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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I find myself planning a lot of eating and meals and recording all I eat in the nutrition tracker. I hated to track my food but Spark makes it so easy. And what really amazes me, is that when I think I really went overboard on the eating for the day, if I track the food, I am usually within my calorie range! My goal is to fill that tracker in everyday and to look at the report.

The March PARENTING Magazine has an article to help new mothers lose their bellies quickly. I guess this will work on any belly but the article says that extra weight around our middles is completely reversible! I wanted to read more! "The belly is one of the quickest places we lose weight, and it's easier than you think. In fact, experts agree that the best way to get rid of belly fat is to eat."

They then go on to list 8 delicious foods that you should eat to help lose that belly. And here is a synopsis.
1. Berries, cherries and Grapes. Anthocyanin, or the plant chemical in these berries will burn abdominal fat. Have 2 cups a day regularly. 2 cups is a lot of blueberries but I'm game.
2. Dairy; milk, yogurt and cheese are packed with whey, a protein that supports the formation of lean body mass. Aim for 3 servings a day and add to your calcium totals as well. Past diets have always limited these items. But I'll sure give it a go.
3. Potatssium; this is where I fall down. Foods rich in potassium are bananas, avocados, orange juice, baked potatoes with skin, sweet potatoes and spinach. Potassium helps bring sodium into the cells instead of as water weight. What diet ever allowed you to eat an avocado or a baked potato with skin?
4. Lean Protein, chicken breast, turkey cutlets, egg whites, fish and pork tenderloin help us to feel fuller longer. 6 oz per day.
5. Whole Grains: These contain magnesium and chromium which fight cortisol, the stress hormone that directs fat to your waistline. Eat 4 to 7 daily servings of whole grains.
6. Healthy Fat, like avocados again, nuts, olives, DARK CHOCOLATE, and flaxseed oil! Handy snacks are 1/4 avocado and tomato slices, handful of almonds or pistachios, a few olives, or a square of DARK CHOCOLATE!!!
What diet program ever allowed us to eat these things?
7. Green Tea increases the release of fat from fat cells, especially the belly and speeds up the fat burning after meals.
8. Beans contain resistant starch, an ab fighter. This starch does not turn to sugar. It passes through the body undigested which probably helps with fiber consumption which I desperately need to increase.

I like all of the above listed foods and most are denied on diets, especially the DARK CHOCOLATE. I think I'll start concentrating on eating more beans and whole grains for sure as I love them anyway. My belly has gone down just through the 53 days I've been here although the scale hasn't reflected much. I am comfortably sitting in a new pair of size 14 corduroys with a belt. Don't even have to open the button
Hope this has all been helpful to those of you who have read this far! I love the research I am conducting in this area. Until tomorrow.

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TX.PATRICIA 2/19/2010 2:03PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the belly fat info!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/17/2010 11:03PM

    Great info. I did the flat ab diet and those were the things they mentioned. I am going to incorporate more of those items!!!

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LSDALOIA 2/17/2010 9:18PM

    Yum! Put some of that dark chcolate in a whey protein smoothie with a banana.

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KIRSTY1306 2/17/2010 9:09PM

    Wow thanks for the information, its quite interesting to see what different people recommend, this is why Spark is so great - nothing is off limits !
Good luck with the rest of your flat belly diet
Kirb x

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L3DESIGNS 2/17/2010 8:10PM

    Great blog and wonderful suggestions. I used to love milk chocolate - but now prefer a dark chocolate! YUM!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/17/2010 6:40PM

    What great information. My kids can down blueberries like there is not a tomorrow. LOL. I bet they hit that 2 cup mark. Thank you for sharing.

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4DOGNIGHT 2/17/2010 4:22PM

    I can't imagine being able to eat 2 cups of blueberries a day. That is a lot of blueberries unless you cook with them.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/17/2010 4:06PM

    This was very useful information for me. I really like blueberries. I add blueberries and almonds to my morning cereal. I'm going to work on some of the other foods that you mentioned. I can handle the dark chocolate.

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KATASTROPHES 2/17/2010 1:31PM

    I read that about dark chcolate, the only thing though is that it has to have a 75% to 80% rating, more like unsweetened bakers chocolate, not the rich dark chcolate that we're used to, for it to be beneficial. A lot of diets don't tell you that, but I had my trainer and my dietician tell me that one. The taste of the chocolate is bitter and doesn't satisfy any sweet cravings, but it's better for you.
Hope that helps.

