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Arabella
03-09-2012, 07:10 AM
Spring approacheth and with it, our opportunity for rebirth.

And here we go! This thread is dedicated to the idea that if we ensure our real needs are met, we won't be trying to make up for the failure to do so through food.

This year, let's get enough rest, groom ourselves like :queen:s, eat healthily, get fresh air and exercise -- and all those other things that contribute to our joie de vivre. Let's stop pushing our feelings way, way down (a la Marge Simpson) and dedicate ourselves to living life to the fullest. No matter what!

This year, let's treat ourselves royally! Come on in and share your plan for spending and ending this year in a healthy and happy place.
:flow2:
Huzzah!


Arabella
03-09-2012, 07:18 AM
Here's a link back to the last post in http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/support-groups/221541-treating-ourselves-royally-behaving-like-royalty-2011-a-21.html#post4246782 thread. I posted yesterday.

deleted2
03-11-2012, 05:10 PM
Arabella, I love the image of rebirthing ourselves this Spring. I'm ready to create new challenges for myself. One of the many lessons I've learned from this journey is that I always have to keep it fresh, always learn new things. My husband just bought himself a new exercise machine for strength training and I need to get over feeling intimidated and learn to use it!


Amarantha2
03-13-2012, 03:01 AM
Huzzah, what a nice surprise to find a link to this nice, new spring palace 2012, as well as all the posties on the 2011 thread. Great idea doing the back and forth links, Arabella! Greetings to all on both threads. Have been on a hiatus of sorts from royal life due to increased work load as well as massive focus on weight loss, fitness and spiritual changes, plus glorious weather.

The theme of rebirth really describes the path I am on, although lately it doesn't seem I express myself very well in sharing my journey (strange for a writer but hard to explain where I am since I am all over the map but feeling very happy for the most part).

Arabella
03-15-2012, 01:09 PM
Big decision here, women -- I'm going to do the Whole30 program starting next week. It's essentially an elimination diet, removing everything that's known to cause inflamation in the body -- sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, legumes (that last one is the hardest pill for me to swallow). The plan was originally created for health but they found that people who were overweight were having very striking weight loss on it.

Other health claims it makes: "Testimonials from Whole30 participants reflect the prevention, improvement or “cure” of: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, PCOS, infertility, migraines, depression, bipolar disorder, heartburn, GERD, joint pain, ADD, thyroid dysfunction, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s, IBS, Celiac, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis."

I'll be doing the plan in conjunction with the usual 10,000 steps a day and hot yoga 5 or more times a week. So... this'll be interesting. Stay tuned. :)

I definitely feel a rebirth coming on...

Eydie, how sweet to see your pic there, like sitting across a table from you having a nice cuppa. :)

Amarantha -- stupid work! Why is there so much of it? Me too, all over the map but mostly happy. Feeling very optimistic.

Yo, all other :queen:lies! Hope all is well in your corner of the Palace -- let's meet in the drawing room, shall we?

Arabella
03-20-2012, 07:53 AM
Happy Spring!

V. unusually for us, we've actually got a spring-like day ahead, and another tomorrow. We're just as apt to have a snowstorm -- actually, there's a traditional one around this date -- so it's extra huzzah-worthy. :)

I did actually start the Paleo diet challenge yesterday and it's going to work out well, I think. I'm blogging about it anonymously but PM me if you want a link.

Hope all my beloved queenlies are feeling spring-y!

anagram
03-22-2012, 10:51 AM
Hello there, Royal Personages (& welcome Julyaric). I have been remiss for many reasons (one of which is the new computer setup which changed a lot of things and I just got around to signing back in here).

Anyway, I'm floating too high on the scale again. Lots of other things going on too. Lost dear friend of 50 years (tough) and a classmate with whom I've been somewhat close (phone mostly) the last couple of years.

Realtor contacted (miscommunication ?) and I've been out looking. fear this will take a while. But also working on getting ready to put my place up for sale as soon as I find something I want.

Family situation (another one?) had me down a bit but realize nothing I can do about it except to continue reaching out (though I'm tempted to respond unroyally, I won't).

Weather has been super here too and that helps everythingh (except appetite ;)

thanks for the link, Arabella and I'm ready to Sashay my little Royal heart out.

:belly:

Arabella
03-23-2012, 08:57 AM
|We had three warm and sunny days in a row, just gorgeous. Lots of walking in short sleeves for me. :)

I've been following the Paleo plan (no grains or grainesque substances, no sweeteners of any kind, no dairy, no beans, no alcohol) since Monday and I would have to say the jury's out at this point. I'm down 2.4 and feeling mostly ok but... I'd been having a little spelt bread and rice crackers and etc. and would have expected my weight to be down at least 2 just from cutting those out. We shall see. If I don't feel the plan to be as beneficial as they say, I'll probably switch to something more like South Beach. I mean, beans? No matter what kind of plan I've been on I've usually considered hummus and carrot sticks my inalienable right.

Anagram, so sorry about your friends! We've had a couple of them go recently too, one at 38. I feel you on the family stuff, too. I had lunch with a friend yesterday who -- like me -- tends to get overly emotionally involved in that kind of thing. Sounds like you're doing the right thing, but it's just never comfortable, is it?

Huzzah, Amarantha! And a woot, too, for finagling a 3-day weekend. That begins to sound livable. :) Some day I dream of doing similar but right now we're sunk into preparing for semi-retirement, which means working hard. Bah.

Congrats on that nice streakity-streak of yours, too.

peachypeg
03-23-2012, 11:56 AM
Queen.....maybe not......but for sure a Princess here :)

Rebirth this spring has begun for me. Many many life changes for me this year.

The list in order of announcement or occurance:
1. My oldest daughter is getting married in October.
2. My son decided to live with his dad after school lets out this year.
3. My middle daughter graduates and goes off to college. (the child most like me)
4. Moving to New Jersey to start my new life with my boyfriend.

Yes.....lots of changes.....and all for the better really. I can't keep my kids from growing up. I can only hope I have taught them all they need to be happy in life. I know they are all excited for me, just as I am excited for them.

Arabella
03-26-2012, 08:17 AM
So, one successful week completed, with a loss of 3.6. Still up 2 from ticker but this week should see that gone. On the whole, it wasn't too hard. I'm still a little unsure of whether I'll stick with this or switch to a South Beach-y type thing, which is something I could live with forever. I don't see myself forever quitting eating yogurt, beans and legumes, steel-cut oats. I'm not sure there's a plan out there that suits me exactly but I know what works for me and what doesn't. This is working short-term but I don't see myself doing it for the rest of my life.

I know full-well that gluten, sugar and most dairy are poison to me and those are things that I intend to mostly avoid forever. I mostly do, in any case, with the exception of feta and a really small amount of cheese on my gluten-free pizza. The alcohol has been a little challenging. Friday evening, there was DH with a big glass of wine and a bowl of rice crackers and nuts. Very tempting. But no, I laced up my high-heeled sneakers and headed out for a brisk 20-minute walk to complete my 10,000 steps for the day. Saturday night we had dinner with SIL & her hub and another couple. I was pleasantly surprised to have a nice time without the social lubricant of alcohol. :)

They made a delicious dinner, too: baked salmon in proscuitto with pineapple-blackberry salsa. I took a big green salad with avocadoes and nuts. They actually made cocoa-date balls and mango sorbet for dessert. SO good! And Paleo. I just had to avoid the potato dish and bread and was perfectly OP. :cp:

I made it to hot yoga four times last week and averaged over 10,000 steps a day. This week, DH is out of town so I'm going to see if I can get to yoga every day.

I had a tough experience at yoga yesterday. It was the one "lite" class of the week but the instructor had us holding down dog for a long time at the first and holding all the more challenging poses longer than usual, doing more planks and holding them longer. I ended up not being able to hold them for the full time and ended up feeling frustrated and sad. Most of the rest of the class could do it. Anyway, it was far from "lite." I know I'll get there but it's hard to be challenged and fail. Plus, I guess, I was a little angry that she made what should have been a slightly easier class more difficult than even the usual. No fair! :mad: I think I'll drop the studio a non-irate note about it.

Welcome, Peachy and July!

Just slurping :coffee2: now and planning to get out for a walk, maybe out to have another one with my mom. Going to practice here and there through the day -- the choir is performing Schubert's Missa Solemnis on Good Friday.

Happy Monday, Queenies! Let's hit it! :cb: :cb:

peachypeg
03-26-2012, 09:14 AM
This weekend I picked up a used Wii with Wii Fit Plus. I have been wanting one since forever. I got it all hooked up Saturday night and did my first routine Sunday. Dang did that make me sore. I used some muscles I have not been using....which is a good thing. I also walked on the mill for 30 minutes.

I had been a bad girl Friday....so with the extra salt in the foods (out to eat twice) and extra calories, my official weigh in was not a loss. I am not upset about it really. I don't figure on not eating something I want. I just know that one bad day or even a couple of days does not make the journey over. I honestly think it helps that journey progress. I don't feel deprived and know I can enjoy life when life happens.
Today is an off work day for me! I will do the Wii and walk. And clean house. If I am off on Mondays I try to clean up from the weekends.....dang teenagers LOL. But the Cup 'o Joe comes first!

deleted2
04-08-2012, 12:07 PM
Where is everyone?:wave:

Question For Arabella: I'm vegan and am having a friend over who's following the Paleo Diet. She tells me not to worry about it, but I'd love to make something she can have that won't make her feel she's gone off her program. There's got to be common ground between these 2 ways of eating! I'm thinking something with tempeh and lots of roasted vegetables, and maybe a raw cake made with nuts and dates and a coconut oil fudge icing? What do you think? Am i on the right track?

anagram
04-13-2012, 08:38 PM
Hello, Royal Sashayers. Hope all have been doing better than I have. Still on my Easter pigout despite all promises of reform.

Been tres busy - away last four weekends and going again tomorrow. Looking for new home, major projects on this one. Lots of relatives in from as far away as Alaska, Arkansas, California, N. Carolina. Much more solcial life all around than usual. Not complaining, mind you but it does make watching weight a difficult process.

Health, health, health - I must continually remind me and get back on that l'il old wagon.'

Huzzahs to all you holding on tighter than I.

Arabella
04-14-2012, 09:16 AM
Hello Lovelies!

Paleo crashed and burned. I decided to do more of a South Beach thing and then that devolved over the past week. I had a cold, was busy, disgruntled... why must food be so dependable? And yet, made me less and less happy as the week went on. That's the story with substance abuse, as if I didn't know.

Anyway, was in Halifax last week and so glad to be home again now. The weather's quite spring-like and supposed to continue that way for at least a few days. We did our Schubert performance on Good Friday (choir director called it "superb") and this coming Monday the other choir begins rehearsal for Faure's Requiem in August.

I've got my sheets on the line now and will enjoy that heavenly scent this evening -- also this afternoon, for the sacred Saturday nap. :) DH is off to physio. I'm just going to run out and pick up groceries, visit my mom. Go for a walk around the harbour in the sunshine. And if I have any extra time I'll do some putter-cleaning.

Tomorrow is the final symphony performance of the year and should be interesting. This is the third premier performance from the composer in residence. First one was exquisite, second was excruciating, evoking horror, really -- wanted to call my review "Uneasy Listening." I'll report back! I'm combining the concert into a play date with my bestie -- lunch followed by preconcert talk and then the performance.

Eydie, I'm probably too late but your plan sounds good. There are also some good-looking vegan Paleo recipes here (http://paleofood.com/).

Anagram, I too have been wandering from the path but am feeling better today and more ready to start that sashay! Shall we?

Peachy, how's the Wii fit? I'd love to get the Kinect system.

Okey-doke. Sashaying off to shop... Have a fabulous weekend!

deleted2
04-17-2012, 10:14 PM
Arabella, I ended up making butternut-squash macaroni and "cheese" [made w/ brown rice pasta], lots of mixed roasted vegetables and to make sure there was plenty of protein I did a vegan mixed grill w/ tempeh bacon, chopped soy bratwurst, Italian tofu slices and that part was kind of fun. I know, none of it exactly paleo except for the dessert--which was a raw chocolate cake made with nuts and dates, a coconut oil fudge icing, and berries. It was a very pretty meal--lots of nice colors.

Arabella
04-18-2012, 08:03 AM
Good morning, Queenlies!

We've had some unseasonably warm weather although the cold wind off the water makes it unsuitable for basking. Nevertheless, lovely to be able to go out without jacket or boots. Chillier today but it's been nice to have a little break. And summer's on the way...

The last couple of weeks have been really busy. I had final rehearsals and performance of the Schubert, Easter Brunch, trip to Halifax, final symphony performance and subsequent review, first rehearsal for Faure's Requiem in August. Along with the neverending work, an application for another job (no nibbles, though) and all the other usual stuff. But I'm thinking things are slowing down a mite now, which is v. welcome.

Got back to hot yoga on Monday and will go again today, getting my 10,000 steps in. I'm still not feeling 100% in the wake of the stupid cold I picked up just in time for the concert but well enough to carry on. And I shall. :dance:

Eydie, that sounds like quite a feast! Do you have a recipe for the raw chocolate cake? :T I found a recipe for coconut milk-date ice cream (http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/?p=18479). It occurred to me one day that using dates to sweeten a coconut ice cream would probably give it a nice texture and taste. Lo and behold, someone had already thought of it. Haven't made it yet but will.

K, sashaying off to walk DH to work and get in a turn around the harbour. Have a blessed day, Lovelies!

anagram
04-19-2012, 09:15 AM
I'm ready to sashay, for sure. Though right now it's more like a "walk of shame". I went absolutely nutso the last two weeks. Food is most certainly my "drug of choice".

Had a little procedure on eye yesterday and realizing I had let something go on way too long. Things do creep on one - and not just weight. So hoping this will improve all sorts of things. Know I've been verging on "downness" the last year and a half and have been saying all the right things to self but self has not apparently been listening all the time.

However, it's been a lovely spring here too and I've also accomplished a lot in recent times. So it's time for yet another chat w/self who should know so much better by now.

I'm off to practice my "sashay" until I get it right.

Arabella
04-22-2012, 02:50 PM
:rain: day here today but has been unseasonably warm -- which, here, translates to "mild." I had a fun date with my bestie -- went to a fund-raiser flea market, then went to a new place for coffee. Another friend had been and said it was like being in a different city, and it was. Good, strong coffee (weak coffee is an abomination, IMO) and a folk-art vibe from rustic original features and actual folk art. Expensive, but we weren't shopping. We've resolved to make more time for excursions. I tend to get too busy to hang out but it's one of those things that makes life worthwhile.

I'm actually taking this week OFF. DH is traveling and I'm going to putter-clean, putter-garden and just putter in general. Putt-putt-putt... :) Choir practice, a shleepover and a writing group in the evenings. I'm not going to drive myself too hard trying to clean every inch of the house but will go at a nice pace and intersperse some fun throughout. And then we'll see where we are by the end of the week. It's not like there's going to be an embargo on housework after that. ;)

Recommitting to eating only at the table, trying to ensure that I only eat when hungry and the right things. Have slipped. Again. But getting back up and moving onward. :yes:

Anagram, hold your head high, you fabulous woman! I bet with whatever behaviour you've had, you're still hovering around the same numbers. And, in any case, as you pointed out, 'tis spring and everything becomes so much easier. Let's renew the vow to sashay...

Did the big Sunday walk with DH this a.m. and am going to try out the yin version of hot yoga in about 45 mins. I haven't done it before and it's got some long pose holds. We'll see. If I have to come out of a pose, it's not like they'll force me back into it. :lol: That wouldn't be very yoga-like. :yoga:

Sashaying onward... :cb: :cb: Have a lovely Sunday, Queenlies!

Arabella
04-25-2012, 08:08 AM
Good morning, Lovelies! I was almost finished posting yesterday when my productivity app locked me out of the site. :rolleyes: Shall try again...

My week is going pretty well. I never get as much done as I want to but a week just isn't long enough to do everything. If I'd decided to just do the housework I probably could get through the whole spring cleaning but then I would have missed out on everything else. Anyway, getting through some big jobs, the things that bug me most. I've got my pedicure done, toes sort-of like this, maybe a little greener. But I'm thinking that from now on, I'll have at least the polish part done professionally. It's only $10 to get a polish change.

I've wrestled myself back to eating only at the table. It's shocking how difficult it can be to make myself do that, though. I had a real battle Monday evening, but emerged victorious. I figured this out about a year ago, that if there was one single thing I could do to ensure that I'd be successful in this battle, it was restricting my eating to the table. When I let myself slump on the couch and watch TV while I eat, I eat more and I eat more often. It's a treat. I had to talk to myself sternly "OK -- it's a treat. But is it enough of a treat to make up for staying fat and losing out on all the real rewards of being at a healthy weight?" Really underlines the fact that this is addictive behavior. Fighting with logic and winning now, Day 3.

I've also gone to hot yoga every day and gotten my 10,000 steps. The yin yoga on Sunday felt like it will be very beneficial, loosening up my hips and knees. It's not strenuous, as the regular hot classes are, but demanding in terms of holding the poses.

Tonight's writing group. I think I'll go back over my old stuff and work on something to take to read. And now -- can one sashay off to clean the fridge? I guess that's what I'm doing. :cb:

anagram
04-29-2012, 04:12 PM
Arabella, you can sashay to anything you want. I was out sashaying to houses today. One of the ones I looked at earlier has been looking better & better so I went back today and, of course, it just sold. Well, I hear there will be more coming up in that neighborhood soon.

I've wrangled the weight down to just below 200 again. Not down enough to be where I used to be before Easter but not seeing the deadly 2 now. Until I go to the doctor's next month. With clothes, it's still there.

Ds was here a couple of days this week and did gobs of work for me - always helps my mood - his being here and getting jobs done. Took me out to lunch and another day to the racetrack as an early Mother's Day.

Like the polish color -seems springish. I actually had them leave mine bare this last time. Probably five years or more since they weren't not polished.

Lovely today but cold. Brrrrr.

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Arabella
05-03-2012, 07:18 AM
Day 2 here. I've been managing to stick to table-only eating but I'm not sure I really needed those 7 chocolate chip cookies I ate a few days ago. :o I think I'll add no wheat and no sugar to the prohibitions. I mostly don't eat wheat but it's slipped in again from time to time. Ditto for sugar. No good for me! All good with :yoga: and walking, though. (Mind you, the yoga character here should be in a vigorous stance, red in the face and dripping sweat. Sure it's good for me.)

So far, spring has been lovely here -- lots of sunshine and warmer than usual temperatures. Right now there's frost on the roofs but will be better later. I've got my sheets in the washer and will hang them out for that heavenly scent. A treat for me!

Work has been frustrating but I've got myself worked around to seeing how to make it better. I've got to build some fun breaks into the day and -- the biggest thing -- shut down email and instant messaging for most of the day. I really can't work when I'm getting constantly interrupted. So have taken a stand and will stick to it!

DGS is coming this afternoon. I think we'll go over to the pond and see how the salamanders are doing.

Anagram, how's the house-hunting feeling? Exciting, I hope. Must be a little hard to think of moving from your home, though. You've been there a long time, haven't you? Lovely to have a nice visit with DS -- and esp. one that ends up with some chores accomplished. ;) Must see if I can't lure mine over to have a look at some networking issues...

I b'lieve I'll sashay off to do the shopping while it's quiet. I'll sashay around the harbour when it warms up a bit and then sashay off to hot yoga at lunch. Lovin' the sashayin' -- so much more fun. :) Have a blessed day, Lovelies!

Arabella
05-06-2012, 08:02 AM
Day 1 again. I really did well yesterday but had a few bites of things while I made dinner and we know that's the slippery slope. Great day in terms of food and exercise, though.

So here we go -- eating only at the table, no sugar or processed carbs, low on the carb scale in general. DH and I will be heading out for our Sunday harbour walk soon and I'll go to yin :yoga: this afternoon. We're traveling again this week and I'll be trying out a new hot hoga place. 90-minutes and reputedly much tougher than the one I do so will have to be careful to pace myself and not push harder than I should. Just completed three weeks in a row of four classes. :cb:

Hope Queenlies are having a lovely Sunday!

wsw
05-06-2012, 05:55 PM
hello royal ones! it has been way too long since i have been in here and posted. have missed you all! will catch up on your posts soon, but at least wanted to check in. food and exercise plans have been going fairly well. still in process of trying to get off weight i put back on last year, but going in right direction, as have been since beginning of this year, so feeling good about that. still in apartment i moved to in january as my somewhat temporary digs. still enjoying it, though. will probably start looking for something more permanent next month. condo not on market yet, but have a (new) real estate agent now, and will list it with her. first one i had thought would work out, turned out to be very, very flakey.sooo glad i never actually listed with her. anyway, i will be back again soon for personal posts. just wanted to say i am still around, and thinking of you. take care, all. :)

Amarantha2
05-12-2012, 07:37 PM
Huzzah, royals! Am (me) be back with a new user name and account as have been having massive computer and internet security problems for some time as well as flux with career and life sytems in general. Woot! :carrot:

Anyhow finding with the newest computer am having problems on some o' the sites I like to frequent. Hence the user name change.

Currently doing what I call my Lighthouse Challenge and had switched to a goal to lose 20 pounds o' regain (goal keeps changin' lol, Am be a changeable personality but guess that's how she be and so be it), have lost a little of that. Will put up stats after the dreaded Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale tomorrow.

Arabella, love the new thread.

Woot to wsw, glad ye are enjoying your apartment and looking forward to new digs.

Anagram, congratulations on the pounds down, woot!

To all 'n sundry here in the palace, it be good to FINALLY be back. Have not been able to log in due to aforesaid problems with forums and various other systemic issues.

Am on Day 123 of a countdown to my goal date for the 20 pounds.

Huzzah to all, mentioned or un--

Amarantha2
05-13-2012, 10:53 AM
Edited to Add: Lost .8 and that is HUGE for the me with the struggle I am having to get these pounds off. Am SO happy!

Previously Posted: Happy Mother's Day to all in the palace who are mothers or had mothers as we can all celebrate those two great events! Woot!

I am waiting for the designated time for my Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale, which I do on Sundays at the same time each week unless I switch things around for some reason or others. Then I will have my weekly brunch and go shopping. Lol, I do the same thing every Sunday.

I am redundant but happy. :)

Amarantha2
05-20-2012, 03:16 PM
Well, this week I GAINED 1.6 lol! Changed my goal date to correspond with the Mayan calendar, which ends December 21 or thereabouts (depending on how you interpret it). Since I don't believe the world or time will end on December 21, I chose the end of December as my new goal date. I blogged my rationale on that on my 3FC blog, feel very positive about it.

Caveat, I don't think the end of the world or time will end on December 30 either. I look at it as a lot of people who follow this do, that IF time were to end, time would begin again, as in a new, lovely, positive cycle with all negative things in the past.

Amarantha2
05-24-2012, 10:32 AM
ETA: THURSDAY, May 24, 2012, Day 245 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,385 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Previous: GOOD MORROW ALL WHO INHABITETH THIS THREAD! Just feelin' like visitin' 'n hopin' all are well and doin' glorious things this day that make them happy! Woot! :carrot:

Major project sent last night, one more work night and another little contract, then taking an ON ISLAND VACATION closeted in my mental Lighthouse (er, imaginary motivational island with inspirational lighthouse on it) to regroup on the diet/fitness front. Then back to same job as thought was leaving but am not for awhile.

Brings MOI (just me) to a THOUGHT! Woot! The thought is that Amarantha2 is eating a bit too high and blaming stress when in reality, no blame is necessary because eating is fundamental (and fun) but actually stress doesn't cause it. Stress makes MOI stressed and causes a rise in cortisol (the theory goes) and that makes MOI eat extra calories that cause the cortisol to be somewhat handled in the body (don't really understand that too clearly but that is what happens). The RESPONSIBILITY of the holder of the body is to somehow figure out a way to deal with this without whinin' 'bout it and to move on without gaining weight because another responsibility is to maintain our major weight loss, more or less, and if we lose those 18 pounds we are stalkin', so much the better, and if we get fit 'n fab, so much the better (but fit is the result of exercise, not food, while weight is the result of both).

SO, we woke up this mornin' on the island with everythin' in the bod sore (happens a lot, life is full o' aches 'n pains no matter what we do, methinks) and frustrations (yep, those too) and thought o' goin' back to sleep. BUT THEN we walked out into the glorious twilight morn' with the doggie girl 'n noticed she (or someone lol) had placed a dead birdie (sad) on our front porch. SO we sighed as we DO suspect doggie girl and dealt with that and then realized we felt sad for the birdie but our doggie girl continually makes us smile with her weird ways. So we meandered around and then did 15 minutes o' weights that we were going to skip 'cause we thought we were entitled because we felt all achey and our foot still hurts (it IS the shoe, we see that now). Fifteen minutes doesn't seem like a lot but t'is all we got for time right now and holds the place in the streakity AND to update:

THURSDAY, May 24, 2012, Day 245 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,385 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2012, Day 244 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,370 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
05-25-2012, 11:23 AM
Huzzah to all fabulous Royal Ones. The palace be quiet but Am2 is just wanderin' 'round the hallways and kitchens, rattlin' the pots & pans. SO focused on food today and walking walking walking.

Arabella, very interested in the different types of yoga you are doing. How is it going?

Anagram, Wsw, Huzzah! How are ye all?

Huzzah to any lurkers or anyone I missed that I should say huzzah to!

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FRIDAY, May 25, 2012, Day 246 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,460 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Woot! Places to go, things to do!

This is a week of shorter workouts and it is actually having a good effect on the bod and the sore foot, which is no longer sore but I can see I need a different type of shoe for longer walks and when I start running again.

THINKING of going to a modified paleo, just thinking, not there yet, but am close to that anyway in my eating, modified meaning that I will never give up dairy, although coconut milk is certainly a yummy alternative, but let's face it, organic or not, coconut milk is processed. So is dairy, for that matter, unless you go back in time and are trekking the landscape and find a passing milk bearing animal and capture it and drink directly from the creature.

Feeling good lol. I am Day 219 of my countdown to the ULTIMATE GOAL (or whatever)! Think I may get there before but we'll see!

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Have a great day all!

