Friday, December 30, 2011

Size 8 jeans and other joys!

I forgot to tell you that I was able to buy size 8 jeans at Old Navy!! They fit, and not too tight :)
 That makes for 3 size difference since I began 6 1/2 mos ago.
It's exciting to consider what I might be journaling this time next year:
Will I finally be at goal-talking about maintaining, being more active, and feeling younger!!
Yes I will-
Here's to a new year and a new us

Monday, December 26, 2011

Chocolate and other things

I have two sleeping baby boys here-while parents are out for a moment, so I'm checking in.
I think it was Katie who shared last week about her chocolate find. I may be wrong about that, but know that I've appreciated the info.
I tried the World Market 99% chocolate, S/C for 4 squares 1/1. I liked it...a lot. $1.99 bar.  I've eaten many brands of the dark chocolate-I believe this is my favorite, and you can't beat the price, too.
Food wise,  I haven't done anything too crazy over the holiday...except for a few diet cokes :|
I've eaten a few bites of this and that, but considering being away from home, etc...I'm doing really well.
I've also been reading Wheat Belly-it's an interesting and worthwhile read-in my opinion. I can only speak for myself when I say that I'm less likely to overeat when I stay away from bread (s).  If any of you are finding the same thing-check this book out from your local library. Enlightening.
That's all for today folks...I wish you all well

Friday, December 23, 2011

...look what I got for Christmas

6lb 3oz of sweetness...Merry Christmas to us.
...just having a chat
Benson with Grammy

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sunny CA...and waiting for a baby

Greetings from CA...
We're just waiting on a baby-they've been in the hospital since early morning, and no word yet.  Grammy & Papa are on duty here taking care of baby #1 :)
Can I just tell you how amazing CA winters are... Plenty of sunshine today, and we didn't need a jacket to walk to the park!
I'm FT'ing it's going pretty well. I've eaten more fruit and nuts, and I had a diet coke (oh no chemical sweetener alert) but whatever. I still like myself!!
Just got a call from my SIL and looks like the baby will be here in a few hours. Mommy is 6cm and comfortable w/ an epidural...all is going well.
What a great way to celebrate, huh!
Holiday hugs to each of you!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ahh Friday-

I've been looking forward to today-all week. I'm spending the day getting ready for my trip tomorrow, being w/ my daughter & grand daughter & date night with my husband (wink!)
I fly out early tomorrow morning, so this will be my last blog post for a few days. I'll keep in touch.
I hope each of you know one of the best gifts I've been given this year has been your friendship and abundant support.  Thank you and happiest of holiday season to you all.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I had to make a quick post...because finally I saw the 160's this morning.  It's been over 5 years since I've been in these #'s.
I got all giddy and first thought was to share it with all of you!!!!!
I know I lose slow-but I'm doing it. I average .5/lb/wk, and it shows itself about every 3 weeks...that seems to be a pattern--for now.
I hope you all have a good day-don't give up. That's a message for me, and for you too.
Take Care-

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday is Missing

Tuesday went missing...I went to bed last night and thought it was Wednesday you ever do that?  I was telling my husband about the next day's schedule...still thinking it was Wednesday.  I had to grab my calendar to clear my head and figure out what was next.
I may be slightly losing it!
I wish I had some BFC/FT thoughts, advice, great recipe--something to give you all, but I'm knee deep, and obviously not thinking in my right mind.
But-please check out Pattie's blog...this one will make you smile.
Happy IS Wednesday, right!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sugar and other confessions-

I think this will be the first holiday season ever  (Halloween-until after Jan. 1st) that I haven't and won't overdose on sugar.  It's pretty remarkable how incredibly addicting it is when you think about it-or should I say---it is for me.
True Story: I could eat  a 1/2 a bag of Hostess powdered donuts...often more-and not be full :(
I wouldn't even consider that now.
I don't know if I'll ever be stating that I've OVERCOME.  At this stage, if I opened up that door again-I'd be right where I was before.  I won't be 'dabbling' in refined sugar.
True Story: I haven't lost any lbs. in almost 3 wks!  I'm not giving up, and I'm not even all that worried (yet). My sleeping is still wack-o, I haven't exercised lately, I've been sick, and I just feel over-stretched--out of balance, if you know what I mean.
 I've lived long enough to know that...this will pass.
True Story: I'll be gone for almost 3 wks caring for family and celebrating Christmas. I will keep in touch.  You all have become such an important part of my support system, and my self-care.  I've also started to think about my "crazy-A food" (my daugther's teasing comment) that I will bring with me: special chocolate, Stevia, Chia seeds, etc.
 They have a Trader Joe's close by, so I can get what I need. I know I need to be proactive if I want to keep focused.  It's easy for me to lose myself when I'm with family, so I just need to be aware.
I hope you all have a good day-and thanks for checking in.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I'm still here-

December 1972 - Our first date (I was 15)
It's been a full few days finishing the 'home-made' Christmas gifts and new baby giftings.  I have  a few things left to complete-but I'm feeling  good to of gotten so much done. It's not done much for my exercise---too bad mental work isn't weight training or any other form of physical exercise...I'd be one fit girl :)
We did just complete the 'Story of Us' a book of pics of my hubby and me. I had to share this...this is crazy.
November 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Do any of you watch the Biggest Loser?  
I know it's a game- but for the last two years-I've been sucked up into the drama.
I cry during makeover week...
I cry when they cross the finish line at the marathon...
I cry when they go home and listen to their 'before' video...
I cry when the the confetti rains on their heads at the finale...
Yep- I get sucked in.
Whatever the tactics used to get the weight off --- these contestants become transformed. 
This idea of transformation is appealing to me.
Just a thought...


Monday, December 5, 2011

Checking in...

I was waiting all day for something profound to come to my mind to blog about. Sorry nothing entered in...
 That being said-there is something therapeutic about checking in with you all. It keeps me focused and accountable. 
These two principals: focus  & accountability keep me on track with my weight loss/health goals.
Well that's all I've got for tonight...thanks for checking in with me too.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Looking back...looking ahead

Last night I was looking at some of my older posts & pictures.
It was beneficial to see where I was-and where I am.
I haven't been scale watching as much the last weeks-I'm still weighing in, but I don't hang my every emotion on that number.
Where I am...
* 10 lb loss in 2 mos:  I'm pleased to have those 10 lbs gone.  I won't discredit it by disappointed that it's been a slow process for me (which was my immediate reaction).
* Fast Tracking: FT'ing hasn't helped me to lose any faster-except in that initial week. That being said, I love it's simplicity. 
* I started BFC/FT'ing 6 mos ago: I've lost 21 lbs 5"/waist. My skin looks clearer, my clothes fit better, I'm happier and feel hopeful. 
There are many ways to measure success. The scale & measuring tape are powerful ones. It's necessary for me to 'measure' using emotional tools as well.
I've been thin before...and unhappy/unhealthy. Thin doesn't necessarily = happy. I personally know that.  I believe for feel content with me...I must look at where I've been, and where I'm going.  I will be kind and patient with myself, and with my baby steps. (Notice how I said that to myself :)
 That  kind of walking  is going to get me to where I want to go. I haven't arrived at any place of nirvana, but I make a commitment to myself to be mindful, kind, and patient as I go. If for some reason I forget that-I will need to look back and remember-or maybe you'll remind me?
May you enjoy a lovely day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

When turbulence hits...slow down.

As you all know I'm in full swing here finishing projects--so I can go to CA at a moments notice. I haven't felt anxious like this in a long time.
It will all be worth it, so I'm not complaining about that. But perhaps explaining to myself why I'm running as fast as I can.  So there will be no tweeking my diet to lose faster, or even more inner life feels a little turbulent, so I'm going to slow down some. And perhaps that means my weight loss will reflect that...we'll see.
I'm still Fast Tracking- so easy to not think about some foods (except when I wanted to pounce on that pie the other night at the grocery store...but did not). So I will keep moving in the direction I'm going...a little slower perhaps, but forward nonetheless.
I'm really proud of all of you, and so proud to know you.  I tell my husband I'm blogging with such a fine group of women. I see you working through your 'issues' too: maintenance, feeling stalled in your weigh loss, finding purpose in your life, family conflicts/worries, the holidays, body issues...but you're doing it. We all are.
Blessing to each of you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrating along the way...

