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Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Lots of trees / branches down from storm Isaias. Luckily, i am totally ok as is all the apartments in my complex. Nobody lost power here bc our lines are underground.  :)  Others in nearby areas were not as lucky. But no flooding, just high winds with this storm in my area.

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9:30am Breakfast:  cereal 150, banana 120, almond milk 30. 300. kombucha 80 tops. 400.

Took an hour walk throughout neighborhood after breakfast and this is my goal right now - while i'm not working - to do active physical activities in the AM before a good bulk of the day has gone by! :)

snack: just kombucha, above.

noon lunch: tbd. flatbread with turkey 250, some eggplant spread 30, cheese 120. 400.

3pm-4pm snacky, sleepy, doing my work finally again today for paralegal course - doing two things  mixed seltzer / cranberry juice / coconut water 100, 2 kiwis 100, spiked drink 100. 300 half a sausage from what i cooked up. 100

4:45pm mousse whipped yoplait yogurt cherry cheesecake 150cal before weights exercise

1350

 

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glad i cooked yesterday, the German cabbage & apples came out pretty well but I think next time i'll add some golden raisins to it to make it even sweeter / perfect...it was very good, but not perfect recipe yet.

Today, i'm DEFINITELY cooking some chicken pineapple sausages DONE! i have in the fridge as well as the cauliflower fried rice :)

There's no need for takeout right now, if i cook :)

- fixing my memo #2 assignment DONE!

 - edited my resume DONE!

- started an excel sheet that will include job interviews i have and will go on for 2020 since pandemic started...(went on 2...also had a couple phone conversations/interviews that i need to keep track of..) - to finish tomorrow...

- and then learning how to use Westlaw online website.

- upper body weights I plan to do in the afternoon, later afternoon, possibly 4pm, but not sure - maybe around 5? yes! doing it!!!

 

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
If you have leftovers of the apple cabbage dish you could still add some raisins......just soak some in hot water and when they are plump add them to the apple cabbage dish. Good idea getting in the exercise early....then you don't have to think about it all day.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
gosh darn it...i may have to go back to the supermarket before i finish this cabbage apple dish! what a good idea to STILL ADD the yellow raisins...you are soooo right!

yeah, i am becoming TOO lazy and will be making sure to go out early to get some cardio in early these couple weeks right now.


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
(None)
Weight: 130.0

Bright sunny day....slept well......I found out I sleep even better with a fan on...something about the sound and the movement of air.

One thing I know about myself...I feel better and have more energy when i haven't eaten....when I eat...It just bogs me down and saps my energy.......thinking back...I've always been that way....all the slim years I was never a breakfast eater and in fact food was something I focused on for D and the kids...for myself....there was really a lack of interest......no weight problems then.......and in realizing that when a big stress occurred I did turn to food...Life with a foster/adopted girl that was psychotic and dangerous......that stress eating became a habit....a habit that was hard to break......in intuitive eating.....I regained the memory of how I need to listen to what my body wants.....and intermittant fasting came to mind.................basically I did that for the first 40 years of my life without having a name for it....ate when hungry and had energy.........eating saps my energy......so I'm going back to my old habits today because I need to keep the energy in my life. 

My plan is to eat at noon and 4 P.M. and have nothing but water, coffee and tea the other 20 hours........over the years with the press pushing 3 meals and 2 snacks, or 6 small meals...or 3 meals a day...or memories of my Mom pushing me to eat meals especially breakfast when I had no interest in eating at all and then years of WW rewarding eating 3 meals a day with gifts...blurred my natural instincts...that I have always known were there...I wake up full of energy...and then would eat breakfast out of habit or duty or stress or reward and get tired/lazy/lack of energy.  I had energy 30 minutes before....but it was gone after eating.....................

At this point I've been up for 5 hours and only had coffee and tea...and I feel GREAT!!!!!!

Following my instincts to a greater degree than I have in 30 years.........Intermittant Fasting it is......and it feels like old home week....I don't need to do it for weight loss anymore...now I need to do it for energy...and I feel like I can get a lot done today...I always did like the feeling of an empty stomach...food has always bogged me down......intermittant fasting along with intuitive eating is something I haven't done in 30 years...they just actually have names now...but was something that I did way back then naturally.  Feels like old home week and I like that.....

coffee

lemon ginger tea

water

Meal #1 was a small amt of chicken and vegetables, mashed potatoes and 2 small biscuits...dessert was blueberries.

Meal #2 was steak, mexican beans and rice, roasted cauliflower and coffee

This came so naturally today...I LOVE IT!!!    I can see this becomming the way I continue to eat.....just like the old days.  Didn't count calories...but I will after a few days just to make sure it's enough....techinically...I'm at an okay weight right now.......this may cause a loss and that would be fine to a point...but not too much.  According to the range for my height...I should be between 115 and 130......I do have a small bone structure...so will just have to see...but I did this more for energy than anything.

 

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

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grannyannie - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

 Fell off my bike Monday night and whacked my side/back with handlebar before landing on sidewalk.  Ouch!

