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National Women’s Health Week!


Hi Ya’ll,

Sorry  I have been absent–I admit I have had some issues with my scale, WE aren’t friends! And trying to ‘get my act together’ has been a struggle! I am FINALLY back on track, getting my head together and what not. I will discuss all THAT in my next post.

I though ya’ll find this interesting, thanks Michelle (the below if from her) for getting me off my tail and helping me motivate

 

xoxoxo

Traci

Smart Ways To Stay Healthy and Fit

 

Smart ways to stay healthy and fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women seem to have natural tendency to focus on their bodies, appearance, health and fitness. National Women’s Health Week, May 12th to 18th, gives women another opportunity to learn new information on the best ways to maintain fitness levels and improve health. Researchers have learned that there are three basic ways woman can keep their nutritional levels and exercise levels in healthy balance.

 

Balanced Nutrition

Healthy eating should being early in life with an emphasis on nutritious foods and avoidance of fast foods and processed foods that are high in calories, fat and sodium. Lean meats, whole grain carbohydrates, lots of vegetables and plenty of fruits will help to maintain healthy nutrition and will promote weight loss naturally. Low-fat or fat-free versions of dairy products will help to keep calcium levels up and calories down. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil help to maintain heart health and normal cholesterol levels. If you stick to healthy foods, you will find that you have less need to snack on sugary foods to curb hunger. Your skin, hair and complexion will have a natural glow from the vitamin and minerals contained in these foods.

 

Regular Exercise

All women should incorporate regular exercise into their week to improve health, maintain weight and regulate mood. Exercise has benefits throughout women’s lives, regardless of the type you choose. Combining exercise types can often produce the maximum effect on fitness. Aerobic exercise like running, walking, tennis and bicycling works out the large muscles of the body and burns calories. It also improves cardiovascular health. Stretching exercises such as yoga and Pilates help to keep muscles and joints flexible to avoid injury. Strength training such as free weights, resistance bands and weight machines help to increase endurance, prevent fatigue and strengthen bones.

Special Situations

Women should also ensure that they make the proper adjustments during those special times in their lives when nutritional and exercise needs change. Pregnancy requires women to double the efforts to eat right and choose foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and protein to help nourish the growing fetus. Though exercise is still important during pregnancy, you may have to revise your routine to prevent back problems or joint injuries as the baby grows. As women mature, the hormones that protect them from heart disease and stroke diminish, so they must compensate by taking additional care with nutrition and exercise. Eat more calcium-containing foods to help keep bones strong and protect your joints when exercising to avoid long-term damage from osteoarthritis

 

I have just joined Planet Fitness and going three to four times a week and REALLY enjoying it! They have given me activities, weights, machines to build up my thigh as well.  If not at the gym, I will be walking outside, my favorite!

 

Another easy way to boost your motivation is by music or inspirational quotes.  Take this water bottle from Lululemon for example; a humorous quote to look at when I exercise or to keep on my desk.  But the change that makes the most difference in how people feel is in their improved diet.  Now I’m older and I need to protect my skin from the sun.  Like most people I have sensitive skin, so I need a special sunscreen that is made for sensitive skin from natural ingredients.  Hat and sunglasses are also important!

Green smoothies make for an easy on-the-go breakfast for those hectic mornings.  Smoothies are great because you can customize the ingredients you use in your smoothie.   It’s important to improve your diet when looking to improve your overall health.  Your body needs nutritious foods as fuel for when you exercise.

 
http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/physical-activity.cfm#d 

 

 

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And so it begins–fad, flab and slip of the lip!


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It may surprise you that dieting is a relatively new idea. The first “diet” wasn’t developed until 1898. And an unusual diet it was! A man named Horace Fletcher, weighing in at 205 pounds, lost 42 of those pounds by chewing his food 100 times per minute. He said this technique aided digestion, leading to his being named “The Great Masticator”. A much more reasonable plan was created in 1918 by Dr. Lulu Peters. Dr. Peters was the first to introduce the idea of “counting calories”.

