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jabockov - Monday Jul 03, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 182.0

After six weeks on the dreaded weight loss plateau, finally the weight is dropping.  That's four weeks of losing 2 pounds a week, then six weeks staying the same.  Taking away 200 calories per day and increasing activity/exercise a little was the answer.  I'd like to share a picture of a planter of Superstar Petunias.  There's only three plants in the planter!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 57 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/03/2017:
Yay! Congrats!

jabockov on 07/05/2017:

jayhawkjen on 07/04/2017:
Wow, gorgeous!

jabockov on 07/05/2017:
Petunias are my favorite summer flower. Glad you enjoyed the pic.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/05/2017:
Those are definitely little superstars! You did a great job with planting them & providing the right amount of water & sun :-)

Congrats on figuring out the mathematical formula for a loss....that's how i do it also. My weight is totally by math. When i go a little over and start to gain, I know it's time to be a little more careful with my weekly calorie averages! Math is the perfect way for me to maintain weight.

jabockov on 07/05/2017:
You're right about the math. Counting and recording the calories is so important. When I stop writing them down, I start eating more without realizing it. Using the BMR formula has been really helpful for figuring out where I am and where I need to be to attain my goal.

jabockov - Wednesday Jun 07, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 184.0

Good Morning All!

No weight loss again this week!  Was averaging 1,132 calories per day and getting in an average of 3,382 steps per day, then the weight loss stopped.  So, I decreased my calories by 100 per day, but am having leg problems so haven't been able to manage more than an average of 2,630 steps per day.  I have, however, added upper body exercises daily.  The end of the week should tell if this new strategy is working. 

Garden update - So delightful to see the iris blooming.  They survived the winter, the squirrels (who like to dig them up and eat the bulbs), and the deer (they're planted in the front unprotected garden).

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/08/2017:
One tip - increase your veggies...then you can feel full more often and not increase calories. another tip is drink more water....maybe you have some fluid retention.

Also, muscle burns more fat so i am in LOVE with your upper body weight training technique.

Lastly, your "hatched bulbs" are sooooo pretty. love that purple hue!

jabockov on 06/15/2017:
You know, you may be right about the muscle. Building muscle adds some weight. It could be that I am still losing fat, while gaining muscle. I'll stick with it and eat more veggies. Thanks! I love the Iris, too, and can't wait to see them multiply next season.

Donkey on 06/10/2017:
Has your new strategy worked? Adding the upper body exercises, that is... I agree, vegetables and water... Not very exciting but I believe that is what has mainly worked for me.

jabockov on 06/15/2017:
Haven't lost anything, but haven't gained, either. MY clothes fit better, though. Thanks for the advice about the veggies and water. I'll give that a try and let you know.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2017:
I had never heard of self watering pots! :)

jabockov on 06/15/2017:
They have a water reservoir that will hold up to 3 gallons of water, so plants will uptake from the roots, which is better for them anyway. I bought four of them from Gardeners Supply (online) for about $35 each. I LOVE THEM!

jabockov - Sunday May 28, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 184.0

Just as predicted, no weight loss this week, but at least I didn't gain!  Goals have been re-evaluated and I am going to try to decrease my calories per day by100, so the new goal is to stay under 1100 calories per day.  My hip pain is less, so I'll try to get in at least 3,500 steps per day.  Yard and garden work will give me that extra boost, I hope.

Next picture to share is the back yard "Neighbor Gate" that I built the summer before last, so my neighbor could get to the back garden and pick some tomatoes for herself.  I used some left-over cedar fence posts that my son had given me.  I screwed cedar branches in between the posts and cross-members for the vines to grow on.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2017:
Wow....so pretty! So creative on your neighbor gate! I love it! Seriously, wonderful work, Jabby!

