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Sunday, Positive Focus, Day 88

Monday, July 28, 2014

It was another quiet day around the house. The boys ran out for a while and my daughter went to grandma's house.

I got some more work done on one of my sculptures, my new hobby. My husband laughed at me when I started working on it's butt. Hopefully it will work out and I can dry it properly. I seem to be good at the sculpting part, but our oven ruins a lot of things. I have a feeling that if I can get it done right, I'll be able to do enough of it and open an Etsy store to start making an income of my own. I already have one person interested in my work.

I made myself my normal breakfast. Calories: 435

Lunch was simply some veggies thrown together with some goat cheese. I'm really enjoying the dill pickle chips. Calories: 300

I had a mid-afternoon snack of BBQ kettle kernels. Calories: 110

I made some spaghetti for dinner, with herbs from the garden and a can of tomato sauce. Calories: 356

After sticking my info into the tracker for the day, I realized that I'm having a hard time getting my protein, so I had some nut butter and cookies. Calories: 320

This week I need to work on getting away from my computer time. I think I'm doing too much on the computer/tablet and not enough doing regular stuff like cleaning the house and family time. I already decided that my facebook isn't part of my day, only checking into it briefly. The internet isn't as important as getting other things done, so you may not see me as active here either. I'm still going to daily blog and input my food, but everything else is pretty much going to be off limits to me until I've caught up with other things.

Total calories: 1,521
FitBit step count: 1,305

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FRAN0426 7/28/2014 11:58PM

    Protein is a stickler for me too, just don't get enough most days.
Glad your having fun with the new hobby, hope it goes well for you.

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MPLSKEN 7/28/2014 11:42PM

    Less Internet is always good.
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KRISTA987 7/28/2014 9:33PM

    Good for you for making the decision to be online less. I recently made the huge decision to stop playing online games. Specifically, a certain MMO that required WAY too much of my time almost every single night. Funny how easy it is to become a slave to technology and the virtual world and that the real world keeps going on without us!

It get's easier with time. Good Luck!

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HOLLYM48 7/28/2014 6:01PM

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SPARKLED146 7/28/2014 5:24PM

    I like your food photos! When I reach the end of my day and see that I need to increase protein, I'll often choose greek yogurt or soy milk.

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BHENDRICK2 7/28/2014 3:09PM

    you may want to try a protein shake to help get in your protein :) i take those daily

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Saturday, Positive Focus, Day 87

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Upon waking, I knew I needed to get my bugs into my garden. It's much healthier to let free some predator bugs to get rid of the ones that want to eat your plants. I've never understood why I'd need to put poison on my plants to kill off the bugs so I could eat them, wouldn't I be eating poison too? If only large farms would do this too. Ladybugs make me happy.

I had breakfast right after I let my ladybugs out. Calories: 415

We went out to get some craft items that were needed. During our wanderings we needed some lunch, so we hit up Arby's, which seems to be anti-veggie with all sorts of signs saying "It's not a sandwich without meat", completely missing out on a large group of people by not offering more than fries and a side salad as vegan friendly items. I had a regular roast beef sandwich (which is my normal item there) and stole some of my husband's fries. Calories: 435

I'm still not in the mood to cook, so it was a fend for yourself type of night. I just had some cherries and Puffins cereal. Calories: 297

And realized, after inputting my meals into the tracker, that I still needed a bit more, so I had a handful of praline pumpkin seeds. Calories: 140

I have my tracker set to 1 pound per week on the sliding scale (which I find less accurate than setting your activity for the week and seeing the approximate numbers in a stable situation) and I'm coming up short for the calories per day much of the time. I try not to go under 1,200 a day, but 1,400 minimum seems a bit high for the low end to me. I suppose it doesn't help I'm wanting faster results that only one pound per week and I know keeping in between 1,200 and 1,500 every day will keep me on the track I was when I lost the first 50. I plan on getting more steps in when the kids are back to school, summer is hard for me to get out and when I'm inside I admit I'm lazy.

I hope to be at goal before the winter holidays this time since I could have easily been at goal over a year ago. No more putting it off, I'm going to get there soon!

Total calories: 1,287
FitBit step count: 3,520


Friday, Positive Focus, Day 86

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I woke up in a good mood, having slept in a bit. I was planning on getting a bunch of stuff done. Then I walked out of the bedroom and saw my husband home. There went all my plans and the good mood.

We did manage to get the kids out to a park in the afternoon to let them run off some energy. I tried to find some GeoCaches, but failed in the attempt. I wasn't about to walk in waist high weeds, I'll go back when the grass dies in the fall. I can't find them all, but I try to enjoy the time I take to find them.

I started my day out with my normal breakfast, still using the cranberry nut blend on top. Calories: 415

We had lunch before we attempted to leave the house. I just had what I've been having frequently lately, veggies, hummus, and one of those cookies we made the other day (yes, there's nuts and jam on them, so kinda healthy?). Calories: 294

While I was waiting for dinner later (my husband ran out for some ingredients) I had some more cookies. It was practically dinner time at this point and I was starving. They held me over until I could assemble a sandwich. Calories: 244

Then I finally got to make my dinner. It was a cheese sandwich with mustard, a tomato, and some dill pickle chips. It may be odd, but I like it. Calories: 470

I was quite full after all the food near the end of the day, so I didn't need any more snacks at that point. I was also quite tired after the kids finally went to bed (my son really put off cleaning his room) and I went to bed as soon as he was done. I really have to figure out how to manage my husband unexpectedly being home without it affecting my mood.

