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OhioRaven - Monday Mar 25, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 195.0


Sweetpotato+1c soup+Talapia fish.

1c DDcabbage.




20min StairClimber, 20min Jog.

Have a Healthy Day.

Progress as of today: 37 lbs lost so far, only -4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/25/2013:
Sweet potatoes are yummy - have a good one!

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Yes, they are. I'm still trying to figure out the best time of day/how to eat them. For now its 3 1/2 min. In the microwave. Should I be eating the peel.

Umpqua on 03/25/2013:
I eat the skin - I do it with most fruits and veggies since that's where a lot of the nutrients are: http://www.livestrong.com/article/534200-what-nutrients-are-in-the-skins-of-sweet-potatoes/

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Great website

grannyannie on 03/25/2013:
Good plans. I love sweet potatoes as well and they are so good for you!

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Thanks, Annie. Yep! I think I'm gonna like SweetPotatoes.

V on 03/25/2013:
Good Morning.. Look at you go, congrats on you loss this week! Have a good one Ohio

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Thank you for noticing. I wanna be like you, V :v)

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Except without that Shawn T thing you got goin' .

graindart on 03/25/2013:
Some studies show that the skin has the higher concentration of nutrients, while other studies show that the skin contains the highest concentrations of pesticides / chemicals. I don't eat the skins because I just don't like the taste / texture. Congratulations on another weekly loss. Are you planning on keeping your current eating habits or going to modify them soon to something else to just maintain?

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Hey, I'm going to try and maintain my eating and exercise, just to get healthier. I thought about eat 2 eggs or something like that. Though, I gotta say, people around me are used to seeing me heavy. Daughter said she didn't recognize at first when I popped in the restaurant where she works. Co-workers say I look ill. Pastor just asked me if I was sick or something ??? You're probably hearing the same from those around you. Have a good one, Pal.

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
You woke me up on the pesticides thing.

graindart on 03/25/2013:
The last time I got down to 190ish my wife did express concerns on getting to low in weight. However she didn't mention thinking that my brothers-in-law were too low in weight and they weighed 10-15 lbs less than that at the time. I think a lot of it has to do with perception and what they associate "your normal" with. I've been mildy overweight for most of my life (more than "mildly" lately), so people expect to see me looking larger than others. Any derivation from their expected perception must mean that something's wrong. The thing is that if you meet someone new who doesn't know that you just lost a lot of weight, they'd think you look normal.

supercheese on 03/25/2013:
Healthy day, happy day!

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Thanks, Cheese.

Puddles on 03/25/2013:
Congratulation. Absolutely wonderful - keep up the good work. Have a great week Raven.

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Thanks, Puddy.

skinnygrlwithin on 03/25/2013:
Your food planned for the day looks really good! Keep up the good work! And thanks for the post, it felt good to finally get back into some sort of routine.

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
No, that's always the food I ate the day before. But honestly, the way I eat the same thing day after day, it really doesn't change much. Thank you for the compliment.

legcramps on 03/25/2013:
Looks good! Great job on your exercise, how did the 20 minute jog feel?

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
Sweaty ! Ha-ha. I started out to get at least 2min, walk 2min,etc. But then 5min, 10min, 20min. One day last week I even kept it up for 30min. Now my calves are kinda sore. I might not do the stairclimber and jogging in the same day.

getmebackto150 on 03/25/2013:
menu looks great! Have a good day:)

OhioRaven on 03/25/2013:
You too, GetBack.

OhioRaven - Sunday Mar 24, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 198.0





Water, coffee, tea


No Exercise :v(

I had to cancel going to the party to fill in for a sick friend. I'm gonna start posting in the a.m. again. Have a Healthy Day.

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Puddles on 03/24/2013:
Good luck to you too tomorrow and enjoy the DD for dinner. Have a great day.

OhioRaven - Saturday Mar 23, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 198.0



Yogurt, 7g peanuts,spoonSunflowerseeds,1brazilnut,6blackberries,grapefruit

1c soup, 3/4DDcabbage.

(Son's B-dayParty) 1/2 c cheesy potatoes,1/2deviledEgg,1/2c greenbeans,1sliceHam,1/4c bakedbeans,celeryStalkw/pb,1/2c broccoliCassarole,2/3piece of cake, Sm bird turd.