jabockov on 05/30/2017:
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it. It was fun making it. I saw something like it on the internet and it didn't seem too difficult, got the simple eye-bolt hinges and slide latch on Amazon, and raided the garage for tools, then used my "trial and error" method for putting it together.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2017:
You are so artsy! What inspired you to be so creative? Were your parents this way too? You much so much heart and love into your work and that is def an inspiration to me. I like to see how people use their spare time to create wonder and beauty...not just sit around all the time ;) My time usually goes to the gym / fitness activities but more and more i'm trying to get off the couch more to do other activities that inspire me. But not gardening (i live on the 9th floor in an apt building in the city)

jabockov on 05/30/2017:
You can garden, even in the city on the 9th floor. Put a pot on a table in front of a window, and vwa-laa!Herbs are a great place to start and are fun to cook with.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2017:
i used to have some herbs that required watering every other day and i forgot and killed them! lol. I had cilantro and stevia plants!

jabockov on 05/31/2017:
With self-watering pots, you seldom have to water! You could forget them for up to 2 weeks. Also, if you plant in a bigger pot it conserves the water better.

Donkey on 06/03/2017:
This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

jabockov on 06/03/2017:
Thank you, but not as beautiful as your reaching your goal!

jabockov - Wednesday May 24, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 184.0

I keep going back to others' diary entries to look for inspiration.  The dreaded plateau has hit and I am emotionally devastated. Yesterday the scale read two pounds heavier and my legs have "kankles".  The last thing I wanted to do was go back on medication for edema.  I'll cut my salt intake and hope it resolves. 

It did seem a little better this morning and my weight came back down to 184, but I don't think I'm going to lose any weight, at all, this week. Is it worth it? Please tell me it's worth it!

I'll share a greenhouse picture.  The flowers and seedlings make me feel better.  I'm doing something different this year and planting greens in the railing planters along with the flowers.  If it works, I'll be able to just step out onto the deck to pick salad greens, Swiss chard, and kale.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/24/2017:
Your greenhouse is so delightful! I think I'd bring a comfy chair and read while surrounded by my beloved plants :-)

It IS worth it. Keep trying! Don't give up! These are not platitudes -- I mean this! Don't let that plateau get you down -- now is the time to dig deep, make a change, switch it up. You can do it!

jabockov on 05/25/2017:
See that little space on the floor, right in the middle? That's where I sit when I'm feeling down. I pull the squash plant close to me and play "Bumble Bee" with the flowers. It helps me get over that "give up" feeling. Thanks for your insights.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/25/2017:
I love your greenhouse photo also! Such beautiful plants and hard work and LOVE went into it! It's so great to be eating fresh herbs!!! absolutely awesome.! If i lived by you, i'd be begging to taste some!

Also, yes it's worth it to stick with it. I love Donkey's line about "platitudes!" Plateau, i agree, means you have to think of making another change - and then you'll be able to lose weight....or if you are content, stay as what you are doing. but never stop or give up!

jabockov on 05/25/2017:
It's not work when you love it, and I love watching plants grow. ....a seed, it breaks ground and becomes a tiny seedling, then gets bigger and bigger, and blossoms, and fruits.....AMAZING! I'll stick with it, maybe cut a few calories, try some yard work, the railings need paint....hmmmmm

jabockov on 05/25/2017:
Oh, HOP, you wouldn't have to beg, I'd share!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/25/2017:
thanks for sharing sweet lady!!! i'd be devouring everything you share with me xoxo...enjoy your night, lady.

jabockov - Saturday May 20, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 184.0

Staying the course.  Tried a new recipe: Sesame Shirataki.  The whole recipe only has 320 calories, makes more than 3 cups, and tastes really good. The noodles have no flavor on their own, so cooking them along with other flavorful things is the trick.  The bonus is that they have zero calories!

My hip feels a little better this week, so I am going to try to increase my steps to 4,000 a day.  I also added a light PiYo workout that I will try to incorporate each day.

Here's another picture of my gardens.  This one is in the back yard terracing the hill (another area no longer needing mowing, yahhhh).  The pile of rocks at the bottom shows that it's a work in progress.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/22/2017:
loving the "stones in progress" in your garden as it also symbolizes our lives and diets and lifestyles always a "work in progress." I feel the photo is a symbolism of the whole meaning of life!

