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personal war on hydrogenated oil

Thursday, March 11, 2010

well the last few weeks of shopping I have been trying to cut out foods that I normaly buy that have trans fat. These food manufacturers are sneaky too because you cant look on the nutritional label under "Trans Fat".... because they are not required to put a percentage on foods that have traces of the fat in them.... all those traces add up though. You have to look on the ingredient list for "partially or fully hydrogenated oil". you will find alot of your favorite processed foods have this ingredient in them. emoticon

Anywhoo, last saturday when I went shopping I looked at every single food label that went into my cart and did not buy anything with hydrogenated oil.... except my salad dressing which I am going to have to search for a replacement for because I know I cant keep eating this junk. I was so sad to find out that quite a few foods that I normaly buy had this stuff in it. I will come up with a full list of what I have had to replace but here is a few things.

* Quaker mini chocolate drizzled rice cakes - 100 cal pack
* Could not find a replacement so just dident buy anything

* Hidden Valley Light Ranch (Nooooooo!!!)
* I hate kraft - wishbone does not have light ranch at least not at walmart - Newmans own dident have a light ranch either. I love ranch... what am I gonna do???

* JIF Reduced Fat Creamy PB - (I thought I was being a choosey mom emoticon)
* Replaced with Naturally More PB w/ omega 3 and Flax seed... interesting taste but not nearly as sweet... I added a little splenda and the kids like it .... happy me

* Mission 98% fat free whole wheat tortillas
* Could not find any tortilla that did not have hydrogenated oil... had to end up replacing with Flatout Flatbread wraps... they dont taste the same but I like them and will get use to flatbread burritoes lol.

* both - blue bonnet light margarine & Country Crock Light margarine
* Replaced with smart balance - I got the walmart generic... taste is not the same as country crock and blue bonnet though :-(

They are the big replacements this week... I also was trying to avoid High frutose corn syrup, but that is a much much harder thing to avoid... like every single cereal I normaly buy has it... even though I dont get cereal that is really considered high sugar... even unsweet stuff has it in it.....

You should have seen me cheering in the canned veggie isle though.... I was like canned peas "Hell yeah, Peas - Water - Salt... the end" ... canned corn "Corn - Water - Salt.... Hell yeah!!! " ... It was funny.

~ Jess

PS.... Im looking for a good online health food store. If you know of one please clue me in.

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LOSINGJESS 3/12/2010 8:17AM

    fortunatly alot of the stuff I use is regular.... like oatmeal, I just get the quick oats in the big container... They are so cheap and Im finding after about 2 years of using them, my 5 year old wont eat instant anymore because its a mushier consistancy. lol. Sometimes you just feel acomplished as a parent lol.

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CRK910 3/11/2010 8:10PM

    I totally hear you on that Jess.
I have been limiting my hrydronated oil consumtion for about a year now, and that crap is in absolutely everything that tastes good haha.
I keep hearing conflicting stories howevr... Itrs bad for you... its fine in moderation.

I just try to limit it as much as possible, its like a losing battle though. There should be a law or something against putting that stuff in foods, since it is a contributing factor to Obesity in this country.

best thing I can suggest is stay away from any "flavored" items like any flavored oatmeals for example. get the regular oatmeal, and add your fruit to it.

Good luck in that fight :)

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 3/11/2010 2:34PM

    Laughing here at the Sneaky Girl Scouts comments.. My hubby just bought 4 boxes of the things, and now they are sitting on the shelf.. Now the temptation to have just one has passed by seeing how sneaky those girls can be:)

I too am having a time trying to find variety, and it seems one has to totally go vegetarian in order to give up all that sneaky and bad stuff.. So sad to it cost more to eat healthy that to eat junk.. You'd think it would be the other way around.

Good luck at finding replacements:)

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LOSINGJESS 3/11/2010 1:54PM

    ... wow first the girl scouts over charge for there cookies... now trans fat... shame shame. lol. oh well, I cant eat them anyway, I would rather spend my calories in other places.

~ Jess

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RENA1965 3/11/2010 1:13PM

    Make your own food and add cold pressed oil efter the dish is taken off the heat.. Heating oil makes our healthy oils go saturated..
As for cereals cornflakes, rice bubbles make a musli and oats make into porridge. I add my fruit...

