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  • Day 58: Taco Soup Vegan Style

    10/26/2016 2:19:41 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today I made a Taco Soup. Pretty much it was just doing the recipe my aunt makes without using cheese and meat. I just did the recipe by memory. It's very tasty but I miss the meat in it. I was thinking it might be good with some of that mock meat ground beef or with TVP? I'm not sure if it woul... Read more

  • Sick

    10/24/2016 4:33:48 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Well whatever it was actually caught up with me and I have been down for the count for the past 2 days. Younger DD follows me around with disinfectant spray or wipes depending on what she can grab first. Yes she is a germaphobe. Whenever I get ill, or even just sniff a little she gets all paranoi... Read more

  • Day 56: A Reason to Lift My Dog.

    10/24/2016 2:49:26 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    I was talking to my my boyfriend today and he told me to lift something that was about 20-24 pounds. It was a random text at first and I was lost in what he was saying, then when he called me he explained that since I've lost that much I should just go and lift that to show myself how much I've los... Read more

  • Case study for a class-trigger warning.

    10/23/2016 5:08:58 PM, by LOSINGFORME16

    Doing research for a class and with children they go through a lot. I didn't realize myself and didn't realize it myself until now. A lot of families get turned away from shelters due to lack space. There a lot of run a ways as well. Did you know being doubled up with someone counts as being home... Read more

  • Kitchens, Part 2

    10/22/2016 5:44:51 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today DH and I went to Lowes to talk with their kitchen designer. We ended up staying for 3 hours and had one designed for our new house. All I can say is - O-M-G why didn't I go there first! Jennifer, the lady we talked with, not only answered all our questions but actually LISTENED to us and wh... Read more

  • Day 54: Using My Food Processor

    10/22/2016 3:45:58 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    It arrived! First thing I did was make sure I could assemble it and it worked, then I washed all the parts and make myself some nutritarian vegan ice cream. This is the recipe for what I made. I just added stuff I wanted: 2 frozen bananas, vanilla extract, some almonds, coconut flakes,... Read more

  • Day 53: I'm Learning How to Cook.

    10/21/2016 2:07:24 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    I've learned a lot in these 53 days. Some things it's relearning but other things I've learned and am still learning. Cooking wasn't my strong talent. If it came from a box or package I could make it. Usually there isn't a long process to those kinds of meals. Mac and Cheese, spaghetti, pancake... Read more

  • Day 52: Always Learning

    10/20/2016 3:35:43 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Being sick really kind of did a number on me but I'm back to good health, at least all seems well. Today was a cooking day. I made a huge batch of chili. It turned out well. The thing I love about making chili is it's filling and I can add what sounds good. In this one I put in 2 chopped onions... Read more

  • Oh My Poor Little Ears

    10/19/2016 5:43:11 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    DH was in rare form last night snoring. O-M-G it was awful. I would poke him and he would stop for a few minutes. Then I would push him and again just a few minutes respite. At one point I couldn't take it and got out of bed and sat in the livingroom with the cat for a bit but I was sooooo sleep... Read more

  • Kale Burgers

    10/18/2016 3:08:43 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    These are a new item at our local Aldi. I'm a big kale fan so last week I decided to give them a try. Today I actually ate one for lunch and after the initial surprise of what it tasted like I have decided that I like them and would buy them again. The first thing I noticed when I opened... Read more

  • Day 50: Still Living in Veganville.

    10/18/2016 2:05:44 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Holy Crocodile! It's 50 days since I've been a Nutritarian Vegan. Craziness! This is just exciting. On day 50 I'm still not feeling so hot. I did clean and tried to cook but all day I've had this horrible migraine. It's only now that it's starting to go away. It's been the kind that jus... Read more

  • Kitchens

    10/17/2016 6:07:05 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Went to see the progress on the kitchen design for the new house. I have been fighting with the designer for weeks now. She has a real hang-up on keeping everything symmetrical. I don't really care if it is or not I just want it to function for me. Knife drawer in a certain spot, trash can in a ... Read more

  • Day 49: 3 More Pounds Down.

