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Jacky82020 - Saturday Dec 05, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 115.2



Progress as of today: 18.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
How is the knee feeling now?

Jacky82020 on 12/05/2020:
Very painful! Getting worse. Staying in bed with the dogs and reading. Walking with awful limp like I have a huge fork shoved up my butt.

grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
Ouch! Take it easy and don't make it worse!

Maria7 on 12/05/2020:
Hope you knee gets better.

Jacky82020 on 12/05/2020:
Thanks, Maria. Sure it will, only a matter of when. I am dreading the possibility of surgery. The pain! The expense!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
i really also hope your knee gets better. i struggle with ankle and leg former injuries as well, sucks.

1000 cals doing nothing is like being an elderly woman who is bed-bound...you burn more, i am sure!

sorry some garlics were bad but it sounds like you got a lot of good ones! how awesome that you are into these types of experiments. you'll have to let us know on this natto, i'd NEVER had tried that on my own if you paid me! (well, depends how much you'd pay me! ) hahaha

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Yep, the one thousand is for going nothing or next to it. Sure the average person (my size) self-isolating and not exercising would burn closer to 1200. Averages are just that, averages. Do believe I’m at one end of the bell curve & my BMR is below normal. So, the 1000 is not the old bedridden lady in my case.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
i hope you are able to learn something more than you already do now about your knee. for me, it was terrible and endless and painful for YEARS. then i just learned i'd have to let it recover, like you are, i took 3 months off everything and got very depressed...that's what i needed to start the recovery...

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Very anxious to see what this guy has to say. Too bad the appointment was so far out from when I called, but on the other hand I felt being triaged to the basement meant it was a minor injury that may well heal before the appointment. He did say call if it gets worse and I should have. This has gone on 2-3 months. I am terrible with dates!

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
At least some of the garlic turned out. Imagine how disappointing it would have been if nothing turned out.

It will be intresting to see what happened to your knee. I foresee a scan of some sort. (I hope that's not delayed by covid.) Then, I predict either physical therapy or a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. PT is fine and fun. The other option... not so much.

Let's see if I'm psychic!

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Your psychic abilities are 100% in alignment with my own! The Image Center is in the same building. I do know it closed down for three months earlier in the year. My mammogram was postponed. Maybe they did certain images? idk. Also know several surgeries including joint replacements etc were deemed elective and weren’t done. Haven’t followed all this lately Don’t watch local news & cancelled subscription to local paper. They did say the two sports PCPs worked with orthopedic surgeons in another location. I am really hoping for a DX tomorrow.

Jacky82020 - Saturday Nov 28, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 117.6




Not my usual dinner of soybeans & cabbage.   Made a pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions for the husband.   Only had the veggies, but soaked up the gravy with a fat wheat roll.   Easily 500 Cals if not considerably more.   My bad.


 Weight has stabilized.   Not losing more because I am eating more and not exercising.   Knee still sore and doc appointment not until 12/7.  Hoping he says exercise away, it won't make things any worse. Really want to hit 115 by 12/31/20, but if not, then early 2021.

KOMBUCHA Experiment #1.   Took liberties with the recipes. Poured 16 oz of raw unpasteurized GT in 2 quarts of tea.   Used 3 black bags, 2 geeen and 2 decaffeinated black (latter found lurking in cabinet)

Added 3/4 Cup granulated sugar.  Cooled tea to 85 degrees and poured in GT.   Lots of SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast) in bottle.   If it goes forth and mutiples, I'm in business. Put in bird room, warmest in house, 70-74.   The cloth is to keep undesirables out and allow CO2 to escape. Will add flavors and possibly a sweetener later.   The raw GT tasted like crap compared to the peach/ pineapple flavor.now


Got glucose meter to work & disappointed with the result of 107.  John Clement says fasting level ideal at 75-85, under 95 ok.  Only a cup of coffee all day, a little chocolate soy protein mix added.   May have not sufficiently hydrated today which could also raise levels.

Meant to try reading first thing in AM, but broke fast by eating 2 bananas in the middle of the night.   Will try to avoid the same tonight & drink more water.

I was 99 after a 12 hr fast in July.   Expected much better after losing over 15 pds. & a far superior diet.   Of course some margin of error to be expected between the lab and my cheapie ReliOn.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2020:
well, it's best you work on at least stabalizing your weight so far to what you weigh now...you cannot live on cabbage and soy beans forever! ;) 500 cals is a good size meal, still very low cal considering a comparison to a typical bigger meal. you are doing good!

i thought that when making the kombucha, it needs refrigeration? or not?

well, maybe the two bananas changed your glucose reading considerably?

let us know if you do continual glucose monitoring and give me all the details on the kombucha, especially after it takes & you give it a try.

Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
No refrigeration for kombucha. Ideal temp. Is 80. My bird room is 70-74 this time of the year. Ppl keep it at cooler temps, just takes longer. I am not into it enough to put a small heater in the bathroom to get 80, but i was once obsessed with dying white orchids blue & kept the bathroom hot and humid. Only a few days required. The kombucha will need at least ten days. Wising I’d bought at least 3 bottles of the raw GT so as to run simultaneous tests! But staying faithful to plan to reduce possible covid exposure.

grannyannie on 11/29/2020:
I think my brother drinks kombucha but I doubt he makes it himself.

Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
I’m a real DIY girl!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2020:
well, you can do the simultaneous tests still...just buy more! maybe you'll learn a few tips from this test...and you can use those tips when you start up a few simultaneous tests!!! great ideas!

Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
Will definitely add at least 3 bottles of the GT raw to next Friday’s pickup list!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2020:
you totally are a real DIY person! i cannot believe how many experiments and projects you do ! constantly!

Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
lol. Always liked doing what I can if possible & it can save the big bucks. Plus fun! Make a lot of money in the stock market but am as frugal as always. A family curse! When my dad was sitting on millions of dollars in SF real estate, he was lining up for free government cheese for anyone over 65. He got these big-assed blocks.

Donkey on 11/29/2020:
I'm sorry, what is GT?

I applaud this endeavor! I too am a DIY, especially if it costs a lot to buy the product off the shelves. It's good to have a homemade version, even if used as a "backup" alternative.

I'm sure the bananas affected the glucose reading in the morning. Try again?

Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
GT is a brand of kombucha that HOP likes. It costs $3 a bottle. I’ve found recipes that use the bottle as a starter to make more tea, You pour the store bought one into brewed tea & sugar and allow the yeast/bacterial culture to grow in a warm room. If I comes out ok, I will add fruit flavorings. I have several from my successful efforts to crack the diet Snapple peach ice tea. Tastes great!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2020:
lol, the picture you posted for me is too blurry for me to read, but, it's my guess that you are showing me flash cards being sold on ebay! LOL...thanks for checking it out for me ;)

cannot wait to move on with myself, get away from PMP review...!

also, there's more i may share about the credentials, if i pass the test. otherwise, i will prob choose to study more, but then, if only failures, i will make the choice to never think about it again, as far as i can help it! LOL

Jacky82020 on 11/29/2020:
Yes! Flash cards & a cheat sheet from eBay. Posted them for fun. Sure you’re familiar with all the study crap available

Jacky82020 - Wednesday Nov 25, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 117.6


 Added a bottle of GT kombucha to Walmart list.  No idea if I will like this brew, but already thinking about making my own from this bottle.   I have a nice collection of peach and raspberry flavorings from my adventures in making Snapple.

 Dinner, yet more soy beans and cooked slaw.   Liking fried sliced up whole cabbage better and won't be buying the raw slaw anymore.   plan to fry the cabbage with onions.

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2020:
let us know what you think!!! i don't prefer this one!! it's healthy, so i hope you like it...

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Only want it as a starter. Will add my own flavorings

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2020:
great idea!!!

Maria7 on 11/26/2020:
We never know what we will like to eat unless we try new things. Yesterday, I tried making a grilled cheese sw with different ingredients...ugh...didn't work out. I had used mayonaise coating the outsides of the sw instead of margerine to cook the sw in, among other ingredients I put inside the cheese sw. Could have been a really good sw had I stuck when the way I usually cook one. SMILE!

Jacky82020 - Tuesday Nov 24, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 117.6



Same dinner at 5PM: soy beans and cabbage. Ok, had a few bites of meatloaf.   One of the dogs is quite elderly and has decided he wants only my homemade meatloaf, so I'm making a really huge  one pretty much every other day.   He is a big boy, maybe 125 pds. Can't resist a few bites when it comes out of the microwave.   Difficult as well to avoid snacking on the parrots' pistachios which is their evening treat.   Avoided that today by giving them nuts after I had dinner when I was full, instead of later.



