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thinkpositive - Friday Dec 21, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



Finished the 3 day cleanse/detox. All in all I'm glad that I did it. I thought maybe it was an answer to my sleeping problem when I got a good night sleep after day 1 but then woke up early after day 2 so didn't feel bad about going back to my morning cup of coffee. Weight loss- maybe 3 lbs- was probably 4 but then gained one back the next day so probably 2-3. More than anything I was trying to break my sugar & flour carb attacks.

Received our shipment so have been busy finding a place for everything. Also getting ready for family for Christmas.

Hope everyone is having a good day.

grannyannie on 12/21/2012:
Glad it worked out for you. Probably something I need to do after all these recent binges. Enjoy your family at christmas!

V on 12/31/2012:
Hello there!! Thanks for the well wishes. How was your holiday? I hope you got everything you asked Santa for ;) Anyhoo just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year

thinkpositive - Tuesday Dec 18, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 0.0



Well the 3 day detox is going ok. I was joking to my husband though that I may make it a 2 day detox. It is 4 shakes all made with fruit, vegetables, flax seed and various other ingredients, including cayenne pepper in the evening shake. I'll see what the weight loss is after the third day but I can tell you that most of it is water. One thing they should say is to stay close to the bathroom during the three days- many trips to the bathroom. The calorie total each day is around 1300 so not such a low calorie diet. One of the positive things is that I now can tell you that I love almond butter- one of the shakes has 1 Tof almond butter.

Didn't make it to the gym yesterday but did get there today for Zumba. The teacher is so creative & incorporated some Christmas music into the routines.

Hope everyone is doing okay. Not easy during the holidays.

biscottibody59 on 12/19/2012:
I bought a particular brand of almond butter once and almost couldn't keep my spoon out of it. I've never been that way with peanut butter.

Glad the detox is going well--good to step outside the box from time to time!

grannyannie on 12/19/2012:
I love anything with the taste of almonds! Glad it's going well. 1300 is not too low. Lowest amount I've gone. Good for you going to Zumba. Fun?

thinkpositive - Monday Dec 17, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Hi All-

Well , confession time- things have gone down hill... Just haven't paid much attention to what I've been eating. And the scale has responded in kind!

So, today I started Dr. Oz's 3 day detox diet. Didn't have breakfast and started with the lunch shake.I bought all of the ingredients this morning so definitely going to do the three days. Lunch shake had kale, cucumber, celery, 1/2 apple, pineapple, lime juice, almond milk and coconut oil. I read a few reviews and others have said that the lunch shake was not good but I had no problem with it. The morning shake is mostly fruit with flax seed and a little spinach and the evening shake has fruits with avocado and coconut water.IThe diet also calls for an afternoon shake of my choice , from the 3 shakes. According to Dr. Oz the cost of the 3 day diet is $16. - which could be 16 per day which would be more realistic but since I had to buy everything ( ddn't have anything in my pantry) it cost about $100. Of course that was at Whole Foods ( or whole paycheck as it's lovingly called around here).  Has anyone else tried this?

Other than that- exercise has been sos-so , for last week. i had a dinner party here & it seemed to consume my whole week with decorating , buying the food and cooking. I will goto the gym  this afternoon and then Zumba tomorrow.

Everyone  I know is just turned upside down with the school shootings. It just makes us feel so powerless and vulnerable even though we'd like to think that nothing like that could ever happen again. There is no way to know. I think about when I grew up and how things have changed. I hope that President Obama can make change in the gun laws.

Look forward to catching up with everyone.

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 12/17/2012:
I've never tried that detox--or really any type of detox thing. (I have toyed with the idea of a 3-day juice fast--I think three days is good.) It sounds like it could help to get you to a "better choice" place. And if you settle on one of the shakes you like a lot you could make it a routine.

I hope something is at least discussed at length after this, but I don't have high hopes.

Umpqua on 12/18/2012:
Good luck with the detox, I have no experience with that but I'm excited to hear how it goes!

thinkpositive - Thursday Nov 29, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Didn't get on  DD yesterday to record my foods.

