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thinnside40 - Sunday Nov 16, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0



Not a real photogenic person & these aren't the best taken photos... but, I went into the bathroom this morning after the last few days thinking about a "haircut" and grabbed the scissors....... Went to SuperCuts after church to get it evened out.... The stylist said that I wasn't far off of having it even.... There are advantages to having a dad as a barber... Watched him for so many years I understand the concept a bit..... It will take a few days to get styling down, but I feel better now that the weight of styling products & curling curling curling is past news..... Hubby & the kids like it...I let Meg get her first layering when I was getting "evened out".. She looks older now... BooHoo!!!! She is proud of it!

After we got home last night.... I went another 1.5 miles on the Gazelle...Making the Saturday total 6.5 miles..... Not sure what this afternoon holds yet... The rest of the family is watching the last Nascar race of the season & I may have to go it alone.... Need to decide pretty soon, before it is time to head back to church.......

B : o ) Nature's Path Maple Walnut Oatmeal, Skim & Coffee... I LOVE this brand of cereals and was so happy to find they have oatmeal now.....

S : o ) Banana

D : o ) PBJS (Like yesterdays) & 1 sl. DeLite Pizza (last piece)

Paul & I walked 2 miles....

S : o ) Tangerine

S : o ) Chix Salad (like all the one's before today)

D/S : o ) Nothin'

H2o : o ) 80 oz. (by 3:30 p.m.)

Miles since 2/1 = 831.0

November miles = 31.0



Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

grumpy on 11/16/2008:
I love your shorter hair. It's funny, but i think it's a nice part of the transformation to a newer you. Like Jerri 2.0! hehehe. You look great, enjoy! Me being MIA doesnt really have to do with J. He and I have been 'back' since the 4th, but mostly I was off track and lost motivation to log on much. Now I am back on track and being on DD is a big part of it. This was a busy weekend, though. In a good way. xoxoxox

grumpy on 11/16/2008:
I know, and you were right on the money about that, I was out having a fun, loving and healthy weekend with him. Wish us luck, as I really wish things could remain like this.

The chin will go away, it has a lot already, just compare these pics with before pics and you will see! I can tell. slowly but surely sistah! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/16/2008:
i LOVE LOVE LOVE your new hair. you have your biggest fan over here. i tend to like shorter hair - and hate using tons of styling products as well. of course we all need a little though. now you will probably spend far less time with your hair! :) time now used for better things.

kzirkle on 11/16/2008:
LOVE the haircut! It looks fabulous! It really perks your face up too, added bonus. Definitely another great choice by you. Congrats! :)

selina on 11/17/2008:
I love that hair! And you have beautiful eyes, too! Great exercising, 6.5 miles is fantastic! Have a great day!

thinnside40 - Saturday Nov 15, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0

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Slept in a bit......Paul  had a cup of coffee (with pumpkin creamer) ready for me....... Lallygaggin' around so far.... Ate some breakfast & getting ready to shower. We're going to an Estate Sale in a bit after he gets back from taking Ben to his school project filming....

Agenda is to go to the WallyZoo....Go visit my parents a bit..Mom should be up for a bit.... She had a tendon that had been effected by arthritis, so they cleaned it out and pulled the tendon from her forearm down to her thumb... She had the same procedure done last year on the other hand... Long recovery, but worth it I guess....She turns 67 next week..... May buy some groceries to make a healthy supper.. Just fix it at their house and help dad out a bit... Want to see G'ma too, but everybody @ my Aun'ts house has had horrible colds, including g'ma..... Tis the season!

Walk outdoors will be in order today, as the weather looks super nice.. Last night's alternation between the treadmill & gazelle made for a great workout... I do like the gazelle the best though.....

B~ 2 pc. Flourless French Toast (1 egg/egg white), Banana & Coffee

S~ Orange

D~ 1 Cran Oat Cookie (we we're @ a bake/benefit yard sale)

S~ SF FF Vanilla Latte

Shopped the ZOO capitol of the world.... (UGH) and nearly had a coronary @ the total bill.... I hate shopping anymore with the crowds & the inflated prices anymore....At least gas is now officially <$2/gal. Had to come back home to get Ben... Asked hubby to drop me off at the trail head of the Greenway headed towards the town where my parent's live.I had worn my walking shoes a purpose, so I didn't excuse myself for running out of time...... Meg begged to go with me.. It was getting late, but hoped for just enough daylight to keep safe & not be a chicken heart... We made it!!!! The path is pretty covered with trees & along a river, under train tressels & such, but haven't had any reports of troubles for a long time...... Have learned to not let fear overtake my thoughts or I certainly wouldn't do anything out of comfort zone in these days of horrible things happening ANYWHERE. Got to town just @ dusk and made it to parent's just fine, stopping to get the latte about 1.5 miles out.... We walked 5 miles...... Meg skipped, ran & walked enjoying the fresh air & talking about school, etc......

S~ DeLite Pizza


Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/15/2008:
Hey Thin! Happy birthday to your Mom! Hope your Grandma and everybody @ your Aunt's house are soon feelig better! Hope you've had/are having a wonderful day! Love, Maria

loveray on 11/15/2008:
i hope you had a wonderful weekend. covered bridges are my favorite. xoxo

kzirkle on 11/15/2008:
Thanks for the comment. We named our puppy Buckley, after Jeff Buckley... our fav singer. We also just sent in our AKC papers to register him and we made his full name Sir Buckley Royal Prince of Randall.

