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Tips…fighting weight loss!

I have researched tips..helps…and must do’s on weight loss… you can google it and find hundreds if not thousands of ideas…. I have sifted through them to come up with the ones I want to implement..
#1 No soda…not even diet… I gave up soda in August and have not looked back!
#2 Drink water.. drink water.. drink water.. your body needs it.. do it..! Add lemon if you like.. but drink it!
#3 Cut out sugar… we don’t need it.. it is useless calories… and it encourage us to over indulge..
#4 No White Flour.. I find that I feel better if I don’t eat white flour..I do use Almond and Coconut flour only!
#5 Limit carbs…carbs are NOT good for us.. period.. empty calories ..I am the first to admit its difficult!
#6 Limit dairy… try other non dairy prive oducts..I can not digest dairy well..
#7 No Cows milk..choose Almond milk… it even comes in chocolate. I am also enjoying coconut milk…!
#8 Use Olive oil…it is good.. also coconut oil..!
#9 Flax Seed…. put it in smoothies…it will help regulate you…once scoop is all you need!
#10 Vegies at every meal.. yes even at breakfast…I love 2 cups of salad in my smoothie! Or in a omelet!
#11 Limit your time sitting down.. limit computer and TV time.. only reward yourself with more time if you exercise!
#12 Exercise..take the stairs instead of the elevator..park further away and walk…join the gym!
#13 Bake…broil and boil and grill…love grilling even in the winter!
#14 Plan ! Plan! Plan ! Always plan your meals for the week! you are less apt to overeat…
#15 Never shop when your hungry…period!
#16 Drink green tea… before and after meals.. it helps with digestion…
#17 End your day with a protein drink..it will help burn fat at night
#18 Eat fresh! No packaged foods! Your health will thank you!
#19 MOVE IT! MOVE IT! Move as much as possible!
#20 NO FAST FOOD! Period.. there is nothing good there..nothing…
#21 Eat at the table..not in front of the TV…no seconds..
#22 Use veggies for snacks… it helps you get in your daily requirement!
#23 Use water or hot tea to ward off hunger..drink if you are feeling hungry between meals..
#24 Meditate… it sooths the soul…
#25 Look for exciting..active things to have as hobbies…get out there and try new things.!
As my list grows I will update this….don’t try them all at once… spread them out… and enjoy!

Garlic Brown Sugar chicken tenders

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These were fantastic! And were very easy to make in little time!
First add splenda brown sugar to a bowl..add 2 tab low sodium soy sauce…and 3 tab minced garlic…mix in a little bit of water to make it pourable…brown4line baking dish with parchment paper..( it will save on clean up)brown3 marinade chicken tenders in sauce for two hours or longer…brown2place in lined baking dish…top with a 1/3 of a slice of bacon…brown1 and pour marinade over top…bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes…

Addiction

Food-AddictI can’t imagine what its like to be a drug addict..to want a high so badly you will go through thousands of dollars just to get a high..I don’t like to take over the counter drugs unless necessary…let alone the hard stuff..when I had my knee operation..I didn’t like taking the pain medicine..because of the way it makes me feel..I would rather have the pain…how can you like how that makes you feel? And not knowing if the next high is going to kill you… or not..a chance I am not willing to take…why take something that isn’t going to let you remember what the heck you did the night before? I just can’t wrap my head around this…

I can’t imagine what it’s like to NEED a drink everyday… I have beer and wine in my frig that had been there over a year now..I know for some, that it would of been gone the next day….everyday they stop and grab that 12 pack on the way home…and finish it off..before bedtime…Don’t get me wrong.. I enjoy a nice glass of wine..but the rest of the bottle goes to waste…I may have a white Russian if I am out for dinner..but one is enough.. I’ve never been drunk…NEVER… Two glasses of wine and I know I don’t like how it make me feel.. I like having complete control…I don’t like how alcohol makes me feel.. I can’t understand why people can’t see that they can’t drive after have too much? If you fumble while getting the keys in the ignition.. don’t drive.. it’s a no brainer.. how do you like laying by the toilet and puking your guts out? Yet, You still enjoy doing it all over again..tomorrow.. Not me…lives and familes are ruined by alcohol…why do it?

