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KathyBlue - Friday Jun 03, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

The beauty of life is to experience yourself. - from today's Yogi Tea filter

Good morning, Girlies!

Great day yesterday, of 1800 kcals! Today will be great, too. The headache's gone, the weather is great. Tennis was good, and then I spent 20 min in the gym too, practicing cardio. Tomorrow I'm going to Pilates and swimming/PowerDeep, then in the evening I have the launching of the new CD's for BodyPump, RPM and BodyBalance from 5 PM to 8 PM! Lovely! :-)

A colleague of mine invited me to lunch with him and an other ex-colleague on Sunday, so I'm skipping an other stressful family lunch (phew!). Man isn't content with my decision, but I don't care too much, it'll pass him.

Today's menu:

06H00 - two slices of whole grain toast w/ LF soy margarine and a tomato, a kiwi and LF milk w/ 20% coffee (400 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

12H00 - veggie pasta (whole wheat) w/ codfish (bacalhau com broa) - (700 kcal)

13H30 - coffee w/ LF milk (50 kcal)

16H30 - nectarines and 2 strawberries (100 kcal)

17H00 - carrot pie (100 kcal)

20H30 - a nectarine (50 kcal)

21H30 - a LF yogurt, an orange and a kiwi, 2 prunes (250 kcal)

Grand total: 1700 kcal

Today's mood:

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/03/2011:
Sounds like you're doing great. I hope it's an excellent weekend!

V on 06/03/2011:
Hello there beautiful!!! You look marvelous!!!! I am happy to hear that the headaches are gone :)

thinkpositive on 06/03/2011:
YOur smile says it all! Great picture.

hollybelle on 06/03/2011:
Your hair is so cute! I love it. Great picture. BTW - I am a huge L & O fan. My favorite is Criminal Intent. I love Bobby!

KathyBlue - Thursday Jun 02, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

Good morning, Girlies!

I feel good today, despite of a small headache. Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head... (etc. etc... from The Beatles!)
I am very proud of myself, girls! Yesterday I finished around 1900 kcals, that is a bit above my 1800 limit but I had one of THOSE hungry days AND I bought a slice of a carrot pie which I could keep for an other day!!!!! WOW! Huge achievement, I say! And today is a calm day, I don't have the hunger!

So, I woke up with this headache, but I could make it to tennis. Had a +/- good training (way too windy, possible origin of the headache). Then at work! I received a raise. Yes, again. Hehe, my star is high above... still, Jorge went to earn 5000 euros per month to the UK... and I had a small raise that raised me to heavens... well, we're so small people! :-)

Today's menu:

06H00 - 2 whole grain toasts w/ LF soy margarine, tomato and LF milk w/ LF cocoa powder, a prune (400 kcal)

09H30 - LF milk w/ coffee and fibers (100 kcal)

11H30 - a peach (50 kcal)

12H30 - @vegetarian restaurant (700 kcal)

17H00 - an apple and a nectarine (100 kcal)

20H00 - fruit & muesli w/ soy yogurt and 3 prunes (400 kcal)

Grand total: 1750 kcal

A nice article from SparkPeople:

How working out less can offer the most benefits
"Where did the day go?"
Is this a common question in your life? Many of us pack so much stuff into our daily routines, there's seemingly no time to relax, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you to go through your e-mail, you could fit in a good workout? We're not talking about giving up 60 minutes either; all you need is 10.
Just 10?
Forget the ""all or nothing"" mentality when it comes to exercise. Fitness does not live or die by 60-minute workouts; there is middle ground. Short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, have been shown to share similar benefits of longer workouts.

Full article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=393

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

Em17 on 06/02/2011:
I like part of the article =). Have a great day

hollybelle on 06/02/2011:
Made my way downstairs and had a cup, and looking up I noticed I was late, ahhhhh, ahhhhhh, ahhhhhhh, ahhhhhh....more Beatles! I love that song - A day in the Life :o) Congratulations on the raise. Also-I like this SparkPeople message. I do watse a lot of time - I don't think DD s a waste - it helps keep me on track - kind of like my emotional outlet most days - my nutruring friends - always a good thing - but I surf the net, I "rest". I find myself more tired than I used to. But Exercise does GIVE me energy. I am frequently sorry I didn't exercise more, but never sorry I exercised - period! Hope your head feels better by now. <3 Holly

hollybelle on 06/02/2011:
Gosh, Kathy! I read your comment to Nosetwitch. (I'm so glad shes back.) I remember when you saw the old bf and your story but I wanted to say again - what a relief that must be - to have that off your shoulders. He was so wrong to have done that. Most of the time people who do things like that aren't sorry - BUT it surely sounds like he definitely IS. How wonderful when a wrong gets made right. It is what makes me believe in God!

getmebackto150 on 06/02/2011:
congrats on the raise!!!!! Awesome job sticking to your calories on a hungry day... I know how hard those can be... Have a good one!!

liza36 on 06/02/2011:
Congrats on the raise - you deserve it!!

getmebackto150 on 06/02/2011:
the only reason it makes me sad is that they used to have egg white and cheese wraps... Still good protein but 60 less calories... Now its a whole egg and cheese... Still a good choice, but just not quite as good as the egg white wrap...

nosetwitch on 06/02/2011:
Kathy, thank you so much for your welcome back and your comment. It aggrieved me to hear your experience breaking up. It's amazing how painful a breakup can be, and I can totally see why people stay with the wrong person just to avoid the pain. I'm glad you found some peace, even if it was so many years later. I will send an email regarding the facebook group. Thanks! And I am SO IMPRESSED with your progress. 183??? That is fantastic! You are truly an inspiration to all of us.

4meandmegan on 06/02/2011:
Congrats on the raise...every bit helps. I will check out SparkPeople, not familar with it. You are very inspiring, thank you and keep up the great job.

hollybelle on 06/02/2011:
Well, my vanilla iced coffee recipe varies. Basically I make a pot of super strong coffee - like double or almost double strength. I let it cool awhile and then put it in a glass jar in the frigerater so it gets good and cold. It will keep for several days. Then when I get ready to use it I take it out and pour over ice and add either vanilla creamer or skim milk and SF vanilla syrup of you can make it with vanilla flavored coffee. You can change it around - make it a mocha out of it or use FF half and half and skim milk mixed add stevia truvia or other sweetner. I just play around with it. I've also done hazelnut flavoring. It's all good. The main thing is get the coffee strong enough so that it doesn't water-down over the ice. I am hooked on this stuff. I love strong coffee, too. Hope that helps.

