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post #91 of 1284
Hi folks, haven't been posting much since I've been sick with the flu since last week, and now on antibiotics, got a bad sinus infection and actually pulled a muscle in my side from all the coughing! Very painful. So no dieting for me yet... Well, have lost more than a few pounds, since I haven't had much of an appetite, but not a good way to lose it.

Anyhow, on the fruits thing, how about dehydrated fruits? If it's the "slimy" consistency that gets you, dehydrated fruits (no added sugar or anything) might be an answer. And at least over here, they even sell stuff like 'apple chips', VERY dehydrated apple slices, so they're crunchy like chips. A nice snack, even though it does have some calories in it, it has no sugar or sweeteners, and it's way better than many things I might go for normally. Oh yeah and even though fruits are good to eat, we should remember fruits are higher in calories than veggies. For example, in the Weight Watchers points program I was on, fruits do make for points (like a banana is two points, an apple one, kiwi one and so on) but most veggies are free to eat, no points for those. Oh yes, and even though oranges are 'free', orange juice is not, since it takes so many oranges to make the glass of juice, it has much more calories.

I always try to snack on veggies, and save fruits for treats. Red and yellow peppers are often quite sweet, and a nice snack, and I love snacking on those small tomatoes (cherry tomatoes is what they're called here), or just plain cucumber. Plus you can make a light dip of fat free yoghurt and those dip mixes, and dip your veggies in that, in fact, I've had this for dinner quite a few times. Plenty of veggies, and some dip, and you do get quite full, especially when you don't really have the time to cook anything. Of course those of you with families may not be able to do something like this, when you have to consider the others as well.

Is anyone else a vegetarian? I do eat eggs and fish, but even so it often gets quite challenging to come up with low fat and low calorie dinners, especially salads, since it seems there's just so much variation you can get in. I'm not much for cooking, since it's just me, so I try to look for dinners that are rather easy and quick to prepare.

If you have trouble drinking plain water, how about putting in a bit of lemon juice? Or putting a couple of slices of cucumber, or something. That gives a bit of flavor, and at least for me it's nice to have a bit of a different taste to the water, I seem to need the variation.

Just as soon as I start really getting better (and not end up having a coughing fit once I walk more than 10 yards) I really have to start working out again... I take my dogs for walks at least 4 times a week, it's a great way to get some exercise, since it's fun for the dogs and me, and I don't really even consider it as exercise. I usually work out at home, have a few step aerobics tapes, and I also use small hand weights to work my arms, and do stuff like crunches and push ups. So far my routines are only about 15 minutes long, but I figure that's a good start, that's easy to do every day, and once I get into better shape, I'll start doing longer routines. For me, it's always a pain to get started, but once I do, I feel good. Of course stuff like cleaning the house, or doing stuff in the yard is good exercise too.
post #92 of 1284
I have some small cans of V8 juice in the refrigerator, and I see that they have only 35 calories. V8 has more vegetables than tomato juice and has personality too. I hope that helps. Get well, Eeva!
post #93 of 1284
*whacks head*......I coulda had a V8!!!!! :laughing2

I Love V8 juice!!! The spicy one is good, too!!! (it's really good in beer, although I guess that isn't very dietary now, is it?? )
post #94 of 1284
Are you feeling well, Debby? (yuck!)
post #95 of 1284
Well haven't you ever heard of tomato beer? Well it is really good with the spicy V8 juice!!! Trust me! :laughing:
post #96 of 1284
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Here goes nothing...
post #97 of 1284
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Okay, it's an awful picture but,....it's a picture!!! This deserves a glass of water for sure!!!!

It's not that hard to post a picture once you understand how. :LOL: It just took me a little longer to get to the "understand how" part.

This picture was taken over 3 years ago. I believe Nicolas is about 8 months (he's 4 now) and today, I have straight hair with blonde highlights.

Once I figure out how to unblur, get rid of red eye etc....I'll post a recent one.

Thanks for the link Heidi! It worked great.

Back to today's menu......

I had 2 whole wheat toast this morning with a little peanut butter. I was craving that. I have to concentrate on the water again today. It does seem harder when you are doing it at home. Not sure what lunch/supper will be yet.

Good luck everyone.
post #98 of 1284
Ghyslaine - CONGRATS!

