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

Waiting for UGD to get off work... Actually sticking around till 11pm to catch him when he gets off. I made him a couple of days of meals to get him jumpstarted. I will probably never see my cooler, ice packs or tupperware again... but I'm just so happy someone finally wanted to do something with me it is worth it.

Really need to find a way to get my morning routine nailed down so I can just wake up in the morning and leave the house. My brain just kind of fritzes out and it takes me as much as 4 hours to get it together. Then I miss my workout opportunity. Partially it is that I get distracted by my dad's constant complaints and my dog doing stuff to get attention. It's also that I shower then I need to dry off a little and I get distracted. I can't function without a shower. I kind of think if my gym were closer it would be easier to get to and I could shower there after a workout.


Anyone do anything to streamline their morning routines?

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2017:
Hello Happy Lady!

Lol UGD Must stand for Ugly Guy Dating, right!? Or something to that effect as you mentioned it last time. Haha…Wow you are actually sticking around till 11pm huh…impressive. He must be a worthwhile catch…or in your mind at least a worthwhile catch! Ahhh, I see why you find it worth it…yes, how nice to find someone to do something with you…how hard it is to find that in someone.

….Tell me about it! In total, I have found and met ONE MAN that has really, REALLY wanted to join me for so many things but I cannot keep up with him! I actually will have to limit what I suggest to this guy bc when I need a break last minute or I’m late, he gets angry and RIGHTFULLY so…he tempts me to want to do more, but I have to learn not to over plan when I’d rather just relax. He has more energy than me….and he’s already 57. I’m 34. A bit nutz if you ask me!

FOUR HOURS to get ready!? This only happens to me on the weekend as during the week I have my start time, 8am, which lately I need to leave my apt earlier for because I’m beginning to show up a couple minutes late which isn’t good…because no job (especially when I become NYPD!) is going to accept lateness. So I’ll be leaving earlier no matter how tired I feel and how slowly I choose to get ready…lately I think my hamster is slowing me down bc I choose to take him out in mornings as lately he’s still sleeping at night when I’m going to bed, LOL…so I’ll have to get up earlier as to not always be rushing last minute. I just have to plan better….so I guess I’m just as bad as you if I’m being slowed down by a freaking rodent! LOL.

YES! OMG! I can’t function without a shower either! This is my weekend problem. Until a shower, I have the excuse to not leave the house and be lazy. I think you helped me solve me problem, for sure! I will have to learn to get up and take a shower RIGHT AWAY and stop saving my shower till right before I leave on weekends. I’m seriously going to try this thing out…of showering right away even on weekend mornings. It’ll solve HALF my laziness problem bc then if my friend wants to hang out, I can, and I’ll NOT BE LATE bc it’s always my late shower that gets me late on the weekends! Yay, thanks for your help, HAPPY.

So, to streamline my weekend mornnigs (and I already do this on Weekday mornings), I shower FIRST before everything…before breakfast as well.

happy-1 on 08/17/2017:
It should probably be UDG - Ugly Dating Guy... Now that you point it out. It's not so much that he's a catch... I don't think a 50yo ptsd vet who is 160+ lbs overweight, in ****ty health, works part time, and lives with family (even if he's paying rent) is on anyone's list... But it's just so nice to get the attention and have someone to talk to. I'm not on anyone's catch list either and it's just nice to feel wanted and do something that I like to do for a change. I'm hoping some physical chemistry will happen as I get to know him. Who knows where it ends up? Just being open.

happy-1 - Monday Aug 14, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

242.2.... normal weight fluctuations. Hoping for more controlled weight loss this week. I don't want extra skin.

Shocker of shockers... uglydating dude signed up for my fitness challenge to be my goal buddy. Yay!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2017:
you will NOT get extra skin overnight...keep doing the good work...and you sound like you are active, so less extra skin....keep doing the good stuff lady.

happy-1 on 08/14/2017:
Yeah, remember that I have yo-yo'd a few times and already lost more than 67 lbs. i just stopped weighing myself at 308. I weighed a lot more than that... i don't want to lose weight but be uncomfortable in my body and still unhappy. Slow and steady!

happy-1 - Saturday Aug 12, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.2

Down another .4 lbs!!!! Crazy. I can't believe how hard it is to eat enough calories on this challenge. Going to have to start adding more somehow. It is weird because I just don't really feel like eating.

