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thinkpositive - Sunday Jan 08, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0

Back after dinner- dinner was lasagna, salad, wine & small dish of ice cream- approx 700 calories. - so total of about 1600 for the day.

Hi all on this beautiful Sunday,

So far today:   B- same boring but it keeps me satisfied sunflower toast w/ pb & a drizzle of honey- 250 cal.           L- tomatobasil soup, potato bread w/ lf butter, 100 cal pot. chips, banana-   425-  Snack-yogurt-100 ,  piece of brownie that I found in the freezer when cleaning it out- 100 :)    

Back later after my good -bye dinner at daughter's house .


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

Maria7 on 01/08/2012:
LOVE your menu thus far! :-D Hope you are having a good day.

moogy on 01/08/2012:
I think that it is sometimes helpful to eat the same things. I have always kept a little book of what I have eaten and if I have had a good week and lost weight, I just do that week again!! I wish I could give you a cuddle after your dinner tonight, I am sure it will be bitter sweet, hankies out!!

grannyannie on 01/08/2012:
My menus seem to be kind of narrow, but that's okay. They are healthy. Enjoy your last night.

V on 01/08/2012:
Enjoy your last visit with the family! I am sure that you will have a wonderful time :) Oh i will be sure to let you know how the bout went for my client..She says her strategy is to KO the opponent so she won't have to go the entire 3 rounds...Very ambitious, but she is a tough cookie ;)

Umpqua on 01/09/2012:
I hope you had a good visit with your family. Not sure when you are flying out but safe travels to you if I miss you!

thinkpositive - Saturday Jan 07, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Addition to Sat. post- dinner out at steak restaurant- steak + asparagus + one piece of bread + 2 glasses of wine = approx 800 calories  so total for the day = 1725

Which is more than I was planning to eat .  Will keep at it. 


To keep myself going with writing down calories I'll try to keep up here at least for the next few days.


B- sunflower toast w/ pb, coffee w/ lf milk    300

S- banana-  125

L- small portion of beef stew, apple- 400

S- 100 calorie potato chip

I'll be back after lunch......  :)

Beautiful day here- going for a walk.

Back after a great walk- 57 degrees out- lovely

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

grannyannie on 01/07/2012:
Have a good day! Are you back home yet? I was ready to leave after 2 weeks. At least I don't have to re-adjust to a job or schedule except my own. Aye, love the words here and the accents although I don't notice that much any more.

V on 01/07/2012:
Hey there :) Both of my clients are doing really well! In fact the Boxer met her weight requirement and her first bout in Fl. is next Friday..She is already mapping out her strategy to go pro and planning to take me along with her as her personal workout partner..This of course is a bit down the road but I am game! My other client that has twins is still doing a stellar ob of balancing babies, work and workouts :) I am so proud of both of them! I hope you had a wonderful day!!

V on 01/07/2012:
Oh and BTW right now we still have some tourists from the north, some of the kids are still on Xmas holiday, however the following weeks up til Valentine's Day(official start of season) it will be a ghost town here..

Maria7 on 01/07/2012:
Good idea on writing down calories...I try to do that myself, too. :-)

moogy on 01/07/2012:
Good for you thinkpositive, I am sure that writing down your food here will keep you on track:) I love reading your posts as well, I love my little group of diary readers and supporters. What a great bunch of women:)

NewBeginning on 01/08/2012:
Thanks for the welcome :) Your menu so far looks delicious! :)

thinkpositive - Thursday Jan 05, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Hi all-

i think I need to get back to my routine in order to lose these added lbs! I make attempts but then fall short every day. Well my husband leaves tomorrow but then I have lunch out with a friend .

Other than not following my plan things have been going well. I've seen many friends  here  & spent lots of time with my family.

It is cold though & that has been hard to adapt to. I guess my body had adapted to the warmth & humidity of SE Asia. I haven't stopped shivering since I got here!

Will try to be more consistent in posting and reading DD.

