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thinnside40 - Wednesday Oct 01, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 199.0


Tuesday was a good day...... Icky feelings I was having yesterday afternoon about g'ma, come to find out last night was probably when she was feeling sick... She used the words � I felt icky�...Too funny!.... At least I finally got to see her.. ...Let's just say her family knows her better than they do at the hospital and we knew she would feel better if she could at least see one of us after being alone most of the day in recovery.... Proven point was when she fell asleep and was resting comfortably when I left.. Whereas, she had combated sleep and was pretty uncooperative beforehand when they wouldn't let my dad or aunt go in to see her.... She was mad!!!!!!!! It wasn't because of me, because she would of done the same had any other family member being able just be by her side for a bit..... When I went to go in after talking with a nurse on the phone and got the go ahead to come back to ICU.... Got in there and the HEAD NURSE (who had refused anybody else in) was STILL there. He was shaking his head �no� about letting me in..The other nurse told him that I was already told I could see her....Let me tell ya that I WAS NOT going anywhere til I did see her... Couldn't disturb her any worse than them putting the cathedar in or taking out the main I.V. in her groin artery... The pressure alone that had to be held for 30 minutes was hardly tolerable for her.... She wanted to make sure that I wasn't going anywhere farther than the chair outside her door...15 minutes after the pressure was taken off, she began to �bleed out� and they had to page the Dr....Her veins are so small that they collapse with the dosage of meds... Dr. had to sew a bigger tube into a larger vein in her leg in order for it to stay in place..... I was not there to stand in the professionals way or be a pain.. I understand that they are doing what they are suppose to. My being there wasn't any jeopardy to her health or status though....... Just a comfort for her in knowing that she wasn't surrounded by only people that didn't really know her or her �turn� (as we call it).....The nurses were relieved that she FINALLY was resting comfortably and non-combative... Believe me, seeing all this pain, blood and just certain details is enough to keep me doing what I have been with healthier living for sure!... I hadn't eaten supper and was so hungry by the time I got out of that place... Had bought a french vanilla something or another (wasn't sure if it was suppose to be coffee or cocoa) from the vending machine, but wound up with weak vanilla water... Didn't drink it and just headed home...... Came home and ate a bite of supper I had put in the oven before leaving... bite or 2 of Pork Roast, � Potato, 3 Carrots, Bread with a little Jam and a cup of FF milk...

Today shall be a busy day of first doing one thing... Then another.... So on... So forth and such.. Bible study tonight is a fellowship time instead of a lesson.. Suppose to bake/cook/fix something to eat & share.. Not a clue as to what I may fix.... May not even go, if I can see g'ma.....

I can feel 198 coming..... May have been able to see it this morning, had I not eaten @ midnight..... Will try again in a few days..... OH Ya....... In the meantime..Last night before I made the attempt to see g'ma, decided to go ahead and visit my sis-in-law at the other hospital.... Hadn't seen her in about a month or so, due to the highly infectious condition she had, but now in there for pancreatitis issues.. She was in the shower when I got in her room.... Got settled.. Looked me straight in the face and said...�what have you done different?.. You fixed your hair different, colored it or well, what HAVE you done?�.... I grinned and said �JeanieBean..... I've almost ridded of 40 pounds�...She jaw-dropped. Said that I was looking great....... She could really tell it in my face and overall look....... There is another incentive to just keep going and pushing forth.. Looking, feeling & just being healthier is the ONLY way to go!..Makes one feel like saying �tell me what ya thought of me before I did this or did I look THAT bad before�.... Yep!!!!!! probably did.... As I answer my own question so as to not to put anybody on the spot , making them feel bad.......

Menu & Activities

BREAKFAST~Banana....... Oatmeal, � c. Pumpkin & FF Milk... Cup of Grape Juice...Coffee

SNACK ~ Handful Slightly Salted Roasted Soynuts & Few Broken Doritos

DINNER ~ Jam Sandwich, Khashi Trail Mix Bar & a Chicken Tender

SNACK ~ Nothin'

SUPPER ~ Cod Chunk, Few Fries, 1 sl. Bread w/jam


WATER CONSUMPTION ~ No less than 120 oz.

Upon Rising B.P. = 112/74

Miles walked since February 1 = 800.5

September miles = 70.5

I know I can..I know I will..I know I can..I know I will...

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 44 lbs to go!

thinnside40 - Tuesday Sep 30, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 199.0


Monday was a good day... Got lots done.. No walk, but the work I did was good exercise..... Kids were all good and just a pleasant day overall.... BTW ~ I did get a �starting to look pretty nice� from hubby....

Today is back to normal routine.. Weather is suppose to be a record tying 88 degrees... Kids are back in school, me going to pick-up @ the preschool, daily tasks at hand and canning sometime... Trying to keep busy and mind occupied, until I get the phone call saying g'ma made it through the procedure alright... Talked with her last night and hated to hang up.... Just uneasy, as I am sure she is too....It is all in the Good Lord's hands, as to the outcome..... I look for this to be another good day...

Oh ya!.... This will be my 5th day straight without opening a Splenda (or any sweetener) packet to use.... WHOOHOO!!!!


BREAKFAST~7:30 a.m. ~ Banana...9:00 a.m. ~ Oatmeal w/ � c. Pumpkin & FF Milk... Cup of Grape Juice...Coffee

SNACK ~ 1 sl. Bread w/ little Apricot Jam

DINNER ~ Turkey Breast Patty, 1/2 Avocado, Tomatoes & Cucumber..Wedge of Watermelon & Wedge of Canteloupe

Been busy with the boys and finished ALL of the dishes.....Waiting for a phone call at anytime... Nerves are about shot!..Can't shake an icky feeling.. Chalking it up to anxiety/worry and not telepathy. My Aunt, G'ma and I are so close that the telepathy thing comes into normal routine it seems..... Off to push some laundry into the dryer and put something in the oven for supper...Probably won't be home when hubby gets here, unless he is as anxious as I am and goes straight to the hospital.....I look to go to the hospital A.S.A.P. I am wishing that I would of just taken this day off... I feel disconnected...Need to stop and just have faith in Jesus' arms being wrapped around her... Am rambling and probably not making any real sense, so I'll shut up and get busy.....

