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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.

Liza36 - Friday Aug 27, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 221.2

I am so tired today.  I was stuck at work very late last night, and got home at a quarter to midnight, and my alarm went off at 5 am to get up and do it all over again.  This has been a long week!

I did get my short walk in at lunch yesterday.  I'm counting the 15 minutes as my sole exercise.  I'm going to have to talk myself into getting on the treadmill the minute I get home, because if I even sit down, that's it for the rest of the night.

Lunch today was at PF Changs.  I'm really hoping that the salty soy sauce does not interfere too much with my weigh in tomorrow.  I'm trying to drink tons of water today.  i hopped on the scale this morning, and it's showing a loss, but I'll post it officially on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 89.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/27/2010:
Ugh, I'm sorry this is such a crazy time at work for you. Congrats on getting a walk in yesterday, that's definitely an accomplishment. I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

moogy on 08/27/2010:
I have my fingers crossed for you for your weigh in, between now and then the soy will have gone I am sure. You sounds as if you could do with a couple of quiet days, I hope you can fit in a little time to relax over the weekend.

breakaway on 08/27/2010:
Wow seems like your putting in some long hours :( I'm very impressed that your doing so well with all the stuff you have going on. Great job!

Liza36 - Thursday Aug 26, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 221.2

I could only manage 15 minutes on the treadmill last night.  It look alot to talk myself into doing that much.  But I have to stay with the 30 goal of some sort of exercise every day.  It's been 5 days now.

Today is an extremely busy day at work.  It will be a 16 hour day, and I won't be getting home until around 11 pm.  My exercise plan is to walk during lunch.  Got to get it in!

I'm starting the busiest time of year for me at work, from now until November.  It will mean much longer days, little sleep, much stress.  I think I may have to be creative to get in the exercise that I want, and to stay on track with eating healthy.  I sort of do this every year around this time - I have these lofty goals, and the stress and lack of sleep and time just get to me.  In years past I've joined gyms in September, which is crazy because I hate gyms, and with the lack of time never got there.  I've joined WW or other weight loss programs, and the same thing happens - I fail.  I hope I can go into this busy time with eyes wide open, knowing it will be stressful, but to be kind to myself, treat myself with good food that will give me energy, not drain me of nutrients needed, to move more rather than be stuck behind a desk and computer for 15 hours.  I don't want to overwhelm myself with strict regimens that I can't stick to, but be flexible with myself.  In November I want to be able to say that I've keep exercising in some form every day, that I've lost 10 pounds and not gained 10+ pounds.

My plan for today:

breakfast - 1 egg scrambled with sauteed spinach and mushroom, baked in a muffin tin.  It's like a little mini crustless quiche - yummy!  Hot chocolate.

lunch - beef stew I took out of the freezer, it looks like 1 1/2 servings,  applesauce.

dinner - will still be at work, so either the 1/2 serving of beef stew from lunch, or I have a can of progesso soup.  Mandarin oranges.

I feel like I've worked so hard this week already, there better be a decrease on the scale on Saturday!

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 89.2 lbs to go!

cristianao on 08/26/2010:
15 minutes is better then no minutes. eventually you will be running for 45 minutes and not even realize it!! Have a great blessed day!!! =)

Umpqua on 08/26/2010:
Wonderful plan for exercise Liza, and good for you for recognizing a pattern related to your job. Your exercise goals sound very realistic, and I hope you see a loss on Saturday!

tangalyn on 08/26/2010:
menu looks good for the day.... 15 mins on treadmill is a lot more exercisin than ive been doin lately.. so dont feel too bad about it, i think u did great... have a wonderful day :)

sweetpea1977 on 08/26/2010:
Exercising during lunch is a great idea. Not only will you get it out of the way each day, it will help you de-stress during this hectic time of year. If the weather is bad, walk the hallways and stairs of your building!!

Menu looks great!!

Moody3 on 08/26/2010:
Sorry about the stress at work right now~Hang in there.

