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No More Fear of Veggies.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I love spicy foods, I also love Cheese, and I have never met a carb I did not like. Veggies were after thoughts. they became like the step child let in the corner. I have decided to make some out of the ordinary veggies and spice them up. With the help of Aarti Party on Foodnetwork, I have found a way to add lentils (yellow split pigeon peas) and butternut squash to my meal as a main course. I do add hot sauce to it after it is in the bowl. I pressure cooked Collard greens, I added onions and red pepper flakes. NO MEAT added. When they were done I chopped them and when I ate them I added hot sauce. I am going to think of veggies as the main course and meat/protien as a side dish. That way my mined will focus on portion size.
I am going to cook dinner for 2-3 instead of 6-8. THere are only 3 at home and leftovers become trash if I cook too much. emoticon I will no longer fear veggies.

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CARRAND 1/11/2011 8:33PM

    Good idea. We all need to eat more vegetables! Most Americans get more than enough protein and too much of it from meat instead of things like beans and lentils.

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TIKITAMI 1/11/2011 10:52AM

What a great idea!


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BRIARROSE30 1/11/2011 10:25AM

    Sounds yummy!

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Removing the Clutter

Monday, January 10, 2011

emoticon I have been gone way too long and the scale shows it....I have decided that to get my life in control and to make my goals I need to remove the clutter in my life. I left several Spark teams. Not because I did not need them but their time had past. I never participated in them and it was just over whelming to look at my spark teams. It gave me a reason to not work on my fitness. I spent months making things just for the whole family and not taking care of my self. I avoided veggies like the plague. I felt that all foods I could afford on my budget would just defeat my goals.
I cleaned my closets and found all of the exercise equipment I had purchased. I have it all out in the open and it stares at me and dares me to avoid it. I worked out last night and yes I am sore today but a good sore. I took the time for me. I got a Heart Rate Monitor and I use it. I am going to remove the clutter and find the me underneath all the clutter & have put on refusing to realize all the damage I have caused myself and now I think of the harm I will cause if I forget to work the spark and take time to remove the clutter

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WILLOWWEAVER 1/10/2011 10:49PM

    You can do it! I found that as I am removing the clutter, the weight also comes off. Take one day at a time! It is overwhelming sometimes... just do 10 minutes each day... i found that 10 minutes became longer once I got started. Sometimes...
Some of our clutter has emotional attachment... work through it and allow it... you are doing awesome!
don't beat yourself up for what has been...give yourself love and support as you move forward from this point!
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MUSICMOMOF2 1/10/2011 12:28PM

    You can do it!!

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BRIARROSE30 1/10/2011 12:12PM

    I love this - and thank you for not leaving the Des Moines team. I'm hoping we'll get our team going again - we need members like you! I too have a very cluttered life, and SP page and was just thinking of getting out of my other teams so I can focus on the Des Moines team. Keep blogging friend!

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JPUFFETT 1/10/2011 11:57AM

Getting rid of the clutter is so good for the soul! Keep on going!

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DOLPHINFAN1334 1/10/2011 11:55AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!! emoticon

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Hit in the Head with a CLUE by Four & the Magic Pill

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I has been a long time since I blogged. I think it was part of me not wanting to face facts that I was cheating and looking for the "Magic Pill" you know the one that lets you eat anything and in whatever portion you want and still loos weight.
I am asshamed to admit it I fell for the "Magic Pill" marketing. I bought 2 boxes of Jillian Michaels Detox and Cleanse and a box of Her Fat Burner. All they seemed to halp me do is gain more weight and to send me into a downward spiral of depression. For a Bi-Plor person this is a big problem. I am off to see a new doc to get some meds that will work. I am taking Mega b-Stress Magnisiem, and Emergenc- C. So far that is helping alot. But I needed to get my healthly lifestyle and healthly routine back in place. I had stopped exercising " Why workout when you can just pop a Magic Pill? The saying "No Pain No Gain" makes so much more sense. With out the effort (pain) of sticking to a workout routine I saw no gains(loss) on the scale.
I can not place the blame on Jillian Michaels. She is out there to make money. I am sure some need to detox and Cleanse. But if you eat healthy then you are detoxing and cleanse naturally.
I am a HUGE fan of Jamine Olvier's Food Reveolution. It hit me us side the head like a Clue by Four (2x4) IF I can uspport his quest to help the youth eat freash/naked food what would he consider adding to the toxins with Magic pills. I hated to do it but I needed to as a gesture to make me understand that anything worth having is only possible through hard work and a clean thought direction. I threw the pills away. Since I lost this week I rewareded myself with a new food scale. A taylor glass digital scall $49.99 at Target. I could have spent less but it is not only a reward it is an investment in my health, my life and my future!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/11/2010 2:09PM

    Glad to hear that you are on your way back up! You have been doing so well, so don't let this backslide throw you completely off. Have a great Sunday!

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It Happened. . .

