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happy-1 - Tuesday Jun 19, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Not sure where yesterday went, but I went to bed on time for once and got up on time at 6 today . I just wanted to put that here so that I can mark the momentous occasion of incrementally getting my **** together... because we must celebrate our successes.

Grrr get after it!

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2018:
it feel good to be in bed early enough that it makes getting up less torturous! NICELY DONE!

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2018:
that's weird the recipe wasn't in order...i'm be up a creek without a paddle.

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
LOL. Yeah I was just annoyed.

bearcountrygg on 06/19/2018:
Seems funny here going to bed while it's still light...but we are doing it many evenings...according to our weather man...it will last another month and then start getting dark sooner..….

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
Hugs. You will prevail. Look forward to autumn!

Donkey on 06/19/2018:
I echo what Horn says. Good for you for getting your $$$$ together!

happy-1 on 06/20/2018:
Hugs! Ty

Horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2018:
like bcgg, i also go to bed some days when it's still light :)

happy-1 - Monday Jun 18, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Not sure where today went. I slept in. Woke up at 12... made up for the nights of 4h sleep this week. I made some chili which was complicated the first time through the recipe. I need to find more 1 pot meals.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
1 pot meals are the bomb!!!!!

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
Yeah! I need to do more of them. Been a long time since I've tried new recipes.

horn_of_plenty on 06/18/2018:
1 pot meals are awesome. this winter i'm totally getting a crockpot to cook lots of veggies...on days i'm home and it's cold!

chilli is a fantastic 1 pot meal! do you had any meat? turkey? why was the recipe difficult???

sleeping in helps the body so much....i did that yesterday. love waking up without an alarm!

happy-1 on 06/18/2018:
Do an instant po. it has a stainless steel insert that goes on the stovetop and can be a pressure cooker, rice cooker or slow cooker. Tons of accessories for eggs, storing in the fridge, potlucks, etc.

Chili was white bean, chicken thighs, poblano peppers and onions.

Recipe was difficult because it wasn't written in order of operations to be a one pot meal. It should have said roast the poblanos first, then transfer to stovetop to toast the cumin in salt, then brown the chicken, then acc onion, then add peeled seeded chopped poblanos. Instead it had you brown the chicken, then roast the poblanos, then toast the cumin. Ah the wonders of recipe blogs.

Donkey on 06/19/2018:
I've got a crockpot and a great cookbook with crockpot recipes, but have been intrigued by the InstaPot. I think if it hadn't been recalled, I would have one by now. Not sure I can handle the challenge of a pressure cooker...

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
I missed that it was recalled. It is amazing. I haven't had any problems.

bearcountrygg on 06/19/2018:
My pressure cooker scares me.....so I avoid it...and try not to make it irritated...LOL...….Once we put some baking soda and water in D's tall stainless thermos bottle to clean it...and screwed the lid on.....and after awhile...it actually blew the lid off and damaged the ceiling......and on a laughable moment...back in our newlywed days...I was being little sally homemaker...and I made him a cherry pie...he grabbed the canister of whipped cream...and proceeded to fill it up...and up...and up...until his slice exploded...like like a big ol cherry explosion...again...hitting the ceiling...LOL

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
OMG. That's actually really dangerous... A vacuum canister in a pressure cooker???? I'm glad you are ok. Also, you know never to use a vacuum canister to boil water right? They explode.

happy-1 - Sunday Jun 17, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

OMG. no idea how I got all my homework done by start of class, but I did. Minor miracle. Ate offtrack today but that can't be helped. Stress and exhaustion. After class I treated myself to a walk around the mall to get some extra steps in... I tried on some stuff at Hand M and felt a little "mutton dressed as lamb". Or maybe I need more makeup. Still shocked to be a size L.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2018:
YEAHHHHHH Down a size...what FUN!!!

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
Right????? Wearing a size L top today. I feel skinny.

horn_of_plenty on 06/18/2018:
congrats that you are a new size now :) and smart to get some steps in at the mall...it all helps :) even when i take an extra walk out to my garage (not attached to my apt building so its a minor little walk away), it's extra exercise....it's like walking to a far parking spot. i plan to do that tonight - putting my gym clothes in my car tonight so i don't have to stop in my apt before the gym tomorrow :)

happy-1 - Friday Jun 15, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

224.3... back to plateau weight. Just have to keep logging and tracking.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 06/15/2018:
Yay!!! You can do this, you are back on track now!

