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innerpeace - Thursday Mar 30, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Picked up the girl and got her home. I made tacos - shreadded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese, ground beef, refried beans, sour cream, salsa. Ended  the day with 1401 calories.

DH is still hobbling around and doing his exercises. His knee is very bruised and swoller.

The girl talked all about going to the Bruno Mars concert until she looked at the price of tickets $197 holy cow, who can afford a ticket - much less two. Wow just wow. Slept ok, had weird dreams about Wayne Gretsky - while I know he was a hockey player, why on earth was he in my dream and/or brain - I don't know anything about hockey or Wayne Gretsky whatsoever!

B: toast, maple peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

S: apple

L: chicken salad, crackers

S: balanced breaks

D: chicken with artichoke, parmesan and cream cheese with a salad. I will make this work!

I have taken a break from zumba - well to be honest I don't want to get up and then DH is sleeping in the living room until he can get upstairs easier. I will resume on 4/1/17 - April Fool's day!

Have a great night!

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/30/2017:
For my first concert ever (yes, first POP concert ever so crazy i went so late in life - i was approx 32 or something) it was after the superbowl where Bruno was the halftime show performer. My "CHEAP" ticket was almost $400. YEAH. That was the most expensive concert I ever went to - most are around $100 or less...still haven't been to tons, but enough ;-) Oh, the only other expensive one was Beyonce last spring a year ago - it was just under $200 and that was considered cheapest tickets, once again! Not sure it's worth it - but it's a great experince one time....it's so disgusting the price of top pop concert performer tickets! yuck-o! !!!!

Lol, i hope you get thru your workout on 4/1 without any nasty trips / tricks lol...you will be fine! I'll also be working out that day :-)

innerpeace - Wednesday Mar 29, 2017

Weight: 306.0

DH made it through his surgery and his home, driving me bat sh!t crazy! I wanted to come to work this morning.

The doctor told me he wasn't getting a blood supply to his bone and that his bone was literally dying and said DH must have been in awful pain - like walking on a frature for the last year...OUCH...yes I felt bad. However, if he makes it through this healing process he should be 90% better than he was. So looking forward to this healing. Took DH to physical therapy this morning as I waited....

A three year old boy and an eight year old girl (brother and sister) were sitting there. The little boy did something to the girl and then reached up and grabbed her face. The little girl bit him. The little boy turned to the father and said, she bite me. The father says, well you hit her, don't hit girls. NEVER HIT GIRLS! Then I wondered, how early are boys taught not to hit girls? this age or earlier if needed. Just a wonder.

And then two older people waiting on lab work. The wife had to have been hard of hearing because the husband leaned over and patted her shoulder to get her attention. Clara? How would you like something different for breakfast?  She looked at him strangely and then he repeated this questions a bit louder, 'HOW WOULD YOU LIKE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR BREAKFAST?"

Clara replied: SPAGHETTI! The lady sitting next to me replied...well that certainly is dfiferent, we just had a quiet chuckle as the two left hand and hand. It was just so sweet.

Have been eating OK - but not much exercise except for Monday when I walked all over the hospital serveral times and didn't have my fitbit on...of course!

SAT - 1729

SUN - 1359

MON - 1485

TUE - 1472

This morning after physical therapy I took DH and came to work to get away from his cranky @ss, not to use all my sick leave and to catch up on some work. He will not be cleared to drive until the middle of April so I had to ask my boss if I could come in late the PT days or change my schedule and work 9-5. He said whatever I needed to do. I'm thankful for this.

B: toast, peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

:L: chicken salad, crackers, apple

S: balanced breaks

D: tacos

I am getting the girl after work and she is staying until Sunday - she is on spring break and sit there and help her dad out for the next two days. I'm sure they will both enjoy that. Here's hoping DH has a speedy recovery!

On the scale this morning 311.2. So happy I hope to get this down more this next week.

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/29/2017:
yep, i enjoy the small patties just like you do too. especially turkey burgers bc such low cal! i usually make burgers and eat in place of other meats with my lunch of veggies (EXTRA, EXTRA) and some rice or potato or chips but prefer the rice or potato as it's healthier, lately.

innerpeace - Friday Mar 24, 2017

Weight: 306.0

We got the girl and went home. DH cooked (I will miss his cooking for the next few weeks. I guess I better return to my self sufficient me for awhile.) We did have burgers. I ended the night with 1331 calories.

