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Jacky82020 - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 107.8

 https://www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/248067/covid-19-updates/coronavirus-found-infect-fat-cells?utm_medium=email&sso=true&utm_content=Coronavirus%20found%20to%20infect%20fat%20cells&uac=307313FR&utm_source=NewsMDEFAMeNL112821F&ecd=wnl_fam_211128_mdedge_4am 

 

Another article saying the covid virus targets fat cells.   Obesity long known to be #1 risk factor for people <60

 Hit lowest weight in many years, 107.8!     This not a lifelong low, always 100-105 in late teens & twenties.   This weight makes me feel peppy & energetic.  

Thw WW scale arrived, but I've been too busy with tank  projects to set it up.   I watched the nocturnal pink salamanders a few nights on a wildlife cam connected to the iPad and confirmed the male is after the girl constantly and she never gets any rest.   She spawns constantly & I'm reading all this can stress a female to death, so I set up a new 20 G tank and seperated her from the male.   All this took hours.

Had to return to Walmart for a few forgotten items.   So starving that I ate nearly half a container of cherry tomatoes in the car on the way home.  

 Love articles like this that say best to do as I am doing!  

 https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p0711_sodiumpotassiumdiet.html 

Progress as of today: 26.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Those cherry tomatoes...we eat a lot of those here too......WOW...a new low weight!!!! Happy for you.....Have fun setting your new scale up!!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
We just did it! I’m 4 people now! LOL. Almost positive it has algorithms for all the metrics except fat, based upon weight & age. It is going to assume 80 yr me lost bone & muscle mass & 20 yr. old me is mightier. Idk really.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Oh my, what an adventure with your fish tanks! I hope the separation helps your girl.

Wow, congratulations on your new low!!!!! I'm happy for you - happy, proud, impressed! :-)

Thank you for sharing the short article on COVID & obesity. Being obese seems to put a body behind the 8-ball in so many situations :-(

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Thanks, Donk.

She was out in the open last night. vs cowering in a hide, Yay!

So much of what ails us is lifestyle.


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
I don’t get why we don’t treat childhood obesity as a sign of neglect. It impacts us as adults so much… can’t ever make up that health impact as an adult.

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Interfering with parental rights/choices is highly problematic. I’d imagine pediatricians counsel parents & it mostly falls upon deaf ears.

I know fat kids who lost it & are fine. I’m married to one & he is an incredible fitness buff, strenuous cardio & weights.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
good eats on Friday and nice job working on eating better. sometimes it takes the body a few days to regulate itself before losing weight, especially if you start your weight loss plan after high cal days, your body has to burn all that off first!

Your axie caves are sounding creative. i want to see more of your axie pics.

also,please post a pic of your new WW scale...

I cannot believe your stores weren't crowded on black friday. i was not interested in going out on that day.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
.8 loss is a lot. nice job sticking with your goals.

I want photos of all your new fitness spree/gifts to yourself that you talk about in these entries with your review after you use them!

you know, i hadn't looked at your weight until this entry, wow,you lost a few pounds so quickly. opposite of my style! :) I was just around 100-105 in my teens but then got into disordered eating and screwed up my always being in the 10th percentile 10% for weight as a kid based on my height. starting senior year of high school i think i gained like 10lbs almost. i think i was like 110 at prom, compared to starting the year at like 103. I was maybe even heavier before prom by a couple pounds, not sure. gained my weight thru sweets, cookies, cereals lol. then gained more thru college first two years! then got back on track but lost it too quickly and lost my "TOM" for like 2 years.

it's good you could snack on cherry tomatoes, lol...will read your articles soon. it's good to find support of your lifestyle, agreed.

for what i do, i just know whenver i want to really indulge, to find the veggies, lol. but i also love all my snacky foods. currently i'd say i'm low protein / less protein. such a far cry from my 20's to early 30's when i was heavy on the low carb but also binged a lot on carbs during my heavy years.

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
I can lose a pound a week when I work at it. Had to laugh when the PCP said don’t lose more than 2 a week. Never could! And he said don’t go under a 100. Probably couldn’t if I wanted to & don’t. The normal weight range for my slight stature is 100-127.

Losing a pound a week generally involves eating ~1000 calories a day & burning off half.

How fast did you lose & how thin did you get? I’ve only ever heard of anorexics losing TOM & some elite athletes who maintain weights way below their normal range.


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Is that top ic of the girl thinking she had better just hide out in the cave in case tht BOY comes back....or is it the boy pouting? LOL....Where did you ever find that dog toy????

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
LOL! She doesn’t trust him not to escape the tank next door & climb in hers.

Found axie on Amazon! Where else!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
lol, you even have a plush axie for your pups, that's adorable!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
It’s for me. LOL. They’d have it destroyed in under an hour.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
the real pink axie is adorable!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Isn’t she sweet? Boy looks identical.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, how in the world did you find the plush axie!?

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Amazon of course!


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Awwwww...She is so cute....if I was her...I wouldn't trust him either!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Sally says 1 year of marriage is enough to last a life time!


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 28.75 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.


11/28 Sunday -

2am? couldn't sleep in middle of night and had sort of an appetite, so had some tastes of the small serving of key lime pie i took home from renee (just a sliver, not a full or even half slice). 100. then, i had some of the pumpkin pie slice she gave me, included in calories below. i knew i had low calories the day before and decided to grab something sweet and go back to sleep,which is what i did...

8:30-9:30am breakfast: the rest of the pumpkin pie 400, coffee 30, banana 120, low sugar gummy bears 150...

1pm snack twix bar 100

3pm afternoon meal i picked up after running errands to bring home: taco bell beef chalupa with extra lettuce,tomatoes added a couple packets hot sauce : 450 approx, will also have a bag of dried jackfruit 100.

1450...

Mp other plan is to do some cooking today - ....yes....lots of veggies will be cooked/prepped..i bought pre-spiralized butternut squash so need to sautee it before it goes bad as it goes quickly...and i have a lot more veggies at home that i want to prep so i have choices / ample veggies at home all week. i want to try a week without takeout!? :)

clean guinea cages/laundry.)

 Accomplished

find a card at home (got a thousand, one of them should be sufficient as a congrats/success type!), write card and mail card for Rachel....something online my friends are doing...and that i cannot forget to do...must go into mail today! DONE!

Do legs exercises in am...before going to bakery, DONE!

GO TO LuLu's BAKERY....10am 11:30...2pm, DONE!

2 helium balloons for Jay....dollar store, also the "56" candles for the cake...- DONE!

say the chanukah prayer tonight, email to my work email the hebrew/english prayer. (like a sentence each, not a big deal, just don't want to forget). - doing this now...in the AM, 9:15am - ok this is done, got distracted, finished just before 10am. DONE.


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).

Def drive to work, have a lot to bring into work today...cake, small errand/gift things, get it mostly DONE.

If weather decent, do leg strength / walking after work in the park.


11/30 Tuesday:

walk before work?

Light 3rd candle, end of workday

Weights tonight - upper


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

get in some walking before work?

Light 4th candle, end of workday

If weather ok, do some walking after work or if not in mood, come home and use stationary


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday

upper body tonight :)


12/3 Friday -  6th candle tonight 


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight


12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

12/7 Tues

12/8 Wed

12/9 Thurs

12/10 Fri 

12/11 Sat

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Happy Chanukah!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
thank you bear :) I will say the blessings to get into the spirit and as a challenge to myself to do something besides the normal night.

i could go to a neigborhood tree lighting, but i'm uninterested and would rather cook/clean the guinea pig cages and get ready for the week ahead! :)


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Happy Hanukkah!!!

I'm glad that your friend was able to help you order a cake. I would have done the same thing.

I'm sorry that you didn't sleep so well. :-( Perhaps use today to reset, after the holiday. What a wonderful, peaceful way to end the weekend by lighting the menorah candle.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i was happy not to have to do the "cake call / research" on my own and yes i appreciated my friend and her hubby's advice.

in the end, i wrote this as a joke on the cake (well, had the bakery write it): Happy Birthday, Young Man!? as a joke, he's turning 56. (which isn't old, but it's not young!) we joke a lot on bdays, we range in age at my workplace. besides the 24yo, we range from approx 40(well, i'm 39) thru 60. it's like an even spread all throughout...

here's the approx list: 24 admin 39 admin 44 admin 46 48 50 low 50s 56 57 60 61 :)

it's a nice range. so it feels very comfortable bc of this spread. everyone gets along well.

interestingly, the project executive, highest boss, is the one who is 50! he is boss over everyone...except for the 60yo. the 60yo is sorta a boss of the electricians in the field.

all 3 admin assistants are female, everyone else is male and with a more challeninging job description ! it's very old school like that, in our trailer. just the way it happened to work out.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I have to reread your other comment with the advice below about the website...but i am in agreement not to force it at all...and that it can most probably wait...yeah ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, she's a very outgoing friend, Renee with the 7mo baby. we are the same age, 39, so she has lots of life experience pre-baby and always has good ideas, advice, support, and a good friend to have. a few years back in 2016, i went with her for her bachelorette to Texas. another friend came also.


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Happy Hanukkah!!!! Hugs!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
YOU REMEMBERED!!!!!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Hah! I remember well my 2AM key lime frenzy! 500 cal for a tiny slice!

Been good last few days on desserts. 4 chocolate rice cakes topped with sugar free blackberry jam.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
that sounds delish. i used to love sf jams, now i always have a bad rap on them in my head as i do not like the splenda sugar alternative near as much as my stevia...i think i'm spoiled by stevia! ha.

this key lime was surprisingly pretty "low cal" each 1/4 of the pie was 400 cal for a decent sized piece. i think it was by trader joes.


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Donkey - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

A late log-in today, because I ended up going to the gym this morning, and if I wanted to get done all that I wanted to get done, my morning computer time would have to be delayed.  It didn't help that I didn't get out of bed until almost 6am!  These weekends make  me wonder how I manage to get up at 5am during the week.


So yesterday (Saturday) at lunch, I had my last piece of apple pie.  Just came to the conclusion that I had had my slices over the holiday, and now I was done.  Husband finished it off for lunch.  Also, I announced to Daughter on Friday night that the rest of the pumpkin pie was for her.  I think it was Thursday when I mentioned to her that the last 2 gluten free dark chocolate cupcakes are for her as well.  This has helped me, because I just finished lunch, and really want a dessert.  I had a few gulps of vanilla protein shake instead.  I'm good to go.

