Hi everyone!   As of today,   Monday, April 21st, I am down 43 lbs.  This Journey to Goal is going a lot slower than my 1st Journey to Goal in 1998.  While this Journey back to goal is different from my first one, I am still slowly losing 1 to 1.5 lbs a week on most weeks, keeping my elliptical workouts hard and steady, journaling every day, and keeping with my food program.  That is SUCCESS in my book.  I try to always remember that I’m 16 years older and my body is not what it used to be.  🙂

Today was my official weigh-in and the scale said I gained scalebad    0.4 lbs with a reading of 208.4 lbs.

wpid-img_2014042133510.jpgTodays exercise went well.  Level 10 is still hard and taxing but I refuse to move back down to Level 10 – No! No! No!easter4


I’ve created another photo slideshow for Easter 2014 with LeRoy, Rachel and the grandkids.  Emily was so cute in her Easter dress and had a blast coloring eggs.

On Saturday, April 19th,  I really did not want to do my workout but I dragged myself up on the elliptical.  Of course, afterwards I was glad I did.  🙂

wpid-img_2014041751210.jpgIt’s elliptical time again on Thursday, April 17th.  We had just driven back from our little get-away at the Oregon Coast.  After sitting in the car, I was ready to roll!

On Tuesday, April 15th, I swam at the indoor pool at the motel on the Oregon Coast.  30 minutes and 164 calories burned.  Al and I went to Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast for a couple of days and it was so nice to just relax and listen to the ocean.  You can see the slideshow by clicking HERE.

wpid-img_2014041426136.jpgOn Monday, April 14th, I hopped up on the elliptical after weighing in at 208 lbs.  Monday are my weigh-in days.  I was down 1.6 lbs for the week.

button3up As for my Journey, I did the Elliptical L10, 45 min, 3.4 miles, 411 calories burned. I’ve been having a little pity party because the scale isn’t cooperating with all my good deeds.  I know I’m 16 years older and I have to remember not to compare my Journey to Goals. I will keep on keeping on.  I listened to the Avoiding Temptation track on my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs. button2up


Another week has flown by.  I swear, the older I get, the faster time flies.  My sleep is still backwards (awake all night, sleep most of the day) and really all I can do is work on getting it back to a more normal schedule.  I go in cycles, it seems.  🙁

Elliptical4_10_14I did the elliptical again yesterday, which meant I did it two days in a row.  I skipped today and will do it again tomorrow.  I’m really trying to add more sessions during the week by doing the elliptical two days on, one day off.  I didn’t last the last time I tried this but maybe I will this time.  All I can do is to keep trying.

Today I got up and made a new recipe, adapted from another given to me, Lasagna Soup.  Al and I both loved it.  Check it out if you’re interested.

Speaking of new recipes, I have really been enjoying cooking.  I guess I have finally become a cook.  I can tell you I’ve never thought of myself as a cook; just a person that can throw meals together.  I’m actually having a lot of fun creating recipes.

button3up As for my Journey, I did the Elliptical L10, 45 min, 3.8 miles, 459 calories burned.  It was the second day in a row.  I am staying on course with my eating and exercise.  I feel good. I listened to the  Appreciating Yourself track on my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs.   button2up


I guess it’s about time to get my butt in gear and start posting again.  I had a bad week last week but this week is starting to look pretty good.  When I say I had a bad week, I mean I was not feeling good and had a hard time focusing on the Journey and myself.  I journaled throughout the week and I had a maintain at my weekly weigh-in scalegood  on Monday, 4/7/14.  I did my elliptical but missed a couple of sessions.  I got back on my every-other-day routine today.  Last week I did my workout on 4/9/2014  4/6/2014  ~  4/3/14  ~  4/1/2014 and was proud of myself for doing the workouts.


IMG_2014040126206Level 10 is kicking my butt.  I will not back down to Level 9 or cut my 45 minutes but I will keep with it and not give up.   I love the elliptical because it doesn’t hurt my knees or my hips and gives me a really good workout.  It’s my choice of exercise machines.

I made a new recipe in the crockpot, Dotti’s Turkey Chili with Rice & Quinoa,  which I will post after this.  Along with my crockpot creation  I tried another new recipe, Parmesan Biscuits.  Yummy!

Hope this update finds you all well.  I’ll make an effort to post more often in the future.  Thanks for not giving up on me.  hug13

button3up As for my Journey, I am hanging in there.  I’ve had a bad week or so but continued to Journal throughout that time.  I also did my elliptical workouts but missed a few.  I listened to the “Eating Smart” and “Exercise” track on my  Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs . Moving on down to Onederland! button2up