V on 06/02/2011:
Hey in re of TF..You don't have to do the extreme jumps or moves, she has a girl who does the low impact version of all of the workouts so don't let this stop you...If you have time will you email me all of the classes you have and i will let you know which ones i would reccomend :)

moogy on 06/02/2011:
Hi Kathy, Glad to read that you are feeling good and proud of sticking with it even though you were hungry. Good job:)

KathyBlue - Wednesday Jun 01, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

Hello, Sweet Ladies!

Second day of taking little blue pills... I was extremely upset yesterday, and sleepy today morning (even produced bad performance in tennis! ). I had a load of anger on me, I would liked to throw my cell phone out of the window, or even better, step on it several times... Geez. Hormones?! LOL... Anyway, I have an other hungrier day today, so I'm trying to stay at 1800 kcals. Still have 300 to "spend" but it's only 2 PM so I have to act wisely. I have two aquafitness classes in front, as my friend Andi asked me to attend two today. I'll be exhausted! PHEW.

Yesterday was an other perfect day of 1800 kcals, AND we ate out! I chose a salad with stir-fried veggies on top and asparagus cream (can't say no to this one, lol)...

I didn't exercise yesterday though, because I felt tension in my neck so BodyPump was out of the question. I had a long walk instead, and we made it to the mall (where we dined), in the evening.

Good news is: peach season has arrived, yuppeyay! Bad news is, apples are coming from South-America now. I dislike buying vegetables and fruits that travelled around the world and still look as if they would have been harvested a few hours ago... Call me suspicious. And I like to promote local by buying seasonal, local products. But I don't call myself a bio person, I'm way too distrustful for such confidence in the unknown.

Today's menu:

06H00 - soy yogurt w/ cereals, a prune and a kiwi (350 kcal)

09H00 - LF milk w/ decaf (50 kcal), a LF yogurt and an apple (150 kcal)

11H00 - a peach (50 kcal)

12H15 - whole pasta w/ poppy seeds and stevia (350 kcal), vegetable soup (120 kcal) and a slice of bio coconut roll (430 kcal)

15H00 - a peach and a cereal bar (100 kcal)

16H30 - toasts w/ cheese cream (100 kcal)

Grand total: 1800 kcal

About poppy seeds: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/203/2

Health benefits of poppy seeds

  • Poppy seeds contain many plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties.

  • Their unique nutty aromatic flavor is due to many fatty acids and essential volatile oils. Poppy seeds are especially high in oleic and linoleic acids. They contain about 50% of oil. Oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol". Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

  • Poopy seeds outer coat is rich in dietary fiber. 100 g seeds provide 19.5 g or 51% of recommended daily levels of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert which helps increase bulk of the food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and easing constipation condition.

  • In addition, dietary fibers bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in colon, thus help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels.

  • The seeds are excellent source B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. Many of these functions as co-factors in substrate metabolism. 

  • Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

V on 06/01/2011:
Hey Kat!!! Looks like you had a really good day :) Woohoo!!

loveray on 06/01/2011:
yay for perfect days!! hope you have another one today. xo

liza36 on 06/01/2011:
I didn't know all that information about poppy seeds. It's good to know. Hang in there, you're doing great!

Umpqua on 06/01/2011:
Great job with dining out, the asparagus cream sounds yummy. Sorry the pills are causing you anger, I hope that your hormones will even out soon!

YellowDress on 06/01/2011:
Yes i agree with you about apples and also i'm very suspicious about potatoes. Same size,same colour vegetables make me scared. This is the results of watching "future of food" style documentaries:) Sorry about your angry day,hope you feel better soon :)

hollybelle on 06/01/2011:
I love anything with poppy seeds. Regarding the rest of your day and only 300 calories more to spend.....I did that the other day and I made it.....I was so happy I did it in the end. Try eating some really low cal foods that fill you up like watermelon or other melon. Also I drank lots of water and went to bed early. :o) Or hey! Peaches are one of my favorites! Our peach season isn't until August here.

thinkpositive on 06/01/2011:
Interesting info on poppy seeds- thanks.Sorry to hear about the angry feelings- hey- at least you only had bad thoughts about your cell phone! Peaches sound yummy!

KathyBlue - Tuesday May 31, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

Are you looking for additional support, motivation, and inspiration? Are you interested in getting to know us on a more personal level? If so, I have just the thing for you.  The Diet Diaries Facebook group is a completely secret group that allows members to be more involved with individuals by participating in challenges and ongoing discussions about mental and physical health (as well as some fun non-health topics).  Are you concerned about privacy? No worries, I created this group to be completely secret so your FB friends will NOT be able to see that you are a member of this group or the posts you leave on the group page. Its totally confidential! 

If you want to join, all you need is a Facebook account! Just send a message  to dietdiaries@ymail.com that includes your facebook page (go to your profile page and copy the web address that shows up in your browser into the email) and your DD name. Then, one of the three FB group administrators will answer your request with a FB friend request. Once you accept the friendship request, we will invite you to the group!  :) 

Hope to see you there!

If the will and the imagination are against each other, imagination comes out as winner as the only possible outcome. Imagination is superior to the will. But they don't have to stand against each other. - anonymous (I read this in an article today and I found it super accurate!)

When there is a conflict between wanting and the imagination, certainly imagination more superior.

Good morning, Girlies!

I had a great day yesterday, too low calorie intake though... 1250, not enough, I had three classes, hidrocycle, BodyBalance and aquafitness...

Didn't go to tennis today, I let myself sleep. Foreseeing a nice BodyPump class at night! :-). I started to take the TOM restarting medication today... TOM should come on Sunday then - will be a perfect excuse to skip an other family day of eating like pigs + doing nothing.

