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    seashmore got a reaction from zil in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Good news: I got in an extra workout before curling by pebbling 4/5 sheets, which was basically walking along the entire practice hockey arena with a tub of hot water strapped to my back while waving a metal spraying rod back and forth the whole time. Bad news: it was my first time, so I was sloppy and got my shirt so soaked that it was still wet two hours later. Also, my entire right arm is sore. 
    Good news: I got a bit of exercise when I shoveled the driveway before work this morning. Bad news: I don't think it helped the arm any (although sleeping on it during an after work nap probably did more damage) and it kept snowing, effectively making my work ineffective.
    Good news: I have consumed way fewer calories than normal this weekend. Bad news: it's mostly because there is a nuclear attack on my sinuses that hit me Fiday morning. My eye has leaked at least five times and I've gone through a quarter box of Puffs already today.
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    seashmore got a reaction from Grunt in Missionaries   
    I am so happy for you and your family!! 
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    seashmore got a reaction from zil in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Good news: I got in an extra workout before curling by pebbling 4/5 sheets, which was basically walking along the entire practice hockey arena with a tub of hot water strapped to my back while waving a metal spraying rod back and forth the whole time. Bad news: it was my first time, so I was sloppy and got my shirt so soaked that it was still wet two hours later. Also, my entire right arm is sore. 
    Good news: I got a bit of exercise when I shoveled the driveway before work this morning. Bad news: I don't think it helped the arm any (although sleeping on it during an after work nap probably did more damage) and it kept snowing, effectively making my work ineffective.
    Good news: I have consumed way fewer calories than normal this weekend. Bad news: it's mostly because there is a nuclear attack on my sinuses that hit me Fiday morning. My eye has leaked at least five times and I've gone through a quarter box of Puffs already today.
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    seashmore got a reaction from zil in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Good news: I got in an extra workout before curling by pebbling 4/5 sheets, which was basically walking along the entire practice hockey arena with a tub of hot water strapped to my back while waving a metal spraying rod back and forth the whole time. Bad news: it was my first time, so I was sloppy and got my shirt so soaked that it was still wet two hours later. Also, my entire right arm is sore. 
    Good news: I got a bit of exercise when I shoveled the driveway before work this morning. Bad news: I don't think it helped the arm any (although sleeping on it during an after work nap probably did more damage) and it kept snowing, effectively making my work ineffective.
    Good news: I have consumed way fewer calories than normal this weekend. Bad news: it's mostly because there is a nuclear attack on my sinuses that hit me Fiday morning. My eye has leaked at least five times and I've gone through a quarter box of Puffs already today.
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    seashmore reacted to zil in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
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    seashmore reacted to beefche in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Good job on being prepared, NT! Weekends are always the most difficult. Stay focused on WHY you want to be healthy. 
    I'm fighting my snacking monster today. I want a big ol' bucket of buttered popcorn, but I'm kinda stuck inside (we got a bunch of snow dumped on us and staying off the roads is a good idea). But being stuck is good as we don't have popcorn in the house. I will splurge a bit and have a diet soda (in addition to my water intake). 
    Stay strong!
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    seashmore reacted to NeuroTypical in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Dreaded weekend is here.  Here are the lies spawned from lucifer's bloated belly:
    "I'm all driving around after helping someone move, and might as well do taco bell because it'll be too late for lunch when I get back, and the good people say it's important to not skip meals."
    "I only lost one lb yesterday, it's not worth it, I've spent my whole life around this weight and it ain't like I'm having health problems or anything."
    So I had lunch early, and I'll bring carrots to the move with me.  And checking in here to get dat good ol' peer pressure motivation going.  I am not gonna blow my diet today when I'm driving around, nor when I get home.
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    seashmore reacted to anatess2 in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    @unixknight, showing us those amazing pics is making me waffle between cheering your weight loss goals on and wanting you not to lose any weight because it would change your face and it would not look good anymore with that amazing get-up!  I so wanna be you when I grow up.
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    seashmore reacted to unixknight in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Ok, time for me to open up about something I am humiliated to talk about, but I feel very supported in this thread and so I'm gonna spill my guts.
    This is why my Halloween costume is so perfect for me.  It's so bulky it hides my unattractive proportions:

    That's my oldest son next to me, and he's about 5'10".  This photo was taken at the Church (totally not Halloween) Autumn festival party in 2016.  At that point I was up to 350 lbs.  Mind you, I'm on 14" stilts here.  (I'm 6' tall in bare feet normally.)  

