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KathyBlue - Saturday Jul 04, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hi Everyone!

I'm lazy today. Eating is going well, I'm putting my menus in the MyFitnesspal right now. 

My breakfast:


Street view from yesterday afternoon:

Horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2020:
you win on this site for most beautiful scenic photos! the food looks nice and light and healthy! :) enjoy your day!!

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

Hello girls!!!

My friend suggested I use MyFitnessPal. Do you have any experience with it? It's great that it lets me scan bar codes, but it doesn't let me change the names so ... almond butter came in Spanish... My OCD shrieked... If I could change the name to English, I could just screenshot and copy / paste here...

I had a generic doctor's appointment today but I cancelled it... It's just to get blood and urine regular checkup prescriptions, but I feel too lazy and shy today...

Today's menu:

08h00 - two slices of rye bread toasts with some almond butter, and a slice of bacon. A huge coffee with milk - make it two... :-)

11h00 - coffee with milk, again.

Lunch was red raddish, cheese, bacon... like a snack.

Dinner was awesome though, 3 eggs omlette with mozarella cheese. :)

Today's picture:

Regular street view from the city. Yet another typical landscape, and a typical painting on an electricity box. The storks are very popular in this city, and one can find literally hundreds of them on top of buildings, often their nests full of babies nowadays.

This photo is not the best in terms of view, but I really like how the different tones of the color blue are present all over the place. And as I explained yesterday, the run-down, abandoned buildings are also part of the old city.


Donkey on 07/03/2020:
I've heard MyFitnessPal recommended by many. If you can get it to work for you, then great. But what works for one might not work for someone else.

Lovely pictures! I'm wondering if there is a lot of skin cancer in Portugal, seeing as there is so much sun.

grannyannie on 07/03/2020:
I have friends that went to Portugal earlier this year and loved it. I haven't been yet.

Maria7 on 07/03/2020:
What a very beautiful stock photo! Thanks for sharing!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/03/2020:
no, i don't use myfitnesspal!

but i do love your photos. nowhere in my area do we see painted electrical boxes. i love that in your city there's a desire for art, beauty, to make old things or boring things or ugly things ...to make them NICE, pretty, a joy to look at.

I love all the street work, the stone-lined streets. just beautiful.

New york city and Queens has so little of the beauty here! so thank you for bringing it to all of us on DD! i love to live through others!

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2020:
I've heard good things about My Fitness Pal. Im love your pics!

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KathyBlue - Thursday Jul 02, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

 Hey Amazing people of DietDiaries!

I feel so motivated! I'm not measuring anything regarding to weight, or anything... I only measure my happiness, improvement in mood and improvement in physical aspect (not the looks, but for example if I feel less exhausted, if I can do things I couldn't do before... exceed my limits basically).

So I noticed several improvements today and I really feel very motivated and happy. My foods are still full of dairy and I have the impression that not everything is logged - for example I remember having a slice of chourizo last night and it's not listed on my food list yesterday, lol. I think it was a sudden craving or something. And I also think it's okay until it's not in excess... My main problem is that sometimes I won't stop at the first slice... sometimes it's craving overcoming my mind completely, and sometimes it's the guilt telling me "f... it , I already scr..wed it up so it doesn't even matter anymore if I have more...". I don't feel these nowadays, and I'm extremely happy about it.

Today's menu:

08h00 - 3 slices of thin rye bread with cottage cheese and fresh veggies, coffee milk

12h00 - coffee with milk

14h45 - few slices of chourizo, 2 slices of cheese, cherry tomatoes and raddish. Lovely! A 40gr sugarfree ice-cream.

 17h00 - a strong cappuchino (had sugar) from Lidl 330ml.

19h00 - cold milk, and a very small amount of fruit juice.

Today's photo (I will post one photo per day of my city):

This is a typical view of my city. They painted all the electric boxes with paintings related to the county or the country. Another "feature" of my city is the big quantity of abandoned houses. I understand this city was full of life a century ago or more, when the center of the cork production was here. But when it closed, people moved out because the available jobs reduced significantly. I guess that some of these buildings cannot be sold because it's very difficult to find their legal owners now. Even this apartment we aqcuired last September when we moved here, had certain challenges because it was a heritage and all the documentation had to be digged up from old records.
Still, about the cork: We have a huge, also empty at the moment building called "A fábrica do Ingles" (the factory of the Englishman - direct translation).  It's an important heritage of the region, as it once was an important cork factory, and the region was one of the most important cork producers in the country. Sadly it's closed now so I can't post photos of it but I will try.

innerpeace on 07/02/2020:
I get the same way...F_ck it! I know it's not good but it is so much easier. I hope you have a great day. I love the picture of your city.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/02/2020:
although it's abandoned it is still a beautiful looking building!

i also used to have a REAL BIG problem with stopping eating things. now that i allow more food into my diet, i have an easier time stopping after a reasonable amount. it took me a very long time to get to where i am at now!

