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selina - Monday Jul 11, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0



Good morning! 




I hope everyone is doing well, enjoying the Summer months, keeping yourselves cool in this terrific hot weather.  All is well with me, just a bit too busy after my daughter came back home from the Summer Enrichment Camp - her friend from Switzerlnad is here to visit, so we have been out and doing stuff all day, every day.  Today is the first day that I decided to let them go on their own.  They took the subway to downtown Washington DC (I live only 5 min walk away from a subway station) and with the city tour tickets in hand, they will be busy and happy, as long as they are together.  Two 14-year-olds having fun in town, on their own.  Tomorrow, I'll take them to NYC and spend 3 days there.  We have tickets for broadway shows and have a list of things that they want to do.  Hubby is working, so it's going to be only the 3 of us: me, my daughter and her friend.  After that, we have more travelling plans... it's been a very busy Summer.  I hope you are all enjoying your summer, too.


Because it's been a hot Summer, my appetite has been down, so I probably have lost a couple of pounds.  But I wouldn't bet on it.  I'll just keep myself active, drink lots of water, eat healthy foods and will not worry about dieting until fall, I think...  

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

KathyBlue on 07/11/2011:
ohh wow, that sounds fun fun fun and double fun! :) I can imagine how hillarious is a day out alone for two teenagers, I'd loved to do that, too! Just text your daughter from time to time :)

V on 07/11/2011:
OOh I am sure the girls will LOVE the "Big Apple" Have a good day Selina:)

Maria7 on 07/11/2011:
Have fun with your teens! Sounds like a lot of activity just moving around, enjoying the sights! :-D

Umpqua on 07/11/2011:
Sounds like you're having a great time. Enjoy NYC!!

thinkpositive on 07/11/2011:
Enjoy your time with your daughter.

selina - Friday Jul 01, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

I've been on a high protein diet for several days now, and it seems like it's  a very good diet for gaining weight !  3 pounds in the past few days.  The biggest change in my diet is that I drink 2% milk with the shake, so maybe that's the main cause.... I never drank milk before since I don't like the taste of milk and I'm a little allergic to it.   Also, I fell out of control with my foods a couple of times this week, I must remember.  My arms feel and look slimmer and my tummy also feel a bit tighter, so I won't worry too much about it, I figure... Also, because the shake is easy on my stomach, my tummy aches have subdued.  However, reading the scale this morning was a real letdown.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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

KathyBlue on 07/01/2011:
humm, there are other alternatives for milk

shaunnac on 07/01/2011:
if your a little allergic to milk maybe your getting bloated from it therefore that is where the weight comes in?

Umpqua on 07/01/2011:
You could try almond or hazelnut milk as an alternative if the dairy is bothering you. I LOVE the nut milks and the unsweetened ones are pretty low cal. Soy milk, not so much but it's fine when mixed with other stuff. Have a good one!

sweetpea1977 on 07/01/2011:
Are you following a specific high protein diet? Just curious. I've cut way back on carbs, but still get a good balance of lean proteins and veggies in and have been able to lose weight by following the ideas mentioned in the new Atkins book. This diet has been improved so that you can eat a much wider range of produce as well as advises you to eat lean proteins and limit processed foods. It even says you can reintroduce small quantities of bread and pasta once you're in pre-maintenance and maintenance modes. Anyway, thats all FYI, in case you were interested. :)

How is hubby's recovery doing? Is he back on his feet? I hope so!!

thinkpositive on 07/03/2011:
It sounds like you are looking at all of your foods & trying to readjust. I'm sure you will see the numbers go back down soon.

biscottibody59 on 07/04/2011:
Hope the high protein diet is working better by now!

I've never been a milk drinker either and the biggest thing I've noticed since I've really cut back--I don't buy it unless I need it for a recipe--is that my minor stuffy nose at night has completely cleared up. (I'm not an allergy sufferer.)

I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but it's a nice change.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments--the shingles are improving, but it seems really slow. Oh and good for you switching to black coffee:-)

Maria7 on 07/05/2011:
Hello! How are you?

selina - Thursday Jun 30, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!  I hope eating will be better controled today.  Yesterday, my body was so tired that I felt I didn't have much control over my apetite.  Maybe 200 cals at the end of the day.  Today things will be better, I just know it!  Have a great day, everyone.

B: protein shake, banana, coffee

snack: turkey roll-ups with blueberry jam

lunch: protein shake, banana,


dinner: chili beans


Yoga today was SO GOOD!  Very quiet and relaxing.  I love love love yoga!

I spent some time with my neighbor and her friends, yesterday evening.   She saw me outside, in my back yard and she called me to join them for a glass of wine.  It was so lovely to be able to get to know her better and meet her friends.... 

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

KathyBlue on 06/30/2011:
meow... we're struggling but there are ups and downs in everyone's lives...

hollybelle on 06/30/2011:
When I am tired I feel like food will make me have more energy, but that's not ture. It's much easier to overeat when we are tired! Rest up - feel good.

