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innerpeace - Wednesday Feb 01, 2017

Weight: 306.0

DH made a rotisserie chicken but it took forever to get cooked. We had stuffing and brocolli tots first and then about 20 minutes later had the chicken. It was delicious. If you haven't tried the new brocolli tots from Green Giant I highly recommend them. DH put them in the air fryer and they came out crispy and just yum.  Ended the night with 1553 calories - this is higher than it has been because of no zumba or exercise - back is still acting up.

Slept ok last night and was up early to do zumba. Drank my green tea (Acai berry) with splenda, and had my 15 minutes of meditation.

Work is crap today - I swear today has lasted forever! I can't do work if no one else does work - waiting on people to work...not my idea of a good day

I don't think I have the hang of shopping on line - the ad can say all the right words and show all the right pictures but I need to feel it and touch it and inspect it before I can determine if I want it or not. I ordered four binders a few months ago and the picture looked all right and the description sounded like what I wanted, but when they arrived they were made out of cheap material and the plastic seams split within two weeks of usage.

B: fage yogurt, iced vanilla latte

S: almond protein bar, banana

L: 1/2 roast beef and swiss sandwich with mustard, apple

S: balanced breaks

D: pot roast with carrots and potatoes

We have the girl tonight, she has a therapist apointment so we will be rushed to get things done, especially if there is homework.

Have a great night! IP

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2017:
I think i will see if i can find the broccoli tots in the supermarket...sounds GOOD!

Sorry about your back, your calories are good though :-D nicely done!

I've also been doing the green tea...good for antioxidants and skin and all...far better than coffee but i still reach for coffee on some days.

my work is slow also...very slow....but i'm happy, better than being stressed, always things to look at on internet and read about...

its true - buying clothes online, i never know what i am getting until it comes...it's really funny actually bc most things i buy at old navy online...i'm always surprised at the fabrics and colors in person! never what i saw online...some good and some bad. mostly good though.

try to work through being rushed...knowing there's nothing that can be done...

nice job, InnerP!

innerpeace - Tuesday Jan 31, 2017

Weight: 306.0

After many heated discussions with DH we decided to sell my car to his son. I drafted a conditional sales agreement for him to sign. He is living with his grandmother (with two other male cousins), he said he has a job but needed time to save money. A thing he apparently couldn't do while living with his mother and step-father. My 2008 Dodge Caliber has almost 140K miles but it is still in good running order. We are selling it to him for $700 with $50 payments. Because we only want him to do good things and are trying to help him succeed at something, we agreed to pay for his insurance until the car is paid in full. Hopefully that will only be for the 14 months plus an additional month for him to get the insurance he needs. I told DH to expect some slack from his POS ex-wife.

There is also the chance for continued insurance payment should he choose to return to school and/or take classes to get his GED, but if not, the insurance will stop.

So last night DH and I go and pick up my new Buick and it is just wonderful, but I'm not going to like making a car payment - this kinda overshadows the newness of the car. After the son picks up the Caliber it is almost 7:00 so DH and I go to Steak-n-Shake. I ordered a burger and a milkshake...but I only drink 1/2 of the shake. This is a major victory for me, as normally I would have that shake drank before dinner and would be wanting another!  Ended the night with 1277 calories.

Still having issues with my back - I thought it was better yesterday after zumba - but once i bent over to pick up my phone I felt it pop again and no it is almost too sore to move or turn or twist or god forbid if I have to turn over in bed...ouch! No zumba today.

B: yogurt, iced vanilla latte

S: protein breakfast bar

L: 1/2 peanut butter sandwich, apple, 1/2 banana

S: balanced breaks

D: - rotisserie chicken (this was supposed to be last night)

Feeling a little better after lunch, I might try some form of exercise. Total 10 pounds lost in the month of January - this is good for me, will continue the journey.

Have a good night! iP


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
10lbs is quite a loss. well done, InnerPeace! Be proud. I don't think i've EVER lost that much in one month. You rock.

I'm really proud of you and you continue to be my inspiration here! along with the others of course!

Good deal with your car sales. He better pay up! and $50 payments is a decent amount that i'm sure he can keep up with.

I pay my mom $95/mo. for car payments for insurance. i'm still on theirs - and i'm 34 yrs old. lucky gal i am!

jayhawkjen on 01/31/2017:
Wow! 10 lbs. Congratulations to you! xo

innerpeace - Monday Jan 30, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Was up at 4:45 and did about 45 minutes of Zumba and drank some green tea. Took over an hour to get to work because of the snow.

Picked up my new car today...

