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Thanks @DEB for the kind words. I'm doing my best to work my program,although some days the program is working me. emoticon

Since my last posting, I've tried P90X AND Insanity. The levels for both of them are intense but I did learn some new moves, and modifications that will allow me to increase the intensity of some old moves when I reach that point. The takeaway from the meal plan portion of each program is helping me to mix 'n match better for "rest" days; less physical exertion translates to more nutrition-packed/less caloric intake. The meal planning is actually taking up more time than the physical activities as the body needs the nutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) regardless. emoticon Talk about redefining what the term "balanced" means on my healthy lifestyle journey. emoticon

With that said, I'll close with... All is good! I'm learning so much and slowly adding what I can to my routine.

Sending prayer to all that at the end of each day, we can all say, regardless of how small the step may seem in the grand scheme of things.... emoticon


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Hi Platinum, I am so glad to hear that so much is going well. Your program is a real success and your accomplishments are so inspiring to hear about. I'm so glad that the library got in a copy of your DVD. That will be so much inspiration for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Foxbay, how are you doing with your recuperation? I am so happy to see you here. Don't worry a lot of us struggle with water consumption. Sometimes when we come out of a traumatic incident it is harder to readopt our former habits. I hope that you are progressing nicely and that hip is feeling better and better. Kudos to you for making sure that you get in those eight glasses every day!!!! Water is important to you while you are in recuperation. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am getting in my eight glasses almost every day. I am having a bit of trouble myself with getting down all eight, since I came back after my computer went down. I don't know if it is mindset or what. However, I am doing okay right now and I am getting in my exercise every week by going to the gym at least three days for an hour's session each day. I am starting a strength training regimen at home, then when I can afford it I will buy a personal trainer for three sessions or so and let them set me up with a routine at the gym too. Right now I am part of the 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge and that is proving to be a challenge allright. I am looking forward every day to the workout, since most of it is a body weight workout. We use barbels too. It is a lot of fun and I am enjoying it thoroughly. Have a great week ladies and I hope that it is pleasant and fulfilling. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. You've done a great job ladies!!!! You rock!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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5/5/16 7:20 P

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While in the hospital I couldn't keep track of how much water I drank. Before that I was usually drinking 10 or more glasses a day. Now I'm struggling to get in 8 glasses a day but I'm doing it - even if I have to gulp down a lot of water at the end of the day. emoticon

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It's been a while since I checked in to post a status and I'm glad to report that all is well...busy and productive. This last week my challenges have been REALLY challenging but no complaints since it was my doing. I could have said "no" to a new client, however, it's one that I courted for a while last year and it could potentially open the door to others. Even if it doesn't it'll look good on my client list to show greater diversity. Couple that with the fact that my library was able to pull in P90X Home Fitness program which I am reviewing and mixing in with my regular routine to see what I can add to my fitness routine, in part or follow the program in its' entirety as the goal is to increase the intensity of my fitness routine without stressing me out. I have enough things trying to stress me out. emoticon

Hugs and prayers to everyone that this is a wonderful, healthy and productive week! emoticon

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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I haven't posted on here for a while. I am getting in at least 8 full glasses of water by lunch time everyday. By the end of the day I have consumed anywhere from 96oz to 150oz sometimes more.

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Platinum, what wonderful words of wisdom and what wonderful ideas!!! I'm glad to hear that your challenges are becoming less challenging. I am back to square one with my water consumption. I have had computer problems. While I was away from the site I did practice some"spark" principles, I let my water consumption get away from me though. Now I am back to tracking and drinking my water. I am up to eight glasses a day, just having a hard time drinking it all. I will try some of Platinum's ideas to brighten up my water glasses I need to get a 64 oz. water bottle and that will help out a lot. Great job all of you!!! You are stars and deserve to reward yourselves. Keep staying positive and keep writing down all your ideas. They are of great help to new members and old alike. Sending positive energy and hugs to all who need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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I take my water bottle to church. I sing in the choir and it helps to have a few sips of water before each song we sing. emoticon

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Hi-ho, Platinum! Play! You said the Magic Word! PLAY!! I'm 74 now, and I think I like to play more than younger/middle-aged people. Second childhood!

Thanks for the lift today!
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When I had trouble increasing my water intake, I starting doing something that as a child most of was told to not do... and that was play with my food, and in this case my water. emoticon Without adding any sweeteners of any kind, I tried lemons, limes, celery, cucumbers, sprigs of mint, steeped ginger root added to my lemon water, along with some of my favorite teas. When the weather is particularly warm, I used these nixes to make popsicles. Find your favorite natural flavors and go with it. Turn the "chore" into "fun" and before you know it, you'll be at your goal without giving it another thought. emoticon emoticon

As for my other challenges, I think I'm wearing them down. I mentioned there were some new challenges I was adding on, and things have been rather chaotic and now, with some procedural tweaking, the dust looks like it's beginning to settle. My physical activities, water, sleep et al is moving right along (Thank you! emoticon ), but my new challenges to increase my creative writing sessions, sitting less, and more is starting to feel more natural.

