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thinkpositive - Wednesday Feb 20, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Yesterday went as planned. Should have skipped the wine and chocolates but did avoid cookies, crackers & nuts so that’s a good start. Calories were under 1300 and carbs around 100

Today- smoothie for breakfast, salad with turkey for lunch. Grapes , protein drink for snacks

Not much exercise today except for a short walk. Very windy so will skip the bike ride 

Going out to neighbors tonight to play cards so hoping I won’t eat too many snicks. 

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2019:
you must be used to the taste of the less-healthy aritificial sweeteners, i know what you mean! luckily, i have always loved the taste of stevia!

i used to love the taste of equal. still do on occasion when there's no option for stevia in my coffee ;)

today weather is also not good with some snow...so i didn't even go out for lunch. i think i may challenge myself to do a few minutes of stair climbing in my apt tonight to get my heart rate up for a little while, actually, as i thought it would be a good idea to incorporate some stairs into my winter cardio! my apt bldg has a stairwell and it is 22 floors high!

maybe you can bring healthy snacks like cut up veggies / cherry tomatoes / small veggies that you can eat with your fingers. baby carrots and stuff to your neighbors. i always do this so i can eat but not high cals!

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2019:
HEY, everything in moderation so nice job to you being moderate yesterday!!!! :)

Donkey on 02/21/2019:
Sounds like a lovely day! Don't you love it when a plan really comes together on any given day? It's like, Yes that worked out well!

That's nice to have friends who play cards too.

legcramps on 02/22/2019:
Hope you're having a great week!

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thinkpositive - Tuesday Feb 19, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Back from a few days of having house guests and then a few days away to visit friends & family.

Started the day with an almond milk with 1/2 banana and strawberry smoothie. Planning on a salad with turkey for lunch and salmon with asparagus and a baked potato for dinner. Fruit and vegetables for snacks. That’s the plan- will report back on how the plan worked out. Need to stay away from crackers, cookies and nuts.  

Off to water aerobics.

Have a great day!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
For your smoothie, do you use a protein powder in there? It sounds tasty :)

Your day looks great in terms of a nice, healthy appetite!

Welcome back and i'm glad you spent a nice time i am sure with friends and family :)

thinkpositive on 02/19/2019:
I don’t use a protein powder . What kind do you recommend?

legcramps on 02/19/2019:
Smoothie sounds tasty!

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
So glad you posted! At least it's warmer where you're at. Winter weather advisory over here - ice tonight, 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow.

Can't go wrong with fruits & vegetables for snacks.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
I def DO recommend adding a protein, for around 100 cals...or, perhaps greek yogurt of 2% variety with some fat...I'll get back to you about proteins...i have to do some research...

but you do need a protein / protein powder to make that shake more filling :)

thinkpositive on 02/19/2019:
I usually do add a Greek yogurt, not sure why I left that out. I am usually low on protein. Bought some protein drinks today & will try adding one a day.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:

from the link above, i have tried the first two brands and been very happy with those in the past. Especially garden of life.

it's good to get some nutrition in by adding a scoop to your drink, it'll be more satisfying plus you'll get a lot of important nutrients :)

you can use protein some days and greek yogurt others. :)

if you want it sweeter, i suggest stevia the liquid one dropper worth. ;)

i have a tendency to overly sweeten things as i like them that way ;)

thinkpositive on 02/20/2019:
Thanks for the info on the protein powders. Funny but I don’t like the tast of stevia, but don’t mind the less healthy sugar substitutes.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
yes, you can add the protein drink into the shake also.

to keep cals low on your shake, you can use ice and the unsweetened almond milk....but still i do recommend to eat a yogurt on the side or in it a little. or a protein shake scoop in it....just to fill it out a bit. it'll only change calories by like 100 cal and for the healthier :)

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thinkpositive - Monday Feb 11, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Oh the weekends...  Not sure why they present such a problem. And then I work to undo the damage . This is why i fail to make much progress. 

Off to golf this morning. Meals shouldn’t be an issue today. Breakfast-toast, salad for lunch and a Blue Apron fish dinner.

This week I’m concentrating on snacks- healthy snacks and no more than 400 calories a day .  

Feeling confident.

Donkey on 02/11/2019:
Sunday was hard for me too. Gotta keto trying!

SilverySparkles on 02/11/2019:
Slow going for me too.

thinkpositive on 02/11/2019:
Thank you - today should be better.

horn_of_plenty on 02/11/2019:
I used to have a huge problem with weekends. It helps me to make a schedule or plan the day a little bit...this keeps me on track better :)

thinkpositive - Saturday Feb 09, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Friday was a decent day until dinner out at an Italian restaurant. I ordered the eggplant rotini because I plan to order it for a dinner party I’m having next week & wanted to try it out. It was delicious so I ended up eating about 3/4 of it & it was a large portion of eggplant & spaghetti. I’ll have to be ultra careful today with food choices.

