Weight Loss

Evening everyone!  I’ve had a busy week. I’m keeping up with my elliptical workout.  My goal has been to complete 45 minutes on Level 9 and go at least 3 miles.  I always feel so great when I’m done working out, so, why do I stop?

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On Monday Al & I visited a new corn maze. We walked, mostly fast paced, for 2.5 hours. They had a “clue” game where you had to find 6 clues and punch your card at the 6 stations. We went round and round and round and round and could only find 4 of them. After 2.5 hours and about 4 miles, we called it quits. Our bodies had had enough. It didn’t help that the ground was very uneven which is a workout for my hips, and not always in a good way. All in all it was a great day and great exercise. The baby pig kept leaving the pen but didn’t go far. The owners said she is a smart one and loves to go in and out. She was rather cute.

Tuesday was a complete rest day. I was really sore from the maze adventure due to the fact that I was using muscles that haven’t been visited for awhile. The elliptical uses totally different muscles. I hit the elliptical yesterday and did 3.3 miles burning 390 calories.

I’m still trying to get back in the habit of tracking. It’s slow in coming but it’s coming along. I am getting a lot more water in, about 8-10 glasses a day. That’s an accomplishment in itself.

I’ve put a couple applications for work online at Fred Meyer (large grocery/department store; LeRoy and Rachel work there in Spokane) and Starbucks. Both stores offer medical, etc. after working a certain amount of time, 20+ hours a week. Fred Meyer has more room for advancing if I choose to do that. I need to work for several reasons. I need to get back out and about and around people and, medical is killing us ($1000/mos/6350 deductible) every month. It would be worth it just for the medical.

I had a group interview on Tuesday and it went well.  I received a second call yesterday for an interview on Monday with the Grocery and maybe, the Deli manager. Wish me luck.

SophiaAlDotSept2014Collage2Our neice, Sophia, came to visit with her parents the other day. She is now two months old. My, they grow up so fast. We had a nice visit with the kids and Sophia was such a joy.

Dannon Light Fit 80 RaspberryChocolaterain7I finally found the Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt, Raspberry Chocolate!  YUM and only 80 calories.  I haven’t found the Cherry Chocolate yet.

We are having great fall weather and I’ve enjoyed opening all the windows and door letting the fresh air in. The rain has finally arrived and it was most welcome.  We’ve been in a bit of a dry spell so it was nice.

button3up As for my Journey, I am feeling more in control each day as I return to my healthy lifestyle routine. I’m doing well on the habit of journaling.  I’ve missed a couple days but am journaling for the most part.  Exercising has been going well and I’ve been getting a lot more water every day.  I’m listening to my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs again to help keep me motivated and focused. They never fail me when I take the time to listen to the different tracks on the CDs. Why I quit, I’ll never know.  I love Dr. Roberta Temes.button2up


courageFirst, I’d like to thank all of you all who have emailed me, concerned about how I’m doing.  Thank you for caring.

I know it’s been awhile since I last updated this blog but rest assured I am fine.  I stepped away from the routine I was in for a month and a half.  I’ve made this Journey a lifestyle so I was able to keep the damage to a minimum.  I gained 8 lbs. Even though I didn’t exercise or journal, I did make good food choices.  Of course, journaling is the only way to know what you ate for the day, as you can see from my results.  My lowest weight before I took a break was 201.6 lbs.  My weight today was 207 lbs.  I got back on track on Saturday, September 13th.  It feels good going in the right direction again.

I love exercising on my elliptical.  It’s easy on my knees and new hips (2011) and I’ve been able to maintain Level 9 for 45 minutes and going 3 miles.  I’m happy with that.

Thursday – Sept 18, 2014Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.4 miles, 409 calories burned.
Tuesday – Sept 16, 2014 – Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.3 miles, 389 calories burned.
Sunday – Sept 14, 2014 – Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.1 miles, 364 calories burned.
Saturday – Sept 13, 2014 – Elliptical L9, 45 minutes, 3.1 miles, 364 calories burned.

Our 40th anniversary of our first date is coming up on September 28th.  Way back in 1974 I suggested we walk to the top of Multnomah Falls.  We plan to celebrate our first date by again walking to the top of the falls and have a nice picnic lunch at the river up there.  So far, the weather is looking good, cool and clear.

Dannon Light Fit 80 calorieI found a new favorite Greek yogurt, Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt – 80-calorie.  I’m telling you, this is the best greek yogurt I have ever had.  I have been using the Chobani that I get from Costco and then they didn’t have it one week.  I went to Walmart Supercenter and found these.  They were $1.00 each but that’s about what I paid for the 15-pack Chobani at Costco, so cost-wise it was about the same.  My favorite is the Caramel Mocchiato, next the Strawberry Cheesecake.  They all have 12g of protein too!  There are a few other flavors I would like to try, Raspberry Chocolate and Cherry Chocolate, but can’t find them yet.  🙁   Dannon Fit & Light Greek Yogurt, 80-Calorie

Al and I are planning on going to our granddaughters 3rd birthday on October 7th.  Her party is on2014-09-14 14.25.41 Sunday, October 5th, which just so happens to be my birthday too.  Emily is getting so grown up and the first 3 years just flew by.  Leaving you with a photo of her with her princess crown on.  She loves being girly-girly.  I can’t wait to get my hands on her!  🙂

Have an awesome weekend.  {{{HUGS}}}

button4up  As for my Journey, I am feeling like I’m heading in the right direction in getting back to my healthy routine and start losing again.  I’m exercising and journaling again. I’m listening to my Enjoying Weight Loss Hypnosis CDs again to help keep me motivated and focused. They never fail me when I take the time to listen to the different tracks on the CDs. Why I quit, I’ll never know.  I love Dr. Roberta Temes.button2up


wpid-img_2014072650640.jpgMorning everyone!  Hope the weekend is going well for all of you.  It’s been a quiet one here.  My little brother, Rip, came over for a nice day yesterday.  I made him Lasagna Soup and Parmesan Biscuits, along with a strawberry/banana smoothie.  They were all a huge hit with Rip.  Brother, Rip

I’ve been doing great on getting on the Elliptical.  I got up on it yesterday before Rip came over and had a great workout, 3.6 miles and burning 416 calories.  I’m trying to get back on my every-other-day schedule and so far, so good.


I’m back to Journaling my food again and it feels good to be back in control, after taking a much needed break from it all.  I’ve managed to keep my weight in check, not gaining during my hiatus.  It’s time to step it back up.

We’ve had some cool temps this last week but it looks like we are going to be creeping back up into the 90’s this next week.  Personally, I love the 70’s myself.  I can see the A/C running hard this week.

Water ~ it’s so important to get your daily amount.  For some reason, this is hard for me.  I’m hooked on diet sodas and always grab one of those instead of a glass of water.  I need to turn that around.

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