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Got into the 270s, and almost to my Labor Day mini goal

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Finally out of the 280s! emoticon

Hit 279 this morning. It feels like it was a long time coming, especially since I had to re-lose the pounds that I had gained back this spring.

I was just looking back at some of the mini goals I had written down, and I noticed that I had wanted to be "under 275" by Labor Day. Since that's another 5 pounds away, I doubt very much that I'll lose that much by Labor Day, but I sure am a lot closer than I was, so I'll just keep going and I should get there eventually.

After 3 days of near-90 degrees temps and high humidity, this morning it's much less hot and humid, but I'm not feeling 100%. Some dizziness and balance issues I deal with are kicking in today, and it would feel better to just sit in a chair and not move all day, but I'm going to do my best to keep moving as much as I can in spite of it.

Outside my window it sounds like the end of summer. The crickets are chirping wherever they're hiding in the grass. There are lots of birds around. The blue jays are stopping at the bird bath under the hemlock tree to get a drink, and the squirrels are very, very busy gathering acorns from the tree out near our mailbox.

I noticed a couple of big red tomatoes and some ripe SunGolds in the garden, so I need to take a bowl out and pick them.

How about you? Are you seeing any early signs of Fall where you live?

Hope you have a nice Thursday!

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ALBURBRIDGE 8/28/2014 9:26PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and you'll be under 275 soon!

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EVIE4NOW 8/28/2014 6:53PM

  Good job! You Can do it.

Here in Nebraska, it has been cooler.. mid 70's am guessing with lots of rain... and I do mean lots... like 7 inches since last Friday night. The good news is, it's suppose to stop by 8 tomorrow night. No more rain then till Sunday. My potted plants are all drowning lol.

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DTHOR6 8/28/2014 6:20PM

    Congrats on getting out of the "80's" that is awesome. And a great feeling.

Ahh fall, I am so looking forward to it. I did hear some crickets the other night. But that's about it here. I am not looking forward to it getting dark earlier however. I wish it would stay light like this year round but alas that is not to be.

Anyway, have a great night.


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DANCINCAJUN1 8/28/2014 4:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon we're having some of the leaves turning on our trees .... roc

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/28/2014 3:59PM

    emoticon on the weight loss! Here in Michigan we just got done with a stretch of hot and humid weather. Yesterday and today have started nice and cool and only reached the mid-70's. Absolutely perfect weather. Lots of rain expected for the long weekend but that could change.

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MAINEALI 8/28/2014 2:11PM

    It's a little cooler here too and it did sorta feel a little Fally. This past weekend I noticed several Maple trees starting to turn. Fall is coming!

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TOPS-TORTOISE 8/28/2014 12:22PM

    Congratulations! It feels good when the number in the 10's place goes down by one. I feel like I'm making real progress when that happens. You set mini goals so you have something to aim for. Don't spend too much time worrying about it because you don't think you'll make it. At least you'll be that much closer by Labor Day. Just keep going and focus on the progress you've made so far.

Here in Minnesota our State Fair at the end of August seems to mark the end of the summer season. I noticed the crickets chirping about two weeks ago. Seems a little early for crickets. When the crickets start chirping you know fall is just around the corner. Even when I'm in the sun the breeze seems to have that fall chill already.

The squirrels are very busy collecting walnuts from the neighbors tree that fall into our yard. The dog loves to chase squirrels when she goes outside. They drop their nuts and run up the fence. Once she got a nut that a squirrel dropped. She kept tossing it in the air and pouncing on it as if she was deliberately teasing the squirrel. It ran back and forth on top of the fence fussing at her. It was hysterical. I wish I could have gotten that on video.

I love fall. It's my favorite season with all the colors, warm sun, and cool crisp air. Our annual Halloween party is the last Saturday in October. It's our last outdoor activity of the year. I just don't like what comes after fall.

Take care of yourself, and I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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TIKITAMI 8/28/2014 10:35AM

    Way to go on getting out of the 280s!!!

