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9/29/20 11:35 P

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I'm with you Wendi! Let's end this year with a bang! And weight loss!!!!

Crazy day. Work is busy. Got my nails done over lunch hour so lunch was my daily frappe and cheese sticks. Nutritious I know. BS was under 100 and I hit 1.0 for ketosis which is optimum.

They are switching me coaches at Virta. I'm through the learning phase and moving more into the maintenance phase. Have a meeting with my new coach in a couple of weeks.

Are you all ready for some hauntingly good fun?

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I have been really struggling although I haven't gained. It is all my head stuff. Just a lot of deaths and then running to soccer most every night and back to serving meals at the church every Wednesday night and meetings and kids moving and and and and.........

THIS is my life and I know I need to plan better and then follow said plan. So for October I am going to use my planner daily and make a plan! and then I'm going to follow it!!

I know I feel better when I'm not just winging it. I feel better when I exercise and I feel better when I don't eat a bunch of junk! So the last quarter of 2020 is going to be productive. Time to make it count.

Now I've given myself the pep talk, time to start with the plan. Looking forward to a BIO challenge and all October has to bring!

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After losing my parents, I gave into the emotional eating, so Serene from that end, you are doing well. Focus on mending your heart, your body will follow. HUGS!



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Laura, I love your introspection and your planning.

This was a tough weekend, but food went fine. I'm an introvert, and there's just no way to avoid people when someone dies. But I haven't stress-eaten, and we're gonna be all right someday.

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OK ladies! We may not be on a challenge this week but we need to get our plans together for next week and not give up trying.

Doing better about staying on track this week. Am finding it harder getting back into the habit of testing again. I've missed a couple of readings. Working on that before the start of Oct.

This month reminds me of April. The bi-polar scale, not losing weight, etc. Now I do know that the week I went off script I ate outside my program, but I actually lost a pound that week. Again my bipolar scale.

My weigh-in on Friday was 396. Same as the week before. I realize that sleep plays a huge part in my numbers. When I got closer to 6-7, my scale would drop a few pounds from one day to the next. Then if I only got 4-5 hours of sleep, it would shoot up 4-5 pounds in a day.

BS has been pretty good and I am back in ketosis. I did find that I went through some of the same cravings for carbs getting back on the program, but that is quickly diminishing. I'm finding the cravings and wanting to snack all the time is straightening itself out. Last time I used things like fat bombs. This time, I'm able to use will power for the most part.

Have splurged a couple of times in the past couple of weeks - something I wasn't doing before vacation. Once - real pancakes. Tonight - corn on the cob - 2 ears.

The corn stand has been absent since the storm and now only comes out on weekends so it is only the 2nd time I've had it all summer. It is usually done by now, but I think we will have a couple more weeks to get it. Bought a dozen ears, but called my brother and he is taking half so I don't eat corn all week. Have enough for once more this week.

Plan for Monday:

Regular egg breakfast, have pizza casserole left over for lunch and am making a tater tot casserole for dinner using veggie tots. Was planning to mow today but rain got in the way. so will do that after work tomorrow.

Tuesday will be my night to finalize the Oct. threads. Need to come up with a simple supper that night.

How was everyone's weekend?

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9/26/20 10:55 A

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She was linking to her logo on my SparkPage pics. Needs to save the logo to her computer and add as a photo not add a link. Beckey-I sent you instructions. If they don’t work I can get on the phone with you and walk you through it.

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Kim, I've been only eating when I'm hungry for a month, but with everything going on, I sometimes go past hungry to hypoglycemic, which is dangerous for me, so I have James making sure I eat a little. Still having trouble getting more than 900-1000 calories in, but at least I'm eating something. Yesterday was a little better. I'm sure it will get easier. My weigh-in day is tomorrow and I'm super curious but I don't let myself weigh early.

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Beckey - When you paste the address in the link box, you need to remove "https://"...this should work!
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Haven't been on for a while, I'm still struggling but doing better than I was. I'm going to try and increase a little exercise and eat better on the weekend. At least I lost 1 lb this week so not a complete failure!

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Apparently didn't work. Gonna try again later

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Hopefully this works! Thanks Honeylea!
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Wendi, it was soooo good. I am going to make them again this weekend. So good. LOL

Sounds like a good day. Spending time with a friend Laura. Glad hubby is back to work as well. Are you good with working from home permanently? Will you enjoy it? I am not sure how I would like working from home. I am a people person generally. However not having to get dressed and go anywhere works too. LOL And no boss over your shoulder would be great too.

Serene, are you forgetting to eat? Or are you truly not hungry? I am learning to only eat when I am hungry the only thing food solves is hunger right? So maybe you aren’t forgetting your just not ready to eat. There are a lot of days I don’t get lunch in or dinner. Because I am not hungry and that is totally okay.




I am hanging in there. Going to go and take the boys to a pumpkin patch and hay ride today since mommy is doing so much better. The big boys are going to a football game so it will be just us with the boys. So exciting. I love playing with them and showing them new things. They are both so much fun when seeing new things.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring, Doug has to work and then has a football game So, I will be home alone all day but we are going to have a date night if he gets home at a decent time. If not, then we will just stay home and veg and do something Sunday.

Have a great weekend ladies!



