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innerpeace - Tuesday May 02, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Monday I'm glad I made it through. I got home and DH cooked steak - maybe he needs to go back to work LOL. I shared with Steve and ended the evening with 1206 calories. This I like. I got hungry about 9:30 but got ready for bed and went to sleep, so I did OK.

Steve barked a lot during the night, since we are sleeping with the windows up he hears all sorts of things out side. The YA was over most of the evening and may even stay over tonight. This is OK for now, I just hope he doesn't move in...I don't think I'm ready for that. And DH must understand that if this happens, he must get back to school. On a good note, the YA made his own appointment to go talk to a therapist. I am delighted and believe he should have been going long ago. He has so much anger and then he has mixed emotions, feelings towards his mother he's not exactly sure what to think about things. I'm especailly glad since I had the conversation with him when he said the girl's counseling sessions were "stupid". So wow...happy about this.

DH is home with an electrician installing two electrical outlets in the basement, two ceiling fans (one in the living room and one in the family room) an then running electric to the shed, this was supposed to be a project for later on down the road, but since DH is home, we are getting it down - he may have to complete two more projects before he goes back to work - finish painting the basement and installing porch rails. He was also baby sitting the grand dog who just started jumping over the fence. DH said he has had to go chase her down twice this morning - Sit Daisy...Stay!! LOL

B: 1 boiled egg, 1 egg white, yogurt, iced tea

L: chicken breast, cottage cheese, two clementines

S: balanced breaks

D: not sure as of now

I know the girl is coming over tonight and we will have to go to Lowes or Home Depot and get the ceiling fans.

Did not get up to do zumba - legs very sore - took Alleve will get up tomorrow.

Have a great evening!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/03/2017:
Yes that's not cool how he said the sessions were stupid when he himself could use some - i'm talking of YA regarding therapy! I hear you, lady. If he goes back to school, it could be a technical one...like for auto mechanic? it pays decent better than a job without skills????

yes, better to just stretch and / or just rest sore muscles so they can repair and grow. rest so there's no injuries, YES.

also, you are back to your healthy self!

innerpeace - Monday May 01, 2017

Weight: 306.0

I am loving my DH not working!

Friday he cooked a ribeye pork chop it was so tasty. The girl and YA was over for dinner. Ended Friday with 1451 calories.

Saturday we drove to Orrville, OH and went to the Smuckers store. I was not aware that Smuckers company owned so many other brands. While at the store we found it was a stop on a Wayne County Cupcake Tour...why not. We drove around to seven other business within the county and received a cupcake from each one. We had a great time despite the rain and came away with 21 cupcakes. Afterwards we headed to Chardon and went to the Maple Festival. We had such a great time. I ended the day with 1980 calories. I ate a cupcake and had a gyro at the festival.


Sunday again both of DH's spawn were at the house, he cooked chicken and we walked the dog twice - the second time the grand dog was over and he just about pulled me around the block...I had to keep him on a short leash. I mowed the grass and started a domino effect down the block. I swear people are paranoid about their lawn...crazy neighbors. DH and the YA said something about the girls shorts being too tight, I took her shopping for new shorts. I just had a great weekend and I did not want to come to work today. Ended Sunday with 1639 calories and we sent the cupcakes home with the girl and YA.

This morning...I had to be at work early, however, I still managed to do 30 minutes of zumba and get to work on time.

B: 1/2 hard boiled egg (no yolk), yogurt, iced vanilla latte

S: apple

L: chicken breast, cottage cheese, 2 clemontines

S: balanced breaks

D: no sure what DH has out

I might find something to do this evening. Have a great night!

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

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2017:
InnerP! you look great all your hard work has paid off!!! i notice the weight loss and your hair i like long...looks so nice! talk more later...gotta get ready for work :-)

innerpeace on 05/02/2017:
Thank you.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2017:
ohh...girlie looks good too. she can def join you in the exercise...she already looks wonderful and make more grown up from a photo i saw last time you posted...all of you do look great.

innerpeace - Friday Apr 28, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Totally busy at work yesterday because someone in our regional headquarters let something slip through the cracks...oh but it's my fault for waiting so long to check on it. OK, whatever makes you feel better! So I spent most of the day redoing work submitted - I tried to use the first copy but because of fiscal year change I had to redo it all.

