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Shirataki Noodles

Monday, September 12, 2011

OK, I said I would try the noodles and then share my experience.
I used them in a recipe by Hungry Girl, mixing them with mushroom soup and tuna....and I was surprised by the results! Not because I found that they tasted good, but because it was the texture that I wasn't very fond of!
You see, we've been eating whole wheat noodles and I had gotten used to the firmness of them...and my ONLY objection to the shirataki noodles was that they are very soft!
Other than that, I would use them again and probably will. However, my DH does NOT approve, so I won't put them on him. I will probably use them for a lunch for me to take to work!
Oh...I will share a HUGE secret with you to make the noodles taste good. Hungry Girl was very specific about rinsing the noodles very, very well before you heat them. The fishy smell was offputting, but I found that after I had followed her advice, the fishy smell and taste went away!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/3/2011 11:48PM

    emoticonI am assuming they are Thai. And sometimes that food is something you have to get used to. But, I love most of it! Will have to check it out. emoticon

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CONTAGIEUX 9/12/2011 6:59PM

  I know exactly what you mean. I tried these using Hungry Girl's fettuccine recipe. The texture is something that's hard to get used to but it didn't taste bad. I love that these are low calorie too.

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Wierd and wonderful foods!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ok, so I said that I wasn't going to start eating "diet" foods....But I have changed my mind.
Really, I don't see them as diet foods. Why? Because if I like them, and my DH likes them, then they will be added to our diets Forever!
First I tried the soy crumbles...do you know that my DH didn't even notice that it wasn't "real" ground beef? Of course, I added into a casserole, so it's not as noticable. And it was wonderful! Now...the calorie counts, is it really worth it to use the soy crumbles instead of ground beef in some of my casseroles?
--Ground Beef, lean, one ounce: 75.8 calories
--Ground Beef, 80/20, one ounce: 88 calories
--Ground Turkey, 93% lean, one ounce: 40 calories
--Ground Chicken, breast meat, one ounce: 45 calories
and soy crumbles?????
--Soy Crumbles, one ounce: 20 calories!!!!!!!
This makes the soy crumbles the winner by far! It really helped to keep the calorie count down so that I could eat more food and was fuller. This doesn't mean that I will use soy crumbles for everything, but I was surprised at how good they were.
Plus, I didn't have to fry it up and remove the grease-they were pre cooked and no grease whatso ever! Made dinner prep so much faster. The price wasn't that much different than ground meat-$3.29 for 12 ounces.
In conclusion...soy crumbles will be one of my staples to keep in the freezer.
Next? I am going to try Shirataki tofu noodles!!!

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ZANYGIRL1 8/17/2011 12:57PM

    Sounds great girl! Hope you like the noodles. I tried the shirataki noodles a couple months ago, when I saw them on the Dr. Oz show. I really wanted to like them, but they were HORRIBLE!!! Not something I will buy again. Good luck!


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DDESERTDDAWN 8/14/2011 1:07PM

    Soy crumbles are great and for a nice change in flavor try adding breakfast patties == a sausagy flave delight. haha for us nonmeat eaters these are of course not weird foods, but bring the taste of home home. If eaten wisely, they provide much.

Looking forward to what you think of the shirataki stuff-- i'll eat a tofu sandwich in a second but have not braved those noodles for some reason. heehee


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My Fitness and Nutrition Trackers

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I made a big discovery the other day.....on each of my tracker pages there is a little button that says "how do I use this page?". Out of curiosity, I clicked on the one on the Nutrition page-and boy was I surprised!!!
I learned so many new things, and way that I can use that tracker! For instance, I like to make and eat breakfast burritos, and I always make them the same way. I found that I can put all of those individual ingredients together into a "group". When I have a breakfast burrito I can simply add the group to whatever meal I want for the day! I don't have to search for each ingredient in my favorites anymore.
I was so excited, that I decided to do the same thing on my fitness tracker page. And yes, I learned all kind of things!!!! Yesterday, I did the recommended strength training, in addition to my Pilates (beginner). Each exercise they recommended also contained a link for a demo to see how to do the exercise correctly! Also, how may sets and reps to do.
I am now on Day 42 and still learning new things!!! WhoooooHoooo!!