Puttered around at the coworking space until my mom called at 11pm. I had my workout clothes on I just didn't have the energy to do anything else. I was cranky pants and upset/frustrated after the call... mostly that I have made my parents so uncowith my dog there that they have to call me to come feed and walk her when they used to help out. I want very badly to be a better person.

I turned my cranky energy into cleaning energy and made progress on the living room pile. I put all my dog travel and camping gear in the new duffle bad and made her a travel grooming kit. Then I went through my bucket of collected medical stuffand sorted them into platic bags for future processing into individual firstaid kits. This cleared up a big path and represents a big improvement.

I think I went to bed about 3am. I woke up at 11:30. I hate waking up late. It feels like a waste of my life and also puts me doing chores in the hottest part of the day.

I woke up, took my meds and peed, then discovered in the couple of minutes I was distracted, my poor old dog peed my bed. Definitely an accident, she's been apologizing all day. I walked her immediately, got out the brand new bottle of denaturizer I literally bought a couple of days ago just in case... and went to work. Made breakfast and sausages for the week, pulled laundry together, packed my changing tent for snorkeling together and was inspired to put together the sweet potato planter project I started in the beginning of the summer but abandoned like many other projects. I still need to put dirt and plants in it, but it is started and that's half the battle.

Got a little distracted in the middle texting the guy from ugly dating. We were talking about sleep and sleep apnea and habits... in the middle I realized I am doing the "I can't save my dad, but maybe I can save him" thing... so i sent a bunch of texts explaining my situation, why the 60 day fitness challenge is so important to me and sent it to him so he can see if he is interested in it.

Before I can leave to go to the hotel to go snorkeling tomorrow (2 hours south), I still need to clean up the back patio with the new bottle of concrete dog pee cleaner I just bought and move trash cans over her favorite spots.

I am staying in a hotel instead of staying with Scott since it seems a little weird to try to crash at his place if I am talking to the guy off ugly dating. Scott is all put out that I am not staying with him if I am in town. I dunno I'd want to even if I wasn't talking to that guy. Scott really hasn't made me feel welcome the last couple of times I was down and I swear he isn't paying attention to anything I say, just blows me off. If I had bailed on seeing my ex as soon as I felt ignored or unwelcome, I would be a much happier person today.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2017:
Hello Happy!

Congrats on the loss…why do you want to eat more????? It sounds like you are HAPPY to lose weight, Ms. Happy!? So why eat more when you don’t even feel the need to!?...just keep on, lady!

Yeah, if it IS YOUR DOG, makes sense for you to do it….although I know dogs are A LOT of work and would be nice if they did want to help…this is why I only have a hamster…..and he has an eye infection! So terrible! I am currently doing some home treatments…crossing my fingers they work bc I am NOT going to a vet with a hamster…NO WAY. I have decided to leave the vet out of it!

Lately bc I have actually a real life on the weekends, I am wearing SO MUCH more clothes because I actually do things on the weekend….and man….i have already a full load to wash…good I have a pretty open schedule for this weekend. I should really use it to MOSTLY do my own thing :-P YESSSSS!

Wouldn’t you rather SAVE YOUR $$$ and stay with Scott? That’s what I would do…!

happy-1 on 08/14/2017:
Yeah, that's what I was hoping, but he asked me to come down Tuesday then blew me off Wednesday when I asked and then got mad at me for not staying with him friday when we were texting... so it kind of made me just one more notch towards "never touch me again".

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2017:
yeah, not a nice feeling for men to get angry at us ladies. got you on that.

happy-1 - Friday Aug 11, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 240.6

Broke my plateau weight by a pound!!!! Yes!!!!

Joy is slightly marred by my dad trying to make breakfast and asking for bigger pans, different butter. Ugh.

Gotta get moving.

