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museumgirl - Thursday Dec 22, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 143.3

Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my Christmas vacation, and I'm looking forward to the time off. Had a wonderful time with my BFF yesterday, we went out for Salvadoran food. It's healthy except for the oil, so for now I'm back to cooking for myself. Together, Mr Husband and I have now lost 116 pounds! It's just astounding. He looks like the man I married again :) Have a beautiful day, everyone. Happy winter, happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas. Be healthy M

Progress as of today: 60.7 lbs lost so far, only 13.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/22/2016:
Enjoy your Christmas vacation with your new/old husband... lol and all the best wishes to you also.

grannyannie on 12/22/2016:
Amazing loss! Have a lovely christmas!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2016:
Tell us more about the Salvadoran food. Do you have a lot of it by you? Congrats on your weightloss! You have done amazingly well - all due to your own changes. You are a role model for us here.

Enjoy your Christmas break :-D

Donkey on 12/24/2016:
You are so inspirational - thank you! Merry Christmas!

museumgirl - Monday Dec 19, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 145.1

 Good morning! 

I actually went to the gym today! We walked early this morning, even though it was only 7 degrees F outside, and icy, too. But we love walking. It just seems we don't get enough of it in the icy weather, so I did some weight machines, biking and treadmill at the fitness center. It was actually not so bad! Its just hard to get my 4 miles a day in the winter - yesterday we did a longer walk and it was still only 3.6 miles.

Breakfast was overnight oats with almond milk and some chia seed and walnuts, some weird sort of Asian melon, and a few seaweed snacks

lunch was sweet potatos boiled with some broccoli and combinations of greens, topped with sesame seeds, and couple walnuts and raw garlic.

snack: I have a pear stashed away for later

For dinner I plan to make a great looking French lentil dish I found on line, that uses roasted carrots and beets. I found the French lentils at the market and they looked so cute! (That's crazy, right?) But they are seriously pretty, I bought them and some delicious black lentils that are my favorite. 

I hope to make it over to the gym 2-3 times a week to start. I'm in much better shape these days, but seriously need to  build some upper body strength!

Have a wonderful day everyone,


Progress as of today: 58.9 lbs lost so far, only 15.1 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 12/19/2016:
There are people here who have been walking around Wal-Mart. They were doing the mall, but the gangs were playing their stupid 'knock out' game so the walkers moved to Wal-Mart - they walk the main aisle ways.

museumgirl on 12/19/2016:
I guess you do what you can to get your exercise

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2016:
Man that is cold. Lately for me, anything below 25 is just a lil too cold for walking outside. If sun, 25 is ok (and no breeze!). lol i am too picky!

What kind of Asian melon? I've been eating seaweed snacks too. Great alternative to chips! Very low cal, just salty.

You sound so good, Museum Lady! So glad you are back here & great to know the gyms are good!

Walking is OVERRATED. Building muscle has been a godsend for me - seriously helped me reshape a lot of my body! :) and build muscle to burn calories to keep the weight off.

museumgirl on 12/19/2016:
I don't know what the fruit was, it was about softball sized. It didn't have much flavor and was very soft. I like the benefits of walking for psychological benefits and just burning off stress, but I definitely need a little strength training and flexibility, too.

museumgirl on 12/22/2016:
My seaweed snacks aren't too bad on sodium, 45 mg for eight of them. Pretty tasty!

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
Well done on the gym and healthy meals! Lots of Asian melons here but can't always tell the name of them because the writing is in Thai. They are good though, but some of the fruits look weird and taste weird.

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
I love building muscle. It's rewarding to see and feel the muscles get bigger.

museumgirl - Friday Dec 16, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 145.5

Hi All!

I'm doing well, enjoying the season for sure! Its been super cold, snowy and icy here, but I bought myself an early Christmas gift of super warm boots for walking.

I also learned that the little fitness center in the city where I work is FREE to city employees, so I'm having my orientation this morning so I can use the facilities when its just too cold/icy to keep up with the daily walking routine. Mr Husband also has a free gym at his employer, so we're all set to get through this deep freeze! Maybe I'll actually add some weight training...(I hate exercise!)

