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happy-1 - Saturday Jan 06, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Appparently my cooking experiment has caused my mom to gain 4 lbs. How???? I said it is probably portion control. 


There is no greater pleasure in the world than getting out of the shower, wrapping yourself in a big fuzzy robe on the couch and sticking your feet under a big fluffy warm dog and running her fur through your toes.


Goal for today is to clean out iphone. Why can't I get my head around that task?


Found a caloric needs calculator that takes into account your bodyfat for more accurate caloric needs. http://scoobysworkshop.com/accurate-calorie-calculator/

At 5'10", age 40, 237lbs, 28% bodyfat and 1-3 hours of intense cardio (not just fat burning activity) I need 2515 calories a day to maintain weight and 2263 calories a day to lose 10% (.5 lbs) a week.

Switched my Fitbit food plan to "Low" intensity and it now says 2038 daily instead of 1798 daily. Apparently Fitbit doesn't take bodyfat percentage into account and so the calorie calculations are all off.


Meal planning challenge: Make a list of 5 healthy meals you can make in just 30 minutes or less with items that you almost always have on hand in the freezer and pantry: spaghetti and meatballs with frozen veggies, quesedillas, soups. Next, make sure you have the ingredients for those meals in your master grocery list, to make sure you keep them stocked up.

  • Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, coleslaw
  • Spaghetti and meatballs (protein pasta, veggie meatballs)
  • Turkey chilli and brown rice
  • Baked veggie eggs and paleo pancakes
  • Salmon cakes and frozen veggies or coleslaw


Augh.... so I went out tonight to get more out there and active in the community (new years resolutions) and went to a 5pm Saturday church service. It was actually a decent philosophical and mentally engaging sermon... and they planned for all the New Years people showing up with a 6 week program for new attendees to try a group. Then they had $5 tacos!!!! I was like genius! And the congregation was mostly Asian so I knew they would be good.
So while I was eating my tacos happily in a corner, I was approached by one of the ladies who came and sat at my table. She sells herbal supplements and picked me out as a fat chick who needed to be saved... from her weight. I have never wanted to punch another human being so hard in my life.


6AM - Meds and Vitamins 8:40 AM - No vitamins, spaced
6AM: Coffee + Power Pastry (Caffeine + Healthy Fat + 1 Protein + 1 Complex Carb + Superfood Boost) 8:40 AM - 2 paleo zucchini muffins, forgot to add the superfood boost when I was cooking. Was only supposed to have 1.
8AM: Breakfast (3 Proteins + 1 Complex Carb + 1 Cup Greens) Spaced and skipped
1 Focus for Day  
11AM: Snack (1 Protein + 1 Healthy Fat + 1 Cup Greens + 1 Cup Veg) Spaced and skipped
1PM Lunch (1 Protein + 1 Complex Carb + 1 Healthy Fat + 1 Cup Greens + 1 Cup Veg) 12:20pm - Orange, 3 chicken meatballs, frozen veggies, pasta sauce, edamame protein pasta
3PM - Meds and Vitamins  
3PM Snack (2 Cups Veg + Healthy Fat + Complex Carb)  
6PM Dinner (1 Protein + 1 Healthy Fat + 1 Cup Greens + 1 Cup Veg)  
8PM: Dessert (1/3 Cup Fruit + 1/4 Cup Nuts + Healthy Fat)  
9PM - Sleep aid  


Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/06/2018:
How do you make the baked veggie eggs,In muffin pans?

happy-1 on 01/06/2018:
Silicone muffin cups, no oil needed

graindart on 01/06/2018:
Mmmmmm tacos. I used to eat a lot of tacos and a lot of pizza. We had taco night usually once per week and I'd normally eat 5 or 6 of them for dinner. The amount of pizza that I'd eat was worse. Portion control has always been a huge problem for me and it still is. I can go most of the day without eating and feel fine. However when I start eating, I don't want to stop. I've been able to curb my portions with tacos and now just eat 1 or 2, but have pretty much had to give up normal pizza because who seriously only wants to eat 1 or 2 small slices?

happy-1 on 01/08/2018:
It's probably because you go without eating most of the day that you eat more at night. I frequently space and skip meals and then I eat too much and make bad choices.

Donkey on 01/07/2018:
Wow, too bad the church experience ended on a sour note. What nerve!

happy-1 on 01/08/2018:
Yeah church was fine. The church lady was human spam. The whole conversation was off to a wrong note. She seemed offended when in response to her question about what brought me in... I said I rent a storage unit next door and they always seem to have some kind of trip post disaster they are funding so I figured I'd check it out as a New Years resolution... she was like what resolution would that be? I said to get out in the community more and participate. Be the change I want to see in the world. I don't speak crazy midwestern church lady... should I have told her my New Years resolution was to stop whoring for crack or something?

happy-1 - Friday Jan 05, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

241... Probably more weight fluctuation. I should start a graph. See if there's a trend.

My brain has felt so much better this week and last week. It's like a cloud has lifted and the little neurons are working better. I haven't taken the bait when either of my parents has ftried to start a fight with me for three weeks. I still have the ADHD "butterflies for a brain" that start flying in roughly the same direction when I take amphetamines, but if they were flying through a heavy, thick ground fog that you cold maybe see a foot in front of you in... that fog is a lot lighter. I wonder if it is the reduction in bodyfat. When I was skinny post college and 190lbs when I dumped thousands of dollars into personal training, the lowest my bodyfat was ever in range of was 33%... at 28% I'm in "acceptable range" and maybe that is the difference. I remember an article about obesity and the brain and looked it up today.

