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thinkpositive - Sunday Oct 25, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


My will power goes out the door when  I am under stress. I always think that I handle stress well but evidently that isn't the case if you look at my constant snacking. Upset with myself.

BUT it is always a new day and I can change those bad habits. Right? For me I can't have any sweet or salty treats because I never stop at one or a few. So snacks today will be a almond milk, yogurt, fruit shake, carrots & hummus, 2 rice cakes with a little cream cheese, clementine- I can choose from this list & be satisfied. 

Just went out for a brisk walk. I say brisk because the weather today  is about 20 degrees cooler than it was yesterday. 

Hope you are having a nice Sunday.

jacky82020 on 10/25/2020:
Same here! Stress eating is so difficult to avoid. I no longer purchase certain foods. I can resist everything except temptation.

grannyannie on 10/25/2020:
Same as me - stress eating. And if there is anything sweet or salty around the house to snack on I'm in big trouble.

Donkey on 10/25/2020:
That's a really good idea to have a list to draw from for stress eating.

I struggle with this too, so I want to give you a BIG hug. It's SO hard. And the struggle is REAL. I struggle with it mostly at work, but I also deal with it at home too.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2020:
Don't be too upset with yourself. I have been there hundreds of times along with you. Been there, done that. It's the hardest cycle to change.

i also used to not be able to stop at 1...and also couldn't have any snacks that caused indulgence. I have gotten much better with this over the past few years and am able to indulge as long as I can have a drink or something to fill me along with the snack .

legcramps on 10/26/2020:
Those are great snacks to choose from!

Maria7 on 10/26/2020:
Stress is a trigger to eat for me, too.

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thinkpositive - Friday Oct 16, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



Sort of a lousy week. Just out of sorts. Medical stuff with husband and just grouchy . Which doesn't add up to a healthy week either. Although today wasn't awful.

today I had a bone density scan & then my mammogram. t the bone density scan the technician asked me to get on the scale. I said I wouldn't be getting on the scale today. This is the second time at a medical exam that I refused to weigh in. It made me feel good .  :)  

The mammogram- I arrived early for a 10:00 appointment. I sat for one hour and twenty minutes with nothing to read, & I had left my phone at home. I watched the same short video for about 100 times about the mammogram technology. I lodged a complaint with the front desk about lack of communication and the wait time.

Like I said - grouchy

And it's raining today. All day. We do need the rain though.

And it's 5:00 pm & I have no plans for dinner. Maybe something delivered. 

The sun will come out tomorrow.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2020:
sorry about your wait-time. It can be very frustrating how medical offices double and triple book patients!

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2020:
Yup...That's a long wait. I wouldn't be to happy about it either.

Donkey on 10/17/2020:
Bad weeks - I've had them too, although I call mine crabby, not grouchy (lol).

Hopefully next week will be better.

legcramps on 10/21/2020:
Wait times are horrible in Canada too. I know that doesn't make you feel any better though; sorry you are having a lousy week.

thinkpositive - Sunday Oct 11, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Couldn't sleep- woke up at 4. Ugh....

Saturday- Exercised to a Silver Sneakers Zoom video. Thought I'd give it a try & was happy I did. About 40 minutes of cardio & weights. Cleaned out that closet that I've been looking at all summer. No big deal- turned out to take about a half hour. Went out for a lovely ride with husband & sat on a park bench with him overlooking a lake. Beautiful warm sunny day. Went out for dinner- outside with a friend- had 2 drinks, halibut for dinner. Brought dinner home for husband who is a good sport about me getting out occasionally.

No real plans for today except some family visits. Maybe another ride with husband.  

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
Sounds like a lovely day!

I'm going to look at some more online videos for ideas of workouts when I'm fully healed. Anxious for using dumbbells!

bearcountrygg on 10/11/2020:
Isn't it funny how much time we waste putting off chores...avoiding them etc...when it comes right down to it.....it wasn't difficult to do? I rent so much space in my head to putting things off for another day when just getting it over with would be so much easier.....

Donkey on 10/11/2020:
It's good to get out. And your outing with the husband sounds lovely. Also, I'm glad he's OK with you going out on your own, from time to time.

Glad you found a good exercise video!

Maria7 on 10/11/2020:
Wow, you got your closet cleaned out very quickly. Congrats on getting that done. I've got 2 to do.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
zoom silver sneakers sounds good....and dinner sounds GREAT!

i'm glad you can go out a bit without hubby being a poor sport about it!!

happy-1 on 10/15/2020:
I like the virtual online fitness classes too

thinkpositive - Saturday Oct 10, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


A so-so week. I didn't meet my goals but at least I was more aware of foods that are my downfall. Others have suggested that I eliminate trigger foods from my house but that isn't possible as I am responsible for my husband's food ( his is disabled, not well) and he has to build up his calories which includes ice cream and other snacks. A friend brought over a home baked blueberry pie and you can imagine that I sampled that when I served a piece for my husband. ( it was so good..)