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SHUWN74 2/17/2010 1:09PM

    What a great blog! emoticonI will definitely try adding extras of the listed foods. You are so emoticon

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GOBUTTS 2/17/2010 12:44PM

    I just love what you said ... going to read the rest ...

I love grapes and DARK CHOCOLATE

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KALIOPPE 2/17/2010 11:40AM

    Wow, great article - and some delicious foods that I really like but have been holding back on. I have lots of belly fat to burn, so this is ideal for me. Thank you so much for posting. :)


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Today is Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday. Today is the day before the start of Lent when we traditionally eat pancakes, bacon, sausage etc. to signify using up all the sugar, butter, eggs, flour, etc in our larders in preparation for the 40 days of Lent. I already pronounced myself free of sugar until Easter and I made it through the first day even with peanut butter bars on the counter. Sugar sugar go away, come again after Easter Day! I discovered I could eat a pancake or waffle in moderation after filling them in on my nutrition tracker. It's all the butter and syrup and other toppings you add that make it fattening. And after baking those bars Sunday amid chaos in the house, I discovered I've kind of lost the baking touch. It was hard, running back and forth trying to find all of the ingredients.

Yesterday was a holiday off work for my husband and so we went shopping and ate lunch out. We went to O'Charley's and I carefully studied the menu to determine what to order. I settled on grilled Baja chicken with black beans and salsa served over rice. When it came, I promptly separated it into two portions and asked for a box to take it home. It was very good and I have lunch for another day. And it seemed healthy enough, probably loaded with sodium though.

Last night I attended a Chamber of Commerce function with the NAACP celebrating 75 notable citizens of the community. We had a buffet from Golden Corral and I did okay going through that as well. Left the chocolate cake and yeast rolls alone and wound up the day under my calorie limit. So I was pleased.
Sadly, I really craved some vegetables like green beans but none available.

We went shopping for all the sales and I got a pair of size 14 corduroy pants that fit nicely. Trouble is, with winter almost over here, I'll probably need a 12 next year. But they were only $17 and very comfortable and matched the sweater I bought which will fit next year or any year.

Well I only talked about food today but that's what I did yesterday, it seems. Until tomorrow!

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PATTYS74 2/16/2010 11:15PM

    sounds like you are doing great and in control. Way to go!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/16/2010 3:21PM

    You did a great job it sounds like at O'Charleys. I love that place. I should look up their nutritional guide so I know what to order when I go. I have been trying to make myself a list of places and dishes that are ok to eat while trying to be a fierce healthy lifestyler.

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KATASTROPHES 2/16/2010 10:29AM

    Good job coming in under your calorie goal for yesterday. That's quite an accomplishment! Hopefully one day I'll be doing the same!

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MACMOM57 2/16/2010 8:15AM

    I usually give up chocolate candy and soda for lent. I guess that is what I will give up again. This helps me to reach the goal of not drinking soda at all. But would like to go beyond the 40 day too. Sounds like you did really well and even got a great new outfit.

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Monday, February 15, 2010


emoticon I completely forgot that I was on a ten day purge of sugar from my diet! Yesterday blew that out of the water and it wasn't chocolate. I made some peanut butter and chocolate bars while my granddaughter was here yesterday. Dumb! She thought they were Yummy and I gave most away. But last night, of course I had to taste them and clean up the crumbs and even up the edges. Then I had a sliver and then another sliver. And this morning I woke up with that headache over the right eye again and I'm mulling everything over in my mind. They did not taste all that good. In fact, they tasted like sugar. I went back and looked at the recipe which appears healthy at first. It has rolled oats and whole wheat flour and peanuts in it. But it had 1 3/4 cups brown sugar, 2 c chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter. There was almost as much sugar as there was rolled oats. Now, I might as well have mixed up that sugar with water and drank it! There was so much going on while I was making them. New grandbaby Brandon was crying and 90 year old mom-in-law was trying to cope with the baby and Hannah wanted help with the computer and my husband decides to go to the pharmacy and leave us all and I'm in the middle of this baking. What was I thinking? emoticon

AFter I ate the bars, I decided to figure out how they tasted and what made me eat them. Honestly, all I could taste in my mouth was sugar. And sugar begets sugar. I compared that to the healthy taste of eating fresh vegetables and a grilled chicken breast. I would have been more satisfied with the veg and chicken. Looking at all of this in hindsight and visualizing all that sugar in my body kind of puts me off of it. emoticon

