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Puddles - Friday Mar 15, 2013
Weight: 251.8

Good morning

I am back on track water 8 glasses have to trying to up that.  My last glass was definitely forced intake.  My food is back on tract and the struggle is much better.  I feel my body is detoxing from all the stuff I put into it.

I also feel a little bit sluggish like Raven today.  It will definitely be a relax day for me.  I think it is because of the stress of this week - RE THE FOOD.  I have noticed that slipping back into my bad habits is easy but getting back on track is much harder every time I screw up.  I have to get it into my head that if I keep on doing this there will be a time where I will screw up and might not be able to recover from the slip.  Is it worth taking these chances.

We are getting snow again today.  I wonder when this Winter is going to end eventhough they say Spring will soon be here.  Spring might be coming in somewhere but certainly not here.  It has been a very long Winter.  I need to be able to get out of this house soon without having to think about the weather.

I hope you all have a great day.


Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/15/2013:
Our ground is still covered in snow but I'm hoping it will melt over the weekend. I am SO ready for spring and gardening season. Have a good one Fran!

graindart on 03/15/2013:
We've had an extremely mild Winter here in Montana. I think I've only had to shovel twice and even then they weren't bad.

Today is going to be a down day for me also. I'm feeling a little sore and worn out. Thought about skipping the gym last night and start the rest a day early, but forced myself to go anyway.

OhioRaven on 03/15/2013:
Hey, Puddy. I got a BIG water bottle I keep at my desk. When its done, I've had enough. Some days I can finish before I go home. Sometimes not. I struggle on the weekends though, cause its not in front of me. Hope you get some warmer weather and get out of the house soon. Take care, Puddy :v)

biscottibody59 on 03/15/2013:
You're very resilient and I can see that you're in this for the duration--keep up the good work!

hollybelle on 03/15/2013:
Yes, that is my cycle, isn't it - hard to get started and then a period where it feels good and then slipping back into the old habits. Then all over again. I wish I could just skip the slipping back part! I know it can be done. I don't understand why I don't do it, though.

lolla on 03/15/2013:
Yeah, it is up an down, up and down, isn't it? i am dizzy!!!...but more ups than downs and we are on the right track!!! Good job being aware of everything. That is the key.

lolla on 03/15/2013:
Yeah, it is up an down, up and down, isn't it? i am dizzy!!!...but more ups than downs and we are on the right track!!! Good job being aware of everything. That is the key.

grannyannie on 03/15/2013:
It's so very easy to backslide and so frustrating. Just keep getting back on track and reminding yourself what the benefits are when you get to your goal. Can be hard to stay motivated, but we just have to. Enjoy your weekend.

V on 03/15/2013:
Stay strong girl and stick to the meal plan unless your hunger is legit..Don't let this get to you, i know you can do this, you have been doing such a great job so don't dwell on the extras..Have a great weekend Fran :)

Puddles - Thursday Mar 14, 2013
Weight: 251.8

Good morning all

My water was 8 glasses would like to get it back up to 10.  My food was much better but still not totally back to normal. 

I struggled last evening.  My meal schedule is still off which gives me too much time in the evening after dinner.  That is what I have to work on today.  I was also watching TV and every commercial was about food.  I am sure a lot of you guys can relate to this.  I was also out of everything last night no fruit or yogurt or cottage cheese left in the house.  It was really hard and I tried going to sleep but my mind was working overtime.

Today I will go out and get fruit and yogurt and snack stuff that are really healthy and not overly high in cal. or crbs.  The most important thing is that I have to get back to my dinner at 7:00 pm that is the important thing for me.  It really cuts down the amount of time between dinner and bed time at 11:00 or so.   I am not looking forward to my weigh-in on Monday eventhough I still have quite a few days to go.  I know that the more I worry about it the worst it is.  I have to let it go.

Another day starts.  I will do my best today.  That promise I make to myself. 

Have a great day.



Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 03/14/2013:
oh yeah for sure, sometimes it seems like everything i see or hear is about food! gets so frustrating! hope today is a better one for ya :)

graindart on 03/14/2013:
After dinner used to be my favorite time to munch on snacks. I'd sit down in front of the tv for an hour with my wife and go throw a bag of chips, cookies, pretzels, or whatever. Now I'm on a diet and we don't have our tv hooked-up (doing some remodeling). We don't have the junk food in the house anymore so I'm not all that tempted. I still like to have some sort of snack after dinner, but usually keep it to something small like a cheese-stick, couple olives or something small.

grannyannie on 03/14/2013:
We all can relate to night-time snacking temptations!

We normally watch movies at night from Netflix, so no commercials. But occasionally my hubby, who likes to cook, will watch a cooking show and it drives me NUTS! I'm so glad he only cooks healthy, low-fat stuff.

supercheese on 03/14/2013:
hmmmm the night time eating. It sucks doesnt it? Im attempting to stop eating after dinner, no if ands or butts. Just keep myself entertained and walk away from the kitchen. Good luck!!

Umpqua on 03/14/2013:
Stocking up on healthy snacks should definitely help at night. We have dinner between 6:30 and 7 and that definitely helps me to feel fuller. Have a good one!

Puddles on 03/14/2013:
My routine is usually dinner at 7:00 also but on the weekend at my friends place we had dinner earlier so when I got back to my place I was hungry earlier and I am just now getting back to my own routine. It does not take much to get me off my routine. Thank you for your comments.

lolla on 03/14/2013:
Good job finding stategies to deal with all these challenges throughout the day, afternoon and night. it is not easy, I want to eat all afternoon after I get back from work. I know I want to reward myself since my job is so meaningless that I feel this huge void. Hard to realize everything that is going on and then take ACTION to change behavior. Thanks for sharing and it so helpful to share our stories here. May the force be with you!!!!

Puddles - Wednesday Mar 13, 2013
Weight: 251.8

Good morning all

Water good and food back on track - I so hate it when I disappoint myself like in the past few days.  I am grateful that that is in the past now.  Forward I go.

I have a busy day today.

I will update later - Have a great day.




Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 03/13/2013:
At least you keep posting even when you feel like you're not quite sticking to your plan. When I screw up I usually feel too ashamed / guilty and end up hiding which just leads to more failure. Back on track for today, good job in advance.

Puddles on 03/13/2013:
I need to post. I need to admit my failures because it only makes me stronger. I also need the support of people that will lift me instead of putting me down for not being perfect.

Umpqua on 03/13/2013:
Good work - onward and upward (or downward on the scale is an excellent philosophy. Have a good one!

supercheese on 03/13/2013:
Onward to better things :)

grannyannie on 03/13/2013:
Yes, go forward. We can't beat ourselves up over backsliding sometimes. Just keep going.

lolla on 03/13/2013:
Hey, just a bump on the road to a better life ahead! Keep your eyes on the prize and forgive yourself, after all we are all humans and we will make mistakes here and there. Have a great day. Good attitude.

V on 03/13/2013:
Good job on getting back on track! No looking back girl juts keep on keeping on, have a great evening :)

Puddles - Tuesday Mar 12, 2013
Weight: 251.8

Good morning all

My water was good but that is about all that was good yesterday.

I got into an ice cream container and it was good right to the end lol - Definitely today will be a better day.  Just dont know what it was with yesterday.  It had nothing to do with me being hungry it was just I wanted ice cream.  Crazy stuff.

Now that confession is done I feel better.  Just hate it when I do things like that.  Such insanity.

I will work at keeping myself on the right track today.  I will eat healthy.  I will feel much better with my healthy schedule.  I felt terrible physically and mentally yesterday after I had the ice cream.  All that sucre and the fat  I almost felt sick to my stomach after not having sucre for weeks it was not a pretty site.

I hope everybody has a great day. 




Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

supercheese on 03/12/2013:
hahah oh the old ice cream container....ah I know it well....Hey, we all have those days. Just start over. ALso, if you are ever in the mood for ice cream, you can freeze fruit - pop in blender, add some milk and some honey or peanut butter or some chocolate and BAM. Ice cream. :)

Tangalyn~ on 03/12/2013:
ah.. icecream is my biggest enemy in the food world for sure!! hope u have a great day!!

getmebackto150 on 03/12/2013:
Ice cream definitely sings a siren song... I cannot even keep it in the house... But at least now its out of your system! Have a good day!!

biscottibody59 on 03/12/2013:
Here's to a better day today--have a nice day!

Umpqua on 03/12/2013:
Ice cream is a huge temptation for me too. I hope you feel better today!

V on 03/12/2013:
Ouch. Stay strong girl!! Hope the rest of your day went well :)

Puddles - Monday Mar 11, 2013
Weight: 251.8

Good morning all

Water yesterday was 8 glasses and food was on track.

My weigh-in was this morning and I am down 1.2lbs.  I am happy with that.  I am looking forward to seeing 240something soon I hope. 

I start week 9 this week and this means I now go back to my scarsdale schedule and not the maintenance for two weeks.  I seem to enjoy more these weeks then the maintenance ones.  I enjoy being told what to eat. LOL this from somebody that does not like to be told what  to do  lol but in this case I do.

Today would have been my mother's birthday.  I always think of my parents on these special occasions.  I guess it is just natural to remember all these dates even if they are no longer around.  She was a great women and human being.  I do miss her. 

My plan for today is go out and do my groceries for the week.  We are getting rain for the next two days and that is good it will melt all the snow around.  It is also very mild 2 and 3 c.  At least will not be freezing my A... off and I do not have to clean off the snow on my car.

I hope you all have a great week and a great day.





Progress as of today: 28.2 lbs lost so far, only 61.8 lbs to go!

graindart on 03/11/2013:
Congratulations on the loss.

Umpqua on 03/11/2013:
Yay for a loss! I hope you have a fantastic day.

V on 03/11/2013:
Congrats on your loss Fran!! Awesome job :) Hope you have a wonderful day of fond memories of your Mother <3

supercheese on 03/11/2013:
yay for the losss!!!

getmebackto150 on 03/11/2013:
Yay for a loss! have a great day:)

Tangalyn~ on 03/11/2013:
big congrats on ur loss.. have a wonderful day!

lolla on 03/11/2013:
Bonjour mon ami!!! My french is very rusty but I love french.Moms are super special and I can imagine what a void they leaven when they go. Congrats on the loss, step by step we will all get there!!!

Puddles on 03/11/2013:
Salut mon amie. Bonne journee. Le soleil nous a surpris aujourd'hui avec quelques petits rayons. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 03/11/2013:
Excellent progress!

grannyannie on 03/11/2013:
Congrats on the loss! Have a good week.

Puddles - Sunday Mar 10, 2013
Weight: 253.0

Good morning all

I am back and I did real good.  I maintained my water intake and my food was real good - I am surprised.  I did have one Coors light and that was my extent of cheating.  Eventhough I am on my two weeks of maintenance I still kind of consider it cheating.  My friend cooked real healthy foods and I picked what I wanted.  He has enough leftovers for a few days. 

Tomorrow is weigh-in day.  Looking forward to see if any damage was caused but I am hopefull it has not because I dont feel as if I gained. 

Have a great day and it is good to be back.



Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/10/2013:
Well done!

biscottibody59 on 03/10/2013:
Good going--have a great afternoon/evening!

OhioRaven on 03/10/2013:
Glad to hear your friend is making healthy choices too. That has really got to help. Sounds like you'll do fine on weigh-in tomorrow. Have a good one, Puddy.

Puddles - Friday Mar 08, 2013
Weight: 253.0

Good morning all.

Water 9 glasses yesterday and food was good. 

Well again I am going away for the weekend to my friend's place.  I am really debating putting my weigh-in to Fridays instead of Mondays.  If my schedule keep on being away on Fridays like now it might be better.  Now that Spring is coming and I am more at his place then mine on weekends it might just make sense to have the weigh-in on Fridays.  I will have to ponder that a little bit more.  Keeping it on Monday might just keep me more careful as to what I eat during these weekends. 

