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thinnside40 - Saturday Aug 30, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 200.5


These are not mine.... I will take a photo of mine when they are in full bore bearing

Friday was a good day... Got things outside done..Didn't walk, but the work outside was utilized as exercise...Second day of watching 3 boys again went well.....Next Tuesday begins me picking up the 4 year old @ preschool @ 11:30 every day.....Getting carseats and kids arranged every day will be a small workout of my mornings....Before going to bed last night, I printed out the kid's chore lists for the next week and already read, signed & filled out any school papers/homework that needs to be returned by Tuesday... I always wait til almost bus time the day it is due...I am getting a good start this year and hope to keep it up, cause it sure did feel good last night to know I am not going to be scrambling for papers, cause they are already in backpacks....... Ahhhhhh!!The kids already did their homework too.....Double Ahhhhhhh!!!!!

Slept til 7:30 this morning....Thinking about getting ready and going to town by myself for a bit..I haven't done that in a very long time. I would like to frequent the thrift stores for some fall clothing, without being stood over and waited on to be done... Need to still do my custodial job sometime too... While I am out and about, I will pick up some more chicken feed (layer crumbles & oyster shell mix), plus buy some bags of cattle grain (corn, oats & barley w/ molasses)...We bought a cow (1/2) with the neighbors in May and they are pasturing it....We are getting it butchered come November....Geting the feed shall give me a great idea of weight and it's value... The cattle is 40# bags (I am almost to the 40# gone mark) and the chicken is 50# bags...I will lift 1 bag of each and let the "take out boy" do the rest....Need to still work in the house, but keeping in mind I do have a 3 days weekend and can relax about it a bit...Will get it done before Tuesday.. I plan to walk this evening..If the weather holds out....Very windy last night.....

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Breakfast ~ WW Yogurt w/ Honey & a Little Pumpkin Flax Granola ~ Coffee

Snack ~

Dinner ~

Snack ~

Supper ~

Snack/Dessert ~

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.

Miles walked since February 1 = 723

August Miles Walked = 57.5 (poor poor poor)

Average pounds per week downsized by (31 weeks) = 1.18 pounds

Body % of downsize = 15.4%


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

Maria7 on 08/30/2008:
Looks like we're not going to the flea market after all...it is already 97 degrees heat index (although 86 degrees fahrenheit)...so too hot to be out and about with Hubby just coming in out of the heat...oh, well....:-(

Hope you find you some really good finds at the thrift stores!!!

Beautiful photo at top of page!!! Have fun!

weighthate on 08/30/2008:
Thank you so much for that reality check. I needed someone to remind me that it's my choice, not some force that I cant control toward chocolate. They should understand...my whole family is overweight.

You have a good day too!

selina on 08/30/2008:
Beautiful photo of tomatoes! Yummm! Sounds like you have been very busy!

You asked me if this number is one I heven't seen in a long time...well, not really, I was about 150 or 151 2.5 years ago. My doctor told me I must lose weight because of diabetes then... and now... I updated my weight history in my entry while I was thinking about how to answer your question...

Have a great weekend!

selina on 08/30/2008:

selina on 08/30/2008:
I keep thinking you should name those hennies...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2008:
It ALWAYS good to be prepared the night before. I believe in that. Nobody should be scrambling come morning!

lafemme_loca on 08/30/2008:
I remember when I would buy my cat's 40# bag of litter. I was always struggling to walk it up the stairs... and then it dawned on me that I lost twice that amount. No wonder I was always so tired walking around with two bags of litter on me. ;-) I hope your cattle and hen feed is as eye opening for you, as the litter was to me. I wish that you have a blessed Sunday !! *hugs* (btw the tomatoes looooooook so good !)

selina on 08/31/2008:
I love those names! Have a great weekend!

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


For some reason the bio sections are missing on most diaries (mine was included)..I went and re-entered mine and now it is staying..So if you didn't know or did and thought it was gone forever. Give it a try again if you want it "public"...

Thursday was a good day.... Kept my sanity all day and walked the 6 miles for a third day in a row (YEA).... Slept fairly well last night, but had difficulties rising this morning..The comfy warm blankets didn't want to let go of me....The air was crisp, dew on the ground and fall is definetly arriving....Need to find some wood for the winter now..... Hubby will be back to working overtime within the next couple weeks. We need to take advantage of what time he has to get things done, before weather turn drastic (usual does on us) and it is too late.....

Today is a day to keep my attitude positive about everything, keep at the being organized. Cleaning when the boys are resting...Almost done!.... Will go get livestock grain & chicken scratch before the weekend is over...Things like this are what makes fall feel so near...Prepping for winter months doesn't seem like it should be here already!...BUT, then to look back on how fast this time has went and to be able to reflect upon the fact that I have stuck with my endvour for 31 weeks. Then realize I am still at it totally amazes me....Have tried so many times and failed to start ALL OVER again..... This year, I can say " I am making it", instead of "why didn't I stick with it and see where I COULD OF been by now"..... I just got shivers up and down my arms/spine as I realize this is "me" I am talking about..."ME"?????? THE FAILURE QUEEN OF ALL TIME..... "ME"?????????... With that being said..There are people on here right now struggling for one reason or another...All I have to say is no matter how much/how little you have to downsize by...There is no number that makes one of us more important than the other..My 82 looked as gargantuan to me as some people's 10, 25, 50 or more looked/looks to them.... The only way to make this happen is to work hard, the best you can and see that it IS possible to make it where you want to be when you realize YOU ARE WORTH EVERY BIT OF EFFORT YOU GIVE YOURSELF in getting there......Look at where you could of been by now, had you stuck with it and look where you are if you have stuck with it...Either way, to reflect may not be bad thing to do..Just might give you the umph you need to keep going or get started again.... No quiters!

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Breakfast ~ 2 Overeasy Eggs, 1 sl. Healthy Nut Toast w/ Lite Jam & LS 4 oz. V-8 ~ Coffee

Snack ~ Carrots with Hummus & a 100 calorie Kudo Bar (needed some chocolate)

O.K...so here I will have a downside to the country life.... MICE....I have found a mouse house in my kitchen...In my old oak hutch (no food stored there ~ Thank Goodness)..... Dad gum critter!!!!!... This on the heels of an officer in Wa. State dying from hauntavirus (sp?)..He contracted it on a shooting range they are thinking... It is VERY deadly (by deer mice and I don't know the difference between species). Hits within 48 hours of breathing infected yuckies!.. So bleach water will be sprayed and I have a mess to deal with..... We need a very hard winter to kill all the bad bugs & critters... Great advantages to weather that is considered "bad". Hubby has set out to go to the dump with our old matress & other debris that has accumulated.... Off to fix kid's lunch and add another load of wash to the machine....

Dinner ~ Salad (Lettuce, Loads of Tomatoes, Cucumber, Roasted Soynuts, 1 Xtra thin Slice Swiss (fitting for this day) & Lite Ranch Dressing)...Pear & 1/4 Canteloupe

I fizzled and did nothing...The boys didn't nap, so I will have to wait til evening to clean the mess....Weather is 90 & humid today....Suprised me...It has been in the 70's this last week...Ben is just getting home from school and hubby from the dump..... I shall fizzle even more...More people (those over 5 years old I will say) equals less productivity for me. My music gets shut off, voice noise is like racket and I lose all concentration. Needless to say more work to be done begins too, as they haven't CAUGHT onto my routines of organization and things in their place.....I have thought about labeling everything (tongue in cheek, taken with a grain of salt and just thought about right now) Meg will be home in 30 minutes.. Boys will be here til 5:00..... 3 day weekend begins!

