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Hi Scouts! 

 

I'm looking forward to this next challenge. Starting at 160 lbs even, and continuing on with some things learned from last challenge, here are my goals:

 

1. Try 5 new recipes over the coarse of the challenge, and post food porn for you all.  Trying new recipes can be tricky with 2 kids in school and minimal cooking skills, I usually just rely on my go-to's.  But I'd like to branch out of that and try some new things.  Not following any particular diet, just trying to eat healthy foods.  I'm happy for recipe recommendations. Kid friendly, quick to make, and avoiding red meat are a plus!

 

2. Log food and stay around 1500 calories 5 times a week.  I give myself a pass 2 days a week, but have learned that just because I'm not logging those days doesn't mean I can just do whatever.  I still try to make good choices those days, but it's nice to be able to eat out or have a dessert without having to worry about what to put in the calorie calculator.

 

3. Exercise 3 times a week.  It's been a coooooold winter.  I am running a 10 miler in April so I need to maintain my fitness level.  I just joined a volleyball team, which is fantastic because it's indoors and involves large amounts of teamwork!  I still try to get outside and run 6-8 miles once a week, and then either do another run or some sort of body weight workout for the third exercise day.

 

Looking forward to taking this journey with y'all!

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Great goals, VM.

Loving the new foods. I'm doing that as well.

Last night I made chicken tortellini with mild salsa! I kid you not, it was quite good. I warmed up the salsa just a tad in a pot and cooked the pasta as usual. I added the salsa a tiny bit at first, but then mixed it in and went to it. There's a pic in my thread.

Looking for some great times this challenge!

Woo Hoo!

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Gah, that should be "conjures" not "conures".  Is there a way to modify the title of a topic?

Yeah, go to the first post and edit post and then there will be button there to open the full editor.  You can change it there.  I was wondering if you were considering cooking pet birds or if it was just a typo.  Good luck on the variety of food thing, I have been dragging my children through my diet strictures with me.  I worry that they spend too much time reading packaging labels, but they are eating different foods now.

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How is week 1 coming along?

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Great goals, VM.

Loving the new foods. I'm doing that as well.

Last night I made chicken tortellini with mild salsa! I kid you not, it was quite good. I warmed up the salsa just a tad in a pot and cooked the pasta as usual. I added the salsa a tiny bit at first, but then mixed it in and went to it. There's a pic in my thread.

Looking for some great times this challenge!

Woo Hoo!

 

Nice looking chicken tortellini, Teri!  Mmmmm!!!

 

Yeah, go to the first post and edit post and then there will be button there to open the full editor.  You can change it there.  I was wondering if you were considering cooking pet birds or if it was just a typo.  Good luck on the variety of food thing, I have been dragging my children through my diet strictures with me.  I worry that they spend too much time reading packaging labels, but they are eating different foods now.

 

Ha ha!  I didn't even realize a conure was a bird.  Maybe I should keep the title the same to attract more readers?  Thanks for the tip about the post, I was able to edit the title with your suggestion. How has it been dragging your children through your diets with you? One of my kids is really good with food and will eat just about anything (including olives, mushrooms, baba ghanoush and other things that 6 year olds don't typically enjoy).  My other son likes pizza and pasta and PBJ.  Sometimes I can get him to eat a couple of green peppers.

 

How is week 1 coming along?

 

Thanks for checking in 18ck! This week has been challenging.  My mom and her husband are visiting, so that makes food extra tricky.  Mom and her husband have been cooking dinner most nights, so it's pretty impossible to track my calories with other people cooking. But, I think I am doing OK.  I've counted enough calories over the years that I can guesstimate. But my mom loves sweets (and is still skinny as a rail!), so there are lots of cookies and cupcakes running around.  I don't usually buy that stuff because I have problems with binging if it's around. I haven't cooked any new recipes this week, but we've had Cheeseburger pie and Beef Bourguignon thanks to the folks, so I think I should get to count that as conjuring new food.  ;-)

 

Exercise has been pretty good.  I was only able to get out for a 5 mile run during the week, but this morning I did 6 miles on the treadmill in the basement while watching the season 2 close to House of Cards.  Looking forward to watching season 3. <3 Kevin Spacey.  Total tangent.  Sorry. Treadmill running is so awful, but it's been frigging frigid here for 2 months so it's been my only option since 25 is about as low as I'll go.  Volleyball tomorrow night, indoors, so that should be good!

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Ach, skinny people who eat loads of sweets. How do they do it, eh? They have some sort of pact with the devil, I'm sure.

