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Liza36 - Wednesday Sep 15, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.0

I feel so inspired by all of you, all the time, and it seems crazy to think I would inspire anyone else.  Thank you Moogy for remembering my 30 day exercise challenge, and hope you can start a similar one that works for you.

Today, I'm at day 26 of 30 consecutive days of exercise.  I can hardly believe that on Sunday I will have accomplished my 30 day goal.  It certainly doesn't stop there.  Another 30 days will be the next goal, and that will be especially difficult with the extra long work days.  But I've proven to myself that I can carve out 30 minutes to move more. 

Got to get back to work...have a good day friends.

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

teensybikini on 09/15/2010:
Thats awesome. I definitely have the time. Its just the motivation that I need. But I think Ill try this and use a different exercise video everyday to get me going. Actually, Im going to start today! Youre a huge inspiration

selina on 09/15/2010:
Great entry, Lisa!

Enjoy the beautiful weather we are having!

KathyBlue on 09/15/2010:
Liza, I wonder how you're doing on the TOM days...? I'm still afraid, today I want to have a chat about it with the aqua fitness trainer.

Umpqua on 09/15/2010:
You are definitely an inspiration and you're seeing results. I also think that getting into the exercise mindset fuels us to keep it up. Way to go!

KathyBlue on 09/15/2010:
You're right, thank you! :) Even a 30min walk is better than nothing on the harder days!

hollybelle on 09/15/2010:
Wow! 26 of 30 days! You ROCK!

sweetpea1977 on 09/15/2010:
You are an inspiration to me Liza! You work long-ass hours and are mentally exhausted by the time you get home, yet you still make yourself healthy meals and squeeze in that exercise. Your proof that even the most busiest people can find time and effort to make healthy choices. You rock!

Thanks for the comment. Its funny you should say that my story reminded me of Cops. Unfortunately, this isnt the first time I've seen "Cops" taking place outside my window. This was the first time it happened in this neighborhood which is quite nice. It used to happen ALL the time in my old run down neighborhood. I used to see whole squads of cops cars with their sirens blaring and lights flashing zooming past my house. I even heard them use their intercom to warn folks to stay inside. What cut the cake for us was the time we had a helicopter using a search light to find an armed person on the run in our neighborhood. Scary!

moogy on 09/15/2010:
I is funny that we don't think of ourselves as inspiration's to other people. Someone told me that I inspired them the other day and I kept having to read it again and again, I couldn't believe it!! You have certainly inspired me to "put my money where my mouth is", I feel so connected to this group and accountable and I need to stop my on/off compliance to my program. Have a great day Liza. Sweetpea and hollybelle are right - you rock!!!!

V on 09/15/2010:
I am so proud of you Liza!!!!!! Yay!!!!

Maria7 on 09/15/2010:
Wow, what consistency! Bet you can tell it on the scale and especially on the tape measure (where it really counts, the tape measure). :-)

KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
That's it, you said it all, Liza! It's a perfect proof of truthfulness of the simple phrase: "YES, YOU CAN!"


KathyBlue on 09/16/2010:
you have to see teensybikini's entry today :D

Liza36 - Tuesday Sep 14, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.0

I had a close call with a pizza last night.  I was driving home from work, after working an additional 3 hours, and having an hour and half drive home, and all I could think about was pizza.  I'd had a stressful day, and just wanted to sink into some cheesy goodness.  It really was a tough call for me.  But I decided to make dinner instead, and had a cheesy quesadilla, made with 2 low carb tortillas, an ounce of colby cheddar, and olives.  I topped it with fat free sour cream and salsa.  I was very satisfied.  The gooey cheese of the quesadilla did the trick.  And I was happy with myself that I didn't eat a whole pizza, because it could have really happened!

Work is insane, I'm about to let go my new assistant who is not working out, and I'm still in a fight with the lawn company over the broken glass.  They are not returning my calls now.  On the way home last night, in between thoughts of pizza, I was wondering about small claims court.  What a mess this has become!

I'm starting out the day with oatmeal, and a diet coke.  Not a great choice of beverage, but hey, it's my only true vice.  Lunch will be black bean soup, an apple, and dinner will be chicken stir fry with brown rice, if I get home at a reasonable hour.  Exercise of course for 30 minutes tonight.

