The diet that is working for me

Breakfast this morning with a fresh plum instead of raisins

 

I’m scared to share this, not because I want to keep it to myself, but that if I say the words outloud something will go wrong and reverse the process.  I am losing about ½ lb a day steadily and consistently.  I have no idea where this will end but at the moment I have dropped 3.5 lbs since Saturday…and I am not feeling stressed or tired. 

I found it on the internet (where else?) and of course did not make a note of the author.  I like it because it is very simple but also quite flexible too. 

1500 a day diet. 

There are many different types of eating plans available; however, the key to success is finding one that works for you. 

One key ingredient for a meal plan to work is consistency. Many of us fail to keep consistency in our lives or we stay consistent with bad habits. Two examples that come to mind include skipping meals and breakfast. 

Failure to break-the-fast every day and skipping meals improves the chance that you will fail to reach your goals. Eating breakfast and consuming small meals (4 to 6 per day) prevents binge eating, nighttime snacking,and weight gain. It also keeps your metabolic rate at an optimal pace. 

The body requires fuel to keep your metabolism burning. 

Think of metabolism as a campfire. To keep a fire burning strong, it must be fed small doses of wood (ie, fuel).  Dropping a large log onto the fire will keep the fire burning, but not as effectively as if it was fed small portions of wood. 

With the fire still in mind, you have to look at its preferred fuel choice. Adding paper or “empty calories”, the fire will burn through it very quickly. As a result, the fire becomes starved and must be fed very often. Now if you added a mixture of paper and wood, the fire will have enough fuel to burn for a longer period of time. The wood will satisfy the fire’s appetite more than the paper. Wood is to fire as protein is to humans. 

Breakfast: 400 calories 

This is one meal… Feel free to eat this in parts. 

Choose ON E of the following: 

Toast (2 slices 100% whole wheat) 

1 English muffin 

1 cup bran cereal 

½ cup Grape-Nuts 

1 ½ cups Puffed cereal with 3 Tablespoons Wheat Germ 

1 cup grits 

1 cup cooked oatmeal 

1 cup shredded wheat 

And ON E of the following… 

1 cup nonfat or 1% milk 

2/3 cup plain, fat-free yogurt 

½ cup nonfat or 1% cottage cheese 

And ON E of the following… 

1 boiled egg (up to 4 per week) 

1 turkey sausage link 

2 slices Canadian bacon 

2 ¼ teaspoons peanut butter 

And ON E of the following… 

1 small banana 

½ cup orange juice (with calcium) 

¾ cup red or green grapes 

1 ounce raisins 

1 apple 

1 orange 

And… 

8 ounces water 

Snack: 150 calories 

Choose ON E of the following: 

100 Calorie snack pack and 15 grapes 

4 Tablespoons hummus with 12 baby carrots 

1 cup nonfat or 1% cottage cheese and 1/3 cup pineapple chunks 

2 large graham cracker squares and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

2/3 cup plain, fat-free yogurt and 2 Tablespoons Grape Nuts 

15 almonds 

15 cashews 

½ medium apple and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

2 rice cakes and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

1 string cheese with 3 saltines 

2 oz tuna salad with 3 saltines 

And… 

16 ounces water 

Lunch: 350 calories 

Choose ON E of the following: 

Note: 3 ounces = 1 deck of cards or size of palm of hand 

Grilled chicken on a pita – (3 ounces) 

Tuna sandwich – (3 ounces tuna, 2 slices reduced-calorie wheat bread) 

Chicken/turkey/tuna/beans in salad– (3 ounces /3 slices) 

1 Tbsp peanut butter sandwich with 1 Tbsp jam on reduced calorie whole wheat bread 

2 eggs (hardboiled or scrambled) with 2 slices whole wheat toast 

1 ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese with 2 slices whole wheat toast 

3 Tbsp. Hummus with lettuce and tomato in a wrap 

Chicken and veggie stir-fry (1½ cups), rice (1/2 cup) 

1 bowl soup, 2 Saltine crackers, small salad with 2 Tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar 

1 grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread 

Large garden salad large (1 cup leafy greens, 1 cup mixed colorful vegetables, 6 oz sliced chicken, 2 

Tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar, ½ cup wheat thins) 

