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Okay folks. I want to drop 20 lbs. by spring..or sooner...we'll see.

I was off sugar, but then fruit got expensive and I went back on sugar. Not good. I'm sick right now. I'm thinking if I keep a diet journal I will be able to pull myself back on track. Actually seeing what I'm taking in every day smartens me up.

I was walking, but last summer broke my foot. I'm still waiting to get in to see a podiatrist...gotta love the Cdn. medical system. I finally decided to go private. Apparently my doc forgot to book me into the free system. So now I get the joy of paying a couple hundred dollars to see someone. The result is that right now I cannot walk without being in a lot of pain somewhere. So I did the obvious...I quit walking. I'm thinking I will do some in home workouts without footwear and see how far I get.

I discovered last winter that I suffer from S.A.D. I used the Litebook with good success. I think I'll be using it this year as well. I also am on vitamin D now. Hopefully that will keep me from being too discouraged. I am really going to have to watch carbs though.

I have arthritis in my back and knee, and tendonitis in my elbow. Meaning I'm not doing step workouts (too hard on the knee), or full blown Pilates (too hard on the back), or too much upper body (too hard on the elbow). But I'll try to do modified exercises. The physiotherapist has given me exercises for all of these things, but honestly, they feel like baby exercises. Nice for stretching, but not weight loss material for sure.

I did manage to score an excellent exercise mat, thanks to a fitness specialist I used to see. She's called back a couple of times to check in with me, but I simply didn't have the heart to tell her I wasn't doing anything, and wasn't going to until I felt better. I am not a masochist. I haven't booked another appointment yet.

So hold me accountable folks! Here's to nothing. I'm doing a mild exercise of some sort right now...15 minutes of something...I have an exercise balls, weights, Pilates and aerobic DVDs...oh, and a resistance band.
 

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Did myself good... a 30 min. 1 mile workout with Leslie Sansone...no weights... really going easy on things. Still have shooting pains up right thigh to right back...and in central back. I suspect due to not stretching ahead of time. Will have to find my stretching exercises. I know they're around here somewhere...

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I just started this too. I post my stuff under weight ins (although it has become more of a journal of sorts)

20 pounds by March is about a pound a week.

I'm hoping to lose 42 more pounds by summer.

We can do this.

Good job on the work out today!
 
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Lunch - a 2 pm -
4 oz. salmon (baked in foil with olive oil, lemon juice and dill),
1/2 c. brown basmati rice,
1 1/2 c. green beans,
1 tbsp. hot mustard sauce (hm, but still has sugar in it),
1 tsp. soy sauce, salt and pepper,
1/4 large pineapple (I love pineapple!).

I had 2 cups water at least between 2 and 4 pm. And the remains of some green tea and echinacea.

4 pm - snack - on the phone with a friend - 1 square hm brownies and 1 small scoop vanilla bean ice-cream. It's there. That's my excuse. I figured I better eat it relatively early, so I have time to wear it off before bed tonight.

I think the first thing I have to do is regulate these meal times a bit better. Part of this is being sick right now. I didn't even get up till 10 a.m. today. Normally I'm up around 8-8:30 a.m.

Don't know what supper will be tonight. I'm too tired to cook and DH is working. Healthy eating isn't something I'm looking at. I don't think I have anything healthy here right now...unless I cook. sigh... will have to see. I might just not have supper...

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Overdid it. Went to bed with a queasy stomach last night. Didn't get up till 11 a.m. Still getting over this cold/flu thing.

Brunch was two slices of toast with almond butter and hm plum jam. oh, and an orange.

Lunch was...well...there really wasn't lunch. I've been snacking on whole wheat crackers and cough drops. No exercise today...unless you count holding down the couch. ;)

Hopefully DH will make some supper tonight. I'm tired.

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Hang in there. I know how hard it is to find an exercise regimen when everything hurts too. Last year, I fell down a staircase in the NYC subway breaking one leg and injuring the knee on the other. Physical therapy helped a lot but finding an exercise routine that didn't hurt and still worked took some doing. Good luck with it.
 

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DH did make supper...a healthy Mexican skillet okayed by my nutritionist as part of a four week meal rotation plan I devised. I felt a bit better and made an apple cranberry crisp with artificial sweetener...for the most part. Had one small serving with one small scoop ice-cream. I also finished the last 1/4 of the pineapple.

Today I slept till noon. I'm real weak, tired and dizzy today. Had toast for breakfast with a largish kiwi.

Lunch was a bowl of Mexican skillet, apple crisp and the last of the ice-cream (AMEN!).

