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My Family Salts Ham

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dinner at my grandmother's today...

Scalloped Potatoes
Green Bean Cassarole (she makes hers w/ green beans, mushroom soup and velveeta)
Pickled Eggs and Beets
Cole Slaw
Baked Corn
Baked Pineapple

Angel Food Cake
Fresh Sliced Strawberries
Ice Cream
Homemade chocolate peanut butter topping

Lots of good stuff to choose from. I had...
3oz of ham
1/4 cup of baked corn
1/4 cup of green bean cassarole
Literally 1 bite of a roll (my boyfriend finished it)

For desert, I had...
a thin slice of Angel Food Cake
about 2 tablespoons of baked pineapple

All in all, I was pleased with myself for not being a pig. Eating holiday dinners with my family is easy because if I get the urge to eat something "bad" my mother will step in and say "Do you really want to eat that?"

I am very lucky to have a mother like her.

I am the only person in my family that doesn't use a salt shaker. My mother actually salts her ham... WTH?

All in all it has been a good day. I ordered some new tshirts, which I will post pics of when they arrive. I love Tshirts. I buy all sorts of them.

I think that is all for now!

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/31/2013 9:56PM

Happy Easter!

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LUNIECAT 3/31/2013 7:07AM

    Congratulations on being able to choose wisely, and stick with it! I'm hoping I have as good of a result today. I'm allowed ONE meal today (besides shakes), and I'm choosing dinner with my daughter's inlaws. Church is having a breakfast, that I'm helping serve, but, I'm going to try, mightily, to NOT munch!

I hear ya on the salt shaker! Until my hubby blew his aorta, salt was a HUGE fighting issue with us! When I first met him, he blew my Mom's mind out when she served steak (which she salted while cooking) and he poured salt on one side until it was white, then flipped it over and salted it AGAIN! Like the nutritionist told him, salt, and sugar, are addictive. You have to be conscious of what you are doing with those shakers!

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/31/2013 5:04AM

    Family is the best thing in the world.
emoticon on those food choices!
Bless you Friend

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COCK-ROBIN 3/31/2013 1:20AM

    That sounds yummy!

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SPRING162 3/30/2013 10:36PM

    I also come from a family that salts everything before tasting a bite. Crazy.

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MAIZEY 3/30/2013 10:02PM

    You did a great job! As a former salt addict, I can imagine salting ham, but no longer do so! Happy Easter!

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02SERENE 3/30/2013 9:50PM

    I read your blog because of the title. Congratulations for making it through a family holiday meal and feeling so good about it afterwards. emoticon emoticon

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Struggling a little today

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I am struggling a little (lot) bit today. Every other Friday my boyfriend and I go out to lunch. We have deemed it "Fast Food Friday" - of course I can make healthy choices. We usually go to Wendy's, Subway or the food court at the mall. At each place there is a sensible item that I can have

Wendy's - Small chili

Subway - 6in club on wheat - scoop out the bread, get rid of the bottom and eat it "open faced" which I usually only eat about half of it like that before I toss the bread all together

Mall Food Court - Teriyaki Chicken - no rice - extra veggies - they make it with all white meat chicken and no oil. It is a very good dish. Also the portion is nice sized and will give me at least 2 meals.

Today we went to Inlow's which is a local diner type place that specializes in 12 inch hot dogs and fried foods. I got a pizza cheesesteak and just ate the steak. I ditched the entire roll. It was a little greasy, and seemed very salty, but it sounded pretty good at the time. That set the tone for the entire day...

A co-worker lost a bet to me and in turn had to buy me lunch. We ordered from a Mom and Pop Pizza Shop, and I got a small chicken salad w/ house dressing (olive oil and red wine vinegar) It was very good. It comes with homemade bread, which I gave directly to my co-worker. I didn't eat it.

But then... one of my local drivers showed up. He is a delightful man who makes the most awesome homemade chocolate peanut butter Easter Eggs. He gave me one, and I couldn't resist. If I would have ate it all at once, I would have gotten sick, but I nibbled a little of it here and there, and before I knew it... I ate the whole thing! Then... my co-worker had Laffy Taffy. I have such a weakness for that... then I had a bite or two of a homemade nut roll... with yummy flaky pastry... I know this is unacceptable, but I couldn't seem to stop myself.

