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6/10/11 10:17 P

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Mimi,
I agree. There comes a time that we should be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle without the constant worry of that diet mentality. That is why I like the emphasis Spark places on health rather than "diet".
I found a calculator that you had provided in a link, but I have been so tired the last few days I didn't realize I had it until just a few moments ago.
I think the idea you have of adding protein is a good one. In fact, I think the recipe can be changed a variety of ways to suit individual tastes-unless you are on a strict diet for Chron's.
I remember not caring much for whole grain pasta in the beginning. It is one of those things you probably acquire a taste for-or not over time. Like me and the greens like Kale. Unless I am out, and don't have the choice I now will only eat whole grain pasta.
I hope you can create something you will enjoy one day.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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6/10/11 10:09 P

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Sandi,
Learning mindful eating is a habit which will reward you many times over. Planning ahead to keep the stress to a minium is another good practice. (Not to mention the water) emoticon emoticon
I hope you enjoy the recipe. The versatility also came to mind as I was reviewing it.. I believe that adding protein sounds great. Hope you will enjoy it one day.
Have a great weekend!

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,182
6/10/11 7:54 A

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Teresa and everyone

I like cooking with wine and it's one option in your recipe. Sounds great. I'll get the ingredients this weekend. I also want to add some protein,
I like whole wheat pasta (although white pasta tastes better to my taste buds).
I'll take time to learn to work the W8W calculator to figure out the points Plus to your recipes.
I'm very happy not counting Points and Plus for one year already. Time flies and as long as I follow all good health guidelines, including exercise, and eat mostly unproccessed foods/power foods, I'll continue NOT tracking any points.
I LOVE the simply filling technique plan and even love more the 90 weekly points.
Just knowing that I have 90 weekly points, make it so much easier NOT to count them.

My goal is to think less and less about food and 'diet" etc.... (like THIN people live), eat about 90-95% unproccessed foods and also eat vegetarian foods at least 3-4 days each week.
Thank you for the recipe

have a healthy day

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6/10/11 6:34 A

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Oooooh, that recipe is making me hungry already. I will definitely try it. I love anything with pasta, garlic & tomatoes!! Thanks for that Teresa! emoticon

Off to work, it is Friday thank God!! I will be on plan today and no doubt very busy! Staying hydrated is my focus and mindful eating while I am stressed today! I think that recipe would be nice with chicken or chicken sausage, many variations.....delish!!! Have a great day everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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6/9/11 9:06 P

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There is a great deal of positive energy emanating from the members. So much progress, determination, and lessons learned-how inspiring!
I am currently continuing to work on that balance of getting enough of the proper nutrients. So strange not to "feel" hunger.

Like Mimi, I enjoy reading recipes. I found this one designed particularly for those challenged by Chron's. It looks like something I would enjoy, and thought I would share.
Recipe created by Joy Baur, RD for Everyday Health.
Serves 6

Light and Lemony Pasta Al Fresco

INGREDIENTS
2 Tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
4 scallions, white and green portions chopped
3/4 cup dry white wine ( low sodium chicken or vegetable broth)
Juice of 1/2 large lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tomatoes seeded and chopped
1 box whole wheat pasta (angel hair, spaghetti, or linguini)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus extra if desired for garnish
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

PREPARATION
1 In saute pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and scallions and cook 2 minutes until garlic
is golden.
2. Next, add wine (or broth) to the pan and simmer approximately 3 minutes until reduced by half
Add lemon juice, pepper, salt and chopped tomatoes. Stir well and remove pan from heat.
3.Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain and place back in large pot or serving bowl, Toss pasta with tomato mixture, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese.
Serve immediately. Top with additional cheese if desired.

NUTRITIONSL INFORMATION

328 Calories
12 g Protein
55 g Carbohydrates
Total sugar 5g
Total Fat 7g
Sat Fat 1.5 g
Cholesteral 3 mg
Sodium 155 mg
Fiber 6 mg

NOTE
I do not know how this would calculate on a Points Plan. It is always possible to "tweak" portions.
I have done that when I needed to have fewer carbohydrates. However, 55 is in range for an active woman.







Teresa






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6/9/11 8:41 P

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Persistence! Not Perfection!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to our team's Chat Cafe.
We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy chatting with us.
We are passionate about health and about living a healthy lifestyle!
The Outcome? We are losing the weight and keeping it off for a lifetime - ONE DAY AT A TIME!

ON PLAN/MOVE JUST FOR TODAY!

Please join our "one day at a time" mini challenge anytime, while following your own plan.

ONE DAY AT A TIME!
WE CAN DO IT!

Let's celebrate being "ON PLAN/MOVE" just for TODAY!

For accountability, please post your daily/weekly exercise/moving activities.





Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".



Not on plan just for today?
Tomorrow is a new fresh day.
Congratulations on starting over.
Forget, forgive and move on!

Evaluate what caused you to slip, the situation, and where it might have occurred.
See that you can learn from your slip.

REMEMBER!!!
Slips should teach you, not defeat you!


Accept that sometimes itís going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of crisps. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. Itís picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again.
START OVER!


START OVER

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal
And you've really tried with your heart and your soul,
but somehow things got out of control---
START OVER.

