demariana: (waves)
Remember last week where I said I thought 2lbs in 3 weeks was very doable to reach my first goal? Well this week I blew past that and now only .6 away from my 10% loss. This morning I am firmly in the 200's and never to see the 300's again!

Weight: 295.8 lbs

I was smiling all day today. Tomorrow I start my Tai Chi class at the Y and I am super excited.

If interested my weight loss blog is:
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It started off great with my mom and I going to Whole Foods for a budget tour of the store and then over to Flag Fork for lunch. It was good to see her and talk to her for some time. I also got her 4 cup coffee maker that she is not using any more. It was a lovely visit. She dropped me off at home about 2pm and I headed into the house with great intentions. I was going to work on the living room and then kitchen and deal with the laundry. Instead I laid down and had a 3 hour nap. Weird dreams and all. I dreamed that I went out to the store and when I came back out the bumper was gone from my car. I was in tears as I called 911. I also for some reason had the coffee table in/near the car and it was beat up/missing things. Of course in my dream when the officers got there everything was fine and I had no idea how it got to be. I remember crying a lot in the dream.

I got up about 6:30 and made myself something to eat. My dinner was a smart ones meal and some spinach. I am trying really hard to not go and get some fast food when Phaeton and Skunkie get back from dinner. It has just been one of those frustrating days. I am not hungry but want something more it seems. I am bored but can not concentrate on reading or other things. I have about 4 books with what I got from the library and what I bought at Jo-Beth the other day. These are the days that are hard to not fall back on computer games which I gave up for Lent. Of course I wish I could also go out and spend money but no idea what I want. Nothing really I need.

Weigh In

Mar. 25th, 2011 07:31 am
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Another Friday is here and it is time for my weigh in. This first time I stepped on the scale it read 299.8.... Oh my word! Wow!! The 2nd, 3rd and 4th time I checked it came in as 300.0 each time. I can so live with that. I may need to adjust my goals since my first goal is to be 298 by 4-17. I think 2lbs in 3 weeks is very doable.

Recent weight change:
03/25/2011 300.0
03/11/2011 305.2
02/25/2011 309.8
02/11/2011 313.8
01/15/2011 328.0 (starting weight)
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Well I did it. I started a weight loss blog.


Mar. 15th, 2011 06:40 pm
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So I have been thinking the past week about starting a weight loss blog like at blogger or someplace. I even have a title/name. YAPS about weight loss. (yet another person scribing about weight loss) It scares and excites me to even think about doing something like this. I know there are many blogs out there. Trying to think of ways mine could be different and unique. Still trying to flesh out the ideas and goals.

3rd post

Mar. 12th, 2011 03:51 pm
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Why yes this is my 3rd post of the day. *grins* I am not catholic but I find giving something up for Lent interesting. Last year I did not do well with giving up eating after 8pm. This year I really did not want something food related to give up. I am already doing really well with my food diary and exercise and adding something like that I think would have caused me problems. I did not want to sabotage myself. Because of this I had to really think of something to give up. I settled on computer games. I play Solitaire and Free Cell A LOT and a couple of facebook games will suck my time away.

So now I have been trying to figure out things to do instead since Wednesday. I have read a book and also did some surfing on some sites. As you can see I have become post happy on LJ. I knew that today and tomorrow are going to be the hard days. I cleaned up in the living room while Skunkie and Phaeton were out. Soon I may go out to Target and a couple of other places. I know I want to plan maybe some activities. Bowling sounds like a plan for one day. The thing is that the only thing really 'left' for me is to spend money. I am not playing computer games. I am not eating out. My last 'vice' is spending money. I have been good about it though and mostly getting things I need. Today I ordered a new bathing suit and 2 shirts from just my size. I need a new suit since mine is starting to breakdown from the chlorine. The suit was on sale and I also had a code for free shipping. :) Now the things that I have gotten that I do not need have been scratch off lottery tickets. That is only about $5/week though.

Ok, time to head out to Target or nap. Still deciding.
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After work I picked up Skunkie and we went to Qdoba for dinner and then over to Lane Bryant. I had a scare after dinner. My new jeans have very short front pockets and when we left Qdoba my wallet fell out. We were at the one in Hamburg and drove across the street to Lane Bryant where I noticed I was missing my wallet. Quickly we headed back across the street. I rarely carry money but right now I still have some from my trip since I am not really eating out. I was so worried. Skunkie looked in the car while I went back into Qdoba. I started going up to the cashier as I saw a worker picking something up and then looking at the picture on my license. I just kinda shook my head and said, "Yup that is me." Once that was over we went back to Lane Bryant and Skunkie picked up 3 pairs of pants!

