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Old 12-10-2007, 10:05 AM   #76
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I have managed one week of decent eating and five days of exercise last week. I have an oven full of meringues made with splenda right now and there are some pumpkin oatmeal craisen cookies around here somewhere. The holidays are really hard as I know one day I will have to break down and make real cookies with real frosting and sprinkles for the sake of my kiddos.
One night we had fit and tasty pizza from pizza hut as DD21 was leaving for Austin( and it is our favorite one)- but I only had a couple of pieces and arranged my meals so I won't be too off keel. I was amazed at the fat content of a apple fritter that I had at a holiday brunch. Just one... I thought along with scrambled eggs and hot sauce- good lord !That day low fat went out the window.But I have been good doing fish and poultry, otherwise.
I tried the yoga program on fit TV one day and just about killed by glutes. There was one pose where you stand on one leg with your other leg up in the air and your head down. With each breath you are supposed to bend your knee slightly. I think this was a bit more advanced that I was ready for. I have the balence stuff, but the butt muscles are still sore when I think about it. My goal is the three pounds that have stuck around for the past month. If I don't zap it now it will be five !
Cindy- my 14 year old explorer needs transmission repairs again and I am thinking of junking it. My sister just traded her ten year old explorer for a Santa Fe. I am driving my Mom's accord right now and hoping that the job comes through with the bank .
Ledom-in about four months you and I will be back in our element- our yards. I took down big daddy tomato plant yesterday and have what looks like 5 gallons of green tomatoes in my kitchen. I forsee tomatoes until the first of the year. Now when it comes time to plant you will be in great shape for working in the yard. It is so much better to fight the holidays now and not gain the weight then to deal with it's after affects in January !
Good luck with your holiday chores,Gina !
It sounds like everyone is moving, which is what counts in my book. I can't tell you how motivational it is to drop by and see that everyone is still working on it. The healthy eating part is just a real challenge and I am glad that this year DH will be attending his functions without me.It's just better to think of a new pair of shorts down the road.
Which is another thing I found motivational! I bought me a couple pairs of new workout pants and shoes.The shoes are not really good for anything other than walking around( I will get some more running shoes after Christmas), but it just made me want to workout more because they all looked so good.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:56 AM   #77
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Sirak - check out that Green Chili I posted the recipe link to yesterday. Instead of tomatillos, used those green tomatoes. I found another green chili stew recipe (google for it) at Cooks.com that uses chicken and potatoes and isn't as hot if that would be better for your kids. Seems green tomatoes are a key ingredient which is what got me on the green chili kick in the first place. I pulled my garden out last weekend. I am amazed at how much food I grew in such a small plot.
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:44 PM   #78
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That recipe is alot like my green chili stew except I don't do Serrano or Jalapenos. I just love green chilies- I buy cans of them at the store to put on top of turkey burgers with a slice of cheese or cook them in eggs. I roast my fresh ones on the stove or in the oven or on the grill and then let them steam in a plastic bag.
The Green chilies (or poblanos) have just enough kick to make the endorphins in you brain kick in but not enough to burn. Serrano and jalapeņos are so tough on me that I have to use gloves if I go trying to de-seed them or strip the veins where the capstein are.
I don't use the masa-but if there is any stores that sell packages corn husks in the produce departments I bet they have masa harina on their baking aisle or if someone at your work shows up with some sweet tamales at your job this Christmas grab them and get them to let you borrow some masa (and thank them for the Tamales).
Sweet Tamales- now that it food porn.
I also use pork stew meat in mine-which you can find out here. Mom has a super big Vietnamese grocery store and they carry it cheaper than most of the other stores.
I ran Master cook on it just to see and it came out as 395 calories for 10 servings. Amounts- 61-11-28 for nutritional values, which sounds like the pork roast would be really heavy fat, but you would be trimming it anyway. This is with the Masa Harina.Without the Masa it is only ten calories less. I used a pork shoulder roast as Mastercook does not list pork butt.
The main thing you get with a recipe like this it is total comfort food. It is soft and with the aromas of the spice. Without the Masa I would freeze it and it makes a great Saturday lunch.
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:37 PM   #79
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Hey thanks for the calorie count. I don't usually eat hot stuff, but this is just right for me, hot but I can handle it hot. It does clear my sinuses. I am not sure the cut of pork I used, it was pretty lean to start with, but I did trim all visible fat as well.

