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thinkpositive - Friday Aug 26, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Hi all -

I'm running around this morning like many here on the east coast. preparing for the hurricane. This morning I bought gas for the generator, lowered the water in the pool, bought some drinking water in case the generator doesn't work. It sounds like a big storm & I hope it's not but need to be prepared.I figured out how to operate the generator, dragged it out of the garage , put some gas in it & managed to get it going. :)

I've had a good week calorie wise but not seeing any results on the scale. And not going to reach my goal before I leave for Singapore but not feeling totally upset about that. Exercise has been so-so but I have managed to get some walking in almost every day. Today is mostly house cleaning but I may play golf later today if my friend gets out of work early .

Oh I did want to say that a couple of days ago I went shopping for a dress &found that  trying on  a dress  surrounded by mirrors to be  very humbling.  :( I did find one though :)

Ok back to my least favorite part of housework- vacuuming.

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

liza36 on 08/26/2011:
It's good you're prepping for the hurricane. I'm in the DC area, and we are expecting tons of rain and heavy winds starting tomorrow, but nothing compared to NC up through NJ. Stay safe, and hope all is well.

I'm glad you found a dress, but I can totally relate to the experience of shopping. Not always so fun.

Happy vacuuming. I'll trade your vacuuming for my ironing - one of my least favorite chores.

Have a safe weekend!

V on 08/26/2011:
Please keep us posted!!! Be safe my friend :)

Umpqua on 08/26/2011:
I just got back from the store myself, they were almost out of eggs already! We're going to bring in the patio furniture and grill and fill the tubs tomorrow morning (we're on well water here and don't have a generator). I really hope we don't get hit hard but it looks like we may. Stay safe and best wishes!

KayBee on 08/27/2011:
Stay safe, I'll be thinking of you! xoxo

V on 08/27/2011:
Thank you!!! I am still a little heated that she took off 4 inches...It is only hair...I keep saying this in hopes to find some serenity...There is truly nothing I can do at this point but accept it ;) LOL

biscottibody59 on 08/27/2011:
Take care--hope the storm doesn't hit you too badly!

greengirl on 08/27/2011:
I will be thinking about you, and hoping you stay safe and well

Em17 on 08/28/2011:
Hope you are safe! Have a great week coming up after the rain =)!

moogy on 08/28/2011:
I was thinking that your preparing for an hurracane is like when we lived in the moutains and preparing every summer for bushfire. Photo's and special stuff downstairs in the garage ready to be loaded in the car, clean out the gutters, get the hoses attached and ready to go. So glad that I live in a suburb now and fortunate not to be subject to natures whims. Hold on tight and good luck thinkpositie, sounds like you are well prepared:)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Aug 23, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Hi all DD friends-

OK i think I am in a better place. Today I stuck with healthy eating and went on a hike with grandchildren. I think I'm back on track. ( I won't mention last night with the cheesecake 'cause that was yesterday)

Although it was a great day with the grandchildren it started out on a negative note with the contractor from hell who is so disrespectful to me. I can't wait for this project to be finished & to see the last of him. Part of me wants to tell him to get off of my property but then I realize that I don't want to deal with finding another contractor to finish this work. I was upset all day because of this stupid guy.

So now I need to change my ticket to return to Singapore because of the unfinished project and also with the possible hurricane approaching on Sunday. it will give me more time to get things done around here.

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

V on 08/23/2011:
That really sucks..there is a site where you can voice your grievances so the next unsuspecting person will know(that is once he completes the job) It is called "Angie's List" If ever in doubt you can always peruse this site,it is filled with so called "professionals" that made a few consumer's lives a living hell... I hope you guys well with the storm...By chance did you feel the earthquake today???

Umpqua on 08/24/2011:
I'm sorry to hear that about your contractor. It's so tough to gauge how someone will behave on the job, then once they've started you're pretty much stuck with them. I hope he will finish up soon so you can got on with your life. Hang in there!

V on 08/24/2011:
I didn't figure in that retaliation factor, especially when you all are in Singapore...I just hope he finishes soon... I am happy to hear that all was well from the quake

rockingrobyn on 08/24/2011:
cheese cake is one thing I won't touch.i can't believe there's something out there i won't eat

liza36 on 08/25/2011:
Dealing with contractors is always a frustrating process. I hope for your sake the project is finished quickly.

