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How to reinvent your wardrobe ... for under $20

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's called Goodwill half price. Oh yes. 5 pairs of pant, 3 size 10's, 1 size 9, and 1 size 8!! And a few M/L shirts for good measure.

I'm 10 pounds below the last pictures, so there are some new ones to accompany my new wardrobe.

Even after this past weekend, where I royally ate pizza, I am still rolling along. I am eating way up at the upper end of my calories right now, but I am including 7-8 fruits and vegetables and tons of real food and getting all my nutrients for the day mostly from my food, I am taking a B complex and iron supplement.

I am taking part, actually leading a team, in a 6-week challenge to get to my healthy weight of just under 160lbs. I'm pretty sure I can manage that. I think I will then extend my goal to 150 lbs but do it nice and slowly.

The best part about this week is that my darling husband is in San Francisco, and, although he is also meant to be on a diet, he is the worst at saying "lets go out and ...." no husband = no diet pitfalls. Onward to a good week.


Some will win, some will lose ...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

some are born to sing the blues ...

I totally lost the diet today. All of it, whole food, healthy food, slowing down, completely by the wayside. It happens. I was helping out at a girl scout event with lunch provided, and my willpower must have been entirely used up this past week, because the cookies were just calling my name. Along with a number of other things I should have been more careful about. Then, my husband says "lets get pizza" and I said, "sure, sounds good." What? Where is my brain? I can't do pizza and breadsticks. I did stop myself about 1 slice and 1 breadstick earlier than I would have in the past. I was just starting to feel like I had enough to eat, and I said, woah, hold on, you don't want to feel sick later, and I stopped. I will give myself that tiny win today. I have a plan for snack tonight, about 125 cals of chocolate icecream saved for today (back when I thought I wouldn't be a pizza-eating idiot) and that's it. Tomorrow, back on the wagon full force and all. One thing I will do today, I worked out some, but I am 100 burned calories away from weekly goal, and 24 minutes away, I think I may go take my 5 lb weights and circuit-train my way to completing my workout goals. Yes. that I will do.

Oh well .... these things, they happen.

Oh the movie never ends it goes on and on and on and on .... Don't stop believing ....


Cake ...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Not the band.

I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't thinking of it, I still don't know what it was for, but when I went to the lounge to eat my fabulous lunch of yogurt chicken waldorf salad, there it was: cake. Clearly, left behind for eating. Someone was actually there eating some when I walked in. The epitome of the diet de-railer, that oh too often birthday, retirement, congratulations party sweet tooth craving cake, and I was staring at it.

First of all, I decided that my salad would feel bad if I didn't start eating it, so I quickly took a seat as far from the cake as I could, got a magazine, and began to eat my lunch. The cake was still there, it's sweet aroma wafting in my general direction. The room was clear, if I ate the cake, only I would have to know about it, but my food tracker was already full today, and cake was not on it.

I looked at the cake. I got up and walked over to the cake and said "I don't need you cake." "I don't need you, I have my lunch, I have my plan, and I have a party to deal with tonight. I don't need you."

Then, just to spite the cake, I stayed down there the full 20 minutes of my break. I now return to my office, where there is no cake.

I made it. I beat the cake.

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BFITTS 4/11/2008 2:33AM

    You go!!! Have a wonderful, beautifull cake free day... emoticon

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KATIE781 4/10/2008 3:52PM

  Yay! Good choice !!!!

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THECITYMOUSE 4/10/2008 2:13PM

    .....and you are a rock star for putting that cake in its' place! emoticon

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Whole Foods and Nutrition

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

This is my update on whole foods and slowing down.

I'll start with slowing down ... I'm still working on it. I almost never remember to eat slowly unless it's dinner and I'm with my husband (who eats slowly) or I'm on the last two bites of a meal. Oh well, it takes me a long time to form a habit, and this one will take time.

Whole foods ... wow. No really, wow. I switched to whole food eating, and boom, my sodium is down and my potassium is up. Just like that! I'm really amazed. I feel reasonably well, although today I didn't quite balance my protein and carbs correctly, and i had a slight sugar crash before dinner. Partially, that is because I added Kashi Heart to Heart cereal to enrich in vitamins B6, B12, E and Folate, and it is mainly carbs. I need to time my eating of the cereal more appropriately, like, within 2 hours of eating dinner. Then, I should be fine. I also bought an iron supplement because I don't eat enough red meat to get the iron I need. I eat tons of beans, but still not enough for iron. My fiber is up too! I'm trying to add more beans to my meals to keep that high. I'm very excited to get the majority of my nutrition from food. I even hit 100% on my magnesium one day, that never happens. Go whole food!

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MECHELE5 4/9/2008 2:10PM

  I am also trying to eat more slowly and to take time to savor my food . Not only does it hep me appreciate the meal I have thoughtfully prepared but it helps me gauge my fullness.

Congrats on making better choices!

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TAMBORINE 4/9/2008 12:36PM

  Amazing isn't it? I also was amazed at the results when I started making simple diet changes.

Go you! Keep up the good work.

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Recipes for Future

Sunday, April 06, 2008

I want to leave some thoughts here on things to make for dinner:

Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken Divan
Southwest Chicken and couscous

Continuing from the Origion Diet book

Microwave a sweet potato for a snack with cinnamon
Add dried fruit to rice
Freeze fruit puree and add to drinks

Brown Bag Ideas:
Cucumber and sprouts with low-fat cream cheese on bread/crackers
Ricotta (1/2 c) with 1/4c peanut butter, 2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbl raisins with apples on bread
Creamy tortilla/sandwich/cracker filling: cream cheese, bottled roasted red pepper, red onion, fresh basil leaves
Whole wheat english muffin pizzas
Chickpeas with olive oil and vinegar, salt and paprika
Carrot(grated)-Apple-Raisin salad, with yogurt and lemon juice

Thai tofu salad: heat tofu, add shredded cabbage, peanut sauce, sunflower seeds, top with cilantro


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