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Umpqua - Tuesday Jan 27, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

So the great blizzard of 2015 has proven to be a dud for my area of the state. We've gotten maybe 4 inches on top of our snow from the weekend and they've scaled down accumulations for today. So, just enough snow to make things pretty but not enough to do damage, which is great. I know other areas have gotten a lot more snow so we are very fortunate. 

The big news yesterday was my younger son (6) lost his first tooth at school! We knew it was very loose but he wouldn't wiggle it or let us wiggle it. The school nurse gave him a special little treasure chest for it, he was so excited :)

I'm kind of annoyed because between the weather forecasters and the people on Facebook, my MIL was panicked and crying with worry yesterday. She lives alone (in a more populated are than where I am 10 minutes away with my SIL and good friends equally close) and people had her convinced this was going to be a catastrophe and she'd be stuck in her house and unsafe. So of course we invited her to come here before the roads got too bad, but she was equally scared her pipes would freeze if she left the house alone. She ended up coming, along with her cat and dog (yeah, we have a full house), and now she's wishing she had stayed home. She has stayed at our house many times so that's not even a question, I'm just extremely annoyed at the fear mongering because it made her very upset and caused a lot of unnecessary stress. Not for anything, but we are all mostly lifelong New Englanders and snow happens here in the winter and we have the infrastructure in place to deal with it. Sorry for the rant :)

Anyway, yesterday was good at about 1,700 calories, which I needed. I got in a heavy duty workout with my friend in the morning so it was a great way to start off the week. And no extra snacking or anything else despite all the craziness so I consider that a success! Today my husband and I will be trying to do our jobs with a full house (or should I say he's locked away working since he's got the important job!) I'm going to do some cooking and baking, playing with the boys in the snow, and of course snow removal. MIL may be here tonight as well but I'm going to stay on plan and all will be well.

Yesterday

B - Larbar pre workout
2nd B - 2 boiled eggs post workout
L - 1.5 leftover spicy stuffed peppers
S - protein square, mandarin
D - ground lamb burger on 1/2 lavash wrap with tzatziki sauce, broccoli, baked potato (also topped with tzatziki - love that stuff)
S - wine

 

 

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 01/27/2015:
We got between 8-12 inches & it looks like the snow has stopped. yes I agree with all of the dire predictions. I hauled in a bunch of wood, filled up various pans with water, etc. Very convinced that we would be out of power and stranded for days!! Hope to leave for FL tomorrow as planned. What is tzatziki?? I'm going to goggle it.


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Umpqua - Monday Jan 26, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

I did reasonably well over the weekend so I feel like I'm starting the week off right. Friday was the high calorie day at about 1,900 - not bad for a dinner out (a salad, pasta with a vegetable cognac sauce and a margarita). Saturday and Sunday were around 1,500 calories each with all healthy eats and snacks. My only exercise was snow blowing and shoveling on Saturday - we got about 4 inches. Not too terrible but enough to make the roads sloppy so we made the right call in postponing our trip.

Today we await a blizzard and my area could get 2 to 3 feet of snow :P My boys already have an early dismissal since snow is expected to start later this morning. After I bring them to school I'm going directly to my friend's house to workout, so at least I'll get that done! Then I have to try to cram in my work before the little distractors arrive home since they'll be here tomorrow and who knows what will happen on Wednesday if the roads are still a mess.

I stocked up on a few necessities at the grocery store yesterday so we are well prepared for the storm with healthy food, gas for our snowblower and generator in case we lose power and firewood. Let it snow! I hope everyone has a great week and those in the NE stay safe and warm.  

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 01/26/2015:
Nice that you got advance warning to prepare for the storm. Hope you ride it out in comfort. We have yet to get much winter this year, but after last year, that's ok. I'm sure it still has time to get us! Stay safe and warm.


thinnside40 on 01/26/2015:
Watched the warnings on t.v. last night. Hope everyone is as smart as you to heed the potential and be prepared. Keep safe!


puddles on 01/26/2015:
Always good to start a new week on the right track. Good luck with the storm certainly hope it will not be too bad in your area if it is take care. Have a good day.


nenak on 01/26/2015:
Stay warm and safe x


thinkpositive on 01/26/2015:
Hope the storm comes & leaves quickly with no loss of power. Our generator decided it was not going to start.


