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KathyBlue - Tuesday Nov 23, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 205.0

Mini-goal: below 200 til the end of the year 2010. 5 lbs to go.

I think this is a realistic mini-goal. I'm also very ready to set up my final goal, but first, I have an appointment at the doctor on the 29th November... :-) Let's see what he says!

Thank you for the moral support, Ladies, I appreciate it. I'm so lucky to have you by my side! I love you all! 

We had a long conversation yesterday, and yes, we're better now. There are issues, and he has issues, too, so the relationship has to be taken care of on both sides. I was very short-sighted and thought about nobody but myself - and I blame him doing the same. Don't worry, I want to be happy and I want to live my life well in happiness. I just want to do this with him on my side. I want to mend our relationship, I am ready to fight and conquer. Everything has ups and downs, just look at our ECG (electrocardiogramm)! Our heartbeat is not a constant "beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep", it's a sinus sign also having ups and downs... just like our lives. But it doesn't mean that we cannot be happy, right? 

Today's menu:

08H30 - LF milk w/ coffee

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee

12H45 - 2 eggs, lots of veggies (salad and veggies), some raw salmon, veggie soup, and a nectarine (500 kcal)

14H00 - a LF yogurt

16H30 - LF milk w/ coffee, 2 whole cookies

20H00 -  veggie soup, 2 whole toasts w/ light butter and the last slice of light cheese, cucumbers (500 kcal)

22H30 - a little piece of chocolate to try

Grand total: 1600 kcal

Progress as of today: 121.2 lbs lost so far, only 65 lbs to go!

just42day on 11/23/2010:
I'm sure your doctor will be delighted with the incredible progress you've made! :)

V on 11/23/2010:
Your goal is totally attainable!! You can do it KaT...I bet you feel better after talk with your man :) SO does this mean I can stop cleaning my spare bedroom for you :( LOL Seriously I hope you guys continue to grow together and communicate so you won't have that feeling again...I am sure you will know if this is going to work or not, as long as YOU are happy :)

Umpqua on 11/23/2010:
I'm so glad you guys had a good talk! I know I always feel better after hubby and I have a heart to heart. Neither one of us is confrontational and so we rarely fight, but we will sometimes let stressful stuff build up until it reaches a boiling point. I've learned over the years to be a little more confrontational so stuff doesn't get to the crisis stage. I'm really happy for you Kat!

Umpqua on 11/23/2010:
Oh and you will definitely be in the 100s by new year, so attainable!

loveray on 11/23/2010:
i love your heartbeat analogy. im glad you are feeling better:) enjoy time with your man for the holidays!! xo

sweetpea1977 on 11/23/2010:
So relieved to hear that you and your man talked. Im even happier that he wants to save the relationship with you!!

Anyway, your mini-goal is very attainable. You will be in the 100's by New Years Day!

As for your final goal (saw it mentioned on V's diary) and people's negative reaction towards it, you may want to start being vague about the numbers. Either give them one of your mini-goal weights OR stop telling them your current weight and just give them the number pounds you hope to lose. That way, people wont try to make you feel guilty in wanting to become the healthy person you deserve to be. :)

chidogs on 11/23/2010:
I am glad for you that there is room for fixing your relationship, and that he was willing to talk and work with you. That was good news! Oh, and triscuits are crackers that are sort of like flat shredded wheat. Not greasy. Tasty good. Take care!

legcramps on 11/23/2010:
Great goal! I know you can do it Kathy :) and am glad to hear you had a talk with your man and things are looking up. It's a good day today!

liza36 on 11/23/2010:
You've got good perspective, and I'm sure talking to him helped. I hope things work out the way you want them too.

Your next goal is definitely attainable - I'm so excited for you!

moogy on 11/23/2010:
Well you sound much better today Kathy. That's great. Yes life is a series of ups and downs and if you can keep talking to each other openly about what both of you need, you should be OK. I think that with your determination and exercise you can reach your goal - you go for it!!

V on 11/23/2010:
Yes it is so funny/frustrating at all of the negative feedback comes especially when closing in on your goal...I have to agree with sweetpea about not revealing your personal goal that you have set for yourself..I find it unnerving at times that people are so rude in asking how much we weigh in the first place! No one knows the sacrifices that we have made to get to this point, well except for all the wonderful girls here on DD :) Thank you for your input my friend :) :)

KathyBlue - Monday Nov 22, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 205.0

I weighed in at the gym today, and I have 93 kgs. I had 93,7 kgs with the clothes/shoes on, so I take 93 as permanent.