Everyone comes in with the... don't be hard on yourself, you work so hard, you deserve a treat... blah blah blah. What I really need is someone to say Hey fat a$$, do you really think you need that?

I have a family dinner tomorrow. My family cooks pretty healthy. There will be ham (yummy) scalloped potatoes (yuck) green bean casserole w/ cheese (super yummy) and I am not sure what else. I am going to have to be very careful. My mom is making Angel Food cake with fresh strawberries for desert. That is well within my limits, but I need to be careful.

I don't know why I am having such a hard time today... I don't know why I feel like an empty pit, but I need to get it figured out, because this behaviour can't continue.

I will face the music tomorrow and see what the scale says

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/30/2013 3:57PM

    First off...I just need to say.... You my dear are definitely NOT a fat a$$. You are a beautiful woman! We all screw up. It's part of being human. You need to forgive yourself, get up, dust yourself off and embrace a new day! You can do it and I know you will. Look how far you've already come!
Happy Easter!

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PATTYR81 3/30/2013 12:38PM

    I'm with ya girlie!!

I'm struggling with the emotions of Easter and thinking of all my 'girls' who are with me only in spirit - My mom, my aunt and my 2 dd's in college. emoticon

oh yeah and without my old comfort: JUNK FOOD!

Hang in there~

Put on your new pretty dress, grab your new awesome handbag and have a great day!!!

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JIBBIE49 3/30/2013 11:02AM

    Hang in there, it is Easter and it is only once a year.

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CDCSMITH2013 3/30/2013 8:37AM

    As long as you stop now, refocus, try to limit your exposure to the can't resist foods for a bit, I think you'll be okay. But I know that is easier said than done. You can do it.

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    I haven't been very consistent myself lately. We all go through these spells. Whether you want to hear it or not, you have to lighten up on yourself. Calling yourself names isn't going to help.

Write things out - doodle - it's very therapeutic. Make a list of strategies - something to help clear your head.

Hey, yesterday I ate an ENTIRE bag of jelly beans. No clue why - that isn't like me at all. I'm a Vegan and knew they weren't Vegan friendly. No idea why I sabotaged myself.

But it's done and over with. Onward and upward, Pat

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MARYJOANNA 3/30/2013 5:55AM

  We all have our goofs once in a while. Don't beat yourself up over it. Just get back on track.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/30/2013 5:30AM

    Just watch portion sizes, and you'll be all right.

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/30/2013 3:50AM

    Don't continue on this trend, but cut out the guilt. Guilt is a VERY fattening trigger emotion, Girlfriend. As is being tired.
There is always your bike, to do some damage control.
Hang in there, it is Easter and it is only once a year, so don't sweat it to much.
Have fun at your parents'

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Spark Coach Challenge - New Handbag (recipes and photos)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I bought a new handbag yesterday!

My mom got it for me for my birthday. I bought it, then she paid for it.

Part of the Spark Coach Challenge today is preparing meals ahead of time. I have my lunch packed for the next three days. I also have it already tracked in my tracker.

I made Pepper Steak which is a family fave. My mother has been making it as long as I can remember. It was a recipe she got from a cookbook that came with an electric skillet her and my father received as a wedding present in 1976.

1 and 1/2 pounds steak strips
garlic powder (to taste)
2 T. butter
1 cup onion
2 green peppers
2 large tomatoes
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup water
2 T. flour
2 T. soy sauce

Melt butter in skillet, add garlic power and steak. Cook till browned. Add onions and green pepper. Cover and cook till wilted. Then add the tomatoes and beef broth. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Blend water,soy sauce and flour till smooth. Add to steak mixture. Cook till thickened. Stir occasionally.

I omit the butter. I don't like butter, so I don't use it.