We got home and relaxed alittle before I had to go out and get Phaeton. He had to do alittle bit of overtime but we were still able to go to a movie. We went to Movie Tavern and saw Red Riding Hood. I enjoyed it, but the acting was not all that great. A couple of people have talked about reviews they have seen etc. I realize that to explain why I found a couple of the reviews off base it would give too much of the movie away.

So last night was a good night with spending money and having fun!
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On Friday I wore JEANS!! I have not worn jeans in years. I bought the jeans just before I went to Florida and did not wear them when I was down there. When I put them on Friday they fit good and by the end of the day they were baggy/big. I was also pleasantly surprised on my weigh in Friday morning. I am having aunt FLO visit and was not able to exercise as much as I wanted due to the knee sprain that happened last Saturday. Even with the problems I was down 6 lbs. This makes a total of 22.8lbs in 8 weeks or an average of 2.85 each week. I do think I will be under 300 by my doctor's appointment on 4/13. My first goal is to be 298 by 4/17.

Since I was not able to do cardio really this week I went to spark people and found some upper body strength training workouts. I did 5 exercises (2 sets 15 reps) twice this week. I plan to do it again today and maybe add another exercise. Next week I will look into lower body and core. I so am not interested in laying on the floor for crunches. I know there are standing up exercises for core. Adding something each month has been great for me. (J- Food Diary, F- Cardio, M- Stength Training) I am trying to figure out what to add or increase in April. I may need to just do more strength training at this point.

Today I had to start a new food diary since the other one is filled. It lasted 2 months. I think this is the longest I have kept a food diary in a long time. People are saying they can see a difference which is cool. My blood sugar has been staying in line and my blood pressure has been good.

Guess that is about it for now. I have more to write, but need to reboot.
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I had a lovely vacation at my dad's. I got there on Sunday and went in the pool and then went out to dinner. Monday morning I got up early and headed to Sanibel Island to Bowman's Beach. I was there from 9:30 to about 1:30 then had lunch at the Island Cow. Very good! I got sunburned of course. I was using spf 50 but missed some spots and was really red by Tuesday. Tuesday was spent by the pool and some window shopping. Wednesday was spent on the casino boat where I lost and my Dad won big time. He was kind enough to pay me what I lost so I basically broke even. Thursday was all morning at the pool and doing laundry. Then I packed up and headed out. The plane was pretty much on time and I got home at 7pm.

So I was back to work Friday for one day that was pretty easy. I kept thinking it was Monday. I did my weigh in and I am 1.4 lbs. I can live with that. I really think that last week I took the low number when I weighed even though I could not get it to repeat. I try to get the same thing at least twice. The good things is that I was able to take some capris to Florida that I could not wear last summer. I did write down all that I ate and kept up with my meds and testing my blood sugar.

Since yesterday was Skunkie's birthday we went out to Olive Garden with some friends and had a great time.

Today was back to the Y. I did 25 minutes on the treadmill and 15 on the elliptical. I was really feeling it. A good sore and my heart rate was in the cardio range. I took the time to cool down and then headed out in the rain. Then the annoying thing happened. I slipped off the curb and went down. I heard my left knee pop and with the rain my butt got soaked. A guy saw me fall and was like are you ok. I held it together even though I wanted to cry. He helped me up and I was able to walk on to my car. I took some anti-inflammatory meds when I got home and soon I will put some ice and go elevate the leg. R.I.C.E... not sure I can compress it though. I also have my cane just in case.

Guess that is about it for now. :)


Feb. 27th, 2011 07:00 am
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In 3 hours I will be boarding a plane to head to Florida for a couple of days. I will be coming back Thursday night. I am so excited, but also of course nervous about the plane trip. I was able to cram everything I wanted to take in 2 carry ons so I did not have to pay to check a bag. Of course it means I can not buy much since I really have no room to put it. I have planned that if I can not repack it all I will get a priority box and ship stuff back for like $15. Much cheaper than checking a bag.  I am flying allegiant air and got the ticket for under $200 even with all the fees. I am a happy camper about that. I love having a direct flight. I am flying into Punta Gorda and then driving down to cape coral. My dad and his girlfriend are down there for 3 months. The only thing scheduled is a casino cruise on Wednesday. Maybe I can win some money. :) I think that tomorrow I am going to get up early and go to the beach. Most days are suppose to be sunny and in the 80's. I hope to get some nice pictures of the Gulf and other things. I do not think I will be losing any weight this week. I also know I will not be putting back on all I have lost with 1 week of indulgence. I am down about 30 lbs. I will write down everything I eat, but will not know the counts I bet. I am going to try and exercise. My dad is thinking about us going to bowl and he has a pool and also has a Wii.

