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18th-Sep-2007 09:20 am - Saying Hi!
I guess I should introduce myself! I posted my breakfast here earlier because I was so happy with it!

My name is Christy and know Lana from LJ :) We had common friends, and found out that she's from the same area as my mom (although two years now we haven't been able to hook up!)

I had my 3rd (and last!) baby last August, he's 1 now! I have been above 200 lbs since my daughter was born in 1993, although in 1994 around the time of my divorce, I got to 190 briefly. I did have success losing close to 60 lbs 3-4 years ago, but most of that has been regained :(

I am now 18 lbs less than my post baby weight. 13 of those pounds I've lost since July. I did totally go off plan though and am only 1 week back into my really good plan :) I started a trainer 2 weeks ago, but he was a flake and didn't show up! I'm starting with a new one tomorrow. I signed up for 6 weeks (2x a week) and hopefully after that I'll get myself on a good routine on my own.

I have a zillion reasons to do this, but staying on track has always been my problem. I have been writing in a handwritten journal every night to recap my food and re-evaluate my goals/motivation. I need to start doing this in the morning too to get my mind started in the right direction!

I look forward to this group for support and motivation!
18th-Sep-2007 07:07 am - My yummy breakfast!
Whole Wheat Waffle with Flax Seeds - 100 calories, 3.5 g fat, 2.5 g protein
Morningstar Farm Sausage Patties (2) - 160 calories, 6 g fat, 20 g protein
Spray of "I can't believe it's not butter" and drizzle of Sugar Free syrup (about 10 calories total)

I didn't need two of the sausage patties! 20 grams of protein is a little much I guess. It was a yummy and satisfying breakfast considering I woke up STARVING!

I've lost enough weight that some of my clothes don't fit very well anymore. I've hung some of them in the back corner of my closet. I've folded a few others and put them in a box on my closet floor. The ones in the box are the pieces of clothing that I know I'll never want to wear again. Even if I gained back everything I've lost, I wouldn't want to wear them again. But what about the ones hanging in the back of the closet? By keeping them, am I making it easier to gain back the weight I've lost? Is keeping them a wise thing to do...just in case?

I'd like to know your thoughts. As we experience success with our weight management, this question will eventually come up for all of us.

So: Do you keep or discard your "fat clothes?" And why?
17th-Sep-2007 03:42 pm - Feeling deprived??
No one who truly eats healthy and balanced can say they are deprived. Eating healthy and balanced requires one to eat a variety of foods. And that's a full-sized dinner plate, folks.

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First stage:
3 corn tortillas, baked with Pam and preferred spices, 165
1/2 cup ff refried beans, 100
1/4 cup of grated cheddar, 110

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Second stage:
lettuce, 10
picante sauce, 5
sour cream, 20
cherry tomatoes, 10


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9th-Sep-2007 10:30 pm - Recipe
Gloria flowers
This is a tried and truly delicious recipe from my New Dieter's Cookbook. It was easy to make, healthy, and everyone liked it. I'll definitely be making it again. I served it with steamed broccoli and a lettuce and tomato salad.

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzerella cheese (I used a little more)
1 - 2 1/2-oz. jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives and/or parsley
1 tablespoon chopped pimento
4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 pound total)
1 tablespoon fine dry bread crumbs
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon plain low-fat yogurt

1. For filling, in a small bowl combine cheese, mushrooms, the 1/4 cup yogurt, chives and/or parsley, and pimento.

2. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place 1 chicken breast half, boned side up, between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Working from the center to the edges, pound lightly with flat side of a meat mallet to 1/8 inch thickness. Remove plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining chicken. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

3. Spoon one-fourth of cheese mixture onto the small end of each chicken breast. Fold in the sides and roll up. Arrange rolls, seam sides down, in a 2-quart baking dish.

4. Combine bread crumbs and paprika. Brush chicken with the 1 tablespoon yogurt; sprinkle with the crumb mixture. Bake, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven about 25 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional facts per serving: 183 calories, 6 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium,4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 27 g protein.
Exchanges: 3 Lean meat, 1 Vegetable
jazzyglo brought this to my attention, today: "If people are sharing personal stuff, they may not want to broadcast it publicly."

That's a good point!

However, I've wanted to leave some entries open so people who haven't joined can see what we're doing so they can determine whether they want to join or not.

We leave it up to your discretion as to whether you friends lock your individual entries, or not. If you mark it friends, the only people who can read it are people in the community. I'm sure there will be times when I use this option. So for now, it's important that you pay attention to whether an entry is locked or not, before you post comments.

