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innerpeace - Monday Jul 15, 2019

Weight: 334.6

I woke up at 4:30 Saturday morning with a terrible, terrible headache. I got up and went downstairs and took some medication. I slept in the recliner until about 8:30. DH made me some fritattas for breakfast and I tried, I really tried to drink the stevia tea, but in the end I poured it down the drain.

The girl asked if her BF could come over again. We picked him up and went to Wellington to see a replication of the Veitnam War Memorial - "The Moving Wall". It is a 1/2 size replica. It was nice and so sad. I did speak to a Vietnam Vet for about 20 minutes, talking about the Army. We got back about noon. DH went to pick up steaks for dinner. I was still nausous from the migraine.

The BF's dad came to get him about 5:00. DH grilled the steaks and zucchini and I made some musrooms and baby potatoes. It was a good meal and I only ate 1/3 of my steak. We did have a little cup of ice cream on the way home.


I sat outside with DH in the morning while he drank his coffee, and the dogs played. When DH got up to get some more coffee, Rocco jumped up in his chair and is like...what's up? He is so cute!

I did the laundry, which I love so much. DH and the girl went shopping.

B: toast with nutella

L: left over steak

D: grilled chicken, corn on the cob, cup of ice cream.

THe girl left at 6:00, she was actually quite sad to be leaving - will see her again Tuesday or Wednesday depending on her psycho mom. DH and I got to bed about 10:15 this is early for us.

Up at 5:30 for work.

B: cold oat meal, walnuts, iced tea

L: chicken salad, crackers

D: chicken enchiladas

Short week at work, I leave early Thursday to get the girl from the dentist and I'm off on Friday for our 5th anniversary. DH said I can go to the casino and play the slot machines for about $40 for however long (20 minutes) that lasts. LOL.

Have a great week! Happy Monday - living the dream.


Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 124.6 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/15/2019:
Boy...they sure do keep an eye on you!!! So CUTE!!! Happy 5th anniversary on friday!!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/16/2019:
awwww, sorry you don't like the stevia taste. i liked it from the moment i tried it - i know it's very hard to retrain your body to like an acquired taste :(

one of the main reasons i like stevia is that it's like i was saying previoudly - alkaline - and healthier for the body's system because of it.

the meal you cooked above after being that wall sounds really wonderful. good mix of meat and veggies.

feel better...i hope you feel better really soon!

innerpeace - Friday Jul 12, 2019

Weight: 335.7

I must be getting really old - is it me or does every one just use the F word in everyday conversation now? For someone to continully use the f word like it's the only adjective/adverb that they ever learned drives me absolutly nuts. It's like they have no brain in their head to come up with another adequate word to get their point across. I don't use it at work or ever when dealing with a customer service person. I have used it when discussing loudly something with DH, but it isn't a habit. My newphews do this, and DH's YA does it, ad noseum, like every other word. No thank you.

DH slept all day and ask me to water the flowers, I hate this job, because the water hose is an industrial monster and is hard to get out and then put back. But I watered the flowers. As I was watering the flowers, I noticed spider webs, mulch, dead leaves and other crap on the front portch, so I start spraying off my front porch. I look up and see both of my dogs sitting on the back of the couch just watching me, at that instant I took the water hose and sprayed the window and my two dogs scattered. At the time I laughed because I thought it was funny...yeah, it was funny, but I wouldn't do it again.

So while I was out watering the grass and scaring my dogs, I forgot I had the Mexican casserole in the oven. I made it with the jiffy cornbread mix. So I get it out of the oven...and this is what the top of it looked like.

So I peeled that off, which was jiffy mix and cheese - (it tasted like a really brown cheese cracker) DH and the dogs ate the rest. But once I took the burnt part off, I added a little bit more cheese and the finiished product turned out like this.

After all that, I didn't even eat the casserole. I had a bowl of left over chicken chili.

B: shredded mini wheats, milk, iced tea (we changed from splenda to stevia) not sure yet about the stevia, maybe I just have to get used to it.

L: I'm going to get me a taco from somewhere.

