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Mangoes, Mushrooms, and Green Pepper

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No, it's not a revolting new smoothie flavor. It's something that tells me I HAVE made progress in healthy lifestyle. My kids LIKE mangoes, mushrooms, and green pepper.

I was raised on foods of neutral color, except for spaghetti sauce. It was a happy childhood, but with many siblings and little money, plus a sweet Dad who would eat only a very short list. My mom cooked delicious food, but our meals were ALWAYS built around bread, pasta, white rice, or potatoes. We did had a small variety of fruits and vegetables, the most common ones, but vegetables were always covered with butter or cheese or both. To me this menu meant comfort and happiness and being taken care of.

Thus a huge non-scale victory for me is that my kids love almost every fruit and veggie. Last night I made turkey burgers with LOTS of onions and mushrooms. The kids loved them! My kids like onions and mushrooms! Growing up, my siblings thought mushrooms and green peppers meant someone was trying to poison them!

I have to encourage myself; this tells me that my eating HABITS and my cooking habits have radically changed over the years, with an accelerated pace the last five years. Hummus, tabouleh, and sprouts, oh my!

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PEPPERLEAH 4/3/2011 12:35PM

    I love this blog! I know very well what you mean about growing up eating the pasta, rice, potatoes, etc...It becomes a way of life that is challenging to overcome. You are doing GREAT! And how awesome that your kids love the veggies and fruit!

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ID_VANDAL 3/31/2011 12:38PM

    How come I'm always late to the party and all the good comments are made??

Anyway like the others said the fact that your kids love the good foods is a great testament to you and give yourself major credit for that!

Also congrats on the weight loss!

You are on a streak right now so keep it up!!



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BLUESKY_321 3/30/2011 8:57PM

    Great job Momma!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2011 7:49PM

    That's great! My (big) son actually asked for asparagus last night, broccoli tonight -- ate big platefuls of them --- commented on how green and delicious they were. Daughter (living in Australia) is a committed vegetarian!! I came from a background much like yours. We got our kids started small on freggies and it's stuck!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/30/2011 7:02PM

    Celebrate!! This is a significant accomplishment. Your kids are lucky to have a mom like you. I'm really trying with my grandkids, but don't always have success with veggies.

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ABETTERSOUL 3/30/2011 5:09PM

    emoticon Good job, Mom!!!!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 3/30/2011 4:17PM

    emoticon emoticon It's always a celebration here when one or more of the children learn to like a new "colorful" food.

We're having two of those foods in our fajitas, no, it's mangos. I'll save those for a smoothie!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/30/2011 1:40PM

    Hooray! Good Job, Mom!!

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JLITT62 3/30/2011 1:16PM

    Great job on working on everyone's taste buds!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/30/2011 11:45AM

    What a great blog! Isn't it inspiring to occasionally look back and see how far we've come?

NSV are really the most important; they're the ones that schedule LASTING change.

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NANCY- 3/30/2011 11:04AM

You've come a long way! Your changes are impacting future generations.

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MAMASUDS 3/30/2011 10:56AM

    That is so awesome. Just think, you are investing in your grandkids. I sure wish my hubby and kids loved mushrooms as much as I do. We are split down the middle 3 for, and 3 against but I still sneak them in on occassion. I can't wait to hear which new veggie you spring on them next.

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SUNRISE14 3/30/2011 10:50AM

    emoticon at least mango mushrooms and peppers are low in calories! emoticon

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LAURIEANNIE1 3/30/2011 10:34AM

    I think one of the best things parents can do is to teach their children to eat lots of colors when it comes to fruit and veggies.

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Fire Up! (Quote Digest 24)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
- James Crook, quoted by Momma_Little on 4/9/10 status update

There is always a better time, always more preparations you can make. But sometimes, you just have to go with what you've got. If you wait until everything is perfect, you will never make this weight loss journey. If you wait until you have all the best equipment, you will never exercise. If you wait until you can afford a personal chef, you will never change your diet. If you wait until there is less stress, you just won't get started. And you will be 80 years old and have missed the opportunity to be the best you.
- from FitJane blog 4/18/10

