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moogy - Sunday Oct 03, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 230.5


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: knowing who I am, why I am here and where I am going

Hello Lovely Girls, I just got back from church, where I had a lovely time and am feeling replenished for the coming week. We were a bit low on numbers this morning as it it in the middle of a two week school break, a long weekend and daylight savings kicked in at 2 a.m. this morning. We always have a few people who forget to put their clocks forward, I have forgotten myself on occassion. My daughter always yells up at me now, just to remind me, as if I was some sort of slightly vague old woman (mmmmm!!!! thinking about it, she is not far wrong).

Anyhow, onwards, I have a quiet afternoon ahead of me, I may have a nap. It is always action packed action at my house!!!! I can't believe it is already October, what happened, I feel as if I am still in June? Have a good rest of the weekend girls!!

DAY TWENTY of being in control of my eating behaviour TEN TO GO


hot chocolate, bodywise bar                         3

tuna and corn mornay, potato rosti             8

veal chops, cauliflower, carrots, peas, gravy      4

                                total                                15

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 55.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 10/02/2010:
Well, hello there....let's see now...you said put the clocks up an hour...so I guess that instead of 14 hours ahead of us, you are now 15 ahead...gotta keep up with that. Sounds like you had a lovely church service...as for us, we are looking forward to going to church in the morning! Time for lunch over there, isn't it?

Sofia on 10/02/2010:
I keep forgetting that you're so far away in Australia and that it is almost summer for you! Good job on the foods, only 10 days to go! :D

chidogs on 10/02/2010:
A nap sounds great. Hope you get a nice rest! Other than that, keep with the program and have a great day. :)

V on 10/02/2010:
Hello Moogy my love! Just gettin home from work (yawn) SOOO gonna sleep til doomsday!!!! LOL Love you :)

KathyBlue on 10/03/2010:
I wonder when we are changing the time either... I thought everyone changes at the same time, funny...

just42day on 10/03/2010:
Congrats on your continued progress! Hope today's a great one for you! :)

hopingforhealth on 10/03/2010:
Ha. I always forget my clock too, but am lucky enough to get reminded by the people around me. Have a wonderful ad relaxing rest of the weekend!

Maria7 on 10/03/2010:

getmebackto150 on 10/03/2010:
a nap sounds fabulous!!! Have a gread day and thanks for the comments and checking up on me!!!

balloonlady on 10/03/2010:
the year does seem to fly by, keep up the great work, thanks for all your comments..

moogy - Saturday Oct 02, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 230.5


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: good advice, a happy home, a co-operative scale

Hello Gorgeous Girls, It is a chilly Saturday morning here and I am sitting enjoying the cold, I may have to turn the heater on, but in the meantime I am relishing the chill in the air. I have good news, it may be a day later than I predicted but I have lost 2.2 pounds YAY (big yay for a big loss), I knew I had lost weight. I was up and down about four times in the night, so I figure it must have been water retention. You will have to remind me about this if it happens next month or when ever TOM shows up again. I am a happy girlie today. I will continue with my WW counting, just to please V and to make sure I am on track. I found out that my sugar free chocolate has 17grams of fat per 45grams/ounce and a half, I don't know why I thought it would have less fat that normal chocolate, I guess I just hoped. In my world chocolate will be like celery, no calories but just as delicious (as chocolate, not celery - I don't think celery fits into a delicious category, it seems to me, the most righteous of vegetables!!). It is a dream of mine and let's face it we all need a dream!!

I have to clean the bathroom today, I am the only person that uses it, so it never gets grubby, but the talcum powder on the floor is trying to make a dash for freedom, so I have to give it a good going over. I have a little cooking to do also (for lunch) and a little movie watching and that's it for the day. I will give updates on any progress with the treadmill saga!! I hope all you retreaters have a wonderful time together, enjoying each other's company and laughing a lot. I want you to know that I am not bitter and twisted that I am not going to be there, not bitter at all, really,.......I'm not!! I love you girls!!

DAY NINETEEN of being in control of my eating behaviour ELEVEN TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge                                    5

2 dates, 1 cup strawberries                            1.5

lamb korma curry, 1 cup jasmine rice           7

bodywise bar                                                       2

seasoned fish fillets, corn on the cob            4

                                                    Total                19.5

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 55.5 lbs to go!

fatgirl101 on 10/01/2010:
Congrats on your loss, and thanks so much for your comment! Was so encouraging. :) as long WE keep focused, determined and disciplined i think we all gonna get there in no time! Have a lovely weekend :)

chidogs on 10/01/2010:
Good job on the loss. And thanks for your comments. I have been neglecting the veggies the last couple of days, so I have corrected that. I actually love veggies of all kinds. I will eat fruit, but it never satisfies me. Anyway, your lovely cooler weather sounds like heaven to me right now, it is hot and humid here. Take care!

Maria7 on 10/01/2010:
Yayyyy! Good job! Congrats to you on the -2.2! So happy for you and hope you're having a wonderful Saturday! :-D

thinnside40 on 10/01/2010:
Whoot whoot!!!!!!! :o]

V on 10/01/2010:
Go Moogy Go Moogy!!!!!!! Thank you for keeping track of your points :)

V on 10/01/2010:
But what if they are "Magical Boots" ?????? LOL ;)

selina on 10/02/2010:
Wow, Congrats on the lbs lost. I knew it - there was a very simple explanation for the stubborness of the scale. Have a great weekend!

selina on 10/02/2010:
It's funny how we always long for somehting we don't have, ha! I love this area we just moved to, I'd really miss the oaks and dogwoods if I had to live in Cairo, for example. I bring up Cairo because I did visit my friend there last New Years' vacation and I found it a bit too dry for me... However, I also dreamed of living in a place surrounded with of eucaliptus trees, koala bears and kookaburras. My friend who just moved to Camberra just wrote to me and she says she loves her new place. Her house is just so beautiful, she has flowers starting to bloom around her house, she has 2 large/old wisteria vines growing along and over her porch...! She also likes walking to stay fit, I wonder if she is going to find koala bears along her walking path, like I find squirrels around here...

just42day on 10/02/2010:
Congrats on your loss. Yahooooooooooo! Keep going

shawnee on 10/02/2010:
Whoo Hoo on your loss : )) Thank you for all your comments! I am waiting/wishing ( 4 U ) to see the son-n-law got your treadmil up-going for you soooon!

breakaway on 10/02/2010:
SO happy about your weight loss :D You deserved it for sure :D I admit, I'm jealous of everyones get away :( LOL I need to set up a group with my friends here like that...would be so fun. Although it makes it hard when you have little ones at home. Sure hope you have a terrific weekend :D

hopingforhealth on 10/02/2010:
That sandwich is one of my favorite things I've made since trying to eat better... it tastes really decadent even though it isn't!