DH implied I live in a candy crush world, I'm sure he was kidding, but it was hurtful all the same. We did get some federal tax back - I am going to keep this as an emergency mortgage payment until DH goes back to work. He thinks he will be out about 6-8 weeks. this is stressing me out.

This morning I was so emotional i was crying to the song "Unaswered Prayers" by Garth Brooks. I don't normally listen to country music because I get sad - this morning water works started to flow. Just stressing over DH's surgery on Monday.

No big plans over the weekend. i am going to go and see Beauty and the Beast, matinee tomorrow because DH and the girl went without me.

Was up this morning at 4:30 and did a "Firm" DVD for about 45 minutes - more dance type aerobic stuff. Keep waking up about midnight for the past couple of nights. But when i wake up I feel as if I have slept the entire night. I guess this is good sleep.

B: flat bread, egg white, turkey sausage, iced vanilla latte

S: apple

L: chicken salad, crackers, yogurt, nectarine 1/2 (too ripe)

S: balanced breaks

D: DH and I are going out - not sure where and not sure what I will eat - he said Chipolte, but I'm not in the mood for that.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/24/2017:
Hi InnerP :-D I hope your Friday is going good. Lately, I feel no stress while at work. I like this feeling....I want to maintain it. I think it's due to more sleep last night? In general, when I am sleeping better, my mood is 100% better too... :-D

Ok...back to you, girlfriend ! :)... Yes, time to return to your cooking self :-D

but you do NOT have to return fully, you can help yourself buy maybe buying bagged greens or microwavable stuff like you do - or even veggies for microwave or from store already prepared if you are still tired? do what you can & do things to help yourself the rest of the way!

Oh, how do you manage such wonderful calories with burgers? do you eat the bread? or are they small burgers?

you've got some great cals going on! Which reminds me, i must cook up some turkey burgers...the meat has been in my fridge for a week (but says it doesn't expire till the 27th!) it's good meat i think by Purdue! it's amazing we can keep chopped meat over a week in fridge without the due date going bad!? is this normal or new? there's no hormones or bad stuff...just ground turkey meat the package says....

been hearing everyone's going to see B&B at movies...not me though, i don't care...it's still cartoon version right? If it were real actors / actresses i'd be interested...but if it's cartoon, no thanks!

Girl may be interested to join you again to see it a second time....you know...

I love the peppers & onions at chipotle...i get a salad with EXTRA EXTRA of the hot peppers / onions and then a little tofu or chicken or even any of the meats...but a little bit...and you can have a handful of chips....oh, soooo good and low cal if its salad, oh and salsa stuff they have tomato stuff, all the peppers and onions, a lil protein, a lil chips, and like a diet coke...that would be my order.

innerpeace on 03/29/2017:
Small burger patty. Only the bottom bun. No mayo or cheese.

innerpeace on 03/29/2017:
No it is a movie version of B&B, with real actors and actresses. The girl from Harry Potter is in it. Voices of Emma Thompson, Ewen McGregor and others.

Donkey on 03/25/2017:
I used to live in the Candy Crush world until I had to upload stuff into a cloud, which I didn't know what that meant, so now none of the 3 games of Crush I was playing will load now. Crushers unite!

Good idea about the emergency mortgage payment. I can't tell you how many times Mr. Donkey has left us high and dry with no money. (Not that he left me, but that he spent what we had and then we needed money.) Now I have several sources of reserves which he knows nothing about. Some people just aren't good with handling money... but that's my story, not yours. Sorry to hijack!

innerpeace - Thursday Mar 23, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Got home and finished the laundry. DH and the girl attempted to do it while I was away, which I am so grateful, however, they did not finish. So I finished the laundry while DH cooked. I attempted to walk my dog, but he walked down about four houses, pooped and went back home. He is still not up for walking. DH's son brings his dog and Steve has been playing with her but he still doesn't want to be friends.

Ending the night with 1758 calories, still a little high for me.

I did make some flavoried pretzels. Mix a packet of ranch dressing mix, chyenne pepper, garlic and olive oil. Drizzle this onto the pretzels and mix well. Let sit and mix well every 15 minutes for an hour. Lay out to dry. These are very good snacks. Can't eat too many or your mouth gets hot from the pepper.

The good thing is...I was finally able to get up with the alarm. I was actually awake before it went off, but I layed in bed to make sure it would actually go off. I was up about 50 minutes of Zumba. After seeing some of the pictures from the wedding...I will be incorporating something else in my routine, once I figure out what it is.