I have been thinking about my relationship and I'm not happy with my decision. First of all, I'm a coward. I made this decision without confronting him, stating that I needed to do this. But, it's not that simple. I'm going to talk to him. I will tell you now about him: he has 36, and an AutoCAD technician. He's been working in a company for 7 years, connected to constructions. As the economical crisis arrived, his boss started to complain about how hard it was to get the outstanding money (companies don't pay the work). But its the boss' fault because he should go after his money, but he fears he wouldn't get new projects if he would go after the companies... I understand him but there are some 12 people depending on him so he's guilty as charged in my eyes. And my man, we met 6 years ago through an applciation called Soulseek. It's a P2P app, to share music (yeah, like Napster, illegal as it is). We started to talk, and then, we got married online (for fun) in 2004 September 9. I confess that I was stupid because I was showing him a photo of my friend as Me, because I was very afraid he wouldn't like me because of my weight. Then, I had to confess as the day arrived in 2005 when he was putting some pressure on me to come and visit. He dealt very well with the situation, asked me a photo of Me and he liked me! Then I came for a week in 2005, November. We spent a great week together, we made lotsssa love  and we cried at the airport when I was leaving... Then he came and visit me in Hungary in 2006, before that I came back to Portugal and have been living with him for 3 months just to see how it was to live with a man. It was great and I decided to move in with him in Fall 2006. He had his doubts, as one wage wouldn't be able to support both, but I told him I would give 3 months to me to get a job and if it didn't work out, I'd return to Hungary. I arrived on the 16th October, and I got my first job on the very next day. Since then, we've been living together very well. We raise three cats, we bought TV, furniture, we got the house painted, the floor fixed... but 2010 is not a good year. I don't like it. I started my diet, it's the good part. I've been succeeding - cool. But my relationship? He comes home, always grumpy, because of his work. I tell him to leave it behind, but he's unable... He's in an emotional ditch, and when I tell him to move out, he tells me: "I'm LAZY.". And me, WTF???? We have only one life, we have to live it well, there's no time for being LAZY... it just doesn't make a sense, does it...??? I started thinking, do I have to move out, do I have to close this relationship with him, in order to help him out of his ditch? He would need to move if one wage would be out of the picture, right? He would need to keep paying the bank (the apartment) and the cats (I would have to leave the cats behind), he wouldn't be able to give up, to be LAZY... but ,do I want this? I don't. I want to resolve this with him. I don't want to drop in the towel that easily, girls... Life cannot be fun and games all the time, and I need to fight for my happiness. I'm a warrior, not a wizzard.... But for this, there's two in the ring, and he needs to fight with me against all evil. He needs to be on my side, actively... so I will tell him this. I'm going to give him an ultimatum, as we say. A deadline... a motivation: Me.

 Today's menu:

06H20 - a chocolate muesli bar (100 kcal)

09H00 - an apple (50 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee, a half dark bun (300 kcal)

12H30 - tenderloins with salad (+olive oil, vinegar, chickpeas) 600 kcal

15H00 - an apple (50 kcal)

17H30 - LF milk w/ coffee, the other half of the dark bun (300 kcal)

21H30 - LF yogurt with prunes (200 kcal)

Grand total: 1600 kcal

Progress as of today: 121.2 lbs lost so far, only 65 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/22/2010:
I like your plan. I hope everything works out the way you'd like it to. And awesome job on the weight!!

loveray on 11/22/2010:
love hearing about your relationship. sometimes when we are successful, our partner (unless grounded in their own spiritual indivduality) can become complacent...speaking from my own experience, you really have to do what is right for YOU at this point. after so long of trying to pull someone else out of their stooper, it can become emotionally draining and you realize that the other person really has to commit and make their own decision to heal. You will do what is right for you, but I am a believer in taking risks and changing things for the better. Ask yourself if he is giving you everything you need from a relationship right now...if the answer is "No" - then I say move on. It's painful, but you will be surprised what may come from that decision to take care of yourself. You deserve nothing less than the moon!! xo

V on 11/22/2010:
I'm gonna have to say amen to everything that loveray just said, I co- sign it! I am going to add not to let guilt of finances get to you when making your decision unless you feel you can truly live as just friends together(I am thinking not)

selina on 11/22/2010:
Hi Kathy, I just read your entry from yesterday and I thing you've got great comments from the girls. I think that loveray is right on, you must take care of yourself. Stay well!

selina on 11/22/2010:
205 lbs is terrific!!!!

chidogs on 11/22/2010:
Kathy, I do agree with the others, however I like the fact you are making an effort to communicate your thoughts to this man and see if he is willing to change in order to salvage your relationship. It is funny how what is clear an obvious to one, the other may be totally unaware there is a problem. So you are going in the right direction and that way you will know you did make every effort to make it work. Sending you hugs. And your loss is awesome. good for you!

lifestylechange on 11/22/2010:
Way to go on the weigh in!! You're doing so awesome!!! :)

selina on 11/22/2010:
Wii fit says that I'm borderline obese and should weigh 129 pounds according to my age, hight and whatever. I think my BMI is nearing 30, that's why.... But that's ok. I'll do my best to lower that!

sweetpea1977 on 11/22/2010:
I think its very important to do whats best for you. Part of this is telling him how he and the relationship makes you feel. Maybe he doesnt even realize that you're unhappy! I think loveray said it best though. She has been in your shoes so she knows exactly where you are coming from.

Be true to yourself!

tangalyn on 11/22/2010:
congrats on the loss.. good luck with the boyfriend, i hope everything works out for the best

moogy on 11/22/2010:
The one thing that really stood out to me was that "I only have one life". Only you can make decisions about how you spend it, but believe me it goes past quickly and you are at an age where you need to find someone to be happy with, or what is the point of struggling. Will he go to counselling? You can only do your best to resurrect the relationship. If not Kathy Budapest was beautiful.