  • Weight affects cognitive function: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201306/obesity-and-the-brain
  • Your fat cells control your brain. Body fat is really a hormone organ that screws with your mood and appetite https://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-barrie-nd/your-fat-cells-control-yo_b_732201.html

I'm just in such a better mood. I double checked with my shrink and counselor Wednesday to make sure I'm not having a weird last-straw breakdown and they both said I sound fine... that it's very likely this is just the cumulative effect of healthy eating and cleaning up my environment (one hoarder box at a time).

I even... Shocker... Took all the gardening stuff I bought this past year and set up the kitchen for regrowing veggies from scraps and starting an herb garden. I have a big black plastic watertight bin of seed starting mix and a little bit of surestart under the kitchen sink. On my doorstep I have 3 pots of dirt and seeds (Parsley, thai basil, thyme) with actual plant markers that I misted with water... Hopefully they will start! I have a few celery scraps that grew new leaves to pot tonight. 

And although I should have been doing things for personal stuff and working on Pete's site... I detailed the front seat area of my car. I never noticed how funky my car was getting... All the fur creeping into crevices... Makeup smears on the plastic. I went to the dollar store and bought some cheap stuff to detail it with. Feels better in there, massively.

Every day you are above ground is an opportunity to change and improve for sure.


Even my dog feels better. She ate two big meals yesterday and all her treats this morning.


I had a great morning of personal satisfaction. My mom had to go in for jury duty today. She got dressed in the outfit I bought her a couple of months ago for Thanksgiving and looked very nice (and normal) in a grey and white marbled top, houndstooth grey pants, black loafers, and comfy canvas black purse. A little too much grey but she really liked the top and the patterns work together. I just happened to get up at the same time she was headed out the door (8! Yay! So much better than 11ish and depressed) and I had doubled the breakfast I made yesterday and separated them out into single servings so I just popped one in the microwave for her and made her some coffee. She headed off to jury duty in peace and tranquility... then my dad bumbled in and was trying to get his brain together to make breakfast so I popped another one in the microwave for him and sat him down at the table to make his coffee and eat. Curtailed all his morning yelling and blustering. No war today.


Got feedback on the interview I had zero sleep for. Unfortunately they decided to pass. They did not provide specific feedback, but instead are looking for the following:

Experience pros:

people who have worked for successful start-ups (I haven't)

people who have a track record of being at more than 1 company for more than 2 years (I haven't... keep getting to almost 2 years then they fold)

people who have had the title of product manager (or equivalent) for minimum 3 years (I have that)

people who have worked on customer-facing products (I have)

Experience cons:

multiple instances of <1 year experience at a given company (not me)

people who only work as consultants (not me)


So continuing my meal planning from yesterday... I'm trying to figure out an optimized flow for this using google spreadsheets. All the meal planning apps fall apart for me because they start from recipes, not from sales. 

Today's meal planning challenge from the bootcamp is to make a list of 7 favorite family veggie sides and different ways to prepare them with cooking times.

They will always eat the starchy roots, but the healthier veggies are harder to get into my dad

  1. Zucchini - Cut and steamed, cut lengthwise stuffed and baked, shredded and fried in patties, marinated in italian dressing and grilled
  2. Green beans - cut and steamed, baked in a casserole, blanched and raw in a salad or crudite
  3. Cauliflower - Mashed, whole, baked in a pie crust, blended with hominy
  4. Tomatoes - Fresh, stewed, stuffed, pasta sauce
  5. Spinach - Wilted and buttered, added to soup, creamed, hidden in meat 
  6. Squash - Steamed and buttered, used in place of pasta, baked and sliced
  7. Asparagus - Grilled, baked, blached and chopped into a salad or crudite
  8. Cabbage - Coleslaw, sauerkraut, soup, egg rolls

Might try this if I get ambitious for a breakfast dish: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/laura-calder/vegetable-terrine-2119358


Getting a little stressed and anxious over the rejection. Flashing back to a coworker who said I was just a seat filler till they could get someone better. He was a jerk, but probably true.

Plus my dog is haunting my every move because I got up and got dressed. Makes me feel bad because I can't take her with me and she's bored anxious and lonely too.
Mom came home from jury duty and took me out for pizza and I feel so much better. I wonder if that anxious spinning feeling is hunger on an appetite suppressant medication?
Took the stress and anxiety and made pot roast in the slow cooker. Should be done around 8pm.

I have defintiely had food turn out better. Apparently I bought chuck steak and it should have only cooked for 2 hours and I cooked it for 8. The caulitatoes should have been mashed, not mixe in the food processor. Zuchinni bread turned out soggy. It was still a decent meal but... let's just say my parents were mostly good sports.


S: Coffee + half and half

B: Baked egg omlette, paleo pumpkin bread/pudding

S: skipped

L: apple, peanut butter cup

S: 1:45pm 1/2 a garden salad, 1/2 a small pepperoni pizza, diet coke, water

extra snack - crazy hungry: big bowl of minestrone soup leftover from last week

D: Pot roast, caulitatoes

S: Zuchinni bread muffin 

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
hello! lol, there is a graph...but i guess you want one that's more detailed than the graph to your right...

i'm glad everything went smoothly this morning for you at your house!

