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Trying low carb this week

Monday, October 10, 2011

I had been doing really great on my diet--I had gone three months without cheating, but then my knee got worse, I had to take prednisone and anyone who has ever had to take that knows how much it makes you want to eat--and you also retain water with Pred..

So, before I gained a lot of weight, I studied up on how to lose weight while taking prednisone. Said that low carb is best, so this week, I'm going low carb.

I am taking in 30 grams of carbs a day and I plan to do this for one week. I had lost down to 277lbs, but gained up to 281, so I'm hoping to jump start my weight loss again. It is so annoying when the weight loss stops and you are still watching every calorie.

Also, I don't get to swim every day. I bought a stationary bike, but it bends my knee too high and it hurts. I might have to pedal with one leg. LOL


Blogging again

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I haven't blogged in a long, long time! Lots have happened. I lost my job on December 31, 2010. I really hated leaving that job because I loved it. I was the Director of a computer center and helped people look for work, apply to college, helped kids with reports, etc...lots of different things. The company closed all of its centers because they couldn't afford us any more. We didn't make money for the company--we were basically a non-profit within a profit company. They got huge tax savings by having us, but I guess it wasn't enough.

I was going along okay with my diet, but then got depressed, and I know you all know how that goes. I ate my way up from 275 to 310! Yikes. Then I started having major problems with my knee. I could barely walk for over 2 1/2 months. I have arthritis in it as well as gout. I also have gout in my right foot and Fibro myalgia all over.

But, about 5 1/2 weeks ago, something "clicked" and I knew this weight just HAS to come off. So I went back to my favorite way of dieting: Low calorie (1200-1500 a day), and low fat and I've lost 15lbs. So now I'm feeling better and my knee isn't as bad as it was.

I haven't found work. It is very, very difficult. I totally blame the idiots in Washington. They have completely ruined our economy and now they are the ones that are going to fix it? LOL That's like letting the fox fix the fence on the chicken coop.

When are they going to chip in and help by taking huge salary and benefits cuts? How about it Obama--eat some peas--and serve them up to Congress!

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Excellent Holiday Eating Tips

Thursday, December 16, 2010


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet
table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see
carrots, leave immediately.. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. (However, if you MUST eat a carrot, be sure to dip it in Ranch dressing.)

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You
cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat.. Enjoy--with rum, if possible. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that keg of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. (I actually love fruit cake with a big cold glass of milk!!)

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Merry Christmas, my friends!!!!! Have a safe and Jolly Christmas!

Then start repairing the damage in January. lol

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GREYPARK 12/16/2010 6:57PM

    It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

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You are such a clever girl. Have a great weekend. How's your weather? It was icy here this morning.

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BASTET2 12/16/2010 3:19PM

    We are such bad spark people LOL

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OILMANDREW 12/16/2010 2:28PM

    This speaks directly to my heart! And I can pretty much say that everything I'm doing now is the exact opposite of these rules.

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  I especially like number three, heee hee hee. emoticon

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Cheating Death

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Yesterday was like hundreds of other mornings for me. I took my bath, fed the cats, ate breakfast, and then I was on Hwy. 82 headed for work. Nothing different, nothing special about this morning--until....

I was listening to the race results from Tuesday's elections on the radio when all of a sudden something crazy seemed to be happening...there was a big silver car, bouncing and rolling towards me! I remember thinking "this is like a movie"...what I said out loud was "Oh, my God, Oh my God!" I just knew that I was going to be crushed..Should I speed up? slow down? What could I do to keep from being under that car? What could I do to keep from being crushed? Suddenly, there was a huge wind and a "rain" of dirt, glass, mud, and car parts and I realized that I had made it through the danger zone and was on the other side! I was alive--I didn't know how, but I was. I looked in my rear view mirror and I could see that car upside down in the outside lane behind me. And I began to shake...

I have to say that when it was happening, I didn't feel any fear at all. In fact, I was quite numb. I also realized later that although I can still see, in my mind's eye, that car rolling and bouncing towards me, that I have no memory at all of any sound--nothing. The radio had been on, and I'm sure the car rolling and bouncing towards me had been loud--but even now when I think about it, there is silence--I just see that car looming up towards me!