Thanksgiving Day 2011

This is what 171 lbs looks like on me.  (Yes, I just posted that!)  I have  least 30 lbs to go.
When I'm at goal::
Will I be happy with how I look?
Will I dislike my less taunt skin?
Will I still be unhappy with my belly?
Will I be able to celebrate what I've accomplished?
Will I feel satisfied?
...just things I think about.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday's Musings...or something like that

Sleep is incredibly important...just ask those who would like more of it!  Enough said about that. 

The other day I saw a quote (found on Pinterest, of course)
 "Eat for the body you want, not the body you have" 
I interpreted that as: Jeri, you are working towards a healthy, active and lean body, so eat those foods that will support that.
I've thought about that the last few days. Last night I wanted to 'pound' a pie I saw in the grocery store, but didn't. Or eat a big fat hunk of bread, but didn't. (Can you tell I'm totally hormonal?)  I am eating for that body I working to create. 
So that's what I'm going to do today...

Monday, November 28, 2011

A New Week

...yesterday, I rested and rested. My sleeping is crazy-so I would like to say I feel rested this morn, but no.  Any over-the-counter sleep aids that won't make me feel loopy the next day?
At 1:00 am-- I was considering my options!
Today is a new day:
* dental appt.
* clients
*holiday shopping
* keep working on projects
*Zumba in the evening
* Say something really kind to myself - "Good for you for making time to exercise"
I hope you're as kind to yourself as you are to me-and others. That's something I'm always working on.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rush - Hurry

...two words I REALLY don't like at all.

I recently found out I'm needed in CA (new grand baby to love!)  a week earlier than originally planned. So...I have to be completely done w/ all my Christmas shopping/wrapping, holiday Dec. 15th.
That includes finishing up baby blankets-and a family history picture book  (what was I thinking??)

I'm not a rush/hurry type of girl. I spent most of my life in that mindset, but now I don't/won't/can't over schedule myself.

I'm feeling off today because I haven't slept well the last two nights, and haven't exercised in over a week!  It doesn't take much to get off balance does it?

So we just keep pressing forward-that's my plan
...and maybe a nap.

Friday, November 25, 2011

No Black Friday Regrets

It might be because:
my husband & I spent Thanksgiving-just the two of us (I've been feeling grateful all month-so I didn't feel I had to put all of that into one day...or one meal!)
I'm getting older
I'm less addicted to sugar
But it was another day-granted more food, and food I don't generally prepare, but I did just fine. I savored a few appreciated bites of mashed potatoes & stuffing. I'm creating a lifestyle I can live with.
No matter how you 'celebrated' yesterday-I hope you savored all the things and people you love.
No black Friday regrets here...have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just a thought...

"The line between failure and success is so fine that we...are often on the line and do not know it.  How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success."
-Elbert Hubbard

I make a toast (me w/bubbly water) to each of us, for our effort, our patience, and our shared success.
...Happy Thanksgiving
P.S. I lost another 1 1/2 lbs (If you're keeping track that was almost 3 wks. worth of effort and patience!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Saving room for dessert & other holiday tips

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving-
This has got to be the easiest (for me at least) Thanksgiving's just me and hubby.  I'm cooking some of his favorites-less the rolls.
I'm preparing a small turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, spinach salad, jello salad and a few 'mini' fruit pies for him...and I have my pumpkin pudding. There will be a can of redi whip...I always have one in the fridge.
I can easily eat the turkey and spinach salad.  I'm going to make my own 'mock' stuffing with all the ingredients I generally use for stuffing-less the bread, and will add zucchini, mushrooms, and maybe even eggplant. (I'm fast tracking, so I avoid grain carbs)
A few things that will help me on Thursday-and helps me on other days as well is:
*I won't let myself get too hungry: Eat the meals before your Thanksgiving meal.  When I get too hungry-I don't make as wise of choices.
*I am planning what I will eat, and that includes dessert
*Check out my friend's blogs: We all have our own strategies for staying on course for the holidays and for every day. Feel welcomed to join in.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tastes like the holidays-

Creamy Pumpkin Pudding
I wanted something 'pumpkin' in honor of Thanksgiving. It's just a method, so it could be changed up in lots of ways.  Servings: Depends :), but 6 seems about right for 'dessert'
In a bowl mix together:
8 oz cream cheese (room temp-beaten until smooth)
Then add:
6 T Chia Seeds
1 C almond milk
1/2 sm can of pumpkin (maybe next time, I'd add the entire can)
6 pkgs. Stevia
2 t vanilla
1 /12 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ginger
It set up really well in about 1 hr. I topped this with redi whip and freshly grated nutmeg.
Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 18, 2011

See you all on Monday-

It's suppose to snow here...
so I'm going to embrace it, YES, enjoy it:  
This weekend I'm going to create some BFC friendly chili, drink lots of herbal tea  (Yogi Brand- Vanilla/Hazelnut-tastes like Chai-and is delicious), finish crocheting a new scarf, and work on Christmas gifts. If I do anything 'brilliant', I'll post a pic too.

I hope you all have a great weekend-you are all often doing something 'brilliant', and I appreciate you sharing your talents-that includes your thoughts with me.  Thanks for your never ending support-it keeps me going.
A big welcome to any newcomers-I think you'll be glad you joined in.

Take Care-

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another Coconut Bread Recipe- My favorite so far

Orange Pound Cake
I adapted this from a recipe I found online.  These had the best texture so far-not dry at all-for coconut flour. And as you can see I added (2) Ghiradelli Choc chips before baking...everything is better with a little chocolate. Once cooled they go in the freezer, and get pulled out for 'treats' only. Sometimes I just need a little something w/ Redi whip on it!

Orange Pound Cake-
350 degrees- 30 min. baking time in muffin tins
Mix in bowl-until well blended:
5 eggs
1/2 stick melted butter
1 C almond milk (recipe calls for coconut milk)
2/3 C water (recipe calls for OJ-I just adapted)
Zest from orange
1/2 t orange extract
1 t vanilla extract
7 pkg. Stevia
1 T apple cider vinegar
In separate bowl:
1 C coconut flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
Mix well - wet/dry ingredients together
Have a good day, from your BFC/FT'ing friend
P.S. Zumba was fun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Zumba and Other Important Things

I finally made it on our elliptical yesterday. I was on 1/2 hr. while I watched Rachel Ray-Jorge was on.
My decision:  I'm glad I have it, as there are times 1/2 hr is better than nothing...but... I'll be bored out of my mind by June (when the weather gets stable again, maybe!)  if I do that everyday.  So I'm going to a local Zumba class tonight-why not!  I can go and try it out, and see if this class/instructor fits.
 I tried to prepare for this winter: The, I need to workout/I get bored with my exercise videos/I miss my mountain river trail walks--type of mentality.
Exercise is my brain pill. I can say that because many of my family have depression, anxiety, etc., and I know how beneficial medication can be. For me: eating well, exercising, working, and a little sunshine/ fresh air help keep me physically and emotionally well.
Obviously, I am no athlete, but I don't have to be to enjoy movement. That's the key for me: I need to enjoy it so much, that I look forward to it each day.  If I don't--- exercise just becomes something on my mental list-that I just don't get to.
So I'm off to eat well, work, and get a little exercise you know I'm allergic to cold, so we'll see about the fresh air thing.  I can only work on so many things at one time!!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I weighed in today-

The 'other' Jeri would be have been disappointed with only a .5 lb. loss, but the new Jeri is elated!
I finally lost the last .5lb gained while in CA, plus another; for a total of 19.5 lbs.  Yes, it's taken me 5 mos., but that extra weight is coming off.
I may be the winner of the slowest weight loss in BFC/FT history, but I can live with this lifestyle.  I say that, and I'm FT'ing.
Another thought: I'm not worried about the holidays, because I feel like I have so many options. Once I began looking for them-I found them in abundance.
I wish you abundance as well!

