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Saturday, April 21, 2012

This week, thanks to Chef Meg, me and an old friend were reunited. One of the hardest things for me to give up was biscuits and gravy. I gave them up because there were just so many calories. This week though I found Chef Meg's not so southern sausage gravy. Tried it on a piece of low calorie toast instead of a biscuits with a scrambled egg white and half a red potato. Made it for Tuesday night supper. Boy was it good and came in around 250 -260 calories compared to my old 700 - 800 calorie biscuit and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns. Next time I make it I will add just a little sausage to it, but still will not effect the calories that bad.

  
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ANNAMARIE1958 4/22/2012 6:52PM

    Great ...see we can still have our favorite dishes with out all the calories. I make taco salad with ground turkey...so much better....

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SALGUOD2 4/22/2012 6:18PM

    Thanks for all the comments. Made it this morning with a sausage patty. Only added 25 calories and 2g of fat. Also added a pinch of salt. YUM YUM!!!!!

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GOLFGMA 4/22/2012 3:58PM

    Everyone has been talking about those biscuits! I am gonna have to try them. Biscuits and gravy are my DH's favorite breakfast, but, lately he goes to a restaruant near us to have his favorite while I stay home (in pj's) and enjoy my lower calorie breakfast.

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GOGETUMX2 4/22/2012 7:27AM

    sounds great!!

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NOTHIN2IT 4/21/2012 10:29PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad you were able to find an alternative!

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CAMAEL100 4/21/2012 1:41PM

    It is great to find an alternative to things we liked. Especially when it tasted good!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/21/2012 11:11AM

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Glad you found something you like!
I agree with some of the other suggestions. Turkey sausage is good and I really like the Morning Star Farms vegetarian sausage. Has a good flavor and low in fat and calories.


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JSALERNO 4/21/2012 10:53AM

    I'LL HAVE TO TRY IT.

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MEXGAL1 4/21/2012 10:41AM

    Hey, good for you to opt for the newer healthier version. So happy to hear that it was good and satisfying!
Yum!
have a great week end.
Sallie

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WSHAYES1 4/21/2012 10:23AM

    Try using a small amount of Turkey or Chicken Sausage. They both have a lot less fat.

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Weekly Update

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kind of a crazy week. First week of camping went great. Had a great time running and walking while there. Food was great and stayed where I needed to be. (Thanks meal planning) All meals were already planned out so all went well. Alcohol consumption UUGGHH better than last year but still needs work. 8 beers all weekend, not bad but could be better.
First week on quitting chewing. Only 1 can this week. Down 1 1/2 cans, but felt really sluggish. postponed workout this week to adjust. Only done walking this week. Today felt like I had my energy back so was happy. This weeks goal is to get down to 1/2 can this week. Want to be tobacco free by my anniversary the end of May. I figure that is a pretty good present to give my wife for starters. She has wanted me to quit for so many years. She has only been putting up with it for 22 years now. I think it is time to grant her wish!!!
So now I wait to Sunday for weigh in. Feel pretty good though. Workout not what I would have liked but food stayed in check so hopefully the scale will be nice.

  
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CARDAMOMMA 4/21/2012 3:00AM

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I love that one thing motivating you is your wife.

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MKRUSE34 4/20/2012 9:10PM

    You can do it!! I bet your wife will be tickled pink with you quitting chewing. I am sure it will save you a little money, too. You can spend the money on good healthy food instead of tobacco. I know it isn't cheap. lol I think you will feel better, too.

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EGRAMMY 4/20/2012 8:57PM

    News today said the best way to stop smoking is doing exercise...interesting...

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CAMAEL100 4/20/2012 6:59PM

    Is it chewing gum or tobacco?? Being Irish we don't use those expressions. It is either smoking or chewing gum.

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LITTLEBO 4/20/2012 6:52PM

    A BIG WOOOOHOOOO!!!! on cutting down on the chew! You can do it!!!! I don't have to tell you the health benefits....but, makin your wife happy is pretty darn important, too!!! emoticon

So, um, just curious....isn't it too cold to camp yet? emoticon

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JSALERNO 4/20/2012 6:38PM

    GREAT JOB ON THE CHEWING GUM

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Fitness minutes

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Does anyone know why it doesn't track all your fitness minutes. I had 3 1'2 hours on wednesday. It gave me credit for 120 minutes. Anything over 2 hours isn't counted toward my minutes. I have to track my minutes for work and noticed the difference. I currently have 1858 minutes but only show 1656. That is 202 minutes so for that don't show up. So if anybody knows why I would appreciate knowing why.

