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museumgirl - Sunday Nov 23, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 166.2

Gearing up today and tomorrow for a busy week - actually a busy several weeks ahead. I don't quite know how I became the "matriarch" of the family - I am not the oldest. I guess we just throw a really good party :)

Made breakfast today - oatmeal, strawberries coffee. took 2 bites and just lost my appetite. Not sure why. Don't really feel very "peppy" today. maybe it is the medication. IDK. I drank my coffee and I'm leaving in a few to go to the farmer's market and then on to work. Not in the mood for either, but husband wants to go, and hey, work is work even at a fun job :)

Starting another beaded purse project. These are so much fun and come out so pretty. Keeps my hands busy and it is impossible to snack when you are knitting. For me at least :)

No clue what I will cook/eat the rest of the day. I actually look ok today - the dress I am wearing was very tight a month ago, now it fits beautifully, so that is progress.  

Raining here today, I actuallly think I would prefer snow. Have a wonderful day everyone! 


edit: 5 p.m. I made myself some dinner - black beans, roasted pepper, salsa, 1/2avocado and some quinoa polenta - adds up to 375 calories. Washed down with some herbal tea. 

Later I may eat my breakfast strawberries and some yogurt. Still don't have an appetite, but felt hungry. How does that even work? Just a weird day :)

Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only 36.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 11/23/2014:
Hang in there--I hope your pep has improved!

museumgirl on 11/23/2014:
Thanks. I feel better now, getting out and moving around at work helped.

puddles on 11/23/2014:
It is raining here also and I am happy to see the snow gone at least for a little while. Enjoy your day.

horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2014:
Lol wish I could lose my appetite - almost never happens!!

Jezebel on 11/23/2014:
I hope you have fun being the hostess with the mostest :). You sound happy to play the part. Looking forward to another fashion post...

museumgirl - Saturday Nov 22, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 166.2

So yesterday's food was good, until we went out last night. Our favorite place for drinks does gourmet pizza, and I caved for a fresh spinach/garlic thincrust with gorgonzola cheese. OMG was it worth it! So I've had a little weekend splurge, and that will hold me for a while! (I didn't eat the whole thing - mr husband finished off more than 1/2!)

So the scale, of course, said .5 pounds more - but you don't gain 1/2 a pound (1700 calories) from only eating an extra 5-600 calories, so its just salt and normal fluctuations. I know they say not to weigh daily, but it is seriously the only thing that keeps me sane. If I weighed once a week and was up a pound, I'd panic, since I could gain an actual pound in a week, but not overnight. I look for the long-term trend. Apparently that is what Marlo Thomas did/does and it works for her. I don't know. :)

Freezing rain/drizzle this morning. Hoping I don't need to go out. Got a new dress for Thanksgiving - I cute kitchy print that will be fun when I host the dinner.  I am throwing myself whole-heartedly into the holidays this year - all of them. I usually hold off and wait trying to keep it "special" at the last minute. And then I just never seem to get up the steam to enjoy them. That probably doesn't make sense, but anyway this year I am going to get all I can and enjoy my friends and family every chance I get. Even though they do make me crazy and drive me to drink. (well, can't even do that anymore, but you get the picture.) Trust me, my family is nuts and husband's is worse :)

So we're doing Thanksgiving after the football game (go LIONS!) and that is the kickoff (see what I did there?) of the whole holiday season for me. It is going to be a special one with my little granddaughters. I am focusing on friends, music, pretty lights, and beautiful snowy scenery, not food and drink. 

Sorry this is a long post and I'm rambling. 

Food for today will be pretty much the same - oatmeal, walnuts, fruit, decaf coffee w/cream for breakfast, and I'll figure out the rest as the day goes along and update it later. 

lunch: burrito from Tb- we were out running errands for forever, and I was starving to death: 430

hummus w/carrots (homemade,no added fat) 225

dinner: black beans, salsa, 1/2 small avocado: 275

daily total: ~1265

I hear a lot of stress over the holidays in several posts - I wish I could offer some words or advice to help. Holidays can be the best and worst of times. Something or someone always screws it up for me  - I mean every.single.time.  But I have decided not to care. This is my life, not a dress rehearsal. This is all I get, and I'll keep it all.

