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selina - Tuesday Sep 06, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 172.0

Good morning! 

I woke up at 5.50 am because this is my new schedule, as my daughter daughter starts high-school this fall.  Bus picked her up at 6.25am.  Insane hours, I know.  On the other hand, this is really good, as I can start the day really early - if I don't decide to go back to bed, that is!  This morning, I won't go back to bed as I have too much going on!  I must deliver a few paintings at the gallery for a show and will finally go back to the gym since everything is going back to my normal fall schedule.  I can't believe I did not set foot on the gym the whole summer and wasted all those months of membership fees!  Oh well.

My friend who nearly died of a massive stroke three years ago came to visit us yesterday,  what a wonderful surprise!    She has come a long way since the stroke, but she still can't speak very well, walks with great difficulty as the right side of her body is paralyzed and she has serious cognitive disability.   She knew many languages, had a great job in a multinational company in IT, had a great social life, but now she has a hard time telling me a simple story.  She seem to understand everything we say but she can't use words to express herself.  She wanted to tell me that her niece was born yesterday, but she couldn't remember the word "yesterday"!  It is very frustrating to see my good friend like this at such young age, she is just a few years older than I am, but I'm happy that she is getting better little by little and she has the loving support of her husband.   They just moved back to this area from abroad, as they are also with the foreign service.... We've made plans to have dinner at our house this coming Saturday and I hope to see them often, from now on, just like in the good old days. 

Have a good day, everyone!


Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/06/2011:
I'm glad you will get to see your friend more often now, I'm sure that will nice for both of you. Yay for getting back to the gym!

biscottibody59 on 09/06/2011:
That's a very rough go for your friend at such an early age and though you may not think it's a big thing, your support and acceptance of her is wonderful (in every way) and I know she appreciates it! People recovering from brain injuries/strokes are some of the hardest working people in the world!

It is true that despite the assault to her brain that if she's otherwise in good health she will continue to improve slowly in some ways. There is so much being learned about the regeneration/re-"wiring" of the brain that it could be a little brighter future for her--having relative youth on her side is a plus. Optimism costs nothing in these situations!

Good luck getting into your new schedule--keep up the good work!

moogy on 09/06/2011:
I think that a stroke is the only thing that really scares me. It is the reason I went on my medication to stop my seizures, I don't mind dying but I don't want to be debilitated. Poor woman, she must think a lot of you to travel to see you. I hope that the future is brighter for her, I am with biscotti, it is amazing how much we can repair of ourselves given time. Good to read that you are back in the gym:)

V on 09/06/2011:
Have a wonderful evening Selina!! :)

thinkpositive on 09/07/2011:
I know someone with the same type of verbal difficulty after a stroke. It takes alot of patience to wait for the words to come out but then you see how hard they are working on it. Your friend is younger than mine so she may see more progress. I find that she does better when she is very sure of her subject and comfortable with the person shes talking to.

selina - Saturday Sep 03, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 173.0

Happy Weekend to all! 

So today is Saturday and it's the beginning of a long weekend!  There will be no special parties or bbq's in this household during this labor day weekend, as far as I know, but it's nice to have hubby at home for several days in a roll...  I hope you'll all have a great weekend, yourselves!

I got a burst of energy, yesterday, and cleaned the whole house squeaky-clean, LOL  And I don't even like cleaning... Which means that I'm getting better from being ill for so long, or just going totally insane.  It's either one thing or the other.  Meanwhile, the house looks nice and clean - a good thing for everyone involved.

Eating went well: I ate very little during the day as my tummy still feels weird, but in the evening I had all kinds of foods that I'm not used to eating on a regular basis: soba noodles in seaweed soup, kimchi with steamed sword fish, etc, etc  luckily, my stomach didn't protest, ha!

I've been writing down my foods in a notebook that I keep in a kitchen drawer which is helping me to stay on track...

Stay well, everyone! 

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

KayBee on 09/03/2011:
sword fish, YUUUUUUUMMMMMYYY!!!! <3 <3

Em17 on 09/03/2011:
Have a great weekend =)!

missdetermined on 09/04/2011:
Cleaning house is great exercise, good for you! The food you listed sounds wonderful! Feel better!

biscottibody59 on 09/04/2011:
Yep, the urge to clean house must be a good sign:-) Have a good afternoon!

moogy on 09/04/2011:
The little notebooks are invaluable, the Japanese foods sound wonderful. One of my favourite cuisines! Good job on the cleaning selina, not sure if you are crazy or enthusiastic, but whichever it was a good job done!!:)

selina - Friday Sep 02, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 173.0

Good morning!  I feel much better today, but still have a lingering headache that I take care with aleve.  I've been taking so many pills this past few days that it's not even funny.

