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9th-Oct-2005 09:19 am(no subject)
sparkly pink sheep
I lost TWO POUNDS this week! Yay! Finalmente!!!

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

I haven't seen downward movement on the scale in a LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG time and this is just the boost I needed.

I guess having a bigger breakfast is working for me, and I'm guessing the CO is too. Good thing it's a healthy fat.

I even bought sweatpants and a sports bra yesterday so I can start working out again.


SQUEEEEE!!!
8th-Oct-2005 08:47 am(no subject)
sparkly pink sheep
I went to HEB this morning for food items that I can't get at Sam's. Well, I imagine I could have found a couple of these at Sam's, but in a quantity too large for my needs.

Sausage...gonna make the breakfast balls. Heh heh...there's a joke there that I WON'T say.
Cream Cheese...my Sam's doesn't carry the large bricks, at least not that I've seen.
Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Cauli
Broccoli
Salad Mix
Salsa Ranch...OMG tasty and the perfect dressing for taco salad
Diet DP-the most PERFECT beverage in the world
Fresca-for work
Diet Coke-for work
Diet Strawberry Soda, for smoothies as they didn't have orange...BASTARDS!

I'm going to open a can of whoop-ass on my apartment and cook up a bunch
casseroles as I'm nearly out. I need more taco meat crumbles too. Guess I'll need to defrost more sections of my meat log. There's another joke there...

I've also decided that I need to start packing my breakfasts to take to work again. I'm just NOT hungry that early in the morning, and making myself eat the proper amount when I wasn't hungry was kicking my butt and may have contributed to the starving episodes last week. That was really the only new thing going on, so we'll see what happens.

I took breakfast to work on Friday and I was actually HUNGRY for it(at 7:30), so that's what made me think of this. Packing breakfast as well as lunch is a pain, but if it's better for me, then that's a good thing.

Tomorrow morning is weigh-in and measuring. I was TOTALLY craving chinese food last night: fried rice, General Tsao's Chicken, egg rolls, and fried biscuits, lo mein...but I didn't succumb, and I'm very proud of myself that I didn't.
6th-Oct-2005 08:59 pm - Grr, grr, grr, grumpy, grr
sparkly pink sheep
Must have a mini-rant now:

I know I ate quite a bit today. AND it was all on plan, but still...

I put on a pair of pants that normally fit me well, but because they are taper-legged jeans and that is just so hideous, I decided to make them into peddle pushers.

They were tight. Tight as in bulgy over the waistband tight. *weep*

I know, I know...it's at the end of the day after having full meals, etc..

BUT STILL!!!

Can I have some cheese with my WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE?

I had about a cup of raisins yesterday because of the starving and a half a cup of raisins the day before yesterday...maybe it's some water weight from them? Is that a rationalization? They do have an ass load of sugar...natural sugar, but still sugars. 30 grams for a half cup!!!!

Grr, grr, grr, grumpy, grr.

If the pants are still tight in the morning, I might just cry!

I'm so tired of being at 185. I'm seriously considering going back on induction. But I have all this ricotta and sour cream to use up first. I hate wasting groceries, especially since money is tight.

I know I need to work out, but I have other things that I'd rather be doing, like sitting on my butt watching Must See TV on NBC! I know I FEEL better when I work out...not necessarily physically, but mentally. I do like it when I can see my bod get tighter. It's the getting started that is just so hard!

*sigh*
5th-Oct-2005 05:29 am - Musing, etc.
sparkly pink sheep

OK, so last week, due to work stress and relationship stress (mostly relationship) I was a very naughty Jeni.  I ate foods SOOOOO off plan.  Carb overload causes a water weight gain and I did NOT enjoy it at all.  5 pounds of water weight makes for a very unhappy Jeni.

I'm happy to report that as of this morning, I'm back down to my usual 185.  I've got 30 pounds to go before I reach my first goal.  Once I've done that, I can evaluate how I look and feel to see if I want to lower or raise that amount.  I'm thinking it might be lower, but I just won't know until I get there.

The only thing I ate off plan was a small box of raisins yesterday.  I'd forgotten my mid-morning snack, and I was feeling a wee bit woozy, so it was either the raisins or a serving of Cocoa Crisps.  I decided that the raisins were a better choice.

30 grams of sugar in a small box of raisins?  Sheesh!  At least it's a natural sugar and not refined sugar.

