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Old 02-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #166  
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Talking President's Day.

A nice day off. I got my blood tests today. My doctor is on vacation so I’ll get the results next week. We went out for Indian for lunch – yum! After that we made our way to Slumdog Millionaire, a fun movie. And then I found some small bowls at Pier One.
Beck – WI-no change. I didn’t make a plan again today, but tried stay on track. Food / Exercise – all is good.
one by one Glad you had a nice trip to Toronto – I haven’t been there in decades… I don’t know your age, but I know that after I turned 45, I just couldn’t turn on the juice anytime I wanted to. I need to increase my exertion levels a bit at a time in order to not feel exhausted. Re-shin splints – I only get those when my sneakers aren’t supportive enough. Have you bought a really good pair *meant* for walking? I started to have to buy expensive sneakers after I turned 40. That’s my experience (and my 2 cents…)

Jeanie - It’s great to hear from you again! I was wondering what was up earlier today. Sorry you’ve been off the wagon, but sounds like to have a strategy to get back on. Good luck!

twilit tera – Sounds like a great exercise program – good luck!

Tali - What a great start on 3FC – your hard work has paid off! – credit! It also sounds like you have a great attitude on ‘the demon’ scale.

Robin I’m sorry things are still not going well. I’m so glad to hear from you every day though.
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Coaches/Buddies A reasonably good day, especially given that I didn't make a plan last night for today. I had no good reason, other than I didn't want to. I've got to work on that. I'm hoping I'm just sick and tired and needing a mental break. But I just finished my plan for tomorrow, and I'm reading my RCs right after posting.

I did go for my run tonight. I'm feeling about 90% and fortunately my giant headache passed about 3 pm. I'm going to redo Week 4 of C25K, but I'm not going to have to go back to week 3. I'm going to do core and Wii tomorrow. A friend hit me up to go cycling this weekend, so I'm going to do that. Should be fun. I'm sort of thinking about signing up for a 30 mile bike race in April. I'll decide in the next couple weeks. Nothing like an entry form to keep me in the saddle consistently, and it will be good to ease back into triathlon training from just running.

Ah, pro cycling is back on TV. DH and I are watching the Tour of California this week! I'm posting from the couch!!

Tali What a long great list of positive achievements for the week! And hurray for 2.4 pounds gone.

Bill Pears and peanut butter. Sounds like my menu! I didn't see you give yourself CREDIT for doing the Cheat Sheet.

davidette Are you doing CBDL or BDS? CBDL Phase 3 is all about special situations and planning to handle them. Take a look at that and see what you think. I'm also going to suggest that you focus on spending time with your children and not focus on spending time eating with your children. It is just a shift in mental perspective, but might help.

Lily It sounds like you are doing well taking care of yourself during this tough time. I think maintaining your weight with all the stressors you have going is a fantastic result. Please keep checking in and make sure you get the support you need.

ChinaMaine Your day in Portland sounds heavenly. Congrats on being down a pound. Weight always always always fluctuates. I also find the graphs helpful to see the trend. I'm always frustrated with where my weight is, but with my spreadsheet and the charts I can look back and see that a month ago I was frustrated 6 lbs up! Progress.

I forget people have the day off. I didn't notice until there was no mail, LOL. Are you not planning on purpose or avoiding it (like I am) for some reason?

onebyone I think you probably did way more walking than you are used to, and that's why you're sore. A great workout then! Congrats on the Wii Fit. Seems like you've been talking about that something like forever now.

RobinW Sorry you are feeling crappy! I think going to bed is a very rational reaction to that. I'm afraid to ask what sort of critters are invading.

Tera Three purple dudes. Looks good. I need to go to the pool too. Perhaps you'll inspire me.

kuhljeanie Happy B'day to el nino! Sorry you were off the wagon, but it happens. Sounds like you are back on track with massive food prep today. I'm glad the scale got your attention. I think some on-again off-again motivation is normal with a long-term weight management plan, but sending you success vibes in busting those excuses.

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Thanks for the welcome back everyone!

So how are things run around here now? I see people write to their coaches? Are their official coaches or we just kind of write to each other? Sorry for all the questions!

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You were one of the early posters on the Beck thread. How did you find out about Beck way back then?

