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22 May 2015

Weigh-in: 129.4 lb lost so far: 72.6 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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19 May 2015

Finally, I'm taking a day off from working out. Eleven days in a row was a bit hard on my body, so I'm glad that I see my physical therapist today. She was enjoying a week on Maui with her husband, so I'm sure I'll hear wonderful stories about what they did while she helps put my body back into alignment. I did 6 days of Zumba, 4 days of Pilates, and 1 day of BodyPump, all one-hour classes. I did at least 40 minutes of stretching and rolling a day, and still am sore and have tight muscles.

I have to return the pair of capris that we bought last week; I tried them on this morning and they are WAY too big. I lost 1.7 pounds, and I have a feeling that my plan to redistribute my weight is working. The waist was floating around by body; not even a belt would have helped. Go, me!

I made whole wheat pecan maple waffles with pistachio maple cream for breakfast, mmm. Didn't trigger my sweet tooth, yay! The "cream" was nonfat greek yogurt mixed with a little pistachio nut butter and maple syrup. My partner had two servings; they were that good.

I baked a loaf of whole wheat honey flaxseed bread already this morning, and am debating whether or not to make a pot of pork, hominy, and white bean chili, or something simple, like a piece of meat, steamed swiss chard, and a slice of fresh bread. I used the chard stems in my Quick Mixed Vegetables in Tomato Sauce, Italian style, yesterday.

I'm so glad that the farmers markets are opening to a booming business. There's nothing quite like fresh local produce. I found some beautiful rhubarb, and made a compote with it, orange juice, and maple syrup; tart, not too sweet. Local zucchini has so much more flavor than the usual grocery store kind, mmm.

I'm torn between excited and nervous about my upcoming Zumba Instructor Training. I'm getting great support from the local Zumba community and my friends. I feel like I should spend more time practicing moves, pre-learning the basics, and maybe more of Gina's routines, but I don't always have the energy for all that and my regular workout and activities of daily life. It's an intense, all day training. I've been advised to take a change of clothes, and energy snacks, a good lunch, and to get a good nights sleep the day before. I'm going to give it my all, my best, and know that I took the leap to do this, to ignore the fear and relish the joy.

With the Shakeology, I'm a part of a private FB motivational challenge group. I post pictures of my food, of me all sweaty after working out, and get encouragement and support. It holds me accountable, makes me laugh, and look for motivational posters to share with the group. I've been eating fewer daily calories than I have for a long time, and my carb consumption is WAY down. Very interesting adventure, though I doubt I can afford to continue. The breaking of my sugar addiction is totally awesome. I'm going to look into Ideal Shake (thanks for the suggestion!), which is less than half the cost.

I have support and encouragement here, when I make the time to sit down with my computer and join you all. You've helped me stay right around my goal weight for almost 3 years now, I think. Thank you!

18 May 2015

Weigh-in: 131.9 lb lost so far: 70.1 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed reasonably well

11 May 2015

This week had it's ups and downs, but mostly UPS! I was able to try Shakeology for 3 days, and I pretty much lost my craving for sweets!!! I also had more energy, wasn't constipated (very good in my world), and was more sharp, mentally. I really made good food choices, not by force of will, but because that is what I wanted! Loving it, buying more. I'll try a month's supply, and if I continue to have good results, it will be worth the expense. What I save in chocolate and lattes will probably pay for it, lol! I'll probably cut way back in my baking, too.

I also signed up for Zumba Instructor Training, so I'm stepping outside my comfort zone, and really feel alive.

My partner and I went to a friend's retirement party and Varakai, a Cirque de Soleil performance here in Portland last night. Wonderful experience all around, and they had healthy snack food at the party, which I made my dinner out of.

See you soon, my friends. My partner wants to use this computer.
Weigh-in: 133.5 lb lost so far: 68.5 lb still to go: 0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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04 May 2015

Pickles! Holy Heck!!! So, I gained weight this week, doggone it. I mostly had a good time doing it....

Our trip to Sunriver on Sunda was a mixed bag; the weather was gorgeous, the air was fresh, the condo was beautiful (with an awesome kitchen). Unfortunately, my partner was in a lot of pain, was uncomfortable in the condo, sore from all the driving, and frustrated with the inability to do much of anything. The Village was mostly closed for the season, only a few shops and eateries opened for limited hours, and Bend is quite a drive away.

I hoisted our luggage in & out of the car, into the condo, helped put everything away. We researched where I could go for Zumba, and found classes at a spa within walking distance. I was ready to pay the $20 a day fee, and go to Pilates and Zumba Gold on Tuesday.

Monday evening, a young family with 3 little kids moved into the condo upstairs. The youngest was screaming and crying in the room above us until after 11 pm, while the daddy kept this loud lullaby music playing reeeealllly late. Around midnight, we came to the mutual decision that we had had enough vacation. I got up & started packing. By midnight, we had everything but the refrigerated foodstuffs ready to roll. After a shower in the morning, I hauled & loaded the luggage, we checked out, and made the 3 1/2 hour drive back home.

We actually took our time both ways, and took lots of gorgeous pictures. On Monday, we had driven up to Mt. Bachelor, and I fell in love with the mountains all over again.

The drive home on Tuesday was decent, with a stop for lunch in Salem. I had plenty of time to unpack the car, put stuff away, and all that good stuff, before putting on my Zumba clothes & going to the 4:30 Zumba class at my regular gym.

Wednesday morning I was at Zumba again, with the fabulous Gina Grant. Thursday, I called and got an 11:15 appointment with my physical therapist. She was able to put my entire body back into alignment; all that hefting luggage and long drives and stress took a toll on my body. I ate too many of the whole wheat hazelnut hemp chocolate chip cookies that I baked for the trip. I ate them for comfort, for the delicious flavors, for energy from the sleepless nights.

I'm getting back on track, starting today. I'm going to cut down on my sweet treats, eat more veggies and fruit, and prepare healthy meals at home that will satisfy both me and my partner. I exercised for an hour 6 days this past week, often doing a lot of walking and other fairly active things. I just ate too doggone much. Sigh.



One of my best buddy's mother-in-law is in hospice, after years of Alzheimer's, decline, and finally falling and breaking her hip, requiring surgery to relieve the pain. Her time was drawing to an end, so they moved her home, bringing in hospice.

Before they could get the morphine approved, the MIL fell out of bed again and rebroke her hip. I pray that they get the morphine approved now, soon. My friend is a mess. She made it to Zumba this morning, a brief respite from the steady stress and sorrow of watching her MIL slowly die...., and now this.

My first reaction to her text was too head for the chocolate stash in the pantry, to feed my own sorrow and painful feelings and memories. My dad's hospice was so peaceful. I feel so for my friend and her family; what a horror this must all be. Her husband, her daughter....I'll just have a good cry instead, then start preparing dinner.
Weigh-in: 135.5 lb lost so far: 66.5 lb still to go: 0.5 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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