Way to go on the big loss!! I'm so glad that scale is moving for you; you have been working hard and deserve it!

skinnygrlwithin on 10/02/2010:
I agree sushi can be dangerous with all of that soy sauce.. but I'm pretty good with soy sauce..I used only about 1 and 1/2 packets of the low sodium soy sauce for 20 pieces. I agree though the veggies are much better!

Maria7 on 10/02/2010:
Happy Sunday to you! :-D

nita51 on 10/02/2010:
Enjoy your weekend!

moogy - Friday Oct 01, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7



In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: my health, freedom to choose, a cool day

Hello Lovely Girls, It is a chilly and overcast Spring day and I have had to turn the heater on, it's crazy two days ago I thought I would have to turn the air conditioner on. Nevertheless, I am grateful for a cool day, I shall wallow in every one of them that comes my way now. They will be few and far between, still no sign of rain, it's been about three weeks now. I have been reading the diaries and envying the rain some of you have been receiving.

I just got back from taking the princess to pre-school and my usual restock of the fruit and vegies from the shops, plus, and you will be thrilled to hear this...............and extension cord for the treadmill, yes, it has made it's way upstairs. It is still in three bits, but I am expecting that son in law will put in together this weekend. So YAY!! Bad news is that there is still no movement on the scale front, however, I wore the same skirt today as I did last Friday and I could feel that I had lost weight. I can only think that it if water retention or some strange hormone thingy. Anyway, as promised I have hunted out my WW books and measuring stuff so that I will start the dreaded counting and weighing again just to make sure I am on track.

I was asked yesterday what my goals where, it kind of set me back because apart from a goal weight  I hadn't really thought about other stuff. So I sat myself down, well, I was sitting down, but you know what I mean!! and came up with a list. Which I present to you for perusal:

1. To eat a balanced diet without counting or weighing.
2. To stay on program and in control of my eating.
3. To eat like a 'normal' person including single serves of my comfort foods.
4. To enjoy exersing three to four times a week.
5. To have comfort foods in the house without them triggering me.
6. To realise that my comfort foods are always available to me if I want them.
7. To get to 80kg/176lbs as a realistic goal at this time.
8. To set realistic acheivable mini goals. First, to reach 100kg/220lbs.

Have a wonderful day girls!!

DAY EIGHTEEN of being in control of my eating behaviour TWELVE TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge                                    5

prunes,5, almonds,8                                        2

spicy chicken and salad wrap                       8

WW ginger kiss bar                                         1.5

turkey steak, carrots, cauliflower, peas, gravy  4.5

                                                       Total            21.5





Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

chidogs on 09/30/2010:
I love your goals! Especially the ones about eating normally and having the comfort foods around without them triggering a meltdown. So very true! I would share those goals.

V on 09/30/2010:
Yay Moogy!!! I know you can do anything if you set your mind to it.... But maybe either count or weigh at least til you start dropping the lbs(and you will) might be a good idea, not saying do both just one??? I am sure you will meet every one of those goals listed above!!!!! I didn't realize you had a new post i have been responding on the previous one! OOPS Lol love ya Moogs :)

Umpqua on 09/30/2010:
Wow Moogy, good on you for setting that list of goals! #s 5 & 6 would be the most difficult for me. There are certain foods we just don't keep in the house. But I have gotten to the point where I can say to myself that cookies and ice cream and things like that are "for the boys" and so off limits. So I guess it depends on how we rationalize stuff to ourselves!

Oh and it's rainy here and I had to put the AC on for a couple of hours tonight. So darn humid in the NE US. I hope you have a great day!

V on 09/30/2010:
Okay I thought long and hard before my response and I have to say if you asked me that same question 10 years ago I would have immediately said yes I want to get married....Now I am not so sure,it would be nice but it wouldn't be the end of the world if i didn't..Even in my career path I never would have thought that my current occupation would be as fulfilling, I am happy, well fed (that's a given) lol i am also in the position to enjoy the finer things in life that are important to me...I try to live my life without regrets or what ifs...

V on 09/30/2010:
Thank you and I will continue to work on being closed off with your help of course, so be as straight with me as you have always been..I know I can count on you for that :) Thank you for always making me see things clearer :)

Maria7 on 09/30/2010:
I like your goals but for some of us, they might be a little unrealistic since some of us are ADDICTED to food...much like an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol or a drug addict is addicted to drugs...btw, food is a drug in the sense that it can make us feel different ways when we consume it...We KNOW we can't trust some foods to not trigger us...we accept this...and to have our comfort foods ALWAYS AVAILABLE to us if we want them...well, you might do really well with this, but speaking for this girl, I know I could not do that and I accept it and am okay with it. I know I can't do that because I used to be a food addict. That is how I got to over 200 pounds. I still battle wanting to comfort myself with food, much like an alcoholic comforts themselves with alcohol. They can't have any alcohol and to have it in their home without it triggering them and have it always available when they wanted it...well...you get the picture. For example, I CANNOT have peanut butter in the house...I absolutely LOVE peanut butter sandwiches and once I indulge, there is NO STOPPING me til it is ALL GONE!!! It tastes SO GOOD to me that I lose sight of the goal and give in to the peanut butter! I'm just about the same way with any nuts, ice cream (that's why I only buy a small amount at a time...that's the only way I can control not binging on it), etc. It's beddy bye time for me and I'm sleepy so if some of this didn't sound right, please accept my sleepy apologies. :-D

nita51 on 09/30/2010:
Yes, thank you,,,I'm trying very hard. And as for you my dear,,Please remember, when we don't see it on the scales,,,we may see it on the tape measure. ( in inches ) Stay encouraged my friend. :)

balloonlady on 09/30/2010:
you got some great goals outlined there... good going... Thanks for the post, I love how "Is your husband insured????:) Congratulations on your loss" was all in the same line, I have a twisted sense of humor... thanks for all the support... (and you bet he is insured...lol)

KathyBlue on 10/01/2010:
I love the goal list! They are fabulous! See, I told you... the threat of pulling his ears made him move :)... now he better set the thing up soon! :) One more thingie, could you please send me your address to katalin1981[at]gmail[dot]com, I want to send you a postcard from Lisbon! :))))

just42day on 10/01/2010:
You're doing so well with "staying in control" - very admirable. Keep going. I think writing your goals is a good idea. There's something about seeing them in print everyday which helps keep them uppermost in your mind. I know you'll continue to have success! :)

sweetpea1977 on 10/01/2010:
Yay for the treadmill progress! I suspect you'll be using it by next week. How exciting!

