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Kelly, that is so great that you are back on the exercise train! I am happy for you. I have heard that if exercise was a drug, it would be prescribed for almost every ailment.

I am having a depressing day trying to implement the absolutely nonsensical direction that has been decided on by my higher-ups. They do not understand the implications of what they are doing, and when I try to point it out, they are all about shooting the messenger. It is nice being at this stage of my career, where I really have no concerns about speaking up. I will do what they have decided on, but also will share my (experienced) opinion.

Thankfully, I had my first really good food day yesterday, and I am on track for another one today. Thank you Emme for the challenge! That has really helped. Along with a stern reminder from my WW leader yesterday (on the virtual meeting) to not beat myself up. Things are looking up. emoticon

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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Hi Robin!!! I’m Kelly, nice to meet you.

Well while I’m glad our governor is a contender for VP (and I think a good one!) I worry how we’d handle Covid in her absence.

In other news I’ve really gotten back into exercise and I’m loving it. I hope I never quit again. It’s so beneficial in so many ways.


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Im so happy that Robin found us. It took a lot of work, but between the two of us we managed. I was getting ready to ask for help from you guys. She kept getting a message saying she wasn't a member and couldn't post here.

Wow, Emme, classes starting already? I hope you have a great school year even amidst the craziness of covid-19. The most important thing is keeping the students safe. Have fun at the picnic. Robin was telling me that a friend gave her a ton of summer squash and she made burrito boats out of them for a family in need of help.

Erika, how wonderful that you have your bionic nose ready for your back packing trip. I know it was an arduous journey healing, but you are going to be an exercise warrior (even more than before). Post photos of your trip.

Judy, I'm sorry it got so bad where you live. What is going on with the people in Florida? Do they not understand what has to happen to turn this thing around. Stay safe on your trip. It sounds like you guys have a great little bubble to stay in for the four day drive. How long are you staying? I read that vaccines don't work as well in obese people, but surely they will be allowed to get them?

Kelly, I saw on the news this morning that your governor is one of the women being considered as VP by Biden. Biden has got to beat Trump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you found a good doctor and your diagnoses may be corrected.

Ryan, I hope you get some cooler weather so you can bike again.

One of my goals on our challenge is to listen to a PnP podcast daily. I heard something Corinne always says, but it really made me think this time. She said that we have to trust that we can lose weight. I realized I had completely convinced myself that I can't lose weight anymore. Everytime I get close to breaking 150 and get closer to my goal, I sabotage myself. So I just stay in that weight range going up and down. It really hit me this time and I've been trying to work on how to stop the sabotage and trust myself.









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emoticon Welcome, Robin! So glad you found us. Im looking forward to hearing more about you! emoticon

Judy, have a good trip. It sounds like a good idea to get out of Dodge, so to speak. I do think this country has lost its damned mind. A road trip sounds fun. DH suggested that we get an RV and just travel, and I can work from the RV. As much as a road trip sounds fun, doing it as a way of life sounds dreadful, haha. I suggested we buy a cottage up in Tahoe instead, but apparently everyone in northern California already had that idea and real estate there has gone insane.

Erika, Im so glad that the surgery was a success. I hope the hiking trip is great, as Im sure it will be.

Becky, thanks for getting your cousin on board. Its so nice to have more people here, always room for more.

Hi to Kelly and Ryan!

We are still in the fog here - its supposed to clear this weekend, so we have a tentative plan to have my DS and BIL come over for an outside picnic in the back yard. Shes bringing bounty from her gardenshe is a great gardener, and says this year is so nuts she doesnt have room for anything more in the fridge or among the canned goods. Ill happily take it. We are not in a good area for bountiful gardens, so happy to take up her extras. Other than that, a busy week ahead for work - loads of meetings and projects I have to get done. The semester begins NEXT WEEK. How did this happen? I feel like Im owed a summer. emoticon

Have a good week everyone!

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emoticon Robin! Fun to have you join us!

I had a very busy but productive weekend. I had to do some work (weekend work, ugh!) but I am glad to have it behind me. I also cooked quite a bit, packed for our backpacking trip (we leave on Friday!), did a very fun bike ride with family, and crossed a lot of things off my to-do list.

The challenge is helping me face the fact that I can no longer say I just want to maintain my weight. It's now to the point where I have to lose. I am at the top of my WW range and will have to start paying for meetings (virtual now) if I gain any more. All of my clothes are tight and uncomfortable, even the underwear! I REFUSE to buy bigger clothes. It's surprising to me how what seems to me to be "just a few" pounds (7ish) can change my body so dramatically.

My new nose is amazing. My cat scan results came back clear, and I am ok to go to altitude. OMG I am grateful every day for my amazing ability to breathe through the left nostril! emoticon Totally worth that awful recovery.

Judy, your kids will worry less if you are safer. But don't worry, I can't imagine that there will be an upper weight limit for a vaccine.
Becky, thanks for introducing us to Robin!
Emme, hope you had some nice weather this weekend!
Ryan, we miss you, hope you are able to post more soon.
Kelly, I hope you also had nice weather and not too hot.



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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No feeling sorry for myself.
2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Welcome Robin!!!!!!!!! So much fun to have a newcomer. Where do you live? I am in Florida but leaving in the morning for a 4 day drive in our little RV to Montana. We are trying to escape the heat and the surge of covid in our area. I will try to keep up with SP if I have wifi on the road. All the RV parks claim they have wifi but it is really true. We have our own bathroom, bed and food so all we have to do is get gas. It will definitely be an adventure.

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Guys, this is my dear cousin, Robin, who FINALLY was able to find her way in to our team. When I finish planning for my class tomorrow I will post.

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What an odyssey, Robin.....but we did it!! It will be great to have you here with us.

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Becky I see you ( well Charlie) and my note. Why. Ant you see it 😩

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Robin, are you here yet????

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Becky , please tell me this is it!

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Emme thanks for the challenge. It always helps me. We are going to leave for MT in our RV either Mon or Tues am. It worries me as I tend to gain weight traveling and in MT. We wont eat out so that should help. My DD says they won't give you vaccine if you are higher than 30 BMI?? I am 28.3 so I don't want to gain.
I am walking with no back brace or leg support hose so that makes me happy.
Hopefully I will keep up with SP with my new laptop.
Carrabelle is having 100+ new cases a day but about half of that is due to the prison finally deciding they had to test all the prisoners and have 123 positive so far. Ugh. A good time to take a trip to MT.

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Happy Saturday everyone! I am really trying to focus and get my to-do list knocked out today.

Judy's county is now second-highest in the country on the NYT list of hot spots with highest number of per-capita cases in the last 7 days. emoticon emoticon emoticon I think she and her DH are packing up the camper to drive all the way to my sister's house in Montana for a while. I know that is a very long trip but she has space for them and it does seem to be getting really bad where she is. There isn't even a mask requirement, if you can believe that... emoticon

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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No feeling sorry for myself.
2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Wow, everyone is doing really well with the challenge. Cool to check in there and see everything filled out. emoticon

Erika, I am taking Fridays off. Or rather, being forced to take Fridays off. Ha. This one and next are the last two, and then the semester begins.

Judy, sorry to hear that your county is not doing so well. Theres a lot of that going around :( Stay healthy.

Becky, you certainly do have a lot on your plate with work. I hope things go well with enrollments.

