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YOGA AND ME

Friday, October 24, 2014

So about 8 months ago I joined a Sverapa Yoga class. Not sure that is how to spell it but it is an unusual name. There are many types of Yoga and I've tried them. But this class is amazing. I have had back problems with a sore right hip for years. Sometimes just could not get comfortable when lying down. So I'm been to a chiropractor for about a year and then started this Yoga class.

Sverapa involves lying on a blanket on the floor for at least half the class. I go on Thursdays at 6:30 and last night I debated about skipping the class and watching reruns and Project Runway instead. But I decided to go and meet my commitment. The minute I laid down on the floor with my knees over 3 rolled blankets and my head on another blanket, my spine pressed into the floor, I was in heaven. THis type of Yoga is sooo relaxing! And it has helped my back!. I've been going to the chiropractor every other week and I realized about 6 weeks ago that my back and hip have not been hurting. And when I went to the Chiro on Tuesday, she did very minimal moving around of the spine. Is that all I got? Needed? It has taken a year of commitment, 3 times a week to start for 3 months and then every other week for the chiro. Nearing the end but it has worked. Couldn't be happier.

  
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JENNY888 10/24/2014 5:10PM

    I am so glad you are finding such good results with yoga. I have found the same thing myself. You might want to check out grokker.com if you haven't already. There are a wealth of all different kind of yoga classes there including restorative yoga that sounds much like what you are doing.

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LKWQUILTER 10/24/2014 3:29PM

    Whatever works. I am all for it. I love my chiropractor. No shots/meds--just adjustments and they work.

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MCFITZ2 10/24/2014 10:25AM

    So glad it is working for you. emoticon

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GEORGE815 10/24/2014 9:12AM

    Glad you took this yoga up. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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MONTREALESTMOI 10/24/2014 9:11AM

    It's nice to read this. I'm considering yoga classes myself. This is good info!

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PROGRESS REPORT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Well, I can honestly say that the Personal Trainer Food diet was a success. I've lost 10 lbs and it is still off! Weighed this morning and even though I was gone to a retreat this weekend. I've learned to eat more sensibly. I still have a freezer full of veggies and a few meats so I can still have lunches that are easily. So tired of eggs for breakfast. I think a veggie soup might be in my future.

On another note, my sister had major sinus surgery a couple of weeks ago to remove a cyst in her sinus cavity. Never heard of such a thing before but it is a syndrom that is out there, I guess not real common. She has been very nauseous and hasn't been able to eat much. So last week I took a pot roast and she had a good helping of it. THen her sailing friends kicked in with several casseroles but when I called on Monday after getting back, my brother in law said she still wasn't eating much. So, I kicked in with a chicken and corn chowder that I took over yesterday. She ate a bowl of it and BIL had 2 bowls to finish it off. Then I made homemade tapioca pudding just like my mother used to make and she ate that. I think she trusts my cooking more than the other folks who have been bringing food.

I'll have to think of something else, oh, veggie soup I think. I do have some frozen beef veggie soup that I could take. It was good and tasty but you can only eat so much of it so in the freezer it goes.

Hope I continue to keep the 10 lbs off and lose a few more.

  
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AKELAZ 10/22/2014 1:48PM

    Very impressive! However good the PT diet meals may be NOTHING stops you cheating except your own willpower - so well done. After the effort it must have taken to get it all organised and then stick to it it must be worth trying to maintain the loss.
Veggie soup in my freezer is absolutely my go-to meal when I want something sensible, tasty and quick - so I'm with you there.
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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/22/2014 10:42AM

    emoticon on losing 10 pounds! You will keep it off emoticon

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KRICKET57 10/22/2014 10:26AM

    Have a great day. Congrats on the weight loss.

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PTF DAY 28

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Is it really 28 days and I still have a freezer full of food? Lunch is definitely from the PTF plate. I am cooking a pot roast tonight for my sister and her husband. She had major sinus surgery last week and hasn't been able to cook anything. We ate with them on Monday and first meal she had all week. She ate it all. So POt roast it is. Have to go shopping!

