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Slow but Steady wins the race: Pasta (part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I've tried making spaghetti using whole grain pasta, and hubby found it too chewy and just didn't like it. It's just not very convenient to fix two types of pasta or let alone, find two big pots; so while I love the regular stuff, I've been relinquished to using the less nutritional pasta. I havenít tried it the last few years. Is one brand better than another or do I need to cook it longer?

The other day, I shared my love for hot dishes. Iím thinking it must come from growing up Lutheran, where pot lucks were a common day in the church as drinking water for most of us. Now days, itís hard to find a good potluck: I attribute this to the growing germaphobes we have today.

My pot roasts are all sliced up and ready to both eat and freeze. They slice up so much better after they've been chilled. I made 10 (lean) 4-oz snack bags that can be thawed for hot dishes, sandwiches, wraps, pho (soup) or as is for a dinner with 20 oz to go with mashed red potatoes and yummy gravy.

For the ultimate in fast and convenient food at home, take a hamburger helper (5 servings), bag of mixed veggies (5-6 servings), and 8 oz of lean slow cooked meat, and while you may have poorer quality of pasta and higher salt content, you have a complete meal in about 20 minutes.

Call for Help! - Do you have a good suggestion to make a similar hotdish from scratch without using high-salt soup or prepackaged flavor packets? I may love to cook, but I also enjoy the convenience of ďfast and easyĒ whenever possible.

Tuesdayís Progress on key nutrients: A Jackpot on all seven!
emoticon Calories (1261)
emoticon Fat (32)
emoticon Carbohydrates (193)
emoticon Protein (67)
emoticon Sodium (1569)
emoticon Calcium (155)
emoticon Fiber (31)

The biggest surprise today was reaching my magnesium goal, something I only do every now and then: it was the hot air popcorn and broccoli that did the trick. I have to be honest, I really don't pay attention to everything some of you probably think I do . . . I've been at this losing weight and improving my eating habits for nearly five years now and I take one element and try to make improvements little by little. Just as I get one element down pat, I hear The Doctors or Dr Oz bring out another great tidbit of information that gives me yet another element of eating to work on. Thank God for life-long learning!

Job 34:2
ďHear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.

Proverbs 9:9
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

Hope youíre finding progress in something youíre doing today!

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JUGE300000 3/2/2011 8:10AM

    Yum, Yum, I love spaghetti.


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GETTHEGAF 2/24/2011 12:24AM

    Try different cooking times on the WW pasta.
Also try brown rice pasta it seems to cook very fast though.

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SCOTTK3000 2/23/2011 11:07PM

    I'm hungry now! sounds great!

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MARTHAWILL 2/23/2011 8:22PM

    I always find my magnesium level shows as being too low but I also find that as soon as I have one egg, I've had too much cholesterol. Must take the time sometime to analyze these results.

Comment edited on: 2/23/2011 8:22:49 PM

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BEVIEANN 2/23/2011 7:48PM

    I enjoyed this blog.. do you really eat 20 oz. of beef to go with your red mashed and yummy gravy.. if you do I want your eating plan cuz it seems to be working for you!... lol

What a great idea though.. cooking the roast then slicing it up in the 2 oz portion sizes. I try to double up when I actually do something the family loves... this week it was lasagna.. made 2 of them but it is certainly not diet friendly or healthy the way I make it.

I gave one of them away to a friend that was over for her supper tonight as she is getting ready to fly to australia tomorrow for 3 weeks. Helped her out so she didn't have to cook for the family tonight.

I used to preportion my other snacks as well and it really does work.. I know that I did that for our road trip last summer and I did pretty good while I was away because I did that.

Well have a great day. Love the quilt picture and enjoy the scriptures. Take care now

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/23/2011 6:21PM

    I like your idea of cooking the roast and slicing it down for future meals.

Being healthy is indeed a lifelong education!

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Slow but Steady wins the race (salt)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Salt has been just such a journey for me. Like most people, I have a love for this seasoning. Even the bible says, salt is good! However, too much of a good thing, has its consequences. SparkPeople reminds me with tracking every day that now is as good as anytime. It sure beats having to wait for that trip to the emergency room to be my eye opener.

