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Parsley is a garnish.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I belong to a local weight loss center and have paid them almost $1,000 in the last 6+ months to help me lose weight. So far it has been very successful, but I have hit a wall here at 190 pounds. I can't seem to get into the 180s. So when I went in on Monday they said they wanted to try something new and put me on the "parsley plateau buster." Now don't get me wrong. I am open-minded and I know "food is fuel" and all that, but when I saw the diet I was supposed to adhere to for the next two days the only thing I could think to say was, "Parsley is a garnish." They put me on a 600 calorie diet for two days with no starches. I am eating a grapefruit for breakfast and then lunch is 6 oz. of chicken breast with two cups romaine lettuce and 1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley and apple cider vinegar for the dressing. Yuck! Then dinner is the same as lunch, but with 6 oz. fish instead of the chicken and I have to eat two cups of cucumbers in apple cider vinegar for a snack. I guess these two days have taught me that I can really get by on anything and whether something is yummy doesn't really matter anymore. I'm glad it's only for two days, but I will say that now my 1,200 calorie plan looks much more appetizing. I hope this works and I see the 180s next week. If not, I will really be frustrated!

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THEQUEENBEE333 1/21/2010 10:25AM

    Hang in there. It will come, dont stress, because that wont help. One day at a time, focus on your small successes and build from there. I am not patient either and know how hard it is, but have faith and keep going. Have a great Thursday!

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    I am so with you on the Peanut Buster Parfait plateau buster! LOL That sounds so good right now. But I know that 189 will feel even better than that instant gratification.

And they really didn't want me to eat any of the Thermosnacks. They said I could have one of the drinks if I really thought I couldn't live without it, but they encouraged me to do with as little as possible.

I'm just glad it's almost over. Tomorrow morning I can have my egg and toast. And to tell you the truth, that sounds just as yummy as the parfait right now. Today when I went to the center the counselor mentioned that I could do plateau busters back to back and I looked at her incredulously and said thanks, but no thanks. LOL! Maybe next week, but not tomorrow.


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MYREALANA 1/20/2010 1:53PM

    When do they come up with the Peanut Buster Parfait plateau buster?

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MYREALANA 1/20/2010 12:56PM


What fun for me to look forward to.

Do you still get your Thermosnacks at least?

But, I've got to tell you, I often use a lot of parsley on my salads anyway. I LOVE Italian flat-leaf parsley as a part of my cooking. I LOVE making my own dressing with fresh-chopped parsley and basil, 1 tsp of olive oil and vinegar.

I do miss my golden balsamic vinegar, though. I'm still not particularly happy with their restriction to only Apple Cider, Rice or Taragon vinegar.

Hopefully your "plateau buster" will beat your body into submission and it will once again do what you tell it.

Comment edited on: 1/20/2010 12:57:48 PM

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LILASHOME 1/20/2010 12:27PM

    Yikes! That sounds rather drastically unpleasant, and is likely to cause a bit of muscle loss, though not too much if it's only 2 days. I don't get paid big $ for my advice, and you certainly don't have to take it ::smile:: but I'll offer it anyway because, well, you know me. It's what I do, LOL! I would suggest that it's more productive long-term to not drop your calories, and instead, mix up your exercise, adding in some strength training and/or interval cardio work.

I was also going to say you might try actually increasing your food intake a little bit and vary what you're eating a bit more, because that is what has worked for me in the past when I get stuck in a plateau. I know it sound counterintutive, but eating 200-400 calories more for a few days and even allowing yourself to gain 2-4 pounds and then going back to the lower calorie "regular" amount kickstarts my metabolism and I breeze through whatever plateau I was stuck at. Haven't had a chance to try it on this round because I've been pretty steady so far. I know I'll hit a plateau eventually, though, and I plan on using that technique again since it worked so well in the past.

