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Slow and Steady Wins

The end of Week #3’s Two Carb-less Days found us smiling this morning as we stepped on the scales 🙂

We are using Wii Fit Plus to gauge our progress.  Here’s the “low” down:

Me – Lost another 1.8 lbs and now in the “Normal” range for my weight and height! Total lost so far: 3.6 lbs

Eldest Son – Gained .2 lbs but he worked out quite a bit this week so it could be muscle gain or even differences in fluids.  He has moved from “Overweight” to “At Risk of Being Overweight”!  Total loss:  4.4 lbs

Youngest Son – Lost another .9 lbs this week.  He is now under 100 lbs for the first time in probably a couple of years! Total loss:  3.12 lbs

This week, the vacancy of carbs wasn’t quite as noticeable.  We have diligently searched for varieties of foods — especially things that will satisfy our snack cravings.  Can you imagine just how excited we were to discover that pork skins are CARB FREE?!!  It’s not nacho cheese Doritos, but hey, it was GOOD!

So, we remain encouraged.  It’s getting easier.  The boys don’t complain as much, and we are all gravitating to more water, more vegetables, and less bread and sugar. 

Holding onto hopes that I’ll soon have a Barbie figure and He-man arms……



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Scaling Down

It is Day #3, Week #2 of our attempts at weight loss.  I am trying a new plan based upon an article I recently read.  It said that if you go at least 48 consecutive hours with no/almost none carbs, then it will spur a metabolic boost that will help lose weight later in the week.

The first week I tried this, all went well until Day #3 when I made a mad dash for the donut shop, effectively undoing the progress I had made.

This second week, however, I am more focused.  I made a concious effort to buy extra no carb foods so that I could experience some variety.  Based upon our weigh-in this week, I also implemented this same strategy for both of the boys.  We are all slightly overweight….not much, but slightly.  Having to go without carbs for two days has really been an eye opening experience.  We have all seen just exactly how awful our carb intake has been. “You don’t miss it, until you no longer have it”, right?!  Well, we definately missed the carbs, but at the same time are gaining a knowledge of what is healthy and what is not.

I’ve done a considerable amount of research over the last few days.  My question was, after the two days are done, then just how many carbs (and calories) are healthy for each one of us?  Thankfully, I now have a plan to monitor for myself and the boys during the rest of the week.  I will attempt to stay at 1200 calories/180 carbs per day.  Both of the boys will be at 1970 calories/295 carbs per day. 

Preliminary results are good!  Our weights this morning revealed a 1.5 lb loss for me, 3.3 lb loss for the youngest son, and 4.6 lb loss for the eldest son.  I’m so grateful that they were able to see results, and that their “suffering” paid off!  Ok, they really didn’t SUFFER……I just realize that finally they have experienced hunger pains for the first time in forever.  Prior to this plan, they basically wanted to eat every five minutes, it seemed.  I would justify giving additional snacks because they are “growing, energetic boys”.  However, what I realize now is that they were consuming too many calories and carbs. 

We’ve never had trouble with them eating vegetables…’s not that they wouldn’t eat a well balanced meal.  It is just that they also wanted two helpings of meat, Texas garlic toast, sugary cereal (for breakfast AND snacks), popcorn melting in butter, ice cream, and what WAS the occasional Dr Pepper was now a “3-4 times a week Dr Pepper”.  Add that to too many hours playing video games and being stuck in the house too long and we begin to see the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.

I don’t want a weight issue to be with them into adulthood.  I want to claim a healthy body for myself as well.  So, this is the plan, at least for now and it’s working 🙂

One interesting thing to note is that normally my weight starts small(er) in the mornings and then fluctuates 1-2 pounds within the day, ending at a higher weight in the evenings.  This is typical, I think, for most people.  However, weighing in after lunch actually showed me 1/2 lb LESS than what I weighed this morning!  Hmmmm……maybe the metabolic boost thing is working?  (despite having 3 muffins, a piece of bread, and caramel rice cakes today)

Lastly, I wanted to share one very, very low carb treat we’ve found this week.  It’s refreshing, cold, and creamy so it’s likely to stay on the weekly menu for a while!

Orange Creamsicle Dream Dessert Drink

8 oz diet orange soda

2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1 cup of ice cubes

Mix it all in a blender and enjoy!  It makes one serving, so just add what you need to multiply according to the number of people you will be serving.  The drink’s texture is a little bit weird as the cream does not mix with the ice like most sugar laden smoothies.  However, we ate the chunks with a spoon and then when the ice broke down enough to liquify, it became a really cold wonderful creamsicle drink!

We’re having pork chops tonight…..AND summer squash……AND mashed potatoes!  I only get 1/2 a cup of potatoes so you can bet I will be slowly enjoying every bite!

Nutrition Info:  103.5 Calories, 11.1 g Fat, 0.8 g Carbohydrates, 0.6g Protein

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Please don’t make me eat another egg!

Recently I read an article that said if you severely limit your carb intake (little to none) for 48 hours straight, then it will cause a metabolic boost that will help loose weight the rest of the week.