While I havenít made the full trip to eliminate excessive salt, something really cool happened this week: I tipped my dash (1/8 tsp) of salt in my oatmeal and it was too much. Yesterday, I barely tapped any salt (perhaps 1/16 tsp) in my oatmeal and it was fine. This morning I ate it without any salt, canít say I was all that thrilled about it, but it did grow on me: I may need to stay with a small sprinkle. One thing for sure, I have to make my own soup Ė light and nutritious Ė the veggies speak for themselves without all the added salt. This is definitely progress!

Job 6:6
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?

Itís interesting that the white of a large egg comes with 55 mg of sodium! I love my egg whites. When I make egg salad or potato salad, I use twice as many egg whites, eliminating excessive cholesterol and fat. I canít say that I miss the flavor or the extra creamy factors!

Iím so happy to be coming off of a couple great days of fitness. Reading so many Teddy Bear blogs this week has been most inspiring. We have a terrific team with great leadership who know the keys to success in how these challenges work! Race day is on and Iím going to try to continue to exceed my fitness goals today. WooHoo!


Mondayís Progress on key nutrients:
emoticon Calories
emoticon Fat
emoticon Protein
emoticon Sodium (my Progresso soup nearly put me over!)
emoticon Calcium
emoticon Fiber

emoticon Carbs (but only 11 grams too many)

While Iím in a bit of a funk on the scale -- I think itís only water retention and that by weigh-in day (now a Thursdays Weight Watcher class) Ė Iím hoping to be able to remain in the Last Teddy Standing challenge. Regardless, it's all a wash and I'm doing fine if I simply stay on track!

Hereís to progress, one step at a time!

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CCCARTER3 2/23/2011 12:11AM

I seem to go over on my sodium some days.I bet that is why the scale goes up and down with me.I notice here the last few days my hands and feet swell a little in morning.Could be the steroid shots in hip too they sometimes make my blood persuer up.
anyway good job.You are doing so good.I wish I could do as good.

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GUMMY_BEAR7 2/22/2011 7:59PM

    It is great that you are trying to use less salt. I do the same thing. We try to use salt substitute and use a lot of veggies! It is a great feeling when you accomplish this. I am right there with you.

I eat oatmeal everyday and it does get very bland. I cut up apples, walnuts (unsalted), almonds and blueberries. I add this to my oatmeal to make it colorful and a little more flavorful for me.

Keep knocking those goals down lady! You are doing great!

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MOMFAN 2/22/2011 7:03PM

    I sprinkle cinnamon on my oatmeal and love it, I don't even put milk on it!

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ANGELONE11 2/22/2011 6:50PM

    Agree with you about the salt which is in so many foods if you don't pay attention! emoticon So, I know it's important to read labels to avoid eating too much sodium, so keep it up!

Also, the slow and steady is how many of us are going; but hopefully by the end of the week, the scale will have moved!

Best of Luck!

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STEPHIEKNITS 2/22/2011 6:46PM

    Good luck on the last teddy bear standing!

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SWEETLIPS 2/22/2011 3:53PM

    I too like salt, as defined as sodium chloride. I have started using some of the natural seasoning and it has been a good thing. Last week I did a lot of juicing and did not miss it. It is a change, and yes, I am ready for it.

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BEVIEANN 2/22/2011 3:47PM

    I have quit adding salt to my food as I retain water quite easily and I still have problems keeping within the sodium guidelines just with what is already in the food.

Your blog reminded me that I forgot to buy my egg whites when I was grocery shopping. Ohhh well heres to the white of a real egg. That is what I will be using for the next few days.

You are doing great... keep it up

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FREES1 2/22/2011 1:42PM

    ah salt... I can't imagine popcorn, an ear of corn or eggs without it.. but those are the only foods to which I directly add it... I do season water for boiling pasta and potatoes with it, due to my partner's request...
one has to be careful with prepared foods - they tend to be loaded with sodium!
I find it quite amazing to really taste the flavors of foods without the addition of salt.. most of them are pretty darn amazing in their own rights!
and speaking of water retention........ and salt....... hhmmm

good luck with your journey - good luck with last bear standing!

