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Umpqua - Friday Jul 31, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Our friends' visit was great yesterday, the boys and I had such a nice time and kept eating in check, which is easy since they are health minded and brought good snacks! Then things went south after that. We've got some outside stressors impacting us right now and can't do much in the way of diffusing them. I know that sounds vague, but it's extended family stuff (not my parents, they are both doing really well thankfully) and I can't get into the details. All I can say is it's been tough for me to catch a break - going from essentially one type of stressful situation out west and coming home to this. And I'm just plain old tapped out, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Now is a good time for me to take a break from logging and recording, and hopefully I will return from vacation renewed and ready to charge into this health and fitness battle. Goals for my trip include lots of walking and swimming and keeping treats in check. A majority of meals will be healthy and made by me. Most importantly, I'm planning to unplug, unwind and recharge my batteries. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy week!


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

puddles on 07/31/2015:
Unplugging, unwinding and recharging your battery is exactly what you need. Just get away and forget everything. Enjoy your holiday.

Maria7 on 07/31/2015:
I am so sorry you are going through adversity. You need a break after taking care of your parents and coming back home. Take some time for yourself, somehow. Try to get everything off your mind on your vacation and unwind and rest and relax. Take care and see you back when you feel up to it again. :-) Love, Maria

ohioraven on 07/31/2015:
I know you'll do good on your own, and will be back soon. I hope you can let go of what's troubling you and put it in God's hands. Wishing you the best.

biscottibody59 on 07/31/2015:
Good time for your vacation with the outside stuff going on. Hang in there--and enjoy your time away!

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Umpqua - Thursday Jul 30, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Around 1,600 calories yesterday and the day was busier than planned so I didn't get my workout in :/ The Internet was out for most of the day and 2 visits from the cable company didn't fix it so I had to scramble to get my work done and filed. I'm hoping they'll get it fixed today! Friends coming over for lunch and swimming today so another busy one. Really hoping I can get started on packing so I don't have to do it all tomorrow. Will def shoot for wokrout tomorrow.  

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

Maria7 on 07/30/2015:
I see that you are still doing well. How is your Daddy doing? Hope he is doing well. :-)

puddles on 07/30/2015:
Funny how the day can run off on us and then we just can't seem to catch up. Have a great day.

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Umpqua - Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Yesterday was on track, although I don't have a calorie count. Started out with 2 boiled eggs and then it was just grab and go as I ran around all afternoon. Some watermelon, cherries, some oat bran pretzel sticks my friend brought (these were awesome), etc. I definitely burned a few calories I think and I also spent some time in the pool!

Today I have some shopping to do and I'm going to try to start packing me and the boys. The majority of packing and prep will happen on Friday. Also shooting for upper body HIIT workout later this a.m. - booyah! 

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

ohioraven on 07/29/2015:
Booyah, Coach.

puddles on 07/29/2015:
Definitely a packed day of activities and work. Have a good one.

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Umpqua - Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Yesterday was great at 1,600 calories and a lower body HIIT workout. I also got a bunch of shopping done to prepare for our work day Saturday and vacation. We're having a bunch of kids over for swimming this afternoon so I'm trying to cram on work on cleaning this morning. That will be today's workout, plus lots of running around getting food prepped and hauling things in and out. Tomorrow is a calm day - I really tried to plan the week out well!


B: egg, Quorn sausage and cheese on 1/2 lavash wrap
L: salad with dried cranberries, pepitas and creamy balsamic
S: small java chip frapuccino (Starbucks sadly can't touch the awesome frozen granitas I was able to get out west)
D: Cooking Light mustard-thyme chicken thighs, sauteed zucchini and onions
S: homemade banana-chip muffin


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

puddles on 07/28/2015:
A lot of planning but you will soon be on holidays. Have a great day with all the kids this afternoon.

ohioraven on 07/28/2015:
Enjoy your workouts, Ump.

grannyannie on 07/28/2015:
Always busy! You're doing well as usual. I'm sure you're looking forward to your relaxing and fun week.

biscottibody59 on 07/29/2015:
All your prep, workouts, etc should make for a good rest day--enjoy!

hollybelle on 07/29/2015:
Glad you got rested. I hear you about Starbucks - don't tell everyone, but I am not that much of a SB fan. I love little neighborhood cafes and we don't have too many of them, either! I love frozen coffee drinks. Hence I drink ICED coffee every a.m. But SB's have little ices of ice that kind of hurt your tongue! LOL-have a good one!

