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Whole Wheat Flax Bread Machine Bread

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Delicious and nutritious whole-grain bread with healthy Omegas from ground flaxseed!

This is the last Vlog I am going to upload on SparkPeople. It's too time consuming and I'm not getting much feedback, so not sure how many it's really reaching. If you want to keep up with my healthy cooking videos, please feel free to either "lilke" my facebook page:

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We are learning so much as we go, and expect the videos to improve with each one.

Thank you so much for taking the time to watch and comment!

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ROCKMAN6797 9/10/2014 7:58AM

Your presentation is definitely improving!

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CZESTES 9/10/2014 2:40AM

I will follow your videos on FB.

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Easy Oven Beef and Vegetable Stew

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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OPTIMIST1948 9/8/2014 9:54PM

    I might try this in the slowcooker. Thanks!

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PEGLEGN64 9/4/2014 9:49PM

    It sure Looks Good !!!! Thanks for the recipe. Looks Yummy.

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Protein Pancakes your whole family will love!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What some people call "protain pancakes" are nothing more than whey protein powder and egg whites. Not very tasty. After much trial and error, I finally came up with a recipe that my entire family loves.

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GREGINPROGRESS 8/24/2014 10:40AM

    Your videos are very informative! And the blooper at the end cracks me up. :) I've attempted to make videos in the past, and I think people who don't make videos don't realize how hard it is to get everything to come out right.

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If It's Working, Don't Change Anything!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anyone who has read my Sparkpage knows that I have recently gained more weight than I am comfortable carrying, and that a lot of this came from stress eating. But in doing the self-examination that comes along with the Spark Coach Program (which I highly recommend), I have started to think of something else that helped with my weight creeping up: I let the opinions of others change how I worked my maintenance plan.

This was really pretty stupid of me, since I am acutely aware of my own limitations and have warned others to respect theirs.

I guess the reason I listened to these other folks is because they were people who had accomplished tasks fitness-wise that I really admired. I respected them. But they don't live in my skin.

The key things I stopped doing were tracking my food and weighing myself at least several times a week.

I felt like it displayed weakness if I logged my foods and didn't trust my own appetite. I saw that many of the more advanced fitness people don't need to track- They cam be accountable on their own. Surely I was at least that advanced. Right?

And I was listening to others opinions that weighing regularly was being a slave to the scale, thereby putting the emphasis in the wrong place- That the scale was a liar and didn't tell the truth.

For some people these tactics work. For me, they were borrowing trouble.

And honestly, it's no surprise that in the near-absence of these things, I began to gain weight when extreme stress hit.

The truth is, as I've written in blogs past, that my personality is one that does better with regular food tracking. I do this in a written food log. Writing things down makes me face the facts about what I am eating. This works for me, even in maintenance.

As for weighing, I really do believe that the scale is the least accurate of the gauges that we use. But it also is the most immediate source of input I have. It takes time for my pants to get tight, but the scale tells the tale right away if I overate brownies recently.

Knowing I am going to have to face the numbers on the scale frequently keeps my head in the game when it comes to my eating habits.

And the fact is that if I get much over 155, size six just can't be maintained, no matter HOW much muscle versus fat I am carrying.

So while no one should live and die by the scale, it DOES give me a very useful snapshot of how things are going.

One good thing that this recent weight gain has taught me is that I would rather be considered weak using these accountability tools and looking fit, than considered emotionally strong not using them and viewed as overweight

I don't believe that tracking and weighing frequently is for everyone. What works for you is what you need to do. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

As for me? I'm back to tracking and weighing. It's going to be work getting back to where I was, and even more work to stay there. But I remember how feeling great about my health was so very worth everything I did NOT eat. And this time, my opinion of how I need to stay there is the only one that counts.

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ADF1981 8/27/2014 3:57PM

    I have to track too even in maintenance. I got out of the habit of tracking and then found that I started to relax on some of my food choices. Even though I had planned to always track my food from now on, I just stopped. It scared me to think that I might go back to eating too much. I've started back tracking and feel better after removing those foods that I don't do well with. It feels so much better being back on track and I think it is even helpful that it makes me feel more in control over my body and less stress about wondering how I am doing.