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1BEACHWALKER 7/19/2011 4:54PM

    emoticon Yeah, I saw the food grouping and keep forgetting to do it! Glad you are tracking- it is the best thing to do for weight loss! emoticon

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IRISHEI 7/9/2011 8:53AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work and stay motivated! You can do it!
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Battle of the Programs

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I am just so amazed that not only have I lost 10#, but it has stayed off! It's gone! And I feel great! Not like before, on another wt. loss program.

This got me to thinking-what is different this time? I know it's the way that the Spark Program is set up, and that it's about changing the way that I see food, myself and my health. But I wanted to look at specifics, what is it that is working for me?

WT Watchers: 1100 Caloric intake. This was impossible for me to do and stay on. I may have eaten 1200 when I was 118 pounds, but I am FAR from that now.
Spark: 1450-1550. This I am easily maintaining! This I can, and am, doing! And still losing weight!

WW: Exercise DVD 3 times a week. I hated it. So I thought I hated all exercise.
Spark: I do different things-strength exercises, walking, biking. I mix it up. I have found I like the way it makes me feel, and I actually enjoy biking and walking!

WW: In 4 weeks I lost 8# and then got stuck. Could not lose any more.
Spark: In 4 weeks I have lost 10#.

WW: Cost me about $40 per month.
Spark: FREE!!!!!

WW: Felt lousy-achy, tired, no energy, very bad Head ache all of the time. Quit because I thought that if I have to feel this way for 40 more pounds and for the rest of my life, forget it!
Spark: Felt great! Still have my times with feeling down, but it has nothing to do with the program. I have more times that I feel up than down. Increased energy level. Love food again, and find that I love to do some exercises!

WW: A lot of "diet" foods, especially theirs.
Spark: Eat the foods I am used to eating. Encouraged to add more whole grains, and more fruits and vegetables and more WATER! Stuff I can do for the rest of my life!

WW: Tracked calories and exercise myself. No help from anyone.
Spark: FREE TRACKER for both, and recommendations to go with them!

WW: No fitness advisers or trainers to give advice about fitness.
Spark: On staff qualified fitness trainers and advisers!!

WW: Very little in the way of encouragements-some awards, some clapping of hands at a weekly meeting for someone's achievements.
Sparks: Constant encouragements-spark points, trophies, spark goodies. Not to mention all of the people who are there to cheer us on! All of the articles on health, fitness, nutrition, and mental and emotional well being!

All in all, so much better!!!!
This is Debby, who has been Sparking for 28 days now!!!! And still going strong!

Over all, so much help!

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1BEACHWALKER 7/3/2011 4:01AM

    I loved how you did this blog! Makes me really feel good that Spark does so much for us vs WW! I have been on so many diets in the past and SP is the one thing that has kept me going! Keep going and keep sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticonon The 10 pound loss!

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NANCYLL3 6/27/2011 1:00AM

    I can sure relate to the comparison. Be sure to check out the fitness exercises in Spark. After working on my 26 roses, I found the calories burned for time spent working in my garden. What a welcome surprise.
I also liked your blog about "seeing" yourself different. I have noticed that I can feel the inside of my clothes. What a wonderful surprise. Keep up the positive attitude! emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 6/26/2011 8:52PM

    You're doing GREAT girl!!! I too tried WW a long while ago, did lose weight, but gained it all back again. I agree, this is the best one yet. I will lose what I need and keep it off, I'm sure of it!
Good luck with your goals this week, remember, it's one day at a time!!!


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Weight lifting at the Grocery Store

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I found something that really helps to put things into proper perspective, and to motivate me-anytime I feel like quitting, or think to myself "what is the use" I need to do the following (either at home or at the store):

--Find something that equals the weight that I have lost so far and lift it. Reflect on how heavy it is. Then, hold the object close to me, to figure out where I would "wear it".
This helps me to see that what I have done so far is not useless, or meaningless. It is real and it is HUGE!

--Find something that equals the weight that I still need to lose, and lift it. Reflect on how heavy it is. Really look at it and see that this is what I am carrying around with me everyday! And it's heavy!
It reminds me that this is what my bones have to carry around that's extra. And it reminds me how hard my heart has to work in order to deal with the extra weight. It makes it very easy for me to see just how important it is for me to be fit and healthy.

It helps me to really see what I am dealing with. When it comes to how much things weigh, or the volume of something, I am no good at figuring it out. I need to see it! This helps me, because it's right there in front of me!


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