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Monday, June 21, 2010


My loyal readers must get tired of hearing me starting over again. How boring can I be, so positive and then not sticking to it. I was looking through the book shelf yesterday and found Dean Ornish's Book, EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS from 1987. I didn't even know I had it. Must have come from my mother-in-law when she moved. Anyway, I pulled it out and will start looking it over. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Right now, I am going to concentrate on getting my fruit and veggie intake up. Yesterday we went to Denny's for lunch with my son, his wife, granddaughter and new grandson, Grammie and my hubby. I thought I would get breakfast but when I looked over the menu, they had some new sizzling dishes filled with peppers, onion, tomato, mushroom, potato, sausage and 2 fried eggs. I ordered that and requested they use a minimum amount of butter. They don't have olive oil. I think everyone was embarrassed at the table but I did enjoy my meal. There was only 1 small sausage and I ate that, all the veggies and a few potatoes. Brought the 2 eggs home and ended up throwing them out this morning and brought most of the potatoes homes. In spite of the fact there was butter used, I enjoyed the dish and all those veggies. And we had lots of veggies for dinner too. So I was back on track after such a wild saturday.

Today I have asparagus that must be cooked and corn on the cob. And I took out hamburger patties so that is dinner. I'm going to roast the asparagus as there is quite a bit of it and have it for lunch too.

Today is also doctor day where my mother-in-law and I visit our shrink and pick up our prescriptions for meds. I ran out of one pill last week and it was one for a small amount of thyroid boost. I may try to not go back on it as I don't think it does much. But I'll have a prescripton on hand if I need it. Not going through what I went through in January. My mother-in-law is really having health problems. Retaining fluid is a big concern as she has conjestive heart failure and the fluid builds up and she has trouble breathing. Hubby had 2 full afternoons last week taking her to 2 different doctors. This is my week, shrink and haircut. We go to the same hairdresser to make it easy.

We all enjoyed the baby at lunch yesterday. He is so funny. After he ate, he just cooed and laughed and smiled. Then we handed him around the table and he laughed and danced. I wish I could see my other new grandson in North Carolina. He's cute too in a different sort of way. I had so much fun with my granddaughter last week taking her to Art Camp and Build-a-Bear. And she loved it too. Wish me luck on my journey. I told my husband NO KLONDIKE BARS or ICE CREAM in this house! None, Nada, no way. Later!

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SGKAYLOR 6/21/2010 4:41PM

    Don't worry about starting over, as long as you keep starting again & don't give up completely then you're still on track. emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/21/2010 10:21AM

    I LOVE Build-A-Bear!! It is so much fun. I made at White Tiger at the one in Las Vegas. When you squeeze one Paw he roars,and when you squeeze the other Paw he Meows like a kitten. emoticon
emoticonI always 'Special Order' at Restaurants, and I feel like everyone~including the Waitresses~are proud of me for the Choices I make. There IS one person in my Life who will make remarks about what I order but I know that it is motivated by frustration & jealousy on her part.
Keep on Starting Over as often as you need to. Truth be told, I think we ALL are "starting over" with every choice we make every day. It is all ONE JOURNEY, it just takes a LOT of good decisions.
I will send you some fruit & veggies to make today easier.

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KASEYCOFF 6/21/2010 10:07AM

    I think I 'started over' about two dozen times to quit smoking before I finally succeeded - and that was ten years ago. So don't worry about 'starting over': just focus and follow the system, find out if it works for you. If it doesn't you can always go back to the drawing board, but you won't know what works and what doesn't until you give it a go. emoticon

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STATCHMO 6/21/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you! Don't let others' "embarrassment" keep you from eating the way you want! (I 'special' order at restaurants all the time!).

Ice cream is your nemesis? Cookies are mine!!!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010


Me on a diet is turning into a ridiculous fiasco. One day is good and one day is bad. Last night was bad and at this rate, nothing will come off. I have to commit to 7 days of being good to even get back on track regularly. My son has lost 14 lbs in one month with weight watchers. I might go there and try that. But I'm liking the idea of counting more fruits and veggies with dash. Trouble is when we go out, there is not as good a control. And we are out a lot. We went to my sister's last night and the meal was healthy. But about 5 glasses of wine weren't and then we went out for ice cream and I picked the sundae with the most calories. What was I thinking? I wasn't. Sis was having family challenges and we all sat around and shared and laughed so that was a good evening.

