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horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 10, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Home: some kombucha 50, not much.

Breakfast: wrap 80 with one egg 70 and half small avocado 150. 2 coffees at work 100. 400.

9:30 dark choc covered raisins with the second cup coffee...just doing what i have to do to feel good here. 100

10:30 protein cake bites, not great, but filling. 250


I brought my lunch :)

and snacks :) clementines :)

No OT today...going home to do my wonderful weights routine :)...doing it today because tomorrow i have a Union Meeting back near my apt at 6pm after work. So, no OT tomorrow. Wednesday, the schedule is more OT again, just one hour as to not exhaust myself...Thursday will be a nice exercise session  in the eve again at my apt, and Friday i have a LONG OT scheduled, 4 hours, WITH COWORKER...and you can bet we'll be heading over to a HAPPY HOUR and ordering a glass of wine (like a lunch break) during those hours of 5-9pm overtime. When in the city, there's a bar at every corner just about...so yeah. It's the only way...NOBODY else is working these hours in the office.



Anyone wondering, yes, my sleep was nice and long. could have even slept longer. just up to pee twice. probably slept from 6:30pm-5:45am. My muscles actually feel stronger today, let i can sit up taller at my desk here at work :) I may do this technique of a long sleep next Sunday, too.  It's not a good habit to have, but good once in awhile under the kind of boredom / long hours i'm having at work it's good to just "knock out" before it begins again...today :) 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/10/2018:
I like your plan for the week. It sounds like a nice balance to get through a heavy workload. And I'll be very envious when you have those days off, and I'm at work. That's OK!

In the spirit of getting good sleep, I too went to bed on the earlier side, at 9pm. I thought about doing stuff to stay up later, and then I was like, Nah, going to go to sleep.

horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2018:
i wanted to comment right away back to you, because i was scrolling thru my entries and noticed that i hadn't been commenting back to you when you left me comments...for no good reason other than i was probably already onto my next entry...but i have been meaning to tell you that i appreciate your support especially in regards to the OT stuff that i have to do...because even writing it here and having the support of DD watching over me, it helps me get it done.

i appreciate all the support you've always given me and also the advice... :)

yeah, i'm not recommending my sleeping pill idea to ANYONE, but i'll say that sleep is necessary especially when things get rough! :)

on those days off, one day is already BOOKED with TWO drs appts...and i will be planning Miami...

Donkey on 12/10/2018:
Oh no, please do not ever worry with me about responding or not. I know that you read my entry. I don't always respond either - mostly because if I'm on my phone, I refuse to do so.

OTC sleeping pills don't do it for me. I use melatonin. Before I used Sleepytime Tea, but then I'd sometimes have to go to the bathroom during the night. Both have been very helpful. I'm not at the point where I need a prescribed sleeping pill, thankfully, but I believe that you are using yours as a responsible person should: as a tool, not a crutch.

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2018:
Making up for lost sleep before the new work week is necessary......you have to do what you have to do......

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BearCountryGG - Monday Dec 10, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Wrapping up the Christmas cards today....and then some other paperwork while I do laundry......Will have to head out soon for postage stamps.......( today..or tomorrow?)..Depends on road conditions....and other than that just some general household things..........I'm thinking that calories in and calories out will be my basic plan for the new year......there is truly no food that I am ready to never eat again if I want to.......giving up whole food groups will never be for me......and I like junk food.....I like kid food...I like all food ( except snails, frog legs and some sea food).....According to a friends Dad...who is an M.D.......everything in moderation, never ban any food group or type of food, eat a variety of foods daily..........and that suits me........I've lost weight in the past eating everything......what I failed to do at the time was continue to eat small portions of everything.......that is where I plan to make the change this time........I don't want to count calories for the rest of my life..but I am prepared to do just that if needed.

I'm stepping up my activity levels........and the more I lose..the easier that gets..........I'm looking forward to opening up some more clothes bins that have been taking up room in my closet.....it's kind of like Christmas every time I open another one........getting rid of clothes as they get too big has been a big help...because I refuse to buy new in that size again......so if something suddenly starts getting snug.....that is an easy/quick clue that I need to cut back again...because who wants to wear tight clothes.......getting away from the scale has been a life changer for me......no one knows what I weigh...( including myself)...we don't go around wearing signs stating our weight and clothing size...........we go around with energy and confidence and we do what we need to do...and no one knows anything else. 

Aside from the love and caring of family and friends........My only other goals in life are   to feel good, to work hard , and to live life with a sense of happiness and gratitude. 

Everything else is just a bonus. 

It's all about portion sizes.........calories in and calories out...........Learning that balance...is how it's coming off and learning that balance will keep it off...........

I haven't taken any pictures today...so i will probably start again tomorrow.......some days I miss doing that...some days I'm glad I'm not....but I admit...I do like going back here on some days and reminding myself of what I ate...and the pics make that very easy.......so I'd like to get that going again.....I keep a notebook...and WW has it all there...but the pics just make it easier to keep things in perspective.

The plan is to reach my goal in 2019.......The last few pounds are slow.....so I have a year to achieve that....sooner would be wonderful......but at any rate...........Happiness is my main life goal....for this year....next year...and beyond...because if I'm not happy...then I have nothing worth having. 

I'm looking forward to tomorrow.



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graindart - Monday Dec 10, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 178.3

Day 76 completed successfully.

Not much scheduled for today yet.  Will see what comes up.

So I've been considering when my streak will come to an end.  The smarter option would be no going off-plan until reaching goal, but I've also been dreaming about food on Christmas.  In particular I've been dreaming of cookies.......gingerbread, chocolate chip, sugar, pumpkin spice, etc.  Last year I had a very long streak going into Christmas and decided to go off-plan for just 1 day.  That ended up extending to a 1 week off-plan bingefest where I gained like 15 lbs or so.  It was an artificial gain and dropped back off within the next couple weeks.  So I don't know and probably won't make a decision until Christmas Day when I sitting down staring at the goodies......

On to conquer day 77....

Progress as of today: 104.7 lbs lost so far, only 9.3 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2018:
You are doing great....and you will know what to do when the time comes......and that is okay...whatever you decide.....

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Donkey - Monday Dec 10, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 125.5

I was determined to be ready to leave for work so that I could watch a TV show at 8am for as long as possible before having to leave, but then I thought that I'd much rather log on to DD and chat with you all.  I made the right choice!