V on 11/22/2010:
Hush puppies are shoe Too Kat LOL :) They are also a sweet onion cornmeal mixture batter that is fried in oil, they are smaller than a donut hole(munchkins)They are served with butter and honey on the side, but I passed on both and opted for 1 evil delicious ball :)

V on 11/22/2010:
Oh yes I LOL all day you are too funny, free Starbucks indeed!!!! Yes Kat the kissing bandit will be leaving for the Air Force soon! Time to find a new workout pal and I will try to avoid making out with the new one! LOL

devine1 on 11/22/2010:
Thank you Kathy for your encouragement. I read your post and I hope things work out for you. I will be posting on weekends or when I gain access to a computer. Take care of yourself.

KathyBlue - Sunday Nov 21, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 206.8

Hi girls,

Yesterday I did well, on the "Yes, You Can" event. It's really difficult to talk about the event... it was something based on ourselves, the main question: Who am I?

Diet-wise: I did well, nothing extraordinary - didn't count calories though. I believe I got around 1500 kcals for a change...

BTW, one of my PERSONAL PLANS now, unfortunately, is to break my relationship up. After 4 years I don't see us going nowhere, and I need to proceed for the future. He's doing nothing, always grumpy, we had like 2-3 sexual intercourses in one year, and if I look back on this year, I don't want to see my next one like this... So, unfortunately, with lots of sorrow in my heart, I have to move on... It won't be easy, and it costs me a lot to write it down here. I still need to talk to him about this, but it doesn't seem to work. I talked, tried to talk about this before and he just never listens, never does anything to get things better... I still love him... but I love myself, too.

Today's menu:

08h30 - burpy soy milk w/ muesli (300 kcal)

10H00 - 3 small tangerines and a small apple (200 kcal)

12H30 - a slice of chicken breast, grilled, with cooked veggies and salad, a LF yogurt and two small slices of Bolo Rei (only dough) - 700 kcal

20H00 - a chocolate pudding (250 kcal)

Grand total: 1500 kcal

Progress as of today: 119.4 lbs lost so far, only 66.8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/21/2010:
I'm sorry about your current pain in your relationship. I didn't know for certain and you have never said much about it on here, but somethng told me that this might be a possibility in the future. You are making so many wonderful changes in your life sometimes when that happens, if the other person in the relationship isn't "keeping up" with like changes or growing right along side and making positive changes, too, you can grow apart. I'll be saying a prayer today that you will find a way to work it out all for the best, that you will part as friends and with no hard feelings. I have to ask - when you tell him - do you think there is any chance for violence? If so - get a friend to be with you and stay safe. This is probably not the case, but I have had experience of this nature and always want to ask in case!

hollybelle on 11/21/2010:
P.S - OMG is right 206! Woo-Hoo!

V on 11/21/2010:
I am sorry about your situation But you really have to do what makes you happy Kat! Sometimes people stay in relationships for convienince, you know so i applaud you for putting your happiness first...Its sucks in a major way when you invest so much time, care and energy and it is not reciprocated..Of course there will always be a place in your heart for him but it sounds like you guys are not on the same page, especially if he is not even open to listen to your feelings about it all..My heart aches for you my friend, but always know we are here with you, for you!

V on 11/21/2010:
Do you think that you will stay in Portugal?

V on 11/21/2010:
Sorry for stalking your page but I had to add that it takes alot of courage to admit and express that....what a brave Lioness you are :)

just42day on 11/21/2010:
I, too, am sorry to hear that you're not satisfied with your relationship. You're right that you need to keep your happiness uppermost. You've made such a significant change in your life w/your commitment to your health/weight. I admire not only that, but that you're obviously continuing to take care of yourself by being sure that you're happy in all aspects of life. Thinking of you. :)

Umpqua on 11/21/2010:
You are extremely brave and it sounds like that conference was wonderful in bringing to the surface some things that were maybe brewing in the back of your mind. Holly's comment is right on, sometimes we have to sacrifice relationships for the sake of our own personal growth. You know what is right for you and you need to stay strong!

biscottibody59 on 11/21/2010:
I guess a 120# loss has many ripples of change--wish you all the best for your future come what may!

sweetpea1977 on 11/21/2010:
Im sorry about your relationship. I definitely think that Holly is right on target with her comment. You have to do whats best for you!! Anyway, you know we are all here for you, so lean on us whenever you want.

PS. I saw V's comment about whether you are staying in Portugal or not. If you want to move, the USA is a great place to call home, hehe. All of us American girls would love to share our country with your wonderful sweet self! xoxoxoxo

V on 11/21/2010:
:) @ co signing on what Sweetpea just mentioned :) LOL wouldn't that be a hoot if you moved to Fl!!! Kat I am sure no one is aware of how I came about living in FL....Well I was dating a guy(native Floridian) I met him when I was working at my bar in Chicago (he bartended at the place next door from me) Long story short we dated for 4 years and ofter discussed our desire to live somewhere else other than Chicago...Moved here and I probably should have listened my friends and family and also that very big voice in my head that screamed don't do it...Upon moving maybe a week or two afterwards I knew I had made a huge mistake, instead of going back to Chicago to the "I told you so's " not that they would have done that, well my mom I am sure....I took this as a challenge and for the first time ever in my life have i lived alone(kinda expensive to live in Chicago without a roommate) Anyways i have never felt more liberated and empowered as I am now :) I just had to learn how to budget my money better....That was 7 years ago! I am certain that this is not a permenant place here for me but I know that and everything is possible, I suspect you know this already...Is it possible to share an apatment with one of your friends??? Jorge, someone from work, or perhaps get a studio apartment if you want to live alone...Is it expensive to rent there?