Last night, I had so much protein that I did not even want dessert.  I had some sleepytime tea instead and I was fine.  I finished up some deli turkey that didn't have much time left.  It was still good, but not for much longer.  So I ate more than what I probably normally would have had.  It was VERY satisfying and filling.


This morning, I took that dumbbell class at the gym again.  I'm REALLY feeling it in my arms right now.  I wonder if I will feel it tomorrow.  I actually hope not, because this is quite inconvenient.  Anyway, about the class, the lady I had hoped to be next to - and hoped maybe we could make a connection eventually - chose a spot way far away from me.  So that's not going to happen.  And I'm having some mixed feelings about being in a closed classroom with people breathing heavy.  I'm the only one who wears a mask throughout the whole class.  (I wear a mask the whole time I'm in the building, actually, and I'm one of the very few who do so.)

The minute I walked into the studio, the stench of garlic overcame me.  Oof!  Someone in the previous class had had a garlicy dinner last night and was breathing it and sweating it out today.  Also, the instructor said that it felt to her like something was not quite right with the air conditioning, which means that the air filters (for COVID) probably weren't working right too.  Bleah.  Well my chosen spot was socially distanced and near the door - which remained opened the whole time.  It was a very challenging class, even more so with the garlic and stuffiness.

Daughter surprised me today by announcing that she has a day off today!  She and Husband are watching a football game I don't care about, and Husband wants me to join in soon, which I will when I'm done here.  I also need to read more of Library Book #2, because it's due on Wednesday.  I will turn it in late, next Saturday, so that I can try harder to finish it.

So my plans for today: rest & read, pick up CBD stuff I ordered from a local farm, drop off aluminum cans at the animal shelter (part of their fundraising).  Prepare myself mentally for this week at work, and in particular, for tomorrow, when I have to go in 30 minutes earlier.  It's an office rule that after a holiday weekend, the next workday you have to come in 30 minutes earlier or you don't get the holiday pay.  I kid you not.  And I will tell you why.

A couple of years ago, the Boss had a 9am closing the Monday after a holiday and he couldn't find the damn file.  So he was late for the closing.  In the meantime, because it was a holiday weekend, the phones were ringing off the hook with "emergencies".  He was upset because we were all running a little late, and there was nobody around to help him.  So now we all have to come in 30 mintues early.


I'll talk about my December goals a little bit now, since it's the weekend, and I have more time to write now, than I will on Wednesday morning.  Rather than having a solid monthly goal, I plan to have smaller, weekly goals.  The first week will be shorter, because 12/1 falls in the middle of the week, of course.  I think this approach will allow me some flexibility and perhaps keep things more interesting.  I noticed this month that the November daily push-up goal has been very trying.  Some of the challenge is in the remembering to do them, but also, some of it is soreness, which may be due to the heavier weight training.  

So anyway, that's what I've been planning for myself for next month.

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
WOW...That is quite amazing that you could even smell the garlic through the mask!!! So the boss doesn't prepare ahead for his closing and everyone gets their hands slapped...He is quite the piece of work..........Love you goals for next month!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
lol, re below, i'd NEVER wait in line for a coffee/choc advent calendar or anything similar either. i dislike lines also ! :)


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Weight: 126.0

Up at 5....and had coffee with D.....ready to get my day started.

Feeling pretty good and realizing that I like the weight I'm at right now...........

I'm very firm that I will not be renewing WW in December.

I have given myself the okay to get off the diet train......I know what to do, I know what my body wants intuitively and I am happiest and healthiest when I follow that versus counting cals, points or anything.

I know that following any kind of eating regimine just takes away my happiness......and with the world going in the  direction that it is going...I want all of the happiness I can find...where ever I can find it.

I'm happy with my current weight and will  just be sticking with that (126)......

Along with intuitive eating I  will also be adding things at times that are indulgences....I won't live on indulgences...but will add them for the pure enjoyment of them.......because life is also supposed to be fun.

I really don't need diets or books, doctors or the government to tell me what to eat.....My body does a very good job of that all on it's own.  Listening to my body gives the best possible outcome for me..........taking all other noise out of the picture just works best for me.  I'm dropping the weighing of food, the counting of calories and points and the dieting mentality........I dropped doctors and prescription meds over 20 years ago......I can do this......I feel good and need to go back to my own instincts.......somewhere along the line...and I have said this before....people stopped taking care of themselves and put their bodies in the hands of others.....(the government, the doctors, the diet plans, the authors of books, the pharmaceutical companies).........I'm taking my life back and will be living it as it is meant to be lived........My body knows what it needs if I listen, it's easy to figure out......my mind sometimes needs some fun and it tells me to enjoy some food that may have zero food value but has a great big happiness value..............I'm going back to my best life now on my terms and I'm excited about it......

As a friend told me many years ago......pick a weight you like......get on the scales every morning..........if you weigh that or less...then eat what you want that day....if you weigh more.....eat what you want but in a slightly smaller quantity........for that day......This is foolproof when I have followed it through many times in my life..........it works....you eat what you want and you maintain the best weight.......for 1 day......no dieting....just eating naturally...whatever you want..........maintenance at it's best.....and happiness without putting your life in the hands of anyone else........you control it and it is a much happier way to live........lately I have noticed that I lost my happy nature back a while ago........I want that back....and I know this attitude will help it return........It isn't gone forever...it just got lost in the crappy way life has gone recently.................I made it to 72 just fine.......no Drs, no Prescriptions........I have the knowlege I need already......and I'm ready to use that and place my health in my own hands and do what I need to do to stay healthy......and I'm excited to finally go back and trust my own instincts.

While I'm not going to count anything I am going to keep track of the types of foods I eat so that I can go back to see if I am leaving any food groups out for any length of time...I still believe that I should have some balance in types of foods and this is as good of a place as any to record that....

 BREAKFAST = 2 light italian flat outs, salami, cheese and light mayo roll ups and some green grapes, 1 cup coffee and a lot of water.....

 LUNCH = Chili and crackers

Bath, dressed, make up and perfumed....ready to get busy around here.......

Washing all of the laundry up today because I ordered 3 new laundry hampers for the laundry room and they will be delivered tomorrow....I want to start fresh with those and see how many days laundry they can hold.  I ordered 3 in black.

Bed made and now to pick up the bedroom, dust and vaccum it.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Awesome laundry hampers. Love them!

You’re doing all the right things. I never could count calories or points. I keep a running tally in my head sometimes, usually something to focus on because it takes me a long time to fall asleep & I wake up often during the night. Today woke up before 3. Turned on lights & tweeted & read until maybe 4:30. Then tried to sleep again. No success, so back to the iPad until Matt got up at 6:30. Enjoy seeing him sleep in on days off, but his 4:30 get up times often works better for me. Then I can hop on the bike with my coffee.

I’d be dead if I didn’t take my meds at 10AM, 2 PM, & 4 PM. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration. I’d only be dead if I didn’t take them at all. These times work best for me. This sucks! All the healthy eating & weight management all my life & I inherit some crap DNA. But those genes could have been a lot worse.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I have always been a sleeper......although I have ocassionally woke up early and waited for D to wake up as well because I don't want to wake him....I weaned myself off of 4 prescription meds about 20 years ago and also got rid of the CPAP when I found out that it was set so high that it could literally blow out my lungs.....( I needed that setting but decided that I would rather take my chances naturally then to kill myself with a cpap).....losing weight was really the answer to that for me so now no problem......My diabetic Mom lived to 89 and my Dad to 83...so I figure I likely have a few more years...and they were not healthy eaters.....mainly I just like to cover the food groups daily....and I'm fine.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I will be so happy to get those old plastic laundry baskets out of there!!! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Just ordered a black and white checked rug for in there to....gonna snazz up the place...LOL


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Oh I love the laundry hampers!!! Cute and coordinated!

I look forward to reading more about the new phase in your journey. When it comes down to it, you (anyone) have to do what's right for you. And I completely agree with your opinion about tracking & measuring. Nooo argument there!

That's not to say that I'm unsupportive of folks who do track - that's wonderful if it works for them, and while it no longer works for me, I can see why it works for others. I'm guessing I'm probably not doing it right, LOL.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes....I've done this before and it is the right fit for me.......just making me happy is a big plus too.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
PS No sense in being thin if you're miserable. Life's too short.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is...and life passes by either way.....why not be happy.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I really love your firm mindset about WW. you can always change your mind, but i did love reading your firm statement here! you've made up your mind!

you've done so well managing your weight, and 126 is def considered a healthy weight for us short women. it must feel good to have reached your goal. you have come such a long, long way.

nice laundry bins, especially that they are on wheels. we have a couple metal large ones in the community laundry room for my building that are good for moving clothes from the washers to the dryers. and my own laundry bin is falling apart with holes,but i'm not replacing it because i simply but it in my own cart on wheels when i transport my clothes to be washed downstairs and then back up. however, in the future, i might like a cart like yours...but for now i guess what i have works well! why pay when i have something that works, right!?

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes, my mind is made up.....and 126 is fine for 5 ft 2 inches....and I feel good and I never want to go back to the yoyo thing again......I'm too old for that and it isn't healthy anyway....I I agree...if your laundry set up works then why change it???


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Cute!!!! I love the fresh, empowering feeling of setting on a new path and reinforcing it with a non-food reward.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Me too.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
I would LOVE to be at 126 and 5'2". (I guess I'm closer to 5'3", but I don't think that extra inch makes that much of a difference. For YEARS I thought I was 5'2".)

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I don't think the extra inch counts for much either.....I started out at 5'4"......


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, yo-yo-ing is SO STRESSFUL! even on your mind! to know you were thin, then being heavy and all the inbetween, never being satisfied with how your clothes fit, always too tight...that's why i made the choice to maintain and try not to yoyo ever again also.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is definitely better to never do it.......and it does mess with your mind.....I had clothes here from size small to 2x.......and that never really helps either.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
agreed. i always thought of it like you say, a mind-game, that would mess with my confidence and the self-respect i had for myself.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes...me as well.....


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innerpeace - Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Weight: 306.3

Ate OK not great - glad the holiday is OVER! one down, one to go!

forgoing the scale for a day or two longer.

Next thing is to get ready for the girl's birthday 12/10 I told her years ago, I would not put up the Christmas decorations until after her birthday...she's really into Selena so planning with this in mind.

We went out on Black Friday - lots of people - new experience for me. We waited over an hour at a ten minute oil change place - this was when we were in the stall - they had to go to a parts store and get the filter for my car - annoyed - Christmas shopped a little, but mostly birthday for the girl.

