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thinkpositive - Sunday Nov 27, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Whoops- wrote out an entry & somehow deleted it!

Had a decent eating weekend- except for the piece of cheesecake that I shared with my husband.

Exercise- mostly walking- lots of walking on Sat., Friday went to the gym, & today took it easy. Back to the gym tomorrow.

Otherwise- did well with my speech & paper- got some nice comments back from the evaluator & now will start on my final paper.

My sister-inlaw comes on Thursday so I'd like to have my work out of the way.

Also my choir concerts start this week & It's fun but just a bit of pressure - the concerts are all over the place so it's always a challenge to find some of these addresses- the taxi drivers don't always know either. we sing for 2 club holiday luncheons- always at nice hotels & then sing for a hospice, nursing home & a special education school.

AND - the coundown begins for my trip home on Dec 13 th . :)  Looking forward to seeing my family & friends.

And this Thanksgiving season I'm thankful for the support of my DD friends!


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

hollybelle on 11/27/2011:
Oh, sounds like a very fun and entertaining season of music for you and students! We are thankful for you on DD, too! Keep posting.

hollybelle on 11/27/2011:
P.S. I have gotten those butterball boneless turkeys before and they are good. Hope you liked it, too. Before I did the dinner for the whole family I made those and I made them during the year, too. Good for leftovers to put in casseroles, etc.

grannyannie on 11/27/2011:
Shared cheesecake is not a biggie. Good on the exercise! Congrats on your speech & paper! Thankful for your support as well! How long is your flight?

Maria7 on 11/27/2011:
The singing sounds real nice...will you be singing Christmas carols? :-)

Umpqua on 11/27/2011:
You are so busy, and you're coming back home before you know it. Enjoy it all!

biscottibody59 on 11/27/2011:
Keep up the good work (and play:-)!

moogy on 11/27/2011:
I am sending good vibes for your final. I am sure that you will enjoy singing at the places that have been chosen. Always a joy to sing carols:)

V on 11/27/2011:
Yayyy for your trip home!! i am leaving the 20th :) I can't wait to see the fam, especially Nana <3

~WI~ on 11/29/2011:
Glad you had a happy Thanksgiving!

thinkpositive - Thursday Nov 24, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0

 Hi all  & Happy Thanksgiving to all  DD friends-

Today is Thanksgiving  & I had decided to ignore the traditional meal but this morning had a change of heart & made my way to the local grocery store thinking I would get a chicken but found a Butterball boneless breast- called freezer to oven ready. OK so it's in the oven & not not like having a real turkey but should be fine. Picked up all the fixings including cranberry sauce & an apple tart. Sart with a shrimp cocktail.

I think I'm doing it so I don't sound so pathetic to my family when they ask what we're doing on Thanksgiving.

Today I walked for about an hour and a half. Back to the museum to get ready for my paper. Pretty soon i will know that place blindfolded. I always meet one of my fellow classmates at the museum- we're all in the same boat so It's fun to share our ideas.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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

grannyannie on 11/24/2011:
Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy your day. I'll be having my turkey and trimmings on christmas day with the family, which I expect you will too. :-)

V on 11/24/2011:
Happy Thanksgiving!!

moogy on 11/24/2011:
I hope you enjoyed your meal. I love shrimp cocktail, never go out of fashion with me:) That's a lot of walking, good for you thinkpositive:)

biscottibody59 on 11/26/2011:
Interesting about the turkey--I guess you can pretty much find anything anywhere these days! Hope you're having a good weekend and the museum stuff is going well!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Nov 23, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



I just came from a very large lunch out with a group. I tried to stick to the lower calorie choices on the menu but did have soup to dessert with wine so will just have soup for dinner.

Yesteday went well with  my 7 minute speech. I knew the material well & as I was giving my speech in the gallery about 15  people came in and surrounded me - so not easy to concentrate. I did fine & "passed" but had a couple of minor revisions before I could upload my paper. That's OK it was  a learning process & i was less intent on being perfect & more concerned with learning to do this museum guiding process right.

Now i have to get ready to write my final paper which I want to do in this next week as my sister in law is coming for a visit on the first.

Exercise hasn't been great but have been walking. I'll get to the gym tomorrow.

Hope all is well.

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

grannyannie on 11/23/2011:
Well done on your speech! I can't do them! Good job on lunch and just trade off with dinner. Walking is still exercise! Have a fabulous day!