So, you might not be seeing pounds lost, but it sounds like you're losing inches. Perhaps you should start tracking those once a month as an additional incentive to stay on track with achieving your goals.

Thats a great list of goals you have there. I too would have the most problems with #5. My trigger foods tend to be anything chocolate based, ice creams, and bagels with cream cheese. Even though I've changed my lifestyle almost 6 years ago, I still struggle with these three things. So, for my health, I rarely buy them. If I do, it is in small quanities usually meant to be eaten as one serving. Doing this allows me to realize the reality of #6. :)

Setting small weightloss goals is great. I always did them mentally, but I think I'll write down my mini-goals on a daily basis to further encourage me to stay on track. This method seems to work well for just42day, so I have been inspired to do the same once the baby is born. I know I will need all the incentives I can get to lose weight I gained from both babies. Not sure you knew this but I still had 18 pounds left to lose to reach my pre-Ethan weight when I got pregnant with baby #2!

selina on 10/01/2010:
Enjoy the cool day, my friend! I know that water is so scarce in Australia... but I also know that you have warmth in huge supply! I'm loving that list of goals you've listed. #1 goal is one of my priorities, too, for I hate counting calories. Have a great day!

shawnee on 10/01/2010:
Love your goals they sound so healthy and in control and really isn't that what we are all wishing for a normal shut off whent not hungry! Glad your son-n-law got his rear in gear for you!! lol

biscottibody59 on 10/01/2010:
Thanks for your lovely sentiments!

Yeah, it's amazing--haha (your comment)! I had no idea I had sleep apnea until I started having chest flutters while trying to go to sleep and eventually went through a gob of cardiac testing. It was like pulling teeth to get a sleep study because I had none of the usual signs--daytime sleepiness, morning headache, I'm not a superobese MAN for crying out LOUD etc. Fortunately I got treated--that's the important thing:-)

It's been quite the adventure/nuisance. And if you want to read more about it, I made a couple of very detailed entries back in late April of this year.

Good list there--enjoy your day!

moogy - Thursday Sep 30, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: my DD support group, new habits, blessings

Hello Lovely Girls, It is a cool, sunny Spring morning here in Sydney and it is still going to be a nice day. Yippee!! I was feeling a bit flat this morning when I logged on.Then I read my overnight comments and yesterday's again. I was really touched by the love and concern you showed to me when I was doubting myself. Then I felt much better and ready to read the diaries and of course, after doing that I was seeing things in perspective. I always think that reading the diaries helps to put my own problems into a continuum, it is like there is a flow to life and you just have to go with it. I saw a smidge of downward movement on the scale this morning, so something is happening, yay! (little yay for a little movement!!).

It was really good to read you ideas, suggestions and advice. It helped me to check what I was doing and realized that I am doing OK. The portions are OK, the hormones aren't, the exercise isn't (I will get to that item soon), but everything else I was able to confirm. I am doing the right stuff, even to the point of knowing the amount of food I can eat to stay under my WW points without counting da dah!!  Now, onto the treadmill, there was some indication that it was coming upstairs yesterday, but, and isn't there always a but, my son in law has to take it apart before it comes up. He is currently being headhunted and was "locked in secret" meetings for most of the day. Hence, here I sit with no treadmill. It is all a matter of patience with him, and being his mother in law it isn't as if I can go downstairs and tell him to get his act together. Unlike my daughter who get a regular get on with it speech. I am sure it is imminent, within a week or so, thinking positively!! Have a great day you wonderful women. I love you heaps!!

DAY SIXTEEEN of being in control of my eating behaviour FOURTEEN TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge

bodywise bar

tuna and corn mornay, oven baked chips

lemon cheesecake

honey sesame chicken, coleslaw (Update: I wasn't hungry so I just had a hot chocolate - but this dinner is so yummy, I will probably have it tomorrow.)

Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/29/2010:
You are a very patient and reserved mother-in-law. They are extremely lucky to have you living upstairs!

I'm glad to hear the scale moved a tad and I bet it will move more soon. Hormones and a prescription are what screwed me up big time last year, so I know what an awful battle that is. You are eating well so maybe a little exercise is all that is needed to give your metabolism a push. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your tasty menu!

Maria7 on 09/29/2010:
Sometimes patience is very much required...I know, I know... But is is worth waiting than demanding...unless nothing is eventually accomplished, not even with hints...then it is time for a 'discussion'...hehehe! (Because you be 'disgusted' hehehe!)...just kidding! /Not!

Are you really in autumn there in Sydney??? I thought you were in spring!

Hope you're having a good Thursday morning! :-D

balloonlady on 09/29/2010:
exercise is a great metabolism boost, your doing great and were all here for ya...

V on 09/29/2010:
Hiya MOOGS!!!! :) I missed you while I was away :( Happy to hear the scales dropped :) what is corn mornay?????

sweetpea1977 on 09/29/2010:
Yay for scale movement!! Im also happy that you feel better after reading our comments and diaries. Struggling is a part of life. It teaches us patience, perserverence, and how to appreciate all the good things that we do have going on in our life.

Anyway, keep on your son-in-law regarding that treadmill. I think using that will definitely get that scale to drop more consistently.

Your foods sound wonderful. You always have lots of variety going on in your menus. Thats great!!

V on 09/29/2010:
It is almost like a corn pudding...that sounds decadent and yummy :P

hopingforhealth on 09/29/2010:
A smidge of movement is good news and encouraging. I am gonna be thinking positively about your treadmill getting set up soon and then it will really go. Keep up the good work!

nita51 on 09/29/2010:
Don't you just hate it when you really need your children's help,,,and they seem to take their sweet little time coming to your rescue? When I ask my adult son to help me move something, or hammer something up,,,,I always get this l-o-n-g sigh. I HATE IT! LOL I should sigh like that, when he comes to borrow money. :) :) :) Hope you're having a great day. Hugs

nita51 on 09/29/2010:
There You Go!!!! :)

loveray on 09/29/2010:
16 days of heath! cheers to that!! sending lots of love.

shams on 09/29/2010:
yea it's good to keep logging in DD. can you share your goals with us, unless it sound better for you without. keep it going

nita51 on 09/30/2010:
I'll never eat late again. It makes me feel real crappy and irritable. I loved that "smidge of downward movement" That was so cute. Heck, I'll settle for downward anything instead of upward. Keep on doing a great job. Hope you have a nice Thursday. xoxo

KathyBlue on 09/30/2010:
you're right about reading the other's diaries. I'd already learned a lot since I joined DD and I've been learning since then! It's strange to see people struggling with 10-20 lbs extras, it seems nothing to me. But their everyday issues, the food problems, heart problems (I mean, love life, etc.) shows patterns I have, and we could surely write a book on DD and our lives. We live so far from each other and yet we are so the same, not even age is a factor!... I'm sure your b-in-law will get that threadmill work for you any time soon! If not, I will travel from Portugal to Sydney and pull his ears... :-)))

KathyBlue on 09/30/2010:
forgot to tell: reading others' diaries gives me an extra, practicing English every single day, ehehehehe... I really needed it, too :D Getting wiser in several meanings of the word! :)

just42day on 09/30/2010:
Ah, sweet moogy. That you soo much for your positive thoughts. Really appreciate them. Hope you have sweet dreams. :)

teensybikini on 09/30/2010:
I hope you have a great day too. congrats on the drop on the scale. I am so completely jealous of your sunny day. It is pouring down raining here in Maryland in the U.S. Enjoy your day!

selina on 09/30/2010:
Wonderful to hear about that scale: slowly but surely. Hormones is the major culprit in my strugles, too. Hang in there, you are doing great!

chidogs on 09/30/2010:
Congrats on the loss. You have a great day too!

