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thinkpositive - Wednesday Apr 18, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all

And now Happy Wednesday. During my working years a person used to call Wed. hump day. I seriously wanted to hurt him because I knew that every Wed he would say that. To me it was someone who did not enjoy his work- just a work-a -day kind of guy- there to collect a paycheck & it just bugged me. And I'm an easy going kind of person so it takes alot to really get to me.

The week is going well. Since I was on the track of beauty treatments ( although there is nothing beautiful about  threading:) ) I decided that I was over due for a haircut & I made the decision to try a different hair salon which is always traumatic for me. I tend to stay with my hairdresser for a long time. I was with a Malay speaking salon & now am with a Chinese speaking salon. I'll probalby stick with this woman for the remainder of the time that I'm here.This woman knows her stuff & can work on two people at the same time with the aid of an assistant. No long shampoo massages at this salon though- sigh...

Exercise is going well this week- on my second jog/walk with a few short runs for the week . Yesterday was a long walk and tomorrow will be golf.I do need to add some weights which I could do at the gym or use weights that I have here in the apt.

Food- Doing ok, weight is the same- Ok this is getting boring. What to do Hmmm...... Tryng to motivate myself but then everyday seem to also sabatoge myself. Today it was with sour apple licorice. Which is not the end of the world but not going in the right direction either. Last night made chicken, mango lettice wraps- or more like bundles but again with a croissant on the side.  So today- B- 2 scr eggs with small roll, lunch 1/2 of eggwhite wrap at Starbuck's , then the licorice and a handful of pretzels. Dinner will be talapia, rice & stir fried greens.

Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

selina on 04/18/2012:
You reminded me of the wonderful head and shoulder massages I got every time I went to the hair salon in japan and the philippines... that's one thing I really miss! That tilapia sounds yummy! So does the mango wraps, yum!

selina on 04/18/2012:
By the way, i found that we have threading in most shopping malls in washington dc area - they were not around when we lived here before, but because I knew about them in asia, i just did not give it a second thought... I like it!

V on 04/18/2012:
I love getting a nice long shampoo, nice and relaxing :) Oh RYC It is really easy to make sweet potato fries, just slice, season(i like cajun seasoning) and bake..I usually broil them the last few minutes to make them nice and crunchy.. Have a good day

Em17 on 04/18/2012:
Have a great day!

Umpqua on 04/18/2012:
Congrats on switching hairdressers, I know that's a major ordeal! Thanks for your comments on my dining room. It has been a work in progress for forever it seems - I think I started stripping the wallpaper there last spring but didn't actually get it painted until Thanksgiving time. And then it took me until a few weeks ago to get the same color up in my kitchen. The family room is going much quicker thankfully, I guess I'm getting a little more skilled at it which is good - we have a whole upstairs covered in wallpaper :P

Maria7 on 04/18/2012:
Sounds like you are getting plenty of workouts in. I've been disciplining myself to get my treadmill walking done here lately. Hope you have had a good day today. :-)

moogy on 04/18/2012:
Ohh booo! The head massage is the best part of the hair cut experience:( I wonder why you sabotage yourself, I have read your diary and often read that you had a 'little something' that would have stopped you losing weight that day. It might be worth having a think about why you do it, in my experience there is always a reason. Just throwing in my two cents worth in the hope it helps:) You are doing so well with your exercise, it would be great to have you happy about the scale as well:)

thinkpositive - Monday Apr 16, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


A good Monday to all! Not that Monday means anything to me since I retired but it's hard to get rid of that feeling of the start of a new work week.

Since i didn't have anything planned for the day i set up a manicure/pedicure appt & a threading appt. Do you know about threading? I hadn't heard of it before I came here. It's a method of yanking out facial hair or, for many, eyebrow hair to get a better shape! Hope you aren't grossed out by the thought. hard to describe, but basically the person holds threads in her teeth, stand over you, me in this case, and kind of catches the hair & yanks it out. Strange but effective.Check it our on youtube if you are interested. Well I hadn't had it done for awhile because it's not a huge issue for me but felt like trying it again & I forgot that YOW it hurts & this girl wasn't going easy.

