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Soon2BThin - Monday Feb 18, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 163.2

Weigh Day! I wish I had lost more but I'm happy with it. I really pushed myself yesterday. I had 1375 calories and did that one hour walk on the treadmill and drank lots of water. This morning I only walked for 30 minutes, my heart just wasn't in it. And I didn't add in any hills. Well, at least I did something. I don't have anywhere I have to be today except I have to take an overdue library book back, I finally finished it. Otherwise I guess I will just do some house cleaning and vegging. You all have a good day and I'll see you tomorrow!

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 23.2 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 02/18/2008:
I am getting ready to eat Breakfast and then head out on the walk..... House cleaning never seems to end does it? My kids are home today and I am going to incorporate their help doing mine....{*;*}

Have a good day!

workingit2 on 02/18/2008:
Congratulations, Soonie!! Way to go!

shadetree on 02/18/2008:
There's no such thing as 'only 30 minutes' - at least you did something, even though your heart wasn't in it! Congrats!

BandMom on 02/18/2008:
missed u huni!

Soon2BThin - Sunday Feb 17, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Okay, had my "last chance" workout this morning! I feel...wiped out, heh. I did a whole hour of walking on the treadmill, with 4 hills added in. My hills consist of 3 minutes on incline 5 and 2 minutes on incline 3. I do this every 5 minutes. Except I walk the first 10 minutes on incline 1 (that's the lowest my treadmill goes) then I start the hills, having 5 minutes on incline 1 in between, and the last 15 minutes I did on incline 1. Now that I have you totally confused let's get on with yesterday. I did really well with the eating, except I didn't totally count calories. At home I know I only had about 750 calories and at the Bunco lunch I was very good and only had a small portion of the chicken casserole she served, with a spoonful of salad (I guess it was some kind of caesar salad since it already had the dressing on it) I did eat a few Fritos though but when they all ate dessert, I only ate one chocolate kiss and I was happy. It was a 40 mile trip each way out there and back and I drove and we were there for 3 hours so when I got home I was tired but I got the DH out for a nice 45 minute walk!! We didn't walk really fast but it was something anyway. And I didn't stuff my face when I got home like I do sometimes. So a really good day. I'm happy with it. Today will be more of the same except I won't be going anywhere so I must keep busy and not eat too much. Tomorrow---weigh in! I hope it's good. Okay, my body aches so I'm going out in the hot tub before brekky. Have a great Sunday!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 02/17/2008:
Congratulations on a great day!

shadetree on 02/17/2008:
Sounds like you had a great day! I hope today is just as good!

thinnsidenotout on 02/17/2008:
Keeping busy is half the battle sometimes....Keep up the good work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/17/2008:
Sounds like a really strenuous workout!

Soon2BThin - Saturday Feb 16, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Good morning! Well, I didn't get here yesterday, so busy. Here's what happened Thursday---I bowled pretty good, we went out to Mimi's Cafe for lunch, I split the Cobb salad with the DH as we usually do, I only ate half of my half, with no avocado and no blue cheese, had the honey mustard dressing, which I used sparingly. So far, so good. Then I went to play pinochle all afternoon with my friends, no food there. Still doing good. After that I went to the mall to return some things and did quite a bit of walking fast. I was hungry and wanted to get home. Then I stopped at Sprout's (like Trader Joe's) for some blueberries (99 cents a small box) and dried apricots and my apple cider vinegar pills. Then it was on to home. I was so hungry! I started eating and couldn't stop! But they were good things and I didn't do too badly. No other exercise that day and none yesterday either. I slept in some yesterday, if you can call 7:15 sleeping in. I got up and went to my other vice, the casino. It was gloomy, raining and cold and I could have stayed in bed and then eat comfort food all day while watching TV but I chose the other vice. After that I stopped at Super WalMart and then got home at 2pm. Oh, I didn't win much either. I ate a nice lunch, had a snack later and had quite a bit of dinner. So I didn't count calories again and I know I had quite a lot but the scale was down some this morning anyway. So there you have it! I got up this morning at 7, showered and washed my hair, and I have Bunco later today. So no exercise again, maybe later when I get home, although that is usually not until about 4:00. Another busy day. Well, I hope you're all doing well. Have a great weekend! See ya later!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 02/16/2008:
You are such a busy bee!....Congrats on the loss!

hollybelle on 02/16/2008:
Hi Soonie - have a good weekend.

biscottibody59 on 02/16/2008:
Lookin' good Soonie!

kkaahh11 on 02/16/2008:
i can see the pounds just coming off. good job. keep it up!! sorry u didnt win much at the casino, but your time will come

maria777 on 02/16/2008:
Looks like you did good resisting mall food! And your blueberries sound real good! Big smile to you!