This seemed like a workable plan for me.  I figured two days without bread, sugar and starch would be better than what I had been doing, so there could only be a healthy consequence by trying this plan.

Last week was Week #1.  My two carb-less days went ok, however, by day #3 I was seriously starving.  We celebrated the accomplishment with a trip to the donut shop…..sigh.

Realizing that my Overly-carb’d Day #3 absolutely busted any progress I had made with Day #1 and #2, I remained determined to keep trying this plan.

Today is Day #1, Week #2.  So far, we have had watermelon for breakfast, and a grilled chicken/avocado salad for lunch (no dressing).  Tonight I plan on making an egg omelet.  It’s not a perfect no carb day, but  very close.

Tomorrow, what will be have to look forward to?  Eggs, meat, some veggies.  I will admit I’m not very excited at eating the same thing again.  I like variety.  There’s not many foods that I don’t like, and so I want to eat them all!  (thus, my growing weight problem) 

Do any of you have any no/very very low carb recipes?  I’m also looking for an internet link to a simple fruit/veggie list and each one’s carb counts.   I sure could use some ideas to keep this going!


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A Distressing Spirit

Book, Chapter & Verse

1 Samuel 16:14 says “But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.”  v 23 also speaks of this distressing spirit and says, again, that it was “from the Lord”.  Several times in 1 Samuel we see that this spirit was distressing and also “from the Lord”.

It makes me wonder more about depression.  Obviously Saul had issues that led to his falling out of the Lord’s favor.  It’s interesting to me, however, to think about depression coming to someone specifically from the Lord.

How can we understand why the Lord would purposefully make someone depressed?

Depression is a horrible way of living.  I can only say this because I recognize that in recent years, there have been times in my own life where depression was obviously present.

Not wanting to get out of bed, the inability to…

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Green Bean Casserole Remix

This is NOT your regular green bean casserole!  No canned beans, no soup cans, and no french fried onions required!

Instead, this yummy-down home-delectable-creamy-goodness-of-a-dish is going to please your inner bean-lover self!

Found at Pioneer Woman,THIS is the recipe.  It creates a wonderful sauce that we also used to top a bed of white rice.

To compliment such great side dishes, I decided to go with something found on Pinterest during my one visit there.  I haven’t yet committed to the Pinterest craze — mainly for fear that I will be hooked!  Still, the one time I did look, this garlic chicken recipe really stood out.

All you do is saute’ 4 minced garlic cloves in 3 teaspoons olive oil until tender.  Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.  Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes at 500 degrees.

Once again, the family showered me with praise and insisted on doing the dishes thanked me for such a great dinner.  The boys ate without complaint.  Hubby (who doesn’t normally like chicken) thought it was wonderful, and Daughter 2 devoured her dinner (even thought she thought it was a pork chop instead of chicken, lol).

All-in-all both were wonderful new dishes for my Cooking Extravaganza week!  I’m going to slow down on the food now and try to post something more than recipes.  After all the eating we’ve done in the last several days, maybe I should make Fitness and Weight Control my next subject 😉


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Veggie Tuna Burgers

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I’m trying quite a few new recipes this week.  Always on the lookout for a way to insert a healthy alternative meal into the weekly plan, I thought this would be worth a try.

Found in the Taste of Home, February and March 2008 magazine:

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup each shredded zucchini, yellow summer squash and carrots

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs

1 can (6 oz) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon butter

6 hamburger buns, split

6 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese

6 lettuce leaves

6 slices tomato

In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion and garlic for 1 minute.  Add the zucchini, yellow squash and carrots, saute until tender.  Drain and cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, tuna, salt and pepper.  Add vegetable mixture.  Shape into six 3 1/2 in. patties.

Coat the same skillet again with cooking spray, cook patties in butter for 3-5 minutes on each side or until ightly browned.  Serv e on buns with cheese, lettuce and tomato.  Yield 6 servings.

(1 burger equals 275 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 643 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.  Diabetic exchanges:  2 starch, 2 lean meat)

We gave these a thumbs up but made a few adjustments:  I added a little more salt and some lemon zest to boost the flavor.  Instead of whole wheat bread crumbs, I used unflavored Panko bread crumbs.  The tuna was not a big player in this dish.  My husband doesn’t care for tuna, so he liked that, however, I felt like next time the tuna should be doubled to two cans.  We also noted that with the moisture from the tomato and lettuce, the sandwich wasn’t dry and did not need mayonnaise or other spreads.

All in all it was a good dish — not something that will satisfy your hunger for a big, juicy hamburger, but still a good meal!


P.S.  So much for cell phone pictures!?  The colors in the mixture were actually very bright and pretty (as was my lemon-yellow bowl).  Also, this picture makes it look like my patties were burned.  Ok, well…..I DID cook them just SLIGHTLY too long, but in my defense, I was multitasking at the time 🙂


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Bad News/Good News.

1)  Bad News – He’s running 101 fever now

2)  Good News – He’s tolerating it withOUT SEIZING!!


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