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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Haha - During the greater part of April and May we had mostly cloudy, rainy, gloomy, dreary, depressing, and COLD days. That, and other factors out of my control, kept me from getting out there for my favorite pasttime, walking. The last few days of May went out like a beast--we had thunder, lightening, more rain, and a tornado that tore down huge trees and took the power out. We were lucky that all we had were humungous tree limbs all over our yard. All you could hear on Friday and Saturday was the buzzing of chain saws.

I wished for warmer weather. Well......today, June 1, is sweltering humid hot! Can't easily go walking in that, especially because I've become out of shape from lack of exercise and emotional overeating.

Sounds grim, doesn't it? Well, I won't be defeated. I may have to cut my 5 mile walk to 3 miles. Maybe start out with a couple of shorter walks, one with the dogs (who tenderly slow me down).

I've been going to Weight Watchers for over a year, and since January I've been gaining every week instead of losing. I've wanted to quit several times. My sister's illness has been the hardest thing I've EVER had to deal with in life. I am learning through it all, but it's a painful process. I'll write about that some time, but right now the emotions are too raw. Suffice it to say that I've not been taking care of myself the past few months and have been soothing my emotional pain through food. I've gained back 20 of the 40 lbs. I lost last year. I've not been in a good place, which is why I haven't blogged. I don't want to dwell on it. I will pull myself out of it.

Next Monday morning I'm going to try a nearby meeting of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). I may hate it, but it's worth checking out because it's significantly less expensive than what I'm paying monthly at Weight Watchers. I'm paid up at WW until the end of June, so I'll continue going to those meetings. And if TOPS isn't my cup of tea, I'll contine with WW for however long it takes to get to my goal - which keeps bouncing around in my mind from the 162 I negotiated with my doctor...to 155 which is the WW goal and at the top of the BMI for my height,...to 145 which is right in the middle and my dream goal. Right now I'd be ecstatic to get to 175 which is the weight I got to last year and felt great.

Life is full of challenges and guaranteed to have highs and lows. I MUST learn how to deal with the ups and downs of life without having my weight go up and down along with it. I have learned more than I'd like to about coping with crisis. I have to write down my strategies because when I'm in the midst of it, my brain stops working. I forget all of the things that made sense when life was sane.

I know that I will get through this. I know that this damn pancreatic cancer is going to get my sister, I just don't know when. This time in-between is wrought with fear, unbearable hurt, anger, grief, relief, gratitude, faith, hope, and love. It's a rollercoaster ride and I need to buckle in tight. Reaching the end of the ride will seem like falling off a cliff. But throughout the coming months I will build a parachute. I will land softly on the ground, pick myself up, and continue on. My sister would want that.

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RAJASHREE108 6/3/2011 6:44PM

    My heart goes out to you. I have gone through the pain of watching two of my dearest ones going through pancreatic cancer. The Lord gives the strength and slowly we land on our feet, just as you said.


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MAZZYR 6/3/2011 8:35AM


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HEALTHY4ME 6/1/2011 4:37PM

    I agree that your sister would want that!! She will watch you as your angel on your shoulder when the time comes and continue to be there during your healthy quest and beyond. It is hard isn't it. today marks mums passing 2 years ago. Life goes on and I like to think she is watching and helping me as she can.

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MORERED 6/1/2011 10:19AM

    Your sister would definitely want that for you! Be gentle with yourself. Start slow and next thing you know you'll be back to your 5 miles and a streak that makes you happy.

I'm proud of you for recognizing and stopping the insanity (that's under your control, at least) before things get even more out of control. I'm in the same boat and will help paddle along!!


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LIFEWALK 6/1/2011 9:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

here's to parachutes & soft landings... (big hugs)

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Before and After pics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

....of my smoothie!

This is before:

and after:

Have I mentioned I LOVE fruit & veggie smoothies???

I usually add a large date for natural sweetening, but I was out of them. I got an idea to use 1/3 of a Larabar. It's perfect! Now I'm thinking of using it to sweeten my sorbets instead of using honey. Speaking of, my last sorbet used a frozen mixture of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. It was thick and purple!

My last blogs have been all about the food. I love playing around with healthy food and making it super-delicious. It helps me to eat less when I enjoy it while getting all the nutrients my body craves.

bon appetite!

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KACYBEE15 3/19/2011 3:17PM

    BRAVO!!! That looks delicious!