I woke up this morning, not doing so well, though.  First I noticed that I was sneezing more than just an irritated sneeze.  These were deep, tingly sneezes that you feel dissapating through your body when you're done.  Then my nose kept running.  And coughed up a small glob of congestion (albeit clear, not infected) from the throat/sinuses.  So I am swabbing zinc up my nose all day today. Cannot get sick.

But even worse, my back started acting up -- for no reason that I can discern!  At first I thought it was just a morning ache/twinge.  But then it kind of kept happening, like it was saying "I'm thinking about popping out of alignment - nope.  Oh maybe this time I'll pop out - nope."  In the spirit of turning my back's NOPE into my HOPE, I am wearing my truss/girdle/brace thingy today.  Oh it is so uncomfortable - bulky - but it really does help keep my frame stabilized.  My back acts like a brat, and if I cater to it early on, almost all of the time, I can prevent it from getting worse.  So that is what I am doing.

If I had a job where I could just call in sick, I would take today - or at least this morning - off, so that I could alternate lying flat and walking nice & easy, and work those hot and cold compresses.

Queen Bee will be out of the office today and tomorrow, delivering our firm's Christmas gifts.  So that will be a blessing to me today.  Gotta find these little blessings where we can.

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost and already at goal!

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2018:
Hope you feel better....and yes...go in when Queen Bee isn't there....That is a break in itself. I think we will all feel better when the holidays are over...this is such a stressful time of year.

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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Slept really well after a good workout last night :)

8:30am Light breakfast on purpose: half a peanut butter lenny & larry's protein cookie 200 and a kombucha 50

10:30am 2nd breakfast: at a colombian place where friend lives, surprisingly it was excellent. bigger coffee seems extra milk 100, some kinda dessert 300, and tastes of an empanada 100/ total here 500?

12:30pm snacking while doing errands 150 granola bar

2pm light meal: greens 50 and some of the bhindhi masala i picked up 350 approx.follwed a bit later by an egg and like half another egg. 150

4:30-5pm greek yogurt, cooked cranberries 200; other half pb protein cookie frpm this  morning, laundry is done,  bed soon. never made the pumpkin cheesecake - next weekend.


2day:2000 - needed this..

...i think it may be a lighter week in terms of cals...also, i'm going to make sure to stick with my OT schedule, and not do extra that doesn't need to be done...bc i am starting to get tired out.

wow...i just added a few pinches of saffron into cooked cranberries with stevia...perfecto addition.


Going to meet my friend at 10am for a small coffee / brunch, the one that last time had forgotten her keys at my gym!, for breakfast to catch up. we're eating by her, since she doens't have a car, i'll drive to her and it's near her. we'll catch up and discuss what we're each up to...and it should go better than it did a few weeks ago with all the excess driving and stress a few sunday nights ago!

we were supposed to use my $25 gift certificate for hibachi style japanese and it would have almost been a free lunch, but, she turned out being busier than expected so we moved our get together up to 10am from the previous 12pm...it's fine, and better than having to cancel completely as i was looking forward to being social and seeing her.

I'll be then picking up the cream cheese to make the cheesecake, also picking up a few fruits and veggies - no need to buy any meat...maybe a tofu pack though.

Lastly on my list is laundry...and i may take a sleeping pill around 4pm to go to bed extra early (like around 6pm) as i'm feeling way too tired already today since it's a very stressful month with the OT and extra commitments for me, and i would like to have extra rest tonight if possible...I'm just tired due to long days and lots of sitting in the same spot doing the same work. I don't mind tonight to conk out early :)



Turns out i had unintentionally signed up for MTA easy pay program (i was thinking i could recieve a half fare price, half what i pay now, but it wasn't the case and i had a difficult time cancelling it - so little did i know i've been charged ever since i filled out the forms online.  ooops...big oops) and I have been charged $30 per week since at least OCTOBER! I haven't used this program, so i'm going to fight for a full reimbursement.  It's $360 in charges after i did the math, i need to check my bank statements. I caught it late, so late, because i don't use the card often and hadn't looked at the statement but was wondering why the costs were increasing so fast on the card...sheesh.

I already use a pre-tax commuter benefit card from the MTA...so, i hope they see that i do not need TWO unlimited metro cards when one unlimited card is simply enough for one person!....

...I really hope to get these wasted charges credited back. A lot of my $$$ issue then will be 100% better. This is another reason why i have been feeling so strapped for cash lately.!!! I didn't realize this until this morning.

It's good i paid more attention this AM to going over the charges on that card....

I am very good at finding mistakes and scams on my cards. This MTA issue i do wish i had noticed earlier though. 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
I hope you have fun with your friend!

I admit that I am very intrigued by your idea of taking the sleeping pill in order to get more sleep. I do that sometimes with melatonin, but that doesn't seem to have the staying power. I wake up a few times during the night, and if I go to bed TOO early, then I'm up too early. Of course, I start to feel sleepy again right before the alarm goes off to get up for work. Curses!

I hope you can resolve your issue with the MTA. Ya know, if not, just stop the payments and move on. Lesson learned. I've gotten hit with a few large medical bills recently from when I hurt my back in Summer 2017! WTH??? I had to wait for my mortgage payment to clear and my Friday paycheck to hit before I can mail out this latest one. Latest one -- hope it's the LAST one.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
when i get to the point of being so sleepy that all i can do is simply lay on the couch on a sunday...and when i am so tired that nothing will help besides extra sleep....it's a close call and very important not to overdo (like even 2 days in a row is a bad idea) sleeping pills...but, i shall def take a Sleepinol around 4-4:30 today. i will usually sleep long with this...it lasts over the 8 hours. i am being so unproductive and the monotony of everything has me tired, so i'd rather just sleep the rest of today.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
it's turned out to be $360...i'll be trying desperately to get it back. i was charged 13 times and i think the first one was returned to me bc i think i had called my back on the initial charge...grrr...will be trying tomorrow to get the charge back as now i see why i felt like money was so limited these past couple months...i was spending an unnecessary $120 per month.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Bills are funny that way...D recently ordered some work gloves.....and a month and a half later,...they still hadn't arrived...I wrote them an email.....actually 3 of them over a 3 day period...and they sent me an email slapping me on the wrist...LOL... I WAS SENDING THEM TOO MANY SO WAS SENT TO THE BACK OF THE LINE!!!!!...LOL.....funny how they had no problem charging our credit card the day after the order was placed....and after 1 and a half months.....I became their problem!!!...They finally admitted that they didn't have them and refunded the $.....The internet makes getting things easy...but it also makes for some questionable dealings too......