I am quite pleased with how things are going I seem to have gone over the major craving problem (touch wood) LOL  My routine seems to fit my daily schedule - example at 1:00 pm I start drinking my water and get it over with 8  glasses and if I need to drink after that it is just a bonus.  Since I changed my hours for my meals it seems to have help the evening cravings.  Experimenting with different things and also with all your comments have brought me to a comfortable place of acceptance as to what I have to do to get to where I want to get.  I use to question why can't I eat anything I want - it is very simple that kind of doing got me to where I was - do I really want to go there again and then I think .  

OK enough of this - sorry to have been going on with my thoughts this morning.  I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you guys probably Sunday afternoon.  Take care and be kind to yourself.


Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 03/08/2013:
Good thoughts. Now, weigh-in on mondays.

Puddles on 03/08/2013:
Yes this monday will be a weigh-in.

grannyannie on 03/08/2013:
I allow a small evening snack which I eat before 8pm. Tried cutting out all evening snacking in the beginning, but realized it wouldn't work. Have a great weekend!

Puddles on 03/08/2013:
I now have my dinner at 7:30 pm and I always eat slow do not finish it before 8:15 or so. That helps me get to 10:00 and to bed without having cravings. That is what worked for me. We all have our tricks.

biscottibody59 on 03/08/2013:
What you're doing is working, good going! Enjoy your weekend!

Umpqua on 03/08/2013:
I hope you have a fantastic weekend away, keep up the excellent work!

V on 03/08/2013:
Hey Fran!! I am sure you are already at you bf's but just in case you are reading this, have a wonderful weekend, catch ya on Monday <3

Puddles - Thursday Mar 07, 2013
Weight: 253.0

Good Monring All

Water 12 glasses and Food on track.

As hungry as I was the day before yesterday I was not hungry.  I actually left some and probably will have enough left for my dinner tonight.  Now that is rare for me. 

I just wish I could have had a better night of sleep.  I know that I will probably go back and have a nap a little bit later on because I just did not get enough sleep.  I was just tossing and turning and that drives me crazy and I rather just get up then do that. 

We are getting more snow right now.  I was hoping that the snow would have started to melt for Easter but it does not seem to want to end this year. 

I hope you all have a great day.  Will post later if anything changes.  Take care and wish you all a wonderful day.


Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 03/07/2013:
Go back to bed, its 1:30min. Did you try the Grapefruit/green tea combo I talked about ? If not, give that a try. I swear it knocks me out everytime. Good luck.

Puddles on 03/07/2013:
No I did not try that but i will - got to get some green tea. I went to bed at 10:30 and woke up at 2:30 then tossed and turned - I got 4 hrs but I will go back for a few hours this morning probably around 7 or 8. Thanks for the remedy. Have a good day Raven.

biscottibody59 on 03/07/2013:
Good going in the food and water! I hope you get the rest you need--however you can!

FYI: Keep in mind that green tea (unless it's decaf) has caffeine.

Umpqua on 03/07/2013:
I know what you mean, I love to garden and some years I've had crocus popping up around this time. It will be several weeks before that happens. Have a good one!

grannyannie on 03/07/2013:
Hope you have a snow-free Easter. Doing well on your water and food. Have a great one!

Tangalyn~ on 03/07/2013:
i do horrible with water, some days are better than others.. i will try harder to make that a main focus.. thanks! and have a wonderful day!!

V on 03/07/2013:
Sorry that you didn't have a restful night of sleep :( I used to get up after bouts of insomnia in my coffee days but I find if I stay put in bed eventually i would fall back to sleep..Hope you had a wonderful day <3

Puddles - Wednesday Mar 06, 2013
Weight: 253.0

Good morning all

Water is 10 glasses yesterday and food was on track. 