Each 1 cup serving has
181 calories
7.8g of fat
8g of carbs
18.9g of protein

I serve it with brown rice (1/4 cup for me) but that is optional.

I also made pumpkin muffins to share at work. They are very simple.

One 18.25-oz. box moist-style cake mix (Spice Cake)
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin

Mix together and divide into cupcake papers. I was able to get 18 muffins. The recipe says 12 and that is 183 calories. By getting 18, I took it down to 122 calories.

A very nice moist muffin. I froze some and am taking the rest to work to share, along with the leftover pepper steak. That makes a lot, and my boyfriend won't eat it.

I think that is all for now

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CAROLJEAN64 3/27/2013 1:41PM

    The muffins sound great. I might make some for our local university tennis team. I always bring treats for them to their meets.

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/27/2013 1:04PM

    Love the Bag!
Am going to try the steak- the peppers in my garden are ready to pick.
Thank you

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COCK-ROBIN 3/27/2013 12:12PM

    That looks good!

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CHERIJ16 3/27/2013 11:39AM

    Excellent! emoticon

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All in All - Not too Shabby

Monday, March 25, 2013

Today was a good day.

I woke up this morning weighing in heavier that I did on Friday, but that is to be expected. I always weigh heavy on the Mondays after I work. It is from extreme water retention. I chalk it up to sitting all of the time. I try to get up and move around, but since we are short staffed and hella busy, I can't really take a long time away from my desk. I take about five minuets on average. I have been getting up every hour and running up to the second tier to check the fax machine. I know these few pounds will come off soon. It is just annoying!

By weighing myself every day, I am able to notice trends in my weight. It is a very helpful tool to me!! I am thinking about investing in one of those fancy scales that reads body fat% and water %

This is the one I am looking at. $59.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.
"Get a clear and accurate picture of your overall body health with this comprehensive body analysis scale from Beurer. It's designed with sophisticated technology that displays all in one view your body weight, body fat, body water, muscle percentage, bone mass, calorie consumption, and body mass index"
Sounds good to me!

I am currently at 28.4% body fat. I would like to be at 17%. I think this is my answer to being so scared about maintenance. Now that I have another thing to "lose" I should be happy working for that goal!

I really wish I was able to post a screen shot on here. I registered for Mud on the Mountain!!

I have a start time of 9:00 - I figured it was best to start off early. That way, I have a lot of time to pace myself!

After wearing my new uber expensive jeans around the house a bit, I decided they didn't fit quite right, so I took them back to the store. I exchanged them for another pair, in a different cut, and SMALLER size! Whoo hooo!!

I think that is all for now

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/26/2013 9:00PM

    emoticon I LOVE that you got them in an even SMALLER size...and when you shrink out of 'em I am taking donations! LOL

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/26/2013 12:12AM

    Hallo Courtney!
You should get that scale, unless it is a stretch $$. It is better to nip bad habits in the bud, quick. This way you can be right on top of things.
I think I am shopping vicariously through you. Those jeans are the best!
(How is the Bingo?!)
Just teasing!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/25/2013 9:14PM

    I'm proud of you.

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Why My Co-Workers Rock!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

My birthday was yesterday - my co-workers are having a pot luck dinner for me tonight - lots of good things!

Instead of getting me a cake, they cut up a bunch of fresh fruit and made a low cal/fat fruit dip. It is AMAZING - tho, I like to eat the fruit plain.

They were able to make everything for me to fit well within my goals.


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LIVINGFREE19 3/25/2013 5:21PM

    Wow, you do have a great bunch of co workers!

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/25/2013 3:00PM

    What a great support system you have at work! Often we get the whole, "Well, one piece of cake won't kill you, you know." Instead, they tailored the celebration to meet your needs.

Happy belated birthday!

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    How blessed you are to have coworkers surrounding you who are more like family/friends. Happy Birthday, Pat emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 3/24/2013 1:39AM

    You have some great friends there.

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CBLENS 3/23/2013 6:03PM

    You have great co-workers!

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STRONGDJ 3/23/2013 5:40PM

    Fabulous! I love that you have such wonderful supportive co-workers.

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