D: TBD - I told the girl she could pick where we go.

THe POTUS is going to be in the area today, so yesterday on my way home there was a fleet, ok not a fleet, about six or seven of these very cool USMC Ospreys right outside my office. I snapped a picture fromt he card.

Life is good today

Have a great weekend. IP

Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 125.7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/12/2019:
Okay....I would definately spray the window too...just getting that out there.....they need some excitement too!!! Bummer about the casserole......glad you were able to save part of it anyway. WOW....cool pics!!! Exciting day for your area......I bet the traffic will be pretty wild!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2019:
Could you and hubby consider asking YA not to use the F word in your house? that you don't like the word? just a thought!

great job not just throwing your cooking away but bringing it back to life! good idea and thanks for showing it in photo form with your cooking..

yeah stevia is a diff taste for sure from Splenda. I use stevia too, been using it almost since it first came out in the US in the health food stores perhaps it was around 2005!

it's def a taste to get used to. one good thing about stevia is that it's on the "alkaline" side of the acid/alkaline chart. and our bodies perfer that too splenda which i believe is on the acid side if i remember correctly.

that's awesome the fleet is coming to you! awesome awesome! i'd love to see a show in the air or the men/women with their planes!

innerpeace on 07/15/2019:
We have asked him countless times, he just doesn't care. He talks the way he wants. He tries and does good for about ten minutes but then starts it again. It's just normal for him.

My office is right next to NASA, and I had some office supplies misdelivered over there. I told the government vehicle over to NASA and we had to show our ID's and get out of the vehicle for the guard to check it for explosives - I'm like we just drove from across the street, what do you think could happen? Anyway, the guy who went with me didn't have his ID, so the guard was on the phone talking to someone about letting the my guy in. I said, He can stay here I will drive over there and get my supplies. He was on the phone and made a comment about these 'f'ing weather people' at the moment I lose all respect for him, carrying a gun or not, he had no reason to talk like that. I tell you it is just this younger generation.

No only here, but when I watch BBC America, they use it on their regular TV, like it's normal. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think I will ever get used to it.

Donkey on 07/13/2019:
Over the years, I have burnt many a dish, only to find out that if you remove the top layer, the rest of it is fine. Think marshmallow sweet potato casserole, shepherd's pie, pizza, etc.

Donkey on 07/13/2019:
Here's a piece of trivia: When the kids were little and I had a part-time job, my drive home was detoured because George W. Bush was coming through town. How cool was it to say, "I'm late because of the President!"

Donkey on 07/13/2019:
^^ I consider the above to be a celebrity semi-encounter :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2019:
that's really funny what donkey said in her second to last comment LOL

innerpeace - Thursday Jul 11, 2019

Weight: 335.7

I left work and spent almost an hour - 58 minutes in the car driving to the girl's Mom's house. DH asked if he could pick her up earlier before he went to work and the ex said oh no, this is my time! WTF! So she's OK keeping her an extra hour until I have to drive across town in 5:00 traffic. She is a witch of the worst kind. I asked the girl if she was able to 'save the world' in that time her mother wouldn't let her leave - she said no, I didn't do anything. I was hoping she would change her wicked ways, DH would like to see her more than he does. Oh well, I hear Karma is a b1tch and I hope she get's her two fold in return.

It was after 6:00 when I got home, DH put on the chili chicken. It was very good, I just prefer my chili when it is 30 degrees outside instead of 90.

Photo of the Day:

Chicken Chili in the crock pot

After dinner, the girl does her thing and is gone by 8:00.

I cleaned up the kitchen and chased after Rocco, who excaped the back yard - couldn't see how. Then I watched Are you the one - guilty pleasure there. I couldnt get to sleep and the last time I looked at the clock it was 11:43. DH got home at 12:33, I know this because the dogs woke me up barking at the garage door. I don't remember anything after that until the alarm at 5:30. - I'm feeling it today - it is hard to stay awake.

No big plans for the weekend, there is a festival, car show, dog park, grocery shopping we can opt to do or not and always the yard work.