Here's an article from Jillian (Biggest Loser trainer) I found that supports an approach similar to what I have said here (mix up calories +workouts, and vary your calorie intake):

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Losing Weight Feels Beautiful!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I got on the scale today and weighed the least I have yet while on this journey and I felt so BEAUTIFUL! I can't explain it. I got dressed differently and I carried myself differently. I just felt more beautiful and I must have been radiant because I got several comments about looking "really good" today and the only thing different was my attitude.

I guess I never realized how good losing weight would feel. It is amazing! I was telling someone about my weight loss regimen and new lifestyle now and they thought it was just too much work. But I realized right then that this is the best investment I have ever made in myself and I really am worth it. It is worth planning meals and preparing them at home. It is worth exercising whenever I can fit it in and taking showers at crazy times during the day. I can't remember ever feeling this positive about myself in a long time and it is definitely worth it.

So, as I close this day and look forward to the next I am so grateful for this gift. It is the best Christmas present I could give myself. A new positive outlook. I still have a long way to go, but I can finally look in the mirror and feel like I am beautiful, not only on the inside, but also on the outside. I'm getting there, one pound at a time.

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LILASHOME 12/22/2009 10:54PM

    Oh, you just made me get all teary-eyed. You ARE beautiful and always have been, and I'm so happy you're feeling it now, too. Yes, you're right, you're definitely worth taking care of, and you're doing an awesome, inspirational job at it, too. emoticon Congratulations!!!

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HOPE2BE 12/22/2009 9:50PM

    I think its great you feel so beautiful and know you've lost weight. When I lost inches I could tell and others could too and I know it felt great for me too. Hurray for you.

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KOUKY_82 12/22/2009 9:39PM

    I think its great that ur motivated!!! u actually added to my motivation too :))) Ur positive vibes r contagious!
thank you for sharing ur happy thoughts!
and keep telling urself that ur gorgeous cus u are!
good luck!

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Bigggest Loser Finale

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I am a die hard Biggest Loser fan and I am so glad Danny won this season. He is such a great guy. I could definitely see why Liz was so grateful to have him as her weight loss partner. I thought Danny was inspiring because he really "got it." He understood that his excess weight was more than just pounds, but that it represented much deeper problems in his life. He seemed to be fixing a lot more than his weight issues during the show.

When they first went home for a week as the result of a challenge on the show and Danny was at home eating healthy and helping his family eat healthy I knew he was really serious about his new lifestyle. And when Susie Orman was on the show and they had the challenge where she gave them $1,000 for each correct answer and he was so grateful because now they had a small emergency fund I knew I wanted him to win the whole thing. He deserved that $250,000 just as much as any of the other contestants.

When he came back to the ranch for the marathon and weighed in 59 pounds lighter than when he left the ranch I was jumping up and down for joy. I loved the grin when Ally told him he needed to lose 24 pounds to beat Rudy and be guaranteed a spot in the final three. He knew he had surpassed that and so much more.

So when Danny weighed in as the last person last night and had lost 239 pounds for a total percentage of weight loss of over 55% I was so happy for him. I hope now he is able to truly accomplish his dreams with his new body and his newfound wealth. Congratulations Danny!

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THEQUEENBEE333 12/17/2009 9:49PM

    I watched it a little on and off but watched the Finale and couldnt believe Danny and Tracy especially. Amazing. I am glad Shey is moving onto next season... Starts again in Jan, right?

Here's hoping you have a wonderful Friday tomorrow!

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LILASHOME 12/17/2009 7:13AM

    I've never watched the show, but the children are glued to it with Lori when she watches it emoticon

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TALESIN 12/9/2009 11:26AM

    This season, I was rooting for Liz, but I realized when the finalists were named that I would have been happy if any of them had won. They all deserved it and all seemed like good people. I was glad Tracey didn't win the $100k, although she was so skinny I didn't recognize her!

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    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I agree about Shay. Hopefully this will be just the right incentive to keep her on the right path. May isn't that far away. I know what I want to accomplish with my own weight loss by May and it certainly seems challenging!