What I'm learning as I get older is PLAY! One size does not fit all, there's more than one way to reach a goal and... emoticon

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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I'm having a hard time getting all the water in. I don't like to drink all that water. On one occasion I struggled to get all that water down the hatch, and I had to drink the rest of it in the evening. Oh my, I was up over and over all night in the bathroom. I get three glasses of water in first thing in the morning, but then it's miserably hard to force fluids the rest of the day. emoticon

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I take my water bottle with me wherever I go. When I have nothing else to do, like when I'm waiting to see a doctor, I tend to drink a lot of water. emoticon

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Having been slipping a bit lately in my water consumption. Going to try for the full 8 glasses today.

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Sorry for being MIA for so long. I'm riding through to: 1) share that I'm sticking with my basic lifestyle plan, which means water, sleep, fitness activities, making healthy food choices and positive thinking; and 2) send positive energy to everyone in hopes that progress is being made with your goals. emoticon emoticon

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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I had lots of water, but I am feeling down so I don't want food or liquid. All I want to do is be in bed.

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It's been a while since I checked it...but I'm still pushing.

I cam across the article below and thought it could be helpful for anyone having trouble drinking water. I've tried all of them except #1 (still researching that one) and they've helped me a lot to increase my water intake. Using actual fruits, vegetables, teas and essential oils are AWESOME for me because I use them in so many other ways, i.e., facials, etc., as opposed to using products like MIO.

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Well, off I go...the day is still young. Have a GREAT day everyone! emoticon emoticon

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Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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ONICAM My pitcher is round, tall, plastic and holds 2.5 quarts of liquid.
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I had 9 glasses of water today. emoticon

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How do you know what size pitcher to get. I will be having an easier time with this starting on the first, but I need to be ready.

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Hi Onicam,
You can find Foxbay's idea if you scroll down the thread a few entries. I think it is about six or seven posts down. Deb

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How do I find Foxbay's idea.

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Hi Onicam,
It's been a while since I've seen you. If you need help with motivation we are here for you. Member Foxbay has a good idea for drinking water this month. Perhaps you can try something like that to help you remember to drink your water. I personally try to drink one 8 oz glass of water every hour and half after I get up, until I finish with my quota. Water is mostly all I drink all day these days, limiting my diet cokes to just one or two a week. You can do this. You have worked so hard on your goals so far with this team!! Keep up the good work and check in with us for accountability. Share with us your ideas too. I'm sure that you have some good ones regarding getting all your water in daily. You are doing an emoticon job by checking in and seeking help to reach your goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon Take care and God bless, Deb

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I am drinking some water but it is slowly getting worse so I do need the help here.

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Hi everyone,
I am so happy to see you all here. Foxbay what a great idea for water tracking during the day. I love it! Mayie, you are doing great with the water consumption. Keep trying to get those eight glasses of water in. You are making an emoticon effort, so don't give up. Platinum it is great to hear from you as always and I am so glad that you are keeping up with your goals and your program. You do fantastic work and are an inspiration to us all. Cindy, you are doing a tremendous job with your water goal!! Great work!! I have been tracking my water and doing much better than I did before Christmas. I let myself slack off during the holidays, but I am back on track now and drinking less Diet Pepsi again. I am getting back to the gym and working out on both the elliptical and the treadmill. I am looking forward to losing this extra weight, reaching my goal and going into maintenance this year. Keep up the great work. I know all your efforts will pay off!! You all rock!!! Looking forward to all of your future posts and your successes! One day at a time, one step at a time. Baby steps are the way to our goals. Sending you all positive energy and hugs! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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I have been drinking 8 -10 glasses of water every day. emoticon

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Actually managed to drink 8 glasses daily for 3 straight days (a first for me after 2.5 years of trying). Only 4 glasses today and not sure I can get the other 4 down before bedtime.

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I keep track of my water by filling up a large pitcher with water to the 64 oz level, 8 glasses, first thing when I get up each morning. I pour water from that pitcher all day, If I go out I fill up my water bottle to take with me from that pitcher. If there is any water left at the end of the day I finish it up. That way I don't have to keep track of the water I drink during the day. Happy New Year everyone!

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Oh @DEBTEVELDAHL, so true! That will not do (lol!). The anchors put into place like my water, sleep and fitness activities which include my standing challenge have remained steadfast. emoticon emoticon Any other challenges under considerations are still being maneuvered throughout my schedule to see where they fit in with some flexibility. (There has to be some room for spontaneity! emoticon ) Everything in their time, I suppose emoticon , however, I'm not taking that as a resounding "NO"!

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Hi everyone! I was doing pretty well keeping up with exercise and water. Then I did something to my foot and after my 5k walk/jog my ankle swelled up, so I have been taking it easy (read as time off) to give it a chance to heal. Hopefully when I start up again it will be okay.

Hope all of you are well.

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I'm not really "in" this challenge b/c I haven't been on here in a loving time.

