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museumgirl - Friday Mar 24, 2017
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 135.1

 Here we are about a month from my last post. My progress is slow, but its still progress and I'm happy. I truly never never EVER thought I'd get to this weight again, especially without much real, uncomfortable, effort. I guess that's the difference between diet and lifestyle. 

This morning Mr. Husband made his first goal weight! YAAY!

When he was diagnosed with diabetes, he told me the only way he'd every get to 194 was to lose a limb. That made me so sad. But this morning, he was 194. Last week the doctor told him to go home and throw away his meds - he's cured! He's lost 72 pounds!

What an amazing journey. We're both now 100% plant based and its never been easier, tastier or more fun. There are amazing things that happen when your body heals.... :)

This morning breakfast is soaked rolled oats with blueberries (cause I'm too lazy to cook them) and cantaloupe. The remaining mango isn't ripe yet, or the plantain and we're out of literally everything else fresh! Since I changed my work schedule three weeks ago, to work only 3 days a week, I've managed to work 5 days a week each day! This has been the longest week yet, and I'm so far behind we are about out of food. So that lays out today's plan....groceries. 

Wishing everyone a happy journey to health!


Progress as of today: 68.9 lbs lost so far, only 5.1 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/24/2017:
All progress should make us feel good. I am glad you are happy. I agree with your "that's the difference between diet & lifestyle."

I HATE watching these women at work actually go on diets...they get leaner, oh yes, and some really look GREAT...but the weight comes back...and I see it when it comes back because I am witness to it as I have been working here 6 1/2 years. Long enough to see these mostly women but a man or two weight's fluctuate. It annoys me because i KNOW for ME it's PERSONALLY not something i could do to myself....as I like feeling good about how i look too much to have the weight go up & down needing to wear diff size clothes and all - it's too much that i cannot deal with....that's why i live this kinda lifestyle that has worked to keep my weight stable for an entire year now. I find that this weight is a weight my body maintains quite well. I am lucky to have figured it out...still takes effort to maintain...but i'm lucky to have stumbled upon my own happy medium. But if i party (drink) too much and then eat too much, i must work also to bring myself back. I tend to work to bring myself back when it's just a lb or two rather than 5-10 lbs which would mean having to wear a different size. I like that i only need to work on my weight when it's a small amount rather than needed to mentally regroup to lose many lbs. I am NOT a dieter, but i do live a lifestyle i have worked at & learned to live with (extra vegetables, bigger veg portions) and buying specific products to assist me (at home i love to drink seltzers that are flavored and then i add extra stevia too and it's like soda but no cal and no affect on blood sugar from stevia)...i do spend some money on these products but it's money well spent for me - because it has helped me & i am happy, too...

Congrats to your hubby on reaching his goal weight...now he will need to learn maintanance. ...it took me several months to learn it - but i've learned it this year. it's wonderful compared to dieting...to sorta know what i need to do calorie-wise to stay at this weight...

I am SO HAPPY for your hubby as i continue to read...i am so glad he's learned this healthier lifestyle...god bless you both. it makes me so happy.

I am still learning to eat healthier - less caffeine, less sugar. but i'm ok with my current lifestyle bc i am happy, now.

Have the most wonderful day :-D

Donkey on 03/25/2017:
Wow, I am so impressed! i would love to get to a point where we are plant-based 100% but I guess I love cheese too much. Plus Mr. Donkey just can't give up his meat. This is great though - bravo!!!

museumgirl - Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 139.6

Good morning and Happy Mardi Gras!

I thought I would post more often, but I guess I just don't. Today is a milestone day, so I am writing in just to keep track of things.

Just returned from a 4 day trip to my parents. My dad is hanging in there, but he's not great and neither is mom. We talked a lot about nutrition, from what I am teaching myself, but neither is willing to make any changes at this point. I understand it, but it makes me a bit sad that I can't do more to help them.

On a good note, my scale this morning proclaimed - despite the road food - a weight I have not seen since probably 1990!! I am only a few pounds from my goal now and can hardly believe it!

Mr husband is also doing great - he's down between 65-70 pounds! He goes back to the doctor in march, and we are both excited to see the lipid panel and sugar and hopefully he can start coming off the diabetes medication. He looks A-MAZING, too!

the absolutely best part is, we are actually NOT on a diet - we've changed what we eat, and we can eat this way forever. I'm soooo tired of the yo-yo and starvation!!!