Keep up the great work - i have tried those noodles and do like them -but feel they bloat me and cause constipation which is not good for me while i work! so i don't buy them because they don't work with me going to work...and on weekends lately i'm out and about more than home - so the noodles are no good for my lifestyle now....but i do agree they are an awesome product. if you can flavor them. did you get to liking them in your dish? i hope so...they are pretty darn awesome.

jabockov on 05/22/2017:
I did get the noodles to take on the flavor of the dish so they tasted pretty good, but, you're right, the bloating and gas was definitely a problem. Wow, "...the photo is a symbolism of the whole meaning of life", you're so insightful! I see that picture in a whole new way.

happy-1 on 05/23/2017:
I just started with the shiritaki noodles. Yum!

jabockov on 05/24/2017:
Do you have any recipes to share? I'm having trouble with the gas and bloating that the Shiritaki noodles cause. I'll try "Beano" and see if it helps. Do you have any recommendations?

happy-1 on 05/24/2017:
I haven't had that yet... but I do wash them really well first then nuke them for a minute. I have just been combining them with frozen stuff from Trader Joes to feel like it is a full meal... which also means I'm only eating 1/2 or 1/3 of the package... maybe I am not eating enough to be a gas factory!

jabockov - Thursday May 18, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 184.0

Here's a picture showing the kind of gardening and landscaping that I have done. I will try to post a new picture each time I blog.  I got tired of mowing the front hill so I landscaped it with rock and perennials.  There's a rock bench at the sidewalk edge.  I've only seen one passer-by try it out.  My little poodle, Zoe, used to sit there all the time. The sun would warm it up and make it quite nice on a cool day.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/19/2017:
I absolutely love your landscaping and plantings! So beautiful!

I love that you shared it with us too, it's a nice diversion from excel forms to see some color and beauty in the world too. ;-)

jabockov on 05/19/2017:
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

jabockov - Tuesday May 16, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 184.0

I am on the 5th day of my 4th week and, thankfully, still dropping weight slowly, but steadily.  I'm trying not to think about how long it's going to take to reach my goal.

The weather has been pretty nice so I've been able to get outside for yard work and gardening.  The greenhouse is almost full of plants and I've pretty much caught up with transplanting the seedlings to bigger pots.  It's cold today.  I keep looking outside, hoping for the sun to come out.

My heart goes out to all of you who are having difficult working situations with a co-worker or boss.  A job should be rewarding, enjoyable, educational, fulfilling,.........  I took an early retirement, as well as a few others, because of unresolvable issues with co-workers and a supervisor, who was a real piece of work.  (Actually, he was "asked to resign" shortly after).  So I know something of what you're dealing with and I empathize. 

Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day.  Stick to your goals, think happy thoughts - it's hard to be sad when you wear a smile.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 59 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/16/2017:
Sounds like you are accomplishing your goal. I was reading about it – and as long as you are doing it it said the same thing – try not to think about the end goal, just getting there is more the important thoughts and it sounds that’s the way you look at things.

Our weather is outrageous this week – summer weather like up to 90! Without the humidity! I wish I were on a paid vacation right now! haha – to spend here, in this wonderful weather at the beach.

Wow so already you filled the greenhouse up!? Show us! That’s so cool!

Thank you for your kind words about working in difficult situations or with difficult coworkers / bosses. I will never understand why people decide to act like jerks when instead they can be kind. But it’s not to figure out. So you are retired and doing wonderful work around your house. Nice. You sound like a motivated person. Did you gain the weight after retirement?

Thank you for your advice here to wear a smile despite it all….great advice! I’ll take it!

jabockov on 05/18/2017:
My weight gain started years ago. The pounds piled on with each pregnancy. I'd diet and gain and diet again, back and forth. Then after I turned 40 and it just wouldn't come off. I've actually been more active since retirement, at least in the summer being outside in the gardens. I'll hunt up some pictures to show you what I do outside........

Donkey on 05/17/2017:
I am glad that you could retire early. What a blessing! I wish I could, but I took time out of the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom, so I guess that's the trade off.

jabockov on 05/19/2017:
My one regret is that I couldn't be a stay-at-home mom. We fell on financially bad times and I had to work. Don't ever regret taking time to be with your children.

jabockov - Wednesday May 10, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 186.0

The Greenhouse is done!   It will be so nice to have fresh, chemical free, greens and veggies just steps away.  Pretty exciting!