B- Pumperknickel toast w/ little butter & honey, L- Brocolli/cheddar soup at Paneras ( cup) with piece of fr bread, D- vegg burger & stir fried greens Snacks-yogurt,  too many pretzels...Hmm.. relaized that I had no fruit. Good to write down food for that reason alone.

So two days without wine & it isn't bothering me- just a habit so would like to have more days without wine than with- I'll see how that goes.

No exercise yesterday- just shopping , visiting, stopping by the grandchildren as they did their homework.

Today off to my rug hooking group- a great group of women from 92-30's in age. Like the days  when women got together to knit or darn- great conversations and support. They have been very supportive while I've been away & welcoming when I return.

B- pumperknickel toast, atuna sandwich picked up at trader Joe's yesterday, supposed to  be 300 calories., same dinner as last night , snacks, carrots, yogurt, apple

Basically still haven't seen a change in the scale & the number posted is not even close so may be forced to change it - again more of a motivator for me to keep it & try to get back to that number but I have to be realistic & will change it in 2 weeks.

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/29/2012:
I think your foods from yesterday look good, and I agree it's helpful to post too see areas where we may be lacking or taking in too much. Your rug group sounds wonderful, I'm sure it's a lot of fun!

legcramps on 11/29/2012:
Looks great! Have a good one today :)

SarieJC on 11/29/2012:
Shopping is the best form of exercise if you ask me ;-)

V on 11/29/2012:
That is so cool that you have a warm welcoming committee and support from them while you were away :) Good job on cutting back on the wine intake. I have been trying to do the same til vacation..It helps when I don't pick up bottles from the store.LOL I made the mistake of buying one yesterday and as I was heating up dinner out of habit I opened it..Sure i could have corked it but I didn't. So I broke my no drinking during the work week rule but for the next 2 weeks no more buying it til Saturday cause i just can't resist..

Hope you had a wonderful day :)

biscottibody59 on 12/04/2012:
RYC: I liked your "thankfulness" list:-)

Keep at it--that number will go your way!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Nov 27, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Any day that starts with Zumba is a good day. I'm still faking some of the moves but at least I have some sense of the beat so can keep up with most of it.

Today enjoying the light snow- one of the tv weather men called it "mood snow". Lovely light snow.

Now getting my Christmas card thing going.. don't know why it always takes awhile- getting addresses revised, figuring out do we want to send a newsletter- sorry for those of you who hate that idea- or a card & do we want to send pictures  & then which ones?? But at least I have time to do all of that.

Yesterday's food- like many days , I start great , even up until dinner & then a few too many snacks. But kept the daily calorie around 1400.

Today- eggs for breakfast prepared by my husband who uses a good amount of butter, lunch tomato soup with crackers, snack banana & will have yogurt later. Husband is making a healthy version of a Chinese noodle soup for dinner. I am not , repeat not having any wine today. Bad habit to have wine everyday- and probably not so good health wise as one glass usually goes to another 1/2 or 1 more . So again going to stay within my 1400 calorie count.

Have a good day!

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

V on 11/27/2012:
That is pretty neat, a newsletter/holiday greeting :) Yeah I hear ya on the wine..One glass with dinner is not bad but I always want more..LOL Happy to hear that you are enjoying your Zumba class! Have a wonderful "mood snow" day :)

Umpqua on 11/27/2012:
Today's snow was absolutely gorgeous - enough to coat the trees but not the roadways! Good for you for getting Zumba in, fake moves or not it's still a great workout. I hope you're having a good evening!

biscottibody59 on 11/27/2012:
I'd be faking all the moves--haha! Seriously, I tried group classes several times and except for belly dancing--it was always a disaster. It's good to hear your positive reaction to statins and definitely good for your sleep! Just keep on going forward! I hear you on the aging, though I'm still in the throes of blaming good ol' menopause.

