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Puddles - Saturday Feb 23, 2013
Weight: 256.1

Good morning all

Food good yesterday - had a few extra fruits though but I dont really see that as that bad of a thing.  Water on track 9 glasses. 

We got pelted with another foot of snow they are cleaning our parking lot right now.  We are expecting more tomorrow. 

Apart from that I really do not have much just got up it is 11:20 am here so I slept in.  It must be because of my relax day yesterday it gave me a real good night of sleep.  The time clock on this site is off - I wonder why - does anybody know the answer to that.  I know that we are all from differenct countries and different time zones but I wonder which country or time zones they are using. 

Ok enough of that I wish you guy all a wonderfull weekend and a great day.


Progress as of today: 24.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.1 lbs to go!

michgal on 02/23/2013:
good luck! =)

biscottibody59 on 02/23/2013:
I think it's Mountain Time.

You really are consistent there--that'll get you to your destination--woo-hoo!

OhioRaven on 02/23/2013:
Have a good weekend, Puddy.

Tangalyn~ on 02/23/2013:
hope ur havin a great day :)

niftyjack on 02/24/2013:
Have a good day. :)

Puddles - Friday Feb 22, 2013
Weight: 256.1

Good morning all

Had a fantastic day yesterday.  Water good 9 glasses and food extremely good (I actually was not really hungry) definitely something wrong with me LOL LOL.

Another storm on the way.  Snow snow snow next two days will start this pm and will last for two days.  GIVE ME A BREAK.  I dont think I will ever believe that groundhog ever again.  He is only spreading false hope. LOL

I have nothing planned for today.  It is a total ME ME ME day.  I will have a nice long soak in the tub/do some reading/do my nails/pamper myself.  I am taking a day off.  I am not to sure that is what they are called when you are retired but even if your retired you need days off.  My son laugh at me when I tell him I need a holiday or I need a day off.  He usually says mom your always off and shakes his head. LOL

Hope you all have a great day and be good to yourself today



Progress as of today: 24.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.1 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 02/22/2013:
Yay for a fantastic day!!! I need to focus on the water too... Me day=Amazing:) Enjoy!!!!

OhioRaven on 02/22/2013:
Thanks for that cabbage spaghetti. It is great. Spaghetti without the pasta. I agree with your son :v)

Maria7 on 02/22/2013:
Hope you have a good Friday. :-D

legcramps on 02/22/2013:
Sounds like it'll be a fantastic day :) Enjoy the day off!

thenewMLE on 02/22/2013:
Have a fantastic day!! Those "Me Days" are so delightful - it's like a recharge of your personal batteries! I hope the snow doesn't get to deep. I called him a hedgehog the other day and I told my hubby that the hedgehog got it all wrong. He informed me that it is a groundhog and what he sees only applies to Pennsylvania! Oh, well, wherever he forecasts for , he was really wrong this year!! Have a great weekend too.

biscottibody59 on 02/22/2013:
Sounds like a good day and good progress!

lolla on 02/22/2013:
Have a awesome YOU YOU YOU day, you deserve it!!!!

V on 02/22/2013:
So envious of your "Me Day" So in need of one but it always seems that I have a function to attend every friggin Sunday :( That is my only day that I have the potential luxury of lounging in my PJ's all day..

LOL @ your son's comment, you know he could have actually meant that in another way(not so right in the head) just so you know ;) Hahaha..Seriously hope that you have a wonderful weekend <3

cybermom4 on 02/23/2013:
You are the second perosn who mentions water as a key drink - can you tell me what you gain with water (not weight i hope ) but you know what I mean - thank you in advance. kim

Puddles - Thursday Feb 21, 2013
Weight: 256.1

Good Morning all

All is good food just a little off yesterday.  Really hungry for protein - don't know why.  Water was on track 9 glasses. I had a normal sleep last night my regular 6 hrs.  It does not surprise me after sleeping so long the day before. 

We are having a cold -27 with windchill but sun will shine  today.  The sun is definitely welcomed.

I have decided that I will have a last weigh-in this month on the 28 feb.  I will have a monthly total.  That will give me a  weekly and monthly reference.  Of course that is just me and it would be interesting to follow the two numbers.  Just statistics.

Today is busy according to my schedule - nothing as compared to a lot of you guys on here.  Errands to run - attend Condo board meeting since I am on the board and have to send off my agreement and money for my rental in Myrtle Beach for next year.  It is an expensive day. LOL 

I hope you all have a great day.