Finished off my small jar of black garlic last nite.   Won't buy more, am determined to make my own,  Ordered the better rice cooker from Amazon, will arrive tomorrow.   Added 3 (1.5 pds) garlic bulbs to my pickup list.   Searched for cheaper bulk sacks of garlic and nothing to be found.   Many sellers wanted up to $15 a pound!  Don't get it!   supposedly easy to grow.

soybbeans and cooked cabbage have become my dinner staple, the first meal of the day which I eat between 4 & 5.   Filling until maybe 9, then  I have 2  hi fiber English muffins with mustard & whatever & the other with nut butter & honey.

HOP, looked at kombucha.  Added a bottle to my pickup list.   This brand had more appealing flavors than GT.   Do you like kombucha because of health benefits or for the flavor?

Progress as of today: 16.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/24/2020:
Looks like a nice rice cooker. Mine has only 2 options - cook or warm.

Jacky82020 on 11/24/2020:
Those are the most important ones!

horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2020:
Well at least a few bites of meatloaf / cashews add a very healthy element to your diet !

I sometimes do buy the kombucha you have a photo of above. They add some stevia to that brand. Yes, the flavors are nice - I like the pineapple peach and cherry also ...also a couple others. The greens flavor is surprisingly good / sweet. Yes, this brand tastes good

But beware, there is caffeine in this brand, more than the others, so I usually have to be more careful when drinking it. And not have it in combo with coffee also. Sometimes it makes me jittery. I used to drink it more but bought it the other day when the store didn’t have the brand I prefer that you bought last time....

I like kombucha bc it’s carbonated and filling. I like that it has probiotics. I love that it is low calorie and only drink flavors that appeal to me. I love it most for being low calorie and filling and I can relax and drink it for awhile and it’s satisfying for that long while - it helps me cut calories

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
Thanks for the info, especially the caffeine warning .Didn’t know.

Donkey on 11/25/2020:
Back down to 117! Yay!

I tried a coffee flavored kombucha. Did not care for it. I've heard the fruit flavors are better, but never tried again.

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
I am curious about kombucha.

Read about this really fat guy (400+ pds) who did a 200 cal a day kombucha fast. Wanted to go 30 days, but broke done around day 23 . Lost a huge amount. Takes a really large person to shed pounds like he did. My doc is telling me to limit my weight loss to 2 pds a week. Impossible! Best I can do is 1 a week and not even every week at that.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2020:
yeah, i like fruit flavors best.

i cannot do the strong ginger flavors or root flavors.

Jacky82020 on 11/25/2020:
I’ll have to take a second look, but appeared most Walmart GT’s were ginger flavors. That’s why I went with the other brand. Do love diet ginger ale.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/25/2020:
perhaps, since you like a lot of strong flavors, you'll like the ginger one. i just can't do it...it tastes so strong to me.

Jacky82020 - Saturday Nov 21, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 117.8

Finally dinner!   I was starving.   had soy beans and the fried cole slaw mix and a tiny piece of the bbq beef sandwich leftover from yesterday.  Husband had steak and a baked potato and fpeam and carrots.   Now he gorge in on a huge piece of pie.


This is


black garlic.  



It's done after 4-8 weeks.   no odor yet from mineThe hopefully soon to be black garlic is cooking in my rice pot.   Made a special trip to buy the garlic.   In and out of store fast, used self checkout.   considered padding the order up to $35 so I could get pickup, but afraid the convenient slots would be taken and think I'm getting too paranoid about covid.  

Some saying the odor is awful & others saying they like it.   Nothing yet, guess it takes a while to develop.

Finally got into the 117's, but don't expect it to stick.  Weight bounces around, may take another week for it to stabilize.   But moving in the right direction.   be 

Progress as of today: 16.2 lbs lost so far, only 7.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/21/2020:
Well done!

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Thanks, Annie!

Donkey on 11/21/2020:
Wow, you did it! Even if it fluctuates a little bit - you still did it!

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Thanks, it’s been an effort, I tell you. But an achievable goal that isn’t costing me any money. Wanted it for years, but have finally found the wherewithal.

Donkey on 11/21/2020:
Sorry, one more question: So is natto a savory thing or a sweet thing? Or does it depend on how you make it?

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Savory. No sweeteners added, fermented soy beans with this bacterial culture. Was difficult to find, Amazon doesn’t sell it anymore. Pricey in Canada and the UK, they wanted to sell a lot and I need very little to try it out. Often served with hot mustard, which I love.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
you have learned so much about some healthful things from all over the world! i see you really love to research! show us the black garlic and everything when it's done.

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Will do. Really enjoying researching these “super foods” and reading about the Blue Zones. They make it sound like most people eat s hi t and get sick and die too young.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
also, when you find out and can make a list of the inexpensive superfoods, that's what we wanna know...like garlic / onions.

