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thinkpositive - Monday Aug 08, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good Morning-

Well still 1 lb above my listed weight but giving myself 2 days to get back to it or will repost.

Busy weekend & not recording all my calories was my mistake. Had my family here & some celebrations thrown in and then a day at my sister inlaws & did indulge in some wonderful potato salad & cake. :)

OK- no trips planned, no dinners out, time available for exercise so seriously back on track this week!

This morning a vitamuffin, lunch- soup and salad, dinner a vegie burger on thin sandwich bread. Snacks- fruit and yogurt,

Wish me luck getting losing this blankity, blank lb that I stupidly gained and getting back to losing a lb a week!



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

Umpqua on 08/08/2011:
I consider 1 pound just a flux so I honestly wouldn't worry about it. I've been known to flux as much as 5 pounds, I sure did after my vacation! As long as you're back on track now you'll be just fine. Have a good one!

mysterywoman100 on 08/08/2011:
Just have to keep trying

sweetpea1977 on 08/08/2011:
ITA with Umpqua's comment. Just get back on track with the calorie counting and increase your water intake to flush out excess sodium and you'll be back to your old weight in no time. :)

V on 08/08/2011:
Yes the 1 lb is NOT I repeat NOT a threat...Just think of it being a little bloat that will be gone in a few...You are consistent and this is a mere teeny blip so don't sweat it as annoying as it may seem :) Have a good one!!

moogy on 08/08/2011:
Luck won't get you anywhere, check out my quote for today and take it as a gentle one. Only to get you on track in the right direction and heading toward the goal you really want:) You can do it, I have faith in you:)

legcramps on 08/09/2011:
Lose that blankity blank lb this week!

thinkpositive - Friday Aug 05, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0



The news from the scale wasn't as bad as yesterday so there is hope that I'll be back to my stated weight before Monday.

My minivacation was great! Lots of beach time & diving in some big time waves. But then there was quite a bit of mindless eating & drinking (!)- just didn't feel like putting the breaks on. But as I said I'm back at home & back to reality & doing fine.

Today my daughter & son-in-law arrive along with my 2 granddaughters. They will stay for the weekend & we'll get together with my daughter& son in law & 2 grand children  who live close by. They haven't seen my husband since Christmas so it'll be fun to spend time together.

Going out for pizza tonight ( salad for me) and then have  roll up turkey sandwich for Sat  lunch & steak & corn for  dinner. I'm making a blueberry pie for the family & I'll just have a taste.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

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

Em17 on 08/05/2011:
Have a great weekend =)

moogy on 08/05/2011:
Sounds like a wonderful weekend thinkpositive. I bet you can't wait to see your family together. Good job on keeping yourself on target for your stated weight. That is a bit of an achievement in itself! Good for you:)

V on 08/05/2011:
Aww :) Have a fun time with your family!!! My Yayas are pent up energy just bursting to be released ;) LOL

thinkpositive - Thursday Aug 04, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0



Back from my mini vacation. It appears that I left all good intentions behind! And a reminder to me that it is so much easier to gain weight than it is to lose.

But today is a new day. Just an egg for breakfast, salad ( restaurant)  and chicken and squash is the plan for dinner. Exercise was 20 min on the treadmill.

I'm leaving my weight for now & will update it if necessary :(



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

Em17 on 08/04/2011:
Have a great day its almost the weekend =)

V on 08/05/2011:
Not sure how i missed your post but welcome back!!! :)

getmebackto150 on 08/05/2011:
Totally hear you... It is SO SO SO much easier to gain weight than to lose... Glad to have you back in it!

legcramps on 08/05/2011:
isn't that the truth! how was the vacay?

biscottibody59 on 08/05/2011:
Enjoy your weekend--good job on the treadmill!

Umpqua on 08/05/2011:
Welcome back and I hope you have a great weekend!

thinkpositive - Sunday Jul 31, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 178.0


Good morning-

Good news on the scale today- down a pound. I'm happy about that which makes my goal of 175 by the end of the month much closer.

I'm doing well despite going out for dinner and having people over plus having food in the house that would normally do me in.

Had grandchildren over for lunch & a swim and time with their grandfather. Even got some snuggle time from the 9 year old for me and I know those days won't last too much longer.

Tonight having friends for dinner & then overnight. We're just having a cobb salad which I can tailor for myself. I may get a pie at a market today but will either have just a taste or none at all.

So I'm still staying around 1400-1500  calories and that seems to be working for me.

