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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:

thinkpositive - Friday Feb 24, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all,

Sorry about the lack of postings. My family has been here since I returned from my trip & we've been pretty busy every day. This morning I'm up before everyone so have a few minutes.

Having fun with my granddaughters , BTW , not that I didn't know this, but it all comes back to me about minding 2 children! The 2 girls play very well together for 95% of the time but then !! Of course there is the jet lag factor, the humidity factor and being away from their own environment so all thing considered they are doing very well ( ages 6 & 8). We've been to the zoo, night safari, water park, and to my museum plus other sight seeing.And my daughter & son in law are here so I have them myself just from time ti time.

Just trying to not eat much between meals right now and will get back on track next week Exercise has been keeping up with the girls!

Also this week had to deal with decision to change apartments since our lease is up mid April. we found an apartment in the same complex on a higher floor. These decisions are stressful,  then I tend to have second thouhts, but we already signed the letter of intent. It will be fine & it's a lower rent.

I'll be back here on a more regular basis after Tues.

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

V on 02/25/2012:
How exciting for you can spend some time with your family :) Looking forward to catching up with you Tuesday!!

Umpqua on 02/25/2012:
I'm glad you're having such fun with your family!

Maria7 on 02/26/2012:
Sounds like you had/are having a good visit with you family! :-D Your Grans sound delightful.

TinaAnn on 02/27/2012:
Glad your having fun! I hate making decisions! I'm not very good at it.

thinkpositive - Sunday Feb 19, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hi all-

I'm back from my trip to India. It was a quick trip - just short of a week. Alot to take in- a third world country with contrasts of very poor people living in poor conditions- like under a tarp & using the roadside for their bathroom & wealthy people able to afford all luxuries. Saw the Taj mahal, great palaces, temples, went on an elephant ride & a tuk-tuk ride through Old Delhi, shopping in a wild bazaar. All fun with a nice group. A few people got ill from food or water. We couldn't drink tap water or eat fresh fruits or vegetables- our system isn't used to some of their bacteria. One women stayed sick for most of the trip & neeeded a doctor to come to the hotel. That was scary. I will also say that I'vehad enough Indian food to last me for a few months!

Now my daughter , son inlaw & grandaughters are here & we're having a good time. I have a cold so am taking it easy today.

No change in weight and now not feeling great haven't been exercising the last few days- although have had a some walking while seeing the sights.

Check in with all of you soon.

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

nomoreforme on 02/20/2012:
Your trip sounds like a great experience! Have a good day, hope you feel better soon.

V on 02/20/2012:
Welcome back!!

hollybelle on 02/20/2012:
Have always wanted to go to India, but everyone I know who has been there did become ill - one had to come hope early, even. It is scary. Curiously - may I ask - did the poverty leave you depressed or more grateful?

Umpqua on 02/20/2012:
That sounds like a very interesting trip, although it's too bad some people got sick. I hope you recover from your cold soon!

hollybelle on 02/20/2012:
I hear you about poverty in U.S. with all the abundance....II don't want to carry on too much either...so I won't. Thanks for your comments, though. Serious stuff.

Em17 on 02/22/2012:
Have a great day! :)

liza36 on 02/24/2012:
Sounds like you had a nice trip. Enjoy your family visit.

thinkpositive - Tuesday Feb 07, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



No I'm not missing, just have been busy & preoccupied. And also not so good about paying attention to my calorie intake.

It's been a stressful week  with my husband's job. Personnel issues can interfere with getting the job done. I won't go into the details but it has been difficult on both of us.

I did pass my final docent challenge of conducting a public tour successfully- so I have my certificate and official badge . It was at 2:00 on Monday & so i had the whole day to fret about it . So after when my mentor bought me a tea & a mini- high tea tray, I just scoffed down those little treats as I had skipped lunch. :) Then went out for a steak dinner with my husband.

Other good things- went to a party on Sat night with wonderful passed hors d'oeuvres & then fire works from the balcony - very cool. Played golf twice last week . And have done alot of walking. Today saw a Hindu ritual that involves people  walking from one temple in Little India to a temple closer to where I live and some of the men pierce their body with large hooks and carry small pails on the hooks along with decorative objects.It is quite a site. I thought I would feel squeamish about the piercings but didn't when I saw them.