Today's menu:

08H00 - two slices of toast w/ a tomato, oat milk (350 kcal)

09H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

11H00 - a peach (50 kcal)

12H00 - chicken curry w/ speenach and basmati rice (last dose), some orange - 450 kcal

14H00 - LF milk w decaf, half cookie (100 kcal)

16H30 - LF yogurt w/ 2 whole grain toasts (200 kcal)

20H00 - salad w/ stir-fried vegetables and asparagus cream (500 kcal)

22H00 - a prune, kiwi (100 kcal)

Grand total: 1800 kcal

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

FitAmbitions on 05/31/2011:
your exercise intensity is so inspiring!!! Wishing you a great day!

V on 05/31/2011:
Hey Kat!!! Great job on the workouts!! You are a champion!! have a wonderful evening :)

hollybelle on 05/31/2011:
Oh yeah! Good post. You are in CHARGE! Go, go, go, go! (Me, cheering you on!)

loveray on 05/31/2011:
have a great day sweetie!

thinkpositive on 05/31/2011:
Nice food items- chicken curry- yum. You are inspiring with your workouts!

FitAmbitions on 05/31/2011:
Thanks for the response to my quote, but I submit to you this; by your very response, life is the risk. The choices we make each day, the adventure we take, the journey that is this life is a risk. Do we chose to 'risk' and branch out to try new things, or do we 'risk' our day by doing the same things we have always done and expect a different outcome? Perhaps the risk is in wanting to have the same outcome day after day because that is our comfort zone? I looked at the definitions of risk, and the two that I was pulled towards were these- to venture upon; take or run the chance of AND (my favorite) to act in spite of the possibility of. Had it not been for people taking risks, we certainly would not be where we are today. Through the good and the bad, it is risk and the possibility and potantial to further ourselves that moves one forward.

Umpqua on 05/31/2011:
You are turning it around, woo hoo!

liza36 on 05/31/2011:
Glad you got some extra sleep - it's so important. Have a great day!

Supercheese on 05/31/2011:
hope you have a great day!!! :)

FitAmbitions on 05/31/2011:
You too make a fine point about the end. That is one of the beauties of quotes/thoughts and words, we all take different things from them. I would not have thought to look at it the same way as you, so you have certainly brought a new viewpoint to me today! :-) Wishing you a fabulous day and looking forward to chatting again!

hollybelle on 05/31/2011:
Well, I'm sad to say that I didn't do the Trubo after all yesterday....Neighbor didn't call and I opted for putting out YET MORE flowers around my patio and cleaning up the yard a bit. It was good exercise, though. I probably needed a bit of a rest after the long weekend. I went to get my bike out of the garage and it was already getting DARK, so I waited too long!

~Moody~ on 05/31/2011:
Thanks so much for the comment you left me yesterday~Glad you understand what I meant when I left my comment to you yesterday..

Looks like you had a fantastic day yesterday!~So much exercise, I don't know how you do it!!! Hope you have a great night!!

KathyBlue - Monday May 30, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

Watch thin people eat. Invariably, they eat when they are hungry. They don't like being hungry, so they eat. Dieters need to learn to eat when they are hungry, too. It seems so simple, but it has become a mystery. Dieters are so busy fighting hunger that they never consistently satisfy it. Then it turns on them and demands some attention. Eventually it gets some attention, too. Lots of it. Source: http://www.naturally-thin.com/books/chapters/

Good morning, Girlies!

New week, new start, right?  Yesterday had been terrible (foods), because of the family party. But nothing particulary unhealthy - it was dose problem, again and again. I just feel like being in a ditch, and I have to crawl out. So, it's from today on. I went to hidrocycle today, then BodyBalance. I haven't been there for 2 weeks, because of vacations, etc. - and people were happy to see me again, they were asking me where I had been ... Gym buddies, I love them so much.

After BodyBalance, I went to the gyneco Doc. So, everything's in order - phew. No TOM is because of the body's hormonal changes (aka. result of the diet), now I have a medication here to take during the next five days, to "reset" TOM. Wonder if.

Now, girls, can you advise me on something - I'd like to go to a doctor who treats eating disorders, because I strongly believe I'm heading for one. It's not the nutricionist anymore, I guess. At least, from what I read on this site about "Eating Without Control" (3rd page):


Direct link to 3rd page: http://www.enotalone.com/article/5567.html

Today's menu:

06H30 - a kiwi, oat milk, 2 prunes (250 kcal)

10H00 - MF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

13H00 - chicken curry w/ speenach and some basmati rice (400 kcal), a peach (50 kcal)

16H00 - LF milk w/ coffee, a peach (100 kcal)

17H30 - a peach before aquafitness (50 kcal)

21H30 - LF plain yogurt w/ cereals (300 kcal)

Grand total: 1250 kcal

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

loveray on 05/30/2011:
you can do this!! crawling out, I like that analogy. my nutritionist / therapist specializes in disordered eating (i.e. the emotional issues behind the eating) as well as good nutrition. maybe you could find someone with a combined specialty. other options are traditional therapists who treat women's issues or eating issues. good luck, xoxo

Umpqua on 05/30/2011:
Good suggestion from loveray, and good news on your doctor's visit! I really believe that you've just hit a bump in the road after being in loss mode for so very long. Look at how much weight you've lost? Your body just may need some time to adjust to your current weight and stabilize, and then you can continue losing. Perhaps that's why you've been hungry and taking in more calories? Just a theory, and I know you are mentally ready for the last leg of your journey and losing those final pounds, and your body just may need some time to catch up. You are eating very healthy foods for the most part and getting in plenty of exercise. My feeling is that as long as you're living a healthy lifestyle you are doing the right thing and your body WILL stabilize and get on track soon. Hang in there!