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NTSOHLTHNT 3/17/2011 9:04PM

    You had me going...I have a Vitamix and LOVE it. The smoothies are great, and if you're on a raw diet, it even "heats" soup.

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MAZZYR 3/16/2011 7:38PM

    Yummy says it best!

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HONEYBEEGRL77 3/16/2011 7:14PM

    Gotta love the VitaMix!! Your smoothie looks yummy!

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FRUITYCHERRY 3/16/2011 5:17PM

    Your smoothie looks great! I am currently doing a Green smoothie blog project and I am having a lot of fun with it!

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WILD4STARS 3/16/2011 4:36PM

    Looks great. I just had my first blended salad today. I never realized they were different from smoothies, but they are! It was great, will definitely do it again.

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JEWELS692 3/16/2011 2:20PM

    WOW this is grate thanks for the grate idea emoticon

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MOV4WARD 3/16/2011 12:54PM

    emoticonI adore the visuals of food blogs! It really helps me grasp the yummy & healthy ideas! Thanks for sharing :)


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FINERFLOWER 3/16/2011 12:10PM

    Vitamix is da bomb!

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JIMCROCE 3/16/2011 11:54AM

  Now that is an impressive before and after! emoticon

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HAPPYWALKER 3/16/2011 11:41AM

    P.S. the recipe for this particular smoothie is in my February 28 blog. emoticon

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Ahhhhh...there's nothing like a hot bowl of oatmeal

Friday, March 11, 2011

...not the instant kind, mind you. It's so easy and quick to make hearty oatmeal from whole oats. Here's all you need:

Measure out 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup water into saucepan.
Add 1 small (1/2 large) fresh apple, peeled and cut into chunks
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cook on medium, stirring occasionally. The oatmeal will bubble and thicken. On my stove, it takes about 5-7 minutes to get it to the right consistency.

Take about a handful of walnuts, which is about 1 oz., and chop.

Pour your cooked oatmeal into a bowl and add fresh blueberries (Note: if I don't have fresh on hand, I add frozen blueberries during the cooking time).
Sprinkle with the walnuts and a little more cinnamon if you like.
Top it off with 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup.

Oatmeal is known to lower cholesterol. The fiber in oats creates fullness
Cinnamon is known to regulate blood sugar.
Blueberries are a superfood full of many powerful nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Apples are full of pectin which creates fullness, as well as having many nutrients also.
Walnuts contain omega-3 healthy fat to combat cardio vascular disease and increase satiety.

Besides being healthy and protecting my body from illnesses, this breakfast warms my tummy, is hearty, filling, and totally delicious....I call that a PERFECT breakfast and a great way to start my day!!

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PATTK1220 3/19/2011 5:17PM

    This is my favorite breakfast, too! Sometimes I sub almond milk for some of the water, skip the walnuts, and stir in some flax meal. Oatmeal is so versatile!

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MOV4WARD 3/13/2011 5:18PM

    emoticonditto that! I was shocked to find out that it was the ooey gooey sticky stuff in the oatmeal that binds & sweeps cholesterol on out the door! who knew???

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HEALTHY4ME 3/11/2011 3:59PM

    I love my oatmeal too!!! have a great bowl of oatmeal.

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HUGS2013 3/11/2011 3:40PM

    I could eat this up for sure. I have plain old fashioned oats with cinnamon and sweet and low in the morning. This could jazz it up. Thanks for sharing the recipe! emoticon

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WILD4STARS 3/11/2011 11:18AM

    Love it. For another flavor boost use apple juice instead of the water. It's great that way too & you don't need to maple syrup.

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CATANTIGO 3/11/2011 10:05AM

    Yummy! emoticon

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STREAKFREAK 3/11/2011 10:03AM

    I'll be right over!

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Mango Sorbet

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

This was dessert and is now one of my all-time favs!

1/2 cup plain almond milk
2 cups Dole frozen mango chunks
1/8 cup honey
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Whirl in the Vitamix until 4 mounds appear.
Top with unsweetened coconut.

Makes 2 generous and satisfying servings (approx. one cup each)

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MOV4WARD 3/10/2011 8:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYum!

i bought a green smoothie kind of drink, b/c i could not fathom how it c/b good. i wuz surprised ;)

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MAZZYR 3/10/2011 6:08PM

    Sounds yummy.

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WILD4STARS 3/9/2011 8:25PM

    LOVE mango. Must try !

