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thinkpositive - Monday Mar 12, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



You know about the show the Biggest Loser? I'm going to start one called the Slowest Loser. And I think I'll have a good chance of coming in among the top ten!

But I can't just rely on the looking at the scale every day to get good feedback. Yesterday was a positive one- in good control of eating & ended the day within my 1400 calorie goal. Exercise had been a walk/jog for about 30 min.

Today so far- B- egg & sunflower toast w pb, lunch & dinner not planned yet but thinking of a tuna wrap , light on the mayo, dinner is on my own as my husband is teaching a class so have some veg burgers in the freezer and fresh spinach. I have grapes, hummus and carrots for snacks. Time to buy more fruit.

Exercise- just came from the gym & did 25 min on the treadmill & 12 on the elliptical with about 5 min on the upper body weight machine & finished with some stretching.Got up to a 3 min jog with a walk. jog combination. I plan to walk to the post office which is about 40 min walk & then to my choir rehearsal & then home, another 30 min. Of course that all depends on the weather as it's looking cloudy right now.

What I'm hoping for? To see one lb loss by the end of the week. That's not too much to ask if I stay with my plan.

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

moogy on 03/12/2012:
Sorry to give you bad news but you have lost four pounds according to the graph on the right and I have only lost two pounds!! Nevermind, it is a good race to lose:) LOL No, one pound is not too much to ask, can you stick to your plan for the week? Yes! Yes!

minty on 03/12/2012:
I'm joining you for the "Slowest Loser" show! :-D Great job on the exercise!

grannyannie on 03/13/2012:
Good menu plan for today and good workout. Hang in there.

I was getting 'really' bored with my exercise routine at home. I love the resistance machines and am looking forward to spinning class. There's one spinning bike in the gym and I'm going to try it out tomorrow.

selina on 03/13/2012:
I think I can surely join you in the slowest loser show, haha! Slowly and surely - hang in there!

V on 03/13/2012:
Just keep at it and thanks for the heads up with the pics! i look forward to checking them out <3

Umpqua on 03/13/2012:
One pound is completely reasonable, you have a good plan in place and that's totally doable. Keep up the good work!

legcramps on 03/13/2012:
Wow, great job!

biscottibody59 on 03/13/2012:
Good going on your activity--slow is better than nothing--you can do this!

RYC: Thank you! I stab in the dark and hit nothing sometimes. I've been here so long (fairly consistently), and there are diarists who have come and gone who STUCK me with this attitude--they're not here to continue to thank, sadly. They've moved on or whatever. I started out with that attitude that failure was the worst thing--at this thing I no longer believe that.

In the long run I've kept off a certain amount of weight with the support of folks like you and everyone else! This is a unique site and I sometimes pinch myself that it's still here.

thinkpositive - Sunday Mar 11, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0

Scroll down, to see today's post. I must not know how to edit! 

Hi all-

Enjoyed my day yesterday, walked for about 3 hours total- including going to market, walked to the movie theatre and then walked around the marina. Ended the day with an ice cream- I know weak! but still ended with around 1400 calories.

Today went to church & then later walked to show my husband a Buddhist temple that is in our area but sort  of hidden away. All people in their 70's and older in the temple- hundreds of people & maybe over a thousand- some eating, some praying , lots of incense burning and wonderful buddhas including the reclining buddha. From there walked down to an area of restaurants near the river & split a cookie & had tea . By this time it was raining & we were just waiting for the rain to let up.

So far- sunflower toast w pb, leftover fish with a small piece of potato, 1/2 cookie, yogurt & will have pork & a veg for dinner which my husband is cooking now. No further exercise as I'm tired from the walking yesterday. Trying to stay within the 1400 calorie goal.

Gotta go, dinner is ready!

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

grannyannie on 03/11/2012:
Sounds like a good day to me! I'd love to visit that temple!

My blog with a link to the photo albums in it: http://morocco60.blogspot.com/ I was only ill for about a day and a half. But my hubby is still somewhat ill. Need to make him go to doc.

V on 03/11/2012:
Hey did you take pics?? If so I would LOVE to see them :)

Umpqua on 03/11/2012:
Wow, what a huge group gathering at the temple, that must have been quite a sight! Great work on all the walking and the good eats!

