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Old 02-14-2012, 03:53 PM   #841
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DD80: I've never heard of brown rice pasta. Now I'm going to have to look for it, too. I always buy brown basmatti rice. Was glad to see it listed as a green food in DD's book "The GI Diet". He is using that right now because about 6 months ago he was diagnosed w/ diabetes. He has been in denial and the metformin isn't working for him so doc put him on another med that's making him sick as a dog.

So, I finally convinced him he has to change his diet. He's a guy who eats ice cream every night, goes out to lunch every day with guys from work and eats french fries, fried chicken, burgers w/ white bread....you get the picture. Anyway, he needed something simple and easy to understand so I bought him the GI book. He likes it and has been trying really hard since we got back from Palm Springs.
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they have a nice variety of brown rice pasta (spaghetti, penne, etc). I think he will really like it. Just remember to salt the cooking water and slightly undercook. You just have to watch it, because, in my opinion, it can go from normal to mushy very quickly.

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Old 02-14-2012, 04:06 PM   #842
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Shari and Yam!! LOL I agree!!!!! Like when my husband eats a whole package of ham or turkey...and says but it's Atkins friendly....as a snack..
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Hey - I didn't know you guys have been talking about my husband! I swear - they are all related.
Well - first weigh-in (end of week1). Down 3 lbs. So, this wasn't too painful at all. It's a little hard to watch carbs and points but it's not too bad. I did have pasta one day and it was torture. I can't do it - I want more and more and more. Maybe I will try the brown rice pasta or the mix of onion/pasta idea.

Chips - did someone say chips. I LOVE chips. Chips are so bad!!!
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Yeah, at some level, all men are exactly the same. It's so crazy. But they're nice to have around, you know, for carrying heavy things, car maintenance and pest control around the house. Ha!

Hockeymom!! Congrats on the 3 lbs down!! WOO HOO for you!! Good luck with the pasta. It's hard for me, too.

Hey, where's Pam? She usually has her menus posted first thing in the morning. Hope everything's OK with her.

I have weigh-in at noon today. SURE that I'm still up (maybe even more than two weeks ago at last WI), but I'm just gonna bite the bullet and keep moving. Have my menu planned out for today, so no guessing about what I'm going to eat. That helps! Here's the plan:

B -- coffee w/cream, string cheese (2), banana (high carb but was in a hurry!)
L -- baked chicken with parmesan, steamed green beans w/butter, granny smith apple
D -- roast beef, roasted veggies, tossed salad, tomato, sunflower seeds, ranch dressing

No reason to deviate from that!! I'll be full and happy--and ON PLAN!! And I still have a few points to play with (about 3). I might add an extra ounce of roast beef just to make my LC side happy...

Hope you all have a great day. BBL
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:28 AM   #845
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Coconut oil is also pretty low on WW points, considering it's oil. I made those coconut/chocolate things in mini muffin cups and they were 1 pt each, which isn't bad for a sweet treat. They had sunflower butter in them (like little reeses cups. Good way to get some good fat in too.

I made Mahi Mahi with mango avocado salsa last night and it was DELICIOUS. A great way to get protein and lots of veggies in!

Mango Avocado Salsa

1 mango, peeled and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (I used a baby bell pepper - all I had on hand)
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 scallions, chopped (I substituted these for cilantro, because I hate it, but you could use the cilantro)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice (1 good juicy lime)
salt and pepper to taste (I don't add much pepper)

Mix everything in a bowl and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 mins before serving to let the flavors marry. Enjoy!

The Mahi Mahi, I marinated in a bit of olive oil, coconut water, lime juice, and salt. I cooked it in canola oil (just a little), but should have used the coconut oil. I don't know why I'm kind of afraid of the coconut oil...lol...I'm just not used to using it yet.

I served it with green beans (with just salt) and tostones (fried plaintains).

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:49 AM   #846
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Hey - I didn't know you guys have been talking about my husband! I swear - they are all related.
Well - first weigh-in (end of week1). Down 3 lbs. So, this wasn't too painful at all. It's a little hard to watch carbs and points but it's not too bad. I did have pasta one day and it was torture. I can't do it - I want more and more and more. Maybe I will try the brown rice pasta or the mix of onion/pasta idea.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #847
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My vacation weight is all gone! Yay! Two days of eating lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, healthy fats and fat free dairy did the trick. Oh, and tracking. Yes, the tracking! Can't believe it, but I can do this!
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:56 AM   #848
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Oh, and WATER. lots and lots of water. I'm still sloshing!

I know WW does not yet consider CO to be a healthy fat. However, since Monday I've been stirring some into a hot cup of SF, FF, (4 gm carbs, 20 calories) Nestle's milk chocolate mix. It's really an appetite killer and very filling.