How did you find the Beck thread on 3FC?
I'm a big book person and bought BDS when it was first released. I was already a member on here, so when the thread was started I joined, naturally . I also had a blog going at the time, and being one of the first people they actually had a link to it on the BDS website. I'm sure it's long gone by now though!

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Diet Coaches/Buddies - Cooked up about a gallon of chili for lunches. CREDIT moi. Used: triple the recipe for cumin - fresh ground, a one pound bag of dried red beans, half hamburger and half TVP, red bell peppers instead of green and yellow because that's what I had. Had some for dinner with DW. Tastes good. Froze two quart+ sized batches for future weeks. And have a quart to use this week over bean sprouts, which is gonna be a new combination.

It still annoys me that it takes me so long to cook something; to chop the onions, to chop the peppers, to prep the TVP, to grind the cumin, to soak the beans, to chop cilantro, to clean up a zillion dishes I use for the raw ingredients to have them ready before I start. When I'm not annoyed, I enjoy the process. There's room in my life to upgrade cooking to a mindful event of some sort so that I'm more in the moment.

And belated CREDIT moi for my Cheat Sheet yesterday. (Thanks Anne (wndranne).)


stacylambert - Re "how are things run around here now?" We continue to be un-run and un-organized, just like the first thread that started in May 2007 when Beck was published. For me, addressing my post to Coaches/Buddies helps me to focus that I'm not just chatting or blogging, but reviewing my status on my eating plan, my exercise plan, and my efforts to incorporate Beck strategies. Everyone chooses for themselves.

We've asked each other to be our Coaches/Buddies - some by asking, others just by being here.

So choose your style and continue to just jump in.


onebyone - Kudos for walking all over Toronto; Ouch for discovering that aging happens. Yay that you've got some neat new toys to slow down the aging process. Can't wait to hear how you use Wii.

Jean (kuhljeanie) - Kudos for "cooking and freezerbagging" even when you're not feeling on top of it all. Sending you supportive thoughts to get back into your groove.

Robin (RobinW) - Ouch for critters and feeling cr*ppy and not "any control over it at all." Kudos for choosing to get some sleep instead of suffering. Glad you're hanging in there. Hope your week picks up.

Anne (wndranne) - Yay for the passing of the headache. Kudos for the run and accepting the cycling invitation. And Kudos for staying on path even without a plan but Big Kudos for getting back into doing your plan for tomorrow. Yay that DS's health isn't the focus of your attention.

Tera (twilit tera) - Kudos for making it to the pool and for (unstated) wearing your shoes. Neat to hear that, when you needed motivation, you reached into your bag, remembered your hip, and charged forward.

ChinaMaine - Thanks for the image of dusk falling over the Atlantic Coast - lovely thought. Kudos for thoughtful eating and all that walking in Portland.

What is "Shrimp Fra Diavolo?" Do you make it often?

Just love it that someone is so organized that they have an Indian lunch before seeing Slumdog Millionaire.


davidette - Kudos for sticking to your food plan. My suggestion for the time with your kids isn't flexible eating but flexible planning. The original Beck Diet Solution suggested allocating a factor over standard plan for eating out. I give myself 25%, which seems a lot but it allows me to enjoy any reasonable sized restaurant/guest meal while leaving me a bound to prevent uncontrolled eating. Uncontrolled eating is my big concern, much more that an extra hit from one meal. Good luck in finding your path for your kids' visit so that you can really enjoy them.

lilyyoung - Kudos for that vegetable lasagna from a non-cook to a "recovering non-cook." Planning is the key to maintaining and my take is that cooking up a mess of good food is a great plan. And Kudos for standing down the sales pressure at the gym - their sales pitch can be a pain. Continuing to send supportive thought for your stressful times.

Tali199 - Congrats for another 2.4 pounds gone. Yay for being advertisement free (and for contributing to the upkeep of 3FC).


