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Old 06-03-2014, 12:34 AM   #181
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Hi Ubee!

Well. My need to walk 3/4 miles twice a day is done... I was dog sitting for someone that lives a quarter mile away, so half mile round trip, and then I'd wander about outside with the pup to make sure he did his business (I say pup, but he's actually a 13 year old, nearly 100 pound chesapeake bay retriever that doesn't realize he's a) not a puppy anymore and b) not a lap dog).

Looks like I'm going to have to start making use of the treadmills available for community use in the student union to get my daily walking in. Without taking care of the dog, I lose half of my steps per day!
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:58 AM   #182
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UBEE - I almost wet myself laughing at your comment about my girls .. and yep .. the puppies add a few pounds to a scale lol ... mind you .. their journey to join my knees is definitely not a good one so sometime will eventually have to be done with em lol So missed your comments on the board.

FERA - Sounds like you are set for plans and back up plans for your walking .. great job Your dog sounds gorgeous too



Okee .. well I had a lovely day off with my hunny .. even if I did get up a couple of hours before he did lol .. poor hunny must have stayed up longer than I thought playing with his new music programs on the computer (I fell asleep lol) ... we had a late breakfast .. then had a nice slow start to the rest of the day. We drove into town where he dropped me off at the gym for my session with the trainer .. I was about 15 minutes early so I went straight onto the treadmill to warm up before the trainer (did level 3 of the weight loss program for 15 minutes) .. then had a good 30 minutes with the trainer who was so positive about my stance etc .. apparently I am a thinking exerciser .. I evaluate my moves as I am doing them and always adjusting to get it right, as well as watching everything she is doing when she is showing me what the next move is going to be Have one more training session with her for this sort of training .. and then have 3 sessions on the vibrafit machine ... and then I will look into more trainer sessions .. but I have already paid for these ones so may just stick to the routines she has already given me for a month or two then pay for another few sessions to learn some new ones or something ... will all depend on the finances of course

After the workout I had a lovely hot shower, got dressed in my new size 16 tights!! and went off to meet up with hunny at the mall for a muffin and coffee. Then it was off to the supermarket to get some bits for a recipe I wanted to try to make for my customers tomorrow .. and it was dinner alone for me tonight cos he had a boys night out to go to (its a monthly thing .. curry night with the boys .. which I am really happy he does cos otherwise he doesnt really go anywhere without me!) .. so I had gotten this new low carb bread to try and made myself a couple of toasted sandwiches which I filled with Lite Cottage Cheese w/ Chives & Garlic, mixed with 2tsp of powdered Parmesan Cheese .. then my real treat for it was my fave chicken bacon (so low in calorie and fat and soooooo tasting like bacon lol) which I had dry fried on the George Foreman before adding to the sandwich .. and boy was that filling and so delicious ... on the down side that bread may be low carb but it is high calorie .. hence only 2 sandwiches instead of the 3 I originally thought I was going to have

Now ... baking .. I figured it would be a good time to do it while hunny was gone ... so I tried a few changes to my Vanilla cupcake recipe ... I reduced the sugar (as it was caster sugar and fine I figured really it didnt need that much and I knew there was going to be icing on it too lol) ... AND .. instead of just using flour .. I used 3/4 of the flour and the other 1/4 was Almond Meal .. but I might change that to half and half next time. I also added in a couple of tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt too (just the plain light one). No milk either Then to try something a little different .. I crushed about 12 Sweet Digestive biscuits (NZ Graham Crackers lol) really fine and put a layer of it at the bottom of each cupcake liner before I put the batter on it then sprinkled a bit more of it on top before I baked them AND THEY WORKED!! lol .. Mother in law just came back to tell me she really loved this new one .. especially the surprise crumb at the bottom .. was almost like a cheesecake but with a cake instead of creamy middle part I have made a White Chocolate/Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting to go on top ... contemplating putting my Passionfruit/Lemon jelly IN the cupcake first though to give a real surprise ... while I have saved calories in some places others I have added .. and yeah .. this is definitely not look like one of my low cal, dairy free OR gluten free ones lol .. but the book has to have a few extreme ones I think .. just for variety ... Im thinking this could be a lovely dessert too .. anyway .. will let you know what I decide and try to remember to take a pic lol.

