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The World has Ended

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nice dramatic title but considering I am horrible about blogging (hey only so many hours in the day!!)...

So I had a team mate on South Beach post her "fat" picture online a couple weeks ago, admitting how darn hard it was to do that. I realized that I could totally relate since I am camera phobic. The only good pictures of me is one taken if I don't know it was snapped. But it also reminded me that I don't have a "pre SB" picture here so I went looking. My brother in Alaska got married 6/2006. I attended the wedding and remember shopping to find something appropriate to wear. One - I don't wear heels anymore. Hell I don't wear dresses anymore (and will not ever again so consider yourself warned)! I went shopping and had to shop at Lane Bryant to find something I felt I could be comfortable with - wearing a size 18. I was probably around 175ish in this picture. I started South Beach 1/2007 and weighed 188lbs - and had gone shopping and had to buy a size 20 in pants.

Now I didn't see this picture until I had been on the diet for several months (ie over a year after it was taken) because well that is how my brother and I roll on our correspondence..hahaha. My family opened up the copy of the wedding album and we all saw my pic and went WHOA!!!! Nobody had really realized how overweight I really was until we saw the difference in me from (at the time) 35 pounds later.

Now 50plus pounds later I think it is a bit more evident and a reminder to me of how far I have come and where I do not want to revisit. I still am quite shy about pictures but I am going to work on getting a picture of me that is more "whole bod shot" - even if it means cam pic time. I need to do that to keep me on track. That constant reminder of how far I have journeyed - that it CAN be done and it takes time, work, and perseverance! emoticon

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ANNEN1 11/20/2008 8:11PM

    I totally agree about pictures being motivators. We travel a good bit and every time my husband takes a picture of me it's in front of a ruined catherdral or some site of interest. When I put the pictures in an album to remember the trip; I get the best possible motivation to stay with the diet.

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WILLBOYWONDER 10/27/2008 7:23PM

    Photos are amazing. Sometimes, you don't really see the progress you have made until you see yourself in a photo. Congratulations on your success. Keep it up.

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KYLIEMC8 10/25/2008 3:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! I like being able to look each time I log on to spark people why I'm here and how far I've come in my journey..and how far I have to's a good thing! Thanks again for sharing! Hugs, Kylie emoticon

PS, can't wait to see the 'now' pictures!!

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BARBBROWN48 10/25/2008 1:56PM

  Wow! I have pictures here in my house of when I was at least 80lbs lighter than I am now but I hate to look at pictures or even my reflection now since I have gained so much. You have great strength and will power. You are an inspiration to all! Thanks so for sharing.

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SAYRAH-M 10/25/2008 9:38AM

    I didn't recognize you. But the typing is the same (smile). Thanks for sharing.

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HUGS2015 10/24/2008 9:27PM

    The thing about it is if you didn't say that the picture was you I wouldn't even know because you look so different now...and so much younger. It is amazing how many years dropped off of you with the weight. Yours truely is a success story.
I hate cameras too and there aren't may pictures of me if I can help it but it is good to record the progress.
I love all of your new pictures that you have up now. You are a beautiful lady so you don't have to worry about having a bad pictures now. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Deanie

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BINEMELLES 10/24/2008 1:13PM

    i can totally relate to that "WHOA! moment"!
i am just as camera shy, and my before pic was actually the one that started me losing weight. someone had snapped it while i was busy and not looking and i got this picture a year after it was taken, i am sure i had gained a few more pounds by the time it reached me. i was so totally shocked that i started searching for online weight loss resources the same day and found SP!
i think you look sweet - but VERY shy! emoticon

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GIANNA345 10/23/2008 9:24PM

    Congratulations on having lost so much weight! I like to take pictures of other people (mostly my kids, cat, and dog), but am not so fond of having my picture taken either, so I can relate. It sounds like you know exactly what you are doing. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/23/2008 8:47PM

    Kierae, you were beautiful. Congrats on adding healthy to that description.


