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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,

M

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,

M

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.



museumgirl - Tuesday Jul 07, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 161.2

Hello everyone,

I've been gone a long time, and it is definitely time to come back. I've worked through a lot of things, beat the depression, started taking better care of myself again, (yoga is awesome), and have to face the reality that....I've gained weight!!!

No suprise to me, since I have been eating too much and drinking too much with all the houseguests I've had, etc. No excuse, and I am not happy about it, but there you have it.  I was down to 154, but pretty much stayed at 157 over the past few months, then suddenly bounced up over 160. Danger zone!!!!

But instead of beating myself up, here I am again. I have no intention of ignoring this and getting back up to over 200. Nope. Not happening. Not counting calories, but writing down my food until I can get back to what feels normal. 

I've stuck with the low fat, plant based diet through it all, with a few deviations for birthday parties, etc., but on the whole I am sticking with it. I am not entirely vegan, but definitely will stay vegetarian. It just works best for me and I like it. I feel I eat a greater variety of foods now, and enjoy cooking much, much more than before. My downfall is over eating things like dates and nuts when I am stressed, and of course, drinking too much on ocassion - alcohol is vegetarian, unfortunately! hehehee. So cutting back on that again, for sure!

Yesterday I went for a 3.5 mile walk - and it was hot,, so I should have sweated off a pound at least! Drank a lot of water, since I'm fighting a sinus infection, so I probably ate my weight in cough drops, too. 

Today:

Breakfast was an orange, decaf coffee and buckwheat cereal with tbl of maple syrup.

lunch: leftover linguine with vegetables, dinner: bean thread noodles with mixed veggies and a tbl of hoisin sauce

snack: pear

calories for the day: about 1400

I'll update as the day goes on. Tonight is yoga night!

I'll enjoy catching up with everyone's posts - I see a lot of familiar names here.

Have a great day, all

M

Progress as of today: 42.8 lbs lost so far, only 31.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/07/2015:
Welcome back and good luck!

museumgirl on 07/07/2015:
Thank you!


puddles on 07/07/2015:
Welcome back.

museumgirl on 07/07/2015:
Thank you!


Umpqua on 07/07/2015:
Welcome back, it's so nice to see a post from you! Glad to hear you're doing better and are committed to staying healthy. I hope to see more posts from you.


ohioraven on 07/07/2015:
Hi, MG. I was gone a long time too. It's good to have you back.


biscottibody59 on 07/08/2015:
Hi again.



museumgirl - Friday Apr 03, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 154.1

Hello everyone,

Its been a couple weeks but I am happy to say I am mostly on track and the weight is starting to move again. 

I have been having a real struggle with the depression again, and it makes no sense to me, since the weather is nicer and life, in general, has been good. That's how I know it is really something within me that makes this happen...there's just no reason, just this sense of impending doom....

But other than that, my eating has been good, although I struggle to drink enough water every day. I get so busy at work I just don't take the time. I started keeping a water bottle in the car, and that helps some. I also start the day with warm water with fresh lemon or lime juice in it...before I eat or drink anything else. I found it also really helps with the gas I sometimes get from too many legumes. 

I think my body has adjusted to the vegan diet very well. i don't crave anything. Well, almost anything...the Easter candy has been lying in ambush and I have fallen into a couple of sugar traps, but other than that....and even then, I am still slowly losing the weight. and I am in control of what I eat and what I do, so eventually the cloud will lift, it always does. Weird thing is, underneath it all, I am happy. My work life is great, my husband is so good to me, and I have my sunny little house and my kitty cats. Seriously, what does my psyche want???? lol

today's food will be my regular oatmeal for breakfast and maybe some fruit, lunch will be the leftover ww vegan pizza from our night out last night, and dinner will be.....TBD, but probably a rice bowl with veggies or a veggie taco, or ww pasta with tomato sauce....not sure yet :)

Took measurements today, and was happy with what I saw. Since starting this plan I have lost almost 6 inches from my waist and over six from my hips! BMI has gone from almost 34 to 25.6, and I am actually only 4.5 pounds over a high-normal weight! So happy with the progress, even thought it was a long plateau, that is a lot of unhealthy weight gone from this frame!