It's nice you got to spend time with your grandchildren doing something very active. No worries about the cheesecake. I'm saying that to myself about the ice cream I had for the past 2 days!

thinkpositive - Monday Aug 22, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Hi all-

Stuck here with this weight it seems. The last few days have been stressful as my husband was getting ready to return to Singapore. Decisions to be made, many good byes until December. So bottom line is that I seem to have taken on the job of finishing various bags of chips. :(

So  a few days of not writing down my food & calories but back on track today.This morning I enjoyed a 10 mile bike ride on the local flat bike trail. Just a beautiful day here- breezy, sunny, light clouds.

It's noon & I just finished a light breakfast of a vitamuffin & coffee. I'll have a salad for lunch when I'm hungry  & then going out to eat tonight with friends. It's Cheesecake Factory again so I know they have their menu online so I can plan ahead.

I'll try to get out for a walk this afternoon.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!


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

hollybelle on 08/22/2011:
Bike ride is so good this time of year! I love the Fall rides best of all. That's why I'm in a hurry to get a new bike. I want to make the right decision, though. It's tough. So many choices! And then there is the budget!

Umpqua on 08/22/2011:
I'm sorry you're going through a stressful time but good for you for getting on track with the bike ride and meal planning. I hope you have an excellent day!

sweetpea1977 on 08/22/2011:
Good for you for getting back track with your bike rides and healthy foods. Have an excellent week!

V on 08/23/2011:
Uh oh...If there are more chips you must donate them...You have been doing such an amazing job and yes stress does play a major factor in making healthy decisions...You have this!!! have fun tonight :)

thinkpositive - Friday Aug 19, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0



Well I guess my daughter didn't get the memo about me counting calories and she brought back a few pieces of fudge from her vacation in Cape Cod. Well I passed the box around hoping others would eat it & finish it  but there is was- 2 pieces in the box calling to me until I ate it.I was feeling weak and I can also say that I felt a little sick after eating it.( So much for saying I was going to cut back on calories!)

Another day & more challenges but feeling strong today.

Grandchildren ended up making cupcakes as I heard that it was National Cupcake Day. They had fun with that project.

Speaking of projects - I had words with the contractor who is doing the stone work around my pool. I actually hung up on him & he called back several times. I just finished meeting with him &I think things are resolved, we'll see. I dont like it when contractors tell me one thing & then so something else. I am not one to just let it go either & will let them know when I'm upset.

Will catch up on entries later- now going to have lunch with the grandchildren & my daughter.

Have a lovely day!


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

Bikiniwax85 on 08/19/2011:
Yes, there is not much good looking instructor at my gym . The one that is super good looking are gays. Sigh... But, of course I am not bitter. Lol.. It is fun today in Zumba! and dont worry about the 2 piece delish evil thing you have the whole day today to make it up! :)

rockingrobyn on 08/19/2011:
Atleast you passed the box around and only got stuck with 2 of them

moogy on 08/19/2011:
Stand up strong thinkpositive, those guys will only get away with what you let them!!! As for the fudge, good for passing it around, and the last two pieces would have felt lonely without their friends!! Start again today, feeling strong is good, use the power of this group to keep you strong.:)

hollybelle on 08/19/2011:
Yeah, to be faced with two pieces of fudge is a delima but it could have been worse. You did goo passing the box around. I hope you weren't so worried about the cals, etc. that you didn't ENJOY them.

greengirl on 08/20/2011:
It must be a daughter thing!! When my girl went away with friends for a few days she brought me fudge back too!! I ate a couple of pieces and let hubby finish the rest of them off !

thinkpositive - Thursday Aug 18, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good morning-

I think I have become pretty good about maintaining my weight & now need to step up some exercise & cut back a bit on calories to get back to losing .

Actually ate three meals at home yesterday as we've been eating out at restaurants or at friends homes. We still have family coming  for meals & one more dinner out before my husband leaves. Today my granddaughter will be baking with my husband so that should be interesting. She has a magazine with a cake that looks like a hamburger which is nothing that I would be interested in tackling but my husband may be interested in taking it on. We'll see. Somehow I picture me cleaning up the kitchen- which is fine.

Update on the deer in my yard. Yesterday only the two young deer were here & I kept waiting for the mother to show up but never saw her. The baby deer was drinking from the birdbath which was sweet. Then the two sat down in the tall grass so we could only see their ears. Unfortunately we needed to use the grill & whenwe went out they ran off. Maybe we'll see them later today.

