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McDougall 12 day program day 1

Monday, April 15, 2013

I managed to follow the plan for the breakfast meal and almost the dinner.

The soup was bland and I added some chili powder, cumin, ground coriander and a bay leaf. Instead of the salsa I used Rotel tomatoes with green chilis. For the burritos I used refried beans and added chopped onion, grated carrot, and chopped kale.

It was good and filling. The only thing I did not like was the tortilla chips for the soup. Chips are a food that I have a hard time stopping eating. :But I managed to stop with what I put in my soup. I think what stopped me from eating more was it was time for a workout with my granddaughter. We did 4 rounds of Tabatas.

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ROSALIEESTHER 4/17/2013 9:09AM

    Good for you! I like the tweaks you made to the recipes.

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DS9KIE 4/16/2013 8:14PM

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Fruit and Vegetable Muffin

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My grandchildren came down today and spent a few hours with me. It is snowing again and I am in a don't want to do anything mood. However, this weather is giving me the munchies. So, I decided to take my favorite muffin recipe and tweak it a it. My three year old grandson helped me make what I am calling Fruit and Vegetable Muffins

Makes 18

2 Tbls ground Flax
6 tbls water

1 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups shredded zucchini - or shredded apple
3/4 cup shredded greens (baby kale medely)
1/2 cups Craisins
1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup rice milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine water and flax seed. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Add carrots, zucchini, Craisins and pecans. Stir to mix thoroughly. Make a well in the center of mixture. Add banana, milk, flax seed mixture, and vanilla. Stir just until moistened.

Use 1/4 cup measure to scoop muffin batter into greased muffin tins. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes; until nicely browned.

Note: I think I used to much rye flour. Still need to tweak it a bit.

My grandson was so proud to have helped me and took some home to share with his mommy and daddy.

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DS9KIE 4/16/2013 9:27AM

    sounds yummy

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LIV2RIDE 4/15/2013 8:33PM

    These sound really good. Great job!

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ERIN1957 4/15/2013 12:04PM

    Sounds yummy!
I may just do these today.

PS In the instructions it says to then add oil(?) I didn't see any oil in the ingredients.

Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 12:14:36 PM

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JIBBIE49 4/15/2013 12:26AM

    Where do u live that it is SNOWING? I live in Pensacola, Fl and it was beautiful here today. emoticon

I have Insulin Resistance so I have to avoid sugars/starches so this muffin wouldn't be good for me. I'd just have cravings start.

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12 Day McDougall Free Program

Friday, April 12, 2013

My daughter has been asking me for awhile to get some recipes for her to try and I decided that this is a good place to start. I almost have it all organized so the shopping list is made.

I need to get my eating habits under control and my husband needs to lose weight but he does not have the motivation to do it on his own. When I ask him if he is ready to start eating better he tells me yes, then makes tho same old choices.

He tells me he is waiting for me to start. He wants me to do all the meal planning and preparing. I cannot get my eating habits under control much less be responsible for someone else's diet.

Both my daughter and husband need to lose weight, but I am more active than them, so we will have to make adjustments to this plan. I am hoping to have it all ready to start on Monday.

I did a body fat calculation and saw that my body fat is higher than the acceptable amount. That is my motivation to get with some program. I guess I am what they would call skinny fat (weight and BMI in acceptable range, but have a high percentage of fat)

Time to get rid of those thunder thighs

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ERIN1957 4/14/2013 11:05AM

    My whole family (healthy) benefits eating all the same. I more so then them. But we look at it as our family health plan, not a diet we will change later on.
Having MS lead me to this, but health for us all will keep us on it.
Good Luck to you all.

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ROSALIEESTHER 4/13/2013 3:35AM

    Excellent! This its awesome! You will all benefit tremendously! Please blog abbott how it's going: how the food tastes, is everyone satisfied, are you finding the me meals easy or difficult to prepare and are you all losing weight!!

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DS9KIE 4/13/2013 1:54AM

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BETHS60 4/12/2013 12:43PM

    Do you do the shopping for the family? Does your daughter live with you? If so, I would think it would be almost easier to do this as a family than everyone trying to fend for themselves. You don't have to have your act together before you get your family on board. As long as everyone understands this as a journey, not a destination and that anything that doesn't work out is a failure of the plan, not a failure of the planner....

I've made several adjustments to how the family eats just by buying and preparing different foods. I would start by finding a yummy-sounding, healthy recipe and making it for the family. If like it, good. Keep making it. If they don't like it, try something else.