V on 09/30/2010:
Moogy :) Yay! I was waiting for you :)

Maria7 on 09/30/2010:
Good morning!!! It's 8:35 pm here so must be 10:35 a.m. your way! Hope you and your family are all doing well! :-)

V on 09/30/2010:
Moogy I wasn't flirting with him HONEST( with her most Angelic Smile) Not my fault this time!!!!! I own up to all of my naughtiness..Yes I know my mom did a number on us, on one hand we will never be fooled by anyone and on the other hand I love me and my friends...I am totally working on it but it is a bigger struggle than the weight loss, that is easy in comparison

hopingforhealth on 09/30/2010:
Ha ha! Yay my positive thoughts helped. I hope it gets set up soon!

moogy - Wednesday Sep 29, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: a cooler day, determination, good food

Hello Gorgeous Girls, It is a cool morning here in Sydney and after four days in the 80's we are at last going back to Autumn weather low to mid 70's for a few days. Thank goodness, I was thinking I was going to have to put the air conditioner on, ridiculous so early in the season.

Still no movement on the scale front, stupid scale. I am feeling frustrated and beginning to doubt myself. On the logical side, I am telling myself that I am eating healthily, high fibre low fat, maybe I am still carrying fluid from TOM. It is so excruciatingly slow, I want to see at least some movement in the right direction for all this effort I am putting in. Can someone have a look at my menu's and tell me if I am doing anything wrong!! I have been doing this for a long time and know what works but any other input would be good.

Maria wrote something in her comments yesterday that got me thinking about something I learned a few years ago. PRACTICE, HABIT, CHARACTER, it was used in relation to our personal growth, the way we interact with each other. I was thinking that it is just as useful for eating behaviour, what we practice becomes a habit and then it becomes part of our character. I originally used it to stop judging people, I now just try and think up a excuse or reason why someone would dress or behave in a certain way rather than just think "What an idiot" or "Doesn't she own a mirror", it works most of the time anyway!! Have a good day girls!!

DAY SIXTEEN of being in control of my eating behaviour FOURTEEN TO GO

UPDATE: Thanks for the input so far, I have had a look and although I am not counting points - I have had a count and today is 20 and I am allowed up to 22.  I always keep my serving sizes small e.g. one chicken thigh. I think that bit of dieting has become part of my CHARACTER part of the above equation. I always drink heaps of water. I do think that there is something going on with the hormones. I am sure walking will help, if I can just get that son in law organised, I will start on the treadmill. I am not giving up on this, I think that there are always reasons why we don't lose weight but never excuses to not to try.

UPDATE TWO: Well, I have had a talk to myself and decided that if the scale doesn't move by the end of the week I will get my WW books out again and start counting and measuring. I just hate all that stuff, I just felt that after all this time I can tell my portion sizes and how much to eat. However, I am still hoping that the scale moves by two pounds, before Friday, I feel as if I have lost weight. O#$***y scale.

hot chocolate, porridge

apple, almonds

herbed chicken and salad wrap

bodywise bar

roasted lamb shank, roast pumpkin, cauliflower, peas, gravy, mint sauce

Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/28/2010:
"Different strokes for different folks" also works well when I find myself questioning others' behavior ;P As far as your menus go, they always look fantastic to me. The only thing I can think of is portion sizes - especially with the meats. How much do you generally have for your evening meal? The calories can sneak up that way, as well as in sauces and gravies. But based on what I've seen of your recipes, everything looks spectacular, so I'm sure the scale will move once TOM clears out of town for good. I hope you have a great day!

sweetpea1977 on 09/28/2010:
Portion sizes is the only thing I can think that could be "wrong" with your menu. Food choices are always fantastic though. Maybe your body is trying tell you to get on that treadmill, haha. Get your son to set it up pronto as Im sure the extra steps would help that scale move. :)

Yes, the cooler weather feels wonderful. This is the first year in which I hated Summer. So unbearable! I think the hot temps was part of my severe nausea problem during the first trimester. Im super-sensitive to heat and dealing with hormonal imbalances at the same time aggravated that sensitivity!

V on 09/28/2010:
I agree with Umpaqua as far as your menu I always thinks it's fab and maybe it could be the sauces and gravies....Might I also add that you thought that you were possibly showing pre menapausal signs and if that is the case, that could be the culprit...If the scales don't move after TOM then I would investigate deeper...I hope TOM is the reason, don't panic just yet...We are all here to see this through with you :) Are you still counting your ww points?

Maria7 on 09/28/2010:
What helps me is not the food I eat but that I keep track of EXACTLY HOW MUCH of it I eat and I have a measuring cup that I measure some things with like flour, etc. Have you thought about putting the number of calories beside each of your foods listed and adding them up at the end of the day??? It is SO EASY to overdo it and think we are eating within a certain range and go overboard. So...this is what I'd recommend...count the calories in each thing and put them by each food and add them up at the end of the day. Try to figure as closely as you can if you don't know exactly how many calories are in a certain item. It's easy to look up foods and their serving sizes and calories amounts on the internet. I hope this helps and I believe it really will! :-D

Maria7 on 09/28/2010:
PS...if you are going by WW points, it can still be calculated with points. At your weight, you might want to check with the doctor on your exact amount of points or calories but I think it is pretty difficult to lose weight if one goes over 1700 calories a day, no matter what their weight is.

Maria7 on 09/28/2010:
Good plan! Thanks for your comment. Counting eventually comes 'naturally' and is not a bother, just a reality. It actually helps me feel 'in control' of my eating and not thinking there will be any little 'surprises' such as weight gain (as in a lot of it). It helps me feel good, knowing that I can count and keep track during the day. It is sort of like a 'second nature' now.

