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DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
7/6/12 8:42 A

Got on the scale this morning because I felt SO FAT, and just wanted to know the truth, it was 252.5! Down 1.5?? I'm staying under 1500, I think I went over once, but I'm not seeing or feeling any difference at all from my starting weight. And you'd think that after losing 17 pounds I would feel a LITTLE different...but I don't.

But since the scale is moving, I'll hang on and the changes will come.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
6/25/12 7:32 P

Had a successful day on plan, at just under 1300 calories. The cold is finally gone, which makes everything better. Amazing what a little cold can take out of you.

So back on track to lose 1-2 pounds a week...more if I ever add exercise.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
6/25/12 7:13 A

What's next is to lose the 1.5 pounds I regained this week. I'm back up to 255.5, but I put 256 on the weight tracker.

My cold is gone, feeling better physically, so I'm back at it. I had a good day yesterday, but still had an "extra" late in the evening, and that has got to stop. I need to get back to the "nothing after 7:30pm" rule.

So on to a good week.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
6/24/12 12:55 P

So. What's next?

I need to get back to posting here. For the most part, I'm still on track. I lost 2 pounds last week, but I had a cold and felt lousy all week, and with the new job I didn't want to miss any time. I went over my calorie count for a few days. No big binges or fast food, mostly eating a bowl of cereal later at night. Still fighting off the cold, but it's mostly gone. Went food shopping yesterday, and I'm set for the week.

I don't think I'll see a drop this week, maybe a gain of 1 or 2. It will be the first week since 4/23 that I didn't lose, so I'm ok with that. It's still a long journey and I'm still at the beginning.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
6/6/12 10:14 P

What's next - just catching up after being away for a few days. Lost 2 pounds this weeks, so down to 256, 1 more to reach 5%, Carol is only 1 pound away from 10%, and we started the same day...

Work is good, learning curve and taking online classes...

Edited by: DUSK-2-DAWN at: 6/6/2012 (22:15)
DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/30/12 10:54 A

What's next? Getting back on plan.

Went over yesterday, but tracked it all, 2100 calories. I need to find some convenient high protein food or bars to use when I can't or don't feel like cooking. The frozen dinners just are not enough, and I know that. Guess I'll go to HEB and see what they have. I would try GNC, but have heard enough bad about them not to trust.

Moving the furniture out of the living & dining rooms for floor installation tomorrow. I can get everything out but the sofa, tv, wing back chair, and dining table, they can work around them

If I feel like I'm going off plan again today, I'll try to remember to post here - that might help..

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/29/12 12:06 P

What's next?

Well, I picked out new flooring today, they may be able to get it done on Thursday depending on when it comes in.

Stayed on plan yesterday, as usual, and starting out good today.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/28/12 5:04 P

How could I forget this what's next? Today was weigh-in, down 1 more to 258, so 11 total since 4/23.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/28/12 2:55 P

What's next - slow day. Need to run the vacuum and dust in the living room and bedroom...finish cleaning the kitchen...the usual.

Go tomorrow morning to pick out the new floor, hopefully they'll have it in stock and can get it installed on Wednesday.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/27/12 10:49 A

What's next for today is - nothing much.

I put the flag out front for the holiday...did get to the store yesterday so have salad stuff and WW desserts, so i don't go off the deep end. But since I've gone back to cooking and eating 4 oz of chicken at least once a day, sometimes twice, my cravings have gone back underground and aren't bothering me.

I did have a frozen pina colada last night, but I logged it in my tracker. It took me over my calories by less than 100, and still within all the other ranges, even though the carbs were FIFTY - 5-0! They sell them singly and in 4 packs, so very glad I only got a single.

Going to the antique mall today...saw a 2 foot tall, silver vase on sale, 20% off, so $30 +tax.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/26/12 11:33 A

what's next is going to the grocery store. I got up early but didn't feel like going out, so I'll wait until tomorrow morning, I have enough just need salad stuff.

I want to stop at wal-mart and pick up a few plants for the back patio, front porch and around the front walk...have to look at money first.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/25/12 2:52 P

What's next? Preparing for a 3-day weekend.

I have 3 large chicken breasts boiling, I'll take the meat off and put most of it in a 9x13 baking dish with low-sugar barbecue sauce and some small red potatoes cover and bake for about 30 minutes. It's 3 1/2 pounds, counting ribs, but still enough to get me through the weekend. I'll use about 1/2 pound to make some chicken salad.

Still have plenty of frozen veggies but I'm out of salad stuff and WW desserts so should go to the store before it's crowded...since it's already 2pm I'll probably wait and go early tomorrow morning.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/24/12 7:32 P

What's next is that kicking up the protein is working at keeping me full.