V on 11/21/2010:
Oh i will be at home all day tomorrow so if you let me know when you can call perhaps we can discuss this if you need to okay! :)

liza36 on 11/21/2010:
I'm sorry to hear about your relationship. It takes courage to come to the decision you have, and even more courage to do something about it. You'll do what's right for you, and it will all be part of your new healthy lifestyle. Good luck, and we are here to support you!

chidogs on 11/21/2010:
I just read of your situation, and I am so sorry. That is one of life's most difficult things to do. But you are very smart and will take what steps you need, to make your life right. If you are not happy then you need to move in that direction and fix what is broken, even if that is a relationship. Please take the hugs that I'm sending you, and take care of yourself.

OpenMyWings on 11/21/2010:
My heart and prayers are with you. I can empathize with how hard and heart-breaking it is... I'm in a similar boat with my fiancee right now. Four years, no intimacy or affection. It's very painful. If you need an ear, or a shoulder, let me know. <<HUGS>>

KathyBlue - Friday Nov 19, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 206.8


Weighed in today, couldn't believe my eyes... See my weight and see if you believe it. LOL...

No tennis today - weather is bad. We'll badminton during lunchtime though. And I'm going to have hidrogym today, and maybe I'll try gym also... Will arrive home late... but tomorrow I'm going to participate on a full-day event called YES YOU CAN, it's about self-development. I'll tell you about it on Sunday. Ahhh Sunday, I have tennis at 10aM. Hopefully weather won't ruin it.

Lisbon is like a beehive today, a NATO conference is taking place here today and tomorrow. Very glamourous, very annoying for the average people as the bridges are closed, airport and road securities are up.. I just don't understand one thing about this, it escapes me... with all the economic crisis worldwide, why come with thousands of people and stay in 5-star, 4-star hotels??? Why don't they stay at the embassy or cheaper accomodations... to SAVE THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY, for a change?! I know it all goes to Portuguese government now, because these hotels pay taxes, etc. but... I think this is all wrong!

Today's menu:

08H30 - a pear (50 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

 12H30 - a chicken leg from the oven, with salad, MF milk w/ coffee, a mango (600 kcal)

15H00 - LF milk w/ coffee, a yogurt and an apple (200 kcal)

20H00 - soup, etc.

Grand total: 1500 kcal

Progress as of today: 119.4 lbs lost so far, only 66.8 lbs to go!

just42day on 11/19/2010:
Ya-hooo on your latest weigh-in! You deserve it as you consistently work at it! That's fabulous! You continue to be such an inspiration (and now the world is off-balance again....) Congrats, congrats, congrats!

V on 11/19/2010:
Black Friday is a longstanding tradition in the US where the day after Thanksgiving(sometimes they open the stores at 3 am) they slash prices in half and sometimes lower...People traditionally spend their thanksgiving evening standing in line awaiting the stores to open...I never understood this phenomenon where upon opening the doors of the store people trample each other like the running of the Bulls in Spain!! last year someone was trampled to death at a Walmart :( I would much rather pay double than subject myself to such a stupid tradition! CONGRATS you are doing AWESOME!!

V on 11/19/2010:
Oh I have been meaning to ask, is it rainy season there??? Do you ever get snow???

loveray on 11/19/2010:
holey moley!! look at you go, girl!! love this. xo

Umpqua on 11/19/2010:
Wow, congrats! You continue to be a major inspiration for all of us here. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

sweetpea1977 on 11/19/2010:
Yay! Congrats on the new weight!! Pretty soon, you will see the 100's. SO AMAZING!!! I hope you are all smiles today!

chidogs on 11/19/2010:
Wheee!!!!! Bravo to you! I am so happy for you. You have worked hard. Bet you are smiling. :) I agree on the diplomat/polititians. Let's put them up in hostels, see how real people live, huh? Got your postcard! Lovely! I will try to get one in San Diego and send to you. Take care.

liza36 on 11/19/2010:
I can believe it - you continue to work hard and do a fantastic job! Keep it up!

moogy on 11/19/2010:
I am with you, it is right up there with "fact finding missions" go as ways to rip of ordinary people. Well done on your weight loss, that is wonderful. You are doing so well, an inspiration to us all.

Maria7 on 11/19/2010:

hopingforhealth on 11/19/2010:
Holy crap, girl! You killed it!!!!!!!! Congrats!

OpenMyWings on 11/20/2010:

KathyBlue - Thursday Nov 18, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 212.1

Good morning, Ladies!

Thank you so much for your nice comments and advices yesterday. I agree - one has so many obligations in life, things we're forced to do (like working, 8 or more hours per day, ARGH...) and we shouldn't force ourselves to do other things we don't like - we would end up quitting as it wouldn't be mandatory like work, lol. Even then, there are people quitting working as well, brave dudes! :-P

Yesterday I won a bottle of perfume on the Reviews for Aussie Moms forum... I'm so happy, I am not a winner type! :-D I love Donna's reviews on books. She is very honest and writes well!  I even have my own wishlist based on her opinion, for Bookdepository.co.uk ... :-) 


I went to tennis today and I had an individual training as the others didn't show up. YEEEEAH. I think they do it just right!  Then I arrived to work, and I was challenged to play badminton before starting... I was in! 

