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I'm a litigator at a large international firm; I'm based in DC. Since I'm a mom of two small children (one REALLY small - I'm on maternity leave), and due to natural inclination, I'm pulling away from trial work and focusing on appellate and e-discovery. An odd match, but actually fits my pre-law skill set of writing and work in the tech industry.

I second-chaired a large, month-long trial last January while pregnant and with a 2 year old at home -- that was seriously not fun at all! (Although we won big -- including a fee award, so I must have done something right!). But since law was a second career to begin with I'm not looking to fully step away from practice either -- just try to keep it on a somewhat more manageable level of crazy. :)

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I'm a child support enforcement prosecutor. I'm fortunate that most days my fellow Attys and I can (1) take breaks in the am, pm, and at lunch, and (2) walk together even though it may be for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes we walk on an empty floor in our building and sometimes outside, depending on timing and weather. Last year it helped me win the weight loss challenge 10 women in our agency did.

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First day of trial team today. The judge is a new judge, too. It couldn't be a better situation. Everyone is introducing themselves to each other because all his teams and staff are new, too.


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Welcome to the team, BEATTYN1!! Good luck to you with work and healthy living!

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I'm a public defender in a suburban county outside of Philadelphia. I have just moved up to Trial Team from the pretrial division and am really looking forward to more challenging work.

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Congratulations!! Thank you for continuing to stay on the website even though you've met your goal weight - you are an inspiration to all of us who are still on our way to that goal! It also helps me to know that even after I reach my goal weight, there is still work to be done to maintain and hold steady at that weight. A great reality check! Good luck with all the busy-ness at work!

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I am a commercial litigator at a large firm. Lately, I've been focusing more on public projects/government contracting, but my practice is widely varied.

I lost my weight a few years back now, and it has been somewhat of a challenge keeping it off with the crazy "biglaw" schedule -- it doesn't help that I'm a 42 year old senior associate (law is my second career), so I have the typical "middle age" issues in a job more typically held by 28-30 year olds. Luckily I work with mostly decent people, who are both generally supportive and are into fitness/health themselves. But it's still hard to pull myself away from the desk when there's always so much to do -- I'm still guilty of grabbing lunch from the cafeteria (usually a healthy one, at least!) and eating at my desk instead of getting out. And of being in the office 10-11 hours on a typical day, and much more during crunch time. So, while I've been holding my own, there's still a lot of room for improvement!

Starting Weight: 268 lbs. (November 2010)
Quasi-Maintenance: 165 lbs. (June 2011)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs. (reached December 8, 2011)

Size 22W to Size 4

Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
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@Bee-Bella,
Yes, that's my weight loss - actually, I was closer to 400 lbs, and now I'm around 200. Every pound was just from eating right and exercising. I didn't have any surgery until after I made it to my "fighting weight," and then I had the excess skin cut off (the Army considered it "reconstructive surgery" because of how much I had lost).

It's a constant struggle to keep it off, but I've held things pretty steady for about 4 years now.

PS: Go Flyers!

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Absolutely! I blame the sitting 10, 12, 14, 16 hours a day. I blame the "let me just finish this one more thing and then I'll take a break/walk....".... or the, "I'm going to get control of my schedule and start working out on Monday"... I've been saying that for 4 years now.

I noticed many of my friends, post-law-school, got into excellent shape. They had the type of positions where the pressure wasn't as high and demanding. Those of us with high pressure jobs are in worse shape than law school, I've seen.

I know too many attorneys in their 50s and 60s with really awful health problems. I'm sure hoping Sparkpeople helps with the fitness clocking to prevent for me in the future what has happened to so many of my colleagues.



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4/12/14 11:00 P

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I had a revelation the other day. All through law school, studying for the bar, and even waiting for bar results, I kept on my food plan and lost or maintained my weight. A year and a half ago I started "slipping" and gained back 20 of the 70 lbs I had lost. Guess what else happened a hear and a half ago? I became a lawyer! It only just occurred to me that those two events coincided. Within weeks of being sworn in I started overeating again. I think I thrive in the steady hum of academia, but this wild unscheduled world of solo practice just leaves me feeling unsteady and reaching for snacks.

Has anybody else had this experience?
- Toby

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Thanks! I can't wait to go. I wish there were similar stores in my area!