BUT, you all look like you're doing great! I always have my insulated Polar water bottle w/me everywhere I go. my son likes ice & water in his, I just drink cold from the fridge outlet thing. when I come home & haven't been gone long, I'll just top it off & put in fridge for nest run out door!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! KEEP UP THE HARD WORK! !!!

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Forgot the water bottle today and didn't really eat breakfast -- but I did get a walk in, so half okay. Will try for better choices tomorrow.

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Greeat job Kim!!! You have done so well you should be proud of all your efforts. I'm sure that they are paying off. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi everyone. I have been walking but the tracking has been slacking, so that is my goal this week - walk and track. Monday done.
I bought lemons to cut and put in my water too, so I can drink more of that. I was starting to drink more coffee and with anxiety it's not a good thing. Today, I filled my bottle at home and took to work so I had it at my desk already filled first thing and I only had one cup of coffee in the morning, so far, so good.

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Hi Galsskim, if you are walking three miles in a week you are doing very well. You should be very proud of your efforts during the beginning of each week. I am finding it hard to work in my exercise with my grandson being home sick this week. I've had the emails going to spam problem myself. It is very irritating. Keep on plugging away at your program. You are doing such a great job overall. Keep the faith. We are here for you! Keep up the emoticon effort, especially Mon through Wednesday. emoticon emoticon

Hi Books4fun,

What a good idea to keep your water ice cold. I can't drink warm or lukewarm water either. I know some people on this team drink flavored water and that helps them get their daily allotment. Having a 10 oz water bottle is such a great idea to help you hit your quota. So far this week I have made my water goal, but it is only Tuesday so I am not congratulating myself too much. We are here for you if you need any extra motivation or help. Keep filling up that water bottle. You can do it!! emoticon emoticon



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Been trying to drink more water too. Bought the 10 oz water bottles and keep the frig really cold.

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Hi Platinum,
Sometimes life does throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans. I am not working out very well right now, but that is changing. I am back on the elliptical and will be traveling to the gym even if it is by bus and takes an hour and a half there and back. I am looking forward to some progress in December. As you, I expect to have a more integrated plan by January. Keep trying to reach for success. You should be very proud of all the exceptionally hard work you have done! You rock!!! Since December starts tomorrow my new personal goal will be to get on the elliptical at least twice a week or to the gym at least three times a week.That should help the scale start on the way down again. Take care and God bless, Deb

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My email alert messages seem to be going to spam lately so that is part of my problem, the other part is my staying motivated. I am going to try again this week, starting today. The past two weeks I did great Mon- Wed. and then it sort of fell apart, although I did do a 3 mile walk on Thursday with hi-intensity intervals. Wishing everyone a good week

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Life happens @DEB...We know that. The new goals I'm trying to add are not blending with my others as easily as I had hoped but I am maintaining the core goals/challenges. December will show me which ones I will begin the new year with officially.

In the meantime, I'm keeping the faith and pushing forward! emoticon

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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Hi everyone,

I am so sorry that I have been so absent lately with computer problems and I am hoping that there are still some out here who are participating in the challenge. Glasskim and Platinum it is always nice to see you here. I promise that I will be checking in more often now that I have access to my daughter's computer sometimes until mine is fixed. Marenvila, I have trouble drinking my water too. Unless it is cold water I am not good at getting it down. Some people use additives to flavor the water and make it more appetizing. I try to keep a bottle of cold water or a thermal container of water at all times. If you can drink one 8 oz glass of water when you get up, then one 8 oz glass of water every couple of hours there after, you will make your quota by the time that you go to bed. I make it a goal to drink every two hours until my daily intake is completed. Oftentimes it is a chore, but I feel so much better for having done so. I give myself a weekly reward - like a new library book or a manicure - every week that I drink my quota of water to help as an incentive. I have been drinking my water and exercising for 10 minutes a day at least four days a week. Helping a friend move has been the most positive thing that has happened to me this week. The feeling of being of help to someone else has made me feel great. My personal goal this month is to get on the elliptical more often and get to the gym more often now that I have time again. I hope to see more of you in the coming weeks. We can do this if we take it one day at a time!! I am so proud of all of you who have hung in there last month and this month. I think that we are going to change the Challenge up this next month in December. I am open to suggestions for what you would like to see as part of the Challenge this next month. Keep up the fantastic work! You all rock!!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am having trouble drinking enough water each day.

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- An old English Proverb

If it's important to you you'll find a way.
If not, you'll find an excuse.
- Frank Banks.

Strive for progress, not perfection.
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hope everyone is doing okay

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Oh the challenges of LIFE...the planned one can be fun; the unplanned ones, not always so much. emoticon These too will pass! emoticon

November is the month with a lot of changes for me, and I'll post my new routine next week. This week is a test run. emoticon

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Hello everyone. Today I managed another day of walking - this time outside - so yay me. I can do this, I hope. One day at a time. Deb, you are a great motivator! Keep up the good work while you are away.