hollybelle on 05/30/2011:
Great, on-target, comments from Loveray and Umpqua above regarding treatment for psychological issues surrounding food. As far as an eating disorder goes - you may want to check out the following website. It is full of good information about ED and recovery. It is NOT meant to take the place of therapy in any way. Although there are forums there for people in recovery. I don't know that those would serve you as much as this site here has, but it has really good, trustworthy info on what EDs are, what they are not and some general recommendations about treatment. There are always bumps in the road, as Umpqua said. You have been in the eating healthy and losing weight mode straight away for so long and no bumps, that you were "due" for one. You have had very few "set-backs" in your new eating habits and most people do have some ups and downs on weight in the process. Also, I would imagine that you may be suffering a bit of additional stress at the prospect of your upcoming surgery and recovery. Also, understandable. I would like to suggest that you not try to suppress any emotions you may be having right now at all. Don't deny your feelings. I think of it this way - stuffing our emotions can cause us to stuff ourselves (literal meaning) with food. Sorry I got off on a stream of thought and didn't give you the website. It's: something-fishy.org You may find it helpful as far as defining what EDs are, etc. Also remember there are varying degrees of ED - and the spectrum ranges from severe under-eating to severe over-eating and many, many manifestations in between. I think the important part of this is - something caused you to make this comment and you owe it to yourself to check it out. I think you may want to consider getting some counseling prior and after your surgery. Maybe that would be a good time to work on this psychological part of your journey! Just remember, K - what you committed to yourself when you started this journey - this is a lifestyle - it is a JOURNEY not a DESTINATION and you are SO much better off than when you started. You have accomplished so much for yourself. You are the rock-star of your journey! This next leg of the trip you will conquer, too-just like you have the prior part - ONE DAY AT A TIME!

hollybelle on 05/30/2011:
P.S. Just saw your comment to me. Yes! Do send me the private message on FB about Turbo Jam.

V on 05/30/2011:
LOL!! No Gray hair...I don't color it either :)

hackersdiet on 05/30/2011:
I don't know how to look for a therapist, but on Amazon.com there are book recommendations and user reviews on books about different eating disorders. I like to read books for self-help. It is cheaper than therapy (although therapy can be fabulous with the right therapist) and if I don't like one book, I can easily try another. Each book has a different perspective and eventually you will find one that hits on your particular situation and a solution for it. Good luck.

FitAmbitions on 05/30/2011:
Lots of luck on your quest, regretfully I have no advice that has not already been posted- and I LOVE your quote today!

biscottibody59 on 05/30/2011:
Your concerns may be warranted, but your issues don't strike me as eating disordered--just from your diary of course. HoP has had days where she reported eating 4 and 5K calories several times during a week--do you do that? I'm sure you could find an online screening questionnaire from the "Eating Disorders Association of America" or some such outfit to see for yourself.

My question when it comes to hormone imbalance is SLEEP, how much do you get consistently? Do you stop breathing (sleep apnea) in your sleep and actually wake up? (The arousals also can be subtle where you don't know that you've woken up and are simply not getting restorative sleep.) Have your man watch you sleep one night if you don't know for sure. And if that's not an issue, but you're still not resting--get that under control. Some people think that not sleeping enough is admirable--multi-tasking and all that jazz--but I'm here to tell you that as you age it's so important to good health and well-being!

This is something I know about, because I have no idea how long I had sleep apnea before I was diagnosed--3-5 years at least.

And with perimenopause comes hormone issues and often, sleep issues. So if it turns out you're going through early menopause for whatever reason or you just have hormone imbalances due to the wt loss, it stands to reason that your sleep may be disturbed, which in turn may disturb many things--appetite, moods, etc.

Like I said it's sort of my pet issue. Not to go on and on incessantly:-)

I wish you the best in getting things settled.

Age (from your previous entry) isn't a killer--stress and subsequent poor health and complications are and if they don't kill you, they can certainly make for a depressing and miserable life.

I'd like to complain about aging and I do sometimes, but I've realized with menopause looming around every corner for me, there's little I can do. (I couldn't do anything about puberty when it came either.) So I just roll with the punches.

Too bad DDs is pretty much bereft of 40- and 50-somethings with it on the ball, IMO. Judging from the last couple of years of my health trials, I understand why there aren't more of us in whatever shape we're in--GOOD or BAD:-) If for no other reason than to let the younger and unhealthier among us know that you can never take good health for granted. I took mine for granted. I continue to try--many times it's so much mind over matter, and I have to honestly say I'm so much better off this year than I was last year--the time and effort has begun to pay off.

Aging can't be stopped, but ya' know what, "Use it or lose it!"

shaunnac on 05/30/2011:
hugs kathy. <3

mcwoo40 on 05/30/2011:
Going back to the pans,the best thing i have ever bought is a steamer.Was sick of having cold soggy veg,not any more.Hope we have a good healthy week :)

~Moody~ on 05/30/2011:
I don't think I can add much more to whats been said already~lots of good advice from the ladies~

As for my 14 cookie binge, and you having your own little binge..sigh, what is up with us?? LOL..I hope you don't take this wrong, but I find comfort in knowing others do the same thing as I do~It makes NO sense to eat 14 stinking cookies..and I KNOW that I will feel both mentally and phsyically sick afterwards, yet I can't seem to stop myself when I'm in the middle of a binge..UGH. It's a vicious cycle~ Sending you hugs from WV~

biscottibody59 on 05/30/2011:
I read that page 3 from above--very interesting and thoughtful. Right up my alley:-) Even though it's apparently coming to light by much research that certain people's brains under the influence of food look like a drug addict's, I like the concept on that page 3 that we're all addicted to food, water and air:-)

One can say all those things about themselves in the list toward the end of the page, but what do you do then. That's the question. I'll try to read a little more at some point and get back to you.

Again, thanks!

Hackersdiet on 05/31/2011:
Thanks for the info on bookdepository. i will check them out. :)

KathyBlue - Sunday May 29, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

Good morning, Girlies!

Perfect day yesterday! I kinda felt sorry for having my routine workouts skipped, but at the end we had a very nice day, walking a lot. And calories - perfect, I ended up around 1400-1500 kcals. We met a tennis friend downtown, I brought some treats for her from Hungary, and she suggested ice-cream. I screamed inside because I had sworn not having ice-cream or any other sweet treats but I managed to choose a "without sugar/cream" single coffee-flavor ball in a cup (instead of cone!) - perfect choice, wasn't it?!

