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SkinInTheGame - Sunday Mar 22, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hello DD Pallies ~

Didn't post later part of the week because I'm didn't show progress due to it bring that time of the month - Vortex!! But I didn't gain at all - which was a plus!

Tonight the headache kicked in so I just took an Imitrex. So funny that the symptoms of a period stay even after menopause.

I have been keeping up with good eating and exercising, but I need a plan for the next 2 weeks to "give it 100%".

I'll think about it tomorrow when this headache is gone.

Until then - you all take care!!

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

SkinInTheGame on 03/22/2015:
1 a.m. - headache is gone - ready for Sunday

Going to sleep now

thinkpositive on 03/22/2015:
Hope you feel better.

puddles on 03/22/2015:
Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/22/2015:
I know what you mean by doing well...but wanting to do far better despite it. Sounds like me - I know how to do well, but usually doing well doesn't last long.

Before my sister gets married next April, i'm going to order foods shipped to my door for at least 2 weeks. It's an organic, mostly plant-based diet which would deliver great results. Could probably only afford it for that time :)

Maria7 on 03/24/2015:
Get some rest...hope you feel better. :-)

SkinInTheGame - Thursday Mar 19, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hello DD Pallies~

So I was 99% on target with what I planned to drink, eat and exercise yesterday. I had a few tortilla chips while I was making my after track snack. That was the only issue.

Also, broke out a bit today (pimples). I don't expect weight loss until next week because the bumps mean I'm in that "vortex" week. If I wasn't in this menopause stage, I would be having a period now. The symptoms still come every month which I call the vortex week. Usually I gain a few pounds, this week I'm staying flat so far.

2 1/2 half weeks to my business trip and jaunt down to my hometown for the weekend.

I love / hate countdowns! Whatever ends up happening with this short mini push of buckling down, I'll be fine with the outcome ~

********* Practice breathing and relaxing ~ smile and laugh! Have a great day!!

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

museumgirl on 03/19/2015:
Great attitude! Have a great day and smile and laugh :)

Umpqua on 03/19/2015:
For some reason I pictured you as a high school or college student because of the track, I was thinking school track team. I hope you take that as a compliment! I always find countdowns motivating since I'm a deadline oriented person. You're doing great!

grannyannie on 03/19/2015:
Well done!

thinnside40 on 03/19/2015:
Great job!

puddles on 03/19/2015:
Great Attitude and wishing you a great day.

Maria7 on 03/19/2015:
Amen on the practice breathing and relaxing...smile and laugh...yes...love that!

Maria7 on 03/20/2015:
Hoping you are having a good day today (Friday). :-)

SkinInTheGame - Wednesday Mar 18, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Happy Wednesday DD Pallies ~

So I did exactly the same on Monday - great water & food intake, plus did all my workouts, but I ate a little bit more (not much) than what I had planned for my after track snack.

I'm not as much mad at myself for eating a little bit extra, but I want to work on my discipline, willpower and fortitude. I want to be able to control myself and when I say "this is all I'm going to do".

Today is another day to work on this! I'm going to try again...


Be happy all! Have a great day!!

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/18/2015:
Good going, I hear you on the willpower - sometimes it's tough. Keep up the good work!

museumgirl on 03/18/2015:
Looks like you are doing great. Sometimes we may need a little more than we think we will, so I wouldn't be too hard on yourself...look at your progress, wow!

grannyannie on 03/18/2015:
Sometimes you just need a few more calories because you're just plain hungry.

puddles on 03/18/2015:
Your doing good. This is my experience - the more I try to control the worst I get sometimes I just have to let it go and let God take care of it. Wishing you a great day.

thinnside40 on 03/18/2015:
Keeping at it... Good job!

SkinInTheGame on 03/18/2015:
You guys are so right! Thanks for the comments!

SkinInTheGame - Tuesday Mar 17, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Happy Tuesday DD Pallies~

Accountability - I was good until I was prepping my "after-track snack". Darn - then I blew it! As I was making it, I was nibbling on stuff! I was so close to a perfect day!!

Today I'm am going to try harder. After track is my weakest, hungriest time of the day. I'm going to give it my all!

I'm going to post later today only if I stick to my plan - follow the foods I chose and not work late and miss an exercise. If I blow it - no post from me again today - I'll try again tomorrow.

We'll see . . .

********** Reminder - be good to yourself!

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 03/17/2015:
The important things is to keep on trying and you will make it. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 03/17/2015:
Tomorrow is another day. Never give up!