My daughter and I went to macys, yesterday, to buy back-to-school clothes for my daughter and ended up falling into the trap of a lancome make up makeover session, ha!  We had a good time, the new make up looked great on me and my daughter but I ended up spending a small fortune with serums, creams, eye shadows, liners, etc.  I guess I'll have to blame all this spending to the pills I've been popping this past few days.  I'm considering taking a few items back....  We found at least a half dozen pieces of clothing for my daughter that look great! 

Eating went fairly well, yesterday, since I've no appetite, anyway....

Have a good day!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

V on 09/02/2011:
I always get suckered in too, especially the MAC counter :( I walk out of there in financial RUIN!! hahaha, I am sure this doesn't occur often so enjoy!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

glycrina on 09/02/2011:
I am saving for vacation so I am spitting on my mascara brush to get the most from it. LOL! Sounds like a GREAT day. I am jealous.

Maria7 on 09/02/2011:
That is so sweet that you and your Daughter had a nice time together. Enjoy while she is home...once they are grown and out on their own, they get caught up in their own world of different things and responsibilities and have much less time to spend with their parents. Take care and hope you feel better, too.

selina - Thursday Sep 01, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 173.0

Good morning!

I can't believe it's already September!  I weighed myself this morning and looks like I've not done very well this summer:  173lbs is just not what I expected to see!  I guess I can always go back to my diet and start all over again....  I do need to get inspired but I'm having a hard time finding that inspiration, right now...

The truth is, I'm recuperating from a sunstroke that hit me hard last Tuesday evening, when I went to an event at my daughter's school.  I like to take my hat everywhere I go because I'm very sensitive to the sun, ever since I had sunstroke as a child.  But this event was in the evening 5pm - 8pm and I didn't think it would be SO SUNNY and hot. I felt very bad during the whole night and had to sleep most of the day yesterday.   Once i get over this, I'll feel more positive towrds life in general....  

Have a good day, everyone!


Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

glycrina on 09/01/2011:
I had the same problem. I gaine 14 pounds in 6 months without even realizing it. It was a wake-up call. It was a sign that I can't just ignore my weight and hope that it will go down on it's own. I have to make a conscious decisions everyday to be healthy. It is a lot of work but I remember how good I felt. Hope things get better and stay out of the sun. LOL.

biscottibody59 on 09/01/2011:
Take good care of yourself! Even when it's obviously hot the severity of what it's doing to you can creep up. Very dangerous!

Good for you facing the scale--you will do fine! I'm going to assume yoga will be in your future:-)

All I will say is that posting here keeps me on the (somewhat) straight and narrow. So I hope you'll keep posting no matter what.

KayBee on 09/01/2011:
Gosh, it's so difficult to gain discipline again... the 2010 me was so different than the 2011 version... even then, this version is still not the 2009 me... I have hopes. They die last.... :P

V on 09/01/2011:
OMG Selina please be careful :( Just get better and then focus on knocking off the lbs!!! Take care my friend!!!

Umpqua on 09/01/2011:
I'm so sorry to hear about the sunstroke, please take it easy! I'm becoming more sun sensitive as I get older and finding I have to wear a hat if I'm out for long periods. Take care!

sweetpea1977 on 09/01/2011:
Im sensitive to the sun too. Summer has become less enjoyable because of this condition. :(

I hope you feel better soon!

moogy on 09/01/2011:
With red hair I have always avoided the sun like crazy. I know that yucky feeling well. Keep drinking sweetie and slowly slowly with everything. If you find discipline will you please let us know where he was (I am sure it is a he!) I hope you have a looking after yourself type of day selina and thank you for stopping by my diary.:)

selina - Monday Aug 29, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Hi everyone!

We've survived an earthquake (5.9) and a hurricane (fringe of Irene) in one single week, and I'm happy to report that this DDer is safe and sound!   Hope is all well with you all!  Loves to all!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 33 lbs to go!

KayBee on 08/29/2011:
Ahh, I'm relieved. I've never experienced natural disasters (only ice storms and heavy rains), but I imagine how scary they are! :-(

sweetpea1977 on 08/29/2011:
Im glad you're ok!

liza36 on 08/29/2011:
Glad you are ok. It has been a crazy week around here!