Water gal +


20min StairClimber

Another B-day party today at 4. May the spirit guide my hand. Amen.

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 03/23/2013:
have a wonderful day :)

OhioRaven on 03/23/2013:
You too, Tang :v)

Puddles on 03/23/2013:
Celebrating B-day are hard on the diet. Have a great day.

OhioRaven on 03/23/2013:
I'll try and be good, I swear !

grannyannie on 03/23/2013:
Have an lovely day!

hollybelle on 03/23/2013:
OK - what is a bird turd!? Birthday parties can be killers. I am making the treat for an office birthday party next week but the birthday person likes chocolate pie and oddly enough, I don't like chocolate pie, so that is a small blessing! I do like all other kinds of cakes and pies, though......love sweets, but they won't get me to my goal, for sure!

OhioRaven on 03/23/2013:
HOLLY ! A Kentucky Girl, and you never ate a bird turd. It's a chocolate drop no bake cookie.

biscottibody59 on 03/23/2013:
Enjoy your weekend!

OhioRaven on 03/23/2013:
Thanks, Biscuit. You too.

OhioRaven - Thursday Mar 21, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 198.0





Water = gallon +

Prayers to the Lord Our God.

30min *Brisk* walk.

Have a Healthy Day.

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 03/22/2013:
Your popcorn on menu reminded me.......I am going to eat popcorn tonight -- we are planning on a movie. I am gong to stop by Sam Club and purchase Skinny Pop. It is delious and only 40 cal per cup. I will sneak it in the movie (yikes). I would buy, but they do not have healthy alternatives.

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Aldi stores have "Fit & ACTIVE" brand, 6cups@22calories per cup, and its "mini" so It's easier to sneak in :v)

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Have a great weekend, V

V on 03/22/2013:
Have a great weekend!

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Great weekend, V.

Umpqua on 03/22/2013:
Hope you have an excellent weekend!

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
You too, Ump.

legcramps on 03/22/2013:
Have a good weekend, Raven. Kick some punching bag butt.

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Ok, LC. I'll do that !

grannyannie on 03/22/2013:
Have a great weekend, Ohio!

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
You too Annie.

hollybelle on 03/22/2013:
I gotta check out the Fit & Active. We have an Aldi close by, but I am not in habit of going. Is it pre-popped or do you hav to pop it yourself? The Skinny Pop is pre-popped, which usually I don't like because it tastes stale, but it is good.

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Hey, Holly. It's microwave.

biscottibody59 on 03/22/2013:
Congrats on your loss earlier--very impressive progress! Keep up the good work!

RYC: Thanks for the BD greetings--'59 must've been a pretty good year--for diapers--haha! Here's to NO diapers for our futures:-)

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Thanks, Biscuit. I knew you were gone somewhere.Welcome back ! And Yes it was a Very Good Year.

OhioRaven - Wednesday Mar 20, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 198.0




2grapefruit, 1spoon sunflowerseeds, 7g peanuts, 1brazilnut, yogurt, banana.

Water gal +



Have A Healthy Day.

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/20/2013:
Hope you are having a great, healthy day!

OhioRaven on 03/20/2013:
Thanks,Ump. I am. Working over though. That kinds stinks .

getmebackto150 on 03/20/2013:
menu looks good... Have a great day:)

OhioRaven on 03/20/2013:
Thanks, GetBack. You have a good day too :v)

hollybelle on 03/20/2013:
Your day is looking good!

OhioRaven on 03/20/2013:
Thanks, Holly. Hope you have a good day too.

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Okay, LC. I'm gonna do that.

V on 03/20/2013:
Hey Ohio, Hope your day was stellar!

OhioRaven on 03/20/2013:
Not too bad. Just got off. Gotta do some jogging.

OhioRaven - Tuesday Mar 19, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 198.0

1egg, 3/4c soup, 1/4c beans, 1bread.

SideSalad, 1/2chickenbreast, minipopcorn,bigpickle.

2c soup-1/2c to Poco, 1c DDLentils.

2grapefruit, 2almonds, 2spoons sunflowerseeds, 1brazilnut, yogurt, banana.

