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Monday, October 05, 2009

Good morning my friends. I am not sure where to start.
One thing I always look forward to is the comments and words of encouragement that I find each morning from all of you. And it is an extra smile when new people stop by to say hello or inspire me.These are things that keep me going when I want to give up.Of course I have days I want to give up.This is hard work. But you guys keep me straight on my goals.
But one thing that is a disappointment to me is when I try to leave a comment or respond back to someone and their site is private. I can understand why some people like to do that.But I hope you have thought about how much you are missing. You are missing out on encouraging words from people who might have liked something they saw you posted.And you are missing out on meeting some really fabulous people. So if you have your page and blogs set to private please reconsider. You really are missing out. I tried to respond to a video blog and couldn't.I tried to read an blog subscription and couldn't. We both lost out.

Ok enough on that.
Today is a little cloudy and windy but temps are in the 80's.We are suppose to have higher than normal temps in the next few days.Still a nice day

My weekend was good.We went to Wal-Mart and yes I spent too much.But hubby helped me do it.I ended up buying 3 pairs of stretch denim pants,1 blouse,1 dress,some undies.Also a thin black sweater type shirt for cool days so I don't wear my plaid flannel shirts. It really is as thin as a blouse as I just wanted something light.I rarely ever wear anything long sleaved.I even got 1 pair of pants in a size 2x as a goal pair.And where hubby comes in is he is one that was searching all over for the pants and said why don't you get these.So I blame him for finding them emoticon emoticon

I did get my baked chips and I am proud to say I did not eat the whole bag. Measured out portions and put it in bags. Not eating the whole bag was quite a challenge.

We did go out for lunch before we went shopping and that is always an ordeal as I have trouble counting my calories. I finally decided on Chili's and took my scale with me. I didn't need the scale.I have to compliment the Chili's we went to. I first looked at the guiltless meals and it said everything was less than 700 cal.That is way too much for a lunch.So just for the heck of it I asked the waiter if he had a brochure on nutritional info. He said he didn't but he was sure his manager would get me one. He came back with 4 sheets of every single thing on the menu that manager printed up for me. And things were grouped together where it was easy to find the items. The guiltless menu did have some good choices.By having the printout I was able to have a low cal meal and less sodium than some. I got the salmon and veggies. You could have a fat free stuff on it or just spices.I picked just the spices. My blog I did yesterday actually helped me. By doing it I could see at a glance that my broccoli was about 40 cals tops.And when I got home I double checked cals for salmon.My meal absolutely was 400 cal at the most. I am learning it pays to ask questions when I do eat out.I have found that most places will be very helpful.And you can get them to change how they prepare your food and even give you things that are not listed as a side.Like the tiny helping of salsa I got not long ago. Oh another thing about the printout.We all know eating out means more salt in our foods.It is a big eye opener when I was looking over the printout. My meal had some of the lesser amounts but I saw some meals that were way over.
Well I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to meet the new week.
And yes I did beat my Food Demon yesterday. emoticon
I had another visitor right outside my window again. He was making himself right at home

  
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KATIE233 10/7/2009 3:02PM

    hi eleni, well done on your meal out and i see you had a good time at wal mart. it,s so nice to find clothes that fits and buying something that you have to work on. i love your new visitor great picture.have a wonderful day. emoticon

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/6/2009 1:10AM

    Good for you on keeping your calories in line for another day.

I have been trying to eat my last meal before 7PM and not at 11 PM. I made it foe today.

Your right this is hard work. But with our arms locked together we can meet this battle head on and WIN!!!

Keep up the good work.

God bless,
Char

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SAMISUE18 10/5/2009 10:33PM

    I love reading your blogs. Plus I agree about those who set their sites to private.

What kind of bird was that? You must live somewhere really great to have such visitors.

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LKWQUILTER 10/5/2009 8:33PM

    I love your blogs Eleni. I feel secure on SP but didn't on other sites my children encouraged me to join but then I had them deleted. I got crazy messages. It is a little frustrating when you want to encourage someone and can't. If they are set to private I hesitate to send private messages cause I wonder if they really want to hear from anyone.