In fact a couple of interesting food things happened to me yesterday. I had purchased a protein shake mix from herbalife and decided that I would try it for lunch with cottage cheese, milk and strawberries added. It was okay, but it didn't satisfy me. I had to go back to church for a meeting and it was a special coffee day and there were so many cupcakes and iced cakes, and carrot cakes, and chocolates. I was surrounded by sugar but I passed them by and had some cheese squares and apple slices. Oh, I was so good. Then the afternoon. I'm visualizing standing in a room with bags of sugar dancing around my head. All of a sudden, the bags open, and sugar pours down on me and all around me. This is not an appetizing vision. I might as well pick it up and attach it to my hips. Let me rework this vision. I have just emerged dripping wet after an energizing swim in the pool. The bags of sugar are dancing around in my head, they open and all the sugar pours out, right onto my body where it gets stuck and turns to sugar water, seeping into my skin and turning me into a fat sugar blob! I haven't done my vision board yet. Maybe this would be a good picture.

What have I learned from this? 1. I don't do well with protein drinks. I like Real Food! Why drink a protein milk shake when I can have a nice salad with chicken and broccoli and other veggies. And a piece of whole wheat bread. Isn't that a better choice? 2. Lent starts on Wed and as a Lutheran, I am supposed to give up something for lent to signify the 40 days before Easter. Okay, sugar, sugar go away. I will not eat sugar laden sweets and desserts, ice cream or chocolate for 40 days. I will not even taste it. I will also read the food labels and if a food has more than 5 g of added sugar I will not eat it. And I am starting today. Today I will eat real food at every meal and thoroughly look forward to it and enjoy every bite. 3. I have not completely tracked my food for 2 days. How was I going to account for all that sugar? Today I am back on the tracking train and everyday for 40 days I will track my food, no matter what I have eaten. I just went and looked at the herbalife protein shake label. There is 9g of sugar in that serving? Why am I putting all this added sugar into my body?

I am making my vision board today and it is going to include bags of sugar, pictures of cake and cookies, chocolate and whatever else I can find. Then I'm going to put pictures of people with sad faces and big bellies staring at the sugar. Then the other side will include fresh food and smiling people. Whoo! Hoo! Another Ah Ha day!

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WORKINGSTIFF 2/15/2010 6:54PM

    Thanks for letting me know about your blog. Yours is the second one today that I've read about giving up sugar for Lent.

Be strong and you will succeed. I truly believe that people can be addicted to sugar. I have an overweight niece who used to just sob and carry on when her parents wouldn't give her candy. I'd never seen anything like it!

I'm with you about the protein shake thing. Give me some real food anytime! I could probably even give up adding sugar or eating additional sugar. Just don't take away my roast beef and gravy or hamburger with everything except onions!

Keep us posted on how your Lent goes. I added to my blog in that the book I read suggested wearing a rubber band bracelet and then moving it from wrist to wrist whenever you caught yourself complaining. I'm going to try the same thing, once I decided what I'm actually going to do for Lent.

Best to you!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/15/2010 12:45PM

    Yeah I am not much into the protein shakes either. I don't blame you there. I ate more sugary things than normal yesterday and it sickened me. I thought afterwards that all I really wanted was something warm and healthy. We live and learn.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010


It's valentine's day and my granddaughter is coming over and we will make some cookies that I will send home with her. Don't want them hanging around here. Also, her 3 month old brother Brandon is coming too! One of my goals this year was to reserve desserts and sweets for special occasions. Well last night was one of those. We went out to dinner with friends and had the valentine special which included red velvet cake to share. This cake was as big as the dessert plate it was served on. We split it 2 ways but I ate it and also had 2 glasses of wine and an appetizer. Didn't sleep well and I felt stuffed. But it was a special occasion. Now I'm back on track again.

I bought a box of vanilla protein powder from Herbalife just to try it out. After church, I took 1/2 glass of skim milk, 4 oz no fat cottage cheese and 5 large fresh strawberries and put it into the blender. Plus 2 T protein powder and a packet of sweetener. Made a good snack and addition to breakfast and was similar to a milkshake. I put a little bit into the freezer to see if it would taste like ice cream when frozen. The powder and milk on its own is a little thin so the cottage cheese added thickener. It was good but if you don't like cottage cheese, dont try it.