Mood snow would be nice around here--but I've still got some leaves to tend to!

grannyannie on 11/28/2012:
Good job on the Zumba! I'm the same as you, can be good all day then after dinner I'm looking for snacks. I use that 1 cal pan spray to cook eggs. Works fine.

RYC I've got the yucky gray as well. I see some women whose gray hair is just lovely. I wouldn't mind gray then.

We have phoned all the travel clinics in the city (Glasgow). None have it. I think it's very hard if not impossible to find anywhere in the UK. We should be okay. I asked some Ugandan friends if they ever had typhoid fever and none has.

hollybelle on 11/28/2012:
Hi - love Zumba. I fake some of the moves, too - just keep moving!

thinkpositive - Monday Nov 26, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Hi all,

I hate to report my lack of progress... Trying to get back on track today. Just haven't been able to say no when various temptations arise. So at least for this week will post my food here on DD.

Exercise has been ok. I enjoy the classes at LA Fitness. Today went to Body works, mostly weights and some floor exercise. A few too many lunges for my old knees but I try to take it easy on those and don't use the weights as my knees don't need added weight. Tomorrow will go to Zumba. I've also been walking in between. I'll try to get to the gym 3 times this week.

So for today- B- cheerios w/ 2% milk, lunch low cal chicken noodle soup, snacks- a few crackers, banana , yogurt. Dinner will be small serving of pasta with meat sauce and salad.

Thanksgiving was nice & spent a couple of days with my daughter & family .

Other than that- trying to get some shopping done for Christmas, getting back into some kind of routine, trying to be social even though I'm not in the mood. Missing my life in Singapore... Guess I just have to get through this time.

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/26/2012:
I understand as I'm battling temptations all the time - sometimes I give in, sometimes I don't. I hurt my knees doing lunges if I let my knees go past my feet. Could that be why your knees hurt?

RYC thanks! The spot for the turbines is being pushed by that community as it will make them a lot of money. We are loudly objecting!

Umpqua on 11/26/2012:
A belated welcome back to CT to you! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend who passed away and also your fall. I'm glad to hear you're getting back to your routine now and hopefully settling in!

Yep, we can do this - I've gone off track many times before and the sooner we turn it around, the better. I hope you have a nice week!

V on 11/26/2012:
I am so happy that you had a nice holiday.I am sure it is going to take some time getting used to being back here in the states after making such wonderful friends in Singapore. Do you have a museum close by now and perhaps do tours? Not sure how that works but maybe something like that would assist making the transition a little easier? Anyhoo hope that you had a wonderful day <3

V on 11/26/2012:
RYC Thank You, yes sometimes life is a bit interesting and strange at the same time for me ;)

biscottibody59 on 11/26/2012:
Hope you have a good week there!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Nov 14, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


I'm back home in the US and settling in. I had my daughter and family here the week that we got back as she had no power at her house. So this week  we're getting back to normal. I'm missing Singapore and the simplicity of my life there but I have to get on with things here and get back & involved.

Have not been focusing on the scale or on what I've been eating so getting back here is my first step. I did sign up for my gym so will get back there this week. Right now am sharing a car with my husband and waiting for him to buy a new car so that's limiting my driving a bit.

Thanks for your comments on my friend who died and my fall. I'm still in some state of disbelief about her death- even though I did go to her wake and saw her in the casket ( I'm not such a fan of open caskets). She was a traveler, a bungi jumper, sailer, horseback rider, dirver for senior citizens type of person. And maybe there is also that sense of her being my age and to see how someone can die who was in good health. Although is was related to her recent surgery so didn't just come from nowhere.

So what is my plan?1.  To get back to exercising at the gym and walking.  2. To write down my calories and exercise- I have an app that I like..  3. To get back on the scale in 1 week. and report back here.

Will try to catch up with DD posts.

Good to be back!

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

liza36 on 11/14/2012:
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, and your fall.

Glad you are settling in. Good luck with your goals.