Progress as of today: 67.4 lbs lost so far, only 60.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2017:
lol....tell your dad if he wants diff pans & butter to pay for them himself! hahaha.

why fix anything if they aint broken (butter and pans!)

congrats on your weight loss!

happy-1 on 08/11/2017:
Lol, thanks. He wanted to make me breakfast to celebrate and needed a bigger pan and got flustered. Still it is nice to have someone want to make me breakfast.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/11/2017:
yeah, for sure!!!!! as long as you like to eat that breakfast :)

happy-1 on 08/11/2017:
He made eggs topped with cheese. I added a sweet potato, sausage, and broccoli and gave my mom half. She was pretty happy with her sample bodybuilder breakfast.

Also weirdly, and it might be the supplements in the challenge... but the scary bulging veins on my legs that kept me from wearing shorts at the beginning of the summer are gone. So is a bunch of cellulite.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2017:
oh that's great that you are improving your body with the diet and also exercise! good lady!

happy-1 on 08/11/2017:
yeah... I dunno how many days into the challenge I am, but I had terrible scary varicose veins and was thinking about getting laser treatment and they disappeared.

happy-1 - Tuesday Aug 08, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 241.6

Having an anxiety and loneliness day. Not terribly useful emotions. To top it off I'm hitting an emergency preparedness meeting that will reinforce that in the zombie apocalypse, I will be the first one eaten.

Breakfast/lunch on plan, lack of snacks made me veer off course and devour a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. It was perfection. I took the cornbread to go for my dad.

Oversleeping this morning, hanging at home to organize my dog go bag, the long drive to Santa Ana, stopping at big lots and target, and just spacing out at the restaurant meant that I did not get a workout in today. Bah. Not an area I want to go for a run in after the meeting either. Maybe I should have signed up for 24 hour fitness over planet fitness as it is closer to home. I could easily hop off the freeway and hit it tonight on my way home. Or even a treadmill. Unfortunately my parents neighborhood is scary at night and hot in the daytime.

Progress as of today: 66.4 lbs lost so far, only 61.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/09/2017:
do you experience loneliness often? lucky for me, it's an emotion that takes me a LONG time to feel thankfully. I am good doing things on my own...but lately i seem to prefer to do everything with my friend, Ricky. First time in my life that my closest friend is a male! and he's over 20 years older than me, too. He doesn't act it, though.

Lol, sounds like you are eating Thanksgiving food in summertime ! well, in fact you are! Where'd you get the pumpkin pie?

I hope you get a nice workout in soon :-P

happy-1 on 08/15/2017:
At Marie Callendars. Doing better with ignoring stuff not on my diet.

happy-1 - Monday Aug 07, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 241.6

Day x of x of putting fitness first. Today I did it by buying stuff on the diet and other things I need to be ready to go 5 days in a row.

Day 7 of 60 day fitness challenge

Forgot to weigh in. Today is usually my lowest day of the week. Dammit. Also, looking at the Garmin scale vs the Fitbit scale, the Garmin scale is way more advanced.


Woke up at 6:00AM on time!!! Walked my dog a decent walk!!!

B: sausage, 2 eggs, cheddar cheese, kale, sweet potato tots

8:30 AM Got to orientation early! YAY ME! Left important papers at home and had to go back and get them! DOH!!! Did a Marshalls run for workout towels and Trader Joes for sweet potatoes then headed to coworking space.

L: Trader Joe's Chicken Cobb salad, garbanzo beans, 1 diet gingerale

S: Water and a protein cookie.

Reorganized bag and listened to meditation tapes till I felt calm.

Debating a woven watchband for my fitbit charge 2. I kind of dig this one in green, but am not sure it is dressy enough. 


5pm S: Trader Joes Kale Chicken salad with garbanzo beans

---- Forecast:

8pm D: Sweet potato, 1/3 chicken breast, broccoli

9pm 35 min of cardio and whatever the challenge has on the floor mats. Shower at the gym.

10pm bedtime


Tried logging my calories on Fitbit today. Here's the readout:

Daily Totals




121.9 g


52.8 g


191.4 g


4998.2 mg


151.3 g

Progress as of today: 66.4 lbs lost so far, only 61.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/08/2017:
I just have a regular scale, digital, that does a great job. It's so accurate, i do love it :) I've had it for approx 1.5 years and it does the job!