V on 06/30/2011:
Yeah that is me on Sundays. I am usually so exhausted (mainly mentally) It is tough to stay awake long enough to get proper nourishment...It's okay we all have our days..I hope your evening with well my friend :)

selina - Wednesday Jun 29, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

Eating and exercising went very well, yesterday.  Yoga was FANTASTIC -  I still feel the energy!   Today I'm going to take it easy with exercises because yeasterday I did more than I ususally do and I'm tired.... 

Today is going to be a restfull day, mostly painting and watching for workers coming for power washing the deck and the out-side of the house.  The day is gorgeous and I feel good!

B: protein shake, banana 250

S: turkey roll-up 120

L: protein shake 250, watermelon40

S: pistachios/almonds120

D: Tofu/veggies stir-fry


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

geevee on 06/29/2011:
Good food choices!

V on 06/29/2011:
Have a good one!!

selina - Tuesday Jun 28, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

I did well, yesterday, with food and exercise - It's actually exciting!

Daughter called last night from camp (one of the 3 scheduled calls) and she is doing well, as expected.

I did gardening (re-potted some herbs and planted some perennials in the ground) and painted all day.  Very productive day, indeed!

My yoga teacher is back from her yoga conference in China, full of renewed inspiration!  I can feel the energy coming from her!

Breakfast: banana, protein drink250

snack: turkey rolls with dijon mustard 120 (370)

lunch: protein drink with banana 250 (620)

snack: cheese sticks, pistachios 120 (740)

dinner: salmon grilled, vegetables grilled 500 (1240)

exercise: yoga, n-track bike


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

V on 06/28/2011:
:) Great job Selina!!

thinkpositive on 06/28/2011:
Gardening , yoga, painting - sounds like an ideal day! Oh & throw in some salmon & it's beyond ideal!

KathyBlue on 06/28/2011:
perfect day :) Did you do gardening while in CH ?

Em17 on 06/28/2011:
Have a great day =)

selina - Monday Jun 27, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well!

I was traveling for a couple of days, but I'm back!  Dropping off daughter at the university camp wasn't as traumatic as I thought it would be, actually it went very well, no dramatic scenes, haha.  Her roommate seems to be a lovely girl who shares many similar activities with my daughter, especially dance, and she happens to live a couple of miles away from us, although they go to different schools.  They will be able to forget all about dance during this camp :)  This is more like an intellectually challenging camp for really smart kids which will be good for them as they go into high school this coming fall.  I wish I'd had this opportunity when I was her age....

So, I finally have a ME TIME for the next 12 days, which I'll use entirely for my work/fun/passion thing, aka, painting.  BY the way, I'm very excited about new career opportunities that I have given at the art league I belong to:  I've been juried-in enough times, in exhibitions at the art league, that I shall be showing my work in a different section of the galery (Bin Gallery) on a regular basis, all year round.  Of course, I'll continue entering my work into the juried exhibitions, as well.  This is an exciting jump in my painting career!

Diet wise, it's been rough.  At this age (late 40's), it's really been difficult to get one's metabolism going, but that doesn't mean I'm giving up, LOL.  I'm on my way to the yoga studio as soon as I plug this in....

Have a great day everyone!

Breakfast: Coffee, protein shake150, banana100

snack: almonds120

lunch: protein shake, banana250, 620

snack: laughing cow cheese 35, celery sticks 20, 675

dinner: chicken, mushrooms, peppers sauteed 600 (1275)

exercise: yoga

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

thinkpositive on 06/27/2011:
I know the feeling of dropping off daughters at various times of their lives. Glad it wasn't traumatic. Nice that you can concentrate on your art for a good length of time. Yes it is harder to get the metabolism going over 40 & I have discovered for myself that some vigorous exercise plus eating fewer calories does help the process. It may be slower but it can be done.

V on 06/27/2011:
Enjoy your Selina time ;) have a wonderful day!!

Umpqua on 06/27/2011:
That's wonderful that you will have all that free time to spend on your passion. And congratulations on the changes at the gallery, sounds very exciting!

Em17 on 06/27/2011:
Yay me time =) Have a great next 12 days =)

greengirl on 06/27/2011:
ME TIME!!!Sounds absolutely fabulous so make the most of it :-)

loveray on 06/27/2011:
yay for yoga!! keep up the good work!

selina - Wednesday Jun 22, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

Yoga in the morning, yesterday - regular teacher is still on vacation.  Substitute teacher was kind and reassuring.  I can't wait for my regular teacher to come back, though....    No yoga today.  I'll go to the gym this afternoon after I drop off daughter at her field hockey camp.

My high protein drinks aka slim fast worked well, yesterday.  I put 1/2 banana in each shake, so it tasted even better.  Aside from that, I had a couple of healthy snacks and a tofu/chicken/veggies/cilantro dinner.   I don't feel any lighter, though.  At least I'm trying.... hard!

