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selina - Monday Jan 25, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

Afternoon tea in Cairo.....

Happy Monday to all!

Weekend was good, very relaxing and lots of reading by the fire... eating was ok - didn't go overboard on anything in particular.   Found out we are having guests this spring, yay!  Many people decided to come visit us since this is our last year in Geneva: 2 sets of visitors in the spring and 2 sets in the summer.  Looking forward to having them over!

Breakfast: coffee, muesli

lunch: Calico beans, tortilha wrap


dinner: chicken soup

exercise: 50 min walk

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

legcramps on 01/25/2010:
Having visitors coming is a wonderful thing to look forward to! Good for you :)

selina - Friday Jan 22, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 174.0

 Cairo Sunset, Egypt


Good morning, all!

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.  Mark Twain

I DON'T agree with Mark Twain on this one, but I thought it was clever.  Maybe he was just a picky eater...  As for myself, I have been eating all kinds of things indiscriminately, just trying to watch my portions.

Breakfast: Coffee, tea, water, ww toast


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

KathyBlue on 01/22/2010:
Bom dia :) The portions are very important, you're right. That's one of my greatest problems, too.. I cannot stop eating, for example a chocolate bar: I cannot just take a bit, I have to eat it all. That's why I have to go radical... :-( And eating is the worst addiction of all, because you can stop smoking, drugs, alcohol definitely and still can live a full life but you cannot stop eating and the food surrounds you... it's on the TV, in the newspapers, on the supermarkets, on the street, everywhere... :-(

Maria7 on 01/22/2010:
Beautiful sunset! Hope you're doing well, Selina. I've received a call from the head nurse that my Mom, who is recovering from surgery she had last week, has fallen and got hurt again at the nursing home. She is to have her arm/elbow exrayed. She has a gash in her arm, the nurse said. In her confusion (dementia) she got out of her bed unassisted and fell against the corner of her roommate's bed/rails and onto floor. I'm soon to be leaving to go see about her. Hope you have a nice day and hope your Hubby is feeling better. Love, Maria

legcramps on 01/22/2010:
Have a good weekend :)

hollybelle on 01/22/2010:
Catching up with you - Gald husband is OK!! Sorry about the snow and traffic. It seems I have had two cookie realted incidents this week, but overall it's been an OK week so far. Just shooting to make the weekend a success. Have a good one yourself.

selina on 01/25/2010:
Thanks Maria! Yes, my husband is doing just fine, it's just that he was under stress after having colleagues who collapsed with heart conditions. He did go to the doctors for a stress test and passed with flying colors.

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, it must be so hard for you! Dementia is such a sad condition, my only hope is that she will recover from this latest injury as quick as possible. Stay well! Best wishes!

selina - Thursday Jan 21, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

Colums at Karnak, Luxor, Egypt.

Good morning! 

I love the snow but I loath the traffic jams that result from it.  Yesterday, I got stuck in traffic and could not deliver my daughter at her class - we had a good time chatting while stuck in traffic, though... ;D

I had a few too many peanuts and dates late last night, so this morning I don't feel hungry at all....

Breakfast: Coffee,

Lunch: chicken/pasta soup, dates

snack: pickles

Dinner: eggplant parmegiana, chicken soup

snack: peanuts

Exercise: none :(

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 01/21/2010:
Wow, that's a great pic! Peanuts are dangerous, they are soooo addictive! I'm new here and I found your diary just now, and it looks interesting! I have to read back... :) I'll be your frequent commenter, continue like this :D

chidogs on 01/21/2010:
Oh yeah, peanuts certainly are addictive. But they do have a healthy value too. Mmmm dates, I haven't had dates in ages, they are so good too! Have a great day.

selina - Wednesday Jan 20, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

Cat-nap in Cairo, Egypt


Ladies, sounds like there are many similarities among us when looking for kicks as well as searching for balances in our lives...  the difference lies in the fact that you can get a McD's sunday for 99cents in the US and I have to pay nearly 4 dollars (the Dollar is now so weak against the Suiss Francs) for the same tiny, weeney, little cup of that wonderfully sinful delight that goes straight to one's waist!  To tell the truth, I have never been a fan o McD's and rarely frequent one (maybe once or twice a year) and am not going back so soon.  Promise!