Well, here is my first ‘diet review’. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not here to tell anyone what they are doing is wrong, or how to  eat  or what ‘diet’ plan to follow. The main reason I am doing this is because where I work  we watch CNN, the news after we watch Ellen (hey we have to have SOME FUN, I work at a Law Firm.)

Anyway, once January 2nd hit, I kept seeing all these ‘ new diets’ and these ‘ wonderful new ways to eat’ and I have all these questions so I decided to review some and get more answers because quite frankly some have just scared me!

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If anyone has more information than me, has tried them, follows them or agrees or disagrees with me, PLEASE let me know, for it’s not my intent to ‘ bash’ any of these diets but just try to get information! Sometimes, I may come across harsh or passionate but please don’t take offense– we may not all agree all the time.

Also, on a side note, I am a little burned out on my workout music so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know…

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Current Favorites….

Halestorm—Miss the Misery

Halestorm-Bad Romance

Firelight—All I need to be

Taylor Swift -I knew you were trouble

Christina Aguilera (featuring Blake Shelton)-Just a Fool

 

 

Beyond Diet

http://www.beyonddiet.com/

The below is all taken from the Beyond Diet intro video…

 

Food Choices:

Not calories

Not over eating

Or even lack of activity

An understanding of methods you can use to burn fat immediately and what you need to do to continue losing weight after that.

If you watch this video and follow what we teach, you will have the information you need to help burn off unwanted fat, flatten your belly and find the body you’ve always wanted.

3 principles:

Know the foods that cause accelerated fat burning in your body

Know the particular foods that are preventing you from burning fat

Put the right foods together in a certain way to create the fat burning effect.

 

*** Hmm, ‘no breads’ (wheat breads), unless they are millet or rice flours but you can have BUTTER??? So eating butter will help me burn fat? Umm, I was listening till here…

She talks about ‘eliminating processed foods’ because healthy foods have ‘high fructose corn syrup.  A main point in being healthy is taking an ACTIVE role; learning to read labels, think of all the wonderful things you’d miss? Here are some examples of ‘ processed foods’ I eat which are “clean”–just a few. I do agree, if you are new to this– you need to be careful, ask questions, but to ‘ CUT OUT ALL PROCESSED FOODS’? Sorry, I don’t agree unless that is your personal preference….

Kashi Simply Maze

Ingredients

‘Organic whole grain corn, organic, organic evaporated cane juice, salt, organic molasses”

Please read about their cereals and products here…

http://www.kashi.com/products/organic_cereal_simply_maize

Amy’s Margherita Pizza

Ingredients: 0g Trans Fat/No Added MSG/No Preservatives Organic unbleached wheat flour with organic wheat germ and organic wheat bran, filtered water, organic tomatoes, whole milk mozzarella cheese (pasteurized whole milk, vinegar, salt, enzymes [without animal enzymes or rennet]), organic extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese (pasteurized part-skim milk, culture, salt, enzymes [without animal enzymes or rennet]), organic honey, organic basil, sea salt, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic garlic, organic evaporated cane juice, yeast, spices*. Contains milk and wheat.<*100% pure herbs & spices (no hidden ingredients)

http://www.amys.com/products/product-detail/pizzas/000199

CLIF® BAR (12 bars/box) Coconut Chocolate Chip

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Dried Cane Syrup), Organic Cane Syrup, Chocolate Chips (Dried Cane Syrup, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Insulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Psyllium), Organic Coconut, Organic Date Paste, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

http://clifbarstore.com/detail/CLF+160130

***I am sure there are plenty out there that people can find. The only issue I have is when someone tells me I CAN’T have something all together? I understand changing my lifestyle, I get that? But cutting things out –like breads and adding butters & bacon, well, that bothers me; it reminds me of the Atkins diet with some tweaks…

She also says not to eat Soy? I need to read further and see why not?? I am a vegetarian– I eat a lot of soy and so do a lot of others, what is wrong with that? I thinking this may be a two parter??  Well, since I am not a member I can’t read the entire site, but in my next part I am going to do is ‘ reviews of this diet by others’.