Have a great day, everyone. Hope wherever you are there is good weather, and if not, be safe!


Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only 36.2 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 11/22/2014:
A good healthy attitude. The pizza sounds very worth it!

Maria7 on 11/22/2014:
Good, positive attitude. You are in control of your thoughts. Not anyone else. They may 'try' to bring you down but you don't have to let them do it. Keep your guard up. :-)

puddles on 11/22/2014:
Your statement is right live life enjoy life we only get one. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 11/22/2014:
At least you know the score with people and are still willing to jump in there with no imbibing for you:-) Not to mention you're setting a good example--if you need some pats on the back--haha!

Your plan to enjoy the season is a good one!

That pizza sounds good. Glad you made that hummus recipe work for you as well.

museumgirl - Friday Nov 21, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 166.2

Happy Friday!!

Nothing much new to report here - weight loss recorded is not a fluke- it keeps steady or keeps dropping a little, so....yaaay!

It's been a long time since I was in the 160s - I briefly hit it about 1.5 years ago, but didn't stay more than a couple of weeks before I was up again. It has been since 1998 since I was in the 140s/150s, so we have a long way to go. I am increasingly surprised by finding "bones" on my body. Were these ribs always there? lol. I feel I already look so much better, I'm not hiding from cameras or avoiding mirrors anymore.

I want to believe I will get to my goal, or in close enough proximity. Part of me feels I should go for 129....another part of me feels I should prepare myself for maybe not getting there. Is it realistic? I don't know. The closest to 130 I have been (since my marriage) was in my early 20s, when I dieted after my son was born, and I got down to 132 for a short while.  My lowest weight (as an adult) was 121, but I was living on salad and plain pasta, working 70 hours a weeks and going out dancing every night. Ah, to be young!

Apparently 140 is a healthy weight for me, but I really want to see 130 :)  I will take my measurements again on Monday and see how they compare to last month. 

Enough whining. Todays food

breakfast: oatmeal w/walnuts, decafw/cream: (I am out of fruit!): 300

lunch: leftover vegetable soup (so good!):125, leftover piece of fish (150) 275

snack: raspberries (I made it to the store!)

dinner: salad, ???

Have a lovely Friday everyone!


Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only 36.2 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/21/2014:
One day at a time - you never know where it will lead you. Have a great day. You are doing great.

biscottibody59 on 11/21/2014:
Have a great day!

Jezebel on 11/21/2014:
Wow ! YaY is right. I'm very happy for you.

thinkpositive on 11/21/2014:
Yes, you should feel good about yourself. great job.

museumgirl - Thursday Nov 20, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 166.2

 Yesterdays dinner ended up being scrambled eggs with veggies, and roasted cauliflower. It was just a busy day! I did finally get the bathroom cleaned and the rest of the house is coming along, too.

Bundled myself up well and walked to the CVS this morning. It wasn't bad except when the wind kicked up - it was only about 25 degrees, but it felt good to get out and walk. 

Blood pressure is really good on this dose of medicine. It does make me tired, and I do feel light-headed from time to time, especially when exercising or vacuuming, etc., so I may need a lower dose. Or maybe by the end of the year I can try going off it again :)

Breakfast: oatmeal w/walnuts, fruit, decaf coffee w/cream: 350

snack:leftover roastedcaulifower, 45

lunch: yogurt with raw honey: 275

dinner: homemade veggie soup,broiled fish w/parmesan cheese: 375

total: ~1100

Have a great day everyone!

Progress as of today: 37.8 lbs lost so far, only 36.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/20/2014:
Homemade veggie soup...that is something I like to make and have from time to time, especially in the cold weather. :-)

museumgirl - Wednesday Nov 19, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 166.4

Well,  back on the bp meds, and the blood pressure is really good morning and night now. I can deal with this, I guess.  