I'm just counting the EVCO as my healthy fats for now and having 2 of my hot drinks per day. It's definitely point worthy. A tablespoon of EVCO is 3 points, so I'm counting 1 point for a teaspoon.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #849
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Good Morning Everyone...Congrats on the weight loss.. good luck on the weight loss!! LOL.. I did terrible at night man.. my husband's job maybe in jeopardy and if he loses it we lose everything.. so I am just stressed, where my chest hurts, my head hurts.. but anyway I am just drinking double iced coffee today and trying to not think about it.. but he has a meeting tomorrow.. and I don't mind admitting that I am terrified...doesn't mean I have to take it out on me though.. but like millions the stakes are high...

So I want to wish all a good day today...

Yam.. I see you live in Northern Cal.. I am in Southern Cal....4 days ago, they said my area could get up to 80...now we are waiting rain...isn't that funny..
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:40 AM   #850
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Oh, and WATER. lots and lots of water. I'm still sloshing!

I know WW does not yet consider CO to be a healthy fat. However, since Monday I've been stirring some into a hot cup of SF, FF, (4 gm carbs, 20 calories) Nestle's milk chocolate mix. It's really an appetite killer and very filling.

I'm just counting the EVCO as my healthy fats for now and having 2 of my hot drinks per day. It's definitely point worthy. A tablespoon of EVCO is 3 points, so I'm counting 1 point for a teaspoon.
I think that's a good plan. THe EVCO is healthy. WW will come around.
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DD80-that recipe sounds amazing. I'm going to make it this weekend.
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I completely understand your concerns, Melinda. My DH was out of work twice in the last six years--once for almost a year. We squeaked by somehow, but it was NOT easy. Will pray for you all today. Hang in there...

Yep, I was up two lbs today. I'm not going to worry about it. I had my wonderful lunch and have dinner planned, and maybe next week I'll be down FOUR! At least I can hope!

Have a good afternoon....
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Shari...I really appreciate it.. I thank you...
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thanks Shari...I am up so much.. I just had iced coffee and I going to munch on a piece of chicken soon.. don't like what the scale says..and I don't want to gain back to over 400....Ok back to walking.. got 10 more minutes!!
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Melinda: I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. It's tough not to let the stress take over. There has only been one time when DH was out of work and it was very stressful. It lasted about 8 or 9 months and was not fun with no income. Somehow we made it though because we had meager savings. But, we learned to do without. You are right. Don't take it out on yourself or punish yourself. Don't undo all your hard work.

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thanks Yam.. I was about to shovel down some chicken thighs.. but I only had 2...I would say so far I did good...I really appreciate it...
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Melinda: My DD bought me this adorable little skillet that cooks one egg or egg white perfectly round. It's diameter is the same as the sandwich thin! And I found a little spatula made by the same company. So, I spray some cooking spray in that little pan, mix the egg up in a bowl and cook it. Slide it onto a warmed up sandwich thin, add the turkey slices and it's just like one of the breakfast sandwiches you get at a fast food restaurant. I love it!
Where the heck did I see that cute little skillet?!? I saw one last week and thought it was the cutest thing ever, almost bought it now can't remember where I saw it!! May I ask where you purchased it?
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Becky: DD had purchased one for herself and loved it so much she bought one for me. Then I accidentally came across one in a kitchen store in Sonora. It had the little matching spatula with it so I bought it for my BFF. Sorry I can't be more specific. I love it though! I also came across a tiny cast iron skillet in the same store and bought it. Both are perfect for one egg and cook the egg so it fits perfectly on the sandwich thin.
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OK, gotta tell you this 'cos I'm jazzed!!!

I just ran to the grocery store wearing my sweats because I needed to pick up some ground turkey real quick for dinner.

A gal I've known for years but have not seen in several weeks bumped into me while I was not looking. lol.

"Wow!!!" she said, "You have lost sooooo much weight!!! you are so SKINNY!!"

She used the work skinny!!! She asked if I was doing it on purpose and what the heck was I doing to look so amazing!!

I gave her a brief synopsis. We have talked about weight many times. She has quite a bit to lose and we were both always looking for the quick fix.

Anyhoo. I smiled all the way home and thought. "I'm showing!!"
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Good Morning Ladies.. wanted to wish everyone a good day today...

Yam-Yam...OMG that is fantastic!! Skinny girl!!! awesome...

Shari.. thanks for the heads up.. on my way to read that article!!! I also was 100 percent on plan yesterday!! WOOHOO!!
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Becky.. by the way I saw that little pan at Walmarts!!
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Wow, Shari! Interesting article. Wheat as Opium. No wonder pasta and bread set me off! I found it interesting that he says starchy veggies and sweet fruits are "elective" foods. That's pretty much what Dukan says as well. Some foods are "Vital" like protein. Some are "essential" like non-starchy veggies. Some are, I think he says "Important?" not sure, I'll have to look it up. But by that he means whole grains and some fruits. All other food is "Pleasurable" and therefore non-essential. Good thoughts to chew on.