Since the first of the year, we've been a one-car family. For those of you who don't know, we live in the suburbs - not the way-out, no-sidewalky suburbs, but not the inner city, so I was pretty apprehensive about the reliability of the mass transit system, but its been pretty great. I get a lot of exercise walking to and from the bus and also just more walking on a daily basis in general. I use Uber or Lyft for long rides where the bus doesn't go, and when I have to go to Detroit, since the two bus systems don't cooperate very well. We're saving a lot of money and I am actually enjoying it. We sold the second car and used it to pay the primary mortgage off, so I am feeling like a champ even on days like today when I have to walk in the rain! 

Sorry about the ramble, hope everyone is doing great. I notice sometimes DD doesn't let me comment on other's diary posts, but I wish EVERYONE the very best success and health and I enjoy watching your journey.

Have a healthy day,


Progress as of today: 64.4 lbs lost so far, only 9.6 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2017:
Wow congrats what an accomplishment, you must have done a lot of walking while on the road!

1990 was a very long time ago (27 YEARS!) wow!!!...you should be so proud.

I remember reaching last year in March a weight I hadn't been since 2008..so it was only 8 years...but i was also...so proud!

Sometimes we feel like it just can't be done...getting back to those lower weights...but it's all possible. We just have to change our habits...speaking of - I may have to start lowering calories again in order to maintain my nice weight that i like so much - 115...at this weight and my short height, clothes seem to all fit well...and everything seems to look nice and the weight is not so difficult to maintain as long as i do some cardio.

museumgirl on 02/28/2017:
Sustainability is the key, isn't it? You SHOULD be proud, it is a struggle for so many of us! And yes, 27 years - nearly half my life, oh boy! I don't recognize myself when I see my reflection sometimes... I looove not having to count calories. I am losing very slowly, but I'm close to my goal and at my age I can't complain (much.) I'm only 5'5", but I can carry a leetle more weight. Dang those last ten pounds...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2017:
Yes, i'm a hair even shorter than you, just under 5'2"...not much muscle either, so 115 has been good for me.

happy-1 on 02/28/2017:
Hugs on the family sitch. I get what you mean on wanting family to be healthier and they aren't willing to make changes.

museumgirl on 03/01/2017:
thank you. yeah, its frustrating....

happy-1 on 03/01/2017:
My mom is trying to eat healthier but neither of them get out and move

Donkey on 03/03/2017:
You are doing so well -- my inspiration! And to us all!

PS Oh my gosh, I hear you on the family thing... My husband -- sometimes i think he has an eating disorder, the way he deals with food or rather, lack thereof.

museumgirl - Thursday Dec 22, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 143.3

Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my Christmas vacation, and I'm looking forward to the time off. Had a wonderful time with my BFF yesterday, we went out for Salvadoran food. It's healthy except for the oil, so for now I'm back to cooking for myself. Together, Mr Husband and I have now lost 116 pounds! It's just astounding. He looks like the man I married again :) Have a beautiful day, everyone. Happy winter, happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas. Be healthy M

Progress as of today: 60.7 lbs lost so far, only 13.3 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/22/2016:
Enjoy your Christmas vacation with your new/old husband... lol and all the best wishes to you also.

grannyannie on 12/22/2016:
Amazing loss! Have a lovely christmas!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2016:
Tell us more about the Salvadoran food. Do you have a lot of it by you? Congrats on your weightloss! You have done amazingly well - all due to your own changes. You are a role model for us here.

Enjoy your Christmas break :-D

Donkey on 12/24/2016:
You are so inspirational - thank you! Merry Christmas!

museumgirl - Monday Dec 19, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 145.1

 Good morning! 

I actually went to the gym today! We walked early this morning, even though it was only 7 degrees F outside, and icy, too. But we love walking. It just seems we don't get enough of it in the icy weather, so I did some weight machines, biking and treadmill at the fitness center. It was actually not so bad! Its just hard to get my 4 miles a day in the winter - yesterday we did a longer walk and it was still only 3.6 miles.

Breakfast was overnight oats with almond milk and some chia seed and walnuts, some weird sort of Asian melon, and a few seaweed snacks

lunch was sweet potatos boiled with some broccoli and combinations of greens, topped with sesame seeds, and couple walnuts and raw garlic.

snack: I have a pear stashed away for later

For dinner I plan to make a great looking French lentil dish I found on line, that uses roasted carrots and beets. I found the French lentils at the market and they looked so cute! (That's crazy, right?) But they are seriously pretty, I bought them and some delicious black lentils that are my favorite. 

I hope to make it over to the gym 2-3 times a week to start. I'm in much better shape these days, but seriously need to  build some upper body strength!

