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3/28/20 11:52 A

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What am I doing!?!? I know the beer and pizza diet doesn't work for me, but sometimes I just give in. And it seems once I get off track, it's not just a little off, but a LOT. I can blame it on a lot of things, but I won't. It's all me. It's all up to me. Did it. Done with it. Time to get back to it.

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3/20/20 11:11 P

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Keeping on and back on track. Have to stop jumping off the wagon. I'm back to feeling strong and motivated. Self isolation may not be bad for us, physically. Only time will tell.

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3/14/20 8:56 P

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Been stressing over this corona virus. Considering a cold can do me in, I am quite concerned. I posted on the message boards that and the fact that it's very easy for me to eat when I'm stressed. Well I came to the right place. Kind and intelligent people brought my head back to where I left it. LOL Just dealing with it and getting on with life now.
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A lot of people do meal prep. I don't do that. Instead I do pre meal planning. I have the basics set up in my nutrition tracker for the rest of the week. Very basic. The bare minimum but it gives me the leeway to add as I decide what I want. I can add any veggies I want as well as healthy proteins. There is also plenty of room for healthy snacks.

Looking forward to a successful month of food and exercise.

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2/29/20 4:26 P

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A little off track with my nutrition the past few days. No worries. I'll be right back on top of it tomorrow. March 1st. Wow. Time is flying.
I have a doctors appointment in 4 weeks and I'm hoping to lose six to eight pounds by then. As long as I keep making progress I'll be happy. Working on increasing my stamina and walking time. I got this.

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2/24/20 3:49 P

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Wow. I read some of my posts and they seem so negative. UGH! Time to turn that around. Too much to be thankful for.

Have to keep working on improvement. I'm hoping to go to Disney and want to enjoy spending time with family. Very exciting! Haven't been there in 4 or 5 years. It makes the little kid in me happy.
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2/24/20 3:42 P

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Well I ate too much yesterday. And I enjoyed some calorie laden adult beverages as well as snacks. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I showed a 2 pound loss on the scale this morning. I know it will all catch up in a few days. That's OK. It will all work out in the end. All a part of real life.


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2/23/20 3:05 A

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I'm hoping today was not payback for those cookies yesterday. Just couldn't get my planned food in and ate much less than I should have. Not too concerned. Over the course of the week it will all work out. Looks like I may have a kidney infection.

I am grateful for the wonderful people in my life that provide friendship and support.

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2/22/20 6:37 A

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Oh those girl scout cookies. They did me in. Couldn't sleep (again! Thank you steroids) and just opened them and munched away. I've been so good controlling what I was eating and I seldom eat sweets. And they were so good and yummy. I somehow managed to stay within my calorie range.

Gotta get some sleep and get right back to business for the new day.

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2/21/20 12:42 A

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All out of sorts today. emoticon Couldn't sleep last night and lived my life as a natural disaster today. Life's way of offering some comic relief.

Got a short nap in after an early dinner. Probably just enough to keep me up tonight too.

I wonder if anyone that sleep walks gets on the treadmill for a workout. That would be kind of awesome. Burn calories at night. I used to sleep walk as a child but haven't done it in ages. emoticon emoticon


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2/20/20 12:34 A

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Had a better food day. I did have some tortilla chips (6) as a snack. I feel I had a lot of success when I didn't snack. I will probably try to do that again until I get done with the steroids. 12 days. I can do that.

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2/19/20 4:44 P

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Went off the wagon last night and had a couple of beers and some pizza. This after a 12 pound weight loss so far this month.

I'm right back on track today with nutrition and exercise. I also have to start a round of steroids again today. UGH! Seems they can make me gain weight even if I just think about food.

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2/15/20 10:22 P

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Working on getting nutrients in. I haven't had much of an appetite lately and find I keep deleting some of the food I planned. Making sure I take my vitamins and my focus is on protein and potassium right now. Finished tonight with 10 ounces of low sodium V8 and a serving of water with my Sunwarrior protein powder for 25 more grams of protein.