Exercise- Went on a long walk yesterday with my husband & today did my walk, jog & a little bit of actual running. Yesterday's walk was on a series of connected walkways with a few of them elevated and at treetop level, very cool.

Food- Still eating more than my 1400 that I should be having. Breakfast, lunch & snacks( except for today) are all decent , but not doing so well with dinners. Friday was at a Japanese restaurant, Sat at a French restaurant and lunch out after our walk yesterday & a wrap for dinner. Today , not so great so far- prepared waffles with butter & syrup for breakfast & then lunch was a couple of pastries ( right , I'm  not sure what I was thinking )& a watermelon juice. Dinner will be salmon, veg & 1/2 baked potato..


Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Kati on 04/16/2012:
I have submitted my eyebrows to threading for months, it's awesome. They say it's a method originated from India (those must know, girls there have loootsa hair everywhere, LOL). I was pleased with the results and what they say is true: less and less hair tends to grow back. Nobody was as effective as my grandma though - she used to use wax and once she overheated the stuff and applied and basically burnt the roots out so effectively that she never had eyebrows again. Yikes. Old folks are weird. Then they draw heavy, black eyebrows themselves and have those overly wondering expression on their faces all the time, hahahah...

grannyannie on 04/16/2012:
Monday doesn't mean anything to me either :-) I've heard of threading. I'll be making an appt soon to get some electrolysis on this horrible chin hair! Arghhh

Did you get Rosetta Stone French? I like the programme but discovered learning a language like a child is fine for a child, not for an adult. So I supplement it with an online French programme for grammar etc. Also bought a grammar book. I've never learned a language and decided on French a few years ago. I have motivation now (other than just learning tourist French). I can use it in France and Morocco.

V on 04/16/2012:
Ummm OUCH!! I feel like a whimp for tearing up when I get my lip waxed, the threading sounds torturous.LOL You are a brave woman, hats off to you my friend <3

Umpqua on 04/16/2012:
I think WI mentioned threading on here not long ago. Sounds kind of painful and yet I feel like I'm constantly plucking so I may ask about it when I go to the spa to get my facial treatments in a few weeks!

hollybelle on 04/16/2012:
I still do the waxing of my brows and I only have tiny corners on the lip to remove. Let me know what you think of threading - if it hurts, etc. Plus my hairdresser does my brows/lip free with the haircut, which is nice. I envy the retired part of your life - how long have you been retired and what did you do "before"? I am thinking maybe less than 2 years more to go - until age 59.5 years 22 months, actually. Fingers crossed.

hollybelle on 04/16/2012:
P.S. A pair of Asics were my favorites of all time, but I can't find any that are as perfect as those - even more Asics, aren't the same. My poor feet are very arthritic, though - all those years of running and high impact aerobics took their toll, apparently.

moogy on 04/16/2012:
I actually have a step by step video of threading and am intending to give it a try. I have seen it done (on the tele) a lot in Africa, I didn't realise it was popular in Asia as well, but it makes sense:) I am with you with Monday's, all the day seem to meld together. I tend only to notice the weekday if the children have things I need to be involved in.

thinkpositive - Saturday Apr 14, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all-

It's mid day on Saturday here. This morning my husband & I went for a graveyard self guided tour. I know that sound strange but it was fascinating. The cemetery will soon be changed forever as a 4 lane highway will be going right through the center of it. So many of the graves have to be exhumed and people were there filing their paper work for that to happen. It is a Chinese cemetery and many of the plots have been overgrown but others have been cared for. So much history  & now that the state is going to be taking over much of the cemetery there is alot of interest and more people are taking a look before the highway work begins. While we were there a family with ancesters who first started Singapore came to pay respects to their ancesters.They prayed with joss sticks and burned paper"money" to help their ancesters in heavenAlthough they are now Christians they carry out some of the Chinese traditions ..Glad I had the background from my docent training course. They were happy to have us there and answered questions.

