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museumgirl - Friday Dec 19, 2014
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 162.3

Good morning everyone!

Got in a walk yestereday before my hair appt, and ended up doing some shopping while I was walking around (I like to havea destination.) Picked up a cute hostess gift for the party we're going to tomorrow, and a cute stocking stuffer for the kids.

A little nervous about the party tomorrow, food-wise. The hostess didn't ask about dietary preferences, and when we called back to confirm, and asked if we could bring anything (hint hint) we were told no. So I will be going and hoping for the best. I am pretty sure it won't be a sit-down, just a buffet, so if there is nothing vegan there, I can just cruise around and keep a glass of club soda in my hand and claim not to be hungry until everyone else has had a few drinks and wont' notice if I don't eat. :)

That is the hardest part for me, not wanting to draw attention to myself by making a big deal out of what I can and can't eat and why I am not drinking. I know that is how alcoholics must feel at a party, with everyone telling them to have a drink, and they don't want to make a deal out of the fact that they are chosingnot to drink.

At least with some friends, they know the situation and won't pressure, but i have a SIL who is an alcoholic, but doesn't tell anyone (I know, and just her husband and daughter.) Everyone else is always offering her a drink and she is so strong to just say no. She doesn't want to get into the discussion because it is personal, and she doesn't want to seem like she's judging their decisions. I know it isnt' quite the same with food, but still....

Anyway, I digress. Today's food:

Breakfast: oatmeal, sliced peaches, decaf coffee

snack: apple

lunch: remainder of the taboule salad with some hummus and whole wheat pita

dinner: making a vegan-friendly, oil free pizza! Wish me luck! I will add some cheese to mr husband's though. I'm going to make a polenta-style crust and load it up with lots of veggies. Hopefully tonight will be a pizza and movie night for us. 

On another note, our new foster has a new name. We are calling her Violet. It seems to fit her. I have found a food she enjoys, finally, and she was brushed and is looking a little better today. She found the window and likes looking outside. 

Have a great day everyone!

Progress as of today: 41.7 lbs lost so far, only 32.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/19/2014:
If it is not a sit down there will certainly be some veg and salad hopefully they have left the dressing on side and people can add what they want. You will do well. I like Violet that is nice name - so she is the Violet in the Window. cute - Have a great day.

museumgirl on 12/19/2014:
That may me laugh, yes she's the Violet in the window!

museumgirl on 12/19/2014:
And yes, I think there will be veggies etc. and hopefully salad.

museumgirl - Thursday Dec 18, 2014
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 162.3

 Good morning everyone!

Finally my stomach is about back to normal, and the scale showed a little more progress. 

I am enjoying my dietary choices of the past few days and even made an oil-free vegan meal my husband could enjoy last night - homemade taboule salad, homemade hummus and whole wheat pita (he had regular pita). One of the perks of living in this area is the proliferation of middle eastern bakeries - there are many Arabic people, and also a lot of Chaldeans who tend to operate small groceries and bakeries that make the most wonderful bread and carry fantastic fresh produce. Between that, and the variety of health food stores, and of course the internet, it makes cooking much easier.

Getting my hair trimmed today, and perhaps I'll get my nails done. I really don't have much patience for sitting in salons, so may save that for another day. That, and cleaning house and catching up on laundry will fill today. I plan to go for a walk this morning, too.

My new foster kitty is doing well. She really, really loves my husband, and she tries to get out of her room to be with him. (She has to be quarantined until we know she's not sick with anything catchy.)

Breakfast: oatmeal, decaf, blackberries 240

lunch: taboule and hummus w/ww pita 380, leek soup: 65

dinner: spaghetti (brown rice) with homemade marinara w/zucchini, onion, garlic,  and a tossed salad 405

snack: apple 80

calories: ~1170

have a great day everyone!



Progress as of today: 41.7 lbs lost so far, only 32.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/18/2014:
How wonderful that your husband enjoyed you recipe. You seem to be very comfortable with your new style of cooking. I was just wondering what kind of salad dressing do you use and if you make it how do you do it without oil base? I am not too much of a fan of lemon juice and vinaiger salad dressing but no idea on how to make something up that would appeal to me. Wishing you a great day.

museumgirl on 12/18/2014:
I found some recipes online. one used tahini...which has its own oil, but is part of the seed, so i guess that is acceptable. I also eat a lot more cooked greens and fewer salads. check out ann esselstyn's recipes online, she has some good ones.

