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MetaSpiritualMichael's Mealtime Musings

Lose Weight! Increase Energy! Look Great! 
Jun. 6, 2014 5:40 am 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 10:31 pm
The scales seem to like the fact that I've been running around like a madman lately. I have been doing a lot more walking than I usually do. I weighed 228.6 pounds this morning, a loss of another 1.6 pounds. I had a another busy day yesterday and I never got back to post the blog, other than to respond to the replies of others.
 I think I did better yesterday. I was able to accomplish everything that I set out to do and that reduced stress. My mother and I lunched at Panera; I had their garden salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, pecans and poppy seed dressing. I'm sure it had a little more carbs than I would have cared for but, like I've previously stated, I'm not on hardcore Atkins right now so I am eating fruit. If I stop losing weight, then I'll cut way back because it is high it carbs, but maybe it's what's giving me the extra energy I need right now.   
For dinner I cooked chicken on the grill outdoors. That's one of my "go to" meals. It's just sort of automatic for me when I'm in a hurry, or when I can't think of anything else, I can throw chicken on the grill and whip together a garden salad and I'm done.  Of course, I forgo the baked potato that I make for my mother.  If it's not one thing, it's another. Just as the food came off the grill (which I replaced last week) I heard an odd noise. I turned to see what looked like a bonfire coming out of my closed grill. I crawled to it and shut off the gas and it burned itself out. Back to the store it goes! It had to have been faulty. I hope to get a little more focused on actual diet details, specifics of what you share that you want to discuss or learn, just so you know... I know, from experience, that healthy weight loss can be easy and fun and help one create a whole new reality for oneself. Let me hear from ya! 
Jun. 6, 2014 10:56 am
Good job! Keep it up! I am higher on carbs this week--the right stuff isn't waiting for me at the right time...I plan to do some bulk cooking this weekend to help get back on track.
Jun. 6, 2014 1:31 pm
when i was losing weight- i would trick myself-- when i went to shop- i parked at the spot- WAYYYY out there- where no one parks- but when i got done shopping- i had no choice but to walk to that car-lol- every little thing helps:-) it's a great thing watching your progress- keep up the great job!!-- you rock!!
Jun. 6, 2014 1:35 pm
just so you know- i lost over 200 lbs- back in '89-90--- long and hard-- the two things that helped the most(at that time) were- parking the car so far away-- i know it sounds like nothing- but it was a big deal for me back then-- and when i ate- i put down my fork/spoon- between each bite- i learned how to really chew and enjoy my food-- i have been at 83 pounds since about 1992-- still there:-) and now i can eat what i want- when i want- i just don't "scarf" it down- i enjoy it:-)
Jun. 6, 2014 3:55 pm
Great job, keep up the good work...
Jun. 6, 2014 10:07 pm
mommom, That's the key! Having at least some things prepared ahead of time so you can grab it when you need it. I keep salad makings cut up and stored separately in the fridge including my favorite deli meats and cheeses, Boar's Head brand. I find if I have things prepared that I really like it helps. That's another brand, like the Spice Island spices, that I really favor. I like to cut up various meats and cheese and put them on top of a garden salad or I like to just roll together slices of meats and cheeses with a leaf of lettuce and a really thin slice of tomato. I also like to wrap a small slice of cream cheese in salami. That's a really good Atkins snack. Another tip, since you said you went higher on carbs this week, is to stick with the veggies lowest on the glycemic index. I'm sure you can find a counter or a copy of Atkins' book (it has an index in it) if you don't have one already. Just remember while your trying to stay really low on carbs: NO SUGAR, BREAD, RICE, CEREAL, PASTA OR STARCHY VEGGIES! Good luck. Let me know what steps you take and how it's going. You know, one unfortunate "fact" is that is seems men lose weight (at least at the beginning of a diet) much more easily than women do. I don't know that that is an actual fact but it is what most people report to me. I'm not sure why that is.
Jun. 6, 2014 10:28 pm
Wow, nanny129, that's amazing! No, parking the car way out and walking back to it after you've been shopping doesn't sound like nothing to me. It sounds like commitment and at your starting weight it was probably hard. I can tell a big difference in how easy it is for me to walk a distance even after I've lost 20 or 40 pounds. The difference in walking that distance before and after you lost over 200 pounds had to have been substantial! WAT TO GO! It's like living an entirely different life, isn't it. I know when I lost the 135 pounds I noticed how much easier many things were. I hated going to the mall to try on clothes before. No matter how hard I looked I either couldn't find anything that fit or, if it did, I didn't care for the way it looked on me. Afterwards, everything fit and looked good on me because I was a "normal" size. Anyway, and for you to keep it off all this time, I'm impressed.
Jun. 6, 2014 10:31 pm
Thanks, manella, I'm certainly going to try.
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I am in the process of writing a cookbook depicting my family history. With input from other family members it will include pictorial progressions and personal stories about recipes as told to me over the years during times I spent with family members such as my grandmothers and great-great aunts, who were in their late 90's, and my youngest niece and nephews, ages 5 to 10, as well as other family members of all ages.
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I take after my mother when it comes to cooking in that it's not necessarily what I cook, moreover, the fact that I want whatever I cook to bring comfort and pleasure to those people that consume it. That said, I guess, in most cases, my favorite genre of cooking would be deserts.. I started baking when I was around 10 or so and have been doing so for more than 40 years now. Although I started out with baking, now I enjoy cooking the entire meal with all it's courses. I want every little detail just so...
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