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Day 932, 723 posts later randomness.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alarm rings, dragging myself from bed is the last thing that I want to do today but I do. The morning progresses as normal besides forgetting to feed the tiny darling breakfast before school so a few small hand held food items come into the car with us for the short ride to school, she is dropped off and a goodbye kiss later I am off to the gym. Me and Christina ride into the gym together as I listen to her piano playing and nerve easing voice the ride goes by faster than usual, before I know it I am parked and gathering my things. Into the gym I walk, greeted with a forced smile and a hello, its not the regular girl at the counter I say "Hi" while B lining for "My" bike.

Unroll the headphones from my pocket, adjust the seat on the bike, place the cell phone/mp3 player into the holder in said bike and stretch my legs its time to get to business. Gia Farrel "Hit me up" in my ears I try to hit an average RPM of about 90 usually but the past two weeks I have been kicking it up a bit closer to 95 or so and now I want to hit an average of 100 so its on as soon as I start pedaling. Four minutes into my virtual ride she sits next to me, she blatantly stares over at the screen on my bike and then goes wild, apparently she thought we were racing. I can pedal at a high 90 RPM pace for a good while and when she looked over I was right there and did I mention that she went wild? I glanced over expecting to see an honest 125RPM on her display as she ferociously pedaled elbows thrashing and knees flailing but it was 91 which is pretty much where she stayed....for about 2 minutes. I finished my ride and I always stand there for a second before getting a towel to clean off the bike to see what the average was and today it was 95, not too shabby but I want to start averaging 100 so I quickly made that decision.

Onto the treadmill I went, 10% incline 2.8 MPH to start, a minute in we bump it to 3.5 MPH and pretty much stayed there for 20 minutes as my "Gym-2" play list kept me moving. Here is where I started analyzing some things including some of the other people in my immediate vicinity. I started thinking about how just two and a half years ago that I could only ride my stationary bike at home for 15 minutes before I wanted to weep soulfully into my hands which was very much less resistance than the bike I ride now at almost 100 RPM's is. Then my attention went to a girl that works at the gym who was cleaning some of the machines off, I never noticed just how amazing her legs are, she has what appears to be a 15 inch waist and very muscular legs and um.. while the top half of her could pass for a young boy, she rarely smiles but always seems to be paying attention to the music, now I wonder if she worked hard for those gams or if they are natural, yes I just used the word gams. I watched an older gentleman who walked in with a cane get on a recumbent bike and found myself smiling because he was doing what he was doing in lieu of the cane, I hope to make it to his age and still be on a bike some day.

At this point I started watching my heart rate and laps on the treadmill, Rob Base "It takes two" starts as I bumped the speed up to 3.7MPH just for kicks but as the two minute mark was approaching I felt a pang of pain in the front of my ankle so back to 3.5 I went. Upon getting onto the hamster wheel I noticed the same fella on the elliptical in front of me who was sweating pretty good and I have watched him all week, the man is a machine and watching the sweat stain on his back evolve like Rorschach's Mask is becoming a habit that I need to kick. I wish that I could figure out where Rorschach gets his push from because I need it right now and that's where my thoughts were this morning as I walked behind him. When I arrive he is on that elliptical, I ride the bike to completion and get on the treadmill and I leave before he does. I say that but the last two days I have been driven to that point and my daughters summer class schedule forces me to cut my workouts short for now, soon enough I shall return.

Covered in sweat undefeated the cool down cycle starts so I begin rolling up the headphones and packing it up which means stick my phone and headphones in my pocket and grab my water bottle. Walking out I noticed that Rorschach was standing triumphant next to the abused elliptical taking a victory sip off of his bottle, perhaps he is just a man, I nod to the old fella with the cane as I walk by and pick up a dropped spray bottle for the girl cleaning the machines finally getting to see a smile when she said thanks. The regular girl is at the front by the door now telling me to enjoy the rest of my day and out the door I go back to Christina who is waiting in the car, Covered in sweat and blissfully accepting that fact I drive home.

Welcome to my day..

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AXISLADY 7/23/2010 10:39AM

    Have you thought about writing as an avocation? Very well written! Thanx as always BOTZZ.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/23/2010 4:05AM

    Some people go in and workout and are oblivious to all that goes on around them-- I am a watcher-- wherever I go I like to take it all in and observe people...

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NWFL59 7/22/2010 12:03AM

    Your choice of workout activities is quite vigorous and exhausting, Glad you're the one doing it as I don't currently have the stamina for such a concentrated and sustained effort.

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PSMITH3841 7/21/2010 2:35PM

    I'm pretty sure I burned some calories just reading your blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/21/2010 1:56PM

    Sounds like you "killed it" at the gym today, good job. You have come such a long way, keep up the fantastic work - you are truly an inspiration.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/21/2010 1:42PM

    Gee, I worked up a sweat just reading what you did. And that is why you are successful

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CODEMAULER 7/21/2010 1:17PM

    Some of the folks I see out on the trails conjure similar thoughts for me. I hope I'm always healthy enough for riding, it's the best way I've found to bring out my inner little kid.