So now Im relaxing .. waiting for it all to cool so I can finish them off and pack them up for work tomorrow .. so its been a great day How has yours been???
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:04 AM   #183
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Hi all! I have lots to catch up on and will do that in a separate post later. I'm so exhausted after 6 weeks of being super strict and am so ready for this break. My hormones are still in flux and that is probably contributing. I don't know what is going on with my crazy body. No change since last week, but I know that I worked hard, exercised hard and ate on plan so I did all I could. I did have great measurements this month. I had no idea all this walking would pay off in such a big way. I have measurements I haven't seen since I was a teenager and weighed 40-50 lbs less. So weird. Anyway, I'm weighing in a couple of days early this week and won't weigh again until next Thurs when I return. More on that later...

START WEIGHT (05/01): 222.0
GOAL WEIGHT: 204
TOTAL TO LOSE: 18
ACHIEVED: 7.4

Week 01 - MAY 08: 219.2
Week 02 - MAY 15: 217.6
Week 03 - MAY 22: 215.8
Week 04 - MAY 29: 214.6
Week 05 - JUN 03: 214.6
Week 06 - JUN 12:
Week 07 - JUN 19:
Week 08 - JUN 26:
Week 09 - JUL 03:
Week 10 - JUL 10:
Week 11 - JUL 17:
Week 12 - JUL 24:
Week 13 - JUL 31:
Week 14 - AUG 07:
Week 15 - AUG 14:
Week 16 - AUG 21:
FINAL WEIGH IN - AUG 31:
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:36 AM   #184
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Good Day!
Mandy I walk to the other end of my little town almost everyday to buy a lottery ticket. Whenever I feel like slacking I tell myself "What if this is my lucky day!" I'm such a sucker.
Katt what kind of exercises does your trainer teach you? Do you use weights? A machine? Your body weight? Sorry I am daft in this area. (All right in many others also!)
Easily I haven't measured for months. Thanks for the reminder! Where are you going on vacation? Maybe while you are there you could forget to bring home your hormones...

I already walked my husband to work and then went further to buy my winning ticket!!! Next I will weed the worlds smallest garden, do some laundry and the drive to a big town to take my daughter to the doctor for a check up. What I really need to do is weed my eyebrows!
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:34 PM   #185
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Ubee... I live in Columbia, SC... and not in the pretty historical part, in the bad "crime all the time" part... I'm not a fan of walking outside, especially off campus. (Seriously, there was a double stabbing like, right across the street from my apartment a couple months ago, we heard the screaming and luckily there was a patrol car near by... and a couple years ago, there was a murder on the street we cross to get the mail/go to the gym)... Definitely looking forward to moving this summer to "small town" area. Hubby has an interview this Saturday in middle-of-nowhere Indiana and I hope he gets it!

Easily... Good for you not letting the scale boss you around! Whenever it doesn't change, I remind myself that everyone else sees the measurements, only I see the number on the scale.

Katt... Not my pup. Wish I had one that big and feisty! I used to, but he died a few years ago This is a friend's dog we were watching while they vacationed at the beach. Also, white chocolate, cream cheese, and lemon are like... my 3 favorite flavors for any dessert thing. Not sure what passion fruit tastes like, but I'm sure it is amazing. If you lived closer I'd offer to pay for shipping to get one of those. They sound fantastic!

I'm procrastinating. I really need to do laundry and pack... traveling the next 5 days. Oy. Traveling always makes swell up.
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:09 PM   #186
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I hope everyone is having a great week!!!

Katt, I'm so proud of you working with a trainer. I hear they really push you! I hope you enjoy the new exercise ball.
I thought of you this morning when I was trying to pick out a cupcake for my birthday. Ironically, I just kept thinking they couldn't be as good as the ones you make and I ended up leaving without one. After 6 weeks with no sugar, you have had my mouth watering lately so I WILL find THAT very special cupcake. I'm on a mission; before the week is over.

Sue, you are doing fantastic! Way to go on the new low!!! I hear you on the rain , it has been going on for days here, but at least it isn't like last month when we got the 20 inches in 24 hours.

Ubee, SO GLAD to have you back with us along with your wonderful personality!!! Thanks for all the giggles, I so needed that. Yay for walking hubby to work!
on not bringing the hormones home with me. Wouldn't that be great?! I've had this extended PMS now for 11 days and if this is the start of menopause, I might not like it as much as I thought.
My "break" is not really a vacation exactly. More of a business trip with a little birthday celebrating, family seeing and hiking mixed in. Nowhere exciting, just ATL on business and hoping to do some hiking up at Little River Canyon/Noccalula Falls. I would also like to get a little shopping in since I have nothing that fits me except for t-shirts right now.

