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Wednesday, Positive Focus, Day 91

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I've decided to make strides into working back to a normal me. I'm not going to log my food anymore since I do so well with the picture taking that I don't need to check the calories so closely. That will free up time from the computer so that I can get things done around the house again. I've been falling behind on the housework, so ignoring the computer more or less will allow me to be free from that burden. I'm guilty of being hooked to the screen too long and my home shows it.

The therapist gave me hope today. Now that I know I'm good at sculpting, I can make it into a business. She said she'd help me through the steps to making it possible. I've always been afraid of the legal aspect of business since there are so many laws and possible lawsuits to anything that one does.

I had my normal breakfast of fruit, yogurt, oats, and nuts.


I heated some cheese in tortillas for my lunch this time. I enjoy dipping them into salsa and sour cream. I made sure to add peas to it so that I had some veggies.


Dinner was easy to make, since my husband did it again. We cut up the rest of the watermelon to go along with the mini corn dogs and shoestring fries.


I did end up having to get up early to have the car, so I ended up going back to bed right after I dropped off my husband. That threw off the rest of the day and I was yawning all day long. Sleep is important and hopefully one day we'll have two cars so I don't have to get up and throw off my sleeping schedule.

FitBit step count: 2,386

  
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BEACHCALSIX 8/1/2014 11:01AM

    Hey I am sending you a spark mail, just a heads up. Don't be afraid of the legal aspects of business. If you're good, go for it! All the food looks delicious btw! Have a great friday!

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FRAN0426 8/1/2014 12:01AM

    Having someone willing to help get your business started is a wonderful help. Keep making the sculptures and all the best with it.

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WIFE48 7/31/2014 2:30PM

    The meals look lovely.

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HOLLYM48 7/31/2014 1:31PM

    Best of luck with getting a business going. That would be great!

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BRENDA_G50 7/31/2014 1:17PM

    The pictures of your meals are making me hungry!!! emoticon Wishing you the best of luck on your sculpting project. Hope business will be booming for you. emoticon

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Tuesday, Positive Focus, Day 90

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scale day again! It's being a pain since it was a pound lighter the day before, but my scale does that to me frequently. It was a half pound lighter than the week before, so that's a good thing. For being so sedentary this week, I'm glad it's going that direction.


I've been sleeping in a bit, so breakfast has been later than usual. It's still a priority in my day. Calories: 415


I wasn't into making a lunch for myself today, I really wanted the watermelon that we picked up on sale this week. I always get the ends. Calories: 222


Mid-afternoon I stopped for a snack, I had been cleaning up some miniatures all day long. I grabbed a couple of my Naturebox snacks. Calories: 250


My husband decided it was going to be Taco Tuesday, so I got him to pick up the ingredients from the store, so we have ingredients left for the week that cost less than a pack of tacos from the fast food place. I had some beef tacos with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and flour tortillas. Calories for the two: 462


I do admit to sitting around all day long. I was working on getting the mold lines off some miniatures for one of our games. I got the majority of them done so now my husband just needs to prime them so we can work on painting them. I prefer to play our games in full color, so they'll be done be next week if I have my way. I am also still playing that new monkey game, but I know my attention to it will fade in a week or two. None of these things help me get off my butt, I'm hoping that I get back into the old habits of taking my morning walks when the kids go back to school.

I also forgot it was my Dad's birthday, so I ended up on facebook for a little while to go send him a greeting. I did so well at staying off the computer all day, but I suppose it was partly due to running the virus checker that took all day long. I plan on staying off the internet more for the rest of the summer so I can focus on some of my hobbies and my kids.

Total calories: 1,349
FitBit step count: 1,175

  
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TERRY0217 7/30/2014 9:49PM

    You're doing great...you meals look sooo good!

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144AUTUMN 7/30/2014 4:36PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Monday, Positive Focus, Day 89

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I managed fewer online hours, but that didn't get me off my butt. I wasn't feeling all that great so I stayed sitting for much of the day. I took the day to work on my sculpting hobby some more for the day. I got a new head started and hope to have the whole thing done by next week. It's calming creating with clay. I just need to put down the new game that has me enthralled, it's a monkey popping balloons game, I'm sure I'll be tired of it withing a week.

I had my normal breakfast. Calories: 415


Lunch was more veggies, the purple beans came from my garden and I made sure to add nuts for my protein for the day in addition to the hummus. Calories: 329


I got busy in the afternoon with my clay and forgot to eat until near dinner time, so I quickly had a pear. Calories: 80


I had a craving for red meat, so I had my husband pick up some good ground beef (it's easier to find 100% grass fed beef in the stores, I'm still waiting for my half cow that should come in the fall). It was a hamburger night. I knew it would be a bigger meal, but I already knew I could have a big meal. Calories: 584


My husband pulled out a game and we got to play it. Naturally I beat him quickly, my son being on my side. Board games are fun and now I have something else fun to do since the pieces still need to be painted.