Weight is still coming off...even though I think I ate too many walnuts for my snack. I was watching my granddaughter and eating them for energy, I think! Had a really light dinner, then we went to our "free" dance lesson/evaluation. We actually remembered more than we though we would. We'll continue with our practicing, but probably won't sign up for the lessons.Just not in the budget right now. But it was fun. :)

Anyway, this is the middle of the week and my last work day until Sunday. Going to try and clean house again. Just not motivated to do it! I am usually so obsessive about keeping it spotless, this is really strange. the bathroom is starting to look like the loo at the bus station!

Not much time to plan food, but this should work:

breakfast: oatmeal, walnuts, fruit, decaf w/cream: 350

lunch: slice ezekial break w/natural peanut butter,carrot sticks (300)

snack: little bits of leftover beans (55?)

dinner: baked cod w/parmesan and cauliflower. (375)

calories: ~1100

Have a great day everybody!

Just noticed I have crossed the halfway mark of my weight loss!!!! doing a happy dance!

Progress as of today: 37.6 lbs lost so far, only 36.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/19/2014:
Sounds like you had fun. Congrats on the BP and the weight loss. Have a great day.

skinnygrlwithin on 11/19/2014:
Your food sounds great! Keep up the good work! And you definitely sound like you got a good workout in with dance lessons! I always think of what a great way dancing is to really lose weight! And I'm a klutz too haha so no worries!

biscottibody59 on 11/19/2014:
Good going on your progress--way to go!

Here's a link to the supplement I mentioned:


The two ingredients that stand out that you haven't mentioned are olive leaf extract and grapeseed extract, which I have heard of helps some with hypertension. I don't think there's an upper limit on dosing for those two, so it might be worthwhile just getting/trying the individual supplements (olive leaf and grapeseed). As for the other things in the above link--couldn't tell ya!

Good luck!

museumgirl on 11/20/2014:
Thanks, I will look into that.

museumgirl - Tuesday Nov 18, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 167.3

 I like cold weather, and winter, but this year something in my body has flip-flopped. I really feel the cold this year! I don't know if it is losing weight (my warmth layer?) or hormonal changes, but it is just too cold this morning to get these old bones out walking. I will keep trying. I used to sweat in a snowstorm, and in the middle of winter I'd go out and stand on the patio to cool off. We slept with the window cracked open year 'round. Now I am cold cold cold! :) It's kind of nice for a change to not be drenched in sweat!

I took the decision to go back on the lowest dose of the BP meds, at least until the end of the year. Doing all I can and still battling the bp meter, I have to accept that there may be some genetic things going on that I cannot control. It feels like defeat, but looking at my mother's family, maybe that is really the case. My mom was never overweight (she's 5'4 and about 125 pounds) always exercised and ate healthy,never drank or smoked, andshe's had cancer and a major stroke. Same as other members of her family. Maybe I will get to a weight where I won't need this hateful medication. But maybe I won't. Either way, it isn't worth dying over.

Anyway the scale is still moving down, so I will get to a healthy weight regardless. :) I am really close to the halfway mark in my weight loss!!! Current BMI is 27.8, down from a start of 33.9.

Breakfast: oatmeal, walnuts, fruit and decaf coffee w/cream:

lunch: beans, salsa and some carrots

dinner: I have some cod in the fridge, and some cauliflower,so that may be  good start :)

Have a great day everybody!

Progress as of today: 36.7 lbs lost so far, only 37.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/18/2014:
I know what you mean I have had to put a sweater even inside. It is cold today. Congrats on the weight loss real good job. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 11/18/2014:
I know, I'm actually wearing long underwear today, and I keep a cardigan at the museum - I've been wearing it daily. By February, I'll be used to it. Have a good day, too.

skinnygrlwithin on 11/18/2014:
1. I love your convictions from yesterday... they were really good ones. 2. You're really doing such a great job with your journey and keeping a positive attitude about it despite still needing to be on the meds. One day at a time... it'll all work out.

biscottibody59 on 11/18/2014:
One thing you might do, especially if you have no clue what your numbers are (haven't had the lab test) is to supplement vit D--unless you get tons of sun, use a sunlamp or haven't been supplementing all along. Body fat makes it difficult to synthesize it from the sun or a sunlamp as well. "Causal link between vitamin D deficiency, hypertension suggested by researchers":


The research on vit D is fast and furious at the moment and there are conflicts, but it affects so much. (It's actually considered a hormone, since we make it.) Most people just don't get enough with sun exposure especially in the north of the US where you are.