I'm telling myself to breathe, Liza!

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/14/2010:
You're doing great! That's fabulous that you resisted the pizza and found a satisfying alternative. Good for you. Hope today is less stressful for you. :)

sweetpea1977 on 09/14/2010:
Yes, yes, yes!! Great satisfying substitution for the pizza!! I am so proud of you!!

Shoot, diet coke is better than real coke and other calorie laden drinks, so enjoy that splurge during this hectic time.

So sorry you have so much stressful stuff on your mind. At least you have two thing under perfect control - healthy food choices and daily exercise. :)

V on 09/14/2010:
Try not to let stress about work interfere with the progress you have made :) I am so glad that you are able to stop, think about your choices,and react by choosing a healthier but still satisfying alternative! It will soon come as second nature :) As far as the lawn company well small claims court might be good but if you really want to hit them where it hurts, report them to the local news stations as well as the better buisiness bureau and Angie's List, if the lawn company's office is close by stop by to let them know that the way the handle (or the lack there of) their legit grievances will not be tolerated! It can't hurt let's face it if they stopped answering your calls then more than likely they have no plans of replacing the broken glass! Show em who's boss Liza! :)

breakaway on 09/14/2010:
Thumbs up to you for avoiding that cheesy goodness in the pizza and replacing it with something WAY more healthy for you!! These sort of entries make me realize that If these people can succeed than so can I! Thanks for the comment on my entry as well :D Hope your fight isn't so much of a fight for you. Good luck!

sweetpea1977 on 09/14/2010:
I posted a recipe in the forums for FF Oat Bran muffins. One of the ingredients you can use is canned pumpkins. I'll update the post so you can find it easier.

Three years ago (when I was pregnant with Ethan and craving pumpkin big time), I found a healthy pumpkin bread recipe that uses olive oil (a healthy oil) in the recipe. It was pretty tasty. If I find it or another healthy recipe, I'll post it in the forums. :)

legcramps on 09/14/2010:
I hope your work situation gets better soon. Glad you didn't get the pizza, although I know sometimes it can be impossible to resist! Have another great day today!

selina on 09/14/2010:
Thank you Lisa!!!

Umpqua on 09/14/2010:
You are doing so well, great job making a cheesy but healthy substitute for pizza, especially after such a long day of work!

moogy on 09/14/2010:
In my diary entry this morning I was mentioning that I admired the way (as it turned out you) someone was doing 30 days of straight exercise, it really has given me a determination to do something similar. I am going to do 30 days of feeling good about my eating each day - it's a big goal for me. I figured if you can go for a goal so can I. Thank you for the inspiration. Well done with the healthy choices with the pizza last night - good for you!!

Liza36 - Monday Sep 13, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.0

Saturday's weigh in - I am down 0.6 lb. 

This weekend I ate reasonably well, stayed within my allowed points, and used a few extra on Saturday.  In addition to the daily points, I have a set number of weekly points to use in any way.  I noticed this weekend that I could not stop thinking about food.  I really wanted some of my old favorites - pizza, cheeseburger, ice cream.  Didn't have any of it, but kept thinking about it.  Also, both Saturday and Sunday I dipped into the cereal late at night.  That's another one of my bad habits.  I think it's just the stress of work, and to counteract that, this weekend I barely did anything (so tired), but then was subsequently bored.  Does that make sense?  I want to destress, but didn't have an alternate plan, so just did nothing and watched tv.

Exercise is going well, I can't believe it actually.  I'm at day 23 of 30.  23 consecutive days of exercise.  I'm proud of myself.  There have been plenty of days where I simply did not feel like it, was tired, felt like I might not have the time.  But I have seen that I can fit in 30 minutes a day.  I can't say that I'm truly loving it yet, it's definitely a "chore" every day, but at least I'm doing it.

My current mini goal is to lose 8 pounds in the next 7 weeks.  In 7 weeks I'll be in New York for our big annual meeting, and my birthday on Oct. 26.  It will be nice to have lost a total of 15 pounds by then.

