good, especially when its so easy to make. Nice of you to pick up flowers for DW.
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Quick wave to all.

I am taking two days in US History to have the kids play Monopoly. We are studying the Gilded Age and the Robber Barons - Rockefeller, Carnegie, etc. . . Yesterday I changed the rules giving an unfair advantage to the "Upper Class". Rules included poor class unable to buy anything other than the cheapest properties. A simulation for slums and racism. Today I am changing the rules again - the socialist movement in the 20s. Lots of government intervention. It is simplistic on a topic very complex but it is a starting point for discussion.

Food yesterday was on plan. I have been allowing myself no sugar add froyo. Today I will not. I want to get under the 70s. No caffeine is getting easier.
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Good morning coaches,

Food was on plan and weight is down a pound today. I was too busy outside of my home yesterday to do any extra snacking. I've walked Otis this morning and I'm going to do another Train with Joan session and a few housekeeping things. I do wish I could get myself going better on the house stuff. I guess I need to get a list going so I at least have the satisfaction of checking things off the list.

Maryann The Monopoly game with new rules sounds like it will be very interesting. You'll have to let us know what the students think.

Curlyjax Good for you for getting things done around the house. You can be my inspiration. Yes the goal weight set is probably lower than I want to go. I'm small boned and have weighed that in the past, but I don't want to feel starving all the time to maintain a weight. I really want to get rid of my gut, which I call "the baby".

Bill I think some of those Costco meals are really tasty and it's nice to have something so easy to fix. I went to the library last weekend and it was fun just to look at the books on display. I came home with a few cookbooks which I try not to buy anymore.

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Good morning!

Yesterday was on plan and weight is down a smidge.

Today's goal is to finally turn the ingredients into ratatouille. The vegetables have been sitting in the fridge waiting for several days and I've just been eating sandwiches.

Have a good day, everyone!
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Last night's book selection meeting went well. It was better than last year, in fact, because we learned from what went wrong and improved things. We ended with the goal met -- 10 books assigned to 10 facilitators and 10 dates. And, we're all excited to read these books!

I have a hair appointment this morning, which came as a shock because, in my mind, it was next week. On the calendar, it's today. So, I'm off to do that!

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Diet Coaches/Buddies - Almost had both cars towed for street sweeping. Yikes! We ALWAYS park in our driveway so we ignore the street sweeping warning to park cars only on one side of the street. "ALWAYS" doesn't include right now when the contractor to mend our porch has his tent in our driveway. We heard the sound truck making its warning, "You will be tagged and towed" as we ate breakfast - fat and happy at the kitchen table. "Where are you parked?" DW asked in a panic. Reality set in. We both ran out and moved our cars. Getting towed is a pain because one pays a ticket, a towing fee, and a storage fee - all at exaggerated prices. Missed that bullet.

Eating was on plan with no daytime snacks, CREDIT moi. Lunch was my beloved peanut butter with pecans on toasted whole-wheat sandwich bread. With carrots for a side since the supply of cukes has finally waned. DW and a friend were off visiting a 97 year-old friend of theirs who still lives with his wife in their house in country. Without aides. Totally busy maintaining eight acres of gardens and woods and beautiful land. Been doing it for 48 years and show no signs of stopping. Love having an image of how life can go.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Congrats for the success of your book selections - with facilitators even. Can't help but note the word "won't" in today's quote from Dr. Beck. Note that it isn't pronounced the same as "wont" from our discussion of a few days ago. Me here, continuing to try to learn English as a first language.

maryann - Absolutely adore your efforts to make history relate to your high school kids. It's hard to get the message across that sometimes the system is biased even when each individual is a good guy.

Karen (karenrn) - Smiling at the thought of you feeling the fun of just looking at books at the library.

curlyjax - Kudos for bringing home half of the cooked lunch.

Penny. - Each time you mention ratatouille, I drool because we haven't had it in years. Don't know why it fell off our regular foods list.

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Success Skill 6 Overcome Hunger, Cravings, and Emotional Eating

experiment 6 Prove that you don't need to eat when you're upset.

what to do . . .
The next time you feel a negative emotion and want to eat in response, do the following: . . .

The more you practice this skill, the easier and easier it gets, until eventually you won't give in at all anymore. Every time you want to eat for emotional reasons, tell your Diet Buddy during your nightly communication and relate what you did.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., The Complete Beck Diet for Life (Green book), Pg 88.
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