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TAM_MAE 7/21/2010 1:08PM

    Just came across your page and had to let you know that I am impressed! Good luck in reaching your goal!

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TAM_MAE 7/21/2010 1:08PM

    Just came across your page and had to let you know that I am impressed! Good luck in reaching your goal!

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TAM_MAE 7/21/2010 1:08PM

    Just came across your page and had to let you know that I am impressed! Good luck in reaching your goal!

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STAYSUPLATE78 7/21/2010 1:01PM


Loved this post!

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Day 927 pounds a droppin' a weigh in post.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Today is Friday which I suppose is no news but it means that I am going to report the loss or gain that I had this week and its a crazy number I tell ya and a little amazing. True enough My start weight was at night before bed but that number did flash across the screen so its what I'm using, I am down 16 pounds from Sunday night and 10 pounds from Monday morning. I have a VERY strong feeling that I was extremely bloated from not eating right and indulging in one too many a slice of Tiramisu cake and or Carona as there were 3 birthday parties in the last two weeks that definitely contributed to the up. We are on the way back down to that 305 pound mark and I am going to push through it so that I can finally be done with these ever lasting "300's" that I have been stuck in for so long.

Staying hydrated and eating mostly whole foods this last week has once again fortified the fact that eating right and exercising regularly is the key. All week I have been going to the gym early in the morning compared to my "when the kids are in school" schedule and I was hating every second of it for the first couple of days but have adjusted nicely and a couple days ago I posted a blog titled Day 924, still NOT a morning person ( here
)and I think I am changing my mind on that. This whole weight loss thang is a process and I never claimed to be perfect so of course there will be slips or spots in the program where things slow down to a crawl but as long as the general direction is that of nurturing good habits then I can't complain too much.

Yesterday I came in at 1795 calories and am still eating a vegetarian diet for the time being which is turning out to be a lot easier than I remember it being from when I did it back in the 90's. I am finding out that veggie burgers are freekin amazing if cooked right or in other words covered in sauteed onions and baby bella mushrooms with a touch of ketchup and a single slice of American cheese on a light bun and I can eat these often and not get tired of it. Drinking my tea every day has never been easier thanks to that iced tea maker that Wify got me and its getting used A LOT so we shall see how long before I need to buy a new one! Exercise has been daily and just under an hour of cardio per go all week and I am planning on a bike ride this weekend to show one of my daughters friends Dad around the lake on his bike so not hitting the gym today won't make me cry for too long, besides I got a 2 mile walk in last night carrying my 47 pound daughter for more than half of it so I made up for today a bit.

Over all its been a great week where my health is concerned and the plan is to keep the trend until I cross that elusive 300 pound line in the sand. I am coming to the conclusion that I really don't care what I weigh in the grand scheme as long as I am happy and healthy but with that said I really would like to see the other side of 267 pounds as soon as possible because its what I said I was going to do and being able to say that I dropped 50% of my total weight sounds cool on paper.

That's it, that's all I got and I bid you adieu until next time.

As Ever

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TX.PATRICIA 7/19/2010 8:20AM


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TRACYZABELLE 7/19/2010 2:28AM

    Salt will do that!! EEEK WTG on getting it off

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VEEJAY3 7/16/2010 2:51PM

    You and me ...
Me and you ...
Doin' the same thing
The other one do ...

(No, it's not a Number One hit, believe it or not -- I just made it up!) I've been eating vegan (meaning no cheese or dairy, either ... sad days ...) because of my cholesterol issue. Turns out that I have no THYROID function. At. All. Which completely screws up cholesterol. So -- yeah. All this time of eating like a monk and working my freaking butt off were all for naught because I have ZERO metabolism!!! The height of frustration here. I guess I should look at it this way -- most people who discover they have thyroid issues have already ballooned 60 pounds. At least I was just treading water.

I've also had to switch to morning workouts. Because the severe fatigue I have from lack of thyroid hormone means I absolutely CRASH most days mid-afternoon. So better to get it in early when I can actually stand upright.

Do you hear that sad violin music in the background? Do you hear the wail in the distance of the WAH-mbulance? Yeah. That's my soundtrack at the moment.

But I AM feelin' great. And I DO love the vegan lifestyle. Google Green Smoothie Girl and get inspired to throw things like spinach and kale into a blender with some frozen fruit. Ships leave the dock at an astounding rate!
I dunno. I was looking for a ship, but all I found was a pirate. But they're ... related -- right?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/16/2010 1:41PM

    I'm glad you are hitting that stride again.

I am thinking of cutting four legged meats, just leaving turkey, fish, and chicken.

I have to talk that over with the delicate and petite flower, BECKYISHERE.

Have a great weekend.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/16/2010 11:52AM

    BZ and all that! Glad to hear you had a good week!

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PSMITH3841 7/16/2010 11:45AM

    Sweetie, you rock!!!!! Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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STAYSUPLATE78 7/16/2010 11:33AM

    You are freaking amazing! As we say in Jersey! :-)
I need to be where you are!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/16/2010 10:57AM

    I noticed you only had 1795 calories, just kinda curious, how many calories are alloted for you in a day. My son-in-law weighs 300 lbs and is trying to shed some pounds along with exercise, so kinda wanted to compare the numbers, if you don't mind sharing. Thanks. You're doing great. emoticon

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SLMTRACE 7/16/2010 10:45AM

    Great job getting back at it, and what a loss to prove the healthy eating and being hydrated works!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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CODEMAULER 7/16/2010 10:42AM

    Glad to see you enjoying the morning routine; I enjoy it and love converting people.


Have a great weekend and a super bike ride! ~ Trish

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AXISLADY 7/16/2010 10:40AM

    You have started my day. Here it is 10:40 and I've not moved from the computer or my coffee cup. Pretty much showcases my day---nothing! I am going now to do my walk video. Thanks pal.

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The man in the is he big!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When one day we look in the mirror and see 500 pounds staring back at us more than a few thoughts go through our heads, When did this happen? I wonder how much I really weigh? If I hold my head at this angle with that light twisted like this I don't look THAT big. I myself look back at how it came about to me getting that big and even retracing the steps can't figure it out exactly, I know that I was a big ol' fella to begin with and then back in about 2000 blew out my back and became perfectly sedentary and from there I gained and gained. Before I knew it I was bigger than I had ever been and was looking for a way out of being that big so I looked at the surgery option about seven years later but upon researching some of the procedures I found out that it was just a way to force me into not eating because of a tiny stomach, that's not something I was cool with. I decided to change the way that I was doing things and here I am two and a half years later doing just that and have literally changed my life completely from where I was at 500 plus pounds.

I am sitting here typing this out and thinking back to how things were compared to how they are now. Back when I was much heavier I would wake up as late as possible so that I could do whatever I needed to do to start my day but before anything downing a huge cup of coffee with way too much creamer in it was a must and then there was that second cup. Now I wake up and hit the ground running, instead of the coffee its a big glass of home brewed green tea and then its getting the kids ready for their day and off to school. After that my day kind of develops on its own and can range from a trip to the gym, a bike ride, some gardening (I just found my first eggplant out there this morning) or lots of other things and the previous situation is more like a prison sentence than a life.

Making the decision to do something about it was one of the best ideas that I have ever had and I am here today writing this to keep myself on track and for you to read and hopefully see that it can be done, that decision not so long ago in a galaxy not so far far away got me to this point. Things would be completely different today if I hadn't done what I did to get my health back, in fact I may not have even made it to this point of my life if I hadn't changed when I did, no one will ever know that and I am glad about that fact if I am being honest. If you find yourself looking at a reflection that just does not look like the you that you know is there do yourself a favor and decide that today will be the day that you do something about it, today will be the day that you start living again. If you found this blog chances are that you are considering doing something about your weight issues or are doing something about them or maybe you just stumbled here accidentally when you searched "sexy fat dudes", of course I am kidding on that last one but hey! who knows? however you got here just take a look at some of my before and after pictures if you think that it can't be done without surgery, pills or some expensive per month diet guru's plan because I used none of that and am down more than 200 pounds because of it and if those pictures don't do it for ya check out my man Harvey McDullardsonfengenden read it here!

Now to some business, I have not done a weigh in and that's partially because of my absence in writing posts a week or two ago but partially because I have slipped slipped slipped back and have gone up in weight shame on me I know. I will still do a "weigh in" post of sorts tomorrow and until I get sub 300 pounds, the difference is that until I cross that threshold I'm not going to post what I weighed, instead of my weight I will post what I lost or gained that week and this week is a crazy number. When I hit 300 pounds on the nose or a sub 300 pound weight no matter what day it is I will post that actual weight and I am again thinking about doing a video blog perhaps for my weigh in days? or maybe just at that milestone? or making a recipe? I am not sure yet but I have been for a LONG time wanting to do one and I think that the time is coming sooner than later.

That's the end of this post and I need you to know that if you want to get healthy and drop a few or a lot of pounds that its all up to you, no one else eats for you and no one else's ass is going to grow because you ate that extra cannoli.

Thanks for reading along.

As Ever

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SLIMMER150 7/16/2010 3:31PM

    Do the Video... .. and might think a UTube page for Following What IS to Come!!! Never know how important this might be for you!

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    Are you sure about the canoli thing though?? My friend loses 5 pounds and I always find them!!! LOL just kidding, thanks for the blogs, you keep it real and that's a good thing 'cause it sure isn't all wine & roses!!

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SPIDERLOCKHART 7/16/2010 10:23AM

    Pow ! Pow! POW!!! We Are Spartans!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/16/2010 10:17AM

    Excellent blog as always, yes I agree that you should be a motivatinal speaker or writer!!!!!! Wait, I guess you already are emoticon

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    YOu should be a motivational speaker. You are cut-throat honest, laying it how it is and that inspires people, the hard-core truth, the facts that you need to MOVE your a$$ in order to change and dont eat that extra canolli.....and holding yourself accountable. Til the next blog from you.....Heather emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/16/2010 8:10AM

    I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I read your blog, you are what it's all about. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2010 5:09AM

    Free will-The ability or discretion to choose; free choice: chose to remain behind of my own free will.
The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.