Umpqua on 11/23/2011:
It sounds like you're zooming along with your course, very exciting! Have a great day :)

~WI~ on 11/23/2011:
Congrats on the speech! Have a great weekend!

moogy on 11/23/2011:
I am so gald to see that you are progressing with your training and doing so well. I have missed you as well and am glad to be back. Sounds like you are doing well. Good luck with your final paper.:)

Maria7 on 11/23/2011:
Hey, there's a LOT to be said for walking! :-)

V on 11/23/2011:
I knew you would rock it!! Congratulations :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

thinkpositive - Monday Nov 21, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 173.0



Well, by some miracle I did drop one lb. so I was a happy person today. And will give me incentive for the week.

busy today getting ready for my 7 minute speech tomorrow for my museum class. Also should be practicing my music as we have concerts coming up.

Sleep has been better theses past few days. I'm giving nutella a break. :) I think that contributed to my problem.

Had a late night last night- went to the Elton John concert which was great- maybe lacked a little complared to when I saw him with  Billy Joel. But then he is aging as is his band.

Had an eye appointment today- being "watched" for glaucoma.Everything is stable but I have to be seen every 6 months.  Hey it's not fun getting old.....

It's also not easy living here in Singapore as far as food goes. After my eye appointment I decided to be to the lower level of the building I was in to see what was in the Marketplace. Well about every food that I would love to eat is what was there. All just there for the taking. And i did buy some little desserts made of tapioca & probably palm sugar- I know not smart but I don't thing too bad either.

Ok will read some posts & then back to my homework!

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

grannyannie on 11/21/2011:
Good job on losing the pound! Hope your eyes are okay. I'm due for another eye exam and check for glaucoma. Thanks for comments! Just 3 weeks to trip.

biscottibody59 on 11/21/2011:
Hope you do well with the speech! Have a good week!

hollybelle on 11/21/2011:
Great loss of a pound! I hear you about not fun getting older! (We aren't old yet!!!) Hang in there. I'll bet Sir Elton was good. How exciting to see a concert in Singapore.

V on 11/21/2011:
I am sure you will do well with your speech :) I have never had the opportunity to see Sir Elton in concert, I bet it was amazing :) Have a good day and you must update me about your presentation :)

Umpqua on 11/21/2011:
Congrats on the loss, and I'm sure Elton still puts on an amazing show!

~WI~ on 11/21/2011:
Congratulations! Good luck with that speech!

juztme on 11/21/2011:
Congrats on the loss :-)

thinkpositive - Friday Nov 18, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



I think my body wants to stay at this weight. My probelm - just not super motivated to count calories & get in some extra exercise. No excuses.

No, I'm not giving up - or giving in.

I was hopeful of dropping a lb this week but it doesn't happen without more work than I have been willing to put in.

My plan- I will begin again to write down my food & calories & try to stick to 1400 calories.

Sleep was terrible this week- up at 3 am one day & very early another day. This moring up at 5 which isn't terrible but not enough sleep.

I've been very busy - I have 2 papers & a talk to give on Tues. so doing research & writing. The papers have to be done a  specific way & have to be a certain number of words so lots of editing.

I am excited about going to see Elton John. I got tickets just yesterday for Sun. night concert so not sure about the seats but loved seeing him with Billy Joel some years ago. He's a great entertainer.

I hope everyone is doing  well!






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

V on 11/18/2011:
That's right.. NEVER give up! You can and will do this :) Have a wonderful day!!

biscottibody59 on 11/19/2011:
Hope you figure out your sleep issues! Have a great day!

Maria7 on 11/19/2011:
Good plan on the 1400 per day...it seems easy to get complacent after we've gotten so far in our journeys and sometimes we get too comfortable and GAIN weight back....(not you, of course, but it has happened to yours truly time and time again). :-D

thinkpositive - Monday Nov 14, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



I'm not seeing much progress on the scale but am hopeful to see a loss by the end of the week. I've been eating rice cakes for a snack but thenadding peanut butter & nutella. Have three or four of those in a day & it all adds up !. Which I believe is the reason why I'm awake at 3:30 am.- the nutella.

Other than that - not alot to report. Today is a busy day with my museum class in the morning & then choir rehearsal after that. Today I will have time for some lunch in between. Usually i'm running from one to the other & having something slightly unhealthy to eat to tide me over.

Hope you are all having a good day. And I hope I make it through mine with 4 hours of sleep...

