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Umpqua - Wednesday Jul 01, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Yesterday was around 1,600 calories and all good except for the dessert/snack after dinner. Mom has lots of homemade desserts (and store bought too) around and I find them really tempting. It used to be worse before she got sick - she cooked and baked all the time! Exercise was around 20-minute morning walk. My quads were screaming yesterday from the Monday workout, I guess I didn't stretch them enough. They're somewhat better toay and I'm going to shoot for another workout focusing more on upper body and maybe abs.

Happy hump day all!

Yesterday eats:

B - egg, havarti on multigrain english muffin
L - salad topped with tuna, sunflower seeds, poppyseed dressing
D - roast chicken with a little homemade gravy, 1/2 sweet potato, asparagus
S - cherries, slice angel food cake with mascarpone filling (Mom's little slice of heaven :P) 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/01/2015:
Have a nice Hump, Ump.

puddles on 07/01/2015:
I think Moms are all the same with the cooking. Glad you are keeping up with the exercise good job. Have a great day.

GottaDoIt on 07/01/2015:
Nice that you are avoiding overdoing it on the homemade goodies.

hollybelle on 07/01/2015:
You are doing really well being out of routine and in a home with homemade goodies! I would have a hard time resisting those! Your burger sounded good - were you convinced it was the best in town? LOL Hang in there - you are dong great. I am glad your dad is doing OK - hope he can realize you are there and he can "pace" himself somewhat...bless him. Are you an only child? I am - at least I am now - my brother passed away over 10 years ago and he couldn't help with my parents because of his own health, anyway. It's kind of hard being an only - that may be where big families have an edge - but anymore families are not always local - but spread out and it seems there is always one particular sibling that takes responsibilities....:-)

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Umpqua - Tuesday Jun 30, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Yesterday was on track at around 1,600 calories. More carbs than I'd like but I have to do the best I can here since circumstances aren't fully under my control. Exercise was a brisk, hilly, 30-minute walk with the dog and a 30-minute FitnessBlender toning class with weights. 

It was also a nonstop day of running around but I think I'm caught up on all the chores my parents wanted me to do. Today will be much calmer and I intend to focus on work and good food choices.


B1: small granola bar
B2: nonfat greek yogurt
L: 2 boiled eggs, salad with balsamic
S: banana
D: Mom's homemade meatballs and sauce with pasta and a piece of ciabatta
S: some dark chocolate 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/30/2015:
Good job on all your chores I am sure that your parents are very appreciative of your help. I wish I still had my parents so enjoy them. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 06/30/2015:
Despite being homesick--looks like you're hitting it out of the park daily!

Hope all continues to go well--glad your dad did well with the surgery!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/01/2015:
Looking at your diet and realizing lately mine is similar, only in one way - I've been eating more carbs for the past 2-3 months. Makes me feel better, really. I almost don't regret it. Before the gym, lately, I eat lots of fruit - it helps most when I include a banana and then have other fruit as well with it! Seems maybe this is ok for me!? I used to have a lot of granola bars before gym - but lately I am subbing a banana for that part of it.

Umpqua on 07/01/2015:
I do like my bars too but I've been trying to reach for fruit more. My parents eat a ton of fruit so they're a good influence. I think you eat WAY less meat than me - something I aspire to but find difficult with children to feed!

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Umpqua - Monday Jun 29, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Saturday was decent at around 1,800 calories and exercise was walking and swimming. Yesterday I didn't count - indulged in a drive-in burger and fries with the boys for lunch. It was really good, supposedly the best in the area, and they got to get out of the house and go to a playground/park, which they desperately needed to do. The rest of my eating yesterday was good though and today I will go back to counting and staying clean.

The boys start a week of summer camp today so I will be on more of a schedule with that, work and ferrying Dad to his first PT appointment. 1 week down, 2 more to go and then I can get home to my husband. I'm happy to help out my folks but I'm also homesick and really looking forward to our return already.

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/29/2015:
It is hard being away from our family. It will go by fast. It seems your Dad is doing good. Have a great day.

Umpqua on 06/29/2015:
Thanks. Dad is doing exceptionally well - he's my Mom's sole caregiver when I'm not here so he's pushing himself to recover quickly. I'm hoping the PT will encourage him to take it easy since I'm here for 2 more weeks and I don't want him to overdo it.