Tuesday both the girl and YA was at the house and I had to go to wal-mart and was there forever...like 1 1/2 hours until someone could help me and then I ended up paying tax because I couldn't put tax on my work charge card. Well while we were waiting the girl was worried about the YA taking me away from her...wtf? I didn't know what she was talking about, but because the YA can drive and come over when he wants, has her worried I will 'like' him more than I 'like' her. She wants to be the 'favorite' or the 'one I like the best'...poor baby!

DH picked up Subway for us, I ended the day with 1865. Still eating a little too much for me.

Last night I helped DH do some work around the yard again and we hung lights around the pergola. It looks very nice.

B: yogurt, orange, ice vanilla latte

L: chicken, cottage cheese, apple

S: balanced breaks

D: round steak, dressing, salad

S: yogurt -

ended the day with 1646


work still sucks today and I will be ready to go home when it's time. We have fun plans for the weekend if we don't get rained out! I will be 50 in three months...I'm not taking this very well.

B: boiled egg and egg white, yogurt, iced tea

L: chicken salad, crackers

S: balanced breaks

D: idk yet

Have a great weekend.


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

Donkey on 04/29/2017:
"Work still sucks" --- thank you for giving those of us with jobs that suck some hope. When I read this, I knew at least I wasn't alone in how I was feeling.

I love reading your entries. Are you still doing Zumba and/or the gym?

Keep up the good work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/01/2017:
it's funny how at work...once something breaks the pattern, habit, whatever...it's like the end of the world...as you are mentioning about something that happened in your office. same thing happened at my office with my stuff...i think i actually helped my dept out though...i heard them going over salary and hourly talk about my department. i feel good that i inspired those sorta managers to have to talk...lol....

work is such a pain sometimes. but always do things to keep your mind attended to life outside work...what i've been doing. so nice to do fun things on the weekend! or during week, whatever floats your (and my) boats!

Girlie is saying she loves you, lady. She wants to be with you. I guess just make her feel she can trust you will be there for her...as you are! Tell her you are there for her? as i am sure you do!

innerpeace - Wednesday Apr 26, 2017

Weight: 306.0

No gym, no library. I did achieve muscle failure loading and unloading landscaping stones on and off DH's truck. Sawed a limb off a tree and unloaded 25 bags of mulch. Had grilled pork chops, boiled potatoes and salad for dinner. yogurt for dessert. Ended the day with 1680 calories (thanks to the carrot cake).

DH got his hospital EOB in the mail today...he is fuming mad. Oh well that is the breaks of life, at least his knee is so much better. I think it is close to $4K that he has to pay...maybe. I will wait for the actual bill instead of going of the EOB.

We have the girl tonight.... no big plans. I have to run an errand to Wal-mart for work but I'll get that time back.

B: yogurt, banana, iced vanilla latte

L: chicken breast, cottage cheese, apple

S: balanced breaks

I got flowers today for Administrative Professional's Day. Flowers two days in a row...can't beat that! I also received a dinner and a movie gift card for $50. I guess my people aren't so bad most of the time.

Everyone enjoy the night! IP


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/26/2017:
tofu bacon sounds interesting...talk more later :-D

OhioRaven on 04/27/2017:
Happy, uh . Administrative Professional-Secretary's-Day !

OhioRaven on 04/27/2017:
Happy, uh . Administrative Professional-Secretary's-Day !

innerpeace - Tuesday Apr 25, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Got home and DH had the left over spaghetti heated up. Not really what I wanted but I ate it. ending the night with 1403 calories. I walked the dog and did some yard work. Weed eated, swept and did beautification. We have a nice yard.

Slept ok, but dang if I didn't roll over and turn the alarm off again. What on earth is my brain thinking? I need to get up tomorrow and exercise.

