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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 I'm having trouble with the story I'm telling as I can't write on my cell phone so after I noticed the mushroom container washed that I just put the cooked food in, I asked wgeee the food was and the aunt says she re salvaged the mushrooms into the pasta dish she made on the stove !  So thank gosh I took some of what I made to the store Bc she used the entire thing I made to mix with pasta, tomato sauce and some cheese!!!!

i was shocked and frustrated she used the full thing and didn't leave me any. But this is the aunt - very mean and angey human being also on vaca and Rosie's house with her daughter till sometime Thursday it seems.

shes just thoughtless...and I a man starting to not give a F about even talking to her. I am nice to her and it causes her to be more rude and step over bounds.

i refuse to buy more food till she leaves.

what she made is actually nice if you like pasta Bc She I think added White bean soup too.

the point is simply She didn't think to ask or say she'd use it?

like you all know, i don't list pasta or even a pasta with veggies as a usual goodnite so Iran just shock when I saw what she turned my food into. 

But I didn't actually buy the veggies - for the particular mushroom dish I made. I made it to use the ingredients specifically Bc they have been in the fridge the whole time and I didnt want them to spoil. So I made what I like and to share only with the nice people - I said nothing to the aunt about it - she watched me slicing a thousand mushrooms though.

I am not angry as I didn't but buy the veggies and it was creative to see how she totally took my stuff and out it it into hers.

the annoying thing is she just assumed it'd be ok to use my work for hers.

 

kombucha  all new brands and flavors here ! 60

 

Banana and coffee 190, orange 100

INoon Lunch my mushroom dish 100? Wrap 60 salami 40 egg70 avocado is 80 350

Snack coffee and a tasty protein bar 250

coffee and cookies 350, chocolate and more real cookie 250

1550...

pool and gym today.

In morning I washed towels and cooked up some veggies rosie had in her fridge before they went to waste. I used garlic which I individually sliced up and then a huge amount of mushrooms that I washed and cut and decided to use the remainder of the spinach before it went bad.

I finished it around 11am and was super happy. I took a little bit to the pool with me around noon to have with a sandwich I made of food I bought.

i sat at pool from 12-1:30.

 

i came back to check on towels which someone took outta dryer and put away.

 

i noticed that my veggie container of all the mushrooms was washed and dried.

 

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

graindart on 01/15/2019:
Have you gone out and ordered an authentic cubano sandwich yet?

horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2019:
I saw a Cuban place on my way to gym - I need advice and thought on the story above


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Interesting how many different kombucha there really are.

horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2019:
Selection is awesome here.

I could use your thoughts on the story above.

It's like she was so happy I went to pool so she could take what i made and use it for herself lol


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
Hope you're having a fabulous day in the sun!

horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2019:
It was mostly 69 so a littl cool but I took some awesome photos at pool and made sure to clean and be neat and make sandwiches and some food for Rosie and Kareem. Took a walk and gym. It's nice to be waking up later and not working and I'm learning life Lessons out here :-)

Can you advice your tjoughtrd on the story with a bias


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Donkey - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Today was so mind-numbing -- the weather, the job, my mood, my physical self (still feels like I'm fighting something, may be hormonally linked) -- even my clothese were grey today.

But I did manage to do some things for myself that were good.  I did the mouthwash thing again after lunch.  Also practiced portion control with the ranch salad dressing for my afternoon vegetables snack.  I don't measure, but it was just a little bit over 1 TBSP.  

One thing that I'm especially proud of happened Monday night.  After I rode my bike, I took off my FitBit.  Got distracted... then did a bunch of walking around the house to clean up before bed. Upstairs, downstairs, upstairs, downstairs, back and forth.  Then when I was upstairs for good, I realized that none of those steps counted because I had left the FitBit in the basement.  UGH!!!  I had a moment where I was quite distraught and discouraged -- mostly discouraged -- but then I realized that the important thing is that I was doing the walking, not whether or not FitBit was counting those steps or not.  So I calmed myself down and took pride in knowing that exercise still counts, even if it's not being counted (by the FitBit).  

I'm hoping to get to bed early tonight.  Not sure if it's the feeling blah, feeling tired, tired of feeling blah, or the blahness of feeling tired.

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

graindart on 01/15/2019:
But you made your weight goal, so everything is supposed to be perfect and easy now.

Obviously just kidding. But that's what we're lead to believe, right? Deep down we know it's not true, but we still hope that it will magically make everything better......

Good job on getting the exercise in and not obsessing about getting FitBit "credit" for doing it.


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
It's nice how the exercise counts rather fitbit knows it or not......fitbit doesn't really need to know.


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BearCountryGG - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 148.4

Good scales this morning...I think I was up at least 4 or 5 times last night.....rings were not loose at all last night...but this morning I can't keep them in place ( they nest together but are not attached to each other.. it is kind of annoying when they keep spinning around....)  If I ever stop holding onto water...i will probably have to get spacers put back in them.......took those off them years ago. 

I think it will be a paperwork day.......things are piling up and now I can't find my life insurance info..so time to get things filed correctly again.

2 cups coffee with coconut creamer

Just Crack an Egg ( surprisingly good, only picked up 2 because I had good coupons but it was better than I expected)

 Smoked sausage

mixed veggies and mini bow tie pasta ( schwans)...I should never have prepared the whole bag at once...this will take a couple more days to use up

toasted english muffin with butter

orange

coconut yogurt

another piece of smoked sausage

terra vegetable chips

quaker sandwich minis pb pomegranate

cappucinno k cup

 

 

Progress as of today: 107.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/15/2019:
I think I weighed around 195-205 lbs when I got married almost 20 years ago. I wore the same ring for about 16-17 years and probably weighed 260-ish for a number of those years. The fat on my fingers just kind of distributed itself everywhere except where the ring kept it from going. Usually required soap / water to take it off and it looked weird when the ring was off, but never felt like it was cutting off my circulation so kept wearing it. My ring was fairly utilitarian, so held up well. The wife's ring was a little more delicate / ornate, so was showing it's age. A few years ago we decided to upgrade her ring and since she was going with a different metal / color, I decided to change mine too. Mine wasn't an "upgrade", because it was much more inexpensive. After that I started to get a little concerned about snagging my ring on something and permanently hurting my finger with some of the hobbies I've taken up. So I moved onto those rubber / silicone rings. Never quite got used to them and finally made the jump to a simple tattoo band about a year or so ago. Have never been the "tattoo-type", but now I consider it probably the best $70 I've ever spent. Probably would look silly on a girl, but works well for a manly-man that doesn't care about aesthetics. It is a thin enough tattoo that if I wanted to dress-up, a normal ring could cover it.