SNACK ~ Smoothie (WW Yogurt, Ground Flax, Frozen Blackberries, Honey & 1/2 c. Cranberry Juice)..This may seem a lot, but it is helping me eat less @ suppertime....



Miles walked since February 1 = 800.5

September Miles Walked = 70.5

I know I can..I know I will..I know I can..I know I will...I know I can...


Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 44 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 09/30/2008:
Am praying for your Grandma...Hope she is better real soon!

Your above photo is SOOOOOO PRETTY!!!

Hope you're having a real nice day! Smile!

yaz on 09/30/2008:
Keep on that right track, you're an inspiration. Good luck with your grandma! Good Job on lowering that number!!!

skinnyjeans on 09/30/2008:
I just joined DD again...keep up the weight loss! It's inspiring! :)

lafemme_loca on 09/30/2008:
WooHoo !!! I am so happy for the splenda... :-) I know that is something I need to be more aware of again... that it is slowly creeping back into my life... :-/ The Lord knows your concerns and His arms are right there around her and you ! I am shooting up prayers for her now too ! That is awesome that your hubby is noticing your hard work !!! :-)

Maria7 on 09/30/2008:
I know you love your Grandma...am praying for her...hope she is much better soon! Take care.

skinnyjeans on 09/30/2008:
Thank you for the kind comments! My goal weight is 179 but not by December...I just want to diet and my first goal won't be a number...I just want to keep on track til Christmas and hopefully lose like 20 lbs...then reward myself with a cute haircut right before Christmas. :)

And you're right...frozen meals are high in sodium! But I'm a big water drinker so it keeps me from feeling too bloated. I also try to eat fiber with the meal...like fruit or a veggie to help me fill up and get some good fiber and vitamins. :)

Keep it up! :)

yaz on 09/30/2008:
I have seen the Yaz commercial, it was funny more b/c thats what they call me at work lmao its a short version of my name

loveray on 09/30/2008:
i hope you had a great day. god is omniscient and it is a good reminder that sometimes even with all the efforting, it is nice to let go...

selina on 09/30/2008:
Hi Thin!! I'm so happy to hear your grandma's procedure went alright. You must have been so stressed! Stay well and busy! Have a great day!

thinnside40 - Monday Sep 29, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 200.5


Sunday was a good busy day...Went to church.... Set out walking a path not usually taken and unknown distance...Wound up being 8.5 miles (my 8 in the 6-8 miles guesstimation yesterday was pretty close)...As I walked I passed by the house I usually get grapes at.. She had put her sign out (been on the lookout for it) .10/lb.... Got home, ate dinner and fixed supper to simmer....Ben was at a b.d. Party, so Hubby, Meg & I went and cut off 53 pounds of concord grapes.... Came home ate supper and headed out to get Ben...Went to the neighbor ladies to change a light bulb and figure out her 3 satellite receiver cards.. She had taken them all off the paper and couldn't match them back up.. Got it done!!..Off to see g'ma, who will be going through a risky procedure Tuesday morning. Prayerfully they will be able to rectify the blocked arteries in her neck.. Figured we should take the kids and visit, even though it was late.... Back home to fight off the munchies, cause I was tired and worry had set in with my g'ma's condition..... I was rattling off all what I could eat out loud and kept telling myself to just go lay down.. Hubby said he too had the munchies and by me rattling off all those things, he got hungrier... Oops! Went to bed, watched some of Brothers & Sisters without eating anything... ....

Today is a day that I have already been hand scrubbing the kitchen floor before the 2 boys arrived. Still have some to do... Have laundry to tackle again and a few dishes.... There isn't any school today, due to our county fair and a �teacher's day�, so I will have some help to get a few things done...... Before the day is over, I have the grapes to juice & tomatoes to can, maybe even make a small batch of applesauce......... Shall be another busy, but fruitful day.....


BREAKFAST~ Oatmeal w/ � c. Pumpkin & 1% milk...Cup of Grape Juice...Coffee

SNACK ~ Apple

Been cleaning and moving around...A bit sore from the walk yesterday.. Need to stay limbered up...

DINNER ~ Salmon Patty, Tomatoes, Cucumber & 1/2 Avocado... Wedge of Canteloupe

SNACK ~ Smoothie (WW Yogurt, Ground Flax, Honey, 1/2c. Cranberry Juice & few Frozen Blackberries)

Have been on my feet almost all day between kids and cleaning....I danced when I held the baby to put him to sleep even... I think the new medication is kicking in...YIPPEE!!!!!!! I didn't have to TALK myself into doing anything today, unlike the last who knows when......It just came natural, like it used to...I actually cared and wanted hubby to come home and be so happy.. Actually maybe ((((shocked)))) a bit.....He isn't one to complain and I have "slacked" in the spoiledness.....In the kitchen I have wiped down the walls, fridge, floor & scrubbed the sink so clean it sparkles with the candle lit on the counter beside....Dishes are almost completely done....I will save back the tomatoes and grape juice til tomorrow.. Too pooped to do it right now....At least my kitchen will be so clean and ready...Also put a few more fall decor items in the living room..A couple light lit jack-o-lanterns and real pumpkins....Supper is almost ready and I shall collapse after eating..... Hubby came in and he was in a hurry to get a load of wood before dark, so that gives me a bit more time to do just a little bit more.... Hope for a "looks nice" at least....