B: cold oatmeal, walnuts

L: PB&J, balanced breaks

S: apple

D: Mexican casserole (if Dh took the ground beef out)

I texted him to please take the ground beef out of the freezer and that I loved him very much. I didn't get a response so I was thinking he was taking a nap.

I then hear that I have a phone call over the loud speaker at work and pick up the phone. I hear - you are on speaker phone


So I'm calling to tell you I can't take the meat out of the freezer.


JoAnn, do you know what you did? 

Uh, No, I guess not.

and then I hear a chorus of - we love you too, JoAnn

and then it hits me...OMG I sent that text to my coworker who is on vacation in Florida with his wife and two daughters.

I laughed and laughed, i am so sorry, and so embarrassed. I apologized and said I wondered why I didn't get a repsonse from my husband. Now..I know.

I told him to enjoy his vacation and I apolgized again.

Words of wisdom for the day...always, always check and make sure you are texting the right person before hitting send.


Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 125.7 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/11/2019:
Karma will def get his ex. perhaps he can explain to her the traffic situation?

Crockpot chili chicken looks OUTSTANDING! YUM!

that's hilarious with why you hubby didn't respond ;) LOL hahaha

legcramps on 07/11/2019:
hahahaha! That's awesome!

innerpeace - Wednesday Jul 10, 2019

Weight: 335.7

I think our puppy Rocco is finally trained enough to leave him out of his crate. DH and I are trying it this week. He has only been left out for about 3 hours, nothing longer. We will see how he does. The only worry I have is he is the best escape artist and hopefully won't find another hole and leave the yard. I'm grateful our neighbors know where he belongs and will bring him back home.

I pulled some weeds last night, there are quite a few more than I was expecting...such is life.

I made BBQ pizza on flat bread with red onions. I love, love love this pizza.

I started watching ink master and didn't get to bed until about 11:30...I was trying to get to bed by 10:00, I guess I will work harder on this.

Tonight I get the girl - it takes me about an hour to get to her Mom's house after work - I hate this drive just for her to stay over for about 2.5 hours and then she leaves again, but she will be back Friday night.

B: frosted mini wheats, milk, iced tea - this is a good fiber - always good for regulating BM

L: left over BBQ pizza, banana, DDP

S: balanced breaks, banana

D: white chili with chicken, avocado, some cheese and sour cream and fritos - frito chili pie.

Photo of the day -

This photo was in the cloud this morning, I guess the girl made this to send to her BF. DH took this picture when the BF (Tony Bolongna - that what DH and I call him) went to see Alladdin with us. So cute...these two.

Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 125.7 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/11/2019:
What a cute photo...Tony Bologna LOL, love it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/11/2019:
What a cute couple!!!!!!!!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/11/2019:
her BF is good looking! also, pizza on a flatbread is a great idea!

innerpeace - Tuesday Jul 09, 2019

Weight: 335.7

Friday we took DH's truck to get fixed, they couldn't fix the check engine light, but did tell him why it was on and changed the oil. Then he stopped at two different places to see if they could fix it - one said no, the other Firestone said they could fix it, but it would take a few days.

So yesterday, DH dropped his truck off to the Firestone place and rented a car for a few days. The truck is going to cost about $800 to fix. We have decided this is better to pay then adding another car payment and hopefully it will last a few years longer...until we get the current car and loan paid off. I hate juggling. I think we are doing good and start saving and BAM!! Car breaks down. It is never ending and I envy the people who can afford stuff they need without stressing. I also envy the people who can take extravagant vacations two or three times a year, I'm lucky to go on a road trip. I just can't allow myself to get into deep, deep debt, was there once and refuse to get there again.

D: had the left over spaghetti - I am over the wanting spaghetti for awhile after three meals of it.

S: I found these chocolate covered frozen bananas at Aldi for 130 calories a piece. They are very tasty.

I played on my phone most of the night and watched a cooking show and Home Run Derby, just because it was here in Cleveland and that is all I did. I meant to walk, I meant to do something constructive other than what I did, but I couldn't get there. I will try again today.

