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thinkpositive - Tuesday Oct 11, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 174.0


I'm so excited to be able to change my number twice in a week. And I the ony thing I changed was my evening glass of wine. And then today I read an article that said a recent study showed that one glass of wine won't affect weight loss. Guess that must be for someone else.

It is exciting to be at a weight where I haven't been for probably 10 years- maybe more. And to be close to losing twenty pounds is also motivating. Now the pants that I couldn't fit into in June a little loose. :)

Probably going out for dinner tonight which I'll have to watch. it's a really nice Chinese restaurant so maybe the menu is online. And they specialize in fish so I know I can get something healthy.

Didn't get to the gym this morning so will try to get there this afternoon. We're having a monsoon rain right now so I may wait a while to go out.


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

Umpqua on 10/12/2011:
Good for you, I hope you have a great dinner tonight! And yes, we are considered the "icebox of CT" up here ;P

hackersdiet on 10/12/2011:
I try to save my calories (eat less) for breakfast and lunch if I know I am eating out that night. I also try to cut back the next day as well by a couple hundred calories. Have fun!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Oct 11, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 175.0



The strangest thing- no wine for a couple of days & down another lb. - except I'm not posting it until I see it for the second day.

The other thing is that my husband noticed that the scale can actually read in both kg & lbs so now turning it to lbs makes for an easier reading. Ah, the little things in life...

Had guests for dinner last night- nothing fancy- had the sweet & sour pork recipe from my cooking class. Also some local ice cream- gula mellaka with red beans and earl grey with figs- both very good. And I enjoyed some as well. The danger there is that the ice cream shop is less than a 5 minute walk away. So far I haven't gone crazy & they do have sorbet which is somewhat lower in calories.

Busy day today- my docent class & then a taxi to my choir rehearsal so just a snack in the morning & a granola bar in the taxi before rehearal. Tonight going to let my husband make a pasta dinner & I'll have a veggie burger.

Went to the gym yesterday & although i call today a non exercise day, in reality I walked about 30 minutes just going from place to place.

Hope your week has gotten off to a splendid start!

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/11/2011:
Thanks for your comment! :-) My scale is in stones and pounds but I'm used to that now. I'm exactly 10 stone now - 140 lbs. At my peek I was one pound short of 12 stone. Have a great day!

V on 10/11/2011:
Congrats on your loss!! You should def post your new weight:)

Umpqua on 10/11/2011:
Good job with the walking, it does make a difference. Enjoy your day!

sweetpea1977 on 10/11/2011:
Congrats on the loss!

moogy on 10/11/2011:
I think you are doing wonderfully well. The conversation with your grandsons seems to have been pitched at just the right level, I am sure they love talking to you:)

hollybelle on 10/11/2011:
Great job - keep it going!

thinkpositive - Sunday Oct 09, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 175.0

Hi all-

Good news to report- down by a pound. It is satisfying to see the scale respond and give me hope that I can succeed. :)

Yesterday ate the usual piece of sunflower toast for breakfast & soup & 12 eng muff. for lunch then dinner was out a a hawker market & had a combination of chicken & beef satay, fish, clams, small portion of noodles& a green sauteed vegetable with a lime juice & a water. Snack was a small sweet & special tea in Little India.So not too bad with calories.

Today( Sunday) sunflower toast for breakfast; portobella salad for lunch; dinner will be a lamb chop with a vegetable. Snacks- fruit to be determind

Exercise has been walking this weekend. I'll get back to the gym tomorrow.

Thank you for the encouragement all DD friends.

Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 10/09/2011:
WOW! Good deal!

grannyannie on 10/09/2011:
Congrats on the weight loss! You're doing very well!

biscottibody59 on 10/09/2011:

Oh, on the driving--I wouldn't mention it, but the site I use (when I count cals--fitday.com) has a couple of categories on activities for calories burned while driving--I used to count it if I did nothing else for activity in a day. Probably slightly more than what I'd burn just hanging out on the couch, but still:-)

greengirl on 10/09/2011:
Great news on the pound down. Keep up the good work, you are going in the right direction !

V on 10/09/2011:
Well done!! Congrats!! Keep it up the awesome job :) When I lived in Chicago, soccer was all the rage..My buddies from Ireland would drag me kicking and screaming(not really but sounds good on paper)before the crack of dawn to watch the games at an Irish Pub called Fado's..When the cup is on they open their doors at 6 am and it is usually packed as soon as they open..Guinness is served for breakfast :) hahaha have a good one!!