Have a lovely day everyone, and a blessed Good Friday if you celebrate.

Progress as of today: 49.9 lbs lost so far, only 24.1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 04/03/2015:
You're making progress. Well done. I know that depression can often appear without a cause for many people. It's sadly very common.

museumgirl on 04/03/2015:
Thank you for the kind comments. At least for me it comes and goes, and this time, I am recognizing it for what it is, and not letting it get the best of me. :)


puddles on 04/03/2015:
You have gone through some stressful times in the short past but you are doing good. Keep it up and keep it positive. Have a great day.


thinnside40 on 04/07/2015:
Congrats on the lower numbers!


biscottibody59 on 04/07/2015:
I guess you've read the David Burns book "Feeling Good," which has a lot of homework, but looks like it could help someone who really got into it.

It would probably be good for someone who is just soul-searching as well.

Hope you're doing okay this week!


Maria7 on 04/09/2015:
Congratulations on your progress. :-D


Umpqua on 04/09/2015:
Thanks for the well wishes! I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling. You've done so well with effective and sustainable healthy lifestyle changes - better than most. I hope you'll be feeling whole and happy very soon.



museumgirl - Monday Mar 23, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 155.6

 Happy Monday, everyone!

Scale has been sticking around 155.5 and 156.7 for the past week, so I am hanging in there just fine. Up a bit today, but hands are very swollen - we ate restaurant food, and even though I stuck to raw or grilled veggies, I know I had more salt than usual. have to face facts I am just one of those people who are sensitive to salt. Also indulged in a piece of carrot cake on Harsen's Island this weekend - but it was excellent carrot cake, and worth the calories!!! i was with my friend and husband, and we were just enjoying the day, watching the huge ice floes in the channel - awesome! Had a great weekend. Regret nothing!

That said, back to basics today, oatmeal, banana, lunch will be sweet potatoes since i didn't have time to plan or cook anything extra last night, and we ate all of our rice bowl veggies for dinner, so no leftovers! Probably making red lentils and potatoes or rice for dinner tonight, too, as they are quick and easy, with maybe the remainder of the Napa cabbage.

Been getting in some walks, and enjoying the sunshine even though it is still quite cold. 

Realization that, due to teh long plateau, it isn't likely I'll make my birthday goal next month, but when I look how far I have come, I am not willing to beat myself up over it. I am solidly in the 150s, only 6 pounds overweight! That is a miracle. It has not been super easy, but it actually hasn't been that hard, and I have had fun learning about food and nutrition, and about myself as well. I am healthier than I have been in over a decade, maybe two decades, wearing a clothing size I thought I'd never see again, and on the whole, very happy with myself. This weight, this lifestyle, is sustainable long term. I can live this way and stay healthy, and hopefully slowly lose more and more weight, just a lot slower. of course, if I cut out the ocassional cocktails, cake, and did more exercise....but the whole purpose of being a healthy weight is to have a good quality of life, right?

Have a great day everyone!

M

Progress as of today: 48.4 lbs lost so far, only 25.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 03/23/2015:
I also react to high salt items. You are doing extremely well M. Whatever stage we are at it is important to enjoy that stage and not worry or put too much into the number. I know all about plateau in the beginning I hit one for a 5 week period and this time did not get discourage like before and got through it. Keep up the good work and have a great day.


grannyannie on 03/23/2015:
You're doing very well. We all plateau but it'll pass.


Umpqua on 03/23/2015:
I fully believe in indulging a little - extremely restrictive diets only backfire in the long run. And besides, I like food, a lot, and I believe it should be enjoyed. You have an excellent attitude about this entire process, keep it up!


liza36 on 03/23/2015:
Your progress is fantastic, so I'm glad you are not beating yourself up about the birthday goal. You've also realized many other benefits of your progress, so keep it up!


biscottibody59 on 03/23/2015:
You're still doing well--you'll get there!

Thanks for the kind comment! I'm looking forward to "feeling" more inspirational in the future.

These blips of downtime (whatever the reason for them) certainly make me appreciate being able to change! I just have to string the changes together:-)


thinnside40 on 03/23/2015:
Yay...... To quality of life!!!!!


