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Another Pound Down!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

So, I jumped on the scale a few days ago and I saw that I have lost another pound. My scale is one of those old-fashioned types (no batteries required) that I actually purchased about ten years ago for around $5-10.00 USD. haha Not the most reliable so I figured I would give it another few days to double check if I had in fact lost the pound or it was just a fluke with the old boy. Thankfully the last few days I have noticed that I had in fact lost the pound. In fact I jumped on the scale this morning and I saw that I was about another half a pound down from that - but still in the waiting game to see if that has really been lost or not.

I'm thrilled and announcing this today because finally I am out of the 130's!!! I have officially lost 23 pounds since starting here on Sparkpeople (probably lost a few more before coming here) and am thrilled with what I have accomplished. Yes, I am still wearing the same clothes such as pants and shirts. I doubt that I will ever have a photo of me showing how many more people I can share my pants with because I hold my weight very well, in a nice compacted package. But, I am thrilled because now I only have 6 more pounds to lose before I slid from the obese (low risk) category for my BMI and into the "normal" category. Now, normally I do not delight in being "normal" but for this one occasion, I think I will let my normal ruling slide.

emoticon Thanks to my husband for holding my hand along the way.
emoticon Thanks to my healthier, green diet.
emoticon Thanks to all my spark friends that help me out daily.

  
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LETIHANA 2/26/2010 5:46PM

    Congratulations!!!

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HAPPYNSMILING 2/26/2010 9:09AM

    emoticon Good for you!! Keep it up!!

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PAPRINIKA 2/26/2010 8:51AM

    Ah yes that's the word. Transcriber. XD
But the recording is an observation recording recorded in an elementary class. So many students in there! XD

No matter if it's accurate of not, the pound is still lost! Congrats! :D

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SUGIRL06 2/26/2010 8:46AM

    I know what you mean about the clothes. People say that 10 pounds is a pants size. For me, its more like 20 pounds. Maybe more. But as long as I'm healthy and happy it doesn't matter what size pants I have on!
~Ang

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Ready to get back to it...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

After posting a few of my recent "creations" I'm ready to get back into reporting how things are going with the lifestyle change. So, here comes the rambling...

Food: I'm an over-eater so I am working through my addiction to large proportions that somewhere along the lines I have gotten myself into as a habit. I watched this documentary once (hmm or was it a scientific journal - can't remember) that mentioned that Americans have started to eat on larger plates throughout the years. In correspondence, humans are consuming more food than previously on smaller serving plates. It really hit me strong that maybe this was my issue. Since college I got married and purchased two nice sets of china. The new china set is in fact larger than what I was using in college and before then. Before college my parents used the china set that they were given when married. They have been married for around 35 years so that means that the serving plates were smaller. So, I decided that maybe it wasn't the types of foods that I have been eating but rather my proportion sizes. This dimension change in plates in the last few weeks has given me the chance to feel much more full than before... yes, it's completely psychological but it in fact works. When a full plate of food is placed in front of a person, the person will most likely eat the entire thing. Hence, a smaller plate dispenses a smaller amount of food. When I get up from the table, I am less full but my pant buttons have been thanking me I believe...

Exercise: Last weekend I was able to run along with my hubster (playing with his new garmin watch) everyday. We ran at least 4 miles a day outdoors and it was amazing! We were running casually (not training right now for anything) and we were getting between 8-10 minute miles. Love running outdoors! It just lets your mind wonder and your heart improves from it not only from the exercise but the fresh air. Unfortunately we decided to do our own taxes this year instead of going to an accountant. We sold a house in another state and I work as a translator (freelance) from home, so it was very technical in all the new/old rules that we had to take into consideration for filing four things! Yikes! It was just so much work even though we were doing it through Turbo Tax! Accounting jargon is neither of our forte, so... We were really tired and couldn't seem to find the time to get to the gym. I guess housework and cooking is the only exercise that we have gotten. But, we are finished with the tax paperwork and thankful we can get back to exercise. That is if we can get through all the snow we are getting at the moment.

Health: Even though some of you have expressed your concern about my less than 1200 calories a day consumption, I am feeling better than ever! I have been eating small portions and three to four times a day! I have tried to subtract protein bars with fruit as a small between meals. I think this has given me more energy than the energy bars. In addition, I think that it is helping my stomach feel more comfortable when eating fruits during the day hours instead of at night. Consuming fruit at night will give you ah-hem (sorry) constipation because it is hard to digest but will digest faster than meats and etc. Not sure if its the fruit or just plain healthier lifestyle however my head has been more clear and I have not had any headaches lately. Yay! In addition, my hair, nails and skin look amazing! I still have some issues with adult acne but since it's hereditary, I am told it has nothing to deal with my eating habits.

Thank to all of you for your love and support! Please continue since each message (good or bad) keeps me going stronger. Motivation throughout this whole process has been my worst enemy. I am my worst enemy usually so I am learning to love myself and how to do just that...

Motivation Right Now which is on my Computer: (Colossians 3:23)
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...it's the Lord Christ you are serving!" Amen!

emoticon It's still Lent.

  
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PAPRINIKA 2/25/2010 10:15PM

    *Whispers* I often eat around 1200. XD

But since I am happy with my progress, not deprived and feeling good I try not to think too much about it.

