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thinkpositive - Monday Jun 04, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



The five days of eating meals out was not helpful to my hope of making a change in the scale.   It seems that when I eat anything like cake or other starchy dessert plus a couple of glasses of wine I'll see the scale jump up by a couple of lbs.and then have to work to get it back .

Anyway, this week should be mre normal but then I leave early Friday so I'm not going to try to make any big changes just try to keep calories at 1400 and keep up te exercise.

Today I decided to visit the Dr. about my feeling so tired. He gave me a B vitamin shot. Anyone have experience with that  ? I figured that it couldn't hurt and worth a try.

Getting excited about going home for the summer. I'll  have to start thinking about packing but I only bring  home clothes that I don't need here. I will need a few clothes for my stop in HI.


Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/04/2012:
Eating out is so tricky with the added salt and you never really know what they're putting in the food. I'm sure you can't wait to come back home, maybe it will be easier for you to get into a routine when you're back in the States? I hope you have a good one!

hollybelle on 06/04/2012:
Exercise a little every chance you get this week and I'll bet that will make the difference this week! On the tiredness, YES, I hear you! I sought hormone replacement therapy this past March and part of the initial routine was B12 shots. I had two. It did seem to make a difference, but I found them painful - in that I would have to lay on the couch for about 4 hours because of discomfort. The pain went away immediately after that period of time, though. Then as the other hormones I had replaced sort of "kicked in" I found I have more energy most days. I don't know your age, but at my age (57 1/2!) I was very tired until I had the hormone replacement. I also found it very difficult to get any doctor to listen to me. The HRT doctor was different and also concluded that I was a little low on thyroid hormone and now I take a thryoid supplement as well as other supplements and a B12 tablet every day. It has helped. I am so tired some nights that I just don't want to go for a bike ride, a walk or anything at all....BUT....I find that if I just get myself going and DO IT I am rewarded with renewed energy. It's almost like you have to spend energy (or in some cases just simply muster it up!!!) to get energy. It really does feed on itself, apparently. Also I find it helps not to be an "all or nothing" thinker - I tend to think well if I can't workout an hour what's the use at all, or if I can't ride 12 miles I won't ride at all - but if I give up that "stinkin' thinkin'" and just go see what I can do - even if it's a 10 minute walk I get the energy reward I'm looking for. Keep at it, TP - you can do it.

V on 06/04/2012:
B-12 is really good for revving up the energy a bit..I hope it gives you a boost of energy :) I bet you are excited to head out on Friday! Hawaii, I am so envious :) have a good day!

thinkpositive - Friday Jun 01, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Friday here and spent most of the day at the museum helping to interview candidates for the next docent training group. I enjoy talking to to people and tried to make them feel comfortable for the interview.  Then lunch out and now headed out for dinner. Not as easy to find light meals here, but did have salads on the menu today.

Exercise was the walk back from the museum. I should find out the distance but maybe just about1/1/2- 2 miles.

Wed  dinner at a restaurant-did ok, tried to have mostly chicken & vegetables with a little rice, last night was an event with finger food- had 2 satays and a portion of a sandwich with crudite. So tonight is Indian again and I know one of the people eating with us is vegetarian so should not be a problem sharing food.  So doing okay- but did have one glass of wine last night. It's hard to track calories when I've been eating out but think I've stayed about 1400.

Will try to rea some posts after returning from dinner.


Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

V on 06/01/2012:
Hope you had a nice dinner!

Umpqua on 06/01/2012:
I hope you have a great weekend!

liza36 on 06/01/2012:
Eating out is always so hard for me. Sounds like you did fine with your meals out. Have a great weekend.

hollybelle on 06/01/2012:
Have a nice weekend!

thinkpositive - Thursday May 31, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Still hanging in there with no wine, watching my carbs and exercising everyday.

Today exercise was treadmill for 30 min & varied my pace and incline & elliptical for just about 10 min with another 10 min on weight machine. Then later in the afternoon walked for 30-40 min.

Lunch was out at a restaurant - a heavier meal than I normally have for lunch- a local restaurant- so will try to eat light when I go out tonight.

That's it for now...hope eveyone has a great day.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 05/31/2012:
Great work, keep up the good pace!

V on 05/31/2012:
Awesome Job :) I hope you have a good day!

MzLovely on 05/31/2012:
Since I started trying to lose weight I have barely touched any alcohol, it just doesnt seem worth all the cals. Have a good day =)

thinkpositive - Tuesday May 29, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0

 Help- I edited today's post and it didn't repost on the right day- read the next post- not this one!!  

