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The Fight against Belly Fat: Ladie's Home Journal Fast Food Journal Week 1

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The July issue of the Ladie's Home Journal really delivered: 3 pages of meals/ 1 page of snacks. The meals are under 400 calories or less and include lean protein, fruits, veggies,garlic honey, fresh lemons, whole grain carbs (tortillas, bread and pasta) yogurt dressings, etc. The snacks are under 150 calories.

Some examples:

Breakfast Fruit Parfait - defrost 1/2 cup berries, add 1 cup plain yogurt, 1tsp honey, toasted oats (sauté in non-stick pan with cinnamon) Layer in a tall wide glass and enjoy.

Greek Salad with Salmon - whisk 2Tbsp,plain yogurt, juice of 1/2 lemon and clove minced garlic. toss dressing with 3C chopped fresh baby spinach,1/2 C tomatoes , 1/4 C cucumber and 2Tbsp chopped almonds. Top with 6 oz grilled salmon fillet

Basil Chicken Salad Wrap with Cucumber Chips and hummus

May I also recommend:

Steak and Pepper Quesadilla made with the steak left-over from the Pepper Crusted Sirloin dinner we enjoyed the day before.

The snacks are easy, fresh, delicious and portable.

I have more energy and am enjoying not to think too much about what to make.
If this sounds good to you I suggest you look for the magazine. It has been my constant companion this week.

Dawn Jackson RD also provides a handy shopping list for the week. She also has some suggestions for eating out.

BEST of ALL: I lost 2 inches off my waist and 1/2 inch from my hips!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSE23 7/7/2011 11:40PM

    Congrats on the inches lost. That measuring tape comes in handy-doesn't it? Especially, when the scale seems to be stuck!! Lol

Sounds yummy, thanks for sharing!

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RSWIFE 6/29/2011 11:23AM

    I'll have to pick up a copy. Thanks for the tip! Hope your doing well!

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DOR2BFIT 6/25/2011 7:48PM

    Cool! Sounds really good. emoticon

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WILDFLOWERS15 6/25/2011 6:10PM

    Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to pick it up and check it out.
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56ROSE 6/25/2011 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing! I will definitely look into this. LHJ is one of my fave magazines. emoticon

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The Power of Positive Blogging

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I recently read a SP member blog and the writer expressed many things that I really needed to hear. One of the many cool benefits of belonging to this community is the opportunity to connect with people who can motivate us when we're down.

Since reading the blog I have increased both my food tracking and followed through with the Bootcamp Challenge consistently (ok - it has only been 2 days but heck that's the start of a streak).

My new motto (borrowed from the blog) is the Yodaism: DO OR DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY.

If you haven't seen the Most Popular Blog by Notaboutheface (aka Mrs), allow me to recommend it.

May the ripples from the original blog spread and help others as it has helped me.

A Big Thank-You to Mrs. Notaboutheface

SparkOn People!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 1/13/2011 11:06PM

    Glad you're feeling the spark, again. Me, too. Thanks to you, I'm taking the Bootcamp Challenge again. (last January was my first and only) That's why we are here to help ourselves and motivate our spark-friends! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RSWIFE 1/13/2011 8:09AM

    Glad you got the Spark back! You can do it! I too will use the yodaism In my actions! TTy soon, Lucinda

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GEORGIEJFL 1/11/2011 9:00PM

    Wow I really like the ism....Will try (lol) to add that to my matra of the day!

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Lessons Learned From the Back of the Pack @ The Pemberville Pumpkin 5K

Saturday, October 30, 2010

This fall I have been signing up for 5k races as motivation to train more. The Pemberville Pumpkin 5K is a race sponsored by a local Boy Scout troop. There are no mile markers and times are not announced throughout the race, I forgot my watch. There was a water stop. We had 2 barefoot runners in our number. At the beginning of the race we were told that the course had changed but not to worry, unless you are the front runner you can just follow the guy in front of you.
It was warm and very windy. And I was strugglingto avoid walking.

When you are at the back of the pack it turns that you can lose the guy in front of you.....and when the police who are holding traffic aren't sure of the route you can make a wrong turn, start to wonder where the folks in front of you went and 1/2 way down the wrong block notice runners running to the finish (2 straw bales in front of the firehouse) coming on the street perpendicular to the one you are on. Not a good feeling.

Don't forget your watch
Get the scoop on the changes to the course
Look up so you don't lose the guy ahead of you
Train more
Bring a buddy

4 days later I ran 3.77 miles on a cool windy day with my dear dog in a reasonable time
( for me 12 min miles is reasonable), no struggling - Go figure

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LIGHTHOUSE23 11/12/2010 12:31AM

    Life's like that sometimes. At least you and your dear dog had a good run! I think you're fabulous....and you will only get better!! emoticon emoticon

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What If We All Ate Like Toddlers?