Amarantha2
05-26-2012, 10:26 AM
Good morrow, Royals! Halfway through a walkety walk here. T'is glorious and COOL this mornin' 'n am just wanderin' my royal neighborhood, did some weights earlier, working later, then OFF of all jobs for two weeks. Hopin' to get some real damage done (in a good way) to my goal! Day 218 on the countdown! Woot!

Amarantha2
05-27-2012, 11:13 AM
Woot! Good morrow, all 'n sundry Royals and any wanderin' spirits like moi just hangin' 'round the palace. T'is quiet here in the palace but nice to be here. Huzzah!

Also hangin' 'round scanning the sky for Scale Angels, then will weigh and have brunch, same ol' same ol' lol. Have warned the scale to behave as I could turn it into a lamp. Will likely post again after the weigh-in, or not lol, dependin' on how it goeth!

SUNDAY, May 27, 2012, Day 248 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 105 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 18,700 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
05-27-2012, 02:14 PM
Huzzah! Lost .8 of a pound and .25 overall inches, so we here on Lighthouse Island are happy. Considerin' that the calorie count here on our island getaway was high-ish a number of days, we had expected a gain.

This is overall progress for the month of a net pound, with a lot of ups and downs in there, but now headed in the right direction.

Amarantha2
05-28-2012, 09:03 AM
Happy Memorial Day to us in the U.S. and happy day to all others who dwell or lurk in this palace.

Amarantha2
05-29-2012, 09:40 AM
Yesterday was an awesome day here for Moi (Just Me) in every way, weight journey wise and otherwise.

To all who dwell in the palace or lurk here, wishing ye the best this day.

Woot! The beat goes on! Off for a walk, did a teeny amount of kettlebells, really need to lift weights. This vacation from work takes some getting used to and by the time I do, work will be back but t'is all good!

Amarantha2
05-30-2012, 08:51 AM
Woot! Good morrow, Royals! Am2 be up early to exercise and water a new plant. On Day 2 of yet another attempt to do the C25K app all the way through. Have been experiencing foot pain and generalized pain with the attempts to run and now doc says okay dokey to run/walk again, so am hoping to get all the way through C25K this time.

To any passersby here in the palace, have a great day!

Kaylets
06-02-2012, 05:55 PM
Beautiful day here in the kingdom----rains have passed, skies are blue, humidity is slight and breezes refresh.

Yet, I feel uneasy as if something is getting ready to happen and I am not going to like it.

Went to the royal hairdresser and was enjoying the primping until the last 30 minutes or so when this premonition began to distract me.

Could this be why at 4 am I was wide awake and looking at tv? So wide awake I was eating breakfast at 5 am ???

Interesting.


Hope all Royals are well!

Amarantha2
06-03-2012, 02:07 PM
Hope ye got to sleep, Kaylets!

It is SO good to see ye again as has been a while and am sorry that ye are bein' bothered by the premonition demon!

Ye know, whenever I have that feeling, it always turns out that what I was feeling was something WONDERFUL that had been about to happen and DID happen and then I realize that it is CHANGE in the air that I am mistaking for unease and things I don't like.

I think we can feel change but it really, for me, is hard to pinpoint whether the change is to my benefit, and so often it is but I actually may not like it at first.

Hmmm, has a lot to do with my current weight journey theme of the ancient Mayans thinking the Solstice is the end of time this year (actually, no evidence exists that they thought that ... just their calendar thing) and my thinking with a lot of folks who follow this that the end of time just heralds a new and positive cycle of time.

Ye know, I think t'is all good. I am more optimistic than I used to be.

Woot!

Beautiful day here in the kingdom----rains have passed, skies are blue, humidity is slight and breezes refresh.

Yet, I feel uneasy as if something is getting ready to happen and I am not going to like it.

Went to the royal hairdresser and was enjoying the primping until the last 30 minutes or so when this premonition began to distract me.

Could this be why at 4 am I was wide awake and looking at tv? So wide awake I was eating breakfast at 5 am ???

Interesting.


Hope all Royals are well!

Amarantha2
06-03-2012, 02:11 PM
And speakin' o' optimism, I thought I might be up on the scale today but was down two on my official weigh-in day.

Also lost overall 2.5 inches, really just a redistribution in all the right places.

Really happy happy happy!

TO KAYLETS, AND ALL ROYALS WHO INHABITETH THIS THREAD OR LURK OR WANDER HITHER AND YON THROUGH THE PALACE AT ANY POINT IN TIME, I wish ye well and will be back anon!

Wootness!

Amarantha2
06-06-2012, 04:52 PM
Wootness, just stopped in to water the plants in the palace and say huzzah to any passin' royalty. :wave:

Having a GREAT day although vacation is pretty much over as had business things to do today and am working tomorrow night and weekend and next week.

T'is a rather high cal day and some GREAT sugary things have unfortunately been devoured.

Exercise is thusly:

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2012, Day 256 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min run/walk (C25K, W2D1), 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 19,410 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Und so weiter ... :)

Amarantha2
06-08-2012, 08:41 PM
Just fer fun Am2 be a'postin' her streakity here in the palace today:

FRIDAY, June 8, 2012, Day 258 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 105 min walk, 15 min strength, total streakity streak minutes so far 19,560 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Verra absorbed in a lot of activities, work and things, lately, and deep in thought! The beat goes on as far as the day count backwards to the Sunday AFTER the Mayan's Winter Solstice (everyone's winter solstice lol, but the ancient Mayans made it special with their calendar, which Am2 believes does NOT predict the end of the world or the end of time but can be taken as symbolic for an end to a cycle of time that will result in time beginning again with a new and GREAT cycle). Am2 doth NOT believe there is any objective reason to think the Mayans could or did predict the end of the world, exactly, nor doth she think anyone can, SO she has set her GREAT AMAZING GOAL DATE at the Sunday AFTER the winter solstice and huzzah. This is Day 205. Thank ye for listenin' ... wootness, dear Royals! Am2 thinks of all of ye often and misses ye but know ye, like Moi (Just Me) are absorbed in many things as life is complex and exciting for all of us.

Amarantha2
06-09-2012, 12:50 PM
T'is a beautiful day in my neighborhood and hope is the same in yours, dear Royals!

To share: SATURDAY, June 9, 2012, Day 259 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, 10 min run, total streakity streak minutes so far 19,630 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Wootness! Ran a bit, next week getting back to project of getting THROUGH the WHOLE C25K without hurting anything!

Scanning sky for scale angels for weigh-in tomorrow.

Working on stuff I get paid for.

That is the day, and this is 204 of the countdown to the Mayan cycle holiday that I am celebrating on the Sunday following the winter solstice. Hugs to all!

:hug:

wsw
06-09-2012, 09:44 PM
hi amarantha2---so good to see you in the palace! you sure have been doing great on your streakity streak. loss of inches also very impressive! you always continue to inspire me. :)

---and hello to all our royal dwellers.

trying to hang in there on my food and exercise plan. scale not cooperating as much as i would like, but definitely glad i am hanging on, even if some days, only by a daninty fingernail, today being one of those days.

even when not posting, please know i am thinking of you, one and all. you always make me smile. take care, everyone.

Amarantha2
06-10-2012, 03:48 PM
So great to see your post, Wsw! You also have always inspired moi. Good work on hanging in with food and exercise. Scale is not cooperatin' with me either, dang evil scale.

Come back soon and have a wonderful June!

:hug:

hi amarantha2---so good to see you in the palace! you sure have been doing great on your streakity streak. loss of inches also very impressive! you always continue to inspire me. :)

---and hello to all our royal dwellers.

trying to hang in there on my food and exercise plan. scale not cooperating as much as i would like, but definitely glad i am hanging on, even if some days, only by a daninty fingernail, today being one of those days.

even when not posting, please know i am thinking of you, one and all. you always make me smile. take care, everyone.

Amarantha2
06-10-2012, 03:49 PM
Day 203 of my backward march to the Sunday following the Mayan calendar winter solstice myth!

Scale Angels turned out to be some passing Scale Demons wearin' false wings and Am2 did gain BACK the 2.8 she lost last week. The week was a wash but we'll get 'em next time.

Had to delete the ticker thingie as it was causing computer problems. Might get another one sometime.

Working, now. Streakity is:

SATURDAY, June 9, 2012, Day 259 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, 30 min run/walk (C25K, W2D2), total streakity streak minutes so far 19,660 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Not discouraged over the weight gain as am basically down seven pounds since my birthday and am maintaining my current weight and WILL get to where I am going, just have to shave more calories.

Thinking of a new food tracker. Discovered that the protein shakes I drink contain a mere half an ounce more than it says on the label. This means that the calorie count is 10 higher than it says. This is perfectly legal but if you drink a lot of those shakes, that can add up over time.

It is always wise not to go by the calories on the container.

Gotta work! Bah, humbug.

Amarantha2
06-14-2012, 11:49 AM
I love that song, Kaylets! Lol, I am not only going to break out the nonalcoholic booze (I don't drink alcohol but am not opposed to it, just don't like it that much) and have a ball but I'm going to get on the next reincarnation train back to earth for another round o' disappointment, fun, frustration, sadness and joy, relationships and friendships that end though we don't want them too, relationships and friendships that are made when we click with new people or rediscover that our old friends and relationship partners are not perfect but we don't care if they aren't perfect because we love 'em anyway lol, und so weiter.

A wordy way o' sayin', like Big Daddy said in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," that I like life and just may live forever.

Anyhow ... this postie is just to say hi to the palace and so glad to see Kaylets and absolutely am dancing and glad to see ye are, my friend.

Okay, this is NOT a super happy day but only because we here at Counting Backward to Winter Solstice Sunday (Sunday after the Winter Solstice) Headquarters are NOT in the mood to have it be a day where we have a meeting for work to do. We are wonderin' why we didn't stay retired when we had briefly retired a while back. We suspect we are crazy lol.

Anyhow, this be Day 199 o' the count backwards to the Sunday after the end of time lol. OKAY, Am2 doth NOT believe in the end o' time thingie but she loveth the tale that a CYCLE o' time may come to its natural finishment and a GLORIOUS NEW CYCLE start with her at 125 pounds and happier than she has ever been (and everyone else being happy, too, of course, but basically this is ALL ABOUT ME ME ME lol, so we shall continueth)!

The streakity be thus: THURSDAY, June 14, 2012, Day 263 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, 15 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 19,960 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!).

Have really been focused on the cals this week and HOPE to see a reversal o' last week's EVIL, FALSE, LYING DEMON SCALE WEIGH-IN!

Woot! Have a great day everyone.

Amarantha2
06-16-2012, 12:21 PM
Huzzah, Royal Ladies and Any Gents in Residence as Well!

Woot, two-hour mini hike put me over 20,000 exercise minutes (20,110 to be exact) on Day 265 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise. Previous streakity record was 18,000 minutes on Day 288. Ended that previous streak at 18,000 but continuing this current one, with the next goal being 30,000 minutes.

This is Day 197 of the countdown backwards to my goal date when I will weigh 125 pounds (hopefully before lol).

This is Day 1 of the CONSECUTIVE CALORIE STREAK of eating in the 1600s or below. Previous record 5 days but went over yesterday, so this is Day 1 again.

'Bout covers it! Wootness!

wsw
06-16-2012, 08:54 PM
kaylets-so good to see you!! love that song too, and your wise words really struck a chord with me. "keep dancing"---think i will write this down where i can readily see it, in fact.

amarantha2-woot woot!! on that 2 hour mini hike, and hitting over 20,000
exercising minutes.

did well today with food plan and exercise. now it has been about 5 months of being fairly consitent on plan, after having gained back weight before that. working on being more realistic this time, and trying to learn from some of my mistakes last year so that i don't have to keep repeating them. i plan to keep building on my successes! i may be 110 years old when i actually reach goal weight at this rate (lol!), but i am not going to "sleep walk" through the journey. well, greetings to all our lovely royals. thinking of you all.

Amarantha2
06-18-2012, 03:22 AM
Wsw!!! Great to see you here. Thanks for the woots!

Woot right back at ye for five months of being consistent on plan. That is great.

I don't really care if I am 110 or 120 years old when I reach my goal, but absolutely I will get there and know you will reach yours. Hope we will still be posting as royal friends on some internet somewhere by then.

Posting helps me a lot in the journey and I so enjoy seeing old friends (old in length of time known, not in age, as we are ageless, I feel)!

Woot! Am so incredibly happy most days lately. When things bother moi I find it easier to throw them off more quickly and I worry less about what people think, say and do than I used to. I feel this will also be a factor in my getting through this difficult weight loss period as my weight is really influenced a lot by my emotions and feelings.

That said, lost a whopping .6 of a pound this week lol, but am truly happy with that as it is in the right direction and every week I am more and more primed for success in getting this now 17.4 pounds off. I am at Day 196 of the countdown to the goal and at Day 266 of the exercise streak and at Day 1 of the Consecutive Calorie Challenge (1595 today).

Thinking kind thoughts of all royals who wander hither and yon in the queendom. Wowza!

Did have a wee problem today in that was driving in desert with an older friend and the temp was 111 and smoke came out the bottom of car and A/C conked out. The rest of the day was verra hot indeed lol. Need to get fixed before Wednesday.

A very nice CSR with whom I chatted online about the need for a Monday appointment will help, I hope, as they seem booked.

Have been feeling really good about relationships lately, even those that are in the past. This is related to my weight and fitness aspirations as am just realizin' how much weight is impacted by how I feel about things.

Life is good, too short to bear grudges and fret over minor negativities so am just hocus pocus focus focusing on the weight journey that is important to me right now and recovering more quickly from slights, vexations and misunderstandings on all fronts and NOT using these as a reason to go over calorie.

Amarantha2
06-19-2012, 12:36 AM
Good evening to all royals who wander these palace hallways. Am2 be in status quo from yesterday except that she is MUCH poorer financially, or will be as soon as she picks up the car and pays the bill for the new A/C, which she finds does NOT come cheap, scary really.

Be that as it may, the consecutive calorie challenge o' Am2 is kind of cancelled. Found today that thinking about it made Am2 eat MORE, kind of a high eating day, no "bad" foods but just more calories.

Have a great Tuesday, all!

wsw
06-19-2012, 01:39 PM
empress-i sure am sympathetic about how expensive it is to have car a/c fixed. hope it is working well now.

know what you mean about how life is just too short to hold grudges. i too find i can let go of things like that easier than i could before, and it definitely makes a difference in a more peaceful and happier existence.

have lots more to accomplish today, so must away and take care of some stuff. so far, op with food and exercise. hope all is well with royal dwellers. thinking of you all. take care.

Amarantha2
06-20-2012, 05:39 AM
Wsw, the vehicle is all fixed and cool as a cucumber with brand new A/C. Thank you for the support! :wave:

Captured by insomnia tonight so just flying by the palace to say hello to all denizens in residence or past, future or on vacation. :wave:

Making a number of changes in career direction and will be taking some classes to prepare for an exam that will help me in said new career, although am keeping the part-time job I am currently contracted for.

Sort of excited but sort of in a state of having nibbled on too many calories yesterday, so really need to get that back on track tomorrow.

Woot, all!

Amarantha2
06-21-2012, 09:27 AM
Wowsa, t'is shapin' up to be a great day for Moi (just me lol) and hope everyone else in the palace or out wanderin' in the glorious world also has a great day!

Starting a 10-day yoga challenge, just to do as little as 5 min daily to add to my streakity streak:

Going to post my streakity here today as a kick-off of my 10-day yoga challenge to do AT LEAST 5 minutes per day. THIS IS DAY 1 and I am STILL up early to work but stopped to do yoga! Woot!

THURSDAY, June 21, 2012, Day 270 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min yoga, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,355 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Also doing a little personal challenge to eliminate negativity from my wee brain and life. This, to me, means distancing self from as many negative people, places and things as I can and from the negative forces inside my own head.

Also noting that my little career change challenge includes adding nine on site classroom hours per week of a course I need to take that can't be done on the internet. So need to keep up with my job better and SO lol I better get back to work.

Light beams from the palace window and so hope everyone comes back soon. Wootness! :wave: :)

wsw
06-21-2012, 09:12 PM
so glad to hear a/c in royal vehicle is now keeping you cool as a cucumber, empress! again, you inspire me and remind me of some things which i need to do to take better care of myself regarding working on eliminating negative
self talk. well, i am a work in progress on this front, anyway. hope weekly class hours are going/will go well.

--and greetings to all our royal dwellers, both near and far.

stayed op today, food and exercise-wise. some days sure are harder than others to make myself do this, though. today was one of those harder days. also i have a wierd sense of body image. even after having lost weight now again consecutively for past 5 months, i feel bigger than when i started back on weight loss course. ah well. also, i know i need to be more consistent with listening to meditation cd's which are really helpful for me to de-stress a bit. ok, so speaking of needing to de-stress, i need to try a little of that right now. well, a good evening to one and all.










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Amarantha2
06-22-2012, 09:43 AM
Wsw: Ye have always been one who inspires ME as I have noted how ye keep working at the journey and life in general and you do to me sound like a really positive person! Huzzah, congrats on having lost weight consecutively for the past five months, that is an awesome accomplishment. Keep on keepin' on! Woot! :carrot:

As for Moi (Just Me), Wootness, this be Day 191 o' that intrepid march to MY GOAL DAY, which is actually December 23, the Sunday following the Winter Solstice, which is significant, of course, as I have stated to all persons I meet 'cause I talk and type a lot lol, because of the ancient Mayan calendar that some say predicts the world or time or a cycle of time, depending on how you look at it, could end. While this may be thought of as a gloomy prophecy (if, indeed, the ancient Mayans thought that, which I doubt), many people, including me are having a fun time with it and planning parties others believe it might refer to the end of a cycle of time and the beginning of a new one. SO PLEASE NO NEGATIVITY ABOUT MY HAVING FUN WITH THE SYMBOLISM OF THIS, WHICH MOTIVATES AND ENERGIZES MOI LOL. So my cycle of not being able to get this extra weight off is going to come to an end on OR BEFORE (way before, I hope) December 23!

In the meantime, I have classes starting in two weeks and I have to change my work schedule for the one contract job I have left in life so DO have to work today (following a trip to Wally for food, NO DONUTS)!

Wootness and salutations! Here is the rest of the streakity from yesterday:

THURSDAY, June 21, 2012, Day 270 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 2nd session, 30 min walk, 30 min strength, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,385 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

It. Is. Manifest.

Amarantha2
06-22-2012, 08:42 PM
Having a nice rest day, just wanted to wish everyone in the palace a lovely night.

Been enjoying posting my streakity streak here so ...

FRIDAY, June 22, 2012, Day 271 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 90 min walk, 15 min yoga, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,490 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Arabella
06-23-2012, 09:04 AM
Good morning, Queenies! Cool and :rain: here but that's OK cuz I have a cold and will be content with lounging and reading/watching movies for most of the day.

I had been in quite the funk for the last couple of weeks. My sister was visiting yesterday and said there'd been solar flares that tend to make us sensitive petals anxious and depressed. So that's a theory. Whatever, though, I thought: What can I do to make myself feel better? And I remembered how much better I feel when I eat lowish carb. One day in and I was feeling like myself again. Thing for me to remember: Easy to get off track, way harder to get back on. Screw the carbs. (Pardon my French.)

In the "big news" category, four of my sisters and I are renting a cottage for the summer, straight through until Thanksgiving. We got a fantastic deal -- works out to $489 apiece. Small and rustic but a five minute walk through the woods to a beautiful beach. This is going to be good!

Empress Am, you are inspiring as always. You've done phenomenally well keeping the weight off. So many people gain most of it back.

You'd asked about the different kinds of yoga I do. Well, it's mostly the Moksha hot yoga variation. I've done hatha for many years but hot yoga is a vigorous style that has amazing results when done regularly. When I was averaging five times a week, my body -- even my skin -- was becoming transformed as I watched. Back to that again. :yes:

They also have a yin class that I've attended a couple of times -- two different instructors and very different styles. Gentler styles, longer holds, increasing flexibility in the joints and all the other benefits that they say go with the various poses (reclining hero, pigeon, etc. opening heart, getting all the emotional "gunk" out of our hips)

Kaylets, interesting about your premonition! What always strikes me is how these feel SO disturbing but oftentimes everything works out OK. When DH lost his job in Nfld., I'd spent four or five days extremely anxious, describing how I felt as "like I'm waiting for the axe to fall." Then, the following Monday he found his program had been cut and we were going to have to move. So, it was a big deal but not really catastrophic.

WSW, I'm so glad you've found a comfortable "in-between" nest!

Re: Not sleepwalking through the journey -- I'm with you, Sistah! The "eating for comfort" phase is that, exactly, isn't it. Like a psychic sleeping pill to keep us sedated. Not taking that medication any more! It's carbs, for me. :p Ptttui!

Anagram, are you around? We're missing you! (We've all gone walkabout from time to time and there is no rebuke intended, of course.)

I'm off to walk before the rains start again. Have a blessed weekend, my beloved Queenlies!

Amarantha2
06-23-2012, 09:31 PM
Arabella!!! T'is so great to see ye! Sorry ye were in a funk! I am the same in that eating lower carb levels makes me feel better. When I am in sugar/carbish mode I am much less happy and I get more tired and have a hard time with appetite control. In fact, paleo eating of a sort agrees with me but I don't practice it strictly or anything. I like dairy and processed food too much, but I do toy with the idea of going full monte on that way of eating sometime. We'll see :carrot: !!

Thank you for the info on what you are doing in yoga. I need to get my yoga practice back and deepen it. Haven't taken classes in years, just do it at home, but might like to try a hot yoga class when I get time.

Also would like to add my agreement with your huzzah to Anagram.

It has been way fun for me to be back in the palace, having had computer problems off and on that precluded my often coming here and on other sites I like. These seem to have disappeared on my new computer, yay.

Longing for a Mac lol ... not in the budget, though.

Anyhow, today is Day 190 on my countdown to My Goal Day! I got up way early to exercise and work some on the stuff I actually get paid for and traveled to another town to say good-bye to some old friends. Peaceful now. All pain from that is gone.

The streakity from this morning is thusly:

SATURDAY, June 23, 2012, Day 272 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, 15 min yoga, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,565 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Good night all!

Amarantha2
06-24-2012, 01:47 PM
Huzzah! At Day 189 o' the Goal Day Countdown! The TALE O' THE SCALE was neutral, no loss, no gain! Was happy as a clam with this as thought I had gained, although haven't peeked all week. Calories have been a little high for most of the seven days, although had a few low ones. I started a Gratitude Group support thread in this section of 3FC and THAT is one of the things I am grateful for today, that I had a NICE MAINTAIN instead of a MEANIE GAIN! Woot!

I'll get 'em next time.

SUNDAY, June 24, 2012, Day 273 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, 15 min yoga, 15 min jog, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,565 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
06-25-2012, 10:17 AM
Wootness! T'is a glorious CLOUDY morn here in sunny central AZ and might rain, which is a good thing as the land is a tinderbox right now.

So happy to be alive and, as I posted in the Gratitude Group, to have a job, although really not in the mood to get to work right now, but will & must as my schedule is all messed up this week with changes people make to it!

This is Day 188 of my backward count to GOAL DAY! Yay!

Am very focused on GETTING SOMEWHERE with the weight loss! A new calorie budget has been set (by me and the phone app software lol) and I am not going to deviate by even one calorie as am on kind of SPRINT now to the 4th of July.

The streakity for today be thusly:

MONDAY, June 25, 2012, Day 274 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, 15 min yoga, 15 min jog, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,655 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

HOPE ALL WHO INHABITETH THIS ROYAL PALACE OR TRAVEL HITHER AND YON ON THE FAR REACHES OF THE CASTLE ESTATE HAVE AS GLORIOUS A DAY AS AM2 IS GOING TO HAVE!

Sorry to shout. Really feeling positive this morning.

Amarantha2
06-26-2012, 01:59 PM
Double wootness! Just found out that something that should be worryin' moi vis a vis family is not anything to worry about! Feeling great now!

Workin' tonight, hoping for some days of NOT working until next week when I start six weeks of classes. Still, life is good and am now hocus pocus focus focusin' on the calorie level today.

Making sandwiches for lunch and before the meeting!

Have been having a verra busy and worrisome week but now t'is better! Making sandwiches for lunch and dinner!

Too busy to think straight or post straight lol.

TUESDAY, June 26, 2012, Day 275 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min yoga, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,670 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

wsw
06-26-2012, 09:42 PM
am2- so glad to hear you found out that what you were worried about regarding your family turned out to be o.k. after all! :)
and that your busy and worrisome week is getting better.

arabella- sorry to hear that you had been in a funk recently. renting a cottage for the summer with your sisters sounds so delightful.

hi anagram, kaylets, and all our dear royals---thinking of you.

stuck to food and exercise plan for today---yea!

feeling really disorganized of late, and need to
get more stuff taken care of on my to do list. the heat does enter into the equation but some of it is because i have not prioritized as well as i could have. ok, so need to work on this area with more vim and vigor. well, hope everyone has a good evening.

Amarantha2
06-27-2012, 11:25 PM
Thanks for kind words wsw! Woot! I can relate to feeling really disorganized of late, been that way for a while. Can relate to heat entering into things also and priorities

Arabella, adding to my previous posties that I also feel renting a summer cottage with your sisters sounds wonderful.

Also with ye, wsw, in a howdy to anagram, kaylets and all royals in the palace, mentioned or un-

ETA: Forget this, no rain! Lol, just a dust storm, but at least we have CLOUDS! Temp has dropped to 108! Previously posted: JUST HEARD THE RAIN! Yay! It was 109 an hour ago, not too hot by AZ standards but still hot. The house had been heated up by the sun and suddenly IT IS RAINING! Huzzah! We are in major need of rain here to help alleviate wildlands fire danger. Plus it is just so dry and hot this season. Woot!

This is day 186 of my countdown to goal date! Walked this morning in park with friend and we could barely move. My streak is at ...