BTW , still about the wedding: If I ever get to get married, I will use pants, like this. Viva comfort!!! My friend had a wedding dress weighing SEVEN KILOS (15,5 LBS!!!!), we had to go and help her out on the WC, how embarrassing. I would like to feel GOOD at my wedding, and comfy! So check this, I mean the pants because for the top I'd like to use one longsleeves:


Today's menu:

06H10 - same as yesterday (400 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee, an apple (100 kcal)

13H00 - loads of salad with a sardine tin and a LF yogurt (600 kcal)

Grand total: 1100 kcal

Progress as of today: 114.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.1 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/18/2010:
Yay, I was the other winner, I got the beauty products. Aren't we lucky girls?? Christmas dinners vary greatly, from traditional English style (roast turkey, glazed ham, roast potatoes and vegies and followed by plum pudding) or variations on the theme, we usually have the turkey and trimmings but then have a what has become traditional ice cream I concoct using raspberries, mini marshmallows and lots of grated chocolate. Lots of other people have seafood (prawns, lobster, salads) and then there are the BBQ ers, in the back garden or at the beach. No hard and fast rules - we just do what suits each family and how hot it is on the day!!

moogy on 11/18/2010:
As for the wedding outfit, it is a bit out of the ordinary but very nice.:)

just42day on 11/18/2010:
Congrats on your perfume winnings! Ah, the sweet smell of success!

V on 11/18/2010:
tres chic!!!! I like it, mid drift and all! I would totally wear something like that! :) @j42d LOL silly girl!!!

sweetpea1977 on 11/18/2010:
I saw that the name of the perfume is True Love. Is it made by Elizabeth Arden? If so, I used to LOVE that stuff back in college. My ex-fiance got it for me as gift and I would wear it daily to keep him close (he was in the military and stationed 2000 miles away. LOL at just42day's "smell of success" joke. Too funny!

I had a very lightweight wedding dress for my beach wedding...but I still needed help with in when I had to use the restroom (only once, thank goodness!) because it was so long and I didnt want it falling into the toilet, lol. I personally couldnt do pants, since I wore them ALL the time for work. I barely wear dresses, unless it is for very special occasions like weddings and upscale parties. But, I do think those particular pants would make an awesome wedding outfit for someone else!!

just42day on 11/18/2010:
Hope the perfume smells as good as its name!

loveray on 11/18/2010:
thats very cute! i would have never thought of that, but it looks awesome especially for a beach wedding. the edamame is a young soybean pod- they taste like a fresh young pea mixed with a peanut. lots of protein and fiber:) sending lots of love your way today!

Umpqua on 11/18/2010:
Beautiful outfit there, I love that style of pants. Holy carp on your friend's dress, that's heavy duty! No gown for me, I had an off-the-rack frock from Nordstrom. It was nice and comfy!

sweetpea1977 on 11/18/2010:
Cool! Next time you send me something, spritz it with True Love so I'll think of you instead of the ex from now on. :)

KathyBlue on 11/18/2010:

legcramps on 11/18/2010:
Yeah - those pants are pretty cool :)

chidogs on 11/18/2010:
That is a cool outfit, and would really work here in Southern Calif with all the outside weddings we have! Oh! Badminton is such fun. I haven't played that in....well a lotta years. Have a great day.

chidogs on 11/18/2010:
"stay strong, not like me" OK, reality check here, dear friend. Who has lost 114 pounds??? You are a pillar of strength! I need to borrow from you. And you are so entitled to take just a little break from being good all the time. Bless you. :)

V on 11/18/2010:
LOL!!!! Came home to a little postcard from a certain fellow Leo and i have to say Thank you...Merci mon amie!!!

nita51 on 11/18/2010:
Hello Sis, I received the lovely post card today. Pictures of Budapest were breathtakingly beautiful. To see this beauty in person, must have been fantastic. Hope you get back to your tennis soon. I LOVE the gorgeous white pants on the model's picture. You would look awesome in those pants, and for a wedding, it would be most beautiful. Take Care & lots of hugs to you. Remember,,,,look out for your envelope end of Nov. or 1st of Dec. xoxo

KathyBlue - Wednesday Nov 17, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 212.1

Morning, Ladies!

