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The never ending pasta bowl

Friday, September 09, 2011

I love the never ending pasta bowl at Olive Garden. My fave combo is whole wheat linguine with marinara sauce.

One might not think the NEPB is very "diet" friendly... but it can be. First, it is cheaper than any other dish on the menu. $8.95 vs the $10.95 for the standard price for Linguine Marinara. Second, they offer whole wheat pasta in addition to other selections. Third, the portion is smaller. So, you can spend $10.95 and waste half of it, or you can spend $8.95 and not waste any.

If you have once serving of the whole wheat linguine with marinara you are looking at a meal that is under 400 calories since the standard dinner portion has 430 calories, and this portion is smaller.

Personally, I don't care about "carbs" because decreasing carbs doesn't help me lose weight.

I go on the 21st for a seminar about weight loss surgery. Providing I qualify, I am going to go for it. The bottom line is I have tried everything under the sun to lose weight and it just won't come off. I have increased exercise, I have decreased it. I have added various cardio and strength training exercises, I have increased calories, decreased calories, cut carbs, cut fat, added carbs, added fat, upped protein, cut back on protein... the bottom line is nothing works. It has taken me almost a year and half to lose less than 20 pounds.

I have had all of the blood work you can think of... everything under the sun has been checked and it all comes back normal. My thyroid is normal. Everything is normal, except my Cortisol level was SLIGHTLY elevated, but anything could have contributed to that. Since normal is between 4-19 and mine was 21, the fact I was flipping out about getting blood taken might have been the reason.

I still haven't made up my mine 100%, but it is looking that way,

I think that is all for now

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ITGALLO 9/14/2011 4:52PM

    I had Gastric Bypass surgery and it has been so wonderful for me. I am so glad I did it. Nine months out I can't eat Pasta (it balls up in my pouch like a big wad--same with bread--and it hurts because I feel too full,) but I get the soup and salad without the breadsticks, and I am very happy with that. If you want the surgery and you qualify, be sure and take the training so you know what to expect--then go for it. My sister is two years out from surgery, looks great, is healthy and can eat anything, but now she can control it! All the best to you. emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/9/2011 3:46PM

DONNAEDA you should take the time to actually READ the blog I wrote? I was promoting the cheaper price, SMALLER portion, and the fact that whole wheat pasta is offered as a selection.

I am well aware that MODERATION is the key to anything. If you would read previous blogs, and perhaps check my food tracker you would see this.

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DONNAEDA 9/9/2011 1:24PM

    May I suggest that you never think of a non ending pasta bowl. The key to losing weight is eating in moderation. If you have ther surgury, you will never be able to eat unending anything. If you do, you will be one sick puppy. You need to know that eating as you know it today is never going to be the same after surgury.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/9/2011 12:29PM

    Whatever you do, it is YOUR decision and I am not here to talk you out of or into anything!!!
What you have written here is pretty much my story (only you put it into words better).
When I began, June of 2005, I turned to God for His advice - and he steered me. Sure, I read articles and listened to people give advice, but I would always run it before God to see if it was right for me.
I had a Dr at the time pressuring me to have the weight loss surgery. Problem was, I have a sister that had the surgery many years ago and until about a year ago, had to live with AWFUL side effects. I simply was not going to go down that road. Then the Dr had the nerve to chew me out for losing only 8 pounds the first year I was doing it "God's way". Ok, maybe I did only lose 8 pounds but lost THREE DRESS SIZES. I was strength training a lot!!!!

I know I have talked your ear off, but just one more thing - your metabolism is probably not working right after all the different ways you have tried to lose weight. So whatever you choose - give it extra time. It will need time to stableize.

Also, do you track sodium - this is a silent killer to a lot of diets

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Meet Lucy

Friday, September 09, 2011

This is the newest addition to our family. Her name is Lucy, and she was rescued from the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

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-POOKIE- 9/10/2011 2:45AM

    eee that last picture is super cute!

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PHATFIT2 9/9/2011 1:05PM

    emoticon Lucy emoticon

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WELSTEACH 9/9/2011 11:56AM

    She is cute. Kittens (well, baby animals in general) are all adorable. Enjoy her and know you saved a life.

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comfort food

Thursday, September 01, 2011

I was woken up this morning by the cat at 6am. I am not exactly sure what he wanted? He had food, he had water, but he wanted me up for some reason. I felt bad, but I had to toss him out of the room because he kept carrying on.

