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Old 01-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #241
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Christine,

I just got read up on your journal. We are alot alike! And I had to laugh about you almost losing your pants on the treadmill (I think it was on the first page or something, back in November, lol). I did the same thing a couple weeks ago and ended up at old navy buying some new ones the next day!

Looks like we are about the same in terms of weight (though I don't weight everyday). Looks like the 170s have been difficult to get into for you, so I will you the best. Hopefully we will both be there soon!!

Also, you and all your exercise has inspired me to step up my game a little bit. I am going to bed early (ie before midnight) so I can get up early and fit in a workout.

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Christine,

I just got read up on your journal. We are alot alike! And I had to laugh about you almost losing your pants on the treadmill (I think it was on the first page or something, back in November, lol). I did the same thing a couple weeks ago and ended up at old navy buying some new ones the next day!

Looks like we are about the same in terms of weight (though I don't weight everyday). Looks like the 170s have been difficult to get into for you, so I will you the best. Hopefully we will both be there soon!!

Also, you and all your exercise has inspired me to step up my game a little bit. I am going to bed early (ie before midnight) so I can get up early and fit in a workout.

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Thanks, and thanks for coming over!! Good for you for stepping it up on the exercise; I find that it really helps keep me focused (even though I am not convinced that it's essential to my weight loss). And I really enjoy doing it, so that's a bonus. Keep up the great work!
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is my esteemed pleasure to welcome a very special guest to the Money Maker journal, someone whose presence I have hotly anticipated for quite some time. Please join me in welcoming THE ONE SEVENTIES!

179.2 this morning: HELLO AND HOW YA DOIN', NEW DECADE? Is it too soon in our relationship to say that I love you?
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:41 AM   #244
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:46 AM   #247
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NICE! I'm at the cusp of the 240's, ready to say goodbye to the 250's (how short-lived they've been...)
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Thank you, thank you! In celebration, I experimented with the coconut bark recipe and came up with an amazing fudge. I wish I could tell you the exact measurements, but I'm not big on measuring. Here's what I did:

Combine coconut oil (maybe 1/2 to 1 cup), dark cocoa powder (enough to make it dark brown), 3/4 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, a few TBS of almond butter, and a shot of SF caramel syrup (any complementary flavor would probably work). Melt while continually stirring, then spread onto wax paper on a pan; freeze for a few minutes. Break and eat. DELICIOUS!
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:44 AM   #249
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I've been meaning to try a coconut bark recipe. Sounds good, might have to find some SF caramel syrup and whey powder... Where do you typically buy those?
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I get the WPP at G...N...C (I have to write it like that or my post will be flagged!) and I pick up the syrup at a little coffee stand in my farmers market. I think other places carry the syrups, though.
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that sounds tasty... might have to try it... though the only ingredient I think I have on hand is the protein powder....

I made almond bark a month or so ago. I don't whip things together in kitchen real well so making something without a recipe was a big deal for me. I used unsweetened baking chocolate, almonds, almond extract, vanilla extract, splenda, and hazelnut coffee flavoring splenda. Basically I added the "contaminants" until the chocolate didn't make me gag when I sampled it, lol. It turned out alright, tasted like dark chocolate to me. No one else liked it, but I hadn't had any real sweets in a while so a small piece tasted like a treat to me.
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179.0

I thought for sure I'd be up this morning, having eaten more than a little bit of that fudge!

I'm plugging through Taubes' book, and if you haven't read it, I really recommend it. It's fascinating.
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Yup Taubes' book was my inspiration. When I see that much convicting evidence piled up against the common dietary paradigm and sections that speak directly to my own frustrations... well... I'm convinced.
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another for you gf!!! i made lc brownies which are quite tasty (almond butter, egg, sugar sub, cocoa, vanilla) ...and now in the freezer cause i have 10 pounds to...re-lose so, i will NOT be trying your delicious sounding candy

have a great day!
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179.2 this morning: HELLO AND HOW YA DOIN', NEW DECADE? Is it too soon in our relationship to say that I love you?



OMG!!!!!!!! I can't yell loud enough!!!
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another for you gf!!! i made lc brownies which are quite tasty (almond butter, egg, sugar sub, cocoa, vanilla) ...and now in the freezer cause i have 10 pounds to...re-lose so, i will NOT be trying your delicious sounding candy

have a great day!
I'm storing my fudge in the freezer, but mostly because it tastes so delightful that way! I was thinking that what might help me with portion control is taking ONE PIECE to work each day. Then it's like double-duty: I get to enjoy ONE PIECE and it also makes my day a little brighter!

Except that when I come home I'll probably have ANOTHER piece, and ANOTHER, and......


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OMG!!!!!!!! I can't yell loud enough!!!
Thank you, thank you! I cannot even tell you how excited I am!

Double workout day today: Hit the gym at noon and also went to Zumba tonight. I am one tired person right now. Meals were as follows:

B: 2 eggs, 2 slices provolone, 2 slices bacon (I like symmetry, no? )
S: HB egg and string cheese
L: Leftover beef tips in sour cream sauce
S: Piece of fudge
D: Piece of fudge

Ha. Ha. Ha. Seriously. :blush:
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180.2

Woke up starving this morning, undoubtedly due to my workouts yesterday and lack of a real dinner to speak of! I'm looking forward to hitting the cafeteria today because I love the salad bar.