I'm on track diet-wise, too. I've recommitted to cutting out the oil from my vegan diet, and that has got the weight coming off again. I want to be healthy, not just slim, and avoid the health problems other family members have suffered. I already have a genetic heart defect, but I plan to beat the odds and keep healthy as long as possible!

I find being vegan so easy, so much more satisfying actually, as long as I can cook my own food. Its super easy for me, except when I'm in a position where I can't make my own choices, ie, some restaurants and family gatherings. We're going to a holiday party tonight at our friends' home, and I'll be bringing a dish to share, just so I don't get stuck eating nothing but raw broccoli all night! (again) lol.

 I feel better than I have in, literally, decades. I haven't been this weight for over 20 years! I guess, for me, the "trick" to weight loss is...there is no trick. You just do it. And cutting out all the animal products, sugar and oils have helped me immensely. I even feel like my memory is improving, but that may just be wishful thinking. I do know for sure the depression is GONE! That alone is such a blessing. 

Have a happy, healthy day everyone! Thanks for letting me share my journey.


Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only 15.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/16/2016:
Good to hear from you. I think that we find the trick or what works for us. It is very individually different for all of us. You sound absolutely wonderful and healthy. I am so happy for you keep up the great work. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 12/17/2016:
It's pretty easy to eat vegan and home - and so healthy. But eating out is a big challenge.

I like weight training more than cardio. Love seeing/feeling muscles increase and it also helps burn calories more efficiently. I can't say I 'like' exercising, but since I like the effects, I just do it. Listen to music while you do it. I pick out songs specifically for working out. It helps.

Glad you're feeling better emotionally!

Donkey on 12/17/2016:
Delighted to hear about the free gym. I'm a little jealous ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2016:
Yeah, how awesome that both you & your hubby have the opportunity to go to the gym for a free / low rate! How awesome! We have hardly any of that available around here in Queens. First off, there are hardly any good gyms anywhere in Queens. Compared to Long Island, where there's ample parking and tons of gyms, Queens, NY has nada!

Smart to bring a dish to share so then at least you know you'll have something to eat. I always bring cut up raw veggies to my friend's parties for the same reason...but tend to give into temptation there as well! haha.

museumgirl - Sunday Dec 04, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 148.0

Still working on this, down to the last 15 to 20 pounds! Cutting out oil to see if that helps. All is well, good luck and good health to you all. M

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/05/2016:
Good job you will get there consistency is the key word. Have a great week.

innerpeace on 12/05/2016:
Great job!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/05/2016:
How awesome congrats to you & so HAPPY to hear you have NOT thrown the towel in!....can't wait to read more.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2016:
Also good health to you! some oil is good, you know! I even tried something bad - called ghee - not sure if you know of it. It's like totally saturated fat - like really, really rich butter.

remember that fat, a little bit, makes food satisfying.

Donkey on 12/05/2016:
Actually, I was going to say that sometimes changing things up can help get off a plateau - LOL. Well, the bottom line is that it has to be something that works for you. You can do it!

I hope you will post more. Our goals are very similar. After the holidays, perhaps (?), I plan to start working on my 2nd weight loss goal to get to 135.

museumgirl - Saturday Nov 05, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 150.6

Hello. Not sure if anyone here remembers me, I've been gone almost a year, but its been a year of progress.

Life has been very good! We've had some illnesses in the immediate family, so we count our blessings daily.

My diet has been healthy, and has actually become entirely plant-based with no sugar. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes in June, and he has lost over 45 pounds since then, so we have both had a great incentive to get healthy. We walk about 4-5 miles almost every day, and we eat better than we have in years (decades?) Diabetes is a scary wake-up call.

I am currently at a lower weight than I have been in nearly 20 years. I attribute that to the exercise, healthy eating, and having just a single cocktail once a week. 

I'm off BP meds, which has done wonders for my mood and my energy. 

My biggest worries now are keeping the weight off and continuing to lose the last of it. In a perfect world I could get down to 125, but I'll be pleased enough with 135, at my age! 

