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12/16/14 9:04 A

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Hi Cleo!!! Great to hear from you... I've all but stopped coming into Spark People, as the pop up ads that cover most or all of the page has gotten out of hand... You can now find me in Virgin Diet group on Face Book... It's a great group of people following and sharing their journey on the Virgin Diet lifestyle.

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12/16/14 2:53 A

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Hi Everyone, Still plugging away. One pound at a time. How is everyone else doing/ emoticon

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11/13/14 9:02 A

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Cleo ~ Yeah, this massive cold front is something else... The day before it hit us here in north central Kansas, we were 70° and driving around with our air conditioner on in the car!!! That afternoon, the temperature started dropping quite rapidly and this morning, it's only 7°!!! COME ON SPRING!!! emoticon

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11/13/14 4:38 A

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I hear you Happy_hen. I live in Massachusetts and we are supposed to get hit with the cold blast today. What happened!? We had 66 degrees just the other day. Now they are saying the next time we get a nice day like that will be in April. YUCK! emoticon

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11/12/14 3:45 P

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Freezing our buns off here!!! 11° this morning and looking at single digits for tonight!!! I'm SOoooo not ready for this!!!

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11/12/14 12:51 P

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Just checking in. How is everyone doing?

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11/8/14 9:00 A

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Woo Hoo!!! That's GREAT Cleo!!! I must admit, I'm gonna have to do a Google search and find out what the heck scrod is. *LOL* Keep up the good work!!!

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11/8/14 2:08 A

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Good Morning All, So happy with myself. Last night I went to my favorite Italian Restaurant and I actually ate a healthy meal and it was delicious. Instead of the heavily creamed pasta, I got baked scrod. It wasn't even difficult. I am now convinced that I can do this! I am so motivated right now, I hope I can keep it up over the holidays. emoticon

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11/5/14 3:58 A

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Happy_Hen --- Sorry to hear about your food poison last week. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Have a great day.

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11/4/14 8:32 A

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Morning Cleo!!!

Oh, YUK POO!!! Snow!!! No snow for us yet, but we HAVE had our first freeze, with a season low so far of 24°... Brrrrr.... I'm SOooo not ready for this!!! *LOL*

I had a bout of food poisoning last week - from what I have no idea, but yesterday, I felt good enough to get out in the garden, and pull up the soaker hose... That was my workout for the day.

Yes!!! Having a plan is the best line of defense!!! Glad to hear you're thinking ahead, with list of tasty substitutes.

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11/4/14 3:43 A

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Good Morning Everyone,

Hope all are doing well? We had our first snow of the season on Sunday and yesterday it stayed cold all day. I guess I will have to admit it, winter is here. Oh well, there are some things I prefer to do in the winter anyway. Might as well look on the bright side. I have made plans to control my eating for the upcoming holidays. I made a list of substitutes I can use when temptation arrives and I hope to be mindful of what I put in my mouth. Maybe just staying aware of what I am eating will help. emoticon

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10/27/14 5:50 P

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Oh Boy!!! I just found another tasty looking recipe - Quick Lime Cilantro Chicken!!! Haven't tried it yet, but here's the hotlink to it.
inspiredreamer.com/quick-lime-cilant
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10/27/14 10:54 A

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Mornin' Cleo ~ I just printed off the Meatloaf as well as the Roasted Garlic, Onion and Cauliflower Mashers recipe to try... I've made Mashed Cauliflower for years, but knowing how much more flavor, roasting the veggies brings to the mix, I can't wait to try that one!!! Woo Hoo!!! We'll be eating good this week!!! emoticon

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10/27/14 3:02 A

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Good Morning. Thanks Happy_Hen for the link. That recipe for meatloaf looks much better than the one I have. I printed it and will give it a try.

Hope everyone has a terrific day. Enjoy.

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10/26/14 4:08 P

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Thanks for the idea Cleo... We LOVE meatloaf!!! I checked online for a recipe for the Paleo version, and thought I'd share it with anyone else who may or may not have it... I'm going to be making this sometime this week!!!
ourfullplate.com/recipes/paleo-meatl
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10/26/14 1:02 P

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I'm having Paleo Meatloaf today with cauliflower mash and broccoli. One of my favorite meals.
Have a great Sunday all.



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10/26/14 9:28 A

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Happy Sunday Everyone!!!

I just bought 4 packages of chicken leg quarters last week... Mostly for hubby to do up on the grill, but anytime I can get them for 88˘ a pound, I stock up!!!