It is so good to have it becasue we are the only ones to blame or reward for where we are. We are not force fed to get "fat" nor starved to get thin in this world.. I am glad we have choices.. I CHOOSE to read blogs and lend support where I can and learn from others.. from yours it is the latter I ahve learned a lot-- THank you!

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ASHARON 7/15/2010 10:11PM

    You are still doing a great job! Some day your family will thank you for the extra time you will be able to spend with them now that you have lost some
Way to go!

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    o the video blog and do the recipe and keep writing these thoughts. You reach poeple somehow and that is a gift- maybe even a responsability. I connected. My wife connected ( she likes big saxy mansp thank god). Keep on.

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PSMITH3841 7/15/2010 8:46PM

    As usual, right on point! emoticon emoticon

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AKJADE 7/15/2010 8:36PM

    awesome. I always love reading your blogs. You have humor as well as insight, and that is a wonderful combo! Just keep going, I think you are an amazing inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Amen to all of that! Good luck getting back to your sub-300 weight - I do the same thing if I see a small gain, I will give myself a week or two to get back to "ticker-weight" or below (the motivation to NOT change my ticker-weight upward definitely helps!). Have a good evening, thanks for the good reminder of why we are on this journey to better health.
Patti (co-leader of Team Positive Mental Attitude)

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AXISLADY 7/15/2010 8:28PM

    I can't quit laughing. The cannoli comment. You are dead on fella. I needed a laugh this evening!

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CODEMAULER 7/15/2010 6:50PM

    "no one else eats for you"

Oh. My.Goodness.
I am SO using this as a reason not to be goaded into eating treats and sweets by family and co-workers. Thank you for pointing out this simple fact!!


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4THEBEAUTYINME 7/15/2010 5:44PM

    I don't know if I would actually wish anyone else's ass to grow if I indulged in a cannoli, but it'd sure be interesting to see, lol. This blog was equal parts inspiration and humor and I'm glad I stumbled upon it! Thanks for writing!

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TINYC887 7/15/2010 5:44PM

    again you are truly inspiring

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LOVEAZ 7/15/2010 5:20PM

    Oh, the things you find when googling "sexy fat dudes!"

Keep up the forward movement!

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Tortilla pizza recipe inside.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

So I haven't posted a recipe in forever and since I'm always looking for low calorie alternatives to my favorite foods I thought that I would share how I get through a pizza craving with my tortilla pizza recipe. I call it tortilla because I use a tortilla wrap as the crust but I think that it falls into the flat bread pizza category ultimately and who wouldn't want a piled with veggies flat bread pizza for a mere 270 calories? When we are on a limited calorie budget getting creative with meals is a must and I think that this one fills a void that so many people have with pizza where the normal would be to go without, I say why go without? just adjust it around what we can have! so let me get right to it with the ingredients.

The ingredients are as follows

2 Tortillas/wraps I use Smart Delicious because they are only 100 calories each.
1/4 cup Spaghetti sauce
3 T Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder
2oz Mozzarella cheese
1oz Green bell pepper
1oz Red onion
1oz Black olives
1oz Baby Bella mushrooms
Black pepper
Pinch of Splenda (optional)

Let me start by explaining some of my choices because most if not all of these ingredients can be customized to what you like, my choices are based on caloric value and price. The tortillas that I use are only 100 calories and there eight huge tortillas in the package so its a good bang for the buck in calories as well as price, besides that they taste really good and I use them for lots of other recipes too. I use Spaghetti sauce in place of pizza sauce mostly because its cheaper to buy a big jar of sauce rather than the smaller pizza sauce jars and again I use it for other things and with a tiny pinch of Splenda it tastes like pizza sauce which is something that I have been doing forever and that explains where the Splenda comes into play as well and also why its optional. All of my veggie choices are because they all lend huge flavor benefits while having a very low calorie value per ounce besides the olives so I can use them pretty much at will, the pepper came out of my garden so it was free of charge and that's always a plus for me too. The Mozzarella cheese is your run of the mill part skim milk Mozz and was chosen on price and calorie value, it happens to be stop and shop brand and has a very average 80 calories per ounce and I prefer it to the fat free or full skim milk variety because of flavor and the rest of the ingredients is just what I happened to have on hand.

Okay, at some point we will want to chop up the veggies and weigh the cheese out so that making the pizzas goes smoothly and the above photos show what I ended up with after that step. My daughter was my assistant and insisted on using her little cereal bowls when she saw me snapping pictures and in that second photo you can see the amount of Jalapeno that I used as well as what 2oz of Mozz cheese looks like on a saucer. This is how I assemble the pizzas and in what order the items go on.

1.) I start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees and spray a very light film of low calorie cooking spray onto the baking sheet while I create the pizzas.

2.) Lay the tortillas onto the sprayed cooking sheet and measure out 1/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce and split it equally onto the two tortillas spreading it around evenly followed by a couple pinches of Splenda on each one to give it that pizza sauce taste that I like.

3.) Shake 1/2 T Parmesan cheese over each sauce covered tortilla and add a shake of garlic powder and the Jalapeno at this point, I like the jalapeno under the Mozz but on top of the sauce because it seems to put the flavor into the sauce a bit more that way.