Em17 on 03/11/2012:
You seem like you had a GREAT day! =)

moogy on 03/11/2012:
What a wondeful day! When my husband and I were together we would often go places and walk and enjoy views and entertainments, treasured memories:) Love a woman with a goal and 1400 is sensible and doable:) Thank you for your support, I am working on a solution!! or at least a fall back position:)

TinaAnn on 03/11/2012:
Sounds like a great day.

moogy on 03/11/2012:
Well, I don't see anything wrong. I enjoyed reading about your day:)

blue_eyed_girl on 03/11/2012:
Thanks for the support :) Seems like your walking makes your ice cream seem like a fair indulgence!

starfish on 03/11/2012:
wonderful day :-)

selina on 03/12/2012:
Sounds like a lovely walk! Which country are you in now?

V on 03/12/2012:
I can't wait to finish up my chores so I can take a look at your pics from your trip :) have a good day!!

grannyannie on 03/12/2012:
Thanks for comments. Hub is feeling much better.

thinkpositive - Sunday Mar 11, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0

Almost forgot- in case anyone is interested in pictures of my trip to India- not many because it's hard to take photos from a moving bus!



Well, still not able to post a loss but I am thinpositive and ( whoops notice how I forgot the k :)  ) will work hard to make tht happen this week.

Yesterday finished up well- no wine which is a positive for me & although  I can lose while having a glass of wine, it's more difficult-, didn't over eat the pork dinner- which was a selfish act as I realized we could have it for dinner tonight- and the only indulgence for the day was 2 handfuls of nuts & the 1/2 cookie. So still around 1400.

Today, sunflower toast w/pb, 1/2 grapefruit, lunch will be more of the leftover fish, dinner- the pork from last night & spinach, planned snack- yogurt and grapes.

I just returned from a walk & part jog- about 5 min of jogging which felt good & I found out that if I stop about twice to do some stretching there is no knee pain. One positive thing here about exercise is that people are pretty accepting of stretching, jogging, no matter what age, and all forms of exercise in public. The area where I walk has a few exercise stations for upper body, a couple of bikes, step machines- I tried a few out today. I could sustain a jog for about 2 minutes, maybe I can make three this week.

So goals for the week- to update here in DD every day, stick with the 1400 calories, to try to limit carbs , to exercise at least 30 min each day with some stretching & weights.

Have a great day!


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

moogy on 03/11/2012:
OK, so I can't follow instructions. I blame it on getting older. If you hadn't of mentioned it I bet no one would have noticed:)))

thinkpositive - Friday Mar 09, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Happy Saturday-

Started the day by going to  the local wet market, a fruit, veg, meat, fish market that sets up & is taken down each day & washed down- hence the term wet market. Bought some snapper for dinner, pork tenderloin & my husband bought 2 green mangoes for a salad. I bought a beautiful bouquet of flowers for about 1/3 of what I would pay in the super market or floral shop & had the fun of putting it together myself. Also walked there for a litle exercise.

Yesterday turned out pretty well, calorie -wise & stuck to the 1400 calories & did my walk/jog but no change on the scale today. I think I need to pay extra attention to my carbs.

I'm thinking of walking up to a movie theatre today as my husband needs to get some work done.I'm on a movie kick- last night saw Hugo, last week The Artist and would like to see Iron lady before it disappears from the theatres.

Tonight will go to a light display around the Marina. We went last year & were just astounded at the talent- didin't know that light dispays could be an art form.

Have a great weekend.

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

grannyannie on 03/10/2012:
The market sounds fantastic! Enjoy your weekend!

Umpqua on 03/10/2012:
The market sounds amazing, I can't wait until our farmers' markets get going for the season. Good work on the eating and exercise!