What a beautiful family!!!!! I must say, you do look a little tired in the pic, but it's easy to tell you're beautiful!

I kind of made up for yesterday's water lapse last night, but I don't think it counts if you drink most of it all at once.

I started today as per usual: orange juice, grapefruit, raising bran, green tea. I've had a few sips of water, but I'm on glass two of the tea.

We didn't snack or eat sweets yesterday, but we did have Arby's for lunch! We always ask for the nutritional information now at fast food places before we order.

You know those "Market Fresh" sandwiches are the most caloric thing they have? They're between 600 - 800 calories! Wow!!!!!!
post #99 of 1284
I forgot to mention Ghyslaine, in the e-mail I sent you, that your children are simply adorable!!!!!!! And like I told you in the e-mail, you are so very beautiful! I can't wait to see a picture of you as a blonde now!!!

I did very good this morning....hubby bought a huge thing of donuts...all different kinds, and I wanted one so badly....was very tempted to have just one...but I said Nope!!! Not gonna do it!!! Ans tried to imagine how one of those donuts would look permanently attached to my thighs...not a pretty sight, so I skipped it!! :laughing:

I did overdo it a bit on the Chinese food last night, though... But it was soooo delicious! And it did have lots of veggies in it!

So does anyone have an answer for me to my question of since I hate the taste of water, could I drink decaffinated iced tea and get all my water in that way or would that not work as well?
post #100 of 1284
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Thanks Laurie!

You are right though I was tired! I remember this trip as if it happened yesterday. I was on my way to visit my mom. It is about an 8 hour drive. About half way, we decided to stop and stay overnight in a motel. Well....it just happened that all the participants that were in town for a ball tournament that week-end had thought of the same thing. They were partying like there was no tomorrow. Needless to say, I may have slept about 2 hours total. We ended up getting the room for free (after a lengthy letter from me!). On top of that, we had no crib for Nicolas so he slept with me and Steven slept with daddy. It took me forever to convince Nicolas that it was okay to fall asleep in that strange looking room! Ahhhhh....the memories!

I think I am going to have a cup of green tea (thanks for the idea Laurie!)

My boys are begging for Kraft Dinner. Simple enough.

My scanner is up and running. I haven't figured out touch up the picture yet. When I scan them, they look okay but when I change the width/length, everything gets all blurry.

Okay...off to make lunch, drink some water and tea and try to figure out what I am hungry for.
post #101 of 1284
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Debby, I think we were posting at the same time.

Thank you for your compliments. You are too kind!

I do have a picture scanned as a blonde. Just have to figure out how to crop and resize it without deforming the picture. By the time I change the settings, everything is all blurry. I'm getting there guys!

Well...it's Kraft Dinner for the boys and I'm not sure what for me.

I think a cup of green tea sounds good.

Debby, I'm not 100% sure but I can't see why drinking decaffenated iced tea would be bad for you. I do know that I got a response earlier on in this thread regarding the Green Tea Iced Tea (Lipton's) and it was suggested that I make my own instead of buying the bottled kind because of all the artifical 'stuff'. Are you planning on making your own or buying it?

What if you chew on ice cubes?? Can you handle that? I know it's hard eating enough ice cubes to amount to a gallon of water but, between the tea and that, maybe you could slowly get used to the water. Just a thought..... Ummmmm, get crunching! :LOL:
post #102 of 1284
Oh....poor Debby. Since no one else has answered, and I am a cheerleader, I will give you permission to substitute iced tea with nutrasweet and lemon for some water, simply because I cannot conceive of a happy life without iced tea! Now, if I'm wrong, you'll get an answer in a big hurry, I'm sure.

Just remember that tea is a diuretic, so you will be burning a lot of calories running to the bathroom. I think your penalty for drinking something palatable should be sucking your tummy in the whole way to the B.R. !! I think about 20 seconds of holding it in counts for one situp. Actually, I hate water too, but I think you should drink some water. It does wash out toxins. But have some tea too, and don't tell anyone else.

Ghyslaine, you and the children are three beauties. Beautiful soul, beautiful person! How dare all of you guys be so young and pretty?
post #103 of 1284
Thanks for answering guys! I drink ALOT of iced tea (decaf mostly) at work all day long!!!
post #104 of 1284
Can I jump in on this one? I was about 80 pounds over what I know feels healthy for me (which is about 20 pounds ovder the chart weight.

