YELLOWDAHLIA's SparkPeople Blog YELLOWDAHLIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Sad Reality... I have no idea how much weight I've gained. I haven't been on a scales for almost a year. One thing I do know- I have no clothes that fit! Luckily, I never got rid of this pair of black pants, so thankfully I had something to wear to the family BBQ 2 days ago. <BR> <BR> Today is the day that I take charge! I just went through all the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator and threw away all the "bad" food. <BR> <BR> Anyway...this is what I look like now.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:36:38 EST Impulse Buy I saw this ad on Facebook for these pants. They looked cute and comfortable. So I bought them ($12) <BR> I NEVER buy clothes online-ever! But I figured these, being loose fitting, just might work AND the colors are gorgeous! <BR> I should add that these are just for lounging around the house in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:58:14 EST Chicken Sausage Veggie pasta This was really good, but WAY too much pasta! next time I will use 1/4 of the amount of pasta. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:58:23 EST Shrimp Salad I was at the store yesterday and saw this shrimp salad in the deli. I decided I could make a lower calorie version...and WOW it was delicious! <BR> <BR> Cocktail shrimp <BR> cucumber <BR> red pepper <BR> celery <BR> chives <BR> Light Mayo <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:31 EST Mung Bean experiment I bought some dried mung beans in the bulk food section at the grocery store a couple months ago. Today I decided to cook them up and see what they tasted like. <BR> <BR> I boiled them in water. Added curry, garlic, seasoning salt and smoked paprika (and Zero cal butter spray) <BR> <BR> They were good. I kept it simple this time because I was only curious what the bean itself tasted like. Next time I would add tomatoes and other veggies etc... I really need to explore for some recipes. <BR>... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:02:00 EST 8 YEARS TODAY! (Oct 25) i LOVE Sparkpeople! I've lost 100 pounds several times in my life...only to gain it all back in record time! I never made the "lifestyle" change....this time I did! I had to let go of the all or nothing mentality. That was so hard for me to do! <BR> <BR> I never followed the Spark diet, nor did I use this site for tracking. I did my own thing and came here for support and to interact with like minded people. <BR> <BR> Thank you Sparkpeople! You're the best! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:43:02 EST Tomato Wrap (Flat Out) I love these Flat Outs! 90 calories! And 9g of protein! <BR> <BR> This is what I've been having for breakfast everyday for the last few weeks <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:44:51 EST Cabbage- Mushrooms- tofu <img src=""> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:08:49 EST Fried Oysters w/ tartar sauce (Low Cal) I had a craving last night for fried oysters with tartar sauce. So my challenge was to try and make it as low cal as possible. <BR> <BR> 1. TARTAR SAUCE: (reg has 160 calories- mine has 60 cals) next time I will add some finely chopped pickles to this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 BREADING: this fish fry seasoning was way too salty. Next time I will use just a tad with a little flour (no milk or egg wash) <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:04:53 EST Pumpkin Oatmeal (baked) I made this yesterday and it was so delicious! It's not very sweet (I like sweet!) so I used a little bit of sugar free maple syrup on top. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:02:02 EST Coleslaw Coleslaw- yum! <BR> <BR> So easy to make it low cal and it has all the same flavor as the regular stuff. <BR> <BR> The last 2 batches I added the "secret" ingredient. Picture says it all... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:14:39 EST Spinach, Tofu, Mushrooms...and Spam? LOL Mike requested Spam and fried potatoes for dinner last night- LOL. I've never cooked Spam in my life, nor do I really know how to fry potatoes, but I pulled it off- he ate it all! <BR> <BR> I'm on a spinach/tofu/mushroom kick right now, so that's what I had. I feel so fortunate to get all this free tofu! Mike's bro works at the tofu factory. Three cases of it this year!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:18:50 EST Mushroom Stroganoff W/Zucchini "pasta" Simple, cheap and low calorie...and really delicious! The pictures tell the story... <BR> <BR> *Mushrooms <BR> *zucchini <BR> *fat free sour cream <BR> *Zero Calorie Butter spray <BR> *Chives <BR> *sprinkle of Ranch Dressing <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:16:31 EST Sweet Chili Sauce I remember my mom buying this stuff years ago. Mainly she poured it on chicken(fish or pork) and baked in the oven. <BR> <BR> This chili sauce is very mild. It looks like it would really pack a kick, but it is much more mild than you would think. <BR> <BR> I saw it at the store the other day and bought a bottle. <BR> <BR> So far I have used it for basting my baked tofu and last night I put a little bit on my baked sweet potato...both were excellent! <BR> <BR> I also added a little bit to ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:30:23 EST Egg White Salad I love Trader Joe's Egg white salad! It comes in Spicy Ranchero or Chive. