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Old 03-21-2011, 12:52 PM   #91
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"What is tilapia? The sweet orange spiced part sounds good."

Sorry, things got a little busy! Tilapia is a mild white fish that comes in fillets and is very quick to cook and takes flavors well. The sweet orange is made with 2TB brown sugar, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp of: grated orange rind, cumin, paprika and ground coriander. Then a little salt and pepper. Rub 4 fish fillets with the spice rub and broil on a pan coated with cooking spray about 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

It's sweet and spicy and paired very well with brown rice and broccoli.

We figured out whole wheat crust for pizza for my sister. Oh and corn tostadas. She was so happy because they felt like "junk" food but she knew they weren't!

The whole wheat pizza crust was Wolfgang Puck's recipe and it made 4 pretty good sized pizzas (I was only able to eat half of one), and we added a little garlic powder and cooking spray around the edges to help them brown.

The tostadas were corn tortillas coated in cooking spray and baked about 5-6 minutes at 450 degrees (they were starting to bubble and curl at the edges). Then we put two Tablespoons of rinsed black beans, some 2% cheddar (2 TB) some pickled jalepenos and popped them back in the hot oven til the cheese melted. We cut the corn tortillas into quarters (crispy melty goodness) and topped with homemade guacamole and salsa.

We worked it out to about 150 calories per tostada and two of them made a light meal.

Take that Taco Bell!
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:19 PM   #92
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Hey L-Harper! I found your pre-trip report, but my computer's acting goofy and won't let me post to it. Go figure!

My crew will be at Kidani Village from September 11-September 16th! We rented points from a close friend who has a DVC membership. She wasn't going to be able to use all her points this year, so we paid her and will be in a 2 bedroom savannah view at Kidani! I am so excited!

This will be the first time the kids DS who will be 3 and DD 8 have ever stayed on property! I know you're going to love it!

It's going to be my 10th wedding anniversary while we are there and my 38th birthday!
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:05 PM   #93
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I was sick when I joined this thread back on page one and am still sick. On my second round of antibiotics! But hopefully, I'll soon be able to get back to walking. And everything else for that matter!

I lost 53 pounds on Nuitrisystems, but it was so expensive and on top of that, I had to buy a lot of other stuff. It works b/c of portions I think. It was easy and I loved the simplicity of the meals, but I realize I have to find something that I can do for the rest of my life. I have since gained the weight back and need to lose 50 lbs. I'm hoping for 30 before Disney in September, but I know that's a lot.

I have cut out processed foods and am trying to buy organic and concentrate on foods that are good for me that I can live with. But it's so expensive! We are certainly not encouraged by manufacturers to eat more heathy foods by the crazy prices! I'm trying to be more aware of omega 3 foods and making sure I get enough water every day.

I love to hear the success stories. It really makes me happy for others and encourages me. I have a DH who totally supports me in my efforts and does not do anything to sabotage me. He's one of those who can eat whatever and not gain. Uhhhhh!

I want to encourage everyone to keep trying. Don't let mistakes spoil everything, just begin again. We're in this together.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:13 PM   #94
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It's definitely a one day at a time process. My big issue is fast food. I adore burgers and fries but making them at home is hard because I have an aversion to touching ground beef and the smell of it cooking makes me nauseous.

I've been trying to make do with kids meals whenever possible and bringing my lunch more often so that I'm not as tempted to "drive thru".

The other problem is that I have an 8 year old and 2 year old who are both picky eaters. It's become like a battlefield every night over dinner and it makes me so tired. I fought with my son for over an hour and he just refused to eat his spaghetti so I finally just gave up. He normally likes spaghetti.

I need to exercise more and Lent is good because I've given up the extra 400 calories per night in wine I usually drink! I think when Lent is over I'm going to try a box wine so that I can't justify drinking half the bottle by saying "well it'll go sour in two days if I don't"! I don't want to give it up entirely since it's so relaxing to have a glass while cooking dinner...but I have to reduce the intake!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:08 PM   #95
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I am going to expound on what Elianor said about alcoholic drinks of any kind. I gained in college because of them-so did my bf...and we, being in WI, enjoy a couple of beers *or more* every now and then. I have to try harder to stick to the 64 calorie beer or try seltzer and flavored vodka to cut calories. Have two stick thin friends who swear by it...along with all their time on the tread mill !
Arms are a big one for me,,I have no upper body strength. So tonight I used leg weights that were sitting around the house to start toning my arms. 5 sets of 10 tonight to start. We'll see what tomorrow brings!
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:08 AM   #96
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Yay! Down a pound!

My sister (the reason for this diet in the first place) is visiting my mom before she heads back to Georgia and is experimenting with grilled tuna steaks. I am making the sweet orange rub with chicken tonight to see how it does. I don't know how her weight is going yet, but she's only cheated once (on bbq) and no fries! I am so proud of her.