  
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EGRAMMY 4/17/2012 8:53PM

    Spark rules....

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LITTLEBO 4/15/2012 6:47PM

    I had assumed it was just because SparkPeople wants everyone to earn points in other ways, , too and doesn't want to encourage people to over excercise...that can be detrimental, too. So two hours is probably some experts limit.

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JSALERNO 4/15/2012 5:16PM

    GREAT JOB!

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MEXGAL1 4/15/2012 12:42PM

    no idea, hey, but awesome minutes!
Woo hoo!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/15/2012 12:26PM

    Way to go! And yeah...there is a ceiling on Fitness Minutes.
@Cardamomma...Strength does not count towards 'cardio minutes' which is how it is divided up on the tracker. The heart rate is not elevated to a point of cardio. HTH

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PCOLAGATOR 4/15/2012 12:00PM

    You will receive credit for all your fitness minutes in your overall fitness points (located on your SparkPage), HOWEVER you are capped at 120 minutes for the SparkAmerica Fitness minutes.

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CARDAMOMMA 4/15/2012 11:56AM

    I noticed that my strength training doesn't add minutes to the tracker, either. No clue why.
But wow, way to go on the 3.5 hours on Wednesday!

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Its 3 A.M.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just sitting here enjoying the peace and quiet, waiting for the sunrise so I can go running through the woods. There is a real nice bike path behind the campground that goes through the woods. Really nice and peaceful. Yesterday was the first time we had seen a lot of the campers since last fall. Everybody was coming by commenting about how much weight I had lost, followed by what kind of diet I was on. So I told them it wasn't a diet, but rather a lifestyle change. (see previous blog) Anyway felt good to hear so many people notice. Who knows maybe one of them will be the next Sparker!!!

  
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CAMAEL100 4/15/2012 2:21PM

    Great to get all the compliments about your weight. Must make you feel great!

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LITTLEBO 4/14/2012 9:25PM

    The whole Zen of nature sounds wonderful. And you're a great example for all those potential sparkers. Hope everything is going well with your quitting, too .....

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CARDAMOMMA 4/14/2012 7:39PM

    Wow, it sounds amazing there. Must be a great place to camp.

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MKRUSE34 4/14/2012 8:29AM

    It is always nice to get compliments on our weight loss. I am sure you felt pretty good about all of them. It has been raining here for 2 days now so it is hard to get outside and do any walking or running.

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JSALERNO 4/14/2012 5:10AM

    GREAT. IT'S 5 AM HERE AND STILL PITCH BLACK BUT I'LL GET OUTSIDE TOO IN A LITTLE WHILE. RIGHT NOW ITS NOT EVEN 50 YET.

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BIGDOG18 4/14/2012 4:29AM

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Time to quit

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tomorrow I begin a program to quit chewing. After 29 years it is time. Wanted to wait until I had me eating under control. I had heard that when you quit you eat more. I now track everything so I'm confident that I'll be alright there. The company I work for pays for everything, which is really nice. My health coach said that once I quit my metabolism will slow down. She said nicotine elevates your metabolism. Oh well I guess I'll do more exercise.

  
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CAMAEL100 4/15/2012 2:23PM

    Best of luck. Take the same tools you have used to help yourself lose weight. emoticon

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JSALERNO 4/14/2012 5:06AM

    YOU CAN DO IT. I USED TO CHEW GUMM ALL THE TIME WHEN I QUIT SMOKING NOW 1 PIECE EVERY FEW DAYS.

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CARDAMOMMA 4/14/2012 1:03AM

    Way to go! You can totally do it.

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LITTLEBO 4/13/2012 10:49PM

    GOOD!!!! Cartwheel!!!
We are rootin for you!
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ANNAMARIE1958 4/13/2012 10:49PM

    Good luck and stay with your plan......that's great that your employer is paying for it.

My DH quit for 4 months after chewing for 40 yr....well guess what he is back at it emoticon

One day at a time.....you can do this! emoticon

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COUNTRYSTRONG21 4/13/2012 10:43PM

    Glad you've made the decision to stop. Having your employer take care of the costs of the program makes it a no-brainer to work on quitting.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 4/13/2012 10:37PM

    I have heard that nicotine is one of the most difficult addictions to get over. emoticonMy brother chewed when he pitched little league. The dentist found some white pre-cancerous areas, and he was scared into quitting. He hadn't been chewing long. I am glad you have made the decision to preserve the quality of your health. You have the tools and you have many who support you.
I wish you the best as you pursue your chosen life goals. emoticon

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