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THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED!
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SEE YOU ALL ON The 2015 CHAT!

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Have a wonderful time among the Roses, Cyndy! emoticon
I'm sure you'll enjoy the beauty and excitement. Keep warm and safe!

How fun to get a bit of snow, Leslie! I got caught out in the rain yesterday. I walked to the hospital to participate in the blood drive and it was raining when I left to walk home. I didn't mind all that much. I prefer walking in the rain to driving in it!

We're wrapping up this year in our typical quiet way. We went to the zoo for a walk this morning and had a healthy lunch. We'll have a light dinner. I'll take Lola out for another nice walk. We'll be warm in bed early and I'll work on my laptop until it's time to sleep. There will be plenty of local fireworks and gunfire. We'll be safe at home.

Tomorrow we'll wake up without hangovers and maybe we'll see you Cyndy when we watch the Rose Parade on television!

Happy New Year's Eve, Everyone!

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Happy New Year's Eve Day LATI team.

Cyndy, thank you so very much for all you do to keep this team inspired and available to us all. Your continuing improved health is such a testament to the value of a life without alcohol. Bless you for your service to us all!

We got some wonderful snow last night. It is melting very quickly but our valley is white and chilly. We thought about going to the Rose Parade this year, Cyndy. It's been at least 40 years since we braved the crowds and the cold. But, we wimped out given the chillier temperatures this past few days. You are a brave soul. But, enjoy it. I can smell the flowers now!

Have a wonderful day everyone.

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A:::╠╣αppy WEDNESDAY:::LATI TEAM:::!!
MY LAST POST to YOU ALL in 2014!!
THANK YOU all for Your GREAT and INSPRING Words THROUGHOUT this YEAR!
I APPRECIATE All That You have Shared!! Your LIFE of Exciting Adventures and Many ACCOMPLISHMENTS!! Goals You are Still Working On:::::I WISH You Much SUCCESS!!
My Month of DECEMBER has BEEN Great!! My HEALTH is Steadily Improving! I AM SO HAPPY & GRATEFUL that I Don't HAVE THAT NEMISIS Alcohol In My LIFE!!
8 YEARS is COMING around the CORNER, I Can Already FEEL It! EVERY New Year Is AS SPECIAL as MY 1ST Year Alcohol FREE!!

Wishing You ALL:::╠╣αppy New YEARs In 2015!
Sherre, Aurlie, Leslie, Lisa, Wispy, Bev, ..&..Anne!!
To our Members of the Team that don't post on this Thread.
A GREAT ::2015:: !!

My DH and I are Going to Attend The Rose Parade! GLOVES & a couple of Layers for Me, FOR Sure!! Tomorrow Morning!



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Happy Monday, everyone! I'm enjoying these days off

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Yes, it is a great day to be sober. Woo Hoo!!!


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Peace to all!

What a great day to be sober!

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12/27/14 11:15 A

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Aurlie, so, so, so well deserved!!!!! And the weather is so beautiful and cool.

Wishing you all a great post holiday recovery weekend.

I'm headed off to a yoga class in about 45 minutes. (If I write it down here, then I have to actually get up from my cup of coffee and get dressed and out the door.......ha ha) Chris is recovering from his oral surgery, so he'll wait until next week to start back up with yoga and exercise.

So Namaste to you all today.

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12/27/14 9:44 A

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Enjoying this holiday break!

Wishing all of us joy, peace, serenity and sobriety (not necessarily in that order!)
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emoticon emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY........... SPREAD THE LOVE........ ENJOY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS........ STAY STRONG........ AF........ AND HEALTHY..... emoticon

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Hey girls, sobriety, sanity and sunshine down my way. So grateful for you. Have a peaceful and contented day. Boxing day here. I have a meeting this afternoon. So looking foward to it.

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Adding my Christmas blessings to you all, as well. Hope Christmas is wonderful for you Wispy......down under in that summer weather.
Peace on Earth is a wonderful wish, Aurlie.
Joy to all.