So the walk around the cemetery was my exercise for the day. It was hot & I was just drenched with perspiration. So far- Breakfast- muesli w/ lfmilk banana, lunch, chicken wrap. Dinner- TBD will go out but haven't decided where. Snacks- planned - pineapple, ricecakes with pb.

last night had too much sushi and then had a yearning for a wine cooler- you know the bottled variety- just wasn't necessary but I only had one. So my calories , now that I'm back to counting, are around 1600-1700 so no wonder I'm staying where I am.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 04/14/2012:
I love walking through old cemeteries, especially graves of historic figures.

I doubt I'll ever stop counting calories (except when travelling) as I'm afraid I can't trust my own judgement. Have a great weekend!

selina on 04/14/2012:
I have to say I wouldn't go out of my way to visit cemeteries but I see the attraction/fascination there - that's where all roads will lead us to, it's humbling. I'm fascinated, however, about the Chinese Culture. I just read the reviews on The Fat Years and I'm enthralled by the story line - so different from the Cultural Revolution accounts that I've read tons of, mostly during my most impressive years. Was it an easy read? I'll try to check it out from our local library.

I love sushi and it's not easy for me to stay within my allowance when I eat it! Today is another day - you can get right back on track! Have a great weekend!

V on 04/14/2012:
There is a small cemetery by my house that dates back pretty far..I too love the history of graveyards.. You know nothing wrong with having a cooler if you were craving one IMO.. I love mimosas and since they are a little on the sugary side, I make my own with white wine instead of champagne club soda and oj, it tastes just as yummy :P Have a good one!!

Umpqua on 04/14/2012:
Fascinating about the cemetery, and I've spent a lot of time in them. I learned how to drive a car in one and spent many hours walking around a local one while in early labor with my younger son. RE the freelance work, I'm definitely looking at the whole process as a lesson about drafting proposals and maybe setting some guidelines earlier in the process next time. It's a learning experience!

Em17 on 04/14/2012:
Have a great day!

moogy on 04/14/2012:
It might sound strange to some but I love roaming through cemeteries, not many really old ones here. We live in one of the first setttled areas in Sydney, hence, Australia and the gravestones have wonderful heartbreaking poems on them, generally tragic deaths. People made such sacrifices in a new country, something else to be grateful for:) Good job on the calories today:)

thinkpositive - Friday Apr 13, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Right, the massage was not painful but I have had painful massages in the past. Had a  Thai massage that  left me with bruises- large ones. I may not be  a good candidate for a massage, I just don't feel anything afterwards- is that normal. But I think  it must do some good for my body.

Well, that was yesterday.

Today went to a great book group discussion. Women from all over the world who currently live in Singapore discussing a book- it was great. Then had lunch with a woman from the US who I haven't seen in ages. It was good to catch up.

No exercise yet today. I'm thinking of going out for a swim very soon. Food- Breakfast was an egg & a half of eng muff with some cream cheese, snack at book group- some sort of Indian bread, more like corn bread but not made with corn meal. Lunch- roasted veg soup with a slice of bread, snack, banana. Dinner will probably be at a Japanese restaurant &will try to keep it on the lower side of calories.

Right now am ooking out on some fluffy clouds in a blue sky so should be clear this afternoon. We've had quite a series of thunderstorms since we've moved. You may have heard about the earthquake in Indonesia. Some people in Singapore felt it as well. A bit too close for comfort.

Take care.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Kati on 04/13/2012:
LOL, I have the same opinion about massages... it just doesn't affect me. My man says wonders about his experiences though. Maybe we've been to the wrong places!

Em17 on 04/13/2012:
I love massages! Have a great day!

grannyannie on 04/13/2012:
I love massages! I'd love to have one every day. My hub has no interest in getting a massage which I'll never understand. It's the most relaxing thing I can think of.