This morning DH is going to get his truck, it didn't take as long to fix as first thought, and return the rental car. At work, someone showed up to repair our Radome - the dome that houses our weather radar. It was pretty cool to watch and I always forget just how big it really is, there was a man standing in the empty space, replacing it..

B: cold oatmeal with maple and brown sugar, iced tea

L: ham sandwich, banana, doritos

S: balanced breaks

D: BBQ chicken pizza on flat bread

Photo of the Day:

The raydome getting repaired with a patriotic shot of the American Flag and NASA in the background.

DH was showing me a house his neice purchased in Texas for $469,900...uh no thank you! I couldn't even imagine the mortgage payment. Then I was looking at pictures my friends post on Facebook who were sitting on a tropical beach somewhere and others on a cruise, so dispite my envious green shade today...life is good.

Have a great day! IP


Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 125.7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2019:
How old is the truck and how many miles ? I totally get that you'd rather fix it in hopes that it will give you a little more life before you have to do monthly payments or shell out a lump sum for a new vehicle. My current vehicle (which i am luckily not needing daily since i commute to work using public transportation) is a 2009 Pontiac Vibe and just a bit of 100,000 miles. I hope it'll last 5-10 more years for me (since i'm not driving it except for mainly weekends).

On the same note, I am SURE you ARE DOING GOOD and saving...the car breaking down is not as punishment for doing good, you know :) Perhaps it just goes along with parts of the truck that have worn out or reached their max points since it was built - i am guessing. Unfortunately this is a money obstacle but i think you have made the best decision for now :)

Like you, I (usually) try to do what's best for me which is to be moderate with my cash and i think most people (especially our DD friends on here at that moment) live conservatively. The only reason i was able to go to Florida & France this year is that i didn't pay any expense at all for a room (i stayed with friends who lived in those areas on both trips). Otherwise, i don't think i could get in those travels.

But back to you, since it's not right to compare my life to yours! I think you are doing a great job being moderate and thrifty but also with living a fun, exciting life as you do! You go to concerts and do crafts and visit festivals! And i believe that making use of the activities and cultural events in your immediate area where you life is the best way to experience things when budgeting! That's certainly my plan for this summer, too. So many nice things go on here, many free - some need purchasing of tickets, but it's so nice for music and arts lovers like me and you to attend this things. After all, we spend most of our weeks at home - so we might as well figure out how to enjoy things in the area as opposed to 2-3 vacations a year that bring us out of our immediate reality.! there is some good to NOT going on 2-3 vacations a year!

I'm trying to persuade you to see it the other way, LOL! but i hope you see my points truly. One of my coworkers from Russia just went home for a 1.5 week vacation with his son and wife for his mom's 80th bday and family reunion there. He asked me if i was jealous and i said, "No, I am not." He just couldn't believe it! that i wasn't jealous or wanting to go on his trip. Because right now, for me to go on the trip - it doesn't work with my lifestlye now or my current or future goals. For me, going on a trip is a DISTRACTION from my reality. I have to plan it, research it, and my mind is distracted from my current more imporatant goals which revolve around fitness.

Also, going on a trip can be tiring. I don't have time for being extraordinarily tired. I can't afford to feel jetlagged or to get sick after a vacation when i'm back to work again and neeed to exercise. Most trips i go on, i end up getting sick and then miss even more exercise than i missed on the trip!

so, whereas my coworker thought i'd be jealous of his travels, i'm very content with my life now. and don't want to live anyone else's life beyond my own!

Perhaps there are things in your life right now, i know you can think of them, that are things you prefer to spending your money, thoughts, time on a week long vacation.

I hope you don't mind my comments, you are certainly allowed to vent and feel your own emotions and share your own personal views. I am not criticizing you. I've felt the same things as you. Only now i am beginning to see things differently. each year, i see more and more differently from how i viewed the world the year before...

Chocolate covered bananas sound awesome. there's def some health benefit in them, too! :)

Even more, you give me a good idea with the BBQ chicken on a flatbread!!!!!! I need to buy flatbreads again!

Now i have to look up what the Raydome is!