My exercise is fine- or so I thought until I read an article that said that although 10.000 steps aren't necessary, 7,500 steps are. I often go over 5000 but rarely hit 7, 500. Not a bad number to aim for though. Yesterday was an over 10000 day but that involved a walk and then later golf. My feet hurt at the end of the day but I tell myself that they wouldn't hurt if I wasn't carrying this extra weight.  

My new breakfast is one egg plus 2-3 pieces of bacon. I know that bacon isn't a great food in general but I have to say that my breakfast keeps me satisfied through the morning.

It's the weekend & no particular plans. Maybe a visit from granddaughters. Probably a drive to view the fall foliage. 

Hope your weekend is superb!

Jacky82020 on 10/10/2020:
I think the more steps one can do the better, but every bit helps. I used to get up to 8000 at my big weekly Walmart excursion, but I’m ordering online now and picking up. This is the only way I can get 5% off on the Walmart Capitol One card. For the first years, you could buy inside. Don’t understand why they’re pushing pickup, but it worked out well in that a few items I could never find in the store were available for pickup.

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
5 % is worth the trip for pick up. I’m still an in store shopper but should be doing pickup.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
That's a dilemma when your husband needs to calories and you have to try to resist.

That would be nice to have your granddaughters visit. I have two across the ocean from me.

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
I need to work on just serving him his treats & not taking a mini portion!

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
I call it "progress" and that's a win in my opinion :-)

I think the more you can be active, the better. Rather than focusing on a specific number, perhaps think of it in goal tiers (levels)? For example, aim for 7,500 steps, but if you reach that goal, don't necessarily stop moving.

Actually, I find the opposite happens with me. Does this ever happen to you: You're almost at a new level so you walk a few more steps to reach that number? For example, if I'm at 8,900 steps, and I see that, I'll actually get up and walk a little bit just so that I can see 9,000 on my Fitbit.

You're doing great!

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Next week’s goal is to increase steps , a little at a time

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Next week’s goal is to increase steps , a little at a time

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
Also, I can empathize with having to struggle with delicious foods around. It's really hard. Dedication, focus, commitment to goals, discipline, self-denial -- easier said than done.

bearcountrygg on 10/10/2020:
We have a similar problem...D is diabetic and I'm low blood sugar and the only thing that raises my numbers is sugar......so the things I have here for mine tempt D....and keeping them out of the house causes mine to dip too low......We help settle it a bit by having our own snack cupboards....( I stay out of his....but he tends to snack out of mine.).....but if your husband needs that stuff than it's necessary....

Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
i also do not eliminate foods...i feel restricted when i do!

i rarely walk over 3 miles per day....almost never the recommened 5mi....do what you can to start!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Oct 07, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



Well let's just say I came close to my goals but didn't achieve 100 %. But I'm  okay with that. Yesterday- no chocolate, 2 oz of wine, a small amount of ice cream. Did an exercise video- 42 minutes included weights. Might start on that closet today.  

If I can have some small treats and don't feel like I'm depriving myself and can lose some weight, I will be happy. 

Today- add some fruit for snacks, go for a walk, at least start cleaning the closet !!, find a new credit card company ( yesterday found some fraudulent charges on our main credit card), do some reading on meditation. Keep logging on My Fitness Pal. Watch carbs and calories.


Hava a great day.

bearcountrygg on 10/07/2020:
Good plans...and I totally agree...need to have some treats......no need to be miserable!

innerpeace on 10/07/2020:
If only...my attitude is one treat deserves another - so I have to NOT eat them. Good luck.

Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
I need to clear out my closet, too.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
I didn't know about your husband. Big hugs to you. xx

thinkpositive on 10/10/2020:
Thanks , a difficult time and then today got the news that he has a malignancy in his lung. Ugh... Should find out more next week. No wonder I need a glass of wine or two!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
sometimes, it boils down to doing our best to stay in a positive direction, even if some goals take longer than expected :)

i used to have that attitude of InnerP that one treat deserves another...but i have since cut back tons from that approach (a different mindset)....but i sense that i have been backsliding...time to focus on health over here and more nutrition.

Donkey on 10/08/2020:
I feel the same way about having a small treat. It's a good practice in moderation as long as we stop with just a little, or just one. That's where I sometimes run into trouble, lol.

Maria7 on 10/09/2020:
Hope you are having a good day.

thinkpositive - Tuesday Oct 06, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Hi again,

Yesterday's plan was partially achieved . Didn't clean the closet, but that gets moved to a weekly goal. Did manage to go without wine, & ice cream . Forgot about the no chocolate goal so have to work on that today. The walk was 9 holes of golf. 