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
No I just mean something that tracks it like a line over time... calories in, calories out, weight

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
nice veggies you listed up there! :)

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Yeah I like all of them but my dad doesn't. The challenge says everyone in your household. That's what I came up with.

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
I love your chart idea

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
But either way we know the cold truth - more calories than we burn is weight gain !

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Yeah but the bouncing scale is weird. It doesn't make sense on the amount I am eating.

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2018:
When you eat too little your body thinks you are starving it and your metabolism slows down.....technically you should never go below 1,200 a day...and 1,500 is healthier...I'm thinking maybe you are gaining muscle which weighs more ( but losing fat)

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Maybe. I'll just do a google sheet for it, see if it helps. Makes the numbers make sense. X lbs of muscle, x lbs of fat, x active minutes... which days the scale is up vs down... is it a weekly fluctuation that goes up and down on a cycle or is it too much sodium and water retention? Science might break the heartache cycle of the scale

Donkey on 01/06/2018:
THANK YOU for the book recommendation -- that sounds like something I definitely need to check into. I've also got to work on changing my mindset or point of reference with respect to what my work and co-workers mean to me. Ya know, at the end of the day, it's just a job, and I can be replaced in the wink of an eye.

WTG on the vegetables!!!

happy-1 on 01/06/2018:
Yeah, in all of my work struggles, I have pretty much realized that knowing how to deal with other people's crap is a skill and if you leave and don't deal with it, you will just encounter it again except then you will have less time on staff, fewer allies, and a riskier position. It's right up there with knowing how to deal with a bully. I don't get why there are all these articles about kids not being allowed to be bullies and fewer articles about teaching kids how to take out a bully.

Maria7 on 01/06/2018:
Your pot roast in the slow cooker sounds yummy. What all do you put in your recipe?

happy-1 on 01/06/2018:
Just garlic, carrot, onion, celery, thyme, salt, pepper, beef bouillon, chuck roast or round.

happy-1 - Thursday Jan 04, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

240+... just bouncing up and down across the same 5 lbs. I'd be bummed if I hadn't compared a couple of pictures and seen how much thinner my face is. Did you know that when you lose fat you literally exhale it? I'm wondering if it is the adhd meds. I don't get the appetite suppressant effect. I'm continuously hungry but it does raise my heart rate a tick whenever I get up and do stuff so I bet my chores and endless sorting of my parents house is fat burning. I think I need to wear my Fitbit more, get a more accurate calorie count. I keep totaling my end of day calories and they are way way higher but if my fat is changing and my weight is staying the same... what does that mean?


Flaked on going to the workout tonight... I haven't done what I need to do to get his site together and I am ashamed to show my face.


Made another meal planning dish tonight. I bought a bunch of chicken thighs at $.79 a lb... Pulled out half and decided to go with chinese food for variety. I basically took a set of kitchen shears and cut off the fat, skin, and bones and chucked them in the slow cooker to cook up for my dog with 3 of the remaining thighs so she gets some meat. Then I took the thigh meat and discovered that a ton of freezer space was going to a bag of asian veggies that had sauce packets. I tossed the sauce packet on the chicken and stuck it in my cast iron braising pan under the broiler, turning it a couple of times. Once it was done I moved the chicken to a serving bowl and did the veggies in the remaining sauce on the stovetop. I thought the sauce was super weak but my dad really liked it. My mom and I dressed it up in our bowls with green onions, cilantro, jalapenos, siracha, hoisin, and ginger garlic paste... made it waaaay better. These are all things my dad hates. The whole thing definitely could have used some peanuts or cashews but overall a successful meal for 3 people for under $10. A 4th serving could have been saved for later, but it was easier to just finish it off.

Parents are very full and quiet and pretty much tucked away at 8:30!!!!! Not rambling around looking for food or fighting and nagging till 3AM. I attribute the peace in the house to full bellies especially since I also made some chocolate pudding for dessert and topped it with dark chocolate brownie crumbs from the stash in the freezer. I am not a big sweets person, but my parents are... and they just have to have dessert. 

Still have a bag of 12 chicken thighs, a flat of chuck roast, and the other half of the pork spareribs to make up. I think tomorrow I will setup the beef in the pressure cooker as pot roast or beef stew. I tossed a bunch of potatoes in the slow cooker tonight on top of the chicken thighs and I can pull half of those out for mashed potatoes lightened with cauliflower.


Did the grocery lists and meal planning that I didn't do last night and stayed up an hour past my bedtime.

Overbought on the three meats I stocked up on... Glad I didn't buy more. Remaining dinners this week are:

Beef Stew, Caulitato mash Cabbage and sparerib soup Chicken Chili Verde

Proteins on sale this week are:

1 lb for $3.99 Beef Roast, Bottom Round (1 lb)
Family Pack
Ends 01/09/18
1 lb for $0.99 Pork, Sirloin Chops (1 lb)
End, Family Pack, Boneless
Ends 01/09/18
$6.99 Laura's Lean Beef Ground Beef, 96% Lean, Round (1 lb)
Loyalty Card Required
Ends 01/09/18
$0.79 Chicken, Thighs (1 lb)
Limit of 4 per customer, First Street
Ends 01/09/18
$0.99 Chicken Breast, Boneless, Skinless (1 lb)
Loyalty Card Required, Limit of 10 per customer
Ends Sunday
$1.77 Jennie-O Ground Turkey, 93 % Lean (16 oz)
Loyalty Card Required, Limit of 2 per customer
Ends 01/09/18

Dinners planned are:

  • Turkey Meatloaf
  • Pot Roast
  • Breaded pork chops
  • White Turkey Chilli and Cornbread or Paleo Biscuits
  • Chicken parm
  • Shepherds pie
  • Doggie dinner - Chicken thighs and potatoes


S: Coffee + half n half

B: 2 eggs (spinach, kale), pumpkin bread pudding

S: Stevia punch

L: 1 cup of minestrone soups a little parmesan, 2 cups of milk

S: Skipped

D: Broiled chicken thighs in an asian sauce with stirfried veggies and brown rice

S: Chocolate yogurt

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/04/2018:
You are burning it better...your body is probably getting more efficient.