Weigh in

Feb. 18th, 2011 09:36 pm
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Last week I was 313.8 and today I am 310.8 so a loss of 3 lbs. I am down 17lbs in 5 weeks. Tonight I headed to the Y for the water aerobics class and it kicked my butt. I come to find out that the instructor considers her class more of an intermediate/advanced class than a beginner one. This is a good thing to know. When I had a Y membership before I went to the water aerobics class and felt at times it was not as intense as it could be. It was at times more social moving than working out. The instructor who does the M/W class is the same one who was leading when I was going years ago. Her class is considered more for the beginner.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day with a tour/class at Whole Foods and then errands with Skunkie (aka Caritas) We need to go to the Library, Michael's and the bowling store. Saturday is also our laundry day. Then Phaeton and I plan to go to dinner and a movie and we have some errands to Petsmart cause the cats need food. :)

Sunday Skunkie has a class and unfortunately Phaeton has mandatory OT. We plan to do our usual grocery shopping in the AM. We love how uncrowded Kroger's is on a Sunday at 9am. Since Phaeton has to work 10-4 Skunkie and I will probably go after dropping him off. He will give us a list.

What are some of your plans for the weekend?????
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Tonight Caritas and I had our bowling league. Phaeton was unable to bowl with us this season because of his job. We got Ti a coworker of mine to make our 3rd bowler. Tonight the other team did not show up so the 3 of us just got to bowl and have some fun. We really did good. I bowled over my average on both games. My average tonight going in was a 107 and I bowled a 129 and a 133. Caritas did under her average the first game but then decided to make up for it the 2nd game. She ended the 2nd game with a 231. That is her highest game on the league. It was so cool. We got done really quick because of only having the 3 of us. This is our 3rd season bowling. I am getting better each time. We have been doing 9 pin no tap. This is where if you get 9 pins with the first ball it counts as a strike.

I am so glad tomorrow is friday. I am ready for the weekend.

The IRS has accepted my tax return. I do not think the money will be deposited before I head to Florida. I hope it will though. It would be cool if it was in next Friday since I am heading out on Sunday 2/27.

Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I have a goal to be down to 250 by my birthday. From 2/11 it is 37 weeks for 64 lbs. At each 16lbs I am going to have a reward of some sort. I am not sure what yet.

Date     Weight
4-17       298
6-21       282
8-24       266
10-27     250
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I keep starting an entry and then erase it because I think:
a) it is not all that interesting
b) that noone is reading
c) both a and b

But I really need to just write and enjoy the process of getting my thoughts out there.

The food diary and eating healthy is going pretty good. I am finding very tasty items and cooking more. The money that I have been saving on fast food I have been spending on other things. I know I am using spending/window shopping as an outlet for stress/boredom instead of eating. I have better control in spending than I do with eating. I pay cash so if I do not have it I do not have it. I did join the Y and have been going.

At the end of this month from Feb 27-March 3rd I am going to be visiting my Dad in Florida. I am saving money for that. I have the plane ticket and the rental car scheduled. I need to figure out what I am taking and making sure it will all fit in my carry on since I do not plan to pay to check my luggage. I can wash clothing at their place. He has already scheduled for us to go on a casino cruise. I plan to spend one day or even 2 at the beach. I need to figure out which one. I will be in Cape Coral. I am so glad I will get to see the water again.

Work is going good. I still find it fun if frustrating at times.