Maria7 on 03/24/2015:
Wow, look how far you've come since September of last year! :-)

museumgirl on 03/24/2015:
Thank you! Still a journey, but making progress.


thinkpositive on 03/27/2015:
Yes you have done very well. A good role model. And a good outlook on life.



museumgirl - Thursday Mar 19, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 155.6

 Good morning!

Weight slid down a bit this morning, and I am feeling good, too. Got in a short walk this morning, and soon off to have my hair cut and then to an afternoon meeting. It is sunny and so pretty here this morning, makes me believe spring will be here soon, even though we are expecting some snow and cold weather this weekend. I don't care, I got out my spring-ish clothes anyway and I am wearing my green skirt with birds on it (and tights and boots sigh.)

Breakfast was greens again, and oatmeal with maple syrup. Last night's dinner was a mish mash - strawberries, cauliflower, and some pita bread fresh from the bakery. I could not resist. (didn't try hard, really)

Got a pot of leek potato soup in the slow cooker, and mr husband made his "famous" (in our house) cabbage and potato dish for tonight's dinner, so it should be an easy afternoon. Already got my laundry done, so if I vacuum, I'll be ahead of the game for the weekend.

Planning a day trip to Marine City with mr husband and my best friend for Saturday. Her husband is out of town on a golf jaunt, so mr husband gets to escort we two lovely ladies around the antique stores and to lunch on the lake. He loves antique hunting as much as we do, so it should be a great day. So I am staying on track now so I can enjoy lunch on Saturday!

Have a lovely day everyone,

M

Progress as of today: 48.4 lbs lost so far, only 25.6 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/19/2015:
Great job and your plans for the weekend sound lovely. Enjoy!

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
Thank you!


grannyannie on 03/19/2015:
Marine City!?? I used to visit there as a kid all the time. My gran's sisters lived there. I loved it!

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
Its a nice little town, we get there a few times a year. Always a fun time!


puddles on 03/19/2015:
Congrats and enjoy your day trip.

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
Thanks, we will!!


thinnside40 on 03/19/2015:
WhoopWhoop! :)

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
hehehehe thanks!


Maria7 on 03/19/2015:
Your foods sound very delicious! Especially the leek potato soup and the cabbage and potato dish...how do you make them?

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
For the soup I kinda just "wing it." Sauteed leeks, celery, garlic in broth or water, add potatoes, bay leaf, marjoram, thyme, water and a few vegetable boullion cubes (I like Rapunzel, but they are a bit salty). You could add milk or a milk substitute, but I just leave it as a broth-based soup instead. I whizz it up in the blender and that's that. For the cabbage, I'll have to get the recipe from my husband, maybe I can post it later. It's delish :)


biscottibody59 on 03/19/2015:
Good to see you back on here--hope things keep looking up!

Congrats on your progress!

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
Thank you, I think I am back on track.


Maria7 on 03/20/2015:
Thank you for the recipe. Sounds yummy. :-)


biscottibody59 on 03/22/2015:
Thanks for the BD wishes:-)



museumgirl - Wednesday Mar 18, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 156.5

Good morning all,

I did change my stats, since it seems I am staying at 156 for a bit longer. I suppose this is a true plateau, but the truth is, I am so happy at this weight, it wouldn't be the end of the world if I stayed here. I fit in a US size 8-10, feel good, and look healthier. Yes, I truly want to lose more, at least to get my BMI in the "normal" range (149), and WILL get there. But I don't feel any desperation, so I probably allow myself a few more "treats" than I should to be truly disciplined and losing like I could.

Anyway, still dealing with drama from the DIL and son, but that is just going to be a forever thing, and I need to set boundaries to keep myself out of it and not enable their behavior. That is what the counselor says, and I know this, right? Very difficult to do though, but I am trying. That's the only way I can have a healthy state of mind and a decent life.

The nicer weather is really helping. I hadn't suffered from seasonal depression for several years, so this year was a surprise and I was not prepared. I think rearranging the house has made a difference - I get more sunlight, plus I feel I have "refreshed" my house and made it interesting again. I've collected a few more pieces of artwork, and that is always fun. (It looks rather like a gallery in here already) I joke we'll have to start dividing up our rooms just so I have more wall space to display pieces I love!

