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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

11:10AM - Somehow lost 4 pounds

Okay, I don't know how I did it, but boom four pounds are gone.

Not that I'm complaining...

I think that it's the jogging I've been doing. Not straight on jogging, but interval training on the treadmill at the Y. If you'd like to start a running/jogging routine, begin with interval training.

3 minutes running to 3 minutes cool down/walking. Try it for a few weeks then add more intervals OR more minutes running. Soon, you might find 4 pounds have dropped off of you.

Stay healthy!

Thursday, September 7, 2006

3:45PM - Another Recipe

Just like with the zucchini, tomatoes are aplenty this time of year. I found a recipe on www.organicgardening.com that looked yummy and very 'tomato-y', if that's a word.

Let me know if it is worth keeping...

Tomato "Steak" Salad
by Susie Quick

Preparation time 15 Minutes
Serves 4

Mingle assorted heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes for maximum visual impact. Opal basil has deep-purple leaves; if it's not available, substitute Italian or Thai basil.

2 T sherry vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced or squeezed through a garlic press
1/2 t sugar
1/2 t kosher salt
1/8 t freshly ground black pepper
3 T extra-virgin olive oil

4 lg ripe heirloom tomatoes (or 4 pounds of smaller heirlooms, mixed varieties)
2 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from ears
1 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 12 slices
1 c thinly sliced red onion, rinsed and drained
1/4 c slivered opal or other basil
3 T minced chives

Is it wrong that my mouth is watering just reading this?

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

10:42PM - Checking In

This group has been woefully underutilized in the last year, so I plan to remedy that now.

If you are still interested in being an active participant, please let me know.

I appreciate all of your interest in the group and I hope to make it a vital and fun group starting today!

Now, for all of you that have WAY too much zucchini, here's a nice recipe for Zucchini bread. (In case you have some overgrown, green monsters lurking in your garden and would hate to eat it in a stir-fry, but don't want to waste it.)

3 eggs
1 cup olive oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups coarsely grated zucchini
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, or 8 oz. fresh pineapple
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixer, beat eggs. Add oil, sugar, and vanilla; continue beating mixture until thick and foamy. With a spoon, stir in the zucchini and pineapple.

2 In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A third at a time, add dry ingredients into wet and gently stir (by hand) after each addition. Add the walnuts and raisins, blend gently.

3 Divide the batter equally between 2 greased and flour-dusted 5 by 9 inch loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.

Makes 2 loaves.

Keep in mind that you can play with the recipe and substitute organic ingredients and applesauce for the olive oil.

Let me know if you and your family likes it.

Monday, August 22, 2005

7:23AM - Introduction and advice needed

I've lost 22 pounds by dieting, but I seem to be stuck where I am. I've a little under 40 pounds to go, and it seems like I'm not getting anywhere lately. Weight loss is a lot slower now than when I started. I'm getting discouraged.

I know I need to exercise more, but time constraints keep me from doing it every day. I've been walking because that doesn't require a membership or special equipment, and I can do it at my own pace. I swim, but not so much that I'd count it as exercise for the purpose of losing weight. I've been considering trying out Nutrisystem, but the price makes me gag: $300 for a month's worth of food. Now while it's true that if I'm eating this stuff and not anything else I'd be going through about that much money (I guess) in groceries, but just the thought of spending that much money up front makes me wonder if I'd be wasting my money or if it is worth a shot. $300 is a lot of money to part with all at once. What if I don't like the food? What if it doesn't work? What if I'm just allowing my reservations from keeping me from trying something that might work?

Has anyone else tried this, and did it work for you?

Current mood: curious

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

9:28PM - Christmas Wishes

Hey all,

Just a word or two of encouragement before the Christmas holidays descend upon us.

Remember, small meals, don't fill your plate full, nibble, and drink loads of water. At least, that's what I'm going to do.

Have a great holiday season.


Current mood: content

Thursday, December 16, 2004

9:35PM - Intro post!

Hello hello. I'm Megan, a 23-year old student at the University of Cincinnati. I moved back home about a year ago after going to school in Pittsburgh for awhile. I've always been overweight, but when I was in Pittsburgh, I dropped from an 18 to a 10 (due mostly to not having a car and walking everywhere). Now, after a year of home cooking, living in the country and being required to drive, and a sedentary job, I've gone back up to...probably a 14 or 16. I haven't weighed myself in years, though I may start doing it again regularly. I work a full-time third-shift security job, go straight to school from work, and manage to get a little sleep in before going to work again...and as a result, have no time to work out or even watch my eating. When the holiday break started two weeks ago, though, I decided to put some time into losing weight, and started walking an hour to two hours a day, along with yoga and crunches. I've also been using portion control, since my mother isn't going to start cooking low-fat stuff just for me. I've dropped at least one pants size so far--got into a pair I had sorely missed--and have realized that I really want to wear the rest of the pants I once loved and maybe even lose some more. I have kind of a lanky frame and don't carry my extra weight well, and I feel that I look sloppy with fat around my middle, which is the only place I really get it--my mother and sister are both big eaters and somewhat overweight, but they have bigger frames and they can still look good. Problem is, I'm afraid I'm going to backslide once school starts again, so support is definitely needed! Anyways, good to meet everyone, and this looks like a wonderfully supportive community.