Mandy, great job on all the walking!!! If you can't find a better place to do your walking, you can always walk in place or use a walking DVD. I sometimes do that when the weather is bad or while I'm watching a show that I am really enjoying. Those steps add up fast and you can really lift those knees higher and add more moves that you can't do while regular walking that helps burn the inches all over.
I'm not sure how the FitBit Ones work regarding the sleep function. Mine is a wrist watch with various displays and it has a button that you hold to turn on the timer when you lie down. Then you hold that button again when you get up and it logs the times awake, awakened, basically any movements during the night. It wasn't very accurate for me because I can lie very still while watching TV and it gave me credit for sleep I wasn't actually getting, but if I waited to turn it on, I would forget and fall asleep. They have a support section online at the FitBit site that might can help if you haven't found out how to activate it yet. I have yet to not find an answer there for the Force even though it has been re-called.
Have a safe trip!!!

Well, tomorrow's first celebration was moved up to today so... I will be having margaritas tonight. Hopefully that will make me feel better for a minute. I'll still be in town until Friday, but didn't want to weigh after the rimmed sea salt tonight. And the family celebrations on Thursday. I will definitely check back in before I hit the road. I'll be reading on my trip, but I'm not so good typing with my thumbs so I might not get to do much replying until I get back next week.
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:13 PM   #187
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I do walk at home a lot. Turn on the music and a 30 minute timer and step on and off of my wii fit board And the FitBit One has a sleep function (it came with wrist band with a pocket to wear at night). Basically the same idea. You push and hold the button til it vibrates, and then a timer starts up. Then you push and hold it again in the morning when you're ready to get up. You can edit the times when you log into the site later, as well. Like if you were laying down reading, for 30 minutes, you can just change your start time on your dashboard the next day. It's nifty so far. I love the flower that 'grows'... the more active you are, the taller it gets!
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Ubee, I forgot to congratulate you on your 4 lb loss during your break. How did that happen??? I bow to you... YOU ROCK!!!
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:20 PM   #189
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I do walk at home a lot. Turn on the music and a 30 minute timer and step on and off of my wii fit board And the FitBit One has a sleep function (it came with wrist band with a pocket to wear at night). Basically the same idea. You push and hold the button til it vibrates, and then a timer starts up. Then you push and hold it again in the morning when you're ready to get up. You can edit the times when you log into the site later, as well. Like if you were laying down reading, for 30 minutes, you can just change your start time on your dashboard the next day. It's nifty so far. I love the flower that 'grows'... the more active you are, the taller it gets!
My thoughts are so out of sync. I was going to say, yeah dancing is great, too! I'm glad you were able to figure the sleep function out, Mandy. I don't have the flower thing on my Force. It has the numbered displays for whatever you want to see like steps, miles, calories burned, time, etc and you can set your goals where it will vibrate when you hit them and does a graphic display like fireworks. And then like you said, you can edit things on the dashboard, but I usually just let it do its thing unless I have exercise like riding my bike or something that it doesn't register. I haven't been putting the weights either. Since I stopped wearing mine at night, I just manually log the sleep just so I don't see the reminder. I don't sleep very long or well most of the time anyways.
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:10 PM   #190
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Okee .. so will see if this works lol .. these are my newest recipe .. Cheesecake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Im useless at decorating (I have a close friend for that if its a special occasion lol) .. but hunny says this recipe is one of my best lately .. and he isn't happy that they are going to work for the customers lol ..



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Old 06-03-2014, 03:15 PM   #191
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Well, I went ahead and weighed in early (before my trip) to see what damage the 2 restaurant meals did.. and I was rewarded with a pleasant surprise!

Start Weight: 323.0
Goal Weight: 299!
Loss goal: 24 pounds

Week 04 - MAY 30: 319.6 (-3.4)
Week 05 - JUNE 3: 317.6 (-2.0)

Week 06 - JUNE 13:
Week 07 - JUNE 20:
Week 08 - JUNE 27:
Week 09 - JULY 4:
Week 10 - JULY 11:
Week 11 - JULY 18:
Week 12 - JULY 25:
Week 13 - AUGUST 1:
Week 14 - AUGUST 8:
Week 15 - AUGUST 15:
Week 16 - AUGUST 22:
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Total lost: 5.4

Pounds to go: 18.6

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Old 06-03-2014, 04:06 PM   #192
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EASILY - It could be that your body is just settling into its new routine which is why no change this week even with sticking to plan and doing all the right things .. frustrating much? heck yes .. but as you said your measurements have really shown the work you have been doing which is why I think when you start its a really good idea to take them
I hope you have a good break, sounds like you really need one

