Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Where to start. Well, it's weigh-in day for the BLC-23 challenge. The end of week 11 and we have one week to go. I lost 3 lbs this week which is good. I keep marching down the path. So after I posted my weight for the challenge this morning I read our daily chat thread and I saw that we were being challenged to really end this experience by stepping out of our comfort zone and giving it our all. It's the holidays and we've been doing the challenge for nearly 3 months. It's easy to start just going through the motions.
We were given a list of suggestions under the topics of nutrition, fitness, and self esteem and asked to really do something we were not already doing. So this is what I came up with.
First, for the next week I'm going to do a Mean Green Juice Fast. It is my hope that next week I'll lose closer to 5 or 6 lbs. If you are not familiar with Mean Green Juice it was featured in the Joe Cross documentary, 'Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead'. I did this for 10 days last December. Here is the original recipe & my triple sized version of the recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 16oz. (500 mls)
4 celery stalks
6-8 leaves kale (Australian tuscan cabbage)
1 tbsp ginger
Wash all produce well
Peel the lemon, optional
Pour over ice
Calorie Calculations vary but they are usually pretty close to this.
Serving Size 820 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.8g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 78.8g 26%
Dietary Fiber 13.3g 53%
Vitamin A 17% - Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 10% - Iron 11%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet Nutritional Analysis
Letha's Triple Mean Green Juice Recipe
I tripled the original recipe and divide it between 4 quart size jars.
12 celery stalks
1 bunch of kale
2 inch chunk of fresh ginger
2 lemons, juiced
Run everything but the lemons through the juicer. Strain and divide among 4 quart size jar. Divide lemon juice between the jars. Drink throughout the day. I prefer my lemons hand juiced rather than juiced in the juicer.
The second thing I'm going to do this week is push myself to walk a bit. I generally do seated exercise because standing and walking is difficult/painful for me. A few weeks back I wrote that I planned to start doing laps in the garage to practice walking more but I never followed through. So this week, instead of doing seated exercise, I'm going to do some kind of walking every day. Either outside or in the garage. Today I did a lap around the back yard. It's not a huge back yard but it's uneven and I am very worried about falling so I don't go back there. But I did it and it was a big deal for me to walk around the entire back yard.
The third thing I'm going to do is post photos of myself every day this week. I hate to see photos of myself and have literally gone years without having any photos taken but this week its photos every day.
So I'm going to share a bunch of photos and wrap it up with an updated weight loss chart and I'll be back here tomorrow!
Letha's Updated Weight Loss Stats
Total Lost: 98.2
12/11/2013 - 427.8 (-3.0)
12/4/2013 - 430.8 (-3.2)
11/27/2013 - 434.0 (-2.2)
11/20/2013 - 436.2 (-5.2)
11/13/2013 - 441.4 (-2.2)
11/6/2013 - 443.6 (-3.6)
10/30/2013 - 447.2 (-4.2)
10/23/2013 - 451.4 (-2.0)
10/16/2013 - 453.4 (-2.2)
10/9/2013 - 455.6 (-4.8)
10/2/2013 - 460.4 (-5.2)
9/25/2013 - 465.6 (-1.8)
9/18/2013 - 467.3 (-3.4)
9/11/13 - 470.8 (-3.6)
9/6/2013 - 474.4 (-3.0)
8/30/2013 - 477.4 (-5.0)
8/23/2013 - 482.4 (-5.4)
8/16/2013 - 487.8 (-4.8)
8/9/2013 - 492.6 (-3.4)
8/2/2013 - 496.0 (-3.2)
7/26/2013 - 499.2 (-.6)
7/19/2013 - 499.8 (-5.4)
7/12/2013 - 505.2 (-3.2)
7/5/2013 - 508.4 (-.8)
6/28/2013 - 509.2 (-9.0)
6/21/2013 - 518.2 (-.6)
6/14/2013 - 518.8 (-.4)
6/7/2013 - 519.2 (-.6)
5/31/2013 - 519.8 (-1.0)
5/24/2013 - 520.8 (-5.2)
5/17/2013 - 526.0
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I'm having an exercise rest day. Looking at my Spark Summary Calendar it looks like my last one was ten days ago on December 1st.