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Whatever you're looking for... it's not in the pantry"

...that's what my husband told me last night.
 He was right.
 I was feeling frustrated from a meeting I had had earlier, and I  had spent some time 'venting' to my husband.
When I was done, I got up:
went to the pantry
opened a bag of tortilla chips
 and ate one
...very quickly.
  In the old days I would have eaten a lot more than one-I would have probably finished the bag.
I ended up drinking another cup of  Pero, and ate a square of chocolate
So I'm making progress after all.
We all are.
I hope you have a good day-and find what you're looking for :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday-Hope it's your day of rest!

Thanks for the cold-weather compassion!  Katie's bed warmer may be most dear to my heart!

The day is starting well:
Spicy Shrimp leftovers (I told you I ate odd)
2 eggs w/ lots of spinach
Hot Pero w/ benefiber-touch of almond extract & almond milk
I've lost 1 of the 1.5lbs. I gained while away in CA...but we know that can change by tomorrow.  Yep-I need to get on that elliptical!

Then I'm off to get ready for church and a few planning mtgs.  We all 'rest' in our own way :)
Anyone finished with their Christmas/holiday shopping? (in case you wondered, I'm not)
Any great gift  ideas for a 23 y/o single guy?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm allergic to the cold

I do this every year:
...feeling sluggish as soon as the weather changes-and gets below 50 degrees.  I am not doing well in the exercise department.  When it's warm outside-I feel like I come alive.  I can hardly wait to get out and walk...long, luxurious walks. Yes, you heard a longing in my voice.
I have a gym membership (waste of $$ for me), lots of exercise videos, etc. And we have an elliptical.  I know what I need to do.  If I wait to be motivated before I get it moving... it won't happen: work first-then the motivation comes.  I know this.
Just an FYI, I'm writing this as I lay in bed-covered in blankets.
Are you allergic to winter too?

Friday, November 11, 2011

TGIF 11.11.11

 I'll be spending the morning with our grand-daughter-working this afternoon-and hubby will be coming home from business trip early this evening. All good things..

I realize how 'odd' I eat sometime, but let me share this kale salad recipe. If you don't like or want to eat kale- Check out the salad dressing-it would be good on Taco salad or on grilled meat or veggies.
 I really love this side dish, and it was perfect with the shrimp I grilled (love my grill pan). Kale can be a strong flavored green, but the dressing holds it own, and mellows the kale right out... I will be making this again.
Kale Salad w/ Chipotle & Avocado Dressing (Recipe modified from the Raw Chef)
2-4 servings
Put in serving bowl:
1 head of kale (take out rib, finely chop- I used the food processor)
'massage' w/ 1 t salt-will soften and look wilted
Add veggies of choice: I added red bell pepper (recipe called for tomato)
Recipe calls for 1/4 C hemp seeds, but I didn't add any. Toasted pumpkin seeds to garnish would be good though
Chipotle/Avocado Dressing ( I put all dressing ingredients in  food processor- could use blender)
1 avocado
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 chipotle pepper (I used canned in Adobo...spicy, but good
1/4 C olive oil (I used 1/8 c.-I don't think I'll use any next time)
1/4 C lemon juice
1/4 C vinegar
Process and mix w/ chopped kale. Stores well for a few days.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I'm still FT'ing, and  I plan on continuing through Christmas. After that I'll  decide how I feel it's going. It's so easy, and I feel content. See Cat's blog for some thoughts on contentment.  I don't feel like I'm missing anything. I can have anything I want, but right now I just don't want lots of sugary, higher carb foods.  What a relief it is to not feel dissatisfied, and hungry all the time.
Here's a little snapshot of my eating-this was yesterday's meals:
2 poached eggs (I highly recommend the microwave poacher-got mine at Wal-Mart for less than $3.)
Spinach- I lightly heat this, until just wilted
Lunch: got busy working/running errands-but had a serving of pumpkin seeds
Mid afternoon snack:
Ricotta pudding- In addition to the 1 T of choc chips, I also added 2 t of homemade almond butter. See Dawn's blog for directions for how to's. It's so easy and delicious. Making it yourself is a real $$$ saver, as almond butter can be pricey.
Italian Sausage
Kale salad w/ red bell pepper-homemade avocado dressing
After dinner treat:
Reddi whip/choc
I'm with Rosalie-I always have a can in the fridge. I like having a 'treat', and this does it for me.  I don't do 1/2 & 1/2 in my Pero, so I feel ok about having the reddi whip...just about every day!
Blessing to you all-

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Wednesday

My daughter Erinn and I.
Can you believe she's going to have a baby in 7 weeks.
I think I've shared how I really don't like to have my picture taken.
That being said-I do like seeing my body changing-my face is getting smaller-among other things :)
My children and grandchildren are great motivators for me, and I want to be able to keep up with my growing family.
I think its valuable to remember why we started this journey
Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I've sure missed you all this last week.  I can report I did very well FT'ing while gone. Yes, I had a few bites of this and that-but I kept my personal promise of  making as smart choices as possible. If you've been in the Los Angeles area there is an old deli called Langers. They have exceptional rye bread-so I ordered the #1: Pastrami on rye.. thoroughly enjoyed the few bites of bread. I'm up 1.5 lbs. this am, and I'm not concerned at all. It'll be gone in a day or so. It's been my pattern.
 I try/tried to not make a 'big deal' of my lifestyle changes. As I've said before it's really simple. My children are pretty health conscious, so I didn't have a lot of explaining to do. My daughter did want to know what was in my
ricotta pudding. I can appreciate some of my foods are odd-so be it!
I'll try to catch up on your blogs-I have a few clients today-I'm officially home!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Leaving on a jet plane..."

I'm leaving for CA this afternoon and will be gone until next Monday evening.  I'll be enjoying my family, and a baby shower for our youngest daughter Erinn. Her baby is due right at Christmas. They're choosing not to know the gender of this little one. They have a son-Eliot who is 18 mos., so she'll have 2 babies!

To prepare for FT'ing: I packed some portioned out nuts/ pero w/benefiber & stevia, a few portions of Jay Robb protein powder (just in case), and the almond crackers I made yesterday. I'm determined to FT as best as I can while I'm away. It's a little more challenging when you're at someone elses' home, etc. But I know how to make smarter choices-so I'm going to be smart :)

If I'm able to check in while I'm gone-I will. If not...keep taking care, and I'll be thinking of you.
P.S. 2 lb loss on the scale this morning!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I love these 'crackers'

I just wanted something spicy...besides my hubby :) So I made these last week-and again today:
Spicy Almond Crackers
2 C almond meal (I didn't have flour, so used the meal)
1 T oil (olive or coconut)
1 egg
2 T water
1/4 t: salt & garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
now here's the spicy (but not too spicy) part:
1 lg dried chili (I had pobalano-shake out seeds & remove stem)-Grind this up in a blender-it will be a fine 'chili powder'--or you could just put in 1 T of your favorite chili powder
Mix/roll out between parchment, cut (I use pizza cutter)
Bake @ 350 about 15 min or so. Break apart a let cool.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Have you ever cried in a dressing room?

I did yesterday...

  I went into Old Navy...tried on a size 12 pair of jeans, and they we're just a tad too big. I knew in a few weeks they'd be way too big. So I got the 10's, and yes they fit. They'd look better in a week, but I could totally zip them up (without help).  I got teary even before I knew what was happening, and then I realized how happy and relieved I was.

So the scale is only one indicator of how well we're doing.  When I type out 6.5 lb loss w/FT'ing in 28 days; it seems minor, but standing in that dressing room, surrounded by mirrors, zipping up those size 10 jeans, and liking my reflection was worth all these last weeks.  And it didn't feel too minor at all, and we can celebrate our 'minor' victories-way before we get to goal. (I have about 25 lbs to go to reach my 1st big one)

If you haven't already, you may end up crying in the dressing room too :)
Bless you all for your support-it's made all the difference for me.
Keep taking care-

Monday, October 31, 2011

After 28 days FT'ing

The scale was over the place this last week. A few days ago. I was down another .5 lb, for a total of 6.5 lbs for for the 4 weeks (I feel better reporting that).
Today is another story: special time of the month, a little traveling, a few extras, who knows?