Ok, she says we want to eat foods that only contain one ingredient, now don’t get me wrong, I am all for ‘ eating as close to the ground as possible’ so I agree,  also  she mentions not counting calories, I agree here too.

I don’t get it, before it was ‘not over eating’ and then later it was ‘ you have to be somewhat reasonable about the amount you eat’? And starts talking about calories later but not really talking about them ( see above??)

Yep nixing sugar I agree with and having all fruits and veggies I agree with but I don’t agree with no wheat bread, if you read the labels and you are careful with what kind you have, I think it’s acceptable reasonably.

‘Eat the right kind of fat-burn fat’, yep I agree with this too. So many people are afraid of fats.

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Now, it’s starting to look a bit more like Atkins It seems to be a cross between Atkins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atkins_diet

with the bacon and butter, steak and eggs, the ‘ right bread’, no whole wheat bread or orange juice, not ALL are bad for you; the only tweak is the fruits and veggies…

How is this good for your heart, your cholesterol? And yeah, cutting out wheat can flatten your stomach that is common knowledge?

OM MY GOD, I have to pay? Really? When I don’t even know if it works? $ 60.00, are you kidding? When I can’t see your statistics? I don’t know who you are? That is crazy….I am sorry, 30 pounds– granted that is wonderful, but I just thought she was going to say I have lost 80, 90 pounds? The whole ‘ she has lost a ton’ didn’t sit well with me… oh and you have to pay to be on the site? Oh Lord, but if you get the program you don’t?

This was my wedding picture-245.5 pounds...

This was my wedding picture-245.5 pounds…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

So, over the next few days to be FAIR, I am going to do some reviews to see what others think and see what I can find out!

Over all, I have some concerns about long term, it seems too much like a quick fix—anyone can lose weight by restricting foods but generally you gain it back and then some? So, this is what I think so far, I am curious to see what others think…

xoxoxoox,

Traci

Inspiration, Prayer and why we help others!


At the check out line a bit ago, my step son told me –‘Traci, you are an inspiration!’

Erik and Traci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming from a 20-year-old that meant a lot to me, even when I don’t feel like that…

The reason for this is because I tell EVERYONE about my weight loss. This is not because I am vain. Ok, if I’m  TOTALLY honest I do struggle with this at times but it’s also because if I can reach ONE person whose struggling, who may need help who doesn’t THINK they can do it– that makes my day!

As I have told everyone, I have failed soooo many diets before I found Eat Clean and I am so grateful.

So many things have changed for me. I was reading on Transformations and a lady mentioned prayer and diet and I couldn’t agree more. Every morning on my way to work ( I am in a new job) I pray to stay ‘ in the Spirit’! God has changed me in SO many ways and I don’t for ONE second think He had nothing to do with this for He did! My purpose is to help others who– like me don’t think they can for they are hurting or injured or scared, for we WILL succeed!

Thank you Rhonda for including me, I feel truly blessed. Please read the other stories on here, they are truly amazing!!!!

http://transformationpics.com/2012/07/08/traci-lbs-lost-90/#more-630

Happy Sunday to you all!

xoxoxoxo

Traci

The WalkerLady, with a cane, in the library


Good Morning dear friends,

I know, I know, in the library! BUT I JUST adore Clue don’t you!! Couldnt’ resist…. hope you enjoy my story below….

Now, we are back to talking about weight loss and eating healthy. Sure we are going to have some every day life thrown in now and again. This is what makes a blog, a REAL blog!

Since I stated out at 245, and started out  as ‘  The Walker Lady’ I wanted to show you all how I got there and continue from there. 🙂

So, we are going to go back to the Brickhouse Gym and talk about Beth again, she was the one who introduced me to the Eat Clean diet. Now, as I have mentioned there no longer is a Brickhouse gym and you need to go below to find Beth and do the ‘Gauntlet.’ Good luck if you do! LOL

Metro Family Fitness 30 N. Groesbeck

But back to my story.

