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Liza36 - Tuesday Oct 05, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

I have been SO busy at work, that I have not had the time to visit with all of you on DD.  I have literally been working 15 hours days, and there's just no time for anything else.

I have at least been maintaining my exercise every day.  A few days it's 15 minutes, and that's when it's 10 pm and I'm just getting home from work.  Other days I can manage 30 minutes. 

Because of the crazy hours, I have not been eating as well as I should.  I've tried to avoid the pitfalls of stress eating, grabbing the chocolate, ordering pizza, etc.  I can't say I've been perfect at all, but I'm trying to be mindful of it.  At last Saturday's weigh in I stayed the same.  I have never been so happy to stay the same!  I'm not sure about this Saturday's weight.  All I can say is I hope the exercise is at least helping me maintain during this crazy time.

Another challenge is that I was sick for about a week and had no appetite.  Last week when I was finally feeling better, it seemed like my appetite came back with a vengence, and I was haunted by all my old favorites.  I know it was the stress and lack of time to prepare things that was adding to the challenge.  But I have given in a few too many times.

Through all this, I am trying to give myself a break, meaning I don't want to mentally beat myself up for "failing".  I have the mindset that I'm doing what I can do for now, and remember to be proud of myself for the small things.

Hope you all are doing well. I will try to comment, but please forgive me if I don't.  I am still routing for all of you and thinking about you!

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 10/05/2010:
well, stayed the same so no harm done, Liz... We all have these hard times, right? The sickness went away meanwhile which is very important... now you can get back to the veggies! :)


hollybelle on 10/05/2010:
It's wonderful that your weight stayed the same. I'm so sorry you have to work these long hours. First of all - is there any end (or let up at least) in sight on those long hours? Exercise does help you maintain/lose so it's good you are getting exercise! You are on the right tack, too, about not beating yourself up. You have not "failed". You are staying mindful and doing the best you can for now. Eat the best food you can, rest when you can and treat yourself with something other than food when you can. Don't worry about commenting on our diaries-we understand. Good to hear from you and see your post. Take care.


Umpqua on 10/05/2010:
Great job on the exercise and I agree that maintaining during such a stressful time is awesome! Just think, during less healthy periods you would be eating all sorts of bad foods at a time like this. Avoiding that behavior is an accomplishment on its own. I hope your workload eases up soon and have a good week!


just42day on 10/05/2010:
Maintaining is impressive -- particularly when your days are so full. I count that as a victory! Maybe you'll get some time off for good behavior and be able to use a bit of the weekend time to plan for your full days (like there isn't enough to do on weekends@) Hope the rest of your week goes well and congrats on still getting in exercise! Good for you! :)


V on 10/05/2010:
We missed you!!!!! Don't work too hard :)


sweetpea1977 on 10/05/2010:
I'm glad to hear from you. I have thought of you often, hoping all was well with you. I knew that work has been super busy and stressful for ya but it sounds like you are managing it well. Good for you on getting your exercise in each day. You are awesome!!


moogy on 10/05/2010:
First of all, I missed your entries. Second, you stayed the same weight even though you were working like a dog and sick and everything else that was going on. That's a good thing. I don't know if you are aware of it but there are quite a few people doing different sorts of challenges now, and it is all because of you. You are a leader and an amazing woman. Chin up, chest out (as my mother would say) and be proud of what you have accomplished and how you have helped other people, and a special thanks from me, I only have a week to go in my 30 day challenge. Thanks.


breakaway on 10/05/2010:
Sounds like you have been a busy girl~! Great job keeping up with the exercise even though your life has been so stressful lately :D


biscottibody59 on 10/06/2010:
That's a big deal for you keeping up the exercise even with all the overtime--you should pat yourself on the back! Hope it lets up soon--in the meantime do your best--it all adds up!


Maria7 on 10/07/2010:
15 hours a day...wow...that is a lot of working! Hope you are getting some rest, too! Good on the exercise...hey...maybe you and I are building muscle and that is why the scale is being 'disagreeable'...it is just muscle weight...in that case, it could be a good thing, right? Very positive attitude you have about it, I will try to have the same! :-)



Liza36 - Saturday Sep 25, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

I've been home from work for 2 /12 days, and since it's so busy, I'm at work on a Saturday for about 6 hours.

I'm feeling better, but not 100% there yet.  Last night I decided to order pizza, and that was a big mistake.  My stomach was in agony all night.  I thought I was getting my appetite back, but pizza was not the right choice.  All the leftovers are going in the trash.

I'm off - so much to do, so little time.