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
ended up being $360 in charges. grrrr. i am usually on top of things, but i do not use this card often...and actually the only charges on it over the past 3 months were MTA easy pay....grrr....i have to fix it tomorrow as there's nobody there to help me today.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Yup....$360 is a lot of money....hopefully they see it your way!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
and yeah, with D's gloves...sounds like crappy business to me!..yes, weird things to do happen especially i guess with online. that's how i screwed myself with the easypay, also.

graindart on 12/09/2018:
Maybe if they don't allow refunds, they can give you future credit and you can pause the other plan temporarily?

FRESH orange zest done directly over the cranberry sauce is awesome too. Zesting it directly over it gives it the bits of peel & the orange oils from the peel.

Maria7 on 12/09/2018:
Congrats on doing real well maintaining.

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Maria7 - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 155.0

  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17




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Hello to you...

Is it cold enough for you?  It is a cold, rainy day here in SC and there is snow north of us across the state line.

It is getting closer to Christmas.  Do you have all of your Christmas plans made?  I baked an apple pie, sweet potato pie with raisins, and peach cobbler that are in the freezer awaiting to be part of Christmas dinner and plan, Lord willing, on bringing Mama (from the nursing home) over here on Christmas day.  I also baked Christmas gingerbread cupcakes with icing and colorful sprinkles...but with the neighbors' help, they are all 20 of them gone. 

Still holding about the same.  Would have liked to have lost a little more this year but decided I enjoy food more than being a certain size apparently, ha.  So, still maintaining and thankful for that.  We are more than a number.  Eating well but not overeating...

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!


Hope you are having a good day...

Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria





Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Sounds like you will have a Merry Christmas.......Hope your Mom can go and spend it with you.

Donkey on 12/10/2018:
Well, I had plans, but from the sound of your menu, I think I'll change my plans and come have dessert with you! (LOL) I hope that your mom can make it out to your house for the holiday. I hope she's doing well.

You've done quite well for yourself to find a "happy place" on the scale this year. Looking at your "Progess as of today" above, I might contemplate whether those last "5 lbs to go!" are worth the struggle. Well, 2019 still needs goals :)

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BearCountryGG - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Taking a little quiet time to get online.........It's been a busy few days......and having food already prepared has been a big help....I thought I would sit down and make out Christmas cards today....so that will be my afternoon.  D is out plowing snow with the tractor...and while it isn't "quiet"....I do have the house to myself and it's a good time to sit down. 

I've reached the point where I'm ready for the holidays to just be over with....and I'd like to just get back to life as I know it.  But all is well...the snow is covering everything...and there is nothing quite like snow on top of all of the old brown fallen leaves and dead ferns....to make everything look nice and clean again......

Using restraint with holiday foods is interesting........and do-able.....and it is kind of nice to know that eating 1 serving...is really just as satisfying if not more satisfying...then eating aimlessly and then feeling badly about it........I have always watched the commercials where you see a person take 1 cookie......and act as if...that is enough......and then I realized that after all of these years...I could be that person...and actually enjoy 1 cookie a lot more...than eating several......There is a lot of satisfaction in me taking control over food instead of letting the food take control over me....


graindart on 12/09/2018:
While I'm doing good at controlling my serving sizes, I'm definitely not enjoying it at the time. I'm happy with the decision later, but at that moment I'm not. Had 1 medium sized thin gingerbread cookie last night. Tasted awesome. Could've eaten 15 of them easily (not exaggerating). In the past the snack would've been 10-15 cookies with a glass or two of milk.....and maybe some ice cream to go along with them too. So eating only ONE was a struggle at the time, but something I feel better about today.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
It isn't always fun at the time....but later....it is nice to know that you accomplished that...so you know you can do that again.....breaking old bad habits isn't easy.

Maria7 on 12/09/2018:
Wow, you are doing FANTASTIC!

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Thank you!

Donkey on 12/10/2018:
I am not quite at the point of being ready for the holidays to be over. However, if you ask me after this week, with those stupid work parties, I might be right there with you!

I agree that there is some satisfaction that comes with controlled restraint. I find it to be a mental challenge with me, and I'm happy when I can claim victory! It's not the same kind of satisfaction that I get after I finish eating, say, dessert. In fact, it's a BETTER feeling, because I know I'm taking care of me. YOU ROCK!

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2018:
I do think that savoring 1 serving is more enjoyable that just grabbing a bunch of something and downing it without taating...I like you idea a whikle back about having 1 piece of candy with a cup of tea...and really enjoying it...that has stayed with me.....and it works. TY

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Donkey - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 125.5

For some reason, I woke up this morning, really motivated and excited about working my maintenance program.  Not sure why, LOL.  Just looking forward to my bike ride and doing well today.  Yesterday, I was doing some research into yoga classes through the parks departments.  We actually belong to 2 park districts, so I have 2 options.  I have to do the calculations with the cost per class.  One of the classes is led by the woman who leads Chair Yoga.  Going back to my previous entry about feeling some discomfort at Chair Yoga, I'm not sure I want to take a weekly class with her...  The other class (in the other town) is harder to get to and get home from.  I don't think a small difference in price can override that, especially in nasty-driving winter weather.

There is an actual yoga studio that is much closer to my home.  Theoretically, in nice, well-lit weather, I could ride my bike there.  However, it's more expensive, and I'm not sure any of the packages would work for me.

I found a yoga DVD, that I tried a long time ago, at Goodwill.  I'm thinking maybe I should use that before I start searching out classes.  It may be all that I need.  It's Rodney Yee's AM/PM Yoga, two 20-minute programs. Using that would definitely help me get started, especially with the yoga benefits themselves. I'm giving this to me for Christmas.  I came across a cookbook at Goodwill that was something like 365 veggie burger recipies.  Ever since I saw that episode in Walking Dead where the one guy (who was later consumed, along with his pet goat, by zombies) survived on veggie burgers, I've been interested in trying to incorporate something like that in my life.  Not the zombies, the vegetable-based burger.  Not to cut out meat entirely but rather to explore more plant-based meals. 

