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Umpqua - Wednesday Mar 26, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 136.4

I'm hanging in there this week. About 1,700 calories Monday and 1,600 yesterday, all reasonably healthy. This is the best I can do right now so I'm just going to keep counting and stay accountable. 

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua - Monday Mar 24, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 136.4

The weekend wasn't great for me. It was somewhat busy and I'm also stressed and I have to get a better handle on that. I think last week went really well and I want a repeat this week so it's time to get things in check.

Goals for this week:

- Record my calories 

- At least 2 Shakeology workouts

- Work on keeping stress in check

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

glassgirl3 on 03/24/2014:
sounds like a good plan.

Umpqua - Friday Mar 21, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 136.4

I can live with this week's scale reading after all the traveling and craziness that's been going on in my life. I've basically beenable to maintain through all that and that makes me happy. 

I got in a Shakeology 30 class yesterday which was great and I feel the burn today. Will try to bump it up to 2 next week. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

liza36 on 03/21/2014:
That is a victory to have managed well during all of that. Have a great weekend.

Maria7 on 03/21/2014:
Yes, I agree that your weigh in a very good one! Yes, it probably won't be long that you will be seeing flowers blooming. Our big yellow forsythia bush is in bloom in the back yard, so pretty...also the azaleas are already beginning to bloom in the front. Hubby and I worked in the flower beds, raking, pulling weeds, and putting down new red mulch this afternoon. It looks pretty. Hope you have a good evening.

Umpqua - Thursday Mar 20, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 135.1

I had a HUNGRY day yesterday but I kept things in check except for the nighttime Heath Klondike bar. I blame my husband for stocking up the freezer with all kinds of tempting ice cream while I was gone because it was on sale. I'm going to have to be extra careful moving forward.


B - egg and cheddar on 1/2 sprouted wheat bagel

L - salad topped with tuna, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and red wine vin

D - burger on ciabatta roll, corn on the cob

S - small leftover piece of chicken piccata, banana, Klondike bar


Progress as of today: 24.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

liza36 on 03/20/2014:
I'm glad that your mom is doing better and that you are now home. I sure understand hungry days. I had a run-in with ice cream yesterday myself. I can't keep it in the house - it's too dangerous. I actually went out for ice cream. That won't happen again for a good long time. Have a great day!

Maria7 on 03/20/2014:
I'm glad your Mom is doing better, too. Watch out for that tempting ice cream!

Umpqua - Wednesday Mar 19, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 135.1

Yesterday was right around 1400 calories again. Activity was cleaning the upstairs and more laundry.

The next few days are busy but I'm determined to get a Shakeology class in - maybe tomorrow.

Yesterday eats:

Br - 2-egg omelette with cheddar, sundried tomatoes and roasted peppers

D - gnocchi with Cooking Light alfredo sauce, sugar snap peas

S - orange, wine 

Progress as of today: 24.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

Umpqua - Tuesday Mar 18, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 135.1

Yesterday was great at about 1,400 calories. For activity I did some major house cleaning, dishes, laundry and grocery shopping. Hubby did a wonderful job holding down the fort while I was gone but there were lots of things that needed doing.

Today I'll focus on work and finishing up with cleaning upstairs.

Eats yesterday:

Br - sprouted wheat bagel with Greek cream cheese

D - baked lemon chicken, baked fries, broccoli

S - Larabar, nonfat pear Greek yogurt, a few small squares of dark chocolate

Progress as of today: 24.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/18/2014:
Nice eats!

Umpqua - Monday Mar 17, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 135.1

Quick entry to play catch up. I'm finally back home on the East coast as of last night - it's so good to be back! Of couse I'm jet lagged and way of schedule but I'll catch up this week. I saw a low of 134.6 at my parents' house but I'm going to wait and see where I'm at on Friday here and just record that.

Mom got out of the hospital on Tuesday and is doing much better. I was glad I extended my trip to make sure she didn't relapse and I felt like my folks were in good shape when I left with a clean house and lots of frozen meals to get them through the next few weeks.

Goals for the week - healthy regular eating, getting caught up on shopping and eating and at least 1 Shakeology class. Also back to logging calories.

I hope everyone has a healthy week!

Progress as of today: 24.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2014:
shakeology :-) love reading that! i do love my shakes too because they are so filling - but because of the ice. lately i have a chocolate shake with some milk & water mix, ice, protein powder, and half banana after my workouts & it is excellent!

congrats on your new low for your weightloss!!! :-D

legcramps on 03/17/2014:
Glad you're back and feeling good about things. And i'm really glad your Mom is out of the hospital and back at home - I bet she feels pretty great about that :0)

grannyannie on 03/17/2014:
Glad your mom is doing better and you're back home.

Umpqua - Monday Mar 10, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 135.1

Scale is back down, which makes me happy considering I've been eating a few more desserts here than I do at home. I'm also probably eating less food in general than I do overall and making sure to drown in water. But not logging on MyFitnessPal, that would be too much for me right now. Even so, this makes me feel good that I can eyeball portions and calories and stay on track. Gotta remember to keep all this up when I finally get back home (except with logging and more exercise)!