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Umpqua - Monday Jul 27, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

I had a wonderful and relaxed weekend, it was definitely just what I needed! I feel well rested, de-stressed and ready to conquer the final week before vacation now :)

Priorities this week will be exercise (shooting for lower body HIIT workout today) and shopping/packing for the trip. I do have some get togethers I need to schedule for both me and the boys and I'm going to do my best not to overschedule since I want to remain serene and not frazzled going into next week. I got my packing lists made over the weekend since we have a kitchen and I'll be cooking/making a majority of our food, and I'm doing my best to incorporate some treats while keeping things mostly healthy. Moderation!

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy week!


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

ohioraven on 07/27/2015:
Have a good day, Ump.

grannyannie on 07/27/2015:
Good to hear you're finally rested! Have a great week!

puddles on 07/27/2015:
Nice to feel rested. Have a great week. It all sounds like a great plan for your holiday.

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Umpqua - Friday Jul 24, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

I had my peaceful, relaxed day and it was so nice! I also got an upper body HIIT FitnessBlender workout in, finally. I resisted major snacking as it was kind of a hungry day with the exercise and ended around 1,500 calories, which I'm great with. 

The scale is simply not budging and I'm OK with that. I've been happy with my ability to maintain through stress and madness and I feel strong and healthy, and this is what's important. And being on this site is also important because it keeps me accountable and prevents me from gaining. In the past I've done things like go on an extreme low carb diet for a few weeks and I could easily drop the number if I did that, but I know that's temporary and the number will go back up. This time around I'm *hoping* I've found a sustainable long-term way to be healthy 

Today is the closest thing I will have to a ME day in a long time. I do have some work to pick off this morning, and I'm going to try for a lower body FitnessBlender workout too. This afternoon I have a massage scheduled and then a date night with my husband. I'm looking forward to all of it (except the work part). The weekend should be quiet with lots of family time.

Next week I'll start preparing and packing for another trip - we leave a week from Sunday for a beach vacation! We'll be there for a full week although husband and I are both working a couple of the days to save up his vacation time, and we have work to do at one of the rentals next weekend before we can leave. Even so, it will be great to get away and have fun as a family. I think I got the point across that my 3 weeks in Oregon were NOT a vacation, not by any stretch. I'm grateful the boys and I got 2 fun day trips in but the rest of the trip was hard work, possibly one of the toughest things I've had to do. So this vacation is much needed and much deserved, as far as I'm concerned.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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

grannyannie on 07/24/2015:
You are doing great as always! We both seem to have 140 as the number we don't want to hit, and have the same goal weight. You deserve a nice beach trip with the family!

puddles on 07/24/2015:
I agree your trip was not a holiday. You deserve this. Take care.

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
Good post and good day! I did lower carbs for a few weeks and did drop some weight that I have gained back a few pounds - I am not sorry I did the low carb thing - it got me fired up again, but going backwards, even a little for a little while is not fun. Moving forward now!

hollybelle on 07/26/2015:
How is your AC? P.S. glad you are getting a bone a fide vacation! Being with parents is just plain stressful! You did very well for 3 weeks in OR, my dear girl! WTG

Umpqua on 07/26/2015:
Thanks, Holly! We lucked out with the AC, mice had built a nest near the electrical and chewed a wire. A quick and inexpensive fix - at least compared to replacing the whole thing!

biscottibody59 on 07/26/2015:
Glad you got a good, relaxing day for yourself! Glad you put your foot down:-)

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Umpqua - Thursday Jul 23, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Yesterday was on target and around 1,400 calories. Exercise was pool vacuuming and chasing children around. Today will be a quiet day to catch up on work and chores and get a workout in - finally!