And ON E of the following… 

1 cup low-fat yogurt with ½ cup applesauce 

1 cup non-fat or 1% milk with ½ cup applesauce 

And… 

16 ounces water 

Snack: 150 calories 

Choose ON E of the following: 

100 Calorie snack pack and 15 grapes 

4 Tablespoons hummus with 12 baby carrots 

1 cup nonfat or 1% cottage cheese and 1/3 cup pineapple chunks 

2 large graham cracker squares and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

2/3 cup plain, fat-free yogurt and 2 Tablespoons Grape Nuts 

15 almonds 

15 cashews 

½ medium apple and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

2 rice cakes and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

1 string cheese with 3 saltines 

2 oz tuna salad with 3 saltines 

Dinner: 300 calories 

Choose ON E of the following: 

•2/3 cup beans and rice
•2/3 cup whole wheat pasta
•2/3 cup couscous
•Bread, multi-grain (2 slices)
• 1 cup lentils 

And ON E of the following… 

3 ounces chicken or turkey (white meat, no skin) 

3 ounces fish (fresh or frozen cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, trout, canned or fresh tuna and salmon) 

3 ounces tofu (not deep fried) 

3 ounces shellfish (clams, lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops, imitation crab) 

2 fat-free hot dogs 

2 ounces lean deli meat 

And ON E of the following… 

Garden salad (large = 1 cup leafy greens, 1 cup mixed colorful vegetables, 1 tbsp. Low fat dressing) 

1 cup broccoli 

1 cup carrots 

1 cup non-starchy vegetable (full list at the end) 

And… 

16 ounces water 

Snack: 150 calories 

Choose ON E of the following: 

100 Calorie snack pack and 15 grapes 

4 Tablespoons hummus with 12 baby carrots 

1 cup nonfat or 1% cottage cheese and 1/3 cup pineapple chunks 

2 large graham cracker squares and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

2/3 cup plain, fat-free yogurt and 2 Tablespoons Grape Nuts 

15 almonds 

15 cashews 

½ medium apple and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

2 rice cakes and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 

1 string cheese with 3 saltines 

2 oz tuna salad with 3 saltines 

Non-Starchy Vegetables 

Artichoke
Artichoke hearts
Asparagus
Beans (green, wax, Italian)
Bean sprouts
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Eggplant
Green onions/scallions
Greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip)
Kohlrabi
Leeks 

Mixed vegetables (without corn or peas)
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Pea pods
Peppers (all types)
Radishes
Salad greens (endive, escarole, lettuce, romaine,
spinach)
Sauerkraut
Spinach
Summer squash
Tomato (fresh or canned)
Tomato sauce
Tomato/vegetable juice
Turnips
Water chestnuts
Watercress
Zucchini 

I tend to have porridge for breakfast made with the oats and milk in the breakfast list and then sprinkle raisins over for sweetness.  I have trouble with the protein section but tend to eat 2.25 teaspoons of peanut butter a little later. 

That's a lot of raisins!

 

For lunch I have a cheese sandwich on whole wheat – grilled no butter and a cup of yoghurt.  Supper is more flexible. 

It works for me.

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How’s this for a motivator?

What made her like this?

* AP Photo/ Florin Ardelean/ Adevarul Daily

This woman just died.  She was 28 years old.  She had just had her first baby. She was 528lbs…She was also just my height.

                   Annie      Victoria Lacatus

Age              45               28

Kids               3                 1

Height      5′ 3″              5′ 3″

Weight     177               528

The only factor that I scored better on than her was weight  and she is dead…

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What I see in my head/What the rest of the world sees…

While I was in Dorset I discovered a wonderful artist.  Her name is Elaine Delmaine.  Elaine used to be a skilled fabric artist, but sadly she had a stroke and was unable to hold a needle anymore.  She sat down a lot and used a pen to strengthen her hand.  The thing about sitting down a lot is that you see a lot of people walking away from you.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Elaine now does the most wonderful paintings of people – from the back. 

Scarily she seems to have sketched me both as I am on the outside, and what I see inside my head. 

Here is what I  look like from the back … 

"Mavis Rose was so pleased her dress still fitted"

 

…and here is what I want to look like, well a girl can dream and I have the earrings already! 