V on 11/14/2012:
Welcome back :) Did your family get their power restored yet? I seen on fb that you hosted "storm shelter" Good job on signing up at the gym and I like your plan of action..Have a wonderful evening, I missed ya <3

biscottibody59 on 11/15/2012:
I appreciate your comments to me:-)

Glad you've checked in with an update--your plan looks good!

I hope your friend's family can get some answers as to what happened to her if they choose to.

thinkpositive - Tuesday Oct 30, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Still here, postponed flight untio Friday. So clearing out of apt as it is rented as of Nov 1 & checking into hotel. Glad we changed when we did otherwise would have been grounded in Tokyo.

I had a bad fall on Sunday. Still not sure how it happened but I lost my footing and , tripped on something?, and the next thing I knew I was picking myself up from the pavement with a bloody face. I couldn't tell if I might need stiches so took myself to the A&E where they were kind of worthess but didn't think stiches were necessary & I do agree with that. Then next day went to the ortho Dr & got xrays of my knee and a toe that was bruised Just a bruised kneecap & slight fracture of a toe. But I am seriously a mess. Cuts under my nose & on my nose, bruised and swollen lip & now that its healing it doesn't look much better.  Weird, huh?! I' m glad that I didn't break anything or  knock out a tooth, although I guess I chipped a small piece of a tooth. Oh also scratched my glasses and broke my watch! Now I just joke about it and ask anyone I meet - which part of my face do you like the best, the bruise or the cuts?  So , some way to leave Singapore! Certainly took my mind off of any emotional departure.

Second sad thing was that a good friend died on Sunday. She died of a blood clot after knee repacement surgery. We worked together, did alot of ski trips together- to Austria, Colorado, Utah, and local . She was a good person and I have many great memories, but such a shock. She wrote me an email just on Oct 26 about how well she was doing.

Ok, I stay optimistic. Think psitive you know. I don't dwell on sad events, I move on. And so I will.

Going out for a walk , then cleaning out a few things before our cleaning lady comes and then the hand over of the key this afternoon. We're staying at a nice hotel so that ahould be okay & then flying back business class so can't complain about that.

Looking forward to getting back home, seeing family & friends, rejoining my gym & getting back to a healthy diet. Did I mention that I shipped my scale on the 23rd? That may give you a clue about how things have been going here...Not good in that dept.

Will now be posting from CT !


Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

V on 10/31/2012:
I am so sorry about your friend <3 also about your mishap :( Yes it is a good thing you postponed your departure, they say it will be a few days before the flights will be back on schedule.. I heard from Umpqua, although they lost power, she said they didn't have any damage so that is good news :) Have a good day, take care..

4meandmegan on 11/01/2012:
sorry about your friend,things can happen so fast. goodness, what a wicked fall, thank goodness you didn't break anything, last spring i fell up some steps and broke several toes, no one will let me forget i fell up the steps. hope you reach your home safely

biscottibody59 on 11/04/2012:
It's really unfortunate about your friend--hang in there!

Be careful out there--I've had some close calls for falling just in my kitchen involving rushing to or from the kitchen. (I'm not a klutz, but I've found the last 4 or 5 years I really have to be careful.) Recently I heard of a woman who was texting and walking and sustained a very complicated lower leg injury. She ended up having multiple surgeries and still hasn't fully healed after more than a year.

I'm glad you didn't have any broken bones (other than the toe--hope it heals fine), but what you do have doesn't sound like much fun either! Take care!

thinkpositive - Sunday Oct 28, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Just checking in. Right now I'm having pretzels and peach chutney. I know, what's wrong with me? Well that's just an example of what my eating has been like this last week. The peach chutney is one of the items in the pantry that would have to find a home or get thrown out so I decided to have a little snack. Today a good bye brunch ,  last night a good bye dinner, the day before an afternoon tea where we ate way too much.

So we leave here on Tuesday morning, fly to Tokyo and then to Wash DC & then home. Well that's the plan  & now let's see what really will happen with the hurricane hitting at about the same time.

It's hard saying good-bye to people that i have become fond of. I know it's part of the ex pat life but it's a first for me & I don't like this phase of it.