Definitely not suggesting you should get a tattoo, just bored and thought I'd post a little......

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
My husband did also switch to a silicone band...my cousin was in Vietnam and jumped off a truck and caught his ring on something and it ripped his finger off...they can be dangerous. My ring still always fit...even with all of the weight I had put on...my fingers never seemed to get fat.....but my knuckles did get bigger...I have to wonder if I will actually ever be able to get them off....I know i can't right now. When we got married I fit in a 5 1/2 ring but my Mom convinced me to get a 6 1/2 and Im now glad I did.....a tattoo is an interesting thought......


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
My engagement ring is especially loose now. It spins around between my palm and my wedding ring. If I wore it on the outside of my wedding band, I would lose it.

When my husband was in the Marines, his high school class ring got caught on something just as he was about to fall into the ocean off of a carrier. He lost the ring, but it saved his life.

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Wow.....it saved his life...that is an interesting take on rings....it usually goes the other way.


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innerpeace - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019

Weight: 315.4

Friday got the girl and went to her orthodontist appointment. We then go to the Disney on Ice - it was ok, probably won't ever go again, they are all pretty much the same. But the girl had fun. She said her mouth was kinda of sore.

Saturday - DH had to work, the girl had a friend over and DH brought home pizza.

Sunday - I did laundry, and cooked dinner (beef and brocolli, teriaki chicken and rice). The girl's mouth was still very sore - more sore than she thought it would be.

Monday - DH and I go shopping - moved stuff from a metal rack, baker's rack and microwave cart into the new cabinets. Here are the new cabinet additions - very happy with them.

BEFORE                                                                        New cabinet (left - added) - current cabinet (right) - color match

 

AFTER (the electrical outlet in the Before picture was moved up to be used on the counter top.

The counter top was measured today and will be installed in two weeks - this granit counter top will also be installed over the existing cabinets as well.

Also spent a good amount of time trying to get the new puppy to understand he has to go outside and potty!!

I call them Fat Man and Little Boy - ok just kidding - Steve (left) - Rocco (right)

I received a message from my boss to come into work for Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday - work

B: cinnamon role

L: chili cheese tots

S: belvita, balanced breaks

D: not sure yet

I have to get the girl tonight - no plans

Forecast is snow, snow, snow this weekend - not looking forward to it.

Have a grea night IP!

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

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
The new cabinets look beautiful....I would never know that they were added later....i'm glad that you found someone who would be dependable after the first jerk left you in the lurch! Are Steve and Rocco grtting along good?


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
Love the cabinets! Do you find yourself going into the kitchen more often, just to admire them?


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legcramps - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; 5 hours, 58 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00;  7 hours, 49 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4   

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30  

SATURDAY - Trip to see family

SUNDAY - Trip to see family


I had a good sleep last night, but still woke up this morning with heavy congestion and coughing fits. But in the grand scheme, I do feel much better.

I didn't make the chicken parm last night; I had a peanut butter sandwich instead and then munched on some chips before bed. I just didn't have the energy to cook (and then clean) after working all day. No biggie. I'll make it up tomorrow.

I have to coach today after work, and this is the first time I can say that I'm not looking forward to it, simply because I feel so lethargic. I'm sure once I get into it, it will be fine. But then, sleep!

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Hope you start feeling better soon.


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graindart - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(Trying to figure it out.)
Weight: 171.7

Yesterday went ok.  No big swings either way.  

The family has used up the majority of the simple / refined carb stuff in the house and have switched to a lower carb approach now. 

Personally I've cut out the grapefruit about a week ago and just ate my last oatmeal packet yesterday.  Still have about 12 more packets of my microwave popcorn left.  The wife and girls occasionally eat it, so I'm guessing it will be gone by the end of the week.  Not enjoying the lower carb push right now, but will continue as long as the wife wants to experiment.  While I don't enjoy it as much, low-carb eating is usually pretty good at helping me lower the scale number.  It's not due to the "magic" of low-carb eating, but rather due to my losing interest in the foods I tend to eat while on that type of plan.  The only exception to that might be cheese.  I can over-eat cheese as long as there are some interesting choices in the house.  Because of that, haven't been buying the types of cheeses that I tend to enjoy the most (blue cheese, 18 month aged gouda).

So today is just more of the same.  

Wish I could get interested in weight lifting / muscle building again.  But "wishing" is as far as I'm motivated to go right now.  I'm watching my youngest daughter slowly get better at her walk-overs and walking on her hands.  She keeps practicing almost nightly and is seeing slow progress.  I'm reminded that if I would just start something small now, it would reap tangible benefits by summer-time.  But then I go back to deciding that it's just not something I feel like doing right now......

 

Progress as of today: 111.3 lbs lost so far, only 11.8 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Having boring food around is definately one way to cut down the consumption....whatever works will be worth it in the long run.


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
I was worried about grapefruit not being approved by keto. Someone on a low-carb list that I belong to mentioned, "you didn't get fat on grapefruit" -- I was so grateful for her comment. Just sharing a story - I don't mean to imply any similarities here.

I had to laugh at work, when I read your entry -- you feel the same way about weight training that I feel about yoga. I mean, I really want to be into it, love it, dig it, do it --- sounds good as a goal, never goes anywhere - LOL!

graindart on 01/15/2019:
I agree about the grapefruit. I'm not cutting it out because I think it'll help with weightloss or because I have a problem with controlling portions of it. (It's probably my favorite 80 calories of the day.) Just trying to get rid of as many sugar options as possible from the house while the wife is interested in trying a low-carb approach. Highly doubt that it'll last more than a week or two from now. I can pretty much guarantee that we'll be stuffing our faces with candy / carbs during the Super Bowl party on Feb 3rd.