I was doing my training with Beth in 2010 when my knee really started bothering me. That is me below after doing the  ‘Gauntlet’– looks deceiving but I had just worked my tail off! 🙂 I have moved the damn tire  more than once DAMN)

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Gauntlet

Pain–Gauntlet

More Sweat-Thank you Beth, Marissa and Ken! And I can’t thank the Brickhouse Crew, I love you all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, just to show you some pictures of where I was BEFORE I blew out my knee…I lost about 15  pounds and 13 inches I think before that happened! I LOVED it! Loved Circuit Training, I would highly recommend it to anyone.

When I  was in 8th grade, I hurt my knee in gym class, blew out my ACL and had surgery, woke up to a freaking clown, just sayin’–PLEASE don’t do this to your kids! It is not that they did anything wrong during my surgery, but they didn’t have the technology back then that they have now,  so it created an arthritic situation over the years which just gradually got worse with wear and tear.

After years of it hurting and avoiding–and yeah over doing it at the gym, I  had it looked it. When we saw the first surgeon , they scoped it. With me being so young–I was still in my 30’s, they didn’t want to do a Total Knee Replacement. THIS is not because of  the surgery, this is because of your SECOND AND THIRD surgeries. Most likely I will have two more in my lifetime, which will be A LOT more intense than what I have already been though which I must I admit, I can’t even imagine at this point.

So, they scoped, told me I was bone on bone and basically had cartilage issues–but didn’t really fix it because there wasn’t a point. It was also suggested I lose weight. I had already started this path, I was still in the 220’s.  I stated Eating Clean a few weeks later as I mentioned in an earlier post.

This stated a year of physical therapy, trying to get my knee better. He didn’t want to do the surgery, didn’t think I was there yet, I was too young etc. During this time I did injections, had shots, had a manipulation ( this is where they put you under and manually break up the scar tissue) this helps you for you don’t have your brain telling you it hurts.  After this procedure he went out and told my Michael how he was able to get me to bend so much and maybe I need to pain management, basically saying ‘ this was in my head’! I can’t tell you even to this day how PISSED I was! STILL am! After that day, I went to PT and said ‘ I don’t care how bad this hurts, you do WHATEVER you have to do, just do it’ I was SO pissed! But still I didn’t get better!  In fact the injections made me worse, chicken fat is what they were and they even told me that hadn’t had someone react like me…

In 2011 we got a second opinion…

I told them out the manipulation and what had happened and they told me that he could have got me to bark like a dog and what happened was totally wrong. FINALLY someone was listening to me, someone was understanding the year of hell I had gone through.

They did suggest surgery, YES they said that I would have multiple surgeries, YES, the next one would BE HORRIBLE and I needed to think about  this, I would have rods and what not! BUT what I needed to think about was that if I let this go TOO long, it would go up into my thigh…

Let me say up front I am kinda a wimp! If you piss me off, I will do what I can but still…I don’t like pain, have issues with medications, and I can struggle! I wish I knew now what I didn’t know then. Just not sure I would have done this! I know I needed too, but man…

I had the surgery February 2011 and I am still struggling….

This is not the best picture and one of the only ones I have….

Traci's knee

Traci’s knee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was on my walker for almost a year,  I was determined NOT to gain all my weight back and continue on my path even if I couldn’t work out! I wasn’t sure HOW I was going to do it! It was sooo hard, still is!

I froze some of Beth’s Superman Muffins to have after my surgery so that Michael didn’t have to cook for me and I could have them when I got home. I did Cooler 1 ( often)! 🙂

I started slow but I went for walks on my walker around my block and eventually went up to 2 miles on my walker, hence I became the Walker Lady….

Funny pic of me on my walker

Funny pic of me on my walker

Cort and Mom water-Summer 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other day someone in my neighborhood mentioned how far I’ve come and it was cool! They watched me go from the walker, to the cane, to me now…

So, how am I now?

I still have frozen shoulder, the sharp pain still seems to have gone–though I admit I baby it, I don’t make sudden moves or anything so I am not totally sure. I don’t have the movement– I can’t raise my arms above my head or to the side. We THINK this has come from being on my walker so long.  I did have a tear on the left side, though my right side seems worse–still. We got some info back from U of M with a bunch of big words which I haven’t looked up yet–maybe when I have some time.

