No, Holly I haven't . Did you like it? Wasn't it an Oprah book? Thought I heard it was depressing--fill me in.
Aimee==we are so small now--I think I am going back as well--up 10 # and have tried on my own to get back in control and it's just not happening. I need to count and stop the snack problems but part of me doesn't even want to--how to get the whole commitment back--it's hard. Really exercising lots so am super strong though and feel good. Maybe I will get inspired by your rejoining and get off my behind and do it too.
Did my heavy duty workout day--body sculpt, zumba, and then senior dance--and stretch. Really good. had a massage today as well.
Sue is probably home in bed by now--Aimee she has been on a 3 week cruise/vacation.
We did a tricep push up with one leg up today--was really a challenge but I did it on both sides--thinking I might stick that into a little nightly routine--good core exercise.
Tomorrow is yoga---had salmon, a small globe artichoke and some brocolli for dinner.
Hi Aimee and all, Welcome back Aimee. I' m at 122 now. First time that I actually lost wt with a GI study! Today and yesterday , beautiful here but windy. Very cool yesterday - low 70's. I did yard work and cut the grass - great weather for that. Today back to crocheting. Failed to start my exercises again- booooo for me! My back feels better when I exercise. The GI MD's office called yesterday and said that the biopsies he took were neg except inflammation from reflux. Good news. I go to the hematologist tomorrow.
Cooked from my new Brain Warrior's cookbook tonight. Made a wilted kale and strawberry salad and cashew-coconut flounder. Both were delicious. The fish recipe was for halibut but I had fresh flounder so used it. Was good.
Good morning all! ITs been in the 80s so the huskies have me up by 6am so they can run around like crazies before it gets warm. Its ridiculous that my 8 month old puppy is 70 if not more pounds already. He is a total mamas boy though <3
Joan-what motivated me was the husband deployed again so its a bit easier to get back and do this with him gone. Especially learning this new plan! I feel like its not as planned or whatnot without the GHG.
Got home yesterday, with the time difference, we flew out of Athens at 11am on Mon and got home at 3pm Mon. I stayed up to midnight last night (7am Athens) hoping to get a good night's sleep, but I woke up at 5am this morning (noon, Athens).
Welcome back Aimee! So sorry about Nova, I remember when you first got her. I also have gained.
Jojo, glad the biopsies were negative. Awesome that you are down to 122! You were stuck at 127 for a long time.
Joan, weren't you supposed to go on another cruise?
Holly, is there a possibility that your guy friend can go to the conference in Denver?
This was our third time in Athens, and it is pretty nice weather, the first day was hot in the sun, the second day was cooler and cloudier. We walked soooo much.
Weight this morning was 122, I think I was around 119-120 before the trip. I'll take it! I ate so much more, breakfast every morning around 9:30 was 2 slices ww toast with butter, 3 slices bacon, scrambled eggs or 2 poached eggs, a 1/4 cup various types of cooked potato (roast, hash brown, etc), a little veg (roasted sliced tomato or sauteed mushrooms), a cup of fresh fruit salad, coffee, orange juice. Occasionally I would have half the amount of eggs and bacon, but then subsitute some smoked salmon with cream cheese on slice of toast with capers and onion.
Lunch typically around 1:30, usually a small panini (size of my palm), maybe a very small slice of plain thin pizza, some veg, and/or 1 shrimp (spicy grilled, or cocktail). Sometimes the pool waitstaff can talk me into a drink, but most days I just stick with water.
SO and I would go to one of the bars for a drink/wine or 2 before dinner. Then dinners are typically 3 courses. But we never order dessert, maybe 3 times, SO got something and I would have a taste.
I think this is more than I usually eat at home, but I didn't gain that much! So this morning, I ate breakfast - maybe that is the key? And I'm going to try to eat more healthful dinner. Last night I took stuff out of the freezer and made myself fried rice bowl with 2 eggs, canned salmon (from my sustainable source), Brussels sprouts, and pickeled jalapenos. Not bad!
Of course, SO eats completely different things.
We met quite a few couples. There was one Russian guy, 70 yrs old, traveling on his own that we kind of adopted, lol. His wife had a charity event at home so didn't come. He is quite a character. Made a fortune selling off a semi-conductor/memory chip company. He used to get calls from Michael Dell, desperately needing product. So quite a few nights he would show up while we were eating dinner and end up joining us. then other times we planned to eat with him. And he would always show up sometime during the day while we were laying out and chat.
He also spent time with another Russian couple, the guy is mid-50s and his very pretty girlfriend of 4 years is 25. Yes, he has a lot of money. There were quite a few couples like that, including an older woman - early 60's? - who had bleached short blond hair, bright red lipstick, wore black skirted 1pc bathing suit every day, sometimes with black tights, and always with ankle high black leather boots, YES - really. Her girlfriend is a young 20s, Brazilian girl, very pretty as well.
Weight dropped to 121.1 this morning. I looked it up, my weight was 119 when I left for my trip. Yesterday was a good eating day, breakfast was ww English muffin with butter and 1 1/2 slices bacon, lunch was slice of bread with ham and cheese (all local and organic), dinner was the salmon/Brussels rice bowl again. Of course, I still have my wine/alcohol.
Today I got my local delivery service produce and fruits, so will be better with fruits/vegs. Went to the gym yesterday and today. Planning on going every day now that I don't have school or work.