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

today after taking the kids to the denist with my mom. My 17 (soon to be 18) year old son and the little (age 6) started chanting "BK BK BK BK BK" After the minding numbing took effect, we stopped. I son about died when it was my turn to order and I asked “How much sodium is in you grilled chicken garden salad?" (GASP). My daughter loved it and announced proudly to the dumbfound young man behind the counter, "That is ok cause my Mom is losing weight!"

I settled for a medium soft drink while my son ate his Double Whopper with Cheese and med fries. I was given a Nutrtional listing when I asked about the salad emoticon My little girl ordered seemingly innocent chicken nuggets. Let me tell you they are not that innocent for 4 oddly crown shaped pieces of what passes for chicken it contained over 450 mg of SODIUM. No wonder the youth of America are in the middle of a weight crisis.

As I watched my son eat his food, I read the calorie and sodium count for his sandwich 1010 cal and 1170 mg sodium, about half of the recommended 2300mg intake a day. And the Fries...they were around 950 cal and 1060mg in sodium. OMG now I know why have such High Blood pressure and weigh what I did before spark people. Does the CEO's of these Fast Food (yeah right) places realize that if you kill off you costumers you won't be in business long.

My daughter’s chicken was mostly breading and very very little chicken. The Whooper looked good to start and then the grease started to drip....YUCK emoticon

I think as Mothers, fathers, Aunts and Uncle we need to let the CEO's know that will cannot and will not stand for the slow death that they serve as food. With sodium counts like that and calories that high no wonder we get called "Fat Americans"

I thought once that MacDonald’s, Hardees, Arby’s, or BK would be hard to give up. Now that I read labels and ask questions I don't ever want to eat there again. Will I ever, I can not say I will not slip up and eat something and then about pass out when I find out the Sodium count or the calorie count......

It happened I have become one of those know the ones who take hours shopping because they spend forever reading the labels and comparing things.....

But.. . .

You Know What.....

I kind of like the new me!

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KIMSHIDELER 3/23/2010 1:02PM

    I is ridiculous what they put in that stuff. My son is 14, and of course we live in a small town and the closest thing we have to fast food is a Subway, but he get's the others even less now that I'm trying to lose weight. Surprisingly, he hasn't complained too much lol.

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BRIARROSE30 3/23/2010 12:30PM

    That is totally awesome that you are doing this! I have just started trying to change my family's lifestyle. My kids were putting on weight, not overweight but creeping up on it. My husband is overweight, and I eat terrible too. It just so happens I exercise about 2 hours every other day so it doesn't show up. Let's keep in touch and do this together!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/23/2010 8:23AM

    Way to go on making a good choice! I always have the best intentions when I go somewhere like that, but then the smell of the fries gets the better of me. That's why I try to avoid when I can! Have a great day!

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SHELLKAYE 3/23/2010 8:03AM

    When I was pregnant w/ both my children, I craved fast food. Usually fries, pop, and Big Macs. Now when I see the nutritioal info on this stuff, I'm shocked that I wasn't bigger than I was or that I was still rather healthy. I wish there was a fast food place w/ 'real' health food because sometimes the healthy choices at these places are still not so healthy. I'm learning that it does count to cook meals myself.

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ADELE66 3/23/2010 5:23AM

    Yes, I'm with Zodi there... SuperSize Me worked wonders for me too! Never been much of a fast food junkie but used to get the occasional Mac Attack. Not anymore!

Good for you with your new attitude - your body will love you for it!


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ZODI_MITCHELL 3/23/2010 12:51AM

    Hah! I killed off wanting fast food by watching the movie Super Size me. It grossed me out so much. Recently I went on a binge of fast food and omg do I feel awful. It's a big reason as to why I started up my changes in lifestyle (cause it's not a diet) again.

I am thankful that my kidlet gets the small portions and since i order for him, he'll get apples or fruit and milk instead of pop and fries.

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Accountability Day 2: Changing my idea of exercise!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

All my life I have been a nite owl. I know it sounds stupid but I never realy thought of the day having 2 6:30's. Today I started to change that. Since I became disabled I have become very lazy, and depressed. I sleep later, and I don't take care of me. Today was my first step to correcting that. I have been up since 6:15 am. I have checked my Blood Sugar. It was high but that was because of the hot tea last night with a syurp in it. I logged on to Spark People and Decided today I was going to exercise in the AM. I am going to see what the big deal is about exercising in the AM. I saw a blurb about the New You Bootcamp Workout Videos. I did Day 1. I will get in the bonus workout without equipment.
You know I thought I would just feal tired and want to crawl back into bed. But I am awake and kinda pumped.... I did something goo already today...I am drinking my water and then I will have breakfast, a whole wheat English muffin with an egg and hot tea..... They say if you can do something 7 days in a row you can make it a habit.. We shall see.

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SHELLKAYE 3/22/2010 8:15AM

    When I'm able to fit in a morning workout, it's great. I feel good for the whole day. However with the kids, it's basically unable to happen here lately. I've gone for a couple of jogs last week before bedtime and I think that felt great also. I felt more relaxed at bedtime and slept better. Keep up the good work.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 3/21/2010 2:12PM

    emoticonI struggle with the morning exercising too. But I always feel better after I do it!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/21/2010 12:50PM


Keep it up!

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