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Old 11-26-2013, 11:34 AM   #61
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Hooray!!! That's fantastic!
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:02 AM   #62
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Fast Day #4

Brushing myself off after not following through with fasting a 2nd time last week.. It was going to be on Saturday during our ride home from our trip to St. Louis. However after 3 days of eating a little too much (I did a bit of intermittent fasting while gone and either ate only one or 2 meals each day) and drinking a lot too much, I just felt kinda sick and needed food. Not healthy food either.. fast food..

I thought maybe I'd do a back-to-back Sunday/Monday.. but as I sat here *surfing* yesterday I decided I wanted to enjoy my weekend day. Lesson learned - pick two days during the week - always Monday and either Thursday or Friday. If it's a holiday week or a vacation week, then just do the best I can and pick up where I left off.

So, it's Monday and I am here and I am fasting and all is good. Today's planned food for 500 calories:

Chai tea with some creamer - 30
Egg white scramble with spinach and fajita seasoning - 55
"Green" drink with Deeper Greens powder, keto powder and lettuces - 60
Homemade Oriental Sweet and Sour Soup- 2 Cups - 50
Homemade Pizza Soup with Miracle Rice - sprinkle of parmesan cheese - 155
4 ounces salmon w/Cajun seasoning- 150
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I think traveling and being away from home makes any approach to eating, any eating plan, more complicated and, sometimes, difficult. Brushing yourself off sounds like a great idea...I'm still brushing myself off after an excess of turkey (LC but still an excess). Have a great day, Judy.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #64
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Judy, your fast day meals look awesome. How do you feel so far? I bet you will feel great by tomorrow.
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All that matters is what you do you after the bump in the road. You're doing great! Menu looks wonderful!
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:42 AM   #66
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Fast Day #5

Much needed fast day today after way too much booze and a buffet at the casino yesterday.

Today's menu - 530 Calories:

Chai Tea and creamer - 30
Cauliflower Breadstix - 1/2 of recipe - 220
Pizza Soup w/ Miracle Rice & Parmesan - 180
Spicy Oriental Soup - 2 Cups - 50
1/4 C black soy beans - 50

It's 12:40 and I've already had the tea , the beans and oriental soup. I am going to do some chores, run an errand, and go to the pool for some exercise!!! By the time I get back it'll be 3:00ish.. I'll have the Pizza soup and get the Cauliflower bread stix recipe together and ready to put in the oven for dinner at around 6:30PM.

I've been trying to do some intermittent fasting on "normal" days by waiting until early afternoon to eat. I hope that will help a bit because I am sure I am going over my TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure). I just don't want to be a slave to tracking everything I eat every day.. After the next fast day on Monday I'll hop on the scale for some feedback...
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #67
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Judy, your menu looks really good. How are you feeling? Do you have enough energy? Do your down days feel okay? It sounds like you handle your down days pretty well. If you have time, I would love to see you recipe for cauliflower breadsticks. Sending good vibes your way doll! You are rocking this so far so don't give up! xo xo xo
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:38 AM   #68
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Cauliflower bread stick recipe

My 5th fast day yesterday went off without a hitch. So much easier than Monday! I really don't get it. The days before the fast were very similar in that I drank AL and had a lot to eat - including carbs.. I didn't eat exactly what I planned because I wasn't hungry for it. I did snack a bit on a piece of corned beef and cheese since I had 250 extra calories to play with. I'll weigh myself after my next fast which will be either Monday or Tuesday..

Today is a big breakfast out with the girlfriends and a Toastmasters meeting.. And some shopping at the mall..
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The recipe for the cauliflower bread sticks is below... People use this as a pizza crust base, too.. You'll just put it in the pan thinner.

Cauliflower Breadsticks! Hardly any calories for the whole pan! 340 she said… I get about 443 calories for the entire recipe when I use the cheese I purchased.

Idea: Add tomato sauce for a pizza

•1 large head of cauliflower - 143 cal
•2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
•2 large eggs, lightly beaten - 140 cal
•4 oz low fat mozzarella cheese - 160 cal
•1/2 teaspoon onion powder
•salt
•pepper

•Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
•Chop the cauliflower into chunks and place into microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft
•Place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until it's a mashed potato texture
•In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, eggs,cheese, and seasonings
•Lightly spray a baking pan with spray oil and coat with the mixture (about 1/2 inch thick)
•Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to brown
•Add additional cheese to the top and enjoy!
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:14 AM   #69
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It sounds like you have a really fun day planned -- good for you. Thanks for posting the cauliflower breadsticks recipe. I really want to make them!
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Update on Cauliflower bread stix..