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Thank you, Wispy! Christmas has reached you first!
Merry Christmas to all
Peace on Earth

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE. LOVE AND BLESSINGS WISPY
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Sobriety makes it all possible!

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Great to see you Cyndy. You are on top of things and ready to go. Thanks for all the Christmas cheer!!!!!

Woo Hoo to you Aurlie. Some well deserved vacation time ahead for you!!! Awesome!!!

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It's great to see you, Cyndy!

Thanks for the kind words, Leslie!

I'm enjoying this weekend and keeping busy. I only have 3 more workdays left this year!

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emoticon LATI Team!!
How's your December? Are you Ready for Christmas? Shopping is done, Baking is Delish and your house is Looking Fabulous with a little Decor emoticon emoticon emoticon !! emoticon

I am done with my baking, my house has décor. Shopping will be complete on Sunday!! One more Adventure out to The stores emoticon .. A delicious Breakfast first!!

Enjoy your Little break away From Sparking..:::Wispy:::..!! Happy Holidays to you!!

Have A great Weekend..:::Leslie:::...!!

Love your Emoticon posting..:::Aurlie:::...!!

Best wishes to you..:::Anne:::...!!

Soon your Pictures..::Sherre::..!! They'll be ..Great, I'm sure!!
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A MERRY Christmas to You All!! It's Been a Interesting 2014 year!!
2015 emoticon emoticon emoticon will Be A Great year!! I've got High Hopes!!


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Happy Friday to you, Aurlie, and to all the LATI team!!

Aurlie, your post just put a HUGE smile on my face!!!

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Happy Friday to all!
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Thanks guys for the kind words. I will be back.....

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. xx emoticon emoticon

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I'll miss you, Wispy! I do understand, though. My Spark has been severely limited lately as well.

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You will be missed Wispy! But I totally understand. Have a happy, sober holiday season!


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I will be missing for a while on this team. Just wanted to let you all know I am fine and dandy just too much going on right now to spend as much time in Spark.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

Love Wispy

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Passing though quickly to wish everyone well! I still don't have home internet (tomorrow, I hope) and I don't do much personal stuff at work. Right now I'm in a holding pattern, waiting for a meeting to begin and I'm catching up a bit.

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I am just off for my daily walk. It is grey and a bit rainy, but I like the way the garden smells and all the flowers and trees just love it.

Enjoy the party with your mother, sounds like a very happy time will be had by you all.

Here's to a good sober day for all of us.

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I have to get myself dressed and off to the dog park this morning. It is sunny here today so we will head out to get our Christmas tree. Then, of course, we will be putting up the decorations - I guess tomorrow. Tonight I am taking my mother to a Christmas party at the neighborhood where I grew up- I will be the designated driver :)

Hope everyone is doing well!! It has been rather quiet here this week.

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Hi everyone, just popping in to say hello. Gosh the days are busy at present. I love summer.
Have a great weekend ladies. It is Saturday morning here and I need to get up and get on. Have to say I am feeling quite lazy and plan on a relaxing days once I accomplish my list of dailies.

Feeling good about keep going on the daily list - even when I dont want to. emoticon

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Perhaps I was too much of a downer yesterday. Let's see if I can be more cheerful today...."I am looking forward to going to the office holiday party today". At least it is a noon time "celebration" instead of the formal evening one. Take a deep breath......I can do this :)

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What a week so far! Tuesday there was an announcement at work that 11 people were let-go. considering the size of our organization, that is really only 1%, but they were coworkers I knew well. In fact, four of them sat directly around my cube. Many of them had been with the organization for over 15 years and they were my friends. On top of this my daughter decided that this was the week to prove her teenage (yes she's still only 10) independence - yelling at me for the two hours I had before going to bed. BUT....I kept it together - I did not reach for the beer like I wanted to - the beer would not make any of this go away and it would not help me feel good the next day to work through my emotions. Instead I set some time aside to meditate yesterday and need to keep meditation in my schedule. It helps that my partner has agreed to not drink Mon, Tue and Wed -- hey, that's a great start!! Keeping it together over here, but wow, these challenges can be tough!!