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Exercise is important in losing weight and keeping it off for these reasons:
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It helps you eat more healthfully.
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morning all,

getting el nino dressed and out the door this morning was like trying to rake spaghetti uphill. he wanted to play with his new truck, sing the spiderman theme song 1000 times, run in circles in the kitchen, walk from the door to the car at a snail's pace, etc. i found myself so irritated, and it's not fair to him. he's just a little kid and has no idea that i get in trouble if i'm 30 minutes late, and has no timelines to worry about. he does what i ask him, just not WHEN or HOW. so. i need a strategy, huh? will continue to work on that.

after my cooking and bagging yesterday, i realized that we are completely out of room in both freezers. recognize that i've been feeling some under-the-radar anxiety about not having enough meals now that i no longer receive my weekly bistro shipment. we have weeks' and weeks' worth of frozen meals. i'm wondering if my recent spat of overeating isn't (ironically) due to anxiety about not having enough good diet food and being able to stay on plan. funny, huh?

finally hit the treadmill last night for an easy 4 miles. it felt good and always makes me wonder what's so hard or unpleasant, when i have to talk myself into it (and like the last few days, unsuccessfully.) jeez!

stacy, aren't you a fellow cake person? i kinda sorta remember something about that from before, but i'm not sure if it was on this thread. onebyone, i think you're exactly right about the walking. it's a serious accomplishment! and bill, i'm right there with you. for now, anyway, i'm willing to spend a little more money to get pre-diced onions and garlic, etc. to save chopping time. there's a lot of pleasure in mindful cooking, but i have enough of a challenge making time for sheer utility cooking that i cut corners where i can. my hat is off to you! hi anne! i did the same thing - spent $50 on the flying pig registration as an extra kick in the pants to train properly for it. it mostly works. china - i've heard good things about that movie. we usually wait and rent to avoid babysitting fees - it's worth the time? hi tali! over 2 lbs in a week - that's WONDERFUL! i'm envious. tera, sounds like you've figured out a really good motivator. it's so good to hear about other people getting into a groove - helps me get out of my little rut. sorry to hear about the critter issues you're having, robin! also hope you feel better soon. china, your day sounds beautiful. i could use one of those (i'm guessing anne and robin could, too!) lily, really great to hear that your weight is stable through an emotional time. the roller coaster has been my excuse for fluctuating more times than i can count. and davidette, i second bill, that flexible planning and flexible eating are two different things. if what you're doing is working for you, is there a way to work it into the week with your kids? however it turns out, a week isn't that long. so no urgency, really.
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Pooltime! = 5min Stretching, 7min Walking, 13min Waving my arms around
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Hello, Beckbuddies!

Planwise yesterday was great - right on target for everything. Otherwise, yesterday was lame. I was very unambitious and got very little done.

Today, I'm going to employ videogames as a reward for accomplishment. I will allow myself only so many minutes of game time for each thing that gets checked off my "to do" list. (Hmm. need to add a couple things to that list.)

It was much easier to get up today than yesterday. I think it's probably going to be that way indefinately - Mondays being the roughest. On Friday, B usually has a short day at work, so there's no alarm from Friday to Sunday.

Tali: for your awesome weigh-in! It's good to hear that you have such a healthy attitude toward it. I think the more we know about our bodies, the less an impact a bad-scale day has on us. I'm also more concerned about BF%, even more than BMI. My mother's scale has an electronic BF% reader, but I don't know how accurate it is. How are you measuring?

Jean: for you taking some time to do self-care.

ChinaMaine: for your new small bowls!

Anne: for getting your run. I'm glad you're feeling better, and I hope it's an ongoing trend!! I'm impressed with your plans and your fitness schedule!

I agree with you in your advice to ChinaMaine I love my graph!! I use www.skinnyr.com so I can put it on my diet blog.

Stacy: I see that Bill already answered your question, so I'll just .

Bill: Chili! I so gotta do that for my next soup! I'll just make it soupier, but otherwise use the exact same recipe I've always done! Thanks for the inspiration!

As for time spent on the project (and something like that *is* a project) do you chop everything by hand, and if so, is a food processor an option? There's slightly more cleanup, but depending on how much you have to prepare, it can be a time saver.

And here I go... in a very positive frame of mind, thanks to all of you!
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Good morning Beck Coaches/Buddies – This morning I’m giving myself mucho kudos, credit and anything else I can think of. Why? Because I worked out this morning even though I was extremely tired. My mother (who will be 90 this year) is having a colonoscopy this morning. We live in the same 2-flat apartment building, she on the lower level and me on the top. She started drinking the colon prep concoction around 4 p.m. last night and she had a tough time with it. Without getting into too many stomach churning details, she had to camp out in the bathroom for the 3 hours it takes her to drink a gallon of the stuff (8 ozs. every 10 minutes). She also was feeling a little lightheaded because she is a type 2 diabetic and although you can have some light colored juices and broth, you can’t eat any solid food the day before the colonoscopy, so her blood sugar was low.