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CUSH1932 4/12/2013 9:40AM

    Thank you for the link above. I am also going to jump start my eating with his 12 day program. I just received a couple of his book yesterday and this will be the beginning. Good luck to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGEL32192 4/12/2013 9:34AM

  I LOVE to cook! I have been taking some of my families favorites and subbing low fat, different meat, etc. So far there has only been one meal they didn't like!
Good luck!

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I did it!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I was at the grocery store last night and walking the freezer aisles (I needed some frozen fruit) and happened to see that my favorite (or maybe not anymore) ice cream bar were stocked. It had been months since I saw them on the shelves.

I grabbed a box put it in my cart and started to walk away. As I rounded the corner, I thought, "I am trying to eat better and this does not qualify." I turned around and put the box back.

It is about choices. My daughter and her husband are trying to start an organic farm and so she is watching all the 'nasties' Monsanto is doing. I am trying to purchase NonGMOs and I am sure that those ice cream bars were full of dairy from a farm-factory raised (I use that term loosely) cow fed GMO corn and the sugar was probably from GMO sugar beets. I do not know this for a fact, but it helped me with my decision not to eat it.

Plus, those bars were loaded with fat. Ice cream is one of the few things that I have not fully given up so putting that box back has given me a new strength and resolve to make better choices as to what I put in my mouth. It was as easy as saying, "I do not really want this. I am trying to eat better and I ate well today."


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LOVESTOWALK49 4/10/2013 7:28AM

    I know how hard that is. I put pastries, my weakness, into my cart and then later returned them to the shelf. I don't put candy in my cart. I know if I do that it won't go back to the shelf. emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 4/9/2013 9:42PM

    emoticon Awesome job sticking to your goals!

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FRAN0426 4/9/2013 8:42PM

    Great job on leaving the calorie, fat, sugar loaded bars in the store---there are ice cream selections that have less of all of them---thats what I choose now when I want ice cream. I do love those fuuly packed ice cream bars but leave them at the store now.

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MILLERGIRL719 4/9/2013 6:19PM

    You are super-strong!

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ADARKARA 4/9/2013 9:58AM

    I'm not sure about the GMO stuff but I haven't given up ice cream either and the skinny cow truffle bars are delicious for only 100 calories.

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LIV2RIDE 4/9/2013 9:38AM

    emoticon One step at a time! emoticon

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TKLBRIDGET 4/9/2013 9:16AM

    Very good on making the choice to eat healthier! It is hard ( I had a battle with Lay's the other day at the store) but it is so worth it.
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JAVAJENN 4/9/2013 9:16AM

    Good for you! Good job! It's hard for me too, but if I can do it you can too! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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I ran 10 miles yesterday

Friday, April 05, 2013

I ran 10 miles yesterday, or rather I slogged 10 miles. I happened to run with my shadow and it looked like I was a constipated old lady out for a run. I really need to work on my form.

In the morning, my intent was to do 14 but as the hours passed I knew I was not going to reach that distance. Originally, I was going to drive into town and run there, but decided to do the hills close to home. I ended up taking a nap after lunch, so I figured my body wasn't up to a 14 miler.

I set out with the idea of doing 6 miles and then see how I felt; if I felt good then I'd do 12. I am breaking in my new pair of Saucony Omni 11 but they changed the design so much now I am not sure I like them. They are lighter than last years model and it feels like the support and cushioning are different.

That was a bummer. This was my first long run in the shoes. They felt fine on the shorter distances. I felt some blisters on my heels starting on this run. Since I run close to home and back and forth, I stopped at mile 6 and put on some band-aids, downed a packet of GU (my second time trying this) and set off again.

A little over mile 9 I decided I did not want to do 12 because now blisters were starting on my toes. And I was getting cold with the wind. So I turned around and decided to be content with a 10 miler.

22 days til the Half Marathon

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FRAN0426 4/5/2013 5:44PM

    Sorry the shoes have changed, and hopr they work out better once they are broken in. At this point I feel it didn't matter what you looked like doing that fantastic 10 mile run; you can work on form the next time----good luck with the race.

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    That is awesome! I just did my first half two weeks ago and it's amazing. You are going to do great, and I bet you'll surprise yourself.

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MOTHEPRO 4/5/2013 1:58PM

Good luck with your half-marathon!

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JIBBIE49 4/5/2013 12:39PM

    A Half Marathon is more than enough to give you good health benefits. emoticon

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JAIMESIZED 4/5/2013 11:09AM

    WOWZERS! That is truly inspiring. I wish I could even do a mile without feeling like I'm going to die lol

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NIKKICOLE83 4/5/2013 10:50AM

    Good for you! Someone recommended Saucony to me for running shoes. I think it is awesome that you even did the 10 considering the blister issues. You are going to do great on your half-marathon.

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