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Monday, July 07, 2008

I'm so bumbled and fumble fingered I guess.....

The recipe builder is hard to use for me. Looking up foods it doesn't have or adding them in manually.. OH MY HEAVENLY DAY! Grrr..... sigh.

Here is the recipe I ate for lunch and dog-gone-it, it says all kinds of nasty stuff about calories! LOL There must have been an error in how I added in the stuff for the recipe builder. But,that doesn't take a wonder woman to figure out. I'll just have to add in the stuff separately and my food log is going to look like a disaster area!

I think I biffed somewhere in my calculations... Ah well.. Here ya go for cruds n giggles...

No Guilt Pasta Salad

* Beans, black, 1 cup
* Sliced Black Olives, 1/4 cup
* Sliced Spanish Olives w/pimento - 1/4 cup
* Spanish Capers, canned, 1/4 cup
* Peppers, sweet, red, fresh, 1/2 cup, chopped
* Mushrooms, canned, 1 cup
* Onions, raw, 1/4 cup, chopped
* Parmesan Cheese, grated, 2 oz

* Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini, 12 oz

The Dressing 6 servings - (2 TBS per serving)

* Nakano Rice Vinegar, 3/4 cup
* Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tbsp
* Pepper, black, 1/4 tsp
* Garlic powder, 1 tbsp
*Onion powder, 1 tbsp
* Pepper, red or cayenne, 1/4 tbsp
and Mrs. Dash Original if you have it for extra ZIP!

OK so I pour on my dressing after I measure out the other stuff...
1 cup pasta 1/2 cup veggie mix. Two tablespoons of the dressing.

Peace - Mino

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HUGGERS1 7/7/2008 3:37PM

    Sounds very delicious :) I would have to try it without the mushrooms as I seem to be allergic to them :(

I have a hard time with the recipe builder as well. At least we are trying :)

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Taking Back Control

Monday, July 07, 2008

I remember someone recently reminding me of that scripture which says, "Whatever overcomes you becomes your master".

Whew that's a real wake up call for life and dealing with health on a mater- of- fact basis.

Life is like this on any level really, whether it's attitudes about health issues or people or anything else. Basically whatever you can't deal with, toys with you and dogs you out, eventually it becomes the rock you stumble over.

I've stumbled over bad eating habits all my life; never quite getting success over it. "One" of the issues with my old habits, is that I am very easily bored and am a sensation eater. I like to eat things for instant gratification. Salty - Crunchy - Sweet - Squishy - Smell. So, it's really for the sensation that munching gives me more than the desire for the actual Food. I don't really think finding a healthy food replacement for the sensations is the key here. I think that finding a way to gratify myself without sticking crud in my face is far better.

Back when I was a child I remember bacon sizzling on the grill outside our tent as a kid, was a happy reminder. Now smelling bacon cooking brings on those same happy memories. I'm really not one to drool over eating bacon, but smelling it really sends me smiling. Coffee brewing the same sensation... It's it amazing how smells and sensations of old things bring into view situations which cause us to relive happy times? (Yes I know, sad ones too, but I'm not going there).

It's good to know that bit by bit, I'm overcoming bad habits and forming life changing new ones. I really want to do this so my life can be what I want it to be. Healthy and one where I can move more.

Ah well, that's about the most of my thoughts today. I wish you all happy days and success in your new life.

Peace - Mino

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HUGGERS1 7/7/2008 6:35PM

    I think you wrote this scripture on my "in bondage NO more " blog. It is a very powerful phrase and I know that food is no longer my master. We are free from the chains of oppression and are now free to live for our God who is our true master.

I am so glad we are on this journey together.
May God bless you


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BELGIUMBABE 7/7/2008 5:44PM

    Powerful message. Thank you for sharing.


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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/7/2008 2:01PM

  WOW... it's amazing how much power such a small phrase has. It hit me!!! YIKES!! Thank you.


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Sunday, July 06, 2008

I feel like Poop today. The Rheumatoid Arthritis is kick'n my rump. On the upside, I feel a lot thinner than I did 5 months ago.

I started reorganizing my eating March 6th. Today is my 5 month anniversary. -Remembering it was easy because I was determined when beginning this to finally MAKE IT HAPPEN. The day was written down and circled on the calendar so I wouldn't forget it.

Note: Finally got my scales to work right and guess what? Someone here at the house kicked them and sent them flying... that must have switched over the little button on the backside into the kilograms mode instead of Pounds. So when I weighed the other day, the battery wasn't dead, the function had been switched. Hey, I kinda liked seeing my weight in kilograms... (grin) It lost a digit in the number screen.

Weight has gone from 230 to 207 as of today. This translates into about 1.6 lbs week for the last 5 months.

Back when I was working for a weight loss company, I remember in January beginning that new years resolution to change my eating habits. I really can't quite remember how long it took me to loose 92 lbs. I'll have to go do some leg work and dig through my old paperwork and find out. I'm actually curious. Likely it will require calling a few people and see if there is record. However, fast results is not really the goal this time. Long term change and dedication to a new life style is what I want.

