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Old 05-09-2011, 09:28 AM   #2041
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Laura- WOW your Gram is 95!! Go Gram!!!

Angela- I know how hard it is I have been dicking around of late and messing myself up, gone are the weeks of 6 pound weight loss, I need to lose 2.27 per week for the next 22 weeks to be 178 by my wedding, that is sort of a pipe dream from when I was like 12 but dude I gotta weigh less than 190 I have to weigh less than Tony, now he will never be able to lift me with this bad knee, LOL I have become so complacent, and I need to stop that, I got out my food journal from back in Sept and Oct, the weeks I lost the most were those with meat, eggs, and cheese, simple!! I didn't crave stuff I didn't think incessantly about sweets, for me the LC crap doesn't cut it if I cheat I want the real stuff, and bad!!!! Those fancy $5 pastries would not have stood a chance with me! Now real candy- no biggie the guys have 2 huge bowls of candy and I never even think of eating it, it doesnt phase me, so I must apply that same feeling back to the other stuff I will get 9 pounds off this month if it kills me, LOL So we are all refocusing and reevaluating and we are all in this together!!!! Today I had my shake, 4 cups of coffee, 1/2 a chicken breast the left over tikki masala and a herbal water, lemongrass vanilla mint, OMG it is so good!!!!!!! And I had 4 bottles of regular water too. Figured I burned 100 calories running to the bath room!!!! Tonight beef in crock pot and tossed salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar, and that is it!!! No treats, no candy, etc!!!! I am going to get myself back into a fat burning machine !!!!!
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But... we all know fires die. Mine do. I go crazy and I'm really gung ho for a little bit, then I fizzle. True story. I have no doubt in my head I will fizzle in the near future.

Angela, This comment is soooo me. I get all inspired and dedicated mentally and it just fizzles out. Im like that in other things too. I really hate that about myself!!!!! What to do????????
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Oh how fun to look at old photos, but I know what ya mean with the kinda whistful thinking. Hey, anything that motivates ya to keep moving forward is a good thing, even if there were some wet eyes. Your plan sounds good. You can do it. Queen of maintaining - very cute.

Have you done your measurements yet this month? Just curious.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:28 PM   #2045
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It's like a summer fire. You light it, it burns high and hard for a bit, then it settles in to the nice cracklin' slow burning fire for a while. Soon it is the weiner/marshmallow slow burn for a bit longer. You start to take it for granted, bs'n and tippin', and it goes to a barely there pile of hot coals and a few flickers. All it needs is a couple logs tossed on and it will burn bright again. Keep stoking the fire girls. Don't let the embers die out. (Right about now, my RL friends would say step away from the Mike's!)

Sounds like you got a good plan there Ang! You can do it girl. You will get your glam back! To me, you have it now my glamorous LC friend

I think the crying jag is part of he recovery. Kind of like al anon....You have to go through the emotions....reach deep inside....feel the pain....get angry...then, you can make progress.

So funny martini! I was just talking about the charleston today! and here you bring it up!
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Hi Diane! I’m pleased to start out fresh with you! However, you really should be huffing and puffing with Frenchie on the weekends! Wink wink nudge nudge

Thanks, PirateLaura! I just keep plugging along, readjusting, and plug along again. Something has to give eventually. Right? Right? Right?

Aw, hugs to you, WriterLaura. Your grandma sounds like a hoot! I am very excited to hear about your wedding! Spill it, sister!

Hi Izzy! Do you think I should post some old Glamazon pics? I never did because I thought it would be kinda “neener neener I used to be skinny and wear mondo push up bras.”

You rock, Amber! I can always count on you to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and get back to it! Proud of you for going back to basics—me, too!

Hi Glenda! I think it’s just human nature to be this way—red hot and fizzle. Then get fired up about something else. It happens. It’s time for you to get fired up with us! Why not? We’re going for it right now—you can, too! Hopefully we will all fizzle at diffenet times, and the rest of us can rekindle!

Hi Tiggy! I’m going to take measurements and weigh and photo this Friday. It was supposed to be Tuesday, but I don’t wanna. I want to give myself a few extra days to get the bloat (?) down. Yeah, I have a love/hate relationship with my old photos. I looked so good! Yippee! But now I look so bad. Boohoo.