(I think a couple of you may be smiling & rolling your eyes at me right now at my wishful thinking.)

That goal would go nicely with my goal to try more vegetable side dishes.  I have a crockpot cookbook that has some delicious sounding vegetable sides that are easy and fairly keto  Like InnerPeace said, ya get tired of eating green beans after a while...  The same thing happens to me with beef and chicken, though, too.  

Our new kitty is missing in the house, LOL.  She came out a little more yesterday and this morning, but now has gone into hiding.  It's better if she comes out to us on her own terms anyway.  


Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost and already at goal!

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
I remember Rodney Yee.....I used to use his videos too.......That is a great place to start....and when it comes to classes....you may feel even more comfy there when you have done some of the poses at home already...I think it would be that way for me anyway.......Poor kitty....is she afraid of people...or your older cat? You might need to close some interior doors to limit her hiding places.

graindart on 12/09/2018:
Might check YouTube for some online yoga videos too.

I'm tired of eating the same foods all the time. It's definitely time for a new meat to be carried in the local grocery stores. My vote is for penguin.

Maria7 on 12/09/2018:
I bet your kitty is so cute. Congrats on doing real well maintaining.

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graindart - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 177.2

Day 75 completed successfully.

Yesterday was a bit more of a struggle concerning food control. I really wanted to snack.  It was Saturday, so the family was home. Due in part to lack of sleep, I really didn't want to do much of anything. I kind of wanted to go to a certain restaurant for lunch, but knew if I ate a decent amount of calories that early in the day, that it would be a major struggle not to go off plan by the end of the day.  The thought entered my head that this current streak of days "on plan" will have to come to an end sometime. And I thought maybe yesterday was that day.  Then I thought it would be a lot smarter to continue this streak until I hit my goal.  So I made it through the day without going out to eat or going over my calorie allotment. 

The struggle is real with my first world problems (having way too much food available).

Like a lot of overweight people, I've tried or thought about trying just about anything over the years to help lose the weight quicker or easier. I've gotten better this time around and have mainly focused on controlling my food portions, but my mind still thinks that there must be an easier way. So my latest thing I've decided to try is wearing a weighted vest to add additional resistance throughout my normal day. My thought was that I'd wear this 20 lb vest all day long and set it would help burn more calories without much extra effort. The reality of it is that a 20lb vest feels a lot heavier than it sounds. I've worn it 2 or 3 days, but I've only been able to wear it for about 2 or 3 hours per day before it just felt way too heavy to continue.  The main reason is that it puts the vast majority of the strain on my shoulder area, which must be constricting blood flow or something because it's been causing small headache type symptoms.  I plan on continuing to try to use it to see if it gets easier over the next week or so.

On to conquer day 76.....

Progress as of today: 105.8 lbs lost so far, only 8.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
It's odd that our mind confuses the signals that our body gives us. I often confuse hunger with thirst or fatigue -- especially the latter!

That's very interesting about the weighted vest experiment. Is there a way to reduce the amount of weight? Some vests come with removable weights in the lining. I was thinking, maybe you could reduce to 10 pounds - that would still help.

Now imagine instead of a weighted vest, that this extra weight was actually your own body (fat)! See how taxing that is on your frame?

And now that I type that, I wonder if guys and gals who have significant bulk also feel that fatigue on their frame from carrying around the extra muscle mass? Seriously - I truly wonder at that. I don't know anyone who is big like that to ask. I'd really like to know!

graindart on 12/09/2018:
I will not reduce! I will conquer......or die trying......

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
The headaches concern me...and I'm wondering if you are holding your breath more. You sure don't want to cut off blood flow if the vest is causing that.......maybe if you wore it over a heavy shirt...or as Donkey said....possibly remove some of the weights. When I lost wt in the past...I would make it a point to lift bags of dog food...or water softener salt...or potatoes as a gauge to show myself how much I had actually lost.....BUT....while I felt lighter...the weight was distributed differently than lifting a bag weighing that much....While you have lost a lot of weight.....this vest may be placing it on your lungs...and bothering your breathing.....I think I would be n=more inclined to use ankle weights.

graindart on 12/09/2018:
They're not major headaches, just nagging little ones that go away within 20-30 minutes after I take the vest off. Don't think it has anything to do with breathing.

Before wearing the 20 lb vest and finding out how heavy it actually feels, I was actually considering ordering a 80 lb one and then adding another 25 lbs between ankle / wrist weights. All to help remember what I used to weigh at the beginning of last year. I know that wearing the weight isn't the same as weighing that much due to distribution / mass / etc, but considered it anyway. After wearing the 20lb vest, I don't think I'd last too long carrying 100+.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Oh my...they actually make 80 pound vests? It does explain why we don't want to weigh that again though...............no wonder sitting down seemed like the planned activity.......

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pinklatte - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
Weight: 245.0

Oh man, my weekend was a rough one. I got sick Friday night, and just felt terrible. My left wrist started to hurt. My right ankle started to hurt. Wrapping them up helped, but I found myself thinking two things: a, I wrote a story where the main character's joints all stiffened up and now it's happening to me!, and 2: so is this how I will die?

I have no clue what happened, the mysteries of the aging human body, and I spent Saturday with stiff hands and a sore throat. Swallowing hurt yesterday, but most of the trouble cleared up today.

Breakfast chocolate bread (320)
chocolates lying around the house
Lunch ham and cheese burrito (432)
cocoa (159)
flavored water (100)
Dinner cheese bread (222)
tuna mayo rice ball (230)

I actually ate more today than I did yesterday. I'm hungrier now than I felt yesterday, too, but it's already 8:30 and I don't feel like hunting down food at this hour. It's cold.

Tomorrow, work. I really wish I could stay home, though. Work is stressful.

Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
when i am really tired or working my desk job too much, everything starts to hurt on my body too. my legs start to hurt, i am so tired at that point, feeling just horrible.

the cure is only rest :) for me!

Lol to your chocolates laying around the house...love it! i had a similar breakfast today, but in cookie form. it was easy and tasty. that's all i wanted.

yes, the cold is amongst us. i've been staying home 100% more to just relax and stay warm also.

