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Old 01-08-2010, 09:28 AM   #1
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Smile #227 Bale of Turtles Keeping Our Resolutions

We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on by using the skills and techniques we have learned from our experiences to keep us on track. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:44 AM   #2
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Hi Turtles,
Please go back and check out our last thread, #226. There are a lot of inspirational actions by our turtles and they'll help you jump start the New Year.
As far as the New Year for me, I got off to a late start, but better late than never. Yesterday I got on the and I did my arm exercise toning tape so I feel virtuous!

Cherry, great idea to write down what you're eating---no matter what it is. What most WWs find is that writing it down makes you want to think before you eat. to you. You will do this!!!

Lauren, loved hearing how you're off to such a great start. Officially sore from Curves is a very good thing!!!!! Getting the heart rate up is important and I give you for monitoring and getting it where it needs to be to be effective. Also interesting about the sugar=scary. I agree. Once I get sugar into my body it calls me for more and more and more. Each day I've been eating one dark chocolate Giardelli square and that's working right now. But Christmas and the cookies was tough and I indulged more than I wanted to. (My one tremendous effort was not eating crackers on New Year's Eve. In the past I've had horrible times trying to control the amount of them I eat and that's not good!! I was proud of myself although I over indulged in other items. But the weight from them is gone and I'm on a good track!)

Lin, I'm hoping your Mom is fully recovered now. Always scary to have an infection like that. Hey, here's a recipe you may find intriguing. A fellow WW brought in a portion of this to me and I liked it.

Pumpkin Sauce (for Whole Wheat Pasta)
1 can chicken broth
1 large can pumpkin
1 large onion
1 can evaporated ff milk
Saute onion and add the rest of the ingredients. bring to a boil. simmer for a bit and serve over whole wheat pasta.

Makes a huge amount. If you have 1/8 of the recipe, it's one point!!!!
(It doesn't replace good ole' tomato sauce in my opinion, but if you're looking for something different and creamy for pasta, you'll like it!)

Bandit, I bet you'd like this recipe! How's the weather up there? Our winter has been tough so far. We're looking at more snow today.

All goes well here. Putting my "reward stickers" on my calendar for each type of exercise makes me feel like a "very good girl". Yay!

Gotta run. Take care. Be well and happy and keep on keepin' on.
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Hi Turtles!
Just a quicky--one of the girls at my WW mtg. is a pumpkin crazy lady and she offered this idea which I just tried.
She adds 1 cup of pumpkin, plus pumpkin pie spices ( a little cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and splenda) to her oatmeal and the regular amount of water and cooks it up. It makes a huge amount basically doubling the amount of oatmeal. I am super full and it looks like the pumpkin just adds one point. I liked it a lot even though it looked funny. If you're unsure but want to give it a go, I'd suggest adding only one half cup of pure pumpkin at first. (of course, as with all WW recipes, it's the canned pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie canned product.)
Good luck and good cooking!
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:37 PM   #4
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Hi turtles:

Judy - the pumpkin recipe for the pasta looks interesting. I might give that a try soon, haven't had pasta for awhile, thanks.

The weather up here has been really cold minus 20C but has warmed up abit the last few days. Good thing about being so cold is that we haven't had tons of snow like last year, and is warmer today so light flurries. My yard is covered in snow since nothing is melting from last snowfall.

I was down 1# at my meeting Wednesday so was happy not to be up lots from holidays. Going today for my walk/swim & trying to behave over the weekend. Have singles dance tomorrow & might just stick with club soda instead of alcohol - we'll see.

Hope everyone is re-focussed for the new year and has lots of success on this crazy weight loss journey.

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Judy, very cool pumpkin recipe. I'm going to keep that one, maybe add some spices. I'll bet it would be good with pieces of grilled chicken in it, too. Maybe tofu? Garbanzos? Trying to think of a way to get the protein in.

One square of chocolate is a great idea. That's actually what they give you on my meal plan. I now substitute fruit fairly often, but it's nice to know I can have the chocolate if I prefer.

Bandit, you lost weight over the holidays! WOW! Congratulations! That's positively heroic.

Bunch of snow here, made driving interesting yesterday and today. Like driving on soap. I take the back roads for my commute; pretty views, less traffic. It took me an hour to get in to work today (usually 45 minutes or so), but another woman who lives near me took more than 2 hours to get in. She took the highway, and it was a parking lot. I love my back roads.