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2012, Day 276 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,730 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
06-28-2012, 12:00 PM
Wootness, kind royals! So happy today, which, as is a favorite saying of mine from the Anne of Green Gables books, is a brand new day with no mistakes in it--yet! :)

My streakity is thusly: THURSDAY, June 28, 2012, Day 277 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 45 min walk, 20 min run, 10 min abs, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,805 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Got up early to do this as working from home office today on a work project that will clear up some work items hanging over head so can have a nice free weekend to get in the mood to start the real estate classes on Monday. As these need to be done onsite, t'will entail a WHOLE lotta switching schedules and need to be in a positive frame of mind, eliminating all negative thoughts, people, places, things, habits, und so weiter lol. Hocus pocus focusing on positivity and passing an exam WHILST at the SAME time eating in my calorie level and exercising daily as exams come and exams go and pretty much everything and everyone comes and goes in life, actually, but for me, achieving and maintaining a happy weight that serves me and the best fitness level I can achieve is near or at the top of my priority list and always will be.

Thankful for the friends, family and and acquaintances online and off who have accompanied me on the journey for a time, although some have had to opt out due to miscommunication on all sides and their own problems and I understand and honor that and feel the same way. Friends, acquaintances and family, as well as strangers, bosses, clients, employees, und so weiter, walk a two-way and recursive street. All disagreements, misunderstandings and negative interactions must be taken in context of the whole and no one person is ever to blame.

Lol, heavy philosophy this morning. Really focused, lol, have three minutes before starting work.

Wootness!

wsw
06-29-2012, 08:48 AM
sad today because an old friend died day before yesterday. actually, his brother is my close friend, but i knew his brother well and for lots of years--since we were all kids together. he was energetic, and wild (fun wild, not scary wild) in his youth, and had a terrific sense of humor, and a big heart. he had a loving family and was very close to all his brothers and his parents, and he had a great mischievous smile. i will miss him greatly. my friend (his brother) is broken-hearted and i felt like i wouldn't be able to think of the right thing to say to help comfort him, but i guess in the end, sometimes just listening and reminding said friend how much i care and will be there to listen, or be quiet, or talk with him--- may be all one can do sometiems. plus my friend lives on the opposite coast from me, so not being there in person makes me feel a little more helpless too. anyway, just wanted to say all this within the safe palace walls. thanks for listening, dear queenlies! :)

right now i am looking out my den window at the gorgeous view of the woods and am very grateful to be able to do so. also didn't overeat yesterday, and plan to try and do same today. well, thinking of all of you who dwell in and around the palace walls, and it brought a big smile to my face. take care, all.

Amarantha2
06-29-2012, 12:25 PM
:hug: wsw, so sorry about your friend's brother, who is also someone who was a friend and grew up with you, passing. I think you are right that just listening and having a friend know you are there for them is the totally right thing to do and no other words are necessary.

So nice that you have the woods to look at outside your window. Congrats on no overeating yesterday. That is great work.

It also brings a smile to my face to think of the royals who dwell in this palace or outside its walls. I think of the folkettes here so often.

T'is Day 184 on my count backwards to my goal day. Calories good in the 1600s yesterday and am actually in the midst of an 18 hour session of intermittent fasting I started last night. I practice IF from time to time, not on any regular basis. It calms the mind and focuses the spirit, and has health benefits for me. I have never gone a full 24 hours and have never lowered overall calories to dangerous levels. It is just an eating pattern that I like sometimes. There used to be a thread on 3FC about IF. Maybe I will look it up.

My streakity for today is thusly, done in the park verra early as it gets HOT here early:

FRIDAY, June 29, 2012, Day 278 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min aerobics (In park with a Leslie guided audio “Walk,” which is basically a light aerobic workout that I do double time), 120 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 20,940 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
06-30-2012, 04:35 PM
Good morrow royal folke o' the palace. On a whirlwind of activity at the moment so shall away and say have a good day! Woot!

SATURDAY, June 30, 2012, Day 279 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 10 min dynamic stretch, 20 min run, 60 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 21,030 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-01-2012, 10:39 AM
Good morrow palace dwellers or passersby. This be for me, Day 182 in the journey to reach 125 by December 30. This has been declared a holiday in my safe little world called Goal Day. It is also the first Sunday following the Winter Solstice, shall spare ye all the details of the symbolism o' this particular year's winter solstice. But we here in my safe little world have been thinking on time a great deal.

TIME, dear royals, is a river, in our opinion, symbolically speaking lol. All rivers, it was once told to us, flow eventually into the sea. Probably that is not scientifically accurate, but t'is a nice thought. Time is a river that flows in a circle and always brings us home.

Home in our case is weighing 125 pounds and being who we really are. Those are the goals for Goal Day.


It. Is. Manifest.

In the meantime, the streakity for today is thusly:

SUNDAY, July 1, 2012, Day 280 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 75 min walk, 5 min abs, total streakity streak minutes so far 21,110 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Will update weight loss (or gain or maintain) before brunch as always.

Amarantha2
07-01-2012, 01:34 PM
Sashayin' back into the palace fer just a sec, kind royals!

Wanted to SAY that there VERDICT hath been rendered on the Golden Scale o' Dietary Justice in Am2 Land and said royal hath been found to be INNOCENT o' dietary crimes this week. She be down 1.2 this week and in this SLOOOOOW and RECURSIVE hike to gettin' these pounds off, right now that is great to Am2.

Thank you.

Amarantha2
07-02-2012, 09:46 AM
Huzzah to all royals in and about the palace or wanderin' elsewhere in the universe. Hope all are havin' an excitin' week so far!

MONDAY, July 2, 2012, Day 281 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 75 min walk, 15 min jog, total streakity streak minutes so far 21,200 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Day 181 of the backward count to Goal Day! Yay! Must away!

Amarantha2
07-03-2012, 12:11 AM
Having a difficult, disordered night already as t'is 108 degrees right now, not quite full dark, no A/C in half of my house lol so I stay in the office until the temps go down and seek company online sometimes. :carrot:

Had a major shift in plans for the summer today, am not going to be taking some classes I was going to take so am kind of back to an on again off again work schedule and I have a lot of days off until the middle of next week.

The plan now is to hocus pocus focus focus on this WEIGHT LOSS. Sending out pleas already for any friendly SCALE ANGELS who are summering in my area to come on down on Sunday and have some virtual, calorie free angel food cake at my Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale.

The plan now is, as suggested by a trainer I know, to NOT lift weights for yet another week. This is paying off big time in stopping the joint pain I have been experiencing. I do want to get back to it sooner or later but for now am having a hiatus and just doing mainly gentle cardio.

The plan, now, is to LOSE at least 1.2 pounds this week and return to the 130s.

I. Will. Do. It.

Taking a hiatus from posting on this thread until my weigh-in. :wave:

Good night, Gracie.

wsw
07-03-2012, 08:18 PM
am2-congrats on weight loss!!!, and hope the scale angels will be with you also for your upcoming week!! i too am hoping scale angels are with me for this week, but so far no loss, though have been quite wonderful with exercise and staying op. thanks for the kind words regarding the loss of friend last week. :) glad to hear laying off the weights temporarily is helping with your joint pain.

heat is pretty rough here now too. today, it got down to a "chilly" 97 after 106 and 105 starting last friday. the humidity here makes it feel like stepping into a sauna. ah well---such is summer. stayed op and exercised today, though was very tempted to sneak off plan earlier in the day. well, hope all royals who are dwelling in, near, or far from the palace walls are having a good evening. thinking of you all.

Amarantha2
07-06-2012, 12:40 PM
Wsw, I was afraid I was hogging the thread was going to not post until my weigh-in day but see you came in and wanted to say hi. Lol, guess we have plenty of room in the palace at the moment so I won't worry 'bout hoggin' the place.

I am requesting all my friends in weight loss to ask any scale angels they know to my weigh-in party on Sunday. The AZ heat is down a little now and there is plenty of golf to be had here. I have found that scale angels like golf. I will serve virtual angel food cake and green tea at the weigh-in.

Wsw, hope those scale angels have visited you since you posted.

I am taking a look at a weight loss plan called JUDDD. I may do a modified version of it. We'll see.

I am so at peace and so happy since I have made a lot of changes of direction in my life and clarified some thing in my mind that were murky before. I have just never been happier and I know the obstacles to reaching my goal are disappearing one by one. Woot!

This is Day 177 of my backward count to GOAL DAY!

wsw
07-06-2012, 08:08 PM
am2-so glad to hear that you are at peace and very happy since making a lot of changes in your life direction and clarifying other things. "woot!" is right! very impressive, empress! i too know that any obstacles to reaching your goal will continue to fall away. also sending good scale angel vibes your way.

scale did finally move downward and was very pleased to see that, believe me. heat here is still mind-melting. i swear i walk outside into this sauna and i can't think my way out of a paper bag. (don't kow where that expression came from originally or why it popped in to my head just now, either, but i know it is old cuz i remember hearing it since i was a kid.) anyhoo-i stayed op and did my exercising today as scheduled. yay.

got some paperwork done today which i needed to accomplish, and was glad about that. bad news though, is that i am looking at a bunch of stuff i need to organize and
de-clutter, which i am not thrilled about. ah well. plan to try and make myself stay on task with that this weekend.

well, salutations to all queenlies within or around the palace (or far away). hope a good evening will be had by one and all. :)

Amarantha2
07-07-2012, 10:00 AM
Wsw, thank you for the kind and encouraging words! :wave:

AND woot, woot and triple woot on having had downward action on the scale!!! :bravo:

Good work on staying op and getting the exercise in despite the heat. Have fun organizing!

Am2 be about ready to go for a walk, doing some revamping of the calorie and exercise plans today as have extra time off to focus on the weight loss. This be day 176 on her backward count to GOAL DAY!

Wowza, t'will be a good day today AND on GOAL DAY!

And adding salutations also in the words o' Queen Wsw "to all queenlies withing or around the palace or far away."

Amarantha2
07-08-2012, 02:09 PM
Lost .8, finally back where I was three weeks ago lol and if I can JUST march on, will be back in the 130s! Woot!

wsw
07-08-2012, 02:48 PM
amarantha2- congrats on your weight loss!! and on the march down to your goal. woot! and woot! :) hope your day is pleasant, empress.

thus far, op today. have been trying to get back to listening to meditation cd more consistently. i know when i do, it is helpful for setting a good tone for my day. still sooooo hot here, but it is supposed to get under 100 degrees tomorrow, and i am ready to enjoy that.

must away for now. thinking of all our dear royals.

Amarantha2
07-09-2012, 06:43 AM
Thanks for the congratulations on my weight loss and march to goal, Wsw!! I did have a very pleasant day yesterdy.

Hope your day went well yesterday and that you have a great rest of the week. Congrats on getting back to listening to meditation cd more consistently. Hope you DO get your under 100 temps.

Up early to enjoy some cool temps myself before the day heats up. Also thinking of the dear royals who are near or far away.

wsw
07-09-2012, 07:18 PM
yes, i did have a pleasant day, yesterday, thanks. glad to hear you did, empress!

the heat has been wearing me out so much these past 10 days+. 97 degrees here is still pretty miserable, but beats the heck out of 105. tomorrow, dare i hope(?), may even get down lower than low 90's. granted, it will only be a short respite, but i am looking forward to it.

remained op with food and exercise today, and pleased about it. thinking of all our royal beings. take care, everyone.

Amarantha2
07-10-2012, 01:20 PM
The heat has been bothering me a lot more this year, too, wsw! Lol, and I live in Arizona, so doubt we'll have much in the way of respite for a long, long time now. But slowly the temp will go down or the monsoon will bring relief for a while. I am feeling like fall or winter already. So looking forward to that this year and reaching my goal on December 30 or before lol.

Congrats on the op food and exercise day. I stayed that way, too.

I am developing a set of RULES for this diet, inspired by the Bob Harper "Skinny Rules" book, although I DON'T want to be skinny per se, don't even like the word.

The two rules on the list so far are to 1) plan my food for days I work meetings and 2) exercise daily, which I already do, but it is on the list now.

Lol, off to shop now as work starts tomorrow and I want to have all my food prepared and logged for two days.

Take care everyone.

Amarantha2
07-11-2012, 02:52 PM
Howdy wsw and all other royals mentioned or un- who may or may not be a'lurkin' or otherwise inhabitin' this palace thread.

This is my Day 172 of my backward count to MY GOAL DAY! Focusing heavily on Rule #1 of my diet rules, plan food for days I work meetings. Have scheduled meeting to work that looks to be six to seven hours and this would normally cause me to overeat BUT I am focused on the one true mantra for the week: "139 POINT ANYTHING! 139 POINT ANYTHING!" I need to lose only half a pound to get back into the 130s.

Resting until afternoon now. Here be the streakity streak!

WEDNESDAY: July 11, 2012, Day 290 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, 15 min yogalates, (music: Pachelbel’s Canon in D/for yogalates, no music for walk/talked with friend in park), total streakity streak minutes so far 21,875 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

wsw
07-12-2012, 10:19 AM
hi am2! hope your morning is going well. wow!--only 1/2 pound til you are back in the 130's---pretty terrific!!

sticking with food and exercise plan. this little above 100 degree respite has been a real treat, i must say. trying to get back in to swing of being more organized again, which isn't coming as easily as i would like, but going in the
right direction, at least.

well, to all our dear royals, hope a good day will be had by one and all.

Amarantha2
07-12-2012, 12:13 PM
Huzzah, Wsw!!! Glad you had a little respite from the heat. We did, too, this morning when it actually rained (FINALLY) and got down to 88 degrees.

Congratulations on going in the right direction as well as organization is concerned and to sticking with the food and exercise. I am as well, but was a little highish in my calorie cycling yesterday. Food was all healthy, though.

My streakity is thus: Woot, did verra will with Rule #1 yesterday and worked a five hour meeting with no desire to stop for candy on the way home (well, the store was closed, but anyway). Doing a shorter one tonight, still implementing Rule #1 (explained below). Need to go back to bed for awhile.

THURSDAY: July 12, 2012, Day 291 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 75 min walk, 5 min standing pilates, (music: Beach Workout/Pilates Music Ensemble, used as walking music and then did a short set of standing Pilates exercises), total streakity streak minutes so far 21,955 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Wsw, and royals mentioned or un- .... have a super Thursday. I know I will. Gotta go back to bed, though, as have another meeting tonight. Food planned (RULE 1: PLAN DIET FOOD FOR MEETING DAYS!)

Amarantha2
07-13-2012, 11:43 AM
Wootness and huzzah to Wsw and all who may be in or around the palace!

THIS BE Day 170 o' that backward count to MY GOAL DAY YAY!

Er, yay! Been a busy work week so far (from Wednesday to Tuesday will be busy) and sometimes that causes me to overeat. Have had some success with Rule 1 about planning food for days I work meetings. Today experimenting with a possible Rule 3 having to do with a regular schedule of eating. It is not a rule yet, just a work in progress. Hope to be very productive today despite sleep problems that make me want to eat eat eat (and eat more lol). Another experimental rule is never to eat at the computer as that leads me to nibbles whilst I work.

T'is hot but the watchwords for today are BE. PRODUCTIVE. DON'T. EAT. TOO. MANY. CALORIES. IGNORE. DRAMA. AND. DO. NOT. PRACTICE. NEGATIVITY.

The streakity was thusly, done in the neighborhood:

FRIDAY: July 13, 2012, Day 292 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 70 min walk, 5 min standing pilates, (music: Canon in D, Carmina Burana I. O Fortune, Bolero, Colors of the Wind/half of the walk, silence/rest of walk & pilates), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,030 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

wsw
07-13-2012, 09:09 PM
am2- i am so sympathetic to sleep problems! sleeping is definitely not my best event. lack of sleep also makes me want to eat, eat, eat, eat.

i ate more cals today then i had planned, and need to stick to plan better tomorrow. actually, could have been a lot worse though. did get my planned exercise in. enjoy reading what music you play for your exercising. inspires me to play some of my favorites and explore some new ( to me) and different pieces also. i love classical music, as well as many other different types of music. my playlist spans lots(and lots!) of decades and a wide variety of genres.

well, i had a busy day and need to take care of a few things, so i can call it a night even earlier than usual. i have to laugh at myself, because "even earlier" than usual is very, very early (sadly. lol) ah well. hope you have a pleasant evening, empress. ---and to all our dear royals both near and far, thinking of you.

anagram
07-14-2012, 02:21 PM
Hello, Royals.....I know I'll always be welcome to the Consistant Crew if I can find my way back.

I had an AHA moment last week when I said to SELF
"I've given up" and SELF tried to convince me I had not as that has not been a characteristic of moi nor one I like. However, after reflection, I realized I had indeed "given up" maybe not vocally but in practice and as a consequence I had gained back some very hard lost weight.

One can always find "reasons" and of coiurse I have lots of them. But I've faced up to more in the past and remained stalwart so none of them are worth a sou.

At any rate, I am hopefully back on board and will try to play catchup. Was very interested in the "solar flares" funk post by Arabella. Hmmm.

At any rate, I'm promising me I'll be back in the palace just to read about "dainty fingernail holding on" and streakity steaks and walkabouts and all of the things I have missed in my self indulgent wanderings.

Amarantha2
07-14-2012, 03:15 PM
Wootness, we have Anagram back in the palace! Huzzah, love the "Consistent Crew" tag and so glad to see ye, Queen A! Loved reading about your wanderings.

To expand lol (translation, talk a lot 'cause I am delaying starting work for the day, need to get a project done), I wander a lot myself, in fact and in my wits lol, and have no apologies about it ever in life or on the internet 'cause wandering is how we experience new and exciting new things and learn about ourselves and others. I totally relate to wandering.

At any rate, so glad ye are on board Consistent Crew Royal Anagram.

Huzzah also to Wsw! Sleeping is not my best event either lol. And ditto on lack o' sleepin' triggerin' the urge to eat eat eat.

Here be the thing re moi for now, t'is 169 on the MAGNIFICENT MARCH on and on and on backwards to MY GOAL DAY! Yay!

Had nice meet-up in park with a walking partner and did some of the standing pilates moves that have been helping me improve balance and alignment, then we walked and had a nice long talk. She is a great old friend (as in time known, not as in her age, she is younger than I am) and such a positive and upbeat personality it is hard not to be in a good mood even though it was semi-raining (which we like in Arizona, so that is okay).

Regarding the streakity streak:

SATURDAY: July 14, 2012, Day 293 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 70 min walk, 5 min standing pilates, (music: conversation with walking pard in park), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,105 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-15-2012, 02:41 PM
WELL, havin' listed the data and checkin' it twice, Am2 is starting her next 13 weeks on this countdown to December 30, aka MY GOAL DAY! This 13-week segment will take her to October 13, unless her math is wrong, always a possibility.

THE BIG NEWS in Am's Empire is that Am lost a pound this week and is back in the 130s (139.4 to be exact). She hath taken a solemn vow that THERE WILL NOT BE A REBOUND THIS WEEK AND SHE WILL STAY IN THE 130s UNTIL SHE REACHES THE 120s. There is a lotta deja vu here but she is NOT going back up that rebound ladder again.

Having lost more than 100 pounds over really several decades, with a WHOLE lotta ups and downs on the scale, life changes, friends and family supporting her journey and then NOT supporting her journey lol, clothes fitting, clothes not fitting, careers coming and careers going, there is one thing clear to Am. SHE IS NOT GONNA GO BACK UP THAT LADDER AGAIN.

Now it is about more than just weight. Am is fit but wants to retain her active life well into advanced old age. But her joints hurt. The plate in her arm hurts, her brain hurts (sometimes), her heart hurts (sometimes) ... in short, lol, every single pound off to the goal takes pressure off of her agin' bod and mind. So that is why she is so adamant. She knows she is not overweight, just wants those extra pounds OFF the Am person. :carrot:

Anyhow, the data also shows that Am2 did lose a net overall inch count of .25 this week: .5 off the waist (hurrah) and .25 put ON the upper thigh measurement, which is good as she believeth that is a teeny bit of muscle addition.

Today's streakity streak entry be thusly:

SUNDAY: July 15, 2012, Day 294 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min yogalates, 15 min jog, 60 min walk, (music: albums, Africa (A Dreamful Journey)/Pilates Music Ensemble & Avengers Assemble/Various Artists; single: Maniac/Don’t Quit Music, 80s Flashback), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,195 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

TRANSMISSION. ENDS.

Amarantha2
07-16-2012, 10:42 AM
Huzzah and greetings to the kindly Royals who inhabiteth this friendly palace or wander the world and internet hither and yon. Woot! :wave:

This be Day 167 o' the backward count to MY GOAL DAY and Am2 be VERRA focused and feelin' good that she did NOT sit down and start work until the exercise, food, water things were done. The streakity be:

MONDAY: July 16, 2012, Day 295 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, 15 min jog, 60 min walk, (music: Island Jams/Jimmy & the Parrots; 50’s Hits/Biggest Loser Workout Mix), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,270 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Rule #5 was added to the official Am2 Diet Rules List by the Am2 Empirical Diet to Get to 125 Pounds Diet Rules Committee this mornin' in an emergency measure that doth NOT require a public hearing, just a majority vote of the committee and Am2 is the only member o' that body:

Rule #5: Stay hydrated but remember that too much water is as bad as too little; balance electrolytes.

I. Do. Have. To. Work. Now.

Amarantha2
07-16-2012, 10:47 PM
Huzzah, wootness 'n salutations to all Royals near and far and hello to Kaylets! It is SO great to see ye, K! :carrot: So happy to hear you've got the 4 days in a row and the feel so much better buzz! :hug: Great plan to not put so much focus on a single number on the scale and to wait to weigh until you are ready.

I also believe in the efficacy of measurements when on any kind of fitness or weight management journey, whether it be just getting stronger or losing, gaining (also valid, I have a friend who is challenged with not weighing enough for her health) or maintaining. I do measurements religiously now, usually on the Saturday before each Sunday weigh-in. The data is invaluable to me and keeps me on track.

Wishing a lovely evening to Wsw and as previously stated, all Royals near and far.

I got my work day done way ahead of schedule and ended up cleaning the house and lying on sofa playing chess on the iPad. Very peaceful day and did not stress eat, eating day ended at a good calorie level.

Before work started I streakity streaked:

MONDAY: July 16, 2012, Day 295 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min weights, 15 min jog, 60 min walk, (music: Island Jams/Jimmy & the Parrots; 50’s Hits/Biggest Loser Workout Mix), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,270 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

anagram
07-17-2012, 10:18 AM
Good very hot morning, Royals! I've watered the posies, cut up strawberries and cucumbers, made tuna salad and diet Jello - all before 9:00 and all in my bathing suit (no, don't try to picture it!).

I'm improving and losing some of that "immediate" stuff. Relating strongly to Kaylets "in the moment" prose. I wasn't weighing but "felt" the gain - in clothes and just in general. A lot of celery usually helps that and it seems to be the ticket again.

Also relating well to the Empress re every pound off keeping the body younger. Have not really lost much over the last ten years (it's almost that long since I managed to lose fifty pounds) but the last few weeks have once again showed me just how easily I could gain it all back. More and more physical problems cry out for more loss.

A few days ago I put in a bid for a house. Undeniably a lowball bid and I'm not expecting to get it but then one never knows. Have been looking since February or so (in fits and spurts as new things come on the market).
And working more and more (tho not consistently) on getting this place ready to sell. emotional, you bet - parting with old memories (and some things I don't even remember). But my memories are in my head and my heart and I must face up to that "aging" process and ready my "elder stateswoman" castle.

So, did tai chi yesterday (been faithful but that's been cut to once a week and second class never reset - First long term group to go back to twice a week in September.)

To pool today as well - only made it twice so far this month. Must up attendance/cut per visit cost before end of month. Still doing PT for my back which mostly involves strengthening core. Legs feel more muscled - to me - but then nobody else wants to know.

So that's the plan. Eat lightly, stay hydrated, work on all that dumb stuff that needs to be done and llook for little rewards. I like you cheater day, Kaylets. That was a feature when I lost years ago. It was easy knowing there would be one day a week I could go out and order as I "pleased". Just not working as well right now. Focus, focus, focus.

Amarantha2
07-17-2012, 02:57 PM
Huzzah to Kaylets and Anagram this lovely Tuesday. I related so much to the discussion re being in the moment and enjoying the view.

When I do that regarding life, I find the weight journey takes care of itself.

Kaylets, I also like your cheater day idea. I do calorie cycling, which kind of gives me at least one high day a week. If we don't have that, I think our bodies rebel and nothing dietwise works anyhow.

I also relate to not worrying about someone else's "ideal weight" or fitness level. I used to be very influenced by other people about food, weight, fitness, and only in the last year or so have really gotten away from that and realized that I am my own guru and that when I did have a major weight loss, I did it using my own ideas. Feeling much more relaxed with it all.

Anyhow am on Day 166 of the backward count to my goal day! The streakity is thusly and WARNING (LONG) I listed ALL the songs in my "New Playlist" that is in honor of BEING BACK IN THE 130s AGAIN! New fun feeling I haven't had in awhile! Huzzah!

TUESDAY: July 17, 2012, Day 296 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min jog, 60 min walk, (music: New Playlist—The Winds of the Night/Africa: A Dreamful Journey/Pilates Music Ensemble, Andromeda/Wrath of the Titans/Javier Navarrete, I’m Not Scared/Flashdance/Film Music Orchestra, Jogging Music/Track 2, Live to Rise/Music Inspired by the Avengers/Soundgarden, Maniac/Flashdance/Film Music Orchestra, Midnight in Moscow/Hawaii Five-O/The Surf Dawgs, The Nature of Namibia/Africa (A Dreamful Journey)/Pilates Music, Simple Gifts/Lullaby/Jewel, You Are My Sunshine/Pt. 1 You Are My Sunshine/Elizabeth Mitchell, Windy/Swinging 60s Vol. 1/My Fitness Music, Winter Wonderland/Leslie Sansone’s Christmas Walk, We Owe it All to Jimmy/Island Jam/Jimmy & the Parrots, When You Wish Upon a Star/Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney, Three Little Birds/Island Jam/Jimmy & the Parrots, Turkish March/Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Brahms’ Lullaby & Other Classical Music, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star/Lullaby/Jewel, A Whole New World/Brad Kane & Lea Solanga/Disney Princess, total streakity streak minutes so far 22,360 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-18-2012, 05:38 PM
Woot and hello to all recents palace posters and to any royals near or far on this day.