Went to hospital yesterday morning.  Didn't need xray. Got pain pills but they make me queasy and tired. And still in agony.

No appetite. Helluva way to lose weight!

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
((HUGS))...Now that sounds painful...and you and legs are having the same kind of bike rides...... Hope you feel better soon.

grannyannie on 08/05/2020:
Thanks. Worst pain I've ever had.


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legcramps - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, leftover hot dogs, chicken balls, rice and corn on the cob, freezie, coke zero. 1,751 calories.

Tuesday's exercise - REST.

Finally, a true rest day. And after that whirlwind of a weekend, I needed it. It was nice to have the Civic Holiday on Monday to give me an extra day off.

Working a shift at the gym tonight; it would be nice to get in some strength stuff afterwards too. Will see what my energy levels are like. No take out tonight; I have plenty of food cooked at home that needs to be eaten by the weekend.

BF and I are trying to plan a bike vacation for a week in September. We want to go into the mountains and do some biking there, and also get some hikes in. We have some favorite places in the mountains i'd love to go visit as long as it isn't too busy with people. 

 

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
Sounds like you are feeling better.....


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happy-1 - Tuesday Aug 04, 2020
(Week 0: Get ready for Week 1 to start on Monday)
Weight: 226.7

Breathing through anxiety today so that I can stick to my plan and get the things done that I need to get done. That yoga class I bailed on last night would be useful right now. Trigger is conflict with my dad last night (over my avoidance of folding and putting away his laundry and leaving it for the caregiver instead) and this morning (because neighbor's mail was misdeliverd to us and I gave it back to them instead of keeping it and reading it and NOT giving it to them). It's just a lot of unnecessary drama that steals time, effort, energy, and resources and keeps me trapped here.

But the Factor75 meals are coming today and that feels like a foothold of hope. 

Breathing.

More breathing.

Goals for today are to tackle dad business while I wait for the Factor75 delivery from Fedex. If it takes a long time to arrive, I will tackle the patio and take a whack at the microwave. If it comes early afternoon, I will do critical errands and grocery shopping I was supposed to do yesterday. Tomorrow is the 20 min call with the nutrition consultant from Factor75 so it isn't bad to wait on grocery shopping one more day.

For fitness, I will do the fitness test I was supposed to do two days ago.

For relaxation, I will catch up on Noom, the fitness challenge, and the readings I was supposed to do for bible study. I might go find a nice spot to park and truly get away.

 

None of the above happened. Dad had a high anxiety day and chased after me for things every time he saw me. Mostly to put his car on my insurance (which he does not pay for). I was stuck waiting for my giant Fedex delivery so no walking the dog or going around the corner for a breather. I had to ride it out... hungry because I emptied out the fridge and there was were my dad's heart failure meals (special place in hell for the family members who eat those instead of the patient), the high sodium frozen dinners he buys himself when he goes out with the caregiver, and a bunch of his high sodium, highly processed treats. I didn't starve... I have protein bars, almonds, protein powder, and apples... but when you got up at 5am and started working, it's lunch and nothing sticks to your ribs, your head, neck and back hurt because you need to build up your strength again, and a crazy old man is hammering on you to register and insure a car all you want to do is sell or donate... Then the Fedex truck goes by and you SEE your package with the Factor75 ribbon by his feet go by and NOT STOP... You need more.

So I dug the company is coming meal out of the freezer... chicken spinach feta sausage, box of spinach, garlic, onion, pasta, high end marinated artichokes, sour cream. I could swear there was white wine somewhere.

Guess mom already hit this point too.

Progress as of today: 90.3 lbs lost so far, only 66.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
Does your Dad drive his car? That was an issue for my Mom as well as my Father in Law......they weren't supposed to drive...but there sits their car...It was a constant worry that they might just decide to go drive it when they had no business doing that and no license either.


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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Aug 04, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 We've got the storm here today: Isaias.  It's really not the hard to say if you break the syllables up: IS-A-I-AS.   I hope Maria is ok, i heard it was in the Carolinas last night.

I'm home most of today, going to step on the Stepper and then head onto my site (please viist!!!) foodfriends.shop and leave me a comment or two!  it's all free, just a blog online for my project management class :)

i will be replying TODAY! last night i ended up doing work and didn't get to go on my site after doing some more extra credit hw for my paralegal class. the project management class has been far easier, actually, than the paralegal course. I may study to take the project managment national exam - it is very hard and costs around $500!

Planning to cook, using slow cooker!, a really nice apple red cabbage german recipe!

also will cook my cauli rice, i think!

a nice day at home, doing domestic things! LOVING IT.

my therapist left the practice so no therapy until i get a new one (GLAD I DON't have therapy today!)

class tonight for project managment from 5-8pm. 

a nice day home!

edit: crazy storm knocked down trees and branches. i hope you all are OK! nothing major but lots of trees and branches are done. the buildings and homes seem ok by me.

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9:30am breakfast: cereal honeycomb 160, almond milk 40, small ripe banana 120, coffee 50, kombucha 50. 420-450.

snack: just kombucha bc it was a late breakfast..