It's been foggy here in the mornings the last couple of days and the air just feels different. I love fall, the crisp mornings and the crunching as you walk through the leaves. Bring it on!


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Hah! Didn't last a day--dragged my scale back out this morning

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I guess I just like to know "the number' too much to leave the scale under the bed.

I dragged it back out and weighed myself this morning. Down a tad from yesterday. That's good.

Maybe one of these days when I've taken off a lot of weight, I won't care about weighing as much and might cut back on my daily scale habit, but for now I will continue.

It's a good thing a girl can change her mind, right? ;-)


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KAREN608 8/26/2014 10:03PM

    I suppose you could put your scale somewhere you have to work to get it, so get a workout besides a weigh in. Ok. Maybe NOT. There are no calories in weigh ins. And yes we can change our mind.

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DTHOR6 8/26/2014 5:45PM

    lol well it is what it is isn't it? I gotta know the darn number.

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GARDENQE2 8/26/2014 3:09PM

    HEE! HEE!
It's not the WORST addiction you could have!
Best wishes!

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/26/2014 1:56PM

    Yep, me too .... gotta look every day .... LOL roc

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JAVABERN 8/26/2014 11:40AM

    emoticon LOL, I'm very OCD when it comes to "the number." It's the second thing I do each morning.

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Getting ready to ditch the scale

Monday, August 25, 2014

After 30+ years of struggling with weight, I'm getting ready to ditch the scale.

I have notebooks full of daily weight numbers that I've recorded for YEARS. I'm a numbers geek, and love having that data. If I had to, I could probably dig through my notebooks and tell you exactly what I weighed on August 1, 1997.

Daily weighing is an ingrained habit by now--but is it really helpful? Not really.

Here and there over the years I've tried going without weighing myself for a few days, and during those times I found that I did fine with my eating. I didn't go crazy and eat everything in sight. It was actually the opposite--the inner pressure about weight and keeping the weight number constantly in the back of my mind actually diminished and I felt more relaxed.

After fear of more weight gain would grip me and I'd go back to daily weighing, I'd find that I'd either maintained my weight or even lost a little, and I'd always wonder what would have happened if I'd stayed off the scale longer.

A few years ago I found out about "weight smoothing" and "rolling averages", and that gave me another thing to strengthen my daily weighing habit. To get accurate numbers, I needed to weigh every day.

It was okay when I used just one weight averaging program, but for the last few weeks, I've been using THREE different ones. That's a little ridiculous.

Even though the programs are fun to use (if you enjoy numbers/data), they aren't all that helpful either. What are they telling me that I don't already know? I can tell by the way my body feels, or the way my clothes feel, if I've stayed the same, gained, or lost. Why waste time entering weight numbers into three different programs every day?

I've read several articles that say we don't really need to weigh ourselves as often as we do anyway, that once a month can be fine, and certainly not more often than once every couple of weeks.

I'm not ready yet to give up weighing myself completely, but I think I'm going to try weighing myself just once a month for awhile. I just took the scale out of its home in the bathroom and shoved it under my bed. Out of sight, out of mind.

I'll plan to weigh myself on the first of each month only and see what happens.

I'll probably have scale withdrawals tomorrow. ;-)

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DTHOR6 8/25/2014 4:09PM

    I am the same way addicted to the darn scale. I had to have my hubby hide it from me because I was obsessing but that didn't last long made him give it back so I guess I will weigh everyday. At least I am down to just once a day instead of several times. UGH

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KAREN608 8/25/2014 2:50PM

    I guess we can be obsessive about anything, can't we?
The challenge I am in has us weigh once a week, so that has been my norm even before. I already know by food tracking if I am in my calorie range. My body does have a mind of it's own about holding on or letting go, and I have learned some things about myself by the weekly weigh ins. If I eat too much or too little to sustain myself or too much exercise, I will not lose either. Such a balancing act!