V on 03/10/2012:
Have fun at the Marina today :) LOL!! Yes sweet potato fries can be healthy, none of the store bought stuff, I slice up a tater and bake :) They are really tasty..Have a good one <3

thinkpositive - Thursday Mar 08, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Thanks for all of the helpful comments. I think for me I just have to put in the work- being more consistent , not having one good day & then 2 not so good days, more vigorous exercise. I said here that i do know how to lose weight, it's just whether i feel motivated enough to be able to do it. I'm having conversations with myself about it. :)

So yesterday was a good day- B- eng muff w pb, L- tuna sand, d- shrimp w tampenade, small serving rice, spinach, snacks- 1 glass wine, carrot, grapes, yogurt. Just about or just below 1400

Exercise- golf & swimming

Today- B- sunflower toast w/ butter, lunch- turkey wrap w/ cranberry sauce ( right after I finish updating) dinner- TBA will be out at a restaurant before seeing a movie ( Hugo in 3-D)

Just went out for a jog /walk - probably jogged 5 min out of the 35-40 min which was good for me but not for my knees. Still taking time off from the eliptical.

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

moogy on 03/08/2012:
Yep, 1 good 2 bad, story of my life as well!! The princess is six as well she turns seven next Jan but is already letting everyone know what she will need for her birthday!!!! Looks like you are stringing two days in a row here, hang in there!! Missed you as well, lovely to see your name on my list:)

sweetpea1977 on 03/09/2012:
I have been where you been, even the whole conversations to myself thing! :)

Some days, it takes a lot of effort just to force myself to exercise. It was hard for me to get out of my warm cozy bed this morning, but after I got started on my workout, I was so glad I made that decision. And now that Im done I feel a huge sense of accomplishment, which is very important to me as a SAHM.

The key to success is finding an activity that you love and look forward to each day. For me, thats doing something outside like walking, hiking, or running or going to the gym to work with my trainer (he pushes me to the max and Im always super-proud of myself when Im done) or zoning out to my music doing HIIT on the elliptical for an hour. And of course, I finally found my at-home workout - P90X. This is the first dvd workout I've been excited to stick with for its entirety. In fact, Im considering on doing two more rounds after I finish this one!

Anyway, my point is once you find something that you love, go for it and give it your all! It is good for the body, mind, and soul!!

V on 03/09/2012:
Good looking menu :) Have a wonderful day my friend <3

liza36 on 03/09/2012:
The brand of shoes I got is Asics. I'm loving them so far. The lady at the store did say that running shoes were good for cross training, since I'm not a runner. There are less expensive Asics out there and you may not have to go to a specific running store for them.

Have a good weekend.

Umpqua on 03/09/2012:
I have conversations with myself all the time - sometimes out loud LOL. Have a good one!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Mar 07, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



I wish I could post something postive but just being here is a postive thing for me. When I'm here I am more aware of what my goals are.

Today- muesli w lf milk for breakfast, cheese melted on wrap for lunch, lean pork & veg stir fry, snacks, rice cakes w/ pb, yogurt, one glass wine.

No exercise today, yesterday fast walk, no running it was hot!, tomorrow will be golf

I think I'm kind of stuck at this weight- not that I won't be able to get below it , but my eating & exercise seem to be keeping me  here at this weight. Need to reevaluate . Hard!

Thanks for the advice on my toe/ feet problems. I will be shoppping for new shoes. I think my shoes may be 1/2 size too large & that my also be part of the problem.



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

sweetpea1977 on 03/07/2012:
that stir fry sounds so good!! I need to make some soon!

As for your plateau, your foods sound fine, though Im not sure of the total calorie intake. Are you tracking them? You might not eating the appropriate amount for your activity level. The more you move, the more you can eat! I'd definitely look into adding more variety to your weekly exercise routine. You may want to consider adding in one or two HIIT workouts each week (on non-consecutive days) as well as some light weightlifting/resistance training twice per week (on non-consecutive days) to get your metabolism back up.

V on 03/07/2012:
Hey as long as you are putting forth effort, that is positive :) Perhaps writing down your health goals and post them somewhere you can see them every day will help on the days you can't post here and ThinkPostive ;) Have a good day!!

Umpqua on 03/07/2012:
Good advice above. Your foods also look good to me so it could be a calorie issue, either too many or too few. Good luck on the shoe shopping!