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/25/2010:
Sorry that your stomach got upset. I'm always amazed that people can throw food in the trash as I was raised to be a "clean your plate and then some" kid. In your case, trash definitely sounds like a better option than feeling sick. Hope the rest of your day is better.


sweetpea1977 on 09/25/2010:
Sorry to hear that the pizza made you sick. Part of me wonders if your tummy just didnt like the greasiness of it. I know my stomach feels more sensitive to grease, fat, and sugar after eating cleanly for so long.

Anyway, I hope you continue to feel better as well as get some relaxation in over the weekend!


just42day on 09/25/2010:
I posted the P.nut Butter-Banana muffin recipe. :)


KathyBlue on 09/25/2010:
uhh... I really dislike pizza. Too many things in too little place... :)


moogy on 09/25/2010:
Sounds like it was a bit of a shock for your tummy. I am always throwing perfectly good food away, perfer it in the bin than on my hips. I hope you have a better day today. Thank you for your comments, I always appreciate them.


V on 09/25/2010:
I am sorry to hear the pizza didn't agree with you :( I hope your tummy feels better :) As far as the P90X goes I really like it, very challenging but I am up to it AND I really want this weight to vanish ASAP! LOL I am still going to try the other work out at least once a week


Maria7 on 09/25/2010:
Hope you feel better. Thank you for your comments. :-)


breakaway on 09/28/2010:
Yup I agree with you..pizza would not have been the best choice. Sure hope things go better tomorrow for you!



Liza36 - Friday Sep 24, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

What a week!  I have been sick all week, and went home early from work on Wednesday.  I was supposed to go out of town Thursday through Saturday, but had to cancel the trip.  Since I was supposed to be out anyway, I've been home from work yesterday and today.  I've been doing some work from home, but trying to rest as much as I can.  This is not the time to be sick!  I have too much to do. 

I have continued to exercise, just 15-25 minutes at low intensity since I have been sick.  I want to keep up my 2nd 30-day exercise challenge.  Biscotti asked about my back - thanks for asking!  I have pushed through some of the back pain, but it is feeling better in certain circumstances.  I think the exercise is slowly helping.

I weighed in today instead of tomorrow.  I'm down another 2 pounds.  I'm attributing that to being sick and not having much of an appetite.  But regardless, I'm happy with the loss.   I'm changing my mini goal of 7 pounds in 7 weeks to 10 pounds in 7 weeks.  Since starting that mini goal, I'm down 5.8 pounds.  I have until Oct. 23 to lose another 4 1/2 pounds.  I think I can do it.

I appreciate all of your concern about my "stalker" situation.  He has continued to call at least 2 times a day, and yesterday was the first day there were no phone calls.  I have not answered the calls or texts at all, and hope that ignoring him will mean he will just go away.  I have not gone to the police yet, but figured if it continued much longer, I would.  Believe me, I'm being careful and being aware of my surroundings.  I hope this is the end of it.

Have a good weekend , my friends.

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/24/2010:
congrats on the 2 lb loss! I'm also free of back pain, I think the healthy eating, losing weight and exercise help a lot! I think you can reach your mini-goal til 23th October easily! :)


tangalyn on 09/24/2010:
thx for ur comments today, congrats on ur loss... hope u have a great day


selina on 09/24/2010:
Sorry to hear you are not feeling too well... glad to hear that you are taking the time to rest and work from home. Maybe your body is just telling you to slow down and rest... Get well soon!

Congrats on the loss of pounds, although this is not the best way to lose, we're always pleased when those pounds get burned ;) I'm amazed to hear that you've been exercising even with your sickness and all, wow! Keep it up! Stay well, stay safe and have a great weekend!


Maria7 on 09/24/2010:
Congratulations to you and hope you feel better! :-)


sweetpea1977 on 09/24/2010:
Ugh, sorry to hear you have been so sick. Im very inspired by your desire to keep up the exercise while sick. And yay for your back starting to feel better. It sounds like it is getting stronger from the consistent exercise you've been doing. :) Anyway, congrats on the great weigh in!!