I hope you can go cold turkey with scale under your bed. I keep my pretty glass scale in it's original box next to my night stand, on edge, waiting for the week to whiz by. The only bathroom we have is micro sized so no floor space ... well none anywhere for a scale. My hubby's used one with weights is in the basement! He likes to weigh a number of times a day..... until we moved here and going to the unfinished basement has gotten too old for him.

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/25/2014 10:24AM

    I am addicted to the scale ... I tried to move it away and lasted about 3 days ... LOL I just go ahead and keep track daily and see how food affects my weight -- like carb days always seem to make me gain so I stay away from having a lot of carbs ... good luck on your endeavors ....roc

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MOM43BEES 8/25/2014 10:10AM

  hope this works for you. Unless we're flexible enough to try different things we can end up stagnating.

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Another 10K steps day and new mini goal

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I turned 58 this weekend. 60 is coming up fast. I want to be one of those older ladies who dresses well and always looks nice the older I get, not the frumpy-dumpy stereotypical fat grandmother that I feel like right now.

I'm happy to say that I had another over-10K steps day yesterday. Mowing the lawn really helps to rack up the steps. emoticon

I also decided on a new mini goal to aim for: I want to get down to 260 by the end of this year. That's 21 pounds away, and since I lose so slowly, it may be a very ambitious goal, but it's one I'm going to work towards anyway.

Getting to 260 will mean that I've come down 37 pounds from my highest weight ever, and if I remember right, it should put me into the next size down in clothing.

I haven't weighed that little in eleven years. I remember it well because the day I first saw 260 on the scale was the day two of my co-workers and I had the bright idea of weighing ourselves at work because we all wanted to lose some weight. Ever since then, it's been more gaining instead of losing that I've done, but I'm turning that around now, and look forward to making more progress.

It's a gorgeous August day here today, sunny and not too hot, so I'm off to get some projects done.

Enjoy your Tuesday. emoticon

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KAREN608 8/21/2014 9:38PM

    Turn arounds are good, from gaining to losing. You are so ready now, aren't you. I will have to step my game too to make strides to being a weight I used to be, years ago. Let's DO this!

I bet you will need new shoes before long. You are gonna wear them puppies out!!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/19/2014 12:55PM

    You can do it

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/19/2014 11:58AM

    emoticon on getting in those steps! Doesn't matter how it happens either. Walking around getting groceries at my local Meijer is worth close to 4,000 each week. Woo-Hoo!

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TIKITAMI 8/19/2014 11:10AM

Happy birthday!

Way to go on getting those steps in, they sure make an amazing difference.


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MOM43BEES 8/19/2014 10:15AM

  You're on the right track. Keep up the good work.

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JANUT57 8/19/2014 10:13AM

  Happy belated birthday emoticon Keep getting those steps in emoticon Staying active will help you reach your goal! emoticon emoticon Enjoy your day emoticon

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Four boxes of frosted Pop Tarts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I don't know what I was thinking...In a fit of stupidity last week, I went over to buy some frosted Pop Tarts. My hubby isn't big on Pop Tarts, but he said they sounded good, so I was going to get some for both of us.

When I got to the Kryptonite aisle---er, I mean the Pop Tart aisle, I chose a 12-pack of frosted brown sugar cinnamon ones and a 12-pack of frosted strawberry ones for me. Being generous, I picked up a 12-pack of cherry frosted Pop Tarts for hubby, along with a small box of frosted raspberry ones for him because they didn't have those in a 12-pack.

After I got them home, hubby ate a couple of cherry Pop Tarts, then told me he didn't want anymore because now he remembered that he really didn't care for them.

So here I am with four boxes of Pop Tarts sitting on the shelf, calling my name. Fortunately for me, two of my grandsons came over, and they each ate a pack, but that still left too many for me.

Pop Tarts go down easily, and it isn't all that hard to eat too many in a day if you're not paying attention. They don't really fill you up. They just make you want to eat more of them.