Have a wonderful day everyone,


Progress as of today: 58.9 lbs lost so far, only 15.1 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 12/19/2016:
There are people here who have been walking around Wal-Mart. They were doing the mall, but the gangs were playing their stupid 'knock out' game so the walkers moved to Wal-Mart - they walk the main aisle ways.

museumgirl on 12/19/2016:
I guess you do what you can to get your exercise

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/19/2016:
Man that is cold. Lately for me, anything below 25 is just a lil too cold for walking outside. If sun, 25 is ok (and no breeze!). lol i am too picky!

What kind of Asian melon? I've been eating seaweed snacks too. Great alternative to chips! Very low cal, just salty.

You sound so good, Museum Lady! So glad you are back here & great to know the gyms are good!

Walking is OVERRATED. Building muscle has been a godsend for me - seriously helped me reshape a lot of my body! :) and build muscle to burn calories to keep the weight off.

museumgirl on 12/19/2016:
I don't know what the fruit was, it was about softball sized. It didn't have much flavor and was very soft. I like the benefits of walking for psychological benefits and just burning off stress, but I definitely need a little strength training and flexibility, too.

museumgirl on 12/22/2016:
My seaweed snacks aren't too bad on sodium, 45 mg for eight of them. Pretty tasty!

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
Well done on the gym and healthy meals! Lots of Asian melons here but can't always tell the name of them because the writing is in Thai. They are good though, but some of the fruits look weird and taste weird.

grannyannie on 12/20/2016:
I love building muscle. It's rewarding to see and feel the muscles get bigger.

museumgirl - Friday Dec 16, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 145.5

Hi All!

I'm doing well, enjoying the season for sure! Its been super cold, snowy and icy here, but I bought myself an early Christmas gift of super warm boots for walking.

I also learned that the little fitness center in the city where I work is FREE to city employees, so I'm having my orientation this morning so I can use the facilities when its just too cold/icy to keep up with the daily walking routine. Mr Husband also has a free gym at his employer, so we're all set to get through this deep freeze! Maybe I'll actually add some weight training...(I hate exercise!)

I'm on track diet-wise, too. I've recommitted to cutting out the oil from my vegan diet, and that has got the weight coming off again. I want to be healthy, not just slim, and avoid the health problems other family members have suffered. I already have a genetic heart defect, but I plan to beat the odds and keep healthy as long as possible!

I find being vegan so easy, so much more satisfying actually, as long as I can cook my own food. Its super easy for me, except when I'm in a position where I can't make my own choices, ie, some restaurants and family gatherings. We're going to a holiday party tonight at our friends' home, and I'll be bringing a dish to share, just so I don't get stuck eating nothing but raw broccoli all night! (again) lol.

 I feel better than I have in, literally, decades. I haven't been this weight for over 20 years! I guess, for me, the "trick" to weight loss is...there is no trick. You just do it. And cutting out all the animal products, sugar and oils have helped me immensely. I even feel like my memory is improving, but that may just be wishful thinking. I do know for sure the depression is GONE! That alone is such a blessing. 

Have a happy, healthy day everyone! Thanks for letting me share my journey.


Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only 15.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/16/2016:
Good to hear from you. I think that we find the trick or what works for us. It is very individually different for all of us. You sound absolutely wonderful and healthy. I am so happy for you keep up the great work. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 12/17/2016:
It's pretty easy to eat vegan and home - and so healthy. But eating out is a big challenge.

I like weight training more than cardio. Love seeing/feeling muscles increase and it also helps burn calories more efficiently. I can't say I 'like' exercising, but since I like the effects, I just do it. Listen to music while you do it. I pick out songs specifically for working out. It helps.

Glad you're feeling better emotionally!

Donkey on 12/17/2016:
Delighted to hear about the free gym. I'm a little jealous ;-)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2016:
Yeah, how awesome that both you & your hubby have the opportunity to go to the gym for a free / low rate! How awesome! We have hardly any of that available around here in Queens. First off, there are hardly any good gyms anywhere in Queens. Compared to Long Island, where there's ample parking and tons of gyms, Queens, NY has nada!

Smart to bring a dish to share so then at least you know you'll have something to eat. I always bring cut up raw veggies to my friend's parties for the same reason...but tend to give into temptation there as well! haha.

museumgirl - Sunday Dec 04, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 148.0

Still working on this, down to the last 15 to 20 pounds! Cutting out oil to see if that helps. All is well, good luck and good health to you all. M

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/05/2016:
Good job you will get there consistency is the key word. Have a great week.

innerpeace on 12/05/2016:
Great job!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/05/2016:
How awesome congrats to you & so HAPPY to hear you have NOT thrown the towel in!....can't wait to read more.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2016:
Also good health to you! some oil is good, you know! I even tried something bad - called ghee - not sure if you know of it. It's like totally saturated fat - like really, really rich butter.

remember that fat, a little bit, makes food satisfying.