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    I'm in the battle too and it SUCKS. My favorite is that it can say "ZERO TRANS FATS" on the box, and that means it just has under 0.5 gram! You have to look for "NO TRANS FATS" for it to be really free of trans fats.

Girl Scout Cookies say "ZERO TRANS FATS" but oh no no no! They have hydrogenated oil. Sneaky girl scouts!

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talk about not keeping up with it - days 4, 5 & 6

Thursday, March 11, 2010

well I completly forgot to blog on tuesday and wendsday... here I am today catching up. I have not been blogging but I have been doing really well in my efforts to stick to scedualed workouts and eating right.

Day 4 - tuesday

I was going to only do ellipitcal on tuesday while watching the biggest loser but I felt so good about the last few days of getting up early and getting it done that I desided to do my biggest loser stregth video that morning. That day I got out of the house and had a picnic in the yard with the kids and then after my hubby got home we all went to the park, kicked the ball around the feild and played on the playground. I love when the weather is nice and I can spend it outside with my kids, its nice that we are a more active family now. That night I was going to do 30 minutes on the elliptical but I was so inspired by watching the biggest loser that I desided to do an hour.... if they can pull a truck or workout 8 hours a day then I can do 30 more minutes!

Day 5 - wendsday

Again got my workout in early and did really well eating for the rest of the day. Not really much to report. It rained all day and was pretty gloomy.

Day 6 - Thursday - Today!!!

Well I have not gotten my workout in for the day yet. The baby got up a bit earlier than I expected and I dident get a chance to fit it in. Im hoping that once Aiden goes off to pre-school at noon and she goes down for a nap then I will be able to get it in then. I will update this later today after I get it in.

Weigh in is tomorow and I am hoping to pull at least 2 pounds with all the work I have put into this week. Im crossing my fingers. Even if I pull less though Im gonna hang in there, Im really looking more at inches durring the next few weeks anyway. on the messuring tape and in how my pants fit... I will post my numbers in another couple weeks.

~ Jess

*** UPDATE *** I got my workout in for the day - Biggest loser strength workout while the baby was taking her nap... woo-hoo! I did not want to but I got it in... Im feeling pretty proud of myself!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 3/11/2010 2:38PM

    Has hard as you've worked, I hope you lose 2+ pounds this week:)

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BELUGA20 3/11/2010 11:50AM

    I hope the little ones let you get the work out in and good job on consistent exercise. You've been a rock start lately.

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BRASSEDOFF69 3/11/2010 11:19AM

  Good luck!

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Monday Morning ~ Day 3

Monday, March 08, 2010

I got to bed by 10:30 last night... I usually puck around untill at least midnight.... I was determined to get up early this morning though. I set the alarm for 6:31... the baby woke me up at 6:30, so I got her a bottle and changed her and then grabed my shoes, got a glass of water and popped on my video.

I have been considering getting the P90X system because I hear that you can acheive awesome results with the program. My husband had one of the disks in his stuff so last night I got him to pull it out... it was Kempo X, the cardio DVD to the series.

I put it on this morning and started going through the stretch and warm up... well about 3 minutes in it was pretty hard and I was having problems so I though... hmm if I am having problems with the warm up I am not going to be able to do the workout... so instead of wasting me time and going through half the workout and tiring myself out as well as frustrating myself I desided to turn it off and do something eles.

I pulled out my biggest loser dvd. It has 4 workouts on it, your suppose to alternate between the low impact cardio and strength workouts for weeks 1 & 3 and then between the high impact cardcio and boot camp for weeks 2 & 4. I did the low impact cardio today... I like the video because I can do it but its a challenge, it gets me sweating and breathing hard and I can feel it the next day... but I dont die doing it.

I am all done now with my workout. I plan on having another excelent day with my eating. I did really well yesterday. I even had to drive to go pick up my son from my x husband (6 hour round trip drive) and I dident eat fast food or over eat on unhealthy snacks. I packed something and stayed on calories for the day.