I checked out www.cronometer.com -- that looks so cool! I think for me, with being OCD, it might be a little too much for me, but I can totally see why someone would LOVE using this.

I also like that you're giving yourself "80% or better daily" - because we should give it our best when we can, but be forgiving to ourselves when we can't (for whatever reason).

happy-1 on 06/15/2018:
(Munches on zuchinni brownies and reduced fat mocha almond fudge ice cream)

Yeah, 80% or better... (munch... munch...)

Donkey on 06/16/2018:
LOL! I've heard that black bean brownies are the bomb ;-)

happy-1 on 06/16/2018:
I haven't had a good one yet... but I bet zucchini would help them out. Honestly, you should try my recipe with your cake fascination. I'm finding a healthy cheesecake topping that might hit your buttercream craving.

horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
To what donkey said - anything sweet related and chocolate related is good - I am trying a chocolate raspberry coffee today !!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/17/2018:
congrats on being back at plateau. my goal is to get back to waking up and getting on the scale and seeing the last two digits at 12 and not 16.

happy-1 - Thursday Jun 14, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

A corner has been turned. I discovered a fitness tracker that tracks all the micronutrients and has a decent UI for building and using your recipes. https://cronometer.com/

Unfortuntely I spent too much time on it today and put my class at risk. Time management 101.


Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 06/15/2018:
Happy for you about your fitness tracker. Hope you have a blesssed day. I LOVE your title above your page about I can do all things through Christ, btw. :-D Take care.

happy-1 on 06/15/2018:
You are a high achiever and can do all things. I am just shooting for 80% or better.

happy-1 - Wednesday Jun 13, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

As promised... Latest nutritionist tips from Rise

Nutritionist tips
1 If having rice and beans together, limit each to a 1/4 cup for 1/2 cup total. Otherwise it is too many carbs. Fill it out with more vegetables instead. For example, peppers and onions with beans.
2 If you are going to eat because you are anxious, try doing pushups or jumping jacks first.
3 Make sure backpacking food is real. Nuts/berries, jerky
4 Protein cookies are better than the real thing but still super processed. Try to limit them
5 Try to distract yourself with water first at night before eating anything after bedtime. If that doesn't work, after 10 min get something small
6 Be aware of how much granola you are using. It is calorie dense
7 Protein powders that are good are Orgain, Paleo Protein, Naked Casein. Ideally just look for one that is mostly protein with limited additional additives like sugars and random viamins.
8 For energy bars, Cliff bars are a good option, Also Lara Bars. For a more filling whole meal option, look for G2G bars.
9 Careful eating emergency MREs as part of a daily diet. They are hardy for extreme environments but also really high in saturated fat.
10 Be sure to spend your daily calories on foods you really enjoy and find satisfying. Sometimes when we eat things that are just ho hum we end up overeating while we look for something else more satisfying.
11 If you did eat something off plan, figure out what the trigger was that made you stray. It's the first step towards digging in.
12 If you are truly hungry, don't grab protein desserts. They have protein in them but they don't satisfy like real food and often cause more cravings. Aomething like mixed nuts, fruit with a side of cheese, or even a hard boiled egg is a better choice.
13 Hanging out at a coffee shop with delicious smells while you are trying to do work (ie Starbucks) can get to you after a while and cause you to eat off plan. Try for a library.
14 The healthy browniws are a great way to enjoy something sweet and it's always great to get some extra veggies and vitamins in there (brownies: vanilla protein, yams, zucchini, paleo pancake mix, cocoa, baking soda, coconut oil, walnuts and dark chocolate chips)
15 If you have to eat tortillas, swap the wheat flour tortillas for corn. They are higher in fiber and you can have twice as many for the calories.
16 If working/studying late at night, watch the bored/anxious snacking. If you are truly hungry go for a protein source first.
17 If after class you are too wiped/exhausted to work out, it is probably stress from the class. To tell if it is stress, exhaustion, or dehydration, pep up your water intake to see if that helps. Or you could even track when you feel tired and what happened that day to identify a daily pattern.
18 Substituring your favorie diner meal (double american cheeseburger lettuce wrap, sweet potato friies, diet coke) with a healthier version at home (two turkey patties, wholly guacamole cup, 1/2 a cup of leftover sweet potato, 2 cups broccoli, iced tea with stevia) is a great dinner option. Full of healthy fat with the vocado in there and tons of veggies to help fuel your brain and help your body work optimally.
19 Greek yogurt (honey flavor) s not the same thing as greek yogurt with a little honey on it. 17g more fat and 24g of added sugar... and 14g less protein. https://www.reddit.com/r/bodybuilding/comments/1iztq2/look_how_much_****tier_the_honey_version_of/
20 To dress up Greek yogurt, add protein powder, PB2 powder, a little frozen yogurt
21 DIY your own protein ice cream by making yogurt bars in popsicle molds.
22 The trader joes 3 seed sweet potato crackers are ok in single serving sizes. Or make your own tortilla chips in the oven by brushing on cooking oil and baking in the oven at 350 degrees per side.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/14/2018:
Lots of good ideas there.

