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Weight Loss and Cedar Fever

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hello All.

Well it's that time of year again. Time for Cedar Fever to kick my butt! From January to March is just rotten for me in Austin. Some days are better than others. I still don't know why they call it Cedar Fever when it's not cedar that causes the problem. From what I understand it's the juniper that causes the allergy symptoms. But I walk around in a zombie state of being for pretty much the entire season. I hate it.

On a more positive note... I have lost 10 pounds so far!!!! I am so very excited! I feel good too and I'm sleeping a bit better. So I'm going to keep plugging along! Woo Hoo!

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STARWARD 1/18/2010 6:01PM

    Congratulations on the 10 lbs of weight loss. Simply terrific!!!! emoticon

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

This isn't going to be very long. I just wanted to drop in quickly and write a little note.

I feel very positive about this up coming year. I see nothing but good things happening in my life.

The Calotren seems to be working well so far! I was told that for the first month or so not to look at the scale. So I haven't. But I have noticed my clothes feel looser!! And I feel better!! So I will keep you posted!

I hope everyone has a really wonderful 2010!

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COOP9002 1/9/2010 5:17PM

    Hope your 2010 is amazing.

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It's Here! It's Here!

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Calotren has arrived! I'm excited! But nervous!

There is some information on here about over-growth of yeast and what symptoms may occur. I have most of them! Soooo I think I'll be asking my doctor about that when I go in to see him in January. It says here that it can cause difficulty in losing weight too. Hmmm....

It has all these "for optimum benefit" things but I don't think they make sense for me at this time. I'm already changing my eating habits. And they include a lot of meat protein. I've talked to the people who sell this stuff and they say I don't have to do exactly what is in the book to get the results I'm looking for, that the stuff in there is for people who don't know how to go about changing their eating habits. It's all basically stuff from the US Gov. Food Pyramid.

So I will start this tonight. Tomorrow I will be hitting the gym!

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GINW1977 1/3/2010 11:25PM

    Keep me informed about how it goes.

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IRISHRAVEN 12/14/2009 7:31PM

    It's a dietary supplement. I know there is no magic pill. But I figure it like this: Every little bit helps at this point. The morning radio program on KASE 101 that I listen to here has a DJ that has been using it. His name is Bama Brown and he is always raving about how he owes his life to the stuff. He has lost 95 pounds slowly and effectively and is keeping it off. I looked into it and talked to a lot of people before making the decision to try it. I know a lot of the reviews out there are calling it nothing more than a fancy laxative. But that is because it has aloe in it which can have that effect. But it isn't the main ingredient, there isn't enough in it to cause any problems. And if anyone knows anything about Aloe they know it's a mild softener and not a laxative. It helps that I study herbs! LOL I've tried all kinds of other things and I am doing this as a last ditch effort before going through with a surgery for lap band or by-pass. For both of those surgeries I also have to be able to prove I've spent money on trying to lose weight other ways. Well this will add to that if nothing else.

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CAVIER 12/14/2009 5:36PM

  sounds cool!

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PAMNANGEL 12/14/2009 5:32PM

    What is Calotren?

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Up-date and news

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Vegetarian thing is going really well. I am loving it! Because Jordon has been doing some night class kind of things the last month, we have been living on Amy's frozen meals. And really they are very good! She has this Asian Noodle Bowl that is just to die for!

Last night I finally had a chance to actually cook. I made a SP recipe for pseudo-beef stroganoff. It was really good. I had to tweak it a little bit though. It called or 8 ounces of portbello mushrooms. Even on my hungriest days I could not do that much! I used 3 oz instead. I also had to thin it out some but adding a little non-fat milk and fat free sour cream while it was cooking. It was really good.

In the news...
I have decided to try a suppliment. It's called Calotren. Heard of it? Thoughts? I ordered some yesteday. I've tried everything else. So this is my last ditch effort on my own before I talk to a doctor about surgery. So ... I just hope it works.

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MONISLUV 12/10/2009 3:47PM

    Good Job Irish! I love portabellas. Sounds like you made some sensible changes!

I hope to be on more often, but until I can, I'll pop up everyonce in a while.


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CELTIC_WITCH 12/10/2009 3:05PM

    I love portabellas! Iíve gone vegetarian 3 to 4 days a week. I love meat & canít give it completely but am liking the variety its adding to my meals. Iím also trying Prevention Mags new eating system where you eat 4 meals of about 400 calories each. Iíll let you know how it goes.

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I'm really doing something now!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ok so a while back I blogged about starting to eat a mainly vegetarian or vegan diet. I've been researching for a couple of months before taking the plung, so to speak. But last Friday my sweet Jordon child approached me and said "Mom, I'm going to do the vegetarian thing again" (she's done it three times before for a couple months and then it's back to regular meat and junk food). I was like "GREAT!" and thinking "this gives me motivation to get a move on with the eating changes!" I discovered a name for the type of eating we are doing. It's LONG! LOL A Moderate Ova-Lacto-Vegetarian. This means we still enjoy eggs and dairy products and on the occasion will still eat actual meat. Like once every week or two so that our bodies don't freak out and get sick when we do eat meat. So I went shopping. I discovered some really really good stuff!

Morning Star Prime Griller veggie burgers: OMG these are amazing! I don't feel like I'm missing out of real hamburgers at all. I actually kind of prefer these as they aren't greasy!

Morning Star Breakfast Sausage: again OMG! These are so good!

I bought lots of Amy's brand Vegan and Vegetarian meals to try. I'm loving the Bean and Rice Burritos! YUMMO!

I got something called Veggie Slices. My sweet Kim introduced me to these as a replacement for processed sliced cheese that isn't very good anyway. These things are the BOMB! I got the Cheddar ones first. They melt beautifully and taste amazingly like cheddar!! We put them on our Grillers or make grilled cheese with them and they are wonderful! Today I got Cheddar Jalapeno to try on my lunch burger and it was to die for! I also got some Veggie Shreds to try on my Amy's Vegetarian Black Bean Chili.

Thursday night: The Amy's Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is so incredibly good! I never in a million years would have guessed it! I thought it'd be kind of bland and yucky. But nope! Very tasty, great texture, and a hint of spiciness! I used it like I would any other chili. This time I used it to make a quick Frito Pie. So Fritos, Amy's Black Bean Chili, and Veggie Shreds. It was delicious and filling!

I'm trying to think of something to cook with meat in it for this week. And now I kind of don't want to. Maybe I'll wait till next week to do the meat thing! LOL

Tonight Veggie DeLite Pizza from Papa Murphy's, add black olives and feta. Tomorrow night, SP recipe for Spinach Ziti. And Sunday night, SP recipe for Vegetarian Stroganoff.

I think I'll try to post about each new thing I try, whether vegetarian or not.

I have given up trying to use the food tracker on here. Most of the things I eat are never on there. Many times I have found the nutritional information on the recipes to be inaccurate also. And many times I am just clueless about serving sizes and all that. So I've decided, instead, to consciously eat slowly and to listen to my body for cues on fullness. With the added element of learning to guage portion size by the visual sizes that SP teaches. Like piece of meat being the size of a deck of cards and so on. LOL Funny I use the meat example as the only one I can remember off the top of my head! LOL And I'm going to try to at least write down what I eat and drink. If nothing else it will help me see the quality, and hopefully most of the quantity, of what I eat.

Anyway... how is everyone else doing?


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