Hi Ryan and Kelly! emoticon

The sun came out early today, so hoping for some nicer weather. We are definitely in the fog patternjust like San Diego, its running later than usual. My plan today: usual tasks, a voice lesson at 2, practice some music, put clean sheets on the bed and store a bunch of shoes for now. I dont know the next time Ill need dress shoes or rain boots. I have some extra bins around they can go into and be out of the way.

Not much else from here. Another day, fortunately, another dollar. emoticon

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Kelly, good news on your virus rates. I hope it continues! And congrats for finding a good doctor, it takes work to find one who really clicks I think. Why do so many of them have no listening skills? That feeling of being heard is so satisfying.

Emme, are you taking Friday off again? Sounds wonderful! I have meetings tomorrow that I am definitely not looking forward too. We are getting a lot more fog than usual this year, for us the ocean temps have been way below normal. 59 degrees, brrr. So that causes a lot of fog, which usually by July we don't have any more. But at least we do get sun every afternoon.

Judy is having a huge outbreak in her county, even though it is so rural. Tough times.

Ryan, too bad about the hot/humid weather. You are so lucky that you got a bicycle prior to the pandemic! Now they are sold out everywhere.

Same with surfboards and wetsuits here. My DS had a heck of a time finding a new one. He has lost 15 pounds since coming home in March...says he eats so much healthier with the home cooking. I wish that had happened to me!

Becky, take care that you don't work too hard. You are such an over-achiever, and such an amazing teacher. I am not at all surprised that families want to stay at your school, even if it has to be virtual.

I went to my yearly GYN visit today and they are increasing my estrogen dosage, can't wait to see if it helps. I really suffer with the night sweats. emoticon



My goals:
1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No feeling sorry for myself.
2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Michigan has at least had cases level off now with an improving positive rate and low hospitalizations and deaths. Just hoping college reopenings don’t wreck us.


~Kelly~

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Hey, Kelly! Good to see you here, and glad you got a doc that youre happy with. It makes such a difference. I recently changed my GP and wonder why I didnt do it before.

Judy, how are things? Yeah, we live in the fog belt for sure. My sister (who lives in Napa) says its really easy to know where to get off the freeway coming to our house. She says she drives along thinking, Sun, sun, sun, oops, theres the fog. Exit. Its scarily accurate. Our house faces the Gate (i.e., the inlet spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge), and its where the fog creeps in.

Not much else to report. I need to get it together and get some work done. Meeting at 11, my last of the week!

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Kelly the new doctor sounds good. Sometimes you have to just keep looking. Ryan I know all about the heat and humidity. It makes outside exercise a real challenge. Let us know what you think about intermittent fasting. My version is not to eat anything from 9pm to 8am. Emme I can't imagine fog days. Sometimes we will have a fog morning in the early spring. Zooming sounds good. Erika hope your MRI results are helpful. Becky the easiest way to find our chitchat is to google "general chit chat about anything and everything" SP

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I will have to set myself up but I'm fine with doing part of the challenge!

I did something really nice for myself. I found a psychiatrist that specializes in people who have dealt with trauma. I feel heard for the first time in my doctor seeing life. He doesn't think I have bipolar at all....he says everything I've said really points to PTSD and more than prescribe he wants to talk...and I feel better having talked to him. I feel heard. I don't feel like a diagnosis that I got when I was twenty-two and dealing with ongoing trauma is being slapped on me (he said that really distorts the diagnostic process actually....not being free of the trauma).


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Judy, I know what you mean about busy. Its crazy whats happening in Florida. A friend of mine moved there because she couldnt afford to live here after retirement, and she is just beside herself. I hope she finds a way back here shes miserable there with all the bad behavior. Not that were perfect far from itbut at least no bars, etc. open, and people are generally pretty good about masks.

Erika, good luck on the hike! Sounds tough, but Im glad your recovery is coming along.

Becky, good news on enrollments! I think people are slowly adjusting to the new normal (dare I call it that?) and realize they cant just sit it out and hope for something different. Our enrollments are really strong, too.

Ryan, good to see you! I cant imagine biking in the kind of humidity I know you all get there. Ick. It is fun to see you pop up on Strava, though.

Hi Kelly!

I took yesterday off as I wasnt feeling great. I laid around and read all day, which felt great. Today, back at it. Yes, we should schedule another zoom - this week is out for me, but how does next week look for anyone whos interested?

We had one nice day of weather this week - a tease, apparently - back in the fog yesterday and today.

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hi everyone. i just thought i'd pop in for a quick hello. it looks like everyone is doing relatively well.

my bike riding has been put on hold due to heatwaves. the temps & the humidity have been quite high resulting in heat advisories. between my age and my heart, i can't ride under those conditions.

i've managed to avoid the covid gain but can't seem to lose anything. my cardiologist's office is having a webinar today on intermittent fasting that i plan to attend. hopefully, i'll pick up some tips.

i hope you are staying safe & healthy. please let me know if you schedule another zoom visit! emoticon

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We've also dealing with lots of cases here, Judy. Juan and I wear masks when we go walk...and we walk at 5:00 a.m. when there are few people on the streets. Stay safe!!

Erika, the back packing trip sounds wonderful. Take a good book. You can read and enjoy the outdoors while your DH runs up the mountain. emoticon

Emme, I really like the challenge, too. I've done well these first few days. I've been listening to a Corinne podcast every day and I think it really does help to re-focus on the basics.

Kelly and Ryan, emoticon

I chat with my cousin on Saturdays, so I'll see if I can help her find us.

I have been so overwhelmed with work now that I'm giving two virtual classes daily....plus all the administrative work the Ministry of Education sends out daily. I need to work out a schedule so that I don't spend all day every day working. I sent out a "letter of intent" (is that what it is called in English?) for pre-registration in my school and over half of the parents responded positively yesterday. I don't think I'll have problems with registration in 2021 luckily.



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I have had some very busy days. How can that happen in Quarantine????? Walked my mile in the afternoon heat but I just had to get it done. Saw a "Jelly Palm" so I got to eat some fruit. My small town has gone crazy with covid cases. We got 38 new cases in one day because no masks and they let the bar open.That is just Carrabelle not Franklin County. Ugh!

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Hello! The August challenge is good for me, thank you Emme. I like the format.

We're planning a challenging backpacking trip, leaving in 1.5 weeks. It's off-trail for much of the time. My DH wants to climb an insane mountain during the trip, I told him I will rest at the tent while he does that! I have to pick my battles. I'm just waiting for the all-clear from my ENT to go to altitude. emoticon

Work is going ok. I came to an agreement with my boss. It will mean a large change for me, but I think it is the right decision. Can't post on this public forum yet but will soon.



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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Erika, make it easy on yourself and just do 2 goals if thats all you have! Sometimes I feel like I can barely handle one.

Becky, it would be great to have another person here. The more the merrier. I hope she finds her way to join us.

Judy, woohoo on the loss! I hope the medical tests go well.

Kelly, looks like youre in the challenge. Its nice to see all of us there. Its been a while!

Hi, Ryan!

A busy work week ahead, and I need to get to it. I also have a fiddle lesson this morning, and choir tonight. My challenge today is to fit a short workout in, regardless of how tied up things get.



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Becky sorry to hear about the gain. Reminds me of me, going over 140 really gave me a scare. Judy said I was "scared straight" because now I am back in the 130s. And we would love to have your cousin join us! emoticon

Kelly, nice to hear from you, are you joining the challenge?