12:30 lunch: leftover really tasty chicken and rice soup with cilantro. so good. large amount with the rice. 400? then a small drink 100.

2pm snack sun chips 200

4pm larger snack: chips, peach, gummies 300

9pm dinner: i made the sweet and sour German cabbage and apple recipe. very nice. had a good bowl of it for dinner 200 and many pita chips 300.

1950-2000. 

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Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2020:
Sounds like you are as busy now as when you were working.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2020:
it's a more fun busy, i'll tell you that. and the day is more flexible - like i can exercise late and sleep in...or i can exercise in the AM...

what i love most is NOT getting up at the crack of dawn! ha!....but there will be a day that this will end for me :) it's been really, really nice being home overall!


Maria7 on 08/04/2020:
Thank you for thinking of us concerning the storm Isaias, HOP. We are okay, thank the Lord, and hoping you and your loved ones are, too.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
yes, we are all safe although my parents have lost power still...they were able to borrow a generator! :)


bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
I saw the pics of FB of your areas damage...scary!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
yes, that's how ALL of queens and Long island and a lot of the areas like brooklyn, bronx, staten island look! manhattan did better since they have power lines underground so they didn't lose power like these other areas!

luckily my area is doing a bit better than the others, i think.


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legcramps - Tuesday Aug 04, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Friday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, ginger beef with rice, protein bar, chicken breast with rice and salad, slushie. 1,621 calories.

Friday's exercise - 10,000 steps walking during breaks at work.

Saturday's meals - bagel belt, coffee with almond milk, 1/2 order of burger and fries, Coke Zero, Doritos. 1,813 calories.

Saturday's exercise - mountain bike 33km, 3 hours, 30 minutes. 1,752 calories burned!

Sunday's meals - toast with pb and banana, coffee with milk, chicken burger and fries, Diet Pepsi, beaver tail, hot chocolate, cheese stick, pizza one slice. 2,392 calories!

Sunday's exercise - mountain bike 42.5km, 4 hours, 15 minutes. 2,569 calories burned!!

Monday's meals - toast with pb and banana, coffee with creamer, Doritos, cheese stick, leftover burger and fries, Coke Zero, hot dogs with salad, freezie. 1,931 calories.

Monday's exercise - downhill mountain bike, 12km, 1 hour, 45 minutes. 584 calories burned.

Eating over the last few days was certainly nothing to write home about, but it got me through some heavy workouts for sure! This morning I woke up with my period, so I am considering taking a rest day. And when I say rest this time, I mean doing as little as possible! I wanted a rest day on Friday too, but it added up to 10,000 steps so there wasn't really much resting going on.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Your posts are great. They always remind me of what I could be doing if I just tough it out.


bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
Good idea to take a rest day....


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Aug 04, 2020
(None)
Weight: 130.0

Getting this sleeping thing down.........7 to 8 hours is a lot for me...I've for years been a 5 to 6 hour sleeper at night..( with a small nap.)...I have been wanting to stop the daytime naps and this just might do it.....sound sleep......weird dream of finding someones old high school yearbook in a bookstore and wanting to return it to them....LOL.....no idea who it belonged to though.

D fell again yesterday...( it's always odd situations...never when he is just plain walking)......I'm trying to convince him to stop trying to multitask....at this stage in our lives...multitasking just doesn't work...one thing at a time now......we are past the time to do 5 things at once.  1 thing at a time now in order to do it well.  Old age stinks.  The thing that jumps out at me is that...I and he...still have all of the old responsibilities ( except kids)....but our abilities are lessening........is this the stage when people move into apartments......the only way I would ever be able  to get him into an apartment again would be if his mind is completely clouded by dementia........that isn't here yet...although it's beginning.  I have to work hard at paperwork now....I need silence...I need all of the necessary things in front of me...I have to ck and recheck that I've signed things and  entered things correctly in the proper ledgers............I almost went to the bank the other day with a deposit slip that really was for a different bank...caught it at the last minute........old age stinks.  I had to do my Moms paperwork...( but then again she had never done it in her life)...I have always done it...and I'm making mistakes but so far catching them myself.

I have a friend who got a housekeer and and a emergency alert button to wear at 70........I'm 70...and I'm getting why she felt that way now.......

Suddenly.....I do have the urge to simplify..........I also need to stop trying to multitask.....I need to make things easy fro myself.  Clutter needs to go....but where?

 

 

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2020:
like you, i have become a really, REALLY strong sleeper. this has happened due to low stress and being home much, much more since i am not currently employed. i don't mind this extra sleep at all, i value it. I know it will not last forever (g-d willing i go back to work).

i keep forgetting, are you and D the same age? Either way, you both are still relatively young and i am crossing my fingers that you guys stay healthy for a long time to come! I agree about the multitasking. it's easy to have an accident or make a mess: ricky always makes a mess with his coffee when he's driving bc he rushes to do so many things at once! ha!

i'm totally there with you. the time i broke my toe, around a month ago and now so much healed!, i was working too fast without focusing (and not wearing shoes) and that's what did it - too many fast movements without being careful enough (i step inside the cage to get a guinea pig out - and i did it too fast and lost my balance).

