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Celebrating Life with Paula

Celebrating Eating Healthy 
May 3, 2012 12:15 pm 
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:41 pm

In April of 2010, I came to a point in my life where I knew I needed to lose weight and get moving in order to be healthier and feel better. By December of that same year, I had dropped 48 pounds, was seeing a personal trainer twice a week, and was walking 4 miles a day. I did indeed feel much better. I even began a Weight Watchers post each day on The Buzz and we all traded healthy recipes. In January of 2011, I decided to just maintain for a while, even though I had more weight to lose. Hindsight tells me that was a stupid plan! I did maintain, though, for over half the year. I even ran my first 5K! Then my mother had a very serious illness, and my sister or I stayed with her around the clock for six weeks. Then I went on vacation. Then Thanksgiving and Christmas came. And when all the stress and celebrating were done, I had gained some of those unwanted, hard-lost pounds back.  I've learned something though. I've learned that sugar causes me joint pain. I don't understand it and have never heard of it, but I know my body, and I know when I eat a lot of sugar, I can hardly move. I also learned that I need to stay on a healthy food plan all the time; otherwise, I will spiral out of control, eating too much of the wrong things. After all, I am a food addict. Another thing I learned is that the body doesn't just naturally maintain fitness. I have to work at it daily.

So, I say all that to say I've been working out with my trainer, I'm back up to walking 4 miles a day, and I rejoined Weight Watchers today. I am back to eating healthy. I plan to blog weekly about my weight journey...whether I've lost, stayed the same, or gained...how the exercise is going...and what recipes from this site fit in with my eating plan. I got started with the recipes a few days before re-joining. Here are a couple of new ones I've tried.

Berry Delicious - This smoothie is thick and creamy. I used non-fat milk and yogurt and cut the recipe in half. It came in at 2 PointsPlus.

Simple Spinach Lasagna - I try to have at least one meatless meal a week. This spinach lasagna was delicious, but it looked terrible! I would make it again, though, because it tasted so good. According to the nutritional information, it was 9 PointsPlus per serving.

Gloomy Day Smoothie - Another delicious smoothie. I cut the recipe in half. I figured it to be about 2-3 points.

I decided to blog about my weight loss journey because I do so much better when I am accountable. So, wish me luck and follow my journey with me. Hey, you can even join in if you like. Let me know each week in the comments how you're doing too. 