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Yep & can’t think of anything more nutritious and less expensive than soy. A wonder food!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
btw, congrats on reaching 117!

also, thank you for the reminder on Soy...i used to buy tofu more regularly....i should buy it more, it's so convenient and has a long shelf life (in the fridge)...it's great when i'm low on protein, i can use it with veggies...and it's filling.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
hey jacky...can i friend you on FB!? some of us here are friends on there! :)

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Sorry, don’t really use FB. Occasionally the need arises fto create an account. Like once I wanted to see bald eagle photos someone from Pittsburgh posted on FB and I needed an account, so I got one. Basically a blank account. When I needed to use it a few years later, it was disabled. Seems if an account is empty and unused, FB takes it down. Went through this sequence a few times. Created the most recent account i3/21 because Frankie’s previous owner said she had lots of his baby pics there. Copied some and my guess is that account will be gone too should the reason arise to use it again.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
a pie that i love most is pumpkin pie....i should get off my a$$$$ and make it now, to have some with dinner...yup!

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Love them too. Occasionally cook a frozen one

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
i'm making the pumpkin pie filling, no pie crust, cooks up just the same and perfectly tatsy!

Jacky82020 on 11/21/2020:
Don’t eat the crust when I bake the frozen pie Never liked pie crust

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2020:
yeah, the crust just makes me want to have more crust but is not satisfying at all!

Jacky82020 - Wednesday Nov 18, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 118.4


Healthy but boring dinner.   Salmon and the stir fried cabbage mix with the Italian blend vegetables.  Not certain about calories, but for sure under 400.   The husband had the same thing but with mac  and cheese, the frozen stoeffers one that is pretty good.    High in fat and salt! & calories.

No exercise for last few days.   Knee getting worse. Have appointment to see sports doc on 12/7.  Wish it weren't so far out!   Considered going to Urgent Care on Sunday, but learned they don't do images, even though the imaging center is in the same building.


On track to hit 117 by month's end.   Then 115 by end of December and my goal of 110 early 2021.   Impossible to say how much IF is helping with weight loss. Doing it for other health benefits.  Reading more and more the American way of eating multiple times throughout the day is not  good, 3 meals a day is much better & two better yet. Something to do with the continuous release of insulin.

Saw doc film on Prime the other day about some woman in the UK. Basically ate herself to death. Not sure of her exact weight, they use stones instead of kg or pounds. But think a stone is 14 pds.   Had trouble making the math conversions mentally, but she had to be over 600 pds.   This bariatric surgeon was going on and on about how ppl stuff their faces all day long & how unhealthy it is.   Of course she was an extreme example.   He said a lion may have a big meal a day and that's it.  You don't see any saying: think I'll have a chipmunk or two to tide me over until dinner time.   lol.

Progress as of today: 15.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/18/2020:
Yes, a stone is 14 lbs. Some also use kg here but for my weight I weight in lbs. My scale is set to lbs.

The UK is catching up with the US in percentage of the population who are obese. But there is much less here who are morbidly or grossly obese. I've seen a difference over the 20 years I've been here.

Jacky82020 on 11/18/2020:
The US is the fattest nation in the world. Saw a list recently. Forget #2. May have been Mexico because at one time they were #1 The Asian countries were the thinnest as I recall

grannyannie on 11/18/2020:
Asian countries much thinner. They eat a lot more veggies and less other crap. Although they do eat a lot of rice.

Jacky82020 on 11/18/2020:
Yes! Their diet is far healthier than ours, but some areas are becoming Westernized and eating our crappy junk food. This book I read that discussed the super-centenarians in Okinawa said their grands and greatgrands are porking up. Eating McDonald’s etc

grannyannie on 11/18/2020:
We noticed when we first went to Thailand in 2014 that most people were thin to average. We were shocked to see McDonalds and KFC and Dunkin Donuts, etc. And Thais are getting fatter and fatter. The mall where I do our grocery shopping has a KFC in it and I always notice that it's almost all Thais eating there.

The clothing sizes in the stores have gotten bigger too.

