forums directory search about DD
or Join for Free!
Recent Diary Entries
Horn_Of_Plenty 29 min
BearCountryGG 59 min
grannyannie 1 hrs
happy-1 11 hrs
InnerPeace 21 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 - Saturday Jul 09, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 179.0



New weight posted today. For second day in a row 179 showed up - yeah!! It may be that I cut down on my calories by a bit . Happy about my numbers & have an incentive to keep my weight below 180. I have been at this weight but it's been a while since I've been in the 170's for any period of time.

I give myself credit for sticking with my plan and give DD and all of my supporters thanks for hanging in there with me & encouraging me!

So thank you!!  And have a wonderful weekend!

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

V on 07/09/2011:
Well congratulations!!! You are doing an amazing job :)

Just42day on 07/09/2011:
Congrats! You're doing great and I'm sure that will continue. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

Umpqua on 07/09/2011:
Woo hoo!!

greengirl on 07/09/2011:
Ooohhh well done. I am dying to get into the 170s and I've got it in my sights :-) It's a while since I've been there too. Keep up the good work!

moogy on 07/10/2011:
Glad you are feeling happy with your weight. Good for you with sticking with your plan:)

V on 07/11/2011:
My friend you have the right frame of mind... I love the way you just summed that up!! The only thing I can add is AMEN!! :)

thinkpositive - Friday Jul 08, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 181.0


Hi all-

I'm not changing my posted weight yet but am seeing a bit of a loss but yesterday was a stange eating day. Calorie total was good - around 1300 & for the most part healthy foods but just a reminder to me that I need to eat at regular meal times.

 Just thinking- why hasn't someone come up with a healthy fast food restaurant? I know that the fast food places now have a few offerings that are more on the healthy side but it is frustrating.

When I was in Singapore I was very self conscious of being a large person in a small framed Asian country. It was unusual to see a large Asian person. Some large Indian women but I would be twice the size of the typical Asian woman. Here in the USA there are many larger than me. In fact it is scary how many large people are around- I'm including myself. How did this happen??  I know I can only change my own habits. fortunately I see that my daughters are raising their children with healthy habits. OK- off my soapbox...

Still doing yard work as my exercise yesterday & on Wed. had a good walk. Today is Zumba.

Will be eating careful and healthy and get in a good amount of exercise this week to make my goal of 180 by next Friday.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

Just42day on 07/08/2011:
Hooray for seeing a loss. It all adds up! Sounds like you have solid plans to keep the #s changing in the right direction. Good for you!

KathyBlue on 07/08/2011:
yeah, Indian women can be large, but not that common. I can imagine how jaw-dropping was to return to the US reality ... When you can really see the difference with your very eyes in both places!

hollybelle on 07/08/2011:
I don't mean to obsess in public places, but I am amazed at how out of control we are in the U.S. Good Lord. As far as a health fast food place - I just try to find some things that "aren't too bad" healthy-wise at the different places. Like McD's yogurt parfait for a treat and their grilled chicken wraps HOLD THE SAUCE is OK. Some of the salads at different places aren't too bad with the lower fat or FF dressing choice. It's sad, though that this is what Americans accept! I am hoping the next generation will be smarter!

V on 07/08/2011:
They are so hard to find in smaller towns...If you were not traveling so much, this would be the perfect opportunity for you to tap into uncharted territory..You know when I had lots of weight to lose, I felt a little iffy about dining out with requests to special orders to suit my needs...You would be surprised how flexible some places are with custom orders..The bigger chains are slowly catching on so that is hopeful... I am sure you will make your goal :)

Umpqua on 07/08/2011:
I think it's really difficult to eat healthily in this country. We are surrounded by fattening, calorie-laden restaurants and foods. At Olive Garden last night the server asked if we wanted cheese on our salads, and then she came back and asked if we wanted extra cheese on our entrees! This is the norm here and I see it with friends and family whose children have been diagnosed with high cholesterol at age 10 and under. It's a huge problem (no pun intended) and I feel like all I can do is teach my own children how to be healthy. We're already facing challenges in that they see kids at preschool eating stuff and I have to tell them why I won't buy it because it has too much sugar, etc. It's tough because I don't want them reporting back to their friends "My Mom says your lunch has too much sugar....."

Sorry to ramble, you've touched a nerve here ;) I do think things are changing and that my generation is a bit more aware of how to shop and feed their families healthily since I see a lot more organic and natural choices in the supermarket - just over the past 2 years or so. I hope the trend continues!

mcwoo40 on 07/08/2011:
Have a great weekend :)

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jul 06, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 181.0


Hi all DD friends-

Thanks to all the great comments to my last post. I do appreciate them very much!