Will probably help DH spread the mulch tonight, I don't think anything else is planned. I could go to the gym or library  maybe both depending on closing time.

B: crumpetts, peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

L: chicken breast, cottage cheese, apple

S: balanced breaks

D: I don't know what's for dinnerI


WORK: I did get some extra duties from work - which I don't have problems with - I feel trusted, empowered

A few weeks ago I took off to help DH get around after surgery and was called to fix a time card issue. I went home and logged into the time card system and fixed the problem so the person could get paid.  No big deal took me about 20 minutes.

Today I get flowers for helping. The supervisor is in another town and does not come to CLE very often and i was pleasantly surprise. Thanks for getting me out of a pickle he says - oh and happy Easter! So sweet! I was just doing my job and thought nothing of helping. The bad part of this story, he brought carrot cake into the office...i did have a piece. It was more delicious than my Cheesecake Factory dessert! Damn sweet stuff!!!! Damn it all to hell!

Other than that today was a pretty good Tuesday! Enjoy the evening - it is Prison Break night!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/26/2017:
Hello IP!

Great cals! I bet your yard is a beauty! After all, you enjoy arts & crafts and I’m sure you put a lot of effort into your yard. That’s another reason why I live in an apartment, lol. But this year, I did make efforts to do a little something in terms of decoration come holidays like Halloween as well as right now I even have a welcome sign hanging at my apartment door. It’s so nice to decorate, the whole community will enjoy your hard work. It’s always nice to have a hidden gem like your yard. :-D

If you need your rest, rest. Living alone, I do admit it’s easy for me to go to bed mad early when I want to. And I have at times (and for a week or so) when I do need it. I’m the opposite as you this week. I’m sleeping well lately and actually woke up an hour before my alarm today. So I cooked burgers and eggs before sunrise LOL. glad I don’t have to throw that meat away!

I see you want to do a lot tonight. Sometimes it’s best to do ONE of those three things (gym / library / mulch) instead of trying to do all…but if you are energized, why not!? I get you.

Those crumpets…tasty little things yes!

It’s ok to eat a slice of cheesecake. It’s when you eat a slice every day. Or when you eat the whole cheesecake – that would be the problem. You are FINE. Do not punish yourself for enjoying slice.

And I know the praise you received was well-deserved. CONGRATS IP!

innerpeace - Monday Apr 24, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Was up early on Saturday but got into a movie and didn't get around until 9:00 a.m. Went through about 10 boxes of stuff in the basement - got rid of four and could shred two, there are two boxes of craft stuff and two boxes of pictures. The YA (young adult) came over and ran some errands with us.

We went to the free shred it day (along with everyone else in Elyria) and was turned away at the edge of the parking lot because the truck was full...are you kidding me? OMG we waited in line for over 30 minutes. There is another one next weekend and I will be there right when it opens. We then went to lunch (McDonald's - not my finest moment) and then to Home Depot for the landscraping bricks and mulch. The YA was very helpful. The YA was called to go to work and DH and I went and bought some meat at the butcher for the freezer. While there DH picked up a fresh loaf of French bread and we ate it in the car...OMG we are such pigs.

Later DH and I went to the Cheesecake Factory to get rid of a gift card I was given for Christmas. I had a salad and a slice of cheesecake which was just OK - I've had better. Then DH and I went to a production of The Little Mermaid a musical production by highschool kids - it was really well done.

Friday calories - 1529

Saturday calories - 3081

Sunday I help moved the freezer to the basement and started some laundry. DH and the YA went shopping and I mowed the front yard with the new push mower. I love it!  DH made spaghetti for dinner and I had 1636 calories. Not the best I've been doing - but at least I haven't quit logging my food.

Sunday calories 1636

Today I started back with the eating right and though didn't get up to do zumba I do have plans for more yard work today at home and of course walk my dog.

B: crumpetts, peanut butter, iced vanilla latte (I may have 3 or 4 more iced coffees left) I didn't get any more. i"m letting this go.

