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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!

happy-1 - Saturday Jun 09, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Had a bit of a miracle yesterday and the old friend of my mom's was able to make lunch after all. My mom got a rare nice time with an old friend for her birthday. I took them both to lunch at a vegan restaraunt. Money might not buy happiness but it does sure facilitate it. Brewery is rescheduled for next week. Couldn't do both in one day. Tonight hopefully I will take them for dinner somewhere and mom can open her presents. I faked up one from my dad. He's too depressedd to do anything for anyone.


Instructor is a douche and late for class again. At least this time he called.


227.8. I think I am retaining water. I'll post nutritionist tips later. I need to make my shopping list and meal plan for tomorrow.

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

Donkey on 06/09/2018:
Hey, that's so nice for your mom!

What is going on with your class?!? How frustrating this must be for you :-(

happy-1 on 06/09/2018:
The state paid for an 85 hour class with 40 hours of instruction and the instructor was trying to get away with only teaching 6 or 7 1-1.5 hour classes instead of 9 4-5 hour classes and doesnt follow any kind of syllabus or give out homework files for us to complete assignments so I got my case manager and the head of the school involved because I have to show I did all of the work in the class and applied for jobs in the field to the state of ca but I can't do that if the instructor is screwing around

happy-1 on 06/09/2018:
And he did his job today and then tried to convince me on the way out that we don't need to finish the class

Donkey on 06/09/2018:
My 5 Butterfly Fears:

1. Being old and broke - no retirement funds 2. Not having insurance coverage for my family and really needing it. 3. Not being able to stay on top of my bills. 4. Having my kids fall into dangerous situations 5. Getting hurt and not being able to function at all

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
That's some serious butterflies. Need to look back at the exercise to see what we are supposed to do next, lol.

bearcountrygg on 06/09/2018:
Happy for you that you could spend a nice day with your Mom

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Glad I could provide her with one. It is so hard to do anything for my parents that is a nice day out / excursion. They are out of practice being happy.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2018:
i just looked at your weight chart...congrats...it's steadily going down! love it!

also, happy bday to your mom and very nice plans for lunch and dinner and her friend being able to come too!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Right??? I "won" one. So happy about that. I need to start doing my bedtime meditation again to emulate your strong positive attitude.

happy-1 - Friday Jun 08, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

From one of my online challenges today:

To do is to be
What you do is who you are.
To be excellent today, perform excellently today!


Mom's birthday is today. I made her a healthy breakfast of eggs baked in enchilada sauce, beans, spinach, avocado, tomatoes, salsa, and green onions with iced coffee. I got my dad a couple of birthday cards to choose from, maybe he will fill one out. I have a bunch of homework but I am hoping to not have to leave the house to do it. I spent too much time this morning on breakfast and cleanup, plus I have to make up the rest of the brownie batter. Tonight we will go check out a dog-friendly brewery for hir birthday. They have telescopes and vegan tacos on Friday nights. There is a burger joint nearby.


Logging meals on rise. Had too many wheat tortillas and cheese yesterday. Was going to only have 1 but I think I had 6. I was just so hungry.

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

horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2018:
her tips that you mentioned to us were good...please share any further tidbits from your Rise nutritionist bc i'd love to read any further knowledge.

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
I will! I'll crunch them before I go food shopping this week.

horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2018:
i do love that quote bc it's true. doing is what you are...

saying you'll so something doesn't count until you actually do it!

happy-1 on 06/11/2018:
Right? We need to rise to meet challenges even if everything hurts.

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2018:
You made a really nice birthday for your Mom...I'm sure she enjoyed it!!! Happy Birthday to her!!!!

Donkey on 06/08/2018:
I'm still stuck on the butterfly challenge from yesterday. Most of my fears center around money and insurance, I think. :-/

Happy birthday to your mom :-) The brewery sounds so cool!