Donkey on 09/28/2010:
Donkey was here to cheer you ON!

just42day on 09/28/2010:
I think the reason the lessons keep coming is because I don't learn from them the first time.....

hopingforhealth on 09/28/2010:
The menus look pretty good to me too. I'd say watch portion control, because I know I can get in trouble with that... I just like eat and eat sometimes! My only other suggestion would be to crack the whip on your son in law with that treadmill! I haven't been able to lose weight just through diet or just through exercise since high school/early college. I definitely need to do both!

Try not to get discouraged. You can do this! Losing weight is a hard slog. Goodness knows, if it was easy, we wouldn't need DD.

Keep your chin up. Not everyone can type and clap as cleverly as you :)

V on 09/28/2010:
Oh BTW thank you my wing woman!!!!!!

2luvself on 09/28/2010:
Thank you so much for all your support the last month you really made me feel special and like I have a family to come back to here. I think now that I have my membership with the pool again you will be seeing a lot of me.

Your doing great! Keep it up! The scale can be such a mind game, sometimes you just gotta let it go and know that you are making the right choices.

thinnside40 on 09/28/2010:
Thank You :o)

balloonlady on 09/28/2010:
Don't doubt yourself, all plateaus break and your doing so great! when I get stuck I will have a high cal day followed by a normal low cal day and sometimes that boosts the metabolism a bit...

selina on 09/29/2010:
I like everyone's comment on the portion control. That was my problem once in the past when I couldn't move on from the plateau I landed on. After I started strictly looking at the portions the scale dial also started changing. (I even started using these little cute bowls that I had to eat my food in. Whatever didn't fit in the bowl was off the portion allowed.) Stay well!

2luvself on 09/29/2010:
I was on a health food and diet site today and I came across this paragraph for people dieting without counting calories and I thought of you.

"Know your portion sizes. A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of pasta, rice, beans or fresh fruit is about the size of a tennis ball. A serving of nuts or dried fruit is about the size of a golf ball. A serving of cheese is a little larger than a nine volt battery. A serving size of vegetables is about the size of a baseball, but as long as the vegetables aren't fried or slathered in butter or creamy sauces, you don't really have to worry about how many vegetables you eat. They're extremely low in calories, filling and good for you. You may want to use measuring cups and a food scale to get your portion sizes exact at first, but with the help of these visualizations, you should get pretty good at "eye-balling" portion sizes pretty quickly."

Read more: How to Control Your Diet Without Counting Calories | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4541636_control-diet-counting-calories.html#ixzz10vv2jmob

I don't know maybe these visualizations will help you average your meals out.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2010:
you are very right about easing into the dieting range for calories. I cannot even THINK about 1500 per day even right now. It's much less than i have been eating. right now, dieting for me, is around 1700-1800 calories per day! That is pretty much how low i get and a number i am happy with...it DOES help me lose weight but at the sloweset pace ever! haha.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2010:
you are so kind and helpful to everyone on here!! thank you so much for being an active member on this site. we are lucky to be able to share our journals with you! :-D

KathyBlue on 09/29/2010:
re: doctor - i have the appointment tomorrow at 10AM! thanks for caring :)

loveray on 09/29/2010:
hope you had a most wonderful day!! xoxo

moogy - Tuesday Sep 28, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 230.5


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: a good night's sleep, family, good  intentions

Hello Wonderful Women, I started reading the diaries today very early, I got up at 5.30am just because it was light. It will be daylight saving in a week or so and maybe I can stay alsleep longer, it would make sleeping in easier. It was weigh in morning this morning and the scale registered a 200g (less than half a pound) increase, however, due to TOM I don't think that is accurate so I am not going to record it, I will weigh myself later in the week. I feel as if I have lost a couple of pounds, so that should show up shortly.

I am at my half way point with my 30 day challenge and it hasn't been to bad so far, I have had a couple of days when I have wanted to eat 'something' else just because of appetite/feelings or whatever, I will continue on this path, I know that I have got myself under control and am happy with that, I am eating healthily and the scale will co-operate very soon. Have a wonderful day girls.

1. To eat a balanced diet without counting or weighing.
2. To stay on program and in control of my eating.
3. To eat like a 'normal' person including single serves of my comfort foods.
4. To enjoy exersing three to four times a week.
5. To have comfort foods in the house without them triggering me.
6. To realise that my comfort foods are always available to me if I want them.
7. To get to 80kg/176lbs as a realistic goal at this time.
8. To set realistic acheivable mini goals. First, to reach 100kg/220lbs

                                                  MEATLESS MONDAY

DAY FIFTEEN of being in control of my eating behaviour FIFTEEN TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge

apple, almonds

chicken, snow peas, broccolini, noodle stir fry

lemon cheesecake

baked beans on toast

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 55.5 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 09/27/2010:
Do you think less cheese? really?? I'm only having between a slice and a slice and a half a day... is that really that much??

Umpqua on 09/27/2010:
Good for you for feeling in control, that's so important. And yes, I need to come up with a plan for the weekends since they seem to happen each week, without fail LOL. Thanks for giving me a chuckle! I hope you have an excellent day and week!

just42day on 09/27/2010:
Glad things are going well for you! Thanks, too, for your well wishes. I really appreciate them. :)

breakaway on 09/27/2010:
Great positive thoughts! Love that! I have missed your entries while I was gone. Now I have to catch up :D

sweetpea1977 on 09/27/2010:
Yay for 15 days!! Thats incredible. Keep it up moogy!!

Today was a great day. I was able to eat normally and was headache free for most of the day. Yay!

Thanks for the chocolate company's website! I hope I can find someone who carries it here. Oh and I LOVE that chocolate quote. I completely agree with it! :)

hopingforhealth on 09/27/2010:
You're half way there! Good job!

V on 09/27/2010:
LOL Moogy I love you!!!! well aside the fact you are crazy like me, you really know how to put things in a way I can see them a little clearer...You are absolutely right!!! Alas a new car would really be nice....Only time will tell. As far as TJ I still talk to him and as usual my interest is still there and maybe if he did a little more wooing he might make it! LOl. he is moving next month to Fl. 3hours south of where I am so only time will tell. i am always honest with all of them but I don't know why I am such a commitment phob...There is also Dan in the equation as well...What's a girl to do???? LOL

V on 09/27/2010:
Oh I almost forgot, there is also Christian the bar owner(not my bar) here too. Okay that is it I think??

Maria7 on 09/27/2010:
You know...it's all about developing NEW HABITS...and getting accustomed to them...replacing the old habits with the new habits...until one day, the new better habits come naturally. I've found this has happened for me! :-)

thinnside40 on 09/27/2010:
Great job!