Football - didn't turn out exactly like I wanted...oh well

DH and I got into watching the Squid Games on netflix...wasted a whole day! Interesting though.

Here is a sunrise picture taken - it was so beautiful

Here is a picture of DH and I at the Kane Brown concert - I just thought it was good

and some snow melting in little balls from the walk this morning.

Grocery store today and getting ready for work and school tomorrow - here's hoping my head gets back in the game.

CPAP going ok - still only making it 4:30-5:00 hours a night. Sometime in the night my face mask seal starts leaking - not sure if its from face sweat or natural oil - but it IS super annoying. Still not noticing a big different. Blood sugar this a.m. 118. I will keep plugging along and making adjustments.

Have a great week! ip

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 96.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
The CPAP is just going to do that.......I would just readjust it again and go back to sleep.....Your glucose number is getting really good!! Maybe the cpap is helping that too. Love the pics!!!


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Beautiful sunrise! Oh I didn't realize you had snow covering on the ground already. Ours in IL will be here soon enough!

I'll have to ask Husband about the face mask seal issue - if he's had to deal with this and what he does about it.


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
My cpcp leaks always seemed to be either at the top where it would blow into my ( or at) my eyes....or my mouth was open and the air woud whoosh oup....just needed to shut my mouth...like in real life...LOL


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
^^^^^^OUT^^^^^^^


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
You look pretty and happy in that pic!


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Haven’t tried one yet… But I read about this… You need a liner if the CPAP seal is breaking that way. They absorb sweat and oil to keep the seal. Also, wipe the part that touches your face with a baby wipe to reduce buildup that breaks the seal.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
oh man that's rough, an hour instead of 15 min for an oil change! wow! hopefully they'll be stocked next time!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
great pic of you two...i like your haircut a lot.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
hopefully the cpap will continue to improve for you. maybe there's other people posting online about how to make it a more comfortable experience all night...maybe some tips to find online :) have a restful night!! :)


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happy-1 - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.0

Sunday 11-28-21:

Inch by inch, pebble by pebble. I only had to take glipizide 1x yesterday and my sugar was 71% in range. Sugar was in range all night. Oh the power of an overnight fast.


Today I need to do some writing. Hopefully I had REM last night... It would be 3.5 days... but Garmin might mean tomorrow not tonight... IDK.
 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Glad to hear that your sugar was good....That is such a huge help in generally just feeling good.

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Right? Apparently it takes about 6 weeks of consistently 80% in range sugar to feel better… it takes time to reduce inflammation.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
^I agree with Bear! And I also agree with getting (enough) REM!!!

So fasting helps with blood sugar. What is an effective, minimum fasting period?

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
14h, starting 3-4 hours before bed


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
6:35 am, checked Garmin… REM came up a little bit to 0:59 in 7:36, but still about half what I need on top of a 5 day deficit. I feel better enough to go for a run today, but I kind of want to take another rest day and see if REM comes back tonight. Maybe another tomorrow if it doesn’t. Possibly all the dad duty and chores I did Wed-Fri delayed recovery.

Body battery is higher though, 69, possibly from the combination of no Glipizide before bed and in range sugar overnight. Probably why I feel just a little bit better today.

Starting to think that my blood pressure med could be the issue as well… I’ll have to go back to monitoring BP a couple of times a day to see if I can get off that as well.

Nothing about any of this makes any sense.

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Also… I took a bunch of new supplements yesterday to try to start balancing my amino acids, it’s way too soon, but I swear I have an “aaaaah” feeling of sinking into a hot tub… but in the back of my eyes and jaw.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
along the lines of less inflammation and good in range sugars, i'm sure it makes your skin/face feel better too! (like less acne)...my skin gets bad if i eat too poorly!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i will need to read your link about the adhd below and how technological aids are helpful, i never thought of that connection!...good point, haps!


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Donkey - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

Judging by the number on the scale, you can tell that it was a yummy holiday!  Well... I may not be able to reach my fighting weight for the Doctor's appointment in 2 weeks.  Oh, I won't give up.  No, never give up.  But in the past, Thanksgiving usually kicks off a month of eating, and it's been a struggle.  The scale is going in the wrong direction, though, and NOW is the time to put on the breaks, especially since I'm a little above goal weight :-(  Disappointing. The struggle is real and ongoing.

Although yesterday's conversation, with my Husband, about weight training was not the best, it pushed me to see if I could go heavier than I have been doing in the past.  And I could!  And I could probably go even higher, if I would be content with doing on 6-8 reps, but there's something in me that doesn't feel right unless I do 12-15 reps.  10  minimum.  3 sets  minimum.  This is where I feel that I could benefit from working with a trainer.  But not a trainer from the gym that I go to, as most of them are overweight, and the one I worked with --- well, we know how that ended.  


I put up outside Christmas lights (not a lot, but since I'm the only one putting up and taking down, it's enough), and I was glad that I did that.  My next door neighbor has not put up any lights, and usually he does a respectable show.  (Halloween is when he really goes "all out", but he does Christmas too.)  I hope everything is OK.  It's a lot of work, but seeing the Christmas lights cheers me up -- and I think this will be very helpful for my own peace of mind when I come home, in the dark, after work.

Advent starts this Sunday, and for once, I have my pink candle way ahead of time.  Having the candlelight at dinner will be nice and cheery too.

So while I feel rather "dull" about the holidays --- I'm not really excited or energized by it this year --- I feel that I'm in a good spot about it.  Some years are full of travel and excitement and visiting, and other years (like this one) are more about calm, quiet, and relaxing. I'm really OK with the way this year is coming to an end.


Today is Saturday, and so I'll be doing Saturday things, which I love to do (seriously):

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Meh on the trainers. What about a weight-lifting class at a junior college or extension program? It feels like you need a few friends who lift more than a trainer.

Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Seriously contemplating this.

Donkey on 11/27/2021:
I think you're right: I need a support group of peeps who also like to lift. It would be nice if they were older gals like me, but it could be younger serious gals, or even dudes.

*sigh* I don't know where to find peeps like that - at least not at my gym. There used to be a local gym that was for mostly weight lifting - like serious lifters (no cardio bunnies), but they went out of business when COVID hit :-( The former owner still trains, but I'm pretty sure he's not at my gym.


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Right? Pity you are so far away. THAT is a girls night I could get behind. It would almost be a fun social thing for a gym to run… An Athena first wednesday of the month night for women to come lift and spot each other.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Right??? I would love this!


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Meetup has weightlifting groups… I mean you could bodybuild and maxamize your best ass-et. https://www.meetup.com/topics/weightlifting/

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Ohhh, that's a good idea! This never occurred to me. I'll do some research.


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Search women bodybuilding groups

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
OK - I will look into this. :-)


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Haha, Donk, I always stress out about my weight prior to PCP visits too. As I mentioned, I’ve refused to step on their scale many times over the years.

Wish you lived nearby and could visit me and my incredible gym. I called it studio quality once & Matt said: No! It’s pro quality.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
I already know that going into my PCP visit, my weight won't be accurate because it's at 2pm. So I will have coffee, water, and 1-2 meals in my tummy by the time it comes to weigh in. This is why I wanted to get below my nice weight of 132-133.

I love seeing pictures of people's home gyms - what they do. I think yours is one of the best I've seen. There's one lady who lives in an apartment, and she has her squat rack set up in her living room. Her husband is OK with that. What a gem!


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Holidays are supposed to be yummy....so it was a GREAT ONE!!!! Good job getting your outdoor things done...you are way ahead of me.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Yes, it was a great one -- one of the best ones I've had. I really enjoyed just relaxing and going with the flow.

Ah, believe me, I didn't do all that much as far as Christmas decorations outside, because I have in my mind having to brave the cold temperatures afterwards to put everything away. Still, Christmas lights bring cheer to me, so I'm glad that I did this.

The rest of the winterization stuff -- again, minimal in what we take out, because it all has to get put away later on. I've been working on this a little bit at a time over the weekends. I have to say, I really lucked out with the weather this year.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
oh yeah,it's great to have the home gym alternative for times you cannot get to the gym. during my walk last night with my friend, it was dark out, we saw someone had fabricated an entire gym in their two-car garage space complete even with a TV. we could see in because the lights were on, bright, and we saw the tv on and gym equipment thru the windows of the garage. It was a big house, so i couldn't believe they couldn't put the gym somewhere else!? when it snows, they'll have to clean their cars...haha, maybe they don't care enough and the gym is most important! it was a pretty big gym, to fill a two car garage!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Ha ha ha -- priorities, Horn. It's all about priorities - LOL!

Frankly, I'd have a hard time giving up my garage for a gym, since you and I have snowy winters. I want my car to be sheltered, but apparently, not a lot of people do, judging by folks in my neighborhood who park outside all year round, due to the amount of junk stored in the garage!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
being mindful and remaining calm are also behaviors i am looking to improve upon :)

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Me too, SO MUCH. I'm getting better at it, but it's a work in progress :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i have heard of these advent calendars. have you ever done those? where they have little gifts in them each night? for instance,my friend has a beauty advent type of calendar and in each day there's a sample perfume/cream/etc...have you heard of that!? i believe it's the 30 days before Christmas?

Nice job getting your saturday goals accomplished. hope to hear more from you today!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Ohhh, your question takes me back to when the kids were little. They would each get an Advent calendar, either from my mom or us, and each night, they would open another window and find a piece of chocolate.

The chocolates were in the shape of Christmas things and toys, so we'd try to guess the shape of the chocolate before they opened the door, e.g. train, snowflake, Santa hat, ice skate.

THIS year, I was kind of feeling the Christmas spirit, so I had planned to pick up Advent calendars for us here, with nice chocolates. One kind was a coffee Advent calendar! Unfortunately, they all sold out immediately, with people lined up, waiting for them to be re-stocked. Definitely not my thing, so it didn't happen this year.


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Yeah, I’m always heavier on this doc scales too. Time of day & clothed. I remove my shoes & wear lightweight clothing, but it’s always up 3-5 pds over my naked no food drinkless AM weight. I asked if they take off pds for clothing before calculating BMI & she said no.

Once the added weight moved me from upper normal range to low overweight. Sad!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
One time, I weighed in with my key fob in my pocket, loaded with keys. IDGAF at the time.


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Wear an outfit made of parachute silk and kick off your shoes!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
LOL! I'm planning on lightweight leggings. Haven't figured out the top part yet.


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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

  28.75 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.