V on 08/29/2011:
I am hoping that your area is done with the natural disaters, in less that a week apart no less so NO MORE!!! i am glad you guys fared well through both :)

liza36 on 08/29/2011:
I happened to be working from home the day of the earthquake. I too had things fall, but nothing broken like my parents. I've lived through California earthquakes, and did not like them at all! I couldn't believe it was happening in VA. And then the hurricane. It has been an interesting week, but I've fared pretty well compared to others I know. I'm glad you are safe and sound!

moogy on 08/29/2011:
It is a bit rude to throw two things at you in the same week in my opinion!!! I would complain!! I am glad you are all safe and was happy to see your name on the diary lists. Look after yourself:)

Maria7 on 08/29/2011:
Wow! That's a lot in one week. I thank the Lord for keeping us safe! :-)

selina - Monday Aug 22, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Whoa, it's been nearly a month I haven't posted here!  Hope everyone is having a good summer - I shall be back here as soon as school starts again and I get my normal routine back.  It's been a busy summer for us with lots of traveling, guests coming and going, lots of good cooking and healthy eating.  Enjoy the rest of the summer, everyone!  Loves to all!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 33 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 08/22/2011:
I've missed you. I look forward to you posting regularly again! Thanks for checking in with us!

Umpqua on 08/22/2011:
It sounds like you're having a great summer, I look forward to seeing you back here!

thinkpositive on 08/22/2011:
Enjoy the rest of your summer.

V on 08/22/2011:
Welcome Back!!! :)

V on 08/23/2011:
Hey just checking back in to see how you fared the earthquake?? When i heard this I immediately thought of you and your family..I hope all is well!

V on 08/24/2011:
OMG scary indeed..I am sorry for your breakables but at least all of you are safe and sound :) And yes the Maz too ;) Have a good one...

liza36 on 08/25/2011:
Wasn't that earthquake crazy? You just don't think that would happen in VA or DC area. I hope you fared ok. My parents live in Vienna and they had some glass break. I had pictures fall, but nothing too terrible.

School is right around the corner. Enjoy the rest of summer, and we'll see you back here soon.

Maria7 on 08/27/2011:
Sounds like you've been having a fun summer with all the friends over. Miss seeing your entries on here more frequently (like I can talk!). Take care. :-)

selina - Monday Jul 25, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning to all!

I'm still sick, I'm affraid.  :(  I still have sore throat and cold triggered asthma.  However, on saturday I got a very strong energy spurt and cleaned the whole house and did the whole laundry.  Because I was so full of energy, I couldn't sleep... so I was online until 5 am chatting with my friends.  I even caught KathyBlue just before she went out sightseeing, Saturday morning!  I also spoke with another friend who told me the awesome news that her daughter, who happens to be an amazing golf player, has been offered many golf scholarships.  She is a senior now and has to decide which school she wants to go to.  She is down to two choices: Georgetown U or Gonzaga U.  My personal preference is Georgetown (she would be right here, in town!)  I'm so excited for her!  How cool could that be?

Sunday, I took daughter shopping for clothes and ended up buying two pairs of casual shoes for myself.  I still feel unconfortable buying clothes - nothing looks good on me, yuck.  She came home with at least half dozen blouses and pretty underwear...  everything that she wears looks good :)  It's nice to be young and fit! I love shopping for her.

So, now I feel drained, sore and ! want to go back to sleep.... I have my asthma inhaler and pain killers, so, I'll be alright. Stay well, everyone! 

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 33 lbs to go!

V on 07/25/2011:
Pretty impressive!! Georgetown is a great school :) Their basketball team is awesome!! I hope you feel better Selina..

FitAmbitions on 07/25/2011:
Hope you feel better soon gal!!!

Umpqua on 07/25/2011:
I hope you feel better soon!

sweetpea1977 on 07/25/2011:
My vote is for Georgetown as well! If my parents stayed in my birthplace of DC, thats where I would have wanted to go!

Anyway, I hope you get to feeling better soon!

thinkpositive on 07/25/2011:
Fun to shop with your daughter. Hope you'll be feeling better soon.

liza36 on 07/26/2011:
I hope you feel better. I am the same way about clothes shopping for myself. Nothing looks or feels good at the moment. Maybe someday!

Maria7 on 07/26/2011:
Take care of yourself. Hope you are much better SOON. :-)

biscottibody59 on 07/28/2011:
Hope you're doing okay today! Also hope you'll be able to get back to your yoga:-)

Thanks for your kind comments--I'm almost amazed at how well I've recovered. So many horror stories.

Maria7 on 08/15/2011:
WHERE ARE YOU???????????????????? Miss you!

selina - Friday Jul 22, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Hello everyone!


It turns out that the body aches, the low stamina, headache and the icky feeling I was having was more than heat exhaustion.  A couple of days ago, I started having a terrible sore throat, sinus pain and even worse headache.  It looks like  I came down with a terrible summer cold and have been in bed for days.  Today I feel a bit better, not well, but better.  Maybe 50%.  So, I'm feeling sorry for myself and just hanging in there...