Jezebel on 12/18/2014:
I love middle eastern foods as well. And I so love tahihi sauce. Thank you for your comment yesterday.

SkinInTheGame on 12/18/2014:
Good to hear Ms Kitty is doing well and so are you!

museumgirl - Wednesday Dec 17, 2014
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 162.7

So the 2 days of feeling sick and not eating much didn't net any weight loss, But for some reason I actually look slimmer today so maybe the bloated-ness is leaving.  I am enjoying the new diet, finding the food really easy to cook and actually more freeing than before, since I can now have more whole grains, like some whole grain pasta, potatoes, brown rice. I do need to watch portions with those, as they could potentially up my caloric intake, but I am actualy finding the opposite to be true.

They are very fillng, and I find I can't really eat that much of them, be it rice, pasta or a baked potato. And i am adding lots and lots of vegetables to it, and some legumes and of course some fruit. I am still researching this way of eating, but the biggest change is cutting out the oils and adding the whole grains. I did eat some before, but always with guilt.

Our new foster cat is doing pretty well for her first day with us. She was not eating at the shelter and was being force-fed, but during the night I see she ate some of the wet food I left her, and this morning when I took her wet food, she took a big 'sniff' and started eating it! She's quite obese now, but I think we can get her healthier so she can walk more easily and play.

Here's a picture of Martha:

breakfast: cantaloupe, steel cut oats with a little flax meal, decaf coffee

lunch: quinoa polenta w/salsa, ww pasta with vegetables (from last night's dinner)

dinner: tabloule salad, homemadehummus and ww pita

snack: apple

total calories: ~1170

Have a good day everyone,



Progress as of today: 41.3 lbs lost so far, only 32.7 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 12/17/2014:
You got a new foster cat! Congrats!! That is wonderful news!

Hope all goes well!

Have a great day - sounds like the diet is really good for you!

museumgirl on 12/17/2014:
Just posted a picture of her. She is sick right now, but she's looking better this morning.

puddles on 12/17/2014:
I will use some of your suggestions with the cooking. Sounds like you are enjoying your journey more now. How did your dr. appointment go yesterday? Have a great day M.

museumgirl on 12/17/2014:
I forgot to update the dr visit - she was very impressed with my weight loss, and interested in how I did it. She said I looked much healthier, too! She reduced my bp med (losartan) and took away the diuretic, so I see that as great progress! Thanks for asking.

puddles on 12/17/2014:
That is definitely good news congrats. It is paying off. Thank you for letting me know.

SkinInTheGame on 12/17/2014:
Congrats on your doc visit!! Way to go!!

Love Martha's pic - what a beautiful cat! Her ship came in when she was adopted by you!!

museumgirl - Tuesday Dec 16, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 162.7

Still feeling a little bloated from the virus yesterday - husband and I both had it, and we didn't eat the same dinner at all, so I really don't think it could have been food poisoning...but it sure felt like it. anyway, still not 100% today but soooo much better. Going to work, then a doctor's appointment this afternoon. I have lost about 40pounds since I was there - I hope it is enough that she will notice. My blood pressure still is not perfect, I am still healing, so there may be a med adjustment, too. I'm ok with that, at least I am making progress.

Breakfast: oatmeal w/flax seed meal, peaches, decaf coffee: 275

Lunch update: sweet potato and swiss chard, sauteed in some water the chard was cooked in, with some dijon mustard on top. about 250 calories

dinner: made a whole wheat pasta with zucchini, chard and a mustard sauce, some cantaloupe and a leek soup I made which was just broth, seasonings and leeks. Very filling and pretty tasty.

If anyone's interested, I have been watching good information from Dr. Essellstyn and Dr. McDougall on youtube. I remember trying to follow one of McDougall's (I think) books back in the 90s, but at that time, we were in college, raising a kid, and didn't have the time, knowledge or money to understand what we were supposed to do.  