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2/14/20 6:24 P

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Been eating well but forgot my V8 yesterday. I had a lot of it today already. I remembered after I slept 12 hours and did not want to get up. Have to pay closer attention to my potassium intake.
Forgot to send out Valentine's day cards to the grandbabies. That annoys me when I'm forgetful about things like that.

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2/12/20 8:53 P

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A good day food wise. Chopped salad and a turkey burger for dinner. Tomorrow need to do my V8 to keep my potassium in check. Time to reset my tracker to my real weight. I gained a few (!) pounds and need to own up to it.

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2/12/20 12:18 A

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I've been tracking but not very accurately since I've been sick. Usually I'm such a stickler. But, it seems to be working so far. It looks like I lost a few pounds but I'm not real sure. We got a new scale that deletes the weight as soon as you step off and it's hard for me to read the display. Time to read the directions again to see if I can change that.

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2/10/20 2:48 P

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Been doing well the past few days. Have to work at taking in more potassium and less sodium.

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10/3/19 12:49 A

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Planning a trip to visit our son who lives 1000 miles away. A 3 year old and a new baby born after our last visit that we are so excited to meet. I have a few things going on and I will just have to push through. Not missing this for the world. Looks like a lot of dining out. I know I can make good choices.

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10/2/19 1:18 A

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This is the norm. I just laid out my heart in a post and it disappeared when my computer decided to reboot. Really?!?! It was hard enough to do it once. I need to post here more often as it helps me deal with my life as it is. I'll get back to that post another day.

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9/1/19 8:11 P

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Eye opener. I made a meatloaf. Yum! Well, a few days after I made it I was going to freeze the rest for another meal. Why, oh why did I end up eating as much as I did? I'm not sure, but I believe my calories were still in range, but I took in over 800mg of cholesterol! emoticon I have high cholesterol and I usually work hard to keep it in check. I just ate and ate with no consideration. I am usually so much better than that. YIKES!

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8/19/19 12:07 A

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So odd to me that this is the only place I feel safe to open up without judgment, nasty comments or repercussions. I welcome feedback but not hostility. Looking to get through this hurdle. And any others that follow.



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This is now my sounding board. Yesterday was my 40th wedding anniversary. I celebrated alone. DH has other priorities. Going through my posts I realize it's not the first time and it won't be my last. When is it enough? I'm tired of feeling alone. This is not right. This is not normal. But I've dealt with it for so long and I have to wonder why. DH has issues and according to him, they are all my fault. Really? You have no responsibility for yourself? I am so lost at this point in my life. I will fight to help him and hope he gets the professional help he really needs. He's a good man. He is the love of my life and always will be. I hope I can help. Not for me. For him. He deserves to live an easier life than he has. Praying. Praying and praying some more.
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Oh what a day. Went out with hubby to his appointment then went out for dinner. Shared a couple of appetizers and a pizza with pulled pork, grilled pineapple and gorgonzola cheese which missed my tastebuds. It was all very good. Washed it all down with some adult beverages.
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I did make sure to hit my potassium and fiber goals. It may take a week to work this all off. I must remember....everything in moderation.

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Another day that I didn't get my calories in. This is very odd for me. Yesterday was OK. I wasn't very hungry in the morning and had protein powder with my low sodium V8. Went to the mall and had teriyaki chicken and broccoli for lunch, a small sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli for dinner. And two or three soft pretzel bites. Good with the calories but terrible high sodium. I'm usually good with the fiber, but I have been lacking in that for a few days this week.

Time to refocus and try harder so I don't have to delete foods at the end of the day.

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Started the day feeling good. Walked on the treadmill and got some housework done. Wasn't hungry and didn't even think of eating until DH got home from work. We had a nice dinner. Later for snack, I had V8 and protein powder. Did not get nearly enough calories today. If I can, I'll have a snack and some more V8 in a bit. Planning a day out with the family tomorrow.

