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Innerpeace - Friday Jan 24, 2020

Weight: 328.9

For the last two weeks I have been looking for tahini because I have a few recipes that called for it. I can never find it at the stores, or else I don't know where to look. I looked by the peanut butter the Asian and cultural sections and I can't find it anywhere.

Last night my cauliflower shwarma called for tahini, so I decided to make my own. Yeah, not a fan. My roasted sesame seeds tasted burnt or my blender got too hot blending and made them taste this way, after blending the sunflower seeds with olive oil and salt, I added a little lemon juice and plain greek yogurt, it was nice and creamy but I still tasted hidden notes of burnt. I wilted some kale with garlic and mixed my roasted cauliflower with the kale and a little tahini on my wheat pita bread and it tasted very good with the spices I used. I may make this again...with something different than tahini - is the tahini what makes is shwarma? I may never know, but I think even taziki sauce would have tasted better or I just don't know how to make tahini.

DH was home early and was able to eat warm food, but he was off to bed quite early as he had to be at work at 7:00.

Another traffic issue this morning...man weather or no weather, people here in CLE are having driving issues...I was late for work, but the operations people were listening to the radio and heard about all the traffic issues, I wasn't the only one late.

B: toast with hazelnut spread

L: left over shwarma

D: TBD, DH and the girl are taking care of dinner

This weekend is supposed to be snowy again, we have some errands to run.

Pants for the girl, pick up love seat, the girl has a craft class at the library and grocery shopping on  Saturday

Wind Symphony concert on Sunday we need to go to

Busy weekend. Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2020:
Walmart carries tahini....actually I think it does have a bit of a burnt flavor naturally.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2020:
Near me, I think the tahini is by the peanut butter ?

Wow nice try making it yourself you are a trooper !!!!!this weekend I’ll be doing tons of cooking ... well more than usual and enough for most of the week :-)

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Innerpeace - Thursday Jan 23, 2020

Weight: 328.9

You know it is going to be a bad day when you meet a truck on the highway and it turns around in front of you with flashing lights "FREEWAY CLOSED - PREPARE TO STOP" Oh yeah, days like these, I just love to sit in my car for an hour on the freeway, so I flossed my teeth. I called DH and told him to leave and go that back way if he wanted to make it to work on time.

I sat in traffic for 45 minutes, I was late for work and I was almost late for a seminar about a new safety program I needed to know the changes about. Crazy, crazy morning.

I do have a webinar this afternoon to learn about inventory, that i've done for the last five years, so this will probably be a snooze fest.

I picked up the girl last night and she was "allowed" to spend the night. She ate periogies, I ate the toasted raviolis. She talked about her Grease play and she is in the ensemble - not the entourage.

B: sprouted grain toast

S: tiny slice of lemon pound cake at the seminar.

L: nachos with black beans, roasted corn, tomatos, onion, avocado, a little cheese and sour cream (and I mean a little - very little) This after watching Scary Dairy - but I can't just throw it away, maybe I should.

D: Cauliflower shwarma a recipe I found

We have the girl this weekend and I think we are going to go buy jeans. Oh - we are supposed to get our new loveseat today...but DH is working daytime, so I guess we can do that on Saturday.

Have a great night IP


Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2020:
Bummer about the traffic stop.....I-75 gets like that here sometimes and throws everything off..

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2020:
do you mean the girlie is playing clarinet in the pit orchestra?

ohhhhh cauliflower sharma sounds AMAZING.

and speaking of black beans, i'm making black bean brownies prob this weekend!

innerpeace on 01/24/2020:
No the girl joined the high school drama club and she is acting/dancing/singing in the HS play, which is Grease. She is also in the Wind Symphony in the Northeast Ohio Youth Orchestra, she does that on the weekends, and she has a concert on Sunday 1/26. She keeps up pretty busy.

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Innerpeace - Wednesday Jan 22, 2020

Weight: 328.9

I made the spinach artichoke casserole with rice. NOTE TO SELF: Vanilla unsweetened almond milk is still sweet!! OK lesson learned. Needless to say, this didn't work well in my casserole. I could still taste a sweetness that I didn't like. DH had some when he got home and he said...don't make this again! LOL.

Tonight I have to get the girl, she has a dental appointment for a cleaning. She also is in the entourage for the Grease play at her school. I hope she likes it. She also found her earbuds, which I am happy about.

They are messing with DH's schedule at work and I think he is working 9 am - 7:30 pm. He should be home by 9:00 pm so I will get to see him a few more hours.