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Thanks Portishead!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

So the contraption above is evil. When we started our challenge, I was up to 5 minutes twice a day. My goal for the 8 weeks was to reach 10 minutes which I thought was reasonable. But somehow I seemed to be stuck at 6 minutes. Let me tell you, you CAN feel this in your quads and backside! Abe likes to stand next to me - as if we are walking. Except he doesn't move at all but he makes it clear that in my flailing around the machine, I could exercise my arms and PET him. Such a motivator! emoticon Well today there was nothing on television to distract me so I decided to turn on one of my favorite stations and ended up hearing one of my favorite songs by Portishead that just happen to have enough beat to it. So I decided I wasn't going to stop until the song was over. Most of their songs are 5 minutes long. This was enough for me to push through and hit the 10 minute mark! Clearly music is what I need to ignore the screaming thighs - duly noted fitness gods. Now to see if I will be able to walk in a couple hours and if I will be able to do it twice a day! emoticon

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JAVABEAN2 10/23/2008 9:22AM

    i love portishead...good choice! ;-) good job too!!! keep it up

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QUILTEDCAT52 10/23/2008 2:05AM

    Yep! Music can even save your life! They were saying on the news the the Bee Gee's song "Staying Alive" has just the perfect beat to do chest compressions in CPR. Well, they also said the "Another One Bites the Dust" has the correct rhythm too but they thought that it was more positive to focus on "Staying Alive", especially if you are singing along to keep the rhythm going on track....

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KIERAE 10/22/2008 7:42PM

    YES it was! Great song (actually all of their stuff is great)! emoticon

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BLONDEGIRL10 10/22/2008 7:41PM

    WooHoo! You did it!!! Was it "Sour Times" that got you through? just wondering.
Steppers are evil!

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Mushroom season

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I am a mushroom fan. I will eat POUNDS of them over meat. When the rains hit, it is time for the mushrooms to hit the markets (and the woods). I got to go mushroom picking with a friend and came across one of my favorites: lobster mushrooms. Now technically lobster mushrooms aren't really mushrooms. They are a parasitic fungus that grows on a host mushroom, turning them red and rendering the original mushroom unidentifiable. Sounds yummy right?!?

Well they are yummy. Very meaty with a slight gaminess from growing in the forest. I usually end up slicing them thin, sauteing it with garlic and olive oil and some spices. I use to eat them with spaghetti but yesterday I ate them as a side dish. All 4 1/2 cups of them! Hey I did mention that I could eat pounds didn't I?

I took a mushroom free day today but tomorrow I have chanterelles to eat! Yup mushroom heaven!

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BINEMELLES 10/16/2008 1:22PM

    i LOVE chanterelles! those mushrooms you got there look awesome. like so often, i'd love to come over for dinner!

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LIL.TALA 10/16/2008 12:12PM

    I've never mushroom hunted. sounds fun! wnjoy them and their nutrients!

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~*JACKIE*~ 10/16/2008 9:19AM

    When I was a young girl, my grandfather and i would hunt Morel mushrooms in the woods, Ohhhh how i miss them. The way my Grandmother cooked them they tasted like a steak! YUM!

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QUILTEDCAT52 10/16/2008 1:23AM

    I love mushrooms and living here in the Pacific NW (as you well know since you live here too) it is awesome to be able to find lots of varieties in the stores this time of year. While I am blessed to live on 13+ acres of forest land, I never pick any of the ones that grow at our house. I am too afraid of picking the wrong ones and making us sick. I've never met anyone that has really known what they were doing well enough to show me. emoticon

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KIERAE 10/15/2008 10:17PM

    Hmmm no although some folks think they are seafoody tasting. Personally I think it is their minds playing tricks due to the bright red/orange color..haha. More earthy but sweeten slightly when cooked.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/15/2008 9:45PM

    Do they taste like lobster?

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MEGABOMB 10/15/2008 8:26PM

    Oh man, I'm so jealous! Those lobster mushrooms (or non mushrooms!) look absolutely amazing! It's chanterelle season where I am (Vancouver, BC) but I haven't yet found someone to take me out and show me the ropes. YUM!

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Seasons of Change

Saturday, October 04, 2008

We have officially left the warm summer days behind. Yesterday we had torrential rains and a huge tree came down, the first but undoubtedly not the last of the rain/storm season. I took Abe for a walk in the rain. He would run ahead, duck under the eaves or a tree to get out of the rain and wait patiently for me to catch up. He isn't happy with this rain business and well I can relate. It is definitely putting a hamper on our walking mileage. I busted out the WATP dvds and did 3 miles while he laid on the bed and watched amusingly. I got on the stair stepper and did 10 minutes. Abe stood beside me while I did it, looking like he was "walking" with me. Oh yeah - it is going to be a long winter.

I decided to do a holiday challenge and try to get my weight to 130, adjusting my "maintenance" amount to 130-135. Not sure if I will make it but figured it would be nice to have a little more padding during the holiday season. I don't want to possibly see 140 on the scale - not that I can't lose it again but I just don't want to go there. Period!

