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InnerPeace - Thursday Feb 01, 2018

Weight: 303.7

DH made a terrific chicken alfreado baked dish with a kale salad, it was all very good.

The girl got her report card so they decided to go to DQ afterwards to celebrate. I was always told not to celebrate with food, but caved and joined them. Ended the day with 1944 calories, thanks to that delicious treat afterwards.

Proud of the girl though, she made three As, two Bs and a C in social studies. She did say she wanted to do art and choir in highschool. We will see how long this lasts.

Slept well, actually kept waking up thinking I was oversleeping. I really am much more comfortable and feel so much more safer with DH there during the night.

Today, DH is going for an interview, it is about 35 miles awhile, but he needs something pretty quick. I have all kinds of faith that he will find something, but there is always that little jab in the back of my brain wondering what if he doesn't? That little unemployment better kick in or else I will have to start penny pinching in a big way. Also the tax return will help some, but I had other plans for that...and it didn't include covering a mortgage payment.

B: English muffin, peanut butter 1/2 banana

S: yogurt, blackberries, granola

L: left over chicken alfredo

S: balanced breaks

D: I think left over chicken alfredo

We have the girl this weekend. If the weather isn't too unbearable cold, we may go to the ice sculputure festival, we went last year it was kind of nice. There is also a home and garden show I want to go to, but we will see.

Have a great Thursday....oh yeah and its gym night!


Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

graindart on 02/01/2018:
Celebrating with food has always been our family's way also. Whenever we have a birthday, anniversary, date night, girl's sport team win, etc. They all include food. For me, I have to limit my portion size or find a better substitution. For DQ, I'd normally order the Banana Split with 510 calories or Peanut Buster Parfait with 710 calories. Recently I've been choosing the fudge bar with 50 calories.

I'll be honest. It's a struggle. The fudge bar doesn't hold a candle to the Peanut Buster Parfait, but it does allow me to have a treat without feeling guilty afterwards.

Donkey on 02/01/2018:
Have fun at the gym!

horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2018:
i hope girlie DOES do art and choir. those things are important for overall success bc they teach creativity and also add enjoyment into the learning process...and also socialization with friends that may take part in those two classes...if she's good at art, she can become even an ART TEACHER. good money there! i know one, personally.

i'm like not creative at all which is why i could NEVER be an art teacher. However, i could have seen that for you ! you'd have made an excellent art instructor which is why maybe the girlie is talented in this...? pays well. just needs a good education / college and possibly masters (need masters in NYC after a few years of teaching). if i'd continued the teacher route, which i didn't, money would be a non-issue. but that's long in the past now.

horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2018:
as for social studies, she just needs to memorize the stuff...and study less last minute is my guess.

bearcountrygg on 02/02/2018:
Chicken alfredo looks good.

InnerPeace - Wednesday Jan 31, 2018

Weight: 303.7

Food last night - meh! It as good but you know that feeling when you know you just want to nosh on a big fat juicy cheese burger!! THAT!

DH made baked salmon and roasted vegetables and steamed asparagus - I have concluded I'm not a fan of asparagus.

Beets make for some interesting times...red poop and red urine! If you don't know, it could make some alarming times.

Ended the night with 1377 calories.

Crazy dreams last night and then my dog wants to whine likes he a puppy and can't make it down the stairs. I got up with him, gave him some fresh water and a snack. He went back to bed after he went outside and barked for five minutes.

We have the girl tonight - no plans.

B: frosted flakes

L: salmon salad, crackers, yogurt, blackberries

S: balanced breaks

D: chicken alfredo with brocolli

Tomorrow I go back to the gym....DH was there today already, so proud of him.

Have a great evening! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2018:
FOOD IS AMAZING in your photos! GREAT job lady!!!! JUST GREAT. and you can always have leftovers the next day...making extra veggies for another day....they last forever.

horn_of_plenty on 01/31/2018:
try roasting garlic cloves if you never have - they taste very good....but may produce rather vicious farts lol...

on another note, i've been dreaming a LOT too. i guess i'm getting enough sleep!

bearcountrygg on 01/31/2018:
I love beets....and I hear you on the aspapragus...I don't like that either.

Donkey on 01/31/2018:
Your plate looks very yummy!

InnerPeace - Tuesday Jan 30, 2018

Weight: 303.7

Got home and DH had dinner ready. He made the kale veggy burger with a kale salad - kale overload. Ended the night with 1324 calories. Pretty good.

DH took the taxes in to get done, we get some back, but somehow owe the stupid city $200 bucks. Whatever!!

I had a telehealth Move call from the VA. My coordinator put me on for six more months. He said I was close to my goal of getting under 300 and asked me what happened. uh...LIFE!! Priorities are askew, I give up! So I will keep on answering my 7:00 a.m. phone call.