I was able to post another pound loss which I am pleased about. So 10 pounds is a nice weight loss for me, a good start  and I know I can continue with my current eating pattern. i am eating healthy-, fruits, vegetables, mostly chicken & fish, no soda,& little sugar.Snacks are mostly fruits, greek yogurt and a daily 70 calorie ice cream cone .:) I have been having a glass of wine most nights but that seems to be okay.Calories are between 1400-1500 with an occasional day of 1700-1800.So with that i don't feel deprived & almost never hungry.

My biggest challenges are eating out & calculating the calories of the meal. Today I had a curried chicken salad on greens with bacon & avocado. I calculate it to be around 700 calories. So I'll need to find a lower calorie dinner to balance it out.Maybe a chicken burger on thin sandwich roll.

Exercise- never made that long walk yesterday . Did some house cleaning & then worked outside pruning a hedge & today spreading mulch around some garden areas. I know I'm burning calories but not getting the aerobic activity so need to add some exercise this week. Looking forward to Zumba on Friday!

Hope your week is going well.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/06/2011:
Thanks for your kind note. Yep, definitely great group of people here -- always encouraging and supportive. Congrats on the 10# loss -- that's fabulous!

V on 07/06/2011:
Amazing isn't it when we take a step back and take a different approach :) Well done!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/06/2011:
i see you say you never made the "long walk" you can always go for a short walk! bc a little walk is better than no walk :-D

Umpqua on 07/06/2011:
You are doing great, congrats on the pound loss! I basically keep my calories in the same range when I'm trying to lose, with higher counts on the weekends or splurge days. "Red wine vin" is red wine vinegar, it's my new favorite salad dressing. I used to do balsamic but I love the red wine, especially combined with sunflower seeds on top of the salad. My hubby actually mixes the vinegar directly with the seeds and eats it as a snack instead of potato chips, it's pretty yummy and takes care of his salt cravings.

~Moody~ on 07/07/2011:
Congrats on hitting the 10lb marker!! That's awesome!! You're doing it the right way~Keep it up!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Jul 05, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 182.0


Had a good long weekend with family & friends. Got in a long walk & 9 holes of golf. Will take advantage of beautiful weather to get a long walk in this morning. Was a little uncertain of what I would see on the scale this morning as i went over my 1500 limit on Sun & Mon but this morning it looks like I maintained or maybe lost a bit so hope to post a loss in a day or two. Tried out my new idea of trying a little bit of everything including pie & ice cream (just a sliver!) So it may actually be possible to eat like a normal person as far as variety of food and just limit the portions. Wow - a real revelation! :)  

I have my goal of getting to 180 by July 16 so will be really concentrating on portions & exercise this week. What I am really getting excited about is getting below 180. That will be significant for me.

Have a good start to the week!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/05/2011:
Yes! It's amazing that you can eat mostly anything IF you eat it in moderation and exercise a bit consistently. Portion size is key, though - an dyou must work it in your overall calorie count. Just be careful that you aren't "treating" yourself to too much sugar and carbs and that you are getting plenty of fruits and vegetables and plenty of lean protein. Good job on maintaining or maybe losing a little bit over the holiday weekend.

Umpqua on 07/05/2011:
Great job keeping things in check over the holidays! I agree it's possible to enjoy all types of foods, as long as it's in moderation. I like to look at my overall week and I'll work in a dinner out or a dessert splurge and keep things in check the other days. Have a good one!

V on 07/05/2011:
Yes this can be done :) I am sure you will stay vigilant and in control :) I am proud of you!!

FitAmbitions on 07/05/2011:
Great entry and good job! It's so encouraging to read of people making postive choices and enjoying a little taste here and there and still getting those fabulous results! Ty for your comment this morning.

legcramps on 07/05/2011:
Glad you had a good weekend!

Em17 on 07/05/2011:
Have a fantastic day =)

KathyBlue on 07/05/2011:
Yeah, below 180!!! :))) It's completely possible to achieve that goal. I'll be here, jittering! :)

Hackersdiet on 07/05/2011:
Oh, that is a good goal of getting to 180. I still remember when I made it to 179 and how happy I was because that number had eluded my for so long. And I was happier at 179 that day than I had been in the 140s a decade before, because I earned it. I means so much. I know you can do it!

~Moody~ on 07/05/2011:
Had to LOL at your "eating like a normal person" comment~It's really amazing when we realize that we CAN have "goodies"..it's all about balance!! Good luck meeting your goal, I'm sure you will do it!!