I am doing very well so far and hope to have really good results after a month or two, even though I dont think I will be doing P90X any time soon. lol.

~ Jess emoticon

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MARIEFIYA 3/9/2010 10:24PM

    Great job on getting a fresh start! I think that's what I might need too. I go to bed way too late these days.


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    I like doing different workout programs. We have att u-verse for our tv and in the free on demand section there are a variety of different workouts to try out. I'm like you that if the warm-up has me huffing why bother starting somehting I can't finish

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YESITSDEB 3/8/2010 9:40AM

    Know you limits and listen to your body - WELL DONE! Great job with your choices for the big drive as well. Happy Monday! emoticon

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CRK910 3/8/2010 9:36AM

    My wife and I just picked up the biggest loser for Wii.
I have not taken a look at it yet.
I was planning on giving it a go today but as life would have it I woke up with a pulled muscle in my neck, so I think im going to be walking on the treadmill today.

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DELILAS 3/8/2010 8:48AM

    Way to go! Starting off the day right always helps a lot! And I hear you about P90X - heck, I just tried the 30 day shred and was so sore for three days that going up stairs was painful. Pointless if a short workout puts you out of commission and keeps you from being able to do cardio while you recover, right? I'm glad you had the foresight to stop and keep with something on your level! I learned my lesson :)

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HATE2BFAT 3/8/2010 8:04AM

    You can do this!.. Congrats on a great start to the day as well week emoticon

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Done Early ~ Day 2

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Ok its 9:30 in the morning and I am currently eating breakfast and I am done done done with my workout!

Thats right... I got up and got it done right away. That is an accomplishment for me, I usually procrastinate all day long and then either get my workout in super late or not at all... usually not at all. Im gonna try to get it in early from now on... I know I dont have a workout scedualed for sundays but I have taken it so easy on myself the last week I dont think I really need a break untill next weekend.

Today I did a 30 minute biggest loser strength training video... I pushed myself and had a good workout.

Now Im gonna finish my pancakes and turkey sausage and have a good day for eating. Im feeling like Im really off to a good start!

~ Jess emoticon

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TRACIWRIGHT79 3/8/2010 12:10AM

    Good for you! I am a procrastinator also! emoticon

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BIZENMO 3/7/2010 3:33PM

    Way to go! I still need to get out and walk my route so I know just how far I had been going! I'm a PRO at procrastination myself! LOL!!

It looks like you are doing so well! You've lost about 75 lbs, is that right?! Fantastic!!! I'm jealous, but I will get there, too. One day at a time, I will get there!

Here's hoping the rest of your day is as nice as how it started! Have a great week!

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MESAJOGGER 3/7/2010 3:07PM

    AWESOME! Keep up the momentum. That's the perfect way to start a new week :-) You've got me inspired! :-)

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SILVERWING2623 3/7/2010 12:01PM

    Excellent! I need to do this. I've been the procrastination monster lately. :)

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SWEETNEENI 3/7/2010 11:20AM

    Good job!

I ALWAYS do my workout late. Like 10-11pm late. It's the only time of day I can focus because my kids are asleep and the house is finally quiet. And it keeps me from eating.

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MALEXANDER4 3/7/2010 10:41AM

    I got mine done also...Usually I don't do sundays but like you said I have slacked so the last couple of weeks I really needed it. We are going to do this.

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MY4BOYZ4 3/7/2010 9:57AM

    That's awesome! I have been playing with the idea of getting up early and exercising..........my morning routine has been the same for the last 10 years. I get up at 6am, toss on the coffee, smoke a ciggerette then drink coffee all morning while getting the kids ready for school, drop the kids off, smoke again while enjoying fresh coffee.........then at some point before lunch exercise.

Since I am quiting smoking, the mornings have been VERY hard on me. Sitting and drinking coffee makes me want to smoke even more, so I have been thinking about getting up earlier and exercising instead, so maybe I will be to energized to think about a smoke?

Congratulations on getting it done!!!

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CHERYLRUSH 3/7/2010 9:40AM

    Feels fantastic to get it out of the way early, doesn't it?