Thanks for your comment about biscotti too. She really hit a sore spot for me because I was feeling bad anyway having to put the puppy in a crate. Plus it really really REALLY irritates me when people butt in and try to tell you how to live YOUR life. Anywho, hope you're having a good day! :)

selina on 11/15/2008:
Yayy! fantastic 5 mile walk! with Meg, nonetheless. I'm glad gas prices went back down for you. Here in Switzerland, gaz prices have always been over 5$/gal and never goes down, oh well... have a great weekend!

Jen40 on 11/16/2008:
197!!! OMGosh, that's fantastic!!!! Hey, I figured it would be really inspiring to spend more time here on DD reading everyone's diaries instead of being somewhere else, getting down and depressed with the cruelty and sad things in the world. So I had to read YOUR diary first, of course, because I find it always lifts me up. It's not what happens in your day to day life, it's how you deal with it, your attitude, your personality. YOU SHINE and I love that about you. And you've stuck by me through all my struggle in the last 2 months and I really appreciate that. God Bless ya.

skinnyjeans on 11/16/2008:
5 mile trek through trees and rivers...sounds adventurous to me! Glad you overcame your fears - that must feel very good. Also, what's a WallyZoo? :)

Agent_Guber on 11/16/2008:
You are so amazing!! I would love to walk through trees by a river for 5 miles. I just love walking. The other day my best friend and I went out hiking for a little less than 2 hours, it was so much fun!! Thank you for stopping by and being so supportive and encouraging.

WI3 on 11/16/2008:
What a great walk! I am very very impressed with everything you are doing.

thinnside40 - Friday Nov 14, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0

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Been workin' round the house & enjoying a Old Fashion Christmas CD (Irishy/Bluegrassy).. No words, just music. I know Thanksgiving hasn't come & gone yet, but I wanted a change from the everyday stuff....

I will tell you that this week has been FANTASTIC.... I am feeling like my old self...As far as a "I care" feeling goes... I know I have mentioned that I was excited that my house was getting in order after a long hiatis (sp). Compliments of me "giving up".... I have cleaned on the surface and made things "look" nice & made them clean....But this last week I have gotten back into the creativity in decorating & desire to make my house like the "country magazines", but on a thrifty budget... I used to be that way ALL the time, but since my mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly 7 years ago, this Dec 3rd. I have not had such desire and hoped/wished that no family or friends would come visit for the "shame" I felt in the "care less factor".... Depression effected me greatly... Moreso than my hubby ,cause his mom & I didn't have a great start, due to the 8 years he is older than I.. She feared I wasn't in this marrigae for the long haul, until I became pregnant with Meg (6 yrs. younger than Ben).... The last 2 years of her life, we became very close and enjoyed each other immensley.... She babysat our kids the Saturday after Thanksgiving so we could Christmas shop for the kids... On top of the world when we picked the kids up that evening.... She passed by massive heart attack that night with the remote in her lap, Western Channel on T.V... Pepsi One on the counter beside her and her "grandma's are for lovin" sweatshirt on....She wasn't "found" until 3 days later, but we know it was that night, cause of some things that were VERY apparent to prove it..... I missed her so much, cause I was just getting to know her, whereas hubby had 41 years with her.... To plan her funeral & celebration of life was so hard...... Life since has been a rollercoaster of "not caring" about one thing or another..... Went on the anti-depressants for a year after, but then stopped, cause I was feeling better...... This last 3-4 years has been somewhat the same and resisting the thought that I may need the meds again for not grief depression, but the hormonal monthly mood swings and lifelessness almost everyday in the "dont care enough to get up & do it" or would get a good start, but give up 1/2 way through cause I felt so overwhelmed in so much to do....

Now 2 months on the anti-depressants again now & I'm sure the not having custodial/hostess jobs anymore has me feeling less like I'm always cleaning, planning, etc...... I feel SPECTACULAR to say I feel like "me" again.... To fix the house up. Wanting to continue past the 1/2 way mark.... It has not felt like a "have to", but a true desire to want to do it for the sheer joy of having a homey atmosphere and now am beginning to feel like inviting friends/family over and be proud of my home again... I had turned it into just a "house", but now it feels like "home" again..... I am a "country prim vintage retro bumpkin".... Ben made my day yesterday when he said "Mom, I love the fresh fruity theme ya got goin' on, it looks neat".... I haven't heard such things in so long that my heart is still leaping and as I sit hear, my heart is sooooo full of joy to have "me" back...I have cried to have those feelings back for soooooooo long.... I cannot explain it and you may not understand, but these tears are sheer joy and an overwhelming feeling of peace that I have longed for to have it ached to the core... I felt as though I have been hurting my family in not having a desire to make a "home" anymore. Kicking the piles of this, that and the other or stuffing it here, there and everywhere...Just so it wasn't visible... I am sure that WI3 can understand some of what I am saying, not necessarily the housekeeping part, but the burden ya feel to have such an ache/desire to feel yourself again... Actually I want to THANK her for opening up so much in her struggles to allow her in maybe helping others... Well, honey you helped me to not feel alone in this mental battle.... Such a break-through... It took a lot of chiseling to break through that super thick ice, but I've made it to the water now and I can swim again........  Don't want to come across as a commercial for anti-depressants.. I once truly believed that they were for people who couldn't deal with life on their own and were weaklings...... To buck up people isn't all that easy to do when you feel so low... How well I have been humbled by going through the feelings I have had, even with God as my pilot.... He IS the great healer, but I also believe that He gave us sense enough to take and/or accept necessary help He provides through medical professionals to be the best we can be......