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Definitely easier access in Plymouth Meeting.... it's in the same shopping center as a large mall, so there's plenty of parking (and a garage is attached to the Whole Foods because it is so popular...) No, they don't have a smoothie bar.... but they have a wonderful salad bar, sushi, and other cook-as-you order foods. If you're headed to Whole Foods before the game, leave yourself much more time to get to the game than a map program will provide. The highway getting to the game will either be clear, or a parking lot. There's rarely anything in between :)

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3/21/14 5:38 P

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Thanks for the reply Esqfemme78! I plan on stopping at the Plymouth meeting store. The last time we were in Philly we were aimlessly driving around and came up on the side of the other store but couldn't get into the lot to park. It looked like the lot across the street was either a private or paid lot. We didn't chance street parking because it was very near to police station. Plymouth is right on our way and appears to have easier access according to website picture. Does this store have a juice/smoothies bar?

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Hi! Whole Foods is awesome. There's one downtown, and one off the highway in Plymouth Meeting. Probably easier to go to Plymouth Meeting, and leave for wherever home is from there. The store in Plymouth has great prepared foods for dinner/lunch. I love Whole Foods -- enjoy the trip (and enjoy the game!)

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RE: WHOLE FOODS chain stores

I'm heading to Philadelphia next week to a Flyers hockey game, and I'm contemplating stopping at a Whole Foods chain store on the way. There are no stores like this in my area at all. Does anyone shop at this store? Is it worth the pitstop? And, if so, are there any must buy products that you suggest?

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Hi Soundpreacher!

First and foremost, thanks for your service! welcome to the group!

Is the ticker on the bottom of your post reflect your weight loss?


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Welcome to the team and good luck!

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Hi, everybody!
I'm currently active duty Army, Ft Bragg NC. As soon as I finish my contract (~2 years), I'm off to law school (170 LSAT). I'm planning to either go back to the Army as a JAG or solo/small practice. I'd love any kind of friend/mentor as I plan for the future. :)

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You are AWESOME! What a great story! Keep up the great work!

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Hi Again, Bee!

I loved hearing about your self sustaining farm. That has always been a dream of mine. I know - LOTS of workouts - & I can't even handle the BL videos! ;) I'm sorry about your mom. You'll be honoring her this spring with all of your culinary creations from your garden!

Great job on your renovations! Soon you will be done and can enjoy the result (and you'll appreciate it even more since it was through your hard work!)

Have a great evening!!

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Bee - "Baggy"! I love it!! Way to go!!!!!!

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I just had to share this! Itís a good example of why not to pay way too much attention to the scale and to take notice of your measurements instead. I know that losing 1-2lbs per week is losing the right ďweighĒ. However, I tend to crave faster results even though I know better. I love, absolutely love clothes! Prior to my weight loss (and now), I have volumes of clothes, in various sizes (for each stage of weight I went through prior to the start of losing weight), and for every occasion and season. After my first initial weight loss, I sold my super duper large clothes on Craiglist, and donated as well. I vowed not to buy any more clothes until I have no more that fit me the right, tapered way. I separated my clothes into the ďI fit into right now stageĒ and ďthese are too tight or uncomfortable right now but keep to try on again laterĒ. Well, I tried on the ďthese are too tight or uncomfortableĒ pants, shorts and bottoms today, and they were all very baggy in the waist, legs and crotch. It was at that moment that I truly realized how much weight I am losing, and I got a big dose of extra motivation to keep going forward.

I think everyone should dig in their closet and try on that one piece of clothing that used to be a bit tight. Keep it handy, and use that as your scale from time to time. It is a good mood booster, and very motivating!

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3/19/14 9:47 P

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Hi Mlanding!

The week has been good so far. Thanks for checking in on me!! Iím working on my big, bad ďto-doĒ list of household projects, and have been tackling spackling the cellarway and getting it ready to paint. Itís a work-out in itself since as I go down the steps I need to reach above my head and spackle all while balancing! I canít wait until this project is complete!!! I shouldnít say that because my next project is to demo my kitchen floor, wayneís coating and cabinets to make way for some new digs! That is my next master project! Fun stuff. I think Iíd rather be working on a PA Superior Court brief or a good ole divorce pleading than doing kitchen renovations!!! 

