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Umpqua - Friday Mar 27, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 137.6

My new low weight is updated. It's really coming off slowly now so every little scale movement is a success :) I have exactly 2 weeks until we leave for Puerto Rico and I don't think I can make goal by then at this rate. But I'm doing everything healthily and haven't felt deprived, so I think this is the way to go. And I'm really close!

Yesterday was around 1,450 calories and 3 hours of painting. I had to deal with some unexpected family stress in the midst of painting and working which was not at all pleasant. I managed it, but got a lousy night of sleep as a result with lots of waking. Today is going to drag but I'm going to try to stay on my painting schedule and also make good food choices, which is hard when I don't get enough sleep. But I'll be mindful of it.

The end is near with the cabinet project (and most of the kitchen) and I should even have the walls painted this weekend. Next week will be a last coat to the doors and then hanging them - about time, right? I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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

grannyannie on 03/27/2015:
Frustrating when it's not fast enough but you're making progress and that's great! Puerto Rico sounds lovely!

thinnside40 on 03/27/2015:
I', sure your beautiful no matter hitting that goal weight for P.R. or not. Enjoy the time!

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Umpqua - Thursday Mar 26, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

Yesterday was about 1,540 calories. My workout buddy and I were both still a bit sore from Monday's workout so we decided to do a different one and will tackle the FitnessBuddy one next week. We did a 40 minute sculpting workout from Brazil Butt Lift and that was pretty tough too, although it mostly focuses on upper body (instead of the mostly lower we did Monday).

Today is working and painting, I've got a lot I want to get done and I'm just going to see how far I get.


Br - big salad topped with tuna, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and red wine vin
S - lowfat pineapple Greek yogurt
D - Quorn "shepherd's pie", some spiral zucchini and some broccoli
S - a beer, Kashi cereal with dark choc chips and almond milk

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 03/26/2015:
That workout sounds interesting but no amount of workout would be able to lift this butt here. lol Good job keep it up.

Umpqua on 03/26/2015:
I don't know about that, this is one of the most targeted workouts I've done. If you do the whole program it's tailored to your specific butt shape and trouble areas LOL. It's really a good one!

grannyannie on 03/26/2015:
Well done! Will you house ever be finished? :)

Umpqua on 03/26/2015:
Probably when we're well into our retirement LOL

grannyannie on 03/26/2015:
Oh geez!! Well we were well into retirement when we finished.

biscottibody59 on 03/26/2015:
Thanks for the fitnessblender.com info--sounds very interesting to me.

Hope your day was productive!

thinkpositive on 03/27/2015:
Sounds like a productive day & great workouts.

thinnside40 on 03/27/2015:
That salad sounds yummy!

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Umpqua - Wednesday Mar 25, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

I'm really happy with how this week is going so far. I'm already seeing a slight loss but I will wait until Friday to record and see where I'm at. Yesterday was around 1,550 calories and a veggie day and I also got in several hours of painting. The doors all have a first coat as do about 2/3 of the base cabinets. Today will most likely be a break from painting as I just have too much else to get done.

Getting the 2nd half of that FitnessBlender workout in with my buddy first thing so exercise is already scheduled!

Yesterday eats:

B - the better part of an avocado, Quorn sausage and tomato on an Italian hard roll
L - nonfat raspberry Greek yogurt
S - Go bar
D - red bean curry over multigrain pilaf

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 03/25/2015:
Hope you have a nice day. :-)

puddles on 03/25/2015:
You are the busy one. Keep it up. Have a great day.

thinnside40 on 03/25/2015:
Great! All sounds like a great plan......

grannyannie on 03/25/2015:
Well done! You are sooooooo busy!

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Umpqua - Tuesday Mar 24, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

Yesterday was great at about 1,500 calories. My buddy suggested we do a FitnessBlender workout and we did 40 minutes (about half) and it was hardcore! I hadn't checked out this site before, but it's a husband/wife team that make FREE workout videos. You can check them out at FitnessBlender.com and search their videos based on all sorts of parameters. We did a level 4 HIIT and it was pretty tough, we're planning to do the other half tomorrow. I also did about 2 hours of painting so it was an active day. This is going to be a long process and each side of the doors needs 2 coats, but it's underway at least and much easier than the priming.

Plan for today is rest from the serious exercise and more painting as time allow.

Eats yesterday:

Br - 2 boiled eggs
S - Kashi bars
D - chicken loaf, bake potato with light sour cream, broccoli
S - sl whole grain with peanut butter and dark choc chips

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/24/2015:
Good Day!

Maria7 on 03/24/2015:
You are really getting in some good workouts with all that remodeling/painting in your home! :-D

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Umpqua - Monday Mar 23, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

I did pretty well over the weekend with my company. A lot of that was because the snow prevented us from going out on Friday. So I cooked dinner Friday and Saturday nights and kept things reasonably in check there. Indulgences were a sampling of pastries brought on Friday night, and 2 Cooking Light strawberry lemon squares on Saturday night. And also a frappucino during the day.