    This one's from BFGCon in March, 2018.  By that time I was up to 360.  In the suit that doesn't look so bad because I'm something like 7'2"  In it. I'm wearing stilts, and the bottom of my feet are actually just a couple of inches below the armor's kneecaps.

    This photo was taken at the Church (totally not Halloween) Autumn festival party in 2018.  The little boy in front of me dressed as Thor is my youngest son.  By that point I was 370.  The waist piece of the armor fits snugly around my belly.  Not tight, but snug.  And that's with me modifying the original "blueprints" to give myself an extra 3" of waist.  A friend of mine has a suit built from the same blueprints as mine and she could fit in hers twice.  Her husband, the guy who got me into this cosplay, could probably fit into my suit twice with my  modifications.  I also reworked the internal structure of the stilts from a PVC pipe structure into a solid wooden structure built from 2x4s.  They're heavier now, but I feel much, MUCH safer.  So yeah, the suit hides my actual girth, but in order to wear it safely I had to modify it.
    So if anybody says to me "Hey unixknight!  How come you  keep wearing the same space marine getup every year?"  My answer is "Because I spent a LOT of time, effort and money into this thing and you'd best believe I'm gonna get all the mileage I can out of it!"  And that answer is true, but incomplete.  It's also because I just wouldn't look good in a Superman suit.
    (Note:  Yes, the suit is slightly more detailed in each picture.  That's because it's a continuing work in progress.)  
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    seashmore reacted to NeuroTypical in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    Ok - recap.  I started at XX7 lbs, three days later was at XX0 lbs, which earned me a cheat day.  I enjoyed the crap out of my 4000+ calorie cheat day, with each indulgence better than the last.  That added 3 lbs, putting me at XX3 this morning.
    Now I'm back on my normal routine - yogurt, bowl of chili, carrots/apples for snack, normal dinner, and NOTHING ELSE.  I'm feeling positive.  Motivation!  Stick-to-it-iveness!  Peer Pressure!  I have zero guilt over my cheat day, because it was earned, and is a healthy part of a successful plan.
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    seashmore reacted to SpiritDragon in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    You'll get nothing but support from me on dangling a carrot to get out of bed and into the world. I think you are bang on that getting up and going with McD's outweighs hibernating at home in pj's all day.
    If you want to share it I'd love to help you set some prioritized strategies. If you don't want everyone to see, I'm happy with a PM.
    Sounds like you had a good time. That can really help your efforts to feel more like fun than work which is very beneficial.
    Keep up the good work. There is no rush to increase your time, be sure to get comfortable with your new routine of doing it all before stressing over doing even more - of course if you just feel like doing more go for it.
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    seashmore got a reaction from NeuroTypical in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    I totally forgot to weigh myself this morning.  My goal has been to weigh myself every third Thursday, since that's a scheduled day off from work where I can wake naturally.  It also allows me to track progress without obsessing over the exact number or being overly concerned with a weight that naturally fluctuates.  While in the throes of my seasonal depression, my reward for getting out of bed before 9 is McDonald's breakfast.  I'm sure it sounds counterproductive, but I loooove McD's breakfast and there is legitimate concern that if I don't have a reason to physically get out of bed/the house, I don't.  Which is worse for my physical and mental health in the long run.
    I kept the food journal for three days, and on the eve of the second day, I found myself making a choice that intentionally defied it.  Namely, getting a burger instead of a salad for dinner.  I'm the kind of person who goes in to the first weigh in of a weight loss challenge wearing heavy boots and carrying all my keys and three days worth of loose change.  I can be a bit of a stubborn lass and have to outsmart myself sometimes when it comes to which battles I fight.  The more aggressive a change is pushed at me, the harder I push back, even if it's me doing it for my own good.
    Didn't go to volleyball last week, but loved curling and was super excited to play an extra end!  My make-shift team (they still don't three teammates for me) made me third, which I appreciated as I was still getting my ice legs back and would have felt much worse Saturday morning if I had swept six rocks per end instead of four.  Side note: definitely stretching this week!
    The yoga has been going pretty well.  I've done it three times this week already, and hope to be able to bring myself to get out of bed earlier in the day.  All of my roommates are night owls, and I like being a comparative morning person.  (They get up at noon; I like to be up by 9; 6 is for the birds.)  Again, depression and dark mornings make it difficult right now.  The only place there is enough space for it is in the living room, and that is almost always occupied in the evenings.  Once our basement gets a little more finished, I'll be able to use that.  This is the program/YouTube channel I've found I like best.  I may end up doing this particular video for more than two weeks, but I've found I prefer male yogi's and 10-15 minute videos work best for my current circumstances.  Maybe once I become more flexible/comfortable in my own body, I can move up to 20-30 minute videos.
     