Your meals are great...smart lady to add kale to breakfast. Dinner sounds very healthy and I like seeing that you are eating sweet potatoes - i should really still work on this end of my diet (less popcorn / chips / crackers - and more whole grains and/or potatoes.!

happy-1 on 08/08/2017:
I'm just shooting for a 500 calorie deficit to lose no more than 1 lb a week. I am deliberately going slow so I don't have extra skin.

horn_of_plenty on 08/08/2017:
I think your plan is perfect :-)

happy-1 - Sunday Aug 06, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 241.6

B: yogurt pop S: large cobb salad L: spaghetti lean cuisine with some cheese, matcha S: apple sauce, lean cuisine spaghetti S: carrot soufflé

This pile is going to bury me alive

Made up chicken breasts for the week. Just stuck them in meal boxes without eating any because it was time to go to bed.

Progress as of today: 66.4 lbs lost so far, only 61.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/07/2017:
interesting mix of food over here, happy :)

happy-1 - Saturday Aug 05, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 241.6

Woke up late today... 9am, but better than yesterday at 12:30pm. I was out with M and we went to a vietnamese food meetup. Then when I got home the kitchen was so gross and there were so many flies I had to clean it up. So I got to bed about 1/1:30.

B: 2 eggs, cheese, kale, 1 chicken sausage

Cleaned kitchen and killed flies. Put away some clutter. Fixed a pillow. Put sweet potatoes in slow cooker.

My dad has asked for something or complained the whole morning. He has also cleaned out my stash of protein cookies. Aaaaargh. Getting out two nights in a row seems to have increased my tolerance and I am being productive anyway. Trying to tackle my living room pile. Clearing it out is kind of my unobtanium... i can't ever seem to eliminate it.

L: 2 bean burritos with enchilada sauce and cheese.

S: applesauce

Went to a pool party on Meetup and had fun. Met a cool chick and we are going body boarding on Tuesday.

S: 2 veggie burgers, veg and fruit and hummus, a brownie. Yum.

Went to the market and got a managers special of legs and thighs

D: 4 chicken legs. Sweet potato

S: 2 oreo cookie yogurt pops.

My dog got the thighs. Felt bad not giving my parents any but figured they already had dinner... and two expensive boxes of protein cookies!!!!! I'd tell them how much they were but then they would freak out. I'm sure they thought they were regular cookies. Augh. Also, they say their tummies are all screwed up. I bet! There was enough fiber in each to clean you out... and the boxes disappeared in 1 day. I hope they don't have permanent damage.

Dumped a bag of baby carrots I forgot in the freezer in the slow cooker. Hoping to make a carrot soufflé in the crockpot in the morning. Just need to puree the carrots with maple syrup, margerine and 3 eggs then put it on high 2 hours... i hope

Progress as of today: 66.4 lbs lost so far, only 61.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2017:
Do your parents do any work around the house or is it all up to you? Maybe they need something to keep them occupied.....

happy-1 on 08/05/2017:
It's been all up to me since I was 5th grade or so. If I don't clean, they don't clean. When I moved out nobody cleaned and it got really gross.

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2017:
Oh boy!!!! That is a lot of high fiber cookies....just one messes me up for 12 hours...actually my Lenny and Larry ones say that 1/2 of a cookie is a serving....

happy-1 on 08/06/2017:
Yeah it was funny for all of 5 min. It was a really long night.

happy-1 - Thursday Aug 03, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 241.6

B: chicken sausage, mushrooms, kale, 2 eggs, olive oil L: chicken kale salad from tj's S: greek yogurt, blueberries S: turkey taco rice with beans, 1/4 avocado, 2 tomatoes

Skipping Sierra Club hike as I feel like 20 miles of bad road after staying up too late working out and cleaning up dinner. Felt super bad cutting my dad off on the pork roast at one round of seconds... he doesn't limit his portions, just eats until he is too full to keep going and hurts. I remember when I was younger I thought that painful feeling of being over full was what meant I wasn't hungry anymore. It took a lot of work to learn what full means and how I am supposed to handle feeling less full on a portion. I was like this isn't the only time I am cooking this week. I'm making chicken thighs Friday.