I didn't go crazy over the weekend...a little popcorn and '3' count them '3' bites of chocolate gelatto, and I don't mean huge serving spoon bites either :). But I'm up a little. I'd be more concerned if it didn't happen to everyone else from time to time.  I would like to think that this low sugar,
no grain/legume regimen would provide faster results. Not to be discouraged-I'm continuing on.

I hope you all have a great day

Friday, October 28, 2011

34 years...and here's to 34 more

I'm off to celebrate my wedding anniversary with the man I've been married to for 34 years, had 5 children with, and 4 grand babies (two more on the way). We're blessed, and  there's a comfort that comes when you've grown up together, worked/toiled and sacrificed together.  Happy Anniversary to Us!

I plan on FT'ing all weekend-send me good wishes.  We're having dinner tonight at Ruby River, so I can easily have a nice salad and protein of some sort.  I'll have to plan and pack my snacks as we take off for the next day/night.  I can do this! I can celebrate without a huge sugary dessert-right?

I wish you all a wonderful weekend too. May I just add how excited I am that I can finally post on your blogs. I'm using Google Chrome-and that's seems to work. Thanks for your patience and support.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kale w/ sauteed apple

Here's something that tasted pretty good with my leftover chicken from yesterday's recipe link. If you like basil pesto-you'll love that chicken.

Kale w/ Sauteed Apple
Serves 1 hearty helping
Add small amt. of oil in skillet (I used 1 level T of bacon fat...I have southern roots!)
Add 1/4 of small apple/sliced- cook for a minute
Add 2 (or more)  lg handfuls of chopped kale
Cook until softened-I like mine just wilted.
Pour 2 T vinegar over kale (cider would be good, but I used my champagne)
This 'de-glazes' the pan-cook for another minute or so
Add 1-2 pieces of chopped bacon(the nitrate free is good) and serve.

If you like dark greens-you just may like this too.
I hope you're all enjoying a good day-

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's Wednesday

 Do you ever lie in bed and try to convince yourself to get up...going through the list of things in your head that you need/should/ought to--do?(if you have small children-that probably seems like a dream!)

I'm doing that right now:
*get ready for your 10:30 am client (she wants a 2 hr. session)
*what's for breakfast?
*check on few friends to see how they're doing
 *make this for dinner
* get up Jeri!

May you each have a blessed day filled with all the things you need/should/out to/do... and would like to do

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Good question (s)

Katie posed a good question: If quinoa is a seed why isn't it a FT food? 

My question: The first week on FT I lost .5/day, but the weight loss has slowed w-a-y down.  The scale is all over the place--does anyone else weigh everyday--and is that a good idea? It's not feeling like it is :)

A totally random question: Anyone experiencing hot flashes?  I bet I have 20 plus in a 24 hr. period, and they're waking me up at night.  Crazy things. I'm 54 and know I'm 'changing up.' I've never taken RX hormones...I have concerns about them. But I'm not locked into feeling one way or the other. Any recommendations?

I hope you plug in a little fun today. My fun will come in the form of a darling 2 year old granddaughter...Linny (Berlin). She is fun and NEVER stops talking-and I get to spend the morning with her. here's to a little fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

After a full 21 days on FT...

...I've lost a total 6 lbs. & 1.5" from my waist. Could I have lost more not eating popcorn, hummus, quinoa, and that (1) Coke Zero? I really thought the quinoa was FT legal, but's not.

But how can I be unhappy with my results...I'm not!

I have a family gathering in early November, and I want a few more lbs gone. My goals are to really watch grains (not even popcorn!), less nuts...more water.  We'll see what the future holds. I'll keep you posted.

I'm going to make some zucchini 'noodles' tonight. Thanks Amber for reminding me how good they are.   We're all wishing Dawn and Rosalie safe travels...we're all missing you.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday day 21 on FT

Here's a place to check out for some new recipes. She lost some weight doing South Beach-so she has some good ideas that can be modified, if needed.  I like that she does her own gardening, and has tips, etc. on that.
 The BFC/FT is working for me-but I support any efforts in leading a more balanced life.  So don't feel you can't join in if your not a Jorge Cruise follower.

I 'enjoyed' some popcorn at the movies last night. I didn't go overboard, but those who love popcorn can understand why that salty, crunchy-slightly buttery snack is so alluring.  I don't see my life without popcorn on occassion, so in my life-style...I'm eating popcorn from time to time :)

I started my day with my ricotta/chia pudding. The Precious brand I use is low sugar/carb. It sounds weird, but think of it as mock cheescake in a bowl. I just get tired of eggs sometimes. I'm not a almond/coconut pancake/waffle lover...yet.

Late Lunch-early Dinner:
Taco salad (minus the tortilla chips...after all I did eat the popcorn!)

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful day-I just got home from church...the sun is shining...and I'm going for a walk.

Blessings for you all!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday Greetings!

Yesterday I got too hungry...busy working, etc.
By dinner I was grumpy and anxious. Yep-I get grumpy too! We ended up going to dinner, and I had a green salad w/ Brisket-it was delicious.  I asked for extra meat, and they brought it to me covered in
bbq sauce.  Generally, I would have just wiped it off-or ate it, but I asked them to take it back because I couldn't eat it, due to the sugar.  That was a huge break through for me...huge. I have this issue of never wanting to seem demanding--I'm working through that.

So here's my food for yesterday:
Jay Robb chocolate shake w/ spinach (sounds goofy I know, but you can hardly taste the spinach-warning: odd green color)
 hummus/celery/radishes/almond crackers
Pero w/ 1/2 & 1/2
chocolate/reddi whip
Salad/Brisket...ranch dressing...(a few unauthorized bites of non-FT'ing food off my honey's plate)
After dinner treat:
Pero w/ 1/2 & 1/2

You'll not find 'perfection' here with me, but I'm doing well. I feel good, my clothes are fitting better, and my belly is getting flatter.  I'm  feeling more confident, and more in control of my food addictions. I appreciate not feeling 'driven' by a carb cycle (that's what I call it), and I feel satisfied after my meals.
I bet each of you can think of one thing that's going better because you're trying to create a healthier life. I love gratitude, and reflecting on the good is a powerful force in our life.
Thank you for your awareness and support.
Enjoy your Saturday too!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Ready for the weekend?

You know you're old when the weeks fly by...or that is what I always heard, and now I'm living it.

I feel like I'm settling into FT'ing w/ my small modifications.  I'm not worrying too much about how long it will take me to get off this weight off.  Each day I learn something new from all of you, and the plan is really simple. (another .5 lb gone this morning)

I'm finding I'm not as hungry lately. Some days are just like that.
Here's my food for yesterday:
Ricotta/Chia seed pudding topped w/ reddi whip
Almond Crackers/celery/hummus
Early Dinner (no lunch)
Spinach/Avocado/Artichoke heart Salad
Feta/Turkey...and another serving of almond crackers.
Miso (no sugar) dressing
Pero w/ 1/2 & 1/2
1 T of dark choc chips...
I put the crackers in the cupboard...not a good idea to have them on the counter. But I'm determined that I can have things like that on hand w/o going overboard. So serving!
Happy Week-ending-

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Almond Flour Week

I decided that I too can bake, and should be able to control myself (which I did-ate one serving-and stopped!) All this talk of almond flour reminded me that I had some in the freezer.  I made some 'crackers': Parmesan/Herbed Almond Crackers, based on a recipe I found at: I tried to link this, but it wasn't working...