Progress as of today: 24.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.1 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/21/2013:
Hey, Puddy. Hope you get your SunShine today.

skinnygrlwithin on 02/21/2013:
It looks like you're doing such a great job on our challenge!! Keep up the great work!! Just 57 days to go hahaha!!!

legcramps on 02/21/2013:
Sounds like it will be a busy but successful day! Have fun :)

lolla on 02/21/2013:
The sun makes it all better. Have a great afternoon!

thenewMLE on 02/21/2013:
Good job with the water! I like the idea of tracking your numbers. It's nice when you can reference for comparison. I actually went back to last year's diary entries to see what I was eating when my best losses happened. RYC, I have been over busy since Katrina. I used to work at home with my own business but Katrina killed that. I now work at an office for about 55 hours a week (6:30 am to 5:30 pm M -F) which was a big adjustment for me. I went from a very creative profession (photographic artist) to a stressful job in construction. As I am turning 52 this year, it seems that the demands on me have just continued to exponentially multiply. I have a daughter getting married next year and one still in college with medical issues. My parents live across the street (almost 80 years old) and they have been totally dependent on me for the last 4 months because of medical issues. I also take care of MIL who lost FIL 10 years ago and just had a double hip replacement. In the midst of all that I started to gain weight and everyone told me I needed to exercise so I had to make room in this already crazy life of mine to ride my bike for at least an hour 5 days a week. That's done after work but before dinner that I have to plan on the weekends and cook and prep so that I can serve without a lot of difficulty on the weeknights. So I don't mean to complain, I guess I'm just tired and when something stupid like crashing my bike happens, it causes a domino effect in everything else I do. I realize I am fortunate to have a job, have my parents and have my family but I just really thought I would have some time for me at this stage in my life. Anyway, we are all busy in our own ways and your busy is no less important than mine! I hope you have good meeting and manage to stay warm!!!

V on 02/21/2013:
Hey there Fran :) Hope the day was really sunny for you!!

Mskitty on 02/21/2013:
Atkins is very carb restrictive yes.

Puddles - Wednesday Feb 20, 2013
Weight: 256.1

Good morning all

All is good - food and water 9 glasses.

My only problem is this weather we are having - snow again today.  When is it going to end.  I should not complain too much there are people on this site that have far more serious problems then snow.  It seems small when I think about it.  I am getting cabine fever though.

I went to bed at 7:30 last night (so tired) and got up at 5:00 am this morning - good night of sleep I would say.  That seldom happens to me but it is welcomed.  I feel really rested and ready to take on my new week of my plan.  It seems that I go days with short sleep period (5 or 6 hrs) and then I get one of those night where I get 10hrs.  Bad sleeping habits. I have always been that way.  It is not only since I am retired it was the same thing when I was working. 

In one of the blogs yesterday somebody talked about the veg. that are healthy for you.  I am totally crazy about cabbage, cauliflower and brocolli I have those almost every day and I like to sprinkle a little bit of vinegar on these veg. it gives it just an additional nice taste.  Since veg. are so low in calories I really fill up on them.  My grocery  list is veg/fruit/meat/protein - cheese - eggs.  It is basically my meal plans for every day except for my morning 1 whole grain dry toast and grapefuit every other meal is veg and a protein.  It seems to work for me.  Keeps my cal/fat/carbs low. 

Well this is about all I have to say for today.  Hoping you all have a great day.



Progress as of today: 24.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.1 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/20/2013:
Glad you got some good rest and hope you have a good Wednesday. :-)

OhioRaven on 02/20/2013:
You're exactly right about our own problems. If everyone threw their troubles into a big pile in front of everybody, and had to pick up an other's. People could see how much worse everyone else's troubles are, and then they pick their own back up. Have a good day, Puddy.

legcramps on 02/20/2013:
Is it still snowing there? Wow! That can't be fun. We had a few days of really nice weather, but it's gotten cold again. I can't wait for spring :)

IndependentEm93 on 02/20/2013:
Have a great day!

supercheese on 02/20/2013:
where are you at? Were suppose to get snow here (Western Illinois/Eastern Iowa) tomorrow....i love snow, but the cold -12 degrees has got to go!

supercheese on 02/20/2013:
P.S the grocery list sounds awesome!

mylilsista on 02/20/2013:
I TOTALLY understand about the cabin fever! We had an unseasonably warm day--here in Ohio--Monday (it was around 50 degrees). I went for two walks that day; I loved it! But the very next day, the temperatures dropped drastically, it began snowing, and the winds were high. I am going to be thrilled when spring arrives!!!!!!