Thanks, Kitty! Your analogy was perfect. Thanks for that. Cheers with a Mikes!

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:00 PM   #2047
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Weight today: did not weigh

Exercise:
Morning dog walk
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Supplements taken

Food today:
B: scrambled eggs, sausage patty
L: Pooti’s Hulk Juice, salami, garlic white cheddar, cracked pepper white cheddar, daikon, cucumber
D: ground turkey, onion, cauliflower, shredded extra sharp cheddar, bacon bits

I was so determined to stay on plan today that I overate. I ate bunches of food to overcompensate, I guess. I’m really full now. I just didn’t want to get hungry and then start wandering around looking for snacks. I just wanted to stuff it all in and shut the hell up—and so I did. I had a very nice food day! Dinner was not what I would have ordinarily created—Usually I would have made cheese sauce and sprinkled fried onions on top. This time, to cut the carbs way down (since the sauce and the onions have a bit of flour and milk in them) I chose instead to pile on some plain shredded extra sharp and bacon bits. SO TASTY GOOD! I did not miss the sauce and precious fried onions at all. The bacon is something new I got at Costco. I usually get the big packs of precooked Hormel bacon—can’t live without it—but in one of the aisles I found a giant bag of preshredded bacon. Just bacon! Nothing weird in it at all. So handy! Now I’m sprinkling bacon on everything, even my husband. He doesn’t mind.

Pooti’s Hulk Juice (coined by our own lovely Martini) was celery, cucumber, green bell pepper, broccoli and a garlic clove all wrung out in my Omega juicer. That thing is amazing! The leftovers (all the fiber) were practically bone dry. I got it all! A little twist of sea salt on it and YUM. It was actually really quite tasty. Tomorrow I will add a few more green things to it. Slamming it down Hulk Style with Pooti!

I am currently shopping for new pans. Does anyone have a favorite NON TEFLON brand they like? I have a Circulon anodized set that served me well for a few years, but they are toast now. I am very hard on my stuff. I really want to upgrade – to All Clad or Le Crueset. I know they are freaking expensive, but I’m at a place in life now where I just want a few QUALITY pans I can use for decades. I have a small kitchen with limited storage and I seem to use the same couple of pans over and over. Why not just have a few really good ones? I’m leery about the All Clad, they are stainless steel and I have not had good luck with stainless in the past. Granted, it was cheapass stainless and not All Clad, but mostly I make eggs and need a really good egg pan. The reviews are mixed about egg cooking—some say fabulous, some say terrible. I assume it’s the skill of the chef talking, lol. I already own a few pieces of Le Crueset, and they are spectacular with the enamel inside. They clean up like a dream no matter what burned up ****ery was going on in there. They are big Dutch ovens, though—I need frying pans. Costco has a 5 ply copper core stainless set that is comparable to the All Clad—for a fraction of the price. However, It’s a set, and several of the pans would not really be used and just hog up space, no matter how pretty and copper cored they are. I need like a giant fry pan and two medium ones. That just doesn’t come in set, lol. Also to think about, I am not some dynamite chef—Gordon Ramsey would call me a donkey and throw me out if he knew what was going on in my kitchen. Do I really need a pan that good? I am lucky that there is a Le Crueset factory store a few exits down the freeway here—I can get some decent prices. Right now if I pick out $300 worth of stuff they are offering 35% off. That’s a pretty good deal considering their stuff is about 20% from regular retail anyway.

My positive for the day: Cut down on carbs, did fine!

Success today. On to day 246!
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:23 AM   #2048
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Ang, I love Cast Iron, once they get seasoned well nothing sticks to them. I have 2 big frying pans..one that belonged to Jeff's grandmother, I use it for everything.