Maria7 on 06/29/2015:
Glad to read that your Dad is doing well. :-D

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Umpqua - Saturday Jun 27, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

I'm estimating around 1,900 calories for yesterday. I need to go lower today for sure, although I made good choices yesterday. I might be estimating too high for Thai food since it was all veg. Exercise was walking dog and about an hour of swimming/play in the above ground pool my parents bought for the boys. Today will be walking and hopefully a FitnessBlender workout. Temps hit 103 yesterday and are supposed to hit 100 today so outdoor activity is pretty limited.

Yesterday eats:

B - egg, pepperjack on multigrain english muffin
S - Kind bar
L - a little roast chicken, cantaloupe
D - leftover green thai curry (vegetables only) and rice, wine
S - dark chocolate 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/27/2015:
It sure is hot at your place. Have a great weekend

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2015:
Love curries! yum! I love the green and the red I find tasty, too. They are pretty similar.

Pretty good eating, despite it all.

that is soooo hot. It's cool this weekend here, only in the 70's both days. I can't complain - I am not in the mood for the beach just yet! haha.

ohioraven on 06/27/2015:
Enjoy your blender. Take good care of Pop.

hollybelle on 06/28/2015:
Gosh,I am impressed how you are sticking to your plan while away and so busy with Dad and all! Fitness Blender workout?? Also I still can't believe I didn't realize it gets that hot in OR!

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Umpqua - Friday Jun 26, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

My Dad came home as planned yesterday and everything is status quo. He's starting to feel a little pain but is already doing exercises and seems to be bouncing back incredibly well. We are so, so grateful.

My weight is the same today as it was at home, which is great by me! My parents have an electronic scale and it usually seems on par with my scale at home. The difference is my weight is usually up after travel and change in environment so I think I'm doing well out here. I hope I will have a loss to report next week. Yesterday's exercise was a dog walk and wheeling my Dad through the hospital.

Eats (around 1,550 calories):

B - nonfat Greek yogurt, cantaloupe
L - turkey and muenster with mustard and greens on multigrain english muffin
S - iced coffee (homemade, no sugar!), 1/2 a banana
D - roast pork tenderloin, some noodles, corn
S - a little dark chocolate 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/26/2015:
Good work on staying healthy out of your environment. I know New England is quaint and all, but the mountains and lakes of Oregon are Fantastic.

Umpqua on 06/26/2015:
Oh it's gorgeous out here. It's also supposed to hit 107F today :)

puddles on 06/26/2015:
Real good news about your Dad and your eating. All is good keep it up.

grannyannie on 06/26/2015:
That's good news about your dad! You're doing really well maintaining your weight. Hope I can do the same on our trip next week!

hollybelle on 06/26/2015:
I have iced coffee every morning with natural bliss vanilla creamer - it has some sugar in it - but I get my caffine and sugar fix to get me going! So glad to hear your dad is doing well. I didn't realize it was SO hot in OR in the summer! Saw your FB temp post! Stay cool!

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Umpqua - Thursday Jun 25, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and kind words yesterday, I really appreciate it. I'm happy to report Dad did super well with the surgery and will probably be coming home from the hospital today! He was up and already walking around yesterday and feeling no pain (pain block to his should where they did the work and drugs). I still have lots of work cut out for me helping him and Mom once he gets home, but the worst is over.

Calories were 1,700 - a little high because of the coffee drink I had on the way to the hospital. Oregon is the land of coffee drinks and there are cheap and delicious kiosks practically everywhere you turn. I need to be careful about that! Exercise was a nice 30-minute dog walk and I'll be repeating that later this morning (and every morning I'm here most likely).

Eats yesterday:

B - egg, muenster on multigrain english muffin
L - salad topped with tuna and a little poppyseed dressing
S - frozen caramel coffee drink, 1/2 a banana
D - grilled lamb chops, baked potato, swiss chard

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/25/2015:
So happy to hear about your dad. Have a great day.

ohioraven on 06/25/2015:
Yeah, Dad.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2015:
happy to hear that the situation with your dad is at least improving. good work despite all the challenges. especially good job on your diet and continued exercise!

grannyannie on 06/25/2015:
Glad you dad did so well! 1,700 isn't bad and I know what you mean about coffee drinks. Cappuccino and other drinks are much higher in calories than most people think.

hollybelle on 06/25/2015:
Great foods! Glad to hear your dad is doing well. The pain management sounds superb. They really have come along way with that. Hope he remain pain free and on his way to recovery!

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Umpqua - Wednesday Jun 24, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

I'm estimating 1,600 calories yesterday and I kept things in check. It was a hungry day since I'm still adjusting to the different time zone, but I didn't overdo it. I also got in a 30-minute FitnessBlender cardio workout and am feeling it today, yay! 