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Hi everybody,

I am so sorry that I have been absent so much this month, but the Challenge is obviously continuing into November. My computer has been down and I haven't been able to log on until now. I'm using the computer at the Library. I can't get here often, but by November I should be in a place that I will have access to a computer on a daily basis. It is going to take me a while to catch up to what everyone is doing here on site, since I have had to be away. I can see that everyone is hanging in there and doing a terrific job of sticking to their goals. I will try very hard to be more present in November. I am moving and that has a lot to do with my computer access. I will be living with my son in November and he has a laptop that I can use until my computer can be used again. I can't take it to my son's with me, since there is no room. However, I can use his laptop whenever I need to. It will be a nice change of pace and I expect to be working on my own goals better again soon. I have kept up with my water and I have been doing at least 10 minutes worth of exercise a day plus I consider my move to be a positive step forward. That is my good thing that is going on in my life. I have lost over 20 pounds to date, but I have not been watching my calories that well lately. As soon as I am back I intend to jump right back into things and just not lose any ground right now. Keep up the stellar work all of you. I am sooooo happy that you are all as enthusiastic as I am and doing great work. You all rock!!!! I will keep in touch as I can until my move, then I expect to be back daily as usual. I thank you all for your continued participation. I should see you by the first of November on a daily basis. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon You are all emoticon

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Good evening everyone! Hope everyone is doing having a great week so far. Things are going ok for me. I'm doing great with water, food is not horrible, but could be way better and exercise is better than usual.

I've been talked in to doing a 5K on Halloween, Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in Indianapolis. I've only tried a 5K once and I gave up and turned around walked back to the start because I knew I wouldn't make it, but that was about 8 years ago. I think I can make it, but it may take me close to an hour to finish it My friends that are doing it with me, 2 of them are runners, and the other 2 are a little more like me, as far as they aren't that into exercise. I just hope I can finish the 3.1 miles and hopefully not be the last person to cross the line. I'm trying to do as much walking outside on sidewalks and streets as I can so I can get use to walking on that surface. Walking inside with Leslie Sansone is so different and I can walk really fast inside, no way I can walk as fast outside as I do inside.

Anyway, say a prayer for me that I can actually just finish the walk that day. It would be greatly appreciated.

GLASSKIM: You are doing great!!! I know you can keep it going!!

Good luck to everyone for a great rest of the week.
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Hi all! I decided to recommit myself to eating healthy and working out Sunday night. Did okay with eating and water the past two days. Today I got a 30-minute interval walk (with jogging) in. Go me... LOL

Hope everyone else is having an on plan week

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emoticon What a week! I met my goals but Oh..my..gosh! Okay, so I've dusted myself off and will continue to emoticon

Here's hoping everyone has a healthy and productive week!

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

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I have to apologize for not being on there more often over the past couple of weeks. I have been so busy with work and the mystery dinner for the Historical Society last weekend, I have pretty much been getting up, going to work, working on the mystery dinner, going home and sleeping.

My water has been lacking, I've been getting about 3/4 of what i'm supposed to get, my food is ok but my exercise is way off - haven't really done much except for the serious amount of walking while serving at the mystery dinner. Saturday was one of the few days I have actually gotten over 10,000 steps.

Anyway, enough of my excuses. I hope everyone is doing well and better than me on water. My goal for this coming weekend is to get all of my water plus some and get out and walk before it turns too cold out for me.

Good luck to everyone on finishing the week strong and here's to a great fall weekend!!! Rachel
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Well, I was doing okay until last week's deadline at work. There went the exercise motivation.... I'm still trying to find it this week

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I definitely need help with the water thing!!

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"All that you do; do with your might; Things done by half are never done right.Be the Labor great or small, Do it right or not at all."


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AAAARRRGGGHHH!...That felt good! emoticon This last week was a bear, as I knew it would be. I hit all my healthy lifestyle priorities with some effort, but they were done in good form.

Power Mantra I needed for today:


Thanks for the share @LIZZIE. That sounds like fun, a lot of work yet fun. I may want to try something like that, not this year, but maybe next.

Hang in there and keep pushing everyone! emoticon

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Rachel,

That sounds like fun. We don't have anything like that around here.

I've started the month off pretty well. I got some new walking DVDs (Jessica Smith set) and have been doing the 30 day program that they came with. Today is a 40-minute walk. Our far away co-worker in my dept. is in the main office for a few days, so we went out for lunch today -- big mistake. LOL I didn't eat the right stuff and felt awful afterwards (mentally and physically). Tomorrow will be better choices and I am still doing my walk so that is a plus I guess.

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Hi everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I've been on here to check in, but things have been extremely busy. Anyway, I'm doing quite well with my exercise and water, but my eating has been off this week. I wasn't home most of last weekend and didn't get to the grocery store to get anything and I wasn't here to cook on Sunday so I would have food during the week at work. Therefore, i ate out quite a bit this week. I went to the store tonight and got plenty of stuff to make plenty of meals on Sunday for next week. I should have a much better week next week.