I am so proud of you for sticking with your exercise plan!! I think you need to pat yourself on the back~and stop this "it was only 15 minutes" stuff!! It's 15 minutes that you used to do..you WILL build on this...Plus somedays, we just have more energy and are able to do more..So on the days where you just don't have it in you to push through to the full 30 minutes, 15 minutes is great compromise!!

Wishing you a great day~hope you got in a nice walk at lunch!

cleaneating on 08/26/2010:
15 mintues is better than 0 minutes so well done you!

moogy on 08/26/2010:
I think your plan of treating yourself with good food is a great plan, and being aware of what you are facing and the consequences already puts you in charge. Just imagine how you will feel coming out the other side of this stressful time and you have stuck with your diet. That would be great.

Maria7 on 08/26/2010:
You have a good goal and I believe you can do it! :-)

Breakaway on 08/26/2010:
you have done 5 days in a row of exercise which I think it wonderful! Keep up the good work! Your a great inspiration to us "start again" people :D

V on 08/26/2010:
Liza your efforts won't go un noticed!

Liza36 - Wednesday Aug 25, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 221.2

I got home at 10 pm last night, and was so tired.  I definitely did not want to start walking on the treadmill, but I have to push through for 30 days and see if I can do it.  So, I did 30 minutes, 25 sit ups, 20 leg lifts.  My back was in real pain, but I've let that stop me time and time again, and the result is I get nowhere.  So I have to continue on and hope that it truly will feel better with weight loss and exercise.  It's a slow, hard process!

Yesterday I deviated from my plan.  Someone at work brought in mini bagles, and I had one with light cream cheese for an afternoon snack.  I was running late for my evening appointments, and rather than eat my planned dinner, I went to Chipotle.  I love that place, but have learned recently to modify what I get, so that it's not a whole day's worth of calories.  They have a great website to check out nutritional information.

Today, my plan is:

breakfast - maple and brown sugar high fiber oatmeal, hot chocolate

lunch - lean cuisine, mandarin oranges

snack - yogurt, celery/carrot sticks

dinner - the omlet I had planned yesterday.  I have to eat up the spinach and mushrooms before they go to waste.

I'm a little stressed at the moment.  On Monday I came home from work to a shattered sliding glass window, that opens out to the back yard.  It's a double paned window, and the outer pane was completely shattered.  My lawn service guy had been out that day to mow the lawn, and I suspect that something was kicked up from the mower that shattered the window.  I called the owner immediately to tell him about it.  I'm now dealing with homeowners insurance people, and getting estimates.  The first estimate came in at $1500 - for one window!  This is not what I need to be dealing with at the moment!

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 89.2 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 08/25/2010:
well, sometimes it can be done (deviate from plans)... :-) No harm done! :)

KathyBlue on 08/25/2010:
1500??? Gosh, that's an abuse... and the guy doesn't say a thing, right? He must have noticed that!

Umpqua on 08/25/2010:
Great job on the exercise Liza!! A mini bagel with light cream cheese is one of my favorite breakfasts/snacks so I don't think it's that bad. Sorry about the sliding door. When we bought this house we had the same problem (outside pane of a double-paned door was shattered). We negotiated the cost at closing and my husband replaced it, but it was a big PITA project. Hope you get it all settled.

sweetpea1977 on 08/25/2010:
LIZA!!! I am SO proud of you for doing that exercise. And I think you handled the food situations you encountered beautifully. You rock!!

Sorry about the shattered window. That sucks!! I sure hope you dont have to end up paying for it yourself!!

GEEVEE on 08/25/2010:
Losing weight definitely helps reduce backpain. Common logic tells us that, but seeing it first hand in how my son can now walk without effort and even run 5 miles, is amazing to both of us! Taking 60 lbs. of pressure off his ankles made a huge difference.

My lower back is a mess with arthritis, but losing 35 lbs. has really helped and I'm doing much better with less weight.

ikiv on 08/25/2010:
Thanks for the encouragement! Don't let small deviations from your plan, make you feel bad; just accept and continue.

Maria7 on 08/25/2010:
We all go off our eating plan from time to time. That's just the way it is... :-) You got a good workout in!

moogy on 08/25/2010:
Ouch! that's a nasty suprise. Although I was glad it was an accident and not a theif. I love the planning and the menu, that breakfast looks familiar to me - delicious way to start the day.

just42day on 08/26/2010:
Great job w/exercise and food. Good for you. I hope insurance will come through w/$ for the door. There's always something, isn't there?

