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What I've Learned from BLC25

Friday, July 18, 2014

I've participated in the BLC 4 rounds in a row (BLC 20, 21, 22, 23), and then took a break for a variety of reasons and returned for BLC 25. Some observations:
1. I benefit from the commraderie of teammates.
2. I don't like being told specifically what I have to do and when I have to do it.
3. I'm an adult. I don't feel that there's a place for scolding in the BLC. We all have our weaknesses and I feel the BLC should be a place to come for support and encouragement. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
4. There is truth in the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." I came back expecting to see the same team, and I did not. I miss some of the old team members, but I am thrilled to have made friends with new team members.
5. I enjoy the opportunities when we're challenged to change our diet/nutrition/foods. I tend to get into major food ruts and this helps me.
6. I enjoy hearing about the successes of my teammates, and I love to cheer them on!
7. I'm a good water drinker, although I don't always update my water tracker.
8. I love riding the recumbant bike at the gym. I need to make this more of a priority, especially once school starts again. It helps me manage my stress.
9. Sleep is VERY important!!
10. I've learned I still have a lot to learn about losing weight and getting fit. I hope continuing in the BLC will help me with this.

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CHALLENGER15 7/24/2014 7:54AM

    I think it is always good to step back and reevaluate once in a while.

I am planning to come back for BLC26.

Are you all better now?

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CLUMBOY 7/23/2014 7:09AM

    I'm with terra--what's blc? is it biggest loser challenge or something?
sounds like you have learned some very valuable lessons--and I HEAR you about the recumbent bike. for me its the running--but its so very true that regular physical activity helps manage stress. I think part of it is "hey--I am going through a lot, but I am still getting this important thing for ME done!" and you don't feel bad or guilty for missing it.
let me know what you find out about cuddles. keeping her in my thoughts.

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TERRACOTTAGE 7/18/2014 10:27PM

    Sorry, but I had to Google BLC 25 to find out what it was. Glad you enjoyed it and want to continue. emoticon

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AHTRAP 7/18/2014 6:41PM

    Was returning to the BLC a good experience for you overall? I'm kind of burnt out on the challenge thing, it really hasn't worked for me (mostly due to travelling for work), so I'm considering taking a round off, myself.

Put another way, was the break from BLC beneficial to you, in terms of how you interacted/responded to the challenge?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 5:45PM

    I don't think we every stop learning about how to help ourselves get and maintain a healthy lifestyle! It's good to find a place where we can learn and support each other daily.

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New Meals, Yumminess, and a Nutritional Victory!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

First off, the yumminess! I am SO in love with this recipe that I have it once a week! Yes, it is high in fat, but it's a good fat and if you eat low fat the rest of the day, you're ok. It's easy to prepare. And it tastes so, so good!!

Second, my nutritional victory. I had posted earlier about wanting to try plain yogurt. I have, and I now think that there's no way I could go back to eating flavored yogurt. I'd think it would taste too sweet to me now. This is a good thing for me! I've been using Fage 2% plain in the morning, with a cup of fresh blueberries. Gotta have my blues! It almost has a sour cream-ish taste to it, which is surprisingly pleasant. So, less carbs and sugar from yogurt. WooHoo me!

Meals for next week:
Breakfasts will either be yogurt, blueberries, and Kellogs Bran Buds, 2 hard boiled eggs mashed with about a tsp of mayo and 1/2 tsp of dijon mustard (makes it taste like deviled eggs!) on 1 slice of bread, or my protein shake that tastes like a creamsicle.

Lunch: Pure Protein bar, 14 baby carrots, 20 cherries, 1 apple (same thing every day - still teaching!)

#1 - Chicken saute with peppers and onion, and zucchini
#2 - Large salad with shrimp
#3 - Beans and corn bread, spinach
#4 - Pan sauteed tilapia, green beans, baby yellow potatoes
#5 - Turkey burger, kale salad, carrots
#6 - Veggie burger (no bun), small salad, spinach and rice, red cabbage
#7 - Large salad with shrimp

Here's to a great week!

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/22/2014 4:05PM

    I am gonna fave to try that plain yogurt you mentioned!! And your melas looked yummy!!

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DIBANANA 6/17/2014 3:37PM

  Good job as usual!