11/27 Saturday - 

breakfast: coffee and banana 150, cornbread 200...350

snacks: 2 snack size candies, one butterfinger, one twix 200...holding out for late lunch at renee's lots of veggies, too.

 snack with renee tortilla chips and carrots with salsa 200, 

2pm or so late lunch (i forgot really what time!) roasted red peppers (i seasoned them and brought them to renee to cook there) 100, taste of kiche (think i'm spelling it wrong) that renee made 50, drumstick meat large one 150, salad with balsamic dressing 150, a dbl stuff pb oreo that my friend gave me to try as we were talking about oreos haha...tea.500-550 excellent.

8pm dinner back when i got home - tastes of my supermarket splurge on all kinds of snacks: kale chips that actually aren't good but i will finish as they are very healthy and not that bad to throw away 150, crackers that look like cheeze its but made with first ingredient butternut squash 2 servings 200, layogurt mango yogurt 150

1750....

30 min walk with renee in the cold! she is awesome. we walked after the sun had set from aroudn 5:30-6pm in 38F weather.! nice friend. i had made sure she really wanted to go....her hubby stayed home with their 7mo baby and we walked around the block a few times :)


Yesterday - quiet, mostly on couch.  a very long rest day. went out to supermarket for a little shopping, but most of the day was just chilled on the couch which i don't regret but that's what it was. i did get in some reading on the book above, so that's good.  i started to eat high in calories but then settled into a more relaxed state come the late afternoon. old habits die hard!...laziness/no plans...pushing into the unmotiavated state...but i'm back today!!! :) back to reality feels good to see my friends later!

Weights Saturday morning - IN PROGRESS! :) was nice to take a day off from it this week.

Leave apt around 11:50-12 to get to friends at 12:30ish...  see renee, her hubby eric and baby Andrew Sebastian :)... if nice weather, we will go for a walk / bbq :) also someone named erica, her bf and her son will be going...not sure if anyone else....we will prob not have time to walk, so if not, i'll go on my stationary bike tonight

CALL LuLu's BAKERY while at Renee's house as i do not want to do it earlier as i'm involved in some other things at home earlier now and i do not want more delays on what i'm doing (exercise, laundry, preparing some veggies to bring to renee to be roasted but prepping at home, did a fast cranberry sauce, then the microwave breaker shut and i had to call housing but that was a fast fix :)) - to ask about cakes and which is best to get for bday for Monday....must get this right for Monday at work...have renee help me decide on the cake!!!...done! got the "amore" cake ...it has rum in it! :)

and def planning to catch up with everyone here soon, yesterday was NOT the day for it, sorry.!! (sometimes i am just not in the right mindframe).

supermarket again on Long Island for MORE veggies/fruit...the inexpensive and deals place by Rennee! and seltzer....done, was a splurge bc this particular supermarket is full of snacks and interesting foods that aren't in regular markets...lots of snacks.

get gas on long island :) done! :)

upper only done. legs tonight.

tonight, without question: find a card at home (got a thousand, one of them should be sufficient as a congrats/success type!), write card and mail card for Rachel....something online my friends are doing...and that i cannot forget to do...must go into mail today!

did my weekly laundry this AM, so it's out of the way.  :-D


11/28 Sunday - (1st night Chanukah tonight, email myself the hebrew prayer (a lot of people know it by heart as it's very similar to all the prayers which are about a sentence long in hebrew language, but i always forget the end of the prayer bc i don't say it every year and do not say prayers much during the year so i need to print it to make sure i do not mess it up accidentally) to print at work and also the english version of prayer) - 

Do legs exercises in am...before going to bakery.

GO TO LuLu's BAKERY....10am

1 helium balloon for Jay....

I think my plan is to do some cooking today?....yes....lots of veggies will be cooked...to announce what i make later...

clean guinea cages/laundry.

say the chanukah prayer tonight, email to my work email the hebrew/english prayer. (like a sentence each, not a big deal, just don't want to forget).


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).

Def drive to work, have a lot to bring into work today...cake, small errand/gift things, get it mostly DONE.

If weather decent, do leg strength / walking after work in the park.


11/30 Tuesday:

walk before work?

Light 3rd candle, end of workday

Weights tonight - upper


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

get in some walking before work?

Light 4th candle, end of workday

If weather ok, do some walking after work or if not in mood, come home and use stationary


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday

upper body tonight :)


12/3 Friday -  6th candle tonight 


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight


12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

12/7 Tues

12/8 Wed

12/9 Thurs

12/10 Fri 

12/11 Sat

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Happy Hanukkah!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
ohhh ty...it will begin tomorrow night...you def did NOT forget Happy!


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Good for you for slowing down the eating! I know where you're coming from, with an unstructured & unmotivated day --- we tend to start grazing, which can be fine but can also lead to bad choices. If I recall, it actually ended up being a lower calorie day for you? Anyway, recognizing the behavior (in time) AND changing the behavior - BOOM! That's what it's about! WOOT!

If I may make an observation and suggestion: I've noticed that you've kind of put off reading the changes on the courts website. Why not save this for Christmas (Eve)? I presume that you will get a day off of work for the Christmas holiday, and since it's not really a holiday that you observe in a religious way, why not use that day to read up and set yourself up for the new year, whatever that may bring.

Perhaps you are procrastinating because it represents a potential big change. (I do this, so I'm offering this from my biased perspective.) Remember, it's only reading and learning. Even if it may be discouraging (or encouraging), once you've read and reviewed the website, you'll be better equipped with the information to make decision(s) down the road. Once you've visited the website, it's a completed task, and you can go on with your day. Perhaps plan to go for a walk afterwards, treat yourself to some coffee (e.g. Starbucks, but I'm sure you have better around you).

Anyway, just putting that out there. I could be completely wrong, coming from the opposite end of the universe on this one, LOL.

I hope you enjoy your visit with friends!!! That's what the holidays are about :-)


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Why do you have to read about court changes? Job search?

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
yes, future job application / tests...


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Sounds like you had a really nice outing with your friend. I like a gal who is not afraid to walk in the colder weather :-) And the food sounds so delicious! It's great that you were able to keep the calories on the lower side, but that's the power of vegetables for sure - YUM!

Looks like it was a very productive trip as well, since you could go grocery shopping and get gas for the car - you're all set for this upcoming week.

I did upper body weights today too :-)


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
PS Answered your comment on my Friday diary. :-)


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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 26, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

  28.25 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.

Hand-sew my ripped pillow case during the long Thanksgiving break...


 11/26/21 Friday, Continued Holiday....i am not sure how i will spend today...i think i may drive myself to a new (but local-ish) park...there are some park hikes as listed on a website for NYC Parks and i may just look into and join one...on the drive back, i may go to Bath and Body Works to buy around 3 3-wick candles as they are good gifts and/or to keep myself 1 or two of them. big sale, always, on Black Friday at Bath and body works on those candles, listed over 50% off.....

I slept in until almost 9am...prob around 11hrs sleep which is typical for me after a short or long workweek it seems. i don't mind. it means i can get up and eat more of what i want without needing a snack between breakfast and lunch. yes, i always think about that on the weekend.

will write more later, going to read a little...read up on the courts website would be smart too...

Weights today for sure....

maybe a quick phone call and walk to the tailor/cleaners to fix my fleece and my pillowcase...but first check if it's even open today...

 

breakfast: banana and coffee 150, 2 small bags blueberries and cream oatmeal almost finished few bites left with almond milk 250  400.

Snacks at close to noon until 1pm: rest of the oats above, then I sampled a free keto cookie dough bar not great at all 130, a butterfinger mini 100, and a cookie 50, kombucha 20. 300.

1:30 light lunch rest of the roasted veggies from yesterday little bit mom gave me 150, small tastes brisket almost nothing 50, pretzels 150
 

1,050...

went out shopping to supermarket in the afternoon  before sunset - will just add 30 min cardio / sunshine for it since the rest of the day I've been on the couch just reading / chilling which I don't feel bad about at all. 
4:30-5:15pm blueberries and another pack dried jackfruit 200, Hershey's special dark choc x2 100

Dinner Tbd ??: just realized i'm out of veggies...aside from what's in freezer or a few fresh peppers...do i do takeout?i cook something or go to supermarket? maybe i'll do my canned soup finally!!!- def planning on heating up a split pea soup with crackers or corn bread 

Dinner - half the can of split pea with ham soup 150, one cornbread 200 - 350

1700....I did want to eat and eat today but somehow got thru with the veggies from mom and the soup tonight, there was some health to my eating today ..! I was pretty lazy yesterday and today but will do my workout tonight - upper body and get back on track a bit as the weekend progresses - reminding myself I still have a whole weekend ahead of me :-) 

mom invited me to come back over for dinner but i'm thinking just to stay local by me and do the little things around here that need some doing...

 


11/27 Saturday - Leave apt around 10 to get to friends at noon:  see renee, her hubby eric and baby Andrew Sebastian :)... if nice weather, we will go for a walk / bbq :)

CALL THE BAKERY - to ask about cakes and which is best to get for bday for Monday....must get this right for Monday at work...


11/28 Sunday - (1st night Chanukah tonight, email myself the hebrew prayer (a lot of people know it by heart as it's very similar to all the prayers which are about a sentence long in hebrew language, but i always forget the end of the prayer bc i don't say it every year and do not say prayers much during the year so i need to print it to make sure i do not mess it up accidentally) to print at work and also the english version of prayer) - 

GO TO THE BAKERY....

I think my plan is to do some cooking today?....

I also need to order / buy a bday cake for someone at work who always does all the buying / shopping....and i want to make sure it's all done and done right by me....very important to get this right...

Weights today for sure.


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).


11/30 Tuesday:

Light 3rd candle, end of workday


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

Light 4th candle, end of workday


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday


12/3 Friday - Bring menorah home to have it at my apt, since i only have 1 electric one and no other, light 6th candle tonight (but may just leave it at work for ease...will decide closer to this date).


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight

12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Sounds like a really good deal on the candles....I forget to light candles these days.......

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
i might go, i might not! there will be a long line there because everybody loves this 1x a year deal! :) have nice day, Bear!


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
I received a few really good coupons for Bath & Body Works, but that store is completely out of my comfort zone. It would have to be a deliberate effort to go. I offered the coupons to my daughter, but she hasn't used them yet. I think I will save them to use soon when I want a fun, indulgent, "something new" outing for myself :-)

I realized from reading yesterday's entry that you had pie for your mother's birthday and cake for Thanksgiving -- kind of the reverse of what many folks too, but hey, nobody's going to say bad things about chocolate cake, right?