You have the best visitors. Love them too.

((HUGS)) Linda Kay

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FEISTYMAMA 10/5/2009 7:14PM

    Before going to lunch or dinner, check the internet. Many large restaurants have the menu on-line with nutritional information. I find if I check the internet before I leave and decide, I do better. This weekend my hubby and I are going on a date (I have forgotten what one was, it's been so long) to Olive Garden. They have their nutritional info on the internet so I will be checking that site before we go.

I know some people put their blog private on purpose. You can google somebody and their blog pops up. It's a privacy/security thing. I agree with you 100% though. They're missing out on so much by having it set to private.

I'm jealous of your weather!! It's getting colder and colder here. By Sunday they're calling for highs of only 48 degrees!! I have to break down and dig out all the winter jackets, hats, and gloves.

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RURAL3 10/5/2009 2:28PM

    I agree with Nancy. I think sometimes people don't know. Mine was private in the beginning and I didn't realize it. I had to ask someone how to change it. Perhaps if we all started out public and you had to change it to private. Way to go on bagging those chips. You are doing great. Chilis also has a nice spicy garlic and lime grilled shrimp salad which tastes great without the dressing. 490 calories without 580 with. It is also large so if you don't eat it all....even less.

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DAISYBELL6 10/5/2009 1:23PM

    when I first started Spark People, I didn't understand what it mean to have my page private. Someone emailed me a message and explained it to me. Once I understood that noone could see my blog, etc. I changed it.

I love your restaurant story and you bird picture.

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 10/5/2009 1:16PM

    emoticonI so love your blogs and your videos! they make my day! As for the private pages..I guess people have their reasons,I usually just leave them a private message to give them encouragement and support to get through the day and hope it helps. We all have our fears to conquer. So I try to understand!

Love the picture of your visitor! We get different little critters from time to time around the farm and I love watching them all!

Have a safe and healthy day my friend and keep the great advice coming!

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TILLIEBEE 10/5/2009 12:34PM

    LOL! I loved you comment about sites being set to private.
I've changed mine back and forth different times and I totally agree with you that when it's set on private I miss out.
Unfortunately, the internet can get scary and I think you have to understand that some of us are big chickens and feel vulnerable sometimes.
You're right though. The beauty of this site is the community.

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LOSINIT52 10/5/2009 11:57AM

    I can SO understand why some people set their pages to private. I struggle with that part of Sparkpeople myself. Guess it's like anything. We all have our reasons for doing things the way we do.

I really enjoy hearing about your dine out experiences. Fortunately I don't eat out often, but when we do I usually just try to eat less and I know I could make better choices. I think I should learn to ask for the nutritional information. People are getting more health conscious and restaurateurs are learning that folks need the info. Hopefuly it will encourage them to offer more healthy options.

Have a great week Eleni!


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LILLIANA49 10/5/2009 11:44AM

  LOVE your visitors. Very nice pictures

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Examples of what some calories look like

Sunday, October 04, 2009

First I want to thank everyone for the well wishes yesterday.I was pretty happy myself.
I did beat my Food Demon again
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From now on I am only going to post my score on Saturday my weigh in day.
As I said yesterday was soup day and that was good time to do a calorie blog of sorts. Bill thought I had moved into kitchen I was in there so long. emoticon
I had planned to do it a little different but this was easier and as I am on the lazy side I went with easiest way.Here goes.
Here are some comparisons

All the veggies including the very small potato are around 65 cals. The 2 pastas are 110 calories and the 1/4 cup of rice is 160 cal..So I can have twice as much veggies as pasta etc so that is why I rarely ever have the pasta or rice and seldom have a potato.I just get more food for same amount of calories

This is why I now use cucumbers as a snack and celery to add crunch. I can have 2 tomatoes for about 50 cal or less and that is also a snack for me
Ignore the writing you see.I reused that paper. Everything here is about 120 cal The banana is a large 8.5 " banana.That is a peeled orange.My choice would be cantaloupe because of volume
These numbers are right That is a small peeled grapefruit and banana is a very small 5 inch.That is blackberries in one bag and fresh pineapple in other.That is a fairly large plum. My first pick would probably be grapefruit.Pineapple would be last as it is so sweet and good I would get more.