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All is good. My appetite is back and I'm feeling good. Did well on meals today. A bit of filet mignon, homemade pasta salad which is loaded with veggies, more veggies and a great big salad. I've been reading Dr. Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live", and I may follow a lot of what he promotes. It makes sense to me. I'll spend the next week or so seeing how I do and if I can do it for any length of time. But I do these things on my terms. I'm not sure how much protein fits in so I may need to tweak that.


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Feeling better today, but no appetite. That will be back in no time. Looking forward to hubby having a few days off. Hoping it cools off a bit.

And the fruit flies are still here. emoticon

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Did well today. My biggest problem of the day was fruit flies. Where do these things come from? I opened the trash and there were a bunch of them flying around. I made a trap with some apple cider vinegar in a jar, covered with plastic wrap and put some little holes in it. Oh, and threw a cherry in. We'll see if it works. But where did they come from?
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7/2/19 12:27 A

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Difficult day. Slept for 11 hours. Lightheaded. Appetite has been off. Thinking it may be low potassium since I was on prednisone recently. Adjusted my food today to increase my potassium and included my favorite standby - low sodium V8. I almost made 4400mg and will do the same tomorrow.

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6/30/19 12:45 A

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On a better note, tonight is the second night that I avoided late night snacking. I often have more cheese than any one person should. But I've been doing well. Yay!

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Now that I'm done with the prednisone and feeling better, it's back to business. I've improved my eating and am ready to go. I expected to be in a much better place come July. I wasn't dedicated to it and let outside influences bother me. Hmm. I think it was more a point of making excuses than anything.
I have a problem sticking with it. I'm tired of having to start over again and again. The only solution is to lose the weight. Eat right and exercise.
I think this time might be the time.

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6/10/19 12:44 A

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Bit of a setback. A bit of a cold which means prednisone. Which means weight gain. Which sucks, but the benefits outweigh the negative. So just about back to square one. But I did it before and I will do it again. A lot of things to consider in this life that I live. Happiness has to be a priority. Not just mine, but hubby's too. I have spent so much time making sure others were OK and happy and it's time for us now. It is long overdue to prioritize us. And it's time to try to let go of some of the shame I feel from being overweight. I see other people and I don't really notice if they're heavy or not. What I see is the smile on their face. And confidence. And that makes them beautiful. I've beat myself up for too long. I have to let it go and learn to be kind to myself.

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5/27/19 2:17 P

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Went off the rails for a bit. OOPS! Time to get back to it. I'm finding a lot of yummy recipes to try. And with the weather so nice, grilling is a great option. Meat on the grill and veggie packets in foil. Super easy clean up. I had a lot of success with IF and need to try it again. It just takes me a bit of time to get there.
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5/3/19 8:06 P

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I had a little bit of a slowdown, but right back to business. That means back to success. That also means new goals. Nothing spectacular. Just a commitment to myself to be healthier.
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"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be." - Samuel Johnson


Back and on the road to success! New plan, new attitude and a lot of motivation. I have a long way to go but I am ready for the challenge. I am grateful for the strength I have to follow through.

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" If at the end of a month I haven't lost at least 10 pounds, I feel defeated. " Wow, don't do that to yourself!! If I have lost eight pounds in a month, I feel like that is a big success!! As long as you are losing steadily, it doesn't matter how much, and lots of people say in the long run slower is better -- gives your body time to adjust, lets your skin tighten up with you, and increases your odds of being able to maintain the weight.

I have lost 20 pounds in the past 12 weeks. Not even two pounds a week. But now that I have been keeping going long enough, the 20 pounds is enough to add up to a noticeable weight loss and make a big difference in how I look and feel. If I can keep it up until the first of the year, I will have lost almost 40 pounds and have achieved the original goal I set (I may decide to keep going). I am very pleased and proud of how well I am doing and would not occur to me to feel "defeated" because I have "only" lost 20 pounds!!