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Umpqua - Friday Jan 23, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

I ended yesterday right around 1,500 calories. It was a good week for me overall but no scale movement. I'm OK with that, and I sense another loss will be coming soon. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on some of the positive changes I've noticed over the past couple of weeks: my jeans are fitting better, I feel stronger and more energetic, the arthritis pain in my knees and shoulders has decreased considerably, I look healthier overall.

My plan is to keep on doing what I've been doing and I know I'll eventually get the results I want. Only a few years ago, I would see massive drops on the scale, quickly, with this very same plan. But now that I'm 40-something <cough> my metabolism has slowed and things just don't happen as quickly. That's life :) 

Our weekend getaway is a bust since the entire area we're supposed to be traveling through is supposed to get snow and ice. We will hopefully be able to reschedule for some time next month. I am going out to dinner with friends tonight, which will be fun. We're going to an Italian place and I'm going to be very careful to keep things in check - no desserts, no heavy sauces, try to keep the carbs in check. I did check out the menu last night and I have some decent options. I hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/23/2015:
Don't worry about the scale definitely if you keep doing what you are doing the scale will move. Sorry to hear you had to cancel your weekend away. Enjoy your night out and I have a great day.


thinnside40 on 01/23/2015:
Keep doing the right stuff and it'll have no other choice but to show somewhere. Either in fit or number... Good job!


biscottibody59 on 01/24/2015:
Umpqua the icebreaker! (New superhero perhaps!)

Thanks for your kind comments on your Wed entry. You kind of blew me away mentioning me--nice boost--thanks! Back atcha girlie--there's always something to be learned. (Funny how we think we know it all in our teens:-)

All your sentiments are spot on. People coming and going seems to be the norm for DDs now, but having committed people here and now for the most part is definitely the key.

I'm glad you're back on and getting in the groove. Congrats on your progress!

Umpqua on 01/24/2015:
Haha, Biscotti, I like to think I call it like I see it. And with all the negativity in this world,, people need to be commended for reaching out to one another and going outside their comfort zones. It doesn't happen nearly often enough.

It's good to see you around, and I hope you'll get back to posting soon!


moogy on 01/24/2015:
Surprise! I came in to get Sweetpea's recipe for ribs and saw that there were still a few people I knew. I think I may get back into posting! So lovely to see old friends and read their posts, if a little stalkery:)

Umpqua on 01/24/2015:
Moogy! This is definitely a nice surprise and Sweetpea's ribs are the bomb! I sincerely hope you will join us here again. We have a wonderfully supportive group contributing right now, and the more active members we get, the better. I know you are dealing with some painful difficulties, so please reach out if there's anyway we can help.


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Umpqua - Thursday Jan 22, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

Yesterday was good at about 1,700 calories. I need them since I spent 90 minutes (in 2 shifts) breaking up and shoveling ice. The driveway is now completely de-iced, just in time for today's snow flurries and the storm we may get Saturday. I was supposed to go away with my husband this weekend and it looks like it will most likely get postponed because of the weather. This is the 2nd time we've had to change plans, we were originally supposed to do it for New Year's Eve and we were both sick. Fortunately the hotel has been great so far about letting us change the date.

The bright side of that is less food temptation since I have a dinner out tomorrow night with friends. 2 dinners out in a row (plus brunch if we go away) is going to be a challenge, so maybe this is for the best. Today will be a day of rest exercisewise since the de-icing was pretty intense :)

Yesterday eats:

B - egg, Quorn sausage and cheddar on 1 slice whole wheat

L - big bowl carrot soup

S - protein square

D - lemon chicken, baked french fries, roasted parmesan cauliflower

S - some goldfish

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/22/2015:
Sad to hear that you might be missing out once again of going away. Congrats on the hard work with the driveway. Have a great day.


getmebackto150 on 01/22/2015:
Perhaps for some extra activity you could drive a few hours over to albany and come break up the ice in my driveway???? Mine is unfortunately still an ice skating rink... Really hating on this weather! That stinks that your weekend getaway may get postponed again, but I know what you mean about sometimes less temptations being better... Have a great day!!

Umpqua on 01/22/2015:
LOL, it's a lousy job but it's great exercise!


thinnside40 on 01/22/2015:
Carrot soup? hmmmmm, sounds kinda good. Have a good day!

Umpqua on 01/22/2015:
It's yummy. I didn't make the tomatillo relish this time but the soup is good on its own, I've had this recipe for years: http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant/carrot-soup-with-tomatillo-relish


Maria7 on 01/22/2015:
That de-icing sounds like a lot of work! You sure got your exercise in!