Here are a few prepackaged snacks I use.The applesauce is Bills but it was a good example. These are correct amounts showing.The gel bites are like chewy jello.I will take out just a few at a time like 1/2 cup. I have the yogurts everyday. I semi freeze one or two at night for a cold treat.
Ok That's it folks. I don't know if any of this will help. You have to find foods you like.If a lesser amount works for you that is great.I need more food and will eat what I can have the most of for same amount of calories. I ended up with 35 cups of soup yesterday. I put it in 2 cup portions and froze part and put part in fridge so It is handy for the next few days.
Ok Gotta run. We are going to lunch and Wal-Mart shortly.Yep my scale will be with me emoticon

  
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ROSEHIP:-) 10/5/2009 8:11AM

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I like blackberries, cantaloupe and ANY soups.
What is the veggie under the carrots?
Wishing you a wonderful week,
Char

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SAMISUE18 10/4/2009 7:42PM

    Thanks for the idea's on the calories. All of that looked very yummy!

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SHOAPIE 10/4/2009 7:14PM

    This is great. You must have been a teacher in another life. emoticon

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RURAL3 10/4/2009 7:05PM

    Now you are making me hungry. I have to decide what to eat. Perhaps I will take your advise. LOL

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LOSINIT52 10/4/2009 2:26PM

    Being mindful of which foods you can use to "bulk up" a meal, and putting the time into carefully planning a meal, really makes this whole process more enjoyable and the benefits sure do pay off as you have demonstrated Eleni!

Feistymama, I think those dried apricots while delicious and good for you are way more calories than fresh apricots. You perhaps already know that. Personally I find the dried fruits can really add up quickly and it can be much easier to overindulge.


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MDMNINA 10/4/2009 1:28PM

    This is really a great visual aid. You are doing so well!!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/4/2009 11:35AM

    Thanks for the reminders - portion control is a constant struggle!

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FEISTYMAMA 10/4/2009 11:34AM

    Good examples!
We went grocery shopping on Friday and they were all out of the Fiber One yogurts. I was bummed. I bought the Dannon Light & Fit instead. I haven't tried one yet. Yoplait has a new yogurt called "Delights". It's like a parfait and is only 100 calories. I had one yesterday for snack and it filled me up. I hope they have the Chocolate Raspberry the next time I go.

Right now I'm addicted to dried apricots. They're so yummy.



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SHARJOPAUL 10/4/2009 11:24AM

    good graphics for makin smart choices

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I Did It*I Did It*I Did It.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I reached my goal of 279.2# today which gives me a 50# loss. I made this goal earlier this year and gained 20#back.Maybe even a tad more.So of this 50# I have had to lose 20# twice but who cares it is gone. Take that mr.Food Demon.
And I whooped his butt again too.
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So you can see why this is a good day.Here is my happy dance.
And I am going to do what "they" say you shouldn't and reward myself with some Lays Baked cheddar cheese chips. Bill has been wanting ice cream for many days and he wouldn't get any as he said if I couldn't he wasn't.I told him to get some yesterday and the first thing he asked was if I was getting my chips.I said not unless I have a good loss today.So he didn't get his ice cream.It wouldn't have bothered me as he gets boring ice cream like plain vanilla or plain chocolate.Now if it was the Ben & Jerry's with 2 kinds of chunk pieces of chocolate and nuts mixed in then it would have been a problem.
Today is soup making day and I usually get it done early but I am running late. I had planned on doing another video about this or that foods according to volume and calories. But I have decided to do it as a photo blog instead so I can explain and not get rushed and leave stuff out if I try the video. Plus since I will be making soup I will be cutting up and measuring a lot of stuff so I will just take pictures as I do it. That is for tomorrow.