V on 09/27/2010:
Now that is a stellar idea Moogy one of your greatest...Maybe i could move to Utah, it is totally legal for guys to marry more than one why can't us girls do it too! LOL

shawnee on 09/27/2010:
15 days Whoo-Hoo for you!!

nita51 on 09/28/2010:
OK! I'll check out that recipe. Thank you. Love the way you've pulled it all together. Girlie before you know it,,,,you'll be a hot little number! :) :) :)

selina on 09/28/2010:
15 days of being in control is an amazing accomplishment. I'm so proud of you! It's getting darker and darker in the mornings, in the northern hemisphere :( Soon, I shall have to walk to the bus stop with my daughter because I'll be worried about her, otherwise.

Enjoy your spring and the beautiful flowers!

Maria7 on 09/28/2010:
Hope you're all having a good nite's rest over there in Aussieland! :-)

KathyBlue on 09/28/2010:
ahh, i admire you! I fail these 30-days challenges, I just failed the one you proposed to me! :( It was only with an hour and it wasn't that serious but... :( I'm a loser!! :( I feel bad...

moogy - Monday Sep 27, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: cool mornings, fresh linen, happy children

Hello Wonderful Women, It is a cool Spring morning here in Sydney, but it is heading up to the low 80's again, I am saying nothing, if I start moaning now I won't stop until February. Believe me you will be fed up of me before Christmas as it is. Anyway, on a different, I was going to say brighter, but that wouldn't be right either, I have found out why I hadn't lost any weight this week, TOM arrived yesterday, never just after a weigh in, always just before, why is that, how does that work? I am late, I suspect that I am starting menopause, I guess next time I am at the doctor's I will get him to take some blood to see what happening. I have no clue what to expect, any one with any information, I would gladly accept it.

My daughter purchased a treadmill a few years ago, it's like something from out of the gym on the Starship Enterprise, we haven't been able to set it up in this house, we were renting before (we purchased this house) in a much bigger house. But now I have a laptop I have a walk through between my bedroom and bathroom which is quite wide, it has shelving on one side and empty space on the other, so we are dragging the beast out of the garage and setting it up in my place. Now, I have to point out that this will take getting my son in law organised, which isn't the easiest job in the world, bright fellow just procrastinates a lot, even between us two pretty hefty girls there is no way we would get it up the stairs. I will be able to start walking again. I think I mentioned early on that I had had a seizure (in February) which even with all the acronym names tests they could not find out why. The neurologist just said there was something wrong and we won't know until I deteriorate some more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice. I haven't been brave enough to face walking around the streets, just in case. However, with the treadmill I will be able to start exercising again. Yay!! I was lying in bed this morning and as you do feeling my tummy and my hips to feel for any weight loss, I am presuming other people do this, if not, don't tell me!!! and thought to myself "I think that is flatter, I think I have lost weight", it didn't show on the scale. But I think I have lost weight. I will weigh in in the morning, but if it is a no show I will try later in the week as well. Have a good day girls.

I know it's meatless monday, but I am afraid that chickpeas and fish are not going to help me today, I am a bit crampy and feeling sorry for myself - so it's meat I am afraid. I need the iron  - it' the only excuse I can come up with.

DAY FOURTEEN of being in control of my eating behaviour SIXTEEN TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge

apple, almonds

spaghetti bolognaise

bodywise bar

turkey breast, coleslaw, tomatoes

Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 09/26/2010:
ahh, Monday already! I got puzzled by the date but then I remembered you're in Sydney :-)... BTW, off-topic but one of my fav authors is Colleen McCullough and the book of course: Torn Birds... What a bitter-sweet book, I have it in Hungarian, English and Portuguese... It's a story of an australian family...

selina on 09/26/2010:
Hi Moogie, good morning to you! That treadmill is going to work wonders, I just know it! I hope you had a great weekend and have refueld for the week!

My garage did look horrible yesterday, what a mess! We did have to go back to the store to buy another painting kit which we mixed this morning. We finished painting just before lunch time and a couple of hours before I drove sweet husband to the airport as he had to go Europe for work.

Have a great week!

Maria7 on 09/26/2010:
And we, here in SC, are REJOICING in staying in the 80's today, down from the 90's...yayyy! So much better and cooler! :-)

The treadmill sounds wonderful to help get that walking in! :-)

selina on 09/26/2010:
Moogie, how did you guess that (cats walking on the wet paint)? Haha! Inky did get in the garage when the paint was drying but was still sticky. The paint did not stick to her pawpads but she did shake her paws after each step across the whole length of the garage, hehe! I wish I had a camera because when I told Daughter and Hubby about that, they all had a good laugh :)

hopingforhealth on 09/26/2010:
The treadmill will be great! It will be so nice to have one at home.

Sorry about the annoying appointment. My neurologist once told me that we know very little about the human brain compared to everything else and are still learning all the time. Sometimes that's really frustrating when you want something fixed and diagnosed!

just42day on 09/26/2010:
Don't worry about meatless Monday; you're still eating well and that's the important thing! That's very exciting that you'll have the treadmill. Hope you enjoy it!

skinnygrlwithin on 09/26/2010:
hahaha I'm so glad someone else does the hip flat tummy feel thing!!! I check to see every morning when I wake up before I stand up to see if I think I'm going to have a "skinny" day... lol you are no odd at all!! And I'm very glad about the treadmill!! yay!

shawnee on 09/26/2010:
I do that tooo..lol Wish it looked and felt like that when I stand up too Maybe one day tho? after 5 kids and w/out tummy tuck probably not! Any way the scale is not the complete truth muscle weighs more and your clothes is a good cage too!

loveray on 09/26/2010:
thanks, love - hope you had a great weekend!

V on 09/26/2010:
Hiya Moogy! I am back from the party in tact...A little bittersweet non the less a little more in tuned with life and such. I hope you have a good day and I hope for lots of workouts on the treadmill!!!

V on 09/26/2010:
Thank you so much!!! I was struggling to tell this and story, I never even spoke of it even to my family til now...I suppressed my feelings for such a long time but today everytime that precious little boy smiled at me I died a little inside

sweetpea1977 on 09/27/2010:
With Ethan, I had the occasional headache (no migraines) and slight nausea, but I was nowhere sick as I am now. A lot of my friends who have both boys and girls were much sicker with their girl babies. I think that is why Kathyblue is convinced that this baby is a girl. But, I also have a friend who had two boys and her second pregnancy was filled with nausea and headaches. I'll find out soon enough who the culprit is!

How exciting about the treadmill. I dont think I was posting in February (took a three month hiatus from the site), so I never knew you had a seizure! I'd definitely be afraid to walk too far from my house if I had one of those!