Facebook is the biggest KILLER and FAKE LIFESTYLE picture book ever. everyone posts their "best" shots for all their friends and family to see. Those same people that post their new house or cruise tropical vaca, we don't know what goes on when the camera isn't on. We don't really know their lives.

I am not close with - but i have a few facebook friends with families. A few of the mothers don't work. I could be jealous of them - except, i actually must say i prefer my life right now than that of changing baby diapers and being strapped around a baby all day long. I prefer working in NYC to being a stay at home mom and sitting home in my backyard in the summertime. :)

and, about that Texas house...haha $469,000 = cheapest homes on Long Island! LOL... I grew up there, now live in Queens (which also has it's fair share of homes with crazy prices!)....But on Long Island, average house in a decent neighborhood (not rich) is, get this: 600-700K. YUCK right!? This is a house that's not a total fixer-upper, i mean. and no, i could not ever afford that, EVER, with my paycheck or lifestyle. Same with most places in Queens (apt and homes are difficult - i am lucky with a place that has price adjustments for medium income folks).

I am not trying to upset you, but rather say that what looks great on the outside may not be when the lights are out, cameras off, and window blinds closed.

the only way to wake up in the morning is to decide what you are thankful for in your own life...and make a commitment to live your best life.

You are a wonderful person, you are a wonderful step-mom and wife :) You keep being you - you don't need to worry about anyone else's happiness except your own.

Many times in the past i have felt exactly how you feel. And i suppose the day will come when i feel that way again. But for now, i am lucky and am getting a break and rolling with it. Trying to be thankful for the good things i've been dealt and also trying to work on the things in my life i can make better.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/09/2019:
sorry i actually did keep writing about my life UGH!

innerpeace on 07/10/2019:
Thank you! Sometimes I just forget. I am really happy with my life and job and just forget and need to be jostled back into reality.

DH's truck is 2010 and has about 90K miles. Nothing has ever really be wrong with it and for that I am grateful. Just the normal upkeep of new tires and brakes. He has been driving it about 80 miles a day for the last year for his work that is further away. So hoping it will last a few more years.

Thanks again I love reading other people's points of view.

The raydome is a weird material in the dome shaped that covers our weather radar. It is nothing fancy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/10/2019:
80 miles is soooo much everyday - i am sorry he has to do that! I hope he's slightly gotten used to that commute. I admit i wouldn't enjoy it!

Yeah, sometimes vehicles have issues around now if they are around 10 years old. except, i'd say $800 is a lot for the age and mileage on your truck. but hopefully it's a good fix.

I'm glad my point of view didn't upset or offend you!!!! :) I love to hear about your life too!

legcramps on 07/10/2019:
Oh man, vehicle repairs that come up out of the blue are horrendously life-sucking!!! BF and I take his Dad's old van on our road trips - there's lots of room for our stuff, and it's pretty good on gas. But it's old, and when we took it on a long trip last summer, it broke down on us. Twice! It ended up costing us $1,500 to repair it.

The real funny part though? We are taking it again this summer ;) WISH us luck LOL

But seriously, having to spend $$$ when you're not expecting it is so frustrating. Try to roll with the punches. Maybe you can save it in another area? I OFTEN transfer $$$ into savings as soon as I get paid, and then I try very hard to forget that it's there LOL. I'm blessed with a decent-paying job for where I live, but I still need to live as budget-friendly as possible since i'm single-income and own my own home. And debt is never fun!

innerpeace - Monday Jul 08, 2019

Weight: 335.7

Friday we stayed around the house - the girl left at 6:00pm - we will see her again on Wednesday.

DH and I went shopping on Saturday, did a  little yard work (didn't finish) because of the humidiy and heat. We spent most of the night in the house. Sunday, about the same. I did do laundry and cooked dinner. I have been watned spaghetti for the last month. The girl hates it so I didn't cook it last week. I cooked it and then it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be.

And then I had a little for lunch today and I will be having it for dinner tonight - whatever is left over will go in the garbage.


