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Weight Creep Up: ARRRGH!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Looking at my last few blogs . . . . all about food . . . makes me realize: yup, I'm thinking too much about "delicion" rather than just "nutrition"

And: scales this morning point to 140.

So more attention is required, a return to the eternal vigilance. Because I want to maintain with a middle number 3 at about 137/138.

Will be rereading my Beck cards. Eating sitting down. Pretracking. And telling myself: hunger is not an emergency!!

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DOKEYOKEY 9/24/2011 9:38AM

    Thanks for the reminder that hunger is not an emergency! When I remember that, I actually kind of enjoy feeling a bit hungry.

I'm in a similar situation that you are: I've lost my weight and want to see my weight stay steady with a 6 in the middle -- i.e., 162 to 164.

I'm glad that you've recommitted!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/22/2011 6:51PM

    Commiserations Ellen, I so know how you feel.

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CRYSTALJEM 9/22/2011 2:10PM

    Way to go! Recognizing and acting so quickly will pay off. Pat yourself on the back cause you absolutely deserve it.


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NANCY- 9/22/2011 10:33AM

    emoticon on being attentive.
There are delicious ways to eat healthy, Try to focus on food as fuel. What does my body need?
I know you will find your balance.

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TBANMAN 9/22/2011 12:38AM

    Eyes on the prize baby - eyes on the prize!

Easy for me to say - I haven't tracked a thing all week. I expect a reprimand from the scale tomorrow.

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PHEBESS 9/21/2011 11:34AM

    So easy to gain, so hard to lose - being ever vigilant gets frustrating. But, given the choices, oh well, some of us need to stay ever vigilant.

When I finish my mystery series set in Venice (loving them! one left!), I plan to tackle Beck. We can "oh well" together.

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_LINDA 9/21/2011 10:34AM

    Good for you Ellen! Just a little retouch and more focus and you will be right back down there again. Its great you had this wake up call before it became too late. Those weight gains can happen all too easily :(( Soken from the experience of a former yo yo dieter, hopefully permanently reformed..
That Beck plan is so good!!
You go girl!

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KALIGIRL 9/21/2011 9:23AM

    Sounds like a super plan - not to worry or beat yourself up... as my massage therapist says, fall is the time to store up for winter - natural time to gain a little weight...
Your emoticon plan will keep it off!

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Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

Monday, September 19, 2011

Somehow this tastes even better in the fall!

1/3 cup of large flake oatmeal
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix thoroughly and microwave 2 minutes

Stir in 2 envelopes of Splenda and half an ounce (about 7 halves) walnuts.

Serve with low fat milk.

This is SOOOOO chocolately and indulgent -- and by my calculations, it's also just 300 calories with lots of good nutrients going on!

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ERIKO1908 9/25/2011 10:59PM

    this is my favorite oatmeal...sub honey though...

cocoa is SO good for you!!! :)

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_LINDA 9/21/2011 11:17AM

    Sounds decadent. I was wanting to try steel cut oats, but the package directions say you can't use a microwave :( That is all I use. My stove is covered and used as a counter top since I have so little space..But I always eat my oatmeal with just a touch of margarine and if I am at Mom's, a smidgen of brown sugar. I would never use an artificial sweetener..

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TBANMAN 9/20/2011 12:34AM

    The only thing that would make it better would be to have ACTUAL brownies in it.

Not better for you - just better. ;)

Thanks for the idea - will try my own version with instant oatmeal this week.


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DBCLARINET 9/19/2011 8:01PM

    Mmmm, I've made oatmeal with vanilla protein powder and topped it with blueberries. Add-ins like that make breakfast downright decadent!

Once at a restaurant I had a hot cereal (not oatmeal, but something similar and I can't remember what it was) made with almond milk, walnuts, and dried cranberries. Again, delicious!

Never had the nerve to try it with cocoa though... I might be inspired!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/19/2011 6:40PM

    Oh, that sounds so wickedly delicious.

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FRACTALMYTH 9/19/2011 5:53PM

    Yummo :D I don't have (or want to use) a microwave - I just pour a bit more boiling water on and wait for 10 minutes for it to all absorb... works just as well :D

I used to just have my muesli or oats with boiling water and a cup of tea with lite milk for breakfast - but I have lately increased my ST / exercise minutes, and I found I was feeling ravenous and snacking constantly all day... someone suggested I try a chocolate milk as a post (early morning) workout drink, so I added a glass of low fat milk with 1 tspn cocoa and 1 tspn whey protein... it works! Since adding that to my breakfast I have greatly increased my resistance to snack-temptations! Apparently nutritional studies have proven that chocolate milk is the perfect post-workout food.. just thought I'd share that! :D

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MIRAGE727 9/19/2011 3:37PM

    The whole thing is 300 calories? Is that one serving? Thanks for sharing.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/19/2011 1:43PM

    Tasty, tasty! No Splenda for me and don't own a 'nuker, but vely, vely easy to adapt. How do I love thee, oatmeal...let me count the ways!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/19/2011 12:17PM

    That sounds delish!