This weekend I am looking forward to coming home from town's errands.. Past has been to stay out as long as possible so I didn't have to deal with the "house"... or I would go places, just in order to not have the desire to do what I needed ache so badly, but still sit idle, not doing any of it, cause there was "too much" that I felt why try.......... I have bought things in hopes of using them, cause when I bought them I had the "creative juices" flowing... But would not take them out of the bag when I got home, cause I was giving up.... Then I'd forget about them til I happened to run across them looking for something else usually.... How sad that I had come to this point..... At least I am glad the weight/healthy lifestyle change issue has been rectified before now or I would have that to tackle too....

I am sorry this is so lengthy, but to have such a relief and feel these feelings of joy again...Overwhelming, but very welcomed indeed these feelings are for me......

Having said all of that... I will say this too... I did eat a junior burger meal last night.. The kids & I went to town to get new fish (3 Neons & a Chinese algae eater) & to Value Village to shop for some bargains.... My neck, back and legs were hurting to the point I couldn't stand to walk much more.... I need to find a different pillow and sleeping position I think...... I was hungry, as the kids were too & I enjoyed every morsel of that meal when we got home......

Plan to take a few photos of my "frugal decoring" when I am completely done this weekend.... Going to find the finishing touches @ Goodwill/WalMart tonight or tomorrow... The boys are suppose to be gone early today, so my hope is to get my errands done tonight, so tomorrow we can go visit my parents and come back to this "home" again with nothing "staring" at me to get done...... 

I'll shut-up now and go get me some dinner..... Tayt is watching the Bee movie, the baby is just waking, the other boy is asleep and hubby (who took the day off today) is out test driving one of our cars (been running very rough or not at all lately) to see if he has found the trouble(s) yet....

Breakfast~ Cheerios, Banana, Skim Milk..... Coffee (black)

Snack~ Orange & 1 c. Concord juice w/Peach sparkling H2o

Dinner~ PBJS (Smart Balance, Simply Fruit, Sprouted Grains Bread)

Snack~ Apple & Few Roasted Almonds Carrots & Hummus

Supper~ Few Tortilla Chips, Skim Cheese....

Snack~Buttermilk Bread w/Simply Fruit

H2o = 130oz.

It is 11:55 p.m.... Had went to town earlier...Got back around 8:30 and ate supper....Looked a few things up on Ebay that I want to list....I just finished getting in 6 miles alternating the Tread & Gazelle. 2(G)1(T)3(G)......Headed off to read a bit to wind down and sleep in la la land til who knows when Saturday morning...... Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Miles since 2/1 = 822.5

November = 22.5 miles

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Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

WI3 on 11/14/2008:
So happy to read that you are feeling fantastic! You are also DOING fantastic! Take care!

skinnyjeans on 11/14/2008:
I'm so glad you are feeling joyful!! That is wonderful.

selina on 11/15/2008:
I enjoyed reading your entry and I'm thrilled for you! Have a great weekend.

selina on 11/15/2008:
Whoa! You are up so late.... cats are like that....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/15/2008:
great, great, great entry. i am glad you are feeling better. sometimes, when we have majoy changes in our lives, it is difficult to achieve balance at first because we are just trying to get used to our lives! this is what happened to me, too. I now have balance. unfortunately, i let my health dissapate. but, now with everything more stable, i can continue like you have to make good choices.

abdab74 on 11/15/2008:
Thank you for your entry, which came close to making me cry...I too have an extremely close relationship with my in-laws, as all of my family is so far away, and hate the thought of losing them. I am glad you are feeling better, and would love to see pics, as I am a huge country decorating fan myself...you are a true inspiration, lady!

Jen40 on 11/16/2008:
I think I need to see my doctor about those feelings too. I'm glad you're feeling so much better. I want to feel like "me" again.

thinnside40 - Thursday Nov 13, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0


Hello!..... Have a wonderful day!

I'm off to take advantage of the hour I have in quiet peace (well, somewhat) to get some things done..... Agenda is to finish the 5% of the kitchen this morning & finish the 50% on the bathroom before the day is over.... Also, fit in walking (weather dependant -not lookin' so good) & exercise indoors during the windows of opportunity.. I need bigger windows .......

B : o  ) Cheerios & Banana, Skim Milk 

Done~ Fish tank moved & cleaned... Need to buy another fish to be-friend the lonely one we have.....Done~ Kitchen floor swept, baby put to sleep & now it's snack time for the boys & I....Still to do before afternoon sets in~ Cleaning the cockatiel's cage & mopping the kitchen floor... 

Oh, got to thinking as cleaning ~ I will need to get in 2.72 miles per day til December 31st to make it to 1,000 miles for the year... That will average out @ 90.91 miles per month (11 months) since starting. I WILL DO IT!!!!!

SNACK = Ruby Red Grapefruit & Few Roasted Almonds



Mileage walked since Feb 1 = 866.5

November miles = 16.5



Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

grumpy on 11/13/2008:
Thanks dear, I needed that little shake you gave me! I will. I really am planning to go back to where I was. It was emotional issues, but honestly, I always had those, and that doenst mean i cant lose weight through them! I just need focus. Festivities didnt help. I really cant have yummy foods in the house or i will eat. I have been eating bday leftovers, just not good. I am starting a new life now though, not tomorrow, not on monday. Thanks and I will read those old entries. xoxoxo

selina on 11/13/2008:
Whoa, you are getting so much done, today! I need someone to clean my house, lol. Have a great day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/13/2008:
i must say, i'm glad i don't have your job. so much cleaning and chores to do i am impressed you always do it all. i seriously don't think i could handle that. too much patience. and you are NOT even paid!

i am saying you impress me.

uncgrad2001 on 11/14/2008:
I saw your posting about the yogurt, and I just wanted to know where you get the Weight Watchers yogurt from? Do you have to order it, or can you get in the supermarket??

skinnyjeans on 11/14/2008:
TGIF! I hope you are having a great day today, Thinnside! :)

thinnside40 - Wednesday Nov 12, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0


(testing! pic entries..My kitchen queen (hutch) that used to belong to g'ma)

Rain advisory has turned into a wind advisory.... Suppose to be getting 50mph gusts by afternoon.... Has been about 25-30 mph this morning.....I am a big baby when it comes to wind....... Sun is shining at least....... 