Hi all,

OK, sticking with it & seeing a bit of progress which is enough to keep me going. I was beginning to think that my scale was actually stuck but it was me after all. :)

So 2 days no wine & trying to keep my eye on the carbs. not strictly counting but limiting the starches. And of course trying to maintain around 1400 calories & exercising. Keeping track on my calorie app.

Today , just a 1 hour walk- to the post office & then to a local wet market where I was the only caucasian in view. I had to rely on another customer to interpret for me when I ordered fish. he told me that the fish was very good & that it is the fish that they give women after they give birth, the old Chinese custom of taking good care of the post natal women.  I did feel a bit awkward in this very local market but I think the vendors appreciate the business. They always say" See you again" My clothes were just soaked through when I returned- a virtual fountain of perspiration! Oh & then at the hawker market  I had a fresh sugarcane drink- so good . I have no idea if this has alot of calories. Probably be a good idea to check it out! I should go back to watermelon juice.

Off to the regular market to buy basil & parsley for my fish recipe.

Thanks for all of the encouraging words.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

V on 05/29/2012:
Have a wonderful day :)

Umpqua on 05/29/2012:
It must be so nice to be able to get fresh fish - good for you for venturing out to that market in the heat! Good news on seeing some progress too :)

sweetpea1977 on 05/29/2012:
Sounds like a healthy day! Keep up the good work!!

moogy on 05/29/2012:
I could feel myself sweating as I read your entry, I guess there is always a price to pay for good things. How fabulous to have a wet market within walking distance. The sugarcane drink was probably just fresh sugar canes which they press through a wringer to extract the juice and yes, lots of calories, pure sugar. No wonder you enjoyed it:) I admire the way you have thrown yourself into the local lifestyle, you are an inspiration:)

selina on 05/30/2012:
That's a pretty cool account of going native in a foreign land - I like it! As for myself, I always had to send the maid to the wet market as she returned home with twice as many bags of fruits and veggies for the same amount of money. I'm afraid the natives had two sets of prices: one for locals, another for foreigners, which I did not appreciate very much. I love sugar cane juice, too. What a treat!

thinkpositive - Tuesday May 29, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Good morning,

I looked up the sugar cane juice and , although there were different numbers, it doesn't look that bad- below 100 calories as it is just the juice from the sugar cane & lots of ice. it is pretty cool to watch them press the sugar cane.

A good day yesterday & around 1400 calories but I did have an ear of corn & probably could have had 1/2 an ear to really watch my carbs. Third day without wine and  I didn't even think about it.

Today got in my walk/jog with a couple of sprints thrown in & was tired after the 30 min so didn't do my usual longer walk. I am going out for a swim in a little while so that will be another 20 min of exercise.

I do have some challenges ahead- meals out for the next three nights. I know that one or two will be Indian food & the third is "finger food" so probably small sandwiches. Also lunch out tomorrow but I can have a salad. The Indian food presents a problem. Maybe a chicken dish. We usually share dishes so I'll have to be careful.


Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

moogy on 05/29/2012:
So glad that sugar was water down with ice!! Excellent! I am sure that is a typo and you didn't really have 4000 calories!!?? I have read that sticking with a prawn vindaloo (if you can stand the heat) is the best way to go with Indian:) Otherwise a little bit of everything and you may dodge the oil and cream! Fingers crossed:) Great job with the exercise thinkpositive:)

moogy on 05/29/2012:
RYC: Yes, Pretty Girl! Suits her and I am sure you as well:)

Umpqua on 05/30/2012:
I love Indian food. Can you maybe get Tandoori chicken? Something without the rich sauces (that taste so yummy). I love tikka masala and vindaloo - Gringo Indian food ;) I'm sure your offerings there are much more authentic!

thinkpositive - Monday May 28, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all,

Not sure what is going on with my system. I'm doing pretty much what I had been doing & getting some success and now just at a standstill. But I'm not totally discouraged & trying to figure out what I need to be doing differently.

Still logging my calories on my IPad app & that works for me. Exercise has ben steady. Yesterday walked about an hour, not sure of the distance. Today went to the gym for 45 min. Trying to work my jogging up to 5 minutes. Might not seem like a big deal but something to work for.

So I'm trying to pay attention to my carbs and trying (!) to limit my wine. Didn't have any yesterday & trying to make it at least a few days in a row. I think it's just a habit to have a glass of wine & hard to break the habit.

