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Old 03-21-2007, 07:59 AM   #481  
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What a sweet baby..how old is she? Congratulations!
Thanks mamabanana! My little sweetie is now 9 months old. What a joy she is! How about yours?

Bobbo, I could never eat a chicken I knew, but those hens seem to be living quite a good life and I'm glad. I know the reality is that we (I) eat meat, but it doesn't mean I don't wish the animal could live..LOL..us "city slickers".

Ladies, please pray that I dont overeat today. I had gone down to 142, but now I'm back up to 143.5 and staying there. Aaaaaaaaaaargh. I REALLY need to get it in gear! I'm working from home today so I'll definitely get on the elliptical for at least an hour (burns about 500 calories).
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Welcome to the new folks.

Claudia ... I had a bit of a blow out yesterday. Let's keep tabs today and keep that over eating in check.

Well over 2600 cals yesterday gals. Ick.
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Old 03-21-2007, 08:37 AM   #483  
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"Theresa...Wow, I'm impressed with your 75 grams of fiber. What did you eat? Tell all!"

Bobbi, glad you noticed that. I had not changed the amount of my pea pods to 1 cup!

Still 50 grams was a good day too.

I am glad to hear you did well on your test.
I have been watching your other link with the fiber, interesting to watch.




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SusanB, where do you put it?! you are sooo teeny. Do you have a hollow leg ?

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Old 03-21-2007, 08:43 AM   #484  
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Yes, ma'am, I can put away the food. I can eat more than almost anyone I know ... and that'd be how all this trouble started
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:33 AM   #485  
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hey all
I've been gone for a few weeks...so hello to everyone who has joined since I last posted. I have not lost anything, and have been in one of my 'whatever, I'll just be chubby all my life because this ice cream is way too good' phases. That is definately my biggest obstacle...I'll eat great for a week, and then eat terrible for a week, etc etc.. I'm REALLY hoping to stop the cycle soon, and actually say that I ate well for a whole month or more. I dont mind the occasional minor slip up, it's the one week long major slip ups that really show on the scale and in the jeans!!

Ok, just wanted to say hello to everyone...I've still been reading over the past few weeks, man is this thread addicting, I love it

calories for mon: 1450
calories for tues: 1460
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Good morning EVERYONE!!! (I know I'll forget someone!)

stephyk~welcome!

cablgurl~stay away from the girl scout cookies! You can do it!

mami~don't fret. We all have slow downs from time to time. My time was during January....aarrrgh! I did manage to go the whole month (and then some) without gaining (I kind of fluctuated between 143.5 and 141). My appetite was definitely the culprit. What I found to be helpful was to visit Cooking Light and print a few new recipes (low cal!!!) and fix those for the family. Boy was my family happy with that! February was much better and March is going strong although I did weigh 141 this morning, but I'm sure that was due to dinner out last night with a margarita and too many chips and salsa.

zenor~those merangue cookies sound great. I'll have to look for them. I know what you mean by gloomy~it was cloudy all day yesterday but we weren't fortunate to get any rain. We sure need it. I almost prefer our wet winters where we have to deal with flooding around here.

CoolMom~don't worry, your kid carrier will fit soon! You're too close post partum to expect perfection!!! I remember after DS was born, my sister had sent me a great sweat suit (more dressy kind) and I wanted to wear it to drop DD off at preschool. Wow, it didn't fit. I was so discouraged! I think it took a month before I could get the pants on!

Bobbi~your chicken story reminded me of a turkey story from my DH's family. His cousins got a few turkeys and raised them and one by one had the butcher kill them and they ate them. But one turkey followed his cousin everywhere. When it was his time, he got in the car willingly, followed her right into the butcher shop.....well, when dinner time came, she just started crying and couldn't eat it. Everyone in the family said it was because she named him. But she said he was such a cool turkey!

Everyone, have a wonderful day!!
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Thanks mamabanana! My little sweetie is now 9 months old. What a joy she is! How about yours?

Bobbo, I could never eat a chicken I knew, but those hens seem to be living quite a good life and I'm glad. I know the reality is that we (I) eat meat, but it doesn't mean I don't wish the animal could live..LOL..us "city slickers".

Ladies, please pray that I dont overeat today. I had gone down to 142, but now I'm back up to 143.5 and staying there. Aaaaaaaaaaargh. I REALLY need to get it in gear! I'm working from home today so I'll definitely get on the elliptical for at least an hour (burns about 500 calories).
I have a 8 year old girl, a 5yr old daughter (almost 6), a 3 year old son and an 11m old daughter (almost a year!).
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:59 AM   #488  
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I was looking for a recipe that calls for Splenda or Stevia instead of the aspartame in the Jell-0 brand SF pudding. The following was on the Splenda site. I'm going to try it today, use skim milk instead of the reduced fat and egg whites instead of the egg beaters. If it turns out, it can easily be modified to make Vanilla, Chocolate, Coconut cream, etc. Anybody tried making it from scratch using these sweetners before? If so, let me know. We're off to the Fitness center now!