Snack ~ Mini Bag Kettle Popcorn

Did not walk, but got in as soon as the boys left (5:10) and started moving my hen house & expanding it...Included lifting, etc..... Got some weight lifting exercise done... Took us almost 2 hours... Fixed each hen an apple box and sacrificed my hanging flower basket liners that weren't being used for each laying box (9 of them)... Works perfect..Now, hopefully they will start laying eggs for us..May have to get a old glass egg from my g'ma to trick them into it at first.... The neighbor's rooster sure is crowing since the hennies have been moved.... We moved my ladies closer to the house (off our kitchen porch area), so it is easier to feed/water and gather eggs for the kids.....I am anxious to be able to look out my window as I am doing dishes and see them now....May take a photo soon to show you the house I built (last year) and the ladies theirselves...3 Plymouth (Barred) Rock (black/white checkered) 3 Rhode Island Reds (Dark Orange Rust Red) & 3 Orpingtons (Light Orange Rust Red)..The eggs are suppose to be anywhere from a light pink brown to a dark brown, depends upon the breed....Time to eat late supper & just rest... I was so happy to get something done outside...Looks so much nicer......

Supper ~ Left-Over Spaghetti & I don't know what else yet... it is late & I did not prepare supper beforehand tonight..Wound up eating some bread (too much)

Snack/Dessert ~ Bowl of low sugar Frosted Flakes......

I am so excited..Not getting my hopes up too much beforehand, but jut googled "getting hens to lay eggs" and found an alternative to the "glass egg". Don't need to ask g'ma for one (collectable and worth $$$$$, so probably wouldn't of talked her out of one anyways, plus she is very ill right now)....So here it is.....A burned out lightbulb!!!! Duh, how clever or redneck you could call it....I have been accused of being both at one time or another, so why not give it a try!..... LOL!!!!!! I even have some small appliance bulbs... Probably more realistic..... Don't have time to let them "burnout" and will use them "new".....

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.

Miles walked since February 1 = 723

August Miles Walked = 57.5 (poor poor poor)

Average pounds per week downsized by (31 weeks) = 1.18 pounds

Body % of downsize = 15.4%


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

grumpy on 08/29/2008:
hummus... love me some hummus. have a great long weekend!!

Maria7 on 08/29/2008:
Wow...very inspiring entry!!! AMEN!!!!

As for wood...we just had another oak taken down...come on over and help yourself! It was a dead tree and would be some good fat lighter to use for the winter! (Years ago I heated with wood.)

Yes, what you have written today, everyone can 'take note'...just what we all need to hear!

You are doing FANTASTIC!!!!

Yes, fall is almost here!!! Have a blessed day!

omahagrl on 08/29/2008:
Everyone is talking about hummus so I am going to get some this weekend. Do you dip veggies in it? I have only had it with pita bread so this would be something new. Have a groovy day and I loved your words today as it is soooo true in my life.

LaFemme_Loca on 08/29/2008:
Thanks for the Bio tip... :-) I am so impressed with your walks... :-) keep it up ! I am now just imagining your crisp autumn with dew in the apple orchards and not wanting to get out of bed. *happy sighs* And just think when the fall starts and you walk on the crisp leaves between the trees... That just sounds so nice. I love your attitude and that you are doing it. Congrats and thanks for always giving me a smile. You are very appreciated ! *hugs*

mcwoo:) on 08/29/2008:
Well done 'thinny' on the weightloss,keep it up girl,Julie

selina on 08/29/2008:
what about that new cat of yours? She/he doesn't chase the mice away? Good luck!

I loved reading your entry! Very positive!

selina on 08/29/2008:
Awww, so cute! I wish at least one of my cats was like that, you are so lucky! They are all too independente and I'm always begging them to be more cudly with me! They bring mice into the house to play with, I have rescued many of them, too many to count - I cover them with tupperware and slide a cardboard under to take them outside.... probably they die anyway because they are usually a bit hurt. I wouldn't know what to do with mice making a nest in the house, though. I think you should get another cat, a working cat this time, not just a loving pet! hehe

lafemme_loca on 08/29/2008:
Wow is all I have to say. Yuck for the mice... but the hens are so cool ! :-) You might be the one to ask... so I was at Whole Foods and looking to get eggs there since I didn't want to waste the gas to stop at another store. They have fertile and non-fertile eggs. I understand the difference biologically... but taste-wise is there a difference ? I mean, we are all used to non-fertile eggs from the store. Would fertile eggs be better or not ? I think I would be worried about finding something attached to the yolk... :-/ Please enlighten me. :-) I hope you get the cold winter to kill all the bugs and critters... eek! Have a wonderful night ! *hugs* ~Lisa

lafemme_loca on 08/29/2008:
Thank you so much for the info... :-) I look forward to hearing what your research concludes on my egg question. :-) I normally like halibut so this tasted quite similar. Have a good evening.

selina on 08/30/2008:
The hens' story is fascinating! The other day I watched a TV show on BBC - British TV chanel we get here - a cooking show, where they did an egg tasting segment. And I thought eggs tasted all the same, duh... I do see a huge difference in prices at the supermarket, though. The fact that they need prompting to get in the mood for laying eggs is rather funny, hehe... I thought that they laid eggs anyway, as part of their natural biological/physical/whatever makeup! Living and learning - I loved reading your entry about the subject! And yes, keep us updated about the tasting research...

loveray on 08/30/2008:
you are the cutest thing, EVER!!!! i had a mouse in my room when i was staying in colorado with friends...there are field mice everywhere and i had totally forgotten how to handle it. i was the psycho city-girl standing on a chair screaming OMG OMG MOUSE! so lame. i love your menu for the day. very fruit-full and you know how i feel about that kettle corn. mmmm. xxx

Maria7 on 08/30/2008:
I grew up helping tend chickens...my Grandma (next door) had them more than my Mom did...Grandma kept about 30 or 40 at a time and sold eggs...what she did was take eggshell that she saved from eggs that were eaten and break them in little pieces as she roasted them in the oven and then she would mix them into the grain she fed her chickens...she also fed them 'layin' mash' and corn...She didn't always keep roosters and her chickens laid real good with or without roosters...

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

Totally messed up this morning and posted Fridays entry on Thursday's spot... Thursday's stuff got deleted......

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

grumpy on 08/28/2008:
200.5 is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! yes! it's so close! xoxox

abdab74 on 08/28/2008:
Don't be frustrated...you are almost there!

WI3 on 08/28/2008:
I feel the same way about the 180's!!! However, you have lost a fantastic amount of weight and it is going down and that is exciting! And I know exactly what you feel with the mood changes...even though mine is from a mental illness combined with hormonal issues. The doctor should be able to help lots! Have a great day!

omahagrl on 08/28/2008:
WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO Look I am doing the MC Hammer dance. We are both about to hit the 190's. I love the apple pic. I had a very tasty apple last night.. nice and sweet. Have a great day sister!

legcramps on 08/28/2008:
I have many days like this one. In fact, I think I just got out of a month-long rut, to be honest. I'm glad they aren't constant though, glad for the moments of clarity and brief reprieve I get from time to time. Think positively, you are so worth it!!

anewhb on 08/28/2008:
Ah, you are so close to 200, I'll bet you are really even a little below that because, as you said, of the monthly thing. Just hang in there don't go "munchie" on us and you will be there. Re: The monthly issues - crying at nothing - night before last I found myself welling up with tears over the presidential election/Ted Kennedy's speech of all thing! I know some people believe politics is enough to make anyone cry, but really, I am not at all politically oriented! Hang in there on the food and emotional fronts - you had a GREAT 6 mi walk! WOW - under 200 is coming, dear!

glycrina on 08/28/2008:
Congrats on losing . . . I am living proof that is harder than it seems, and as long as you are moving in the right direction, you are doing really well!! You will be where you want to be!!