So I'm back here for a place to keep myself motivated. I may not post frequently, but wanted to check in a say "hi."


Progress as of today: 53.4 lbs lost so far, only 20.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/06/2016:
Glad to hear from you. It seems you are doing good congrats on the success and good luck at maintaining your ongoing journey.

museumgirl on 11/06/2016:
Thsnks! I see your journey is yielding great results!

Donkey on 11/06/2016:
Welcome back! Do you eat mostly vegetables then or do you have rice, potatoes, bread, etc., too? I have a co-worker who has to stay away from starches a lot or his blood sugar goes through the roof.

museumgirl on 11/06/2016:
I don't eat potatoes or anything with flour except very tiny portions and very rarely.i will have small (1/3 cup) portions of rice occasionally. Mostly veg, fruit, beans, lentils, seeds, etc, and try to avoid processed fats and foods.

hollybelle on 11/07/2016:
Welcome back! It has been an eventful year for you and family! Please post often.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
Hello !!! Nice to see you here :) posting again!

Your screen name is not one i could ever forget & I think you worked at a museum if i'm correct :)

Yep, sometimes a wake up call is a blessing in disguise, sorta. prob better if no wake-up call was needed, but, glad to hear of your husband's weight loss success. and that you are also living a plant-based diet. i do eat far less meat than ever, myself. but feel that it satisfies me still more than total plant based...everyone has their own methods :)

Keep up the positive mentality and success. Good to read a post from you :)

museumgirl - Tuesday Dec 01, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Hello Everyone, Happy December

Today marks two weeks without drinking, and I must say I am finally feeling better. Instead of every morning feeling like a hangover (I rarely had actual hangovers when I drank!) and feeling depressed, I am feeling like myself again and starting to sleep better at night, too.

I think I am eating too much, though, as my weight has not budged,  but there have been a few cookie traps laid into which I unwittingly (ok rather willingly) let myself fall. So today since I am feeling pretty good, I'm attempting to right the ship and started off with oatmeal and tomato juice. I haven't planned the rest of the day's meals yet, but I plan to go back to the things that worked in the past - whole grains, legumes, and lots and lots of veggies. Hopefully now that I'm through "detox" I can again focus on healthy food instead of just feeling miserable and sorry for myself! Good food is good for the mood, as well. 

It helps that it is the holiday season, and I love Christmas, New years, and winter! I'll be decorating later this week, hopefully, and we already have a beautiful stack of presents all wrapped in brown paper.

Here's a picture of our sweet feral (barely) kitty, Gypsy, and the house we made for her. She even has a warming pad. Hopefully some day she'll trust us enough to come inside, but this is the best we can do for her for the time being.

Be well, and have a wonderful day,


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 12/01/2015:
Good to hear from you MG

puddles on 12/01/2015:
Things seem to be falling into place I am glad to hear that. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 12/01/2015:
You are my reminder that putting in the hard work will get us the rewards! Thanks for sharing this with us:-)

Thinkpositive on 12/01/2015:
So happy for you that you are on a good track

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2015:
Hi M! Congrats on 2 weeks!

I have a few tips regarding eating too much. When this happens to me, I try to get out of my apartment. I try to have a day with a plan. Get together with a friend. Anything so that I am not grazing all day thru my kitchen. Also, I try for more water. And I usually try for a couple "smaller" meals during the day, particularly in the evening - like just a protein bar late in the evening so my stomach in the morning isn't craving to be stretched again because I ate so much volume the night before (I stay away from eating volume in the evening so in the morning I don't feel as hungry if that makes sense). just a couple things I do to help me.

museumgirl - Wednesday Nov 25, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone,

I'm doing pretty well, food has been pretty healthy, and I have not had a drink of alcohol. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I will definitely be indulging a bit in the food! I bought sparkling cider for our dinner, and have a nice repertoire of virgin cocktails to enjoy, as well.

Weight is hanging about 171, so no loss yet, but I'm not overly concerned. The biggest issue I have is the feeling of sadness and depression, which I chalk up to quitting drinking. I am also very, very tired, but don't sleep well, and my joints ache, I can't hold a thought in my head...in short, sobriety sucks!