Well, calorie counting may be out how window, but the mile-counting seems to be continuing, albeit indoors and out of the cold... and the food sounds nice, at least, so I'd say things are going pretty well on balance.

Enjoy the volleyball.

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Some plain vegetables, particularly orange ones are the problem with the older boy, butternut squash, carrots, any kind of squash actually.  But the same kid likes sushi.  The younger one actually eats anything, he just takes forever to do it.

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Guys, this weather is killing me. My volleyball match on Sunday night was cancelled due to an ice storm. I just couldn't muster the energy to exercise on the treadmill that night.  You know, I am more tired at the end of a weekend than I am at the end of the week. So I promised myself that I'd get an extra day of exercise this week. Monday night I had a different volleyball match, women's instead of co-ed.  I haven't played women's in awhile, and so all the jumping for blocking and hitting was hard on my knee. 

 

On of my kiddos fell out of his top bunk bed on Moday night, so YIKES!  Took him to the doc on Tuesday and stayed home with him.  He's going to be just fine, thank goodness. I took him to special lunch at McDonald's, but used some good willpower to wait and get my lunch from Chipotle instead. Then we sat on our butts and watched movies for the rest of the day. Which led me to feel like I should do some exercise on Tuesday night after the kids were in bed.  My plan was to do some bodyweight exercises, but I started off on lunges and could feel it in my knees right away, so I decided to stop that plan and just do an easy treadmill run. 3 miles, 30 minutes. It's amazing how a few lunges can make my knees feel terrible, but running doesn't seem to hurt them at all. 

 

They've already cancelled school AND work for tomorrow due to the forecast of 6-10 inches of snow. So, I'll probably try to d a 6 miler on the treadmill tomorrow at  moderate pace, maybe 9:00 miles. Any recommendations for shows to check out while running? Netflix preferred.Lastly, some food porn.  The roasted butternut squash was my contribution to the meal, so I am going to count it as one of my 5 new recipes!

 

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hmmmn, I love squash and little alien heads (brussel sprouts).  Actually my boys even like brussel sprouts, and spinach.  It seems to be the color orange.  Must not like Beta-Carotene.

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Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.

 

Mileage

Swim 11.1/18 miles

61.7%
61.7%

 

Bike 207/465 miles

44.5%
44.5%

 

Run 44.9/101 miles

44.5%
44.5%

 

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I am doing a poor job of conjuring new food. I made it through my mom's cooking and dessert buying relatively unscathed weight wise, but man, it was really  hard to get back into the groove of tracking my calories.  If I'm not consistent with it, I lose all desire to do it.

 

I had a monster exercise week last week!  I am proud of myself.  Weather was awful, lots of snow everywhere so it was pretty impossible to get out. I did volleyball on Monday, easy running on Tuesday, a 6 mile run on Thursday, and a 5.5 mile run AND volleyball on Sunday. Sunday's exertion put me in not the best shape for Monday's women's volleyball match.  I pulled a muscle in my shoulder/neck and had to sit out the last game.  It was really painful and I was worried I did some serious damage, but things seem to be on the mend.  I decided to go out for a run today because the weather was a gorgeous 64 degrees (this after 6 inches of snow last week). Went out with a friend of mine and it was a great 6 mile run, and really loosened up my shoulder.

 

So, anyone have any shoulder exercise/strengthening tips?  Anyone have any recipes to recommend so I can get moving on that aspect of my challenge?  Would love to try one or two vegetarian recipes!

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Good job on the monster workout week. Workout as one word... Hm, this suddenly looks wrong. Maybe it needs to be germanised.... Wurkaut. Wurkäut. Yes, I like that better, although it sounds more like the name of a doom metal band.

Um... Anyway....

Are you sure exercises to strengthen your shoulder are what's called for to prevent muscle-pulling? It sounds like maybe you just needed more warm-up and stretching before the game....? OTOH, Push-ups never go amiss, and I guess they'll put more oomph into your throwing arm too....

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I like it.  Wurkaut, though I don't know how to do the umlat.  I am going to make this a thing.  With spring springing, how familiar are you aspargras?  rhubarb?  These are some of the things that come up first.  I am waiting with baited breath until I can get ahold of fresh rhubarb and make jam and pie...

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Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.

 

Mileage

Swim 11.1/18 miles

61.7%
61.7%

 

Bike 207/465 miles

44.5%
44.5%

 

Run 44.9/101 miles

44.5%
44.5%

 

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Good job on the monster workout week. Workout as one word... Hm, this suddenly looks wrong. Maybe it needs to be germanised.... Wurkaut. Wurkäut. Yes, I like that better, although it sounds more like the name of a doom metal band.

