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Paleo on the Cheap? And quick... At home?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Okay - I'm down 90+ and the ex is down 50+. His youngest daughter is now living with him and the oldest (son) has also returned home for a "few months". Both kids would classify as obese. Seeing the changes dad has made, the kids are now interested in trying his diet too - he's following my lead, so basically Paleo/Primal (low carb w no processed foods).

I've blogged previously about some of my ideas on how to do Paleo in restaurants and food courts, but hadn't spent a ton of time thinking about quick/cheap Paleo options for home.

Let me know if you have any ideas you want to share... His daughter can do some prep and cooking (17), but will be back in school in Sept, so quicker is better!

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STRNGNGRNDED 6/29/2012 8:14PM

    My dd and her dh just did this diet and she lost 7 pounds in a month. Now that she's pregnant she's not doing it. But I'd never heard of it before.
Glad to hear it's working for you and the kids are willing to do something about their weight. I hope they learn how to eat better so it will work for life.
I'm subscribing to your blog. =)

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SPOKENWORD 6/25/2012 4:34PM

    Keep up the good work!


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EGALITAIRE 6/24/2012 3:33PM

    Good to hear about your ex and his kids - nice that you have influenced others and always good to hear about people getting more healthful.

I do batch cooking twice a week - enough to last 3 - 4 days. What makes that work though is having a meal plan for the week or at least 3 - 4 days.

Big batches of various types of veggie mixes roasted or grilled then into containers in the fridge. Same with greens - wilt a big pan of greens. Steam a spaghetti squash and some cauliflower rice, both of those make good "bases" for adding the greens or other veggies and the protein.

Try to cook double the protein that would be eaten at one meal, then I have it for leftovers a day or two later.

Like so many things in life - planning and preparation seem to go along way.

Stay Strong

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SHERYLDS 6/23/2012 9:16PM

    I'm totally drained in hot humid weather
so I roast plenty of chicken ahead of time and keep it in air tight containers.
and while I'm roasting the chicken
I figure roast some red peppers,
roast some broccoli,cauliflower, and carrots under the chicken.
make lettuce wraps with romaine lettuce and whatever meat/poultry/fish you like.
I always have a large container of shredded coleslaw (red and green cabbage) waiting in the fridge without dressing. Then when I'm ready for it I make a quick asian dressing of rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and grated ginger. Crunchy and flavorful...a little goes a long way.
I also believe in one pan cooking ... so when i make my protein...I always add the veggies at the same time and let them cook together.

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Finding the right support (heehee)

Friday, June 22, 2012

As I've been losing weight, my lingerie sizes have changed - a few times...

Got "measured and fitted" in a specialty shop this week and was stunned at the "correct" size. I've seen the shows touting the comfort of the "correct sized bra" and heard the percent of women who are wearing the wrong size. Even with this knowledge, I was still surprised at how comfortable the correct size felt and how flattering it looked.

Today I bought a new exercise bra at a "running store". I'm now exercising at higher intensity and want to be sure that in addition to all my SparkFriends, I surround myself with appropriate "support"!

Get measured and fitted for the correct size and try on many different brands and styles... It's an investment (just like proper footwear), but you are worth it!

Preserve the Girls....

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MARYELLEN301 6/23/2012 7:03PM

    My Curves had a measure day last week. I forgot about it and didn't want to be all sweaty when she measured me so I passed up the opportunity. Shouldn't have. Hindsight.

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DUXGRL1 6/23/2012 2:40PM

    I've never done this and probably should!

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JANESLOSS 6/23/2012 12:28PM

    Thank you for this fun blog. I too need to go get properly fitted! I was going to wait a bit longer, but my daughter says that I should go now and not in another 40 lbs.
Have a great weekend!
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SUSANS706 6/23/2012 8:57AM

    Been thinking about going and doing that, need to move that up on the to do list it seems! Thanks for the nudge!!

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MUSOLF6 6/23/2012 8:51AM

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/23/2012 2:36AM

    That is so true. I have a bit of a funny for you. You know you are having a bad day when your bra feels better worn backwards!


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KPETSCHE 6/23/2012 1:13AM

    You are so true and it's something that's easy to forget about until you are out there running and bouncing all over! HA HA

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VETTRANGER 6/23/2012 12:21AM

    Men DO understand how important this is. We want women to feel and look great! LOL

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SCIFIMOM 6/22/2012 11:38PM

  Yeah, I've been sorting out the old underwear drawer. It's nice to get rid of things that are just too big to be useful, rather than just bits with holes. (big grin)

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JERZGURL_NAN 6/22/2012 11:05PM

    it is SO crazy how HAPPY we are when the 'girls' are happy. AND how good we can look!! Thanks for sharing - it is SO easy to skimp on this - the investment is often difficult to make. But as you said - Worth It!!

