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I'm still here...

Monday, October 27, 2014

I don't know why I'm still here. Well actually I do. I am giving up my Weight Watchers membership, because I have been tracking here on Spark. I think I like it here better. Have been getting bored with the whole point counting thing. Maybe just changing things up a bit will make a difference. So, for the remainder of 2014 I will track here and stay within my 1200 calorie range. Even if that gives me a slow loss, it's still better than no loss, right?

On another note, my family could use some prayers if you are so inclined. It would be greatly appreciated. My 59 year old brother passed away in September from colon cancer, and my younger brother 49 years old is slowly slipping away too. He has a blockage in his lung, and is too weak for surgery. He has been bedridden due to a stroke 18 months ago. The doctors say that this blockage will eventually take him away from us.

We will get through this, I know. Life ain't always easy, is it?

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KARENO5 10/27/2014 12:57PM

    Thank you.

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JIBBIE49 10/27/2014 2:48AM

    24 points for WW is 1200 calories, so you can figure that here and save yourself the money.

Sorry about your brother as 59 isn't very old. I do hope he had life insurance to help his family out. Maybe your brother who is 49 will still get better.

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CETANISTAWI 10/27/2014 2:33AM

    Prayers sent. HUGS, too.
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Bleh! Smoothie Madness

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 4 of Smoothie Madness:

Today I thought I would try something different so added a couple of new things to the smoothie repertoire. Cucumber and avocado. Now I've heard that these are good additions to a smoothie, so why did mine come out sort of bleh, like it did? It wasn't awful, but it wasn't wonderful either. emoticon I think was because there wasn't enough room for more than a few blueberries. Will have to work on fine tuning this. It wasn't a recipe. I just was going through the frig and grabbing stuff that looked like it would be good to add.

Here is what I ended up with:

1 cup baby spinach
1/3 of an avocado
a 4 inch piece of cucumber
6 almonds
about 1/2 cup blueberries.
topped off with almond milk.

I would probably not use this mix again in these proportions, but I will say the avocado did make it creamy.

Well, tomorrow is another opportunity, isn't it?

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KARENO5 9/28/2014 4:15PM

    LJCANNON, there was 1/2 cup of blueberries, but apparently that was not enough. Maybe one cup and/or reduce the amount of veggies. I do think next time I will leave out the avocado. I didn't care for the texture it made the smoothie.

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LJCANNON 9/27/2014 8:54PM

    emoticon In my experience, the Smoothie is always "Bleh" (if not worse!) when there is not enough Fruit. My general 'Rule of Thumb" is 2 Veggies to I Fruit, has to be a Generous Serving of Fruit.
Your Smoothie sounds like it would be great if you just added 1/4 to 1/2 cup of berries. (in my opinion)

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Bought a Nutribullet

Friday, September 26, 2014

Not much going on here. The weight has pretty much stayed the same. I fear the problem is me. I have little will power emoticon

Three days ago we bought the Nutribullet. I am looking to replace at least one meal a day with a smoothie. Vegetable and fruit, with some sort of protein added. These will be one of the following:
Greek yogurt
whey protein
chia seed

I am hoping this will help. I do notice I tend to not want to snack for quite a long time after I drink one and snacking seems to be the source of my problem. I don't eat big meals.

Weight watchers hasn't worked for me so far, although it did in the past.
So, that's where I am right now. We shall see how it works out...

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KARENO5 9/27/2014 1:20PM

    Thanks for the idea LJCANNON. I could see using it for other things besides smoothies. I used it to make salsa the other night.

So far we are liking it. My husband hasn't used it to make a drink using rum, ice and some fruity soft drink. Kind of like a margarita. I have made smoothies and ground flax seeds and made almond butter. It has earned a permanent space on the kitchen counter.

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LJCANNON 9/27/2014 12:35AM

    emoticon I use an original Bullet at work. LOVE making Veggie Smoothies with it.
emoticon I have recently discovered that I can use the Bullet to pureed veggies and add them to cake mixes. My elderly client who hates EVERY THINK except Fudge and Diet Coke will happily eat a Chocolate Cake made with Pumpkin in it.
emoticon I'm going to try Broccoli and Cauliflower next week.

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KARENO5 9/26/2014 10:48PM

    Thank you, LIFENPROGRESS. I haven't ever seen casein protein. Is there a reason you choose that over whey or soy? I can't have the soy because of the medication I take as the result of having had thyroid cancer. Your recip sounds good though. How much milk are you using?

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LIFENPROGRESS 9/26/2014 8:21PM

    May I suggest a protein smoothie? I use a protein powder with CASEIN Protein rather than Whey or Soy (CLICK Protein Powder), 1/2 banana or 1/2 cup blueberries, 2% Milk, and about 3 ice cubes. It REALLY keeps me on track!

“Appetite has really become an artificial and abnormal thing, having taken the place of true hunger, which alone is natural. The one is a sign of bondage but the other, of freedom.”
~ Paul Brunton ~

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Friday, November 15, 2013

My friend just lost 20 lbs on the Medifast diet She said it was not a hard diet to follow. I have spent the day investigating this diet plan, with the possibility of going on it. It is a very low calorie diet with 5 premade meals and one you make yourself out of lean protein and low glycemic vegetables. It was kind of expensive from what she told me, so I don't really want to sign up for it.

So my question is: anybody here doing Medifast, or some similar diet? And, how hard is it to follow? Just looking at some other options, as I've tried WeightWatchers in the past, but haven't liked the program changes the last couple of years.

Thanks for listening!

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    There are meal replacement shakes, yes, but also soups, oatmeal, brownies, ice cream, mac n' cheese type things, chip-replacements, etc. Fans of MediFast appreciate the range of options all pre-packaged to fit within the plan. The daily Lean and Green meal looks a lot like WW, but otherwise the emphasis is on packaged product.

Hope that helps. Good luck!


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KARENO5 11/16/2013 12:24AM

    Yes, thank you both for the input. I have heard Medifast is expensive. It is basically all premade foods except for one meal a day. I'm not ready to do anything yet. I like to do my homework before committing to the expense. If it's mostly liquid meal replacement I don't think I could stick with it.

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FANNISHMOM 11/15/2013 10:18PM

    I know there is a sparkteam for Optifast which is similar but is medically supervised. I did Optifast and, if it is a good fit for you, then it works great. However, you have to be in the right mindset and it can be costly to pay for all the meal replacements.

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JTREMBATH 11/15/2013 8:55PM

    I have heard it is expensive.

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Hanging in there!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Just a check in, to keep myself. I am on day three of using the Fitbit. I have increased the number of steps each of the days which is a move in the right direction.

I have a doctor appt in early December, and I would like to be down 3 or 4 lbs by that time. I don't expect the process to be fast. Time has shown me that I have a slow metabolism and have to work harder at this.

I think blogging about this will help keep me focused on the goal.
Thanks for listening!

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KARENO5 11/15/2013 8:30PM

    Thank you for the comments and encouragement.

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WRITEAWAY 11/15/2013 9:16AM

    You're here making great choices. I hope the best for you as you continue and hope the doctor app't goes well~

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