I hope you are all having a better time than I am - That should not be too dificult, :)

Stay well everyone! 


Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 33 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 07/22/2011:
aww, sorry to hear that. I cant imagine how horrible it is to fight a cold during the middle of this hot summer! Gets lots of rest and water!

thinkpositive on 07/22/2011:
Sorry you're so sick. Maybe more like a flu? Or sinus infection?

Maria7 on 07/22/2011:
Hope you feel better. Take good care of yourself. :-)

biscottibody59 on 07/23/2011:
Summer colds are terrible, but with extreme heat--I can't imagine! Hope you're doing well and feeling better every day! And thinking about getting back to yoga perhaps?

We get a "dry" heat here for the most part. I heard the DC heat index was in the 120s*F the other day. Nothing to do but find a cool spot when it's like that. (Our heat index rarely is over 105-108. It gives one way or the other--the temp is lower generally when it's humid.)

biscottibody59 on 07/23/2011:
Oh you mentioned the shingles--my eye is essentially fine. I still have a followup with the ophthalmologist next week--I have to be sure and stay on top of that one. I have a little of the rash showing as well as itching--odd/weird itching--like there's really nothing there to itch, yet it itches occasionally. Luckily I don't have the pain everyone seems to report (that can linger long after most of the worst symptoms are gone).

I found that a baby aspirin or two at bedtime lessens the itching that was waking me up from time to time. (Probably a placebo effect--haha!)

selina - Wednesday Jul 20, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

My glasses became foggy this morning when I stepped outside - humidity is so high and the high temps are deadly.  A good day (and week) to stay indoors. 

Yesterday I was so fatigued that I ended up staying in bed most of the day, reading, sleeping.  I ddin't realized how tired I was after a whole week travelling and on the go.  The only thing I did was going to the library to drop off books that I had borrowed.

My energy level is so low, I'm worried if it's the heat or if it's the age.....  or both :)

Hubby bought me a new blender/smoothie maker.   The other one was so old and falling apart that I needed an upgrade.  He bought me a really fancy one :) So, I'm having frozen bananas smoothies today. 

Have a great day everyone!


Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 33 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 07/20/2011:
oh yum! frozen banana smoothies sound perfect for a day like today... have a good one!

thinkpositive on 07/20/2011:
If your low energy/ fatigue continues you may want to see your Dr.Maybe it's just the extreme heat. It is must be so hot & humid if your glasses were fogged.Hope it cools off soon!

sweetpea1977 on 07/20/2011:
When its really hot outside, your body has to work even harder at maintaining its normal temperature (thermoregulation). This requires energy, so its possible that your body is getting worn out just by trying to stay cool. I have suffered heat exhaustion (a precursor to heat stroke) a few times in the last 10 years. NOT FUN! Be sure to wear loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing whenever you go outside. Make sure you only stay out for short periods of time. If you have to go on errands, bring ice water with you to make sure you stay hydrated.

Anyway, that banana smoothie sounds awesome!

V on 07/20/2011:
Of course it is the heat combined with the trip!! You are NOT old so that is not the reason...LOL When i come home from work,I am usually drained for at least an hour, that sun does not play, it can zap the life out of you....Stay hydrated ;)

selina - Monday Jul 18, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Hello all!

I'm back from a series of trips to different locations as my daughter's friend came to visit from Switzerland.  NYC was the highlight of her vacation as I took the girls there for 3 days.  The highlight of my trip was watching "anything goes" on broadway. What an incredibly intense city NYC is!

So, I need a vacation myself, from all the tiring sightseeing trips in the hot summer weather.

Also, I am in need to go back to my regimen of eating healthy and moderately, although I think I did pretty well during the holidays.  For certain, I walked a lot and biked some.

I hope everyone is doing great, enjoying their summer!

B: banana shake

L: quesadilhas - low fat cheese, whole wheat tortilhas

s: watercmelon

d: chili beans and rice

Exercise:  Nordic track bike for 45 min


Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 33 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/18/2011:
Welcome home to DDs. Will be looking for more of your posts

V on 07/18/2011:
Welcome back Selina!!! We missed ya??? Hey what Bway show did you catch??? Lion King??

sweetpea1977 on 07/18/2011:
Welcome back!

Umpqua on 07/19/2011:
I'm glad you had fun on your trip! I love the energy of NYC, but it's definitely tiring, especially with sightseeing.

V on 07/19/2011:
That show looks like it was awesome :) Happy to hear you had a wonderful time :)

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