So, no I haven't stopped watching what I eat but have been distracted & will get back on track,

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

supercheese on 02/07/2012:
Congrats on the certificate and badge!!

Umpqua on 02/07/2012:
Congrats on being a docent!! Those Hindu men must have been quite a site :) I hope things calm down for your husband soon.

V on 02/07/2012:
I am hoping that your hubby's work issues are resolved so you can de stress my friend <3 Have a good day and Congrats on getting your official badge, how exciting! :)

grannyannie on 02/07/2012:
Congrats on passing! I wondered where you'd disappeared to. Hope everything with your husband's job gets sorted. That ceremony sounds very interesting!

legcramps on 02/07/2012:
Congrats! Sounds like that ritual is very interesting :)

moogy on 02/13/2012:
I have seen those rituals on TV. looks painful if not for them certainly for me!!!! I am so happy that you have your 'badge' and are now offical. I hope your personal issues are sorted out this week and you can get back on track in mind and body:)

WII on 02/15/2012:
Congratulations on the certification! YAY! Best for you and your hubby :)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Jan 31, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Ok have to repost my weight as the scale was still a few ounces over today. That's ok as I really need to realize how far back these weeks put me. On the other hand- I am thinkpostive, right- I am on the right track & am in a better position than I was last year at this time.

Had a busy day - museum lecture on religion  & then a talk on the school system here- both interesting , then a lunch on my own, salad with salmon, and some time in the museum, and then  came out to get a taxi & got poured on - like just the time that I was getting into the taxi & putting my umbrella down  got me soaked. Oh well, very typical day here. At least I got a taxi- usually when it rains the taxis disappear. I went to a meeting about my trip to India & found out that I know 2 of the women who are going on the trip & am rooming with one.Funny- one side of the room looked like girls in their 20s and then there was the rest of us.It wil be fine though.

So food today- the salad for lunch, sunflower toast w pb for breakfast, a few bite sized treats at my morning lecture,a handful of peanuts for a snack, and my husband is making dinner- chicken curry I believe. It 's a treat for him to cook but he volunteered & I never turn that down.

Funny- I got an email from my 8 year old granddaughter " I'll bring my umbrella". I guess she got the message about the frequent rain.

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

Em17 on 01/31/2012:
Have a great day!

Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
Good news on your overall loss, it's always important to look at the bigger picture and you've come a long way since last year! I'm sure the India trip will be amazing, I can't wait to hear about it!

Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
Heh, they're interesting. A LOT of work and I'm kind of undecided on the taste. I think it's an acquired taste, not like a typical Western dessert. I probably won't make them again, but I do want to try lots of entrees and other Korean dishes on the site I've been visiting!

V on 01/31/2012:
Hahaha NEVER turn down a meal that you don't have to cook :) I bet your granddaughter is excited to see her Nana <3 Is this her first visit there??

grannyannie on 01/31/2012:
How did your museum tour go? That'll be so nice to have your granddaughter visit. I'm lucky my hub cooks 99% of the dinners - as you can tell, curry is his speciality. RYC: quitting smoking was the hardest thing I've ever done. Even harder than dieting!

moogy on 01/31/2012:
I know what you mean about the rain, Summer rain comes really quickly and soaks you and then whoop it's gone again. Until the next time when you are not prepared. I hope you have a good day thinkpositive and that you enjoyed your curry:) Nice!!

Maria7 on 01/31/2012:
Good on your progress! Keep up the good work. :-)

WII on 02/01/2012:
Yep, a year from now, we will have wished we started today. And that is so true for all of us who are looking back at whatever point we started! You have a wonderful day!

thinkpositive - Sunday Jan 29, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Well getting closer to my posted weight. It just shows that if I put my mind to it I can lose weight. It's simple, 1400 or less calories, watch the carbs  and fat which means mostly fish & chicken+ vigorous ( Ok well vigorous for me not V :)  ) exercise and weight will come off.  And why do I resist this- hard work!! and I do like my wine & ice cream and bread proucts sometimes.