After the community grows, it's possible we'll make it all private.

Feel free to give your opinions on this matter, here, in comments.
5th-Sep-2007 04:13 pm - Notice: Edited User Info
I've updated the user info with some resources... books, magazines, websites, etc. If you have something you think should be on there, let us know, but we probably won't put it up unless one of us (Gloria or myself) has had firsthand experience with it. But we want to know what you know.

I'm really glad to see everyone making posts and introducing themselves. I've learned a lot, already! Thanks for being open and sharing. :)
4th-Sep-2007 09:35 pm - To Munch or Not To Munch?
This for the calorie counters. Just because you're well within your limit does not mean you can blow your spare calories on indiscriminate munching. Since if you're anything like me you've thought of a hundred ways to justify a bad eating decision, here are a couple healthy reminders:

(1) You can't stay within your limit. You've committed to changing the way you eat for a reason. That little snack is like heroin. You can't just have a "safe" amount, you will want more, and eating it will deprive you of the faculty of reason which would otherwise tell you to stop. Just because you've figured out how many pieces of chocolate or potato chips you get for 100 calories does not mean you are capable of eating only that much.

(P.S. Don't even fool yourself into thinking you'll pay close enough attention to notice how many times you grabbed seconds.)

(2) Until you've been at this long enough to make counting calories and balancing the right portions a habit, splurging on that one naughty treat will only weaken your ability to say no to the next. A small handful of potato chips on Tuesday quickly becomes a small piece of birthday cake on Thursday, which in turn becomes a chocolate bar on Friday. All within your calories, of course. You never once went over, you just traded a little here and there to treat yourself. Until you weighed in on Sunday only to find you've lost NO WEIGHT AT ALL. NONE!

Or you gained.

Obviously, I speak from experience. *grin* I'm still working on this.

Listen to reason: Get in the HABIT of healthy eating FIRST.
3rd-Sep-2007 03:55 pm - A Recommendation...
The other day I noticed that SoBe had a drink called SoBe Lean.  So I looked at the label, as I always do, and I saw that one serving (there are 2.5 per bottle) has 100 percent of the daily allowance for Vitamin C, no calories, and 30% of the daily amount of chromium.  Not only that, it was 20 ounces of liquid I could use toward my daily 64 ounces of water, yippee-yahoo. And they have a few different flavors, including my favorite, peach tea.  Also, Wal*Mart regularly sells these for $1, so for a few dollars a week, I have an alternative to plain water.  You can go to the SoBe site for more nutrition facts.

But I got curious about the chromium, since I knew nothing about it.  This is what I learned:

In the Vitamin Bible it says that chromium can...
  • aid in growth
  • help prevent and lower high blood pressure
  • work as a deterrent for diabetes
  • help prevent cravings and sudden drops in energy
I figure anything that works as a deterrent for diabetes probably aids in weight-loss as well. 

I read a lot of stuff by Earl Mindell, so when I'm referring to what I've read in one of his books, I'll say, "Vitamin Bible," as I recommend all his work and read from any of it. It all has that phrase in the titles. 

There is a small risk with chromium picolinate, but all of this is debatable, and you'd have to consume mass quantities to be at risk.  It's very hard to get enough chromium in your diet.  The Vitamin Bible says that 90% of adults don't get enough.  The best natural sources of chromium are calves livers, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, chicken, corn oil and clams.  Since the only thing on that list I eat regularly is chicken, I'm probably low on chromium. And since I'm at risk for diabetes (was diagnosed "pre-diabetic"), I figure it's worth it with the other benefits, to drink SoBe Lean a few times a week.

It's also mentioned that zinc is a good substitute for chromium. 
3rd-Sep-2007 12:10 pm - Hi, and Where I'm At
 I'm not one you'd look at and think I've got a weight problem, but I'm getting discouraged.  Four years ago I started exercising very consistantly.  As a result I very slowly went down in weight about 13 pounds.  It felt wonderful.  However, since the beginning of the year I have slowly been creeping up, gaining back 7 of those pounds.  I'm almost to my highest weight again.  I want to be very deliberate about how I handle this.  I want to fight back and be healthy, knowing that my body and genetics also have something to say about this.  I'm taking a look at my exercising to see if I need to make increases to have an impact on my body.  I also need to be more aware of eating a balanced diet every day.  Before I know it it's the evening and I've eaten all breads and starches.  I'm going to be studying a food exchange system that helps you figure out the calories you need and then how to balance that with a food exchange system (based on the food pyramid).  It will be nice to talk with like-minded friends about these things.
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