(I tweaked it by adding: herbs d' Provence, 1/4 t garlic powder, fresh parmesan, w/o sesame oil, and coconut oil instead of olive,  as I want to use mine up...parm is salty, so I wouldn't add extra salt, but that's me...and w/o sesame seeds).  I'd make this easy recipe again. 40 crackers/8 servings. You can make this your own too, and it's BFC/FT far as I can tell.
Blessings to you all!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 17 FT'ing

Good day to each of you...and thank you for your comments and help. I'm always grateful that you're there. 
Dawn you were right-I have lost all that 'bloat' and now down to where I was before.  Total of 5.5 lbs gone since I began FT, and I'm happy with that.
Thank you  for all the info Amber . I'll have to read about sugar alcohols...
I'm off to the Dr. to have my lipid panel checked again. My numbers were a little high few months back-nothing too crazy, but I'm anxious to see how things have changed since BFC/FT'ing. I'll let you know once I get the results.
Though I've had trouble commenting on blogs...I still am checking in with you all, and wishing you every success with ALL your efforts. If you'd like to hear back from me-just sign up for email, and you'll always hear back from me.
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chatting on digestion

I appreciate the honest talk...
but I'm struggling to type the 'number two.'  It's a problem people, and it makes one feel miserable. I'm speaking from personal experience here. I haven't gotten that all balanced out yet. Rosalie and Amber gave us some good advice yesterday on their blogs, and I'm listening.  I eat my veggies (lots of them), probiotics, Benefiber (I'm not giving that up), extra water, exercise/activity, magnesium that is in my calcium supplement. I've made soup (with extra veggies), and used the chicken broth/ I missing something?
As for getting back on the: horse, cart, wagon--I'm on, and hanging on. Here's my food for yesterday.
2 eggs/deli turkey meat, parm, lots of spinach-
Broccoli soup, spinach salad w/ avocado & turkey breast
Treat: choc/reddi whip-mid day
Grilled lemon chicken/artichoke hearts
Hot pero w/almond milk

Monday, October 17, 2011

14 day FT Result...lessons learned drum roll please...I'm up 1.5 lbs from last Wed.

* Could it have been the extra pumpkin coconut muffin (s)?
Lesson learned: I am a baked-goods junkie-I love pumpkin-I love the few SF choc chips I sprinkled on top all warm and melted. They're in the freezer now, so I can eat one at a time...I ate '3' last night!

*Could it have been the handful of homemade garlic/herb croutons I made for the broccoli soup?
Lesson learned: Stay far way from garlic bread-anything! Cleaning out the freezer-doesn't mean I'm the garbage disposal.

*Could it have been the Coke Zero?  (I know, this one surprises even me)
Lesson leaned: I'm not sure what to say about that one. I went to bed with that old 'blown up' feeling. I forgot how 'fat' that felt. 

It's a brand new day, and no permanent is damage done. Last night doesn't erase all the good choices I've made for the last weeks. (notice all the positive self-talk?)
I'm not the girl who can 'bake' right now-even the coconut flour/almond flour recipes trigger 'that something' in me.  I already knew that, and I need to listen to what I know.  That inner voice never leads me wrong!
May you have a good day too-

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sat Fun and new recipe

This filling salad was filling and tasty enough to share. I would make it again. We've been chatting about quinoa lately, so I decided it was worth giving it a try. I have a Costco sized bag to deal with...
 Here's the recipe if you're interested:
Serves 2-(Per myfitness pal)366 Cal/27gr.carbs/11gr. protein/3 sugars/5fibers
BFC: S/3, C/1
In a bowl combine:
1 C cooked quinoa
1 sm. chopped tomato
1/2 C chopped cucumber
1/2 C chopped bellpepper
5 C chopped raw spinach
6 quartered kalmata olives
2 oz feta cheese
For dressing, blend in blender:
2 T olive oil
1 T vinegar (white wine or something you like)
1 heaping T dijon mustard
1/4 C fresh herbs (basil, thyme,oregano-or 1 tsp each of dried)
2 T half/half
Salt/pepper to taste
Dress salad and sprinkle w/ Greek oregano (if you have it)

'Greek Style' Quinoa Salad
(For dinner I added cooked turkey to mine...just to bump the protein/filling factor up-but quinoa is a complete protein)
Hubby & I went on a 10 mi. bike 'stroll' today. We had a great time!

We're active so we can be active another day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Yeah it's Friday

Has this been the fastest week ever?  Day 12 on FT, and the very best part is that I'm not feeling like a slave to the constant hunger and cravings I use to have. That's even more empowering than the few lbs. I've lost. I'm finding it helpful to go back an re-read the book-I can see the info with new eyes I'm learning more.

  I know many of you have strong feelings about FT'ing. I respect that.  Those who started and are going to change back to BFC or whatever works best for them--I send my support. I've had an entire year of 'doing programs' that just didn't work for me--and boy is that discouraging.

 We always have choices, and this is more than a weight loss journey. As we well know there are lots of ways to lose weight. Most of us have gain/lost so many times that we're needing a lifestyle change. For me, I am going to continue doing FT (my modified version) , and I would appreciate your support.

I'm also going to cook some Quinoa this weekend...I have a greek style salad in mind. I'll send a pic and recipe if its edible!

Blessing to you all-

Thursday, October 13, 2011

11th day...and feeling good

QUESTION:  What do you know about Quinoa?  I read it's a high protein seed...not grain.

Consider this a huge shout-out to all the BFC/FT'er...or whatever's out there.  I spent a lot of years at Weight Watchers-and never had the support that I've had the last few months.  I suppose I just didn't know how to ask for help-but you're all so friendly.  It was also so helpful to be invited into your supportive community. So come over over-you're welcomed too.

I did have some oatmeal yesterday---in the form of meatloaf...that's a comfort food for my hubby-and I enjoyed some myself. Why not!  I am down another 1.5lbs from Monday. I'm pretty consistent with  .5lb/day. I'll take it while it lasts.  To those few who may be listening... I'm not anti-grain/legume--I just want/need to see the scale move. I've been stuck for a long time, and it feels good--to feel good. 

I pulled out a Jazzercise DVD yesterday and had a good workout.  I suppose I'm going to have to dust those off, and yes...make peace with cooler weather. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day 10

Chocolate Coconut Bread

Today is the first morning I wanted oatmeal.
Instead, I found this picture of one of my 'desserts' from my early BFC days.  Technically, our coconut bread is not a grain, but knowing me I'm staying away from all 'baked goods' for just little while longer. I'm really concerned it will start a 'feeding freenzy'
I try to stay upbeat, but last evening was kinda hard... so I'm sure the grain-hunger is usual drug of choice! 
I'm not anti-grain-I'm just FT'ing it for awhile.

Wouldn't it be fun to go Zumba'ing with Rosy today!
Blessings to you all-

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Notice the snow in the background?
This pic was from last weekend's drive up in the mountains.

I love outdoor living. But I live where it's cold about 8mos out of the year...and  I seriously think I'm allergic to the cold!
 I know that very soon I won't be walking outside. In the past I've considered bundling up, but so far that hasn't worked for me. What are you favorite ways to get exercise/activity into you life?  Do you have DVD's, classes at the gym?
I'm just trying to emotional prepare for the inevitable...WINTER!
Blessing to you all-

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kale the wonder food!

To find out more about this amazing food go to:
Just a little FYI:
1 C chopped has 7 carbs/2 sugars.
354% of Vit. A
89% of Vit C
3 gr. of fiber

Coconut Curry Kale Soup
w/ Chicken
It's soup time here. I love foods with lots of flavor, and this one has it.  I enjoyed this for dinner, and it was very filling. I added 2x the amt. of kale. But like all recipes---just tweak them to your liking. The broth is good-so add what you like. If you don't kale, add another green, but don't cook it as long. Here's the recipe if you're interested--serves about 6 healthy appetites. According to my fitness pal/per serving: 16 carbs/4 sugars/253 Calories. So BFC S/4,C/1.
In a large pot add, and bring to gentle boil:
1 lg container of vegetable or chicken stock (4 cups)
1 13 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
2 T red curry paste (or dry curry powder)
2 T lime zest--save lime for garnish/serving (or dried lemongrass if you have it)
2 pkg. of Stevia
2 T of fresh grated ginger
Add and cook for about 10 minutes
1/2 lb chopped kale (I added 1 lb)
Then add and cook until chicken is done...10 mins or so.
1 thinly sliced red bell pepper (I used the orange one I had)
8 sliced chicken tenders (I just added them raw and quick cooked them in the broth)
Take soup off heat and add:
4 thinly sliced green onions
Serve in individual bowls and garnish:
Fresh chopped cilantro & good squirt of lime juice

Jeri- FT'er reporting for duty!

