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Liza36 - Monday Nov 01, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 208.8

Hello everyone - November 1st is the magic date that I was hanging in for - my big annual meeting that I've been working extremely long hours for is now over!  I can hopefully resume normal life, which includes planning meals and continuing my exercise.

Last week I was in New York, working 12-14 hour days, and coming back to the hotel exhausted.  I came home over the weekend, and at least had yesterday to rest and recoup.  However, it usually takes me a full week to recover, since I still go to work, but try to catch up on sleep.  I'm tired, but otherwise feel pretty good.

During the crazy few months leading up to this big event, I was so proud of myself for continuing to exercise daily, as is my current challenge.  During the meeting, I wasn't sure how I was going to get in any exercise time because of the intense schedule.  I left at 6 AM last Tuesday, and so I got up at 4 AM to exercise before getting ready.  It was my birthday Tuesday, and I figured that was my gift to myself - the gift of health.  Then Wednesday I walked briskly in the evening, in 15 minute increments, but I counted that as exercise.  Better than taking a taxi, I rationalized.  Thursday I discovered that the hotel had free on-demand exercise videos, and so I did one of those.  Friday was my brutal day - 6 am till 11 pm, and virtually no time for exercise.  This was the first day of no exercise since August 21st!  Saturday I did not exercise, but then yesterday did an hour on the treadmill, since I was now home.  So there are 2 days that broke my streak since August.  I have to remind myself not to mentally beat myself up about it, I did the best I could, and honestly, 2 days in the whole scheme of a lifetime is not going to affect me greatly.  I just have the "all or nothing" mentality that does not serve me well sometimes.

I returned to Weight Watchers on Saturday, and registered a 2.4 pound loss.  I did not weigh in the week before, and had a gain the week before that, so I was pretty happy with the loss.  This is pretty historic for me to come home from this meeting, which happens every year, and not gain 3 pounds in a week.  I'm so grateful that I went into this crazy busy time with a determined plan to eat better (although didn't always) and exercise however little I could get in.  I have felt better physically because of it.  Sure, my back hurts, but it hurts all the time.  But I was able to walk all over the convention center and hotel without feeling like I was going to collapse because of my back pain.  I see all of this as a big victory, and it's spuring me on to continue.

I must say, too, that your encouragement has helped tremendously, and I thank you for it!  You guys are the best!!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 76.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/01/2010:
Yay! Congratulations on your weightloss during such a hectic and stressful time. I am so proud of you for only missing two days of exercise since August 21. That is incredible!!

Im so glad that your big meeting is over with. Now you can devote even more time to yourself!! :)

hollybelle on 11/01/2010:
Awesome - new day - new loss and better time of year for you! How you worked out in your hotel room was amazing! What a wonderful thing. Keep posting.

Umpqua on 11/01/2010:
Good to see you back here and congrats on the loss! I'm so glad your meeting is over and you can resume a normal pace of life. What a relief that must be!

V on 11/01/2010:
Congrats for your loss :) Also for surviving such a hectic time at work! We are happy to have you back Liza :)

just42day on 11/02/2010:
You're doing great! Good for you! :)

legcramps on 11/02/2010:
Awesome! So happy for you!

Liza36 - Wednesday Oct 13, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

60 whole minutes on the treadmill last night at a relatively fast speed (for me, anyway).  I felt awesome with the accomplishment, even though my eating had not been stellar.  I also learned that my sister, who lives in California, just started Weight Watchers, and so I hope to share tons of tips and recipes with her.  She has far less to lose than me, but she is unhappy with her weight..  She is in the process of moving, which is a huge undertaking, and staying on track during a stressful time is difficult.  I sure can attest to that!  But you know, stress is a part of every day life, and we have to learn how to deal with a healthier lifestyle in the midst of real life, stress and all.  I'm speaking especially to myself right now! 

Off to work I go...I'll check in with you all later.

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

selina on 10/13/2010:
I hear you, Liza... Have a great day!

KathyBlue on 10/13/2010:
wow, 60 whole minutes!!! You're doing great!!! :) I believe your sister will keep you as an inspiration, a good example... that's a very important accomplishment! :)

sweetpea1977 on 10/13/2010:
60 minutes!?! Thats incredible!

How great you will have your sister join you on this journey. My sister wants to do the same, but cant seem to stay committed. All I can do is wait for her to be ready. No need to force someone to do something when they aren't ready for it!

sweetpea1977 on 10/13/2010:
60 minutes!?! Thats incredible!