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
I'm thinking that your pain might be something more than just tired, which is why I mentioned having a blood screen done. Could be something more serious... seriously.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
I don't have any idea how old you are but stiff joints do come with age....although my guess is that you are young for that.......They say med students think they have every disease they learn about.....the power of the mind is strong....

graindart on 12/09/2018:
There's a chance that things will get better as you shed some of the extra weight. I didn't notice any big immediate changes, but now realize that my back doesn't get hurt as easily and I also don't have trouble swallowing things as often.

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happy-1 - Sunday Dec 09, 2018
(Change everything every minute. All things thru C)
Weight: 216.3

Anxious. I think I botched it with the kickboxing instructor. Only time will tell. I see him Monday for a movie. 

Progress as of today: 100.7 lbs lost so far, only 10.3 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
listen, you know how to meet men and have fun dating...so whatever happens, happens.

it can't be so bad if you still have a movie planned!

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
Only time will tell -- try not to push it but rather go with the flow.

BearCountryGG on 12/09/2018:
Just be yourself......because that is the only person you can be. If it is meant to be then it will be...if not then it wasn't right all along and there are other guys out there.

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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 08, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

8:30am Breakfast and earlier: small banana 100, oatmeal 150 made with almond milk 50, chai latte stevia, pumpkin pie spice, and a small pinch of saffron!, icelandic yogurt  and slightly sweetened really tasty 130, coffee 50

10am snack: a small protein bar that i found pretty good. 180

11:30 brunch: these two wraps that say 70 cal but i am not so sure...by Mission and they say they are low carb. so 2 of them 150, one egg 100, half avocado 150, little sea salt too. 400 tasty. some of my baked acorn sqash fries 100

snacks 2 clementines 60, part of caffeine drink 

4pm-5pm more of caffeine bang drink, another tortilla 70, with cooked cranberry spread 30 and choc protein spread 200....350 or so, clementine 50 small banana 100

1650....workout soon - seems it'll be a home workout at it's 4pm now and pretty cold out, so i don't really want to go outside at all...may as well do it at home and save time and energy. tomorrow i'll drive around and pick up the cream cheese, that's all. gonna rest up and do a home workout, it was a long week.

another banana during workout ??? 120

after workout: tofu 100, wrap 100, 1/2 small avocado pinch saffron 150: 350, gingerbread light ice cream 100

2220, good.


i did a bit of reading today...to finish a short book i was reading on the commute, the Alchemist. good read and very, VERY motivating and inspiring Winter read :) It's about soul searching, finding your path, not being afraid of failure and working on your life vision. Definitely relatable.

I have 3 other books at home to start on, so it's good to finish off one of them! :) The next book on my list is written by an army vet i believe..will update after i start reading it! lol


I will be cooking & baking this weekend, using what i have, not buying much except for what i'm using this week. i really have no money to spend as i just paid rent last week, and my union dues last night which are close to $300 each 6 months and also paying back credit cards again..haha...no biggie, just typical how i spend...too much on food, but, that's my life!..it is better to bring food from home most days to work though! what i need to do is change the percentage i am saving in my paycheck for retirement, but i'm putting it off as long as possible bc i don't like the idea of making it less..duh! it's ok, i'm doing just fine and no real money issues.

I don't splurge often on clothes or large travel plans. I travel very economically when i do. I don't have expensive taste in material things. so, food it is! :)

Cooking & Baking items: 

-pumpkin pie cheesecake - i have all the ingredients i am using except need more cream cheese. so i'll be picking that up later. it calls for almond flour but i may just use coconut flour and i'm aware it's not a simple swap as the properties are really different. but this time i know it and i'll be very careful about the consistancy. i have so much coconut flour so i am going to work on using it up before purchasing any more baking flours.

- veggie soup (hoping the veggies i bought 2 weeks ago are ok - they should be)  in a bone broth (ordered powdered bone broth similiar to boilliion cube).  bone broth is slightly expensive and very healthy, so i will be drinking the broth all week. they are already flavored too, not just "bone broth" but flavored nicely like chicken soup. so, it will be really nice to have all week, next week, to enjoy a cup or so when i bring it for lunch. i already checked it out, opened the lid, and everything smells absolutely fabulous in the pot!

- roasted acorn squash


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Oh my, your cooking ideas sound delicious! Who needs anything else this winter but homemade vegetable soup with pumpkin cheesecake for dessert?

graindart on 12/08/2018:
Love me some pumpkin pie cheesecake. Have also been eating a fair amount of squash over the past few months. Butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and even tried a fresh pumpkin a few weeks ago. Would taste better drenched in butter, but I've been keeping it low-cal and just adding some pumpkin pie spice to it lately.

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Donkey - Saturday Dec 08, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 125.5

I'm surprised that my weigh-in wasn't higher this week:  didn't walk at lunch, didn't ride my bike in the evening, had a very salty dinner.  Plus bathroom issues (which resolved themselves AFTER weighing in) and hormones...  It seems to me that ANY week that I do weight-resistance training (whether it be hand-held weights or body-weight counterbalance, e.g. squats, push-ups), the numbers on the scale are higher.  ALWAYS.  I see that this is an issue that I want to reconcile within myself.  Perhaps weighing in less often will help.  I almost did not weigh in this morning with the bloated feeling I had in my hands, I thought for sure the number would be much higher on the scale.

So -- I did not walk at lunch yesterday because we adopted a new kitty!  I thought she would be a good fit for the cat that we already have, but now that she's out of the shelter and in our house, the new kitty is very shy.  Last night, I was a little down in the dumps, thinking that I chose the wrong cat.  I hope that it will just take some time.  In fact, I think that's mostly it, because she's not a bad kitty.  She's just a little scared & uncertain right now.  She likes to be held, she's eating and using her box, so she's healthy.

Chair yoga was OK.  Apparently, it's not a highly attended event.  The same 4 or 5 guys that were there in July were still the only ones who attend.  No wives, although we're invited.  IDK, I like the yoga enough -- not in love with it, but maybe its the instructor and/or the room we're in, too - but I feel not exactly comfortable there.  My husband likes it enough to get out of the house, and that's the important thing - to get him out of the house, around other people.