Maria7 on 07/02/2020:
Wow, it is beautiful, with the street lamp and pretty flamingo! Thanks for posting this photo, Kathy. I also love your positive attitude and you are SO right...that we should all measure not by the scale but by how strong we are feeling and how happy we are. Thank you. Love, Maria

grannyannie on 07/02/2020:
Sounds like a great attitude! Your photos remind me of some villages in France.

grannyannie on 07/02/2020:
I used to post photos here - I'll start doing that again as well. Livens up posts!

KathyBlue on 07/03/2020:
Yesss!! :)

happy-1 on 07/02/2020:
I love the Flamingo!

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KathyBlue - Wednesday Jul 01, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

 I don't remember what I had last night for dinner :(

So I noticed I am forgetting small snacks or details of my foods... and sometimes there's no way I can note it down immediately. I also don't want to become obsessed, given my historical, I could become obsessed in a very short time... 

08h00 - 3 slices of thin rye bread with cottage cheese and fresh veggies, coffee milk

11h00 - one more coffee with milk

13h00 - grilled salmon fillet with cherry tomatoes, a sugarfree ice-cream (40gr)

16h30 - coffee with milk

18h00 - two slices of cheese, almond butter and 2,5 slices of bacon

19h30 - milk shake, banana, berries, semi skimmed milk

22h00 - some cold fruit juice (200ml, 66g carbs) and a greek yogurt with fruits no sugar added.

Hey, how about a photo of my little beautiful city again? This part is always part of my morning walk.

horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2020:
Your city is so CLEAN! I love the cobblestone streets and those cute sunflowers too! Beautiful place to live !

KathyBlue on 07/01/2020:
It is clean because there is a big team who cleans the city every single day. :)

grannyannie on 07/01/2020:
Good meals today!

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2020:
Such a beautiful place you live in.

Maria7 on 07/01/2020:
Oh, how beautiful! LOVE the sunflowers!!! Please take some more photos and share with us. I've never been overseas before and I enjoy looking at photos of places I've never been to. Thank you for this pretty photo, Kathy.

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KathyBlue - Tuesday Jun 30, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hi Girls and Gents!

It's still very hot today... Yesterday evening, 9 PM it was still 29 Celsius degrees, and humid. That's 85F... 

My legs and arms are full of skin issues. I have psoriasis and it seems to be aggravating with this constant heat. My legs are full of open wounds now, and my arm, on the inner elbow, looks like it's burnt or fungus-infected... I don't know.. I am going to have to see a doctor about this..

Today's menu:

08h00 - huge coffee with milk (half water half milk, no sugar), 3 slices of rye thin bread and salmon flavour cottage cheese spread (sorry ), mortadella

12h00 - coffee with milk again... some mortadella as snack...

14h30 - 2 slices of Azores cheese and some chourizo. Raddish.

16h30 - a fresh 200ml apple and strawberry juice. 15,5mg carbs... but it was FRESH....

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2020:
Awww....Psoriasis is a rough one to deal with.....hopefully you can get into the drs office soon...open sores are never good.....you DO NOT want to get sepsis...my sister in law went through that last year and ended up in the hospital....((HUGS))

Horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2020:
so sorry to hear of your skin problems. i have some skin problems too, but it's usually dry skin on my scalp and acne. skin issues can be so frustrating! hope you will get something to help it soon!

grannyannie on 06/30/2020:
Only 19C here. I get psoriasis on the back of my neck. Gets rough and patchy. I use an excema cream on it after every shower and it helps a lot.

happy-1 on 06/30/2020:
Hugs. I feel you on the skin issues. I had that stuff when I was in high school. Only got to the point of sores on the backs of my knees. I don't know why it cleared up except that as an adult I stopped drinking soda.

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KathyBlue - Monday Jun 29, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Good morning!