Donkey on 12/05/2016:
Actually, I was going to say that sometimes changing things up can help get off a plateau - LOL. Well, the bottom line is that it has to be something that works for you. You can do it!

I hope you will post more. Our goals are very similar. After the holidays, perhaps (?), I plan to start working on my 2nd weight loss goal to get to 135.

museumgirl - Saturday Nov 05, 2016
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 150.6

Hello. Not sure if anyone here remembers me, I've been gone almost a year, but its been a year of progress.

Life has been very good! We've had some illnesses in the immediate family, so we count our blessings daily.

My diet has been healthy, and has actually become entirely plant-based with no sugar. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes in June, and he has lost over 45 pounds since then, so we have both had a great incentive to get healthy. We walk about 4-5 miles almost every day, and we eat better than we have in years (decades?) Diabetes is a scary wake-up call.

I am currently at a lower weight than I have been in nearly 20 years. I attribute that to the exercise, healthy eating, and having just a single cocktail once a week. 

I'm off BP meds, which has done wonders for my mood and my energy. 

My biggest worries now are keeping the weight off and continuing to lose the last of it. In a perfect world I could get down to 125, but I'll be pleased enough with 135, at my age! 

So I'm back here for a place to keep myself motivated. I may not post frequently, but wanted to check in a say "hi."


Progress as of today: 53.4 lbs lost so far, only 20.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/06/2016:
Glad to hear from you. It seems you are doing good congrats on the success and good luck at maintaining your ongoing journey.

museumgirl on 11/06/2016:
Thsnks! I see your journey is yielding great results!

Donkey on 11/06/2016:
Welcome back! Do you eat mostly vegetables then or do you have rice, potatoes, bread, etc., too? I have a co-worker who has to stay away from starches a lot or his blood sugar goes through the roof.

museumgirl on 11/06/2016:
I don't eat potatoes or anything with flour except very tiny portions and very rarely.i will have small (1/3 cup) portions of rice occasionally. Mostly veg, fruit, beans, lentils, seeds, etc, and try to avoid processed fats and foods.

hollybelle on 11/07/2016:
Welcome back! It has been an eventful year for you and family! Please post often.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/07/2016:
Hello !!! Nice to see you here :) posting again!

Your screen name is not one i could ever forget & I think you worked at a museum if i'm correct :)

Yep, sometimes a wake up call is a blessing in disguise, sorta. prob better if no wake-up call was needed, but, glad to hear of your husband's weight loss success. and that you are also living a plant-based diet. i do eat far less meat than ever, myself. but feel that it satisfies me still more than total plant based...everyone has their own methods :)

Keep up the positive mentality and success. Good to read a post from you :)

museumgirl - Tuesday Dec 01, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Hello Everyone, Happy December

Today marks two weeks without drinking, and I must say I am finally feeling better. Instead of every morning feeling like a hangover (I rarely had actual hangovers when I drank!) and feeling depressed, I am feeling like myself again and starting to sleep better at night, too.

I think I am eating too much, though, as my weight has not budged,  but there have been a few cookie traps laid into which I unwittingly (ok rather willingly) let myself fall. So today since I am feeling pretty good, I'm attempting to right the ship and started off with oatmeal and tomato juice. I haven't planned the rest of the day's meals yet, but I plan to go back to the things that worked in the past - whole grains, legumes, and lots and lots of veggies. Hopefully now that I'm through "detox" I can again focus on healthy food instead of just feeling miserable and sorry for myself! Good food is good for the mood, as well. 

It helps that it is the holiday season, and I love Christmas, New years, and winter! I'll be decorating later this week, hopefully, and we already have a beautiful stack of presents all wrapped in brown paper.

Here's a picture of our sweet feral (barely) kitty, Gypsy, and the house we made for her. She even has a warming pad. Hopefully some day she'll trust us enough to come inside, but this is the best we can do for her for the time being.

Be well, and have a wonderful day,


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 12/01/2015:
Good to hear from you MG

puddles on 12/01/2015:
Things seem to be falling into place I am glad to hear that. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 12/01/2015:
You are my reminder that putting in the hard work will get us the rewards! Thanks for sharing this with us:-)

Thinkpositive on 12/01/2015:
So happy for you that you are on a good track

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2015:
Hi M! Congrats on 2 weeks!

