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  1. Gilmore Girls. Just got my girls hooked on it too.
  2. I decided to go ahead and sign up for the Weight Watchers app. They are running a three month special and my mom always had success with it so I figured I’d try it. It’s been a week and I’m finding it to be manageable as far as tracking. I’m doing the “purple” plan which allows for lots of zero point foods (fruits, vegetables, lean protein like eggs and chicken, legumes, and some whole grains like brown rice). The trade off for that many free foods is fewer daily points but I’m finding it doable. I track the zero point foods but only have to measure the points foods. I can make a whole meal out of free foods pretty easily so it feels pretty flexible. Yesterday I used my whole day worth of points plus a couple of weekly ones on Father’s Day lunch and dessert. Then when we went to my parents’ for dinner I had grilled chicken, roasted vegetables and watermelon for zero points. I liked Whole30 because I could eat as much as I wanted of the approved foods. This feels similar. But it also allows for other foods as long as I keep track of them. I didn’t get much exercise in last week. Two short, fairly easy karate classes is all. I definitely work harder in the studio. I’m looking forward to it opening back up in a few weeks. I’ve done better with water. Still not where it needs to be but definitely better. I might make it to 8 glasses today. I’m halfway there. I did my first WW weigh-in on Saturday. I only lost .75 pounds but at least it was a loss. I was hoping for more. Maybe I can add in a walk or two this week.
  3. I’m *almost* done planning everything out for next year. But I’ve been saying that for 3 weeks now. I think I really am this time. Then moving on to prep work. 1) Clean out all of last year’s work and books, store what I’m keeping, get rid of the rest 2) Organize next year’s, set up DC’s school bins, fill notebooks 3) Figure out what school supplies are needed and shop for them 4) Put together supply lists for each month for science and other projects and shop for the first month 5) Clean up school storage areas and tweak systems to make it easy to keep things organized We start back two weeks from tomorrow, on July 6. We may or may not be home from a week long vacation by then. So.......clearly there’s some things I haven’t figured out yet and most of this list isn’t likely to happen. I also have teenagers with jobs, one scheduled for her learners permit test on the 8th, and am hosting my brother’s wedding at my house in less than 2 months. So my attempts at planning, prepping, and actually doing school this summer may not materialize as I had originally hoped.
  4. I’ve done Whole30 before and counted calories before. I actually found Whole30 to be easier because I didn’t have to count, measure, or track anything. There was just a list of foods I couldn’t eat. I don’t really want to do that again though. I did it before more for health reasons than weight loss. I don’t really want to spend the money on something like WW but would if it was somehow easier than counting calories. I’m having a hard time getting something going for weight loss. I’ll have an ok week followed by an “I don’t care week” and I’m trying to figure out something that will get, and keep, me motivated.
  5. What can you tell me about Weight Watchers? I really don’t want to count calories and weigh or measure every bite I eat. That is feeling way too complicated right now. I don’t want to count macros. I also don’t want to cut entire food groups. I want to make healthier choices but not obsess over everything I eat. I want to find some kind of balance. But I also think I need....something....to help me keep track of how I’m doing. And I need it to be simple. Is WW what I’m looking for?
  6. Last week was a stressful one and I have a difficult time sticking with healthy habits when I’m tired and stressed. I only managed one short walk with a friend who dragged me out. My diet wasn’t great but I don’t exactly remember what I ate, except too much dessert. I’m trying to get myself back on track this week but the stressors are still around and I’m having a hard time working around them. Plus I’ve got the whole PMS/cycle thing going on too which isn’t helping. I haven’t weighed myself in the last few days because I don’t want to know. Ugh...
  7. I would love to learn more about this. I designed my own for some subjects in the lower grades but find high school to be overwhelming. It is also expensive to buy something pre-planned for every subject and isn’t always a good fit. I’m looking at planning some things for next year and would love a group to learn from and bounce ideas off of.