Sunday, December 5, 2004

7:15PM - It's like this...

See, I'm not losing any weight. I'm not even trying hard, but there is one good thing happening. My work-outs are getting infinitely easier. I haven't come away with a beet red face in a few weeks.

That's good, right?

So I'm still a heavy woman, but a fit heavy woman. With tight ass calves...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

11:01PM - Okay- this might help

I just got this in my e-mail. Just the right thing for my bad breakfast habits.
Healthy Fuel for Busy Mornings
It's a no-brainer: Healthy breakfasts fuel good days at school—and beyond. Yet kids are dropping out of the breakfast club at an alarming rate. Rushed mornings, busy families ... we know. That's why we've got a guide to breakfasts on the go that you and your kids will love

Landmark studies link even the simplest morning meal (a bowl of cereal, a splash of milk, a few banana slices) with better attention spans, sharper fact recall, and happier moods for kids. But although 95% of elementary school kids (and 87% of teens) ate breakfast in 1965, fewer than 86% (and fewer than 70% of teens) do so today. The reason: rushed mornings, busy families.

The solution? Breakfast to go.

"A good breakfast is easier than you think," says children's nutritionist Jackie Berning, PhD, RD, of the University of Colorado. "Choosing the right foods, you can make an easy brown-bag breakfast in advance or even buy breakfast at a fast-food place or convenience store and know that your kids are getting a healthy meal." Just follow Berning's three-food rule:

1. Fruit: Whole or cut-up fruit, or 1/2 cup of orange juice. Fruit supplies carbohydrates (for energy), vitamins A and C, plus a wealth of healthy antioxidants.

2. Whole grains: Whole wheat toast (look for varieties with at least 3 g of fiber per slice) or hot or cold whole grain cereal. Grains provide carbs, vitamin E, folic acid, and heart-healthy fiber.

3. Protein: Two eggs, 6 to 8 oz of low-fat yogurt, 1 cup of 1% milk, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Protein is the building block for growth and for repairing most body systems; dairy sources add bone-building calcium.

The following three-food meals are easy to put together on a busy morning and even easier to eat on the run.

Brown-Bag Breakfasts
Assemble these meals in brown paper bags the night before and keep them ready in your fridge.
A mozzarella cheese stick, two slices of whole wheat bread with a dab of trans fat-free margarine, and 1 cup of seedless red grapes
A half-pint carton of 1% milk, a banana, and half of a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread
Breakfast trail mix (1 cup whole grain cereal, 1/4 cup nuts, 1/4 cup dried fruit) and a half-pint carton of 1% milk
Blender Drinks to Go
Throw everything into a blender, and give it a whirl. Serve with one or two slices of whole wheat bread with trans fat-free margarine.

Try these three blender combinations:

1 cup 1% milk or low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1 small banana, 2 teaspoons honey, 4 ice cubes

1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 cup low-fat chocolate yogurt, 1/2 banana, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, 4 ice cubes
Fast Food
Dunkin' Donuts: Half of a wheat bagel with light cream cheese, a small orange juice, and a half-pint carton of 1% milk
McDonald's: A Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait with Granola and an orange juice (bring a single-serve box of whole grain cereal to add more healthy fiber)
Gas-station convenience store: a container of low-fat yogurt, a banana or small orange juice, and a single-serve box of whole grain cereal

Forgive the paste, I couldn't link it properly.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

9:54AM - Bad habits die hard

I had a cup of coffee for breakfast.

Part of a muffin for lunch.

Sushi, rice, 2 pieces of tempura and water for dinner.

Ice cream cone....

That is a crap day folks. I cant remember to drink during the day. And its just all over the place. I need to pull it together, and i need to get back into regular work outs.

Oh, and you know what really ticked me off? My co-worker. I overheard her telling someone how she had lost 40 pounds since she started this job in April. WTF? I looked over at her. She was wearing the same pants she wore that first week on the job, and they are STILL tight-her visible panty lines are the proof of that.

I hate when people lie about how much weight they've lost. I've lost 60 pounds in the last 18 months. I have a feeling she doesn't like hearing that. I do not brag constantly about it.(okay, a couple of lj entries don't count)-but people do ask. It's pretty obvious at this point.

Okay. So I need to correct my wacky-unhealthy-eating habits. I know I do.It's so hard though!

Current mood: blah

Friday, November 19, 2004

6:30PM - Okay this is hard

There are five people total with the group. YEAH!

No comes the encouragement part. We all need to be in this, so post and post often.

Going to go drink a water bottle now.

Current mood: awake

Thursday, November 18, 2004

6:36PM - Lookie at what I did!

Since I got 5 responses to my post about support while trying to lose weight, I decided we needed a place to 'meet'.

And here it is.

Oh, and here is the first article I've found so far.
Just ignore the 'Slim Fast' ads all around the page.

We can do this, I just know it. All we have to do is change our eating patterns for the rest of our lives. That's were the support part comes in.

Now, go join!

Current mood: optimistic