Lots to do today as usual... Trying to get things done, so we can maybe have a little something here @ the house  for Ben's B.D. on the 20th... My mom has surgery on her hand today and will be in a cast for 4-6 weeks....So, we suggested to dad that we just have soup & sandwiches on Thanksgiving...He went for it... Knew he would!.... We have done it for Christmas the last 2 years..... Less mess & less calories!

A bit sore this morning from the jogging last night....Have a hip issue that keeps rearing it's ugly head... From back in the early summer when I jogged for the first time and stepped into a pothole..... Doesn't bother me til I get faster paced....... I am being fickle about the treadmill.... I love it, but the noise is so much that I get annoyed... Wearing an MP3 is impossible with having my kids & hubby talking to me all the time... Spend more time taking the earbuds out than anything..... After I get off, I swear it is going back... Then the next day, I want to keep it.... I enjoy the workout in convenience... I guess this is one of those things I will have to decide "how bad have you got it?" as far as desire to reach that goal huh?  Is it bad enough that I will endure the annoying noise of the belt and motor or gripe about not getting anywhere near goal in a decent amount of time..... Is your treadmill noisy? 

Morning appetizer = Coffee & 25 cal. Swiss Miss 

Breakfast = Pumpkin Oatmeal with Skim Milk

Snack = Tangerine & 1 c. Concord Juice

Got the dog's crates moved to our room (were in the kitchen/livingroom path temp.)... Moved the kitchen table back where it was. Ben re-arranged a few weeks back when I was walking... He wanted to be creative in his cleaning chore. But it was too much in the way of the fridge & oven doors..Gave it a bit before putting it back.... Fixed boy's dinner and got them off to bed...

Dinner = Turkey Breast Burger Patty, Sprouted Grains Bread & Squirt of Mustard.... Few Roasted LS Almonds

FINALLY, after the phone stopped ringing I ate my dinner @ 2:00 p.m...Boys were soon to wake up.... No sooner started, then Tayt woke up & the phone rang again... My dad letting me know that mom was out of surgery & doing fine..... Started all over again after turning on Cinderella III (THANK YOU Disney channel)... Watched it with Tayt as I went 1 mile....Baby was having troubles "giving up" and falling asleep.. About 5 minutes of watching me, he fell asleep....Need to re-arrange the hair-do before anybody gets here now... I sweat so easy, it is embarrassing sometimes... Guess it is all that H2o I drink..... 

Snack = Apple Didn't eat it after all....

Got my kithen 95% done and it looks so much better.. .Relief! Boys were gone by 4:15... Headed out for a walk @ 4:35.... The wind stopped, but not before it brought along the rain.... Walked 3 miles with an umbrella and couldn't of been much happier I don't think.... Now, to come home and find out that I have run out of something I NEVER should of... Heading to the store & might as well go to the bank while I'm out....Least my mileage is accumulated for the day and I can come home to rest.... Yippee!!!!!!! 

SUPPER = Chicken Salad (Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, lil' Crumble Cheese, Chix & Wishbone Lite)

DESSERT = Navel Orange & Apple

Bought lots of fresh foods @ the grocery store... Chix were on sale for a "steal", so stocked up... No more room in any freezer we own.. Between the 1/2 beef, garden harvested foods & now chicken.....  Went 1 mile on the treadmill after eating & while watching SOME of the CMAA.... Not much country music left these days! I would love the $$$ spent in just all the outfits Carrie Underwood wore...

Mileage walked since Feb 1 = 866.5

November miles = 16.5










Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 11/12/2008:
So you are thinside 40 - I guess I forgot - AUGHHH - so this is old age! Tee-Hee.

About the treadmill noise-i don't like that about some of them, either, but I'd just have to tell kids and husband to not bother me until I was done - this is MY time and put those headphones on. Kiind of like getting away without leaving your house! Keep up the good work.

omahagrl on 11/12/2008:
I also am not a fan of the treadmill noise but ours is in the basement and I just turn up the TV. Maybe start a new rule called Alone Mommy time where no one can bother you while your on the treadmill. They can just pretend your outside. :-) I was going to have a big thanksgiving but MJ's dad decided to have some family over on the 21st so with just MJ and me we may just go very small. Have a wonderful day!

biscottibody59 on 11/12/2008:
Maybe there's something wrong with it? My NTrack is alot noisier than you'd think--it doesn't have a motor. And my Airdyne is noisier the faster I go--no motor. It's got a big fan that increases resistance the faster I go.

Sounds like you need to tell them to leave you the @#$%* alone while you're working out;-) ("If I have headphones on--don't talk to me unless it's an emergency!") Or put the treadmill in another room.

I'm going to *harp* about shoes yet again. If you're serious about jogging/running, you (or anyone else) must get "real" running shoes from a running shoe specialty store. Most aches and pains from running are caused by overuse because you're not in shape for the amount of time you want to run or your shoes are worn out or inappropriate for your gait/style--pronator, supinator. *end harp*

Also, this particular treadmill may not provide enough cushioning for you and your joints to use it for jogging. Maybe someone who uses a treadmill regularly can chime in on this. I detest jogging on a treadmill the times I have at various fitness centers. It's good when the weather is bad of course. And I don't think I'd ever use it for plain old walking--probably why I've never entertained the thought of one.