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I haven't lost any pounds but I feel like I am still losing. Losing inches is good to. Hope you have a great day

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Still working on it but not showing much progress. I can't get out of my head that I don't lose fast enough. This goes back to a doctor visit after I lost 15 pounds. Instead of positive comments or encouragement, he made a rude statement. I know that's not a lot in 6 months, but it was something. I'm still struggling. If at the end of a month I haven't lost at least 10 pounds, I feel defeated.
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I have to stay with it and I will. I am surely not losing 10 pounds a month but I know it's OK to lose anything! I'll let it go and move on. My focus is also on regaining my health. It's like starting over again with exercise. Not an easy road but at least it's not a dead end.
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emoticon emoticon Happy birthday America! What a great day. We had an amazing dinner provided by a group effort. I made scalloped potatoes because I was so hungry for them. Our son did sauteed peppers and onions, pasta salad with a ton of veggies, broccoli, and fresh Jersey corn on the cob. Hubby grilled boneless chicken breasts, bone in chicken legs and sweet Italian sausage. And tossed salad is always on the table.

Later on we had a pie eating contest. It's a tradition with our son and his family and we jumped on the bandwagon. I did not win. I did not come close. My 4 year old granddaughter won hands down. I loved the pie. A treat I don't often have. It was so much fun!

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It was going so well. Then appeared wings, nachos, a raw veggie plate and beer.
Yikes! Life happens and we do this sometimes. And I joined in. No wings, a few nachos and some raw veggies. Washed it down with a couple light beers. We'll see how it goes.

A conscious decision to enjoy a treat. I'll see the impact it makes and decide if I need to pare down what I had. The truth is we would have a treat like this before I gained this weight, and I hope I can still do so while losing. That's called life. Back on track tomorrow.

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7/1/18 12:51 A

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Stressful day! emoticon I get in my own way because of my physical limitations and it just doesn't go well. One of those days where every time I tried to do something, I had to take care of 5 other things just to get to it. UGH! I need to get a better handle on some things.

I still stuck to my food plan and it was another day with no snacks after dinner. I have to keep my focus and stick to the plan.

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Still at it with a good attitude. I lost two pounds when I weighed in on Thursday! I will be weighed twice a week at rehab. I need to keep my focus and stay on track. I have two months of rehab left and hope to come out of there a few pounds lighter. I know I can do this.


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Thank you so much INACAR. It just takes time and patience.

Alice

"I have not been placed on this earth to fit your mold or conform to what makes you feel more comfortable with my existence." Michelle Steinke

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I pray that you will find the right answers to making your life better.

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Now is the time to make it happen.





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Still dealing with this cold/sinus issue or whatever it decides to be. Hoping to stay on point with nutrition. Exercise is not on the menu right now.
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Well what I thought was a flare up seems to be my new normal. Ugh. I have to fight through this. That and steroids were not kind to me and I gained 10 pounds. I got this.

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Still dealing with an exacerbation. Our son and family visited from NC and it was so hard to do much. Had to use a wheelchair. I'm a little scared right now. I'm on prednisone. The drug I love to hate. If that doesn't resolve the issue, I'll have "imaging" to determine any underlying issue. Fear.
I mentioned to hubby we were supposed to travel to visit our other son and go to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. He jumped on that and made plans. I'm a bit afraid it may be more than I can do. He is the best husband in the world and only wants to make me happy. And I guess, not for nothing, it may be what I should do now.
I have to stay positive. I have known so many people who deal with this. And sadly, I know so many who lost their battle. Prayers for strength, recovery and love.


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8/26/17 12:41 A

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Back at it yet again. Yikes. I really have to stick with this and lose some of this weight. Getting better organized at home. Hubby went back to work this week after 10 or 11 weeks of disability. That through me off schedule but I loved having him home.