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Thanks Aurlie and Wispy. I treasure your support, love, and wisdom!!!!!
Peace!

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Best wishes to you, Leslie! Enjoy your family gathering. Thanks for reminding me of my own blessings. Recovery came to different members of my family at different times as well. Right now, most of us are more separated by geography than by resentments. Mike's family is not so blessed, but we do all we can to stay out of the drama and keep them in our prayers.

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Enjoy your family get together Leslie. That sounds like a lot of fun.

Blessings Wispy

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Quick check in. Wishing everyone on the LATI team a blessed week. I have a busy week planned. We are preparing for 16 family members to converge on Saturday and Sunday at our home. My brother, who is remaining sober and healthy and his family (my nieces and their kids), and my sister and her kids and granddaughter are all coming for the afternoon and evening on Saturday. On Sunday we will go to the local Christmas tree farm (it has rides and activities) to enjoy more time together. Our family has been splintered by alcohol abuse, so as we slowly get sober, one by one, we are re-establishing relationships. It takes time, commitment, patience, and boundaries with those who are still sick and toxic, but we are making progress. Progress, not perfection (except when it comes to alcohol.........that is a 100% commitment to lifetime sobriety).

Hugs.

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Well that sure sounds very productive and here was I imagining you all snuggled up reading. :)

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Wispy - what I wrote below was my fantasy day - what I actually did was take the pup to the dog park (yes, I did get a 4,000 step walk out of this), vacuum the first and second floor of the house, plan healthy meals for week, pick up daughter from horse back riding, go grocery shopping, cook dinner, eat with family in dining room, finish second half of Hobbit movie. I really want to change this "busy weekend" way of life and switch to an outdoor/active lifestyle. As easy as that sounds to do - I have not been able to change - YET. I will figure it out!

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Enjoy your snuggled up, sounds delightful, weekend Anne.
Here the sun is shining and the garden is calling.

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Welcome to the weekend everyone!! Right now it is grey and overcast. I think it is suppose to rain all weekend. Sounds like a great time to curl up with a book and read :)

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Today I am feeling very exuberant I think the word is. I did sleep again after 3 or 4 hours of fun during the hours of darkness. Woke this morning and have done the chores and all the gardening that was awaiting my love. Did a meditation on loving kindness which always makes me feel wonderful and now Im off for a short walk in the sunshine.

Enjoy your evening Anne, sounds lovely.

A great weekend to you all. Peace and sobriety.

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Big party planned for tonight [wink, wink] -- pizza, root beer (soda), and the first Hobbit movie. It has been so long since I have seen all of these Hobbit movies that I told my family I have to watch them all in order, at home, before I go see the newest release in the theatre. I have no idea where we left off from the last movie :)

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emoticon Awesome, Anne!

Wispy, "full of the joys of life" sounds wonderful!

Let's all make it a great day!
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Hi all, well I just woke up at 1.35 feeling wide awake and full of the joys of life. Who knows why? Lol. Just love feeling like this, so instead of trying to go back to sleep decided to have fun and enjoy the feeling. I would be out gardening if it was daylight. :)

Anne so good to hear your news. One day at a time is all we have. I love being sober. I love not having to think above drink and just on edge till I can get another one.
I love the freedom - just for today.

Have a great day Leslsie, Aurlie, Anne and to all of us.

Love Wispy.

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Good morning team!! As of today I have reached 30 days of alchohol free!!! Woo-hoo!!! Yes, I feel so much better - my mind is clear and free to focus on other things/goals besides, "I need to stop drinking"!! For me....majorly cutting back on my caffeine intake, adding meditation and yoga into my schedule, getting more sleep, and reading about buddist teachings have helped me stay away from alcohol. When I start to rumminate about drinking I stop my thoughts - like I do when I meditate - I acknowledge whatever emotion I am experiencing - and I tell myself that it is okay to experience the emotion. I can experience the emotion and move on - without alcohol. Now that I am alcohol free - there is a huge world out there to explore!!! Thank you all for being here! Happy Friday everyone!!