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PHEBESS 9/19/2011 10:50AM

    YUM! Totally my kind of oatmeal!!!!! (I do the same thing with yogurt, adding the cocoa powder, sweetener, and 7 walnut halves - brownie yogurt!)

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IMAGINE_IT 9/19/2011 10:04AM

    emoticon Exactly what i do..when and if i have that craving for chocolate..stir a little cocoa powder into my oatmeal! It instantly quiets that chocolate 'monster' inside of me!

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NANCY- 9/19/2011 9:00AM

    I make the steel cut oatmeal... but never thought about putting cocoa into it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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KALIGIRL 9/19/2011 8:59AM

    Sounds divine!

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Some Early Fall Domesticity

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Not a domestic diva . . . never have been. Weekends are for getting to the gym, reading, relaxing, and quite often overflow work from the office.

But yesterday, I did manage to get the routine laundry and grocery shopping done. And took care of a little wardrobe re-organizing too: the summer sandals have now been moved out and replaced with fall shoes/short boots. (Last weekend I had substituted some more fall-appropriate items for the summery pastels/florals: not too woolly yet, but shifting into the brown/rust/olive green range. I'd also successfully laundered some silk shirts in cold water on the handwash cycle . . . . big cost savings and when hung out to dry, they do smell so much better than when they've been dry-cleanedl!)

This week in soup: an Italian-inflected chicken vegetable brown rice, with celery, carrot, wax beans, diced tomatoes, yellow zucchini, garden peas, Roma beans, oregano, basil and rosemary. Had a test bowlful after the gym . . . mmmmm, gonna enjoy this all week.

And I finally got around to making a small pan of apple crisp for dinner, using tart MacIntosh apples (so fiddly to peel: but Charlie loves the peel) with brown sugar, large flake oats, butter and plenty of cinnamon! Served hot, with a little vanilla icecream!

The house smells good when apple crisp is baking in the oven. (First course: a huge salad with low fat feta and lean chicken, to compensate for the higher calorie dessert . . . ). And yes, it was worth the calories in that delicious crunchy crisp, every one of them!

Off to the gym again this morning, and then I hope to the golf course later in the day when it's a little warmer out there. The leaves are just beginning to turn colour on the course, and there are wild asters and goldenrod in full bloom. DH got a hole-in-one Friday night: his second, the previous one having occurred well over 30 years ago now: so that was definitely a red-letter round for him!

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FRACTALMYTH 9/19/2011 5:56PM

    Oh Wow that soup sounds GOOOD... got a recipe?

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KALIGIRL 9/19/2011 8:48AM

    Sounds like the perfect ending or start to an old or new week - love the end of summer, start of fall!
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TRYINGHARD1948 9/19/2011 3:34AM

    I love the smell of fresh baking and soup making. Yum, have a tasty and enjoyable week,

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/18/2011 11:09PM

    Wow. I could smell this blog. Nothing like the smells and taste of Fall on the horizon. Enjoy...


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PHEBESS 9/18/2011 8:14PM

    Yum, your dinner sounds wonderful! Enjoy the fall!

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NANCY- 9/18/2011 7:01PM

    Good thing I had dinner before i read your blog. emoticon
The aromas wafting through your home must be heavenly.
Healthy food can be enticing.

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IMAGINE_IT 9/18/2011 3:37PM

    emoticon WOW you are organized!!! emoticon job Ellen emoticon
And you already know that you made me hungry for your delicious Soup and Apple crisp emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 9/18/2011 3:00PM

    MMMmmm, a happy and aromatic weekend for you! Isn't apple crisp a treat? I do not bother peeling the apples; I just wash them and let the peel add a little tartness.

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GROEDER 9/18/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds like you are having a great weekend!!!! I hope you enjoy today at the golf course.
Congrats to DH on the hole-in-one!!!!!!

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I have eaten the plums . . .

Friday, September 16, 2011

Breakfast this morning was a Greek omelette and two exquisite blue plums. Which called to mind one of my favourite Willilam Carlos Williams poems:

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

When I see a poplar shimmering in the sunlight, do I enjoy it more because I remember the Monet paintings?

When I eat a sweet and juicy plum, do I enjoy it more because I remember this succulent poem?

Uh, maybe that's too precious: but at least the poem has no calories at all!! And may help me be feel more satisfied with the calories I've eaten!!

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FRACTALMYTH 9/19/2011 5:58PM

    Ahhhhh :D I suppose it will come as no surprise that I had recited the entire poem between the time I clicked on the title to this blog and the time it loaded? Our plum blossom has been falling in drifts of sweetly scented petal 'snow'. Now the baby plums are appearing, and soon the birds and insects will feast. If we are lucky, there will be a satsuma or two for us lowly humans...