Ah well, it would be my desire to have learned then what I know now. Perhaps making the same mistakes again is out of the picture.

Back to the couch...

Goonie Hug

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    Congrats to you dear girl Sorry to hear your R is acting up So is my Fibro and the wether today definetly doesn't help It's damp wet rainey and downright cold! Non the less I found myeself booting my butt out of bed at seven this morning and heading out the door beside Dh to finish a fence. It's all done now except the painting which of course I will do all of next week But right now a hot shower is in order defientlys ome pain meds and a hot cup of camomille/sleepytime tea!

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MINORCANLDY 7/6/2008 7:09PM

    Amber what does the Dr do for your Mom? I begin new treatments after all the blood tests come back. I feel better about it now, but for a while I was nervous and wouldn't take the medicine.

On weight... I sat and pondered if over eating feels as good as being healthy feels? The answer is, only temporarily. It feels lousy afterward.

Mino :-)

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MINORCANLDY 7/6/2008 7:05PM

    ROFL.. oh brother... "kilograms" .... Must be the pain pills....

I'd say that your Grand Mother "Living in a Condom" is way funnier.. LOL

I fixed my boo-boo :)

Mino - hiding (grin)

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/6/2008 6:04PM

  Happy 5 months Mino!! LOL I think the word you're looking for is kilograms. Kilometers is how we travel up here in Canada. LOL That is way too funny! That's okay though... it's the best of us that make those mistakes. I once told someone that my grandma lived in a condom. LOL


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HUGGERS1 7/6/2008 4:44PM

    I am really exhausted today too. I hope your arthritis pain goes away soon. My mom has RA and she has terrible days sometimes. I am glad you are doing well on your weight loss though. 1.6 pounds per week is the healthy way to lose it.

Happy 5 month anniversary. I am so proud of you. I think you are truly wonderful. I know you aren't going back to your old ways :)

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A new Life

Saturday, July 05, 2008

About a year ago, I remember being so woebegone and feeling like my little world was closing in on me. I was sitting in my garden swing crying and praying wishing for a whole new life...

This may sound a bit like your struggle too, so this is why I'm telling you how I felt.

I basically stopped gaining weight at 200lbs (Well mentally anyway). I never really change what I saw in the mirror. I was 200 and that was it. The new clothes I had to buy because the others wouldn't button were just being sized differently than they use to be, so that's why I had to buy a 3X and not the Extra Large anymore.

It's a bit hard to explain how I accomplished this but I did; let me tell you. It also made it very hard to begin SparkPeople because within this program you have to be honest and open and upfront with YOU to YOU. Wow... I was totally fudged up.

My 200 lbs went from that to a "wowzers" 230!.~ Moan~... Reality time and me had hit the wall. Well, what will I do now? (I mean besides cuss and be angry?)

Did I really want a "Whole New Life?" ...
If so, how bad did I want it?...
Was I willing to put my whole life and habits on the table?...
Could I be committed to the changes?...

These are some of the questions you are no doubly being faced with, if you are on the way to changing the way you eat.

I don't type this out as a person who is gloriously "there". I type this out as I am working out the situation as you are. ONE MEAL, ONE DAY, at a time.

My scales say 208. Then I'm moaning, because I see that number so often! Then it retreats back into the fold of fat and becomes hidden back under 212.... Ah then it does it reappearing act again and peeps back at me, showing a 208. Well, if that's not enough to confuse you, My little head has me convinced I weigh 200.
Now that is really stupid ... But it's true for where I'm at.

Honestly. I don't even recognize the successes I've made for long, because to me with my brain being set on 200lbs anything under that is successful to "ME". ... Gezz Just shoot yourself in the foot MINO why not? The pounds you have lost don't matter a hoot do they? (smack!$%@&) YES YES YES THEY DO!!

YOU WERE 230 just admit that and shut up! You have lost a nice chuck of real estate in the nether regions of the map! And it's GONE! Those 3X's fit because the Rump Room ratio of your body had expanded!" So, be honest there girlfriend"~~ I say to myself.

This is the sort of "self talk" I go through every day of my life.

I read member blogs a lot and cry sometimes because I know that sort of pain and heartache and how empty life feels when you live like that.

Let me say, that if you are reading this, then you are a member of SparkPeople and if you joined then you made the first big step in getting that "Whole New Life" you dream of. Now that you are here, get involved in something which interests YOU. There are so many groups out there to support you and help you through your challenges. If you don't get involved with something then it's fairly likely you will fall down and go back into your old habits. It's a lot easier to be with people who are working with you on the same tasks. The momentum produced by many is much greater than the work of one.

Become part of something! Make a Change! Do it one moment at a time....one meal, one day, one week, one month, one year...
But DO IT!

