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I did it----I WALKED AWAY from the Cookies!!!!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I was in Sam's Club yesterday with my toddler getting some Propel Vitamin water ,when I saw the Famous Amos Cookies in a case! OH,did I want them and are they GOOD!!! But as I looked into my toddler's eyes,I KNEW they were no good to my toddler, myself or my husband! So, I WALKED AWAY from the COOKIES!!!!
For ME~~THAT was an Accomplishment because we had cookies in the house ALL the time when I was growing up! And my mom made the best cookies....
There were Nestle Tollhouse Choc.Chip....
and molasses...
and spritz...
and pferrernusse...
and mint chocolate sandwich....
and peanut butter...
and Hoot Owl---2 choc. chip eyes & a cashew nose on a rolled choc+white bed of cookie
and sugar cut-outs with cookie cutters @ Christmas and decorated with every kind of sprinkle there was!!!!
So, That was MY accomplishment...What's yours big or small--for today or another day???? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 7/10/2010 8:34PM

    My mom always had some homemade dessert to go with our dinner. I still like to have something sweet but usually don't, especially during the week. Great job for saying no to the cookies!!!!

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    Wish I could say that for today. I say it often, but today I have fallen. My accomplishment for the day, though, is that the next thing on my agenda is my strength training - not my most enjoyed exercise. It is as good as done!

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EFELL123 7/7/2010 9:31AM

    Great choice! You are right that often things we want for ourselves are also not healthy choices for our kids or spouses! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/6/2010 11:06PM

    Good for you!
Now if I could just learn to walk away from the chips!

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JEMPOWER 7/6/2010 10:48PM

    Wow, am I proud of you!!!! I did not walk away from the coookies today. They were handing out coookie samplees at Kwik Star today and I took a sample of Macadamia nut coookie. But, I'm proud of you. Maybe I'll be able to walk away next time since I know it can be done.


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DOROTHYBERO 7/6/2010 8:42PM

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/6/2010 6:11PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!! Cookies are so good - but the first 1 is gone so fast - and doesn't like being Susie-fied alone, so it calls several of its friends to join it! Last one I ate was gone before I realized it (I seriously looked all around for the other half, SURE I hadn't eaten it). Not worth having around - I like the 'without cookies me' MUCH better than the 'cookie-lover me'!!

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    Great for you!! Your blog made me want some. URGH!! LOL

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RONIE11 7/6/2010 2:57PM

    Oh my your talking to the #1 cookie monster... problem is... I DON'T stop at 1 or 2 or even 10... they niggle in my mind until they are gone... so no cookies no niggle.. LOL
Kudo's for walking away... that took strength and aren't you glad you found your inner strength???

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MOXIE22 7/6/2010 12:32PM

    This should rank as an olympic accomplishment. Only those that have walked in our shoes would know how hard that is to do! You deserved an "ATTA GIRL" and a standing ovation.
Now keep up that streak!!!
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MOMMABOF7 7/6/2010 12:19PM

    OH I use to love COOKIES! I used to bake gherdillei choc chip atleast 2x a week! I haven't done that since Dec!

Good for you they are totaly not worth it anyway! Now a days I'd much rather buy some squirt guns or water ballons than cookies!

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My Top # 1 Secret Of Success ~Even though it's NOT listed!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The reason THIS RECIPE is my Secret of Successs is that during my time of losing wt. I could fix it and it would last for almost a week and I would not have to cook much{Note : my hubby did not eat dinner w/me 4 x / a wk due to his work schedule so my toddler & I ate it--mostly ME!] I never tired of eating it because of all the herbs/spices and the LOW CALS!!! I averaged 3 Shells when I would have lunch or dinner . Add a salad and a small half slice of bread and there is a meal! I've altered this recipe for stuffed pasta shells that comes as a "find" from one of my fellow moms in the wt. loss support group of my MOMs Club! I can't list it in the recipes as it can't be copyrighted and since I've altered it,feel it is ok to post here! From PASTABILITES---Light & TastyMagazine or e-mail @ I only have a copy and do not have the date of the recipe given and I will list original name & my altered name for recipe.NUTRITION INFO GIVEN BELOW
FIVE CHEESE STUFFED SHELLS ----i call it 4 Cheese Stuffed Shells Because I do not use the 4 slices of reduced fat provolone cheese--chopped---in the recipe.The CALORIE COUNT IS 226cals. per 2 shells =1 serving!!!{that's WITH the PROVOLONE CHEESE ]And IT IS FILLING!!!! Plus it is HIGH in SPINACH which adds to FOLATE Nutrient being High!