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9/25/20 12:44 A

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It can be a tough time Serene. I'm glad you can do some reminiscing and share family traditions. Sending you lots of hugs. You are doing good in the situation and bless James for taking care of your needs.



Crazy week. Not been fully on task. Flirting in and out of ketosis, so that stops today. Back on plan. Not sure what happened yesterday, but I was on a call with my boss and all of a sudden I felt a weird wave in my head and everything started spinning. I tried to focus but it was like my eyes had a mind of their own. Gave me a terrible bout of motion sickness. Suffered through another hour long meeting that I couldn't miss, but turned my camera off so I could close my eyes. Laid down for a half hour after that and then I felt fine. Just a twinge of a headache.

Today, it is like nothing was wrong. Weird.

Tomorrow my old boss is back in town so we are finally getting together for my birthday. She is picking up Texas Roadhouse for us. Have Friday off work and had planned to get a lot done tomorrow while hubby was at work, but this sounded better. Have only seen each other a couple times this year.

Bipolar scale has had me on a 5 pound swing all week. It really does make a difference when I get enough sleep. Planning to go to bed after hubby gets home and get 7-8 hours sleep. That should mean that I can have a couple of hours to myself before hubby gets up.

I really feel like I've been in chaos since getting back from vacation. I need to get things back in order. I still need to also get my office upgraded. Found out yesterday that I am in the company's experiment about having some of their workforce permanently working from home. They are doing a pilot program for the next 6 months, so I know that I will be working from home at least through March. After that, they are going to decide what the company is going to do. We have a lot of buildings in town that could be consolidated and same the company a lot of money by closing some of the facilities. So I need to make my office more work friendly.

Brother is bringing his truck down tomorrow for a dump run. I'll finally be able to get some junk out of my garage. It will be a start. I really want the house back in order so I can start enjoying my evenings again.

Feel like I'm rambling so I'll sign off for the night. Happy weigh-ins on Friday!

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9/24/20 6:26 P

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Since my mom got sick last month, James has been taking care of feeding us. Bless him, he's been sticking with healthy food and making sure I eat. Never thought I would be in danger of forgetting to eat, but since I started only eating when I'm hungry, sometimes I do forget.

Today, James made turkey BLTs for me and the kid while we sat and reminisced about my mom, who was really one of the kid's parents. For dinner, we will have green beans and spaetzle,, a dish I grew up on (BLTs, too, for that matter.)

I miss my mom, but eating my childhood comfort food is helping.

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9/24/20 12:38 P

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I've done that crockpot pizza one a few times. The family loves it!

How were the antipasto squares, Kim? They look delicious.

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Definitely going to try the crockpot pizza.

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Those look good Kim. Let us know how the new one turns out.


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Wendi, take a deep breath. This will pass. And whatever you don’t get to today will be there tomorrow. I would tell ya hubby to back off. Quit being a insensitive cog. I tell Doug that sometimes and he knows I am over whatever it is he is doing.

Beckey, good job with your walk that is awesome!



You dinner sounds yummy Laura. I made a crustless crock pot pizza. www.recipesthatcrock.com/cro
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Sounds like you are on track Beckey!



Quick one tonight. Getting late and still need to do a load of laundry and dishes before bed. Would like to get there in the next hour.

Bipolar scale is sticking around again. I didn't have time today, but hoping that I'll have time tomorrow to go back through my journal and figure out how I got off the rollercoaster last time.

Did mushroom and swiss burger for dinner (bunless of course) with some green beans. Pretty easy in the air fryer. Got my Happy Planner all situated so start using it tomorrow to get a handle on this house. Wendi - I'm with you. It is hard for me to stay on track when I'm surrounded by chaos. Small projects every day and eventually I'll have things back in order.

Planning on Chicken burgers tomorrow. Figured out that I actually have Friday off. Good day to work on my office, but that really pushes me to get my work done this week.

Got to run - dryer is buzzing.

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Today was a very busy day for me. I woke up and weighed and showed a loss of 1.2lbs since Friday. I mastered another weekend of sticking to my goals which I am proud of. I then went downstairs and grabbed a 32oz bottle of water that I drank while teaching Isaiah this morning. We were very productive and got several assignments done for the day. We are ahead on assignments in math now because it is Isaiah's favorite subject and he always wants to do more of it. After lunch we went to Phalen Lake Park where we walked for about an hour. We would have done more walking but it started raining and that turned to thunder and by the time we were getting back to the car we saw lightning. I was very proud of myself for going an hour. My goal was 30 minutes so I pretty much doubled my goal. I then came home and got ready for work and then worked until 9:30 pm. I also stayed within lower end of nutrition goal and drank 1 gallon of water for the 3rd day in a row. My goal tomorrow is to walk for minimum 30 minutes at Battle Creek Park. I also wano continue my nutrition goal astreak. Have a great night my friends.

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Love all the sharing!



Well I feel like I am just existing at the moment. Now our neighbor died last night. He hadn't been well but it has been a sad couple of weeks!

I had so many projects started and nothing finished and it is all just getting to me! I do not do well with chaos! So I'm slowly getting things done now and hopefully and get my whole heart back into taking care of me again. I'm trying to be careful with my eating and have been getting in a little exercise. It's my mental state that needs to get back to it! I am mentally drained. I had a good cry yesterday and that helped. Today, if my husband wasn't such a jerk sometimes it would be better! So I guess I will just do what i can for now and hope for the best.

