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Day 41-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- The Day of Leisure

YESTERDAY’S DINNER- FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE A RECIPE CARD!

I spent the day working and getting into the rhythm of this diet program. We had a snow storm hit, so no reason to venture into the tundra.

I mostly made videos about my skincare for reels on IG

Lean and Green was a shrimp salad thing and I did a skin peel with L’BRI, after taking a long soak…

Day 41-

WEIGHT: didn’t weigh in. Going to do it once a week from now on.

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 again, yuck
13,280 steps
28 min cardio
 today was just a lazy day. Period.

10: 40am- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT CRISP BAR and coffee
1:40 pm- 2nd fueling: CHOCOLATE PUDDING
3:40 pm- 3rd fueling: CREAMY CHOCOLATE SHAKE
6:45 pm- 4th fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
9 pm- Lean and Green meal: shrimp and avo salad and cottage cheese
11 pm- 5th fueling:  Shake

92 oz of water

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Day 35-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- I AM DOWN TO 161 FROM ALMOST 180!! WOOHOOOO!!!

I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES THIS MORNING!! I AM DOWN TO 161!!!! This is INSANE!!
BEST. DIET. EVER.

THE BAD NEWS: my resting heart rate is up to 78, which is what I worked so hard to remedy in the previous month with regular exercise. I added Ubiquinol (COQ10) and COVID to my life this week, so maybe that has something to do with it. I am not going to take the supplement tomorrow morning and see how my heart rate fares. I don’t think it is the Ubiquinol doing it- I think the 2 weeks of Nyquil may be partially to blame. The studies done on vitamin D3 and Ubiquinol as preventative treatments against long-Covid disorders are compelling:

https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/higher-coq10-levels-linked-to-improved-icu-outcomes-1

I will also give up the NyQuil tonight, because it DOES have a history of raising the resting heart rate.

I forced myself on the rebounder throughout the day (and forced myself to eat) because that is usually the best way to lower my heart rate fast… and keep me moving when locked in the house. I also super-hydrated… and washed my face and did a L’BRI facial peel on a FB Live.

Maisie is feeling better, thank goodness, even if she looks feral in the next photo. My friend sent her a Laura Ingalls Wilder book via post and Maisie was over the moon.

Here is a pic of me from 2009 when I was 40- it is my new fridge goal pic. I want this body back and I will get it…

Day 35-

WEIGHT: 161.8

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 (THIS IS NOT GOOD- COVID IS STUPID)
12,160 steps
54 min cardio

11:14am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR
1:53 pm- 2nd fueling: SOUR CREAM AND CHIVE POTATO CAKES waffled w reduced-fat cheddar
4:00 pm- 3rd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD STICKS
6:30 pm- 4th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
8:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: chicken and veggies
10:45 pm- 5th fueling:  CREAMY CHOCOLATE SHAKE

140 oz of water

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Day 28-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- Harry Potter Bedroom Decorating Again…

I felt well enough to start working on Maisie’s bedroom again. The bed and most of it is in there, still need the lamp and furniture brought in, plus the closet cleaned.

Highlights/progress from the bedroom…


I am having the worst time trying to sort out how to drape the canopy hanging. It’s really difficult to do and I am not pleased with it at all. I will have R help me tomorrow.

I pushed myself way too hard today, got winded a lot. I am on the upswing, knock wood.

Weight loss stayed the same. I am not too concerned about it, as it’s been a tough week healthwise for us all. Covid test was negative, which was shocking considering the tons of covid-positive people we’ve been exposed to, knock wood. The molecular test came back tonight. I will be able to leave the house for shopping tomorrow (albeit with a mask). I need to finish up her bedroom.



Day 28-

WEIGHT: 166.2 

RESTING HEART RATE: 69
12,357 steps
44 min cardio
 *BUT 201 ZONE MINUTES!!*

11:45 am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR
2:00 pm- 2nd fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
4:20 pm- 3rd fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
6:40 pm- 4th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
9:00 pm- Lean and Green meal: Rotisserie Chicken and asparagus
11:00 pm-5th fueling: CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE

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Day 22-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- NYE Aftermath and Headache from Hell

Woke with a HORRIFIC headache- it felt like someone was trying to remove my eyeballs with teaspoons. Maisie had a fever of 100F last night at bedtime. Probably Omicron OR maybe it’s the stupid solar flares. Wouldn’t be shocked. Stores are plum outta rapid tests around here. It’s like I have a hangover, without the benefit of drinking last night. Seems rather unfair, if you ask me.