We have plans  to stay with a friend for a few days at a beach house so may be checking in later in the week.

Hope your weekends are going well.

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

Umpqua on 07/31/2011:
Congrats on the loss! I've driven by that tavern en route to Plan B in Simsbury, I'll have to try it out. Have a good one and enjoy your beach trip!

Em17 on 07/31/2011:
Yay! I love the beach =). Have a great day!

hollybelle on 07/31/2011:
Good work ThinkPositive! Sounds like a quite nice weekend.

moogy on 07/31/2011:
Oh yay! Well done with your pound down. Living a 'normal' life and still managing to loss weight. My 12 year old doesn't cuddle anymore but the 11 year old (who is taller and bigger than his big brother) is like a big labrador, I am only 5ft and he is taller than me already, he will cuddle and snuggle like a six year old. Enjoy them while you can I say!! Have a good week thinkpositive:)

thinkpositive - Friday Jul 29, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 179.0


Good afternoon-

My husband is home - I left Singapore on June 6 so that's a long time for us to be apart.

Just returned from Zumba which was good but a bit boring this time. The teacher is constantly adding new songs which is nice but maybe it was just the combination that seemed a bit flat. Anyway good exercise.

Had a good day yesterday , food wise. Even bought a can of mixed nuts for my husband & took exactly 3 nuts & didn't go back for more. ( Of course I think I should lose weight just because I make good decisions!- Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. )

Tonight we're meeting friends out for dinner & drinks. Not sure what will be on the menu. I will look to see if their menu is online. There will be many dinners out as we get together with friends. Which means challenges for me.

Hope everyone has a super weekend.


Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/29/2011:
Great job by having only 3 nuts! I admire your determination! Good for you! Hope you have a great dinner and time w/friends tonight!

Em17 on 07/29/2011:
Hope your dinner and drinks go good =). Chocoltae chip cookies are my weakness =(. Have a great weekend =)

moogy on 07/29/2011:
My husband was in the RAAF and was away a lot, but unless you have seperations you don't get the reunions!!!! Have a wonderful weekend and I hope that your dinner out went well:)

V on 07/29/2011:
Hope you had fun today :)

Umpqua on 07/30/2011:
Do you go out to West Hartford? There are SO many good restaurants there now. If we lived closer we would be going out to eat a lot more often, so I'm kind of glad we don't live closer ;) Hope you had a nice dinner!

thinkpositive - Thursday Jul 28, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 179.0


Good Morning-

I didn't exactly follow yesterday's plan . Exercise turned out to be house cleaning & a swim and food was - well I'll call it grazing. Lunch was 2 Wasa crackers with peanut butter & dinner was a sweet potato & string cheese . Snacks were blueberries, greek yogurt , a gin & tonic &  glass of wine. Oh well, I'll try to get a little more balanced today.

I'm definitely going for a walk this morning with a neighbor. Dinner will be swordfish, corn , tomato with fresh mozzarella. My husband returns today so I want to make a nice meal. I'll have to be making some adjustments in meal planning with him in mind but still maintining my calorie quotas.I'll have to see how this goes. I've had limited food in the house & been able to make food for me alone so I'll need to be vigilant & not get into any bad patterns.

Help me out with this & keep me honest!

As always I apprecaite your support. This is the best that I have done in my past memory on my own with DD support.

Have a wonderful day!



Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

Just42day on 07/28/2011:
Your dinner for tonight sounds lovely! Also liked your snacks yesterday - particularly the gin & tonic. Have a nice reunion with your hubby! I know you keep doing well!

mysterywoman100 on 07/28/2011:
thanks for your comment. I always do better with a goal and if I stay busy. And the last few weeks I have been very busy.

V on 07/28/2011:
I LOVE the last 2 snacks :P although i can't drink gin, it is like feeding a gremlin after midnight, NOT a good thing!! LOL have a good day

Umpqua on 07/28/2011:
Great news on your husband returning! I'm sure you'll work out a good system once you get used to having him back. Have a wonderful reunion!

biscottibody59 on 07/28/2011:
Your Chsck Fctry entry prompted me to see how close one is to me--it's too close for comfort--haha!

Have a good one and keep up the good work--great progress there!