4.) Put 1oz of Mozzarella onto each of the pizzas and shake some black pepper on top of the cheese once its spread evenly over the sauce and jalapeno.

5.) Now add 1/2 oz each of the Bell pepper, Red onion, Black olives and Baby bella mushrooms to each of the pizzas and then shake 1oz of the Parm cheese onto each pizza and you should end up with something pretty close to the image below.

6.) Place the pan into the oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven cooking time may vary a bit but I just keep an eye on them since the tortilla is pretty thin and can burn easy if not watched. I prefer mine slightly more crisp than my daughter does so hers was done in 10 minutes while mine took 12 minutes and you can see from the picture below the edges were beginning to darken up on mine and that's how they came out of the oven, perfect.

7.) The final step is to cut it up and enjoy! below is the finished product just seconds before it found its way onto my plate and into my gut, it was a mighty tasty little alternative to its high calorie cousin if I do say so myself.

My entire dinner which consisted of both of the pizzas that you see in the second to last image was only 542 total calories which is as I stated earlier only 270 calories per pizza. I was full when dinner was all said and done while my mouth was left with the flavor of some pretty good pizza in it all for a measly 542 calories, in my book that's one for the W column and us calorie counters. The next time that you crave some pizza give this recipe a try and I think you might just find that it hits the spot! The next time someone asks you how you lost all of your weight you can then reply with "by eating pizza of course!", but seriously don't think that you can't have your favorite meals just because you are "dieting" its all about how we make our food choices work for us because this is a lifestyle and eating well can and should be a part of it.

I hope that you enjoy it if you try it and please let me know if you do in the comments, if I get a good response I may just start posting my recipes regular like because I hardly say it but I love getting feedback from you who choose to read my chicken scratch each day.

That's all I got.

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SPIDERLOCKHART 7/15/2010 10:28PM

    You just made my saturday night dinner. I'm on it and I/m gonna eat both pieces with a cool mint tea and maybe a banana pepper and a dole yellow ring. THe wife is gone for the weekend and suspects I'll be into mischief and intrigue. Damn sure will- with pizza on my face and shirt as a sign of my horde. Should i happen to find a lady or three, interested in a chubbed out old guy, well I'll just call the wife -shes out of town- to calculate the odds that happening ever again Honey, women who dig a pzza loving slobo just can;t and should not be ignored. As the rightful representative of the alpha male and in dire need of external affirmation, I will , will demand her permission to feast with the winsome strumsp on Botzzz concoction at our second abode But of course then after her soft predictions of things to me unpleaseant, I will retire to the condo, enjoy Botzzz two pizzas- three even, to delight by myself. Intoxicated with such fine fIavors will find myself myself in front a german film while my wife on an Ambien Induced Responserates about Chicago with her buudy poos. Manhood dashed, SelF love crashed I, just find the Bozzz'z gift and sulk in glorious nothingness. I love that broad that married me.

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PUCKYGIRL 7/15/2010 9:03PM

    Okay that looks simply amazing & very delish. Will sure have to try it. Thanks for a great looking thought to a bad fattening pizza. Life might actually be worth it since I can have pizza again. :)

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  Pizza night is tomorrow - pit stop at the grocery store is tonight.

Thanks for this - I'm salivating just thinking about it!

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    This sounds really good and I may just have to try it this weekend. I have been thinking pizza sounds good and was thinking about getting some over the weekend. Thanks for sharing and please keep them coming.

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LADYANDREA2012 7/15/2010 12:33PM

    Great idea. I agree with you in your choices. I will try it this weekend. Keep those good ideas coming. Great job Spark Friend! Great pictures, too!

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FROGGERHKC 7/15/2010 12:25PM

    This sounds fantastic! I am def going to give this a try! I will let you know what I think when I do! :) Thanks for sharing!

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/15/2010 11:47AM

    What a great idea and recipe! When I have made pizza, I have used spaghetti sauce as well. I am going to try this soon! Love the fact I could eat TWO pizzas for the calorie count of hmmmm.... maybe 2 slices of regular!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/15/2010 9:46AM

    Going to make it for dinner tonight as I LOVE pizza

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MAMAOFTWINS 7/15/2010 9:17AM

    Holy smokes this looks good. Im for sure making this!! I love pizza. Thank you for sharing :)

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/15/2010 9:12AM

    Do I have to use the spiderman bowl? :). Seriously though, it looks very tasty!

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TANSHAN1 7/15/2010 6:31AM

    Yummy!!! Sounds & looks Great!

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KATHLOW 7/15/2010 3:43AM

    definitely trying that! Great idea.. and sure, I'd like to see some more of your recipes...

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PAMNANGEL 7/15/2010 2:34AM

    Sounds yummy!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/15/2010 2:04AM

    I can smell them from here!!YUMMY

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NWFL59 7/14/2010 11:40PM

    They looked delicious and are a tasty alternative to 'regular' pizzas. I look forward to making myself a couple and enjoying them.

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CALIFCAS 7/14/2010 11:32PM

  I know what I'm making this weekend! Can't wait!

