CAREN_BLUEJEANS's SparkPeople Blog CAREN_BLUEJEANS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Jazz, Joy & Jersey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to shoot them separately, and photoshop them together. But at last I have a pic of all my pets, Jazz, Joy and Jersey. <BR> <BR> This pic may give you the mistaken impression that I have a green thumb. However, the plant on the right is plastic, and the one on the left is bamboo and nearly impossible to kill through neglect. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:48 EST 14 days Sober Sunday I didn't get a chance to blog my goals because of internet problems. I'm finally back up. <BR> Sunday Ta Das: <BR> 1. got to the gym at 10:30, did 30 min rowing & pt exercises <BR> 2. no alcohol, this makes 2 weeks sober. <BR> <BR> If I was to ask myself how much I want to reach my goal weight 145 or my goal size 6, I would be maybe 50%, because maybe 50% of the time, I'm self-sabotaging. But if I could be guaranteed that I could reach my goals, that success is a sure thing, and failure no... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:10:43 EST Success Saturday Goals I finally watched Biggest Loser this morning, through the lens of spending energy toward success or failure. The contestants, are always working toward success: all day, every day, week after week. I have to be like this. As soon as this blog is over, I'm going to the gym for a 30 min walk/row session, and my pt exercises. <BR> <BR> In Judaism, there is yetzer ha-ra (the evil inclination), and yetzer ha-tov (the good inclination). Evil inclination isn't sin per se, but misuse of the physica... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:13:07 EST Fantastic Friday Goals "To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail." <BR> - Dorothea Brande <BR> <BR> I was feeling down yesterday. I added DS16 to my auto insurance. the added expense, plus his nonchalant attitude, plus he now wants a car! gave me buyer's remorse. Then I realized I could exercise to feel better. This is a big thing, folks. In the middle of feeling bad, I turned to exercise, instead of food to lift my mood. It worked. I felt really good about myself. I felt good about my son. I re... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:38:37 EST Thursday Goals I've not been exercising and eating light. I'm doing the best I can. But I guess everyone is doing the best they can at the time, with what they have available to them. That's a don't-beat-yourself-up philosophy that I came across. Which on one hand: makes me feel better about myself, but on the other hand: feels like a cop-out. <BR> <BR> I ate so much at the work luncheon, that I didn't even eat dinner. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals <BR> 1. please try to get those steps up to 10,000 <BR> 2. Buf... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:25:36 EST Wednesday goals First night of Hannukah was wonderful, except the latkas didn't agree with me, because they're fried. But they were so delicious with cinnamon applesauce. <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goals: <BR> 1. Eat until full, not stuffed <BR> 2. Remember 1 or 2 bites of goodies to satisfy taste <BR> 3. 10,000 steps <BR> 4. drink plenty of water <BR> <BR> Today is the holiday luncheon party at work. I made spinach balls again. They came out really lovely! If I remember, I'll tak... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:04:00 EST Tuesday Goals For today's goals, I'm taking a page from my Spark Friend, PattyR81's book! <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Constantly sip hot, low/no cal drinks <BR> 2. Make broth based soup <BR> 3. Don't buy stuff I shouldn't be eating (candy, crackers, cookies, etc.) <BR> 4. Only ONE serving <BR> 5. Walk 10,000 steps <BR> 6. Wear flattering, fitted clothes <BR> 7. Self care: color my hair, put on my face (LOL wear make up), do my nails <BR> <BR> Tonight is the first night of Hannukkah. I'm looking forw... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:42:22 EST Monday Goals I survived my sober weekend. Did lose any weight over it. I think it's going to take a longer stint. <BR> <BR> Today's goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> 3. continued no alcohol <BR> 4. plan meals for the week <BR> 5. pt exercises <BR> <BR> M Spaghetti & meat sauce (spaghetti squash for me) <BR> T Orange chicken & latkas (1st night of Hannukkah) <BR> W Spinach enchiladas <BR> Th Buffalo chicken <BR> F Panko chicken <BR> S Tacos & salad <BR> S Leftovers <BR> ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:36:20 EST Saturday Goals After reading a story shared on the LoseIt subreddit <link> </link> , I started to think about my relationship with food. I say relationship, because in some ways food has become a companion in stress, as well as celebrations. Food keeps me company when I'm lonely, entertains me when I'm bored. Food grew into a larger role than just satisfying hunger. It reminds me of how I viewed my cats before & after my first child was born. before he was born, my cats had BIG p... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:51:18 EST Friday Goals Last personal trainer session was testing to see how far I've come in 10 weeks: <BR> 1. Bench press went from 40 to 50 pounds <BR> 2. Resting heart rate went from 75 to 60 bpm <BR> 3. One min sit up test went from 27 to 54 <BR> 4. Improved step test <BR> 5. Didn't do leg press because of knee pain <BR> 6. Weight went from 179 to 181 <BR> 7. Body fat % went up 10% (OK we agreed that the scale is just wrong/impossible/stupid) <BR> <BR> I'm really thrilled to see so much progress in just 10 wee... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:48:42 EST Thursday Goals & 21 days until 2015 21 days until the new year, 2015. Someone, somewhere said it takes 21 days to form a habit. That's probably not really true for everyone, but stick that convention for a minute. What habit, or new behavior would you like start the new year with? What change in your life would set you up for success in the new year? If you do something every day for the next 21 days, you'll be starting the new year already with a win! I'm going to have a great 2015 because I'm already going to be starting off ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:22:56 EST Wednesday goals I made Spinach Balls for the holiday work lunch today. Here's the recipe: <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2 (10 oz.) packages frozen spinach, thawed & well-drained <BR> 2 small onions, very finely chopped (I use a food processor) <BR> 2 1/4 c. stuffing with herbs (I use Pepperidge Farm) <BR> 6 eggs, beaten <BR> 1/2 c. melted butter <BR> 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese <BR> 2 tsp. garlic salt <BR> 1 tsp. black pepper <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Form into about 1" ball... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:55:42 EST Tuesday Goals I did really well yesterday. I want to celebrate. I didn't feel like going to the gym, but went anyway. Had a great time at Zumba. Good for my heart, mood, and self-efficacy. I kept my calories low. I didn't have seconds at dinner, or wine. And not to be all scale-fixated, but I finally lost my T-day bloat! <BR> <BR> Zumba was very strenuous, and 2 girls were sick, including the instructor, who hurled into a trash can. Yikes! I high-5ed her earlier. Hope I don't get what she's got! <BR> <BR... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:35:38 EST Monday Goals "Well that's interesting" That's the way I'm going to look at my wine & crackers this weekend. It's an experiment to see how does having wine only on Sat & Sun night, at home, after I'm in for the night, watching TV & relaxing. The results of the experiment is that my resolve dissolved in alcohol, I got a what the hell attitude, and ate crackers, and felt puffy in the morning. No beating myself up. Just doing my research. Next weekend, I'll try not drinking, and see if I can stay out of the c... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:07:49 EST Friday Goals I did well on my Thursday goals. I didn't have any alcohol. And I plan on none today, too. <BR> <BR> "Write it before you bite it" really saved me from a 1000+ cal lunch! Yesterday was a work luncheon, so I entered the menu into the SP tracker beforehand. 2 things really jumped out at me. Potatoes au gratin was 300 cal, and a cupcake 300 cal. Wow! 600 cal for these sides dishes is almost twice the calories of my usual lunch. So I chose not to eat them, and my lunch came to about 400 cal. <B... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:23:41 EST Thursday Goals There's a part of me that asking "What's wrong with me?" I have to just shut down that negative voice, and concentrate on what I'm doing right: daily exercise, getting in my 10,000 steps a day, and tracking food (well mostly right). And last night a girl at Zumba thought I was 30! <BR> <BR> If there is one thing that's holding back my weight loss efforts, I'd say it's that nice, relaxing glass of wine. I measured my wine glass: 8 oz, 160 calories. No biggie. But, when I have a glass of wine,... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:37:53 EST Wednesday goals 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. drink plenty of water <BR> 3. Eat lots of veg <BR> 4. 