I'm getting excited because next week, Friday and Saturday, is our Mystery Dinner. The historical society where I'm from puts on a Mystery Dinner and Ghost Walk every October. THe Ghost Walk take people in groups around the town to watch/listen to ghost stories from our town/county and a few from other places. My family, mom, dad, brother, sister in law, nieces and nephew and me are responsible for the Mystery Dinner part. We decorate a room where you eat and get dressed up and put on a show while people eat, but you have to order your food from a menu in 3 courses, but you have no idea what you are ordering or what you are getting during any course. It is so fun and we have a great time doing it. This will be our 16th year of doing this........I have no idea how we keep coming up with themes. Some are scary halloween and some are funny/spooky, some are very interactive with the dinner guests. I know probably none of you are anywhere around Southern Indiana, but if you were, I would say you need get tickets and come have a great evening. We have a great theme this year.

I hope everyone is doing well and hopefully having a great start to your weekend. Take care and make it a great one!
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Hi, hope everyone is doing well. I was a bit inspired today because yesterday and again this morning my pants felt looser (I hope I'm not imagining things) but it has given me a slight glimmer that possibly this is working. Hopefully I can stay on track.

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Hey there good people! Just checking in to see how everyone is doing and to share my progress. I'd love to say everything went smooothly, but LifeWillInterruptUs happens. I planned on increasing some of my activities, i.e., walking, last week, before the new month, but that didn't happen. Looks like Oct. 1 I will be making all my shifts around the same time which is fine, however staggering them tends to work best for me. C'est la vie!

DEB, I'm glad you liked the tunes. It's great to just "lighten up" as I dance around when I play them; they make me feel like a kid again.

Have a great week everyone... emoticon and emoticon ... emoticon

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

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Hi Glasskim, emoticon for the week!! What awesome progress you are making. I love adding lemon and lime to my water too! Keep up the stellar work!!

Hi Platinum, it's been a tough week for many of us. But you are right we have gotten through it all and on to this next week. Thanks for the tunes. They perked me right up.

Well, I continue to have computer problems at home, so I am trying to keep up at the library until I can get the computer fixed, so if you don't see me around so much that is why. I did all of my water and exercise this week. I haven't been able to log my food everyday, because of the computer issues at home. I am working out more days on the elliptical and my doctor is pleased with my weight loss. I had blood work drawn on Friday and that will tell the tale about my pre diabetes status when the results come in. I hope that you all have a great week this week and that we all get our goals accomplished. emoticon emoticon emoticon for all the hard work that you all do!

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Hello everyone. Well, it's a new week and I did my workout (even though I didn't want to); I'm glad I toughed it out now. Stopped and got lemons and limes on the way home, so I can be sure to get more water tomorrow while at work. I'm going to try and make some homemade salsa too. Hope everyone else is doing well.

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emoticon What a week, but I made it...and so did you! emoticon

Thanks Deb for the articles...as always great info share!

Hang in there everyone. I'm going to leave you with some of my favorite rejuvenation songs...Enjoy and have a great NEW week!

High Hopes (Frank Sinatra)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zcF
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Movin' Right Along (The Muppets)
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The Rainbow Connection (Kermit the Frog by Jim Henson)
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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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Hi GLASSKIM,
I'm sorry to hear of your mother's problems. I hope that she will be okay. You've got to be a little easy on yourself when you have a family emergency. It is great that you are picking up where you left off. You'll get back to where you want to be soon!!! Keep up the terrific work!

Hi Rachel,
I just joined the Fiber challenge yesterday too. I need to increase the amount of fiber that I get in a day. I am not getting enough and I am feeling hungry at night again. Eating in the middle of the night is one of the worst things that you can do and I am guilty of wanting to do so. Kudos to you for getting in on the challenge and making such great progress!!! It sounds as if you are doing a wonderful job, especially when you've been so busy! Keep up the fantastic progress!!

I have been getting in my water and exercise, but I am not going to be able to track my food until my computer gets fixed. If you don't see me around as much it is because the video driver is out in my computer. I have to get it fixed. I am at the library using one of their computers today and I will try to check in here at least once a week or more. I hope that you all have a really terrific weekend! I don't know how long it is going to take me to get the thing fixed - at least a week or better, but I can check in quickly here at the library. Keep up the tremendous work that you all are doing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Deb

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Good evening everyone! I'm trying. I'm getting the 10 minutes of exercise each day, no problem. Water, not as easy of late, but not horrible. Tracking food, I get it all in there, but I have to say, doing the fiber challenge here on SparkPeople has really done something. I have always heard that if you eat more fiber, you will not get hungry as often. Who knew that was a true statement! (LOL). I am consciously getting 25-35 grams of fiber everyday and I just don't get hungry like I used to, which is a good thing for me.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great week and looking forward to a great weekend. I've been to 2 volleyball matches this week, babysat/helped with homework one night and on Saturday we have a soccer game, a volleyball tournament and our church's fall festival. Busy busy weekend for me, but staying busy keeps me out of the food, so it's not all bad.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!!
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Hi everyone!