No worries......I will be back to myself soon! emoticon

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Everything is going great here thanks for asking. I am on a different computer so can't add logo.

Beckey when Laura set up your logo just save it to your pictures. Then to add it click on add an image then choose file. When you find your logo open it and then click upload. Took me a time or two but got the hang of it and very easy to.

My son has a shoe thingy by his door that everyone puts their shoes on. Of course it is made of pretty heavy metal and guess who stubbed her toe on it. Think it is probably broke and still hurts and swollen plus the foot area of last 3 toes is black and blue. Grace has never been a stong point of mine.

Today is bowling day. Hate the thought of going as I am lazy but love it once I am there. Planning meals today and going to stick to it.

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Laura, yes we are keeping promises to ourselves this week.
And yay for the new monitor. I really need to get another one for home I just am refusing too because although I can I don’t want to work at home if I don’t have too. All my stuff is at my office. And once in a while. I need to get out of my house.

Beckey, sounds like you have a great plan made. You can do this. And adding your logo is super simple. We will all help you get it figured out.




Yesterday was another good day. I stuck to my plan again. Hubby and I ran to get a few things and then just relaxed at home. I was happy to get to spend some time with him. I don’t get to see him much right now with football going on.

I have my dinner plans for the week mostly figured out. I just need to get my breakfasts planned I can’t decided if I want to make another batch of yogurt or have eggs this week. I am going to look at some more healthy dinners to make for next week. I need to add more veggies into my diet.


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Laura I would really like one but not sure how to put it on my posts. I am not that tech savvy.
Great job ladies on your weight loss! Wow Serene 6lbs is ALOT!
I was happy today was a little more active at work still not 10000 steps but it was more than yesterday. I started working out with my guys today but then my coworker needed help making dinner so I had to cut it short. I did move more today as I decided to strip everyone's sheets and comforters off their beds and wash them. Guys have a sweaty smell not sure why but after sweeping and mopping the floors and laundry the house smelled much better. I also was able to air out the house a bit as it was nicer weather today with a little bit of a breeze. I ate within my nutrition goals and drank 1 gallon of water for the 2nd day in a row. I am hoping I can keep this streak going during the week but I often get busy and distracted with teaching Isaiah I forget to drink my water like I should during the day. I made exercise goals for this next week I feel are reasonable so I am hoping nothing comes up so I can stick to it. Basically the goal is to walk at different locations ( so I won't get bored. Lots of variety) for at a minimum of 30 minutes each day Monday through Friday and to just add more 5 to 10 minutes spurts of exercise throughout my shifts on Saturday and Sunday. I also planned out a menu for the week I just got to figure nutrition info for a couple of the meals and add them to my tracker. Well it is very late and I gotta be up super early tomorrow so I hope everyone had a really good day. With that I will say good night!

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Jill - how are things going? Thinking about you guys.

Beckey - let me know about doing a logo for you.

Serene - you are a lady with a plan. Love it! And you are seeing great results!




Kim posted this: I am becoming a person who keeps promises to herself.

Love love love this. And very proud of you for doing it Kim!

I'm taking my advice on the housework thread. I got my updated pages for my Happy Planner. I'm going to put it together the way that works for me and I'm going to start writing my daily promises in it. Tracking, To Do, Motivational - these will help me "eat the elephant" one bite at a time.

And I will be that person who keeps promises to herself.

I went back on keto and on track this weekend. Numbers were all in range. Made baby back BBQ ribs for dinner with a side of cauliflower, sweet potato and brussels sprouts. Still have my cheesecake for my nightly snack. It is getting late, but I wanted to get my posting done before I go attempt to put in a new modem to try speeding up my internet to make work easier. Hubby also got me a 2nd 27" monitor so that my two monitors will be the same size. I will have a great set-up once I get my office revamp done.

Sounds like everyone was doing well with their weekend plans.

Let's keep our promises to ourselves this week.



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Beckey, that is awesome you talked them into exercising. Maybe you can make it a game?? Your pear tarts sound yummy.



Girls, I made a plan and I stuck to it yesterday!! I am so proud of myself. I normally blow the weekends. I think I finally have kicked myself in the butt enough that I am over it. And I was home alone all day. Doug had to work till 2:30 then he had a football game so he didn't get home until 7.

I planned and followed it and kept myself busy all day with little projects. It was a good day!
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So Kim I work at a group home. I do get some walking in it just isn't consistently for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time. I did get in over 6200 steps today but really would like 10000 or more. I spend ALOT of time on the weekend taking people on car rides so lots of sitting. They don't get out alot during the week so weekends is always a long car ride both days. We are situated in Hastings, MN about a 30 minute drive from the cities. It's nice to be in a small town just hate having to drive 30 minutes just to do something. Anyways enough griping about that. I was proud of myself I finally met my water goal and drank 1 gallon of water today. I accomplished this by filling up 4 different 32 oz bottles and having them ready. I also am not as distracted when I am here so I can remember to drink my water more often. The good news is tomorrow we are planning to do some exercise in their exercise room. 3 of the guys ride their own stationary bikes and 1 walks slowly on the treadmill. They usually will exercise for 30 minutes. I am planning to do some walking around the room in laps while they work out. I am really surprised they agreed to workout. They usually refuse. Hopefully they don't change their mind. While we were out today I was able to get some pears at the orchard on a really good sale so tomorrow our treat will be individual size pear crisp for each of them. I am excited to try this. Anyways, i am off to finish up cleaning and other chores before heading to bed at 10. I hope everyone had a really good day.