Then, we went shopping, got wet (grr...) , came home, then went to the shopping mall again, my man had to treat his business and me, I went to collect info on dietary (iron and vitamin) supplements. I think I'm entering in some kind of 30's panic phase... I'm turning 30 in August and now I read everywhere that the body changes a lot from this age, and they speak as if it would happen all in a sudden... with skin, with alimentation, metabolism... OMG, getting old sucks big time.

Well, I'm leaving for today - family anniversary party... Bahh... will report later.

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

Bikiniwax85 on 05/29/2011:
lol.. Was talking to my mum earlier on she said the same thing you said about aging! She told me she can't remember my number, she need to get more expensive facial cleanser, moisturizer and toner then she told me "my God I hate aging!" lol.. Anyway, I hope the party went well! I am sure everyone will adore you :)

V on 05/29/2011:
BS!! Kat if you take care of yourself like you have been, all will be well...Being 30 is not bad nor the end of the world...In fact I am really enjoying being in my 30's.. do you ever hear me complaining about illness, wrinkles, gray hair??? Nope...Now if you treat yourself like you will fall apart, then that is how you body will respond...Think and speak to yourself in a positive manner :P LOl Love you

mysterywoman100 on 05/29/2011:
My 30s and 40s were great the 50s now that is a different story lol

moogy on 05/29/2011:
Well done with the 'ice cream' Kathy! It is the boobs you have to watch Kathy, they head in the wrong direction in a steady manner after you turn 30, apart from that it is all good for the thirties. Great years ahead for you!!

nemogirl on 05/29/2011:
Nice job on the ice cream. I was looking at your weight loss over on the chart to the right, what a beautiful curve it makes, ticking downward each month like clockwork. What a consistent effort you have made, day after day month after month. You don't give up, do you?

thinkpositive on 05/30/2011:
I say enjoy being 30.Seriously I think 30's is the best time of your life.And trust me 30 is not old.Take care of yourself, your skin, etc. And you get to enjoy it at a good weight!

KathyBlue - Saturday May 28, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 183.0

Good morning, Girlies!

I arrived around 2 AM at night, so I switched the morning alarm off... Therefore, I woke up too late to go to Pilates... and now the weather is being nasty, a bigger storm's knocking on the door (at least, I hear the noise - thuuunderrrrr....).

We had this very bad night... food-wise and mood-wise. The restaurant in inner Lisbon (tourist area, Bairro Alto) was HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE, the employees, managers were hostile and the food/drinks were poor. Imagine, we paid 14 euros each. The food was some cooked pasta swimming in fat ("natas" - milky cream) and 4 half-rounds of orange to decorate. Very small amount. Then, drinking options were: sangria (very strong, no fruit taste, therefore calling it sangria was a crime against mankind), beer, cola (no, not coca-cola, it was a powder-fix without gas, lol... no zero/light versions either) and water. I didn't feel like water so I was mixing sangria with this cola. Then, in the middle of the dinner the employee took a table from us, letting 2 guys who were out smoking, without seats! Then Jorge's nerves broke when the employee came and said that he knew we were expecting 15 ppl, and 2 were missing still but if they wouldn't arrive in 10 minutes (they did, phew...) they wouldn't serve the plate for them because we would have to leave at 10PM and 30 minutes before that they refuse to serve, BUT they "demanded" the payment of the 2 plates the same.... because the reservation was done for 15, not 13 and now they had 15 doses......, everyone was frowning in disgust... we suggested Jorge to ask the food in take-away, hehe... even then it wouldn't compensate. Food was bad and the doses were for birds. I understood later that one of our colleagues suggested this restaurant. Well, she's a 40+ small, skeleton-type woman... I told Jorge that next time he'd better ask Marcão, a 6,5 feet, 300+ lbs dude about where to eat/drink unlimited (buffet+bar) for a fixed price in Lisbon. LOL... major mistakes were made!

So here comes the friendly advice, if you come to Lisbon, avoid the restaurant/bar called Lábios de Mosto. (http://www.labiosdemosto.org/site/index.html)

Today, going out with my man! :-) Exercise will be walking a lot, hopefully the storm goes away.

UPDATE at 9 PM: OMG, I bought a pair of shoes in Hungary - and they'd been thrown out already! A huge load of rain fell in the afternoon, and we had to cross RIVERS of running, filthy water... our shoes, pants, everything went astray... There were people trapped in a bank nearby (reserved area for ATM's) and they had water up to the chests, believe it or leave it. Now THAT must have been a dreadful experience!...

Progress as of today: 143.2 lbs lost so far, only 38 lbs to go!

V on 05/28/2011:
Sorry you it sounds like you had a horrible experience :( I guess that is why that chick is skeletal, she can't get a meal...LOL Have a wonderful day Kat :) Love YOU

hollybelle on 05/28/2011:
Bad restaurant service/food is one of my biggest pet peeves! Sorry about the experience! And expensive, too! Have a good day today.

loveray on 05/28/2011:
yikes sounds like a terrible evening. i hate it when you have a bad experience at an expensive restaurant. have so much fun with your man today! xo

Em17 on 05/28/2011:
Oh wow, so sorry you had a bad time at the restaurant =(. Have a good day =)

shaunnac on 05/28/2011:
wow when it rains it pours there huh?? How about if I ever find myself in Lisbon lol you can take me out to a nice place to eat with better sangria? Have a great weekend <3

KathyBlue - Friday May 27, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 174.3

OK, I'm writing forward because I have this in mind, and it's good for tomorrow's entry (27th May): I don't consider my (yester)day a very bad food day. I exceeded the calories by an unfortunate event - my man wasn't home when I arrived, so I fixed myself a fast 2 eggs+olive oil+onion+mushroom+leftover bread meal. He went to a work lawyer along with 3 colleagues and I knew he would arrive stressed. I didn't want to call him about food issues, knowing he would be occupied with this matter. So, precisely when I finished my dinner, he appeared with a grilled chicken and invited me to dine. I accepted because I knew we would talk over the table, about his tough times at the lawyer and at work.... it was OK, but then came my mom's apple pie, we had to finish it because it travelled a lot (Hungary to Portugal) and I didn't want to throw it away, so we shared and finished it. So, I'm back on track, really. I have my mind all set again, clear and focused.

