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Old 01-25-2011, 10:07 AM   #16  
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I think DH trying to eat healthy is somehow making me want to eat junk. Like there has to be some kind of conservation of junk in the amount we collectively eat.

I bet I know what it is. The biggest change he's making is trying to cut the salt so he can reduce his blood pressure. This means he doesn't want to eat at restaurants which douse all their food in salt. My once weekly restaurant cheat meal has been the thing that keeps me away from junk food the rest of the week for the past five years. Now, once a week is too much for him so I don't get my weekly salt/oil/sugar fix, which is really making me crave stuff the rest of the week. I need to find some way to sort this out.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:01 AM   #17  
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Morning all,

I've been so busy the last several days that I haven't had time to eat extra snacks, etc. The scale is rewarding me - another pound down to 160 despite it being TOM (I never lose during TOM, usually gain/release it the following week). Sorry Bill. Lol, Dagmar, I have some experience with dogs but I'm certainly not an expert and welcome tips. I grew up w lab/retrievers but my mom did most of the training. A friend suggested trying to combine names into "Samma"... I like it ok but I think I like Emma better. BF and I are going to give her a week to adjust to us, right now focusing on housetraining and leash work, and once she's more used to us will start training her more. I'm definitely stocking up on little treats to start using those for reinforcement! We will definitely use your idea to get her responding to a name, more and more I don't think she knows her name, bc she will respond to other commands and vocal cues.

Jessica, could you go out to lunch with some coworkers once a week to get your "cheat meal" fix?

Dagmar, oooh, I'd tell DH it's your house too, and he doesn't have to look at it if he doesn't want to. I think his being so upset reflects more on his own feeling about weight loss and food than it does on you.

Bill, the repairman who came to fix my hot water heater had one of those, too. He almost forgot it on my counter and I ran out of the house to give it to him and he was pulling away. He then proceeded to shoot the temp of about 10 things from his driver's seat, thanking me profusely and telling me how much he loves it. I probably could have told him the water was getting warmer after he replaced the hot water heater element with just a finger, though.

Kim, who the heck blocks someone's driveway??? Actually a coworker used to come in w stories. He rented a house across the street from a church, and on Sundays his yard would be filled with cars, the driveway and his and his wife's cars would be blocked in. He tried talking to people at the church and they just refused to understand why this was a problem. After about a year he finally moved though there were other reasons he moved.

Alison, hope DS's feeling better today. What's your asiago chicken recipe? Yes, Jack Lalanne led an amazing life. He had a long life, too.

Have a good Tuesday all.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #18  
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Good morning! Another good day food and exercise wise, hectic day at work. Another hectic one today. I got in a nice run at the park after work, that was good.

Jessica - I was going to suggest the eating out fix at lunch, too. Though might not be as much fun as going with DH.

Kim - my neighbor blocks my driveway, but I can at least pull through the yard. That is annoying about yours being blocked completely.

Dagmar - I would be somewhat annoyed if DH took down my stuff off the fridge.

Megan - I'm glad the training is going with with 'samma'. I like Emma, too.

I think it is time to pull out my new running shoes. I don't think I have too many miles on them, but as I'm a slow runner I have a lot of time logged on them. My knees have been sore after the last two runs, and I remember that starting right before I retired my last shoes, too. I bought two pairs last time because they were a discontinued shoe and were the only two in my size available, so I have a brand new pair in a box waiting for me.
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He's got a small pistol-shaped laser device that reads the temperature of the walls, the warm air vent, and the air. Super neat! I'm a techie - I want me one, I do.
I have one. Well, DH does. You can probably find one for less than $50. Google Temperature Gun. They are kind of fun to play with. DH used it to check his tire temperatures when racing. Then DS used it for one of his science projects a few years back.
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Oh yeah, I missed the temp gun part. Bill, we just got one of those for Christmas from my dad. Coolest thing ever. DH opened it up and took the temp of everything - the wall, the floor, the blinds, the water running from the sink, the food cooking on the the stove, my tummy, his hands, etc. It is cool.
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Temperature gun? How cool! My parents need one of those - they always get into arguments about how cold it is. My dad will recite the number from the thermostat and my mom will tell him she doesn't CARE what it says because it's cold. Of course they might face the same issue with this gadget as well... haha. I need one, too. It'd be interesting to see if my fingers, toes, and nose really get as cold as I think!

Dagmar, how annoying that DH took down your note. Sounds like he's pretty negative about it, but I hope you can be strong in the face of his negativity!

Megan, your dog looks so sweet! Hope you are enjoying the new family member =) I wanted to adopt a black lab/pit mix from a coworker who needed to find her a home, but BF put his foot down. Honestly I have to acknowledge I'm not ready for a dog - I need to be in a more permanent situation.

Allison, I will second Megan's request for the asagio chicken recipe. Mmmm... sounds great.

I can't remember the context of the discussion, but this weekend my BF said to me, "well it's not like you have any hobbies." That comment that really kind of stung - I know he didn't mean it to, but I think the truth in it kind of hit me. I really DON'T do anything, and I've been kind of down lately which may be as a result of my lack of activity/social interaction.
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Asiago Chicken

egg white
1/4 c grated Asiago cheese
1/4 c panko (ww if you can find it)
boneless chicken breasts
olive oil

Combine cheese and panko in shallow dish (I also added a little pepper). Slightly beat egg white in a second shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg white and then dredge in cheese/panko mixture. Heat olive oil in skillet, add chicken and cook on each side until done.

Seems to me it called for some fresh tarragon or thyme to put on top and actually the recipe called for pork chops, but I substituted the chicken. Ridiculously easy except if the chicken sticks to the pan which is easy to have happen.

The thermostat at our house is set to 70 in the winter and often it "says" it is 72 or 73 in the kitchen, yet over by the windows it is always cooler and I've been known to make the furnace kick on by notching it up to 74! I don't know what it is with my house, but it is really, really cold. Perhaps it's the high ceilings. I guess I should get out our gun!
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Just because I have a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert from the Olive Garden that expires Monday DOES NOT mean I have to go there. I do not need to eat either of those things OR the entree that the coupon stipulates I must also buy and I certainly don't need to spend the money. I can THROW THE COUPON AWAY! At least I think I can....
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Just because I have a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert from the Olive Garden that expires Monday DOES NOT mean I have to go there. I do not need to eat either of those things OR the entree that the coupon stipulates I must also buy and I certainly don't need to spend the money. I can THROW THE COUPON AWAY! At least I think I can....
I get coupons for Burger King all the time and those go in the trash. You can do it, throw them away!

Mmm, Asiago chicken sounds yummy.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:25 AM   #25  
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It took me years before I was able to immediately throw away buy-one-get-one-free coupons from McDonald's and Burger King. In the past, I didn't often use them, but I carefully put them in a stack until they expired, LOL.
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Same here, and also for Dunkin' Donuts, and for any place that offers a bargain for an oil change -- and let's not even talk about those ubiquitous Bed Bath n' Beyond coupons, even though I rarely set foot in the store.

This past Sunday, I finally let go of one oddity of mine: I tend to save perfume ads with those folded-over scented strips that you tear open to release a sample. I put them in my stored luggage, in clothes drawers, sometimes in my car. They proliferate around holidays when women typically receive perfume as a gift, like Christmas, Valentine's Day & Mother's Day. Well, I looked at my manila folder full of them & realized I probably had three years' worth. It felt good to pitch them all in the trash.

Such is the paper clutter of my life.
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Same here, and also for Dunkin' Donuts, and for any place that offers a bargain for an oil change -- and let's not even talk about those ubiquitous Bed Bath n' Beyond coupons, even though I rarely set foot in the store.

This past Sunday, I finally let go of one oddity of mine: I tend to save perfume ads with those folded-over scented strips that you tear open to release a sample. I put them in my stored luggage, in clothes drawers, sometimes in my car. They proliferate around holidays when women typically receive perfume as a gift, like Christmas, Valentine's Day & Mother's Day. Well, I looked at my manila folder full of them & realized I probably had three years' worth. It felt good to pitch them all in the trash.

Such is the paper clutter of my life.
You're making me feel very, very guilty . I have stacks of paper on my desk, more on and in my filing cabinet (not filed but piled ), and my recipe folder of torn out magazine pages is bulging with stuff I haven't looked at for years.

I did use up most of the grocery coupons on my fridge last weekend and will now go toss the Swiss Chalet free dessert ones still left on the fridge.

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. . . anyone eaten a macaron? I get a feed from a site reviewing local eateries/bakeries/etc. and .

They are probably a million cals each.

Sorry for the food porn. I will quit now.

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:50 AM   #29  
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Oh, salt. Sigh. DH and I had a tiff about the low salt diet last night. Meanwhile I discovered that the chili powder I had been buying in bulk tasted different from the chili powder I used to buy because they put salt in it. WTF guys. Chili powder is supposed to be powdered chilis. NOT SALT. Must we put salt in everything??

I looked back at my logs out of curiosity and during my most recent tracking phase (while losing) I was getting about 1700mg of salt/day (which counts as a "low salt diet") on about 1550 cals avg. DH is trying to get under 1500mg on 2400 cals. He's been averaging about 1230mg so far, so I told him one meal at a restaurant every three weeks is not going to bump him over 1500 on average. Maybe we can work something out.

In any case, it bugs me that he's made such a drastic change. I do much better with small, gradual changes. Plus, his doctor doesn't think his BP is high enough to bother doing anything about (it hovers barely above 120/80), and I am 100% convinced that the cause of his high BP is excess stress related to his depression, not excess salt in his diet. I was looking into us possibly taking a vacation with the dog to Door County, Wisconsin this summer (anyone been there?) and I swear the moment I mentioned "vacation" his blood pressure shot through the roof. Normal people do not get so stressed out at the mere mention of taking a vacation.

Sorry for the rant guys. The sudden drastic change in diet is super stressing me out. I'm all in favor of *reducing* salt, but I would much prefer doing it gradually.
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Jessica,
Whose idea was it to reduce the salt then? Just your dh? His BP isn't even high. Heck-- my dh's is much higher than that and his doctor hasn't told him to do anything about it. I know I would be shocked and horrified if I tracked my salt intake-- I don't even know how you eat that little salt?? Obviously nothing processed? I try to limit my processed foods but I still eat a ton more salt. I know in the back of my mind that I should limit it but haven't done anything about it-- my BP is super low so no real health reason to cut my salt at this point. On the other hand, think back to when you first wanted to get healthy-- I'm sure that was a drastic change for your dh to have to deal with, correct? Sorry but I don't have much of anything helpful to offer.

My poor dd is home sick. She hardly ever has anything more than a cold but she has something nasty-- fever over 102, aches, chills, sore throat. I hated leaving to go to work and leaving her alone. No matter how old they are (she is almost 16), the mommy in me wants to stay home and take care of her. Of course I am paranoid that I'm getting it as I have a headache and one ear hurts. I missed my routine gym last night and I hope I can make it tonight (didn't want to leave her last night as dh is gone).
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