Talk about an awesome transformation. I thought Abby looked so beautiful and like she was really ready to live again. I almost cried when she weighed in. I think her story is every mother's nightmare. My husband and my children are my life. She is truly an inspiration!

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ANNROBERTS54 12/9/2009 8:08AM

    He really was pretty good lookin, skinny!! And I was really glad that Shay got the good deal she did. She will still need that boost to her self confidence as she continues her very long journey. But boy did she look a million times better than when she started

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My Computer Crashed, but Not My Diet

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I am a medical transcriptionist who works from home about 6 to 8 hours per day and this morning just before I turned in my work my computer just crashed. I was so frustrated. I couldn't reboot it and I felt like the world was crashing in on me. My husband and I spent the better part of the day trying to restart the computer and trying to make it possible for me to work on our backup laptop computer. Well, finally this afternoon we were able to get the laptop to work properly and have decided to give up on the main computer and get a new one.

The old me would have taken this extremely stressful situation as an excuse to eat whatever felt good and feel justified. But I am happy to say that the one thing that didn't crash today was my diet and exercise routine. It feels so good to take control of the things I can and do my best in dealing with the situations life throws my way. I can go to bed tonight feeling okay with myself. I couldn't do that if I had binged on something awful. Then I would really feel out of control.

I will still mourn the pictures and emails that I have now lost. They were a cherished collection, but I can't focus on that. At least I am still able to keep working and earning a living. And now I have an excuse to go and get my girls' pictures taken again soon. Yay!


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BUBBLES1541 9/29/2009 9:32PM

    Way to go!

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MDOHERTYJR 9/29/2009 9:21PM

    I work on computers for a living. If you have cherished photos and such you would like to save, send me a spark message and I can offer to recover that data and mail you back your hard drive and a DVD with your cherished photos. The offer is there, it is up to you, I do this for alot of folks, free of charge. Send me a sitemail.

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LILASHOME 9/29/2009 9:12PM

    Way to GO! Keeping focused despite challenges can be really, really hard to do, and you're doing it! emoticon

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NANCYCA555 9/29/2009 9:04PM

    Congratulations. You SHOULD be proud of yourself. It's so tempting to comfort ourselves with food at times like that, but you took control. That's so great.

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What is Success?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I got on my SparkPeople search engine today and in front of me was a quote that really hit home with me. The quote is from Charles Carlson and states, "You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal." I guess I never thought of success that way before. To me success was always finally attaining the goal you have set before yourself. So for me to be successful I have to get down to my goal weight, be completely out of debt and able to quit my job to finally be the wife and mother I truly want to be. But this quote says that because I am actively working towards all of those things I am already successful. Wow! What an awesome way to think about life.

I haven't been losing much weight in the past week, in fact nothing. I'm at a standstill. Haven't gained...haven't lost... But instead of deciding to throw in the towel and binge on pizza and ice cream I got on SparkPeople and read three articles about Plateau Busters, which was really eye opening. Now I am ready to start fresh and put some of the valuable tools I found in the articles to good use in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully my weight loss will take off again. Sixty down and sixty to go. I WILL do it because I ALREADY AM DOING IT!


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SLADLD 9/29/2009 12:21PM

    Congratulations on losing 61 pounds in the past and hope all works out so you can reach all your goals. I liked your comment on the success quote!

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GMACAMI 9/25/2009 3:20AM

    Congratulations on your first blog. Keep up the good work. The more you put into you program (blogging, huddling, tracking food and exercise minutes, posting on your team pages, earning spark points) the more you will get out of your program- besides weight loss, you will get emotional support, friends who understand exactly what you are going through, accountability, focus, dependability...and the list goes on...


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WIIGAL 9/24/2009 9:49PM

    Yes, you will do it , because you have a great attitude and have not given up despite a nasty plateau. You are doing great and are halfway to your goal. 60 pounds will not beat you. emoticon

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