L: chicken breast, cottage cheese, apple

S: balanced breaks (dried cranberries, almonds, cheese)

Not sure what is for dinner.

Have a great day!


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/24/2017:
sorry to hear the cheesecake wasn't superb...really deserts in general are just good the moment we taste them...after that, they're really just a waste ya know!?

i do love some things there, but i gotta say most foods at cheesecake factory i think are a waste of cals? right?

nice to get a giftcard there.

glad the YA was better this time around at your place...

thanks for your comments. i hope to lessen the pressure after awhile here i hope work improves in my situation / environment / boss' actions towards me. it's not good....he doesn't care at all if his secretary talks. it's really hilarious. i'm not allowed, literally. he's such a piece of work.

innerpeace on 04/25/2017:
what a jack hole!

innerpeace - Friday Apr 21, 2017

Weight: 306.0

I love not having to pick DH up from work. I like going straight home. Usually dinner is made and I like this. I will miss my house husband greatly whenever DH goes back to work. (I wrote this purposely because DH read my entry last night - not that I mind, but sometimes it's personal! - must be sure to close the brower)

got home and DH picked up the pizza. I was ready to eat this, had planned for this and wanted it. I do think I ate too much though. Ended the night with 1833 calories.

The young adult was over helping DH put together some things and move some things - I'm glad he is helpful. The girl was over - I missed her.

Work was crap today and I hate dealing with people on the phone but I must say I feel like I one upped the DISH people. The first time I called the lowest price I received was $109 - couldn't get any cheaper. The second time I called I came away with the grand total of $62.98. Don't tell me something you think I can't do! Instead of suggesting something different the first person was adamant I couldn't do anything else. The second person was more helpful and worked with me...oh wait...she LISTENED!!

Have some plans to declutter and spring clean this weekend, I hope I can accomplish everything I want.

B:  toast, peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

L: chicken salad, crackers, apple

S: Balanced breaks

D: chicken, green beans

May take my dog out today, last night it rained so he is missing his walk.

Everyone, enjoy the weekend!


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

Donkey on 04/22/2017:
Well done! Having a househusband is nice. My husband's days off rotate, so he often has days off during the week. It would be much nicer if he could move around more, so that he could do more errands, though, but that's OK.

If you decide to do Couch to 5K, I hope you'll post your thoughts on your diary!

innerpeace on 04/24/2017:
I will I made it to week six last time I tried until my DH hurt his knee. I will be trying it with the girl this time if she hasn't changed her mind.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2017:
Are you talking about cable / tv people when you say DISH? Very interesting. You remind me that if i'm on the phone with a service rep and it doesn't go as planned....i can try again.

so many people in the world. not everyone uses the kind side of their heart.

innerpeace on 04/24/2017:
Yes DISH network for work...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2017:
It took awhile to write back, but i wrote you back on your questions about the NYPD in my entry a few days ago. Thank you for your support. I cannot believe work these days, but i should know, not everyone is gonna understand me....therefore i'm just gonna sit there and shut my mouth.

innerpeace - Thursday Apr 20, 2017

Weight: 306.0

I can't believe it is Thrusday all ready. Tuesday I took DH to PT and he is doing unbelievable. Picked up the girl and took her to our house. DH cooked steak and potatoes for us. I had a high day of 1767 calories. The young adult came over and helped DH put the snow blower in the shed. And saw some limbs off a tree. DH asked him to do other things but he said he didn't want to get his new Nike shoes dirty and then he said he didn't come over to work..which was true.

But later the conversation went to...

DH: Hey Joe i would like for you to come and help me do this and that.

Joe: Hey dad, You don't pay me.

DH says: You make $10 an hour right? Joe says yes. Well the way I see it, your insurance is $130 a month and you haven't been here for 13 hours so STFU!

It was all in jest, but it was so funny...and Joe STFU...I think he gets it.