B: yogurt; iced vanilla latte

L: steak wrap

S: balanced breaks

D; hamburger, fried 1/2 shake

Finished the day with 1277 calories

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

Maria7 on 01/31/2017:
Good on the green tea. Have you ever tried any herbal tea?

innerpeace on 01/31/2017:
I have a few types I drink.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
You sound a bit busier like me? I guessed it bc of your shorter entries?

I am sorry about your back pain. Maybe bath salts? The Epsom salt i mean, if you look it up first of course? Also you may need to just relax more...so sorry you aren't feeling great.

Don't let the doctor discourage you because you have been doing not good, but GREAT, on your goals and lifestyle changes. Do NOT fall through the cracks and stop all the good you have implemented in your life :-D

innerpeace on 01/31/2017:
LOL shorter entries - because I was using my iphone and hate that I can't type - only peck one letter at a time.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2017:
yep phones are annoying yes...def on this site! better on computer haha.

innerpeace - Sunday Jan 29, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Woke up with horrible back pain this morning - spasms Did take some pain meds and went shopping with DH Armor alled the inside of the car Finished the three loads of laundry

B: toast with maple peanut butter, vanilla iced latte

L: pizza from Sam's

D: steak, cauliflower and sweet potatoes rices and salad

S: yogurt

Back still tender

Ended with more calories than I like 1574

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

innerpeace - Saturday Jan 28, 2017

Weight: 306.0

DH and I went out to eat last night - didn't make it a month but it was a mutual decision. I ate a prime rib hoagie, French fries and cottage cheese- ended the night with 1474 calories.

Up last night for about 1 1/2 hours, up at 6:00 with DH and then I finally got up around 9:30 felt so groggy. Bummed around the house and finally decided to clean out my car and found $10. Spent the morning texting DHs son about the car...

B: toast, peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

L: goldfish crackers

D: bacon and eggs toast

I ended the day with 1385 calories.

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

innerpeace - Friday Jan 27, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Yesterday was hectic and of course nothing ever goes as planned. I left work at 12:45, I drove to my VA appointment and was there at 1:40ish (appointment at 2:00). I was checked in and then told that the person who missed her a.m. appointment had just arrived and she would be seen first. So I'm stuck in a room...and I nod off because - comfort, dim lighting, after lunch = nap time! I may have dozed for 20 minutes when I decided to start playing with my phone.  DH and I were working with the loan officer in OKC to get the loan for the new car. Wouldn't you know as soon as I picked up that phone, in walks the doctor. (I should have picked it up sooner - but...nap)!

Weight was higher with clothes and shoes on than when I weigh at home naked out of the shower - this discouraged me! The dr. also was concerned about the A1C...again? I have been eating so good, again so discouraged! She started talking about colonoscopies and menopause because...almost 50! She wants to see me back in 6 months...oh well I can do great things in six months!

I had intentions of going to the insurance office to check on step-son's insurance price for when he takes my car and insurance for the new car, but because I didn't leave the appointment until 3:10 that wasn't a possibility because my dog Steve had his appointment at 4:00 to get his third shot, so rushed home and picked him up and he's like - no I'm not getting back in the car and didn't go so nicely - he is worse than a kid sometimes.

After he got his shot I was going to pick up the girl and no one was home. I texted the POS and she said they were dropping the other girl off at the bowling alley and had lost track of time - they were on their way. So while I was waiting I called the insurance (they close at 5:00 - and it is now after 4:00). Sticker shock for insurance for this 18 year old kid who just received his license - OMG! $129.00 per month for liability only...holy cow!

Finally the girl shows up and we go home - DH walks in about ten minutes later and we cook the dinner.

Air fried chicken, baby potatoes and salad - it was very good. I ended the night with 1280 calories. I spent the next two hours helping the girl with periodical table homework and social studies and did not even think about my journal entry until this morning.

I did not get up for zumba this morning - because partly still discouraged with doctor and I was so warm and snugly and I just didn't want to and I let my fitbit battery drain again - not missing steps. I may do it this evening or just take the day off.  (My fitbit used to last about a week before needed charged, now I think it is down to three days - I'll have to monitor this better)

B: yogurt, iced vanilla latte

S: honey and peanut butter crackers

L: roast beef, cream cheese wrap

S: string cheese

D: no clue

On the way to work it was 32 degrees with snow flurries - as we were pulling out of our housing addition - I see a boy waiting on the school bus with shorts on. I made the comment - OMG I can't believe his parents let him out of the house with shorts on - what's wrong with people these days? And DH replies with....how is that any different than a dress? Touche DH...touche! Girls wear dresses in all kinds of weather.

I have lots of things planned this weekend, depending on weather.