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Jill, I am doing my best. How are you feeling?

Beckey, I am not sure what you do for work. Is there a way to sneak in 5 or 10 min of exercise at a time? Even if you just pace the hallways. That is what I do during the day at the office. I will pace the hall a few times just to get some movement in.

Laura that scale of yours has lost it’s mind. Once the fairy is done at your house can you send her to mine?

Serene, sounds like you are doing great~



I did good yesterday. I was proud of myself. First time in a while.
I stuck to my plan. What made me proud is I had to can I just myself yesterday morning, I didn’t feel like working out so, I asked myself if I could just do 10 min on the treadmill. Yes, that was doable. I ended up doing 15. But promised myself I would get the other 15 in later in the day. Well life happened. And it was 9:30 before I got that chance and because I promised myself I would and I didn’t want to break that promise to myself. I hit the treadmill for that extra 15 minutes. I was proud of myself for my choices yesterday. Normally, I would have said the hell with it and wet to bed. I am becoming a person who keeps promises to herself.


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Thank you, Laura, for the logo!!!



In the past, crises meant throwing out my diet and gaining lots of weight. Now with my mom sick, I went into it with just three real rules: don't eat until I'm physically hungry, stop eating when I'm comfortably satisfied, and track everything. It's amazing how much less food I eat when I don't eat for boredom relief or stress relief. Plus, I'm living in my mom's room, and she can't be left alone at all, so if I want food, I have to ask James to either bring it to me or come watch mom while I get food, so I think twice before going to that trouble, and it's really making a difference.

One thing that's helpful is I'm just making one reasonable portion of the meal (by eyeballing it -- I track exactly, but I judge the reasonableness by sight) and then when I'm done, I do not get more until I've waited a little bit to see if that was actually enough, because I know it takes a while for the brain to get that signal.

Anyway, long story short, I am losing quite a bit of weight each week while eating whenever I'm hungry and eating whatever food I want. (We don't have junk food in the house; not sure this would work if we did.)

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Sounds like a wonderful day Beckey and congrats on turning it around.

It is the weekend ladies. Many thoughts for you and your friends Wendi. As for the rest of us, what can we do to stay on track?



BS was a little high this morning. I had sweet taters last night. Did some research and found that I can get that fix with butternut squash and cut out several carbs/serving.

Went low carb for lunch - lots going on today. By the time I got off work, my BS was under 110. Ketones were .5 so I'm still in ketosis. Had tacos for dinner with my 4 carb taco shells. It was very tasty.

Hubby had an eye exam this afternoon and they dilated his eyes so he couldn't see well enough to go to work. Messes me up when he is home. I didn't get much of my to do list done. I think I'll send him on a bunch of errands tomorrow so I can get something done.

Bipolar scale - up 5 lbs yesterday, down 4 today. Go figure. It has been a rollercoaster all week.

Work is slamming me right now. Worked until 6pm and I'll have to put in a few hours this weekend. Yard work on Sunday.

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Thank you for the support ladies! Today was a much better day. I was proud of myself as I cooked all of my food for my live in weekend at the group home and it is all within my food budget. I am now at work until Monday so no exercise for the next couple of days but at least I will be eating healthy right? I was very glad today we worked and completed the extra assignments for Isaiah Mon through thursday. Today we only had his art lesson to do. It was nice to sleep in for once. After we did his Art lesson we spent the rest of the day cuddling on the couch and watching Netflix until it was time for work. I think I am going to try to complete his assignments ahead of time every week so we can spend Friday just chilling until work. It was nice to have an unstructured day for once. Anyways, I hope everyone had a good day today.

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Oh Wendi so sorry for all that is going on right now. Seems like sometimes it is just one thing after another. Make good choices during this time.

Kim sounds like you are pretty good about sticking to your plans. I am awful.

Right now trying to get all caught up on my office stuff so I have been chained pretty much to it. I really need to make getting some movement a priority. I did order a stand up desk thing but won't be here for another week or so.

Laura I think our scales are related.

Beckey I too would have eaten a donut or 2 or 3. I am not very good at rationing or not eating something if it is around.

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Laura, darn bi-polar scale. GRR

Beckey, don't let one slip up derail you. Start with the next best decision.



I did pretty good yesterday stuck to my plan with the exception of my Brussels sprout casserole. I made it so the wouldn't go bad. I wanted to use them up before then. I only ate a small amount with my zoodles and sauce last night. They were however so good. Yep Dee I said they were good.

Today my plan is a little iffy. I never know what we are doing for dinner on Friday.So I will just eat when I am hungry and stop when satisfied. I am pretty sure with the boys it will be pizza. . Have a great day ladies.