What's cookin' at your house today??? I need some fresh ideas.

Have a blessed Sunday. ~ Hen

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10/26/14 3:53 A

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Good morning to all.

You are right about it tasting better too. And really, isn't it a nice feeling knowing that you did make it from scratch? I always get a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I put the effort in. emoticon

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10/25/14 3:21 P

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@Happy_Hen - we have totally changed our diet this year and home make almost everything now. Why? For the exact reason you stated - so we KNOW what is in it!!! Does it take more of a time investment? Sure does! Does it taste better and better for us? Absolutely! Speaking of which, I have a pot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove right now that I made from a 10lbs box of tomatoes from the farmers market. I can't wait for dinner tonight!

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." ~Proverbs 27:17


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10/23/14 9:19 P

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Hi Briguy ~ Great to hear from you!!!

That's basically how I make my chicken stock, only in my pressure cooker... You're right about it being so much better than store bought, and you KNOW what's in it!!!

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Have you tried making your own chicken broth? We save the bones from when we make chicken meals and then put them in the crock pot full of water, add some spices, onion, garlic - and let it sit all day. So much better than store made broth.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." ~Proverbs 27:17


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10/21/14 8:48 A

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I'll have to give that a try. Sounds tasty!

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10/21/14 4:54 A

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Good Morning - Hope all is well? Just found a recipe I would like to share. I have never been a fan of cauliflower mash before this but now I will eat it all the time. Instead of cooking the cauliflower in water - cook it in low sodium chicken stock, just enough to cover and add a little garlic to the stock. What a difference! Yummy. emoticon

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10/12/14 9:19 A

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Morning Cleo!!!

Sorry for the delay... We've had two groups of company in the past few weeks, and it's been a bit crazy around here.

Yes, I've had those times, when I'm eating right and exercising, and the weight still hangs on, or as in your case, there's a slight gain... I'm glad you didn't let it derail you, cause, as you found out, it will eventually start coming off again... I've always heard, that during those "stall" times, your body is adjusting... Whatever, it can be frustrating, to be sure.

Have a wonderful new week!!!

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10/12/14 5:06 A

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Well, in the end my weight did go down if only by a small amount. At least that is in the right direction.

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Help! Dieted and exercised all week - weight actually went up a pound. Did not cheat even once and did all the usual things I normally do when I loose a few pounds.. What can I do to start loosing weight again? Getting very discouraged.

Edited by: CLEOALLEN at: 10/11/2014 (04:45)
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10/6/14 8:58 A

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Mornin' Cleo!!!

Congratulations on getting back on track and being down another pound!!! emoticon

Doin' good... We're having some beautiful fall weather!!! Conducive to getting out and doing something.

Have a great day!!!

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What-cha-ma-call-it from a Thing-a-ma-bob."
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Good Morning Happy_Hen, Just checking in to say "hi". Hope all is well with you. All is fine here, back on track with another pound gone. emoticon

Edited by: CLEOALLEN at: 10/6/2014 (04:31)
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Blowing it isn't the important thing... Getting back on track is... Isn't it nice to know that we have that knowledge we need... That we have the program that works!!!

We've had two groups of company for most of September, but I know I'll be able to get back on track.

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WOW. I really blew my diet today. I think I ate everyone of the 7 foods I am not supposed to eat. Well, at least I discovered what I am really sensitive to. Those 2 corn muffins really sent me into a sneezing, sore throat and drowsy feeling. Tomorrow is another day and I will just have to start over. No need to feel bad or guilty about today, I have been so good for 3 months and I know I can do it again.

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10/26/14: 199.7 (-6.0)
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HI,
I do have a favorite recipe. Rice spaghetti and meatballs. I use rice noodles with a meatball recipe that I found in the Virgin Diet Cookbook. Also, a sauce that I can buy at the store. (Inspirations sauce) I find it to be very filling and soothes that itch to eat pasta. What is your favorite? Hope all is well.

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Mornin' Cleo...

Lookin' good there on your progress so far!!!

Do you have a favorite meal that you really enjoy??? I've got a whole 3 ring binder of just Virgin friendly recipes... I found it was so much easier to be able to just grab it, rather than try and sift through my old recipe book.

I have to admit, we've had a month of company, and I've blown it big time, but October is a new start, and the good news is, I already KNOW this plan works!!!