  8. You are on a classical homeschool forum. By nature there will be some fairly rigorous homeschoolers here. There are also lots of parents homeschooling gifted kids. But there’s plenty of us who are homeschooling average kids, in average ways. My kids have never done Latin and we probably won’t. We aren’t doing unit studies typically. This year we did MFW which is a little like a unit study but not really. My kids would much rather stare at a screen than do anything else. I’m constantly fighting against that. And we love read aloud like Charlotte’s Web. My 10yo will be in 6th next year (he has November birthday in a state with a Dec 31 cut off). We call him 6th because that’s what grade he would be in had we put him in school. The curricula we use is all over the map. He’ll be doing Singapore math next year starting in 5B, history with his 8th grade sister, Science in the Beginning, and Learning Language Arts Through Literature. Reading/writing/spelling has been a big struggle for him. We’re making progress but it hasn’t clicked yet. He did the 3rd grade LLATL last year and it was a good fit for him with just enough challenge, and it’s considered by many to be a bit “behind” already. I’m not too worried about it. My soon to be 8th grader didn’t finally click with reading until she was 11. We just work on it consistently and as long as he’s making progress I’m happy. The most important thing is to meet your daughter where she’s at and it sounds like you’re doing that. You know your child best. You sound like a wonderful, caring mother who is doing what’s best for your child. A little worry along with that is normal but try not to. Trust yourself. Your plan sounds great. Good luck to you!
  9. I’m still working on making healthier choices. Sometimes that means a smaller portion of something, sometimes skipping a high-carb side, sometimes adding a fruit or vegetable. I’ve also been trying to walk or get some other exercise several days a week.The past few days I’ve had a harder time staying on track, especially with the desserts that are around, but I haven’t eaten as much of them as I usually would have so I guess I’ll count that as a win. And now it’s all gone so that will help. I haven’t walked yet today either. Hoping to fit that in later this afternoon. I weigh myself a couple times a week to help me stay focused. My weight bounces up and down but I’m looking for new “low” bounces. The overall trend is about a 2.5 pound loss in the past 2-3 weeks (I think, I don’t remember exactly when I started). I didn’t weigh myself this morning so I don’t know what effect this weekend’s “cheating” has had. Hoping the effect is small.
  10. I didn’t acquire a food allergy after antibiotics but I did acquire horrendous, year round, seasonal type allergies, just without the “seasonal” part. About 10 years ago I got Lyme disease. The initial test was negative and it was a couple of months before I got a positive test and started antibiotics. I ended up being on the antibiotics for about 3 months. Then, the allergies started. After a couple years of misery I decided to try a Whole30 to reset my system and figure out if there was a food component. I also started taking probiotics. I did two rounds of Whole30 a couple of months apart and took probiotics faithfully. As part of Whole30 I ate probiotic foods like Kombucha and sauerkraut. When not on Whole30 I added yogurt and Kefir. The allergies improved a lot but would come back, just more mildly, if I ate too much dairy or sugar. I continued with the probiotics and that’s when I decided to do the second Whole30. The allergies have been gone ever since. Now I’m on antibiotics for a new lyme infection. This time I’m taking probiotics too and will be continuing after I’m done with the meds. Hopefully I can avoid a repeat of the allergy nightmare.
  11. My office has an app that I downloaded and they use zoom through the app. About 10-15 minutes before my appointment they would call me and walk me through the steps of logging on to the app and then joining the zoom call (very easy to do but I’m assuming they do that for everyone to avoid problems). Then they test the video and audio before transferring the call to the doctor. It was very easy. ETA: My last appointment was for a rash that I suspected was Lyme. The doctor was able to see it well enough to feel that Lyme was probable and prescribed antibiotics. The whole thing from the office calling to my prescription being called in took about 15 minutes. I wouldn’t mind keeping the tele-med appointment option when all this is over.
