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Truly Terrific Tuesday!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Two more days and counting and I have lost the total ability to stay focused... My spirits are so high, similar to children just before winter break begins, I just can't seem to get work done. Since my husband and I have the same birthday, we tend to have a pleasant time just together! We take off work and spend the whole day together, which is the best present in the world. I simply can not wait!

Anyways... to keep on talking about my motivation for keeping to my plan: Today I am going to try a new hummus that is offered by Trader Joes. I am truly sorry if I keep mentioning Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets if you do not have one close-by, they are wonderful! We used to live in a part of Chicago that didn't have either, so it was hard to travel to one for normal groceries. Now it is just a simple 20 minute drive to get there - thank goodness! So, today I am thrilled to try out black olive hummus which is about 50 calories per 2 tbsp. Yum! I'm going to place it on a low-cal tortilla with lettuce and other veggies to make a splendid little wrap. To side it off I'm going to make a Romaine Lettuce Salad with New Bean Salad mix on it.

To make New Bean Salad Mix at home like me: (from Chatelaine Magazine Online)

19 oz Chickpeas
2 chopped firm tomatoes
1/3 cup black pitted olives
4 thinly sliced green onions
1/4 c. italian or other vinaigrette dressing (we have 80 calorie Trader Joe's Tuscan Italian Dressing - I was lazy and didn't want to make my own this week)

Mix it all together and eat. Stores for a few days but the tomatoes start to get a little soggy after that... (hehe Sorry, it's just about lunchtime so it's on my mind)
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3CATSLEP 12/9/2009 12:58PM

    Sounds terrific! Happy birthday to you both too! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/8/2009 4:12PM

    Sounds delicious!

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SUGIRL06 12/8/2009 12:49PM


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Merry Magical Monday!

Monday, December 07, 2009

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It's Monday and instead of my normal ramblings about not wanting to get into things since it was Monday, I am rejoicing in it. Lately I have noticed that in my diet stage I have become less positive - so I'm learning to work on it again. After all, it wasn't the food that kept me happy all the time, it was my outlook. Take it for what it is, but I know that a positive outlook will overcome anything in life. Stay true to what you are doing and it will turn positive!

This week:
Monday: Yoga & Jillian Michaels Fat Banish Video Workout
Tuesday: Run 4 miles on the treadmill (probably too cold outdoors)
Wednesday: Yoga & Jillian Michaels Fat Banish Video Workout
Thursday: Run 5 miles on the treadmill (probably too cold outdoors) Birthday Exercise Goal!
Friday: Yoga

Anyone seen this yoga mat? I really want it.. hehe Yep, I'm a H.K. Addict!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/8/2009 10:33AM

    Loving your attitude!!! :D :D :D

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3CATSLEP 12/7/2009 8:35PM

    Try googleling it - that usually works :) You go girl!

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    What a busy week you have planned complete with a birthday too. Happy Birthday early.

LOL about the mat, just make sure it is thick enough.

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SUGIRL06 12/7/2009 9:02AM

    That yoga mat is too cute! Great plan for the week! Oh, and as for keeping positive, I make sure that whatever I put on SP is positive (blogs, comments, etc.) and it has really helped me become more positive in normal every day life. Now its becoming almost natural! You are doing great!!! Have a happy Monday!

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KKKAREN 12/7/2009 8:52AM

    Keep up the good attitude and Happy Birthday.

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Dark Chocolate Stars are not my friend...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

So, it's the weekend and my hubby is home all the time. We went grocery shopping this last weekend at one of my favorite shops, Trader Joe's. Weekly I look forward to shopping there and Whole Foods' Market however it seems like the stores are full of unhealthy seasonal items. Has anyone else noticed there are no healthy choices? The hubster purchased, of course one of my favorites, Dark Chocolate Covered Shortbread Cookies in the shapes of stars! I know, right, you are getting hungry just reading about them. They are delicious but the only problem is that they are full of calories - 4 small cookie stars = 140 calories! Wow! Amazing! I am surprised to learn how many calories these little gems are - I used to sit down and eat them while not paying attention. Oops! I know better now however the hubster leaves them out on the coffee table and I fall into an old habit. I nicked the problem of eating bad foods (which we were never really bad at eating after being vegetarian for about 15 years and then raw vegan for a long time) but watching the calories. Today I ate 8 though which added up to 280 calories! Yikes! Let's just say I met my calorie intake but I wasn't wishing for bad calories... I'm walking the line of shame tonight - tomorrow I will make sure to remember this walk tonight. Shame shame shame...