I'll be spending the day with my daughter: shopping for the last few items she needs for her summer enrichment camp program at Univ of Virgnia.  She  leaves this weekend...  I'll miss her....

Have a good day!



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

Umpqua on 06/22/2011:
I hope you have an excellent day with your daughter!

KathyBlue on 06/22/2011:
Ahhh... of course you'll miss her. But today you have an awful lot of options to keep in touch, cost-free :) Internet, text messaging, Skype, etc.

legcramps on 06/22/2011:
Have a great day today ;)

thinkpositive on 06/22/2011:
Your shakes and meals sound healthy and filling. Have fun shopping with your daughter.

V on 06/22/2011:
Let me tell you, those enrichment classes comes in very handy and gives a leg up with HS courses :) I am sure you will miss her but you might enjoy a little "Selina Time" while she is gone...Well as far as my summer, I am doing my annual August Chicago trip and perhaps the DD retreat( I haven't heard from loveray yet) So if that falls through I am planning to visit Umpqua and Sweetpea :)...I would love to visit kat as well but realistically I shouldn't spend that type of cash if I am trying to save more :(

hollybelle on 06/22/2011:
Have a good one, Selina.

biscottibody59 on 06/24/2011:
Hope you have a good weekend--keep up the good work!

selina - Tuesday Jun 21, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

Eating went well yesterday, despite the rough start.  Knee was not 100% well after all, so I skipped the gym and did n-track bike at home. Plus some weight exercises. To restart my diet regimen today, I'll drink protein drinks during the day and eat a sensible dinner at night.

Today is my daughter's last day of school, yay!!!! I can't believe she is going on to high school next fall! 

Have a good day, everyone!

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

Em17 on 06/21/2011:
Yay =). Have a great day!

V on 06/21/2011:
Wow a freshman :) How exciting!!! Any plans for summer trips??

h82bfat on 06/21/2011:
Oh my.... high school! Enjoy your summer together!

Umpqua on 06/21/2011:
I hope you have a great day!

legcramps on 06/21/2011:
Have a lovely day today :)

selina - Monday Jun 20, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend, I certainly did. 

This past week, things went really wrong with the knee injury right in the beginning of the week, so the whole week was thrown off.   To top it off, it ended with pizza, Sunday night. And some more leftover pizza this morning for breakfast.  I'm ready for a better day and a better week, though.  The worst part of the knee mishap was that I got so depressed not being able to do stuff and for being in pain.  Miserable times....  Knee is doing well (finally!) so today I can go back to the gym.

Have a great day, everyone!

Breakfast: Pizza 368, coffee

snack: 1/2 banana 50, 418

lunch: kimchi miso soup, tofu

dinner: salmon, kimchi soup


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

Em17 on 06/20/2011:
Glad your knee is feeling better. Have a great day =)

Umpqua on 06/20/2011:
Great news on your knee. Have a wonderful week!

FitAmbitions on 06/20/2011:
glad your feeling better! Enjoy the gym and don't stress the pizza gal!

KathyBlue on 06/20/2011:
Yeah, Monday renewal!!! :) beijinhos grandes! :)

V on 06/20/2011:
happy your knee is better :) Whoa! I so did NOT know you went to Fashion school in Italy??? Ummm girl we need to talk...LOl I knew you are a super talented artist but I didn't realize you can create fashions as well :) You rock and BTW I posted a pic from the show for you on my diary..Please tell me what you think??

hollybelle on 06/20/2011:
Glad your knee is better. Be careful using it again. Have a better week!

V on 06/20/2011:
I must say i agree with you as far as American men who dress super conservative... I am a sucker for a guy in a really nice suit..By far my fave guy dressers are Italians :)

selina - Thursday Jun 16, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!

My knee is still not well, I could hardly walk yesterday, all day, so I did 30 stomach crunches, that's all.   But this morning I feel much better, maybe I'll be able to resume normal exercise in 2-3 days...  Symptoms of getting old, I guess...  Eating was good, probably about 1500cals. 

I have a friend coming over this weekend - can't wait to see her after 5 + years. She is a celebrity in her country, a famous singer - here, nobody recognizes her on the streets, though.  Which is nice, actually.

The weather is cloudy and cool today - it's a perfect day to sleep in and heal.  Have a good day, everyone!

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

Umpqua on 06/16/2011:
Sorry your knee is still hurting, take it easy. I hope you have a nice visit with your friend, I'm sure she will have a great time being able to walk around freely here!

V on 06/16/2011:
I am sure your friend will enjoy the life of anomynity for a while :) Please take care of your knee my friend :)

thinkpositive on 06/17/2011:
Hope your knee heals quickly. Have a fun time with your friend.

Maria7 on 06/18/2011:
Hope you are soon feeling much better, Selina. Take it easy with your knee...nothing strenuous...Hope you enjoy your visit with your friend. :-)

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