    10/17/2016 4:55:34 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today was a take it easy kind of day. I did hop on the scale and saw I lost weight! I've lost 22 pounds total. This might come back on once I get back to my regular route. Still, yay! I didn't get to make my big pot of soup. I hope to make it tomorrow. A creamy style soup sounds good or... Read more

  • Fantastic Day for a Walk

    10/16/2016 6:03:42 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    It was a wonderful overcast but still warm day so DH took me on a very long walk. We walked all the way to the park, then around the park, then down some side streets and finally back to the apartment complex. Over 17,000 steps in all which was fantastic. I was getting a little tired by the time ... Read more

  • Day 48: Sick

    10/16/2016 5:01:45 PM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    I've been sick. Not feeling well and up until 3am from it. It's a bummer so there is no exercise for me. The way I view it is by being sick the body is saying, stop, you need to take a break. Watch what you are eating and take care of yourself. it's time to heal. It's a bummer but because ... Read more

  • Walking News

    10/15/2016 3:20:22 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I am doing much better on my walking steps this month. For much of this year I have been struggling trying to meet my goal each day but this month I am more determined than ever to get back on track. I'm back using my spreadsheet to track my progress, which oddly enough, had me taking two long wal... Read more

  • Day 47: Shopping Day!

    10/15/2016 12:24:24 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today was shopping day. Boy, what a day. I woke to major huge thunder. It was long and loud. The dog was confused and started to bark each time it went off. It was a lot and I'd say nature's alarm clock. I'd rather not have a repeat of that. 7am of thunder, no thank you. It's been rain... Read more

  • Day 46: Recipe to Try for Tomorrow - Raw Cinnamon Rolls

    10/14/2016 12:52:28 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Tomorrow is shopping day. I'm looking forward to getting items I am running out. I also came across a recipe I want to try for tomorrow: Raw Cinnamon Rolls. They look so good and I will have to change them up a bit because I don't use those sweeteners. I just use fruit or dates, even raisins for ... Read more

  • Day 45: Changing My Ways

    10/13/2016 2:50:21 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today is my 45th day of being a Nutritarian Vegan. It's very exciting. The scale is still the same from Saturday. It could be because I've been eating a little bit more of the grains but still not over in any of my macro or micronutrients. I know that tomorrow and the rest of the week I need to ... Read more

  • More Shoe Tales

    10/12/2016 6:41:36 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Yep it's that time again - walking shoe buying time that is. Last Saturday DD and I headed up to Lansing to look at new walking shoes. We always go to Playmakers and I have been wearing the Brooks Dyad for a couple years now. They are comfy and work well. But this last pair hasn't lasted as long... Read more

  • Day 44: Debating About Vlogging

    10/12/2016 3:34:10 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today I found a nice vlog on YouTube. Her channel is called Back to Chubby. I am really impressed by her courage by making a weight loss YouTube channel. It isn't easy to be on YouTube. I think in most places it's okay and supportive but not for the Vegan community. For some reason they are jus... Read more

  • Strange?

    10/11/2016 7:34:45 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    The survey stakes were put in for our new house today. I'm pretty excited! Can't dig until the bank gives the go-ahead but it is nice to see where the house will be located on the lot, how close it is to the pond (not too close), and a little surprised how close our neighbors house will be to ours... Read more

  • Just booked trip to Cabo! Now the serious dieting begins!

    10/11/2016 1:38:36 PM, by HMBROWN1

    I have until Feb 5 to trim off weight. I want to be more comfortable on the airplane. I don't want the seat belt digging in me. On the largest setting. Will take it 1 day at a time. So far I am doing great today! 117 days to departure!... Read more

  • Day 43: Finished Reading Presto

    10/11/2016 12:40:20 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Quick recap of the day. I did well with eating. I didn't get to make my big batch cooking but that will be for tomorrow. I did finished reading the book 'Presto'. Wow, that was very interesting. Now that's a book discussion. Too bad nothing many people discussion health books and such, even on... Read more

  • What I feel I'm doing right

    10/10/2016 11:15:57 PM, by BECKYSKEL

    So I get to post/reflect/blog about what I'm doing right this BLC. Here's what I think so far: 1. Taking my time and realizing that I didn't get fat over night so I won't be getting skinny over night either. 2. Little by little, bit by bit, I'm trying to track more and more on a daily basi... Read more

  • Day 42: Going at My Own Pace

    10/10/2016 1:56:53 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    I have to remind myself I need to go to my own pace. I've put a lot of effort into meal planning and into my health plan. I've been following it well and not all the time do I see the results that I want. It can be frustrating. Putting in all the work yet not seeing things move. When this happe... Read more

  • Insurance Company

    10/9/2016 5:06:00 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    A representative called from our insurance company yesterday for me. It was pretty unexpected actually. They had a dietician call about my poor scores to offer helpful advice. Actually we had a really nice chat and she will be calling back in a couple of months to check on my progress and to set ... Read more

  • Day 41: Update on Physical Goals.

