That a 16 oz mug of coffee with 4 tsp sugar and 4 tsp creamer (omg I'd never use that much creamer!) is half the calories of an 8 oz glass of pepsi? That working out on an elliptical machine burns 3 times as much calories (not to mention works out more muscle groups) as brisk walking on / off a treadmill for the same amount of time? And I'm talking walking so fast on the darn thing you might as well be jogging. But I refuse to jog, too hard on the knees and ankles. Can't you guess which workout machine is now my fav? lol Cuz you burn about as much with the bike as you do walking. That you can burn 70 calories doing moderate cleaning for an hour? I can't wait to find out how much vigorous cleaning would be. lol That it might not be a great idea to work out for 90 mins then go walk / shop at an outlet mall for 3 hrs.....probably adding in another couple of miles of walking........ Yeah, came home and took a NAP. I'm doing pretty good I think. I've lost 2 whole pounds. (I know, not a huge deal) But I can now do both the elliptical and the treadmill for 30 mins each. I start on the treadmill for 15 mins to get warmed up, then move to the elliptical for 15 mins (about then muscles tend to start cramping) then back to the treadmill for 15 mins, and go finish off the last 15 on the elliptical. I am determined to eventually build myself up to an hour on the elliptical, like those folks who have at least a decade on me. lol Moving to the treadmill when my muscles begin to cramp is the only way I can work out the kinks to be able to do that last 15 on the elliptical. Then I do a half hour strength training with their weight equipment. They have one machine that I can use that is THE only way I can even consider doing sit ups with out having my side muscles slide on top of each other causing me to scream bloody murder. (after effect of major kidney surgery some 25 yrs ago) I'd probably have lost more than 2 lbs, except I'm still having water weight issues, which for me is fairly normal. But I'm going to need to see if the Lasix dose needs increased again. And I'm adjusting to "normal" portions of what I'm eating. For the most part.....I'm staying under what I should be each day for food intake. I won't know if I lost this week until after my water pill kicks in later this morning. I won't take it before the workout for obvious reasons. Having easy child as a workout buddy helps. You feel more obligated to get up and go even on days when you don't want to just because someone else is counting on you to go with them. Since I get up anywhere from 5:30 am to 6am to go to the gym......and I am NOT a morning person......I need that buddy system. lol I already see my energy levels rising, my general outlook / mood lifting. I'm considering coloring my hair to get rid of the white. (I don't get gray, it comes in pure white) I'm going to try this Olay facial hair removal cream. Otherwise, I'm going to be shaving soon, I can't keep up with the plucking. And just my luck it's the darkest coarsest hair in the world, so no covering it with makeup and pretending it's not there. Considering wearing makeup again for the first time in ages. easy child is doing fantastic. She's lost nearly 30 lbs and it SHOWS! She's determined it's a lifestyle change. (looks like I finally got through to her) And you have to remember she has hyperthyroidism that is just barely controlled so this is huge. Nichole now plans to join a gym near her and made a happy discovery that her neighbor friend who is fairly heavy.......actually belongs to a gym and has been working on losing weight, so she'll have a work out buddy. Her mother in law, the lady with the horrific lymphedema in her legs so bad I've often wondered how she can walk.......has lost 50 lbs with weight watchers and curves. I'm so glad she's done curves because I'm sure she'd have had a heart attack trying it on her own at a gym. Both Nichole and I are so proud of her, she never said a word to anyone, just went and signed up one day. The weight loss will help the lymphedema, but she still needs to be treated for it, I hope she goes in soon. And because his mom lost 50 lbs, Nichole's husband is suddenly motivated to get back into shape, he was getting rather pudgy with some major love handles going on. So he's not pulling the I'm so cheap you can't do anything over the gym for Nichole. I'm beginning to think fitness can be catching. lol I want to see how many times I can take a guest so Travis can come with me and easy child. Because I couldn't do a family membership, he's too old and I can't afford a membership for him too. So.........those are my ramblings as I sit here drinking my coffee waiting for the gym to open.