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Umpqua - Wednesday Jan 21, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

I want to take a brief moment to depart from my usual boring entries. One of the main reasons I stopped posting on this site last year, as well as so many other times throughout my 14+ years of posting here, was the lack of camaraderie and community. It definitely comes and goes on this site, but when a core group of posters remains committed and also actively supports each other, the dynamic is so positive and wonderful.

That dynamic seems to be in full swing right now, as several members work through some pretty heavy issues and other members (some who aren't even actively posting, I'm talking about you Biscotti) step up to support them. I love that this place can be such a safe and positive haven where we can share our trials and troubles and offer advice and wisdom that comes from the heart and real-life, school of hard knocks experience. 

I know that this sense of community and collective knowledge is why I keep returning. This group has changed over the years and I think all of us old timers, and certainly myself, have educated ourselves about eating habits, the food industry, exercise and our approach to healthy living in general. This is a learning process and I want to come out and say that I don't have the answers. I thought I knew a lot of things 14 years ago and I know a lot more now. But I also know that everyone has to find their own path and the path to health and fitness is largely tied to personal fulfillment and well being. And having a supportive community like this is really critical to that last bit.

OK, back to regularly scheduled boring entry :) Yesterday was right on target and I finished around 1,500 calories. And I thought I was taking a break from exercising but I ended up spending a solid 45 minutes bent over breaking up the ice skating rink that was my driveway, which I count as exercise. I was careful about my posture and my core is feeling it today, but in a good way. I put out more ice melt this a.m. and I may have to go do it again this afternoon. This happens every year around this time and it's just part of living in our frozen little corner of New England.

Eats

B - oatbran muffin
L- salad topped with tuna, dried cranberies, pumpkin seeds and red wine vin
D - veggie tagine with Quorn over spaghetti squash (so good!)
S - nutty chocolate protein square, wine

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/21/2015:
Hey, Girl, I 'get' what you're saying and I couldn't agree with you more! :-D

Umpqua on 01/21/2015:
Thanks, Maria!


puddles on 01/21/2015:
Great post. Wishing you a good day.


getmebackto150 on 01/21/2015:
LOVE this post and totally agree!!!! Your eats also look particularly yummy and fulfilling today :)


thinnside40 on 01/21/2015:
I can remember when there were lots more people and remember their names... No matter who is come/gone/returned... DD is a place I've always felt safe and comfortable since 2009.... :)


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Umpqua - Tuesday Jan 20, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

Yesterday was a MUCH better day for me overall so I'm once again moving in a good direction. I got in a 30-minute Shakeology workout and food came in at just over 1,600 calories of clean eating. I'm pleased with that! We also got the basement cleaned up and mostly put back in order, although it's still damp and musty. Our dehumidifer is, of course, currently at one of our rental houses but I may have to go there later in the week for business so I can pick it up. It would definitely help with the smell.

Today is already busy with work and chores (what else is new?) I have a workout scheduled for Thursday and I will probably try to get one in tomorrow too. Goal is clean eating once again.

Yesterday's eats:
 

B - green smoothie

L - 1/2 lavash wrap filled with hummus, avocado and loads of raw veggies

S - nutty chocolate chunk protein square (I made a fresh batch of these yesterday for post workouts), clementine

D - pork roast, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots

S - popcorn with a little olive oil

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 01/20/2015:
Have a good day!


getmebackto150 on 01/20/2015:
Yay for moving in the right direction! It always feels good doesn't it????


puddles on 01/20/2015:
Congrats for the right direction and wishing you a great day.


Maria7 on 01/20/2015:
Yes, this is a good place to come to for support and friendship. I am thankful for you all. Hope you have a blessed day.


thinkpositive on 01/21/2015:
Too bad about your basement. Our neighbors had water in their basement & had never had it before. Never thought of putting olive oil on popcorn!

Umpqua on 01/21/2015:
My husband does the seasoning, just a touch of olive oil with lots of salt and pepper. It's good and the boys will eat it that way too!


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Umpqua - Monday Jan 19, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

This weekend was pretty far from perfect but I'm just going to move forward and try to offset some of the bad choices of the last couple of days. Friday was actually good and I finished up around 1,700 calories. I also got in 30 minutes of dancing after dinner, so that was good. Saturday was healthy up until dinner time. We typically eat out or order in once a week so I can take a break from cooking, and Saturday was hectic. The hubby and I shared a small chicken pesto pizza and some buffalo wings - not the best choice but it was oh so tasty. I have several meals out coming up next weekend too so I'm going to have to be more careful about how I handle those.