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
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Hello Happy Hen, Just checking in to say "hi" Hope all is well with you? All is fine here, still on Virgin Diet - now down 37 lbs. Only 43 more to go. Yikes!!!!

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Mornin' Cleo, Taking the edge off your hunger, before you go to any party, is always a good idea... We're much more in control, if we're not hungry to start with... Another strategy I use, is to keep a bottle or glass of water in my hand, it gives my hand and mouth something to do.

Yes, I've been there-done that, but I gotta tell ya; once you reach goal, you can't just stop... It's an ongoing mindfulness... A Lifestyle... But one we can live with. emoticon

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Blessings, Hen


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Good Morning, Bringing my own yummy dish when I can is a good idea. I will also try eating before I go. That way I will not be so tempted by all the appetizers, chips etc. Portion control is one of my problems also so I will just have to try to eat mindfully when at parties and functions.

Thanks for the support. It is very reassuring to know that there are others out there who have gone or going through this too.

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11/2/14: 198.4 (-7.3)
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11/23/14: 197.5 (-8.2)
11/30/14: 200.9 (-4.8)
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Cleo ~ Staying on track, during the holidays and such, can be a bit tricky sometimes... I usually try to have "legal" foods available, so I don't feel like I'm having to "do without"... If I'm going to a potluck, I'll bring something that I really enjoy, and can eat without guilt... That being said, however, if there's a particular dish that you love, allow yourself to have a little and savor every bite - without guilt, just don't let it derail you. Portion control is my biggest struggle.



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Hen- Glad to hear you are doing well. How is it going with the Virgin Diet long term? I have been doing well but am a little concerned about lots of birthdays and holidays coming up. How do you cope with all the temptations that the upcoming season brings? Any advice?

Autumn is such a beautiful season, I agree with you though, too bad winter has to follow. Last year was so snowy, we are all hoping this winter won't be as bad. I guess time will tell.

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Hi Cleo...

So glad to hear that you're doing so well... I hear ya on the weight coming off slower than it went on... It sure seems that way, doesn't it.

It's been very quiet on the Virgin Diet team, but I'm still hanging around, just in case someone posts.

Hope you've had a wonderful summer... I'm glad we're out of the triple digit numbers for this season, but I'm SOooo not ready for winter either!!! *LOL*

Take good care. Hen

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HI all, I haven't been here for a while but still eating good healthy food and working on the elliptical 4 to 5 times a week. Took some time off and I went a little off the rails but I have been back on track for 3 weeks now and doing well.

Why is it that the weight goes off much slower than it goes on? One day of eating bad foods and I put on weight but it will take a week to get it back off. God must have a sense of humor.

Edited by: CLEOALLEN at: 9/14/2014 (17:14)
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11/2/14: 198.4 (-7.3)
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Welcome Back Cleo!!! Glad everything is going well for you, after your surgery!!!

Yeah, I hear ya on the ice cream thing... I lost my mind and treated myself to a milkshake the other day, and now I've got a big zit on my chin!!! I KNOW I can't do dairy!!! emoticon Oh well, I'm back on track now, and that's the main thing.

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It took a while but I finally feel recuperated from surgery. In the end I put on 4.2 lbs. Too much ice cream etc. Once I went off the diet I gave myself permission to go nuts. Big mistake. emoticon But now I am back and ready to go again. Today I am going to start exercising again with a short walk and each day hopefully I can add to that. emoticon

Glad to be back!
Hope all is well with everyone?

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11/2/14: 198.4 (-7.3)
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11/23/14: 197.5 (-8.2)
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That program, through your work/insurance, sounds like a great idea!!! And they're PAYING you to do it!!!??? How cool is THAT!!!??? Logging exercise and tracking your food will be a big help - especially tracking your food, to help you discover your problem foods.

Keep me posted, I'm very interested as to how it all goes for ya!!!

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Thanks Hen, I have managed to maintain over the past few weeks but I hate to plateau when it seems my journey has just begun. I have signed up for an incentive program though work/insurance. starting the 24 I will log in all my exercise time for 10 weeks and earn $75. Every week has a theme.
I will of course read through and then lol and ignore the nutritional advice that will be doled out.
I just started to use the sp food tracker regularly so that I can spy where/why plateaus seem to start. I think I had the digestive issues because i was using legumes too often and not enough rice.
It seems to be better when I try to balance the two through out the week.