Was going to do a veggie lasagna for dinner with eggplant, zucchini and spinach, but I was so tired. So I roasted some chicken breasts and made baked potatoes, fresh asparagus and fresh cauliflower. It was so good. Nothing better than fresh veggies. We'll have the lasagna tomorrow with a salad. I'll probably make some turkey meatballs for hubby, but I'll keep mine vegetarian.

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8/13/17 9:45 P

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Dinner tonight was so good. Fresh carrots with dill, green beans from the farmers' market, parsley potatoes and scallops with a lemon butter sauce. I was so happy with how it came out.
Have to get a few things together and send a package to the grandchildren. I should have done it last week. I hate when I procrastinate. It creates stress.
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8/12/17 8:36 P

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Did great on the treadmill today. 60 minutes total! Food wise - eh.
We went to a farmer's market yesterday and stocked up on our veggies. We also picked up some stuffed cabbage and some focaccia and a small kale/asiago bread. Oh...... and goat cheese.
Lunch was some bread with a spread made of goat cheese and scapes, and raw veggies. Very tasty.
Dinner was a salad, a baked baby potato, and a stuffed cabbage. It was very bland. Hubby served it on top of a nice thick chunk of grilled eggplant that was leftover and that helped it. The eggplant was yummy. I'll make my own golabki when I want it again.

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I love my fitbit. It showed me that my weight goal for now is lower than what I weigh. I make excuses. I was on vacation. I went to the fair. It's time for that to end. It's time for accountability. To myself. For myself.

I have a choice to make. Do I want to continue this way? Isn't it long enough? I know what to do. I know the healthiest way to do it. I know the best way for ME to do it. It's overdue.

I have to give myself the chance to feel better and breathe easier. I HAVE to do this. I don't want to have to consider serious options regarding my health. It's time to grow up, pull up my big girl thong and open my eyes to reality.

I'm going to start with raising my step goal to 3500 per day. I did it today and it was not hard. It was when I started, but not now. Can I sustain it 7 days a week? I don't know. But I have to try.

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Off track again after the fair yesterday. Had to take all my jewelry off because of all the sodium. Today is back to business. Lunch was 1/2 Smart Ones pizza and a cup of a veggie medley. Dinner will be tilapia and an eggplant, tomato and onion stack with a side of green beans.

I don't want to lose it now. I'm finding motivation here on Spark. Getting my steps in and will do strength training tomorrow with hubby. I hope to be down 5 pounds by the end of the month. 3 weeks.
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Back to it now. After a 2 week vacation gain, it took 2 weeks to lose it. That's a month of no loss. Following my best "rules" again. Cut down sodium and cholesterol. Dr cut back my cholesterol medicine and I want to keep it like that. Get that fitbit back to work and help motivate me. Be active. Everyday. Plan meals in advance. Plan exercise in advance. That one is new for me but it works.
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7/6/17 9:30 P

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As expected, my Monday weigh in showed no loss. That's OK. It doesn't change my outlook or plan. We started this on June 7th. My weigh in (unofficial) this morning showed a 2 pound loss. That would bring the 1 month total to 16 pounds! I know it will go slower now, but that is some massive motivation.

Picked up Joel Fuhrman, M. D.'s book "Eat to Live Cookbook" at the library today. Can't wait to get into it. I love cookbooks and trying new recipes.

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I may not see a loss this week. I ate more than I had been and my weight is holding steady. I still ate below my calories but I didn't cut back as much as I had been. A little crazy to have to do that to lose weight, but I have always had that issue. I just happen to have more weight on me than I ever have. That is why I lost 14 pounds from 6/8 to the end of the month. I knew it would slow down and I just have to keep at it and accept it.

Keep it up, track food, exercise. I can do this.

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Well I was afraid it would happen. I lost a bit of control last night. I had popcorn, a lot of it, a yogurt and kept picking at the leftover tuna hubby made for dinner. Yikes! And by some wondrous miracle I came in at 1199 calories. Tired and sluggish all day and too hot for exercise.
So I am now committed to keep it on point for the next few days.