I still have chest pain, yeah we have no idea what that is, so who knows, I am living with it and I don’t even talk about it for what is the point! I just get use to not breathing at times…

My thigh, it bothers me every morning when I wake up. No idea, maybe from sleeping all night, who knows? I would like to get some weights, but need to research it. Yeah, when I have some time, would also like to do this for my arms, it was suggested by a friend in my Church group.

My knee, still having issues, especially on things like stairs, I can go down but not up. Have issues sometimes when I walk but not always, it seems to be ‘ a sometimes’ thing. I can only seem to do 2 miles, no more, but it’s not only the knee, it’s also the chest and thigh. And the weather seems to bother me too and it seems to ‘ hot’ and I don’t know why? And sometimes it just hurts, and if I move it the wrong way, it just hurts. I don’ t know, I limp though I try to hide that.

I am just trying to live with all this for it seems it will be my life and I don’t want to stop living! I have a job now and sometimes at work I have a hard time, I struggle but we need the help so–I have to put us first so! The rest, I just pray every morning! 🙂 AND like I said, it’s not always! I just take it day by day!

Just as I have slipped a little on my weight loss, as I told someone today in response on my blog–we get comfortable and you know what, for someone like me, I can’t! I have to keep my balance –I haven’t been doing this that long, so now, I am just going to keep finding my way, and keep right on going so thank you ‘ timezonehoppers’ for keeping me honest!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

xoxoxoxox

Traci

Sudo Vegan World…


Good Morning my dear friends!

I feel like the Tin man from Wizard of Oz, I just need a little oil and all my parts will be working again. It’s funny, my step son ( who is also a vegan, though MUCH further along then I.  We were talking the other day and it seems that though we both eat more healthy, we seem to the ones with the issues–go figure!)

One side note, then back to my story….

Per my EMG (nerve testing), I do not have nerve damage, my thigh’s atrophied, from ‘lack of use’ apparently. The reason this makes me SO angry is because I have asked for almost a year ‘ what is wrong, what can I do, what needs to be done?’ And I have gotten ‘ we don’t know, you have a weak thigh’. From what one person told me recently, ‘put some weights on it, all the cardio, leg lifts etc won’t help you if you don’t have weight’. UGH, really? I guess I keep thinking, had someone told me this a year ago, how many of my current medical issues RIGHT now could have been avoided? For now, it looks like I didn’t WANT to do anything or I WAS lazy or I WAS hurting too much when I WAS out walking two miles on a damn walker. OK vent over. So, now I am going to get some light weights, keep up my walking and try to get this pain in my damn thigh to stop and get my leg to stop looking like a squash. Also, this still doesn’t address my knee issues, my shoulder issues, my chest issues, BUT it’s a start and I am all for starts! I am just frustrated, but you know what? I lost over 90 pounds while being flat on my back, this isn’t going to stop me either! 🙂

To bring this all together. As a lot of you know, I lost a lot of weight with the Eat Clean diet ( thank you Beth and  Marissa and Ken) I couldn’t have continued at the gym when I was laid off if Marissa Jarrett and her husband Ken had not let me stay there with a VERY discounted rate so I have to REALLY say thank you to them, REALLY say thank you to them!  These are amazing trainers so if you are looking for some, check them out!

You can find my story here at the Eat Clean Site…

http://www.eatcleandiet.com/community/success_stories/traci_dean.aspx#responses

Tosca has come out with a Vegetarian cook book and is having guest bloggers on her site tell their stories –mine will appear May 20th…thank you so much for having me Tosca, it’s truly an honor!!!

http://toscareno.blogspot.com/

I  hope you will come check it out and read the other guest bloggers– there are so many interesting ones. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or just want to maybe try a meat-less meal every once in a while, swing by– it’s been a great read and trust me, my blog, will surprise you– it’s all I am sayin!! 🙂

I also have a good eats for you, I have stolen this from my step son Erik and revised it, it’s so delish!