Umpqua on 10/10/2011:
Awesome job on your loss!

~WI~ on 10/10/2011:
Great job! Congratulations! YAY!

moogy on 10/10/2011:
Great work think positive!! Yes, I could get out for a walk. I used to walk every morning in a circuit around the neighbourhood. Since I had my seizures I just haven't had the courage to do it. I walk early in the morning and have no time to react before I fall unconscious. My meds are working but I have this little nagging feeling, what if I collapse on the street a mile from home at 6.30am. Not good!!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Oct 05, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 176.0


Can't seem to get the scale to stay below 80 kg- one day at 79.7 & next day back to 80.3.

I need to be more careful about weighing and measuring  and to keep track of  water. I was hoping to be able to report a loss this week. And there are still a few days left on the week- I have to thinkpositive!

The week is going well. Tuesday is very busy as I go from one activity to the next so have to grab something for lunch & then Tues evening went to an Indian restaurant & as we ate family style I have no idea what I ate & how many calories but let's just say that it didn't help keep me on track. Also Tues . is a non exercise day. So gym Monday, walked about an hour yesterday & off to the gym this morning. 

Found 2 brands of vegetarian burgers yesterday so had 2 burgers in a 75 calorie wrap with some lovely French green beans. A nice meal for under 300 calories. Perhaps I should have skipped the 2nd glass of wine....

I know you're thinking- " Now I know why she's not losing weight" and you'd be right! And that my friends is why I'm here on DD confessing to my warped thinking!

So with that I'm off to work my butt off ( I wish!!) on the elliptical!

Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/06/2011:
Eating out is my biggest challenge as well. You've made a lot of progress so you know you can do it! Think positive! :-)

sweetpea1977 on 10/06/2011:
I used to LOVE eating out before this whole health thing was a priority in my life. I didnt care about calories at all. Ignorance was bliss at the time. And now, I am almost afraid of eating out because its hard to not order my favorite dishes and drinks or avoid the lovely smelling bread basket. And lets not forget dessert. Ugh! Anyway, I have found that when we make a plan to go out to eat, I can look up the menu online and figure out what I will order BEFORE I get there. Sometimes, the menu has a "lite" section or calories listed, which is a big help. I just have to be strong and just say no to the bread and desserts.

I hear you on the wine though, its another weakness of mine. I LOVE the taste and smell of wine, especially reds. I have made deals with myself in the past that I can only enjoy alcohol in moderation on the weekends. Not easy, but doable if you think of it as an reward for being a good girl during the week. :)

Keep going, don't give up!

V on 10/06/2011:
So to answer your question, it is suggested to drink at least a gallon per day..For me since i work outdoors hydration is essential, also I sweat alot during my workouts so I have to make sure I don't get dehydrated... Keep at it think positive and have a wonderful day :)

Umpqua on 10/06/2011:
When I lived in New Haven I ate out a lot, there was just too much good food surrounding us and it was too easy to have takeout delivered. I was younger and walked everywhere so that helped with keep my weight down. I also made tradeoffs with light eating during the day if I knew I'd be eating out and/or drinking alcohol for dinner. I'm sure you'll come up with a system there that works for you as well, so you can enjoy some restaurant foods but still see scale movement. Have a good one!

legcramps on 10/06/2011:
I try not to eat out so much anymore, but it's hard sometimes because eating out is also such a social thing. Hope you have a great day today :)

hackersdiet on 10/06/2011:
Hey, you are making great progress! I think being at a plateau isn't bad, this diet stuff is hard! So, back to thinking positive and focusing on your goal. Don't forget, losing weight is a mind game! Fight for it!

Maria7 on 10/06/2011:
Sounds like you are getting your workout on the eliptical. :-) Good for you.

greengirl on 10/08/2011:
It's a new day tomorrow, like you said think positive and regain your focus:-)

biscottibody59 on 10/08/2011:
RYC: I can do without all dairy except for something in my coffee (milk or half and half). I kind of get on a kick with ice cream from time to time. I don't eat yogurt for the most part. I don't keep most things dairy in the house for the most part, so it's not a big deal. But coffee without dairy is a no-go.

When I was shooting in the dark last year for relief for a few things, I stumbled on the book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Esselstyn and I started another diary here with the nickname "ModerationKills." I ate according to its recommendation, which is similar to The McDougall Plan (which I was familiar with starting in the 90s). It's not easy, probably why I haven't fully taken the plunge.