BTW I'm going to schedule an appt. for gynecologist as I hadn't had TOM since we talked about it... UPDATE: I have the appt. scheduled for 10h30 AM, Monday (30th May). Thing is, my Hungarian relatives freaked me out saying that it could be a melanoma or something... so I'm going to ask the Dr. to check that for me. As far as I'm concerned, I don't want to ingest hormones (aka. The Pills). So, if everything's fine (and why wouldn't it be), I'd rather wait patiently for it to appear. I promise I won't suppress any detail (exercise, weight-loss, etc.).

Today's menu:

06H00 - two slices of toast w/ LF soy margarine, oat milk w/ LF cocoa powder, 2 prunes and a yogurt (500 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

11H00 - a yogurt, an orange and a cookie from a colleague (150 kcal)

12H00 - tomato soup (50 kcal), an orange, a MF yogurt and a smaller banana (250 kcal)

14H00 - ice cream and 2 toasts to sweep the sweet taste away (600 kcal)

16H00 - toasts and chocolate (Jorge's last day office celebration......) (350 kcal)

21H00 - vegetarian dish @restaurant (estimated 400 kcal) with unlimited drinks (I'll be drinking coca cola zero, or plain water)

Grand total: 2400 kcal

Not a too good calorie/food day. We're celebrating/mourning because my friend/colleague Jorge is leaving the company and the country as well. (I guess you know him, I posted photos of him earlier: he came with us to Hungary and we went to open theater last year) So tonight we're going to celebrate this event in a restaurant (eating out ) and then we're going to experience a wild tango night, as he's a fan of tango. I forgot to bring my camera... I ask my colleague who lives nearby to lend me hers...

There's an other family party scheduled for Sunday... Dang, I really really am sick of these "let's sit and eat then nap then eat then sleep" parties. Man told me we would go out to avoid sweets between meals, and walk a lot but then I know how it goes! We always have others wanting to join, and these others tend to have pains in their feet, legs, etc. etc. and we end up walking like 5 minutes, then hit an ice-cream stand on the beach and sit down talking. I'd rather walk and enjoy silence. Wish I'd have a car, girls. Then I would take the bike with me!

Progress as of today: 151.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 05/26/2011:
Sorry your honey is having troubles and it was good of you to hang out and talk about it. I don't think grilled chicken is so bad and your calories are still OK, no harm done. Have you taken another test? I'm thinking of you.

thinkpositive on 05/26/2011:
Completely understandable day. And as you said it wasn't that bad calorie wise. By the way the apple pie sounded great. I just see your overall progress which is amazing.

moogy on 05/26/2011:
Well, it is the 27th here, so your entry is just timed right. I think that sometimes things do get out of our control and it sounds like your man really needed you to talk to. It is just one of those things. Glad that it hasn't sent you off track and good luck at the gynecologists, I hope you get an explaination.:)

shaunnac on 05/26/2011:
Hugs! I don't know how old you are but it could very well be early menopause. I do hope something is not seriously wrong. However I do know that athletes sometimes don't have periods. Maybe that is what is going on. Have a good night <3

loveray on 05/27/2011:
im so sorry that you are having troubles, but i know that you will be back on track soon. have fun on your tango night!! sounds awesome to me. xoxo

V on 05/27/2011:
I am sorry that Jorge is leaving, I know you guys were best buds :( I hope that you do lots of Tangoing in tonight!!! Sounds like lots of fun ;)

shaunnac on 05/27/2011:
Let's TANGO!!! Tell them to sit and eat ice cream you'll be back in 30 and keep walking! Hugs it sucks when a friend moves away.

selina on 05/27/2011:
I love the tango, watching the tango. I have two left feet, haha! So sorry to hear your good/handsome friend is moving away...

Umpqua on 05/27/2011:
Tango party sounds awesome, have fun!!

hollybelle on 05/27/2011:
TANGO!!! Hae fun at that - will counter-act the big food weekend. Last night with the two dinners was an unfortunate event - who knew that was going to happen and it was good that you sat with him and listened and talked. But, you can handle the family party and other events this weekend like you want to -I never thought about this until now, myself - we don't have to be pulled my circumstances. We can do what we want to do. It does seem a shame to not enjoy treats when it's a holiday or family gathering, but I am going to try to think of the treat as eating healthily in spite of all the stuff tempting me to do otherwise. Ha! that sounded good - now I'll see how it goes. About TOM, Kat - I wonder if it hasn't been around in so long because of your dramatic weight loss? It's good to check it out, though!

KathyBlue - Thursday May 26, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 174.3

Are you looking for additional support, motivation, and inspiration? Are you interested in getting to know us on a more personal level? If so, I have just the thing for you.  The Diet Diaries Facebook group is a completely secret group that allows members to be more involved with individuals by participating in challenges and ongoing discussions about mental and physical health (as well as some fun non-health topics).  Are you concerned about privacy? No worries, I created this group to be completely secret so your FB friends will NOT be able to see that you are a member of this group or the posts you leave on the group page. Its totally confidential! 

If you want to join, all you need is a Facebook account! Just send a message  to dietdiaries@ymail.com that includes your facebook page (go to your profile page and copy the web address that shows up in your browser into the email) and your DD name. Then, one of the three FB group administrators will answer your request with a FB friend request. Once you accept the friendship request, we will invite you to the group!  :) 

Hope to see you there!

Good morning, Ladies!

Yesterday I discovered Larina Kase's (MD psycologist) works online. I was looking for material for my new passion, Coaching (Self-Development and Workplace issues). I'd like to propose some presentations to my bosses because our little development department is constantly in moral crisis - people come and go (the most rotative department of the company), nobody's ever content with anything. I'm trying to keep up the team spirit but I could use a little help myself, too. So, I'm doing this research for positive material online, books and studies to cite, and to build a presentation work around it. I am also looking for short courses in Lisbon in the topic. I've already received some feedback from companies, but no exact dates so far. It's rather late for courses now, the summer's almost here.