The book discussion sounds interesting. Great way to meet other expats.

selina on 04/13/2012:
I love foot massages, not the whole body types, as much.... When I went to vietnam and thailand, I had a foot massage every evening. Heaven! I used to belong to a book club when I lived in the philippines - good times! I hosted several of the the meetings (any reason for a party!) and I loved the camaraderie in the group - I still stay in touch with a few of the ladies... What book did you read/discuss?

I posted recipes for kibbeh aka kibe, quibe, etc and sweet azuki beans in my entry, take a look and thanks for asking! Have a great day!

V on 04/13/2012:
Do you think because of your previous experience you were so tense that you didn't feel anything?? It is totally acceptable to tell the massuse if he/she is causing you discomfort.. Anyhoo some people are not a fan of massages, I love getting pedicures but I tense up because I am so ticklish..LOL I hope you had a good day <3

moogy on 04/13/2012:
I can't help re the massage, I have never had one:( Sounds like you had a great day, and yes that earthquake was a little bit too close to you:( Have a great weekend thinkpositive:)

thinkpositive - Thursday Apr 12, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


I didn't mean to have half of the week go by without checking in. And can't say I was extremely busy- just got out of the routine of using my computer as much & am using my IPad for checking emails so now sitting at my computer for DD.

The week is going okay. I have not been writing down my food which is not good- think I can keep it in my head but - well you know its better to write everything down.

Exercise has been good- I have continued my walk/jogMon & Wed - now for 45min + & then today was golf. Eating has been so,so.Noproblems but again haven't been writing it down. So I guess I need to make that a priority

I have an appt for a massage. I bought one through Groupon & it's about to expire so need to cash in on that. Hopefully they won't hurt me!

Will check in on DD friends later. But first taking out my little green notebook where I will write down everything that i put into my mouth including the chips that I had to reach very far to get off of the top shelf. Husband helps me out by putting certain foods up highshelves but it is amazing how high I can reach when I want to. :)

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

moogy on 04/12/2012:
I agree, if I don't write it down when I eat it I will have forgotten by the next day, sometime the same evening!!! Great work with the exercise and the massage sounds wonderful:)

Kati on 04/12/2012:
They won't hurt you, you'll love it. :)

Em17 on 04/12/2012:
Have a good day!

Supercheese on 04/12/2012:
Have a good one!!!

V on 04/12/2012:
Hello!! You will LOVE the massage, I promise :) Have a good day!

Umpqua on 04/12/2012:
Sites like MyFitnessPal have applications for the iPad for logging foods, FYI. Notebooks work well too ;) I'm debating getting an iPad when funds allow because I've been using my husband's and I really like it. Have a good one!

sweetpea1977 on 04/12/2012:
Enjoy the massage!!!

grannyannie on 04/12/2012:
I'm on my computer often - too often - so keep my foods in an excel spreadsheet. I almost always plan at least a day ahead or more.

Well done on the exercising. I've had my hubby hide chocolate from me so I have to ask when I want some and it's listed on my daily menu.

thinkpositive - Sunday Apr 08, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0

Hi all-

Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

We are getting settled in, still a few boxes to unpack but they are out of the way so at least there is a somewhat organized look to the place. We found that we could not be comfortble with the living room furniture so bought sofas from someone who is moving & will have the pressent furniture taken away.

Hard to spend Easter without family. Went to church and had dinner with friends. Not one jelly bean or piece of chocolate! I am sure that is a first.

Still holding steady here with weight at last weigh in. Hmm.... Seems like too many interruptions & get started with a good plan & then life gets in the way. Well just have to start again.

Today went out for an hour - probably 45 min of walkingjogging.

Breakfast- cereal,  lunch- planned turkey wrap, dinner- salmon with veg. Have yogurt and grapes for snack.

Hope you all had a nice Easter.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

V on 04/09/2012:
Hello there :) I hear ya on not being around family during the holiday.. I had the opportunity to chat with the entire clan(they were at my parent's house) I was slightly bummed I missed out playing in the "Bunny Bowl" (football) with my brothers..LOL Have a good day my friend!