How great you will have your sister join you on this journey. My sister wants to do the same, but cant seem to stay committed. All I can do is wait for her to be ready. No need to force someone to do something when they aren't ready for it!

getmebackto150 on 10/13/2010:
60 minutes is amazing! Have a great day!!!!!

chidogs on 10/13/2010:
Wow 60 minutes. That is something for me to shoot for. Good for you.

legcramps on 10/13/2010:
Great job with the exercise! You go girl!

just42day on 10/13/2010:
thanks so very much for your sweet comments! I really appreciate them. I'm so excited for you that you'll have a partner in crime for this! It's always great to get support from as many as you can so now you'll have your sister in addition to all of us! Maybe the two of you can capitalize on sibling rivalry? :)

selina on 10/13/2010:
I'd LOVE to see photos of Murphy and Lexy!

V on 10/13/2010:
Congrats on the 60 minutes and finding another supporter/fellow dieter :) great job Liza!!!!

biscottibody59 on 10/13/2010:
Good job with your treadmill time--I'm sure your confidence is building with each day--at least I hope so! The push of work will be over before you know it and you'll wonder what to do with yourself--eh, probably not--you'll rest and then figure it out!

Take good care of yourself in the meantime:-)

sweetpea1977 on 10/26/2010:
Hey Liza,

I hope all is well. Miss you!

Liza36 - Tuesday Oct 12, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

I haven't quite gotten back on track yet.  I'm just so tired, burnt out with work, to think straight.  I realize I hold the power to make good, healthy choices, but I'm telling you, it's extremely difficult right about now.  I knew this would happen, just knowing a few months ago what my work schedule was going to be like.  But there have been other things to complicate just working late, so added all together, it's completely overwhelming.  Just 20 more days until my huge annual meeting is over, and hopefully life will be better.

Did 15 minutes on the treadmill last night.  I'm going to shoot for 30 minutes tonight.  My back is killing me today, which it's been bothering me more since the weekend, so I hope to have the energy and drive later to hop on the treadmill.



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

loveray on 10/12/2010:
take some time just for you to sit, think, breathe and chill. even five minutes might help you get to a better place where you can just make some basic great decisions for yourself:) xoox

sweetpea1977 on 10/12/2010:
Thanks for the update. I know that this time of year is always stressful so always be sure to squeeze some time in for yourself each day. Like loveray said, even five minutes can make a world of difference!!

Hang in there!

Maria7 on 10/12/2010:
Get some rest and take care of yourself. It's hard to get back on track and stay on track when you get off track, so just keep trying and you will! :-)

Umpqua on 10/12/2010:
You are on track - the treadmill is your track and you're sticking with it! ;) If that's all you can manage right now, then so be it. Once your schedule winds down you'll be able to incorporate other changes and better choices again. Don't lose faith in yourself, you're doing a great job under exceedingly difficult circumstances!

KathyBlue on 10/12/2010:
i realized i wasn't concentrated at work because nowadays I don't do what I'd like to... I do stupid tasks now and it makes me want to go to the kitchen and talk to the colleagues instead of working... so any excuse, like a piece of fruit, an extra coffee, etc. is a good excuse to leave my desk for minutes... grrr i hate when it happens, but as you say, life has its periods...

just42day on 10/12/2010:
Great job sneaking in 15 minutes on the treadmill! It's so hard to do everything the best you can when there's so much stress so I really admire you for getting on the treadmill. Hope you're able to steal away a little time for yourself each day. Do the best you can; things will get better. I'm cheering for you! :)

moogy on 10/12/2010:
Just do the minimum you need to do so your back get a little stretch but no pressure. I am on my last day of my challenge today, I can't thank you enought for the example you were to me, I have learned so much about myself. It has been really good for me. Thanks:)

V on 10/12/2010:
You know what has been truly a godsend to me?? When I start cooking for the entire week...it seems a bit tedious at first but now i have it down to a science...I made turkey burgers, 6 chicken breast and some ribs today and while they were cooking i was able to get my chores done...I even chop my celery and cucumbers too...I am sorry you are so stressed :( i hope this might be of a little help to you..Every little bit counts you know :)

moogy on 10/12/2010:
I think the quote was taken from a talk he gave that was printed in the Ensign magazine. I wrote it down years ago and it just reminds me to think and act 'higher'.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/12/2010:
as for the souffle, first i cooked the oatmeal till it was a smooth consistancy, a little watery actually still. then, i added 1/2 cup of the eggwhites and cinnamon on top...oh, and the peanut butter (added before i soaked the oatmeal in eggwhite liquid. then, i microwaved for like 3 minutes? maybe it was two minutes. somewhere around there...