So, back to Larina Kase: I came across her short "x Steps to..." writings. She is a business psycology writer but curiously she writes about diets and overeating (as a compulsive emotional over-eater herself). I recommend you read her works here: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Larina_Kase

On the food level, FINALLY, I'm back on track. I had a good calorie day (not foodwise though, because of the morning binge of biscuits) yesterday, and I'm confident for today also. I'm going to BodyPump tonight, I will be careful and won't do the up-lifting exercises. I had a great tennis today, but I'm still not in shape. Monday was a great performance day however, since then it has been more difficult. Must be because of the weather - too hot, too dark. Tropical-style!... I don't know if I want children. Climate change is scarier by the days.

Today's menu:

06H00 - two slices of whole grain toast w/ LF soy margarine and tomato, oat milk w/ LF cocoa powder (400 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

11H00 - half apple (50 kcal)

12H00 - tomato soup (50 kcal), tuna tin (100 kcal) w/ anchovies (tin, 50 kcal) and mushrooms (tin, 50 kcal) and a LF yogurt on top (100 kcal)

16H00 - half apple (50 kcal), an orange and 3 slices of whole grain toasts (200 kcal)

19H30 - an apple (50 kcal)

21H00 - grilled chicken breast and wings, 2 eggs stir-fried on onion and mushrooms, veggies (700 kcal)

21H30 - mom's apple pie (400 kcal)

Grand total: 2200 kcal


9 Steps to Stellar Self-Confidence:

1. Expect the best. Remember that what you expect is what you get. If you create a sense of optimism and positive expectation, you're more likely to have a successful outcome.

2. Do something challenging every day. When you do something that's outside of your comfort zone you can't fail. Either you do great and feel more confident or it doesn't work and you're proud of yourself from trying and learn from the mistakes.

3. Keep track your successes. We naturally pay more attention to what we didn't do than what we did do. You think about all the things you didn't cross off your to-do list. Instead focus on what you did accomplish and watch your confidence sky-rocket.

4. Give compliments. When you acknowledge others you'll find that you feel good, they want to help you, and they compliment you. All these things boost confidence.

5. Challenge assumptions and request feedback. We're our own worst enemies and often assume the worst. Instead get objective feedback about your performance.

6. Tackle confidence-reducing thoughts. When a thought that saps your confidence pops into your mind, question it by asking yourself, "What is the evidence that it's true?"

7. Remember your past achievements. Next time you face a challenging situation, recall a time you've successfully navigated a similarly challenging situation.

8. Act slightly more confident than you feel. This one's tricky because if you do it too much, it reinforces the Imposter Syndrome. But if you act just a bit more confident, you'll get better results which helps you to feel more confident.

9. Develop skills and expertise. The best way to build authentic confidence is to know that you know what you're doing and be aware of the value you provide.

Progress as of today: 151.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.3 lbs to go!

loveray on 05/26/2011:
awesome post!! you are definitely back on track. props to you for trying to help your office move in a better direction!! love to you. xo

Umpqua on 05/26/2011:
Good for you for taking the initiative at your job and trying to make it a better place. You sound like you are in much better spirits now. Have a good one!

V on 05/26/2011:
Great, positive energy and post Kat...As far as the suggested workouts I will need a bit of info in regard to what your restrictions are with your spine and mobility...You can email me the classes you found and I will prescribe a routine for you...How many days a week can you workout and how much time per day do you have???

~Moody~ on 05/26/2011:
So glad to see that you're feeling better~more positive, back in control. Yay!

Love the 9 Steps. Step 2 resonated with me~I need to work on that. When I try something and fail, instead of beating myself up because I didn't succeed as I had hoped, I need to focus on the fact that at least I TRIED. Wow, thats powerful to me...Thanks for sharing..

Hope you have a great day Kat!!

selina on 05/26/2011:
I Love those 9 steps - It can be applied anywhere! Have a grate day, Kathy!

I totally agree with you on climate change! The tornadoes hitting the mainland here in the US are not the norm by any means.... we had a tornado watch here in washington dc area the other day - that was a first for me. I lived here 15 years ago, for several years in a row, but never had tornado watches....

loveray on 05/26/2011:
18+12:) xo

hollybelle on 05/26/2011:
GREAT post, Kat. I also liked the Forum post about the 3 obstacles to weight loss. Very good.

shaunnac on 05/26/2011:
I sometimes worry about the world that my children will inherit. But I love them and wouldn't take back having them. Even if that means at some point the world goes crazy weatherwise. Have a great day and enjoy your workout!

hollybelle on 05/26/2011:
I start counting minutes, too-but after a few minute in I foget about the time and the next time I look at it (the time left is displayed on the screen) it's almost over. I'm lucky I like to do this Turbo stuff.

lolla on 05/26/2011:
I looooove reading your posts! Thanks for the great tips. Beijinhos.

legcramps on 05/26/2011:
I hear 'ya about the climate changes and having children. I often wonder about that myself. Sounds like you are getting back to your routine - great to hear! Have an awesome day today!

hollybelle on 05/26/2011:
Check Turbo out on-line. There is jumping (which you would not want to do - I don't either) but you can easily modify. Http://bit.ly/CoachRachel (this is my daughter's website) Click Shop and you'll see the dvds and you can preview them (I think).

KathyBlue - Wednesday May 25, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 174.3

I'm down. I really am down.

Thing is, I weighed in today at the gym, after having eaten a pack (100 gr) of hungarian biscuits before 7 AM in the morning, estimating my breakfast calories at 800 kcals. Before 7 AM. And yesterday, I arrived home, and had a binge again, still w/ Hungarian foods I brought. Sweets, mainly. (Ended up where, in 2500 kcals?) So, I weighed today morning in and the scale showed me a 12 lbs gain. One week and a half's result! OMG, I really have to come to terms and I really have to gain back my willpower and strength. I can say - there's been a lot going on. It's true! But, I can't possibly use this as an excuse, because life is a rollercoaster, has its ups and downs. Sometimes downs seem endless, but there we have to be patient and CALM. Control it... So, I'm determined (again) to get this under control from now on... I'm going to occupy my mind with other issues - I want to study coaching! So, instead of reaching for the plate and the fridge's door as soon as I arrive home, I'm going to reach for books and pencils!