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2020:
D is 13 months older than me...and he will be 72 this month...I will be 71 next month.


Maria7 on 08/04/2020:
Wow, I signed in just to comment on your post today after I read what you'd written about thinking of moving into an apartment to make it easier on aging. Hubby and I have been discussing the same thing...i.e. selling out and relocating to a less-responsibilities-apartment...but we agree we are not 'there' yet...What would we do with our cats and chickens? Would we miss going for daily walks around the yards, which are private with their pretty gardens and enjoyable to look at? Cause, with the pandemic, we surely would not want to go outside an apartment and even to sit out on an attached balcony would not guarantee privacy from nearby neighbors...Funny how we all (most of us, that is) make decisions based on where we currently are in life at our current ages, overlooking the fact that as we age, we might need less responsibilities...like not having to upkeep lawns and maintain homes when they need things like new hot water heaters installed or new roofs... Some people do manage to make it work, though...living in their homes all their lives...they manage with the good Lord's help...Also, a lot of people have their homes paid off by the time they reach retirement age, and either don't want to or cannot afford to be renting an apartment after retirement. I know there is a big loss of privacy, living in an apartment cause there are constant ongoing landlord inspections as well as rent raises, and a renter has little say-so on some things. There is also the noise from other apartment renters to consider. It works out real well for some, but not so well for others. A big decision, either way. But, thank the Lord for the roof over our heads, especially these days, wherever we live, a true blessing.

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
I hear you Maria.....we aren't ready either......we have dogs that are outside hounds...they like their lives out in their kennels...D works with them daily....and they love that. He is an outdoors guy...we have had apartments...we ghave had 4 apartments over the years but they were all either transitioning from 1 house to another...or while taking care of my parents and we always had an up north house at the same time too....apartment living is noisy.....the last one where we were in a middle floor...we got noise from top, bottom and side......and the child upstairs unhooked the water from their toilet at 1A.M. and it flooded our apartment and the one below us too...not to mention their own.....( I got up to use the bathroom and stepped into 4 inches of water.....and that was just 6 years ago ( we had this place up here too...but I had to stay downstate to care for my Mom.)......after owning houses...renting seems so temporary....we aren't ready for that again....but at the same time...we struggle now with the upkeep...we will hang in here for awhile longer....but it's getting harder and harder...and we aren't ready to pull the plug yet.


happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Lol... don’t rent an apartment in a slum... you’ll have 3x the work of your own house.

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
No...we don't rent in slums.......we have either been in a complex ( 3 times) or a apartment in a private house.....but when we did have an apartment...it was always taken care of by the the landlord or the company running it. We will stay where we are until we can't take care of it anymore....but having this place paid for makes the burden in that way a lot less than renting.


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happy-1 - Tuesday Aug 04, 2020
(Week 0: Get ready for Week 1 to start on Monday)
Weight: 226.7

 Saw this today Donkey and thought of you... All these things go through my head too... but if you showed me a list of cognitive thought distortions I'd never relate to them.

Progress as of today: 90.3 lbs lost so far, only 66.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/04/2020:
Thank you! I see myself in a lot of these (if not all). I'm especially guilty of #2 and #3. I've worked hard to reframe things cognitively, with some success, but sometimes it does take real effort.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
I think we are both smart women and don’t realize the crap we have running around in our heads because it seems logical... at the time. That’s what friends, beer, and yoga is for, right?

Except it’s quarantine and I don’t drink.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
I think we are both smart women and don’t realize the crap we have running around in our heads because it seems logical... at the time. That’s what friends, beer, and yoga is for, right?

Except it’s quarantine and I don’t drink.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2020:
your post here is wonderful and i'm going to take the time to read it more closely after i exercise today. it's a rainy / stormy day here and i want to be active while i am motivated as i will probably be home most of today :)

like donkey, i can easily identify to these and need to adjust my perspective. thank you!

i honestly think you do a good job with your current stresses and being able to look at what you need to do for you...but of course, adjusting our perspectives can help us more as we do it more :)

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
It’s that or homicide. I’d rather do therapy and play bingo.

Who else forgot how much fun bingo can be?


Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2020:
thank you for stopping by happy to my site, i saw your comment and will reply later today on it! great questions, excellent post! i knew you would have some great things to share!!!! :)

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Wix is a fun way to build a site! No wonder you got so into it. Kind of like the adult version of Legos.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
yes Happy, Wix in your comparison to an adult version of Legos is just that ;)


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happy-1 - Monday Aug 03, 2020
(Week 0: Get ready for Week 1 to start on Monday)
Weight: 226.7

Down another pound. Still 13lbs above my plateau from 2018 of 213, but a lot better than this year's high of 235.

Tried to do errands for myself today, but ended up doing dad stuff instead. Have more of it to do tonight. Couldn't even get to the grocery store for myself today.

Tried to do 6pm yoga but I couldn't get into it. Turns out I was too hungry to do yoga and couldn't feel it.

Bible study tonight, but I'm super restless.