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Peace to you, Leslie! It's always great to hear how you're doing.

Wispy I love that you're gardening -- I lose sight on the fact that Spring is coming sometimes. We really don't have winter here, but I struggle with the short daylight hours. The Winter Solstice will be here in just a couple of weeks!

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Hi Team,
Happy December. It certainly is a busy time. This week has been filled with doctor appts. for my husband. He'll have surgery on his problematic jaw bone on the 22nd. More pathology will be sent to Scripts again. Hope they find the problem soon, it's been 20 months of question marks. He is getting scheduled for cataract surgery at the beginning of the year. The referral process is taking forever. But, we are practicing patience. Much easier to do sober!!!!!!!! We are also calling heating and air guys out. Our "big rain" (ha ha ha) has caused leaking into our attic and ceiling. Boy, we certainly aren't prepared for anything other than heat and sun.

Cyndy your vacation sounded wonderful. Las Vegas is such a fun playground! Glad you didn't lose too much money. Sorry it took me so long to post here.

Aurlie, you are one busy lady. I'm not alone in admiring your great attitude through work, classes, and Mike's surgery. Stay well.

Anne, I'm sure your hair is darling, but I'm glad you are finding someone new. I always have to remind myself that hair grows. I wait too long between cuts. It's been since last April. I always feel sorry for my cute gal.

Hi Wispy. Bet your garden looks great!!!

Oops. Have to get off. Today is a babysitting day and the grand babies are beginning to squabble with each other. Grandma to the rescue. They are not quite at the entertain yourself stage.

Peace!!!

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Sending love to you all. I know this time of year is hectic for most people.
Loving your decorations Sherre, cant wait to see them.

Well I have been out working in the garden again this evening. What was I thinking!!

It has been a busy day, but I just couldnt resist some repotting into larger pots. Its heavy work really, but have to say the daily exercises seem to be helping. Just going to watch some TV.

Eaten carbs today. Enjoyed it all. Back to basics tomorrow. :)

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Not much time for Sparking here. It's great to read all your posts, though.

Cyndy, thanks for sharing your vacation with us! I really enjoy reading about your yummy and fun adventures. The nice thing about reading about food is it doesn't have any calories for me! It's great that you're back on track with your fitness and those few pounds will be gone in no time.

It's great to see you Sherre! It's great that you're able to work on crafts. Will you be able to post pictures? I hope you're keeping warm this winter.

Anne, It sounds like your hairdresser doesn't communicate well. I hope the next one suits you better.

Wispy, I so appreciate your wisdom and strength.

I've got to get back to my classwork! Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

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HAPPY DECEMBER LATI TEAM.............. I FINALLY GOT ALL THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS UP......... IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD AND I'VE ADDED MANY MORE THIS YEAR OUTSIDE...... I GOT CANDY CANES AND FOUND SOME REAL BIG ONES THAT LIGHT UP..... SPINNER LIGHT.... AND SO MUCH MORE..... I WILL TAKE PICTURES WHEN IT'S ALL DONE.......... I STILL HAVE MY CRAFTS AND OTHER GARLAND THAT NEEDS TO GO UP IN A FEW SMALLER WINDOWS...

HI CYN......... WOW I LOVE READING YOUR POST AND WHAT YOU DID IN L.A. AND WHAT YOU DINED ON.......... IT ALL SOUNDS SO DELICIOUS....... AND SOME OF THE FOOD I'VE NEVER HEARD OF.. BUT IT STILL SOUNDS GOOD... YOU GOT A BUSY WEEK AHEAD OF YOU........ NOW THAT YOUR THANKSGIVING IS OVER YOU WILL BE PUTTING UP YOUR CHRISTMAS DECOR... I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO THIS YEAR..... I'VE GAINED 6 POUNDS AND I REALLY NEED TO SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT........ I'M READY FOR THE CHALLENGE.