Liza36 - Tuesday Aug 24, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 221.2

Day 3 of 30 move more plan - did 30 minutes on the treadmill, 25 sit ups.

Plan for today:

breakfast - oatmeal, hot chocolate

lunch - broccoli soup, toasted light english muffin, 1 slice FF cheese, carrot salad

snack - almonds, carrot/celery sticks

dinner - omlet with sauteed mushrooms, spinach, little cheese, homemade applesauce

snack - weight watcher mint chocolate bar

I have a busy day at work (doing budgets, which I hate), and have some appointments tonight.  I won't get home until about 9 pm, but I still plan to get in a few minutes on the treadmill.

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 89.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/24/2010:
Great job with the exercise!

KathyBlue on 08/24/2010:
humm, dinner sounds delicious! :)

V on 08/24/2010:
Way to go Liza!!!

geevee on 08/24/2010:
I LIKE your food choices! Carrots and celery are SO good for snacking!

About stuffed green peppers -

I fry the lean beef and carefully drain as much of the fat as possible. I mix the beef w/an equal amount of brown or other whole grain rice, not white. I add chopped red and/or green peppers, onions, spices and an egg to help hold it together. I cook the peppers in my toaster oven for about 45min. at 375. Then top each half pepper w/1/2 to 1oz cheese, depends on their size. That's it! So good.

Maria7 on 08/24/2010:
How is the weather up there in northern Virginia? Are y'all having cooler weather yet?

Good on the 30 mins treadmill and 25 situps! :-)

tangalyn on 08/24/2010:
meatless monday is actually kinda exciting, im liking them so far :) thanks for ur message, have a great day!

moogy on 08/24/2010:
Nice menu Liza, I hope you had a good day and are enjoying your life. I was inspired to look for a recipe for carrot salad from your menu the other day, now I have one ready for when warmer weather arrives - that was a nice reminder. Thanks

Liza36 - Monday Aug 23, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 221.2

My brain is not with it today.  Once again, I had my entry written, and hit "cancel" instead of submit.  Ugh!

I was on vacation last week..ahhh, so relaxing.  I was a little too relaxed with my eating, because I gained 3 pounds.  I'm not getting too upset about it, because I knew that would happen, and I did it to myself.  I do need to get serious, however, because I can't keep letting my weight go up and up. 

A new goal for the next 30 days is to move every day.  I'm focusing on establishing the habit of exercise, and will not be disappointed in myself for doing as little as 20-25 minutes a day.  Intensity and time will come (I'm hoping!), but with my back situation, I need to just move as much as I can, and at the moment that's 20-25 minutes on the treadmill, at a low speed of up to 2.5.  Saturday and Sunday were a success (by this new, slower, lower requirement I have of myself), with 25 minutes on the treadmill, and 25 sit ups.

I did some cooking, chopping, etc. for the week.  I know that planning is key for me, so I can have some quick grab and go meals for work, and dinner too.  No more grab and go fast food!


breakfast:  fiber one muffin, hot chocolate

lunch: homemade broccoli soup, carrot salad (has pineapple and raisins too)

snack: high fiber crackers, laughing cow cheese, celery sticks

dinner: spaghetti, green salad

Have a great day, friends.

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 89.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/23/2010:
That carrot salad sounds good. I hope you have a great week!

V on 08/23/2010:
I am sure the vacation weight will come right off before you know it :) Your menu today sounds delish!!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/23/2010:
I like your new goal. I think making yourself exercise a little bit every day will turn it into a habit that you won't be able to live with out. Your set time limit is perfect for your current health situation (bad back)too. Hopefully, the exercise will help strengthen your back and improve your endurance down the road. :)

Foods sound great. Enjoy!!

legcramps on 08/23/2010:
Good for you!

biscottibody59 on 08/23/2010:
Good exercise plan--I hope the back cooperates with you! Here's to a good week!