We should get new car - next Monday or Tuesday depending on when dealer gets the check from the credit union.

have a great weekend!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
YOU CAN DO GREAT THINGS IN 6 months! That's a ton of time. do NOT get discouraged. please keep doing what you are doing, you are doing very, very well.

excellent cals and healthy eating. always know you can bulk up on veggies when you are hungry!

i need to cook more of my own meats and can't wait to start roasting veggies. i got a new tray and silicon top just for roasting!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2017:
i hope Steve survives this shot better than the last!

wow i sooo wouldn't want to wear any dresses now...always cold in this office!

Donkey on 01/28/2017:
Don't even get me started on car insurance for young men. When my son turned 16 -- yikes!!! (Not so bad when my daughter turned 16...)

innerpeace - Wednesday Jan 25, 2017

Weight: 306.0

DH and I picked up the girl and they dropped me off. DH took the girl to her therapist appointment. I think it went pretty good. DH called and had the therapist on the phone, she asked me what my concerns were. I told her I feel the girl is being bullied at her mom's house. Now come to find out, they forbid her to talk to her brother on facebook. That is just so bullish to me!  I told her I feel she has to act differently depending on whose house she was at and I just thought she was confused a little and felt she needed an outside person to talk to. Between DH and the mother - I do feel I spend more one on one time with the girl than either of those two do. After dinner I asked the girl if she was ok talking to her and if she felt comfortable, she said yes and will go back. I was happy about that. I told her if at any point she felt she didn't have anything else to say and felt better about the situation, she didn't have to go anymore. I just want her to turn out to be a well rounded individual.

I made a pizza with the cauliflower crust, it didn't hold together as well as I wanted it to, but it still tasted nice. I made a pizza with a canned crust as well if the cauliflower one didn't taste good. It did. They were topped with pepporoni, ground turkey, onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, spinach and cheese - pretty cool way to eat pizza. I ended the night with 1309 calories.

I slept OK last night, but had a hard time getting up this morning. Only did zumba for the 20 minutes express instead of the 40 I've been doing...so sleepy...4:30 comes way too fast.

B: yogurt, iced vanilla latte

S: apple

L: left over cauliflower pizza, honey mustard pretzels

S: orange, string cheese

D: something with pork DH took out

Tomorrow is the VA appointment - I feel OK, hate, HATE getting on the scale, but I will.

Have a great evening! IP

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

grannyannie on 01/25/2017:
Cauliflower crust sound interesting and healthy! Have a good day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2017:
wow so glad on the very positive therapy outcome!

you said it perfect to girl...i'm glad she did feel comfortable!

sending you much love :)

great job on cauliflower crust.

i love the foods you make, i'd eat all. you make me want to cook more - which i plan on doing this weekend, actually!

innerpeace - Tuesday Jan 24, 2017

Weight: 306.0

After work DH and I went and talked to a guy about a car. i can't believe how much new cars costs these days. It's a daunting experience to say the least. I want what I want, don't try to talk me into something you need to sell...@sshat sales people! We will see what happens.

Got home and DH air fried some chicken, and we ate the new riced vegetables (califlower and sweet potatoes - these are awesome for 80 calories) and a salad. I had a yogurt after dinner for dessert. It was raining so Steve didn't get to go for his walk, I don't think he is up to it yet anyway. Ended the day with 1257 calories. Love this!

Went to sleep about 9:45 and again was up way too early. I hear things and DH snores and I just lay there waiting. Finally my alarm goes off at 4:40 and I turn it off, and I think I hear my patio door opening. My dog is barking but not a mean-I'll-bit-your-head off bark. I kept lying there trying to hear if something weird or different. It took me a few minutes to get downstairs. Did the zumba, drank a cup of green tea then headed back upstairs for the shower.

B: yogurt (100 calories) , iced vanilla latte (163 calories)

S: breakfast protein bar (170 calories)

L: wrap with left over chicken (277) appled (95 calories) honey mustard pretzels

S: balanced breaks 190

D: pizza with califlower bread and ground turkey cheese and pizza stuff

DH and the girl are going to the therapist office, will see how that turns out - I reminded the girl Sunday, she didn't seem to enthused.

Work is very slow today, goes from one extreme to the other - or it could be a typical Tuesday.

Have a great night! IP



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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2017:
My work has been really slow too, but i am not sorry about it. It's good to be able to show up & be paid for my time in this office no matter how slow or fast, you know?

I spend the time, luckily, online & reading articles and sites and keeping my mind active. The internet is a blessing for us in office jobs!