I was up at the crack of dawn to bring my Dad to the hospital for surgery. Now we wait. He was a little nervous but he's been in a lot of pain so I know he's happy to be getting it taken care of. Plan for the day is clean eats (I'm on dinner making duty now) and a nice long walk with the dog later this morning.

Yesterday eats:

B - nonfat Greek yogurt
L - salad topped with roast chicken, sunflower seeds, avocado and balsamic
S - banana
D - takeout thai green curry chicken with rice, 2 glasses wine

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 06/24/2015:
Praying for your Pop.

Umpqua on 06/24/2015:
Thanks Ohio, I appreciate it.

puddles on 06/24/2015:
Will keep you in thoughts today. Have a good day.

Umpqua on 06/24/2015:
Thank you!

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Praying for your dad! You're doing well.

Umpqua on 06/24/2015:
Thanks Annie!

Maria7 on 06/24/2015:
I prayed for your Daddy. Hoping he will be on the mend very soon and feeling much better.

Umpqua on 06/24/2015:
Thanks, Maria!

horn_of_plenty on 06/24/2015:
Hi Ump! Nice eats. I have been having more avocado again - was sick of it for awhile. It's so satisfying and I crave the fat lately. Thanks for the kind words it's been a good week thankfully to less hours at work - normal hours - and therefore not having to rush around.

Mistyrose on 06/25/2015:
Hope your dad will be okay. You did good staying on track with all you have to do.

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Umpqua - Tuesday Jun 23, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Good morning, all! I made it to the west coast after a long day of travel yesterday. I did really well with food while traveling - our connections were so tight that we didn't even have time to stop for coffee/drinks so we stuck to the healthy foods I packed, followed by a healthy dinner and at Mom & Dad's house.  The boys and I slept a lot last night, having gotten very little sleep the previous night, and now we're working on getting on West Coast Time.

Today I'm resuming with counting calories and staying in check. I may be able to get a workout in later this a.m. after my work is done, since I'm missing the morning walk to get caught up. Challenge will be dinner since we're ordering Thai food, I will try to choose wisely.

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/23/2015:
Glad to hear you got there safely. Take care and thank you for your comments.

hollybelle on 06/23/2015:
Long trip! Hope your stay goes smoothly and your dad's recovery is quick. I know you will keep with your plan!

GottaDoIt on 06/23/2015:
All you can do is make the best choices you can while traveling.

Mistyrose on 06/24/2015:
You did great sticking to your food plan.

grannyannie on 06/24/2015:
Well done! Be proud of yourself!

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Umpqua - Friday Jun 19, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

We all slept in this morning, so nice. I ended yesterday around 1,600 calories and kept it clean. Exercise was cleaning house and generally rushing around to get work done, which I did before our company arrived. So I didn't have to work last night - we watched a movie instead! Our visit was fun and we kept the snacks healthy.

Lots of walking for me today as we'll spend most of it at the amusement park, we're heading out soon. I will try to keep eating reasonably healthy, and we'll be bringing lunch. The weekend will be spent packing and preparing for our trip as well as spending some good quality time enjoying HOME since we'll be away from it and my husband for so long. He's a little sad about our leaving but it's a necessary trip, unfortunately.

I will be checking in once I arrive on the opposite coast (hopefully I'll be settled by Tuesday) and plan to log calories and exercise as per usual. I hope everyone enjoys the next few days!

Eats yesterday:

Br: turkey burger with cheddar and avocado on small roll
S: banana-chip muffin (homemade, some veggie chips and a little fruit
D: tuna steak, 1/2 sweet potato, peas
S: a little more muffin (some of them crumbled but were still delicious)

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/19/2015:
Sleeping in is good and now you have your work for the day. Have a good trip. Take care of yourself.

Maria7 on 06/19/2015:
Hope y'all have a nice time at the park. :-)

Maria7 on 06/19/2015:
I see that you are getting close to your goal. :-)

ohioraven on 06/19/2015:
Have a good time in the Beaver State.

grannyannie on 06/19/2015:
You're doing great. Enjoy your trip!

hollybelle on 06/21/2015:
My husband travels quite a bit - but mostly usually just fo max 4-5 days. At this point it's not too bad. How long will your husband be away? What trip are you taking? Sorry I am so behind on details. I find it easy to stick to the food plan when husband is away - so maybe some consolation??? On the other had I don't have small children at home fulltime - just Rosalie part time! Oh, and I looked at the YoungHouseLove website! Wow, it's a good one!