Diet is going well, sticking to the calories, and getting in my steps.  I'm down 2 more pounds and the week isn't even over yet.

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 61 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/10/2017:
Very nice!

jabockov on 05/12/2017:
Your support is appreciated, thanks!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2017:
WOW.....!!!! it looks great - cheers to the freshest of vegetables and greens......omg jealous! but in a good way, lady! your hard work will pay off with such tasty veg!

keep up the good work. and you may want to increase cal if you lose weight too fast....just a thought.

jabockov on 05/12/2017:
Loosing 1-2 pounds a week is slow, steady, motivating, healthy, and for me. I finally have a plan that works and is do-able/sustainable. Thank you so much for your input and support!

jabockov - Saturday May 06, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 188.0

One day into Week Three and going better than expected.

I met my calorie and step goals.  Chewed gum when tempted to eat.

New goals for Week Three:  Stay under 1,236 calories per day and increase steps per day to 3,500

Now, back outside to work on building the Greenhouse.  We finally have a nice day, although a bit nippy!


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 63 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2017:
that's cool....are you building this greenhouse in your backyard???

congrats on doing well and keeping with your goals. I support you!

jabockov on 05/09/2017:
I'm building it on the side deck. It's only 6'x 8',has an aluminum frame and polycarbonate panels. I have modified it, a bit, bolted it to a 2x4 sill frame and then I'll tie it down to the deck using eye-bolts and strapping. I plan to take it apart, somewhat, and store it during the winter months. My only wish, though, is that the instructions were more detailed and had more pictures. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2017:
Wow...you know a lot about this kinda stuff! Do you work in a field related? amazing that you are doing a greenhouse. i bet you can have it at least 3 seasons (all except for winter?)

jabockov on 05/10/2017:
Gardening is my favorite hobby! I plan on using it from May through October harvest. I'll post a picture, if I can figure out how.

jabockov - Monday May 01, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 189.0

Three days in on my second week and seems to being going well. I've met my step and calorie goals each day, so far.

New goals for this week: increase steps to 3,000 per day and stay under 1,250 calories per day.

When I get a "craving" episode, I start reading DD blogs and get inspired again.  Thank you, everyone!


Progress as of today: 3 lbs lost so far, only 64 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2017:
Congrats on maintaining your health goals and glad we can add some inspiration for you to keep on going! :) it's the only way - never give up!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2017:
Mostly when i am roasting veggies i either brush a little olive oil or use a spray olive oil (less cal probably) and also a pinch of salt and black pepper. And then I either roast or broil the veggies. Any veggies can be done this way...400degrees F at least in the oven but def check online with directions per the type of veg you are cooking.

I enjoy cooked veg more than raw. Hardly any veg i eat anymore is raw, like i do eat raw ones, but most are cooked.

jabockov on 05/06/2017:
Thanks, HOP, I'll try this!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2017:
as per recipes to share, i am a lousy cook...so...most of what i make is not really that great...like i make turkey burgers and regular burgers and just add some spices in like cilantro, garlic, ginger powder. I'm still working o my cooking skills, actually.

One thing i've learned is not to be afraid of the oven as it works a lot better than stove top for many things!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2017:
i've been on this site a very long time, well over 10 years, so...feel free to always ask me for support or ask questions!

jabockov on 05/06/2017:
Ohhhh, that's so thoughtful, thanks!

mylilsista on 05/03/2017:
You sound motivated! Congrats on the progress. Every ounce and pound is a step in the right direction :)

jabockov on 05/06/2017:
Sometimes I'm concerned that the pace is so slow, but then I remind myself that it is slow, but steady, and in the RIGHT direction.

Donkey on 05/06/2017:
I like how you're gradually increasing your statistical goals. I should re-evaluate my step goal for sure.

jabockov on 05/06/2017:
I'm trying to avoid the dreaded "plateau".

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