Then it started storming. The sound of the thunder shook the house! I finally gave up sleeping around 10:00. It has been dreary and raining all morning, so I decided to have some good old fashioned comfort food for breakfast. I made a nice cup of hot black tea and whole wheat toast with peanut butter on one slice and chunky almond butter on another. What an awesome breakfast.

I have to go back to work today, but I am ok with that. I volunteered to work on my Saturday off for some extra pay. I want to get my savings account built back up since I bought my bike. It wiped me out. Also, if I decide to go through with surgery, I am going to need money for copays and deductibles.

I am still unsure about getting another cat. I just don't know what to do. I don't want the poor thing to sit in the shelter, but I am not sure how leroy will get along with another cat. He is quite the spoiled little thing. I guess I should call and talk to them first.

I think that is all for now

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/9/2011 12:30PM

    I wish we would get some rain - UGH

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-POOKIE- 9/2/2011 9:02AM

    Can you bring the other kitty home to trial it with Leroy first?

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VVKIMBO07 9/1/2011 12:20PM

    Cats are funny creatures. My mom's cats will "knock" on her bedroom door in the early morning hours until someone lets them in the room. It drives her nuts! emoticon

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Hershey Park, Surgery, and the possibility of getting a new Kitty!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hershey Park was awesome. I was so so nervous about not being able to fit in the rides, but I fit fine. In fact, I seemed a little less stuffed in them than last time??

My boyfriend and I are HUGE roller coaster people. I, however, hate wooden coasters. I don't know why I dislike them so much, but I do. He made he get on the Wild Cat, and I barfed. I was lucky to not barf on the ride itself, but waited until I got to the bathroom to blow chunks. After, I had some Sierra Mist and sat for a little bit, I was ready to get back on and ride the other thrill rides.

My fave ride is by far a roller coaster called Fahrenheit. It cranks you up at a 90 degree angle (appx 121 feet) drops you down at a negative angle, inverted loop of about 107 feet. It has a corkscrew roll and a few other loops and turns... it is by far the most awesome ever!

My second fave ride is called Storm Runner - it is another coaster and it starts off by shooting you out at 72 miles an hour - ascending about 150 feet, then a vertical drop of 180 feet. Now, the drop speed it about 75 miles an hour. Then there are loops and drops and stuff...

here is a great conversation..

*standing in line for the Sidewinder*
Annoying little kid : "Have you ridden this coaster before"?
Me: "Yup, I have been riding it since I was about your age"
Annoying Little kid: "Wow... this coaster is THAT old"?
My Boyfriend: *snicker*
Me: *owned*

I wanted to slap that little punk! When we got off the ride, I saw him meet his mother, and I soooo wanted to tell her to teach that boy some manners! My boyfriend is still laughing about it.

I have an appointment on September 21st to talk with a doctor about weight loss surgery. It is a seminar type thing, and I will get more info then. I spoke to my family doctor, who once again offered me diet pills, but said that she thinks this will be a good idea. I have spoken to a few people I know that have had the surgery done, and they all are very pleased with the results. I am still not 100% sure this is what I want. I will know a lot more once I talk to the doctors.

A stray kitten showed up in my Grandmother's neighborhood. I thought the neighbor girl was going to adopt her, but apparently, instead of adopting her, took her to the shelter and dropped her off. If I would have known that, I would have taken her. So, I am going tomorrow to fill out an application for adoption if she is still there at the shelter, and I am hoping to spring her. Her name will be Lucy, and she will be Leroy's sister. I am sure he won't be excited at first, but he will get over it. It will be nice for him to have a companion.

Oh, and I had an awesome Saturday planned. We were going to hit Rails to Trails on our bikes. Now, my Boyfriend is helping his dad with a welding job, and I picked up an extra 12 hour shift at work for overnight.

I think that is it

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-POOKIE- 9/1/2011 9:14AM

    I havent been to a theme park in forever... I want to go now I'll fit!

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Trucking in a Hurricane

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I love my job. I do not love my job when there is severe weather.

I work for a trucking company. We have a pretty decent sized fleet of at least 800 trucks.

A chunk of them were out on the road in the northeast this weekend

It was brutal.

I am going to bed

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SLIMLILA 8/29/2011 1:20AM

    I guess that means you are safe and sound, hope everyone else on the road is too.

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