Maria7 on 08/28/2008:
Ahhh...I hope you feel better...and CONGRATULATIONS on 200.5!!! YAYYYY!!!! So happy for you! You have come a LLLLLLLoooooonnnnnGGGGGGG Way!!!

Bet it does feel nice to have the little ones there....probably reminds you a little of when yours were those ages...

It is good that you are getting outside...and CONGRATULATIONS on all that walking!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/28/2008:
that spaghetti sounds really good! :)

you are doing great and your pictures have been so cute at the beginning of your entries. thanks for the support! :)

weighthate on 08/28/2008:
Thank you very much for the encouragement :) Funny, I've been weeding today too...it's no good to your back but at least its some time in the sun. Take care, love, and congrats on getting under 200!

loveray on 08/28/2008:
im sorry that this is not the number you were hoping for, but remember how amazing you have done and you will do it next time! much love, rachel

selina on 08/29/2008:
Your day sounds very good with all the activities, you lucky girl you get foot massages from your hubby, nonetheless! Enjoy and have a great day! Congrats on the weight loss! You are almost there!

Maria7 on 08/29/2008:
This is a song I am singing to you....

Good morning! Good morning! Good morning to youuuu.....!

Lookin' forward to your today's entry!!! SMILE!!!

WI3 on 08/29/2008:
Ohhhhh TLC sounds very nice! I hope you got lots of it! Thank you for the entry on my diary. It helped center me. Have a fantastic day!

Jen40 on 08/29/2008:
I just love all the graphics you've been putting up. They're so lovely. I'm an apple lover and have used them in decor, so I really mean that. I'm an apple nut! Your second paragraph, in green, well I have felt like that for years now. I could have written that. I just don't feel motivated sometimes, like I am stuck in this cycle of caring less and wanting to do so much more. I keep the house clean, laundry done, cook, etc... but all without the enthusiasm I would like, and lots of bigger jobs, like cleaning out the basement or tossing things and organizing seem overhwelming so I don't do them. I did them all before, knocked myself out, just to have the three big guys in the house UNdo everything I accomplished. For example, I cleaned and painted the entire basement, decorated with pictures and area rugs, made a little office, t.v./video game room and what did the guys do??? They tore it all apart, brought all the electronics upstairs and didn't use the basement anymore, so it all mildewed from lack of use. *sigh* Now it is going to be a huge task to redo and I simply don't have the energy or the will, especially since my efforts ren't appreciated. KWIM?

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

Will give weigh-in results tomorrow....Just didn't feel I would get an accurate read today and didn't want to be depressed....Ate late last night... This day is going to be busy busy busy...I start watching the baby tomorrow...Thought I had til September 2nd....I am off to finish getting Meg ready for school, get my hair fixed,dressed and walking shoes on...Going walking as soon as Tayt is here and/or Meg's is gone.....

Tuesday was a good day....Got the 6 mile walk in and the kids had a fairly good first day of school.....

I will read/comment/update when I get back home from walking.... Just not enough time this morning to do the usual format.......


BREAKFAST ~ Scrambled Egg, 1 sl. Sourdough Toast, 4 oz. LS V-8 & Grapefruit....

Getting back from a 6 mile walk...Weather was perfect, til we were into the 2nd mile..The wind came up and the babyjogger hood acted like a windcatcher...I got a work-out for sure today... Wind is still NASTY and suppose to continue according to the weather man...Now, to start a load of wash & get busy prepping for tomorrow... Aprictos are almost done cooking down in the crockpot and will jar up some fruit spread later this evening....

Post-walk Snack ~ Small Apple & Carrots with Hummus

Dinner ~ Salmon Patty, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumber & Lite Ranch Dressing

Snack ~ WW Yogurt w/ Honey & Banana

Went to mow the neighbor ladies lawn....Hubby is just getting home (6:30)...Supper is going to be late again...Still need to schuck corn and cook it....Plenty of exercise done today, but really didn't get near what I wanted to done in the house.... I will rise early in the morning and tidy what I can... It is so hard trying to fit in the walking (which I totally want to do) and then have energy enough to keep going full bore the remainder of the day to get everything done....I want to walk in the mornings..It makes my day go better, just need to build my endurance back up again I guess.....Easier at night, cause it makes me tired and sleep better...But with the kid's in school and daylight shorter, makes it almost impossible......So, here I sit typing and waiting for corn to cook and hubby to realize it is getting late, as he is out fiddling with a lawnmower....UGH!!!!! Oh ya and now that I have been back to walking in the mornings, that too will be more difficult.. I need to find a double stroller like yesterday.... Boo Hoo....Well, off to get a move on the rest of the family, before it is time for kid's bedtime regime....

Supper ~ Xtra Lean Pork Loin & Brown Rice cooked down in LS Mushroom Soup & Ear of Corn

Dessert ~ S.F. Jell-O with Lite Whip

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.


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

Maria7 on 08/27/2008:
Good for you!!! And hope you have a very enjoyable walk...I am fixing to be back to the 'big clean' (which, btw, I am getting 'bored' with, so need to discipline myself to get it completed!!!)

I know you must be very excited and happy about the baby coming tomorrow...how sweet. I was thinking about you earlier this morning and about the new baby coming and about you taking care of him...what a joy and how sweet of you to help out his Mom like you are doing, taking care of him as well as his big brother!

You are doing fantastic! I admire that you are NOT LETTING A SCALE RULE YOU!!! You do what you know is right for you...

Okay...I'm 'off', too.....off to clean...~Love, Maria

grumpy on 08/27/2008:
Cant wait till tomorrow. YAY!

anewhb on 08/27/2008:
YAY for just waiting until tomorrow to weigh - there is a GREAT article on sparkpeople.com today about how to tell if you are addicted to the scale (or something like that) - and let me clarify - I don't think you are - but it was an interesting take on the scale issues we can face. I don't actually weigh - except maybe every 2-3 months. I can't take it - it ruins my attitude - so I just don't do it. That's the wrong attitude for me to have, though. I should be able to use it as a tool for my purposes - and not let it dictate to me how I am going to feel on a particular day...the article talked about that. For me it really doesn't matter much anymore because I cannot have a scale in my house because of my daughter's health history. I think if I could have one I would work on using it as a tool and overcoming the attitude I have about a number on any given day.

Have fun with the new baby tomorrow. You ae doing SO WELL!!! God Bless.

selina on 08/27/2008:
You are SO busy, that's so wonderful! I love reading your entries because it gets me in the mood of "getting things done". Great walking today! Good night to you! Thanks for the comment in my entry!

selina on 08/27/2008:
And, i ate my almonds today!!!

omahagrl on 08/27/2008:
thanks for the words of support. I am going to update by entry as this has been one hell of a day. My mood is good and I am so ready for change. It is almost as if I heavy weight has been removed and I can see peeks of daylight! ((((HUGS))))

legcramps on 08/27/2008:
Good job today!!!

loveray on 08/27/2008:
you cracked me up!! if you could see a picture of me right now in all of this unemployment glory, i bet you would call it a kind of poop. i hope i get my mojo back before this date!! love you

WI3 on 08/27/2008:
I remember the days of getting the kids off to school and getting ready for work...such a hustle! How very cool that you are still taking care of yourself! I have my fingers crossed for your weigh in! Have a lovely evening!

loveray on 08/27/2008:
no fair!! i want chinese fortune jammies!

lafemme_loca on 08/27/2008:
So, there I have updated my entry to answer your "what do you do ??" question. :-D I hope that helps... :-) Enjoy your night !! :-)

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

I was goofing around with a new entry and lost a couple comments.. I'm done goofing/trying to figure out backgrounds now..I can't do it..HA HA me for trying!