Anyway, I normally go the bed at 8pm because I get up at 4am to work out. If I don’t do my planned exercise first thing in the morning, the chances are nil to none that I will do it at all. But, because I was dealing with my mother, making sure that she was okay, I went to bed later than usual and didn’t sleep soundly when I did get to bed because I told her to call me if she needed me. But, despite only getting a few hours of sleep I woke up at my usual 4am and did my full workout (60 minutes on the bike and a 20-minute upper body strength training routine). It was not easy, but I managed to pull it off, and I’m proud of myself.

I'll be back a little later with personals.
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Well I succumbed to the "persist in victory" trap. I overate yesterday. I didn't track, though I know what I ate I could go back and do that on fitday and I will, but I just ate to soothe emotions.
Again.
Oh well. *gulp*
Got on the scale and after last week's low of 257, then 260 when I got home from my trip, I was at 264 this morning, one day after the 260. 264. Seems to be my new "regular high" number. That number used to be 250. I feel a million miles way from 250 these days.

Anyway I did not "persist in victory" I made it through the week and had a danger day on Thursday, then got through the weekend okay, and then after it was over I overate. I was feeling low, I was feeling out of sorts, I was feeling mopey I was feeling cranky and I ate to feel better and really what I wanted was to not feel anything and now it's the next day and I feel crappy as I am "back up to that number again...." and the sabotaging thoughts flood in and I push them back wiht an OH WELL and a determination to track food today (done) get to school and back to my regular life (about to happen--getting ready to go) and then a committment to start the wii fit tonight whihc requires a committment to clear out the space in the living room where I will do the wii fit. I have some cleaning to do before I can set the thing up.
No one's gonna do that but me.

Better go. DH is almost ready to head out. Will check in later to report about the wii fit.

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Okay..as you can tell I have not been doing bds....I have just not been able to focus on that.
Have not been doing so good. Have trailed off the plan a little bit...but today is a new day and I am restarting it today. I have been taking some time for me and also I am having sinus problems and I cannot take decongestents because they can put me into a-fib so I have to suffer the pain. I have found a saline solution that does not have preservatives in it and it really goes up the nasal passage and that helps.
I did sleep better last night because of the otc saline solution. So am feeling better today. I am gonna straighten up the house with dh's help, then I get to do some work at home for my bus...arranging seats for my kiddies. That is always fun...LOL. Other than that it is okay. The four days off really helped meto want to refocus on bds. Will be taking out the book and looking at it to continue on the program from where I left off.
No news on dh, but he will be starting a class on the 2nd of March..it should help him although on the 3rd of march he is having a one day surgury...does it seem like it never ends. He should miss only a day or 2 of the class. We will see.
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I’m back at work today which is kind of a good thing because it’s easier to follow a routine when I’m at work then when I’m at home.

Stacy – Don’t feel bad about asking questions, I’m new here too and had the same questions that you did, plus a few more.

Bill – Great minds think alike. I made a pot of chili over the weekend. I haven’t had it in a long time and I really had a taste for it so I whipped up a batch.

Kuhljeanie – I can relate to your panicky feelings when you don’t have enough “good diet food” around. It’s so difficult to eat well when you don’t pre-plan. Kudos for hitting the treadmill yesterday and knocking out 4 miles – that’s impressive!

Tera – For now I’m using one of those hand held devices to measure my BF%. But, once I’ve lost a significant amount of weight I’m going to find out where I can get a BF% test done professionally. You know when they put you under water for a few seconds? I understand that method gives the most accurate results.

About the scale. Yeah, for awhile there the scale had a lot of power over me and my emotions. It was an unhealthy relationship so I decided to handle it the same why I would a unhealthy relationship with a person. Avoid, unless absolutely necessary.