As for your sleep, I can barely put my finger on what keeps me from getting a great night's sleep. Some food sensitivities (none of which in my ENTIRE life I EVER had until last year) may be playing a part. They're nowhere near the severity they were last year, so I think eventually they will be a non-issue for me.

I hope you figure your sleep issues out. Don't forget that alcohol can mess with sleep (especially staying asleep) BIG TIME:-)

thinkpositive - Monday Oct 03, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 176.0



Sorry to not be  posting. Just busy with life.

Still maintaining the posted weight & hoping to see some change this week. Have gone over my 1400 calories a few days and yesterday found myself with a cappuccino gelato in my hand . But it was good and worth the calories and it followed a salad for lunch ... as I rationalize my decision..

Exercise has been 2-3 days in the gym and the rest of the days walking 45 min- an hour with some swimming thrown in.

Hope everyone is well. Will try to get some postings to see for myself!

Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/03/2011:
Doing well on your workouts. I'm feeling deprived of my cappuccinos! We've got a machine but the way I like them it's 80 calories. Have a great day!

V on 10/03/2011:
Well hello there! You have been missed but I understand how busy you must be. You are doing really well with the exercise so Bravo to you :) opening a place of my own was more than just a notion a few years back, it is a long story that I would love to share with you..I promise to tell you all about it. I hope you have a wonderful evening :)

Umpqua on 10/03/2011:
I'm glad to hear things are status quo, capuccino gelato sounds heavenly!

moogy on 10/03/2011:
Who put that gelato in your hand????? Sneaky people, they do it to me in the supermarket. A couple of bars of chocolate seem to have been put in my a mysterious person!!!! Rationalizing is a perfectly reasonable way of explaining UFI's (Unexplained Food Ingestion). Have a good day thinkpositive:)

Maria7 on 10/04/2011:
I always say...not gaining IS progress! :-)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Sep 28, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 176.0



Whew... just came from the gym. Giving that HIIT a try. I now can exercise for 30+ minutes on the elliptical.Did about 3 1/2  ( miles I think??) Used to be that by 15 minutes I was done with it but now that's my equipment of choice. Easier on my feet because I do so much walking around here & more exciting than the bike which I just find kind of boring since it's just a standard bike with an uncomfortable seat. I used the upper body equipment ( you know the all in one type) for about 10 minutes and then some stretching. I think I'm getting a bit more flexible. And able to stand on one foot for a longer length of time- another age related exercise. Maybe a walk or swim later today.

I'm taking the day off from activites- no golf today. Just need some time to read, practice my music and maybe book my tickets back to the US for Christmas. I do peek at the calendar from time to time to see how many weeks before I return.- The answer- about 10 1/2. :)

Food- Well yesterday- B- sunflower toast , Lunch- salad with curried chicken, Dinner- out at a chinese restaurant- some rice, chicken, small dish of noodles. Snacks- yogurt, rice cake w/p.b., mini cone, wine. Probably above 1400 because I kind of wasn't paying attention ot amounts while I was eating out.

Today- B- same, lunch- planned soup & salad, Dinner- planning sweet & sour fish w rice. Snacks- have to have more fruit.

Hope you all have a good Thursday.

Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/29/2011:
Wonderful improvement on your elliptical time! I hope you enjoy your day of rest today :)

moogy on 09/29/2011:
Excellent news on the exercise front thinkpostive, the HIT really works doesn't it? Sounds like you have a busy day ahead, hope everything and everyone co-operates with you.:)

biscottibody59 on 10/01/2011:
Good to see your exercise regime is paying off in other ways! Hope you're having a good day/evening!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Sep 27, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 176.0



Finally  I can see a loss of a lb. As I said I think I am back on track.

I have been keeping busy with my museum guide training and choir. I gave my little 2 minute presentation to my group yesterday & it went well.It's all a build up to producing a 1 hour tour of the museum. Well I figure I've got the 2 minutes down- just 58 minutes to go!  In a couple of weeks I'll need to do a 5 minute presentation. It's fun and I'm learning alot about South East Asia.

Speaking of South East Asia I'm very excited about a trip that we're taking to Vietnam & Laos in a few weeks. It's taken some planning but has come together well- Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, then Luang Prabang in Laos. We'll be on a boat ( a junk) in Halong Bay for one night & 2 nights on an overnight train & the rest of the nights in nice hotels.Can't wait!!!

