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Gone Gone Gone

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I have been gone for over 5 months…I am ashamed to say… and in that time.. I have been on again off again on my journey.. leading me right back to the beginning…UGH!
But I am not going to bang myself in the head about it.. I am just going to move on in the right direction. Thank you to all those who asked my whereabouts.. As I reflect back .. I realize I have been off the wagon way to long.. and for the life of me I can’t understand why..since it seems all I ever do it..diet..and think about losing weight..

So this is a important stepping stone for me.. I am taking a leap of faith here.. and looking up a number to a specialist in weight loss …I don’t want a quick fix.. ok maybe I do want a quick fix..how ever I know they are not out there..I don’t want a fad diet.. I don’t want to have surgery.. I just want to fix me.. make me healthy..is that too much to ask for?

SO today had been a day of reckoning.. for me.. to think how the last five months have passed and I am still in the same spot.. some might say..hey at least you didn’t gain..well that’s probably not a true statement.. because like I said I have been dieting the five months..and I am just at the same place I started..so I more than likely road the roller coaster the last five months..and just by the luck of the draw..checked it at my start point..so my reckoning is that ..this has to stop.. I need to get serious…NOW! I can’t wish it away.. I can’t let someone do it for me.. I have to do it..and I know that.. I’ve always known that.. but now I have to do it..why the change? why the urgent need? Well several reason really..

#1 I fill like shit.. energy level is zero..look like crap..feel unhealthy…look unhealthy..and I want to change..
#2 I want to live.. there I said it.. after all how many 1oo pound 80 year olds do you see? laugh as you might.. but you don’t..as I creep upon 60 that is only 20 years off..now is the time.. I don’t want to cut myself short!
#3 I want to enjoy my retirement years.. travel..see the rest of the world.. but at this rate I am good if I can walk the block.. I see my breathing changing.. my heart racing.. I only hope I haven’t caused irreplaceable damage to myself..
#4 this weight is too much to carry around anymore.. I’m done.. I’m over it..and I am breaking up with it.. got the T-Shirt and moving on.
#5 I don’t want to be an embarrassment to my family. Although I know I am. I know they love me..but how can you not be ashamed of my out of control eating.. I must be lick the drugging or alcoholic in the family.. no one ever speaks about..
#6 Grandbaby…yes I am going to be a grandma..for the first time in December.. YIPPEEE! I have wanted to be one for as long as I can remember.. I want to get on the floor and play..give piggy back rides..make tents from a sheet and card table..I want to go to the park and play with my grandchild..not sit on the sidelines.. I know that this isn’t the only reason to lose weight..but it sure is a good one! IT’s going to be wonderful to have a little one around ..it’s been so long..even though we are living miles apart.. I want to be in my grandchild’s life as much as possible!

Goals…yes we must set goals in our lives..and do our best to obtain them or..we are just fluttering around like a fish out of water.. if we don’t set goals and strive to met them..we end up no where!