Hope you have a super day!


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

getmebackto150 on 08/18/2011:
Woo hoo for stepping it up for weight loss!! Have a great day:)

Em17 on 08/18/2011:
The cake sounds yummy haha. =)

getmebackto150 on 08/18/2011:
I am finding my monitor a little tricky to navigate... BUT I have only used it a few times so I have to give it a fair chance... I'll keep you updated!

moogy on 08/18/2011:
I am afraid I would have to start leaving food out for them. I wouldn't be able to resist!! I think the cake sounds wonderful, I hope it is a success. My kitchen floor is still scattered with coco pops and m&m's, I was too tired to get the vaccum out by the time I was finish the cake and did everything else I needed to do. I think that mainintain is a great skill and I am sure you will make a difference by upping the exercise and cutting back. Good luck, I am sure you can do it:)

V on 08/18/2011:
I am hoping to catch up with you soon!! Once i get to my folks I will have lots of time...You CAN do this...I am constantly thinking of ways to step it up...I am walking in the city as much as I can to increase my cardio...With all the wine intake lately, I MUST....Trader Joes is an evil place, how dare they sell wine on the cheap like that??? LOL I am outraged....NOT ;) hahaha talk to you later :)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0



I'm back from my weekend and had a great time . No damage done on the scale so I'm happy about that.

Today I had my grandchildren & went shopping & then lunch at Rain Forest Cafe. I had a salad with dressing on the side . Dinner tonight is out at a friend's house so will try to watch my portions.

Unfortunately with yesterday being a travel day and today busy with grandchildren I haven't had decent exercise so will get out for a good walk or time on the treadmill tomorrow.

Hope you all are having a good start to your week!

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

moogy on 08/16/2011:
Yay! for no damage on the scale!! Excellent! Lunch sounds lovely, and spending time with grandchildren definetly is more important than exercise. Have a great day thinkpositive. Oh! and yes I do have a good book, in fact quite a few that I haven't read yet. I tend to collect them and always have a back log.:)

Umpqua on 08/17/2011:
My boys love the Rain Forest Cafe, I wish it was closer. Great job keeping the scale in check!

getmebackto150 on 08/17/2011:
rainforest cafe is GREAT for kids... My stepdaughter used to LOVE it when she was little:) Great job with no damage on the scale!

sweetpea1977 on 08/17/2011:
I wish we had a Rainforest Cafe near us. Ethan would love it! The closest one closed during the major flood that hit Nashville a couple years ago.

Have a good one!

moogy on 08/17/2011:
Thank you for popping by and commenting, I really appreciate it. I hope that you had a good day yesterday and that you are happy with the day in front of you. It gets confusing with the time difference, it is 8am on Wednesday as I type this, which means it is late at night or you should be asleep!!!! LOL

thinkpositive - Sunday Aug 14, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good morning from the White Mtns of NH-

I have a few minutes as I wait for my husband to get ready fo breakfast. We're staying at a beautiful hotel with wonderful views of the White Mountains. Just gorgeous. This morning I was going to go to the gym here but decided to take a walk to breathe in the cool mountain air. Last night was just amazing with the full moon just hanging in the sky.

Yesterday we picked up lunch from a deli and ate in the parking lot of Robert Frost's home that he lived in in NH. Dinner was salmon, salad & bites  of my husband's strawberry shortcake ( well actually we split it!) that we had at an outdoor dining spot here at the resort. I am trying to watch my calories & will have some fruit & yogurt for breakfast. Later today we will go to see friends in northern VT. They have a garden so I know that we'll have lots of fresh vegetables.

I'm just hoping to maintain my weight this weekend.

Hope your weekend is going well.

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

Umpqua on 08/14/2011:
I love the White Mountains, and your dinner sounds wonderful! Sheffield is a beautiful little town, it must have been nice growing up there. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Bikiniwax85 on 08/14/2011:
OMG! your weekend sounds awesome! (envy you!) Wink* enjoy the rest of you day! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2011:
Have a very wonderful rest of your vacation! Boy, it sounds so nice to have that view and fresh air!! I'd love to go on vacation and enjoy that!

hollybelle on 08/14/2011:
White Mts sound great! Have a good week.

thinkpositive - Friday Aug 12, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good Morning-

Another beautiful day here. Cool weather, light breeze, sunny.