V on 02/20/2013:
Sending some sunshine your way ASAP!! If it doesn't stop soon you are more than welcome to come see me for a visit <3

Puddles - Tuesday Feb 19, 2013
Weight: 256.1

Good morning all

All is good here - water on track 9 glasses and my food was a success again yesterday.  I feel real good about that.

Last evening I got a muscle cramp in my ankle and it took about 4 hrs before I started to feel some relief.  I have experience cramps in my toes or my lower leg or the arch of my foot but my ankle there was nothing I could do - could not bend it nothing helped.  I put on my heating pad and just kept it warm and it worked.  I was was so tired after that I just fell asleep.

We are having a snow storm today absolutely unreal the plow is cleaning our parking lot and there is over a foot of snow everywhere.  This as got to end soon.

My plan for today is just to take it easy.  Certainly there is no reason to go out in this weather.

Hope you all have a great day.



Progress as of today: 24.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.1 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 02/19/2013:
Great job! Keep up the good work and have a good day:)

IndependentEm93 on 02/19/2013:
Have a great day!

OhioRaven on 02/19/2013:
Hope your ankle is better. Hang in there. You're doing good.

supercheese on 02/19/2013:
Aw hope the ankle feels better. Have a good day!!

lolla on 02/19/2013:
So happy you are so sucessful!5 pounds down is amazing! Hope you feel better soon.

V on 02/19/2013:
Holy crap..Thank goodness this will be your last winter up north..Stay warm and dry, hope you have enough supplies to tide you over :)

sailingeagle on 02/19/2013:
Hope you're feeling better soon!

Puddles - Monday Feb 18, 2013
Weight: 256.1

Good morning all

Great surprise when I weighed in  this morning I loss 5.1 pds.  I am doing my happy dance.

Yesterday was good -  water was right on and my food was also good.  It seems I have fallen into a routine which I dont mine following.  It is of course the 1st week of my plan and I have a second week (this week) before I go off again to maintenance for two weeks.  

Week 6 starts. I am hopefull  that I am on the right track for myself.

I got all my stuff done yesterday and maybe event more than what I had planned.  I seem to have more energy and I have to admit that my knee feels better also.  It is probably because I am carrying less weight.  I still have to go out again today - I am sure you all have done this forgot to put something on your list because you thought you would remember - should never trust myself to remember always right it down.  So I have to go back out and it is cold again today.

Thank you all for your support through these days.  I wish you all the best and have a great day.  


Progress as of today: 24.1 lbs lost so far, only 76.1 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 02/18/2013:
Me and you had the same idea happy dancing this morning!

biscottibody59 on 02/18/2013:
Good going--keep up the good work!

OhioRaven on 02/18/2013:
Outstanding ! Good job, Puddy !

thenewMLE on 02/18/2013:
I'm happy for you!! Keep up the good work!

V on 02/18/2013:
WOW congrats!!! You are doing such a stellar job girl, I am proud of you :)

getmebackto150 on 02/18/2013:
congrats on the loss!!!! you rock:)

Tangalyn~ on 02/18/2013:
wooohooo awesome weigh in today.. congrats!

niftyjack on 02/19/2013:

Maria7 on 02/19/2013:
Wow, you are moving right along. I think you are on a roll, getting to your goal! Happy for you and congratulations to you on your new lower number. :-D

Puddles - Sunday Feb 17, 2013
Weight: 261.2

Good morning all

Yesterday was a good relax day.  I kept up with my schedule and had 10 glasses of water and my food is on track.  All is good.  Tomorrow is the big weigh-in day.

Apart from that not much going on here.  We are having a nice sunny day but cold.  The sun feels real good after the snowy week we had.  I do have some little errands to run and clean up to do in my house.

Have a great day and will write later if something else pops into my mind. lol


Progress as of today: 19 lbs lost so far, only 81.2 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/17/2013:
Hope you have a good day. :-)

Maria7 on 02/17/2013:
Hi, just read your comment to me...we are in the eastern part. Yes, it is unusual to get snow here in the winter (although sometimes we do) and that is why we are so happy and excited over it! :-D

Tangalyn~ on 02/17/2013:
best of luck with ur weigh in for tomorrow!