Caregiver was here today. I could have taken a bath. It's all I can think about.

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Laptop is fritzing out... Do I pioritize getting the backup drive out of storage tomorrow AM before it gets hot, or making calls to the east coast to settle dad business?

 

Progress as of today: 90.3 lbs lost so far, only 66.7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
Totally up on the bath / shower needs! In the summer, i swear it feels like paradise every time i shower!

sorry you were hungry when attempting yoga. i cannot exercise hungry very often either. always snacking during my exercise.

my laptop also needs some kind of reboot / renewals according to the notifications...

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
It’s not just the hunger it’s the temper tantrums and meltdowns that come out of nowhere because I can’t feel how hungry I am on the ADHD meds. I need one of those trackers that measures calories burned.

Oh I so very, very badly want an epsom salt bath.

What’s your favorite bath gel scent?


Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2020:
I think the lavender scent! I have the epsom salts here...i just remembered i was thinking to use them today too!...let's see if i can fit them into my day also! :) even just a 15 min foot soak!


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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Aug 03, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

Good morning all!

I'd like to take a moment to ask you, when you have a little time is all you need, to stop by my site for my class that i made online.  It's def NOT replacing this one, as i love DD and will always use DD as long as it is here for us!

Please log onto foodfriends.shop  and leave your own post or comment.

Please make sure to press "publish" after you write a post or it will not get published. Or press the blue arrow to submit....Once you are on the food friends site, you will be able to make sense of it. 

Please let me know if something isn't working. You can go to my site either on phone or computer. it IS smart phone friendly.  

I'm looking forward to receiving feedback (it's all free) with posts and comments from all of you :) it will help me for the class i'm taking. after these 3 weeks of my class that is left, I will not be encouraging anyone to visit the site anymore.

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LATE breakfast some fresh currants from farmer's market 50, cereal 170, almond milk 30, kombucha 50. 300.

snacks 12-2pm: granola bar and Hershey's kisses 200

3pm lunch nachos 200, eggplant spread 50, flatbread 250, cheese/turkey 50. 550

6pm early dinner: rest of the sandwich above that i didn't finish...then pretzels, 3 servings worth bc i finished the bag 350, veggies 50

chocolate mousse yogurt so good! yopliat whips. 160. nice.

around 1650 total cals & a nice day. short walk in the evening. all my weights / legs exercises. tomorrow is the storm so i'll be probably home again all day both cleaning my closets (well, maybe) and def answering everyone's questions / comments on my site.

 

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I need to make a plan for today:

1- weights in morning, afternoon,  after some relaxing. i got up very late again, almost 12 hours of    sleep. It is OK. I was very active Saturday and my body took a beating. So, i am thankful to be able to sleep so much right now before i am back working...

2- I will also go for a bike ride sometime today...bike ride was light and indoors while on the phone

3- I may drive to a supermarket just for some seltzers and a little more bread / rolls /      wraps...may pick up a few bottles of seltzer when i take a walk tonight with Ricky and stop by the supermarket, possibly.

4- Now that i have finished (basically) the website and realize the class is not as              stressful as i thought, i will be delving back into the WESTLAW practice i am                  supposed to do for the paralegal course, before the second half begins - which is            coming soon in the middle of August!! :) woohoo!  I will start with the Westlaw soon,        possibly today...for the class i'm taking, there's an extra credit we can do.  i did fine on the memo, got an 80, but will just do the extra credit instead of skipping it...planning to do it, TONIGHT :)  we received it today in an email.

5- Also, I have yet to make another cauliflower fried rice...forgot about this! iit would be tasty to make this already, LOL...

6- at the farmstand, bought a red cabbage so i can make my own baked red cabbage - should look up a nice recipe!

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Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/03/2020:
Heading over to your new site now.....

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
wooohoooo! I'll be sure to respond to anything you post or comment on! :) thanks Lady!!!


happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Slick! Not sure where to start.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/04/2020:
please come by to visit, Happy!

you can write about whatever you want, especially in the chat...for instance, you can write about Noom or whatever else your heart desires. not a long post. just a few sentences is fine :) or just comment on what someone else wrote - you always write creative comments here on DD!


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KathyBlue - Monday Aug 03, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hi Girls and Boys!

The hot weather keeps on. The wounds I had on my arms are gone finally, which is great.

The clean eating is going fine, I'm still not eating enough but eating, and no excess at least.... I feel happy and energetic, so I'm not worried. I also feel less slugish and much less tired, which is AWESOME actually. Remember - I don't measure this journey in numbers. I follow my feelings.

 

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
You are doing a great job following how you feel. it's better than just looking at numbers. I am one of those numbers players, but the truth is that it's more than just the number when it comes to your health!

lovely photos. nyc doesn't get so pretty like this!


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bearcountrygg - Monday Aug 03, 2020
(None)
Weight: 130.0

Slept really well last night and got up wide awake........

Raining cats and dogs here...and I love it.

