MAUITN's SparkPeople Blog MAUITN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas and Feta I just made this for brunch and it is a saver. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>less-mondays-with-martha-stewart-lemon<BR>y-leeks-with-chickpeas-and-feta-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas and Feta <BR> Serves 2-3 <BR> <BR> 3 large leeks <BR> 1 cup vegetable stock <BR> 1 cup chickpeas (canned is fine) <BR> ½ cup crumbled goat feta <BR> Dressing: <BR> 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 tsp. liquid honey <BR> juice and zest of one lemon <BR> pinc... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:56:23 EST Beck Day 3, 4, 5 Monday, January 26, 2015 – 139.6 (down 1.2) <BR> Day 3 – Eat Sitting Down <BR> I have been doing this for some meals (left over from starting Beck before) and it is harder than you would think and I never ate standing up but did eat at the computer and in front of the TV. Now it is to be at a set place at the table for every meal, every day! No choice. Pay attention to my food, the beauty of it; the taste of it. Is it what I want? Does the taste and look satisfy my imagination? <BR> <... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:23:10 EST Beck Restart Day 1 & 2 I got side tracked over the holidays so decided to begin Beck again. <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 141 lbs <BR> Beck Day 1 - Started reading The Beck Solution again last night hopefully with more determination and success this time. <BR> <BR> My Advantage list <BR> 1. Not to be a burden to other people because of ill health <BR> 2. Be able to live alone in my own home longer <BR> 3. Lower BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol <BR> 4. Increase energy <BR> 5. Look better & be happi... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:31:06 EST Beck Day 5 12/5/14 – 139.4 (down .2) Eat slowly and Mindfully <BR> I had a meltdown this morning. I was reading my morning devotional and all the frustration and loneliness came rushing in. I know what started it. I was trying to put up the Christmas tree last night and I couldn’t find the one box that held our oldest and dearest ornaments. I found other decorations, but am afraid that that box was put into the storage unit before I had to put the huge bedroom suite in the same unit when my husban... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:08:44 EST Catch Up Beck Day 4 12/4/14 – 139.6 <BR> Beck – Give Myself Credit – Actually I can see that giving myself too much credit might also be a problem. I have had a rough year. My life has been turned upside down. No one would expect me to…. Etc. etc. However, I can see that making a point to say something good about even the tiniest of my steps might encourage me to make another tiny step toward better health and being happier. So, despite all my instincts, I got up early and went to the gym. Good for me! Ho... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:04:43 EST So Far Behind Beck Day 3 12/3/14 – 139.6 <BR> Woke up and pulled a muscle in my back. Not sure what I did, but it hurts. Good thing I have a chiro appointment this morning before I head off with a friend for a day of shopping. The chiro helped. It was a muscle spasm. So that 40 minutes on the treadmill yesterday after doing nothing for so, very, LONG made me realize. I have NO CHOICE! Just do it whether I like it of not. I I have an appointment at 7 in the morning for the gym. <BR> Beck Day 3 is Sit Down... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:03:31 EST Beck Day 2 December 2, 2014 12/2/14 – 139.6 <BR> Choose two diets – I had chosen two and by late afternoon, I had realized that I needed to change at least one of those two. So my first diet will now be a reasonable diet based on calories and other nutrients to equal 1200 to 1500 calories, protein roughly 20 to 25%, carbs at 50%, Fat at 25%. I will work for high fiber, low sodium, no soy, and no sugar. My second diet will be back to Eat To Live (vegan). <BR> BP @ 8:50 a.m. 126/78/64 Left <BR> B – 1 oatmeal cookie... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:14:21 EST Beck Day 1 December 1, 2014 12/1/14 – 139.6 (up .2) <BR> Day 1 Advantage List <BR> 1. Not to be a burden to other people because of ill health <BR> 2. Be able to live alone in my own home longer <BR> 3. Lower blood pressure <BR> 4. Lower cholesterol <BR> 5. Lower BMI <BR> 6. Increase energy <BR> 7. Look better & be happier with myself. <BR> 8. Look and feel better in my clothes. <BR> 9. Pick anything out of my closet at any time -- and having it FIT! <BR> 10. Not have to have several sizes of clothes in my closet. <BR... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:12:32 EST Lunch Wrap This was my wrap at lunch today. Chopped kale, fat free refried beans, scallion, cucumber wrapped in a tortilla and a banana. Yummy! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:54:29 EST November 18, 2014 Story of my life. <BR> 139.8 (up .2) I can’t let myself go any higher so today must be the turn around point and begin a plan (again) toward wellness and happiness. <BR> Today is my 69th birthday. It began with snow on the ground, freezing temperatures, windy and grey skies. Bible study was called off as was the lunch afterward. That gives me an opportunity to concentrate on where I want my life and this next year to go. <BR> Nothing ever goes as planned. Bible study was called off a... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:06:36 EST Awaking November 14, 2014 <BR> Awaking from a long fog <BR> <BR> Sleep, fog, whatever it has been. For the first time since my husband died ten months ago, I felt a moment of clarity. I have been walking around smiling, saying I’m okay, and feeling nothing. I’m certainly not through grieving, but the fog lifted for today. Before I realized that and without thought, I joined a couple of new teams to try to help me get in better health. My health is pretty good, but I have noticed my blood pres... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:06:34 EST Changes In My Life I am just now ready to put into words here the issues I have been dealing with <BR> since the last of 2013. <BR> <BR> I don’t want to go into details, but in the few short weeks of December, my husband began to feel tired, weak, and lethargic. By the first week of January, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia, and later, congestive heart failure. Despite two hospitals, ICU units, multiple doctors, and massive doses of antibiotics, twenty days later on January 28... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:39:28 EST 1925 Model T Ford I got to ride in this little beauty yesterday. Great fun. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:59:41 EST Appalachian Craft Center A few shots from today. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:01:16 EST Snow & Ice This picture was taken yesterday, February 13, 2014 of my back yard and across the lake. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:15:30 EST 12/9/13 Do Over 12/9/13 – 141.6 Do Over (ETL) <BR> I have decided to go back to a vegan (or almost vegan) diet to lose the pounds I’ve gained. I am almost back to where I started. So here’s to the start of losing close to 10 pounds. <BR> B – 20 oz water <BR> L @ 11:30 a.m. – ½ cup grapefruit, 1 T chia, ½ cup hash browns, 1 tsp coconut oil <BR> S - @ 2:30 p.m. – 40 g bread, 2 T almond butter, coffee <BR> D - @ Spicy carrots, onions & chickpeas & end of kalamata bread, red wine <BR> Ex – 25 minutes on tre... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:57:37 EST Christmas Order After the fiasco with the new TV DVR technician today (see post earlier today). We decided to order a hard drive to take all of the recorded programs off of our old DVR so we would not loves what we have recorded. After placing the order, I immediately realized that the over-night deliver I had requested and paid for had the P. O. Box address and I wanted it to come to my home. So I called and got the nicest young man who immediately corrected the order. Terrible plug here for Mac Mall ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:10:24 EST Best Laid Plans We had ordered a new DVR from our local Dish company and they were to deliver and install this afternoon. Don’t ask me why they are working on Sunday, but they are. However, the installation guy called this morning about 30 minutes before I was to leave for Church and wanted to come early. I started to say no, but thought the guy wanted to get home to his family early so I agreed. No Church for me today. Next, I am in a gated community and the automatic gate release wasn’t working so I h... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:05:50 EST Day 4 Low Carb Day 4 (10/24/13) <BR> <BR> I began low carb on 10/21/13 at 143.2 (but that weight was a jump up from a couple of days before). This morning I weighed in at 139.6. I really didn’t expect to have lost that much because I had a few more carbs yesterday from having lunch out. It wasn’t far out, but thought that might interfere with losing. But I’m happy with the continued downward slide. I don’t expect this rate of loss to continue because I only need to lose about 10 pounds. But it is ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:32:48 EST 9/22/13 JRNL 9/22/13 – 140.2 (down .4) <BR> Today I feel like I can go back to a low fat vegan way of eating or at least eating that way most of the time. I’ll take it one day at a time and see how that goes. <BR> <BR> This morning the scale dipped. Church was lovely this morning. I got one of the flowerbeds weeded in the afternoon, and sprayed deer repellent over all beds. Going to watch the Emmys this evening. <BR> <BR> B – Smoothie (banana, orange, 1 T chia, 1 T oats, ½ c water), coffee, ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:38:46 EST Drawing Board Time 9/21/13 – 140.8 (up .2) <BR> Yesterday’s eating out and high sodium is showing. Last night’s dinner was salad, topped with some of the left over flank steak and I had some bowel upset this morning. Either my stomach didn’t like the raw kale/Romaine at night or the meat was off. Out it