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day three, not that awful.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

So, day three.
Success or semi-fail??
Ok, the weather man reported last night that would probably see rain early today. So, I slept a little later than usual. It was my own poor decision number 1--sitting up late watching Netflix.
and number 2---not going to the walking track early this morning.
I waited all day for the rain, of course it never came and as the evening wore on, it got hot.
Around an hour ago, the skies turned black and the rain poured down.
But I did get alot of house work done today. Several loads of laundry and cleaned up the utility room, mopped, washed all the rugs and folded and put away some clothes.
Dusted the bedroom and cleaned up the kitchen.
I did 5 whole big minutes on the ellipitcal.
It just doesnt hold my attention the way the walking track does and it seems to tire me out more quickly.
So, in my book that was a small semi-fail.
That and the 2 big tablespoons of hamburger helper with macaroni I snacked on.
I made this for Honey for his supper and I had a grilled chicken breast and some spinach, tomatoes, carrots and broth.
So, I am unsure how many calories are in 2 tablespoons of hamburger helper, but I am sure its not that many to get all bent out of shape over.
And regardless, I stayed within calorie range again.
Third successful calorie day in a row.

I havent been anywhere near a scale and I dont expect to see a drop in weight this fast.
But I have been sticking to a plan.
I am eating alot of protein, protein in fact makes up the majority of my meals.
Along with the same spinach, carrots, lettuce, mushrooms and tomatoes.

While I didnt get to walk, I feel I stayed pretty busy and active today.
I am finished with my meals for the day and I am not hungry at all.

Take a deep breath and relax and try to do better tomorrow.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 6/11/2014 9:04AM

    and you got a lot done to boot. emoticon

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GORDON66 6/10/2014 10:52PM

  Terrific!!!! Good for you!!!!


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day two

Monday, June 09, 2014

Another pretty good day. I was feeling pretty rough when I woke up this morning. Headache and neck and shoulders hurting.
I was supposed to have gotten an appointment for PT by now, but they are dragging their feet, the insurance company being a pain.
So, anyway, after an hour and two excedrins, I was feeling better and it was an overcast, not too hot day.
So, I went to the track and got in my hour.
Felt good and came home and prepared a good healthy lunch.
Have stayed in line with my calories today.
Two successful days so far.
We have rain in the forecast tonight and the whole week basically, so that means more weight training and toning and elliptical indoors.
And cleaning, getting organized and cleaning out two closets.
Tonight I am feeling proud of myself, I havent snacked or gone over my calories and I am laying out a list of food for the day and sticking to it.
Each night I will try to blog and keep this reminder to do as well the next day.
I hope to see some loss on the scale. Hope is alive.

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GORDON66 6/9/2014 10:18PM

  Good for you!!!! emoticon

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countdown day one

Sunday, June 08, 2014

So the day went well.
I stuck to my calories, even though I feel I could possibly be eating fewer calories.
I got my protein, my veggies. and my water.
I am going to play around with that a little over the next week and see how it goes.
I got in a short walk, but it was a good one.
I am going to work really hard and then work a little harder. This is the challenge I have set forth for myself for the next month and then to continue on from there.
I am going to work even harder to track my food and see where I can make changes for the better.
Yes, day one was a good day.

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/9/2014 8:20AM

    Glad the day went well, onwards and upwards emoticon emoticon

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i need your help/ideas/suggestions/hints

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Hello Spark Friends, so as most of you who read my blogs know, I have been struggling with healthy eating the last few weeks and I really need to get my head back in the game, buckle down and get serious about this!!
So, tomorrow is grocery shopping day.
I leave for vacation to the beach in 1 month and while there is little hope of losing alot of weight before then, I am not putting up unrealistic, unobtainable goals, I would like to drop a few pounds if for no other reason, than to just be able to walk a little more easily.
So, I am going to try to stay away from refined carbs and sugars this month, so here is my question for everyone.
What foods should I buy when I go shopping tomorrow???
What foods should I NOT buy???
Give me some ideas of some new things to try, some new fruits and vegetables that arent on ones daily shopping list.
I need new ideas.
I have been stuck in a rut with the same ol same foods.
I do not want to do the prepackaged weight watchers type frozen meals.
I plan to buy lots of fresh fish, tuna, salmon, mackerrel, and I need some ideas for side dishes.
I am giving up ALL bread, that includes whole grain, so I need some replacements in the whole grain/wheat category.
Thanks in advance to anyone who might want to offer up some recipes, or food ideas for my shopping list.
I have to get myself back on track and stop with the frozen pre-packaged foods, and cereals and carbs.
Hope everyone is having a nice day.