But , if I'm not in the 173 range, meaning not 174, I will repost my weight, which is what I had said I would do if I wasn't there by the end of the month.

I had a good weekend, nothing special- but went to Little India on Sat. & bought a digital piano so I can practice my music for choir, ate a vegetarian meal in Little India, delicious; went to see Haywire on sat night- now there's a woman who is in shape- yow.Sunday a walk around the Botanic Garden & then ran into a friend from the museum & had lunch with her family. Also saw two Shelties ( like little collies) a breed that we have owned , we love to see them , reminds us of our dogs.

Found out that my daughter & family are coming here in a couple of weeks!! All excited about that. My soninlaw has a conference here so my daughter will come with my grandaughters at the same time & he will add on a few days to his trip to visit.

Hope all is well with everyone of my DD friends. And I would be honored to have all of you in my debut tour at the museum.

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

grannyannie on 01/30/2012:
Well done. Sounds like a nice weekend! How exciting that your daughter's family are coming to visit! Would love to see your museum tour debut. :-)

RYC: aye, hubby's a good cook and I'm good at cleaning up afterwards. Works great. :-)

Umpqua on 01/30/2012:
What wonderful news about your family coming over, very exciting! It sounds like you're doing well, keep up the good work :D

V on 01/30/2012:
LOL!! Determination will get you there, you are so right about it being hard work, but it is well worth it :) I would be honored to attend your debut, i am sure you will do an amazing job <3

moogy on 01/30/2012:
I get what you mean about comparing what 'normal' people can do and what V does (she has come a long way though). How exciting to have a visit from the granchildren, oh! and your daughter, of course! LOL Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, Nice:)

thinkpositive - Friday Jan 27, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



I had a good day yesterday & now I hope my Chinese New Year 9 or was it 8- course lunch won't be a problem. I tried to eat only the healthy parts & left the noodle dish pretty much untouched as well as the Chinese bun. It was fun- we threw the yu sheng  ( a fish & shredded vegetable salad) - the server puts the ingredients out ona plate   & then with chopsticks we toss the salad- the higher the better while saying properous things about the new year. We went to a local Chinese restaurant that was packed with office workers out celebrating with their coworkers & everyone getting into the spirit with their tossing of the yu sheng- the noisier the better. All while drinking tea- hope it isn't too much caffeine

Now I'll just have some soup or salad for dinner. And maybe a good walk this evening. I went to the gym this morning.

Thanks for the comments about my tour. Actually I'm just 1/2 way there, it isn't until I do my first "real" tour that I'll get my certificate.  Now I'm trying to find someone who is willing to go along on my tour - in case no tourists show up. So far everyone is playing bridge or away for a long holiday. I can always call  my husband or his coworkers. I can't ask anyone on my museum training group. Maybe the taxi driver??

I was asked what kind of museum I  will  be guiding in- It's called the Peranakan museum & it's  about the culture of the Chinese merchants who came here in the 19th c & married local women & of the merger of the two cultures into a unique culture. Many became very wealthy & acquired beautiful jewelry, silver & furniture.So I talk about their religion, beadwork, sarongs & kebayas , wedding traditions & about some of their customs.

It's actually been good for me to have something to concentrate on while here & a good reminder to keep learning. Good for the brain! Also wonderful people that I've met in the program.

Have a good weekend.

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

Umpqua on 01/27/2012:
It must be fascinating to learn so much about the culture there. And the New Year celebrations sound like fun! I'm hitting a Korean grocery today to stock up on supplies to make those rice cake balls I talked about a while back and some other dishes. This will be my first honest attempt at Asian cuisine - I'll post the results of my experiments!

V on 01/27/2012:
Have a wonderful weekend :)

sweetpea1977 on 01/27/2012:
If I lived there, I'd definitely go on your tour with you. I love learning about different cultures!! The Chinese New Year traditions sound so fun!!

liza36 on 01/27/2012:
Your tour sounds so facinating. Hope you get someone to go on the tour!

moogy on 01/27/2012:
I would come on your tour if I could:) Sounds really interesting:) Love the sound of the luncheon, everyone getting into the spirit of things. I suppose everyone will be burning 'money' in the streets soon. Great job of getting through the day unscathed:)

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