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Goal, One week down

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Made it through the first week, post diet.  It really isn’t a diet although when I am passing up seconds or an extra scoop of ice cream I feel like I am leaving something out.  I think I will always feel like that.  I am learning that passing on something only feels bad for the moment.  Later I don’t even remember that I didn’t eat the whole pan of brownies.

Walking is becoming a bit of a passion although I can still talk myself out of it.  When I am finally dressed and out the door I don’t want to stop.  I am realizing that if I want to eat more, I just need to move more.  I can do that.

So,  I am one week into my new smaller life and everything is good.  I didn’t gain, I am full and I even splurged and had lunch out by myself one afternoon.


I did it, I really did it!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

When we first started this learning to eat rather than eating everything, and anything anytime I thought we will lose a few pounds, learn a couple new things about our bodies and probably keep doing what we love, EATING!  Somehow that didn’t happen and I find myself today celebrating that I finally after 30 years weigh what I should weigh.  I met my goal today!  Yippee, congratulations!  Lets celebrate!

And I did,  we had our friends Kathy and Rob, who live near Boise over for dinner and I made a really healthy dinner, Kathy brought wine which I thoroughly enjoyed and I made dessert!  I made brownies (from a box, cause I think they are just as good as the scratch ones)  and we had a scoop of Cafe Latte frozen Yogurt on top!

It was so yummy.  I promised that I would give the rest of the pan of brownies away and Paul delivered 2 large brownies to some neighbors in the RV park but the other 1/2 of the pan is sitting on my kitchen counter and I haven’t touched them!  That deserves a big pat on the back for me!

I can’t eat them.  Today we are going to the fair where I will eat lots of fun stuff so the brownies may test me again tomorrow and if I can hold off I may have another before they dry out!  Do you know how amazing that statement is?  I use to make a pan of brownies, Paul would eat 1 and I could consume the rest in 2 days max!!!

So, another milestone has been met.  I feel confident that I can do this and I also feel very proud of myself.  It’s hard but not impossible so I will keep working at it and enjoying life to the fullest.

Have a great day.  Do something you love, I am!!!

We changed a few things

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We were definitely foodies.  We travel to really cool places and try really interesting spots to eat, but we were also eating way too much at home.  So when Paul started with his Loseit App many things changed in our cabinets and mostly in our Refrigerator.

1.  Limit our carbs.  We use to have pasta at least 3-4 times per week, now we enjoy a protein and a big salad for dinner.  Some our favorites are:

  • Chicken Casear Salad
  • Steak Salad

2.  Measure our portions.  We even bought a scale which I still don’t love to use but when the scale says I need to, I do.  We also use a tablespoon to measure things like dressing or those really fun add ons to salads!

3.  Move more!  I walk about 5-6 miles everyday.  I tried 3 times a week and it is just easier to check my fitbit (oh yeah,  that was another of those new items I wasn’t sure about in the beginning but I love it now!)  If I check it in the afternoon and I have only walked 5k,  I get my shoes on and go for a walk.

4.  Read labels.  It is amazing how tricky they are.  You read a label and the calorie count isn’t too bad, you eat it and then for some reason you are so excited that you got to eat so much without guilt, you reread the label and it was 2 portions!  I did that with popcorn.  The package said individual servings, I popped it, ate it and the next time for some reason I reread and it is 2 servings!

5. Write everything down!  Even the extra bite while cooking!

6.  When you order in a restaurant, it is going to be too much food!  It’s ok to leave some or take it home for later (or like me, end up tossing it out the next day!)

There are lots more which I will talk about later, and none of these things are new.  The biggest thing I have learned this time around (cause I already knew this)




Old habits die hard!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Good habits, like not over eating & saying no are no easy task.  We buy all the right foods and are not health nuts but we know what we should be eating and every once in awhile all that hard work just gets forgotten.

