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selina - Monday Jul 12, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 182.0

I took this photo of L a nc e Ar mst ron g last Saturday when I went to see Le Tour de France near my house.  I live in Switzerland near the border with France, so when I heard that the Tour was going to pass nearby, in the Jura Mountains, about 30 min drive from our house, we went to cheer for Lance.  Anyway, I was SO luck to get this shot of him because he passed SO fast in front of me, like wind! 

Just in case you are wondering, Lance did very well on Saturday, when we saw him, but did poorly on Sunday after falling 3 times. :(

So, I'm trying to follow the South Beach Diet just because that's a diet I know, it's healthy and has worked for me in the past. However, nothing is set on stone and although at this stage I should not be eating carbo, I am quite flexible - for instance, yesterday I had a WW craker just because I felt like it.  I also did not exercise but ironed my husband's shirts for 1.5 hours, ha!

I did feel very grumpy yesterday, with feeling hungry and all, but I hope today will be better/easier.

I hope you'll have a great day!

Breakfast: poached egg with small ww cracker, tea, coffee

snack: celery sticks with laughing cow cheese

lunch: split pea soup, tossed green salad

snack: turkey rollup

dinner: grilled chicken breast with roasted vegetables, tossed salad



Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 32 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 07/13/2010:
Hi! That's so neat that you got to see the Tour and Lance Armstrong! Your plan sounds great, best of luck to you.

KathyBlue on 07/13/2010:
the photo is perfect, looks like a real professional photo! I'm so glad you're back and I hope you'll post more and more photos! :)

legcramps on 07/13/2010:
Neat! That would have been so much fun!

Maria7 on 07/13/2010:
You are really good at taking photos!

Your menu looks good, too!

Hope you're having a nice day! :-)

loveray on 07/13/2010:
eek! i love south beach, but it is definitely challenging. i need to do something to jump start my last 10 lbs as well. it is soooo hard! gorgeous photos as always. xo

selina - Monday Jul 12, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 182.0

Hello all: With the upcoming move an all (moving from Switzerland back to the USA), I've been very stressed out recently and eating more than I should... actually I was feeling out of control.  So about a week ago, finally, I decide that I must go back to watching my food and step on the scale again.  Of course, I've been avoiding facing the reality of weight control for so long and the results show around my waist, actually, all over my body and on the scale. Ugh!

breakfast: tea, 2 eggs poached

snack: celery with laughing cow cheese

lunch: green salad, grilled chicken and fish kabobs

snack: turkey rollups with cilantro

dinner: roasted veggies (eggplant, peppers, leeks) Lentils (stewed with carrots) tossed green salad

Exercise: wii dance


Progress as of today: -2 lbs lost so far, only 32 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 07/12/2010:
hello, good luck with all of ur goals, im sure ull do just fine reaching them, have a wonderful day :)

loveray on 07/12/2010:
so glad to see you are back- have missed you! where are you moving to in the US? It must be a very sad thing to leave a place as gorgeous as Switzerland. Take your time, take breaks and take care of yourself. I am moving too, and I get easily anxious and want to eat. Im not doing the very best possible, but I guess knowing that there is a possibility to eat more under stress is helpful too. good luck and <3

biscottibody59 on 07/12/2010:
Hi there! I've been where you are--scalewise--bodywise--and I know how you really hit the ground running when you first started posting here. This journey always has its pitfalls, but you can get out of this one and get back to your routine:-)

You're a disciplined woman and if you ease back into it and treat yourself well, you'll do just fine again!

Glad to see you back!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/12/2010:
your dinner sounds SOOOO good! wow. you always eat things i really enjoy! thanks for the "hello!"

Maria7 on 07/12/2010:
Hi, Selena! So good to hear from you again! I've really missed 'talking' with you and reading your entries! How are you and your family doing? What state are you moving to? Are your 3 cats coming back to the states with you? There is a big black wild male cat that comes here to visit sometimes and I feed him (also feed the neighbor's cat sometimes)...you know how I LOVE cats.

