Sabine - I like you list - I may steal it! :)
Jenn - you know it! We may have a few years of freedom in our home before my mother has to move in with us. For now, she is very healthy at the age of 87, but is going blind. She'll stay in her home as long as she can, and then I think will move in with us. I'm not looking forward to that time, but you do what you have to. She doesn't have the funds to go to a care center. My home is the only one that is really accomodating to her needs. The room my son is currently using is off the family room, she can use that as her bedroom, the family room can be her living space, and the downstairs bath is right there next to that family room so that can be her bathroom too. She will have to use the only kitchen in the house - but I don't think she will be doing any cooking by then. I'm HOPING one of my other sisters offers to have her come live with them, we shall see.
UGH - so tired. I slept approx. 5 hours last night - not getting out of bed until 9 am and then sleeping a bit more on the sofa, until the phone rang and it was that stupid "we can lower you current credit card rate" call! I can't wait to get rid of our land line! All we get on it is advertising crap.
I think all the bacon yesterday caused a bit of water retention - back up to 184.2 again. So I'll push water like crazy today and drink a lot of herbal tea. That should cause a nice flush of the system! I'm also planning a fast until dinner today. I had a little binge on almond butter last night when I couldn't sleep. Healthy, but loaded with calories! So, its water and herbal tea with stevia for me. I'll walk this afternoon, after work. I want to get to work a little earlier to day so I can get in my walk before dark - I really hate walking in the dark. Its a little spooky - but also hard to see if there is things to stumble over.
I'm wishing this weight loss was moving along a bit faster. I get so frustrated when I read those "the weight just FELL right off of me" stories! GRRRR --- nice for you, but shut the hell up already! For the other 99% of us, its a grueling day to day struggle and a long drawn out process! I love the drops - and then as always, the bounce back follows! I should focus on the drops and stop letting the ups get me down. I DO KNOW that if I stay on the program and do what works the weight will continue to drop - EVER. SO. SLOWLY. Sometimes I wish SPEED was still a legal weight loss aid! :)
Speaking of "drugs" I've been thinking about this trend toward legalizing pot. The state of Washington recently legalized the use of pot - but its still illegal to buy it, sell it, or grow it. So...........legalizing the smoking of it is sorta useless. Right? Honestly I think if beer, wine and hard liquor is legal - pot should be legal as well. If we just let people grow it for personal use then the drug cartels in Mexico will be put out of business! At least the pot industry will come to a screetching hault. Selling it should be regulated and taxed. You want to sell it, you need a commercial license and you have to pay taxes on what you grow and sell. It should be monitored and inspected to see that nothing "foreign" is being added to the mix. Would I smoke it? no........ but, its not a substance that is any different than beer, wine or liquor, so why is it so illegal?
man - having tummy troubles today................ wow............... must have been that almond butter binge at 2 AM. I bet I ate 1/2 cup of the stuff! Its so good!!! But, it replaced my addiction to peanut butter, so thats troublesome. I'm on my last jar of almond butter and I've decided not to buy more. I'm trying to eliminate all sources of binge eating. I think I've tackled the chocolate monster now - not having any chocolate since 10/7, so nearly 2 months. I haven't bought any dark chocolate for about 3 months now :) the m&m's were my last taste of chocolate. And since it causes such tummy issues I don't think I will have trouble saying no to that. Hubby had a bag of peanut m&ms on the trip to Seattle and I didn't touch them. So, no chocolate, no nut butters and no nuts (except on road trips) --- those seem to be my binge triggers. I will have to have something in the house to replace those things for when the desire for snacking arises. What? Jerky? I haven't found a jerky that I really like. Its always too sweet or too peppery. And ALWAYS to leathery!! Why can't they make it like my grandad used to make it? NEVER tough and leathery! Maybe I should make my own........... thats a thought. We do have a smoker and I do know how to use it. :) We also have a meat slicer - and a freezer full of grass fed beef. I could also make some salmon jerky. I want my hubby to make some smoked salmon - but his brine has brown sugar in it. I wonder if I could get him to make it with honey and mollases instead? Need to do some searching on that.......
better go get ready to work. I have to stop at the banks on my way in. Sorry for the rambling thoughts........... sometimes I just need to get things out of my head and work them through.