Started out by dumping both litter boxes...alwasys a dreaded job but it's done........

unloaded dish washer and reloaded and ran....found a baby spider in a drawer and that's it....drawer emptied and in the DW

Son B called and had a nice chat

took a bathand got dressed

loaded the washer....for the one daily load

checked on things to arrive...none today...so no need to keep clear of the driveway around back...( all delivery trucks circle around there because it's safer than backing out here ( hill).).......and I like to remind D to watch out on the back driveway...he is out there so much of the day....this sends them out our other driveway that is safer.

I found something in my photos on the computer today that I don't like at all..........there were random pictures of my youtube subscriptions in a folder in my photos........they were all just normal pics but the fact that they ended up in my photos is disturbing........I have been using microsoft edge lately...and alot of their blue E's are showing up in my file explorer............so today...after deleting all of the pics...I will also delete all of the blue e's...and go back to using firefox....I loved firefox....no shenanigans there......this is something that just cropped up over the last couple of days....and there is no reason for it that I can see...and I have no reason to want photos from their sites.....I watch them on youtube and other than that...no need.  Obviously things are changing and it is making using a computer more and more dangerous.

breakfast = coffee and beef and cheese on a whole grain roll

Lunch = baked cod, mashed potatoes, rice a roni, blueberries

 

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
i'd rather clean my guinea pig cage than wash my own shower! hahaha dreaded cleaning chores indeed...possibly you'd rather empty the litter boxes than clean your bathroom too!?

yeah, it's interesting how these internet programs get your data!

bearcountrygg on 08/03/2020:
I don't like cleaning the bathroom either...LOL


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grannyannie - Monday Aug 03, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Not weighing myself but leaving the last weigh in on here to remind me what I don't want to weigh.

Yesterday we didn't have our gardent party - weather turned bad.  Can't trust BBC to give an accurate forecast!  Eating wasn't bad, did 40 minutes on exercise bike. Had beer later.

Going through withdrawal not having any snacks in the house at all for evening. So I've ordered 2 cases of single packs of popcorn (already popped, lightlly salted, no butter).  I don't feel any guilt eating these as they are 87 cals a pack. 

Today will be garden party I hope. One couple we get together with still works (from home) and they are off today because it's a Bank Holiday.  The other couple are also retired. 

Doing my click and collect at the supermarket this morning. 10 am as usual. Easy.  Then tomorrow go into the store and pick up the rest which isn't a lot. 

Menu: 

Our road which is great for power walking and cycling.

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
Have fun at your garden party. Isn’t it interesting how important these events are now that we have had to restrict our interactions?

grannyannie on 08/03/2020:
Thanks!. Very important to get together since we can't even do it weekly due to good ole Scottish rain. We used to always take turns doing a dinner at each others houses and of course now we can't.


bearcountrygg on 08/03/2020:
Good for you figuring out a way to lose wt but be happy at the same time......popcorn mini bags are not evil......they make the process easier...I love the little prepackaged things too....( not that I don'ts sometimes grab 2)...LOL...but it's a lot better than having a whole bowl of something sitting there.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
whoa, love your road and wish to have one here! :) but, luckily, i've been going on trips where there are similar roads to ride on with views sort of like yours! i love the mountains in the distance.

smart on the small bags of popped popcorn - convenient. convenience helps me greatly when i'm needing a snack. that's why i keep my low sugar gummies around for now.


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Mayelle17 - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(No Sugar/Flour diet)
Weight: 0.0

 I have been dieting up then after a couple months I am bored with the rabbit food and the restrictions.  Once I eat anything off this particular food plan my sponsor makes me start over.  Then I feel like a failure.  I at least want off this cycle.  I need help.  This group tells me that I won't be able to lose weight if I leave their particular program.  I hate the program and it's restrictions.  After 24 years of this 12 step recovery group I am willing to try something new.

grannyannie on 08/03/2020:
We know how you feel. Everyone here follows what is best for them and changes if that doesn't work. We are here to support each other. Welcome and good luck. We all know it's hard but that we can do it!


happy-1 on 08/03/2020:
Are you in OA?


thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
Although I haven’t been successful on WW , it is a healthy approach to weight loss. I’m interested in which program you are in.


bearcountrygg on 08/03/2020:
Sounds like that group is using scare tactics.....after 24 years...that's a long time to be under their thumb.....we are a group that finds what is working for us individually and then we all do that with encouragement from each other....no beating each other up around here...just help along the way.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
Welcome! the best part of this site is there is no diet plan to follow and we all are here to offer tips and help to each other but don't expect anyone here to change their diet or use our diets. we are here to work together to learn what is best for each individual one of us! like Grannyannie said above!


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happy-1 - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(Week 0: Get ready for Week 1 to start on Monday)
Weight: 228.4

Today is my first day up and moving around without pain. Clean eating and yoga are already helping.

Tomorrow starts week 1 of my 6 week push. Focusing on removing obstacles.

Yesterday it was pantry box sorting and kitchen cleanup. Today it is testing the igniter in the gas oven and cleaning out the guts of the microwave... which has turned into "Where did I put the bit driver?", which has turned into "I need to sort all the hardware I pulled out of the garage to see if there is another bit driver and a small wrench." UGH.