Exercise was water aerobics, a short walk & a short bike ride. 

Plan for today is a light breakfast of egg & spinach, salad with turkey for lunch & then to look online at the restaurant menu for dinner tonight. Exercise - a longer bike ride.

Have a wonderful day!


Donkey on 02/09/2019:
Today's menu sounds perfect for a lighter day. That's a good approach, to balance out last night's dinner -- which sounds so delicious. Oh my word, I love eggplant!

SilverySparkles on 02/09/2019:
Exercise bike for me today. Too much snow here for outside riding.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2019:
I have always liked the taste of everything eggplant, especially Eggplant Rolatini. there used to be a frozen meal of this that i'd purchase relatively frequently at the supermarket, made by Celentano foods. I don't see it as much anymore. It was reltaively lower in calories i think because it used tofu instead of cheese for the Rolatini dish. it still had some oil but tasted so good.

with the pasta, it does become higher cal. another option is to of course have a smaller amount of pasta, just a half cup or so with it for taste....

or have the rollatini with a salad also. that's what i would have done. i'd have eaten an entire salad, some of the rollatini and enjoyed some tastes only of the pasta.

you def can have it all, as long as the emphasis is on the veg!

all the exercise sounds amazing. i'm on a lower key type of day, except for the full weights routine i have in store :)

i can't wait to hear what you order at the restaurant. nice food plan for today~

Maria7 on 02/09/2019:
Bike ride sounds real good.

thinkpositive - Thursday Feb 07, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

HI all-

Down one pound. Hoping to lose 5 lbs by mid March. I think that’s pretty realistic. 

Another sunny day here. Went to water aerobics this morning. I’ve had some exercise every day which is my goal. 

Breakfast was a banana and toast. Lunch - sort  of an odd assortment of raw vegetables, a few almonds, 2 Alyssa’s oatmeal bites ( I get them at Publix & I’m sort of addicted they are 90 calories for 2) a few triscuits and a couple of pepperoni slices. Dinner will be a Blue Apron chicken dinner. 

Staying in the 1300 -1400 calorie range. Need to work harder on the carbs. 

Hope your day is a good one!


horn_of_plenty on 02/07/2019:
congrats on your loss!

losing 5 is def a realistic goal and i like your approach as well as food choices!

nice mix of the pepperoni and triscuits, it's a good appetite pleaser and i'm sure it helps you feel satisfied if eaten with lots of veggies like you did! nicely done!

i like carbs, as they are mood boosting. i include them (in small-medium quantities) in all my meals so that i'm not bingeing later on them!

thinkpositive on 02/09/2019:
Thanks. Snacking is a definite problem for me & I have to do better with planning them out.

thinkpositive - Tuesday Feb 05, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



A good day today. Sunny and warm enough for water aerobics this morning and the a short walk on the beach.

Food has been in control so far. Breakfast was an egg with spinach, 1/2 grapefruit and a banana . Lunch was a salad with turkey with oil & vinegar. Finished off with a square of dark chocolate. A small oatmeal cookie for a snack. Tonight is a salmon Blue Apron dinner. Husband is preparing it so I have the night off from chopping & cooking. Maybe a glass of wine with that salmon.

My lottery winnings includes an hour of personal training which I will use. In addition to that there are coupons for food, nails, haircut, time with a lawyer, golf outings, car washes, and a variety of gift certificates! Quite an assortment.

Hope everyone has a super day.

SilverySparkles on 02/05/2019:
Nice prizes!

horn_of_plenty on 02/06/2019:
So jealous of your warmth! NYC has 2 more months of WINTER weather! Beach always makes things better.

Breakfast sounds so filling...i like the banana and bananas in general but like pizza, the carbs of the banana spike my hunger like an hour after i eat bananas i'm hungry again (and usually plan to eat again in the form of snack.) does this happen to you?

Lunch sounds amazing. very balanced with the oil/vinegar/protein and veggies! great finisher with chocolate! yum! really loving lunch and your cookie snack!

Dinner sounds perfect so does a glass of wine!

wowwwwww that's a lot of great gift certificates! the lawyer sounds good, if it's a financial lawyer!

thinkpositive on 02/07/2019:
Thanks for your thoughts! Yes, being in warm weather is great for exercise & just general feeling of well being.

Donkey on 02/06/2019:
Are the summers in Florida unbearable? I ask because my husband and I are seriously thinking of needing to move to a warmer climate because of his auto-immune disease. My family lives in Vegas, but we're also considering Florida.

I guess we're trying to discern which one is more bearable in the summer. However, Chicago summers are just brutal - hot, humid, mosquitoes.

thinkpositive on 02/07/2019:
I’ll be back in the Northeast in May so haven’t experienced summer here. I know a. Number of full timers who have moved from up north & some do just fine, others find cooler spots to be in the summer.

thinkpositive - Monday Feb 04, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Good grief- can’t believe I just ate a small bag of Fritos for my lunch. Again- lack of planning. I was out doing errands & stopped to get my car washed & realized that it was going to be a long wait & I was famished so choose the snack item that was at least low in sugar. Oh well, not the worst thing in the world .