When you've tried your best to do what you should
And you thought this time that you surely would,
But once again, you didn't do good---
START OVER.

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieters way
And you fought to win a victory each day.
But one more time you went astray---
START OVER.

When you've tried so hard to yourself to be true
And do the things that you know you should do,
But once again you failed to come through---
START OVER.

When the road to success seemed much too long
And each temptation was oh so strong
And once again you gave in to wrong---
START OVER.

When you've told your friends what you planned to do
And trusted them to help you through
But soon discovered it's up to you---
START OVER.

When you know you must be physically fit,
But your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit
That's not the time for you to quit---
START OVER.

When the week seems long and successes few
And at weigh-in time you're feeling blue,
Remember tomorrow is just for you---
START OVER.

To start again means a victory's been won
And starting over again means a race well run
And starting over again proves it can be done
So don't just sit there---
START OVER

~~ Author Unknown ~~




Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!

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One Day at a Time

Whatever the goal we're pursuing,
no matter how rugged the climb,
we're certain to get there
by trying our best,
and taking One Day At A Time.

"Forever" is hard to imagine,
"the future" may seem far away-
but every new dawn
brings a wonderful chance
to do what we can on that day.

-Emily Matthews

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START OVER

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal
And you've really tried with your heart and your soul,
but somehow things got out of control---
START OVER.

When you've tried your best to do what you should
And you thought this time that you surely would,
But once again, you didn't do good---
START OVER.

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieters way
And you fought to win a victory each day.
But one more time you went astray---
START OVER.

When you've tried so hard to yourself to be true
And do the things that you know you should do,
But once again you failed to come through---
START OVER.

When the road to success seemed much too long
And each temptation was oh so strong
And once again you gave in to wrong---
START OVER.

When you've told your friends what you planned to do
And trusted them to help you through
But soon discovered it's up to you---
START OVER.

When you know you must be physically fit,
But your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit
That's not the time for you to quit---
START OVER.

When the week seems long and successes few
And at weigh-in time you're feeling blue,
Remember tomorrow is just for you---
START OVER.

To start again means a victory's been won
And starting over again means a race well run
And starting over again proves it can be done
So don't just sit there---
START OVER

~~ Author Unknown ~~


After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies.
~ Samuel Rutherford ~
(1600-1661, Scottish Pastor)



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I saw the "NECKLACE (CHAIN) GAME" somewhere and I liked it.

I thought you might like it too.

You can make your own beautiful necklace (or a chain) by being OP (On Plan), using the emoticons provided here on SP.

*** You can also play this game for one week at a time (or month...etc...) and build a new necklace every week if you wish (or a month...etc...)

*** Please feel free to make adjustments and changes to the "NECLACE GAME" as you wish.

Congratulations on being On Plan, and if not, congratulations on starting over!

NOTE!
Please read Rule # 3 below. It's an excellent motivating rule to stick to your Necklace game, which means: sticking with your weight-loss journey.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAME

1. For every day you are ON PLAN (OP) you put in your necklace (chain ) the letter D ( for a DAY). So, if you are OP for 4 days in a row, your necklace looks like that: D - D - D - D

It's nicer to use the "EMOTICONS"

2. Once you are OP for 7 days, you change it to W ( For a week) .
Example: If I'm OP for 19 days, my necklace ( or chain) looks like that: W - W - D - D - D - D - D



If you prefer to wear a longer necklace, you can WEAR it this way too:( instead of a W for a week, put 7 "D"'S, like this: D - D - D - D - D - D - D-



3. If you are FULL MONTH OP, It becomes M ( For a MONTH). So, if you are OP 49 days in a row, ( on a 31 days a month),your necklace will look like that: M - W - W - D - D - D - D



RULES OF THE GAME .

1. It's a challenge for yourself , NOT A COMPETITION WITH OTHERS.

2. The first day you BREAK the necklace (chain), you start playing the game all over again , (only if you have used already all of your extra 3500 calories for the month : See Rule # 3), and build your necklace ( chain ) once more from the beginning.

3. RULE # 3 IS VERY IMPORTANT .
PLEASE READ IT !
IT IS A GOOD RULE TO HELP YOU STICK TO THE NECKLACE- GAME .
In order to learn NOT to be perfect, and in order To BE realistic,( we will always have days we are not OP) , YOU MAY HAVE ( if you choose to) UP TO 3500 EXTRA CALORIES each MONTH IN ADDITION TO YOUR regular diet.
You can still CONTINUE to built your necklace(chain)!

The idea here is that the extra 3500 calories amount only to 1 pound gain in one month period, while an average of 2-4 pounds loss per month is VERY reasonable with being OP.
You will still be AHEAD OF THE GAME at the end of each month if you need to add up to extra 3500 calories in a month, providing you are otherwise OP.

The second idea is that once you've built a large chain,( many days OP), you want to keep going building the chain,( rather than break it and start all the way from the beginning again), and rule # 3 allows you to do that , WHILE YOU CONTINUE TO LOSE WEIGHT.
4. Keep your own records.
THAT INCLUDES ALSO KEEPING RECORDS OF THE OPTION TO USE UP TO 3500 calories EACH MONTH. ( when we go off plan).
5. Post your NECKLACE (chain) every day.

I hope you enjoy the game.




Teresa






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