Last night, or rather, this morning at 3am I had to take my dear hubby to the ER as he complained of chest pains, dizziness and ringing ears.  It was scary but all is well - his heart is shipshape but he needs to lose weight (imagine that!) and do some physiotheraphy for a heart unrelated thing.

I shall be taking strategic naps today.

Have a great day, everyone!

B: oatmeal, eggs, coffe

L: salad, hummus, ww crackers

D: chicken/swiss chard/pasta soup

Exercise: none - I'm beat!


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/20/2010:
Glad to hear hubby is ok. Have a good one today :)

chidogs on 01/20/2010:
That had to be a scare. Glad it wasn't serious. Have a great day.

missdetermined on 01/20/2010:
Oh gosh, I'm glad everything was ok! I am happy about that

and also now craving ice cream, oh no!!! :-) It's ok, there's none in the house, and I'm not about to go outside in this freezing icy weather!

You are making some great progress, keep it up!

selina - Tuesday Jan 19, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

 Vegetable stand in Cairo, Egypt


Long weekend for Hubby but regular school day for daughter and a busy day for me.  Painted, finished reading my book, cooked, cleaned, ironed - and lived the moment!  It was a good day, overall. 

So, I was reading Hollybelle's macarroon incident when I remembered that I had a sunday ice cream incident at Mc'Donald's last evening, hehe.   I normally walk during the time my daughter is at dance (1,1/2h) but last evening, after 1/2 h walk I decided to stop at McDonalds to sit and finish my book which was getting to the end and was really good.  I was split between ordering a cappucino or a sunday ice cream and opted for the later due to my being so tired after walking.  It defeated the purpose and it was a daft choice but that's ok.  I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Breakfast: Coffee, tea, ww toast

Snack:slices of ham with mustard

Lunch:chicken noodle soup, salad

Dinner: steamed fish. green salad, curried veggies

Exercise: 1 hr brisk walk


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

geevee on 01/19/2010:
My granddaughter introduced me to McD's 99ยข sundae a few years ago before I thought about losing weight. I LOVE them and can't imagine how many pounds I gained from them. We were taking a road trip at the time so having a DAILY sundae became one of the trip's highlights. SO EVIL! She also introduced me to Taco Bell's quesdillas, another high cal delight! And this girl eats anything and NEVER gains an ounce! She wears a size zero. Can you imagine?

So what you did yesterday is perfectly understandable to me.

legcramps on 01/19/2010:
I go on these kicks every so often. At one point, it was blizzard treats, at least once a week but probably more like three! No wonder I gained so much weight back (am I really just realizing this now?). I'm not even much of an ice cream fan and yet there I was, slurping it up like it was a cloud from heaven!

I guess what i'm saying is...it happens. Move on!

chidogs on 01/19/2010:
You have to cheat once in a while, and that was just a little bittie one. Don't let it bother you. Just back on track now and since you enjoyed it, you'll be quite good now. And yes, those are really tasty! So are the blizzard treats. Here in Hot Calif, summertime is ice cream time.

loveray on 01/19/2010:
ham and mustard sounds like a divine european treat! hope you are well. sending love your way

MoodyMe on 01/19/2010:
It's all about balance~enjoy the sundae once in awhile!!

Hope you had a great day!

missdetermined on 01/20/2010:
I totally understand, their sundaes are amazing! Hot fudge, oh goodness gracious! Must be strong!

Thanks for sharing!

selina - Monday Jan 18, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

Piramids in Sakkara, Egypt

My cats are on a diet, too! I had asked the caretaker (of the cats) to give them a lot of food when we were away because they tend to get on each other's nerves when they are hungry and they might hurt each other... she did, indeed!  So, now they are like joyfull little balls of fur!

Weekend was great: I enjoyed cooking, reading and just hanging out with my family.  One of the dishes was this  zuchini/leeks/tomato stew dish that tasted very good.  Served with salmon, it was even healthier.   I hope everyone had a very restful and happy weekend!

Maria: great to hear your mom is doing well after the surgery!