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CHEESYMCK 7/14/2010 7:11PM

    Looks fantastic! I'm definitely going to give that recipe a shot!

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TINYC887 7/14/2010 3:52PM

    I make my pizzas the same way, but no peppers and no splenda

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BAYBELIEVER 7/14/2010 3:13PM

    What a great blog! I love that you shared the recipe and provided all the pictures and your reasoning behind the ingredients! Thanks much! I will try this sometime in the future and let you know how it came out!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/14/2010 2:38PM

    Wow, this looks yummy, will definitely try it. We are having pizza tonight from Papa John's at the request of hubby, he gets tired of eating my "healthy" foods so I've pretty much had to save all my calories for the day (in other words STARVE) to enjoy two slices tonight. Next time I'm gonna try it your way. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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    Oh my, that looks wonderfully yummy. And so much bigger then the whole wheat pizza muffins I've been making!!!! jejeje

Thanks for the recipe!!!

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KEERAKYRAM 7/14/2010 1:51PM

    It looks really good I'm going to have to make some Thanks for posting the recipe

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JUSTAGURL2335 7/14/2010 1:26PM

    I make something similar for lunch pretty often. I use whole wheat pita bread for the's awesome. I'll have to try the tortillas next, and definitely try to force some veggies on there too lol. I'm veggie-deficient many days.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/14/2010 1:19PM

    That is a great alternative. I think one slice (or maybe a slice and a half) of a Large Pizza Hut Meat Lover's Hand Tossed pizza is equivalent of what you ate.

This does look like a hand's down winner in the healthy eating department.

Thanks for sharing.

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AXISLADY 7/14/2010 1:17PM

    Good Afternoon BOTZZman! emoticon

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WE_PA_FIT 7/14/2010 1:12PM

    OMG i use tortillas a lot but never thought of making pizza!!
by the way-- I use Xtreme Wellness brand tortillas...only 70 calories! BAM! and they taste great. they got all kinds of flavors too! thanks for posting! I'm printing (and forwarding) ASAP.

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CINCYDORA 7/14/2010 1:12PM

    Flatbread pizza is one of my favorite crave fighters! I can go a long time between pizza cravings if I eat the healthy version regularly. I use tomato paste as the sauce sometimes makes the bread soggy. I also put chopped spinach on mine, which can add more water so using paste helps. I do admit to putting pepperoni on as well but only enough to get the flavor and keep the cravings at bay.

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PINKBEANBOO 7/14/2010 1:01PM

    I need to try this, but w/ stuff I like!

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PSMITH3841 7/14/2010 12:58PM

    I just printed that out!!!! You are my new best friend!!! Thank you for sharing... emoticon emoticon

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TGREERM 7/14/2010 12:46PM

    Thanks for the great recipe! Since I have tortillas, spaghetti sauce and mozzarella in the fridge, I think I know what I'm having for dinner!
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GLORYTOGLORY 7/14/2010 12:37PM

  I have done something similar its a great way to go less sodium too than regular pizza! Yummy made me hungry looking at the pics!

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Day 924, still NOT a morning person.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The way its working out is that I am finding some time in the early AM to get to the gym for the past few days and never before in my life have I felt less like a morning person than right now. Par for the course usually means that I go to the gym and I am somehow energized to the point that nothing can stop me for a few hours and I buzz around with a feeling of ownership for the whole universe. Enter the AM work out, wake up, shower and pre-gym I am feeling great and ready to own the universe, into the car and off I go into my alone time a Rollins CD goes into the player and the aroma of win wafts around in the car. Fifteen minutes into my stationary bike ride a growl in my gut asking for something to eat and obviously we are in the wrong place for this so I tell it to pipe down and keep on pedaling, onto the treadmill we go and a twenty minute brisk paced walk on an incline not more than 5.0% feels like a hike on the Appalachian trail but I know that its in my head so I finish. Upon arriving home a nap is on my mind where usually right after the gym I am looking for my bike or a quick lunch before I head outside to do whatever in the yard and use up the excess energy but the last few days are like I am in some bizarro superman world and I can't catch a groove.

Wify had a response that was probably most accurate when she simply said "You're not a morning person" and I agree whole heartedly that I am not a morning person in any sense of the word but man! this is a whole new feeling for me. This AM schedule is throwing off my eating as well because I eat breakfast, go to the gym and come home hungry so I am eating again. Today I ate a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter on it after the gym which is not too bad but it didn't really do the trick so I am left with an emptiness in my stomach until lunch which is also something new for me. Since I started this trip to the half I haven't really experienced being especially hungry, even when I was off track and now that I am working out early in the morning (much earlier than I ever have) hunger enters stage left. I can guess and say that my body is using more energy than I have on board at that hour or the likes but why am I tired? why does it feel like I can just lay down and take a nap like right now as I type this even! Adjustment needed perhaps? my hiatus changed my metabolism a bit maybe and now I need to shift it back? Unsure I am I say in my best Yoda impression.