Anyway, We are having lunch with our son and his family at Denny's. Don't know what to expect. Thought about the grand slam but we'll see. Anyway, I'm not giving up. Just need a kick.

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MARSHASTAR 6/20/2010 2:04PM

    It's easy to see why your weight loss has slowed, or stopped, but you are living your life and having a good time making pleasant memories with loved ones. To me that's the important part of life. You are aware of what you are eating - that's a plus.
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LJCANNON 6/20/2010 2:02PM

    We go out to eat at LEAsT once a day, sometimes twice. You have to be vigilant but it is possible to stay on track. Don't be afraid to ask questions about how the food was prepared or for changes in the ingredients. The majority of places are happy to accommodate you. The few that don't we just don't go to very often.
Remember too, that this is not a 'Diet'. It is truly a Lifestyle Change. After awhile it will become second nature to choose fruits and veggies, and to be more active.
emoticonHang in there, we can do this together.

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REJ7777 6/20/2010 1:12PM

    It's very hard to control our weight when we eat out a lot. It takes tremendous discipline. I don't eat out nearly as often as I used to. Eating out with friends was one of my favorite activities - make that my very favorite activity. So much of my pleasure came from activities that centered around food. It's easy to understand how I became obese. It was the result of my chosen lifestyle. I am changing that. Some of my friends don't understand why I'm not as available "for lunch" as I used to be. It's not easy, but what was a habitual practice (eating out) has become an occasional treat. I've found I enjoy hiking, and it's really helping me to change my lifestyle. Nobody could "nag" me into losing weight either. It had to come from me, when I was ready. A little heart attack helped. Wish it was easier!

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JENNY888 6/20/2010 11:53AM

    You can do it at Denny's. It is a constant battle isn't it. I lost the battle last night at Red Lobster . . . too many cheesy biscuits which are so good. Today's another day though.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010


Above is the view of the Destin East Pass from a condo window on the 6th floor. I have more beach pics but where? Hubby and I are planning to go to the beach today. We had a few tarballs last week but it seems the oil is not coming ashore just yet. If you looked at a map of Florida, we live in the Panhandle and that area takes a curve north so with the winds coming from the West, the oil would skim us. At least that is what we hope for. On the bad sad, it would head directly to the Appalachicola Oyster Beds, ruining that industry. It is a sad sad situation.

This has inspired us to make the effort to go to the beach. We live here in Paradise and rarely visit our beautiful beaches. Because we can go anytime we want to, we don't. But this year is different. We want to enjoy them while we still have them. We have no plans for the day but to do whatever we want. What a beautiful gift!

My only goal is to eat more fruit and vegetables. I didn't do as well as I wanted to yesterday because I was out during lunch and had to succumb to a McDonald's Hot and Spicy Sandwich. They were giving away samples of their new berry smoothies so I had a mixed berry one. It was delicious. I hope it was just fruit and not much else. Hubby is making us some french toast so I am going to go and slice up some strawberries to put on top instead of syrup. Later.

Breakfast Update. Hubby was going to use up the white bread for the french toast but I requested he use Arnold Health Nut for me instead. He had a puny piece of white bread and one heel with real cold maple syrup. I had 2 slices of Arnold Health Nut dusted with 1 tsp powdered sugar (maybe less) and covered with one cup of sliced strawberries. A respectable 397 calories which included 1 egg and a little milk. Which breakfast would you prefer? And I'm on my third glass of water. So far so good! Think I'll clean out the refrigerator and make my shopping list. Tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 6/19/2010 11:44AM

    I've always thought Arnold breads are the tastiest of the packaged ones - and I bet the French toast was delish! Enjoy the beach, hon - slap on the sunblock and get your walking in. :-)

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/19/2010 9:22AM

    How nice to have a leisure of NOTHING TO DO!!! Yeah :) Good luck on today's goal. emoticon emoticon

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Friday, June 18, 2010


Finding what works is an all consuming process when you are trying to lose weight. Maybe that is why we try so many different diets, only to lose and gain it back. I have really been floundering and so disgusted with myself. After talking with my niece about the DASH diet, I have decided to concentrate on eating 8 fruits and veggies a day. If I did that, I would be so full, I wouldn't want anything else that didn't qualify as a veggie or fruit.

