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Sunday, 3/14 Snacks for under 50 calories

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hi everyone,

I enjoyed church today--got to sneak away from the children's church long enough to hear my 14 year old daughter sing. Marissa has a beautiful soprano voice and sounds as accomplished as many adults who sing. It brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to go to the pool today, but nobody will take me or go with me, so it will get to wait until tomorrow--but if I wait again, nobody will get any car keys for anything. My weigh in was a bit disappointing. I had a .1 loss--I knew that I was due for a maintenance ype of week because it happens from time to time, but shoot, now I am ,2 away from 80 pounds lost. Ah, there will be next week. emoticon

I want to share a list of snack foods that I read on an email from ediets today. I have included the author and the source in the email, so I am giving credit where credit is due. Most of these are pretty familiar to me, but there are a couple of original ideas and a couple of them are just plain yucky. Anyway, these are ideas for people with a sweet tooth and I thought that it might help some of my friends out, so here goes:

Low-Cal Treats Under 50 Calories Each!
By Garry Messick, eDiets Contributor Wednesday, March, 19, 2008

Are you on a diet or thinking about going on one, but horrified at the thought of the agony of de-sweets (as in not being able to eat any)? Never fear, eDiets is here with a list of delicious desserts and snacks, all of which have 50 calories or fewer:

Fruit Bars -- These are healthy alternatives to popsicles. Various companies put out bars made of fruit juice and/or fruit pulp without added sugar, which you can find in your grocer's freezer. They're usually about 30 to 50 calories each.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn -- Make 4 cups of popcorn and put it in a bowl. Add 3 packets of Splenda or Equal, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar and 1 melted tablespoon of your favorite brand of zero-calorie butter substitute. Mix it all up and you have four servings of one delicious snack. Be a mensch and share it with your buddies. Each serving has about 50 calories.

Root Beer Float -- Fill a tumbler about 3/4 of the way with diet root beer, then drop in a 1/4 cup of light vanilla ice cream. It tastes darn close to the "real thing," and it comes in at right about 50 calories.

Eight Large Strawberries -- If unadulterated strawberries aren't sweet enough for you, cut it back to five and cover them with two teaspoons of confectioner's sugar. Either way, you're looking at only around 45 to 49 calories. Strawberries are berry, berry good to you!

Jelly Toast -- It's not just for breakfast anymore! Toast a slice of bread (preferably whole-grain) and coat with that zero-cal butter substitute we talked about earlier. Spread a teaspoon of your favorite jam or jelly on it. Bada-bing, bada-boom: 50 quick calories.

Gelatin Drink -- Get a box of sugar-free gelatin, whatever flavor you please. Prepare the mix as directed, but instead of refrigerating to solidify it, simply drink it. It's surprisingly filling, and only about 10 to 40 calories, depending on the brand.

A Medium-Sized Peach -- We're talking about38 calories, plus some fiber and vitamins. And here's a great little variation to just eating it straight: Cut the peach in half and grill it. You'll caramelize the natural sugars, and it tastes dee-lish.

Five Maraschino Cherries -- Give the sundaes to the kids (sob!), and keep the maraschinos for you. They're savory-sweet and five of them add up to just 50 calories.

Pudding -- Get a sugar-free, fat-free pudding mix, and make it with skim milk. You can add a little Splenda if you want it sweeter. There are virtually no calories.

Two Large Marshmallows -- If you want to scorch them with a lighter and pretend you're camping, go right ahead. Or eat just one -- coated in chocolate syrup. Either way, you're only sucking in a measly 46 calories.

Watermelon -- One cup of watermelon pieces equals 50 calories, not counting the seeds. (Come on, are you really that hungry?)

A Medium-Sized Tomato -- Slice it up, sprinkle lightly with your favorite seasoning. Refreshing and delicious -- and just 35 calories.

Garry Messick is a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Florida with his wife and daughter.
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Like I said, several of these have been part of my eating plan for along time. I disagree with their comments about pudding--most skim milk pudding servings are around 100 calories. I also think the gelatin beverage is a bit gross. However, my thought was to help you to think about your snacks and to add to my list of ideas. It is something to think about.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend. I am going to plot out my daily schedule so that everyone around here knows I mean business about getting to the pool daily,
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PRINCESSLSH 3/15/2010 4:39PM

    Thanks, I see a couple I will definitely try.

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ENUFF81020 3/15/2010 4:10PM

    I am wondering if the toast is a slice of light bread--and the jelly must be sugar free or a spreadable fruit to get it to be so low in calories. I've never been a jelly person, I like peanut butter though. emoticon I'm the same way with barbeque sauce, sloppy joes, sweet and sour...I just don't want my protein to be sweet. (I save that for desserts, lol)

emoticonI just got home from the pool--not as nice or as comfortable for my back as the warm pool at physical therapy, but I sure did my work out and then some. I will do my part.

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    I ope you can get to the pool soon!!

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FLUFFY1959 3/15/2010 9:19AM

    really enjoyed reading this one! sometimes it takes a village. I know for me i am lazy and grab the first thing i see(need to print this one out and hang it on the inside of the pantry!
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KKKAREN 3/15/2010 7:25AM

    The Jelly Toast seems inaccurate also. My whole wheat toast alone is 90 calories. My favorite is fruit pops, I eat them all the time, my brand is only 25 calories.