This is long but, I'm feeling what I'm typing out pretty strongly. If you make no changes, then your life will not change. Nothing we want in life comes without making changes... Nothing.

I'm sending you big Goonie Hugs (It's the team I've been involved with). And I'm wishing and praying for you to find some light and keep moving forward. If you need me just shoot me an email. We'll walk together.

Peace and Hugs,
Mino the fish...... emoticon

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HORSIELVR 7/5/2008 10:13PM

    Can I just sign your blog for myself...it should say, Peace and Hugs
You have really hit the nail on the head! My brain says 155 and my scale says 183????? Whaaa! My clothes are made by the same designer as yours either that or they really shrunk in the washer! I too had a slap in the face of 205!
Well, we are here now and on our way to soft and slender and happy. Skinny is not a word that will ever apply to me again!! What would I ever do with all that extra skin????
Thank you for sharing

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PIGLETSPAL57 7/5/2008 3:26PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this blog!! I found is VERY inspiring! emoticon

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HUGGERS1 7/5/2008 10:59AM

    One of my acquaintances says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. When we do nothing about our weight and expect to lose, then we have crossed the gap into irrationality. I know you are making progress on your journey and you are doing great. I too am at that 208 mark and so want to be under 200. Onderland is so near. Lets get there together.

Goonies Rock :)


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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/5/2008 10:44AM

  Yet another awesome blog. Good job Mino!

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Happy Buzz

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Buzzes are usually that amazing feeling you get when you know something is going on soon and you can't wait for the day to get there. Or some other happy moment which thrills your heart.

I had happy buzzes last night. Its been a long time since feeling that sensation.

Every time I thought of being smaller and feeling better I got the Buzz. Feelings like that are foreign; usually being replaced with anything negative and self defeating. That's being removed now, due to the changing mentality of taking control of bad eating habits.

Isn't it weird how just eating unhealthy can degrade your self-esteem. I've been out of control for 10 years with only brief moments of sanity.

About 5 years ago I tried the whole Weight Watchers thing (again) and lost a bit yes, but, I lost more money paying out the rump every meeting time. To compound the difficulty my daughter was going with me and she wasn't loosing any weight. She was trying so hard, but frankly 42 dollars a week was getting a bit much to see her sit and be angry. I don't blame WW no. It was just wasn't what she needed at the time.

I was looking online for online-carb counters when my search engine found SPARKPEPOPLE. I was surprised to locate this "free" support system. However, I was still not committed to changing, so my sparkpeople membership sat and sat. Occasionally I'd log in to read the boards and see what others were doing. Secretly I'd be angry for their success and my lack of control. It's always easy to blame someone else eh?

Feeling every range of emotion on weight-loss and non-weight-loss it's fairly easy understand the frustration associated with any program designed for that purpose. Change is never easy is it? I think it finally comes down to answering some strong questions. "Am I ready for change?" - "Do I want to die fat?" - (Then my question) "Do they make piano cases large enough to accommodate my rump to bury me in, should I keep eating like I am?"

No one can do the head work or leg work for you or me... Life has personal cost on every level, and that includes being in control of you.

I'm wishing anyone reading this blog to know you can do this. It's not too large for you to tackle. What's nice is that if you get into SparkPeople, you won't be alone in your adventure. We'll be right with you working by your side with the same desires and same project which is "Project Change"...

We can do this together one meal at a time.

Blessings and Peace

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HUGGERS1 7/4/2008 11:31AM

    You are right, SP is a wonderful tool if you stay with it. I love the support here. I too have tried so many things to see them not work. I personally love all those advertisements that show people who have lost lots of weight and then at the bottom in extremely tiny print it reads "results not typical" WW has those same words at the bottom. You get things done by changing your tactics and changing your ways. I like that you call it Project Change. We both have decided not to let food master us anymore. We are in this together and we will stand side by side taking it second by second if we have to to get to our goals.

You are wonderful Mino:)

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MINORCANLDY 7/4/2008 9:45AM

    Snookie thanks for stopping by to howdy me! that was nice. Goonies are a great bunch of folks.

I remember when Chunk sent me the invitation was was thinking,,"Who the #$!! is Chunk? and What is a Goonie?" LOL And why would I want to be one? (smacking head)....

I love it here!

Peace - Mino

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MINORCANLDY 7/4/2008 9:42AM

    Naomi... you sound like me. I have a Challenger (1970) and told my family they don't get it when I die. Just bury me in it... :o)

One bite at a time we conquer :) I love it!


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S00KIE 7/4/2008 9:24AM

    Hi Mino! I get that feeling, too! I love that feeling. That feeling can really keep my going. I need to keep feeling that feeling all day long.

This is a great and helpful place, and don't you love being a Goonie? emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/4/2008 9:18AM

  Piano case, hey? LOL I love your blog! I always told my dh to bury me in an old car we have in the back of the yard... at least I know I fit into it.

You're right... we will do this one meal at a time.. and sometimes even one bite at a time!


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