Maria7 on 03/17/2015:
You can do it...but...remember...none of us are perfect. :-) Have a happy day!

Umpqua on 03/17/2015:
Maybe you can pick healthier stuff to munch on since you're already hungry after track? Peanuts (or other nuts) are a salty treat that can fill in the cracks while you prepare another healthy snack - as long as you don't eat too many. Hang in there!

SkinInTheGame on 03/17/2015:
Love your comments!! Thanks all!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/18/2015:
I am with you...after exercise is hard for me, especially on the weekend. During the week since it's already late at night, I usually have a protein bar or something in the car on the way home so I am not tempted to eat at home!

SkinInTheGame - Monday Mar 16, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Happy Monday DD Pallies~

I enjoyed posting yesterday and want to keep it up as I prep for my hometown trip coming up in 3 weeks.

I feel we post to hold ourselves accountable to each other.

My day plan is the same as I posted on Sun 3/15 which will be for all this week and weekend.

I'm going to post later today only if I stick to my plan - follow the foods I chose and not work late and miss track or an exercise.

If I blow it - no post from me again today. I'll try again tomorrow.

I hope to post later today with a good follow up report!

We'll see . . .


Just a caveat - love yourself at every size!

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/16/2015:
Congratulations on your loss, you're really taking care of business!

SkinInTheGame on 03/16/2015:

grannyannie on 03/16/2015:
Well done! Have a great week!

SkinInTheGame on 03/16/2015:
You too!

puddles on 03/16/2015:
Congrats. Keep at it. Have a wonderful day.

SkinInTheGame on 03/16/2015:

SkinInTheGame on 03/16/2015:
No need to leave messages on this - just a status update that I stayed on track with water and food.

No Cheetos while heating up my panini - work stocks all sorts of snacks by the microwave. It's been recent that I've been bad with the Cheetos and then a handful of licorice at about 4:30.

Not today - the next time I can eat is my after track snack.

Posting to be real and accountable ...

SkinInTheGame - Sunday Mar 15, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 156.0

Hello DD Pallies~

So I officially said "SO LONG" to the 160's and have been blocking and tackling in the 150's for about a month now.

I am very motivated because as part of a business trip in 3 weeks, I tagged on 3 days in my hometown where I have family and friends and I want to look my best. Until menopause, other than being pregnant, I was always between 127 and 138.

I tend to change up things every 4 months or so, but here is my regiment now:

7 days a week: I start this later on weekends

- 4:30 am - 45 min stretch

- 7 am - track (brisk walk) 2 miles at least

- oatmeal or scrambled eggs - no sides

- snack banana, orange or apple

- lunch - a panini, chicken sandwich or a salad, side of yogurt

- snack cracker pack

- 30 minutes of stretch

- 7 pm track again (at least 2 1/2 mile)

- fish or chicken dinner, fresh tomato slices

- 1/4 cup - really small goblet of Cabernet (reward)

Time to start the stretch now! Have a great Sunday! Be good to yourself! Focus on your goals!

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 03/15/2015:
wow wonderful drop in lbs. Have a great day.

SkinInTheGame on 03/15/2015:
Thanks, Puddles!!

SkinInTheGame - Saturday Feb 14, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 164.0

Hi DD Pallies ~

Happy Valentine's Day!! I'm up a bit in in weight - mostly due to the colds that swept thru our house in January putting us all off schedule. Plus, we went to Vegas for Super Bowl weekend and I've had killer work hours lately - just really busy. And I'll be honest that I'm down a bit in my usual focus and discipline - need to jump back on the train!

Feeling great today and about to head to the living room to do a 40-min stretch and then to walk track.

Going to dinner tonight with hubby - and will do my best to be good and not go crazy!

Would love to be in the mid-50's by end of month. It will only happen with some hard work and effort.

We'll see how that goes ~

Have a great day all!

Progress as of today: 30 lbs lost so far, only 26 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/14/2015:
enjoy your stretching! I am also taking a day off of workouts this week. Probably for the better, anyways :) It'll leave me with only one day at the gym this workweek. Since i'm still just getting into the swing of things, i am sure it's for the better.

Usually, when healthy options are available, it's so much easier to eat out. I am going to a restaurant on Sunday and the menu is HORRIBLE! it's Italian...and the salad offerings are probably only appetizer size...and the sides for veggies are just one - butter and olive oil broccoli raab. i am actually thinking of ordering something i usually don't - penne alla vodka...but i prob wont, since i know i would eat way too much. ..