I made my egg foo young and decided while I was stir frying my bean sprouts, onions and mushrooms and zuchini to add curry powder and wow that was really good. I used only one tbps of broth in pan to start it because the bean sprouts create liquid.  I used 3 eggs for the base and then at intervals put the mixture in layers. (500 cal 15gm fats and 32gm crbs)  It was really delicious but like chinese food a few hours later you are still hungry.  It was something I was really hungry for so that is done now.  I did manage to get through the rest of the evening with yogurt fat free and strawberries.  I don't know why that kind of food just digested so fast.  I always try to keep my fats to 25 gm a day or less and my crbs at 100 grm or less per day.   After a while it becomes routine.  I dont worry too much about the vegetable and fruit crbs. because they are healthy crbs but I still try to maintain the grand total under 100.

So much for my numbers which actually are only important to me and my little journey on this plan.  It is interesting to do the research for all these things.  A long time ago I stumbled upon a book at a yard sale on anything and everything we could possibly put into our mouth as food with the Cal fats sod. crbs  cholesterol fiber saturated fats infp.  It also contains 1,000 of brand-names, generic and fast food listings.  Over the years it has been of great help to me.  It is certainly showing the wear. lol It is called "Food Facts: the ultimate Guide to Food Counts" by the editors of consumer guide.  

So that is about all I have to share today.  I certainly hope you are all having a great day.


Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/06/2013:
Hope you are having a great day as well!

Supercheese on 03/06/2013:
egg foo young sounds really good!

lolla on 03/06/2013:
Thanks for reminding me of curry powder, it does brings variety to taste and that is important. This egg foo young so yummy.

grannyannie on 03/06/2013:
Good job! Stir fry sounds good.

Umpqua on 03/06/2013:
The egg foo young sounds awesome - broth and curry powder are a great combo. I hope you're having a good one!

V on 03/06/2013:
Hope you had a wonderful day as well Fran :)

Puddles - Tuesday Mar 05, 2013
Weight: 253.0

Good morning all

It is a wonderfully sunny day in the great white North of Canada.  

My water is right on 9 glasses and my food could not be more perfect and actually I left some in my plate - was not hungry anymore.  Now that is a first for me.

I am so enjoying my journey with you guys.  I feel lifted and encouraged to do the best i can. 

I need to do some errands again today.  I am changing the cupboards in my kitchen.  Only 3 more to install.  I ran out of screws.  I assembled them last week and now it is time for me to clean up the corner that I stacked them in.  I always ponder my work until I know exactly how I am going to get it done and now is the time to finish it off.  

I will be making myself egg foo young for dinner tonight - egg - bean sprouts - onions and I got a little jar of gravy which I will use the portion of 1/4 cup and then will freeze in ice cub tray like when I had my baby with his baby food.  I will be able to then put in baggy and take out a cub  when I need some.  Funny how our past experiences even the baby food days come in handy later on in life. lol lol 

Ok guys got to get my show on the road for the day.  Have a great day.



Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 03/05/2013:
Have a good one:)

thenewMLE on 03/05/2013:
Isn't it funny how something like changing cupboards can give you a renewed feeling? I would love to change my vanities in my bathroom but it is too complex for a DYI and the extra money just isn't there right now. I'm glad you joined us for your journey. It makes it easier to talk to someone who REALLY understands your struggle with water or food issues and can give you encouragement because they have BEEN THERE at some point themselves! Your egg foo young sounds great! I haven't had bean sprouts in a long time. I used to like them on a chicken salad made with apple and pecans. I guess I will need to pull that out again! Have a great day!

Puddles on 03/05/2013:
I like my vegetable but bean sprouts for me have to be cooked. I am looking forward to this meal - have not done it in a long while. DIY project are the best. I love my power tools lol lol I would be a great match for the tool man.

Umpqua on 03/05/2013:
I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying posting here. I love this community and it has been my rock through many years of health and weight ups and downs. Hope you have a good one!

Puddles on 03/05/2013:
It is such a welcoming site and you all make us feel good right away. Acceptance is very important.

grannyannie on 03/05/2013:
Glad you're feeling supported in DD. I lost the rest of my weight after I joined about 1 1/2 years ago.

V on 03/05/2013:
Yayy on another good day of healthy eats and agua :) Have a good evening!

biscottibody59 on 03/06/2013:
Sounds like you're enjoying the cabinet work--woo-hoo!

RYC: It's always good to hear about 90 y/o people living independently to the end.

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