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I made my version of the spicy ranchero and it turn out fabulous! <BR> I bought a jar of chili/garlic sauce and that is what really made it come together. That chili sauce is very spicy, so I added small amounts until I got it right where I wanted. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Egg whites (hard boiled) <BR> red pepper (finely... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:28:01 EST Sweet Potato & Turnip Greens Wow, I had no idea that these two would go so good together. I realize that this isn't going to be for everyone. You have to play around and find foods that work for you. <BR> I could be spending my time thinking about all the fattening foods I love and crave OR I could shift my thinking to healthy low cal, easy to prepare stuff that I truly like. It's called "LIFESTYLE CHANGE" folks. <BR> Oh, I still eat the fattening stuff every now and then. <BR> <BR> This was my lunch today (310 calorie... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:01:30 EST Chicken & Veggies (270 Calories) I eat this a lot for lunch or dinner on the days I don't work. Very filling! Quick and easy! <BR> <BR> Cost: <BR> veggies $1.30 <BR> Chicken $1.00 <BR> =$2.30 for the meal <BR> <BR> The bag of veggies is 150 cals and the chicken is 120. <BR> I use the zero cal butter spray on the veggies. <BR> <BR> 22 grams of protein! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:12:11 EST My Christmas Decorations 2012 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the wreath I made to go on my Dad's grave. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:01:31 EST Tofu & Greens <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's lunch....Baked Tofu w/turnip greens Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:20:01 EST Stuffed Portabella These were fabulous! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:10:03 EST 1. Zucchini Ribbons 2. Jello Experiment This is my new favorite way to eat zucchini: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Microwave for about 3-4 minutes: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Drain off the excess water: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Add one or two Laughing Cow cheese wedges. Or tomato sauce & parmesan-also good! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:25:57 EST Kale Soup W/photos <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I added the liquid smoke because it gives it a smokey flavor. I would've loved to add sausage or ham hocks, but I'm trying to make this as low cal as possible. <BR> <BR> Note to self: I really like ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:12:06 EST Blackberry Pudding This is basically the same thing as the pineapple pudding only with blackberries instead. I'm guessing there were about 3-4 cups of blackberries. <BR> The picture says it all. This was freakin' amazin'! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3-4 cups of blackberries <BR> 16 oz container of fat free sour cream <BR> 1 pkg of sugar free/fat free cheescake flavored Jello pudding mix <BR> <BR> Mix together and refridgerate for an hour or so befor... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:44:58 EST Roasted Red Peppers *I finally did it! I roasted a couple red peppers. So easy and so tasty! I chopped them up and added them to my sauce for my eggplant parmesan. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I put them on a piece of foil in the oven uder the broiler to char them and then pulled them out, stuck them in a paper bag for about 15 minutes to "sweat", and then rubbed the skin off. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:41:12 EST Eggplant Parmesan So easy, so delicious and SO low calorie! <BR> <BR> I thick sliced the eggplant and lightly sprayed it with oil, roasted it in the oven. Then I poured a little tomato sauce on it and a bit of parmesan cheese. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:56:43 EST Zucchini Pancakes 1 heaping cup of grated zucchini <BR> 2 eggs (or Eggbeaters) <BR> 1 tablespoon of flour <BR> lots of chives <BR> salt, pepper, seasoning etc.. <BR> <BR> I used a little Zero Cal butter spray and a non-stick pan to fry them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:00:46 EST Cucumber Subs <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:31:51 EST Arctic Zero (product review) I've wanted to try the Arctic Zero for so long, but no stores carried it where I live. I was at Whole Foods on Saturday and guess what? They had it! <BR> <BR> Price was a little steep...