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JSHAPERY 8/25/2014 8:05PM

  emoticon This is so true for me, too! I'm here after losing 20+ pounds a couple of years ago and then putting them back on due to not weighing and tracking. When I started to notice, it felt too overwhelming to do anything about for a while and the weight kept piling back on. Had I noticed earlier, via the scale, I feel it would have been manageable enough for me to reverse much sooner. I've pretty much resigned myself to tracking and weighing for the rest of my life, especially considering that I'm married to a total foodie. emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/24/2014 4:39PM

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HOLLY255255 8/23/2014 3:10PM

    I too would love not to have to track or weigh myself regularly but just like you, this is not my way to success. I need regularly reminding of my goal and I get this through weighting and tracking.

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PMRUNNER 8/23/2014 2:39PM

    Sometimes taking advice tells you what doesn't work, at least for you. I am a daily weigher, and I was drifting upwards until I got fed up and decided to take ownership and get back into a sensible maintenance range. There is a lot of advice out there, but the only advice that's good is the advice that works for you. For those who can forego tracking and daily weigh ins, my hat is off to them, but I know that doesn't work for me either. You seem to have a great capacity for focus and discipline, I know that you will get back on track!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/23/2014 12:56PM

    Yeah, by the time my pants get tight, that's more weight gain than I want to deal with.

I'm a "daily weigher" every morning, It's just part of my routine.

If the weight is stable, I don't track my food, but if there's an upward trend day after day, it's back to food tracking and weighing portions for me.

Yeah, weight fluctuates day to day, but it should go up AND down. If it only goes up, I've got to reevaluate.

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IRP1114 8/22/2014 11:25AM

    Great points. Isn't it amazing how others can influence our choices even when it goes against what we believe is right for us?
For myself I take tracking breaks or weigh in breaks when I feel like I am getting obsessive or just when I know it would be more of a stress than help. But for the most part it is the best way to stay accountable and within a weight range we are comfortable at.

This blog reminded me of a good quote.
"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive" Robert Louis Stevenson

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ROCKMAN6797 8/22/2014 7:57AM

    Both tracking my food and stepping on the scale on a daily basis have been key to my success. The information that both provide are so helpful in making daily adjustments. Of course tracking my food keeps me accountable on a daily basis, while stepping on the scale provides me a tool to use to figure out why I gained/lost weight. Honestly I am "scared" to stop either.

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    I went through a similar experience losing weight in 2011 and then regaining it by 2012. I had trouble losing it again and couldn't understand why because I thought I had learned everything the first time. I realized I wasn't completely doing the same things that had made me successful the first time, and I realized some other circumstances in my life had changed that I would need to learn to deal with, so it was kind of a combination of relearning old successful habits but also learning some new strategies to deal with new challenges that I had not encountered the first time.

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RX_2_RV 8/21/2014 4:07PM

    Thanks SO MUCH for blogging about this! I am approaching maintenance and, to be honest, a little worried about it. I have gained and lost so many times, I just don't want to face that again. I am DONE.

It's nice to hear that you are weighing and tracking, as that is how I see myself succeeding in the long run. We are not weak. We know what works for us and we do it. That is a sign of strength.

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    Everyone has to figure out THEIR way and sounds like you did

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DSJB9999 8/21/2014 3:25PM

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I agree that my food diary is the best thing for me too. like you I also believe we know what works best for each of us. emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 8/21/2014 3:21PM

    It's true, we have to do what works for us. As I've ramped up my running mileage and burning far more calories each day, I've had people tell me not to worry about what I eat, to eat when I'm hungry, that our bodies know. Well, our bodies do know, our brains tend to overrule that though. I can't "just eat and not worry about it". It's so hard, but the outcome is always worth.

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GRACED777 8/21/2014 2:54PM

    We are very individual, and need to work with who we are. For instance, I'd like to be you, but I'm not. I don't have fantastic exercise routines, but I do what works for me. And when I do, I like the results. So you go, girl! Enjoy being you!