I'm thinking of creating an index of the 'Everyday Happy Herbivore' cookbook recipe reviews that I do in my blog with links to the associated blog. Then putting this index in a separate blog post that I can also link to. Helpful or making it too obvious I have no life?
Speaking of recipe reviews, Marmalade French Toast from page 40 of the EHH cookbook:
We made it last night and Mary loved it. It did smell wonderful but I think I'd cook it a bit longer the next time I made it so it was dryer. We swapped apricot spread for the apricot marmalade called for in the recipe. Nuts were listed as optional in the recipe and normally I would omit them but we had half a cup of pecans leftover from Thanksgiving so we used them up. I would definitely make this again. Anyway, here are a couple of snaps.
Marmalade French Toast Ingredients: Baguette, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Apricot Spread, salt, cinnamon, and soy milk. (Pecans not shown)
French toast before being baked
French toast after being baked
French toast on plate. We dipped these into maple syrup.
Got some interesting comments and messages about the books I proposed reading in my blog yesterday. Still thinking about options but I think I've decided to tackle "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle first, from January 1 through April 10th and then start "The Writing Diet" by Julia Cameron the first of May, 2014.
Yesterday I was thinking I needed to decide if I wanted to cover the books in a team thread or in my blog. But when I did "The Beck Diet Solution" I actually did both. I mean copy/paste - how hard is that? Lynn (A_BIT_AT_A_TIME) told me the 100 Days book is broken up into 10 day chunks and suggested I might want to set it up to rotate discussion group leadership every 10 days. I love love love that idea. I did join the existing 100 days team yesterday and it's inactive so I volunteered to take it over. But I might take the suggestion that others have made and start a separate book discussion team. Feel free to share your opinion. I'm trying to guess the best way to engage people.
Enough for today. Hope you are all staying safe and warm.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done
What's cooking? Marmalade French Toast. A vegan recipe from page 40 of the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook. I know, I know - that's what I said yesterday. Well, you see, when you make a menu plan you really should read the recipe to see how much time is needed for prep. Reading the recipe 45 minutes before my scheduled dinner I found it required 8 hours of sitting in the fridge. So that got moved to today and last night we fixed Black Bean Salsa Soup from page 100 of the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook.
My Black Bean Salsa Soup review: I really liked it - Mary thought it was OK. I've made many variations of soup using similar ingredient combinations although blending part of the beans and salsa together for a soup base was a little different. Next time I might swap out the cumin for chili powder and I might throw in whatever other veggies need to be used up. So here are a few snaps.
Soup Ingredients: Frozen Corn, Black Beans, Veggie Broth, Salsa, Cumin, Hot Sauce
Black Bean Salsa Soup in a bowl with fat free corn muffins on the side.
As I often do in December, I'm reflecting on the past year and overall I'm pleased with my progress on the health and fitness front. I'm starting to formulate my plans for the New Year. I hope to be under 400lbs by my birthday on March 5th, and under 325 by the end of 2014. I plan to continue to use SparkPeople to track food and fitness. I plan to continue with "Beyond the Scale" challenge rounds throughout the year. I plan to continue trying new recipes from my 'Everyday Happy Herbivore' cookbook.
I may not be able to set exercise goals for the year. I simply don't know how the weight loss will translate to physical activity. According to SparkPeople I'm burning 585 calories per day with my 45 minute seated aerobic exercise, although that will gradually decrease as my weight decreases. For the first three months of 2014 at least I think I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing. 45 min. of seated aerobics 5-6 days per week with some occasional extra exercise thrown in for this or that team challenge. I'm really hesitant to push too fast for fear of an injury that sets me back. I have a vague idea that I'll be starting to walk in the spring and gradually building that up over the summer. Mostly I feel like I need to be patient. When I get under 300 lbs I'll really start pushing my body a bit on the exercise. I feel like the exercise I'm doing now is appropriate for my size and fitness level.