I need to start using weights on my arms too. I have the middle aged mommy flab right across the underside of my arm which is *SO* not attractive in short sleeves. Is 5 sets of 10 a good place to start? What weight are you using?
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:23 AM   #97
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I feel like a hypocrite. I have not been very good at all about watching what I've been eating. I think a bit of it is nervous/stress eating. I also need to get some ideas of good healthy snacks to have too. POP, pop oh how I hate you, but love you so so much... I have been doing A LOT better with pop, but I gave in this morning and got a coke from McDonald's. I didn't get anything else, just the pop. Why does losing weight have to be so darn hard?!
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:13 PM   #98
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It's definitely a one day at a time process. My big issue is fast food. I adore burgers and fries but making them at home is hard because I have an aversion to touching ground beef and the smell of it cooking makes me nauseous.

I've been trying to make do with kids meals whenever possible and bringing my lunch more often so that I'm not as tempted to "drive thru".

The other problem is that I have an 8 year old and 2 year old who are both picky eaters. It's become like a battlefield every night over dinner and it makes me so tired. I fought with my son for over an hour and he just refused to eat his spaghetti so I finally just gave up. He normally likes spaghetti.

I need to exercise more and Lent is good because I've given up the extra 400 calories per night in wine I usually drink! I think when Lent is over I'm going to try a box wine so that I can't justify drinking half the bottle by saying "well it'll go sour in two days if I don't"! I don't want to give it up entirely since it's so relaxing to have a glass while cooking dinner...but I have to reduce the intake!

Wow, I don't drink alcohol very often. I never realized it was so many calories. That would not be good for weight loss! Yikes!

My DH gave up fast food for lent. Which is great for me because I usually only get it when I'm with him.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:18 PM   #99
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I have been doing great all month on keeping track of my calories. I think the smart phone app is what is keeping me motivated. The graph is green unless you go over your calories. I don't want it to turn red, so I keep myself within my goals.

I really need to get more active though. My DS has been running with me a little each night. We just started this past weekend, and I can't run very far! I'm in really bad shape. I really didn't want to do it last night, but DS kept bugging me. He is great at motivating me.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:02 PM   #100
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I am lucky that I like diet coke! The fully leaded leaves a weird coating on my tongue that freaks me out! But a glass of dark red wine, now that is truly my downfall. They're like potato chips, you can't drink just one! L-Harper, just plan for one if you know you are going to drink it anyway!

The calorie count is at the McDonald's website, so you know how many calories to work off. It can be your dessert! Don't give up the things you love to lose weight because it just sets you up to fail. It seems to me that the key is portion control and balance.

Snacks, hmm. I love popcorn (Alton Brown puts the corn in a paperbag, seals it with tape and presses the microwave popcorn button, voila, airpopped popcorn no added chemicals/flavorings.) I also do alot of soups/stews as snacks. A cup of most soups (non cream based) is low in calories, but very filling (like a mini meal).

Mickey Pooh, you are so lucky to have someone that motivates you out the door! I have an elliptical, but I haven't been on it in months.

Keeping to the whole grain, few processed foods, no white bread/potatoes/rice diet that my sister has to live by now has motivated me to find more ways of making things I know I love (burgers, fries, chinese food, mexican) in ways that are healthy enough to eat every day.

You just wait, I'm going to be 130 pounds at Disney in September!
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:56 PM   #101
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I have been eating good this week but my lack of exercise is awful I really don't enjoy the treadmill and have just been able to run outside again and then woke up to a snowstormso to avoid the treadmill I stayed far away from it today and cleaned (it's my day off-woot woot) Oh weather man please co-operate
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:57 PM   #102
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Most of my exercise is housework too. Go to work, come home, cook dinner, chase kids, do dishes, wash clothes, and on...and on...and on...

I love my family but they are nutsy. DS just wished me a merry Christmas and asked me to read aloud from the disboards to him. I love toddlers.
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Most of my exercise is housework too. Go to work, come home, cook dinner, chase kids, do dishes, wash clothes, and on...and on...and on...

I love my family but they are nutsy. DS just wished me a merry Christmas and asked me to read aloud from the disboards to him. I love toddlers.
One of my favorite things to do with the kids is put on the music and dance! My toddler loves it, he says "shake a booty!" And you can do it while you are cooking, cleaning, doing laundry.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:18 AM   #104
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Our little boy is 2 and he sings Soul Sister and Cheeseburger in Paradise!
He love to dance too, I think it's the age, they just don't feel self conscious about anything!

Anyway, whenever he sees me with the computer he runs up and demands to see the WDW site so he can watch the "movies". The ads they have on their site are his favorite.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #105
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I have a new cookbook I got from QVC. It's titled: Eat What you Love. She has taken all the foods we love and re-worked them to have at least half the calories, fat, sodium etc. Everything I've done from it has been fabulous! (and easy) I think the hardest thing is to get motivated to cook something new after a long, stressful day. We usually just rely on old (fattening) stand-bys. At least I do.

You ladies sound so busy with your little ones and work. I have no excuse to skip exercise since I'm an empty nester and work from home very occasionally. I'm finally feeling human again after being sick for nearly two weeks, so hopefully I'll be able to start walking again soon.

Keep up the good work everyone! It's not only one day at a time, it is sometimes one minute at a time when temptation strikes. Be prepared.
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