Today's plan:

breakfast - oatmeal

lunch - work lunch with our executive board.  I have no idea what is being served, so I'll exercise moderation in whatever is available.

snack - apple, most likely on my way home in the car

dinner - black bean soup (made a big batch yesterday to grab and go all week), green salad with cherry tomatos, italian dressing

dessert - chocolate vita tip (I'm so glad I discovered these!)

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/13/2010:
23 days of consecutive exercise, now that's SOMETHING!!!! You rock, Liza!!!! :)

getmebackto150 on 09/13/2010:
23 days of consecutive exercise is AMAZING!!! Great job!

sweetpea1977 on 09/13/2010:
Congrats on 23 consecutive exercise and the weightloss. That is awesome!!

As for craving your old favorites, you could always make healthy substitutions. For cheeseburgers buy some frozen turkey burgers (panfry or grill on electric grill) or veggie burgers and load them up with your favorite veggies, canola mayo or mustard and low cal cheese. Pizzas can be healthy if you make them yourself. Buy whole wheat Boboli pizza crusts (they have personal pan size and full size ones), fill with low sodium marinara sauce, part-skim moz cheese, raw veggies, and turkey pepperoni and bake in your oven. Ice cream is trickier. You could buy Skinny Cow products or sugar-free popcicles/fudgcicles and limit yourself to one or you can freeze greek yogurt and pretend its ice cream. :)

just42day on 09/13/2010:
Great job w/all your exercise! You should be proud of yourself. Plus, that's fabulous that you only THOUGHT about some foods and didn't indulge. Good for you! Sweetpea's suggestions for healthy alternatives are great. I know I learned from her about making mini-pizzas using bagel thins as the crust. Satisfies my craving w/out buying a whole pizza (which I'd have to finish...) Keep doing what you're doing. You're doing great! :)

sweetpea1977 on 09/13/2010:
You're welcome! :) And like J42D said, bagel thins make GREAT mini-pizza crusts as well as light/whole wheat english muffins split in half. I think those Flat Out wraps have a recipe for a pizza on the packaging. I may buy some this week and try the recipe out!

legcramps on 09/13/2010:
I do that a lot - try to destress, am unsure how to, and end up laying on the couch zoning out to the tv. Awesome job on the exercise!

Umpqua on 09/13/2010:
Go Liza! You are entitled to indulge a little with cereal (I think of that as a healthy snack anyway). Especially if you're eating and exercising so well. Woo hoo!

V on 09/13/2010:
Yay Liza!!!!! It is so normal to think about some of the things we used to eat, I am sure you will make healthier choices and still satisfy your cravings!!!!

moogy on 09/13/2010:
I am really proud of you as well. 23 days is great. Congrats on the weight loss. Nice mini goal to aim for - I am sure you can do it!!

Liza36 - Friday Sep 10, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.6

Let's hope my weigh in tomorrow will show a loss.  I'm not sure at the moment.  I over did it yesterday by eating a homemade cinnammin roll with icing, and after dinner having a bowl of cereal and milk - both definitely over my allowance for the day.  And today I went out to lunch with my boss, and ordered a turkey club sandwich with sweet potato fries.  Not exactly on my plan.  I will just have to muster up the energy to exercise tonight, and eat something very light.  I'll report back on Monday.  Have a good weekend friends.

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 83.6 lbs to go!

moogy on 09/10/2010:
I hope you weigh in goes well despite your induldgence in the dreaded carbs. Good luck.

sweetpea1977 on 09/10/2010:
Oh my, homemade cinnamon rolls. Drool!! Now that you've had that sinfully delicious treat, its time to make up for it on your treadmill. You can do it!!

Good luck on your weigh-in tomorrow!

V on 09/10/2010:
Good Luck Liza, It was a mini stumble I know you will come back strong!

just42day on 09/11/2010:
Hope your weekend is a good one! I'm sure we'll hear positive results from you soon. You CAN do it! :)

biscottibody59 on 09/12/2010:
Hope you're havinga restful Sunday--get back to the exercise as soon as you can!