Today- Following the same plan but might do an exercise video instead of a walk.  Working to limit sugar. 

Have a great day. And also thanks for the encouragement and replies!

bearcountrygg on 10/06/2020:
Sounds like good ideas!

Jacky82020 on 10/06/2020:
Exercise videos are a great alternative to daily walking. Especially when the weather gets lousy.

grannyannie on 10/06/2020:
Well done. Only way for me to behave is not to have the tempting stuff in the house. I'm too weak!

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
This sounds like a great day to me! Even with the chocolate. Keep up the good work!

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
I haven't had ice cream for a few days. Sort of almost missing it.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
nice job sticking to many of your goals!!

thinkpositive - Monday Oct 05, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



I always start off the week with a plan. I don't always follow it however .  I need to follow my thinkpositive  sign in !! 

Today's plan for today. No chocolate, wine or ice cream. Continue to organize - today will be one closet. Do a relaxing activity. Go for a walk and strength activity. Stay under 1300 calories. 

Will check in with my progress. 

Have a spectacular day!


grannyannie on 10/05/2020:
Welcome back!

bearcountrygg on 10/05/2020:
Good plan!!!

Coffee&Calories on 10/05/2020:
Sounds like a great plan!

Donkey on 10/05/2020:
I've been struggling with a plan for myself this week. Perhaps just a daily plan would work better for both of us this week. :-)

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Good plan for today.

legcramps on 10/05/2020:
Plans are great! Just remember there is no rule that they have to be followed to perfection - 100% effort in adapting to interruptions/challenges, rather than following a plan to the T.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
you have good goals....your entry reminds me of BCBG who also comes up with daily goals.

thinkpositive - Tuesday Sep 08, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Hi all-

Starting the week with lower carbs & calories. Ok ,it's only day 2 but going well. Let's see if I can make it a whole week.

Of course I love carbs so it's a challenge. Trying to keep around 100 carbs which is doable.

Breakfast - 2 eggs with a sprinkling of cheese, Snack of a low carb protein shake,  Lunch- turkey & pickled beets

Snacks- a few walnuts, 2 oatmeal bites, rice cake, apple & tsp of peanut butter. Dinner will be ground turkey with Cole slaw with soy sauce ( haven't made it yet but sounds tasty.


Jacky82020 on 09/08/2020:
Don’t know about the beets, but the rest of your menu sounds great!

bearcountrygg on 09/08/2020:
It all sounds good to me...even the beets!

Donkey on 09/09/2020:
Keep at it! Good job!

I love carbs too, especially as we head into the cooler weather. *sigh*

Horn_of_plenty on 09/09/2020:
everything here sounds so tasty! it's only day 2 which is great!...you have many days of success ahead of you!

legcramps on 09/09/2020:
Have a great week!

Maria7 on 09/15/2020:
Hope you are having a good day.

thinkpositive - Saturday Aug 29, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Hi all-

Life continues- no change in my eating habits although every day I think I will make some kind of breakthrough.

For lunch I had the following- i slice of turkey with a low-fat cheese stick ( so far so good, right?) That was followed by  some potato chips - yes they were the Cape Cod  reduced fat variety - and a fun size bag of peanut M& M's. Calorie wise- not that bad but it sets the pattern for the day. Thankful that I have a low calorie prepared fish dinner so I just need to stay away from the snacks for the rest of the day. That's asking a lot. If you suggest that I get rid of food that I have problems resisting- my husband needs to gain weight so we have some snacks around. And I put them all is a separate cabinet. Guess I should put a lock on the cabinet. :)

I am at least maintaining my weight & not gaining but that wasn't the plan.

Hope all is well for all of you as we wrap up an incredibly weird summer. Covid + a record setting number of days over 90 degrees. 


bearcountrygg on 08/29/2020:
I hear you....sometimes when there is a not so great choice it is too easy to just throw the rest of the day away......but at least you are maintaining!!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2020:
hi Think!

i absolutely cannot get rid of all the food i like and do well...i like to have tastes of this and tastes of that all day long! especially while home!

on purpose, i am letting myself enjoy all the snacks i want (IN MODERATION) because i am home for the most part...so i am treating myself.

i think when you eat the things that make you happy, it can help you maintain or lose because you do not feel restricted!

yes, it's been really hot here too (for the most part!)

Donkey on 08/30/2020:
Those fun-size packets of candy aren't a bad idea at all - as long as a person stops at having just one. That's kind of where I run into problems, if I'm doing this at home.

At work, though, there is a bag of York Peppermint Patties leftover from one of our marketing events. For a while there, I was grabbing 1 (50 calories) every day after eating lunch. Now I just bring extra fruit. But it's not a bad idea for enjoying a little bit of sweetness.

Maria7 on 09/01/2020:
That is good you are maintaining. That is better than gaining. Wishing you a good evening.

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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