Fast Tracking-7 full days later...

Here's my stats:

Lost: 4 lbs/1" from waist.  I weigh (can't believe I'm posting this)  177.5-I've lost 15 pounds since mid June. I weighed 178 last Christmas-and haven't seen 177'ish in over 3 yrs. I'm moving in a good direction.  Could I have lost more without the hummus/black beans/extra squirt of redi-whip? Maybe. But my few tweaks will keep me going another week. I'm not feeling deprived-or hungry.

As you know I'm not following the menu plan that closely--at all. But I'm BFC friendly and FT''er friendly...for the greater part.  I've eaten very-very little grain carbs this week. (remember the pirates booty and Cafe Rio tortilla)

What I will be more aware of this week? :
* More vigilant w/ digestion is know what I mean. 
*Make friends w/ indoor exercise again, as needed--it's getting mighty cold out there. I'm such a Cali girl, that I haven't made peace with the cold weather...yet.  I've been in Utah 6 yrs-I'm not sure if it's going to happen?

What are my  long-term plans? :
* Follow FT (my way) until after Christmas...and then decide what's next.
* Do my best each day-if I get off-just get back on.
* Stay away from those addictive sugars--those that make me crazy. A lot of us know which ones those are for us.  Mine often come in the baked form...breads, cookies...powdered donuts. This list is long.

I wish each of you--all the best in your efforts to be smarter with your health. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Morning- Beginning of Day 7 FT

Day 7 and all is well.

I made it through Sat. with my  FT'ing goals.  Saturday is my day that I want to 'celebrate' getting through the week. Not that my weeks are so difficult, but I think that idea started when I had five children at home (I had 5 children in 10 years-busy household) The weeks were detailed and schedule driven, and by Saturday I wanted a day off.  It really wasn't a day off, but tried to create a different type of day. So, my point in saying all that is--Saturday became a day of celebrating with food too: going out to lunch, popcorn at the movies, a special dessert made for get the idea. And we also made cookies most Sundays after church!  So we celebrated all weekend!

Food is so central in whatever celebrations we enjoy-we have some major ones coming up. There will be some good postings in the next few months.

I still had a great Saturday.  Hubby & I took a beautiful drive to see the Fall leaves and found some snow as well (I have pics I'll share)  We went out to lunch, and I had a modified Cafe Rio grilled chicken salad: no rice or chips-I did eat a big bite of that homemade tortilla-dipped in that creamy cilantro dip--but quickly covered up the remaining tortillas with used napkins, etc. Out of mind...right! That was a little success too!
 I can still celebrate my Saturday's, Thanksgiving, and all those special days that follow.  It just takes a little planning.

I'll meet you all tomorrow, at the same place.  I'll be sharing my weight loss-and any healthy weight loss is a reason to celebrate too! Not with food, but with a happy dance...and maybe a picture!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 5 FT'ing

I don't like my picture taken. Ever. I rarely like the way I look. This was taken about 1 month ago, and I've given up a few lbs. since then. (Those are grilled poblanos and tomatillos cooking on the grill. Just was great salsa.) But I like my happy face here. I was cooking for my family, loving on my grandbabies, and enjoying CA living.  My son lives in paradise.

I'm still FT'ing it.  I'm not losing a lb/day, but that little needle on the scale is moving-Yee Haw! 
Happily, I'm not missing the grain carbs-no cravings. That's a blessing-and considering I'm totally hormonal this week-I'm witnessing a miracle! 

Grammy at the grill
Here's my food for today(remember I'm not the letter of the law FT'er)
My 'ricotta thing' w/ walnuts
2 eggs/parm cheese
Pero w/ cream
Hamburger pattie w/ blue cheese
mashed cauliflower (my honey says he likes it better than mashed potatoes)
After dinner treat:
Choc w/ redi-whip
Herb tea
We're all doing it-whatever way works for us. Thanks for your support-

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mid-Week FT

...scale moved again this morning (not leaps and bounds, but moving nonetheless) I'll be happy to report my weight next Monday. That will have given me a full 7 days FT'ing.

Thanks for all the support with helping me comment on blogs. I took notes, and it's going to be a project for me today...after I clean out a closet (it was started 2 mos. ago!!)

I hope you all have a wonderful day-

...and for any of you who may be interested, here's my menu from yesterday. Yes, you're going to see a little grain, legume and odd lunch. But I still feel successful!
2 eggs w/ Parm cheese
Bok choy/mushrooms
Pero w/ cream
1/4 Ricotta cheese (add little stevia, vanilla, coconut extract)
1 T sf hershey choc chips
1 T chia seeds
3 second squirt of Redi-whip
I mixed it and enjoyed it!
Celery/yellow bell pepper w/ little hummus
Grilled chicken breast
bok choy (It's almost gone!)
Confession: small handful of Pirates Booty
Treat after dinner:
Dark Choc
Pero w/ cream
If you read all that-you deserve a big consider yourself hugged!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

FT Tuesday

I'd really like to be able to comment on your blogs (I'm still have some problems)
But if you sign up and comment on mine-I promise I'll email you back! 
 I do read yours. I just wanted you to know that.

THE SCALE IS MOVING-That's a big deal for me. I'll report on that later in the week...
I met all my goals for Monday. As you know I'm not a 'perfect' FT'er...but that's ok with me.
Here' my meals for Tues.:
2 eggs
swiss cheese
bok choy/mushrooms
almonds & 1 piece sf Hershey choc
Lunch: None. I ate my snack after my walk, and just wasn't hungry. I worked in the afternoon, so I was distracted from food!
Chicken/Spinach/Avocado salad
With 2 T hummus
Dark choc
Sobe -0- drink
Sometimes I eat the same thing for a few days...I just do. 
My goals for Tues:
Cook brussel sprouts. I'm not a lover of this veggie, but I'm willing to change my mind.
Mindful eating
Take a walk (I think the Fall leaves smell like fresh apples-it's amazing)

May you each have a joy-filled day!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fast Track Monday

Good Day-
It's Monday and often that day seems to be a day of beginnings. Some of you might be starting FT, or whatever you feel will lead you or keep you fit and healthy. Yeah for us in whatever path we're on. 
I began FT yesterday. I really think that being aware...and striving to follow BFC for the last few months made FT'ing a really easy transition-so far!
I do lots better if I 'listen' to what I need.  I'm rarely led too far off IF if do that.
Here's  my eating for yesterday, not too different from Jorge's recommendation.

2 eggs
2 sausage patties ( that's what I had on hand)
1 T parm cheese
Lg hand full of spinach
Commentary on veggies for bfst...I'm just going to do it. I like the fullness of it, and I feel better eating more greens. I'll generally add veggies at every breakfast

Chicken breast wrapped in Boston lettuce w/avocado

Spinach salad w/ little tomato-Chicken breast and 2 T hummus
Commentary on hummus: I love it!  It was the 'dressing' for my salad. I'm going to keep eating it on FT, too.

dark chocolate

I drank lots of water
Pero w/ cream- Pero is a cereal beverage-I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is good substitute for me. A little cream and vanilla, and it tastes like a treat.
A nice walk in the evening with my man.

Goals for today:
Buy some probiotics
cook up bok choy & mushrooms to have on hand
Enjoyable movement...walk, a nice long walk.
Healthful/mindful eating

I send caring greetings your way as well, and I hope you have a really good day!

Friday, September 30, 2011

See you next year....September!

It's fall here, and things are in transition...changing. The leaves are turning bright red, orange, and yellow,  the mornings are cool, and the days are warm (that's quickly, very quickly about to change!). It's a magical time of year.

I'm changing too. The change is slow, but it's happening. Though not always apparent on the scale, I look a little different. My belly is smaller-go figure!