Also agree that sleep deprivation causes cravings and fat storage. When I don't get enough good sleep, the scale goes up, up, up.

And, sometimes when we are craving sweets what our body is really looking for is fatty meats. Hmmmmmm.... I can see that!
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Melinda: Did your DH have his meeting yet? How are you doing with the stress level? Still for you!
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Yam, he rode his bike to work.. so I won't know until 6pm...I want to call him, but on the other hand, I don't want to appear anxious and stress him out...

I actually had an 11 point breakfast..eggs, bacon and sausage...because I wanted to keep full....to take my mind off of food...

Thanks Yam...I have been praying real hard too.....
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Your breakfast sounds good and low carby. That should keep you satisfied and calm.

I always tell my DD "you never know what a day will bring." and I mean that in a good way. She has had some very, very stressful situations in life. But then there are those days that come along and make things better. You never know. Just keep the faith, Sweetie!
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Melinda, I'm sure you've got you DH on your mind, but it sounds like you got up and got yourself off to a good start! Excellent!!

Good job on staying on track, Yam-Yam! It's not a hard things to do. I just can never understand why I turn my back on it here and there. If I ever really want to lose weight, I've got to pay closer attention--for a good long time!

Yeah, when I'm tired, I just reach for whatever is easy. It kind of clouds my "thinking" side of my brain.

Just had a fantastic lunch.....black-eyed peas, good salty ham and sauteed onions with a BIG splash of Tabasco sauce. OMG, it was fabulous! I know...if you're not a Southerner, you may go YUCK to the peas, but to me, they are heaven in a can. And they're a good points bargain, at about 2 per half-cup. It was SO filling, I'm saving half for lunch tomorrow. But it really hit the spot. With that ham, I was warding off sugar cravings, just like Mark's Daily Apple said. HA!!
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I know I have been MIA for about a month.

I have followed my own WW LC to mod C plan, with exercise as I could.

We had a brother in law die unexpectedly with an out of town funeral.

My husband was very upset, and on the family trek to the funeral, my dear DIL decided that a new puppy was what he needed.

We also had booked a little cruise.

So between all of this craziness and my own version of the cruise bug which happened 2 days after returning home from the cruise. . .I've been out of pocket for a month or more.

I probably cannot catch up with all that's going on. With housebreaking a pup, I spend all my time climbing stairs. ( we live upstairs.)

I have continued losing, I am in my weight range of normal for the first time since Hurricane Ike hit our house and caused so much damage. That's 3 1/2 years at least. I want to continue the road downward to my WW goal.

Anyway, some day, I will be able to chat again, but I'm not sure when. I will do what I can!

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Janie: Nice to see you and glad you got a chance to pop in. So sorry for your loss. I'm smiling about the new puppy. Sorry you got the cruise bug.

Congrats on losing weight and being in a healthy range! You go Girl!!
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After a great first day, my points tracking has been less than ideal.... What can I say. The usual excuses, Valentine´s day, a bad lunch choise, sick kids, depressing weather.... I´m great at finding excuses
On Wednesday DH wanted me to cook mussels and rice pilaf. I love that dish and haven´t had any for a couple of years. So I measured out a portion, it came to 9points (out of my 21!), and TWO HOURS later, I was absolutely starving! Reminded me why I don´t eat rice. Just not worth it.

Anyway, even after four days of half hearted tracking I´m down two pounds! My goodness! That should help motivate me.

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Oh, Janie, I am so sorry to hear you've been having a tough time. Congrats on the loss, but keep your chin up...sounds like you've got your hands full. You were on my mind the last couple of days, too. Maybe you were sending us vibes from afar...

Hang in there, Notia. It sounds like it's working for you, even without tracking every bite! That's a good thing. Rice is a problem for me, too. Really just about any starch, but rice is worse than potatoes for me.

Had a great evening. Probably ate too much, but it was all on plan, so no worries. Going to keep tracking front and center until my weigh-in on Wed. It's the only way I can do this! We're going out for a belated anniversary dinner tomorrow night, so I'm saving my extra points for that meal.

I also made a switch that I may or may not be able to maintain. For years, especially after starting to eat LC, I've used heavy cream in my coffee every morning. I LOVE it. Seriously love it. But it's a big hit on points, so yesterday, I bought some half-and-half. If I can use the h&h on weekdays, maybe I can splurge on heavy cream on the weekends. Now, we're only talking 2-3 points saved at breakfast, but sometimes that can make a BIG difference later in the day. So we'll see how it works. It didn't taste bad, but it's just not as luxurious as that yummy cream.......but as my points go down over time, I'm going to have to make concessions somewhere. This might be an easy one. PLUS h&h is way cheaper than cream, and with my "diet-cereal-eating-husband" pouring it on (ha!), the switch might even help him.

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