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Umpqua - Sunday Aug 30, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

I stuck to plan at the park yesterday and I'm estimating 1,600 calories. I got a frozen lemonade as a snack and ate half (family devoured the rest) and dinner was a buffalo chicken wrap (healthy) with fries (not healthy), but I only ate about half of those. I feel good about my choices and I burned some calories for sure with lots of walking, stair climbing and swimming. Today will be healthy eating and RELAXATION!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2015:
yes, i'm all about the relaxation too!!!! :) I almost chose to skip the gym today lol...but no...already did that this past Tuesday! it's so easy to make excuses! My reason was because I still have some pain in my calf / ankle...but....no need to stop all activity...I don't think...

all that exercise burns a lot of calories. the minute I add a little cardio into my routine, I notice toning and weightloss almost immediately!

Umpqua on 08/30/2015:
Absolutely! I think my little loss this week is largely because of ramping up activities (= more cardio) in general. Hoping to sustain this momentum!

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Umpqua - Saturday Aug 29, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

Around 1,400 calories yesterday, fantastic for a Friday. Exercise was a kick-butt Jillian Michaels HIIT workout. Today will be a slight challenge, we're going to an amusement park to max out enjoyment of our season passes before it gets cold. I'll have to eat dinner there and I'm going to search out something healthy, a salad or wrap hopefully. I think there's literally one place like that in the whole park, the rest is pizza and burgers (and they're not very good so I won't feel like I'm missing out). I can do this, I want to maintain momentum! 

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

livinglight on 08/29/2015:
Have a great weekend :)

hollybelle on 08/29/2015:
Enjoy the park tomorrow. I am looking forward to trying one of the exercise dvds I got from daughter - used to do them often. Got two Chalene Johnson and a Shawn T and a beginning yoga one. :-)

Umpqua on 08/30/2015:
I love Chalene and Shawn and they're serious business, you're diving right back into the workout scene :) Enjoy and let us know which ones you're doing!

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Umpqua - Friday Aug 28, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 141.6

Scale movement, at long last! It might not be a lot, but it's moving in the right direction and it's encouraging. I think my push for more activity this week, even if not all exercise, has helped and I plan to continue that since there are always projects to be done around here.

Calories yesterday were about 1,300, and I did a 30-minute full body FitnessBlender weights workout. I'm meeting my friend this morning for another workout that will probably be more intense HIIT, so RAH! Next week I should be able to space my workouts out better. Not sure if I will be on this weekend but I will log my foods on MyFitnessPal to stay accountable. Consistency is absolutely necessary and I want to continue moving in the right direction.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend!


B1 - fresh baked pear-pecan oatbran muffin
B2 - 2 boiled eggs (super hungry adjusting to my new schedule, although I wonder if 2nd breakfast has something to do with the scale moving and filling me up earlier in the day?)
L - small slice chicken meatloaf with homemade conserve
D - wild salmon topped with friend's super spicy homemade peach salsa, sesame soba noodles, stir-fried veggies
S - glass wine


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

livinglight on 08/28/2015:
That's great news :)

hollybelle on 08/28/2015:
Good on the scales moving in the right direction! Those muffins sound great! I made some mini oatbran pecan ones last weekend.

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Umpqua - Thursday Aug 27, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

About 1,600 calories yesterday - a little higher than I'd like but it was a really active day. No workout, but I got a bunch of fall cleaning and organizing done. There's still a lot to do, but I at least put a dent in it and can really ramp it up now that the boys are back to school. I'm looking forward to being a lot more productive now and getting back to some projects!

I will definitely get a workout in today and can start doing them in my living room again, a much better setup than what I've been doing over the summer on my laptop.

Eats yesterday:

B - green smoothie
L - egg, chicken sausage, cheddar on small potato bun
D - chicken meatloaf with a little homemade tomato-onion conserve (my friend has gotten into canning and is really good), sesame soba noodles, kimchi (picked up with some other healthy goodies at the giant Korean supermarket I visited in NJ)
S - slice whole grain topped with a little peanut butter and dark choc chips

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 08/27/2015:
Have a great day, Coach.

biscottibody59 on 08/27/2015:
I really like kimchi--don't eat it every week, but it's available locally, which is nice.

Keep up the good work--food looks good!

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Umpqua - Wednesday Aug 26, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

I'm estimating 1,200 calories for yesterday and no snacking. Also no exercise - I literally did the warm up to my workout and was all set to go when I realized I didn't have time since we had to get to an appointment. It's OK though, I ran around and got lots done for the boys and they are in pretty good shape for the first day of school tomorrow. They are also signed up for swim classes - my older son wants to do swimming and karate this fall, which will be interesting. I'm happy they want to keep up with the swimming after doing it all summer and it will definitely be good exercise for them.

I will try again today for a workout but if not I know tomorrow and Friday I can make it happen.


B - egg, slice whole grain
L - nonfat blood orange greek yogurt
D - spicy pork chop, baked fries, corn

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/26/2015:
Yes running after the boys is exercise. Good job on your 1200 calories. Have a great day.

thinkpositive on 08/26/2015:
You'll be busy this school year. So nice that they have interest in swimming & karate.

ohioraven on 08/27/2015:
Real low calories, Ump.

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Umpqua - Tuesday Aug 25, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

I had a wonderful visit with my friend over the weekend. It was very relaxing and we even got a long walk in on Saturday. There were indulgences, mainly a fruit tart I got her from a French bakery for her birthday. I had a slice of that each night plus ice cream for lunch Saturday (I know, I know).