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Selective Amnesia

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yesterday, or more specifically last night, I went off the rails with my eating.

The problem started because I was genuinely hungry later in the evening. All I could think about was carbs. One trick I have to keep myself from eating once my daily food has been consumed is that I brush my teeth and put my retainer in. (I had braces a few years ago and am very interested in keeping my teeth strait!) I had done this, but the hunger was getting to me. So I did something I NEVER do and took the retainer out to eat a little something. Well, a little something turned into a LOT of something. Ugh.

This morning I was trying to figure out what to do with my Weight Watchers Points. In case you don't know how Weight Watchers works, you get a certain amount of points for the day based on your weight. And then you get an additional 49 "flex points" that you can add into the week as needed.

Yesterday was day 1 of my tracking week, so I had all 49 Flex Points still available to me at the end of the day. However, I know that if I subtract as many as I approximate I ate last night, that won't leave me enough for the days when I go to the gym and genuinely NEED more food. (I get ravenously hungry when I lift weights.)

I sat there and looked at my points, and thought of what I ate, and considered what I could do. I was starting to get pretty stressed.

It finally occurred to me to take a look at my "Good Health Guidelines" from yesterday. These ensure that you hit certain dietary goals each day for maximum health. And I realized that, despite thinking I'd eaten them all, I had only eaten 3 of my required 5 servings of produce.

Hmmmmm.......... Maybe if I'd of filled up on veggies I wouldn't have been so hungry. Ya think, Nance?

At that point, I realized that to expect myself to be able to try and somehow make up the calorie difference in the following 6 days was setting myself up for failure. I have a big appetite. My body needs fuel. And if it doesn't get enough I am very likely to go off the rails again. One "blow it" this week was more than enough.

So I have made a decision to have selective amnesia. The part I am forgetting? What I overate. The part I am remembering? To check my Good Health Guidelines before I allow myself to go into my Flex Points.

As for my Flex Points, I did subtract 7, since that is the average daily amount (49 Flex Points divided by 7 days in the week equals an average of 7 points per day). I am just going to proceed through the rest of the week like the overeating didn't happen.

In some ways I feel like I am starting over with my weight loss. I am re-learning things I learned before and assumed I already knew. This is really discouraging. I get impatient with myself, because I've been here before- I should have this down, right?

But then I realize that if I continue to berate myself, I am doing nothing to help myself move forward.

For me, this requires selective amnesia.

And the fact that the gal in that photo has the type of body I'd like doesn't hurt anything, either.

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OPTIMIST1948 9/12/2014 6:43AM

    I think I needed to read this today (late) after I dove headfirst into the Freihofers cookies last night. (The mistake was opening them in the first place)

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/19/2014 6:50PM

    Selective amnesia can be a good thing.....remember the long strategy, which is to, over time, eat less, eat better, and move more. We don't get overweight off of one meal (likewise, unfortunately, we don't lose weight just because we ate well one day).

Carbs are a my downfall. I've had to cut them out except for the most essential, which these days is pretty much just fruit. The first 2-3 weeks suck, then all of a sudden, something kicks in and the cravings disappear. I'll still down some pecan pie or chocolate cake, but only every 2-3 months. Lo and behold, when I do, I always want more. But that's OK....I can handle a sugar-laden cake & pie binge every 2-3 months

Good luck....stay strong!

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BERRY4 8/19/2014 12:24PM

    Sometimes it seems that the "monster" inside takes over and it really does feel "out of control".
I tell my young people: "The only 'stupid' is not looking at what you did and not learning from it." Mistakes are an opportunity to learn. (sometimes slowly...) emoticon

Sounds to me like you have evaluated what happened, and instead of sitting in a hole and adding dirt & water to the mix (to make a muddy mess) emoticon
you are choosing to walk differently.
Now go have a great Tuesday!

PS - LOVE the pic& statement you chose at the end!

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LEWILL1982 8/19/2014 12:01PM

    I wanna look like her too! Don't forget that when you work out, you'll get your Activity points too. Some days, I run for points!

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