The first bit of advice I read most places for successful fat-loss is to build muscle (including from HOP). I've read it so many times, but still don't want to commit the time to it. I've seen it transform my best friend's whole body image, but still don't want to do it.


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Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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

 

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Good morning to you.

  Cold morning here. 

 Calories were about 1700 yesterday.  

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Busy day yesterday and another one today....Bluejays are out back...So pretty!

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Hope you are having a good day.  Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/15/2019:
Colder here this morning too. After the past few weeks of above-freezing mildness, 15 degrees this morning felt bitter cold. Supposed to get snow over the next few days. The change in weather unfortunately just puts me more into my hibernation state of mind......


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Really cold here too...so cold they shut down our little newspaper....roads are a sheet of ice.


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
Keeping that pound off - GOOD FOR YOU!!

10 inches of snow to shovel this weekend is what I'm hearing... Not good...


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
(Oh well, at least I won't be complaining about having nothing to do - right?)


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OhioRaven - Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 207.0

 Dear diary. My weigh in yesterday was the same as last week. 270 lb. I quit eating the junk and am overcompensating on the good stuff I guess. I'm really struggling to find the time to post here I'm trying to do it on Mondays. Still drinking two bottles of water every day. Have been doing a lot of Warehouse walking instead of the treadmill.  I'm waiting for some warmer weather to do some work around the house. Hope everyone has a healthy day!

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
The eggs you mentioned are a great source of protein...that will keep you full longer.


graindart on 01/15/2019:
I know it's a type in your entry (270), but it made me flash back to about a year and a half ago when I did actually weigh that much (283 max April 2017).

So many things affect the scale number (water, salt, bulk fiber, time of day, etc). Stay on track until next week's weigh-in and I'm sure a decent dip in the number will occur.


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
Sounds like you're doing well, even if the scale isn't showing it. Be patient - your hard work will pay off if you stick with it.


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horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 14, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

 Kombucha 150, candies 100

Wrap and salami and avocado egg 350

Orange 100

wrap 100 egg 100 avocado 150 350

gelato 250

Big dinner lots of collard greens 400, green beans and bacon 100, turkey 200

2050, tops 

3day 2050 

 

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

Donkey on 01/14/2019:
Hope you're enjoying the wonderful weather!

Does the warmer weather make it easier not to eat as much?

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Mostly the new environment and healthy options i bought and more sleep is helping.

Of the 3 I just wrote, late wake up and new environment is doing it - little chips or unhealthy things and I've had some great options ..... time for bed soon...everyone here is up till midnight all the time omg


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
They really do have a lot of company...WOW

horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2019:
So already two people left :)

Now it's me, rosie and her hubby, her visiting sister and her visiting aunt and teenage daughter.

Not crowded in house Bc it's roomy with two baths :-) easy. For now I have been sharing the huge king bed with rosie and her husband lol it's a very big bed !!! Hahahaha


OhioRaven on 01/15/2019:
Did you move ? I thought you lived in NYC.

horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2019:
Vaca for two weeks in Florida !!!!!!


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Donkey - Monday Jan 14, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Rather frustrated with myself this morning.  After having "nothing to do" yesterday, of course I thought of a million things I should have done and, thus, really wanted to get them done TODAY -- the only problem being that I had to work today. 

I managed to get most done, in spite of it being a workday.  Right now, I am waiting for my baked eggplant to finish in the oven.  Then I will go downstairs to ride the bike to decompress.

It was *wonderful* going to bed early last night. I  would have gone to *sleep* earlier but stayed up 20 minutes extra trying to get my dumb FitBit to sync with my phone in order to update my stats.  I still got over 8 hours of sleep -- despite the fact that someone had a loud late night snack and then the smoke detector batteries downstairs decided now would be a good time to expire.  

I think I did well food-wise as well.  Had lunch late, so I didn't have to deal with that 1p-2:30p uncertain time, because I was finishing up lunch at around 2:15p.  One thing that I'm going to try next time is swishing my mouth out with minty mouthwash.  I did that one day, and I had no problems.  Killed my craving for munchies for about an hour, maybe even a little longer.  I was also proud of myself today for limiting the amount of ranch salad dressing I used for my raw vegetable snack.  Sometimes I use too much of that.  I'd like to stop doing that.

Hoping for an early bedtime tonight as well!

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
AHHhh I must make more eggplant this year yes yes yes !!!!

Smoke detectors have the most annoying chirps ;)

Can you pour out a certain amount of dressing to use and put the bottle away so you don't overindulge ???

You sound good, stay focused and healthy !!

Donkey on 01/15/2019:
I always put away the bottle, but it doesn't help if I pour too much or if I go back for 2nds. Portion control is definitely needed here.


BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Mouthwash, brush teeth, work well.......I haven't done that to stop eating in a long time but the reminders are good to remember.

Donkey on 01/15/2019:
When I find a "sore spot", I like to have a bag of "tricks" to go to, for a quick fix-it-up. I like the mouthwash better than coffee, because it has no calories. And sometimes I don't really need another cup of coffee.... Oh who am I kidding, I always need another cup of coffee, but I don't always need the calories that go with it.


OhioRaven on 01/15/2019:
I gave up on my fitbit. A sore developed on my wrist. I dont know it it was the rubber strap or what...

Donkey on 01/15/2019:
FitBit was a birthday gift from my daughter, so that's not an option for me at this time.


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BearCountryGG - Monday Jan 14, 2019
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 149.6

I feel like things finally fell into place.....it's gotten so much easier in the last few days......scales today read the same as yesterday only today I was still wearing pajamas.......so it's better...but I'm really not considering that because as of today...I will try to weigh in daily and with pajamas is easier than the previous way.  I'm hoping to remember weighing in...after so many months of rarely doing that...but the scales are out and will stay out now so hopefully that will be all the reminder I need.

