IRETA49's Blogs

Some days are easier than others
Friday, February 05, 2016      2 comments

Today was not an easy day to stay focused and right in the middle my buddy sent me a message saying she was glad to how good I am doing. That did help me stay strong for a while but after we got home from getting groceries and I wasn't busy, it ... Read more
Almost to Super Bowl Sunday
Thursday, February 04, 2016      2 comments

I want this to be the Super Bowl I don't indulge in bad choices. I'm taking fruit. There really won't be any really good choices. I'll have to try to find the best of the choices. Then my DH is insisting on me making some wings to bring. N... Read more
Keeping a Journal
Wednesday, February 03, 2016      0 comments

I started out on January 8 with the intention of blogging every day. At first I didn't do well but I have now blogged for 11 days straight. I've never been good at sticking with journaling and I'm hoping this will help me develop a good habit. I... Read more
There's more to a healthy life
Tuesday, February 02, 2016      3 comments

A few months ago I made the decision to have a hot stone massage every two weeks. I made this decision due to the tightness and cramping associated with my Fibromyalgia. Medications, stretching and warm water exercises were only helping up to a ... Read more
The power of denial
Monday, February 01, 2016      2 comments

I've been mentally congratulating myself for being on the 6 week challenge 100% while knowing full well that I was using salt at the table and eating nuts when I craved a snack. Well, I am only down 1 pound this week and, while any loss is a goo... Read more
I didn't expect this
Sunday, January 31, 2016      4 comments

Today I realized I've started eating smaller portions without even planning to. I am getting my required amounts of the fruits and veggies and beans but I fill up faster now and don't miss the snacking a much as in the beginning. Hopefully... Read more
Eating Out - such a challenge
Saturday, January 30, 2016      3 comments

Today we took my in-laws out for lunch. I picked the restaurant and studied the menu to choose the best option t stay on plan. I ended up having a large house salad with a fresh vinaigrette on the side, sautéed mushrooms and a fresh fruit cup. I... Read more
Free weekend
Friday, January 29, 2016      0 comments

Despite being retired I don't often have a weekend with no responsibilities. Free to work on deep cleaning and a quick visit to the in-laws and do some gentle exercises. So I'm going to satisfy my craving to bake by making some bread for my in-l... Read more
Upcoming Challenges
Thursday, January 28, 2016      2 comments

During this next few weeks of the 6 week challenge I have at least two big challenges. One is the Super Bowl. We always go to friends for a low key get together and there is generally nothing to make a good choice. I've never been good at "eat b... Read more
Starting to address other cravings
Wednesday, January 27, 2016      0 comments

Yesterday I made some homemade rolls for my husband to have with his meals. I love to bake, especially bread. However, I normally can't resist the pull of the aroma of baking bread and will have far more of it to eat than anyone should have. It ... Read more
Progress You can See
Tuesday, January 26, 2016      3 comments

We always try to find ways to stay focused, but the truth is, unless we see real progress it can be difficult to stay on a strict plan and reach our goals. This week I got to see some real progress and that will sustain me over the coming week.... Read more
Ful is not a fools choice
Monday, January 25, 2016      0 comments

Today I altered a recipe for Ful Mudammas, commonly referred to as just Ful (pronounced fool). It's a dish I only tried for the first time a few years ago. Ful is a Mediterranean dish that is essentially stewed fava beans. I've had it serv... Read more
Finally not missing the sugar
Sunday, January 24, 2016      1 comments

It's really good to be past the sugar cravings. Still fighting the bready carbs. Although I haven't given in to them, I really really want some fresh bread. Even some saltines would taste good. But this week has gone well and I'm not going to b... Read more
Starting to get easier
Saturday, January 23, 2016      0 comments

I'm not usually glad of snowy weather but the cold and snow makes me want to stay in. We are not where the really bad weather is but we've had our fair share of snow this past week and it hasn't been above the mid 20s all week. It has been keepi... Read more
Looking forward
Thursday, January 21, 2016      1 comments

One thing I'm trying to do to help me stay on track is that I'm looking forward. I'm looking forward to Monday to weigh in. I'm looking forward to my jeans fitting better. I'm looking forward to my upcoming vacation. That's helping me say no to ... Read more

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