It was raining last night so I couldn't have tennis today morning. I went to the gym instead. I'm having a big moral "headache" with tennis vs. gym... What happens is that I received this 12-week plan to strengthen my muscles and stuff, and I have to do this two times a week. But... I have tennis 5 times a week, and I only like gym in the morning (if I can use the verb "like" along with "gym"... BRRR) and it takes 1,5 hours to do everything written on the plan. So I have to sacrifice a tennis class, at least one because I don't see two times 1,5hrs fitting in my timetable easily. I can schedule one for Saturdays, after Hidrogym, or I can say: ok, when it rains I do gym. But I really need to stick to the plan, and it says 2 times a week. So I sacrifice Wednesday's tennis - it's the most popular class and there are 6 people on this training so it's a bit too crowded for my taste. It just breaks my heart to see, from the window of the gym, that some people are having fun on the tennis court while I'm on a bike which goes nowhere even if I turn the pedals like crazy... LOL... this is my main problem with cardio... it just doesn't make a sense!!! :-P

Today's menu:

06H10 - two slices of toast with LF soy margarine, a slice of LF cheese and burp-effect lemon/cinnamon taste soy milk (400 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee, an apple (150 kcal)

12H30 - brown rice with veggies, salad (lettuce, chickpeas, red onion, carrot, corn, olive oil and vinegar) and a yogurt + coffee (700 kcal)

16H00 - an apple and a yogurt (100 kcal)

20H00 - veggie soup and a smaller mango (350 kcal)

Grand total: 1700 kcal

Had 10 minutes of badminton with my new colleague.... :-) I have to test them all the time ;-)

Progress as of today: 114.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.1 lbs to go!

2luvself on 11/17/2010:
Maybe its time to let go of the mornings. Try doing the gym at different times in the day and see what your second favorite time of the day is. Just saying you have to do gym in the morning time could be a subconsciousness way of you making an excuse for yourself. If you want your low-fat cheese cake and eat it too your going to have to sacrifice your fondness for mornings. Trust me I was like that too, but I found that that excuse just held me back more then anything else. Once you find a different time in the day to do the gym and stick to it-it becomes a habit and over time you might not even like morning gym times anymore.

loveray on 11/17/2010:
i was going to ask you whatever happened with the gym dilemma...i understand your feelings about being inside and not feeling like you are going anywhere...is there an indoor tennis court at any of the gyms near you? what is this lemon soy milk? sounds interesting and burpalicious:)

V on 11/17/2010:
i guess coming to one of my gyms would be out of the question if you think 6 people is too much...When i am in the mood for "girly' group exercise, you have to get there a half an hour early to sign up for a class that fills up pretty quick,Spin class i really don' mind, but i can't deal with 30 ppl all taking step classes, there are more than a few Klutzy women in this class! @ Loveray burpalicious??? LOL Thanks for the new word, I will try to use it sometime today :)

Umpqua on 11/17/2010:
My guilty pleasure is to watch Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations while on the stationary bike. I get to see all the wonderful looking foods while working on, and that keeps me from craving them and distracts me from the boredom of sitting on the bike. I agree though, I'd much rather be outside running around.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/17/2010:
your comment on your private lessons made me chucke! you are so right though, it's hard to teach something after you take time off from it! it's hard to go back!

lifestylechange on 11/17/2010:
Have a great day

chidogs on 11/17/2010:
I am actually happy that I can't do the gym thing yet, as I realllly dislike the gym. I prefer to exercise in private, take walks etc. I figure that as long as I am moving and burning the bad stuff, it is all good. You take care and have a great day, whatever you decide to do!

legcramps on 11/17/2010:
Hope you get those workouts figured out :)

moogy on 11/17/2010:
Kathy, life is about finding things you love, I think that you love tennis. It is a sport that exercises all parts of your body, top to bottom. I am giving you advice, even though you didn't ask for it, fit gym in around the tennis and if you don't get all the gym in - too bad!! You have fun and enjoy yourself. Exercise should be enjoyable not a trial to get through, otherwise you won't keep it up.

sweetpea1977 on 11/17/2010:
I know the plan says that gym is a requirement, but if it is something you despise, I dont think you should force yourself to do it. Now, if there is a way to make the gym activities more fun, then give it a shot. :)

KathyBlue - Tuesday Nov 16, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 212.1

Good morning, Ladies! :-)

Tennis was good today morning. In 7 Celsius degs cold, foggy, dark, cloudy... LOL, I'm a tough girl, I can enjoy tennis anytime! :-)

moogy, sweetpea, V, chidogs, Nita : I sent you postcards from Hungary. Please, let me know when they arrived... I'm a bit concerned because the dear lady at the post office glued the post stamps right ON the address... I asked her politely was she was thinking... Well, certainly, it's already OK for her when I have them paid ... - for me it's only OK when the card gets DELIVERED... lol... Stupidity doesn't have limits.

 Today's menu:

06H00 - horrible soy milk (cinnamon and lemon flavour, I was burping during tennis because of the lemon, ARGH...) with muesli (300 kcal)

09H30 - MF milk w/ coffee, 2 nectarines (200 kcal)

12H30 - a sardine tin in tomato, salad w/ olive oil and vinagre, a LF yogurt and coffee (500 kcal)

16H00 - LF yogurt with a slice of toast (200 kcal)

19H30 - veggie soup and leftover poppy seed & curd cakes from Hungary (800 kcal, at least!)

Grand total: 2000 kcal

MORE wedding photos:

Progress as of today: 114.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.1 lbs to go!

nita51 on 11/16/2010:
Wedding pictures are simply beautiful. Sis you look like an Angel. I am Soooo proud of your accomplishment You go girl !!! My honey said you look SO pretty too. Thank you for the post card, I'll be sure to let you know when I get it. Love you SOOOOOO much. Love your hair style too.