Soon2BThin - Thursday Feb 14, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Okaaaay! Four good days in a row. I think I can do this. I did my 2 miles on the treadmill yesterday and I'm really pushing myself on the hills. And I only ate 1285 calories. But maybe too much salt because my weight was up again this morning. I feel pretty good. I'm wearing jeans that were way too tight last week. Now they're just sort of tight but they stretch. Bowling this morning, then pinochle this afternoon. Not much time to eat although we will be going out to lunch after bowling. I will be good. It's pretty easy for me when other people are around. Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

crategrl on 02/14/2008:
Keep up the great work and motivation!

thinnsidenotout on 02/14/2008:
Tomorrow WILL BE day "5"...Keep going!!!!!!!!!

hollybelle on 02/14/2008:
Yes you can, yes you can, yes you can! Happy Valentine's Day.

mmuraro on 02/14/2008:
Yay, it's a good day! Have fun bowling!

Soon2BThin - Wednesday Feb 13, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Weeeelll! It's 3 good days now in a row! And I checked the scale this morning and it's down. But I don't record it here except on Mondays. Soooo, yesterday wasn't as good as the other 2 days but I struggled very hard to avoid the bad things. The Red Hat luncheon was such fun and I only had a salad with grilled chicken but there were cupcakes someone made for dessert (gave mine away) and little chocolate kisses and hearts but I only ate a couple of those. Mom felt okay and had a good time too. The salad didn't keep me full all afternoon so I ate an "Oatmeal to Go" bar (love those things, and so filling) and a few low-fat graham crackers (I know, not the best things but it could have been worse) and then we went to go play cards with our friends. Well, she had snacks laid out first thing, I only nibbled a few, and dinner was pork roast, sweet potato casserole, cole slaw and asparagus with thick white bread (okay, I felt I had to have half a slice and there was REAL butter, I had to be polite) and we played cards for awhile and then had ice cream and a Valentine cupcake for dessert. I gave half my ice cream to the DH and ate the cupcake, it wasn't worth the calories though, dernit. And then I nibbled the snacks again later. So I didn't have complete control but you know how it is, you don't want people picking on you for not eating. At least I can say I ate a lot less than the rest of them. Anyway today will be excellent. I had to sleep in, we didn't get home until midnight and that's awful late for us old folks. So I will eat brekky now, it's almost time for Regis and Kelly and maybe I'll watch some of The View and then it's on to the treadmill. I plan on doing a lot of walking on it off and on over the day. I don't have anywhere to go today so I have all day. Maybe do some reading and biking on my recumbant bike too. So that's the plan. Have a great day and HANG IN THERE!!

Edit: 12:18pm--I just finished my 2 miles on the treadmill, really pushed myself with those hills! I know 2 miles doesn't seem like much, but it's good enough for me right now. Will I do more walking later on? Who knows. Right now, I'm BEAT!! And feeleebub, I have really gotten my money's worth for my treadmill. I've had it for almost 10 years. It has dust but I use it pretty regularly, haha!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 02/13/2008:

mmuraro on 02/13/2008:
Good for you, good days in a row!! :)

feeleebubs on 02/13/2008:
Boy, you hit the nail on the head with yourcomment to me. I can't even BEGIN to imagine what I would weigh if I hadn't been at this for what feels like ages. Shoot...I'd probabaly weigh about 300 pounds! I was WELL on my way when I joined this site 5 1/2 years ago. I think someday I'd like to own my own treadmill that I can walk on throughout the day. I see so many people who have them and they wind up collecting dust. I honestly think if I had one, I'd use it!

maria777 on 02/13/2008:
Wow, what control you had! I think you did TERRIFIC! I know I wouldnt have shared my ice cream, and probably not the desert, either! Glad your Mom is feeling better, Soonie. My Mom has been in the hospital 16 days today. I'm trying to encourage her to eat as she has not much of an appetite. I tell her if she eats all the food on her plate I'll give her an A+, so she eats a little, takes a little break and eats a little more, doing it that way.

