Down 10.4 lbs today!


I know I am all over the place with my weigh ins, but I was down 10.4 lbs this morning so I figured  that it was worthy of mention. I passed my 5 week mark on Thursday.    The rolls of hamburger offer a  visual! I know gross huh?  😀

Beginning Weight : 279.4 lbs

Today’s Weight :  269 lbs.



PS.   My next short term goal is to lose another 5 lbs by March 5th. which marks two months and it is also my grandson’s 6th birthday party.  It will be the first time I will my family since this all began.  I might even splurge on a new outfit in a smaller size for the occasion.

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Today marks one month since I began working on my eating habits and as far as weight loss, I am enjoying slow and steady progress      Considering the fact, that I really haven’t given up that much,  I am actually quite pleased despite the fact that I am not seeing the dramatic changes that I have always been used to.  I am just trying to be realistic in the changes I am making .  I am making the changes I can live with.

  • In the last month, I have all but given up Diet Pepsi.  ( hasn’t been a problem)
  • In the last month, I have given up ice cream but not my favorite coffee creamer.
  • In the last month,  I have had one piece of chocolate and a bowl or two of fat free frozen  yogurt when my sweet tooth got the best of me
  • In the last month, I am drinking a lot more water.
  • In the last month, I have been watching my portion sizes but more so, making healthier choices in what I am eating such as eating more chicken, fish, vegetables but less red meat, and starches without missing it very much.

I am trying to do away with that all or nothing mentality.   And I am down a solid eight pounds.  Think about eight lbs.  That is eight, one pound packages of hamburger meat  no longer clinging to my tired old intestinal tract!   Haha!  Perhaps too much information but I wanted to give you a visual. I can live with that.  Probably live a lot longer because of it.

No, I am not saying it has been easy, but it is doable and some of the changes are beginning to stick.  Like for instance, it is 10:16 on Sunday morning and I have already drank 3/ 16 0z bottles of water with little effort.   Tonight we are having tilapia for dinner.  And I will eat half of a sweet potato with it and of course greens..Progress NOT perfection.

Today I shared my efforts and progress for the first time with the 100+ people who read my Facebook page.  And I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but my daughter-in-law, an avid runner shared a link with an article with Whole30 dinner recipes on her page.  Just as I was thinking, I needed some  inspiration so I don’t get bored which I thought was really cool.

Some of the recipes were really yummy looking so I thought I’d share.


EatingWell – Whole30 Dinner Recipes

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Weigh in January 31, 2017

Ooops…  forgot to weigh in yesterday.

Starting Weight: January 5, 2017   279.4

January 31, 2017  270.8     = 8.6 lbs  lost to date

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Experiment in Self – Care! :)


Image Credit: Sweatpants & Coffee Nanea Hoffman

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly stressful.  We got through the property inspections ok and then last week, we learned that our porch roof at home blew off  ( eeer peeled back )  in last weekend’s storms down near the Tampa area.

Thank God our neighbors keep an eye on the house.

And then, the stress started all over again.

My husband, lets say, IS VERY stubborn and likes to do things his own way  ( not always the right way)  and in his own time. His way is the only way.  And he is amped up most of the time.  He flies by the seat of his pants a lot without really thinking things through which usually adds to the workload.  BUT he doesn’t much like taking advice.

He is the type who likes to hear himself jingle.   When he walks across a room.  His keys hanging from a belt loop almost 24 hours a day or it seems.  He likes to look busy when he is actually not. And often full of excuses.

This weekend was no exception.

Ok, so  when we realized we had a problem last week , ‘we’ formulated a plan to at least get him down there to assess the damage. He was certain that he could go down in an afternoon and resolve the issue. I knew better but it’s generally easier just to support him the best I can  and let it go.

I had already decided to make the best of my time alone.

So I worked his shift in the office yesterday.   And waited for his updates.

At 4 o-clock yesterday afternoon, just as I was closing, he called to say, he would probably have to spend the night and finish the job in the morning.

I was thinking  “I told ya so”  but  let him  finish his sentence.  Well sentences BUT oddly I knew what he was going to say before he said it.

He told me he would call again after he ran out of daylight.    When he didn’t call, I called him three separate times only to get the answering machine.  I started getting worried.  He finally called and said that he was next door having coffee  with the neighbor and had forgotten the phone.

Oh well, I said.  ‘Glad you are ok.’

Then I urged him to get something to eat, and hoped he would be warm enough as there was NO blankets left at the house.

And then I went on about my evening.  Had a bowl of soup, drank a couple of glasses of wine, watched what I wanted on TV.  It was GLORIOUS!

I went to bed and slept like a baby WHICH is rare.

Woke this morning , took the dog out for her walk.  And made my first cup of coffee.

He called this morning to say that he was on his way to  the store to get some 2 x 4s he needed for the framing . That he would get some breakfast on the way, and OH BY THE WAY, it rained off and on all night.  But I’ve got to get it done.

Yes Dear, that was the purpose of going.

So this morning, I did a load of laundry, baked some chicken, checked Facebook  and just puttering around the house.

Did I mention that I absolutely love the peace and quiet? 🙂

It kinda scares me to think about how much I actually do like my time alone.

Image Credit:  Sweatpants & Coffee Nanea Hoffman

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Bad, Bad White Carbs/and HIGHLY processed staples

They are poison to my weight loss efforts. I know better.  I truly do.

Last night,  I scrambled  burger, added 2 cups of ( dry-packaged, prepared  onion gravy, served with white rice peas and carrots.  It was very tasty.  It wasn’t like I was craving it or anything, just making do on the last night before payday and I had to throw something together for dinner.  It’s interesting though, how much more I ate, and how ‘comfortable’ comfort food is to eat.

I even told myself that I wouldn’t get on the scale this morning, knowing it would show BUT alas I couldn’t stop myself.  Today I am up two lbs. 😦

Now logically I know that this IS a temporary spike but it is still disheartening .

SO, if I have any sage advice today, it would be just DON’T.  But if you do, DON’T beat yourself up, or  go near the scale for a couple of days and get back on track as soon as possible. Like now.

Now if I can only  follow my own advice.


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Dr Oz’s Swimsuit Slimdown Drink


Dr Oz’s Swimsuit Slimdown Drink

1 cup grapefruit, orange or pineapple juice

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey


Drink before each meal.  It breaks down fat cells  ‘faster than anything else’


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Monday Weigh In

1/5/2017  —  279.4 lbs

1/16/2017   274.8

1/23/2017   273.lbs

Weight Loss Last Week 1.8 lbs

Weight Loss to Date  6.4 lbs


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