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Experimenting with Low-Fat Cooking

Sunday, January 31, 2010

This weekend, I continued my efforts to find delicious, satisfying low fat recipes. Last week, I made a tuna casserole recipe I found on prevention.com. It was cheap, easy to prepare and really good.

This week, I made a low fat seafood chowder, garlic mashed potatoes, wild rice with veggies, and glazed carrots. The chowder is decent and satisfying, but I'm not sure if it will be a staple on my menu. The glazed carrots taste interesting. The jury's still out, but I'm giving them a chance. The mashed potatoes were delicious and I even added some to the chowder recipe. The mashed potato recipe substituted non-fat evaporated milk for the traditional butter and cream and it worked.

I also made this Parmesan chicken recipe I got from my stint with Weight Watchers many years ago. It was one of my favorites and I was ecstatic when I dug up an entire recipe box of WW recipes that I had stored and forgotten about.

Up next are low-fat lemon bars. With my sweet tooth, I need to find some satisfying alternatives to the stuff I'm used to consuming. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe and hopeful I'll eventually find 3-4 dessert recipes that I can add to my menu.

I'm a reluctant cook, but I've found that I can work wonders with a good recipe. I usually find myself putting my own twist on them, according to my tastes. For example some recipes are blandly seasoned, so I doctor them up with different spices to liven them up. I'm also finding that I'm saving LOTS of money and calories by cooking ahead and taking these meals to work for lunch.

There's nothing like the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are doing what you need to do to improve your health AND your finances.


An old military axiom: The 5 P's

Saturday, January 30, 2010

There used to be an old miltary saying that went something like this; "Poor Planning leads to P!ss Poor Performance," For all I know, it's still a common expression because it's so true. If I can manage to learn that lesson, then one day, I will reach my goal weight.

Once again, I had to face the hazards of restaurant dining when I met with a planning group yesterday evening. I even picked the place; Panera Bread. Seemed harmless enough. But what I DIDN'T do was go online beforehand and select my meal. Consequently, I ended up going in there and selecting what I thought was a good choice: a turkey sandwich--hold the mayo on Focaccia with Asiago Cheese and some baked chips.

Well, it sounded harmless enough, but when I checked the nutrition guide, which Panera Bread was wonderful enough to post on their website, I discovered I had consumed 650 calories, 510 of which was in the freshly baked bread of my sandwich. Ouch!

I hate it when I try to do the right thing and screw it up. Well, next time I'll know better. I will take a page from the physician who was part of our meeting group. He ordered black bean soup and left most of the bread bowl alone. He appears to be in his 70s, at a healthy weight and he has the energy of a 30 year old, so I think he knows what he's doing.

Although it was a frustrating experience, I've learned an important lesson. With time, I will get better at overcoming the hazards of dining out by planning, planning and planning. If I want that sandwich again, I will have to plan for those calories.

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EVILKLOWN 1/30/2010 10:24AM

    Sounds like you learned a good lesson is all. I've been doing this for a year now and I'm still learning lessons all the time. Every lesson means greater success. I'll never forget my first lesson on Spark ... it was finding out that rice was twice the calories I thought it was. Soooo depressing ... I LOVE rice.

Also, the lesson about planning ... I recently learned it is so much easier to plan and enter my meals in the tracker a few days in advance. This was a key find for me.

I hope the Panera bread was good though. See ya around.

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CATH0903 1/30/2010 9:53AM

    I love that saying! It is so true. But don't beat yourself up. You made what you thought was a good choice. You tried. Isn't it really about learning lessons so next time you can make a better choice. emoticon

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Kinda disappointed in myself today

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today I ate 1,811 calories, which is about 300 over my limit. I had lunch with a friend at a Mexican restaurant and ended up consuming 1,000 calories. I ate a cheese/onion enchilada, pinto beans, a chicken taco and chips/salsa. I knew the chips were caloric, but they were on the table and I was hungry. Normally, I would've had three beef enchiladas, rice, beans AND the chips. I tried to make some modifications, even eschewing my beloved guacamole, but it was not enough to prevent me from going over.

When I got home, I had planned on getting a bowl of cereal, but ended up having a 400 calorie dinner, so there it is.

I'm discouraged, but I'm not giving up. I think I would've been okay if I had not eaten the chips, so I guess that means I need to learn how to pass them up. Easier said than done. I think I will search the message boards for advice on how to handle Mexican Food restaurants.

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KINZIEZOO 1/28/2010 8:17PM

  Even though you went over your cal limit, it sounds like you didn't eat anything really unhealthy (unless those chips were swimming in grease). So just figure you got some of tomorrow's calories today! Since that was lunch, maybe a little moderate evening exercise would make you feel better about it. Then go light on calories for a couple days, though still make sure to get enough to keep up your energy!

Keep up the good work!

God bless

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DEBSGETTINFIT 1/28/2010 8:03PM

    I too have a weakness for chips. But I can make a meal itself just out of the chips and salsa. We all have our trigger foods. I for one am going to have to stay away from Mexican food restaurants and buffets until I get to my ideal weight. I know I am too weak to put myself in those places.

Don't beat yourself up over it though. I am going to take each weak moment or mistake as a chance to learn. After all what I am finding out is that living a healthier life is all about making choices. We are all learning and have to lean on each other for help and guidance along the way.

Hang in there.

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Glad to Be a Loser

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Today, I weighed in and discovered I've dropped another pound. That makes two pounds this week.

So, my total weight loss since January 2 is 7 lbs. Not bad. I am also 3.5 lbs away from rewarding myself with that pedicure. I can't wait. Much love for the foot tubs, lol emoticon

I think in about 15 lbs I will drop from a pants size 16 to a 14. I'm about 35 lbs from a 12. When I reach goal weight (in about 45 lbs), I will STILL be a 12. At 5'7", I will be quite satisfied wearing a size 12 and having a BMI of 25. I can't fathom being any thinner than that.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/27/2010 8:08PM

    Awesome. Keep up the good work!!

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ALEXEMMY1 1/27/2010 7:40PM

    way to go!!

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Feelin' good

Monday, January 25, 2010

One of the things I've noticed since starting on my new eating plan is that I have MORE energy. The other day I worked 8 hours, attended a two hour meeting at my church, got home and went grocery shopping. Not just to pick up a few items, but a major shopping expedition. I didn't finish putting the food away until 10:30pm. Wow!

I'm also feeling pretty good mentally. My spirits are higher than they usually are in the thick of winter. Since I am prone to the winter blues, I really pay attention to my mindset this time of year. I am so happy that I'm feelin this good.

My skin is looking clearer. Even at middle age, my skin is prone to oiliness and adult acne. It's a double-edged sword. On one hand, people tell me I look eight years younger than I am. However, I'm still using astringents, oil-free face cleansers and pimple cream. Still, I'm glad to see the results.

Like I mentioned in yesterday's blog, my new eating habits are starting to take hold. I'm eating consciously and working hard to be consistent. I'm about 95% consistent with staying within my alloted calories for the day. I still need to work on increasing my protein intake. For whatever reason, I'm more likely to eat lots of carbs than get my protein in.

Still need to work on consistency with my water and to exercise harder.


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