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thinkpositive - Sunday Aug 02, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Here's my latest revelation- I can't lose weight and eat Ben & Jerry's ice cream. My husband needs to gain weight so the usual after dinner treat is B & J. Ice ream that I dish out. I was then eating just 2 spoonfuls of ice cream & that seemed ok but then more occasionally I'd scoop myself one - or one & a half small scoops. Disaster! 

I was doing well until I fell into the ice cream dish..... Ok, I can make it right. I keep eliminating food- too many crackers, peanuts, ice cream. 

Any thoughts of what I can substitute for ice cream? Is there a low fat , low sugar iced product that is tasty?  Some typ oe sorbet maybe? I'll check out the freezer section. I can be satisfied with some Greek Yogurt with some blueberries that I microwave with a little maple syrup. But looking for something else.

Happy Sunday all. Instead of going to church I watch the Washington National Cathedral. So beautiful.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2020:
i'd have to agree 100% that B&J's is NOT the way to go. it is just too high calorie and rich to help anyone lose weight :(

I love the Halo Top brand ice creams. They are light ice cream and much lighter than regular in terms of calories. You can eat them and not feel bad or like it's an indulgence! Greek yogurt i love after dinner with possibly stevia mixed in if you want it sweeter.

sorbet is always good.

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
Thanks- forgot about Halo. In the end I should probably find an alternative to ice cream as I have a portion control problem!

bearcountrygg on 08/02/2020:
Band J is something that I never buy.......some people make ice cream from only bananas...I've never made it though....otherwise sugar free fudgesicles (sp) are okay.

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
I did see a recipe for bananas & strawberries.

Maria7 on 08/02/2020:
Ice cream is one of my weaknesses, too. Also, chips.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2020:
but with the halo, if you eat the whole thing, it's not a diet fail :) the calories are very low. i totally get you on finding alternatives - i do this too. and currently i am off my ice cream eating fully! i just haven't wanted it.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
I have a portion control issue on the ice cream too. Nutritionist warned me off the Halo ice cream as it is highly processed. Apparently anything like ice cream in the same calorie range is ok if it is less processed because you won't eat as much of it, or crash and burn later and eat more because you had a big sugar spike. Or real frozen yogurt is at least probiotic and you are getting good gut bacteria. I'm supposed to combine greek yogurt and flavorings to make popsicles. I did this year before last and it really helped. This was a good reminder to do that again... dig my popsicle molds out of storage. https://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-greek-yogurt-popsicles/

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Try Shein over Wish for molds... https://us.shein.com/1pc-Ice-Cream-Mold-p-1284789-cat-1967.html?url_from=adplashkitchen18200605281B_California&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhL7kw8CC6wIVrx6tBh3YUwRhEAQYASABEgIjA_D_BwE

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thinkpositive - Wednesday Jul 22, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Hi all,

Writing while sitting on my patio under an awning while it's raining. Very peaceful. Also watching the hummingbirds have their morning meal at my feeder. That is one of my summer pleasures. Love watching the hummingbirds. They each have their own method of feeding, One sits quietly , others don't sit but hover, one only feeds from a certain spot.

One minor victory is staying away from crackers this week. Not such a big deal but at least it shows I can have some self control.Also cut way back on ice cream . One step at a time. Wine- not so good at that. But keeping at one glass.

Golf today so hoping the showers have passed by.

Have a good day. 

grannyannie on 07/22/2020:
Lucky you having hummingbirds to watch. We don't have them here. Well done on resisting crackers (hard for me). Also one glass of wine. Wish I could stick to one.

thinkpositive on 07/22/2020:
You have such fabulous scenery- looks like a movie set!

Grannyannie on 07/22/2020:
We have had movies made in our area. One was made last directly across the loch from us. The spotlights shined in our windows!

Donkey on 07/22/2020:
That sounds like a lovely way to start one's day!

Well done on the crackers! And limiting the wine! It's the small steps that add up.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2020:
that's wonderful progress on your non-scale victory with the crackers. my only way to stay away from something i don't want to have at all is not to buy it!

also, we don't have hummingbirds by me in the city area. they sound so sweet and cute to be eating out of the feeder right by you!

i will have to rely on enjoying watching my guinea pigs eat ;)

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2020:
Why is it that we crave carbs??? I would be so much easier if we craved celery!!

happy-1 on 07/31/2020:
That sounds amazing

thinkpositive - Saturday Jul 18, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Looks like there is a heat wave approaching with today day 1. I got out for a walk very early today -like before 7- so it was still cool. Not sure if that will be the case tomorrow morning. Feeling decent about my exercise but it could be better. Haven't been doing any strength exercises & keep forgetting to buy a set of weights.Other set of weights seem to have disappeared. 

