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Umpqua - Thursday Feb 26, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.8

Quick drive by post since my schedule is crazed today. I did well yesterday, about 1,500 calories and a Shakeology 50 workout with my friend. I will pack lots of healthy snacks today and am determined to keep eating in check while traveling. 

Yesterday eats: 

B - blueberry oatbran muffin
L - 2 boiled eggs, lowfat tomato soup
S - granola bar
D - Quorn curry with brown rice
S - gl wine, nonfat greek yogurt with crispy rice cereal and dark choc chips

Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 02/26/2015:
Good day to you!

puddles on 02/26/2015:
Have a wonderful day.

liza36 on 02/26/2015:
Good eats. Have a good day.

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Umpqua - Wednesday Feb 25, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.8

Yesterday was around 1,350 calories. My only exercise was a little Just Dance with my son, it ended up being a really busy day. Today I'll get in that workout with my friend, so that will make up or it. Tomorrow I have to travel so there won't be time for a workout but calories will continue to remain in check!


B - freshly baked blueberry oatbran muffin
L - 1/2 lavash wrap filled with a little leftover chicken meatloaf, avocado and greens
S - Go bar
D - spicy honey chicken thighs, baked sweet potato fries
S - slice oatmeal bread with a little peanut butter and dark choc chips 

Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/25/2015:
All sounds good - have a great day.

grannyannie on 02/25/2015:
Well done. Have a great day.

thinnside40 on 02/25/2015:
Good Day!

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Umpqua - Tuesday Feb 24, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.8

I got a veggie day in yesterday at ~1,700 calories. I'd still like to cut out more dairy and animal products on the regular, but it's a start. Exercise was a 20-minute yoga class and I really needed the stretching and balance work. I may or may not have a workout with friend this morning - if not I will probably do one solo.

The week is already proving to be crazy busy with work, children and extended family stressors in place. This is life, and I'm not going to let it impact my progress, darnit. I have to make time for exercise and healthy foods so I can stay strong. That's my mantra today and I'm stickin' to it.

Yesterday eats:

B - egg, Quorn sausage and cheddar on 1/2 lavash wrap
L - cup lowfat tomato soup, salad with sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing
S - Go Bar
D - Quorn curry with lots of veggies over brown rice
S - nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with berries and dark choc chips (great snack!)

Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/24/2015:
Good on the veggies!

thinnside40 on 02/24/2015:
Stick to it! You can.......

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Umpqua - Monday Feb 23, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.8

I kept things in check with eating over the weekend and I feel pretty good about starting off this week. I'm guessing it will take a while for my body to adjust to a new, lower weight and so I'm not going to pay attention to any scale fluxes and just keep doing what I've been doing. My only exercise over the weekend was 1+ hour of snow blowing and shoveling. I definitely needed some R&R after our busy last weekend so that was nice.

We have a full 5 days of school on tap this week which is good for all of us. I know I write about that a lot, but one of the big problems we have is my older son struggles to focus and pay attention at school and he does SO much better when he's on a regular schedule. All these holidays, snow days and delays have really been difficult for him and so we've all been dealing with the fallout. I am keeping my fingers crossed this will be a good week for him and we've had a lot of pep talks about it over the weekend.

Tomorrow I'm supposed to workout with my friend and I'm sure that will be a tough one so today I think I'll get in a yoga class. I could use some stretching. I hope everyone has a great week!

Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/23/2015:
Hope your son gets back on track with a regular schedule. How old is he now? Have a good week!

Umpqua on 02/23/2015:
He's 8 now and my other one is 6 1/2. This is something we've struggled with since kindergarten, he aces everything academically but has a difficult time with structure and sitting at a desk all day. Common problem for young boys :) I'm grateful my little one does better with it!

puddles on 02/23/2015:
Going back to a normal schedule is good for everyone. Have a great week.

thinnside40 on 02/23/2015:
I need to get into a schedule! Glad yours is getting back to normal for you.

thinnside40 on 02/23/2015:
I need to get into a schedule! Glad yours is getting back to normal for you.

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Umpqua - Saturday Feb 21, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.8

I stepped on the scale no less than 4 times this morning to make sure the new number was correct! The 130s have eluded me for a long time and I sure didn't expect to see them again today. I had a feeling I was gearing up for a loss though, just that gut feeling. My calories were higher yesterday too at about 1,700 so there must be something behind that theory of "zigzagging" and having some high calorie days to balance out the low ones. I need to keep things in check today though if I want to STAY in the 130s, and I definitely intend to!