i am a person who LIKES bland foods. it was a little bland, the souffle. i did add cinnamon on top. and i ate it with a plain greek yogurt. MORE plain.you can also drizzle sugar free syrup, or real syrup - but that's high in cals. also, you can use sugar free jelly on it.

i do admit, it's a little bland, but it is VERY, VERY, VERY filling.

moogy on 10/12/2010:
I meant to say that I only cook for myself, I consider it to be a special way of looking after myself. I love cooking and have found lots of recipes that I can freeze or cook one portion. I rarely buy anything prepared, with the exception of sushi, I can buy better than I can make. Mine isn't bad, it just isn't as good and when I am dieting I will only except good. I hope that you have a good Wednesday Liza.:)

justine on 10/12/2010:
it is so hard to keep on track when work is taking over your life, but what i've learned is that when i take the time to do things for me when work is crazy, i actually work better and feel better about myself. don't worry, it'll all work out and just a day at a time!

Liza36 - Monday Oct 11, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

I had a crazy busy weekend, and one that included tons of annoying situations.  Won't go in to the detail, but I totally need to de-stress.

On Saturday to help with the de-stressing, I booked a massage with my favorite massage therapy guy.  It's been a while since I last went.  He was trying to work out the major knots I have in my neck and shoulders and upper back.  My neck and shoulders are sore from that.  But it was heavenly!  I'm going to book another one for after my huge meeting that all this time is going to prepare for.  That will be the first week in November.  Can't wait!

After the relaxing massage, I still had to exercise for the day (it was 9 pm at this point), and so I pulled out an old yoga video.  It was 60 minutes of "Yoga for Weight Loss".  I'm not particularly flexible, and need to find the strap and block that they used in the video.  I modified as I could without them.  I was nice to change up my exercise.

Yesterday for exercise, I moved up to the 45 minute exercise DVD that I have.  I was sweating and thinking I was going to die, and my back was hurting, but I made it through.  I know that I won't always have 45-60 minutes a day, so I still have the treadmill and my other 30 minutes DVDs, but I must say, I was proud of myself for increasing the length of time.

This weekend I was looking back at a year ago at this time.  I was in physical therapy twice a week for 2 months for my back pain.  I could barely walk on the treadmill, in fact they told  me after the 2 months to start at 0 incline, 1.0 speed, for 1-5 minutes.  That's crazy slow, and I think it's non-existant exercise.  My heart rate wouldn't increase at all at that pace.  The physical therapy wasn't all that successful, but I at least learned a few exercises and poses to strengthen and stretch my back.  Now, you all know, that I still have back pain, and sometimes it's bad.  It was hurting me a lot this weekend.  But I can't let that stop me from doing what I want to do. 

I went to my weight watcher meeting on Saturday, but did not weigh in.  On my home scale, I was up 3 pounds, and that was not including the 2 extra pounds clothes would have added!  I couldn't face the official scale.  I know what I have to do to get back on track.  Confession - I didn't get back over the weekend with my eating (exercise, yes), so I will do it from now on.  I say this after a Starbucks run this morning of their pumpkin bread (so yummy) and hot chocolate.  I don't dare look at the calories of what I consumed.  But I am on plan as of now!

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

shawnee on 10/11/2010:
Today is a new day and awesome job on the exercise !!! Week ends are sooo hard to bad we couldn't skip a cpl of them!!

sweetpea1977 on 10/11/2010:
Im so glad you got a massage and plan on doing another one after all this hard work you are putting in at your job. You totally deserve it!!

Great work on the exercise. I am very impressed with how much you were able to squeeze in! :)

I made horible food choices this weekend and am feeling extra guilty about it. Lets make an extra effort to make better decision this week. Our bodies deserve the best fuel possible!

just42day on 10/11/2010:
You're doing great with your exercises! I'm sure you'll see and feel more good changes soon. :)

chidogs on 10/11/2010:
Well, we all fail now and then, but not for good. Brush off and get back on target. This time of year with all the goodies is particularly hard! (pumpkin bread, oh yum)

Umpqua on 10/11/2010:
I'm sure that massage was heavenly. You'll do better with eating this week - hope you have a good one!