Liza36 - Thursday Sep 09, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.6

I'm utterly exhausted.  I have at least 8 more weeks of this crazy work schedule, and it's only going to get worse.  I was in such a stressed, fowl mood yesterday, and I can't afford to let myself get that way.  That is the perfect way to get derailed from the healthy lifestyle I'm trying to make habit forming. 

So, in spite of everything, I still managed to eat as planned and get in 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Yesterday I was in charge of buying snacks for a staff meeting, and so I bought things I would not be tempted to eat, but also included apples and bananas, things I would eat.  On the way home from work, I was so tempted to skip cooking dinner (which you all know is my struggle anyway), and run through a drive through.  You all will be glad to know that I stuck with my original plan, I had planned a new stir fry chicken recipe with brown rice, which I thoroughly enjoyed eating.  Later that evening, I told myself I would do 15 minutes on the treadmill - that was all that I was requiring of myself.  After 15 minutes, I was feeling better and decided to continue to 30 minutes.  I went to bed earlier than usual, which was good.

Today's plan:

breakfast - banana nut muffin, hot chocolate

lunch - lean cuisine swedish meatballs, watermelon, diet coke

snack - banana, almonds

dinner - taco salad

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 83.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 09/09/2010:
You hang in there, now! Try to work with the schedule you have - make the most of sleep time and eat well. Great job on choosing snacks! Who knows maybe someone else noticed there were healthy snacks, too and was inspired. Maybe they didin't realize how much they enjoy healthy treats! Really - great job!

loveray on 09/09/2010:
thank you so much for your holiday wishes! it sounds like you have been making amazing choices for yourself. good luck with everything and hope you have a great day! xo

sweetpea1977 on 09/09/2010:
I think you handled yesterday beautifully. Way to go on the snacks for the meeting and for going straight home and making yourself that delicious dinner. I bet it tasted much better than any of those fattening highly processed fast foods.

Good work on the exercise too. You are rocking girl, keep it up!!

legcramps on 09/09/2010:
Sounds like you turned your day around... good for you!

just42day on 09/09/2010:
You did such a great job yesterday sticking to your plan AND increasing your exercise. You should be very proud of yourself! Keep up the great work. :)

Umpqua on 09/09/2010:
Awesome Liza, you are doing SO great! Work stress was one of the most frustrating distractions from healthy eating and exercise for me back a few years ago. Well done!!

moogy on 09/09/2010:
Well done on another good day down. You made really good choices and I bed you went to bed feeling tired but pleased with yourself. I am so proud of you.

V on 09/09/2010:
Great job Liza!!!!

Liza36 - Tuesday Sep 07, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.6

I had another good weigh in on Saturday.  Down another 2 pounds.  I think the exercising is making a big difference.

On Friday after work I finally went to the urgent care.  It had been 6 days of feeling truly horrible, not being able to swallow, coughing, etc.  I thought it might be strep, but the test came back negative.  I got some antibiotics and heavy duty cough syrup, which have helped tremendously.  I take my last dose of antibiotics today, I still have a slight cough, but I feel tons better. 

I have continued to exercise.  I'm on day 18 of 30.  I don't think I've ever in my life exercised 18 days in a row.  Even though I was sick last week, I continued to exercise.  Two days it was only for 15 minutes, the other days were between 20-35 minutes, but at least I did it.  Coincidentally, at the weight watcher meeting on Saturday, the leader challenged us to exercise everyday for the next 30 days, and she will have a reward in October if we do.  I feel like I'm ahead of the game, and can easily accomplish that.

I also think that because I've been exercising, it spurs me to eat better too.  I haven't been through a fast food drive thru in 2 weeks.  I have not eaten out for dinner except maybe twice in the last 2 1/2 weeks.  All of these are really good things for me.  I hate to admit it, but eating out is the hardest thing for me not to do.  Cooking at home is simply a chore I don't like, or have felt the need to cook for 1 person.  I know that to be successful at my goals, I have to bite the bullet and cook!  It hasn't been too bad so far.  It's all easy stuff that doesn't take much time to make.