I made them... Let's just say that I wouldn't call them "bread" stix.. Don't really know what to call them. They were decent and probably would have been better on a fasting day. I wasn't technically tummy rumbling hungry when I tried them. I DID add extra cheese on the top - probably another 2 oz. I used garlic powder instead of fresh (lazy)... I'd probably add more salt, and maybe a layer of pizza sauce and sliced thin veggies on the top before the last layer of cheese. Also, a sprinkle of parmesan and red cayenne pepper (I like spicy).. It has potential.. I'll work on it!
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:12 AM   #71
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Fast Day #6

Looking forward (kinda) to my Monday fast today. It's 10 a.m., my tummy is rumbling as I type and drink my chai tea. Tomorrow will be my 2nd weigh in since I have decided to weigh every 3 fasts. If I lose I will most definitely be hooked on this WOE. I did a ton of cooking over the weekend - all veggie based dishes. Yesterday's Portobello Mushroom pizza's with bacon and ground turkey meat were great!

Today's fast day 500ish calorie mini-meal menu:

~ Chai tea with creamer - 30
~ Egg white scramble with 1 oz turkey meat & fajita seasoning - 65
~"Greens" Drink - 60
~ Cauliflower breadstix - 1/4 of recipe - 125
~ Homemade sweet and sour cabbage soup 2 Cups- 100
~ Zucchini boats made with a cooked tomatoey/veggie mixture with some parmesan cheese and 1 oz ground turkey - 120
~ Pickles as needed for cravings - 10
~ Possibly add Miracle Rice to soup and/or Zucchini boat if I need bulk - 30

Here I go......
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:21 AM   #72
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Have a wonderful day, Judy! Menu looks fantastic!!
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:35 AM   #73
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I agree with Dani -- your menu looks really awesome. You are eating so many healthy things -- plenty of veggies, lean protein, chai tea -- all of which will make you feel even better. You are doing great, Judy!
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Results from 2nd weigh in

Tuesday 12/10 - morning after 6th fast.. 2nd weigh- in on 5:2 after having begun on 11/17 with my 1st fast day. 261.5 - Down 2 pounds from my last weigh in on 11/26. Of course I am disappointed with the memory of yesterday’s fast clear on my brain. I think to myself –“I have starved myself 3 days out of the last 14 days and all I get is 2 pounds”? What my brain is failing to remember is that 11 out of those days I ate like a queen! At least 5 or more of those days like a really out-of-control queen! So, what should I expect? My non-fast days are to be normal days with some treats from time-to-time. I know I have totally abused the good nature of 5:2.

Others on the FB forums say they don’t pay any attention to the calories on non-fast days. Some do, but those usually have less to lose or are towards the end of their weight loss journey. After my great loss the first weigh-in (6.5 lbs after 3 fasts in 8 days) I was hoping I was one of those people.. but alas, I am not.

So, what should I do? One thing I know - I will not panic or give up. Should I tweak? Should I start counting my calories on non-fast days? Should I go low carb along with 5:2? Should I do 16:8 IF daily along with 5:2? Or, should I just try to be my “normal” during the rest of the holiday season and then tweak as necessary in 2014? With another 3 weeks to go and about 6 more fasts to go in 2013, if I could lose 4 lbs (2 lbs after every 3 fasts), I’d be elated! Any holiday season where I don’t gain weight would make me elated!

So, yes.. journaling has helped me reach the conclusion that I will just try to be more aware of what I am eating/drinking on non-fast days. I will sometimes attempt a 16:8 if it feels right (I’m coming off a fast day and still haven’t eaten breakfast yet and it’s almost noon).. but, I will not give up socializing during the holiday season for the possibility of losing another couple of pounds.. It isn’t worth it to me.

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Fast Day #7

It's almost 4 PM on my 2nd fast day of the week. I was going to do tomorrow too - for a 3rd fast day since I will only do a 24 hour fast (vs 36) on Monday, BUT DH and I decided to have some fun at the casino tomorrow afternoon/evening.. That includes AL and dinner out. I choose fun over health sometimes.. that's just me and it ain't gonna change!