I was 1440 calories today, had 4 oz chicken for lunch and then again for dinner, met all my low range goals for fat/carbs/protein, and I'm full. I'll have a Dannon yogurt (included in the 1440) before 7:30 and that's it for the night.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/23/12 10:18 P

What's next? Well, I made a really good crockpot chicken and stuffing dinner, and I don't feel the cravings like I did a couple nights ago.

Had extra veggie servings at lunch and dinner, and was at the low end of all my goals, cal/carbs/fat/protein. I did have a frozen thing for lunch, but with extra peas with mushrooms, filled me up.

And only 1 WW dessert tonight, not back to normal.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/22/12 6:26 P

Well, turns out I couldn't wait to finish all the frozen meals. I had cravings last night, and for the first time since I started on 4/23, I went over my calories - by 300.

I was at HEB at 7:30 this morning, got 2 huge packs of chicken, some things for a new crockpot recipe, and chicken tikka masala is simmering right now.

I'll finish the frozen things, probably have them for lunches every other day. But I need more protein than they supply, so I'm cooking again.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/21/12 8:44 P

Down another pound, so 10 since 4/23. And so far every day has been within all my cal/carb/fat/protein ranges...actually sometimes I've been under, but never over. I seem to go under on fat, usually only by a few grams. And I've been under calories a few times, too.

This week I decided to go convenience instead of cooking, and boy was that a mistake. I was used to eating a lot of chicken and a plate full of veggies and now these HC and WW frozen dinners just aren't making it, even when I add extra veggies. I think it's not enough protein.

I have 5 days worth of food to finish, but then I'm buying chicken and cooking again. I can make it through the week, but I don't think I'll ever go for a whole week with just eating frozen stuff.

Live & learn.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/20/12 11:38 A

Well, I've decided to move most of my posting to 3FC. SP is great for tracking food, but the forums are silly and boring and awful.

I'll probably keep up this journal, and definitely use the nutritional tracker, but as for the rest, to me it's just not enough to keep my interest...seriously, questions like "what time did you get up today?" and "did you eat breakfast?" just aren't enough to "spark" my interest. I realize they're just ways to get points.....but so, so boring.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/18/12 10:21 P

The interview went well today, but I think I'm going to stay with the state job.

Had one guy come by to measure for the floor replacement, he'll have an estimate to me on Monday. Then another estimator is coming on Monday and the third on Tuesday.

Food was good today, met all goals. A little under on water, I ran out of Mio!

Got a list together for shopping tomorrow. I'm going with a week a frozen WW or HC or LC lunches and dinners, I'm tired of cooking (after 2 weeks!!). But lots of fresh fruit is on the list, mangoes, blueberries, strawberries and melons.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/18/12 9:30 A

Received my confirmation letter for the job yesterday. Orientation is 6/1 @ 8:15am.

But I'm still going for an interview today for the other one, just to see what it's like. But I can't see changing my mind - only if the $$ was significantly higher, and it's not.

As for the to-do list, 1 thing complete, still working on the others.

Call Jeremy to get ceiling fan installed
Call tree service to get limbs cut from around wires
Get estimate for floor replacement in living and dining room – someone is coming today @ 1:30 for the 1st estimate
Get estimate to install new dishwasher
Get car inspected
Send steamer back to QVC √

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/17/12 12:04 P

called for an estimate to replace the flooring...if carpet is cheaper I might go that way, so I can get the dishwasher replaced, too.

I need to get 3 estimates and make sure the work is done before I start at TCEQ on 6/1

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/16/12 10:04 P

I got a call for another interview today. Since March 1, I've had 2 interviews and the same week I get a job offer, I get another interview. It's basically the same money, but I'm going on Friday to see what the job is all about.

Still staying on plan, still feeling reeeaaaly fat.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/15/12 12:43 P

Starting my 4th week with no real slip-ups and an 8.5 pound loss. Trying to ease into 20 minutes of exercise 3 times a week, did 20 minutes yesterday.

This might be the longest time of staying on a sensible food plan that I've ever done. And no wine - that's good, wine can ruin everything, and I don't miss it.

Edited by: DUSK-2-DAWN at: 5/15/2012 (19:28)
DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/15/12 12:39 P

Lots to do before I start work (YAY!) on June 1st.

Call Jeremy to get ceiling fan installed
Call tree service to get limbs cut from around wires
Get estimate for floor replacement in living and dining room
Get estimate to install new dishwasher
Get car inspected
Send steamer back to QVC

Then regular stuff: mow as soon as it stops raining and dries up
Finish cleaning out guest room, and price a twin bed
Clean both bathrooms, top to bottom

Better get busy!