In addition to everything above, I want to throw one more thing into the mix. I have it in my mind to read a couple of books. I don't want to be complacent or lose focus. I want to keep pushing and evaluating and really looking at what I'm doing. Here are the two books I'm considering.
"100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle
"The Writing Diet" by Julia Cameron
I haven't read them but looking at the table of contents and the reviews on Amazon they both appear to be workbooks or activity books where you given a variety of assignments.
Now, I think I'd get more out of them if I shared the experience on Spark. Last August and September I led a book discussion thread in the 55+ Female team for the "Beck Diet Solution". Here's a link to the thread.
It started out with 13 participants and ended up six weeks later with 3 participants. Six weeks is a long time to hold a group's interest. There is a "Beck Diet Solution" Spark Team but it's not very active.
In July & August, in my blog, I also reviewed the chapters of the "Spark Book" as I read it.
So, I'm weighing the pros and cons of various approaches.
1. I can just review it day by day here in my blog. The pros to doing it that way is that I can set the pace and I can call BS if I really don't agree with the author. Based on the reviews, the Julia Cameron book may have some spiritual aspects to it that I might struggle with, big ol' atheist that I am. But if I'm writing about it in my blog I can do a little rant and move on. In a team setting I'd probably check myself a bit more.
2. The downside of doing it in my blog is that the conversation is pretty one sided. I supposed I could pick remarks from the comments that catch my interest and incorporate a response in my blog the following day. But I'd prefer to have the participants on a more equal stage.
3. I could start a team to read a book but I'm afraid I'm going to end up alone in a room talking to myself. Spark has so many teams with no activity. If I did do a team it would be temporary.
4. I could ask to do a thread in an established team, but the 55+ Female team really wasn't open to younger team members or men and I'd like to be open to everyone. So I'd have to look around to find the right team. Bigger would be better. Again, I don't want to end up talking to myself.
5. I'll probably start with the 100 day book as I gleaned from the Amazon reviews that the Writing diet encourages walking which is still hard for me and would likely be more pleasant for everyone if we waited until things warm up in the spring.
Anyway, that's what's on my mind. Thinking about what's next on my journey.
I'll be back tomorrow.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Exercise: None yet but the day is not over.
What's cooking? Marmalade French Toast. A vegan recipe from page 40 of the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook. I'll share a photo tomorrow.
After 22 days of photographing everything I eat, I have to say I'm getting a little bored with photos of instant oatmeal cups, raw sunflower seeds, prunes, and McDougall noodles. So I woke up thinking it was time to call this exercise a wrap. But it might take me a few days to stop altogether. The stir-fried veggies I made for lunch today were so pretty I couldn't help myself but take a photo.
I would highly recommend this exercise to other sparkers. It makes you very very aware of what you are eating. I am still going to take photos of any new recipes that I make to share here. Speaking of which ...
Yesterday we made the Smoked Cauliflower soup from page 97 of the Everyday Happy Herbivore cookbook. Here are a few snaps.
Creole Seasoning, Onion powder, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Paprika
Cauliflower, lemon juice, liquid smoke, soy milk.
Bowl of Smoked Cauliflower Soup, salad, bread.
Too much and too spicy would be my review of the recipe. The recipe uses an entire head of cauliflower and makes one serving. We doubled the recipe and it makes two large bowls of soup. In the future, we would be happy to share one serving between us. The recipe called for Creole seasoning and I used Cajun seasoning pre-made from the store. I have little experience with Creole or Cajun seasoning and honestly couldn't tell you what the difference is. But I can tell you that we used too much in the soup. Made my eyes water and I broke out in a sweat. But the basic concept is good.
In the future I would just plan on eating half a serving, cutting the spicy seasoning or leaving it out all together, and I would also reduce or eliminate the liquid smoke which wasn't bad, it just didn't rock our world. Maybe increase the garlic and onion. But lots of potential here and it would be easy to modify to your preferences.
Have a great day everyone and stay warm!
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