Just droppin' in to say that it is a beautiful day in my neighborhood (really, so cool today, almost like fall, feeling like going into my Halloween Hag Dieting Mode, but not quite yet :lol: ).

Having a totally lazy day cooking some and looking at recipes. Very into cooking these days. Only way to get food the way I need it to be.

My streakity streak was so nice and cool before and during dawn in the neighborhood. No one to walk with for a couple of weeks, but so enjoyable.

WEDNESDAY: July 18, 2012, Day 297 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 75 min walk, 5 min pilates, (music: Pilates Beach Workout/Pilates Music Ensemble, Calling the Spirits/Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band, Leslie Sansone’s Christmas Walk Music/Leslie Sansone), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,440 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-19-2012, 11:31 AM
Wootness and salutations to all Royals near and far! Hope your day be as glorious as mine has been so far.

T'is Day 164 of the BACKWARD COUNT TO MY GOAL DAY! Yay! If I get to the goal sooner, it will STILL be a goal day but will switch to maintenance, which is the harder part.

Working tonight, need to go to the store this morning for food and the streakity be thus:

THURSDAY: July 19, 2012, Day 297 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min jog, 60 min walk, 30 min weights, (albums: Running/classical music to run to/various artists, We need a Little Christmas Holiday Sing-Along/Reflections), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,545 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!

wsw
07-19-2012, 08:34 PM
am2-congrats on BEING BACK IN THE 130s!!!!!! woot, woot, and woot again! as always, you inspire me, empress!

kaylets-so nice to see you in palace! some of your musings definitely resonated with me also.

hi anagram- so good to see you in roayal kingdom! have you heard about the bid you made on a house recently?

---and greetings to all our dear royals! the past 4 days have been sauna-city outside, but
tomorrow is supposed to be cooler. i am savoring every not- sweltering moment that arises, believe me. have remained op, and kept up with exercise. today, had lunch out
with a friend, and was pleased that i made good food choices. (it's always a little harder for me when i don't know ahead of time what restaurant i will be going to, as was the case today.) well, take care, everyone.

Amarantha2
07-20-2012, 10:24 AM
Huzzah Wsw!!! :wave: Thanks for the congrats. Actually YOU have always inspired me! Although absent from the palace a lot of the recent years, I've kept up and I am inspired by your continuing efforts on the journey and a certain attitude of constency, sense and determination that seems to come through your posties. Plus you always seem to have a good word to say to everyone. Thank you for being here.

Hope it is not Sauna-City outside today. :lol:

Congrats on remaining op and keeping up with the exercise, as well as making good choices at the restaurant. I also find doing restaurants a challenge food wise. You just never know what they have done to the food lol.

WOot!

Amarantha2
07-20-2012, 10:25 AM
A quick note that today is Day 163 for me in the backward count to My Goal Day.

Noting also that a terrible tragedy occurred in the area where I grew up. Not to self refer as other than compassion and anger at anyone who would do this, I have no thoughts about the tragedy or connection, but there was an odd coincidence this morning regarding how it doubly caught my attention and since I have been documenting the music that goes along with my exercise, here it is.

FRIDAY: July 20, 2012, Day 298 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, 5 min standing pilates, (album: The Dark Knight Rises/Hans Zimmer/bought early this morning before hearing news of tragedy regarding this film, listened to part of it on walk before checking news and finding out, finished walk with no music, retiring this soundtrack for a while out of respect, but I have decided to keep it for the future, it is a very good album and should be utilized or those who perpetrate heinous crimes like this should not have the final word), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,610 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!

anagram
07-21-2012, 06:50 AM
Good (way too early) morning, Royals. Have been improving the scale numbers a bit but still up a few of those hard lost pounds. Grrr - at me, not the world.

Yesterday actually a bit cool, rainy - welcome relief. Not stormy, the nice gentle rain we needed. A good day for the patio of Peace & Contentment but I didn't make it there. Will have to make up for that today.

I lowballed too low on the house but that's okay. Have a limit, after all. Seeing two more today in same neighborhood (for the second time). Like a lot about the places - all but the price, really. But not sure it's exactly right for me yet. As in all things, compromise is going to be required, I guess.

Trying to shake up and yet reorganize my life. I always seem to drift here and there after a while. I'm not really much of a free spirit and have been pretty 'together' most of my life but sometimes I drift too much with the 'wind' of the moment and must get back to find the inner me from time to time. I hope SHE's not gone forever. She's reincarnated some from time to time but I don't want to toally lose HER.

Getting light outside now so I guess sleep is done for the nonce. So on with a new and exciting day.

A Royal Huzzah (and Woot) to all.

Amarantha2
07-21-2012, 12:45 PM
Huzzah to Night Owl Royal Anagram! I was actually up at the same time and it was so nice to see your post and the royal huzzah and woot. I was drifting too much myself at that time of night and did not post but got a nap instead. Feel certain the Inner You is still there. I often lose the Inner Me myself, but always find her. Hmmm, as for organization, the Inner Me doesn't do that well at all. It is nice to see you, my friend. :)

Huzzah also to all and I do have to work today, from my home office but work nevertheless.

The streakity is done for today and for this week all I have to worry about is the Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale tomorrow. Know the scale should not rule me and it doesn't but would DEARLY love to be down ANYTHING or AT LEAST NOT UP! But either way will soldier on.

This is Day 162 of the backward march to my goal day (marching marching marching).

SATURDAY: July 21, 2012, Day 299 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, (album: Brave soundtrack/Various Artists), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,670 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!

Amarantha2
07-22-2012, 01:40 PM
Dowm .2! LOVE IT! Woot!

SUNDAY: July 22, 2012, Day 300 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min run/walk, (no music, using just the sound effects of Couch to 5K run/walk app), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,730 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!

anagram
07-22-2012, 05:09 PM
That is ONE impressive streakity streak, Empress.

A very rare, lazy Sunday afternoon here. On the coolish (compared to high 90s) side, no a/c on at the moment.

So my plan is to read the paper on the patio and then attack a weed or two. Had a good night's sleep last night and a nap already this afternoon. PT is there at some point later.

Just went through the small freezer in my fridge. Nothing hit me as what I want - a dangerous time. Big freezer malfunctioning so I'm much less stocked up than usual.

Putting in another lowball offer on a house in same neighborhood as before. Beginning to think it's not the right time for me to move. My gung ho is dwindling.

So off to be leisurely lazy for a while. Will figure out food later.

Amarantha2
07-23-2012, 01:15 PM
Thanks re the streakity streak, Anagram! :wave:

Day 160 of my backward count to goal day and calories yesterday were on track. Worked half a day on stuff I had to turn in today and got up at 3:30 a.m. to finish, now three days off.

Had major crisis on homefront as Doggie Girl Child tried to eat a snake she found in the yard. All handled. Mom (me) went crazy, now needs nap.

MONDAY: July 23, 2012, Day 301 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min walk, 30 min weights, (Music: Random Celtic/My Playlist), total streakity streak minutes so far 22,775 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!

Amarantha2
07-24-2012, 08:11 PM
Day 159! It has been unseasonably cool here again and was SO appreciated.

Had a nice walk with some people this morning in the state park!

Then took kitty to vet for annual check, which is quite a procedure as she has some health problems. But her numbers were all good and she is stable and quite a bit better on the health front than last year so Dog Child, Mom (Me) and Little Kitty are all quite pleased with life and relaxing. Have already had dinner, which was salmon and Brussels sprouts. I like salmon and Brussels sprouts so am now content.

Need a royal nana nap! Woot!

TUESDAY: July 24, 2012, Day 302 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 115 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 22,905 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Have a great day, all!

Arabella
07-25-2012, 09:10 AM
Fly-by :wave:

So happy to see so many Queenlies in the palace! I don't have time to catch up right now but I'll be back with a full report and a plan soon.

Let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
07-25-2012, 04:18 PM
Woot! Fantastic to see ye, HRH Arabella/Wood Nymph. :wave:

Mine is a wee fly-by as well, having such a fun day! Yay!

Anyway, lol, this be Day 158 o' the backward count to MY GOAL DAY!

Have added a new rule (#6) to MY DIET RULES, so the list looks like this:

DIET RULES

1. Plan food ahead for meeting days.
2. Do some form of intentional exercise daily unless a) in the
hospital, or b) totally disabled and unable to move at all.
3. Calories count.
4. Do not eat donuts unless they are sugar free.
5. Stay hydrated but remember too much water can be as bad as too
little; balance electrolytes.
6. Never even THINK about giving up.

WEDNESDAY: July 25, 2012, Day 303 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 90 min walk, 30 min run/walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,025 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Had a verra busy mornin' after the exercise but it was just personal stuff like paying bills and food shopping. Taking time to relax this afternoon as work on my contract starts tomorrow again, although to be honest it won't be that much (kind o' in la la land these days, s'ok, nice here, time to hocus pocus focus focus on the PRIME OBJECTIVE, which is to weigh 125 well-muscled pounds by MY GOAL DAY of December 30).

Marching on and on and on and on and NEVER, EVER, WILL I GIVE UP ON ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, IN THIS OR ANY OTHER LIFETIME.

Wootness!

Amarantha2
07-25-2012, 08:16 PM
Sneakin' into the palace fer a wee update, kind royals. More ...


WEDNESDAY: July 25, 2012, Day 304 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 2nd session, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,055 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

wsw
07-25-2012, 08:46 PM
amarantha2-love, love, love your rule #6. i get discouraged at times when plateauing, and need to remember how important it truly is to never, ever even think of giving up!
congrats on most recent scale downwardness!
hope you had your relaxing afternoon after your very busy morning, empress. :)

hi arabella-so nice to see you!

hello anagram-your thoughts on the inner you struck a note with me as well. how did latest offer on a home turn out?

greetings kaylets!

and to all our loverly :) royals!

sticking with food and exercise plan. the cooler temp. sure was short lived. i haven't been looking too hard for a new apartment. partly can blame it on the intense heat, but
certainly not completely. need to step up my effort with this. well, hope a good evening
is being had by all, both near and far.

Amarantha2
07-26-2012, 01:01 PM
And the beat goes on!

Wsw, huzzah! I love Rule #6, too! It's pretty much the only one that really counts. :lol:

Thanks for the congrats on my recent downage, hopin' for another one on Sunday. :D

Huzzah also to all royals near and far wherever they are, following a star or wanderin' or workin' or dreamin' or sleepin' or lurkin' right here in the cozy palace or somewhere else. Anyhow lol ...

Am2 be Verra logy or somethin' this mornin' ... went walkin' with a few neighbors but it was short, kind of glad. Now off to get supplies then work tonight unless they cancelled the meeting, which for some reason I think they might do, just a crazy hunch o' mine. But t'will be an easy meeting either way and I wander now with a shield of bein' on track with the calorie count and exercise and HAVE THE MOJO to continue. The little click in the head has happened on gettin' these 14 regainy pesky poundages OFF and I'm goin' do it by MY GOAL DAY or ON MY GOAL DAY! Yay!

THURSDAY: July 26, 2012, Day 305 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,085 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-27-2012, 11:41 AM
We here at in the Empire o' Am2 The New held a wee meetin' with the Gotta Increase The Weights Again Committee this mornin'!!!

Have been losin mojo on doin' weights for awhile but the mojo was seen in the forest this mornin' just beyond the edge o' the village. (Okay, we live in a desert metropolis here but in our mind there is a forest and there is a village AND well, we are startin' to feel verra medieval now that autumn and one o' our favorite holidays, Halloween, is on the horizon. Okay, it is not on the horizon, but it IS just around the corner and there is a rainbow in the sky, so we WON'T have another cuppa coffee and we WON'T have another piece o' pie, but we are feelin' happy and focused on getting these dang pounds OFF OFF OFF)!!!

Not gonna do it if all the muscles bonk!

So anyway, the streakity is thus:

FRIDAY: July 27, 2012, Day 306 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,115 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-28-2012, 11:00 AM
Day 155! I am beginning to wonder about my brain ... I got up WAY before sunrise to beat the heat as I thought this was the day I would do the virtual race I am registered for online. The site running the event is featuring this week's races and there are prizes and I love the virtual race event because there are no crowds but you get to participate and feel like you are competing but only with yourself really. So I had signed up for the 5K walk/run virtual event and did it in slighly less than an hour, a good time for me, although there are certainly others who can do that much quicker lol. And this is not a function of my aging. I freely state that I am a slow runner (I ran 90 percent of my session, listening to the album I downloaded of the music for the Olympic opening ceremony, quite a nice album). ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THE WEEK TO DO THE RACE IN STARTS TOMORROW! Lol, s'ok, calling this a practice run.

So grateful thoughts: I am grateful I like, make that LOVE, to exercise. I don't know how such a klutz, stiff, sore and joint challenged, held together by titanium (only one arm lol) and non-athletic person as myself has been so blessed to be able to still be moving around and having so much fun with it but I am grateful for that mojo.

Arabella
07-29-2012, 05:38 AM
OK -- back in the Palace. It's been a mad, mad whirl. Here's the short version:

My son broke up with his GF of six years and moved to another province to help his dad get the family electric company restarted. It all came about very suddenly -- the possibility had been spoken of, for both events, but it all happened within a week once the decisions were made. He'd originally thought he'd be going only temporarily.

I've been spoiled, to have him in the same town. I know a lot of mothers have to deal with their kids being much farther away but I have to admit, I'm sad. And I'm in the mode where I'm hanging with my feelings instead of smothering them with cinnamon rolls, so feeling sad a lot.

Celebrated my 57th a week ago Wednesday, had really a great day/night. I worked until 1, then went to the beach for a shamanistic rite, swam in the ocean. Came back in town just in time to get cleaned up and go out to my sister's for a dance party. We danced outside on the deck under the stars until 1:30.

Then last weekend was DH's family reunion, with relatives coming from all over North America. We did a potluck one night and then another evening of dancing. The next night we gave them dinner -- seafood extravaganza with lobster, oysters, mussels. We had fun but I think I'm still recovering -- lots of work. Also had my mom with us and she takes a little looking after because her mobility/stamina isn't that great.

Of course I wanted to have 50 pounds off for this reunion and instead I'm about 20 more than I was for the last one. And there were pictures to prove it. At least this time I was prepared, more or less, for how I looked.

Work has been better. I've actually started to get ahead on stuff. I've got realistic goals for production and, as long as I'm ahead of where I need to be, I can escape the desk from time to time. It's been pretty freeing. I've only actually made it out to the cottage once but I'm hoping to make up for that in August. :crossed:

I'm getting to hot yoga a few times a week, getting my 10k steps most days. Food has been good in an unstructured kind of way. No binges, no overeating. Mostly very healthy.

*yawn* That's enough about me -- I'm boring myself. Going to sign off and then catch up and respond.

Arabella
07-29-2012, 06:13 AM
WSW, so sorry to hear of the death of your friend! :hug:

So with you on the sleep thing. I had a week or so where I was falling asleep easily, even in circs. that usually have me lying awake. :dz: Seems to be over. Woke up at 3:30 this a.m., which is why I made it into the palace. Sometimes I'm OK on five hours or so but when that crushing fatigue hits -- oh yes, just seems like I don't have the strength/focus not to turn to food. When, really, what I should do is rest. Trying, still, always, to train myself to give me what I need. That's surely something for me to remember today. :yes:

Anagram, oh yeah... funks and solar flares. Must remember to look that up and see what I can find out. I've lost hard-fought ground over the last year, too, not letting myself "see" it until I couldn't miss it.

Re: self-indulgence -- on some level, I was doing that without letting myself realize it would cause weight gain. How? How do I manage to get that deep into denial? :shrug: I would never say I'd given up but my behavior was another story.

A lot of celery? Tell me more!

Amarantha, you never fail to impress with your constant perseverence. Royal in the extreme! And your amazing weight loss and maintenance! Yay for the triumphant return to the 130s! :cheer:

Love the idea of the virtual race!

Kaylets, that "feeling better" buzz is something, isn't it? I must get me some of that. DH has been on vacation so I've been a bit off schedule but starting tomorrow, I'm going to work on making this life thing work better for me. :yes:

I haven't weighed in in a while and am putting it off too. What I usually do is try and figure out what I might weigh until I'm more or less prepared and then bite the bullet. :rolleyes: Not sure when I'll get there.

Love the daily tiara plan!

K, I'm off to have some steel-cut oats w. yogurt. Have a fantastic Sunday, Queenlies!

anagram
07-29-2012, 09:26 AM
Love to read the inspirational posties. Empress keeps inspiring me as does wsw. Loss of friend can realliy be a down period. Lost 50 year friend in March and still missing her dreadfully even though we didn't see each other often. Just knowing she was there was often enough - I knew I could vent to her if I needed to and so it was sort of a virtual vent.

Relating too to Kaylets as she continues on her road to - what - not recovery because I don't think I'm there yet - maybe "adjustment".

And my soul sister Arabella - how our moods can so coincide so often when we are so many miles apart is indeed an interesting mystery to me. But your life and activities sound so much more interesting than mine. Guess I should more reevaluate to where my life was at the young age of 57 - belated Happy Birthday!

anagram
07-29-2012, 09:37 AM
Now the ME Me part.

I think I'm buying a house today. Long efforts of negotiation, thinking, etc. Offering, coiunteroffering. It is smaller than what I have now (but still bigger than I t hink I need) - it does accommodate a lot of "iffy" things like more room for my kids/a basement for storage of stuff if they want to pack and move it, etc.

DD involved in recent times and being a bit of her steamroller self but I'm realizing this is how she cares. Not that she has no other demands on her time (she shouild be so lucky). DS pretty silent on whole thing but says he appreciates updates. Princess 1 says she'll (and 2) will be traumatized but will adjust if I move to the place they've been for (yep, that's the one - think they have influence?). However, she was sweet enoiugh to offer me her "birthday Money" to help w/expenses.

For a while I'll be putting out a lot of money as mine won't be on market for a while and then I'm sure it will take ages but for the right young family I'm sure I can be flexible.

Anyway, that's been my story - I've been officially looking for about five months. Still feel I couild walk away and stay here but it's the next step as I feel I want to be around a long time and I can manage better once I've moved to one story place w/snow/yard maintenance, etc. Close to where I live now too which means I can hold onto some of my "old" life more easily.

Also in the development where DH had decided (w/moi agreement, of course) that we would buy. It was only 3 weeks before his surgery so I suggested we wait and consider until after he recuperated. Since he never really did, what a wise decision.

I did sort of resist looking there after I checked back in a few years ago and found costs had risen so much. However, economy being what it's been and all the resales are slower and this seller was asking for ridiculous price and I think I've been the only bidder he's had.

Exciting in a way or two - melancholy in many ways - maybe I'll feel more "up" about my new home once I've committed - have today to decide. I had backed off after I didn't like their last offer - I had more than met them halfway. Once I did that, they met my last offer. Been good for the old brain - a benefit in itself.

I'm determined to do this one step at a time - otherwise I'll never manage. Might go out today and buy some new laundry baskets or something. Useful in moving but also a "new" purchase for my "new" home. Once I commit, I will start calling it "home' - not house so I'm trying it out on my Palace Peeps.

A Royal Sunday - all.

anagram
07-29-2012, 11:43 AM
Oh, re the celery - I always finds it works as a diuretic for me when I'm retaining too much salt weight. Plus I love the crunch. So if I've overindulged, esp. over more than a one day binge, celery is my first choice of "antidote" - that and exercise.

Amarantha2
07-29-2012, 01:58 PM
Wootness and salutations to Anagram and Arabella (the two As)!!!

Arabella, sorry to hear ye are sad re the move of your DS. I can imagine how that would be hard to get used to. Hugs! And Happy Belated Birthday!

With ye on the sleep issue. I am always sleep challenged.

Anagram: Hope the house deal goes well for you today or that it has ALREADY gone well as I type this!! Woot! That is such exciting news.

Love the idea of calling it "home" at the moment of commitment! What a good idea to buy laundry baskets as a practical symbol of this new commitment.

Huzzah!

Wish I liked celery. I do if it is cooked and in a dish but not raw. I wonder if cooking it in with other food would also make it a diuretic. I did not know it had that property.

Amarantha2
07-29-2012, 02:01 PM
Day 154! What joy there was in Am2 Land when was held the Sacred Ceremony o' the Golden Scale and lo the Scale Angels came out in full force and effect and Am2 did herself step on that golden scale and see that SHE HAD LOST ANOTHER .8 POUND! This may be sllllloooooowwww and Am2 hath now become the TORTOISE O' WEIGHT LOSS LAND, but truly she is verra pleased because this represents SIX WEEKS OF CONSECUTIVE WEIGHT LOSS, a little at a time, but the elevator is GOING DOWN nevertheless!

Another fun thingie today was that A did again do a 5k, this time for the official virtual race. She did a practice one yesterday. Her time today was exactly the same as the practice yesterday. She is happy with that and had fun:

SUNDAY: July 29, 2012, Day 308 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 55 min run/walk (for time for the virtual race, a slow but I like it anyway 55:13 for the 5K, basically I run/walk from a 15 to 20 minute mile, have for a long time, pure running is a little faster but I'm the Penguin (not our DT Pengii, but the running Penguin, John Bingham, running journalist and famous back of the pack guru), 5 min dynamic stretch, 20 min walk (not for time), total streakity streak minutes so far 23,255 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

'Bout covers it! Avanti!

anagram
07-29-2012, 09:52 PM
Did indeed buy my new home today. Not feeling elated though but sad at the impending leaving of my home for 43 years. Tomorrow I'll look only forward. Have started the requisite lists.

Congratulations, Empress A, on the six week streak of losses. Thou rulest!

Meant to comment too on you DSs move, Arabella. Even when it's for the good, it's a loss. I'm still missing bro who moved two years ago and is very happy and successful in his new place. While a bro, he is 17 years younger than I and in lots of ways I functioned as a "third parent" for many years. I've seen him twice in the interim and we're always in touch but not having him 20 minutes away has created a void in my life. Esp. since my own two children live 2 hours or more away. Even when my DS travels (which he does a lot), I feel a bit lost that he's not two hours away. And you've been accustomed to that closeness. DGS, though, will be staying, no? (I've assumed he's w/his Mom since you mentioned her a fair amount.) Would be worse to lose both (though not a total loss - loss of proximity).

Arabella
07-30-2012, 08:14 AM
OK -- calling this Day 1 for: Renewed committment to getting my 10K steps a day, hot yoga most days, sitting at the table to eat. Support mechanisms for the above include: Making sure I get some fun and some time to relax each and every day.

We're into the last week of rehearsal for Faure's Requiem. It's beautiful but not quite the thrill that Carmina Burana was last year. The director also stops and starts us at seemingly random spots throughout rather than letting us sing through so -- just not quite as satisfying an experience as last year. Nevertheless, my technique is improving a lot and I'm picking up more about reading music, so... glad I'm doing it.

I realized a few days ago that when I told DS to just bundle all the clothes in the spare room closet to give to charity, I'd actually hung both my performance skirts in there -- a Ralph Lauren linen one for summer and a long straight wool one for winter, both black, so they also did funeral duty. Ah well. Back to the second-hand shop where I got the Lauren one and picked up something that will do, although it's going to be a mite warm for summer. Might still see if I can pick up something lighter.

OHMYGOSH ANAGRAM! Wow, that's big, big news. What a major life event! It must feel pretty unsettling. :hug: But then there'll be the thrill of the new along with missing some things and it sounds like it will be much less work/worry. I'm glad you managed to stay in your same area! That was a v. sweet offer from the young princess -- my princeling would do similar: express his discomfort and then offer to help.

Yes, DGS is still here and seems to be comforted by the idea of visiting his dad in NB. I do think this is good for DS and that he'll thrive. It would be nice if the path to getting the business started up was not too bumpy. :crossed:

Amarantha, big congrats on the 5k and the pound loss -- really, .8 is pretty much a whole one, don't you think? I do. :yes:

I'm still not on the scale but thinking what I should probably do is set a date for myself to get back on. Why I ever let myself stop, I don't know. Yes, it's true that I can gain 6 pounds overnight, depending on carbs/salt/sugar but those pounds will go away. If I don't weigh in regularly, I'm pretty much bound to gain. How many times have I demonstrated it? Ugh.

You are such an inspiration! Shall endeavor to emulate.

K, :queen:lies. I'm planning to plow through some work between now and noon tomorrow and get to the beach tomorrow afternoon. Let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
07-30-2012, 08:36 PM
Congratulations on the new house purchase, Anagram!!! While I say congratulations, I do indentify with the ambivalence of being sad in saying good-bye to something (or someone) while looking forward to all the future holds. Glad you are starting a lot of lists. That is what always makes me excited about things, making lists.

Thanks for the congrats on my six weeks of weight loss streak. Hopin' to make that seven weeks lol. :carrot:

Arabella, I love Carmina Burana, how wonderful to have performed it. Love your list of commitment renewals and the support for that of making sure you have fun and relax time.

Lol, yes, I DO think .8 is pretty much a pound. :D If we had never known digital scales, it would have been a pound. But I am SO happy with it, whatever it is, because it is in the right direction.

Re the 5K, thanks. I am going to do more virtual ones and then maybe do one live here in the winter. I used to love races but it they are always very hot and crowded here and I am not as much into being hot and crowded as before lol.

Sayin' a HOWDY from Arizona to all royals, mentioned or un- ... see ye in the palace or hither or yon in cyberspace or memory or charitable thoughts or, who knows, but hope all are enjoyin' their lives this day as I am (sort of :lol: ) enjoyin' mine, trying day or not.

Anyhow, it has been a long, angst ridden Monday and t'is still daylight! Not that any too major problems have come up, just dealing with a few issues, now need time to relax! Have had dinner except for the coconut fruit bar.

I SO love coconut. Makes life worth living

This is Day 153! Kind o' brain dead so shall just say good-night, Gracie and post the streakity.

Good-night, Gracie!

MONDAY: July 30, 2012, Day 309 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,285 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
07-31-2012, 12:52 PM
Just a flyby on day 152, still verra logy and sleepy today but need to go get some supplies so did weights and then went to the trail with a friend just to walk!