I had close to a 900 calorie burn just at the gym yesterday. I wouldn't want to do that every day. But once every couple weeks, or when I feel the need to work off some stress, yes! And it makes me want to do more. I feel energized today. Not tired. Barely sore, just enough to let me know I brought it . . . . But what is more than that, it lets me know I can. So when I am feeling "poor pitiful me" about what is going on around me, I can remember that moment. I did it. I was strong, it was hard. I did it anyway. I accomplished something. I finished a very hard work out. And when the path to the finish line looks 1000 miles away, I know I can finish because I have it in me. Because I know I can.
- from The_Jules blog 5/13/10

You will have to go after what you want.
- from a fortune cookie, Mouseweiler, 4/21/10 blog

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the mornings, Satan shudders and says "Oh, no, she's awake!" - from BOSSMARE_13 signature

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TRAVELGRRL 3/30/2011 11:47AM

    ALWAYS fun to read! Thanks for compiling them.

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MAMASUDS 3/30/2011 10:58AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2011 8:53AM

    These are All so much fun -- like the idea of Satan shuddering!! Will think of that the next time my alarm rings at 5 am for the gym . .. which will be Friday!!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/29/2011 11:06PM

    Great quotes! Thanks. -Marsha

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SOPKAMANJU 3/29/2011 8:34PM

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Glitch and Adjustment

Monday, March 28, 2011

I have been tracking consistently for two months, thanks to Mamasuds who challenged me to do it and has been keeping me accountable and encouraged. Thanks be to God for His help.

Now it's time to start planning meals a day ahead of time. When I went through the Beck Diet Solution a year ago, I always did this the night before.

As soon as I enter a meal and a snack in the tracker . . . WHOOSH . . . I am instantly full of desire to eat. I check it out: No, I'm not hungry. Biologically I do not need food. But I'm sure thinking about it and wanting it. But I'm determined not to break my streak of no-evening-eating. It has been consistent long enough that I'm not constantly battling. It's a given; I generally don't think about it any more, and if it does come to mind, I can banish the thought without too much agony. But THIS! Takes all my DETERMINATION not to go drag out something I just put in my tracker for tomorrow and DEVOUR it!

(Actually I should feel encouraged. I have made enough of a change that something I did a year ago doesn't work any more. Hooray! Movement! So now I need a new plan to fit the new me.)

The new Freelady does not eat after dinner and wants to guard that habit by thinking about all kinds of interesting things BESIDES food. The new FL will plan first thing in the morning, because that's when I'm least hungry. I will have better judgment at that time of day, and it is not likely to be a stumbling block to me then.

Woof woof! New tricks!

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BLUESKY_321 3/30/2011 3:31PM

    Way to go!

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MAMASUDS 3/29/2011 4:00PM

    Way to go! Thanks for the encouragement. I planned my week's meals ahead this week too. I look forward to seeing how this strategy helps both of us. Thanks for being my tracking buddy.

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ID_VANDAL 3/29/2011 1:29PM

    Great plan. Like Nancy I've tried planning for the entire week and did it this week BUT something always happens to the plan. Maybe I'll do back to just one day or maybe two days in advance.

Thanks for the new thought process. I like planning in the morning as well.

Keep up your focus!



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BLESSEDMAZARS 3/29/2011 11:45AM

    You've got it, girl! Sounds like your plan is set in motion!


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SUGARBABY60 3/29/2011 7:45AM

    sounds like you have a good plan. we must constantly recreate our self it seems and hopefully for the better! Ya for not eating at night, ya for tracking for the last two months, ya for planning a menu ahead of time. congratulations for all the good things happening in your life! emoticon

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NANCY- 3/29/2011 7:31AM

    I plan my meals for the week. You will find what works for you.
on tracking consistently for two months.
You are ...

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2011 9:42PM

    So cute: love that woof woof!!

And: bet it works!!

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Stretching Myself a Little

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I have repeatedly read about other people's short-term goals. I have seen their celebrations when they meet these goals, and I have cheered for them. Two weeks ago, for the first time, I set a short-term goal: to stop piddling around and get to that 30 pounds level. With God's help I reached that on March 24, 2011.

I survived that new experience, so now I have written down several short-term goals and outcomes.

195 - I get SP Lost 30 pounds trophy! DONE - 3/24/11
193 - Lose 2 lbs by April 1 (accepted challenge from Nancy15toGoal)
190 - I get more energy for April 16 urban prayer walk!
188 - I can fit in a lot of clothes I already have and like!
185 - I get out of obese BMI ! (Racing with Mariean & others to lost-40-pounds mark)
180 - 20% of starting weight gone!