Heading to Curves again today, then probably do some shoveling later today. Eating is fine. Stress is way up, though, due to some problems with DH's job. We didn't sleep well last night. No fear of him losing the job, fortunately; we don't have that particular stress, unlike many of our friends. But things are very bad there for him and likely to not improve anytime soon. Last night he really hit a wall. Haven't seen him like that in a long time.

Anyway. That's life. The exercise will help with the stress, I'm sure.

Have a good weekend, everyone.
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Bandit, weigh to go! : I think it's fantastic that you lost a pound over the holidays. Wow. I'm kinda speechless and I'll make that my goal for next year too. Are the singles dances fun? They sound good.

Lauren,
I've been thinking about you and your dh. I'm sorry he is having some problems with work. I'm sending : and am hoping for the best. Exercise is great as a stress reducer. You guys have been handling a lot lately with your folks and their move and all the company. I'm glad you're working so hard to go with the flow as much as possible.

Also, this is another food tip. I had tried Shiritaki noodles in the past and found them vile. However, at my WW mtg. one of the girls is a big fan and emphasized that you have to thoroughly rinse the noodles--loads and loads of water. Then pat the noodles dry and microwave them for about one minute. I did that and found them tasteless which is perfect! They take on the taste of the sauce. This product is zero points and zero carbs. It's imported from Japan and has been the rage on Hungry Girl website. It's probably not for everyone, but I hate to spend the points on real pasta and using this preparation method worked enough that I would buy the noodles again.

Okay, everyone have a good weekend and keep you spirits up!
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:50 AM   #7
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Hi!

Mom's home from the hospital. Chris says she talked the doctor into giving her an oxygen tank for her breathing problems. She has emphysema. I haven't been able to visit yet. She has to start seeing the cardiologist regularly because she apparently had a myocardial infraction, which she says didn't happen. (sigh).

Lauren, I hope things get better for your dh. Hugs!! Nice that you're feeling more back to your normal eating patterns.

Judy, you're our cheerleader. You really do a terrific job keeping things going around here. I LOVE pumpkin. One of my favorites is pumpkin waffles. They're really filling, so you don't need to add bacon or eggs or anything to make a meal, which is a good thing because they're pretty high in points. I like them for a light supper rather than breakfast.

Instead of a square of Ghirardelli's which are good, I prefer a Godiva truffle gem. I love truffles and these are 1 point each.

My weighin this week--I lost the weight I gained over the holiday, plus a half pound. YAY!!

Gotta go. I think the laundry's done, which means my nightgowns are dry and I can go to bed. Busy weekend. Concert Sunday and we're almost sold out, so it's been a very hectic week for me and I have two more days to work.

Keep on turtlin'!
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It's real late at night, but I just read Lin's post. and and
for losing the holiday weight and an extra half pound. Weigh to go!

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This is great, Lin. So glad we're all clicking and working on this challenge of getting thinner and healthier. we rock! Thanks for the kind words.
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Hi turtles - nice sunny day up here today, cold but nice to see the sunshine.

Judy - yes, the dances are fun. Tonight there are 6 ladies going, which makes it nice that there is always someone to sit with in between dancing.
Sometimes we dance together insteading of waiting for someone to ask us
and then everyone gets to dance all night.
Also, have you tried making zuccini "noodles" just peel the zuccini then use a veggie peeler and make them into noodles, then I quickly sautee them up and top with alfredo sauce or whatever you want. They are really good & looks like pasta. I heard those shirataki noodles are fishy, which turned me off even looking for them.

Lauren - great job on getting in your exercise & hoping your DH situation improves at work. Good that he is not in danger of losing his job. So many people from our city who work at GM were pushed into early retirement even at 50 or lost there jobs completely. Very sad for lots of them.

Lin- congrats on losing weight over Christmas! Excellent!

Got in 28 laps yesterday, then 10 laps in the pool. Going back today then dancing later. Hoping for another loss this Wed at the scale & am planning my menu for the next few days. I bought some chicken breasts to grill up & a nice sirloin roast for tomorrow.

Last night I made shrimp/scallop dish with white wine/butter sauce and served over whole wheat noodles. Very tasty & so fast & easy.

Well, hope you all have a great OP weekend!
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Hi TUrtles,
Bandit, that zucchini "pasta" is brilliant. I can't wait to try it! As far as the Shiritaki noodles go, yeah----your friend is right. If you don't drown the noodles with water--I mean really drown them--and then pat them dry they smell and taste fishy and the texture isn't great either!