Enjoy your day off -- you and me both :-)


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Bath and Bodyworks sounds amazing!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
i skipped it....haha, i have enough candles to skip this year! haha, savings!!!! :) LOL.

i do have a coupon for a free lotion, may use it tomorrow tho!


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happy-1 - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.0

Saturday, 11-27-21 5:20 am:

Inch by inch. Pebble by pebble. I will conquer. Survived having my dad's friend over. I had enough energy to move the trash cans out and clean up outside, but ran out of will to do his bathroom. Just couldn't keep going. Not the best... but he still had a nice visit. She brought us her husband's frozen specialty meals for heart failure... he had a stroke. I gave her a bag of compact nutrition shakes leftover from when mom was on hospice. All that happening and she still had time to come see us. Amazing.

I didn't get any exercise in... second day soreness set in plus the fatigue... but I made mostly lower carb choices and took 2 glipizide and I was able to get my sugar in range all night. This was hard because she also brought over some thanksgiving leftovers and my dad went straight for the mashed potatoes. I made him stop and eat protein first, then tucked them away. Then I went to bed. He woke me up to demand where the pie she brought was... It was on the counter. Then when I came out, there was more conflict because he wanted me to put drinks in the fridge anfd I said no.. a small request but he's angling for 5 star white glove service and I am half dead. I still have my piece of pie from Thanksgiving set aside so I can eat it when my sugar is low... it just sat there calling to me last night.

I must have made the best worst choices because:

  1. I fell asleep easily and on time.
  2. My sugar was in range all night.

Onwards and upwards.

 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Indeed! Upwards & I onwards. I admire your positive attitude.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Every day above ground…


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
And also… I changed my Alexa settings to start the heat earlier… tracking little tweaks like this to find the perfect system to get to yoga-ready at 6am. Tonight, I will clear space for my yoga mat tonight before I go to bed. Catch is still that to fast and do yoga, I need to stop eating at 3pm, not 5:30 pm. Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
6:40 am. Day 4 of not enough REM sleep. It started on Tuesday night after I went for a walk around my neighborhood. I don’t understand.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
12:17am… my missing iHerb order of Active B-6 mysteriously showed up at my door! Celebrate!!!!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
6:30pm I finally figured out what’s wrong with the thermostat. I’ve been so tired I didn’t even see that the part that connected to the thermostat itself was frayed and only connected by a couple of wires. Facepalm. 3.5 days of recovery time sounds about right. All I did today was pack and order supplements and pick up my Vitamin D prescription… and that and the heat was literally all I could do.


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Alexa turns on the heat? Wow!

I couldn’t stop eating at 3 PM. Consume most calories nights.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Yeah… it’s a challenge… I am doing better and not hungry at night anymore… but it’s weird to stop eating at 3…


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
remember not to let the tests and results skew your mindset. you have a lot of inner strength, so do not rely only on automated results from watches and results to make you think you cannot conquer more than you think is possible. i'm saying you are stronger than you think....don't be fooled by electronics. they may be good, but not as good as our own Inner Strength.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Right… UNLESS you have inattentive adhd and your introspective awareness is broken… then technological supports can help us listen to our bodies like a hearing aid. https://proudlyadhd.readysetchoose.com/52-understanding-inattentive-adhd-guest-barbara-luther/


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Whoa, I had no idea that Alexa could turn on the heat. I guess that makes sense, but it just never occurred to me. Whoa...

#1 and #2 are HUGE victories!!!!!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Right? Inch by inch.


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Donk, I’m thinking Alexa is smarter than my husband! LOL

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
You HAVE to see the Southpark Post COVID special where Stan dated his Alexa and it didn’t work out and they are trapped in a marriage from hell but he can’t afford to upgrade and she still runs everything.


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Jacky82020 - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(CR & Cardio & Exercise)
Weight: 108.0

 

Finally saw a .8 pd weight loss overnight after a full week of strick CR.   Ate maybe 750 calories yesteday &  burned off at least half.  


Excited about the WW scale.   It accommodates 4 users.   So there will be 4 of me, a 20 yr old, 40, 60 & 80.  All bogus.   This is to see if they are using algorithms to calculate their metrics.  I had a scale that worked that way years ago.   One entered age & height and it used those.  No idea how this scale works, too busy lately to google.

After we left Walmart, Matt mentioned he saw a Black Friday Charge 4 Fitbit down $99 to 69.  Wish he had said so sooner!   I have a fkaly Charge 3.  I ordered it online & it can be picked up after 11 today. 

Progress as of today: 26 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Congratulations!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Thanks! I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Been thinking about fast food all morning.

Saw the Garmin with the Body Battery. Does it extrapolate energy levels from your sleep numbers & heart rate?


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Yes. Forerunner 245 at minimum to include oxygenation and respiration. The only sensors it is missing is hydration and body temp which I get from Hdrop and their Garmin connect app. Plus you can add on gear to measure cycling power. It is amazing. It has changed my life.

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Oh, that’s interesting. Didn’t know a wrist pulse ox existed. I have a few finger ones here. I don’t understand how it could measure hydration, will take a closer look.


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
I look forward to hearing about your new scale!!! How long will you use your fake users? Will it change your viewpoint to use it for yourself?

I have an FitBit Alta -- 2, I think? I like it but when it starts to konk out on me, I may switch to Garmin like Husband and Happy. IDK, right now it works so I don't have to think about it.

Let us know about the scale!

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
I just ran outside & checked. Not here! Sometimes Amazon emails pics of porch as soon as a package arrives, but not always.

Not sure if 4 fakes me’s will become integrated into one real me. Depends on how much hassle to switch users & how my 4 girls are doing. LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
lol, just coming by to say that's a very juicy looking steak below! and quite thick too! will be back with more comments later today, i'm not done with you!


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Jacky82020 - Friday Nov 26, 2021
(CR & Cardio & Exercise)
Weight: 108.8

 

 Went to Walmart at 10.   No crowd whatsoever!   Same as any other Friday.   Had to get everything inside.   No slots available until late today when I tried to schedule on Tuesday.   Then went to Lowe's to buy PCV pipe to make axie caves.   Got some small poinsettias for 2 for $3.   Not really crowded there, maybe a little more than usual.

  No fast food lunch out today.   Concerned drive-through lines would be too long, plus I have to atone for that big piece of cake.  


 

Somewhat disappointed that I've been starving myself all week & haven't lost an ounce in 3 days.   But haven't gained ether.   Ok, so not 100% starving.   Broke down during a nocturnal Chicago Med binge & had a big piece of frozen red velvet cake.   Vegetables only for dinner, that Normandy Blend.   Very few calories in a plateful.  Fiber One & coffee with protein mix during the day.

Can't wait to get my WW scale tomorrow!   Due from Amazon. 

Progress as of today: 25.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
I totally feel you in that frustration! I bet your body is readjusting things and you’ll get a big drop out of the blue. I think I’ve heard the term called the whoosh effect.

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Could be or maybe I need to take a big dump! LOL


bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Restriction causes cravings of the things that really aren't the body's cravings....and too, much fiber can literally get stuck in the gut.....I wrote about it today...and I had to get off the "diet" merry go round....and I feel more free than I have felt in years......I could feel my shoulders drop down to where they belong....they had spent way too mush time up around my ears lately.......It is also possible that you are not getting enough calories....

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
40 gms of the type of grain fiber in Fiber One & the hi fiber English muffins work for me, have gone that way many years. Prone to constipation & long aware it reduces risk of colon cancer. There is another kind of fiber, can’t recall name, that made me nauseated.

Think my rationale differs from most people concerned about their weight. I am after disease risk reduction & longevity, not looking skinny in jeans. Love those Blue Zone diets! Shocking how much of what ails us is lifestyle.


happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
Yum! Cake!


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
I get constipated when I eat too much fiber. Oh I just can't win, can I?

I can't wait to hear about your new scale either -- a new toy!!

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Any kind of particular fiber? I’m fine with whole grain fiber like Fiber One.

Yep! Excited about getting the scale. An Amazon fulfillment center recently opened in town & sometimes I get stuff overnight, but not this one.


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Donkey - Friday Nov 26, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 134.0

It was a nice Thanksgiving and now I am enjoying Friday off as well.  It feels like a weird day.  I cut my morning bike ride short by 10 minutes so that I could go to the store with Husband.  He didn't want to go alone, and so why not.  I can finish my bike ride later -- except that I haven't done so yet.  But I know I will.

I'm waiting for Daughter to leave so that I can go to the gym.  I imagine it will be filled with teens and young adults who are off of school.  I didn't get around to putting up Christmas lights yesterday, so I might do that today, before the gym.  The gym keeps getting pushed off, but it will get done.

After 3 days off from weights, I was able to actually go up in the amount of weight I was using.  I mentioned this to Husband at lunch, and it ended up going in a very weird direction.  IDK, he has always said that I don't lift weights correctly. He is probably right. On the other hand, he's not lifting, pulling, or pushing with inflammation, soreness, a bum back, etc.  Also, he doesn't have to lift/pull/push with hormone influctions which I think DO make a significant difference to ME and my body at times.  Well, when one accomplishes something, the last thing one wants to hear is, That's because you're not doing it right. 

Oh well, I can't let myself be distracted with things like that.  I'm not following anyone's plan. I do what I do because:

Right now, I have to start focusing on calories more than anything else.  Mindfulness, optimal eating, remaining calm.

Progress as of today: 52.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
You are so right.....you have to do what works for you.......Be proud of what you are accomplishing......rather or not hubby wants to admit it.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
In total 100% agreement with Bear's comment and your feelings on the issue of lifting weights. pay no mind to hubby's comment. i also do not do things perfectly when it comes to my own lifting and pushups. and it really hasn't affected me badly. i do what i do and i'm happy. just do you; i wouldn't concern yourself with being perfect in form...really i wouldn't!

did you end up doing more bike or gym? i ended up having an off day, very much on the couch with a little break when i went out on a short walk to the supermarket. a rest day over here but today is back into reality a little more!

Donkey on 11/27/2021:
I went to the gym and did heavier weights on my legs. Either a hamstring or a gluteal muscle started to complain about having to exert itself (LOL), so later on at home, I *did* ride the bike, just to keep the muscle from tightening up too much.

I believe that because of that easier bike ride in the evening, I was able to avoid any lingering tightness on my right side/ham/glute/back/hip. It's that darn right side that is so vulnerable.