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
Yeah. I can't believe so many from just looking at photos of my plates and making comments. Who knew?

horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2018:
What are the MRE's????

good idea with the "healthy brownies"

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
Honestly the zuchhini makes the world of difference. I owe UDG a batch for helping me with my storage unit... they are finally ready to share with the rest of the world.

Now on to find a healthy greek yogurt cheesecake filling ;)

innerpeace on 06/14/2018:
Meal Ready to Eat - they are what was given to us in the military. Some are tasty, so are not. They did come out with a vegetarian option when i was in.

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
I have the Mayday Coastguard MREs in the cars because they last 5 years in heat and wet. I always worry about earthquakes. They taste like lemon cookies. They expire end of year so I was thinking about just replacing them now and eating the ones I have.

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
And did you ever have the honor of eating the "dehydrated pork patty" or "hot dogs"???? ;)

happy-1 - Wednesday Jun 13, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Realized that Fathers day is Sunday. No time for an Amazon order. Oops. Found the Arctc Air thing up at a Target near me (WITH a bra I wanted) and pre-paid for it online. Feeling pretty good about that... I pulled together Christmas, did dog sitting reliably, didn't flake or screw up my Mom's birthday (still taking her to the brewery Friday), made it to church on Sunday, and I figured out something for Father's Day my dad would really like. Have stuff on hand to make him healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ( a favorite of his that his mom made) but with almond flour and protein powder so it is diabetic-friendly.  Had enough cash set aside from my splurge budget last challenge to buy myself something for a morale boost when I really needed one... even if it was small. About to pay bills more or less on time. A little proud. Let's take a minute to recognize the win.

Even made two healthy meals today and got one into either parent. First one was a new recipe... Or type of recipe. A breakfast bowl with garlicky greens, red quinoa, black lentils, avocado, poached eggs, and cherry tomatoes... Which coincidentally fulfilled my challenge task today for MeU... Use whole grains to fill a 1/4 of a plate. More like an 1/8 for me... but sure. Mom liked it and we had a very pleasant breakfast together. Later I reheated chicken thighs, brown rice, refried black beans, and added some veg and guac to make burrito bowls and got one into my dad. We actually had a decent conversation for once. Then I walked my dog and my parents are headed out to the store for groceries. I am making turkey bolognese (cheater version) and hopefully they will bring back spaghetti squash. If not I guess I will boil up a box of pasta I found from when I boxed up all grains when I went paleo.

Feeling a little blessed... the refridgerator was making a funny noise this morning... but it seems to have settled out. Ice maker may not work anymore though. Fingers crossed.

Things are coming to a head with the school. I have a meeting on 6/20 with my caseworker and the head of the school. I hope I am not making a mountain out of a molehill.

5.25pm Gotta rewrite my resume and tackle homework.

Grr. Get after it.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
You are accomplishing a tremendous amount of things...you definitely deserve a pat on the back. Good job!!!!!

happy-1 on 06/13/2018:
Hugs. Thank you!!!

horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2018:
i actually ordered something for my dad on Amazon two nights ago :)

i have prime so i think it's coming tonight or tomorrow. i got in a white, sweat free, SPF shirt for the beach - it was $19.

happy-1 on 06/14/2018:
Good pick!!! I have one of those and love it

happy-1 - Tuesday Jun 12, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Lots of healthy eating but didn't achieve anything. Clock is ticking on finding work.

Realized that I feel trapped in the house because all my pants except my jeans (too hot) are in the too fat bag and the pair of shorts I was so excited to buy from Columbia at the beginning of the summer are almost falling off but also 2 inches too long to wear comfortably. It's a confidence thing... I don't feel like I can go out if  don't look ok. So my splurge is on a pair of size 12 bermudas and two 0x tops from Forever21+. All can be returned in store but will take a week or more to get here. I really don't know what size I am anymore. H and M has the best deals but their sizing is all over the place. You have to shop in store...