Have a good day!

kzirkle on 11/12/2008:
Pumpkin oatmeal??? YUM!!! :)

skinnyjeans on 11/12/2008:
Your turkey weight loss chart is CUTE!! I hope you are having a nice day. Get on your treadmill and put in your ear buds and crank up the tunes...tell your family to go away until you are done! :)

uni4sept2008 on 11/12/2008:
How do you get your turkey weight loss chart to be visible? And my treadmill can be quite noisey!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/12/2008:
VERY cute kitchen! i love it! is it more or do you and rachel it the same breakfast! pumpkin oatmeal.

i still can't figure out how to make a new entry. i clicked on the pen but i still can't find where to make an entry...will try again.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/12/2008:
yay! finally i figured it out! that took FOREVER. feeling a little dumb. lol.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/12/2008:
good for you on NO MORE SPLENDA. i don't like artificial stuff either. although from time to time i find myself going back to it for more flavoring in coffee and some teas. but it is definitely BAD stuff.

selina on 11/12/2008:
Wow, Thin! You had a busy, busy day, as always. It's amazing how you can find time to exercise while juggling all the actvity and work. Good job! I love you kitchen, so beautiful, like in a magazine.... Have a great day!

thinnside40 - Tuesday Nov 11, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0

NO breads (flour kind), NO Pop NO Extra Added Splenda (packets) NO Refined Sugar NO Pasta

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Weather forecast is heavy rain for the next 2 days.. Has a good start this morning..... In need of vacuuming & tidying a bit this morning before babysitting kids arrive.... Shouldn�t have any kids other than my own today, but winds up I do........ Goal is to finish the little bit of the list I didn�t get done yesterday & clean/move the dog�s crates for winter....

Need to get my patoot in gear and really stick the nose to the grindstone before the holidays are here...... Eating WAY TOO MUCH dried fruit the last couple days... Ate the remainder of the bag of peaches last night and tossed the other in the freezer..... Fruit & Nuts are good for you of course, but TOO MUCH of a good thing isn�t good.... Discipline isn�t coming as easy as it did in the beginning.. Why is that?... hmmmmmm.... I don�t like feeling comfortable and letting up on my guard @ this 1/2 way point..... The lack of walking has been a bit of a downer for me... The indoor activities work, but I just miss my walking so much...... The fresh air, not really thinking about anything & not paying attention to time..Just knew where the 3 mile turn around point was and got in those 6 miles EVERY day.... I MISS IT!!!!! Sunday was so refreshing and pleasant. Then to go to housebound exercise M-F just stinks! Daylight savings stinks!... I would walk in this rain have I enough daylight time to go..... Come you know what or high water I would go... Like a few months back.... I think in just typing this I have found my problem.. I feel stuck without walking, so I am making myself stuck all together.... I can�t do that all winter long and the sooner I realize it the better off I will be...Bite the bullet and carry on.... The treadmill is going back to the neighbor ladies... It is way too noisy, even though I like it a lot....... The Gazelle and EB will have to suffice......

~MARIA~, jon'smom, Yaz, leeumom (Shirley), The Mother (Pat), jazzstorie, shadetree, glycrina, Cybermom, CritterMom, kopsman, mylifechanges.........Miss Ya!

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B : o ) 1 sl. Flourless Toast w/ All Fruit & Tangerine.....Coffee w/ 25 cal. Swiss Miss

S : o ) Banana & 1 c. Concord Juice

D : o ) Boca Chicken Patty, Lettuce & Tomato, 1/2 Avocado w/ lil� Lite Ranch Dressing.... Apple

Been cleaning in the kitchen.....Put on a James Taylor Album & been dancing/movin' n groovin' according to the beat as I go....The kids get the bug too.... Sun has come out... Praying that the boys are picked up @ a decent time to allow me to walk a bit.... Ben is coming down with a cold & been resting most of this day off from school.. Meg has been playing Christmas Shop with the boys......

S : o ) Carrots & Hummus

Got to go on a 2 mile walk/jog after the boys left and before hubby got home...... Wanted to finish decorating & spiffing up the kitchen before he got home too, but decided to go outdoors instead..... I went 2 miles... Jogged 1/2 mile of it in 5 minutes... Now I�have a little bit of time to "spiff" after all.... YIPEE!!!!!!

D/S : o ) 1/2 c. S.F. C&C Ice Cream (didn't have any last night, cause I ate the last of the dried peaches ~ bad girl!)..Ate this before supper, cause it was late... FUN!

Went 1 mile on the treadmill before supper......Made the kids turn the volume up on the t.v.... It is so noisy.... Love it otherwise....

S : o ) Salmon Chunk, Brown Rice & Peas with lil' dash LS Soy Sauce

Went another 2 miles on the treadmill...... Normal Routine on the EB while watching Biggest Loser....

H2o consumption : o ) 160 oz. (as of bedtime)

Walked since 02/01/08 = 861.5 miles

November miles = 11.5



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 11/11/2008:
You CAN do it! You are doing great and have come so far. It's too bad it's raining there so much the next few days...

Maria7 on 11/11/2008:
Hey, Thin...I'm still reading entries...just not doing public entries of my own right now...I'm still reading your entries...