This time around I see it is rather easy, and actually cheaper, faster and cleaner to cook and eat this way. I do wish my husband was on board, but that may come. A lot of it seemed very foreign, but based on the actual studies that were conducted, I see the sense in it. I have cut out all oil and dairy, and I was already not eating meat even though that was not my intention going in.

A vegetarian or vegan can be just as unhealthy as anyone else depending on what they chose to eat. So now I guess I am an accidental vegetarian, although I may still allow myself fish every now and then. The problem is, the longer I go, the less I want to eat any meat. It kind of makes me sick thinking about it. And I am a kid who grew up on a farm where we ate everything. This is unexpected to say the least, but I am very happy with the decision.

Sorry for the long post. I have 1/2 a month to get to my next goal, and I think it may be attainable.

Happy holidays to everyone!


Progress as of today: 41.3 lbs lost so far, only 32.7 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/16/2014:
Sorry to hear your not feeling well. So you are using broth instead of oil is that tasting as good? Good luck at your Dr. app. let us know how it goes. Hoping you will be feeling better soon.

museumgirl on 12/16/2014:
actually it adds a lot of flavor, even without salt. steams the veggies a bit too so they cook quickly. so far, so good :)

museumgirl - Monday Dec 15, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 162.7

Happy Monday everyone,

Our Annie cat is probaby getting adopted now, too, by a very nice-sounding person. It will be quiet around here with only our Mabel and our old guy now. Probably get some new fosters after the first of the year.

 Such a busy week and weekend, and busy this coming week, too, with many things on the calendar. 

Food was good yesterday, oatmeal, veggies, etc., but I did indulge in one too many cocktails, which isn't typical for me anymore. Dealing with a potentially very stressful situation that is developing and I let things get out of hand. Bad decision, but we all make them. 

Todays food will be my typical oatmeal breakfast with fruit and decaf, no cream. Lunch will probably be some sweet potatoes sauteed in veggie broth with some swiss chard, and dinner....not sure what that will be yet. I'll plan as the day goes on.

Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. This time of year it is very hard to stay on track those of us celebrating holidays, but I try and remember, every decision counts, and take it one day at a time. One bad day is no reason to throw in the towel and make it a bad week. Just keep going, and eventually, we will have success. 

Have a good Monday


Progress as of today: 41.3 lbs lost so far, only 32.7 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/15/2014:
Very true one bad decision does not mean you have to keep making bad decisions. Trying to do right speaks volume. Have a great day.

SkinInTheGame on 12/15/2014:
You are so right! Don't let a bad day get you down! Push the refresh button EVERYDAY!

Have a good one!

museumgirl - Sunday Dec 14, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 162.7

Short quick post this am, taking Annie to an adoption event then off to work.

yesterdays dinner was a sweet potato with mushroom "stroganoff" over the top - no oil, dairy, etc. All cooked in veggie broth and it was delish.

Breakfast: oatmeal, flax seeds and blackberries ~260

lunch & dinner - I will update later :)

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Progress as of today: 41.3 lbs lost so far, only 32.7 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 12/14/2014:
Love stroganoff and love 162 - wish I was there!!!!

museumgirl on 12/14/2014:
Its been years and years since I have been 162....and now I am just barely there! But you are really close. I hope to get under 160 by the end of the year.

puddles on 12/14/2014:
Your doing real good. Have a great day.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2014:
Sounds like some great food :) I loved mushrooms too. Low cal and filling!

museumgirl - Saturday Dec 13, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 163.8

Wonderful, wonderful production of A Christmas Carol last night. Just astonished how great it was, and have fun with our friends, too.

Had hummus and raw veggies for dinner. I am hoping their recipe didn't have oil - it did not taste like it did. And water

Took our Laney Louise to her new home early this morning, and didn't get a chance to have breakfast. Went to Detroit and explored the Russel Industrial Center - a lot of interesting artists work there. We bought an awesome hand-blown glass ornament :) building was designed by my favorite architect, Albert Kahn. Yeah, I have a favorite architect - I'm kinda nerdy that way. 