Food is about the same as always, with some variations. Breakfast is oatmeal with maple syrup and a little flax meal, and I added some stewed greens (collard and spinach) since they looked good. More greens for lunch with some lima beans (spinach and lima beans make a complete protein!) with my homemade barbecue sauce, and a few sliced peaches. Dinner tonight will be a brown rice bowl with sauteed (in broth) veggies - this is one of mr husband's favorites. He also makes this awesome cabbage, carrot and potato dish, but we like it best when it sits a  few days in the fridge, so we'll save that for tomorrow. I am lucky I married such a great cook! (or maybe not...he also makes brownies, the fiend!)

Granddaugther is sick, so I'm not taking her to preschool today :( Salon appt this evening for my eyebrows/lashes, but hopefully a walk before that, too!

Have a great day everyone!

Progress as of today: 47.5 lbs lost so far, only 26.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 03/18/2015:
Glad to have you back M. Time can be stressful especially when it come to our kids. Sitting back and doing nothing staying out of it is hard but sometimes necessary. All will work out according to the law of nature. Take care of yourself right now is important. Wishing you a great day.


Umpqua on 03/18/2015:
It can be difficult not to get sucked into others' drama, especially family and close friends. Sometimes it's necessary to set hard boundaries for self preservation, so I think you're on the right track. Your foods all sound scrumptious!


thinnside40 on 03/18/2015:
Best to accept things how they are in numbers and just keep doing what it takes to maintain at least. In time it'll have no choice but to come off by working at it.


grannyannie on 03/18/2015:
Family dramas! Understand those!


thinkpositive on 03/18/2015:
Sounds like you are in a good place with family issues. Healthy foods- sound delicious.


SkinInTheGame on 03/18/2015:
Good for you - something happens negative and you create a strategy to get thru it!

I agree with staying at a weight for awhile. I have this home town trip coming up and I'm going to try my best to get down in pounds, but after the trip, I'm going to relax for awhile!



museumgirl - Tuesday Mar 17, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 155.6

Hello everyone,

I've been gone for quite a while. Life got just too much for me for a while and I took a break from many things, this being one of them. But I didn't deviate from my plan, at least, not much. I think I did drink too much on several occasions, but food has been good.

Now that the weather has broken here, we are exercising again, just walking, but it is something.

Husband is getting on board with eating healthy. He is fixing many veggie-centric meals he likes, and his his meats, etc., either added to them or for his lunches. I have no problem with him (or anyone) eating meat, of course, as long as there are lots of healthy veggies, etc., to go along with them, so I'm glad he's enjoying the food and walking with me again.

Sorry for not being supportive - it is hard to do that when feeling my own tank was so low. I see now it was my own fault for letting myself get dragged back into the drama, and now I am trying to be strong and take charge of my life again. 

i didn't change my stats above yet. I was at 156.0 yesterday, so no progress the past month, but considering the drinking, its not surprising. I did actually see 155.0 one day, but it was probably dehydration. So now we get back to real life, right?

I'll catch up on a few posts as soon as I can, glad to see so many familiar names here.

Take care,

Progress as of today: 48.4 lbs lost so far, only 25.6 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 03/18/2015:
Good to have you back! I'm a walker too! Such a great exercise!!

Take care!!


Umpqua on 03/18/2015:
It's so good to see you back! I wanted to leave you a comment, but the entries are closed for comments after a certain time :/ Anyway, that's excellent news your husband is still on board with the veggie eating and that you're walking again!

museumgirl on 03/18/2015:
Thank you! Being back means (I think) I've beaten that depression that was creeping back. and having husbands extra support will really help.



museumgirl - Sunday Mar 01, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 155.6

Hello Everyone. I've been gone from here a while, but I'm still alive and doing ok. Weight is still the same, which could be a little depressing, no loss for almost a month I think, but no exercise either.

Lots of drama in my life lately, and that, with the depression, isn't leaving me with much left over energy. I have started trying to clean house, and I've rearranged my house to give me a sunny "morning" room, hoping that will help. 