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/6/2014 11:59AM

    Someone mentioned chickpeas, that reminded me of something. Do you like hummus ? Hummus is a dip made from chickpeas. I use it as a dip. I've used it to make sandwiches. I've used it in salads. Hummus is not only tasty, it's good for you too.

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CAPECODBABE 6/6/2014 5:57AM

    Wow, Val, some great ideas.

I know with me it helps to change things up. I get into a food slump. For a while I was having a smoothie every morning... now I don't even want to think about one.

I've got to get back to watching what I eat, too. Let us know how you make out!

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IWANT2DOTHIS1X 6/5/2014 9:42PM

    Hi Done Girl! I LOVE zucchini chips, fulfill that salty crunchy chip craving- slice 1/4 inch spray pam on cookie sheet, put slices on put little salt (don't over salt it intensifies as baking), bake in oven on low for an hour or so 250-300

Cauliflour- for pizza and rice, lots of great recipes on spark people.

Garbanzo Beans- hummus, toasting

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FITMARY 6/5/2014 9:23PM

    Spinach!!! It's delicious with a simple oil and vinegar dressing and a dash of salt. It's great sauteed quickly with some olive oil and garlic, and it's surprisingly good in all kinds of soups, lasagna, chili, bean dishes. No wonder it's called a super food.

My other secret weapon is kidney beans. They are wonderful and full of fiber so they keep us full longer. Saute 1 yellow onion and one chopped carrot til they're soft. Then add a Tbs. of cumin and saute for another minute or so til fragrant. Then add 1 cup of orange juice and one 5 oz. can of pineapple juice. Simmer the onions and carrots in that juice mixture until the volume of liquid is reduced to about 1/4 of what it was. Add a large drained can (45 oz.) of beans and heat through. Add garlic and fresh parsley to taste. I serve this with breakfast omelets, enchiladas for lunch, roast chicken for dinner. Even my kids love them!

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CHEEKYGEEK 6/5/2014 4:46PM

    Hi! There are already some great suggestions. I'll second the suggestion for adding quinoa into your diet. I love it. I use it to replace rice and sometimes pasta. Spaghetti squash in another good, versatile addition.

I have a sweet tooth and to avoid refined sugars, I have discovered Medjool Dates. They are amazing and like eating a homemade caramel (in texture--just watch out for the pit) and honey in flavor. It's a fruit loaded with fiber and potassium. However, each one is about 66 calories, so you don't want to overdo it. I like to pair one or two dates with raw almonds. Yum!

I'm currently following Bob Harper's 21-Day Jumpstart which is all processed-free foods, very low calorie, moderate exercise (ONLY meant to be a Jumpstart and a transition into his Skinny Rules), and I lost 6 pounds in week 1 with a few modifications. I think I'd have lost more, but there were some days I just needed the few extra calories.

Good luck with the groceries!

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    When I go low carb I like tuna stuffed mini bell peppers. Cut top off peppers and pull ribs and seeds, stuff em. For tuna stuffing I take canned in water tuna, 1 tbsp lite mayo (I like Trader Joe's reduced guilt mayo), diced peppercinis and sweet relish to taste...and a dash of Sriracha. They are easy to eat on the go:)

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MTRANCHWOMAN 6/5/2014 4:16PM

    I am learning to like other grains such as Quinoa. Also legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc) are a good source of many nutrients without all the other stuff.

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/5/2014 3:49PM

    Spring greens are just in season and are great (sorry I don't know what you call them in the states)

It's a bit like cabbage, saute with some coconut oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and makes a great base for fish, add in some onions for extra flavour. I've been having this everyday, ever so slightly addicted to it lol

Replace the whole grains with the starchy veg, instead of rice or pasta have sweet potato, squash, carrots, parsnips, all of these can be made into great mashes, with different spices.

Asian slaw is something I like to make that gets some veggies in and is a great side, it's raw zuccini, carrot, cucumber, chilli pepper, shredded with a peeler, add lime juice, spring onions, garlic and soy sauce, just toss it all together.

Roasted eggplant, slice thinly, season then roast and add to salads. I love hot salads, basically the things that can't be cooked like cucumber, lettuce, etc make the base, then roast a bunch of other veggies like, tomato, red pepper (capsicum), mushrooms, eggplant, and toss on top of your cold part and mix. For a dressing I like tahini mixed with simply lemon juice and water salt and pepper, sometimes if im extra hungry I add a tin of mixed beans and some rice noodles. Since you eat meat you can skip the beans and just add tuna/salmon/mackarel etc.