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
I wonder! I updated my dating profile pic. I have cheekbones! No double chin or if I do it is very slight.

Donkey on 01/04/2018:
Wow, that's really interesting! Bear might be right. Is it just in your face or all over or other body parts that are thinning down?

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
My saddlebags and hips are thinner and my thighs are thinner/not rubbing together to make a campfire.

I can wear stretch jeans in size 14 from Forever21 that I couldn't wear because they muffin topped and stretched to show white down the side.

Yesterday I was able to get on a pair of size 14 Lucky Brand jeans I bought on clearance for like $8 that I couldn't zip up a few months ago at the same weight. I can't wear them out of the house yet because they muffin top my belly fat... but it was awesome to get them on, zipped up and wear them all day!!! One step at a time. One meal at a time. One workout at a time.

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2018:
Someone else said it the other day...and I agree....I think you need to consider being a chef...you are so animated when you talk about cooking and meal planning.......I think that is your passion.....

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Yeah, I wanted to do that as a kid and then I read "A woman's place is in the kitchen" and got scared off because kitchen's employ a lot of ex cons and people who have drug problems. I am a big fluffy cupcake / naive idiot and would be chewed up and spit out in minutes. Not that that isn't happening to me in software.

horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2018:
Hiiiiii Happyyyyy!!!!

Yes, isn’t that cool that most fat is just exhaled!? Yes, I’ve read that also, I think it’s amazing that most is lost that way…or through I think our excretions I believe and maybe sweat. But most is thru the air – yep I think it’s really cool! As far as the up and down 5 lbs bouncing and no real loss like you want – keep on. Don’t let your frustrations make you give up…the weight comes off after more time sometimes, just don’t give in to the temptation of giving up! It means you must be gaining muscle if you visibly look thinner but weigh the same!

I’ve been flaking on MANY workouts. But it’s due mostly to having a cold. Today I’m flaking bc we had a BAD snowstorm and I’d rather rest after work than try to navigate the snowy roads. I’m making a plan for my 1st priority tomorrow, early in the day, to be exercise. Sometimes (although try to eliminate excuses), skipping exercise is the better decision especially if it’s better for your safety / health….but I can’t wait to get back to regularly scheduled routines myself! Skipping workouts makes me lose strength! And I hate having to regain the strength I lost constantly instead of improving. But like you, we get back on schedule as soon as we can. That’s what’s good about the pros….the professionals are better at picking themselves up quicker after a fall. It’s not the fall that matters but how fast you recover. Professionals are good at the recovery. So in the gym, that’s how I like to try to make it for myself – whenever I get off track, I try very hard to recover as soon as I can afterwards…that’s all we can do!

It’s cool to read about all your fabulous cooking. Very smart to cook with the food you find on sale. I’m doing this more and more also. Actually, you just reminded me to do this with all my food – sometimes I find myself not buying the fruit or veg or meat that’s on sale…for now on, I’m going to work more to purchase the on sale food each week. I’m working on money savings too..like you…I’m trying to save a few thousand actually this year into my regular savings! My goal is to save $2,000 this year in my savings account instead of breaking out even as I usually do! And with a tax return of hopefully like $2,000…that’s $4,000 savings I hope at least! I’m sick of just breaking even year after year….but due to fun causes mostly like trips the last couple years!

I finally cooked the cauliflower rice that everyone raves about on the internet. But i didn’t add the fun peas and carrots…will have to attempt it again to include all ingredients and make it perfectly on my next attempt. Good to add cauliflower to the potato to lighten it up! GREAT job. Can you tell the difference?????

GREAT idea for a healthier, TURKEY meatloaf!

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
". But like you, we get back on schedule as soon as we can. That’s what’s good about the pros….the professionals are better at picking themselves up quicker after a fall. It’s not the fall that matters but how fast you recover. Professionals are good at the recovery. " Thank you so much for reminding me about this. I feel like I have been trying to pick myself up again for the last 10 years and not getting all the way there.

"I’m going to work more to purchase the on sale food each week. I’m working on money savings too..like you…" See if Mygrocerydeals.com works for your neighborhood. You can pick the best looking sale items at your favorite stores and add them to a shopping list. The printable view of your list copies and pastes well into a google spreadsheet for further refinement. Hard to meal plan for one person but I wish I had done it sooner.

BearCountryGG on 01/05/2018:
OMG.....Are we inhaling other peoples fat???????

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
Yuck what a thought.

happy-1 - Wednesday Jan 03, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Interview yesterday was OK. I May have f'd up... I got zero sleep and was in a super weirdly happy mood because dd is back online... Why is that such a mood booster? Really wasn't myself...