Other than that small indiscretion, I've been completely on plan since Monday morning.  I hope that by my weigh and measuring on Sunday, I'll have dropped below 185.  I've been stuck at this weight for a looooooong time.  I've lost some inches, but not pounds.  I know that inches is still progress, but for some reason I have a hard time remembering that.  In my head, pounds are what counts.  I need to work on that thought process. 

I've had a headache every day for the past 5 days, so working out hasn't happened at all.  I really want the headaches to stop...NOW. 

And much like nightsashke, there will be much celebrating when I've lost 100 pounds.  Only 30 to go.

3rd-Oct-2005 12:34 pm - Dieting Tip of the Rich and Zathras
Frak Yeah!
(Well I can dream can’t I?)

Changing my lifestyle was a major goal for 2005 for me. I wanted to be able to look better, feel better, and get out of my current rut of caloric indulgence.

I found inspiration from several friends who gave me this piece of wisdom. Enjoy your hunger.

This may sound rather unbelievable. After all, hunger is a powerful driving force. Your body gives you specific notice when it is empty with that rumbling and gurgling.

That is your sign that you are doing something good for yourself. Just stretch it out and hour. Make it a game. Keep to your goals of not midday snacking but focusing on how good the hunger feels.

Hunger will strike you whether or not you are exceeding your Caloric Intake. Making a friend of this situation will enable you to go far in your dieting state.

I’m not suggesting starving yourself all day. I’m suggesting that when 3 in the afternoon snack craving hits, celebrate that feeling of emptiness. Rejoice in your stomach’s belly rumbling. Work at making this almost a pleasurable situation.

I’ve worked long and hard at enjoying being hungry. I find that it’s my constant friend in this lower-calorie lifestyle. I know that when my stomach starts rumbling, I’m doing the right thing for myself and remind myself of my goals. I try to picture that the rumbling stomach starts chewing away at my fat reserves and I start to smile.

And when you’re hungry, that little smile can make the world of difference ;)
1st-Oct-2005 09:50 pm - Milestone...
froud
Been to the gym every day this week with the exception of 1... Down 5 more lbs...making a total current loss of 85 lbs...wooooo hoooo!! Goal is to lose between 5 and 10 more before festival..should be EASY!

Starting weight - 330
Current weight - 245
29th-Sep-2005 12:12 am - I love Breakfast for Dinner
froud
Ok...so I was scrounging through the food I had in the fridge the other day, trying to figure out something that sounded like it would be good...and BOY did I win with this one...

So, without further ado...

Ashke's Scrambled Eggs

3 eggs
1 tbsn Low Fat Sour Cream
1 tspn Garlic Salt
1 tspn Pepper
1 tbsn 2% Grated Cheese
1 strip of Bacon (crumbled)

theeeen...SCRAMBLE!!!

mmmmmmmmmmm Makes enough for my dinner...since I only cook for one. [insert feeling bad for me here haha]
28th-Sep-2005 08:52 pm - New idea for a smoothie
sparkly pink sheep
Found a new a positively FABOO way to get coconut oil into my diet. It boosts your metabolism, it's one of those 'good fats' and it offers all kinds of other benefits. Hence, trying to get the recommended 3 tablespoons a day into my diet.

One thing that I've really, really missed on this WOE are smoothies. I'm not one for protein powders, etc. But tonight, at HEB I had a blast of inspiration!

1 can diet orange soda (since I can't have OJ on a LC diet)
1 T CO, may try 2 T in the morning
5-7 frozen strawberries, depending on size
apx 1/4 cup heavy cream

Whirl strawberries, CO and cream in the blender. Add about half the soda. Whirl again. Pour into glass along with remaining soda.

OMG, tasty! In fact, that's what I just had for dinner. I hadn't been hungry before, but this just hit the spot!
26th-Sep-2005 05:42 pm(no subject)
sparkly pink sheep
Today I ate incredibly off plan...but it's one of those I DON'T CARE days.

I found this recipe for a breakfast item, I think I'll make these as I'm tired of cottage cheese:

Breakfast Meat Muffins
1 lb sausage, bacon, or ham
cooked and crumbled
1-2 Tbsp shredded cheese for each "cupcake"
4 whole eggs
1 1/2 cup heavy cream

Using muffin tin for large muffins (makes 6,)spray with Pam then divide meat evenly into each opening. Top with 1-2 tbsp shredded cheese. Mix 4 whole eggs with 1 1/2 cups heavy cream. Pour over meat/cheese. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. These taste wonderful and are easily reheated throughout the week.