May 3, 2012 1:00 pm
Hello Paula . . . I'll be following you in your journey, and I'm sure I'll learn a lot. I've been trying to eat healthier but compromising as little as possible on finding tasty eats. Since you've been through this drill, it should be easier . . .Good luck!
May 3, 2012 1:18 pm
I'll be following and doing the same myself. Eating healthy is not hard for me because I have been really enjoying "whole foods" and don't miss the garbage. When I do eat bad I feel it. My bigger problem is portion control and getting enough quality exercise which I am working on. Gook Luck to you! I know you can do it!
May 3, 2012 1:55 pm
Hi Paula! Thank you for sharing what you have and are learning with us. I, too, will be following along with you as I continue to try to lose 25 more pounds. If I were able to exercise it would be so easy, but alas, I have to work around that. Thank you for your beautiful pictures - I don't think the spinach lasagna looks bad at all - in fact it may just be dinner tonight at my haouse if I have all the ingredients.
May 3, 2012 2:01 pm
Wow Paula, Thanks for sharing! I feel you on the sugar-thing. It makes me feel horrible too, which is a good thing for me or I would eat it all of the time. I am so excited that you are sharing your journey with everyone.
May 3, 2012 2:06 pm
You go Paula! I remember the post from previous years. I started my "better lose it before it's here to stay," diet last Sunday. I use the bodybugg program and for some reason it motivates me to stay focused. I get in a minimum of 10000 steps a day but shoot for 15-16000. What works for me is to burn 2000 calories while consuming only 1500. That makes a weight loss of 1 pound a week. I only have 10 pounds to take off but I don't want to wake up to 20 pounds someday so I keep on top of it and 10 pounds is my limit before I up the exercise/diet. What I like about bodybugg is that it keeps a nutritional chart which allows me to see that I'm getting all I need with regards to protein, carbs, sugars, fats, fiber etc.. Hmmm... since Sunday I've stayed on or below requirements for calories and yet I've gained a pound!! I'll check in with you from time to time, it's nice to know that others are hard at work at their nutritional diet as well!! Keep us posted, it will help keep you motivated!
May 3, 2012 3:06 pm
I will definately be following you and cheereing you on!!!!
May 3, 2012 4:33 pm
Paula, I just rejoined ww myself, so I will be watching you!
May 3, 2012 7:20 pm
Thanks, Everybody. I really appreciate all your nice comments and welcome you to join me in eating healthier, whatever plan you use. I'll let you know next Thursday how I did all week and post some recipes I've used.
May 3, 2012 7:43 pm
Paula-thanks for the Smoothie recipes. I enjoyed reading your blog.
May 3, 2012 8:26 pm
Good luck Paula. Are you on Pinterest? I find lots of delicious looking healthy recipes on there. My blender was broke and I had to wait for a part, I sure did miss making my smoothies too!
May 3, 2012 8:47 pm
Good Luck Paula. The spinach recipe sounds great. Saved it.
May 3, 2012 9:10 pm
Good luck Paula. My story parallels yours SO much, just different circumstances that got me off track. Being "accountable" online has never worked for me, but may e just seeing you do it will get me going in the right direction as well. Thanks for sharing..
May 3, 2012 9:11 pm
Oh...and I only lost 30 pounds to begin with...
May 4, 2012 5:08 am
Baker Bee, I am on Pinterest and have saved a few recipes. I'm such an AR addict that I feel like I'm cheating looking for recipes elsewhere! Ha!
May 4, 2012 5:10 am
TwoSweetPickles, don't say you "only" lost 30 pounds. 30 pounds is GREAT! Hey, let's do this together. It's always more fun when you have a buddy!
May 4, 2012 6:31 am
Paula, best of luck to you on your journey. I've had Weight Watchers on line for quite some time but haven't been following it. We have a get-together coming up in September with some old college friends (two couples I haven't seen in 20 years), so I'm motivated to kick this weight loss program into gear. I know you're in the Allstar program as well, and I'm going to have my monthly activities knocked out by this weekend. And then dedicate the rest of the month to eating healthy. Keep us posted, I'm on your team!!
May 4, 2012 6:35 am
Thanks for sharing, Paula! You can do it! Sugar is a big problem for me too. I know it also gives my sister joint pain as well. I am having a baby soon and am already anxious to start taking off some baby weight!
May 4, 2012 6:43 am
Paula, here's one that comes in at 2 points that's good regardless of whether or not you're on the program. I love this one. http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=50442
May 4, 2012 8:04 am
Lutzflcat, thanks for the balsamic strawberries recipe. I know it's delicious! I will have 3 of my required 5 recipes knocked out by this weekend for sure. Then I'll just have to work the others in to my plan somehow. Thanks for encouraging me. I'll be on your team cheering for you as well!
May 4, 2012 8:09 am
Cicischwartz, I'm sorry your sister has the joint pain but I'm glad to hear I'm not making this up in my head! Congratulations on your soon-to-arrive little one and good luck getting rid of that baby weight.
May 4, 2012 9:03 am
Great Job Paula. I know if a sugar addict like me can lose the weight and keep it off, so can you.
May 5, 2012 5:53 am
Hi Paula, I just started weight watchers myself..I will definetly be following you on your journey to better health and weight. Good luck.
May 5, 2012 6:37 am