Today's food and exercise:

Breakfast: coffee, tea, poached eggs

lunch: salad, miso soup, ww toast

snack: peanuts

dinner: ham, salad, chicken pasta soup


exercise: 1/2 h brisk walk

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 01/18/2010:
Cars - yes, my husband likes them!! He likes the latest technology and just to keep up on the industry in general mostly. I like antique cars - to look at on exhibit, etc. I don't care one way of the other, otherwise. Right now he has gone to Detroit, Michigan to the Annual Car Show that is sponsored by all manufacturers. They have proto-types, newest versions of their models and experimental models for all afficienados (sp?) to admire. It's a 6 hour drive - they go up one morning early and back by dinner the next day. Nothing too exciting if you ask me! LOL! You are doing great. I don't know how tall you are, but you and I started about the same weight and we have the same goal. I'm 5'5" more or less. You are doing well. The zucchini, leeks and tomato stew sounds great. What else went in it for seasoning, etc? Was it kind of like Ragout?

geevee on 01/18/2010:
I think I'm going to have to go to the store for leeks and zuccini now. I LOVE leeks and w/ zuccini and tomatoes? OOooooo!

chidogs on 01/18/2010:
Mmmmm Zuccini with leeks and tomatoes, that does sound wonderful. Great idea.

MoodyMe on 01/18/2010:
Very cool picture!!! Simply amazing!!!

Sounds like the perfect weekend~hope you have a great Monday!!

legcramps on 01/18/2010:
Doing Great! Keep it up :)

selina - Friday Jan 15, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

 Giza, Egypt


Good morning, everyone!!!

Last evening, I walked in the cold and worked up a sweat - it was nice and I felt so full of energy!  I also picked up a beautiful European style antique brass chandelier at the thrift shop where I found my persian rug last year.  I was thrilled with the find and with the price - a steal!  Must remember to stop there once in a while during my walks to look for more treasures...

I had forgotten how delicious liver and onions are..... yum! 

I love the taste of warm poached eggs in the morning - it really warms you up from the inside out! 

Weightlossyoyo - Making poached eggs is simple but requires a bit of a skill.   Break an egg and drop it in boiling water that has been stired around into a whirl - drop the egg right in the middle of the whirl.   The whirl of the water will help the white of the egg gather around the yolk into a neat shape -  If you don't swirl the water before dropping the egg, the whites will spread all over in the water.  It takes practice but after a couple of tries, you are an expert.  Make sure you don't overcook the egg, I cook mine for less than a minute! 

Geevee - I make my own hummus, too.  It's easy and inexpensive.

Hollybelle - yay for the 11th day!

Maria - I have been posting my Egypt trip photos for you!  I hope you are well and healthy!

Thinny - we are in this together!

Breakfast: coffee, tea, poached eggs

snack:more hummus on ww toast

lunch: cucumber.celery/tomato salad, chili beans

snack: cream cheese on french bread, 2 bananas

dinner: green beans, porc cutlets

exercise: none, put painted standing up. 


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/15/2010:
Hi Selina!

I've been reading your entries and seeing the photos you are sharing with us. My Mom had surgery Tuesday. She did well through it (DD and I were at the hospital with her) and was still doing well when I visited her yesterday. It was outpatient.

I hope you and yours are well. Sounds like you had some really nice thrift shop finds!! Love, Maria

geevee on 01/15/2010:
Since hummus is $1 off this week, I just might be lazy and buy it readymade rather than making my own as I usually do. My mouth is watering for some right now!

Love your photos of Egypt.

legcramps on 01/15/2010:
Have a great weekend!

thinnside40 on 01/16/2010:
I love poached egg.. My g'ma used to fix them for me when I would stay the night with her many years ago... I have kinda made them by just using a regular skillet with no-stick..Just as the whites turn real white, I put a bit of water down the inside of the pan and in seeps under the egg..Put a tight lid on and steam til the whites just turn see through.... Yum!!!

Thrift stores are the best!..... Your doing good with everything..We ARE in this together for sure!

weightlossyoyo on 01/16/2010:
Thanks for posting the poached egg, I am going to try it! This should be fun to see how mine turns out. Good day for you today! Have a good rest of the weekend!

selina - Thursday Jan 14, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

 Giza, Egypt. 