Emme, thanks for setting up the challenge. Honestly, I can't deal with three goals...I can barely deal with one. But I will give the challenge a shot. emoticon

Ryan, I didn't see any bike rides from you on Strava lately? I was so disappointed that the first time I was able to get back on my bike, my GPS did not link. So funny how we get attached to our gadgets!

I did have such a beautiful ride up the coast though, with a stop at a favorite outdoor coffee shop. It was great to be back on the bike. DH laughed at me because I had (temporarily) forgotten both how to clip in and how to shift! He went with me for the first half, and then DS met me at the coffee shop. They are both too fast for me but it is still fun to ride with them, even just partially. And I adore riding through the little beach towns...kombucha shop, coffee shop, surf shop, and then more of the same. I feel so blessed to live where I do. San Diego's virus numbers are getting better again. I love how they have moved so much of everything outside. This morning on my walk I passed an outdoor spin class...so fun!

DD came back home from her backpacking adventure. Several things went wrong, nothing major, but enough for them to realize that you have to be very well-prepared for that kind of trip.

DH and I have a big backpacking trip planned for two weeks from now, assuming my ENT gives me his blessing to go to altitude. emoticon I have another CAT scan today.



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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Becky it would be fun to have another person! I lost 1.4# this month. That is my usual so maybe I am back on track. I am having an MRI tomorrow to check lesions on my kidneys that they saw 6 months ago. It is wonderful that they can do these tests and figure out what is happening if anything. They did ask how much caffeine I consume and I said 1.5 cup coffee. then they asked about soda but I drink diet sprite sometimes which is noncaffeine. If I feel unhappy about anything it is not drinking water. emoticon Ryan and I need to meet in the middle.

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Hi Kelly!! Good to see you here. Are you joining us for the challenge.

Well, sadly I am up 4 pounds in the last few weeks. The stress eating from my work situation was definitely the cause....but it can also be controlled. I am giving up diet sodas AGAIN on this challenge. I took up drinking them again to make myself feel better. Geez.....emotional eating and drinking. Anyway, I'm going to weigh in weekly on Sundays during the challenge and post my weight.

I was chatting with my cousin in Texas this morning and I convinced her to join SP. If I can't figure out how to send her the link to find us, Ill ask you guys. emoticon

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Hi everybody! It's so easy to get busy even in these times but thought I'd check in.


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Theres a tracking page for the August challenge up.

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Erika, I second Emme. So sorry to hear about your aunt's boyfriend. And it is so scary to hear that he picked it up at his chiropractor. I have three more days to make the 14 day "safety" after gong to the dermatologist to have the spot on my face burned off. She is a good doctor but very scatter brained and that worries me.

Emme, what a terrible time for your cousin's grandson to be in the hospital. I hope he improves and is able to go home soon. Thanks for setting up the challenge. I've been eating more with the stress of work and would like to get things under control again. I'm going to make listening to a PnP podcast one of my daily goals. Also tracking food. I need to think about my third one.

Judy, I laughed about your comment about imagining all the weight you will lose during the month and then at the end hoping you won't gain. That's kind of my mode of operation. emoticon Congrats on you and Erika for testing negative.

Ryan and Kelly, emoticon

I finished the "yoga with Adriene home challenge" and today started her regular 30 day challenge. I am so happy to see that she has others, too, so I can continue with her yoga for quite awhile. This challenge is going to be more difficult. Her "home challenge" eases you into yoga and has very good instructions for a strong foundation. I am thrilled that I am already more flexible and stronger. I usually either walk or do a video workout first and then finish off with yoga.





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Erika, so sorry to hear about your aunts boyfriend. Hugs to your family. It sounds like youre working out your food plan. I often just say fruit or salad on my plan. It really doesnt have to get more specific than that. The reason planning works for me is it is about my mind controlling my food, and not the other way around.

Yay for negative tests, Judy and Erika! And, to my cousins grandson, who tested negative as well, although the poor kid is in the hospital. Hes 11 and has had serious health problems since he was a baby, but Im glad its not COVID, at least.

Ill set up the August challenge in a bit. Im going to make it easy, since we havent done one in a while! Heres what it will be:

Declare three goals and action plans for those goals they can be *anything* whatever you feel like you want to work on. You can track them however you want. Ill set up a tracking page, but if its easier for you to paper and pencil it, or do it on another app, no worries, whatever you want to do that you can commit to. Give yourself a gold star for any day you feel good about the progress you made towards those goals, 31 gold star days possible.

So here are mine:

- WATER, I really need to focus on this. Im so bad at it, and theres no excuse
- HUNGER SCALE, leave bites, pay attention to hunger, no late eating
- MILEAGE, 25 days of 3.5+ miles, 6 days off of at least 1 mile.

Looking forward to seeing yours. Happy Friday, all!


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I am so happy with my new laptop and work station that I want to post all the time just for the fun of it. I have my monthly weigh in tomorrow. At the beginning of the month I imagine all the weight I will lose and at the end of the month I just hope it won't be a gain! A few days ago we saw a teenage beer on our morning walk. It may be one of the pair that were on our upstairs porch a few weeks ago. I guess mom has left them and now they are scrambling to find food.

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Hi all! Judy, so happy you tested negative. And so did I, on Sunday, prior to my last(?) ENT visit today.

Emme, great to see your planning. You are emoticon !

I have been successful with my new eating plan so far. Once again, I found I just cannot plan what to eat in the morning...it causes me mental issues. But I can plan in generalities (like "fruit" instead of "watermelon") and I do better. So I am doing something more similar to Judy's plan. So far so good! I even planned and ate a piece of my best sourdough yet.

Very sad, my aunt's boyfriend passed away from covid today. He had been in the hospital for weeks, slowly declining. He has really been almost a part of the family for at least 20 years. I am glad I got to see him when he came with my aunt to San Diego last year. He thought he got the virus when seeing a chiropractor...just scary.

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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
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4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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I got my test results yesterday.Negative! Feels good, Emme thanks for showing us your plan. So simple.

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Judy, unbelievable you dont have results yet. A friend of mine who is in my sisters pod was exposed, and is still waiting for results, too. She has some symptoms, so shes concerned, though says shes doing well. Guess we arent seeing my sister for a while. Haha, you just reminded me I need to clean the oven. I dont use the self-cleaning thing, either.

Erika, how fun for Bella. Im envious!

Not much new here. Were finally supposed to get some nice weather this coming Friday. Ugh. Im really sick of the cold fog. I almost turned the heat on this morning, but am instead sitting here with a blanket on.

Groceries were just delivered, so time to get on with the day. Heres what my daily plan looks like. It really takes me about 5 minutes in the morning, and then on with the day.





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Bella is on an adventure. Erika I remember many of your super challenging world travel adventures!! Erika sorry about the covid gain. But you were laid up with no exercise for a long time.
Today we finished caulking the bathtub and I cleaned the oven. I had no idea the oven was so easy to clean with some oven spray in a warm oven. I don't use the self clean feature because the salesman told me that is why my 22 year old stove is still functioning.
Still no results on my test. Ugh!! No wonder people don't bother to test because you are already out of the 10 day isolation before you get the test results. Works for Trump to have fewer tests. My DGD tested negative but they told her it was unreliable and she should go by her symptoms! My DH and I still have no symptoms.
Emme I envy your easy daily planning. It would definitely be a challenge for me. Becky is it easy for you too? Becky how will you ever be able to do all those classes? Will they be on line?
Ryan and Kelly hope you are doing well.