For someone who never goes anywhere I will be going some places before the end of the year.I already told you about going to the huge car show at Thanksgiving. I now have the reservations for FT Myers for the first weekend of December. Bill will be bowling in the senior olympics again.Last year I was looking forward to going to a butterfly estate that was opening and was very disappointed to find it had not opened yet.I called yesterday and they opened in January and are open 356 days and are completely handicap friendly. So we are taking the wheel chair which I rarely ever use so I can enjoy the garden without being tired or in pain. I look forward to taking tons of pictures..And I will weigh less by then so I should feel better. Only problem is this room has no kitchen.I may call back Monday and get a different place so I can have a kitchen.
Here is link that tells about the Butterfly Estate thebutterflyestates.com/public/conta
ct_us.asp

Ok It is almost 3 and I need to get started making the soup. One guess what I will be having for supper.

  
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SHOAPIE 10/4/2009 5:49PM

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AGENTBOOTH 10/4/2009 2:49PM

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On your half century hehe!

Hope you enjoyed the soup making - can't say I enjoyed the chopping but at least I know I don't have to do anything but heat it up which is great given my long hours.

Loving your little pictures.

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/4/2009 2:29AM

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I'm really happy for you!! Keep up the gr4eat job your doing!!

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DETERMINEDANGI 10/4/2009 1:17AM

    I am so proud of you!!! You are an amazing woman. And I love the way you talk about Bill. He sounds pretty awesome too.



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USE2BWILD 10/3/2009 11:18PM

    Congratulations on your 50 pound loss!! The butterfly place sounds very nice. I hope you get to go there. You deserve that reward, so enjoy.. I can't wait to see your soup demo. I love homemade soup. I am on a homemade bread kick right now. It is time consuming but I like it. From, mcgee

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BIBLIOMANE40 10/3/2009 8:42PM

    emoticon Way to go! 50 pounds is a great accomplishment! You are doing an awesome job emoticon

Sherry

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TN_HAMMOCK 10/3/2009 8:26PM

    Woohoo!!! Congrats!! YOU ROCK!!!

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/3/2009 7:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonTHIS IS MY HAPPY DANCE FOR YOU. WAY TO GO. WONDERFUL JOB. SANDY

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DICHTAS 10/3/2009 6:50PM

  Good for you sister... You are doing so good!! Keep up the good work.. Joanne

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ROZOZ68 10/3/2009 4:35PM

    Dear Eleni!! I was so happy to read this GOOOOOOOD news! You are such an encouragement to me!! Have a wonderful day and I am smiling with you!

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RURAL3 10/3/2009 4:20PM

    Hip Hip Horray emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Just don't have too many of those chips. emoticon

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TILLIEBEE 10/3/2009 3:57PM

    Super Congratulations
To the MAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KATIE233 10/3/2009 3:33PM

    hi elen, emoticon emoticonwell done i,m so proud of you. you stuck your guns and you got a surprise. don,t reward yourself to much. just today.and what are you having for supper. i,ll guess fish! emoticon emoticonand the butterfly trip sounds nice.now get that soup going. have a wonderful day.keep that demon far away!!!!!!! emoticon

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CATH5109 10/3/2009 3:33PM

    How wonderful!! Don't look back, and take that, food demon! Sounds like your husband is a gem and very supportive. Congrats, Cathy

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FEISTYMAMA 10/3/2009 3:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations!!!! That's great news!!! You deserve it. You've been so diligent about counting calories and it paid off. You worked hard and should be happy!

MMMMM, ice cream is something we ALWAYS had in the house but not so much anymore. I don't like the boring flavors either. My favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor is New York Super Fudge Chunk! YUM!! We have a Ben & Jerry's in town. About 3 times a year we stop there and I get a banana split.

It's was almost a year ago when you were going to the butterfly estate? Time flies!!

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LOSINIT52 10/3/2009 3:08PM

    Congratulations Eleni!
WooHoo! I know that you won't let your little reward throw you off. You are headed on the right path and NOTHING will set you off.
Just don't weigh yourself tomorrow, or you might see a salt gain, which could be discouraging.
Have a great weekend.