Healthier eating tomorrow - even snacking! MMM, thanks for the reminder of onigiri - mmm.. raw vegan ones might be eaten tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 12/7/2009 8:48AM

    I'm so jealous! We don't have a trader joes nor whole foods near us. The closest is about 45 minutes away and that's just too far for groceries. We do have a small health food store but it just doesn't have everything you want and their produce is crazy expensive! For now, I'm ok with the produce outlet and regular grocery store but if I ever move, I'm going to make sure I have a decent store nearby!!!

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BREW99 12/7/2009 8:42AM

    haha Thanks everyone... I'm working towards not indulging on foods I can't resist - it's good practice for the "jolly calorie bakery" (as I have coined it) that we will be staying in for Christmas. I told my husband that he had to keep eating them just like normal only not to allow to reach towards the box... It's like a science experience, I have to learn just like the mice.

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/6/2009 6:03PM

    Could have been worse, you nipped it in the bud! Aw, i love whole foods + trader joes!!

Rock it tomorrow girl! :) :) :) :) :)

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3CATSLEP 12/5/2009 8:41PM

    OK - now tell hubby to hide them from you! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/5/2009 8:24PM


TJs is a lot safer if you stay in the PRODUCE aisle...

Even their dried fruit and nuts are dangerous for me!

(and I don't even have a TJs within a 180 mile radius! LOL)

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Eating Like a Pig...

Friday, December 04, 2009

Eating like a pig has never tasted so good! The last two weeks I have been working hard on getting enough calories in my diet. I am what you call a "subtract-or dieter", which is basically a person that has the tendency to stop eating when on a diet to lose weight. In the past years I lost weight by simply reducing how much I eat daily and then exercise like crazy. Yes, I know the health problems that can arise with this issue but seeing that my metabolism is very slow, it has been the only thing that has worked out for me. Finally I am eating more healthy options and eating more throughout the day. I have found some wonderful recipes that allow me to eat an entire meal well under 300 calories (and it doesn't just include broth). For instance the other day for lunch I had:

*1.5 cups of spinach with 1 tbsp dried sweetened cranberries
*2 flatbread wheat thin crackers (60 calories total!!)
*1 entire can tuna (only 100 Calories unlike what sp site states) w/ .5 tbsp Japanese mayo

This entire meal was well under 300 calories and filled me up! I did eat a snack in a few hours but not out of need but for boosting my metabolism. I have to eat even when I am not hungry because my body doesn't feel hungry ever when I eat healthy natural, organic foods. Strange, I know...

So, to anyone that is looking for a subtraction diet, I highly suggest eating more! Yes more is better when it comes to healthy foods for a healthy body! I am losing about a pound a week now that I am eating more - a great accomplishment. Now I just have to work on meeting my daily calorie count of 1200 (I have a problem of being under lately, even though I'm eating like a pig).

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3CATSLEP 12/5/2009 4:32PM

    Yes - I would also like to be a Lean Mean Oinking Machine!!! emoticon

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KARVY09 12/4/2009 10:13AM

    You should make some onigiri... a nice healthy way to up your calories and get a good mix of carb/protein.

But you probably already know that!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/4/2009 10:09AM

    LOL glad you've discovered the healthy food that is MORE! :)

Now get to 1200 girl!!!! *hugs*

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/4/2009 10:08AM

    not what I expected from the title :)

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Irritable Syndrome is gone, thank goodness! Weather is a strong indicator of my health and attitude. It is amazing how the sunshine can change things - hopefully it will come back sometime this winter! Last night I was hit with a small head cold due to the change in temperatures so I am trying to keep liquids medicating my body today to fight a cold from really forming. In my household we are usually clear of any sickness, I give it thanks to our healthy lifestyles! We have always been that way though, thank the good Lord! Exercise at the gym was a help too - nothing like sweating out the bad and in with the good. I have to admit as I was running 5K that I was getting slightly dizzy though but at least I finished without any problems. Don't worry though, I always exercise with the hubbster so nothing will happen if I feel too dizzy. emoticon

This morning I woke up and found out that I had lost another pound so I was thrilled. It was a blessing from God telling me to keep with it and try to stay positive in my opinion. It's very hard for me to lose even one pound, metabolism is extremely slow, so this accomplishment is a true blessing to lose it after Thanksgiving week!


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LINDA6105 12/3/2009 11:39PM

    emoticon on that lost pound

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LAURAKOHORST 12/3/2009 11:31AM

    emoticon glad to hear that you are feeling better

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ENOUGHALREADY10 12/3/2009 9:12AM

bye bye pound hello new day closer to your goal!

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