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Challenge sounds good to me too!!! I had a huge wake-up call today--weighed in the 140s!!! Yikes! I have to figure out how to make the PnP tracking work for me. So far I have been struggling. I got some good ideas on a call with Judy this morning. emoticon It's so nice to have a family member as my weight-management buddy too!

My DD is off in the Sierras backpacking with her friend. They are 18 and 19. She was so thrilled to plan an off-grid vacation and have some adventure. I was very supportive of her going, but can't help worrying. I know they are reasonable kids and will make good decisions, but there are a lot of risks (bears, altitude, thunderstorms, sprained ankles, along with the usual worries about 2 young girls out on their own). I am grateful that they will be taking one day off between backpacks on Wednesday in an AirBnB and will have cell signal. Until then I will tell myself that no news is good news.

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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Im up for a challenge - maybe do a customizable one. The PnP planning idea is great, but not much of a challenge for me, so I need to up my game. We have this week to sort it out. Start next Sunday?

Judy, Im glad youre still well (and enjoying your new laptop)! Im glad that it looks like youre past this.

Becky, ugh, sorry that new directives go counter to the Montessori philosophy. I hope you are able to find some middle ground.

Ryan, I see youre out on your bike! Enjoy. Its fun following both you and Erika on Strava.

We had a nice anniversary celebration yesterday - ate lobster rolls and drank champagne. Weve been playing a lot of backgammon latelyreminds me of the old days when we lived off and on a boat in Amsterdam for a few years. We played tons of backgammon. Its very nostalgic playing again. I wish I lived on a boat again. When we took a drive to the marina on Friday, we noted how crowded it was, and I thought, yeah, if I owned a boat, thats where Id be right now, too.

Okay, I have another busy, but four-day, work week ahead, and Im going to put together some good plans for the week so I dont fall off track. I need to do lots of silly little tasks todaylaundry, start my car, etc. so I can focus on a productive week.

Hi Kelly!

Happy Sunday everyone!



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Good suggestion about the challenge Becky. I need something else to think about besides covid. Bella did her Regeneron presentation today. It was great. She just exuded energy, joy and capability. What an amazing person. Erika you and your DH must be so proud. I still haven't gotten my results but both my DH and I feel very healthy. They said if I had a positive test they would call over the weekend otherwise I have to wait till Monday. It has been 11 days now since my contact so it looks very good. It has really made me so determined to be more careful from now on. My county is now in the middle of the counties in FL for cases per population. Hard to believe that USA went from 3 mill to 4 mill in 2 weeks. I am typing on my new laptop which is a dream come true. It is so amazing. I can hardly put it down.










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OMG, Judy, I sure hope your test comes out negative. Surely it will since you've had no symptoms. What about your DH?

Erika, super congrats to Bella on her hard work and how far she's come in the nationwide competition. She's following in her parents footsteps. PnP pre-planning is hard at first but it becomes much easier. Emme's suggestions of keeping it simple have helped me. I'm used to just jotting it down everyone morning now. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't.

Kelly, I'm glad to hear that the masks are helping out there. I just seems like common sense that masks would help slow down the spreading of covid.

Emme, isn't that funny about the cars. I don't think we've put ten miles on our car since the pandemic close down.

Ryan, I hope you're busy riding your bike.

I've been overwhelmed with work. I have to give four more classes a week to the kindergarten kids who will be graduating this year. The MInistry of Education sent out a program to use through the end of the year so they can go on to first grade. It's the opposite of our Montessori philosophy of "following the child". It's more like "forcing it on the child".

What do you think about a challenge for August? We could use the PnP planning and include exercise.





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TGIF! Glad the workweek is over. I really do think I am getting ready to retire...my attitude is so bad!

I've decided I need to do something new to control my weight, so I am trying the PnP idea of daily food planning. My excuse was always that my days were so unpredictable that I couldn't plan, but in the time of covid I really can't say that any more!.

Becky, I did a Peloton ride today with a CR video. It was so nice to pretend I was riding along some of those beautiful rainforest trails. I hope you can get outside soon and appreciate your gorgeous home.

My goals:
1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No feeling sorry for myself.
2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Thot I might get results on my test today but they said maybe tomorrow emoticon . I am doing this in my living room with my new laptop. Now i am learning about movies and headphones. moving into the 21st century!!! stormy weather here but we need the rain. But I have gone thro the anxiety with decaf coffee so it could be worse calorie wise.

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Erika, yes, there was a plan to return about 20-25% of students, and that decision was rescinded this week and well continue with fully online. Our department was doing that anyway, but Im happy they made the decision. Students are, too. Not that theyre happy necessarily about being online, but I think there is some comfort in there being actual decisions and knowing how to move forward. Congrats on the science fair! You have such brilliant offspring. :)

Tomorrow is my forced day off - the lawyers have gotten involved, and have issued a cease and desist. I dont care. Taking the day anyway. Theyre claiming the university needed to give us 45 day notice. Whatever. As one of our staff said, I wish they cared more about our salaries and losing jobs than whether we have to take a (paid) day off. And so it goes.

Judy, Im glad to hear that youre still feeling well. Im sure youll be glad to be outside the boundaries.

Hi to all! I need to go jumpstart DHs car. Ha! Its usuallly mine that protests about being left sitting for too long. Mine has been fine lately. His, not so much. Its the second time this week.




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Good morning and happy Thursday. Lots going on here. I am back to bootcamp but still only about 75%. Can't wait until the sinuses are clear, it is going to be awesome!

DD is nearly done with her online science competition. It's been intense, with lots of very difficult questions that she has to attempt to answer. All of it via Zoom, of course. It's very good experience for her, although it seems unlikely that she will win anything more than she already has. I am VERY proud that she made it this far (top 40 in the US).

Stanford is still planning to have freshmen on campus for fall quarter, although they have not yet 100% committed to that. Students will all be tested twice within the first week of school! I am not very worried about our kids getting infected, because they are young and healthy, but before they come home again, we will definitely be having a quarantine period. Emme, I heard that Cal went 100% online for the fall. Seems like a good idea.

Judy is still feeling well, more than a week since her exposure, so crossing fingers that all continues to be good.

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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No feeling sorry for myself.
2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Things are worse than they were here but not nearly as bad as other states. I’m hoping the stricter mask mandate helps us nip this in the bud.


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Emme sorry about the tough work day and ensuing migraine! I hope you are feeling better today. I was glad to see that your DH got to take a walk outside without crutches! Glad he is improving.

Judy, let me know what else I can help you with on the new laptop! So glad you are enjoying it. emoticon Since it's been a week since you were exposed, and you don't have any symptoms, I think your virus test is likely to be negative. Try not to worry too much emoticon

Ryan, any more bike ride plans? Becky/Kelly, how's the Covid situation where you are?