It's actually a great thing that Husband made that remark because I *am* challenging myself at the gym more. At home, the weights will be lighter because I'm limited on the equipment that I have. Plus lifting free weights doesn't have the same "safety" mechanisms that a machine has. Free weights are still great though as they challenge the muscles in a different way.

I'm quite fortunate to have my little gym at home! :-)


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coffee&calories - Friday Nov 26, 2021
(Calorie Counting)
Weight: 117.0

Food intake today:

Breakfast: 250
2 frozen waffles - 200
Handful raspberries and bite leftover kids yogurt parfait - 50?
1 black coffee and 1 black decaf*
 
Lunch: 400
I made a really good low-calorie chicken chilli yesterday. Each huge bowl is 280 cals. Adding some sour cream 20. Broiling some cheese (70 per slice of Monterey Jack) on top of it and it's so good with diet 7-Up. Leftover veg soup 30

*I started drinking coffee more throughout the day and it's really helped my energy levels. I think I thought it is bad to drink coffee in the afternoon so I generally wouldn't or would have a decaf but then would be so extremely drained and tired by the evening I just felt like I couldn't move my foot one more step - and would use food to give me energy. When I realized how ludicrous that is, I started drinking coffee for energy even after dinner. Who cares what The general public says about coffee and how it's bad to drink and it will affect your sleep… It has surely only made my week completely successful in both calorie intake and I have no trouble sleeping. Problem solved. The reason I had a decaf this morning is I just wanted a drink but I didn't need the energy. So I don't want to overdo the caffeine as it could make me jittery, if I drink a whole bunch at once, and then ironically I end up crashing and feeling more tired. So I just want to have enough to take the edge off my tiredness without making my tolerance too crazy high. In the end I'll probably only drink 3 to 4 cups which really isn't bad. 

 

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
Why is your breakfast so small, mostly simple carbs and caffeine? Doesn’t it set you up to crash and crave sugar?

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
You are right, it was a garbage breakfast! I usually wouldn’t do that. It was an anomaly because the kids have a PA day so I just kind of ate what they did without thinking.


bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I have been forgetting having extra coffee myself and I'm glad you brought that up....It also fills me up for about an hour....I don't mind cold coffee so it takes me that long to drink a cup usually....very good idea!!

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
Glad it works for you too! I’m trying not to frontload my coffee too much too early in the day, and then I can enjoy it here and there throughout the day both when I need a pick me up and something to tide me over


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
I usually have a cup of regular coffee around 3pm to get me through the work afternoon. I can go as late as 4pm, though if I need an extra push. Some folks, though, can't do any caffeine in the afternoon. Coffee doesn't affect my husband at all. So go figure!

You've said a lot of helpful things about letting feelings and cravings pass before actually acting on them. That is really good advice. I know for myself, I find myself taking a "time out" to make sure I'm in a good place mentally, which also is a way to let time pass. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not always about letting time pass. I tried that once, where it was like, "OK let 30 minutes pass" but I didn't do any of the mental work behind letting time pass, e.g. relaxing, refocusing, etc. So letting 30 minutes didn't really mean anything.

Anyway, good advice and definitely something I need to be more aware of and practice more.


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Nothing wrong with coffee all day unless it causes insomnia. The husband does it everyday. I stop mid-afternoon due to chronic insomnia.


bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I can drink a cup and fall right to sleep......it gives me energy but also allows me to sleep as well...don't know why,


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
^My Husband is like Bear -- coffee doesn't affect him.


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Hey Calorie forecast calculator… I took my garmin data and integrated it with google sheets. I plug my calories into it at 3pm after the bulk of my day is over to se if I need to eat more than my usual 2500 calories to stay within-200 to -500 by midnight so I’m not crazy hungry and ready to eat the floor at bedtime but trying to hang onto my fast to control my blood sugar without medication. I’m 5’11, 240lbs and days where my dad is partial assist can skyrocket my calories to 6000 after a run and yard stuff. I should make an app out of it.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I didn't realize you were Canadian! so happy Belated Thanksgiving! haha!

wow, you get 10k steps without adding in more activity!? that's amazing! i intentionally add in all exercise to my lifestyle as i do not have kids or a hubby/boyfriend, and i do have a car, so it's just easy for me to not push myself or move around...but i try to get exercise and weights in for concistancy and i always feel better, too, when i am moving around. that's really great that you have built in momvement! i have a friend who travels the world as a photographer and she thinks people are nutty who go to gym - lol - she thinks they should be all like her, physically fit naturally but hiking, walking, being outside! i say, good for her! ;)

nice job per yesterday's entry staying on track. the more you stay on track, the easier the habit becomes :) proud of you!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
sounds like a tasty breakfast, very similar to what i reach for. satisfies my stomach and sweet tooth!

your chicken chili sounds GREAT! plus there's some liquid and possibly a little "heat" to it, both of which are filling and help to satisfy you. i look forward to some more crockpot/slow cooker meals to come this Winter.

i agree, if you can tolerate coffee in later afternoon/evening to go for it.

if it does mess with you sleep and you do end up not being able to fall asleep or wake up, then change the habit to a decaf coffee or tea.

i agree that instead of food, a little caffeine is prob the best way to go assuming there's no negative side effects like not sleeping :)

nice job figuring that one out!


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happy-1 - Friday Nov 26, 2021
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.0

  1. Friday Nov 26, 2021 5:32 am:

Made it through Thanksgiving... about 8:30 am I went to go pick up the order at Sprouts and discovered my neighbor had parked 10 inches into our driveway. Enough for me to pull out, but because of the steep driveway and concrete fences, I needed someone to guide me out. I burned all my energy out trying to find which neighbor it was. By the time I came home, I was wiped. I just trudged through the rest of the day... washed dishes, baked sweet potatoes and squash, laundry, tidied the living room, fixed the heater, warmed up Thanksgiving dinner and ate with dad. The thing was, every-time I got up to do something I was so tired I was on the verge of tears. No anxiety or depression... straight up exhaustion. I really, really felt the lack of REM sleep and the 3.5 days of recovery that Garmin said it would take after wednesday's run. I marked a "C" for crash on my progress wall... the thing I need to avoid. Maybe ginseng tea before a run is a bad idea.

I also ended up taking glipizide 2x yesterday. Not good for me, but no way around not moving and eating Thanksgiving dinner. At least I made the best worst choices:

  1. Pulled off thanksgiving dinner with dad without incident. Had a list of 20 questions to ask seniors from some magazine ready to redirect the negative trains of thoughts.
  2. Ate too many snacks, but didn't go overboard on Thanksgiving dinner. Saved my piece of pie for breakfast :) 
  3. Built up enough sleep drive to get to sleep on time and wake up on time... 9-4. Setting myself up for success.
  4. Blood sugar wasn't too crazy high last night even though I didn't stop eating till 6:30 pm. Goal is 5:30 pm.

Waiting for Garmin to post stats at 6:30am to see if I got enough REM seep. Drumroll... Hard to make a plan for today until then. I'm not optimistic... Body battery didn't charge much. The bare minimum is:

  1. Clean the bathrooms.
  2. Have dad's friend stop by.
  3. Write challenge content if I have anything left in me for that.

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
6:37am. Nope. Not enough REM… 43 min. Also, no driving for me today. I wonder if 3.5 days is the number of days it will take me to get enough REM sleep again? Augh. Where is the CPAP?


bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Getting blocked in by the neighbors is one thing I do not miss about living in the city.......Plus in 1 house...the only way into our driveway was through the business behind us...parking lot......when their parking lot was full...we had to find a place somewhere up the street to park because we were the corner house and there was no parking near the corner........High curbing was all around us so it was that way when we bought it....plus there was the worry about theft......that was on the regular....UGH!!!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Yep! I hate the city. I feel like I am trapped in a giant garbage dump on top of concrete.


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
I still think you did a wonderful job of getting through the day successfully!

That's incredibly rude of your neighbor - whoever it was. Maybe it was someone like me who can't park to save her life. :-(

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
TY!!!

No... it was a bunch of Hispanic dudes with an F everyone attitude.


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
What is a body battery? Is it a Garmin feature?

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Yes… https://www.androidauthority.com/amp/garmin-body-battery-1209128/


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bearcountrygg - Friday Nov 26, 2021

Weight: 126.0

 I have been giving the word "diet"...a lot of thought these last couple of weeks...........what we eat is our diet......so I guess when it all comes down to it....we are really talking about "weight loss diet" here.....   or maintaining a weight.

Since I had to make a decision within the month to either drop or keep the WW program.....I gave it a 2 week go.........It was a lot of work....and I found that I could not consume a minimum of at least 1,200 calories a day and stay within points.....it was interesting and challenging and frustrating as well........it took the enjoyment out of just sitting down to a meal....in fact......anytime I have ever followed a rigid weight loss program, weighing, counting, restricting always took the enjoyment out of the meal.  Cravings and denial were frustrating.  

For me....cravings need to be listened to....they never let me down.......( not talking about the desire to eat 12 desserts here)....but talking about actual food cravings that don't go away if ignored ( real specific meal type foods)..............

Quantitiy is something that got me into my old original weight....I was eating cravings but in larger portions than necessary.....I had gotten away from savouring something slowly and had started gobbling something quickly and then waiting a couple of hours and doing that again....toast with butter and peanut butter several times a day........eating something up because there was "that amount" left in the serving dish....That is how my weight rose and rose......then when I noticed the weight coming on......I got anxious and started eating more...I remember a specific time where I thought....I'm just going to stuff my face...get real fat....and then go on a diet and lose it........okay....Did that.....and it actually worked...of course it took a lot longer to take it off then it did to put it on........and eventually....I decided to do that again....putting it on was easy.....taking it off wasn't as much fun the second time............and as I got older it seemed to take a lot more out of me.......while the first time....my skin snapped back really well....I had zero excess skin......so doing that at age 50 was okay......fast forward 20 years.......and the skin did not snap back........a little of it did....the majority of it did not......of course for any  70 plus year old....thin or fat...the skin changes......it gets translucent, it becomes something like crepe paper....it loses the fat layer below it and suddenly you are seeing veins that used to be well hidden.....it does not snap back.  Losing weight in the later years is quite different.........best not to be doing the gain and lose thing then........surely if there is an over weigh issue then it is better to lose it then....but the total effect is different......definitely best to go in to the later years at a good weight and maintain that. 

