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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:)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jan 25, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Well  I can relax a bit and stop rehearsing my script for museum guiding. It seems that I passed and will do my official tour in February. My mentor gave me a few ideas for my tour- one is that I need to add on a few minutes which is not a problem as I had been told that if it went over an hour we wouldn't pass.

Had a good day yesterday & seem to be on track today. Had my usual breakfast & tuna on salad greens for lunch & a quick chicken burger for dinner with a vegetable. Snacks- grapes, carrots with hummus and yogurt.

Will get out for a walk this afternoon.

Thanks for all of your encouraging comments!

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

grannyannie on 01/26/2012:
Yeah for official tour! Good meals yesterday. Well done.

sweetpea1977 on 01/26/2012:

Great job on the foods too. :)

Umpqua on 01/26/2012:
Yay, congratulations!! RYC, that black ice is scary, I fell on it last year. I was very very happy to get all the slush off my driveway!

hollybelle on 01/26/2012:
Congratulations on passing the guide exam. Where will you be guiding people through? I missed that, I guess. I think that would be a great job. I'd like to do that as I like to speak in front of people, hold over from my days in sales, I think. Have a good day!

Maria7 on 01/26/2012:
Congrats on passing your guide exam...sounds like an interesting work. :-D

moogy on 01/26/2012:
Excellent on both fronts thinkpositive:) Yay for passing your 'tour test' and it also sounds like you have got yourself back on track with your eating. Well done:)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jan 25, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Well it seems three steps forward & then three steps back. I'm making no progress but can't waste time thinking about it or be discouraged. Basically just losing site  of my goal & getting into sloppy habits again... There's this excuse & that excuse & no sense going into all of my excuses...

So today- sunflower toast / p.b, for breakfast, an egg with 1/2 piece toast for lunch, one piece of a local gelatin dessert, grapes, dinner will be a salad with chicken & vegetables & 1/2 eng muffin, yogurt later for snack.

It's been Chinese New Year here so various celebrations & dinners out.

Have been walking - yesterday probably 3-4 miles, today maybe a mile and 35 min at the gym.

Tomorrow I have my trial run- giving a tour- at the museum with my mentor to see if I'm ready to be released on the public. If I am I have my real test on Feb 6. I tried it out on my husband yesterday & he survived. I'm a little nervous but think I'll do okay.



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

grannyannie on 01/25/2012:
Everybody gets off track sometimes. All that matters is getting back on track and never quitting, which I know you wouldn't do. Well done on the walking. Anxious to see how your trial run at the museum goes. :-) RYC: thanks!

supercheese on 01/25/2012:
I've gotten off track a LOT, which has stopped my weightloss....so I'm just taking it one day at a time and if yesterday was bad, today will be even better. Good luck with the trial run!! Im sure you'll do great

V on 01/25/2012:
How exciting I am sure you will be ready to do this on your own :) have a good day <3

Umpqua on 01/25/2012:
Very exciting that you'll be a working docent very soon, I'm sure you'll do great. And yes, yesterday was wonderfully warm and I took full advantage of it since temps are supposed to turn chilly again by the weekend. Have a good one!

WII on 01/25/2012:
Keep on keeping on! You will get through this!

moogy on 01/25/2012:
Love Chinese New Year, love yum cha!!! Hard to resist when it is easy to shop for or just pop into a resturant or on the street. I am confident that you will be a relaxed and competent tour guide. I am so proud of you:)

thinkpositive - Friday Jan 20, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



just a short post -

 calories today- probably over my  goal- dinner was beef  sukiyaki- so maybe 600 or so for that- anyway- somewhat over 1400. oh  and the kitkat candy bar probably didn't help the total

exercise- not really- was going to walk home from museum but had a monsoon like rain so took a bus home after getting soaked on the way to the bus- but I did run for the bus, does that count?

no wine though- only a little splash earlier this week.

More this weekend...

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

grannyannie on 01/20/2012:
Running for the bus does count! :-) Have a great weekend.

greengirl on 01/20/2012:
Our weather sounds similar. It has been torrential at times here in the UK. I wore my waterproofs and walked as usual but it's cold around the ears!! Have a good weekend :-)

WII on 01/20/2012:
Stay dry! Have a great weekend!

Maria7 on 01/20/2012:
Don't feel bad about the candy bar...sometimes I believe that can be a GOOD thing. :-D

supercheese on 01/20/2012:
LOl i agree with annie. Running to the bus does count!

Umpqua on 01/20/2012:
That dinner sounds great, and any type of running counts!

V on 01/20/2012:
Have a wonderful weekend <3

moogy on 01/22/2012:
LOL, yes, running for the bus counts!!! Just read your last couple of days entries, sounds like you are moving in the right direction, with only slight meanderings, good for you thinkpositive:)

thinkpositive - Thursday Jan 19, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Having a good day although I did just have 2 cookies - the result of not having enough for lunch & then diving in to my husband's cookies- usually he know to put forbidden foods on the top shelf where i can't reach them!

So no more cereal- had my favorite sunflower bread & 2 t. of p.b for breakfast which keeps me satisfied until lunch. The had yogurt & a banana which just didn't do it for me. Dinner will be stir fried ckicken with asparagus & rice.

Exercise was 9 holes of golf this morning & then a short swim in the afternoon. A beautiful day here - sunny with a light breeze & lower than normal humidity which makes all of the difference.

Enjoyed my walk after dinner last night so may do the same tonight depending on what time dinner is served- meaning what time my husband gets home.

Weight was down a few ounces - getting closer...

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

grannyannie on 01/19/2012:
RYC: still getting tired in the evenings but not as much.

I'm trying to resist the urge to eat some of my oatmeal raisin cookies. Saving one for tonight. Your menu sounds good.

Sounds like a very nice day for you! :-)

Kati on 01/19/2012:
hehe, the cereals... I remembered today morning to weigh my dose of cereals. It seems that I eat 20-25 grams of cereals. But as I said, I mix it with pieces of fruit (a kiwi, a small banana/apple/pear cut into small pieces) and I pour 200 gr plain, LF yogurt on top. And my cereals are roasted or plain wholemeal oat flakes, without added sugar, etc. This works for me. The cereal + milk combo wouldn't be enough for me either. That's not food for me. :) I need to use my teeth to grind and my throat to swallow - solid food is my thing.

V on 01/19/2012:
OOh I bet you enjoyed your golf outing this morning :) Have a good afternoon(probably evening there now?)

Kati on 01/19/2012:
2 cookies are not many cookies ;-) When binge hits me, I normally devour 1-2 whole packs of cookies. :(

Umpqua on 01/19/2012:
Golf and a sunny day sounds so great - it was 10 here this morning when I dropped the boys off!

grannyannie on 01/20/2012:
RYC: my birthday trip is the end of Feb to Morocco for 10 days. :-)

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