Well, I've been doing not so well with tracking and working out this week. My mom ended up at the ER Monday morning and stayed overnight for observation. She is home now. Obviously this messed up my working out, tracking, and eating a smidge. I did get in a walk yesterday for 15 minutes and today I hope to do some kind of tape also. I'm trying not to give in and just sit and watch tv.

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Hi All,

I have been drinking my water and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise daily. I am still not doing so well with my tracking, especially when I am not home to use my computer for the day. I am also having a tough time with my sweet tooth of late. I passed up peanut M & M's yesterday, but I don't know if I can keep up avoiding the sweets that my daughter brought home yesterday afternoon when she went grocery shopping. Tracking my food will help with that though, so I need to get much better at it. I hope that everyone is doing well. Fight the good fight!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Deb

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I'm back with another article that I thought some of us might find interesting about snacking at night.

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I ran across an article yesterday in my Depression Connect newsletter that I thought was interesting. It deals with nutrition's role in depression and how eating better can help you mentally. I thought that it might help increase our awareness that nutrition affects many aspects of health. There is a related article about what fruits help to fight depression that I would like to share as well. Some of this information may not be new to some of you, but it may help others.

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Hi Rachel, Food is the hardest thing that we all tackle I think, so you are certainly not alone there. Super job keeping up with the exercise and the water. By now are you beginning to feel as if they are becoming habit and second nature? You are doing a really fabulous job with this challenge. Kudos to you for joining in a Sparkpeople 30 day Challenge. I belong to two of them right now and they go far in helping me stay motivated and help keep my routine fresh. Thank you for your kind words. I am happy to be a part of this team and a part of this group here, so it is important to me that we all succeed. You are putting in a lot of hard work and you should be proud of yourself! Make sure that you reward yourself for all that effort that you put in on a daily basis. You Rock!!! Deb

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Good Thursday evening - with holiday on Monday, it's hard for me to believe that is already Thursday! Hope everyone is having a great week so far.
GLASSKIM - good for you for getting realizing that one small hiccup, like not tracking everything, doesn't have to derail everything else you've done. Although it is helpful and mindful, it's not always conducive to our schedules. So proud of you! emoticon
PLATINUM755 - Awesome start to your September challenge! You're a great inspiration!
DEBTEVELDAHL - Thank you! again for all you do and all of the encouragement. It helps so much, I hope you know you are appreciated! emoticon
TREATL - Sounds like you are having a great start for this month's challenge as well. It's great to see. emoticon

As for me, I'm doing pretty well, I've joined a challenge here on SparkPeople to get me to get more fiber. So now I'm very mindful about how much fiber is in anything I eat. Just started it 3 days ago, so I'm hitting the goal of 25-35 grams a day yet, but I'm figuring out what to eat to get more fiber, so it's going up each day. Still do really well with my water and exercise, food is still my hardest task to tackle, but each day I hope to do better than the day before.

Good luck everyone and have a great weekend!!!
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Hi PLATINUM755, it's nice to see you back again for the September Challenge!! You sound as if you are making great progress and your sit/standing certainly seems to be a good habit now. Congratulations on having had such a terrific week!! You are doing an emoticon job and are a real inspiration.

Hi Glasskim,

Walking is always a great past time. Kudos for exercising whether you track it or not! Taking the holiday weekend off was a treat that you gave to yourself. Sometimes we all need a break in the routine to be able to re dedicate ourselves to our goals. Getting back to your tracking is going to help you restore your peace of mind and will help you out immensely this week, I'm sure. I'm positive that you will do a STELLAR job this week and make yourself proud. I know that I am impressed with your plans. Keep up the tremendous work!!

I am having my own problems with tracking my food. I am just not getting all my food listed everyday, so I think that I am going to change how I track. I am going to track my food all at once in the morning, rather than trying to log in and out of the site every time I eat anything. If I add a food that is different from my tracked menu, I will be sure to document it. I am doing great with the water and the exercise. I am finding that my stamina is increasing and I can do more strength training these days. I have the cardio down on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I have access to the elliptical at my son's house. I could use an extra day of cardio, but that is often hard to come by when I am babysitting with Micah at my daughter's house. Over all, I am keeping up with the majority of my goals. The most positive thing that I've done for myself today was staying within my calorie ranges and keeping the junk food at bay.

I came across this video and article on Everyday Health that I would like to share with you. It's from Jillian Michaels and has to do with five foods that help you rev up your metabolism and therefore, help your diet. I hope that it will be of interest to some of you. If you are diabetic you may want to be sure to watch the video and read about some of these foods which have a positive effect on your blood sugar levels.

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Hi everyone! I enjoyed catching up on the posts. I spent a lot of time walking over the weekend which is good (although I didn't track it). I did enjoy a treat or two from Friday to Monday which isn't so good. I am going to get back on total track tomorrow - I really have to track food closely this month. I'm in a very ugh! place with myself at the moment. I will start anew tomorrow and try to get back to things, especially tracking.

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Hey everyone...checking in and glad to see everyone is making progress.