SUPPER ~ Chicken Breast, Brown Rice & Peas

SNACK/DESSERT ~ 1 Candy Corn Hershey's Kiss (maybe, shall see)

Miles walked since February 1 = 800.5

September Miles Walked = 70.5

I know I can..I know I will..I know I can..I know I will...


Progress as of today: 36.5 lbs lost so far, only 45.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 09/29/2008:
Yayyyy!!! on all that walking! FANTASTIC!!! Also, good deal on the grapes! Looks like you've been real busy, too!!! Hope you are having a lovely day!!! Are you planning on going to the fair?

greengirl on 09/29/2008:
I love your weight loss ticker !! Very clever with the BMI and all :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2008:
good day for you as usual! :)

loveray on 09/29/2008:
i think you forget how much progress you have made because it has become such a part of your routine! you will and are succeed and fight this fight to the end. NOTHING is as important as your health and happiness. love to you.

Animob on 09/29/2008:
I am very sorry to hear about your grandma. Looking like your having lots of fun! Ow.. at last I went to church with my Aunt. It's weird I was weeping all the way through the service.. People might think I am weird.. I never felt that satisfy for a long time. Its a weird feeling that I can't explain.. :)

selina on 09/30/2008:
Hi Thin! Sounds like you've had a great cleaning day!

thinnside40 - Sunday Sep 28, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 200.5


Comin' back down.... Wheweeeeeee!!!!!!!! Saturday was a good day... Little of everything happened.. yard saling, house cleaning, church cleaning & walking 3 miles.

Getting ready for church here in a few minutes.... Agenda today is do more housework & help hubby go get a few loads of wood up the road.... Anything to burn calories!!!!

Ahaaaaa!!!!! Gotta love dial-up! Yesterday picture ~ I didn't see the ghosts and the "Happy Halloween", but some of you may have... I finally did see it when I refreshed the page (full quality).... Talk about premature wishes...hahahahahahahaha... I'll wait til October 31st to say "happy halloween" again.....


BREAKFAST~ Scrambled Egg/Egg White (my very own brown eggs and I hear the hens out there now cackling..I shall have 3 more eggs to carton up today~ Yippee) with Loads of Tomato & few Spinach Leaves (this is a MAJOR accomplishment for me.. I didn't gag at least)..Cup of Grape Juice.... Coffee

SNACK ~ Banana

Took my walking shoes with me to church.....HUbby & Meg went earlier than I did....Got out of church and started to get in the car...I thought I was forgetting something..Dawned on me the plans I had made with myself... DUH!...Sent the family home with my purse....Forgot I would need the keys to walk back to the church and get my car... Very forgetful day up to this point.... Anyways, not sure exactly how far I walked, but putting it between 6-8 miles...I will clock it when I go get my car....

DINNER ~ Tuna Sandwich (Albacore, 1/2 Avocado, & tiny amoutn of salad dressing)...Handful of Lightly Salted Roasted Soynuts & an Apple... This is p.m. snack and dinner combined... I was hungry!!!!

SNACK ~ Nothin'

SUPPER ~ Cabbage somethin'other~ like a soup, but also a stir fry (Shredded Cabbage, Brocolli Slaw, Ground Turkey Breast, LS V-8, Chicken Broth & Tomato Paste)

SNACK/DESSERT ~ McD's 50 cent Lowfat Ice Cream Cone

Miles walked since February 1 = 792

September Miles Walked = 62

I know I can..I know I will..I know I can..I know I will...


Progress as of today: 36.5 lbs lost so far, only 45.5 lbs to go!

grumpy on 09/28/2008:
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love you, talk again on wednesday!

selina on 09/28/2008:
Wow! That's a lot walking today! Congrats!

Maria7 on 09/29/2008:
That is so nice about your chickens and the brown eggs...are your chicken rhode island reds? I used to have chickens, too!

WI3 on 09/29/2008:
LOL about your ghost picture..too cute! And I agree with you about sharing the good food. Back before my brother realized he needed to keep his paws off my food..when he would eat my stuff, I would get so angry. That stuff costs a lot of money! LOL...have a wonderful day! =)

thinnside40 - Saturday Sep 27, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0

Been busy...Decided to go to a few yard sales this morning and was out longer than intended, cause the signs just kept popping up...Didn't buy much...Got a BIG lidded wicker pumpkin and a couple quilty things...Weather is beautiful and suppose to be back in the 80's at least for this next week.....Getting ready to tackle my kitchen, then go do my custodial job...Will try to fit in a walk.

Breakfast/Snack = Khashi Trail mix Bar & Coffee (glad I had a bar in the car or I would of been toast) Sodium = 105

Dinner = Salmon Burger, Avacado & Tomatoes... Apple..Cup of Cranberry Pomegranate Juice...Sodium = 375 (480)

Did some kitchen cleaning and made me a good snack to keep me going for a few hours.......

Snack ~ Smoothie (WW Yogurt, Ground Flax, Cranberry Honey & 1/2 c. Concord Grape Juice)

Ben & I walked to the church..... I did 4 hours of cleaning and then walked home (it was dark....Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!)....Got in 3 miles ~ YES! No headed to eat a late supper and watch a movie....

Supper ~ Stir-Fry in 1 tsp. EVOO..1/3 Diced Sweet Potato, Brocolli Slaw, Cabbage & Ground Turkey Breast...Hubby fixed it for me while I was cleaning... Left him instructions and he said that it looked mighty tasty...I told him that he could start eating my stuff when he decides that he is going to do the "healthy thing" whole heartidly with me... HEALTHY FOODS COST MORE MONEY!!!!I'm not going to allow the rest of them to eat junk AND my stuff.. Sound mean, but darnit!!!!!!!O.K. done with the rant and now I am going to eat...


Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 47 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2008:
i know what you mean by needing that bar!!! i am the same way. when i'm hungry, i'm VERY hungry! :)

very healthy dinner! glad to hear you were enjoying your day today. i can't believe you posted a Happy Halloween sign! lol! it's still SEPTEMBER! i actually had to check the date just now because of you, to make sure it wasn't next month already!

grumpy on 09/27/2008:
hey, i don't know if you were the person who told me stevia doesn't work for you? hmmm... anyway, if not, i have been having that instead of splenda and it works fine for me.

as for the weight being higher, it happens to everyone, and it may be the diuretic talking too. but yea, it's normal, happened to me even when i wasn't misbehaving in my diet. hehe.


selina on 09/28/2008:
Sounds like you are having a great day! Stay well! Hugs!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2008:
YUP...i knew i wasn't seeing things!!!

there's a flashing "happy halloween" in black letters!!! haha!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2008:
and there are 3 little ghosts that pop their heads up from in back of the fence...ask any other DDer to confirm this! i'm not crazy! lol!

biscottibody59 on 09/28/2008:
I see it too! I did a "refresh page with full quality" and it came up--perhaps those with dial-up will have to do the same.

Very Cute!

Have a good one Thinnie!

thinnside40 - Friday Sep 26, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0


Thursday was a good day.... Ended the day feeling accomplished in what I had set out to do for the day for the first time this week...... Cleaned, walked & relaxed a bit too.....

Today shall be another good day... I weighed this morning and I changed back to the >200.... A bit discouraged, but also realistic in the fact that my body is probably adjusting & retaining some fluid, due to me discontinuing a diuretic after almost a daily dose for the last year.... It will come back off, just need to be patient. Still drinking tons of water and adding some tea throughout my day.. Trying to cut WAY BACK on the use of Splenda in all of this trial & error phase.... Not that it has anything to do with cholesterol, but just was finding myself reaching for more and more, cause I wanted �sweeter� oatmeal, iced tea, etc...... Creativity has begun again!


BREAKFAST~ Oatmeal w/ peach & a few walnuts.... Coffee & 1 cup of Pure Grape Juice (No added sugars)breakfast = 20mg sodium

SNACK ~ Oregon Chai Tea w/ Skim Milk (made with honey, not sweetner or sugar) snack = 80 mg sodium (100)

Didn't get much done before going to the preschool. Went to the bank & stopped by Strabuck's for a frappe for a friend of mine, then I went to my favorite espresso and bought a tea.... Got the boys their dinner and fed the baby..Fixed my dinner and here I sit....Want to go walking in the worst way..The weather is so wonderful right now, but just can't..... Been thinking today as I dance to music I listen to throughtout the day or bounce in the car at times, that I may just clean out a spot in our basement for me to set up a CD player and let loose with some of my favorite music when I have time or want to......Dancing without witnesses, family or otherwise...If I do it in the living room, probably could have at least my shadow seen throught the blinds....EEK!! Poor passersby & neighbors....I shall work on this idea this weekend..... I will also begin monitoring my B.P. every day, soon as I find my machine I put away last year...

DINNER ~ Albacore Tuna, 1/2 Avocado & loads of Tomato.... Johnny Gold Apple (grabbed it on my walk last night) dinner = 400mg sodium (500)

Been forgetting to mention that my hens are starting to lay me some beautiful brown eggs... I get 2-3 per day and look for more to come.....Just went and gathered the 3rd for today...Not than anyone really cares, but I had mentioned a while back that they weren't laying and figured that I would update the status of my little ladies

SNACK ~ Smoothie (WW Yogurt, Honey, Blackberries, Ground Flax & 1/2 c. Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice) snack = 110mg sodium (610) & 16 oz. Green Tea w/o sweetner



Miles walked since February 1 = 789

September Miles Walked = 59


Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 47 lbs to go!

anewhb on 09/26/2008:
I love sweets, too and use artificial sweetners - love Br Sugar Splenda - it has some real B sug, though. You ae doing great. Don't worry at all about the flux - it will happen. I liked the way you too a survey of your body the other day - stop and appreciate how far you have come and plan the next phase. You are doing great.

selina on 09/26/2008:
Hi Thin! What a LOVELY photo you posted there! I LOVE it!

> 200 is just a fluctuation that will readjust in a couple of days. I know it will. You are eating right, drinking lots of fluids, walking... no reason for the weight to go up and stay there...

Sweeteners - have you ever considered going cold turkey and going without sweets at all? I did it and I don't miss it! I never drink coffee, tea, or just any drink with sugar/sweetener and they taste just fine! In fact, I prefer it that way - I don't like sugar unless it is added to salty foods to reiforce the taste of salt - in cooking. I make oatmeal in the am for me and I swear i can "taste" the sugar in the fresh apple and the banana that I throw in there. I can "taste" the sugar in the oatmeal and the rice that I eat, even when I don't add any sugar, just the natural sugar in carbohydrates. My mom thinks I am crazy, but I swear I can!!! Anyway, I know it's a HUGE step and I don't expect anyone to give up sugar/sweetener because I said so, but, maybe a decade from now you'll remember what I just said - that one can taste the natural sweetness in things...!!!!

my ahah moment - thank you SO MUCH for the comment!!! I was just thinking about diet X lifestyle when I opened the website and read you comment - You wrote just what I was thinking and concluding! Great minds think alike, as they say!!! Thank you, and have a great day my friend!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/26/2008:
sorry about the weighin. but trust me, it is easy to lose a couple measily pounds. especially if you gained them quickly. just watch your salts a little closer and also eat a few more veggies. they'll come off before you know it. you still have had wonderful progress, no denying that!

