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deep dish pizza

Friday, March 28, 2014

A few days ago my husband suggested we have deep dish pizza for dinner. We have found a frozen one that is not too bad. My initial reaction was no way. I can't afford to eat that. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to have some.
So I decided to figure out how it could be included in my meal plan. Typically when I eat pizza, I have a hard time stopping at just one serving. The little pizza we had said it serves 8 and I usually eat half!! YIKES!!
But I really wanted to make it work. So for lunch I ate some fruit and vegetables. Then for dinner, I made myself a big salad with lots of vegetables. Then I added some chicken breast for some added protein and help fill me up.
I am happy to say the plan worked well. I ate most of my salad before I started on the pizza. I threw much of the crust in the trash after having eaten the top part. I was able to eat half the amount of pizza that I usually do and felt satisfied!!

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KOFFEENUT 3/28/2014 10:15PM

    Good for you! I figure ALL things in moderation - nothing is forbidden, you just have to be inventive sometimes to stay within range. I actually look at the week rather than the day, so if I can't quite squeeze enough calories out of those other meals or find something unexpected has happened, I can usually find a way to pare down something on another day.

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Bathroom scale

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I think God is giving me a sign that I need to quit using my scale. I let it affect me way too much. Anyway, these last several weeks, when I weigh myself, I have noticed my scale to be a bit wacko. I have a habit of weighing myself more than once (just to make sure the scale isn't lying!) and lately it can vary as much as 10 lbs! in just a few seconds. So now I have no idea if the lower number is right (I doubt it), the upper number is more of a fact (I sure hope not...) or if is somewhere in between. Since I am not getting a true picture of how I am doing as far as my weight, I think it is time to put the scale away and buy a new one in a month or so. This could be a very good thing!

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PATIENTSAM 3/25/2014 8:21PM

    Yes, I did recently change the batteries. Think I will stick with the clothes test for now...

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BRENDAGAIL9 3/25/2014 1:12PM

    My scale is pretty close to what I weigh at the doctor's office but the last few weeks it shows I have gained three pounds but have been dealing with a yeast infection so I think it is water retention. The tape measure is a better way to go as well as how your clothes fit.

The best to you. Did you try changing the scale batteries? That may be the problem.

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GARDENCHRIS 3/25/2014 10:30AM

    Once a week is sufficient, or even once a month

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MJEFFERSON23 3/25/2014 9:38AM

  Oh boy, can I ever relate to this! I have been told that the scale is so inaccurate! It doesn't take into account your muscle mass, water retention, cells realigning or many other factors! I feel better and my clothes are looser, that's all that matters now. Here is another witness, use the scale, but not as your primary measure of success!

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JAROL7 3/25/2014 9:35AM

    To each their own. I weigh twice a day, evening and morning, and my wife only weighs 1 or 2 times a month. It discourages her, it only makes me more determined. Both of us count calories and write it down in SP Tracker. It works for both of us but slower for her.

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one of those days...sigh

Monday, March 24, 2014

These past few days I have been doing very well on my plan. This morning I just want to bake, which I will not be doing!
So much going on in my life, but I will be strong.
I need to find a job and have not really worked outside of the home much for the last 30 years.
We have some kind of animal living in our wall and we need to call someone to get it out...big expense...
Our water is not working so I am unable to drink my water. Water main break on the next street. ugh...
Husband can't find a job...
I am trying so hard to stay focused and positive, but man, it sure is tough. I know there are many who are so much worse off than me. I have much to be thankful for. I am going to try and dwell on those things.

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    It's all well and good to tell yourself that there are many others worse off than us when things seem to be going wrong one after another. It's another thing to actually accept it though.

Whenever I have the urge to bake something I know I shouldn't even think of eating, I call a friend who is trying to cope with enough problems to drive anyone else crazy, to ask if she could help me out by accepting a cake/cakes/cookies, because I have an uncontrollable need to bake. She has recently taken on short term care of a 12 year old foster child with special needs, as well as trying to pack up her life's belongings to move to a smaller house in ten days' time. She is more than willing, and very grateful, to accept anything I bake, because her foster child has a stomach like a bottomless pit, and only now is he being given healthy, home cooked meals.

He was so overwhelmed the first day he came home from school and was asked if he would like a warm drink and some freshly baked cake that both of us ended up with tears in our eyes at his gratitude.

Is there a farmer's market where you live? Here, so many people bake cakes, slices, etc. to sell at our monthly farmer's market, for just the cost of the site. Tables, etc. are provided, and I know of a lot of people who make enough money from selling their home baked goods/home made craft work to pay for their annual family holidays. Just an idea for a way to enable you to do something you enjoy and make a little profit at the same time... oh, and also helping you avoid the temptation of sampling what you've made, lol.

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dining out

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Well, last night we did end up going out to eat. Just as I had planned for, my husband did order that appetizer-bloomin onion. Yes, I know the thing is not in the least bit healthy, (although my husband tried to counter that being an onion and all) but I wanted to have some. So I did. Not sure if not having the sauce with it is a saving point or not, but I don't like the sauce anyway and hopefully saved a few calories by not eating it. I had planned on being able to eat the onion.

I stuck to my plan for the most part. I had planned not to have any roll or butter, but I decided to enjoy just part of a roll at the end of my meal rather than at the beginning. I ordered a salad without croutons, egg, cheese and dressing and brought my own toppings of diced chicken, onions and peppers and a little fat free dressing. The salad from the restaurant was just lettuce and tomatoes, which was totally fine. I had them serve it on a plate rather than in a bowl, so I had plenty of room to dump on my toppings.

I think I am going to use this plan again in the future. I get really tired of ordering that "grilled chicken breast" and then not feeling satisfied after I have eaten it. Last night I felt satisfied with my choices, even though the onion was not the healthiest thing. I very seldom have stuff like that and I did not feel guilty.


Out to eat

Friday, March 21, 2014

My husband has decided he wants to go out to eat tonight again. He is very partial to steak and wants to go to his favorite restaurant. He wants me to be excited about this place too, but I am not a steak fan in the least. They have chicken items on the menu, but I HATE going out to eat and ordering a "grilled chicken breast"!! Give me a break! I can make that myself at home and for a whole lot cheaper than what you get charged when you go out.

I looked ahead at the menu and have come up with my plan. I know my husband wants to order an appetizer, not a healthy one for that matter. (Never seems to be too many of those around anyway). So my plan is to order a small house salad and bring some of my own chopped up chicken to put on top. Maybe I will add a few chopped up vegetables in it as well. I will forgo the cheese and egg and croutons and maybe even the dressing. I am trying to think of something to put on my chicken that will eliminate the need for dressing, but still working on that. Then I will be able to eat some of the appetizer and I know I will be plenty satisfied. The rolls, cinnabutter and peanuts will go to his side of the table.

So much is going on in my life right now. I take on other people's troubles and worry about them for them!! Not a good thing. Anyway, I am trying so hard to eat the way I know I should and need to focus more on that. I need to do more to take care of me and I will better be able to handle what comes around in life.

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