> Exercise has been going well. I'm looking around for something new to do both in the home and outside for the winter months.
> My eating has been on point (which has helped dealing with a day or two over or under--within reason, of course!)
> Water intake was consistent until yesterday when I went over my regular limit.
> Sit/Stand challenge is starting to feel like second nature now which is wonderful.
> Sleep has been fairly consistent. Ah new clients, so much like dating as we establish boundaries to find a comfort zones. emoticon

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Keep up the good work everyone! emoticon

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

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Hi Lynne, I am so very sorry that you missed the post about the September Challenge on the Team Wall this last month. I dislike the Team Wall feature because you don't reach everyone before your message goes away. I think that they only stay up there for 48 hours if it's a Team message. I have never sent out a group email. I am kind of learning as I go with this Thread. Perhaps I should try that for next month if it is possible. Congratulations on your exercise efforts. The dogs must enjoy your walks too. Mindfullness meditation is supposed to be terrific. I read an article on walking mindfullness meditation earlier this week I think it was. I left Carol (ARMOMM12) a link to the article a few days ago on this Thread. Did you see it? Kudos for maintaining your spiritual health! It is really a major relief to "de-clutter". I am starting the Fall "purge" of my closets and will be donating to Goodwill too. It is such a worthwhile place to send your unused stuff. It is really wonderful to see you here with us this month!!!

Hi Carol, terrific job, so far this month! Thank you for your continued support on this Thread and to the team. Your dedication to mindfullness, as a personal goal is awesome, as well as is Lynne's. I am going to try the walking mindfullness meditation the next time that I go walking in the neighborhood. It sounds as if you are making real progress with your goals. Keep up the great work. It looks as if you are really achieving successes with your plan. You go girl!!!

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I apparently lost track of your Spark mail informing me of our September challenge.
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However, I'm starting today (better late than never). So far today I have accomplished the following:

1. Exercise- Walked today for 15 minutes with my two Jack Russell Terriers.
2. Mental/spiritual health-Did mindfulness meditation while sitting on my sofa. An amazingly
"centering" process.
3. Collaborated with my husband to develop a current "to-do"list, prioritizing tasks and
dividing them into smaller "bite-sized pieces. Today he is sorting through CDs and DVDs
to discover ones that he hasn't played for the past one to two years so we can send them
to Goodwill. I am going through our kitchen cabinets and drawers to neaten them and
remove items we don't need, with items in good shape to go to Goodwill and the rest to
the garbage. Psychologically, it just feels good to "de-clutter."

To All--Hope you have a pleasant Labor Day weekend.
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emoticon Thanks Deb, for your continued support and encouragement not only for the whole Team, but especially for this awesome challenge.

(1) Water goal met
(2) Met at least 10 min exercise goal and much more on days that I pushed myself. lol
(3) Being in the moment, making sure to sit down with every meal and appreciate where it comes from and what it's doing for my health.
(4) I'm proud of my efforts to break down big jobs into small ones while getting my household more organized.

Good work, everybody. Keep it up!!!

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Hi LIZZIE, you are doing fabulous work. One bad day does not have to derail us - you're proof of that! Kudos to you for doing your exercise despite the bad day. I'd say that you had an excellent week all the way around! Awesome effort! Congratulations!!

Well, today is check in day and I have managed to get a Gold Medal this week for my steps, so my exercise is coming along just fine. Got my strength training in and was on the elliptical for an hour this week, cardio wise. I was able to drink all my water, but I am doing a lousy job of tracking my food and eating this week. I have stumbled across some delicious chocolate chip cookies that have tempted me too much. They have derailed my diet and are now thankfully out of the house. Back to square one with the diet and tracking. The most positive thing that happened to me this week was that my daughter took me out for a surprise hair cut and eyebrow wax yesterday. It was a real treat! Keep up the good fight ladies! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thanks DEBTEVELDAHL for the article. I actually have used two of those tips (get a reusable water bottle that is favorite color or uniquely shaped and use a straw) they both really work. Great article.

C2SUSAN I love your idea about carrying the jug with you. I need to do that more often, it would make it more at the forefront of my mind to drink, otherwise I tend to forget.

Well, not a horrible week for me. I had one really bad day at work and I kind of fell off the wagon with the food and water for that day. the only benefit to have such a bad day work was I really killed it on exercise that evening. Definitely a stress release. With a 3 day weekend for me I'm planning on doing quite a bit of exercise and cooking the next 2 days so I shouldn't have any excuses next week.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy Labor Day!!!! emoticon

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I carry a 64 ounce water jug with me all day and drink sometimes two of the jugs a day and have poweraide zero when I work out. 8 glasses can be more challenging when I am busy and "forget" to keep drinking. I try to make a habit of taking a drink of water when I get up from my desk. I appreciate the link and it was a good article... now to get the peeing under control lol...