RYC: If I did it (just the wt trng) and nothing else from beginning to end it's about 20 min. But since I include something aerobic in between every 2-3 exercises, and depending on how pressed for time I am, the total workout can take up to a couple hours at the most. That's if I'm really lollygagging:-)

Breakaway on 08/23/2010:
Hey there! Nice to see you still here :D Your doing great! Thanks for the comment last week. Am planning on getting back into the swing of things here :D

Liza36 - Friday Aug 13, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 221.2

I lost 1.2 pounds at my WW weigh in this morning.   I was pleasantly surprised.  As I mentioned, I have not been on the scale in 3 weeks, nor have I been very careful.  I really don't know what to attribute this loss to.  No exercise, too much pizza, eating out, my cereal binge...who knows, but I'll take it.

Today I am continuing the "not so careful" way of eating, although I shouldn't admit that, because I am going to a Nationals baseball game tonight, and fully expect to eat a hotdog or two. 

Tomorrow I have a BBQ to go to, and I think the only healthy thing there will be the watermelon that I bring.  I think small portions of everything else will have to do.  Then a wedding reception tomorrow night, and I want to say I will resist the wedding cake, but I don't know if I can do that realistically. 

Do you all see why I weighed in one day early?  Between the ball game tonight and tomorrow's activities, it spells borderline disaster for eating well.

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 89.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/13/2010:
congrats on the loss.. have fun at all ur upcoming events :)

KathyBlue on 08/13/2010:
hotdog is not that dangerous, hehehe... Have fun! :)

Maria7 on 08/13/2010:
Congratulations to you on being down 1.2! :-D Happy for you!

cleaneating on 08/13/2010:
Woohoo on the weight loss! I hope you enjoy your busy weekend :)

moogy on 08/13/2010:
I am so happy that you had a loss. I hope it gives you incentive to stick to the program.

Umpqua on 08/14/2010:
Congrats on the loss, that's great news!

Moody3 on 08/14/2010:
Congrats on the loss Liza!!! Wonderful!!!

hollybelle on 08/14/2010:

V on 08/14/2010:
Good job on your loss Liza! keep it up :)

biscottibody59 on 08/15/2010:
There's also a website for "Overcoming Overeating" in case you want to just get a preview of the book:-)

moogy on 08/18/2010:
Hope you are doing OK. I miss your posts.

Liza36 - Thursday Aug 12, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 222.4

I did fine with my eating plan yesterday, until...the nighttime monster reared it's ugly head.  I had such a craving for cereal (cherrios), milk, and peanut butter.  These are foods that I do not keep in the house because I would eat cereal for 3 meals and snacks every day if I could.  Some of it is convenience (no cooking!), some of it is comfort, I think.  I actually got dressed (I was in PJs at the time), went to the store, and bought the cherrios, milk, PB and bread.  Now who does that?  I subsequently ate 2 bowls of cereal, and had 2 pieces of bread with PB.

Cereal might seem like an interesting trigger food.  I have recently connected it to why I don't keep it in the house or buy it.  I was never a breakfast girl growing up.  Never really ate cereal - it was something I could take it or leave it.  When I got married (at the young age of 19), my husband LOVED cereal - that was his snack of choice, plus ate it for breakfast every day.  We had several kinds of cereal in the house at once.  As a new bride, I ate every time he ate, and would eat cereal.  I gained weight of course, but loved just spending time doing whatever with him.  My husband died tragically from a car accident 5 years into our marriage.  We were in our early 20's.  Being alone after that I would never cook, and cereal was the easiest thing available.  I think it also was a comforting thing to eat, connecting it to something he loved and ate all the time, and something we would do.  Does that make sense?  Our triggers are rarely about the food.  I'm also reading Geneen Roth's book "Women God and Love" (not sure if that's the right order of the tile - something like that).  I'm gaining new insights, and ones I've known but need to be reminded of.

I'm weighing in at WW tomorrow, one day early from my usual day.  I have not been on a scale in 3 weeks.  I'm expecting no change in weight.  At least I hope there is no gain.  I've got to keep the cereal eating under control!

