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Sunday, February 26, 2012

A. Age: 58

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Vacuuming

D. Dogs: 4 year old Lab, Allie

E. Essential start to your day: Grapenuts, frozen blueberries, almond milk and maple syrup

F. Favorite color: Salmon

G. Gold or Silver: Gold

H. Height: 5'2"

I. Instruments you play: Ummm, the radio.

J. Job title: REALTOR

K. Kids: Two boys

L. Live: Vermont

M. Mother's name: Eva

N. Nicknames: Mom, grammy

O. Overnight hospital stays: When the kids were born

P. Pet peeves: People who litter and ULTRA conservatives

Q. Quote from a movie: 'You can do have the magic feather.' Timothy to Dumbo

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: None

T. Tattoos & Piercings: No ink and pierced ears

U. Underwear: long johns when outside this time of the year

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Lima beans and ocra

W. What makes you run late: One more phone call at work

X. X-Rays you've had: Thumb, chest, teeth

Y. Yummy food that you make: Homemade pizza or pasta and vegetables with peanut sauce

Z. Zoo animal: The hippos at the National Zoo in DC

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PSMITH3841 2/28/2012 1:12PM

    A. Age: 65
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore that you hate: cleaning out cupboards
D. Dogs: 5 year old Zoey
E. Essential start to your day: Oatmeal, Blueberries Milk, COFFEE! F. Favorite color: Red
G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: 5'7"
I. Instruments you play: Ummm, the radio....Me Too!
J. Job title: Interior Designer by trade/Banker by necessity.
K. Kids: Two, a boy & a girl..oh, I forgot my BIG kid, he's a boy too!
L. Live: Pennsylvania
M. Mother's name: Audrey
N. Nicknames: Mom, Mom-Mom
O. Overnight hospital stays: When the kids were born, hip replacements
P. Pet peeves: Rude people and stupid drivers
Q. Quote from a movie: 'You can do have the magic feather.' Timothy to Dumbo.... I had forgotten this....I pick this one too!
R. Right- or left-handed: Right
S. Siblings: One
T. Tattoos & Piercings: 2 tats and pierced ears
U. Underwear: Usually
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: I'm with you on the okra
W. What makes you run late: Usually my other half!
X. X-Rays you've had: Hips, chest, teeth
Y. Yummy food that you make: Sheppards Pie, Cowboy Caviar
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffes

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ISHANI29 2/26/2012 1:43AM

A. Age: 40

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Making chapatis (Indian Bread)

D. Dogs: 2 year old Lab, Mishti

E. Essential start to your day: Honey/ Lemon/ Hot water

F. Favorite color: Blue

G. Gold or Silver: Gold

H. Height: 5'3"

I. Instruments you play: My husband's heartstrings!

J. Job title: Vice President

K. Kids: None

L. Live: Chennai India

M. Mother's name: Pronoti

N. Nicknames: Ish, Muin

O. Overnight hospital stays: Nah

P. Pet peeves: Bitter miserable people

Q. Quote from a movie: So tell me Princess, when did you last let your heart decide? - Song from Aladin

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: None

T. Tattoos & Piercings: No ink and pierced ears

U. Underwear: Not telling you!

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Okra

W. What makes you run late: Sleeping in

X. X-Rays you've had: Chest, shoulders

Y. Yummy food that you make: I am a good cook!

Z. Zoo animal: Lions and tigers

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CSDAYS 2/26/2012 1:41AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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I used to DIET and now I EAT!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

It’s true. Any time in the past when I tried to lose weight, I went on a diet. You know what I mean. It might have been Atkins or just watching out for the sweet stuff. When I came to Sparkpeople I began to count calories. That made a lot of sense. Track your food, count your calories… By tracking your food, you made sure you would account for everything that went in your mouth. It was important to not exceed the recommended calories for the day. I worked for months at staying between 1300 and 1500 calories. It was working.

But, then life got in the way. I fell of the wagon for a day, and then two, and then a week, and then I was away from Sparkpeople for months. What happened during that time? Well, I found 11 pounds that I had lost.

I gave all of that up. I found something better. Way better for me. It may not be for everyone, but it’s perfect for me.

In October, I changed my eating habits. I now can eat whatever I want, whenever I want it, and I do! I do not feel deprived. I am never hungry, because when my stomach tells me to eat something, I do. I am down 14 pounds since October 15th. I don’t take any diet medication. In fact, quite the opposite.

My diet now consists of whole foods. I eat almost nothing that is packaged, processed or pre-made by anyone other than me. I am saving money, too! Yes, it’s true. I can buy organic and save grocery money. When I cook, the recipe is often enough for a second meal or lunch for a couple of days. I may spend time cooking one night, but then save time over the next couple of days because the work is done.

I do still track my food each day in a notebook. Three lines per day-breakfast, lunch and dinner. One page to a week. I mark the date, the number of days I have followed this dietary change (110), and my weight for the day.

I have changed to a plant based diet. I eat no meat, cheese, dairy, eggs, or fish. If it had eyes or a mother or was the byproduct of something with eyes, it is not on my food list. I do not use any oils in my cooking. I avoid white sugar and white flour.

That all may sound extreme and it is at first.

Once you learn how to cook without oil, and how to create great meals without meat, cheese and dairy, you are home free!

I can go to anyone’s house and any restaurant and still find foods to eat. So what might a day look like for me?

Breakfast: grapenuts, frozen blueberries from the garden, almond milk and maple syrup.

Lunch: leftovers from the night before-- rice, roasted cauliflower, baked sweet potato ‘fries’, along with popcorn, and a clementine

Dinner: baked potato stuffed with broccoli, topped with sautéed (without oil) mushrooms, red peppers, onions, tomatoes. Apple turnover.

