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Umpqua - Monday May 04, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.0

My weight is down a little after the weekend, which never happens. This shows me that with a minimum of effort I can prevent myself from going overboard on calories on the weekends and keep things in check :) I also got lots of exercise in with heavy yardwork both days. Our yard is in good shape now with all the garden beds cleared and the patio furniture and fire pit set up (which we enjoyed Saturday night). Of course there's more to do with moving some soil around and mulching, but that will need to wait. My husband is after me to get back to the kitchen project and I've procrastinated on that enough (or taken a long break as I like to think of it). So today I'll get back to working on sanding as time allows.

Saturday was around 1,900 calories, like Friday. I didn't count yesterday but kept it in check and I'm guestimating 1,700 or so, even with take out sushi. Today I will aim for lower.

I hope everyone has a good week!

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

puddles on 05/04/2015:
Congrats on the lot. Yes yard work is good exercise. Have a great day.


grannyannie on 05/04/2015:
Well done. Sanding is a serious workout by itself, and builds muscle. :)


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Umpqua - Saturday May 02, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.2

I'm estimating 1,900 calories for yesterday, good for a Friday for me! Exercise was a brisk uphill walk with my friend, about 2 miles. My massage was absolutely heavenly.

Today is yardwork, and lots of it. Looking forward to getting outside.

Progress as of today: 17.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/02/2015:
You're doing great! Uphill walks are very good workouts. Have a great weekend.


biscottibody59 on 05/02/2015:
Not saying to ever give up, but feeling fine with things as they are is a good thing. It allows you to do all the other things you want and need to do without having "baggage" in the back of your mind:-)

Umpqua on 05/04/2015:
That's exactly how I feel, Biscotti. I know I'm on the right track and eating the right foods and exercising, so there's not reason to be hard on myself and get down about anything - I'm getting the job done :)


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Umpqua - Friday May 01, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 142.2

My weight is updated with this morning's weight, which is also the lowest number I've been seeing, consistently, since vacation. I suppose if I had been more careful last weekend this would be lower, so I'll have to try harder this weekend. 

Previously I would have been pretty unhappy about this gain, but I just haven't been worried about it. Sure I'd like to see the scale go back down and get closer to my goal weight, but it will and in the meantime, there's this:

5/1 Measurements
Upper Arm: 10.5
Thigh: 18.5
Chest: 36
Hips: 37
Waist: 30.5

3/6 Measurements:
Upper Arm: 11
Thigh: 19
Chest: 36
Hips: 37
Waist: 30.5

2/6: Upper Arm: 11
Thigh: 21
Chest: 36
Hips: 39
Waist: 32 

That's 2 inches lost from March, not too bad. I've known this time around that my weight is distributing itself differently than in the past and also that building and maintaining muscle and tone is important. I'd still like a bit of a leaner look, but I'll get there! I'm turning 43 next weekend and my body has changed and I'm more than fine with that, in fact I'm pretty pleased overall.

Yesterday was around 1,350 calories and clean. This morning will be a walk and I have lots of yard work on tap for the weekend. I'm going to aim to log and check in too to keep on track. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Eats:

Br - salad topped with crispy baked chicken, pepitas, lowfat mozz and red wine vin
S - Go bar, DD iced coffee with cream
D - chicken sausage with mustard, some leftover chive pasta, broccoli

Progress as of today: 17.8 lbs lost so far, only 10.2 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 05/01/2015:
You kept it clean. Good going.


puddles on 05/01/2015:
Wow I can only dream of measurements like that. You did well. Have a great day.


liza36 on 05/01/2015:
Wow, that's great progress with measurements. You've been doing excellent with exercise - keep it up!


grannyannie on 05/01/2015:
I bet some of your gain is muscle weight. You're still doing well!


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Umpqua - Thursday Apr 30, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

I'm really pleased with how yesterday went and I got a lot accompished. Food was around 1,800 calories and exercise was an intense 40-minute total body strength and "fat blasting" workout from FitnessBlender. I also spent about an hour in the yard setting up the boys' trampoline with my husband.

No exercise on tap for today and I have to run a bunch of errands after I get work done. Tomorrow I have a walk scheduled and a massage - a Christmas gift that I've been looking forward to!

Yesterday eats:

B - egg and cheddar on slice whole grain
L - 1.5 cups tomato soup
S - Go bar
D - lean grilled burger on 1/2 hard roll topped with cheddar and avocado, 1/2 corn on cob
S - Kashi strawberry cereal with a few dark choc chips and coconut milk

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 04/30/2015:
I hope you get to spend some time on the trampoline.


puddles on 04/30/2015:
Wow you are certainly doing lots. Enjoy your massage and have a great day.


grannyannie on 04/30/2015:
You are such a bundle of energy! Enjoy your massage!


liza36 on 04/30/2015:
Don't you love it when a day is full of accomplishment and you're happy with the way things went! Enjoy the walk and massage. Sounds heavenly!


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Umpqua - Wednesday Apr 29, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

Yesterday was around 1,350 calories and I'm happy with that. Exercise with my friend didn't happen, in fact the whole morning was whacky and off schedule. By early afternoon I decided to just "go with it" since sometimes plans just fail to happen. So instead I got in 90 minutes of gardening and yard work, which really needed to be done. Most of my garden beds are cleared out now, I got some seeds started out on my deck and I got a bunch of downed limbs/sticks cleared and piled up for the burn barrel.

