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thinkpositive - Thursday Oct 22, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


I'm tired this afternoon. Had big plans but seem to have no motivation besides doing some reading.

Exercise today- Zumba . I know when I've had a workout when every pore is perspiring.

I'm now sitting on my screened porch. So all summer I've looked at this porch & not liked the looks of the dark stains (mildew) on the rails. I thought we might hire someone or rent a machine to remove it & knew I didn't want to tackle it but yesterday saw a product & figured I'd give it a try. Well the product worked & it did take me a half day to clean it up ( & I still have the outside left to do) but the point is that I could have done this job in June & felt so much better about using the porch. I'm trying to convince myself that losing weight is much like this project. I keep thinking about it , putting it off & I could just get the job done & be able to appreciate my weight loss instead of thinking of excuses as to why it's not getting done.

Food so far- B- egg & spinach with a sprinkling of cheese; L- romaine w/ turkey & o & v; Snacks- apple, lowfat cheddar cheese Dinner- planning chicken stir fry

Umpqua on 10/22/2015:
That's great news on getting the porch cleaned and the Zumba. I absolutely know what you mean about the whole weight loss process, although I do think that adding in extra exercise with projects like that (scrubbing, gardening, etc) helps and gives us a double sense of accomplishment!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Oct 21, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Yesterday was a disaster as far as food! For me once I get started it's hard to put a stop to it. Let's just say it involved lemon squares & biscotti . The only saving factor was that I worked my butt off raking out & hauling rocks out of a flower bed. After seeing how rocky this area is it's hard to figure out how anything has grown there.

Today has started off fine and I'll keep my hands off anything to do with sugar & flour. So far I've unloaded 6 bags of mulch for that flower bed & am in process of spraying my screened porch that has accumulated a layer of mildew. I think this spray is pretty potent so I'm about to find something to cover my mouth & nose. If I'm still standing will get out for a walk later.

horn_of_plenty on 10/21/2015:
That's good that you can be active and involved in gardening. It will keep your mind off of food I would say. Hobbies and other activities are good for the soul :)

biscottibody59 on 10/21/2015:
Mulch--that's a lot of mulch:-)

Umpqua on 10/22/2015:
Nice work with the gardening and I know how heavy the mulch is. The leaves are piling up in our yard, we need a new leaf blower and I haven't gotten around to purchasing one yet. Next week :)

thinkpositive - Tuesday Oct 20, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Didn't say Good Morning because I don't like being up this early- up around 4:00-4:30 & couldn't get back to sleep... Oh well.. Will take a nap later today. The weekend was again just so-so. Up a bit in calories & had wine both days. Back to business on Monday. Have to do something about exercise. I do enjoy the classes at the gym but meetings keep interfering with the classes and I just don't enjoy exercising in the afternoon at the gym.That's my challenge this week. Going to get in 4 hours of exercise between Monday & Friday. So if I count my mall walking yesterday I have 3 hours and 40 minutes to go.

Calories yesterday- Around 1400 and carbs about 100. Going to see what 1300 calories feels like today & drop the carbs slightly. It means easing off on almonds & almond butter. Oh yeah & the wine....

Will report back on my exercise challenge this week. Hope your week is going well!

puddles on 10/20/2015:
Wine is always my killer try to avoid it but sometimes it happens. Don't be to hard on yourself.

Umpqua on 10/20/2015:
Not sure if you like doing at-home workouts but if so, FitnessBlender.com has loads of freebies. You can search by level of difficult, area you want to work on, and even length of workout if you just want something quick. I know I sound like I shill for them (I don't!!) but they're good quality workouts and very convenient!

thinkpositive on 10/20/2015:
Ok, thanks- I will look them up. I used to do home workouts. Kind of forgot that was an option!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/20/2015:
Yes, I would say that Mall Walking counts!

thinkpositive - Friday Oct 16, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

It took awhile but finally saw some movement on the scale. Celebrate every pound, I say!! Big event here in my area-opening of a new Costco store. Lots of folks turned up , including me. Bought a few things that I needed. Apples are excellent. As we are a family of 2 , warehouse shopping isn't usually our thing but not everything is sold in large quantities. Good people watching!

Going to take grand dog out for a walk soon.

Same boring food for breakfast & lunch. Thai food out tonight.

Have a great day!

Umpqua on 10/16/2015:
Yay, congrats on your loss! I used to belong to BJs and I noticed in recent years they started bringing in some healthier food options and I'm guessing Costco followed suit.

grannyannie on 10/16/2015:

ohioraven on 10/16/2015:
Congratulations !

biscottibody59 on 10/16/2015:
Good going on your progress!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/17/2015:
I love Thai food! I find it so tasty and healthy. They always have the biggest variety of veggies in the Thai dishes..

Seems a lot of people on here are having success with the scale - me too! It's slow...but steady. I hope to lose around 1 pound or even a little less, per month!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Oct 14, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Another beautiful day. I know these warm days will not last so need to enjoy the weather while it's here.

I won't list my foods because it's pretty boring as I tend to eat the same foods every day. Today has been a pretty good day & i'll end the day with about 1400 or under calories. Carbs will end at under 100 which is where I want to be.