Lots of tea and echinacea, etc. I'm just feeling really weird. I talked to DH about possibly going to the doctor's. It's been 1 1/2 weeks with this thing now. I seem to be getting better...well...really I'm just going from one type of sick to another, IYKWIM. One minute it's cough/cold, next it's flu, next it's weak/dizzy...but no fever. So I feel like I'm wasting the doc's time and just spreading whatever I have to go see a doc. Plus I'll just pick up whatever is in the doctor's waiting room at the time! Sigh...will see if I have the energy to sit in the doc's office for an hour or so tonight...

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Sunday am. I'm feeling better, but still coughing and tired. Decided to forego church this morning. I did go out for tea and to a fabric shop with a friend yesterday afternoon for a couple hours. that tired me out pretty good. I call that my exercise for the day.

Meals?

Breakfast was 1/4 c. red river cereal, some rice milk, a bowl of hm sugar free fruit salad (apple, orange and kiwi cut up).

Lunch was 4 oz. salmon (baked), 1 c. green beans, 1/2 c. brown rice, 2 tbsp. hm hot mustard sauce...and more fruit salad.

Supper...I found my stomach...I was hungry! Two luncheon plates of Chinese food leftover from Friday night when we ordered take-out.

I think I'm on the mend. Time to get back to real exercising... I think I'll do an afternoon weigh-in, like a lot of people do with Weight Watchers. I usually weigh first thing in the morning, before I eat and dress, but that's kind of misleading. I think I'll pick something like 5 pm. and weigh-in once a week...that's it.

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Lots of running around shopping today. No exercise otherwise. Exhausted rest of the time and resting.

Food: the rule today is that for every piece of junk food I have, I have to have an equal amount of fruit.

Breakfast: one hm muffin (stevia, applesauce, blueberries, ww flour, white flour, bp, salt, nutmeg, walnuts, lemon juice, canola oil, egg) with natural pb on it.

Lunch: 2 c. mac and cheese...made with real cheese, green peas and tuna added. I also had a banana fudge bar (hm - cocoa, sugar - lots of it, bp, bananas, almonds, oil, water, vinegar, salt). To balance that out, I finished off with a kiwi and some green tea.

Afternoon tea: green tea, frozen grapes, banana fudge bar.

Supper: salmon burger (oat bran, bread crumbs, egg, dill weed, lemon juice, egg, salmon), bun, lettuce, tomato, sauces (ketchup, hm mayo, relish), and a hm Ceasar salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Oh, and green tea afterwards.

Not enough water intake today. On the road without a water bottle...not good. Gotta get the water intake up.

Definitely feeling better though. A little tired, but not bad.

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Tuesday...

A bit better. Still tired. Tried to bake bread today and bottomed out with the kneading. I was just too tired to go the full 10 minutes by hand. The bread turned out okay though.

Breakfast: 1 hm muffin, 1 tbsp. almond butter, 1 kiwi.

Lunch: 1 salmon burger, lettuce, tomato, bun, and some hm Ceasar salad. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. 1 hm banana fudge bar.

Snack: 1 slice hm ww flax bread with 1 tbsp. almond butter.

I think supper tonight will be lentil chili. I must add some fruit to it for dessert. Possibly I'll have tea with fruit soon too.

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Jean,
Good luck with the weight loss and finding an exercise program that works.
 
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Thanks Debmar. I'm focusing on getting my diet under control at the moment. I am soooo craving sweets right now. I've decided to allow artificial sugar (splenda), but in limited amounts...and only if the dish has fruit or nuts that are healthy in it.

Breakfast (really brunch): 1 egg fried in canola oil, 2 slices hm bread toasted, 1 tbsp. almond butter, 1 tbsp. all-fruit jam, 1 kiwi, 4 or 5 strawberries.

Lunch: 1 bowl Ceasar salad, olive oil, balsamic vinegar.

Snack: 1 hm muffin (with stevia for sweetener), 1/2 c. frozen grapes, 1 c. decaf. green tea.

Supper: salmon burger with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, hm mayo, relish and bun.

Out to a church thing tonight and ate one small piece of fudge. It was gross.

Came home and baked an apple crisp for DH and I to snack on. I used Splenda instead of sugar in the fruit, and canola oil instead of margarine in the topping. Had to use brown sugar in the topping. Don't know if there's an alternative. Splenda is supposed to have one out, but I haven't seen it in stores lately. Plus I've heard it's very expensive. I'll have to check more carefully next time I shop.

No exercise. I need to make the time first thing in my day or it just isn't going to happen. I can see that!

I changed my mind about weigh-in. I'm too distracted by 5 pm to think about weighing myself. So I'll go back to my morning weigh-in.

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I love my podiatrist! Okay, so maybe that's a little overstated. I'll wait until the orthodics come in and see if they work first. Still, he gave me hope. Nice guy. I walked up and back to see him - 14 blocks. So a little exercise so far this morning.

Breakfast was simply hm bread toasted with almond butter and all-fruit jam. We arrived early at the podiatrist's, so stopped at a nearby cafe for tea. Came home after and snacked on some of that hm sugar-free apple crisp with rice milk.

I'm thinking it might be time to pull out an exercise DVD. I'm bored! Seems like the right thing to do...

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Okay, so my weigh-in this morning was bang on 180 lbs.

I just finished a 30 minute Leslie Sasone 1 mile walk without weights. I'm working back into this gradually. Lots of hip problems this time. sigh...

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Congratulations on working in the exercise!
 

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Thanks!

Lunch yesterday was 1/2 c. brown basmati rice and 1 c. lentil chili. Supper was the same thing. I also had a snack of hm muffin and frozen grapes with a lemon roosbois tea. It was 'use up leftovers' day.

Today wasn't so good diet or exercise wise (but it's not over yet!).

Breakfast was : 1/2 c. red river cereal, 1 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 c. blueberries, 1/4 c. rice milk...and some tea.

Lunch was at the church, where I was helping serve lunch: 1 c. shepherd's pie (from store), 1/2 c. coleslaw, 1/2 c. green beans, 1 ww bun, 2 tsp. diet margarine, tomato and cucumber slices, 1/6th of a chocolate torte with whipped topping (I have no idea of the calorie count of this, but my guess is it wasn't good).

Tonight I'm hoping to make tortillas and have tacos with DH. We'll see how energetic I am in half an hour...when I have to start making the tortillas.

I've had a litre of water so far. I'm not getting enough water. I've had 2 cups of herbal tea. I'm thinking I may need to cut back on tea and increase water intake. The problem is I feel so bloated when I drink more than a litre of water a day. But I know a litre is not enough water.

No exercise yet, but the day is young. I'll wait for my lunch to settle. It was big. Maybe after a light supper...or before...

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Add one taco (homemade tortilla and fillings) for supper. And a piece of that torte with whipped topping. And water.

I think I'll skip exercise today. My back is hurting big time.

I'm off to have tea and find a comfy chair...

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Saturday...

Breakfast: 1 c. puffed rice, 1 tbsp. hemp seed, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1/2 c. rice milk.

Exercise: 10 block walk.

Lunch: 1 taco (tortilla, taco filling, green pepper, tomatoes, lettuce, ff sour cream and salsa).

Exercise???: kneading cinnamon bun dough. I'm really out of shape when I list this as exercise!!!

Snack: decaf green tea

Supper: 1 taco (again), and *3* cinnamon buns. I made them. They are healthy whole wheat ones, and small...about the equivalent of 1 slice of bread each is my guess.
 

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I've been really slack here. Just no time to keep this up. Also I am doing abyssmal on the exercise and diet front. I mean, I eat healthy, and then throw on all these unhealthy calorie rich desserts late at night. Last night I pre-empted DH's attempt at a high sugar, high fat dessert and suggested we eat the really ripe pomegranate. It was enough to satisfy us. I just have to remember to keep them in stock now. Or to eat fruit myself at that time of night...even if DH doesn't.

I have been doing the new exercises my physiotherapist gave me. They are good. But not exactly weight loss material. Still, they're something. I just don't find time to do them all every day.

Hopefully I'll have a better week this week. At least I'm back to menu planning now. So I have a better idea of just exactly what I'm eating.

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I've been bad at this. I have been eating more responsibly. But every now and then I get this real sugar craving. I've been baking sourdough lately, which is loaded with sugar. So much so that I don't like a lot of it. I'm really cutting the sugar out of the recipes. It's bad enough it's in the actual sourdough!

I've been meal planning and cooking from scratch. I've decided to take us more towards vegetarianism. We are eating no more than 2 meat meals a week, and they are meat as an accompaniment, not a main dish.

I have been doing more walking, but my back isn't liking it. My knee seems a bit better. I want to do more indoor exercises as well. Today, though, I have a long walk in front of me this afternoon to pick up some mail for an organization I belong to.

I am waiting for my new orthodics to come the end of the month. I can hardly wait!

That's about it.

Jean
 
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