Monday was a good day... Last day of summer break for the kids..... Got my kitchen ALMOST done, as far as cleaning.. Need to give the floor a good mopping, then swipe of polish..... Have one more week of just watching Tayt, so need to take advantage of the time I have and finish all the other small tasks that need done......

Today is bitter/sweet for me... Mom has enjoyed having the kids home for the summer, but also have missed a stricter regime.... Now, comes putting the organization skills I have adapted this summer into action even more and on a tighter schedule... This is a very good thing for our family..... Kids have their items in a set place for everyday, then have a separate quiet homework area.... Set aside a �lunch making station� for them in the kitchen. Put a tote under the lunch making table for their lunch boxes... They helped individually snack bagged lunch items too.. So every night before next day school day all they have to do is grab a bag of chips, add a fruit/veggie, sandwich and grab a juice pack out of the freezer that serves as a freezer pack in the morning... Thaws by the time lunchtime arrives and keeps meat sandwiches at a safe temp..... I am scaring myself.. I was a HUGE �buy a hot lunch� mom this last 4 years.. To say the word organized and have my name in the mix is a scary thing!.... I may not be able to find anything.... Ha Ha!!!!!

The new lifestyle has changed not only in my (our) eating habits. It has spilled over into the balance of feeling the want to be organized in everything else.. Feels so good physically, why not feel that way mentally as well.... It can only get better as I downsize more, as it greatly effects my mental stability and well being.... I am becoming that whole person I have longed to be for so many years.. I want to strive to be the best at what I do or can do someday... Including being a organized wife, mother, friend & maybe someday co-worker...... I have come to the conclusion that I need to look at those 36#'s gone so far as being �clutter�, like the material things that have weighed me down mentally, until I decided to lighten that up with the physical poundage as well...... Balance feels so good!!!!!!! I have read where studies show that people feel better about theirselves emotionally & physically when their house is organized.. I believe that 100%


Breakfast ~ Oatmeal w/ Pear, Whole Dried Cranberries, Few Walnut Halves & a Splash of Skim Milk ~ Coffee

Ahhhh...Off to take a walk @ 9:30 a.m. with Tayt in the babyjogger..Just like the beginning days before summer break....I'll probably pass by a woodshed on the path...Along with seeing the bounty of fruit on the trees in the orchards..I like being back on a schedule/ in a routine.....

Post-Walk Snack ~ WW Yogurt w/ Honey and 12 Roasted Unsalted Almonds

Went on a 6 mile walk...Did it in 1 hour & 40 minutes, so that made for a wonderful work-out (upper body with the baby jogger) for the first time in a VERY long time.... I am tired, but it is an invigorating tired....Now will get lunch for Tayt, then lay him down for a nap...Set into finishing my kitchen work ,then maybe take a 15 minute rest myself....

Dinner ~ Tuna Wrap (Albacore Tuna, Minimal Salad Dressing, Extra Thin Swiss on a 100 cal. Flatout Multi-Grain w/Flax Wrap), Bowl of Tomatoes & Cucumber....Banana

Before eating lunch I spotted a box of Apricots I forgot my dad gave us (I have a very bad memory sometimes)...Cleaned, pitted and sliced them to simmer in a saucepan with a little lemon juice & small box of S.F. Strawberry Jell-O to attempt to make my own no sugar added Fruit Spread to put up in jars..... Was thinking about making Ben a cobbler, but changed my mind and will make a blackberry one instead...He LOVES cobblers and has been asking me to make one for the last couple weeks..... Peaches will be coming off our tree in a few weeks, along with tomatoes, green beans & hopefully can find some pears to put up as well... Been a couple years since I have done any fruits to enjoy in the winter months....Always have tomatoes... Never have enough of those to last all winter...!

Snack ~ Khashi Bar

O.K... So I guess I am off to spend more $$$$$ for school.. Ben just came in the door and told me in disgust that he was told he can't wear his new shoes, cause they are ALL blue.. I guess no solid colors are allowed, cause it is considered "gang related attire".... There was $75!!!!!! AND I still need to buy a pocket dictionary...Will wait til Meg gets home to see if she was "alright" and doesn't need anything else or a different style/color....Hers were ALL WHITE..... *****UPDATE ON SHOES***** Got home from dumping another $35 into shoes...These are all black, which are fine..Ben's were Royal Blue with white trim and white laces. I guess that is gang colors, as well as red..... Go figure!...Guess what? The Royal Blue & Red are the school colors....So whada ya do??????? Now to figure out supper... I have told you that I was weighing in tomorrow morning, but may make it Thursday instead..Eating late is not good before a weigh-in morning and I am afraid if I do and see a higher number than I think I am, I will bawl my eyes out all day....We shall see....Tomorrow may be speratic anyways...I got a call right before leaving the house earlier and it was the boy's mom asking if she could start bringing them THIS THURSDAY...... I was planning on next Tuesday...Crunch Time!!!!!

Supper ~ ?

Snack/Dessert ~ ?

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.


They are a top source of manganese, a mineral that aids cells with energy production. The monounsaturated fats in the nuts prompt the body to shed more fat, helping women lose 62% more weight....


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

abdab74 on 08/26/2008:
thanks for your comment. I am still not sure how I was being a "know it all," but whatever. I understand exactly what you mean about feeling a sense of balance throughout everything. Not everyday is like that, but I noticed last night that even after a rough work day food did not tempt me at all. I was able to do things that needed done and feel organized, and maybe a little bit happy (without the help of food or beer). Crazy stuff!!!

omahagrl on 08/26/2008:
I agree with the organization portion of changing one's lifestyle. Even a small thing like just throwing out magazines last week that I have been let pile up made me feel like I accomplished so much. I have never been a person that keeps everything tidy and clean but this is also an area where I am trying to change along with our diets. Have a great day my friend!

Jen40 on 08/26/2008:
Blue grass??? Do you listen to Alison Krauss? She's my alltime favorite singer, I think she's the bomb!!!

oldschool on 08/26/2008:
perhaps you could do with some time in the woodshed.

Beth201P on 08/26/2008:
Thank you so much for your comment you left. That is so ture. It sounds like you are doing GREAT!! I am so happy for you. Someday I hope to be a mother. If it is God's well it will happen, but if not I will be content in what God wants me to do in my life. Thank you again. God Bless you my friend.

~maria~ on 08/26/2008:
WOWWW!!! How organized you are!!! 'A place for everything and everything in its place'!!!!

You've inspired me, too!!!

Yes, I agree that a person feels much better when their house is organized and in order! I am trying to get my house in order, too. Looks like you've already accomplished that in yours! Congratulations!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day, Jerri! Smile!

loveray on 08/26/2008:
...I LOVE nuts...and i LOVE you!

selina on 08/26/2008:
Wow! Seems like everyone is doing housecleaning/orgazing today! wonderful for you! Ben goes to school too early, before 7!!! My daughter leaves at 7.34 am and I think it's too early...

So glad you liked the flowers... yes, that's part of the backyard with the L shaped pool - it's too cold for me, thanks but no thanks. Temperatures here are always on the chilly side, even in the summer. Daughter and her friends seem to like jumping in it, though.