Back on track as of yesterday with just under 1,400 calories. Activity was indoor and outdoor chores and swimming. I definitely need to step up my game with more consistent healthy eating and more consistent exercise. I think I've been doing OK overall - in looking at my chart I've basically been averaging this weight all year. But I need to do a little better and I'd like to move the scale and THEN maintain. I can do this with a bit more exercise and less treats.

School starts on Thursday and I find it easier to stick to a schedule and get things done during the school year. So the first plan is to step up the activity and keep a closer eye on the calories.

Yesterday's eats:

B - green smoothie
S - Luna bar
L - salad topped with tuna, pepitas and balsamic
D - spicy chicken thighs, sesame soba noodles, stir-fried veggies


Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 08/25/2015:
Good post today, Ump.

puddles on 08/25/2015:
Congrats for being back on track.

livinglight on 08/25/2015:
Well done for getting back on the wagon though, not easy!

thinkpositive on 08/25/2015:
Right , easier when you're back into a routine. And of course you had to have some of the tart! It was a celebration.

biscottibody59 on 08/25/2015:
Glad you enjoyed your time away! At least you paced yourselves with the tart--that's not easy with some people:-)

Hope your week continues to go your way!

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Umpqua - Thursday Aug 20, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

I got take out food for dinner yesterday but I'm still estimating about 1,700 calories for the day, which is pretty darn good. I ended up doing a lot of hauling, clearing and lifting work too so I burned a few calories. I'm still planning a workout for today though since I'm going away tomorrow and won't get another opportunity.

Spending a couple of nights visiting my friend and I can't wait - it's been a long time since we got together and we'll also be celebrating her birthday. There will be eating challenges, of course, but I will do my best to keep things in check.

Yesterday eats:

B - 2 boiled eggs
L - hummus, feta and veggies in 1/2 lavash wrap
S - Luna bar
D - chicken tikka masala, rice, piece of Naan bread
S - glass wine, small bite of pastry 

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/20/2015:
You're doing great. Hand must be better to do all that! You do well with the challenges.

ohioraven on 08/20/2015:
Yea, well, I look at your dinner and all I can tell is you had chicken and rice. (Banana bread ?) I'm sure it was all good stuff. Have a good day, Ump.

Umpqua on 08/20/2015:
Haha, it's a very basic Indian curry (really a British version of Indian food) and super yummy! The Naan is a flatbread.

thinkpositive on 08/20/2015:
Have a great visit with your friend.

biscottibody59 on 08/21/2015:
Good to get away--enjoy your time!

Umpqua - Wednesday Aug 19, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

Around 1,500 calories yesterday and I got in 20 minutes of yoga. Not bad and we also got all the back to school shopping done, phew. My hand is slowly deflating and feeling less miserable, so I'm grateful for that. Busy day today and I have to get on the road soon, I hope you all have a good one!

Eats yesterday:

B - green smoothie
L - salad topped with tuna, pepitas, red wine vin
S - Luna bar (these are new, super yummy but higher calorie than I'd like)
D - black bean burger topped with homemade guacamole, baked potato fries

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/19/2015:
Good meal plan. You're doing well. Hope your hand feels better soon!

thinkpositive on 08/19/2015:
Great variety of food. Hope your hand continues to improve.

Umpqua - Tuesday Aug 18, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

I spent Sunday hanging around, nursing my hand. It swelled up even more and I tried Benadryl, ibuprofren and all sorts of home remedies to reduce the sting and nothing really helped. Yesterday I was still in pain and finally went to the doctor, who assured me I'm not allergic to the stings and the swelling will go down. Since I don't want to take steroids I'm just pushing through it. It's feeling somewhat better today although still very puffy.

So no calorie count for Sunday. Yesterday was good at 1,450 calories. Today I'm hoping to get at least one kid out for back to school shopping and I'm also going to shoot for gentle yoga or something similar while my hand heals. Tomorrow will be a busy day on the road working at the apartments and other job so I will plan eating wisely.

Eats yesterday:

B - nonfat Greek yogurt
L - a little leftover pork, last of mango-jicama-corn salad
S - iced coffee with cream
D - turkey meatloaf, feta rice, broccoli

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/18/2015:
Ouch. Sorry about your hand. I've had one yellow jacket sting - on my thigh. I remember it feeling like someone was holding a cigarette on it.

puddles on 08/18/2015:
Hope you will be feeling better soon. Take care.

livinglight on 08/18/2015:
Hope the pain eases up soon!

thinkpositive on 08/18/2015:
Sorry your hand is still swollen. Yellow jacket stings are brutal. Hope you're better by tomorrow.

Umpqua - Sunday Aug 16, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

2,000 calories yesterday - good for company and a busy social Saturday. Would have ben higher if I hadn't counted! Exercise was lots of swimming and lawn mowing -- until I disturbed a yellow jacket nest and got stung a few times on my hand. I'm typing one handed and really hoping swelling will go down today. 

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/16/2015:
Good job on calories while having company. Ouch to the stings!! I've been stung by one of those so I know how it hurts. Hope the swelling goes down and that it doesn't hurt too much.

ohioraven on 08/16/2015:
Wow ! I got stung today too. Mine were Hornets. Brown Mud Dawber Hornets. Put mud on the sting and pain is gone instantly. Nice job on the calorie control.

thinkpositive on 08/16/2015:
Ouch! Yellow jackets stings are painful Good job with counting calories when you're busy with company.

hollybelle on 08/17/2015:
Counting does work!! Sorry about the stings! Ouch! Hope your hand is better!

puddles on 08/17/2015:
I am so allergic to Stings. Hope you feel better soon.

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