B: toaste

L: 3 piece chicken tender meal from KFC

D: grilled chicken, baked beans and left over potato salad, corn on the cob

Saturday photo of the day: my two dogs don't really get a long they tolerate each other, however, DH caught them in a semi-snuggle and snapped the picture.

Sunday photo of the day:



B: cereal

L: chicken salad, crackers

D: spaghetti, garlic bread


Progress as of today: 2.2 lbs lost so far, only 125.7 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/08/2019:
The photo of your dogs is nice enough to print a big copy and frame in your house as wall art!

Saturday and Sunday's meals sound lovely!

and your Petunia's are festive for the 4th of July holiday weekend :)

BearCountryGG on 07/08/2019:
That's cute that they decided to get along,.....love the pics......flowers are beautiful!!

innerpeace - Thursday Jul 04, 2019

Weight: 337.9

Was up about 6:30 and I cleaned the kitchen because I left the fajita mess from the night before.

I ate my cold oats and had iced tea.

I made the girl another ham cheddar quiche for breakfast. I had a piece for lunch.

DH grilled bratwurst for dinner. We had baked beans, potatoe salad and corn on the cob.

After dinner DH and I took the dogs on a hike. I twas so, so humid. terrible!

Photos of the Day

A longed neck bird on the ford. Don't know what kind.

Black River crossing the ford

Home and drained...crowded lillies on the side of the house and Steve's back


Tomorrow we take the truck in to see what is wrong with it, I'm just hoping it won't cost an arm and leg to fix.

Watching a scary movie with the girl tonight.

Life is good today! Have a great night! IP

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 127.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/05/2019:
Beautiful flowers!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2019:
loving your oats and also the tea combo. i prefer to drink something with my oats because otherwise i don't find them satisfying at all!

Girlie must just LOVE coming by you! what a great breakast, quiche!, most kids aren't getting that kinda good food at breakfast, let me tell you! have you taught her a little how to cook / bake? because those are such great skills to have later in life! I am still actually a BEGINNER level in cooking / baking. and it's just the best to prepare your own food, at home, especially when craving something that you want and none of the restaurants around have it!

that's the cleanest sidewalk i have ever seen, in the bird photo. is it newly paved?

enjoy your day!

innerpeace on 07/08/2019:
Wear the water is - that is a low water bridge, the 'clean' sidewalk is where the water flows after it fills up the low water bridge, so it's really not a sidewalk. It usually has water flowing over the top, maybe that is why it looks so clean...trust it has duck/goose poop littered all over it, I must have just got a clean looking shot.

She cooks or tries to cook when she's interested, usually she just uses the toaster oven or microwave, because she's 13 and really doesn't care about ANYTHING!

BearCountryGG on 07/05/2019:
Beautiful pictures!!!

Donkey on 07/06/2019:
Agree with all of the above!

innerpeace - Wednesday Jul 03, 2019

Weight: 337.9

DH finally back to normal yesterday, he took the girl to her grandma's again. I picked her up. She just didn't want to stay alone until I got home from work. DH is working first shift today and should get home about 4:30. He told me his 'check engine" light came on so we will have to see what that is all about.

Last night I made a ham, cheddar, broccoli quiche, it was amazing.

I took a book back to the library and didn't check anything else out. The next day I log into the catalog to reserve a few things and my card was expired. You'd think the lady I talked with when I turned my library book in would have renewed the thing...some people! Anyway, I'll be making another trip to the library to get my libary card reinstated.

I fell asleep in the recliner from about 9:00-10:30 last night. I woke up and prepared the cold oat meal which turned out way better than I thought it would be. Because I slept in the chair I couldn't get to sleep and when I looked at the clock it was 12:43.

1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup greek vanilla yogurt, 2 tsps maple sryup, 2 tsps brown sugar - covered this and put in refrigerator over night. This morning I put a sprinkle of walnuts and it was pretty darn good, I will make more of this with different flavors. I have blueberries and granola, strawberry and banana, the combinations are endless.

Photo of the day:

I made this heart with the Baby Bell wax cheese cover. I mold and remold it as a stress releaver. It sits at my desk...and the J I cut out of an expired credit card, because I'm bored like that.