As for my vivid dreams, I blame them on my pregnancy hormones! I normally have boring dreams and forget them as soon as I wake up. :)


Umpqua on 09/24/2010:
Awesome job on the loss! Sorry to hear you are sick again, but that's good that you're slowly pushing through your back pain. That's crazy about the stalker situation too! Hopefully he's taking the "hint" haha and will stop that nonsense. I hope you have a restful weekend!


moogy on 09/24/2010:
Sorry you are sick but well done on the weight loss, there is always a silver lining if one looks for it. Ignoring him seems to be working, but stay vigilant. Have a good day despite feeling yuccky;)


V on 09/24/2010:
Yes please keep a close eye I hope this weirdo stops harassing you



Liza36 - Monday Sep 20, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 211.2

First things first - yesterday was the 30th day in my 30-day exercise challenge.  I exercised every single day for 30 days in a row that started Aug. 21.  I must say, I'm pretty proud of myself.  I did it no matter what, through sickness, through long work days, through back pain, through being so tired I couldn't stand.  I was determined to set a goal and reach it.  I learned that it's possible to carve out 30 minutes a day.  I learned that I can prioritize things to fit it in.  I learned that I have to set realistic expectations in terms of my exercise level, and that 30 minutes at low or moderate intensity is ok for right now.  It will increase with time.  Several of you have almost made me cry to think that I could inspire anyone else.  My next 30 days starts now!

Now on to unpleasant things.  I'm sick again!  I can't afford to be sick this time of year with my work schedule.  I may go to the doctors tomorrow, but I'm not sure what they can do for what appears to be a cold.  Second, I am letting go my new assistant today.  I hope it doesn't end badly.  And third, I think I may have a stalker on my hands.  Last week I mentioned briefly that this guy I went out with like once or  twice about 2 years go, called me out of the blue.  I don't want to see him again (Mr. Jerk!).  He called and texted me 4 times on Friday, like 4 times on Saturday, and on Sunday.  I didn't respond initially, until Sunday afternoon, after he asked if he could come over, I texted him and said "I don't know why you are calling me after almost 2 years.  You can stop because I won't be responding after this.  I wish you all the best in your life."  Literally 20 minutes after I sent that, he's at my door, ringing my door bell 3 times.  It was around 5 pm, so no lights were on, and I stayed very quiet.  But then he proceeds to call me 5 times in the span of 45 minutes.  What a psycho!  I was very unhappy that he showed up at my house.  That's twice now (last Friday, and Sunday).    I don't know what he could possible want, except money.  I'll have 911 on speed dial!

So this week will be busy as usual.  I am going out of town from Thursday through Saturday, so I will miss my official weigh in, and food might be a little more challenging.  I still plan to exercise in the evenings either by walking, or I'll have to see if the hotel has a workout room.  This week I'll be living on lean cuisines and canned soup, since I have had no time to formally plan any cooking.  It's weeks like these that has historically put me in "drive-thru" mode, and 3 meals a day would be from fast food or restaurants.  I'm not going to let that happen this week.

Thanks everyone for your tremendous support!  It means a lot.

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 79.2 lbs to go!

just42day on 09/20/2010:
Congrats on your 30 days! You should be very proud of yourself as that's a fabulous accomplishment. Sorry you're getting unwanted attention from a former date. Maybe you should call the police to find out what your options are? Stay safe.


V on 09/20/2010:
Go Liza Go Liza!!!!!!!!!!! Okay i have to interrupt this celebration to tell you a few tips in handling this Stalker there is no other name for him, first make sure that your neighbors are aware of this situation what this guy looks like and ask them to call the police if he appears to loiter about,definitely go to your police department and tell them everything that has occurred, you can get an order of protection from the way you have describe his obsessiveness...It wouldn't be a bad idea to circle your block before you park when you come home from work in the evenings too. make sure you always have a free hand when going inside your place too even of it means making another trip back to your car. Also if you park your car in a garage at home sit in your driveway until you are sure the door closes all the way when you are leaving in the morning and when you come home at night make sure you are pulling into a well lit area, I am sorry this is happening to you, this guy sounds hella creepy! keep us updated


selina on 09/20/2010:
30 days is super amazing! You are so inspiring, Lisa!

Sigh! So sorry to hear about your creepy ex boyfriend who doesn't seem to understand what "get lost" means. Stay safe, stay well. I hope you get well soon from your cold.


sweetpea1977 on 09/20/2010:
Yay for doing 30 and yay for committing to another thirty! You are an inspiration to us all honey!!

I love V's advice. Change your phone number(s) too. Does he know where you work? If so, perhaps have someone escort you to your car, especially if its dark out. And try to park your car near/under a streetlight/garage light so you can have a good view of your car. Always approach your car from the back and look into your backseat before opening the driver's side door.

Hope you get to feeling better!


KathyBlue on 09/20/2010:
you have all the reasons to be proud, and not only you, I'm VERY proud of you, too!!!!! :) Sorry about your illness... it must be nerves because of that stuuupid dude... I think you should go to the police station and report him right now. They most probably won't do anything because the system is really not working like that (if it's working at all, yeah...), but at least they have it registered. And V's advices are very appropriate, too. Take them!


breakaway on 09/20/2010:
OH wow that is terrific! I need to try this as well. Right now I'm in the middle of a goal I have 'no eating past 8pm' and I'm heading to day 7. It's a 30 day goal. I will try this goal later one as well. Thanks for being a great inspiration :D


biscottibody59 on 09/20/2010:
Congrats on the 30 days of exercise--how's the back now--better or worse!