Sleeping well and getting enough hours at night that I'm not always wanting an afternoon nap....never even gave a nap a thought yesterday so I want to keep that up.

The old familiar lack of desire for breakfast is here again.........for me...that is always a really good sign.......my body likes where it is and since I'm not currently stressing about anything....i will stay around this weight easily.....I still plan to lose more because i can't wrap my head around this weight...so it will at least make it easier to lose since food can easily be delayed.....I would have liked it a little better if i had made it to 145 first...but that's ok.

I did end up having a tiny snack last night...but it was by choice...I could have easily resisted it.....but I stayed up a little later than planned and I didn't think it would hurt anything.

So....as of today.....while I'm not maintaining yet.......still want to get to 130.....but somewhere between that and 145 will be acceptable...I will weigh in every morning and eat accordingly........not at maintenance yet...but close enough to get started.  Waiting for hunger, listing what I eat, weighing in daily and resisting naps so that I sleep better at night are the goals.....no counting anything foodwise as long as i don't start gaining.

I never seem to remember to add exercise here.....I need to start putting that down here too because i can step up the times on that too if needed.

I also need to remember to take vitamins and record that.

Still sipping my second cup of black coffee

Vitamins

 leftover chicken

ciabatta roll with shaved beef, spray butter

Pasta with mixed veggies

mango yogurt

dried strawberry/blueberry bar

coffee/creamer

Progress as of today: 106.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/14/2019:
Good to hear that things have gotten easier lately for you. I wouldn't say that things have gotten easier for me over the past few days, but I'm definitely feeling much more in control again.

BearCountryGG on 01/14/2019:
It definately does help when it's easier.......I guess I'm lucky in that the food cravings stop for me when I'm at a good weight....until a big stresser happens and then I stress eat...and that is difficult to get control of once it starts......


Donkey on 01/14/2019:
Sounds like you're in a really good place right now, which is great!

Did you make your own pasta with vegetables or something out of a bag?

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
This is something I got from schwans...and I prepared the whole bagg...so we will be eating this for a few days...but I'm working on clearing out the freezer before adding more.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Lately in also saving cals by sleeping more and having later breakfasts !

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
Later breakfasts are a huge help to me.


OhioRaven on 01/15/2019:
Im eating Way Too Much breakfast in the morning. I have hens that lay the biggest eggs in the County.

BearCountryGG on 01/15/2019:
For me, waiting as long as possible to eat breakfasts does help keep the daily food intake down......I think a high protein breakfast is a good thing...but just later.


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legcramps - Monday Jan 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; 5 hours; 58 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00 

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4   

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30  

SATURDAY - Trip to see family

SUNDAY - Trip to see family


Ended up missing work Thursday and when I showed up at work on Friday they just turned me around and sent me home; just beginning to feel better today, although I was up part of the night coughing, which is why I only got about six hours of sleep last night. Spent the weekend just lounging and resting. At least I can stop worrying that my immune system is kicking the can, since this was most certainly the FLU and not just a common cold!

I haven't worked out for a long time, over a week. Feels like a lot longer. It's going to take a couple more workout-free days until i'm feeling ready to tackle it again.

The Hello Fresh meals have been really good; I only have one left to make. BF came and stayed with me for the weekend, so we made two meals while he was here and I had help. So far i've tried shrimp scampi, thyme chicken, and mustard pork chops. They were all very good and I would make them again, with a few changes. The one that's left i'm hoping to make today so that I can freeze some of it, it's chicken parmesan so I think I might have saved the best for last :)

BearCountryGG on 01/14/2019:
We really liked Hello Fresh too......Would definately order those again some day when we use up more of what we have around here. Hope the coughing stops soon...that is the worst!


Donkey on 01/14/2019:
Oh how I hate that night-time coughing. That's when I reach for the whiskey - the cheaper the better. Bet it feels good to start to get back in the swing of things.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Shrimp scampi yum !

You reminded me I have a frozen shrimp meal in my freezer at home and I can't wait to try it !


OhioRaven on 01/15/2019:
Get well soon.


Donkey on 01/15/2019:
I always save the best for last too! I hope you can get over this bug soon - just keep hacking away, getting up all that congestion.


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graindart - Monday Jan 14, 2019
(Trying to figure it out.)
Weight: 171.4

Tummy was uneasy all yesterday, so didn't eat a lot.  Also didn't drink as much as usual.  Couldn't decide if I was going to be sick or not.  Took a couple tylenol at bedtime and woke up today feeling marginally better.  Tummy appears to feel a bit better, but have a small headache.

So yesterday with an uneasy tummy.......  I didn't want to eat because I wasn't feeling well.  But I did want to eat because I like food.  But I didn't want to eat because I felt "full" or I guess bloated.  But I did want to eat because I felt weak.  So even when eating something probably isn't the best course of action, I still want to.....

Still haven't figured out a concrete plan of attack for the near future.  Right now I'm back on my <1500 daily calorie limit.  Figured I needed to just get back into control the past week and returning to something I was familiar with was the easiest way.  Leaning towards a <2000 daily limit as soon as I get into the 160's, with higher allowance on our weekly date night.

 

My goal number for the scale has changed several times over the past couple years.  When I weighed 283, I thought the magic number was 199.  Remembered being in the high 190's and thought it would be a good comfortable number.  Got there and was happy with the accomplishment, but realized that it was a little chunkier than I would prefer.  So thought dropping down to 189 would be the end number.  Did that and it put me in a place kind of in-between normal everyday shirt sizes, so I wasn't exactly happy there.  Didn't know if it was possible, but figured 179 would drop me into the size shirts I wanted and get rid of some of the still present chunk.  Spent several months in the 170's last Spring and it was a good weight for running around, but really didn't want to take my shirt off to go swimming due to some belly fat.  Finally dropped to 169 at the start of this month and looked down to see that my tummy pooch was still there.  So trying to figure out what magic number I will be happy with.  

Each time I dropped another 10 lbs, I thought that was going to be the end of my downward journey.  So when I saw my tummy was still there each time, I had mixed emotions each time.  Happy to meet another goal, but unhappy to realize that the goal number didn't bring me to a place that I totally liked what I saw in the mirror.