  12. Congratulations to your DD! My oldest is turning 16 next week and was so excited to get her permit. But most of our state’s DMVs are closed and the few that are open are only open for limited services - not including permit tests. No word on when they’ll be reopening either. My DD is disappointed. It’s not the end of the world, of course, she knows there are bigger issues in the world. Still disappointing.
  13. My DH is a police officer in the US. In our area, intentionally coughing or spitting on someone when you know you are positive for CV is considered terrorism and charged as such. This situation is close enough that I imagine it would be the same. It’s a truly awful thing to do, even if you only have something as mild as the common cold.
  14. I’ve lost 1.2 pounds since I started tracking. I don’t remember when that was though. A week ago? Maybe a week and a half. I’ve been walking for about 30 minutes in the morning and sometimes doing the virtual karate classes our karate school offers. I’ve been trying to just make healthier choices with whatever food we’re having. Things like making my taco into a taco salad, only eating one pancake and adding eggs instead of three pancakes, having just the chili instead of the chili and hotdog. Also trying to drink more water. There’s still room for improvement but I’m feeling successful just being able to make healthier choices. I had a rough time with depression most of last year and survival was all I could manage. I’ve been coming out of it little by little through the beginning of this year and I’m glad to be able think past just surviving.
  15. I’ve managed a walk every day this week. I’m trying to go in the morning so the day doesn’t get away from me and I’m not too tired to fit it in. We’ve been having absolutely beautiful weather here so it’s been a great way to start my day. I hate a bit of a “cheat meal” last night but tried to keep it under control. We had homemade pizza and DD1 made it. Usually I would grind some fresh whole wheat flour to mix with the white and then make a small pizza for myself with a very thin crust and lots of veggies. She did all white flour, thick crust, no veggies. I was happy not to cook after a long day and just tried not to eat too much. Then DD2 made oatmeal no-bake cookies. Not a completely terrible dessert and I only ate one. I’ve been weighing myself most mornings and the scale is creeping down. It may just be water weight but it’s keeping me motivated that I’m doing the right thing and need to stick with it. I start three weeks of antibiotics for Lyme tonight and I’m hoping I don’t get too sick from it. So far I feel fine but we’ll see. The antibiotics make some people sick and if my rash really is from Lyme I might feel sick a few days from the die off. No blood test at this point. The rash looks close enough to a Lyme rash, even when viewed over a telemed appointment, that the Dr thought it’d be good to just treat it as such. Just hoping not to get too sick. I’ve had Lyme before and it was miserable.
  16. Good start to the week. Got in a walk this morning and ate three healthy meals. I’m not counting anything at this point but am trying to not eat too many carbs, mostly grains. I could eat bread all day. I did a little better drinking water but still pretty far from where I need to be with that. For now I think I will weigh myself every day or every few days. I don’t want to become obsessed with the scale but I think the daily reminder of what I’m working towards might be helpful.
  17. I’m not suggesting that people shouldn’t make every attempt to cover a cough. They should. For people who really shouldn’t wear masks, covering a cough or sneeze with their elbow is simply good manners. But I also recognize that for some people, especially the elderly who may be using scooters, mobility may not be what it once was and being able to cover a cough quickly may not be possible. I can keep a distance, wash my vegetables when I get home, and not worry about what I can’t control.
  18. There are medical conditions that cause a constant cough. These are fairly common in elderly people. COPD, chronic bronchitis, asthma, to name a few. People who cough frequently due to lung conditions would also be part of the group for whom wearing masks would be contraindicated as people who already struggle to get enough oxygen should avoid wearing masks if at all possible. The people in my life who deal with these kinds of health issues would appreciate people not making assumptions.