Umpqua on 11/16/2010:
Glad you enjoyed tennis. And your professional makeup photos are wonderful, you look great. Hope you're having a nice day!

V on 11/16/2010:
LOL the exact same thing happened to me when i sent ya the jeans!!! I could have strangled her when she put that piece of paper right on top of all of your info and then had the nerve to tell me I had to fill out your info again??? LOl i could have strangled her!!! Thank you in advance for the postcard ;) have a great day Love ya!

sweetpea1977 on 11/16/2010:
a postcard! yay! I'll keep you posted! :)

Tennis in cold weather seems like a great combo to me. Playing tennis will warm you up but the cool weather will keep you from getting overheated. :-)

Enjoy your day!

selina on 11/16/2010:
Oh, I forgot to give you my address! No postcards for me... Have a great day, Kathy!

liza36 on 11/16/2010:
I love your pictures. You look fantastic! You can really see in your face that you have lost weight. Glad you enjoyed tennis.

selina on 11/16/2010:
Poor kitties.... wrapped in lights, lol!

tangalyn on 11/16/2010:
aww no postcard for me either!... thx for posting more beautiful pics! hope u have a great day!

chidogs on 11/16/2010:
Oooo, more really neat photos! Look at that food. I think I just gained a few by looking at it. That red dress is amazing. I will keep an eye out for the postcard! Looking forward to it very much. You made me LOLz at the reaction to that awful soy milk. Take care!

V on 11/16/2010:
As you know I am a want it now kinda girl so I should check out that site but I love browsing through the store when i am doing my selections, i also love the aroma of the coffee! LOL

sweetpea1977 on 11/16/2010:
Beautiful photos! That food looks amazing!

2luvself on 11/16/2010:
You are looking super great! What a lovely wedding you went to. The food looks dangerously good.

hollybelle on 11/16/2010:
So what's going on that you are "eating all the time" like you commented on my diary?? Could it be a temporary odd thing - or could it have anything to do with emotions of seeing old love? Just guessing around from some of the things you have been talking about lately. I know sometimes when I notice myself deviating from THE PLAN if I dig deeper I can figure out something estounding that was "in the back of my mind (heart)" that is "pushing my buttons". I am working on not having ANY BUTTONS to push! LOL! Much love coming your way and pray that you will find your serene and calm center once more.

moogy on 11/16/2010:
I will keep a look out for my postcard. Thank you very much. I am glad you got your tennis in, that would have burned up those extra calories, so it was still a weight loss day. Good for you.

lifestylechange on 11/16/2010:
~beautiful photos~ :) thanks so much for sharing!! hugs

panda22 on 11/16/2010:
WOW....I don't get on here much so I just saw the photos from your last entry....you look FANTASTIC! I remember when you first started here and now you are a completely different person who I wouldn't recognize in pictures if I hadn't seen your transformation....WONDERFUL job!! See you on Facebook =D

moogy on 11/17/2010:
Kathy, I got my postcard today, thank you, it is indeed a beautiful city with lots of history. It is lovely you must miss not living there.:)

KathyBlue - Monday Nov 15, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 212.1

Back to Portugal, back to diet! :-) I was on auto-pilot, went more or less well. Today morning, I couldn't make it to tennis, I was exhausted!!! :-( Let myself sleep til 8 AM, lol!

Today's menu:

08H30 - LF milk w/ coffee and muesli (250 kcal)

10H00 - MF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

12H45 - natural tuna with veggies, olive oil and chickpeas (450 kcal)

14H30 - MF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

16H00 - an apple (80 kcal)

18H00 - LF milk w/ decaf and a cookie (150 kcal)

20H00 - veggie soup, a smaller mango and a LF yogurt (450 kcal)

Grand total: 1600 kcal

The wedding photos from Hungary... I don't have that many because the official photos are not in my possession (yet!) so I had these and I still have some, I just have to resize them... give me time ;-)

Progress as of today: 114.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.1 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/15/2010:
I am up early today. REST! Back to regular day tomorrow????? Have a good day and a good week!

just42day on 11/15/2010:
Welcome home! Hope you're feeling better as I know you had both TOM and flu while traveling (couldn't have been fun). Thanks for sharing the pics! :)

loveray on 11/15/2010:
you looked gorgeous at the wedding - amazing! did you do your own hair and makeup? if so, i need to hire you as my stylist:) xo

V on 11/15/2010:
What a sexy confident vixen!!!! You look marvelous :)

sweetpea1977 on 11/15/2010:
You look awesome Kat! So beautiful!!

Welcome home! Im glad you listened to your body and got some extra sleep! :)

Umpqua on 11/15/2010:
Great pics, that shirt is a nice color for you :)

hollybelle on 11/15/2010:
Beautiful pictures! Lovely necklace. Your hair, your eyes, your SMILE! It's not nice to outshine the bride LOL! Seriously - you look marv! I agree with V confidence shines through, girl!

lifestylechange on 11/15/2010:
SOOOO beautiful!!! :)

selina on 11/15/2010:
Welcome back! Great to see your beautiful smile!

chidogs on 11/15/2010:
Oh my goodness, you are stunning!!! Girl, I am just in awe of you. Looks like you had a fantastic time. The bride is lovely too of course.:). I will take your advice and try to find something remotely interested in my block. It's just a street with houses, flat, busy, suburb type. I did see a squirrel on the electrical wires yesterday though. Take care!

legcramps on 11/15/2010:
What a beauty! You look great and yes, very confident! Have a great day today :)

moogy on 11/15/2010:
Lovely photo's Kathy. You are seriously turning into a knockout.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/15/2010:
wow, you are an avid coffee drinker, me too! :-) decaf only, though!