Since 169 didn't seem to drop my bodyfat % as much as I'd like, maybe 159 is the magic number?  I don't know.  I also don't know how committed I am to dropping more weight right now.  Just concentrating on getting back into the high 160's for right now.  Maybe get into the high 160's, have a major cheat day at the Super Bowl party, gain 5-7 lbs on the scale, and wake up the next day to start a new push to lower body fat % during the month of February?

Progress as of today: 111.6 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/14/2019:
Things for you are a lot better than they used to be.......so you know you can follow any plan you choose!

graindart on 01/14/2019:
I think the key for maintenance for me is going to be always having some type of plan for eating. Hopefully as time goes by, it'll transform into a relaxed once per week check just to make sure I'm not letting myself go. But for now, it obviously still needs to be a daily thing.


Donkey on 01/14/2019:
^What you just said above, in response to Bear = 100% yes.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
I like the approach into <2000 limit ...

Maybe work on fitness which will reshape your tummy more - the weights will give you a different toned look.

After years of weights I love the changes ! I look NOTHING like I used to.


OhioRaven on 01/15/2019:
Just wanted to say, hey. I have to find some time to log in more often. Have a good ol' day.


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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Midnight lil appetite  Banana 120

breakfast 9am egg and wrap 130 1/4 avocado 70, some salami 50, coffee 50

snack tbd maybe some nice nuts and blueberries 200

11-12 orange 100, wrap 50 ham 150, avocado 50

2pm protein bar very good ! 200 wow !

4pm nuts and a drink 300

 

1500 nice and healthy :-) 

2250 total - good mix!

 

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From later today thru Wednesday there's too many people in the house ! Just gotta deal with 3 annoying days then home free ;) 

i am being a decent guest. Cooked 18 eggs for the week hard boiled for sandwiches, bought good things like lots of avocados and water and some deli meats....toilet paper 

I am doing some sandwich prep for rosie and hubby when they go to work for breakfast 

 and today there's literally no towels left so I'm doing all laundry OR can't shower!!!!Mine and theirs....

But time is ticking so I will soon shower once I have a dry towel! Then I'm off to take a walk with the dog and since it's hot I'll wear shorts and a bathing suit top to get a tan !

 

 

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

Maria7 on 01/13/2019:
I like bananas, too. Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2019:
They are great to relax body for sleep and also when I exercise :-) now I also am going to switch to coconut water for potassium Bc. It's low calories !!


BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
I just got some cocnut water again...not really fond of it....but it's healthy!

horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2019:
I like it a lot :-) more potassium than a banana....wow this laundry is taking forever and I need a darn towel !!


graindart on 01/13/2019:
I miss the ocean. Have never lived near it and probably wouldn't want to, but love visiting.

Sounds like your vacation is actually going to be relaxing for you. Our little vacation getaways are rarely relaxing. I usually treat vacation time as time to cram as much fun stuff into as possible. Although the cruise this past Summer was pretty low-key with no real set schedules.

Good job on maintaining and enjoy the warmth, while the rest of us are freezing our butts off!

horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2019:
Since I am alone and not with a buddy 24/7 like most vacations it makes it easier to enjoy the slow pace and just enjoy the weather :-) and freedom !


graindart on 01/13/2019:
Last beach we were at was in June just after the cruise. Probably best day I've ever had at a beach in my adult life. We timed it so the tide was going out and it was a day where most people were working.

Found tons of different sea shells and I found a black colored sand dollar (have only seen gray before).

Got within about 30 feet of a large mature bald eagle that was just walking around looking in the tide pools. Got lots of photos and video since he didn't appear worried about us being relatively close to him for 2 or 3 minutes.

Walked through lots of clam fields where they were shooting up 3' tall fountains of water (reminded me of Vegas fountains).

Almost got hit by a falling clam shell (seagulls fly them up and drop them trying to break them open).

And some of the best fish & chips I can remember.

Hoping to get to another beach this summer. Hoping to take the wife to Hawaii for our 20th anniversary, but haven't finalized plans yet (should really get that done soon).

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
I hope you do get to Hawaii this year ! That'd be a stimulus to maintain your shape !


Donkey on 01/13/2019:
How nice that you have another week there!

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Nice but seems weird as I might be hanging out with her 16 yr old boy cousin ?!

He lives 3 hours away - this just came up and weird....


BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
The apartment sounds like it quite big in order to sleep that many people.

horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Very spacious- it housed 8 people last night - all family except me :-)

Now 6 tonight until Thursday night 4 left...

Then 5 folks saturday thru Tuesday !

Pretty crazy huh?!


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Donkey - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Not feeling very motivated to do anything today.  Since yesterday, I've been out to shovel 3 times, 2x yesterday and then 1 more time this morning to get rid of what fell overnight.  News says just barely under 2 inches, but from I had to shovel each time, I'm sure we got closer to 3 inches.

I'm feeling those Sunday symptoms again where it's hard to enjoy the day in anticipation of Monday.  However, yesterday, I did some research online and found a whole bunch of YouTube videos for things like Chair Yoga, Sit and Be Fit, etc., that I could do at work.  I hate that I have the front desk, and not a more private office area like EVERYONE ELSE in the office has.  Most folks coming in think I'm the receiptionist, when really, I handle a high load of files.  So I could not do Sit and Be Fit if anyone comes in, or if my boss is around.  However, I am glad that I found these tools to use, perhaps occasionally if nothing else -- that is, if I can *remember* to use these and not fall into the trap of trying to work harder to get ahead and then totally stress out.


EVENING EDIT:  So I did a couple of things to help my anxiety.  I had a high fat/protein snack and I took a nap.  Both of those things helped.  I'm rather proud of myself for the nap.  You see, the new kitty is still rather skittish around me.  (She adores the kids and my husband.)  But she cuddled up next to me and had a nap of her own.  My Fitbit signaled to me that it was time to get up and get in some steps for the hour - 250 steps an hour, for 12 hours, are the parameters I have set up for minimal activity - but I opted to let the hour pass, so that I could continue to sit with Miss Kitty instead.