WI3 on 09/26/2008:
Hello there! You are wise to not get discouraged by that number on the scale. Good for you! And good for you for maintaining after the doctor visit. Keep up the good fight..and dance whenever you want!

selina on 09/27/2008:
Thanks for the update on the hennies! I was wondering about them! I LOVE the idea of having them - they are so cute and the names you gave them (flower names) were so nice! Hugs to you!

selina on 09/27/2008:
And I love the idea of dancing! You are so funny being so shy about it! hehe

mcwoo40 on 09/27/2008:
Just to say have a great weekend,Julie

thinnside40 - Thursday Sep 25, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 199.0


Wednesday was a good day.... Felt good to walk some distance in my new shoes for the first time.... Weather was beautiful all day.. My fresh salsa was a huge hit last night and my chili for supper turned out better than I thought it would... Nothing like fresh ingredients from the garden...

Today I have already cleared the kitchen table and getting ready to set some fall items for a centerpiece... Haven't felt all that domestic this last week, but have that feeling today with the front door open... Crisp fresh air and sun shining so brightly through my living room window.... Sipping on coffee and just simply enjoying today for what it has to offer.... Tayt is playing with cars, making sounds, having me "whahtch" him drive.......The baby is playing in the playpen and such a blessing with his joyful little smiles, cooing, laughing, baby smell, soft skin and all those sweet baby things..... I love feeding him, as he is like a little bird waiting for the next bite...... Brings to mind how we need to train ourselves in the habit of thinking we should tell ourselves when to stop eating, cause we don't need anymore.... What we CAN have and when.... Just basically treat ourselves as parent's do their children in telling them when they can eat/how much/healthy foods instead of junk..... Limits! How would it be if someone else actually did have the reign on our eating?????? Not the case and we need to take the reign of our health first and foremost, then the weight issues will fall into place where they should.... They have no other choice, but to.... Unless there are underlying health issues, then that is a different story... There is a difference between excuses and facts though too....


BREAKFAST~ 7:45 ~ banana...9:15 ~ scrambled egg/egg white with loads of tomato..... Coffee & 1 cup of Pure Grape Juice (No added sugars)

SNACK ~ Took my vitamins/minerals/supplements (choke)

Went to the preschool for pick-up. Needed to get a few groceries..Contemplated my sanity with 3 lil' ones in a grocery store of which one (preschooler) had a VERY BAD day at school.... Hate to waste gas and backtrack later, so I went for it...Made it without any casualties~ whew!.... Bought me some avacados, fresh spinach, cabbage, cranberry juice and some other healthy things.... As I was checking out, the lady asked me if that was spinach...I replied "yes" with a wrinkled up nose about like a little kid when they don't like something... Told her I was going to LEARN to like it... She said it was her "favorite" with sliced hard-boiled egg, bacon bits & some kind of fat sounding dressing...Wouldn't that be good for my cholesterol!?!?!... I didn't say anything and just let her go on about it's wonder....... Getting ready to go eat my dinner, then finish a little fall decorating in the house..Got the table done this morning....Look to take another walk this evening and hopefully longer..Nothing going on tonight, so I should be able to....

DINNER ~ Small bowl of left-over chili, 1/2 avacodo & an apple

SNACK ~ Mini Bag of Popcorn

Babababababaran.....Got in a 3 mile walk after the boys went home and I started supper...... I even beat hubby home, cause he had to go to WalMart to buy a oil & fuel filter for my car.... It ran today, but needs a good tune-up.... Hubby is a mechanic of all sorts, so our cars always come in last as the saying goes..... Got a little more fall decor goin' on in the house now and shall start on the outside this weekend... Weather has turned very wind and cold this afternoon... Sipped on some new green tea, mainly to keep my hands warm....Well, hubby is home now so I best close for today. Get my jammies on, eat supper, maybe drink a little more tea & try to stay awake for the premiere of the last season of E.R. : o (

SUPPER ~ Chicken cabbage stir-fry


Miles walked since February 1 = 786

September Miles Walked = 56


Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 44 lbs to go!

selina on 09/25/2008:
WOW, that salsa sounds really good! Scrambled eggs with tomatoes (omelet?) is one of my favorites!... Have a great day!

grumpy on 09/25/2008:
I had an omelet in LA and they put a few slices of avocado on top. weird mix, but oh so good! xo

Maria7 on 09/25/2008:
Breakfast sounded fantastic! I made homemade chili today! Have a blessed day!

Maria7 on 09/25/2008:
Usually when Hubby and I eat out buffet on Sundays, I fix a salad with fresh spinach (it did take a little getting used to when I first began eating it but it is real good mixed with other things you like), tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, peaches, pineapple, red grapes, sunflower seeds, and just a 'tad' of dressing...bes real good!

Maria7 on 09/25/2008:
A lot of stuff I would NOT eating when I was a child...hated tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, collards, turnips...not for me...my 'veggies' were potatoes and corn...occassionally green beans IF they were cooked with potatoes in them...but after you make yourself eat certain things, it seems you develop a 'taste' for them...I now enjoy eating foods I never ate then.

Yes, the pants are okay for the waist and length....and...I just won them!

thinnside40 - Wednesday Sep 24, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 199.0


As I chose this picture today....I have been imagining myself sitting in one of these chairs, taking in the scenery and talking with some of my DD friends while drinking coffee/tea... What a great thought and start to a beautiful Wednesday that has been......

Tuesday was a good day...... Did some research and will be experimenting as I said for this next month... My menu isn't going to be all about just ridding of pounds...... It is going to consist of foods/drinks that are going to be potential helps for medical reasons from here on out.... I am learning that just cause you are downsizing, doesn't necessarily mean you are eating as healthy to benefit the whole well being as you should.... I will be taking a few natural supplements..... I had gotten off the habit of taking some and now need to get back into it again... Diveed up enough of what I have last night to last a few days. Didn't make it to the store to get any others last night like I wanted to, but will make it by the weekend..... Adding to what I already take/eat and making sure to fit in more of things that are to help lower LDL & increase HDL ........