Exercise- a moderate walk with grand dog.

Goal is to see the scale move a bit . Hoping to see some progress after maintaining for the last couple of weeks.

puddles on 10/14/2015:
Yes the weather is getting cooler. I also try to keep my carbs under 100 I find that works real well. Have a great evening.

biscottibody59 on 10/14/2015:
Sounds good!

Umpqua on 10/15/2015:
I somehow missed your last entry about the detox, but it sounds like you're doing really well with regular eating and getting exercise in. I should probably start aiming for under 100 carbs if I want the scale to ever move again - carbs are always what holds me back. Thanks for mentioning that!

thinkpositive - Tuesday Oct 13, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Decided against the 3 day detox. I remembered that I have a lunch out on Thursday & my stomach is a bit "off" today.

B- fruit/yogurt smoothie l- fish soup snacks- almonds, yogurt dinner- I'll see how I'm feeling- maybe just some cottage cheese or eggs

exercise- zumba - the teacher for this class is trying to make us into Latin dancers! fun & exhausting!

biscottibody59 on 10/13/2015:
Hope you feel better soon--good to see you enjoying zumba!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/14/2015:
hoping you feel better by Thursday! I know the feelings all too well when it comes to stomach issues! lol.

thinkpositive - Monday Oct 12, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hi all-

Again a so- so weekend. Just maintaining which isn't such a bad thing, but need to make some progress this week.

Today- B- fruit, yogurt & almond milk smoothie; L- salad w/ turkey & o & v; snacks- a few chips. 2 small macaroons, apple w/ almond butter Dinner will be at a friend's house and is some sort of pasta dish. I'll just have a small serving Hoping not to go too far over 1500 today.

Had a lovely picnic with grandchildren & walk in the woods . Enjoying a lovely , sunny day

Thinking of doing the 3 day detox diet that I tried a couple of months ago. In order to do that I need 3 days where I'm not eating out. This week may be my window of opportunity!

ohioraven on 10/13/2015:
Good luck with your window of opportunity.

Umpqua on 10/13/2015:
That sounds like a good plan for this week, keep us posted!

thinkpositive - Friday Oct 09, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


It's been a so-so week. I think there might be a name for someone who responds to a change in the weather by craving carbs and sugar. What do you think?

Anyway- ate a few too many sweets this week. I sometimes think that today I can be that person who can eat just one chocolate chip cookie. Ha- No I can tell you that I am not that person. I am the person who eats one chocolate chip cookie, then has one piece of cake . That is sad but true.

No huge damage done and today is going well.

Today- B- fruit smoothie w/ yogurt; L- salad w/ turkey & o & v; snacks- wedge of trader joe's chocolate, grapes Dinner- Planning to go to a Thai restaurant for a vegetarian meal.

Exercise- hour of gardening, short walk

ohioraven on 10/09/2015:
Confessing is good for the Soul, TP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/09/2015:
An emotional eater? lol...lately not, but usually (maybe i'm getting over it), I responded to any change, any difficulty with food because (without even realizing it) food would sedate me...knock me out...relax me.

hollybelle on 10/11/2015:
I haven't mastered the one cookie thing either. At least not when the cookies are at MY house. If I am out or at someone else's house - I can do it!

thinkpositive - Wednesday Oct 07, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Hi all,

Tuesday was a good day. And one of those top ten autumn days here in New England- trees are turning, so some bright orange , red, & yellow color , beautiful sunny day. It was a day that I worked as a guide at a local museum & there were many painters set up around the grounds of the museum all painting with pastels ,the surrounding hills and colorful trees. Beautiful.

B- egg with spinach, L- salad w/turkey, D- salmon, green beans, rice Snacks- almond butter, apple, 2 crackers with some cream cheese & pepper jelly that my husband just made

Exercise- a super Zumba class

Umpqua on 10/07/2015:
I absolutely love this time of year and the weather has been perfect! Have fun at Zumba.

puddles on 10/07/2015:
Fall is one of my favorite season and I love the colour of the trees. Enjoy yourself.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/08/2015:
I agree it's a wonderful time of year. In many ways, I think fall may be my favorite season. Sounds so beautiful to see a site like that, with painters also making lasting artwork out of it. Eats sound good for yesterday too.

thinkpositive - Monday Oct 05, 2015
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0


Weekend had some off meals. That seems to be my pattern but it's working & then get back on track for the week. I'm a bit light on exercise so need to schedule in exercise most days this week.

So far today-

B- egg with spinach, L- yogurt Snack- spoonful of almond butter , oz of cheese; Dinner will be out at a restaurant- try to stick with a salad, or chicken or fish with vegetables.

Exercise- watchng my grand dog run around..... I know just kidding- no exercise

puddles on 10/05/2015:
Just keep working it. Weekends are hard to stay on track. Have a great week.

ohioraven on 10/05/2015:
I have a weekend pattern too.

grannyannie on 10/06/2015:
Have a lovely week.

Umpqua on 10/06/2015:
Higher calories are just a fact of life for me on weekends, so like you, I try to make up for it during the week. Have fun with grand dog ;)

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