Progress as of today: 0.4 lbs lost so far, only 90.4 lbs to go!

don'tstoptrying on 08/12/2010:
You definately sound like you understand why the cereal is a trigger, honestly I think it would be for anyone given the reason you go to it. You must have been also really needing comfort last night to actually change out of your pjs to go and buy it. I'm glad to hear you are weighing in tomorrow, if you can be sure and stay for the meeting too. I hope you have great day. I tried to read the book by Geneen Roth but it kinda gave me the hebi jebi's lol.

Maria7 on 08/12/2010:
You wrote: 'Our triggers are rarely about the food.' How true. If you look at my entry yesterday of my last nite's binge, you will see that I gave in to comfort eating last nite as well. But today is a new day! Hope you have a real nice day. :-)

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2010:
Of about the dozen times I've suggested the book "Overcoming Overeating" only one person on here has taken me up on it. Nevertheless, I think you'd get something out of it. (I can't remember if I've ever suggested it to you.) To me, though this may sound (to you) like a failure--the getting dressed and going to the store--look what insight you gained. I think that's a big deal! And you can get to the point where you keep these foods in the house and you eat them (as much or as little as you want) in a non-compulsive way. (That's one thing the book I mentioned helped me with.)

BTW, we've all felt the urge and then eaten compulsively, you just happened to be in your pajamas when the urge hit.

Great entry!

RYC: About the CPAP, once I got used to the idea--took about 10 days for me--it hasn't been a big deal, but my prescribed pressure (the amount needed to bring my apneas down to nearly nothing) is fairly low.

Many people give up even though it will prolong their life, eliminate or diminish hypertension, protect their brain and heart from damage, eliminate or diminish arrhythmias (that was my big issue), and stop their snoring.

It also turns out that nighttime urination (nocturia) is actually caused by sleep apnea in a majority of people (men and women) studied. The sleep apnea triggers a chemical to signal the body that we need to pee and we may not know that we just stopped breathing in our sleep, but we most certainly know that we need to get to the bathroom!

I know that sounds far-fetched, but there are several recent studies documenting it. This is in addition to feeling rested during the day and eliminating headaches for some. For some wt loss becomes easier, but the one or two studies I've seen that addressed it specifically, it didn't sound like the be-all for it.

Umpqua on 08/12/2010:
Thank you for sharing that with us, and you have certainly identified some big triggers. I hope you have a good day today!

Selina on 08/13/2010:
Hi Lisa, I'm moving to Fairfax County, VA! I bet we are going to be in the same county...

Can't wait to have a DD get together with you!

Liza36 - Wednesday Aug 11, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 222.4

I just wrote an entry, and then hit "cancel" instead of submit.  So here I go again!  I got to bed early yesterday, which was good, but still feel tired today.  Not sure why, but I have a headache as well.  I'll just keep plugging along today.

Yesterday I stayed within my WW points, which hasn't happened in a long time, so I was happy about that.  Today's plan is:

breakfast: fiber one muffin (banana nut), hot chocolate

lunch: lean cuisine panini, peach

snack: banana

dinner: black beans and cheese in a tortilla heated through, green salad with italian dressing.

snack if needed: almonds in 100 calorie pack

I will curb nighttime eating by drinking tons of water.  Have a great day friends!

Progress as of today: 0.4 lbs lost so far, only 90.4 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 08/11/2010:
I like the name of WW because it promises something long-term, a healthier life.. but I don't know the concept.

hollybelle on 08/11/2010:
Checking In. Have a good one!

Umpqua on 08/11/2010:
Your plan sounds great, hope you have a good day!

loveray on 08/11/2010:
hope you have a wonderful day! congrats on staying within your points!! i know that is no easy task:)

sweetpea1977 on 08/11/2010:
Good girl on staying inside your point allowance!! Keep it up!

Menu looks great, especially dinner! Enjoy!

legcramps on 08/11/2010:
I hate it when that happens LOL! Have a great day today!

Maria7 on 08/11/2010:
Hoping you are having a nice day. As for the entry having to be resubmitted, sometimes using the back button will get it back again. :-)

moogy on 08/11/2010:
Oh well done, staying within the points i a great goal to have, planning is essential and committment is not far behind. I am proud of you. Keep going.

