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Old 08-23-2011, 04:20 PM
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Hullo, everyone! I'm still here, I know you all missed me terribly I officially started grad school yesterday - no pressure, right? I think it's getting off to a good start, but because I'm still unsure about a lot of things and still getting to know people, I feel like I have less freedom to do the things I need to do to stay on track. The other part of it is just getting into a routine that works and sticking to it.

Today, I'm going to check out the gym on campus for the first time, so hopefully that will help me know how/when to fit it into the schedule. As part of the gym membership, you can sign up to do two fitness assessments (at the beginning and end of the school year) where they do fitness tests and body fat percentages, so I'm really excited to get a handle on where I'm at now and where I could be by the end - especially since I've scheduled myself to reach my goal by May 1st!

Anyway, settling in has caused my weight loss to stall. I sort of feel like I've fallen off the wagon because I've not been losing, but the truth is, I still have the weight I lost this summer under my belt! I really want to get back on track with the loss, but I'm giving myself a few weeks of breathing room. The main trouble is that when I get home at night, I'm sooo munchy! Like yesterday, I did really well for dinner and everything, and then around 10 PM, I ate a bunch of rye crackers with boursin (if you've never had it, you're missing out!) and then a Skinny Cow chocolate ice cream bar - totally blew my calorie count.

Anyway, enough about me! To those of you looking to get back on track this week - you can do it! I can do it, too! I think!
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:34 PM
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Cassie called in to see Mum after work and met my niece there who tells me that mum had commented on the weight she had put on over her holidays saying that people will think she's pregnant as her stomach has gotten so big.. I consoled her with stories of things said to me, or other relatives, or to her friends, like the lady she greeted in the street with "OMG you look awful, were you in an accident". I had organised for a builder to come and put up a wall and he said 3 weeks, on Saturday 2 weeks 6 days she called him and berated him for not turning up (of course as she can't hear so she didn't know what the poor man had replied). He phoned me, I apologised, he was very nice and started work today, now she's saying he's making a mess of her newly remodelled garden!!! I have ordered an ultrasonic cat scarer, i so hope it works.

I just want my ashes buried under a nice tree. I don't want my kids to spend loads on a funeral so i'd like to order an ecopod myself and have it kept until the fateful day. I want some native american music played, then Bridge over Troubled Water, and finally Spirit in the Sky (original Norman Greenbaum version). I'm thinking of writing a poem too.
Is that a bit morbid or just sensible?

Good two days foodwise but nada on the exercise front, seems my get up and go has got up and went. Definitely tomorrow, my 30 min walk will be managed at lunchtime.

My partner has emailed me to say that he is getting an award for his work during the riots in England, we'll be going to a ceremony and banquet end of Sep. No idea what to wear and it's only two weeks after i come back from hols, know what my next goal will be.
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:35 PM
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I feel for you guys with your mom's. My best friend's dad is going through dimentia. It is horrible. He had to be hospitalized in the mental unit for a few weeks and is now living in a nursing home at only about 60 yrs old because he is completely incapable of caring for himself.

Lizzie...congrats to your partner. I hate to ask but does that mean hubby? He must have done great work to receive an award.

I am just back off of lunch. I took my daily walk. I went 1.6 miles like I usually do but this time I only took about 35 min instead of 40 min. Then I hopped in the car & ran to our company store and back and still had 7 min of my hour long lunch left! I eat at my desk at about 11AM because I don't lunch until 1pm and since I start at 7am that is a long span of time between eating.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:03 PM
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April. No we are not married. We have been together around 13 years, but as I was married before I am a little wary of taking the plunge again. Also we don't live close to each other now as he had to move to England to get a better job and as I have a good job here there was no question about me moving with him. To be honest I would not wish to live in the city he is in now, when I retire in a few years I will spend more time with him. He now works in Emergency Preparedness after serving his country as a medic for more than 28 years. He also trains military and civilians in major incident management. He works very hard so I think he deserves this award.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:08 PM
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Goals:
1) 1600 calories max, 1680
2) 64 oz water (I'm a water wimp), 56
3) walk/gym 3/4 x, long walk in forest
4) stretch -yes
5) 4-5 fruits/veg- yes
6) meditate- yes
7) try to stay calm and centered- NO in a big way and I have a guilt hangover, can't seem to control those negative emotions, I get swept away
8) serious writing minimum 2 hours daily- yeah

I love the Jack Layton quote- sent it to myself.

Also love the food porn star tee shirt - can I order one?
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:09 PM
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Oh yes I should say that Mum hasn't got dementia, she just has too much time on her hands and no one to talk to for most of the time. Until a few years ago she went dancing 3-4 times per week but will not go now as she cannot converse with people. She misses the exercise particularly, but still walks a lot. She announced on Sunday that she has booked to go on a 4 day trip to Wicklow in the south of Ireland. She used to take these bus trips all over Europe on her own but hasn't since her hearing loss, here's hoping everything will go ok.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:49 PM
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Did anyone feel the earthquake today?
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by canary52 View Post
Did anyone feel the earthquake today?
My Facebook lit up with relatives in the mid-Atlantic feeling it, but nothing here. What about you, Hope?
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:24 PM
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Yes I was in my office and felt the furniture move and the windows rattle. I got a queasy unsettled feeling and I knew it was a quake beasue even tho I am in NY. I have felt this once before many years ago.

It's odd you didn't feel it considering it originated closer to you.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:51 PM
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I had a good day today. I went to the spin class at the gym and it kicked my butt!! Managed to achieve a big deficit for today but I still feel a little down in the dumps, partly because I ate so badly over the weekend and partly due to the loss of Jack Layton, which appears to have reignited my feelings of grief over my dad. I love being in the UK but today I could have used a hug and well, I don't know anybody here so I have to just hold on a little longer. I'll be fine.

MY GOALS:

1. Eat between 1200-1400 calories per day. YES 1322
2. Exercise 6 times. 1X
3. Take my vitamins. YES
4. Drink 1.5-2 litres of water per day. YES
5. Journal before I eat anything not on my plan. (Thanks Cassie I stole this from you.)
6. Achieve a 7000 calorie deficit for the week! M-1244
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