Streakity streak be thusly:

TUESDAY: July 31, 2012, Day 310 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, 45 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,360 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
08-01-2012, 08:38 PM
Day 151, had a kind of up and down day, bought a lot o' shoes lol.

WEDNESDAY: August 1, 2012, Day 311 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, 15 min pilates, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,435 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Doing a little Pilates challenge for August that kind of amounts to adding 15 minutes of Pilates twice a week to my regular stuff. I have a countdown but am confusing self with too many countdowns. :lol:

Hope all are well.

Amarantha2
08-02-2012, 11:22 AM
Here on Fantasy Island in the Queendom o' Empress Am2, her wee little palace is a bit cleaner than it was yesterday as said empress could NOT sleep a wink so got up and cleaned and then went runnin' ... or run/walking and walking walking. It is way cooler but very humid here. Who moved Arizona to the upper part o' the continent?

Can't wait for autumn but must not rush the season this year as we here in the Empire have pounds to lose to stay on schedule for the December goal.

Anyhow, bought a bunch o' SHOES yesterday and going out in a sec to buy more things and pay some bills and things, things, things. Working a meeting tonight that looks to be long! Battening down the hatches to the EATING TOO MUCH CUPBOARD. Need a lowish calorie day. How soon Sunday weigh-ins come around, Am2 wants to be ready, ready, ready. As for excess calories, they shall be banished to the far reaches of the empire, or somewhere outta sight.

The streakity streak for today beith:

August 2, 2012, Day 312 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min run/walk, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,525 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

anagram
08-03-2012, 12:00 PM
Huzzah, inspirational Am - and I too enjoyed your "rule" setting, Arabella.

Am listing but not getting excited yet. Not till after "inspection" this week. THEN if all goes well, I'll get more so. Have told only family so far but when all passes I will go to door to some of the very best here and give them the news. I hope to make them sad and if I make some glad, I hope they are nice enough not to say so. I have always said I have the best neighbors and I do hate to leave that security but -- sometimes one must.

I did opt for more than I originally intended but just wasn't finding what I want where I want. But isn't that often the case.

Lost the water weight but still find me just above that magical 200 I finally achieved last year (and a few times before). As we often discuss, I threw myself in front of me.....

Amarantha2
08-03-2012, 09:16 PM
Huzzah on opting for more than you intended, Anagram! We might as well have what we want in this life as much as possible. I bet your new home is beautiful and you will be so happy.

Congrats in losing the water weight and hovering just above the magic number you achieved last year. That is a GREAT job of maintaining over the space of a year! Maintaining is one of the tougher of the arts. Kudos.

Huzzah also to all the royals! Hope you are having a great weekend so far. I DO consider Friday part of the weekend, but worked today and have more to do this weekend.

Will have a lot of time off in August, need to regroup the royal brain and rethink the options and plans and all that jazz!

Today's streakity streak is thusly:

FRIDAY: August 3, 2012, Day 313 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 45 min walk, 45 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,615 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
08-04-2012, 10:45 AM
SATURDAY: August 4, 2012, Day 314 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 90 min walk, 15 min pilates, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,720 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Arabella
08-05-2012, 09:32 AM
We perform Faure's Requiem this evening. Then no choir action until September, which I have mixed emotions about. But things have been a trifle busy and look like they'll continue that way. And that's mostly good, because doldrums threaten when I do nothing but work.

Got to the beach twice last week and once for a drive-by with my mom and a friend and her 97-year-old mother. We were going to go to a restaurant but I decided, what with various issues -- walkers, profound deafness, dietary challenges -- that it'd be easier just to cook. So I made lemon-garlic chicken and a couple of salads, put out big strawberries and chunks of chocolate for dessert and -- I think -- a good time was had by all.

Re: diet -- all big talk. :p But recommitting NOW. It seems to me that I have to occasionally prove it to myself that I'm not going to succeed unless I stick to the "eating only at table" rule. That's what I did, last Monday. :red:

Amarantha, 314-day streakity-streak is phenomenal :encore: What a champion, ladies and gentlemen!

Anagram, I know your neighbours will be sad! Will you still be able to see them? I concur with Empress A -- hovering just above the magic 2 is a wonderful feat, which I wish I had emulated myself. That's maintenance. And we need to adjust sometimes before we go lower.

K, did walk around the harbour with royal consort, now off to hot yoga. Then, a bit of practicing, laundry... and away I go to the final rehearsal. We're 45 mins from home so my carpool gals and I will just stay out there, go for an early dinner and then relax pre-performance. Have a lovely Sunday!

Amarantha2
08-05-2012, 03:35 PM
Arabella, so admire your ability to recognize doing nothing but work can lead to the doldrums. I need to find something social to do other than work and take walks with people, which is good, but need a class or something.

Lost .4 this week. It is the 7th consecutive week I've had a loss, small losses and slow but I'm winning.

Had some people tell me this week that I am too focused on the scale, lol. Yea, and while they are telling me that I am reaching my goal.

Happy happy happy today! Verra focused, yes.

Did another of the virtual 5ks on that "other" website (sorry to mention it). My run/walk time is getting SLOWER not FASTER lol. I don't care, it is fun.

Going to make a beef and corn casserole of some kind today or tomorrow. Pledged to do a main "diet" dish each week to freeze. Last week it was just salmon and Brussels sprouts.

Love to all royals. I have one more document to prepare for work and then have NO contracts or work to do for three days, then just some short things and then am taking time off until September to FOCUS on, well, yes, the SCALE.

Plus other things but I really want to reach this goal.

anagram
08-06-2012, 10:57 AM
Hope all went well with the performance, Arabella, and that you and the carpool buds had a great bonding time. And kudos also for the beach time - and the rideby with the ladies who I'm sure appreciated it.

And kudos too on the continued streakity streak, Empress. You continue to amaze and you would not be YOU if you were not focussing on the scale and your total well being.

August is a good time to have a "slow" time. Don't expect mine to be now that I've got to hone in on getting this place on the market. Plus, for some reason, though I always planned it so it never worked out to be.

DS came up Saturday, mourning for his childhood home. But he did take a carload back with him and made arrangements for a friend to come "sometime" in the next couple of weeks to take what they can on his trailer or whatever. Not much gone from his bedroom which is what I really need right now but at least he showed a sense of reality and cooperation.

DD coming this upcoming weekend (for other reasons) and hope I can get her to do something too. Princess 16 (egad, yes, 16) will be staying for a couple of days and will help - but I want to enjoy my precious time with her too so we must do fun things as well.

I've told two neighbors so far and two close friends. Neighbors has been (as usual) great. Yes, I'm only going maybe 3 miles away. One of the reasons I decided on this location. Won't have to change my "ruts" nearly so much as if had gone to some other places. I'm already comfortable (if not excited) about living there.

Still must focus on only one thing at a time though or it will get overwhelming.
One might hope to lose some weight through all of this but not counting on it. that would be someone else's body/reaction. Still - won't be going to pool but will continue with tai chi/PT, etc.

Supposed to lose some humidity (finally) today. So it's off to the Monday "usuals" and then off to tai chi and a haircut.

Enjoy all, all.

Amarantha2
08-06-2012, 01:01 PM
Yea, Arabella, please share how the performance went, sounds like such a goodly and fun thing to do. Bet it was beautiful.

Anagram, thanks for the kudos and thoughts on focusing that support what I think also about what I am doing. It is good DS and DD are getting into the reality of the move and helping you out. But of course you must have fun with your teen princess, ah, they grow up so fact, the time for them to be your little ones is indeed precious. I don't have children other than the furbabies (not to denigrate my furbabies as fully fledged little people I adore, but they stay always children so the trick is to enjoy but watch them like a hawk so they don't get into mischief lol).

Glad your neighbors were great and wow only three miles away is still a move and new digs but glad you have that comfort level of being in your familiar area.

I love the weird area I live in and have moved a few times here and have been so glad to be still "home" in my strange desert city.

Totally think ye are wise not to focus on losing weight but will continue with the tai chi and pt.

Enjoy your day!

Wondering how it goeth with Wsw, Kaylets and all the royals! Hope all are well. Huzzah!

Amarantha2
08-06-2012, 01:07 PM
And about me, it has been a big day already. My weird semi non working August begins today. So the first Monday with NOTHING to do in a long time. Ambivalence, depression, joy, elation, whatever, it is just weird lol.

Well, SOMEHOW an EVIL SNACK CAKE DEMON appeared on the landscape after Queen Me went to the gym today. Queen Me is actually NOT in love with the gym, would rather exercise alone or outdoors with a group of friends or acquaintancces or by herself or with the dog or whatever.

BUT it is hot out and humid here in NOT-A-DRY-HEAT-DESERT-TOWN. Queen Me also does good work at the gym, plus she has a paid up membership for practically forever. So she restarted her 5K dreams from scratch in the cooler, non humid environment of the indoor track. She wanted to recalibrate the phone's accelometer as the GPS doesn't work as well in that building. Ran a gentle mile at 22 minutes for time and did walk intervals to fill a half hour, then went to the park and walked a gentle half hour not for time.

SO was feeling good, no work for the Empress to do (unless she cleans the palace or weed eats the estate). Then it happened, aaack, she saw SNACK CAKES in the grocery where she had stopped to get dog food. Donuts are forbidden in the Empire but the occasional sweet bakery treat is okay dokey. However, Queen Me (same person as the Empress) got the kind of SNACK CAKE that is KNOWN to be more calories than listed on the label, scanned the barcode in My Net Diary (best app in iTunes) and sure enough each cake in the package of two is 20 calories higher per the barcode. It is okay to eat that in a calorie controlled diet if one knows to count it correctly, which Am does, so she ate both and had done with it.

Did buy steel cut oatmeal and agave nectar for sweet treat breakfasts the rest of the week. Somewhat low glycemic. Agave is really a sugar like any other but is so sweet one only needs a drop or two so it doesn't mess with blood sugar or calorie count.

So, a Monday with nothing to do! Woo! Ahhh ... probably will get depressed! Lol, s'ok, NOTHING will make me blow the cal count today as am feeling so happy with my weigh-in result!

MONDAY: August 6, 2012, Day 316 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min run/walk (August Gym Challenge begins), 30 min walk (in park), total streakity streak minutes so far 23,840 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
08-07-2012, 12:02 PM
Day 145! Okay dokey karioke!!! Doin' SO much better today. Will catch up with the streakity later, going to gym for the August gym challenge, did Pilates last night, did weights this morning, am NOT goin' to buy anymore EVIL DEMONIC SNACK CAKES as that extra sugar is what set off my crazy depression yesterday when mixed with 109 F heat and only two A/C rooms in the palace here.

Light at end of tunnel? No, but sure had a good second part of the night's sleep after the TRYST WITH EVIL SNACK CAKES.

Need to stick to agave for sugar and still allowable is some splenda. The agave is NOT low glycemic as it is marketed, but its charm is how gentle it is to my system and also how intensely sweet and natural so that only a little bit provides more than enough sweetness. I also like that it comes from the desert areas of the country wherein I reside in nonvirtual space.

Woot! Am just going to walk on the indoor track at the gym. I find I do my weights so much better in my home gym all by my little ol' queenly self.

wsw
08-07-2012, 09:00 PM
anagram-congrats on your new home! that is so exciting. i hope you will be very happy there. it's nice that it is in your same area. not surprised to hear how your neighbors will miss you, of course.

am2-hope your walk at the indoor track today was pleasant. i remember when i first joined a gym (many, many years ago) with an indoor track. what a treat it was when i was living in minnesota to be able to use that track whether in the middle of winter with 4 feet of snow outside, or in summer with high humidity. i was so tickled by being able to do that.

arabella-hope you enjoyed your performance, and that you had a pleasant time with your carpool friends pre-performance.

greetings, kaylets, and all our dear royals!

i have had a cold, but definitely feeling better now. still pretty tired, though. have stayed op -exercise, and food-wise, albeit a bit grudgingly. my poor little brain is not too peppy right now, so though my responses may not be too comprehensive, i sure have been thinking of all of you. :) take care, queenlies.

Amarantha2
08-08-2012, 12:50 AM
Glad you are feeling better now, wsw! Missed you! It is great you kept op with food and exercise. Woot!

I love the indoor tracks they have in most of the gyms here also, but this is the largest one in a facility where I've been a member. I did have a pleasant walk and ran some also.

Better than the dreadmill (shudder, hate those things anymore).

Had a rocky day otherwise but also on track with food.

wsw
08-08-2012, 09:06 PM
thanks, am2! huzzah for staying op.


still really tired, plus had trouble sleeping last night---well, slept a while but woke up not too long after that, and then insomnia-city. usually, i just get up and putter around in some (slightly, at least) constructive way, but last night, just watched some old movies and read in bed since hadn't been feeling well anyway. i figured that some rest, even if not sleep, was warranted in this case. glad i did that since knew i had a busy day planned for today, and some appointments which i really couldn't cancel. sooo-hoping tonight will be better in the sleeping department.

did eat more cals. than had originally planned for today, but didn't go crazy. did get exercise in.
well, good evening, am2, and to all our lovely royal palace dwellers.

Amarantha2
08-09-2012, 11:31 AM
Wsw, hope you get better sleep tonight. I have the insomnia lifestyle more nights than not myself and know the difficulties it creates. I often just get up and exercise but think it is better to do as you did and opt to stay in a resting position and go for rest if sleep isn't available. Old movies are a good idea. Sometimes I watch the retro TV channels and think it is fun to see the old noir type TV shows.

Also ate more cals than planned but nothing crazy, and did get exercise in.

Do likewise wish everyone a good day here in the palace or out and about in the universe.

Woot!

Amarantha2
08-09-2012, 11:32 AM
Addendum and warning, long, fantasy ridden postie with complex silly syntax, lol, as had been thinking about the scale and how some folks continue to tell me it isn't important what I weigh or what the scale says.

This be Day 143 o' the backward count to that auspicious day I will weigh 125 pounds, but we hope to get to the goal sooner, e'en though we are moving sloooooooowly!!

Well, we here in the Land o' the Sort of Really a Desert With Buildings did do the rain dance and pray for relief last night from the 117 degree temperature. The heavens did indeed let loose a teeny bit o' sturm 'n drang, starting west of ME, Queen & Empress o' Her World, in the towns where she used to work and FINALLY, apparently hittin' her local neighborhood with a microburst, too, as this mornin' was wet outside, a chair from her porch was halfway across the yard, the trash dumpster was upside down and things were cooler out there. Won't take it long to heat up again but nice.

Waiting for a friend to pick ME (just me lol) up to go to the trails. Have been talking to Diet Wise Woman, who said, as she doth say every week about this time, that she would walk with me ALL THE REST O' THE WEEK and remind (nag) me to watch the caloric intake as the SACRED CEREMONY O' THE GOLDEN SCALE O' DIETARY JUSTICE was taking place in three days' time and NOT having a calorie overage at this point AND sticking to Rule Number 1 (no sugar) would be the best idea in order to ensure that the ONE, TRUE GOLDEN SCALE said nice things to us all on that glorious ceremonial weigh-in mornin'!

She asked that ME reminds herself that no one in the virtual or nonvirtual universe inhabited by ME could jinx this fun focus on healthy weight by negativity and saying how unimportant the scale is because to ME the scale is actually EXTREMELY important.

See, here it is! The GOLDEN SCALE o' DIETARY JUSTICE is one essential piece o' data for ME because, having once weighed a great deal more ON THE SCALE and not liking that much, ME is pretty vigilant about it.

ME knows that there are other things in life than the scale and other parameters of health and fitness than the scale. ME pays attention to those things and puts them in context with THE SCALE.

But the scale data helps ME to manage MY weight to a point where MY joints do not ache, where MY knees will not hurt if I want to run, where MY clothes will fit and WHERE I know I am not on any unhealthy roads back to insulin resistance and obesity and am on the road to fitness, healthness and looking fab in jeans and little capri pants.

Yay!!!! Woot! Huzzah! Welladay! Hocus Pocus Focus Focus! Constant Vigilance (against caloric overages) is NOW IN EFFECT! It always is but NOW ME IS SERIOUS!

It. Is. Manifest.

Amarantha2
08-10-2012, 07:51 PM
Well, things are rocky here waiting for some news on some elderly folk who are facing challenges and for whom I care and wish well.

Naetheless, the streakity goes on and I've updated. It is hot here again (big news lol) and I've started a healthy cooking challenge elsewhere online and have already eaten my delicious favorite lean and green meal of roasted salmon and Brussels sprouts. Not eating sugar except for a few coconut fruit bars that do contain added sugar. Scanning the skies for scale angels but they probably aren't coming in to Phoenix this week due to the heat so I'm on my own, ending the eating day quite low, just to be sure. REALLY want a loss or a maintain, feeling verra blah and a loss or a maintain would be cheery lol.

FRIDAY: August 10, 2012, Day 320 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 120 min walking, 15 min pilates, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,185 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

THURSDAY: August 9, 2012, Day 319 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 90 min run/walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 24,050 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
08-11-2012, 02:06 PM
Wishin' a good morrow to all Royals wherever they may wander this mornin'! Woot!

Well, as to Am2, it is about counting today! In addition to the backward countdown to December 30 at which time Am2 will weigh 125 pounds, AND the count of the streakity streak, which is open-ended and probably boring to everyone but Am2, there is a NEW count and this is Day 1 of being sugar free.

To explain:

Sugar free means to ME consuming no to minimal sugar of any kind except that incidental in food. It does NOT mean swearing off foods useful in a low glycemic diet, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. This is NOT a low carb "diet" or really a diet at all. My diet is still a low calorie, low glycemic rational way of eating to lose and/or maintain the correct weight for my purposes in life.

In the past I lost a whole lotta weight over a long period of time. During that time I ate sugar of all kinds but eventually hit upon a little old-fashioned and somewhat controversial "diet" called Sugar Busters. I have to say I modified the heck outta that diet as, well, I do things my way and always will do things my way so t'is no use discussin' THAT lol.

BUT the funny thing is after I stopped doing Sugar Busters, I did fine losing more weight, felt fine, etc., lost briefly down to 117 pounds after an accident two years ago, but I don't want to be 117 pounds. Well, I do but it is too hard to maintain. So I was eating sugar and donuts and cake and controlling blood sugar, doing fine, having occasional treats, BUT the kicker is that SUGAR hates me.

Yes, people, it does. Sugar messes with my mind, ages my skin (okay no spring chicken here and I love to be out in the Arizona sun so that is what ages the skin but sugar helps). BUT the main thing is that lately I have not been able to control sugar at all. It WANTS ME BACK!!!!

When I don't control sugar, I can't control calories. Now, as we all know, the concept of calories being the main factor in weight control is a matter of opinion. My opinion is that it IS the main factor. BUT as I have said, there are factors that impact that calories in/out equation and a low glycemic diet, for me, is one of those factors, AND I can't eat a low glycemic diet if I am eating sugar (as I define it).

That about covers it. I am going back on modified Sugar Busters forever in conjunction with counting calories as I always have. Sugar Busters does not count calories, but I disagree. Actually I don't know anybody who does Sugar Busters anymore, there are a lot of rules and things you can't eat besides sugar, and IN FACT, you CAN eat sugar on Sugar Busters. It is impossible not to eat sugar if you eat food. Again, I am now SUGAR FREE AS I DEFINE IT! I do know that there is a Sugar Busters forum on 3FC, have not been there for a long time because really I follow only a modified version of that way of eating.

So in addition to it being Day 141 of my backward count to December 30 by which date I will have reached 125 pounds, this is Day 1 of my forward count of being SUGAR FREE AS I DEFINE IT!

Had a glorious morning of exercise with some friends who brought this clarity to me about the sugar waffling I've been doing. Lol, have been wanting my cake and my 125 pounds too. It doesn't work for me. Works for some people but sugar kills my diet mojo and my health mojo and a whole lotta mojo that I've got going for moi and it makes me a little crazy.

It. Is. Manifest.

SATURDAY: August 11, 2012, Day 321 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min weights, 60 min jog, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,305 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
08-12-2012, 02:08 PM
No time fer a lotta blather as have places to go and people to see! Whee! THE FACTS: After a 7-week streak of scale losses, ME (just me) gained .2 but kind of happy because waist measurement is DOWN an amazing inch this week from last. Also happy with measurement GAINS in upper and lower arm as really need those muscles to grow and have been lifting heavier to make that happen and yes we know there's no spot "toning" but the biceps and forearm muscles are stronger and larger by a teeny amount and we need that.

Happy also with the proof (not for the first time of my calories in/out theory. Proves calories count also as the average daily calorie count (the only one that is meaningful to me) was higher than in the eight previous ones by approximately 90. That is theoretically an approximate .25 pound (700 calories), which proves my plan and calorie tracker are both giving me the right numbers to aim for.

DID run/walk another virtual 5k today and took 4 minutes off the still lol SLOW time. Running stronger, though.

Clothes fitting better, although really that proves nothing because my clothes are always a little stretchy and comfy.

I am strong, I will get below 138 NEXT week.

This is Day 2 of sugar free. I am just your average little old lady bodybuilder. I am QUEEN OF MY UNIVERSE!

So sing me no sad songs for .2! I love to lose on the scale but the weigh-in was a good one and my motivation is very high. I will get to below 138 next week.

Diet Wise Woman has reminded ME that we do have a lunch planned with someone in the town where I used to work and that it does need to be planned out in our wee little head what we will eat that is low calorie in that restaurant (okay, nothing is low calorie in that restaurant lol, so we'll settle for no sugar and putting the calories in the context of our overall calorie budget).

The special scale angel that was going to help me out with the weigh-in was late because she was playing golf. These scale angels love to come to Phoenix as there is a lotta golf here and scale angels like golf a lot. She said no worries, she'll be back in seven days and bring friends!

WE NEED FRIENDS but if no friends are around, WE NEED US!

ME, I really need just me to stay on course and feel happy with my success.

Manifestos.

Amarantha2
08-14-2012, 09:34 AM
Hmmm, started getting the streak all messed up in my personal log of it, here it is since Saturday:

Hmmm, lied when I said I would not be back until Sunday. Noticed when I did my streak log (I've been up exercising WAYYYYY before dawn due to the heat) that it was all messed up as I hadn't logged one of the days in my records. Saw I hadn't posted it, though so here it is from Saturday on. Will only be updating this once a week on the journal to preclude confusion:

TUESDAY: August 14, 2012, Day 324 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min walk, 60 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,515 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

MONDAY: August 13, 2012, Day 323 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 45 min walk, 15 min pilates, 15 min jog, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,440 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

SUNDAY: August 12, 2012, Day 322 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min run/walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,365 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

I am on Day 138 of my backward count and day 4 of sugar busters

Amarantha2
08-15-2012, 12:47 PM
Woot! I call this DAY 137/5 ... that is Day 137 of the backward count to my goal day (December 30) AND Day 5 of Sugar Busters (my modifications of it, actually, but the point is I am SUGAR FREE ... or as close as an eating person can be ... whee).

Was verra troubled yesterday and confused by life (and HOT, it was 111 degrees out and my house only has half of the rooms with A/C lol). WAS thinkin' on SUGAR and how nice A LOTTA SUGAR would be (whee), encased in a donut from Wally World, with icing and creme and all that jazz!

Am eating some artificial sweeteners at the moment. Sugar Busters does not forbid them and though I don't want to add a lot of that into my life, it is helping me over the SUGAR FREE MOUNTAIN right now. An interesting thing today is that I put half of a packet of sucrolose (a popular no cal sweetener, they like to call it "natural" but t'is NOT natural) in my steel cut oats and realizing that sucralose in packets has carbs and thus is NOT zero calorie, I used my phone diet tracker's barcode and scanned for calories. It had 3 calories, so I added that to my tracker.

I AM TRYING TO LOSE A LITTLE WEIGHT, FOOD MANUFACTURERS lol!!! Do not LIE to me and say something has no calories when it has 3. It might make no difference to me because I use so little of that product, but if an Innocent Diet Lass should happen by who uses that product even a few times a day, those calories would add up and over time detract from the weight loss effort and the poor Innocent Diet Lass would not even know what the problem was and would assume she was to blame somehow.

Anyway, re SUGAR, only craved it last night and held tight! Kept calories at 1560 (the old Sugar Busters plan that I am loosely following yet again and I LOVE that plan, btw, I just like to modify it a little, says not to count calories but I am a calorie counter at heart and am counting every single one).

This morning, I find a big drop in inflammation and thus water weight (I think, I don't weigh daily), plus felt really GOOD!

Here be the streakity:

WEDNESDAY: August 15, 2012, Day 325 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 15 min walk w/weighted vest, 90 min walk, 15 min pilates, total streakity streak minutes so far 23,527 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

AM THINKIN' T'IS ALMOST AUTUMN AND THAT MEANS I WILL MORPH INTO DIET WITCHIEPOO OR THE DIET HALLOWEEN HAG SOON! Can't wait!

Feeling so happy today and finding clarity and good omens everywhere. Wishing all who inhabeth this palace or lurk outside the doors and windows or are on palace vacation or who have EVER been a royal denizen of this place (woot) a good day! Yay!

Amarantha2
08-17-2012, 11:07 AM
Wootness, Royals, so hopin' ye are doin' fine in your royal wandering about the world this beautiful day.

Have an update on the status o' Am2, aka Just Me. :carrot: This mornin' early, ye see, ME was putterin' around the Spiffy & Fabulous Fitness Spa and Diet Sanctuary as t'was raining outside. ME lifted weights and walked in the rain a little.

So we were putterin' and as always sleep deprived from royal insomnia. Thereupon a whooosh and a "cackle" was heard in the environs o' the kitchen window, which happened to be open to catch the cool rainy mornin'!!

The next second, WHO should fly through said window but ME's old friend, Hago the Halloween Hut, a diet wise witchiepoo, that ME had known for years.

YES, it being only August, ME was surprised as well. Witchiepoo began mutterin' that IT WAS ALMOST AUTUMN and as usual, SHE, HAGO was organizing a Weight Loss Challenge and ME was invited to participate.

ME said she would participate. Hago asked ME to name a goal for the Sunday weigh-in on October 28, the week of Halloween. ME said she would set a goal to lose down to 132 by or on that date. Hago said fine. She then whoosed back out the window.