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/14/12 6:16 P

Thanks! I really couldn't do it without the people on this emoticon for that, too.

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5/14/12 4:45 P

Congratulations! You are working hard - don't worry about the slip-ups. Just put them in the past and focus on the right now.
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DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/14/12 3:18 P

After 5 years of temp jobs and worrying about paying the mortgage, I got a full-time job today...I start on June 1.

I interviewed on April 12th, and it was a job that I had counted out as soon as I walked out of the interview, I thought I did so poorly. Then she called about an hour ago and made the offer....think I'm still in shock.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/14/12 10:18 A

Found Kate Potter's Namaste DVDs on Amazon, but $50, so will have to wait...but I put it in my wishlist so I wouldn't forget.

Did 20 minutes on the bike

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/14/12 7:49 A

Down 1 this week - 261.5 to 260.5, so 8.5 total since 4/23.

I ordered 2 Leslie Sansone DVDs from Amazon this morning, I've got to get moving...they should be here Wed.

Edited by: DUSK-2-DAWN at: 5/15/2012 (19:28)
DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/13/12 1:24 P

Went to the antique mall, it was a disappointment, just junk - overpriced junk.

Had 1 cup of the chicken tortilla soup with 2 tbsps light sour cream - it really came out good!

On track so far........may try to get in some time on the bike, but no promises.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/12/12 8:20 P

Feeling better, posted a chapter of the story and have another in the works.

Had some leftover tikka and rice for dinner, again no veggies....I'm just not that into them :)

8 cups of water done, and remaining for today:

285 - 635

15 - 132

13 - 46

0 - 64

But I feel extra fat today. I weigh in on Monday, and just don't see (or feel) a loss coming. And I know that's ok, but's not.......

Edited by: DUSK-2-DAWN at: 5/12/2012 (20:23)
DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/12/12 3:04 P

Ended up having a cup of leftover tortilla soup with 4 oz of chicken. No veggies, I'm sick of them.

Cup of strawberries, piece of angel food cake and cool whip to deal with the crap from this morning on the 'net.

Also up to 6 cups of water with Mio.

Vacuumed living & dining room, swiffered living room, did 2 loads of laundry.

Still need to dust LR, swiffer & dust DR, clean both bathrooms and vacuum my bedroom.

Edited by: DUSK-2-DAWN at: 5/12/2012 (15:04)
DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/12/12 1:28 P

still a little down over my minor slip last night....

I have chicken tortilla soup in the crockpot for dinner, but don't know what I'm having for lunch. I usually have everything planned....I have tuna, so guess I'll make some w/low fat mayo, onion, celery, apples, and have it with a big salad.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/12/12 11:52 A

Had my first slip yesterday.

Wasn't much of one, i was under calories for the day. I had made a peach dessert thing with peaches, 1/8 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup Quaker oats and 1 tbsp Smart Choice margarine. And at midnight I decided I needed to eat the whole thing.....but I won't let this stop me.

Onward and upward

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/11/12 8:57 P

Went under goal on calories and fat, ok on carbs and protein.

Took my measurements - ugh - but at least I'll have something to look at for progress besides the scale.

Off to watch Grimm.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/11/12 2:10 P

Made chicken tikka masala for lunch, with 1 cup peas & mushrooms, and 1/2 cup of basmati rice.

I am not a cook, but I found a packet at the store that had all the spices measured out and it came out really good.

I used 1 tbsp olive oil, instead of the called-for 2 tbsp butter/margarine, to brown the onion and chicken...and I didn't have any heavy cream, so that cut calories. The recipe called for 1 and 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breast for 6 servings.. so the only calories came from the chicken (110 for 4 oz), canned diced tomatoes (25) and 1/6 tbsp of the olive oil.

And I have 5 more meals for the coming week.

Go me!

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/11/12 11:00 A

Oh, thanks, that really helps. It's always good to get another opinion, so I'm glad you think it's ok for me to hold off on starting an exercise plan.

I just know, at this point, I wouldn't stick to it, and then I'd feel like I was failing, and the bad feelings would just spiral and might affect the good eating habits I've made over the past 3 weeks.

I actually can't believe I'm doing as well as I am. I think part of it is mindset: I'm very focused on succeeding, and the food plan is very flexible. I am doing a lot of planning ahead, which helps, and although I'm not a chocoholic or "sweets fiend", I do like to have the occassional treat.

Yesterday I bought strawberries and angel food cake, which I added to my Nutrition tracker, so I can plan for a sweet, filling snack and still be within my goals.

Ok, enough rambling........thanks for listening and for your comments, they're much appreciated.

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5/11/12 10:13 A

I think you are being wise in not adding exercise for now. Trying to do too much change at one time gets frustrating and can lead you to give up. When you are ready to add the exercise, you'll feel much more positive about it and it won't seem like a chore.

