Thank You, Thank You, (curtsey)

What a nice surprise I had this morning! Nothing Fancy  has awarded me my first ever award for blogging. You must go visit her. She really deserved this award (myself I’m not so sure. LOL). 

 
Premio-2008

Premio-2008

 

The rules, if I choose to accept this award (which of course I will) are:

  1. The award may be displayed on the recipient’s blog.
  2. Add a link to the person from who you received the award.
  3. Nominate up to seven other blogs.
  4. Add their links to your blog.
  5. Send a message to each of those you awarded to tell them about the award.

 Here are my nominees.  It was hard to keep to just 7. There are so many wonderful blogs out there. Please check them out!

  1. A Year of Crockpotting
  2. Andrew’s Addiction
  3. Ben and His Weight Loss Project
  4. Nana Diaries
  5. Suddenly Christian
  6. The Dana Files

And last, but definitely not least

    7. Writing Grandma’s Book

Enjoy =)

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Just Like Everybody Else…

I wish there was some magic pill, potient, etc. that would take the weight off. God forbid I actually eat right and exercise? What the heck? I didn’t have to exercise to put all the weight on! (My Squidoo lens on weight loss) Oh yeah, that’s part of the problem. LOL.

I love how so much info is available on the internet from real people. If you want to know if something works or not, just google it. Somebody somewhere will have something to say.

First up this morning is Kevin Trudeau, that little infomercial snake oil salesman him. (I never liked or trusted him anyway), he has been kicked off infomercials for three years for false claims in his “Weight Loss Cure “They Don’t Want You To Know About” book. Kevin is not a stranger to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) as I guess he’s been in court with them before. Reading some of the “real people” reviews, there’s a definite line between love and hate. The ones who gave the book a great review swear by it and swear the ones that gave it a bad review just didn’t follow the regiment. What I got out of the reviews good and bad alike, is the regiment is rather strange and expensive, and the bottom line was still diet and exercise.

My heart tells me yes but my head tells me NO. There have been a couple of commercials or infomercials on TV that I must say, has caught my eye. Of course the main two I’ve been interested in:

  1. Don’t actually list the ingredients that are supposed to make it work
  2. Have a free trial that actually signs you up for automatic drop shipments that are hell to cancel after they get started
  3. Are 2 of the more expensive “products that probably don’t work”. LOL

Relacore caught my attention because it zones in on belly fat due to stress. I am stressed all the time, so I thought this might be a way of getting rid of some of the fat around my mi-drift. Looking at the reviews it is supposed to give you a better feeling of well-being, but I don’t really need to feel better about being fat. I want to get rid of it. Unfortunately it does not give a list of active ingredients, and for this one there is no free trial and no money back guarantee. I sure know how to pick ’em.

The other one I’ve had my eye on is this Lipozene. It’s a little misleading in the way that a bottle is $29.95 but that is only a 10 to 15 day supply, not 30 days like one would assume. They do offer a 100% money back guarantee, it doesn’t sound like it’s the easiest thing to accomplish. I found a website that had quite a few “real people” reviews and this sounds like one of those that the cure is worse than the disease. People are getting headaches, nausea, chest pains. I don’t think I need a cure that bad. They too, do not list the active ingredients on their website. Pretty scary.

So for now I guess I’ll just stick with what I know works. Thank you DietSpotlight.com  for your reviews to help me decide. While the supplements I take only “enhance” weight loss from eating properly and exercise, I can trust the company, I can see what’s actually in what I’m taking, and I know if I didn’t like them I have a 180 day, No Hassle, 100% money back guarantee. I would just like them better if they could get around that “exercise” thing. LOL

What’s New In Weight Loss Today?

I always find it fascinating to discover how hard every one is working on becoming the next “latest and greatest” in the weight loss industry.

There’s a new “Anti-Aging Weight Loss Diet” out. I read through it. Most of the tips are the same we’ve heard over and over again, olive oil, fish, drink plenty of water, we all know the routine, except for Adzuki beans. What the heck? I’m a big bean eater, but I have never heard of these. Are they only indigenous to the UK (where this diet was born) or can you get them anywhere? Now this diet is not only supposed to take 10 lbs. off your body, but 10 yrs. off your face to by fighting wrinkles. I’m 53 yrs. old. I could be interested. The article says you can buy them canned at the supermarket. I have never seen 1 can of Adzuki beans. The other specific thing it mentioned that I don’t see very often while going thru these lists of superfoods is Apricots. (Yes, I’ve seen and eaten apricots. LOL) They don’t make these lists specifically very often. They’re usually clumped with “more fruits and veggies” I guess.

