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July 25, 2014

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I was cleaning today and found something I had lost for a while. I found my Deal-A-Meal cards! Richard Simmons created these card that are basically the diabetic diet on cards. The premise is that you move the cards over as  you eat through the day. It is a physical reminder of what you have eaten and how it affects you. I think it is a great plan. I think I am going to use them again. It might help me get into a different mind-set for eating.

These cards are one reason I post my recipes with food exchanges. They are the same as the cards. I use Master Cook to calculate recipe calories and exchanges. It’s not that expensive and is really a great tool.

More Metabolism Boosters

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My metabolism has slowed to a snail’s pace. I have been reading more information about boosting it. I have found really good info. I really like Women’s Health Magazine’s information. I need to make sure I am eating breakfast because I am bad about that. I also should add green tea to my daily liquid intake. I am not a fan of green tea. I prefer black tea, sweetened and iced. They say spicy food is good for thermogenics but I can only tolerate small amounts of heat.

Do you have any metabolism boosters you know of?

Food Addiction Signs and Treatments

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Can you be addicted to food? Yes. For a long time I thought I was just fat. It’s so much more than that–it’s an addiction. I crave food at times the way an alcoholic craves beer, whiskey, etc. I get frustrated when I can’t have it. More than frustrated. I get angry and emotional. If you feel the same way or wonder about it, see the link below from WebMD and see what you think. It’s eye opening.

Food Addiction Signs and Treatments.

July 19, 2014

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I had a weird dream that woke me. It was kind of like an epiphany. (That I already knew…I needed a dream to tell me so, though.) Happiness is not being skinny. But being thinner would make me happier and feel better. It would make me more comfortable with myself. I wouldn’t have this “fat-shame” that I feel and that the world puts upon me.

I have a lot of weight to lose. I have  a lot of dreams. If I work hard and lose weight, I might feel well enough to move forward with my dreams and ambitions. I feel like if I lost weight I could feel better with other people. I would have more confidence. I might feel more comfortable actually doing more stuff. While I know I have talents, I think I hold back because I am scared of what others might think.

I kind of think that maybe if I lost this weight that I would feel more comfortable to look for love. If I save money and lose weight, if I haven’t found some true joy here, then I could and would move back to Alabama. If I didn’t find love, at least I would be closer to my family.



July 18, 2014

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Time can slip away so easily. I would say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” The thing is I haven’t been having fun. I think I let life get the best of me and then I sink into the mire of depression. It’s like quick sand. You get stuck. I have been stuck for so long that I wondered if there was a way out. There is and I know it.

Recently a family member died and it really hit home. I have allowed the shackles of depression and obesity hold me back. I know what is bothering me. I haven’t done anything about it. If I want to move forward and find some peace and happiness in life, I have to work to overcome this! Life is too damned hard as it is to add to my own sorrow.

The loss of my family member was hard because this person lived a life of joy. I want that kind of joy. I want to smile about something daily. I haven’t in a long time. When something is robbing you of joy, it’s time to do something! If it is a person, kick them out of your life. If it is an addiction, kick the addiction! What if it is yourself? Kick your own ass for doing that to yourself! You deserve better. I deserve better.

So here is where I need some help…I want to walk more and need some music to inspire me. Any suggestions? I need something to get me through the huffing and puffing I will be doing and will keep me focused on moving.

Double Apple Cake

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I love apples and cake. Why not make it better by putting it in a crockpot? Win!!! I found this on MyRecipes and thought it sounded great. It gets better….under 250 calories per serving!!!!

Cooking spray
6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup dried apple slices, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional)

1. Coat a 5-quart round electric slow cooker with cooking spray. Line bottom of slow cooker with parchment paper. Place 2 (30-inch-long) strips of parchment paper in an X pattern under parchment paper liner in slow cooker. Coat parchment with cooking spray.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, brown sugar, and next 6 ingredients (through cloves) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine applesauce and next 4 ingredients (through egg) in a small bowl. Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Stir in dried apple.

3. Pour batter into prepared slow cooker, spreading into an even layer. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until puffed and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Cut into wedges. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Calories: 235
Calories from fat: 0.0%
Fat: 6.9g
Saturated fat: 4g
Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrate: 39.2g
Fiber: 1.8g
Cholesterol: 42mg
Iron: 1.5mg
Sodium: 354mg
Calcium: 52mg


July 2, 2014

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Can you believe it is July already? I’m baffled by how quickly time can fly. I’m not one for extreme heat but it sure beats cold! Because of the heat, I have noticed that my appetite is changing. I don’t want such heavy foods and I am liking the idea of using a crock pot. That’s why I have posted some crock pot recipes recently. I am craving more of my smoothies, fruit, salads and yogurt. Have you noticed changes in your diet?