Friday, April 09, 2010

When my daughter was little we used to meet another family at the mall food court for dinner on Friday nights. The adults would get their meals at the food court, we packed for the kids.
We would all begin the meal together, within 10 minutes the little ones would be clamoring to "pway". The adults supervised in shifts. After awhile the little girls would be coaxed back to the table for a few more bites of cheese, cereal, fruit or veggies, then they would be on the move again. Sometimes we would end the evening with a small shared serving of ice cream.

Wouldn't it be great if we all moved more than we ate - such a simple equation.
I know the longer I sit at a table laden with food, the more likely I am to overeat. I struggle with eating too many sweets, while my teenager seems to naturally limit herself to occasional small amounts of sweet things. I'm fairly active but could be more active.

Taking care of myself as well as I take care of my family should be simple. Somehow it seems that many women are excellent caregivers when it comes to others but not so much when it comes to ourselves. We know that we cannot give our best if we are not at our best.

So here's to healthy eating, a good night's sleep, fun activity and lots of love!
Those toddlers, they're onto something!

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CFLOTT 4/13/2010 8:25AM

    Nice blog and thanks for sharing the pictures, too! I have two young ones (almost two and almost four). The four year old packs it in in the morning and gradually eats less throughout the day until dinner where he picks at it. I imagine he eats a lot in the morning because he's very hungry and less at night because he's not! And, yes, he moves moves moves all the time.

You're right, we should listen to our bodies and follow!

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TAHOSA 4/12/2010 10:52PM

    I can compete with any toddler when it comes to eating. All I have to do is take out my dentures and eat a jelly donut. Squish all over the place. Yummy, but Yucky. Whoever said getting old was boring, well then they have never met me.

Do those pushaways from the table and take a walk. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/10/2010 1:17AM

    I wish I had half the energy of a todler... all that unplanned extra moevement would make my extra kilos melt away...

I remember meals as big gatherings with a lot of talk and laughter - I wouldn´t want them back because I eat too much even without them. But I would want the gathering and warmth around something else than food...

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LARSIL 4/9/2010 3:37PM

    Growing up, I also wasn't allowed to leave the table until all the "grown-ups" were done -- but my cousins were allowed. They were the active ones -- became HS football and basketball "stars". I was the sedentary scholar.

When I first saw the title of this blog, "eating like toddlers" brought to mind some toddlers I have known -- including my own -- and my first thought was, "What a MESS!!!" No, I don't want to spread chocolate pudding on my elbows, or slurp Chef Boy-ar-dee tomato sauce through a straw. But balancing out the activity and the "nibbling" form of eating actually would be a good idea for some people! (Maybe even me!!!)

Thanks for the subject. This has possibilities!

---LarSil emoticon

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_VALEO_ 4/9/2010 3:15PM

    I wasn't allowed to leave the table, but the table wasn't laden with food, each dish came one after the other from the kitchen(starter, main dish, salad and cheese, fruit or dessert), and lot and lot of talking between each dish and each bit... sadly the time spent around the table has drastically decreased.

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Re-Setting Goals for Midlife

Thursday, March 18, 2010

When I was in my twenties and thirties losing 2 lbs a week was almost easy.
Now that I am over the big 50, with intense dedication is is possible intermittently except in the dead of winter.

So now that Spring has sprung ,

it is time to re-assess. Instead of shooting for losing 2lbs a week, I am aiming for 2lbs per month. Then if I lose more it will be a bonus.
I will aim for an average of 150 fitness minutes per week ( time to get the bike out), will look into taking a class once a week ( maybe :) and stretch daily (5 minutes is better than no minutes). Hopefully by June I'll be 5 lbs lighter and a down a pant size, just in time for the class reunion.
Hope so cause the reunion is at the beach
Before - Mar 09

Stay Tuned for the After

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_VALEO_ 3/24/2010 6:16PM

    I like your attitude. Sometimes we would like to go back the way we look in our 20s in the twinkling of an eye, but we have to take it from here.
As Kelley said "2lbs a month is 24 lbs a year."

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LIGHTHOUSE23 3/20/2010 1:24PM

    emoticon I hear you. I feel like 2lbs a month is fine for me, too. B/C I sure haven't been cutting 2lbs a week since I began this journey, last July!! emoticon It's ok Cathy. You will do it and look just gorgeous at the reunion!! emoticon

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MONARCHCT 3/19/2010 9:54AM

    Yep! The old metabolism isn't what it used to be. It is so much harder to lose weight now. But no one was more surprised than me that it can be done. "Middle Age" is a great excuse, but if we are motivated we can fight it every step of the way! You will be amazed at how good you look at your class reunion!

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TAHOSA 3/19/2010 12:15AM

    Just wait till you get into your 60's. But you are on the right track. Us oldies but goldies set the precedent for them young ones. Go for the gusto, and enjoy every minute of it.

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KELLEY106 3/18/2010 9:36PM

    I like the way you think
2 lbs a month is 24 lbs a year

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