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    seashmore reacted to Third Hour in What Latter-day Saints Do in Each Room of Their Temples (With Pictures and Descriptions)   
    Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints might seem awfully mysterious to those who haven't been inside one before. That's truly unfortunate because it leads many people to believe we're a religion with something to hide. The fact is that there are some things we consider extremely sacred and don't share outside the temple, but we're also anxious for everyone in the world to experience the full mystery of the temple firsthand. It's one of the reasons we have tens of thousands of missionaries throughout the world. There are a few aspects of the temple so sacred we're asked not to discuss them publicly. But sometimes we Latter-day Saints interpret that to mean we can't talk about most anything we do in the temple. That's simply not true. So, while there are a few things I can't won't talk about here, most of what we do in the temple is shareable. In fact, most of the more detailed descriptions of temple worship included in this article are quotes from scripture and...
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    seashmore got a reaction from NeuroTypical in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    I totally forgot to weigh myself this morning.  My goal has been to weigh myself every third Thursday, since that's a scheduled day off from work where I can wake naturally.  It also allows me to track progress without obsessing over the exact number or being overly concerned with a weight that naturally fluctuates.  While in the throes of my seasonal depression, my reward for getting out of bed before 9 is McDonald's breakfast.  I'm sure it sounds counterproductive, but I loooove McD's breakfast and there is legitimate concern that if I don't have a reason to physically get out of bed/the house, I don't.  Which is worse for my physical and mental health in the long run.
    I kept the food journal for three days, and on the eve of the second day, I found myself making a choice that intentionally defied it.  Namely, getting a burger instead of a salad for dinner.  I'm the kind of person who goes in to the first weigh in of a weight loss challenge wearing heavy boots and carrying all my keys and three days worth of loose change.  I can be a bit of a stubborn lass and have to outsmart myself sometimes when it comes to which battles I fight.  The more aggressive a change is pushed at me, the harder I push back, even if it's me doing it for my own good.
    Didn't go to volleyball last week, but loved curling and was super excited to play an extra end!  My make-shift team (they still don't three teammates for me) made me third, which I appreciated as I was still getting my ice legs back and would have felt much worse Saturday morning if I had swept six rocks per end instead of four.  Side note: definitely stretching this week!
    The yoga has been going pretty well.  I've done it three times this week already, and hope to be able to bring myself to get out of bed earlier in the day.  All of my roommates are night owls, and I like being a comparative morning person.  (They get up at noon; I like to be up by 9; 6 is for the birds.)  Again, depression and dark mornings make it difficult right now.  The only place there is enough space for it is in the living room, and that is almost always occupied in the evenings.  Once our basement gets a little more finished, I'll be able to use that.  This is the program/YouTube channel I've found I like best.  I may end up doing this particular video for more than two weeks, but I've found I prefer male yogi's and 10-15 minute videos work best for my current circumstances.  Maybe once I become more flexible/comfortable in my own body, I can move up to 20-30 minute videos.
     