  
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PERSONAL TRAINER FOOD DAY 27

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Well, the two lbs I lost is hovering, up and down but I'm confident it will eventually stay down. This is how I lose. I will say that the last three days have not been exactly PTF friendly. Hubby bought pizza home for lunch yesterday and then we took food to my sister who just had surgery and he bought a pecan pie. Not helping me a bit but holding my own on the weight. Back to the plan today. Most of the food is tasty but this morning I had butter chicken patty and don't like it much. Very salty. But I ate it and then washed down with a glass of milk and ice water. Sticks to the ribs. Lunch will be some culinary delight pulled from the freezer. We'll be at the Yacht Club tonight. If they have tacos, I will make a salad.

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/15/2014 11:03AM

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LKWQUILTER 10/14/2014 2:24PM

    You are doing GREAT Carol.

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PERSONAL TRAINER FOOD DAY 24, PLAN EXPLANATION

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I decided that today I would explain this plan more thoroughly. Over labor day while on vacation, Amazon sent me a voucher for $99 to apply towards $200 worth of PTF food. I bought it and when I got back from vacation, immediately placed the order. The normal price is $324 for 28 days worth of lunches and dinners, 56 meals. You get to select 56 pieces of meat and 56 packs of veggies, each individually portioned. They have a LOT of choices, I mean a LOT> So I went through the list and selected 3 mesquite chicken, 3 hamburg patties, 3 buffalo chicken strips, etc etc etc. They have quite a variety of precooked flavored meats and veggies ready to nuke.

You need LOTS of freezer space, since we have a fridge in the garage, the freezer out there is full of PTF meals and a few meals in the house fridge. You can order breakfasts as well but I chose to make my own. I can have eggs, bacon, sausage, veggies, apple, any meat, for breakfast.

You are limited to an apple as your fruit, no other fruits allowed, no milk, no bread, pasta, etc. But there is a complete list of foods you can have and they are perfectly filling and satisfying.

It does get a little tediious but we do go out a lot and after 3 weeks, I feel I can have a glass of wine in moderation when we go out. The Eggplant Rollitini I ordered last night at an Italian restaurant was delicious and certainly allowed. Eggplant stuffed with a cheese mixture and tomato sauce with more cheese. It was delicious and the salad came with a bit of italian dressing.

The biggest bonus for me is not having to think about what I'm having for lunch or dinner. When I come home hungry for lunch, it takes me 3 to 5 min to be able to sit down and eat. In the past, I would have grabbed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then finished off the ice cream out of the box. Mesquite chicken with mixed veggies takes longer to eat and it is filling. And I have to put it on a plate and eat with a fork and knife, sitting at the table. I can't walk around the house with it in my hand.

I have lost 11 pounds since July and my stomach feels flatter. If I had not started this plan, I would have gained back the few I lost prior to starting. I am comfortable in the fact that this will be slow losing but willing to invest myself in it. Will I order again? I don't know. I still have a month of food left. After this, I know that frozen veggies from the grocery will suffice for me. It is the precooked protein that will be a challenge. In another month, when most of the food is gone, I hope I will have retrained myself to eat more sensibly. I have been a fan of the Sonoma Diet because it is flavorful and portion controlled. I will be moving toward that end and I know I will have to do more planning.

Another bonus is the savings on food at the grocery. I spent $224 and have not spent much else since then. When we go, we restock the fresh portion of the fridge, milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Cereal for my husband and things he wants. He needs to lose as well but hasn't committed to this although some meals are pulled for him from the choices. Depends on the night. Also, since an apple is allowed, I've let myself have applesauce. I like to dip spicy pork and chicken in the sauce and it makes a dessert as well.

Steak and chicken fajita strips are included and I've used them with onion and pepper and gave hubby a tortilla to wrap his in. Its all working and I hope to continue. We are making chili today and the beans really aren't kosher but hey, a small bowl ought to be okay.

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/14/2014 10:14AM

    So, do you cook a separate meal for your husband?

Glad this has worked for and congrats on losing!

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