I also have some aches in my back and knees that I know the weight is aggravating.

The only way I could approach this was by working towards eating healthy and not think of it as a diet. I'm also still taking baby steps for improving my health. I'm using the diabetes pyramid of foods (whole grains/cereals beig the biggest part of the diet, then fruits and veggies, then protein with fats and sweets being the smallest element), keeping total calorie count in mind.

It's been a month and I'm still working on increasing my water to the 64 oz (it just never tastes anything but flat to me!). I've gotten my overall calorie count down to around 1900 a day and I lost 8 pounds.

My biggest challenge is going to be getting the exercise in! I have never found an exerice that I really like and it's going to be winter soon, but I'm working on finding things I can incorporate into my day.

I'm really hoping tha this way will get me where I need to be to be healthy (with being smaller as a side benefit) and that I can do for the rest of my life.
post #105 of 1284
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Jeanie.....Thank you.

Guess what I am doing today? I decided to put on a pedometer just to see how much walking I get done in one day. Apparently, everyone should aim to get a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Well......I am at 598. I have sat down quite a bit today but this morning, I told myself that if I didn't log 10,000 by the end of the day, I would hop on my treadmill to make up for the lost steps. Looks like I may be on the treadmill for quite some time tonight!

Good for you Debby! Keep up the good work! I get side tracked at the office at times and choose a diet soda. I wish I could break that habit.

Eeva, I have nevr heard of cucumbers in water. How interesting. Not sure if I'm brave enough to try that though. I was thinking that maybe you and I could have a "take your anti-biotic on time" program. That way, we are sure to drink some water! :LOL: Hope you feel better soon. I am going on close to one month(if not more) of being sick. It's no fun at all. Sending get better vibes your way. I don't think I could ever become a vegetarian. I know that there is so much variety out there now for vegetarians but I've never thought about it much. Have you always been a vegetarian? If no...did you notice a significant change/improvement in your life when you chose to become one? I am very interested...no one I know is vegetarian so I have no idea what it really is all about. We all know the "no meat" part. It's all the benefits and recipe ideas I'm not aware of.

Okay....enough of my rambling on. I'm off to drink a glass of water!
post #106 of 1284
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Patrice, Welcome aboard!!! Nice to have you join us.

Well, you've come to the right place. We are all taking the baby step approach here and plan on succeeding!

We'll do the water drinking, food and exercise challenge together!

Stick with us!
post #107 of 1284
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Okay...thanks to Debby, I have a recent one to show.
post #108 of 1284
Eeva - I was essentially a vegetarian from 1979 (age 16) until 1986. I started in high school just because I wanted to be different. I "cheated" occassionally as I didn't do it for ideological reasons so much as for health reasons. But I was never very healthy about it in all those years, and I was a smoker the whole time. The hypocrisy of the whole thing bothered me, and, like I said, I wasn't particularly healthy. I put a lot of work into studying the different "philosophies," from raw-foodist to macrobiotic. My problem was, and still is, just being disciplined about what I eat. I smoked, I drank coffee, I ate sweets - so what was the point?

Besides - I really can't stand a lot of the vegetarian dishes. LOL! In the end, it just wasn't me.

My dad, who just turned 72 this past Thursday, is proof that everything in moderation and a disciplined diet is healthy. He was diagnosed with diabetes one year after insulin was invented. He has survived quintuple by-pass surgery at age 63, and statistically should have been dead 46 years ago. He eats nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day, has 4 oz. of meat with lunch and 6 oz. of meat with dinner, and gets 25 or more grams of fiber and exercises each day - even if it is just out in the garden weeding. He eats no sweets or junk food at all. He is why I cannot be against animal testing ideologically (we would have none of our modern medicines) and why I believe eating healthy - meat or no - is the key to the quality in a long life.

I admire the discipline it takes to be a vegetarian! I just don't have it - and that's what I'm working on!

So Patrice100 - I am with you! For me it is about changing my habits far more than it is about losing the weight!

...and I've finished three glasses of green tea and 1/2 litre of water today. A bit better than yesterday!