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So I was doing so well this week then today I slipped. Let me start by saying I started off the day really busy my routine was way off. I didn't get breakfast until 11:30am. Because I ate breakfast so late I ended up skipping lunch.......big mistake! Anyways, I did go on a hike for a little over an hour with Isaiah which he thoroughly enjoyed. I totally enjoyed being back in nature as well. Anyways, we finished our hike then headed to get Art supplies with my sister so we can complete Isaiah's art project for school. While we were out my sister decided to treat me to iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts. I figured I had been good all week so ok. Anyways I was proud of my choice to only use unsweetened flavorings and add Splenda for sweetness. When we got to the window though the lady gave us 2 boxes of donuts. My sister thought the lady had made a mistake and questioned it. The lady then told my sister they were closing soon so she was giving them away for free. My sister doesn't turn down free stuff so here we were driving home and all I could think about was the donuts tempting me. I initially told myself I wouldn't eat any but by the time we got home I was starving. It was after 6pm and I still had to make dinner. Anyways I ate a donut and felt instant guilt. I knew better than to feed my body that junk. The sad thing about it is it didn't even taste that good. Well, I guess only thing I can do is start fresh tomorrow. I can't change the fact I ate it. Hopefully I will show a loss tomorrow but today's weight it was very close so idk. Hopefully my slip up won't cost me a loss this week. If so I guess I gotta try harder next week, right?

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Forgot to mention that my bipolar scale came back this week. I have seen 295, 298 and then 300 yesterday. Today - back to 295. Need to lose a few more pounds so I don't see that 3 ever again.

Ketones came into range today - .6 Was a little carb heavy tonight, so we will see about tomorrow. Had some mashed sweet taters tonight along with a lot of tomatoes. Also had BBQ chicken (the SF BBQ sauce is 0 net carbs) I'm hoping that the taters don't mess too much with my numbers.

Taking the kitten to the vet tomorrow to see if he is ready for a declaw and neutering.

Having a difficult time getting back into the groove of work and housework. Digging out my Happy Planner and going to start planning out my actions until I'm back in the habit.

Off to bed with me - need a good night sleep for tomorrow's weigh-in. Joining the challenge. Let's keep our focus!.

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Wendi, sorry to hear about your friends losses. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura you are rocking this!



I did pretty good yesterday. I made a swap for lunch instead of eating left overs, I hit Chick-fil-A, I left work early and went and got a massage! My piraformis muscle is really giving me problems. Causing the sciatic nerve to act up so I went and got a massage, then went shopping. My Tennis ball that I went to get cost me a small fortune because, you know my boys needed things right? Totally worth it to see Lukies face last night when RaRa remembered to get him some new Pokemon cards! That child was on cloud 9. And Leo got a new game to play. Hell I even made Matthew happy as could be with clorox wipes. He was so excited he started using them right away! It's the little things.

Today my plan is made, I got my exercise in and I am good to go.

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Doing better in the sleep arena, but still need to do better. Got used to sleeping in so the 6am is still a shock. Hit the wall at about 2 pm today. Have 2 more things to get done tonight and then off to bed.

BS is still good today. Started reducing my insulin back down to normal ranges. Ketones came out at .4 today so I should be back in range tomorrow.

Regular egg breakfast. Leftover steak and some cheese for lunch with my daily frappe. Dinner tonight was a hamburger casserole with cheesy broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Cheesecake for my evening snack. Another on target day.

My brother dropped off my birthday present tonight. He had went to Galena, IL (touristy town) and brought me back some olive oils and seasoning packets. Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to make with them. There is a Wild Dill EVOO, a Cilantro Onion one, and a Tuscan Herb. The seasoning packets are all locally grown dried herbs and spices. Steak rub, lemon pepper, dill blend and Italian blend. I'm open to ideas.

Well, off to put one more load of laundry in and finish gathering garbage (pick up is early in the morning)

Sleep well. Stay committed. We are rockin' around the clock this week!

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I did ok yesterday. Did make what I planned even between soccer and bible study. Sometimes I just say forget it and grab something quick. Not this time.....win!

I'm trying to stay committed and on task but boy there are a lot of things going on. One of our close friends lost her mother to cancer on Saturday and the funeral is this Saturday. It is about a 4 hour drive for us one way. We are planning on going and coming back the same day. Also had another friend lose his dad as well. His funeral is the same day so won't make it to that one. My oldest got a new job in a new town so now we will be moving him and trying to the sell the mobile home that we just painted. I'm happy he found a job though. He starts Oct 24th. It is for a computer IT person. Just lots of running around for us but it is what it is. I'm trying not to eat my emotions!!

So I keep on keeping on!

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So, I made my chicken and dumplings last night and they turned out pretty good. At least I liked them, I haven't seen my hubby to ask him. I will make them again.

Today, I am thinking we are going to have a salad for dinner. Something easy as Doug is wanting to go and play with the boys. Leo will be excited, He wanted to prank papaw something awful. LOL

My plan for the day is made and it is 100% doable, I just need to stick to it. Like you said Laura, commitment.


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Day 1 - Post vacation.

BS are good. Not in ketosis yet. Was a .1 this afternoon. Need to be at a .5 or higher.

Sticking to plan - 100% Back into my normal routine. Sticking to that routine should have me back in the right ranges by the end of the week.

Biggest error for today - not enough sleep. Got less than 5 hours. NOT ENOUGH! Going to rectify that tonight. Will be wrapping up my posting and then off to bed. Everything else can wait until tomorrow.

