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Smoothie #4...an orange one instead of green

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Today's smoothie has carrots, banana, red and orange sweet peppers, stevia and water. When I realized I had forgotten my protein powder (egg white or soy) it was too late as I did not want to be late for work 3 days in a row....(I was on time today)...

I did have hummus and tabouli with cucumber on whole wheat pita bread, so will have to get some extra protein in for dinner tonight. I have thawed out ground turkey to have a turkey burger.

I have officially lost (according to the gym's scale) about 2.5 lbs. I like to weigh myself in the morning before I eat and am probably a bit dehydrated so I showed a larger loss but am happy with the general downward direction of my weight.

  
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SUSIEPH1 2/15/2012 1:22PM

    Smoothy was lovely!!
Great you are showing a loss but don't forgot Scales can be fickle ...
Best way of seeing your progress is how your clothes fit and how you feel!.
Have a great day!!
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Smoothie #3 Holding weight loss....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Today I used 2 baby bok choy, 5 strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana chunks, 1 cup papaya, 1 scoop powdered egg white, 4 tbs ground flax seed, and 2 cups of water (and 1 pkt stevia). It tastes pretty darn good. Drinking half for breakfast with a cup of coffee and half is saved for lunch since it made a whole blender full again.

Problems with new coffee maker this morning. I think the ground Vietnamese coffee floated into the water chamber and clogged everything up. (Note to self: do not used Vietnamese coffee with regular coffee maker.

I was late for work yesterday so today I am leaving at 6:30 to be sure I am not late 2 days in a row. So have to say goodbye for now. Everybody have a nice Valentine's Day.

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SUSIEPH1 2/14/2012 3:18PM

    Your smoothie sounds great !
Must try one for myself..
I made one yesteday with Cos lettuce, Celery,Spinach, Protein Pwd, Parsley, and yoghurt .. tasted really nice .. Hugs
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MSLZZY 2/14/2012 11:45AM

    Hope your day improved. HUGS!

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1 lb + 3 lb = 4 lb loss in 8 days...yeah!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I thnik all the veggies I drank yesterday morning helped with additional weight loss. I was a bit discouraged with only a 1 lb weight loss in 7 days but 4 lb in 8 days is soooo much better. We were told to weigh only once a week but I need to know daily how I am doing. I realize water deprivation versus sodium retention can affect the numbers on the scale but I am still pleased to see a nice drop in 8 days.

Today I had another interesting smoothie: Cooked collards, raw chinese broccoli, celery (was a bit stringy), frozen banana, fresh strawberries, stevia sweetened coconut syrup, 1 pkt of stevia, lots of water. I used a jumbo straw to drink this (they are available at the Asian grocery store). I am not sure but I think I also added a scoop of egg white powder for another 22 grams of protein.

I also made a small omelet with 1 fresh egg, 1 scoop of egg white powder and 2 ounces of low fat ham with .25 cup of salsa.

About 600 calories but since I got up fairly late this is like a brunch for me. Will have a small unch and will be able to eat a somewhat normal sized dinner.

  
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SUSIEPH1 2/12/2012 1:09PM

    Woo hoo!!
Love it!! Doing well my friend !!
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    It appears you are right on with your food. Congrats emoticon emoticon

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down 1 lb 1st week of 9 week challenge at Lifetime

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hey!!! It's better than gaining or staying the same...I had a different breakfast this morning. I made a smoothie with Napa cabbage, sweet red and yellow peppers, papaya, apple, soy protein powder, flaxseed (ground), low fat plain yogurt and water. I checked my breakfast on the nutrition page and it is 50% carbs, low fat and high protein. I am pleased as this was very satisfying and I was inspired by Dr. Oz who had a guest who sells high speed blenders to make these (which was not mentioned on Dr. Oz's show)...but it made me think about how easy it would be to make breakfast in the blender (mine is a pretty good one but my drink was a little lumpy but palatable. I think next time I will put in more water.

I had a recipe for a smoothie made with raw collards but it sounded hard to swallow unless I had a super high speed machine like that person I can't remember the name of.(.Googled it was Montel Williams)....so I steamed a serving in my bamboo steamer on top of a pot of water and I think it will mush down in the blender now. Collards are a really healthy green and as I recall they are easy to grow. I might grow some this summer. They are one of those greens that you cut off and they keep producing until AFTER the first frost.

My surgeon who is going to do the herniorrhaphy in March suggested I take stool softeners to keep from straining but I think eating lots of veggies would be better. So we will see if this helps. My surgery is scheduled for March 2nd. I have only 3 weeks. I am glad it is scheduled as I am now having discomfort in the middle area (epigastric) where the hernia is. It is large enough that it will be an open procedure with mesh.

I plan to go for food allergy testing the same day as my preop exam and take that day off work since I cannot eat for 12 hours before the blood test for allergies. Will blog about my results and hopefully I won't be allergic to a lot of the top 25 food allergens.

  
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SUSIEPH1 2/11/2012 6:47PM

    Love your smoothies!!
so quick and easy to make and packed full of Vitamins and Minerals ..
Congratulations on your weight loss too .
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MSLZZY 2/11/2012 3:45PM

    Your smoothies sound interesting and tasty. I would think the
extra fiber will be just as beneficial as stool softeners so see
what happens. Congrats on the 1 pound loss. It is a step in the
right direction. HUGS!

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Weighed in for 90 day challenge at LifeTime Fitness today....

Saturday, February 04, 2012

So my new weights will include about 2-1/2 lb of clothing.

I got checked in by a gal I know cause I work with her mother and her husband. She was very nice and I briefly went over all my health issues and problems with losing and gaining weight.

She thought I may have food allergies and I agree and scheduled a metabolic blood test with results for the 25 most common food allergens. I know I am allergic to cottonseed oil (tested back when I was 18) but that is not a common allergy. It may be an inherited allergy as my daughter has recently discovered why she has problems eating certain foods at Greek restaurants (they stretch the olive oil with cottonseed oil) so that explains why she is unable to eat Greek salads and some other items at those ethnic restaurants.

Steph, my check-in person, found it interesting that when I did lose weight I noticed the weeks when I ate beef I had trouble losing weight but when I avoided beef and had mostly fish I found it much easier to lose weight. She said quite a few people are allergic to eggs and chicken. It will be nice to know if I am allergic to wheat or any of the other common allergens. That bloodwork will be done at a clinic owned by my healthcare company and I will get an hour consultation to go over the results with the dietician at the gym. It costs a little over $300 but I think it will be worth it, especially if I find out some food to avoid and that should help me lose weight, also.

We have been having unseasonably warm weather lately and I feel like I am having my usual spring allergies with a sensitivity to molds and whatever is in the air in the spring. I have been stuffed up and also have a runny nose and a slight cough. This also makes me feel somewhat sluggish and I have been sleeping a lot lately, about 10 to 11 hours a night. emoticon emoticon And sneezing a lot, too!!!

  
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MSLZZY 2/5/2012 6:42PM

    Good luck! HUGS!

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ARTJAC 2/4/2012 9:37PM

    look foward to hearing about the results of your tests take care

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2012 8:01PM

    Will look forward to hearing what you are allergic too ! I can't eat much meat ... much better with fish too .. also quite a few others foods too ..
Hope your seasonal allergies pass soon ! .
Hugs Susie

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