Maria7 on 03/07/2012:
You know, when you've lost weight, your shoe size gets smaller, too. (I wear a smaller size.) As for stuck at your weight, I know how that feels...oh well...we just do the best we can. Hope you have a good day. :-)

hollybelle on 03/07/2012:
I so relate to what you are saying here. I stayed around the same weight for a long time. I am about 10 lbs lighter right now. It wasn't a fast lost - and I still want to lose at least 10 more lbs, but I got here by turning down stuff I knew I should not eat at least MOST of the time and doing only half-hearted exercise most days. I don't know about you, but I tend to be a real gung-ho type and find it hard to settle for anything except a full-out workout. In reality that is very hard to maintain for many and truthfully we just need to do "something" a little bit each day to improve. So I've started thinking smaller and at least I am achieving the small goals - which is better than none.

newme24 on 03/07/2012:
Hi! Totally agree with everything said above! I actually just increased my calorie in-take a bit because I wasn't eating enough. Maybe increase a little (just be sure to weigh your food) and give it a week or two, then drop it back down again? I always try to keep my body guessing. You're really doing great. Keep it up!

liza36 on 03/07/2012:
I understand all too well about being stuck. I know you'll figure it out and get to where you want to be!

biscottibody59 on 03/07/2012:
Oh to answer your question from the other day, the date is just a Tuesday, which is my usual weigh-in day--there's no significance to it.

Keep on keepin' on--happy shoe shopping! I'd be sunk without decent shoes--I NEVER scrimp on shoes. Not good for the pocketbook, but I've tried the alternative--not good for my bod:-)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Mar 06, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Thanks to all for ideas of solving my toe issues. I'm going to try not using the elliptical this week to see if I see any difference. And yes I do think the issue is my shoes & I'm due new shoes but wanted to do a bit of research on shoes to see if certain shoes work better on the elliptical. I think that my toes are pushed forward when I'm on the machine. Or maybe it's just this damn old age catching up with me!

I didnn't help myself last night & should have just skipped the get together before the choral concert- food was preordered & there wasn't much in the healthy variety.

Today egg & 1/2 eng muffin for breakfast yogurt with fruit for lunch, rice cake with PB ( even though I said no pb this week!) for snack. Will eat at the food court for dinner. Maybe chicken & rice, that would be safe.

Exercise- yesterday did an walk/run & enjoyed that so may do that again. Ok- well more of a jog, not exactly running, well maybe a trot, or a fast walk....:)


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

hollybelle on 03/06/2012:
I use the elliptical trainer pretty often and I think your toes to do get pushed up in the shoe. I always wear socks and frequently wiggle my toes while on the ET and sometimes even make sure I work my foot back in the shoe. I have issues on the ET with the soles of my feet feeling numb, but I make sure every 5 minutes or so that I raise them for a few strides and that seems to help.

V on 03/06/2012:
Do you have specialty shoe stores like "Good Foot" there? It is really helpful in getting a shoe that fit perfectly for you :) I hope you have a good day!!

sweetpea1977 on 03/06/2012:
great advice from holly!!

good job on the exercise!

biscottibody59 on 03/06/2012:
Hope you figure out what's going on with your toes--keep up the good work--good to see you posting again!

thinkpositive - Sunday Mar 04, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



I'm seeing a little progress, more in my ability to manage portions and not giving in to urges to snack.

Ate out on Friday night but had teriyaki salmon and one piece of sushi so not bad, lunches out Sat & Sun but had salad with 1/2 sand on Sun,& then fruit with chicken satay on Sat. Movies on Sat night, no popcorn. Saw the Artist & so glad it won for best picture.

I'm having some toe issues & think the elliptical might be to blame. well probably the way I'm using the elliptical & the shoes I'm wearing. Anyway kind of feels like my toes constantly feel cramped. So I'll be rethinking my exercise routine in the gym- can always go back to the treadmill & bike.

Today having a lazy day as it started raining- the kind of sideways monsoon rain where i would have been soaked in a few minutes no matter what kind of umbrella I had so stayed in & have just been catching up with  emails & practice my singing. Now starting to clear so may go the the gym or get out for a walk.

My goals for this week are:  Continue to monitor portion control, cut back on wine, try to stay with 1400 calories . Hope if I follow this plan that I can see some type of loss by end of the week.

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

hollybelle on 03/05/2012:
Yes, it's so sad. I am not near the destruction - it's in E KY for the mot part about an hour and a half away. It was odd when the storms passed our town they went north and south and came back together in the Eastern part of the state. Thanks for thinking of us, though.