B: cold oatmeal

S: banana

L: ham, brocoli, cheddar quiche

D: grilled chicken fajitas, peppers and onions, avocado

No big plans for the 4th, not sure the dogs are OK with the fireworks yet. Steve is, not sure about Rocco.

We get early release today and I took annual leave for Friday so it will be a nice four day vacation, which I'm looking forward to it very much.

Have a great holiday and be safe out there! IP

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 127.9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/03/2019:
Very creative because you are talented like that!!!

legcramps on 07/03/2019:
Your quiche sounds delicious and I love the wax heart :)

I think BF and I are going to go in for a massage recliner for our Christmas gifts to each other this year. I will definitely be falling asleep in that ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2019:
Your J and heart made me chuckle at work bc they are very cute and i would have NEVER and NEVER thought to make things like that. you have a creative mind, that's why!

I'm glad DH feels better and hoping the "check engine" isn't too terrible !

those people that work at the library aren't always the brightest lol...also she may not have gotten a notification about your card. it's funny how sometimes you have to do multiple trips for something easy!

In regards to your overnight oats, i am soooo tempted to make a batch of slow cooked oats in my cooker. now that i'm off 4 days in a row, i could be eating them every day!...something to think about for next time maybe.

i like your cold oats breakfast...i usually have coffee after oatmeal to fill me up. did you drink anything with it?

Quiche sounds lovely and so does fajitas! love fajitas! i like seeing you added avocado. i recently bought these "new" avocados that supposedly have less fat? we shall see how they taste. lol, i do know that avocados have the healthy fats....the best fat!

We also got out early Wednesday and we worked extra earlier last month to get Friday off. 4 days off is a TON compared to a usual weekend! thank gosh, right!?

enjoy your weekend, however you plan it. i hope you also can rest and get all your chores around the house done. :)

i just realized i signed up to see a show next saturday, when i could have seen a free concert and fireworks. !!! oops. but i've been wanting to see this off broadway show for around 2 years, so, for $29 i guess it's worth it!

is girlie with you all the long weekend?

Donkey on 07/04/2019:
Happy 4th!

My library card always expires at the most inconvenient times. I checked out Harry Potter #4 and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

innerpeace - Tuesday Jul 02, 2019

Weight: 337.9

DH was ill all morning, still from the heat exhaustion. He was drinking tons and water and gatorade and took it easy another day. He took the girl to her grandmother's and I picked her up there. She said she wanted Salisbury Steak but while at work I received a recipe from Allrecipes that included shredded zucchini as the bread base to a pizza. So I did that instead. I added red and green peppers, mushrooms and onions with the tomato sauce to the ground beef and smaller amounts of cheese than I'm used to but it turned out pretty amazing. 1 serving had 323 calories.

I scrubbed the kitchen stove and swept and mopped...this is such a thankless job. No one really appreciates cooking in a clean kitchen like I do.

Photo of the Day - I took this on my way to work. These are the last ones to bloom and only a few were open.

It was already 81 degrees with I left for work at 7:15 - a little steamy to say the least.

B: Jimmy Dean frittata, banana, iced tea

L: chicken salad, crackers, grapes

D: ham, basil quiche

I didn't get to bed as early as I wanted. It was about 11:15, I was hungry and should have went to bed earlier to keep the grumbellies at bay.

have a great day! IP


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 127.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/02/2019:
stay cool!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/02/2019:
Your zucchini recipe sounds REALLY GOOD!

lol i leave around the same time as you for work ;)

and the flowers are JUST LOVELY!!

your menu sounds tasty! do you make a big batch of iced tea?

innerpeace on 07/03/2019:
I make tea everyday - a pitcher or two a day.

BearCountryGG on 07/02/2019:
Your flowers are just beautiful........our flower options are really poor this year so I haven't bought any so far...although I did order mone perennial seeds...soat least we will be covered for years to come.......