Um... Anyway....

Are you sure exercises to strengthen your shoulder are what's called for to prevent muscle-pulling? It sounds like maybe you just needed more warm-up and stretching before the game....? OTOH, Push-ups never go amiss, and I guess they'll put more oomph into your throwing arm too....

 

Wurkaut...LOL! 

 

You're right, I definitely need to warm up more than I have been, which has been essentially zero. I'm young, I shouldn't need to warm up!  Oh wait, I'm not young anymore, that's why.  ;-)  I decided to play co-ed VB on Sunday night and did a lot of warming up.  Shoulder is still a little sore, but it didn't seem to be made worse by playing, so yay.  My team is in a rebuilding phase, and I just stepped into the "setter" role, which is something I enjoy, although I'm not all that great on it.  The team is pretty desperate.  ;-)  We pulled out our second win of the season on Sunday, so that felt good!

 

 

I like it.  Wurkaut, though I don't know how to do the umlat.  I am going to make this a thing.  With spring springing, how familiar are you aspargras?  rhubarb?  These are some of the things that come up first.  I am waiting with baited breath until I can get ahold of fresh rhubarb and make jam and pie...

 

I've done lots with asparagus, never done anything with rhubarb!  Good idea. Anything else you can do with rhubarb other than jam and pie?

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Had a frightful encounter with the scale this morning.  SO frustrating!  I thought I was back on track, but this last week wasn't so great.  I caught a nasty head cold (whyyyyy, the weather is just getting warmer!?) and my energy was zapped. I ended up taking today off work to rest, and I think that was a good call.  In spite of the bad scale encounter, I managed to stay away from the sweets at the grocery store (yay!) and pick up some ingredients for healthy pasta with meatballs.  I added onion and green peppers to the sauce, and meatballs are made out of turkey.  I put way too many onions, so the meatballs weren't that great.  Note to self, just use store bought meatballs!

 

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Coincidentally, Mrs 18ck has just brought some rhubarb home.

As for ideas, we like rhubarb crumble, which is less faff than a pie. There's a recipe here, although Mrs 18ck tends to use less of the crumble mix and she adds some extra whole oats and crushed nuts instead

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/rhubarb_crumble

and also, when we're feeling very indulgent, rhubarb fool

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/rhubarbfool_71270

Both are delicious and of course you get the 'I'm eating vegetables' feeling to counterbalance the obvious feeling that you're taking on-board a shed load of calories in the process.

While I was looking up links to recipes, I noticed Nigel Slater recommends roasted rhubarb as an accompaniment to mackerel, and that sounds interesting, if you are into fish/fruit mash-ups*

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/roastedrhubarb_92279

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Yeah, rhubarb is so tart it needs a sweet pairing.  Though I like fools... almost as much as I like saying it.

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Mileage

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Bike 207/465 miles

44.5%
44.5%

 

Run 44.9/101 miles

44.5%
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These might be of some use. If you let me know what kinds of veggies and meats you like, I can look up crockpot recipes in my book.

 

 

Slow Cooker Recipes

see above

 

 

A good website for recipes

http://www. myrecipes.com/recipe/veggie-tostadas

http://www.myrecipes.com/cooking-method/slow-cooker-recipes/freezer-meals

 

 

Some of them are below:

 

Chicken and Cheese Bagels

Yield - 4 bagels

 

4 bagels

1/2 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce

1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken breast

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Put bagel halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 2 minutes until lightly toasted.

3. Spread 2 tablespoons marinara on cut side of each bagel half. Top each half with 1/4 cup chicken, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Broil bagel halves an additional 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

 

 

Tuna on English Muffins

This is mine but not sure of amounts

 

English muffin

Tuna

Mayo

Sweet relish

Onions

Tomatoes

Cheese

 

1. Preheat broiler

2. Toast english muffins

3. Mix tuna as you normally would (I include the relish and onions, but whatever you like)

4. place desired amount of tuna on each english muffins

5. add a slice of tomato and add shredded cheese

6. On a cookie sheet, broil them for a few minutes until cheese is melted

 

 

 

Homemade Pizza

1 (8-ounce) ball Pizza Dough

1/2 cup of sauce that you like (regular, bbq, alfredo, ranch dressing)

4 ounces ? Mozzarella cheese

Toppings

 

The only pain in the ass step, but I wonder if you can let it rise at another time? Maybe when you get home from work or it may work if you do it in the morning. Not sure, but I'll try to figure it out and let you know.

1. Place Pizza Dough on a large sheet of parchment paper. Cover with a damp towel; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes.