My main problem is scrounging for something sweet after dinner and at night. AND1571 posted a fruit dessert recipe on her blog and I think I will make that for in the freezer. Substitute for those klondike bars. Last week when I made the banana pudding that needed to be cooked and wasn't, I put everything into a blender and then cooked it on the stove. What was left, I made some freezer tarts. Poured into a cupcake liner with a vanilla wafer on the bottom and froze them. They made nice creamy treats, like ice cream. I am going to try it with instant chocolate pudding and put banana or strawberry in it with the vanilla wafer. Also, thaw some lite coolwhip to mix with it. I'll post the recipe if it turns out good. That would satisfy my sweet chocolate tooth and also add a little fruit to my diet. SO, more fruit and veggie is my aim.

I had a wonderful week with my grandchildren. I loved having the baby for 2 days and was glad it was only 2 days as I do have to work occasionally. Then I had my granddaughter and I took her to an Art Camp for 3 hours each morning. She loved it and I was able to have appointments while she was there. And also visit with my niece and her family. Working from home is so flexible and I've got some great clients I'm working with right now. Weeks like that are tough to stay focused on what you are eating. We went to McDonalds for lunch one day and I had one of their salads with very little dressing and a good piece of chicken breast. Much better choice. I actually have to work today. Granddaughter went to a birthday party! Tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 6/18/2010 9:52AM

    Like everything else, it takes a bit of research and experimenting to find what works for you - myself, I find adding freggies to the diet to be a lot more fun than adding workouts, lol...

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LJCANNON 6/18/2010 9:48AM

    Frozen Grapes are wonderful, and are kind of like eating Candy. I don't add sugar or anything although I have seen several recipes that say to dip or roll them in sugar. I just pluck them off their stems, rinse them, put them in a sealed container and FREEZE.


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MARSHASTAR 6/18/2010 9:31AM

    My sweet treat is simple: I put frozen strawberries, a frozen banana, and soymilk into the blender, and chop, mix, whip. It's like ice cream. I freeze part of it if I make too much. mmmmmmmm
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RITAROSE 6/18/2010 9:30AM


The above link is the original recipe with the numbers listed so you can track it if you choose to make it.

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RITAROSE 6/18/2010 9:24AM

  You are making good choices and plans to handle your sweet tooth. Something that I keep in my freezer for a quick fix is:

Frozen Cherry Salad
1 can pie cherries
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can sweetened condensed milk, fat free
1 small container of cool whip

Mix first 3 ingredients and fold in the cool whip. Spoon into muffin papers and place in muffin pan and freeze until you get the desire for a sweet.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


My niece, her husband and 2 daughters came to visit the area this week. Thank goodness, no oil but we did have tar balls that showed up and now we are fighting with barges, booms and whatever else. It is so sad, like a death in the family.

Anyway, they are here visiting and she is super thin, exercises daily, and adheres to the dash diet and is mainly a vegetarian. She told me the Dash diet says to eat 8 veg and fruit a day. I can barely get 3 in so I thought that maybe there was something to that. When we had dinner, she showed me how she had filled her 8 a day and she was eating a veggie burger. Not my cup of tea. So anyway, today I decided I would really try to add more fruits and veggies and I got up to 5. I might even have a few more strawberries later tonight.

I went online and looked up the DASH diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It really follows the Mediterranean diet and so I printed off some pages and I am going to try and follow this. It's similar to the Sonoma diet on which I lost 18 pounds but seems more lenient, allowing more milk and dairy. I'll give it a shot. I am really frustrated with the state of my body and need something for guidance so eating more veggies and fruits makes sense. I think I'll go for my strawberries right now! Tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 6/18/2010 3:57AM

    I have a tossed salad with lunch and one with supper - there's two. I have at least one hot vegetable with supper - there's three. I always have at least two fresh fruits per day - there's five. Now if you throw in the occasional carrot as a snack or 'munchie' on the side... have tomato and maybe some fresh spinach on a sandwich... have a sidedish of peppers / onion / tomatoes to go with a meal... and voila! You've gotten plenty of freggies for the day. Soup has vegetables; add grated carrot to hamburgers or meatloaf; use broccoli or zucchini in an omelet. You can do this - and I think it will be so healthful for you! :-)

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LJCANNON 6/17/2010 11:33PM

    I love Veggies and most Fruit, so the only reason I ever have any trouble getting them in is when I haven't been to the store.
Good Luck with the DASH Diet, I have heard a lot of good things about it.
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ANDI571 6/17/2010 11:06PM

    I am horrible at getting in my fruits and vegetables. Check out my blogs. I put a recipe for a Frozen Fruit Dessert on there. It came in a magazine from a local hospital here. I made it tonight and put it in the freezer. I hope it is good. I figure that will get some fruit in me.

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