I am pretty much ready for bed at 6:45p.  I plan to read and go to sleep early.  Maybe I'm coming down with something... 

 

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
OR...you could enjoy today because it IS NOT MONDAY!!!

Donkey on 01/13/2019:
My anxiety doesn't work like that. Nothing to do today... so nothing to enjoy, I guess. I took a nap.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
Naps are great sometimes !!!!!


graindart on 01/14/2019:
Our winter has been weird this year. Got much colder than normal in November, but was a very mild December / January so far. Only used the snow shovel a few times to just clear an inch or two at a time. Haven't even touched the snowblower for the year yet. It's getting my hopes up for a mild February. Typically we get a week or two run in February where the highs are all below zero (without any "windchill" magic calculations). Would love to skip that this year. Less snow so far also has me looking forward to possibly getting an earlier start to dirt-biking this year.


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BearCountryGG - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(Between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day)
Weight: 149.6

Had a good nights sleep....didn't eat last nights apple so had that with coffee this morning......probably will make something a little later for a real breakfast....but good for now. 

Got on the scales and was quite surprised at the number 149.6..........It's been quite awhile and with getting rid of some extra water over the last couple of days....it did surprise me.  Clothes no longer snug...and  need to dig out some smaller clothes again......good project for next week when things slow down a little. 

Technically, 149.6 is just over the 145 pounds from my acceptable weight for my height......still working on going lower....but right now...not counting anything...I am noticing that I am just eating less in general.....and that is what i want....for it to happen naturally instead of having to count........will see how that goes......counting is always an option if needed.......right now...I don't appear to need it......I do think I will be more careful with salt......because holding water like that is not what I want to keep doing.....it happens so fast....so i need to work on that......right now...sugar is under control and feeling great.

coffee with a coconut almond creamer

apple that I didn't eat last night

red peppers and

chicken

corn

 small garlic biscuits

peanut butter

small amt chocolate

1 mini pkg gummies

coffee with coconut creamer water

Progress as of today: 106.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/13/2019:
"...just eating less in general...to happen naturally..."

How do you do that? How do you get to that point of it coming naturally without thought or struggle?

CONGRATULATIONS!!! New set of numbers!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
This isn't the first time in my life that I just started eating less......it used to happen when I was a lot younger.......and at a healthy weight.....it seems like ( just guessing here because of past experience)...that when I am at a good weight...It just seems to happen to me automatically.....or at least it becomes really easy. I've noticed it off and on lately...and yesterday when my lunch was cut in half by a long phone call, when I got off the phone I just finished lunch and was fine...didn't even want the apple I had planned.....just coffee last evening. This morning...I had the apple and coffee...feel good....not really interested in food.....i can't say why i get in this mode...but it just seems to happen. I was surprised at the scale...it had been quite awhile...but I expected it to be higher....but thrilled that I broke through the 150's.

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
I do really need to work on excess skin though...that is not snapping back....UGH


Maria7 on 01/13/2019:
Oh, WOW!!! Look at you! Congratulations and so happy for you!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
Surprised me too.


graindart on 01/13/2019:
Caught up on your last few days of entries. Seems like a roller-coaster of emotions and plan changes for you too lately. Glad to see the scale is cooperating for you today. Crazy to see your weight graph showing 241 average from June.

Like Donkey eluded to, just eating less and letting it happen naturally, isn't something that even computes to me. If I get to a bodyfat % that I'm happy with that I can comfortably maintain for a few months, maybe it'll start to become a habit. But I think I'm going to have to stay on top of it much more than I'd like for the first quite awhile.

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
I guess I basically eat from stress ( being fat makes me stressed...which works against me)...when i get to a better weight.....I just don't seem to stress eat....and basically hunger or lack of hunger takes over.......Hopefully that will take over for you.

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
1,200 cal days seem to really help me too......and a few were less than that.....

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
The roller coaster thing for me lately is the frustration of trying to follow someone elses rules.....i guess I can say that I finally did get fed up over the last few days with that when for most of my life...all that stuff was even available......I've begun to realize that it's all about them making money and convincing people that they have to pay someone to be able to lose......it's all basically a big lie.......calories in and calories out are what it comes down to......

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
That should have said was NOT available


graindart on 01/13/2019:
I agree that the plans are all there to make money. I also think that almost any of the plans will work as long as you're following them. Even though they don't admit it on the surface, most of the plans are based loosely on calories in/out with their own "niche" way of controlling portions. While I don't subscribe to any one plan personally, I do see a certain type person that they're beneficial for. My wife doesn't need to lose weight and has always been at or near her ideal weight. However if she DID need to lose weight, she wouldn't have a clue how unless someone just spelled it out for her and gave her a list to follow. She has no desire to research anything on her own and is more than willing to pay someone to give her a list of things to do. That's the type person who the highly structured plans work for best. The type that don't want to spend any time thinking about it and just want a result based on a list of rules. Of course as soon as they're off the plan, the weight usually starts coming back. But that's really no different than my way either.

It's kind of like a couple of acquaintances of ours. We've never been to their house, but have heard it's "full" of stuff. Have heard them talk about hiring a personal organizer to come in and help them get rid of some stuff for a fee of around $2000. In my mind that's crazy. Just pick up the crap and place it on the curb.....for free. Or stick some price tags on the stuff in the driveway and make a few dollars. While it seems so obvious to me, in this instance the only way it's probably going to get cleaned up for them is to pay the organizer to come in and do it. And like any other plan, the second the organizer is gone, the junk will begin to accumulate again.

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2019:
Very true. I guess my original problem was thinking I needed to join some place in order to lose it. But bottom line for me was to just use different ideas at different times so that I didn’t get bored. I had to keep changing things to stay motivated. But now is where it gets a lot easier for me because I will only eat when I’m hungry. That helps a lot.


graindart on 01/13/2019:
I think a lot of people don't understand how the plans actually work (mostly calories in/out). I remember my best friend trying to lose weight a couple decades ago by drinking Slimfast. Of course he didn't read anything on the bottle which mentions that you're supposed to substitute the Slimfast for some meal. In his mind, Slimfast had some magic ingredient that helped you lose weight the more you drank it. So he continued eating like he was already, but added a few Slimfast each day to his calorie count. Needless to say, he continued to gain weight at that time. He's since learned and lost a lot of weight with a much cleaner diet / exercise. But it does speak to how the marketing of most plans is geared towards subliminally convincing someone that it's going to be easy....as long as they just buy the plan's products.