Today will be Day 9 of visiting the hospital and somehow (sheer willpower?) I've managed not to get sick so far. My Dad has been my constant companion and he has a hacking cough he can't shake, but I think that's more from stress about my Mom. At least I hope so and that he doesnt have something more serious because that might tip me over the edge. I've been very careful about constant hand washing and sanitizing at the hospital, for whatever that's worth.

Mom relapsed Saturday morning when we thought she'd be coming home and has had some complications. But she was doing much better yesterday and so we are hopeful she's on the mend yet again. I've extended my stay here through Sunday since I don't want to leave while she's in the hospital and I'd also like to get her settled in for a few days and actually spend time with her at home before I go. So we're keeping our fingers crossed yet again that she'll get out tomorrow or Wednesday.

Progress as of today: 24.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/10/2014:
Hoping your mom improves so she can go home, and so can you. You're doing well!

glassgirl3 on 03/10/2014:
Hope your mom is better soon. AARP magazine had a great article on new electronic products for keep track of family members eating , pill taking etc for people who do not live near their family members. I live with my father but some of their idea's seemed worthwhile. Hang in there.

legcramps on 03/11/2014:
Prayers are with you! Hope your Mom can be discharged home soon!

liza36 on 03/14/2014:
Still keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Hope your mom is on the mend.

Umpqua - Friday Mar 07, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 136.4

Thank you all for the good thoughts and prayers, it means a lot to me! Mom should be coming home from the hospital today or tomorrow if everything continues to go well. She's getting progressively better each day so we are optimistic she'll continue to recover.

I went ahead and updated my weight. I've been eating well but activity has been sporadic since I have a pretty rigid routine here with helping around parent's house and commuting to visit Mom every day. So based on that and since I'm using a different scale here, I'm OK with this. My main concern is that I don't gain while I'm out here because it would be easy to start eating bad stuff out of stress and frustration and I'm determined not to do that. I also have to stay healthy for my folks' sake!

I plan to check in again next week. As of now I'm scheduled to fly home on Wednesday, but I will stay longer if they need me. It sounds like everything is going pretty well at home, although my hubs is tired and overworked. He'll hopefully be able to rest up some this weekend.

Progress as of today: 23.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.4 lbs to go!

glassgirl3 on 03/07/2014:
Glad to hear your Mom is getting better. Sounds like you have a good plan for taking care of yourself while you take care of them. Hope your visit goes well.

Umpqua on 03/08/2014:
Thanks, we are keeping our fingers crossed she comes home today!

lolla on 03/07/2014:
Sending you and your mom healthy vibes, hope you can enjoy your time there and congrats on staying aware with your eating, it is not easy under these circumstances. Hugs.

Umpqua on 03/08/2014:
Thanks so much Lolla, I greatly appreciate it!

nosetwitch on 03/07/2014:
Thanks for the welcome back!

Maria7 on 03/07/2014:
Hoping your Mother is soon well. Glad to read she is getting better each day.

Umpqua on 03/08/2014:
Thank you Maria and it's good to see you're back!

Umpqua - Wednesday Mar 05, 2014
(Moderate Healthy Eating & Exercise)
Weight: 134.6

It's been a whirlwind of a week. I flew out at the crack of dawn on Sunday and got a call during the long 3-flight trip cross country that Mom had been taken to the hospital and put in the ICU with severe pneumonia. It's a complication of all the other issues she's been having. So my Dad picked me up at the airport after 13 hours of travel and we drove straight to the hospital to see Mom. She was in bad shape Sunday but has been progressively better and was moved to a regular room yesterday. She may get out today or tomorrow if she continues to progress. Today is her birthday, what a way to spend the day....I guess I picked a really good time to come out here though, since my Dad is grateful for the help around the house. I'm also helping with the 90-minute round-trip drive to the hospital every day.

All that said, I'm doing really well with trying to stay calm and eating healthy. I've been cooing big meals for us and freezing portions so they will have a stockpile in the freezer. Also being careful not to avoid desserts and snacking, although my one indulgence will be coffee. There are wonderful coffee shops every few feet out here, most of them with drive thrus, and they have all kinds of crazy concoctions. So far I've only had 1 - a caramel mocha. But I suspect there will be some frapps in my future. I will order small sizes when I do indulge. Activity has been deep house cleaning and lots of walking.

Not a whole lot of time to catch up on everyone but I certainly will when I get home. I've also been weighing in on my parent's WW scale and I'm right on track according to that. I will report in Friday to see where we are at. Not sure if I'll be able to fly home next week as planned, but my husband has already told me to stay as long as necessary to get things in order. It's tough though, because I already miss him and the boys. 

Progress as of today: 25.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

nosetwitch on 03/05/2014:
Sending positive thoughts your mom's way.

legcramps on 03/05/2014:
That's a whole lot of stress planted on your shoulders. I hope this week progresses for your Mom and she makes a full recovery. Thinking of you!

grannyannie on 03/05/2014:
Hope all goes well and your mom improves.

OhioRaven on 03/06/2014:

biscottibody59 on 03/06/2014:
Hope today finds improvements with your mother! Hang in there!

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