Yesterday I didn't log but foods were all homemade and fresh, I'm guessing 1,800 calories or so. Today we were supposed to go skiing with friends but yesterday's torrential rains changed the plans. The slopes will be slushy and icy, not great for anyone let alone our kids, who are all beginners. On top of that, we got a nice little flood in our basement because of the rains. First time it's happened and it figures, right after we set up our nice little play/workout area down there! My husband spent several hours sucking up the standing water with the wet vac last night and it's drying out today. So today will be spent cleaning up and caulking/sealing/doing whatever needs to be done to ensure this doesn't happen again. I'd also like to get a workout in - will shoot for a Shakeology 30.

I hope everyone has a good week!

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/19/2015:
Wishing you a great week.


thinnside40 on 01/19/2015:
Hope your able to fix easily. Leaks are no fun :(


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Umpqua - Friday Jan 16, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 143.8

I recorded a new low weight, I'm very pleased and feel like things are moving in a good direction! I ended yesterday right on point at around 1,500 calories. I did a 40-minute workout with my friend and it was basically HIIT - a combination of cardio and weight sculpting. It was similar to the Shakeology 50 class except more cardio and weight combos, intense! I made it through and it was actually good for my back, it's only a little sore now and definitely on the mend.

No exercise planned for today although we may get some dancing in this afternoon or after dinner. I'm going to try to get at least one more workout in over the weekend and then we're taking the boys skiing Monday if the weather cooperates. I hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 01/16/2015:
congrats on the weight!!! The workout sounds like a good one, too.


puddles on 01/16/2015:
Your doing real good keep it up and have a great day.


getmebackto150 on 01/16/2015:
Yay for a new low recorded weight!!! HIIT is really the BEST workout for calorie blasting in my opinion! Have a great weekend :)


thinkpositive on 01/16/2015:
Glad that you are seeing good progress. Hope the weather is good for skiing.



Umpqua - Thursday Jan 15, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 145.0

Yesterday was good and I finished at 1,500 calories. My back is better than yesterday but not perfect so I'll have to be careful with whatever workout we end up doing this morning.  

B - oatmeal with banana and cinnamon

L - big bowl carrot soup

S - Go Bar

D - zucchini "noodles" topped with tomato sauce and sauteed onions and garlic

Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 01/15/2015:
how do you make your zucchini noodles? Sounds like something i should try. have a good day :)

Umpqua on 01/15/2015:
I looked around on Youtube since I don't have a spiralizer and got some good ideas. I just used my regular vegetable peeler and cut them into thin strips, right down to where the seeds are. I then sautéed in a little olive oil on medium-high to get them to crisp up just a bit (vegetable broth would work too - that's what I used when I went oil-free). They were surprisingly filling and super yummy!


skinnygrlwithin on 01/15/2015:
Careful with your back... you definitely don't want any serious injuries there!


puddles on 01/15/2015:
Backs can be so painful. Wishing you a great day.


thinnside40 on 01/15/2015:
All sounds good but the sore back. Take care.


thinkpositive on 01/15/2015:
Take tt easy. Like the idea of the zucchini strips & who needs another kitchen gadget!



Umpqua - Wednesday Jan 14, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 145.0

Well, I got a workout in yesterday with Shakeology 30. However, I need to use my yoga mat in the new workout space because the floor is too hard. The result was my form wasn't exactly right doing situps and by ealry evening my back was bothering me. Nothing terrible though. But I guess the way I slept on it made it worse because I woke up during the night in serious pain! I used some icy hot rub and ibuprofren and it's a little better this morning. I'll do more icy hot and the heating pad but the lesson here kids is: proper form should ALWAYS be a priority when exercising!

Calories were just under 1,600 yesterday so on track there. Today will be an exercise rest day since I'm supposed to workout with a friend tomorrow and need to let my back recover.

Yesterday eats:

Br - egg, Quorn sausage and cheddar on 1/2 ww lavash wrap

L - salad with raw pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and red wine vinegar

S - Go Bar (awesome chewy granola bar)

D - 1 slice turkey meatloaf, multigrain pilaf, green beans

Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 01/14/2015:
Good workout, but don't hurt your back! I used to fold a thick blanket under my map for cushioning, we have hard floors. That salad for lunch sounds really good, too. :)


puddles on 01/14/2015:
Wow is about all I can say. Have a great day.



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