Today's fast day 500ish calorie mini-meal menu:

~ Chai tea with creamer - 30
~ 3 oz chicken breast divided out over the day - 90
~ Cauliflower breadstix - 1/4 of recipe - 125
~ Homemade sweet and sour cabbage soup 2 Cups- 100
~ Jarred Lite Alfredo -45
~ Miracle Noodles - 30
~ Spinach Salad with 1 TBSP dressing - 80
~ Pickles as needed for snacking- 10
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:55 AM   #76
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Hey Miss Judy! Just checking in on you and hope you are doing well!
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Thanks Gail... lurking for now.. didn't get to fast this week and feeling pretty angry at myself.. No days will work for a fast next week either. Falling into my negative behavior patterns and sulking. I will snap out of it! Thanks for checking up on me!!! Merry Christmas!
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We're here for you, Judy! Keep posting and keep your head in the game, it will help you tremendously. Hang in there, this time of year is incredibly hard for many!
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Thanks Dani... this is all so typical of me... urgh.. I will carry on one of these days!!
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Dear Dip, I just wanted to lend some moral support. I was thinking today about the fact that at times all of us are victims of our own desire for perfection, our sometimes unnecessary perfectionism. Occasionally I am almost paralyzed by that or at least I too often get bogged down in details thus losing sight of the bigger picture. It's an example of the old 'can't see the forest for the trees' syndrome. I don't do JUDDD but it seems to me that if due to the hols, fast days become too inconvenient, perhaps you could just temporarily carry on with a regular LC approach. That way, even if you can't schedule up days followed by down days, you can maintain control of your diet during this period and so avoid gaining. And you know, I really think that sometimes as long as we are maintaining rather than gaining we are doing very well indeed. You will get through this period just fine, I'm sure.

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Thanks for the pep talk Lola! I'm actually doing 5:2 which is much easier than JUDDD. I am just going to try and watch my portions for the next week and start the fast days again during the week of 12/30. I won't weigh until I've had a few fast days under my belt. Thanks again!! You are a very wise gal!
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Well, the words may be wise but I have my doubts about the gal (at least at the present moment). Right now I'm trying to quell a rising sense of panic about everything I have left to do before the hols. But I am trying my best to focus on the goal which is a relaxed and happy time with loved ones and I keep reminding myself that even if I forget to do something major everything will still work out o.k. Deep breath. Let it go. Let it go. I'm distracting myself, between tasks, with internet entertainment which I figure is better than distracting myself with eating so in that sense things are going pretty well I think. And if I fail to take care of something or if you and I happen to inadvertently gain a pound or two, the world won't stop turning. We will survive (and enjoy ourselves in the doing). Well, I guess I just managed to give myself a pep talk here. Thank goodness. I needed that.
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Good Lola!! We are in the middle of an "ice" event, so I am home entertaining myself with the internet AND the bad stuff. You are right though! It will all work out and I firmly believe I have found my healthy eating "home" in 5:2. I just needed a longer starting period before the craziness of the holiday fun hit. I expect next year at this time to be a totally different ballgame! Have a wonderful time with your loved ones!
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Gonna sort this problem out!

I was just reading a post by Geneen Roth on FB. It made me list the "stories" I tell myself when I am depressed and not caring about my health. I wrote this comment:

"Great post Geneen.. Thank you! I totally relate - especially as it relates to taking care of my health and caring about what I eat/drink at this time of year. My *old coat* is a feeling of 'who cares'... because after all New Years and the resolutions that come with it are 11 days away. I do not like this time of year because I have very little family.. so I comfort my emptiness the wrong way. Because it's familiar I eat and drink too much to soothe myself. I have most of your books.. which one do you think hits this problem head on? (Anyone who can help - I'd appreciate it!). Thanks!!"
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And as I thought more about it, I journaled this:

The stories I am telling myself are:

I can’t do it

Even if I do it briefly, it’ll never last

I’m a failure

I bore easily and do not follow through on things (especially healthy eating and exercise plans)

It’s not my fault that I eat/drink to comfort myself.. It’s my mother’s fault (from when I was little).. it’s my husband’s fault. It’s because it’s snowing, too hot, too cold.

I don’t want it badly enough.. I want other things more. (Like to be entertained NOW!)
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Sending you a hug!

This tine of year is really hard, especially if there is not a lot of support around.

I just have my husband now. Any relatives are far away. However, he is also my very best friend and there for me all the time. I know you have written about your hubby......I feel very blessed.

I also think there comes a time when we say enough is enough and losing weight is the primary focus. My back is so bad I HAD to lose some weight or not be able to get around. After being hit by a car last year my back has regressed even more, but I can get around and am thankful for that.

You will get there....do you follow the 5:2 on Facebook? The results are miraculous! Hopefully 2014 will be a great year for you. As long as you keep posting you know you are not alone at all - there are many cyber friends rooting for you!