Yesterday we ordered takeout for dinner but I got a grinder (sub sandwich - I learned in college that folks outside of my little area do not call subs/hoagies/whatever "grinders") so not too bad. I also got right to work after guests left and finished priming both the base cabinets and the doors. Messy, horrible priming is officially done! That was some good exercise and the scale is surprisingly on track this morning. That bodes well for the week!

My buddy is coming over for a workout this a.m. so I'm starting things off right. Plan for the week is clean eating and picking away at the actual cabinet painting as time allows. I'm hoping they will be cured and able to be hung by the weekend. We will also get at least one other workout in. I hope everyone has a great week!

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 03/23/2015:
Congrats on the weekend. Always a good feeling when we stay on track. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 03/23/2015:
Great job on the weekend, and the priming. Sounds like you are prepped for a great week!

grannyannie on 03/23/2015:
Well done on the weekend! Have a great week!

liza36 on 03/23/2015:
Weekends are my downfall. Glad to hear you managed yours so well especially with company. Enjoy your workout today!

biscottibody59 on 03/23/2015:
No moss growing under your feet lately--keep going!

ps thanks for the BD wishes--glad it's only once a year:-)

thinnside40 on 03/23/2015:
Great job!

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Umpqua - Friday Mar 20, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

I did well overall yesterday although I deciced spur of moment to make a dessert treat for my company - s'mores cupcakes. I had 1, so it could have been worse. I'm still estimating 1,700 calories for the day and weight is around posted today. So far, so good.

I'm not sure if our afternoon and evening plans will happen today, it all depeds on the weather. I have some alternative activities planned so we can stay in the house if roads are bad - of course there will probably be more baking if that's the case with my boys involved. I will try to keep things like yesterday since I think that's manageable. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Yesterday eats:

Br - 2-egg omelette with peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, avocado, spinach and cheddar, sl wholegrain toast
S - Go bar
D - salmon, pearl barley and green beans
S - s'mores cupcake

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/20/2015:
You still did very well. Wish I could stick to one of anything sweet! :D

puddles on 03/20/2015:
You did good girl have a great day.

Maria7 on 03/20/2015:
Sounds like you've got some good plans as well as prepared with back up plans. :-D

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/22/2015:
I hope your weekend turned out well. Mine has been very relaxing - and that's exactly how I wanted it to be! That s'mores cupcake sounds too good to be true. i would never want it anywhere near me!

biscottibody59 on 03/22/2015:
Hope you're having a good time there!

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Umpqua - Thursday Mar 19, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

Finally able to load the site :) Yesterday was a higher calorie day and I also spent a couple of hours cleaning, so I think I needed that. About 1,700 calories. No other exercise, too busy with running around. Today I've already done more cleaning and I'm just about done. My company won't arrive until late tonight, so it should be a normal eating day and I'll try to keep calories low.

I'm going to do my best to stay on track while my visitor is here, and I will try to post tomorrow as usual. We have one tentative dinner out planned for tomorrow (provided the expected SNOW doesn't interfere) and I'll also be cooking up a higher calorie dinner Saturday night. I will do my best to be mindful of portion control, and I'm also hoping to get back to the cabinet project on Sunday to burn some calories after they leave.


B - egg, Quorn sausage and cheddar on 1/2 lavash wrap
L - lowfat tomato soup
S - 2 Kashi bars
D - vegetarian "shepherd's pie" made with Quorn, mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies (surprisingly good)
S - Kashi cereal, dark choc chips and almond milk

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/19/2015:
Enjoy your guests and stay tough! Biggest challenge for me.

grannyannie on 03/19/2015:
Noticed your Quorn shepherds pie and I love those. They don't carry them in my store any more though. :(

Umpqua on 03/19/2015:
I didn't know Quorn actually made one! We have very few Quorn products in our stores (unfortunately since I love them) but I can order certain items in bulk through our co-op. This was my own concoction using Quorn tenders since I had leftover mashed potatoes I wanted to use up!

thinnside40 on 03/19/2015:
Enjoy your time together!

puddles on 03/19/2015:
Having company can be challenging but enjoy your guest. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 03/19/2015:
I misread your menu and thought you'd bought one. Yes, they do make one.

Maria7 on 03/19/2015:
Hope you have a nice time with your company. :-)

biscottibody59 on 03/19/2015:
Just being mindful like you are is a feather in your cap! Beats the alternative of thinking all-out celebrating.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Umpqua - Wednesday Mar 18, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

I kept it clean yesterday at about 1,350 calories. Exercise was degreasing all the base cabinets and priming most of them. This is where I have to call a halt on the cabinet project until after my friend's visit. I'm glad I got the priming done though because the kitchen is so much brighter already! I can't wait to get the real paint on, it's a muted white called Baby's Breath. I just hope it's not too shockingly white.

Today should be a veggie day and I may shoot for a quick Shakeology workout in addition to shopping and cleaning, as time allows. Busy day of running errands and the boys have karate so dinner is always tricky.  Going to try for an early dinner for me and younger son before his class so we're not starving like we were last week.