Today I have a lunch with co-workers that I have to be careful to order wisely.  I don't know where we are going, so I can't look up the restaurant menu.  I think I'll do ok though.


breakfast - banana nut muffin, hot chocolate

lunch - out with co-workers, probably a salad of some sort

dinner - stir fry chicken with red and yellow peppers, sugar snap peas, hoisin sauce, brown rice

snacks - carrot/celery sticks, banana, chocolate vita top

Progress as of today: 7.2 lbs lost so far, only 83.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 09/07/2010:
Yay! Congrats on the great weigh in!! I definitely think your goal to exercise every day has helped you lose weight. Not only have you been burning calories, just the simple choice of exercising daily has made you more determined to stay on track with eating too. Good for you!!

As for cooking for one, I think you're doing great. Eating out less often is huge for you, so keep up the method you have been following!

Glad you are feeling better!!

Umpqua on 09/07/2010:
Congrats on the loss and exercise, you're doing so well!! I'm happy you're feeling better. I was going to call the doctor this morning but I felt somewhat better upon waking up. Now after a trip to the grocery store I'm feeling even better so I think I'm finally kicking this thing. It's about time. I hope you have an excellent week!

V on 09/07/2010:
Yay Liza!!!!! Congrats and I hope you get better soon!

moogy on 09/07/2010:
Well done on the two pounds down. That's great. You are doing so well with your exercising, even through illness, I hope you are feeling better soon. Thank you so much for your kind comment, I appreciate it very much.

Moody3 on 09/07/2010:
I am SO proud of you!! You are really kicking azz Liza!! I KNOW you have it in you to do whatever you set your mind to..Keep it up!!!

Liza36 - Friday Sep 03, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 217.6

I did 15 minutes on the treadmill before crawling into bed last night.  Slept better than the night before, but still woke up with this massive cold, sore throat thing.  I'm looking forward to a long weekend where I can rest as much as I can.

Nothing exciting planned today.  Just work, try to maintain sanity (it's crazy at work!), and eat on plan.  15-30 minutes on the treadmill this evening.  I really hope to be back to full energy next week and do more in the exercise department.


breakfast - not really hungry, cup of hot chocolate.

lunch - lean cuisine lasagna, nectarine

snack - carrot sticks

dinner - vegetable soup, lite english muffin with FF cheese slice, cantelope.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Progress as of today: 5.2 lbs lost so far, only 85.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/03/2010:
Great job staying on track! I have the horrible sore throat too, blah. I hope you have a nice weekend!

tangalyn on 09/03/2010:
food plan sounds very yummy and healthy.. ur making great choices.. i hope u feel better and have a wonderful day :)

sweetpea1977 on 09/03/2010:
Wow, kudos to you on getting treadmill time in last night. I hope your cold goes away so you can enjoy your weekend.

just42day on 09/03/2010:
Your meals look very healthy! Good job w/the treadmill, too! Hope you're feeling better and have a great weekend! :)

balloonlady on 09/06/2010:
I hate trying to excersise when I feel icky... I hope you are up and running again soon, but take the time to let your self re-coup....

Liza36 - Thursday Sep 02, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 217.6

I got on the scale this morning and saw that I was up 1 pound.  What?  I've been so good, exercising, eating right.  I  just hope that it's not permanent, and I'll see a decrease on Saturday, my official weigh in.  Oh, just remembered I did have 2 reeses peanut butter cups yesterday.  They were 10 whole points worth (WW points).  I haven't decided if it was worth it or not.  They are my favorite.  Maybe that's why I'm up?

My cold has gotten worse, and I don't feel too well today.  I've been drinking tons of liquids, but am still going to work and maintaining daily life. All I want to do is crawl back in bed.  It's an early night for me tonight, that's for sure.

Plan for today: at least 15 minutes on the treadmill, 30 if I can even breathe ok. 

breakfast - oatmeal

lunch - green salad with tomato, celery, carrots, yellow bell pepper, and leftover chicken from last night.  Cantelope.

snack - rice cake with laughing cow cheese spread

dinner - weight watcher mini pizzas, nectarine, glass of milk.

There is a dark chocolate bar tempting me at work today.  There are 3 whole bars, in fact, that a client gave us.  May the force be with me to resist!