I haven't been writing my food down every day & need to be better about that. Exercise has been a lot of walking. I'm going to the gym though as soon as I finish posting this. Yesterday I swam which I'm trying to do at least once a week.

Off to the gym , then choir & lunch out with the choir.

Hope everyone is doing well.


Progress as of today: 15 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

moogy on 09/27/2011:
All exciting news, weight loss, Yay! I am jealous of your being on a junk in the harbour, that would be fabulous. You are going to get to eat some wonderful food and see beautiful places. Lucky girl:) Sounds like you are going to have a great day, makes for a happy moogy:)

V on 09/27/2011:
Haha!! indeed..I think this might be your first experience with my vivid dreams and if you truly want to LOL you have to read about my nightmares as described on Sweetpea's page... Teehee.. I am so happy that your new job is giving you so much happiness :) Enjoy your day as well as your trip aboard the junk..The taxis there are called Tuk Tuks right??

sweetpea1977 on 09/27/2011:
thank you for your comment and reminding me that I do have some value on this site. :)

Your upcoming trip sounds amazing!!

Congrats on being down a pound!! keep up the good work!

grannyannie on 09/28/2011:
Well done on the loss. Your trip sounds fascinating. I'd love to visit Cambodia.

Umpqua on 09/28/2011:
Congrats on the loss! Your trip sounds amazing, I'm sure traveling by boat and train will be gorgeous. Have a good one!

KayBee on 09/28/2011:
I also think I'm back on track. Wow, Vietnam and Laos!!! That's SOMETHING! Food will be healthy for sure, those guys are super thin, LOL! :)

biscottibody59 on 09/28/2011:
Congrats on your loss! Lots of good activity for you--good going:-)

moogy on 09/28/2011:
I don't think the HIT gets easier because if it does you need to amp it up so that it is still at your limit. Good for you for joining in with the estrogen driven exercise mania round here. I didn't think I would join in, but, I am so glad I did. I hope you have a fulfilling day thinkpositive:)

thinkpositive - Sunday Sep 25, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 177.0



I do think that I am in a better mindset today. Yesterday was better than the day before & today probably better than yesterday so that's all progress , right?

Yesterday I walked at least 1 1/2 hours, three separate walks.  I had salmon with vegeatbles for lunch & then dinner out a Chinese restaurant which was mostly shrimp , chicken & rice. I did have some ice cream on the walk home - good though :)

Today- B- sunflowertoast, Lunch- salad, Snacks- apple Dinner- will be shrimp scampi with rice with a glass of wine. Another snack after dinner.

Not really an exercise day but will probably get out for a walk after dinner.

Hope you all are having a super weekend!

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

grannyannie on 09/25/2011:
Well done! Nice long walks and good on the food as well.

V on 09/25/2011:
Yes that is progress my friend!! Everyday will be a little easier :)

hackersdiet on 09/25/2011:
Good progress! Half the battle is in your mind and you sould really strong! Good exercise and food choices!

greengirl on 09/25/2011:
Good for you with the walking. It will definately pay off in the long run :-)

moogy on 09/25/2011:
You are heading in the right direction think positive:) Keep going and I am sure you will be feeling more confident about keeping on track:)

V on 09/25/2011:
I just read your comment on Moogy's post yesterday and HIIT training can be utilized with pretty much any form of cardio workouts.. If you are a runner(for example) you can up the game by going the hardest you can for a minute and give yourself a minute to rest(but keep moving)try this as many times as you can and it will improve your overall level of fitness as well as rev up the metabolism at the same time...It is the evolution of cardio, it burns 9x's as more fat, calories and it does not take a long time to do...Here is an interesting fact 30 minutes of HIIT training is more effective as running 6-7 miles not to mention the afterburn effect if you do this like your life depended on it...You can incorperate this with pretty much any cardio workout, treadmill, walking, running, jumping rope, swimming and so on :)

V on 09/25/2011:
Oh and BTW with proper HIIT training, it makes regular everyday workouts easier :)

biscottibody59 on 09/25/2011:
Glad you're feeling/doing better than before--hope it continues!

RYC: The coffee thing with me is a little complicated--I just don't care for decaf--it's pointless. Although it may be my future fate if necessary and there is one that I can live with tastewise:-) None of this was an issue until about a year to year and a half ago. Having stopped all coffee (in favor of green or black tea (1 cup usually)) for a few weeks back in June, I know the difference and it's interesting.