Got home from Russel and was starving - cooked some potato gnocchi, topped with swiss chard, roasted pepper and garlic sauteed in .....wait for it.....veggie broth! I am trying Dr. McDougall's 10 day challenge with no oil. I am not sure the gnocchi was expressly allowed, but it is just potato, rice starch and water, so I think it was ok as an emergency meal. I seriously didn't have time to cook a sweet potato or white potato, and was not in the mood for oatmeal at 1p.m. 

So that was brunch.

dinner will probably be sweet potato and some more fresh veggies (I stocked up yesterday on all kinds of fresh green goodies.) 

This afternoon is the Community Chorus of Detroit concert at a cool old church on Jefferson. I have a friend in the chorus, and they are really good and its amazing to see the building, too. I think it was build in the 1920s.

 I think I have officially lost over 40 pounds as of this morning - cause for celebration!!!!! BMI is currently 27.3, down from a start of 33.9 The goal is within reach, I think.

Have a wonderful day everyone,


Progress as of today: 40.2 lbs lost so far, only 33.8 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 12/13/2014:
You are doing great! Thanks for your encouragement!

puddles on 12/13/2014:
Sounds like you had a great time out yesterday. Your doing real good. Wishing you a good evening.

museumgirl - Friday Dec 12, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 164.2

Good morning all and happy Friday!

I will be tweaking my diet a bit (actually a lot!) based on some reading/research I've done, thanks to another member here on DD. I'll fill you in if you are interested, when I nail down exactly what I will be doing. Should be interesting....

Placing our Laney Louise cat with her new family tomorrow morning. We will miss her so much, but I think they will give her a good home and lots of love. At least, they had better! She is such a great cat, she deserves a wonderful home. :)

Going to a play tonight with some friends, and dinner beforehand. Luckily my friend knows of my dietary struggles, and picked a place with lots of vegetarian options - a Middle Eastern place - but also they use a lot of fats, I think, so I may try the hummous with veggies and pray they don't load it up with olive oil. I dislike drawing attention to my eating "peculiarities" when with other people, at least with these friends they know what I am up to, even if they do think it a bit weird. I looked at the menu and I think that hummous is my best option, that or a salad without the dressing.

Looking forward to the play - A Christmas Carol. Years ago (like 20) my husband worked at that theatre and built sets, but at that time we couldn't afford to go see the actual play! So this will be fun.

Breakfast: oatmeal w/flax seeds, decaf, no cream, blackberries: 280

lunch: Probably a lentil soup I'll make with lentils from last night's dinner and leftover carrots: 275, green salad, no dressing (80)

snack: apple 80

dinner: hummous with veggies? 400, green salad, no dressing (80)

~1190 if it goes as planned.

Goal will be to keep it around my usual 1200 calories. I am definitely back on track!

Hope everyone enjoys their Friday,

Progress as of today: 39.8 lbs lost so far, only 34.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/12/2014:
Will be interesting to see how you decide to tweak your plan because of the reading. I have also taken quite a bit of the stuff I read to heart and wish to make some small changes. Wishing you a great day and fun evening out.

museumgirl on 12/12/2014:
Thank you! For now I am going to cut out the oil, remaining dairy (I don't eat much) and try adding some potatoes. We'll see how it goes. )

SkinInTheGame on 12/12/2014:
You are doing so well - feel good on your night out for all the progress you've made!!

Great job helping kitty find a family!!

biscottibody59 on 12/12/2014:
I just left a response to your last comment on my diary.

I will put up a couple of short videos on my post here soon--one on hypertension and the other on "no oil." From different drs, but they are trying to accomplish essentially the same thing.

Your not wanting to draw attention to yourself--that's the big thing that anyone who changes diet deals with. It's just that "no oil" is so foreign to people because the big thing is coconut oil at the moment.

You sound so motivated and that's a great thing.

BTW, I did a strict 8-days of no-fat-added veg/starch (sweetpotato and oats were my go-tos for starch) for 8 days a few years ago--I had planned on only 4-5. My blood pressure went down and I lost weight.

You really have a great foundation foodwise. It's definitely worth a try to see if you can completely free yourself of the meds. You can always re-tweak if you miss some things you cut out.

