Sunday, July 25, 2010

SBD Day 7 Update and Weigh In

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*grumble grumble*

I loathe to post this update, but I said I would and I suppose there are some who are waiting on baited breath to hear my weigh in.

So after a week of none of my bread, no pizza, no rolls, no pasta, or fruit, or or or.... You get the picture. I'm down a measly 2 pounds. Granted that's 2 lbs gone, but still I was hoping for more.

Here's some FYI about this whole thing. I have the 'way of women' right now, not that one, the other one, no I'm not pregnant. Good grief, the mid-way way of women. KWIM? Men, are you clueless right now? Are there any men who read this blog? If there were there isn't now. Anyway, I always gain a few lbs in water weight during that time, and usually I drop it soon after, so hopefully that's what's holding things up.

I do feel trimmer. I mean, I don't feel near as puffy as I usually do during this time. And the veggies are getting better. The cravings, however, are not. Oh I long for my bread! And I'll tell you next sunday morning I'm having a nice slice of my bread with peanut butter slathered all over top. I've been dreaming about that, I have. But hopefully next sunday I'll be another 2lbs lighter. This stinkin diet better work, for all the bread I've given up. Gee wizz.

So there you go. That's the update.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Fave Pizza Dough Recipe

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Tammy you so mean....

Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough
This pizza dough is the best I've made yet. It's low fat, low cal, and my family loves it. It doubles, triples and quadruples well. I will sometimes make a large batch and freeze the rest so that the next time I make pizza I just have to take it out and let it defrost on the counter and in a few hours it's ready to go. This is extra good with freshly ground wheat flour and if the whole wheat is too much just sub a cup of white in there. Really good stuff. I can't wait to eat it again!

1 pkg active dry yeast
1 C. warm water
2 C. whole wheat flour
1/4 c wheat germ
1 tsp salt
1 tbls honey

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (If you use a stone place that in there now this will result in a crisper crust on the bottom)
2. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes
3. In a large bowl combine half of the flour, all wheat germ and salt. Make a well in the middle and add honey and yeast mixture. Stir well to combine. Gradually add the remaining flour till it forms a nice ball that cleans the sides of the bowl. It should be smooth, slightly sticky. Cover and set in a warm place to rest for a few minutes. The longer you let this rise the easier it is to spread out on the pan later on.
4. Roll dough on a floured pizza pan and poke a few holes in it with a fork. You can also sprinkle cornmeal on the pan instead of the flour for a truly pizzeria feel.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, top with your best yummy toppings and bake until desired crispiness.


Here is a link to my fave pizza recipe! BBQ Chicken and Onion Pizza!

Can't Wait....

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I've got some serious cravings over here in no carb land. Ugh. I didn't realize how much I ate those things. I can barely get through a meal now. I'm so sick of salads and eggs with veggies in them. I could almost barf right now thinking of it. And it's only day 5. I need me some bread, man!

So to console myself I'm dreaming and creating a list of the things I'm dying for:

  • Chocolate, any kind, I'm not picky.  Dark, milk, I'd even go for an Ande's mint (I don't believe mint and chocolate should do business.)
  • A nice thick piece of my bread slathered with at least an inch thick of peanut butter
  • Two pieces of my bread with miracle whip, lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese and chicken salad
  • A piece of my bread toasted with butter and cinnamon and sugar all over top
  • Steel cut oats with brown sugar and milk
  • Cheerios with sugar and milk
  • That banana bread I made last week that's been taunting me this week
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Bacon bits
  • Oatmeal and raisin cookies
  • Raisins
  • Fruit!  Any kind, I'm not being picky.
  • A piece of my pizza.  Oh my pizza.  My beloved, luscious, mouth watering, scrumptious pizza.  Oh how I miss you.  
That's all I can think of right now.  Thankfully, most of these things will be added back in in a week an a half.  I can wait.  Maybe that's how people loose weight on this diet.  By the end of the first week they can't stand the sight of broccoli anymore they just vomit upon eating.  How am I going to make it through another week?  If you are praying for me, keep praying!

Insane In the Membrane

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A friend of mine is sharing her insanity. I'm thinking in a few years when Rhys is in school and I can join the Y I will try this.
I was getting irritated at hearing this everytime I got on my blog.  Ugh.  If you really want to know what it was, leave a comment and I'll send you to it. 

What do you think?  I think with training I can do it.  