We have another snowstorm coming this afternoon and my boys' plans already got postponed. I think my husband's band plans will as well and we're all going to be stuck here together. There are worse things than being with loved ones in a warm house :) I plan to take it easy and I got some paint samples yesterday so I'm going to try out two colors for the kitchen cabinets. Maybe we'll make a fire tonight and the boys can roast marshmallows (I will refrain!)

Progress as of today: 21.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/21/2015:
Well done!! I can attest to zigzagging working. My first goal is to get back into the 130's. Have a good weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/21/2015:
yes, I do believe in zigzagging too! :) congrats on getting into the 130's!

Maria7 on 02/22/2015:
Happy Dance! Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! Congratulations to being in the 130's. :-D

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Umpqua - Friday Feb 20, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

I don't have a loss to report today, but I feel like I made progress this week (if that makes any sense), so hopefully I'll see one soon. I ended yesterday at pretty much exactly the same calories as Wednesday - 1,668 according to MyFitnessPal. I also did a 30-minute cardio and lower toning workout from the Brazil Butt Lift program with my buddy.

Today I have a bunch of shopping to do in the frigid cold and ahead of more snow this weekend. The weather Saturday night threatens to affect our plans so we may end up stuck home. There are plenty of small kitchen projects to pick away at and I also want to get some downtime after the hard work we put in last weekend. I may check in here if I have a loss to report :) I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Yesterday eats:

B - oatmeal with an apple and cinnamon
L - bowl of corn chowder
S - Kashi granola bars
D - Quorn curry over multigrain pilaf
S - ww toast with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips (I've been snacking a lot at night but I've felt genuinely hungry with all the work and exercise. I'm picking up a bunch of plain nonfat yogurt today to hopefully get a healthier snack routine going.)

Progress as of today: 18.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/20/2015:
Always plenty to do around the house. Have a good day.

grannyannie on 02/20/2015:
Maybe you need a rest? You've been working hard. I've felt a loss before when the scale didn't move. I always figure it's muscle weight! Or hope so anyway.

thinnside40 on 02/20/2015:

nenak on 02/20/2015:
Stay warm x

liza36 on 02/20/2015:
My weekend plans have already changed due to more snow that is coming. Hope you get to enjoy your weekend after all the hard work you've been putting in!

puddles on 02/20/2015:
Make the most of it and keep warm. Have a great weekend.

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Umpqua - Thursday Feb 19, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

Yesterday I finished up at just under 1,700 calories. I also got in a 50-minute Shakeology class so I burned quite a bit! My friend is heading over in a little bit and we'll do another workout - not sure how vigorous, but 2 days in a row is good for me :)

The sun is shining and the snow is staying away for a few days so everything is status quo, which makes me happy. I'm going to shoot for a vegetarian day today too since I really need to cut back on the meat, I've been eating too much out of convenience since the boys eat it. I hope everyone has a good one!

Yesterday eats:

B - egg with cheddar and avocado on 1/2 lavash wrap
L - last of the homemade carrot soup
S - nonfat Greek yogurt, Go bar
D - chicken sausage with mustard, multi-grain pilaf, broccoli
S - nonfat Greek yogurt with choc protein powder and choc chips (next time I'll do fruit instead of the powder, the stevia is just too sweet in this concoction) 

Progress as of today: 18.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/19/2015:
Good job on the workouts! It's got to be tough to not be able to eat what everyone else in the house is eating. I don't have that problem, but still struggle!

Umpqua on 02/19/2015:
My 6-year-old is a carnivore - pizza is pretty much the only non-meat entree he'll eat. Soup too I guess. So it's easier for me to make a lean meat for all of us rather than 2 meals....but I need to get better about that since my husband shouldn't be eating this much meat either!

grannyannie on 02/19/2015:
We eat veggie at home and husband does the cooking. Once in a while I buy meat to have at lunch, but mainly I only meat when we go out to eat. We ate every dinner out in Thailand and although we often ordered soups, curries, etc with meat, it was always a small amount.

Umpqua on 02/19/2015:
I would love to move more toward your type of diet - at least half the time. I forgot about Quorn - we're actually all having it tonight so it will be a veggie night all around. I know it's processed, but I'd rather the boys at those nuggets than the "chicken" nuggets made from unspecified poultry parts :P

puddles on 02/19/2015:
Glad you are having a break from the snow. Wishing you a great day and happy veggie day.