Also Note : This is a BIG BATCH set of 20 servings so I eat it for lunch or dinner at least 4-5/x a week; hubby LOVES it,too!--when he GOT A CHANCE to eat it!!!
Prep Time: 40 min. at least Cook Time: 40 - 45 minutes

20 UNCOOKED Jumbo pasta Shells [I use Da Vinci}
2 cups COOKED chopped spinach-fresh is best & then pureed in Cusinart but FROZEN is ok ,too--use TWO 10 oz boxes to get 2 cups.
1 cup FAT-FREE cottage cheese
1 cup PART SKIM Ricoota Cheese
1/2 cup SHREDDED Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup SHREDDED Romano Cheese
1 egg
2 Garlic cloves--MINCED
1 of each herb-Tarragon,basil or basil leaf,oregano and cilantro--I have used 1 tsp. to 2 tbsp of each ,depending on how seasoned you want it to taste!
1 jar of MEATLESS spaghetti sauce

1-COOK pasta shells according to pkg. instructions; drain. Set aside.
2-While pasta shells are cooking,COMBINE next 11 ingredients[NOT spaghetti sauce!!]; spoon into shells.
3-ARRANGE[I spoon into the shell and arrange in the pan at SAME time!] in 13x9x2" baking
dish coated with nonstick spray.
4-POUR spaghetti sauce over ALL SHELLS.
5-COVER and BAKE @ 350 degrees for 40-45 min. or until heated all the way through.
Makes 10 {2 SHELL} servings

Nutrition Info: 2 stuffed shells =1 serving=226 cals.
FAT-8g /SF- 4g/ Cholestrol 42mg/ Sodium-849mg/Carbs --24 g/ Fiber-1 g/ Protein --16 g
Diabetic Exchange: 2 lean meat, 1 1/2 weg., 1 starch

Hope anyone looking for DINNERS under 300 cal. will BE ABLE TO MAKE USE OF THIS EXCELLENT RECIPE!!!! 113 CALS FOR 1 SHELL IS Great but I found I needed to eat at least 2 or 3 to feel full! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RONIE11 7/6/2010 3:01PM

    This sounds so good and much less sodium than lean cuisines stuffed manicotti.. the ingredients look close.. I will give this a try.. I know my son and hubby will really like it... Thanks Betsy... you always come up with great ideas...

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KATIEJO5 7/6/2010 11:35AM

    This sounds wonderful! I will get the ingredients and make it this week. Two of my grown kids and my husband pack lunches to take to work everyday- this will be amazing for that as well!

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FLMOMX2 7/6/2010 7:43AM

    Thanks for sharing

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Thanking GOD for My Freedoms And The Blessings I Enjoy in the U.S.A.!!!!!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Thank you God, for the Freedom of Speech!
Thank you God,for the Freedom of Religion!
Thank you God for the Freedom of being able to freely pray and say your Name aloud in our country!
Thank you God, for all the people who have Sacrificed for me,so I COULD HAVE THE FREEDOM to enjoy Liberty without fear of retribution!~~~~to the Military,their families, and anyone serving our country in the military ~~~WE WOULD NOT BE FREE if it WAS NOT for THESE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE who put their LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY!!!!
~~For the Police Authority in our cities,states and country that KEEP US SAFE~~My HUSBAND,being one of these out there on the FRONT LINES!!!!
~~to GOD, MOST OF ALL~ YOU have given me a healthy and wonderful husband, marriage,child,home,my health and the health of my family and siblings,a fantastic MOMs Club network of friends,Sparkpeople and SParkfriends that have helped lose the weight,my cats and now our frogs! GOD ,YOU make it ALL POSSIBLE!~~~THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
" May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you,O Lord."Ps.19:14
"Everything in the Heavens and on earth is yours." ! Chronicles 29:11
"God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us." Romans 5:8
"The truth will set you free."
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THENEWME43 7/5/2010 12:38AM

    Amen! Well said, my friend! Thank you for the reminder to count our blessings. emoticon

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    I could have said most of this myself! Enjoy your day celebrating FREEDOM!

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RONIE11 7/4/2010 12:06PM

    This is a wonderful blog and it makes me think of all the wonderful things and feelings in my life to be grateful for.. Thanks for sharing Betsy and I hope you have a lot of fun today...