Focus on your eating as you have been. All the cleaning you are doing is giving you a bit of movement, which is good.

Have an awesome weekend - enjoy that clean pantry! emoticon

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/11/12 10:10 A

Feeling better today, a little more upbeat.

Usual breakfast of Smart Ones English Muffin and 2 glasses of Mio water.

So things on the list today:
1) I have to take my measurements and enter them in SP so I have a different way of measuring my progress, other than the scale.

2) I bought a card for my sister days ago and still haven't mailed it, so need to do that.

3) Finish up in the kitchen. Pantry is done and most everything is cleared away, but I want to organize the countertops.....then start on the cabinets and get them in better order.

4) work search

That's enough for now, I'll see what else pops up during the day.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/11/12 12:58 A

Well, no exercise today.

So when I first started this program on 4/23, I decided to work on changing my eating habits first...which meant adding more veggies than what is on a Big Mac...and drinking water...I would add exercise later.

I'm stressing a little, even though I've had a good 2 week loss, so I'm not going to worry about working out just now. I don't want to get to a point where I'm feeling pissed off and just want to quit. I'm not ruling exercise out...I have a gym quality stationary bike at home and if I feel inspired I'll use it...but I'm not making it mandatory for now.

Monday will be my 3rd week weigh-in, and this week I've gone against my own rule of not weighing every day, I weighed in yesterday and today and really wish I hadn't...I know all the caveats - weight fluctuates daily, it could be water, there's more to this than the scale - yada yada yada. So no more daily weighing for me.

Every day so far has been successful, as far as tracking everything I eat and meeting the goals. I'm planning meals, eating veggies, drinking water, making sure I have something sweet but healthy for when I need it, no eating after 7:30-8pm, no wine. Just seems like such a long journey...

Good night.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/10/12 11:58 A

Pantry is back together and organized....threw a lot of expired spices and food away, so a little more room in there.

And called the insurance guy, he's sending a check for the damage to the floor from the dishwasher - yay!

Oh yeah - about the exercise........

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/10/12 10:34 A

Thank you!

I was at WalMart @ 7:30, list in hand. Did buy a few things not on it, but still came out mostly ok.

MUST put pantry stuff back, no counter space to do anything, so that's #1 today.

Then call the ins adjuster.

Another MUST: get in some exercise today, even though I despise and loathe and hate it.

15 minutes on the stationary bike is doable - I guess


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5/9/12 10:06 P

Sounds like you had a very productive day! Way to go! emoticon

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/9/12 9:28 P

Hmmmmm.....8:30 and the stuff is still on the counter. Something tells me that I know what I'll be doing tomorrow emoticon

Plan is to get up early and go to the grocery store, follow the list - no extras. Then come back and finish up the least I can see what I have and won't buy doubles.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/9/12 7:08 P

Well hell. Didn't call the insurance adjuster, and the pantry stuff is still sitting on the counter.....guess I'll put it back tonight, not like I'll miss anything on TV...

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/9/12 4:33 P

So I got the shelf paper cut and put down.......but I'm hungry so I'm going to have my regular 3pm salad, then I'll put all the stuff back.

One more chore down!

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/9/12 3:40 P

Why do I always put off calling people? I'm supposed to call the insurance adjuster so he can come over and look at some damage to my dining room floor that happened two weeks ago when the dishwasher leaked.

I'll call him before 5.

DUSK-2-DAWN Posts: 377
5/9/12 2:36 P

What's next?

Well, I'm really working to literally get my house in order. I have 2 bedrooms that just have too much stuff, and I'm trying to clean them out.

I have an oversized 2 car garage and yesterday I cleaned out most of it, still have to do the stuff on the shelves, like flower pots, ect...but it's so clean! I can see the floor, and the car and riding mower both fit, and I can get out of the car without turning sideways!

I've cleaned the living and dining rooms and guest bathroom top to bottom, but for some reason I'm putting off doing the kitchen, even though it's tiny. Cleaning out and organizing the pantry has been on my list for weeks now, but haven't started it yet...

Finally got everything out of the pantry and onto the counters to see what I have. I had some Nutri-System stuff from 2010!! And lots of canned beans and tomatoes that are still good.

I have new shelf paper to put down, then I'll put everything back in an organized way so I can find it. My pantry is narrow and deep, so it's hard to see in back sometimes.

I also took some framed wall art out of the guest bedroom and put it in the garage to go to Goodwill. In the living room I took down my "winter" things, and hung more seasonal art for the summer.

Making headway!

Edited by: DUSK-2-DAWN at: 5/23/2012 (11:36)
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