Went to an interesting performance titled The Best Sex I Ever Had! It was 10 women on stage seated at a long table and a moderator who read off dates and then whoever had something that happened on that date would relate it. It pretty much concentrated on their sex life and marriage and it was very moving to hear some of their stories. The women were all from Singapore so there was definitely the culture of men being more valued than women and a very conservative culture. The audience was all women. The perfomance has been done around the world and always with a local audience. It did get pretty interesting and personal.

Today went to a wonderful museum lecture on Vincent VanGogh. I have to go to a art museum when I get home- there is an art museum here but only highlights modern art.

Off to read posts.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/28/2012:
Well, that certainly does sound like an interesting performance! Good job on steady exercise. Don't worry about a momentary stall - it'll starting going your way again if you keep on doing the good things you are!

V on 05/28/2012:
That performance does sound interesting, I didn't realize that women there were not valued as much as the men there :( I am sure you enjoyed the lecture on VanGogh, I love his works..Oh RYC Body Beast is a new beachbody program that is still under development..It is not my workout program(I wish) Just super stoked to do the program once it is available <3 have a good day!

Kati on 05/28/2012:
wow, that must have been interesting, humm humm... Patience is key! xoxo

grannyannie on 05/28/2012:
That performance sounds interesting. Are you in a rut. Same calories same workout? Varying it worked for me.

Yes, once luggage is checked in not so bad except my big backpack!

nunnermack on 05/28/2012:
Girlfriend...I know how hard it is to break the wine habit. I was just dusting all my bottles that I have aging and I felt like popping one open!! But, trying to limit my alcohol to the weekends only.

I also love theater and art. Sounded like an very interesting play and then the talk on Vincent Van Gogh...right up my alley.

Enjoy your evening!!

thinkpositive - Friday May 25, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Yesterday was , well a bit off on the healthy eating. I had a healthy breakfast and then went to an event for the museum volunteers where a waiter presented me with a choice, champagne or orang e juice. Well it was ten o'clock in the morning but I chose the champagne. It was a very elegant champagne brunch. Not that I had that much to eat  but I hadn't planned on consuming many calories at ten in the morning.

I did have over 2 hours of walking yesterday but managed to twist my ankle so taking it easy today.

Today- B- egg and 1/2 eng muff, L- turkey wrap, S- pear, strawberries, 4 small crackers w/ small amount pb.

Off to a movie- the Judi Dench movie about India. 

Happy Friday to all!

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 05/25/2012:
I hope your ankle feels better. Enjoy the movie and have a great weekend!

grannyannie on 05/25/2012:
Sorry about your ankle. I fly out on Tuesday. Apparently it's roasting hot over there! Hope hubby and I don't faint. Not used to that any more!

V on 05/25/2012:
Oh no :( i am sorry about your ankle. RYC 2 weeks huh? I am sure you ar thrilled to see the fam <3 have a good weekend

Maria7 on 05/26/2012:
I hope your ankle is soon better. :-)

thinkpositive - Tuesday May 22, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all,

Sorry about not being active here . I haven't been feeling as tired lately so holding off on seeing the Dr.

No real change in my status. Doing well withmy exercise but still not doing as well with eating-working on it...Calories are between 1400 on a good day to 1800 on other days. Trying to keep calories logged on my calorie app.

Had my last concert on Sunday which went well. It's a bit over the top for me- to sing in front of a real audience that has paid to see us perform. I prefer singing in the community for senior citizens and children. i got through it though & enjoy the group. Yesterday I guided a student tour at the museum.That was fun & the students were sweet. Not sure how much they got out of the tour but sometimes it's the first time that they have been to a museum so it's the total museum experience.

My husband is going away to a conference & will be gone for 4 nights so I'lll have to find activites to keep me busy. I should be ok & the positive part is that I have a bit more control over food as I can just cook for myself.

Hope all is well with DD friends.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/22/2012:
Hey there. 1400-1800 sounds perfect to me! Give yourself some credit. My husband travels about once a month for about 4 days March thru August and I find I do very well on those days. So maybe you will, too. Not to mention I sometimes get caught up on housework and laundry when he's gone! Yay!

nunnermack on 05/22/2012:
Actually, Holly is right. 1400-1800 calories a day is still very good and you are exercising. I found that when I eat up to 2k of calories and have a good workout, I still lose weight.

I'm envious you can sing!! I'm on Youtube doing karaake. You don't want to hear me!! LOL!!!