As for the weight thing, DD helps us be accountable to ourselves with the loving support of others who understand and are going through their own battles with getting to their goalweights (and STAYING THERE). I know you got down pretty low before...was it the 150's??? And I know you took BEAUTIFUL nature walks and shared happy, cheerful, uplifting photos with us here at DD. I would sit there a looooonnnnggg time staring at the gorgeous photos you took on your walks and I was going through a very, very difficult time with my Mother not being treated right in the first nursing home she was in and it really helped me during that time. Also, here lately, for the first time, I've begun to have a 'yearning' to try painting. I've begun collecting art...I have some of Thomas Kinkade, and 3 of Nicky Boehme. My Mom was always the artist of the family and she won awards on her paintings way back before I came along in her early years. The more I study paintings, the more I think I can do it! I just don't know where/how to start, nor what to purchase for a basic kit to begin painting with...any suggestions???

When are you moving back here to the states? I know it must be challenging, moving, after being in another country for so long. But you have been blessed and enriched with enjoying the experience of Switzerland and from the photos you've taken and shared, I know it is such a beautiful place!

Hope you have a wonderful, happy day! :-) Love, Maria

KathyBlue on 07/12/2010:
Wonderful news, you're back! Not so wonderful about the weight gain, but I'm sure you'll get back in track again! ;-) I missed u! xoxo

legcramps on 07/12/2010:
Goodness, sounds like you've got a lot going on right now!

Maria7 on 07/12/2010:
What about oil paints? Do you ever paint with oil paint? Any suggestions?

Maria7 on 07/12/2010:
Thank you for the info. I, too, am allergic to different things, one of them paint fumes from someone painting inside (but doesn't seem to bother me outside much). So I hadn't thought of being allergic to oil paint, too. Didn't realize oil paint had a smell to it. (Hadn't thought about it.) I appreciate the recommendations. Thanks a lot. :-)

selina - Wednesday Mar 24, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

I had a fairly good day yesterday - for a change. 

breakfast: tuna fish on toast, tea


Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 03/24/2010:
Did you have a good day yesterday because you were so busy? Looking forward to friend's visit? Love it when that happens! Have a good one today, too!

KathyBlue on 03/25/2010:
tuuuna fish!!!

thinnside40 on 03/25/2010:
I love tuna on toast!!!

SOrry I haven' been around the lsat few days..Have been very busy, but think of you and wonder how your doing.... Hang in there my friend... We are living to the beat of being healthy!!

thinnside40 on 04/08/2010:

Just checkin' to see if your alright.....

sweetpea1977 on 04/27/2010:
Selina, I miss you on here! Please come back! :)

Maria7 on 06/14/2010:
Selina, where are you??? Maria ( back at DD again)

selina - Tuesday Mar 23, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

Friend is arriving tomorrow morning from the US.  Must get the house cleaned and ready, go to the grocery store, travel agency for tickets to Zermatt, so much to do, so little time....

breakfast: earl grey tea, ww toast, slice cheese

snack: pistachios

lunch: bread and cheese

dinner: salmon, brocoli, chicken soup/ bread

Exercise: 2 mile walk

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

selina - Monday Mar 22, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

I didn't do too well with eating and drinking red wine over the weekend, but was able to sneek in some exercising - went jogging with daughter on sat. 

Breakfast: tea, toast

snack: almonds

lunch: bean soup, salad

snack: almonds

dinner:chicken soup, salad, bread, cheese

exercise: 3 mile walk/jog

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

selina - Friday Mar 19, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

I really like the cod soup I made yesterday, which I had all day long,ha!  Very tasty -   I religiously followed the recipe (except that I used fish instead of shrimp) and even bought fresh lemongrass and citrus leaves for it - it turned out really good, just like the soup they serve at the Thai restaurants around here.  I think I will be able to serve this soup when I have guests in the future.   It's called Tom Yum soup, just in case you wondered. 

I think I walked a little too much, yesterday.  My legs are really sore this morning.... 