This may be a little TMI for some (nothing dirty, just realism)...Please forgive me, but I must mention that I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and sucked in as best I could to take a long hard look at just how much fat is gone (plenty left)..... As I stood with my breath held, I could see potentially where I am going to be in a few more months... I looked so thin in areas.... What I have left to rid of is mostly stomach (some from childbearing stretch I guess).... My deflated spare tire at the bottom of my stomach is almost completely gone.... My upper portion just can't take much more loss with my bra gaping at the sides and on the last set of hooks already having went down a size..... My twin chin could use a bit more diminishing for sure.That is one of the parts that I have ALWAYS wanted to be gone and want that defined face look for once. Calves/lower legs are looking pretty well, firm and toned. Thighs could always use more work.. Buttocks could always decrease too.. Finding the REAL me under those fat layers is such a relief... Seeing what I am suppose to look like one of these days. Shall be happy and work with what God has given me in my real body, not adding anything more than should be there naturally EVER again. The inside components is just something to add to work on and make me a healthier person. I feel like I should be wearing a t-shirt that says something like. "Be Patient!... I am going under Demolishion/Re-Construction"


BREAKFAST~ Oatmeal w/ Ground Flax,Splash of Skim Milk & Banana..... Coffee & 1 cup of Pure Concord Grape Juice

SNACK ~ WW Yogurt w/ Honey

Put on a pot of pinto beans to simmer with chili powder, garlic, onion, tomatoes and a dash of worsteshire to make homemade chili for supper before I went to go get the preschooler.... My car wouldn't keep running when we went to leave..... Had to switch cars and be a few minutes late...Tried to push the car, just couldn't get it over a little hump going slightly uphill.... Pushed it with the other car into the driveway and hit one of the kids toys : o (... It is still alright, just upset Tayt that it got hit..... He yelled at me : o ) Got home to feed them their lunch and put them down for a nap...Made a HUGE bowl of fresh salsa for prayer meetings tonight... I offered to help the lady who ususally does it. I have an abundance of tomatoes (Orange, Yellow & Red), onions, peppers (bell & serrano), added some cilantro, minced garlic & lime juice......... I taste tested and it is pretty tasty.. Little heat, but not too much....Getting ready to sit and eat my din din and rest a few minutes...... Drank a cup of Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice while chopping

DINNER ~ Steamed Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas & Turkey Breast Burger..... Few Whole Grain Tortilla chips to taste test the salsa... Apple.. Was going to have the apple @ p.m. snack, but as I typed on DD, my veggies got scorched too bad to eat some of them.... : o (

SNACK ~ Pre-Walk Khashi Trail Mix Bar

Went on a 2 mile walk as soon as the boys went home...Got home in time to eat a bowl of chili before Bible study.... Man, that felt good! (the walk).....

SUPPER ~ Homemade Chili


WATER ~ No less than 120 oz.

Miles walked since February 1 = 784

September Miles Walked = 54


Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 44 lbs to go!

grumpy on 09/24/2008:
never TMI for me! I think that's great and very healthy to look at yourself and be in touch with your body! xoxo

selina on 09/24/2008:
I just can't wait for the day you reach that goal of 155! I mean, I can wait. No big rush, give it time, and you'll be there sooner than later. Enjoy your journey because it's worth it - it's been a fun journey!

And trying on those clothes from MIL best friend and neighbor was a lot of fun! Imagine shopping at the departament store and not having to decide what to take - you can take everything that fits - that's how cool it felt!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/24/2008:
congratulations on your success! :) it's good to hear you talk about it more personally. and this time around, when i finally figure it out again, i will certainly try to speak from a similiar perspective on my success. it feels much better to write positively than on a downer!

LaFemme_Loca on 09/24/2008:
Yay !!!! :-) I am glad that you are envisioning your future self... what motivation ! what inspiration. Did you know that from Feb 1st you have walked probably enough to visit me. :-) Haha! I will be on the look out. :-)

loveray on 09/24/2008:
i love this entry! and the origination of my weight-loss was in the nutritional healing of food. it truly is amazing to find out how what we put in our body can actually fuel, energize and heal us. love you!

kzirkle on 09/24/2008:
Wonderful image! :)

Maria7 on 09/24/2008:
Your pot of chili beans sounded real good! Hope you've had a lovely evening!

Jen40 on 09/24/2008:
I loved this entry today. I'm going through much of the same discoveries in my body~ the too big bra, the baby tummy shrinking... I think you're doing so wonderful and I can't tell you how much of an inspiration you have been to me. Your words encourage me so much. Thank you!!!

Jen40 on 09/24/2008:
By the way, look at you Ms. 199!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!

Maria7 on 09/25/2008:
Hope you're having a nice, cool, fall morning!

thinnside40 - Tuesday Sep 23, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 199.0

O.K.... So Monday is behind and Tuesday holds a lot of internet research about Crestor & Vitamin D deficiency..... I have a pharmacist friend that I used to work with and I may go talk to him before the week is out also... Comes to be what I found out yesterday in what little time I had that the diuretic I am on occasionally for feet/leg swelling (unexplained at this point and been told maybe an undiagnosable til more symptoms arise auto-immune disease ~ UGH) may have the side-effect of higher cholesterol elements...A pee pill????? Hmmmmmm...Who would of thought?