Not a fan of the gym and I am very sore today and I didn't even like kill myself last night.

No luck for DH yet on getting a new job. This will bother me soon.

B: frosted flakes

S: yogurt, blackberries

L: tuna, cottage cheese

S: balanced breaks

D: salmon, roasted vegetables and asparagus

Have a great night IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/30/2018:
We always owe taxes since retirement...Feds and State......but I like to get them out of the way myself.

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
rest till you are not sore, then next time do a little less than you did this time...usually after a few times, you will not get sore anymore.

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
food is GREAT.

InnerPeace - Monday Jan 29, 2018

Weight: 303.7

Friday night we had baked sweet potatos for dinner. They were pretty good. I went to bed at 9:00. Ended my calories at 1559. I'm ok with that.

Saturday we were up early and dropped my car off and went to breakfast. Afterwards we went shopping and came back home. I made chicken and dumplings for dinner and had yogurt and berries. Ended the day with 1222 calories

Sunday - laundry day. Sat around the house - just no motivation to do anything. Made a pot of chili and took the dog for a walk, it was a nice day.

B: JD delight

L: left over chicken and dumplings

D: chili

S: DQ Blizzard

was over calories because I couldn't say no to the blizzard - ended the day with 1542 calories.

Monday - DH is home doing what little things he can. He has applied for lots of jobs and hopefully will get a call back soon. He did try to apply for unemployment but was having issues with some paperwork and of course he can't reach anyone over the phone, it is all done through on-line and email. He is frustrated, but I told him, there is no reason to be. Just wait.

B: JD delight

S: yogurt, blackberries

L: tuna, cottage cheese

D: quinoa burger, salad

We may have time to go to the gym tonight, we will see.

Hoping you all have a great evening! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

graindart on 01/29/2018:
I really need to stop reading people's posts today. I keep seeing foods I love but really don't have good self control over portion sizes when eating them. Love sweet potatoes, but I want a large one with lots of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and maybe some mini marshmallows. That one sweet potato with the toppings I'd want would probably kill my whole calorie allotment for the day.

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2018:
Is the quinoa burger frozen? Do you make them yourself?

innerpeace on 01/30/2018:
It is frozen. We got it from Aldi.

Donkey on 01/29/2018:
Hope you had a good time at the gym?

happy-1 on 01/30/2018:
Hugs! Keep on keeping on.

horn_of_plenty on 01/30/2018:
baked sweet potatoes...yum...good eats for you all around!

Have fun at the gym if you go!

InnerPeace - Friday Jan 26, 2018

Weight: 303.7

So it amazes me how my life can change in a few hours. So DH came home yesterday and told me the new job didn't work out and he was told not to come back....SERIOUSLY!! Wow...not what I wanted to hear. He said he did his best. He said they complained his hand writing was terrible and that he was too slow. Well he was just learning the job, so I'm not sure what the problem was. Rediculous! And then in the next sentence he tells me he has another interview Friday morning.

I got home and made the dinner. Here is the potato, ground beef roll, it has tomatos and spinach in it as well, with just a little cheese (parmesean holding the potatoes together and a little mozzerlla between the spinach and ground beef.

Ended the night with 1489 calories.

This morning I get to sleep in until 5:30.

DH was up and made breakfast and he went on to his interview at 9:00

B: toast, peanut butter, banana

S: balanced breaks, peanut butter m&m's (from DH)

L: left over potato roll

S: yogurt, blueberries

D: supposed to be sweet potato and blackbeans, we will see

Time to button down the wallet! DH is on the job hunt again.

No real plans this weekend. I wanted to go to an indoor garage sale and my car has an appointment to have something replaced. that is all.

Have a great weekend! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2018:
That's too bad about the job....but hopefully another comes along quickly...the food looks delish as always.

happy-1 on 01/26/2018:
Hugs. Sounds like a bad company.

Donkey on 01/27/2018:
Hope you are having a nice weekend, even with the bad news. I'm sorry. That sucks. (Sorry, no better word for it.)

Maria7 on 01/28/2018:
I like the photos of your food.

horn_of_plenty on 01/29/2018:
Gosh I am so so sorry about DH. But good luck to him on the next interview...I'm sure he is very thankful for you!

Food is creative and delicious looking :) nice showing us photos !!!! Helps me to see creativity, get ideas and motivates!

InnerPeace - Thursday Jan 25, 2018

Weight: 303.7

DH and I went to our fitness trainer yesterday. I guess he was nice. He got us acclimated to the gym and DH actually said he wants to go. I hope this entusiasm lasts, at least he is losing weight. We have the girl tonight, so we will not being going again until tomorrow.