I also had a really tough work day yesterday. It's hard to go through these very tough budget times...major change everywhere. Even though it's now looking like I will still have a job, it's no fun when it seems like many other people will not...it put me in a very crabby mood. And yes I ate chocolate. I'm learning that even though I rarely or never binge in the traditional sense, like I don't eat a large amount of anything, I sometimes do eat small/medium amounts of things that I really don't need, either because it tastes so good or for emotional reasons. My metabolism is so slow that it doesn't take much for me to overeat. I am always amazed at how little food I need to keep this old bod going... emoticon

My sinuses are slowly healing but I am still having a lot of trouble with them. I am doing the sinus irrigation as per my doc with the Xlear solution (xylitol, salt and soda). I just hate it, but it does help. Because my nasal anatomy was so screwed up before the surgery, I've never been able to do the irrigation before. My sister swears by it so she has been coaching me. I get covid-tested again on Sunday before seeing the doc again next week--it will be the 5th time emoticon .


My goals:
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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Franklin county is doing a good job testing. Yesterday afternoon I drove up and parked. They came right out and swabbed me and said I would know by Thurs (tomorrow) afternoon. Still no symptoms. Wow if I get thru this I have learned my lesson for sure! Actually my DH has a higher risk number than I do.
If you noticed the new pic, Erika got me a beautiful laptop and showed me how to snip a pic. Thank you Erika!

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Ugh, terrible news about Judy being exposed. Fingers crossed. Positive thoughts.

Kelly, yay for joining us on Strava. It took me a bit of work to figure it out.

We are having positively AWFUL summer weather. Yesterday 55 and RAIN. It never rains here in July. (Well, obviously, it does.) No end in sight. Boohoo me. emoticon emoticon

Crazy work day yesterdayand I didnt take time to exercise. Mistake. Ended up with a crazy migraine in the evening. I still have piles to do today, but I WILL take an exercise break, and drink something other than coffee.

Okay, I got up early to get this project done, I guess I need to do it.

Hi Judy, Ryan, Becky!

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Kelly great that we'll see you on Strava! And sorry about the heat. Here we are having temperate/normal weather, it is wonderful. Evenings/mornings are chilly/overcast, afternoons are sunny and mid-70s. This is how San Diego should be.

Not great news...Judy was exposed to an asymptomatic virus-positive person. She and her DH are having to get tested today. Results to come back in 2-5 days. She feels fine so I am crossing my fingers that all will be ok.

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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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The band is cool....but it's been hot! I guess we have come down about five degrees but we're talking 90 to 85 here! I'm trying to figure out Strava as we speak.


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Kelly, great that you got a fitness tracker! Now you can join Strava with Emme and Ryan and me! emoticon Just another way to keep in touch and motivate each other. emoticon

My DD will finally have the judging for her big national science competition this week. It was planned to be in person in Washington DC in March but of course will now be online. They sent an absolutely amazing amount of boxes of stuff with which she has turned her bedroom into a TV studio (with green screen/lights/microphones etc.). Unbelievable. She slotted all the judging sessions into her already-packed online tutoring schedule. She was already working 12 hours/day last week so I don't know how she will do it this week. Her first judging session is at 5:20am (this is what happens when you live on the west coast) so she is getting up at 5 on the previous days also to try to get her brain to wake up earlier. Ah to be young and have that much energy!!! emoticon

I have been doing pretty darn well with getting back to my intermittent fasting. The first few days are tough but now I am settling in. This has helped my weight to stabilize but at some point I am going to have to think about losing again. I did gain 6 quarantine pounds and I need to take them back off. Today is my rest day for exercise so it is a good one for me to work on eating less... emoticon

My goals:
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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Kelly, I'm glad you are having some cooler weather. It'll be nice to chat with you in our next zoom get-together.

Judy, let's hope Trump gets voted out and we can have some sanity in the world again. Stay masked when you go out!!

Erika, I agree. I am also so happy that I am part of this group of amazing women. I still laugh when I think of the guy's face at the Carolina Lodge when he asked how we met and you told him we met through the internet. emoticon

Emme, that is such good news that you got to re-hire the people layoffs. It is horrifying to see how many people are financially affected by this pandemia.

Ryan, it was so good to see you at the meeting. Did you try the honey balls yet?

Since we are not going back to school this year, I am going to divide my seven kindergartners up into two groups and give each group two more zoom classes a week to try and prepare them for first grade.

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Missed you guys! I was just busy. Next time.

Its really cool, I found a decent fitness tracker for free on my neighborhood group. It does all the basics with tracking plus phone and sms alerts. Ive been looking for one forever!


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Becky thanks for the recipe. Emme thanks for setting up the zoom meets. Erika so sad to break up your team. Management is hard to understand. Ryan I am so impressed to see you riding your bike.
I have decided to wear my N95 masks and stay in Fla. I did go to a 2 hour black lives matter demonstration today but everyone was masked but the trumpers and they kept their distance.The newspaper advertised that the trumpers would be armed and were threatening to run into marchers who were on the road but there were 3X as many marchers as there were trumpers and the deputies did a really good job of staying calm. One of them even said "black lives matter". A lot of trash talk but no violence.

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So fun to see you (almost) all on the call. I feel so lucky to be part of such a great group of women. emoticon

And extra fun to have Ryan and Emme on Strava! I have had so much fun with that app. It really motivates me. Emme I hope your technical issues get worked out. Did you see that Ryan had her longest ride ever today? emoticon

Today I had my first real workout since the surgery, and it went pretty well! I am so glad that DD talked me into buying that Peloton on Craigslist at the beginning of the pandemic. It has gotten so much use. I thought it would just sit in the garage but I was wrong. We even have to have an online sign up sheet to avoid workout schedule clashes! emoticon Unfortunately there is a (high) monthly fee because they continuously post new classes. But for this summer it has definitely been worth it. If the kids really do end up going to college, then we'll consider selling it again.

I've been doing the intermittent fasting, but still eating too many carbs. The fruit is so amazing this time of year--just can't resist eating too much melon and too many peaches. And I've had some amazing sourdough success lately also. emoticon emoticon

Emme, so great that you get to rehire your layoffs! My situation is not looking so positive right now...but I am being pretty successful at finding everyone alternate positions in the company. So hard to break up this awesome team that I spent many years building from scratch... emoticon

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Thanks, Becky. It was so great to see almost everyone yesterday. Missed you, Kelly! One hour just flies by.

My good news of the morning: I get to rehire all of our layoffs. Student registration is booming, contrary to fears, and we have students on waiting lists for every class we offer. Hallelujah for small favors.

Have a great weekend, all. Erika, I hope you continue to mend. Lets meet up again soon, maybe not this week, but the following Thursday?

PS Erika and Ryan, I clearly have Strava set up wrong. I ran today, and it's showing nothing. :(

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And the Honey Balls for the kids:

1/3 cup honey
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sunflower seeds, raisins, etc. that you want to add
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I need to get the recipe I promised you guys up before i forget.

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I'll hook up tomorrow, too. It will be 12:00 our time.

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I will be there for the Whats App tomorrow. emoticon Emme thank you for the Colson info. Becky I will sign up with my library.
We just gat a scam text msg that said our AT&T payment was held up and gave a number to call! AT&T says that a lot of their customers are getting the scam. With all the technology we have why can't we stop the scams and robocalls? The law to stop robocalls passed unanimously in congress but doesn't seem to be doing much good!

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I don't know if tomorrow will work for me or not, probably not.

At any rate DH is doing fine so far. I can't believe the parties up here either.....good grief. And also yes, the heat wave got us, we've actually had multiples...


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Thanks Emme! 11 Pacific Time?

