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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 :)

thinkpositive - Friday Jun 17, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 184.0



Able to update weight today- with a 1 lb loss. Now starting to get excited for the day that I'll weigh less than 180. I realize that this is the slow road but I'll take it. I'lm not feeling deprived & for me that is the key.

So- plan for today-

Br-   egg & sunflower bread w/ lt butter

sn.- lf yogurt

lunch- turkey & cranb.wrap

sn.- strawberries

dinner- tilapia, veg

sn- 1/2 ice cream sand.

Raining here today so will do 1/2 hr of treadmill  & yoga.

Wishing everyone a great weekend. 







































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

Umpqua on 06/17/2011:
Great job on the loss!

Em17 on 06/17/2011:
Have a great day =)

h82bfat on 06/18/2011:
Congrats on the loss!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Jun 15, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 185.0

Hi all DD friends,

Settling in feeling better about being home although miss my husband - won't see him now for another month and half.

Today is a beautiful day. Got out & did more yardwork , This afternoon going to a reception for a friend so getting prepared to skip the unhealthy goodies & may just have a glass of perrier with a slice of lemon & skip the wine .

Trying to stick to around 1400 calories.  But seriously boring- need to get to the market!

Br- egg w/ sunflower bread w/ some butter

lunch- lf.cottage cheese, tom soup, 1/2 eng muff

dinner- TBD

Have a great day!



Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/15/2011:
Sounds like a good plan for the day!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Jun 14, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 185.0


OK, back on track & no harm done.I guess the snack attack was just mindless eating . Wouldn't it be nice to say lesson learned but I don't promise that but will try to be more discriminating.

Did get on the treadmill today for 30 sweaty minutes so feel good about that.

Today- Br- sunflower toast w/ a bit of butter

            snack- greek yogurt

           lunch- tomato herb soup w/ eng muff (1/2)

           dinner- not sure- restaurant meal- fish I hope.

      The nice thing about DD is the response from DD friends. I know that not I can't respond to everyone & don't every day but it's great to get a couple of responses & it's helpful.

So thank you! And that's why I think I can stay with this plan that I'm on. WW didn't work for me. I was always thinking about weigh in day & would eat with that in mind- which of course was my own fault but a habit that I got into.

Ok- will try mindful eating at dinner tonight!

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/14/2011:
It sounds like you are back on track and snack attacks get to all of us on occasion. As long as we set ourselves back on the good path we can't do too much damage. Have a good one!

violet11 on 06/14/2011:
Mindful eating is a very good idea- hope you're having a good day

thinkpositive - Monday Jun 13, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 185.0


How is it that I can be doing very well and then my brain goes on vacation & I eat a couple of handfulls of potato chips, some gummy bears, a piece of cake,a handfull of nuts.... well you get the picture. One good thing is that the junk food is not at my house. But I hate to think that the only way I can avoid junk food is that I can't have it around. Although that seems to be what works for me. So today I went over my allotted 1400 calories!

Other than that I have been doing well. Have to get into a better exercise pattern. Today's exercise was yard work again. Once I get the yard looking decent I can get out for a bike ride or go for a long walk.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 06/14/2011:
Think positive, thinkpositive! :)

hollybelle on 06/14/2011:
When I go over calorie goal, if its not by much, 200-400 cals for example, I figure it's a hungry day. I don't keep junk around, either or I am tempted to eat it. It is good practice to turn it down when we do elsewhere. Eating is a social activity, sometimes, too. Just chalk yesterday up to being one day that was not so good and go forward.

h82bfat on 06/14/2011:
Oh my!! I have days like that too! Just shake it off & keep looking forward. ONE yesterday of nibbling is... well - just one day. However, the tomorrows are plentifull!

V on 06/14/2011:
Hang in there girl you can do this :) I hope the day brings you joy ;)

thinkpositive - Saturday Jun 11, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 185.0

Hi all-

Getting myself settled-mostly over jet lag. Visited with children & grandchildren which was great.Busy getting my house back to normal & exercise consists of yard work which is fine for now. Since it's just me for now I decide what is in the refrigerator, freezer & pantry & it's pretty bare. I'm so used to shopping every day or every other day. Eating out  for a few meals & have handled it well. Last night at a retirement dinner loaded up on salad with chicken & small potato & skipped the cake- & just one glass of wine. So either this scale is nicer to me than my Asian scale or-thinking positive- I have lost a lb.- I'm going with the lost lb.Nice to fit into some clothes that were a bit too t ight .Hoping to lose 5 lbs by mid July which is not unrealistic. I will start writing down my food again.

Br-egg with t. butter & one of those skinny sand rolls

am snack- l.f. yogurt

lunch- ch. breast on salad w/l.f dressing

dinner- ? grandchildren's dining out choice

Take care- I'll have more time to read posts now that my life is somewhat back to normal.

Progress as of today: 6 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/11/2011:
Yes, this is realistic thinking and good planning and good choices at the party. Isn't this better than being regretful after poor choices? I think that is one big thing I am realizing - I am just sick and tired of regrets about food. I am ready for good memories about food choices! Hope your week goes well and you get rested up!

V on 06/12/2011:
Hey a big congrats for knocking the weight off..Have fun reuniting with your loved ones :)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Jun 07, 2011
(counting calories, exercise)
Weight: 186.5

Hi -

Back In USA! 

Travel was fine-long but no problems. Did well with meals- slept through one so that's one way to cut calories. Plane food wasn't great anyway which also helped & I stayed away from all of the extras. So maintained my weight despite no real exercise in the last few days.

I was asked what I'm doing in Singapore. My husband is working there & I'm on my own during the day to explore, meet other "trailing spouses" get involved in life there. We've been there for 1yr. & will be there another 2- we'll see... I come back twice a year so will stay now for 3 months. I've had some amazing travel opportunities. It has had its challenges & there have been many days when I wondered what the heck I was doing on the other side of the world, but we're glad we made the move & know we can always return. It's difficult to be overweight in Asia. I often feel like the largest person walking down the street & forget about buying clothes. Except  for a store from the UK, it's impossible.

So this week I'm trying to watch my food choices & portions. I don't know about exercise because I'm busy settling in & getting the house in order.

May not get to read your posts right away but will soon.

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 26.5 lbs to go!

liza36 on 06/07/2011:
Glad you made it safely to the US. Traveling is always tough on the diet, but sounds like you did well. Have a great day!

~Moody~ on 06/07/2011:
Welcome back to the states! Traveling can throw you out of your routine, but sounds like you did a good job.

Hope you have a great day!

hollybelle on 06/07/2011:
Welcome back to the USA! Interesting comments about the clothes and being larger than most people. I never thought of it that way. Thanks for sharing.

moogy on 06/07/2011:
It must be lovely to be back in your own home. Look after yourself and good job on maintaining through out the last few weeks. Good job:)

Umpqua on 06/08/2011:
Welcome back to the States and great job with staying healthy during your travel! I hope you have an excellent stay here!

moogy on 06/08/2011:
Thanks for stopping by my diary. I hope that you have a good day thinkpositive:)

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