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Week 3 weight check in

Friday, April 18, 2014

Normally my weekly weigh in day is Monday. I'm not going to be here at the office (where the scale is) on Monday so I'm making today this week's weigh in day. As a matter of fact I've just this moment decided that starting this week Fridays will become my weigh in day. I think it's better this way anyway because if I'm going to carry extra water weight it's going to be from a weekend of not enough water and higher sodium content foods. Fridays will be a more realistic (and favorable let's face it) indicator of my progress.

So my weight loss this week is 5 pounds for a total of 16 pounds since 3/31/14.

I am pleasantly surprised that my numbers are continuing to be this high when I have had very little physical activity. I'm excited to see what the pain management doctor tells me on Tuesday so maybe I can start doing some decent cardio and weight training.

Next step ... getting the GP to sign off on the letter for my Benny Card so I can offically schedule my appointments with the nutritionist who I've been emailing with. This is happening ... honest to goodness happening. I'm beyond happy right now.

This weekend is Easter so we're doing ham dinner on Sunday at Mom's house. I'm bringing the appetizer - Spinach Artichoke Dip with toast points and sliced veggies. I'll cut up the veggies and make the toast points on Saturday and then make the dip on Sunday morning. Since I'll be at Mom's on Sunday and it's supposed to be nice I'll grill my proteins for the week there. I'm definitely grilling more of that turkey breakfast sausage patties. I'll mix that up on Saturday with the spices etc and premake the patties for Sunday. I found a new recipe that incorporates eggplant into the mix to replace the moisture lost from low fat. What a great idea! I think I'll try hers instead of trying to create my own this time. No sense in re-inventing the wheel.

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SNOWYOGA 4/18/2014 11:42PM

    great job on lose! emoticon

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DARSHAN130 4/18/2014 11:57AM

    Fridays are a good weigh in day especially if you behave all week but may be a little less strict on weekends. Keep up the good work.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

I love avocados but in order to eat clean I have to buy them whole and wait for them to ripen and I never quite know when the perfect time to cut into them is and they have such a short time when they are just perfect. This morning I had half an avocado that was just a little past the perfect stage with my eggs and sausage and it was good but it would have been better yesterday.

Allergy season is upon us. I had to take a Zyrtec last night not for the hives but so I could breath. I still have a nagging cough this morning but I'll survive. Another benefit of apple cider vinegar water is that it seems to alleviate the dry cough symptoms. So I'm sipping that which will last me until lunch when I'll switch to green tea.

I have a business trip planned in June and I was thinking this morning if I continue to lose weight at the planned rate of two pounds a week (not at the beginning stage where I am shedding more) then I could be 25 pounds down by then. Not that anyone but me would notice that little loss in someone my size. :) I love traveling but I hate the anticipation of flying because there's always that risk that I will be pulled aside and asked to purchase a second seat. Dreadful ... simply dreadful. It happened to me once but fortunately I was on my return trip so they had to let it go when I insisted. I can fit in the seat no problem but people see me and think I can't. Very upsetting. I've never shared this publicly before - not sure how I feel about that actually.

I talked to my daughter last night about trying Joe Cross' juice fast. It costs a lot so it's quite a commitment. I'm going to think about it and do some more research. It's a huge undertaking altogether because I'd have to purchase a good juicer too. My daughter is afraid I don't have the discipline to do it properly and I'll make myself sick. History is in her favor on this as I haven't really stuck to anything healthwise for long enough.

I don't know I'm leaning toward not doing it now but that changes pretty much by the hour. I'm reading all these testimonials etc and it's sanctioned by Joel Fuhrman so it can't be all bad. We'll see maybe this weekend I'll delve into it a little more deeply and see the pros and cons.

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MARY1964 4/17/2014 11:50PM

    Thanks Eva. Remember our email exchange from the other day about my 4/15 blog? You may recall from that I'm not considering juicing for the weight-loss. I won't go over it all again because I don't want to bore you but I have a chronic derm disorder. I have been reading testimonials from people who have chronic urticaria who claim that juicing cured them. Joe Cross swears by it. I'm sure with the reminder you remember I know you have a lot of friends you're keeping up with on SP. You certainly can't be expected to remember every blog. emoticon

As I have mentioned before I am fairly well read as it relates to nutrition. I do not believe that shortcuts will work for me. Juicing for weight-loss would in my opinion be unhealthy for me. I believe in exercise, weight training, clean eating including lean meats , lots of vegetables and fruits, little to no processed foods, whole grains, as little refined sugars as possible and staying within my ratios and calorie range. That and SparkPeople is how I lost my weight before and I fully intend to continue that program and succeed with people like you providing your knowledge and your positive encouragement.

