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Holding My Own

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This morning I weighed in at the same weight as yesterday, which is still good to keep me in leeway next Thursday. I'm about to leave for Venice, FL, and will be partying hard for Sunday through Wednesday night. If I'm still at this weight Thursday it will be a total aberration (for my history) but I'll give it a try.

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MS.ELENI 2/6/2011 6:40PM

    It will be hard for you to party and not gain weight.But if anyone can do it you can emoticon

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MRDPOLING 2/6/2011 6:10PM

    I have stopped weighing in daily. I am about once a month give or take a week. I've found my clothes a better judge that the scale.

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    Sounds like a blast. Enjoy it. You'll have plenty of time to erase any gains when you get back. emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/6/2011 1:21PM

    Enjoy your trip to Venice! Party on!

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TWOTIMESS 2/6/2011 1:08PM

We'll be rooting for you! By the way, my lemon tree (planted this season) has started budding! Although it means we're facing winter soon, I'm so excited!

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More Progress

Saturday, February 05, 2011

This morning I weighed in two pounds lower than I did yesterday, so I only have another two pounds to go in the next five days to get back to "normal," which is something I can't accurately define. I actually weighed the same last Thursday, but lost a couple of pounds during the day. I did do a lot of eating at supper and afterward, but it was food I prepared.

There is one woman in Michigan who has snow drifts burying her house - 15 feet out in front and 8 feet in back of the house, with just the mailbox lid and flag showing. I would feel guilty complaining that it has been raining most of the day - not very hard but constantly. The blossoms are about all gone from the peach tree - for a while it looked as if some branches were going to turn into a cluster like the grapes make. If they do that again the branches are going to break.

I did take pictures of the grape vines this morning, starting with the first red and going down the line. Here they are.

As you can see, the first red was the biggest vine, with the first bud, first leaf, and a huge shoot sticking up now. It shot up about three inches yesterday morning, and a bunch more today. The smallest and slowest is the second red, which has only two leaves so far and no runner at all yet.

The peach tree has shed most of the blossoms - the petals are covering the ground under it, but the leaves are springing out to get on with the new season. It looks like this how:

Because of the rain I walked on my manual treadmill. It is much more demanding that the sidewalk because I have to bend forward to make it run and I worked up a sweat after only 10 minutes. It gets my heart rate up too. It's more than just walking uphill because of the bending, so it seems to be more of a strain on my legs. I think it might be an improvement of outdoors if I can get used to it.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/6/2011 11:07AM

    Keep us posted on the progress of your grapes. We've been frozen in for 6 days here. Am really missing Florida right now.

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MRDPOLING 2/5/2011 7:19PM

    I was thinking the same thing as MROSE721. Next thing you know, you'll be growing a beanstalk to the Giants Castle!

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MS.ELENI 2/5/2011 5:55PM

    Your grape vines are looking good. A manual treadmill is hard.

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TWOTIMESS 2/5/2011 3:55PM

Great news about the weight loss. The vines look nice and healthy, the rain is a blessing.

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MROSE721 2/5/2011 3:53PM

  wow got quiet the little orchard going there, is it that warm there?

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A Bit of Hope

Friday, February 04, 2011

When I got up this morning I weighed in 3.5 pounds lighter than I did yesterday morning. I didn't do anything to make it happen, so it must have been a lack of sodium from salt, soy sauce, baking soda, baking powder, MSG, sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, etc. I really didn't do anything to drop that three and a half pounds. I just hope it continues.

The carpet looks like it was just laid. It's too bad we didn't have it cleaned before the company, but on the other hand Annie and Jerzy dripped a lot of things on it, and I still haven't got the stove as clean as it was before they got here. Maybe it was just as well.

I took Jack to lunch today, and my lunch was just two Michelobes. I'm hoping for another loss tomorrow morning. If I get one, I can claim that it was because I ate less, but the two beers substituted for a nice lunch. I'm not sure, but I think I'm spoiled.

While the BW was gone this afternoon, I started a pot of soup. I had to use our largest soup pot because I used three pounds of carrots, a bunch of celery, three pounds of onions, a few garlic cloves, a pound and a half of smoked turkey wing, a couple of bay leaves, and a couple good shakes of crushed red pepper from a large container. No salt. It's on the stove now, and in about an hour I'll fish the turkey out, discard the skin and bones, and dice the meat before throwing it back in. Then I'll have to cool it down. I would have put in a cup or two of barley, but the BW is avoiding barley. She plans to avoid certain foods, one at a time, and see if that makes any difference to her digestion.

All four grape vines seem to be growing, so it looks as if I'll be putting up a grape arbor. I just hope they don't all catch some terrible disease after it's up. The Concord grapes were like a weed, but they won't grow down here.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 2/5/2011 8:30AM

    You'll have to report in on tomorrow's weight. I want to know if the two-beer lunch works. Sounds like a great diet plan to me.

I showed a slight weight gain this morning. I'm thinking it was the pizza that I had for dinner last night. I stayed within my calorie limits but the fat content was high for the day. I would suppose that the sodium count was up as well.

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MS.ELENI 2/4/2011 10:01PM

    I thought it might be sodium.Glad the weight is down today. You and I sure make a lot of soup. emoticon

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    Sounds like my pattern from time to time. The only commonality I can trace back to is the sodium intake. Nothing to worry about.

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MRDPOLING 2/4/2011 6:38PM

    I have found that big day to day gains and losses can be connected with my bowel moves. If I see an over night gain or lose of 1-3 pounds I stop and think back to my bathroom activites of the previous day(s).

