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selina - Tuesday Feb 22, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 168.0

Good morning!  We have a blanket of snow covering everything this morning and the sun is out - so beautiful!  The person who is the most excited in this household is my sweet daughter who has a late start at school.  Although yesterday was Presidents' Day, she had to go go school because it was snow make-up day.  She is happy to have a extra couple of hours off this morning, so am I!

Yoga went very well, yesterday. Because it was a holiday, the class was full, so we had a chance of doing streches with each other - there are advantages when the class is full.  Yoga is the most peaceful hour I have in the whole day, I can really center myself during that hour.  In the evening, I went for my 45 min eliptical and 10 minute crunches - Gotta work on my core!   No yoga today because on snow days there are no classes...  but I have plans of going to the gym tonight for my cardio.

Eating yesterday was good as I'm learning how to listen to my stomach hunger as opposed to mouth hunger: I don't feel hungry during the day, so I eat very little for breakfast (oatmeal and flax) and lunch (sesame dressing on spring greens, white bean soup), but in the evenings, i like eating my heart out (tofu, cod, leeks, mushrooms, orange bell pepper, burdock roots, carrots, rice crackers.) Moderately!   I'm very happy where I am right now concerning my relationship with food. 

Thanks for the congratulatory notes about the FB challenge!  I appreciate your enthusiam!

Stay well, everyone!

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

liza36 on 02/22/2011:
I think it's huge to be able to say you are happy with your relationship with food. That's something to aspire to! Great going on your exercise!

V on 02/22/2011:
Dinner is by far my favorite meal as well...I am still not used to eating a full breakfast...Hey i just wanted to reply to your re on my post about your daughter, i think it is awesome that you are doing this the right way! My sis and i developed quite the really bad dieting habits/quick fixes all suggested by our coaches so the parents never questioned it! So when my niece started dancing, we made sure this didn't happen to her...She turned down Joffrey to pursue medicine, however :( I was bummed slightly that she turned down that honor...

V on 02/22/2011:
The infomercial is posted on my diary :) Check it out!!

V on 02/22/2011:
I will send you a pic of her via fb...

maria7 on 02/22/2011:
Good morning to you! Congrats on doing so well. Sounds like you are really enjoying your yoga and have gotten into a good routine with the food and calories, too! :-)

sweetpea1977 on 02/22/2011:
Love this entry, especially your feelings towards yoga and your relationship with food.

On the weekdays, I tend to enjoy small meals all day long. But on the weekends, I like to do bigger meals. Most of them are healthy, but I do like to splurge every once in a while and do a naughty breakfast or dinner. I just try to do only one "bad" meal on Saturday and/or Sunday since eating bad all day upsets my stomach!

Umpqua on 02/22/2011:
I absolutely agree with what you said about yoga. I have such a feeling of peace all night afterwards and it extends into the next day. I wish I could do it more often than 1x per week, but it's tough enough to juggle babysitters for my one night. Doing a DVD at home just isn't the same as class! Great job with your approach to food also, very healthy thinking!

moogy on 02/22/2011:
Hey! whatever is working for you is good. This way of exercising and eating is working. You are sounding great and doing great, I don't know whether to be thrilled to bits for your huge challenge total or just throw in the towel (joking!) I have yet to get near 100, so you did really well!

lifestylechange on 02/22/2011:
Snow, Snow go away!! :) Have a great day!

selina - Monday Feb 21, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 169.0

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend - I sure did.  It's a cloudy and dark morning around this part of the country - I hope you are having better luck wherever you live!  I hope to dispell this funky mood by going to yoga this morning - it always works for me.  I asked Hubby to bring an extra box of chocolates from Switzerland so I can give it to my yoga teacher as a belated Valentine's day gift, so I know she'll be delighted!

Have a great day everyone! 

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 34 lbs to go!

loveray on 02/21/2011:
im glad you had an awesome weekend. i hope that yoga helps lift your spirit. always does mine. xo

V on 02/21/2011:
You are beyond sweet Selina :) Your yoga instructor will love the imported chocolates :) Hey how is your daughter doing with her healthy eating? I am sure she is probably where she wants to be weight wise or pretty close :) I am sending you a bit of our sunshine we have here! Have an awesome day :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/21/2011:
sorry to hear about your lousy weather. we have a little bit of snow falling this morning in the northeast (Long Island). I can't wait for spring, but i actually don't mind the snow today since it's not that much at all!

have fun at yoga! i love yoga, too, and maybe i'll take a class on my next day off.

tangalyn on 02/21/2011:
hope things brighten up :) enjoy ur day!

sweetpea1977 on 02/21/2011:
Its kind of dreary here too. I want the warm sun back!