I remember the days when eating at the cafeteria meant one, two, or three desserts! Not anymore. At this point, even the idea of eating something sugary makes my toes curl.
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I hate when I wake up starving. I was doing that for the first few days after trying the Hhcg drops and I hadn't changed my diet. It was weird.

You are right you are probably hungry from the double workout and your dinner of coconut fudge. lol
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boiled eggs for you...prescription strength take two...and don't you wish you could go back to bed?
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Christine, you are doing so well! Double exercise actually sounds fun! isn't it exciting that you are able and willing to get so active? an awesome NSV!
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Thank you, thank you! In celebration, I experimented with the coconut bark recipe and came up with an amazing fudge. I wish I could tell you the exact measurements, but I'm not big on measuring. Here's what I did:

Combine coconut oil (maybe 1/2 to 1 cup), dark cocoa powder (enough to make it dark brown), 3/4 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, a few TBS of almond butter, and a shot of SF caramel syrup (any complementary flavor would probably work). Melt while continually stirring, then spread onto wax paper on a pan; freeze for a few minutes. Break and eat. DELICIOUS!
I tried a recipe last night that was fantastic-
3 tblsp coconut oil, 2 tblsp butter, dutch cocoa powder (2tblsp), 2 packets stevia, chopped walnuts, a tablespoon or 2 of almond butter.

I think the butter and almond butter made all the difference. It was melt in your mouth good with a hint of saltiness and a serious creamy rich undertone. Much better with the butter & almond butter than without, although I'm not sure which one provided the most flavor enhancement... I might try this again using almond meal/flour instead of almond butter and see how it goes.
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Hmm, i am going to a get together tomorrow night... maybe I will try this to bring.

Stupid question though... where do you get almond butter? I think I have looked (not very hard though) before and couldn't find it. Is it with the normal butter?

disclaimer - I still call my mother or grandmother when I can't find things in the grocery store, lol.
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Hmm, i am going to a get together tomorrow night... maybe I will try this to bring.

Stupid question though... where do you get almond butter? I think I have looked (not very hard though) before and couldn't find it. Is it with the normal butter?

disclaimer - I still call my mother or grandmother when I can't find things in the grocery store, lol.
I make my own almond butter. All you need is roasted salted almonds and splenda and a food processor. Just put the almonds in and turn on the food processor until it turns to butter and then sweeten it if you would like. Takes 5 minutes.
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Hmm, i am going to a get together tomorrow night... maybe I will try this to bring.

Stupid question though... where do you get almond butter? I think I have looked (not very hard though) before and couldn't find it. Is it with the normal butter?

disclaimer - I still call my mother or grandmother when I can't find things in the grocery store, lol.
Making your own is a good idea. Short of that, check the peanut butter aisle. I get mine at a healthfood store, but I see it in regular grocery stores (more expensive there, though).
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I tried a recipe last night that was fantastic-
3 tblsp coconut oil, 2 tblsp butter, dutch cocoa powder (2tblsp), 2 packets stevia, chopped walnuts, a tablespoon or 2 of almond butter.

I think the butter and almond butter made all the difference. It was melt in your mouth good with a hint of saltiness and a serious creamy rich undertone. Much better with the butter & almond butter than without, although I'm not sure which one provided the most flavor enhancement... I might try this again using almond meal/flour instead of almond butter and see how it goes.
Sounds great! I was definitely thinking of adding butter to my own concoction to get that creaminess. Now I definitely will. Bought more coconut oil for this weekend!
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Sounds great! I was definitely thinking of adding butter to my own concoction to get that creaminess. Now I definitely will. Bought more coconut oil for this weekend!
Yup the butter definitely does something for it, although it changes the texture a bit so it's softer, definitely need a napkin to eat.

I purchased a silicone candy bar mold online which I intend to try using for this soon (once it arrives). From the dimensions it seems to make twix bar-sized portions, which is what I was looking for (they had cheaper ones on amazon but none of them made a moderately "thick" candy bar like this one)
Large Candy Bar Silicone Mold
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I can't hear you

And, even if I could...I don't like chocolate.

Nope. Not me.

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And, even if I could...I don't like chocolate.

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179.8

No Zumba due to snow AGAIN. Another snowday for DS (that's two this week and three this month), so he's thrilled, of course! Going to hit Zumba tomorrow morning, I hope, and maybe I can get to the gym this afternoon when DH comes home. Little does DS know that he'll be spending part of the day at the library with me working on his social studies project!

Yesterday I attended a large meeting; many of my colleagues hadn't seen me since before the holidays, and I got a lot of "hey, skinny girl" comments. But really, people. The perspective is totally skewed. I clearly look better than I did, but when compared to an average person, I'm still overweight. I need to lose another 20 before I can cross over into "normal" range. So it's a little hard for me to hear those comments because I think that while I look fine when compared to Fat(ter) Christine, I do NOT look fine when compared to Average Person.

Anyway, the fact is that I know I have lots more work to do, and I'm committed to doing it. I really love that I am within 20 lbs of "normal" (a purely subjective term, typically, but in this case, I am referring to the BMI scale). That's something I really could not conceptualize even just three months ago. Twenty pounds? It's something and nothing at the same time, in the grand scheme.
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