I think I shall pass weighing myself tomorrow a.m. due to TOM and because we had an extra large dinner tonight. Thanks for the tip of sticking a reminder note on the mirror, that's a great idea for the future! Have a great evening...

LaFemme_Loca on 08/26/2008:
That is so awesome to be back in routine, organized and just balanced. I am so proud of all you have accomplished ! I would love to be able to walk in an orchard and see fruit on the trees. I think it is great the idea of freezing the juice boxes and having them be the cooler for the meat products !!! Great ! I hope your kitchen gets cleaned (and if you get a burst of energy you could fly down here and clean mine too ;-) ) Ha!

~maria~ on 08/26/2008:
Yes you know you and yours are welcome to come over anytime for supper and if Hubby and I have already eaten, I'll be glad to fix more!!!

Hope y'all have a good evening! Hubby and I are fixing to get ready to go to church music/singing practice...He is the sound man...

LaFemme_Loca on 08/26/2008:
You know you have a place on my comfy couch any time you want to visit the Bay Area... I have been told my couch is better than some people's beds... ;-) You wouldn't even have to clean to use it. :-)

~maria~ on 08/26/2008:
I have NEVER heard of such a thing!!!! Wow!

~maria~ on 08/26/2008:
You are so SMART for puttin' up veggies and fruits for the winter!!! That is real nice!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/26/2008:
lucky you...or you're so smart to plant all those tasty fruits and veggies. i wish i had some of those laying around the house!

sweetpea1977 on 08/26/2008:
Wow, great post! I am totally with you on de-cluttering my body and home. I feel so much more organized when the weight starts falling off and my house gets much cleaner in the process!

grumpy on 08/26/2008:
there's that thing that says we should always eat 7 raw almonds a day.. the problem with almonds is that they're easy to eat a LOT and that's when they work agaisnt you. xoxo

~maria~ on 08/26/2008:
WOWWWWWW!!! I didn't know that about almonds! They are my favorite nut! Only thing is I don't eat them much cause I'm easy to want to eat a LOT of them, they are SO GOOD!

~maria~ on 08/26/2008:
PS...but I'm certainly going to reconsider them now!!! Thanks for sharing about them!

thinnside40 - Monday Aug 25, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0

Sunday was a good day til the end....Wound up eating 2 stupid donuts after supper...Afer being such an upbeat "good girl" just 2-3 days earlier talking about benefits of foods before we eat them....I doubt that I can count the benefit of buttermilk, due to the downfalls of the fat/sugar/flour, etc cancelling the goodness out...My weigh-in Wednesday will probably treat me according to my bad behaviour (hoping for 200)....I have no excuses either...Hubby had picked them out at the bread store, cause our punch ticket was full and you get a free "sweet treat" when that happens...ON PURPOSE, I DID NOT GET ANOTHER PUNCH TICKET. The buttermilk cake donut sounded/looked good and I ate them...Didn't walk.. My back/hip/legs hurt so bad I could hardly walk through the house..I went to bed @ 8 p.m.....When I laid down, I opened the window a bit...It was pouring down rain...I guess it rained most of the night too...

When I woke up this morning, I felt better..Still sore, but can at least function... Need to do laundry, go get 1 thing each for the kids school list, finish cleaning the kitchen & tag all the kid's school things with their names.... Walking will come into play early evening..... I have a lot of little things to get done and am cramped for time, so best get with it I guess........ Have a wonderful day!


BREAKFAST ~ Oatmeal w/ Whole Dried Cranberries, Skim Milk & Banana ~ Coffee

Snack ~ Grapefruit & Pear

Dinner ~ Salmon Burger W/Steamed Veggies (Cauliflower, Brocolli, Waterchestnuts, Edamame, Carrots, Snap Peas) and Apple

Snack ~ Carrot Sticks & Athen's Olive Oil/Roasted Garlic Hummus.... Iced Black Tea

Went to get the kid's last school items..Found Meg's but not Ben's...He needs a pocket dictionary of all things....They wanted to go out and eat, but compromised with meeting dad @ Starbucks and stopped to buy them each a Subway Sandwich to bring home....Last night of summer break...We usually go to McDonalds the evening of the first day of school, but not this year! Hubby has a meeting and I AIN'T going to that place....Not sure what we will have for supper...Something quick and easy....

Supper ~Bowl of Nature's Path Pumpkin/Flax Granola w/ Fresh Pear & Skim Milk

Dessert ~ Nothin'


Be kind to others....It produces a rush of feel-good chemicals in the brain...You will be on a 'helper's high', making you distracted from the woes that are stressing you....


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

Agent_Guber on 08/25/2008:
I love sleeping to the sound of rain :) Have a great day today!

~maria~ on 08/25/2008:
You look fantastic and I believe you will be under 200 on Wednesday. Look how far you have come! And you have been very strict with yourself on calories and walking...we all overeat sometimes...a little anyway. And you only did a little.

Hope you are feeling much better today. Enjoy your walk!

~maria~ on 08/25/2008:
PS...cute picture at top of page...especially the grapevine!!! SMILE!

~maria~ on 08/25/2008:
PS again...and the mountains...

grumpy on 08/25/2008:
Hey, no worries, just give an extra push these next two days and you cane easily catch up till weight in day. I am ready to do the dance. :) I'll enjoy last hours with mom, came home to take her to lunch and will work from here in the afternoon. after she leaves i wll spend more time on DD and catch up. xo

abdab74 on 08/25/2008:
sorry you haven't been feeling well, between your stomach and hip the last few weeks sound like they have been less than pleasant. Glad you are feeling a little better today. Don't fret about the donuts, it happens to the best of us!

omahagrl on 08/25/2008:
OK girlfriend you will be joinging me on the 200 stage..heck we are so close to the 199. I cannot wait. At 196 I will take a full shot so we can look at the changes 10lbs can make. I love your pics and the fact that your kids get goofy. You will notice most of my family pics will contain stuck out tongues or cross eyes. I hope your getting less sore!!!

MCWOO:) on 08/25/2008:
Hiya hope you are having a better day,here's to the weigh-in I'll have everything crossed for you,Julie

loveray on 08/25/2008:
ahh yes. i too vascillate back and forth between the "benefits of food" and the tasting good of food. i have decided to allow myself a night a week not to "binge" but to have some treats, because one of the benefits of a carby donut (or the girl scout cookies i ended up eating last night) are a boost in seratonin, which is a health benefit!!! and i slept really well...then today, it was all back to wanting to be healthier than ever. maybe your donut was just the boost your body needed to bump your metabolism and now you will be down to 199. just dreamin big. xoxo

selina on 08/26/2008:
Hi Thin! You are doing wonders! 200????!!!! Can't wait!

thinnside40 - Sunday Aug 24, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0


My 14 year old was being a �toot� (needs a haircut/thinning)