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Hi C2SUSAN, you are doing a wonderful job of posting and staying accountable! This can be a very hard challenge in the beginning. Drinking all that water is daunting when you just start off and 10 minutes of exercise can be difficult to fit in, as well. You will do just fine with this challenge because you have all your teammates behind you 100%. Just check in and post and we will help give you the desire to endure and the encouragement to finish up the month strong.. You are doing great so far. Keep up the terrific work and keep your attitude in the positive zone! emoticon and emoticon !!

I was perusing the site this morning and found a good article on 12 ways to get 8 glasses of water a day. I thought that I would share it with all of you. Perhaps someone can use some of these ideas to help with the challenge of drinking all that water daily. I hope that it is helpful to some.

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I'm trying to catch up with all the posts and I want to say thank you for all the inspirations... I am trying to do each task daily I just don't always get to respond to the posts... Thank you for your support and encouragement.. I might actually make it through this challenge!!

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Hi Carol,

Great work this week so far! I am so interested in your mindfullness goal. That is a huge goal and very hard to do. Did you see the article on Walking Meditation this week? It has a lot to do with mindfulness and staying in the moment. It sounds like a good way to meditate to me. I will give you the link to the article, just in case you haven't seen it yet.

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Kudos on your success so far this week. Congratulations on rallying and kicking your butt yesterday and making that extra effort!! You go girl!! Deb emoticon

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emoticon everybody! Great job you guys!

(1) Water goal met every day
(2) Exercise ...kicked it up a notch...178 min yesterday...WooHoo!
(3) Mindfulness: Gratefully appreciating all who provide our bounty. Slow and steady wins the race.
(4) No matter how bad I felt yesterday, I rallied and kicked my own butt! lol

Thanks, Deb , for all you do to encourage and support this great challenge!!

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Hi everybody,

Hi GLASSKIM, good job with the weight training on days when the humidity and heat is overwhelming. It is a good exercise to do on hot days indoors. You still get hot and sweaty, but at least you aren't dealing with excessive temperatures outside. You Rock!!! Keep up the good work!

Hi LIZZIE24601, really great job with the exercise and I love your personal goal. Thank you for your kind words. I'm here to help or ask questions of and heap tons of encouragement on our participating members! I'm happy to be here for you all, so don't hesitate to make suggestions for our Challenges and ask any questions that you may have. It is your team and I want you to feel that you are supported as we all work towards our goals. Keep up the fantastic work!!! You've got a great start to the month.

Well, I have done fine with my water consumption and my exercise, but I still am having trouble with my food tracking. Not every day do I have unlimited access to my computer, so I often forget what I have eaten completely for the day. I guess I am going to have to do it the old fashioned way and write everything down, until I get used to charting every day. The most positive thing that I have done so far this week is to get back to using the elliptical for an hour a day twice a week.. On Tuesday I got in no elliptical use this week, but I did on Sunday and Thursday. I took two weeks off from the elliptical and my weight loss has stalled, so that cardio is really important to losing those inches and pounds. Keep up all the terrific work ladies! You are all doing a wonderful job and you should be proud of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Deb
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Happy September everyone!!! This is my first chance to check in since the start of the month. I've been doing really well with my exercise, but my water has fallen off a little. My goal for this month is to make all of it work together. Exercise, eating and water.

Anyway, I hope everyone is off to a good start this month.Thank you DEBTEVELDAHL for all you do for this team and thread. It is greatly appreciated!!! emoticon

GLASSKIM you are doing great! I love your plan for the month too. The heat and humidity is back here too, so I'm with you all the way on indoor workouts. I'm hoping to do some painting this weekend here at home. Hopefully it will turn out good enough to post on here. I would love to see some of your work too. I bet you are awesome!!! emoticon
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DEBTEVELDAHL - Thanks for the kind message. You made my day. The heat and humidity is back here, so it was some weight training for me today. I'm sure I will be feeling it tomorrow. emoticon

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Hi GLASSKIM, Thank you for posting! You beat me to the punch and posted before I was able to change the thread, but I will answer your post here. It sounds like you have a plan for this month. Congratulations on getting that cyst taken care of in your eye duct. It sounds as if it were really uncomfortable to say the least! I have to get to the Farmer's Market myself. I have 25.00 in free checks that the Aging and Disability Department sent me earlier this spring to use on fresh local fruits and vegetables at any Farmer's Market of my choice. I haven't had access to a car to be able to go, so I am hoping to make arrangements soon to be able to use my daughter's car and do just that. If I can't get there in a car, then maybe I will make it a day trip on the bus with my grandson, Micah. That might be a fun excursion, so perhaps that is what I will do this weekend. It would certainly get me out of the house and away from the temptation to eat mindlessly. Reviewing your fitness minutes for August sounds like a good idea. It will give you an idea where there is room for improvement or change. You've started the month out great by walking and posting! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I've left you a message on your Sparkpage regarding the challenge. Thank you for stopping by and checking us out! I hope that you will accept our invitation to join us. Looking forward to seeing you around. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Thanks Deb.....you're the best!!!

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emoticon all as well

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."


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This is the new thread for our September Challenge. Welcome everyone!!!!! emoticon

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