Going to planet fitness tonight and then changing to meet that guy for frozen yogurt!

Progress as of today: 66.4 lbs lost so far, only 61.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/04/2017:
oh...I wish we had a Trader Joes around here..that is one of the things I miss the most about living in the city and now the country.

happy-1 on 08/05/2017:
Ha! I'll ship it to you.

They are also on Amazon

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/04/2017:
Hiiii Happy!

Your breakfast sounds absolutely delicious!

and so does all your food today! good job! what kinda tomatoes were they? plum tomatoes?

It's good you cut your dad off ... no need to have multiple portions, tell him to eat more vegetables!

Have fun at PF!

Donkey on 08/05/2017:
How did it go with the guy? <:-)

happy-1 - Wednesday Aug 02, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 241.6

Day x of 42 of making fitness a priority. Day 2 of 60 day fitness challenge

Managed to get up on time... 7:30. Pork roast is in slow cooker. Walked dog twice and made myself breakfast. Intention was to get car washed and vacuumed early... but it is 9:45 and I am already a sweaty mess.

B: chicken sausage, 2 eggs with kale and mushrooms. Frozen applesauce in a pouch. Yuuuuuuuuumy. The dole brand doesn't have the tiny spouts so it squeezed out easy.

9:55 realized I forgot to take meds this morning and thats why I am so zombie


Not so happy with how I managed my time and priorities today, but I feel so much better.

Washed my car, vacuumed it inside and out, went through every nook and cranny to find everything that had gotten lost inside and repacked it. My camping gear is all neatly tucked away and nothing has to be in plain sight in the back seat anymore.

Went to the 99 cent store and picked up a couple of things. Had lunch at diner. Realized I was a total mess and skipped ruffling through paperwork there to go home and clean up.

L: lettuce wrap burger and sweet potato fries

s: apple sauce

Showered, dressed, brought some stuff in.

Drove down to the coworking space and craved yogurt so I went to Costco and redeemed my groupon. Window shopped there for ideas and then went back to coworking space. S: yogurt Unloaded car, terrified the owner with how much I brought in... i had my rolling wagon I use for the beach and firewood. Ha! I explained I had paperwork but first I needed to repack camping equipment.

Repacked emergency food and water into single ration ziplock bags. This took a while. Then I tucked them away. Neatly done!

Repacking backpack for conditioning hike tomorrow. I desperately need to be more comfy so I have to start using my real pack for the camelback. I can't handle the current weight though... so now that my emergency rations are out of my high school backpack, I can put anything I don't need on a day hile with a bunch of people in that and cut the weight. D: chicken and beans ---- I don't know why everything took so long today. I don't know why I picked the things I did... but was glad Carl told me to just go to the gym anyway. I really enjoy talking to him. I look forward to hanging out Friday!

--- s: pork roast, apple Sauce, last zinger

Progress as of today: 66.4 lbs lost so far, only 61.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/02/2017:
I love those fruit/veggie pouches too...soooo handy!

happy-1 on 08/03/2017:
Yum esp frozen! Portable sorbet!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/03/2017:
Hiya Happy Lady!

I like this priority of fitness…for me too! Lately I have FORGOTTEN that it’s my priority and thought that a vacation shouldn’t have any….not so! I ended up exercising on the last night of my vaca & it worked out quite well leading into work the next day! It worked out well because I was able to sleep well all of the vacation days!

Love what slow cookers do…never got one or tried it myself (don’t have the time I want to spend doing that right now)….

Love a clean car! I do not go very often (sometimes I’ll just vacuum it myself in between car washes) because the hand wash car wash by me is approx. $20 each time.

Lettuce wrap burger with sweet potato fries sounds VERY SATISFYING!

happy-1 on 08/03/2017:
Augh $20 for a car wash? Welcome to NY!

happy-1 on 08/03/2017:
And the whole point of a slow cooker is that you don't spend any extra time. I plug mine into a Christmas light timer and set it/forget it then eat.

Tonight, i will drop a bag of sweet potatoes in and have one for breakfast. Yum.

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