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thinkpositive - Tuesday Apr 09, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Still trying to stay away from processed food & sugar. Keeping calories around 1300. Tracking foods online. Doing some exercise each day. Seeing small loss which is fine.  

Have a great day!

horn_of_plenty on 04/09/2019:
Sounds like you are doing the right thing all around, nice job THINK!

Donkey on 04/09/2019:
Good job - it's not easy! Consistency is key. I was reading in an online fitness group that when motivation is out, that's when we need to rely on discipline.

Maria7 on 04/11/2019:
Good plan.

thinkpositive - Friday Apr 05, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Had a so-so week . Still trying to avoid sugar but did find myself eating a roll and pita bread which are not allowed on this Sugarbuster’s plan.  

Need to be better about planning food for the day & not going off the plan.

Exercie has been decent with 2 exercise classes  bike rides and some walking.




Donkey on 04/06/2019:
I know this - it is really hard, and I give you kudos for working it. Some days will be better accomplishments than others. I think being aware is half the battle right there. And having a plan is probably the other half of it, right?

Good work on the exercise!

horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2019:
I always do better with sugar in moderation instead of no sugar ....I don’t like not allowing myself things bc that causes me to binge! Perhaps a little like that roll and pita bread is ok for you ?

thinkpositive - Tuesday Apr 02, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



I quit WW about a month or so ago & don’t regret it. Although I think their approach is fine- healthy eating and healthy lifestyle, no foods are prohibited- it was just getting old with me. And I felt like I have given enough money to Oprah. :)

Trying to eliminate sugar. Did fine yesterday. I tried Sigar Busters plan many years ago & was successful so why not try again. Eliminating, or severely cutting back keeps my blood sugar in check & helps with food cravings. I’ll still track foods.

Husband is getting stronger after his hospitalization and we are adjusting to a new lifestyle which limits our activities.  

Have a great day!

Donkey on 04/02/2019:
I'd like to learn more about Sugar Busters. This sounds like the encouragement I need.

thinkpositive on 04/02/2019:
I’m sure there is more to it but I’m just starting by watching my food & not eating sweets, white bread, potatoes. If you get the book it will list all fruits with high glycemic rating . I’m going to look for a used book- or if I can’t find that I’ll buy the book.Which kills me because I gave my copy away long ago.

horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2019:
Oprah sure has enough $!

she came out with this pizza, it's only 1/3 cauliflower crust and the rest is typical ingredients. a SCAM! calories are almost the same as regular pizza and i was hungry early after eating it! that was a scam! i didn't even ever finish it bc it wasn't satisfying and the slices were not filling...i just threw the rest of the full size pie away. i was going to share it / save it for later but it never came to be.

i don't like to eliminate foods as then i crave them even worse...

i'm glad your hubby is doing better. my mom is recovering from being hit by a car..she should be back to normal in a couple more months.

i'm sure your husband appreciates your support!

thinkpositive on 04/02/2019:
Thanks, Had to smile at your description of the pizza scam! Yes, just done with all of that. Gosh, so sorry about your mother. My husband agreed to have VNA come to the house & I’m so glad he did. A great help to get him to exercise.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/04/2019:
I'm glad your husband also receives services at home, they are very convenient!

thinkpositive - Sunday Mar 31, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hi again,

Need to get back on track. Heard that before? Ha!

Some people can’t eat when they are stressed. Not me, I eat when I’m stressed, when I’m happy... but more so when I’m stressed . My husband has a chronic health problem that put him in the hospital recently. Doing better now but still a stressful situation.  

So, back to square one- back to tracking food & logging in here. 

Have a great day.

Donkey on 03/31/2019:
I can eat any time - good times and bad, let's eat.

I'm so sorry you had a really rough time. About 4 or 5 years ago, my husband was in the hospital for 4-5 days, and it was so hard. I had 2 kids who were in school -- old enough to be on their own for a few hours, but they were still worried about their dad. So I had to juggle work, picking up 2 kids, feeding ourselves, and visiting husband who was in a lot of pain, even though he was really drugged up. It was exhausting. The kids and I did a lot of fast food that week, unfortunately, because we were on the road so much and just no time.