I can also come to the conclusion that all of the swimming that I have been doing lately can be effecting me more than I thought maybe, I have to admit that I am sore in places that I have not been in quite some time. The insides of my thighs for instance are very sore, my obliques right up into my arm pits are feeling it and for some odd reason the insides of my biceps are sore too. Is this the reason for the tired feeling? new muscles coming into play all while the program is changing up with the AM cardio? maybe I am just in need of some getting my ass kicked for a bit to get me back to where I was before I just don't know but I do know that the gym is not fun at this very moment.

So what do you do to combat being fatigued after an AM workout? is there a super breakfast that you eat that pulls you through the morning without double dipping thus boosting calories for the day?

That's all I got for today

As Ever

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DDOORN 7/14/2010 10:22PM

    You know I've kinda lost my morning mojo...used to be up & buzzing on my treadmill without fail. I still do morning exercise when I commute to work on my bike, but when I don't I've fallen into a bad habit of sleeping in or somehow frittering the time away and then struggling later to find workout time...which is why I started the whole morning thing in the first place!

Have to get back to that!

Thx for your "nudge!"

Breakfast for me is almost always an apple and some plain yogurt. Sometimes a 100 cal whole grain toastie thing too.


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TRACYZABELLE 7/14/2010 3:57AM

    Changing your schedule is not easy but you will settle in I am sure.. Just be sure to eat before you go next time.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/13/2010 10:36PM

    Maybe start the morning with a couple pieces of fruit and some peanut butter and then eat the regular breakfast when you get back from the gym.

To, maybe you should wean yourself to the new time, but that horse may have left the barn already.

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SWEETZMIX 7/13/2010 6:25PM

    My advice is that you will get used to it. SERIOUSLY! I go to the gym half the week in the mornings b/c some days after work I have things to do, so if I can get in at least an hour before work I am good. You will just have to slowly change your whole eating schedule. If I wake up hungry at 4:30am, I eat a piece of fruit that will digest quick and then I will come home and eat my normal breakfast, cereal, something. Then I have a mid morning snack, a light lunch, and a normal mid afternoon snack, and then dinner. It seems like I am eating a lot, but you have to find what works for you. I have actually been eating only veggies and chicken for lunch or salads b/c I am not starving come lunch time. And that is b/c I ate 2x already. Just stick with it, it takes a few weeks but getting up early does get easier.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/13/2010 4:06PM

    I am a morning person so going to the gym isn't a problem. I go at 4:30am during the week because I go to work after cleaning up. At 4:30, I don't eat before hand.

However on the weekends the gym doesn't open till 7:00 and usually I am lazy and don't get there till coffee and a out...come home to eat cottage cheese w/fruit or tomatoes or steel cut oatmeal w/fruit.

Good luck working out a schedule

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    I feel your pain, I'm definitely not a morning person either. I was doing training sessions on Saturdays a year and a half ago and they were at 7am!!! Followed by spin!!! Not a party, but I got used to it. I basically had 1/2 a protein bar before and usually the other 1/2 of the bar and a skim latte, venti, right after the 90 minute workout. It got me through, but since it was Saturday, I was napping by 2 .... sorry, not much help!! LOL

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AXISLADY 7/13/2010 3:40PM

    I had to get up at 7:15 yesterday morning for a visit to the local hospital cardiac ward. I said to hubby, "why does everything have to be so early?" to which he replied, "Well, for some people morning is about getting up!" We are so lazy here. We might make it up by 10, but then, we don't go to bed much before 1 a.m. emoticon

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AFITJULIE 7/13/2010 3:26PM

    Wish I had some ideas for you but I'm not a morning person either. All I think about in the morning is drinking enough coffee to get me out the door and headed to work by 7 AM.
Maybe it's like anything else, if you stick with it, it'll grow on you ?!?!?
Take care!

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PUMPKINFACE73 7/13/2010 3:09PM

    Swimming??? Did I read that right you are swimming??? emoticon

I am NOT a morning person either, and so NOT a fan of this heat! Enjoy the water.

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GERAPTIKO 7/13/2010 3:07PM

    How about taking a multi-vitamin?

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PINKBEANBOO 7/13/2010 3:03PM

    I have always been a morning person. I eat my small snack (a Kellogs Low Fat Whole Wheat Waffle plain) around 5am b4 I workout, give it about 30 min to digest, & then get started. Then about an hour or so after my workout I have my regular breakfast of Kashi cereal. That usually holds me till lunch. If I'm needing something before lunch I have a glass of skim milk.

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CODEMAULER 7/13/2010 2:56PM

    WARNING: I am a morning person. I wake up "ON" and can usually hit the deck running.

"So what do you do to combat being fatigued after an AM workout?"
I don't eat before I workout, though I start drinking water right away. After my workout, I usually guzzle 20 oz. of Propel (powdered vitamin drink mixed with cool water) before I hit the shower.

My best breakfast is a bit weird, but it works: one serving of old fashioned oats - uncooked - soaked in 1/2 to 3/4 cup skim milk (or soy milk or Almond Breeze). I let it soak for 5-10 minutes. If I really hit it hard, I'll add some walnuts and dried fruit, else it's just a bit of cinnamon and honey for me.

If I'm not feeling the hunger, I have salad (greens, tomatoes, mushrooms; peppers or zucchini if we've got 'em) and load up the hot sauce, just to really fire up my morning. I know, weird. But it works and I've started the day with a load of veggies.