B: flat bread, egg white, turkey sausage, iced vanilla latte

S: apple

L: last of the lean cusiine frozen meals - pecan chicken, yogurt

S : balanced breaks

D: I think DH said something about burgers

I need to pick up a few things from the $1 store for work, as I was given a task and need a few things. We have the girl tonight! Have a great evening.


Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/23/2017:
That's great that they did some of the laundry... :)

I think that you should continue to help your dog along in feeling better and less anxious as he's way to nervous to always feel this way??? Plus, walking is good for the dog and you...i'd push the dog a little to keep on...talking sweetly to him, etc....i once was feeling really sick, my mom pushed me along. it was what i needed, even though i felt i couldn't handle it...i eventually did...i was sick about 1.5 years ago with a very bad bout of anxiety which lasted a month (i was out of work for 1 month straight). And at the very beginning, i was dizzy and had a hard time even walking outside with my mom, but she made me do it - that's what i was referring to. This lasted about 1-2 weeks.

Whenever i take a vacation or do a bit more than i'm used to outside of work, my calories are usually on the increase and eventually you will get them lowered to how you like them again. Your body is readjusting :) Always takes me a week or so...from my own experiences.

Maybe incorporate some weights into your routine...by lifting dumbells just a few diff types of movements, you will gain muscle which takes up less space than fat. this means even if you weigh the same, your size will be smaller...that's why i do the weights :) and i now love lifting...give me a euphoric feeling (better than sex perhaps at times..!) Since i'm single anyways, it's good i have the gym as my outlet & way to feel good & get the pump / adrenaline kick in addition to a release of whatever it is...endorphins i guess same as from other types of activities...

were you eating lean cuisines as a change of pace? i don't usually see them included in other diaries besides this week from you...they are a good change of pace. i used to eat them soo much though, in my early to mid 20's that i am not a fan anymore plus all the salt. ...but now you make me wanna get them...intead of those, i get more on the veggie side and add a protein and used to have a starch like my beloved veggie chips but now trying to choose better options like potato as the starch or rice or other grains...but many times i still resort to some of those chips as they are low cal compared to other brands, unless the bag lies? plus they have flavors like siracha and jalepeno which really suppress my appetite as i cannot eat as many chips when they have those flavors compared to a plainer sea salt flavor :)

love the dollar store, also. :-)

enjoy your eve xoxo

innerpeace - Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

Weight: 306.0

NOTE TO SELF - DO NOT buy sweet stuff!!

I grabbed a bag of chocolate, caramel sea salt covered almonds at the store...idefk (i don't even f&&&king know) why! So so stupid. Between Monday night and Tuesday night they are all gone! They were delicious though, but that is the reason I cannot have sweet stuff in my house because I have no control.

Tuesday night we picked up the girl. I helped her with geometry homework - I had to view a few you tube videos, but we got it done. We had turkey meatball subs for dinner. I would like to also say we had some kind of vegetables but that didn't happen! Ended the night with 1853 calores, because of the chocolate covered almond splurge.

My knew phone is killing me with the alarms and stuff that I can not get to work ..again with the sleeping late. I think i have it set though for tomorrow.

I was going to get the c25k started again...will see how that happens as well.

B: flat bread with turkey sausage and egg white

S: yogurt

L: lean cuisine pizza, apple

S: balanced breaks

D: pork chop, brussel sprouts, salad


Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/22/2017:
I also do not do well with portion control so i tend to buy things only if I am used to them...and already buy them...I am same as you.

I am sure you are still recovering from your trip but i gotta say this entry sounds as a while very uplifted already!

Your calories, 1853, are still moderate and healthy so do not worry about up days like this one as it's important anyways not to always eat extreme low cal and your metabolism can and will slow down (my did after i lost a ton of weight back when i was around 22-24 years old i do think) as i ate very low cal and weight came back quick after i started to eat like i do now with NO PROBLEMS :)

Now i can eat more as i keep adding the muscle on and trying to continue to add cardio too...

ok, back to you!...do you want to tell me any more about your speech?? i gotta say, even if yours was the only long one, you had done a GREAT job on it...it would have went over well if longer also ;)

don't buy the sweet stuff or if stores sell small packages or even single serve, buy that and eat it when you are out - i have done this and do it sorta on the regular when i go to stores that sell single serve (even pharmacies do at the cash register or deli stores or even gas stations sometimes if i want a chocolate LOL)...

sorry about the alarms on your phone...how annoying !!

food looks GREAT! if you want to fill up more at lunch, have cooked veggies with the pizza.

your breakfast sounds amazing. and your dinner also sounds super-duper.

mylilsista on 03/22/2017:
If I am in the mood for something sweet, say chocolate, I stop at a gas station, select something sinful, toss half in the trash before getting in the car & eat the other half!