I enjoy sex.. but I can’t imagine being addicted to it and giving up my body to anyone that I meet….or being addicted to looking at it…people meet in the back alley and arrange sex…with a stranger and then go home to their partner..and do it again.. I’d be afraid some creep would kill me.. or that I would end up with a STD..or even AIDS..isn’t this degrading to you? How can you be addicted to this? How does it even begin?

And don’t get me started on cigarettes…I’ve kissed a man who smoked and it tasted awful! I have lived with a smoker and seen his yellow teeth and smelled the smoke on his clothing.. I hated it.. how can you want to stick a cig in your mouth and do all that harm to your lungs! We have all seen the pictures of the smokers lungs…black with tar like substance …and the cancer.. they spend millions of dollars on campaigns to keep young kids to stop..and yet.. its a multi dollar business… no matter what anyone says.. it’s not cool to smoke..not to mention the cost of a carton of those things! How do you like spending all of your hard earned money like that??? Up in smoke!
No I can’t understand how a person gets addicted to smoking.. drinking.. drugs..and sex…..those things don’t interest me…however….
I do under stand being addicted to food.. I understand how it make me feel better after a long day at work.. I understand that no matter how bad my day goes..that I can turn to the freezer and reach for the half gallon of ice cream… and eat myself happy…
I get great pleasure out of eating.. it comforts my soul.. it can make a bad day better.. a fight..tolerable..it can heal my broken heart.. and make me feel better inside..I use food like a druggie uses a needle.. it make me feel better.. and it’s not illegal.. No one cares if I stuff myself and weigh 300 pounds.. no one says a word…

In fact many family and friends of mine are are enablers … my hook up..my pimp…my dealer…see they make things to eat that I like and they even encourage me to eat me.. oh I am not blaming them.. I am just telling you they are enablers..and they don’t even know it..

If I was a alcoholic..would you ask me over to your house and offer me a drink? Or if I was a addicted to drugs..would you ask me over and have some on a silver platter for me?
If you saw me destroying myself with alcohol and drugs.. you would intervene? Why of course you would..
then why don’t you do that for me..? The food addict? Why not encourage me to seek help for my addiction???
Why not talk to me as my weight rises..and not ignore it?
Do you think I enjoy being fat? DO you think I just eat to much so I am getting fat? Do you even care?
It’s a disease that is not spoken about..after all you don’t want to hurt my feelings, right?

I have often said that I wish I wouldn’t have taken up the food addiction vise.. why? Cause I can get no help..if I was addicted to just about anything else..my insurance would pay for me to get help.. and certainly my family would seek that help for me.. out of sight out of mind..with alcohol..drugs.and tabacco…
but not with food addiction.. I still have to eat.. and to someone that LOVES food and is addicted to it.. there is no half ass way to do it.. all of nothing..yes , I eat all…everything.. and then afterwards I feel guilt..shame.. and despair.. which in turns makes me want to eat more to make me feel better..its a vicious circle..one that is difficult to break..but I am trying..
I started attending OA, Overeaters Anonymous …I attend the phone meetings.. it helps me be more aware..of what I am eating.. and allows me to be accountable..this helps me..my family still doesn’t get it.. nor my friends.. and I understand that. it’s really ok..I need to get through this..breakthrough my addiction myself..and with GOD.. at my side..
I hope that one day people who have a food addiction will have a place to get help..a outreach program..even a in house program to learn how to eat again.. I am going to beat this food addiction.. even if I feel that it is the hardest addiction on earth to kick.. after all I can drive down one block and find a fast food joint..just waiting to help me get my food fix! Hell they even have Dollar menu …that I can always afford something to fill my need…I get to walk the isle at Walmart and find just about any food that I want to get my fix..and if I am lucky..they are giving out samples… and being the kind person that I am.. sometimes they will give me seconds! Every second of every day food is on my mind.. every where I look..on TV on Bill boards..in Magazines.. I can find food porn.. and something new that could help me stay in this addiction!
But I want out… I have to get out.. I need to get out..I want out! So step by step. I will fight back.. I am stepping up and taking responsibility for my choices…I am eliminating many unhealthy things.. I started with Diet Coke.. I use to drink 6=8 a day.. I have been diet coke free for three weeks now.. and I feel better already.. my heartburn at night has stopped.. and I thirst for water now.. the colder the better! Now I have eliminated fast foods..I don’t go.. I can’t go.. I don’t have control..it’s not good for me.. so I am removing it from my life…period..next will be packaged food…all packaged foods..then white flour…baby steps..tomorrow is my first face to face OA meeting .. and I am scared shitless! But I am going… I am not sure what to expect…but I am looking forward to this very much.. the phone meetings are great..but this will be even better! wish me luck.. .and to those who are suffering with food addiction.. please reach out to someone.. a friend. pastor ..doctor…ask for help… and find OA ..go to the internet and find the phone numbers and conference call code to participate..it does help..
Cheers!
BeverlyFood-Addict