Umpqua on 04/09/2012:
I'm glad you're settled into the new place. It sounds like you had a very low-key Easter (the number of desserts we had at our family gathering was mind boggling) and your foods for today look great!

selina on 04/09/2012:
Good job on the walkjog, 45 min is great! It's not easy moving houses, but sounds like you are settling in quite nicely. Sorry to hear you missed your family for the holiday. I'm glad you had friends to spend Easter with.

hollybelle on 04/09/2012:
Cool to find sofas so quickly. I would say you are due an IOU on jelly beans or chocolate - cash in very soon!

moogy on 04/09/2012:
Hey! Snap, no Easter eggs for me either! Yay for us! Australian's love public holidays (we get about 12 every year) so we get Friday and Monday off for Easter, although some shops still open, the majority of people get two. Those that work get time and a half for woking on public holidays:) Sounds like you are settling into your new place. I know what you mean and about getting a good run at losing weight, but, we are living a real life and stuff will always get in the way. I am working on eating as just healthy choices rather than losing weight and it is really working for me:) Hope you have a good week thinkpositive;)

thinkpositive - Thursday Apr 05, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all-

Now in my new apt. It was a more difficult move than I thought it would be. But our own doing- could have just had someone pack & unpack or could have packed everything instead of hauling many bags over ourselves We did have a moving co. move carpets, boxes & all of the heavy items.. we were exhausted . But got it done - well all most - our spare bedroom has many boxes to be unpacked. Many books which we don't need & won't be returning to the US. Let's just say I know where everything is & have made a meal so have operated the stove & oven. Would you believe that some apts here don't provide an oven??

Have been grumpy though as I basically don't like change. I don't like getting used to new things& beds, etc. In many ways it's better- larger & better layout of the kitchen, bigger bedroom, more windows, a nice view of the city.

Haven't really been giving my food choices much priority. How does that sound ? Or in other words haven't been counting calories or getting the best exercise unless you count trekking back & forth with a ton of stuff. I did play golf today. Seriously thought I would die- up & down course, hot & humid. I had to rest on the uphill back to the club house & pretty much skipped the last 2 holes.I was so hoping that the weight that I had taken off since last playing that course would have helped my endurance. Guess not! I'm crossing that course off of my list. It's now four hours since I got off the course & I'm still recovering.

Have booked my flight home- leaving on June 6 but stopping in Hawaii to see my brother  which will be a good way to break up the flight. Also today booked a trip to New Zealand at the end of April - looking forward to that.

Ok- going to check in with you now.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 04/05/2012:
You got lots of exercise with the move I'm sure! Glad it's a bigger place with better views. Envy the trips to NZ and Hawaii!

V on 04/05/2012:
I am sure you exerted lots of energy moving as well as golfing! I hope you have a great day <3

Umpqua on 04/05/2012:
Thanks for your encouraging comment. Moving is a wonderful workout, I've done it enough times to know that! Very exciting news on your Hawaii and New Zealand trips, I've heard so many wonderful things about NZ and know firsthand how beautiful Hawaii is. I'd love it if you came to visit when you're back for the summer, that would be great if we could get together!

selina on 04/05/2012:
Enjoy your new home! It's great to have future trips to look forward to... stay well!

WII on 04/05/2012:
Wow what a workout you had!!! Enjoy your new place and getting everything set up new. I know 'new' is sometimes hard but it can also be refreshing!

WII on 04/05/2012:
Wow what a workout you had!!! Enjoy your new place and getting everything set up new. I know 'new' is sometimes hard but it can also be refreshing!

sweetpea1977 on 04/05/2012:
Moving is definitely hard work!!