Enjoy your yoga class today!

Umpqua on 02/21/2011:
That's so nice of you to bring your instructor a treat. I hope you have a great class!

lifestylechange on 02/21/2011:
Congrats on your win!!! :)

moogy on 02/21/2011:
I hope that the yoga puts the smile back on your face, now, cloudy and dark sounds perfect to me. Which just goes to show, we are all different. Have a good day Selina:)

biscottibody59 on 02/21/2011:
Hope you have a good week!

For the lean protein, egg whites, sardines and, if I can find some, un-nasty chicken. That's the plan, we'll see:-)

About the pictures, my body has looked like this for a long time and I've just accepted it. Usually I glance once or twice in the mirror and move on. I'm no different than anyone else, I think there's room for improvement:-)

V on 02/21/2011:
Congrats on the win!!! Wooohooo! So proud of you :)

biscottibody59 on 02/21/2011:
Just wanted to update--sardines aren't particularly low fat, but I've got some on hand that I'm not willing to throw away:-) They are a good source of omega 3s too!

selina - Saturday Feb 19, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 169.0

Good morning!

Yesterday was a super day: yoga in the morning and cardio and weights in the evening.  I've been eating on demand only when I feel like it and only what I want to do eat:  I hardly had any lunch but ate well in the evening.  I didn't overdo (in fact, calories were very low) and ate very healthy foods: oatmeal and flax, bell peppers, zuchinni, brocoli, blueberries, almonds, yogurt.  Going to yoga has the added benefit of doing my practice with a whole bunch of super fit ladies who look awesome, which is an incredible incentive for me to become like one them! 

Today I have plans of taking daughter to the ballet shop where she needs to buy pointe shoes for her Friday ballet classes.  She is so happy that she is going on pointe, but I have to say I have my doubts...  I fear that they are going to be bad for the health of her feet.  I know it's unfounded but I can't help it.  

Hubby is coming back from his 2-week trip to Geneva.  I know he'll bring back chocolates (Swiss chocolates are the best in the world, I assure you) and I have to watch myself I only have one (or two?) truffle a day. 

Have a great weekend!

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 34 lbs to go!

nicolette on 02/19/2011:
Good to hear you're doing well, and good luck with those truffles haha. :) That will be an amazing test of self control. And I wouldn't worry about your daughter's feet ;) But it always hurts a little at first.

biscottibody59 on 02/19/2011:
Your entry reminds me of a radio play from a zillion years ago where this guy has a perfect day at the beach and he goes back to the beach house and opens a box containing a gun--the listener believes he's going to shoot himself. Nope, it's a Swiss chocolate gun:-)

The tagline is, "The Swiss is better than the Dutch."

You're really getting into the yoga--good going!

Umpqua on 02/19/2011:
Swiss chocolates <drool>. My boss used to bring them back from his business trips....It sounds like you are doing great, have a good one!

moogy on 02/19/2011:
You seem to be finding some balance in your life. Maybe it is the yoga. I am sure you will be happy to seem your husband when he returns, not to mention the fabulous Swiss chocolate, yum!!

nita51 on 02/19/2011:
You're doing an awesome job working out. Yoga is something I've wanted to do for many years. Why? Oh Why did they ever create chocolate! :) :) :) I use to love the stuff......Now I only eat the 60 cal. sugar free chocolate Jello puddings, every now and then. That's as close as I'll ever come to the real thing. Which is fine for me.:D Enjoy, and Have a nice Sunday.

selina - Friday Feb 18, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 169.0

Good morning!

I almost gave up going to the gym last night, after I dropped off daughter at the library, but went anyway just because it was the convenient thing to do.   I wasn't very inspired, but ended up doing the eliptical for 40 min and 20 min of weights and 20 min walk.  I need to schedule a trainer for me, to get some more incentive!  I just saw this amazingly handsome trainer at the gym last night and will try to get him to show me how to use the exercise equipment.  Anyway, I saw my yoga teacher at the gym (she has a 10am class which I attend and another at 7pm) and as she dislikes walking the treadmill, we went out for a walk around in the neighborhood, in the warm winter evening - it feels like spring in this part of the country! 