Yesterday when I was sitting on that exam table and in that terribly thin gown waiting for the Dr. to come in the room... I was so EXCITED to get test results..... Last year my cholesterol was 225 and I was 225#'s.... In 3 months of just changing menu and not even exercising, I had brought it down to 169 (HDL,LDL & Triglycerides were a bit off still, just needed more salmon, olive oil & exercise).... So of course I was thinking this year I was so ahead and would be so proud of myself for not having to have her �TELL ME� what to do......... Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!. Joke was on me! I know the look on my face told her that I was about to just lose it completely.... With that being said, yesterday I mentioned that I was going to re-group and not list foods, etc... That wasn't because I am going to go back to eating unhealthy, stop walking, everything humanly possible naturally to improve my health.... It is just I need to concentrate on what I am going to do/not do with medications, etc...... There is a lot of risks involved with the medications she is asking me to consider, which I WILL NOT ingest one, until I know that ALL other options are exhausted 110%..... She asked me to take the Crestor before and I refused..... Probably won't take anymore diuretics either for a while, unless I just cannot get my feet in a shoe and have no other choice..... Have to check to see about others and maybe switch to one that may not have the same side effect.... As for the Vitamin D, it is a natural element and I will take those along with the 81mg aspirin a day for preventative measures with my families history.....I'm not one to take something just cause the Dr. or someone else says to... I take into genuine consideration the effects overall...Take something to better one thing, but make something else arise or worse, just DOES NOT make sense to me.....

Only way to reach my goals is to continue in the ways I have this last 7.5 months.... No sense in just saying �what the heck� and �who cares�..... If I am going to be sick or have health issues out of my control, I might as well have the attitude that I want to at least look good/healthy while fighting whatever it is within my body.... Should look healthy, even if I'm not.... She did tell me that she was proud of me and to NOT stop doing these great things, cause I was looking good... Gee Thanks!

Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the great comments and stick with me, cause I'm not done yet with my journey by a long ways (never will be).... I'm not going anywhere other than downwards in numbers & sizes... Upwards in self-confidence, self-worth and overall happiness.........155 here I come!

Well, here we are...... Truth be told, in my anger & madness with results being as they were.... I was thinking about just not eating anything for a couple days and set out to do something way drastic with my eating (hence the absence of posting menu)..... Since talking with the pharmacist today and him telling me to start with taking the diuretic out to see how I do now that the weather is cooler and my feet/legs don't swell as much...I will go ahead and have the cholesterol tested in a month, cause HCTZ CAN cause it to be elevated, according to studies that have been performed. Just see if there are any changes first......Prayerfully with even more weight coming off within the next few months the feet/leg problem will go away on it's own too.... This (HCTZ) was a new thing I started a year ago and taking it out makes the most sense right now....With that ramble done now... I have and will continue to eat healthy... Keeping track mentally for today.....

Going to head to the store for a list of items that I have found in some research today... Some supplements & some foods.... Some may agree and some may disagree with natural therapies, but it is worth a shot as far as I am concerned... I am not going to buy a whole bunch of "gemmicky" stuff, just realistic trial and error......I will be experimenting this coming month.....A little red wine anybody?????? Naw, I will be making plenty of concord grape juice next month...Believe me!

Miles walked since February 1 = 784

September Miles Walked = 54


Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 44 lbs to go!

anewhb on 09/23/2008:
Your comment on my diary cracked me up!!! I'm glad to read this from you today....good attitude. Good ideas. Also - was good to read that the dr. AT LEAST said good job and keep it up. WOW! I would hope so - you've lost almost 40 lbs and are really leading a healthy lifestyle now. I know you will lose more and get to your goal. So don't look back and full-steam ahead. God bless.

anewhb on 09/23/2008:
P.S. Meant to say I was thrilled about the comments you got when you were at school Friday night - you deserve it - I'll bet the capris and top look just fine. I am always really self-conscience not to look like one of those "stuffed" people, too! Also - can you gie the recipe for the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cranberry Cake? That sounds right up my family's ally!

selina on 09/23/2008:
Hi Thin! Glad to be back!

Ok, I get it.... I do think, though, that you should write down your foods and calories somewhere, even though you don't post it because, for me, counting calories was THE KEY for my weight loss. Although it's a pain in the neck, it's worth it - I'm afraid one might lose track if not writing down this stuff... So happy to read today's entry for you sound so positive! Have a great day!

lafemme_loca on 09/23/2008:
Hi Thin... I just caught up with your entries from the past week. I am so sorry for all the sadness from the doctor ! Grrr !!! Just keep focused on the fact that you are doing all the right things. BTW: doctor's scales always lie ! As for the tracking, that is cool to take a break... but don't forget to come back to it after a bit... it is amazing the difference when you write what you eat. I know that just the knowledge that you are going to read what I ate... that has stopped me many times from making a bad food choice. ;-) Anyway, enjoy your autumn day... autumn is my absolute favourite time of year !!! *hugs*

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/23/2008:
this is a wonderful entry. i don't know why i make my own stupid decisions when i read diaries like yours that teach so many lessons.

cybermom4 on 09/23/2008:
Hey Thin - I'm sorry about your dr. visit - you must have felt just terrible - that awful sting of disappointment - but you are right about being 40 - your body changes are there, hormones and all. It sounds like you've got your wits though - keep on your helathy track of eating right and exercising - the results might be slow in coming, but ultimately you are stronger. You've come so far and it's easy to see your progress by the way you encourage others - from your experience. And - I agreee with the above post - weighing in at the dr. is always higher than your morning weigh in at home. At home I weigh in at 161 at the dr I weighed in at 165 but i asked the nurse to take a pound off for my shoes and she did :) - Your the best and you'll work all this out for a bright tomorrow!

omahagrl on 09/23/2008:

Maria7 on 09/23/2008:
(((HUGS))) I truly believe that things will get much better for you the closer you get to your goal. Hang in there (I know you will) and keep on keeping on!

kzirkle on 09/24/2008:
Thanks. It's crazy to think that you're in Washington state and I'm in Ohio. It just goes to show you how far reaching this blog is. Have a great day!

leeumom on 09/24/2008:
You are doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!! Just the fact that you have hung in there all these months says something about you. You inspire me. We go to Tops this morning. I will try to log on later.

thinnside40 - Monday Sep 22, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 199.0