Good Morning!

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I made it through the evening without touching that Blue Bell Ice Cream in my freezer! And I feel GREAT about that!! This morning I ate a sausage , egg, peppers and cheese breakfast bowl! Yes from Atkins! And I loved every bite! Now I am sipping on some hot tea..this first day of August, 2014..because it feels like a fall day! Only 60’s today, and chance of rain!

It’s now 9:57 am and already I have cleaned the kitchen..washed two loads of clothes..but a roast on to cook..cleaned out the pool…gave the dog a bathe…and finally sitting down to blogging…for just a bit…WOW! Far cry from Miss drag my ass out of bed girl! Energy is coming back.. and I like it! No heavy loaded down feeling…interesting observation..and all I did was change what foods I decided to put in my body..interesting..

I tons more stuff to do today.. still unpacking from my two week stay with my Mum in Ohio.. wishing I was still with her right now..ok slap my face and knock me back into reality…lots to do.. final exams to study for..(yek) and a bedroom to reorganize so our favorite guest can sleep in there when they come to visit!

Just wanted to share with you my changed in energy level..and my hunger pains are finally calming down..going to do some meal planning that I will share with you all later…I am going to save this as a draft..and finish this evening..
TaTa!

I made a roast today for dinner.. since I have a unhealthy relationship with food.. I wanted to make sure I didn’t sit down and eat the whole thing..so I made plans to make the cooked roast into several different meals. For my son.. I added potatoes, onions and carrots..he ate it for lunch and dinner..
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I had a portion for dinner ( mine has roast, onions, baby carrot and French green beans…) and then I made three to freeze.. I added some french green beans and one chopped tiny carrot to each. I also used a cup of water and a packet of seasoning to the whole roast..total carb count is ( 2 carbs for seasoning, 1 for baby carrot & onion..and 2 for French cut green beans) Total 5 carbs for the meal. Plus No things in it I don’t want!
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I have wrapped them well with plastic wrap.. if they cook up well after freezing them I will be making more..keep posted for updates and recipes for my frozen low carb meals!
I like the fact that I knew that it was possible that I would eat the whole roast..and recognized that I needed to portion it out into meals.. recognizing these little things is important to my success !

Daily Journal #17

JOURNAL22
Daily food journal #16

Breakfast 2 eggs 1 Carb
hot tea
water
Lunch 2 cups salad 2 carbs
4 oz chicken 0 carbs
salad dressing 4 carbs
water
water
iced tea peach no sugar 1
Dinner
2 cups salad 2 carbs
2 hard loiled eggs 1 carb
salad dressing 4 carbs
brats 2 carbs
hot tea 0 carbs
peach ice tea 1 carb
water
Daily Total 17 carbs
Gazzell
9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

NOTES: Today was a good day… lots of energy again today.. I hope this stays!!! I get alot done that’s for sure.. of course maybe it has to also do with canning the cable TV!!! Planning my food intake the night before is really helpful for me.. I don’t have to stick to it.. their’s no food plan police out to get me..if I don’t go by whats on the plan.. but I am finding I am sticking to it…I like it cause sometimes I grab the first thing I see..when I’m hungry.. and it may not be good stuff…this way I have a plan…another VICTORY!

Water water water… I love water. But if I am being honest.. I do miss my diet coke.. I know, I know it isn’t good for me..but I do miss it.. I am drinking water, hot tea and some peach Iced tea , no sugar..mostly hot tea and water.. the peach tea is my treat! I should try and find a low carb protein drink.. I haven’t found a low carb one I like yet.. when I do I will let you know..

