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Veralis

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  1. Veralis

    Just for fun

    But if Santa is a Time Lord (which is the best explanation of how he gets to ALL those houses in a single night) then he can burn off all those calories during a regeneration. (but then that means a regeneration every year?)
  2. What the hell is water weight really. And why do other people lose it and not me? So I hear when starting a new diet/weight loss plan people often lose lost of weight at the beginning and then plateau and it is often written off as water weight. This makes no freaking sense to me. A cursory google search turned up nothing scientific, just a bunch of airheads exchanging anecdotal evidence. You can't be losing it if it is straight up water unless you are dehydrating yourself and most weight loss programs have you drinking boatloads of water, so that seems contradictory to me. To boot, I never get lucky this way, each pound I lose is hard won. I can diet for weeks and lose 1-2 lbs and then ONE slip up and I'm back where I started My fiancee can lose 10 lbs then have a week of binge drinking and eating and only be back up 5 lbs. WTF?! Is water weight real or just a name people have given to quick success in the beginning stages of weight loss? I saw 2 theories which may hold water (pun 1. Diets tend to make you eat less sodium and sodium makes you retain water. So when you stop eating so much sodium your body can't hold onto the water. This makes a limited amount of sense to me, but I think the results here wouldn't be as drastic as the anecdotal figures reported. 2. At the beginning of a diet your body hasn't caught onto the reduced calorie trend and so is still burning calories faster, then when your metabolism catches up, you stop losing weight at such an enjoyable rate. This one makes the most sense to me, but in this case it has nothing to do with water and hence must just be a common saying or flawed notion. Does anyone know what the real deal is with water weight.
  3. Try putting almond extract instead of the vanilla, almost tastes like cake! Or instead of the butter, put some peanut butter in, if you add some coco powder to that it tastes like a peanut butter cup. or if you want more savory oatmeal try Oatmeal with soy sauce and scallions. http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2009/03/savory-oatmeal-with-scallions-soy-sauce.html
  4. The texture is a bit like that b/c that is the nature of the squash. The inspiring recipe had you stick the whole batch in a blender or food processor to liquify it, so you could try that, but I like some pieces in my soup, so I didn't. If it was too thick for you, then you could add more milk or broth to make it more runny. Have you tried Panera's butternut squash soup? That stuff is excellent, so if you don't like theirs, then maybe you just don't like squash soup.
  5. Fall is a time for pumpkin and a time for soups. I love this soup so much, and it is one of the very few recipes that I've altered then perfected off of an inspiring recipe, so I feel that it is truly my own. I MUCH prefer fresh pumpkin for about everything, but this recipe is one that I truly don't mind canned pumpkin in. I could eat it all week, it would not be a mistake to make a double batch in order to use the whole can of pumpkin. Curried Pumpkin Soup Makes: serves 4 - 6 Ingredients: 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup chopped carrots 1/3 cup chopped celery 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tsp. curry powder 2 tbsp butter or your favorite oil 1 cup pureed pumpkin (or about 1/2 can of pumpkin) 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp. sugar 2 cups veggie broth (or can use chicken broth) 1 1/2 cups milk 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrow root or tapioca powder (use as thickening agent) 2 tbsp heavy cream (optional) chopped chives (as decoration) Preparation Directions: 1. In large pan cook onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and curry in the butter or margarine for a few minutes until onion is tender. 2. Add pumpkin, nutmeg, sugar, the bay leaf and the broth. Stir and bring to a boil. 3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes. 4. Take out the bay leaf. 5. Stir in 1 cup of the milk and cook over low heat for a few minutes. 6. In another bowl, stir together the remaining milk and the cornstarch until dissolved, then add it to the pan. 7. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Then cook a couple more minutes. Add more curry and some salt to taste. To serve: Swirl the cream on top, and garnish with chives.