My plan for Wednesday -- very busy day at work, nail appt after that and still catching up on housework and laundry after that. No rest for the wicked. Meals? Eggs/bacon for breakfast, ham sandwich for lunch with my daily frappe and going to make a hamburger casserole for dinner. I have cheesecakes left over from vacation - have to decide between white chocolate or pumpkin.

Commitment! Focus! We can rock this!

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Wow! Laura, those are great numbers! Keep up the great work.

I finally have started in the right direction again. Planned out the meals for the week and did the grocery shopping. Have been tracking and I started back to the exercise too. Trying to get at least 20 minutes in at the start of my day. I haven't been sleeping that well and hoping that will help.

I am worth it! I got a little sign to put on my desk that says "You are amazing, REMEMBER THAT" It reminds me to take care of me and that I am worth it.

Let's push it and knock some of this weight to the curb and all be lighter for Christmas! We can do it!!

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WOW Laura those are great numbers.

I need to commit to logging my food and planning. I have been awful the last 3 weeks.

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Yay Laura, So excited to see your numbers. Congrats that is AWESOME



I did pretty good yesterday and I have my plan made and breakfast and lunch is packed.

I am making chicken and dumplings for dinner. I am hoping they turn out half as good as I am praying they will. I love chicken and dumplings and I have never made them myself. So fingers crossed ladies.

Since the kids are still on the mend. I have been going over daily and playing outside with the boys. They are loving the little break they are getting from being cooped up inside the house. Yesterday we went for a little walk and then we played a couple of games on the porch and of course we played ball. So much fun and much needed for all of us that is for sure.


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Wow, Laura, you came back with a vengeance!

The numbers do help, don't they? My husband James just got his A1C results and he's at 6.0! Prediabetic, when he was having trouble keeping it down before we started this together. He's lost a bunch of weight and so have I, but those health numbers mean a lot more to me

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Serene - sent you a message about getting your logo made.



The lunatic is back! Time to crack the whip indeed!!! Let's do this everyone. No more struggling. Let's focus.

We are almost 3 months away from Christmas. Who besides me would like to lose 10 - 15 pounds by then?

All stresses of life need to be set aside and we need to ask ourselves - am I worth it? If you set a goal today - is it worth completing it?

I am going back on program tomorrow as I step from vacation into my normal life again. Yes - I ate things I haven't touched since March. I weighted myself before I left - 296. Weighed myself this morning - 295. Still want to lose at least one more pound by Friday. Plus was that I usually only ate 2 meals a day. Carbs were high and I increased my insulin all week to adjust.

Camping was a bust - rained every day but one, but did a lot of catching up with SIL/BIL since we were cooped up in our camper. Day one in - my phone died. Spent day 2 getting new phones. Day 4 - hubby's car wouldn't start - AAA. The only thing that I can say is - It's 2020.

Got my lab results back that I took before I went camping. Cholesterol was down to 154 - normal. HDL - 67 - normal. Triglycerides 90 (down from 237) - normal. LDL 69 - normal. A1C 6.8 down from 9.3. .4 away from being pre-diabetic instead of diabetic.

Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!

Think about your last labs. Think about what eating healthy and losing weight can do for your overall health? Is it worth it?

So the word for the rest of the week is COMMITMENT! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!



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I'm struggling too! You're not alone for sure! Cracking the whip too!

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Ask Laura when she returns, I am sure she will be more than happy to make one for you. She is on Vacation right now.

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How are y'all making the cute logos?

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Ok Wendi, I will crack the whip on both of us. Been doing much of the same. We are officially getting back on track today.



I went off the rails the last couple of days. Pissy because Missy has covid. However I am done now. Time to get my poop in a pack and get it together. Starting with the next best choice.

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Finally found my logo! I upgraded my computer so still adding my necessities on! I have been struggling with getting on program. I am doing ok and haven't gone completely crazy but I just have been not planning, or prepping, or logging or anything. Time to get back at it and get this weight off. I'm trying to get organized and I will do better!

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I didn't do too bad this weekend. However, I really do better with a schedule. Back at it today!

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Thanks! Me too!



Did I say the healthy eating starts now? Did okay this weekend but definitely had splurges! Okay, those end now!!

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Well, I am just happy you are back you were missed.



Well, yesterday was not a good eating day! I was on the hunt for stuff for my boys. They needed certain kool aid drinks so RaRa to the rescue. So I didn't really eat the way I was suppose too. Today is another day right?

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9/5/20 3:16 A

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I need to catch up!!



In a nutshell...ate myself silly the whole week with 4 celebrations and too much cake! I gained 2 lbs and it ends now!
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9/5/20 1:30 A

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Started getting ready for camping today. Got the grocery shopping mostly done. A couple more items and we will be set. Went through the camping gear and better organized it. Tomorrow is laundry and housework, then packing.

I can actually sleep in tomorrow. Best part of vacation.

FYI - I will be posting through the weekend and then Kim has graciously agreed to cover my leader duties while I'm camping. She has full leader priviledges so she can help you if you need anything. She also has my posts for the diner and Housewives threads.

I may pop in if I'm somewhere that has wifi, but most of the time I'll be off the grid.

Thanks everyone and be ready to keep up with me once I'm refreshed and back in the keto saddle again!