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Sorry to hear about your fall off the Virgin wagon, but at least you know how to climb back on... Don't let your tumble derail you from your healthy goal... We all slip up from time to time, but the important thing is don't give up. emoticon

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I have fallen off the Virgin Wagon...lol....it happened the week i reintroduced eggs. I just couldn't deal with eating egg for four days and then getting rid of them again for the other 3 foods. I don't care if I ever eat soy again. And I ran out of almond butter and have dipped into the Peanut butter. I have had some butter and one day I tried half and half in the coffee and it tasted sour to me. so I am still eliminating the foods but occasionally
some wheat and sugar slips in. ...The good news is that my digestion had improved over the 21 days of course, bad new now its not so hot and because I didn't follow the re intro properly I have no clue what is causing the problem.
My only saving grace, is that I have been sticking to 1/2 cup servings of carbs no sweets no snacks just 3 square a day. Today I didn't eat enough only about 1000 calories according to what I tracked.
Breakfast was a non dairynon egg buckwheat pancake with virgin coconut oil on it
lunch smoked kipper snack with freshly roasted red pepper and avocado
dinner stirfry veggie shrimp and rice.

Cynthia

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1. 12/18 - First report due
2. 12/25
3. 01/01
4. 01/08
5. 01/15
6. 01/22
7. 01/29
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Hi Cleo! Glad to hear your surgery went well. Congratulations on the weight loss. That was an extra bonus!

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hello everyone

Had my surgery last week and now I am home and on the mend. i am still on bed rest only but I think today I will move downstairs to the couch. I think a positive attitude helps more than anything.

Best of all, I lost 5 pounds and thanks to the Virgin Diet, I know how to keep it off.

30 pounds in 4 months! Thank you J.J.Virgin and my Spark Team for all the support.

Edited by: CLEOALLEN at: 3/18/2014 (04:52)
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11/2/14: 198.4 (-7.3)
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11/16/14: 201.5 (-4.2) not a good week.
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11/30/14: 200.9 (-4.8)
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Hey Cleo!!! Yes, the cookbook is beautifully done... Those colored photos are really nice... Just wish they were with the recipe... I haven't tried any of the recipes, yet, but will most likely pick one for this weekend.

How ya been??? Did you have your TMJ surgery yet?

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I got the cookbook too. It is great with lots of terrific yummy recipes. Can't wait to try some.


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10/12/14:201.9 (-3.8)
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11/2/14: 198.4 (-7.3)
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Afternoon Everyone!!!

I just got home from a run into town... While at Sam's Club, I discovered the new Virgin Diet Cookbook!!! regularly priced at $28., they were $17 at Sam's!!! emoticon

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Hi SLBrad... Welcome!!!

There are various causes for leg cramps... First of all, I'd have to ask if you are getting enough water... Other possible causes could be low levels of potassium, calcium, or magnesium... Have you been working out more than usual, or standing for prolonged periods of time??? If you answer no to these, I'd check with my doctor, to make sure there's not some medical issue going on.



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Hello!! I am new to the Virgin Diet. I am on my second week and doing pretty good but I have been experiencing bad leg cramps lately. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Not sure if it is something I am lacking in my diet or if it is something else.

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Happy Hen,

Thank you for the bear hug. So cute. The prayers are very comforting and help me calm my fears. . You are very kind.




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11/2/14: 198.4 (-7.3)
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Good Morning and thank you Happy Hen. I went on their website and got lots of ideas. Recently I bought a Ninja and it will do the almost the same thing as the Vitamix so I think I may be ok. I am trying to look on the bright side of this surgery so I am hoping I will loose more weight faster if I cannot eat solid foods. If I stick with the Virgin Diet, I should not put the weight back on after my recovery. There is a silver lining to everything, we just have to find it. emoticon

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Morning Cleo!!! Great to see your post!!! There are some wonderful soup recipes out there for the Vitamix... You could switch things up from time to time, trying one of those.

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Still loosing the weight and feeling good but facing an obstacle . In a few weeks I will be having TMJ replacement surgery and I have been told I will not be able to chew for 3 months. 3 MONTHS! I still want to remain on the Virgin Diet but I am sure I will get very tired of smoothies very quickly. I don't want to get into the ice cream and pudding routine. Any suggestions?

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Thanks Arlo...

Yeah, some of those videos get to be a bit much sometimes... Thanks for posting the hotlink anyway... I've got time (I've got the creapin' crud), so I'll check it out... Can't do anything else.