For the Lose-2-lbs-by-Friday goal, it was a week span to begin with. I really went out on a limb by telling my family what I was committing to do this week. WHY have I NEVER BEFORE TOLD anyone what my intended target was? Because then I would have to follow through!

So I am identifying some internal progress here. I have advanced a bit, to where I am willing to own my goals and be held accountable. Believe me, I WILL be held accountable. My family is very competitive. Here I have heard debates over who was toughest, based on how many layers they were wearing in a chilly house!

Plenty of love and hugs for me at home, but not a place to turn a blind eye if I'm wimping out on what I announced. Now if they see that I am making the right choices (yes, they all know the items I'm avoiding, and that I'm not eating seconds) and if I then fall short of my aim, they will be very compassionate. But just deciding not to sweat it . . . that's not an option. So I've avoided this public announcement and pressure up until now. I'm giving myself credit for growing up a little bit.

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2011 8:15PM

    Goals are great: scary but great!!

And you've done so well in getting to the 30 pounds mark: so you know that you can meet your goals!!

(Thanks for your kind comment on my souffle blog: now those are calories worth eating!!)

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BLESSEDMAZARS 3/28/2011 6:48PM

    emoticon A little stretch is a good thing! You can do it!!!!!!

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FITJANE 3/28/2011 11:02AM

    Way to go! I can so relate! We have a challenge every year to try to make it to Thanksgiving without turning on the heat...
sometimes we don't make it, but the kids laugh (now) about when
they used to go to bed with stocking hats and mittens on! LOL
But it is just a challenge to see how "tough" we are.
I like your attitude. I am going to make a goal of actually sitting down and making some goals! I have been putting that off for a while yet.

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NANCY15TOGOAL 3/28/2011 10:40AM

  Congratulations on the 30 lbs! That is quite an accomplishment! Hooray!

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NANCY- 3/28/2011 10:16AM

What a wonderful commitment you have made to yourself!!!
You are awesome!!!!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

I am laughing at myself again today, which is healthy, I think.

I have been feeling more in control of hunger and eating the last couple days. A few days ago I moved the computer away from the kitchen desk and to a room where we never eat. Ding ding ding! Just tonight it dawned on me that since I'm not sitting right in the kitchen, while I'm tracking and getting motivated and working on research (volunteer projects), I'm thinking of food far less. Duh!

I was fussing about how the luscious food picture on the cover of the "Ravenous" book made me instantly desire a treat (when I read the Daily Spark Blog).

In the grocery store I did not browse in the junk aisles and avoided looking at the cooking magazine covers.

I chatted with my family about Brian Wansink's research that seeing food or thinking about food does CAUSE us to feel hungry (prompts salivation and insulin release, which results in physical hunger).

Yet I never linked it up, that it might not be the smartest thing in the world, to be sitting in the KITCHEN for an hour on the computer!!

God is merciful and we do receive more light as we keep moving down the path!

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MAMASUDS 3/28/2011 4:07PM

    And He shall direct your paths
Great step!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/27/2011 10:25PM

    Actually I think you were really, really smart to put it all together and add it up to an environment less likely to trigger eating. It may seem obvious, but I believe most people would have never mad the connection. Keep up the good work!!!

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ID_VANDAL 3/27/2011 3:57PM

    Loved that blog title "Duh" and like TG said spot on!!

You described that thought process perfectly. I had (had being the operative word) a picture on my desk of a huge family picnic showing tons of food and drink. Always made me feel good but I "duh" I have moved that picture.




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JUNEBUGG02 3/27/2011 3:29PM

  Good thinking! Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2011 9:20PM

    Very funny!! I always giggle at the covers of the "ladies' magazines" which generally advertise at least one article on weight loss ("bikini ready in 2 weeks") and a luscious picture of a gooey chocolate dessert!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/26/2011 9:16PM

    great point! i need to think through my days and see what i'm mindlessly doing that is triggering me!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/26/2011 7:30PM

    ACK! It's funny how something that is SO OBVIOUS to others takes us a while to see!

My husband asked me recently how I could watch so much Food Network and stay on my eating plan.

DUH! Since I've cut out 90% of that TV watching I have far fewer snacking incidents!


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