My ladybugs showed up in the mail so I should be aphid free within the week! I didn't put them out because the weather looked ominous for the night, they got to stay inside for the night before being let free. I don't want to spray my plants to get rid of the salad eating bugs when this is a perfectly easy way to get rid of them and the ones that are likely infecting the neighbor's plants too.

Total calories: 1,423
FitBit step count: 1,970

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

56ROSE 7/28/2014 9:50PM

    YUM! Thumbprint cookies... they look so good! Also, your breakfast looks yummy! Great idea to use the ladybugs! I need some! emoticon

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MCFITZ2 7/26/2014 8:24PM

    Thank you for not spraying pesticides. Sounds like a busy day.
Hope tomorrow is great. emoticon

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DMEYER4 7/26/2014 7:24PM

  great job keep up the good work

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Thursday, Positive Focus, Day 85

Friday, July 25, 2014

It ended up being a quiet day where I didn't do much. The computer sucked me into a lot of games for the day. I had therapy appointments for all of us at the end of the day, so I was able to get some stuff out that needed to be out. I'm hoping that we'll have some tools for me the next time I see her so I don't have any more panic attacks, I've never had them before this year and now I've had 2. It's a scary thing and I couldn't imagine what all the incoming troops have to go through since I can imagine it's worse than what I'm going through. I did manage to calm down so much that I got tired from all the stuff that went on on Tuesday. Fortunately I think my husband understands better what happened on Tuesday too.

My son's sunflower is opening! It's just a little variety he got from the plantmobile that came to his school at the end of the year and fortunately I have to room to let it grow. I also remembered to water it enough this year, last year I think I killed off my daughter's flowers.

I had my normal breakfast. Calories: 415

Lunch was simply thrown together and I couldn't resist one of the cookies we made yesterday. Calories: 268

I also couldn't resist them for a snack a little later either. Calories: 244

My husband needed to be somewhere after our therapy session, so we just went out afterward. I got water in the cup and only used a little bit of the dressing on the side of my half salad. Calories: 215

When we finally got home, I was craving the cherries we picked up the day before. Calories: 147

And I wanted popcorn with what we ended up watching before bedtime (Farscape this time). We shared it. Calories: 80

When my head hit the pillow, I managed to fall asleep more quickly than usual. I must have been tired if I was able to go to sleep that quickly.

Total calories: 1,369
FitBit step count: 2,406

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FRAN0426 7/25/2014 11:15PM

    One day at a time, Hope the counselor will have some sort of answers for you next week about the panic attacks you have experienced. My daughter suffered from them years ago, needed medication for a time. She now has one once in a great while ( years between) and is able so far to deal with it without medication by the suggestions therapy gave her years ago---hang in there---there is hope.

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CHARTHESTAR 7/25/2014 8:55PM

    Looked like a good nutrition day.
the cookies looked great- and they looked like they had nuts so they were at least a little good for you.

Have a great weekend!

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KRISTA987 7/25/2014 7:54PM

    Glad you're having a better day today emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/25/2014 2:24PM

    emoticon One day at a time!

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RONNIEHUEY 7/25/2014 12:55PM

    Your meals looked yummy

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Wednesday, Positive Focus, Day 84

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Although I started my day out with high anxiety, as the day went on, I managed to relax enough to do some stuff with my daughter. Fortunately it was just her some and not both kids or I probably wouldn't have been able to relax as well. We even managed to get the laundry done, only 4 loads this week! The end of the day helped calm me too as my husband put on some of our Dr. Who we've been watching, he keeps borrowing some of the ones from the library we can't see on Netflix. Now we're really caught up on the current ones.

I started out my day with my normal breakfast. Calories: 415

I didn't get hungry until after noon, I just grabbed the rest of the leftover pizza. Calories: 380

We made cookies today. My daughter likes making the jam thumbprints. She ground the nuts and I fixed the settings on my stand mixer (it was mixing way too high, factory settings my butt) then we rolled out the balls together and got them all nutty. I let her put the jam on when they were done. I love when we get to do things together, just the two of us. I had two when they were done. Calories: 244

I sent my husband up to the store and he brought home some fried chicken. I will admit this was a veggie free day, not necessarily a good thing. Calories: 532

The scale did dip this morning to under 175, so it was time to take the next picture. I'm not sure how, but I feel like I look fatter than the last picture, perhaps it's because I wasn't standing as straight? At least you can still tell the 10 pound difference if you cant tell the 5 pound difference. No matter what, my clothes are fitting better, so that's all that counts. That means I only have 25 pounds to go.

I'm not surprised that the scale did that to me. It frequently holds onto the weight then drops it down dramatically the day or two after an "official" weigh in day. If it stays down, I get to change it the next official day on Tuesday.

Total calories: 1,571
FitBit step count: 2,344

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRISTA987 7/24/2014 10:21PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!
Glad to hear you were able to spend some time with your daughter doing stuff together. I wish my mom had done more with just me.

Keep up the great work!

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FRAN0426 7/24/2014 3:28PM

    Making memories your daughter will cherish---precious. Nice going with losing the weight, and getting the next picture taken Woo-Hoo for you.

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HOLLYM48 7/24/2014 3:04PM

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ACRAIG921 7/24/2014 2:03PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment!! Great job. 25 to go, you got this!! emoticon

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KLONG8 7/24/2014 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing this journey! Onward those last 25!

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CATTUTT 7/24/2014 1:49PM

    Congrats on getting under 175 and getting to take that next pic!

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DEBBIEG1232 7/24/2014 1:41PM

  I have 25 left to go too. We can do this!

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LKBRIDGE 7/24/2014 12:47PM

    Almost there! I can't wait til I have only 25 pounds to go!! ;0)

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