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happy-1 - Monday Nov 13, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 237.1

Was a troll all weekend, hiding under my bridge. Saturday I was still sore and exhausted from Thursday's workout.  Sunday I was just still anxious and stressed about the future, paychecks, and being a spinster old maid.

Spent the whole weekend at home cleaning, cooking and organizing. Kind of a waste of a weekend considering this is the third one in a row but my car is washed, laundry is done, there's no dishes in the sink, my meals are prepped, my bed is clean, and I've had sleep.

Meal preps for the week were:

  • Breakfast - Superfood brownies
  • 2nd breakfast - Omlette cups with sausage, kale and roasted sweet potatoes (2 cups veggies)
  • Snack - DIY miso veggie ramen cups with shiritaki noodles (2 cups veggies)
  • Lunch - Protein pasta with chicken meatballs, veggies, and kale walnut pesto (a cup of kale to a serving of pesto and frozen normandie vegetables makes 2 cups of veg)
  • Dinner - Beef stew with whipped red potatoes
  • Snack - Apples and 2 cheese wheels (1/3 cup of fruit)

Will hit Trader Joes tonight to pick up some brocolli chicken kale salads and space those out so they can be in the freezer for the week after Thanksgiving. Going to try to find a camping trip for that weekend so I am not at home.

Back up to 240.2. Low day last week was Wednesday at 237.1. I feel like I'm throwing dice at the craps table every time I weigh myself. C'mon baby, momma needs a new pair of shoes!

 

Progress as of today: 70.9 lbs lost so far, only 57.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2017:
Boy do I miss Trader Joes up here....there aren't any for 4 hours from here...they are all downstate. I have a jar of pesto...but neve know what to do with it....I need to check out some uses for that...I keep pushing it around the pantry....LOL

happy-1 on 11/13/2017:
Makes a great hot pasta or cold pasta salad, frozen veggie dress-up sauce, omlette topping, etc.


bearcountrygg on 11/13/2017:
Ok...Thanks for the ideas....sounds easy.


horn_of_plenty on 11/13/2017:
honestly, it does NOT sound like a waste of a weekend. It sounds relaxing and productive. You just didn't go camping, but you did get a lot done, at home! I think that's great.

happy-1 on 11/13/2017:
Yay! A justification for not going out and having fun and trying to meet some dude.


Donkey on 11/13/2017:
Personally, I think you accomplished a lot. :-)

happy-1 on 11/13/2017:
Really? I feel like I got nothing done... But then today my boss said to me that I can bill all the hours I want this week... So yay! I'm 1 Trader Joe's run away from ready! I can knock that out tonight.



happy-1 - Friday Nov 10, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 237.1

Met a guy on Tinder today that claims to have modeled for playgirl in 2011. Wants my number so he can send me pics. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Went to  bootcamp last night. There were two birthdays... 39 and 52... so we got to do alternating sets of 39 and 52 pushups. Oh god. Everything hurts and I'm dying.

Progress as of today: 70.9 lbs lost so far, only 57.1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/11/2017:
You need to sign up for kiddie bootcamp, so that you're celebrating birthdays like 8 and 11, LOL! Hope you're not too sore over the weekend. You're doing great!

happy-1 on 11/13/2017:
OMG. That's brilliant. I'll just tell them I was held back 32 years. I hibernated like a troll.


bearcountrygg on 11/11/2017:
I didn't even know playgirl was still around.....I remember when it started...I bought the first one...LOL.......bootcamp sounds tough used some rarely used muscles eh?

happy-1 on 11/13/2017:
Oooooooh did you now? Was it everything you hoped it would be?


Horn_of_plenty on 11/13/2017:
lots of pushups...i am actually good at them.

happy-1 on 11/13/2017:
I bet! You are probably doing all the fancy plank ones.



happy-1 - Thursday Nov 09, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 237.1

You know you are a little too into your camping gear when you are willing to trade a guy on okcupid a dozen superfood brownies to make you a spool for paracord to go on your carabiner. 

And because you just turned 40... it counts as a date.

Progress as of today: 70.9 lbs lost so far, only 57.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/09/2017:
Sounds like a thing! Hope it works out for you!


horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2017:
Wow what an interesting trade! haha.


Donkey on 11/10/2017:
You crack me up :-)



happy-1 - Wednesday Nov 08, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 237.1

Dropped 3 lbs and broke my plateau!

This is due to the power of meal prep and food logging. Also no soda for several days.