Had a great10 mile  bike ride yesterday on the local bike trail. It felt good as I  haven't been on my bike for 2years. I did find a few muscles that have been underused but nothing bothering me today.

Dinner out yesterday with a friend but I stuck to mussels, salmon & pannacotta for dessert.So probably had closer to 1800 calories but no change on the scale today.

Will either play golf or go for a walk today. Planning a weekend away- one night in a hotel and the next night at a friend's house in northern VT. So I need to be extra vigilant , especially at breakfast as our friend makes killer waffles.

Have a peaceful and relaxing weekend!


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

Bikiniwax85 on 08/12/2011:
Thanks for the advise :) Yes, I am walking fast speed up the pace of 6 - 6.5 then ill go slow to 5.0 - 5.5. YES! it is not easy to ignore them specially when you need to talk to him about work since we work as a team. I just take it that i will only talk and be nice to him as long as its got to do with work. Ehe..

BTW, Cool weather, light breeze and Sunny?????? Sounds like a day in paradise! :)

Umpqua on 08/12/2011:
Great job with the bike ride! The chocolate shop is Catherine's Chocolates in Great Barrington, MA. We go up to GB pretty often since it's only about 1/2 an hour north of us and there are some nice restaurants and the SoCo Creamery ice cream shop that the boys like. Another wonderful chocolate shop is Fascia's out of Waterbury. They are incredible, my family has gone there since I was a kid. Yeah, I'm a bit of a chocoholic ;P I hope you have a great weekend!

greengirl on 08/12/2011:
Well done on the bike ride. keep up the good work :-)

moogy on 08/12/2011:
Beautiful day and you took full advantage of it. The weekend sounds great as well. You are a fortunate woman this weekend. I was particularly impressed with your choices at the restaurant, that takes particular restraint. You win today's gold star:)

Just42day on 08/12/2011:
Glad you're having a reprieve with nice weather. It's been exceptionally pleasant here in the midwest. Nice, nice break from the heat & humidity. 10 mile bike ride! Impressive. Have a fabulous weekend! :)

V on 08/12/2011:
Hey there!! Great job on the bike ride :) Have a wonderful weekend!!

rockingrobyn on 08/12/2011:
i should try to ride my bicycle to the store tomorrow (sat) and buy some healthy foods so I stay on my program and not eat junk/sweets.

biscottibody59 on 08/13/2011:
Sounds like a nice ride--enjoy your getaway!

moogy on 08/13/2011:
I hope your weekend is going or did go as well as it sounded. Actually, I am a bit of a hermit and am quite happy not to go out, although being on a second story I do miss sitting in a garden. I would like to go out by myself, but now that I can't drive that is not an option!! Your weather sounds just like the weather here at the moment, lovely isn't it?

Maria7 on 08/13/2011:
10 mile bike ride...wowee! Congrats on how well you are doing getting to your goal and thanks for the advice in your comment to me. :-D

rockingrobyn on 08/13/2011:
I did go to Ralph's but i walked there instead of riding my bike.I haven't riden a bike in so long espicallly the city so i thought i bettter walk .i live 3 blocks from the beach so I willl try to take a bike ride on the bike path instead where it will be safer to ride

thinkpositive - Thursday Aug 11, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good Morning-

Today I can report that my stated current weight is correct, and actually a bit below. Whew, wasn't happy about having to lose that lb but actually that is the story of my life. How many times have I lost & then regained the same pounds. That is what is upsetting and hard to think about the number of times I have been on WW or various diets including the ones where you buy your food & only eat certain foods. And so one reason I am pleased with myself is that I am doing this on my own with the DD support system. DD has been great for me and the support  does work. I have been faithful about writing down my food & calories and getting some exercise at least 5  days a week.

Awake at 4 am this morning- even before the birds started singing. Thanks for the suggestions on sleep. I haven't had wine or alcohol for the last 2 nights so I'm ruling that out. Today I'll try having one cup of coffee and see if that helps.I could go to bed earlier but I'm going to bed at 10 as it is. I do love my coffee but could try 1/2 decaf. It's hard to believe that caffeine could stay in my system from the morning.

Starting to think about my return to Singapore at the end of the month & not happy about going back. I was thinking that when I got married I promised to stay in sickness & in health but nothing was said about moving to the other side of the world .:)  I'll get over it & I know that once I'm there & back into my activities & see some friends that I'll be okay. Got to think positive !!

