Sunday, December 27, 2015

The holidays and eating out and being kind to yourself

Sunday-was up early at 6:30, considering I got to bed at 1 a.m.  Took two naps.  Weight was slightly down.  Stayed on track with food and got a 5 mile walk.  Turned off the light about 10, as I was tired.

Monday-got up at 6:30, which seems to be a normal time for me.  Keeping the weight within range.  Stayed on track with food and got my normal Monday night walk of 4 miles.  Turned off the light around 11.

Tuesday-woke up about 6:20, but it was very dark due to the rain and I stayed in bed until about 6:30.  Weight is being within the upper part of my goal range.  Tonight I know I am eating out.  The days I eat at home, I am really trying to stay on a normal food plan.  I am allowing myself some of the foods of the season, but not overdoing it.  That is something I have learned on this journey is to not deny myself certain things, but within moderation. Breakfast, lunch and snacks were on track.  Something in breakfast did not agree with me.  I made wise choices with dinner and it was a fun evening out.  Did my home exercises, but no walk due to the rain.  Turned off the light around 11.

Wednesday-woke up around 6:10 and finally got up around 6:40.  Weight was down a pound.  Today should be on track. I did my home exercises, but no walk/hike.  Mainly doing errands today and the girls and I did go out for lunch and I did have a salad.  Went to service for Christmas Eve, which was really nice and Mari and I got frozen yogurt after the service.  Went to bed around 11.

Thursday-I was up early as I have to be out the door around 7:30 to get to a hike at 8 a.m.  Weight is being in range.  Did some of my home exercises and did do a hike.  Where we went hiking was a new area for me and I had some fear regarding the hike, but I did it and I am proud of myself.  A group of us went out for brunch after the hike.  The rest of the day was home.  Went to bed around 9:45.

Friday-Merry Christmas-I was up around 6:20. Stayed on track with food.  Weight was slightly up, but within the healthy range.  Did a walk today, which felt good.  Other than the walk, mainly stayed home.  Went to bed around 9:45 p.m.  Marissa was struggling with sore muscles and anxiety and I always feel like I am walking on egg shells on holidays especially with Rory.  I am glad when holidays are over.

Saturday-Up early, as we are going on the train to Los Angeles.  Weight was slightly up, but within the healthy range.  Walked about 8 miles, between the Secret Stairs walk and all the rest of the walking we did.  In regards to food, I made wise choices, as lunch and dinner were out. Went to bed around 9:45.


Monday-Lemon Paprika Chicken
Tuesday-Orange Chicken with Chow Mein
Wednesday-Shrimp with Macaroni and Cheese with veggies
Friday-Chicken with Couscous and veggies
Saturday-Turkey and broccoli with rice



Monday, December 21, 2015


Since I hit my goal weight last week, now my life will be about maintaining this weight.  I really plan to keep it around my goal weight, as I have worked too hard to gain the weight back and my life has become a new life style of eating healthy and exercise and I am enjoying it.

Sunday-I was up early at 5:30, as I have to be out the door by 7:30, so we can be in San Diego by 9.  My weight was up.  Breakfast was on track, as well as snacks and dinner.  A group of us went out to lunch and I don't know that I made the most wise choice.  We did about a 6 mile hike, which was really enjoyable and I am really finding I enjoy exploring different areas and being out in nature.  It was a long, enjoyable day and I turned off the light around 9:45.

Monday-a start to a new week and back to healthy eating.  Rory was awake about 4 and was having difficulty breathing because of the moisture in the air.  The a/c went back on.  I was up at 6:20.  The weight is still up, but I am going to be back to more eating at home.  Food was on track today.  I had breakfast and snacks and dinner according to plan and went to Veggie Grill for lunch and made wise choices.  Did home exercises and did a 4 mile walk.  Turned off the light around 6:20.

Tuesday-I had a lot on my head during the night, as we found out that Mari got a job, which is exciting, but will change our current life.  Got up around 6:30 and my weight was down, which I was happy about.  Stayed on track today, even though I was tempted at lunch to go out, as we were out doing some errands and lunch was late.  Note to self: bring fruit along, if I know lunch is going to be late, then I am not tempted.  Did home exercises and did a 4 mile walk.  Turned off the light around 11:30.

