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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I have not lost much weight, but have made significant lifestyle changes that hopefully will result in slow, long term weight loss. I started on December 5th. Today, 3 different people, at different times of the day, told me that I looked "great." What they didn't know is that I was wearing a piece of clothing (a jacket) that I haven't worn in 2 years and was so happy this morning when it fit (and I could button it!). Maybe I don't have much result yet on the scale, but perhaps the weight is shifting and my body is slowly getting healthier! I feel good today... and had to share it with my friends here who are so motivating to me during this journey.

As a follow-up to my blog asking for recipes, I didn't get much response (thanks DocZip for your broccoli recipe! Sounds wonderful!). Spark has some good recipes, but also check out www.laaloosh.com, www.skinnytaste.com, and www.skinnyms.com. I made the Skinny Ms. Balsamic Chicken recipe yesterday, and it was company worthy! Also, check out www.ziplist.com. You can save recipes and automatically create a shopping list, and it has a great iPhone App.

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DOCZIP 1/18/2012 8:19PM

    Congrads, that is wonderful!! : )

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/18/2012 9:51AM

    emoticon WTG on the jacket. Those non scale victories help to push us forward.

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WINNIE1978 1/18/2012 5:35AM

    Congrats on the non-scale victory! emoticon

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Your Favorite Recipe

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I was thinking about my favorite recipes, and none of them are really very healthy. There are a few from an old Weight Watchers cookbook that I have that I have to put all of the ingredients into Spark to calculate the calories, fat, carbs, etc., and while they were "point" friendly they really aren't as wonderfully healthy as I thought.

I got to thinking, we as a group must have some great recipes that we have perfected over time. So, my friends, what are YOUR favorite healthy recipes? Feel free to email them to me if they are worth of sharing!

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DOCZIP 1/6/2012 12:57PM

    My favorite evening snack of recent, when I am 400 calories short and missing a lot of fat and carbs is:

Pita Bread
1 tablespoon Nutella (measure very careful to ensure I don't go over)
Sliced banana

But, even though it is fitting among my foods and tracking, I think I will avoid this and switch to something more wholesome at night to make up my missing nutritents.

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DOCZIP 1/6/2012 12:54PM

    I have been avoiding real cooking for a while and focusing on simple and healthy dishes. Most of the stuff I "cook" is for nutrition purposes and usually not the typical tasty meal. My palate has changed and I appreciate simple foods, like steamed veggies lightly seasoned much more.

I did make some steamed brocolli last night that was better compared to the usual bland fair.

So, here is what I did:

Steamed the broccoli first (3.5 cups, I used frozen this time: Calors 35 x 3.5)

After steaming, I mixed them (while pipping hot) with a sauce I made:

Chili sauce/paste, 1 tsp (~5 calories) (Indo-Asian grocery store)
A few pinches of salt, to taste
Balsamic Vinger, a good high quality one, to taste.
A clove of garlic, minced
1/5 of a medium onion, finely chopped.

It was much tastier then my usual steamed veggies. Balance was the hard part, but I did an okay job this time balancing the vinegar and chilis (I typically go over board on both and it destroys the flavor profile).

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Visions of Bathing Suits Danced in My Head

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap...


And so the story goes. But this year, I am getting ready to go to Costa Rica for a post-holiday vacation, and I am wondering what bathing suits I will pack. Usually this thought process begins with what cover ups I will pack. But this time, I am not going to think that way. I am done with that negative behavior.

I have made the decision to live healthier, and I am making the decision to proudly wear my bathing suits without feeling self conscious. I won't be the most svelte person around, or the least svelte, but I AM NOT LOOKING. I tend to not look at people and notice weight, and I realize that I worry that people look at me and notice weight. If they live like that, they can be miserable in their judgmental lives. I, however, am happy and will be happy and proud showing my curves. People can smirk at my chubbiness in a bathing suit if they so choose. I will read my book on the beach or by the pool in the sun, with a good drink, and wonder what it is about them that makes them so unhappy and pray that they find the strength to realize it and change it.

So, for now, I am going through my bathing suit drawer and picking the ones that are most comfortable. I will then toss in a few coverups. And I'm not going to worry about it (note to self - worry about buying sunblock...). This, my friends, is very empowering!

