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Sunday, April 17, 2011

I told my daughter she must have the biggest wisdom teeth on record, cuz she got four wisdom teeth taken out on Monday, and now she weighs 6 pounds less than before they were removed. (You're groaning and rolling your eyes, but some "scientific studies" are like this . . . )

So I got to thinking about the Oral Surgery Diet. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars and a go through the discomfort of the procedure & recovery. Just follow this menu:
Day One: 3 Tablespoons of applesauce every 2 hours, alternating with 4 oz kefir.
Day Two: same as Day One; add at night 4 Tablespoons thin mashed potatoes
Day Three: same as Day Two; add 4 oz. chicken broth with a few soft noodles
DayFour: Fruit Smoothie; 4 oz. Tomato Soup; Soft Brown Rice with smashed chicken
Day Five: Fruit Smoothie; Pureed Vegetable Soup; Vanilla Yogurt
Day Six: Oatmeal; Turkey Bits; Fruit chopped small; Broccoli Soup
EVERY DAY: Drink lots of water. At least half of meals or snacks, say you're not hungry. Sleep 9 hours at night and take 2 naps each day. Read, pray, write in your journal, crochet, listen to music, play couch games with a twelve-year-old, watch funny movies, play Animal Crossing borrowed from 22yo brother.
Day Seven: Go to 4H sewing club and let a few cheese cubes melt in your mouth. Come home and sleep through lunch.

Of course I don't really recommend that eating plan. You don't really want to lose 6 pounds in a week. Well, maybe you WANT to, but your rational self knows it's not so healthy. BUT 6 pounds in 3 weeks would be super duper. I think I'll pretend I have sore jaws and chipmunk cheeks and see if I can work more brown rice and vegetable soup into my own menu!

P.S. I was touched and astonished to see her leaving one bite in each dish. Her 27yo sister taught her this a couple years ago, as a tool for lifelong moderate eating . . . it sustains awareness of deliberate portion choice and mindfulness at every meal. I was convicted by her quiet example. How many times have I used illness or some other circumstance to excuse my unhealthy choices? As rotten as she felt, she honored the habit she has chosen. I am chastened and inspired!

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JUNEBUGG02 4/18/2011 1:49PM

  What a disciplined person your daughter is to leave a bite, when she only got a little bit in the first place! Wow! I know she is thrilled with the result, but not with the process. I hope she continues to heal well, and that she will continue healthy eating habits. (When my kids had their wisdom teeth out, they ate a lot of ice cream!)

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NANCY- 4/18/2011 7:45AM

    I think a key part of the diet is the pain. Those stress hormones will get you. :)

That menu was better than my son's when he had all four of his out.... his included milkshakes(eaten with a spoon. )

Cute blog and I love your daughter's habit. I try to practice leaving food on my plate when I eat out... should do it more at home too.
Hope your DD is feeling better now.

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BETTA13 4/17/2011 10:16PM

    what a curious leave a bite on your plate to show your control!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 4/17/2011 6:47PM

    What a wonderful mother you are! And life lesson wrapped up in there!

Hope she's feeling better soon! Those teeth coming out can really hurt.


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    Oh, you are so precious! I'm sure you've kept her smiling throughout all of this! THAT is the best medicine of all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 4/17/2011 4:02PM

    You know, it's been almost 20 yrs since I had mine removed, but it's still a vivid memory. Only I didn't lose anywhere near that amount of weight, which was disappointing cause I spass going thru my first big weight loss round with WW.

Ah, the memories.

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    It is fun when we learn from our children. Especially when they still look to us for most of the answers. Four at once is brutal but I think this new concept is better than one side at a time which equals 4 of these experiences!! If, they can ever get you back after the first one.

I'll try to leave a bite on my plate at least one mealevery day this week in honor of your daughter's wisdom (and wisdom teeth) and see how that works for me. Please give her a hug and tell her I learned something from her today.

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2011 2:07PM

    You've taken such kindly care of your daughter: those wisdeom tooth surgeries are brutal and four at once??? Yikes!

Love the idea of leaving one bite . . . it's a very interesting thought!

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Other Numbers to Smile About

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I always take my blood pressure at the discount store. By the mercy of Christ I still have normal blood pressure, and I want to reinforce to myself the importance of healthy eating to avoid hypertension, so I pursue that moment of accountability on the blood-pressure bench.

The connection I set up for myself is this: I used to buy a harmful snack on many trips to the big box store. I decided it would be wise to REPLACE that self-indulgence with some other small pleasure, at least for a while. So I have ritualized the visit to the blood pressure machine. After I take it once, I sit there a minute breathing deeply and consciously relaxing and take it again. It's a rest stop, a tiny breather. I also take a moment to give thanks for healthy readings-- I did not earn them considering my 20 years of being overweight.

Since I have lost 30 pounds the diastolic and systolic numbers have both dropped a few points. Today my blood pressure reading was 114 over 64. It struck me for the first time that I can view this as a non-scale victory. I have not had encouragement from the scale for a couple weeks. But I should savor THESE NUMBERS. Good blood pressure readings are a completely different measurement that can help me feel good about my healthy eating and exercise choices.