Had to put Noom on hold, I don't have space for the app on my phone and there's no web version.

Progress as of today: 70.9 lbs lost so far, only 57.1 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 11/08/2017:
Impressive! I will have to check out Noom. Have a great day.

happy-1 on 11/08/2017:
Yeah, didn't do Noom for it. I signed up, then downloaded the app and then had to dump it to download tools for work. I need to get my iphone cleaned out. the out of storage message is a bummer.


horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2017:
How amazing! yup, i believe it is due to the power of meal prep and food logging too!

sticking to any goal is possible if you plan for it and act on those plans! Congrats to you!!!!! Well deserved!

happy-1 on 11/08/2017:
TY! Hugs!


bearcountrygg on 11/08/2017:
YEAH for breaking the plateau.....!

happy-1 on 11/08/2017:
Only took 3 mos...



happy-1 - Friday Nov 03, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

 Was super excited to step on the scale this morning and see 240.2 come up. Came here to record my weightloss, but found I am right back exactly at my plateau. Thought I had lost a pound.

Ah well. Back at it. Back to the drawing board.

Progress as of today: 67.8 lbs lost so far, only 60.2 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 11/03/2017:
I'm glad to see you. I often wonder how you are doing.

happy-1 on 11/03/2017:
Hugs. Got a short term contract at a digital agency helping get a project in before Thanksgiving and it is like drinking from a firehose. Just starting to get a handle on the workload and get back to diet and fitness... not to mention seeing and talking to people!!! Went camping for my birthday and then to a workout last night, so I was all fired up to see if I lost weight.

happy-1 on 11/03/2017:
Just signed up for Noom! The Millenial Diet. Their app design is outstanding so far. Love it.


BearCountryGG on 11/03/2017:
There is no crime in staying the same...that takes some work too.....glad you found work!

happy-1 on 11/06/2017:
Hugs! Will look over your logs tonight.


horn_of_plenty on 11/03/2017:
Welcome back and nothing wrong with starting at the old plateau !

happy-1 on 11/06/2017:
Hugs. Missed u!


Donkey on 11/04/2017:
Congratulations on the employment!!! Don't worry about the scale - you're back on track, back in the game, now... Keep doing what you're doing, and the numbers will follow....

happy-1 on 11/08/2017:
hugs. Thank you!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2017:
i love Donkey's comment.



happy-1 - Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

Got into a huge fight with my mom this morning. They went shopping yesterday and brought home sourdough bread, mini pizzas, and other bread products. They are also not supposed to eat these... and they don't just eat them, they gorge on them... like a loaf a day. They are supposed to hide them or keep them in their rooms but they don't. I put the frozen pizzas on my mom's bed and asked her to hide them better and offered to make her breakfast, and she flew into a black rage and cursed and said mean foul things. I said I'd like to keep my hands, feet and eyes... if I was an alcoholic you wouldn't keep vodka out. She said I had to purge the house of everything she can't control herself with... so I have to clear out string cheese sticks, protein bars, dark chocolate, etc. And don't make her breakfast. She hates me. Ok. I will do that then. Even if those things are part of my diet program and meal plan prescribed by docs. Ok. Already had breakfast on so I fed her anyway. She sure enjoyed her breakfast of no-added nitrite apple sausage, organic eggs, wilted power greens, and sweet blueberry overnight oats. I know what I am getting her for Christmas. A tshirt that says "I'm sorry for the things I said when I was hungry."

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Augh the stress of not packing my own food is going to show in my pocket book and my waistline... 2,852 calories so far and I'm still hungry. 

Progress as of today: 67.8 lbs lost so far, only 60.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
sorry they bought all the trash and it's surrouding you easy to find! i also do not buy things that i'll gorge on! no thank you! sorry...make sur ethere's healthy things. sorry your power greens were wilted!

happy-1 on 09/19/2017:
No no I wilted them on purpose! I buy a giant bad of baby greens (kale, chard, spinach) and stick 2 cups in the microwave at a time with maybe a tablespoon of water. It makes them softer to eat without added calories or loss of vitamins and actually more satisfying


horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
oh, very interesting!

happy-1 on 09/19/2017:
Also good when you mix with hummus


bearcountrygg on 09/19/2017:
Are you your parents caretaker? I took care of my Dad for several weeks before his death because my Mom couldn't do things for him like flush his catheter and then after his death, then I was her caretaker for over 7 years and she was a diabetic...who ate chocolate...I know the battle...

happy-1 on 09/19/2017:
I am and I'm not. My therapist says I need to move out or I will lose my whole life to taking care of them... but it is more that they don't feel the need to clean or take care of themselves and I can't watch it without trying to help. I actually could just go... I just don't have a destination. Mostly looking for a job up in LA so I can move to be on the train line in Riverside.


