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  • Heaviest weight: 175.4 in early 2013. Original MFP starting weight (January 2018) - 168.2 April 30 (Starting Weight): - 148.8 (10-day average 149.5) May goal - <148 <147 Ultimate goal - Range between 145 - 150 143 - 148 I report scale weight and (ten day average weight), and I post on Saturdays. Apr 30: 148.8 (10-day…
  • @Noreenmarie1234 No way. Is that really a thing? Oddly... I actually want to try one. Doesn't really seem like it would go, but I'd be game to try one. I'm not a big fan of either one, but... Somebody thought of this and they made it. Wow.
  • Today's practice for retirement included a bike ride. I need to tune up my road bike. I took my commuter. I was only going to go a few miles to a wetland that has a boardwalk, but the friend who was going with me decided not to go. So I had no schedule and went about 21 miles mostly on multi-use trails (bike paths). A few…
  • They won't sit for a few days in the fridge in MY house. They will sit in my belly shortly after they come out of the oven! My method is to carefully pop out the stipe (stem) then put the caps top side down on parchment paper. I finely chop the stipes and add some finely chopped garlic, possibly something else, and a small…
  • Thank you @LiveOnceBeHappy. I will need to add activities to make up for not spending about an hour a day on my bicycle commuting to and from work. I can still bike to do errands, so that's a no-brainer. I took off Thursday and Friday for a "practice run" of retirement so to speak. Each day I have walked into town, went to…
  • HEAVIEST weight: 175.4 in early 2013. Total Weight lost: 30 pounds Time it took to lose: ~6 months How long in maintenance: Since July 2018 -- but with some fluctuation outside of goal range. Maintenance weight range: Ideally 145 - 150 Absolutely 143-153 (STILL not sure those are the right answers) Weight History: Average…
  • Another way to do it is to add an "adjustment" to your diary. If you go to a meal (or some category however you wish) and add a food. Search for "Adjustment." You can find one easily that's 100 calories. Give yourself a half serving or full serving of that, or however much makes sense. Just means you're actually doing a…
  • Heaviest weight: 175.4 in early 2013. Original MFP starting weight (January 2018) - 168.2 April 30 (Starting Weight): - 148.8 (10-day average 149.5) May goal - <148 <147 Ultimate goal - Range between 145 - 150 143 - 148 I report scale weight and (ten day average weight), and I post on Saturdays. Apr 30: 148.8 (10-day…
  • YES! That's how we do it! It didn't win. You let yourself enjoy it all, and you're still under maintenance. How awesome is that? I would tell you, but MFP would change the word to kitten.
  • @Oishii Stick to the slow and steady. You'll win the competition because at some point he will realize his approach is unsustainable. He will either quit or he will take your example and discover a good calorie balance that will cause weight loss and not loss of all energy.
  • This is cheating. Why? Well, because it DID have calories, and I DID eat it. But it's not cheating. Why? Because, if it didn't have calories, right now, I would have eaten two more. Base is a whole-grain rye bagel. Toppings are, of course, too much cream cheese, red onions, green onions, tomatoes, and capers. Oh. Yeah....…
  • When I bought my house, I thought about putting in asparagus. I wasn't sure I'd live here long enough for them to really start producing. Well, that was twenty years ago. Oops. Should have planted them. I had the perfect spot. Alas - that spot is now where the raspberries grow. It's not where I wanted to put them, but they…
  • Yesterday was an employee appreciation barbecue picnic. I went in part to see people for the last time who work at different facilities in my organization. I allowed myself to have some of the food that was offered. I did not go back for seconds. I did go over to the dessert table after I ate and looked at the spread.…
  • @cathyb60 If you don't mind me saying.... Lost? Nah. Fluctuation maybe. Don't wait until next month to keep sticking to it. Don't even wait until next week. Tomorrow is too far away. Do it TODAY!