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Lets go for 11 on Thursday (tomorrow!). Ill notify Ryan, too. I have another meeting from 10:30-11, but its one that I dont want to drag on, so it will give me a nice excuse to get off there promptly. Having to deal with a couple unruly faculty members, more about that tomorrow!

Ill send an invite over WhatsApp.

Erika, ugh, sorry about the rocky recovery, and about work, too. It seems that no ones work is easy these days.

Judy, the author is Colson Whitehead. The book he won for first was *Underground Railroad,* which I loved. A kind of fantastical re-imagining of the Underground Railroad as an actual railroad that ran underground. But I couldnt get through Nickel Boys. It is undoubtedly good, but just too grim. I may try it again someday, but I definitely wasnt in the mood for it the couple of times I gave it a try.

Becky, I hope things calm there for you, and rational decisions about school are made. An acquaintance of mine who teaches north of here (Mendocino county, I think) said their school board met last night about fall classes, and one of the school board members actually said, Dying isnt that bad, you just fall asleep. With leadership like that....

Kelly, I hope things are well there with your DH back at work.

I just heard that 24 Hour Fitness filed for Chapter 11. I suspect well be hearing more of those kinds of things.

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Emme, I can hook up on Thursday morning if everyone else can.

Judy, I would definitely recommend hooking up to your public library. I don't know what I would do without my library card. There are some authors that my library doesn't carry like Doris Lessing and Nevil Shute that i would love to re-read. I found a Graham Greene audio book that I'm going to start listening to tonight. What an ordeal with your computer!!

Erika, sorry that you continue to deal with so much uncertainty at work. We're in the same boat. We should be opening our enrollment for next year this month, but it's impossible. We don't have any idea what will be going on in February.

Kelly, I saw huge parties in Michigan on the news. I guess there are stupid people all over the world. It boggles my mind that people can't do what they should do during this pandemic.

Ryan, we're all glad to hear from you again. How fun that you're back on your bike. And emoticon on not gaining.

I have found some exercise videos that I really like for aerobics and weight training. And I already feel a big difference in my flexibility and feeling better on the 19th day of the 30 days of yoga with Adriene. The 30 day challenge is very doable because the videos are short and sweet. I do them after my regular workout.






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I was encouraged that New York had a zero covid deaths day. Maybe after this epidemic rolls through it will get better.

Erika sorry that the recovery is still causing so many problems. Emme this Thursday or Friday is a good zoom day for me. Next Thursday the 23d I will be in Talla for a doctor appt. Becky I really need to hook my kindle up with a library because the new books I want to read cost too much. Some guy just won the pulitzer prize for literature 2 years (in a row?) with a book called The Nickel Boys so I want to see what his books are like.

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How is everyone holding up? I am having a bit of a tough week. Just got back from the ENT, he says there's still a lot of dried clot up in my sinuses but hopefully all the irrigation I am doing will get it out? I absolutely hate the irrigation, causes so much pressure, but apparently I get to keep doing it 3x per day for the foreseeable future. Still very happy that I am continuing to slowly recover.

Work is awful...a series of unfortunate events. Of course the root cause is Covid, causing so many problems with our business. Even though we are health-care, many of our products are truly optional, and hospitals are so busy right now they can't think about buying any big new systems. Very tough decisions being made, causing me to lose sleep. Ugh.

CA shut a lot of things back down. I think they were very smart, focusing on places that are truly risky (indoor gyms/restaurants/bars, etc.) while allowing lower-risk things (outdoor dining, stand-alone stores) to remain open. The benefit of having smart leaders. I will be glad when I don't have to go for all these medical appointments all the time, it's for sure my biggest risk factor at this point. At least they test me all the time, I got my fourth (!) test on Sunday, was negative.

Now I am able to do walks and I've started some easy Peloton (stationary bike) rides. So glad I can at least do something. But still a few weeks before anything very strenuous. I am going to be way out of shape.

Judy, it is wonderful to have you back! So glad you are taking care and doing things outdoors. I know it's tough in FL with the heat and the bugs. But it's worth it for sure to avoid that nasty virus.

Emme, has the university had any change of heart since the frat party incident? One of my DD's best friends just signed a lease for the fall...I wonder what will happen.

Kelly, this virus just doesn't give up, does it. Scary stuff. I hope your weather is good and you were not hit by the major heatwave that was in the southwest.

Ryan, I LOVED hearing that are riding a bike! And I was so happy to see you on Strava and sent you a follow request! Just getting outside a bit is so nice, it doesn't have to be a major 10-mile ride! I wish you lived nearby and we could go together. My DD has pretty much taken over my previous bike and we were doing quite a few rides together prior to my surgery. I can't wait to get out there again! And Emme, you should join Strava too and track your runs! I will send you an invite.

Becky, so sorry for the new lockdown. I really hope it helps bring things under control. Glad you are doing well otherwise.

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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
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4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Emme this Thursday I am free 11-1 Pacific time. It's fine if you have to pick a time outside that window and I will do my best to move meetings and join if I can.

I have work on doing a stoic challenge. That is my next plan. And as part of that, get back to my intermittent fasting.

I heard the sourdough phase has crested but I loved making sourdough prior to the pandemic and I will still love it after!

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4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Ugh, Judy, what an ordeal! Scammers are everywhere, its crazy. So glad to see you back.

It sounds like Thursday may be a good day for a meet up? How is everyones day this Thursday or next? I have one short zoom meeting at 10 a.m. and am free after.

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So sad that I have been AWOL all this time! Our computer died so we bought a new one at BestBuy in Tallahassee and it took a while for them to set it up and transfer all our old data. When we brot it home, my DH accidentally erased everything but they helped him set it back up by phone but no old data. Then he asked me to call for an appt to get data back. In the meantime he had responded to something and they hacked the computer unknown to us. My call to the Geek squad went to a scam site. They did install all our old data but they were on our computer for 2 hours hacking it. We finally figured out the scam when they asked us to go out and get them some Best Buy gift cards. Then we had to take the computer back to Tallahassee to clean off all the malware. Finally I have a computer again!!!!

Wow! It sounds like everyone is on the up and up. Ryan you did great not to gain the "Covid 15#" and now you are on your bike emoticon emoticon , Becky has a new routine, Erika is healing, Emma is training for a run and Kelly has a smart governor. I'm still not losing but I have held my own and am still healthy and walking my mile every day.

Poor Fla. In 2 weeks cases have multiplied almost 6X what they were. Of course the Governor won't order masks. Our local hospital is maxed out on ICU beds as are many other FL hospitals. We reached a high new cases mark of 15,300 in one day which I heard is more than any other state ever. Only Texas and CA are still ahead of us for total # of cases. My county now has 33 and still no mask rules in place. Time to use great care which is what we are doing.


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This week I have virtual classes Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings, then meetings on Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. emoticon

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Becky, when would work? We didnt get to see you last time, I definitely want to find a time that works for you!

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I am so worried about all these parties here...bars have made things bad enough. Our numbers are rising and now its a lot of under thirties...


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I can't make it Friday morning. I have virtual classes. But if it works for everyone else you guys go ahead and I'll make the next one. emoticon

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Ryan, so wonderful to see you here! I hear you about bikes definitely not my forte! Good for you for getting out there. Such strange times.

Becky, the frat house party thing is going to set us back. I dont blame them I was just like that when I was their age. I think we just have to face that this is how a lot of people (not just kids) act. But fully formed adults should really know better.