V on 08/11/2010:
Job well done! i hope you have a good evening :)

Liza36 - Tuesday Aug 10, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 222.4

I realized a long time ago that sleep is pretty important in weight loss efforts, and today I'm feeling pretty tired - did not sleep well last night.  Tonight I will try to go to bed early (very hard to do!) and may even take tylenol PM to help.  I rarely take that kind of stuff, but when I've had trouble sleeping for many nights/weeks in a row, I do take it.

I think because of the lack of sleep, I feel hungrier today.  Still a ways before lunch, and I've already had a banana, fiber one muffin, hot chocolate, and diet coke.  My liquid choices are not so good.  I don't know what happened to me and my water intake.  I have been a huge water drinker in the past, like 100 oz a day, but it's slipped in favor of diet coke.  I only drink 2 cans of coke a day, but it's definitely interfering with the choice of water.  I'm off to drink water as we speak!

I'm feeling a slight desire to exercise.  Notice I say "slight."  It's never been a strong pull to get on that treadmill, and arriving home after work is the hardest time to make myself exercise.  The need to eat as soon as I get home overrules any exercise time.  Today I'm going to just go with it.  I really appreciated Maria telling me that she initially did 5 minutes- that's it - and worked herself up to where she is today.  I think if I can adjust my expectations I might be more successful.  Like doing 60 minutes, high intensity, sweating profusely - it's just not going to happen, I can't physically do that like I used to.  But that's what I think about when exercise enters my mind.  Anything is better than nothing.  And one of these days I'll quit talking about it, and actually do it! 

Progress as of today: 0.4 lbs lost so far, only 90.4 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/10/2010:
i know what u mean, its hard for me to make myself exercise too, and it really bothers me that i cant do as much as i want, for as long as id want, i guess if we keep at it, we will eventually be able to handle a lot more tho.... i hope u can get some good sleep tonight, have a great day :)

legcramps on 08/10/2010:
I'm trying to manage the amount of sleep i'm getting right now too. I've been having problems falling asleep, and have been waking up in the middle of the night. You're right - it's so hard to lose weight when you haven't gotten the right amount of sleep. Good luck today and be sure to get lots of rest tonight!

crazy_fatty on 08/10/2010:
im happy for your sleep

biscottibody59 on 08/10/2010:
Hey there! Thanks for your comments--I shall list my food occasionally just for you and I guess one or two others who seemed to get a charge out of it!

If you don't need the tylenol portion of the medication, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is available alone. (Just in case you didn't know that already:-) I've taken Unisom before--a generic version--it contains something other than Benadryl.

Remember the DASH diet? I have actually been thinking about it again.

Have a good afternoon--and good sleeping!

just42day on 08/10/2010:
Hope you can get some more good sleep. That's been a challenge for me as well. Maybe it's the moon again?

cleaneating on 08/10/2010:
I agree that 5 minutes exercise here and there throughout the day all builds up,and you would be amazed how quickly our bodies build stamina.I also think another key to exercise is find some thing you enjoy and find fun,I mean dancing around the kitchen to the radio for 5mins that exercise. Working out does not have to be that hard pumping cardio.

ps,I used to not like dark chocolate but my taste buds seem to be changing as I find the 70% chocolate a little too sweet now.

I hope you can catch up on your sleep.

V on 08/10/2010:
It is so hard especially after a long hard day at work to get motivated to workout! Sometimes i set the alarm 1 1/2 hrs early so I can get a workout in before I head out. I have most the equipment at home that the gym does and it doesn't make it any easier to get motivated ....LOL Have a good one!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/10/2010:
Yes maintaing is good... I was especially nervous because I ate some carbs and I hadn't had any all week so I was nervous that they would affect my weight loss in the opposite direction but they didn't... I also was glad to be able to get in almost a 3 mile walk with my parents.. everything about it was nice!

I think your idea about working up on time with the work out is the best idea... no need to push your self...every little bit counts

moogy on 08/10/2010:
I hope that you mood improved during the day and that you were able to feel more positive. I hope you had a good day.

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