With DH's new job he is off most Fridays and all weekend, those 10 hours days, I think he likes. He did say he was slow at adjusting to the new procedures and new testing machines, I hope it picks it up quickly or else they will boot him out the door. Only time will tell, he did say he was having a better day, so maybe.

Woke up this morning with a stiff back, maybe because of those machines, using muscles, I forgot I had, Aleve helped.

Work was crazy this week for some reason, oh, the little shutdown has peoplze acting crazy. One system they actually shut down for four hours, hasn't came back up yet, some financial thing.

Dinner last night was left over pizza - finished the day with 1439 calories.

B: toast, boiled egg, banana

S: banana

L: left over pizza - it is all gone now, yogurt, blackberries

S: balanced breaks

D: we are going to try the potato/beef roll up thing again. If it turns out I will take a picture.

Out of my iced coffee, haven't decided to make a strip to Sandusky to get some more. I just may do with out.

No girl this weekend, but car needs to be in the shop on Saturday for some multifunctional converter to be replaced.

Have a great evening! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2018:
Would love to see a pic of the potato beef roll up......your food always looks so good.

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2018:
i think 10hr days are definitely better alternative. 3 day weekends provide you with the ability to plan for 3 days of personal time instead of 2.

we waste so much time anyways on workdays that it just seems much more productive to work 4 days than 5, even if a longer day, i think that the time off is beneficial for sure.

it would benefit me, a gym-goer, for sure as i'd workout more on the nights that i can sleep in the next day. also more time to prepare food, do any errands. good.....

i know the 10hr days can be tiring, so i guess make sure he gets sleep before a workday. very good.

i'm glad you enjoyed meeting the gym trainer.

InnerPeace - Wednesday Jan 24, 2018

Weight: 303.7

Met DH and the girl at the library. It was a great event and even more so if you like hot chocoloate. We tried Spanish, Itailian, Mexican, French and Vienese hot chocolates. Most of them were very bitter to me and the others were just sickenly sweet. It was a great experience though. I voted for the French. I ate two lady finger cookies with the hot chocolate.

D: was the home made pizza on flat bread, turned out delicious. We even made enough for dinner tonight.

Ended the night with 1415 calories, thanks to the chocolate.

On schedule DH was asleep at 8:15. i was hoping working the dayshift again would get him out of this sleep pattern. I got up the same time he did and I don't fall out like that.

Up this morning at 4:30 got DH out the door.

B: toast, peanut butter, banana

L: left over pizza

S: yougurt, black berries, balanced breaks

D: left over pizza

We have our fitness consulation tonight at 6:30...maybe I will go to the gym when DH leaves....um we will see.

Have a great evening! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2018:
The hot chocolate tasting sounds like fun and it's really good that you are exposing your daughter to so many different things....you guys really do make good use of your time with her, some day she will look back on those times happily!

Maria7 on 01/24/2018:
Sounds like Y'all had a good time. :-)

Donkey on 01/24/2018:
When my husband worked nights (11p-7a), he would take a nap right after dinner from about 7p-9:30p.

When my husband worked days (7a-3p), he would be in bed between 8:30p-9p, because he had to get up so early.

You might find that your hubby is able to stay up a little later during the workweek, on days, once the stress of learning a new job wears off a bit. I hope so. Anyway, I would get up early with my husband and exercise. Now that he's disabled, I still get up at 5am to workout!

innerpeace on 01/25/2018:
Yes, my husband did that nap thing from about 7:30 to 10:30 to be at work at midnight, but he is back on day shift now. I didn't think he would still fall asleep so early. Maybe he is still adjusting, time will tell.

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2018:
hopefully just hot chocolate tastings, lol...interesting event at library i think i'd run from it bc i would be faced with too many temptations of food / drink...rather stay home. but sounds tasty, so ignore my negative commentary...

tasty foods...!

InnerPeace - Tuesday Jan 23, 2018

Weight: 303.7

DH gets home later than me now. I had the leftovers heated up with a nice tossed salad. Ended the night with 1405 calories.

I sent a few postcards and as usual DH promptly falls asleep at 8:45. He says he is just mentally exhausted from all the learning his new job takes. OK and the exuse for falling asleep so early before was it was so physically taxing. He sleeps more than anyone I've ever known.

I got caught up watching The Good Doctor and stayed up until 11:00.

Was up at 4:30, got DH out the door. watched CSI episode.

B: frittata, toast

S: yogurt, blueberries

L: 1/2 cordon bleu

S: balanced breaks

(I have a huge salad I haven't eaten yet)

D: flat bread pizza

I think we have a library function tonight, but I can't remember if we are going or not. Something about Hot chocolates from around the world.