Maria7 on 10/11/2010:
Wow...pumpkin bread and hot chocolate...who could resist that? Hope you are feeling better. :-)

moogy on 10/11/2010:
I am even more impressed with you now that I know you have back pain. Your massage sounds as if it was just what you needed. I hope that you have a good week of healthy eating to back up all that great exercise.:)

V on 10/11/2010:
girl i know you are going to feel like a million bucks after your massage so enjoy!

breakaway on 10/11/2010:
Good job being back on plan :)

Liza36 - Friday Oct 08, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

Do you all know about honeycrisp apples?  I had never tried them.  I'm partial to gala apples.  Some friends told me about them last week, and so I bought 2 of them to try.  They are gigantic apples!  I had the first one yesterday for lunch.  They are just as their name describes...sweet as honey, and very crispy.  A great combination.  I have the other one for lunch today, and will probably be going back to the store for more this weekend.

I had my first real big binge in a long time last night.  Not good!  I left work "on time" yesterday, rather than staying till 9-10 pm, and on the ridiculously long drive home, all I could think about was what I was going to eat for dinner.  Pizza crossed my mind, and I was thinking of what I had at home to make an english muffin pizza.  I had all the ingredients.  I have NO idea what came over me to dial my local awesome real pizzeria (not dominos!) and order a pizza and a salad.  Out of a medium pizza, I ate all but one slice, and a few bites of the salad.  It was consumed in front of the TV.  I felt completely disgusting all night.  Even this morning I still feel full and gross.  In hind sight, I think I just wanted to forget about all the stressful situations that happened yesterday, I didn't want to face the work I still had to do.  Incidently, after that I felt too horrible to even continue working from home, so more stress because I didn't accomplish what I wanted to.

Did I exercise after that, you all may ask?  I am so committed to my "exercise every day" challenge I have for myself.  So I did weights.  But I could not walk on the treadmill.  I just ate way too much!

I'm highly disappointed in myself.  I know this is going to greatly affect my weigh in tomorrow, and I was already showing a gain on my scale at home.  This morning I'm contemplating not even going to weight watchers tomorrow to weigh in, although I probably will and just face the number on the scale.

I feel I have great momentum going, and it's abruptly stopped, more like squashed, with one choice.  I need to get over it today, which is the advice I'd give any one of you, so I need to heed my own advice.

For lunch today I have the other honeycrisp apple and the salad I didn't eat last night.  Dinner will probably be vegetable soup or the like.  Not that it will make much of a difference, but I'm going to try to eat very light today to try to help my weigh in tomorrow.  Ugh!


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

tangalyn on 10/08/2010:
i make turkey burgers, using just42days recipe.. i love em, but usually have to leave out at least one ingredient, but its still all good 2 me :) it is in the forums if ur interested.. let me know if u cant find it

tangalyn on 10/08/2010:
yeah they r pretty easy and very yummy, i dont remember if the recipe says so or not, but u can make many at once and freeze then microwave so next time around is even easier :) enjoy the rest of ur day!

sweetpea1977 on 10/08/2010:
Those apples sound delicious!! I wonder if they exist here in Georgia? I hope so!

Local pizza always does me in. I can easily turn away the big chain stuff, especially Dominos and Pizza Hut.

Today is a new day, so use it wisely. The good news is that you'll probably feel full for most of the day, so your idea to eat light and clean is a good one. Plus, all that fiber that you plan on eating may help clean you out before tomorrow's weigh in! ;-)

sweetpea1977 on 10/08/2010:
PS. Justin and Ethan are just now starting to play together. E is 2.75 years old and J just turned 1 year old. They love imitating each others movements and sounds! Im sure this time next year they will be having a blast with each other. I definitely love that they have each other, especially since I have a feeling that Justin will be an only child and most everyone in the world thinks that this second child is going to be a girl! lol

chidogs on 10/08/2010:
Honeycrisp apples are my all time favorite! Crisp and juicy. Pity their season is fairly short. Don't be too hard on yourself. You got the binge out of your system, so now you can stay on track. Take care.

hollybelle on 10/08/2010:
Great momentum does not stop in one day! Deep breath, pick up the (imaginary) pieces and move on to success. It is so awesome that you did the weights! You have what it takes - not matter what has happened in the past, no matter what is going on today and no matter what tomorrow brings!