I do not keep stuff like that in my house. Sugar-free jellos and low calorie whipped cream, fresh fruit salad, sugar-free ice cream pops (various flavors with individual portions in the box), Fiber One bars, caramel flavored pop corn..That is the kind of snacks allowed in our house.

What truly satisfies my sweet tooth is a large low calorie smoothie (the recipe is on my DD page, it's delicious!)

Forgive yourself and move on...We all have to learn from our slip ups and keep walking toward our solution (Hug!)

mylilsista on 03/22/2017:
Your food log sounds amazing, by the way :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/23/2017:
i agree with my lil sista that your food log is great...you cook and prepare great dishes!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/23/2017:
oh and i like her idea to stop at gas station or wherever, buy single serve, and toss half...not that i'd want to do it!!!!!!!! LOL. i dont think i could throw half away, but i'd buy a single serve when out and not keep in my apt / house either.

innerpeace - Tuesday Mar 21, 2017

Weight: 306.0

I made it safely home from my trip - I must say it was way too short. My trip in a nut shell

Wednesday - FLIGHT CANCELLED - 1389 calories


FLIGHT DELAYED (CHICAGO) finally made it to OKC



Errands, Wedding, Toast (I survived but drastically shortened my toast after conferring with the Best Woman)  - 1627 calories


Errands, Casino (lost too much money), watched basketball - 1726 calories


Juicing breakfast, lost phone fiasco, trip home - 1276 calories

MONDAY - crazy trip home glad to see my DH - 1673 calories

Woke up this morning, but couldn't make myself do zumba. I will get back on the wagon tomorrow. - Trying to figure out my new phone and couldn't even get my alarms to go off when i wanted.

Didn't quite make my goal on weight loss but I am still loosing - last weight 311.5

Not happy to be back at work either...

DH has surgery next Monday...

Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2017:
I am so happy for you :-) Glad you did the toast and i will guess it went well !

Glad you got there - that's so stressful with the flight delays. Good for you on all accounts! I am sure DH missed you too!

Yes, sleep sounds more important after your trip. Take it easy and stay healthy. Great cals, lady!

I wish DH well as he nears his surgery. I hope he will get on your healthy road & join you in the weightloss / lifestyle journey.

You are doing really well...the longer you keep at it, the healthier you will be!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2017:
i also meant - the longer you keep at it, the EASIER (not healthier) it will be!

innerpeace - Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Weight: 306.0

I work for the weather service, I do not take it serious...I just can't. I have heard storms are coming all my life and more often than not those storms never came - which I am so grateful. I have heard how much snow and ice would come, yet all that showed up was frigid cold wind. I have had the attitude "I'll see it when I believe it" for the last ten years. People here stress over the weather way too much! Schools were closing before it even started snowing, I feel like I'm back in Oklahoma.

The storm arrived, I think there is an inch of snow on my driveway and with that being said I hope my plane takes off on time tomorrow because it is supposed to snow all morning and who knows what could happen and please know this is sarcasm.

DH cooked the sloppy joe and of course flipped the spoon up and it splattered on the nice clean floor. Alas my hardwork was for naught! Ended the night with 1122 calories.

Spent the evening making two pies for pie day. I made a samoan pie (like the girl scout cookie) and a millionaire pie - a recipe I got from Furr's cafeteria. I may have a piece of one of them at work - haven't decided.

B: eggo breakfast sandwich - 160 calores, iced vanilla latte

S: almond sweet and salty breakfast bar

L: ham and cream cheese wrap, gold fish, apple

S: maybe pie

D: quinoa cruunch burger

I will have DH drop me off at the salon, I think I'm going for a cut and color before I leave tomorrow...if I get to leave. Will also need to back, discretely as not to upset my dog.

Hope you all have a great evening!

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2017:
We didn't get the worst of the storm, here in NY, but we did get snow, followed up by freezing rain and ice. Everything froze by yesterday afternoon and even more solid by this AM which is still very trecherous to be out, but schools and work had to resume of course! I am glad our schools were closed and my work off bc of the very unsafe driving conditions yesterday. I'm sure we got it worse than you yesterday...I am glad it wasn't too bad by you!

GREAT CALS girfriend, I am so proud of you & all the changes you have made in your lifestyle. Girl, you are changing your life and your future by eating better. Just remember that you'll lose weight even at like 1500-1600 or i believe even some 1700 days are ok and still weightloss. Keep having alternating days of calories so that your metabolism doesn't slow down with low cal days...it seems you already do a good job alternating actually!