  • Well, I filled the yard waste cart again today. So. Much. Weeding. I think it's a 90 gallon cart. I also assessed the damage in the artichoke patch. Indeed several stems are bent over. One was broken off. I cut off the artichokes from that stem plus another large one that was ready to cut. I pulled that stem out and put it…
  • HEAVIEST weight: 175.4 in early 2013. Total Weight lost: 30 pounds Time it took to lose: ~6 months How long in maintenance: Since July 2018 -- but with some fluctuation outside of goal range. Maintenance weight range: Ideally 145 - 150 Absolutely 143-153 (STILL not sure those are the right answers) Weight History: Average…
  • Well, I walked out to the garden this morning and several more artichoke plants are laying on the ground. Very sad. The soil is so wet plus the rain must make all the artichokes heavy. We have just been having rain, rain, rain, rain. Far too wet to plant anything except maybe peas. I will need to weed the garlic again in a…
  • Heaviest weight: 175.4 in early 2013. Original MFP starting weight (January 2018) - 168.2 April 30 (Starting Weight): - 148.8 (10-day average 149.5) May goal - <148 <147 Ultimate goal - Range between 145 - 150 143 - 148 I report scale weight and (ten day average weight), and I post on Saturdays. Apr 30: 148.8 (10-day…
  • @AnnPT77 - I have been doing the 457(b) thing for a while. Just a little at first, but for the last several years maxing it out. It made a big dent in my take-home, but that also taught me to live on less. I should ~almost~ be able to replace my pre-tax income in retirement if I withdraw assets at a reasonable rate and add…
  • Well.... I had the day off and went out to weed the garlic. I had wandered out there the other day and saw how bad it got. Really quick. It's been SO wet around here, I just haven't even really gone back there much. I hope I got them taken care of enough that they keep growing. They also seem waterlogged. Might not be a…
  • Thanks @AnnPT77 I am at least a little concerned about finances. I'm cutting it really close, but I have a 90% chance of not running out of money. Sequence of Returns Risk was something I kept in mind the last year or so, and... almost looks like it's coming to pass. Another year at my employer might take five years off my…
  • Well.... There's a chance I'll be posting some retirement projects. I turned in my retirement notice yesterday afternoon. I think first I'll take some much needed rest and then get busy running rivers.
  • @PAPYRUS3 - I have for years told people not to call me a sweet person; I'm a savory person. I'd rather have pasta carbonara than coffee cake. I'd rather have corn chips than oreos. I'd rather have a burrito than a Danish. My friend made some "cinnamon rolls" for another friend's birthday. They were really good. Almost no…
  • I didn't post the original pictures, and you don't my preferences. I have had very good cheesecake. I used to like sweeter things. I stand by my statement that I'll take the fish and chips over cheesecake. I also prefer bagels to doughnuts.
  • Not for me. I'd rather have the fried okra, onion rings, or tempura than an overly sweet cheesecake.
  • I harvested two artichokes today. I will probably eat them tonight. I also cut the first open peonies of the season. I cut some earlier today and put them in water to open inside, then found these. Shamelessly holding the jar in front of the double-file and some tulips in the front yard.
    in Garden thread Comment by mtaratoot May 9
  • I had a run through the mud again today, but didn't stop to take pictures. But after I got home and cleaned up, I decided to take this one because..... I harvested two artichokes today. I also cut the first open peonies of the season. I cut some earlier today and put them in water to open inside, then found these.…
  • @AnnPT77 Unless the name has changed since the first edition of Pojar & MacKinnon, it's F. lanceolata. Range is west of the Cascades in Washington & Oregon and along the east side of the southern half of Vancouver Island and the western part of mainland Canada in about that same area. My friend showed me another plant that…
  • Well, my friend and I went for a six-mile walk through that park. We had to alter our routes several times; the path closest to the river was underwater in several spots. The river is up much higher than normal for this time of year. It usually floods the trail once or twice in the winter. It's been a dry winter and…
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