UBEE - Well .. last week I was shown the Swiss Ball .. so I did squats with it rolling down the wall against my back (which I must say I felt was easier for me cos I have crap balance so it made me feel more confident to lean back into the squat rather than forward), then I had to put my foot onto it and do like circles in each direction rolling it .. after that I was shown how to lie on it with my shoulders and neck supported on it while I did weights (sort of bench press but on the ball instead of a bench lol). In between it was things like step ups and wall push ups. This week I got to use one of the big machines and did pulling the weights in 2 different ways, step ups, side steps, sort of twist at the waist to pick up hand weights with alternate hands and lifting them up (I described it to her as a disco point lol) … then there were the stretches sort of things and the push ups on the wall again. Don’t feel it as much as I did last week .. but that could have been because I did the 45 minute pilates in the morning and the trainer 30 min in the afternoon lol. I also like being on the treadmill so did my warm up on that this week, last week I was on the bike for the warm up I have booked into the sauna on Thursday at 1 .. only because I am planning on getting on the treadmill at 12 so will probably need it cos I want to do 5km (figure I should be able to do that as I did the 5km in March in less than an hour .. this is a way for me to see if I am still able to do that or if my lack of sticking to exercise has put me back to square one). I envy you your ickle garden .. I would love something like that .. but then I have a black thumb and kill anything like that (yes even cactus die with me … weeds have a great chance of survival lol) .. giggle on the weeding the eyebrows .. I had my first ever plucky thing on my eyebrows last August .. yeah .. still dont see how it makes you feel good lol .. and yes I am prob definitely overdue for another weed lol.

FERA - Awww sorry about that hun, must have missed that part. I have 4 dogs .. but they are all small .. so I say its 1 big dog that had too many personalities so split into the 4 I now have lol … Well .. as you can see from the pic my cheesecake base experiment worked which I was happy with .. wasn’t sure if I would need to add a binder to them or not but was hoping that the liquid from the batter would hold them together and I was right Going to try to add a chocolate drop or something next time on the crumbs to see if it can leave a gooey centre to the cake .. definitely some experimentation going to go on with this recipe before I am happy with it .. but so far so good I love travelling .. I figure it keeps me on my toes and last time I travelled I lost weight lol .. so its something I would love to do again. Going somewhere nice I hope?

EASILY - They definitely do push .. but she is lovely about it taking into account the injuries I have on my body and if they are hurting when I get there then she just focuses on another area or changes the exercise a little for less impact on the sore muscle or joint. I must say .. causing you to walk away from a choice is a bit of a giggle .. never thought I would have that effect, but its a good one And I love the idea of finding that Special one … I think it should always be like that .. rather than just picking it cos its on offer .. its a case of if you are going to have an indulgence then it should be one you enjoy and embrace and remember, rather than just another indulge .. they should be special So thank you for that …



Right well .. better get going to work .. got my morning Starbucks and have a long day .. didn't sleep much last night (darn book ... why I can't just put a book down halfway through is beyond me .. had to finish it .. 2am!! Alarm 6.40 lol) .. so a little groggy .. didn't even know what day it was and thought it was Monday lol .. didn't half give the Starbucks guy a giggle .. he thought he was bad for pre-coffee concept of time .. but I was 2 days out!! lol
I hope everyone else is doing well .. once I play with my Cheesecake Cupcake recipe a few more times I will post the recipe if you want to give it a go .. only after I have worked out everything do I start changing it to accommodate the different requirements (dairy free, gluten free, low cal etc) .. so it may take a while lol .. Hugs!
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:18 PM   #193
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We are traveling to Indianapolis for a church gathering. Nothing fancy. Mostly business stuff. But they are feeding us and paying for the hotel (and it's a Marriott at least), so I can't really complain. Plus, I get to visit some family that I haven't seen in a couple years while I'm up that way since it's just a 2.5 hour drive away.
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Week 01 - MAY 05 - MAY 11: 225.6 (-1.2) TOM
Week 02 - MAY 12 - MAY 18: 220.6 (-5)
Week 03 - MAY 19 - MAY 25: 217 (-3.6)
Week 04 - MAY 26 - JUN 01: 216.4 (-.6) TOM
Week 05 - JUN 02 - JUN 08: 214.6 (-1.8)

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Alright ladies, I'm out of here until Monday night!
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