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CLUMBOY 6/16/2014 7:26AM

    oh I am SO making that avocado feta thing! feta is on my list this week and I always have avo's lying around.
here is a wonderful salad--again--the fat content is high but no carbs to speak of and MAN is it good:
spring mix
gouda cheese (how ever much your calorie allowance can tolerate)
lean bacon made crisp
celery if you have it
that's the salad--just mix it all up however you like it.
for the dressing:
juice of half a lemon
about 1/4 cup of a light flavored oil or evoo if you like the flavor
a big handful of fresh dill or a couple tsp. of dried
a bloop of honey mustard
salt and pepper--I always taste this after I make it to be sure the oil and juice proportion is what I like. the size of the "bloop" depends on your taste too.
dress the salad and eat right away. this salad does not store well once it has been dressed--but if you kept it undressed in an airtight container you could get a day or two more out of it.
yes gouda is a fatty cheese--but it also packs a lot of flavor, so you can get away without using so much.
we eat this salad a LOT in the summer and I make the dressing from time to time and put it on other things. I think it would be HEAVENLY on shrimp or fish.
have a LOVELY Monday!

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TERRACOTTAGE 6/14/2014 10:40PM

    I enjoy Greek Yogurt, Liberte. It's thick and delicious with sliced fruits. Looks like you've got your weeks recipes all lined up. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2014 7:26PM

    Delicious! I read the recipe and thought . . . .I have to try this for supper, and I did.

You have a good meal plan for the week. That will lead to success!

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A Week's Worth of Meals

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another BLC Challenge, this time it's for a whole week's worth of meals. So my breakfasts and dinners have been working out very well. The weather was brutally hot on Tuesday, so the salad with shrimp was perfect. Today was cooler, and eating a hot meal (the tilapia) worked out beautifully!

I want to experiment with different types of yogurt. I prefer Greek yogurt, but I'm also trying to cut down on the amount of sugar that I consume. I understand that some sugar listed in yogurt occurs naturally from lactose, but there has to be a yogurt that's lower in sugar overall, AND that I'll like.

1. Yogurt, blueberries, and 1/3 cup of Bran Buds, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tsp mustard.
2. 4 oz Trop 50 Red Orange juice, 1 tsp. orange Benefiber, 1 serving protein powder, water
3. Banana and peanut butter sandwich with 2 tbsp peanut butter
4. Scrambled eggs with spinach, tomato, and mushrooms
5. Oatmeal and 1 hard boiled egg with 1 tsp mustard
6. Yogurt, blueberries, 1/3 cup Bran Buds, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tsp mustard
7. Loaded baked potato with broccoli, mushrooms, onions, cheese

Lunch: still teaching so it'll be 1 Protein Plus protein bar, baby carrots, and a nectarine, water

1. Large salad with shrimp
2. Pan sautéed tilapia, couscous, green beans
3. Filet mignon steak, baked potato with butter, zucchini
4. Turkey burger (no bun), chili sauce, asparagus, couscous
5. Auntie Jo's Special: lean ground beef sautéed with spinach, with eggs scrambled in, small salad
6. Chicken stir fry with onion and yellow and red bell peppers, corn on the cob with butter
7. Large salad with tuna fish

Must go to the grocery store to get more WW Giant Fudgsicles for dessert!!

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/22/2014 4:58PM

    I especially like those breakfasts...gonna steal some of those ideas!

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EMSSBEARS 6/5/2014 11:34PM

    Great variety

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DIBANANA 6/2/2014 12:36PM

  Good choices

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    It sounds wonderful! You are inspiring me to think ahead for my meals!

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/29/2014 11:43AM

    Nice meal plan. My favorite yogurt is Dannon Fit & Light, especially the cherry. It is lower in sugar and 80 calories.

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TERRACOTTAGE 5/29/2014 8:28AM

    Nice variety... emoticon

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ADARKARA 5/29/2014 8:01AM

    yum, except for all the mustard!

Your shrimp salad reminded me that my hubby is getting his wisdom teeth out and will have to eat soup for most of the week, so I'm making shrimp for myself, because he hates shrimp! yay!

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USMAWIFE 5/28/2014 10:39PM

    sounds good..

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5 Dinner Meals for the Week Ahead

Monday, May 26, 2014

Yes, you guessed it. This is another challenge for the BLC. I've spent a good bit of time thinking about this. One of my problems is when I get home at the end of the day, I really don't feel like cooking, which is a conundrum. I love to cook, and I have to eat, and I want to eat healthy food. I tend to make batches of things and eat the same thing every day, but for this challenge I wanted to try to stretch a bit.