    10/9/2016 3:01:17 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    I do have a bunch of little goals for my health plan. They aren't overwhelming. I have some for mental and emotional health, I have some for physical/exercise, I have my food intake, and habit changing goals. Right now my main focus in my life is my health. I'm working on healing my body f... Read more

  • Day 40: 40 Days and Going Strong!

    10/8/2016 2:35:01 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Day 40! 40 days of being a Nutritarian Vegan. I'm telling you, I never would have thought I'd be here but it's sure amazing and I'm astonished at the willpower and drive that is coming from within me. I think the transition is easier for me because I know this is how I'm living my life. It's a l... Read more

  • Day 39: You Say Potato I Say Potato

    10/6/2016 10:33:52 PM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    It's day 39! Well, my day 39. Just one more day and it's going to be 40 days since I've started my Nutritarian Vegan Lifestyle. I would have never have thought I'd even last a day and here it is 39 days later and I'm going strong. This morning my eye was still swollen, hurt, and crusted ov... Read more

  • Deer & Running Again

    10/6/2016 11:52:57 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Had a great walk this morning. Cool weather, no rain, just perfect. Went further than ever before too. Saw some deer in someone's yard sleeping under a bush but they got up and ran when I walked by. And then strangely enough I discovered that I was running. Didn't even think about it but was do... Read more

  • Day 38: Orthorexia

    10/6/2016 12:24:59 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today was a bummer day for me. I woke up to my eye crusted over, swollen, and hurting. I don't know if it's allergies which it has been in the past or pink eye. I don't think it's pink eye because I've had this before and it's allergy relate. My eyes were pink but once I put artificial tears and... Read more

  • Jogging to Relieve Heel Pain?

    10/5/2016 4:18:01 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Most days my cat gets me up. Without him jumping on the bed at 6AM I tend to oversleep unless the sun is shining in. Today not only did I sleep in so did the cat (lazy slug). When I rolled out of bed at 7:30 (yikes) I discovered him sleeping curled up on the sofa in the living room. 7:30 is too ... Read more

  • slower build this time

    10/5/2016 12:23:36 PM, by CYNTHIUSS

    I'm back to walking...I think it was the step exercises I was trying that nailed my mobility. I will take it very slow....thought I was, but maybe even slower. Steps have been a huge challenge for years now. We are going to a water park in December. My goal is to be able to climb the stairs of at le... Read more

  • Day 37: New Recipe Veggie Burger.

    10/5/2016 3:14:22 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today I did wonderful with my micronutrients and macronutrients. Breakfast Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding 41% target, 78% Fiber, 48% Iron, 37% calcium, 25% Vitamin A, 15% Vitamin C, 125% Vitamin B12, 19% Folate Lunch Large Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing 74% Target, 195% Fiber, 91% I... Read more

  • How do you dream?

    10/4/2016 3:21:41 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    One day I woke up and discovered my body is fat. My doctor confirmed it, obese category 2 on her weight charts. OK, it didn't just happen over night - but I lived in denial for a long time. I quit looking in mirrors below my neck, hid from cameras and at times, like when it involved wearing a bath... Read more


    10/4/2016 2:37:33 PM, by HOLISTIC5

    I started this journey to feel better, get healthier and lose weight along the way. I have had a rocky course to no fault but my own..I think the best thing I have gotten from this is the friendship from those I am team mates with... Read more

  • Update Oct. 2016

    10/4/2016 11:22:19 AM, by JUSTJO66

    Hey, my low carb friends. Yep, it's me again. Seems I can't seem to get completely away from you guys. :o) Kind of like my weight loss yo yo journey. I've missed all of you. Lots of things happening since I retired two years ago. Amazing how time flys. Anyway, we have downsized and moved between my ... Read more

  • Extra Time on my hands

    10/4/2016 9:54:14 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    When I head out in the morning I usually am passed by an older woman who is returning to the apartment complex after her morning run in the dark. The first day I saw her it made me run too since I didn't want to be outdone by someone older than myself. And the next day I did it again just because.... Read more