No specific plans for today, except that I have to clean the house which has been neglected for a while.   I have a pretty neat house, but the dust needs to be cleaned.  I like a clean house (of course!) but I hate cleaning it, the noise of the vacuum cleaner really bothers me...

I hope you are having a  good day!

UPDATE: I did go to yoga this morning and felt so good about it!  I was surprised to see the studio full!  Usually it's about 6 of us, but today we were 19!!!  Anyway, it just made it more fun and intense.  I feel good about myself being able to hold poses a bit longer than before and for being able to do them more correctly, putting a lot of energy into them.  I came back home and decided to prune overgrown hedges in my backyard - I did it all manually, with hand shears, so I burned a lot of calories there.  yay!  I have a feeling that this is not the right time of the year to prune bushes but that's alright.  If the plants die on me, I'll get new ones. 


Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 34 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 02/18/2011:
Body Balance gives me lots of stretching (incorporated yoga). :) Lisbon buses are not reliable... but I haven't had too much trouble since September... only twice but these occurrences are always annoying. Good workout at the gym. I'm planning treadmill for tomorrow... :)

nicolette on 02/18/2011:
Hahah cute outlook about the plants. And using the handsome trainer as incentive haha, good luck with all that :)

loveray on 02/18/2011:
yay for yoga!! hope you had a fun time:) whats your favorite pose?

moogy on 02/18/2011:
It sounds as if one way or another you are getting in plenty of exercise. It would seem that it is your head that is giving you some trouble, just not getting into it. The handsome trainer sounds like he could help. I hope that you feel a little more like the motivated selina we are used to over the weekend. Hugs.:)

Maria7 on 02/18/2011:
I think it's okay to prune them...I have plants that also need pruning...should probably have done it before winter set it...not sure. :-D

V on 02/18/2011:
Hi Selina :)

selina - Thursday Feb 17, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 169.0

Good morning!

I forced myself to go to yoga, yesterday, and I was so glad I went.  I came back home renewed, refreshed!  I did not go to the gym, though, which is good.  My poor muscles need a rest!

Eating was good and moderate, I'm happy to report.  Also, I think I've had perfect score for the weekly challenge so far.  Who is doing it with me?  Which reminds me of the fact that I was having doubts about whether or not I was turning into a "wino" because I was drinking wine almost every evening with dinner.   I haven't had wine ever since hubby left for his business trip almost 2 weeks ago and haven't missed it at all. (I've missed hubby, though, haha) I don't even think about opening a bottle even though they are right there in front of me on the wine rack.  So, I think I can rest assured I am not addicted.  I just enjoy wine, period!


UPDATE:  I just came back from yoga and feel wonderful!  I will work for a few hours and later I shall go to the gym, after I drop off daughter at the local public library where she volunteers for 2 hours this evening.  The gym is just across the street from the library, so that'll work out just perfectly.   I plan to do cardio and weights this evening. I hope everyone is doing well! 

Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 34 lbs to go!

liza36 on 02/17/2011:
My weight watcher leader sometimes says, when we are talking about exercise, she "walks for wine". She loves her wine with dinner too, and just plans it in occasionally. Good for you for going to yoga. Do you have a good yoga studio you are going to?

Have a great day.

KathyBlue on 02/17/2011:
Do they do a meditation at the end? :)

sweetpea1977 on 02/17/2011:
good job with the exercise and eating! Im so glad to hear you are doing the challenge. :)

nicolette on 02/17/2011:
I love yoga... I agree that even if you don't want to go in the first place, you always feel great after. Without a doubt! That sounds like quite the busy, exercise-packed day. Have a great one :)

KathyBlue on 02/17/2011:
addicted!!!! :D

V on 02/17/2011:
lol!!! Selina you are far from a wino!! LOl Trust me! There is nothing wrong with some wine with dinner, I am a big fan ;) Happy to hear you went to yoga and i have a feeling that you are going to score high with the challenge!! Have a good evening!

moogy on 02/17/2011:
definietly a wino Selina, plus you are losing points!! I say throw that stuff down your neck and I might stand a chance of winning!!!LOL

biscottibody59 on 02/17/2011:
Appreciated your comments:-) Keep on pushing--sounds like yoga is just the thing for you right now!

Maria7 on 02/17/2011:
That's cool...while your Daughter is volunteering her help at the library, you are across the street working out! :-D

Runforfun on 02/17/2011:
Sounds like a great work out! :)

selina - Wednesday Feb 16, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 169.0

Good morning!

I copied/pasted the cod recipe from yesterday below, if you'd like to try....