ME checked her calendar for the current day. She found it to be Day 135 of the backward count to IDEAL WEIGHT GOAL DAY, Day 7 of the forward count from the day ME became SUGAR FREE, and now Day 72 of the backward count to the October 28 Hago Halloween Weight Loss Challenge.

ME said, "Woot," and took a nana nap! End of story.

:wizard::broc::celebrate::dust::coffee2:

Amarantha2
08-19-2012, 08:18 AM
News Flash: Am2 hath been crowned QUEEN O' THE EARLY, EARLY ON (English folk song, "Oh, the big ship sails in the early, early on--the early, early on; oh, the big ship sails in the early, early on, on the last day o' Sep-TEM-ber!).

Am is feelin' like the Queen o' Early today as she DID already get up, do an EARLY weigh-in (scheduled for 9 a.m. but she'll be ON THE MARCH by then) and DID lose .2 pound, sorta yayish about this as had a VERY VERY VERY BAD DAY yesterday and ate 2250 calories, so getting on scale in the wee hours and having a little loss, EVEN IF it was only a loss o' the .2 gained last week and thus a MAINTAIN, was awesome.

Waiting for a neighbor to walk and run with and hoping also some other neighbors will also walk today. Have to do it early in the mornin' in the heat, although actually t'is coolish here (for here) but awfully humid humid humid (for here)! Enough weather talk.

Best wishes to all royal folk who are on or ever have been on this thread. Woot!

Amarantha2
08-19-2012, 11:50 PM
Just popping in to say good-night, Royal Ones.

Amarantha2
08-21-2012, 12:48 AM
Good night, Royal Ones!

Hope all is well wherever thou be.

Had a difficult day but it turned out pretty well.

Amarantha2
08-21-2012, 12:20 PM
Huzzah, royals!

Am2 hath spent the insomniac night rearranging her magickal goal numbers, the formula for today being:

11/48/68/96/131

Lol, that is the 11th day of Sugar Freedom, the 48th day in the backward count to a new goal of weighing in at 135 on September 30, the 68th day in the backward count to the Halloween Challenge at which time Am2 will weigh 132 pounds and Hago the Halloween Hut will come to the weigh in and cackle: "I knew ye could do it!" ... and the 96th day in the backward count to a new November 25 goal of weighing in at 129 pounds AND THE EXTANT BACKWARD COUNT TO AM2'S DECEMBER WEIGH-IN ON THE FIRST SUNDAY FOLLOWING THE WINTER SOLSTICE/MAYAN PROPHECY (Am2 doesn't think time or the world will end at that time so she'll still be hre) AND THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS AND THE LAST SUNDAY OF 2012, at which time AM2 WILL WEIGH 125, HER IDEAL WEIGHT!

It. Is. Manifest.

Have a good day all!

Amarantha2
08-23-2012, 10:47 AM
Huzzah and hello, dear royal ones!!! Hope all are as well as Am2 am this mornin' ... been up since before dawn but did take a wee nap earlier. Did weights and DO have a teeny morning temp job. It was my intention to take most of August and September off from work entirely but the occasional job contract can be an enjoyable break and I happen to know this office where I will be doing a project for a few hours and they are all so nice, so I'm happy.

Dealing with many negative things lately that I am busy busy busy turning into positives, 'cause folkettes (think the royals on this team are all "ettes" but the same goes for royal gents as well) methinks negativity gets us nowhere in the journey of life and positivity more and more washes over me as I age and cancels out anger, depression, alienation and WEIGHT GAIN.

Lol, I do better on the weight journey when I quash negative interactions and thoughts as they occasionally arise.

Been thinking durin' the long night watch about how awhile ago I came to a conclusion that while friends and supporters are great to have, and I know who my friends and supporters are and are not, the best support is to be a friend to myself.

Wootness!

My streakity goes on and I may post it here now in digest form, will probably just be back on weigh-day lol!

Love those weigh-days!

Sometimes.

Amarantha2
08-24-2012, 06:26 AM
Grateful for waking up early yet again so as to have time for peaceful reflection. Life is good and there is a need to focus on only the positive side of things because peace and positivity live longer than anger and negativity.

Amarantha2
08-26-2012, 09:22 PM
Huzzah, kind and gentle royals, hope all is well with all of ye.

Just a fly by to let ye know that Am2 did lose .4 this week and is still ON THE MARCH to her goal.

The streakity continues but have decided not to post it here, takes up a little too much room. Woot!

wsw
08-27-2012, 02:54 PM
hi am2! congrats on royal march on down the scale!! you have been doing great, empress! woot! what you have been saying regarding positivity
being important definitely rings true with me, and it is always such a good reminder for me.

--and salutations to all our royals, both near and far!

trying to not drive myself nuts over being on long plateau, and hang in there with food plan. so far, so good, anyway. well, just realized had not been in palace for far too long, and wanted to say hello, and have been thinking of you. (i have rotator cuff issues with both shoulders, and one has been very troublesome of late,so even typing has been kind of painful.) well, speaking of which, will need to away for now. will be back much sooner, rather than later, though. take care, one and all, dear queenlies!

Amarantha2
08-28-2012, 01:42 PM
Huzzah, Wsw is in the palace! It is so nice to see you here and thanks for the congrats.

Hoping that plateau breaks soon for you and the pain from the rotator cuff issues gets better.

Joining you in salutations to all royals, near and far.

Woot!

wsw
08-28-2012, 09:23 PM
thanks for the good throughts, am2! :)

ate more cals than usual today, but didn't go too wild, at least. i think plateauing did get to me a bit today, i guess, but did at least get in some extra exercise. tomorrow, i will be back to my usual calorie level. well, i hope a good evening is being had by one and all royals.

wsw
08-30-2012, 01:33 PM
hi am2! thinking of you, empress.

and hello to all our lovely royals in and around the palace. got a lot of errands and appointments today, but just wanted to stop in quickly and check in. hanging on to meal plan by a dainty fingernail, but hanging on, nevertheless. also keeping up with exercise plan though have had to adjust it a bit to accomodate shoulder issues. well, hope a good day is being had by one and all. take care.

Amarantha2
08-31-2012, 12:24 AM
Hope your day was a good one, Wsw!

I had a nice day with a true, blue friend and managed to shop, talk and eat my way through nicely, without overdoing calories. Exercise was a walk.

To all royals, here in the palace or wanderin' the world, hope it was a good day likewise. Woot, very tired. :wave:

Amarantha2
09-02-2012, 01:25 PM
Woot! Gained a pound but not discouraged! Lol, happens every third week on this round of regain loss. I'm winning but on the scale's schedule, not mine.

Greetings to all royal ones! Huzzah!

wsw
09-03-2012, 02:56 PM
glad you had a nice time with a true, blue friend the other day, and huzzah for not overdoing calories too. sometimes going out for meals with friends can be hard for me.

i sure understand how scale has its own schedule. you sure are winning! woot!

hope you are having a good labor day holiday, am2.

got to see friends the other day with 2 adorable kids who are 3 and 15 months old. it really was a joy. things going ok op and exercise-wise. hope all is well with all our royals.

Amarantha2
09-03-2012, 10:16 PM
Congrats on staying op and good on exercise, Wsw! Happy you had a chance to see friends with little ones and had a fun time.

I am starting my sugar free count again and logging it privately as I now am doing with the streak. Just easier.

Starting over because realized I did have dessert yesterday with sugar in it. Still committed to sugar freedom, though. Not upset when I have a lapse

Wsw, I AM having a nice holiday and hope the same for you and our royal friends.

Woot!

Kaylets
09-04-2012, 09:09 PM
Hello my friends,

Empress, thanks so much. Its hard to find words but its good to know you are here, keeping the light bright.

Wsw, am so glad to see you were able stop in a few times. I am so glad.


I took a break from new plan as a someone dear died. I have learned so much from her, especially, how much power we give ourselves when we are honest.
When I have more words, I will tell you more about her as she is truly a Royal (although I don't ever think she worried about needing to lose weight).

I have been trying to come by and bring my love for a few days but just now, found a preview of the new Jesse Cook album. ( I subscribe to his updates on FB). And remembered how I would have never known of Jesse if it wasn't for this page and knew I had to come and share. It's free!

***************
Exclusive early-bird listen to The Blue Guitar Sessions on CBC Music!!

http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2012/9/Listen-Jesse-Cook-exclusive-The-Blue-Guitar-Sessions

************************

Thanks for being here, I always wonder why I stay away so long.

And now, I am going to heat up my Buddhist Delight for supper. Guess its progress there's leftovers from yesterday!

Amarantha2
09-05-2012, 10:24 PM
Thank you so much for sharing that music, Kaylets!

Hugs and so sorry to read of the passing of your dear one!!

To Wsw and all royals about and within the palace here, huzzah!

Brain is a blank right now or would post something profound or clever but a nana nap is in my near future!

Amarantha2
09-08-2012, 11:25 AM
Hmmm, not really going to post this log in detail on the internet anymore lol but sometimes need a motivational boost just for MOI (that would be ME, Queen, Empress, Mistress of All She Surveyeth, Und So Weiter) so will update the numbers by posting the latest entry now and then!

FRIDAY: Sept 7, 2012, Day 347 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min yoga, 15 min strength, 30 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 25,285 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
09-09-2012, 01:58 PM
Brevity post as t'is a busy Sunday in Am2 Land. The plucky diet lass Am2 did have a maintain at 138.6 and to be honest she AM as happy as a CLAM, if a clam could be said to have emotions, probably it does not, but anyway ... Calories and exercise were good this week, just need a little tweek. She will have a loss when next at the scale she doth peek.

A maintain is nature's way of saying the bod is doing everything right for weight loss but resting a bit before it starts.

wsw
09-16-2012, 08:07 PM
hello kaylets- i am so sorry to hear of your loss of a dear one! i am sending lots of hugs your way. it is always so good to see your name in a post.

am2- thinking of you. what you said about a maintain is so helpful for me to remember. you, as always, continue to inspire me, empress.



i am watching a beautiful sunset from my den window as i sit at my computer right now. i think this amazing view, which i have from my deck spanning my den, living room, and bedroom is one of the reasons i have not been apartment-hunting as vigorously as i might have done during this month. well, no regrets whatsoever for moving here as my transitional apartment after moving from my condo in january, since i have been truly enjoying it. i do need to step up my apartment search for a less expensive living situation, though, so i can hopefully move some time in the next few months, which is my goal. it has been a very nice transition though, and am glad i did it this way. have to admit though, apartment hunting and the thought of moving again some time in the next few months is not my idea of a good time, but necessary, nonetheless. ate more cals than usual today, but not terribly off track. definitely will be eating less tomorrow, though. did get in my exercise. still pretty much plateauing, so will see if there is anything which i can fine tune a bit more. otherwise, for the most part, have been remaining op food and exercise-wise.

well, to all our royals, near and far, thinking of you, and wishing you well. good evening, all, and take care.

wsw
09-18-2012, 01:54 PM
trying to catch up on some paperwork that i had let slide a bit. have i mentioned how much i hate paperwork! ah well. i also need to get some errands done this afternoon, but there is a tornado watch, so may have to postpone that til tomorrow. wierd weather---tornado watch has been on
for a few hours so far(through 5pm.) it is sunny right now; rained really hard a little while ago. kind of eerie, actually. anyway, am staying op today so far, though am having to really make myself tow the line today. have gotten most of my exercise in already, at least. well, back to dreaded paperwork. take care, all.

Kaylets
09-19-2012, 10:58 AM
Hello all,

WSW, I can very much relate to how you must be dreading another search and then move---I too am sending you excellent vibes in your search. I am counting that when the moment is right, all in will fall into place and a wonderful place will be found!!


Empress-- love your "Happy as a clam" post. You are one of my heroes and remind me that its not in the single moment but the many moments.


Was reminded of all of us last night when I watched a Iylana ( sp?) "Fix My Life"....A few times, she used the phrase 'majesty' and I immeadiately realized that I too, am too often forgetting my majesty. Hmmmmmmm.......

Again, a good solid reminder for me about my own caregiving. Treating myself royally. Except of course, I only take my shirt off when I'm in the shower---I know how those paparazzi operate!!

But joking aside---why is this so difficult for me? Why is my first instinct NOT for my own self whether physical or mental??
DNA or environment, isn't that the question about the influences in personality formation.....interesting.

Anyway, I had the printer make "Fresh Start" cards and have plenty for all--making sure I take a handful first! ;);).

Hope all are doing well!


Here's a cute video I enjoyed and told me a story too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=FrTbnczYAd4&feature=player_embedded

Amarantha2
09-20-2012, 06:41 AM
Woot! So happy to see Wsw and Kaylets in the Palace. Sorry have been away for awhile, though drifting in and out, so always read the posties.

Kaylets, enjoyed the vid and the fresh start cards. Know what you mean about the influence in personality formation. It is something I have been thinking about a lot lately.

Wsw, lol, I hate paperwork, too, if it actually done on paper. The same tasks done on a computer, smart phone or tablet make me feel organized and happy. I think it is just paper that I hate :lol: !!!

We are having a bit of heat again, no suprise in Arizona in September, just that it had gone back into double digits for a week or so and so 102 is feeling warmish.

Been verra busy, not so much with work but personal and household things. Had been really also immersed in some yoga classes and kind of overdid that. My streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise continues, think I am at 369 as of today.

My goal day countdowns as to reaching the weight goal continue! Woot! The September 30 goal looms. IF I do not make the exact weight scheduled for that I will just continue with the schedule and catch up.

Hmmm, better go back to bed. Huzzah for now, all.

wsw
09-20-2012, 09:00 PM
kaylets-thanks for those excellent vibes! that video was really cute too. it put a smile on my face.

my first instinct sure is not to take good care of myself. i really have to constantly work on overriding that first, "unroyal" tendency of mine. i don't know exactly where that came from in me. i also find this question about the influences in personality formation very interesting.

am2-woot, woot!!---those stats of yours on your streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise inspires me. high temps even when used to them after having cooler spell sure can feel awfully hot. i have been getting spoiled here with milder temps, but at this time of year, it can also get much hotter again, and for some reason whenever that happens, i always seem surprised. (evern though i have lived in the southeast for a verrrry long time now.)

did pretty well today op and exercise-wise, but still really had to force myself. well, greetings to all royals, near and far. take care, everyone.

Amarantha2
09-22-2012, 09:14 PM
Woot, wsw, it is like that with me also re the heat (live in Arizona), the temps go down a little and I go all woot and then we go back in triple digits and it knocks me for a loop, lol, like I didn't expect it.

I AM, if no one minds, going to post my streakity updates here more often. I enjoy posting them and think it motivates me to keep it up, even on days like today when I don't feel well.

Not sure where I left off posting them in this thread but, the last four are:

SATURDAY: Sept 22, 2012, Day 371 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, 5 min abs, total streakity streak minutes so far 26,345 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

FRIDAY: Sept 21, 2012, Day 370 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk/jog, 60 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 26,310 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

THURSDAY: Sept 20, 2012, Day 369 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 30 min walk, 30 min weights, total streakity streak minutes so far 26,190 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

WEDNESDAY: Sept 19, 2012, Day 368 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 75 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 26,160 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
09-23-2012, 09:53 PM
Woot! Down 1.6! Finally breaking new ground!

SUNDAY: Sept 23, 2012, Day 372 of streakity streak of no day missed of daily exercise, 60 min walk, total streakity streak minutes so far 26,405 (Previous: 288 consecutive days of exercise, 18000 exercise minutes!)

Amarantha2
09-25-2012, 02:38 PM
:wave:

Amarantha2
09-28-2012, 03:15 PM
Not a lot to post right now, woot! Hope everyone is doing ok!

Light in the palace window ...

wsw
09-29-2012, 06:14 PM
am2- congrats on pounds down and breaking new ground!! thanks for leaving that light on in the palace window.

lots of thunder and lightening last night, and thunder woke me up at 4 this morning. i did make myself stay in bed for a couple of hours, reading. even though i didn't really fall back to sleep, i still do better during the day if i don't get out of bed that early. actually, i can't really complain because i didn't have to be anywhere today, so could kind of laze around at home most of the day. this past week was very busy, so this felt kind of nice hanging around at home today. it has rained all day, so kind of glad i could stay inside on that score too. have been staying op food and exercise-wise. still sure nothing to show for it scale-wise, but feel good about my efforts nonetheless.

well, to all who roam within, near, or far from our palace walls--thinking of you. :)

Amarantha2
10-01-2012, 12:53 PM
Huzzah, Wsw! Congratulations on staying op, which is what counts more than the scale. Woot!

As for moi, I did reach my September 30 goal as far as I am concerned. The goal was to be at 135 on or before that date and yesterday I weighed 135.8, so I'm waiving the .8 and calling it close enough.

Moving on to my October 28 goal (Sunday before Halloween, so I am calling this my Halloween Challenge :witch: ) of 132.

The November 25 goal is 129 and the ULTRA GOAL is MY IDEAL WEIGHT of 125 on the Sunday following the Winter Solstice/Mayan Prophecy.

Thinking also of the royals who roam but have inhabited this palace, wishing them well and keeping light in window.

wsw
10-04-2012, 08:38 PM
am2-congrats on reaching your september 30th goal!!!!! woot, woot, and double woot!! :)

i am hanging in with staying op and exercise, despite not much downward scale activity. it did sneak down a spit in this past week, which i will take. kind of thought it would be down a lot more than 1 lb. though after such a loooooong plateau period. i sure hope more is coming soon. anyway, i am pleased that i am not using this as an excuse to overeat. i have to say that i wanted to do just that this evening, but seemed to have won that battle for now.
i haven't really set specific monthly weight goals (and it is a good thing since my weight certainly hasn't seemed to want to shove off these past couple of months. since my weight loss is so unpredictable, my monthly goals are about how many days i have stayed op and exercised, and i can honestly say that in the past 9 months now, i have been very (positively) consistent, and that feels good indeed. i have to look more at the big picture, and keep reminding myself this is a journey for the long haul, and not a sprint. it is often too easy for me to forget my all successes. i blathered on a long time about this stuff. anyhoo-my condo still has not sold. it is just driving me nuts. this is another long haul area of my life, i guess, but i am feeling very impatient about it. ah well, i can't force someone to buy it, although that is a pleasant thought. today was very busy, and i am pretty tired so please excuse if my whining was not too coherent, on top of being overly long-winded. well, i am thinking of you all, dear queenlies. take care.

wsw
10-06-2012, 08:51 PM
gorgeous fall day today. stayed op and exercised. got together with a couple friends, which was fun. i can't believe the first week in october is gone--time just flashes by way too quickly to suit me. ah well. hope everyone is having a good weekend. thinking of 'ya.

Amarantha2
10-07-2012, 03:24 PM
Huzzah, congrats on staying op and exercising, Wsw! :up:

Thinking of you and all the royals also. Remembering the "old" days and so enjoyed being a part of that active palace group, but I know things change and people change. I know I may have irritated some royals by being gone so long, but like all of us, I, too, had my issues and life going on, so can't apologize for that lol.

So glad we still have a thread and candles in the window, though, for whenever anyone deigns to flit in and visit, also so glad to still be in touch with you and know how you are doing! Woot! :wave:

Amarantha2
10-07-2012, 03:26 PM
Woot! Down 1.2! Third week of having a loss. Weight is now UNDER the September 30 goal! Current weight 134.6!

Lost .5 inch on waist, which is the important measurement for me regarding health.

Had fractional inch losses in other places, & a gain in chest, maintains in bicep & forearm, so muscle mass has not been depleted. Yay!

wsw
10-07-2012, 05:55 PM
am2-yay on your weight loss for this past week, and for it being 3rd week in a row of weight loss!---and being under your
sept. 30th goal!!! big time congrats!

thinking of you, and all palatial dwellers, near and far. so far today, completely op and have done most of my exercise. watched a couple of old movies, and talked to some good friends on phone who live far away, so have to say this has been a pleasant and relaxing day. weather was not so great, but didn't really have to be out in it, so can't complain on that score either. well, take care, and have a good evening. :)

Amarantha2
10-09-2012, 12:40 AM
Thanks for the congrats, Wsw! And congrats back at ye for staying op and doing the exercise.

Also thinking of the palatial dwellers near and far. Woot! :wave:

wsw
10-09-2012, 01:37 PM
thanks, empress! hope all is well in your corner of the palace.

raining, and cloudy the past few days here. have to admit looking forward to some sunshine, forecasted for tomorrow. actually, have a lot of paperwork to tackle today, not too serious at all that i can't be out among 'em for much of the day. when i hear that a lot of the country got real winter weather very early this year, i am so grateful that it was just a few rainy (and not snowy) days!

time for me to shake up my exercise plan a bit, just for a change of pace, so trying out a few different things. also picking different music to listen to while exercising, which also makes it less of a chore. when i think back to many years ago to how much i hated any kind of regular exercise and didn't always even do it, i am glad i have made this positive and lasting change in my life. don't get me wrong, i am still not someone who loves exercising, but i can make myself do it consistently and have now for quite a few years. i know what a positive difference it has made for me on all fronts.

well, take care. i will get back to dreaded paperwork now.

Kaylets
10-10-2012, 12:50 PM
Hello all!

Congrats Empress on the loss and other streakity streak goals met! Amazing!

Congrats WSW on your exercise program ----as you wrote, whatever you do is still a change and still movement.

Right or wrong, I am running a personal experiment with the Green Coffee Extract to get a gentle kickstart of some kind.

In so many ways my logic hasn't been logical about food, guilt, shame, perfectionism, etc. I have heard the discussions, read the posts, even written over and over again about treating myself royally.
But I realize now, I was only thinking of all of these things in the abstract----never living that way. For some reason, all of these things were not for me---Perfectionism always trumped.

Is perfectionism an obsession---a type of mental hoarding??

When I quit smoking , I gave myself a pass about the weight gain because smoking was so much harder than food was to control----I knew once I had really stopped smoking, I would deal with the weight gain.

I realize now, I haven't given myself the same pass dealing with my grief. Initially, I remember realizing with some surprise how quickly ice cream was disappearing but it was only a passing thought. Then, I began feeling shame that I really was one of those 'stress eaters'. I had always taken pride that I had 'more control'.......hmmmmm.......
How ironic what grief is teaching me about being human...........


Also ironic that I was supposed to go to a support group meeting last night but just didn't have it in me. I had just decided I wasn't going and turned on Dr Phil ---his show was about grief. Then, later, a newer 'comedy' program called "Go On" was ALL about the main character realizing that he was like everyone else in his group who experienced "Grief Eating".

Again, an enormous irony as I belong to 4 Grief Support Groups and the most I have heard about overeating is in some handouts talking about "you may notice you are not eating as well or eating far more".

More than ironic, more than coincidence how so many of these moments are as big as billboards saying " You're OKAY!" "You're DOING as Well as Can Be Expected"..........................

Wow.

Amarantha2
10-11-2012, 06:37 PM
Huzzah, Queen Kaylets is in the palace! So nice to see ye, K!

Let us know about the green coffee extract experiment, how it goes. I have wondered about that product.

Wsw, things are as well as can be expected in my wee wootish corner, have a little blip on my radar screen going on but nothing exciting. For the life of me, can't summon the hocus pocus focus or the wootishness.

Still dedicated to LOSING A POUND THIS WEEK! I really do get gratification from being at a desired weight.

Hmmm, probably THAT is an obsession.

I don't know if perfectionism is an obsession. Maybe. I think in a way I suffer from that somewhat, which is why I get so bent out of shape about things all the time as they are never perfect and I am never perfect.

Lol, I KNOW I am one of those stress eaters. I also know I am obsessed with managing my weight but in a good way. I do not feel the guilt and shame I have seen others express about weight. I just know the drill, think it is all about data and hocus pocus focus focus.

I am aware I make many people mad when I discuss weight lol. But then I make people mad just living. In the past year it seems everyone has been mad at me for their own reasons, some of which I did not even cause, or if I caused them it was a glitch, a passing mistake that most people would have forgiven me for but for some reason, in some cases, forgiveness was not an option. So I forgive them for not forgiving and go on. And I value all the more the friends who have stood by me through thick or thin.

In short lol, I have given up perfectionism and just started to shrug and say, "Whatever!" :lol:

Lol, I have no idea what I am saying, am SO bummed out today and brain fogged.

I do know I've had too many carbs of the not so great variety, so had almost a quarter of a roasted chicken for an early dinner and think that helped.

Cals still good.

Lol, queens I really need a JOB! Another story.

I wish we could all turn back the clock on this thread to when we were all friends and knew that we supported each other and understood each other's nonperfection no matter what, and posted all the time about all sorts of things.

But don't think that is going to happen.

I'll be watching the thread here and post when I can.

Love to all queens. :wave:

Amarantha2
10-12-2012, 10:18 AM
Wootness! Fall hath fallen here, nice & cool out now but don't know how long that'll last.

Hello, all queenlies!

Amarantha2
10-14-2012, 02:11 PM
Have run out of creative, interesting things to say or colorful symbolic ways to describe the weight loss journey, but woot, have lost another .8 this week and huzzah am I HAPPY about it?

YES!

Right on schedule to reach 132 by October 28, which is the goal for the months.

Measurements are exactly the same as last week.

This is all kind of exciting as my exercise was fairly gentle AND I ate more carbs and more natural sugar this week AND slept a lot due to depression and sinus problems.

The only thing I focused on was calorie control and as most know about me, I do calorie cycle, so was up and down some on that but stayed within a good range.

Was hoping for a WHOLE POUND lol but happy as a clam with the result!

Huzzah!

wsw
10-14-2012, 08:12 PM
hello am2- congrats on your weight loss for this week!! you are doing so great! :) it sure is exciting. your consistent hard work at it inspires me to no end, empress.

hi kaylets-when you wrote: "More than ironic, more than coincidence how so many of these moments are as big as billboards saying " You're OKAY!" "You're DOING as Well as Can Be Expected"..........................

Wow." wow is right. it is amazing to me also how we get such messages from the universe. dealing with grief certainly is a teacher of many things human, though it is so incredibly difficult to deal with. sending a big, virtual hug your way.

hanging in there on my diet and exercise path. take care, dear queenlies both hither and yon.

