TRUNORTH's SparkPeople Blog TRUNORTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day two of Dr. McDougall Eating Plan So today is basically my day two of the Dr. McDougall eating plan (or pretty close). It's a super plan and I feel great. Last time I ate like this I dropped 20 pounds... It was such a blessing! <BR> <BR> Swam 20 laps today and look forward to getting into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> My husband loves the confetti rice - I think the recipe is found on day two (or day 3 lunch) -- and you know when a meat-eating man likes it - it must be good. <BR... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:15:55 EST Foods That Make You Thin - Need real help to get the weight loss moving? I have finally found what it takes for my body to lose weight without a trainer -- I am so thankful - it is a relief. So I'm working in the kitchen and listening to this "Foods That Make You Thin" <BR> This has great info that can help anyone to make some great choices no matter what kind of diet you have chosen. <BR> <BR> Hope this inspires & helps you! Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:50:04 EST Off-balance with food today - trying to get back on It's amazing how not starting my day with oatmeal can have such an impact on me if I don't eat the right balance of foods, and usually, oatmeal w/cinamon and apples does just what I need. Today however, I skipped the oatmeal and had a banana and almonds -- and as far as going herbivore (vegan foods - minus the vegan title) missing oatmeal is just not a good fit for me. I feel washed out, my mood isn't the best because it is hard to have the energy to focus -- so just a few minutes ago I ate... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:19:55 EST Swimming Goal Completed :) 5,000 yards (100 laps) - Her 50th birthday It was last September when my friend and fitness inspiration said to me, "I want something for my 50th birthday" as she smiled with eager expectation... "I want you to swim 50 - 100's with me!! Now her birthday wasn't until May of 2012 which gave me many months to prepare. I slowly started preparing. I'd been "out of it" since a dear friend had passed away, I hadn't swam since some time in July. Over the months I began working on the goal. It was slow going, I was busy with so much to d... Wed, 30 May 2012 21:50:37 EST Day 51 - Time to do a Biggest Loser "Looking Back" for Encouragement Forward SO here it is day 51. I started out this recent journey at 169.3 pounds and I've come down to 148.4 -- this is a vegan journey which is so easy to do, the weight just falls off. BUT every now and then -- there's a small gain. As I wrestle my mind around the nearly 4 pound gain, I reflected back on the last time this happened, I had about a 3 pound gain on day 24 of this dietary change. I remember the familiar feeling when before I was not on a vegan diet, but just trying to lose weight, a... Tue, 29 May 2012 13:29:00 EST Day 40, 17.2 pounds gone - wonderful way of eating. In the last week I've only lost aout .3 of a pound so it seems -- I think that when the body loses a lot of weight it hits plateaus and adjustments. I've also added in some other foods that are acceptable for my diet that might slow the weight loss, but in reality if I get concerned all I need to do is have a mostly "whole foods" day -- this usually will bring about the weight loss that I'm looking for. Two days in a row of whole foods is an added bonus. <BR> <BR> This week some new items ... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:58:24 EST 16.9 pounds gone in 33 days!! -- I think anyone can do this This is the most amazingly easy weight loss, it is such a blessing and so amazing! If you are feeling like you just can't win by losing the pounds, I have finally found what works for me and it has worked for others who I know!! <BR> <BR> Don't give up on losing -- this is amazing. It's not as hard as it seems like it will be and you're not just limited to potatoes and apples like you might think you might be. <BR> <BR> Check out the McDougall Diet,, the Engine2Kitchen Diet and d... Fri, 11 May 2012 10:28:18 EST Improved breathing through cardio! I shouldn't be so amazed -- but when it happens -- it's so awesome that it's amazing!! Through swimming over a LONG period of time - my cardio and breathing are SO MUCH improved!! I've gone from not being a swimmer anymore (used to be) to being a slow but long-swim endurance type swimmer, to working on something VERY difficult -- INTENSE swimming! Now that is hard, really, really hard. <BR> <BR> Last night on my swim something amazing happened. While swimming, after taking a few minute... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:37:51 EST An old pair of courderoys.... That's what I've got on right now, they're a little tight, but they're presentable... I haven't warn these pants in at least 2-3 years. <BR> <BR> During this time I ate healthily, I exercised, but nevertheless the pounds just mainly moved upward, although there were a few downward declines I just couldn't seem to cross the hurdle. <BR> <BR> Now finally, I have found what works for my body. The heatlhy eating that works best for my body is eating whole foods that are non-animal and non-o... Thu, 3 May 2012 12:05:38 EST Arm Wrestling my Weight -- Vegan and Herbivores Wanted So I'm on day 24 of eating mainly vegan/plants!! I've only made a few very small oopses. <BR> <BR> OK so what has happened? I've got about a 3 pound weight gain which I believe is intestinal, but it seems to creep up more each day - and I'm still being VERY GOOD, logging most of my food, I