Umpqua on 06/21/2015:
Unfortunately husband gets to stay at home and me and the boys are going to Oregon for 3 weeks to take care of my folks. My Dad is having shoulder replacement and Mom is too ill from last year's health issues to take care of him and be alone. We are hoping for a smooth recovery - this is the longest our family will be apart. Glad you like that site, they are serious DIYers!

hollybelle on 06/21/2015:
Oh, 3 weeks! wow! Sorry your parents are so far away. Makes my issues of aging Mom seem so easy since she is so near - same town. She is 80 1/2 and still really independent. I worry, though. Shoulder replacement - serious business. If all goes well, then Dad life should markedly improve. I am sure they will be so happy to have you and the boys there. Prayers for you and your family during this time.....life sure is a funny thing sometime!

Umpqua on 06/21/2015:
Thanks Holly, I really appreciate that. My parents are stubborn and won't move back East - I'm hoping they will reconsider that as they get older. Dad is 75 and in good health, but he should have taken care of this shoulder problem years ago. Did I mention he's stubborn? You're lucky to have your Mom close by. On the bright side, we get to spend time in beautiful Oregon and hopefully squeeze in a few day trips!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/22/2015:
I hope the rest of your weekend went well...and also the amusement park trip! wow. you are soooo busy!! Pump up the Ump! haha...

Sounds like you are living life at the moment, moving around a lot, doing different activities, getting out of the house...changing it up quite a bit.!

Sometimes, I choose to stay home rather than opt to change things up too much. Seems I like my time at home, too.

biscottibody59 on 06/22/2015:
Hope things go well with your parents and you get to do some fun things while away!

Take care!

Umpqua - Thursday Jun 18, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Thanks for the nice comments on my kitchen, I appreciate it. It's been so much work and has taken so long that I'm still in disbelief that it's my kitchen and now I get to enjoy it :)

Yesterday was great at around 1,700 calories. Exercise was the toughest Jillian Michaels HIIT workout I've done yet, I opted for the advanced class since this will be my last workout with buddy for a long while. I'm planning to do FitnessBlender workouts at my parents' house as time allows and I'll also be walking their dog regularly on their hilly roads so I'm hoping between that and how busy I'll be that I can drop a couple of more pounds out there.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, YIPPEE!! The boys have a half day and then we have friends coming over later in the afternoon for a quick get together by the pool. I have massive amounts of work to get done and would like to do a quick cleaning plus baking a healthy snack. My husband and I took tomorrow off work to take the boys to the amusement park and I have off Monday too since we fly out then. So I foresee I may be working into the night but it will be worth it to get the long weekend.

Yesterday eats:

B - egg, Quorn sausage and avocado on small roll
L - salad topped with tuna, pepitas, dried cranberries and creamy balsamic
S - Kind bar
D - baked chicken tenders, 1/2 sweet potato, broccoli

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/18/2015:
With your schedule dropping a few pounds should be no problem. Have a great day.

ohioraven on 06/18/2015:
You're a busy girl, Ump.

grannyannie on 06/18/2015:
Such a busy lady! Enjoy your time with the boys and husband.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2015:
yep, school is def just about ending for many folks! :) All my teacher friends are now starting to post on fb about summer vaca :) happy for them I guess. ;)

At work now, but will def be scrolling around, looking at the pics of your kitchen! wow, that seems to have happened so fast, the renovation! :) ok....took a look! wow.! I can't believe that's your kitchen either! looks like two totally different kitchens! good work! it looks fantastic. lots of hard work went in to getting it to look so nice :)

calories are great.

nice job to you...enjoy the day tomorrow at the amusement park!

Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
Aw thanks HOP :) To us it seems like the renovation took forever, even my boys were complaining about it. Good things are worth waiting for though!

GottaDoIt on 06/18/2015:
Busy! But sometimes busy is good, too. Have a great trip.

Umpqua on 06/18/2015:
Yes, busy keeps me from getting in trouble, haha. Many thanks!

hollybelle on 06/19/2015:
Wow! your kitchen looks wonderful! Did you paint the cabinets? Is the countertop concrete? It is all beautiful. You should put before and after pics on pintrest! If you painted the cabinets you will have to tell me how! We had new countertops put on but would like to give cabinets a facelift. Structurally they are fine. It is good to be busy-but I need a vacation!

hollybelle on 06/19/2015:
P.S. Your paint color in kitchen and dining room look very similar to our basement color. I like it, of course.

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