I'm making a vegetable wellington for dinner tomorrow, and dressing, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. Starch overload lol. I tried making the "famous" pumpkin roll and a vegan chocolate pie that I've made before, but screwed both of them up. (fuzzy brain, see above.)

All else is going well. I have three foster kitties now, and my Mabel cat has been sick, so it has kept me busy.

I am grateful for so much this year; my health, my husband, my granddaughters, my pets, and my best friend, and of course the rest of the family, too.  I am very blessed, so I really need to stop complaining.

Wishing everyone a good day and good health, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not. 


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/26/2015:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/28/2015:
sorry to hear it's been rough to quit alcohol...I am sure this phase will wear off though...you can hang tough and get thru it.

museumgirl - Tuesday Nov 17, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Hi Everybody, I'm back. And I'm fat. Sigh.

Confession time. I hurt my leg in July, and consoled myself with food while I sat around, put on a couple of pounds, but it didn't get out of hand. Food is not my problem. Alcohol is my problem. I'm confessing it here, since none of you know me in real life. I'm a drinker. Am I an alcoholic? Probably. IT has to STOP! I have to stop. I have to gain control. Its ruining my health. And I know that I CAN stop.

I eat a healthy, whole food, vegetarian diet. I exercise. I take great care of my skin. But I ruin all of that with too much alcohol.

I realize the only way to stop is to be held accountable. My husband can't do it, he doesn't like to hurt my feelings even if it is for my own good. No one else knows.

I don't drink every day, but when I do, I'll drink the whole bottle of wine.  Bad, bad human!

I've stayed off DD because I was ashamed of myself, and the weight coming back. I weighed 172 this morning. That's 15 pounds I've gained, after losing 50! 

I'm not looking for sympathy, but I'm coming back here to get myself straightened up. 


Breakfast: oatmeal with a few walnuts and maple syrup, black decaf coffee, 1/2 slice of leftover vegan pizza.

lunch: probably nothing, maybe a snack after work.

Dinner: tbd

I'll take a walk after work, too, and maybe, just maybe, go to yoga class. I don't even want to do the because I've gained so much weight! At least I'm not back to where I started, so, here we go again....


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/17/2015:
Good to have you back.

OhioRaven on 11/17/2015:
You're back. A good step.

grannyannie on 11/17/2015:
Good luck!

Maria7 on 11/18/2015:
With the good Lord's help, you can do it! :-) Take care.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/18/2015:
I've been commenting similarly on many DDers journals about weightloss and my own experience right now. Basically, for a long time, a forgot to be mindful and acknowledge the exact process I would need to go thru (basically limit calories - get them lower than i'm used to) in order to lose weight.

So, weightloss - we need to be mindful in order to be successful (myself included of course!). It's easy to drink your calories (thru alcohol for example) or in my case continue to binge every once in awhile or just overeat calories in general...and then we won't see our progress.

what i'm trying to say is that weightloss depends on our choices EVERYDAY. so if we want it, we can achieve it. but if we change our mindset and change our decision to be aware and take action of the things we do to make us gain weight again, it'll happen. Unfortunately, once we lose weight, we have to keep being mindful in order to maintain the new weight.

thinkpositive on 11/18/2015:
Good for you to return to DD. Brave of you to bare your soul here. We're all here for our own personal reasons and for many of us it is lack of control at times. It's not always easy or even obvious as to why we eat or drink out of control. At least we're all working on it and trying to figure it out.

biscottibody59 on 11/25/2015:
Keep being mindful and do what you have to do! Some things are easier than others.

Keep posting with us here too--I always enjoy your posts:-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

museumgirl - Thursday Jul 09, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

 Squeek! thats me sliding in under the 160 mark again, woohoo! After staying at 156-7 for so long, I about freaked out when I went up over 160, ultimately to 163...that was the danger zone! Now I think 157 should be the danger zone if I am ever going to get to 150. 