I've been tracking my food and my weight diligently this week, and I made a discovery. The amount of calories per day that are keeping me from a loss this week equal out to the amount of calories in a pack of Pop Tarts. If I had just skipped a pack of those each day, I might have ended up with a loss for the week.

*Slaps self in head* I'll be leaving the Pop Tarts on the store shelf from now on.

I'm being smarter today--I'm having yogurt for breakfast instead of a package of Pop Tarts. emoticon

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LIFENPROGRESS 8/23/2014 8:15PM

    Donate them to a food bank or homeless shelter.

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
~ Og Mandino ~

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KAREN608 8/21/2014 9:42PM

    My goodness what a bunch of pop tarts. Me, I'd give them to food bank or church that hands out food. I used to eat them, but now they seem doughy and not so good tasting. Certainly not much filling in them. Remind yourself of all the bad points about them.

But if you like them, dole them out slowly. Moderation is the key, right?

Onward and downward!

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TOPS-TORTOISE 8/15/2014 8:13PM

    Squirrelmomma is right. Send the Pop Tarts home with the grandsons. They won't be sitting in your cupboard calling you anymore. I feel so disappointed with myself when I give in to cravings and fill up on a whole bunch of empty calorie junk that really isn't very good anyway. I know I can do better than that. I don't keep sweets and chips around the house now since they are trigger foods. If I want something I have to make the extra effort to go out and get it. If I'm going to spend calories on a treat I want it to be something that I really enjoy. I love the brownies at Perkins. They are full of chocolate chips with a thick layer of fudge frosting and walnuts sprinkled on top. I will have a few lower calorie meals to save some calories. Then when I am really hungry for something sweet I will go to Perkins and get a brownie. I eat it in small bites and thoroughly enjoy it. Is it worth it? Totally.


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TIKITAMI 8/14/2014 1:51PM

I'm on team toss them out. Yes you spent the money but it was a mistake and we've all bought things we've regretted. You don't need them sitting there tormenting you and you'll feel empowered when you remove them from your home.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/14/2014 1:22PM

    Since your grandkids like them send them home with them! They will love it and you will have them out of your life.

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GARDENQE2 8/14/2014 11:41AM

    My Mother used to say she could "taste the stabilizers, emulsifiers, and preservatives" in packaged baked goods. I of course, thought she was nutty! But lately, I have noticed an odd taste in them, even bread.
I usually just leave them in the store, now.
Am I becoming my Mother???
Keep up the good work!

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ALICE_TENNIS 8/14/2014 10:18AM

    throw them away -- you will feel tempted/compelled to eat them as long as they are in your house

If you had a head of lettuce that had "gone bad" - you'd throw it out. Remind yourself of how "bad" the PopTarts are. You deserve wholesome, healthy nutrition that will support your amazing, healthy body!


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ATGOALWT 8/14/2014 10:13AM

  Those tarts are meant to have chemicals in them that make you want more. They are your enemy. If you have a sweet tooth it's better to bake yourself and use ingredients without chemicals in them. Make a fruit pie and you will benefit from all the health benefits of the fruit that will fill you up after one slice. You can use real sugar but don't use butter for the top of the pie to melt in as seen on recipes. It will still be yummy and sweet. You can put it in a already made pie crust to bake. Try a lower calorie pie crust.

Good Luck

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MOM43BEES 8/14/2014 9:57AM

  You have to look at this as a learning experience. Everyone does things they wish they hadn't, but at least it taught you something. Maybe that will make it easier to resist temptation in the future.

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WIREDLADY 8/14/2014 9:35AM

    Yes, as much as I like a good Pop Tart........I too discovered the amount of calories in a pack of them. I find myself stopping and looking at them over the last couple of weeks when I go food shopping, but so far, I've been able to "KEEP WALKING" after I look them over....and over. It's got so I hate to go food shopping......most times I end up leaving without buying enough food for the week cause I get so frustrated with reading the package info on calories and such. Just remember......Pop Tarts are NOT OUR FRIEND!

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