My 3 day Green Smoothie Jump Start, is just something I started doing, quite awhile back, when I had strayed from the plan, and needed to get back on track... All I do is have 3 to 4 green smoothies a day, for three days... Nothing else - Just Green Smoothies... It really helps give me a "jump start"... I make my Green Smoothies with Protein Powder, so they work well for a meal replacer.

Hope everyone is well.

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www.virgindietcookbook.com/docs/VIDE
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here i found it in the trash...i didn't watch the video all the comments said it was 10minutes of the same yada yada...yada...what is the 3 day green smoothie thing?

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Damn I just glanced at a really redundant pdf/video sent by jjvirgin's website...I could have sworn it had a recipe for nut cheese. Unfortunately I erased the email so I do not have a link to give to you. Sorry emoticon

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Day 1 of 3 day Green Smoothie jump start done... I'm feeling better already!!! I've just got to realize that dairy isn't good for my body... Wonder if one could make cheese from Almond Milk... hmmm... I'll have to check into that... I have no clue, what it takes to make cheese... That's my biggest stumbling block so far... I really miss my cheese. emoticon

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I am still enjoying the snow-scape but I also keep imagining all the green and abundance that lies beneath emoticon

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Hi Mary!!! Glad to have you with us!!!

I don't know about everyone else, but I'll sure be glad to see spring get here, so I can be more active outside... It's so much easier to stay on track, when I'm physically active... Hang in there my friends, spring is coming!!! emoticon emoticon

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Hi everyone, my name is Mary and I am starting back with Sparkpeople after being absent for awhile. I have JJ's book and had been going strong for a few months! I felt better than I had in a very long time. Anyway, I am excited to have found this team and am back on the program 100% think I am going to try the kick start of three shakes a day for three days I see suggested here! Look forward to getting to know everyone!

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Hen, Thanks for the encouragement, I def. need it....headed into the weekend again, emoticon

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3. 01/01
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Sounds like we've all had stumbling blocks along our path, but we have the knowledge... We KNOW what works and We CAN Do It!!! emoticon We're in this together, so let's emoticon

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Man i cheated last weekend...just dinner on saturday then lunch and dinner on sunday....I didn't over eat...didn't go back for seconds...but I ate all the bad stuff...so this week I am at ground zero and dealing with the hunger pangs all over...water to the rescue.

Cynthia

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0. 12/10 initial weight= 193.8
1. 12/18 - First report due
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3. 01/01
4. 01/08
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Hi again! I posted a while back that I was "getting ready to get ready" to go Virgin again...but it still hasn't happened. And now my blender is broken, so I can't even do the breakfast shakes I kept up even when all my other good habits had gone away. I need to order the parts to fix the blender, and get back into it. When I tested things before, it really seemed that I didn't have bad reactions to any of the tested foods except sugar/artificial sweeteners (which we're supposed to stay off anyway). But I've been having sugary things every single day. Happy Hen's advice to start back with the shakes-only for 3 days sounds good to me (it takes a while of no other sugar before the shakes taste sweet themselves!) But again, no blender for now...

It's good to read of others' progress and successes...keep at it!

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3. 01/01
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Nickel ~ I'm so pleased to hear that you're among the living!!! emoticon Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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Well this marks Day 7 for me without any diet soda and I am not dead. Guess I'm going to live after all. LOL

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Thank you for the information. I have done without any carbonated drinks for 4 days, so just wondering if I can keep it up. At one time I was getting some type of flavored Stevia drops that I was adding to my soda stream that made it taste like cream soda. If I can't keep up with the water and tea, then I can always try that:)

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Arlo ~ Thanks for the heads up.

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Be VERY careful with Zevia, I have had two very bad experiences this year with the "natural" artificial sweetener. In July I drank two of them in one afternoon/evening during my vacation. I was sick during the night and for several days after. It gave me horrible stomach cramps for several days...I did not realize it was the soda...I have used STEVIA for many years with no adverse affects. Zevia does not contain stevia it contains erythritol and Reb A ("stevia extract")
I realized the problem at the end of august when I used a couple leftover packets of truvia my mother had given to me...same deal it was hot so I had two glasses of lemonade over the course of a few hours and was wrecked for the rest of the week. It was then that I Googled the ingredients and found that these both are stevia replicas but not stevia...apparently the FDA doesn't think stevia is safe but when Cargill tells BEEKER up in the lab to replicate it ...FDA says sure go right ahead. considered safe!? HMMM!?
www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/530
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So if you drink it and cant have a solid bowel movement for a week its not the smoothie. its the soda. Sorry about the bad news if you happen to be addicted to canned carbonation. The best thing to do... would be to get real stevia and add it to a can of seltzer or carbonated water. I have been using skinny girl monk fruit it does contain malic acid ...not sure if that is bad or not...its not listed in book to be avoided. So far I have not had any problems with it.