 I wanted 'dessert' last night.   I thought of all sort of things: ice cream, get the idea. I could have had anything I really wanted, but it just wasn't that appealing.  Instead I put a few blackberries in a bowl, some ready whip and crumbled a few of those tiny, crunchy Joseph's cookies...and it was satisfying.  Yep, I'm changing.

I'm also going to change up my routine: I'm going to follow Fast Track-starting Sunday.  This Sat. I'm going to get foods, etc. prepared, so I should be ready by then.  Since it's a very specific food regimen, I'm going to get a least the first 3 days work of meals ready:  Getting snacks ready is small bags--ready to go if needed. Grill or prepare the meat proteins.  I think I could roast some veggies too, especially the brussel sprouts...and get the salad dressing ready. Though it is pretty restrictive-it's good to be a be able to trade snack for snack, etc.

I see from some posts that a few of you are starting on Sunday too.  We didn't plan that, but it works out nice!  We're all good at sharing and supporting each other.

Good bye September--hello healthier October!

Best Wishes to you all-

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fast Track

I'd love some feedback on who may be doing the FT. I haven't gotten the book, so I'm behind the times.  Any of you thinking of trying it?

Here's a picture taken about a month ago. My middle looks a little smaller than it did a few months ago. I just need to keep going...

Random and not related:  I've been having problems trying to post comments on many of your blogs. Any recommendations for the cyber-limited person.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Vegetable of the week - Bok choy

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bok Choy:
I love this little nutritional powerhouse. For us BFC'ers: 1 C Raw/shredded = (s)/1 (c)/2...and about 52% of our Vit. C. You've probably ate it in stir frys, but it stands alone as a side dish...or raw in salads. My son puts some of this mild veggie in his green smoothies.

Check out to see some of it's other nutrients as well. Just put in Pak Choi-that's just another name for it...AKA: white cabbage.

My DIL lived in Malaysia as a girl and her family cooked it simply:

Thinly slice white stalks and saute in little oil & add grated fresh garlic/ginger. I use my microplane and it works really well. Once it softens add the shredded green leaves and quickly cook until slightly wilted. There are lots of recipes online as well.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

You might like this...

"Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman Mac Ewan

...just a little thank you to some of the most generous people...I've never met.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday night confessions!

I think I might have slightly lost my my mind last night-after I ate a few ravioli (ok, it was 6 I think...I really didn't count!!!) I did eat them with some sauteed bok choy & shrimp, so all wasn't lost. But just like the 'old' days-I wasn't full. All I could think about was eating carbs-sugar--whatever I could get my hands on. Instead I did finish  Dawn's chocolate cookies...with whip cream (5 cookies-and a lot of whip cream) It could have been so much worse...but it wasn't.

Funny how after doing the BFC for 3 mos. that carb/sugar addict is there in me, just waiting to come out.  I didn't jump on the scale this morning-I walked past the large bathroom mirror, and said "whatever."
 It was just one meal and today's a new day. So I'm ready to plan a little better, and not get so hungry. It may be best for me to stay away from those ravioli!!!

Here's to a new day!! And I hope yours will be wonderful.

P.S. Thanks Rosy for your post. I appreciated how you invited anyone on any plan to be a part of the support offered...I like that. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Ok, so you know the rhyme about beans.
They're not sexy like chocolate, but they're good for you!
I've been on a I need less animal protein and more veggies.  I know this about myself.

Beans are delicous, protein & fiber rich, and good for you.  Google: benefits of beans, and consider how to add them to your diet. And they can be BFC friendly too.

I soaked, seasoned and cooked some yesterday. Great on my afternoon salad, and 'refried' some for dinner.
To make refried beans (no oil):
Heat can of beans (black is great-check out labels for fiber, etc...pretty impressive)  Or some of your home cooked ones w/ the juice-
Add seasoning...I like Costco's taco season mix, but a blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic, pepper, etc. is very good to. No need to add salt w/ canned beans-in my opinion.
Once they get bubbly-start smashing with a potato masher or immersion blender-depending on the consistency you like. And within minutes you have 'refried beans'. If they start looking too thick before you're done mixing-just add more bean juice or water.
One day I'll be better at uploading pics, but for now I'm pretty proud of myself for blogging!
I hope you each have a wonderful day-

P.S. Speaking also of chocolate...go to Dawn's blog and check out the 'cookie' recipe.  They are tiny chocolate nuggets of yumminess.  (Is that a word?). Why not have them on occasion, instead of a square or two...or three of chocolate?  Fiber/heart heathy fats/protein, etc. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

She was right...

Hello BFC'ers:
So you know how I was was kinda whinning on Monday morning that I was up 2 lbs?  Rosalie was right-it's gone, and it took another one with it, and 1 more inch gone in the wasit.

Just another lesson is patience.

11 lbs lost in 3 mos...not that impressive.  But I've learned a lot, and my tummy looks way better.  So cheers to another day. I'm going to have a repeat of my lipid panel, and I'm curious to know of the changes that are taking place-I'll let you know how that goes.

  Here's my food diary for yesterday:

Bfst.- None (that almost never happens!)
Lunch- Flat bread cracker, 1/4 avocado, roasted smoothie: almond milk, kale, raspberries(mixed with ice, water, little Stevia and blended)
Snack: Cauliflower & hummus...few pistachios during the day.( Just FYI: Trader Joe's has these Thai chili & lemon grass pistachios that are delicious)
Dinner: Spinach & Arugula salad w/ (6) count them (6) raspberries , roasted chicken & 2 T sunflower seeds...made a quick dressing of lemon juice & olive oil
Totals: S/5 - C/6

Do any of you miss eating an abundance of fruit like I do-how's that been for you?

Monday, September 19, 2011


Doesn't that just make you want to listen to the Mamas and the Papa's...that comment surely aged me.

Good day all. I've been up for hours, but still on my bed-wading through mail, bills, life etc...and might I just add...I'm grateful to have a life to wade through! I do have clients this week-but not today. I'm always grateful in this economy to have those who still feel they benefit from massage therapy.

  I'm determined to get up (very soon) and take a walk. My man left for a business trip, so it just me and Max (the dog).  I'm on track and looking forward to my day-eating healthy-exercise-work. I may even take myself to the movies tonight, if I find anything good. I'm  also looking forward to the week ahead.

Question?? Anyone have any BFC recipes that are full of veggies and meat free? Anyone out there have any good tofu or bean recipes?  I'm not a vegetarian, but I do like to add vegetable proteins to my meals. I have Rosalie's stir fry recipe.

Best wishes to each of you-

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I'm Back-

It's good to be home-but my arms feel a little empty without those grandbabies.
I got on the scale the morning and found I gained 2lbs-not too happy about that.  I didn't track while I was away, but I made lots of good food (health) choices, and my days were full and busy.

I'm ready to:
  1. Return to my meditative walking---I just made that up (good word, huh) , but that's what it is for me. I've chased little ones around a lot for the last 3 weeks, but haven't done much focused walking/exercise
  2. Release this extra weight-I just don't need it anymore! 
  3. Catch up with you -I've missed your support and updates.
Though I have longings-I still feel abundantly blessed. We all are!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hello BFC'ers

Greetings-I'm working today and getting ready to leave for CA tomorrow afternoon.
Grabed a walk this morning after eating some Uncle Sams/Almond milk...had some nuts/celery for snack.
Man, I've been off the last few days...I will get on track...I will get on track...
I hope you're all having a great day.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Just a heartfelt thank you!

Hello fellow BFC'ers...It's been such a full week with company and all that entails. My family goes home tomorrow, and it willl be a sad day here at the May home. I'm leaving to go out of town for 10 days-starting on Wed. I'd love to announce how well I've stayed on plan this last week, but I can't. It could have been a lot worse, so I'm pleased with the progress I've made. So how is that for being nice to myself! I'm feeling a little anxious about being away from home, but I'll do my best. I plan on packing my Chia seed, whey protein, few nuts, etc. Once I get there I can do a little shopping if needed. My family-- I'll be with are very health aware and will be supportive. Their lifestyle is active, so I'll stay active as well. And I'll be on the coast of CA in Sept. and enjoy some of the most beautiful days of the year in that little section of the world.