I guess it depends on the car. When i get a new car, it may not be american, but either way, it's not going to be a pricey jeep or something like that - because they aren't in my price range. Cars are expensive, but, get a cheaper model / brand and you'll save a ton. They still have lots of safety requirements and stuff to pass so i feel that getting a cheaper car over a more expensive car in order to save money is totally worth it. unless a person has tons of $$$ to splurge on something better with, than by all means...!

how do u rice a sweet potato? i had only heard of that last night from someone's post on facebook....is it the same, just use a blender? so healthy girlfriend! you are eating better than me these days!

what kind of yogurts do you have, Greek? either way, excellent 100 cal snack after your dinner. healthy, low cal. I have been doing this with my low cal ice cream. moderation, not the whole darn pint anymore. :-D

maybe talk the girl up about therapy and why and that you want the best for her and that you realize she is having a tough living situation or maybe that's the wrong word - tough - but that you want her to have everything and the best of everything and that you want her to be very successful always in life...and want her to speak to someone besides you... <3 good luck and let us know..

stay Peaceful and happy.

innerpeace - Monday Jan 23, 2017

Weight: 306.0

crazy night. My poor dog is still in pain from the two shots he got on Saturday. Sunday he didn't want to walk and last night he woke me up. At first I thought he wanted some fresh water but he just went back to sleep when I went downstairs. DH and I went to bed about 9:20, this is very early for me, so when the dog was growling at me at 12:30 I thought I had slept the entire night.

I was up from 12:30 until 3:00. I couldn't get back to sleep. I did get up at 4:40 to do zuma. I did about 40 minutes of Zumba and then had a cup of Acai Berry green tea. Puppy was curled up in bed when I got out of the shower and he whined when I tried to move him over. I feel so bad for him. Poor thing!

Work was, for lack of better words, stupd for Monday. I can't understand how someone can't learn how to enter their time for the holiday. It's not like we have one a year. I fixed it...it's my job! but you're a moron!

B: yogurt; iced vanilla latte

S: sweet and salty protein breakfast bar

L: wrap with left over char sui pork and cream cheese, apple

S: balanced breaks

D: DH took out chicken, not sure what's gonna happen here!

The girl has her first therapy appointment tomorrow, so we might have an emotional evening.

have a great night! IP


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

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2017:
Same at my work...we all have to write our own time sheets and everyone always screws them up! I wonder how i can do it so simply...but in all honesty i once made a mistake and almost missed out on an hour's pay haha...because of the computer excel form i didn't do the formula right...

...but then we have a lot of new folks all the time in my dept lately and they don't know that sick days get only 7 hours pay and holidays get 8....

i think our sheets for payroll are actually confusing? but they don't confuse me!

sorry about Steve :-( i'm sure he'll feel better real soon...

what kind of wraps do you use? are they low carb or regular wraps? i have found some excellent wraps that are so low calorie it's almost amazing - 60-80 cals per wrap! so low. that's why i eat them, for months and prob years i love these. Tumaro's is the brand and only sold mostly in specialty stores not the smaller regular supermarkets.

good luck with girlie, please let us know how it went. i hope she gets a good therapist. some therapists are just not that good. i hope this one is a good match.

innerpeace on 01/24/2017:
The wraps are flat-outs - 90 calories 5-7 carbs. They are edible - kinda weird texture though but I can deal with it.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2017:
many wraps are like 200 cal or even big ones can be 300 cal! so these i love: http://www.tumaros.com/content/tumaros-product-categories

innerpeace - Sunday Jan 22, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Up at 8:00 - crossword puzzle and iced vanilla latte. Piddled around the house until about 10:30 when I started laundry.

DH made a monkey bread with canned biscuits for breakfast.

Lunch I made a chicken and broccoli crescent roll ring and then for dinner we had left over chicken chili and char sui pork I had marinating most is the morning. Finished the night with some yogurt and1453 calories.

I tried to walk Steve but he is still abit sore and turned around after four houses. Poor little guy. A relaxing day - not looking forward to tomorrow.

DH and I have been contemplating getting a new car the last couple of months and now DHs son is saying he wants my car to drive to work. But he wants it today! Uh that's really not what I had planned and now I'm the evil stepmother! Oh well I'm not the one who let him drop out of school! Brat!

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

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
yeah, don't go blaming yourself for not wanting to lend out your own car. kid needs limits for sure!

great eating....i bet that monkey bread was irrestistible glad i wasn't in your house! haha.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
I hope Steve feels extra good soon and that his soreness from the shots clears up!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
Your calories and food choices have been great. You have developed a healthier lifestyle in the short time i've known you. way to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2017:
it's amazing how better food choices make us feel and look better. my skin is becoming actually radiant and the pimples are going away. so nice. i'm gonna work to keep it this way. So it's not only about calories, but our food choices...i'm working on the latter now.

keep up the good work. it's always learning experience for life!

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