Canning is easy as long as you have the time as well as the tools needed to can. I grew up on a small, self-sustaining farm at the base of the Pocono Mountains, and my mother made canning look like it was a breeze. When we moved during my tween years, she stopped canning, and by the time I started to, she had already passed away. So, I had to learn the hard way that canning is hard work, very tiring and cumbersome if you do it the hard way. The biggest thing I learned is to can small batches as the crop is ripening and producing. The only method of canning that I use is the boiling water bath canning (no pressure cooker). I always end up freezing a few gallons of tomatos at the end of the season. Iím hoping that doing two crops will also make it easier to do the smaller batch canning with more yield. That is fantastic that you have hundreds of tomato seeds coming up from last year. Weíll have to share tomato recipes when we harvest our bumper crops!!! We are finally starting to have warmer days here (50 for the next few days until the next cold front moves in on Sunday) so Iíve been sneaking in some raking and outdoor work here and there. I love the warm sun on my face. I am so over this cold already!!! Let me know if you have any questions once you start canning! Iíll be glad to share some simple canning recipes!

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Hi JWP! Iím glad youíre on track with successful weight loss! Congratulations, and keep up the good work! It gets easier to do once you start forming new habits in order to live a healthier lifestyle. I think that there are many people who can relate to the behavior of eating until they are full. I was one of them as well until I started changing my habits. I grew up in a house where food servings were huge, and we were taught not to waste food thus getting the push to ensure my plate was clean.

Iím losing weight at a steady pace by eating a low carb, diabetic friendly diet. I consume between 1400 and 1600 calories for now. I also stay away from processed foods as much as possible, and have a green smoothie each day to make sure I get all of my veggies down the hatch. Iím currently working on trying to get a handle on eating at the same times each day with a set amount of calories per meal to include a mix of protein, carb and veggies. This is proving to be a bit challenging but will get on the right track with practice! Itís all about forming new, improved habits!

An interesting, motivating read is ďFood RulesĒ by Michael Pollan. I try to follow his rules as much as possible. He did a ton of research on food habits and diets. He sets forth 64 rules in his book as a guide to eating healthier. ďEat food. Not too much. Mostly plantsĒ. Some of his rules include shopping only in the outer isles of the grocery store, eat when youíre hungry not bored, do all your eating at a table, avoid foods you see advertised on tv, etc. It is a great tip guide!

As for exercise, I am 4 weeks into a 6-week cardio, boot camp and strength training challenge via a Biggest Loser video. It entails a 5 minute warm-up, 20 minutes of cardio, and about 5 minutes of cool-down stretching. I am a fan of BL videos. Right after completing the video, I try to make up the rest of the time to meet an hour of exercise by doing weightlifting, push-ups, crunches, or I dance with the dog like a maniac! I do this 5-6 days a week. On my sixth day, I sometimes do 30 minutes on the treadmill instead of the video. Iím anxious for the weather to get warmer here in Northeast, PA so I can start a walking routine for the very first time! There is a feature on SP under the exercise tracking area called ďmap my routeĒ where you can track your mileage, etc. by plugging in your route. I have my routes ready to go but need the weather to cooperate. So, until then, I am sticking to my video routine.

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3/18/14 10:24 P

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Thank you!

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Hi JWP! Welcome!!
Congratulations on your weight loss! (:

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Hi Bee! I hope you are having a good week!

It's so encouraging to see that you are succeeding at steady weight loss. (:

I love the idea of self sustaining gardening. That's cool you used to can. I bought a kit, jars, etc., but have yet to succeed at growing enough to have some leftover to can. Plus, there's the small detail that I don't know how to can so there's a lot of YouTube viewing. (: I'll be rooting for the tomato plants this year! They've started coming up from old fallen seeds last year. I need to really thin them out as there are hundreds. I am in Orange County, California and it's been hot lately.

You continue to be an inspiration! Thank you!

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3/17/14 9:29 P

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Hello BEE-BELLA,

At a minimum I walk on the treadmill every day for 2 miles (30 minutes). Every other day or so I use an exercise ball for push-ups and stretching out my back (which feels great!). Every so often I use stretchy circular bands for strength training.
The Beck Diet Solution is a book written by Dr. Judith Beck, a cognitive behavioral therapist. The point of the book is to learn how to "think like a thin person" by changing small, everyday behaviors (you know, the everyday behaviors that keep me from losing weight in the first place!). For example, one of the behaviors to practice is this: eat only until I am satisfied, not until I am full. It may sound silly, but this one behavior / skill has been life changing for me. It means that I no longer keep eating until my plate is clean. As I eat, I need to be conscious of when I am no longer hungry, and just stop. Sounds silly, but it was a revolutionary thought for me. About 7 years ago (after my 2nd child) I lost about 40 pounds just from reading the first week's worth of lessons. I thought I had weight loss mastered! (So, of course, I didn't feel the need to finish the book). Then I had 2 more kids and lost track of the skills I had learned. Now I am back on track (as of January 1st) and the pounds are falling off at a great 1 to 2 pound pace per week. The book is not really a diet book at all - it really is about living differently (i.e. learning to live like a thin person!).