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REBERLOU 10/14/2008 4:20AM

    You can do it!!!

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WILLBOYWONDER 10/9/2008 2:24PM

    Funny we change from summer to autumn and the weather changes with it.

Thatís a good challenge. And sure, you will make it. There is plenty of time. Just jump into it, and give it your all.

Good luck!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/8/2008 10:36PM

    This Canadian likes the maple leaf photo. Do I understand that you have lowered your maintenance range? Or are you increasing it for padding? I'm confused. No, you didn't do that. I'm ALWAYS confused. LOL Anyway, I know you know what you are doing and I support you.


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MSEMBERSTORM 10/6/2008 11:41PM

    Awe it sounds like Abe is awesome. You two have an awesome bond. Keep up the great work!

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Figs grow locally here in the Pacific Northwest but I have only had fresh figs once a couple years ago. I picked up a basket last week from our local market and really enjoyed it. So when the market got in 4 different kinds and on sale, I thought score! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I wanted to try each one to see the difference in taste. My girlfriend in St Louis was cursing me because she couldn't get any locally and she ADORES figs. I decided I would make her some jam with what I got. Off to the market I went and with the assistance of the produce manager, I came home with 6 pounds.

So today was canning day! I have 12 jars sitting on my counter cooling off. I think the prettiest (and tastiest) one is a strawberry colored one that has a touch of orange liquor in it. I still have another batch to process but I am tired. We shall see in a couple weeks whether the jam sets up or if it ends up to be a sauce. Either way it should be tasty. Oh and Abe decided he likes figs (like this surprises me considering he will eat anything!). His contribution was to lay in the middle of the kitchen waiting for anything to hit the floor. emoticon

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USE2BWILD 9/27/2008 8:18PM

    This sounds deliscious. Your recipe looks good and your photos are tantalizing too!! You are in berry heaven there. From, mcgee emoticon

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KIERAE 9/26/2008 10:56PM

    Actually fresh figs are not fattening (one fresh fig has .2gm of fat), have a lower glycemic index than apples, and are high fiber. The issue with fresh figs is that because they are high carbohydrate (12gms) which is primarily sugar type energy, it can be a possible trigger for those following South Beach (particularly those folks more sensitive to sugars or new on the diet). Considering I shipped out all but 3 jars, I don't think moderation shall be an

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BABYFACE26 9/26/2008 10:31PM

    I just recently read (I believe it was Dr. Agiston of South Beach diet) that Figs are terrifically fattening. All things in moderation.

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KIERAE 9/20/2008 10:18AM

    I did a combination of a couple recipes:

Cinnamon Fig Jam
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 lb. mission figs (about 10-12 figs)
1 3″ strip lemon zest
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 lemon juiced

Add water and sugar to a pan and place on a medium heat to dissolve.

Remove the stems from the figs and cut into quarters. Add to the sugar mixture along with lemon zest, cinnamon stick, and lemon juice. Bring the mix to a light simmer and leave the pan uncovered. Cook for about 1 hour or until the mix thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

This is the one I used for one batch but ended up adding more water to soften up the fig skins. One batch I put in 1/2 cup of orange liquor (and adjusted down the sugar).

This is the other:

Spicy Fig Orange Microwave Jam

1 1/2 cups diced fresh figs (6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
1/2 cup seeded, peeled orange, diced
1 1/2 cups of sugar (reduce if you want, though it won't set as well)
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon butter (can be omitted - prevents foaming)

2 (8-ounce) canning jars

Again I used half the sugar, added low/no sugar pectin to help it set up...and I water bath canned it for 10 minutes (since I am shipping mine out).

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BINEMELLES 9/20/2008 4:59AM

    wow! why did i never think of fig jam? would you share that recipe, kierae? there's lots of fresh figs in my street market there days (must be the time for them i guess) and i'd love to make fig jam.
umm ... don't eat TOO much in one go though, if you ever want to leave the bathroom again. they're kind of dangerous!

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UGHFAAAAAT 9/19/2008 9:12PM

    That looks delicious! Have you ever eaten loads of figs BEFORE?
They are one of my favorites, fresh figs, and if I get going on them I puff out pretty big chub. They affect hormone levels (all fruits with tiny seeds do, for instance strawberries are great for sex drive!) and I believe that they raise my estrogen as well as insulin and I get all plump.
I had to cut myself off 2 summers ago and only had 6 fresh figs this year! RATS.
Maybe you are not as much of a figgy piggy as am I.
But if you are watch out!

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