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LINDA0229 10/3/2009 2:58PM

    Great energy! Congratulations on all your hard work. I know about making progress, gaining some back, and having to lose it twice. I just did that myself with about 5 pounds. I hope you enjoy the butterfly garden.

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MESDEY 10/3/2009 2:57PM

  Congratulations and a big thumbs up for you. I love the enthusiasm and thanks for sharing!

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A Good Day

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I am happy to report that my Food Demon did not escape his chains and I stayed in range
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Had my ICD checked today and all is well with it.My handsome Medtronic tech Taylor is leaving for Australia in a couple of weeks.He is very excited.It just happens that his girlfriend also works for Medtronic and she is being sent there too.But best is that his replacement is not the young girl he has been training.It is a lady that has worked for Medtronic for 8 years.I liked that.We did find out what my phone check machine won't work.It seems my new ICD is too high tech so they are sending me a new machine.

Angel and Brianna came to do some housework for me and brought along her friends baby.And then my older grad daughter Felicia called to say she was in area and wanted to stop by. By the time they left my head was spinning emoticon Felicia talks non stop and then you add another teenage girl and you know why my head was spinning.But it was a nice visit.Here is a couple of pictures of the. Felicia is the oldest of three and she is an expert on keeping baby's quiet.


I did excellent with my eating yesterday and so far I am doing good today.

Bill and I decided to go to the Turkey Trot Run in Daytona Beach during the Thanksgiving weekend.It is one of the largest car shows in Florida. The streets are full of cars. i don't go to the show itself but Bill can walk to it from our hotel.Since I will be in room a lot we got a better hotel with a full kitchen.I can fix most of my meals in room and keep all my low cal stuff handy. I couldn't get a room with walk in shower but it will have a handicap stool for tub. It is a long trip for me but we will stop often. It is almost 2 months away so hopefully I will lose a good amount of weight and I should feel better. It does give me something to look forward to.

Ok friends I have a lot of responses to reply to and spark keeps making me log in over and over and over.Aggravating.
Hope you all had a good day.

  
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AGENTBOOTH 10/4/2009 2:47PM

    Wow, you granddaughter is really beautiful - such lovely pics.

I bet you can lose loads of two months, what with being so organised.

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FEISTYMAMA 10/2/2009 11:05PM

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I only have 1 teenage girl and she talks non-stop! Thankfully I only have 1!!! Your grand daughters are beautiful!

I love hotels with full kitchens! That was a smart choice. I think it'll be a big help in the fight against the Food Demon!

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BARBARII 10/2/2009 9:10PM

    Great job with picking back up and marching forward - your attitude is really inspiring and one I hope I can emulate. Every time that we can make good choices gets us one day closer to the person we're meant to be! Thanks, and have a great weekend!

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KAT7457 10/2/2009 5:57PM

    great pics and cute thanks for sharing.

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RURAL3 10/1/2009 8:34PM

    My DH loves car shows. He goes all the time with his brother. They are going on Saturday to the Mecum Auction here. And he is watching it on TV as I write this. I told him about the Turkey Trot but it is quite a ways from Chicago. Your grands are quite beautiful. How did you get them to pose at that age? I bet they didn't know you were posting their pics. Congrats on getting back in the game. I see the Lion King is now helping to protect you. emoticon