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

sweetpea1977 on 11/14/2011:
oh my, nutella. how do I love thee! pb and nutella go really well together, but you didnt hear that from me. :-)

I hope you have a healthy week!

grannyannie on 11/14/2011:
Thanks for your comments! I love nutella but I couldn't have it in the house. I'm amazed that I've been able to ration the pb! Have a good day and get some good sleep!

Umpqua on 11/14/2011:
I can't keep Nutella in the house either, I get into serious trouble. I did peanut butter and dark chocolate chips on a rice cake once and it made a really great and filling snack - maybe that's a less caffeinated option. Have a good one!

V on 11/14/2011:
I am sure once you get back into the swing of such a busy schedule, you will have the opportunity to plan ahead with bagging some healthy snacks to take along with you :) Have a wonderful day ;)

biscottibody59 on 11/15/2011:
Hope you get past the nutella incident:-) Have a good day!

liza36 on 11/15/2011:
Oh nutella, so delicious! Peanut butter is one of my all time favorites, so I don't have that around either. I'd be eating way too much of it. Hope you have a great day.

~WI~ on 11/15/2011:
Nice that you have a pool! Enjoy!

thinkpositive - Friday Nov 11, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Just reporting that i'm back to pre -trip weight & down by a bit so I'm encouraged by that.

I have been trying to watch & eat healthy foods but still not where I was before- a work in progress still. It would be an incentive to lose a few lbs before my Christmas trip home. I'll try to keep that in mind.

Exercise has been walking, swimming & one day this week at the gym. Somedays I'm on my feet for so many hours that I can't even think about going to the gym. I guess that's where swimming comes in. The condo complex has a gigantic pool & yesterday I had it to myself which was very relaxing.

Tomorrow we're going to a PGA tournament & we'll probably follow Phil Mickelson assuming that he makes the cut. We went last year & were so surprised at how close the tournament was to where we live. I think it was less than a 20 min taxi ride away.

 I'm in right now for the afternoon after being in the museum this morning learning about the foods of the area & various gods. Then a taxi ride to Chinatown where we got caught in a downpour. Even with an umbrella we got soaked.

That's the news from this side of the world. Hope everyone has a great weekend.


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

grannyannie on 11/11/2011:
You are doing great! The christmas trip was my (extra) motivation as well as the big birthday soon after. It helps to have an event or date to aim for. Scotland - I know the boat you mean on Loch Lomond. It's a different type of boat from my photo as my pic is the last paddle steamer left - built in 1947.

getmebackto150 on 11/11/2011:
thats fun to go to a PGA tournament!!! Yes, veganaise is a vegan alternative to mayo... Its sold in the natural section of some grocery stores... Look for it in the refridgerated section, not on the shelf with the mayo... Its a really good swap... I cannot tell the difference!

Umpqua on 11/11/2011:
I laughed at your skunk story, that's too funny! Great job on getting to pre-vacation so quickly and I'm sure the trip home will be a great motivator. Enjoy your weekend!

~WI~ on 11/11/2011:

sweetpea1977 on 11/11/2011:

Your weekend sounds fun. Hope the weather cooperates!

biscottibody59 on 11/12/2011:
Good job getting your weight back down and on your swimming, etc.

I echo your comments to me about the site, I know I would have regained without posting here fairly regularly over the years.

As for who started the site, it was someone named Adam. (You can still look up his diary from the directory.) He sort of let the site go to pot at some point and someone else bought it from him from what I understand. The new owner/webmaster has been very responsive when the site goes down.

thinkpositive - Wednesday Nov 09, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Ok- I know I can't  have cookies in the house. I was doing really well yesterday & then discovered the box of cookies that I had put in the freezer. Whoops.Had to throw them out - well the ones I didn't eat!

So no damage done but no progress either. Today- sunflower toast for breakfast; tomato soup for lunch; planned to have an apple for snack, fish , rice, broccoli for dinner & yogurt for late snack.

My plan was to work on a paper for my museum program today  but can't seem to get started. Maybe I'll go for a swim first.

That's it for now.

Have a great day!



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

grannyannie on 11/10/2011:
Thanks for the comments! I'm anxious for the trip as well. We fly to Amsterdam first and spend the night, so won't arrive in the US until the 14th. I know about cookies - can't have any in my house - I've thrown out a few packs!

Umpqua on 11/10/2011:
Your plan for the day sounds great, have a good one!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Nov 08, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



I need to get back on track. And to start writing down everything I'm eating & calorie counts. I haven't been doing this for the last 2 weeks.

Eating has been so-so. Still need to get rid of a 1 lb vacation gain & then start losing again.

I've been busy with my museum course. Today i had to give a 5 minute talk which doesn't seem like a big deal but it takes me  awhile to memorize the material & make it flow & not be deadly dull.And in 2 weeks I have a 4 page paper due & another 5-7 minute talk. So I need to get busy & spend more time in the museum. It's fun though &  I'm with interesting & nice people. Of course in the end I will be giving a 1 hour tour which is  a bit scary. But that won't be until after I return from Christmas break.

Speaking of which- my christmas break- i made my reservation so will be returning to the US on Dec 13 & then return on Jan 17. That will be a nice visit.

I'm thinking of not bothering with Thansgiving this year. last year we had three different Thanksgiving parties but since I'm not up to having a group here for Thanksgiving I'd just as soon skip it. Without family around it's just a turkey. And I don't mean to sound so pathetic and don't feel sorry for me. Just how I feel at the moment.

Hope all is well with everyone !


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

grannyannie on 11/08/2011:
Thanks for the comment. I know you'll get back on track! We'll be leaving for the US the same day as you but we're coming back on the 3rd.

Umpqua on 11/08/2011:
Hopefully your power will be back on for your return trip ;) I can't believe it's taking them so long! Your museum course sounds so interesting, I'm sure you'll be a pro by the time you're giving the tours!

V on 11/08/2011:
So I am so pleased with my two clients I have..Both really determined and motivated..I am taking it slow with building a client base..I am not an aggressive person and my Mantra is working with the willing :) Although this is an opportunity to supplement my income, I am not trying to force my ideas, products, supplements on anyone.. I am currently researching places to have weekly "Fit Club" meetings( showcase beachbody workouts, give out Shakeology samples, complete a cardio workout with the attendees)This might take some time and some strategic planning and of course some cash for the use of a facility..My goal is to get it going within the first half of the new year :) Anyhoo LOL you so don't sound pathetic in regards to Thanksgiving, since it always falls on a Thursday I am at work, now that is pathetic! hahaha just kidding.. For me Thanksgiving is just not the same without my immediate fam so I am saving my holiday yayas til my trip home for Xmas :) have a good day!!

liza36 on 11/08/2011:
I think it was Mark Twain who said it takes 3 weeks to give a good impromptu speech. So I completely understand that even 5 minutes takes tons of time to prepare for. Your course sounds interesting.

I would probably skip all the Thanksgiving food hoopla as well if I didn't have some of my immediate family members around. I say do whatever you like!

~WI~ on 11/09/2011:
What an exciting thing to take a museum course! You are such an interesting person!

biscottibody59 on 11/09/2011:
Good luck getting back on track--you can do it! You're putting in lots of effort on the museum project--good going!

thinkpositive - Saturday Nov 05, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Hey you all- thanks for the nice comments on the pictures. Yes it was a fun trip & sometimes I can't believe that i live here in SE Asia & can see so many wonderful countries. I also know that our time here is limited so want to take advantage of our time.

Today we received a painting that we purchased in Hanoi. So cool to have a painting from an artist from Vietnam.

Re: weight managment- hmmmmm- well, thought I was doing well- lost one vacation pound but then this evening my brain was not attached & ate some potato chips & other snacks along with 2 glasses of wine. So start again tomorrow. Right? Seriously I don't even care about potato chips but they were here  ( my husband) & I just had this craving. Oh well..

If I were back in CT i would still be without power.  My daughter & family are now one week without electricity. As Umpqua said you really appreciate the comforts of home when this happens. I had a touch of it in August-or was it Sept. when the hurrican came through & we were without power for a few days.

Hope everyone is doing well.

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

Umpqua on 11/05/2011:
That's crazy that your house and your daughter's house are still without power! Yes, I definitely think the state was overwhelmed by this storm, I don't remember another one as bad as this in my lifetime. I guess the cold temps really made everything worse.

Potato chips happen sometimes haha! I'm sure you'll get right back on track.

V on 11/05/2011:
I hope your daughter's power will be restored soon..Hey are you back at your museum job yet??? As far as the chips, we are not perfect so I am sure that this won't effect you so all is well my friend :)

grannyannie on 11/06/2011:
That's an awfully long time to be w/o power! Wouldn't worry about the chips, got to have treats sometimes.

V on 11/06/2011:
Just stopping in to say hello :)

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