The Veterans Christmas party went well for myself.  My husband had a really good time.  I had scrambled eggs, 3 sausage links, and 3 cups of coffee.  I had completely forgot that they said we could bring something to share.  Now that I know, next year, I will bring more coffee supplies and fresh-cut fruit platter or salad (just cut-up fruit in a big bowl or tray).  I hope that we can be more involved with this group next year.  Out of the activites that are planned for 2019, there at least 6 outings that we can do together.  Bowling and dance lessons are the 2 that I'd like to do, but I don't think my husband can do that any more with his limitations.

Between last night's greasy, salty dinner and today's brunch, I am craving fresh vegetables.  I plan on having a bunch for either 3pm snack or at dinner.  Brunch is sitting kind of heavy right now, but took 2 Tums, which I hope will help.  I'm doing laundry now and have to get started on decorating my ugly Christmas sweater for Friday's party.

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost and already at goal!

graindart on 12/08/2018:
Glad to see the weigh-in didn't shoot up a bunch. That's always my fear.......being "good" 95% of the time and having the scale slap my across the face for all my effort.

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
Keen observation - thank you! I have to remember, with these diversions from my usual meals and activities, that a gain of 1-2 pounds is still maintenance.

Yesterday, I didn't do as much activity as I might on a Saturday, either, and in the evening, I was like, You know, that's OK. I was still pretty active.

Like a higher calorie day on Friday, Friday and Saturday were lower activity days. Still active - just not as much.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
Hi there Mrs. Claus! haha, i'm thinking of the holiday photos from yesterday ;)

I think it makes sense to weigh in more if you do the resistance training...as after you work the muscles, they become fuller and inflamed as the little tears you make in them while lifting weights are working to form more muscle...and maybe you are holding some water in the muscles?

well, it's wonderful you can even hold this new kitty! happy congratulations on your new adpotee in your home! how awesome! it's so nutty when you make a new adoption...they are usually so scared. you know it takes awhile for the animal to adjust to it's new home :)

You can always drop him off at the chair yoga and then pick him up...can you do another errand while he's there? a supermarket nearby?

your husband looked great in the photos :) i hope you can do a couple more events. Maybe your husband can come for the bowling, even if he doesn't bowl.

i cannot wait to see your Ugly sweater...good idea to decorate it yourself....duh...i shall remember that for the next Ugly Sweater party i ever attend! lol

Donkey on 12/09/2018:
I think that if I dropped my husband off at yoga, that he would just elect not to go. He's kind of funny about doing social things alone. Not that he couldn't, but just that he wouldn't.

I took the easy way out with the Ugly Sweater. When it came down to it, minimal effort was the deciding factor. Duct tape is my friend.

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happy-1 - Saturday Dec 08, 2018
(Change everything every minute. All things thru C)
Weight: 216.3

Have a case of cranky today. Just up a couple of pounds and didn’t get enough done this week and missed yoga last night because I was dehydrated and yoga today because I wasn’t getting moving fast enough. Also my hair isn’t falling into place like it was when I got it cut a month ago and my clothes feel messy. 

So just need to shake it off and walk my dog. Make things better. Work harder.

This was good on realigning when you are feeling overwhelmed... https://www.thecultivatedcareer.com/blog/overwhelmed-seven-strategies-to-help-you-realign

Progress as of today: 100.7 lbs lost so far, only 10.3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
The link was helpful!

Some days are just more cranky than others... Sometimes you can rescue the day, sometimes it's better to go to bed early.

graindart on 12/08/2018:
My lack of sleep last night has made me more irritable with any family interaction today. I probably should've taken a nap today, but always feel like I'm wasting time by sleeping during the day.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
YES....shake it off! who sings that song, Taylor Swift!?

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horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 07, 2018
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Happy Friday! December 7 we are up to...still pretty early this Holiday Month!

Kombucha and seltzer with stevia...extra liquids at home 50 cal...did the trick

Breakfast: Starbucks Egg White Spinach Wrap 300, coffee 50, few of my dark choc raisinets 100

Snacks: office keurig hot green tea with stevia, dark choc covered raisins 100

Protein cookies - not great, will not buy again 200...we shall see...i will be snacking hardcore today...anything to get me thru this day and back home to bed tonight.

1pm Lunch: buying it at the buffet...will load up on veggies. hungry day already...different types of veggies, light dressing, 250, 2 very small fried potstickers 150, seared tuna steak 250. 650. 

Snacking, so tired so done but got a bit of walking at lunch and was asked to do another errand, so, i'll be trying to stay till at least 6:30...at least 1.5hours OT today...i can do this!...so far part of brownie and clementine 100, later a coffee 50, maybe more brownie later 100

worked ot 2 hours till 7pm!

1700, all healthy....popcorn and micro small lasagna 550

2250 :)

weekly avg: 2240


Dinner: i have food at home to eat- leftovers are def enough for a couple meals at least at home - just no time to plan to bring meals from home today due to being more busy than usual this week..

Bed will probably happen for a long time ....long sleep i mean...tonight.  and i cannot even wait!

 I will be needing extra snacks along the day today...to get this work done and bc i'm feeling very tired and groggy.


I successfully survived the holiday party last night.  A nice coworker gave a bunch of us a ride home (3 of us living on the same block, 1 out of the way) and himself the driver. So nice...got home by 10pm!...the party was around half hour only away. THANK GOSH it took relatively a short drive to get home at that hour of the night, 9:30pm or so.

All was good, nothing negative at all to say about the party.

Food was good. Had a little of everything. All was tasty.

On to today, FRIDAY, now!

Tonight i'll work only ONE 2 hours OT...as if my ankle is feeling up to it, i want to do some walking like i did on Wednesday eve, on my commute home from the subway. we shall see how i feel later. At lunch, i'll def be going outside to walk also, with a coworker... 


ABOUT LAST NIGHT, only one thing bothers me today: i said hello on my way out to an administrator who is sorta high up on the roster at the company...he said hi and "how is your pop!?"...didn't ask about me how i'm doing even - i don't work with him and i do not believe he even likes my father...he was being political at that moment. ..jerk....just went in for it..for the kill...sorta like saying, you are here bc of him. well, f you to that administrator. :)

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

graindart on 12/07/2018:
Glad the party went smoothly for you.