There….you see, I couldn’t possibly be hungry! I have never felt better and found it easier to stick to a plan. Before I eat something, all I have to say is “did it have eyes or a mother”? If it didn’t…go for it!

By eating this way, I am not only losing weight, I am protecting myself from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. The no cholesterol, low fat diet is a very healthy one. I am getting the fats I need from vegetables and grains. And my protein intake is just fine. I do supplement my diet with vitamin D and B12 tablets each morning.

If you want to learn more, I would suggest the following books. This is where I learned what I know.

~Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (just technical enough to explain the science behind this method of eating. Half text and half recipes)

~Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn (lighter and enjoyable read-half text, half recipes).
14 pounds down and the final 14 to go.

Eat right and the weight comes off all by itself.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RACEMOM576900 2/19/2012 11:44AM

    Great plan!! My boss is also following this diet and I see a difference not only in weight loss, but also complexion and mood! It is an amazing transformation. Getting these books today so I can understand what this is about.

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/8/2012 7:04PM

    Great success! I think even if one doesn't go totally vegetarian, not eating anything processed adds tremendously to our health. I see the difference when all the chemicals are removed from my diet.

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PSMITH3841 2/8/2012 11:31AM

    Holy Cow! (I know, it has eyes & a mother) I wonder if I can get my other half to go for this.... He's got artery issues, and I know this would be a big PLUS for him, but his Irish head is as hard as the Blarney Stone! I think I pick up the books you suggested, maybe with some written info, I can knock some sense into that hard head! Thanks for sharing.... emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 2/8/2012 11:14AM

    Both of those books were very motivating and enlightening to me, too. As much as I wish different, at least for now my body doesn't accept as much wheat or gluten grains as their wonderful recipes rely on. Great blog, I've been holding awareness these last few days about how much my mentality is still 'diet' even as I've been telling myself 'lifestyle.' You give a great picture of how just living it translates to almost effortless normalization. Thanks for blogging again to share!

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DEBBIEDMAR 2/8/2012 8:20AM

  I agree that doing away with the word diet and realizing that eating healthy is a life change that needs to last a life time. I don't think I'm ready to go as far as you have. I have increased veggies and fruits, and cut fats and white sugar, white flour,etc.
I'm glad you are doing well and have found a path that works for you. WTG on the weight loss.

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"Share This Post With Others" NOT!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Last week there was a polite uproar among Sparkpeople users stating their opposition to the new button that appeared under blogs.

Very quickly Sparkpeople responded [Go to Community/Blogs/Announcements (in tiny letters at the bottom of the page)/January 16th post by SP_Staff]. Members cheered at this reversal.

This button is still appearing on blogs. I am not the only one that is still seeing it, and I am not the only one who will not post another blog until it has been removed permanently.

Those that post here are sharing their personal stories about diet, fitness, and often personal hurdles that they are looking to overcome. These posts are not for publication, but rather sharing among members.

If you agree, please cut and paste the following three sentances in your activity feed, and repeat this every day until this button is permanently removed.......

""Spread the word. I will not post another blog until Sparkpeople removes the link 'Share this post with others'. I will repost this every day until it's fixed.""

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEW_PARADIGM 1/24/2012 9:14AM

    I don't get facebook or twitter options when I look at the 'share this post with others' buttons.

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BAM0827 1/24/2012 6:13AM

    I don't get Facebook and Twitter options when I look on the button. I also think anyone could copy a public blog but copying the url. Luckily if you copy one of my blogs to Facebook your friends would probably be the like who the heck is Britt :-)
That's how I look at it.

(I edited since I typed it on my phone and autocorrect is the devil :))

Comment edited on: 1/24/2012 8:10:37 AM

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COUNTING_DOWN 1/24/2012 12:04AM

    Thank you ccindicane2 for the clarification. You are totally correct about what must be removed.

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CCINDICANE2 1/23/2012 10:43PM

    FYI, the button for "share your post with others" has ALWAYS been there. What needs to be removed is the facebook and twitter option.

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CALL TO ACTION - Please share

Monday, January 16, 2012

If everyone were to make the following their activity for the next few days, maybe Sparkpeople would realize how important our private blogging world is to us.....

"Sparkpeople, PLEASE make our blogs private as the DEFAULT setting. We do not want to share our stories with the outside world. Thank you."


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

COUNTING_DOWN 1/23/2012 9:17PM

    I am still seeing the Share This Post With Other's button on all blogs. Is anyone else??

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/21/2012 9:36AM

    Very well said, thank you.

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:54PM

    I totally agree. I'm so naive, it never occurred to me that people other than Sparkpeople had access to our blogging.....YIKES!

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MRE1956 1/16/2012 10:29AM

    Yeah, really - PRIVACY should be the D E F A U L T! Doesn't anyone GET IT anymore? In this new age with identity theft and worse running amok, why would anyone WANT to share ANYTHING with ANYONE now!

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COUNTING_DOWN 1/16/2012 10:04AM

    Thanks, Sparkpeople for listening to the concerns of your members, and thank for quickly aborting this new enhancement.

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Plant Based Diet 101

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I have had some questions about the plant based diet. Today I saw this video and I thought it might answer some questions. The speaker is Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. He is the author of the first book I suggested reading - Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

Dr Esselstyn's son, Rip, wrote another excellent book - The Engine 2 Diet. The first book is a bit more scientific, and Rip's book a bit more laid back. Both books have about 100+ recipes.

Happy Listening.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHEFFAKING 8/3/2012 9:48AM

    Just finished watching a documentary he was on called "Forks over Knives". I recommend it and I'm researching plant based diets and thinking about putting a small garden in my backyard.

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SHARON10002 1/21/2012 11:30PM

    Thanks for the link. I'm going to watch it. The weight loss alone has peaked my interest. You are so very focused!

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