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Family of Changes

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

While listening to a talk show once, I heard that the first vegetable that goes into a baby's mouth is a potato. Potato in the form of a french fry... usually from a fast food restaurant. I couldn't help but think back to all the children in my extended family and was amazed that one of their first was also a french fry from a chain restaurant. I guess it's so easy to hand over a french fry from our own adult meal and let the child suck on the fry. Then the announcer mentioned that most people in a survey stated that they would not feed their own furry baby a french fry. I immediately recognized that I am an offender of the same thing - I would never give my furry babies anything from a fast food joint. It still shocks me and every time I think about eating a french fry - I think of this story along with the survey done. Why would we feed a human being or ourselves something when we wouldn't give it to the ones in our family that gets a person by smelling their back-ends.... sad but true!

It's amazing what you learn from opening your eyes and ears to a healthier lifestyle. Here's just a photo from the other day of our little furry baby chows on a piece of steamed broccoli as a treat. Shh, don't tell her it's healthy and not a "cookie". So, next time you are ready to eat something that is off your healthier menu plan - think to yourself - would you feed it to your furry loved one?


  
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LITTLESTRED 2/24/2010 5:21PM

    I never thought about it that way, but that is very true! Thanks for the insight!

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COURTMANNING 2/24/2010 3:24PM

    Great post! It's amazing what we'll feed a child and never think twice about it and then realize that we'd never give it to our pets.

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Korean Pancake Recipe

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Here is something that I have been wanting to try for a long time... well, the veg recipe. It is very colorful but unfortunately had very little taste. I think next time I will try some herbs, onions, and maybe a few other things. I thought I would post it though for those of you that like bland food compared to fire in your mouth food. We served this with homemade kimchee but you can have it plain too if you want.



Korean pancakes: bin dae duk (not traditionally a breakfast food)
Serves 4 adults= 196 calories per person
2 cups mung beans (called “peeled split mung beans")
6 tbsp rice
2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
3 spring onions
1 yellow onion
Handful of sesame leaves (shiso) (or cilantro)

1. Combine mung beans and rice. Mix with fingers.
2. Next, add enough cold water to cover the beans and rice.
3. Let this sit for about four hours.
4. Use your best knife or mandolin to shred zucchini into thin strips.
5. Right after shredding the zucchini, sprinkle a flat teaspoon of sea salt on the zucchini and give it a good toss. You want to let this sit for a good hour or so to draw moisture out of the zucchini. I know this seems like a lot of salt, but you're going to lose a lot of it a bit later, and any salt that remains on the zucchini will help season the pancakes.
6. Next, finely chop your red bell pepper. Remove the white flesh and seeds. (Chunks)
7. Now slice up the sesame leaves or cilantro.
8. Slice the green onions diagonally for a nice fit with the pancakes.
9. Once the mung beans and rice have finished soaking, strain and transfer the beans and rice to a strong blender. Add 1 and 3/4 cups of fresh room temperature water to the beans and rice, along with a teaspoon of sea salt. Blend until you have a nice batter. Should look like thick pancake batter.
10. Now give the yellow onion a rough chop, add it to the batter, and give it another good blend until smooth.
11. Now transfer batter to a large bowl, much larger than what will comfortably hold the batter, as you'll be adding a small mountain of vegetables.
12. Rinse salt from zucchini. Place in batter. Add rest of veggies and shiso.
13. Gently fold everything together with your most trusted wooden spoon.
14. Once you're ready to make bin dae duk that really should be eaten hot off the pan, heat a little olive or coconut oil over medium heat, then add generous pancake-size dollops of the batter to the pan.
15. Serve hot with kim chee.
Note: You can enjoy hot bin dae duk pancakes on their own, or if you'd like a dipping sauce, combine 2 parts soy sauce with 1 part sesame oil and 1/2 a part vinegar - be sure to whisk well with a fork or chopsticks before dipping.

Recipe from Dr. Kim - you can find him on the internet.

  
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LETIHANA 2/24/2010 4:39PM

    Oh YUM! Nothing makes me happier than some good Korean home cooking! And it's so much healthier than Western food, don't you think? Kimchi has almost no calories (I think), and it also helps fight off those winter colds. Have you checked out maangchi.com? She really helped to inspire my cooking! Thank you for the recipe here!

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ELISA322 2/24/2010 3:29PM

    Seeing these brings back memories. I haven't had these pancakes in such a long time.

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Green Pea and Chickpea Soup Recipe

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I love green peas! So this was right up my alley!!! Fantastic taste and even the husbster loved it! He wanted it for a lunch even at work! That's high compliment from him!


Here's my dinner: The soup along with some steamed broccoli! Yummy!!!


The simple bento I made my hubster upon his request. He had grilled pork, steamed broccoli and the yummy green soup!

Green Pea and Chickpea Soup
Serves 4 adults = 220 calories per serving
Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen or fresh shelled green peas
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and pepper
2.5 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
Handful chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional for garnish)
Extra-virgin olive oil

1. In a large soup pot, cook onion, garlic, and celery with a couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over low to medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Stir occasionally.
2. Add chickpeas, peas, and broth, and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat.
3. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 15 minutes, or until chickpeas and peas are tender.
4. Use a hand-held blender to partially blend ingredients in the pot. If you prefer smooth soups, blend everything until well homogenized. If you like texture to your soups, just blend for about 5-10 seconds, which should allow some of the peas and chickpeas to remain intact. If you don't have a hand-held blender, blend small portions in a regular blender or food processor; then transfer back to the pot.
5. Season with sea salt and pepper.
6. If you have fresh chopped parsley or cilantro on hand, sprinkle a tablespoon over each bowl before serving.

Got this recipe from Dr. Kim online for free.

Note: This would be great for St. Patty's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PATINOH 2/24/2010 3:00PM

  I also like green peas & think this looks like a great veggie recipe for me...& easy to add grilled meat for the hub.I eat meat,but at times, the veggie dishes are good & way lower fat. Thanks for sharing this.PL

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