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
me too...what a good way to end the year :)

innerpeace on 12/07/2018:
Some people are just so self righteous...sounds like my callous, egotistical a$$ talking about my Christmas tree. I'm glad you had a good time.

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
yeah, so thankful it was good. so many times, parties lately for me turned sour...this one was good :)

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
Knocking downa nother hour and a half of OT....you're getting there. Aren't Keurigs amazing????

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2018:
they are...and since i'm now by a water cooler that has the hot and cold knobs, i've decided to just bring in tea bags and make tea all day ;) so nobody sees me walking back and forth all day to that keurig...it's so amazing tho!

the OT was stressful...nobody was there....but it's good i just do it. at least my hours are no longer an early start so i don't need to wake up crazy early anymore. more of a normal wakeup around 6...instead stupid 5am.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Way to go to knock out the OT -- proud of you, girlfriend. Not as easy as it may sound, especially when you're already tired to begin with.

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graindart - Saturday Dec 08, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 179.1

Day 74 completed successfully.

Tired.  Got up way to early after only 2 hours of sleep.  Wanted to research some stuff online and just kept researching.  Don't have anything planned for today, so have the option of going to bed whenever I want.  Rarely take naps, but today might be one of those rare times.

Had friends over last night.  The wife and girls had fun playing games with the other women-folk.  Us men-folk talked building & racing cars.  Which is what prompted my hours of research.  Have been contemplating starting on my 1975-ish Triumph Spitfire.  Haven't quite figured out which direction I'm going with the engine yet.

On to conquer day 75....

Progress as of today: 103.9 lbs lost so far, only 10.1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Love the idea of a hobby to keep you busy! What a cute little car - just the kind Donkey dreams about driving around in - *beep beep*

Do not let potential fatigue get you off track today!!! You may feel like eating more because you are tired. I encourage a nap (or naps) or early bedtime if possible.

graindart on 12/08/2018:
I hadn't thought of the fatigue affecting my food desires until I read your response here, but today has been a harder day for me to stay in control of my food intake. I've been wanting to snack all day. I've kept things under my limit, but it hasn't been as easy as other days.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
Hi Mr. Gains!

So you have an older car that you are refurbishing? very cool!

I also tend to research things especially after chatting with folks and learning from them, but also because sometimes things they say i do not agree with lol and i like to see what the case really is...haha...sometimes.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2018:
i find that when i cannot sleep well, the dieting gets harder....so i hope you are able to rest up!

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innerpeace - Friday Dec 07, 2018

Weight: 315.4

Got the girl and got home about 5:30 - a little later than usual because of the snow and crazy drivers. I cooked probably not the best meal, chicken fried chicken, creamy chicken rice and corn. The girl made a comment about the corn being a starchy vegetable. Yes I know and I shouldn't have served it with rice, but I get tired of green beans all the time the brocolli was spoiled in the refrigerator and I detest frozen brussel sprouts and you don't like carrots and I don't like peas, so...CORN!

She showers and changed her bed sheets and her mom gets her at 8:00.

DH gets home at 10:30 and tells me he has to work all weekend. WTF!! He is OK with this as he thinks they will close his factory down the week of Christmas...maybe! I have annual leave scheduled the week of Chirstmas, so I guess if he works, I will work too and save my leave for another time.

Tree is still not finished...maybe tomorrow.

Baking tomorrow, I have baked for my mom, aunt and two older cousins (like my mom's age) who can't really bake anymore or get around too well for that matter. I box them up and send them for Christmas, they love it and are appreciative of my efforts.

Thinking of making a stew tomorrow.

Anyway...on to the weekend! PEACE! IP


Progress as of today: 6.2 lbs lost so far, only 105.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
Driving in the snow = pure torture indeed! That's something i'm thankful i don't really need to do this year since i take public transportation. i hardly drive except on weekends which i'm happy with right now!

lol it may be starchy but it's still not the worst. :) it's still a veggie, not man made at least! :) better than corn bread! haha

in terms of if you both are working Christmas week, maybe it's still early...so wait and see what happens...try to keep expectations low if you can?

you are a great chef so i'm sure they must love your gifts :) so nice of you!

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
Driving in th snow is the pits! I don't think that when I was her age I knew corn was a starch.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Have fun baking! I remember every year, as a child, looking forward to receiving Mrs. Lettenberger's Christmas cookies. We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, and this was always very much appreciated.

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graindart - Friday Dec 07, 2018
(Slow and Steady --OR-- Aggressive New Plan ????)
Weight: 179.7

Day 73 completed successfully.

Sigh of relief today as I stepped on the scale and it didn't jump right back into the 180's.  Yes, I know there's no real difference between 179.9 or 180, but seeing one over the other makes me feel better anyways.

Not much happening today unless something comes in within the next few hours.  Not sure what project I'll be concentrating on if regular work doesn't appear.

On to conquer day 74....

Progress as of today: 103.3 lbs lost so far, only 10.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
No NO....there IS A DIFFERENCE in the two #s. One is farther than your goal and one is closer.

I would feel better two, with the lower number closer to a goal!

Same here, i hope for this to be an uneventful day and to just relax here at my desk, doing my work, so i can head into the weekend with an attempt to diminish my stress as much as possible!...so far, so good!

keep on, Conquerer of Gains!

innerpeace on 12/07/2018:
There is a big difference....keep up the great work.

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
So it wasn't a fluke...you are in the 170's........It's a great accomplishment.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Echoing what everyone else has said. You have arrived to 170-land :)

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Donkey - Friday Dec 07, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.5

Trying hard not to dwell on discontentment that work brings me during what should be a pleasant time of year.  Why does it upset me that they are giving my work to my Nice Lady Co-Worker (the one who is 68 yrs old -- me in 20 years)?  As long as I get paid for what I do and have insurance from my boss, why should this bother me so much?  It bothers me because this doesn't follow the protocal.  It's "outside the box" -- "outside the lines".  She's not supposed to be doing ANY real estate.  But then they gave her the files with an agent who didn't want to work with me any more.  OK, that's fine (truly a blessing in disguise). 

But now they're talking about giving her another realtor, who only wants to deal with one person - so that person would be Nice Lady, because there is nobody in the office who can see all files from beginning to end.  (I do purchases from beginning to end, but not sales.)  This structure is the way my boss wants it done; other busy law firms have each assistant see their files from beginning to end.  Whatever.  