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9/4/20 10:32 A

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Everyone enjoy your weekend (week)! I will get back to sharing on here next week.

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9/4/20 10:17 A

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Yay for Vacation. Have a fabulous time my dear!!!!



I am hanging in there. Still learning a ton of things and determined to figure this out. No real plans for this weekend. Just going to hang out at home I think. I need some down time to get some dinner plans figured out and get my head right.

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9/4/20 2:46 A

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I'm on vacation! And it is really late at night. Labs in the morning so will have to see what those come out to be.

Busy days ahead getting everything ready.

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9/2/20 11:38 P

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Enough -- great word Jules.



Have my meal plans worked out as best as I can. Decided that with the really cool temps next week that I'm going to bring a little fall into my plans and am going to make a big batch of chili. It is almost my "welcome to fall" tradition along with my pumpkin frappe. Which reminds me - don't remember if I posted this or not, but a twist on my cheesecake - added 1/2 or so of canned pumpkin to my cheesecake recipe with a little added sweetener (Splenda or Monkfruit or Stevia). A few shakes of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Came out like a delish no bake pumpkin cheesecake. Whipped cream on top and decedent dessert.

Numbers were real good today. I have lab work on Friday so will see what other changes besides my A1C have happened since I started.

One more work day before vacation starts. A whole week of sleeping in! That is still one area I need to greatly improve.

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9/2/20 2:26 P

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emoticon there is a freedom in making choices, eh? appreciate the thoughts...

emoticon so, when i was young, regarding sneaking - it was beyond food... I feel almost like I have whiplash with the change in society from the 'rules' imposed by the older people when I was growing up, to what is going on now in society. I feel like the sandwich generation...

but most importantly - perhaps it is a finally growing up/maturity to realize - we can choose what is right for us personally. We can ignore or engage with people who want to 'police or censor, judge our choices' ~ our choices are not theirs to make... we might engage a fact finding/philosophical discussion - such as 'what do you think of painting houses purple?' ~ but i would not tell another person the color to paint their house - NOR - should I allow them to choose the color for my house.

emoticon don't you think that should apply to what I eat, or not? too?



emoticon so, i have been thinking - this, life, what we do... goes beyond just our choices for food - upshot - as adults, we should and do make choices...



emoticon Hello September! emoticon
~ I choose to eat in ways that nourish my body ~ to eat enough. stop at enough. and I choose to do other supportive things that will help me, enhance/improve life. I am doing this for me.

emoticon it's nice to Spark with other people who are doing that too! Cheers :)

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9/2/20 5:43 A

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Dee, sorry you are having headache again. Stress is a pain for sure. Don’t let it get to you and derail you my dear, you are doing fabulous! Thanks for saving me a seat I am on my way!! Happy Anniversary to you. I hope you two had a fabulous day!
I use to love going to the salon with my mamaw and listening to the old ladies gossip when I was little. LOL Great memory

Jules so glad to see your name! I hope you are back to stay with us.

Laura, one thing I am learning is that when I am bored or lonely, I want to eat. I need to figure out how not to do that! Who is going to criticize you for enjoying your vacation? Tell them to go pis* up a rope. You know what is best for yourself. There is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself for a few days.




You know growing up I use to hide things. Not because I was ashamed of what I was doing but because there were things we weren’t “allowed” to have. Like dad’s pepsi, that was way off limit. Or his moon pies stuff that we weren’t allowed to have per say that was stuff we would hide and eat.

I don’t do that anymore. I have no reason to hide anything from anyone. If someone doesn’t like my choices, they need not look. That is my thoughts on that.

I have been doing pretty good. Still just trying to figure out my new self. I do have another great book that I am reading called “Mirror Work” by Louise Hay. While I don’t agree with somethings she says the Mirror work part has been a little eye opening for sure. I am learning a lot about myself. Do you all remember when you were little talking to the girl in the mirror? This is really similar but reaffirming that you are loved and you are enough.

You are so right Laura, the biggest take away from all of this is just being honest with ourselves and the choices we are making. We really have no one else to answer too. Just ourselves.



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9/1/20 11:06 P

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Jules and Dee's posts along with mine had me thinking about choices. I like the comment Jules made about not turning to food for emotional/comfort reasons.

I think that we all have struggled with making that happen. So what to do (if a hammer isn't readily available)?

Sometimes we just go with the flow. Others, like Dee, got the ice cream but threw out half of it because she had enough. Sometimes just a taste or two is all we need.

The one thing that I have seen from all of us this year is a definite shift in our daily choices - our daily habits. I have given myself permission to go off program during vacation. While some would criticize that decision (including myself at times), I made that choice knowing that I will go back to my normal routine once vacation was over. If that was in doubt, my choice would have been very different.

I've been working on some semi-meal plan for the week. I know that since we are camping with my SIL, not all meal choices will be up to me. Luckily, she also does a keto-friendly diet most of the time though she is a little more relaxed than I am. There will be a lot of options coming directly out of her garden.

The difference for me in making this decision is that it isn't being made as an excuse to be bad. I'm not making excuses ahead of time for discretions I plan on making. That seems to be a thing of the past as I have settled into my new habits. I'm not hiding poor habits because I was eating out of emotions or boredom.