KathyBlue - Friday Nov 12, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 212.1

Good morning, Ladies! 

I just had a huge breakfast because I'm foreseeing a day of running around without eating But today cannot forget the apple and the bottle of water out of my travelling sack... I didn't tell you ladies I'm having TOM and a flu at the same time, very nice combination, I can ('t) only recommend it..... :-(

Today's menu:

09H00 - slice of brown bread with a slice of red meat on top and sour cream (650 kcal)

calories today: +/- 2200. A lot, but I couldn't avoid. Could have been worse, though.

BTW I went to the 11th anniversary of high school (you know, my sad love story, the first big Love of my Life thing, I met him in September) and now we fixed a date to meet all together... Here's a pic for the interested (LOML is the one in bright t-shirt) .. I'd have killed for a pic like this 14 years ago... but, we have to move on... we are complete strangers to each to other...:

Progress as of today: 114.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.1 lbs to go!

selina on 11/12/2010:
I hope you'll get well soon... a wedding with a flu is not fun.... take care!

just42day on 11/12/2010:
Sorry you got the double whammy w/TOM and flu. Nasty combo indeed. Hope you feel better soon!

V on 11/12/2010:
Oh no!!! Double whammy :( I hope this doesn't keep you down Kat! Please take care

sweetpea1977 on 11/12/2010:
Aww, feel better soon!

nita51 on 11/12/2010:
Poor Baby!!! double trouble???? Sis, please take care of yourself OK?. Hot tea and rest. Remember what I told you ( last of Nov. ) or 1st week of Dec. ) My turn!!!! He He He1 Love you lots! 72.1 WAY TO GO SIS! :( miss you

legcramps on 11/12/2010:
Oh goodness, that doesn't sound like fun. Hope you are able to rest at some point today so that the flu doesn't take hold of you - lots of fluids!!!

liza36 on 11/12/2010:
Hope you feel better. I just got my flu shot yesterday, so I hope to avoid the flu season this year.

moogy on 11/12/2010:
I hope you end up having a good day despite your difficulties.

lifestylechange on 11/12/2010:
great pic!! :)

chidogs on 11/12/2010:
Sorry you are sick! Hope you get better soon. That is a really fun picture. And you look so great!

V on 11/12/2010:
You look radiant in your pic, my beautiful one :)

tangalyn on 11/13/2010:
thats a great pic!! u look very beautiful!! ewww for TOM and flu, thats awful, hope u feel all better soon! have a great day! :)

hollybelle on 11/13/2010:
Hope you feel better soon. TOM and FLU! Yikes! Cute pics. which was Love of Life? Both are cuties?

V on 11/14/2010:
i snuck a peek of your photos on fb from the wedding :) You must post them on this site, your profile pic looks so sophisticated, sexy and sassy!!!! I could feel your confidence all the way here!

hollybelle on 11/15/2010:
Oh I see now! He is the one on the right. I have to stop reading so FAST!. I miss alot, but trying to keep up with everyone a little! :o)

KathyBlue - Thursday Nov 11, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 212.1

09H30 - LF milk w/ cereals (300 kcal)

11H00 - 2 clementines

15H00 - a coffee w/ milk and a hungarian pastry (400 kcal)

16H30 - tomato soup, pasta with potatoes and paprika, with sour cream (light) and clementines again (600 kcal)

21H00 - mother made me some squash soup with sour cream and onion, and some red meat, cooked with a whole wheat bread (600 kcal)

21H30 - a light yogurt

Grand total: 2100 kcal

Me with Little Monster, my mother's dog... She keeps snoring...... sounds like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, lol...

Progress as of today: 114.1 lbs lost so far, only 72.1 lbs to go!

loveray on 11/11/2010:
hey KB! have a wonderful day!! clementines are SO yummy...some of my favs - but they are so expensive in the US! not sure why...sending lots of love your way!

loveray on 11/11/2010:
ps- how was your flight and trip?

chidogs on 11/11/2010:
Sounds like a great menu for away from home. You have a terrific time!

hollybelle on 11/11/2010:
That pasta with potatoes and sour cream sound so good!

Sofia on 11/11/2010:
Your Mom's dog is so cute! Hope you have a great time in Hungary, but be careful, they tend to use a LOT of cream and butter in their cooking, which is why it is delicious. ;D

sweetpea1977 on 11/11/2010:
hahaha, Gollum, too funny. Hubby just finished reading "The Hobbit" to Ethan (20 minutes at bedtime). He started LOTR on him this week. He says by the time he is finished reading it (20 minutes a night), Ethan will be 4 years old, lol. :)

Anyway, what kind of dog is Little Monster? A pekanese?

Hope you are having a good time!

V on 11/11/2010:
What a cute poochie chow :)

chidogs on 11/11/2010:
Awwww what a sweet dog. pekinese right? Maybe? Totally cute! Thanks for posting the pic.

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