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Paid to Gain Weight? What?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

This is disturbing!! She's pregnant and doing this? Why? What? Hunh? Anyone... I'm speechless...

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    I don't think she is pregnant, I think what they said was she already was the heaviest woman to ever give birth...but anyway, this is pretty's not going to matter how much money she's made off this or how many fans she has if she dies of a heart attack. "Not buying in" to the fact that being obese is unhealthy means either she's exceptionally stupid or she's really deep in denial...

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DAS385 3/17/2010 8:45PM

  Disgusting. She needs a mental evaluation and the children need to be taken away from her. Poor kids. :(

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    Okay, wait...we have not even addressed who her "followers" are and how absolutely disgusting wrong, disturbing and SICK these people are for wanting to see her in suggestive positions (I'm sure the news didn't show most of the pictures available of this sicko) - OMG....the poor kids. A very sorry excuse for a mother. emoticon

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SUGIRL06 3/17/2010 3:50PM

    I wonder if children's services has gotten wind of this because I don't think they would be too happy! And its sad that now she is getting media coverage which means she's just going to keep doing it for the attention. Ugh!

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ELISA322 3/17/2010 9:43AM

    I feel bad for the kids. Can you imagine what her teenage son is going through at school? What a very selfish and disturbing thing to do.

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KARVY09 3/17/2010 9:28AM

    I saw it yesterday too. I'd blow it off as another mentally ill person if she didn't have small children who are going to be affected by her being bed-ridden and immobile. How is she going to care for them?

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MRSKOTARSKI 3/17/2010 9:19AM

    I saw that article yesterday...unbelievable! And so sad that she is getting media coverage...

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JWRIOT 3/17/2010 9:18AM

    honestly, I'm not really surprised. People who have lower self-esteem just want to see other people fail. That way, they don't seem as bad themselves.

Plus, this is America, land of over-indulgence and freak show obsession.

We can change this, one person at a time; make it known that you are becoming a better person not because of this, but in spite of it.

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DANCERMINA 3/17/2010 9:14AM

    OMG that is disgusting on so many levels.

In my mind, paying someone to gain weight, which is a hazard to their life (not to mention that defenseless baby) is like paying someone to do hard drugs. It should be illegal.

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GLORYTOGLORY 3/17/2010 9:09AM

  This is sad who knows what she is doing to her baby

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Day 11: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day! May it bring you the luck you desire! emoticon emoticon

Again this morning I woke up about thirty minutes earlier than normal. It has been my goal since graduating university that I would sleep at least 8 hours a night. For about one week though I have woken up earlier than my alarm clock. I haven't done that since my college years (which was about four years ago!) when I was stressing all the time about classes and things that needed to be completed. I feel rested though, so I guess my body is telling me that I need to get up and move.

Here are today's healthy meals: (this is from yesterday so St. Patty's Day meals are coming tonight or tomorrow morning. Sorry...

Banana Elysian which is a recipe from It was around 300 calories but was well worth everyone of them! It is a light recipe when you look at it but once you start adding in all the nuts it gets really filling! It was delish! Mine was strictly the recipe but then I added Vegan Choco chips and dried cranberries for the DH. We ate it with a side of ugly fruit, which I am addicted to now.

Lunch: Mac N Cheese again from Vegetarian Times Magazine and found the recipe from
33?section=. Now I am a big mac n cheese lover but found it really hard to eat this dish. It didn't have any flavor at all when I made it a few days ago. So, I added some more salt and pepper and about 1/2c more of nutritional yeast. It got better in taste however not really fantastic. I have some other recipes that I like much better from the internet.

Pineapple and popcorn

Farmhouse Salad with Japanese Ginger dressing (I didn't add the Italian Dressing) along with a side of leftover Quinoa Pilaf. We ran 10K tonight so it was good that we had the Quinoa Pilaf because I'm not sure the Farmhouse Salad was going to be enough after such a long run. We loved both recipes again! DH mentioned that he loved the idea of having a salad finally that does not include lettuce since you can get tired of lettuce after a while... He doesn't get out much obviously but he is correct, it is nice to have a lettuce free salad.

Today I had a really enjoyable day - unlike the last few when I have been stressing about my lack of lost weight. The sunshine was out and full force - thank you! In addition, I was thankful that I got to spend some time outside today. I read a little in the sunshine and also we took our dinner out and ate it on the porch. It is wonderful to be able to sit outdoors once again and take some fresh air in while eating a healthy dinner. It is the little things such as this that makes my day!

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VEGANBELLY 3/17/2010 4:01PM

    All your foods look delicious, healthy, and satisfying. I've been craving quinoa lately and now I really want some. :)

Enjoy the sunshine! emoticon

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IMVEGAN 3/17/2010 10:44AM

    Where did you get the recipe for the farmhouse salad? The only ones I found online have 1/2 of oil in them.