Saturday was a good day... Didn't get a walk in, but got plenty exercise.... Spent until 2:00 p.m. @ home with hubby and got barely anything done we were suppose to...... Went to lunch together @ a Deli.. He wast SET on eating out once without the kids.... I talked him out of Taco DelMar.... We both had a � roast beef sandwich on sourdough bread with loads of lettuce, tomato, mustard and a small cup of clam chowder....... Shopped at WalMart & the bread store before going to get the kids.. All set for school lunches & snacks starting Tuesday..... Kids had a pretty good time with G'pa & G'ma.... They took them to a buffet for breakfast... My mom is a HUGE sweet eater and overate the sugary stuff... Went home and was sick most of the day I guess...... Meg was whiny when we got home, cause she shared with me that G'ma teased her about her �eating habits�.... She is a picky eater!... I know that, but the teasing was about �You wanna just go to McDonald's ALL the time?� and when you get married what do you expect your husband to do �eat out all the time?�.....SHE IS 8 YEARS OLD AND WE DO NOT GO TO McDONALD'S to appease her ALL THE TIME, actually that place is almost obsolete to us anymore!!!!!!!... I sent some foods with Meg that I knew she would eat, but also want her to learn to eat what she has been offered. I have told my parent's time and time again that she has her staple foods and that is perfectly fine with us.. We do make her try something new all the time and her pallet is broadening, but cornbread & milk for supper, just isn't an 8 year old's thing.... She loves tuna, peanut butter (Smart Balance), most fruits, nuts, salad, corn, some dairy products and learning to like wheat breads..... SO let's teach her to go out to eat breakfast @ a buffet and eat sweets, then get sick...UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEN tease her about �being picky�.... My My My!!!!!! Some things never change.... I can remember �eat everything on that plate, even if you are full�...THEN �You need to watch what you eat, cause you NEED to be careful!�...The kids don't stay over there very often and my mom does have some �issues�, so I have to bite my tongue or I will pay for it dearly! Thus making it a very difficult life for my dad.... I hope/pray that I can talk with Meg and have her to understand that G'ma doesn't mean to hurt her feelings and just doesn't know when to STOP.. She NEVER has been able to, even with me still and I am 40!... My dad is the stable one. Maybe I can talk to him before the next sleep over to try to make him understand how I still feel as an adult and how I don't want the same to happen to Meg.... She doesn't have �weight issues�, cause I have been so careful to not repeat the same pattern..... CAUSE I know how it hurts like the dickens to be teased, tormented and just plain ol' mistreated most of your life!......Mom is paying me compliments upon my �shrinking�, but has to have the �it isn't going to be easy to keep doing this� jab in there somewhere before the conversation is over...

A little update on dad's homefront ~ Went to the Dr. for blood tests...The results were his glucose level had dropped 40 points since April, plus he has lost about 25-30 pounds (won't tell me exactly)...Doc told him to continue what he was doing... I guess now dad is the talk of the office and the nurses/receptionists are after Doc himself to lose some weight.... He told dad that they won't leave him alone about it, cause he had told him to lose 25#'s in 2 months to help his blood sugar levels decrease... The receptionist asked him � did you tell HIM to lose 25#'s in 2 months?�..with the easier said than done undertones.... They are so proud of my dad and so am I....

Today is church..... Come home to do laundry, match Meg's clothes for school days, get out backpacks, lunch bags, etc.... Take a little nap maybe and take a walk.....


Ben told her to be goofy!


Breakfast ~ Oatmeal with Blackberries & Skim Milk... ~ Coffee

Snack ~Banana & Cucumber

Dinner ~ Salad (lettuce, lots of tomato, lots of cucumber, chickpeas, little grated cheese, lite ranch dressing and few crunched tortilla chips...) Apple

Got home from church, done eating dinner....Going to do a few things, then lay down for a bit before walking..... Going to see about picking more blackberries.....Walking buddy (once a week now) wanted to get some to freeze too....Hubby is going to pick green beans for us to put up in the canner this evening....

Snack ~ WW Yogurt w/ Honey...Pear (found a bag full I had forgot hubby had brought home a couple days ago and needed to taste test~ YUMMY!)..Taste test of Watermelon...Khashi Cookie right before supper, so I would be full faster...Made something VERY GOOD for supper and needed to be careful...

Not going to get to walk..Been cleaning the kitchen and my hip/back/legs have been bothering me.....Will try to do some exercises with my stretch band.....

Supper ~ Salmon Patty Sandwich & Homemade French Fries (Yukon Gold potatoes from the garden...cooked with olive oil, patted dry and no salt added)

Snack/ Dessert ~ ?

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.


Walking just 10 minutes a day at an easy pace can reduce stress levels ( I can attest to this one ~ that's why I walk 6 miles.. Almost 2 hours of �stress free time�) Stress can age your skin!


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

WI3 on 08/24/2008:
Very cool pictures!! Cute family! And what fantastic news about your dad, that is amazing, good for him!! YEAH! Sometimes i talk to my dad about my mom, and sometimes I talk to my mom about my dad. Just to try and understand them sometimes or to ask them to help balance things out with them and the kids. I understand where you are coming from! Take care and have a fantastic day!

MCWOO:) on 08/24/2008:
Hiya,Great pictures of yourselves I will have to put some pics of the girls,but not me i hate my picture been taken,they get ripped up quickly!!!You are doing brilliantly with your healthy eating.I've got off to a bad start again,but they said Rome was'nt built in a day, a saying we have here.What's happened to the size of your writing in your diary???I don't wear glasses but i will have to get some to read that!!It's still bedlem around here,hubby has been stripping today,but only the walls thank goodness!!!We seem to be spending our holidays doing the house,but it will be worth it i suppose.We went to get some laminate flooring yesterday from the store about 5mins from our house,but of course they did'nt have enough,so we had to travel 40 mins each way to get some more,typical.Keep up the good work friend,you should be very proud of yourself.I'll catch up soon,Julie

loveray on 08/24/2008:
YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! thanks for your vote of confidence. i know i will succeed. i just need to make my happiness a priority BIG TIME this next week. it's easy to slip into bad patterns when you are home all day. xoxo

~maria~ on 08/24/2008:
Beautiful photos!!! Wow!!! Big difference in your photos from your first ones! Congratulations! You are doing SOOOO well!

As for our Moms, I know....I have to STAY ON GUARD around mine cause in an instant she will say something that I will sometimes be bothered about and think about for DAYS....So...when it comes to our Moms and what they SAY to us...WE GOTTA STAY STRONG! That is how it is!

Have a good evening!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2008:
that salad sounds fabulous! and you've got some really cute kids!! :) just like you!

WI3 on 08/24/2008:
And doesn't it feel good to have your daughter be able to put her arms around you and give you a hug? I know that was one of my biggest moments when I felt really good was when my daughter could wrap her arms around me and give me a hug.

grumpy on 08/24/2008:
wow, you look so much smaller. i bet these are new clothes too. good for you. i will be okay. the job i mean finding something else in my field in a different city. NY for example would be great for me. that would be a great move, a good career choice and i would get away from here. who knows... ive been looking. xo

selina on 08/25/2008:
I love these pictures, Thin! You look wonderful and your children must be so proud of the mom they are lucky to have! I love your bangs, they are so cute, they make your face soft. I have bangs somewhat like yours, too, hehe

As for you mom - I am totally in agreement with Maria and her suggestion as to how to deal with the situation, for we all seem to have moms that are so similar in their ways...

thinnside40 - Saturday Aug 23, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0


Friday was a good day..... Got my custodial job done in the evening... Kids at my parent's, hubby's eyes checked, walked and picked a gallon of blackberries.... We will go get 1-2 more gallons to freeze before the weekend is out.... So many going to waste out there... Glad we found them!

Today is sticking close to home and achieving some household duties while the kids are gone and can crank up the music... Hubby is enthusiastic about helping, cause he sure does like this more organized/uncluttered look....... Will go get the kids late afternoon.... Going to frequent one more thrift store that I don't get to go to very often for some school things maybe.... Just go when we are out at my parent's.... It is like a treasure hunt to me!....