goes. <BR> <BR> I woke to the generator coming on around 5 a.m. and then the rain started. Couldn’t sleep so am now up listening to the generator run, sipping tea, and waiting for the Sunrise. Power is ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:59:18 EST Busy Doesn't Equal Exercise An interesting and enjoyable day. I managed to get on the treadmill for a short time this morning before I left for a garden club meeting. I didn’t get home until after 3 p.m. and had to return calls, do a few home chores, bath time, and dinner and time with my husband. It is amazing that you can be so busy during the day and yet get no exercise. Hours of driving time and sitting in meetings don’t count. And that is they way many of my days go. I expect tomorrow will be essentially th... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:12:42 EST Sticking My Neck Out I am going to make some changes (again). I’m picking myself up and starting again and this time, I’m sticking my neck out. I have joined the Biggest Loser Fall Spark Challenge group. That should encourage me because I won’t let them down if I can help it. Exercising with two close friends makes it too easy to quit after a day or two when other things come up. So I need to do this on my own with on-line support and encouragement. Posting a journal entry daily or more often keeps me goin... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:37:17 EST Fitbit, Diet, Weather! I have to admit this has been a good week. I have gotten my way without any guff at two budget meetings for our community. I am always expecting some big disagreement, and, thankfully, it hasn’t come yet. It’s nice getting your way. I have one more meeting in September where I have to address the residents and the rest of the Board and hope that goes as easy as these have. At any rate, I can relax until then. <BR> <BR> I bought a Fitbit and it came yesterday. I’m not the swiftest tec... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:21:08 EST Day 9 and Change Is Coming Day 9 – 8/9/13 – 141 (up .6) <BR> This is ridiculous. I have tried Primal/Paleo/Low Carb, whatever you want to call it. I love the food and the fat, but I don’t lose weight on this plan. I only lost weight on the low fat vegan diet. And that causes my cholesterol to go up. But is it dangerous for the cholesterol to go up? All it means is that my body is making the cholesterol that I’m not eating. My body is supplying what it needs, or thinks it needs. Which is worse? Higher cholestero... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:58:42 EST Day 8 Day 8 – 8/8/13 – 140.4 (down .6) <BR> Finally a drop that is more than yo-yoing. Still foggy, rainy, and dreary. Keep active today. Prep for budget meeting, house chores, cooking. Exercise, walk!!! <BR> B – Coffee, 1 t Benefiber, Rush, 1 ex lg egg, ½ c egg white, 1 T butter, 1 T chopped onion, 1 T ground flax, 1 med mushroom <BR> L – Chicken salad stuffed tomato <BR> S – <BR> D – Roast Chicken, fried okra <BR> Ex. – <BR> Treadmill - 17 minutes <BR> Push-ups – 5 <BR> Sit-ups – 10 <BR> ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 23:33:36 EST Day 7 Back On Track/Day 1 Paleo/Primal Day 7 - 8/7/13 – 141 (up .2) Day 1 Paleo/Primal (no wheat, dairy, sugar) <BR> B – coffee, 1lg Benefiber, <BR> L – 1 ex lg egg, ½ c egg white, 1 T butter, 1 T chopped onion, .8 T ground flax <BR> S – 4 little gr olives, 1/5 c chicken salad, 1/5 shredded Romaine, 65 g cucumber <BR> D – 4 oz Chuck roast and 1 cup green beans <BR> Ex. – 12 min treadmill, bicep curls 30, standing tricep 12 <BR> Another day of rain and dreary skies. This has been a cooler and wetter Summer. One week in and I ha... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:23:13 EST Day 3 Day 3 – 8/3/13 – 141.2 (up .2) <BR> B – 1 ex lg egg, ¼ c egg white, 1 T cream, ½ T coconut oil, coffee, water <BR> L – water, salad (Romaine, flax, avocado, 4 oz ground turkey <BR> S – almond butter, olives, brie cracker <BR> D – chicken breast, broccoli <BR> Ex – walked 1.91 miles in 40 minutes hills outside <BR> <BR> Food was 100 over my range, but I'm working on the exercise. <BR> 1st day - 17 minutes on treadmill <BR> 2nd day - 20 minutes on treadmill <BR> 3rd day - 40 minutes walking... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 19:51:18 EST Day 1 Back On Track Day 1 – 8/1/13 – 140.8 (down .6) <BR> Up at 7 a.m. , 2 coffee <BR> B – Smoothie (spinach, oats, chia seeds, flax seed, cucumber, peach, ginger) <BR> L – sweet potato Salad, 4 oz. ground turkey <BR> S – Rye toast, 1 T almond butter <BR> D – meatloaf, Turnip greens, sweet potato <BR> Ex. - Total of 57 minutes today (15 sit-ups, digging, gardening, walking hills) <BR> Good day spent at home with chores inside and out. <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:29:39 EST Where To Go? What To Do? I’m Confused! July 31, 2013 <BR> <BR> I tried Eat To Live, a low fat vegan diet. While not being 100% perfect, I lost twenty plus pounds fairly easily and didn’t find the lack of meat and dairy as hard as I had thought it would be. However, my cholesterol numbers jumped up dramatically and my doctor was unhappy. After a year and a half, I didn’t really want to go without meat and dairy for the rest of my life and it is extremely difficult to maintain socially in this part of the country. So, I started... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:09:19 EST Day 1 of Clean Eating 7/20/13 <BR> 4/5 (4 out of 5) meals were clean. I need to work on having protein already prepared and portioned out into smaller amounts and on eating smaller portions or fewer meals. I often felt I was eating all day and my times between meals were not regular. I occasionally ate a next meal only an hour and a half apart and the next would be three hours. Still I had a very good day emotionally and physically. I accomplished several projects, got in a two and a half mile walk, dealt ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:09:25 EST Claiming A Do Over I drove a neighbor to Nashville for an eye appointment. After her appointment, we had lunch and a bit of shopping. I got no exercise other than the little walking at her appointment and the shopping. That’s not enough. I need to make exercise a priority. So while I thought I would have tomorrow free, I suddenly have a budget meeting for my gated community at 10 am. I have to make a grocery run and pick up vegetables from the Farmer’s Market late in the afternoon. I will need to prepar... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:57:39 EST A Few New Photographs <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:05:17 EST A Trying Day I went to bed last night thinking that today would be an easy day with only two things I had to so. One, to be at the water exercise class from 9 to 10 this morning and two, to attend a book club meeting and luncheon for a dear friend. The best laid plans of mice and men, or women. <BR> <BR> First thing this morning, I was awakened by a child-like cry under my bedroom window. I live in a remote gated community of mostly second homes for retired people. I’m one of the few full time res... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:52:46 EST Primal Beginning Tomorrow is my official beginning on a Primal diet and exercise. I finally got a couple of books and have read/am reading The Primal Blueprint. I am far enough into it to declare a start date which will be tomorrow, June 16. I will weigh and measure and will keep a journal and report in. The hardest part for me will be the exercise. I will appreciate any comments, suggestions, or encouragements. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:44:23 EST Emergency Room Last night, after I had gone to bed (my husband was still up), he woke me because he had cut his thumb on a very sharp knife and couldn't get it to stop bleeding. It took us a while to get it to stop so that we could get a bandage on it. A couple of hours after that, the thunderstorms swept through this area and again I was awakened. I hope today is calmer and that I can get a better bandage on hubby's thumb. <BR> <BR> The day went down from above. David wanted to change his bandage on his ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:43:50 EST 49 - My how time flies! 4/8/13 – 137.2 Our 49th wedding anniversary! <BR> Day 1 – my own little re-start <BR> Body Recall & walking in grocery stores <BR> B – Oats, flax, strawberries, blueberries, brown granulated sugar <BR> L – sandwich of sourdough, navy beans, asparagus hummus, tomato, cucumber, lettuce <BR> S – apple, grapes <BR> D – sp. Squash, roasted onions and Brussels sprouts, sm salad with double garlic and ginger dressing <BR> W – 20 oz +5 oz <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:15:31 EST First Days Of Re-Start I3/24/13 – 136.4 (down .4) <BR> I had a really good day yesterday getting out to join the camera club and taking pictures. I didn’t do very well, but that is something that you have to be in the creative habit of doing. It will get better. <BR> Off to Church this Palm Sunday morning. Be active and watch the food. <BR> B – coffee, Overnight oats, chia seeds, apple <BR> <BR> 3/23/13 – 136.8 (down .2) <BR> Wish it were more weight lost, but I’ll take it. <BR> B – Breakfast salad (mixed ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:16:34 EST What Now? February 3, 2013 What now? That’s certainly a big question for me. <BR> <BR> Long time ago, I use to be a foodie. Both my husband and I love to cook and before we retired, we loved having people over all the time. Retirement, moving to a different, less social, neighborhood have changed our patterns. Less active while eating the same food, and getting older equaled weight gain. <BR> <BR> In March of 2011, I became fed up with carrying around extra weight which was certainly aggravating my degenerati... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:41:34 EST Why Wait? 1/21/13 – 133.2 (up .4) <BR> I wrote yesterday in a team discussion that I was going to get back to my ETL plan. I have been dealing with periodontal and other dental issues since the middle of December and I hope after Tuesday, that I will be released by my doctors to go back to eating what I want. I haven't done badly, but I have gained a few pounds and I would like to drop those and get over the cravings I have had from the holiday sweets and bread treats. I had picked Wednesday (after th... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:05:09 EST Good Check Up I baked two loves of sour dough bread this morning. I took one of the loves to a friend’s house. Her husband has the flu and I thought a loaf of hot homemade bread might be something he could eat. <BR> Then I drove to my one week check up after the laser periodontal surgery. I got a good report from the periodontist. They will do the other half of my mouth in three weeks. I still have to eat only soft foods and chew on the side that didn’t have the surgery. So still no eating anything... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:33:55 EST Relieved I’m glad today is mostly over. The rest of the day can be spent taking a nice hot bath, climbing into some soft comfy jammies and watching a bit of TV with my hubby. Oh, yeah, and sipping on a glass of wine. I went to the first half of my periodontal laser surgery and while it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t a preferred way to spend the day. The worst was the shots to numb everything and because I have very sensitive teeth and I metabolism the anesthesia faster than normal, they have to stop a... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:05:22 EST 12-12-12 Beautiful sunshine, but chilly temperatures. I'm off to spend this day on the highway to a periodontal laser treatment. Not looking forward to it, but a necessary evil. At least I probably won't be eating too much for a day or two. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:00:06 EST Enough Already! I've had enough. I lost over 20 pounds last year and just recently let 5 pounds creep back on and I am calling a halt to the upward climb right now. Starting tomorrow after Church, I will be walking at least 30 minutes ever day and adding in strength training 3 days a week. That is a start. I hate exercising and have put it off as long as possible. So back to my Eat To Live food plan and beginning an exercise program. <BR> <BR> My promise to my self. Lose the five pounds and replace ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:38:06 EST Why I Do It People never understand why I continue to eat a low fat vegan (Dr. Fuhrman's Eat To Live plan) when I say I never wanted to be a vegan, am not a vegan for ethical reasons, and even miss animal products. I use to consider myself a "foodie", one who loved to cook and to experiment with the latest trends with all foods. I do it simply because it is the ONLY way I have ever found to lose weight. I have tried other ways, and they have not worked for me. Simple as that. So, I'm stuck followin... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:14:37 EST Introspective Day A very thoughtful and introspective day. I plan to carry the thought process over through tomorrow. Hopefully some decisions and progress will come of all the work. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:27:57 EST Hiatus & Find A Plan! I seem to have taken a hiatus from the last blog post to now. I got stuck in a rut, got off balance, and now need to figure out where to go from here. Here is five pounds up from my goal and that doesn't make me happy. I love my vegetables, but eating a total vegan diet also doesn't make me happy. And, finally, hating exercise and not finding anything I want to do does't make me happy. <BR> <BR> So I am back to square one. Find a plan. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:29:24 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Finish Let's get several of these out of the way. <BR> <BR> #26 - "Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? " <BR> I find it even harder to make myself exercise alone than with people.....something about not disappointing friends if I have told them I will be there. <BR> <BR> #27 - Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:11:52 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 25 "Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?" <BR> <BR> I tried yoga and Tai Chi and gave up because while the person leading the classes billed it as beginners, while in actuality it had other teachers and very advanced students in the class and the leader was “trying” to accommodate all levels and in my case, not succeeding. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I have the opportunity to do or try most other things a... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:08:47 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 23 & 24 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> <BR> To do just a little bit of some type of exercise each day so that I can reduce the pain from degenerative disks. Just enough moving to help me keep moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> 24. "When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)" <BR> <BR> Definitely after! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:10:26 EST