Mango Tosda

Recipe:

1 whole wheat tortilla

1-2 tablespoons clean humus of choice

1-2 tablespoons clean salsa-Whole foods has an amazing one ( careful, you don’t want to make it TOO wet)

1/4 mango

1/4 avocado

Cover tortilla with humus and place in toaster oven, on a higher temperature– you want it to ‘bake’ and be crispy. Remove and add salsa, slices of avocado and slices of mango.

I usually eat two of these ( small tortillas), and then you can have the remaining mango for dinner . Or have one as a snack.  For non-vegans/vegetarians, you can add meat to this or I have even made them with green onions, lettuce, black beans and tomatoes–there are a lot of avenues.

My step son originally used a flat bread and  spicy humus. Before he became a vegan, he loved Little Caesars’ crazy bread and when the humus is baked it has a cheese like texture, but for me the tortilla is just lighter.

Hope you enjoy!  I will be in Texas for two weeks because my baby is graduating High School but after that, I will be around more!

Aye’ she’s got me…

Take care and God Bless!

xoxoxoxo

Traci

Brief Pause -with some Q&A…


Good Afternoon,

First off, to answer the question about Beth’s Superman Muffins; the reason they’re called this is she wanted her boys excited to eat them and told them they would be big and strong like Superman if they did! 🙂

Secondly, as many of you know I have struggled with these last  ( cough, the holiday gain + 3 pounds) 18 pounds.  I asked Michael for incentive I didn’t want money, clothes or anything of that nature but I needed something. I know these last few pounds will be rough, so I need a push. He told me that if I could lose this amount, get down to (140) which is where I want to be by March he would take me to Florida. YES! I have never been and always wanted to go!  So, the challenge is on!

A friend has taken me up on my food journal challenge; which I have not done for many years I admit, but it was sooo helpful to me.   We will be doing this on my Facebook page every day till the end of February, so if you need the link, just let me know.

Now, I don’t work out.  I am on my second week of Cooler 1 of the Eat Clean diet plan. ( If you need this info pleases let me know, I will be getting to this later) PLEASE NOTE, I do have a tendency to eat less food then some-the reason for this is because I do not get the physical activity that most get even on a semi-regular basis. So please understand this when looking at my food.

I do see the Cardio Specialist this week,  I am not sure if physical therapy can be incorporated into my routine right now- we will have to see. I also see my knee surgeon on the 6th. I am hoping to add walking back into my life, but I am not sure we will be able to do that.

So, I will be back later in the week to do my  3rd installment of My Weight Loss Journey!

 

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Hopefully, this will be Michael and I in March! 🙂

 

 

 

Take Care and God Bless!

Traci

And then I HAD to tell the Hubby!


Good Evening my dear friends!

I apologize, and this shoulder injury is much harder to deal with then I anticipated, I  don’t get on the computer as much as I wish to. Working now and not sleeping well and I am worn out; we have found  that my tendon is torn, with tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, etc.  I see an orthopedic specialist on February 2nd, hopefully we will have answers especially since it seems to have moved into my arm as well. I’m also having issues with my right shoulder now too???

I also see my knee surgeon on the 6th, it has been a year, can you believe it? And we are STILL having issues, more with limited bending and my thigh is still falling asleep, sigh! 

Please say a prayer! I had lunch with a dear friend today,  and mentioned how the Hubby was talking ‘ consequence’ and getting ‘legal’ thinking he was ‘off ‘ his walker’ lol! This was a bit ago-it has been some time since he mentioned this.  Thinking she would agree, but no she agreed with him. Her mother had TKR (total knee replacement) and didn’t have these issues, and had a lot more testing in the beginning than I! And my friend had a similar situation with her daughter’s school; she got all ‘mama bear’ on them, which is what prompted my friend’s remarks.  She said ‘ Traci; there are other surgeons, you do understand there is STILL a problem. He may be one of the best but you’re  still not fixed  that doesn’t mean he is ‘perfect’! And that though he may be ‘ the best’  that doesn’t mean to not look at other options or  someone else who may be able to fix you if they can’t or they keep  waiting for this or that’? Sigh, we will see. It just seems to be one long waiting game. I know some of this is me, my issues- just as I know some of this is because we couldn’t do PT as long as needed. Still; a year later, two manipulations and still having ‘ nerve like issues’? Guess we will see. I just keep praying! 🙂