Ghyslaine - I'm scared to get a pedometer. I'm not sure I want to know!

post #109 of 1284
See Ghyslaine! You're gorgeous! You don't even look like you need to lose weight!

What a little sleep will do.... !!!!
post #110 of 1284
I was thinking the same thing! She looks pretty thin to me!
post #111 of 1284
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Have you not noticed how I hide behind my children? Seriously....I have at least 20-25 pounds to lose. I'm sitting on about 10 of them in the pics! The rest is on my belly, in my thighs....etc. You guys are too kind.

My pedometer messed up on me! I looked down about 10 minutes ago and it says 42 steps. Geesh.....looks like I'll have to do this again tomorrow and be more careful. I'm thinking I may have hit the reset button while I was cleaning, so tomorrow....no cleaning!!
post #112 of 1284
Well, I'm going to give this a try myself. I have a bit of a double goal. I went from a size 12 to a size 16 in 2 months this spring, when I quit smoking. I started smoking again in May and have maintained my weight at a size 16, but haven't lost any either. I want to quit smoking again next week (when Mike loses his job and we can get back to going to the gym) and maybe lose weight this time. Next Friday is goal time for me. Thursday I bought a pack of light cigarettes instead of my normal ones (switched to a cheaper brand, too. Cigarettes are about to go up $.60/pack here which will make it over $4.00/pack for most brands, possibly over 5 for some.) Today I will buy ultra lights, and next week begin cutting it down. Even if I don't completely quite by Friday, I want to be down to 1-2 cigarettes a day by then. I just hope I don't gain weight this time, and hope I can lose what I've gained. Clothes shopping makes me cry, so does trying to put on a bathing suit. This pic was taken about 2 months ago. I cried for about 2 hrs before getting dressed for this trip, trying on all the clothes I had (it was over 100 degrees that day).
post #113 of 1284
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Yay Myste! Welcome! What a beautiful picture!

Unfortunately, I do not have any advice for the smoking part as I have never smoked. (except the occasional one after a few beers when I forget I'm a non-smoker ) I am sure there are tons of people here with advice and encouraging words of wisdom.

Just remember....we are baby-stepping our way to a healthier lifestyle. One step at a time! You can do it. We all can

To start off, last week was our drink all the water you can week (which we will be keeping up from now on) So, start with the water intake and next week....we are incorporating fruit into our menu and veggies (for those that want to tackle the two at once)
post #114 of 1284

I think you look beautiful in your picture, and admire you for deciding to quit smoking. I need to quit too, but I haven't had the willpower recently.

I read somewhere that quitting smoking, beginning on the first day of your period up to 14 days later is much easier than at any other time. For some reason, cravings are supposed to be less. This might be a good bit of advice to try.


My nutritionist told me that decaffeinated drinks with sugar substitutes could replace water. This includes diet soda and iced tea Sodas are bad, though, because of the phosphorous. So, I wouldn't feel bad about drinking tea as long as it has no caffeine.

One liter of water down, more to go...And I prepared for next week's additional fruit-I got bananas from the farmers market. They might not last all week though!

post #115 of 1284
Myste...that is a great picture! You are very pretty, and don't look like a size 16 at all!!!

Myste and Christy....I too smoke.

I have cut way down now, though, because of the baby, I don't smoke around her, so it isn't as handy to light one up as it used to be. I need to quit, but right now I don't have the willpower, and I want to lose some of the weight I gained being pregnant before I try to quit! It terrifies me that I will put on a ton of weight when I quit!!!!!! But my hubby says he would rather have me fat than dead. Good point, I guess.
post #116 of 1284
Whisker's mom- well, the cucumber slices are there just to give a hint of a taste to the water, sounds weird, but at least I liked it, but then again, I like cucumbers.

And the vegetarian thing... Well, there's lots of people who wouldn't consider me a "true" vegetarian since I do eat eggs and fish, but I guess my reason is that I don't eat anything I wouldn't be able to get for myself, and I couldn't kill an animal for my food, while I could collect eggs or fish. My main reason for becoming a vegetarian was becoming disgusted with the way many "meat animals" are treated today, and I didn't want to support those practises by buying the meat.