Make and take time for yourself...say 'no' when/if you have to...you take care of lots of others...make sure to take care of YOU. Love, Maria

selina on 11/11/2008:
Oh, Thin, I hear you.... It's been raining here, too, and I couldn't go for my walk, either. Oh well,,, Not having daylight savings makes it even more difficult, I agree with you. It gets dark so quickly and I gave up walking while Daughter is in dancing class because it's dark by then. It is not worth it, walking in the dark while worrying about slipping off and getting a twisted ankle or something... I have to find a different schedule to do my walking. Just don't give up, we will get over this hurdle with each other's support. Throwing the dried fruits in the freezer is a good idea, you are right, too much of a good thing is bad... unfortunately. The gazelle sounds like a good option. Have a good day!

omahagrl on 11/11/2008:
It has been raining since yesterday but have been blessed with temps above freezing. It could have been a lot of snow. I also need to get into gear especially since we have already been invited to 2 holiday parties and this year I am going to have the girls over for a cookie exchange and wine tasting party. Have a wonderful day!

mcwoo40 on 11/12/2008:
Hiya Thinny,is your day just beginning??Just waiting for the girls to come home from school.I'm always on tender hooks until i see them come around the corner.Did you see that comment i left for you about my nephew waiting to see if he has Aspergers.What symptoms do those little boys have you look after??It would be great if you got back to me to see if there where any similarities between them.Have good day what ever your up to,Julie

thinnside40 - Monday Nov 10, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0

NO breads (flour kind), NO Pop NO Extra Added Splenda (packets) NO Refined Sugar NO Pasta



My morning time has been cut short by 1.5-2 hours as of today.....The brothers will now be here between 6:45-7:00, instead of 8:30-8:45.....Got a “distress” call last night for this time change.... I feel a bit taken advantage of in my generosity provided in an effort to “help” this mom out..... Working for $90 for a 50 hr. week for 2 children.... My only “alone” time of the day is now GONE!!! Blah Blah Blah..... Trying to get enough guts up to ask her for the $175/mo. that she isn’t paying the pre-school now that I have the Asperger’s Syndrome boy full-time... I really thought that she would step up and offer that $$$ voluntarily... Gripe over!

Eating was good for the most part yesterday...Ate a bit late in the evening and probably too much dried fruit.. Got the walk in though & that was sooooo refreshing....

Goals for today are getting my bathroom cleaned top to bottom during boy’s naptime.... Stripping & re-making all the beds.... Moving the fish tank... Clean & re-arrange the Cockatiel’s (Zip) cage..... And last but not least...Getting in a good workout before the day is over while accumulationg some mileage on the treadmill or Gazelle if I can’t walk outside.....


B : o ) Banana w/1 TBS S.B. P.B..... Black Coffee

S : o ) Tangerine & Apple

D : o ) Blue Corn Flax Tortilla Chips & Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

S : o ) Khashi Trail Mix Bar & Oregon Chai Tea (Skim & Honey)

Got 2 beds stripped, linens washed, 1/2 the bathroom cleaned & the bird's cage done......... Got a phone call that our beef was ready @ the butcher's... Headed out to meet hubby A.S.A.P. to go get it after the boys went home..... Going to make beds as supper is simmering & then the Gazelle & EB are coming out after we eat.....

S : o ) Chix, Black/Pinto Beans & Shredded Cabbage (made a left-over chili & stir fry type dish)

D/S : o ) 1/2 c. SF C & C Ice Cream

H2o consumption : o ) 144 oz (as of 6:30 p.m.) another 32 at least before retiring for the night...


Walked since 02/01/08 = 856.5 miles

November miles = 6.5

~MARIA~, jonsmom, Yaz, leeumom (Shirley), The Mother (Pat), jazzstorie, shadetree, glycrina, Cybermom, CritterMom, kopsman, mylifechanges.........Miss Ya!






Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

mcwoo40 on 11/10/2008:
Hiya Thinny,That does'nt sound like alot of money for what you do.My nephew at the moment is having tests for Aspergers.His cousin has it and although the docs say it can't be passed down he is showing signs.He was 3 in march but he is'nt a chatterbox by any means but has got better and he is very clever.I read up about it and they get called 'little professors'.He goes to the speech therapist next week then the pediatrician,have a healthy day,Julie

selina on 11/10/2008:
Sounds like you are having a busy day! I'd definetly ask for the "raise". I'm sure you wouldn't do this job if you didn't like it, but it's a tough job and it's a job, not charity! The increase in the number of hours of work, aside from the extra child, is a good reason to deserve a raise, in my opinion. Good luck!

Have a great day!

loveray on 11/10/2008:
thanks for your sweet words today- you always make me feel wonderful! i hope that this weekend was a rest ful one for you. be well and much love!!

starfish on 11/10/2008:
Looking good!

thinnside40 - Sunday Nov 09, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0

Running behind on time already..... Going to go to church with my parents..... Meg is a crabby pants, Ben is begging for me to find some "foo-foo" for him to smell "manly"... Hubby just brought me a cup of coffee with Pumpkin Spice Creamer (uh-oh).. Thanked him, but told him to "make it black next time please".... I LOVE the creamer flavor and will use the whole bottle in a day if I get started......

Sun is shining...Ground is wet....Hope to take a "real walk" today sometime..... Didn't to any exercise last night.... Shopping drained me. I have a cracked heel that needs some doctoring before taking on a few miles....

B : O ) Banana, Mandarin & 1 sl. Healthy Way Flax Toast (flourless ~ Sprouted grains).... Coffee w/ Creamer

S : O ) Dried Peach

2 sl. Flax Bread (flourless) All Fruit Spread & 1 piece left-over Talapia.. Black Coffee

Getting ready to go on a walk...Need a bit of energy & relief to get going.... Blasted "auntie" showed up today.... Took 3 Advil with the coffee, so those shall kick in anytime..... Put on a pot of pinto & black beans with tomatoes & seasoning to make a chicken chili for supper... Hubby &/or I are suppose to go to the neighbor ladies in a bit to be "parties" along side the sherriff deputy when her daughter comes to get some personal belongings....There is a restraining order in effect due to the daughter pushing & threatening her mom a while back.. After the neighbor man died, the daughter and her b.f. moved right in on the vulnurable woman and began taking advantage in many ways (drug desperation oriented behaviour)... I dread it!... My walk will take me that path, so I may just leave early and let hubby deal with it.....