Total calories: 1,408
FitBit step count: 849

  
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CATTUTT 7/29/2014 9:25PM

    I love that you've found a new hobby you enjoy. I always thought working with clay would be fun too, but I have NO artistic talent. From the pic you posted of the head you did, it looks like you have tons.

Hope you're having a great night!

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CANDYMOUSE 7/29/2014 6:43PM

    Love your blog. Thought I might be the only one, that takes so many pictures of my food. Actually, I take pictures of EVERYTHING! haha. I will have to post some of them.

I was once, long ago hooked on Farmville ( shows my age lol). I'd be at work thinking about it. emoticon

Never heard of Purple Beans..but I am looking them up and I am going to plant some..if they will grow here and if I can find seeds. I'll let you know. emoticon

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KRISTA987 7/29/2014 6:39PM

    That's so awesome you're already getting veggies from your garden! I have a few peppers that have really started growing but none of my tomatoes have made an appearance yet.
Congrats on the fewer online hours!

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Sunday, Positive Focus, Day 88

Monday, July 28, 2014

It was another quiet day around the house. The boys ran out for a while and my daughter went to grandma's house.

I got some more work done on one of my sculptures, my new hobby. My husband laughed at me when I started working on it's butt. Hopefully it will work out and I can dry it properly. I seem to be good at the sculpting part, but our oven ruins a lot of things. I have a feeling that if I can get it done right, I'll be able to do enough of it and open an Etsy store to start making an income of my own. I already have one person interested in my work.

I made myself my normal breakfast. Calories: 435


Lunch was simply some veggies thrown together with some goat cheese. I'm really enjoying the dill pickle chips. Calories: 300


I had a mid-afternoon snack of BBQ kettle kernels. Calories: 110


I made some spaghetti for dinner, with herbs from the garden and a can of tomato sauce. Calories: 356


After sticking my info into the tracker for the day, I realized that I'm having a hard time getting my protein, so I had some nut butter and cookies. Calories: 320


This week I need to work on getting away from my computer time. I think I'm doing too much on the computer/tablet and not enough doing regular stuff like cleaning the house and family time. I already decided that my facebook isn't part of my day, only checking into it briefly. The internet isn't as important as getting other things done, so you may not see me as active here either. I'm still going to daily blog and input my food, but everything else is pretty much going to be off limits to me until I've caught up with other things.

Total calories: 1,521
FitBit step count: 1,305

  
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FRAN0426 7/28/2014 11:58PM

    Protein is a stickler for me too, just don't get enough most days.
Glad your having fun with the new hobby, hope it goes well for you.

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MPLSKEN 7/28/2014 11:42PM

    Less Internet is always good.
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KRISTA987 7/28/2014 9:33PM

    Good for you for making the decision to be online less. I recently made the huge decision to stop playing online games. Specifically, a certain MMO that required WAY too much of my time almost every single night. Funny how easy it is to become a slave to technology and the virtual world and that the real world keeps going on without us!

It get's easier with time. Good Luck!

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HOLLYM48 7/28/2014 6:01PM

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SPARKLED146 7/28/2014 5:24PM

    I like your food photos! When I reach the end of my day and see that I need to increase protein, I'll often choose greek yogurt or soy milk.

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BHENDRICK2 7/28/2014 3:09PM

    you may want to try a protein shake to help get in your protein :) i take those daily

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Saturday, Positive Focus, Day 87

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Upon waking, I knew I needed to get my bugs into my garden. It's much healthier to let free some predator bugs to get rid of the ones that want to eat your plants. I've never understood why I'd need to put poison on my plants to kill off the bugs so I could eat them, wouldn't I be eating poison too? If only large farms would do this too. Ladybugs make me happy.


I had breakfast right after I let my ladybugs out. Calories: 415


We went out to get some craft items that were needed. During our wanderings we needed some lunch, so we hit up Arby's, which seems to be anti-veggie with all sorts of signs saying "It's not a sandwich without meat", completely missing out on a large group of people by not offering more than fries and a side salad as vegan friendly items. I had a regular roast beef sandwich (which is my normal item there) and stole some of my husband's fries. Calories: 435


I'm still not in the mood to cook, so it was a fend for yourself type of night. I just had some cherries and Puffins cereal. Calories: 297


And realized, after inputting my meals into the tracker, that I still needed a bit more, so I had a handful of praline pumpkin seeds. Calories: 140


I have my tracker set to 1 pound per week on the sliding scale (which I find less accurate than setting your activity for the week and seeing the approximate numbers in a stable situation) and I'm coming up short for the calories per day much of the time. I try not to go under 1,200 a day, but 1,400 minimum seems a bit high for the low end to me. I suppose it doesn't help I'm wanting faster results that only one pound per week and I know keeping in between 1,200 and 1,500 every day will keep me on the track I was when I lost the first 50. I plan on getting more steps in when the kids are back to school, summer is hard for me to get out and when I'm inside I admit I'm lazy.

I hope to be at goal before the winter holidays this time since I could have easily been at goal over a year ago. No more putting it off, I'm going to get there soon!

Total calories: 1,287
FitBit step count: 3,520

  


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