Hope that answers your questions! If you are interested in learning more, there is a Beck team on this website.
What do you do to help you lead a healthy and fit lifestyle?

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Hi jwpskinnyskils!
I'm glad you posted here! I'm curios. What does the Beck diet entail? Also, what type of exercise are you into?

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3/16/14 9:24 P

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Hello Everyone,
I'm a Newbie to the team. I'm an attorney for the federal gov't. Love, love, love my job! As for weight loss, I follow the Beck Diet Solution and this website has been a big help. Good luck on your path to a healthier, thinner You!!

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Greetings MLanding!

Iím so glad you hiked, and huffed and puffed! Super job! Is the weather warm where you live, and what state do you live in? It was so cold in PA the last few days that I canít even imagine walking outside. Not even a week ago, I was starting my first bout of yard work! Weather is wicked here this winter.

I know what you mean by needing music. It seems to give me extra pep in my workouts. I focus on the music instead of how long Iíve been exercising, and it keeps the senseless chatter in my head down to a minimum! :)

For me, losing weight has made it easier to exercise. Iím able to move around better, faster and I donít get tired too easily, especially when exercising. I can keep up with the videos and focus more on posture, breathing, and the movements of my body. Doing exercises like lunges, squats, planks and similar exercises are still hard and new to me so I do what I can to keep up but I still try. Each time I do those exercises that are hard, I try to go a little further, even if I have to stop for a few seconds here and there to rest. My foot issue affects me so I have to do my own physical therapy on it each day so I can continue to exercise but other than that it seems that the more I moved around, the more I wanted to.

Prior to SP, I just wrote down what I ate each day to keep me accountable. I didnít track calories or any other values. Changes in my eating habits and getting up and moving around helped the weight loss and change in my body. Having high insulin numbers due to eating wrong and being sedentary kept me in a vicious circle for a long time prior to this. I had to start somewhere, and slowly I started to gain and maintain good habits. Since February, I having been tracking my food and exercise on SP which allows me to work on my calorie intake and make adjustments as needed. It is helping me to lose weight at a steady pace (1-2lbs per week). Sometimes I miss putting in exercise and food on SP, and the SP tracking features might not be exact to what I ate or did but itís close enough for me right now to be able to continue losing weight. So far, Iím not stalling. It seems to keep me in check. I have to keep super focused in order to keep living and to get off medicine for diabetes, hopefully, and to live the rest of my life without being a slave to my weight which was causing major health issues for me on top of the ones I already had. Iím aiming to lose at least 60lbs more to be at a comfortable, healthy weight for me. According to standards, I should be losing an additional 80lbs, but Iíll be happy to meet my next goal and take it from there.

Gardening has become an important part of my goals. I grew up gardening and canning but now I am aiming to plant more vegetables, fruits , herbs and spices in order to rely less on buying them from the store at costly prices and the unsurety of what they are using to grow and harvest these products. Challenging part is that I'm listing my house for sale in a few months so I have to be creative in being able to take most with me if I need to move! I am growing most of my veggies from seeds (for the first time) so I can have 2 or 3 crops this year. Iím excited! I found that lemon balm and mints are super easy to grow and require little maintenance, if at all. If you donít want them to spread out of control, itís best to keep them in containers. Mine come up every year. Walmart has mints and various balm plant seeds for under $2 and cheap, starter containers and starter soil. I bought my plants at Home Depot a few years ago. The plants that are not in containers ended up being bumper crops, and I often take overgrowth and give them away and sometimes transplant to different areas or pots.

Thanks for the tips on doTerra and the tea. I love checking out new things!

Iím glad I was your morning workout inspiration! I hope to hear that again! Itís nice to talk to others that have similar interests and goals! It keeps us motivated to stay on the right track.