V on 03/05/2012:
Hi there :) LOL no offense taken, I know what you meant :) You know I would love to box as a profession but I am not too keen on sporting shiners..hahaha Anyhoo I hope your toe issues are resolved.You think that you need new shoes? For me sometimes i have toe issues when I wear socks that are too snug or thick.. Have a wonderful day my friend <3

supercheese on 03/05/2012:
Is the toe thing maybe from the shoes?? my tennis shoes are terrible and my toes are killing me when i run. GOod luck with the weekly goal!

sweetpea1977 on 03/05/2012:
great job on the portion control!

As for your toe cramps, do you think your shoes might be too narrow?? Some shoe manufacturers make several widths of their shoes. I fit into most "normal" shoes, but sometimes I have to buy a wider sandal or flip flop. I believe that with wide shoes, you will see your shoe size followed by a letter. Like 8W or 8WW. It may be different depending on who makes them or where you live.

thinkpositive - Thursday Mar 01, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Can't believe that it's March! What happened to February??

OK, yesterday not as successful as hoped but today is going well. The dinner out was shared plates and I think i over indulged. I'm better off having a dinner so I can see exactly what I have. This restaurant serves dishes as they come out of the kitchen- so like the rice first & the curry dish last- after we've finished the rice.

Today- muesli cereal with milk, tuna wrap for lunch- dinner tbd. snacks- yogurt and apple are planned. Today will keep my resolve to end the day with 1400 or fewer calories. No peanut butter today!!

Didn't get to the gym this morning. Had my flower club & must say I put together a nice crescent shape arrangement. This afternoon getting my hair cut.

Anyone who reads this must think I live some kind of dream life- I don't work, go out to eat frequently, do alot of traveling... OK , yes it's true I am a lady of leisure but I did put in my 27 years of work & raised 2 daughters. So I have great empathy for those of you who are raising your family and working.


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

Maria7 on 03/02/2012:
Good plan on the 1400 or fewer calories for the day. Flower club sounds nice...do you do the live or silk arrangements? Would love to see a photo of your crescent shape arrangement...bet it is very pretty. :-)

V on 03/02/2012:
My client that has twins is doing great, she is a superstar :) The boxer is on the injured list..She pulled her back out playing golf of all things.. She has been out of commission for a few weeks now..I hopes that she gets clearance from the doc to head back to the gym..She is getting a little antsy..I would be too...Anyhoo have a good day my friend <3

Umpqua on 03/02/2012:
I aspire to enjoy my retirement like you do and I'd especially like to travel the way you do as well!!

legcramps on 03/02/2012:
I say we should enjoy our time, whatever phase we're at! Have a wonderful weekend!

starfish on 03/02/2012:
Looks like you are going great today. Flower club sounds fun.

thinkpositive - Thursday Mar 01, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0

Hi !

I now have  more time to concentrate on getting back on track with my portion control and choices and get back to the gym on a more regular basis.

It was good to have my family here, a good visit and now I'm  back to my routine.

Things I need to concentrate on:  having heallthy snacks available so I don't grab chips or other foods that might be around., portion control- so some measuring & weighing to get me back to being honest with my calorie count, and writing down my foods every day.

Today only so-so with eating: B- eng muffin with pb., snack- fruit, lunch- pb & rice cakes- like 6 rice cakes, should have stopped with 2-3. Dinner will be out but I can look at the menu online & select something lower calorie.

Exercise today was golf , 9 holesbut alot of up & down walking.


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

Umpqua on 03/01/2012:
The golf sounds lovely, we're having a major snow and sleet storm here, winter's last hurrah (hopefully). Enjoy your day!

V on 03/01/2012:
Hey girl!! So skinny Margs are made with little to no sour mix.I usually sub it out for club soda..Most of the sour mixes has so much sugar and empty calories..The one we use at work is extremely high(100 calories in a 1oz serving?) I just use fresh squeezed lime juice and it is just as tasty :) Have a good one!!

Maria7 on 03/01/2012:
Yes, that sounds like a real good plan, having healthy things to snack on so you don't be caught offguard and have something that isn't what you would have wished you had had instead. Prepare ahead of time! Be READY for the munchies! :-)

starfish on 03/01/2012:

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