Alton Brown has a good jerky marinade recipe that my whole family liked. Comes right up when you google.
[QUOTE=tomi;1021678]Its Sunday morning. The weekend has been great - we got the entire tree cut into rounds, and almost all the branches cleaned up and shredded (borrowed a friends shredder!). Hubby is finishing up the last bit of the shredding this morning as everyone else goes to church (his surprise to BIL) I'm nursing an aching stomach and frequent trip to the bathroom --- India food last night. I ordered Tandoori Mixed Grill. It was WONDERFUL tasting - but not fun on the digestive system.
As for Raccoons......... they can be very mean and they carry rabbies. People are pretty cautious of them around here. They are fun to watch though - as long as they don't get too close.
Big surprise....... I stepped on the scales at BILs house and it says 179. I'm not sure if thats accurate or not - but several others in the house weighed and told me it was weighing them correctly. If thats right - then I am a very happy girl! Will have to wait to see what the scales at home tell me. I have to say I'm feeling much lighter - so who knows? Could be all those veggie binges! :)
We're heading back home in a few hours - after lunch - and its a 4 hour drive. I need to get showered while everyone else is out of the house. Hope y'all have a great day![/QUOTE]
Ah, maybe your scales weigh heavy... Veggie binges are the best. One evening I was starving, so I nuked a half a head of cauliflower, drizzled it with brown butter and ate the entire thing. Oh, it felt good...
I have never been able to figure out the daily ups and downs of the scales. Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason to them. But I can pretty much guarantee you that if you keep up the way you are, you will win. By losing... ;) I've had quite a few "rubber numbers", ones that I just kept bouncing off of over and over again. But sooner or later I broke through.
Man, you are really reminding me I need to get some more exercise. Especially from the waist up. My legs are in decent shape from the walking.
[QUOTE=Sabine;1023797]Alton Brown has a good jerky marinade recipe that my whole family liked. Comes right up when you google.[/QUOTE]
Awesome :) I love it when other people do the research for me! :) Now........ can you research paleo/bipolar please? Just kidding! :)
Judg --- it doesn't have any pattern or reason does it? Just bounces all over the place! Here's a funny story: (tmi warning) This morning I weighed when I got up, then again after each time I had a bm (diarrhea this morning) ............. every time I stepped on the scale it was a bigger number! I started at 184.2 - and the last time I checked it had climbed up to 185. How can I gain .8 pounds when I'm flushing so much down the toilet? I did have water a tea during the whole ordeal - maybe that was it. It just makes me laugh though......... it seems like the weight of the bm leaving my body would cause the my body weight to drop but nope --- and its not just this time - its consistant. I often weigh after going to the bathroom. Those ounces can really help the overall mood of the day!
Tomi, I hear your pain of the scale being ever so slow to make changes. I do envy the people who can just drop the weight off and keep it off. But, we'll just have to keep cheering each other on and eventually we'll have the before AND after pictures! I have plenty of before and a few during but am a loooongg way off the after pics. Judg is really close though - such an inspiration. And reading your journal just gave me a boost too. It helps to hear of others who have to count the grams and calories too. I hate having to do that - but that is just where I am at. It's either that or stay the same...
[QUOTE=tomi;1024037] Now........ can you research paleo/bipolar please? Just kidding! :)[/QUOTE]
For your BIL? One thing you can do is have him watch Terry Wahl's TEDx talk, 'Minding Your Mitochondria'. It has that great information on diet affecting brain function, that I think anyone with the desire to think clearly/good brain health can get a lot out of.
That's all I got. :)
Excellent suggestion! I just watched part 1 of her series on Food for Health - and she specifically mentions the benefits to people with BP disorder -- so I am SURE he will take note and watch this.