SkinInTheGame on 02/14/2015:
You enjoy a nice dinner!

nenak on 02/15/2015:
Have a great day x

Maria7 on 02/17/2015:
Hope you had a good dinner out with your Hubby.

SkinInTheGame - Friday Jan 30, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 160.0

Hi DD Pallies ~

Finally got rid of that awful January cold that ran thru our house! I hated being off track with everything and have been working nights and weekends after 10-hour days to catch up on reports and work.

I stayed in the 150's all month, but this week is the "vortex" week and I jumped up without eating any more than normal. I have this week tracked now so when it comes, I just don't let if bother me.

Just finished a 40-minute stretch - now bath and I'll be on the track by 7 and then going to work!

TGIF friends!!!

Progress as of today: 34 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 01/30/2015:
I'm on the 11th day of cold nastiness. On the healing end of it... Crazy. Gad your better and getting back on track.

Jezebel on 01/30/2015:
TGIF !!!

Umpqua on 01/30/2015:
That's great that you're feeling better and getting back in gear. I hope you have a nice weekend!

liza36 on 01/30/2015:
A 40-minute stretch sounds great. I know I need to incorporate much more stretching. Have a good weekend.

puddles on 01/30/2015:
I am sure you will be happy when January is over because it has not been the healthiest for you. Definitely better days ahead. Have a great weekend.

Jezebel on 01/30/2015:
TGIF !!! I hope you get some rest this weekend.

biscottibody59 on 01/31/2015:
Enjoy your weekend!

SkinInTheGame - Monday Jan 12, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 158.0

DD Pallies

Sorry to be offline - just getting over the flu which has hit 3 out of 4 of us in the family!

Going back to work tomorrow and will put in for the first sick dates in over two years.

I haven't had any appetite at all - which is the reason I'm in the 150s.

I'm not going to get excited until I'm 100% recovered and eating normal again. I'm going to try to be very careful.

I won't do an AM track due to the cold, but I will try to do the first stretch since last week - pony kicks and all at 4:30 a.m.

If the temp is in the low 60s, then I may try a PM track tomorrow night.

Please take care all - I hope you all stay healthy and on top of your goals this week!!

Progress as of today: 36 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/12/2015:
Glad you feeling better and also that you back. Have a good evening.

SkinInTheGame on 01/12/2015:
Thank you, Puddles! Missed you!

Umpqua on 01/13/2015:
It's nice to see a post from you and I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!

SkinInTheGame - Saturday Jan 03, 2015
(Eat Right & Exercise)
Weight: 162.0

Happy New a Year DD Pallies ~

So this year started with a bunch of people around me with health goals. At work, people are connecting with a fit app where they see what each other eats (counting calories) and how much they work out. Everything is calculated. I'm not in it, but I'm supporting them and will do definitely participate when they go out and celebrate (rewards). They know I do my own thing. We are all keeping each other accountable. They have all brought in a bunch of healthy snacks and they plan to eat every 2 hours to keep their metabolism up. They are all in good shape - all are under 150, but they have gained this past year because our office is always stocked with treats, drinks, the works! I never touch it - if I did, I wouldn't stop.

Then there is us - the DD buddies - we all reset are goals for the year!

What I've learned is that during a menopause diet, if you relied on when pound comes off, then it is so frustrating because I can do everything right and gain and do everything wrong and lose - it is a really crazy!

So you all see that I really work out hard everyday even while working a 10 hour office job. I don't look for just the weight loss to feel good, but the effort I've put in. If I put in the effort, I do see results and it helps me stick to eating right. Exercise also makes you feel good.

Today - I'm doing my routine with the exception of moving the 2nd track to earlier in the day because it's the weekend:

- AM - wake up and do a 40-min stretch workout with kicks

- Then 3-mile track at the park - Later this afternoon do another 3-mile track at the park

- I have 3 and 5 pound weights in my bathroom which I do 50 reps of a bunch of different things every time I come in here

For eating, I do oatmeal in the am and then 2 small meals during the day. I eat nothing after 5 pm and no snacking. If I get really really hungry, then I will eat an apple or a banana.

I'm on a scale black-out from last Thu to Mon - kind of a mini competition with myself.

Thought I'd let you know what the current plan is which I hope will get me in to the 150's and then the 140's shortly!

Have a great weekend!

Progress as of today: 32 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/03/2015:
I am glad that you will be surrounded by support while you are on your journey. It all counts. Good luck have a great evening.

SkinInTheGame on 01/04/2015:
Thanks, Puddles!!

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