Monday, July 19, 2010

SBD Day 2 Update

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I thought I'd give a quickie update on how the whole diet thing is going.  

So far so good.  I'm at a time of the month, not THE time of the month, but a different time of the month when I'm usually gorging on food because I'm so dang hungry!  And this time I'm not.  I get hungry about an hour before meals, but that's ok, because I'm going to eat.  Now like tonight I was hungry about an hour after supper and I ate a small snack and I'll tell you people I'm full.  Not stuffed, just satisfyingly full.  I like that feeling.  I don't like that empty, painful gut feeling.  And I got that, a lot.  So I ate, a lot.  Keep in mind I kept it all within caloric ranges, but I guess I was eating all the wrong things.  

Anyhoo.  I'm being 'good' and eating what I should.  I was worried about getting in enough fiber or going over my calories for the day, but I am meeting both those needs.  It's good.  And I'm also meeting my fat needs for the day too.  Before I'd totally be under where I was supposed to be.  

I feel good.  I won't know if it's working until Sunday.  I'm keeping myself from weighing until then.  THAT is the hardest part.  Not the eating.  No, it's the not weighing.  Hopefully I'll survive.  :)

Till tomorrow. 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm On A....

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search engine optimization  Shhhhh, don't tell anyone.  I don't know why but I hate to say that.  I don't like to adhere to 'commercial' diets.  I don't like to rely on someone else's prescribed way of eating.  I like to do my own research and do my own thing.  I'm terribly independent.  But, well, I'm on a diet.  Here's the story. 

Last March I reached my pre pregnancy weight.  And I stopped.  I lost no more weight.  In fact by that September I started gaining.  I've continue to gain.  I gained 12lbs since then.  It's horrible.  And I was counting all my calories, exercising every day.  I was doing all the 'right' things.  It was frustrating. 

So I went to my doc.  She tested me for many things and found everything within normal ranges.  That said, I at least know my eating right is going well because my cholesterol is great!  I had some other issues, ones of a ladies nature, and I was tired all the time.  But when nothing was found she prescribed Zoloft.  That didn't seem to fit.  So I went to my OB/GYN.  Let me tell you this is a great doc.  She sat with me for an hour discussing my issues. 

We came to the conclusion that the added weight, along with what was already there (because even thought I had lost a ton of weight I still had extra fat) was causing me to have lady problems.  She prescribed a medicine to take a certain days for just three months in hopes that it would help restart my system and she suggested I look into and do the South Beach Diet.  I balked. 

I eat right, I exercise.  It's certainly not me!  Well she loaned me a copy and after reading it I concluded that yes, it could be me.  I realize I bake all my own whole grain breads, but I still eat a lot of carbs.  I thought, well I haven't much to loose, except the weight.  So I'm trying it. 

Today is day one.  So far so good. 

From what I read it's a 'diet' in the beginning, but it slowly weans you off the 'diet' phase, into a life changed phase. I can live with that.  I really can. 

I really hope it works.  I really do.  I don't know what else to try.  And it seems that it works for many people.  I can be very disciplined when it comes to things like this.  If I know what I need to do, I can do it.  I guess it's my type A personality.  Just tell me what to do. 

I'll keep you updated.  Pray for me.  Please, would you? 

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I'll Fly Away....

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I love that song.

My grandmother has passed. You may remember my grandmother Evelyn having had a stroke about a year and a half ago right before Christmas. She rallied and was doing quite well, considering, since that time. I saw her about a year ago. In the past month she weakened and she declared her independence from this life on July 4th. I miss her. She was my closest grandparent. I know she's in fine form in heaven and I'll see her again. But I still miss her.

A friend from church sent me a poem she wrote about occasions like these. I asked her permission to post it and she agreed. It fits.

Stand Not There...
~Ruth Kephart~

Stand not by my grave and weep
Where my body’s buried cold and deep
I am not, nor, were ever there
Beneath the ground now striped and bare

Stand not by my casket closed
Head bowed down, your stance reposed
Wherein the lowly vessel lies
I am not there, mine is the skies

Please, stand not under falling rain
In cemetery filled with pain
Where mourners gather out of love
I am not there, I’ve rose above

Oh stand not there, and do not cry
My dearest friends, I’ll tell you why
I’ve gone to greater places far
Above soft clouds and glistening star

'Till one day we shall meet once more
Where angels sing on golden shore
So do not stand there, do not weep
Let my body go, my memory keep

See ya later, Grandma.