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Apr. 16th, 2008


Diet Log April 15th & 16th 2008

April 15th:
8 oz OJ
Breakfast: 1 muffin & lowfat 1 % choc milk 8oz

Lunch: 2oz sausage pattie (low fat, claims to be beef ha!)/slice am cheese on a whole oat roll
1 vitamin water

Dinner: 6oz pork tenderloin 4 oz seasoned potatoes 1/2 cup green beans
1 vitamin water

April 16th
8 oz OJ
Breakfast: 1 cinnamon roll & lowfat 1% choc milk 8 oz 
1 Vitamin water

Lunch: 2 cups chili
1 vitamin water
Snack: South Beach diet fiesta chicken salad
1 vitamin waters

1 serving smoked chicken & Rice
1 vitamin water


Apr. 11th, 2008


Tonight's dinner...

It's been one of *those* days, so am not logging today's food.  However the recipe I used for tonight's dinner I got out of a magazine, but I adapted to make it a bit more healthy:
The article is in this months Good Housekeeping under 5 ideas for frozen spinach is as follows:
Sausage & Spinach Pasta

Cook 12 oz of Fusilli 
in a 12 inch skillet cook 12 oz of Hot Italian sausage, casings removed on medium 12 min or until browned, breaking up with spoon, discard fat.  Add Spinach, cook 4 minutes.  Reserve 1/4 cup fusilli cooking water, drain fusilli.  Add to skillet wth reserved water, 1/2 cup sun dried tomatop pesto and 1/3 cup parm cheese.  Serves 4

My version
1 pkg Turkey Italian sausage (only comes in mild... which is fine because my mother and felon spice really aren't partial to hot), took me about a minute to remove the casings with a knife.  Brown sausage in skillet with a tbs of extra virgin olive oil and aprox 1-2 tbs of minced garlic (depending on your taste) on medium until brown, turn down low until pasta is done.  Boil 1 box whole wheat rotini, whole wheat is better for you, and frankly cooking the entire box vs just 12 ounces is probably more cost efficient, I mean seriously when are you ever looking to cook 4 oz of pasta???  While pasta is cooking, defrost 1 box frozen spinach in microwave (speed defrost set at 1lb) using cheese cloth if you have it, I used two sheets of Bounty, worked fine, squeeze the water out of the spinach, put spinach into skillet with sausage.  When pasta is done reserve about 3/4 of the water and drain. 

I put the pasta back into the pot, added the sausage & spinach, using the reserved water to deglaze the pan before adding to the pot.  Toss with about 1 1/2 tbs of dried basil and about 1/2 cup of grated romano cheese (less sodium than parm).
Salt & pepper to taste

I would have probably used the pesto but I forgot it at the store, hubby isn't a big tomato fan so I most likely would have picked another flavor.  Big hit with everyone, definitely a keeper

aprox 400 calories per serving

Apr. 9th, 2008


Turkey Taco Salad

Turkey Taco Salad

1.25 lbs ground turkey**
1 pkg taco bell brand taco seasoning mix (compared to other brands, a bit lower in sodium & carbs)
Bag of salad mix
lite sour cream (or fat free if you prefer) *
favorite brand of salsa
shredded cheese 
baked tortillia chips*

Brown turkey with seasonings as pre directed on package.  Assemble as you would regular taco salad, in a bowl or plate add salad, 1 handful (aprox 8 - 10 ) gently crushed chips, one or two serving spoons of meat, 2 oz of cheese, salsa to taste and about a tbs of sour cream (if desired).
Will edit when hubby gets home to give you the calories

Serves 3 hearty servings or 4 regular

**Works great with ground chicken as well, available in most grocery stores right next to the turkey if you don't care for turkey.
Also if you aren't a fan of salsa you can omit and just use your favorite taco toppings tomato, onion, jalapenos, etc...and taco sauce.  Salsa is basically just a short cut if you don't have time to spend chopping veggies.