What you discovered about sugar has been confirmed by research. I have an auto-immune disease and many people have increased inflammation when consuming too much sugar and carb. The research behind The Zone diet which is not "new" showed that by managing carbs. there is marked improvement in many conditions. You have chosen a wise path--WW is a sound program and balances carbs, with protein and reduces empty sugar calories which is helpful. Indeed we need to make a lifestyle change as opposed to just losing some #. Congratulations !! You are on a wise path that is worth it--Have been at it for several years and am grandma to 5 active little boys! Keeping up SO far...
May 5, 2012 10:58 am
I am in my fiftys,and its time,just like you,to start eating healthy.I know its not easy,but I want to loose about 40lbs.I started riding my bike,and cutting my portions in half,God Bless you Paula,I hope I can do as good as you.
May 5, 2012 12:45 pm
Good luck, Paula! I'm just getting back on the program too. I'm guessing that following your blog will help keep me going. Thanks!
May 5, 2012 6:20 pm
Thank you for sharing, I am trying get my life turned around, I am border diabetic right now, more over the border than not... I am a stress eater too!
May 5, 2012 7:14 pm
Hugs Paula, I just started WW and an exercise plan, I have a recumbent elliptical machine that's the bomb! I'll be rooting for you and me too! I just need to have resolve and maintain, it will be fun doing this journey with you and all your blog friends.
May 5, 2012 10:31 pm
Good luck to you, Paula! I'm still working on mine. I do walk on the treadmill every day, and at least half of my meals in the week are meatless. I love veggies, any, but have really been trying to eat tons of them. I spent 6 hours gardening today. Whew! I still have a lot of weight to take off, but I'm headed in the right direction. I, too, am doing shakes for breakfast every day...greek yogurt, fruit, coconut milk, a bit of nut butter, and flax. Very filling. I wish I could afford a personal trainer, but it's just not in the budget at the moment. Keep up the good work!
May 6, 2012 6:03 am
I am so happy to see all the people who will be rooting for me and eating healthy along with me! We can do this together! Be sure to let me know each week how you're doing too.
May 6, 2012 7:58 pm
I would like to follow you too. I have been trying to eat healther too. I log my calories and have started exercising. Go all of us!
May 7, 2012 3:52 am
I remember the days when it was easy to drop 5-10 pounds. Now at 51, it's almost impossible!! So much of what you said is the same for me. I finally figured out that unless I record every single bite that goes into my mouth, I think I can sneak a food in here or there. Wrong. And what bothers me is I know how much better I feel when I eat right and exercise. So why am I not compelled to just do it??!! I guess I get frustrated (I'm doing Weight Watchers on line) when I think I've done everything right and I don't lose an ounce. I know that's normal but it's hard not to get discouraged. Good luck on your journey and I'm looking forward to more of your healthy suggetions!
May 7, 2012 12:20 pm
THANK U..THANK U..I am a ONCE AGAIN Weight Watcher..this is the ONLY diet I have ever been successful with..although it was a lot easier loosing it than keeping it off. It is tough to find "easy" and "simple ingredients" recipes...lookin forward!!!
May 7, 2012 6:44 pm
Way to go Paula! The important thing is that you're getting back on track. Wishing you luck! ~ Whitney
May 9, 2012 5:56 pm
Best of luck Paula. You succeeded before and you will do it Weight watchers is an amazingly healthy plan. I need to get back on that horse too :)
May 10, 2012 2:26 pm
Hi Paula, I'm so proud of you. You'll reach your goal. I'm confident of that. You sound so motivated and focused. I lost 60 lbs. and its becomes a lifestyle change for me. A good one. I juice everyday and recently purchased the Nutri Bullet. Its great! I got lots of great recipes and meal plans this. Its powerful and hardly takes any space on the counter. I love that. I have it before my dinner at night and then I have my huge salad. The ingredients on that varies. For dessert I have fresh fruit. No snacks, treats or cheating. I feel my best. We will do this if we can just realize its not a diet that we're going to go off of because we've lost that "10" lbs. Its a new lifestyle. I'm in your corner Paula.
May 10, 2012 5:35 pm
Good for you, Rosebud! Talk about focused...you sound like you have it all together! Thanks for the motivation and encouragement.
May 10, 2012 8:30 pm
Just saw this blog. Paula you are doing great. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. Now down to business. I am 52 and a diabetic. I take my blood sugar 6-8 times a day. I changed my diet about 6 weeks ago and have lost 20 lbs. Here is what I have found out. I do not use milk products anymore. I loved cheese but it causes my sugars to go up too high. I am a new teacher and when I was setting up a Biology lab I found out that the enzyme lactase naturally decreases when you get older. So we all become somewhat lactose intolerant as we get older. I think when the lactose (milk sugar) does not break down it is having a negitive effect on my sugars. For those who are hungry all the time I have found switching to a more vegitarian or vegan diet helps the hunger. I also found out eating arugula or ray baby kale will fill you up. After starting my new diet I do not need caffeine(coke zero), I eat less, have more energy, do not crave sweets, and do not need snacks during the day. Substitutes I use in cooking. Agave Nectar for sugar. Pretty much a 1 to 1 substitute. Agave is a bit sweeter so you may need less. Dark maple syrup for brown sugar. A little tricker. I usually taste the sause or batter to make sure the sweetness is correct. I mostly eat vegan or vegetarian recipes. I do eat turkey, chicken, and some beef. I buy mostly organic to aviod the pesticides. Example recipe that my whole family enjoyed: Sweet and Savory Kale Good luck to all.
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