I'm enjoying trying out new recipes and things to eat. I'll be back tomorrow.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/14/2010 5:33PM

    Sounds like you had a great Valentines Day. I am lucky in the fact that I didn't go out with my DH for Valentines so I got to avoid all the temptation, cept he sent a box of chocolates. Had two chocolates today instead of one and then shared two per kidlet.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010


The first thing I do every morning is to check my e-mails and then spend time reading the Spark e-mails and articles and blogs and whatever else I can find that interests me. I have taken a number of personality courses with my company. They are all alike but with different names. The first one I took really surprised me because I was diagnosed as an Analytical personality, the only one in a bunch of decorators who were mostly the fun happy type. By being analytical, this did not mean I liked numbers like an accountant. It meant that I liked to learn about things, do research on a specific interest and learn as much as I can about the subject. This is very true for me. I analyze things to death. And that is why I love Spark.

There is so much to learn on this website and so many people to learn from. I make new friends everyday. I truly believe that I will achieve my goals and reach my ideal weight by logging in everyday and reading the information available. This morning I read about the exercise videos DDR and WiiFIt, neither of which I have. Now I like to dance and do aerobics but I don't. I think I would enjoy either one of these machines. Now I just have to figure out which one. I don't know anyone who has one so if anyone out there wants to give me some help I would appreciate it. I have to do something for exercise where boredom does not set in. Otherwise I WON'T DO IT! When I get bored with something, I quit. I took aerobics dance classes for 4 years and loved every minute of it, 4 times a week. I was thinner than I had ever been. The reason I loved it was the instructor was actually trained in dance and she would teach us a new routine to a new current song every six weeks. I loved it. She moved on and I have tried other dance classes like Jazzercise but they were never as good and I got bored. I got bored with Curves because it was the same old machine time after time.

Now I know why I have quit other weight loss programs and never got to goal. I WAS THOROUGHLY BORED WITH THEM! And they had so few recipes I was always faced with eating the same thing. Reaching goal wasn't a big enough commitment to hold my interest! This morning I also read the article about what 300 calories looked like. Very interesting to learn that the healthier plate had twice as much beautiful food than the fast food plate. If you haven't read that article, go and look for it. It's an eye opener.

I love to cook and make creative recipes. In fact, I rarely follow a recipe to a T because I'm always missing a key ingredient and I substitute. It's an instinct I guess to know how to do that. I've made dishes where people ask for the recipe and I can't really give it to them because I added some leftover to it that I couldn't duplicate. Here's what I do on Spark. Say I want to cook corn chowder. I will look at several corn chowder recipes to find one I like the looks of and I have most of the ingredients. Then I will use parts of 2 or 3 recipes to make the one I am cooking. And it's always delicious. I almost majored in Nutrition in college but ended up in Textiles and home economics, thus I am an Interior Decorator. But I still love to cook.

Now I am getting motivated to delve into the recipes on this site. I have oodles of cookbooks and I want to start experimenting with different recipes and make them more healthy. My sister had me over for dinner last night and served a chicken burgundy dish that was delicious that came from a diabetic cookbook. I think we could challenge each other to do some interesting dishes like that and get together more often. It's my turn now to come up with something. She had lost 60 lbs on a metabolic diet and kept it off for about 3 years by going back there when she gained 5 lbs to get it off. Now, she is bored with that and just really does not want to go back to that diet. I am excited to start my new recipe venture and I'll share of course. Until tomorrow.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/13/2010 10:19PM

    Great blog. Boredom is a way to lose sight, sounds like you do know yourself and what you need to suceed. Woohoo. How great is that.

I think it great that you are able to whip up a recipe like that, who knows you might be the next great spark recipe writer. emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/13/2010 12:06PM

    I ran into your post earlier this week and looked at your page briefly and though ok cool. It was in the middle of my 4 10hr work week and I dont have much umph at all. Today I ran across your name again during my spark surfin and read your blog for today. Well I went back to day one and I now current with your journey and I must say I have enjoyed each entry even the ones during your dark moments. Personally I think there is a lot learned in the valley or dark moments that are important to share. Thanks for sharing your journey and Best Wishes on the journey emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 2/13/2010 11:26AM

    Thank you. I HAVE learned a lot. Will have to check out the Wii spark team. Carol

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    I really like this blog, Carol. You seem to have made some important discoveries about yourself. I get very bored with exercise, too. My sister-in-law has a Wii game console with the Wii Fit Plus game and balance board. She absolutely loves it!!! She gets so into it that she spends 1.5 hours a day playing. Yes, playing. The games are very motivating and she has been slimming down nicely with it. Her top weight was the same as yours, and she is short. There are some Spark Groups based on using the Wii, too, so you might want to explore the comments in those group message boards.

You are on a roll! Wahooooooooooooo!


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