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Old 05-10-2011, 02:40 AM   #2049
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Ah Janet that reminded me of my cast iron skillets that I left behind in the states, That was hard! I dont remember the name of my skillets but I love them. I have a convection stovetop so they are rated for that. I love my stove top. It boils water in a few minutes. Really amazing.
I would go with the sale there Angela, at least you know you will be getting top quality and wont ever need to replace them, or at least not for a LONG time. I have a hard time investing in anything myself but that is because I never know when we will pick up and go and where we will be going. I dont see myself shipping much overseas if we end up going there. I will cart it all over europe it I must though!
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:55 AM   #2051
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Good morning Angela,

My wedding was fabulous, but it was 8 years ago! I was just asking Amber what her wedding date was because mine was in October too.

I need to check out that daikon you love so much. I haven't seen it in any stores around here but when I go to the organic market this weekend or next I will look for it.

Have a great day!
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MMMM bacon
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM bacon covered hot hawian surfer!

No idea on the pans hun. I move to much to invest in something I would love and then have to sell for minimal cost.

Well done on eating on plan despite eating what you deem is a LOT. doesn't look like a lot to me at all. Need I start posting my menus... please god no.
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Ang- I am a big fan of Le Crueset, I have a few key pieces that i just love although now I can hardly lift them, LOL Rachel Rays cookware at Kohls is really nice, she makes a pretty darn good pan, not sure if you have Kohl's out there?

We can do this hun, it sucks sometimes, but we gotta find our mojo and stick with it and we will see the results we crave! Mmmm precooked bacon is it really good? I always see it and think it would be s tasty I hate cooking bacon, I hate when the house smells like the food you cooked, it still smells like Indian from the other night, LOL

I have celeric I need some chips this weekend, I even use the mini fryer outside so the house doesn't smell of oil! I ordered some new cigars, Cosmopolitan Martini, cant wait to try them, LOL
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Oooo a grandmother’s pan! That’s really cool, Laura! My mom has her grandmother’s cookie sheet—it’s a pathetic blackened thing—but it’s so special to her! My mom has some lovely Chantal pots that she’s had for 25 years or so—they are still gorgeous looking despite heavy use. I don’t think she’s used them in a decade… she stopped cooking when my dad died. Maybe I will liberate them from her cupboard for myself—since I cook all her dinners anyway!

I think I will hit up the Le Crueset store, Diane. I really want to use cast iron, but I did not have any luck at all with the few Lodge pans I have. I have trouble just leaving them dirty. I know, I know, you’re supposed to just wipe them out, season them, yadda yadda—I could never manage to do it right. The pan was either gross or stripped clean and “worthless.” I think it’s just me. You’d think I’d be alright with it, dirty stuff doesn’t freak me out, I don’t even get bothered when ants get into the kitchen or if I drop something on the floor. Just clean ‘em up and move on. I think that’s’ why I like the enameled cast iron—it’s cast iron, but you can scrub them up nice and clean shiny new after cooking. Am I weird??

Aww, Casey! Thank you so much! Right back atcha!

What kind of cast iron are you using, Kitty? Seasoned, unseasoned/do it yourself, enameled? What brand? Lodge had a lower priced enamel variety, I wonder how they compare to leCrueset?

WriterLaura! 8 years! That’s funny we all thought you were getting married in the fall! I adore daikon, I can never give it up. It’s in all the regular grocery stores here, you might check an Asian grocer if there’s one around. They look like GIANT white root carroty things. Some are just enormous. And pornographic. You have to be mighty confident to buy some of them! Only buy them if they are nice and firm and crisp—if there’s any rubberiness, leave them be. Peel them with a potato peeler, slice them up and enjoy! They are so good plain, in salad, or with dip. Yum!

LOL Tiggy bacon covered surfer. OH! YEAH! I did eat quite a bit—I usually go for 3 eggs and 3 slices of bacon in the morning, but lately it’s 4 eggs 4 slices. It really holds me well clear until a late lunch around 1 ot 2, which is perfect. Dinner last night was one and a half bowls of the turkey/onion/cauli/bacon/cheesy stuff. Usually one bowl will do it. I suppose I will calm the hell down eventually, when my brain gets it through my thick skull that there isn’t any chance of going hungry—plus a deeper ketosis should be my friend. Let’s hope! Please post your food—I love seeing what you come up with! I’m dying to try Roo Mince with you.

