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Skinny Wishes Top Tips: 10 Easy Exercises to Help the Morbidly Obese

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We all know we should exercise. For some people, though, it isn’t that easy. Some exercise actually hurts or could be dangerous. Some people don’t understand that just moving the weight of their own body is a form of exercise.

Here are some good ideas for morbidly obese people. It helps to start slow and build up.

Skinny Wishes Top Tips: 10 Easy Exercises to Help the Morbidly Obese.


Certain colors can make you fat. » Curbly | DIY Design Community

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Time for some DIY! You need to repaint! 🙂 Your house colors might be making you fat! OH NO!!!!!!!!!

Is yours?

Nah, mine’s not either. My utensils and choices are. But I do love how color influences us.

Certain colors can make you fat. » Curbly | DIY Design Community

The Ruby Burger

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OK…This is my FAVORITE burger E-V-E-R! It is the burger I grew up eating. My grandmother, Ruby, made it for me from the time I could eat real food. I will choose this over filet mignon any day of the week! I could eat it each and every day and never tire of it. The thing is the calories. I have tried to get them down and no matter what, they’re still high. So here is the burger recipe with lean ground beef and it still comes in at 600+ calories. I could use less meat and I am ok with that. I just need the essence of the meat. The star of the show is the kraut, cheese and sauce blend. The meat “flavors” believe it or not.  So extra kraut, which is not that high in calories, the same cheese and sauce and a little meat maybe? Or I am thinking of trying Quorn burger patties and seeing how that works. I love their products so that might be a really good idea. Their “chicken” patties taste absolutely like chicken. So maybe their burgers will be good?

kraut burger

1 pound ground beef, extra lean
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup yellow mustard
14 ounces sauerkraut
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
1 large onion, sliced
4 each hamburger bun

1. Divide meat into 4 patties. Place in non-stick skillet with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook meat until desired doneness.

2. While the meat is cooking, mix ketchup and mustard until well blended.

3. Place sauerkraut in pot and heat thoroughly until most liquid is gone.

4. If you’d like the hamburger buns toasted, you can do so. Begin assembly of burgers by putting sauce mixture on inside of bun on both sides. Place burger down, sauerkraut, cheese, and onion.

4 servings

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 669 Calories; 36g Fat (48.2% calories from fat); 37g Protein; 51g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 108mg Cholesterol; 1884mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

March 27, 2013

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I was listening to Byron Katie’s audiobook  Loving What Is  and really got into it. One thing she said that got me is when we are thinking of shoulds and shouldn’ts, we are often worrying about things that are often not our business. There are things that are your business, my business and God’s business. I should worry about my business. I can’t stop every thought, but I can decide whose business it is and try to let it just be their business.

It’s not that I even care too much about other people’s business. A lot of times I care about how other people feel about me. Know what? That’s not my business! I can’t change them or their view. I can only live my life to make myself the best person I feel I need to be and do what makes me feel better. I know who I have to answer to at the end of the day and at the end of my life. Most of the people who I have been worried about in the past are not in those two categories so ultimately I don’t need to worry so much about what they think!

It’s a pretty liberating thought when you really consider it. While very liberating, it is also very difficult. We’re not wired that way. Well, not most of us anyway. I wasn’t. I was raised by a baby-boomer who wanted me to behave 85% of the time. She enjoyed my impropriety 10% of the time and then the other 5% of the time she was confused by it.

I am trying to do my hardest to live my life with it my business. I do wish people approved of my business, but I can’t live for others. I tried. I really did. It caused me to marry the wrong man and living in pain and tears for years due to that wrong and fateful decision. Why? Because I was living someone else’s business.

I think that is part of why I overate. I had to do something with those emotions. So I ate. It was the only comfort I had. After my parents died I just didn’t have anything to comfort me. So like an alcoholic turns to drinking, I ate. And ate. And ate. The thing is that our body needs nourishment. It doesn’t need alcohol. And now I am left with this addiction that overwhelms me and consumes me and angers me. I have to figure out a way to control it.

So while this is my business, I am letting you in on it. Because maybe my business will help you live yours. I am not seeking anyone’s approval anymore. Your business is no longer my business. God’s business is no longer mine. He has a much bigger job to do than I do. I’m going to “let” God do his job and I’m going to do mine. (i.e., I’m going to quit interfering in God’s job and just focus on my own.) But I have opened the door to you readers. You can see what business I show you. I pretty much show you most of my business. (Well, you know what I mean! Quit smiling! LOL) Share with me your thoughts, but just know that it is still my business and your business is yours. 🙂 That’s the beauty of it. We learn through life and learn how to make our life better and our business is our own.

So whose business is it? It’s Amy’s business! And I’m living it intentionally now.

(If you have lived for others, I urge you to check out Byron Katie. She isn’t a  guru. she is just someone who finally “got it” and passed it on. Read  her book or listen to her audiobook Loving What Is.)


March 26, 2013

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I think too much and don’t act enough. I think I am scared and then just plumb lazy. I am scared of failure so I just don’t do things. It’s easier to just not do something than to do a little at a time. I wonder if other people feel that way, too? Or if they just don’t even care or think about it. I analyze shit too much. Why do I do that? Why can’t I just DO and turn my mind off? It drives me nuts. I just want to shut the brain off and just go about life and yet I can’t.

I don’t feel like writing more today. So those are my thoughts. Wishing you well and hoping you are warmer than here! We got snow last night! (I thought it was spring?)


Smoky Mountain Chicken

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4 each chicken breast halves without skin, boneless
8 tablespoons barbecue sauce
4 each scallions, chopped
2 each tomatoes, diced
4 slices cheddar cheese, lowfat
olive oil spray

1. Place chicken in sprayed baking dish and make sure to coat both sides of chicken with barbecue sauce.

2. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes or until completely done. Add a tiny bit more sauce to each piece of chicken and top with cheddar cheese and place back in oven to melt cheese.

3. When ready to serve, top each piece of chicken with scallions and tomatoes.

Serves 4.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 366 Calories; 10g Fat (25.7% calories from fat); 56g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 92mg Cholesterol; 1031mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 7 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


10 Easy Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

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Is it easy to make exercise a habit? I haven’t found it to be. I don’t like it. Maybe I don’t have the right attitude. I look at it negatively. I need to look at the positive aspects and realize what it does for me and what the benefits are and my mind will change. Maybe? I don’t know. I just know I want a change of attitude with it. I want to do better. I want to quit procrastinating and start D-O-I-N-G!

I am never going to change my life if I don’t make a habit of exercise. I certainly have other habits. And I have broken some bad habits. So why not create a good one? What is wrong with me?!

So maybe the whole thing is following what this article says. I think it is a good article. I think it is beneficial. I have to do it! So I am working on it. I really am. It’s hard.

10 Easy Ways to Make Exercise a Habit.