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Getting back into it ~ day 1

Saturday, March 06, 2010

well as of late (the last few weeks) I have not really been losing much weight, kinda bumping around between 196 and 198. I have been eating ok... I will have a good day and then a bad day... I also have not been working out like I was before. I have been working out maybe 3 days a week and when I do workout its half a$$.

I dont want to just flounder I want to shine. I want to get myself under control again and have something to be really proud of.

My eating has not really been a problem, besides snacking. I have been working the last few days to get that under control and have been doing pretty good. I am trying to stick to 5 meals a day, breakfast-lunch-snack-dinner-snack .... and keep out the random snacking.

Lol I was reading in health magazine the other day and they have a term for mothers who eat left overs off of there kids plates. (MOMNIVORE) lol. I thought that was cute. Well that has been me the last few weeks... and its not cute. Im sure the peanut butter and jelly crusts I cut off the kids sandwiches, (double fiber or not) and the random half a cookie or wheat cracker or baby orange here and there really adds up at the end of the day. Its no wonder I have been losing a pound and then gaining half a pound back each week... I prob consuming a few hundred extra calories in random tidbits off the kids plates each day.

I am mainly going to focus on my exercise the next few weeks. I plan to keep a log of what I do each day in my blog so I can stay accountable. I really want to be able to fit into a few items of clothing I have by summer. I can get into the clothes now but they are tight... alot tighter than they should be... I may have jumped the gun by a tad bit when I bought thouse size 16 jeans the other day... lol.... I can fit into them but one of the 2 pairs is way to tight to wear out.



Workout 5 days per week.... Biggest Loser Exercise video on Mon, Wend, Thurs ..... Elliptical on Tuesday (durring biggest loser) ..... saturday do something fun but active (a big goal for me & a challenge cause I dont get out much and dont take alot of time for myself usually)


* I want my size 16 Jeans to fit good - Loose
* I want to fit comfortably in my new size 14 dress (Its hard to breath in now lol)
* I want to fit into my size L sun dress
* I want to be able to wear my size Youth L "Mae" band T-Shirt that I got for my birthday but it was too small cause its a youth size

..... I hope to accomplish this stuff by early summer. I think they are reasonable goals considering that all the clothes I have listed I can squeeze my big butt into, I just cant go out of the house in the stuff because I cant breath and look like a stuffed sausage in them lol.

I think its important for me to have concrete goals as well as a plan to reach thouse goals. Right now I have been kinda going along the lines of "I get there when I get there" .... which I still fully beleive that I will continue no matter what and as long as I am moving in the right direction I am in a good place, no matter the time it takes..... I just think that in order for me to keep moving forward I am going to need a map lol... and I want to also be able to see in the distance what I am sailing twards.

I am excited to be starting a new small chapter in my journey... I have had a great day, I stayed within my calorie range and even though I did not get my workout in untill It was almost 11pm, I did do it. I did a biggest loser cardio workout dvd and it kicked my butt... I am going to be in total pain tomorow because of it... but the good kind.

Well here is to new begginings and to continuing with the journey at hand

~ Jess emoticon

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GOTNOTHING 3/7/2010 12:12PM

    It's so great that you can recognize where you're having trouble! I realized recently that I wasn't counting the bits of food that I have to try as test samples at work all day. It's all cake & cookies & frosting, so I'm sure it was adding up! Good luck with everything! emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 3/7/2010 7:45AM

    I'm with ya on this. I have been off the charts, my weigh in is today and I can say i'm not confident, my workouts...10 minutes here and there, I mean what is happening here? we are going to do this together. You lead by example and you are leading me. Lets get this done. For us.....

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MARIEFIYA 3/7/2010 1:16AM

    Great job. It's nice to see your goals laid out right in front of you. This helps us refocus on the bigger picture. I slacked a little in February, but then posted realistic and attainable goals, and I now I am back on track and doing great.

Summer is right around the corner and think of how nice it will feel to fit into those smaller clothes!


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TAZZIE1 3/7/2010 12:34AM

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KURVY_KAITIE 3/7/2010 12:02AM

    it's great that you realized these things :) doin great girlie...KEEP IT UP! i may end up doin another goals blog just so i can remind myself of the things i'm trying to reach :)

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