Jacky82020 on 11/18/2020:
Wow, same as here. Got the LLBean and Lands End catalogs. Surprised to see how big many of the models were. Good in that they’re realistic. Also got the Choctaw Calendar. Never liked it, always has people. I’d prefer historical art work. Anyways, the tribal leaders are getting fatter and fatter. Even some kids they showed.

grannyannie on 11/18/2020:
Burgers aren't as big here as in the US although there is McD's. Fish and chips are really popular and very fattening! Pizza is popular.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/18/2020:
i, myself, have to eat multiple times a day because when i do not, i feel very weak...and then later when i do eat, i binge. some people can do intermittent, but it's not for me.

also, i think of all the people on here, you have lost weight the fastest. be safe though...and try to see yourself with a plan to keep it off. it will get some getting used to, maintenance.

Jacky82020 on 11/18/2020:
Whatever works, you’re doing terrific! And have maintained for years. Awesome!!!!

My plan is to continue with IF & CR. Good research shows they’re linked to lower risk of cancer, cardiac disease etc etc & healthy longevity. I feel great and man does that first meal of the day in late afternoon taste wonderful, nutritious and boring as it can be,

Horn_of_plenty on 11/18/2020:
and IF can help you to eat moderately and eat the things you love !!! :)

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2020:
Don’t I wish. Love cheesecake and Reese cups, but I’m into the most nutritional bang for your buck kinda foods that the CR ppl do. Hence they soy and vegetables. Gave up cheese. Replaced it with nut butters.

grannyannie on 11/19/2020:
Salmon and veggies is a very healthy meal.

Get that knee checked!

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2020:
Finally got a doc appointment. Will tell ya more soon.

Donkey on 11/19/2020:
I'm glad to hear that you're getting the knee checked, if it is still giving you problems. (I'm not glad to hear that it is giving you problems!)

When I had PF, I thought it was nothing, that the pain would pass. So I ignored it, or tried to, for a week or 2. By the time I saw the doctor, I could hardly walk on the foot.

Don't let that happen to you!

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2020:
They won’t see me until 12/7. Highly disappointed. Wish I had called sooner now.

legcramps on 11/19/2020:
Yum, I haven't had salmon in such a long time it seems. Might be on the menu for this weekend :)

I can understand your frustration with your knee. I hope time passes quickly for now between now and then.

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2020:
Me too, thanks. I always have a big sack of wild caught salmon fillets in the freezer. They have complex defrosting instructions which I ignore. Spray with Pam and top with garlic powder and microwave on power 7. Takes maybe 20 minutes. I’ve always been a lazy cook!

legcramps on 11/19/2020:
That's my kind of cooking ;)

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2020:
Lol, sista

Jacky82020 - Monday Nov 16, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 118.8

Very curious about this "super food" natto.  Can't see paying $50 for 50 cents worth of ingredients. Looks like it can be made in a yogurt cooker.   Some say it tastes like cheese and I never met a cheese I didn't like. Will probably order the culture and this yogurt maker tomorrow.

This is natto, fermented soy beans. You add a bacterial culture and keep at 115 degrees for a 24 hours.   They say it's an acquired taste that tastes and smells horrible.   I tried to cut and paste a description here, but failed.   Very expensive online, has to ship in chilled containers.   I'd like to try it, but sounds creepy.  Wish I could find a small container. Probably could have in SF or San Diego, but not around here.

 Super excited to get very cordial response to my email from John Clement.   He wrote The Switch, by far and  away best in show of the live long & healthy books.  Interesting guy. Practiced law for 20 years,  became an entrepreneur & then devoted 20 years to anti-aging research.   Doubt anyone in the whole wide world knows as much as John.   Offered to send me numerous copies of the book, but I declined, saying I've already made additional purchases for a few ppl.  Don't really know any others who would be interested.   He's big on CR & IF and explains everything at the molecular level.

Progress as of today: 15.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/16/2020:
Great you got a letter back. Hope you find the book helpful.

Jacky82020 on 11/16/2020:
Loving this book! My first ever fan letter to a writer. lol

Horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2020:
never heard of natto, but will listen to what you have to say...the price you wrote puts me OFF!

i agree, maybe you could find it in LA or san diego! haha...at first i thought it looked like a pudding or dessert of some sort. but after reading your taste/smell interpretation, i'll pass!

i'd have taken the book! haha...but then you'd have to mail it to me! LOL...and i think i'm set on studying for now! :)

Jacky82020 on 11/17/2020:
I got my first copy as an ebook from the Brooklyn Library, so sure you could get the ebook or a print copy at whatever library you use.

The natto sounds gross as hell per many people, but I am curious. One thing that concerns me now is I’m seeing ppl say it stinks up the kitchen. Maybe I shouldn’t attempt this at home!

grannyannie on 11/17/2020:
I've been eating/drinking soy for years. Soy milk and tofu mainly. I've read the main problem with too much is for women who are still planning on having babies.