  19. I need to lose about 40 pounds. 50 would be nice but 40 is probably more realistic at this point in my life. The past year and a half have been pretty stressful and I was in survival mode. My physical health took a backseat to just keeping my head above water. The stress has taken quite a physical toll. I’ve gained about 20 pounds on top of the 20 extra I already had, I’m tired often, don’t usually sleep well or long enough, skin is in rough shape, and just generally feel run down a good amount of the time. I’m ready to start rebuilding my health, including dropping this weight. I need to go about it carefully though. I still get too tired easily. A few weeks ago I tried to jump back in to exercise and overhaul my diet but it was too much too soon and I ended up stressed out and exhausted. So now I’m ready to try again but slower. I’m thinking of starting with a 15 minute walk every day and drinking more water. Also, making healthier eating choices within the things I usually eat. I do karate too but since classes are canceled I’ve lost what stamina I had. I’d like to get back to practicing again but just keep the intensity lower for now. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stick with some slow changes and that those changes will help me get back to both feeling healthy and a healthier weight.
  20. New England here and I found Lysol Disinfecting wipes at Walmart yesterday. Haven’t seen those in about three months here. Aldi was not well stocked at all. Low on bread, produce, cheese, next to no fresh meat, frozen vegetables. That’s the lowest I’ve seen it. They did have TP and PT though. Walmart across the street was very well stocked. They had TP, vitamin C (something else I haven’t been able to find in weeks), the Lysol wipes, plenty of cheese and frozen vegetables, a little flour, some fresh meat, not full cases but some. And that was at 4:00 in the afternoon. Mostly I was excited about the Lysol. We’ve had plenty of bleach available here for weeks but I hate using it. I don’t use Lysol much but I was happy to be able to pick up a package.
  21. Today my yellow help button has changed from a question mark to a phone. Weird. I’m going to try to make it go away with the theme magic.
  22. My oldest two are 14 and 16 (in a month). They have been planning to work at a local farm as pickers this summer. Oldest DD worked there last year. Younger is now old enough as well. We’ll be done with school the end of May so they’ll go over and see about work the next week. (14 and 15 year olds can’t work during the week while school is in session here.) I have no problem with it. They’ll be outside or in greenhouses. There aren’t many other employees there and they are all spread out. It’s not a great paying or very sought after job so I don’t worry about them taking income from people looking to feed their families. And better for teens to do that type of work rather than the elderly farm owners. We live only a couple of hours outside of NYC and have a decent number of cases locally but this seems low risk. They’ll be outdoors in a hot, humid environment, spread apart from other employees, they are healthy teens so their risk is low, and they’ll be gross when they come home so of course they’ll be showering and I won’t even need to remind them. DH is a police officer and has been working this whole time so we already have exposure to who knows what. I won’t insist on masks because picking is such hot, sweaty work. I feel like wearing a damp mask when breathing will already be more challenging wouldn’t be wise. Maybe I’ll have them keep one in their pocket just in case they need to interact with someone more closely.
  23. I’m in New England. Masks are mandatory here so most people were wearing them. (Exceptions made for medical issues but no proof required.) Meat cases were a little sparse but there was meat to buy. Pasta shelves, rice, cleaning products, vitamin C shelves all with bare spots but not completely empty. Still no flour or yeast. Almost no baking powder. I found some at Walmart and bought two. No rubbing Alcohol or disinfecting wipes. Plenty of bleach, toilet paper shelves are better, plenty of milk, eggs, cheese, and beans. All the stores have limits on how many of each item you can buy. I did a little stocking up but not much. I wish we had a chest freezer that I could fill but we don’t have one and it seems you can’t buy those anywhere either.
  24. I wish ours would open for curbside pickup at least. They closed 7 weeks ago and we really need new books. I’d be ok with no ILL for a while and limits (right now we have no limits and have 125 books out). But we’re really missing our library.
  25. I’m in CT. We figured the requirement was coming since NY instituted it. My mom made my DH a couple of masks for work a couple of weeks ago. (They were given one each and told that would be all they were getting.) My SIL made me one for shopping and a bag full for DH to take to work and share. So fortunately we are ahead of the new orders.
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