V on 09/26/2011:
HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training :)

grannyannie on 09/26/2011:
Saw a few episodes of the Ladies Detective Agency as well as the movie. But I'm now listening to the audiobooks.

moogy on 09/26/2011:
OK, so V got in before me with the explanation. Doing HIT makes the rest of the workout seem like a breeze!!!! Plus it really works, my scale has been going down steadily since I started doing it. Great incentive to edure the HIT and keep doing it:)

moogy on 09/27/2011:
Right, so it is now Wednesday morning and I am starting to get a little concerned that you haven't posted for a few days. I hope you are OK:)

thinkpositive - Friday Sep 23, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 177.0



Well sort of getting back on track. See what the scale reads next week.

A weird eating day yesterday- a vegetarian day - first at an Indian restaurant as part of a tour so tried everything including the small donut (!), then Chinese dinner out as part of an event - again some sort of donut shaped food- not so good, a noodle dish & fruit... like I said a weird eating day. Just didn't know where to start as far as counting calories yesterday but back to it today.

So what is it about yesterday that says getting back on track?? Well I just didn't eat very much at dinner to compensate for the yummy Indian lunch. And I had a good talking to from myself!! I think I got the message.

Today- Breakfast- scrambled egg with some cheese, lunch- I'm thinking soup & sunflower bread; dinner will be out at a restaurant to be determind.

Exercise has been pretty  good for the week . Yesterday I just swam, today I'm off for a long walk.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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

moogy on 09/23/2011:
Always tricky when you are not in control of where you are eating. Strange place to get a donut!!! Sounds like you have one foot back on the track. Good job with the exercise thinkpositive:)

V on 09/23/2011:
Interesting array indeed!! I am sure that all the exercise will help neutralize The UFO(unidentified food options ;) LOL) have a good one as well :)

V on 09/23/2011:
Oh BTW I have tomorrow evening off :) yayyyy lol

biscottibody59 on 09/24/2011:
Enjoy your weekend too!

grannyannie on 09/24/2011:
Have a great weekend. Enjoy your dinner out.

thinkpositive - Thursday Sep 22, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 177.0


Still not back on track- still trying but allowing things to get in my way& not planning very well. Guess that sums it up.

Yesterday didn't go as planned. Instead of the salad I had planned to have I had a 1/2 of a sandwich at Starbuck's. OK not so bad but then I was hungry & for some reason bought some waffles & had a waffle when I got home. Dinner was out at a nice Chinese restaurant & it was so good that calorie counting was not going on at all.

Also didn't get to the gym yesterday but did walk for about 45 min.

Today I have  a bit more control as my golf outing was canceled because of rain which was ok as I had laundry to do plus a report to write & memorize for my museum  course.

So today I  had 2 waffles for breakfast, 3 small rice cakes with nut butter for lunch plus a mango.Hmm- not very balanced. Dinner will be tacos but I'm going to try having my taco mix in a lettice leaf- see how that works out.

I did get to the gym & spent about an hour total on treadmill, elliptical,and bike plus some upper boday weights & stretching.

Hope everyone is well!

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

hollybelle on 09/22/2011:
Well, what you did is what I have been doing some, too. I am finding it helpful to not dwell on it too much. I have stepped up my exercise quite a bit and that helps. Don't be afraid of calories. I find that when I put aside my FEAR and DISTAIN of calories (yes I actually have these emotions about calories!) I am much more free to manange my weight. Weird and a little hard to put into words, but I'm getting there and you wil, too. Don't get down on yourself for those days you throw caution to the wind or don't plan like you intend to - if you don't let them bog you down you will be free to move forward and feel more like sticking to your plan.

biscottibody59 on 09/22/2011:
Lots of good stuff there--good activity even though you couldn't play golf! Have a good one!

grannyannie on 09/22/2011:
Good on getting to the gym! I hate counting calories but when I looked up all the foods I eat and made myself a spreadsheet with all the measurements and calories it became easy. Eating out though is nearly impossible to calculate!

moogy on 09/22/2011:
It is such a shame that you are having trouble with your eating control. You are working so hard with your exercise, just to burn calories from waffles!!!!! OK, time to get that brain into gear and figure out what is going on, is it the move, are you eating feelings, something is going on here thinkpositive and working it out will give you back the control you need. Hugs:)

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