Speaking of treasure hunts... I have thought that my journey thus far has been some what of a treasure hunt in itself... I am finding out things about myself, plus seeing me look more like I should underneath my layers of �fluff� that are fading away......I still have a long ways to go, but to FINALLY be able to start seeing what I am REALLY suppose to look like, feel like & who I am suppose to be in my genuine �self� is amazing..... How I have portrayed myself as the �happy fat woman� for over this last 10 years and thinking that I could live the rest of my life that way and be happy was not meant to be.....I have been thin a couple times in my life (maybe total of 4 years)...Then, I had resolved to being obese so many times, cause I didn't have faith or belief in me..... Let alone I had ignored my Heavenly Father and His great capability in helping me in this endeavor... He does care and does want me to succeed, even in �downsizing�.....I am right now in a place I have not been in 11 years (>200 / <205 and still not giving you a number til 8/27 ~ ha ha!)... I am so very thankful!


Breakfast ~ Oatmeal with Blackberries & Skim Milk...Banana ~ Coffee

Snack ~ WW Yogurt w/ Honey & Cucumber (not dipped in the yogurt/honey)

Dinner ~

Snack ~

Supper ~

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.

I have been doing more reading as I said and coming to conclusions as I read about things we eat as �healthy choices�...Finding benefits and figuring out why we start to drop a pound here or there may help us more than we think.......Not ignoring the fact that exercise is a great beneficial factor and helps....But, we eat certain foods because they are healthy, low-calorie and can fill up on a lot usually.. Leaving it at that most of the time. We need to realize that there are so many more benefits than just that...... May start to make sense why just cutting back isn't �cutting it�....


The purple & red pigments that give them their vibrant color blocks fat storage..By triggering the breakdown of fat to form heat & energy..


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

WI3 on 08/23/2008:
I LOVE what you wrote about discovering yourself and am very happy you found that treasure! I was stunned when I felt that way as well! How very exciting! Have fun with hubby and keeping your home nice and organized!

selina on 08/23/2008:
Great entry, Thin! Can't wait to see the new number! What a suspense!

You were right, I just came back from my bike ride and feel energized! Have a great weekend!

Agent_Guber on 08/23/2008:
Great Job with food today!! :)

Maria7 on 08/23/2008:
Loved your entry today...a lot to think about....now...let's see...8-23...8-24...8-25...

hollybelle on 08/24/2008:
What an awesome post you made today - God bless. hb

thinnside40 - Friday Aug 22, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0

Thursday was a good day...Got almost all the school shopping done..... Walked while I was going to and fro places.....Another successful day in the eating department of getting back to my basics....

Late posting today, cause as some may have figured.... Went to a few Yard Sales.... Took Ben, as this is the last Friday before school starts, meaning the last opportunity for this season to go with me.... He is my look-out, knowing what I search for and sometimes can find things I am not really looking for too.... Bought a bedside table with a drawer... Been looking for one for a while, just always find ones too big.... This is perfect and rustic, just like I like for $3....I will polish it up and put a vintage doily with a candle & my magazines (I fall asleep by reading them).... Small crock with matching bowl for $3.... Fenton Bell with an etched butterfly for $1 (sell on Ebay).....HUGE old pickle jar for kid's after school snacks for $3.....BIG thick wire basket with bail for garden goodies (like the egg gathering baskets) for $1, a nice vintage chenille bedspread for $3 and 4 ball hitches for hubby for $1 each....I did pretty good!......

Been thinking about my temporary derailment in mid-June, til this last Monday..... Dawned on me that I started concentrating on calories so much that I was just eating anything/everything and basing it upon calories.... I am the type that needs to look at the quality of calories... My overall cholesterol is <200, but my good (HDL) isn't high enough and bad (LDL) is too high usually..., I have had high B.P. and have hypothyroidism. Most of the foods I was eating were not beneficial to any of those medical conditions... I wasn't paying attention to the benefits/downfalls, just wanting the calorie level to be good and that is it...... I had been fitting in a bite of this and a bite of that, plus eating more fast foods maybe than needed (i.e. higher sodium, higher fats, etc), even though what I was eating I figured to be in the caloric range, still I shouldn't of eaten them... I have stopped the every week @ Subway and will only eat there, maybe once a month instead..... I will continue to eat the things I like in moderation and not �taboo� any foods.. My blood work is Sept 18th and physical is Sept. 22nd.... Now, with that being said... Hubby & I are alone tonight, cause the kids are going to Pa & Ma's house... He will want to go out and eat... I am going to try and have a nice supper planned before he gets home from his eye appointment... See, I am still trying to retrain his thought process... Kids gone = We go out and eat is his knee jerk reaction.... We will take a walk together after supper and pick more blackberries. In the dark the other night, we didn't get to pick very many......


Breakfast ~ Khashi Bar & Banana ~ Coffee

Snack ~ WW Yogurt w/Honey & Lowfat Mozarella Sting Cheese

Dinner ~ Salmon Patty with Steamed Brocolli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Snap Peas, Waterchstnuts & Edamame (combined a couple mixes)....1/4 Cantaloupe

Snack ~ Running out the door to do my custodial job I grabbed a Khashi Trail Mix, then had Apricot Fruit Leather (natural and no sugars added) before I came home

Went and did custodial job this evening, so I don't have to worry about it tomorrow....Hubby came and helped me vacuum after his eye appointment...He has to go back for some more tests on the 2nd of September...Possible very early stage of glaucoma...Just not sure, so that is why more tests are to be done....Came in the door and the chicken smells so yummy that I put in the oven before I left...Now I am off to fix salad, then walk a bit.....I WAS RIGHT TOO...First words out of hubby's mouth when he saw me this evening was "You wanna go out to eat?".... hahahahahahahahahahaha my reply "I have chicken in the oven, if that sounds alright?"...."YEP!"........ Do I know him or what?....

Supper ~ Chicken Salad (Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Chickpeas, Green Peas, Grate of Cheese, Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Onion & Lite Ranch Dressing)

Dessert ~ Not Sure

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.

Snacking on Popcorn = 22% more fiber consumption overall... By increasing fiber intake, it slashes LDL levels. PLUS wards off hunger pangs by slowing digestion...


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

loveray on 08/22/2008:
i really needed to see that quote up top!! i have had the "antsy bug" today...playing the waiting game with job hunting is unsettling for me right now. i am so worried about next week that i am not even focused on the greatness of having an entire (almost) 2 week vacation!! it's funny how the grass is always greener...happy friday to you, my dear. xoxox

loveray on 08/22/2008:
oh i love you~~~ a seat on the chill train. sweet.

Maria7 on 08/22/2008:
I think chenille bedspreads are sooooo pretty..is yours colorful or one color? Good on the popcorn!

Sounds like you had some good finds at the yard sales today! Yayyyy!!! I had some good finds at the thrift store, too!!! Big smile!!!

Maria7 on 08/22/2008:
I like the colorful ones the best! (Chenille spreads)

Beth201P on 08/22/2008:
That quote is one of my favorites. Thanks for posting it. I really needed to read it. ((Hugs)) Have a blessed weekend.

selina on 08/23/2008:
You accomplished SO much in a day! WOW!!

... going back to the basics in terms of food... you live so close to nature, so you must take advantage of the basic/fresh foods... it's idylic! I've seen TV shows where people leave the dograce in the city in order to live a life as close to nature as you do. Enjoy!!! I'm envious of you!

thinnside40 - Thursday Aug 21, 2008
(Healthy Eating/Food Logging/Walking since 2/1)
Weight: 202.0


"To the world you might be one person.... But to one person you might be the world" ~ Anonymous

Wednesday was a good day....Got some bargains for the kids (mostly Meg)..... Walked 6 miles before supper and 2 miles after supper....The 2 miler was a family walk... We picked some wild blackberries and checked on the choke cherries..... Hubby felt so much better after walking. He has been complaining of his feet/legs hurting and attributes it to not walking for a while.. He drives a lot from jobsite to jobsite. Walks in the orchards, but that just isn't the same as steady walking.... Makes a big difference...He was snoring the minute his head hit the pillow last night....