Guess that is about it for now.
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I have been keeping track of my food for about 6 weeks and weighing each week now for 4 weeks. I am down 14.2lbs in 4 weeks. Today I have had more energy than I have had in a long time. I went to the Y and did 40 minutes of cardio (25 on the treadmill and 15 on the elliptical) I went to Target and wandered around. Then I came home and I have done 3 loads of laundry. Our machines are in the basement and for the longest time I have not wanted to chance the stairs. Today I have been down and up them 4 times. My knees did not hurt or pop and I was not out of breath. These are all good things.
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This morning I got up early and headed out to the doctor. It was a referral due to some high lab results. My appointment was scheduled for 8:15. I got checked in by 8:05 and sat down to wait. At 8:45 I asked the nurse when she came out to get someone else what was going on? She asked what doctor and after I answered she responded with that he had multiple 8am appointments today.... I was thinking WTF??? Multiple 8am appointments? How could that be? How many people can you see/schedule in a 15 minute block. At this point I am starting to get alittle upset. By 9:05 when I am finally called back I a might pissed. She took my weight, vitals, etc. The only good thing is that I am down 10 lbs from the last time I was weighed at the doctor's office. That was exactly 1 month ago. My blood pressure was up.. No DUH! I was upset. She said I was next. I advised that I had to be out soon. She asked if I had another appointment? I was like no, I have to go to work at 10am. I am not going to get in trouble with my work because of this. I was already taking 2 hours off unpaid due to this appointment. At 9:20 I stepped out of the room and she was like all sweet and syrupy... He is finishing up and you are next. At 9:28 I had enough. Even if he had shown up right then it would not have been enough time. He was at the checkout desk w/ the patient he was just with. I had to be out and on the road by 9:30 to not be late. I walked out. I have never done that before. I will find another specialist and hope that they are not as overbooked. I know my primary care doctor wants me to stay in the say group, but since they are the only ones in the clinic group that is not going to happen. I so wish I could bill him for my 2 hours I missed of work for nothing.

Next was work and 6 hours that went by pretty fast. Nothing too major. I go some accounts cleaned up and got to talk to a couple of my favorite customers.

Then 5pm. I book it down the stairs and kiss Phaeton as I head out to go to a class/tour at Whole Foods. Phaeton is working 2nd shift in the same building as me so he is having his lunch when I get off work. I usually hang out and see him for about 15 minutes, but today I had to get on the road. The problem is that snow had started. People in Lexington get so freaked out from snow that it SLOWS everything down. I work over near Russell Cave RD, and Whole Foods is on Nicholasville Rd. The tour started at 5:30. There is no easy way to get across down at 5pm and snow makes it all the worse. I called and advised that I would not be attending the tour.

I got off New Circle at Versailles Rd and made a quick decision to go visit my mom. That was the best part of my day. I sat and talked to her and her husband for about 30 minutes. It was nice. Then I made a quick trip to Good Foods before heading home. Now I have been home, had dinner and just relaxing some.

Month 1

Jan. 29th, 2011 08:48 pm
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On January 3rd I started a food diary. It is the one thing that has worked when I have lost weight before. Last year I would start one and then after about 1 week I would get fed up seeing the crap that I was eating and stop writing it down. It was depressing me. I think that on top of the depression I was still getting over from a break up made it really hard to do anything to help my health. My doctor's visit in Sept put my weight at the highest I have seen.... 339. I also got prescribed my highest amount of meds: 4. I have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. I am on 2 meds for each condition. I knew that if I kept doing what I was it will kill me. My work did a maintain don't gain challenge for Nov and Dec. I participated. I did not weigh myself much, if at all. One reason is that my scale only goes up to 330. The other was that I really did not want to know. I did some exercise, I cut down on the fast food. I did not stress about it, but just went slow and decided that if at my January doctor appt I was still the same it would be good because I did not go up.

Then January 3rd came and I decided to really give it a shot. I found this great notebook at Staples that would be my food and/or exercise diary. Since January 3rd I have barely had fast food. I think it has been 4-5 days. Out of the past 26 days there are 6 days that I do not know my calorie count because of eating out. Those 6 days are probably over 2000 calories, but probably not over 4000. I wrote it all down. I am not stressing over it. The other 20 days I have been under 2000.

I went to my doctor on January 12th. I weighed in at 326. My doctor was so pleased. My blood sugar A1c was still high so we had to modify my meds, but that will get better.

At home I have been doing weigh ins on Friday. I know on the weekends I splurge a little. I like having the work week to make sure I even it out. By not eating fast food I am able to go out with Phaeton one night and have a nice dinner. It makes eating out more special. We can have a more expensive dinner since it has not been $5 here and $5 there at McDonald's and other places.

On Friday 1/28 my weight was 320.