"Jasmine Louise just knew she shouldn't have worn new shoes"

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Passing whales are mistaking me for one of their own…

ARRGGGHHH!!!!  Can you hear me yelling?   I am steadily putting on weight, and I can’t even blame the vacation I just came back from.  We are going to a party tonight, it is a party that is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and we are all supposed to wear pink.  Pink is NOT my color, but I have a cute dress that I wore in the UK for my mother’s birthday.  I tried to squeeze into it and not even Spanx could help… 

definitely qualifies as pink

 

Dejectedly I told my girls that Mommy was fat and I had to go to the store to buy a pink kaftan, normally they would all cry out and tell me that I wasn’t fat, just a lovely, perfect mommy.  This time they volunteered to come with me to help me buy a fat outfit .  ARRGGGHHH!!! 

Here is what we found.  Not too bad for a fat top…now I just need an industrial strength invisible bra to go with it. 

needed the wide angled lens to get it all in...

 

I lost ½ lb. this week, going in the right direction at last, but it’s going to be 17lbs. before I even get back to where I started. Crap. The road is long and I keep wandering off it, but I guess I am at least enjoying myself on my diversions.

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Why Americans are Fat

I took the girls to Lake Lanier Islands yesterday.  They love it there, lots of water slides, a wave pool, a beach and the lake to swim in.  There are also many places to eat.  The Island Grill offers hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken etc. the normal junk food.  At the bottom of the menu it has this to say.  All meals come with complimentary fries.  Tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and pickle cost an extra 50c.  That right there is why Americans are fat.   It costs money to eat healthily…that and the funnel cake…

oh yeah!

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Disappointing Pigs and Yummy Strawberries

I have been really looking forward to making Pig in a Pot!  It’s not just because I love the name and I do. It’s not because it came from the weird tv series ‘Come Dine with Me’ which I love, but because it looked yummy.  I was disappointed…I think I used the wrong part of the pig, because on tv it all fell apart wonderfully on the fork and mine didn’t.   Andy and the kids loved it though so maybe it was just me.   The red cabbage was good! 

Pig in a Pot 

Serves 4 

Ingredients 

  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium swede, peeled and cut into roughly 2.5cm pieces  (I don’t like swede so I conveniently forgot about this bit….)
  • 150ml white wine
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce
  • 4 lean pork steaks
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves

For the red cabbage 

  • 25g butter
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 small red cabbage, halved, cored and finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 eating apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. The red cabbage is best made the day before eating. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry gently until well softened, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, cabbage, sugar and plenty of salt and pepper. Fry for a couple of minutes, then pour over the vinegar and stir vigorously. 

2. Add the vegetable stock, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring now and then. Remove the lid, stir in the sliced apples and simmer the cabbage for a further 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Leave to cool, then cover and chill until required. Reheat gently, adding a little extra stock if necessary. 

3. To prepare the pork, melt the butter in a flame-proof casserole or shallow, ovenproof saucepan and gently fry the onion and swede until beginning to soften, stirring regularly. 

4. Add the wine, sugar and apple sauce. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat slightly and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. 

5. Push the vegetables into a pile at the edge of the pan, add the pork steaks and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. Pour over the stock, add the bay leaves and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid. Put in the centre of the oven and cook for 1¾-2 hours at 170°C/gas mark 3.   (I stuck mine in the crock pot). 

6. 10 minutes before the pork is ready, reheat the cabbage, stirring regularly. Divide the cabbage between four warmed plates. Top with the pork and vegetables, spooning over the hot vegetable liquor, and serve. 

At this time of year the strawberries are fantastic and I like to dip them in chocolate.   I know chocolate is not very healthy but there is relatively little on the fruit and the fruit is healthy right?  Of course I like to triple dip my strawberries…. 

Just beautiful...

 

The smile says it all

 

don't tell her it's healthy

 

Bruce Willis wants to be healthy too...

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I am the Uberparent

I went to the gym this morning (first time in a long long time, don’t tell Chandalyn).   This is the conversation I had with my eldest daughter Niamhy before I left.

Me: Niamhy, I’m going to the gym. If there is a small crisis, you are in charge.  If there is a large crisis, your Daddy is working in his study.

Niamhy: Ok – so if there is a big crisis, I tell Daddy and then I phone you for help.

Step aside Andy – Super woman coming through…

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