Maria7 on 02/19/2015:
What do you put in your carrot soup besides carrots? Sounds relish.

Maria7 on 02/19/2015:
I meant delish.

Umpqua on 02/19/2015:
It's such a simple recipe and I've been making it for years. I didn't make the tomatillo relish this time although it's wonderful - I didn't feel like hunting around for tomatillos. I had posted the recipe on the forums here long ago, hopefully this link works:


thinnside40 on 02/19/2015:
Good job!

nenak on 02/19/2015:
Great job!

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Umpqua - Wednesday Feb 18, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

Yesterday was right around 1,500 calories. It was a hungry day, but I kept things in check. Hopefully that means I'm gearing up for another loss. Today I'm feeling recovered from the weekend work so I will get in a a workout - probably Shakeology. I'm looking forward to 3 full school days now so we can get back on some semblance of a schedule!


B - lowfat Greek yogurt
L - tuna with veggies on 1/2 a lavash wrap
S - Go bar, 2 boiled eggs
D - chicken meatloaf, some leftover roasted potatoes, zucchini "noodles" with mushroom sauce
S - slice ww with a little peanut butter and dark choc chips 

Progress as of today: 18.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/18/2015:
You're doing great! Hope you see a loss.

puddles on 02/18/2015:
Great the kids are back to school. lol You doing good keep it up and have a great day.

thinnside40 on 02/18/2015:
Keeping "in check" is such a good feeling when you go to bed at night. Empowering!

nenak on 02/18/2015:
Have a great day x

biscottibody59 on 02/18/2015:
Looks good--especially the full school days!

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Umpqua - Tuesday Feb 17, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

Yesterday as just about 1,700 calories and man did I need them. I'm sore today - sanding concrete is a total workout! I feel really good about the counters, it was definitely a worthwhile project to redo them on the cheap without replacing them. Now to see how well they hold up over time. There's still plenty of work to do in the kitchen but it's useable again and for that I'm grateful.

The boys are off school (they get the day after Presidents' Day off every year) so I'll be keeping them busy while trying to do work. I got a chunk of it done yesterday at least. I will hopefully resume regular exercise tomorrow, at least a yoga class to help with the soreness.

Yesterday eats:

B - Larabar
L- remains of a deli sandwich with chicken, cheddar and veggies
D - roasted lamb with potatoes and veggies
S - pistachios

Progress as of today: 18.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/17/2015:
You've got no end of projects and work so hard! Good menu. Have a great day!

puddles on 02/17/2015:
Its nice when a job ends up being what you expected congrats. You doing good with the food and the kids are certainly keeping you busy. Have a great day.

Maria7 on 02/17/2015:
I see that you have still been being quite the 'busy bee'! I'm still thinking of you up there in the north with the snow. Glad you and yours are doing well.

thinnside40 on 02/17/2015:
Good day!

biscottibody59 on 02/17/2015:
What a lot you all got done--and the kitchen is back in working order too!

Hope you have a good evening!

Congrats on the pound you lost--keep up the good work!

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Umpqua - Monday Feb 16, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

Eating did NOT go as planned this weekend, I won't lie. With no kitchen sink, no stove and no useable counters (plus a giant mess extending throughout our downstairs) I couldn't do much cooking. We ordered out for dinner and I tried to make reasonable choices. Stuck to cereal and simple stuff for breakfast and lunch. The scale was surprisingly on point this morning and I think that's because I pretty much worked my butt off on Friday and Saturday. We pulled down our counters Friday afternoon/night, then Saturday was a LONG day of sanding and cementing our countertops.

Yesterday we left the frigid temperatures to let the countertops sit and "cure" and took the boys and my mother-in-law to an indoor water park. It was 84F there and just what the doctor ordered! So much fun and also an active day, although not nearly as intense as Saturday.

Today I'm vowing to stay on course with the food. My husband is putting the new sink in along with all kinds of plumbing work and I should have a working stove and dishwasher by the evening. I'll be cooking dinner and I can't wait. I'm getting ready to bring the boys over to MIL's for a few hours so I can get some freelance work done while husband is busy in the kitchen. I will be logging calories today!

Progress as of today: 18.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/16/2015:
Busy weekend. You seem to have accomplished a lot. Have a great day.

thinnside40 on 02/16/2015:
Good Day!

thinkpositive on 02/17/2015:
Exciting to have a new kitchen! The boys must have enjoyed the water park!

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