I'm a big fan of ground turkey, basically I have yet to find the person who can tell the difference from ground beef in recipes like tacos, spaghetti, chili etc...  and the reduction in fat content is amazing.  Ground turkey now comes in several varieties, all breast meat, with italian spices as well as plain ground which is a tad higher in fat because it includes the dark meat.  Be sure to read the labels!  (the one with italian spices is wonderful in spagetti or lasagna!)


Diet Log April 8 2008

ok so I'm not exactly miss continuity here, hard to get on every night right now because both DH and FS (that would be Felon Spice for you not familar with this dysfunctional family tree) are addicted to Mahjong on this computer, add to that DH trying to log every morsel that goes into his mouth into his excel program (obsessed much?) and FS computer being down because we are uber slow at getting her bed together... PC time is at a preminum for me.  Example, the last book I read I finished Monday morning, here it is Wednesday and I just posted the review.



Breakfast: none...bad me I over slept

Morning snack: none see above

1 taco & refried beans w/cheese (resturant portions not sure of calories)
hadful of tortillia chips and homemade salsa
unsweet tea 

Afternoon snack: none 
vitamin water


Turkey Taco Salad (receipe in next post)
Vitamin water

Night snack:
1 portion of Rice Pudding aprox 230 calories

Apr. 5th, 2008


Diet Log April 5 2008

 My bad I forgot yesterday.  Just as well, mid way of my period I was cravin the carbs.  Also noted that I was not tracking my beverages, I drink about 3 vitamin waters a day.  Consider they are supposed to be two servings the calories aren't bad.

Anyway, today;

before breakfast 1 krispy kreme donut hole courtsey of the AC, I was needing the sugar fix I was soooo tired.
1 vitamin water

1 bowl multi grain cherreios
3/4 cup 2% milk 
1 med. Banana

2 cups of coffee, 2% milk & tsp Splenda

Morning Snack: none
1 vitamin water

South Beach diet fiesta chicken salad

Afternoon snack: none


Editied because I am an idiot who clicked delete instead of save entry.... Edited a second time for posting to the wrong journal, doh!

Apr. 1st, 2008


Diet log #1

Let's see if I can actually do this every day.  *snort*

Before work 1 large Banana  Calories ?

Breakfast: 8:30am 
Honey Nut Cherrios - 1 oz  -- 110 calories  15 fat calories
1% milk                     -  8 oz      100 calories

Mid Morning snack:
Mostly Meat Burger -- Calories ?
1 slice Cheese       --  Calories ?
1 whole wheat bun -- Calories?

Healthy Choice Panni  -- Calories 250  25 grams Protein

South Beach Diet: Kung Po Chicken dinner ---Calories 250  25 grams Protein
1/2 cup rice

Night Snack 

3 cookies

Apr. 2nd, 2007


20 minutes, 3 days my sweet patootie!!!

The title of this journal came from one of my biggest pet peeves. Commercials or I should say infomercials that claim if you use (at a nifty price) their product, i.e.: Diet Pill, Diet plan, Exercise regime, or machine for just <i>"20 minutes a day, 3 days a week</i> You too will look like *insert picture of hot babe, stud with washboard abs* who is trying to sell you this stuff to begin with. Talk about a load of crap. It might be true if you are a size 10 looking to drop a size or two for bikini season, but if your anything larger than a 16, you're in for some major disappointment. Which of course most people end up thinking it's their failure, not the product or the sales pitch with it's unrealistic goals. The fact is we, hubby and I go to the gym 5 days a week (barring circumstances like family stuff or illness) and hour or more a day, 52 weeks a year and in that time, hubby has dropped significant weight. I on the other hand am only down 1 pants size. Differences in motivation, body types (men will lose faster & differently than women) among other things. I have no idea how long it would take me to go down one size if I only worked out 20 minutes a day 3 days a week.

The sad fact is most of the things that are sold using that line or something similar, are aimed at the very people they won't do much good for. Take me for instance, over 40 carrying leftover baby weight from two pregnancies, not to mention years of nibbling, cookies, holiday candy, and living a more or less sedentary lifestyle. Sure running after the two aforementioned babies for several years probably kept me from ballooning up too much, but any good that may have done me was undone by multiple trips through the fast food drive through.