With all of the years of counting calories...and counting points..weighing ounces.....and avoiding sugar or carbs........food went from something natural and enjoyable to something to be nervous about...to fret over......to look at as the enemy when all that did was make me want it more....Tell a kid to NOT jump on the bed....and all he hears is JUMP ON THE BED........tell someone to NOT think about "SOMETHING"...and suddenly all they can think about is that "THING".....dieting and food worked that way for me....The more I focused on it...the more I wanted it.

The fact is...I KNOW what a SERVING is....and if I don't know...I can quickly find out..........and that is what I SHOULD eat.....a serving...not the entire package....not 5 of the..."THINGS"....but a serving....if it is true that the normal stomach is about the size of a persons fist...then that is a very good gauge.

This morning I have made a firm and final decision to drop all of the counting......have what I'm craving.......eat a serving size....NOT WHAT WILL COVER MY PLATE...NOT WHAT IS LEFT IN THE PACKAGE OR ON THE TABLE.....but a reasonable amout ....enough to take the hunger away...but not so much that I am over full....but just enough.........

This morning I thought about breakfast for awhile.......and decided on a 1 fried egg ( cooked in ghee)....a partial thin slice of leftover ham, 1 slice of cheese on 2 pieces of WW bread( it is what we had)...and a perfectly ripened pear....along with my coffee........and it was perfect.........I'm kind of relieved that I no longer feel the need to eat something because it fits the "diet".....and instead can eat a meal and feel satiated by it......it was actually kind of pretty sitting there on the plate....and I liked that....no I LOVED that!!!

 

 

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
I think what you’re doing sounds very reasonable and you’re right - it is all about the serving size. If you can keep that up, I’ll bet you’ll be exactly the same place as counting points without the constant fiddling and counting. And I also agree to eat what you’re craving. I’m doing the same thing within the constraint of my calories. And learning that I may not be satisfied with one serving, but if I wait a few minutes that feeling passes and I’m good to go.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
You are exactly right.....waiting....does prove that I had enough....and I'm more than satisfied.


happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
I like to think of diet as part of my “stack”… food for fuel. Then empty spots for cheat meals.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Using what works best for you is the right way.....how ever you can work it out.....it is freeing and takes the negativity out of food.....


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Whatever works for you! You go, girl! You have it under control. You are the Boss Lady!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I used to be so happy......and in the last few months...that seemed to evaporate.........I think I'm finding it again...I can only hope....I really do need to follow what makes me happy.


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
You wrote a lot that speaks to me and my journey. Tracking is no fun whatsoever. Hate it. Hate it a lot. However, I find that people who have successfully lost a lot of weight or who are training for a (bodybuilding) event get that way because of constant and consistent tracking. Hmm. I don't know if I could do that as a way of life. Like you mention, it takes some joy out of life, doesn't it...

Losing weight when one is older definitely has disadvantages with respect to skin. I'm noticing this, although I'm not sure it's weight-loss related as much as it's more "getting older" related. I have grabbed onto loose skin/flab and pulled up and realized, Wow this would look a lot better with tighter skin (or no gravity, LOL).

I don't think losing weight is worth prolonged sadness. Calorie-reduction may bring some discomfort, but if it's bringing sadness, perhaps the reduction is too much. ???

I write all of this as I get ready to prepare to lose a few more vanity pounds for my doctor's appointment on 12/13. So I'm really glad that you wrote what you did.

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Yup...just not as happy as in the past and I'm not liking it much.......I'm just going to take some time and change my focus a bit......coming to the conclusion did take a load off my mind...


Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
You got that right, Bear!

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Yes....


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Oh yes, cravings should def be listened to or else !!! ;)

And cheers to savoring a meal more slowly, def something I try to do at family / Holiday meals. My dad is always known to gobble it up but I try to slow down so I can both savor the food actually in my mouth with my taste buds before just swallowing as well… I do best to try to slow down my eating or just interspersing it with ….you know….veggies of course ! That’s what I did yesterday for the most part and then just limited indulgence on the other items …

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
My Mom always used to tell me to eat slower.......It took me a long time to actually do that.....its good that you can.


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
I have always found that the typical stomach, thru reading and my own tests, gets full on two cups. Whenever I would in the past try to have a yogurt, around 1 cup or a little less, I’d never be full till I relized I prefer two cups of food in my stomach of things to feel adequately satisfied - just something that’s always helped me. My lunches at work are mostly overall larger than exactly two cups, as I’d rather eat a little more volume than less. …

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
It is easy to stretch a stomach out....If you watch My 600 Pound Life program...the stomachs that they reduce in size and remove the excess can be huge.......The Dr has been inflating them lately with water and I can see how those people could hold so much.....My brother in law who had stomach cancer lost almost all of his stomach and over time did succeed in stretching it out again....but it took a few years.


horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Your morning meal sounds great ! I am surprised to hear you cook with ghee as I thought it was more an Indian food! It’s nice and rich and satisfying to cook with and has a long shelf life right ??

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
I love to cook with it....more than eating it as a spread.......It does have a long shelf life.....


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coffee&calories - Thursday Nov 25, 2021
(Calorie Counting)
Weight: 117.2

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I think most of you here are in the US, so if you're celebrating I hope it's delicious and cozy with family & friends :) We celebrated mid-October in Canada. 

ive been meaning to update but I'm doing really well. I just took all the great advice here, listened to all your comments and finally something clicked. I don't want to jinx myself by talking too soon, suffice to say I'm feeling in control and very happy about that. I couldn't believe my weight was holding despite the overeating I was doing. That helped to motivate me to see that my body was responding so well to keeping the weight off. 

Im basically just counting calories, but upped back to 1600 and thats my hard limit I try not to go over. I don't exercise at all, no energy or desire, but my life has built in activity so I typically get 10,000 steps a day which is apparently good to shoot for. 

I haven't had a "what the hell effect" episode going on about 4 days now. Pardon me stating the obvious here, but I'm learning that I can feel hungry or 'not done' eating, and simply ignore that feeling. It passes anyways, and then I feel so good for having stayed in control. It's kinda mind blowing how I typically just give in to every whim. If I can get this truly under control, I'll have this weight thing figured out. 

 

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
Hey! You’re doing great! Awesome!

coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
Thank you :)))


bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
It is possible that you have not been getting enough calories....and while they say that it takes food 20 minutes to reach the stomach...we once had a 5 year old swallow a penny....we ended up spending the night in the emergency room where they xrayed her every hour...it took several hours before it reached her stomach....and then 4 more days to totally pass through her system completely......That says a lot there.....You are on the right track....Great work!!


happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
Good job listening to your body! Gotta love introspective awareness!


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Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Nov 25, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO THOSE CELEBRATING!

 27.75 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. 

See about price of fixing the zipper on fleece...possibly at the boot shop before checking out the tailor. Otherwise, throw it out...

Hand-sew my ripped pillow case during the long Thanksgiving break...


my weight is pretty stablized since i adjusted it a couple months ago on here. i was the weight posted prob 2 months earlier, but, i didn't want to change it unless i really knew i could keep it lower because otherwise i felt it was going to be a burden to force myself to do something that i couldn't "naturally" do without too much continued effort. so things are good on that. and weirdly enough, i do not even feel so skinny and don't look it either. seems the weight is very proportioned. not even my face looks skinny. i guess my body is used to it. sometimes it takes work though, and i def pay attention to what i eat or i'd eat more calories than i have been.

yesterday's edit i did end up getting out really early from work yesterday at around 2pm instead of 3:30pm, and walked an extra hour on top of my regular commuting, i believe. walked thru some poorer areas of nyc, but very similiar to my starting place by where i work. basically all similar surroundings. what i did was, i basically walked thru the park a little by work and then walked to Broadway as Broadway (yes the same broadway as near Times Square but northern Manhattan not near the Theatre District), as Broadway follows a subway route so i knew i could get on the Subway whenever i felt like it...so i took Broadway going further up north until i decided i was good with the walk and ready to go home!...I walked thru like 3 diff neighborhoods and came upon an interesting looking subway station, that i had to search for on my maps app and was lucky it was a few blocks away - bc the Broadway line seemed to have ended a few blocks back... and i went home. It was good to just do something different. my dad of course told me i shouldn't walk around there, but, honestly, i have to take that with a grain of salt bc it if were up to him, i wouldn't take any risks...and then my routine just would be that....very routine. :)


11/25/21 Thurs, Thanksgiving - Mom said to come over after lunch. So, since I had quite a nice excursion last night, today i've slept in, rested on couch and will go to parents after lunch with a bunch of little gifts and flowers I picked up on my way home, close to home, before getting on the bus where i guy sells flowers at the exit of the last subway station i use getting home. $5 a small buch of 5 roses; i buy two when getting them for others; so it's a nice bouquet to bring home to my family :)

Small snack around 7:30am before cleaning a little and heading back to bed - 2 chocolates 100

Breakfast: 2 packets strawberries and cream oatmeal 220, with almond miilk 30, coffee 50.

Lunch: salami 2.5 servings. tasty. 300. might have some pretzels or carbs soon...yep, few plantain chips 100.

chips 50 to hold me over, sips of moms wine negligible 

Snacks / Thanksgiving dinner, thankful for any veggies my mom will prepare...

3 servings brussel sprouts 200, serving pan fried green beans 150, kasha and bow ties 200, meat 300...850 tops 

small chocolate cake 200? Lots of cranberry and pear sauce 350
2250....

hope to come home tonight and be ready to read a little and/or search for a free walk/tour nearby to do tomorrow, maybe. if not, i'll do my own walk / small food shopping for fruit/veggies.


11/26/21 Friday, Continued Holiday....i am not sure how i will spend today...i think i may drive myself to a new (but local-ish) park...there are some park hikes as listed on a website for NYC Parks and i may just look into and join one...on the drive back, i may go to Bath and Body Works to buy around 3 3-wick candles as they are good gifts and/or to keep myself 1 or two of them. big sale, always, on Black Friday at Bath and body works on those candles, listed over 50% off.....

If i do not do a hike, I will start the day with weights...and may actually do both weights and the hike, not entirely sure :) will decide Thursday night!


11/27 Saturday - Leave apt around 10 to get to friends at noon:  see renee, her hubby eric and baby Andrew Sebastian :)... if nice weather, we will go for a walk / bbq :)

CALL THE BAKERY?


11/28 Sunday - (1st night Chanukah) - 

GO EARLY TO THE BAKERY?

I think my plan is to do cooking ....

I also need to order / buy a bday cake for someone at work who always does all the buying / shopping....and i want to make sure it's all done and done right by me....very important to get this right...


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).