Keep up the great work, InnerP!

Yes, def get your hair done before the wedding! And remember, speak with your inner happiness and confidence!

Donkey on 03/17/2017:
I saw on the news the headline that was the national weather service intentionally misleading people with "fake weather" reports. I guess that goes along with all the "fake news" going around lately.

innerpeace - Monday Mar 13, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Friday DH and I went to the Chinese Buffet. I ate good avoided lots of things I would usually eat. I even had a cup of ice cream. Total for Friday 1743.

Saturday I was home all of the day, I had projects to do, accomplished most of them. My major one was to move all the furniture and sweep and mop all the hard wood floors. I love that DH cooks all the time, but when he wipes off the counter tops he inadvertently pushes it off in the floor. He is a sloppy, messy cook and only half a$$ cleans. I took a few naps as well. I didn't leave the house untl 7:30 to pick up pizza.

B: toast, maple peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

L: left over chicken, broccoli mac and cheese

D: pizza

Ended the day with 2020 calories. I did work alot this day so hopefully burned some off.

DH found a small reclining chair my mother prefers to sit in online in Sandusky, we drove to pick up the chair for $45.00. After loading the chair, I promptly fell out of the back of the truck, I'm so graceful at times. Just a little banged up, but OK. I hope mom enjoys that chair, if she comes to visit again.

Finished the laundry too.

B: turkey sausage, two pancakes

L: crunch wrap from Taco Bell

D: chicken fried steak, purple potatoes and green beens

Ended the day with 1488 calories

No baby giraffe yet. I can't believe I have spent the last three weeks waiting on this thing! I have changed the opening line to my toast to ...This is such an exciting time, considering I've spent the last three weeks watching and waiting on a giraffe to give birth!

Was up at 4:20 to do zumba. I woke up before the alarm went off, was having weird dreams, but I wanted to stay asleep to figure out the mystery of it.

B: turkey sausage, two pancakes,

S: apple

L: ham and cheese wrap, gold fish, babybell cheese

S: balanced breaks

D: tonight I think sloppy joes and caulflower tots

So excited about my trip!

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2017:
I LOVE a GOOD CHINESE BUFFET...when they have tons of veggies and fish! OH MY! some are great, some are NOT!

Nice to catch up on rest on the weekend...I look to catch up on sleep TOMORROW..praying for a SNOW DAY! supposed to snow HEAPS...hoping they are right, would LOVE SLEEPING IN! I'll take a sleeping pill and that'll be that.

I love when all laundry is done also..especially after doing multiple extras like bath mats and couch throws! :)

What's chicken fried steak? you mean chicken and fried steak?

I LOVE those crunch wraps also. i used to eat them with extra veggies...also i love their salsa / baja i think? veggie style instead of the creamy way...saves calories oh..i love the chalupa!i was thinking chalupa the whole time, not crunch wrap!

cauliflower tots sound cool!!!!!!!! are they prepackaged that way? you make them?

I'd be excited about your trip too!!!!!!

innerpeace on 03/14/2017:
chicken fried steak must be a southern thing. It is a cubed beef (a tenderized sirloin) that is battered and fried like chicken. It is all over Oklahoma and Texas. Can't find it in Ohio, they do have chicken fried chicken though - not the same.

cauliflower tots, packaged frozen food, it is good to me.

happy-1 on 03/13/2017:
@horn of plenty - Chicken fried steak is a southern thing. They take a perfectly good steak, roll it in batter and then deep fry it so it comes out like fried chicken. Then they take white gravy (lard based) and pour it on top of that, mashed potatoes, and then accompany it with candied carrots or yams. The whole thing is a heart attach waiting to happen unless you are on a farm pulling the plow every day.

happy-1 on 03/13/2017:
@innerpeace, I feel you on the other people making a huge mess to clean up. I have recently made the discovery that if I take one of those scrubber wands for dishes and fill it with watered down dish soap and scrub grease spots on the floor with it, then pour vinegar on the floor, I can wipe it all up with a microfiber cloth in about 10 minutes. This does take the wax up, so I just wax after, but overall it is faster and clean and everything smells better.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2017:
LOL on Happy's comment...i had never heard of that!!!!!!!!! wow....a fried steak! unreal! never considered it!

innerpeace on 03/14/2017:
Well I don't make it all in the fat - the air fryer works amazingly well. And I have green beans with mine.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2017:
you prob did burn all the 2000 off from that higher day....it's good for your metabolism here & there :)

innerpeace - Friday Mar 10, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Did make the grilled chicken, broccoli and mac and cheese casserole for dinner along with salad. Finished the day with 1249 calories. The Young Adult came over for dinner and brought his new hound dog. Steve barked and barked at her. She just blew him off as a mere distrubance. Finally after about an hour he kinda wanted to play, but he still was guarding his territory. I told the YA to bring the dog back over when he comes again. Hopefully Steve will get back to his normal self.