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/17/2011 12:39AM

    I'm sure such reflections add to our experience of life. I love William Carlos Williams too.

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IMAGINE_IT 9/16/2011 3:25PM

    What a great poem! emoticon I love plums...especially the 'small purple egg plums' we used to pick right off the trees back in Germany....i can't hardly ever get them here in this area where i live! emoticon Ellen for the poem and the memory of sweet tasting plums...back in the day..when everything seemed so simple..and near perfect! emoticon

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DONNACFIT 9/16/2011 2:48PM

    Yeah for plums!! Loved your blog and poem :) We've pretty well finished a small case of plums here (just the 2 of us!) and now are on to a case of peaches..love love love the fall fruit..
..and the fall beauty emoticon

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CARRAND 9/16/2011 2:11PM

    I love that poem. Thanks for sharing.

I always wondered, though, if the plums were a metaphor for something else. Was Mr. Williams messing around with some sweet young thing, and trying to apologize?

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DBCLARINET 9/16/2011 1:03PM

    Thanks for sharing that poem! It made my day for some reason.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/16/2011 8:38AM

    I LOVE THAT POEM, Ellen! And...It's EXACTLY how I feel when I take the last of some delicious fruit lurking in the frig!

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PHEBESS 9/16/2011 8:36AM

    On the other hand, your plums with the poem are feeding your mind as well as your body - an important aspect of overall health, right? Staving off Alzheimer's and all that. So continue to feed your mind, and your soul. (White hyacinths do that.)

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SALSIFY 9/16/2011 8:15AM

    I like that poem too...

I also like Matthew Macfadyen's voice - so I listen to this version:



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KALIGIRL 9/16/2011 8:12AM

    "so sweet and so cold" and so enjoyed!

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NANCY- 9/16/2011 8:02AM

    Ah the sweet treasures that nature brings us. I'm glad you were able to savor the the plums.It is amazing the flavors that are available to us when we consume our food mindfully.

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Red Cabbage Slaw with Chickpeas

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm experimenting today with a slightly different salad from my usual spinach/arugula/mesclun with crunchy bright veggies and lean protein.

Last night I shredded up half a red cabbage, added a stalk of chopped celery and a cup of grated carrot, stirred in a can of chickpeas (drained, rinsed) with half a cup of Greek yogourt, some caraway seed, paprika and sea salt.

It's packed into a container with a couple of slices of low fat chicken.

Should be a nice change, and there are enough leftovers for tomorrow as well.

(Plus, of course, chopped fruit: peach, kiwi, a few cherries, a tiny clementine and some frozen mixed berries).

Breakfast was a microwave omelette (half eggwhite, half Omega + egg with low fat salsa, arugula and Greek seasoning) and a small fresh pear.

Dinner will be "this week in soup" Asian chicken pho.

Cocktail event will involve a virgin Caesar for me . . . and I'll be staving off munchy temptation in advance with some fat free sugar free yogourt before I go.

Charlie will get a walk (cardio for both of us) when I get home!!

OK, day: bring it on!!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/16/2011 5:59PM


Thank you for this poem on this day. One of my favorite poets!


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FRACTALMYTH 9/15/2011 4:49PM

    mmmmmmm *note to self* must buy cabbage!

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DDOORN 9/15/2011 3:06PM

    DW has a great recipe for red cabbage & apples...love chickpeas though...bet that's a keeper!


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KALIGIRL 9/15/2011 8:43AM

    Food sounds 'heavenly' - love red cabbage!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/15/2011 6:22AM

    That sounds yummy!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/14/2011 4:47PM

    A wonderfully tasty and healthy day, enjoy.

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IMAGINE_IT 9/14/2011 2:12PM

    Please let us know how the Red Cabbage salad tastes..i have been adding shredded cabbage to my daily salad...for an extra crunch..and i like it a lot!
One of the things i need to learn is to 'experiment' more....i tend to stay with the same ol' same ol' way too long!
Your menu for this week sounds delicious!! emoticon Enjoy! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/14/2011 1:17PM

    Sounds awesome! You sure add a lot of ingredients in a salad! I like them that way too, the more the merrier, and the crunchier the better! Enjoy!!

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NANCY- 9/14/2011 8:43AM

    You are doing awesome. You show us all how to shine.
Keep Sparking!!!!

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PHEBESS 9/14/2011 7:36AM

    I'm so impressed with your planning! And this morning, as I was driving to work, I realized we're in the third week of school and I'm still not Beck-ing yet! Gotta get myself in gear!

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GROEDER 9/14/2011 7:28AM

    That sounds like a great menu and a healthy plan. Way to go!!!
I got hungry, just reading about your selections. LOL

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