Umpqua on 05/23/2012:
Your calorie range is great and you are exercising consistently, so I'm sure you're getting results. You said you don't measure, right? I'll bet you have lost some inches. I've been doing a lot of research into calculating lean body mass and fat percentages since I want to reduce a few problem areas but I'm not at all focusing on the scale. I'm finding out that the scale doesn't matter all that much when it comes to changing body composition. Keep up the good work!

V on 05/23/2012:
Good Morning :) I have been meaning to ask if you are visiting the US this summer? I can't wait to see my family in August <3 Happy to hear you got your energy level up! have a good day my friend :)

thinkpositive - Friday May 18, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



All is well with me but losing ounces not what I had hoped for this week but anyway getting back to posted weight a little at a time.

Yesterday went to the gym - 20 min ellipt, 20 mi on bike, 10 on upper weight machine & then some stretching. Now keeping track of food & exercise on an app and that seems to be working well as my IPad is handy to log my foods. Not sure about the exercise part of the app- the calories for the exercises are way off- way too high. So i just adjust the minutes to equal the number of calories burned.

Today no exercise yet but we'll see what the day brings- I feel so tired & actually thinking about going to the Dr to get some tests. I start feeling tired around 11 & then it's just a matter of when I'll be able to take a nap.  Last time I went when I was feeling like this I had mycoplasma & took antibiotics. See how I feel next week- although this has been going on for awhile. If I don't et exercise in the morning it's unlikely that I 'll feel up to it. No other symptoms.

Have to go for my nail appointment. Hope I don't fall asleep in the chair- it happened once.


Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

V on 05/18/2012:
I hope you feel better <3

liza36 on 05/18/2012:
Have you had your thyroid checked? Being really tired is one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Just a thought. Hope you feel better.

Umpqua on 05/18/2012:
Feel better soon!!

grannyannie on 05/18/2012:
Hope you feel better soon! You did well on the workouts.

hollybelle on 05/18/2012:
Yes, go checkout your status with the doc! Sooner you start to feel good, the better. Good job on the excerise. I am a morning person and would prefer morning exercise, but lately I have had more energy at night - as I think I am losing a little and building muscle. Hang in there!

selina on 05/18/2012:
Good job on the exercises! Good idea of going to the doctor for a check up. Stay well!

Maria7 on 05/20/2012:
Hello there. Hope you are having a good day. :-)

thinkpositive - Wednesday May 16, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



My favorite song that my choir is singing this term-

Gonna Rise Up Singing it's a brand new day, I see the sun is a shinin' and the rain isn't fallin' like it was just yesterday. So I feel like livin', Got a reason to say,Gonna rise up singin' throw my troubles away 'cause it's a brand new day...

Pretty much sums up my thoughts about losing weight!  And I really belt this song out- for one thing it's in my range and not hard to sing but also-I just plain like it.

Today- whew, did alot of walking- started out with my walk/jog- just about 30 min, then after my choir concert I walked home- another 30 min. Then had an appointment in the afternoon & walked to do some shopping- found a  white sundress , linen pants, beach coverup , 2 tops - that's kind of what happens to me when it comes to shopping- when I'm in the mood & things fit (!)  and in this case were not more than I would pay in the States, and then walked home, total 45 min in the afternoon. Definitely worth a foot rub from my husband tonight. Oh I also paid way too much to get a small carved  reclining buddha that we've been looking for forever.

Food- B- wholegrain toast w lf butter, Lunch- turkey cranberry wrap, snacks- this is where I seriously need to be more careful- cheddar cheese- a few small chunks, 2 wafer thin crackers w pb & nutella, a small piece of pastry after the concert, lime soda. Dinner will be chicken stir fry with lots of great veggies.

Gonna Rise up singing....


Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/16/2012:
Great song - enjoy the day!

V on 05/16/2012:
Good morning! Keep on singing that song my friend :)

Umpqua on 05/16/2012:
Wonderful song! RE your comment on my energy, I find that when I'm working out consistently I have a lot more energy in general for home projects, etc. I'm still trying to work to build endurance and stamina though, I'm determined not to let a little thing like growing older get in my way ;P Have a good one!

supercheese on 05/16/2012:
Have a good day!!!!

sweetpea1977 on 05/16/2012:
Great job on the exercise!!

liza36 on 05/16/2012:
Love that song and the new mantra for losing weight!

TheMother on 05/16/2012:
Walking is my favorite form of exercise and judging by your post, you got in a nice amount. Good for you! Keep up the good work.

moogy on 05/16/2012:
Sounds as if you are in a really nice place with this entry thinkpositive:) That makes for a happy moogy:)

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