Add to my top 10 bad ideas that made my inner teenager wake up and says YES THAT! I WANT THAT!!!! I WANT THAT NOW!!! is a dude that emailed me on OKCupid... He posted shirtless photos of himself front and back... yes he is ripped... yes his torso is tattooed front and back with part that says "Long Beach" across his 6 pack. And he has a teaser butt shot up. He's 37 and says he's looking for hookups... but when I asked about it said "short term dating that leads to long term dating". How many ways is he a terrible, terrible idea? SO MANY WAYS.


S: Cranberry juice

B: 1 pumpkin pancake

S: Skipped

L: Diet pepsi, hot dog / no bun, choc frozen yogurt

S: Chicken cesar salad, no croutons, 1/2 cesar dressing.

D: Spare ribs in pea soup (my meal planned dinner turned out really well and was crazy cheap and easy... 10 min active time.... bubbled away in the instant pot while I walked my dog... delicious and my dad ate all of what was on his plate)

S: Protein pumpkin pudding


Didn't get everything on my list yesterday... Realized that I only have space in the fridge for breakfast and 3 dinners... Not 7. I just got chicken thighs, chuck roast, and pork spareribs.  One of the meal planning bootcamp tips is to stock up on sale meats, but there's no space in the fridge and one package makes 2 meals... so 3 dinners for now. Guess I am still doin a new meal plan tonight anyway for next week :-)


Make that tomorrow... Time to go to bed... on time!


Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/04/2018:
Spare ribs in pea soup sounds interesting, do you precook the ribs? Is the instant pot the same thing as a slow cooker ( or crockpot?)

happy-1 on 01/04/2018:
The instant pot is a pressure cooker that can also be a slow cooker. It is fantastic and if you don't have one, buy the biggest one. The stainless steel insert can go on the stove for browning then you stick it in the pressure cooker to finish off. If I'd thought about it I could have cut up the ribs to brown them, stuck the pot in for 15 minutes to defat, then poured off the fat annd tossed in the broth, veg and peas for 20-30... but I was tired and just did the easy way and used all the fat in the soup. It tasted fine and wasn't fatty but probably not healthy.

innerpeace on 01/04/2018:
Maybe you did better than you think. I once thought I bombed an interview and then was offered the job, so you never know what employers are looking for. I think my DH is becoming a career interviewer though! I never had much luck on dating sites, I admire your fearlessness in doing it. I even had no that didn't want to continue corresponding and just put "i'd rather not say"! So good luck, be careful, stay safe but have fun.

happy-1 on 01/04/2018:
Yeah, it's not the best way to meet someone but I need some kind of hope.

happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 02, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Ok too many posts in the same night about meal planning... But I WILL SOLVE THIS!!!!

Just doing dinners from that list...  I came up with:

  • Mushroom Thyme Chicken, Cauliotato mash
  • Split Pea Soup With Spare Ribs
  • Beef Stew
  • Breaded Pork Chops
  • Shepherds pie with cauliflower topping
  • Pork Chili Verde
  • Canned salmon cakes and coleslaw

Raise your hand if you think I should have gone to bed or at the very least spent the time till 2 am prepping for a job interview tomorrow... not obsessing over grocery shopping.


Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
AHHH...diversions....they help us take a break and get our minds off things we have to do. Busy work...is our friend sometimes.

happy-1 on 01/02/2018:
Or a pitfall of adhd. Nothing is as fascinating as what is the absolute lowest priority on my list when I am bummed and lonely.

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
great to meal plan your dinners....that is wayyyy better than no planning....wayyyy better.

and your dinners are freaking awesome.

i'm having a shepherd's pie today, a frozen Amy's one....bc i didn't cook over the weekend!

happy-1 on 01/02/2018:
Yeah... I love cooking. Maybe I should be doing that for a living instead.

horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2018:
so good to see you online! our lil community is up and running for sure, thanks to our incredible webmaster!

happy-1 on 01/02/2018:
Omg... right? Did you ever see that video series by the chick from Buffy called "The Guild"? I think they did an episode on the demi-god admins for the WoW parody that I finally understand.

innerpeace on 01/02/2018:
WOW shepherd's pie with cauliflower - sounds great! Regardless of obsessing over meal planning, I hope you do well on your interview. Good luck.

happy-1 on 01/03/2018:
Thanks. I think I did OK. I hope I will get a callback. It actually sounds really good.

Maria7 on 01/03/2018:
Haven't had shepherd's pie in a long time. Hope you have a blessed day.

happy-1 on 01/03/2018:
Soooooo good.

happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 02, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Planning my day for tomorrow... And my shopping. Mostly shopping... because I am meal planning obsessed and cannot think about anything else till I "solve" the process.

I used MyGroceryDeals.com to kind of figure out what is on sale in my area that I should go for... Then I copied the list into a google spreadsheet and refined it till I came up with just fresh fruits, veggies, and meat on sale. The last days for some sales are tuesday and others are wednesday... So I have 2 days to go shopping for these.

I found the sales, right? So I guess the next step would be to figure out what recipes I will make and what I actually need to make them....