After many hours of soul searching and mindful thinking.. I have developed a plan of attack.. I have declared this BEV TIME! I am preparing my fight against food.. and by GOD I am going to beat this..
Plan of attack
#1 Stay focused..journal everyday.. keeping the task at hand on my mind in my thoughts.. not obsessively. But positively.
#2 Make a food plan.. weekly and stick with it.. plan for it.. plan for snacks.. keeping something in my purse/car incase of emergency’s. Decide what is best for you
#3 Exercise.. daily.. anything.. swim, walk, weights, just do it
#4 Develop a core group of like people who want to do what I am doing..share ideals..thoughts and goals and ideals on how to get there. be a support system for each others.. Maybe meet once a week to discus our week.
#5. Realize you are addicted to food.. no it’s not drug..or alcohol.. but never the less it’s a addiction..admitting it and doing something about it.. is a step in the right direction.
#6 OA continue to go to phone meetings and try to attend a meeting in person once a month. The support will be invaluable.
#7 Figure out my trigger foods and eliminate them from my home.. ( not to say that I can’t ever in my life have them again.. but right now.. I can’t handle them.. or I wouldn’t be where I am today.
#8 Seek doctors support and guidance.. have him follow progress
#9 Talk with a dietitian find out the cost and pay it.. maybe the best advice you ever get.
#10 Realize my plans can be altered if something is not working.. be flexible.. but don’t give yourself an excuse to eat.
#11 Check in with yourself Daily.. what worked what didn’t work..it’s a plan not a bible..it can be revised
#12 Set many goals..and reward yourself in small ways for reaching them.(ie. nails done.. movie..etc)
#13 Don’t set yourself up for failure. Make it real
#14 NO FAST FOOD. PERIOD nothing is good about it.. cut it out completely
#15 Eat only when hungry
#16 Drink water..PERIOD
#17 Eat Healthy no processed food..
#18 Constantly be on the look out for new hobbies that get you moving.. new recipes that are healthy..
#19 Make a graph to follow your weight loss
#20 Make a Vision board.. if you can dream it you can be it!
#21 Shut off the TV! Limit your TV intake.. get up and keep moving.. this may be hard at first.. but after awhile it will be come second nature.
#22. Sleep Get plenty of it..7-8 hours.. regardless!
#23 Make yourself priority! This is you time. .and yes, damit ..its all about what is best for you!
#24 Believe it! Believe in your ability to accomplish your goals..
#25 Make you goals obtainable. be realistic about your journey
This my plan of attack.. I may go back and tweak it..in the months to come.. but I will be living this..everyday..even after I reach my goal. I know that fighting my addiction to food..will be a life long battle.. but I am bound to make it a victory!

So come along and join me.. don’t just watch on the sidelines.. be apart of this exciting new found journey..watch out ..cause I just might be sliding into home plate..with a victory on this one!
Cheers!
Beverlynew2

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Easy Peasy Oatmeal raisin cookie in a cup!

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I wanted “something” after dinner tonight.. but wasn’t sure what.. And for some reason.. I was out of fresh ..canned or frozen fruit!!!! That usually never happens…??? So what’s a girl to do??? I have seen the zillion cookies in a cup on pinterest…While they all look wonderful…they were filled with butter and white sugar!
So I revamped it a bit.. and this is what I came up with! And I got to uuse my Paris CUP!

1/2 Cup oats ( not instant)
2 bananas mashed
1 tab cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Tab Honey
4 tab raisins
3 Tab Oat flour ( or almond Flour)
1 tab vanilla
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mix it all together and put in a large coffee cup and microwave for 75-80 seconds… let sit in the cup for a couple minutes..to cool…and then dig in.. if you wanted you could put a scoop of banana ice cream on top!
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Mushroom Tofu Stroganoff

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Tofu gets a bad wrap.. Such a shame really, it is a very versatilel product.. That can take on the flavor of just about anything you would like to maranide it in.Tofu was first used in China over 2,000 years ago. Experts believe that its production began sometime during the Han dynasty, in the second century B.C. According to one Chinese legend, tofu was invented when a cook decided to experiment by flavoring a batch of cooked soybeans with the compound nagari. Instead of flavored soybeans, he wound up with bean curd. It made it’s way from China, tofu was introduced into Korea, and reached Japan in the eight century A.D. Tofu first came about America around 1949…around 1950 it when America’s consumption of meat and dairy products skyrocketed, tofu virtually fell out of public sight..until the 70’s and 80’s.Tofu soon seemed to have found its place at the intersection of virtually every new trend in diet and nutrition in America. It was truly an idea and a food whose time had come. People in all walks of life discovered it as an inexpensive, healthful, ready-to-eat, and remarkably versatile source of high-quality protein that was entirely free of cholesterol, low in fats, and contained less calories per gram of protein than any other food ; at only 72 calories per 100 gram serving it is a dieter’s delight. And good news for that 67% of all Americans who were trying to lose weight.