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

liza36 on 01/05/2012:
It's so nice to spend time with friends and family. I also find that interruption in a routine can hinder weight loss, but that's life I guess. We just have to be prepared for that kind of thing. You'll get your groove back.

V on 01/05/2012:
I bet you can't wait to get back to tropical weather :) I fared pretty well with my trip to Chicago during Xmas..I was bumming because i didn't have any snow to shovel :( Have a good evening :)

Maria7 on 01/05/2012:
It is sort of warm here in SC. We've had a very mild winter so far here.

grannyannie on 01/05/2012:
How long until you go back? I enjoyed seeing my family as well. Good to be home though.

Umpqua on 01/06/2012:
It's been freezing here lately, and it had been pretty mild before that. If it's going to be this cold I wish it would at least snow ;)

I hope you enjoy the rest of your time back here!

moogy on 01/06/2012:
I am sorry that you are struggling at the moment and feeling the cold. Yes, come here each day and let us know how you are going:)Have you started writing down your calories? If you could just get a couple of good days under your belt I am sure you would be off and going:)

thinkpositive - Sunday Jan 01, 2012
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Happy New Year!!


Going out for brunch today with family and friends. It is one event after another & the scale is reflecting it! Oh well- will try to eat healthy today. I can say that I will write down my calories again starting today. That much I can do.


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

V on 01/01/2012:
Happy New Year!!!

Maria7 on 01/01/2012:
Happy new year! :-)

moogy on 01/05/2012:
Thanks for stopping by my diary:) I think that writing down what you eat will help you keep things under control. Nothing like seeing it in writing to put the brakes on! Good luck thinkpositive:)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Dec 28, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Hi all-

Not so good yesterday.   :(  Doing much better today and hoping to get back to a healthier pattern of eating.

 Yesterday had a good workout on the treadmill & remembered why I changed to the elliptical- the treadmill is way too hard on my knees & shins. Today just some outside yard work for about 2 hours.

Good to be here in the US and to see friends & family. Tonight will go to a movie with a friend & then for a bite to eat.Going to avoid the movie snack food & bring a fresca along to the movie.


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

Umpqua on 12/28/2011:
Good plan for tonight, I hope you enjoy!

V on 12/29/2011:
Hello there!! i am back home an back at it :) So what movie did you see??

Maria7 on 12/30/2011:
Good plan on the outside work! :-D

thinkpositive - Monday Dec 26, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0

Hi all

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was super. We had my daughter here with husband and 2 grandchildren. So very busy and chaotic but fun. For Christmas day my other daugter came with her family & mother inlaw so we had 11 for dinner. The grandchildren played and ran around the house- in & out -hide& seek is a favorite.

Today was clean up, packing up for my daughter & family. Sad because I'm not sure if i'll see them again on this trip which means a long time- June probably- before I see them again.

I can't say I was proud of my eating unless you call eating everything in sight a positive thing. :) ( What had I said about discipline? Yeah- somehow that didn's stick inmy mind!)

Again- that was yesterday & tomorrow is another day. I'll clean out all food that might be bad to have in the house.

I did go for an hour walk today which was just great- blue sky, cool but not cold.

Going to watch a movie on tv with my husband & will read some posts tomorrow.


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

xoxomadison on 12/27/2011:
Congrats on your 18 lb weight loss so far!

V on 12/27/2011:
Hey!!! Sounds like you had a really good holiday as well! So how much longer do you have in the states?

Umpqua on 12/27/2011:
I'm glad you're enjoying your time here, and the weather has been nice, until this afternoon! I think it may have foiled my skiing plans, but I know a lot of people prefer the rain to snow :)

~WI~ on 12/28/2011:
Looks like you had a very full packed holiday! Awesome!

thinkpositive - Sunday Dec 18, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



doing ok- up and down- have to work harder on the down side! I was up yesterday due to pizza out withe the grandchildren - well, pizza plus wings & fried eggplant+ a beer ( no not for the grandchildren :)  ) Funny as I was eating my pizza I looked across at a woman eating a salad- hmm- the thing is I would have enjoyed that just as much as the pizza. But we don't eat very much pizza in Singapore so somehow I had the urge for a slice.