Erika, Id be aghast to find caretakers without masks. I mean, seriously, what is wrong with people? As for the stoic thing - yes - there are stoic challenges where you do without something, or you just do something thats hard for you, for a few days to both challenge your limits and help you find gratitude. The cold shower thing is a common stoic challenge, but its only a challenge if you really really hate cold showers. I dont mind them, so I try to find other stoic challenges for myself (which reminds me, I havent done one in a while, so need to think about something). I often use letting myself get hungry as a stoic challenge.

I hope Judys okay, too. Miss her around here.

Kelly, I dont understand the customer service problems - again, ugh, people. I know everyone is feeling a bit frustrated, but what a stupid way to show it. I understand not being eager to get back to work.

This house needs a little attention. Weve kind of neglected it this week, so time to get things a bit more in order. Its amazing how things fall apart. Back in February when we were planning a kitchen remodel, I was talking to a friend who had one done and he recommended to me that we have two dishwashers. At the time I just kind of laughed to myself and thought it was just like him, so *extra*, but this week would have been a very good time to have two dishwashers, ha.

I signed up for a virtual 12K in October - the usual Bay to Breakers race that Ive done in real life a few times. So, its giving me something to train for. Im working on picking up my speed. If I dont get faster, 12K is going to take forever. My sister is going to do it as well.

How is Friday morning (Pacific time that is) for a Zoom? If most can make it, Ill set something up. I also like the August challenge idea, too. We can make it something easy, adaptable, etc.

Okay, I must get on with my Saturday. Its already 11. Sheesh.

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Hi Ryan!

Well we don’t have gyms open here and the way things are going it might be awhile. I’m in no hurry myself, I’ll probably wait until this is over anyway.

DH has gone back to working outside our home. In theory my work is opening next month but I’m unsure about going back that soon. People are being really cruel to customer service people right now and I don’t feel like having people spit in my face for enforcing our state’s mask mandate. If we don’t have plexiglass being put up I especially don’t feel good about it.


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hi everyone. i thought I'd pop in for a quick hello.

norm is back to work full time & lulu is back in daycare, so i'm spending lots of time alone. last week i pulled out my bike & started riding. i don't have a rearview mirror (it should be here on wednesday) so i stay on my block, but it's great. i'm basically a beginner since i haven't ridden in si long, but my first ride was a little more than a mile and yesterday i did 2.5 miles. i'm hoping (fingers crossed) to get up to 5 miles by the end of july.

my gym opened this week, but their limited capacity still allows for 300 occupancy. I'm not ready to take chances, so i'm staying away. i feel as though I'm throwing away money, but i'm not ready to cancel my membership yet. there are some virtual classes, but maybe i'll just pull out some of my old dvd's.

i've managed to not gain any weight during the quarantine, but i haven't lost any either. i decided yesterday that i'm going to start by being more careful with my choices. it will be a small change, but maybe that together with my bike riding will get me going in the right direction. i don't have the discipline right now to follow ww or to track; both of the ways i have successfully lost in the past. one step at a time!

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Erika, what a harrowing experience!! Thank goodness you are on the mend and will soon be able to exercise. You're going to be an exercise beast with your new nose!!!!! I really recommend Yoga with Adriene. She is low key and an excellent instructor (and she always has her dog, Benji, with her). I sure hope you get another chance to come down for some new adventures and good food. Some friends from Maine were supposed to be here right now for a couple of weeks. I'm glad you got to check up on your Dad.....and what was his caregiver thinking??? Where is the administrator that they let people who don't even work there in without masks? Is Judy okay? She hasn't been here in awhile. The Ministry of Health ordered a lock down for the entire central valley (San Jose, Cartago, Heredia) and the surrounding counties yesterday for ten days. There is no way we will be going back to school this year. I had this week off and did planning for my virtual classes through the end of August. The Ministry of Education has sent out the schedule for virtual classes on the new protocols for when we do go back to school. They start next week. I'm going to have to juggle my kid's schedules with the MEP schedule.

Emme, too bad about the frat part, but I remember those days of long ago when I thought I was immortal. I guess we can be more understanding about their youthful follies but what is with these idiot adults??? I am so relieved to see that Trump's numbers have been going down, but I won't be happy until the election is over and his sorry a$$ is out of the White House. My zoom "how to knit" meeting with my friend was a complete failure. I did a whatsapp videochat with two friends from the Canal Zone who live in Florida. We visited until my phone died. One of them has lost 30 pounds in four months and she looks wonderful. She said she went to a weekend get together with some Zonians four months ago and kept telling people not to take pictures of her because she was so fat. She said another woman told her to get over it.....that we are are old and fat now. She said it was her big "aha" moment....that she decided that she was okay with being old but not fat. She started walking, doing intermittent fasting and cutting out all junk (and lot of the drinking) as soon as she got home and the pounds have just melted off. I declare this moment my aha moment. emoticon

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Emme, Zoom next week sounds great! Friday morning (Pacific time) would work well for me. Let me know a time and I will block my calendar. emoticon I am still struggling with how to keep my gratitude level high. Since you are the stoicism expert, I wanted to ask you, do the stoics believe that you have to actively live without things in order to appreciate them? LIke take cold showers 6 days a week in order to appreciate the warm one on the 7th day? Unfortunately, it seems like that may be what it takes for me. But I am very interested in figuring out how to better knock some gratitude into my head.

Becky, I like how you have a new routine. Routines are so good, and it feels better now that things are settling into "the new normal." I am so proud of you that you are doing yoga regularly. I can't do any strenuous exercise for a month, so I am going to try some gentle yoga when I feel up to it. My body is *really* missing yoga. I even dreamed that I joined my old yoga class, and was so happy to be there! Any sign of the virus abating at all where you are? No chance of school going back in session, correct? I'm thinking of our lovely times with you and the absolutely gourmet food we ate together (including Juan's cooking). You are so lucky to live with the amazing food quality you have. I so often feel like that when I travel...well, when I used to travel...

Kelly, I agree, you are lucky to live in a place with such a reasonable governor! Our CA governor is pretty good too, but I think CA is just so large and diverse that he has a really tough job.

Judy and Ryan, hope to see you back on SP soon! emoticon

Still lots of news here. My doc was very concerned about me and had me come in for an impromptu visit today in between surgeries. They had me wait in a storage room until he was available emoticon . He stuck his nasty long scope up into my sinuses and was just so happy and relieved as he said, it's healing! It looks great! He asked me did I need more pain meds, and I said, nah, I'll get by with Tylenol. Then he told me I was a model patient and he wished he could clone me! We were both just thrilled that it appears that this saga is really drawing to a close. Hallelujah! I have a new nose! Still get to go back on Tuesday and then again the following week for sinus debridement...probably will be as fun as it sounds. emoticon

I went to see my dad today and was dismayed to see that his caregiver had her whole extended family over, no masks or social distancing, just like the old days. I told her that cases were higher now than they had ever been! emoticon I hadn't seen my dad for 9 days...and it showed. He didn't really show any signs of recognizing me. emoticon

I am having so much fun with DH these days. Back when we first met, we worked in the labs next-door to each other. We ate lunch together every day. I have always missed those days. But now, we get to do it again! Such fun to take what he calls "micro-breaks" together when we both have some time without meetings. Today we watched the latest Sarah Cooper video and laughed so hard. That woman is so talented.