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ILOVEMALI 6/22/2012 11:00PM

    Men don't understand how important this is!!

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PEPPYPATTI 6/22/2012 10:53PM

    Thank you for the good advice!
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Secret Weapon... Delicious low carb salad dressing in a pinch!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Necessity is the mother of invention: I don't use packaged salad dressings. Most contain sugar and lots of other items I can not pronounce - which seems to fundamentally go against my "whole foods" and Paleo/Primal lifestyle.

But I'm also a realist, I travel a great deal, and sometimes I just have to make the best choice of the available options...

How many of you use oil and vinegar in place of prepared dressings so you can control what is going on your salad? I usually do as well, and started skipping the oil because the bottles are not always labeled and I therefore don't know if the oil is one I choose to eat...

Plain vinegar on a raw veggie salad can leave you wanting something (ANYTHING) to help you Enjoy the food choice you've made. Here's my Super Secret and gift to You...


Yup - read on...

Many vinegrettes have mustard in them - it adds to the texture and helps the dressing to emulsify. So it will be a familiar taste. Best part - if you are in a food court environment, one of the vendors is guaranteed to have mustard (packets at a burger joint or fast food Asian may even have hot mustard packets).

I put a little mustard on top of a prepackaged salad and sprinkle the vinegar (any kind) on top of the whole thing. The mustard almost melts with the addition of the vinegar (or if you have a lid for the salad - put it back on and shake the whole salad to mix your dressing and evenly coat your salad).

For lunch today I had a dollar salad in the fridge from a fast food restaurant, topped it with a full packet of fast food Chinese mustard, and shook red wine vinegar over that. Replaced the lid, shook, reopened and placed a sliced hard boiled egg on top.

Budget friendly, completely within my dieting guidelines, incredible taste (I love spicy)!

Try Dijon, yellow, Chinese, or any other mustard that is within your dietary guidelines...
Try red wine vinegar or malted, apple cider, balsamic, etc.

Have a little fun with this! When available, you can still add a little EVOO, a nut oil, flax seed oil, etc., but when not available or the source is questionable - stay true to your diet without sacrificing taste with a little help from a Yellow friend!

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ILOVEMALI 6/22/2012 12:55PM

    thanks for the tip!

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TRYAGIN 6/20/2012 12:53AM

    Great idea!

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ANNERBEES 6/19/2012 11:31PM

    Thanks for sharing this!! I will definitely try it!! emoticon

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HOLISTIC5 6/19/2012 9:27PM

    terrific idea !!! Thanks for sharing

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DUXGRL1 6/19/2012 9:12PM

    That is a great idea! I have to admit, tho, I got some cucumbers at the farmers market last week and have been enjoying them sliced with red wine vinegar and a little salt. I remember back in college, with the first successful diet of my "career", I was putting pickle relish on my salad! Not sure I would like that now, but mustard sounds like something I would try!

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AMARILYNH 6/19/2012 7:59PM

    I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing!!

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SABLENESS 6/19/2012 6:46PM

    Very clever! I'll remember that when I travel this week!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 6/19/2012 3:08PM

    Thank you for sharing! I sometimes use the mustard and vinegar and add some lime juice- delish!

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VETTRANGER 6/19/2012 2:51PM

    That's a good tip.

I used to not eat mustard at all, but a few years ago the original me was replaced by an alien evil twin (oops, I gave away the secret). I now eat mustard and several other things that I would never touch before. However, I still draw the line at pickles!

At home, I make a ranch dressing using yogurt. It comes in at about 35-40 calories per serving, as opposed to the 150-200 calories you'll get out of ranch dressings in the bottle. No, it doesn't taste exactly the same, but it doesn't taste bad either, and the calorie savings is big.

Here is the link:

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EGALITAIRE 6/19/2012 2:48PM

    Great tip - will be very useful for me on my travels - made a dressing at home last night that included mustard and apple cider vinegar - very tasty

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ILOVEMALI 6/19/2012 2:30PM

    Excellent! I made dressing with garlic, onion, Emeril Essence, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil this weekend. I'll remember to see what happens. I can add mustard to the balsamic in place of some (or all?) of the oil.

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RISA87 6/19/2012 1:59PM

    So simple! Thank you! I will be trying this!!! emoticon

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Reached another goal: One-derland!

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's official... I'm down 90 lbs.
Bye bye to the number 2 being the first digit on the scale.

Ah... One-derland really does exist for me. I will cherish and appreciate it this time. I won't be careless and let it slip away ever again.

10 more lbs and I'll get to celebrate no longer being obese... WooHoo - here's to being Just Overweight...!?!?!?