OhioRaven on 02/17/2013:
Yes, good luck with your weigh-in.

Puddles - Saturday Feb 16, 2013
Weight: 261.2

Good afternoon all

I am back from my few days away from home.  I can report it was a success.  I was good with my food and water.  I am actually amazed that I did not struggle to stay on track.  There were certainly a lot of goodies - chips and ice cream and all sorts of those things  which I usually gravitate towards and to my surprise I was not tempted.  The only thing I can say about that is that I have probably truely made up my mine that this is my time to loose the weight.  I have no explanation.  

While I was there we looked at the rentals for next Winter and we made our reservations for Jan Feb and Mar next year.  I know it is early but no way are we spending another Winter here.  My friend moved to my town two years ago so we had put it on hold (winter holidays) because he had quite a few expenses in getting his place to his taste.  That is done now and now  we go back to our Winters away.  The difference this time is that we are doing the whole 3 months in Myrtle Beach SC instead of 2 months Florida and 1 month Myrtle.  We thought we would try that.  I know it is not has hot as Fl but there is no snow and that is all we are interested in - but there is golf year round.  WoW LOL LOL.  Our canadian dollars is really strong right now another advantage - at par.  

My plan for today is just to relax.  It is always tiresome not to be in your own place and have your own things around - even though I am quite comfortable in his place.  So relax day.  Do all the stuff I am suppose to do to stay on track and keep on trucking.  I am looking forward to my weigh-in on Monday morning and the end of my week 5.  The time has just gone by so fast  I can't believe it has been almost 5 weeks since I started.  

OK I will catch up on all the stuff you guys have been up to during my absence and will talk to you later.

Have a great day and it back to be here with all of you.


Progress as of today: 19 lbs lost so far, only 81.2 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 02/16/2013:
Good job on it all!

biscottibody59 on 02/16/2013:
RYC: I keep a bunch of info on my diary so I'll have a central place to refer to it--most people don't even bother with it. (Actually it's 5 wkts (workouts) completed out of 115 possible. In a year's time.)

But I know you wanted to encourage me, so thanks:-) That's probably the most important thing!

OhioRaven on 02/16/2013:
Thanks, Puddy. I'm glad you are enjoying yourself. I'm more glad you're taking care of yourself and making the choices that are good for our bodies. Take care, Puddy.

winelover on 02/17/2013:
Thank you for the welcome. You will enjoy Myrtle Beach! I am looking to go there this year also!. We moved to NC two years ago and it's mostly warm but snowed yesterday! At least you can get outside more!

Puddles - Thursday Feb 14, 2013
Weight: 261.2

Happy Valentine's Day to all

Yesterday was good 10 glasses of water and food is on track.  I feel good about that becauce I am eating out tonight.  I have decided what I am having and since I picked the restaurant I will be able to stay on track.  The only thing is that I have not decided if I will allow myself a glass of wine or not.  I will make that decision at the reataurant.

I have a lot of stuff to do before the end of the day.  You guys know the regular stuff - shave and get all prettied up. LOL LOL - wow that is a hard day of work LOL

I want to be back by Saturday to my routine and he understands that too.  It is  easier to follow my plan when I am not in my own little environment.   My weigh-in is Monday morning and that will give me two days to fall back into routine.  I know this probably sounds like it is a little bit over the top but my mind is so set to get this done - now that I have started - that I do not want to give myself any chances of falling off the wagon.  Sometimes it is harder to get back on the wagon.  I also do not want to go back to the feelings I had before I started.

I wish you all a good day. I will do a little bit of blogging during the day and then I will blog you guys upon my return.



Progress as of today: 19 lbs lost so far, only 81.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/14/2013:
Good job on the water and food. One glass of wine would be fine. Your attitude is good. My attitude with this (as it was with smoking) is that 'failure is not an option'.

RYC: very generous of you, but not thanks. I hate snow! :)

OhioRaven on 02/14/2013:
Happy Valentine's Day, Puddy !

IndependentEm93 on 02/14/2013:
Have a great day!!

getmebackto150 on 02/14/2013:
I love it when the restaurant and meal are picked in advance, it makes it SO much easier to stay on track!! Have a great day:)

grannyannie on 02/14/2013:
No snow! We get lots or rain, so don't really want any snow. Wow, both quitting smoking and losing weight?! I quit smoking 20 years ago. It's tough but am glad I can breathe. Good luck!

thenewMLE on 02/14/2013:
Have a Happy Valentine's Day and I hope you enjoy your dinner! You are ON the wagon - there's no falling off now! A special occasion (as long is it doesn't happen every day!) does not equal falling off the wagon! Go have fun girl and I know that weigh in will support your hard work!

legcramps on 02/14/2013:
Great plan, have a wonderful day!