Progress as of today: 5.2 lbs lost so far, only 85.6 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 09/02/2010:
It's probably a flux, but I would try my best to stay on track to have a good weigh in this weekend. Of course, the cold could have something to do with it. You're doing the right thing with all the hydration. I dont know if its possible, but I'd leave work early. Or at least see if its possible to work from home.

Stay away from that chocolate and get well soon!!

Umpqua on 09/02/2010:
I bet it's just a flux from those salty peanut butter cups. Feel better soon!

hollybelle on 09/02/2010:
Re treadmill and maybe not being able to breath (LOL) you might consider doign the treadmill for as long as you can and then getting off and stepping quickly side to side to decrease heart rate some, but still keep moving. You can get back on after a "breather" so to speak. Intervals work really well!

legcramps on 09/02/2010:
I'm jealous that you are maintaining daily life while getting through a cold. I am just weak. I crumble at the slightest inconvenience. Perhaps I should work on that!

moogy on 09/02/2010:
I did the one pound up thing in the middle of the week a couple of weeks ago. I went a few days later - keep doing what you know is right and every thing will be OK:)

Liza36 - Wednesday Sep 01, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 217.6

I've been continuing with my 30 minutes a day exercise, and it's been 12 consecutive days. For the past 3 days I've felt under the weather - coughing, sore throat, etc.  I've continued to exercise because I don't feel like I'm on my deathbed or anything, but I wondered what you all thought about exercising while sick.  Any opinions?

I've been doing well on the eating front, staying within my WW points and getting in more fruits and veggies.  It is amazing how a few days of better choices make you feel all around better.   I went out to eat with some coworkers yesterday, but don't feel badly about it.  We went  to my favorite Thai place and I always get the same thing, so I know exactly how it fits in my overall calories and WW points.

Plan for today:

breakfast - frosted mini wheats, skim milk

lunch - the last of the black bean salad, fresh plum

snack - rice cake with laughing cow cheese, carrots and celery sticks

dinner - baked chicken in panko crumbs, brown rice, green salad

I have a few too many things going on that have potential for great stress - contractors fixing my roof and shattered glass door, financial stress from home repairs, work is crazy, keeping up with friends and social obligations, church work, etc. the list goes on.  Trying to keep a level head and not stress out too much.  I'm sipping plenty of hot herbal tea (for my sore throat) and taking deep breaths!

Progress as of today: 5.2 lbs lost so far, only 85.6 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/01/2010:
12 consecutive days exercise! Fabulous. Hope you feel 100 percent soon!

Umpqua on 09/01/2010:
I don't exercise when I'm feeling sick but that's just me. I need all my energy to take care of the boys and anything on top of that is too much for me. But before kids I probably would have attempted light exercise, depending on how sick I felt.

The Throat Coat tea is from Traditional Medicinals. I get it at the supermarket. It's a decaf herbal tea with a nice mix of herbs (I think licorice is the main one) that really does help soothe a sore throat. I hope you feel better soon!

sweetpea1977 on 09/01/2010:
I think light exercise (walking) when sick with a cold is fine. Anything more strenuous than that may compromise your immune system. However, if its flu like symptoms, I wouldnt do anything but rest and hydrate. I hope you feel better soon!

KathyBlue on 09/01/2010:
Uhh, you're brave! Great job on resisting stress, it's a part of life so we have to deal with it, the best we can do.

CoverGirl on 09/01/2010:
Thnx for the suggestion...I wouldnt even normally eat that for breakfast, but my bf's aunt made them, and gave me one for my baby and I HAD to eat what he didnt finish, just cuz I hate to throw away leftovers....I REALLY need to break myself of that habit.

hollybelle on 09/01/2010:
Congrats on 12 days of 30 minutes of exercise! As for exercising when sick - let your body be your guide. Sometimes it helps - just don't get rung out by overdoing it and if you need to rest - rest. A little movement everyday is great. I think so many people don't do ANYthing if they don't have an hour or something - but 20-30 minutes is good, too, and much easier to accomplish and maintain! Good work on fruits and vegetables. As for stress - I have found the words "No Thank You" to be most helpful. Sometimes obligations pile up - but weed them out if you can!

moogy on 09/01/2010:
You have been given so good advice - so I just hope you feel better soon. Keep up the good work.