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@#$$%^&*()+&^*%$#@

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Those of you who know me know exactly what this title means.It means I am very ticked off at myself. Yes my Food Demon beat me yesterday. He didn't just get out of his chains.He beat the poop out of me with them. And I have no excuse of any kind.I wasn't mad,sad,depressed,upset.etc,etc. I just had a bout of stupidity.To say I am embarrassed is putting it lightly.After being named as a motivator and receiving so many fantastic comments I screw it up. I was doing great til 10 pm and then it was complete loss of sanity. But yesterday is over and done with. I can't undo it or make excuses for it.I am going to put it behind me and concentrate on it not happening again for a long time.I went 34 days straight and then 7 days straight.But I now have 6 bad days. (The 6 days were scattered not in a row)
SO I am going to concentrate on some things I have been successful at.
My food plan is to loss weight by not starving myself by eating healthy low calorie foods with lots of volume when I can. I have not eliminated any food groups or foods. There are many foods I have chosen to eat rarely and some only on occasion. Either because they are not the healthiest choice or they have extra calories I don't want.
Here are a few examples.
1 Bread This is something that was normal to have 4 slices with butter at dinner and if Bill brought home a loaf of Italian bread we would eat the whole thing . If we went out we ate all the basket and more.
Now I never eat it with a meal at home and if we do go out rarely eat it there.It is only for when I have a sandwich. I never thought I could do that.
2. Potatoes.No meal was complete without a big helping of potatoes. My potato eating has been cut probably 80% or more. I fix Bill potatoes but I usually only fix a small amount just for him.We do have a baked potato once a week but we share it and cut it in half.
3. Pasta Another biggie. Purely because of calories I rarely have pasta. This once was a regular staple like the potato. I never realize how many calories it had until I started counting calories. I stopped putting it in soup .Once in awhile I will throw in 1/2 cup just to fool myself into thinking I have more. My daughter Angel and Grand daughter Brianna are coming to do some cleaning tonight.Brianna loves my goulash and asked me to please make it so I will for her. But I will make mine in a separate pan so I can control calories.
4 Eating out We use to eat out often. We have stopped. We were sharing a sandwich before grocery shopping on Fridays.But now that he is bowling again we aren't doing that.He does bring a subway by house sometimes but no longer brings any chips. Eating out is a nightmare for me.I did great the last time but usually it is just too difficult to control food and salt is so bad anywhere you go.

Ok my friends.I have written a book.I am sorry I let you down yesterday but it happens.It will happen again but not for awhile. I am putting extra chains on that little devil. In any war there are many wins and losses before final victory.And I will have victory in this war with my weight. You never lose until you give up and I have not given up by any means.I just had a bump in the road.

  
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USE2BWILD 10/3/2009 11:05PM

    Well it happens to the best of us. I have a new trick when the food demon lurks. I brush my teeth!!! Somehow it takes away the need to fill cravings for sweet and salt. Also good for the smile. :-) This is a great blog. If you didn't have these temptations you couldn't relate to why we are here. We are in this together and we will triumph!!! That food devil visits me often. from, mcgee

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GIGIANDDAISY 10/3/2009 1:47AM

    Writing about it is the first step my friend....Pick your self up tomorrow and start again!

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PAULA3420 10/2/2009 11:19PM

    You are doing wonderful and I agree with TN_HAMMOCK...Perfection is irritating and has caused me to seek therapy many times in this life. I try to focus on my "Progress" NOT perfection at this point in the journey. What I really like in your blog Eleni is your ability to remain positive and focus on the solution and moving forward. GOOD FOR YOU!!

In fact, seeing your humanity MAKES you more of a MOTIVATOR to me.

Keep on Keeping on Dear Spark Friend. Hugs, Paula

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CATH5109 10/2/2009 6:30PM

    I've been overwhelmed the last few days with a little flu and a retirement decision so I am catching up. After all the years of (bad)habits, its' not unsurprising that these habits don't entirely disappear forever. To be able to fess up in public and to yourself most importantly is one of the reasons I find you so inspiring. I am very grateful to have run across your blogs and messages and to be on the same team . I'll bet you feel much better about that slip and the recommittment you feel than sort of pretending it didn't really happen and that you don't need to pay attention. Keep working on all the wonderful changes. Good luck emoticon

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KAT7457 10/1/2009 5:47PM

    you go girl

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/1/2009 11:03AM

    It happens to the best of us 'HUMAN' beings. I think the best motivators have some set backs but in the end they don't let it stop them.

You have a great weekend.