Taking a break, logging here. I tried to finish my Spoonacular meal plan, but couldn't figure out how to stay under 2300 mg of sodium... Factor75 gives you one free 20 minute call with a nutritionist, so I booked an appointment for Thursday, sent them my problem and my nutritional guidelines, and we will see how it goes.

Goals for this week are:

Progress as of today: 88.6 lbs lost so far, only 68.4 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
Are you happy with the Noom program?

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
I am because it is a very cheap way to go back through everything I learned in the non traditional occupational therapy lifestyle redesign I attended after breaking my neck c1-c3. But I think I get more out of it because someone sat there and helped my knock some sense into my head.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
I'm so glad you are feeling better. I have had some pain from extra cardio walking i've been doing :) so luckily one thing that helps me currently is being able to sleep in for long periods of time allowing my body to heal up (i think!!)

let us know what happens with nutritionist and if you are able to make it under 23000mg sodium - this would be interesting for me to hear about!

love your pushups challenge. today i am focused back on some weights exercises.


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

late breakfast: honeycomb cereal 150, light granola cereal 100, almond milk 50. some kombucha 50. 350.

lunch (which i split into both lunch and a snack around 4pm) roll 300, eggplant spread 100, half a balsamic grilled chicken breast (small side) 250, later i had some chocolates 100 and a spiked seltzer 100...850 overall

6pm gummies 200

7:30pm it's time to do weights, fast, before a little more food for today :)

7:45pm dinner: flatbread 250, some chicken not much 200? 450 total.

1850, bed early tonight, weights tomorrow. no worries. would rather rest up...more yeah - body a little tired from yesterday's very active day ;)

 

 

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I went out with Ricky in late morning doing a few errands, now at home going to do laundry before i do an early evening weights workout.

We went earlier to the farmer's market where i picked up some fresh veggies and a smaller amount of fruit (should have bought more fruit!)...really i may just run to the supermarket tomorrow or the next day for some seltzer / more fruit / more bread....but it's not too urgent, actually :) I still have some cheese, meets at home to last me!

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eager to lift weights tonight & not skip as i'm not busy and it's perfect to get a session in today in order to start the week out right and so i can go out tomorrow morning for some biking!

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/02/2020:
I miss the farmers market......the amish used to have them here on saturdays but I don't think they are doing that this year.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
it's getting good now that we're into the middle of summer. they have more options to buy - still they don't bring berries to the market, strangely.


thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
Love farmers markets.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
me 2!


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(None)
Weight: 130.0

Slept like a log last night and totally feel rested from 10:30 to 6.  Up and ready to get moving...1 load laundry done and other odds and ends. 

Breakfast was coffee, toast with peanut butter and honey and then yogurt.

Really do need to see if there are any more smaller clothes in the bins/cabinet.....that I would wear......could use some things that are a bit smaller....( I cannot stand baggy pants)....baggy tops...love them...but pants I can't deal with.   I wish there was a place open now around here to donate the things I will never wear again.  Did find some old work out clothes the other day made by GAIAM........NOPE...will never wear them again...LOL.......those days are over.......there are some things that I just draw the line at now...........I did find a bin the other day with short shorts and bell bottoms...LOL.......some things just need to either get burned or go in the garbage can.  I even had a pair of wide bells...in canary yellow no less...what was I thinking?  But then I look back at old photos and I dressed my poor boys in striped pants and turtle necks...............oldest son went off to kindergarden on the first day of school wearing white pants with the words Winnie the pooh all over them in navy blue.  Those were the days.......makes me want to get out the old photos again.......back when we thought we were cool........yet....so not cool.  I have a bad scar on the back of my thigh that happened when I was 1........so it's been there as long as I can remember...kind of like something that others may work to hide...but because it has been there basically my whole life...I never think about it...yet to my surprise...others do notice it and ask what happened.......I recall wearing short skirts/dresses with nylons back in the day..apparently so short that others would occassionally mention that I had a run in my nylons....NOPE...it was the scar.....now I look back and think....I cannot believe that I wore skirts so short that the scar showed...........

Some of these things should never be worn....then and now...LOL

Maybe for halloween costumes. 

morning snack was a quest bar and diet vernors

Lunch was baked cod, rice, tomatoes and peppers, toasted english muffin and mixed berries

 Dinner was a philly cheese steak sandwich and a mini pk of a quaker granola bite thing

Progress as of today: 125.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2020:
it's great that you were never embarrassed of the scar and that you wore what you liked! i wore bell bottoms as well, in the 90's.

your breakfast sounds good...yogurt as well as toast with pb and honey. i'm enjoying honey as of late.

bearcountrygg on 08/02/2020:
I've been craving honey for a couple of weeks now......otherwise...I can go years without it. Actually the only times I ever think about the scar is when someone else mentions it...or...back in the day when we had leather car seats and no air conditioners....and i would get in the car and the scar would stick to the car seat and literally double over on its self...that was a weird feeling.......otherwise I guess it is kind of like a birthmark...always been there so it's just part of me.