Yesterday was a very good day overall.  I hope it carries over to today, as well!  Have a great day, eveyone!

I've been drinking lots of water and green tea.

Breakfast: green tea, poached eggs, coffee

snack:hummus on ww cracker

lunch:chili con carne, cucmber/celery/rucula/tomato salad

dinner: salad, chili con carne, spinach soup, liver and onions

exercise:40 min walk

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

50lbs2go on 01/14/2010:
have a great day!! keep up the good work! = )

hollybelle on 01/14/2010:
YAY for good day yesterday! Day 11 for me - can't turn back now!

geevee on 01/14/2010:
Ahhh, hummus! Thanks for reminding me.

weightlossyoyo on 01/14/2010:
Good job! Hummus I need to buy some of that I always forget about it when I haven't been doing good at watching what I eat. Hey is making a poached egg easy to do?

thinnside40 on 01/14/2010:
You can!.... Think positive... That's the biggest part of this battle my friend....

selina - Wednesday Jan 13, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

Tartine, AKA, Tony.


Good morning! It has been a great day so far and it's not even 11 am, yet!  I've spent 1& 1/2 hr shovelling snow and am done with my exercise - my neighborhood is a winter wonderland! Oh, how I love the snow!

Yesterday was a very good day, I ate well and walked,although for only 1/2 hr.  There is so much snow on the ground that I think I spend more calories when I walk, hehe.

Breakfast: coffee, toast

Lunch: miso soup, green salad, rice, stir fried brocoli

snack:hummus on toast

dinner: salad,  chili con carne

lots of water

exercise: 1&1/2 hour of snow shovelling, 15 min walk


Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

loveray on 01/13/2010:
:) cute cat! enjoy the winter wonderland.

thinnside40 on 01/13/2010:
Our snow is about gone after a few days of 38 degree temps.... Had been a very slippery & white for about a week. I don't like it now, as it just looks dirty & a great mess...Oh well!

Keep up the good work on getting in the daily activity.

selina - Tuesday Jan 12, 2010
(calorie counting, walking, biking, chilling)
Weight: 176.0

Good morning everyone!

Thank you so much for the most thoughtful comments you left for me yesterday when I needed most - you made my day!  Thank you, thank you! And I shall add some photos of Egypt later, thank you Maria!  BTW, the cats were so happy to see us back, Selina follows me around like a dog would and InkyStinky has been more amorous than ever before.  And Tony, well Tony has been the same - he is happy as long as he is fed.... wet food.

I'm happy to report that I was able to stick to my eating moderately plan throughout the day and even went for a 45 min walk in the cold, snowy, dangerous paths around the town where my daughter goes to dance class, while waiting for her - it really felt very good to be back walking!  I also went grocery shopping - refrigerator was empty of good/healthy foods after being away for so long - now I have a good stash of veggies in the fridge that will keep me away from the more dangerous foods.

I baked a carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting for my friend who lost her mom over the weekend.  The temptation of tasting it was enormous but I was good and am very proud of myself.

I'm looking forward to another successful day, today, for this morning I weighed myself and was 4 pounds lighter than yesterday morning (!!!!).  Yippeee!  I know it's just water, and that's perfectly fine with me! 

Breakfast: coffee, poached eggs

lunch:salad, chicken, hummus, bread

dinner: salad, hummus, bread, miso soup

snack: popcorn

exercise: 1/2 hour walk

Progress as of today: 4 lbs lost so far, only 31 lbs to go!

loveray on 01/12/2010:
have a wonderful day, you deserve it!

hollybelle on 01/12/2010:
Welcome back! I got so close to goal and then quit tracking and staying "aware" of what I was doing, then I had abike accident and couldn't exercise and now here I am again determined to get back in shape and keep it that way. No need for embarrassment - you are among friends - you were really committed before - and you are again - so get going and keep at it. You are in good company!

legcramps on 01/12/2010:
Getting back on track is such a great feeling, no? Keep it up and have a good one today too!

Maria7 on 01/12/2010:

As for Tony, he must be the gray tabby cat I saw in a photo on you past entry.

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