B: toast

L: left over spinach artichoke dip (i couldn't do this so I dumped it) - strawberry poptarts, clemetines

S: sweet and salty granola bar

D: probably toasted ravioli - haven't though this all the way through - dental appointment is messing with schedule.


have a great night! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/22/2020:
That sounds like a better work schedule for hubby......and I think all of the alternative nut milks have a sweetness to them...water may be an alternative for some things in place of milk or vegetable broth.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2020:
at least you tried an alternative recipe...i'm the queen of breaking the recipe and having things taste....so weird!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2020:
but lately i'm pretty lucky with only slight recipe deviations.

Donkey on 01/23/2020:
That's good to know about vanilla almond milk!

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Innerpeace - Tuesday Jan 21, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Got on the scale today, not impressed. I guess I will have to make more changes...like adding exercise but I so don't want to feel the pain this will surely cause.

I snack too much and my portion size is too big - I will get some measuring cups out.

We had a YMCA within five miles from our house, however, it was closed about two years before I moved up here. The closest YMCA is about 15 miles away and takes maybe 25-30 minutes to get there in good traffic longer if traffic is bad. We were members but I stopped because we never used the Y and everytime we wanted to, there were events going on and we couldn't use the pool (it was never free swim when we were there). Now, we are a member of Anytime Fitness and there is no pool and just enough room for the equipment...and it smells. And my anxiety is not good in this place....I will make a goal of getting in this gym by 2/15/20..until then I will do workout vidoes in my home.

I have vision insurance, however, I was told when making an appointment, I would get better deals wihtout using it. WTF? How does this work? Aggravated!

The girl wanted contact lenses. I told her maybe. However, she seems to have lost her earpods she got for Christmas already...not even a month and $229 down the drain. DH says, if she can't keep up with her earpods, she isn't getting contact lenses. It's really not the same, but I see his point. I have Credit Union rewards and was able to get a free pair of earpods from somewhere, however, these were not good enough (they didn't fit in her ears right - WTFE!) and she didn't want them, so DH uses them. Anyway, she was smart enough to talk her way into the more expense Apple earbuds, I told her she would lose them. No I won't..She made it a point to show me every other day she still had them, however, I guess something happened from Sunday afternoon until this morning because they are gone now, she said she will look again in her mom's car....but Oh well! I won't be buying anymore of these.

About our conversation yesterday - DH mentioned Sunday that we should not go anywhere on vacation and just stay home. Save money so we can go to Hawaii next spring and see my son. The girl said she wanted to go to Corpus Christi, TX to see the Selena museum. - not caring about this AT ALL. I don't mind staying home.

Anyway the girl called yesterday and said she didn't want to go on vacation, she did want to go to the Justin Bieber concert in Cleveland in August. I can't find tickets under $300, so I'm going to have to say NO to this as well, I don't care to see him and DH would be forced to go...just NO.

B: mixed berry oatmeal bake

S: sweet and salty peanut bar

L: leftover lentil sloppy joe, 2 clementines

D: spinach, artichoke something - DH said no more beans for a few days.

Are lentils...beans - bean like but lentil!

Work is crap today...it might as well be Monday.

Have a great night. IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
I agree about the contacs....she would have to be super careful with things before I would agree to those...

Horn_of_plenty on 01/21/2020:
i also agree about the contacts...maybe wait a little more on it.

in the subways metro transportation in nyc, they say they find ear buds on the tracks!

i eat big portions too...i have gotten into a bad habit of it more than ever this year.

Donkey on 01/22/2020:
Agree, agree, agree!

I get a cheaper price on dental if I don't go through insurance, which is good because I no longer have dental insurance. Because my eyes are so bad, it's expensive no matter what. I'm waiting until I need reading glasses before I get a new pair of glasses. I'm almost there.

Donkey on 01/22/2020:
About the gym: find a place that you like, that is convenient for you. Otherwise, you'll find every excuse not to stick with it.

This is not YOU you, but just speaking generally. Been there, done that.

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Innerpeace - Monday Jan 20, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Monday  was a big fat bust - migraine all day - the falling snow was even too loud!  

I was alone the whole day and slept off and on.

B: mixed berry baked oatmeal 


D: sloppy joes made with lentils

DH spent all morning with the YA getting him a car. And the girl called to say she would rather go see Justin Bieber in concert than go on vacation- yeah uh whatever! 

Slept and slept 

tomorrow will be better

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/21/2020:
Justin Bieber??????? Seriously?????

Make her go on vacation. She can't get that time with her dad back.

Donkey on 01/21/2020:
It's too bad that your day off was consumed with a migraine.

If the girl doesn't go on vacation with you, is it just the two of you? Nothing wrong with that.

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
I hope that migraine is gone now!

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Innerpeace - Sunday Jan 19, 2020

Weight: 328.9

 Oh Sunday...you came now leave!

Up at 7:00 went back to sleep and got up at 8:30. 
DH left to pick up the girl to go to orchestra practice but then when she gets here she doesn't want to go so she just hangs out, I am doing laundry and both DH and the girl are lying around and playing on their phones and watching TV. I asked the to unload the dishwasher and they raise a big stink! WTF! I spend all morning washing clothes and you can't freaking unload the stupid dishwasher. After yelling the two of them finally unloaded it while I was folding clothes. 

she went back home about 6:00.

i cooked an eat loaf - made with cannolini and kidney beans, carrots, bell pepper, onions mushrooms and oats with lots of spices. It was actually pretty good with mashed potatoes, gravy and spinach. DH said he would even eat it again. 

B: toast and over night oafs

L: PB&J 

D: Eat loaf, mashed potatoes and spinach 

off tomorrow my do something maybe not it snowed all day and may just stay in.

have a good evening!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/20/2020:
Have a great day off today! I hope you get to relax a bit.

happy-1 on 01/20/2020:
Good for you for standing up for yourself... Didn't realize DH was complicit in not setting the pace in the house for his daughter to follow! Makes your job 1000% harder to maintain boundaries. It might be stronger if you talk to him and then he talks to her? BCG knows better though!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
eat loaf, thats cute :)...i may try it too :)

Donkey on 01/21/2020:
I am quite familiar with the reluctance of family members to contribute to housekeeping.

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Innerpeace - Saturday Jan 18, 2020

Weight: 328.9

 I probably would have slept later than I did but the puppy jumped on my head and woke me up. It snowed about 3-4 inches. It also rained most of the day. Cold wet snow!

DH and I got around about 10:30 and went grocery shopping. People in Ohio do not know how to say excuse me. This aggravates me. I was looking for something and had my cart there and this lady just tries to squeeze through. I see out of the corner of my eye and it's like she is trying to sneak by without being seen. I look up and move my cart - she could have gotten by sooner if she would have just said excuse me! Dumb ass! This happened two or three times the last time I just stood there waiting to see if they would say anything but they didn't. I just said to DH, 'baby please move the cart' he did they went by without even a thank you!

DH got KFC last night 

B: toast

L: Arby's 

D: salad

laundry and house cleaning tomorrow 

menu planning and meal prep!

have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2020:
What really ticks me off is when the store employees block the aisles while they load the shelves and then look at me like I don't have any right being in the aisle......I so want to tell them that they wouldn't have a store to work in if there weren't customers...but I don't....I remember the good old days when stock boys (WHICH WERE TEENAGERS)carried a small case of product out and always moved to let shoppers by.....Now they are adults with flat beds parking them across the aisle to keep us out....people!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
it snowed here saturday too....and we have some neighborhoods with extra rude people at the supermarkets too!!!!!...for real, certain neighborhoods.

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Innerpeace - Friday Jan 17, 2020

Weight: 328.9

I picked up the girl. She is a major drama llama, seems like she is always in the middle of something. She had to put together a vision board for her future. She posted things on it about being a music producer, this girl and music I swear she loves it so much. She also had that she wanted to take classes at the local community college and maybe before a nurse. This is news to me, but I am happy she is at least thinking about what she wants to do. She also had pictures of her family that included DH and me and the two dogs. I sometimes wonder why she doesn't have her mother and her cats and other dogs included, but I don't want to cause more drama. She wanted pizza. We ate pizza.

I told DH he can eat what he wants tonight, but I am starting back on the WFPB thing tomorrow. I told him I am cooking what I want and if he doesn't eat it, he can eat on his own. The girl too. He was OK with it.

With that being said I found a few good websites with great recipes - www.acoupleofcooks.com and verywellfit.com that has lots of WFPB recipes. I have got my meal plans ready for next week and will go shopping tomorrow...among other things.

DH told me the YA called, we haven't seen him since Christmas, he only calls when he wants or needs something. He asked if DH wanted to buy his tools because he needed cash to get a car. In the back of my head I'm thinking...he should have kept the car we sold him three years ago and I bet it would still be on the road, but no, he went and traded it in for something that was a POS and then traded that POS in on another POS and look where he is now!!! DH took the tools (that he originally purchased) and loaned the YA $500 to add to his down payment, and trade in of the current POS that doesn't run. Anyway, I get aggravated at this YA, because he won't take direction of anykind and just does what he wants to do and then he gets NO WHERE in life. He works for his step-father's sewer cleaning business and has not set work schedule and no set pay...and the mother and stepfather won't encourage school or else they would lose their laborer. Anyway, the whole bunch aggravates me to NO end.

And then my son texted and said he got a speeding ticket for a total of $157. I told him, he probably speeds everyday he was just mad he got caught. He told me he would speed more carefully.