The next health challenge at work is a physical activity one. It is over 2 months and you have to earn 80 points. You get a point for each 10 minutes of continuous exercise done. So I need to have 10 points in a week or 100 minutes. To help this I have rejoined the Y. Today I went and paid for 3 months. I even wore my workout clothing and went and did 25 minutes on the machines. Month 2 here I come!
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Oct. 6th, 2010 06:55 pm
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Work is having a chili cook-off and I am thinking about entering. Now I have never made chili so I do plan to find a recipe to try and maybe doctor it alittle bit. I want something more on the sweet/savory side than the 5 alarm fire side. I searched a couple of websites and found this one that seems interesting.

 Slow Cooker Sweet Chicken Chili

    * 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    * 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, undrained
    * 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
    * 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained
    * 2 onions, cut into chunks
    * 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
    * 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    * 1/3 cup brown sugar
    * 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
    * 1 tablespoon Asian chili black bean sauce
    * 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    * 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


   1. Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker, and pour in the kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, onions, green bell pepper, tomato paste, brown sugar, rice vinegar, chili black bean sauce, and sea salt. Stir to combine all ingredients, and set the cooker to High. Cook for 1 hour; stir again, and set the cooker to Low. Cook for 4 more hours.
   2. Remove the chicken breasts, shred with 2 forks, and stir the shredded chicken back into the chili. Sprinkle the top of the chili with Cheddar cheese, and serve.

So anyone have any thoughts?


Sep. 26th, 2010 04:34 am
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and I am up. I have been up and down a couple of times tonight. This is the longest stretch so far since it has been about 1 hour. I had a major acid reflux attack that I still have a slight burning going on. I almost think I could lay back down again though. I have not had an attack this bad in months. I have some acid about once a week. Nothing usually major. I can chew 2 tums or have some baking soda and it will go away quickly. Tonight that just did not happen.

Now on to other things... I am trying to think of a halloween costume. Caritas has given me some ideas, but nothing is sparking my interest. I will be 39 on 10/27 and the party is on 10/30. She thought of going in my 'birthday suit'. Get a suit, tie etc, and add buttons, stickers, and other things that have birthday stuff on it. Maybe some streamers and such. Heck could even add some balloons. Eh, maybe.

I have a vague idea that I want to put my hair up in pigtails. Make myself look about 12. Maybe something vaguely anime. 

There are the old standbys of Cat or Witch. An interesting play on the cat would be to go as a 'cougar'. I am getting to that age.

My favorite costumes have been one year as a winged cat. When I was 29 I turned 30 on the saturday that our friends held their halloween party. I went as a runner.... from Logan's Run. That was a cool costume.

OK, time to try and get some sleep. Oh and wow, 3 posts in less than a week.

Daily Dose

Sep. 25th, 2010 03:57 pm
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On Thursday and on Friday I took 1/2 days which helped my mood considerably. I was able to get good naps in and relax some. Yesterday Caritas and I went out to lunch at Yamamoto! It was very yummy. I had a shrimp bento w/ rice, tempura, some small pieces of sushi and it included miso soup and a salad. Last night Phaeton and I went to see The Owl 3-D movie. Woodhill finally has 3-D projectors! The seats are alittle small, but the theater is nice and cheaper than any other place in town. Then after the movie we went out to dinner at Mi Mexico. It was also very good. We used a $25 off of $35 that I had gotten from I love that website. We get some great deals which so helps on eating out. Right now they have over 40 places in Lexington on the site. When I first started to use them they only had like 5-10 at a time. We get to try some more fancy places and save. Of course twice we have eaten at a not very good place. We have had way more hits than misses. It is always a great score when it is a place we eat at already like Jalapenos or Mi Mexico. The hard part was getting to $35 with only 2 people. We each had an appitizer, an entree and a dessert. We came to $34.70 (before tax and tip)... close enough!  The 'normal' price is $10 for the $25 GC, but they always have codes. The lowest they usually go is 80% so $2 for a $25 GC.

Today has been a laid back day. The 3 of us did go to PetSmart and then Chik-fil-A for lunch. We had to stock up on kitty food. I have no idea if I am going to be doing anything else today besides playing games on facebook or on my computer. I will probably nap again. *grins* I would love to go out and spend money, but really do not have any. I know the World Equestian Games start today and every place will be crowded I think for the next 3 weeks.


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