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Counting Backwards, Day 26

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Great start this morning! Did stretching and cardio in my room, then walked all the way to other bridge for a good brisk 45 min. I'm glad I've been able to do it early in the morning. Right now it's pouring rain in Tampa.

Food - I'm about to give up trying to accurately track today. Breakfast totaled more than I expected at 483, and after the retreat, I went out for lunch with a friend. I automatically set aside half my meal for taking with me--and then we visited the ice cream shop next door. I had a scoop and a half of delicious ice cream in a small waffle cone--and I still have a party to go to this evening. I'm not going to make it within range today. But I did manage to do it for all of the retreat meals. I'm staying an extra night, going home tomorrow afternoon, so it'll be back to tracking as usual. Meanwhile, I'm not going to kick myself for today. I'll just be over and that's that.

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TAMPATINK67 7/22/2012 10:07PM

    None of us are perfect. Just pull back, regroup, and see if you can find any key learnings from the day.

As long as we learn something, it was a lesson instead of a failure...


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KALANTHA 7/22/2012 6:07PM

    Don't even worry about today. It's only one day. You're doing GREAT!


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CHANGING-VICKI 7/22/2012 5:54PM

  Hope you're having a wonderful time. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/22/2012 4:49PM

    That may help the scale move down for you!

Enjoy your day!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/22/2012 4:07PM

    Enjoy your stay. You did great. We can't be perfect all the time, but
at least you are aware and did better than you would have in past

I'm Proud of YOU!


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Counting backwards, Day 27!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

emoticonThanks be, no rain! I started this retreat day with a 15 min resistance band workout, followed by a 35 min brisk walk to the Hillsborough River bridge and back. The bridge has been closed for renovation, and I wanted to see how it was progressing.

No internet connection in my room--but the trade-off is the room itself, one of the largest with a bathtub. I have a massage scheduled for this afternoon. Anyway, I'll post as I can, starting with

358 breakfast. That's two meals here so far within range, a major accomplishment. Now if I can keep this up....
363 lunch. I can't weigh and measure, but I'm estimating the best I can. So far, so good. Had a lentil burger and skipped the cookies.
192 snack #1
250 dinner. Ate light, planning to have soy ice cream this evening
119 snack #2

Total - 1282, or something close to it. I ate a light dinner anticipating soy ice cream, which wasn't available after all. :-( I had a mango frozen dessert instead. I was disappointed. However, today's total is pretty amazing; I don't think I've ever managed to eat "light" here. Even if I was off on some of my estimating, it was still a good day.

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MUSOLF6 7/21/2012 10:41AM

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ROXYZMOM 7/21/2012 9:51AM

    Way to stay focused! A massage is a nice reward for all the work you have done!

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ELRIDDICK 7/21/2012 8:39AM

  Thanks for sharing

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/21/2012 8:39AM


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Counting Backwards, Day 28!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hurrying around getting things done before going out of town for weekend women's retreat, returning Monday afternoon. The Franciscan Center of Tampa Bay has great food and lots of it. It's always a challenge not to overindulge. I'm bringing some of my own food for healthy snacks and meal substitutes if I need it. I'm also taking along a pilates book and resistance bands. If it's not raining, I'll walk along the Hillsborough River and around the neighborhood.

Success so far today--unexpected lunch out with mother and sister. I had
no roll
no crackers
vegetable soup
half of a tuna salad pita
water with lemon
for about 466 cal - not bad!

I don't know what dinner tonight will be, so I'll list what I've done so far today and do my best to stay within range this evening.

326 breakfast
466 lunch
82 snack

911 total with up to 639 for the rest of the day. That should give me enough cal for a reasonable dinner and maybe a bedtime snack.

Great exercise today - SP video, yardwork, walk, house cleaning.

Later...about 300 cal dinner and 200 cal snack. I did it! I even bypassed the homemade baklava for dessert. I know I could have eaten just a part of the large portion, BUT...eating just a little was unlikely; better to look the other way and allow for a very small glass of wine.

Managing three meals here tomorrow will be challenging, but I'm off to a good start. That wasn't the last baklava I'll ever see. Off to bed.

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CHANGING-VICKI 7/22/2012 5:55PM

  You're doing great!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/20/2012 8:49PM

    Sounds like a great plan while you are away! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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CHANGING4ME49 7/20/2012 5:49PM

    You are doing an emoticon job! Have a wonderful time this weekend!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/20/2012 5:32PM

    You are doing emoticon emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 7/20/2012 4:09PM

    I hope your trip goes well

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DIET_FRIEND 7/20/2012 4:08PM

    I like reading about how ordinary measures lead to successful outcome!

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Counting Backwards, Day 29

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Whew! In spite of last night's insomnia, I got a lot done today and plenty of exercise. Big accomplishment: I got all the way through a pilates video and didn't have to substitute anything. Granted, I took the easier options when there were options, but I did it! I can really feel a difference since I stepped up my workouts. Now if only my scale would get the message....

338 breakfast
343 lunch
177 snack
421 dinner
203 snack #2

1481 total

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/20/2012 9:05AM

    It WILL happen!


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CHANGING4ME49 7/20/2012 8:41AM

    Wait for it! Wait for it! emoticon Sometimes our scales play games with us and make us wait for results much longer than we wish too. Nevertheless it will move and in the right direction too. I am sure of it! You are doing so good. Keep up the great work my friend!!

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ROXYZMOM 7/20/2012 6:41AM

    It will! Keep going and you will be happy you kept this countdown up. You are doing great - you are going to be at your weight loss goal before you know it!

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LHLADY517 7/19/2012 10:00PM

    Good job

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"I decided to take an aerobics class..." LOL

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I don't remember where I found this, but I thought it was a hoot!

"I decided to take an aerobics class. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotard on, the class was over."

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ROXYZMOM 7/20/2012 6:42AM

    Too funny!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/19/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon Good One,
I can relate

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