S : O ) Nothin'

Will peg the walk @ 5 miles for now. Will change it if it is different when we take the path in the car a bit later on this evening... Hubby went with me and the weather was perfect... Colors are so vivid. It was just a great time together to talk & enjoy nature..... Didn't have to referee @ the neighbor's after all... The daughter doesn't want to follow the restrictions the law lays down for her..... Off to take a little nap before time to get ready for church....

S : o ) Chicken Chili

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

selina on 11/09/2008:
Hi Thin! Sounds like you are having a great weekend! I just read what you commented on another entry about Meg... I am the same way about my daughter, always watching out for her.... Not always easy, but I think it's basically our responsability. You are doing good!

Have a great day!

loveray on 11/09/2008:
sounds like a nice weekend and glad that you had a nice walk. i hope your heel heals;) soon. xoxo

skinnyjeans on 11/09/2008:
Chicken chili sounds YUMMY!! :)

kzirkle on 11/10/2008:
Thanks!! I'll get some pics up as soon as I can. He's sooooo cute! :) Have a great week.

abdab74 on 11/10/2008:
Hope your Auntie isn't too obnoxious on this visit!

thinnside40 - Saturday Nov 08, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0


Been a busy, but fun day..... Meg & I went to town...Hit Costco, Grocery Outlet & Goodwill..... Takes so much time to grocery shop in comparing sizes, reading EVERY label on things I don't know about and then having Meg want EVERYTHING that I prefer to not buy her... She did get a couple things and didn't gripe when I used the nasty word "no".....

Breakfast was Nature's Path Cereal, Skim Milk & Coffee w/ 25 cal. pack Swiss Miss...... Snack was Dried Peaches..... Late Dinner was 2/3 Turkey Wrap from Costco (Whole Wheat Wrapper, Turkey Breast, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese)..... When I got home I had a handful of Kettle Nuts.... Supper is about ready.... Homemade Fish-n-Chips (Talapia & Pollock....Smart Balance Oil, then put in the oven to render out any excess)..... Dessert will be 1/2 c. SF Dreyer's Coffee Ice Cream (wanted Pumpkin, but they didn't have SF).....Meg chose SF Cookies n Cream... She wanted the MEGA LOADED C-n-C (FULL FAT FULL SUGAR), but I talked her into the SF (cause it was that or none)........

Exercise will be either Gazelle or EB while watching "Leave it to Beaver"......

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/09/2008:
hey, no is no! hehe

anyways, i totally agree. if something isn't yours i'd never let someone else use it!

biscottibody59 on 11/09/2008:
Not meaning to get into your personal business, but I had to sound off!

Unless your daughter is diabetic or overweight, why deny her of all things the ice cream she likes? Isn't this the behavior that can make some kids start thinking they have to diet? (Denying her foods just because you might eat some of it.) Just a thought!

The reason I bring it up is that I cannot stand the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners and would eat dirt before I ate ice cream with artificial sweetener.

And I had an incident with diet Coke a month or so ago that really disturbed me. Now I know I can't eat Aspartame. Ever. I haven't mentioned it in my diary, but now I think sufficient time has passed that it was either a fluke or I really AM that sensitive to Aspartame.

Have a good Sunday!

skinnyjeans on 11/09/2008:
Happy Sunday! This is the same dude from 5 days ago, but we've only been on that one date so far. :) I hope you have a wonderful day!!

WI3 on 11/09/2008:
So happy that you are enjoying your treadmill! And that you have it in a place where it isn't going to become a clothes closet LOL. You have gone through so many changes lately and I am very impressed and happy for you that you remain tough and are even getting stronger! Have a great day!

thinnside40 - Friday Nov 07, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 197.0

Am I in Seattle?!?!?!? Walked out to get the paper this morning and it is foggy, grey & super wet with heavy mist..... Fire is going in the stove, tea kettle is on already & I�m going to be making beds with a couple extra blankets today....Winter is coming!

Found last night that I like the treadmill for sure.....All I could think about when I got of was �zoinks scoob/jenkees shag� (scooby-doo fan), cause I felt so different from walking or going on the Gazelle.... Now to keep the kids off of it if I decide to leave it up, instead of folding it down and tucking it behind the couch every time. Have it along the wall between the kitchen & living room.. Thought it would be a good spot. That way when I eat, am tempted to eat when I shouldn�t or what I shouldn�t that he (Cadence) will be looking at me or vice-versa.... Need to get a battery for the doohicky that lets ya know how far you have gone, etc.... Not a very attractive piece to go with the flow of furniture or decor, but I guess he is kinda like I have felt for all these years of being obese in the sense of �not fitting in�, usually cause I was too big (huh humm) to fit, but being functionable in my own way.... . I don�t want to �fit� into anything other than smaller clothing... And for NO other reasons than being a healthy & nice looking (not saying that conceitedly) 40> year old woman in clothing she loves to wear (colors, patterns & in materials other than polyester or waist bands that aren�t elastic banded)...... The world�s ideas of �perfect� are totally insurmountably unrealistic and I am in no way trying to conform to those standards, nor was that the reason for changing my lifestyle...It is only for �ME� and anyone who benefits from it shall consider themself getting a bonus (mainly hubby~ hehehehehe).

It is T.G.I.F....... Expecting a call from the butcher anyday (maybe today) for our 1/2 beef to be picked up... That means I need to condense freezer items & defrost a bit sometime today.... Boys will all be here & I have plenty to keep me busy..... Time to grab the newspaper, breakfast & a cup of coffee before all the chaos begins I guess....