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    seashmore reacted to NeuroTypical in 2019 Weight Loss Group   
    I totally get the notion of a cheat meal being poison to some folks, something to be avoided at all costs.  And yes, I've yo-yoed from a stable occasional cheat day situation lasting months, to abandoning all rationality and just making every day a cheat day, several times in the last 5 years.  But for me, the cheat day is a blessing and until X happens, I have a track record of maintaining.  My X is not cheat day related.   My X is more deep-seated psyche related stuff, losing motivation because I get despondent or stressed or something.
    I've considered the analogy above, and while I can see it being quite valid for some folks, I'm not adopting it.   I think it's a matter of where the heart's compass is pointed.  Surely, our bodies are temples, and how we treat them reflects on our level of discipleship.  But for me, occasional self-care, is not sinful or an abuse of my temple.  The Sabbath comes once every 7 days, where we renew and gear up to face a new week.  I find a measured rewarding splurge motivating.  But for me to not be full of crap, I have to be able to say this, in this thread, 6 months from now, then a year from now, then 18 months from now.  Cross your fingers for me!
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    seashmore reacted to anatess2 in Missionaries   
    Not at all!
    One of these days, I'm going to read this thread from page 1 to page 51 with my family for our FHE.  You're an inspiration Mr. Grunt.
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    seashmore reacted to Jane_Doe in Missionaries   
    *@Grunt's comment to the gist of "I feel so under-qualified for this" coming in 3, 2, 1....*
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    seashmore reacted to Grunt in Missionaries   
    It would seem after realizing that not being a member doesn't exclude you from doing the Lord's work, Mrs. Grunt may have decided to spend some time at the pool next week.
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    seashmore reacted to Manners Matter in Missionaries   
    That's great about the calling! I just started a thread in 'organizations>primary' and included a link to some ideas. I'll add more there when I have a chance but I hope some of that will help or give you something to work with (I only had girls and a fairly small group). My philosophy was that we can have fun but these kids need armor not fluff and it shouldn't require much money most of the time. I hope you both enjoy this new adventure.
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    seashmore reacted to Jane_Doe in Missionaries   
    It is a little weird, but not remotely unheard of-- mostly a small/remote ward thing.  Honestly, I think the new program in 2020 will look a lot like that structure, with less check marking.   For my girls, we never bothered to check boxes, though we easily could have.
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    seashmore reacted to Jane_Doe in Missionaries   
    Oh, Mormon-ese.  Or Latter-Day-Saint-Ese.  Or whatever in the world we want to call this confusing jargon.
     
    "Activities Cordinator" is the people in charge of the ward activities-- such as arranging the ward Christmas party.
    "RS Activity Chair" - Is in charge any extra-circular Relief Society activities.  
    "Activity Days" is a primary calling, pretty much running youth group for the ages 8-12** girls.  (*or rather girls turning 8 to turning 11 now).  
     
    Personally I've had all three of these callings and working with the Activity Day girls is my FAVORITE calling!  I just got released after 2 years of doing it and loved every second.  The gist of it is that twice a month, leaders and girls get together and do a ~1 hr activity.  There is a technically program for it (Zil linked it), but it's very liberal on what you can do.   We did split our activities up to being ~1/3 of the time a service project, ~1/3 faith-building activity, ~1/3 skill / personal development.  With a ton of activities actually fitting multiple categories.  You want to keep activities simple as to enjoy the time.
    @Grunt, I know you mentioned your boys just turned 8.  Do you know any of the girls 7-12?  Do they know you?   
    For a first activity, having a get-to-know you games and treats goes great.  Listen to the girls, get their interest, and just an idea of your new class.  From there you can start planning more activities to do in the future.
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    seashmore reacted to Grunt in Missionaries   
    You didn't miss it.  The Bishop said avoiding the font isn't going to keep her out of a calling.
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    seashmore reacted to Grunt in Missionaries   
    So, Mrs. Grunt got her first calling today!
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    seashmore reacted to Lost Boy in Am I My Brother's Keeper?   
    If you have been his friend for a long time, you can certainly sit down and have a heart to heart talk with him.  Express that you are only going to stick your nose in once.  Let him know that you are concerned with where his relationship is going.  And let him know that if he ever wants to talk about it that you are there for him, but that you will stay out of it, unless he comes to you to talk or for advice.
    And that is about all you can do.  And of course pray for him.
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    seashmore reacted to anatess2 in Am I My Brother's Keeper?   
    So... this is what I say to my sons and nephews (only my son has a girlfriend.  my 27 year old nephew is still living at his parents with no girlfriend, my 20 year old nephew is going to school in South Korea also without a girlfriend, the other nephews and my other son are 15 years old and under)... "Finish high school, get a job, and don't have sex before marriage and you'll be successful and not make victims out of your future children."  I would say this anytime I feel like it.  Like, when I go visit their houses and I'm walking out the door and they give me their customary goodbye hug.  So, if I see/hear of a girl staying overnight in their room, they're gonna get that same reminder.  Because, if I don't, then I'd be reneging on my duty as their aunt.