Umpqua on 10/08/2010:
The apples sound wonderful! Don't beat yourself up over the pizza, it happens. Sometimes you just have to kick back and have an indulgence. And you STILL exercised, points for that! Just carry on and try to eat healthy over the next few days. I'm facing some sort of eating temptation tonight and I'm not even sure what it will be. Agh! Hope you have a great weekend!

loveray on 10/08/2010:
honeycrisps are the BEST!! yumm. some times our body just cries out for extra calories after restricting for so long. im sorry you had that feeling of being out of control, because i certainly know what that can feel like. with today being so light, im sure you will feel better tomorrow!! have a wonderful weekend. xo

moogy on 10/08/2010:
It is interesting that our subconscious has so much to do with what we actually end up doing. Your logical mind had everything under control and then whammo your subconscious thinks that you needs comforting. Something more to be aware of. Today is a new day and I know exactly how you felt when you woke up. Why did I do that? I is totally incomprehensible isn't it? I am so pleased that you still did your exercise thought, you didn't let yourself down in that area. Just start a fresh day with new knowledge tucked away to prepare for next time - because there will be one!!:)

nita51 on 10/08/2010:
Honeycrisp Apples,,,,,ummmm! I've got to try that. Have a great weekend. xoxo

V on 10/09/2010:
Time to put this in your past and move forward! You have been doing so well and i know you can do this :) i am relieved to hear you no lnger have the super stalker in your life!!

Liza36 - Thursday Oct 07, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

My scale did not cooperate this morning with a number that I want to see.  I had a brief discussion with it, as I told Maria, but tried not to get too upset.  I figure as long as I'm trying to establish other good habits, like my exercise, then in the long run, I hope the weight and the scale follow suit.  Saturday is official weigh day, so I'll post an update then.

I know I need to start focusing more on the food part.  I know this stressful period is not helping matters, but I really need more self control, and try to limit the impulse due to stress.  Easier said than done.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel - by mid November I should be able to breathe!

I've noticed that on the treadmill I can start at a higher rate of speed than I could a month ago, and my back is generally feeling ok.  With the exception of last night I tried to go for 45 minutes, and in the end my back was killing me.  But I know at least I can do it.

For about a week now, I've had my 19 year old niece at work temping.  She's working in a different department, but has done a few things for me.  I love seeing her every day!  My brother's family lives about 30-40 minutes away from me, which isn't too bad, but they are just so busy (acutally so am I) and I don't see them on a regular basis.  My niece has been pretty sick and had to withdraw from college, but she is recouperating and will probably go back to school in January.  In the meantime, I love that she is feeling good enough to have her first real office experience, and I get to see her every day.  She'll continue to temp for the next 2-3 weeks.

Have a good day, friends.

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

sweetpea1977 on 10/07/2010:
Good work on the treadmill. I love that you are seeing improvement in both endurance and strength. Keep it up!

You've done great with foods before, so you know it can be done. It will just take lots of effort and dedication, but dont beat yourself up too much if you make bad decisions every now and then.

Thats great you've been able have your niece work for you. You are a great aunt!

tangalyn on 10/07/2010:
thx 4 ur comment today :) ur very encouraging, so seriously thanks! hope the scale starts bein nicer to u! have a great day :)

chidogs on 10/07/2010:
Rotten mean scale. Well, I know you will show it who's boss. Take care.

selina on 10/07/2010:
Liza, I admire you so much for doing all the exercise and minding your eating despite the busy hours of work you've been putting in! It's wonderful that you have your niece working at your office, enjoy her company!

You lucky lady, having the chance to live in Thailand! I was lucky enough to go there for vacation and will never forget the fabulous food and the daily massages - heaven! We are so lucky to have so many Thai restaurants in the neighborhood to choose from! Yesterday, I found a little Thai grocery store in Vienna which carries fresh lemon leaves for the Tom Yum soup and all kinds of curry pastes.

legcramps on 10/07/2010:
Nice work with the treadmill!

Umpqua on 10/07/2010:
Aw, that's so great that you get to work with your niece. You are doing great with the exercise, so the scale will move for you eventually. Don't stress it - you have enough other stresses on your plate! Hope you have an excellent day!

moogy on 10/07/2010:
I am glad that your back is letting you do what you want to do on the treadmill, that's great. Hopefully you will be able to do your 45 mins soon without any trouble at all. Have a great day Liza.

justine on 10/07/2010:
show that scale who is boss! take things a day at a time, and my mantra is don't let little set backs distract you from your long term goals!

V on 10/07/2010:
Hey girly I am so glad you had the chance to post today, i know how busy you are :) So no more stalker issues right? Have a good day and i hope to hear from you soon ;)

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!

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