1,500 calories <BR> 5. Dentist 3pm <BR> 6. zumba 6pm <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all your support, with my friends' recent passing. I learned on Facebook yesterday that another childhood friend passed away. I think this is one of those first world problems: if you're healthy & have lots of friends, you're going to reach the age when you start to outlive them. At dance class last night, I was talkin... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:28:51 EST Tuesday Goals <img src=""> <BR> If you're not excited about your results of the first 11 months of the year; if your negative voice is telling you about all your grand plans in January, and how you didn't do this, and all this other garbage, like what's wrong with your job, relationships, kids and yourself...I'm telling you to throw out the rear view mirror. That's not the direction you're going in. <BR> <BR> Look to the future and focus on the last ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:36:31 EST Monday Goals Hello my sweeties! Here it is the first of the month. I didn't weight myself, because it would be the height of madness to weigh in after vacation! I didn't come close to my "plan" of losing 16 pounds by New Years. But I don't care. I'm so glad to be alive, healthy, strong, and beautiful. I'm grateful for the lives and health of my family & friends. <BR> <BR> Over Thanksgiving break, a friend of mine died, after many years of health struggles. And I sadly learned on facebook that a childhoo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:58:59 EST Monday Goals Monday goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> <BR> Have you given up? Have you decided to try again after New Years Day? There's plenty of progress you can do in the next 37 days. That's 5 weeks. Keep your head in your game. For me, that means staying the same weight, not gaining a pound from now until New Years Day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Protect Your Program <BR> If you don't care about your we... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:15:42 EST Sunday Goals Sunday Goals <BR> 1. Color hair <BR> 2. replace water pump in washing machine <BR> 2a. dry laundry room floor which is dotted with clumps of wet cat litter UGH! <BR> 3. replace front door knob <BR> 4. wash sheets & towels <BR> 5. food shop <BR> <BR> Well, I thought I was going to have a rest day, but my household decided to fall apart instead. I should pay myself $100 every time I fix something. I have to replace the water pump on the washer, and dry the laundry room floor, which is dotted ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:30:04 EST Friday & Saturday Goals I love all the Thanksgiving Day food: turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries (home made or can-molded) and pumpkin pie. Especially the pie. I just recently found out that you can put meringue on pumpkin pie. Now I want to get a kitchen torch so I can top my pie with meringue and to toast it. I was going to get a kitchen torch for my son, but I was afraid he would think I was getting it for me. but then he said he was going to get me a kitchen torch, but he was afraid I would think he got it for... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:49:56 EST Thursday Goals Thursday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Don't eat food just because it's there <BR> 3. Protect my program. If I don't care about my weight loss plan, no one else will <BR> 4. 1,200-1,500 calories <BR> 5. Dentist 3 pm <BR> 6. personal trainer 4:30 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> #ZumbaZelfie <BR> <BR> The last Zumba class before T-giving break was great last night. Here's a pic of me & my dear instructor, Ana! That hashtag... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:52:24 EST Wednesday Goals & musings <img src=""> <BR> What if I never had a scale? If I didn't know what I weighed, I would just go by how I look naked, what size I wear, how I feel, my health, how strong I am, and my cardio endurance. <BR> <BR> I was doing an upper body workout my personal trainer yesterday, and he commented on how much stronger I am. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> Last night I was discussing food addiction with DS27. We were watching a very sad episode of "My ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:49:32 EST Tuesday Goals & No Free Food <img src=""> <BR> Why is so called "free food" such a temptation? It may seem free, but there's hidden costs. <BR> Edited to add: I don't mean calorie-free foods. I mean all the cakes, candies, cookies, etc. everywhere I look. I confess that yesterday I had some of the goodies at work: crackers, kisses, coffee cake. What do they all have in common? They are free foods. Just sitting there for the taking. It's not like I planned to have co... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:51:02 EST Monday Goals & I lost my Fitbit and the company is replacing it! <img src=""> <BR> I lost my fitbit yesterday and wrote to the company and they are replacing it for free. The customer support was fantastic! Really! I wrote to them at about 6:30 am and they responded with an autoreply right away, and an offer of a free replacement before 8 am. The Fitbit company has seriously amazed me! <BR> <BR> ~~~~ <BR> Here's my letter: <BR> <BR> I lost my fitbit while shopping. I had it clipped to my bra. I went... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:51:02 EST Saturday Goals & Progress Pix 63 days ago, Sept. 24, I started making daily goals. I'm seeing mental benefits from setting & reaching my goals, a feeling of self-efficacy, belief that I can say I'll do something, and then really do it. I've seen some physical benefits, too. Like I have greater cardio endurance. My knees have been considerably better. I don't have as much pain. I don't rely on a brace anymore. These are the results I didn't expect from setting daily goals. Honestly, the physical results I wanted was for my... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:39:20 EST Fantastic Friday Goals I'll tell you the story about last night, without guilt or self-judgement. I was hungry all day, and ended up with 2000 calories. I have a glass of wine, and chicken & veg curry over rice for dinner. Then DS27 wasn't feeling well, so he went to his room. DS16 had homework, so he went to his room. We have an unwritten law in our house that we don't watch the shows on the DVR that everyone likes, unless we're all there. So there I was all alone. Nothing to watch, except this mystery. And I didn... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:21:07 EST Thursday Goals What will my daily goals do for me? <BR> 1. Consistency, sticking to my plan day in, day out <BR> 2. Break down weight loss into components <BR> 3. Daily goals are flexible because every day is different <BR> 4. Tracking my progress <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> 3. 1,300 calories <BR> 4. pt exercises <BR> 5. personal trainer 4pm <BR> 6. dance class 7pm <BR> <BR> Calories for meals & snacks: <BR> B-200 <BR> S-100 <BR> L-500 <BR> S-100 <... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:32:17 EST Wednesday goals Focus on one day at a time and one healthy decision at a time - Win Today & Repeat! <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 10,000 steps minimum <BR> 3. 3:30 take DS16 to orthodontist <BR> 4. 6pm Zumba <BR> 5. Smile <BR> 6. 1,200 Calories <BR> 7. Physical therapy exercises <BR> <BR> -Meals & snacks: <BR> b-200 <BR> S-100 <BR> L-400 <BR> S-100 <BR> D-400 <BR> <BR> I noticed something when making my daily goals. I haven't put "no alcohol, cookies & cakes" in 4 d... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:07:24 EST 2-fer Tuesday Goals <img src=""> <BR> I did back-to-back exercise classes last night: Zumba and full body workout. And I did an early morning workout, too. 3 a day. Today I have personal trainer & dance class, that's why it's 2-fer Tuesday. I don't think this level of exercise is sustainable. But I'll enjoy it while I can. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it. Don't get lax about this. <BR> 2. 1,200 calories <BR> 3. 10,000 steps <BR> 4.... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:54:37 EST Monday Goals & some more math <img src=""> <BR> I had a very productive morning. I got up early and worked out in my pjs. Take that, muffin top! I also ran the dishwasher, dried & folded clothes (so I can have workout clothes), made breakfast for me & my son, watched the morning news, and got to work early. <BR> <BR> Why was I up so early? My dog doesn't know the time changed last week. Bless her heart! <BR> <BR> I decide to eat 1,200 calories M-F this week. Alloc... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:20:14 EST Sunday Goals All right! Let's get this party started! <BR> <BR> Sunday Goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. exercise for a mood altering, energy boost <BR> 3. pt for injury avoidance <BR> 4. work on attic at least an hour <BR> 5. no judgement, no guilt <BR> 6. remember to smile <BR> 7. 10,000 steps <BR> 8. 1,400 calories <BR> <BR> ~~~~ <BR> motivational quote: <BR> <BR> "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at." <BR> -Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> ~~~~~... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:53:08 EST Saturday Goals I went back and deleted most of my blog from yesterday, because it was just too much information, and depressing too. Yeah, I was pretty depressed yesterday. You know how birthdays can be. Also, I didn't exercise. My mood lead to some bad choices, and I had about 2000 calories for the day. <BR> <BR> Today I'm working on having the best day possible. I'm going to workout, make delicious, healthy meals (so far so good), and really write it before I bite it. That has been so instrumental to my ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:31:37 EST Friday Goals <img src=""> <BR> Thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes! I had a great day yesterday. Here's me with my birthday flowers. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now that I'm 54, I worry about my risky gene pool. I do the best I can, with what I have, and luckily don't have any of the diseases that effect my other family members. <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> Friday Goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:46:09 EST Thursday Goals It's my birthday; I'm going out to dinner with my family. I've been banking calories, so I can indulge and still lose weight this week. I also have personal trainer at 4:30. No slacking. <BR> <BR> Set goals/reach goals <BR> <BR> Daily goals have been great for me. Not just keeping me on track, but building momentum, self-efficacy, and confidence. It keeps me focused on the present, and the baby steps I have to take to get to my greater goal, (lose the last 30 pounds) which can seem insurmo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:01:08 EST Wednesday Goals & you cannot out-train a bad diet I saw my personal trainer last night, as well as going to Dance Fusion, and got over 15,000 steps, which puts me in first place in the "Workweek Hustle" challenge in fitbit. But, let's not lose sight of the fact that diet is more important than exercise in losing weight. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Hierarchy of Fat Loss <BR> (from least to most beneficial) <BR> <BR> 1. Steady State Low Intensity <BR> 2. Steady State High Intensity ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:14:32 EST Tuesday Goals 2 for Tuesday= I'm doing 2 workouts today! <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. no candy, cookies cakes, or other desserts (you haven't seen the break room!) <BR> 3. no alcohol <BR> 4. snacks 100-200 cal <BR> 5. 1,200 <BR> 6. 10,000 steps <BR> 7. do physical therapy exercises before personal trainer <BR> 8. personal trainer 4:30 <BR> 9. Dance Fusion 7-8 <BR> <BR> Well, my goals are getting too long. I don't want to get too perfectionist about this. <BR> <BR> ~... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:24:17 EST Monday Goals & some math I lost a pound because I kept the calories low M-F, and indulged reasonably on the weekend. Basically I'm banking calories all week, by having 100-200 calorie snacks, no candy or alcohol during the week, aiming for 1,200 calories (although I only hit it twice), so I can have things like candy & alcohol on the weekend, always counting calories, so I can have a record to analyze. I did the maths, with my BMI & calorie burn, and was surprised that my 4000 calorie deficit was a pound lost. Math w... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:29:46 EST Sunday Goals I'm working on the attic again today. DS27 & I are insulating the attic. First we put soffits around the roof vents, and foam sealed them. Now we're putting mesh fabric between the rafters, making a pocket to blow the cellulose into. He prefers cellulose because it's recycled material, fireproof, insect proof, and doesn't itch like fiberglass. I am looking forward to comfort & energy savings. <BR> <BR> Sunday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it Before I Bite it <BR> 2. physical therapy exercises <BR> 3.... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:24:57 EST Saturday Goals Weigh in 174.2 <BR> <BR> Saturday Goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 1,700 calories <BR> 3. dessert ok <BR> 4. alcohol ok <BR> 5. d/o DS16 8am <BR> 6. work on attic <BR> 7. volunteer 11-4 <BR> 8. DS16 concert 4:30 <BR> 9. no candy until dessert time after dinner <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of me holding my friend's 1 mnth old baby, Addison. So cute! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~```` <BR> motivational quote: <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:28:31 EST Halloween Friday Goals I decided to not eat candy all day, until after dinner. Then I will check and if i have the calories for a sweet dessert. I have to have a "take it or leave it" attitude. Like I would be fine either way. This is living with intention, being true to my self. And it's also about not making food the main source of fun, excitement, pleasure in my life. Sure, eating is delightful, especially when I have a good appetite, but I'm making a shift to move food out of the center stage spotlight. <BR> ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:57:41 EST Thursday Goals There's 2 dance classes I attend: <BR> 1. Zumba M/W 6-7pm <BR> 2. Dance Fusion T/Th 7-8pm <BR> <BR> Last night, at Zumba the instructor asked me why I don't go to Dance Fusion as much as Zumba. I said the time was inconvenient, I do physical therapy & personal training on T/Th, so I feel like 2 workouts is enough for me. But she asked me: did I not like that it's hip hop, or the energy was wrong? And I said I didn't like the choreography, too repetitive or monotonous. Now I hope it doesn't ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:26:26 EST Wednesday Goals I had physical therapy yesterday, and was surprised that tomorrow will be my last day. Only 2 weeks. Now, it's up to me to continue doing the pt exercises. <BR> <BR> I also had personal trainer. We did the rowing machine. I really like it for my knees, because my knee problem is tracking, and the action of the rowing machine keeps my knees in alignment. I could do that all day! I also did some upper body lifting since pt hit lower body and abs. <BR> <BR> I took your advice, Spark Friends, ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:12:49 EST Tuesday Goals This really hurts to write, but, I have to be open and honest with myself here. I pulled the scale out this morning, and I haven't lost any weight. <BR> <BR> On the other hand. I am as healthy and vibrant as I've ever been. I danced Zumba last night, and my knees were feeling quite good. I did deeper squats and lunges. Not easy for a woman turning 54 next week. Just 2 years younger than my mother was when she died. <BR> <BR> I didn't have a healthy role model in my mother. I begged her to ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:35:14 EST Monday is NOT some magical day; Goals <img src=""> <BR> It STILL feels weird to not weigh myself. I put on my plaid pants to judge my progress. Not there yet. Soon. (know your meme: <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> Let's talk about starting diets on Mondays. Monday is NOT some magical day that we all of a sudden turn our life around. Diets don't work. Lifestyle changes do. That doesn't mean my life will be only water & vegetables. That is a little un... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:12:07 EST Sunday Goals <img src=""> <BR> Sunday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. physical therapy exercises <BR> 3. 10,000 steps <BR> 4. get out & enjoy nature <BR> 5. judge how healthy my meals are <BR> 6. grill chicken for the week <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was so productive, busy, entertained, that food didn't take a starring role in my day. I went to Menards to pick up my special order, worked on the attic with DS27, fixed the mower, mowed, dr... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:43:32 EST Friday Goals I'm keeping to the low end of the calorie range, because I had 2,600 in calories yesterday (DS16's birthday). We went to a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant, and there were so many delicious choices in, I plan to go back next week for my birthday. <BR> <BR> Personal trainer yesterday: <BR> We did my physical therapy exercises to strengthen hips and abs; and upper body workout. <BR> <BR> Friday Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 1,200 calories <BR> 3. avoid starchy carbs <B... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:27:27 EST Why I hid my scale Why did I hide my scale? What is it like to put away the scale? How do I judge progress? <BR> <BR> Oct 13, 2014, I hid my scale in the linen closet because it was a daily frustration. I was getting obsessed with it. I get these emails from "No Excuses Weight Loss" every day telling me I deserve to be losing 1-3 pounds a week. I feel under pressure to "put up big numbers," as they say on Biggest Loser. I was dieting, exercising, but cutting loose on weekends. And Monday weigh in was such a bu... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:16:37 EST Thursday Goals Today is my son's birthday! He is now DS16. How will this effect my goals today? I still plan on going to personal trainer. We're going out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant (not a chain). And I'm going to have a slice of cake. This may be a 2,000 calorie day. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Prioritize my needs <BR> 3. Drink plenty of water <BR> 4. p/u DS16 after school <BR> 5. 4:30 personal trainer <BR> 6. no alcohol <BR> 7. eat reasonable portions.... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:38 EST