Do you know how many happy meals I had to ingest to get the complete sets of; Lion King toys, Disney plates, LOTR glasses, Toy Story handpuppets... the list goes on.

20 minutes a day on the Stairmaster, abductor, tummy cruncher, etc... isn't going to undo that in 3 days a week. Unless of course I live to be 102. Even then, it's iffy.

Now consider this, how many people who are deluded into believing these items are the miracle they are looking for, actually use them? I personally know 3 people who bought or were given as gifts by their signifgant other/spouse a bowflex. I hear they make a nice clothes rack. One fellow I know has had it for 3 months has not even set it up yet. The box makes a good place to sit to tie his shoes. Same thing goes with most exercise equipment, stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines, step machines, thighmasters, you name it, they get used for a short while and then become just another thing to collect dust. There is a reason you see them all the time at garage sales & thrift stores.

Let's be honest the truth is that if you were a self motivated type person you probably would have been exercising all along and not really need to shell out $3,299 (but hey, shipping is free! *snort*) for a bowflex, or what ever. You'd already have a gym you use or at the very least be walking, jogging or even riding a bike maybe doing a few sit-ups or leg lifts all on your own. And you would know, that it takes more than 20 minutes a few days a week to do anything but at the very least maintain where you already are.

If you are serious about losing weight, it's going to take a commitment to change your lifestyle. Each individual is different, and not everything works for everybody. But these 3 things I know are unequivocal:

1) Diet and exercise are key. Pay attention to what you put into your body, and make sure your activity level is something more than reaching for the remote.

2) If it sounds too good or easy, it probably isn't going to live up to the promises it makes, no matter how many people with their before and after pictures contend it will. Mostly they are paid actors and if you read the fine print... every diet aid, appetite suppressant, fat burner etc.. will tell you that diet and exercise are highly recommended for the outcome you're expecting. Of course you won't get that fine print until after your visa has been charged $49.95 +sh and you have the item in your hot lil hands. And money back guarantees are iffy at best. Some will, many will procrastinate to the point you'll gladly give it up rather than to have to have one more runaround with voicemail or foreign telephone rep.

3) Be realistic. I know that I started out a size 22... leaning towards a 24. I am now pretty much into a size 20. At almost 48 yrs old I know I will never look like Cher (who is 13 yrs my senior), Goldie Hawn, (14 yrs older ), or even Christy Brinkley (only 5 yrs older than moi). I just will never have flawless skin, flat abs, a tight tush and perky boobs. For one thing I can't afford that level of plastic surgery, for another I am realistic and know I will never see anything under a size 16 again in my life time. Unless of course I'm in a wreck and my jaws are wired shut for 6 months.

even then... milk shakes mmmmmm.


Seriously. Pick a realistic goal and go for it. Try 2 sizes smaller than what you are today. You can always set a new goal later, but trying to reach the unattainable is just setting yourself up for disaster.




I decided to write in this journal after my stepdaughter suggested I write a book chronicling her father's large weight loss. Over the past two years through diet and exercise hubby has gone from 360+ pounds to weighing about 279 lbs. I've been going to the gym with him for the past 14 months, my weight loss hasn't been as spectacular, but I am content because for the first time I truly feel not only better, but like the weight will stay off. Since I am pretty certain I will never write the book, I did decide to write in a journal all the things I've learned not just in the last couple of years, but after a lifetime fighting being over weight. While I am not an expert by profession, my life experiences, combined with trial and error, I think I may have some insight in to the diet merry go round and what works and doesn't work for me. Some of these things might be of use to others so I figured what the heck I'd create a journal dedicated towards not just keeping track of my own journey but to share with others any information that they might be able to use. Basically an unbiased view, unbiased in the fact that I don't have an agenda. I am not trying to sell a diet plan, pill, exercise machine, or anything else. Just my take on things, take what is useful to you... leave the rest. And feel free to share any insights you might have. Who knows maybe if I get it all down in some kind of order maybe I will write a book.

OR not. LOL

But if it ever does become a manuscript I would like to thank Holly for the idea.