 

2. Preheat oven to 500°.

 

3. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on parchment paper. Crimp edges of dough to form a 1/2-inch border. Slide dough and parchment paper onto a large baking sheet. Place on bottom rack in oven. Bake at 500° for 5 minutes.

 

4. Spread Pizza Sauce evenly onto crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

Top with cheese.

Add any toppings you'd like (can always do 1/2 this and 1/2 that too)

Bake an additional 10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese melts.

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Thanks for the recipe ideas, Teri!  It was on my list to try your turkey meatball rice dish next week.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  In other news, I am having some serious motivational issues sticking to my food goals.  Boo!  Any advice? Next week we will be traveling, so I know it's going to be even harder that week to stay on track. Help!

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So break down your food goal down to the less common denominator. What is it you really want to be working on? New dishes, whole foods, fewer calories, less sodium, etc... Get really nitpicky about it. When you find the one that screams, hey deal with me first, then that's the one you focus on for the rest of the challenge. If others happen great, bonus points, but the real goal is that one thing, all else need not be judged.

 

As far as traveling is concerned... can you think of something that you always seem to do away from home that you really wish you didn't? Like ordering dessert because it's there, even though you rarely have desserts at home? So don't do that one thing and let the rest be what it will be.

So the theme is obviously 1.

I think you'll feel content working hard on one aspect of the food goal as opposed to trying to do it all. I often wonder if I should plan my challenge so that I have to do less by the time I get to week 5 and 6. I don't like feeling like I'm falling behind, because I'm really not.

If my food goal has 3 aspects to it and I'm doing pretty good from week 1 to week 4 and then things start to unravel, I can switch to 1 of those aspects only and still be doing more than before the challenge. It's like finding your cycle in regards to changes you're making in life. Maybe the first 4 weeks are the testing grounds and week 5 and 6 are the focus times, a time to really dig in the new heels of your habit without feeling overwhelmed by all 3 aspects. The steps within the steps.

Okay good luck with the rest of this week and let us know how things are going. Cheers.

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Teri, THANK YOU!  What you wrote makes a lot of sense, and is a great starting point. I really appreciate your wisdom here. I guess I've been feeling like life has been catching up with me lately, and I've just not been focusing on tracking my calories, which has led to several days of overeating and noticeable weight gain. Frustrating, since I feel like I erased 8 weeks worth of hard work in 2 weeks. Anyway, to break it down, I feel like I really need to focus on my calorie goal.  Here is my plan:

 

* In the morning, make a plan for my meals for the day that will allow me to stay at my calorie goal.  While eating throughout the day, ask myself if this particular food was in my meal plan. If it's not--just don't eat it!  (Why is that last part so difficult?)

 

* Watch the snacking. No more late night binging.  I'm not sure if it's best to cut out an after dinner snack entirely, or limit it to a piece of fruit, or something else.  But I've been eating too much after dinner, and that needs to change. Thoughts?

 

* <Gah, I was thinking about a third one, but I need to leave for work...will think more and post an update>

 

As for the travelling, I feel like it's hard to do well because you're constantly eating food prepared by other people or by restaurants you're not familiar with.  I'll think some more on what I want my goal to be while we're traveling.  Thanks!!

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Glad to help.

 

Question: do you binge eat after dinner or is more like unconscious snacking?

 

Big difference here is that with snacking you can decide ahead of time how much and what snacks you can have, put them where you can see them (a place you normally hang out at night). So handy yes. But also seeing the end line. That last snack, before you have to consciously get up and get more. It will give you more time to marshall your willpower and say no way.

 

If it's bingeing, you definitely don't want to 'see' it just sitting there waiting to be consumed because that will happen in minutes. Put aside the same snacks as before, but put them behind other things in the cupboard and in the fridge. Not so you can't get it, just that you can't get at it quickly. Then take one at a time and go to your place and enjoy. Then (doesn't matter how much time has gone by), you get up, decide on the next one and get it from behind other stuff, take it back to your place and eat and enjoy that one. This way you're working in time without food in your hand or in immediate reach. If you can slow down the process, it helps you feel more in control of the urge. Later, you can take another step toward not bingeing as much and eventually at all.

 

Traveling. Restaurants. Etc...

It's  a bit weird, but try feeling like royalty. Not in you can have whatever! lol But so you remember, they are there to SERVE you. You get to decide what works for you. Give yourself permission to be choosey and healthier choices will become easier to spot, because you're not getting taken in by all the yummy specials they tell you about. Most of those are seriously over-caloried. You can always ask for a sauce or side that's in the special to be with your meal. You never know.

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