Today will either be a workout or maybe some work on my cabinet doors, I haven't decided yet! 

Eats:

B - nonfat pomegranate Greek yogurt
L - salad topped with tuna, pepitas, dried cranberries and balsamic
D - crispy chicken, chive pasta and some sauteed onions and peppers (from this month's Cooking Light with the veg modified to what I had on hand)

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/29/2015:
Lots of work done in your garden good for you. Wishing you a good day.


grannyannie on 04/29/2015:
Gardening is a great workout. My hubby/gardener says so! :)


OhioRaven on 04/29/2015:
I've got all my seedlings started here at work. Almost time for spring planting and putting my toes in the dirt.


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Umpqua - Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

Around 1,800 calories yesterday, a bit more than I'd like, but I kept it clean. I also got in a 20-minute balance and focus yoga class, which was a nice way to kick off the week. My buddy is coming over for a workout today and I'll try to keep calories a bit lower.

Yesterday:

B - egg and cheddar on slice whole grain
L - salad topped with pepitas, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing
S - Larabar
D - pernil pork, baked potato with light sour cream, green beans
S - slice whole grain with peanut butter and dark choc chips 

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 04/28/2015:
Keep it clean.


grannyannie on 04/28/2015:
Looks healthy. Have a great day.


biscottibody59 on 04/28/2015:
Keep up all the good work!


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Umpqua - Monday Apr 27, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

Food wasn't great over the weekend, I will certainly do better this week. I did catch up on rest, which was really important.

This week is way less hectic for me, thankfully. I'm going to shoot for some yoga this morning to loosen up since I'm feeling stiff, plus I have a workout on tap for tomorrow. I also need to do some errands including picking up supplies so I can continue with the kitchen cabinet project this week.

I hope everyone has a good week!

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/27/2015:
More projects. Wishing you a great week.


OhioRaven on 04/27/2015:
Don't beat yourself up on the weekend food. You'll do great this week.


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Umpqua - Friday Apr 24, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

I finished yesterday at about 1,400 calories and I'm pleased with that. It was another long, busy day and I kept the eating in check, success!

My walking plans for this morning got canceled so I may try to get a FitnessBlender workout in. I'm planning gardening and slowly getting back to the kitchen project this weekend so I know there will be activity then too. There will definitely be rest and downtime too because this week has just been nuts!

I'm giving myself another full week before reporting on my weight. I've been doing really well and I don't want the scale to discourage me, particularly when it comes to exercise. I will be logging and staying very careful over the weekend though since I've been on such a good streak.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Yesterday:

B - Larabar
L - salad with lots of veggies, a little griled chicken and malt vinegar at hospital cafeteria, apple
S - Go bar
D - slow cooked pork pernil, green beans
S - Klondike bar

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/24/2015:
I can hear the determination in your blog. Keep up the good work and have a great day.

Umpqua on 04/24/2015:
Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate it!


OhioRaven on 04/24/2015:
Good idea about the scale. I started seedlings in my window at work and they are doing good. Have a great day, coach.



Umpqua - Thursday Apr 23, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

I got in a pretty tough Jillian Michaels workout yesterday morning (I guess she's always pretty tough haha). Calories were 1,800 - more than I intended but I needed the extra. My schedule has been so busy this week and it hasn't been the easiest transition from slow-paced vacation mode. Next week should be much much calmer.

Today I'm shooting for slightly lower calories and I'll try to keep eating clean. I have a pork roast in the slow cooker for dinner and I'm heading out to bring a family member to the hospital for tests all day. I'll have to eat lunch there, hopefully their salad bar is good. I'll also pack healthy snacks. I have a ton of work assignments to catch up on so I'm hoping I can get a few hours of quiet time to do them there.

Yesterday eats:

B - egg, Quorn sausage and cheddar on 1/2 lavash wrap
L - can tomato-basil soup
S - Go bar
D - stuffed peppers with Quorn, rice and veggies and topped with cheddar
S - slice whole grain with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 04/23/2015:
Your doing good especially since you are just back from a nice holiday. It is an adjustment and you are adjusting well. Have a great day.


OhioRaven on 04/23/2015:
Looking good, Ump.



Umpqua - Wednesday Apr 22, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

Another good day yesterday but busy and hungry at 1,500 calories. Heading out shortly for a hopefully tough workout with my buddy!

Eats:

B - 1 boiled egg
L - salad topped with tuna, dried cranberries, pepitas and balsamic
S - Go bar
D - chicken loaf, baked plantain fries (too crispy - I'm going to be trying a bunch of plantain recipes after our trip), broccoli
S - slice wholegrain bread topped with peanut butter and dark choc chips 

Progress as of today: 22.4 lbs lost so far, only 5.6 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 04/22/2015:
Keep going


Duaa123. on 04/22/2015:
Keep going


puddles on 04/22/2015:
Enjoy your workout and have a great day.


OhioRaven on 04/22/2015:
At 1500 I'd be hungry too.

Umpqua on 04/22/2015:
Actually the 1500 was BECAUSE I was hungry. As I get older I find I need less calories to maintain and even fewer to lose any weight. But if I'm hungry I eat - I just try to make good choices!



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