I enjoy reading other posts, but feel bad when I can't keep up with them all and leave encouraging comments. So I just took a break for a while.

My cooking and eating is going really well though. I'm actually pleased that I haven't gained any weight, all things considered.

And mr husband seems to be trying to add more vegetables to his diet, as well, and adopting some of my cooking techniques. We have a vegetarian meal together 2-3 nights a week now, which is nice for him to try new things and eat some of the foods I eat. 

thanks for all the encouragement so many of you have given me, I will try and repay it when I can.

Here's hoping for more sunshine,

Progress as of today: 48.4 lbs lost so far, only 25.6 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/02/2015:
Better day ahead wished.....


grannyannie on 03/02/2015:
Have a lovely week.


Maria7 on 03/02/2015:
A sunny morning room can do wonders for helping one feel more cheerful. I redid the library (was an office room and converted it into a library and still have desk in it) and changed the position of the desk to close to the window and what a difference in the way the room looks as well and how I feel when I am in there! :-) Good on not gaining weight...better than gaining. :-)


biscottibody59 on 03/02/2015:
Good to see an entry even though you're not feeling too hot. The room sounds nice!

Hope the drama lessens too.

So great to hear all the good news that your eating is still on track and hubby is getting on board. You're doing more right than wrong--that's for sure!

Keep up the great work and take care until we "see" you again!


Umpqua on 03/03/2015:
That's awesome that your husband is eating with you and trying more vegetables. The sunny room also sounds great, sunshine is so important and can really affect our moods. I've caught myself feeling down for no good reason over the past few days and have ramped up the Vitamin D. Take care!


thinkpositive on 03/04/2015:
I was away from DD as well Good to be back. Sounds like you are making progress in many ways.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/06/2015:
that is awesome that your hubby wants to join you in a more healthy lifestyle!!! cheers to that!



museumgirl - Sunday Feb 15, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 155.6

Sorry for no comments the last few days, I will read your posts, but it has been a crazy weekend and I am just behind on everything.

Scale was up a bit 3 days in a row - no big surprise, since Violet passed I have eaten and drunk way too much and even splurged on Valentine's Candy. I am sure I can get back on track  - most of the " weight" is surely water, but at least 1.5 is probably actual weight, so i have to get back on track, which I am today.

made potato leek soup for 2 lunches this week, and making some greens later, too, and probably some barley and sweet potato, too, that makes packing lunches easier. Laundry is caught up, house is tidied up and mr husband ran the vacuum. He sucks at it, but it still looks better than nothing.

I got a "therapy" light to help with the depression which is probably seasonal, no big surprise as it is February and we are in the midst of a deep freeze so even if I had inclination for a walk it would not be advisable. We spent 2.5 hours outside yesterday at the Fire and Ice festival and I thought my toes would fall off!!! So not looking forward to doing much outdoor stuff this week!

So going foward, that little bump in the road will be put behind me. I am close enough to my goal that I should keep going. I could still reach my April goal, and my July goal if I am sensible.

Well, off to work. Have a lovely Sunday everyone,

M

Progress as of today: 48.4 lbs lost so far, only 25.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/15/2015:
You are exactly right your close to your goal. Bumps in the road often motivates us and reminds us that the ditch is no option. Have a great Sunday.


nenak on 02/15/2015:
Have a great Sunday x


SkinInTheGame on 02/15/2015:
You are a strong person and I'm so sorry for your grief over Violet - it takes time!


thinnside40 on 02/15/2015:
Over the speed bump and onto goal reaching... Best wishes!


thinkpositive on 02/17/2015:
Sorry to read about Violet. So hard to lose a pet. Right your goals are still in reach.


Umpqua on 02/17/2015:
I hear you on the cold. It's a balmy 17 today but we've had dangerous wind chill advisories the past few days. Staying outside for any length of time will turn you into a frozen popsicle :P My poor children can't even play in the snow....I hope the light therapy helps with things.


biscottibody59 on 02/17/2015:
Hope your week is going well!

I'm sorry for you all losing Violet--hang in there.



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