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Happy Birthday to my sibs!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy Birthday to my two younger sibs~~~
You would NOT believe~~
Your SISTER is using the computer on a REGULAR DAILY basis!!
Your SISTER HAS LOST 20 lbs. and is at a HEALTHY WEIGHT NOW!!!
Your SISTER has a Spark Web page!!!
Your SISTER HAS lost significant body fat % AND INCHES OVERALL!!!
Your SISTER talks about weight loss with others on Sparkpeople all the time!!!
Your SISTER talks ALOT!!!! {Oh, they KNEW THAT ONE already!!!}.
Each of these are special wishes that I GOT for MYSELF as a belated Birthday present {couldn't get it done by my birthday ,but oh well--2 mos. later isn't bad!!!}
I wish good health for both of them!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove, Your Sister, Betsy

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DOROTHYBERO 7/4/2010 7:19AM

    Who Hoo - sounds like a fun and fit family! Happy birthday to them!!

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    Wish them a happy birthday from me - and be sure to share this list with them! I'm sure having a healthier, happier sister is a great gift to give them!

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My TWO WAKE-UP CALLS for Weight Loss!!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Since I am going to be redoing --only the story background---- to include the WHOLE FAMILY story, I thought I'd include this blog. My wake-up calls for losing weight SERIOUSLY ---as it occurred THIS YEAR-2010- was my HIGH CHOLESTROL NUMBER-268-the highest it had ever gotten in my life AND TURNING 50 {oddly enough It did NOT bother me to be a Late-In-Life Mommy { my Mom had been ONE with TWINS at age 38], but to have my toddler put his finger in my belly button and to see MY LARGE WAIST & BELLY DID BOTHER ME!!!!} Plus the added fact of heart history in my family was NOT GOOD!!!
I have to say that God not only worked this circumstance in my life for GOOD, but HIS TIMING IS emoticon!!!!!! If a person is going to start a weight loss program for about 20 lbs.,the BEST time is January--a new year, a new resolution, a new YOU! By June, the total pounds were GONE and Bikini Season was HERE!!!! So, now I am HEALTHY ,Have MORE ENERGY, for myself & my family,the CHOLESTROL is NORMAL -191 and Now my only WAKE-UP CALL is my TODDLER wanting breakfast and/or to go downstairs to play with his toys!
Did YOU have a WAKE-UP CALL that 'SPARKED' your weight loss journey? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I guess just seeing what my life had turned into was my wake up call. I had health problems - cholesterol, high blood pressure, hypothroidism, pre-diabetes, aching joints - I guess I just got tired of always feeling tired! I was out of breath just walking to the mailbox!
My cholesterol is now "normal," as is my blood pressure. I'm off the cholesterol meds but will continue the BP meds as a precaution (family history). The only joint that ever hurts now is my left knee and that's due to an injury. I'll always take thyroid meds, but no longer have any signs of the pre-diabetes.

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RONIE11 7/3/2010 4:05PM

    My wake up call came 4 1/2 years ago when my doctor said I had diabetes and that I needed to loose weight. I did and I kept it off for 1 year. I should say I lost almost 50 pounds then and I did it through atkins. with my doctors guiedance. But I plateaued at 145 and couldn't get below that.. So when 2 years ago I got pnemonia and while in the hospital I realized I could die.. that really scared me.. my liver shut down and I was asked how much I drank... they didn't believe me when I said NOTHING.. but its true I gave up drinking many years ago.. so we quit smoking.. and I joined a gym and steadly gained weight.. So I decided I was doing something wrong. I saw where there was a free site to help you get healthy.. and thats what brought me here. and it WORKS!!!! YEA!!!!! I feel so much stronger and healthier its unbeliveable to me.. and my family..
bottom line.. No diabeties.. normal cholestrol it was over 700 I am now in the normal weight range. even though I have a few more pounds to go.. no more obese or morbidly obese marks on my paper work...and best of all my blood work comes back with normal readings for my liver count..

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MOMMABOF7 7/2/2010 7:32PM

    You are a great encourager to everyone with your succcess!

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TKAYSMILES 7/2/2010 3:08PM

    When I couldn't walk around Las Vegas this year with out being tired and then looked at myself in pictures. Had been in major denial before that! Great job on your blog today!

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KATIEJO5 7/2/2010 11:36AM

    I am 54 as well as IAMFIRMIN. I was starting to have achy joints, was so tired and unenthused about life. Diabetes runs in my family and that disease scares me to death!

It was time to take charge and quit drifting along. I have only so many years on this earth and I didn't want to phone it in!

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DOROTHYBERO 7/2/2010 6:18AM

    My wake up call was also a picture as well as being in the obese range on the weight charts. Congrats and keep on sprking!

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DAISYISMYDOG 7/2/2010 1:03AM

    Congratulations on your success! My wake up call had to come through pictures. For some reason the mirror has never been a very accurate representation for me. But when every picture taken of me for that last year or so had a chubby girl in it, I knew it was time for a change.

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