I also recently heard about a specific dietary supplement for hypertension that includes magnesium. I take chelated magnesium myself and also include some calcium each time too.

At any rate, I'll look up the link to the supplement if you're interested, just let me know. I don't think I put it in my favorites, but it should be pretty easy to find.

There are more things you can try with your diet, but you seem pretty content with how you're eating.

museumgirl on 11/18/2014:
yep, I have low vit D and I take a liquid supplement every day, 10,000 IUs. I also take a Magnesium and calcium supplement,but have only done that for about 2 weeks.I take a celery seed supplement, vitamin B (under the tongue), have hawthorn berry tea.....you get the idea :) I will be interested to see if there are other supplements. Yes, I am happy with the diet - it was designed to reduce body inflammation, so should theoretically help reduce bp, too.

thinkpositive on 11/18/2014:
Taking a low dose is progress. And if it is genetic you may need to stick with the meds.

museumgirl - Monday Nov 17, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 169.1

Snow on the groundthis morning, and black ice on the roads - I am going to postpone a walk until this afternoon...

Nothing much new here, just sticking with the plan. I have 3 months before I return to the doctor for a status checkup. I really want to be under 150 by then. Considering I was over 200 when I was there in August, it will be a major victory to walk in there next year and have a healthy weight,and hopefully, and healthy blood pressure.

Breakfast: oatmeal w/walnuts, fruit, herbal tea:  ~300

lunch ??? Well, that didn't happen. Worked late, ran errands, bought groceries, and now I'm having tea at 5 p.m. May just as well skip dinner....

dinner: pan sauteed salmon, baked sweet potato, stirfried zucchini : 532

snack: yogurt (210); apple (80)

total: ~1140

I will update food as I figure out what to make. I think I grocery trip is in the plan, since I don't have enough oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow :)

Have a great day everyone.


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

puddles on 11/17/2014:
Be careful when you go out today. With the first snow all the crazies come out as if they have forgotten how to drive in snow. Have a great day.

skinnygrlwithin on 11/17/2014:
We got some snow here today as well - it's supposed to be like this all day...and then tomorrow drop down with a high in the mid 20s! Winter is here! :(

You're really doing such a great job, and so consistent. You're determined and it shows! Super inspirational... thank you.

vase on 11/17/2014:
Big high five on your weight loss so far. That's awesome.

OhioRaven on 11/17/2014:
Snow here too, MG.

thinkpositive on 11/17/2014:
Rain here in New England but chilly. Black ice is miserable. Your goal of 150 seems doable - you're doing great.

museumgirl - Sunday Nov 16, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 169.1

Sunday - busy day!!! We've had a busy weekend, in total, and too many restaurant meals, although I made pretty good choices and kept portions good.

Not enough walking,but a lot of stairs at work with the tours for 2 days in a row.:)

Breakfast: spinach feta omelet, coffee w cream and tomato slices: 425

Dinner: Broiled fish with parmesan (225) broiled cabbage w/olive oil (175) total:  400

snack: natural peanut butter with carrot sticks (250)

total: ~1075

low calories today, but yesterday we skipped dinner and just went out for a dessert. It has been over a month since we had desserts. Also ate a few extra walnuts and some nori snacks, so today is fewer calories, but not a big deal.

Hope everyone had a good Sunday,


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

museumgirl - Saturday Nov 15, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 169.1

I have not put exercise as  method of weight loss in my plan. Whenever I have been successful, it has been reducing calories/portions, and not the amount of exercise I do. It seems for me, at least, exercise is a supplement to my plan, and if I do too much, I eat more food and it all falls apart. Also, with my compulsive tendencies, I seem to keep increasing the amount of exercise I "need" until it becomes unmanageable and I stop all together. I know,very counterproductive.

So I have put it on the sidelines until now. Don't get me wrong, I believe exercise is integral to our good health - bones, muscles, blood sugar, hormones, skin tone, everything is improved by at least a little brisk walking, or yoga and a little weight training. But I also believe,and have proved,you can lose weight without it. 