Amarantha2
10-15-2012, 11:54 PM
Thanks for the congrats, Wsw! Your consistency in the hanging in on your diet and exercise path also inspires me! Woot! :cheer2:

Kaylets, I also like that thought about the billboard saying: "You're OKAY! You're doing as well as can be expected ..."

Sometimes in the midst of our personal struggles that are not always discernable to others or even are misunderstood by others we get discouraged and confused and it is true, a message comes through from the universe that we really are okay.

My brother has a saying: "I'm always okay." He says that when I am worrying about him and over the years I have also assumed it as a personal motto for myself, because, well, I always am.

Take care, all.

wsw
10-16-2012, 08:37 PM
am2-hearing (well, reading) what you said about your motto calmed me right down after i was feeling a bit anxious after a somewhat stressful day. :) i love the little cheerleader icon too--makes me smile.

did remain op, food and exercise-wise, so feeling good about that. in the past 9 months now, i have lost 38 lbs which also feels very good. still have a lot more to go, since this was mostly re-tread weight, but i know that if i can do this, i can and will keep going! i did go ahead and shake up my exercise routine also which helps to keep things a tad more interesting.

well, to all our lovely queenlies, i hope a good evening will be had by one and all.

Amarantha2
10-16-2012, 10:54 PM
Huzzah, Wsw! Congratulations on that 38 pounds in 9 months, that is fabulous whether retread or not. :cheer:

My weight in the ticker (and some before I made the latest ticker) was some retread weight too ... we gotta deal with it, and it is all good!

Congrats on how great you are doing and on the exercise front, too.

I was reading a blog on another site about how studies are showing that it is better to be heavier and fit, than thinner and not fit.

I believe fitness is the most important thing, although I personally want to be fit AND at the scale weight I want.

Lol, I want it all.

I did well with calories today at 1585, right where I like to be and did 30 min weights. My streakity is still intact but have been going through some changes lately that are making it harder to get up and move and I am determined NOT to stop the daily exercise streak.

My big plan tomorrow is to hike with some out-of-town friends and then we plan on eating at a Peruvian restaurant. I have researched what I will eat (Peruvian chicken with some rice) and will hocus pocus focus focus on that and not on any other experimental eating.

Good night to all royals who inhabit this thread.

Amarantha2
10-21-2012, 02:18 PM
Well, a series of NOT SO FORTUNATE EVENTS occurred in which Amarantha hath gained 1.4 pounds this week lol.

Not really worried or unhappy about that, did well, increased exercise, calories a little up but not by much, so t'is just a blip on the radar. Happy with my weight but working towards a goal so we'll get 'em next time! Woot!

Amarantha2
10-22-2012, 11:27 AM
Happy Monday, everyone! Woot!

wsw
10-22-2012, 08:57 PM
happy monday to you, amarantha2! woot! i had a little blip of my own today, as i ate more cals than usual, but not serious, and did my exercise plus a bit more than usual. love your line ---"we'll get em next time." it was a good reminder for me that this is a journey, not a sprint--but then you always inspire me, empress!:)

had fun the other night at a party with some folks i had not gotten to see in a long time. it was nice getting to catch up. it has been absolutely gorgeous here the past couple of days, and loving every minute of it. well, queenlies one and all, have a good evening.

Amarantha2
10-23-2012, 09:28 PM
Huzzah, yea, Wsw ... t'is not a sprint at all, and we WILL get 'em next time.

Glad you had fun seeing people you haven't seen in a long time. Old friends are golden, we should cherish them.

Well, I am pooped ... been really absorbed in knitting for the past two days, it is special to me because I thought that was something I wasn't going to be able to do again but it is going well and soothing me after some upsets I had last week.

Going to eat beloved cottage cheese with chives now and lie down. Also had a big day getting a quote on some insulation work I need at the house lol, takes a lot outta moi! Woot! :wave:

wsw
10-26-2012, 11:08 AM
glad knitting is soothing for you, and doable. sorry you had some upsets last week. hope this week is more calming and going better, all the way around.
hope quote on home insulation work was not too scary, at least.

yesterday was another gorgeous day here. the weather has been incredibly beautiful. big storm coming soon, though. i am glad i was able to enjoy this past week of great weather. the fall leaves looked so pretty too. i have an earache today, and my ear is stuffed up. that always makes me feel vulnerable. well, need to get a few errands done, but then plan to take it easy for the rest of the day. well, take care, empress, and all our dear queenlies, in around the palace walls.

Amarantha2
10-26-2012, 03:43 PM
Hope your earache is better soon, dear wsw! Woot! Also hope that storm passes and does not touch your area. That is scary. Glad you are enjoying the fall leaves.

The insulation work is done and it was a big surprise when a neighbor from the next street happened to be the person supervising the crew. I see him walking with his family often and my dog always barks at them lol. All was pleasant and quick and they also put a nice new "door" opening in the attic for me. That was a relief.

Enjoying a fitness toy I recently bought, the Fitbit Zip! I had a big issue with the customer service end of getting it shipped and was quite irate but honestly I love the thing and it tracks with My Net Diary, which is the app and web site I use for tracking my food and exercise.

Lol, now I want to buy all their products, but will hold on.

Greetings to all the faithful here on the palace thread and hope all are well.

Amarantha2
10-28-2012, 02:29 PM
I lost .2 from last week and am REALLY happy about that as t'was not my best week.

But it WAS my goal day to weight 132 and I am three pounds off of that. So I have added another week to my schedule of goals to reach 125. Looks like this now:

November 25 Goal Date: Be at 130 pounds.

December 30 Goal Date: Be at 126 pounds.

And now, January 6 Goal Date: BE AT IDEAL WEIGHT OF 125.

Reserving option to look at that ideal weight again at that time, may want to go lower or higher.

Have a great day, all! :wave:

wsw
10-28-2012, 06:45 PM
glad to hear all your insulation work is done, and that it went well! congrats on your weight loss for this past week, amarantha2!! woot! woot!

i am still feeling crummy (cold, cough, blah, blah, blah), and have had to lay low all weekend. i really do hate it when i have an earache, plus being all stuffed up. when my ears are stuffed up like this, it really makes me feel vulnerable (well, on top of the just feeling lousy physically part.) ok, now that i have whined and whined, i will shut up. it's back in to bed for me. i have a few good movies which i watched this weekend, plus am reading a couple of good books, so in between napping i haven't even been too bored. i have stayed op, but since haven't been too hungry, that hasn't exactly been a challenge. my not being very hungry is a very rare occurrence,believe me( lol), so when it happens, it actually is a plus. hopefully, will be feeling better tomorrow, so can get back to regular excercise routine, or at least a portion of it, anyway. take care, all.

Amarantha2
10-29-2012, 01:33 PM
Thanks for the congrats, wsw! Hope you feel much better tomorrow, congrats though on staying op with food!

Huzzah to all!

Amarantha2
11-01-2012, 08:29 PM
Huzzah! :wave:

wsw
11-03-2012, 07:08 AM
huzzah , empress! :) love the newest icon.

on antibiotic, so starting to feel a little better, but still have fever, and dragging a lot. i am ready for this to be over with already. anyhoo, staying op, and exercising some, but that has to be done rather gingerly for time being. well, thinking of all our queenlies, near and far. take care, all.

Amarantha2
11-04-2012, 01:29 PM
Thanks, wsw! I think the little pilgrim avatar is cute, too! Woot!

Sorry you are on antibiotic but glad you are feeling some better. No fun to still have a fever, though. Hope it all passes well. Congrats on staying op and exercising some, but glad you are being careful, too.

Feel better soon.

Sending good vibes to royals, whether near or far.

Amarantha2
11-04-2012, 01:31 PM
Well, it seems there is again NOT a lot to say. T'is a Yay Day!

As it happpened, Am2 & the Am2ites, bein' pilgrims residin' in the Thanksgiving Diet Challenge Village, each with an individual goal to weigh 130 on or by November 25 (which, again, we know is not Thanksgiving but work with us), DID troop on over to Diet Town Square at the appointed OFFICIAL SUNDAY BEFORE BRUNCH WEIGH-IN this mornin'.

There resideth the GOLDEN SCALE O' DIETARY JUSTICE in all its gleamin' glory.

Everyone hopped individually (of course) on the scale 'n EACH ONE LOST A POUND THIS WEEK! Yay!

Strange how that works, Am2 and each individual Am2ite ALWAYS weigh in at exactly the same weight. Hmmm. AS IF they were only one person instead o' a menage o' diet fantasy characters roilin' 'round. Strange. Odd.

BUT we digress. There is nothin' more to say! Everyone linked hands and marched off to the dining hall where a delicious brunch o' whole grain English muffins, real butter, eggs & protein shakes was served.

Everyone broke out into the Yay Song and the serenade could be heard all over Diet Shire: "YAY YAY WHAT A DAY, EVERYBODY HAD A NICE WEIGH, YAY YAY WHAT A DAY ..."

'Bout. Covers. It.

Arabella
11-05-2012, 08:53 AM
Happy November to all you best and most beautiful queenlies! Sorry for my long absence from the palace. Have been wandering in the dark, a bit. I've been worried about my son since his move. He's still struggling. That shouldn't derail me, but often times it has.

Then, the first of October I had marshaled my determination and signed up for a 30-day challenge at hot yoga, to go every day for 30 days. I must admit I was feeling a little apprehensive -- fearing change, maybe, fearing giving up the status quo, despite not being happy with the status quo. Anyway, I went to yoga the first day and all was well. The next day, I was rushing to take sheets down and throw them in the wash so I'd be ready to walk DH to work and I missed the bottom cellar step. Thought I was stepping onto the basement floor, stepped half-on the bottom step instead and sprained my ankle. Over a month now and I'm just getting back to the point where I can do yoga and walk.

We talk about "muscle memory" but I must say, my "fat memory" is stronger. I thought I was not doing too badly food-wise but it's like I just blew right up. I'm on my fourth day of my own personal challenge today, though: yoga and 10000 steps every day, eating only at the table when I'm alone. Eating only when I'm hungry.

I think I wasn't ready to do it a month ago but I seem to be now. As much as I struggle with eating only at the table, it doesn't seem so difficult. Huzzah!

Am, I so love that "I am always okay" and am adopting, myself, forthwith. Also applying to my son: "He is always okay, just as I am always okay." That feels so much better! Congratulations on your stalwart march to glory. :)

WSW, I hear you on that "rarely lose your appetite" thing. Just about never happens to me. I hope that pesky cold is GONE! We've had some glorious fall weather here, too, but today is decidedly November: damp and grey.

Kaylets, that was quite a revelation about doing as well as could be expected. It's funny how we have this idea in our heads of how we SHOULD react to things. In reality, we're only human. :yes:

OK. Time for me to get out the door. Those 10000 steps aren't going to walk themselves.

Let's make it a good one!

wsw
11-05-2012, 01:15 PM
woot, woot am2! congrats on your weight loss for this week!! i have to "borrow" arabella's quote "on your stalwart march to glory" and say kudos on how well you are doing on this, empress. :)

arabella-nice to see you. sorry you had to deal with sprained ankle, but glad you are on mend and able to get back to walking and yoga. just falling is always so startling, on top of the actual physical injury.

and hello to kaylets, anagram, and any and all queenlies in or around the palace. gorgeous day today, before more storms are due, so i am enjoying every sunny moment of it. still dragging a lot, and seem to need a lot of extra rest, but definitely feeling better than even a couple of days ago. increasing exercise a bit more each day again, as energy permits, but think soon i will be back to full throttle in that area. first time out today in a few days, so will take it slow and easy---well, slower and easirer than normal, anyway. take care, dear queenlies.

Arabella
11-07-2012, 06:23 AM
They'd been calling for it to warm up a bit today and rain but right now I see light creeping up on the horizon and a big star hanging above it, so maybe it will be :sunny:

Five days completed now. Maybe I needed the month of being incapacitated to prepare mentally/psychologically. I've never found it so easy to make the switch to only eating at the table. One thing I've done is to associate the image of self eating alone in front of the TV with self puffing up at the same time. I'm feeling a little depuffed already, pants feel looser.

WSW, you're right about the impact of falling. The first week after I fell, I felt a bit like I was still in shock. I hope your energy is returning -- it makes life so hard when energy is lacking.

Time to go wake DGS, who's here for a sleepover. Or, as he used to say, "a shleepover."

Let's make this a good one! :cb:

Amarantha2
11-07-2012, 09:03 AM
Huzzah & woot to Arabella, so happy to see ye back in the palace and sorry to read o' thy mishap & ankle injury as well as other worries.

I am also doing a 10,000 day step program with my new Fitbit Zip, as well as lifting a few times a week. Right now finding the 10,000 steps per day challenging and really did not realize that though I lift and/or and walk or jog daily I was really not getting enough steps into my day.

There have been a few days when I don't hit the target but I am working this week to reach the weekly goal of 70,000 steps.

Congratulations on five days and pants getting looser.

Thank you for the congrats! :wave:

Happy as always also to see the stalwart Wsw this morning as well, and also thanks for the congrats.

Glad you are experiencing good weather and are getting back to full throttle by increasing exercise daily.

Woot to all queenlies near and far!

I did some volunteer work yesterday that mayor may not be a regular thing, still looking for a permanent job, finding self very tired yesterday afternoon and took long nap and ate a bit more in the calorie department and was NOT goign to finish the steps but what I love about having the Fitbit is that I woke up later in the evening, started watching election coverage and found myself motivated to finish the steps, just packing 'round and 'round the hallways of my house and around the yard and in front of house on the street.

Really think it is helping me overall.

Amarantha2
11-11-2012, 08:59 AM
I am grateful today to all men & women, past & present, who have served in my country's military. Freedom is not free.

Amarantha2
11-11-2012, 01:25 PM
Everything more or less going my WEIGH! Refound the pound lost last week but met new walking goal for week by 137 percent, lost inch off waist, and have stronger, pain free knees, so who cares 'bout that pound lol? It is obviously muscle.

wsw
11-17-2012, 03:08 PM
arabella- congrats on all your completed days on your plan! hope you had fun during recent dgs's sleepover. :)

am2-yea for adding 10, 000 steps to your already very empressive exercise regimen. huzzah on that additional inch off also! liked your recent gratitude post too---well said. :)

the fall leaves really have been gorgeous this season. love looking at them. still have tail end of cold and ear infection, but finally feeling like it is going to end. going over to friends' home for dinner, which will be nice. hadn't seen them in quite a while, so will be fun to catch up. have been sticking with food and exercise plan well. planning on more cals than usual (for this evening)since hosts are excellent cooks so though i won't go wild, will not be a martyr either. lol! well, greetings to all our dear royals both near and far. take care.

Amarantha2
11-18-2012, 01:08 PM
Woot!

Wsw, thanks for the congrats on the increased walking vis a vis the step counting program.

It has made a lot of difference this week because despite a high calorie week, I lost .8 and also 2.5 overall inches with .5 of that being in the all-imporatant waist measurement. So am happy.

Hope you ear infection and cold are all better today and that you enjoyed your dinner with friends last week.

I've added yet another month to my goal dates ... February 3, 2013, on or by which I will reach 125. All the monthly goal dates are the same but I'm not making the exact numbers I need, which is fine. I can wait!

Love to all royals near or far.

Amarantha2
11-19-2012, 06:10 PM
Just Me. The storyteller is not here. The dieter is here and WAY back on track (yay). The person walking 10,000+ steps a day and losing inches like crazy is here. The nonvirtual person putzin' 'round her nonvirtual town doing laundry, shopping, job hunting, playing with the dog, planning dinner, is here.

Have been rereading Marianne Williamson's "A Course in Weight Loss." Have wanted to discuss this book with somebody for a while now but nobody wants to discuss it with me lol.

Another story.

Was wanting to post this neat quote from Marianne Williamson so decided to post on this royal thread. I don't have any discussion about it to offer. It is what it is.

It is apropros of something I read on a diet web site, maybe this one, I don't remember, about someone saying they don't love themselves. People on the thread told the person they should love themselves. I think I answered that I can't imagine not loving myself and that is true, but if someone doesn't, then they don't. Why tell other people who to love?

I have no point about this. If related to weight loss, I have to say that I have been heavier than I am now and thinner. Both ways, I guess I loved myself. There is no way I have not loved myself and THAT IS WHY I AM DOING 10,000 STEPS A DAY AND THAT IS WHY I AM PUTZIN' 'ROUND TRYING TO WEIGH WHAT I WANT TO WEIGH.

The fact is I don't think I could do it at all if I didn't have my own love of ME to keep me going.

Well, here is the quote and I could go on for hours about self-love and how a perceived sense of not loving self is oft times, in my opinion, a mask for a habit of internalizing the negativity of others.

That, too, is another story.

"You are here to love and be loved, and the soul in its native intelligence knows this. Accept the magnitude of your function, and your reignited spiritual intelligence will spark your body’s intelligence as well. As your mind remembers its natural function, the cells of your body will remember theirs. You will no longer be at the effect of your compulsion. You will become a master at living your life." ~ Marianne Williamson, From "A Course in Weight Loss"

Arabella
11-20-2012, 09:13 AM
Hello, Lovelies!
I'm happy to report that it's been several weeks since I ate anywhere but at the table when by myself. Also, have gotten my 10,000 steps all but two days in the same time and have done yoga most days as well. I got to hot yoga four times last week and I must say, I feel SO much better when I go, psychologically even more than physically.

I'm in Halifax this week so won't be able to get to the studio but will go through the series in the condo. It's a bright and beautiful week :sunny: Fall temps but not as cold as might be. I'll head out for a walk along the harbour and then to do a little shopping before too long.

Am, I LOVE the quote and am inspired to seek out the book and read it. Then we can discuss. :) I think it's very true that we've got internal beliefs that are: A. the reason we got fat and B. the reason we have trouble losing and tend to regain.

I've been on a bit of a spiritual journey and can feel myself letting some of those things go. At one point, the last time I was actually allowing myself to sit on the couch while I ate, I had a sense of a very angry woman inside me, eating ferociously.

Another time, I had the sense of a wistful woman just slipping (wistfully) away. Essential, I think, for accepting what is, not wishing anything other than the reality in any given moment. Much to think about.

At the same time, though, some of this IS physiological. If I eat wheat or sugar, I'm physically more hungry and have cravings. Well, I guess I can see the lesson there. ;)

Dear WSW, so glad you're starting to feel better! I can hear that you've got your stalwart course set and are sailing forth again.

Our fall has been good here too, although we've got heavy frosts at night now. It was a beautiful drive over here yesterday morning, with the frost on the meadows and trees, the sun rising.

Hope you had fun with your friends!

Love to all, mentioned or un- ... If you're lurking, pop on to say :wave:

Let's make this a good one!

Amarantha2
11-22-2012, 03:40 AM
Hello, royals! This is just another flyby and sorry but in the interest o' full disclosure, some parts of this postie are a cross post as I am pooped and should be going to bed lol.

To be honest (again lol) I've been kind of in a long slump and also have been spending too much time sort of beating head against a lot of brick walls lol, which is unproductive and not helpful.

Today a strange thing happened. A store clerk who has seen me in the grocery for the past 18 years or so suddenly looked at me and said that I was beautiful. Lol, I don't know why she said that, guess she was having some private trouble that made her feel she should tell people what she was thinking.

She said that she had watched me transform myself for years and that I was beautiful. So I said she was beautiful, too, and that I was glad we were both still here.

That got me to thinking, not for the first time, that I needed to transform mentally as well, as in spiritually, intellectually and that as in physical transformation, that doesn't mean I don't like who I essentially am (because I do), but that I have to function better and better all the time to reach my full potential in life as to be honest, ladies, I am not gettin' any younger here lol.

So used today to pull the plug out of one of the more time wasting social media sites I blog on. It is a site I love and return to again and again (I blog and post a lot of places on the internet, as I assume we all do), but where I've had one too many negative experiences with one too many negative people who DON'T wish me well lol. I've had good experiences with non negative people on that site as well, not meaning that I have not, but in choosing where I spend my time, I consider eliminating negativity to be an important factor.

It is a small step, doesn't mean I am giving up social media, just that I have to be more careful to use my time productively (I still intend to revive my career in 2013) AND in a positive manner. (Never intend leaving this thread or 3FC lol).

Another thing I did in the spirit of the diet journey (which is a huge part of my shaping up mentally as well as physically) is to throw away TWO BOXES of dark chocolate bars I recently bought thinking that I could eat one half of one bar a day and be fine with that.

Uh, no. I've gone over calories each day since I've had those.

Anyhow, still doing the 10,000 steps program, going hiking tomorrow. Happy holiday to all who are in the U.S. and Happy Thursday to all others.

wsw
11-22-2012, 01:54 PM
as am2 said

happy thanksgiving to those in u.s. and happy thursday to all our other queenlies! :) i am going over to friends' home in a little while for thanksgiving dinner. just gorgeous out today, as it was yesterday. what a treat for this time of year.

greetings, am2 and arabella! thinking of you :) take care.

Amarantha2
11-23-2012, 03:47 AM
Thinking of you, too, wsw & arabella! Woot! Have a great Friday!

Amarantha2
11-24-2012, 09:00 AM
:wave:

Amarantha2
11-24-2012, 03:53 PM
Hmmm, lol, already playing with the diet plan here in Holiday Diet Challenge Village; the Committee on Scheduling Official Weigh-In Days has protested to the Am2-ites, who are running the challenge to reach 125 pounds sometime in December or January, that a FRIDAY WEIGH-IN WAS UNFEASIBLE GIVEN THE SCHEDULE. They did not specify which schedule this was but anyhow, the committee unanimously voted in a compromise for a SATURDAY OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN DAY.

Film at 11. Really.

Amarantha2
11-25-2012, 01:03 PM
Hmmm, again. Hi, royals! WOot! Changed my weigh-in day BACK to Sunday (creature of habit) and was down a pound!

Sunday is definitely the best day for me to weigh!

Amarantha2
11-27-2012, 11:45 AM
Woot! :wave:

Amarantha2
11-29-2012, 12:04 PM
Woot! Just bumpin' the palace here and sayin' hello!! About to go out the door, wondering how everyone is doing! :wave:

Amarantha2
11-29-2012, 05:15 PM
And another quick woot to announce this is the 25th day Am2 hath met her 10,000 daily step goal. Just finished today, usually exceed it by bedtime as I continue wearing the device after I get to 10,000.

Been thinking of all royal friends here & missing them but understand things change & people wander in different directions ... Love to all. I'll be popping in the rest of the year as always. Woot!

wsw
12-01-2012, 07:11 PM
woot, woot, am2 on that weight loss last sunday!!! you are moving forward fabulously!
as always, empress, you inspire me to no end.

i too was thinking about changing my official weigh-in day, and ended up keeping mine the same in the end. (mine is wednesday.) speaking of which, i am losing again, though ever so slightly, after what felt like a very long holding pattern. my body sure does what it wants when it wants, and even though this is my non-pattern-pattern, it never ceases to aggravate me. i will keep doing what i need to do and hang in there and not use this as an excuse to jump ship, though. period.

my condo still has not sold, and it is driving me bonkers. i am doing everything i can be doing in this regard, but talk about frustrating! i want it sold NOW! ah well. i checked on it the other day, and my door had been left unlocked by some real estate agent who had showed it. i was so frustrated by that, but the good news was no one had tried the door and trashed it, which could have so easily happened. getting my condo sold is definitely on my christmas wish list.

on a positive note, it was another gorgeous day out today. what a treat. i stayed op food and exercise-wise also, so can't complain at all. hope you are having a pleasant weekend, am2! hello to all our royal kingdom also. take care.

wsw
12-02-2012, 07:15 PM
hi am2!

another gorgeous day here today. loving this weather. got some errands and chores done today. got in a nice, long phone visit with a good friend, which was very enjoyable. also stayed op with food and exercise plan. not too easy to make myself stick to the food portion, but i did and am proud of myself for doing it. well, need to try and accomplish a couple more chores. hope a good evening will be had by all royals, near and far.

Amarantha2
12-03-2012, 10:22 AM
Huzzah, Wsw! Woot! T'is a gorgeous day here, too, and congratulations to you for sayting op with food & exercise. Glad you had a good day and phone visit with a good friend.

I was up .2 yesterday for my Sunday weigh-in but pretty happy with that as I ate kind of high all week.

My goal date is January 6 but would be happy to reach the goal by year's end, really going to focus and speed this all up if I can!

Thinking of all the royals, near & far! Have a wonderful week, all! :wave:

Kaylets
12-03-2012, 03:30 PM
Here we go Monday, here we go!

Well, so far, a really good food day! Yay! In fact, even chose water instead of the water doesn't need to be sweetened.......

Suddenly, (finally!) I have some motivation and hopefully it will stay with me a little longer than just today.

And this is a good feeling---not a white knuckle with sweat "I realllllllyyyyyy need to do this '...............

I haven't read all the posts but am so glad I saw yours Empress about the clerk telling you she thinks your beautiful. She's right!!!


Wsw....I think you are too!

We tell others, we see it in others, we deserve to see it in ourselves. And treat ourselves the same way. As the precious beauties we are!


Here we go Monday, Here we go!!:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Amarantha2
12-03-2012, 10:30 PM
Woot! Huzzah, Kaylets! So nice to hear your: "Here we go Monday, Here we go!!"

Thanks re the kind words re what the clerk said to me.

And I concur in thinking that Wsw is beautiful, too, and you, Kaylets, are also!

Kaylets, I love what you said here: "We tell others, we see it in others, we deserve to see it in ourselves."

I have just recently (at my advanced age) been learning that and learning, too, not to internalize the negativity of others towards me. I am just healing from all that. I think (hope) it will translate into reaching this "ideal weight" idea I have in my wee brain as a cap to this year lol.

Well, ate a lot today yet again but have an eating plan worked out for the rest of the week that'll help. My 10,000 step program is going very well and I always exceed that number, plus I am doing weights and some Leslie vids in addition to the dedicated walks and daily activities that make up the 10,000 steps.

So feeling strong on all fronts. Woot! :wave:

Amarantha2
12-06-2012, 04:36 AM
Woot, all! A little insomnia has me walking around the house getting a headstart on my 10,000!!! Thinking of all of the royals and hoping all are well.