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Everyone have a great day and be good to yourself.
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Well today I'm going to start re-reading the book. I actually found my old notebook with my cards and advantage list and everything, that will certainly be a nice place to start.

kuhljeanie: Yes! In fact I'm currently working on a cake (or two) for the San Diego Cake Show. I must say it is much more diet friendly to be working with dummies and fondant than cake and frosting!
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Red face Tuesday (but feels like a Monday)

Not at all motivated. Back to work today – probably why I feel kind of humdrum…
Beck – WI-down 1.25 lbs (to a new low) – so credit for eating well and exercising over the weekend even when I didn’t have time to write everything down in a plan. Read my cards, made new RC in Skill 8. Made a plan for today. To do- track down cheat sheets in the book.
Food – I didn’t eat a PM snack – too lazy to get up and make the snack… And too lazy to make a salad before dinner, so I am a few hundred calories below plan so far today. I will be sure to have an evening snack tonight…
Exercise – As usual I did my first 30 mins of exercise before I was awake so I couldn’t let my laziness lead me astray. When I’m working, I usually schedule my last 15 mins of exercise like an afternoon meeting. (It wakes my out of my 3 PM doldrums). Today however, I conveniently forgot to schedule it. Then I ‘hid’ my NO CHOICE card in the back of my closet, under my ugliest shoes. But after work I began IMing with my SOL about how wonderful the Beck program was. And how it kept me from giving into my usual mental tricks. And suddenly, my NO CHOICE card was right next to me and I knew I would have to do my last 15 minutes after all. Credit!
Anne Credit for the planning and the exercising. So glad you don’t have to take 2 steps back to Week 3!

Re: my lack of planning for the last 3 days. I am having troubles juggling it all, I think. I started this program when my husband was in SD getting medical and legal stuff organized for his Mom. Now that he’s back I’ve been good at keeping on top of the daily work during the week (using my ‘lunch hour’ and breaks). Over the weekend it’s more challenging. -- I think it’s a combination of my time being less structured, and that I have competing priorities for that time. The fact that I slept for 3 hours on Sat definitely put me behind. Another priority is for my hubbie and I to spend time together every weekend NOT doing chores and NOT on our laptops. So although I didn’t write my food plan down, I was thinking about my plan for the weekend and for the coming week. That said, I do understand the importance at writing it down, so it’s something I need to work on in the coming weeks.

Bill I wish I liked chili, it sounds like an easy, portable lunch…RE: taking so long to cook – do you have a food processor? It makes chopping soooo much quicker. Of course, it’s only easier if you have a dishwasher to clean up the extra dishes… Re Shrimp Fra Diavolo – Fra Diavolo is a spicy red sauce. I had it at a restaurant with a variety of seafood and loved the taste. Since I’m always looking for interesting, healthy ways to eat seafood, I’ve looked for an easy recipe for years. I found one about 6 months ago for Shrimp and have made it 3 or 4 times. It’s extremely easy to make and my husband and I love it. I’d be happy to share the recipe if you’d like it.

Jeanie Your story about the full freezers makes me think there definitely is some deep-seated anxiety at the root of it all. Maybe you just need to peak in the freezers every morning to convince yourself you DO have enough food to survive. (and give yourself EXTRA credit for all the work it took to fill them.) You show an amazing amount of commitment! Re the treadmill – credit! And I hope you have a fun, enjoyable, relaxing day very soon!

twilit tera –Wow the amount you’re exercising is increasing so quickly – credit! (-and for your op food!)

Tali - Credit for exercising in spite of a difficult evening with your mother. I hope the procedure goes well!

one by one a to comfort you after some not-so-good decisions. Do you find any resistance techniques work for you when you are feeling emotional? Since the emotions that drive you to that place are so negative, would reading your memory cards and Advantage Cards help? Maybe watching a movie that makes you really happy to distract you? EXTRA CREDIT for having a good plan for today. I hope it all goes well!

stacylambert I use this group as my ‘diet coach’.

angelmomma Welcome back and credit for getting back to bds (at your own pace). Hope DH is doing well…
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Coaches/Buddies I read my RCs today, and wrote out my plan for tomorrow. I'm having to kick my adolescent self in the butt to do it, but it's done. I'm on plan for today. DS is happy and eating well finally, so he's kicked this illness and teething thing. I'm feeling better. Some stress at work, but manageable.

I'm feeling really blah about everything. I think because my weight is holding steady at about a pound and a half above my low. I KNOW this is because of the antibiotics, pounds just slid off after the last round, but it is frustrating. But my belt came in a notch today, so things are happening. I'm also just really tired which doesn't help, and I'm starting to stress about flying with our children to visit my parents at the end of Feb.

Blah, blah, blah, blah.