Tuesday we were in Walmart, had filled our cart with all the foods from the perimeter of the store (produce, meats, dairy) and we headed to the checkout line.  Everything is going good and while we are loading our groceries onto the belt the nice lady in the blue Walmart jacket opens the warmer with fresh pizza and says to me “Pizza, $1.00!  Paul didn’t hear her and I had to repeat it to him!  Paul cannot pass up a deal.  14” Pepperoni Pizza for only a $1, of course he had to take one!  I’m thinking that is going to cost us cause I know I don’t have enough calories left in my day for pizza.

We make it to the parking lot and I say “are we going to have one slice and throw it away?”  Paul is already consuming his slice.  Dinner was already planned,  and my app said I had about 500 calories!  Paul made the decision to have pizza for dinner and I chose to make the dinner we planned!  I love pizza but pepperoni isn’t my favorite and by the time we were going to be home it wasn’t going to be that good!  I made a good decision for me, Paul is still pondering his although he had put the extra pieces in the refrigerator for the following days and in the am decided to toss it!

And that is one way we are continuing on this journey!  You can have your splurges, just be pickier!


The SCALE!!!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

The scale is somehow the most important item when we try to lose weight.  We aren’t happy with our clothes getting too big we have to see that number.  Paul and I didn’t even have a scale and immediately went out and purchased one in January when we started on this journey.

Everyone has a different idea of how and when you should weigh but if you think about it, whatever motivates you should determine how you use the tools you have.   Me,  I was fine only weighing once a week until the first week when on my day to weigh, I hadn’t lost any weight!  What?  Well I got on scale the next day and apparently my body thinks 8 days is a better gauge because on the eigth day I had infact lost more than my predetermined amount of weight for the week!  Yippy.

There is always a bit of relief and a moment of celebration when the scale says you done good!

Paul doesn’t get down when the scale isn’t cooperating, he gets motivation from the negitive information the scale often provides!  In fact he weighs more than once a day, often times he weighs as many times as he walks past the scale and we live in this small RV so walking past the scale is constant!  I’ve seen him step on the scale in the middle of the night.

So, we use the scale constantly and it helps us plan our days.  If it wasn’t nice in the morning I try to make my meals a bit healthier by making sure I am getting whole foods, fruits, vegetables and protein and skipping the carbs which are oh so good.  So it isn’t always a matter of calories, sometimes different kinds of calories are needed to get the results you are looking for.

Motivate Me!!!!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

I’ve been writing this blog since we moved into the RV in January 2009 and I need some inspiration so I’m going to try something new! I will still tell about all the exciting things we are seeing and the fun stuff I think of along the way.  I’m just going to add a bit of my personal journey along the way!

As most of you know Paul and I have reduced our size by a considerable amount in the past 8 months and I’m very proud of us as well as very nervous that I will lose the momentum, so you get to be my motivation!  I’m going to share the journey once in awhile!  Hopefully It isn’t boring, or soapboxy!

Wouldn't it be nice if this was how it worked!

Wouldn’t it be nice if this was how it worked!

In December Paul was told he was becoming diabetic and decided that wasn’t where he wanted to go!  He told the Dr. that he was going to work on it and began the learning faze of why eating the way he was was not the right direction.  Me, I had been wanting the motivation to do something for a long time and knew what needed to be done, I was just lazy!  In May of last year I had decided I had to do something and actually had lost 5 lbs by September and in December I had not gained it back!  That is success in and of itself but really 5 lbs in 6 months!

When Paul began his journey after Christmas I told him about an App that I had played with, Loseit!  and that was his lightbulb!  He loves things to be concrete and technology is perfect for him.  He loves this thing and uses it to its fullest.

So,  we have an App, and we have motivation!  Paul has helped me because I could not have done it without him!

85 lbs lighter

85 lbs lighter

-57 lbs!

-57 lbs!


May 2014

May 2014

I want to lose another 3-4 lbs depending on how I stand on the scale and Paul is going for another 20 lbs!  The hard part is infront of me, I’ve lost lbs many times over the years and have always found it and usually a few more!  This time feels different and Paul is determined so I don’t think he will ever let me get away with what we did in the past!

In the coming weeks I will share some of things we do different and some of the indulgences and some of what I call Ah Ha moments!

Now off to consume another head of celery!