ANNE......... SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR HAIRDRESSER........... IF I REMEMBER THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE WITH THAT HAIRDRESSER.......... DON'T WORRY ABOUT HOW SHORT IT IS ........... IT WILL GROW BACK AND YOU CAN GO TO SOMEONE ELSE THAT KNOWS WHAT THERE DOING AND WILL LISTEN TO YOU...

WISPY........... I KNOW HOW GOOD YOU'VE BEEN DOING LATELY........ WAY TO GO........ IT SURE DOES FEEL GOOD TO GET THINGS DONE FIRST THING....... IF I DON'T DO MY JOG/WALK IN THE MORNING....... IT DON'T GET DONE......... SO I TRY TO REALLY STICK WITH THAT RIGHT AFTER BREAKFAST.....

AURLIE............. YOU HAVE BEEN TAKING THOSE COURSES FOR AWHILE NOW......... IT'S TOO BAD THAT THEY ARE NOT HELPING WITH YOUR HOME LIFE AND OTHER THINGS...... BUT YOUR STRONG AND YOU HAVE REALLY DONE GREAT...... I ADMIRE THAT ABOUT YOU.........

HELLO EVERYONE ELSE.......... IT'S GETTING LATE AND I STILL HAVE TO CLEAR THE KITCHEN TABLE OFF SO I CAN START DOING SOME CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS....... I HAVE SOME NEW IDEAS SO I HOPE I CAN MAKE THINGS LOOK NICE AROUND HERE........ HAVE A WONDERFUL MONTH OF DECEMBER TEAM......... STAY STRONG AF...... AND HEALTHY......

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Hi there ladies,

Anne hope the hair settles down. I sure know the feeling. I have one absolutely dreadful one that stays in my memory. Thankfully my hair was quite long, so I had to get it restyled. Man that woman made a mess of it. Good news is it does grow.

Good luck with the new person. Hope you get someone who listens and does what you want. :)

Welcome home Cyndy. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love eating out and the general festive atmosphere of vacations and seeing new sights and enjoying flavours I do not have in my daily eating plan.

Blessings to all.

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I went in yesterday for a haircut - well a trim. I told my hairdresser that I wanted to let my hair grow and I just needed a trim to make my hair presentable.....well, she cut it all off again!!! I think it is a really bad haircut. Yes, I broke-up with my hair dresser - I made an appointment with another salon for January. Perhaps my new hair dresser will let me grow my hair out!!

I guess I just need to hold my head high and believe that my hair looks good -- perhaps everyone will buy it :)

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Happy DECEMBER LATI Team!!

Just finished reading through all of your Postings! Well done, and Great Sharing. Much support expressed!

My vacation to Las Vegas was very enjoyable. Gambled a few times. In fact I gambled less on this trip. I didn't win. The newer machines are Beautiful with all their sounds and displays of animation! Amusing it is. My total loss playing was only $60.00 dollars.
DH and I dined deliciously as I expected to. I was Impressed with the Dining experience we had at Giada's Restaurant in the Cromwell Hotel. Italian Cuisine was featured. Many of the dishes I was not familiar with on the menu. Which was fine! I love to try something new. My palate gets A surprise! My DH and I, my nieces ate very well here! We all had something different. I'll share!
We sipped on Voss still bottled water and coffee. Marinated Olives. Mushrooms, Waldorf Panzanel, Muffuletta Sandwich, Polenta on Cocot, G's Baked Pasta, Margherita Pizza. We shared Dessert. A cookie platter, gelato and sorbet.
For the second time. We went to the Neon Museum. This time at Night!! Great to see the Old signs Lit up!!
And also to a Pinball museum. We played Pinball on some refurbished machines!! Much FUN!! Used many Quarters $$ ..!
We walked through many casino's. Drove over the Fremont street. Looking at other Hotels for our next stay. I'm going to celebrate my Birthday, Las Vegas in 2015.
We did go out and try a few more restaurants. I'm only sharing Two.
For our Thanksgiving we had made reservations at Canal Street Restaurant at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. Pleased with our dinner here! We all ordered the same.
Canal Street Surf and Turf was rich in flavor! Boneless short rib and Shrimp skewer, Boursin mashed potatoes and Red wine sauce. Haricot verts, Canal Street salad... spring greens grape tomatoes beets cucumber candied walnuts smoked gouda cheese golden raisins with balsamic vinegar. Pumpkin Cheesecake Torte dessert.
Breakfast every morning, Coffee fruit and yogurt. Starbucks twice! Exercise I did. Dumbbells and Resistance bands. Much walking we did. Still not enough exercise to balance my Fine dining! 6 pounds, Oh wow! I did gain. I enjoyed every Bite! Delish!! On my Elliptical and Stepper I'm back on track. Two more pounds to go.