Wedesday - I took the entire day off from work. i took DH to his post op appointment and he can drive again...YAY! He probably won't be able to go back to work until 6/19/17 - OUCH! I'll be scraping to pay some bills in June - I'm glad I will have three pay days in July which will help.

We went to Lowes and picked up a new push mower and wagon for the tractor and then went to Sams and bought a small freezer. We had money saved for these specific items (which now I wish we would have waited until July) but oh well, hopefully DH's temporary disability payment will kick in. we will be fine.

We went to a grill for lunch and I had a pulled pork sandwich and only ate half of it. I ate the other half for dinner, which would of been OK, but the young adult was over again helping DH put together the  mower and wagon and I made some brownies. Ended the day with 2334.

I had an epiphony that on 4/28 I will have three months until I'm 50, so I need to kick my exercise and eating into high gear.

B: toast, peanut butter, iced vanilla latte

S: balanced breaks

L: cottage cheese, tuna, crackers

S: apple

I think we are having pizza for dinner but not sure

Saturday we are supposed to use the gift card from the cheesecake factory and Sunday is the get real date.... We will see how this works out.

Have a good one!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/20/2017:
Hi InnerP!

My computer keeps freezing so I'm taking another break and writing to you..

I agree with you - this week sped by! I know it's because I was busy doing a lot of activities...makes me wanna stay busy next week and not skip a meeting...but I'll see...i'm tired and could use a night at home and not an extra night out! So, yeah, skipping that meeting. It's not mandatory.

Yup, if his dad is paying his insurance, J should def be helping his dad! yes.

Good the $ situation is ok...good. and i'm glad your hubby is doing ok.

Even though you ended the day with 2300 calories or so, it's not overdone. It will totally balance in the week. overboard is 3000 cal. you will be fine.

keep staying on track, lady. be proud of all you do.

make sure to rest when you need it.

and i'm happy for you turning 50 because you already have been doing positive things for your health. so stay happy and healthy!

innerpeace - Monday Apr 17, 2017

Weight: 306.0

It was a great weekend. The best I've had in a long time. I want to say it is because DH wasn't working, but maybe it was just a great weekend.

Saturday the young no it all adult came over and borrowed DH's truck to haul stuff to the recycler. DH, the girl and I went shopping. We came back home, went to our zentangle class. It was nice and relaxing. After the class we went home. I cooked a few dishes and we had our Easter meal on Saturday. After dinner I walked the dog and then we went to Lowes and picked up some flowers and then we watched Annie. It was nice and stress free.

Sunday I was up early because I set up the scavenger hunt game for the girl. Then DH and I went outside and repotted the flowers we bought. They were very pretty...begonias, marigolds and dahlias. DH mowed the back and I pushed the walk behind around the house and trees. We had the yard work finished by 10:30. The girl was up about 9:30 and did her scavenger hunt up and down the stairs and around the house. The young adult came over and I had my little "stupid" talk with him. I think...think he understands where I'm coming from now and hopefully he'll ease up on all the stupid talk.

THe girl is paranoid N. Korea is going to attack the US and I hate that she carries around this worry. I tried to explain to her all the military posts, aircraft, fighter ships and everything that is there to protect the United States and how there are back up plans to back up plans and N. Korea is so far away. I don't know if I helped, but I tried. She says lots of people on her face book post about WW3. I would love to take away her social media awhile but her stepfather and mother have news on 24/7 and I doubt that it would.  We had leftovers around lunch time with both of DH's kids. I know he enjoyed this very much. This is the first Easter the three of them have been together in five years.

The young adult left about 4:30, the girl went back to her mothers about 6:00. I was awake about 4:15 this morning and made the mistake of reading my phone.  I received a text at 11:30 at night from her mother telling me that the girl wanted to make sure I locked all the doors and windows because the Facebook killer had ties to people in Elyria and Lorain and he could make it back to this area....SERIOUSLy!! I didn't know anything about this. DH didn't close the downstairs windows and I was afriad to go downstairs...what if?

What a lame excuse!! anyway, I didn't do zumba this morning, meant too, but didn't..