I hope your day is fantastic!

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Hi Bee!

You inspired me (with all of your workout routine!) to go out on a hike this morning and it was awesome! I was huffing and puffing, but tried to keep doing the hills. I think I need music.

How did it feel to lose 40 lbs?! That is my initial goal, but I have more than that to lose. Is it easier to exercise for you now? I mean - that is a major accomplishment!!

I see your goals re: food timing. Do you track calories, etc. on SP? I do sometimes, but I find when I do I become too focused on food. It keeps it too much in the front of my mind. But most people who have successfully lost weight say they tracked. So I'm curious if you did with your great weight loss to date.

I'll check out nuts.com. I usually buy nuts from Sprouts bulk bins, but variety is nice. (:

As for nutrition goals, with the exception of red wine, I eat pretty healthy. So, I mainly need to just get calorie intake under control, which will be more easily accomplished by reducing or eliminating wine. That also helps with getting out to exercise the next day!

How neat that you grow lemon, bee balm, etc. I love gardening, too, and I look forward to having more time to spend out there. I have some herbs that I use for cooking and lavender, fruit trees, and soon will be planting vegetables for the spring. I've never done anything with the lavender, but the satchels sound great. The oils I use are from doTerra because I know those are extracted with absolutely no chemicals and nothing at all is added or taken out. After seeing great results, I became a consultant. It is very fun and a welcome compliment to practicing law every day. (: Yesterday I went over to an elderly woman's house and helped her relieve extreme back pain. She was so appreciative. It feels good to help people. (:

I love green tea! The stash I have now is from Teavana and online from Addagio (less expensive). I drink it every day in the early afternoon and sometimes use it as a base for my am green smoothie - not as creamy as almond milk, but less calories & a little caffeine boost (:

Thanks for the morning workout inspiration, Bee! You are definitely on the right track!

Have a great day!!





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I firmly believe that you need to make sure that convenience plays a part in where you exercise. Thatís why I am doing it at home for now. As long as were moving and making it a point to keep moving in some form, wherever it is, and however we are doing it, I think we are heading in the right direction!! I started with aiming for 20 minutes of being very active to the point my chest is thumping a bit, and Iím huffing. Now I am able to do 30 minutes of cardio, 8 minutes of stretching (before and after), and then I put on the radio and dance hard with my pug for the rest of the time to make up at least an hour. The BL videos are super tough at first but so worth it! I also make sure that I do either a light or heavy duty household project every day along with my every day household chores. Iím in the process of getting one house ready to sell and another ready to move into so I keep quite busy with painting, spackling, heavy duty cleaning, yard work, etc. I take a day off from the videos which is usually on a weekend day but still try to keep active. I found that once you make up your mind to get up and going, after a week or so, it gets a lot easier to stick with it because of the increased amounts of energy gained. I will be sure to check out the SPAT when I start shopping for my tracker. Thanks for the recommendation! I am getting excited for spring to get out moving and to track my steps. The mountains in Northeast PA are amazing. I also live in a city that borders the Susquehanna River, and there are several nature areas within a short drive in each direction.

When I joined SparkPeople in mid-February, my weight loss total was 42lbs. Since then, I lost another 5 lbs. So far, so good! The weight is coming off at a slow, steady pace but watching the change in my measurements and mental well-being are truly amazing. I have a long ďweighĒ to go but have to stick with it. My next small goal to reach is to eat at the same time each day and to stay within a certain amount of calories per meal. To keep my insulin in check, I watch my carbs closely and stay away from processed foods as much as possible. I eat a lot of vegetables and also have a 12 -16 oz green smoothie every day. I eat lean protein (red meat only once or twice a month) and try to eat a variety including nuts, beans or hardboiled egg. If you like nuts, check out Nuts.com. Itís a fantastic gem of a place to order from. The nuts are outstanding, and they carry a large inventory of different types of products. I order there every few months and have never been disappointed with any of the products. It can be a bit pricey, but worth it. Do you have any set goals regarding nutrition?