Yesterday eats:

L - lowfat tomato soup
S - Go bar
D - homemade baked and very spicy buffalo chicken wings (modified with only a tablespoon of butter in the whole mix), sauteed sugar snap peas
S - slice whole grain with peanut butter and dark choc chips

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 03/18/2015:
Lots of hard work! That's a good workout!!

museumgirl on 03/18/2015:
Great plan, you're making progress. If the paint is the color I am thinking, a friend of mine used it and it was beautiful. good luck!

grannyannie on 03/18/2015:
You're doing great! Care to share any before/after pics of the cabinets? :)

You are just nonstop!!

Umpqua on 03/18/2015:
Yes, I will definitely share!

puddles on 03/18/2015:
Take care and have a wonderful day.

BellaK on 03/18/2015:
Do you have a crockpot? I try and use mine on activity days, it surely helps. I'd love to see pics of the cabinets too! B.

Umpqua on 03/18/2015:
I do have a crockpot and it definitely comes in handy. Thanks for the vote of confidence on the cabinets, hopefully I'll have something to show soon :)

thinnside40 on 03/18/2015:
Hope your day is going great!

thinkpositive on 03/18/2015:
Hard to work meals around the boys activities. It must feal good to be getting close on completing your cabinets.

Umpqua - Tuesday Mar 17, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

I think I did really well yesterday and I'm estimating 1,600 calories for the day. My whole body is sore from skiing, and it was so much fun! The slopes were largely empty since it was a week day and the weather was perfect, not too cold but cold enough to keep things from melting (except right at the end of the day). So conditions were excellent! 

Today I'm playing catch up around the house and may do a bit of cabinet work if time allows.

Yesterday eats: 

B - 2 eggs, 1 slice whole grain
L - whole lavash wrap filled with hummus and spinach, small instant cappucino
D - tuna melt on rye (salad wasn't going to cut it since I was famished) with a salad with vinegarette on the side, 2 glasses wine, 1/2 slice chocolate cake  that I shared with my husband (the cake is a specialty at this restaurant and we don't get there very often)

Here is a picture of me since I haven't posted one in ages.

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/17/2015:
Sounds like a nice day! Great photo!

puddles on 03/17/2015:
Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Nice photo.

museumgirl on 03/17/2015:
looks fun!Food sounds good, too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/18/2015:
I prob did mention the beach :) I love strolling the shore with my best friend in the summer.

You look happy and fit in your photo, glad you had a good time skiing...but being sore blows! lol...last time I tried doing a lot of stair walking, I was sore for just over one full week. so no cardio for that duration of time for me....

SkinInTheGame on 03/18/2015:
Great pic!

Umpqua - Monday Mar 16, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 138.2

I think I did reasonably well this weekend. Exercise was what I would call extreme and so calories were higher, but I was pretty good about choices. I started off Friday with a killer Brazil Butt Lift lower body workout with my friend. I can still feel it a bit today and she loved it too. Then I came home and launched right into sanding and priming of my cabinets, which is seriously grueling work. All I can say about that is I'm trying to keep my eye on the prize and stay motivated. They're only partially primed at this point and they aleady look so much better.

I worked on them most of the day Saturday too until I couldn't physically do anymore. Yesterday was a very much needed day of rest. My husband and I are heading out to go skiing later this morning so I definitely needed to lay low yesterday. So....plans have been revised on my aggressive cabinet schedule. There's no way I'll get even a bulk of the work done before my houseguests arrive Thursday, but we should still be in good shape for Easter. I've already advised my friend and she's fine with that (she's seen me through MANY home improvement projects and is a bit of a DIYer herself). We just have to keep her 2-year-old out of the kitchen so he doesn't get into trouble! 

So, eating was healthy Friday with sushi takeout for dinner. Saturday was extra healthy and I made pork chops, mashed potatoes and green beans for dinner. Yesterday we ordered in and I had a cheesesteak grinder and wings, a nice indulgence. I'm pretty sure I burned a bunch of calories and will do so today too, so hopefully it will even out. Plan for today is logging foods and healthy eating. We'll be going out to an early dinner after skiing and I'll try to choose a salad.

Plan for the week is a little cabinet work but also cleaning up house and preparing for my visitors. I'll also get at least one workout in with my buddy. I'm hoping the weather will be nice enough for some walks with my friend during her visit too.

Progress as of today: 21.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/16/2015:
You are doing great!! Our worst remodeling job was when my hubby did the kitchen. 5 long weeks without a kitchen, but I was so thrilled when it was done! Have an amazing week!

Umpqua on 03/16/2015:
I'm lucky that we had already replaced the major appliances and sink, so I have a working kitchen during this project at least :P

puddles on 03/16/2015:
Wow everybody is doing renovation must be Spring time. Wishing you a great day.

Maria7 on 03/16/2015:
Do you know how to diy wood planks flooring also? Have a good skiing w your Hubby.

thinnside40 on 03/16/2015:
Best wishes in prepare for our guests and working towards your goals :)

Maria7 on 03/17/2015:
Hope you're having a good day. :-)

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