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ABETTERSOUL 12/22/2011 5:27PM

    Enjoy your trip and enjoy wearing your bathing suits without the cover-ups!!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/22/2011 3:18PM

    emoticonHope you have a fantastic time on your vacation.

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FITKIZ 12/22/2011 2:44PM

    Yes, DO worry about sunblock. Aside from protecting your delicate skin, and your overall health, sunburns can kill a trip faster than anything I know of. Go rock that swim suit and have fun doing it!

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Unplanned Exercise

Monday, December 19, 2011

On Sunday morning at 3:10 am, I woke up in horrible pain. My SI joint was frozen and my sciatic nerve was involved in the problem. I could feel it. It was like a knife right through that joint. Clearly my pelvis tilted and caused the lock up.

There was nothing I could do to immediately relieve the pain. I tried some gentle yoga stretching activities, which did nothing (usually you will hear the joint release with a "pop" and you will instantly feel relief). I got on the internet and found about 10 different YouTube videos of yoga and pilates exercises to do. So for about an hour and 10 minutes, I did them all. Then I took an Aleve, put a pillow under my knees, and went back to sleep.

When I woke up again at 10 am that pain that I had was gone, but my hips, butt, and inner thighs were so sore for the intense work-out. All day yesterday I did nothing. I tried not to move too much, although I did go shopping with my mom to buy toys for a local shelter, and then sat on the couch and watched football for the rest of the day.

Today I feel MUCH better. I am thankful that I avoided a doctor's appointment, a trip to a chiropractor, and physical therapy. I am also thankful that I remembered the exercises from when I used to do pilates and yoga (which was a long time ago!). YouTube reminded me which exercises and stretches were targeted at the area to align the pelvis and release the SI joint, and then it clicked and I thought "I've done this one before," and "I've done this one before" and I added a few others that I also had done in the past that were not online.

I did not log the activity in my log, but man on man do I feel better. Now, my upper back could use some work :-)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/19/2011 3:02PM

    So glad you are not still in pain. emoticon

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DOCZIP 12/19/2011 12:48PM

    That is wonderful, I am happy you are feeling better!! And, great way to address your pain issue. Much better then seeing a doctor.

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The Holiday Pot Luck Lunch

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tomorrow is my office holiday pot luck lunch. Everyone brings in all kinds of homemade goodies (I am bringing homemade green chili) and people fill up their plates and then we do a White Elephant gift exchange (I bought a Shake Weight as my gift for the exchange. I figured it is funny and it is for exercise, so I get my own personal motive in - to be healthier - while playing along with the joke factor of the game).

Today I had a business lunch at a steakhouse and picked a mozzarella and tomato sandwich. For dinner I had a portion of pasta and a homemade meatball. Breakfast was greek yogurt and fruit. By my calculations, I stayed within my daily calories and my protein/carb/veggie/fruit ratio is perfect. But, eating that way was different than I had been eating for the past few weeks. Today I had 2 larger meals than I had been eating...and tonight I felt it. My stomach was not happy with me.

Given my body telling me NOT to eat like that, not to eat that heavy, I am kind of not looking forward to the Holiday Pot Luck. I can make good choices and make my way through it, but seeing that much food is kind of turning me off. And you know what? I LOVE FEELING THIS WAY. It's as though the past two weeks has really changed me. While the scale may not be moving, my body is changing and that is really important. Before I could eat anything. Now, not so much. I feel like this is the beginning of a really good thing.

I have started telling people in my office what is going on, how I am watching, meeting with ND, and logging in all of my food. People have all been very encouraging. At lunch my clients asked why I ordered what I did, and I told them that I am trying to live healthier and watch what I eat, and then they started with stories of how so-and-so just lost 50 pounds, etc.

So tomorrow I am going to contribute delicious green chili to the pot luck (which I made into a Spark recipe and figured out all of the nutritional value and it is actually really good nutritionally!) and kind of stay away from the heavy stuff, with a little taste of this and that. I'm looking forward to it, and I am really thankful that my stomach told me tonight to BE CAREFUL with heavy foods.

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WTLSGRL 12/17/2011 1:51PM

    If anyone wants the chili recipe, I'll get it to you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/16/2011 5:18PM

    The chili sounds yummy. I like all kinds of different chili. Hope you have a blast at your potluck. emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 12/16/2011 10:01AM

    Have fun at your pot luck. Good work on staying within your calorie range and keeping your portions down. emoticon

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