When I realized I was still in one piece, I sort of went all weird. My legs and arms were jelly and as I tried to punch 911 into my cell phone to call emergency out, it seemed like my fingers were suddenly twice as big and that the cell phone buttons were twice as small. My lips seemed to be swollen and numb, too...sort of like how your mouth feels after the dentist has deadened everything, it was an effort to make intelligible words. I apparently wasn't making a lot of sense to the 911 operator, either, because she spoke rather sharply to me.

Once I was off the phone with her, I turned my car around in the median (the road is a 4-lane) to go back and see if I could help. When I got there, there were already many people out of their vehicles trying to help the driver. But as I watched, I felt a chill. In the south, when someone is injured like that, generally someone talks to them, and if they can, they touch them, hold their hands, someone gives them a human connection. But none of these people were doing that. They looked in the upside down car, and stood up. A medical person got out of a car and came running up dressed in white, her stethoscope around her neck. She crawled into the back window of the car, then back out. I knew that either the person(s) inside were knocked out--or dead.

In tears, I looked up the expanse of road and it suddenly dawned on me of the danger the drivers coming over the slight rise on the road were in. They couldn't see the wreck or people who had stopped to help until they were almost on them! People were going up to 75 miles an hour and were having a lot of difficulty stopping. So I drove my car to the top of the hill and facing the traffic, started waving and quickly flashing my lights to slow down the traffic. Once the traffic backed up enough to top the rise and people could see that traffic had stopped from a distance, I got in line myself to try to get to work. I would have to go back by the wreck. I sat in line about 30 minutes and during that time called my Dad and daughter-in-law. Everything still felt unreal as if I were in a waking dream. I asked my DIL if I were really talking to her or maybe I was dead and my ghost was making the conversation up. She laughed and said, "you really are talking to me, I promise!" I couldn't believe I wasn't dead, and I couldn't believe that I had probably just witnessed someone's last seconds on earth. The traffic crept by and sheets had been placed over the windows of the car. No doubt. Someone had died in the car.

I learned later that her name was Eula Shanay Smith. She was only 27 years old, was newly married and had two young children. She was a therapeutic technician at a nursing home. I just feel so awful for the family. I want them to know that it was over in seconds and that she didn't suffer. I plan to call them in the next few days.

I can't seem to shake this feeling of surrealism. I know I am so blessed to be alive. I'm sure I will learn lessons from this, but truthfully, I am still too numb to retain much of any kind of message. I do know that but for the hand of God, I wouldn't have made it. At the time it was happening, I thought for sure her car would land on mine.

So why would I blog this on a health site? Well because of what I've been doing since this happened. I've been eating high calorie foods, rich in fats and carbs. I will probably gain 5lbs and have to lose them all over again. But this time, I'm okay with it. I cope with emotional issues by eating. Eating calms and comforts me. It's odd--if I exercised, journaled, took prescribed meds or did something else--even drank-- to cope with high stress, those would be is socially acceptable. But because I eat, that behaviour is considered aberrant--after all, when a "normal" person is upset, they CAN'T eat--if I'm upset and eat, I'm abnormal. I remember thirty years ago when I was told I had cervical cancer and how I cried while I ate a cheeseburger and fries.

I really wish that people, and especially the health professionals (even the fat ones don't seem to "get" it) would acknowledge that eating to cope with emotions is just another tool that people use. It is no worse or better, in and of itself, than any other coping mechanism. The only difference is that overeating can negatively affect ones health and self-esteem if it is the only tool used to cope with life. I think, though, that if the health profession would say, "Emotional eating is a legitimate coping skill," then maybe those of us who do it won't feel like we are failures and can gradually learn to do other things to "cope". But I have a feeling that when something huge happens to many of us, like a near-death experience, that food will always be the best and most used coping skill we have, because we do what works and overeating releases those endorphins and helps us normalize. I'm not going to beat myself up about eating right now. I don't drink or use drugs to cope with life's stresses--I eat. It's really no different. While I admit, I think that everyone should have multiple coping tools, that doesn't mean eating is a horrible thing to do or that I am a failure when I resort to it. It just means that I eat to reduce stress, that I can learn other ways to reduce stress, but when huge emotional things happen that maybe I need to cope first and deal with the other later. After all, how "cool" is it to be a skinny person on a mental ward?