  • Day 36: A Really Good Day

    10/4/2016 1:59:56 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today was a good day. I had a good discussion and it made me see that I'm doing wonderful in my healthy lifestyle journey. Yes, it took a lot of research, reading, and time to plan out how I'd tackle it but I'm glad I did because things are easier and have become habits. Meaning I am able to tack... Read more

  • setback, stepback

    10/4/2016 1:43:16 AM, by CYNTHIUSS

    ankle and knee gave...they do that some times. its been a long painful day...tried to keep I just want to be able to walk ... i'd just gotten to that point where I was getting some cool smooth moves instead of stiff sluggish movement. I know it's temporary...but somehow h... Read more

  • Day 35: One More Pound Down!

    10/3/2016 1:59:54 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Day 35 of being a Nutritarian Vegan! Today was an extra good day. I went to work and was able to play with the children, I played some music and we even danced. The great thing about working with children is you can do goofy things and people don't even think you odd for it. My neighbor ha... Read more

  • New Month

    10/2/2016 1:23:07 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Well the bloodwork results are in and I didn't do so well this year. Neither did DH so I'm guessing the stressful year we have had so far is the culprit. Course you can't tell the insurance company that, they just wouldn't buy it. But we can have our results redone in 6 months and he and I are bo... Read more

  • Day 34: Pumpkin Season!

    10/2/2016 2:24:09 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    147 465 147 465 147 465 147 465 Today was my first day of October 2016. I love the month of October. It's my favorite month, my favorite time of the year, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I just love everything about October. I feel the shift in the air, the days and nights are... Read more

  • eating half as much and moving more

    10/1/2016 2:51:54 AM, by CYNTHIUSS

    It took a lot to sustain 200# plus! The weight is falling off just reducing portions and moving more! Not even a lot more, just more, every day! I already feel better not digesting so much! I'm finding I'm quite satisfied with much less food. It took shifting my mindset. I looked at all the Hallowee... Read more

  • Day 33: Results for September 2016

    10/1/2016 2:43:21 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    First off grocery haul! 3 bunches of bananas, 1 huge bag of grapes, 2 zucchini, 2 bunches of green onions, parsley, cilantro, 3 heads of lettuce (romaine, red leaf, and green leaf), 4 avocados, 2 containers of grape tomatoes, 4 Roma tomatoes, 4 tomatoes off the vine, 2 bags of celery, 2 containers... Read more

  • I Ought (NOT!) To Be in Pictures!!

    10/1/2016 1:31:10 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    October!! Wow, WHERE has the year gone?! We're getting close to my favorite time of the year! I'm a HUGE Christmas fan! Even though I know the REAL reason for the season, I still love putting up a tree, (have enough ornaments for about 50 of them) decorating like crazy and shopping! I've even v... Read more

  • Day 32: Made Curry, New Recipe!

    9/29/2016 11:05:59 PM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    Today is a cooking kind of day. I made vegetable broth from my veggie scraps, ends, and such. I made 10 cups of veggie broth. I made roasted Beets and Roasted Chickpeas. I also made for the first time Curry. I used my extra firm tofu. This was another first for me. Apparently, I might need so... Read more

  • still crisis food response

    9/29/2016 11:43:36 AM, by CYNTHIUSS

    day 3 back, but didn't make it on yesterday...multiple life in Er, another in ICU. I got knocked off my stability. I was already overstressed...4 hrs of psychological testing of 13 yr old after she had a stroke. The calls and health watch of close family shook me to the core, neithe... Read more

  • Day 31: Good Resources! Find Them! Also, Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe.

    9/29/2016 2:24:26 AM, by CHARMING_GIRL

    It's 31 days, which is 4 weeks and 3 days since I've been a Nutritarian Vegan. Today in one of my sparkteams the leader posted a link to a Youtube challenge that had a video recipe. I've been watching YouTube a lot in their recipes. There is a vegan community on there but it's nothing but drama, ... Read more

  • Weird Week Stuff

    9/28/2016 6:37:57 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This has been an odd week for me. My brother-in-law passed away suddenly last week and his funeral was yesterday. He was married to my sister who passed 2 years ago. Funny guy and he will be missed. Today was my mandatory blood work for our insurance. Since it has to take place in Ann Arbor... Read more