I am on a roll and I am not sure I can stand myself at this point...So, if I get annoying, please tell me (somebody, please tell me)...I have been up before 6:00 a.m. 2 days in a row AND been back at eating the way I did in the beginning days... No more little bites of this or little bites of that... More fruits/veggies, walking and being very structured in my day... I cannot believe it!.... I feel like I did back in February,March,April,May & 1/2 of June..... Hanging onto the 200's by the hair of my chinny chin chin..... Got on the scale this morning, but ain't gunna tell nobody what it said...YEP YEP YEP..I am going to keep you guessing...Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha....... I will weigh-in officially next Wednesday (08/27)....I have such a refreshed feeling about where I am headed and giddy to the hilt...... Look Out! This feeling has been a couple months in the coming....and now it is here.... Whew, what a relief..... School is going to be in full swing next Tuesday, I will be back to having 3 boys to babysit.... I will continue to walk/gazelle/exercise daily....Etc, Etc, Etc.........PLUS, my house is 89% back in order......I'm baaaaaaaaack!.. Join me PLEASE???????????

You have to join the girl in pulling me, cause I am kinda heavy for her to pull by herself! Ya know it IS because of the "pullers" (actually pushers, but hey)....on DD that have made such a difference for me this last 6 months.. Getting me through and still pressing forward, even with a speed bump in the middle.....Now, I need Shirley (leeumom), kopsman, biscottibody, mcwoo, phoenix, jazz, legcramps and a few others to post and let us know how THEY are doing...Miss Ya!


Breakfast ~ Oatmeal, Blackberries, Walnuts & Skim Milk ~ Coffee

Snack ~ Mini Bag Popcorn & Cucumber (I have about a dozen from my dad's garden ~ YUMMERS!!!!!) Cranberry Spritzer (Diet 7-up and a little 100% juice)

Getting ready to take Ben to 9th grade orientation. Suppose to be a 20 minute ordeal, but I have my doubts..School pictures, ASB cards, ID Badges, Class Assignments, Etc...A fortune too!

Oh my goodness....Ben's orientation didn't last long at all...40 minutes...I went to the grocery store in the meantime...Bought some licious things. I spotted a VERY YUMMY looking prepared Chef Salad...I was soooooooo tempted to buy it...Didn't!...Came home now to prepare my own without the sodium laden meats, cheese, dressing & croutons....Got eggs boiling and then I am fixing a BIG bowl......

Dinner ~ My kinda Chef Salad (Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumber, 1 Hard Boiled Egg, One swipe of the grater worth of Cheese, Few Roasted Soynuts & Lite Ranch Dressing) Grapefruit

Snack ~ Banana

WEnt school clothes shopping for Ben..Finding he has particulars he likes now and maybe should of went by myself and brought things home for him....He isn't my "little boy" anymore......BooHoo...He picked out some nice clothing that was acceptable patterns/graphics/styles for us to buy for him..... Had something happen this evening that was a bit discouraging regarding one of his friends..He is a bit bummed and disappointed too, but handling it better than I am....Cause we may have to deal with "the parent's" in the end...Oh no...Please no, let us be able to deal with it and not get them involved..He is 17 & 1/2, but Ben is only 14 &1/2...He knew better than to do what he did and I think the minute he sees us next time, he will know he didn't get away with lying to us about this situation...We caught him some place he told us AND Ben that he wasn't going to be at.... Ben wanted to go, cause it involved teenage music/bands/guitars. He actually was part of a band and suppose to play in this function, until he was told "they" weren't probably going to play in it after all. The kid that took his place walked behind Ben and asked him why he didn't show up to play tonight....He told Ben "I had to play for you, cause you showed up late....Why?".....hmmmmm, Maybe because we were told they weren't going to be doing it, cause they weren't prepared enough....Ben is darn good. There was no excuse for not being honest and telling him that he was replaced for this gig.....He had told them that he was going to be done playing, cause their style was too "screaming/yelling"... He is more of the soft rock/gospel style, but he wanted to fulfill his commitment tonight at least, beings as they really wanted him to do this concert....So like I said, this kid is caught & Ben's replacement is to thank for the "eye opening" Ben (and us) got tonight....Now, it is 9:15 p.m..... I haven't eaten anything made with chicken breast for supper like I had planned...and am not going to fix anything either...Wanted to just stop by Subway, PaPa Murphy's Pizza, McDonald's, DQ or anywhere fast/fattening/ so not worth it on our way home......I passed them all and kept thinking "cold cereal" will fill me up just as well and I will be proud of myself for making it with healthy choices only a 3rd day in a row when I wake up Friday morning....Walking consisted of strolling the mall and taking a LONG path from the car and back when we went to the park concert....

Supper ~ Bowl of cold cereal

Dessert ~ ?

Water Consumption ~ No less than 120 oz.

Honey ~ Contains antioxidants that protect your skin against damaging free radicals, unlike processed sugar that depletes nutrients from your body....(according to an expert panel of Oz, Grossman, Northrup & Forberg)


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

abdab74 on 08/21/2008:
Yay! I am glad I am not alone in feeling renewed and motivated. Go us!

sweetpea1977 on 08/21/2008:
I love your quote! I use it often as one of my email signatures! :o)

You had a great Wednesday. Lets see how many good things you can do for yourself the rest of the week!

hollybelle on 08/21/2008:
OK I'm going out on a limb here - I'M WITH YOU! No turning back an to prove it I'm going to get on my bike and check out the new wider trail in the woods this afternoon. YAY! As far as keeping what the scales said - go ahead and keep it to yourself for now - I love anticipating good news - something to look forward to! OK - I am going to kick bad habits' butt! Enough is enough!

omahagrl on 08/21/2008:
I hope you have room for me on your band wagon sister. I am joining your band of success! Have a great day.

Agent_Guber on 08/21/2008:
I cannot wai tto see if you are below the 200's!! It is SO SO exciting!!!

selina on 08/21/2008:
Thin! This is so exciting and I'm in! Love your attitude!

You ARE so lucky to live so close to nature! Hugs!

lafemme_loca on 08/21/2008:
I am so happy to have been given a glimpse in your life. I am so happy that you are motivated and are attacking this with new found passion. You will do it, I know you will. Walks are great and I hope you can keep up this motivation !!! I also hope that it will rub off on me too !!! :) Must walk more !!! I love that you put the I Cor 13:13 at the top. It is so true... these three do remain and the greatest is Love for God is Love ! *hugs* I also love your quote. It is always good to remind us that no matter what, to someone we mean a lot ! I pray that God blesses you today and this week. That you find hope in this journey ! You can do it ! *hugs* I am so blessed to be able to share in your journey !!! ~Lisa

loveray on 08/21/2008:
MAN! look at all that fresh produce...now who's jealous!! you are my kinda chef salad...hee hee. i wish you could have come with us on the walk today. maybe one of these days we need to have a meet-in-the-middle DD reunion. take care, night, and see you in the morning!! xoxo

Maria7 on 08/21/2008:
What an exciting entry...no, it was not computer this time!

grumpy on 08/22/2008:
i'm getting ready for the below 200 naked dance for you... hehehe xo

WI3 on 08/22/2008:
Now I want to know! Very excited for you! YAY!

balloonlady on 08/22/2008:
YEAH FOR YOU!!!! were all with ya!!

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