Just for fun, here's a homemade blood pressure tracker, so I can celebrate again.

100.................................... emoticon114...................................130

65................................ emoticon64...........................................80

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BLUESKY_321 4/21/2011 5:58AM

    Those numbers are worth celebrating - and good for you for knowing it!

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JLITT62 4/15/2011 12:08PM

    I, too have seen my BP drop with the onus & that's a decided NSV considering that high BP runs in my family.


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NANCY- 4/15/2011 8:49AM

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Those are awesome numbers.
What a wonderful thing you are doing for you.
What a smart lady you are.

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    Very important numbers and very good numbers. They are even more important that scale numbers. Good job finding meaning to Non Scale Victory. We should make a point of finding a Non Scale Victory every day. I'm sure they are everywhere and we are conditioned not to see them without trying hard.

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LILLYPILLY24 4/15/2011 1:47AM

    How beautiful is this - it's positive all round: No more unhealthy snack, instead doing something that is such an important measure of our health, SEEING your health improving through these numbers, taking the moment to breathe. It's truly ALL good.

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WATERMELLEN 4/14/2011 10:29PM

    Those are indeed numbers worth celebrating -- and make it likely you will live a long healthy life!! Well done!! Good for you!!

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AMARAN 4/14/2011 7:53PM

    Good for you!

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BETTA13 4/14/2011 6:53PM

    Thats awesome! I wish I had your numbers!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/14/2011 6:40PM


My husband has high blood pressure (inherited) so I know how GREAT your numbers are!!!!

WTG!!! WOO HOO!!!!


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Lifestyle Archaeology

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The girls and I went through the coat closet today. Stuff just accumulates there. Something had fallen down behind a stack of book boxes . . . hey, look! I wondered where that coat had gone!

It was a jacket I used to wear a couple years ago. It's too big but I always go through pockets before putting something in the charity bag.

As I turned it to reach deep into the pocket on one side, THREE fun-size candy bars fell out of the tipped pocket on the lower side. My daughters just started laughing and I cracked up, too. In a way it was a "BUSTED" moment . . . Mom had candy bars in her pocket . . . but they knew it was from Closet Archaeology. Belongs to an Old Way of Life.

They've also heard the tune I sing these days: "Please don't leave that snack sitting out on the counter . . . thanks so much but don't offer me any Christmas/Valentine's/Easter Candy . . . if you take that candy home, put it where I can't see it . . . " One DD still has candy from Thanksgiving in her desk drawer and she knows I haven't touched it.

I did buy a certain chocolate item this week and put it in my tracker. Fifty calories over. Sigh. But I was mindful and savored it, eating only half at a time. It was a satisfying treat.

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CONTENTCHRIS 4/12/2011 12:18PM

    Lovely blog!

I allow myself 5 or so little chocolates dark version

from Aldi's a day and savor my time..

even look forward to them. The main thing is we

limit ourself now and that is how we get in the

shape we always dreamed of!

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LILLYPILLY24 4/10/2011 4:05PM

    Oh, I love your title! How great that something that was once tucked away in a deep pocket has come to light and become a joyful moment with your girls.

I cleaned out one of my bedside table drawers the other day. Chocolate wrapper after chocolate wrapper. I used to sneak chocolate while reading in bed! Can't imagine it now (actually, sigh ... I can imagine it, I just don't let myself).

I like the tune you sing, and I'm so proud of you for tracking the chocolate item you had this last week. Good for you!!

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    Watermellen has a point about the "Fun Size" labeling factor. The candy mfg. knowing we try to abstain, trying to paint a guiltless picture of just having a little fun; no harm/no foul. We know all about that.

What a funny shared moment with the girls. You didn't find cash but a golden teachable moment instead. Isn't it nice when they laugh with you?

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WCATAP 4/10/2011 3:34PM

    That was a good find. I probably would have eaten them. Good for you.

Comment edited on: 4/10/2011 3:34:55 PM

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NANCY- 4/10/2011 10:23AM

    Ah you are a brave soul. Closet Archaeology!!!! Digging into our past life helps us see how far we have journeyed to. Letting go of our past, we move forward in our life.


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SUNRISE14 4/10/2011 5:54AM

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/9/2011 11:09PM

    yeah...I can SO relate!! and I wondered why I needed the bigger size... had nothing to do with the candy in the pockets... naaaah... couldn't have!! HAHAHA!!!

So nice that you are past that!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!

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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2011 10:34PM

    There's probably a reason why that jacket with the 3 chocolate bars in the pocket is now too big!! Yay you!! And manufacturers are insidious in marketing "fun size" bars: eating as entertainment/recreation/lightheart
ed mindless munch munch munch!!

Finding it with your daughters: a genuinely fun moment!! I found my old size 18 parka in my own coat closet the other day, the one I wore while I was commuting to school . . . didn't check the pockets, but as I recall it was chocolate croissants which were my major downfall during that era!!