And yet people continue to stick their noses up in the air when you even mention the word! Many will not even give it a try.. which is really a shame ..but I must admit.. I use to be one of those who snubbed the idea of even giving it a try.. until now.. a chance encounter at a Chinese Restaruant one day, change the way I was to forever look at Tofu! I had a wonderful Tofu Mushroom stir fry one day that was thee BEST stir fry I have ever tired. And dare I say, ONE of THEE best things I have ever eaten in my entire life! From that day one.. I became determinded to find ways to bring more tofu into my life and into the lives of all that would let me. I plan on making tofu recipes a household name , every good cook or chef needs several good Tofu recipes in there pocket!
This is the first of many Tofy recipes I will share with you. I ask that you open your eyes..and give tofu a try.. one way to do this is to go to Whole Foods and choose everything made from TOFU on their HOT food bar! Just take a bite of each item in a togo container and give it a go! Yes, I did this! I went and choose everything they had..only a bite each..and sat in my car.. and ate it!! And I loved it!!! At this point I had already given up meat. So this was a wonderful introduction to my healthy lifestyle. I hope you will give Tofu a try and find at least one good TOFU recipe you can pass on and serve to guest..this is my new favorite of mine and I seem to be making it once a week! Give it a try.. it just may be your families favorite! ( oh and you don’t have to make a “BIG” announcement that it’s touf night.. others may be more receptive if you just announce “mushroom Stroganoff:) Just saying!
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Mushroom Tofu Stroganoff
2 Cups Portabella Mushrooms
1 Cup Firm Tofu cut in slices
1/2 Cup sliced onion
1 container of Vegeaterian Mushroom gravy
1 /2 package of whole wheat noodles
1/2 Cup tofu sourcream (Tofutti) or make own, recipe below
Homemade tofu sour cream:
1 (10 1/2 ounce) package lite silken firm tofu, crumbled
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
4 to 5 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sweetener
1/2 teaspoon salt
What you do:
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2. Process several minutes, until very creamy and smooth. Make sure you process it for a few minutes to ensure the creamy texture.
3. Refrigerate.
It stays fresh for approximately 5 days.)
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Drain Tofu and dry with papertowels.
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In medium saucepan place mushrooms and onion. Cook until tender..tofu4 add Sliced tofu and heat through.tofu6
In seperate saucepan heat water and cook noodles..and drain
Remove mushroom mixture and set aside.tofu12> In saucepan add mushroom gravy and heat. Add mushroom and TOFU mixture carefully stiring mixture. Next add Cooked noodles..tofu8> then add tofu sour cream..turn off heat..tofu9 and stir carefully, making sure not to break up sliced tofu.

Peanut Butter Granola balls

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I wanted to make a healthy …good for you snack…so this is what I came up with… Peanut butter granola balls..! I thought about using honey…but I didn’t have any…then I thought about Maple syrup…again…didn’t have any.. I didn’t want a lot of extra sugar… so I went for the sugar-free pancake syrup… It was perfect! Just enough sweet …I love these!

They were a snap to make.. and taste delicious! Here’s the recipe
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In a large bowl combine the following…
1 Cup of Regular oats
6 TABS. PB2
2 TABS. Coconut
1/4 C. Sunflower seeds
1/4 C. Pecans Chopped
3 Tabs. Whole Almonds
2 Tabs. Chocolate chips
Mix well with wooden spoon.
To this add 1/2 Cup of Sugar free pancake syrup
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Mix well and until the mixture comes together …make 30 round little balls…place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in Frig for at least 30 minutes.. remove and put in rubber maid container.. each has 1 WW point…

I hope you like these as much as I… and remember you can substitute ingredients for what you have on hand..or what you like..one could add…raisins…chopped dried fruit…and any type of nuts… make it your own….let me know if you give them a try and how they turn out!
****side note… PB2 is a powdered Peanut butter…I use it right out of the jar..in powder form.. usually you add water to it.. but it wasn’t neccessary..you can find it online or at Whole foods…
Cheers Beverly

Micro Tip of the day!

carrotsWhen preparing meals…cut up a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables and use it to nibble on.. it will help cut back on tasting the meal you are preparing and give your mouth a happy surprise..while keeping within your Weight Watchers Points!

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