  6. Just eating more vegetables will make a noticeable dent in your diet and health. You are wise for not trying to go full paleo right away, it would be a hard transition to make from no vegetables to like majority vegetables. Kaylya has good advice about trying a new vegetable every week. You could try grilling up some onions and bell peppers to put with some bratwurst or even on a cheese steak. (I might get flamed for suggesting cheese steaks b/c they aren't terribly healthy, but it may be a familiar format and going from zero to anything is a positive step. Or put them on chicken fajitas. If you REALLY don't like veggies, try hiding some in the dishes you already make http://blog.calorieking.com/2013/09/easy-ways-to-eat-more-fruit-veggies/ And I always have to pimp my favorite vegetable blog A Veggie Venture. It is a website with tons of vegetable focused recipes, but it isn't exclusively vegetarian. Try out some of those recipes. http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/ Buy a vegetable and check out the Alphabet of Vegetables to figure out what to do with it. http://aveggieventuresrecipebox.blogspot.com/2005/03/alphabet-of-vegetables_6295.html
  7. I've decided that this Challenge thing is just no the right setup for me. I don't do very well with this whole social media thing and keeping up with posting is more of a chore than the workouts. So I'm not going to be doing any more challenges. However I'd like to still lurk on the boards and I have several new recipes that I'd like to share. Results however were that I counted points strictly for about 2 of the total 6 weeks and the toothbrushing thing never really got off the ground, but I did start not eating anything late at night, just not with the routine I had planned out. I made it through all but the final 3 workouts on Hasfit, so I count that as basically a success.
  8. Some of the teas at Teavanna are fruity and sweet almost like juice. Makes me wonder if they are using sweeteners though. Main drawback is that they are hella expensive/
  9. I don't blame you about the Ren Faire food. My ex taught me all about the different offerings there and has made me enjoy the food at ren faire as it's own entertainment which has it's perks as well as drawbacks.. I always need a Scotch Egg each season. The healthiest option I've found is the raw oysters at O'Shuck's. Good work at getting into the 120's
  10. Saying Hi again! Are you working at the MD Renn Faire? I'm going to be there this weekend! I'm friends with the folk at Tiger Torre Arts next door to the Bee Folks. Maybe I'll get to see you
  11. Two days in a row of working out, GO ME! Yesterday I ate pretty well, but I did better today. I'm swapping out workouts for different days based on the amount of time I have on different days. Also yesterday I did the whole workout then did another circuit from burning body fat day 3. Today I just did the 10 minute aerobic one. I think I'd like to jump rope for a little extra aerobic workouts, but I need to find a better option for my rope, the one I have is too long and unweildy. Meh, I'm making excuses Also Tuesday rest days are no more since the BF decided to make Wednesdays date night again. I'm not so fond of having Wednesday and Friday being rest days so close together, so maybe Saturday is a rest day then? I'll figure something out.
  12. So the past week, I really blew it on most all of my goals. But so far for Monday Tuesday Wednesday and TODAY, I have kept up with my therapy notes. They are going into the computer the very day that I do them. I even completed or started 4 evaluations, which is a metric ton. I usually only have 2 max at a time. I've even started the reports, so. I'm feeling really accomplished on my life goal. However given the number of evaluations and it being the end/ beginning of the month, I haven't had as many therapy sessions as usual to enter, but I HAVE been working on my backlog of them. Today I controlled my snacking and counted all my calories and even did a WORKOUT. NOW to do it again tomorrow.
  13. Do you live in a dorm or an aprtment or what? You've been boiling your stuff a lot, do you have access to an oven? Also do you have a freezer? The freezer will help you a lot when cooking for one, but I've been in that situation where your freezer only holds a couple ice trays. Seasoning helps greatly. Get a container of Garlic Salt and put that shit on everything, It ROCKS! Chicken breast - thaw it, preheat the oven to 350, sprinkle the garlic salt all over the sucker. Cook for about 25 minutes. You can put it in there frozen, but then cook it for more like 40 minutes. Make a bunch of them and freeze the cooked ones in individual tubs for later. To learn about seasonings, try one at a time. Next I'd try adding in some lemon juice. put it on the veggies too, especially broccoli. Tired of the garlic and lemon, buy some cumin. Cumin is what makes tacos taste like tacos and chili taste like chili. Cook some ground beef with cumin and some more of that garlic salt and now you have meat for a taco salad with your shredded lettuce and cheese.
  14. A great way to do planks is to set your laptop on the ground in front of you and watch some very short entertaining video and try to do the plank for the entire duration. It has a built in timer for you! if you make it through this you will have done a 45 second plank. Can't do 45 seconds? try one of those really short clips of people doing really stupid things. I just did a 50 second plank to babies playing with puppies
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