Wednesday-Rory was up around 6:15, which woke me up and evidently he is dealing with a sore throat.  Great!  NOT!  We don't need a cold around our house.  Weight is down again.  I am going out to dinner tonight with my small group and I need to make wise choices.  I did stay on track with most of my food during the day.  With dinner, I had planned to have one thing and ended up having something else.  This is a restaurant, I would not go back to.  I had to take my car in for service, so while the car was being serviced, I took a walk.  Light went out around 11.

Thursday-I was able to sleep until about 6:30.  Weight was slightly up.  My goal, now that I have made my goal weight is to keep my weight between 170-175. Stayed on track with food today.  Overall the last few months, I have been reading about empaths, which I know I am and how they have a tendency to have relationships with narcissists, which is Rory and now I have been listening to a podcast about tendencies and I am an obliger with a rebel tendency, which is a war that goes on in my head.  According to this podcast, obligers usually have relationships with rebels, which is my husband. Interesting how, even though we have a lousy marriage and I would prefer not to be in this marriage, this is the person, with my personality, I was supposed to have married.  Knowing this helps, but I still do not want to be in this marriage, as I am more his caretaker, than his wife.  Did my home exercises and got in a walk of approximately 5+ miles.  Turned off the light about 11:15.

Friday-Slept until about 6:30.  Weight was within my goal range. A friend of mine wanted to go hiking and we had decided to go to Torrey Pines in San Diego.  We had lunch before we went hiking. I was hurting from my waist down from walking at Shady Canyon on Thursday.  Question to those of you who hike/walk on a regular basis-should you have a meal before or after you eat?  When we got to Torrey Pines, we found out we could not walk on the beach, which I was looking forward to doing.  I made a good choice at lunch, but on the way home, we stopped at a coffee place, I like and I did not make a great choice.  Had dinner slightly later than normal.  We probably did a 4 mile walk, but my phone was causing me issues, so I am not sure.  I was very tired by the time I got home and ended up going to bed between 10:30 and 11.

Saturday-Got up early at 6 p.m., as I had to get to hike at 9 in Fullerton and we had to leave at 8 a.m. to get to Fullerton on time.  My weight was up, but the weight is still within maintenance.  We did a 5 mile hike, but it was not at a very fast speed.  Got sandwiches from Jersey Mikes and milk tea from 85 degrees on the way home.  Went to a birthday party on Saturday night and made wise choices, but allowed myself some leeway.  Fun evening and it was late to bed- 1 a.m.


Sunday-Chicken with sauce, rice and veggies
Monday-Spinach, chicken, mushroom quesadilla
Wednesday-Buffalo chicken with rice and vegetables
Thursday-Pesto chicken


Tuesday-walk?-due to rain

Monday, December 14, 2015

Routine and having fun with friends-made goal this week

Another week is starting and I am happy in that my weight is staying relatively the same.I really would like to hit my goal of 173, but if this is where my body wants to be of between 175-177, I will be happy.  I will continue to walk/hike and eat healthy.

Sunday-woke up around 6:45 a.m. and my weight is the same as Saturday.  Breakfast, snacks and lunch were on track.  I had planned to go out to dinner with friends after a 5 mile hike and I made good choices of fish tacos.  Did some of my home exercises.  Turned off the light at 10:30.

Monday-woke up around 6:30.  I was tired of the bed.  Weight is down. Breakfast, snacks and dinner were according to plan.  Lunch was the way I planned it, which was from Starbucks.  Did some of my home exercises and went for a 3.5 mile walk, which is one of my normal Monday night walks.  Turned off the light around 10:40.

Tuesday-woke up around 6:30.  Weight is down.  Food was on track today.  Did my home exercises and a walk of almost 5 miles, which is one of my normal Tuesday night hikes.  Turned off the light around 10:40.

Wednesday-woke up around 6:20.  Weight is down and I have one more pound to go to reach goal. Food was on track today.  Did some of my home exercises and did a 5+ mile hike.  This was an exploratory hike.  Turned off the light about 10:30.

