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Toughest Time of the Year

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Well, so far I've done really well. However, it was through the spring and summer. The fall and winter are the hardest times of the year for me to lose weight. I love my warm comfort foods and I hate going out in the cold. I'm going to have to sit down and make a game plan. I have been getting different recipes from friends and neighbors to help cut calories but I am really going to need all the willpower I can get.

Hopefully, I can stay on track enough to lose at least 1 pound a week. So far I have been losing at a rate of 2.36 lbs. per week since the very beginning (according to the doctors records).

I have a new puppy to keep me busy, so hopefully she will keep me out of the kitchen. I do have a new motto I have picked up...

What does DIET stand for? Did I eat that?

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ASOBFALLS 11/21/2012 1:48PM

    Sorry I have not checked on your page for awhile....Love that last line and I will have to steal that! emoticon
What does DIET stand for? Did I eat that?

Blog are you doing?

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MIRFA71 10/26/2012 12:06PM

    Your rate of weight loss is emoticon .
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CASTIRONLADY 10/26/2012 7:11AM

    I love the winter...but I am in Texas. The summers are staying in times because it is so HOT out there and when it becomes cool it is moving around time.

When there is a winter where it doesn't freeze, the bugs are worse in the summer. Your consistent weight loss is great! I have plateaued and i have so far to go.

Have the best today you can have!


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DORCAS9 10/26/2012 4:56AM

    You are doing great! I am definitely not a winter person, would much prefer to hibernate through these months, but take it one day at a time & one step at a time!
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Your new puppy sounds fun! emoticon
Love the 'what does DIET stand for! Will pass that on!! emoticon

PS. Perhaps an alternative motto could be 'Do I eat that?' emoticon

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GARDENSFORLIFE 10/25/2012 7:56PM

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Winter is hard. emoticon

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Noticing Bad Behaviors

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I have recently noticed three very bad behaviors that I have developed throughout my lifetime that definitely effect my weight.

#1 - Socializing and celebrating always seems to involve food. This is a terrible behavior for me. I think for myself it causes equating food with happiness. This is definitely a change I am trying to make. It's okay for others to eat and drink, but it does not mean that I have to. I should not allow myself to be pressured into eating to socialize.

#2 - Advertising can be my worst enemy. The past week I have had a horrible time controlling my appetite and have been eating things that are harmful to my progress. During one of my nights of struggling, I was crocheting and watching some television before bed and everytime commercials come on they involve food (pizza, subs, cookies, etc.). Flip channels and there they are again.

#3 - What a "meal" constitutes. I live in the middle of the rural Midwest. This is meat and potatoes country and we don't have a lot of chain restuarants (mostly family owned cafes). It seems that anywhere you go the meals consist of meat, potato or rice, salad and bread. I actually feel guilty not eating the meal that I am paying for because I was raised not to be wasteful. I have to readjust my thinking to the fact that it is more wasteful to eat something that my body does not need than it is to throw it away.

I don't know if this information will help anyone else, but I am glad to be able to start recognizing some of these negative behaviors so that I can start working toward more positive behaviors.

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GIRLONFIRE1979 9/19/2012 4:19PM

    My husband and I have this saying we remind ourselves of in relation to #3. Our bodies are not garbage pails, so don't fill them with junk. I watch skinny people, and the will not eat another bite more than what fills them, because it would never occur to them to eat something someone served them if they were full. It's so basic it's crazy! Another thing you could do is ask them not to bring your starchy side that way you are not wasting it. you can go without or split half with a friend. Socializing is the hardest one for me too. If you get a craving at a party, pop in a piece of minty gum, or go to the bathroom and rince with some Listerine. You might be less likely to eat right after that.

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    We do not see very many ads for healthy food. Socializing does not usually involve snacking on low calorie veggies. You are correct. emoticon

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BERTAB63 9/9/2012 8:30PM

    Your making note of your bad behaviors is helpful. Reading this made me look at my own behavior. I especially like your third one. This is especially good: "it is more wasteful to eat something that my body does not need than it is to throw it away".

It is also very true!

Thanks for sharing it,

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Flirting with healthier recipes

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The one thing I have always had trouble with is not wanting to give up my favorite home cooked meals (comfort foods). But lately I have been taking my family recipes and trying to update them with some healthier choices. I have also tried some things that a good ole country girl wouldn't have grown up cooking. So far there are no complaints from the herd.

The biggest change is fresher or more whole ingredients. This probably wasn't the best year to start this, due to the drought in our area, but I have been making due. I am also learning to replace some ingredients with healthier choices (ie ground beef/ground turkey).

The best part of all is that my family is probably more resistant to change than myself. That's when you know you're getting it right....when they can't tell. I recently made a meatloaf with half ground beef and half ground turkey. Not only could they not tell the difference, my husband complimented me on how well the flavors were. I honestly believe you can taste more of the flavor when it is not smothered in grease.

I am learning more about using frozen vegetables over canned. I have also started making alot more stir-fry typed meals. We don't use any kind of starch (my husband is on low carb) so I just increase the protein to 1 1/2 and use a little corn starch to thicken it.

I'm also learning how to use more herbs and spices to my advantage. I am experimenting with things like cumin, taragon and saffron. Not always successfully, but always interestingly.

Anyway, I'm just glad that I have started taking these steps. I really believe this will help me and my family to healthier eating. And I already know that when I'm eating healthier, I feel more like being more active.