Thank you to each for you for your comments and emails-I so appreciate each of you: your time, your stories, your support, and your efforts as well. We're all on the path of self-improvement-yeah for us!
Take Care,

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Do your days fly by too?

How my day went...
  1. Loved and fed my family-I have visitors until Sunday afternoon
  2. Worked-saw some clients
  3. No walk today-but have one planned for in the am.
Bfst: 2 eggs/spinach/coconut bread with very little pb 0/1
Lunch: Flat bread w/ meat & cheese 0/1
Snack: Think Thin bar 3/1
Dinner: Taco w/ salad (no dressing) 2/1
Sugar free snow cone-pretty sure it wasn't made with Stevia
I generally eat more veggies, but some days  just work out like that.

I hope your day went well!

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Beginnings

 For 'dieters' Monday is always a new beginning. Why not Wed?...I don't know.
 It feels good to wake up today, and not beat myself up for eating whatever I thought I wasn't suppose to eat over the weekend. It's wild that I've done that so much. It seems like such a mean thing to do to yourself-don't you think?
I met the goals I set for myself yesterday. It's just one day at a time-kinda like a 12-Step program for a sugar/carb addict like me (recovering, I might add).
I wish each of you a day of meeting your goals-whatever they are. And if in some way you feel you fall short, know we each do that from time to time. There is a supportive BFC community for those who reach out, and I'm sure glad I did.

* Same as yesterday
* Say encouraging words to myself
* Enjoy the sunshine
*Enjoy good food-and enjoy good people more

Happy Monday,

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another day to enjoy

As you know I've been busy with my family here, but I keep checking in with you all.  It helps me stay focused, and I need to focus!
Just some random musings...
 I often let myself be the very last on the list when I'm with family...especially with my children/grandchildren. They don't ask for that, it's just the way I've always 'done it'. I have been struggling with weight issues for most of my life...gee, I wonder why?  I'm choosing not to do that this week-however, I didn't get a walk in yesterday. I am up early today, so I am planning on grabbing a quick walk this morning.  I have this food container in my fridge with some of my BFC foods. I might have gotten teased about the chia seeds. I often try not to bring attention to myself when I'm 'dieting' (I know it's not a diet, but a health plan) I think I've failed so often-that I'd just rather show up thinner/fitter, and then we can talk about it.  If you've dieted/lost/gained/dieted, etc...maybe you know what I'm talking about.  It's been my cycle for years!!!!
 Success (for me) is about planning: having good foods on hand, when/how to exercise, what are you going to do when you go out to eat, go on a vacation, or when your schedule changes, just the everyday stuff we all encounter. 
So for today, I plan on:
* Taking a walk this am
* Eating extra fiber
* Drink more water
* Eating berries/whip cream-while the rest eat another dessert
* Keep BFC'in
Have a blessed day-

Friday, August 26, 2011


It's Friday, and I hope you have something special planned to celebrate the weekend. I'm such the 'simple' girl that just about anything feels like a celebration, especially when I'm with family.
I got on scale this morning 182.5...down 2.5lbs...finally! (10 lbs lost since mid June) I had been 'stuck' for a few weeks. It's hard to not get discouraged, but it's been so helpful to have this team of BFC'ers. Thank you everyone.
I will be picking up my daughter and grandson the from airport in a few hrs. Yee Haw!  So I'm off to put finishing touches on the house and grab a quick walk before all the fun starts.

Your friend in fighting for good health!

-Alex Haley
"Find the good---and praise it"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm still here...

Happy Thursday...I'm preparing for our youngest daughter and baby to come for a week's visit, seeing clients, and BFC'ing.  I did well yesterday, stayed within s/c and took 5 mi walk.
I've appreciate the notes I get of encouragment, and I've really like the group discussion board on FB. I think Rosalie might have started that.
I was thinking today how important it is to try new things on this plan-and also be aware of creating new menus that you can easily eat when you're at goal as well.  It's not just a few months or years in some cases and then go back to the same patterns that caused us to my case anyway, at an unhealthy weight.  I love my life and want to enjoy it with my family for as long as possible. For me, I know that includes eating healthy. I believe I'm moving in a good direction.
So far today...and I took a 5 mile walk in the mountains along a river...wish you were here to enjoy it with me.
Bfst: 2 eggs/few mushrooms/spinach sprinkle with parm 0/0
Lunch: Raw cauliflower & hummus , flatbread w/ avocado, turkey & cheese 3/2
...and if all goes well...this is how I'll finish my day
Snack: Celery & peanuts 2/1
Dinner: Whey protein shake w/ chia seeds and spinach. I know, I know it sounds crazy, but you can't taste the 1-2 oz of fresh spinach you put in it (it is an odd color though!), and 1 T cocoa pwd. 0/1

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Tuesday

I spent some time this morning  visiting a few friends, and will be seeing a few clients this afternoon. (I'm a massage therapist/esthetician). It's a beautiful day here, and I plan on taking a walk once it cools off this evening. I live fairly close to mountain/river trails, and it's my favorite place to exercise/relax.
I did pretty well yesterday sticking to my plan. Honestly, I don't like the do-ahead menu thing, but it did help me to think my food out a bit.  I like having a few things on hand and ready, and then see what I feel like eating. Like last night I didn't feel like dinner-but ate a few bites of chicken later on w/ avocado.  I should have checked out the carb value before I ate, but live and learn!
So far today for:
 Bfst: oatmeal w/ chia seeds & almond milk (S/1, C/2).
Snack: Raw cauliflower w/ hummus (S/2, C/1)
It looks like sardines (yes, you read that right: low mercury, good dose of Omega-3's-I just recently discovered that I like them) and a high fiber crisp bread thingy for lunch w/ a small spinach salad: (S/1, C/1)
I do this thing w/ my chia seeds: I put 2-4 T of seeds in jar w/ lid-add water. Thet soften, swell-and gel, and I like them in my oatmeal like that.  It bulks up that little bit of oatmeal and is filling...and adds good dose of fiber. 
May you have a blessed day...
"One kind work can warm three winter months"  -Japanese Proverb

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stats and committments

I started BFC mid June, and I think I weighed about 192. This morning the scale said:185. Not a super impressive loss, and I've been here for a few weeks. I really think this blogging/public tracking thing will keep me moving along...won't do me any real good to feel discouraged today! I've been vacationing (multiple mini trips), not tracking as well, and I do have a tendency to snack, so I know where to begin.

Waist: 36.5' -
Thighs: 23.5 (right .5' smaller?)
Upper Arm: 13"
 I will measure 1x month and weigh weekly. Monday morning seems a good time for that.
My menu plan for today:
Bfst:  2 pieces-Coconut bread french toast,  choc whipped cream and few raspberries, 1 egg (2/1)
Snack: Celery & 1 oz of walnuts (1/0)
Lunch: Chicken wrap w/ spinach & hummus (2/1)
Snack: 1c. raw Cauliflower w/ yougurt dip (2/1)
Dinner: Chicken, 2 c romaine lettuce(radish,celery, and mushroom) salad w/ flax seed dressing & chocolate chia seed pudding(2/1)
Lots of H20 & 4 mile walk.
Looks like a good plan-totals for today 9/4
...any suggestions?  How often do you weigh/measure self?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm a simple girl...

Yes, I am that simple girl: I love my family, the outdoors, a good book, and 'real' conversation.

I'm new to the blogging world-so I'll learn as I go. This is a picture of me and my husband of 33 years-pic taken last Christmas. 
 I've been following BFC for about 2 months now. I'll give my stats later, but I wanted to share a few things I've learned as I've been following your blogs, and why I wanted to start my own:
1) Accountability- I've noticed that those who seem most successful share their food logs, weight (high's & low's), measurements, etc. You're bravery has helped me these last weeks. Thank You! 
2) Support-It's hard for me to ask for help, but I need to. I see (read) you all cheering each other on.
3) Rescources- Recipes, links, tips-they've been so helpful to me.
4) WWRD??...she would blog and let other's help her, so here I go!