Thanks for the tip! I will immediately order the lavender and melaleuca essential oil. I like to order from Mountain Rose Herb from time to time, and have recently been working on placing another order. Perfect timing!!! I grow lemon and bee balm as well as various mints. I also grow lavender but used what I had for satchels as gifts so Iíll have to order some like I mentioned before. Thatís awesome that you teach a natural healing class. Iíd love to attend a class like that but have not seen anything like that in my area. Do you grow anything used in natural healing? I found that cinnamon helps me with my insulin control and natural raw honey is great to put on psoriasis to heal and also prevent a breakout. I also use it in my green tea a few times a week. Itís helping me deal with tough health issues. Thanks again for your tip. On a slightly different note, Iíd love to hear what your thoughts are on green teas?

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Hi Bee!

There was a point when I went 3x a week to a beautiful park that was on the way home from my daughter's school. I'd walk (sometimes - but not often - run a bit) about 3 miles a day.

But, now the park is out of the way and I know that's a bad excuse but it just seems silly to drive somewhere to exercise. I say to myself - I should just walk form my house somewhere. But I usually don't. I have to get back on track with real, heart pumping, walking in the mornings.

I have the SPAT and I love it! I wear it every day and try to get to 5K steps a day. (I know they say we should do 10K , but I at least strive for 5K.) I highly recommend the SPAT.

GREAT JOB losing 30 pounds in a year! That's awesome!!! And without exercise -- Just think of the progress you'll make with it!! (:

And quitting smoking! You're definitely moving in a great direction with your health!!

Just a thought on the psoratic arthritis - you might consider trying high quality lavender and melaleuca essential oils. They are 100% natural with no side effects so it might be worth a try. I teach classes in natural healing and have seen many good success stories(:

The outdoor track and especially hikes in the mountains sound amazing. How beautiful that must be! But for now - Biggest Loser videos sound like they're working! (: I tried the Bob Harper yoga one and it was REALLY HARD! \:

Have a great day!!!







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Hi MLanding! How often do you walk in the a.m. during the week and how far do you go? Do you have a tracker of some sort for your steps. I'm debating about getting one.

Looking back to when I worked, I realize now that the very thing I loved doing was killing me with all the stress and being so inactive by sitting long hours at a desk job. I didn't eat breakfast back then and rarely ate lunch. If I did, it was usually pizza and junk. I would eat a large dinner and sit around and watch tv until bedtime stressing about the next day's work. I ended up with high blood pressure, diabetes and a host of other problems from a lifetime of unhealthy habits.

I started my quest to get healthy by making small changes and substitutions in my diet. Over the course of a year or so, I ended up losing 30 plus lbs. but rarely exercised.This was weight I had gained from quitting smoking years prior. When I did start moving around, I ended up being grounded by a foot issue (capsulitis) and lots of joint pain from psoratic arthritis. After a bout of physical therapy, I became desperate to find exercises that don't cause a flare up of my foot issue and cause severe joint pain. So far, I have found that Biggest Loser videos allow me to exercise daily without causing too much trouble. In addition to videos, I also try to be very active throughout the day doing household renovations and chores. I plan to start walking an outdoor track when the weather gets warmer and going for hikes in the mountains like I use to when I was younger.

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Hi Bee! I work from home and so there's not as much "running around" as there was when I worked in a law firm. I have to really make the effort to go exercise (walking) in the morning before work or it won't happen. I know what you're saying about helping yourself a bit instead of always putting others first. It's hard, but vital! emoticon

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I'm hoping to see this group become active!!! Anyone out there that can take a break from the law books???? I'm a paralegal currently on break from the legal world for a much needed breather to de-stress! I'm working on getting myself in order for once and learning to deal with my own problems instead of everyone else's issues! How is everyone doing on their quest to get healthier?

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I practice in Tanzania doing general legal work in a small firm. It looks like this group is not very active.... Anyone out there?????

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Let's revive this topic! I am an assistant public defender in Pennsylvania currently working in pre-trial division. I had my own family law private practice for about 9 years between 2000 and 2009. I am considering re-opening my private practice part-time while staying at the public defender's. I just started a second job as a tax preparer to possibly be a feeder for clients for my possible re-opening, so things are just starting to evolve. Just like my upgraded commitment to losing this burden of obesity! Would love to see this team become more active!


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Hi,

I don't mind you asking at all. I'm a trial lawyer in North Carolina. I practice state and federal criminal defense, domestic litigation, civil litigation, and also handle appeals in the NC Court of Appeals and the NC Supreme Court. I've been a trial lawyer for about 12 years.

Thanks for joining this team. Hopefully, we can get more of our colleagues to join up and burn some the stress from working in this most unforgiving profession of ours.

All the best,

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