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
I understand that...My Mom in her later years thought that drinking slimfast would cause weight loss too...she was convinced that it had a drug in it. Nothing magic there......she didn't need to lose weight...she just didn't understand it....she made me promise to never take weight loss pills.......but she thought slim fast was probably safe enough.


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Maria7 - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 154.0

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

 

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Good morning to you.

  Rainy, cold morning here. 

 Scale weighed me at 154 again this morning.  Calories were about 1550 yesterday.  

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Today's Food So Far: 

1 coffee w creamer and sugar 25c, 3 cellas chocolate covered cherries 150c...

Piece of pineapple cake 250c, another coffee w creamer and sugar 25c, water 0...

3 cellas chocolate covered cherries 150c...

Serving of chicken, rice, tomatoes, a little onion cooked together 250c, fried squash 100c, 1 bread 70c, iced southern sweet tea 0c....(1020c as of 1 p.m.)...

2 more cellas 100c...

Popcorn 480c...

Total: 1600c

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Plan to cook a pot of chicken and rice today.  Will be nice and warming on this cold, rainy day...

 

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Hope you are having a good day.  Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

 

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Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
Chicken and rice today for us too.....cold weather food!!!

Maria7 on 01/13/2019:
I included tomatoes and also a little onion mixed in with the chicken and rice in the pot, too. Finally done, and Hubby and I just ate. Hope you and your Hubby enjoys yours, as well.


graindart on 01/13/2019:
Pork ribs and salad here today. Have been eating a much larger amount of squash these past few months. Probably have eaten more squash over the past 2 years than the rest of my life combined.

Good job on your consistency lately.

Maria7 on 01/13/2019:
Thank you and squash is loaded with vitamins and minerals as well as low carb and low calories, as you know. Good to snack on, too.


graindart on 01/13/2019:
I've mainly gravitated towards the squash due to the larger bulk weight amount you get for the lower number of calories. Despised squash when I was young. Learned to tolerate it with enough butter / spices in my younger adult years. Now don't mind it with just some spices / salt.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
I enjoy those Choc covered cherries!

Lately all I do is crave coffee while in Florida and yes I'm mostly giving in!!!!


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graindart - Sunday Jan 13, 2019
(Trying to figure it out.)
Weight: 174.7

Bit of a roller-coaster to start out the new year.  Kind of the reverse of most years.  Typically I've been out of control during the holidays and buckle-down at the start of the new year.  This time I was fully on-plan during the holidays, made it to goal, and went mildly nuts as soon as I made it to goal.  

Had a few off-plan days, with Wednesday being the biggest departure.  Woke up Thursday morning and the scale said 183.  Decided to try to not freak out about it.  Took a few days to just kind of relax, while logging food again.  And just kind of got back into the lower calorie eating pattern again Thur, Fri, Sat.  Feeling mostly in control again and the scale number dropped quite a bit, back to a number I'm comfortable seeing.

Changing things up with the family's meals / menu.  The wife has been having migraines for quite awhile and has decided she wants to weed out the majority of sugars / carbs to see if that helps any.  Personally I think she has too much screen time (tv, ipad, phone), but maybe the diet also has something to do with it.  I've been on a much lower-carb diet for the past while (not overly strict).  Since carbs tend to lead to most of my off-plan days, I'm happy to get rid of the majority of the junk carbs from the house.  They've been eating down the supply of cereal, pasta, etc this past week and this coming week will be quite a bit lower in processed sugars / carbs for them.  With the lower carb push, I've decided to stop buying my popcorn, oatmeal, and grapefruit for now.  I still have a few packets of oatmeal left and enough popcorn to last another few days.  After that, I'm sure I'll initially regret the lower-carb approach for a bit while withdrawing from those daily staples.

Don't know how long the lower-carb approach will continue for the wife and girls, although I'd guess it'll be a quick week or two experiment.  Also not sure about my immediate and/or extended plans personally.  Just trying to relax somewhat and not be so fixated on weight / food.  Although that's a bit tough while continuing to log all of my food eaten.

Progress as of today: 108.3 lbs lost so far, only 14.8 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/13/2019:
It sounds like the new changes will make it easier for you too......

graindart on 01/13/2019:
Less temptations in the house is always a good thing for me. If a craving is only 20 feet away, it's a constant temptation. If the craving is 2 miles away at the store, I'm usually too lazy to go get it.


Donkey on 01/13/2019:
Glad to see you're posting again - or at least an update.I hope your wife has success with a lower carb approach to managing her migraines. I have a friend who did just that. She finally had to go gluten-free altogether to get to the point where she wasn't having migraines any more. Come to think of it, a high school acquaintance went gluten-free too, to handle her lupus symptoms.

Going gluten-free is probably something I would only do if my symptoms (if I had any) were otherwise unmanageable.

I wish I could get my husband to stay consistently low-carb or keto. I've heard that these diets do wonders for inflammation.


horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2019:
I gotta tell you popcorn oatmeal and grapefruits are so healthy though !!!

Yes I see donkey mentioned inflammation which can cause migraina - maybe eat a little avocado / olive oil / fish ?! Lol.


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horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 12, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.0

Kombucha and extra kombucha 100

blueberries 100 

Noon Wrap 60 1/2 small avocado 150, little spinach, tasty ham 100!, mustard !!! 300 and fresh apple 100. 400 and so good! 

Sample meat and rice 200 at supermarket and coconut water 100, Atkins tasty cookie dough bar soon after from supermarket 200

5pm granola bar and coffee 200 Abdul candy 50 More candy 120 and banana 139 250

great workout going on :-)

Protein bar  after workout 250

1850 - great start to the week !