My husband is like, this is something you can't control, you spoke up, they dismissed your statement, so it is what it is.  And he's RIGHT.  The only thing I can control is how I react.  THIS SHOULD NOT BOTHER ME.  Why would I want MORE work for the same wage?  I shouldn't.   And logically, I don't.  I guess what really bothers me is that they're giving this work to Nice Lady, and that my boss is letting this happen.  

Another unexpected party announced this week.  We will be having an in-office pizza party as we gather to sign the Christmas cards we do for a mass-mailing.  There are like 200 cards to sign that we send out to realtors to wish them happy holidays.  So I can handle this one of 3 ways:

I'm leaning towards #3 as the most polite, least offensive option.

Tonight, my husband and I are going to Chair Yoga, and then grab a dinner at a simple diner. These things are hard to do the night before weigh-in.  

Progress as of today: 62 lbs lost and already at goal!

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
Sometimes it's hard to just climb into someone elses head and know what they are thinking. As long as the pay checks keep rolling in and you show up, keep busy and spend your expected time there...then there isn't much else you can do. Chair yoga sounds like fun.......enjoy your dinner out.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
Will comment on today's entry :)

graindart on 12/07/2018:
I vote option #4 - eat a slice or two of pizza and enjoy it. You're in maintenance, enjoy the occasional treat.

Of course if you've already done that at other times this week, I can see why it might not be a wise choice.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
You know, I didn't even consider option #4. Thank you for pointing this out :)

innerpeace on 12/07/2018:
You have passion about your work and want to see it from beginning to end, to make sure it gets done right? Ownership! most people don't have that and blame someone else or pass the buck. But you are wise to see it is out of your control, so just do what you must do get through the day.

good luck with your lunch choice, I would bring my own salad.

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
You get exactly where I'm coming from. You're right, I just have to remember the logic part - that it doesn't matter - separated from the emotional part.

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
IF it's a blessing in disguise, try not to let it bother you that she's doing that work. She's old anyways, so she's not taking your job....if i were you, i'd totally just go with the flow.

EVERY workplace has a LOT of politics. Including mine. I'm low key worker and under one person in specific, but, if i weren't ...oh, things would bother me SO MUCH MORE! really, i see so many politics and work shifted between people...i advise you to let the things that are OUT of your control pass...really, why dwell if you are being paid and getting your work done - i am in full agreement with your husband. When things are out of your control, it's a waste of your energies to dwell on something not in your power to change. What you should only focus on is how to keep your position and do your work so that you are irreplaceable...get me? and so far, it always seems that is your attitude - which is good..

you can have a slice of pizza or just toppings or WHATEVER IT IS YOU WANT TO DO. Nobody will force you to eat how you don't want to...in this case, the power is all yours. here, you can make a decision and it's fully yours - unlike the other office scenario with nice lady, above.

enjoy what you can...i didn't know you were eating keto only?

you can even bring lots of veggies and everything and have a "side" of part of a slice of pizza just to taste like it was a slice of bread...i have done this at a pizza party a couple times last year when i was in the trailer and every week there was at least one pizza party if not more! here, you can do anything your heart desires and do NOT feel bad about it!

Donkey on 12/08/2018:
I can't really do "whatever it is I want to do" without the consequences of gaining weight - I mean with respect to the pizza! (Not my co-worker issue - LOL!)

I'm doing a modified keto, actually. If I want a banana or beans, I let myself because I think that nutritionally, that's better than chocolate or chips.

Maybe I misread your remark, that what you are really saying that is if I want to have vegetables or my own salad, go for it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2018:
yes the latter - if you wanna be healthy, nobody's stopping you at the upcoming work lunch :-P

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BearCountryGG - Friday Dec 07, 2018
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and WW)
Weight: 0.0

Looking at a busy day here today.......lots to do....and basically it will run through the holidays.....I've been prepping food ahead for the next couple of weeks to make things easier...so lots of repeats of recent meals.... probably won't be posting pics  unless i make something more interesting....I really don't like repeating meals and posting them...LOL.......I'm also trying to up my daily cals a bit......and just  want to enjoy the holidays...........since we are now only a couple of weeks away from Christmas. 

I'm giving lots of thought to some new changes for the new year.....still ignoring the scales in favor of rather or not I fit into specific clothes....getting there.......and then looking forward to staying there.....I'm guess that when my WW contract ends ( around April )...I won't need to renew it.......especially since I am also counting calories along with ww points...probably won't need both anymore. 


Donkey on 12/07/2018:
Me, I'm delaying things as long as possible - LOL! We did discuss a Christmas Day dinner, but not sure I can remember all of it: Italian beef sandwiches, raw vegetable tray with hummus, some kind of fruit salad -- I think I will thaw out bags of frozen berries and use that, soup made in the crockpot (probably cream-based, probably with potatoes), maybe one more vegetable side dish.

The first time I lost weight as an adult, I used clothes to measure my progress. I went on an 8 month hiatus from the scale, from New Years Day to my birthday at the end of July. Just did the right things: portion control, extra activity, walking. That weight stayed off until Baby #1.

But I highly encourage this approach -- it's kind of exciting, not knowing, as long as you can stick to your plan.

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
Your menu sounds really good!!!! I find the scale kind of disturbing....any time it goes up a touch...I find that the dissappointment can cause a food fit...LOL.....The clothes are much more easy to deal with......I'm liking that a lot better......I'm sure that once I do fit in them...I will probably donate almost all of them...because they are quite old......but I will wear them until I replace them. More than likely they won't fit in the same way they fit before.......but I can accept that....I'm glad to know I'm not the first one to avoid the scales!

graindart on 12/07/2018:
The vast majority of my meals are daily repeats. It is boring and I don't enjoy it, since prior to this I'd rarely ever eat the same foods back to back. But it does make it easier for me to stay on-track at this stage. Eating the same thing over and over gives me little desire to over-eat it. Definitely looking forward to greater variation once to goal and maintenance.

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
Anything that takes the fun out of meals works.....kind of a bummer but it does work.

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
pizza last night is amazing. :)

yeah, i get you - i'm not a fan either of repeating meal photos! :)

BearCountryGG on 12/07/2018:
Yup...no need to do that.

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