Yesterday , bettter- a good brisk walk & smaller & healthier portions. Still have to watch the snack (Harry & David's salty & vinegar almonds- yummy ) portions.

Today will go to church, maybe have the grandchildren over to bake cookies. Dangerous territory- not sure how Moogy handles this all of the time.

Hope everyone is enjoying the pre holiday get togethers. For me i want to enjoy them, maybe indulge a bit without the guilt . So i guess that means some degree of discipline. 

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

grannyannie on 12/18/2011:
We had Mexican buffet at my sis's house yesterday and I did go overboard, but I'll just make up for it. Haven't had my annual pizza yet, but determined to stick with 2 pieces.

grannyannie on 12/18/2011:
Oh, glad you're enjoying your grandkids, I am too. I don't know how Moogy bakes cookies w/o eating them either. No way could I do that. The smell is just too tempting.

V on 12/18/2011:
:) sounds like you are having a great vacation..You can have your indulgence guilt free..Discipline is a good strategy, I know you can do it! Have a good day :)

Maria7 on 12/18/2011:
How sweet! Having the Grans over and baking cookies with them! :-D I remember when my Grandma used to do that with me! FUN! :-D

Umpqua on 12/18/2011:
I'm so glad you're enjoying some family time! Anything from Harry & David's is dangerous for me ;) The chocolate place was Fascia's in Waterbury. I think I may try Catherine's for Easter since it's closer and just as good (and no free samples as I recall).

Umpqua on 12/19/2011:
The P90x is part of the whole program which is on DVD and pricey. I'm not doing the whole program (and can't afford it to be honest) so I just have some of the classes in AVI format and play them on the computer. This isn't an ideal setup for most, but it works for me since hubby is a tech geek and we have all sorts of stuff hooked up to our television.

If you are looking for something to try at home, I'd recommend the Xtreme Yoga class with Chris Freytag. I got it On Demand through DirectTV, but it's also available on cable. It's in the ExerciseTV section, and you can just get the one class to try it out. It's shorter than the P90x and she really takes her time to explain the moves.

I hope this is helpful!

liza36 on 12/20/2011:
Baking cookies are dangerous territory! I rarely do it, but will be baking later this week. I already know that I won't be able to stop at just one cookie, so they will be shared so I don't eat them all! Have a great time with your family.

thinkpositive - Friday Dec 16, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0


Hi from the USA.

Back home safe & sound- well, not so sure about the being sound part as I have jet lag so kind of out of it. It is getting better though.

Home late Tuesday after traveling for about 24 hours! Did get upgraded to business class so I really can't complain about  the comfort level. Tried to watch what I ate on the plane but did have too many nuts ( do enjoy those warmed nuts that they serve) and wine. But that's yesterday's news.

Have seen our grandson's winter concert and put up the Christmas tree. This afternoon will pick up our grandchildren & have pizza with them.

Trying to buy healthy food & have carrots & hummus & fruit for snacks.

I think the travel weight is coming off & hope to get back to posted weight & hold steady until after the holidays.

Our yard is a mess with tree limbs down & some tops of trees broken & just hanging - all due to the Halloween storm- Umpqua knows all about this. And this is after our landscape guy spent two days hauling downed branches out of the yard for pickup.

That's the news for now! Hope everyone's hoilday preparations & travel are going well.

Other wise the house seems to have held up fine for the three months that I've been gone.


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

liza36 on 12/16/2011:
Glad you made it there. Enjoy your time with your family.

Umpqua on 12/16/2011:
Welcome home! Sorry to hear your yard is in such bad shape, we really lucked out and didn't have too much damage. We have one halfway down sumac tree near the house that hubby is leaving until spring in the hopes the robins will visit and put on a show for us in Jan/Feb haha. Have fun with your family!

biscottibody59 on 12/16/2011:
Have a good time!