So, I am determined not to sink into night time eating tonight. I might just have to go to bed early tonight!
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:11 AM   #80
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This is the recipe that I use when I make Breakfast cookies. The link is to the original site and has further information on the nutrition. I made them for my son when he had early morning football practice and sometimes football in the afternoon ( "twoadays"). The nice thing about them is they are big protein, big carbs and huge calcium.
They were huge- I made smaller cookies so that way I could have one and not blow my carbs for the day. Bo would eat two for breakfast and one for afternoon snack.
I added craisens and sometime walnuts if I made them to share with my dad.
The recipe is broken down to the smallest amount, but the site will allow you to increase the amounts so that you are not doing one little cookie at a time.

Big Fat Breakfast Cookie
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon flour
1/3 cup non-fat powdered milk
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon Splenda granular

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Spray cookie sheet with baking spray.
3. Mix all ingredients together.
4. Spoon 1 large mound on the baking sheet.
5. Bake 15-20 minutes.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:44 AM   #81
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That does indeed look good Sirak. I am baking christmas cookies for my kids tonight when they come help decorate the tree. Maybe I'll make one of these for myself so I can have a cookie and not wreck my diet.

I have really concentrated the last couple nights on breaking this distressing nighttime eating pattern that has snuck up on me. It has not been too bad. I have a good book and I have been going to bed early and reading. Seems to help.

SO, I gave my last final last night. I know you guys know how this semester started so terribly and how I just never got caught up after missing the first week of it. I am so happy to have some time to get myself reorganized. Much house cleaning and decorating to do between now and Sunday when I am having some people over but that is a good thing because then I can move on to other things.

Hope you all are hanging in there.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:17 AM   #82
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Hey Sirak - I just baked a batch of those cookies. Pretty danged good! An just in time, the breakfast bars I have been eating got reformulated...hardly any protein now. I might make them half sized next time tho.

ledom - time for you!!

I had a good workout today, I'm still plugging away at getting my instructor certificate to teach X-bike. I feel good, I AM good..
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:21 AM   #83
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Yes Gina - you are not only good. You're FABULOUS! Do you feel that the cardio you get doing spin is a big factor in your success?

is right. I feel so much freedom right now. Got so much done yesterday!

One of those things done was getting the christmas tree up last night. It's a pretty one. Pearl, my precious kitty is doing so good too. I half way expected to hear it come crashing down in the middle of the night. She is so rambunctious, so I hope that she continues her good behavior! I did leave the bottom third of the tree virtually undecorated in order to help her resist temptation.

So, I guess this morning is fun with icons. I didn't notice the dancing broccoli before. Cute!

Night eating has gone so much better the last 3 days. Now I need to put the power of my will towards getting back into an exercise routine. I thought I'd start yesterday, but did not! I could list my excuses, they are certainly good enough for me to convince myself to forgo it. But, it has been my greatest downfall and disappointment in myself recently that I have let a habit of several years now get away from me. So will be working on that next.

Gonna make the cookies today. I thought I'd double the recipe and make four instead of two cookies. I will probably add a few nuts to mine. . Oh, maybe I am the nut!
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:54 PM   #84
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Spin is the reason I eat too much as well as the reason I don't gain. If I could just get my brain to forget that I worked out when it is deciding what to eat. I've been agruing with msyelf over it for a while.
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I am in lust with the Big Fat Breakfast Cookie.
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LOL...big enuf for ya?
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LOL, but seriously....

It is. I made two batches, split into 4 cookies. I added a few walnuts. I would say 250, 275 calories. Much better than those zone bars. Great at coffee break, lunch, whatever.
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Hmmm, guess I'll have to make some!
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I meant to ask how much protein this has in it? Should I add vanilla protein powder instead of the powdered milk to boost it? Or would I need to keep the powdered milk in there as well?
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1 big ol honkin cookie
Calories = 356
Fat = 2.3 g
Cholesterol = 7 mg
Sodium = 324 mg
Potassium = 935 mg
Carb = 66.1 g
Fiber 4.3 g
Protein 20 g

Shouldn't really need much of a protein boost - the milk does it for ya.
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