Hey, I use Boca burgers for dinner if I've overused points during the day. What do the rest of you do for a very low point protein for dinner? I'd love to know.

Take it easy and have a great weekend.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:25 PM   #11
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Hi!

Just checking in and noticing it's been kind of slow in here this week.

Thanks for the kudos, Judy and Bandit.

Judy, my favorite low-point proteins are beans and eggs.

I love to make a fast huevos rancheros with an egg and a half cup of beans from my freezer. I thicken some stock and salsa with a cornstarch slurry. Toss in the frozen beans and simmer until the beans are hot. I either poach or fry an egg in oil spray and put it on top. If I have a point, I'll soften a corn tortilla and put the beans and egg on top. If I have a half point more, I grate a tablespoon of cheese and add that. The trick to the cheese is to use a fine grater so you get more volume for few points. Then you can spread it out over the egg and get the flavor in every bite, which is what you really want.

The points are: 2 for the beans and 2 for the egg. The stock, salsa, and cornstarch are 0. The corn tortilla is 1 and the cheese is .5. A piece of fruit, particularly slightly acidic like oranges, tangerines, kiwi or star fruit makes a great accompaniment, if you have another point. A 0 point veggie soup or a salad with salsa on it can add bulk, if you need more volume in the meal.

Bandit, your zucchini pasta makes me want to get a small grater blade for my food processor. Not really wanting to grate it by hand, but it sounds wonderful. So does your seafood pasta.

I'm doing fine so far this week. I had some higher point meals, but was able to balance them with lower points. I've gotten some treats in and that keeps me from feeling deprived when I have to keep the points lower. I'm getting a lot of walking in. So, all in all, I'm feeling good about how it's going.

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Hi, turtles -- just a quickie from me here. Thanks for the kind words. DH's work situation is what it is and isn't likely to wildly improve for a while. But as you point out, Bandit, we're very grateful he has a job at all. Michigan has the highest unemployment in the country, and we know a lot of people out of work.

Judy, those noodles sound interesting; I'll have to check them out. What are they made of?

Lin, WTG on losing that holiday weight plus more! I'm impressed! I hope to get there in another month. I'm glad your mom is doing better; sorry she's in denial about the heart attack. That's challenging.

Bandit, outstanding on the exercise. An inspiration, as always.

Did my Curves routine today and am feeling it. That's a good thing! The shoveling, too. Am sticking with the good eating; I seem to be back in my groove.

My parents are looking to move up here -- by the end of the month! Wow. They just told us last night. So things are really happening. Lots to do.

Have a great day, everyone.
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Morning, turtles:

Lin - for the zuccini "noodles" you don't grate them, just use veggie peeler and make ribbon-like strands. Give them a try - I make big plate & add sauce for a nice low-point meal.

Lauren - nice job with the Curves. I went there for a year, but got away from it when I hurt my knee & had to do physio. I really liked that you could go to any curves centre when travelling - did that a few times.

I mostly stayed OP yesterday until late last night when I found a small bag of of chocolate drizzled popcorn that was leftover in a gift basket. So I ate that & I really didn't need it. But on the upside I had done my walk & did
29 laps (increasing laps gradually)

We still have some turtles that I haven't seen posting for awhile & I hope they are all doing well.

Princess - how you doing?

Have a great OP day & lets drink some extra water!
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Hi Guys,
Dh and I took a tiny break and drove to Atlantic City to a casino. We stayed overnight. Food there was OP and I'm so proud. Salt may do me in at my WI tomorrow, but I'll know the reason. I enjoyed all your posts and I'll catch up real soon.
Be well and happy and OP.
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Lin, thanks for the heads up with eggs and beans. I wish you were here to them for me!

Lauren, the shiritaki noodles are made of tofu (I'm almost sure). They are a huge food in Japan and I can see why now. They'd be great to add bulk to a soup (like chicken broth where you'd like some noodles. ) Actually, that would be a freebie if you think about it. 10 calories for chicken broth and 0 calories for the noodles. Hmm. I'll have to get some more.

Bandit, glad you're getting in your walking., that's the way to do it!

Just back from WW's mtg. I lost a little and am heading in the right direction. Salt held back my weight loss, but at least I didn't gain. Next week should be better and I plan to keep OP and get in and exercise for my arms.

Sending : to us all. Take care, be well, and drink that water!
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