V on 12/16/2011:
Sorry for the extra cleanup :( Yes I am leaving Early Tuesday morning :) I am so excited to see my Nana! Oh yeah the rest of the fam too ;) Enjoy your vacation!

grannyannie on 12/16/2011:
Hi! Hope you're enjoying being home. Doing pretty good here in Michigan. Big get together tomorrow though that includes mexican food and margaritas!

thinkpositive - Thursday Dec 08, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Doing Ok - really just trying to maintain at this point  which is not so easy.

Today was a luncheon after our final docent training meeting. Fun lunch - all Peranakan food which is part Chinese, part Malay & part Indonesian. Mostly spicy- beef, chicken, lamb or mutton here, and then various desserts- not so sweet but some with coconut, some very thin layered cakes. I've had some of them  at various functions as the museum where I'll be guiding is the Peranakan museum.Tried to eat more vegetable and fruits than heavy foods.

My sister inlaw left very early this morning so life is back to normal , more or less. Although since we are leaving very early on tues. it'll be a bit hectic to get ready to leave plus I have  2 concerts left.

Thanks for all of your comments!


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

grannyannie on 12/08/2011:
Started packing yet? I'm figuring out my carry on allowance and debating whether to bring a big gym bag and use it as second bag on the way back. $60. Hmm...

sweetpea1977 on 12/08/2011:
Glad you're doing ok.

Yay for going home soon! :)

biscottibody59 on 12/08/2011:
The food sounds great:-) Do your best--keep at it!

Umpqua on 12/08/2011:
You might be able to answer a question I asked on the Facebook group. Do you have any experience with Korean rice cakes? I'm thinking of making this recipe: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/gyungdan

It looks like the cakes are about 120 per ball and very filling. I've read they're an acquired taste but they look yummy to me!

liza36 on 12/08/2011:
Food sounds so interesting. Maintaining can be harder than losing, so I hear. Just keep up the great job.

V on 12/08/2011:
OOh more concerts :) Who this time??

Maria7 on 12/08/2011:
Sounds like you are doing real well. Bet you sing very beautifully at your concerts. :-)

grannyannie on 12/09/2011:
All size ferries were cancelled yesterday, so not safe at all! How are your plans for maintaining while you are home?

moogy on 12/09/2011:
Yummy food, dissapearing visitors, what's not to love?? LOL I would be glad to find my lost earrings, at least I could salvage the stones!!! LOL So glad the card idea was a good one for you:)

~WI~ on 12/09/2011:
That food sounds really good..glad you are doing well!

Maria7 on 12/14/2011:
Hope you are having a good evening. :-)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Dec 06, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Didn't realize that so much time had gone by without posting. Just been busy and have my sister in law here for a visit so have been out & about most of the day.

Haven't been the best about eating & the scale is giving be feedback on that. So need to pay more attention to the extras that add up- like ice cream in the evening & a few more snacks.

I leave for home in a week!! I'm not mentally prepared for that but can't wait. I know that things will be hectic when I get home.Getting the house ready for Christmas, sending out cards, you know how it is- I'll just be doing it with jet lag!

Hope everyone is well- I'll catch up with some postings.

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

Kati on 12/06/2011:
welcome back! :)

V on 12/06/2011:
Hey I missed ya!! Yeah I am pretty excited to see the fam!! I am sure you will have a good time, jet lag and all :) Have a good day!!

getmebackto150 on 12/06/2011:
welcome back!!!

grannyannie on 12/06/2011:
Welcome back! Yep, one more week until we fly! Gotta see those grandbabies!

Umpqua on 12/06/2011:
Great news you're coming back in a week! At least you have your own place to come back to, that should help you to control the eating over the holidays. Have a good one!

moogy on 12/06/2011:
Have you got the cards prepared already? That would help, if all you needed to do was post them!! Just an idea! Would be nice just to be able to enjoy getting the house ready with Christmas songs on in the background just like in the movies!!!!! Yes, I know, probably won't happen but nice to imagine:)

Maria7 on 12/06/2011:
Hope you have a good trip. Take care. :-)

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