Maria7 on 06/09/2018:
So sweet of you to make your Mom's bd breakfast for her bd. Have a nice day. :-)

happy-1 - Thursday Jun 07, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Achieved a certain semblance of order today... the dishes are washed, the dining table is clear, living room/bathroom is picked up, and laundry is done. It doesn't sound like much and everything is still a mess but getting all of these at the same time feels like victory. Even made lunch for my parents and got them to sit at the table together.


Logging my meals on Rise right now so I won't do that here... I have done 3 yoga workouts this week! I am giving tonight a rest because I am so sore in the mornings and I am taking my mom to see friends tomorrow for her birthday.


Good exercise from one of my online challenges today. 

Identify 5 Butterflies

How to do it: Take out a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Draw five large butterfly shapes. (Don't worry about making the drawing perfect. If you don't want to draw a butterfly, you can make five circles.) On each butterfly, write one thing that makes you feel worried or fearful. Your butterflies might be labeled: "paying the bills," "meeting my goals at work," or "my parents' health," for example.

Why it matters: "Butterflies" is a pretty name for that nervous, clutching feeling in your stomach you experience when faced with something distressing or worrisome. Fear can manifest itself in many ways. You may feel fluttering in your chest, or you may feel like there's a leaden ball in your throat or belly. These uncomfortable reactions are your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. By naming your butterflies - identifying what's causing you anxiety - you become aware of them and can think about what you can do to alleviate your worries.

My 5 butterflies are:

  • Identity theft
  • Finding a life partner
  • My parents health
  • Finding a job / starting a new job / fitting in
  • Building a friend circle again

What are yours?

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

bearcountrygg on 06/07/2018:
You accomplished a lot today...congrats!!!

happy-1 on 06/07/2018:
Grrr get after it. I think the three yoga classes helped unlock my brain a little.

horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2018:
yeah, i wouldn't be intrigued to log meals in two places either! it sounds like you are enjoying using rise.

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
No great revelations yet, but I'm trying to have patience. Trying to incorporate her tips as I go but it takes a little bit to have stuff show up onthe scale.

happy-1 - Tuesday Jun 05, 2018
(I can do all things through C, 80% or better daily)
Weight: 224.3

Good thought for the day from my 60 day challenge...

"Perfect Is the Enemy of "Better" - The point of this fitness program is to get you better:

  • Leaner
  • Faster
  • Stronger
  • Fitter
  • Healthier

DO NOT get hung up on doing everything perfectly on the first try...just do better than the last time you tried it. Competence comes with repetition. As you gain competence through practice, you will become better at the movements, and you will perform brilliantly."


Spending most of my day documenting how completely awry this class is... mostly because the instructor refuses to put in the time required to teach the class... like literally the scheduled class time.

I so don't want to be doing this but I have to. All I really want to do is go home and curl up with my dog.


2 eggs, sausage, 2 cups broccoli, coffee half n half

spinach salad

cliff bar

2 chicken thighs, broccoli

skinny cow ice cream sandwich

Second ice cream sandwich, because the first one was lonely
Omlette and spinach salad at corner bakery
iced coffee half n half
another cliff bar

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

Maria7 on 06/05/2018:
Hope you are having a good day. :-)

happy-1 on 06/05/2018:
I can do all things through Christ who turbocharges my 40yo achey cranky self.

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2018:
Thoughts for the day are exactly right!

happy-1 on 06/05/2018:
Grrrr. Get after it

Donkey on 06/05/2018:
Amen! And food's looking good today too.

happy-1 on 06/05/2018:
LOL. Trying. Doing better by my fingernails and clinging to the side of a cliff but if I just keep going there is bound to be a slope.

horn_of_plenty on 06/06/2018:
your words in italics at the beginning remind me of the Black Eyed Peas song...Better Faster Stronger or something like that! good motivational words from you and a great workout song!

innerpeace on 06/06/2018:
LOL my thought exactly HOP, except I thought it was a song by Kanye West.

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