Have a great evening! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2018:
Ok...Will you get to sample the hot chocolates from around the world????? Are they just going to talk about them? Why does that sound amazing and horrifying at the same time??? LOL If you go enjoy yourself......!

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2018:
i am sorta like your DH and new things also mentally get me...i have been sleeping TONS since my move to my new location at work, also bc i've been fighting cold virus...

just support DH....but i guess he likes to sleep LOL...on weekends you can take advantage of him! LOL

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2018:
oh and dinner sounds yummy...i'm going back to salads with dressing, now that i make my own dressing i'm happy to use it!

InnerPeace - Monday Jan 22, 2018

Weight: 303.7

Well so much for me thinking I had a secure job. Crazy day on Friday with the budget not getting approved. My boss did tell me to come in to work though.

Received a letter I am excepted (Part-time) so now I work part-time until the furlough is over. OMG so stressful, my neck and shoulders are screaming.

I left to go to my VA Move meeting, down 3.2 pounds since the 8th, so not too bad, but I can do better. When I was gone, my boss thought I left for the day, it was quite comical.

Have a fitness evaulation scheduled for the 24th after work, so I guess I will at least go to the gym on Wednesday and I started wearing my fitbit again.

F: DH made a chicken, sun dried tomoto, pasta dish, it was pretty good - ended the day with 1380 calories.

Saturday for the first time in forever...DH was there in the morning. He made breakfast the Jimmy Dean frittatas, which are pretty tasty.

Afterwards we took Steve to his vet appointment, it is so sad for me, so I waited outside in the waiting room.

My heart's right here!!

After the vet DH and the girl went shopping.

Lunch: pizza

Dinner: tacos from home

ended the night with 1343 calories

Sunday: laundry day - I didn't want to go anywhere and spend money because I was unsure of the status of my job so we stayed home and relaxed. DH and I did try our had at making some cordon bleu, they turned out nice, but kinda bland.

B: fritata, english muffin

L: balanced breaks

D: cordon bleu, mashed potatos, green beans

cordon bleu before the oven

cordon bleu with all the cheese melted out of them. Needed more seasoning or something, just reall bland, I thought.

Ended the night with 1290 calories.

Monday -

B: fritatta, one piece of toast

S: yogurt, black berries,

L: left over chicken pasta from Friday

S: Balanced breaks

D: left over cordon bleu

Today was DH's first day at his new job, It was just so nice to have him home this weekend and there in the morning when I got up. He has to leave for work at 5:15 to get there by 6:00 a.m....so early. I have intentions of getting up with him and exercising, but that didn't happen this morning, maybe tomorrow.

Have a great night! IP

Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2018:
You guys are quite the cooks! Hopefully the government will get things rolling again real soon.

Donkey on 01/22/2018:
The shut-down is over - at least for the next 3 weeks...

innerpeace on 01/23/2018:
Yes, but they have a knack to sure make it as stressful as possible.

horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2018:
Omg I forgot how you are a federal worker ! It seems things are back to normality now !? Crazy how they can just shut down like that !

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2018:
speaking of spices...i've tried cumin and it's wonderful as an extra spice on i think veggies / meat....i've used on both and it's GREAT...oh and in salad dressing

InnerPeace - Thursday Jan 18, 2018

Weight: 303.7

Just a disgusted kind of day!

So, I get home and DH made the chicken, vegetable soup that he was supposed to do, however, he forgot the ravioli and he put like a cup of pepper in it. It was very spicy and unpalatable. I ate the left over cauliflower lasagna!

Then I had a 1/2 peanut butter sandwich because I was starving. Ended the night with 1375 calories.

Lady from anytime fitness called me again, I guess I will go ahead and sign DH and I up, we better go!!!

Ate a donut at work today! My boss wasn't around. So irritated I didn't eat my salad for lunch.

B: toast, PB, banana

iced vanilla latte mix and milk

S: donut

L: yoburt, blackberries, ganola

S: balaned breaks

D: roasted vegetables (beet, sweet potato, red and yellow peppers, cabbage and carrots) with the polenta and goat cheese.

The girl was over, she played on her phone - did not have her book. She did say she gets her report card on Friday and has an A in math. We will see.

No big plans for this weekend...yet!


Progress as of today: 17.9 lbs lost so far, only 93.7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/18/2018:
i see a lotta healthy eats...roasted veg sounds amazing with the polenta as well as the goat cheese!

sorry the soup turned out funny but it's good you had that cauliflower which also sounds AMAZING.

Maria7 on 01/19/2018:
Your chicken and veggie soup sounds good and I never thought about adding pasta but that must make it extra good. Have a blessed day.

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2018:
Blackberries here are amazing lately.....and they are soooo delicious.

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