Hot mess photo without makeup below:

Gained a bit of weight from naughty good luck NYE eating, but not worried. I am back on my horse today, firmly in the saddle with no guilt. That is so odd for me. I live for binge guilt and though I didn’t binge (I just had a meal), it is all the same thing in my twisted psyche.

Jumping back into this diet was SO EASY. I love it. Period.

Got my 12k steps on the rebounder and am planning Maisie’s Harry Potter surprise bedroom redo.
I found some interesting pieces on Facebook Marketplace that I will be picking up soon:

side table with burl top
1930s dresser

Rowan the corgi is 6 mos old this week and spoiled rotten.


Day 22-

WEIGHT: 168.6 (you play, you pay… but I will be back down tomorrow)

RESTING HEART RATE: 68 
12,017 steps
42 min cardio

1:45 pm- 1st fueling: HOMESTYLE CHICKEN AND VEG FLAVORED SOUP (yeah, woke up super late)
3:45 pm- 2nd fueling: CINNAMON SWIRL CREAM CHEESE CAKE
5:45 pm- 3rd fueling: CHEESY BUTTERMILK MAC (doctored within an inch of its life, coz it is not my fave)
7:45 pm- 4th fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE
9:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: Garlic rainbow cauliflower and paleo chicken sausages
11:45 pm-5th fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Day 21-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE (even if Betty White passed away)

Ooooh- my friend came by to see me for the first time since this diet began and said I look A TON THINNER. I snapped a pic before my shower and I am amazed at how tight the skin is on my body and how my belly fat is just *POOF* gone!

I am feeling this weight loss thing. I feel like I am getting BACK TO ME again…

tonight’s anthem kicks off my evening-

Cooking Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and rice), collard greens, cornbread tonight for NYE. Stayed on plan all day and am ok with this. I don’t plan on drinking more than a toast of bubbly at midnight, so I am good.

hoppin john, cornbread, collard greens for New Year’s good luck!



I was horrified to discover Betty White didn’t even make it to her own 100th birthday. This must be the Harbinger of the Apocalypse if there ever was one. So sad. This doesn’t bode well for 2022.

More pics of our evening- I didn’t drink. It was a nice, chill night with fam. Wore makeup for the first time in eons.

Makeup and skincare by L’Bri at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

Day 21-

WEIGHT: 167.1

RESTING HEART RATE: 67 (had a bit of fever last night, so that explains the slight spike)
9,226 steps
20 min cardio

NOON- 1st fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BROWNIE
2:30 pm- 2nd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
5:00 pm- 3rd fueling: Garlic black truffle cheesy potato cakes (waffled and hacked recipe I invented)
7:30 pm- 4th fueling: collard greens
9:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE
11:45 pm-5th fueling: WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Day 19-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary-RESTING HEART RATE DOWN ALMOST 15 OR MORE POINTS!!

Almost another full pound GONE- POOF!
Lowest weight since starting 19 days ago AND I SURVIVED THE HOLIDAY FOOD BINGE!

(No shame in this game ^^)


The countdown to year 53 of my life begins… same age as JLo, but not yet as fit. I am still super pleased with my progress!!

Between my L’BRI skincare and this weight loss program I WILL BE A HOT MAMA BY MY 53RD BIRTHDAY IN FEBRUARY! The weight (knock wood) is just melting off.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART (insert drumroll)…

MY RESTING HEART RATE IS 65!! That is down from over 70 (and 78 a month prior)!! I suffer from tachycardia, high blood pressure, and a host of autoimmune issues and blood clotting issues.
Staying alive is my ultimate goal.

I am noticing a huge decline in belly fat on this diet, even though I haven’t yet done more than rebounding for exercise.

Cravings simply DO NOT EXIST. I eat too often for hunger. This is like magic- the easiest diet I’ve ever been on!

Day 19-

WEIGHT: 168.1

RESTING HEART RATE: 65
 12,106 steps
34 min cardio

11:30 am- 1st fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WITH CHEESECAKE FILLING (waffled as usual)
2 pm- 2nd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
5 pm- 3rd fueling: SOUR CREAM AND CHIVE POTATOES WAFFLED
7:15 pm- 4th fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE
9:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: BEEF SIRLOIN PHO WITH MIRACLE NOODLES
11:45 pm-5th fueling: BUTTERMILK MAC
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Day 18-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary-DOWN ANOTHER POUND!!