 

 

 Plan for today is laundry, walk, food shopping , maybe another deli meat, pool and gym...I think her hubby is happy to relax alone also for some of the day !!! Gotta do gym :-)

I'm not alone buy staying with her hubby today - he stayed behind from the wedding - which in all honesty is better actually Bc he will take care of dog and he offered a I take dog on a nice, long walk! We will also go buy more eggs so I can continue to make egg and salami or egg and avocado wraps for them and myself !! Very nice and satisfying !! The protein cookies I found are good and I want to take photos and see what brand they were !  I'll walk again to 7-11 to check...I think they are there!

 

 

 

 

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

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
What's the weather like today? Please - it's going to snow here soon, and I want to live vicariously.

Your vacation, my boss' stay this month on Sanibel Island, and Nice Lady at Work's vacay in Florida have me re-evaluating moving (some day) to Vegas.

I take it the wedding is today :)

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Weather has been wonderful. Low 70's! Yesterday in the sun it felt upper 70s in the morning! Tomorrow is a beach day! I'll find a way to go...or just stick around at the pool, 2 min walk away! When alone it's easy to do the simpler things and with them doing a long drive back tomorrow nobody may be up for the beach ?

I'm having fun relaxing and eating moderately!!

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Last night was good meeting up with a friend from ny who moved to Florida.


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
This time of year Florida is very nice...but in the summer it is overwhelmingly hot during the day.....( the reason that there are so many snowbirds)......( people that go back to the original home in the summer)....but right now is the nicest time to be there...good choice on that.....

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
I agree :)


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
I don't know if you are walking near water or pools or drainage ditches but they have a lot of alligators near those...all over the place..When we were on vacation there one hung around the fence that was around the pool in Bradenton...and a friend regularly posts pictures of one that hangs around her parking lot at work...so be careful.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Ok I'll take this into account!!!!


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
I forgot...another friend has seen them in her ditch when it's wet.......and she is 15 miles from the gulf.....yeah...they are some nasty critters.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Lol way to scare me while i de stress on vaca ;)


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
Don't be scared...just be watchful......the dog is probably used to them.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
lol it's been great so far .... relaxing vaca


Maria7 on 01/12/2019:
We like eggs, too. They go a long way. Glad you are having a nice, relaxing time on your vacation. That is the best kind.

horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
I'm pretty lucky it's def a good pace right now and not too expensive


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Donkey - Saturday Jan 12, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.0

Just a quick check-in this morning, because I want to do my shopping early on before it gets busy - and frankly, before it starts to snow.  On my there or back, I plan to stop off at the library.

Weigh-in today was perplexing.  My regular 0.5 scale weighed me in at the same number as last week.  I consider this a victory, even if the numbers didn't go down.  Feeling good, good energy levels, bloating & hormones kept in check.

My fancy Ironman scale (which weighs on the 0.2 - and which usually weighs me 1.6 heavier) weighed me in at 127.6.  So the fancy scale dropped but the regular scale has me maintaining.  That's an even bigger victory (in my mind) because if things follow as they have in the past, my 0.5 scale should have me dropping next week too.

What was even nicer was to see that the muscle number went up a  little bit.  So did bone density.  As a woman in early middle-age (OK, middle middle-age - almost 50), this is what I want to be seeing now.


EVENING EDIT:  One thing that shifting towards a keto plan is that it has me cooking and baking more -- especially on the weekends.  I think my husband was happy that I made dinner, and he got a break today, and that actually kind of made me feel good.

Made meatloaf, low-carb biscuits, bosco breadsticks (for anyone not watching their carbs and if the biscuits don't turn out), green beans, and green salad.

In preparing this meal, I kind of have the feeling like we're celebrating -- OK, I'm celebrating everyone being home for dinner.  My daughter, when she was in high school, told me that most of her friends do not eat dinner with their families.  Either parent or parents aren't home, or they'd rather eat up in their rooms alone - probably watching TV or something on the computer.  Kind of sad...

But what has me startled is that this relates to the discussion of using food as a reward.  Not necessarily a reward, but in a celebration.  Thanksgiving?  We're cooking!  Birthday?  Big cake!  Anniversary?  Fancy dinner!  Heck, when the kids would accomplish something at school or got hired at a job or something special, what would we do?  Go out to eat!

So I can completely understand the temptation to celebrate weight-loss with food.  After all, there is much to celebrate, right?  I get it.

This ties in, somehow, with my journey into maintenance.  I'm still using food to celebrate holidays, traditions, accomplishments.  Life is to be celebrated!   

(Not sure where I'm going with this and my keto biscuits are done, so I must leave the contemplation for later, LOL.)

Progress as of today: 59.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Maria7 on 01/12/2019:
Congratulations! You are doing FANTASTIC!

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
Thank you!! :)


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
GREAT,......Isn't it nice to know that you can relax some and not feel bad about it? Great numbers.......

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
Thank you! However, I have to say that it doesn't really feel like relaxing all that much - just a shift in plan. Hmm... I had not considered the "relaxing" part... That is something to be worked on.


BearCountryGG on 01/12/2019:
I'm also glad that you will be having a meal tonight at the table with the family.......some really good conversations come out of that...and the kids grow up.....and remember it...even more importantly!!!

Donkey on 01/12/2019:
I hope so. What I seriously try to avoid is having the dinner table become a battlefield. I have read books on eating issues, where dinnertime was war.


horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2019:
Food is used to celebrate and I don't see anything wrong with that !

Also your meal sounds so good. So cool to use low carb rolls!

Nice job on the scale - - glad you are maintaining !


graindart on 01/13/2019:
Breakfast is usually an everyone-for-themselves affair here. Lunch is usually similar, especially with me not eating much of a lunch. But dinner is a family sit-down affair 99% of the time. Eating meals in bedrooms isn't allowed and eating dinner in front of the TV usually only happens a couple times per year.

Glad to see the scale is cooperating even with your new plan of attack.

Donkey on 01/13/2019:
Eating in front of the TV for dinner is usually limited to major sporting events - especially if a Chicago team is involved. Even if a member is not particularly interested in that sport, he or she still eats with the family and then is excused to do his/her own thing.


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