Or this variation:

2 lb Breakfast Sausage
1 lb Ground Beef
2 TBSP Minced Dehydrated Onion
1/2 TSP Pepper
3 eggs
1/2 lb grated or shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mix the ingridents in a large bowl (use your hands, it's easier). Roll into small balls and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
25th-Sep-2005 08:07 pm - Half Ton Man
sparkly pink sheep
I'm watching this show on TLC..."The Half Ton Man." It is so heartbreaking. I feel so terribly for this man and his family. Thankfully he has gotten help and is losing (when the show taped). I hope that he loses and gets healthy. At his heaviest, he weighed 1,072 pounds and couldn't lay on his back because the weight of his body would start suffocating him. Eventually, after he had lost some weight, they did a stomach-stapling procedure and discovered a hernia the size of a watermelon. Nobody knew he had it because he was so large. His body was seeping fluids because his skin had stretched the maximum amount it could and so, his fluids were leaking.

I can't imagine what it would be like to be so heavy. I wonder what his wife was thinking? She says she didn't really see how big he was getting until she saw pictures...and that flabbergasts me. I know that we (as people) can often not 'see' things when we want to, or when we are exposed to them daily. But her husband hadn't/couldn't leave the house...hadn't in 7 years. How is it possible to NOT realize that something had to be done? I don't understand. When they got married, he weighed apx 700 pounds. They've never been able to consumate their marriage.

I see pictures of myself at my heaviest and I am appalled. I guess that's my answer...I knew how heavy I was, I could 'see' my body...but until I saw the pictures from then and I see the pictures from now...it's a world of difference already.

70 pounds of me are gone forever...may I continue to lose and become a healthy girl. And sexy...can't forget sexy.
24th-Sep-2005 09:20 pm - Mock Danish
sparkly pink sheep
2 oz cream cheese (soften in microwave)
1 egg
1 tblspn splenda
1 tsp lemon concentrate
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix softened cream cheese and egg.
Add remaining ingredients.
Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
***You can also alter this recipe by adding other seasonings to make it savory or add a spoonful of SF jelly/jam. A friend adds some canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice to hers...lots of possibilities!!!

Nutrition Facts of Original Recipe

Amount Per 1 serving
Calories 167.76
Calories from Fat 117

Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 6.87g 34%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.987g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.28g
Sodium 210mg 9%
Potassium 170mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 11.43g 23%
24th-Sep-2005 08:46 pm - Chewy Fudge Brownies
sparkly pink sheep
1/2 a cup of butter

2 squares (2 oz.) hershey's unsweetened baking chocolate

1 cup of poy D fiber plus

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 of a cup of almond flour

1/2 a cup of carbsense zero carb bake mix

1/2 a cup of walnuts



preheat oven to 350

grease an 8x8x2 square baking dish

melt butter and chocolate together and mix

remove from heat and stir in poly d fiber plus (be sure it isn't lumpy first)

add in eggs and vanilla and beat lightly just till blended

stir in flours and the nuts if you want nuts

spread in pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

do not overbake

cool and cut into 9 bars
23rd-Sep-2005 04:16 pm(no subject)
sparkly pink sheep

I AM THE PUMPKIN GODDESS!

And no...that doesn't refer to my shape or color! Anyway, I've been craving pumpkin pie. So today I got a can of pumpkin and did the following to it:

all measurements are approximate:

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

3 ounces of softened cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

2 tablespoons of Splenda

3 tablespoons of heavy cream

mix it all together and chill, makes enough for about 3 snacks or so

TAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTY!

22nd-Sep-2005 09:23 pm(no subject)
jenashke
Hey all... since really the only person I know here is Mr. Ashke, I figured it might be nice to introduce myself. :) My name is Jen, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I've struggled with my weight since going through a nasty depression following high school, and found out in my early 20's, when I made contact with my biological mother for the first time, that both the depression and the weight problem have a very distinct genetic link. Aaaah, aren't genetics fun?

At any rate, right now I am working out at Curves (started in July), and at the beginning of October will start their "6 week solution" program, which I've been told is essentially a 6 week class on nutrition & focusing on protein & fiber, and eating small snacky-meals throughout the day. We also get to talk about goal setting, etc. From what I hear, it sounds like a good program... we shall see.