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TWOTIMESS 2/4/2011 6:37PM

    If beer aids weight-loss... Happy days! LOL! Your turkey/veg soup sounds great!

I'm planning some vine planting in July this year - my MIL is begging for some grapes. I still need to investigate what will grow here (frosty winters & all-round great weather, even in winter).

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The Wages of Sin

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I couldn't walk in the morning Tuesday and Wednesday because I had to be at Coral Oaks so early, and I was busy later in the day. Today I walked nearly four miles by myself, stayed home while the BW took the dogs to the dog park in Dunedin and went shopping. I was keeping the carpet cleaners company and paying them. She came home with problems, and then I mixed up a sprayer of weed killer and treated the ones I had missed the last time. I would cut the back yard, but I want to let the big weeds have a chance to croak. I pulled the really big ones by hand, but there are a terrible number of small ones in patches.

Then I went to TOPS and weighed in. I was four pounds under my top limit last week, and three and a half over this week. It has been a hard week, with too much eating out, too many treats at Coral Oaks, and I take Jack to lunch tomorrow, drive down to Venice Sunday, and party at the reunion Tuesday and Wednesday. I come home for Monday, attend a Kiwanis meeting Tuesday before driving back to Venice, and come home again Thursday to weigh in again. Meanwhile, I need to reread the Weight Recorder's Manual and check for updates online, because it looks like I could be out of leeway two weeks, but only be dropped on the third weigh-in if I am still out. I'll do my best to get back there by next Thursday, but I'm a little worried.

I had a Cobb salad at the Kiwanis meeting last night, and was one more pound heavier this morning again. There doesn't seem to be any limit, and I'm not really doing that much wrong.

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MRDPOLING 2/4/2011 8:00AM

    Oh geeze now you got me craving a Cob Salad!

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    I fluctuate pretty wildly when I'm off my schedule (at client sites where I have no choice on food consumption). It seems to persist for a few days after. Presumably it's a sodium thing, but I'm not sure. Then usually most of it falls back off. I bet once you fall back into your routine, things will be fine.

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TWOTIMESS 2/4/2011 1:47AM

    I'm not sure how Tops works, so I'm holding thumbs for a better weigh-in for you!

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New Pocket Notebook

Monday, January 31, 2011

I started a new pocket notebook yesterday. I started the last one on March 5, 2010, and finished it January 29, 2011, so it lasted just less than 10 months. When I first started keeping one they were provided by the Navy, had a nice Naugahide cover, and opened sideways. I only put things in there that I really needed to remember, such as the name, location, and phone number of sponsors (alias customers - someone who sent money to have a job done). Because the information was entered serially, is was a miserable filing system, but because I always had it with me, I could look up the information I needed wherever I was, and it was there when I needed it, even after three to five years when I didn't. Of course, one of those notebooks lasted me a lot of years, and I only had a few of them.

After I retired, I found that I couldn't buy those pocket notebooks - they had a Federal Stock Number, but Office Depot and Staples didn' have anything like the books I had used. I ended up buying a cheap commercial version that had a spiral wire binding, which was not very satisfactory. The binding would get bent and unwind because I would write on both sides of the paper, and the bent wire would snag and tear the pages. After a few of them I switched to the ones with the binding across the top of the pages. That works fairly well if you can find the ones with a plastic cover, and is satisfactory even if you have just a heavy cardboard cover. The reason I use them up so fast now is that I have found that when I started trying to count my calories, I need to write down exactly what I eat at about the time I eat it - either before or immediately after. If I wait until the end of the day there is sure to be something, and usually a number of things, that I forget to write down.

When I first started losing weight, I simply did the Pritikin thing - no sugar, no salt, no fat, no caffeine, and very little meat - no more than three or four ounces per day. Also rove, which is just get out and cover ground. I ate all I wanted and automatically had the pounds drop away.

After I mishap, I got off the wagon for a couple of years and gained about 20 pounds back. That is when I joined TOPS, started counting calories, and charted my progress. To count the calories, I need a way to get them down immediately, and that is my pocket notebook.

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SYLVIALYNN2 2/3/2011 6:57AM

    I was led here via someone else's comment on your blog. Have you seen the miniature composition notebooks? They are bound on the side and look like the composition books we used in school only they are pocket size.

I am concerned about you missing your medications for two days. Have you thought about the pill holders that have compartments for each day of the week. With my mother and then my father-in-law, we would sit down Sunday evening and fill them for the next week. Eventually, we had a yellow one for the morning, a pink/orange one for noon and a blue one for the evening. It gave us peace of mind and helped us know whether or not the meds had been taken.

Blessings and congratulations on your weight losses.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/1/2011 8:53AM

    I like the notebook idea. Useful for other stuff too.

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MRDPOLING 2/1/2011 7:02AM

    That is a great idea. There are days when I cannot spark my food throughout the day and have to struggle to remember at the end of the day what all I ate.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/31/2011 10:15PM

    That was my method of tracking until I joined Sparkpeople. But yeah. I forget. And then it doesn't get tracked. So it, probably, is still a good idea to record it as I eat it. It's apparently worked very well for you.

Have you ever thought about getting a pocket-sized journal? The binding is a little nicer. I got mine at Barnes & Noble.

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MS.ELENI 1/31/2011 7:55PM

    When i was working I always had one of those small notebooks that fit in my shirt. I used up a lot of them.

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TWOTIMESS 1/31/2011 5:27PM

    I keep a spiral shorthand notebook wherever I go. Anything goes into it. Sometimes, however, I forget what my 'shorthand' meant and I'd end up looking at nonsense symbols and letters, wondering what the heck I noted down.

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