Have a good day!

museumgirl on 12/12/2014:
Thank you for both of your responses. I am trying the no-oil and adding potatoes in moderation for a week, along with tons of veggies, some grains and fruit, etc. I looked at Dr. McDougall's stuff online. I think I tried it years ago when I went vegan for a while year, but I didnt' have the knowledge or resources to understand what I really needed to do, and ultimately I got too hungry! That's not the case this time. I really am striving for health this time, not just weight loss, although that is definitely important to me. Thank you!

biscottibody59 on 12/12/2014:
I had tried his program back in the 90s and I got really wrapped around the axle with the potatoes--and I felt deprived with no coffee. I was really in the "all or nothing" mindset and that just set me up for failure. I didn't have a health crisis either, just wanted to lose weight.

Nice that you found a good home for the cat!

museumgirl - Thursday Dec 11, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 164.2

Apparently walking is keeping me on track, and is good for my body and mind. Blood pressure has been decent, even though I am still on a low dose of the hateful meds, at least until my dr appt next Tuesday.

I walked to work again yesterday. It was so cold!!! It is about 3.8 miles, and I did it a little faster yesterday, since I was wearing trainers instead of regular shoes. The worst part was the bag I carried, with my good shoes, lunch, etc., was so heavy. I know, I should pack a lighter lunch, lol.

Finally a good day off to finish some laundry, etc.

I met with a potential adopter for our Annie, and spoke on the phone with a potential for our Laney Louise. Boy I will truly miss those two girls if both are adopted, but both families seemed like really good fits for these kitties. I know without us, neither would have made it - they were both really, really sick at the shelter, and I don't believe Laney Louise would have lasted another week there. She's fat and sassy now, though! Fostering is hard, but it also feels great to help these guys. I wish we could do more....

Anyway, food for today:

breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, fruit (peaches) and decaf w/cream 305

lunch:  last of the homemade soup 250

snack: probably an apple 80

dinner: ???? I'll have to figure that out during the day. I should have about 550 calories to work with to stay at my 1200 target.

I will try and go for a good long walk today, too. I actually feel this in my muscles, so I know evenwith my shorter walks, I am out of shape! I should be able to walk 4 miles without feeling it. When I was in high school I walked 4 miles everyday, so I know it is reasonable. I'll give it a shot, and if I can do it through the winter, I'll know I can keep it up.

Have a great day, everyone!

Progress as of today: 39.8 lbs lost so far, only 34.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/11/2014:
Congrats on the walk and the BP always good news. Good luck with the adoptions hard to find good homes. Maybe you should invest in a backpack instead of carrying a back much easier for walking. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
I have a small backpack, but haven't used it in a while and couldn't find where I put it! I will definitely find it- the bag alone must weigh 5 pounds!

SkinInTheGame on 12/11/2014:
You are fostering! That is wonderful!! You're a hero! Wish there were more like you and your family out there!!

I'm like you - love animals and walking! Keep it up!

museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
I wish more people would do it, too. I'm happy and sad when they get adopted, but I can't seem to stop!

Jezebel on 12/11/2014:
:) Wow, I'm impressed with the long outdoor walks. Good for you, girl. I think you could put to use a cute leather medium/large cross over or messenger bag for your walk days. I love mine, but I had to order it at ebags.com to find the one I was set on at the best price that looked professional/age appropriate for the occasional business meeting laptop and folders. I always carry it on airplanes or touristy day trip, doubling as a purse with room for shopping finds or even a light weight change of clothes.