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BLESSED2BEME 3/14/2010 10:30PM

    Made me think about my wonderful baked tomatoes that I make when my garden is ready. I'll have to create a lower fat version of the recipe this year though.

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MTNGRL 3/14/2010 9:13PM

    Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some are new ideas to me. Thanks!!!

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CAMDEN7 3/14/2010 4:14PM

    Thanks for the ideas, Sylvia. I especially like the root beer float one! emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/14/2010 3:00PM

    Great info in this blog..........I really was surprised with the gelatine drink. I'm going to try it.
Good luck with getting to the pool..you'll do it and it will feel sooooooo good.
Love Ya,

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COLDWINTER2010 3/14/2010 2:58PM

  Some of the suggestions sound good. Thank you for sharing.

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Saturday, 3/13 Happy Spring Break

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hi Everyone,

It has been a laid back day. We enjoyed the very blustery morning at the St.Patrick's Day parade--wow there were alot of conversation starters there. I am curious how people can be outdoors, in shirt sleeves and shorts, in very cold weather drinking beer in the morning...but they were sure having fun. The people next to us had a very large, handsome, well-behaved Great Dane and he stole my heart. He was better behaved than most of the people and ended up with his fair share of colorful beads. He didn't wiggle or start with any of the crazy antics or noise around--such a sweetie. My only wish is that I would have taken a thermos of hot cocoa for everyone and worn my heavy coat and hat. I wore my heaviest sweater with my heavy St. Patrick's Day cardigan and gloves. My son rescued me when he remembered that we had a sleeping bag in the car. I think we saw a bit of everything in this parade, it was the first time we went to it. The people next to us said that last year, all they wore were t-shirts with a sweatshirt. I think the silly Irish Elvises, the weiner mobile, the green guy and company from the baseball team certainly got the most chuckles from me. There were many floats with Irish clans and Irish families on them--lots of green, beads, and a bit of candy. It was fun.

After my husband got home, we planned the restof the weekend. We are going to go get the materials to start our tomato plants tomorrow. He is going to inventory what we have and then we will take care of those purchases and also some froceries. (We're running low on fruit and meat around here--can't have that, lol.)

My back is not as obnoxious right now, but I haven't done nearly as much as usual. I have been giving it heat in 20-30 min increments every coupleof hours. I did get one of those long pads that provide both heat and massage. The low massage is okay for a short while, but that vibration really bothers me more than soothes. I am going to the pool tomorrow after church. I have Children's Church tomorrow--so it will be a bit busier than some Sundays--and as usual, I have overplanned art and fun activities for the kids. It's my weigh in day as well...busy, busy.

I have 590 mnutes of activity for this week, which is a record for me. I haven't done any really new stuff, just more of the regular stuff, but I wonder if I am aggravating my back. Most of this has been under the watchful eyes of my PT, so I thought everything was okay. I have been discharged from pool therapy because I am more than capable of doing my exercises on my own. I need to figure out how to add some resistance to a couple of them, because I doubt that the fitness center has the equipment I use at PT--but if I cannot find a substitute, I guess I could increase the number of reps. I have grown to really love the pool.

Spring break is nice--I like being able to be on my own schedule and on my own time. I can be my most pushy and critical boss though, so I have to watch out. Enjoy the weekend, my friends. They are the best!
Gentle hugs to one and all, Sylvia

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    The parade sounded fantastic. Thanks for telling us about it!!

I hope the back is better soon. I found the back vibrators did not help either when I had problems.

Enjoy your mini vacation!!

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MTNGRL 3/14/2010 1:47PM

    Spring break yeah!!! Enjoy your time off and don't push yourself too much! The parade sounds like fun but a little too chilly. You never know what the weather will do. Glad you had the sleeping bag! Way to go on the fitness minutes. I've slacked off a bit the last few days. Need to get back on the plan!

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Friday 3/12 Time for TLC

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hi everyone,

I am trying to think of everything I can do for myself during this time of a "nasty back flare." I did call my doctor and got their first available appointment of March 26 (the same day I have a check up with my GP). It's a ways off, so I am trying to come up with my own game plan.

I need to spend as much time in the pool as possible to be able to be active--it helps to be on spring break right now, that makes this easier. Today was my last official day in pool therapy and I will miss the warm pool, but now that it isn't frigid outside, the regular pool should work out well. I have heat on my back now and will use my pain meds regularly to try to keep the pain under control. I will avoid extra lifting and bending and will continue working with my physical therapists in the gym next week. Theyare writing the report to my doctor and I hope she includes her thoughts that I am not ready to return to work full days just yet. Our talk resulted in her worries that the stress and business of being a full-time working mom would win over my time for rehab and that I am not finished yet. I have had the same worry in the back of my mind--good intentions are not enough. I do intend to do everything I can to take care of myself though.

Finally, I have prayer to fall on. I know that I have strong, gentle hands encircling me and they have protected me through all kinds of tough things lately. I am sure that He will help me to help myself as we explore what is going on with my wayward body now.