V on 07/28/2011:
Hey :) To answer your question,I can get certified to teach Turbo right after i complete my 20 week program...I am also doing a 20 week Extreme Challenge that Chalene offers that is focused more on building lots of muscle and getting leaner...I have not yet decided to complete that before getting certified but I want to fine tune it so I can be a shining example for my clients.. I will def keep you posted on the when :) YES it will happen!!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jul 27, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 179.0


Good morning-

A beautiful day here- sunny with low humidity. A good day for a morning walk.

Had a decent day yesterday. Lunch at Cheesecake Factory was a lunch size Chinese salad that their nutritional site listed as 540 calories. Seemed like more than that to me & I left 1/4 of it on my plate. Also didn't touch the bread on the table- which from past experience was very good.But then was so hungry in the afternoon and evening. I went over my 1400 calories but it wasn't too bad.No change in weight from my posted weight- yesterdays lower weight was just a tease I guess.

Exercise was about 20 min on the treadmill & about 20min.  walk around town before & after lunch.

Should be a good day. The roofers are gone so I have my privacy back but stil a few issues to resolve. Didn't realize what a huge project this was going into it & would have waited for my husband to return but wanted to get it done so he would be able to enjoy his time here. Will do some housework after my walk and this afternoon picking up a friend & going to see an art show.

Meal plans for the day-Breakfast- egg and pump toast w/ p. b., Salad with chicken for lunch, Talapia and ear of corn for dinner & yogurt & peach for snacks.

Hope you all have a sparkling day!

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/27/2011:
Wow you did great at Cheesecake Factory! That place is leathal. There ought to be a law.....have a good one yourself.

sweetpea1977 on 07/27/2011:
Great job at Cheesecake Factory! Im a huge fan of breadbaskets, so any time I can avoid them I feel real good about myself. :)

Have a great day today!

Umpqua on 07/27/2011:
I think you did great at the Cheesecake Factory! It's such a beautiful day, I'm grateful for the cool weather. Have a good one!

liza36 on 07/27/2011:
I have a hard time resisting my favorites at the Cheesecake Factory. You did a great job selecting a good salad and skipping the bread. I'll have to learn from you! Thanks for your comments yesterday - I appreciate it!

greengirl on 07/27/2011:
your menu for today sounds wonderful :-)

Em17 on 07/27/2011:
Mhmm cheesecake, bad me. Have a great day =)

V on 07/27/2011:
Now that is how the pros do it my friend :) I knew you would!! That is why the scale is on a decline!! Have a wonderful day!!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Jul 26, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 179.0


Hi all-

Just a short entry-

This morning I picked up my two 5 lb weights and my first thought was - these are really heavy & then realized that I've lost more than 10 lbs. I know that my knees , ankles and feet appreciate not carrying that weight. Good incentive for me !

Yesterday was good- 40 min on the treadmill & really gave myself a good workout on the incline & varied the speed. Food was good but a little boring- except I did love the 80 calorie pumpernickle wrap with turkey & cranberry sauce. Scale was down by a bit today but will see what tomorrow brings.

Today I'm going to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I think I need to look on line at their menu before I go so that I know how many calories I'm ordering. I'm not really a cheesecake person so no problem there but some of their salads are probably high calorie.

Ok roof problems to solve.

Have a good day!

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

V on 07/26/2011:
Good luck today and good idea to check online first..They have the highest calorie salads out there..Don't alarm yourself when you take a look on line...It is more than okay to request a special order..As you know the salads are made to order, so you can"hold" items and get the dressing on the side...Hey where did you find the pumpernickle wrap??? I hope to find it at the groceries... Anyways have a good day :)

Umpqua on 07/26/2011:
That wrap sounds wonderful. Good idea checking online first, I did that for Olive Garden. And they actually have "low calorie" options and I went with something not marked low cal after looking at all the fat, sodium, etc in everything. You really have to scrutinize because some of the stuff these restaurants tout as healthy isn't all that!

sweetpea1977 on 07/26/2011:
Yea, my quote was aimed at folks who constantly complain about everything (not just weightloss issues) but never seem to do anything about it. Seriously, if you have that much time to moan and groan about something, you definitely have time to come up with a plan to solve the issue that is bothering you!

Mmm, that wrap sounds so good - very Thanksgivingish! I LOVE pumpernickel. Where did you find the wrap?

Anyway, good luck with finding a healthy salad. I'd do a special order like V suggessted - replace creamy dressings with a vinaigrette on the side, hold the croutons and bacon bits, ask for cheese on the side, and make sure any meat you put on it is grilled.

