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7/15/11 2:12 P

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i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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7/15/11 9:19 A

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I would love a food processor but right now it's just not in the budget. I do own a crock pot (actually we have two) and the blender and a food scale. I hate my food scale it's not accurate at all. Any suggestions on a cheap one?

It's just my husband and I at home but we usually cook a little extra and eat it the next day for lunch. I do make big pots of soup or spaghetti sauce and freeze extras.

Week two doesn't seem too difficult. My biggest thing will be sticking to the menu. I did on week one lets hope I can do it again.

Laura. Mio, Michigan

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6/13/11 3:16 P

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I have to agree! Please share about the Red, White, and Blueberry Crisp! It sounds delicious!!

I wish I knew the name brand of my food processor. My grandmother gave it to me when I moved into my home and it's quit old but works like it is brand new. I love it!!!

I don't need easy. I just need possible!!


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6/13/11 2:51 P

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Wow! I wish I lived near Grandma, what great ideas and tips! You need to write a book! And for her...I just bought a blender that came with a food processor bowl, too. (Although, I just read that you already have a blender.) So, far it has been good...It's an Oster. I bought a Hamilton-Beach before, and it died within 3 months - and I only used it on weekends. I won't buy one of those again.
The Oster has a glass blender bowl - and it was mid-price - (around $30) not the high pricey ones you can buy. (On sale at WM.) We'll see how well it lasts. My daughter has an Oster and she's had it since 2002, let's hope mine lasts as long.

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MARTINIGAL413's Photo MARTINIGAL413 SparkPoints: (28,347)
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6/10/11 12:04 P

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Do tell more about the Red, White, and Blueberry Crisp!

BTW, sounds like you are doing fabulously!

~Liz~

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6/3/11 10:08 A

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My follow-up for Week Two:

1. I already shop in bulk, and then repackage meats, frozen veggies, etc., into meal-sized portions before putting them into the freezer.

2. When buying things like peppers and onions, I chop up a lot of them and put them into one-cup Lock 'n Lock containers and put them into the refrigerator for the week's use.

3. Sometimes, but not always, I cook a double batch of something (stuffed shells, or spaghetti sauce) and put the remainder in the freezer for another meal.

4. I am saving for a food processor - I've got $50.00 saved so far!

Week Two went well. We tried a couple of new recipes:
Cod grilled in foil - we all decided we liked Tilapia better
Red, White, and Blueberry Crisp - which was DELICIOUS!
I'm sure we'll find a few more recipes for next week to try.

5. I make lunch and dinner every day for my family of six. When we eat out - it's a treat. I think we are due for a treat soon (LOL)!

On to Week Three!!


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5/30/11 9:08 A

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Thanks for the input, Judy. Guess I'll start saving for something similar.

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5/29/11 10:02 P

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I don't know how many brands have blender attachments - I have an Oster and bought a food processer top for it. It is small but does what I need.

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5/29/11 11:39 A

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emoticon keep up the good work

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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5/29/11 10:30 A

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I clicked on the "Learn time-saving shopping and cooking strategies" link in the Week Two Challenge email. It took me to the recipe search. I had thought that it might take me to a list of shopping strategies. We already have a few strategies that not only keep our grocery budget in line, they are healthy as well.

Here's what we do:
1. Plan the Menu
We sit down (most of us) on Thursday evening. I have already cleaned out the refrigerator and let the family know what's left that can be used to create meals for the next week. Then we brainstorm and come up with the main course for each day.

2. Make a list
I know most people already do this, but I feel that it's the most important ingredient to success. We make a list of just the items we actually NEED, as opposed to WANT.

3. Make a promise to stick to the list
This saves $$$ and calories!

4. Shop the perimeter
When we enter the store, we go first to the Produce Section, then to the Meat Section and then the Dairy Section. These areas are all located near the walls of the store. We shop a few of the aisles ... bread, paper products, the aisle that holds the tuna fish, for example, but the bulk of our shopping is done along the walls.
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For this Week Two Challenge, I have chosen the following two recipes:
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts (I'll substitute the chopped pecans I had left from last week instead of walnuts, though), and the Cod Grilled in Foil recipe. I found both in the Spark Recipes and have added the salad to today's BBQ and the Cod to tomorrow's dinner.
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We own a blender, a food scale, a crock pot (my secret weapon on busy days!), and a toaster oven. These time-saving devices are pretty much all that we need, I feel. Although I may save for a food processor.

Does anyone have any testimonials for food processors? Which brand, make, model do you prefer to use?

So, all in all, Week Two contains some healthy habits that we have already developed - thank goodness! I can't imagine trying to spring this on my family all at once! The habits were added gradually, a bit at a time, and now they are established.

Happy Week Two, Week Two-ers!!


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