$4.85 w/tax <BR> <BR> I picked chocolate. I think there were 4 different flavors. <BR> <BR> It's good! 150 calories for the entire pint!! <BR> <BR> The vanilla flavor would make great low cal milkshakes or smoothies. <BR> <BR> I was also surprised when I read the ingredients to find that it doesn't have ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:46:18 EST Garbanzo lettuce wraps w/photos I love this! <BR> You can add whatever spice you like, but for me, I like to add cumin & ground coriander because it gives it a "falafel" flavor and I love falafel!! <BR> <BR> I also like to add chives, tons of chives!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:51:46 EST Breakfast blog (w/photo) 175 calories: <BR> *whole wheat ENGLISH MUFFIN <BR> *thick sliced TOMATOES <BR> *LIGHT MAYO <BR> *teeny scattering of PARMESAN CHEESE <BR> *fresh BASIL from the garden <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:14:33 EST Pineapple Pudding (photos) I love this for dessert!!! <BR> <BR> 16 oz container Fat Free Sour Cream <BR> 2- 8 oz cans Crushed Pineapple (don't drain) <BR> 1 pkg sugar free/fat free pudding mix (I used cheesecake flavor) <BR> <BR> Mix ingredients together and refrigerate <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:53:43 EST Kale Chip Adventure (pics) I've been wanting to try making the kale chips for a while and I finally did so today. <BR> They're really easy. Cut or pull the leafy part off the thick stem and arrange on a cookie sheet or a big piece of foil. Spray with a little canola or olive oil and then sprinkle with a little salt or seasoning of your choice- I used Spike seasoning on mine because it's low sodium. Bake at around 325 degrees- but don't go to far away because they cook really quick. <BR> And the results?...They were rea... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:58:38 EST Food Blog #3 (photo) Turkey sausage <BR> zuchini <BR> brown rice <BR> stewed tomatoes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 19:11:56 EST Food Blog #2 Raw Veggies (photo) This is my favorite way to eat my raw veggies~ <BR> Dip= 2 Tablespoons for 20 calories!!...and so easy and cheap to make! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:32:04 EST Food Blog #1 (w/photo) This is one of my favorite lunches on days I don't work...Very filling! <BR> I eat the whole bag! <BR> <BR> 1 bag has: <BR> 250 calories (!!) <BR> 0 fat <BR> 15 grams Protein <BR> 20 grams Fiber <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:52:38 EST More Christmas Photos <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> This is the wreath I made to go on my dad's grave for Christmas. Sat, 18 Dec 2010 14:04:10 EST Chestnuts roasting....(w/ Photo) Ok, so for several years now I have wondered what chestnuts taste like. <BR> A couple years ago I bought some that had been roasted and vacuum packed (at Trader Joes) but I still wondered about freshly roasted chestnuts. I know you can buy them from vendors on the streets of some major cities, but we don't have anything like that in the Portland/Vancouver area, so I bought a bag at Whole Foods (yikes- small bag = $8) <BR> <BR> I went online to see how to prepare them. I read that they are ac... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 08:07:37 EST TOPS Christmas Party (photos) <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That's me in the black. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:44:26 EST Silver & White Christmas (photos) <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:07:39 EST I choose to move on... You can spend, minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened - or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 21:58:30 EST Who Matters? There comes a point in your life when you realize: <BR> <BR> Who matters, <BR> Who never did, <BR> Who won't anymore... <BR> And who always will. <BR> So, don't worry about people from your past, <BR> There's a reason why they didn't make it to your future. <BR> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:31:57 EST My Gain... Well, I had my moment of truth yesterday. It's official I have gained back almost 10 lbs (9.6 lbs to be exact). <BR> Why did this happen? I quit smoking July 13th and replaced the cigarettes with food. Not just any food- bad food! Mostly sweets (of any kind). <BR> The good news is; I'm READY to take charge again!! I will NOT gain the weight back this time. It won't happen!! <BR> As hard as it was I've changed my weight loss ticker to the correct weight. I even picked a new design and icon. I'... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 18:33:43 EST Cholesterol Report 6/2009 Cholesterol- 193 <BR> triglyceride- 56 <BR> (good cholesterol)HDL- 63 <BR> (bad cholesterol) LDL- 119 Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:07:59 EST TOPS Pledge... TOPS Pledge <BR> <BR> I am an intelligent person. <BR> I will control my emotions and <BR> not let my emotions control me. <BR> Every time I am tempted to use food <BR> to satisfy my frustrated desires, <BR> build up my injured ego <BR> or dull my senses, I will remember. <BR> Even though I overeat in private <BR> my excess poundage is there <BR> for all the world to see. <BR> I will take off pounds sensibly Fri, 5 Jun 2009 19:26:23 EST