I'm thinking about a bike ride on the town bike trail this morning.

Hope you can find joy in your day.


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

V on 08/11/2011:
Congrats on getting the lbs down :) I was thinking far too much last night and had trouble falling asleep myself last night...It's crazy how when you lie down with thoughts running through your head, it's hard to shut them down..I hope you get a good night's sleep this evening...Have a good day!!!

Umpqua on 08/11/2011:
Congrats and I'm so happy this system is working for you! I've also tried a lot of things over the years, and eating moderately, exercising and using this website are what produces lasting results for me.

biscottibody59 on 08/11/2011:
Briefly, and this didn't help me understand why cutting it back helped my sleep, but the half-life of caffeine is 6 hours. What that means is that 6 hrs after consuming there is still half the amount in your system. So 6 hrs after that there is still half that amount and so on. We all have varying metabolisms, which may account for varying effects.

Enjoy your day too--keep up the good work!

greengirl on 08/11/2011:
Over the years I have lost and regained the equivalent of my bodyweight but this time it's for the last time. I'm going to lose it and NOT put it back on. I hope you will do it too!!

kimbobeaner on 08/11/2011:
Hi! I have cut down my coffee from two large cups a day to one...and I have to say, I slept like a baby (who sleeps through the night...) last night! :)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Aug 10, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good morning all-

Well my scale is now closer to my posted weight so I'm happy & going in the right direction. I had to make the ultimate sacrifice & gave up my nightly glass of wine. :) 

Busy around here with several projects in the works- all by different contractors. Two arrive this morning . One is new stonework around our pool which I'm excited about- the others are just maintenance  issues. Being a homeowner means that there is always something that needs doing- either by us or at a cost by contractors.

Beautiful day here and I was up early ( 5 am) to enjoy it. The other morning I saw three very thin deer on my front lawn  at an early hour.

I do wish I could figure out how to get 8 hours of sleep. The five or six that I get just doesn't work for me. Could the 2 cups of coffee that I have in the morning be too much caffeine in my system?

Exercise yesterday was just house cleaning. Will get out for a good long walk today.

Have a sparkling day!! And thanks for the support , feedback & gentle prodding!! DD is the best!!!!

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

V on 08/10/2011:
Right back at ya!! have a sparkling day yourself :)

Umpqua on 08/10/2011:
The stonework sounds awesome, we are saving up to put in a stone patio near our pool. Some day! Not sure about the coffee, I know my morning java doesn't affect my sleep. But if I drink anything caffeinated too late in the day I either can't fall asleep or wake up a lot during the night. Have a good one!

liza36 on 08/10/2011:
I hear ya on the sleep issue! It's hard to get a full 8 hours sleep. Can you go to bed earlier? It's easier said than done, at least it is for me.

Glad the scale is moving in the right direction. Keep it up!

biscottibody59 on 08/10/2011:
I can vouch for cutting coffee OUT in the morning and better sleep. Try cutting it down or out and see how it goes. I have to say that over the years my tolerance has decreased and approaching menopause has made it absolutely problematic for me.

I can't live without some coffee sometime, but I have it on my terms and even doing that hasn't made my sleep go back to how it was. I wonder if it's because having coffee first thing is so very compulsive and we begin to think it's non-negotiable. Oh well that could be a deep subject:-)

Also cutting out the alcohol may have a positive effect on your sleep. (There are some excellent and reputable articles if you do a search on sleep and alcohol if you're interested.)

Good going with the scale!

moogy on 08/10/2011:
I would trust biscotti, if anyone has sleeping difficulties around here it would be her!! It can't hurt to cut it out for a few days to test it out. I love it that you had deer on the lawn, how wonderful, I suppose I am thinking of them as exotic creatures (we don't have them here) I bet they are quieter than the damn cocatoo's. Great alarm clocks if you want to get up at 5 or 6:) I love it that you have got that luck has nothing to do with it, just plain hard work every day for a little reward at the end of the week. I hope you have a wonderful day thinkpositive:)

sweetpea1977 on 08/10/2011:
I need more sleep too! Of course, if I forced myself to go to bed at the same time as my kids, I'd be just fine. But I need some kid-free time with hubby before we hit the hay. He falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, so my time is limited with him. :)

If you are very dependent on coffee like me, I strongly suggest weaning yourself off of it. I have severe withdrawal symptoms with the main ones being irritability and migraines. Good luck!

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