A Happy Thanksgiving I hope that You enjoyed it "Lisa" !! Best Wishes and Happiness In your Month of December!! Sobriety is the most valuable Possession to Experience! When you finally Get it! You'll know it very well! Alcohol won't Hurt you any more. Because you will have All that You need and Strength to Live your Life. It's Your own Sobriety!
Much Support you will Find and Receive. We Live Alcohol Free with or without A.A. Our Choice. It was a stepping stone for me. Listening and kept my mind open. You will keep Learning the Rest of Your Alcohol Free Life!! Blessings to You Always!!!!! You are Welcome "Lisa" !! ..:::Hugs!

Thank You "Aurlie" !! And I Did! Happy belated Birthday Mike! Weather was Perfect. Cold nights!

Thank You "Wispy" !! Enjoy your many Flowers and Blooms!!

Thank You "Leslie:" !! A Beautiful Time in Las Vegas. No shows this time. 5 days, they go by very Fast! Much Rain today!! Enjoy the Weather!!

Gratitude Everyday...:::I Agree:::...!!!!!

Thank You "Sherre" !! I shared a Few highlights!! Come on By to Read my Post!

Christmas Décor to Put up. B 12 shot, Doctor, Dentist and many Tasks this month!! A Great thing it is to Be busy and content!!

ENJOY YOUR DECEMBER AWESOME Team!! Stay Sober and Slim. Dine Great and Dine Healthy. Stay Fit with your exercise. Careful of the creep up pounds! Get rid of them quickly or they might stay.

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You're in my prayers, Anne. It's a real challenge to have faith that everything will be all right in the working world. I've been taking classes since June -- each class lasts about 4 weeks and then on to the next with no break. I've invested at least 20 hours per week (on top of my full-time job) and there's no guarantee that this effort will make my employment more secure. I guess I'm just demonstrating that I'm willing to take on new and difficult challenges, even if they're ultimately useless.

I'm acutely aware that the efforts I've put into this coursework has had a negative impact on my relationship, my homelife, my weight and my health. Any single-minded focus has a cost in other areas. I still struggle to find a bit of balance, expecially now in the holiday season.

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Aurlie - I seem to find myself in a similar work situation. I find out this week if they take away one of my largest projects. The company is cutting back and my project is on the chopping block. This project consists of 90% of my job -- not sure if anyone has figured that out yet. I am not sure what to do - feeling kind of numb. I have been with this company for 13 years and they have taken very good care of me. Perhaps it is time to leave, but that will be a huge change for me. Deep breath.....and smile :) It will all work out in the end.

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Hi girls, anything that makes me think not drinking is a good idea, IS A GOOD IDEA. :)
One day at a time over the holidays, same as every other day. We can do this girls.

Aurlie, did you finish the course and is your job now assured? Christmas holidays will be a pleasant break I am thinking. Yes, I guess living alone has its own challenges. However, for myself, I cant imagine living with anyone again. I used not to be able to imagine living alone. I used to feel very lost and empty on my own. Who would have thought I would now see things so differently.

I will miss loved ones at Christmas though. My family will be overseas, but I have planned my food and entertainment so that my time will be enjoyable and contented.



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That's a smart way to look at wine and beer, Anne -- just changing those initial thoughts makes them more unappealing.