How many of us used to hide our excessive eating from others? We "sneaked" our guilty pleasures. I plan to be very upfront about enjoying myself during vacation. I'm no longer hiding what I'm eating, feeling guilty about my choices. I find that most of the time, I'm like Dee - a few bites are enough. Before going keto - I'd eat until my buttons were ready to pop.

I think that the lesson I'm learning is that above all else, we have to be honest with ourselves about the what and WHY of the choices we make. No guilt. Just honesty. That is something to be proud of. That is how we can truly change our choices for the better - knowing why we made the choice to begin with.

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9/1/20 8:21 P

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"Did you hear what that Jules and Laura are up to?"
Way to go ladies. No guilt. Just good habits. Enjoy foods you love while still keeping an eye on your goals. You've got this.
Kim, there's a chair waiting for you.



Boy am I tired. First day of work with the students. Woke up with a stress headache. I didn't have them all summer long. Good thing I exercised this morning because that recliner is calling my name tonight.

I had a couple splurge days with restaurant meals. On Saturday, I went shopping and out to lunch with my girlfriends. I ordered a 10" thin crust taco pizza. Ate half for lunch and the other half for dinner. We stopped for ice cream and I ordered a kids size scoop in a dish. I ate about half and threw out the rest. It was good, but after a few bites I had enough.

Sunday, I picked up Moe's Southwest Grill for lunch. That would have been okay, but for dinner we grilled hamburgers and had sweet potato fries. That was a little much for one day, but not a full out binge day.

Today's our wedding anniversary and I made cheesy broccoli risotto in the instant pot. DH had chicken thighs with his, but not me. I'm back on track today.

Let's dish at the salon. I'm all ears.

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9/1/20 2:12 P

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Jules - maybe we need a "beat things with hammers" thread for Oct. emoticon

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9/1/20 12:56 P

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emoticon love food, believe it is meant to be enjoyed...
~ for me, my head debates, excruciates...
~ i once observed the "seemingly normal eaters" in my life - aka 3 men... did not seem to debate, excruciate... they seemed to indulge during feasts - tended to enjoy when they ate... seemed to eat pretty much consistently sized/types of foods - and did not turn to food for emotional/comfort reasons - they did other things.... - like go beat the crap out of things with hammers! lol... perhaps that's something I could add to my 'self-soothe' list of food alternatives, lol



~ another day, another chance to make choices...

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9/1/20 10:42 A

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I think that is a good plan Laura. You are not going bat sh*t crazy with it! lol! Adding in your favorites while still following your new habits should work perfectly. We do have to live! Enjoy but even more, enjoy the company!

I too am getting back to sharing! Let's make it a great month!

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9/1/20 5:20 A

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Good for you Laura, enjoy your vacations that you have agreed to modify. And get right back at it when you get back. You are doing fabulous my dear!!!

I will get back to posting again this week. Got a might bit de-railed,

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9/1/20 1:31 A

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So much to talk about since I last posted. It was a weird week for me. Started when the power went out again and then just got stranger as the week progressed. I apologize. I just couldn't wrap my head around what to post. So in the interest of time I'll give you the Cliff Notes version.

Finally hit my wall last Sunday. Said screw it and went out to eat. It was the most un-keto friendly meal I have eaten since March.

Power back on Monday but my head just wasn't in the game. I got back on my eating plan, but nothing else seemed to matter. I somehow managed to stay in ketosis. Had another "cheat day" Friday when I actually ate the pizza - crust and all. Definitely was NOT in ketosis come Sat. morning. Got back on the wagon and was back in ketosis on Sunday. It got me thinking about vacation.

I have decided that I won't be on program while camping, however, I can still have a mostly keto meal plan. Had request for my potato salad and mac salad. I will indulge in both for the first time since starting. Both would have been a normal part of my summer menus. SIL has a good garden so we will be adding fresh salads and tomatoes. I've only had one small ear of sweet corn but that may be all I get since so much of our corn crop was destroyed by the storm. And yes, a smore or two is on my list.

I'm already planning on making keto pancakes and French toast. My usual eggs/bacon breakfasts. I typically eat only a couple meals a day when we are camping.

I'm making up a variety of my cheesecakes to take with us so that will continue as a way to avoid wanting the late night snacking.

I have been mentally fighting with myself about enjoying my vacation instead of staying on point. It is amazing how quickly we can make ourselves feel guilty. We think that if we let up at all we are failures and that further gives us permission to go WAY off diet.

then I figured out that vacation is vacation. It is meant to be enjoyed. Even though I know that I will be indulging, the majority of my meal planning is still based on my current way of eating. I'm bringing a part of my coffee bar so I can still have my daily frappes without going to Scooters for the 80+carb drinks. I have keto friendly pancake mix and SF syrup. Keto has really become my mindset when I am planning out my grocery list.

I'll be back to my normal routine when I come home. I've come too far not to follow my new habits. I refuse to feel guilty when on vacation or on holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is the time to indulge. Every other normal day should be my normal eating habits. No guilt - just good habits.

Edited by: HONEYLEA at: 9/1/2020 (01:34)
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We all know that if you wanted to know what was happening around town or what your neighbors were up to, a trip to the beauty salon was all that was needed to catch up on the gossip of the day. So don your logos and catch the ladies at the beauty salon up on the news of the day.




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