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MZKEMMER 8/31/2012 9:51AM

    I'm going to have to try the Sofrito. I have a lot of fun because my son will eat anything. My hubby on the other hand, not so much. LOL

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GIRLONFIRE1979 8/30/2012 12:45PM

    i give you a lot of credit. i'm fine to cook healthy meals, but have never ventured to turn my "comforts" into healthier alternatives. i guess deep down i figured if they can't be how i like them, what's the point. but you're right, maybe they'll taste even better.

the only vegetable i have ever used in a can is corn, and that is rare. my freezer is packed with frozen organic bags. i just come home, add meat or tofu to a skillet with some type of marinade and then add my bag of frozen veggies. cover the skillet, put a low flame and stir every now and then. in 20 minutes or so it's a quick meal. the options are endless really!

last night i put a little bit of olive oil, with garlic, basil and onions to simmer. then added bag of frozen chopped spinach and some extra firm tofu. sprinkled with parmesean cheese for flavor and that was dinner.

If you're into trying new flavors, I highly recommend buying a jar of Sofrito by Goya. I add a tablespoon (or more) to almost everything now and it gives a great, Spanish flavor. I mix a can or two of organic beans (any type you like) in a saucepan with a spoon of sofrito, garlic powder and a small can of organic tomato sauce. in 10 minutes you have a yummy side dish with few carbs and lots of protein. I never group of with Sofrito so finding it in adulthood was awesome.

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/30/2012 11:51AM

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/30/2012 11:27AM

    emoticonThe meat loaf sounds good I am going to try that thanks for the idea. Keep up the good work , you are on the right track. I agree food taste better without the greese. I cook a lot of stir-fry and do not use oil. I use chicken broth to "fry" it.

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Tragedy In Colorado

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Just wanted to take a moment to send out prayers to all of the people touched by the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. No explanation will ever be enough to relieve the pain of terror and loss these people feel.

We were touched with fear ourselves when we heard the news. We have family, including a 24 year old nephew that live in Aurora. It was such a relief to find out that they were all safe. Unfortunately, our nephew has informed us that his girlfriend lost a dear friend in the senseless violence.

How someone can take it upon themselves to randomly kill people, adults and children alike, is so beyond my comprehension.

I ask you all to join me in praying for everyone effected by this tragedy.

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ASOBFALLS 7/23/2012 12:45AM

    emoticon We all hurt for such events.
My prayers emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 7/21/2012 10:08PM

    I am praying for all involved and for God to comfort those left behind,

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    I am keeping all in prayer.

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MAGGIEMURPHY4 7/21/2012 8:12PM

    It is so prayers are for the country. I don't thing anyone hasn't been effected by this some more than others.

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CHACHAOREO 7/21/2012 8:02PM

    Yes, I agree with you and join you in prayers.

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More Blessings By the Day

Friday, July 13, 2012

My husband and I have been "sponsors" the the Jr. Lambs youth group at our church for quite a while now. The only requirement of sponsors is being supportive, be it financially, baking for bake sales, donations for rummage sales, etc. We have three youth leaders that do an amazing job with the kids (ages 8-12). They are Dana, Carla and Ann. These women are amazing. They really work with the kids on their lessons as well as teaching them community outreach and service to God.

For a while I have been hearing how some of the sponsors have been helping out with some of the projects and participating with the kids but I never really did much. Then the opportunity occurred when the kids would not be able to go to a christian concert unless they had transportation. Well, thankfully we have a Suburban that seats 8 nicely and a mini van that seats 7 nicely. But rather than just loan out both our vehicles, I loaned them one and drove the other and actually stayed for the concert with the kids. It was awesome. To watch these young people really rejoicing was so amazing.

Then came the picnic in the park. We live in a small town and our group sponsored a picnic in the park for all the kids in town. We served hot dogs, chips, lemonade and cupcakes. Our kids actually served the food, gave the blessing and did the clean up. (This is part of teaching them service without expectation.) Again, instead of just dropping off cupcakes, I stuck around and again was amazed.

With my weight loss, has come new found energy. Last night our group did a clean up job. A man in our town had a stroke. He has been in the nursing home for nearly a year. He has no family in the area and his yard had become horribly overgrown. The city sent notice of citation to him in the nursing home. Lucking Dana (one of our leaders) works at the nursing home. So she asked the kids would they like to help Mr. Tad out. They all agreed. I couldn't miss this opportunity. We spent 3 1/2 hours chopping down tall grass, trimming trees, hauling debris away in wheel barrows, weed whacking, and mowing. With myself, our 3 leaders, another sponsor, our pastor and 12 kids it looks great.

As we worked, several people driving through town would stop and ask us what we were doing, why we were doing it, who our group was and what we were about. What a great ministry. Other people stopped just to thank us for doing what so many wouldn't. We don't force the kids to do anything. We just give them opportunties to do things as a group and they jump right in there.

Imagine, twelve children ages 8 to 12 making such a difference. They believed they were helping one person and yet so many were effected.

I just feel so very blessed to be a part of something so small that does things so great.


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GIRLONFIRE1979 7/17/2012 12:45PM

    this was beautiful all around, but what touched me most was your willingness to get more involved hands-on. you will be one of the "grown-ups" those kids remember for a long time to come.

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MITECU 7/17/2012 9:29AM

    The youth at our church is just as active and inspiring as your church's youth. God works through ALL of us-young and old.

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ASOBFALLS 7/14/2012 1:50PM

    emoticon for sharing that inspiring story! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 7/13/2012 11:18AM

    Yes, God uses willing servants to bless and be blessed. Thank God for the willingness you ane yours have to work with the young.

Isn't it true that while losing weight is good and healthy for us, it is also a blessing and effective witness to others. Praise His Holy Names!

A quote i heard "You pray for me and I will pray for you. You need the prayers and I need the practice." Amen and God bless!

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