SPLENDA® Banana PuddingServes: 6
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
What you need:
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie
Sweetener, Granular
2 cups reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons egg substitute
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon light butter
1 teaspoon banana extract

1 1/2 cups sliced bananas

What you do:
1.Blend SPLENDA® Granulated, and cornstarch together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.©2007 Splenda1

-------------------------------------------- Side 2 Cut Out Below --------------------------------------------
2.Place milk, egg substitute, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir well. Add SPLENDA® Granulated mixture and stir well. Add butter. Cook over medium-low heat 4-5 minutes while stirring constantly. Cook until mixture begins to thicken and bubble. Remove from heat. Add banana extract. Stir well.3.Pour pudding into a small bowl. Spray surface lightly with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap by laying plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding surface. This will prevent any 'skin' from forming on the surface. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.4.To serve, divide pudding equally into 6 individual serving bowls and top with sliced bananas.
Submitted by: Makers of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products
Nutrition Info (per serving)
Calories 130 | Calories from Fat 25 | Protein 4g | Fat 3g (sat 2g) | Carbohydrate 21g | Fiber 1g | Cholesterol 10mg | Sodium 160mg | Sugar 14g
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:40 AM   #489  
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O.K. I lied, we're not out the door yet but DH is ready to go NOW! I found this recipe using Stevia, can be modified to lower calories too. I would cut the crust out, make it into pudding. Bye




The custard for this pie cooks on the stovetop and needs no further baking. You have your choice of crusts: a regular pie crust, pre-baked, or a graham cracker crust. Either kind will go beautifully with the banana-custard filling.
NOTE: The custard calls for three large egg yolks, beaten. Separate the eggs ahead of time, placing the yolks in a small bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap, and let the yolks come to room temperature. Beat the yolks with a fork shortly before using. You can use the egg whites for some other purpose.
1 prepared (baked) 9-inch pie crust or graham cracker crust
3 medium-sized ripe bananas
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
50 drops SweetLeaf SteviaClear
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon dried lemon peel
3 large egg yolks, beaten
Whipped cream or whipped topping
Slice the bananas, and distribute the slices in the baked/prepared pie crust. Set aside
Place the cornstarch and salt in a medium-sized saucepan, and add a little of the milk, whisking until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Pour in the remaining milk, and place the saucepan over medium heat. Heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture becomes visibly hot. Add SteviaClear, extracts, and lemon peel, then drizzle in the beaten egg yolks, still whisking. Cook over medium heat until thick – about 5 to 8 minutes longer.
Pour the hot custard over the banana slices in the crust, and let cool to room temperature. Let it sit for at least 2 hours. The custard will thicken further as it cools. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream or whipped topping just before serving. Yield: About 6 servings
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:20 PM   #490  
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I thought I was going to be low on calories yesterday and ended up high. DD’s wanted to go to the golden arches and I made good choices but they were still high calories. I have since reviewed the menu and know what my choices will be the next time. I can’t believe what one meal can add up to at that place. I looked at what I used to eat and its 1300 calories and I didn’t miss one lettuce leaf. WOW!

Diva ~ My thing I have been doing is fixing up my house. I am so tired of it looking OK. I want it to look fab. Used to be I waited for my DH to do it all the time but he works out of town and isn’t that big into fixing the little things. So, I decided I am taking matters into my own hands. So far, so good.

Zoe ~ Wow, yours Shih Tzu is the opposite of our. He was potty trained with in a week but he does like to bark. He didn’t used to bark a lot until we got our Rat Terrier who barks A LOT. The Rat Terrier is the one we can’t get totally potty trained. I didn’t have him fixed and he wants to mark everything, especially anything to do with my Husband. I am debating again on taking him in. I had him scheduled last year and he hurt his back and we thought we were going to have to put him down so we cancelled the appointment.

Littlered ~ My Mom hand a wringer washer and I can remember getting my fingers in the wringer apparatus. Now did that hurt but the good thing is it had the emergency stop thing. Still hurt.

Vega ~ Welcome to the group. I agree with everyone else on the goals. Must be nice being so tall, I am only 5’ 1”.

Bobbo ~ Love the pictures. We should go ahead and give it a shot but I am kind of afraid of chicks. I like looking at them but I saw a friend when I was little get attacked by a rooster, like your mean rooster, and it scarred me. I am now afraid they will attack me. Didn’t help seeing butchering time either. I like the chickens with the fuzzy feet. HEHEHE! Love the pictures, handsome DH, beautiful dog and chickens.

Speaking of cooking from scratch Bobbo, I kind of feel odd because I see so many of you make your meals from scratch and I eat a frozen dinner for lunch and occasionally for breakfast and dinner. I used to love cooking but it seems the older I get the less I like it. The mess and time it consumes and its usually just YDD and I. DH works out of town. I enjoy it when I have time but lately I have other things I want to be doing. I choose the healthiest meals possible and make sure everything is balanced by adding extra veggies but I still feel odd. I was going to start the South Beach diet so I have a freezer full of their meals. They are tasty but I feel they are high in sodium. I am now just eating them at lunch time and for breakfast (breakfast wraps) on occassion.

Calories: 1788
Walked: 35 minutes

Have to get going for now.
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Bobbi~ I love hearing about the chickens! I would love to live on a little bit of land in the country some day and have chickens and goats. But for now we buy our eggs from an apple farmer at the farmer's market. He let's the chickens run free in the apple orchard. They are the best eggs! I could never go back to buying "regular" grocery store eggs.

The recipe using Stevia looks interesting and I agree about leaving out the crust. Do you use stevia often? I've never tried it, but I've heard it can be bitter.

Littlered~ An electric one? Like they used to have on those old comedy shows where the husband would get his tie stuck in it? That's great!

Susan and Claudia~ I'm sending you You can do it!
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Good Morning!
This is the second time I'm posting, I tried to download a couple of pictures off a CD and I lost everything in the process. I'll post the pictures and re-write everything on another post.
Grammy... We've never had problems with lice in our chickens, we're pretty isolated out in the country and the chickens are fenced in so they don't get near any critters.
CoolMom... We purchased 25 baby Orpington chicks and ended up with only 5 hens, the rest was all rooster. We butchers all but two roosters. "Chief" is in the picture below and he used to fight with the other rooster all the time so we took him out. We grew to love him so much that we couldn't eat him. The other one is the one we should have shot, his name was "yellow legs". He became over protective of the hens and would attack Bruce every time he went in to collect eggs. He only did that once to me, then off with his head. I took great pleasure in eating him! This sounds really cruel to you city slickers, sorry! The 5 hens we were left with turned out to be plenty, in the summer they lay over 40 eggs per week. Way more than we can eat but our extended families enjoy free organic eggs. In the fall they molt and you won't see any eggs for about 6 weeks, once the new feathers come back in you're in business again. Since we live in Minnesota we have a heating lamp in the chicken coop and the hens don't lay many eggs. They used their energy to keep warm. We love all our hens, they are all so sweet. Whenever they see us go out the back door they come running, we feed them expensive grapes everyday for a treat. We actually lose money on them since we give away all the extra eggs, but we enjoy them.
Well, I'm going to send this and see if it works. Bruce (DH) is in one of the pictures thinking he's funny with his gun.
Nice lot! Man, I can't believe you got so many roosters in the 25. I also bought 25 (from MM hatchery) and only kept 5 for myself. A bunch of people shared my order. So, far only one is looking roo'ish, but I'm even doubting that now. I too enjoy how they all come running when I step out the back door. My own little fan club, hahah!
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Yesterday's calories (including cheesecake) came to 1576 with 45% coming from fat (because of cheesecake).

Someone asked what the ideal body weight is and I'm sorry your name escapes me but you are a few pages back (this thread gets longer and longer). All I did was figure out how many pounds of body fat I was carrying, how many pounds of body fat I needed to carry, and subtracted the difference.

At my height and age, I need approximately 12 pounds of body fat to protect my organs and keep my body insulated. If I were to get myself to 10% body fat, and 12 pounds of fat were the target, then I'd be striving for 120. I choose 119 because all the literature I read by Chinese doctors consistently used the 119 number, and I kind of like it.

What none of this accounts for is muscle mass. And as I get more and more fit with weight training and running, I know that I am adding "pounds" to my frame. So what I really rely on is the body fat count. The ticker still reflects a goal weight of 119, but you can be sure that as soon as that little computer beeps TEN PERCENT, I will stick with that.

Miz Claudia, I was a "participating" mom, too. Took those kids everywhere, did everything you could imagine with them. I'm glad I didn't lose myself in the role completely, because now that they're older, I have to figure out a life for myself. My kids always knew how to behave in public because they spent so much time in public (and because I could raise ONE eyebrow and scare the bejeezus out of them). My daughter and her hubby take Elias everywhere, too. That baby is almost six months old and he has hung out in cafe bookstores, gone hiking, run races (in his stroller with his mom pushing him), you name it. I'm glad I was a good example for my kids in this sense. I have loved aging, though. I never thought I would, but I love the wisdom that comes with it.

I can't wait to see what I'm like at 50 or at 60!

I thought I was down to my last four cigarettes but I found an unopened pack in my car when I left last night. Forgot I had it there.

I got another race registration form in the mail today (running has become as addicting as calorie counting and this thread). Heading out to clean and wash my car. Spring is almost here, and time to drive with the top down!

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Old 03-21-2007, 01:29 PM   #495  
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Bobbi,
I remember seeing my mom back In the 60's chopping off the head. then it ran around the yard, making a real MESS.

Our chickens were mean. I did not like them. They chased me all over the yard
Maybe we should have feed them some grapes too!

"Littlered~ An electric one? Like they used to have on those old comedy shows where the husband would get his tie stuck in it? That's great!"

yes Zenor, just like the movies!
My mom even had one when I was little,I got my arm in it!
to little for it to hurt .
Just scared the devil out of me.

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