I am feeling so much better these days.. my blood pressure has stayed down.. and I am just feeling healthy! I am looking forward to a trip to DC in two weeks to see my son and daughter in law!! A little worried about the eating out thing.. but I am going to carry some approved snacks..and my water! I can always go for meat and salad..just don’t take me for pizza!!! EEEKS! It will be a fun time!

Daily Journal #13

JOURNAL22Breakfast 2 scrambled eggs 156 Calories 1 carb 12 Protein
2 sasuage 230 Calories 2 Carb 14 Protein

lunch nothing

Dinner
4 oz smoked turkey 118 Calories 0 Carbs 19 Protein
1/2 cup green beans with bacon its 31 Calories 7 Carbs 1.8 protein
salad 30 Calories 1 Carb 2 Proteins

Total counts 565 Calories 11 Carbs 48.8 Protein

No Gazzell…I went to the flea market and walked for over three hours.. It wasn’t easy with my bad leg…I do wish it would get better.. I don’t like limping around…I had a good day spending it with friends.. many temptations were thrown at me today… mini doughnuts..cheddar cheese popcorn….funnel cakes..ice cream cones..etc..but I didn’t take any of it!! WHEW!!! so happy to have found this new WILLPOWER! Even though my mouth watered for these treats.. I can prepared! I has a cheese stick…Atkins bar and large water!!! COMING prepared is best!!!! Also something sweet…like the Atkins bar is a great idea so that you can quinch that sweet spot and not induldge in any NONO treats! Great day!
Cheers
Beverly

Daily Journal #14

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Breakfast 2 eggs 156 Calories 1 carb 12 Protein
2 sasuage 230 Calories 2 Carb 14 Protein
2 bacon 92 Calories 0 Carbs 6.3 Protein

Lunch
String Cheese 50 Calories 0 Carbs 6 Protein
Atkins bar 180 Calories 3 carbs 6 Protein

Dinner
1/2 Cup Broiled broccoli 27 Calories 5.6 Carbs 1.9 Protein
1 cup Salad greens 33 Calories 3.00 Carbs 2.6 Protein
8 oz talipia broiled 218 Calories 0 Carbs 45 Protein

Total amounts 986 Calories 14.6 carbs 94.8 Protein

Gazzell
9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes
Notes: Before anyone says something about my lunch.. I didn’t want much.. I had a sinus headack! I ended up laying down and falling to sleep for about three hours!! I felt much better when I awoke…kind of laid back day.. I piddled around the house and did some laundry…dishes…dog’s bath… little things.. I watch my hour of TV…Got to speak to my youngest son..on the cell today.. that always makes me very happy…I wish I got to see him more often. he live in DC…which is a few hours away from me..I don’t complain about it.. he is a retired Wounded Warrior..so now I have him safely on American soil..with three tours of War behind him.. This mom is happy he is State Side! The day was good…I got to spend it with my Oldest son.. anytime spent with Family is time well spent!
Cheers!
Beverly

Daily Journal #12

JOURNAL22Food Journal

Breakfast 2 eggs 156 calories 1 carb 12 Protein

lunch
Atkins bar 180 Calories 3 carbs 6 protein
Atkins Protein Drink 160 calories 2 carbs 15 protein
DINNER
2 hot dogs 280 Calories 2 carbs 10 Protein
Tortilla 121 Calories 6 carbs 5 protein
Total amounts 897 Calories 14 Carbs 48 Protein

Gazzell
9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

NOTES: Today was difficult for me.. I went grocery shopping.. it was hard! I saw so many things I love to eat…why do they call my name???? I hate the hold that it has on me.. I was strong and didn’t buy one thing that I couldn’t have…YEA!! I might have wanted to…but I didn’t! That is a biggie to me!! I came home with my grocerys and took the time to pack it all in individual portions!!! Everything!! I am now prepared for the next week!!! When I have things that I can grab and go.. I can stick to the plan better!!! Trying hard to keep busy.. my clothes are all cleaned dryed and in the closent! My house is cleaned to the hilt! And thinking of cleaning the car inside and out tomorrow… guess my energy is back!! YEA!!!! Hoping to have a good weekend.. going to friends house tomorrow..and lunch out with them.. salad..and meat..salad and meat!!!!!It will be my real first challenge out!! I can do this!!!! Wish me luck!
Cheers
Beverly

Daily Journal #11

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Food Journal

Breakfast
1/2 Cup cottage cheese 90 Calories 4 carbs 14 protein

Lunch
2 Tab Peanut butter 180 Calories 7 carbs 7 Protein
1 cup raw salad 20

Dinner
4 oz grilled chicken 211 calories 0 carbs 32 protein

Total amount 501 Calories 11 Carbs 53 protein
Gazzell
2:00 1 mile
4:30 1 mile
6:30 1 mile
8:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

Notes: Today was another busy day! I went to the Doctor ( it took me 4 hours!) Had my blood work done and physical so I can start the gastric bypass diet~ Once my blood work comes back my DOC will give me the green light.. I took all of my research to her..she went over it with me.. agreeded that there are many risk in having the surgery..( which surprised me)and thinks if all my blood work comes back ok..she will give me the go to do this! And will follow me in my journey! I am excitied about this!! Right now I seem to have no desire (or hunger) to eat…I don’t know why..but right now.. It isn’t going to hurt me to do without! I could stand to get more carbs in my daily eating.. tomorrow I am going to the market to stock up on this to eat….I am going to make my list tonight and be prepared to get more in my days..

I find that I am little energy these past two days.. which bothers me..but I know it will get better in a few days! My mental determination is so great right now..I want to keep it going forever..but I know from past experience it won’t ..there will be days and maybe even weeks when I want to give up in the near future…but I want to remember this feeling at this moment so I can use this to draw upon in those moments when I need it the most! I want this more than anything ..I need this.. I want to be able to play with my future grandchildren..I want my kids to be proud of me.. not ashamed..I want to be healthy. Oh and I am going to Florida on a family trip with my sister, Mom and son in October..I want to swim with the dolphins..and I want pictures lots of pictures of our vacation together..and I want to look good…more motivations to lose it!
So as I go forward I have much hope and excitment for my continued success..and becoming healthy!
Cheers!
Beverly

Daily Journal #9

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Food Journal day #9

2 3-minute eggs 156 calories 1 carb 12 protein
Hot tea
Water
MIDMORNING
1 oz cheese 78 calories 0.5 carbs 8 protein
Hot tea
Water
LUNCH
Cottage cheese 90 calories 4 carbs 14 protein
hot tea
water
MIDAFTERNOON
Nothing
Dinner
Chuck eye steak 4 oz…250 Calories 0 carbs 21 Protein
Mushroom and onions grilled 21 calories 3.7 carbs 0 Protein

Total counts 595 Calories 5.05 carbs 55 Protein

Gazzell
8:00 1/2 mile
9:30 1/2 mile
1:00 1 mile
4:00 1 mile
6:00 1/2 mile
7:30 1/2 mile total miles 4 miles 484 calories burned 41 minutes

Notes: Kind of sluggish today… from what I read its because of the low carbness I am doing..and it should go away in a few days..so I will just go with it.. it seems to help when I exercise on the gazzell… also going to the bathroom constantly! Like really really a lot! Good thing I don’t have to leave the house!! LOL! really enjoyed the steak tonight..and the muchrooms and onions were yummy! I need to get to the grocery..but think it will be Friday before I get the chance to go..Got a call about a part time job ..hoping it pans out..I am not hungry at ALL! What the heck? I like it ..but I have to remember to eat…WOW! that has NEVER happened before! I know I didn’t get all of my carbs allowed ( 20) today…but as I said not hungry and I don’t think It will kill this girl to miss a meal or two.. I even made regular peanut butter cookies for my son today.. I wasn’t tempted by them.. I am sooo committed to this healthy lifestyle.. they just didn’t bother me.. not even one tiny bite.. none!!! I am very proud of myself too!!! I feel LIKE DANCING!!!! it really makes me smile!! Going to plan my eating for tomorrow and maybe even go swimming!!! If it is 70 outside..like they say ..I will be out walking the dog! thinkin chicken tomorrow!
Cheers!
Beverly

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