Took two walks yesterday - 30 min in the morning, and then again with mr husband after dinner.

yesterday did not go as planned, due to traffic. It took me an hour to get to pick up Mittens at the vet, then another hour to get home, and I was exhausted, so I made us some quickie flatbread pizzas instead of the veggie tacos with homemade slaw. I use an ultra flat whole grain crust that is really not bad in calories at all, and of course, mine has tons of veggies and no cheese. I even roasted some garlic and it was delicious. Pizza without guilt. 

No alcohol since the weekend, I am doing great with that. Traffic stress and DIL drama threatened to derail that, but I refocused myself and was fine. Drama dealt with in a manner of my chosing, so all is well. 

So todays food will be similar; hot cereal for breakfast (oats or buckwheat, whatever moves me), fresh fruit, and probably those veggies tacos I have planned.

I go to the Dr. today for a checkup, I'll get bloodwork and I'm really curious to see what the past year's changes and weight loss have wrought. I am hoping cholesterol and CRP will be down - they have to be right? Since I basically eat NO cholesterol now and have lost 43+ pounds.....I still have to take one bp med, and I may need that the rest of my life. It discourages me a little, but I suppose if it really is a genetic thing, taking that is better than dying young like so many in my family have done. At least I know now I am doing everything I can do avoid it.

It's still raining, so I guess I forego a walk and clean the bathroom instead. 

Have a wonderful, healthy day everyone,


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 07/09/2015:
I was kinda hoping for the tacos, but the garlic pizza sounds great too.

museumgirl on 07/09/2015:
Tacos tonight! I have a HUGE head of cauliflower just waitin' for it! :)

grannyannie on 07/09/2015:
You will get to your goal! Hope your blood tests have good results.

museumgirl on 07/09/2015:
Thank you, me too!

thinkpositive on 07/09/2015:
Great job getting under 160. You know how to get it done!

hollybelle on 07/09/2015:
Great job on your weight loss and improvement of your health!

Umpqua on 07/12/2015:
I hope you're having a nice weekend and let us know about your numbers - I'm curious and I bet your cholesterol will be down!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/13/2015:
congrats on that major success....that's amazing! and must feel wonderful! I can't wait to be in the lower 120's down the road again!

museumgirl - Wednesday Jul 08, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 160.9

 Good morning. 

I'm recording the little "dip" in the scale this morning, since I believe it is for real. These couple pounds have not been there long, so I don't think they are the "stubborn" kind of fat, but rather the "watery" type that I can lose quickly. I have weird theories about how the body stores fat, don't get me started on that!

Anyway, food was good yesterday. I took a short walk before yoga, and yoga was incredible! I've been doing Vinyasa (flow) yoga, and it is challenging for me. It really works my body and calms my mind, and its helping me to carry that over into the rest of my life. yesterday I thought about my heart. Kind of strange, I know, but I really thought about my little, defective heart, and how it has been with me my whole life, since I was a little girl, just thanklessly pumping blood the best it can through all the things I've done - good and bad-and rarely complaining. Poor little heart! I know my other organs have been there, too, but I don't think much about a spleen. After all, the heart is where we put our emotions - that is where it hurts when we hurt.  Sorry to get all "weird" but it felt good to think about it. I'll be kinder to my heart now. 

Breakfast was oatmeal w/maple syrup and some red grapes, decaf coffee. Lunch will be two small baked potatoes (plain) and some leftover vegetables from the other night. Dinner may be some cauliflower tacos I found a recipe for that looks amazing. 

Took a 30 minute walk this morning (for the little ol' heart!) and taking my foster, Mittens, to the vet for a teeth cleaning, then on to work. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful, healthful day,


Progress as of today: 43.1 lbs lost so far, only 30.9 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 07/08/2015:
Ok, really strange that your post before returning was April 3 and so was mine! So welcome back to the both of us!

grannyannie on 07/08/2015:
Be good to your heart! Have a lovely day.

Umpqua on 07/08/2015:
Vinyasa is fantastic and makes me feel good all over. Well done!

puddles on 07/08/2015:
Yes we do have to take care of our bodies.

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