Housekeeper came today, yay! House got dusty while we were gone.
Aimee, are you hanging out with friends with DH gone?
Our cruise ship is new, and it is slightly larger than the other ships in this cruiseline. The other ships hold about 400 passengers, 320 crew - this one holds 600 passengers and 450 crew. The ratio is much less and we could tell the crew was feeling stretched - longer wait for things, service not as fast. Of course it was still very good. I felt bad for them, and hope they get more help in future.
We got out of the ship in Muscat, Oman. It was soooo hot. We walked around town for a few hours then went back to ship.
Other stops were in Jordan where we started to just walk around in town, but all these taxi drivers tried to get us to go on town tour with them. We decided to do a quick 1 hr tour with one of them to see the town highlights, but he mentioned the Wadi Rum (ship had all these tours, but they were such long 8 or 9 hr trips), showed us pictures and said it would be a quick 30 minute drive there. We decided to do that since that would be a much shorter trip. After the town tour, he stopped the taxi and then his brother showed up in another car, ended up we had to go with the brother for the drive to Wadi Rum. When we were close to Wadi Rum, he said that we could either go with the old 4x4 trucks at the visitors center or for same price go with his with newer trucks. We said ok. So we had to stop again for his associate to show up with the truck. I thought we would be going to the visitors center and thought I could use the ladies room there, and told him that I wanted the toilets before going on the tour. He said ok, when his associate came, he told me he told his associate, toilet first! Well, then the new guy (who is a Bedouin in long gown), drove off the road, right into the dessert. I'm thinking where in the world is he going? He pulls up next to a big shrub and hands me a box of tissues. OMG, I'm like Noooo! I want visitors center. He said visitors center was far away, I finally gave in. Something fishy there! They wanted to avoid the visitors center. Anyway, it turned out to be a very good tour, and the guy was very nice. But I think they were doing something they shouldn't by bypassing the visitors center. I told SO we're not doing that again...nobody knew we were doing this and they could have driven us to anywhere.
In Ashdod, Israel, we took the ship tour to Jerusalem. Very interesting.
In Haifa, we went to the Baha'i Gardens, beautiful! It was all the way at the top of the town and we took a taxi up and walked down. A ton of walking. Later that afternoon, a friend who used to work in my old office and have since moved there, came to pick me up and we went for drink and was able to catch up. It was really nice to see her.
Going through the Suez Canal was interesting, all the passengers got an official certificate for the passage, I guess that is something that they do.
It went by so quickly. We could have stayed on for another 2 weeks or so at least.
Yikes, Sue=-=not sure I could have done the do your own thing tour without freaking out! Was it super hot in Jordan as well?
Sounds as tho' you got enough exercise to use enjoy having your meals and not worry about it.
Aimee--I think your coming back and telling us you re-upped on WW is inspiring--yesterday I managed a snacking free day--meaning, yes, I had a snack but it was a small fruit and almond milk smoothie with 1/4 avocado and in the evening I had an apple---ate right for a change--after yoga and lunch I got DH to go for a nice 1 hour walk as it was so lovely here yesterday--again today as well--only in the low 70's.
Today I did yoga and weights--wow, both were pretty intense--in weights she decided to intervals--so weights for a few minutes and then aerobics sitting down--which is interesting--very intense on core as a lot of leg lifting included. Am going to go for a walk again today in about a half hour--trying to get out of the kitchen during my snack craving hour or so. Looked up WW meetings--would sort of like to try a different one with a different leader--I like my leader from before but always felt a little judged by her because dr.set my goal 10 higher than WW wants. I could tell she didn't agree.
Had cottage cheese and pear for breakfast, salmon on ww. Eng muffin toasted for lunch with raw carrots and some hummus--then about 1/3 cup greek yogurt with blueberries. Making WW cornflake chicken fingers for dinner with salad--except I use ww. Panko instead of corn flakes.
DD came over for coffee this morning as she had two clients cancel--nice to have that as we don't get to do that much any more. Aimee--DD here got divorced from narcissistic alcoholic finally. DGS 16 is still suffering from depression--changing meds from Zoloft to Lexapro--hope this one works. He is taking lifeguard training and has a job possibly for summer--hoping it goes well--would be so good for him. Actually hoping they start prior to summer as they do have an indoor pool there as well. But I think being outdoors this summer will be good.
Cooked a HelloFresh meal tonight and turned on Pandora. I think I was born in the wrong music era because I like 70s and 80s stuff like The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.
My BP is still not coming down. I can't get an appointment with the cardiologist until June 1. My primary doctor said the next step is Zoloft to treat anxiety, but I really wish I could find a way to relieve stress without meds.
Sue, I'm not sure I could have handled something like that. Glad the tour was good.
Joan, is he liking his new school? That's good about the job.
Aimee, knowing you like Nintendo, I was talking to a friend from college recently about how we used to have some fun rounds of Mario Kart on the GameCube. Are you going to get the Switch?
Today was the last day of exams. Pretty quiet in the library. I like the summer because we get a chance to work on projects that get put to the wayside during the year. One of mine is to get a blog going to help promote our services and update our fiction list.
I like it too. It's simpler than Blue Apron. Hope to use it more this summer now that things have slowed down at work.