Maria7 on 08/02/2020:
Yes, I do recall the bell bottoms' days. I even sewed extra material into my bell bottoms pants to make them even wider. I wore mine while roller-skating at the skating rinks, which was 'my thing' when I was a teenager. Also, I remember ironing clothes...does anyone actually ever do that anymore? Those were the days of listening to the Mamas and the Papas sing Monday, Monday and I made my dresses to wear to school because back then, girls were forced to wear dresses or skirts as no pants wearing at school was allowed...yes, it was public school, not private. The world as we knew it was much different back then from what it is nowadays.

bearcountrygg on 08/02/2020:
I spent my time roller skating too.....my favorite thing to do back then...and continued skating with my kids for years too. I do remember ironing...I ironed everything...hours of it...we have an iron...but I haven't used it in years. Don't miss that at all. Loved the mamas and the papas....and we too had to wear dresses to school. I also wore dress shoes even in the winter...nothing like bare legs and little leather dress flats walking to the bus stop....but we were tough I guess...because we never thought a thing about it.....that was all we knew. Today that would be child abuse. I think it made us a strong generation though.


thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
I even ironed my hair! Fun thinking about styles in the 60’s & 70’s . Clothes that look so silly now but were very cool at the time.

bearcountrygg on 08/03/2020:
Very true...we were stylin then!!!


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Maria7 - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 156.0

    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. John 3:16 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...

Hoping that you all are having a good day.  

Currently, we are expecting Tropical Storm Isaias to arrive here around midnight tomorrow night.  So looking forward to it (NOT!).  Usually we go to a motel to stay during these big storms, as we are under very tall trees, but I told Hubby that I prefer to stay home this time.  We only have one motel in our small town that does not have the best reputation.  Think I'll feel safer here at home, although we have left and stayed there before during hurricanes and were safe there.  So far, the weather reports are that we are in the middle of the 'cone'.  Please keep us in your prayers.  

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/02/2020:
Praying for your safety Maria......With all of the changes right now I don't blame you wanting to stay at home....hopefully it heads out into the water. Will be thinking about you.

Maria7 on 08/02/2020:
Thank you very much.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
hoping that the storm is tamer than others and doesn't affect you, Maria :)

Maria7 on 08/04/2020:
Thank you, HOP. The Lord kept us safe, thank the Lord.


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thinkpositive - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

 

Here's my latest revelation- I can't lose weight and eat Ben & Jerry's ice cream. My husband needs to gain weight so the usual after dinner treat is B & J. Ice ream that I dish out. I was then eating just 2 spoonfuls of ice cream & that seemed ok but then more occasionally I'd scoop myself one - or one & a half small scoops. Disaster! 

I was doing well until I fell into the ice cream dish..... Ok, I can make it right. I keep eliminating food- too many crackers, peanuts, ice cream. 

Any thoughts of what I can substitute for ice cream? Is there a low fat , low sugar iced product that is tasty?  Some typ oe sorbet maybe? I'll check out the freezer section. I can be satisfied with some Greek Yogurt with some blueberries that I microwave with a little maple syrup. But looking for something else.

Happy Sunday all. Instead of going to church I watch the Washington National Cathedral. So beautiful.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2020:
i'd have to agree 100% that B&J's is NOT the way to go. it is just too high calorie and rich to help anyone lose weight :(

I love the Halo Top brand ice creams. They are light ice cream and much lighter than regular in terms of calories. You can eat them and not feel bad or like it's an indulgence! Greek yogurt i love after dinner with possibly stevia mixed in if you want it sweeter.

sorbet is always good.

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
Thanks- forgot about Halo. In the end I should probably find an alternative to ice cream as I have a portion control problem!


bearcountrygg on 08/02/2020:
Band J is something that I never buy.......some people make ice cream from only bananas...I've never made it though....otherwise sugar free fudgesicles (sp) are okay.

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
I did see a recipe for bananas & strawberries.


Maria7 on 08/02/2020:
Ice cream is one of my weaknesses, too. Also, chips.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
but with the halo, if you eat the whole thing, it's not a diet fail :) the calories are very low. i totally get you on finding alternatives - i do this too. and currently i am off my ice cream eating fully! i just haven't wanted it.


happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
I have a portion control issue on the ice cream too. Nutritionist warned me off the Halo ice cream as it is highly processed. Apparently anything like ice cream in the same calorie range is ok if it is less processed because you won't eat as much of it, or crash and burn later and eat more because you had a big sugar spike. Or real frozen yogurt is at least probiotic and you are getting good gut bacteria. I'm supposed to combine greek yogurt and flavorings to make popsicles. I did this year before last and it really helped. This was a good reminder to do that again... dig my popsicle molds out of storage. https://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-greek-yogurt-popsicles/


happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Try Shein over Wish for molds... https://us.shein.com/1pc-Ice-Cream-Mold-p-1284789-cat-1967.html?url_from=adplashkitchen18200605281B_California&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhL7kw8CC6wIVrx6tBh3YUwRhEAQYASABEgIjA_D_BwE


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