Breakfast: coffee, ww toast

snack: cheese, crackers

lunch: meat/tomato sauce leftover pasta, leftover bean soup 

snack: cold cuts, raw veggie sticks

dinner: ?

exercise: jog/walk 4.09 mile

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 03/19/2010:
bacalhauuuuuuu :)

hollybelle on 03/19/2010:
YAY for sore legs and walking "too much". Keep it up!

thinnside40 on 03/19/2010:
Have a great weekend!

selina - Thursday Mar 18, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

So, I'm thawing the fridge today in preparation for the guests that are coming to town, from the US, next week.  I don't remember having to thaw freezers before coming to this country... oh well.  I ended up with thawed salmon, cod and chicken breasts this morning, plus so many other things that I just tossed in the trash, what a waste :(  so I must cook those items if I don't want to throw them away, too

Yesterday, a couple of young ladies were just behind me on horsebacks while I walked/jogged.  Because I didn't like having them just behind me, I jogged a lot, as fast as I could go.  4.09 miles in less than 1 hour has been my record - thanks to those horsies.  They NEVER overtook me, ha!

breakfast: coffee

snack: thai style fish (cod)soup, crackers

lunch: grilled salmon, salad

snack: more cod soup

dinner: chicken salad, crackers with cheeses - i bought a nice selection of blue, brie, etc on sale, yum!

exercise: 4.9 mile walk/jog in nyon (I'm so tired and will sleep well...)


Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

loveray on 03/18/2010:
awesome on the run! thats how i feel when i go trail walking sometimes - i hate when people are right behind me and i start to speed up! kind of annoying, but it ends up being a blessing in disguise. wishing you happiness!

thinnside40 on 03/18/2010:
I can remember my parent's doing a yearly "thaw"...Dad would get out his HUGE salmon fishing cooler and put everything in it and whatever thawed before time to put back in the freezer was what was for supper... Great memories! Us kids HATED it then... ;-)

Great menu! (hehehehehehehe)

selina - Wednesday Mar 17, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

I have been doing so well lately and I am back to 174lbs this morning -  hard work has paid off!  The nice weather is so uplifting that I can feel the good vibes and mood in everyone around me!  Have a great day, ladies!

todays's food:

Breakfast: coffee, ww toast with cheese

snack: carrots/celery sticks with hummus

lunch: veggie/white bean soup, ww toast

snack:  panetone slice

dinner: garbanzo beans with tomato/meat/chili sauce on pasta

exercise: 4.09 walk/jog


Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/17/2010:
We're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!! Yee Haw! Good Job....

hollybelle on 03/17/2010:
Oh, I want to try the wii dance revolution! Good goals you set for yourself below. Stick to it. We can get there. I started (this time) about where you are and have lost about 6 lbs. Vacations came and I held y own so I am back at it this week. Keep at it.

selina - Tuesday Mar 16, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

I have set a goal for myself: I shall lose a couple of pounds a week in the next two months.  That's 8 weeks X 2= 16lbs.  If that goes well, I shall continue the same regimen for another month - my goal is to lose about 25 lbs by the summer, when we move back to the US.   Wish me luck!


Breakfast: coffee, tea, ww toast

snack: carrot sticks with cheese

lunch:bean soup with vegetables

snack:cold cuts rolled up with mustard

dinner:hamburger (no bun), brocoli with tuna, veggie soup

exercise: 4.9 mile jog/walk, sit ups

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 03/16/2010:
I wish you the best in this effort! No doubt you will get all kinds of activity in as the weather improves! Have a good one there!

thinnside40 on 03/16/2010:
Where are you moving to? Your plan sounds like a great one.... Determination is the best vice......

KathyBlue on 03/16/2010:
Great goals!!!! I wish the best for you :)

selina - Monday Mar 15, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

I went for a 2.5 mile jog with my daughter over the weekend, did very well and had a great time.  She is very active (dances 4 times a week) but when it comes to walking/jogging I think we are equals :)  Also, I taught her 2 friends who were here for a sleepover, over the weekend, how to play the wii game dance revolution - ha!  I just couldn't believe I still could teach these high-tech/computer age kids a thing or two.  As a result I'm now considered to be a very cool mom  !

I ran out of cat food and must run to the store...

breakfast: leftover fried rice, tea


lunch: thai soup with bean noodles

snack:sushi (too many)

dinner: asparagus with garlic and ginger (very light dinner - didn't feel hungry because of big snack in the pm)

Exercise: 5.5 mile bike ride (went to store to get cat food by bike), later I walked/jogged for 4 miles. Very successful day, indeed!


Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 29 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 03/15/2010:
Do you have a basket on your bike or did you carry the bag?... Have a good night's sleep!!!!

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