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Erika, wow, what an ordeal! But, I remember that feeling after surgery of being finally able to breathe, and it is really a revelation. Im sorry you went through the wringer with this, but it seems like youre on the upswing. Im with you about more contact with people - I was laughing that Ive talked to my brother more in the past four months than in the previous four years. Its amazing how we let busy become a crazy excuse. Im so glad youre back, and yes, I hope Ryan reconsiders and joins us. Well get together on Zoom soon. Maybe next week? Ive got a couple of big meetings that are yet to be scheduled, but other than that, maybe some morning later in the week?

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Hello my long-lost friends!!!! I feel like I have been through the valley of the shadows and returned to tell the tale. I had my surgery (septoplasty and bilateral turbinate reduction, for anyone who's interested) a week ago today. It went fine, although of course no fun, for the first couple of days...but then unfortunately the bleeding kept getting worse instead of better. I ended up very ill in urgent care on the evening of the 4th of July, such great timing. So thankful that the on-call ENT was wonderful and worked through the options, patching me up with various drugs, etc. so that I was able to continue to limp through the recovery. Unfortunately the complications caused them to have to delay the removal of the nasal splints by 2 extra days...those things are truly torture devices. But I finally got them out yesterday, but restarted bleeding on the left side, so they filled my sinuses with an awful gel...afterwards I came home and took a 4-hour nap, got up for dinner, and went back down for 10 hours! And I still felt exhausted this morning! But I am off all of the many drugs at this point, except for antibiotics. And next Tuesday I will go to have the gel etc. removed...so I just have to live with what feels like a sinus infection (but isn't) until then. I am SO grateful to be on the other side of this thing. And when I first woke up from the surgery, before everything was all swollen, I could breathe like I have never breathed before! I was just fascinated with every breath by the feeling of a huge empty space that had never been there before! So I think that by the end I am going to be so happy I did it. Wish I had done it 30 years ago.

Poor Judy has had several recent problems, as I learned when I was finally up to talking on the phone again. Her closest hospital's ICU is completely full. There are several new cases in her county, so even though it's still the lowest county in all of Florida, the virus has definitely arrived. Of course it is worrisome. I wish there was more I could do. emoticon

Poor San Diego, surrounded on 3 sides by counties with increasing cases, also got on the governor's naughty list and restaurants closed. I also would think gyms, churches, etc. should close.

Somehow the surgery has really improved my outlook. I am just unbelievably grateful for everything...was able to walk a lap around the park this morning, and felt like I was in heaven. And somehow, that has enabled me to start caring again about what I put in my mouth...I tracked today for the first time since before the pandemic. Why couldn't I have this change of mood without going through absolute H-E-double hockey sticks? Not sure...

Did Ryan ever come back to say hi? It's sad that she is pulling back. The pandemic is making me do the opposite, and I am actually spending more (virtual) time with emails and video calls with friends than I was doing before. We all have been remarking on that. Speaking of which, I have to go to a call now. I will read all the posts tomorrow and catch up with each of you. So glad to be back!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Becky, our numbers are crazy, too, though at least the death rate has not gone up. The virus seems to be mutating into something less deadly? Lets hope. I love Tim Dorsey - wow, what a crazy writer.

Kelly, I havent heard of that book... must look into it. Enjoy those library finds!

Today is Erikas surgery, sending out good vibes. Yes, lets do a zoom thing when Erika is up to it and get Ryan back into the mix.

Our university was planning to have about 20% occupancy in the fall, but that looks like it might have been jeopardized as a group of students in a frat house had a big party this weekend, and there were nearly 50 new cases from that party alone. The admin is suddenly realizing what many of us have been saying all along - college students are going to be college students. They see themselves (as I did) as invincible and immortal, and are going to act accordingly. Well see what happens.

I did have a nice happy hour with DH and a friend last night - we talked until 11, and agreed that given the circumstances, we are good with staying on Zoom a while longer. We do enjoy the time together, and it means something to all of our mental health.


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Hi guys. I'm kind of in the doldrums, too. I exercise early, clean the house and work (yesterday I started on the protocol for going back to school....though that's not happening anytime soon). Afternoons I try to do small house projects and organizing and do a lot of reading.I found an excellent yoga program called "Yoga with Adriene" if anyone is interested. I'm doing a thirty day program she offers. The classes are only 25 to 30 minutes and I do one every day after my workouts. It's an excellent program for getting back to the basics in yoga. Maybe we can try a zoom meeting when Erika is home and recovering from her surgery. Ryan said to let her know if we have a get-together, too. .

Our cases are out of control...up to 300 a day. The hospitals are full. We have to wear masks now to go in any buildings. Pretty scary.

I finished "The Crucible" and I just downloaded Tim Dorsey's Hurricane Punch and Hala Alyan's Salt Houses.

I'm going to hook up with a friend of mine on zoom this afternoon so she can try to teach me how to knit. I don't have much faith in my handicraft abilities but I have always wanted to learn.

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Im working on my mountain of library books! Current read is The Yellow Bird Sings.


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Yeah, the summer quarantine doldrums not a lot to report from here. Whats everyone reading and watching?

Im watching Imposters on Netflix, reading Thirty Nothing, which is just a fluffy beach read. I needed something a bit lighter than Id been reading recently. But, I wish I were reading it on a beach.

Working out, trying to keep the house together, working too much. Same same.

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Pretty slow around here. I hope everyone is doing well.

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Its on Thursday.

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When was Erika's surgery?

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Happy new week! I hope everyones doing great. Not much to report herejust getting a busy work week organized and ready to roll. Kelly, sorry its so hot there. Its finally warming up here, but they keep promising 80 degrees, and we barely scratch 75. Oh well.

Erika, I hope prepping for surgery isnt too stressful.

Have a great week, all!

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Happy fourth! So hot here! On the plus side I can see lots of fireworks from inside my apartment! (They are legal to have here.)


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emoticon emoticon Happy Fourth, everyone!
Not much going to go on here. No fireworks, except the illegal kind. emoticon Well drink some champagne or something, but otherwise, this one feels a bit anticlimactic.

Have a great holiday, everyone! Enjoy your hot dogs, Becky!

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Happy 4th of July everyone!! emoticon We will have our annual grilled hot dog today....though it will definitely be pouring by noon.

I have this week off from virtual classes and have so much to catch up on. That is always the case.

Our hospitals are full now. So many idiots doing idiotic things have caused it. Now is not the time to get sick!! emoticon

Erika, good luck on your surgery. Check in and let us know how you're doing when you can.

Judy, keep up the good work on exercise and eating!!

Kelly, you are lucky to live where there is a little sanity. I hope people there continue to be careful.

Emme, it really is amazing how much less exercise you get when you work from home. My fitbit band broke so I haven't been wearing it but I know I don't get in near as many steps.

Ryan, we miss you. I hope you and your family are safe.


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Weve been a bit on the cooler side here, too, Judy. I think Saturday is supposed to be nice. I complain about the cold fog, and a friend in Tempe, AZ is envious of our weather. I get it.

A new month! Anyone set up any challenges for themselves? I mentioned Im going to up my daily walking quota, and Im also working on increasing water consumption. Other than that, I just keep on keeping on. One foot in front of the other. Ive managed not to gain through this, so Im grateful for that.

Okay, another day of test reading. Hoping we finish today. I need time off!

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