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1. 12/18 - First report due
2. 12/25
3. 01/01
4. 01/08
5. 01/15
6. 01/22
7. 01/29
8. 02/05
9. 02/12
10. 02/19 - Final Report due

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Here's the hotlink to the Meal Assembly Guide I was telling you about... There's also some other really helpful things there too.
www.jjvirgin.com/umag/Allergy-Free-U
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Hope this helps.

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Hi NICKELRIA!!! Welcome to the Virgin Lifestyle!!! Congratulations on getting off the soda habit... I too, had a root beer and orange soda habit before I started, but when I realized that the diet versions were even worse for me than the full sugar garbage, I didn't have any trouble kicking it, and I've never looked back... As for the Zevia soda, sweetened with Stevia, I honestly don't know, but I'll check around and see what I can find out... As I recall, it was the carbonation, as well as the sugar and artificial sugar that was bad, but for the life of me, I can't find the reference to back that up.

I ordered the package, and as I look on my bookshelf, I received the Virgin Diet Book, Companion Cookbook, and Kitchen Makeover DVD... Very helpful, especially for those just getting started... The "Meal Assembly Guide", in the book was great... I believe she even had some of it online.

Boy, I hear ya on having to get healthy protein powder... I threw out, an almost full container of whey protein, when I first started... But, this plan works when you follow it 100%, and I don't regret getting rid of that other protein powder... As it turned out, dairy is one of my HiFi foods, so it wasn't good for me anyway.

Again - Welcome to the team!!! emoticon

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I apologize if this has been asked before, but I'm new as well:) I saw part of the AETN program over the weekend and liked it. Got to start somewhere, but I eliminated my 2/day habit of diet Dr. Pepper over the weekend. This is hard for me, but I'm trying. Since I don't have a book yet, just wondering if it is "ok" to drink Zevia soda that is sweetened with Stevia?

Also, I have been on the website when time allows and wondering if anyone purchased any of the packages or online program. I tried to figure out what all is included in these and can't seem to find anything but a picture that is too small to read:) Just curious if purchasing a package rather than just the book is of significant benefit. I printed off the quick-start guide which has the basic information, but I guess what I am looking for is sort of a menu plan example. I have a stressful job and home life, as well as working on my doctorate. Needless to stay, I am not too creative with ideas and would love to find some sort of example that I can pick and choose rather than try to plan all on my own:)

Thanks! This is only Day 1, cause it took me this long to get to store and find something other than whey protein (which I have quite a bit of at home).

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Patty ~ That's great!!! I'm so glad to hear that your foot is feeling better, and that you're now able to get back to your running/walking.

I also do best, when I substitute at least one meal, sometimes two, but always one in the morning, with my protein green smoothies... It just seems to set the tone of the day... And don't you find, it's really nice, not to have to stand in front of the open refrigerator door, in the morning, wondering, "what am I gonna have"??? *LOL*

I've been playing with my new electronic pressure cooker, and having a blast!!! It's the perfect device for someone like me, who doesn't have a clue what to fix, until an hour before it's time to sit down to supper!!! I'm so bad. emoticon emoticon

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I only re-did one week of cycle one. I'm back on cycle 3 going strong back on track. Now that my foot is feeling better I was able to do an 8 mile walk pain free. Doing one shake in the morning and staying away from dairy.

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ARLOGUTHRIE ~ Thanks for your kind comments on my photos page. I'm looking forward to seeing your Spark Page.

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Barb, Pattie and Cleo... How are you gals doing??? I'm finishing up week two of Cycle 1... Been thinkin' of you guys this week.

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ARLOGUTHRIE ~ I love shopping at Goodwill... When I first started the program, I soon discovered that I was needing a new wardrobe, but didn't want to spend a lot on clothes that soon wouldn't fit either, so I wound up spending a LOT of time getting some cute things at reasonable prices... Now I'm able to donate them back to Goodwill and start on my "forever" wardrobe... Ya just gotta LOVE this lifestyle... IT WORKS!!! emoticon

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