Stir frys are great because you can pretty much saute any veg so it doesn't get boring, buy any veg on sale, chop, sautee, stir fry and add to your meat!

Eat tonnes of veggies and you should be right :o) Eat the rainbow as they say.

If you are tempted with grains, try something like rice noodles, lighter than your standard pasta.

Google has umpteen recipes for spicing up veggies and making them the star of the dish. Best of luck hope you enjoy any new things you try.

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/5/2014 3:31PM

    Stock up on whatever fresh fruits and veggies are on sale. Try to eat seasonal fruits/veggies when possible. I love strawberries, but you don't want to buy strawberries when they are out of season.

KIWI fruit is usually on sale at my supermarket and it is very tasty. What's wrong with bananas ? I love bright yellow, not too green or brown spotted ones.

Do you like tomatoes ? See if grape or cherry tomatoes are on sale because vine ripe can be pricey. If they have yellow tomatoes, those would be good. Grapes should be in season. Buy some grapes to munch on.

If you need to spice up your meals, buy some fresh herbs ! nothing jazzes up a meal like some fresh thyme or basil. If your market doesn't have fresh, then check out the spice section. try some of the curries.

Whole grain ? quinoa has become a popular whole grain. My cousin makes a yummy quinoa salad. the spark recipes section has a selection of quinoa. you might like it.

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ABOWERY 6/5/2014 3:31PM

    I would suggest replacing a meal or snack with a smoothie. They help you reach your vegetable and fruit goal and there are so many different recipes that it is almost impossible to get bored.

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SOFT_VAL67 6/5/2014 3:30PM

    thanks guys, yes, i know about reading food labels, more or less what i had hoped for was some suggestions of some great new recipes or food ideas, just something different than the daily blah of the same old same.

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KAT813 6/5/2014 3:09PM

  The only thing you can do is read food labels. I wish I could suggest foods, but I can't. I'm looking into limiting carbs, salt, and sugar. Try looking into foods that have under 20g of each.

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JLAMING263 6/5/2014 3:06PM

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lower than a snakes belly, a mud snake!!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"I dont know why I act the way I do, like I aint got a single thing to lose"!! Tim McGraw.

Today I was feeling pretty rough. I had a bad stomach ache last night, I took some gas-x and went to bed, woke up with the same tummy ache, only I also had a headache and muscle aches, soreness.
Once again I skipped my morning walk and instead I went this evening.
I had pretty much had my calories for the day early, with the exception of having my snack calories, which was supposed to have been a greek yogurt.
However, the evening went awry.
I went to the walking track, only to get rained out, hard core thunder storm rained out only 25 minutes into my walk.
So, I came home, and after heavy downpours, I should have known better, but I pulled onto the grass in the yard to turn so I could back my car into the driveway, only to get my front wheel drive car stuck in the mud.
So, I come inside, change out of my walking clothes, feed the dog, and make myself a turkey sandwich on whole wheat.
So, I notice the dog is being very quiet, go to see what shes doing and she has barfed up all of her food behind the chair.
The evening just keeps getting better.
Clean that up and sit down and have a big bowl of ice cream with 100 calorie pack of mini cookies and a glass of milk.
So, I am feeling guilty and lowdown.
I honestly dont know how many calories I had this evening.
Over what I had already sparked. Maybe I will spark it later, but from my rough calculations, I would guess about 500 OVER my already alloted calories for the day, maybe even a little more.
So here I sit, feeling guilty about having given in to cravings.
And not even just cravings, but emotional eating.
We are supposed to be getting some heavy thunder storms and more rain tonight, which worries me that will make it even harder to get my car out tomorrow.
I feel alot like that car, STUCK!!!
I am the tire and food is the mud and I am wollering and spinning and moving this way and that and I cant get out of its grip!!!
I sit here feeling like a HUGE failure.
and just wishing I knew how to handle my stress better.

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GORDON66 6/5/2014 8:59AM

  I hope you're feeling better, and don't be sweating 500 calories. In the big scheme of things, that doesn't amount to a hill of beans, and guilt is a useless emotion. OK. Enough with the cliches. Sometimes having a short memory is a good thing, and this is one of them. Forgive, forget, and be kind to yourself.

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RENATA144 6/4/2014 11:35PM

  Please see a doctor. emoticon emoticon
Don't count calories. Eat quality fresh foods & hopefully you will feel better. Don't get stressed out about your food / diet. Eat fresh fruits & vegetables ! Proceeded food can make anybody sick.
If you don't feel better tomorrow please call a doctor. It may be something simple & easy to fix, hopefully. Doctors today are really good. Hesitation could be costly not just $$$.
Feel better soon emoticon

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