My one big dietary restriction is fats... particularly dairy fats. I had my gallbladder removed in March, and since then fatty foods just don't get digested like they used to... and its not a fun thing. So... I avoid overly greasy foods when I can (*sob* I really loved those onion rings...) and have started cutting out dairy (wow, soy milk really isn't so bad after all!).

Anyway, that's me... I don't post a whole lot, but I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say after my class starts! :)
21st-Sep-2005 08:18 pm - LC Deep Dish Pizza Quiche
sparkly pink sheep
Deep Dish Quiche Pizza

4 oz. cream cheese
4 eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 cups Italian cheeses (you can use the grated pre-packaged mix of pizza cheese)
1/2 tsp. wet garlic or 1/4 tsp. powder
1/2 cup low carb spaghetti or pizza sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Toppings i.e. pepperoni, black olives, green olives, mushrooms, ham, bacon, peppers, onions, etc.

Beat together cream cheese and eggs until smooth.
Add cream, parmesan cheese and spice

Spray 9” baking dish (I use a pie plate), with oil. Put 2 cups of pizza cheese in dish and pour egg mixture over it. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Spread on pizza sauce, sprinkle on mozzarella cheese and add your favorite toppings. Bake until bubbly hot, approximately 10 minutes. Let it stand a few minutes before cutting. You can also add toppings after the pizza sauce and put the mozza cheese on last.
20th-Sep-2005 08:36 pm(no subject)
sparkly pink sheep
I got verbally spanked by my dad and step-mom (step-mom is a dietician, registered nutritionist, head of nutrition at a local hospital).

Evidently, drinking a gallon of water is NOT a good thing. I thought anything over 2 gallons or chugging it was dangerous, but I was wrong...

Years and years ago, my dad had a patient with severe psychosis who accidentally killed himself by drinking too much water because he thought his mother was trying to poison him. I think the poor guy drank something like 3 gallons...chugged it down. It threw his electrolytes out of whack and he had a heart attack. That is so sad.

So, I mentioned that I was drinking because I do a lot of lecturing in class and I get thirsty. Dad mentioned that I need to SIP, not drink. Ok...can do that.

Then he backtracked and said "You're getting thirsty alot?" "Yes," says I. "Get yourself tested for diabetes, please," he replied.

OH GOODY. So, I guess I'll make myself an appointment with the doc.

Both my paternal uncles, and my maternal grandmother have Type 2. Dad is at risk too...doc's report from about a week ago.

*sigh*
19th-Sep-2005 09:19 pm - LC Pumpkin Pie
sparkly pink sheep
Because it's about that time.

Pumpkin Pie

Serves 8, 7.5 grams carbs per serving

Filling:

2 eggs (1.2 carbs)
15 oz. can pumpkin (34 carbs)
6 pkgs. Splenda (6 carbs)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. cinnamon (2 carbs)
1 tsp. nutmeg (1 carb)
1 tsp. ground ginger (1 carb)
1 tsp. cloves ( 1 carb)
[OR 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (4.8 carbs)]
1 c. heavy cream (7 carbs)
Crust:

6T ground pecans (6 carbs)
2T butter
1 pkg of Splenda (1 carb)
Mix crust ingredients and spread over bottom of pie tin.

Mix the filling ingredients together in the order listed. Pour into pie pan, and bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes, until set. Let the pie cool, and then top with whipped cream.


Serves: 8 Carbs per serving: 7.5
19th-Sep-2005 07:00 pm(no subject)
sparkly pink sheep
Ok kiddies...

A really great free fitness/diet tool online can be found at

www.fitday.com

They do have a version that you can purchase, but the free version is pretty cool.

You can enter in the foods you've eaten for the day to check your calorie, carb, fat, etc counts.

They also have tracking programs, etc.

My favorite is the goal calculator. You can enter in your present weight, your goal weight and when you'd like to meet that goal and it will tell you how much weight you need to lose per week.

It's free...it's fun...what more could ya want?
19th-Sep-2005 07:40 pm - My first recipe post!
droogie
No idea how this recipe fares, carb-wise. But is tasty and refreshing, particularly during our loooong hot Texas summers. I made a big ole mess of this last night, and I'll be eating it for days (unless you come over and share some with me!)

Jodi's Tabouli

4 cup parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp mint leaves (optional)
2 Tbsp cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, or pressed
1 cup cooked bulgur
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup (raw) tomato(es), diced
1/2 cup onions

Mix all of the ingredients together and let chill for an hour before serving.
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