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Thank you Seabreezes for your sweet post. I think I'll need to come to Hawaii this winter to thank you personally!! Not having a mid-winter vacation planned is one of the reasons for my blues, too.

I was doing well on 5:2 until this week. That's when the "all or nothing" brain thinking kicks in and I go crazy. I do belong to the forum here for 5:2, but FB has some wonderful very active groups which are great! You are right.. and there are several of them. I know I'll go back to it.. I hope I'll be successful for the long term. I must change my thinking if I'm going to change my body.. I'm just not sure how I can retrain this 57 year old brain to support me in my quest for health. Any excuse that comes along I jump on. I have multitudes of books on related subjects. I dunno..

Okay, done having my pity party. Thanks for being here for me.. Hugs back atcha Seabreezes, and a wonderful 2014 to us all!!

P.S. So sorry to hear about your back and the fact that it was re-injured last year. I am sure keeping your weight down is a huge help! Are you still doing LC and JUDDD together??

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I can relate to everything you wrote, even down to the issues regarding the relationship with your mom..BTDT...

The truth of the matter is, you just have to finally find your bottom...the point where you say, enough is enough, I am making myself a priority and nothing will come between myself & that goal. Muddling through all the BS, working through all the negative thoughts is hard hard work, but it can be done. If I can do it, you certainly can, Judy! It's been a real tough coupla years for me, some of it forced upon me whether I wanted it or not, and I have had to work work and work some more to find my way back to the top of the heap. There were many days where I didn't think I would ever truly feel happiness with anything..my whole life, per se. There were many days where I literally had to just take it hour by hour and not expect any more of myself than that...and I realized that that was perfectly acceptable because I was honoring my promises to myself no matter what.

What I discovered more than anything, the idea of change is SCARY. Totally frightening, beyond words... but yanno what? Any sort of change in a positive way is better than how you continue to feed your thought processes with the negativity....and your body will love you for it---physically, emotionally & mentally. I know that feeling like you don't have a support system around you makes it harder-- well, yes, it can, but it doesn't have to be that way. Yes, it would be awesome if your hubby could partake in your journey, or at least make you feel like he's supporting you....but you don't need it to succeed... YOU can make this work just for you! You have so many people here who support you and wish you nothing but the best!

You just need to start with truly believing that you CAN do this. That you ARE worthy. I think you are, and I know you can---now it's your turn to believe in YOU!
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What Dani said -- that was a great post! Judy, you can totally do this -- in fact you ARE doing it. Dieting/behavior change is not a linear thing -- it is full of peaks and valleys that we all experience. You've been doing really well, making great choices, so please don't get discouraged.
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Dani, thank you so much for your eloquent post! It is so very helpful to know that I am not alone in my emotional peaks and valleys. The funny thing is, when I read your posts about your great family I think to myself “Dani has it all!. If I had a family like that I wouldn’t be sad or lonely or trying to comfort myself with food and drink.”

I guess the reality is that we ALL have our share of cr@p to deal with no matter what our situation. And, yes… I guess one day we just need to say that we’ve had enough of our unhealthy body and behaviors and just DO IT! It is the rare individual who has the picture-perfect life.

I am going to brush off my Kindle and start working through all those “delve deep into your soul” books that I know are the answer to my success. A stuffed belly and being tipsy (or more) is not the answer to happiness. Well, maybe just for a few minutes or hours, but not long term!

Gail, thanks for your support, too. My quest for health has been mostly valleys but I WILL change that. We’ll be going back to our favorite casino resort in St. Louis from Monday-Thursday (if we get our driveway plowed out later today).. And, then back to business!

(((Hugs))) to all of you! You’re the best!!
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:25 AM   #90
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Aw, Judy I wish my family was perfect! Yes, I'm happy.....extremely..however, I've had to work to get here & acknowledge along the way that happiness IS a choice. I've had to get rid of the toxicity and the poison--and unfortunately that meant my immediate family...I haven't spoken to my parents, nor my siblings in 4 years this New Year's.. I finally reached my bottom, ready to acknowledge that they were part of my "problem" and I had to keep going.. I wasn't joking when I said it's been a rough few years! It is what it is and I accept that some things just can't ever be fixed, even if it is "family".... and ya know what, I'm OK!

They say we can't choose our family, but I also say, we certainly don't have to accept whatever BS they're dishing out, either!

Working through all of it, understanding the "why" of it all, is the best gift you could give yourself--- it is SO liberating & empowering when it's done!

You can do it. We're all here for you!
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