Donkey on 07/03/2019:
Getting overheated is no joke! And it can take a while to recover, too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/03/2019:
that's a good idea to make tea at home...

innerpeace - Monday Jul 01, 2019

Weight: 337.9

I don't think I will ever, ever learn, but ALAS as long as I don't quit trying, I will never fail. With that being said the girl and I ordered pizza because I didn't want to cook, lazy. Anyway I binged on pizza and breadsticks Friday night and as I was pulling that stringy, gooey, cheesey, warm, soft bread apart I thought, this looks like my body. White, soft and squishy. The girl laughed, but it is so true. We are what we eat!

Saturday we didn't really have anything planned so I loaded up the doggos and went to a different dark park...with lots of grass and my boys just loved it. On the bad side, DH got over heated and started cramping up so we started back home.

On the way home we stopped and looked at some newly built homes and of course I fell in love - laundry room on the second floor - heaven, they were so new and spacious and expensive. And then we drove by the bakery..."do you want to stop and get some sweetness?" I asked. "Let's" replied my DH. So we do and then we shouldn't have. Neither one of realized how the heat zapped our energy and we got Subway sandiwhiches for dinner...and ate the sweetness (doughnuts) from the bakery - again with the soft and squishy.

Photo of Saturday - Steve (front) and Rocco (rear) in the park

Sunday morning, DH was still feeling bad and was drinking more and more water and gatorade, he started feeling better in the afternoon, he was probably dehydrated he sweats every evening at work and is on his feet all night. While shopping we bought lots of fruits and vegetables and decided...again...that we were going to eat better and be more active.

DH grilled lots of chicken to last throughout the week and corn on the cob. I made a delicious stratwberry and bluberry salad with walnuts - There were two platters of grilled chicken breasts, I was sharing with the dogs and I asked DH to pull out the scale and weighed out 3 ouces of chicken...it was maybe 1/3 of the whole breasts and he is like...wow we seriously overeat....ya think?

Sunday Photo - the summer salad - the photo looks orangey but it wasn't very bright red and blue.

After dinner, DH and I did yard work, our backyard is still very wet from the recent rains, so there are places that still can't be mowed. I did pull weeds and a few more lillies are blooming - the tiger, day and calla lilies Sunday BONUS pictures:

Tiger Lily

Day Lily

Calla Lilly

I have some more that are blooming, should be all bloomed and showy by tomorrow or the end of the week for sure. I love lillies. I still have weeds to pull and wll do that tonight.

So here it is is...another 1st, another Monday and another start. I got on the scale this morning and it wasn't as bad as I thought, but it is still pretty bad, the highest weight I have ever been, but I'm better, the depression is better and I will make my weight better.

Goal of the day: Get my bike out of the shed.

B: Jimmy Dean Frittata, banana

L: chicken salad (1 measured serving), crackers (1 serving), left over strawberry/blueberry salad

S: grapes

D: zucchini casserole

Hope you all have a great Monday! IP



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 127.9 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/01/2019:
did you bring water to the park? i know it's been quite hot maybe next time bring a cooler so if DH needs to rest (hopefully there's some shade?), he can and you both could have some refreshing liquids.

yes, standing on one's feet all day is something to get used to and is not easy. i wouldn't be able to do it yet myself....i guess if that's the job, he's got to do it. i hope that one day i will also be able to do it and that my body will progress to being able to do it too...maybe he can grab a seat for a portion of his work? I'm not sure if that is actually feasible, but it could help him if it were an option.

i agree - about weighing the food and learning what real portions are - i was always amazing how small a real chicken portion is too! your fruit salad looks tasty!

also, i'm LOVING those beautiful flowers you plant - espeically that orange cream one in the middle - i don't think we have many Day Lily's in NYC? i could be wrong, maybe it's the lighting, but it's very pretty! they are all beautiful, thank you for sharing!

Donkey on 07/02/2019:
Lovely lilies!

You're so right about portions and controlling them. The key is awareness.

Like my comment to Happy about not having a blood sugar monitor, I also do not have a food scale. I did at one time and used it until it died. It's a good investment.

Donkey on 07/02/2019:
Also, what you said about not failing as long as you are trying -- THIS. 100%.

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