Monday it is, another working week! Weekend was calm, very hot so I didn't have the energy to move a lot... The flat needs urgent cleaning... HELP!  

Today's food:

07h30 - a huge coffee with milk, a slice of rye toast bread (this is really small and thin, and crispy) and a slice of cheese. This was very satisfying for the morning. 

11h00 - a coffee again, with milk

14h00 - two slices of cheese with two slices of bacon with almond butter. This is a very satisfying meal actually...

16h00 - coffee with milk again...

20h00 - We went to eat out at the Burger Ranch. This is the same as Burger King but national (Portuguese). So, normally I have a wrap menu (this means a wrap with fried chicken and hot sauce and fried chips and ice tea). Now I asked for the wrap menu the same but I asked for grilled chicken, and a diet coke, without the french fries. It was less of a damage.

23h00 - mortadella as snack and a sip of milk

Donkey on 06/29/2020:
It's been very warm here, so I was watching the weather this morning, going I could turn off the AC soon. Next week is supposed to be even hotter.

bearcountrygg on 06/29/2020:
Quite nice here...but warmer later...inside...the AC feels like a blizzard...LOL....Cleaning going on here today...

legcramps on 06/29/2020:
I think you posted how hot it was there last week, and I just don't know how you're managing to stay positive in that kind of heat! Is it also humid? It's been warm here lately, but we've had rain off and on so that's given us short bursts of cool air here and there.

KathyBlue on 06/30/2020:
It is humid yeah... I HATE IT...

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KathyBlue - Sunday Jun 28, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hello Awesome Community!

I woke up late today, around 8h30 AM. This is good, because I fell asleep close to 11 PM so I got some really nice hours of sleep, although... nightmares are back, due to the medication. I had this before too, nightmares... and they are really nasty ones, always involving my beloved ones in some stress situation... not easy. But I really slept like a log, I don't remember tossing and turning like I did before.

Today we need to go out again... but I think I will shift that to the afternoon. Kid wants to show off his new t-shirt he got me to buy yesterday in the clothing outlet, with a huge dinossaur on the front saying "Sorry, it's too late to run." . There was one with Bugs Bunny saying "Ain't you a STINKER?" but there were only bigger sizes, LOL... Otherwise I swear I would have bought one for him, hahaha...

Today's menu:

08h30 - huge dose of coffee with milk; 1 slice of lean bread with 2 slices of bacon and 1 slice of cheese. A 125gr soy yogurt I opened but kid ended up not eating it... This last one was not planned but still OK. No use to stress over it.

13h00 - Kid wanted milk shake... so we made one, no sugar.. but lots of low kcal and not so low kcal fruits: forest berries, banana and mango. Medium fat fresh milk.

15h00 - two slices of cheese, three slices of bacon, some almond butter. A sugarfree ice cream (40gr).

18h00 - some very thin rye bread slices (4), Skyr spread (like fresh cheese cream) and cornichons.

19h30 - leftover pizza (CARBS again...), very small amount from kid, with fresh cold milk.

 So, this is the place I used to live, a year ago I was still there. Yes, with a private pool for the condo and view to the ocean. Too bad I got severe allergies because of the agriculture products they've been using. It was fresh air all the time and not this exaggerated heat like in this city (but I still love where I live now... I just miss this place too...):

happy-1 on 06/28/2020:
That pool looks like heaven.

Donkey on 06/28/2020:
What a beautiful picture!

I play "clean up eater" a lot in my house too.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2020:
I enjoy bacon on toast too and find it very satisfying! Some nice carbs and fat and a small amount with coffee is typical style for me!

Pizza and pill sounds at least satisfying!

I’d miss that place too - folks with private pools are lucky for sure right now !

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2020:
I might pizza and MILK !

thinkpositive on 06/28/2020:
I can see why you miss where you used to live.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2020:
Darn autocorrect!

happy-1 on 06/28/2020:
Yum, pizza.

legcramps on 06/29/2020:
omg, that pool!

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KathyBlue - Saturday Jun 27, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

 Saturday, busy day...



07h00 - big coffee with milk, two slices of lean bread with cottage cheese (salmon flavour), a peach

11h20 - a bit of ice cream , just a lick really :-D

14h00 - grilled chicken wings with some yucky lemon sauce (I really dislike all sauces except for hot sauce and mayo/ketchup or plain soy sauce), cherry tomatoes

18h00 - soy yogurt Skyr (has sugar but it's fine) .