You should be calling 911 right now, this is all illegal activity and unfortunately not to alarm you, but these psychos are the types that end up doing in many women. Please be careful! And don't take calls from him or respond to texts. I wouldn't go out of my way to be anywhere near as nice as you've been. Nice doesn't work at this stage of the game. In fact, I'd request that the police come to your house to take the report. (Your tax $$$ at work!) You shouldn't have to go to them.

This is serious--good luck!


moogy on 09/20/2010:
What an inspiration you have been to me. I am so proud of you and you determination to battle through long work days, pain, sickness to make it through your 30 days. You said that your next 30 days starts now, what are you going to be doing, more exercise? As for your stalker, keep all the texts, document everything and phone the police now so that they are aware of what is going on. This is no time to sit back and hope. I hope you have a good day and that things go smoothly at work and home. Thank you.


breakaway on 09/21/2010:
Wishing u the best day ever. Hope ur feeling better


sweetpea1977 on 09/23/2010:
Just dropping by to let you know I was thinking of ya!



Liza36 - Saturday Sep 18, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 211.2

I had an awesome weigh in this morning...I couldn't wait until Monday to share it.  I'm down 3.8 pounds this week!  It was quite a shocker.  My mini goal of 7 pounds in 7 weeks seems doable, and I'm well on my way.

I really think the exercise has boosted my weight loss over the last few weeks. I'm encouraged to keep going.

I also know that the encouragement I get here from my dear DD friends makes all the difference in the world.  I'm with KathyBlue who thinks the same thing!  It really helps to have a cheering section, so I greatly appreciate it!

I have a full day of work, work and more work.  I'll be back to check in on all of you later.

Progress as of today: 11.6 lbs lost so far, only 79.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 09/18/2010:
congrats on ur loss, thats awesome.. keep up the good work n have a great day :)


sweetpea1977 on 09/18/2010:
YAAAY!! Congratulations!! You are already more than halfway to your mini-goal. How awesome!

I definitely think having so many wonderful, powerful, and inspirational women supporting us and cheering us on really does make a huge difference in our own personal journeys. Keep up the wonderful amazing work Liza!!

BTW, thank so much for the photo comments. I have been letting my hair grow out this year. I think my last haircut was in April. I normally don't let it get to this length because it aggravates my neck. The ends are looking a little ragged, so I may need to get a trim. Not sure how short I will go. Im actually feeling sad that I have to cut it, which has never happened before!!

Hope work goes by quickly for you!!


selina on 09/18/2010:
I'm so excited for you! Congrats! You are inspiring me so! Thanks for the the tips on Bed, Bath....


breakaway on 09/18/2010:
WOOT! Good for you! That is terrific :D What a great inspiration you are! Keep up the good work :)


Umpqua on 09/18/2010:
Wow, AWESOME job, you are doing just great! I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!


Maria7 on 09/18/2010:
Woooohoooooo!!!!!! YAYYYYYYY!!!! Congratulations to you! Wow, you are really doing FANTASTIC!!!!! :-D


moogy on 09/18/2010:
Go Liza, Go Liza, Go Liza, that is wonderful, congratulations. That should give you lots of inspiration and determination, I think you may go way past your goal at this rate. What a lovely way to wake up, not just for you but for me as well. Day 28 today - I am counting you down. :) What a great finish it is going to be.


V on 09/18/2010:
AMAZING!!!!!! Great job on your loss :)



Liza36 - Friday Sep 17, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 215.0

This is a stange week with stange things happening - from Sweetpea's neighbor, and Selina's mystery person taking pictures of her house (ended up being ok), and I forget who, but someone else has the motion light turning on and seeing a person- scary!! 

I haven't told you all what's been going on at my place.  Several weeks ago I came home to the sliding glass door being shattered, and I'm still in a fight with the lawn company who I believe is liable.  Well, it hasn't been replaced yet, and a few days ago I'm sitting there, and 2 men walk up to the glass door and peer in the window.  Freaked me out.  I don't know if they saw me sitting there, but I don't know if they were casing the place or not.

Then, a few days ago I come home to a note on my front door from a guy I went out with for a month, like 2 years ago.  I don't care to see him again, and it freaked me out that he had come to my home.  He called me on my way to work this morning, and I didin't recognize the phone number, so I answered it. Now that I know his number, I'm going to avoid picking up calls from him.