The girl was over, spent most of the night doing homework and barely spoke two words to her brother. While she was in the shower he says, she hasn't talked to him since he moved out of their mother's house. It's sad...well he didn't really talk to her either so who knows.

My legs and hips were hurting most of the night, I took some Aleve. I did not get up this morning for zumba.

B: frittata, iced vinilla latte

S: balanced breaks, sweet and salty protein bar

L: chicken salad, crackers, gold fish

D: I think Chinese

I missed my apple this morning - DH didn't put it in my lunch, guess he forgot.

Getting all nervous for my trip next week.

May get my hair cut and colored this weekend and I need some new pants....supposed to be very cold.

No baby giraffe yet

Have a great weekend!



Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/11/2017:
Well done!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2017:
hopefully the siblings will get along better down the road....

....my sister and i are not close at all, sadly.

innerpeace - Thursday Mar 09, 2017

Weight: 306.0

DH and I made turkey meatball sandwiches with provolone and marinara sauce. It was a quick and tasty sandwich. I finished the day with 1274 calories.

DH showered and left for his appointment with the therapist. WHile he was away I started thinking about some people I had served with in the Army and started searching for them on facebook. I found a few. But I also lost one. I found out a soldier I served with a Fort Bragg died of a brain aneurysm. I was and still am so sad. He was only 39 when he died. He was a healthy fire fighter with three sons.  I am just devastated. We spent lots of time together for the four years I served with him. Everyday!

I was thinking on the way to work how much worse it would be to lose a soldier in combat. I'm so sad right now, I can hardly function, so being in combat is not for this female! I would just drop my weapon and walk away. I'm not sure how male soldiers do it! No wonder they have PTSD.

So the book of FACE is not my friend today!

When I woke up at 4:30 my DH wasn't in bed, he was downstairs in the recliner, saying he had been up for the last two hours due to an upset stomach. He didn't do zumba with me though, he went back to bed.

B: frittata, iced vanilla latte

S: apple

L: chicken salad, foccacia crackers, orange

S: balanced breaks

D: I have decided to make a homemade mack and cheese with chicken and brocolli. I just want mack and cheese for some reason.

We have the girl tonight, no real plans.

Received a text from my bff in Oklahoma city asking me to perform an Irish ritual of hand tieing during their ceremony. Wow so honored to do this, watching the youtube video, I will have plenty of chances to screw this up, better start practicing now! Just more pressure along with my toast!

Have a great night! and live your life! IP

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 96 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/09/2017:
Lately i'm all up on the turkey meat also :) it's quite healthy...for the first couple times i made turkey burgers, i used chopped meat. This time, i bought the fresh meat but already in patty form...slightly more calories (like 20 lol) but i wanna see how they cook up differently from chopped...they are already thinner than i made them...and that's what the store had...good to change it up LOL...i plan to also try later adding more to the turkey meat like spices MORE and possibly onion...we shall see - but this 3rd time, i'm gonna make them plain pretty much..as i'm still experimenting with my oven! and still learning to cook the basics.

Great calories for you :-) you are doing great. First time i was dieting LONG time ago, i would use the 1200 cal-1400cal range quite a bit. I want to remind you, you will lose weight even at 1500-1700 a day so do not worry about some higher days, it's good for your metabolism. Trick your body a bit to work and burn more so that your metabolism doesn't get lazy on you.

Aww, 39. That's a very young age to lose your life, sorry about it.

oh and the fact that males in general are taught to not discuss their feelings, they probably keep it all inside...adding to the PTSD i am sure..

I hope he feels better and that your hubby tries to remain active. I'm adding cardio (around 20 min) more and more often to my days..It is a GREAT thing. I am so happy that my body is feeling better and that I am able to achieve much more than last year this time.

I'm glad you are being asked to do more at the wedding...right? it didn't happen yet, right? JUST REMEMBER - HAVE FUN! this is "Happy Times!"

Donkey on 03/09/2017:
Happy National Meatball Day! We had sweet and sour meatballs for dinner.

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