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14th-Jul-2006 10:39 pm - ::blink, blink::
eyes
I guess this is what I get for falling asleep on the couch. ;)

Anyway, a bit of backstory: some years ago, my husband was diagnosed with HBP and was given this "reducing diet" which totally rocked. Both of us went on the plan (for as you all know, it is very difficult for one person to just diet). I think I lost something like ten pounds a month on this thing, then I plateaued got lazy and crashed. Eventually, we lost the piece of paper that told us how do do this thing. edit: yes, it does work, the point of failure was us being too lazy to begin exercising when we hit that first plateau. But 20 pounds in two months when we really did just sit on our asses all day. Not bad).

Last week, I got another copy of it because our Dr. is kinda cheesed that not only did my husband (and I) not lose the weight, we actually gained weight. So we're back on this thing. So now I thought I'd bring it to anyone interested.

I'll go into the specifics of the "diet" at another point. I have both a PDF and an excel spreadsheet for anyone interested (you can email me at araquenatyahoodotcom). It would be very helpful if anyone had some online space (like an ftp) to store the files for people who do not have email access. I'm mostly useless at this kind of thing, and I screwed up my dotmac webpage and lost the interface to my public folder.

And now I'm going to go back to sleep before I end up writing a doctoral dissertation.
14th-Jul-2006 07:48 pm - Wake up call
Kerry 20s
This community is going to receive a much needed jolt...with the help of new maintainer, araquen. Yay! Keep it healthy!
11th-Apr-2006 03:48 pm - Question for ex-smokers
Team Eric
So here's the deal. I quit smoking November 1st after about 10 years of smoking. I started working out 4 days a week, every week in late December. I have lost NO pounds. I have been told that I look like I'm losing weight. Here's the question; how long after quiting smoking does your metobolism pick up again and pounds start shedding. I have not gained anything, so I suppose that's a plus. But while building muscle and losing inches is nice, I would like to see some reflection on the scale. Ex-smokers, any thoughts?
22nd-Mar-2006 10:45 am - New Birdseye Frozen Veggies Rock!!!
New & Improved Mouth
Birdseye has put out a line of frozen veggies that steam right in the bag in the Microwave.

Mom and I had some of the corn last night and it was so bright and crisp. And the flavor! Only absolute fresh could've been better.

I suggest people look out for them.
20th-Mar-2006 11:42 am - Helpful Website!
Kerry 20s
act4honor mentioned this, I reviewed it and now I'm passing it along.

A *FREE* website to help with losing weight, including goals, exercise, recipes, motivation...it looks pretty good, and since it is *FREE* it doesn't hurt to try!

www.sparkpeople.com
(my user name is screamingdolai...go fig.)

Let me know if anyone else signs up!
9th-Mar-2006 10:20 pm - Maybe There's a Website
Kerry 20s
I admit that I'm a dunce when it comes to things that are protein, carbohydrates, and stuff like that. Proteins are good. Carbs, not so much. Or something. Anybody know a good website that will teach you exactly how to tell what is what?

Yes, I understand how ridiculous I sound.

My therapist asked me today what I eat in the morning, that makes me so tired when I get home I'm less enthused to exercise. Apparently the English Muffin I have for breakfast and the Quaker Oats for lunch are carbs, and this makes my sugar level tend to drop around 2, which makes me crave chocolate and candy tremendously. Then, after my sugar rush is sated, I crash.

She says I should balance my breakfasts and lunch with protein. This is all greek to me. Protein is egg? Cheese?

I am so not cut out to figure this stuff on my own.
9th-Mar-2006 11:00 am - Cause I'm in a giving mood...
Boondock Saints
Some people don't like kale. I Love it. It's very high in vitamins, and very tasty when done right.
A healthy add-on to add color and low-fat zing to a meal.


Sautéed Kale
This recipe serves: 4

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 pounds kale
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
splash red wine vinegar



1. Wash the kale and shake off any excess water. Remove any tough stems.
2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat.

3. Add the kale and toss quickly until the greens are just wilted, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle the kale with the red wine vinegar and toss.

4. Divide evenly on 4 warmed plates.


Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
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