Eating could be improved. Need to focus on staying away from crackers, chocolate & ice cream. Today I was good with that. Although lunch was a chicken salad wrap ( brought in by daughter) and there was  a lot of mayo on it. Dinner is will be salad with a slice of pizza. Going to try to stay at 1 slice.

Hope everyone is surviving the summer. I somehow had the idea that everyone had canceled vacation plans but I guess some people have figured out how to have a vacation without having to quarantine.



happy-1 on 07/18/2020:
Yum. I would like some crackers right now!

My vacation is Hulu.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2020:
we've got that heat wave too...so maybe i'll exercise in my apt for a little while today on the bike before heading back to doing some home work!

salad and pizza sounds delicious!

very smart to take an early walk outside. i've been doing the same thing but in the evening when it cools off too!!

Donkey on 07/19/2020:
I hope that you haven't misunderstood my trip in August to see my son. I will write about this in my own entry.

Having said that, you should honestly should see what I have in my Facebook feed. People going to baby showers, group photos, vacations up to Wisconsin... Shaking my head.

thinkpositive on 07/22/2020:
I completely applaud you for figuring out how to vacation under these conditions. If my husband was healthy I would go away for a couple of days & figure out how to stay safe.

Maria7 on 07/20/2020:
We're in the middle of a heat wave here, 95F and heat index 107 today. Right warm here in S.C.

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jul 15, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

 Hi ,

Just hanging in there. Can't seem to gain any traction. Down 1/2 lb , up, down. Well you get the idea...

My husband is not in good health & I am an emotional eater so often find myself going for food that I don't need or having the second glass of wine. Doesn't seem to matter- a hand full of nuts, a few crackers. We all know how those add up/ The other thing is that my husband has to eat extra calories so we have cookies and ice cream around. When I dish out a bowl of ice cream for him I have been having a 1/2 a scoop. I need to give that up!

I try to get out to play golf once a week. Today was golf day. I'm not a great golfer but I do enjoy being out and playing with a very low key league.

Not exactly on a high calorie day but it could be a bit healthier. Breakfast was a mini Cliff bar, lunch was a protein bar. Dinner will be a piece of salmon. salad, + a sweet potato. 

Hope everyone is doing well.

bearcountrygg on 07/15/2020:
I grew up on a golf course......my parents house was on the first green......I can't even count how many picture windows were broken by golf balls...LOL

Thinkpositive on 07/18/2020:
I would love that- not the broken windows though!

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
I feel like I could written a lot of this.

I have a friend who joined a ladies golf group for fun. It really helped her to have that. She also plays tennis so she joined a tennis club and is on a team. Both have really helped save her sanity.

Thinkpositive on 07/18/2020:
Yes, I need the time away.

grannyannie on 07/16/2020:
I know all about extra wine, handful of this or that! I'd be in big trouble if my hubby ate ice cream or anything sweet or any snack really.

Thinkpositive on 07/18/2020:
I have to break the habit of having ice cream with him!!! I’m almost there....

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
i'm an emotional eater too so i can relate big time.

i try to find lower cal alternatives so i CAN drink and have my eats and not gain as much or be able to just maintain. i stick to lower cal spiked seltzers and other similar drinks with lower cals as a way to be able to have a drink or two and not have it be a mess to my calories.

for ice cream, i do Halo Top when i want some and i can have it and enjoy it (its pretty good) and not worry about calories.

try to find some foods that you can indulge on and be still on a good track healthwise!

even when i eat salmon, i may have half a piece and save the rest for a meal the next day....and eat my salad and some bread and me just as content as if i had the whole salmon.

so my other recoomendation is to cut some of your protein sizes down (save the other half for later)..

legcramps on 07/16/2020:
Sometimes hanging in there is all you can do. Keep at it!

thinkpositive - Friday Jun 26, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Hi all,

I'm hanging in there. I do very well for breakfast & lunch. About 3 pm I start trolling for snacks. I do have very healthy snacks such as apples, nectarines, various vegetables but I seem to be hungry for crackers and other carbohydrates. Working on it. Now that I finished the wheat thins, my options are a Wasa crisp bread or low fat triscuits so at least my options are limited. Actually doing ok today. 