I had a pretty good day, yesterday, with food and exercise: yoga in the morning and cardio in the evening.  For breakfast, I had my usual oatmeal with flax and a banana. For lunch,  I made my own sesame dressing for my salad, and was pretty happy with the taste, better than the store bought ones.  I steamed a bunch of this brocoli looking thing (lots of green leaves, small brocoli like heads) and put the sesame dressing on when the veggies were cool - yum!  For dinner, I made grilled salmon and ate it with steamed green beans and wholefood's dragon sushi (avocado and grilled eel).  Yogurt for dessert with lots of fresh blueberries. 

I hope everyone is having a good morning/day!


Progress as of today: 13 lbs lost so far, only 34 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 02/16/2011:
thanks a lot for the recipe, will def try it out :) hope u have a wonderful day

V on 02/16/2011:
It is fun creating your own dressings, marinades and of course alot healthier and cheaper...You know I used to buy tangerines and lemons, oranges and grapefruit from the groceries, and it never occurred to me til recently hello I have all the citrus trees in my yard! DuHHH LOl I also have an avocado tree but I don't like them...LOL What do you put in your sesame dressing?

nita51 on 02/16/2011:
Nice recipe. Maybe I'll try it. Have yourself a great day. Love Ya

nicolette on 02/16/2011:
That flax and banana oatmeal sounds delicious :)

waydesmommy on 02/16/2011:
Sounds like a good day to me!

sweetpea1977 on 02/16/2011:
Wow, what an awesome day you had!

I see you have a new posted weight. Congratulations on the pound being gone!

sweetpea1977 on 02/16/2011:
What a cute cat. That would be nice if you could train her to do that on demand! :)

Umpqua on 02/16/2011:
Your menu sounds so wonderful, have a good one!

moogy on 02/16/2011:
Nice food Selina. I hope you have another wonderful day tomorrow! Good work on the weight loss to, don't try and sneak that one passed us, we are vigilant you know!! LOL

biscottibody59 on 02/16/2011:
Good going on the loss! Is the oatmeal you're using the steel-cut/scottish type? All your food sounds lovely!

selina - Wednesday Feb 16, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 170.0


Tomato crowned cod from Food.com

1 1/2 lbs cod fish fillets
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 large tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 medium sweet green pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dry basil, crumbled
1 tablespoon oil
Change Measurements: US | Metric

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 28 mins
1 Arrange fillets in single layer in lightly oiled baking dish.
2 Sprinkle with lemon juice and pepper.
3 Place tomato slices on fish.
4 Sprinkle with green pepper and onion.
5 Combine bread crumbs, basil and oil in bowl; spread bread crumb mixture evenly over tomatoes.
6 Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes when pierced with fork.

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 35 lbs to go!

selina - Tuesday Feb 15, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 170.0

Good morning!

I am loving the oatmeal with flax for breakfast.  BTW, you can buy them at wholefoods market, very inexpensively at the bulk section of the store.  I love how the grains are crunchy and are even better with the nutty ground flax seeds.  The only thing is that they are not instant, it takes a while to cook them - you have to cook a whole bunch and keep in the fridge.

Exercising went very well, yesterday. I did yoga in the morning, cardio (30 min) plus weight training (20 min)in the evening.   My yoga teacher says that I should come to classes every day if I can, that it won't hurt me to do yoga every day.  So, I'll try to attend the classes as many times a week as I can.  Yoga has been so good for my back!

The fish I ate last night (cod) was so good, I have to remember to buy some more again next time I go to the store.  I've been trying to get different/unusual types of food, just to tease my palate, recently.

I hope you are all having a great day!

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 35 lbs to go!

V on 02/15/2011:
So the recipe turned out great!!it is always good to find aomething new that is easy to make and turns out deeelish :P Have fun at yoga today!

tangalyn on 02/15/2011:
as always, thanks for ur support today :) how did u make ur cod? i have some in the freezer, 1st time i made any i didnt like it and have been needing to find other ways to make it taste better.. hope u have a great day

liza36 on 02/15/2011:
Tulips are my favorite as well. The bouquet was lovely! Sounds like your hubby is a keeper.

How did you prepare the cod? I think cod is a mild fish, and one I'd like to try. I've been trying new things too recently, like salmom.