Woke up another pound gone… I have never, ever NOT gained weight during the holiday season! I.LOVE.THIS.PROGRAM.

I will be 53 in February and I am SO happy in my own skin now, thanks to L’BRI.
I marvel over how I am able to eat so much and so often and still drop weight.
Yes, I use the rebounder and fitbit… no, I haven’t yet done my yoga nor weights- I still have to add those in, but enjoying the peace and quiet of the holiday season.

linktr.ee/missmaisieandme for yours

The Harry Potter obsession holiday highlights (this is just a fraction of it):


Day 18-

WEIGHT: 169

RESTING HEART RATE: 66
13,002 steps
50 min cardio

11:30 am- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR
2 pm- 2nd fueling: CREAMY VANILLA SHAKE
4:15 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WITH CHEESECAKE FILLING (waffled as usual)
7:15 pm- 4th fueling: ROASTED GARLIC POTATO CAKES
9:30 pm- Lean and Green meal: Salad with garlic vinaigrette, chicken sausage, cherry tomatoes, and avocado
11:45 pm-5th fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Day 17-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- I SURVIVED THE HOLIDAYS W/NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN WEIGHT!!

I WAS BRAVE ENOUGH TO WEIGH IN AND I GAINED ABOUT ONE AND A HALF POUNDS!!! (Which will be gone by tomorrow). THIS IS THE EASIEST DIET **EVER**!!

Easiest 10 lbs I’ve ever lost in my life… can’t wait for the next 10!

I am so pleased with this diet. I don’t feel sick, I am never hungry. My macros are balanced. I AM NOT STARVING.

Day 17-

Resting Heart Rate: 68 (going back down… yes!)
Morning Weight: 170
12,162 steps
56 min cardio

108 oz of water

11:00 pm- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR AND COFFEE

2:00 pm– 2nd fueling:  CREAM CHEESE CINNAMON waffle thing
5 pm- 3rd fueling: BLACK TRUFFLE CREAMY BUTTERMILK MAC N CHEESE
7 pm- 4th fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE

9:15 pm- Lean and Green meal:  3 chicken sausages, sauerkraut, veggies

11:15 am- 5th fueling: VANILLA SHAKE

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Over 50 and Pandemic Weight Loss Diary Day 6

2.2 lbs gone by the morning of day 6- not too shabby.

Mama was rushed to the hospital yesterday and admitted, after a series of falls that left her with 4 cracked ribs. She also has other more alarming issues that we cannot pinpoint yet. She throws up a lot, her troponin levels are high, and her bloodwork is off. She is 77 yrs old, with vascular dementia, and lives at an amazing care home.

We (both the owner of the facility and I) had a helluva time getting the visiting doctor’s office and doctor.

Our elderly are seen as disposable in this world, especially once they have dementia and this is so grossly unfair and inhumane. Needless to say, I put my foot down this time and wouldn’t budge.

This diet has helped me not to binge in the midst of crisis, something I am normally super prone to doing.

Today’s “Daily Prompt” from my support group was to write down no less than 10 of my strengths. This is a difficult one for me, but here goes:

1. I am persistent

2. I am loyal

3. I have a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility to others and myself

4. I am funny

5. I am loving

6. I am fearless

7. I am lucky for others

8. I love making people feel good about themselves

9. I am inuitive

10. I am weird

Ok, so that was hard and seemed way too self-centered for my comfort. Ugh. I love these exercises because they take me out of my comfort zone and I like it. I enjoy being out of my comfort zone for some reason. It always leads to growth.



I am going to focus on eating less bars and doing more shakes and soups and variety. All of my fuelings are still in the big box because I have nowhere to store them yet.

R bought a ton of shrimp for my lean & green meals, so I need to eat that for the duration. I am getting a bit sick of salads, so maybe a scampi-type thing next with cauliflower rice for dinner. Whatever is easy. It doesn’t matter. Food is fuel for me right now.