2 miles on the treadmill.....WOW!!!!!...I did 5 minutes on the treadmill today and almost congratulated myself, as I only did 2 (minutes) the other day, I've been so exhausted and had to push myself to do that much! But keep up the good work!

workingit2 on 02/13/2008:
Sorry I haven't been leaving messages and now I am leaving this canned message lol..thoughts are with you, keep up the fight!

Soon2BThin - Tuesday Feb 12, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Hellewwwww!! Well, I had another good day yesterday, that's 2 in row now. I'm on my way. I had 1260 calories and my morning exercise. I took Mom to the doc at 11am and he said the MRI/MRA was just fine. So no problems there. Now what's causing all her headaches? I keep telling her she needs to do some exercise, get out and walk around the block. She's afraid to go by herself and she lives in a nice neighborhood. Guess I will have to go and take her for walks, heh. She used to have a treadmill but gave it to my sister. The doc did give her a sheet of neck exercises to do though for the pain in her neck. I need to do those too but I always forget. Anyway.... I have a busy day today---Red Hat Ladies luncheon and then, cards in the late afternoon/evening with the DH and some people we bowl with. So I got up at 6am again and did my 2 miles on the treadmill already. I need to get Mom at 10:30 for the luncheon which starts at 11:00. I will try to be good at lunch and just get some kind of salad or something. It's a steak restaurant that we're going to. I don't want to ruin my nice 2-day streak. Although counting the calories will be difficult. So I've got to be going now, my shower awaits. Hope you're all doing great and have a nice Tuesday!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 02/12/2008:
Those mother/daughter walks are kinda fun.... Sounds as if you have a busy day ahead...Hope you enjoy every minute of it....

mmuraro on 02/12/2008:
Aw hope your mom feels better! I think she will benefit a lot if you take her for walks. It's good for the mind too. If nothing works for her pains, maybe you should consider acupuncture. Most insurance plans will cover it for pain if regular doctors couldn't cure it. I tried it before and hardly recommend it. Doesn't hurt either, in case she asks! :) Have a great fun day out.

borntocry on 02/12/2008:
No matter what happens at the restaurant, just make sure the rest of the day is good. Don't eat again until you're hungry, and then make sure it's something healthy, and I guarantee this won't halt your progress one bit.

maria777 on 02/12/2008:
You did fantastic on your cals yest! That is so sweet that you and your Mother go together to the Red Hat luncheon! Looks like you are doing real good! Big smile to you!

kkaahh11 on 02/12/2008:
GO FOR THREE DAYSSSS IN A ROW WOOO!! hehe good luck with the dieting and with your mom!

Soon2BThin - Monday Feb 11, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 165.4

Well, I just Googled "superdelegates" and I still don't know what they're talking about! Okay, I sort of understand it but WHY, WHY?? Anyways...I am overwhelmed with comments this morning, you guys RAWK! Always makes me feel good, thanks. Hey, it's only 7:55am here and I've already walked on my treadmill for 2 miles, showered and washed my hair!! Oooh, it feels good to be back. I plan on keeping this up, it is MY JOB! My goal is to exercise everyday this week. Thursday I can't do it in the morning, I will be bowling. Hey, that's exercise, isn't it? Heh. But I plan on doing some walking in the late afternoon/evening that day. I also have pinochle that afternoon. But the other days should be easy, even if I have to get up at 6am like I did this morning. Yesterday was the best day I've had so far this year. I ended up with 1305 calories, plenty of water and I did the 2 miles on the treadmill in the morning. I hope this determined feeling holds on. This morning I have to take Mom to the doctor at 11am so that's why I got up early to get my exercise over with for the day. Although, I may do some shopping later (not buying) and that should include some walking too. I feel great! Okay, my left hip and leg hurt but I can take it. I keep hoping that the exercise will eventually make it better, who knows? Oh, I didn't get here to read and comment much yesterday, I had a really busy day. I'll try later today. I hope you're all doing great! Have a happy Monday! Oops, forgot to mention---the weight is up but I swear it will be going down this week!!

Progress as of today: 5.6 lbs lost so far, only 25.4 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 02/11/2008:
How busy of a beaver are you?....Keep up the good attitude,exercise and healthier eating.....Have a great week!

leeumom on 02/11/2008:
Yea------ keep it up.

mmuraro on 02/11/2008:
Nice to see you motivated like that, and it's contagious too. Thanks!

greengirl on 02/11/2008:
You sound pretty perky, Soonie. I wish I had half your energy !! Keep up the good work :)

kyrin on 02/11/2008:
Hey, Soonie! Good job with the calorie intake and exercise. ATTAGIRL!! It just feels good to have a good day, doesn't it?! I'm happy for you!

borntocry on 02/12/2008:
That's the spirit!! My weight was up 3 lb yesterday, and after a relatively restrained weekend, too - the first in a long while. I was so demotivated, I really felt like throwing in the towel. But I didn't, and just a day later, I was rewarded with a nice low number on the scale!!

And so will you!

CritterMom on 02/12/2008:
Hey, even Pinochle is exercise, you're squeezing those cards in your hand, reaching, and stretching...hahaha. As long as it's moving, it counts.

Soon2BThin - Sunday Feb 10, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 164.0

Good morning! I did get up at 7am this morning and got on my treadmill for 40 minutes. I added 3 hills in there, 3 minutes at incline 5, 2 minutes at incline 3, 3 times, with 5 minutes on no incline in between. Does that make sense to anyone? Well, I tried. I know it doesn't add up to 40 minutes but I walked for 10 minutes on no incline first to get warmed up. Confusing? So yesterday is over and today will be a lot better, it HAS to be. I feel like I'm drowning! But I feel that determination once again. I watched 2 movies yesterday---The Bucket List and Gone Baby Gone. They were both good. I found that Gone Baby Gone was based on a book that I had read a few years ago. Today I think I will watch Elizabeth: The Golden Years. I also want to see No Country For Old Men and Atonement before the Oscars. Did you hear this morning that the writers strike may be over? Okay, you all have a great Sunday! I'm going to try to get back here to read and comment later. Remember, nothing tastes as good as thin feels!!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

thinnsidenotout on 02/10/2008:
Leeumom told me that a while back...hadn't heard it but I like it...Glad you were able to get in some exercise. Now your day WILL be better..I just know it!!!

mmuraro on 02/10/2008:
Good for you to start the day exercising! Especially on a sunday! I watched No Country For Old Man. Really good, but scary! I think I should go see a movie tonight, good idea! Have a good day.

greengirl on 02/10/2008:
Good job on the treadmill, soonie !!! I watched Atonement this week. Its a good film but not exactly what I was expecting !!! Hope you enjoy it

maria777 on 02/10/2008:
Fantastic on the 40 mins on the treadmill!!! YAY!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/10/2008:
You did great with your exercise this morning! Boy am i getting lazy! :( You and the others on this site are so motivational...I must pick it up!

mylifechanges on 02/11/2008:
wow! Great job on the morning exercise! Makes me want to jump on the treadmill tomorrow! :)

borntocry on 02/11/2008:
Oh, you must see Atonement! I loved it!

Soon2BThin - Saturday Feb 09, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 164.0