I also discovered yesterday that a friend of mine from 10 years ago was arrested for posting on facebook that she was going to go to the police station, shoot people and blow up the station.  She was asking people on facebook to help her.  One of her facebook friends contacted the authorities, who shut down her page, and arrested her.  I haven't seen her in ages, but I wonder what would make her go off the deep end like that.

All of these things this week are just crazy.  Usually I don't get rattled, but I'm mildly freaked out about the people who have come to my house this week - unwelcomed.

Well, my pizza craving was satisfied yesterday.  A few days ago I had a great alternative, and was completely satisfied.  But yesterday my boss bought pizza for lunch for our whole department since we have been working so hard.  I had 3 pieces!  An then we had a work happy hour, and I had some chips.  I had not planned this in my day, so for dinner I had a green salad of lettuce, tomato and italian dressing.  I hope the total indulgence yesterday won't negatively affect my  weigh in on Saturday.  I've got 7 weeks to lose 7 pounds!

I appreciate all of you who have been so kind and encouraging!  Have a great day, friends.

 

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

sweetpea1977 on 09/17/2010:
Yikes!! Those are all pretty scary events you been through this week. I would be feeling unsettled too. BTW, my neighbor was bailed out the next afternoon and I've been nervous going outside whenever he is out. But, I also noticed that anytime I come out, he avoids eye contact. His body language looks like he is embarrassed (slouching, head down, walking slowly) that his neighbors had to see the whole thing happen. Before the incident, he always said hi or waved and sometimes even came over to talk. So hopefully, he'll just leave us alone. Oh, and the wife isnt living there, which I am very happy about. Once a man beats a woman, he will not change no matter how much therapy he gets. So, Im glad she was smart and left him.

As for the pizza and chips, drink a bunch of water and be sure to eat healthy today. You've done so well lately, so it probably wont do too much damage on the scale.


KathyBlue on 09/17/2010:
geez, sweetpea... he was bailed out? Incredible how ppl can get 10000 dollars at once, in the economical crisis, etc. for stupid things like this!!!

Creepy events indeed, Liza! I think your friend was rather stupid, doing sg like that on FB. Internet is cool, you can access all kinds of materials but come on, you still cannot say EVERYTHING without punishment online. There are teenagers with suicidal tendencies all over the net, and people learned to contact the authorities in these extreme cases. And there are those stupid who call the boss saying they're sick and then go out and post photos on FB directly from the phone... "Woohoo, I'm on the beach, I tricked my boss good" and on the following day they get fired... :P


Umpqua on 09/17/2010:
Omigosh, absolute craziness! I hope you can get your door situation straightened out soon. And thankfully someone alerted the police about your FB friend who went nutso. It was legcramps who posted about a possible peeping Tom and her motion light. She hasn't been on recently, I hope she's OK. I hope you have a nice weekend and don't beat yourself up over the pizza. I agree with sweetpea, just drink lots of water!


legcramps on 09/17/2010:
What the heck, is it a full moon or something?!!! Take care today and for the weekend!


getmebackto150 on 09/17/2010:
craziness!!! What is going on with the world lately!!!! I agree drink lots of water and your weight should be ok!!!!


moogy on 09/17/2010:
I would be fixing that door quick smart. There are some weird people out there. Seven weeks seven pounds - totally doable, you can do that - you will need to stay away from the pizza though!!:) Day 27 today, you are almost there. I am so impressed, inspired and proud of you. What a great example you have been to your team mates, I think there are four girls doing different sort of 30 day goals now. I hope you feel good about that, because you should. Thanks.


breakaway on 09/17/2010:
WOW I would be freaking out too! Hopefully you can get it fixed real soon! I'm way out in the country and so far living here 5 years we only had one weird thing happen but our main living area is on the 2nd floor so peekers can peak all they want but won't be able to see anything LOL The only thing I worry about is if someone DOES want to break in...will we hear it? Good luck to you and getting that fixed!


Maria7 on 09/17/2010:
7 weeks to lose 7 pounds...you can do it! Re: your friend who lost 188 and got earrings for each 10 pounds...did she get to her goalweight? :-)


V on 09/17/2010:
Girl please be careful and maybe carry a little protection on you, i just got goosebumps reading your post....Good food choices and i am proud of your workouts :)



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!"

http://books.google.pt/books?id=Akh74AQJtFsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=yes,+you+can&source=bl&ots=4Jnt3RSHTu&sig=fziaLvnFvDLcTLMRvlXtK-h9BOg&hl=pt-PT&ei=3g-STOrQF8SLswaP0Oz5CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=16&ved=0CFkQ6AEwDw#v=onepage&q&f=false


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!



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