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2017:
Well Happy...I can tell you 100%...I agree with your therapist. If they don't feel like cleaning or taking care of themselves then that is their right....I have to say that My husband and I lived apart for the 7 years I took care of my Mother with only visits with each other every 2 weeks. My Mother wasn't ok mentally...and I'm an only child who promised my Dad that I would take care of her when he was dying. My Mother refused to live with us...so I had to take are of her at her house She was a force to reckon with...( as in...the inmate was running the asylum)....but by the time I started taking care of them we had already raised our family and we were retired so the whole process was do able. You are still young and you have so much living to do yet. I hope you can find something that helps you start living for you soon...How old are your parents...Mine were already in their 80's when I was taking care of them.


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2017:
good idea yes to mix the greens in hummus - i'd like that one!


Donkey on 09/23/2017:
(((hugs)))



happy-1 - Monday Sep 18, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

4:20am and I can't sleep a wink. And even if I eat I am hungry again. I am just going to stay up today and try to hack it because I need to reset my body clock now. Ugh. Should have taken a sleep aid... thought I would be able to sleep on my own because I was so tired... but no luck.

And I am dying for toast.

About 45 days through the 60 day challenge. I am doing my best every day. Some days I have more in me than others.

UDG and I are remotely doing gym buddy today... the plan is to go to our respective gyms and workout at 12 pm in solidarity.

I tore apart my parents kitchen... pulled out everything in the lower cabinets. There was no room to put dishes. Discovered the reason was that there were hundreds of aluminum pie plates from decades of frozen pies. Recycling! I will probably get myself disowned but all the cookware is in the dining room and nobody can sit down. Hope I can pull it back together by Thursday. I leave for the river on Friday!

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10:20am - paradox that is adhd... I got up at 6, made breakfast and took my adhd meds but no coffee and the amphetamines knocked me out like a prize fighter down for the count. Oi.

Progress as of today: 67.8 lbs lost so far, only 60.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
You know..once my parents had both passed away and I had to empty out their house ...I found a stash of those too...along with 12 big bins of newspaper and magazine and recipe clippings...all cut out....do you know how long that must have taken my mom to clip those? I can't even imagine...she had warned me that she was leaving me a mess...she tried to go through them and toss them..but she just couldn't make herself do it....she was 89 and some of them were so old they must have been from 80 years before. I also found 40 pairs of various types of scissors...I guess we all have our vices and hang ups...that was one of hers....after she passed away almost 3 years ago...I went through them one by one...it took me many days....I found a couple of treasures...1 clipping that was 84 years old..and was about how her brother had been run over by the horse drawn sycle bar at their grandparents farm when he swatted a fly on the horse...and the bar had cut off both of his feet which were left hanging by both achiles tendons...(amazingly they reattached both feet and he lived to the age of 94 ( he died 2 months after my Mother)...I was happy to have rescued that clipping and return it to his children who had no idea why their father was handicapped. My mom had a pile of those same aluminum pie plates...used strictly to catch the scratch off lottery ticket silver stuff...so it didn't land on the carpet...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2017:
Hi Happy! It's totally normal to feel like you are smooth sailing some days and then others feeling like you need all the help in the world just to get outta bed or get outta the house. Totally normal. Keep doing your BEST!

I struggle sometimes with sleep too.



happy-1 - Saturday Sep 16, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

My replacement Fitbit Charge 2 has arrived! Life can resume again. I have been floundering without it!

Progress as of today: 67.8 lbs lost so far, only 60.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/16/2017:
I have something like that but didn't use it much because I didn't really understand it...and now that I'm using Ethernet instead of wifi I was afraid I couldn't use it...do you know about Ethernet with fitbit?

happy-1 on 09/18/2017:
Fitbit connects to your laptop by the charging cable or to your phone via Bluetooth.

If I was going to buy a new one I might be tempted by a Garmin, but Fitbit is supposed to be better for people who want to be social with their fitness motivation. Like we could all add each other on Fitbit and there would be a leaderboard and ability to cheer each other on.