On a high note I just realized I met my first mini goal that I set. The goal was to hit 199 lbs. My weigh in Monday put me at 198.
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Another good day. A few more calories than I would have liked, but no more than I should have. Had a lamb chop for dinner with a salad and cauliflower. OK... the cauliflower was in cheese sauce. But it was soooo good. I have that maybe once a year.

So motivated to keep eating well and to exercise. I will admit that while grocery shopping today there were so many things that looked good that I don't allow myself to have. Crackers, pretzels, pizza. I could go on. But the worst I did was pick up Green Giant cauliflower in cheese sauce. I can live with that.

Hubby's coming along well after his surgery. He is doing great with his weight. He has great motivation and great will power. We need to support each other so we are both successful. And healthier.
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Holy cow! 3 pounds down this week. It's been a great start. Since starting on 6/7, I'm 14 pounds down. That's amazing. The first week was crazy but I know it will be slower from here on in. That's OK. I got so much motivation from this. Anxious to see where I am at the one month mark.
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Another day done with. Hubby's getting a little better every day. He's been walking around the house. By the end of this coming week, I'm hoping we can do a little walking outside. He was told to take short walks, 3 times a day.

Had to run to the grocery store today. Picked up salad mix, carrots, fresh strawberries and blueberries, frozen asparagus, brussels sprouts, a vegetable medley and mashed cauliflower. With hubby out of commission it's all up to me so I'm taking a few shortcuts. Still have fresh kohlrabi which I'll make tomorrow for dinner along with a green veggie.

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A disadvantage of daily weigh ins: I have a pound that cannot decide if it really wants to leave me. I hope it decides to go by my Monday weigh in.
Still feeling strong and motivated. I FINALLY got my Fitbit set up. I absolutely love it! Amazed at how much information it provides.
Hubby's feeling a bit better every day. Somehow he gained 6 pounds since his surgery on Wednesday. He spent a day and a half on a liquid diet and ate very light on that second day for dinner. I think it will all work itself out. We're eating healthy and he's increasing his walking a little each day. It takes time.

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Just over a week left in June. Hoping to finish the month strong. I would love to lose 2 more pounds. That is my short term goal.
Hubby may be home for all of July recovering from his surgery. We've been working well together on our diet. We'll start walking together when he's able. He has such focus. We usually take turns sabotaging each other. We are both on board this time and enjoying success. Of course it's just over 2 weeks so far, but that's a start.
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2 weeks in and still motivated and doing well. Hubby had surgery yesterday so no food for him. Not much for me. Just a busy day. We'll be back on track in no time. Hoping to get through the month feeling as strong then as I do now.

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Doing well on my low carb/low sodium meal plan. Also doing what some would consider very low calorie. It's working for me. Lost 10 pounds so far in June and looking forward to a couple more. This past week I had no loss. That's OK. I hoped to lose ten pounds for the entire month and thought that I was reaching too far. I'll take it. I know it's not the norm and won't last so I am thrilled so far.

Hubby's heart tests came out OK. An enlargement of the heart which the doctor expects will correct itself with weight loss and a lower sodium diet. His BP readings have also improved. His surgery is now scheduled for this Wednesday. I hope they can do it this time. He is beyond ready for this.


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6/10/17 10:10 P

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Hubby goes Monday for his stress test. Fingers crossed.

DH is now also committed to losing weight. We're a week in and still doing well. I am still motivated and am surprised at how well we've both done. As long as we do this together there is no stopping us!

I finally started back again with some exercise. I got a lot of time in doing housework. I counted some of it as exercise because I haven't done much in ages. My vacuum broke and I had to use my old one to vacuum which means using the crevice tool while crawling on all fours. LOL Can't make this stuff up. I did get a good workout.
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5/31/17 9:09 P

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Quite surprised that my last post was the middle of April. Guessing that I was referring to hubby's hernia. Surprising it is still going on. Still waiting for his surgery. Finally went for surgery yesterday and they decided his EKG didn't look right. Now onto new challenges with him. At least they finally put him out of work last week. A lot less pain for him.