Category Price Product
  1 lb for $0.79 Chicken, Thighs (1 lb)
  $1.99 Pork Chops, Boneless Loin (1 lb)
Loyalty Card Required
  1 lb for $2.97 Beef Roast, Chuck (1 lb)
Fresh Regular or Marinated Boneless
  1 lb for $2.99 Pork, Roast (1 lb)
Center Cut
  1 lb for $0.98 Broccoli, Crowns (1 ea)
  1 lb for $0.39 Cabbage, Fresh (1 lb)
  $0.49 Cabbage, Red (1 lb)
Loyalty Card Required
  1 ea for $0.98 Carrots, Baby (1 lb)
  3 for $0.99 Corn, Sweet Yellow (1 ea)
  5 for $0.99 Cucumbers, Regular (1 ea)
  2 for $3.00 Garlic, Regular (1 ea)
5 Ct
  1 lb for $0.88 Jicama/Yam Bean, Regular (1 lb)
  3 for $0.99 Onions, Green (Scallions)/Spring (1 lb)
  2 lb for $0.99 Onions, Red (1 lb)
  2 lb for $0.99 Onions, White (1 lb)
  2 for $1.00 Peppers, Bell Green (1 ea)
  2 lb for $0.99 Peppers, Jalapeno (1 lb)
  3 for $0.99 Radish, Red (1 lb)
  2 lb for $0.99 Tomatoes, Tomatillos / Husk Tomatoes (1 lb)
  1 lb for $0.98 Apples, Honeycrisp (1 lb)
  1 lb for $0.98 Apples, Opal (1 lb)
  2 for $1.00 Avocados, Ripe/Ready-To-Eat (1 ea)
  4 for $5.00 Blackberries (1 ea)
  2 for $5.00 Blueberries, Fresh (6 oz)
  1 lb for $2.99 Grapes, Red Seedless (1 lb)
  3 for $0.99 Mango, Ripe/Ready-To-Eat (1 ea)
  $0.77 Oranges, Cara Cara (1 lb)



Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
Looks like some really great prices.....No choices around here in the winter.....our crummy community store 15 miles away offers lots of mold and past dated foods...at full prices of course. I remember the days of city life...and I miss them so much....( I do not miss the crime and noise)...but I do seriously miss the shopping.

happy-1 on 01/03/2018:
I would trade the shopping to live in the great outdoors. No farmers markets or CSAs? Online produce delivery?


happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 02, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Still up too late.  

Tremendously relieved that the WTC classes happen on Wednesdays. I can still go to my park workouts with my dog regularly. A little freaked out about the class. Kind of in a panic.

Still have not prepped for the interview tomorrow. I'm super dumb. Just can't focus. Why am I so obsessed with meal planning???? Ugh. It steals my brain power. I hope this free bootcamp helps me.

Pt 2 of todays meal planning assignment was to inventory your pantry.  I just searched around on the web for a pantry that looks mostly like mine and noted what I usually keep on hand. I make my parents hide anything that isn't on this list because I can't resist :( 

If any of the recipes call for stuff I don't have I might add, but I'm kind of at max capacity. I cook all the meals in my house, but I am restricted to one teeny tiny cupboard and one drawer in the fridge. Thus I have several plastic boxes in the dining room with the rest of it and my mom keeps trying to get me to donate food. I'm like... Did you like the meals you ate today? 1/2 the ingredients came from those boxes!!!

In addition to the items below, I also keep:

  • Dried beans, lentils, peas
  • Quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, farrow
  • Flax, chia
  • Seed medlies for sprouting
  • Oatmeal
  • Uncured pepperoni, sausage, bacon and hot dogs

They aren't paleo, but the fitness program I am doing says oatmeal, grains (as long as they are cold), and beans (washed 6 times) are ok. The meat products are used sparingly, tiny amounts for cooking fat and flavor.

I do want an herb garden and I think January is a great time to start one.

The comments on the pantry stuff is from the blogger I grabbed the list from.