Amber, we do have Kohl’s here, I’ll look into Rachel’s pans. The Le Crueset sure are heavy! I think that may be what I like about them, lol. About your cigars: G!R!O!S!S! Your celery root chips sound divine, though. Eventually I have to try them! It just sounds like a lot of work. I’m lazy.

Here’s the bacon—LOVE LOVE LOVE and can’t live without it. I recommend them to any low carber who has a costco card. OUTSTANDING and convenient. Sometimes they get tossed in the microwave, but they are extra super tasty when fried in a pan for a few minutes. The bacon bits are new to me, but I am loving them just as much!

Usually I don’t like anything with chemicals or preservatives, etc, but bacon is one of the foods I can forgive. I can also forgive Best Foods mayo for having soy, and I can forgive fruits and veggies for not being organic, and I can forgive my steaks for not being grassfed. Other than that, food that’s not food really bugs me and we just don’t have it around.












...and just for kicks, here's yesterday's Pooti Hulk Juice. It tasted really good!


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""""Some are just enormous. And pornographic. You have to be mighty confident to buy some of them! Only buy them if they are nice and firm """""

Indeed firm is so much better than rubbery, LOL That made me roll!!!!!

My Mom has a Costso near her I used to belong to all of them, Costco, BJ's, and Sam's because darn they are all good,and all had stuff that was unique to them, but since I am now poor I settled on BJ's since it is near the office, LOL Will have to send Mama on a journey, she jsut told me she wants to pay for my wedding gown, she is like what's a third time? LOL Poor Mom!!! I will break her just with wedding gowns, LOL

Man that green juice looks sort of gross, but imagine very healthy for ya! Good for you drinking that down!!!!
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It tasted really good! Nice and fresh and savory and I enjoyed it. I'm sure my body is quite delighted to get the solid hit of natural nutrition!
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Okay, I'm heading over to Pooti's to check out this green juice situation...but I don't think I'm going to like it.
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Ang! Thanks so much for making the Hulk Juice! As soon as I can get my blood sugars down I'm gonna test them out. I of course, being juicer/poor, will for the time being and sake of testing, be using the food processor to break down the veg as much as possible then moving it to the blender for the rest of it. I will just have to eat it thick. LOL. I'm gonna try your version of the Hulk Juice and maybe add a touch of cilantro and maybe a squeeze of lime! Yummy! *slurp*.

I will tell you when I had the smoothies day before yesterday I think it was...I was RAVENOUS all day! All I could think about was food and eating the next meal. I don't think that is normal. I think it's a sign that our insulin is spiking? Now I wish I had taken my blood sugar!

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Angela, I think the hulk juice looks good. What is Daikon and celery root? How do you fix it and what does it taste like?

I have some stainless steel cookware that belonged to my Mom. It is Lifetime brand. Some of the pieces were missing so I bought a few off of ebay. I dont use cast iron. I guess I dont have enough patience to wait for the seasoning process. Mine always rusts...: (.......I have some out here that are rusted and Ive thought about cleaning them up and giving the seasoning process another try.....

Does anyone here watch Dancing with the Stars? If so who do you like? I always favor the chunky chicks! Well, I really admire them for going out there in front of everyone and giving it a go!!!! I sure wouldnt do that!!! Poor ol Kirstie Alley falling all over the place!!!!!WOW!!!!!! She has my respect! Whew!!!!! I would die of embarassment!!!!!:blush:
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No, WLaura, you are NOT going to like it.

Pooti, Cilantro and lime would be GREAT in this! Ordinarily I would add some tomato also, but as I'm trying to cut carbs everywhere it doesn't hurt, tomatos are out until the weekend. I am so much happier NOT making these try to be sweet! All the recipes are telling you to add apple or whatever to sweeten it up, but really, they taste so fresh and delish as is! Just a little salt needed, I think. I don't know what to tell you about getting hungry, Poot-- probably was a swing of some kind. Maybe keeping it more simple would help? No powders or thickeners or sweeteners or the like. I would blame that stuff before blaming the veggies. Yeah, juicing like this isn't so different than eating the same stuff in a bowl, I guess. More fiber just eating it! I think the advantage of juicing is that you can get MORE veggies down the hatch quickly and easily, in a quick absorb form with no dillydally. A giant bowl of veg can be shrunk down to a single glass, easy to drink. You need a Juicer! Have you tried Craigslist or eBay? There should be loads-- I would look for a champion or an Omega. (I have an omega, looooove it!) I just checked, there's one like I have on ebay for $129-- #150603242709) The single gear auger styles are so superior--AND SO EASY TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR. No muss, no fuss.