Thursday-woke up around 6:30 and I have made goal.  I don't feel any different, but I am happy I have accomplished something that I really wanted to do.   There were times, I was going to give up and just accept where I was, but I did it and I am proud of myself.   I have lost 70 pounds and I plan to keep it off.  To lose weight takes work, but to keep it off, also takes work. I stayed on track with food today.  Did some of my home exercises and did my usual Thursday night hike.  Turned off the light around 11:30.

Friday-I was not really ready to get up, but Rory was at 6:25.  The weight is still continuing down and I have definitely made my goal.  Today is a down day.  Stayed on food plan today, which included dinner out.  Home exercise was done today.  Turned off the light around 11.

Saturday-I had some problems sleeping, as we had turned off the air conditioning and my mouth was dry.  I did get up around 6:30.  The weight was up, but I expected that and I am still at goal.  Now my plan is to stay within a couple of pounds of goal. Saturdays are field trip days, which is what Mari and I did.  Mari and I took the train up to Los Angeles to The Broad, which is a modern art museum. We had lunch at a restaurant next to The Broad, which was enjoyable.  I try to make wise choices when we go out.  We got coffee/tea from Starbucks and a snack.  Dinner was at home and the light was turned off at 9:45.  Exercise for today was mainly walking in downtown Los Angeles.


This is mainly going to be a week of leftovers and clearing out the refrigerator.

Sunday-Chicken burritos
Monday-Eggs and fishcakes
Tuesday-Fish sticks with rice and vegetables
Wednesday-out with my Bible Study group
Thursday-Fish with rice and vegetables
Friday-Turkey burger
Saturday-out with friends


Sunday-hike of 6.5 miles

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The holidays are upon us

The holidays are upon us and this time of year makes me nervous, as I am leary of all the get togethers and the food.  I know I have made wise choices and I plan to continue to do that and keep the weight off.  There is more to this season than food, so I plan to get out and enjoy!

Sunday-woke up around 6:30.  Did not have the best night sleep, as I ended up working on a project that I should not have started that late at night.  Oh well, I did it.  I will get a nap today.  Weight down slightly.  Doing a hike later today.  Stayed on track with food.  It is peaceful around the house today.  Did some of my home exercises.  Turned off the light around 10:30 p.m

Monday-woke up around 6:30.  It was so nice to wake up to peacefulness!  Weight is down. Stayed on track with food today.  Did some of my home exercises and got a walk tonight.  Turned off the light around 11 p.m.

Tuesday-Actually slept in till 7:30, which was nice.  Weight is down. Stayed on track with food today.  Did some of my home exercises and got a walk tonight. My walking friends are awesome, in that they positively reinforce my weight loss and I love it! Turned off the light around 11:30 p.m.

Wednesday-Back to routine-got up around 6:15 p.m.  Weight stayed the same. Stayed on track with for today. Did some of my home exercises.  Went to bed around 10:30.

Thursday-Got up around 6:15.  Weight is up slightly.  I went with Mari to downtown Los Angeles for an interview she had.  Overall, I stayed on food plan, except for one thing.  Today, was a lot of walking.  I did my hike in Shady Canyon and I tripped over a curb.  I did too much walking today.   Went to bed around 11:30.

Friday-Got up around 6:30.  Weight up slightly.  Today is a rest day.  Overall, I stayed on track, except for a vegetarian pizza.  Did some home exercises, but mainly rested my legs.  Went to bed at 10, but was falling asleep before that.

Saturday-Got up around 6:15.  Weight down slightly.  Breakfast and snacks were on track, but lunch and dinner were not, but I expected that.  Made wise choices.  Did some of my home exercises and got in a 6 mile hike.  My legs feel better today.  Went to bed around 11:30.


Monday-Chicken, Spinach, Feta and Rice
Tuesday-Chicken, Mushroom, Diced Tomatoes and Rice
Thursday-Turkey burgers
Saturday-Tilapia with rice and vegetables


Saturday-None-Walking, as Mari and I are going to The Broad