Today we had some fun outside but it was too hot...

bearcountrygg on 06/27/2020:
AWWW...Your little guy looks so cute!! What a fun place to play in the sand!

Donkey on 06/27/2020:
Beautiful picture!

I'm not a big fish eater, so the flavored cottage cheese has me perplexed ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/27/2020:
Well you have me craving salmon cream cheese ! I may need to buy some and soon !!!

Your son looks adorable from this side view :)

grannyannie on 06/28/2020:

happy-1 on 06/28/2020:
That rock climbing wall looks fun!

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KathyBlue - Friday Jun 26, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hey Ladies and Gents :)

I'm in a hurry... I just want to show you my view from my balcony... we have a massive medieval castle behind the apartment. I LOVE IT.

Today's menu:

07h00 - huge coffee with SK milk and water

08h00 - a slice of lean bread with cottage cheese (salmon flavour)

10h00 - milkshake, SK milk, water, half scoop of Whey and frozen berries

13h30 - two slices of lean bread with cottage cheese 

16h50 - a slice of lean bread with three slices of bacon and a slice of cheese. Awesomeness!

18h00 - Skyr soy yogurt with strawberry (150gr - has sugar)

20h15 - 5 fried meatballs (this is not good food but I'm okay with it)

My city, lower castle area:


bearcountrygg on 06/26/2020:
What a BEAUTIFUL place you live it!!!!

Grannyannie on 06/26/2020:

Horn_of_plenty on 06/26/2020:
Yes your view is amazing and the drink looks delish!

Thinkpositive on 06/26/2020:

happy-1 on 06/26/2020:

happy-1 on 06/26/2020:
And good food choices!

Donkey on 06/27/2020:
LOVELY!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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KathyBlue - Thursday Jun 25, 2020
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

So... I restarted on Elvanse (medication for ADD) today. I took 20mg dose per day earlier, now, after almost 1 year off, I'm taking it a 50mg dose. I hope it will work without side effects. I had constant headache from the meds the doctor gave me when Elvanse was off market... so I had to stop all together. Now I'm positive!

Today I woke up with a headache. I took 2 painkillers because I'm in panic that this may be the migrane coming. I have migraine almost every month, around the menstruational cycle (which is happening now) so... I always hope that I don't get it , I almost always end up having it and it means 3-4 days of constant headache, throwing up and basically zero effective functioning... no food intake for 2-3 days because it just comes back up... 

So now I'm anxious because the migraine can coincide with the starting of taking Envanse again and I don't know if it's the migraine or it's side effects of a higher dosage... Well, odds are, it's the migraine... but still. 

Today's menu:

09h00 - two sips of SK milk and a teaspoon of almond butter before leaving to drop kid in pre-school

10h00 - coffee with milk

10h30 - protein milkshake, with frozen fruits: half a banana, some berries, half scoop of Whey. I tried to put half milk half water, and it actually worked. I think from tomorrow on, I'm going to put more water in it so it's bigger and it contributes to water intake. A slice of cheese.....

12h00 - coffee with semi skimmed milk

14h30 - milkshake for lunch, pretty much the same as earlier.

18h00 - uhh.. 4 slices of the fitness bread... 120gr in total. Fresh Skyr cheese, and salmon flavoured fresh cottage cheese.


grannyannie on 06/25/2020:
I've heard how horrid migraines are. Hope you're okay.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2020:
Well thats good you can start taking the medicine again and it sounds more like the migraine is due to your cycle to me ! Either way, know that you’ll feel better soon!

I once had a real migraine and yes it was terrible !

innerpeace on 06/25/2020:
Ugh...migraines, hate them. Hope you feel better.

legcramps on 06/25/2020:
I'm sorry you are experiencing a migraine. If it is due to hormones, is there something you could take - like birth control - to help with that?

KathyBlue on 06/26/2020:
Never helped, but messed up my moods :(

Donkey on 06/26/2020:
I had a migraine once. It was awful. You have my sympathies.

happy-1 on 06/26/2020:
I used to take Vyvanse, the US name for Elvanse. Have you tried taking your blood pressure? I had to cut almost all added sodium and drink tons of extra water when I was on it to keep headaches at bay. Also, it can cause tiny muscle contractions in your neck and cause headaches. Osteo Bi-flex was the other thing that got me back on track.

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