Br - egg, slice whole grain toast
S - homemade banana choc chip muffin
D - creamy avocado pasta (huge helping, I was starving and this recipe was awesome)
S - homemade banana choc chip muffin

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

grannyannie on 07/23/2015:
Good job!

puddles on 07/23/2015:
Congrats on the calories. Enjoy your quiet day.

ohioraven on 07/23/2015:
Have a good day, Ump.

hollybelle on 07/24/2015:
You are DUE a good peaceful, relaxed day!

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Umpqua - Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Calories were 1,475 yesterday and exercise was lawnmowing in the heat. That was plenty of exercise since I was panting and dripping with sweat by the end!

Today is work and we're having a couple of kids over in the afternoon for swimming. That will be the last of the social appointments for a while, we all need some quiet down time. FitnessBlender workout tomorrow? I'm trying - even though I was super busy staying with my parents we didn't have the social distractions we have here at home so it was much easier to get the workouts in. Then again, the swimming and lawnmowing count too :) Also, I haven't updated my weight but it's been fluxing right between posted and 141 - nothing lower since my return. Which means I definitely didn't gain on my trip but I also didn't lose either. Can't complain about that too much.

Yesterday eats:

B - green smoothie
L - salad with a little Japanese ginger dressing, 2 boiled eggs
S - kind bar
D - turkey meatloaf with some ketchup, home grown ancho pepper stuffed with multigrain pilaf and a little parm
S - air popped popcorn with a little EVOO

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

puddles on 07/22/2015:
Your doing good. Cutting the grass in the heat is exercise. Have a great day.

ohioraven on 07/22/2015:
Heck yeah, you bet that I count lawn mowing. Take care; we just got a cold front come through here. I think it's headed your way.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2015:
Nice job to you. Those are excellent calories and exercise... I would def lose weight if I did all that exercise and ate like that....

Umpqua on 07/22/2015:
Thank you for this. This comment made me curious and I randomly clicked back to August of 2005 - nearly 10 years ago. And my entries here show I was staying with my parents and eating way more than I do now - and maintaining 113 to 114 in weight,

2 kids and 10 years later and my metabolism has completely changed. Just a reminder that our bodies are constantly in flux and we have to nourish and work with what we have.

I'm also so glad I have this to refer to because this has been such a long road for me

Umpqua - Tuesday Jul 21, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

Yesterday was good at around 1,500 calories. Exercise was lots of swimming. I have pool cleanup and mowing work to get to today and I'll see if I have time for a short workout too - I have to make that a priority.

Eats yesterday:

B - egg and cheddar on 1/2 lavash wrap
L - nonfat Greek yogurt, cherries and other fruit
S - Kind bar
D - pork roast, multigrain pilaf, swiss chard
S - choc rice cereal with a few dark choc chips and almond milk 

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

ohioraven on 07/21/2015:
Gettin' back in the groove. Good for you, Ump.

biscottibody59 on 07/21/2015:
Looks good--food too! Have a great Wednesday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/22/2015:
Great eats. Yum swiss chard! Love all the veggies!

Those calories combined with a lot of swimming is an excellent, healthy day! How are you feeling now that you've been back almost a week from your trip!? Are you looking forward to a slower weekend? Or many plans? Lol, just curious, usually after a trip, the following weekend, I would opt to at least have one of the days be on the slower side :)

Umpqua on 07/22/2015:
Me and the boys have actually been socializing nonstop this week and this afternoon will be the last day of that. We all need some down time and I'm hoping my husband and I will get a quiet date night Friday. Other than that I have no major plans for the weekend (one of the boys does without us) and I'm happy about that!

Umpqua - Monday Jul 20, 2015
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 139.2

I took a much needed break from logging and recording for a few days. I feel rested and caught up on life now and we had a nice weekend filled with parties and get togethers. I kept eating in check for the most part and exercise was lots of swimming. I feel pretty good about the past few days in general!

Today's plan is to log foods and calories and get more swimming in later in the afternoon. I'm going to shoot for 2 FitnessBlender workouts this week, although I don't think I'll have time today. I hope everyone has a good week! 

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

ohioraven on 07/20/2015:
Welcome back, Ump.

GottaDoIt on 07/20/2015:
Glad you got a good rest.

grannyannie on 07/20/2015:
Good job!

biscottibody59 on 07/20/2015:
Sounds good! Have a good week yourself!

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