So, what about you? Do you feel like a failure when you "use" food? Do you think it's a legitimate coping skill or just another excuse?

BTW, if any of you are interested in seeing a very short video (38 seconds) of the news report on this wreck, you can watch it from the link below. The spot where the two state patrol officers are standing (the firetruck is further above them in front of the the wrecked car) is where my car was when that car came to rest. As you can see, seconds and inches separated me from death!

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OPALMOON 11/22/2010 8:10AM

    What an experience you have had - and thank goodness you remained unharmed. It is so terribly sad that it was a fatal accident and her family are left to deal with that. I knew someone who witnessed an accident where 2 cars collided right in front of her car, and she was so shaken too. Of course you would be in shock (the Bach remedy Ignatia can help with this), and it is a very natural reaction to reach for food to counter the upset you've had - after all, food has always been given to children to make them feel better. I saw my doctor today and we talked about the challenges facing people with back injuries/pain, as this impacts not only on their ability to exercise, but food offers comfort and a way of coping. And sometimes you just have to do what gets you through a situation - and the main thing is that you are doing it consciously. Once you feel more settled you will be able to get yourself back on track, and back in balance again. Someone was watching over you for sure - and thankfully your family still has you. Best wishes to you all.


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BASTET2 11/8/2010 3:54PM

    Well, I mostly vegged out on my recliner and ate carbs and fats this weekend. Then early Saturday morning, my best friend's son was in an awful wreck...he got scalped on the back of the head (he'll have skin grafts), was thrown out of the truck, then the truck rolled over on his arm and pinned him. Although it happened in the city limits, it was early and no traffic. A woman out walking her dog at 1:30 saw him and called 911. He lost a lot of blood and was hypothermic (the temps were just above freezing), but he had no brain damage or major organ damage, so that's a blessing. He'll be okay, he just has a long row to hoe.

Again I am reminded that none of us are in control of our lives. Things will happen. We can't stop it, we can only prepare for it.

I was also told on Thursday that my center will be closing on 12-31-10, which means I will no longer have a job. I'd like to do a quick "shout out" to Glenn Beck. lol He has been telling us to stock up on food, and because of him, being unemployed will not be nearly as bad as it could have been! At least I'll have food!

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BASTET2 11/4/2010 5:06PM

    Thanks, folks....only people who understand the way food makes us feel can understand what I am going through and how food becomes "medicine." Thanks for not saying that I'm weak and just need to "get over it"!

GLL, indeed, God sent that person to slow you down. It was not your time to go. But I know how you felt towards that woman. I am almost obsessed with the woman who almost hit me. I guess because I could be dead, too, and she went so fast--it has "weirded" me out and I also feel so bad for her family and friends.

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HEWIES 11/4/2010 2:56PM

    I eat when stressed, also. I know it is not a healthy thing to do but when I need food the bad part about it does not cross my mind. Sorry about your hair raising experience but am glad you shared it and your feelings. Thanks.

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GLL3335 11/4/2010 2:52PM

    So glad that you were safe. How sad though for her and her family. I think it is totally appropriate to use food to cope with a traumatic experience. You will get back on track when you have calmed down and are able to emotionally move on. I have been in similar scary situations and know how you feel. You have to talk and get it out, that's what a blog is for :) About five years ago I was driving home from work at around midnight. I was a few mins late leaving from work because of a customer. At that time I was mad at her taking forever to leave the store so we could close up. As I got close to home that night I came upon an accident. The car had ran off the road and hit a tree. It was on fire and the home owners near by had heard all of the commotion and ran out to help. They were pulling the person out when I pulled up. If that customer hadn't taken as long as she did that driver could have hit me, not the trees when she crossed the lane. God took care of me that night by sending me that slow customer! I read in the paper the next day that they thought the driver had fallen asleep. She died from her injuries.

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BASTET2 11/4/2010 11:58AM

    Thanks so much!! That must have been extremely stressful to drive through a blizzard--I would have eaten McDonald's to the ground when I got to a safe place! lOL

We think that we all have everything under control and then something like that happens and we realize we have no control at all.