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GENRE009 4/17/2014 11:10PM

    Mary,I have owned three different juicer. A good one costs upward of $200. What I don't like about juicing is that you need to watch, and not do more than 1 fruit with it. Other wise if you juice a lot it can set you up to be a diabetic. I think if you are going to go the healthy route, try the Nutri-bullet. It allows you to have the fiber with your juice. This type of blender makes juice & fiber , so it's healthier, and only costs around $99.00. If you want a quick weight loss trick, eat homemade soup every day for lunch. you'll see yourself lose weight from that. Or make a protein drink with fruit and vegetables for breakfast, and that will help you lose weight too. Usually if you go into those diets that are totally different than eating, like juicing, in the end even if you loose weight. you gain it back because you never learned a life style, just crashing down. I belong to Weight Watchers, and that's what I am learning. I journal, and have a plan, and know what to eat when I need to binge, and still loose weight. eva

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MARY1964 4/17/2014 2:39PM

    Actually that's a good idea Snowmaiden. I'll put out some feelers and see if any of my friends have a juicer.

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SNOWMAIDEN 4/17/2014 1:02PM

    You might be surprised with people noticing. I tend to notice when people have lost a stone (14lbs). Fingers crossed.
I can only imagine being asked to buy a second seat. (In this day and age, this still happens?! Oh I'll change the subject as I'm getting cross and building up to a rant already...arrghhh).

Ref the juice fast, can you buy a cheapie juicer (or borrow one) and try it for a weekend? That way you can see how you feel and get an idea of the amount and expense...just a thought that you've probably considered...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This is the best batch of turkey breakfast sausage patties I've made yet. The problem is I didn't measure anything, I just kind of threw in a bunch of stuff. I bought fennel seed just for the sausage too and forgot to put it in.
Next time I'm measuring and writing down everything I put in it. I just hope I can re-create these. emoticon

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MARY1964 4/18/2014 12:06AM

    Snowmaiden that's a bummer but the next one will turn out wonderfully I'm sure. I like my quiches dense, do you?

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MARY1964 4/18/2014 12:03AM

    Snowyoga I haven't been getting my mail notifications regularly either. I thought I had changed a setting accidentally or something.

Thanks it is a good filling high protein breakfast. This morning I added half an avocado too. Yum! emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 4/17/2014 11:56PM

    Sorry I haven't been getting my mail again, but this looks great emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 4/17/2014 12:28PM

    The quiche was a failure. It didn't taste right - wondered if the eggs were off. I'm trying again though.
Your eggs sounds fab! Thanks for another recipe! I've not heard of the oven but have googled it. The one I looked at looks beautifully rustic, I love the design! Always learning from you...

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MARY1964 4/16/2014 12:12PM

    Oh Snowmaiden that sounds good. I haven't made a quiche in so long! I should do that this weekend. I have made a spinach feta quiche with a stone ground wheat cracker crust that would be perfect for tea.

Those are scrambled eggs and shredded mexican cheese with reconstituted freeze dried vegetable mix, pepper and a bit of garlic powder. I use this thing I bought through TV called a stone wave cooker. I just soak the dried veggie mix in a tbsp of water for a couple minutes then scramble in two eggs and microwave it for 1 minute 30 seconds then I remove it, stir it and sprinkle on a tbsp of frozen shredded cheese and microwave it for another 30 seconds or so and voila! It takes all of 4 minutes total to heat up the sausage and cook the eggs. The sausage dries out a little in the microwave heated from frozen state so tomorrow I'll try it heated from thawed state and see if it's better.

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SNOWMAIDEN 4/16/2014 11:37AM

    Oh that looks lovely! Is that an omelette? I want omelette for tea, now. Which reminds me - I was going to make a quiche...

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BOB5148 4/16/2014 10:15AM

  Looks good

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"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Have you heard about this documentary? I watched it last night (well most of it, I fell asleep during the last part) and I was so impressed. I'm going to try to re-watch what I missed tonight. Very inspiring.

This very nice man from Australia goes on a sixty day doctor supervised juice fast. Actually his doctor on this adventure was Joel Fuhrman who I'd heard of before. I'm not sure I'm prepared to do a sixty day juice fast but I feel like maybe a ten day one when I hit my first plateau might not be a bad thing. I'll talk to the doctor and the nutritionist about it. I already know my chiropractor is a huge proponent of both Dr. Fuhrman and juice fasts. Just for the six months or so that I've known him he himself has been on two. (you can tell because he's a little crabby and his hands are ice cold which he says is part of the detox process)

Here is the weirdest part. Joe Cross has chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives). Basically what happens is the body mis-reads something happening to it (rubbing of a seatbelt, pressure from shoes, trouser socks tight on the legs, a handshake or hug) and thinks there is an invader. The body then sends a signal out which bombards the area with histamines. Sometimes it doesn't take any pressure or rubbing at all - it just happens. The histamines form a defense which causes blisters, rashes, flushing, pain, itching, tingling or swelling in varying degrees depending on the person, the environment, the cause or circumstances etc.