Still not sure I've fully processed the changes mentally. When walking this evening, I stopped by a fashionable ladies store with more conservative upscale clients (ie expensive quality clothing). I will never fit into a "slim cut" anything - no matter how small I get, I will always have and love my curves. So it was interesting that the size 14 curvy cut was too large on the hips, but the "modern" (read average) build was a perfect fit. Now I do realize that these establishments have "vanity sizing" - meaning the more the clothes cost, the bigger the cut, so you actually fit in a smaller size than you would wear at any "normal" priced establishment! Thing is - I've never fit into clothes from this store unless it was an XL knit sleeveless shirt to wear under a suit... It's a whole new world of fashion that has now become available.....

I appear to now be an "average" 14/16 - can't wear 14Ws any more..... Too baggy on the hips. I started this journey in earnest back in August 2011 at 289 wearing a full, curvy, or Women's 22/24 (2-3X).

By August, my total loss WILL exceed 100 lbs, I'll be out of the obesity category, and I'll be wearing size 12/14 (large).....

Quite a journey indeed. Thank you my Spark friends. Sincerely - I could not have done this alone. I kept trying and failing on my own. Joining this team is by far one of the best decisions of my life! You have been there to support me, help me, cheer me! Words can not express my gratitude.....

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VICTORY2XS 6/24/2012 1:30PM

    What an awesome journey you have had so far, congratulations. Best of luck to reach your future goals. That positive attitude will get you a long way!

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JUSTCHELLE75 6/19/2012 5:09PM

    Congratulations. Onderland is such a great place to be. I am still shocked. I argued with a sales clerk last month. I was trying to buy a 10 and she told me I was an 8. I was an 8 and now I am befuddled because I bought a 6. It's amazing what we can do when we believe.

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    Voting you up...this is a beautiful blog full of inspiration for the rest of us to keep going. I am so happy for you that you hit onederland..!!!!! That is my next big goal and I can't wait for that day...I bet it felt incredible!

Congrats and wishing you much success!

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JANESLOSS 6/19/2012 1:31PM

    Wow! Congratulations onederland is a wonderful accomplishment. You are an inspiration! Thank you!
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DOTSLADY 6/19/2012 10:59AM

    Thought I'd see how you're doing and well, TA-DA - ONEDERLAND! I'm so excited for you! Congrats for all you've done and how well it's working! YAYAYAYAYA!

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    That's so wonderful! Shopping is SO much more fun when you don't have to shop in the PLUS section!


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VETTRANGER 6/19/2012 12:50AM

    Very, VERY, cool! :-D

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LUCYLU22 6/18/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on reaching ONEderland!!

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SCIFIMOM 6/18/2012 11:16PM

  Absolutely ONE-derful, Tink.

(humming.... "When you wish upon a star...")

-- Claudia

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EGALITAIRE 6/18/2012 10:46PM

    Awesome Tink - you kept it going even through the relocation - you gotta feel good about yourself.

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DUXGRL1 6/18/2012 10:32PM

    That's wonderful news! Congratulations on your arrival in ONEDERLAND! emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 6/18/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon How wonderful!

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DENNISWIFE 6/18/2012 9:39PM

    Congrats! What an inspration....keep it up!

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ILOVEMALI 6/18/2012 8:40PM

    Congratulations!! You inspire me! emoticon

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A_RUNNER 6/18/2012 8:24PM

    Way to go! You've done an amazing job!

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PATTOMMC3 6/18/2012 8:23PM

Congrats! That is awesome!

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VEUVEGIRL 6/18/2012 8:23PM

    Good for you!

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89 lbs... On the edge of One-derland

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The next time the scale drops... I'll be in Onderland. I'll celebrate, and I'll continue toward the next milestone - 100 lbs weight loss.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 6/17/2012 11:24PM

    HEY! Tink!

ONE-DER-LAND feels great when you get there! I remember mine! It pushed me onwards to bigger and better things on my journey!

Bravo~~ I'll be rootin' and tootin' for ya!


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JUNEBUG1944 6/17/2012 5:26PM

    Fantastic...you are doing great! Keep it up!

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VETTRANGER 6/17/2012 4:44PM

    That is a fantastic achievement! Not only is it great for you, but it is a great example for so many others who worry that they can do it. :-)

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EDITOR 6/17/2012 4:13PM

    Excellent! Keep it up!

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ILOVEMALI 6/17/2012 1:00PM

    This makes me so happy!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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DUXGRL1 6/17/2012 12:59PM

    YAY! I remember last fall when I finally got to Onederland for the first time in many years...so exciting!

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MUSOLF6 6/17/2012 12:12PM

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AZMOMXTWO 6/17/2012 12:01PM

  way to go I bet that feels great

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