Hope everyone on the east coast in the path of the storm fares okay during the storm. I have a feeling that it do alot of damage.

Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

V on 10/28/2012:
I am sure saying goodbyes is the hardest part..Yeah Frankenstorm sounds hella scary.I am hoping that it doesn't wreak havoc to the eastern seaboard.. Hopefully the storm won't effect your flights..Safe travels to you <3

grannyannie on 10/28/2012:
I understand how you feel. Hard to say goodbye. I cried when we left Uganda even though I was happy to be going home. Did you rent out your US house while you were away?

biscottibody59 on 10/28/2012:
I hope the storm doesn't keep you from meeting all your schedules home! From what I've been watching, it's a hurricane, nor'easter, arctic front (for some) and I guess a couple of other things all in one storm including a full moon to affect the tides. Hang in there come what may!

I don't don't don't like to waste food, so I get your food thing there:-)

ps Selina, on here, is in Tokyo.

Umpqua on 10/29/2012:
I hope the storm has cleared out by the time you reach the East Coast. Tonight is supposed to be the worst for our area, but we are prepared and keeping our fingers crossed there's not too much damage. Safe and happy travels to you!!

thinkpositive - Saturday Oct 20, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Hi all,

I'm back from my fabulous trip to Australia. It was 16 days, included  6 flights, 5 hotels, some great tours, wonderful scenery and experiences and some great meals.It's hard to say what my favorite place was as all locations were great and very different - Sidney which incuded a tour and performance at the Opera House and a day in the Blue Mountains, Cairns- what can I say , I snorkled at the Great Reef with colorful coral and fish, the nicest beaches just north of Cairns, the red center of Australia with the highlight of a Sounds of Silence dinner, wonderful food under the starry sky and of course a sunrise tour of Uluru, the huge red rock that everyone comes to see.Then the final stops of Perth and Margaret River- if there is a paradise I think I was just there- Margaret River, many    vineyards where you can stop for tastings, gorgeous beaches, sheep, cows, kangaroos, lovely litle towns and we stayed at a small hotel with the best breakfast spread and lovely garden. Perth, a friendly city with again nice beaches and botanic garden and museums.

So with all of that and little thought of dieting I gained 3 lbs which wasn't that bad given that I ate three meals each day and it seems that Australia wants everyone to eat lots of chip ( fries). Thankfully I can do without but did have to sample.But we did alot of walking and were pretty busy every day.I am not changing my posted weight as I have high hopes of getting rid of those three lbs.

Now I have 9 days left here in Singapore  and then home to the US so alot of little things to do- some packing but most of the packing will be done by the movers who come on the 23rd so I have to get things organized for them as there will be some things we'l take back in suitcases and then some things that we'll leave behind.

Saw a great documentary on the plane- think the title was forknot knife, or something like that & was all about a plant only food plan and the reason why two prominent drs both came to that conlusion after many studies. OK I am convinced about the plant diet but I wonder if there are studies about a mostly plant diet and not eliminating meat and fish entirely. Anyway something to think about and wonder how if I can come somewhat closer to cutting back on meat.

Hope to catch up with everybody soon.



Progress as of today: 18 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

V on 10/20/2012:
I have yet to see "forks over knives" Biscotti actually posted the Hulu link on the forum page.. You may want to read "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell..This book was also suggested by Biscotti..It has all the info you seek :)

V on 10/20/2012:
P.S. I love all of your pics posted from your trip :)

IndependentEm93 on 10/20/2012:
Sounds like you had a BLAST!

inmorning on 10/21/2012:
Wow, sounds like you are having such a great time. Take care.

Umpqua on 10/21/2012:
Sounds like a wonderful trip! Good luck over the next few days of packing and save travels back home. Maybe we can plan another walking outing once you are settled in!

nunnermack on 10/21/2012:
Sounds like you are having a marvelous time!! I would love to go to their wine country too. Enjoy the rest of your trip!!

biscottibody59 on 10/25/2012:
Good luck with your move--take care!

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