V on 09/01/2010:
Are you taking your vitamins everyday? Also if you are close to a health food store I would suggest purchasing Cold Stop tea by Bija...It is a little pricy but well worth the investment. I hope you feel better soon :)

FenixDean on 09/01/2010:
Congrats on the 12 consecutive days of excerise and even when your sick!!!! I agree with everyone above on the excerise with sickness. Just take it easy and do what your body lets you :) Hope you feel better soon

Liza36 - Monday Aug 30, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 217.6

I had an awesome weigh in on Saturday!  I lost 6.6 pounds in one week.  That's the 3 pounds from my vacation week, plus another 3 1/2 pounds.  I'm in shock, to be honest.  I just hope that it sticks, and I don't see a big fluctuation upward.

I've maintained my "move every day", and Saturday did another 30 minutes on the treadmill, and Sunday did a 30 minute aerobic DVD. This morning I got up early and did the DVD again.  It feels good to get it out of the way first thing in the morning, although I don't know how realistic that is for me.  As long as I get it in somehow, that's what I'm aiming for.

The grocery store had a sale on weight watcher's Smart Ones frozen meals, and I had a $2 coupon, so I have a bunch of those in my freezer.  Generally, I'm not a huge fan of frozen meals, but they are convenient on occasion.  Because I have a freezer full at the moment, I will try to use them up.  I also discovered Vita Tops.  They are in the freezer section, look like muffin tops, and there are several different flavors.  They are high in fiber, low in fat, 100 calories per vita top.  I bought the chocolate ones, and you nuke them in the microwave for 15 seconds, and it's quite good.  It's a good chocolate and dessert fix.  It's apparently quite popular among the Weight Watcher community, and I finally gave it a try.  They are a little on the expensive side, however, so it will be a spluge.

My plan for today:

breakfast - oatmeal, hot lemon herbal tea (I feel like I'm coming down with a cold)

lunch - black bean salad, cantalope

snacks - almonds, carrot and celery sticks

dinner - left over beef stew, green salad.  That stew I took out of the freezer last week has lasted more meals than I expected.  Today will be the last of it.

snack - depends on how I'm feeling.  If need be, more fruit or a granola bar.

It feels good to have one full week of great momentum.  Let's hope I can keep it up this week.

PS- the weight bar below shows 5.2 pounds lost total.  That's because when I gained over vacation, I went above my original starting weight. At least now, I'm below, hopefully never to see that weight again.


Progress as of today: 5.2 lbs lost so far, only 85.6 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 08/30/2010:
6,6 pounds??? That's AWESOME! :) See, exercising is a real booster! :) Thank you for your kind words :D

Umpqua on 08/30/2010:
That is incredible Liza, I'm so happy for you! Keep up the great work!!

loveray on 08/30/2010:
i wish you could come as well! vitatops and vitamuffins are so yummy to me when i need a carby/sugary fix. i love the chocolate peanut butter, the chocolate mint and the banana nut. xo

loveray on 08/30/2010:
ps- this sounds gross, but try eating one frozen, straight out of the bag. i prefer to cooking it!

getmebackto150 on 08/30/2010:
I LOVE vitatops... I don't buy them often as like you said, they are PRICEY... but they are an AMAZING treat!!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/30/2010:
Yay, yay, yay!!!!!!! I am so super excited for you Liza. I think you found a plan that works!! YAY! Keep up the daily exercise, because every little bit you have done each day is working!!! And you have put a lot more thought into your food choices and it is paying off. Way to go girl. You rock!!

biscottibody59 on 08/30/2010:
Excellent all the way around--hope your back is cooperating with you--if so, there'll be no stopping you!

Glad it's all going well--enjoy your day and keep up the good work!

just42day on 08/30/2010:
6+ lbs in a week. Fabulous! You're clearly do something -- probably a lot - right. Keep up the great work. Thanks for vitatops tip. Had never heard of them but will probably check them out as others apparently love them, too. It's not like me to turn down good food (unfortunately...) :)

moogy on 08/30/2010:
Whoo Hoo, you did really well, it has obviously energised you and given you even more determination to win the battle. Keep up the good work.

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