Enjoy your meat today. I may break the rule too since I wasnt able to eat much of anything yesterday. I'll make up for it later in the week!

moogy - Sunday Sep 26, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: knowing I am a daughter of God, serenity, knowledge

Hello Wonderful Women, I have just got back from church and am feeling loved, centered, strengthened and powerful. I am obviously in a better mood than yesterday, just as well. I am taking good advice and just keep on doing what I know works for me and things will be alright. It is so quiet here with all the noisy people gone, my daughter and I are enjoying spending time with the angel just by her precious self, I tell you I could eat her, she is so deliciously lovely. Chatting away with her newly acquired words and little sentences, delightful.

I ended up not eating dinner yesterday, I wasn't hungry and figured I am not making myself eat, that would be silly. I have a quiet rest of the day planned before I get the big boys and the princess descend (can you descend from downstairs!!!) on me to debrief me on their weekend and shower me with love, it will be brief but intense, I think I am up to it!!!! Thank you for all your support and comments. Have a good rest of the weekend girls.

hot chocolate, toast, scrambled egg

20g sugar free 70% dark chocolate

chicken, snow pea, broccolini and rice 

lemon cheesecake

Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 09/25/2010:
What a nice menu! What a sweet entry! Sounds like you had a lovely time at church. I love to go to church, too! Your little angel Granddaughter sounds so sweet! Her princess Sister does, too! What a wonderful family you have! Hope you have an extra blessed day! :-D

V on 09/25/2010:
Moogy I am glad you had a wonderful day :) I will chat with you later :)

teensybikini on 09/25/2010:
I am glad you enjoyed your morning. I admire such a loving family. I'm still before that stage. Its nice hearing about your loving family. Gnite. Have a great day.

V on 09/26/2010:
Very strange indeed with the balmy temps on Xmas day in Florida too! I made the mistake of not going home last year :( I cried all Christmas day

sweetpea1977 on 09/26/2010:
Glad to hear you are in better spirits today!

Good for you on listening to your hunger cues. If you dont feel hungry, then there is no reason to eat. :)

Glad you enjoyed that chocolate! I had no idea there were stevia-sweetened chocolates out there. What brand did you buy?? I want some!!!

V on 09/26/2010:
LOL Moogy i just read your post and yes I especially can't wait for my Nana's famous MartiniS!!!!LOL Also looking at her pics with The Rat Pack, Those were all her celebrity crushes!!!! i think Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra were her number 1 and 2 because she has oodles of pics with them :) LOL

nita51 on 09/26/2010:
Have a Nice Sunday! You must share that recipe for the lemon cheese cake it sounds heavenly. Hugs

moogy - Saturday Sep 25, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: the other grandma, girl time, quiet homes

Hello Lovely Ladies, I can't believe it (sorry to start off with a moan) but it going to be in the low 80's here today, for goodness sake we have only just started Spring, I feel really cheated, here I was trying to enjoy! the nice weather and we get a couple of high 80 days thrown into the mix. I want to talk to someone in charge, they obviously have no idea how the weather is suppose to be organised. I bet it's a man, if a woman was in charge seasons would be organised as they should be. I wouldn't mind if summer hadn't finished until SIX WEEKS into my Autumn!!!!!!! I will get off my soapbox now and try to restrain myself. Anyhow, I heard a good saying yesterday "The woman always gets the last word in an argument, after that it's the start of a new one" - love it!!

Another thing that got on my wick this morning (sorry about this) I got on the scale for my sneaky weigh in, and nothing, I can't believe that either, what's going on here, I have been good all week and nothing, really? nothing, I am hoping that before Tuesday something will have moved or else, or else, well or else nothing I suppose, but you get the general gist of my mood this morning. I have to go out with my daughter and the angel in a little while and nobody better look at me the wrong way or I will give them such a dirty look (it's all I allow myself to use from my arsenal of nasty remarks, sarcastic quips, and general put downs), it will shrivel them up.

My son in law is taking the big boys and the princess up to his mom's for the weekend, bliss has been declared around here for the next two days. I can hear them warming up for the big car loading performance as I type. I did warn them that the number of children should never outnumber the adults in the house - but did they listen!!! No. But, then I wouldn't have the princess or the angel, maybe mom isn't right all the time - no, that can't be right either, can it? Have a good weekend girls.

DAY TWELVE of being in control of my eating behaviour EIGHTEEN TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge

dates, strawberries 

turkey, lettuce and tomato sandwich, 20g 70% sugar free dark chocolate (sweetened with stevia, it's pretty good actually, I was suprised, excellent, I am a bit happier now)

bodywise bar

seasoned chicken thigh, cauliflower, carrots, peas, gravy

Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 09/24/2010:
Thank you for your very kind words. Yes, you described exactly how I've been feeling regarding Mom. Thank you for your prayers. It is wonderful that you have such a nice healthcare system over there in Australia. I think it's all or at least a lot of times mostly all about MONEY here. Even at the expense of others' suffering. SAD.

When you know you've done your best (regarding the scale not moving), hang in there. That's really all you can do. Maybe it's just water retention. Sometimes that can take a few days to correct itself on the scale.

Is the Princess and the Angel the same person or 2 different grans?

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday. Take care! :-)

sweetpea1977 on 09/24/2010:
Hey Moogy! Today was a great day. Im exhausted though. Tomorrow should be fun. My sis-in-law, her hubby, and their almost 1 year old son (my nephew!) are coming over for lunch. Im so excited! As for my doctor's appointment. It is Tuesday afternoon. Im keeping my fingers crossed that they'll do a diagnostic sonogram and I'll accidently see the gender! :) If not, we'll definitely be finding out at our next appointment (middle of October).

Your spring sounds like the spring we had. We got high temps early on in the season and really feel cheated. Our only relief was all the rain we got! Then summer was miserably hot with little to no rain. Its technically autum now but its still pretty darn hot out!

As for your weigh in, I can understand your frustration. I've been there! Just keep up with the healthy eating, maybe incorporate a little more cardio (walking) into your daily schedule (if possible!!), and think positive!

Anyway, glad you you'll have two days of bliss to enjoy. Im looking forward to my bliss next weekend! :)

V on 09/24/2010:
Moogy i am certain the scales will move in your favor by Tuesday :) I promise...I hope you don't get lonely without your angel and big boys! I am imagining you reading or making a new outfit with all the time you will have on your hands! Please don't slay anyone!!!! LOL

V on 09/24/2010:
Well my other vices i can't discuss it would surely get me kicked off DD in a major way! LOL Love you Moogy :)

nita51 on 09/25/2010:
I'll be sure to load up, on the water this weekend. Thanks. Take Care & have yourself a good weekend. xoxo

tangalyn on 09/25/2010:
i know exactly what u mean.. like 2 weeks ago it was in the 90s here, now it already is staying in low 70s or high 60s... straight from summer to winter it seems :( n i love my fall time.. booo.. hope u have a great day!!

selina on 09/25/2010:
Enjoy your blissful weekend, Moogie. I hope the temps will come down a bit for you, and for us too, for that matter! We had 99F in Washington DC area yesterday - weird weather! Sorry to hear the scale is not being cooperative. It seems like they are misbehaving all over the world, at least mine is downright rebelious!