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SHELLEY147 2/22/2011 1:34PM

    when I read 'one step at a time', I could just hear in my head the song from one of those Rudolph cartoons...where the Winter Warlock learns to walk out of his icy home...."Just put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking cross the floooooor...just put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door" :)

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Smile! . . . A pleasant affirmation! (with 5% Challenge Update)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fitness Goals
I walked two miles yesterday for a McDonaldís cone. I may have tried to walk more than I should have (started out with a 17-minute mile clip, felt the soreness, and ended up at a much slower pace), so Iíll stick to something a little more moderate today . . . perhaps in ten- or twenty-minute segments. Iíve already worked (and I mean worked!) at an reasonable good aerobic workout while vacuuming and will likely add a little aerobic dancing and some tai chi to go with my recommended strength training. Unfortunately, I didnít get equal arm training (and vacuuming left handed is tougher than it sounds if youíre primarily right handed . . . Iíve always thought I had a little ambidexterity going on here, but now know Iím far from it!). Then I hope to get my 15 minutes of sunshine by investigating my neighborhood with a pleasant walk. I confess, Iím loviní this piece of paradise weíve invested in. Didnít even get to the ďwax on, wax offĒ floor scrubbing I had intended to get to (will save for another day).

Nutrition Goals
I bought two large roasts for slow cooking, which should be done by 7 pm tonight (smells so good!). [Shelley, I now realize I have more than six slow cookers when I count what I have here. Yikes!] They make such great leftovers for freezing in 8-10 oz bags and make quick hot dishes. Itís amazing what the effect 1.5 oz of slow roasted pork and beef (3/4 oz ea) have on one serving of pasta with fresh veggies (a veritable feast!).

Sundayís Progress on key nutrients:
emoticon Calories
emoticon Fat
emoticon Carbs
emoticon Protein
emoticon Calcium
emoticon Fiber

Oops: Nearly 250 mg too much
emoticon Sodium (dim sum sauce put me over the top)

I spent over a hundred dollars yesterday on groceries, buying primarily around the perimeter of the store for fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. The cashier pleasantly exclaimed, ďYou bought nothing but healthy food!Ē It was nice to hear an affirmation of healthy product from a third party.

Hereís my first vacation photo taken in my jungle of a back yard. This salwar suit was a gift from a dear Nepali friend attending my alma mater (her father selected the color). I feel wonderfully happy and blessed!

If I say, ĎI will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,í (Job 9:27)

I hope you succeed in reaching your goals today!

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JUGE300000 2/26/2011 8:49AM

    Good for you on the walking. That burns some of the calories from the ice cream.


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PAMAPPLE 2/22/2011 9:06AM

    I love how you walked to get your ice cream cone... I also have to watch that I don't exercise too much since sometimes I get a little achy if I do. I like the idea of exercising both arms while vacuuming, too!

Way to go with roasting your meats in the crockpot to use in dishes... I admire how organized you are and how careful you are to make sure you are getting just enough of your nutrients.

Keep the joy in your journey!

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MUSICJUNKEE 2/21/2011 10:52PM

  emoticon Your post is a great example of how exercise does not have to be a narrow concept. Love the grocery store clerk! Keep it up!

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SCOTTK3000 2/21/2011 8:31PM

    sounds good!

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ANGELONE11 2/21/2011 6:25PM

    Seems as though you are having a wonderful time even managing to stay on track!! emoticon

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MAGGIE805 2/21/2011 5:54PM

    Love your smile. I did a slow roast pork shoulder in my crockpot and I have shredded pork for the the next three days. Love my crockpot. I just have one though. emoticon

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BEVIEANN 2/21/2011 5:17PM

    What a grand idea... cooking ahead with the crockpot. If only I could be so organized. That pork and beef on pasta sounds awesome. you mind sending me the recipe?

Way to meet your nuturition and fitness goals as well. That sodium is a hard one. I have quit eating deli meats because of the high sodium content. It usually puts me way over the top. I have to watch wiht my weight loss plan through the gym Alot of the foods they use are very high in sodium so am in the process of trying to improvise so I am not haveing so much

Have a wonderful day

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SHELLEY147 2/21/2011 4:00PM

    ah, my little crockpot hoarder!! emoticon I wish we lived closer to one another....you would be one of my bestest friends my dear! You can always make me smile....you are such a blessing!! ~hugs~

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DARKTHOR 2/21/2011 3:57PM

    It sounds like you had a great day, keep it up. I love the outfit!

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Donít look back . . . .

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ever had one of those days when you peacefully reflect on the past. While we focus on the future for our hope, looking back and examining life is good if we can learn and find purpose from the experience and perhaps share that with a good friend or colleague. Being a visual person, I captured my husbandís headlights in the rear view mirror while traveling the other day.