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Wouldn't Recognize Her

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Lynn the hygienist has cleaned my teeth since 1980. I went today and she has lost 70 pounds with Jenny Craig. (Okay, I'm busted . . . it has been longer than six months since I went to the dentist!)

She looks wonderful . . . she was always an attractive woman, but now I would not have recognized her if she hadn't called my name to go in her treatment room! Lynn was always sweet and cheerful, but now she sparkles! She has always loved to travel, and now she has new energy for each adventure.

Lynn and so many of you SparkFriends are giving me courage that my goal is possible.

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NANCY- 4/8/2011 10:29AM

    I was thinking the same thing that BLW said about when she calls your name next time.
You are determined and committed to making changes. You WILL do it.

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    I believe you can fly. I believe you can touch the sky, I believe you have a heart as big as Texas. I believe your goal is your destination and you are on your way there. When it's time for your next cleaning she will call your name and look around, not recognizing YOU. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/7/2011 9:42PM

    That's terrific encouragement! And sure you can do it: you ARE doing it!!

We're all here to cheer you on!!

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GMASANDIE 4/7/2011 9:04PM

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    emoticonOf course you can do it! emoticon

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ALYFITN 4/7/2011 5:48PM

    God bless, Lynn! And God bless you for tooting her horn for her.

My kids are starting to brag about me to their friends. I AM SO PROUD!!! emoticon emoticon

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MYMANSBABE 4/7/2011 5:38PM

    That is SO great! It's so encouraging to see others reach their goals. Thanks for sharing!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/7/2011 5:20PM

    Absolutely. It is most possible. Not only that, you are doing it!! Just keep it up!

You know, Lynn might benefit from SparkPeople for maintenance. If you feel comfortable, why don't you suggest it? It is very difficult for many people to transition from a set program (which I think Jenny Craig is) to maintenance. -Marsha

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Need Help with Kale

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I keep seeing kale listed as a superfood. Fine; I grew up eating turnip greens. But that was in the deep South, so they had been cooked for LONG periods of time with ham or undefined cured pork items.

I hoping you guys can give me some tips and/or recipes. I have added Kale to a smoothie and in my juicer---that doesn't take too much know-how or finesse. A couple times I cooked it for about 15 minutes with a little water according to a basic recipe in a cookbook and added a little oil and salt. We ate it out of duty, but I'm hoping to hear something more hopeful from all you experienced nutrition-hounds.

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WCATAP 4/10/2011 3:21PM

    Try to heat alittle olive oil in a pan. Add onions and cook them then some fresh garlic. When that's cook add the kale and put the top on. Mix together until wilted and cooked.

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NAMAARI 4/7/2011 3:53PM

    I had this problem with Spinach...I mean, I like it, but I wanted my children to eat it and like it too. So, my solution, as with everything I don't like...chop it and toss it in a salad...I guess that's not fancy either, but it's a good way to sneak in nutrition and eat things we don't like...especially if you have a healthy and tasty dressing with which to coat it. emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 4/7/2011 12:08PM

    Glad you're getting such a great response from others because you sure won't get help from me on this subject!!

However I have learned something so thank you for that!!



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NUVISION 4/7/2011 12:06PM

    If you can grow it yourself it is wonderful. I cook it much like I do fresh spinach, with some chopped onions and season with a little bacon. Good luck! I prefer chard, but both are good!

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BLUESKY_321 4/7/2011 6:54AM

    There are several different types of kale - my favorite is lacinato (the kind that looks like a plant from the age of the dinos!). Also, I've found that the quality of fresh kale makes a BIG difference! The fresher you can get it onto your plate the less bitter the flavor.
We usually just eat it straight up, sometimes drizzled with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but good recipes include sesame kale and colcannon (depending on where you stand on potatoes). Colcannon is a serious comfort food - you don't need to add all the butter that some recipes recommend - we usually serve this with chicken sausage.
Hope this helps keep you on the kale train!

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MAMASUDS 4/7/2011 6:06AM

    You can toss it with a little olive oil and sea salt and toast it in the oven to make kale chips.
My family loves it cooked with turkey sausage, potatoes, onions and carrots. Add salt-free bouillon and Mrs. Dash. Serve with mustard.
As you mentioned, it can be added to soups and salads. Steam it a bit before adding it to salads to make it more palatable.

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NANCY- 4/7/2011 5:37AM

    I have had "Creamed" Kale and liked it.
but my boys didn't. So I use the recipe to make a "creamed" spinach.

They had some other recipes, but above is one that I have tried and was impressed with. (didn't have the miso and it still came out ok.)

Happy Searching!

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SUNRISE14 4/7/2011 5:25AM

    I think you can buy it in a can like spinach . I want to try it i am going to fry 1 strip of bacon and crumble it up and put the little bit of grease in it but i will buy a large can to fix. I am trying new things to . I hear advacotas (not spelled right emoticon are good for you to do you know how to fix them ? Got any other ideas thats worked out great for you ? I added dried prunes to my food log 25 calories each full of iron ect. Also soy nuts if you look at my blogs i wrote an article about them ! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS IF I CAN HELP IN ANYWAY I AM HERE DAILY ! emoticon

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