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Plan for Monday

Monday, August 29, 2011

1. Institute 300/300/dinner plan. 300 calories for lunch; 300 for breakfast; and don't worry about dinner??? hmmmm....this will be a work in progress

2. Add to morning routine: After shower, while waiting as hair air dries a bit before I can blow dry it, do strength exercises. And do balance exercises.

I already have Spark into a routine. I get coffee, go to the computer, and do spark. If I do not do this, it feels strange, just like it feels strange not to take a shower or brush my teeth.

Successes yesterday
1. Went out for lunch with a group, ordered cole slaw instead of fries, ate only half of the tuna melt sandwich, had water instead of coke.

2. Went out for pizza for dinner, ate only 3 pieces instead of normal 4. A small pizza and usually two of us finish it off. This time there were two pieces left over. This is a start. My goal had been to only eat two slices of pizza. Had big salad first.

Did not feel stuffed afterwards on either of these eating out trips.

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CHARLOTTE1947 8/29/2011 3:24PM

    Meals out are a HUGE challenge for me. Only ate out twice this week. It turns out that Chinese food has waaaay too much fat and salt. But the vegetables were lovely. Keep up the good work!

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VINGRAM 8/29/2011 2:13PM

    Good for you! I have no problem with the 300 for breakfast or dinner....but the evenings are the absolute worst for me. So far, have stayed at goal - but I hold my breath for the last 3 weigh ins!

Sorry I couldn't help with the brown rice - but I am "kitchen challenged"!!!

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Brown Rice, again

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thanks for commenting on my search for the perfect brown rice. What I mean is this: every time I try to cook it by itself, it sticks, it is too hard, or too mushy, and it does not taste that good. So, I was looking for a special recipe that would make it taste better.

The recipe on All Recipes has you put it in the oven, an idea I liked because then I thought it would not burn. (But golly, it almost did.) It has a can of beef broth and a can of french onion soup instead of water. No wonder it was way too salty. I guess I could replace the broth with water. I am an experienced cook, and I should have known it would be too salty, why did I just follow the recipe blindly?

We must always use our own judgment, with "facts" we find on the internet, too!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 9/4/2011 10:00PM

    I use 2 cups of brown rice, 4 cups of water and 1 pkg. of dried onion soup mix and cook it for 45-50 minutes. Then I remove it from the heat and add 1 cup of cold water to stop the cooking process. I don't eat it, but my DH loves it. He divides it up into smaller containers and freezes it.

I avoid rice, potatoes and pasta.

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ZEEDRA 8/29/2011 10:31AM

    Hi Carol,
I've been cooking brown rice for years. Some time ago I switched to Basmati brown and I sometimes mix it with some Basmati white so my Asian students won't go into culture shock!

I use a coffee mug and fill it then pour it in a bowl (my funny way of doing things). Then I fill up the coffee mug 2 1/2 times with water. I boil the water and throw the rice salt..nothing...stir and cover and turn heat to about two lines from "Off". Then I put my timer on (use it for everything...even doing laundry) to 40 minutes.

With Basmati rice I almost always know when it's cooked because I get the wonderful aroma...that's after about 35 minutes. I lift the lid and check. It ALWAYS works and I don't call myself a good cook...I "put things together, half convenience or frozen food and some fresh" plus I buy good, interesting looking condiments to make things less boring (though, on my own, I'm happy with boring)...Ha!

I use if for stir fries, with veggies, maybe a fried egg, definitely onions and mushrooms and some low salt soy sauce.

Sorry if that's too basic. I love basic! I avoid difficulties. I "allowed" my 27 year old student to fix her own soup last night (canned tomato soup with chopped up onions). Well, she let it boil over and I'm looking after the clean-up (though she offered). Just a reminder to me as to why I prefer handling kitchen stuff myself even though I would LOVE to be able to afford to hire a good cook. Oh, well...


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JKURJACK1944 8/28/2011 6:48PM

    What about using low sodium beef broth or chicken broth. Not as salty, but giving flavor to a rice that seems to be flavorless.

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Brown rice

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well, I am trying a brown rice recipe tonight. Yes, eventually, will change to w w pasta, but at the moment the thought of it really does not appeal!!

Later-- got the recipe from a website called All Recipes, and many, many people rated it as excellent. Well, it was WAY TOO SALTY. I guess this shows that my tastes are different than the majority. I will have to find recipes on Spark People instead. Does anyone have a good recipe for brown rice?

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CATHY629 8/28/2011 9:32AM

    I often make vegetable rice,i just stir fry some chopped vegetables in a little olive oil eg. mushrooms,courgettes,spring onions and peppers and peas,then add them to some cooked brown can use whatever vegetables you happen to have.

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JOANNS4 8/28/2011 7:46AM

    When I make brown rice I use 1 cup of brown rice and 2 1/2 cups of water, cook it until soft on the stove top. Turn off the burner place a paper towel between the pot and the lid. Otherwise it may get too mushy and watery. This works for me every time. I store in the frig. until it's served(I warm it in the microwave) along side any kind of meat or beans. I like to put my cooked veg. on top or beans and salsa.

Jo Ann

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JEANNE229 8/28/2011 6:12AM

    It is often good mixed in another recipe. i don't usually eat it as a side dish, but as part of another dish (like sloppy joe mix).

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/28/2011 5:40AM

    Brown rice does not appeal to me. I have tried several recipes. Maybe we will get some ideas.
I am still eating a small portion of white rice.