I have really good feelings about this and am SOOOO hopeful that he will be disciplined enough to go 100% and see what it can do for his health. He hates being on meds, and hates what the BP is doing to his health and life in general. I think if he could really see and feel the difference from eating a good healthy diet he would be able to stick to it long term. :)
I don't actually do much counting or measuring. But if I'm eating well and staying the same, to lose weight, I eat less. If I'm not eating well, I eat better. ;) I did do the calculations about how much protein I needed, so I would have a rough idea of what reasonable helpings were. I get very tired of detailed tracking very quickly, but as an occasional check-up tool, it's great. Of course, personalities are different, so whatever works.
My scale will sometimes weigh heavier (or lighter) just a few seconds later. I have to weigh myself several times to see what it really thinks. Some day I will get a better scale, although when you come right down to it, a couple of pounds one way or another doesn't make much difference in the long run. But it does tick me off when I weigh myself in my PJ's, like what I see, weigh myself in the buff for the "official" weight of the day, and the scale says the exact same thing! I know for a fact that those PJ's weigh 0.6 pounds, but the scale is sometimes not in a mood to acknowledge their absence. Stupid scale... LOL! Rematch tomorrow, scale!
Judg --- I'm laughing at the "those PJs weight 0.6 pounds" comment! :) I've also put my clothes on my food scales to see just exactly what they weigh. Too bad bathroom scales aren't as sensative and accurate as kitchen scales. I would love to have a better scale - but this one will do - cuz like you said, in the long run, a couple pounds either side of the target weight isn't going to matter.
Sleep report: After struggling with my hubby's roaring snoring for so many years - I do believe we have found the answer :) :) :) His new mouth peice designed for snoring and mild sleep apnea worked like a charm last night! I slept like a baby! I felt soooo good that I hopped out of bed and walked 3 miles this morning.......... then I felt so good after work, I jumping into my walking shoes and walked another 2 miles this evening! FIVE miles in one day is an absolute miracle in my book! :) Healthy eating, and good sleep! Look out world!
Food report: My appetite and hunger level are both on the low side so I'm not eating that much. I'm trying too keep calories at least above 1000, but there have been days when I'm eating before bed just to make sure I'm getting enough nutrition. I'm on day 10 of my strict 14 and I have stayed on course! I have had one evening when I really wanted something sweet - and I opted for some almond butter.
I'm considering pushing this further and making it another 21 days. That will take me to New Years Eve. I have a wonderful piece of cheesecake with baked apple topping waiting for me in the freezer!!!! NOT sugar free or wheat free............. but oh so yummy! And I'm thinking we might get a bottle of rum for new years eve as well. If my weight continues to drop at a steady rate though - I might reconsider the rum --- cuz I'm liking the smaller numbers on the scale and don't want to have another week or 2 stale just for one or 2 night worth of "relaxing"
Our new front door is in and ready to be picked up - so I need to call tomorrow and make arrangements to have it installed. I need to get some moulding and a few other things first. I need to find a good quality knotty pine veneer - and the door needs to be finished before it can be installed. I also need to buy stain.
Trying to decide what to have for dinner tonight. Hubby is eating his left overs from our India food outing Saturday. My choice is Ham or Ground Beef. Veggie options are sweet potato or steamed broc, cauliflower, zucchine and carrot. Or a mix of all of them.
Food for the day so far: 2 eggs.
I'm starting to get some more things to do at work so my hours are increasing slightly. Thats a good thing. I would like to be working 15-20 hours per week for the doctor. I work about 6 hours a week for the boatshop. And that leaves me enough time for taking care of home stuff, and mom stuff. And time for me (walking and such). I'm hourly for the doctor, but I take a flat monthly pay from the boatshop.
My son is in the negotiating stages still.......... he offered........... they countered......... he countered again. Now he's waiting again. He's listening to my guidance which is really awesome - cuz his personality has always been "I can do it myself!" and it has always made our relationship a bit rough around the edges. He's finally seeing mom isn't so stupid afterall! I've bought and sold 3 homes in my life (not solo mind you, I was married) so I know the drill pretty well. His last counter is exactly what I suggested. :) Makes my mommy heart happy!