I hope your husband is doing better - hopefully he's at home? Something about being at home that is so assuring.

thinkpositive on 03/31/2019:
Yes, thank you he is home & doing better but our lives have changed as he is more limited than before. Sounds like you have been through a lot yourself.

legcramps on 04/01/2019:
I am sorry to hear you are having a rough time right now. I hope your husband is doing better now. It is okay to have to start over you know, because that means you are still determined to live a better life. Not starting over, now that would really not be good.

Chin up.

thinkpositive on 04/02/2019:
THanks, we’re both doing better.

horn_of_plenty on 04/01/2019:
I'M LIKE YOU! I still have to log food and keep track, especially if i indulge, i feel better knowing my calories...if i have sweets, i like to keep track and still have a decent average everyday and balance my sweets and treats out!

to me, tracking my food is like meditation. keeps me relaxed as a habit and thing i do all the time.

thinkpositive on 04/02/2019:
If I don’t track I can kid myself into thinking that I’m doing okay. Thanks,

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


I’m back. Same plan. Just can’t seem to keep my eye on my goal. Have to rethink my reason for losing weight. I have a couple of good days & then just go off plan.It doesn’t take much to get me off track. A sick friend, food that keeps calling to me- that I should just toss out, the extra glass of wine..... 

Today it was the blond brownies that I made for friends who came over last night. Didn’t plan to have any but had three after lunch. That’s almost 1/2 the calories that I should have for the day! Thankfully had a light breakfast & a salad for lunch. Having a Blue Apron stir fry for dinner.

Hope your day is going well.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/07/2019:
a glass of wine here or there or a food that keeps calling to you is ok!

basically, the bigger deal is the PORTION. so you can have one serving of wine (one glass) or one serving of that food (with other food such as veggies and seltzer) and be ok. but if the "portion" of wine or tempting food is 4 portions, that's the issue.

you are trying to break a long-term habit. it's not easy and basically you need to adjust these coping behaviors that you've had for a very long portion of your life.

so, although you are trying and doing a good job, not every day is yet to be a success until you work out what's working and what's not.

it takes awhile for your body to adjust.

also, if you are decreasing the food too much too fast, your mind/body will retaliate by bingeing after a few days of lower cals. I used to have a BIG problem in this category when i'd eat very low (1200-1500 cals) which was too low and every once in awhile i'd binge on a day 2-3x that much.

once you get more balance going on the daily, you'll have less days where you fall off the wagon!

you are just starting, so, great job!

also, the Blue Apron meal sounds good!

once you are used to seeing what goes into a meal, you may not need that service and start making your own meals...however, i think it's great for easy and fresh meals as well as balanced meals. so, who knows, unless you get sick of the service, maybe you'll keep on with it!

Donkey on 03/08/2019:
Keeping your eye on the goal is hard. REALLY hard. I feel your pain. Keep trying!

thinkpositive - Saturday Feb 23, 2019
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



I had an epiphany. If I lose .2 lb a week, that’s ok. It’s progress, I’m not gaining.  I don’t have to change my eating drastically. Also means that I have to be patient with myself.

I’m still watching my carbs, tracking my calories on My Fitness Pal, exercising 4-5 times a week- a combination of water exercise, biking, walking, golf. 

Had the best dinner last night at a small restaurant- snapper, asparagus, risotto, nicely seasoned with grape tomatoes, olives and herbs. Dessert was mixed berries with whipped cream. 

No plans today after a busy week so that is ok. Maybe go to the driving range & hit some balls, a bike ride, a pedicure? 

Will receive my Blue Apron meals today so one of those will be dinner tonight. 

Have a good weekend.

Donkey on 02/23/2019:
100% CORRECT! The cumulative effect is REAL -- and slow & steady makes the loss more sustainable in maintenance.

silverysparkles on 02/23/2019:
At least it is going in the right direction, that may just mean you are burning fat instead of getting rid of water weight.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2019:
At first i read it as 2 full pounds instead of .2!

and i was like, what's wrong with losing 2 pounds a week!?

but, .2lbs per week is great, too! like donkey said, it's cumulative and you are actually getting to know your body and learn what you can eat to lose or maintain. and small losses add up!

your dinner sounds AMAZING! enjoy your day, and pedicure if you get one!

Maria7 on 02/28/2019:
I always say, 'Not gaining IS progress!'.

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!

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 :)

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.

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