Change is hard, but Im sure that over time you'll grow to love the new location.

glycrina on 04/05/2012:
Just checking in. Your life seems exciting!

moogy on 04/05/2012:
Soooo exhausting, moving... all those boxes and lifting:) I am glad that I don't have to do that anymore:) You would have burned up calories that day:) I wonder if lack of oven is due to high wok usage and not much baking? Just a thought:) Have a lovely weekend thinkpositve:) I would be just pottering around the apartment, getting things organised and settling in. I am a bit of a nester:) I dare say you will have a little more on the agenda:) Enjoy:)

biscottibody59 on 04/06/2012:
Hope you get back to the settled in feeling soon--enjoy your weekend!

hollybelle on 04/06/2012:
Moving is among life's biggest stressors - seriously! I'm sure you got lots of exercise doing all that! Now - back on track and have a great weekend in your new place!

thinkpositive - Friday Mar 30, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Not alot to report-

Started packing today- a little at a time & it will all get done. Meanwhile the agent for this apt is showing it today so have to keep somewhat picked up for her walk through.

Went our for my walkjog  this morning. Increasing my time jogging which feels good. I was in the middle of a group of girls who were being timed for a run & the teacher didn't look up in time to notice that I wasn't  a student  so gave me a time- 7:08- funny moment. The other moment was to see three birds in cages. I thing it's an Asian thing- to bring their caged birds outside for an airing.. What I was most impressed with were the beautiful cages- I think teak , beautifully carved with blue & white pocelain dishes inside.

Doing Ok with food so far today. Muesli w/ milk for breakfast . pb & j wrap- all I had at the moment- for lunch & dinner to be determind.

Getting keys to the new apt this afternoon so hoping I won't be disappointed when I see the new apt . Starting to think it would have been better to just stay put. Who needs the hassle of the move & getting adjusted again.  Oh well, it will be fine- thinkpositive , right?!

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/30/2012:
That's awesome that you got lumped in with the school girls, what a great compliment! How exciting on the new apartment. I'm one of those rare people who enjoys moving and the house I'm in now is the longest I've been anywhere since living with my hubby - 4 whole years :) I'll post some before and after pictures once my dining room is complete, but I'm pleased with my cushions so far. It gives me confidence that I can take on bigger projects in the future!

V on 03/30/2012:
LOL!! great time :) RYC Sarasota is 30 minutes south of here..Believe it or not Florida in general has a high crime rate unfortunately..I feel horrible for those 2 tourists from England :(

sweetpea1977 on 03/30/2012:
lol, thats great about your running time! :)

Good luck with the new apartment and move!!

selina on 03/30/2012:
Good luck with the move - it's never easy, is it? We are moving again this summer, as well, so I know how it feels! I just read your bio page and found that you have two daughters. Did you move a lot when they were little? I'm curious because we've been on the move since our daughter was 6 months old and she's been moving from school to school every 4 or 5 years. She takes it very well, fortunately.

BTW, I appreciate your comment concerning my daughter's homework load related stress. She is usually very good at time management, but this week is the last before the quarter ends, so everything seems to have accumulated! Although it's been stressful, I find that this is a great teaching moment for us, as parents. She'll have similar and more intense study sessions in college but she won't have us, parents, around to give her immediate support. Basically, I let her do everything and didn't help her with the homework (although I really wanted to)so that she'll be able to calculate her timing better, next time. She lost several hours of sleep and had to be late for school but she finished her project on time. She is learning to work independently from me, which is a great thing. Also, she takes too many honor classes and those are the culprit of great homework load. The stress and accumulation of work is not like this all year long, though - it's only at the end of the quarter. It's good experience/practice for her, for real life, so I'm not too concerned. I'd be concerned if she had to deal with this for the first time in college, away from home and us.

moogy on 03/30/2012:
That made me smile, good time there think positive:) I can remember seeing birds put out in the sun in England as well. Mind you living in England you would need to be put out in the sun most of the year!!! LOL You will make the best of whatever situation you have to deal with I am sure. Thank you for your understanding, it is lovely to have people who are on the journey with me.:)

thinkpositive - Thursday Mar 29, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Well my friends left very early this morning , & although we let them get on their way on their own- taxi picked them up- I kept waking up all night. We had a nice visit & they were very good guests. After all the stories that I hear from friends here I know that people can take care of themselves & figure out transportation. They are world travelers so it didnt take them long to figure out the buses.