I have a few tips regarding eating too much. When this happens to me, I try to get out of my apartment. I try to have a day with a plan. Get together with a friend. Anything so that I am not grazing all day thru my kitchen. Also, I try for more water. And I usually try for a couple "smaller" meals during the day, particularly in the evening - like just a protein bar late in the evening so my stomach in the morning isn't craving to be stretched again because I ate so much volume the night before (I stay away from eating volume in the evening so in the morning I don't feel as hungry if that makes sense). just a couple things I do to help me.

museumgirl - Wednesday Nov 25, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone,

I'm doing pretty well, food has been pretty healthy, and I have not had a drink of alcohol. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I will definitely be indulging a bit in the food! I bought sparkling cider for our dinner, and have a nice repertoire of virgin cocktails to enjoy, as well.

Weight is hanging about 171, so no loss yet, but I'm not overly concerned. The biggest issue I have is the feeling of sadness and depression, which I chalk up to quitting drinking. I am also very, very tired, but don't sleep well, and my joints ache, I can't hold a thought in my head...in short, sobriety sucks!

I'm making a vegetable wellington for dinner tomorrow, and dressing, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. Starch overload lol. I tried making the "famous" pumpkin roll and a vegan chocolate pie that I've made before, but screwed both of them up. (fuzzy brain, see above.)

All else is going well. I have three foster kitties now, and my Mabel cat has been sick, so it has kept me busy.

I am grateful for so much this year; my health, my husband, my granddaughters, my pets, and my best friend, and of course the rest of the family, too.  I am very blessed, so I really need to stop complaining.

Wishing everyone a good day and good health, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not. 


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 11/26/2015:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/28/2015:
sorry to hear it's been rough to quit alcohol...I am sure this phase will wear off though...you can hang tough and get thru it.

museumgirl - Tuesday Nov 17, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Hi Everybody, I'm back. And I'm fat. Sigh.

Confession time. I hurt my leg in July, and consoled myself with food while I sat around, put on a couple of pounds, but it didn't get out of hand. Food is not my problem. Alcohol is my problem. I'm confessing it here, since none of you know me in real life. I'm a drinker. Am I an alcoholic? Probably. IT has to STOP! I have to stop. I have to gain control. Its ruining my health. And I know that I CAN stop.

I eat a healthy, whole food, vegetarian diet. I exercise. I take great care of my skin. But I ruin all of that with too much alcohol.

I realize the only way to stop is to be held accountable. My husband can't do it, he doesn't like to hurt my feelings even if it is for my own good. No one else knows.

I don't drink every day, but when I do, I'll drink the whole bottle of wine.  Bad, bad human!

I've stayed off DD because I was ashamed of myself, and the weight coming back. I weighed 172 this morning. That's 15 pounds I've gained, after losing 50! 

I'm not looking for sympathy, but I'm coming back here to get myself straightened up. 


Breakfast: oatmeal with a few walnuts and maple syrup, black decaf coffee, 1/2 slice of leftover vegan pizza.

lunch: probably nothing, maybe a snack after work.

Dinner: tbd

I'll take a walk after work, too, and maybe, just maybe, go to yoga class. I don't even want to do the because I've gained so much weight! At least I'm not back to where I started, so, here we go again....


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 11/17/2015:
Good to have you back.

OhioRaven on 11/17/2015:
You're back. A good step.

grannyannie on 11/17/2015:
Good luck!

Maria7 on 11/18/2015:
With the good Lord's help, you can do it! :-) Take care.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/18/2015:
I've been commenting similarly on many DDers journals about weightloss and my own experience right now. Basically, for a long time, a forgot to be mindful and acknowledge the exact process I would need to go thru (basically limit calories - get them lower than i'm used to) in order to lose weight.

So, weightloss - we need to be mindful in order to be successful (myself included of course!). It's easy to drink your calories (thru alcohol for example) or in my case continue to binge every once in awhile or just overeat calories in general...and then we won't see our progress.

what i'm trying to say is that weightloss depends on our choices EVERYDAY. so if we want it, we can achieve it. but if we change our mindset and change our decision to be aware and take action of the things we do to make us gain weight again, it'll happen. Unfortunately, once we lose weight, we have to keep being mindful in order to maintain the new weight.

thinkpositive on 11/18/2015:
Good for you to return to DD. Brave of you to bare your soul here. We're all here for our own personal reasons and for many of us it is lack of control at times. It's not always easy or even obvious as to why we eat or drink out of control. At least we're all working on it and trying to figure it out.

biscottibody59 on 11/25/2015:
Keep being mindful and do what you have to do! Some things are easier than others.

Keep posting with us here too--I always enjoy your posts:-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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