V on 07/26/2011:
LOL!! Thanks ans you must read my Bio page..No I am not planning to go anywhere when I finally get the opportunity to make a living doing what I love...I love doing research as far as workouts, food and nutrition is concerned..

tangalyn on 07/26/2011:
i have never in my life been to a cheesecake factory, but i hear such amazing things! hope you enjoy urself.. also id like to add that is a GREAT way of looking at things, through the weights.. i can barely even lift the weight i have lost in weight form.. i cannot believe i had all that extra on my body, that disgusts me! i can only imagine how wonderful i will feel once it is all gone for good :) hope u have a great day! <3

shaunnac on 07/26/2011:
I am a little overworked, but it deffinatly beats the other option of not working. I know I gripe a lot about work but I would hold everything in and eat as a way of a relief so I am trying to not do that anymore. That wrap sounds so good. Ways to stay away from calories dressings are a no no. Also cheeses can sometimes sneak in extra calories. Stick with if it didn't come from a tree or vine to push it to the side. Have a wonderful day

liza36 on 07/26/2011:
I love Cheesecake Factory, but their portions are huge, and even their "weight management" salads can be high in calories. V made a good suggestion to special order.

Have a good time!

moogy on 07/26/2011:
Nice to be able to lift the weights and realize that you have already done your body a favour with the weight you have already lost!! Yay! for that. You sound like a woman with a plan and I love that. I hope you had a great day:)

Maria7 on 07/26/2011:
Sounds like you are getting a lot of exercise in. :-)

thinkpositive - Monday Jul 25, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 179.0


Hi all-

Doing okay today. Had a low key weekend. Quiet except for the constant banging on my roof as I'm having a new roof put on. Most of the work should be completed in the next couple of days. Can't wait for it to be over & to have my yard cleaned up.

I'm doing fine with eating and exercise. Mostly I've been walking about 45 min with some decent hills part of the walk. Yesterday was a potluck dinner and I did well with my selections- small portions of a few dishes with salads taking up the rest of the plate. I even sampled a couple of desserts.

Posted a loss and now down into the 170's. I would be more excited if I hadn't posted this weight once before & then had to repost back to teh 180's. So I'll get on the treadmill or walk this afternoon depending on the weather.Think positive , right?!

I'm thinking that I could be at 175 by Sept 1 when I'll be returning to Singapore. That is a great goal for me.

Hope everyone is having a good start to the week!

Progress as of today: 12 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

greengirl on 07/25/2011:
This time you wont be seeing the 180s again !! Good idea to aim for a small target. I would be thrilled for a loss of half a pound to a pound a week if it was consistent :-)

Umpqua on 07/25/2011:
I definitely think you can make that goal, you're doing so well!

V on 07/25/2011:
Girl that goal is way "do able" You definitely have the proper DD name...Thinking positive is the name of the game my friend and you are doing an amazing job!! Wooohoo!! I am so proud of you my friend!!

moogy on 07/25/2011:
Sounds like you have a good reason to keep on track so as not to sneak back into those 180's. I am sure you can reach your goal for returning to Singapore. Hope the banging stops soon, that's no fun!!! Thank you for the kind words:)

thinkpositive - Friday Jul 22, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 180.0


Hi all-

Ok- lost the 1/2 lb & down to my posted weight. Now to get below 180  which I hope to see by the end of next week.

This morning got out early for a  walk. So nice to be able to walk through beautiful countryside, through fields and while it was still bearable to be out in the heat. Then went for a swim. Nice way to start the day. Met a friend for breakfast - which was my lunch as i had breakfast early this morning. Went to Cosi's & had a veg. quiche- not sure about calories but it was healthy.

Have a dr. appt this afternoon & may go to a movie later.

Have a great day.

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

mysterywoman100 on 07/22/2011:
sounds like a great way to start the day

hollybelle on 07/22/2011:
Posted weight goal reached.....good. Now onward! You can do it. We have Cosi here - but on other side of town. I like their food.

sweetpea1977 on 07/22/2011:
mmm, quiche!!!

Glad you were able to enjoy such a scenic walk!

biscottibody59 on 07/23/2011:
Good going! Try to stay consistent and you'll be where you want to be in no time!

ps This is an unusual summer for 100* temps--and we're just getting to the hottest part, so no break for us. Luckily we don't have much humidity where I am, so I just work around it accordingly:-)

greengirl on 07/24/2011:
Stay positive, eat and exercise consistently and you will be in the 170s asap :-)

selina on 07/25/2011:
Good job on the lost pound!

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