Made a decision to not weigh in every day. Trying just twice a week. My thought is to not be so obsessed about my weight but to eat healthy and get some exercise. 



bearcountrygg on 06/26/2020:
The less I think about dieting the better i do....out of sight out of mind kind of....if that makes sense..I agree with limiting the weigh ins.

happy-1 on 06/26/2020:
^^ Second. I'm doing it by rolls of muffin over my jeans that were too big last year.

grannyannie on 06/27/2020:
I don't think of fruit or raw veggies when I want a snack either. Too bad we don't. I want carbs, salty, or sweet.

Donkey on 06/27/2020:
Oh... My... Gosh.... This 3pm thing you speak of -- this is a REAL thing! This is how I gained all my weight at work. The 3pm hour comes around and all that will help me is chips and chips and more chips.

My Male Co-Worker has this problem too.

I had to work really hard to break this habit. Oh sure there are substitutes (carrot sticks, cucumber slices, etc. - dipped in ranch salad dressing) but it's a sad cry from the delight and satisfaction that chips bring.

I've tried having an afternoon cup of coffee to get me through this. That has worked well.

Still not the same thing...

thinkpositive on 06/28/2020:
I guess it’s good to know that I’m not alone!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/27/2020:
Good to snack ! I find having liquid drinks when I was first snacking helped - like an amazing fed coffee with a carb treat like couple cookies or chocolates.

Maria7 on 07/01/2020:
Maybe try chewing gum instead of snacking. It really does help if you are hungry for something sweet.

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jun 10, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


I feel like I'm making some progress.   not on weight loss, but hoping that will follow, but in being able to limit snacking and eliminating wine. I believed that when I can get 3 good days in a row, that   success can follow. 
Went for a long walk yesterday which felt good.

Hope everyone is hanging in there !

legcramps on 06/10/2020:
Have a good day :)

grannyannie on 06/10/2020:
Those are biggies for me. Snacks and wine or beer.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
you are totally right! success ALWAYS follows a little behind the initial efforts we make! it's coming for you!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jun 03, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Ok, not making a ton of progress in cutting out snacks. Wish I could just clear the shelves of everything that I shouldn't be eating but can't as my husband needs to gain weight. Keeping at it though. My food choices are great until around 4:00 . Planning a healthy snack at 4:00 today.  

Take care

Donkey on 06/03/2020:
I can so relate. During the week, I do ok until around 3:30p. Then the anxiety eating kicks in. After dinner is also another "danger zone".

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2020:
That is an ongoing problem I think for many of us. One thing that does help me is to have one cupboard with snacks that are only for my husband......I stay out of there...( kind of the same principal I had for my kids candy at Easter and Halloween....it was theirs...that kept me out of it).....Sometimes I just have to play little mind games with myself.

grannyannie on 06/03/2020:
Snacking for me is bad at night watching tv.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2020:
Ah ! To need to gain weight ! That would be the life !

thinkpositive - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


a good start to the week . Some social distance family get togethers on Monday. Golf on Tuesday . A good long walk today. 
keeping track of calories on My Fitness Pal. Staying under 1300 calories. Can't seem to get my Fitbit to synch with My Fitness Pal.

Next challenge is to cut back on daily glass of wine. 

Will check back  soon, hoping for some progress this week.



Donkey on 05/28/2020:
I have heard others with syncing problem with Fitbit. Keep trying?

I don't track food, but if I did, I would use a method other than my Fitbit.

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
I find that alcohol consumption is difficult when keeping calories low too. I like to now have sweetened spiked seltzer which is half the calories of a tiny glass of wine :) I sweeten the seltzer with liquid stevia ....

It’s wonderful to play gold which is totally more socially distant :)

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
I had some trouble with fitbit...and finally gave up on it.

legcramps on 05/28/2020:
Golf is a great way to get some fresh air and spend some time outside :) good for you!

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
Glad you are back again. Smile!

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
Hoping you are having a good day today.

thinkpositive - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


I just posted but somehow must have checked on the private button. 
just touching base after being MIA for over a year. DD friends were very helpful back in 2011-2012;when I was living abroad. I was very grateful for everyone's encouragement. 
I will be reading your posts and plan to check in on a regular basis.

take care


horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
I remember you! Welcome back it seems this is an active time for DD members !

grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
I remember you as well. I just came back myself.

Donkey on 05/25/2020:
Welcome back!! Good to hear from you!

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Welcome back.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Welcome back.

thinkpositive - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


I just posted but somehow must have checked on the private button. 
just touching base after being MIA for over a year. DD friends were very helpful back in 2011-2012;when I was living abroad. I was very grateful for everyone's encouragement. 
I will be reading your posts and plan to check in on a regular basis.

take care


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