But meanwhile  their visit didn't exactly help me in my wieght loss plan! Exercise is very good- I'm lengthening the time that I can jog in my walk/jog. So have been doing lots of walking along with every other day of jog/walking. Today was golf.

But anyway, back to what I've been eating.. well, never mind, better just look ahead. So again, back to counting my calories.

Tomorrow we get the keys to our new apartment. But haven't done one thing about packing up.I figure that I'll start packing tomorrow & then continue on Sat & Sunday. Monday the movers come.We basically have our clothes that we can just put in suitcases, a couple of boxes of books, some items that we've purchased & 6 or so paintings & wall hangings. The kitchen can be packed up quickly. And I have a woman coming to clean next week. I'll let you know if it all happens as easily as the picture that I've just painted.

I'll be checking in with you today.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

V on 03/29/2012:
Hey there!! How is the museum job going? It sounds like you have a busy week ahead with moving and all..Have a good day :)

Umpqua on 03/29/2012:
Congrats on the new apartment and having a great visit with your friends! The sprinklers last week were crazy, this is going to be an interesting year for gardening here because EVERYTHING is up and it's still March. I predict a fabulous flower show over the next month and then nothing haha. Have a good one!

moogy on 03/29/2012:
Sounds like a smooth move, I got really used to moving around when my husband was in the Air Force. Glad your visitors were not too draining and that you got to enjoy them. Here's to looking ahead thinkpositive:)

thinkpositive - Thursday Mar 22, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Thanks for your comments. Love this group. :)

So good start on not getting on the scale today & will get back on once a week. Haven't picked the day yet.

Today- B- sunflower toast w pb, mango smoothie , 3 wafer crackers w pb & will be having a lunch out at 2:30 & then something later this evening depending on what I have for my lunch. Still trying to eat around 1400 calories . Today may go a bit over.

Exercise- a 45 min walk to the post office & then walk back after my mango smoothie.

Tomorrow our friends arrive for a 5 day stay. They've been on a cruise starting from the CA coast so will be interested in their travels. They will be visitng with friends here for a couple of days so we'll just take each day as it comes.I don't plan on doing alot of cooking- maybe a couple of dinners.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

supercheese on 03/23/2012:
Have a great time with your friends!!

Selina on 03/23/2012:
Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation - Borneo sounds fun! I was wondering how long ago the natives gave up on headhunting... latent talent with the blowpipe might come in handy someday, you never know ;) Stay well and enjoy your friends' company!

Umpqua on 03/23/2012:
As a daily scale checker I've had to slowly cut back on it. I probably weigh twice a week now and try to weigh on days when I think the number will be favorable. It's been working for me so far. I hope you have a great visit with your friends!

sweetpea1977 on 03/23/2012:
Im the same way with the scale. I've forced myself to cut back on it, especially since its not even the best indicator of good health. I've learned that body fat percent and inches lost are the numbers to improve and track. A person can appear skinny and have a super-high bodyfat %, which makes them almost as unhealthy as a person twice their weight.

Enjoy your visit with friends!

V on 03/23/2012:
I am sure you will have a great visit with your friends..Have a wonderful weekend!

grannyannie on 03/23/2012:
Enjoy the visit with your friends. Should be interesting.

Maria7 on 03/24/2012:
Is the sunflower toast sprinkled with sunflower seeds or is it a sunflower bread? Sounds real good with pb. :-D Hope you have a good visit.

moogy on 03/25/2012:
Nice to have visitors come and enjoy each other's company. Just as nice when they go and everything gets back to normal! Don't believe me, I will check back in five days!! LOL

WII on 03/28/2012:
Hello! Just checking in! WII was here! :)

moogy on 03/28/2012:
I am thinking that your visitors will have left by now. Hope you had a good week. How are you?

biscottibody59 on 03/28/2012:
Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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