Glenda, Daikon is a radish. It tastes and has the same texture as your basic salad radish-- it's just really big and easy to use-- much more so than the little pain in the ass red ones. If you like radish, you should try it! I don't have much experience with celery root, but Diane makes a cooked mashed one with cheese that sounds to die for! I don't watch DWTS-- the band kills me and I can't take it. I do love Edyta and her sexy legwarmers, but I don't think she's on the show anymore. I love So You Think You Can Dance ( Cat Deely! ) So, I'll be watching that when it comes around.
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So, I am the proud new owner of three new Le Crueset pans.

I went down to the outlet store and checked them all over. The sales lady was super nice and very informative, and after walking around the rest of the mall and having a bottle of water while sitting in the sun, I decided to go for it. Here's what I got:

an 11.75 inch cast iron enamelled skillet-- Flame Orange color
a 10.25 inch cast iron enamelled skillet-- Carribean Blue color
another 10.25 inch cast iron enamelled skillet-- Lemon Yellow color

I adore the colors-- the other two pans I have are a fennel green and a kiwi green-- so "matching" colors was already out the window. I like my little colored menagerie, it's like a fiesta! The two medium frying pans just look so cheerful with their yellow and teal, it will be a pleasure to have breakfast with them every morning. I also love the orange, what a great color!

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Ang those are very nice pans, I love the colors. Enjoy them
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...and tonight I'm going to MESS.THEM.UP! Onions and mushrooms for smothering our steaks tonight. LOL!

Thanks, Laura! I am hoping I never have to buy another pan as long as I live. Maybe my son's son will be proud of having grandma's cast iron some day.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:03 PM   #2065
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Ang I'm sure he will, they last for generations.
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GIFTS!!!! PANS!!! PRESENTS!!!! You deserve new pots!!!! Well I bet that steak onions and shrooms couldn't be happier!!!! Take a picture of it in the pan!!!! I love the blackbottom dance!!!! I shall pratice it!!!! I like when she looks over her shoulder like "Do u see it?? My blackbottom?"
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Love the pans! I always loved their look. The mixed colors remind me of fiestaware; which I adore! I think you will love them for many years to come!

I don't have too many problems with rust on my pans. I wash them with dish soap and a metal scrubby pad, then dry them thoroughly on the stove. I wash mine everytime. I could never get into the just wipe thing. I don't reseason after washing. I just pour some EVOO (or butter) in them when I am ready to cook something and fry in that. I have some Lodge, and some others. Two of my favorites are the griddle (don't use as often anymore) and the large double burner pan. I use it to cook up big batches of ....about anything Mine are not enameled. Just the old style cast iron. Great exercise girls just lifting them! LOL

Glenda:Wash them up (SOS pads are great for this)...season them...and try it again! I store mine in my oven. In the old days that was because of the pilot light keeping them dry...no pilot light...I just think it is the driest place in the kitchen and convenient. Some people put paper towels between them to keep them dry. Once in a great while, I may get a bit of rust in a spot or 2, but it is easy to wash out quickly. Stuff doesn't stick and if it does at all, I just put it on the stove with water in, boil for a bit, dump that out, then scrub the softened goop out.

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Yea we have washed cast iron with soap for years. Never ruined anything. Just have to dry them right away or they rust.
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Yea we have washed cast iron with soap for years. Never ruined anything. Just have to dry them right away or they rust.
Yep, right from sink to the stove. Bone dry!
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I have two lodge pans-- one giant dutch oven (That thing is massive! People mistake me for a wicked witch when I'm stirring it with my giant wooden spoon.) and a large skillet that currently has rust on it-- despite careful drying! It was suposedly pre-seasoned, but everything stuck like crazy and made a big mess for me every time I tried, no matter how much fat I used. Oh well. I'll give it another go one of these days.
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