Anyway, I have this. I have had it for more than twenty years. I was diagnosed probably ten years ago and I'm fortunate that my case isn't nearly as bad as Joe's is as I can take antihistamines for a few days after I start getting them and they subside. I also use witchhazel to cool the skin, warm showers to ease the itching and try to exfoliate which seems to help although many times it actually causes a flare up temporarily. I do admit they don't come as often when I'm eating healthy but they have never completely gone away. I have them on the back of my hand and on my scalp right now. The back of my hand is random but the back of my scalp is because last night I combed out my hair. Fortunately being a VERY curly hair girl I don't have to do that often (I finger comb in the shower) but occasionally I just need to get it all detangled and last night I conditioned and combed it out. The act of combing it always causes a flare up of hives because of the tugging and the motion of the comb against my scalp. So I took a Zyrtec this morning and I will itch for a day or two then it will be gone.

So I learned last night that this condition is extremely rare and can be considered an auto-immune disorder. I was stymied by this. I just assumed it was quite common because my daughter and I both have it (although there is some disparity in the medical journals as to whether there is a genetic component) and whenever I've told a doctor that I had chronic hives manageable with antihistamines they didn't seem all that interested. Interesting stuff.

So enough about that. I'm going to read some more about juice fasts when I have some time. I know I'm not supposed to weigh every day but I weighed this morning and I was down another two pounds (?!?) So awesome! This is going to help keep me on the path to good health.

See you!

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MARY1964 4/15/2014 2:11PM

    I completely agree with you Redsassenach. I'd much rather eat the fruit and/or vegetable as grind it up and drink it. I guess Dr. Fuhrman's argument is we can't eat enough to get all the nutrients we can from juicing. I try to get 9 - 11 servings of raw or steamed fruits and vegetables a day all natural no juices and I am sometimes struggling to squeeze in my calories for the day because I'm so full. My fiber intake is always great - sometimes even high so that's a good thing.

Seriously - just for lunch I have 1 1/2 C dark leafy greens (spinach, red leaf and romaine), 1 C of squash, 4 radishes, 1/2 C red slaw, 3 baby bell peppers and 1 medium carrot and I top it with five ounces of tuna or chicken. It's a huge salad and it takes me a good hour to eat it all. Then for dinner I have at least two more vegetables steamed or baked and I snack on fresh raw green beans, strawberries, oranges, apples, pears, blueberries (or whatever else I find on sale at the produce market) throughout the day.

So in reality if I were to incorporate one green juice in a day that could only benefit me as far as I can figure. I just don't know if it's worth buying a juicer because they are expensive! I have enough stuff in my kitchen I barely or never use. emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 4/15/2014 11:49AM

    I always learn something from your blogs. I thought hives were really common as well. Interesting that eating healthy seems to affect their appearance. Sounds like you have an interesting idea.

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RLLRKAT 4/15/2014 11:01AM

    Wonder if that's the problem my son has. Upper Arms, Thighs when he wears shorts. Hmmm I will have to consult his pediatrician. emoticon

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REDSASSENACH 4/15/2014 10:55AM

    I've seen that one.. it's pretty compelling. Although, I have a hard time getting excited about throwing out all that good plant fiber. Seems like juicing goes through TONS of fruits and vegetables and then you throw away a bunch of the good fibrous stuff.

Have always wondered though if heading that same direction might help my daughter and her eczema, which is also considered an auto-immue problem. She's my kid that would be open minded to trying it out, but she's also only 8 and is already lanky. She needs a combination of good healthy fats and lots of fruits/veggies. She's got a serious love for noodles of all types but I wonder if she'd do better with less wheat in her diet..

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Weigh in - Week 2

Monday, April 14, 2014

Five pounds more for a total of eleven pounds since 3/31/14. I know this kind of weight loss won't continue but it sure is nice to have it now. I was actually hoping for a nice even number like twelve.

I'm very pleased with myself today.

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MARY1964 4/15/2014 3:41PM

    I DO rock Jennifer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUDITUDI2000 4/14/2014 2:45PM

    You rock Mary!!

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SNOWMAIDEN 4/14/2014 12:11PM

    What a massive achievement! So pleased for you!

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