The other thing that caught my eye this morning is a new non-surgical weight loss proceedure that a reporter from WCTV TV  reported on. It’s called Transoral Gastroplasty, or Toga. They take flexible instruments and put them down your throat, pull up part of your stomach thru your mouth, staple it, and put it back. The stapling forms a small pouch that makes you feel full. The first American to try it, Carrie Williamson, a 30 yr. old, says she had it done on Wednesday and was back to work on Monday. That’s a pretty darn quick recovery.  The pilot study  said patients lost 40% of body fat within a year. It’s not quite as much as with bypass surgery, but there’s less risk and less complications. I would love almost anything that would lose 40% of my body fat for me. LOL. God knows I’m not doing so hot on my own! I wonder how fat you have to be to have this done? And how much does it cost?

In the mean time I guess I’ll just stick to the good old fashioned diet and exercise. Thought you might like to see another “calories burned” chart. Here you go. It’s actually a pretty cool chart.

calories_burned

*If you’d like to learn more about the Trim Body System you can check it out here.

I Love Cooking When The Weather Changes

Being lucky enough to live in California, in the middle of October we are still enjoying beautiful weather in the daytime while it is starting to cool off a bit at night. For me with so many people with finnicky appetites, it’s much easier to cook warm stuff than cook in warm weather.

As chicken is usually a staple for dieters, I am always looking for new and easy ways to cook it without it seeming like that’s all we ever eat is chicken. (I don’t have a lot of good recipes for fish either, darn it).

The other day while going through the food section of our local paper, I came across a remake of Paula Deen’s Chicken Florentine. Kathy Manweiler from the Witchita Eagle has lost over a hundred pounds and now does remakes of some of our favorite recipes. As I was reading through, it looks so good, but I think I can reduce the fat just a little further. The remarks in bold are mine.

KATHY’S CHICKEN FLORENTINE

2 (10-ounce) packages of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry

4 cups of cooked and chopped chicken breast

1 (10 ¾-ounce) can of reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup, such as Campbell’s Healthy Choice, undiluted

1 (10 ¾-ounce) can of reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup, undiluted

½cup light mayonnaise (I will use the 2g mayo from Best Foods)

½cup light sour cream (I will use the Fat Free Sour Cream)

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese made with 2 percent milk

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon curry powder

1/3cup dry white wine

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking spray

1 slice light wheat bread, such as Sara Lee’s Delightful

(This bread is so good and only 45 calories or 1 WW point for 2 slices)

¼cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use the lower fat cheese)

2 tablespoons light butter, melted (I have a tendency to use Shedd Spread)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the spinach and chicken in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the soups, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, lemon juice, curry powder, wine and salt and pepper to taste. Once blended, pour the mixture over the spinach and chicken.

Put the mixture into an 11×7 casserole dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Tear the bread into several pieces and use a mini chopper to process the bread into fine crumbs. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and light butter. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the casserole. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

Makse 8 servings.

Per serving: 339 calories, 14.6 fat grams, 28 protein grams, 16 carb grams, 857mg sodium, 2 fiber grams, 81mg cholesterol

I don’t know what the difference in the little bit more conversion would be as far as calories and fat, but every little bit helps!

I Love Quiche!

Quiche For Dinner

Quiche For Dinner

I remember the first time I ever had quiche. I was a whole 20 yrs. old and I went to a wedding shower for a girlfriend I worked with at a medical clinic. They had such an array of wonderful food. The table was just beautiful (but then she always was that “perfect homemaker” kind of person). This also, was the first time I had raw veggies and dip. I’ve been eating both ever since.

Like most people, I had always thought quiche was one of those “almost impossible” dishes, kind of like a good souffle. Then I got a “Quiche” recipe book for Christmas and found out how easy it was. I make my own “Lower Fat” version, which could probably be even lower fat if I would make my own crusts, but I don’t want to push it. LOL. I posted this recipe to SparkPeople this morning, I thought I would go ahead and post it here.


This is still a little high in fat, but nothing like the original. There are so many variations to this you can do. Rounded out with a green salad makes it a great meal for dinner also.
45 Minutes to Prepare and Cook – Makes 16 servings (2 pies)
Ingredients

2 Deep Dish Frozen Pie Shells
2 Cups Egg Substitute (egg beaters)
2 Cups Fat Free Half and Half (Land O’ Lakes)
2 Slices of Lean Ham sliced into bite size cubes
2 Cups Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Italian Cheese
5 Green Onions chopped fairly fine 

Directions

Slice the ham slices in strips then slice again going the other way to form bite sized chunks. Divide and lay in the bottom of each pie crust.
Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the ham.
Chop the green onion, divide and sprinkle over the ham and cheese in each pie crust.
Beat the eggbeaters and half and half together. Divide and pour half over each pie. Pour slowly as it has a tendancy to run over if rushed.
Place on a cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven for 35-45 min. until custard is puffed and tests done, and the crust is golden brown. Let stand for 5 min. before serving.

Amount Per Serving

WeightWatchers points: 4

  • Calories: 183.6
    • Total Fat: 9.7 g
    • Cholesterol: 17.3 mg
    • Sodium: 553.5 mg
    • Total Carbs: 11.1 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
    • Protein: 12.6 g