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9/7/08 6:11 A

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emoticon Good morning. Sorry about the death of your friends little one. You are a good friend to be there for them. It sounds to me that you have a good plan for yourself and as you know many here at Spark can offer some more solutions. I have read some of them and agree with them all. Dust yourself off and tomorrow is a new day right? Gradually work yourself up to more and more improvement in the days ahead. Keep in touch with us as we support you everyday.

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9/6/08 6:51 P

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Thanks Terry! Maizey

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9/6/08 2:06 P

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emoticon Maizey, missed you!

~Terry
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9/6/08 10:56 A

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Hi Cabo and my other Wisconsinite friends,
I want to add my condolences to you and your friends as well.

I travel for work oftern as well. I carry a few exercise DVDs and play them on my laptop as a way to get exercise. I also try to find a colleague who will join me for a walk in the evening. Food wise, I order a salad or a veggie appetizer to arrive while we wait for the food. This gives me something other than the bread basket while I wait for my meal. I also typically order from the appetizer menu as it is a smaller portion.

Finally, a glass of red wine packs less of a punch than a cocktail so I'll order this and then sip, sip, sip to make it last.

I find many others are working on being healthy and they often want to join me in keeping focused. You can also enlist the server to help you out by talking with them in advance so that your food and food choices aren't a focal point when you're ordering.

Wishing you the best. Maizey

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9/6/08 12:29 A

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Hi Cabo,
First let me say I am so sorry to hear about your friends little girl. That is so sad. My prayers go out to all of you.

Second, you have already gotten some wonderful advice. Have you ever thought about throwing some resistance bands in your luggage to use at the hotel? They are light weight and don't take up much room at all. There are always hallways that you can walk if you don't want to go outside into an area you are not familiar with and staircases that you can go up and down. Security might be watching but as long as you keep moving I'm sure they will be OK with it 'smile'. Most hotels have fitness rooms (or fitness centers available for guests to use) and pools, both of which are wonderful to use.

As far as the business meals, opt for salads (dressing on the side to dip your fork in) and broth based soups. Load up on veggies and fruits if you have the option at a buffet or such. Eat a protein and high fiber if you can as they will help you stay fuller longer. Oh, and order your water with a twist of lemon or lime. A virgin Mary is also good at a breakfast/brunch and you get a few veggies to eat as well!

Is there anyone in your business group that you can confide in about your health plan and your goals? It makes it much easier if you have others on your side.

Hope some of these ideas help!

Vicki

"There is no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there's no joy in merely doing things which anyone can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you'd make" Unknown

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9/5/08 4:12 P

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I would suggest a portable dvd player and 1 or 2 work out dvds . I know your a guy and all but the walk away the pounds dvd is just enough when your traveling. (its what my sister in law does) just to stay in the swing of it and stay in control of your self.
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9/5/08 10:44 A

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Let me start by offering condolences to your dear friends in their loss. That has to be the hardest thing to deal with. They are lucky to have your for a friend.
I think you have a great plan all ironed out here! You know what you need to do to get there and that's a good start!
I always consider soup to be a great comfort food, coming up on Fall and Winter cold weather. I know they're high in sodium but there are the Healthy Choice and other ones that are reduced sodium, and at about 100 cals, pretty filling. My hubby and I eat a lot of soups with multigrain saltines and maybe fruit, and tend to lose a few pounds when we follow that regimen for a few weeks. I also make a lot of my own soups and use the reduced sodium broth and no salt added tomatoes and other veggies.
You may have tipped a little bit to the side of your wagon but you didn't fall off and certainly didn't get run over by it. I know you can do this!!

~Terry
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9/5/08 10:35 A

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Good morning,
I don't think we have met but your discussion this morning sounds like you could be writing this blog for me. I was doing so well on my goals and then I totally slacked off. Due in part to attitude, over stressed, and a knee injury. I am having surgery next week and hopefully I can jump back on the wagon to a better life style. After losing 33 lbs last year - only to gain back 18 of them!
One thing that is going to help you~ is that you after only a few short weeks realize and are able to voice your faults and hopefully with the support you will be able to to jump back into a healthier life style.
I too love to reward myself~ but somehow we need to find something other than food or drink to accomplish this. In my mind I want to toss that "wagon" over a cliff and get back on my feet and start feeling good again.
My sympathies to you and your friends for their loss of their daughter~ today my son's classmate is buried due to a car accident - she was only 17... so sad.
I'm so proud of you that you are able to understand where you need to go with your changes. Step by step, we can make progress. And..... it doesn't have to be alone.
Good luck with your day and your weekend.....Susan



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9/5/08 10:26 A

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Hang in there, you will get into a routine. Travel is always hard.

Since you don't get to your hotel until late, do you have time for a walk, or even a 20 minute run, something to make you sweat. What about a swim, does the hotel have a pool??

As far as eating out, I would suggest portion control and try to pick out healthier items on the menu, skip the beer and order water, that's what I do!!

When I went to Sturgis I was worried about finding time to workout and my eating habits, but I idd good. I went to the track and or swimming, and only ate one big meal a day.


I would stock up the ref with lots of fruits and veggies, also Fiber One Bars are good.

Good luck!!



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9/5/08 10:18 A

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The past two weeks have been very difficult.

Last week I was travelling for business in Chicago, staying in a fancy hotel, out every night with my boss, fancy dinners, expensive meals and a total lack of exercise and my normal routine.

Bottom line was that I cam home feeling bloated and soft, realizing that have to develop a better strategy when I am out and travelling for work.

This week started out terrible, as I learned that close friends of mine lost their 3 month old daughter to SIDS. The week has been very stressful with trying to support friends and family. The emotion associated with the grief really zapped energy from me and despite going to the gym, my workouts were not intense and there is a strong desire to eat comfort foods.

So....need to turn this into a learning experience.

1. I clearly need rigor, structure and schedule as part of my daily work-out and eating routine. Without it, I drift into a sea of poor eating and general disregard for my diet.

2. I am an emotional eater and drinker. When I am stressed, upset or anxious, I eat. So, I need to find ways to stock my house and refridge with healthy substitutes.
3. I let my work responsibilities get in the way of my personal goals. I feel like I have to be a good host to clients and fellow workers. So I try to entertain and help them enjoy themselves. I typically am the party-guy and the person that can bring a team together and help facilitate the good time.



I need help and advice:

-Does anyone have any good work-out routines for hotels and traveling that I can print out or download? I tend to follow the bodyforlife routines, but that requires a gym or free weights, and I don't always get into the hotel in time for stuff like that.

-Does anyone have good strategies to use when traveling? How do you eat healthy when at corporate meetings and business lunches?

-Any advice on healthy comfort foods that can be kepted stocked in the house?

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