Your cat's story was hilarious - I enjoyed reading your well versed account, ha! Stay well and have a great weekend!

liza36 on 09/25/2010:
We are having a heat wave here too, like it's summer, but it's supposed to be getting cooler. I love the cooler weather, and it can't come too soon!

I'm sorry to laugh, but I got a kick out of your description of your dirty looks - it will shrivel them up! I'd hate to be in the path of that glance!

I know it's so frustrating to have the scale at a stand still. Believe me, just keep doing what you are doing, and the scale will catch up. If you do it long enough, all the little movements of the scale add up to your overall goal. Hang in there!

just42day on 09/25/2010:
You're doing so well with controlling your eating! Good for you. By the way, the recipe turned out great and I posted in the recipe forum. Unfortunately, the recipe made 48 mini-muffins so now I have to find people to give them to as I don't want that many in the house and I don't have room in the freezer. So far, I know of 2 takers. Oh- Meatless Monday is looming around the corner in case you want to participate.... Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

hopingforhealth on 09/25/2010:
Boo. Sorry about the sneaky weight-in! Obviously I feel your pain. We both need to remember that it isn't all about the numbers on the scale; it's about being healthy too, and you are doing that! We'll both just keep at it together!

moogy - Friday Sep 24, 2010
(high fibre, low fat - weigh in day Tuesday)
Weight: 232.7


In the private sanctuary of one's own conscience lies that spirit, that determination to cast off the old person and to measure up to                                                                           the stature of true potential......................................Thomas S. Monson 

Today I am thankful for: living in a land of plenty, peace, spring days

Hello Lovely Ladies, I am a bit late posting this morning, just got back from taking the princess to pre-school and doing the grocery shopping. You know the usual heavy lifting, stair climbing I do once a week. I got lots of lovely healthy food and sadly not one single delicious thing at all, what makes it worse, my daughter gave me money to get her peanut m & m's and a bag of honey soy potato chips, now I don't like peanut m & m's but those chips are delicious. Anyway, they are downstairs now, and if I know my daughter, not for long. I was going to say that I am looking forward to when the princess starts big school next year and I won't have to do the pre-school run, but, the angel is already booked in for one day a week. It will be worth it though my daughter and I will have one day a week with NO children, we have all sorts of plans for our free day.

I had a good day yesterday, no problemos, I am not feeling any change in my body but it has to lose some more this week. I am not going through all this depravation!!!! for nothing. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, it isn't as if I am eating terrible food, I like my food, I just like chocolate more, why, oh why can't chocolate by like celery, no calories and voice calling to me. Why is it that everything healthy is green and crisp (I am generalising) but you know what I mean I am sure. I have stopped ranting now and will get on with my morning. It is the big boys last afternoon tea for a couple of weeks - they are on holidays for the next two. It could get a little loud round here!!! Have a good day girls. Love you.

DAY ELEVEN of being in control of my eating behaviour NINETEEN TO GO

hot chocolate, porridge

strawberries, dates

toasted turkey, bacon, cranberry wrap, coleslaw

bodywise bar

seasoned fish fillet, corn on the cob, tartare sauce

Progress as of today: 2.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

V on 09/23/2010:
Oh darn I left you a message on Thursday's post!

V on 09/23/2010:
Have fun with the big boys today!!!!! That turkey cranberry wrap sounds yummers!

Maria7 on 09/23/2010:
I love chocolate, too! Do y'all have Cracker Barrel Restaurants over there? Looks like you and your Daughter can have some nice Mother and Daughter time together on that day each week...go out to lunch, shopping, etc. Yayyyy! :-D

V on 09/23/2010:
LOL Moogy you minx!!!!! Getting all hot and bothered...You are too much ! I love it, the next time I go i will take a pic for you ;)

hopingforhealth on 09/23/2010:
Hey Moogy! I finally got it to work and posted some pics. I posted one of myself just due to your request :)

I hear you about liking healthy food, but liking bad food better. When I was a kid me and my dad used to joke about the real 5 food groups... grease, salt, sugar, chocolate, and fat! I guess those the the 5 delicious but evil ones!

nita51 on 09/24/2010:
Look at you!,,,Congrats on your eleven days. You are making it happen. So proud of you. Hugs.

KathyBlue on 09/24/2010:
uhh I used to love peanut mm's...!

sweetpea1977 on 09/24/2010:
I love chocolate too. The good news is that chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. However, you have to choose the right chocolate and eat the right amounts of it to make sure you recieve the health benefits and not gain weight from it.

As a rule, the darker (higher cocoa content) the chocolate, the better. Its best to eat it plain (no nuts, nougat, caramel, toffee) since most additives just increase the sugar content (calories!) of the dark chocolate. I also hear its best to avoid drinking milk while consuming it since interaction with milk reduces the effect of the health benefits.

I highly recommend the single serving wrapped dark chocolates made by Ghirardelli or Dove. One or two pieces at the end of the day should help curve your chocolate cravings without doing any damage to your progress. :)

For more info on chocolate benefits, read this article: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/chocolate.aspx

These are the chocolates I like - 86% cocoa, 72% cocoa, 60% cocoa by Ghirardelli. The 86% cocoa is best for you, but its taste takes a while to get used to. I really like the other two though: http://www.ghirardelli.com/products/chocbars_intense.aspx

selina on 09/24/2010:
Peanuts m&ms are my downfall - I better stay away from them - in fact onlty thinking of it makes me heavier!

Have a wonderful day with the boys and good on you for getting lots of healthy green and crispy foods! Spending time with your daughter without the kids is something to look forward to!

breakaway on 09/24/2010:
I know how you feel :( Some days are hard that's for sure. Dark chocolate I do allow myself to have once in a while ;) I LOVE the dove dark chocolate :D

hollybelle on 09/24/2010:
Thanks for the comments. I am def going to try some new strategy on Wednesdays because it's a bummer having a day like that on Wednesday in the middle of my week. Good suggestions from you. You are doing GREAT on your 30 days - keep it up!

balloonlady on 09/24/2010:
oh if chocolate would behave like celery : )

Maria7 on 09/24/2010:
"Early to bed, early to rise...makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!" one of the quotes my Grandma taught me when I was a little girl. Hope you're having a good nite's rest. 2 p.m. here Friday, 4 a.m. Saturday your time. :-)

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