Moses writes, ďAs soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, ďFlee for your lives! Donít look back, and donít stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains . . . .ĒĒ (Genesis 19:17)

Now Iím already enjoying a much healthier future. I have a hard time imagining what it was like to carry an extra 75 lbs. So many positive improvements have taken place since those heavy days: Iím no longer on a sleep apnea machine, my blood pressure, body mass index, and weight are much more closer to normal, and I have put away the cane I sometimes needed for my knee.

May you also experience joy and progress while making healthy improvements in that wonderfully created body you have.

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JUGE300000 2/28/2011 8:14AM


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    You are such an inspiration through this blog and I just love it. Thank you so much. Also you have done such a great work in your quest for a healthy life and body. I am so glad and thrilled for alll these good things that are happening to you since you have lost all that weight. Good for you.

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STEPHIEKNITS 2/21/2011 12:16PM

    Love the visual. Thanks for sharing!

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CERIUSLY 2/21/2011 11:15AM

    Thank you Evelyn! I really like the way you share a Scripture with your blog. I look forward to reading, even if I don't always comment. I'm amazed at how much better I feel with the 30 or so pounds I've lost. I can also feel when I've gained back a pound or two. Blessings for continued health!

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NINJA-NED 2/21/2011 10:52AM

    those health improvements are very impressive!

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BEVIEANN 2/21/2011 12:52AM

    Wonderful bog. Enjoyed your comments about not looking back. We must never look back except to enjoy your past victories and then look forward to those victories still to come.

You ahve come a long way and have greatly improved your health. Was encouraging to me to read this blog and know that I too shall win this battle if I but keep on trying and not give up on myself

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ANGELONE11 2/20/2011 7:57PM

    It is really great to look back at where we were and then look forward to where we are now and then look forward again to our future for what we want it to be!

Great post! emoticon

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Goals for the Winter 5% Challenge

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I so love the enthusiasm expressed by so many great Teddy Bears and Five Percent Challengers this challenge.

Iím on a mission to lose 100 lbs and have just recently reached a 75 lb milestone. My goals for this 5% challenge are:

1 - To get as close to losing 5% (9 lbs) as possible. Being so close to goal, I would be thrilled to lose six pounds, as I love the slow and steady pace I've exhibited by nearing my five-year weight loss journey anniversary later this June. While I record an official Weight Watcher meeting weight (with both food and attire) I expect my unofficial personal morning weight to finally reach the much-awaited 24.9 or lower body mass index in order to be considered a ďhealthy BMI.Ē
2 Ė While exercise remains on the wrong end of a love/hate relationship, I am committed to averaging over 30 minutes a day on a variety of routines with walking being my mainstay.
3 Ė Eating healthy meals are key to my success. I hope to try foods I havenít had in a long time or prepared differently. I will continue to track daily and work diligently to fall within most of my major ranges as set by SparkPeople and Weight Watchers when it comes to protein, fat, carbohydrates, calories, fiber, sodium, and calcium. I love that SparkPeople allows us to track all these great nutrients (and more!). I am blessed with a love for water, so itís not uncommon for me to take in at least a gallon of liquids on most days. I also strive to well exceed five recommended fruits and vegetables a day. Again, diversity will be essential!

Most of all, I'm enjoying this journey! Several of us have used sites like myoneword.org to come up with one word to bring us clarity and focus throughout the year. My word is Joy. This includes its many wonderful derivatives like joyful, joyful and rejoice!

Go Teddy Bears!

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PAMAPPLE 2/22/2011 8:56AM

    I love the slow and steady approach... we are taking it off slowly instead of a drastic quick-loss approach only to gain it back and/or more when we resume normal eating again. Good for you in aspiring to exercising more than 30 minutes everyday! I know you will be getting in lots of fruits and veggies and eating healthy. You will do great with your goals and weight loss! emoticon

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MOMFAN 2/22/2011 1:46AM

    Cheering for you!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/20/2011 8:37PM

    emoticon Great goals.

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GUMMY_BEAR7 2/20/2011 12:45PM

    It seems you know what works for you. I think that these goals are great. You have already accomplished a lot, just remembered that. Good luck!!!

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38PEARL 2/20/2011 11:53AM

    I like your goals for the challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLOURFULME 2/20/2011 5:37AM

    emoticon for reaching your 75% of your goal!!

Slow is good there is no rush!!!

Goodluck and see you around!

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