God bless,
Char



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EAGLEDALEGIRL 10/1/2009 10:46AM

    So you messed up last night. But today you got up with a whole new attitude if we were all perfect we wouldn't be trying to control out weight. Everyone messes up sometimes some more then others. Sounds to me like you are doing great. And remember you didn't mess up the whole day, so a little good a little bad. Today all good. emoticon you can do it.

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EAGLEDALEGIRL 10/1/2009 10:46AM

    So you messed up last night. But today you got up with a whole new attitude if we were all perfect we wouldn't be trying to control out weight. Everyone messes up sometimes some more then others. Sounds to me like you are doing great. And remember you didn't mess up the whole day, so a little good a little bad. Today all good. emoticon you can do it.

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EAGLEDALEGIRL 10/1/2009 10:46AM

    So you messed up last night. But today you got up with a whole new attitude if we were all perfect we wouldn't be trying to control out weight. Everyone messes up sometimes some more then others. Sounds to me like you are doing great. And remember you didn't mess up the whole day, so a little good a little bad. Today all good. emoticon you can do it.

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SHOAPIE 9/30/2009 9:25PM

    Expecting perfection leads to failure. I love your attitude. It is usually upbeat and you are a motivator even with a bad day. I love that you never give up. Get right back in the saddle and keep going. emoticon

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PANSYGAL 9/30/2009 7:01PM

    You are doing so well ELeni, and that food demon is no match for you! There are days he may sneak back, but you now have the tools to keep him in his place. Give yourself a time out(as I tell my grandkids) rethink and replan and go on living your life and food plan. Hugs, and a kick in the pants to that food demon!!LOL! emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 9/30/2009 2:39PM

    Regardless of what happened last night, you're doing WONDERFUL!!!! It's going to happen and that's OK. It's what you decided to do the next day, and the next, and the next, etc that matters.

Funny you mention it, I don't eat much bread anymore either. I didn't realize it until I read your blog. I stopped buying regular pasta and have started buying the whole wheat pasta. Like bread, I don't use pasta as much anymore. We're changing the way we eat, which is the key for us being successful in the long run!

We are our own harshest critic. Don't beat yourself up about this. Today is a new day and you're going to kick the Food Demon's butt!!! I love you!!!!

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TN_HAMMOCK 9/30/2009 2:34PM

    Perfection is not what motivates.

In fact, I personally find perfection a bit irritating.

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You are motivating for what you have accomplished and how you deal with the inevitable pitfalls that we all seem to find on occasion.

I love your posts because they are real and open.....and there are cool pictures! Ha!

The comments and honor you have received have found their rightful home!

You.......are......FAB
ULOUS!!

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LKWQUILTER 9/30/2009 1:40PM

    Eleni, everything you used to it was a staple for me too plus you forgot sweets (of anykind--cookies, candy, cake, etc.). Thank God for our understanding spouses who do help us but it is still us that have to fight that food demon. Like you said, he won the little skirmish yesterday but we will win the war. I love your blogs and hunt them down. Thank you for cheering me up--they do even when you are fussing at yourself or something else. You put into words what I want am saying in my head. (((HUGS))) Linda Kay

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RURAL3 9/30/2009 1:31PM

    I just want to say that I love you. You are a beautiful person and one bad day will never change that. You have made so many great changes and learned so much. You give and give and give. You are a motivator. That will never be taken away by a bad day. BTW I had a bad night too. But today is a new day for us all and that is the grace we all get. Let's just ride over that bump and keep going. emoticon emoticon

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LOSINIT52 9/30/2009 11:40AM

    Hi Eleni

That's the rotten thing about emotional eating. For some of us even a high day is a catalyst. Fortunately you know enough to put it behind you and you will move on.
You are doing great!

Looks like you have had a hard time limiting unhealthy carbs too. I have tried to make myself a no bread rule, because I seem to have a hard time moderating it. I do have Weight Watchers bread from time to time (I keep it in the freezer) and I like those low cal wraps too.
I have used mashed cauliflower or butternut squash as a substitute for potatoes and find that helps me.
Some people say that Spaghetti Squash works as a substitute for pasta. I haven't found it very satisfying, but you might.

Hope you have a great day! All the best!


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