Well, I no sooner get one leg up on the wagon and I fall right back off again! So here I am, gaining weight and feeling like crap. Let's see, I had one good day all this week. Then Thursday, I was doing well, lunch out after bowling I ate only part of DH's baked potato with all the toppings and a small bit of his salad. So far, so good. Then I played pinochle all afternoon. Got home after 5pm, I was so hungry! I ate and ate and ate. Not from hunger, just something that was nagging at me, who knows? I had planned to walk on the treadmill while watching Survivor but that fell through. Too busy eating. So then I felt worse. Big news! Friday was the Red Hat's Birthday Bash at the casino's convention center. Lots of vendors selling their purple and red items for us, clothes, jewelry, hats, shoes; it was so much fun shopping. Then they served us a nice lunch of chicken breast, rice and veggies but also a decadent chocolate dessert. I only ate half of mine, Mom ate all of hers. We talked with the group, laughed and had fun. They had Kenny Rogers and Patsy Cline impersonators, a really fun show. Then Mom and I headed over to the casino and gambled for an hour. DH called and said my sis wanted to meet us for dinner at El Charro and meet her new boyfriend!! So Mom and I drove to Mom's house and they picked us up there. Dinner was Mexican food, I shared a chicken chimmie with the DH, as we usually do, I drank water, and after I got home I didn't eat anything more. It doesn't sound like I did so bad after putting it all on here (I didn't eat all my lunch either) but the weight was up this morning anyway. It seems like I can't deviate from near starvation or I gain weight. I think it may be the Aciphex the doc put me on, it seems to make me more hungry too, so I'm going to stop that one and see what happens. Anyway, that's it so far this week. Oh, and I didn't get up early this morning or walk on my treadmill and I had McD's for brekky and lunch!! Just not a good day. So tomorrow I plan on doing better. I should have followed through with getting up this morning and exercising, I had my clock set for 7am but woke up at 10 till and shut it off. Now I know that was a big mistake. Anyway....Hope you're having a good one.

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/09/2008:
Hi Soonie! Have a good day tomorrow!

thinnsidenotout on 02/10/2008:
Exercise is a good detourant for not overeating....I have learned the hard way and now know I have no choice in order to get this weight off and keep it off...

Soon2BThin - Wednesday Feb 06, 2008
(Counting Calories and Exercise)
Weight: 164.0

I'm ba-a-ack! No I guess I would never quit here for good. I'm hooked. Hey, did you see Oprah today? It was about the book "The Secret" which I hadn't seen on there before when she had it on. Anyway, it's interesting. And makes so much sense. In fact the other day I mentioned to DH that I was going to buy some poster board and write on it the reasons why I NEED to lose weight and hang it on the wall in front of my treadmill so I would work harder. And then today that's just what they talked about, writing a list of what you want. And they say it works. I thought that was so odd that I had thought of that and today, they talked about the same idea, sort of. Wow, guess I will do that then. And I have been thinking a lot of negative thoughts lately and they said that's not good, so now it's all positive from here on out. I WILL reach my goals and I know I can do it. It's in me somewhere, I just need to bring it out. So anyway, I had a pretty good day today, a lot better than I've had for a long time. I think it still could be better, I need to eat more of the right foods, not just counting calories, but the calories were about 1400 and I walked for 35 minutes on my treadmill this morning and later, did another 25 minutes, totalling an hour. I also push myself as much as I can with adding in hills. I still hurt some but I think that in the long run, when I've been doing this for awhile, the pain will get better. Of course I do some stretching afterward and I'd like to add in some yoga. I just need to make the time. Dr. Oz says that yoga and meditation is so good for you. Anyway a good day and I'm on my way. Thanks for all your comments. I love you guys. Have a good Thursday. I will be bowling in the morning, then lunch out, then pinochle with my gal-pals. So a long, busy day. But fun. Happy, happy!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

mmuraro on 02/06/2008:
Yes! I need to remind myself of that too. Happy positive thoughts!

leeumom on 02/06/2008:
Yes you can do it. I like seeing the graf. Have you tried journally on this site of everything you eat? Kopsman just told me it holds him more accountable. I find if I keep busy around the house doing things that I know need to be done and haven't, that I feel better about myself. That plus making the right choices and seeing those numbers go done, is a real ego booster. You can do it!

thinnsidenotout on 02/06/2008:
Negativity is just self-defete before you even get started.....I have learned that the hard way... If I write it in a negative sense of "I won't this or I won't that,seeing it in black and white,I defeat myself even more. Because 9 out of 10 times I do, when I say I won't.....

borntocry on 02/07/2008:
I think that after years and years of (trying to) diet and exercise, it kind of becomes a habit, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that one tends to lose sight of one's goals. I've found the same thing happening to me lately. I start to think that I "deserve" to "take a day off" from all that stuff. But why am I doing all this to begin with? Isn't it because I deserve to feel and look my very best?

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