Except HoP is going to be a cop and lives in NY so she'll always be at the top of the leaderboard


Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2017:
Lol too funny, you know you can live without your fitbit haha.

happy-1 on 09/18/2017:
But I am so much more motivated with it


bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
Ok...so then I might still be ale to use it without having a wifi router then...I need to dig it out I guess...and give it a try again.



happy-1 - Friday Sep 15, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

Was 2 inches taller and 4lbs lighter at the doctors office today! Fingers crossed for good bloodwork too off the 60 day challenge!

Progress as of today: 67.8 lbs lost so far, only 60.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/16/2017:
You grew 2 inches? Yeah for the pound loss!

happy-1 on 09/16/2017:
I think the curvature of my spine and neck is better so I am my normal height again. At 5'10" I am still the shortest woman in my family. In all the family photos, I'm the midget. In all the achool class photos, I'm the tallest kid in my class.


bearcountrygg on 09/16/2017:
Well that can only be a good thing, I have to remind myself to look straight ahead sometimes...I have a tendency to watch where I'm walking instead...



happy-1 - Sunday Sep 10, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

Sunday night and I am getting ready for a second round interview tomorrow. I had lovely references from past coworkers and managers. Hopefully I will kick ass and take names.

Trying to prepare for the interview, but all I can think about is emergency preparations. The 8.2 earthquake that hit Mexico usually travels north to us afterwards on that fault line... Also, Irma is about to take out my mom's condo. She's here with me so she's ok, but she left the family photos in the living room in front of the window... and they are about to be under 6 ft of water. She does not have insurance and the cleanup and repairs may be more than she can pull off. Very anxious.

Still chatting with UDG. A little conflicted because I like him a lot, but worry that if we take it to the next level, it'll give him a heart attack... And that's not sexy. He had a hard time just getting into his car the other night. It was a full on sweaty workout to get into the car seat and the seatbelt fastened. I want someone who will be around for the next 20 years and the way he's going... more than a couple of months would be a gift. Still I feel better whenever I talk to him and that is a quality I can't pass on.

I am still on the online dating sites... But not pulling in any winners. Did get some haterade for posting a current photo of myself rock climbing at REI ladies night. "What do you weigh? You must not go hiking very often judging by how fat you are!" I should have told him to go back to diddling himself in his mom's basement but I blocked him first and can't undo it to send a nastygram back.

Need to get it together and start hitting the gym every day. Read an article on http://fitwithvicki.com/ that suggested if you are over 200 lbs, you need to work on diet and small improvements first and don't worry about exercising every day. It sure feels like that's all I can manage.

Progress as of today: 67.8 lbs lost so far, only 60.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/11/2017:
I'm glad to hear that your mom is safe...I know photos are important...hopefully they were spared. Sweaty guy sounds like he could use a diet buddy...do you think he would go for that? The other isn't worth your time or energy...at the rate he is going he will never find someone to put up with his mouth.....I agree hat cutting back on food should be done for people over 200...exercising is hard at this weight and toning up will be more important later...and it always amazes me how few calories are actually burned with exercise....taming the food monster makes the most sense. Of course we should be getting SOME exercise...jut not so that it is overwhelming. My husband and I both have some health issues right now that demand we lose weight...and I guess that scared us into getting really serious, yesterday he hit 200 and he hasn't been there in 20 years...he has cut back and he's eating lots of fresh raw vegetables and fruit. We are both so happy ....I just got serious a few days ago...and oddly..it is now easy...I guess the motivation is the mot important thing.


legcramps on 09/11/2017:
I think whatever changes you can make now are only going to help you later, so whatever you do - change up your diet or start an exercise routine - you rock it and you'll get to where you want to be!

happy-1 on 09/18/2017:
Hugs. Ty!


horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2017:
Hi Happy!

I am glad to hear that the 1st round went well – good luck today!

I def do NOT think you should take if too far with this guy. Sounds to me you need somebody a little more active, Happy!

I’m glad you were proud of yourself and don’t take the hater’s comments to heart. Anyone that can send hate and nasty comments on someone’s body obviously has a lot of self-esteem issues of their own going on!

Yes – in order to lose weight it’s more about diet and less about the exercise. You don’t wanna diet too strict, but you do need a calorie deficit which is easier to achieve thru diet than exercise. I know from experience and agree with all the literature!

Take care and stay Happy, HAPPY!


biscottibody59 on 09/12/2017:
Welcome (belatedly) to DDs!

Looks like you're in the game and that's the main thing. Keep up the good work!

Good luck with the interviewing!



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