A nice day here in Florida. A bike ride this morning & some house cleaning.

I got a phone call this am that I won a prize - it was a lottery that I bought tickets for at the garden fest on Saturday. I won a bunch of stuff including a golf outing, pillows (?), gift certificates for a bunch of places . Have to pick everything up in an hour. My lucky day!

Having a Blue Apron meal tonight. The great thing is knowing that I have the ingredients for the meal. 

Hope it is a stellar day where you are. 


horn_of_plenty on 02/04/2019:
a bag of fritos is ok with overall calories. could have been good if you had a few deli slices of turkey with it!

congrats on the prize! awesome!!! love new pillows!

enjoy your blue apron meal...can't wait to hear more about it!

SilverySparkles on 02/04/2019:
We like Hello Fresh, but haven't tried Blue Apron. I think they are similar.

Donkey on 02/05/2019:
Florida... *sigh* Are the summers unbearably hot?

Having a food kit is a good idea. I should ask my mom if she's considered doing that.

thinkpositive - Monday Feb 04, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Good grief- can’t believe I just ate a small bag of Fritos for my lunch. Again- lack of planning. I was out doing errands & stopped to get my car washed & realized that it was going to be a long wait & I was famished so choose the snack item that was at least low in sugar. Oh well, not the worst thing in the world .

A nice day here in Florida. A bike ride this morning & some house cleaning.

I got a phone call this am that I won a prize - it was a lottery that I bought tickets for at the garden fest on Saturday. I won a bunch of stuff including a golf outing, pillows (?), gift certificates for a bunch of places . Have to pick everything up in an hour. My lucky day!

Having a Blue Apron meal tonight. The great thing is knowing that I have the ingredients for the meal. 

Hope it is a stellar day where you are. 


thinkpositive - Sunday Feb 03, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Can’t say I had a great day yesterday. Lack of good planning and a lunch out that could have been better. January had been a no alcohol month & so to celebrate February, I had a gin & tonic- ok- I had two, but with diet tonic. So, that was yesterday 

Today a nice bike ride around the neighborhood ( I’m in Florida) and then a walk around a garden fest. 

I’m tracking on My Fitness Pal and have a good amount of calories & carbs left for some low fat chips to have with the game. Haven’t planned dinner yet but am subscribing to Blue Apron & have 3 healthy meals to choose from. Might go with the pork recipe with 470 calories.

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday!

SilverySparkles on 02/03/2019:
I've been looking at some wine bottles for a few days myself.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2019:
i love the diet tonic! very tasty! it's a light drink, just the diet tonic and the gin!

Glad you got out into nature with a walk! I was just in Florida, loved it! Are you near Miami? where are you close to?

That's cool you are subscribing to a healthy delivery service right ? and easy for you to cook up!

I know legcramps on here was also trying a meal home delivery system :)

thinkpositive on 02/04/2019:
I’m in Vero Beach, Noth of West palm. Yes, just reading about leg cramps meal delivery . Have to compare what she’s tried.

legcramps on 02/04/2019:
Yes, I too am giving the home meal delivery a try :) so far, it's been pretty nice to not have to worry about three meals a week. But i've skipped some weeks because either I don't want the meals they offer, or I know i'll be too busy to get them all cooked.

I am so jealous that you were able to get out for a bike ride. I so wish I could do that right now too! But I live in Canada, and in fact we had a weekend snow storm around here, so there will certainly be no outside biking for me anytime soon!

thinkpositive on 02/04/2019:
Now in my third week so have had the benefit of $20 off each order so I’ll see how I feel when I’m paying full price. I’m doing Blue Apron because they have some lower calorie meals.

thinkpositive - Saturday Feb 02, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hi all-

Just checking in and hoping that everyone is doing well . I was thinking that I was successful when I was accountable  on DD and hope that I can make that happen again. 

My challenges are  1. watching carbs and  2. getting out of control with snacking so I will track those two areas. 

I will use My Fitness Pal for tracking my food. 

My exercise goal is for 2-3 one hour exercise classes and then on off days at least 1/2 hour of walking or biking.

Planning on a successful day one back on DD!


Donkey on 02/02/2019:
Nice to see you again :)

thinkpositive on 02/03/2019:

Horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2019:
Welcome back!!! Your goals are very defined and I like how you have an effective plan for getting back towards health / fitness! Instead of saying you want to do something without a plan, your plan is ready for action! very good!

thinkpositive on 02/03/2019:
Thank you. I know how to reach my goal, it’s just a matter of follow through!

Donkey on 02/03/2019:
Are you still using WW?

thinkpositive on 02/03/2019:
Not right now but could go back in the future, I found out that I wasn’t following the plan and hate paying when I’m not following.

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