Thanks again for each note, prayer, and thought of support. I continue to be blessed in so many ways and am so lucky to have each of you helping me to get through this difficult time.

Love and gentle hugs all round,

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/13/2010 5:04PM

    As usual Sylvia, you have a plan that will help. I just wish you didn't have to wait so long to get to see the DR. But unfortunately that's the way it goes nowadays.
I hope and pray that you get some relief in the pool. If not try gentle stretches or heat pads and then ice...that might help.
Love Ya,

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MTNGRL 3/13/2010 12:50PM

    Grrr, I hate that your appointment is so far away. Now I know hate is a strong word and I don't use it often, but it is the only word for how I feel!

I will keep you in prayers my dear.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/13/2010 12:41PM

    You have a well thought out plan for dealing with this problem. I hope you get some relief soon. emoticon

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KKKAREN 3/13/2010 7:56AM

    Sylvia, Sorry you have to deal with this flare up but it sounds like you have a good plan in place. I'll have you in my thoughts.

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JHADZHIA 3/13/2010 6:36AM

    Hi Sylvia,
Its a shame that appointment is so far away :( Its good that you are trying to take care of yourself as best you can. If you can find it, one of those torso-sized safe for sleeping on heating pads might be a good investment. My sister gave me one, and I am thankful for it every time I get up in the morning. Its very mild heat, but it seems to keep my muscles loose and relaxed. I generally use it on the part of my body that feels tense and sore and haven't woken up with nocturnal cramps (I really hate those) since I have been using it. I think she found it at WalMart.
I hope you have a good restful, weekend.
My thoughts will be with you,

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Thursday 3/11 Spring Break is almost here

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hi everyone,

It is hard to believe that we were down to the last quarter of this school year. The winter has been long and cold and difficult for everyone. Today was the most spring-like day yet. I was out in shirt sleeves. I had a tough work out at physical therapy and for the first time in a long, long time, I cried tonight because of the pain in my back. I know this means it is time to ask a doctor for help--but I am so scared.

We walked on land today for quite a while in small increments and I stood and lifted things weighing from 3 to 5 pounds up and down at varying levels that required me turning and taking steps so that I didn't twist at my waist. I could do that for almost 2 minutes before I had to sit. I have to focus hard and really work harder to stand up straight--but I gave it every ounce of effort I could muster up.

I am tired, sad and hurting right now. I am so fearful that I am going to have to deal with awful medical things again--or as bad, accepting the idea that this is as good as it gets and there is nothing left and no hope. I haven't taken any meds--some 20 prescriptions--except for pain meds since November. I don't want anti-depressants again because they totally hinder my weight loss. I don't want meds and hoped to get away from pain meds too.

it is probably time for me to let this go. I have heat on my back and am weary. I am expecting things to be more positive and bright in the morning, knowing that by noon, I will be on two weeks of spring break. I'll deal with the tough thinking then.

Hugs, Sylvia

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    Sweetie, I feel so bad for you. I know you are trying so hard but you need to let them know how much this is hurting. They may be able to try some other therapy that will help. emoticon

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MTNGRL 3/12/2010 7:44AM

    You said something very important:

"I am expecting things to be more positive and bright in the morning"

Expect it! It will be!! Hugs!!!!!

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JHADZHIA 3/12/2010 6:14AM

    Oh Sylvia,
I hate to hear you are suffering so much :(( Is there nothing the medical profession can do to bring you any kind of relief? In this day and age of modern medicine there must be SOMETHING they can do for you! Has physiotherapy ever tried a TENS device on your or would that not help? If there is some kind of treatment the Dr.'s can do to help, maybe you should go for it. This is no way to live life.
You will be in my thoughts, and I hope you get some bit of relief soon,

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Tuesday, 3/9--Deja Vu

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Hi there,

I'm going to go to sleep early tonight if my brain and body will let me. I have fallen back to exactly where I was in early February. Another email and another meeting (tomorrow) except the topic is totally unknown to me. It is working with my back pain to make me emotionally and physically sick. I know that I have God on my side and things will be okay, so these physical reactions are not called for. I have a feeling this is God's answer to the prayers I have been making--and the answer may be very clear to me tomorrow.

As always, I am glad to have you all as friends and for the support and kindness you show me. I am trying to focus on the positive in my world and push this negative stuff out.

God bless each one of you!
Hugs, Sylvia

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/10/2010 9:28PM

    Pray that things went well for you today 3/10. I pray that you will have the strength and determination to cope with the situation. God will help you through even though you may not feel Him, He will be there for and with you. Keep us posted.
(((((Hugs)))))from me....

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/10/2010 2:56PM

    I am so sorry your back is hurting. I do hope you get better soon. I also hope your meeting will turn out how you want it. We are all here for you. I will keep you in my prayers.

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    Prayers sent your way for relief of the back pain. Try a massage. The heating pad. Some BenGay. And rest.

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MTNGRL 3/10/2010 7:58AM

    God hears those who talk to him. I am so glad he knows your voice. Keeping you in prayers. Hugs!

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