Water gal +


15min Jog, 15min Elliptical

Have A Healthy Day.

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Puddles on 03/19/2013:
Have a great day Raven.

hollybelle on 03/19/2013:
You do so well on water. I need to drink more. I am doing better but need a lot of work on that.

getmebackto150 on 03/19/2013:
Menu looks good... Have a great day:)

Umpqua on 03/19/2013:
Healthy menu as usual. I've been trying to up my soups to get my nutrition balanced a bit better. There's tons of ways to work veggies into soup :) Have a good one!

grannyannie on 03/19/2013:
Looks like a good plan for today. Have a good one.

legcramps on 03/19/2013:
Wonderful menu, so consistent. Isn't it so much easier planning meals when you keep it simple? I should, like umpqua, also incorporate more homemade soups into my days, but I care for soup only at certain times and in short phases.

V on 03/19/2013:
How nice of you to share with Pokey..How's the diet working for her?

OhioRaven on 03/19/2013:
She Loves it. Lots of Veggies.

OhioRaven - Monday Mar 18, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 198.0


1/2c Sauerkraut, 1/2c DDLentils

Grapefruit, 1brazilnut, 1Spoon sunflower seeds.

1bottle water,coffee, tea.


20min StairClimber, 10min Jog, 10minHeavybag, 10min SpeedBag, 10min Elliptical.

WOO-HOO ! ! ! (HAPPY DANCE) THANK YOU ! ! ! I weigh 198Lbs. ONEDERLAND, You look wonderful.

I can't thank you ALL enough. I know you might say I did the hard part, but you had to listen to me, coach me, pull me through when times were not looking so good. Thank you for not giving up on me. THANK YOU ! EVERYONE here has been there for me when I needed Kicked in the butt, or a shoulder to cry on. You guys are a truly Amazing group. Thank you ALL again. Talk to you all soon.

Have A Healthy Day ! ! !

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

niftyjack on 03/18/2013:
Dance! Boogie Onederland! Ah! Ah! :D (I shake out of my pants when I start to dance in boogie onederland...)

Forgive the silliest; I'm just so happy for you. Great job!

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks, Jack. I look forward to your posts every day. You're usually the first to post but I beat you to it this morning because I was eager to weigh-in and post the results. I like Japan...even they lost to Puerto Rico...I saw some of it on Sports Center. PR just had a better team and wanted it more. I know you are a Writer. I used to be a writer (show, don't tell). And I want to thank you for being there.

Puddles on 03/18/2013:
Congratulation. You have certainly done the hardest part. Thank you for taking me along for the ride. Enjoy your day.

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks, Puddy. You're doing pretty darn good yourself. You're one of the people that keep me POSITIVE. I look for your post every morning. You keep me going in the right direction. And I look forward to talking to you. Thanks again :v)

Umpqua on 03/18/2013:
Woo hoo <whistles>! I knew you were gonna do it, you are a machine! So glad to hear the group has been a help to you. Sounds like you're going to take a break from these parts which I think is good, especially for folks who post every single day! We all need a break from time to time.

I'm just going to speak from my own experience when I say that maintenance is actually the hardest part for me. I've achieved goal time and again and get too comfortable and end up back here. I know that Annie can relate to my struggles...And folks like Maria have been able to stay at goal for long periods of time and still check in here. So just know that we are here for you no matter what :-)

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks, Coach. Ya' know, I'm just gonna take it day by day and see that I stay healthy. You are one of the people I call "Coach" on here, because you tell what I NEED to hear and not what I want to hear. Thanks, Coach.

Umpqua on 03/18/2013:
Heh, I hope I didn't sound like a downer, just keeping it real (as V would say). And if I lack in toughness as a coach, V will come in here and bust some chops LOL. Glad you took my comment in the spirit it was intended!

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Ump, You and me are GOOD ! And you're right about V. Ha-ha.

graindart on 03/18/2013:
Congratulations! I actually went and read your entry today before writing my own because I just had to see if your weight started with a "1".

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks, Pal. I'm hoping I can stay here.

Tangalyn~ on 03/18/2013:
yesssss!!! welcome to onederland!! i am soooo happy for u :) have a great day!