My Paleo Pantry | www.thehealthyfoodie.com
  Depends on sales Avocados (I can NEVER be without those!)
  Depends on sales Bell Peppers (Red, Orange and Yellow are my faves!)
  Usually Broccoli
  Depends on sales Brussels Sprouts
  Usually Cabbage
  Usually Carrots
  Depends on sales Cauliflower (the wonder veggie, I often keep more than one)
  Usually Celery
  Depends on sales Cucumbers (English and Lebanese)
  Usually Green Onions
  Always Leafy greens
  Depends on sales Lemons / Limes
  Always Mushrooms
  Usually Parsley
  Always Spinach (I go through one full pound every week)
  Usually Tomatoes / Cherry Tomatoes
  Depends on sales Turnip
  Usually Sweet potatoes
  Usually Zucchinis
  Depends on sales Blackberries
  Depends on sales Blueberries
  Depends on sales Cantaloupe
  Depends on sales Cherries
  Rarely Ground Cherries
  Depends on sales Honeydew Melon
  No Litchi
  Depends on sales Peaches
  Depends on sales Pears
  Depends on sales Plums
  Depends on sales Strawberries
  Depends on sales Watermelon
  Usually Apples
  Allergy - Banned in my house Bananas
  No Coconuts
  Rarely Grapefruit
  Depends on sales Mango
  Usually Oranges
  Depends on sales Pineapple
  Depends on sales Beef
  Depends on sales Pork
  Depends on sales Lamb
  Usually Chicken
  Usually Eggs
  Depends on sales Fish, mostly salmon
  Depends on sales Raw shrimp
  Depends on sales Cooked shrimp
  Not something I make at home, only same day / first night camping Scallops
  Yes Paleo Mayo
  Yes Dijon Mustard (read your labels carefully when purchasing!)
  Yes Whole Grain Mustard
  Yes Olives (many, many different kinds and varieties)
  Yes Sriracha (I use Sky Valley by Organicville)
  Yes Frank’s Red Hot
  Yes Fish Sauce (I really wish I could get my hands on Red Boat)
  Yes Coconut Aminos
  Usually Sauerkraut (although I treat that mostly as a side dish!)
  Sometimes Pickles
  Sometimes Capers
Salted Herbs (this is a really awesome product which, sadly, appears to only be available in Québec. You could very well make your own though, if you were so inclined. I can guarantee that you would not regret it!)
Fermented Garlic Flowers (Another product that only seems to be available here. I just love it. It doesn’t leave garlic on your breath at all! If you can’t get your hands on it, of course, you can always use garlic cloves instead)
Fresh Ginger (Helps create an illusion of sweetness, as well as add a little bit of zing to dishes)
Date Paste (To add sweetness to my baked goods, date paste has become a big favorite of mine. I use it in pretty much all of my recipes now.)
Almond Flour *(I always grind this one from blanched sliced almonds when I need it – I use my food processor or coffee grinder)
  X Coconut Flour
  X Arrowroot Flour
  X Tapioca Starch
Coconut Milk (I will get out of my way to get Savoy but will use AroyD as a fallback option)
  X Coconut Water (I generally use Coco Libre or Blue Monkey)
  X Organic Diced Tomatoes (I generally use Eden Organic)
  X Pumpkin Puree (NOT pie filling! Make sure you get pure pumpkin puree!)
Olives (Green, Black, Sliced, Whole, Pitted… name it, I always keep ALL KINDS)
  X Salmon (Wild Caught, Sustainably Sourced. Wild Planet preferred)
  X Tuna (Wild Caught, Sustainably Sourced. Wild Planet preferred)
  X Sardines (Wild Caught, Sustainably Sourced. Wild Planet preferred)
  X Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  No Macadamia Oil
  No Walnut Oil
  X Ghee (I either make my own or buy Purity Farm’s.)
  X Coconut Oil
  X Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (reserve for low heat cooking)
  Sometimes. I DIY render from meats Lard
  No Avocado Oil
  X Balsamic Vinegar (both White and Red varieties)
  X Cider Vinegar
  X Rice Vinegar
  X White Wine Vinegar
  Yes Black Peppercorns
  Yes Cayenne Pepper
  No Chinese Five Spice
  Yes Cumin
  Yes Dried Ginger (I also keep fresh in the fridge)
  Yes Dried Oregano
  Yes Dried Thyme
  Yes Garam Masala
  Not sure Ground Ancho Chile
  Yes Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
  Yes Ground Clove
  Yes Himalayan Salt
  Yes Hot Pepper Flakes
  Yes Smoked Paprika
  Yes Spicy Curry Powder
  Yes Sumac
  Yes Whole Nutmeg
  Yes Za’atar
  No Basil - Fresh
  No Thyme - Fresh
  No Rosemary - Fresh
Almonds (whole and sliced) *I usually grind my own almond flour or meal from sliced almonds
  No Brazil Nuts
  Sometimes Cashews (whole and pieces)
  No Macadamia
  No Hazelnuts
  Sometimes Pecans
  No Pistachio
  Yes Walnuts
  Yes Dried coconut - Plain unsweetened untoasted
  Yes Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  Yes Unsweetened Toasted Coconut Shavings
  No Unflavored whey protein
  Yes Vanilla whey protein
  Sometimes Almond Butter
  No Cashew Butter
  No Hazelnut Butter
  No Coconut Butter
  Sometimes Dates (I usually keep Medjool and the standard pitted variety)
  Sometimes Dried Apricots
  Yes Dried Cranberries (naturally sweetened with apple juice or unsweetened)
  Sometimes Dried Plums
  Yes Raisins (I like to use Thompson)
  Yes Pure Vanilla Extract (I make my own at home, it’s so much better!)
  Yes Pure Almond Extract
  No Date Paste
  Usually Raw Honey
  Yes Pure Maple Syrup – Grade B or Canada Medium
  Yes Blackstrap Molasses
  Sometimes Sweet Apple Cider (or all natural unsweetened apple juice)
  Yes Unsweetened Applesauce (I use homemade when I can)
  Yes Allspice
  Yes Cardamom
  Yes Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
  Yes Ground Clove
  Yes Whole Nutmeg
  Yes Baking Powder*
  Yes Baking Soda
  Yes Cream of Tartar
  Sometimes Guar Gum
  No Cacao Paste (aka Cacao Liquor)
85% Dark Chocolate (mostly used as occasional treat, my favorite, what can I say?)
  No Cacao Nibs
  No Cacao Powder


Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
Had to chuckle to myself...at first I thought they were buy a lot of depends....LOL

happy-1 on 01/02/2018:
I should buy stock in depends

happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 02, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Augh... a whole night without a wink of sleep and an interview I'm not ready for. Got up early and am out at breakfast just to make sure I don't nodd off and get off track even more ----- Is it lack of sleep or is this $400 12 month challenge super appealing even though it is for dudes?