That being said, it has certainly boosted my weight loss back to pre-plateau levels and got me going again. I know the amount of walking I do will not continue to have this affect. As I get in better shape, I will need "more more more." and I will need to resist that urge, since in the end I know it will end up with "nothing at all, I give up." 

In the past (about 12 years ago,) we started walking, and I was dieting, and lost a good bit of weight (30 or so pounds, I was about 150). Then husband, my walking partner, kept increasing our distance and speed until we were doing over an hour a day. When that got relatively easy, he was talking about adding more. That was when I quit. I could carve out an hour, most days, at the exclusion of other things, but to keep increasing it....it was suddenly overwhelming. It took over my life instead of being a healthy part of it.

Sorry for the long ramble, but that is my experience with exercise. I am not good at "moderation" in things that I do. As soon as I start exercise, my brain says, "train for a marathon!" Even though I am not a runner (bad lungs) and never will be!!! :)

Thanks for listening. The plateau (this one) is broken, the scale is moving, the bp is improving, and I'm a happy camper. 

We did walk twice yesterday - our second was our weekend trip to the bar/restaurant for my cocktail. It was cold, but a nice night anyway.

Oh, and best news yet, my mom is home from the hospital! 

Breakfast: oatmeal, walnuts, fruit, decaf w/cream: 350

lunch: beans w/salsa, and sweet potato if I have one:

dinner: tbd. possibly baked orange roughy and veggies

I'm giving a boy scout tour this afternoon, and spending the rest of the day on some small projects.

Have a lovely day everyone! Thanks for all your wonderful, encouraging comments.

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

thinkpositive on 11/15/2014:
I agree that we can lose weight without exercise. I think I just feel better when I have some exercise.

biscottibody59 on 11/15/2014:
Keep up the good work!

puddles on 11/15/2014:
Congrats again on the loss. I have to admit my level of exercise is low and limited by my knee injury so I consider anything I do as exercise and thankful I was able to do it. Have a great day.

Jezebel on 11/15/2014:
Congratulations on another drop on the scale.

museumgirl - Friday Nov 14, 2014
(anti-inflammatory, per Dr. Weil)
Weight: 169.3

Made some headway on cleaning the house yesterday - got the living room totally done. I'll work my way around the house, doing a thorough job,over the next few days. 

Got in one walk yesterday, and will do the same today, and hopefully get a second one in later. It takes me about 25 minutes to make it down to 12 Mile Road and back home. As I get more fit, I will need to add distance to get the same time, but for now, that is about a mile and a quarter/half, depending on what streets I take.

We have a light coating of snow on the ground, or rather, on our un-raked leaves :) It is very cold, I'm glad I have a face mask!

Breakfast: oatmeal w/walnuts, fruit, coffee with decaf:340

lunch: had a black bean salad from the local Mexican restaurant,with their lime cilantro vinagrette, ~275 calories

dinner: leftover veggie stirfry from last night (350)

snack: apple 80

and tonight may be "cocktail" night, since it is Friday :) 151

that would put my calories at about 1180 for the day 

Have a great Friday everyone!


Progress as of today: 34.7 lbs lost so far, only 39.3 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/14/2014:
have a great walk, MG.

Jezebel on 11/14/2014:
Happy 151 :)

museumgirl on 11/14/2014:
That's the calories for the drink, not the name :) It's about 151 calories for a rye old fashioned!

skinnygrlwithin on 11/14/2014:
I've been trying to add walking into my routine while I'm at work too... gets the blood flowing and breaks up the day! Great job! And way to be consistent on your food!!

puddles on 11/14/2014:
I wish I was getting better at cleaning the house it is definitely on the back burner lately. Have a great day. Your doing good.

nosetwitch on 11/14/2014:
Walk sounds great! I try to walk at least 25 minutes every day as well. It helps that I have to park about a half-mile away from my work building every day.

biscottibody59 on 11/14/2014:
Down another half-pound I see! Toot that horn girlie!

museumgirl on 11/14/2014:
toot toot! :)

thinkpositive on 11/14/2014:
Congratulations on your loss and getting in a walk.

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