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4/15/17 1:47 A

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A crazy couple days. Getting stressed about our trip. Just your basic anxiety. I'll work it out. And found out hubby will need surgery. Again. Nothing urgent, but still stressful. Honestly it's like every 2 or 3 years something comes up for this wonderful man. And we'll get through it together.
Bad food day for me today. I've been doing well but I wonder if I have this "need" to sabotage myself. Is that a thing? Probably just the excuse I landed on today. Better day tomorrow. And just because I love emoticons>>>

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4/13/17 1:51 P

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Getting ready for a road trip. Trying to come up with a few snacks that will last for the car trip. If we can stop at a Wawa or a place like that, I can pick up hard boiled eggs, veggies, fruits and cheese. I am looking forward to this trip. A chance to catch up with family.
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4/8/17 2:18 A

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And the results of my efforts are that I gained 2 pounds! And I will just have to deal with that. In the long run it will all work out. A little deflated right now, but I know I will have good results in the long run.

Alice

"I have not been placed on this earth to fit your mold or conform to what makes you feel more comfortable with my existence." Michelle Steinke

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4/5/17 8:01 P

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Very motivated today. Didn't sleep last night and dragged myself through the day, but was able to eat well. Now, if I can just get through the next couple of hours.
Hope I can carry this through for a few days. Planning my meals out to include all the best foods. I love people who are able to only eat what will help them reach their goals and don't slip up. That's not my reality, but, I don't get upset like I used to if I do mess up. That took a while to learn.


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4/5/17 6:12 A

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And here we go again. Another renewal. Visiting our son and three grandchildren in a few weeks. So excited to make the trip. Love those babies. Hoping to stay with it until then. We'll eat out while we're there and I am pretty sure I'll get salads. Love them. We usually cook at home, but sometimes we need a break from it. There's a pizzeria that has the best salads. Grilled chicken salad is great, and a portabella mushroom salad runs a close second. One of about ten salad choices they offer.
And of course, I still have those days when I just get pizza. I may have salad too, but I love my pizza. I try to plan and work it into my tracker. Some days are more successful than others. I just have to not give up. I can do this.
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3/14/17 11:43 P

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So far, so good. Hubby and I went out last night for a few cocktails before the storm hit. Also had a couple today. But it's all good. Back to it tomorrow. Took out a beef roast to cook in the oven and help keep the house warm. We picked up 18 inches of snow last night into today. Quite cold and windy. Hubby got his cardio in shoveling. All 18 inches. Good man.
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3/11/17 4:38 A

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I'm a week in on my new start. So far, so good. So often I get sidetracked after I start due to illness. Fingers crossed, I can gain some momentum this time.

I am still using my nutrition tracker and do it in advance. That gives me the time to play with it to best meet my nutrition goals. It also gives me structure in my diet. I was advised to eliminate carbs except for those that come from vegetables and fruits. That included bread, rolls, pizza, pretzels and so on. It has never been an issue for me, but I never had to exclude it. This time I am having my carbs and working on keeping them low. But if I want a piece of toast, I'm having a piece of toast. Everything in moderation.

I haven't stepped on the scale. I will check my measurements at some point. I tend to get discouraged if I don't see amazing results immediately. Hey, I've been on the diet for 2 days now. I should have lost 5 pounds! If I am following the nutrition guidelines and getting some exercise in, it can't be bad. Even if I lose just a bit of weight very slowly, I am still healthier. And that is my end goal.


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2/16/17 12:03 A

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I'm hoping to step away from the scale. I'll start taking measurements every 2 or 3 weeks and use that for a bit. I get addicted to that stupid scale and it holds too much power over me. I'm done with it until I get a better handle on everything.