Maria7 on 07/05/2011:
Congrats to you on your progress! Yes, portion control is very important. I didn't understand it for a long time. But now I know that those extra calories from having larger portions really add up and can hinder weight loss as well as maintenance. I believe you will easily make your goal! :-D

thinkpositive - Friday Jul 01, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 182.0


Hi on this wonderful, perfect summer day!

Down a pound- yeah for me. A little worried after eating lunch & dinner out yesterday, but had a grilled veg salad for lunch & lobster dinner with corn ( tried to limit the butter) and was pleased to see 181.5 on the scale for the second day in a row.

Going to the beach today & bringing some low cal snacks.

Not doing great with exercise but will make up for it this weekend.

A happy 4th of July weekend to you all.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 07/01/2011:
Awesome news on your loss, and that dinner sounds delicious!

greengirl on 07/02/2011:
Well done on the pound loss:-) We are very close in weight at the moment!

Umpqua on 07/03/2011:
RE the burger, I figured I was going to have a burger on the 4th at the BBQ we're going to, so I decided I didn't need 2 in one weekend. I also rationalized that I could have wine and ice cream with the salad and still have less calories than if i did the burger and tots and no wine or ice cream. So I felt like I was getting more bang for my buck if you will!

Umpqua on 07/03/2011:
Another CT resident? Awesome! I'm up in Colebrook, just outside of Winsted. I venture into West Hartford pretty regularly for shopping and we drive through Farmington, the river valley is so pretty.

V on 07/03/2011:
You are doing such a great job my friend :) Have fun at the beach!!

biscottibody59 on 07/04/2011:
You're doing so well with your wt loss progress--keep up the good work!

Thanks for the kind and thoughtful comments--it seems to get better every day, s-l-o-w-l-y:-)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Jun 28, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 183.0



Doing fine- sticking with 1400-1500 calories. I discovered that I may actually possess some will power. Yesterday I bought some cookies to have when a friend stopped by. So when I was shoping I tried to buy something that I liked but didn't love ( like Girl Scout thin mints might fall into this category) so I picked out a thin butter cookie. I regret not having one when I offered them to my friend. I really do not like it when goody- goody people say " oh, no i'm on a diet I couldn't possibly have a piece of that cake - or whatever.." From now on when I'm in a social situation I will have whatever is being served , although I may ask for a small piece or not eat all of it. Maybe that's just me, not expecting that everyone would agree with me there. So later I did have 2 cookies ( 120 calories for 2) and put the rest away. And I haven't even thought about them ( well not all the time anyway..)

Exercise- I'm working like a field hand on my yard. Like to exhaustion- sweating, red face, hair sticking to the back of my neck with perspiration. Not a pretty picture. Still have several projects to go today.

Have to lose a pound this week. My goal is to be at 180 by July 16 when i visit my mother in MN.

Take care. Enjoying reading your posts.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 23 lbs to go!

Em17 on 06/28/2011:
Have a great day =)

hollybelle on 06/28/2011:
Great post! You know, when my goal is to get to a better weight/better health and I am committed, I start thinking in terms of what will get me to my goal, and I am not tempted by things that will not fit into attaining my goal.....it's a good feeling!

V on 06/28/2011:
:) I agree with Holly this is a great, positive post..Hey your goal sounds completely realistic, and yes i am sure you will get there by the 16th!!! Have a good one :)

legcramps on 06/29/2011:
You can do it!

geevee on 06/29/2011:
I followed the "when in Rome" advice when I visited my son in Orlando, and prmptly gained 3 pounds!It was easier than not eating his fattening foods and having an argument with him. I'm still paying the price for those indiscretions!

thinkpositive - Monday Jun 27, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 183.0

Changed my mind about the wine! Still doing Ok on calories though. 


I was hoping to post a weight loss but my scale wasn't being cooperative today. maybe it was the peanut butter that I bought at Trader Joes! Or the hamburger that I ate out yesterday. or possibly the beer and glass of wine?Oh & the mini ice cream cones from Trader Joes-only 70 calories.  I love weekends - even though I'm retired there is still that feeling of letting go a bit from keeping everything in check during the week. Well no gain either so today I will be extra good & limit my calories a bit, get some exercise & no wine ( sadly..)

Have been getting good exercise everyday so that part is working well.

Hope that everyone has a great start to the week!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 23 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/27/2011:
I'm happy to just maintain on the weekends and save the losing for weekdays. It sounds like you had a nice weekend!

FitAmbitions on 06/27/2011:
Love what umpqua wrote, think I'll write that down for my mirror! mmmmm your weekend sounds like mine, only I think mine satrted about wed of last week! LOL! Keep working forward, we will get there!