don't usually late night snack any more, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> I believe this is just one of the natural hurdles that come with weight loss, perhaps I would never even see it if I only weighed myself 1x p... Wed, 2 May 2012 11:48:54 EST Day 18 - 11.6 pounds lost -- Anyone can do this it's so easy I realized something. Awhile back I lost weight and gained strength, stamina and fitness through "fitness boot camp" with a local gym. I went to this on and off for about two years, the trainer helped me so much -- it was life changing for me and has caused me to be athletic. But something very negative and hugely emotional occurred causing me to leave the boot camp program, stop my weight loss progress and instead brought me to gain back somewhere close to 1/2 of the 40 pounds or so that ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:51:10 EST Oatmeal for Fitness for Breakfast -- plant based foods & I'm not a vegan This morning I've added strawberries & almonds & chia seeds to my oatmeal! I've posted the recipe here:<BR>il.asp?recipe=2089041 -- There's a nice crunch! <BR> <BR> My weight continues to drop -- even if by just a part of a pound, and I'm so encouraged! Eating plant based foods has been really great for my body. I'm not a vegan however, I read that vegan means more than just eating plant-based foods... I've got my leather Dansko's and the elk-s... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:53:26 EST Hey Vegans - I need your help about protein & fitness. I'm working on a personal fitness goal which requires some intense swimming and someone suggested that I need to intake grams of protein to the tune of 50% of my body weight - per day - so currently we'd be looking at needing to intake about 79 grams of protein per day. I bought some brown rice protein (15 g protein per 110 cal for one serving) but I could use some more ideas to help me get to this goal and still continue as I have been - doing so well. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:55:44 EST Larabars to the rescue!! So I was out and about running errands and I hadn't yet had breakfast... <BR> What can I find out there that is yummy, vegan, breakfast-ish and at the grocery store? <BR> <BR> A LEMON LARA BAR!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY!!! <BR> <BR> Woot woot! (Yes, this is exciting.) Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:48:07 EST Day 16 - 10.5 pounds lost -- this is the easiest weight loss I've ever had. I'm so thankful that I've finally found what works for me!! I have been eating healthy and exercising for years... Now finally I have found what works for me, I can now lose weight without a trainer!! <BR> <BR> I lose weight, feel great and eat the healthiest I've ever eaten in my life!!! <BR> <BR> Very thankful! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:16:41 EST What's for Dinner tonight? New York Times BURGERS YUMMM!! We had DELICIOUS vegan yummy burgers from the Engine 2 Diet !! We smothered them with bbq sauced sauteed onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce & avocado on mine! This recipe is SO AMAZING I just hafta share it!! Even my hunter husband likes these!! (I substituted salsa for the tomatoes & chilies, i didn't use cilantor or parsley.) <BR> <BR> The recipe is shared in various places online so I hope it's okay to share it here -- if not, let me know and I'll just post the link. <BR> http://tal... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:57:15 EST Day 14 -- 9.2 pounds lost - this is what I'm doing Finally, finally! Finally I have found a food and fitness plan that I can lose weight on my own!! I am so thankful! Grateful! A bonus... It is SO easy! (I'm not even kidding.) <BR> <BR> 1. I watched Forks over Knives (streaming netflix.) <BR> 2. I entirely changed my eating from eating very healthy before - to now eating extremely healthy... I've been eating whole wheat pasta, potatoes, apples, oatmeal, brown rice, white rice, carrots, dried fruits, enchiladas, lasagna, chocolate alm... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:35:33 EST Day 9 - Vegan Diet - Here's what I'm enjoying Day 9 vegan; things are going great overall. I've got food on hand along with some recipes that I've selected from a really helpful website called 21 Day Vegan Kickstart <BR> <BR> Last night I enjoyed coconut ice cream! Talk about delicious! It was all vegan, chocolate almond mocha, and I only ate 1/4 cup (90 calories!) But it was worth every delicious bite! <BR> <BR> Things like this are a great bonus treat! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:34:50 EST Day 7 - My first "plant-eating" week :) Well it's day 7 and I'm feeling rather excited about going forward with this vegan diet, I'm excited that I actually made it to day 7 and I can't wait to see what the next seven days brings regarding weight loss! <BR> <BR> My food is quite ready today, I've prepared vegan food for the church potluck ("pot-blessing" really...) so I'm taking: <BR> Spinach, Beet, and Orange Salad with Ginger-Agave Dressing by Robyn Webb (you should google that - I'm using honey instead of agave) <BR> <BR> a... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:44:30 EST Uninvited 1-pound gain -- This is why I shouldn't weigh myself every day I've weighed myself every morning, I've been excited to see what's happened this week, a 6.3 pound loss in five days after switching to a "plant based" diet, virtually avoiding all oils, sugars, meats... Eating beans, breads, fruits, pastas, tons of vegetables, dried fruits and LOTS of water. <BR> <BR> To my amazement and joy, I have not been craving chocolate or sugars! <BR> I have not been feeling ANY need to evening snack! I have really been feeling great! <BR> <BR> Just the first two ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:24:35 EST My first vegan weekend So this morning I embark upon my very first vegan weekend, it's day 6 on the plant-eating diet and I've been able to really stick to this diet. <BR> <BR> It's suprising really, I think I woulda thought that this is going to be "really hard" but honestly -- it's been overall -- really easy -- as long as I have the right food on hand. The Engine 2 Diet "Raise the Roof lasagna" has been my mainstay... So I have a delicious filling meal to look forward to -- when the lasagna runs out, I make m... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:15:26 EST Mountain Climbed - Mission Accomplished! Philippians 4:13 With lots of prayer - with God's help -- today I swam the farthest that I have ever swam in my life - that I know of. I swam 5000 meters -- 100 laps!!! (That's just about three miles). My time was rather slow - but that's okay -- I'm thankful that I made it! <BR> <BR> I asked God to help me to swim as much as it was His will for me to swim... And I told Him my desire. I used my fingers for counting, each digit x10 laps each. I prayed for everyone that I could think of in church and the... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:32:23 EST A mountain to climb... Philippians 4:13 to the rescue... Today I have a mountain set before me, it's a personal goal which is a gift to myself and <BR> my friend -- working toward the goal of swimming 100 laps at the pool... or <BR> technically, 50 - 100's. <BR> <BR> I've been working on this more "off" than "on" since last September... Today I hope to be able to give it a whirl to see... Can I do it? How long will it take me? <BR> <BR> When I swim I often pray in advance, "Lord, please help me to swim all that it is Your will for me to s... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:13:14 EST Beginning Day 3, LOST 5 POUNDS ALREADY! Plant based... It's true -- after only two days I've lost just a little over 5 pounds!! I'm sure it's due to the fiber. I think that fiber is filling me up and so it is definitely NOT a starvation diet! Very healthy indeed (and I ate healthy b4 this). <BR> <BR> I would love your help if you are a plant based eater -- I want to make it to day 4, I want to make it to day 28... What are your top favorite delicious plant based repices - let's say that a man would like? <BR> <BR> What do you do when you... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:53:26 EST Can I lose weight eating THAT MANY CARBS? - plant based Well this sure will be interesting. I'm on day two of eating "plant only." <BR> <BR> If I can make it to day 3, 4, 5...26, 27, 28... I'll find out the answer to the question, can I lose weight consuming a LOT of carbs? <BR> <BR> I looked at my nutritional input in the food entry section. Yesterday was day one, and I consumed approximately 246 carb, 30 fat, 48 protein -- all plant based! A grand total of 1417 calories consumed -- plus some very good exercise... <BR> <BR> This shall trul... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:03:29 EST A little coconut oil -- LOTS of water and sunshine would be nice... Here I sit looking out the window to see the cloudy grey morning sky - I hear the birds outside and I've checked NOAA... It's going to be a cloudy day they say... <BR> <BR> The coconut oil is in my coffee and my hair and I'm encouraged and ready to roll!! Something has increased my metabolism! I've had TONS of energy, even our guests commented on my energy! <BR> <BR> I believe that my metabolism is increasing due to the swimming; let me explain. I am a s l o w swimminer. I love to sl... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 09:56:04 EST When I reach... My goal weight range is 125 - 135. <BR> <BR> When I reach 159 I'll be so happy! <BR> When I reach 152 I'll be delighted! <BR> When I reach 149 I'll be thrilled! <BR> When I reach 142 I'll be utterly delighted and thrilled and feeling amazing! (Lord willing) (My last known lowest # w/Janice the personal trainer) <BR> When I reach 139 I'll know it's working (never got to this number with Janice) <BR> When I reach 135 I'll be the fitness chick in the household <BR> When I reach 125 I'll be a N... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:51:50 EST Turn Calories to Cash! OKAY we're doing something new at my house! My husband wants to purchase something outside the budget so we've come up with a way to buy it! <BR> <BR> You know we all buy things outside the budget - maybe every day! Maybe it's an occasional burger, an occasional ice cream, an occasional mocha latte... Whatever it is - we always buy these small occasional items. WE'RE TRADING our APPETITES for cash! SO how do we do this? Let's say the ice cream we're intensely craving would come to $4..... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:48:40 EST Biggest Loser Breakfast Burrito & Me <BR> Now that was a healthy way to start the day! One thing I really enjoy about the program called "The Biggest Loser" is that it helps me to realize, I dont' have that much weight to lose. Contestants are often trying to get down to the weight that I am currently -- so for me that's a great place to start -- I'm already ahead of the game; now to finish... Persevere to the end and get this thing done. <BR> <BR> My finale is still yet to be seen... Can I do it? Yes, I can. Will I do it? I ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:04:42 EST