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2/16/17 12:00 A

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Time to change it up a bit. I have been trying for ages to follow my doctors suggestions and I just cannot maintain the routine. It makes perfect sense, but I need to see if another plan might work better for me.
I can do without sweets, I don't drink soda, and I seldom eat fast food. I was told to get carbs from veggies and eliminate bread, pizza, crackers, pretzels and so on. I get it. It makes sense. But I struggle with it. I never craved carbs before but I do now. I have a hard time meeting my calorie goals with a mostly low cholesterol or vegetarian diet without carbs. I have issues with dairy and have eliminated most of that and prefer to eat low cholesterol as mine is high.
So I am adding some carbs back into my diet as well as trying to add some dairy back. A glass of skim milk every day which I have missed so much. And some Greek yogurt. We'll see if it works and if I can handle it daily or if not, every other day. I'm adding some rice, quinoa, lentils and higher carb veggies more regularly. This will make it easier to reach my calorie goals. So here I go again... fingers crossed to be able to maintain. I waited too long to make this change and am looking forward to success.

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2/12/17 12:22 A

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I just don't understand when people on a site like this can be nasty to another member. And I understand less why it is tolerated. I'm sure it's just me. I hate to see someone else taken advantage of, put down or bullied. It's just not right. And yet, it still happens. I know I should just mind my own business and look the other way, but I can't do that. It's a defect of mine. To be dismissive of another does not help anyone except to boost the ego of the idiot making that statement. And for that person to have no real grasp of language, what is "intiment" by the way, only shows ignorance. And to make a second response and not have that addressed by the mediators on the board. Sorry... that's just wrong. We're all here to support each other. We all have issues to deal with and one of them should not be dealing with the rudeness of another member.

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1/31/17 1:02 A

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I need to center myself. When I read through my posts here I sound like a crazy lunatic! I swear I'm not. I think I just share the hardest parts of my life here and don't mention all the good that I am grateful for.
Sometimes things happen that make me acutely aware of the limited time we have on this sweet earth. Two months ago in November, a friend of ours had a severe stroke. He just celebrated his 50th birthday a month earlier. He's in a nursing home now getting rehabilitative therapy, but he may never be able to return home. He's 50 years old! A friend's 21 year old son passed due to an overdose. Don't judge. It is still extremely painful to lose a child and the circumstances mean nothing. Another close friend lost her daughter to cancer. She was 50. Way too young. And yet another friend has been diagnosed with colon cancer. I pray for her everyday. I guess as we age these things happen more often. It doesn't make it easier.
So today I am choosing to celebrate the good in life. I am grateful for my friends in my life. They lift me up and support me. I share a birthday with a friend and we went out to lunch recently to celebrate. I've known this woman since high school. There's a group of us that keep in touch and get together every couple of months. I am so happy that we are making plans to visit our son, daughter in law and granddaughter in Florida in March. We don't get there often.... work gets in the way, and I cannot wait to see them again. That baby girl is the cutest baby in the world. emoticon
And of course I am always so grateful for my hubby. My soul mate, my one true love. I have been so incredibly blessed for this man to be in my life. So yes.... life is good.

Alice

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1/19/17 2:15 A

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What happened that it was so long since I last posted? Actually a lot. Too many crazy things that threw me for an emotional loop. Thank you friends and family I say with sarcasm. I just need to suck it up and keep moving on. I have to let go of the stupid fantasy I had of a big old family love and support fest. Not just for me, but in general.
Gotta work back with the people that support me.

Alice

"I have not been placed on this earth to fit your mold or conform to what makes you feel more comfortable with my existence." Michelle Steinke

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


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11/26/16 9:45 P

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Well it worked. Finally started eating what I know I should eat and am slowly feeling better and less exhausted. All I have to do now is start again. My start date is December 1st. Fingers crossed. LOL

Alice

"I have not been placed on this earth to fit your mold or conform to what makes you feel more comfortable with my existence." Michelle Steinke

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


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