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KARVY09 3/17/2010 8:39AM

    Your farmhouse salad is so beautiful and colorful! Love it!

Also, I love the sakura on your page. I wish I was back in Tokyo so I could hanami. Nothing like a little sake under the blossoms!

Have a great day!

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SUGIRL06 3/17/2010 8:36AM

    I am loving this weather too! That run yesterday was just pure enjoyment. Even with the torturous bridge! Haha, anyway. That salad looks yummy! Very summery. I am going to write it down. Oh, and I showed Rob your blog and he was very interested in your 21 days of vegan. Maybe he will try it too?

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Day 10: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Even though I'm feeling very discouraged with my diet and exercise plan lately (no changes in over one month!), I am keeping to the vegan lifestyle for the challenge. It is a fun challenge and even if you don't want to cut out meat completely for your entire life - it is nice to have a sort of detox for the 21 days. I have noticed lately that I am having a larger amount of energy levels and I have no problems getting out of bed. Normally I am one of those that needs to be drug out of bed by my husband... haha Usually his growling stomach has to get me out of bed... So I do have to say that we both have more energy and our winter blues is going away little by little. As for weight loss, well I will not go there for now...

Here is Day 10 Food Photos:
Brekkie: The 21 Day Challenge suggests oatmeal with mango and cinnamon however I chose a different recipe. I'm not one for warmed up fruit - prefer it in its natural state better... plus, we haven't been too much into the whole oatmeal thing lately. So, I made Seitan Scramble with Trader Joe's Delightful Sprouted 7-Grain Bread. DH had a homemade Vegan English Muffin. I'm sure you can tell the difference between portions for my husband whom is trying to gain weight and me whom is trying to lose...

Lunch: Supposed to be veggie burger however I'm not that into processed foods so I decided to have some leftovers that have been sitting in the fridge calling my name. I hate throwing out food... my pet peeve... Made a lovely bento for the husband to take to work - forgot to take photo - sorry... My lunch was spinach with Mexican Corn Salad on top and also a side of Simple Bean Taco. (21 Day Challenge recipe) Both were great!

Snack: Pineapple freshly cut, herbal tea, edamame, and vegan cookie. Husband also had additional raw nuts and Alicia Silverstone's Kind Life Cookbook Peanut Butter Cups.

Dinner: Starting off the St. Patty's Day early we had Broccoli Soup. We both loved the color and it was rather easy to make however it lacked flavor. We are not sure if the organic broccoli that we purchased at Whole Foods was a little less flavorful because it's not exactly in season here or if it was the soup itself. We added more black pepper but I think I would have to double the garlic and add some more seasoning next time. We also had the challenge's Quinoa Pilaf which was rather tasty! Have to admit though we ran out of cumin (probably because I use it in just about everything) so we had a little less than the recipe called for... highly recommend using the proper amount for more flavor. I will add Garam Masala for the rest of the leftovers today.

As you can tell, we are definitely not starving! In fact, I love the idea of eating Vegan not only because it is saving some animals in the process but also because of all the nutrients found in the foods! We are large consumers of fruits and veggies however we are eating even more than normal. We have tons more energy and our hair/skin looks better than normal. I am actually seeing a difference now in our skin - I have suffered from acne my entire life but I am seeing some old marks clear up! Yay! In addition the husband said that he has more energy at work and he can think more clear. This is a large change for him! So many nutrients, colors and physical appearance changes. Now all I need to have is weight loss and I will be addicted to vegan-ism! Yummy!!!

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SUGIRL06 3/16/2010 1:05PM

    Ok, so you are seriously winning me over with these blogs. I am loving everything! That salad! The quinoa! The broccoli soup. And I love that you make bento boxes. I suck at them but that's because I don't take the time. I think if I took longer... I might go overboard.

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BREW99 3/16/2010 10:20AM

    Two things: Seitan Scramble breakfast for the husband also had some homemade cubed potato with cajun seasoning.

Also, forgot to mention again that the 21 Day Vegan Challenge that I have been talking about comes from this site: I'm loving the vegan lifestyle emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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See a 4 Year Old Burger

Monday, March 15, 2010

I have seen this experiment in other places however today I just came across this newer video. Some of you might have already seen this lady on some other shows however I don't watch daytime television so I had never heard of her...

Apparently she has a McDonalds' kids cheeseburger that she carries around with her that is 4 years old! It looks like she just picked it up from the restaurant before the show. It is crazy! This reminds me not to eat junk food (can you even call it food) from restaurants that are chains... It made me laugh though because I thought to myself - I remember when I was younger and we would find a french fry from a restaurant under our car seat that had slide down for a few weeks or months... it looked the same as it did the day it took its place in hiding. Are we really eating all this junk? Maybe that is what is stored in my back-end and won't burn off...

Go see this amazing short video to see the burger for yourself - you will be scared to eat these things again!