Okay, got off track there. Guess my point was that me becoming a vegetarian (only 1,5 yrs now) was for ideological reasons, not for health and I have to say I haven't noticed much of a difference. This is the first time I've been sick in about 3 yrs, but can't even attribute that to my change in diet. The benefit I have noticed is that I feel much better about what I eat... It's not like I ate much meat before i stopped eating meat and meat products (so if a product has something like 'animal fat' in it, I don't eat it), but now I don't have that nagging guilt about eating what I do. For some reason I've felt strongly about eating animals for a long time, so in that respect, I guess at least my mental health has improved. Of course that's not the only thing I do, I try to buy organic products as much as possible, avoid certain companies' products (that use child labour etc) and buy the fair trade products too etc.

It is harder to get 'junk food' when you're vegetarian, of course it's easy to get pizzas and such, but you don't really go out to hamburger places or such much, because they usually don't have much for me to eat. So I have cut down on eating junk food a lot, and I have started eating much more vegetables and fruits, even though I've always eaten plenty of those anyway. So although there's been a bit of a change for healthier food (I do eat more healthy now, use less fat, and more veggies etc), it's not very dramatic, I don't think meat as such is unhealthy, even if it's often pointed out as the culprit for gaining weight and bad health.

As for recipies and such, yes, there are quite a lot out there, but I'm not a very good vegetarian. Out of fish, I only like a few, I don't really like eggs much, I don't eat stuff like tofu or the soy replacement products, and I don't really go much for beans, although I do try and eat them, since I do need to get certain things into my diet, when I don't eat meat. And of course I'm always looking for easy, fast recipies, and it seems most of the 'yummy' vegetarian dishes I've eaten or seen, are quite a lot of work or are quite fatty. I tend to eat a lof of pasta (which isn't exactly low calorie food...), since it's rather easy to prepare no-meat dishes from that, or various soups etc. Although there are much more vegetarian options out there today, there's often only one in restaurants etc over here anyway, so sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge, but it's been pretty easy so far. My mom actually bought me Weight Watchers vegetarian cook book last year, and that has some pretty good recipies in it. It just feels it's harder to get variety into salads and such.

Btw, about quitting smoking, I read about a study that was done, where there had been two groups, one that tried to quit without doing anything else, and another that combined trying to quit smoking and going on a diet as well (or rather changing their eating habits into healthier ones). It turned out that especially for women, they are much more often successful in quitting smoking if they are also on a diet, since for women it seems that a major reason for failing at quitting smoking is that they are worried about the weight they'll gain. Thus combining it with dieting made that worry go away, and it was easier for women to stop smoking. I thought this was really interesting, and it sounds like it might well be true.
post #117 of 1284
Miste, Try the patch. You'll find some good ideas in this thread. I wish you the best.
post #118 of 1284
Thanks for the support. I don't have the money for the patch, nor do I have the money to keep smoking. Mike's job ends on the 25th, and then I'll be the sole source of income until he gets unemployment. At present I smoke about 1/2 pack a day. As for the period thing, I don't have periods due to the pill. I've never had too much problem quitting, I've quit 2x before. Last time I started again, it was from depression, and I'm going to be getting help for that this time. I'm mostly worried about not gaining weight again.
post #119 of 1284
post #120 of 1284
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Lheeza....I have to confess! I have that picture pinned up in my office!

Ahem......where has everyone been today???? It seems pretty quiet here. Hope everyone had a good, healthy day.

Alas....I was not too good today. But, tomorrow is another day.
Hardly drank any water. Naughty girl!!! (I'm not mentioning all the bad things I did).

So.....are we all ready for the new start tomorrow? It's water/fruit/veggie week!!!! YAY!!!!! I wish you all luck.

BTW: Wore my pedometer all day. The total is: 5960. I'm far from 10,000. I'm planning on wearing it to work tomorrow. I think I may hit 15,000 in 8 hours there ! I figure once I'm feeling 100% better, I'll make sure it becomes a daily thing. Tonight, I'm not even going near the treadmill to make up for the missing steps. It's rest time. My whole household is asleep!

BTW: if anyone has any good, healthy recipes to share, it would be a bonus to have them here also. I'm so un-imaginative that it may encourage me to try something new.

Have a great evening and an even better morning start.
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