I get to run tomorrow. And it's fancy coffee snack day.

Stacy If you are reading this thread, I consider you to be my coach. Hope that is OK with you. If not, well, ignore me! I think we all have a lot to learn from each other.

Sounds like you got a head start on the process with your old notebook and cards.

Bill Chili sounds good. DH doesn't like it, so I mostly get mine from a can these days. Not the same at all. I've gotten to a place with cooking where I find chopping stuff into tiny bits sort of therapeutic. That probably says something unfortunate about my personality, but there it is.

Jean Raking spaghetti uphill. I think that is the most perfect description of my mornings ever. I think it is natural to be worried about your food transition. What would you tell me if I was doing that?

I haven't mailed the check on the registration yet. Still waiting to hear from some of my buds on the race. I came really close to signing up for a 5K, but then realized I'll be in Boston for DH's Boston Marathon experience.

Tera Lots of purple people today! I check in on 3FC way more often than I post. Have fun with your video games.

Tali I admire your dedication to working out, and that's probably good for a one time thing, especially if it keeps your momentum going. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your fitness is to rest.

Hope your mother's test went smoothly. I also find work days easier to deal with.

onebyone You went how many days in victory, before you hit your rough spot? You must give yourself credit for that, including and especially getting over the rough Thursday. Have you thought about a plan for the next time you are feeling low and out of sorts? What could make you feel better without eating? It might be a good time to prepare.

Looking forward to hear what you think about the Wii Fit.

Chris Sorry to hear about your sinus problems--I've been dealing with that myself and it sure is miserable. Glad you are getting back on plan, and hope things start looking up for you and your DH.

ChinaMaine Congrats on your new low, and sorry you are feeling humdrum. Must be going around; see my blah-fest above.

Catch back up with you guys tomorrow. I'll try to be less sluggish.

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:46 PM   #180  
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hello, Beckbuddies!

My hip hurts. I soaked in the bathtub tonight but that was a bad move. Fortunately, it's safe to say it'll be better after sleeping overnight, so it shouldn't interfere with my workout schedule.

I'm giving myself two extra s tonight. 1. overdue for taking a page out of... someone's notebook, I forget whose, and putting an RC on the tempting Newman-O cookies. I wrote it in permanent marker on the gallon ziploc bag that is keeping them fresh and safe. 2. a for seeing the cookies when I went into the pantry for potatoes and barely *looking* at the RC before closing the door.

So, thanks whoever-it-was who had that idea!

I did manage to get much more accomplished today than yesterday. Mostly writing an analysis of an article for Sociology and reading a bunch of response papers for the first resonse essay, but also some light housecleaning and cooking too.

Jean: Must have X-posted earlier when you came back for the second post. I even refreshed the thread on the other tab before posting, in case there was one from you at the end!

Good luck on working with el Nino about speediness. Would more specific descripters work? Marching to a cadence or a song? (that can be fun for little ones, actually). Fast food places get people to eat faster by playing quick-tempoed music during the rushes - and people don't even realize it's happening!

About the food - have you ever had a period of time where you had to go hungry? People who have endured famine (such as those who lived through the Great Depression) often have a fear of famine that they can't quite shake, even when they have plenty.

for you getting on the treadmill and remembering that it's easy!

Tali: for getting that workout in! That shows much committment and determination! No wonder you're proud of yourself - you ought to be! Not to mention being there for your mother. What strength!

About Fat% measurements, I've heard the same - that professional measurements are much more accurate, but I've also heard that they're expensive and not often covered by insurance. Keep us informed, 'kay?

Now, if you haven't yet... find some sleep somewhere! Doctors are now crediting part of the obesity epidemic to people not getting enough rest. That makes sense, too - when we're tired, we have less energy for activity and less resistance to food we know is bad for us.

onebyone: BIG You already know all the advice I'd have to give, so I'm not going to waste your time with it. I expect you to do that part this time. Me, I'm just going to sit here in a comforting, encouraging way, with a and a

I can't wait to hear about the Wii-fit.

angelmomma: to you and my warm regards to your hubby. That's good news about the class - what topic? This is such a terrible time to find yourself unemployed.

Stacy: for getting back on Beck!

ChinaMaine: I totally relate to the lack of motivation. for finding the motivation to get that 15 minutes of activity in anyway!
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