I'll wait on my Amazon splurge till next week so I can get my dad this "Arctic Cooler" he saw on TV for Father's Day. Looks sketch to me but sure... Why not. I'd buy him an air conditioner but it needs 3 feet of clearance on all sides and that's a no go for a hoarder house.

Did figure out how to make perfect poached eggs today. Milestone. Also made a new recipe... spinach salad with blueberries, strawberries, onions, goat cheese, walnuts, and a lemon dressing. It was nice to make a new meal for my parents.

Tomorrow I will put on the one outfit that fits ok and isn't insanely hot that I do have and get out and about early.

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/13/2018:
As hard as it is to discard new clothes...it is wonderful when they get too big to wear...…..great Work hap!!!

happy-1 on 06/13/2018:
Yeah! Figured out that I do have 2 pairs of pants if I take them in at the waist... can't do much about the thighs... But 1 is a pair of navy blue chino capris from Lee and I can't figure out what to wear with them. Black tops look weird to me with them. at least I only paid $9.


happy-1 - Monday Jun 11, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

So today I was cleaning out the spare room... working on getting my bed in there... and I found one of the watertight plastic boxes of food I cleaned out of the pantry when I started cleaning up my diet and right on top there was a bag of reese's peanut butter cups and I had to have one then I had two... then my stomach felt a bit off so I laid down for a bit... then the severe abdominal cramping started... so let that be a lesson to someone somewhere... when in doubt toss it out

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2018:
Hope you are feeling better now.

happy-1 on 06/12/2018:
Yeah. Baking soda in water does wonders. Had yogurt this morning. Almost back to normal.

horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2018:
Were they still even fresh...or melted thru the wrappers!..oh, so they weren't fresh. now i read the entire thing. lol.

happy-1 on 06/12/2018:
They looked fine... threw out the whole bag.

Donkey on 06/12/2018:
Yikes, I didn't think candy really expired unless it was completely discolored, etc. -- years old, like.

I'm glad you didn't have more than 2!

happy-1 on 06/12/2018:
Right??? I think it was the peanut butter. It only has a shelf life of a year.

happy-1 - Sunday Jun 10, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Just kind of puttered about today making meals, washing dishes, laundry, grocery run, and screwing with my various online challenges and tracking. I made a pricebook up today which was kind of a time waste. Like I am ever going to have time to go through grocery stores and write down their regular prices for stuff I buy all the time from cilantro to chicken breasts. Oi.

Major victory was biking to/from and actually making it to church, then walking my dog.. I also ate almost completely on plan today. Just my meal timing was off. Yay me.

I have 60lbs to lose to reduce my risk of heart attack and stroke. I need to put that first before everything.

Moving outdoor timer on tv up an hour to 10 pm. Gotta be in bed by 11. I can't believe what a difference a stupid $1.99 device has made in my life. I wish I could put one on myself. And my parents. And my dog.

Mom loved getting 3 new nightgowns so that she doesn't have to wash them every day and can always have a fresh one. Trying to do better every day and every way.

Getting ready to do an Amazon splurge. Top of my list is a new notebook cover because the leather on my current one is a peeling mess. I also really want some stevia vanilla syrup, thermometer, a silicone milliliter measuring cup, some egg poaching cups, a silicone covered ice cube tray, and a Baofeng ham radio. As soon as this class is finished I am going to treat myself to a ham radio license and a first aid class. About $90 total for the Amazon splurge but feels like a lot. Still these little things will make meal prep easier. I could use a couple of tops to wear with jeans to be cute in but they will happen eventually.

Hugs and goodnight!

Progress as of today: 92.7 lbs lost so far, only 18.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2018:
Sounds like a good day for you!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Yeah. Working on mental strength and fortitude that keeps me moving forward despite setbacks to make every day a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
excellent movement with bike ride and walking your doggie. awesome that you made it to church...

glad your mom enjoyed her nightgowns. the other night my mom wore the one i got her as a gift and it made me happy too!

you are already on a major happy roll with your weight loss so just keep on! i love looking at your chart!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Lol... and here I am feeling stuck like I am spinning my wheels. Thank you for the encouragement!!!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Lol... and here I am feeling stuck like I am spinning my wheels. Thank you for the encouragement!!!

horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2018:
you are def successful weight wise and def night just spinning wheels!

Donkey on 06/11/2018:
I hope your Monday was a good day, too.

happy-1 on 06/12/2018:
Hugs! I am here to conquer!

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