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GOMEGGO1 3/16/2010 10:01PM

    This reminds me of a recent experiment some co-workers and I did. There was an uneaten left over cheese zombie (basically a baked cheese sandwich with homemade bread) on our staff room table that had been prepared by our kitchen. We jokingly wondered how long it would last if it were just left, so we propped it up against the white board and there it sat... and sat... and sat until about 6 weeks later when we noticed that it was starting to get a few moldy dots on it. The mold was probably due to it being wrapped up in plastic wrap and the fact that since it was made on site it likely didn't have many preservatives. However, it did make us think about the longevity of processed food. If some food can last many years (like on the video) without much change think about what it is doing when it sits in our stomachs... it doesn't change until we expel it. Now that's disgusting!

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RUNNING4MYLYF 3/16/2010 6:53PM

    OMG....that's an eye opener. I don't really eat fast food...Well, Chick-fil-a and Wendy's Chili. But I don't want my kids to either, now. EWWW!!!

Thanks for the info.

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RUNNINGOLLIE 3/16/2010 6:48PM

    Crazy video- I had no idea! I stopped eating McDonald's because there are not a lot around the DC/Va area and I knew it was bad but not that bad!!!

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WALEB1002 3/16/2010 6:40PM never eating McDonald's again!!!! YUCK! thank you for sharing!!!!

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SUGIRL06 3/16/2010 6:31PM

    I have been doing nothing but watching her videos since I clicked on your link. I like the hostess! Haha. Thanks for sharing!

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Weight Loss Update: March 15, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

As I'm sitting here eating some fresh cut pineapple as a mid-morning snack, I have just realized I have not updated everyone on my stats. So, here it goes...

emoticon Pounds Lost: 0 pounds lost. I seem to be doing all the workouts and calorie reduction however I am not losing any weight. I have calculated everything for exercise and things eaten however I have not lost the weight. This is the most annoying part of trying to lose weight. Yes, I have calculated that I should have lost more than three pounds this month however it just hasn't happened. I hope that this plateau changes because seriously exercising and eating lower calories isn't all that fun - some results would be nice too. Not hoping for miracles however if I should have lost three pounds (as to what the numbers add in to be) I would hope to at least lose around 1/2 pound! That would be nice to see the weight scale go down once again since it has been almost one month since I have seen any change in my weight. I have also done my measurements however I have not seen any change. Nothing is moving or getting lost...

emoticon Since the beginning of 2010 the miles that I have run (just running) has been 89.41 Miles. I call that something good however I will hope to see that go up much more when the weather finally gets warm for good. Right now we have had rain for the last four days - and cooler weather once again. Other than that, I am proud to announce that I am getting closer to my goal of running 10 miles this Spring. We ran 6.5 miles the other day and we were feeling a little tired but could have gone the extra few miles I think. Unfortunately the time was getting short so we had to make sure that we returned home.

Overall Lost in March: (In my opinion, this should be much better considering all the workouts and calorie reductions)
Thigh: 0 inches
Chest: 0 inches
Arm: 0 inch
Weight: - pounds
Waist: .5 inches
Hips: 0 inches
Neck: 0 inches

All in all, I wish there were more positive results with all the hard work I am putting in to my weight loss adventure. I am proud to announce that we are eating vegan and have done so for 10 days now! Yay! We are getting used to the revised eating plans and loving every bit of it. It is almost as if we are learning a new culture of living - still not comparable to living in another country though I'm afraid. I still have a long way to go until I am finished with my weight loss hopes and dreams however I am about 6 pounds from the top of my "average" weight for my height. I am so close and I think that is why it is so hard to lose those few extra pounds. In addition, I think this is the reason why it is hard for me to be happy with no results after a whole month. I hope to at least lose one pound this month - not sure if that is going to happen though... emoticon

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KA_JUN 3/15/2010 11:41PM

    Don't lose heart, it may just be that you're building muscle considering the fact it seems like you're putting in time. When I plateaued, recently, I think it was do to muscle bulking up, not a bad thing considering it burns more, but a little disconcerting if you're measuring. Keep up the good work!

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ELISA322 3/15/2010 11:08PM

    Hang in there. Sometime last year I went through a month without losing any pounds or inches, and it was very frustrating since I was working out 6 times a week and eating right. Finally after 4-5 weeks though, the scale started to move again. I guess our bodies are very stubborn and is fighting to keep every inch of fat to protect ourselves from some famine, I suppose.

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SUGIRL06 3/15/2010 11:05AM

    Plateaus just plain stink! Your body will catch up eventually they say. Its very annoying waiting for it though! The running sounds great! I have been having a hard time lately. My longs runs are not going well but I keep on pushing! Good luck with yours too!

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STRONGMELISSA24 3/15/2010 10:43AM

    I am so happy for you for the amount of miles that you have run! That is just fantastic! And congrats on the .5 inches lost from your waist!

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