I've always thought it would be easier to have good habits if I lived alone and didn't have interruptions and unexpected things happening all the time. I guess in practice, it's not as simple as in my imagination. Wispy you helped me to step back and see things differently. I realize that in the past my most self-destructive habits were hatched in isolation. Having a bit of "adult supervision" keeps me more balanced.

I just looked at my office calendar. There are only 3.5 weeks left to work this year! I need to focus and make them productive.

Wishing everyone a sober, happy and productive week!



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Wisy - glad to hear your new routines are helpful to you. I have found that many things I do, I do because they are simply a habit. I too was thinking of changing my weekend morning routines for better results. Thanksgiving behind me - now on to Christmas. I really want to get the calendar out today, sit down with the family and figure out what we want to do between now and Christmas - get it on the calendar and make it happen!!

P.S. - I think I have convinced myself that red wine will cause my acid reflux to go out of control and be really uncomfortable and beer will make me so bloated that I will be uncomfortable. When I look at either I do not have any desire to have one!! This is a good thing :)

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Happy Sunday, Team.
Anne, I'm glad you are trying sobriety again. I'm glad you know what you need to do to find peace.

Aurlie, I hope the possible rain doesn't make it difficult for us to get some mileage in, but oh boy is this rain going to be nice. We have been getting sprinkles today. The driveway is damp. Woo Hoo. I've kept you in my prayers for Mike's continued recovery and your good health as the caretaker.

Wispy, hooray for you keeping up consistent daily exercise. Yes, walking and weeding are wonderful exercises. Getting organized is always hard to start, but feels so good when progress is made. Good for you.

Hi Cyndy. Hope your trip has been fabulous. Can't wait to hear all about it when you return.

Peace to all today.

My youngest son was home for a few days, joined yesterday by my middle son and family. It has been a wonderful weekend. I'm counting my blessings. I could have missed it all if I'd kept drinking. Oh how grateful I am for sobriety!!!!

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Knowing what to do is a big blessing. Here's to getting back on track.

Aurlie, hoping Mike is still improving and that you are surviving the patient. :)
I have been doing a daily list of things for differing amounts of time this last three months and I am enjoying it and it is the most self-discipline I have ever even thought of applying. I am not that sort of person.
But I really wanted to get this in motion.
Just coming up to 4 months daily meditation
Several weeks getting straight up no matter how I feel and doing things I do not want to do for the first half hour. All simple things including neck and back exercises and I have been doing these daily for several weeks now. Not sure how long.
This is the second week I have been walking daily and doing some weeding.
Both the walking and weeding are good exercise. I have never managed to stick to them before. But this time I am posting them daily and really want to keep them up.

Being older and living alone, I have kind of got into an even less self-disciplined life style than ever and it hadnt even bothered me until a few weeks ago I began to want to get organised. Hoping it will keep up. I am actually enjoying the fruits of my labour.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

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Good for you, Anne! It's great to step back and see gatherings with a clear head. I hope you're taking care of yourself now!

I've been able to get out and walk each day this long weekend. It feels great. We have rain in the forecast for later this week and that may make things a bit more of a challenge for me.

I hope everyone is well, safe and sober!

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Ha!! I made it through the holidays without alcohol!! I will say that everyone's drinking really got on my nerves - not their actual drinking, but the slowness it brought to their thinking and reaction time (I was trying to coordinate all of the food to get to the table on time and warm). Everything turned out well. I have not been sleeping well these past two nights, "no" time to workout or meditate so I am not in a good space right now. I know what I have to do to get back into a good space and that IS what I am doing today!!

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Things are going well here. Love and blessings to all, too!

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Hi there, just popping in to see how everyone is doing. Sending love and blessings to all.

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I hope you all had a blessed day!

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Good to see you, Anne!

Happy Thanksgiving every day! I'm blessed to know each of you on this team.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of the American LATI team members!!! Even if you are not American, today is a day that we can all be thankful for. Take a moment to give thanks for all that you have to celebrate in your life!

Thank you all for being here on SparkPeople!!

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