Day 6
Morning Weight: 171.6 (woot, going back down despite the fact that I must be made of pure cortisol from the stress)
15,245 steps
1 hour 10 min. cardio

92 oz of water

12:55 am- 1st fueling: CARAMEL CRISP BAR and a big cup of coffee

3:15 pm– 2nd fueling: WILD RICE & CHICKEN FLAVORED SOUP W/CARROTS, CELERY, ONION, PEAS, AND SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS (had this before. It needs a pinch of salt and some spices. My body doesn’t retain sodium well, so I need to adjust everything for my body).
5:45 pm- 3rd fueling: SOUR CREAM & CHIVE WAFFLED POTATOES with laughing cow cheese
7:45 pm- 4th fueling:  YOGURT BERRY BLAST shake

9:45 pm-Lean and Green meal: GARLIC SHRIMP AND CAULIFLOWER (R BOUGHT SO MUCH SHRIMP, I NEED TO USE IT UP- plus I needed to start eating earlier. I can’t deal with big meals so late at night,) It was SO good, so satisfying. 7 oz of shrimp is A LOT. I think I may have gone over my fat allowance, but not by much.
11:30 pm-5th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS

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Over 50 and Pandemic Weight Loss Diary Days 1 & 2



So, yeah, back at it again. I have to keep a journal while on it, so blogging counts. I am an inconsistent blogger and ditto with journaling, but this kills 2 birds with one stone. I also need to keep accountable.

I’ve avoided scales, exercise, moderation since my 52nd birthday last February, when I plunged into a world of “I WORK 16 HOURS A DAY AND DON’T HAVE TIME TO COOK ANYMORE-LAND” (albeit from my sofa).

For the last two weeks I’ve been prepping for the day this box arrived (it only took a couple of days after ordering, but I wanted to make sure I had my step/rebounding/exercise habits back by doing 12-17k steps on rebounder a day.)

On day 2 I cooked a ton of chicken breast in the oven for my lean and green meals. One pan was done Filipino Adobo style, the other was done Greek Chicken style. 2 bags of frozen chicken breasts equaled EIGHT Lean and Green meal servings. Way cheaper than buying pre-cooked chicken breasts and I have zero time to cook anymore because I work and homeschool all day from my house.


STARTING WEIGHT: 178.9 (omg this is so embarrassing. I am now 30 lbs. OVER my “I still need to lose the baby weight”, which I could never do in the past. Basically, 150 became my post-partum, post-middle age spread weight. I am 30 lbs OVER THIS NOW. No wonder my BP and heart are going insane lately).

Day 1
14,124 steps
1 hour 26 min cardio


5 pm- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR (ok)
7:23 pm- 2nd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION SNACKS (my fave)
9:30 pm- 3rd fueling: SMORES BAR (just ok)
11:30 pm- 4th fueling: another bar of some sort
1:30 am- 5th fueling: WILD RICE SOUP (good, needed spice doctoring)
3:30 am (yes, I ate way late)- Lean and Grean meal: cauliflower and chicken breast (the amount seemed too much at the time after all those tiny meals, but slept well and was so full).

Day 2
14, 542 steps
1 hour 12 min cardio


Woke at 10:40 am

11:10 am 1st fueling with coffee (black): CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (best bar so far)

1:30 pm 2nd fueling, with my 64 oz jug of water: MINT CRISP BAR (this was ok)

4:20 3rd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE (SO good)

6:30 4th fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS (OK, not my fave… reminded me of spicy cheetos, though). Helped me get more water down, so bonus.

9:25 pm 5th Fueling: RUSTIC PENNE (shockingly delicious and filling when doctored with garlic powder and spices)

11:45 Lean and Green Meal: 6 oz of Filipino Adobo Chicken breast with 3 servings of cauliflower (AGAIN, A TON OF FOOD).

FIRST TWO DAY THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS:

Because I tend to go whole hog when I am faced with something new and exciting- or am in the mood for self-discipline/torture, this has been ridiculously easy for me. Learning to eat the snacks every 2 hours was weird. I never snack. The box of food ‘fuelings’ are all easy to eat like snacks or microwavable or the like. The only meals I have to worry about are the Lean and Green meals. 3 servings of appropriate veg, basically (covered in the guide) and about 6-7 oz of protein… which is a ton of food after noshing on small snacks all day and drinking coffee and water.

Once you eyeball (or get a food scale), knowing the proper amount of food to eat for the one prepared meal is super easy.

They have recipes and hacks online for people who like to cook, but I was good with what I had and really shocked at how easy it has been. It’s absolutely grab and go.

No dizziness. I have a ton of energy. No keto flu. Zilch.

I haven’t been working as much as I should due to my family going through a number of deaths and illnesses in the last 2 months- this week has been particularly scary and stressful. I would normally eat for comfort and I haven’t been… I mean, having to eat every 2-3 hours (set an alarm on phone or alexa) kinda stops a person from grabbing unhealthy crap to shove in your mouth hole.

I feel like I have binge-protection insurance.

I am actually looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow.