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Old 06-08-2009, 09:32 AM   #61  
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Bobblefrog - That community garden sounds like a GREAT deal. I rent, but I planted here anyway (with landlord's approval), knowing I will be moving out at the end of August. I could end up leaving some good stuff behind, but maybe the new renters will enjoy it.

I love documentaries! I looked up the one you referenced ... was it good?

Oh yeah -- another great dip for vegetables is baba ganouj (eggplant dip). It's easy to make and really delicious!

Geo - I do database-y kinda stuff now, but I used to work on a help desk (for about six months). I still tinker with computers. Someone always seems to need something fixed, or I'm tweaking my own system.

Regarding beans ... I used to always use canned beans, figuring it's so much easier than dried. But recently, I started reconstituting dried beans, and wow, what a big difference! They're so much better.

Breakfast today was supposed to be an omelet of Canadian bacon, bell peppers, and a little cheese, but it ended up being a scrambled-egg mess stuffed into a tortilla. I can NOT make an omelet for the life of me.

I'm still thinking about Geo's spanakopita. I never thought of it as a breakfast food, but I might try that. I also never thought about making it by hand.

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Spanakopita...YUM! Y am I so lazy that I can't seem to order food over the internet? I have to get on that soon!

So, how was everyone's weekend? I did pretty good both food and exercise-wise. Am down a pound as of this morning. I am soooo excited!

Hyacinth: I will have to try that bean thing. I am always in the health food store. And, don't feel bad bout the omelet thing. I have like a 50/ 50 shot every time I make em.

Bobble: YA! I CAN NOT wait until FIJI. I want to hit Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bora Bora, and Hawaii while I am out there. Its vacation of a lifetime and it will be free (mostly). My DH gets both hotel and air points and we are half way to getting enough for this trip. It really keeps me going when something breaks while he is away or when we are really missing him. It is great to have that perk if we can not have him here most M-F.

Tina, WAD UP, GIRL? Hope you had a great weekend? How was that pizza?

Geo, ur recipes sound AMAZING! Can't wait for more! Nothin better than a lil food porn to start our week!

BTW, thought it might be nice to get to know each other better.

I am 34 and live in NH with my 7yr old daughter and hubs. I own a small business selling ink and media for large format printing (signs mostly). I work from home and that gives me time to drop and pick up the little one and spend time with her (which I LOVE). I have an awesome group of girlfriends that are just like family. I am super close to my mum and we live about 4 miles apart (she is the reason I live in NH and not somewhere warm). I would like to lose about 50 lbs. I am 175 now and really should be 125. I have a really hard time losing and weight just clings to be forever no matter how hard I work....GRRR! I am a MOH at a wedding in 15 months so am hoping to lose it all by then. I am happy with a slow and steady loss. Pizza is my favorite food and it is prolly why I have these extra pounds. I just can NOT live without it. So, I am trying to make new things, develop new tastes, eat better and exercise at least 45min a day average (sometimes more, sometimes less). How about you guys?

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While I didn't do any actual exercise this weekend, I was way less sedentary than I usually am on weekends. I spent a lot of time moving around. I was gardening and cleaning out my garage, which involved moving boxes and packing and unloading my car with boxes of clutter that got dropped off at the local thrift store.

Laurie, check out this pizza-crust post in the Whole Foods forum: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173602

And actually, I encourage everyone here to check out the Whole Foods forum. Most of the ideas and topics over there are in line with Med-style diets.

INTRO: I am a 39-y-o single female. I'm a mother of an 18-year-old who is currently living halfway across the nation, exercising his newly acquired independence. I have a sedentary technology job, and I work from home about half time. I live in the midwest. While I've been happily single for many years, and assumed I'd have many more happily single years, I recently met a guy who changed all that. I never thought a relationship could be SO easy! So I'm starting to get used to words like "marriage", "husband", and "living together".

My hobbies include technology, gardening, travel, and thrift-store/antique shopping. My current antique quest is vintage scarves (Vera are my favorite).

I am looking to lose a ton of weight, about 139 pounds to be exact. This is my highest weight ever, and I'm very sedentary and out of shape. I've lost 80 pounds before, but it was done in an obsessive and unhealthy manner. I want to do it differently this time.
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Wow! I miss reading in the forums for a couple days and I have tons to catch up on!!

First off, tried 2 new recipes and both were great!

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81058

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=72865


As far as all the other convos going on, I'll have to catch up on them later, my hubby and I need to go to the store...BUT I'll be sure to check in tomorrow and reply to all. Have fun!

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:36 PM   #65  
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If you omit the phyllo and add more eggs, spanokopita becomes a lovely spinach frittata...

I came across something over the weekend that watermelon has some property to it that facilitates weight loss. I wish I saved that link! But as a result of reading that, I bought some watermelons and have been eating that for a day or so. And then I found a recipe for agua fresca, which is basically pureed fruit with water, sugar and lime juice. Can be made with melon, mango, pineapple...when I lived in Indonesia they made it with star fruit (YUM!) Anyway, I'm going to make it with watermelon, seltzer and lime juice, but no sugar. I may add some fresh mint too. I'll let you know how it tastes.

My brief bio: We've firmly established my Greekness. I'm a first generation daughter of immigrants. I'm unusually tall for a Greek woman, as well as more fair, but have dark brown hair and gray/green eyes. I'm a writer at heart and am back at school (again) studying digital media and writing, but I've come dangerously close to several other degrees over the last 30 years. (I am plagued with ADD).

I have two wonderful sons (17 and almost 12), and I'm in the process of getting divorced from a man exploring his mid-life stupidity. I live in Central California in a small town a couple hours east of San Francisco. I just moved back here to care for my aging and ailing parents. For the last 11 years, I've lived in Indonesia, Kuwait and Kazakhstan and have traveled a lot. I'm struggling with getting my head back into suburban American life, which is very different from living in developing countries. I think I'm going to need therapy!

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Alright, a little bio about me...hmmm....My name is Tina and I'm a 27 year old music teacher at an elementary school in Indiana. I've been teacher for 4 years and feel like I might finally be getting the hang of things. I've been married 2 years in July, and have two adorable, bratty, spoiled-rotten kitties, Charlie and Sammie. No kids yet, but we plan on have some in the future. In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, hanging out with friends, and going to the movies.

As far as food goes, I love it all...hence my weight problem! BUT I have been trying new Mediterranean recipes and actually cooking rather than buying fast food for the last few weeks. I find that I truly enjoy the strong tastes in these recipes and hope to find a lifestyle change through my new eating habits.

I joined a gym in November with high hopes of running a 1/2 marathon with some teacher friends in May and failed to train enough to do it. I was in a rut, felt horrible about myself and stopped going to the gym. However, the last month of school I found a Sonoma Diet book and really thought this might be able to work for me. I've been going back to the gym and have even convinced my husband to join with me! We both have been struggling with weight but hope to finally use this summer to shed some pounds

Hyacinth and bobblefrog: So jealous of your gardening skills! I actually have a house with a lot of yard space (it's a corner lot) but have no clue on how to garden! I'm afraid I'd kill it all Keep up the good work!

geoblewis: I'm in awe of 2 things- your Greekness and your life history! You sound like you've done so many wonderful things and been so many places!! Will your oldest son be going to college? If so, good luck with all that, I feel lucky to have emerged with a degree I'm actually using

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: Fiji?! So jealous! Take advantage of the perks while you still can. It looks like we have similar goals as far as weight wise, I hope we make it there together! I do have a pretty high goal of loosing 20 lbs. this summer, but we'll see how that works out. I've been on track the last 2 days eating and exercising so we'll see if I lose weight this Friday (that's when I weigh in). How's Alli working out for you?

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Hi Everyone!

Had a pretty hectic day between work and bringing my Gram to her dr. appt. We are all worried about her. She is 86 and has lost another 3 lbs (down to 92). She has no appetite and doesn't want to eat. It really doesn't help that she LOVES manhattans and has 2 a night! She is so tiny. Whenever I say anything about it, she says, " Well, you could afford to lose a few"...DUH!. Even her dr. is worried and put her on a prescription drink supplement. I hope it helps. My mum is worried too! Lets hope it works!

So, Alli is going OK. I have not had any of the "treatments" that they talk about. I am mostly using it as a deterrent NOT to eat those high fat foods. I think that part is for sure working. When we went out to dinner, I ordered a grilled chicken taco salad when I normally order a fried chimi. So in that part, it works! Weight-wise I have not seen a loss but like I said, that it not my main reason for taking it. I am also allowing myself full fat and reduced fat cheese instead of fat free. YAY!

Other than that, working out every day at least an hr. LOTS of cardio. Eating fairly well. Much better that I used to. I have been on this "diet" or really lifestyle change for a month tomorrow and have lost 8lbs.

Talk to ya all later! Wishing you all well!
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Had a pretty hectic day between work and bringing my Gram to her dr. appt. We are all worried about her. She is 86 and has lost another 3 lbs (down to 92). She has no appetite and doesn't want to eat. It really doesn't help that she LOVES manhattans and has 2 a night! She is so tiny. Whenever I say anything about it, she says, " Well, you could afford to lose a few"...DUH!. Even her dr. is worried and put her on a prescription drink supplement. I hope it helps. My mum is worried too! Lets hope it works!

So, Alli is going OK. I have not had any of the "treatments" that they talk about. I am mostly using it as a deterrent NOT to eat those high fat foods. I think that part is for sure working. When we went out to dinner, I ordered a grilled chicken taco salad when I normally order a fried chimi. So in that part, it works! Weight-wise I have not seen a loss but like I said, that it not my main reason for taking it. I am also allowing myself full fat and reduced fat cheese instead of fat free. YAY!

Other than that, working out every day at least an hr. LOTS of cardio. Eating fairly well. Much better that I used to. I have been on this "diet" or really lifestyle change for a month tomorrow and have lost 8lbs.

Talk to ya all later! Wishing you all well!
I hope things with your Gram improve. It's hard watching someone you love stop taking care of themselves. Hopefully the drink supplement will work. Keep us posted.

Congrats on loosing this month! I only hope I can stick with my exercise and eating better. I think I'll make that Greek Pizza again tonight...yummy!

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MMMM...Greek Pizza!!!

So, T, are you outta school yet? My dd is in until the end of June (snow days!!!!). I bet you are looking forward to the summer. I have a few teacher friends and most of them get summer jobs also (but fun). What do you do with your glorious summer?

I will keep everyone posted about Gram. It is very hard to watch but at the same time, I really do not blame her. She buried my grandfather when I was 19 and met a nice man friend but he passed about 4 yrs ago. Most of her close relatives have passed. I just believe that you get to a place where everything that really mattered is gone. I know that I do not want to live long enough that I lose my train of thought, husband, children, etc.

Well, ladies, I am enjoying a vodka and waist watchers citrus frost and I am gonna have to get back to it.

Talk to you soon, everyone!!
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Geo, I've used frozen watermelon cubes and mint in a yogurt smoothie before, too. Very good!

My best friend lives in Santa Cruz!

Laurie, Gram needs a marijuana prescription. It'll help her eat!

Tina, I've heard that at the 4-year mark, you do get the hang of teaching and it becomes easier from then on. Probably because you have a cycle established, and you've developed curriculum and know the routine. Personally, I didn't make it past the student-teaching phase.

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So, T, are you outta school yet? My dd is in until the end of June (snow days!!!!). I bet you are looking forward to the summer. I have a few teacher friends and most of them get summer jobs also (but fun). What do you do with your glorious summer?
YES! I'm out for the summer, this was my first full week off...so glad! Don't get me wrong I love teaching, but I need a break from kids To be honest my only goals this summer are to visit the gym daily and eat better. I want to devote my whole summer to getting healthier and learning how to maintain that. I did apply for some summer jobs, but I doubt in this economy that I'll get hired for 2 1/2 months. It's all good though, my scrapbooking bug will probably bite sometime next week when I get bored of channel surfing, reading and chillin' with my hubby.

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Oh I hope it's true! Didn't like student teaching, eh? Well, I know from working with some of the teachers at my school that it isn't for everyone, and that's ok! Kids should have teachers that like their job

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Well, I'm off to the gym in a few...not sure what to make for dinner...
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Hyacinth: I had to laugh at your suggestion! My gram is the most straight-laced lady you would ever meet. The woman still wears white gloves...GLOVES! I think she might actually keel over at the THOUGHT!

Tina, Scrapbooking? UGH! I dont know how you have the patience. I have tried SEVERAL times. I still have a drawer full of stuff. I just get so frustrated cutting pieces of paper and gluing. I used this online scrapbook software that worked ok. I envy you though. Bet you have some cool books!

So, anyone else here a reader? I am an AVID reader. I got through spurts where I read a book in a day and then I read one over a week or so. Right now I am reading Rhett Butler's People. It is the whole Gone with the Wind saga from Rhett's perspective. Its kinda slow but OK. I have a few more that I am looking forward to once I am finished.

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This week I:
Worked out an hour each day
Maintained 1200-1300 cals per day
No Diet Coke since my Banning it!
Lost 2 lbs! Woot!

Hope everyone else is doing fantastic!
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Tina, Scrapbooking? UGH! I dont know how you have the patience. I have tried SEVERAL times. I still have a drawer full of stuff. I just get so frustrated cutting pieces of paper and gluing. I used this online scrapbook software that worked ok. I envy you though. Bet you have some cool books!

So, anyone else here a reader? I am an AVID reader. I got through spurts where I read a book in a day and then I read one over a week or so. Right now I am reading Rhett Butler's People. It is the whole Gone with the Wind saga from Rhett's perspective. Its kinda slow but OK. I have a few more that I am looking forward to once I am finished.
Haha, well, I have to admit my scrapping bug comes and goes. Plus I have about 8-9 books started and only 2 finished! I'm so bad about actually getting them done. I made one for my parents (200 pics of their trip to Europe, so jealous!)as a Christmas present but needed to finish about 6 more pages and to this day its not finished! I hope to have it done by the end of the month, it's their 390th anniversary...I had no idea how big it was going to be, or how expensive. I've probably put $300 into it...yikes!

I do enjoy reading, but I've been in a rutt lately. I can't pick up anything that interests me. I DO love GwtW though, so I may try this Rhett Butler book if you think it's worth it. Last summer I ready 4 Jane Austens...I was a hopeless romantic all vacation, haha.
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I wish I had time to read for recreation. But I'm busy with school and familial entanglements, so for now, I just buy books to read in the future. I'm always open to suggestions, but more recently I feel like working my way through the classics. Although its very probable that I'll get bored along the way and will have to start reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

Here's a zucchini recipe that I've always loved...

When you've forgotten to pick you zucchini for a few days and find some have grown to longer lengths, like around 7" or more (but not too big), trim the ends then slice them lengthwise into 1/4" slices. Dredge them in whole wheat flour seasoned with salt and pepper, then brush them with olive oil. Broil them on each side until golden.

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Ack, oops, went AWOL there for a few days. I LOVED reading everyone's bio. Definitely the sort of women I'd love to get together with to have a glass of wine or cup of coffee!

Lets see, me: I'm Dawn and I'm 42. I think I've managed to make it through my mid-life stupidity (that's a great term Geoblewis!). Didn't do too much damage - actually came out okay - just a lot of crying for the last years it seemed. I scored my BF and am finally committing to taking care of myself (for the first time in my life). I guess the word is accountability! LOL.

Currently living in Denver. My BF and are not planning to be married but we think of ourselves as life partners I guess. Two furbabies - one dog, one cat. Matching black and white although that wasn't planned! Never have been married or had kids. Admittedly never the maternal type. My BF is a psychic reader and is about to get his yoga teaching certificate as I mentioned so that is an exciting shift of careers for him. My mother and I run a company that helps businesses build and maintain dynamic their own websites - the official term for what we provide is web content management solutions (WCMS). Been doing that for almost 12 years now (started as a graphic design firm).

Trying to get my BF moved back to the east coast where I own an old house with my mom. Miss her dreadfully! So I am a wee bit jealous of you Laurie. My dream is to have enough money in a few years to let someone else run the business and I can purse a master's certificate in herbalism and natural medicine - things like homeopathy and energy work. Mostly my side of the bed is stacked with books like that although I do love a good cozy once in awhile!

I adore this thread - always gets me salivating for healthy things to eat!

Laurie - may I make a suggestion (with your doctor's approval and if you aren't already)? You might consider both probiotics and enzymes for your Gran? As we get older we our digestion process becomes less efficient and we don't absorb the nutrients we once did. It should be a fairly safe and inexpensive thing to add to her routine. Just a thought (my great grandmother died of malnutrition - turns out a lot of older people do - even though they are eating). I know I loved my grandparents dearly and miss them so fiercely, so best of wishes for your Gran's continued health AND happiness!
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