11/30 Tuesday:

Light 3rd candle, end of workday


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

Light 4th candle, end of workday


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday


12/3 Friday - Bring menorah home to have it at my apt, since i only have 1 electric one and no other, light 6th candle tonight (but may just leave it at work for ease...will decide closer to this date).


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight

12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Have a great Thanksgivng with your family today and the little guys birthday celebration.....I can understand where your Dad is coming from....Parents worry...that is what we do best!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2021:
omg, thank you for reminding me to bring the baby's gifts (pants and shirt) i bought him! and card! i almost forgot!!! :) Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Have a nice Holiday with friends & fam!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
Thank you!


Donkey on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving! And your plans for tomorrow sound lovely! I enjoyed reading about yesterday's walking adventure, too!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
it was nice to get the walk in, i realized i could only do it because i don't have kids or family...idk, it was great to get the exercise in.


coffee&calories on 11/25/2021:
It’s really interesting to read about adjusting to a new lower weight. Did you go down in size? Also, do family members or friends comment on your weight loss at all, or say you’re too tiny etc? In the past when my family would comment it always made me so uncomfortable.


coffee&calories on 11/26/2021:
I’m also wondering this…to go down to your new lower weight, did you noticeably or consciously decrease your calories, and by how much? Or was it just a natural progression of lowering weight by continuing to eat the way you were eating.


happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
This sounds like a Hallmark holiday movie right before the “cute meet”.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
i don't understand your comment, help me out and provide further explanation, Happy :)....


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Jacky82020 - Thursday Nov 25, 2021
(CR & Cardio & Exercise)
Weight: 108.8

  HAPPY!   This is the Air Fryer I really love!   Sometimes wish I got the red instead of Eggplant 


 

 

Woke up at 4. Tried falling back asleep for nearly an hour, but couldn't.   So turned on light and am on the iPad.   Matt should  be up soon & then I'll grab some coffee and hop on the bike. Failed to pass 20k Fitbit steps yesterday.   Wanted 30K, but too many things to do.

Nothing special for Thanksgiving here.   Family & friends far away.   Will air fry a steak for Mark & bake him a potatoe in the microwave.  Will stir fry my beloved Normandy Blend vegetables & eat only that for dinner. Don't like beef much & only really like the air fried potatoe wedges.

Can't wait to get the new WW scale!   and look into all the fancy things it claims to do. Should arrive Friday. 

 

Progress as of today: 25.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving.

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Right back at ya, kid!

Matt is up, I’m on the bike reading the newspapers.

We need to stabilize a tank base with 2x4’s. Not sure if there’s enough around & fairly certain Lowe’s is closed. Probably everything is but restaurants.

It will be interesting to see how crowded Walmart is tomorrow around 8 or 9. They open at 5 & people line up in advance for bargains, so it may be ok by then. If not, we’ll leave. Hate crowds, long before covid.


Donkey on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving! Having a low-key holiday is special for me. Yes, I miss everyone (sort of - IDK), but I'm glad just to be home.

We're having beef for our dinner too. Just not really big on turkey. I like cold turkey sandwiches, but they aren't a favorite. I didn't want to deal with days on end of leftover turkey.

I have a fancy scale - "Ironman" brand - but it weighs me about a pound heavier than my original scale, so I don't use it. Husband does though, so it's not a waste.

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Gonna have to check out Ironman! Amazon is very good on free returns. Should I like yours better.


happy-1 on 11/25/2021:
Air fry steak? Post a photo of that!!!! I figure I will get my dad an air fryer for Christmas. Any advice?

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Yes! It comes out perfectly! No fuss, no muss. About 5 minutes per side for a one pd steak. This is for rare. Be careful, unless you like them well done. You can always add a few minutes, but can’t take away overcooked.

I have 2 Air Fryers. A $60 Bella one from Ollie’s & a bigger one with shelves from eBay. Believe it cost less. Love it! And it’s purple! Came in many colors. Refurbished. But looks 100% new, all original packaging etc,

I’ve seen the same PowerXL (eBay) at Walmart for. $129. Gonna check for you now & see if I can find that eBay seller .


Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2021:
Happy Thanksgiving! I LOVE seeing that image with all the smiling fruit and veggies!

I like the eggplant AF!

also, i can't wait to hear more about your new WW scale. i see you posted a bit about it down there below. i have a glass scale too, but it's not WW and it's basic, but it workss!

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Thanks, I always wish I bought the other color on many things.

Looking now at the Ironman scale Donkey has. Pricey. See pic at top.

Donk, which one do you have ?


happy-1 on 11/25/2021:
The ironman scale is super expensive. The garmin scale helps true up the stats from the watch… plus the bodyfat reading keeps me from despair as I gain weight. At least it’s not all fat

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Yeah, I was surprised at how expensive Ironman is. More than the Heath O Meter triple beam balm balance.

Sounds like you have a very excellent scale there! The WW does fat too. But I know nothing of the accuracy


happy-1 on 11/25/2021:
I guess a big one with shelves makes sense. I don’t see myself buying 2

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Saw the second larger capacity one with shelves after purchasing the smaller Ollie’s AF. Loved it so much I bought the bigger one. I’ll probably wind up donating the first someday. Have all the instructions etc. Useless to me now.


Donkey on 11/25/2021:
My Ironman scale looks more like the one on the right, but it's not that one. For one thing, I paid about half as much, at least. I don't have a model number but found "BC-553" on the front. The scale is about 15 years old. It measures weight to the 0.2, muscle mass, fat %, water %, bone density, metabolic age. I think that's it, I think?

Hope that helps!

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2021:
Thanks, Donk!


happy-1 on 11/26/2021:
I am going to have dreams about that steak, ty!

Jacky82020 on 11/26/2021:
We get them at a small local Italian market. Less than half the price of other grocery stores.


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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Nov 24, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 27.75 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. 

See about price of fixing the zipper on fleece...possibly at the boot shop before checking out the tailor. Otherwise, throw it out...

Hand-sew my ripped pillow case during the long Thanksgiving break...


yesterday's edit i did end up getting out really early from work yesterday at around 2pm instead of 3:30pm, and walked an extra hour on top of my regular commuting, i believe. walked thru some poorer areas  of nyc, but very similiar to my starting place by where i work. basically all similar surroundings. walked thru like 3 diff neighborhoods and came upon an interesting looking subway station that i took home. was good to just do something different. my dad of course told me i shouldn't walk around there, but, honestly, i have to take that with a grain of salt bc it if were up to him, i wouldn't take any risks...and then my routine just would be that....very routine. :)


11/24 Wednesday! ("Friday this week!") - public trans!!!, added an hour to my sunshine time. i may push to do extra walking later and/or do leg exercises at the park by work before i go home, just to get the leg routine in before i am too tired after commuting tonight once i'm home. So, yeah, my def plan is to do leg exercises directly after work, at the park over here.

Breakfast: banana and coffee 150, 2 small Italian tricolor cookies 150 approx. 300 approx.

Snacks: wrap 100, cream cheese 100, lox 50 250

Lunch: thick pizza grandma-type slice it's called 600 at least, but i brought a salad to go with it 100 with seasonings to fill up. and had a coffee black after. 700-800

1350...

Snacks: black sweetened (stevia always) coffee

Dinner: leftovers from yesterday, i will push myself to have the other sweet potato half as it's so healthy...now it's Thursday the next day and i sorta forgot what i did & didn't eat last night...it was the rest of the sweet potato with leftover wild mushroom salad on top 150 tops, leftover other salad no dressing negl, 2 bags of recently delivered dried fruit - low cal jackfruit 200, also i had a couple chocolates 100. i think that's it. i had a dream or something that i had nut butter, but i do not think i did?

1800 i think!

if i leave work early, then i will go directly home, i think, and do legs at home later...maybe sit on bike later..but, we'll see...this company hasnt' gotten out early yet for holidays so i doubt it....just a thought in my mind that popped up!


11/25/21 Thurs, Thanksgiving - With family today, plans TBD.


11/26/21 Friday, Continued Holiday....i am not sure how i will spend today...i think i may drive myself to a new (but local-ish) park...


11/27 Saturday - Leave apt around 10 to get to friends at noon:  see renee, her hubby eric and baby Andrew Sebastian :)... if nice weather, we will go for a walk / bbq :)


11/28 Sunday - (1st night Chanukah) 


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).


11/30 Tuesday:

Light 3rd candle, end of workday


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

Light 4th candle, end of workday


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday


12/3 Friday - Bring menorah home to have it at my apt, since i only have 1 electric one and no other, light 6th candle tonight (but may just leave it at work for ease...will decide closer to this date).


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight

12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 11/24/2021:
Now wouldn't it be something if Barbara Freethy was fake DD Jacky, lol!

Good for you for taking public transit and getting in some walking! Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get your leg exercises in today. You may just want to get home ASAP. I know I wouldn't stay late at work to do my push-ups today, that's for sure!

horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2021:
....the good thing about staying late is that i will not be delayed by most traffic since my commute is mostly by train...which is a good reason to just do the leg exercises...and knowing that tomorrow i may choose to skip all exercises purposely since it's a day with family...so i'm trying to push myself to do what i can before i take a full day off, most probably, tomorrow...

Happy pre-thanksgiving to you....

right, i can see Jacky writing this book....but so far i'm not impressed by Barbara's vocabulary / descriptive ability. i think jacky could do better LOL. her writing sounds a little juvenile compared to the other things i've read recently!

horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2021:
and it's actually on a NY Times Bestseller list...this book!


Maria7 on 11/24/2021:
Hope you have a good day, HOP!

horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2021:
oh, thank you!, you too!


Jacky82020 on 11/24/2021:
LOL! Been a long time since I read or wrote a romance novel. Never a fan, only read nonfiction. But some writers dummy down their prose & some writers are just plain dumb.

I had a lot of fun in NYC, Manhattan, when there was a big conference for Harlequin Romance writers. Mostly because I ditched their lame events & explored on my own. It was my first visit to the Big Apple

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2021:
haha, yes, i had once went to a conference, and tried to get out of it and go explore, but one of the good women with me didn't want to break the rules...i'm prob lucky for that.


bearcountrygg on 11/24/2021:
Clementines and sweet potatoes.......on my menu this week too....lots of goodness there.

horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2021:
so good.!!!


happy-1 on 11/24/2021:
I haven’t read a romance novel since I started dating and real life did not live up to the novels in any way shape or form.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2021:
agreed. they are def fantasy and more dramatic / interesting lol.


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