My meals are more standard the rest of the day, FWIW.


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KSGROTHE 7/13/2010 2:45PM

    I am not a morning person either, but on the few occasions that I have worked out early in the morning, I generally had a snack, call it a pre-workout snack or a pre-breakfast, before working out then had my full breakfast after. I can't work out on an empty stomach, but I was always hungry after the workout, so eating breakfast afterwards seemed to work for me. I would eat a granola bar (preferably high-protein/high-fiber) before the workout to tide me over. Maybe you could try eating the banana and peanut butter (or whatever you like that isn't too many calories) before your early morning workout, then eating your regular breakfast afterwards.

- Karen

Comment edited on: 7/13/2010 2:50:35 PM

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CRIS76 7/13/2010 2:44PM

    The only "solution breakfast" I can think of is my friend ABUNTINGs "Yummy Eggs" as she so lovingly calls them on Spark Recipes. I have never had a problem with feeling hungry after eating them - of course, I usually eat them around 6am and I'm good till lunch (I actually don't eat a snack those days)...

Not sure if it would help, but it sure can't hurt to try.

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NWFL59 7/13/2010 2:24PM

    I'm not moving much early in the morning, its usually midday before I can be effective. I;ve tried to be a morning person (had to for work) but it just didn't happen despite decades of trying so now that I'm retired, I don't force it anymore.

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BLONDEDOG 7/13/2010 2:07PM

    Oiii....I have just switched to the am workout myself, last week was my first full week of it. Everyone keeps telling me I will adjust, but man it wears me out. I am finding that my cardio is starting to feel more normal first I felt like I was biking through water, it made me feel so out of I seem to be able to be more consistent and go at a faster pace than I was able to in the evenings. I guess that's good...the energy level though...I've taken to doing jumping jacks randomly throughout the day to wake myself up. I don't know about the food thing...protein to last and carbs for energy and lots of water. We'll just have to try to stick it out! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/13/2010 2:04PM

    I don't often get the chance at a first thing in the morning walk. When I do I always have breakfast before (shredded wheat, berries, milk) and try to get in at least a liter of H2O before I head out. Normally I'm good after the walk with another liter of H2O.

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PSMITH3841 7/13/2010 1:50PM

    Oh boy, I'm not a morning person either.... I'm not remotely human until about 10, if it was me, and I'd take the nap after the workout, better yet, I wouldn't work out until after 5 if I could get away with ditching the AM workout! But, it's not me, it's you and I'm clueless, and not being the least bit helpful...Sorry! emoticon emoticon

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CATTI53 7/13/2010 1:35PM

    I am NOT a morning person, never was, never will be. I did try getting up early to walk every day but I was dragging my butt all day long not having the energy I was used to. Knowing this I just stopped getting up earlier and I do my workouts later. There have been times that I'm doing my strength training at 9 p.m. but that's okay with me. MY goal is to get the workout in at some time during the day or evening. Admittedly there are times in the evening when the last thing I want to do is workout but I remind myself that I'd rather not get up early. It's really just pushing yourself in the evening instead of the morning. This program is a lifestyle change so I make the changes that fit into MY lifestyle so that I will continue to be successful. Just my observation.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/13/2010 1:19PM

    I went through a period of exhaustion even though I was eating properly and getting enough sleep. I asked my trainer, and he said that if you change your workouts up significantly, you may feel exhausted for 4-6 weeks, but then your body adjusts. I know, that's a LONG time, right? But it happened to me when I went from my winter training schedule to my summer training schedule, which gets me ready for the year's races. It took the entire 6 weeks of pushing through the fatigue, but then suddenly I was totally energized.

I've heard chocolate milk is a great post-workout beverage.
Good luck!!

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RUNNER12COM 7/13/2010 1:06PM

    No help here, as I am a total morning person. I wake up and hit the ground running, then usually run out of steam around 9pm and can seriously fall asleep mid-sentence.

But we do have the Rollins thing in common. Really, does anything get you as pumped and energized as a blast of Henry as you're running/biking?

Good luck to ya!


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CINCYDORA 7/13/2010 1:05PM

    I haven't gotten into the am groove but on the days it works I eat a small piece of fruit before exercising and my usual berry/banana/yogurt protein shake seems to get me through until lunch. Of course, if I'm lifting that day, I need more than just a piece of fruit. I find it easier to do cardio on an emty stomach than strength training.

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CNTRYGAL 7/13/2010 12:54PM

    I usually get up at 3 to run and then I'm walking into work by 4:45... I cannot eat before running (I know some swear by 1/2 banana), and I cannot eat IMMEDIATELY following a run (drink lots of water though lol). By the time 6 rolls around I'm STARVING... and since I can't leave work, I started taking a slimfast shake with me (in an insulated bag) and I drink a lot of water thru my shift. ANYWAY.... for me, the shake stops the "I'm gonna keel over feeling" and it kills any craving for anything sweet (ie soda). That seems to tide me over until about 1030, and by then I'm off work and I'm making an early lunch (since I go to school in the afternoons).

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