V on 02/14/2013:
Have a wonderful time girl and you know have that glass of wine if you feel like it, 1 glass def will NOT hurt ya.. RYC..Black Widow? LOL you never <3 Happy Valentine's Day!!

Umpqua on 02/14/2013:
Happy V Day and I hope you have a great night out!

niftyjack on 02/15/2013:
They say a glass of red wine is good for you... but it's totally up to you to drink it or not.

Puddles - Wednesday Feb 13, 2013
Weight: 261.2

Good morning all

Another great day.  Water 9 glasses.  Food on track.  I was really protein hungry yesterday - great that the Scarsdale diet has no specific amounts it is always plenty of anything (they want you to feel full)  as long as you eat it in one sitting and only the items specified for that meal.  It was plenty of protein yesterday.  Some days are like that.  I have no explanation for why I was protein hungry.

Finally stopped snowing here also.  Really getting tired of this white stuff.  I have started looking for rental in Florida for next Winter (vrbo.com and homeaway.com) that is how fed up I am with this Winter.  Thought I would take a year off since my knee was soar but not worth it - I should have gone.  No more Winters in Canada for me - dont have to be here so why do I stay when I could be in a warmer part of the world.  I might as well contribute to the American economy it might just do a little bit of help.  Share the wealth.

I found out last night that my nephew and his wife are having a baby their first - a boy.  Really great news.  My brother in law is in the hospital battling cancer and we certainly hope he makes it to May so that he can see his first grandbaby born.  That is also his wish.  Time will tell.  Really sad.  It certainly makes me grateful for what I have and certainly lessens the little booboos I have.

I am so tempted to weigh myself I dont know if it is the challenge that is feeding this temptation or what but I have resisted up to now.

Tomorrow is my night out.  I will be away for a few days after that but will definitely be packing my food to bring along with me - will not fall off the wagon.  No use damaging my progress.

Well I think this is about all I have for today.  All is good.  Nothing to complain about.  

I hope you all have a great day.  I will blog tomorrow am.



Progress as of today: 19 lbs lost so far, only 81.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/13/2013:
Hope your BIL gets to see his grandson! You're doing well on the meals and water.

Have a good day, Fran.

RYC. Thanks. It's my normal routines.

thenewMLE on 02/13/2013:
I'm glad you are feeling so good! I can't imagine that much snow. It snows here about once every 10 or 20 years and it's only for a couple hours so it's kind of a novelty. I lived in Chicago for 7 months back in 2005-6 and I don't think I could have a permanent residence there! I found the cold PAINFUL! It hurt my hands and my knees really bad. I always thought hats and gloves were just a fashion thing - up there I found out they were a necessity!! Have fun tomorrow night!

Umpqua on 02/13/2013:
I hope your BIL will get to see his grandson. You are doing great with the eating and water!

Tangalyn~ on 02/13/2013:
im always so impressed with how well u do with ur food and water :) hooray for another good day!!!... big congrats to ur nephew & his wife.. will keep ur BIL in my thoughts.... i totally agree with what u said about handwritten letters, they are much more meaningful, i have alot of trouble with my hands, i have little to no feeling in my fingertips, was recently told by a doctor that its due to severe nerve damage in my back :-/ so holding a pen is very difficult for me most of the time.. i feel almost ashamed because i was always known in my family to have such 'pretty' handwritting and i know it doesnt look the same these days :( but i know she will be happy to hear from me so its well worth it, but i sure hope she gets her phone back on soon lol.. have a great day!

OhioRaven on 02/13/2013:
I like your diet attitude. Praying for your Brother-in-Law. What is his first name ?

OhioRaven on 02/13/2013:
Praying for Paul

V on 02/13/2013:
Sending prayers for your BIL <3 I am always craving protein, carnivore I suppose, LOL.. Before I reached goal weight I did a low carb meal plan and ever since then my tastes buds have changed a bit.. Anyhoo I am super happy for you to spend your winters in the Sunshine State :) Have a wonderful V-Day with your sweetie..How long have you guys dated?

IndependentEm93 on 02/13/2013:
Hope your BIL gets better! Have a great day

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