B: Ezekiel bread with nasty cookie butter (I won't have this again - I scraped it off my toast)

S: nature valley sweet and salty bar

L: left over pizza, clementines

D: TBD DH is getting dinner

Have a few plans this weekend, but snow is coming in, so plans may be changed. And then a Breaking Bad Marathon comes on Sunday and I alrady know I will be all up in that!


Have a great weekend. IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2020:
All I can say is KIDS>>>>>>>>

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2020:

Donkey on 01/17/2020:
I wish I had cancel. Next season (6) of Better Call Saul will be the last. I'm waiting for season 4 to come to Netflix.

Donkey on 01/18/2020:
That should read "cable" not cancel. STUPID PHONE - I HATE posting on my phone.

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Innerpeace - Thursday Jan 16, 2020

Weight: 328.9

So I get home from work and I can't figure out what I want to eat...which in itself is never a good thing.

I decided to make me a bean and avocado sandwich. This would have been good, however, all of my avocados were bad. They sat on the counter a few days too long. So I had to scrap that idea.

I thought of a thousand things to do with my instapot, but still not ready to go there.

I decided on the cauliflower pizza in the freezer.

It was ok, not really what I wanted but it did it's job.

i sat and thought of all the things I wanted to do, needed to do but yet, somehow can't figure out how to motivate myself to get them accomplished.

B: French toast swirl toast

L: left over cauliflower pizza and then I bought not one but two pacakges of famous Amos mini cookies from the breakroom - i was hungry

S: clementines

D: nothing planned which is not good - but there is fried rice, lo main noodles I could heat up, but this is not really want I want.  Because of this  - I will have to go back to my menu planning to help me keep on track. I also need to decide if I want to stay on this WFPB thing which is hard because there is oil and milk in EVERYTHING it seems.

I have to get the girl tonight - I keep hoping one of these days she'll text and say she has something else she needs to do, but that doesn't happen.

I do believe my battle is never ending and I sometimes wonder - what's the point! But I will try again tomorrow.

Have a great day IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2020:
There is something to the idea that at some point...you will be so motivated that it will be near impossible to stop you. The times I have lost the best...I was driven....criticism, temptation, nothing could stop me....I'm only a couple of weeks in this time and that feeling has licked in again.....( for me...keeping it off will probably be the biggest challenge)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2020:
you just reminded me, i have frozen cauliflower pizza crusts in my fridge...must use!!! next week!

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Innerpeace - Wednesday Jan 15, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Oh girls...getting old stinks.

The PCOS increases hair growth and the little razor contraption I use to get rid of this growth fell on the floor and one of the dogs used it as a chew toy. I cannot tell you how bad I need this tool...

I used this other thing I got for Christmas last year - The Flawless thing - OMG it hurt so bad. I was almost in tears, but I just could not go to work with a full on stubble so I endured this uncomfortable pain - this was yesterday.

After work I went and picked up the girl and told her I needed to stop to get a new shaver. She said, don't go to this Wal-mart they have bed bugs. WTF?? I also heard on the news that Cleveland was ranked #17 for bedbugs...this needs to be fixed....

So anyway we go to Drug Mart and I get the little shaver and head home.

I made the brocolli and chicken alfredo

B: toast with the cookie butter/hazelnut spread

S: nature valley sweet salty bar

L: left over brocolli alfredo, banana, clementine

D: TBD - I have no clue - probably great nortnern bean and alvocado sandwhiches because I have alvocados that are going bad.

I sure thought this was Thrusday - but NOT! 

I hope you have a great evening IP


Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2020:
I didn't know you have PCOS...I had it too until I had them removed......well....that is painful...been there........I have resorted to the razor at times...and tweezers......unfortunately getting rid of the ovaries didn't help...because now I have no estrogen and that causes hair growth ( plus my french grandma gave me some hairy genes )Too bad we aren't in France...they love hair in France. I tried a dipilitory cream once and ended up with a bunch of scabs on my face...that was no fun either.

innerpeace on 01/15/2020:
The little flawless thing seems like it pulls the hair and it feels pinchy, if that makes since. It's not screaming pain, but it is uncomfortable and I'd rather not feel it...so I use this attachment that goes on DH's clippers. I guess it is a shaver. I guess I'm also glad that my hair is lighter in color. I usually can't go longer than two days without it. I often wonder if I ever get stuck in the hospital...in coma, would someone please shave my face before my beard grows.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/15/2020:
i def did NOT think i'd be reading more about bed bugs from you!!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2020:
I hear you IP....I wonder if when I'm in my casket,...the conversation will be about my facial hair...LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/16/2020:
oh....i'm one of those with lots of Peach fuzz...i wonder what will happen in the next couple decades for me too!

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