Calories were so so this weekend...but I am back on track today!

Friday - 1674

Saturday - 1384

Sunday - 1238

Oh and I did get to see April have her baby giraffe. Was so excite Saturday monring.


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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/17/2017:
the girl has illogical fears it sounds! i hope she can talk to therapist about this and get it worked out ASAP!

ok...other than that...sounds good on the part of you & your step son...or his son....and sounds very good that a good Easter and weekend was had by all! I have never in my life heard of that type of exercise lol...i should google that!

and i'm really glad the girlie was entertained by your easter egg game...really cute, IP!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/17/2017:
i think just tell the girl....somethign like "if you live in fear you will never be able to live & enjoy life...."...

like, there's thousands of things to be afraid of...but what's the point of ruining a good day with fear?

tell her to think positively about the world instead of thinking only about dangers.

you can get killed just walking....but that's not the healthy way to think!!!!!!

Donkey on 04/19/2017:
Hope you are having a good week. It was so nice to read about your lovely weekend!!!

innerpeace - Friday Apr 14, 2017

Weight: 306.0

Got home and DH and I hate honey backed turkey sandwiches for dinner. I ended the day with 1518 calories.

HOP The honey backed ham store - yes the ham is fully cooked and ready to heat. I guess you could heat it up if you wanted but it is good cold. They sell it by the slice, quarter ham or half ham. It is not cheap. I spent almost $100 on a quarter ham and a turkey breast. It is very good though.

After dinner I had to write out two checks one to the State of Ohio and one to the Regional Income Tax people. I hated doing this...hoping next year I will not have to pay taxes. The total of both checks was lest than $90 so I am really OK with it.

After that chore was complete I got the girls scavenger hunt Easter stuff together - the end of the scavenger hunt tells her EB (easter bunny) left her stuff under her bed but she must go to seven different places in the house only to go back to her room. Hopefully she will enjoy this.

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing.

Have a zentangle class scheduled for tomorrow and I think the stepson is coming over. DH said he could borrow his truck - I hope he knows what he is doing...

Hoping for a nice relaxing weekend....for all!




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

Donkey on 04/14/2017:
We ended up paying taxes to the state of Illinois this year :-(

A scavenger Easter hunt sounds like fun! That's a great idea! Back when my kids were little, I'd drive them up to Grandma's in Wisconsin. We'd have an outdoor Easter egg hunt and an indoor Easter egg hunt. I think I have over 200 plastic eggs in the basement in storage now from those days. Ahh memories.

Very good on the calories this week -- I've been reading your entries. Bravo!

PS Enjoy zentangle -- I don't do it, but I have a FB friend who posts some of her work, and it relaxes me just to look at her drawings.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/17/2017:
The Ham sounds amazingly tasty! yum....a nice, fresh ham sandwich sounds delightful....way better than cold cuts i assume? like the real deal ham? sounds tasty and must be for that price! yum, i'd def take some of that!

Do you have a Roth? is that why you owe taxes more? because i hear with Roth accounts, you don't get a big return at end of year, but when you take out money after retirement, that money that's been taxed each year doesn't get taxed later....i need to open one when i am making more money....in a few years.

i will have both 401k and roth when i retire, i think.

innerpeace on 04/17/2017:
No ROTH just my thrift savings from work. We owe because I had a retirement for the State of Ohio when i worked at the university that I cashed in and they added that amount to our income and didn't pay state tax on it. It was about $7600 that no state tax was taken out - so the State of Ohio dinged us for their amount. The regional is city and usually it is reciprocated from the state - but we had to pay state so we owed regional stuff too. It wasn't that much.

The ham was good. But I do not want to see ham again until Christmas.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/17/2017:
lol i guess you had enough ham to suffice to a long time it sounds ;-) haha

oh yes....it's so CRAZY the amount that retirement accounts get taxed when they are cashed in....like at least 30% is taken away if not more from us! nuts, yes. sorry that you were dinged your hard-earned money....the gov't loves to take our cash!

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