Dinner #1 - Filet mignon steak, baked potato with butter, green beans

Dinner #2 - Large salad with shrimp

Dinner #3 - Pan sauteed tilapia, couscous, zucchini

Dinner #4 - Small salad, jambalaya with shrimp and chicken sausage

Dinner #5 - Small salad, beans with couscous

I think that's all doable!!

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DIBANANA 5/27/2014 12:16PM

  Great plan. Love the fish you added!

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/26/2014 6:46PM

    Looks great! Now, do you actually cook those this week too? emoticon

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TERRACOTTAGE 5/26/2014 6:28PM

    Great idea.... and your choices sure do look doable, and yummy! emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 5/26/2014 5:44PM

    I make chicken cacciatore in large batches and freeze portions of it. Add cooked pasta and a salad and it's done.
My other favorite is

Parchment-Baked Fish and Tomatoes
Aluminum foil can be subbed for parchment to make the packets.
Serves :4

1 (8-oz.) package haricots verts
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp. capers, drained
6 green olives, quartered
4 (4- to 5-oz.) white fish fillets, (tilapia, cod, mahi mahi)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, wedged
1/4 cup fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400°.
Divide first 6 ingredients among 4 (17-inch) squares of parchment paper. Top each with 1 fish fillet.
Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil.
Squeeze juice from lemon over fish; place 1 lemon wedge on each fillet. Bring parchment paper sides up over mixture; double fold top and sides to seal, making packets.
Place packets on a baking sheet.
Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a thermometer tests 145° when inserted through paper into fish.
Place each packet on a plate, and cut open.
Sprinkle fish with basil.

Easy to make a complete meal with no clean up. The packets make an awesome juice that is wonderful with rice or pasta.

Enjoy your dinners!

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GOLDENRODFARM 5/26/2014 5:42PM

    makes much more sense to actually plan meals, and quick ones when you work. I know cook something and then eat it way too many times so I am trying to cook smaller amounts but that means more cooking. Since my parents are having a hard time with meals I started doing freezer meals for them and now I do them for me too. It is great to take a home cooked meal out of the freezer for supper with out fuss. On my 12 hour night shifts I go and take out several and put them in the fridge to defrost, so when I get home I can pop one in the oven to cook while I do barn chores, helps when when I am exhausted and just don't have the energy to cook a good meal, and it is nice to have the variety for the 3 or 4 nights I am working.

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5 Breakfast meals for The Week Ahead

Friday, May 23, 2014

For our weekend challenge in the BLC, we have to plan 5 breakfast meals for the upcoming week. I LOVE breakfast!!

Breakfast #1: 1 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of Kellog's Bran Buds, 1 single container of Fage Peach Fruyo Greek yogurt (yum!!)

Breakfast #2: 4 oz. Tropicana Trop 50 Red Orange juice, 1 rounded teaspoon of sugar free orange Benefiber, 1 rounded serving scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 1/2 cups cold water. I love this because I don't have to use my blender; I just shake it AND it tastes like a creamsicle!!

Breakfast #3: Vegetable Frittata. I'm going to use Coach Nicole's recipe and tweak it so that it makes just 1. It has 2 eggs, 1 tbsp. low fat milk, chopped broccoli, salt and pepper to taste, and goat cheese. Did you know you can microwave scrambled eggs? They "poof" up, almost to a souffle consistancy, and it takes a LOT less time in the morning to do them this way!

Breakfast #4: Loaded Breakfast Potato: You take a left over baked potato, scoop out most of the insides. Scramble 2 eggs with green onions and other veggies, add the scooped out potato until just heated through, add low fat cheese, heat up the potato shell in the microwave, put the egg and potato mixture back in the shell, top with salsa!!

Breakfast #5: Homemade Mack-Muffin: take a micro safe container, lightly butter the inside, scramble 2 eggs, season and micro them until done, which is about 1-2 minutes. Take an english muffin, toast it, and then make a sandwich with the eggs.

I'm excited about making different breakfasts for 5 days!!

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SIOBHANKNITS 5/23/2014 10:24PM

    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I'm impressed you do such a variety. I get stuck on something and that's all I want for a long time. Right now I can tell I'm getting ready to switch it up and move on to something different.

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TERRACOTTAGE 5/23/2014 9:43PM

    I"ll order up #4 and #5 please... they all sound good, really good. Hope you have a great weekend... emoticon emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 5/23/2014 9:12PM

    Your breakfasts sound yummy! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/23/2014 8:18PM

    Great breakfast choices.


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