First day of Autumn..... Favorite time of year for me. The colors, smells and making the house cozy warm inside.. Weather has went from the 90's last week to a high of 69 today... Windy as I'll get out.. Dark and gloomy.... My weekend was so busy that I did not see DD very much... Went from rising @ 5:45 a.m. Saturday and going to a couple yard sales, cleaning church, setting things up for a Sunday potluck, going to visit my parent's and getting home @ 10:00 p.m.... Time @ home on Saturday was about 2 wake hours..... Sunday morning 5:45 a.m. started in with cooking Wacky Macky Stroganoff, Fried Taters/Sauerkraut/Lil' Smokies, Chocolate Cherry Cake & Pumpkin Oatmeal Cranberry Cake..... Oh and 60 Homemade Yeast Buns (all eaten)..... Had a good turn out for the dinner... Glad I fixed extra, cause there were a few families that didn't bring anything, but stayed to eat...Ahhhh! ...Came home to rest a few minutes, then headed to the thrift store to look for some fall attire and d�cor.... Tried to take a nap, but things kept waking me and I figured I would just do something constructive.... Came home to eat a bite and read a magazine to fall asleep by... Eating over the weekend was pretty well.... Didn't get to walk either day, but got plenty exercise.....

Have my physical today @ 1:30 and will update later with my lab results..... Need to write down all my questions for the Dr. this morning, so I don't forget like usual.... I shall post my weight with the nurse @ the 199....Still there!.... Have babysitting kids until 12:30ish.... Need to do shopping @ WalMart after my appointment.... Kids are pretty well over their sickness. Meg had a coughing spell early early this morning in her sleep and I need to check her wheezing/breathing when she wakes up...

O.K.....So the Dr. appointment cound't of been more of a disappointment, unless she would of told me I was terminally ill.... My test results came back as having a 229 cholestrol overall...My HDL is 34 (suppose to be >40) and my LDL is 161 (suppose to be <130), Triglycerides are 172 (suppose to be <150)....#1 medication to take is Crestor... I don't want to do this!!!!!!... What in tarnation is happening? I am eating healthier (oatmeal almost EVERY day), walking, more active than in years, eating fruits/veggies/fish, taking Omega 3 & Garlic Oil AND almost downsized by 40 pounds........So here we have medication #2 ~ I am Vitamin D deficient...hmmmmmmm.. Another what in tarnation is happening? Outside in sunlight almost every day and eating the veggies/fruits..... My thyroid was alright, so medication #3 is no addition..... My B.P. was fine and she renewed my diuretic for an as needed for feet swelling for medication #4..... Then we have medication #5...She told me to start taking a 81mg aspirin a day, with my family history I gave to her today... So I am proof that even though you are doing the right things, it still isn't enough sometimes AND that turning 40 truly does make one (or me at least) feel "old" and a pill popper.....GRRRRRRRR.... Oh Ya I almost forgot... Medication #6 is Wellbutrin XL to try to help with my horrible mood swings and hormonal changes. Now that I could be considered pre-menopausal and experiencing unpleasant experiences 2 out of 4 weeks of a month.... Isn't this fun?...... I won't give up my journey, but have decided for a while, I am not going to post my foods and give myself a while to regroup with my thoughts of all this news that was like a gut-kick, teeth knock out, pulled rug out from underneath me, slap across the face, disappointing day..... So had my hopes up for this year...Dashed! Ha Ha Ha....AND guess what else???????? I weighed, cause the nurse said to and it read 204..I was so mad that I could of spit nails faster than a electric nail gun and breathed flames hotter than any dragon ever could....Kidney function & glucose levels were fine....

Miles walked since February 1 = 784

September Miles Walked = 54


Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 44 lbs to go!

uncgrad2001 on 09/22/2008:
Thanks! I remember you telling me how the Barilla Plus is better, so I decided to give it a try. It tastes good to me too!!! Also, a belated congratulations on breaking 200!!!! I know it's a wonderful feeling! I kinda feel like I'm in a rut right now, but at least I'm not gaining. It's been hard moving down south and working in a more rural county...they're not really letting up on cooking with lard down here!

loveray on 09/22/2008:
happy fall to you...thanks for your message. i am not really doing the best practicing kindness and compassion these days. love to you!!

mcwoo40 on 09/22/2008:
Hello 'Thinny' I see you have lost more weight well done.The girls are driving me around the bend at the moment or it may be me getting stressed to easily.I think cos i have'nt be incontrol of my food intake that has made me bad tempered so fingers crossed i am getting back on track,till tomorrow Julie

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/22/2008:
what a GREAT day for you!!! :) and glad to hear 199 is still here....you can definitely lose more girl! keep it up!

kzirkle on 09/23/2008:
Solo is actually my dog :)

Stick with it, you've come so far!

selina on 09/23/2008:
Thanks Thin for the message you left before I left for the funeral. You are so kind and I appreciate it!

Hey, Thin, take the time to sort things out but come right back to healthy eating again. You know it's worth the effort. You can't only look at what you see now (the numbers in your lab results) without comparing them with the numbers you had before you start this weight journey. You've come a long way and you can't slow down now. Have a great day, my friend.

anewhb on 09/23/2008:
WELL, piddle oon the docotr's scales and all the other stuff too - just do what they say for now and see what happens next time. Can't change our genes, but we can do good things for ourselves outside of that. AND YOU ARE!

Sounds like you are having wonderful weather there. It's still hot here, but supposed to get more "seasonable" this weekend which means 70's instead of 80s. YAY

Hang in there, my dear, you are doing very well - 198 is coming up soon!!!

biscottibody59 on 09/23/2008:
I would ask questions of the dr about Crestor--it was VERY close to being taken off the market a few years ago. I'll look into why if you want me to, but there are so many options for statins. Also, while you are on statins, you must have your liver function monitored regularly. That's off the top of my head.

Don't go on the meds you don't want to--wait another six months and get tested. It's your health. And you may love your dr to death, but they exist to work with you and your life/needs/wants.

Try to focus on the things you've done well!

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