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/4/2010 11:43AM

    What a horrible thing to haeve gone thru - mere seconds either way, and you'd not have survived. Someone was sitting on your shoulder, for sure. Your reactions sound like what I would have gone thru. Years ago, I drove thru my first (and only) blizzard on the way to Denver - after I arrived safely, I babbled for hours at my friends.

Eating as a normal coping means? For sure - it's what real people do! Much better for us than drinking alcohal, smoking weed (or ciggies), or doing hard core drugs. There's a reason it's called comfort food. Big hugs to you and your family - may you have many more average, normal days emoticon

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JENNYMOMMA3 11/4/2010 11:29AM

    First I want to say I am so glad that you are safe and was not harmed. I am also sorry that you had to experience this tragedy. I use food for comfort as well, and oddly enough, I do not feel guilty for it. I have been trying to change my ways though. I wish you the best of luck and again I am happy to have you with us.

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BASTET2 11/4/2010 11:04AM

    Thanks so much for your support Tiarago3! I written hug can be just as good as food sometimes!! emoticon

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TIARAG03 11/4/2010 10:54AM

    OMG!!!! I can't imagine how you feel it is so surreal. I just want to say that I am glad that you were not injured and that you are here to tell the story. This is totally a story to be shared here on SP even though you don't feel it has alot to do with healthy living. It really does have everything to do with a healthy lifestyle. Seeing someone life end and having yours at stake can be a very shocking and stressful situation. When we are dealing with the stress of anything it can affect your mood which in turns effects your eating and weight. So feel free to use this as an outlet anytime, so that it can help relieve you of whatever may burden your heart. I wish you well with getting in control of emotional eating and living your best life possible. God is Amazing and he is looking out for you!!!!!! Best wishes to you and to the family that has lost a loved one.


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BASTET2 11/4/2010 10:41AM

    She may have been talking on a cell phone.

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Finding foods that fill me up without a lot of calories!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's awful to eat a meal and when you finish, you are still hungry!! Some meals are just more satiating than others. I make up recipes all the time, and last night I think I "hit" on the most satiating meal of all times! I could only eat half of it and had the rest for a snack later! When does that happen? And at a little over 500 calories, that's pretty amazing!

Here's the recipe. It is for a SINGLE serving! I've decided to call it

Stir-fry Ginger Chicken Couscous

In one tsp of EVO, stir fry:
boneless, skinless Chicken breast cut into pieces
half an onion
half a bell pepper
green tomato
cup of cabbage

Once they were almost cooked through, I added 1/6 of a cup of couscous (Don't forget, I'm making a single meal)1/8 teaspoon ginger, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 cup chicken broth, Monterrey beef seasoning and salt. Cooked that for 5 minutes. Add a slice of Nature's own White Lite and fresh tomatoes and I guarantee this meal will fill you up! (I think maybe it's the couscous that does the "filling".) The calorie count is 481!!

I think I'll have it again tonight--with a lean pork chop in place of the chicken.

So, what is your most satiating meal? I need ideas! No more getting up from a meal hungry!! I have one other--a low fat Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie that I have in the winter months--it's also amazingly filling, for less than 500 calories!

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GREYPARK 10/25/2010 11:01PM

    I think i will try it this weekend, of course it's only Monday night things may change. My life is crazy, it's a good crazy, but crazy none the less. !! emoticon

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BASTET2 9/29/2010 5:11PM

    Sorry I missed your post, Muckity-Muck.... EVO is "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" And yes, the couscous was "instant".

Hope you love this recipe, too, Oswaltsmith! I have a great Low fat chicken pot pie recipe that's delicious, too!

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GREYPARK 9/29/2010 4:43PM

    i am going to try this recipe too, the other one (cabbage soup)
was wonderful.

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MUCKITY_MUCK 8/17/2010 1:25PM

    Loved the post you started on this topic. Your recipe sounds delicious - I love everything listed.
I'm still new to cooking, so can you tell me what you mean by "EVO"? Is that a type of cooking oil? Oh, and was your couscous was already cooked or not when you added it to the dish?
Thanks for your patience with me - I tend to make the same 10 dishes and haven't quite found my inner chef yet!

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