For me, right now, I can say I am on a quest to reach the 120s by year end. All desire to be at 125 on January 6 is now focused on this goal just to be in the 120s by the new year.

I am not doing anything too differently, my inspiration for what I am calling The Wonder Diet (lol, because it will be wonderful to be in the 120s) comes from a little book called The Simple Diet, products and/or plans by Wonderslim, Medifast, Ideal Protein, Slim-Fast, Southbeach Diet and Weight Watcher's 360. I am making changes in how I think and spend my time and focus (my last 3FC blog post rambles on about that).

S'about it! I should go to bed! Woot to all! :wave:

Amarantha2
12-06-2012, 10:48 PM
Woot! Bumping & saying hello! :wave:

Amarantha2
12-08-2012, 09:03 AM
Manifesto: There are 22 days to go to December 30! After that it is New Year’s Eve, kind of a holiday for rest & reflection. I am starting NOW to make this last bit of the interesting year 2012 the best they can possibly be before crossing the portal into the GLORIOUS YEAR 2013, a year where anything is possible, with no mistakes in it (yet)! Woot!

THE GOAL IS TO BE IN THE 120s by year’s end, which is functionally, December 30 because the last day I will weigh in this year.

wsw
12-08-2012, 03:41 PM
what that clerk told you, amarantha2, was correct-you are beautiful!

and kaylets, you are beautiful! i am with am2, and i also love what you said("We tell others, we see it in others, we deserve to see it in ourselves.") what an important reminder.

will be back again soon to post more, but wanted to at least peek in and say that i am thinking of you both, and it has brought a smile to my face. :) take care.

Arabella
12-09-2012, 08:01 AM
:tree: Good morning, all you best and most beautiful of :queen:! What a frantic time here in my corner of the Palace. We just did the performance of The Messiah last Sunday. All went well but I think we sort of burnt out through the dress rehearsal. We were on fire for that -- always a risk. Needed to remind ourselves to keep that energy up. However, the audience was very appreciative. Had someone comment that it was the best performance yet, and we got a standing ovation, so ... good enough.

Then we had the traditional little dinner party after the performance. Had my mom's birthday party Tuesday, DH's staff party Friday night, my family Christmas party tonight, the choir party tomorrow night, a choir carol performance Tuesday evening, my writing group gathering Wednesday evening, DGS and putting up the tree Thursday evening, DH's birthday party Saturday evening and a baby shower on Sunday. Whew! That's way too much for me. I'll be looking forward to a week from tomorrow -- nothing planned from the 17th until the 24th.

I'm happy to report that I have not, not once, slipped and eaten anywhere other than at the table when I've been alone since I made that decision, maybe a month ago. Have also gotten my 10,000 steps most days, but want to make that "every day" and get to hot yoga at least 5 times a week.

Clothes are fitting better. I had tried on my winter jackets and they were too small, at least a couple of inches around the hips away from fitting. I wore one of them last week, so yay!

:ginger:
Amarantha, I did get a copy of "A course in weight loss." Haven't really started reading it yet but the concepts are resonating. What did you think of it? Congrats on getting to 125, as I know full well you will! :encore:
:candy:
WSW, that must be so frustrating waiting for your condo to sell! I know what it's like -- when we moved from Newfoundland, it took a year for our house there to sell and we had similar issues. So glad that no miscreant tried the door!
:snowglo:
Kaylets, it's nice when healthful behavior seems natural and not desperate! This year of self-nurture didn't mostly work out that way for me but, as we head into the end of it, I think I'm starting to get there. Remember to take good care of your own sweet self!

:wreath:
DH is here putting on his boots, time to head out for the Sunday walk, to be followed by hot yoga. Have a wonderful day, Queenlies!

Amarantha2
12-09-2012, 12:13 PM
Woot! Arabella, so great to see you here today and Wsw as well! Congrats to both of you for all your successes; Arabella, wish I'd been there to hear the Messiah, I love it so much.

Re ACIWL, I like it and have found it useful in many ways. I like Marianne Williamson in general and find her words often uplifting.

‎21 days to the day before the last Sunday of the glorious year 2012! While everything's NOT exactly goin' my weigh today (up a pound lol), I am happy with weight and still believe I can reach my year-end goal of reaching the 120s ... not likely to reach 125 by then so just trying for the 120s at the moment.

Weight loss ticker will not update, Ticker Factory seems to be all messed up; going to fix or do a new one, weight is NOW 134.4 ... had a lot of sodium as I am doing The Simple Diet and eating processed food for a while lol.

Love to all, shall returneth! Woot!

Amarantha2
12-09-2012, 04:10 PM
I had trouble with the tracker I was previously using, which I started at 143 pounds, but wanted to note that at the beginning of this year, I had bounced up to 150, from a low a year and a half before that of 117, which i had FINALLY reached after years of working at from my original high weight of 247. So when I started this new tracker I started it from January and am very motivated I have done so well this year and still have HOPES of being under 130 by 2013.

Liking my new ticker. :)

Wildfire
12-09-2012, 09:32 PM
Stopping by to wish all our Royals a happy holiday season! :xcheer:

I'll be watching for a new thread for 2013 and joining you in your journey!

wsw
12-10-2012, 08:57 PM
am2- you certainly have done well this year!! woot! woot!

hello wildfire!

arabella- yay on clothes fitting better, and only eating in designated area (when alone) for over a month!

kaylets-greetings! :)

and to all our lovely royals one and all. hectic day, so kind of worn out now, but did stay op food and exercise-wise, and pleased about that. some "ms technical difficulties" so will sign off for now. take care, all.

Amarantha2
12-11-2012, 12:20 AM
Huzzah, Wildfire!! :wave:

I am eagerly anticipating the new thread and the new year, too!

Arabella, meant to mention that I am doing a 10,000 step program also, I probably posted that already, too lazy to look lol. Congratulations on doing yours and on the hot yoga.

I have never tried hot yoga, sounds interesting.

Wsw, hope your day is less hectic tomorrow and congratulations on staying op with food & exercise.

I am totally worn out tonight but fighting the good fight to NOT overeat. I did have a high day yesterday but it was within bounds and so much better than last week.

Having lunch out with an old friend tomorrow in the town where I used to work. That is going to be challenging but I need to stay in the calorie range.

Yesterday I gave away all the processed meals but am still kind of doing the modular thing from Simple Diet, except I need to cook fresh food instead of eating the boxed stuff, which was making me ill as my blood pressure doesn't respond well to all that sodium and what not. I cooked chicken and brown rice, ate one meal, gave one to the dog, and froze four.

I am using whatever shakes I wish and varying them. For bars this week, I am going to bake some breakfast cookies that a friend gave me a recipe for and I am using Soyjoy bars because I still love soy and because they taste like fruitcake but are fairly healthy.

Got my steps in for exercise, still loving the Fitbit. I also am doing 2-3 strength sessions per week and some Leslie Sansone Walk Aerobics (because I like her).

Feeling WAY better since I stopped trying to be a runner.

Huzzah to tried and true royals and so love seeing you here, so grateful and thankful for your queenly comradeship through all the years.

Woot! :wave:

Amarantha2
12-12-2012, 09:04 AM
Just passin' through and it be a glorious day here in my part o' the universe! Woot to all royals! :wave:

Arabella
12-14-2012, 08:25 AM
Good morning, :queen:ies! Frantic Friday -- I've got a review to write, grocery shopping to get done, errands, plus work. But Friday, nonetheless. Tomorrow's DH's 64th birthday party. I've just decided that I'm not going to try to get the steak & kidley pie done today.

:tree: I picked up our tree last night and we'll get it set up and -- I hope -- decked today. If DH will just help me get it into the stand I can start decorating it in between things. It's in the porch now and I get a whiff of Christmas every time the door's opened. :)
:wreath:
Wildfire! Looking forward to gathering in the 2013 Palace!
:ginger:
Aye, Am! I do ken ye (help -- just read a novel set in Scotland!) walk 10,000 steps a day. I sometimes think of us virtually and virtuously walking together around this world.
:snowglo:
WSW, thanks! It is a major accomplishment for me to have kept to sitting only at the table when I'm by myself. It adds that essential control to the situation for me.
:candy:
Kaylets, Anagram: Hope to see you soon!
:clause:
Love to all, as we go about our Fridays. Let's make it a good one!

Arabella
12-14-2012, 08:31 AM
http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/writing-for-business/files/2012/12/poinsettia.jpg

Oh, meant to say, too, I wrote a holiday-themed grammar/writing quiz for my work blog, if anyone's interested: 'Tis (or t'is) the season: A grammar quiz (http://whatis.techtarget.com/quiz/Tis-or-tis-the-season-A-grammar-quiz)

Amarantha2
12-15-2012, 08:50 PM
Arabella, loved the holiday grammar quiz! It was fun to take! Woot! :wave:

I like that about walking this world virtually and virtuously. I wonder how many steps it would take to walk around the actual world. Hmmm, mayhap I should check that out. Could be a lifetime avocation to do that!

***
Hmmm, again! I am just drifting along here hoping SUPER DUPER CHEF (another identity that has popped up in my wee feverish brain) has a nice weigh-in tomorrow after getting off the sodium, additive laden diet entree train.

Calories were fairly good though still not where Chef wants to be. So we'll see ... rhymes! :lol:

Still have a strong possibility of a new job not in my profession but then I am supposed to be retired from that profession & transitioning, creating a new me, who shall she be?

SUPER DUPER CHEF? Nah, not a profession, but that is going to be a new passion of mine and hobby, cooking at home more, a vow and aim I have had for some time but often am too lazy to implement.

Have a cooking project for tomorrow. A recipe I pulled from a recipe site really intrigues me and I hope to make it tomorrow afternoon. It is for a healthy looking easy flatbread.

I do not really like using yeast, never have, although I've made yeast bread and pizza dough in the distant past, so the flatbread is perfect for me. It is low in calories.

Nothing further to say, SUPER DUPER CHEF is not much of a creative storyteller about queens and innocent diet maidens and exercise elves and such, she just likes food.

Hmmm, that is a good thing really. Food is good. But to maintain her royal & somewhat aging but still glorious figure (really do have a good figure ... old-fashioned word), we here in SUPER DUPER CHEFLAND do have to cook more at home and eat healthy food that sustains our royal energy level and doesn't send our blood pressure through the palace roof.

***
IT. IS. MANIFEST.

Kaylets
12-18-2012, 07:31 PM
Hello all!

Almost afraid to say it out loud, but.....It's been over a week since I ran out of bread and saw the Dr. Oz show with the Wheat Belly author...........AND

I've not had anything ( that I am aware of, even thru away soup with wheat in it)............wheat or quinoa (and I do miss quinona).........BUT...........almost afraid to break the spell....................

Those big awful, can't control, must have, can't wait, must, must, must cravings are GONE.
Just pale, stick your finger thru, faint, tiny voices which are easily controlled and sometimes will even go back to your room and wait if I tell them.

Even, last Friday when I was so upset ---and even this Sunday, another sad day.

And I knew it all along, my Royals. I knew if I ate oatmeal that in about 45 minutes I would be so ravenously hungry I could eat a wooden chopping block without wiping it off. I know that Doritos and cheese puffs won't even make it out of the parking lot.........
Those cravings are as close to a crack addiction as I will ever know.

But never connected---because eating wheat bread, etc, was a sneakier craving.....it was a craving that acted like regular hunger, not a hand shaking,
emptiness.
But nevertheless, after eating a protein heavy sandwich .......I'd be hungry 2 hours later. Hungry as if I had only eaten a grape.

The past few days, if I just have the heavy protein----maybe even as the topping on a big baked potato for supper.....................I don't need to eat until the next morning.

All this time, I thought it was sugar and yes, I know what some sugars do to me and I realize there is a wheat/sugar connection ..........but................


I still haven't weighed myself, in fact, not even sure where the scale is but I could tell about 4 days in that my face was less round.
Sure, its a big shock to my metabolism but it was a wonderful 'atta boy' to look in the mirror that 4th morning.:dizzy::o:dizzy::o


Empress, this is exciting news about new job/career possibility!! Sending good thoughts your way!

Wood Nymph, so nice to see you and hear about your goings on. I know the birthday party for your DH was a success!

WSW, hope those difficulties only stayed a short while. I think often of you....I just need to get here and tell you!!

Wildfire in the castle! KEWL

Anagram, Greetings and Salutations in your new castle!


Take care all!

Still, no cravings!!!

Amarantha2
12-20-2012, 09:22 AM
Hello all royals! Kaylets, so good to see you and that is interesting about the wheat. Please keep us abreast of how it is going. Quinoa, which I do not like, agrees with me when I eat it. I do get slight effects from wheat, although am not gluten sensitive and probably won't ever give up wheat, but it is interesting to explore the possibility. I love many gluten free products so it would be easy for me to do.

With apologies, I am crossposting my blog here as my status update 'cause my office is freezing and I need to go take a hot shower and sis boom bah outta the house soon for errands.

"Hmmm, not to go all cabalistic here but MY MOJO'S BACK! Woot!

Me, being the entity known as, well, ME! The QUEEN & EMPRESS OF MY OWN LIFE, my own WEIGHT LOSS COACH & FITNESS MANAGER, manager of my career zones, life, loves, & fortune!

And the CHEF ... the person who cooks her own food at home 70-90 percent of the time ... I am considering making that my New Year's resolution, btw, but not yet sure. It really helps having food at the ready in the palace kitchen.

Anyhow, the POINT of this silly blog is I have been kind of under a negative & gloomy spell for a while and this fantasy popped up in my wee brain last night whilst watching HSN wherein they had for sale for HUGE (to me) prices jewelry that had the Evil Eye on it. It was quite pretty and should be pointed out that the Evil Eye is not evil but a universal symbol used by people who want to ward off the EVIL EYE CURSE or the practice of OVERLOOKING ... e.g., folks who don't wish us well sending us bad luck or something.

I don't believe in the evil eye curse or runs of bad luck being sent by other people as it seems to me we make our own luck, for good or evil. But I like the idea of having a pretty talisman that my inner fantasy child could maybe use to ward off evil from outside forces, especially if some entity or other out there was stopping me from reaching the 120s by the end of this crazy year lol.

So briefly thought of spending some moola on the mojo ring but then remembered that much as I am a storyteller and a lover of the mystic in life, a mojo ring won't pay the bills and won't especially STOP ME FROM EATING EXTRA CALORIES THAT SNEAK IN WHENEVER I AM FEELING A LITTLE BIT O' NEGATIVITY COMING IN FROM MY INNER DEMONS OR FROM THE WORLD AT LARGE.

But I don't need a ring. I have a better magic power than that. It is called WILLPOWER or sometimes WON'T POWER or sometimes I HAVE A CHOICE.

I have the power of choosing my own destiny (to some extent) in all areas of life and the power of choosing my own destiny 100 PERCENT in the area of weight loss & fitness in the sense that no outside forces can make me eat calories I don't want or eat donuts or red velvet cheesecake I think unwise (okay, sometimes it is wise to eat red velvet cheesecake, but not this week when I am trying for a loss).

I always have a choice. I always have the mojo.

IT. IS. ALL. ABOUT. ME.

I don't need a magic mirror to reflect demonic cheesecake negativity or a magic ring to ward off evil caloric eyes.

It is manifestly, just ME here. Film. At. 11."

Wildfire
12-22-2012, 12:35 PM
Hiya Gals!

Kaylets, I've been thinking about cutting out wheat/moving to gluten free to see how I feel. Interesting to read your results, and look forward to more updates! By the way, I believe I was the one to tell you about Jesse Cook all those years ago. I saw his Blue Guitar tour in Hamilton last month, and it was excellent as always!

Anagram, I hear you have moved to a new palace? Still settling in? Can't wait to hear all about it!

Amarantha, I think "ALL.ABOUT.ME." is a fantastic theme for our new year. If we don't make it about looking after ourselves, who will? No one!

Arabella! Looking forward to catching up here with you! We see each other on the FB place but here has always been easier to talk about our day to day "stuff".

wsw, hope you are feeling well and able to enjoy the holidays without technical difficulties!

2013 is going to be a very selfish year for me. I think it's about time, too! I'm not getting any younger!! I have a gym membership and was dedicated to going 3 or 4 times a week, then my gym buddy had a family thing (liver transplant patient) and is on leave from work for the last couple of months, so I slipped out of our habit of hitting the gym right after work before my second job required me (making dinner, doing dishes, walking the dog, cleaning up, laundry, etc).

So, once this holiday nonsense is over with, I'm committing to regular gym attendance, paying more attention to food and what I'm putting in my body, meditation, and possibly a membership at a massage clinic where I pay a monthly rate and can have as many massages as I like! I will look after me first this year, so I can better look after the people in my life.

Right now I have to bake cookies for a friend who requested them for his Christmas gift. I love giving gifts like this - no shopping, no traffic, no screaming kids and hostile shoppers to deal with - and I enjoy cooking for other people!

Have a fabulous day! :)

Amarantha2
12-23-2012, 12:27 PM
Hello all Royals, having 3FC blogged in usual rambly fashion about my .6 weight loss this week & my New Year's Resolution, I'll just say YES to you, Wildfire on making this coming year about the ME principle.

I agree that if we don't take care of US, who will? This, I think, includes a lot of healthy work for me on self-esteem and not internalizing the negativity of others either towards me or just in general. I am not gettin' any younger here, friends, lol, and I need henceforth to go forward on removing toxicity and negativity from my sphere.

I've said that before but haven't really done it lol.

This is my year to do it.

Goals include, as I've noted here and elsewhere where I palaver about food, a better relationship towards food and cooking at home more, realizing that I am and always have been an excellent cook, so why don't I cook more instead of trying to follow the latest fad or eating processed junk or high calorie treats (which are okay in moderation but ... see my sig ... red velvet cake is OUT until next Winter Solstice) and listening to the universe & diet gurus as to what I should eat, do & be.

I also will increase my daily steps incrementally & GET A JOB (somehow, somewhere lol).

Just rambling, will firm all this up in wee brain as the week goes on.

Arabella
12-23-2012, 06:12 PM
Queenly folk, the bells are going off all over. I apologize for the length and involvedness of the following but ... this is the place for it, I believe.

I've been reading "A Course in Weight Loss." The first lesson deals with identifying where/what you associate negative emotions with and giving them over to a higher power. I had a big breakthrough this morning, looking at anger. I'd been reading the book before I headed out on a walk last night and was heading home when a great deal of anger resurfaced towards my SIL and the way she dominated the family reunion and cut my family out of it last summer. ANGER! I was SO mad, just going over it and over it. Thinking about releasing the anger but feeling like I wanted to hold onto it.

So this morning, when DH and I were walking, I was talking to him about it, about my feelings that I didn't want to release the anger. Then, he walked a little farther than I did (I was going to yoga) and while I was walking by myself, I felt so much sadness under the anger. I had an epiphany -- I was angry because I've done so much for SIL -- used to drive 45 minutes every other day or so to give her Reiki treatments when she had cancer, have had numerous parties for her birthdays, etc. etc etc. She, on the other hand doesn't even always remember my birthday.

DH said how generous I'd always been to her. My epiphany was that it's not about generosity -- it's about self-sacrifice. I've put her needs above my own many, many times and I need to stop doing that. The year that she was diagnosed with cancer, I had dedicated that year to my self-nurturing. But then she was diagnosed and I took a back seat, scrabbling hard just to keep up with what was necessary. She recovered and has been cancer-free for years and we're all grateful for that but I need to look after myself.

It all goes way back -- I was the eldest of a whack of kids, one after another, and I came to understand that I should not have any needs or show them if I had them. So, lots of work to do there but I do feel that I'm on my way. It's like when the log jam breaks.
:tree:
Amarantha, I feel like the book is going to be extremely helpful. I've got some problems with her God and trying to find a way to think of it that works for me, and I'm not totally sold on the "powerless to do this on my own" concept but o/w there's a lot of powerful stuff. Huzzah on the .6! :cb:

And then, Kaylets, I remember the same thing happening to me when I went low-carb -- you think that you've got all these deep-seated psychological issues and then the eating disorder dissipates in a puff of smoke when you stop eating wheat, rice, etc. I haven't read Wheat Belly yet but I gather it's not just wheat?

Anyway, I know that cutting back on that stuff will make this journey a lot easier, even if there are psychological issues to deal with.

Wildfire, you and me both -- this is going to be the year that I actually look to my own needs and, even if my nearest and dearest need stuff, I will not make myself an afterthought.

WSW, I hope those pesky technical difficulties leave you alone pronto! :grouphug:

Hmmmm.... shan't bend your ear any further. Love to all, in the Palace or wandering.

Amarantha2
12-24-2012, 05:18 AM
Arabella, I have found the book more helpful than I had originally expected. I also have problems with her concept of God & the idea of being powerless to do it myself. I ignore the God concept & accept that I have indeed managed weight successfully on my own for a really long time & that I do not need a guru. When I filter it that way I find the book really a practical companion in checking my relationship with weight & food.

I am really interested in your thoughts on the book.

I also have anger issues, I think everyone does & that anger is high on the list of emotions related to dysfunction re food & weight.

Thanks for the congrats!

Arabella
12-25-2012, 08:31 AM
It's a beautiful Christmas morning here, the first one without DS but DH and I have had a cozy start to the day. I am spoiled. Now for a long walk and then a festive breakfast. Still a Buche de Noel to make for the party at DIS' place. 'Twill be spectacular, which is always fun.

:queen: Am2, I believe you are right -- anger is way up there and it's definitely an emotion that I've "not felt" a lot in the past. Rarely, rarely get angry. Re: the book -- if the intensity of the lessons continue, it's going to be quite the journey. I've barely ventured a toe into the first lesson -- one emotion -- and it went way deep.
:tree:
Our approach to the book is identical. Huzzah!
:ginger:
Love to all my beloved Royals, whether in the Palace or on walkabout. Wishing you all the very, very merriest.

Wildfire
12-25-2012, 11:57 AM
Merry Christmas, Lovlies!

It's a green Christmas here, but the forecasters say it will be very, very white this time tomorrow. I'm okay with green.

Once again, my "adult" daughter ruined the holiday by storming off in a huff over nothing, refusing to spend the night with us as planned and instead went home to an empty apartment. If she expected us to chase after her, she was sorely disappointed. She is supposed to be here with my granddaughter (who spent last night with her dad) today. I do expect she will show because ALL of the little one's gifts are under our tree, but it will be with much attitude and scowling. Congrats to her, she ruined another Christmas and will be ignored for her efforts while we focus on the four year old princess.

Every year I say I'm not doing this big Christmas thing again, yet every year I do. I'm thinking next year will be different. I spent ALL day yesterday baking and cleaning and wrapping - all for the benefit of DD and Princess, and this is the thanks I get. What's the definition of insanity...right...doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Well, bird is in the oven, neighbors due to join us at 4:00, and this time tomorrow it will all be over.

Sorry for the vent...

I hope wherever you are and whoever you are spending your holiday with brings you much happiness!

And if not, there's wine. :xcheer:

Amarantha2
12-25-2012, 05:18 PM
Happy Holidays to all celebrants! Woot! I am hanging with just my adorable dog today & cooking omelets & sugar free cookies & just focusing on my mental & physical health & the year ahead.

Yesterday I did break my step record & reached the 16,000s, plus did a Leslie. Today did strength training & slept a lot, now working on 12,000 steps.

Enjoying my Christmas! Woot!

wsw
12-25-2012, 09:03 PM
merry christmas, dear royals! thinking of you, one and all.

Amarantha2
12-26-2012, 10:52 AM
Huzzah, happy NON HOLIDAY DAY to all!

Wsw, SO happy to see you and hope you had a good Christmas!

Ditto to all royals!

I LOVE the ordinariness (is that a word?) of the day after Christmas. I DID eat extra calories for the past few days, thought I was on a good roll yesterday but ended up adding a nice Christmas night meal as my mood had been kind of going down all day. Still hoping for a loss this week but looking forward now to my newest GOAL DAY OF GETTING INTO THE 120s, which is January 13! Woot! I will do 'er.

Amarantha2
12-27-2012, 05:55 AM
Super Duper Chef, the Queen, with her goal of reaching the 120s by December 30 & cooking more at home, has left the palace & Diet Wise Woman, Healthy Weight Management & Fitness Empress & Wise Woman has returned.

Naturally, we have been eating too much in this always uneasy time between Christmas & the coming New Year. S’ok, we’ll hop on tomorrow for a double check but we don’t seem to have gained anything since the last weigh-in.

And it stops here.

Diet Wise Woman, Empress & Queen of Her Own Life, is up early to finish a real-world, career related project, then she’ll return to sleep for a bit, but she has been thinking deeply about this weight & fitness issue.

Earlier in the day, there was a little argument between Diet Wise Woman and all the imaginary characters in her diet centric head. Seems some of them were asking the rhetorical question as to WHY we here in Healthy Weight Management & Fitness Land continued to wish to keep working towards living life in a fit and sane-weight body when things are so changed in her non virtual life.

Why not give up & let obesity claim her once more?

Silly question, of course we won’t do that & won’t even dignify it with an answer lol.

Anyhow, assessing our chance of getting to the 120s on December 30, our chances are slim, none & nada.

So we have been evaluating dates, reclaiming our sane appetite control and resetting our next OFFICIAL weigh-in date and will do that on January 1, 2013! That is a Tuesday! Yay! We are starting a little challenge to EAT AT A SANE CALORIC LEVEL AND CONTINUE TO EXERCISE AS PLANNED until then and other than a quick unofficial check tomorrow morning, which will be private between us and us, we’ll leave the scale alone. We will see where we are on January 1 and then regroup.

Although Super Duper Chef has departed, we will still be heavily into cooking at home in the palace in 2013. Diet Wise Woman, the Queen & Empress of her Own Life, will do all the cooking using sane ingredients & methods known to her from old times.

It. Is. Manifest.

Amarantha2
12-30-2012, 07:25 PM
Huzzah, all royals who inhabiteth this thread or wander hither & yon! Thinking of you all kindly today. :wave:

This is a flyby, I still have 2,000 steps to do on my self-assigned 12,000 today so should get off the internet for a while.

I am glad it is Sunday, can't wait for the New Year and to see what my starting weight for the year will be! WOot! :wave: