forums directory search about DD
or Join for Free!
Recent Diary Entries
Horn_Of_Plenty 1 hrs
BearCountryGG 1 hrs
grannyannie 2 hrs
happy-1 11 hrs
InnerPeace 22 hrs
Donkey 1 days
Maria7 2 days
legcramps 5 days
trishpiglet3 23 days
BookLover 4/27
greengirl 4/12
thinkpositive 4/09
CICO 4/05
Jayhawkjen 3/30
Cybermom4 2/10
graindart 1/23
OhioRaven 1/15
pinklatte 12/31
DDwebmaster 12/15
chidogs 10/22
Duaa123. 10/12
smilewithkatie 5/28
Puddles 5/18
52LivingLife 4/16
onceagain 2/01

Recent Forum Topics
New Goal Format - Thank You - 8:42A 28-Jul

Slim Fast - 7:15A 20-Dec

spam removed - 7:15A 20-Dec

DD Future - 2017 - 12:34P 30-Apr

My First time! - 6:19P 7-Mar

Can't post replies to journal posts - 2:14P 17-Sep

view thinkpositive bio page
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 :)

thinkpositive - Thursday Nov 03, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Pictures of my trip for anyone interested can be viewed here:


Still kind of recovering from the trip. I've been busy this week since coming home so haven't gotten caught up with my life.

Will write more later.

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

panda22 on 11/03/2011:
Love the pictures! Looks like you had a great time and saw some beautiful places on your trip :) not to mention the cool cultural shots, very interesting. I agree a 2 pound gain isnt bad at all and it will be gone in no time ;) Have a good day!

grannyannie on 11/03/2011:
Loved your photos!! Glad you enjoyed your trip. Looked like a great place to kayak.

sweetpea1977 on 11/03/2011:
Wow, lovely photos! So glad you had a wonderful trip!!

legcramps on 11/03/2011:
Get your rest this week, I know it's always hard to get back in the swing of things after a trip.

liza36 on 11/03/2011:
I love the pictures! Looks and sounds like a great trip.

V on 11/03/2011:
So great to put a beautiful face to your words :) Thank you for sharing the pics with us :) I especially love the view from your boat(junk?) Have a good one my friend :)

Umpqua on 11/04/2011:
Gorgeous photos, I'm glad you had a wonderful trip! And good news that your house was OK. We have a few small branches down and I consider myself very lucky. There are still several areas of northern CT that are out of power!

~WI~ on 11/04/2011:
Great pictures thank you for sharing! Glad your house is OK :)

hollybelle on 11/04/2011:
Wonderful looking trip. Good pictures - so nice to SEE you!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Nov 01, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


Back from my big trip to Vietnam & Laos. It was a great trip- Hanoi was great- a chaotic city with motorbikes everywhere , beeping horns,it's a art to cross the road; a great time in Halong Bay on a little boat- a junk- with 3 other people- did some kayaking & swimming there; Sapa , a town in Northern Vietnam was pretty with terraced rice filelds but a bit disappointing with the local women constanlty following us wanting us to buy from them- " What your name?", "Where you from", - it got to be a little much.Luang Prabang was a delightful town with many temples and monks, markets and great restaurants. We took a boat ride up the Mekong River to see a cave and stopped at a acouple of towns. Had many nice meals, 2 massages, bought a designer handbag in Hanoi ( where Hillary Clinton has shopped) , bought a gong for our apartment and a painting plus the usual souvenirs.

On the weight management side- didn't count calories but tried to be mindful of what I was eating. the breakfast buffets were the hardest- the French pastries won out I'm afraid. Bottom line though was a 2 lb gain which I will get rid of soon.

I will post pictures but need some instruction. I looked around the site & didn't see where to upload pictures. Maybe someone can help?


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

grannyannie on 11/01/2011:
Sounds like a great trip! I'd love to visit. 2 pound gain is not bad at all. Well done! Sorry, can't help with the photos as I can't get mine to upload no matter what code I use.

hackersdiet on 11/01/2011:
oh, that sounds like a great trip! I can't seem to post pics anymore either. I used to be able to when making a post. I would click on the button that looked like a clipboard and then paste the picture, but it doesn't work anymore, so I don't know how to help you. Sorry. But I did love reading about your trip! I'm glad you made it back safely, and I am glad you enjoyed the French Pastries...sometimes the extra calories are worth it. And you will take it off again soon. :)

Supercheese on 11/01/2011:
Wow sounds like an awesome trip! Um for the pictures....theres no button?

biscottibody59 on 11/01/2011:

The first comment is from the webmaster and includes instructions on how to upload photos from your desktop to your entries.

Welcome back--have a good day/evening!

legcramps on 11/01/2011:
Sounds like a lovely trip!

V on 11/01/2011:
HELLO!!! :) Welcome back!! I missed you :) I have so much to tell you but out of time tonight :(

grannyannie on 11/02/2011:
I uploaded a pic from my computer. Click on the photo icon in your diary, and click on Upload, then add to server. Wait until you see the preview before clicking ok.

biscottibody59 on 11/02/2011:
There are two tabs on the first window after clicking the icon, you have to click "Upload" and then it lets you browse your desktop for the image. Good Luck!

biscottibody59 on 11/02/2011:
There are two tabs on the first window after clicking the icon, you have to click "Upload" and then it lets you browse your desktop for the image. Sometimes it's too big and you have to tweak the size. Good Luck!

V on 11/02/2011:
Thank you so much!!! I really wanted to tell you the news when it happened! With that being said if you are on FB please look me up and do a friend request if you don't mind( all of my info is on my bio page so you can find me).. I am totally in it to help others meet their fitness goals above all. My client that I am currently working with is a new mother of TWINS!! I am so lucky that she lives nearby(most clients are out of state).. Anyhoo I am so thankful that I can also have the chance to workout with her if she needs that extra boost or watch the babies if she needs some workout time :) I am so excited!! I love the one on one personal touch, although I would enjoy instructing in a class setting!! Thank you so much for positive reinforcement :) It means so much

V on 11/02/2011:
Ps...Must see pics from your trip :)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Oct 19, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Not sure what was going on with me but yesterday was a bad eating day. Breakfast, fine then snack time during my museum training & I over did it with some pastry. Not thinking  & then the day went on like that. OK- up a bit today which is going in the wrong direction for sure.

So in the gym this morning & being careful of eating today & should be back on track.

I leave Friday for a 10 day trip to Vietnam & Laos which I am looking forward to . I should be able to find healthy food where we're going. We're staying at nice hotels with good restaurants so I'm sure they will serve salads & fish. I have to watch breakfast because they have nice buffets for breakfast which can be deadly in the calorie department.

Will try to log in at least once before I leave.


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

grannyannie on 10/19/2011:
Getting right back on track is the key! Envy your trip to Viet Nam. Would love to hear about the food there. I go to Michigan on Dec 13th to see my family.

Supercheese on 10/19/2011:
I think its ok to have a few days that aren't so good but as long as they don't go for weeks I think you should be good! Have fun in vietnam and loss!

Supercheese on 10/19/2011:
*laos! LOL

Umpqua on 10/19/2011:
You're definitely keeping things in check so I'm sure you'll do great on your vacation. Enjoy the trip!!

V on 10/19/2011:
OOh you Must post pics from the trip :) You will do just fine with the food :) I bet you will get some pretty fresh selections of seafood :P Have a wonderful day!

~WI~ on 10/20/2011:
What a great opportunity to travel! Have a great time!

Hackersdiet on 10/21/2011:
Sounds like an amazing trip! When I am on vacations, I allow myself an additional 500 calories per day (gain 1 lbs. in one week). But otherwise I get frustrated and just give up and eat whatever I want and tend to gain even more. So, maybe consider that. Have a great trip!

biscottibody59 on 10/21/2011:
Hope you have/had a good trip!

sweetpea1977 on 10/25/2011:
Sounds alike a great trip! Enjoy!

Maria7 on 10/25/2011:
Hope you are having a real nice trip. :-D

thinkpositive - Friday Oct 14, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0



Just a quick log in. It 's been a busy week with my museum training program. I have to write a 4 page paper & give a 5 min. talk on Tues. so that's been keeping me busy . Plus my husband has had a business friend visiting so dinners out & here.

Just returned from a golf outing. Hot & sweaty- that about sums it up. Need a gallon of water to recover. Good to play & I did hit a few decent balls. Also some real duds but oh well....

Holding my own with my weight. Went our for dinnerlast night & had pasta which usually send my weight up but did ok with the scale this morning. Will eat lighter today.

Hope all is well. I'll find a few minutes - in between writing - to respond to posts.

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

grannyannie on 10/15/2011:
You're still doing great! Hope you're enjoying the museum training. As for a sample of cheese...not sure I can do that. It's a bit like having just one chip or one bite of chocolate. My hub said I can get out of drinking too much wine by saying I'm designated driver. The house is only a mile away and we can walk, but it'll be cold and probably rainy.

V on 10/15/2011:
Well hello there! You are busy as ever but I hope to catch up with you soon :) Have a good one!!

greengirl on 10/15/2011:
Museum training sounds interesting ! Have a good weekend :-)

biscottibody59 on 10/15/2011:
Hope you have a good weekend!

Umpqua on 10/16/2011:
I hope you're having a great weekend!

[ Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 Next Page ]