NO breads, NO Soda Pops NO Extra Added Splenda (packets) NO Refined Sugar NOPasta

B :o) Scrambled Egg (hubby already had them waiting for me before he left for work, so not sure how much egg or how much white) w/ Ground Flax & 3 Dried Cots....Coffee w/ 1 pk. 25 cal. SF Swiss Miss Cocoa....

Already this morning I about made a booboo....Planned on having an English Muffin with the eggs, but then the �NO� list reminded me that I wasn�t going to eat breads again for a while..Amazing how those things which we once said no to, creep back into a �HABIT�....Instead of �occasionally�....The list is working!....The list is working!....The list is working!... YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!

S : o ) Apple & Kiwi.... Sweet-n-Spicy Ruby Mist Tea (plain)

Haven't done much as for keeping busy physically... On the phone for a bit changing over our phone plan... Can't connect @ a fast enough K to activate our answering service when online... Changed from call waiting to call forward busy..Now it will automatically go to my cell in the event the phone line is busy...Combined our satellite bill with the phone bill & got a $5/mo. discount... So instead of our $35/mo. Got it down to $29.99 (without fees, etc.)

D : o ) 7 Fire Roasted/Olive Oil Triscuits & Carrots (from dad's garden ~ Like eating candy they are so sweet)... Mixed 1/2 avocado with tuna and something else (not gunna tell-ick)... Ate 1 bite and tossed it... Hated to waste it, but my gag reflex came into effect.......Creativity or expierementing doesn't always work... The Hubbard's cupboards are getting bare!

Meg is home now, Princess Bride is on and having difficulties getting into doing anything... But, I shall so maybe I can order a PPV movie for tonight (self-reward for getting busy)...

S : o ) Kettle Peanuts & Some Roasted LS Soynuts

S : o )Boca Chicken Patty & Salad (Lettuce, Tomato, LS Kidney Beans, Little Grate Cheese, 1/2 Avocado & 1.5 TBS. Lite Ranch Dressing)

D/S : o ) Mini Bag Popcorn while watching Road to Perdition (Tom Hanks/Paul Newman Mobster movie..So So!)

Movie isn't all over yet, but I've lost some interest... Getting ready to get on the treadmill and watch the rest of it.....

H2o consumption : o ) 176 oz. + 32 oz. of tea (as of 8:50 p.m.) Will drink another 24 of H2o when I take meds before bed..... 200 oz. total (I shall be up about 2 a.m.)

WEnt 1 .25 miles (?)...22 minutes... Will get a 9v battery tomorrow to get an accurate reading next time..

Vitamins, Supplements & Rxs every day~ Aspirin 81mg, Budeprion XL, Calcium Carb 1000 mg., Cascara Sagrada 450mg (as needed), Cayenne Fruit 40,000 STU, Cranberry Fruit 1,900mg, Flax Oil 2,400mg, Garlic 400mg, Magnesium 250mg, Omega 3's/Fish Oil 1000mg, Relora 300mg, Spironalactone 25mg (as needed), Vit. C 1000mg, Vit D-3 Sun,Tues,Wed,Fri & Sat/Rx D 50,000IU Mon & Thur, Synthroid 0.5mg... Of which, some of these are experimental to try and detour from having to take Rx Cholestrol Meds... Feb '09 is lab test....

Walked since 02/01/08 = 853.5 miles

November miles = 3.5



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 42 lbs to go!

skinnyjeans on 11/07/2008:
Have a wonderful day!!

selina on 11/07/2008:
Hi Thin! I love Washington State wine, they are delicious! You know that the number of wineries in the State has increased 400% in the past decade? ( I know this because it's part of Hubby's job to promote U.S. agricultural products abroad...) Wine is excellent for your health.

Yayy for the treadmill and for the determination to forgo that piece of English muffin. I tell myself that I can have it when I want to go back to plateau for a while, not now! Have a successful day!

kzirkle on 11/07/2008:
Thankfully my emotional eating was just temporary from the grief I was feeling over my dog and the fact that it was my "time of the month" so I'm back to eating healthy and normal today. The smoking is definitely not a great habit to have picked back up again but for me, I know I have to do one thing at a time. So I'm going to do the weight first and then the smoking. I wish I could do both at once but I know myself and I'd be miserable. Small steps, ya know?

Definitely going to look at beagle puppies tonight! I'm so excited. I think it's just a matter of one OR TWO! :) It's hard to decide because 2 would be more work, food and money but then again, 2 would keep each other company and be buddies and be happier... and cuter for us! haha So many decisions to make. I'll give you an update tomorrow! :)

Have a great night.

grumpy on 11/07/2008:
enjoy seattle. hehehehe. thanks for the compliment. hope you have a nice relaxing healthy weekend. xoxo

selina on 11/07/2008:
hey Thin! Thanks for the virtual gift, hehe. Calorie free!

biscottibody59 on 11/07/2008:
Have a good evening!

greengirl on 11/08/2008:
Hi Thin, thanks for your support, it's much appreciated. I too think that there is enough time between now and Christmas for me to make a difference to my weight :)

I used to adore my treadmill and for a year when I was losing lots of weight I used it five times a week like clockwork. Unfortunately recently I needed the space it takes up more than I need the exercise so I have passed it on to my son, who needs to lose weight even more than I do. Enjoy your treadmill :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/08/2008:
then again, it might be good for the kids to use it, no??? or are you afraid they might mess it up??

that's funny you thought of me with the lox. there have been several times i've thought of DDers when i see something or am involved in something outside of the internet too!

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