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
You were one of the first to welcome me here, and you stayed with me. Thanks, Coach !

getmebackto150 on 03/18/2013:
YAY!!!!!! Congrats on onederland!!! You are amazing:)

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks GetBack. You gave me some great food choices and menus. You helped satisfy my hunger so I can keep motivated. You are a great motivater. Thank You So Much !

lolla on 03/18/2013:
YEPEE YEY!!! Welcome to wonderland, you brave Raven! soar high and have a great life. Congrats my friend! “PATH TO SUCCESS: DREAM. PLAN. DO. FAIL. NEVER GIVE UP. FAIL. NEVER GIVE UP. FAIL. NEVER GIVE UP. ACHIEVE! IT'S A MESSY JOURNEY.” ― Tom Giaquinto, Be A Good Human

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Ha-ha. I like the quote. It sounds just like a diet journey. Thank you for your inspiration Lolla. I have your posts to look forward to every day. Muito Obrigado, Macaco Lolla.

V on 03/18/2013:
Yeah YEAH!!! You go! I am so proud of you, congrats on hitting your goal weight!Keep at it with your workouts and good eats and maintaining will NOT be an issue :)

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks, Coach. I plan to keep on keepin' on. I've listened to you for 12 weeks and look what you've done. I not going to stop listening now. Thank you for helping me get my life back. You truly are a BeachBody Life Saver. Thank You !

legcramps on 03/18/2013:
AHHH!!!! Look at you go! What the heck, I miss a week of entries while you turn into a freakin MACHINE! Stairclimber, jogging, bag work AND elliptical???

Congrats, congrats, congrats on making it down under 200! I hope you're bursting with success :)

OhioRaven on 03/18/2013:
Thanks, Coach. You're one of my favorite coaches here.

OhioRaven - Sunday Mar 17, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 200.0



1c Sauerkraut, 3/4c DDLentils.

No snacks

Low on water, High on coffee.


30min StairClimber 2100 feet

30min Treadmill Jogged ALL 30min Woo-Hoo !

Tested myself, pushed myself. How far could I go jogging? 30min.

To tell you all the truth, I don't know what will happen on the scale tomorrow morning. If I make weight , Great, and i'll keep on going with a goal to be healthy. If I don't make weight, well, i'll keep on going with a goal to be healthy.

If I make weight, I'll celebrate with an extra helping of excersise. If I don't, well, i'll have an extra helping of excersise.

There is really nothing more at this point that I can do.

Well, that's all that's on my mind this morning. Have a healthy day.

Progress as of today: 32 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

niftyjack on 03/17/2013:
30 min jog! Yay!

OhioRaven on 03/17/2013:
Thanks, Jack.

Puddles on 03/17/2013:
I believe you will make it tomorrow to the onederland. Have a great day Raven.

grannyannie on 03/17/2013:
Well done on the jogging! You go girl! Keep up that positive attitude.

OhioRaven on 03/17/2013:
Thanks, Annie. Actually, I'm a Guy.

hollybelle on 03/17/2013:
30 minutes! Wow - impressive. Good extra helping plan! That's a win/win.

Tangalyn~ on 03/17/2013:
wow!! GREAT job workin that treadmill!! hope today is awesome for ya :D

grannyannie on 03/17/2013:
Ah, right. Sorry Ohio! :)

OhioRaven - Saturday Mar 16, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 200.0



1c soup, BigSteak, potato, SideSalad.

2Grapefruit, yogurt, banana, 1brazilnut, 1/2c peanuts.

Water gal +


No exercise :v(

Busy, busy day yesterday. Very little time for ME. Gotta go. Here I go again. Have a healthy day.

Progress as of today: 32 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Puddles on 03/16/2013:
Busy is good make sure to take care of yourself. Have a great day.

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Thanks, Puddy. Sorry I can't talk to you longer.

V on 03/16/2013:
Hope you get a little time for yourself this weekend Ohio! Have a good one :)

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Thanks V. I Will, I swear.

Tangalyn~ on 03/16/2013:
hope u can squeeze in a tiny bit of U time.. have a great day!

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Thanks Tang. I'll be on the look-out for that "Me" time.

niftyjack on 03/16/2013:
"Here I go again"... on my own? (... Sorry. :)

Good luck today!