Positive note: LOVE YOU, GIRLZ! 

Today's menu:

06H00 - two small toasts w/ soy margarine, oat milk w/ LF cocoa powder and a tomato (400 kcal)

06H30 - biscuits (450 kcal)

10H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

12H45 - asparagus cream w/ vegetables and mushroom, an orange (500 kcal)

16H00 - an apple (50 kcal)

21H00 - veggie soup (200 kcal)

Grand total: 1750 kcal

Progress as of today: 151.9 lbs lost so far, only 29.3 lbs to go!

loveray on 05/25/2011:
Kat, you can catch this sooner rather than later! We all have ups and downs and food is our comfort - that's why we are here. You can fix this while it's not too late. You know exactly what to do! Feed your mind and soul and step up the exercise - buy lots of fresh foods for the house. We all are behind you rooting for your success!! xoxo

shaunnac on 05/25/2011:
Hugs. I wish I had something positive to say. You know coaching would be a great thing. To pass on your passion for the sport sounds like a great way for you to still be involed with something you love so much. I think a lot of people lack that something that you have found in tennis. I am sure you'll find something to take it's place. Stay strong <3

V on 05/25/2011:
:( Love you Kat, please dry those tears and it is never too late to turn this around...I am sure you are overwhelmed with all of this but you still have control... Please try to have a good evening

h82bfat on 05/25/2011:
(((HUGS))) I too am an emotional eater. I've been slowly working thru my "triggers", but I still have a few that I haven't been able to work thru without my good friend "food" by my side. However, keep in mind that the fact that you recognize that you have "triggers" is the first & most important step in this process... So - you're on the way. The journey may be a little longer than we'd hoped, but when we reach our destination, well - it's gonna be a beautiful!!

liza36 on 05/25/2011:
Going on vacation, eating foods you normally don't have, and not having the same level of exercise, tennis, etc., can produce a gain. But it's completely reversable. You can do it! The toughest part is the mental part. You can and will get back in the game! I know you will.

Maria7 on 05/25/2011:
Hope you feel better. You have worked hard and I know you will not let it slip away from you. :-)

Umpqua on 05/25/2011:
First of all, that isn't a true gain, I'm sure you are still bloated from eating different foods on your trip and the air travel. My scale showed a 7-pound gain a couple of days after I returned from my trip - by the end of the week it was only a 3-pound gain! You WILL turn this around, I know you will. You have basically been perfect in your eating and exercise for the entire time I've been back on the DD (18 months?) and nobody can be perfect forever. You will turn it around and continue to lose!

Oh and I have come across some Turbofire classes and would like to try to burn some and send to you. I have to figure out how to do this and I think you have different DVD standards there than we do in the States. Once I get it sorted out I will get together a package for you.....hang in there!

selina on 05/25/2011:
I hope you'll feel better, KathyBlue!!!

chidogs on 05/25/2011:

hollybelle on 05/25/2011:
What umpqua said above about it not being a TRUE gain - is right. Weight that comes on quickly will come off faster than weight that's been around awhile. You know what to do and your plan is good - now stick to it! Grab the books and pencils and get with it. You have worlds to conquer! My money is on YOU!

hollybelle on 05/25/2011:
P.S. Make sure you have only healthy food choices around your house. This helps me SO much - if I don't buy anything but good stuff that's all I have to eat. It has saved me so much grief by being strong in the grocery store.

mysterywoman100 on 05/25/2011:
it is like I said yesterday. It is true when 1 door closes another opens and the adventure is seeing what is behind that door. And I agree with Holly dont buy it and you cant eat it.

mcwoo40 on 05/25/2011:
Come on chin up.Put all that behind you and start a fresh,you know what to do.Throw all the goodies away,so no temptation,be strong :)

nemogirl on 05/25/2011:
Whenever I'm feeling really down, it always helps me to read a good book or go see a really engaging movie. I have a recommendation if you like fantasy fiction - George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. When I finish, I feel refreshed and not so bad as before. If I were feeling bad I would probably be either eating way too much or not very much at all. I might gain some weight, but I would know that I could get back to my routine and work my way down again. You have pressure, you have challenges, and you can master this because I see that you already lost so much weight. How many people do that? Not that many. You have drive and determination, and it shows in all the things you have done, and it will show now, too.

shaunnac on 05/25/2011:
LOL I would recommend World War Z by Max Brooks. Its a good book they are turning into a movie (blah hate when they do that!)

Umpqua on 05/25/2011:
Cool beans on the Turbo! V will be a better resource than I on which classes to start with. I'm not doing the whole program, too much jumping around and dancing in the cardio stuff. I did the Tone 30 and the Abs 10 today and they were perfect for what I'm looking for, lots of targeted toning. RE the book suggestions, I know you like Douglas Adams - have you read any Neil Gaiman? Good Omens is a great read!

moogy on 05/25/2011:
Love you to Kat! Yes, life is full of ups and down's the knack is (she says wisely!) to keep your own perspective and not let outside influences change your own equilibrium. It is a trick that I learned several years ago but maybe you could learn it earlier than me and not be tossed by the tides of life. Focus on what you want, what you need and let all else past by you.:)

~Moody~ on 05/25/2011:
You've gotten lots of words of wisdom from the other ladies, I don't have much more to add~Just take peace in the fact that you are catching this NOW..I'm proud of you for getting on the scale when you knew you would probably see a gain..I tend to put my head in the sand when I feel that way, and before I know it, more and more pounds have creeped on. Vacation can really throw us for a loop~But you're home now and you WILL get back into your routine..You know what you have to do..And Love the coaching idea~You'de be awesome at it!!! Go for it!!

V on 05/25/2011:
I am honored and Motivated by you as well, I am proud to call you a friend...You are AMAZING :)

thinkpositive on 05/26/2011:
Don't panic. Just a bad time but you have the skills to lose weight- you've been successful before. Try to put it behind you. Good luck!

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