Have a great day.

sweetpea1977 on 02/15/2011:
Im glad your Valentine's Day went well! :)

moogy on 02/15/2011:
Yep, all that stretching and will work wonders for your back. Together with your weight training you will be toned and strong, and one hot momma!!!

nita51 on 02/15/2011:
Hi. Sorry I'm so late getting back to you,,,Hope all is well with you. I loved the beautiful flowers on your previous post. Happy to hear that your anniversary and V's Day went well for you. :) :) :)

selina - Monday Feb 14, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 170.0

Happy Valentine's Day! 

I just got tulips(and chocolate) delivery from hubby who is still in geneva but remembered our anniversary on valentine's day, 23 years ago!  I can hardly believe it has been this long! He always gives me tulips on valentine's day because he knows they are my favorite flowers - my wedding bouquet was made of tulips, which I don't recomend to any bride because they all opened up wide and big even before the ceremony started, haha!

So, I did go to the gym last night with my daughter - earlier in the day, she was so sweet to accompany me to the mall to buy yoga clothes, as well.  I bought 2 sets which I think are very nice and comfy, they are nike brands and were on sale, yay! 

I'm off to yoga this morning and I'm wearing my new clothes!

Have a great day!

Kathy, thanks for asking me to take a photo of the flowers, I almost forgot.  Now I can show them to hubby when he returns at the end of the week.  By then, the flowers will not as pretty, I'm afraid:

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 35 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 02/14/2011:
Tulips, LOVELY!!! You should make a photo!!!! :) I'm curious. YAY for the gym and the yoga clothes! :D I also have proper yoga clothes for Pilates! :-)

KathyBlue on 02/14/2011:
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuiuiuiuiuiiii, pretty floooowers!!!! Love them!!! So colorful, like your pretty soul! :)

loveray on 02/14/2011:
missed you. happy valentines and gorgeous flowers for a gorgeous lady!! xoxo

Umpqua on 02/14/2011:
The tulips are beautiful and so is your house - stunning! Happy anniversary and V Day!!

V on 02/14/2011:
What a beautiful bouquet of flowers, Happy V day ;)

lifestylechange on 02/14/2011:
BEAUTIFUL flowers, I <3 tulips....They remind me of Spring!!! Have a great day!

tangalyn on 02/14/2011:
Happy Valentines Day, love the flowers :)

starfish on 02/14/2011:
very pretty :-)

sweetpea1977 on 02/14/2011:
Aww, Happy anniversary! Beautiful tulips!! :)

moogy on 02/14/2011:
Nice, he sounds like a keeper. Plus, they take so long to train, you wouldn't want to start again!! LOL Sounds like you had a lovely day even though hubby is far away. I hope you have another one tomorrow.:)

Maria7 on 02/14/2011:
Happy Anniversary, Selina! Beautiful tulips! :-)

selina - Sunday Feb 13, 2011
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 170.0

Good morning!  I love quiet Sunday mornings with cup of strong coffee and thick newspaper - my Sunday morning ritual.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Saturday was a very peaceful day, daughter worked on an essay to apply for a summer program at uva and I painted all day while listening to a book (CDs) that I checked out at the library.  I'm always amazed at how wonderful our libraries are!  Hubby is missing us and called to find out what we were up to - says that will catch up on sleep over the weekend. 

Didn't go to the gym yesterday for I was resting my muscles, but will go today.  Have a great day, everyone!

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 35 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 02/13/2011:
I love that Sunday morning ritual! I was just talking about how I look forward to drinking real coffee again. Only 4 more weeks!! ;)

Glad you had a great Saturday!!

V on 02/13/2011:
Sunday mornings are my favorite, coffee and a bigger crossword puzzle is always a bonus! Have an enjoyable day ;)

KathyBlue on 02/13/2011:
do you believe that 1 pastel de belém has only 100 kcals :))))) because it doesn't contain "nata" at all, and its very low in sugar. The pasteis de nata differs because sometimes the pastelaria abuses on sugar (of course), but the real deal, pastel de belém, is not that sweet. And it's looovely with cinnamon. I'm not that tall, I am 1,69 meters tall. Normal for a Hungarian woman, huge for a Portuguese... ahh my crusade. :P

KathyBlue on 02/13/2011:
my camera: i tried with flash, without flash... but we didn't take the tripod. It seemed like rain all day so I grabbed my raincoat and the camera and my monthly ticket, 10 euros for pastéis and a cafe latte... nothing else... :)

moogy on 02/13/2011:
Sounds like a lovely peaceful day for you Selina, well, until you get to the gym!!!

geevee on 02/14/2011:
Those are really nice tulips!

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