--- 4am spaghetti lean cuisine, fake meatballs, mozzarella

7am Denver omelette, cottage cheese, coffee, 4+3+3 creamers

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 01/02/2018:
I think you might get testosterone poisoning for that $400....LOL

happy-1 on 01/04/2018:
Ugh... right? But the idea of a 12 month challenge and support and structure with day to day accountability? Really tempting. It is guys only... which means the guys are buying a guys only group... wouldn't want to screw that up but maybe I'll ask if he ever thought about a mixed group.

happy-1 - Monday Jan 01, 2018
(Paleo + beans + oatmeal + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Jan 1 Stats
Weight: 237
Waist: 44
Wrist: 7
Hip: 48
Forearm: 11
Bodyfat: 28% (Holy moly - I might not have not lost much in the way of pounds but I dropped 10% of my bodyfat in the past year. I was 38% in the beginning of last year, and I think my highest was 53%!!!!!)


Pulling it back together for the New Year. Tried to get to bed on time last night, but forgot to take sleep aid on time. Call with online shrink to set goals for the new year. I might have gotten frustrated a couple of weeks ago, but the truth is she is really good and I should keep going with her.


New challenge for the year is a meal planning bootcamp.

Day 1 was to plan when I would plan (wednesdays) and where I want to make my plans (google calendar, but more likely the wireframes for the meal planning app I want to make). Day 2 is to make a list of 14 recipes that my household will eat. This was actually really hard because my dad is the world's pickiest eater. Only iceberg lettuce, no veggies, no "noodles", no vegan substitutes, no turkey burgers, nothing spicey.  I literally had to make lists and then move my ideas around to the different lists... I couldn't get 14 budget-friendly recipes in each category in one sitting that fit my bootcamp and don't require me to make a separate set of sides for my dad like a salad with iceberg lettuce, white rice, bread, etc.

  Baked spinach omlettes and paleo muffins
  Power brownies
  Paleo zucchini bread
  Eggs in shakshuka
  Mexican baked eggs
  Brussel sprouts breakfast hash
Lunches (Packed, no heat necessary)
  Chinese chicken salad
  Thai pork lettuce wraps
  Italian sub roll ups
  Quinoa bowl with garlic scapes and red pepper tahini sauce
  Layered tuna salad jars
  Sweet potato quinoa salad with lime dressing
  Cuban sandwich bowls
  Faux-tmeal (Paleo Oatmeal) (Squash, almonds and coconut milk)
  Chicken soup
  Minestrone soup
  Hot dog paleo buiscuts
  Veggie wraps
  Rotisserie chicken, tabouli, hummus
  Roasted vegetables and rosemary chicken
  Chicken thighs with butternut squash
  Cajun Chicken and veg sheet pan roast
  Chicken thighs with fig and shallot compote
  Chicken parm
  Crockpot lasagna
  Veggies in meatloaf and sides
  Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower topping
  Meatballs in marinara sauce
  Bolognese and spaghetti squash
  Stuffed peppers
  Beef burger lettuce wraps and sweet potato fries
  Spare ribs and pea soup
  Salmon Cakes with coleslaw
  Falafel, salad, lentil soup, babaghanoush
  Chocolate or gingerbread pudding with superfoods
  Paleo pumpkin bread
  Frozen yogurt
  Fruit salad


S: Skipped

B: Egg bake, 1 paleo buiscut, coffee, 4 fake creamers

S: Skipped

L: Skipped

S: Cranberry juice

D: Mac n cheese, brocolli, hot dogs, stevia coke

S: Apple, and peanut butter.

Dog is a night owl too. Ignored food till 1 am and then she had beef stew, a hotdog, 2 cookies, 4 chicken jerky strips, 2 vitamin chews.

My little yellow soulmate.



Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/01/2018:
Cool and interesting list! Quite of a few of those dishes have me thinking I'd like to try them too :-)

happy-1 on 01/01/2018:
Hmm... I just kind of rattled them off in my brain. Can look and match them up to online recipes if you like as I keep working on them. I need a pool of 98 recipes total to get to 14 options for 7 meals. I easily have that many in my head but the problem is finding ones my dad will eat that I don't have to stock any extra pantry items to accommodate his picky eating.

BearCountryGG on 01/01/2018:
Losing body fat is amazing.....more muscle, less fat...it's a good thing!

happy-1 on 01/01/2018:
After I measured my bodyfat I pulled on a pair of dark skinny jeans 1 size down that I wasn't wearing because they had big white stretches up the sides and gave me a muffin top. My weight hasn't changed at all since last time I tried them but this time no muffin top and no white stretches... So I wore them to walk my dog... and they fit just right!!!! A little tight on the calves for on and off but that's the style. Weirdly my thighs are barely rubbing even though I'm 237lbs... So happy!!! I haven't been comfortable for a couple of months because I was between sizes and rolling the waistband on pants and shorts over belts in the house to try to be comfortable.

BearCountryGG on 01/01/2018:
I LOVE shopping in my own closet too....FUN!!

happy-1 on 01/05/2018:
It is the best! No question. Stuff you already liked and it's free!

BearCountryGG on 01/01/2018:
I LOVE shopping in my own closet too....FUN!!

happy-1 - Sunday Dec 31, 2017
(Paleo + beans + bootcamp + fitbit)
Weight: 234.4

Yay!!!! This service is up again. I really missed you ladies. I tried out Spark People while this was down and I like this so much better. Happy new year! I can't believe how much this improved me mood.

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 54.4 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 12/31/2017:
Hi Hap!!!!! I think we are all thrilled to be back here again....Happy New Year to you......

happy-1 on 01/01/2018:
Hugs! Missed you!

Donkey on 12/31/2017:
I missed everyone here too! What a Happy New Year's gift this is to us all!!!

happy-1 on 01/01/2018:
HUGE morale boost!

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