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Six Pound Goal

Friday, August 26, 2011

My goal is to lose six pounds by October 1, 2011. Is that unreasonable?

How to do this: Limit breakfast to 300 calories, lunch to 300 calories, and really how could a regular dinner ever be more than 1000? That would give me 1600 for one day. I must increase the fiber. I did this yesterday and I feel so much better today, digestive wise. Besides making me feel better, fiber does help with keeping calories down. I do love white bread, but just to substitute the "double fiber" bread, which really does not taste too bad, wow, it makes a huge difference both in how full I feel and in how well my body works. It is easy to get the fiber from fruits, they are so delicious. But switching to whole wheat pasta??? no way.....

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/27/2011 9:23AM

    Your plan sounds good to me. Just take it one day at the time, and you'll get there.
Fiber is important to all of us.
Good luck!

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CHUBBYMAMAW 8/26/2011 11:02PM

    You you set your head to it , you can do it. The whole wheat pasta was harder for me than changing my bread. Maybe you can try this too,use half WW and half white on the pasta and gradually increase the WW until all of is WW ,That will give you time to get used to it. Good Luck! We'll be rooting for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon Sandra.

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VINGRAM 8/26/2011 3:01PM

    1 Oct is 5 weeks away......that is a slow enough rate. Just be sure you get in ENOUGH calories.

I agree with Jeanne - I have changed out all my pastas for whole wheat and I am used to them now.

Good luck with your goal.....I'll be checking in on you to see how you are doing. emoticon vista

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JEANNE229 8/26/2011 1:23PM

    I actually got used to wheat pasta and now prefer it. It does take a bit of doing, though.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

I weighed myself (finally!) and I had gained back 1.5 pounds that I really thought I had lost. On top of that, I put on some regular jeans (I have been wearing knit jeans that are so comfortable!!) and they were too tight, very uncomfortable, but I wore them anyway to remind me of my goal. But maybe that was stupid because it made me feel like it is impossible to ever fit into them again. I could hardly wait to take them off and put my pjs on, so I got ready for bed at 8pm!!!

How to get out of this feeling?
1. Remind myself that I have been going for walks almost every day. Even if I do not lose, they make me feel good, and I have the motivation of strengthening my bones (got a bad bone scan from dr)
2. Remind myself that I actually was able to substitute a veggie burger and cole slaw for a regular burger and fries. That was a HUGE change because that place (the Bullshead - what a name!) has the absolute best burgers and I have been going there for 20 years!! Even if I do not lose weight, this is better for my heart.
3. Remind myself that I have been consistent in doing this blog and recording calories in the food tracker. Even if I do not lose, it is fun for me to do this.

I am not going to weigh myself for another month. I will put those jeans away. I will just keep trying to make these significant changes in my lifestyle.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/25/2011 10:01PM

    Don't get discouraged by a 1.5 lbs gain. That's next to nothing, in the gain department. Here's what gets me riled up. I get up and weigh myself, first thing. THEN, I go to the bathroom and go back to see how much I lost, just by peeing. More times than not - I weigh MORE after I pee than I did before! Go figure!
That d*&% scale can drive you NUTS! So don't let it get to you. Just eat to stay HEALTHY. That's all that really matters, in the long run.

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CHARLOTTE1947 8/25/2011 7:52PM

    I promise you, if you get on the scale tomorrow, it will say something different. The one I use at the spa, always in the same bathing suit at the same time of day, varies by .5 pound on some days. What's with that? Water retention, sluggish bowels, the scale moved an inch across the floor . . . Who knows? Trust me, WE ALL HAVE THAT PROBLEM! Wait a week, work on your diet, then weigh. If you wait a month and your scale doesn't show improvement, you'll REALLY be discouraged.

You're right about staying on this site - it's fun! Play along with us!
Charlotte emoticon

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CHUBBYMAMAW 8/25/2011 7:06PM

    Your doing great ! Don't get discouraged, sometimes my weight will go up like that but then the next day it will go back to where it was, so maybe there's a fluid buildup or something simple. Don't let it bother you . Hang in there,you're doing GREAT! emoticon
Love ya,Sandra.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/25/2011 1:37PM

    The scale really has its vicissitudes. If you are using a home scale, it's probably got some sort of error range such as + or minus 5 pounds.
My husband moved our scale about 45 degrees and we all lost 4 pounds! Hip Hooray!

You are making progress and you have a superb attitude. Surely that's what counts.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/25/2011 1:02PM

    Jeanne is correct. The way clothes fit are your best indicator.
You are still on the right track. This journey goes up and down.

You are trying so hard.


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JEANNE229 8/25/2011 12:03PM

    Clothes are a great way to measure your progress. I like your goal! I need to make the same one!

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SKYWATCHERRS 8/25/2011 11:24AM

    Right on - keep on plugging. Create the new habits that will be with you for the rest of your life.

I think it's AWESOME and wise for you to not get wrapped up in the scale. You seem to have a very balanced emotional and mental approach to this which is going to really help you in the long run. This whole fat loss thing can become obsessive (it has for me in some respects) and I think it is wonderful that you're not in the obsessed bunch.

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VINGRAM 8/25/2011 10:56AM

    Don't get discouraged. You are doing well. I had my very first veggie burger last night and it was pretty good. I guess I was a little surprised. I am sure I have gained this week - still have NOT been tracking as I need to do. Hang in there, girlfriend! vista emoticon emoticon

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