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I'm 44, married in 2007 to the love of my life. I've been working on eating healthier, organic foods for a few years and was happy myself and my body.

Then I got married and everything changed because my husband, although he tried, didn't want to eat as healthy as I ..... so I compromised and gained 10lbs. I recently started working out again to tone up that inevitable aging flab and gravity. I also quit smoking January 28, 2009 which was really difficult. As a reward I gained another 20 lbs. on top of the other weight I gained from getting married. lol

So I'm battling age weight, marriage weight, quitting smoking weight and enjoy eating out and time-saving foods. That's my challenge...eat healthy, loose weight and tone up whilst living in a convenience-minded society. I do cook dinner during the week but most of what I eat is packaged unless it's fresh fruit or salad.... even that is from a store pre-made. lol

I believe our bodies are God's temple so taking care of them is a form of prayer and praise to God.

"...know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Eat Mini-Meals throughout the Day:

A lot of times, the main reason for a persistent appetite has to do with food quality rather than food quantity. Some examples of food choices that will leave you hungry:
-Eating junky carbs
-Not eating protein or enough protein
-Not eating complex carbs with a good dose of fiber
-Not eating enough fat

Concentrate on food quality and calorie distribution throughout the day. Try things like:
-Eat more calories during breakfast and lunch
-Have a good dose of protein with each meal
-Never eat carbs without protein
-Have some good fat at every meal
-Eat plenty of fiber
-Get some of that fiber from raw veggies (lots of chewing!)
-Drink plenty of water
-Have some protein and healthy fat, plus fiber with every meal, to provide satiety as well as slow the emptying time of the stomach.
-Try an apple and some nuts, or cheese and whole grain crackers.
-Start keeping a food diary of what you are eating. Note how much you eat and how you are feeling when you eat, is it true hunger, or is it related to boredom, depression, stress, anxiety, excitement, or fun? It may bring awareness to your eating habits.

Here are the Top Foods that help make you FAT:

Junk Food: Ice cream, donuts, pastries, cakes, pies and cookies

Typically high in:

Bad fats
Refined white sugars
Refined white flours
All fried foods
High in fat
Refined white flours from the breading
Soda and fruit juices
High in refined sugar and artificial additives
Look out for other forms of sugar
High fructose corn syrup
Corn syrup

Snack foods, ie. potato chips, nacho chips, etc. Typically high in:

Bad fats
Refined white flours
Refined white sugars
Artificial flavors and colors
Preservatives that you cannot even pronounce

Processed meat items - Typically "fast food" Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Bacon, Sausage, etc.

High in bad, bad, bad, fat
High in Sodium
Usually served on Refined white flour breads
High Sugar Breakfast cereals
High in Refined white sugars
High in Refined white flours


This recipe is to be used just in the morning. You may eat for the rest of the day. Mix the following ingredients:

1 quart spring, filtered or distilled water.

The juice of two freshly squeezed lemons or three limes. Lemon helps food move through the stomach. It's a natural antacid because it helps the stomach's natural bicarbonate work. People who wake in the morning feeling bloated and nauseous and can't face breakfast should drink lemon in water. It cleanses the liver and increases expectoration and thins mucus.

4 tsp. maple syrup. Maple syrup contains an abundance of minerals. This is used for calories and sweetness.

� tsp. cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper warms and improves blood flow to the hands, feet and internal organs. It also relieves gas and colic. Cayenne pepper stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, treats infections and stomach ulcers caused by bacteria.


No matter which way you look at it, 3,500 calories cut is one pound lost. Whether you take in 500 fewer or burn 500 more calories a day, by the end of the week you�ll be one pound lighter!


Member Since: 7/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,044

My Goals:
Eating healthy (organics, fruits/veggies) To get into better shape and loose this 40s flab. I want to weight around 135-145lbs and be toned and strong.

My Program:
Pilates, yoga, hiking, biking, canoeing, biggest looser workout videos and fast walking! Dancing when I am alone. lol

Mon - Fri:
-pilates w/strength cross bands 15 min.
-Upper body with over the door exercise bands 10 min.
-1 hour of power yoga
Sun: rest

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-B12 sublingual
-Fish Oil
-Nature's Way Leg & Vein (it really works)
-5-HTP 200 mg when needed
-Ground Flax Seed
-Protein Shakes (whey)
-2 oz Organic Goji Juice (for good health)

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