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HUGS2013 3/9/2011 8:11PM

    What a pretty sunshine bowl! I don't have a viamix but I will try this is the blender, it looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHY4ME 3/9/2011 8:00PM

    OH yum!!! I will have to try that but right now only have mixed berries, and bberries ( separate) and some old froz strawberries. but may try it with one of those tomorrow.

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I turned DH on to smoothies, woooohoooo!

Monday, February 28, 2011

First I have to mention that it's the most dark and dreary day today! It's raining and the yard and driveway are all a mass of slush and huge puddles. The sky is full of gray clouds. This kind of weather is very typical in March and usually sends me into quite a depression. And yet, I'm feeling quite peaceful and content this morning.

I'm so happy that I'm having a slight positive influence on my husband.

I got a VitaMix last fall and have been using it everyday for smoothies, soups, and sorbets.

A few weeks ago, DH was coming down with a cold. As it was just the beginnings of one, I had him take a zinc tablet and time-released vitamin C. I whipped up one of my smoothies and convinced him to drink a glass for all the anti-oxidants. He was amazed at how good it tasted. And the best part is that he never came down with a full-blown cold. The sniffles were completely gone in a couple weeks. Now, every time I make a smoothie I have to always make a large amount because he wants a glass.

Here's one of my favorite combinations:

1/2 cup red grapes
1/2 peeled orange
1/2 apple
1/2 pear
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup fresh pineapple (I cut in chunks and put in the freezer)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh cranberries (I also keep the bag in the freezer)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Tbs. fresh ginger
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 large date (pitted)
1 1/2 cups kale or spinach
1 1/2 cups water

Makes about 2 1/2 TALL glasses. Chock full of nutrition and very yummy!!

Last night I made us a real treat in the Vitamix - strawberry sorbet:

1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/8 cup honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Whirl until four mounds appear. Top with slivered almonds.

So simple, and BETTER THAN ICE CREAM! I find that it fills me up instead of leaving me wanting more. You can substitute any other frozen fruit such as peaches, mangos, etc. Or use a fresh orange and add a couple cups of ice cubes.

I LOVE my Vitamix!!!

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SUNNYH99 3/6/2011 5:03PM

    This is a great blog! Sorry it took so long to read it and say hi. I too am glad you aren't depressed. That is so cool that your DH loves your smoothies! Mine won't even taste the ones I make.
Today I made one with baby spinach, silken tofu, soymilk, PB2 powder, frozen cherries, 1/2 banana, a small green apple, cold water and ice. Yummy! Wish I had a VM, but I joke that I have to wear the 2 regular blenders first!
emoticon emoticonSunny

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MOV4WARD 2/28/2011 9:53PM

    emoticonoh yummy, yummy, yummy!

emoticon emoticon emoticonoooh, u have snow! Raining cats & dogs here! We had snow earlier this week but it has given way to torrential, grey, dreary, pounding rain... I can't wait for Spring!

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MAZZYR 2/28/2011 7:00PM

    Yum, yum... sounds Yummy!

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VEGANJAZ 2/28/2011 2:40PM

    RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!! :)

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SWEETLIPS 2/28/2011 2:17PM

    My vitamix is 23 years old and still does all the bells and whistles. I LOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVE it. Now with these two recipes I am going down to play with my food. Thanks for sharing - my hubby likes smoothies. So tonight, the ice cream for hom and me too.

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HEALTHY4ME 2/28/2011 2:12PM

    OHOH you came to my rescue, I bought the stuff to make smoothies including baby spinach and have a book from library but it only contains fruit ones but does put them by heart, inflamation, energy ect. but I am going to try yours. I don't have a vitamin cut have a blender so that will have to do. I also bought some cottage cheese to add to them and greek yogurt to try with some granola and fruit.
You timed this blog right on!!!
Glad you aren't feeling down. today here was sunny but now it is almost ominous - supposed to storm yet again.... today off work tomorrow.


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HONEYBEEGRL77 2/28/2011 1:43PM

    I LOVE my Vitamix too!! I'm impressed that your husband tried (and loved) a green smoothie. That's amazing!! My guy eyes mine with suspicion! He did try a sip of my chocolate-cherry smoothie over the weekend, but that's all fruit. Maybe next time he's getting a cold (which is rare), I'll try your trick :-)

BTW, your yard looks exactly like my yard right now!! We could be neighbors.

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