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Good One, Jack.

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Thanks, Jack

grannyannie on 03/16/2013:
Have a great weekend, Ohio!

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
You too, Annie.

hollybelle on 03/16/2013:
Have a good day - on no exercise, maybe muscles needed a rest anyway! Go forth and conquer

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Thanks, Holly.

OhioRaven - Friday Mar 15, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 200.0

1egg+1bread+1cSoup+1/2c beans.


1c Soup, 1c DDLentils, 1c Sauerkraut.

2grapefruit, yogurt, banana, 7g peanuts, 1Brazilnut, 1cheeseStick.

Water gal+


20min StairClimber

10min Treadmill (But) I actually JOGGED for 6 of those min. Sad, I know. I've let myself go to crap for so long. Can't believe I haven't broken into a stride in years.

Is there an echo in here ? Sometimes when I reply to a post, it repeats itself. Weird...weird...weird...

Anyway, I've felt sluggish all week. Tired. No get up and go. No pep. No Zing, no Zowey. Not a burning furnace of metabolism. Sometimes I feel like I'm just going through the motions...

But then I log on to the DD website. Suddenly I'm alive again ! Stronger, Slimmer, Sexier. I'm an Animal.

A real Jeckyl&Hyde transformation.

But Hey ! The weekend is here ! The sun is out ! It's warmer ! Let's rock !

Have a GREAT DAY !

Progress as of today: 32 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Puddles on 03/15/2013:
Good morning Raven. The DD gives you that "cut me loose" mood. LOL I agree I enjoy the posts - I do feel the stronger but definitely have to work on the slimmer and sexier part. LOL You have a way with words. Hope you have a wonderful day.

ddwebmaster on 03/15/2013:
The double comments only happen when you post two different replies to the same comment on your own blogs. It's an error that I haven't had the time to figure out how to correct as of yet. It's on the "to-do" list, but has to wait for some free time.

OhioRaven on 03/15/2013:
Thanks, Master. And while I'm at it. Thank you for a great place to talk to great people.

graindart on 03/15/2013:
Only 3 days until your weight starts with a "1". I'm feeling worn out this week too. Forced myself to the gym the past three days, am taking today as a rest day, and will re-evaluate how I'm feeling tomorrow. Like you, posting daily on DD definitely keeps me more focused on my goals.

Umpqua on 03/15/2013:
Do you take a multivitamin? It might help to give you some oomph. You could also try logging a day of foods in MyFitnessPal or Fitday - should be easy for you since your diet is so strict. That way you can see the breakdown of vitamins, etc. and make sure nothing is lacking. Just throwing out ideas....Have a good one!

hollybelle on 03/15/2013:
Gallstones, I guess it could be. We had 3 young ladies in our office that had gallbladder surgery in a year and a half period a few years ago. We were all wondering "who's next"! I hope it's nothing serious, of course. She said no pain last night for the first time since last Saturday night.

hollybelle on 03/15/2013:
P.S. To your comments above I would also add "you are funny"! Glad you are feeling peppy for the weekend!

biscottibody59 on 03/15/2013:

OhioRaven on 03/16/2013:
Pssst. I turned 54 also, in Feb.

lolla on 03/15/2013:
Hey bird, no flying so close to the ground, flap your wings and go high this weekend! and then monday... land on Onederland, yey yey!!!!!!!

OhioRaven on 03/15/2013:
OK. You got it, Lolla !

grannyannie on 03/15/2013:
Good job on the food and exercise!

Yes, my posts have hiccuped before as well. Once it repeated it 3 times!

Have a great weekend.

V on 03/15/2013:
Hey good job with jogging for those 6 minutes, ya gotta start somewhere! In time you will do more running than walking on the treadmill, you can do it!!

OhioRaven on 03/15/2013:
Hey, V. Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, It was hard to post something this embarrassing knowing hard bodies like you would be reading it. I know you guys workout hard. I really don't think I'll ever get anywhere near Mr. T, (Shawn) fitness, but with you girls coaching me, I'll be doing much better. I like hearing your fitness adventures. Thanks again for stopping in and checking on me. Have a good night.

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