LOVE the fostering. I found my beautify tuxedo Kitty on Craigslist. She and 13 other babies were found when the tenants were evicted and abandoned a half dozen feral cats with two litters just born. The neighbor nursed the babies and trapped and got help with TCAP to vaccine, tag and fix and register the feral adult colony, thus saving their lives and probably doubling or tripling their life expectancy rates. She socialized and gave the kitties all away, along with a cheap litter box, food for a couple days, and even a little cat toy ball. What a great gal. And frankly, I've met some really WEIRD dog fosters. It completely burned me on ever getting another foster dog. So it was refreshing to meet someone with good judgment matching people with the right cats. I asked for her help in picking a mellow cat that could be relaxed with my two small dogs. She matched me to the lone one in the corner who wasn't rushing us for attention. That's the opposite of what I was taught when looking for dogs. But she was right on the money. I've got the coolest Kitty I could have ever hoped for. We're both lucky. I've got crazy love and appreciation for her, and she's crazy about her family of 2 dogs and her mommy. They all play a bit every day but I get a kick out of her, when they're running around chasing each other through the house, and she steps back into a corner and shakes her head in disbelief as if to say "you dogs are nuts." I just love it when she comes in through the doggy door and calls out to me at any hour, day or night, to announce her presence as if to say "Mom, I'm home". But she's not at all interested in other cats or strangers. That's one of the reasons I didn't really want my brother to move in. She hid inside a bathroom cabinet every day, only coming out at night to get into bed with us until he and his animals left. But when I'm having friends over, and she hears we're having fun and relaxed, she'll come to the BR door and look out to scope things out. She reads the vibe well. I learned a lot about her need for safe places and climbing and perches by watching Jackson Galaxys show. And with her advice, my cat lady friend has successfully adopted/manages her neighborhood feral cat colony responsibly.

Sorry for the long winded comment. It's a subject that always makes me want to share my experience and encouragement and appreciation.

museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
Thanks for sharing that great story. There are sooooo many animals out there who need us, I love people who adopt, especially from shelters or "ferals." I love the TNR program for ferals, too. We are very careful in placing our kitties, too. I want them to have "forever homes." As for the messenger bag - that is what I was using, a cross-body bag that I usually use as a carryon/weekender. But it's so heavy, esp with shoes, clothes, lunch, purse, etc. It just got so heavy!

puddles on 12/11/2014:
That was an interesting video. I see you looked at it also. I follow most of what was there but the meat is my main problem and it is not a steady diet of it maybe twice a week. When I say meat that includes fish, seafood, poultry, cheese, eggs etc. etc. One thing I have to make a couscious effort to have is fruit. She certainly come up with interesting reading for us don't you think.

museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
I agree. I have given up meat,except fish, and I don't miss it anymore, in fact, I don't want it. But I do have eggs once a week, small amounts of dry cheese, and ocassionally pasta (less than once a week.) I think just cutting out processed foods is a good start...can't change everything at once. I use olive oil, too, not sure how to avoid that completely. Not sure I want to yet.... Very interesting, though.

museumgirl - Wednesday Dec 10, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 164.9

Finally saw 164.9 again! I don't know what it is, there's something psychological about seeing the scale .1 under a number rather than over it. I guess the walking helped. I walked close to 5 miles yesterday.

I don't have the time or the patience to do that every day without some serious rearranging of my life, and I don't think I would stick with that long if I did. Plus, the weather is a serious issue this time of year. There are days I am just not going to go out and walk for an hour in a blizzard or a rain storm. But I DO need to seriously rearrange enough that I can do it occassionally, and consistently walk on a daily basis.  It made such a difference in my blood pressure, too.

I think (hope) I am out of the "danger zone" and back on track mentally. I seriously question whether my goal is attainable. but if it isn't, that is no reason to stop where I am. Isn't 145 better than 204? And 145 should definitely be attainable. And 150? At 149 i am not overweight anymore. That should certainly be realistic. So I am back on track this morning and feeling more confident. I had some encouraging comments yesterday, too, and thank you for those. You all made good points. This is in my hands, no one can take the power away from me. 

Breakfast: oatmeal w/almonds (I ran out of walnuts) peaches, decaf w/cream ~300

lunch: homemade veggie soup 275

dinner: mushroom/spinach ravioli, olive oil parm sauce, and a green salad. 550

snack: apple (80)

total - 1205

I have a potential adopter coming to meet our foster Annie after work today. I hope she loves her and is a good fit for Annie. 

hope everyone has a good day



Progress as of today: 39.1 lbs lost so far, only 34.9 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/10/2014:
Congrats M. You keep doing your part and the rest will take care of itself. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
Thank you!

biscottibody59 on 12/10/2014:
A few people here have used "Walk Away the Pounds" videos by Leslie Sansone. Check youtube for samples or perhaps full-length workouts if you're interested.

You're back in the swing again!

museumgirl on 12/10/2014:
I think I am back in the "swing" of things. I never have the patience for videos, but I may check it out anyway!

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