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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.

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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!

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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.

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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".

jabockov - Thursday Apr 27, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 190.0

Thank you for the tip on "compatibility view", it worked!

I have been averaging just under 1200 calories a day and it seems to be working.  I am down a solid 2 pounds! WOOHOO!

Also, I have managed at least 2000 steps per day, gatta' love that Fitbit.

I used this Basal Metabolic Rate Formula.  It's for women who get very little exercise (me).  655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years) = BMR

Then multiply that BMR number x 1.2 and that equals the calories needed per day to keep weight stable.  I then subtracted 500 calories per day in order to lose 1 pound per week. (Being that a deficit of 3,500 calories is needed to lose 1 pound.)  My BMR was 1462.  So 1462 x 1.2 = 1754.4 calories per day is needed to maintain that weight.  So, I subtracted 500 calories per day leaving 1254 calories per day for my goal to lose 1 pound per week.  The additional pound lost can be attributed to getting in over 2000 steps per day, which seems maintainable for me.

I have the formula for men, if anyone is interested.

As I lose weight the BMR will change, so I will recalculate at the beginning of each week.  For instance, when my weight reaches 188, the new caloric goal will be 1233 calories per day.

Oh, I said "WHEN my weight reaches 188".  That sounds like optimism! I CAN do this!

Does anyone have a good low calorie, great tasting salad dressing recipe? 


Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 65 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/28/2017:
So even if you ate 1200 or a little more, you'd still lose weight.

I'm glad you are doing well, keep working hard.

I believe in lifestyle change that can be committed to for life, no diets that are short term. Keep up the good work.

I actually don't make salad dressings but when i order stuff, i usually use the healthy olive oil and vinegar. If you want to seriously lighten it up, you can instead of olive oil use some olives as my coworker did and just use vinegar. It's rather acidic this way, but it's extreme low cal. I used to do that sometimes - vinegar has hardly any cal.

Also, i eat salads but instead of dressing, i top my salads with things like marinated veggies or roasted veggies. I top salads with veggies that are cooked / spiced / flavored. That is low cal and still flavors the salad leaves or cabbage that i use as my salad base.

jabockov on 04/28/2017:
Good suggestions! Not a fan of just the vinegar thing, but the marinated or roasted veggies sounds good. Can I get specifics as to what to use as a marinate and what spices you roast your veggies with? Since my calories are well defined, I think twice about the choice I make and try to stick with vitamin and nutrition packed meals. My veggie omelet is my favorite and I love my protein shake. These are changes that I could keep in my meal plan forever. I'm sprouting wheat berries to try a Sprout Bread recipe. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. Have any favorite recipes that you'd like to share? Thank you,your suggestions and support are very appreciated!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/28/2017:
glad the compatability view worked - long ago the webmaster here had told me the same thing :-)

Donkey on 04/29/2017:
I love my Fitbit too!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/01/2017:
I will write more...just need to find the free time at work...i will answer your ?'s...but sometimes takes awhile...sorry :) i enjoy this interaction on DD...and love to give my suggestions so thank you for asking! :)

jabockov - Wednesday Apr 26, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 190.8

Progress as of today: 1.2 lbs lost so far, only 65.8 lbs to go!

jabockov on 04/26/2017:
This is interesting, I can't post a new blog, just add a new comment. The header will post, but I can't type anything in the blog format. Has this happened to anyone else? I tried to correct it by resetting internet options to the default, but it didn't help. Any help with this would be appreciated.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2017:
With the page settings of your browser, change it to compatability view or off compatibility view...i always forget....and my computer now is annoying to navigate so i can't check...it has to do with the page settings...and compatibility view :-)

i know because it happened to me a couple times with my other computers.

jabockov - Sunday Apr 23, 2017
(Eat Mindfully, Move My Body)
Weight: 191.0

Progress as of today: 1 lbs lost so far, only 66 lbs to go!

jabockov on 04/23/2017:
Calories are a problem with me, I am very short, 5 foot 1, and exercise is an issue. A low back spine injury leaves me unable to lift weights and knee and hip issues leave me only low impact exercise choices. HELP! I gain weight at 1500 calories a day.

Two days in and I've been able to keep my calories under 1000 a day. I got a step counter and my goal is 2,000 steps a day.


horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2017:
Under 1000 a day isn't healthy at all.

horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2017:
It's too low as you are not a sedentary old lady. Too low cal isn't maintainable for the long run and isn't a lifestyle change. You are not going to gain weight at 1500 a day but you need to be patient as the weight you put on took time and now it takes time to take it off - and usually takes more time to take off. You can do it - I support you.

jabockov on 04/24/2017:
I do gain at 1500 a day. I gain at 1400 a day. I maintain at 1200 a day. Sustained exercise isn't something that I can maintain, so calories have to be less. Right?

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2017:
I challenge you to take back your statement that calories are a problem for you....they are a problem for many but they don't have to be. Be kind to yourself. And eat at least 1200 if not more like 1400. You WILL lose weight, even at 1400-1500. tust. me.

jabockov on 04/24/2017:
I've done that, for extended periods of time, more than a month. I gain weight if I eat more than 1200 calories a day. I maintain weight at 1200 calories a day. So, to lose weight, less calories! My metabolism is extremely efficient. One good thing, I would be the last to starve to death in a famine!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2017:
*trust me....and trust yourself.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/24/2017:
okay, i want to the best for everyone here...so just be good to yourself :-D you know you better than anyone else does. that is true :)

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