Ok here in installment 2…. 🙂

Yep; after finding out I weighed  245 pounds, I joined Weight Watchers. I had no choice, I was terrified, I had NO idea what to do, where to go and how to start. I learned a lot from them, and even still have my card…

WW Membership

There are 2 I learned from them which I am going to share-1.) journal- that is SO important!  You just can’t believe what all you put in your stomach during the day- I couldn’t believe it. I learned so much so much by writing down my daily food intake.  In fact, if anyone wants to take up this challenge with me, for 30 days I will do it with you, I will write down EVERYTHING I eat if you will!  Come on–everything including weekends!! t really does help, and it keeps you honest…who will do it with me? I need to get my butt in gear too? That is going to be my next post; we should make set up a challenge for our selves- even us old timers need help too! 🙂

Food Diary

Above is my journal in which I faithfully wrote EVERY day.

The other thing I really learned in Weight Watchers was to drink my water. I HATE drinking water, I will tell you! Never been my thing…so what I learned to do was drink tea (decaf).  I LOVE tea, and they told me that decaf tea could count as my water so, I drink it hot, cold, whichever, whatever to get my water in!

Weight Watchers Cup

I now try to drink two to three of these a day (cup), which I never did before.  helps that this is a cup with measurement marks to guide me. I wonder if they still give these out? I actually won this for losing 5 pounds one week! 🙂

My last thing I am going to share is Beth Downey’s ( you will hear more about  her later when I talk of joining the Brickhouse) Superman Muffins with you! THESE are amazing!  I have TRIED to  put a recipe section on here but could NOT get it to work, sigh, will have to work on it.  But these babies SAVED me after my surgery!!! And this was the first time I made them Vegan ( I don’t use eggs or milk) and they were just as yummy! 🙂

So, here goes!

Thank you BETH!

Beth and I

Beth and I

Now I add about 1/4 a cup more flour and 1/4 a cup more oats,

I don’t like them wet ( I mix this to  make the batter thicker)but do it to taste-

I also add dark chocolate chips to mine per the notes…. 🙂 Enjoy, I love them!

Also- I have never used pumpkin spice, I know people have used oatmeal instead of oats and what not,

I have not tried that.

Here is the calorie content:

Plain muffins have about 125 calories but adding the below increases the calorie count as stated;

Then I usually add the following:

• 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use pecans) (158 calories per muffin with this addition)

OR

• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (170 calories per muffin with this addition)

OR

• 1/2 cup dried fruit (147 calories per muffin with this addition)

                                                                                                            

                  “SUPERMAN” MUFFINS-Per Beth Downey

Basic recipe:

Ingredients

* 1  cups whole rolled oats OR wheat bran

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • I used rice milk
  • Info for rice milk below
  • *  cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • I used 1/3rd cup almond milk, 1tsp lemon juice
  • Calories for almond milk below

    * 1/3 cup brown sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • I used ground Jamaican Allspice

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 ripe banana (mashed)

  • 1 small zucchini (peeled and finely grated)
  • I used half a large zucchini

* 1 medium carrot (peeled and finely grated)

then add (1) of the following:

* 1/2 cup dried mixed berries

* 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • I used vegan dark chocolate chips-sorry, don’t still have the bag for them, 
  • but you can get them at amy whole foods, just note they need to be 7o% or greater

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Spray muffin cups or use paper muffin liners.

Mix together whole rolled oats and milk, and let stand for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together mashed banana, applesauce,egg, brown sugar, zucchini, carrot, and vanilla.egg, brown sugar, zucchini, carrot, and vanilla.

Sift together whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Stir into rolled oat and milk mixture until just blended. Fold in dried berries, nuts, or chocolate chips.

Scoop into muffin cups.

 Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes to 20 minutes,

or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 full size muffins.

Mini muffins cook for 12 – 18 minutes (makes 48 mini muffins)

I will try to add more entries to this blog more often, perhaps twice a week; sorry I’m so late with this one. 😉

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless! 🙂

xoxoxoxo

Traci