Em17 on 06/27/2011:
Have a great day =)

V on 06/27/2011:
Hey we all have our weaknesses and you have been doing such a great job so as long as you keep at it, there is nothing to fret over my friend.. I

hollybelle on 06/27/2011:
Oh, sometimes we need peanut butter - maybe you had a little breaky from the counting and planning - get back on it and you'll see another (lower) number soon. You are still 1 lb down from 10 days ago. That is wonderful!

hollybelle on 06/27/2011:
P.S. I found I good deal at whole foods on almond butter this weekend and almost OD'd on it - ha- ha - seriously over two days about 1/4 the jar (small-ish jar :o))

V on 06/27/2011:
Wine no problem as long as you are getting your workouts in and including them into your daily caloric intake..Moderation is KEY..This can be done and still have your wine indulgence(within reason) LOL!! Have a good one!!

thinkpositive - Friday Jun 24, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 183.0



Sort of a low key week. Doing OK with eating & portions. Today though my daughter made popovers & who can turn down a warm popover right out of the oven. And it was so good that I had another!

Tried to watch what I ate for the rest of the day & didn't go much over 1500 calories.

Doing OK with exercise- got on the treadmill twice & had my zumba class today which I enjoyed.

It's been raining here since Wed. & quite frankly I've had about enough rain. Hope to see some sun this weekend.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Looking forward to reading entries tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 23 lbs to go!

V on 06/25/2011:
Have a good one!!

Umpqua on 06/25/2011:
We're getting bombarded with rain too, the sun is supposed to come out tomorrow though. Have a great weekend!

selina on 06/27/2011:
Thank you for your comment! Good job on the calories and portions. Have a great day!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jun 22, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 183.0


It's a good day when I can post a lower number - down one pound. I don't count it or post a loss until I see it two days in a row. I'm one of those people who has to get on the scale every day- not multiple times but first thing in the morning. So I'm happy to be losing at a slow but steady pace. It would be nice to go back to Singapore and be able to buy clothes in the stores. That might not be for a while though.

Not much else to report. Still not in an exercise routine but did get on the treadmill today for a good aerobic workout. 

Have some fruits- blueberries, grapes and mangoes  for snacks & kashi dinners for nights when I don't want to cook. Staying with 1400-1500 calories this week and should be good for the week.

Hope you all are having a great week!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 23 lbs to go!

legcramps on 06/22/2011:
Great plan for the week! And congrats on the loss!

mysterywoman100 on 06/22/2011:
I celebrate every lb and think of it like a pound of lard. white a slimey and glad to be rid of it.

Umpqua on 06/22/2011:
I get on the scale almost every day too. Congrats on the loss!

V on 06/22/2011:
Yayyyy!! Conrats on the loss!! keep up the Stellar job :)

hopingforhealth on 06/22/2011:
Congrats on the lb down! And I saw your entry yesterday, and must confess, I am a huge zumba fan too. I don't normally like group excercise, but I like zumba!

hollybelle on 06/22/2011:
Oh goody! Great loss for you! YAY!

Hackersdiet on 06/23/2011:
Exercising will make you feel better, sleep better, more energy, but for me I have to do just 10-15 minutes a day. If I wear myself out and do long work outs I tend to quit exercising completely for weeks and then try again. So I'm trying out little workouts every day and I like it better for me. It fits into my routine. I follow the Hacker's Diet by John Walker work out plan (free online book, chapter "What? Me exercise?". Maybe look it over and see if it works for you for consistency. :)

thinkpositive - Monday Jun 20, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 184.0



Had a good weekend although went over my calories on Sat. & thought exercise (played 18 holes of golf & walked the course.) would take care of any surplus was unhappy to see the scale was up on Sunday so cut back on Sunday & am back to Friday's weight today.

Goals for this week - stay with 1400 calories, try a few new recipes, vary my exercise. I tried a new Zumba class on Friday- love Zumba ( it was Zumba gold but I was still sweating up a storm!), buy a variety of fruits and vegetables. and lose 1 lb. All reasonable and doable! Still planning to lose 4 lbs by mid July.

Hope everyone has a sparkling day!

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 06/20/2011:
ahh the golf :))) That's soooo fancy :)

V on 06/20/2011:
Your goal is so doable!!! You have this!!! Woohoo!

Em17 on 06/20/2011:
Have a great day =)

selina on 06/20/2011:
I must try zumba classes at my gym, too! Have a great day!

hollybelle on 06/20/2011:
Good going on getting back oan track one day later....Yay! I love Zumba, too. I am going to have eto get back in the habit of doing those classes.

legcramps on 06/21/2011:
Good job getting out and golfing all 18 holes on foot! Wow, that would have been a great workout :)

[ 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 ]