Donkey on 11/17/2020:
I guess I'm missing the point of a stinky dessert? The picture is very pretty - I thought it was yogurt.

Jacky82020 on 11/17/2020:
Lol. It’s not a dessert, it’s a traditional breakfast food in Japan. Called a Super Food due to dense nutrients. Dying to know how stinky. Some fans say it’s more like certain cheeses and not all that ghastly.

Jacky82020 - Saturday Nov 14, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 118.8

Dinner!   The stir fry cabbage was a bit on the bland side.   Will use healthy oil as HOP suggests next time and maybe some garlic  powder.


Cooked soy beans.   Since I remembered to soak beans overnight, it didn't take all day to crockpot them.   Will eat one cup with equal amount of the Italian veggie mix and a little of the stir fryed cabbage & carrot mix.   Beans & veggies amazingly filling.   Did not buy my favorites this week: multigrain English muffins, blue cheese & hot mustard.  Maybe in the future.

Reading about the so called Blue Zones today.   Areas with high numbers of centurions and supercenturians.   All attributed to lifestyle: diet, mostly plant based.   Physical labor.   Very interesting. They live long because of very low incidence of killer diseases like cancer and cardiac problems.

Progress as of today: 15.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
it's amazing these centurions. I've watched interviews with them and similar to what you say....most of all, you should see how these people live...so active...there's a man that was around 90-100 that used to visit his younger wife everyday, walking at least a mile there and then back, just to see her (she was in assisted living).

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
Yep! Fascinating! Some of the guys in Sardinia were 107 and walking miles over rugged terrain to herd their sheep

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
i like your soy bean plan with veggies. they do have tons of protein. make sure to get in a little fat, like, stir-fry with a little olive oil or any oil you like. you need a little fat or your hair and stuff will eventually become brittle (i have that experience in my last year of college to prove that it will mess up your hair/skin)!

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
Yeah, thanks for the reminder. My diet is low in fat, especially since I’m eliminating the blue cheese. Should have bought a bag of avocados

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
oh yes, spices will help that cabbage stir fry. use real oil, it only makes it healthier and won't add more than 50-100 calories to it...usually. just add like up to 2 tbsp of oil for the entire bag of slaw. also a little salt will help, pepper, and garlic as you suggested. will make it out of this world.

the whole meal looks a lot more appealing than the shakes or just pickles. way to go on a healthy approach. remember to season, use spices, olive oil...your meal will be much more tasty.

thank you for sharing a pic of your cooking. nice job on totally delving into veggies.

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
Will definitely lube/spice that slaw!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
oh, pretty plate!..the blue and white design is really cute.

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
From the clearance aisle at Walmart. 50 cents. All my dishes are mismatched

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
i need to go back to my crockpot...it's taken some time off for a few months.

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
My most used cooker in the kitchen, next to the microwave. My beautiful turquoise 1950s repro stove just sits there looking pretty.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
I may give in...and try to do some more bean dishes myself. i used to not feel full when eating beans and soy...but maybe i can do it now...maybe before i was too low on the fat too and that's why i couldn't feel satisfied. anyways, just like everyone, it's boring to always eat the same foods...i need to do more research :) for some good foods to cook in the crockpot this winter. last year i tried corned beef...so good.

grannyannie on 11/15/2020:
You could try soy sauce in your stir frys. Needs some kind of flavouring. A bit of chili powder maybe?

Jacky82020 on 11/15/2020:
Excellent suggestions! I’m all over them!

grannyannie on 11/15/2020:
Mediteranean diets are very healthy and they have a long life expectancy.

Jacky82020 - Friday Nov 13, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 119.4

My soy beans are here!   Will soak tonight and crockpot it tomorrow.   Excellent analysis. 300 calories in a cooked cup with 30 grams of protein.   Best bean ever.

Finally broke the 120 barrier.   Next milestone will be 117, what I weighed when we moved here in 2011.

Got all kinds of healthy veggies. A raw shredded mix of red and green ccabbage and carrots. Will stirfry with a little Pam. Got a whole big green cabbage.  And lots of mixed frozen vegetables.   Apparently Walmart pickup does not like weighing produce, so they overcharge with a fixed price.   Used the pickup service for everything except the produce.   Got dry black and kidney beans. Soy beans on their way from Amazon,  Soy powder coming from Southern California. Bought some almond milk to make shake.   Hope it isn't too ghastly! 

Trying to eat only between 4PM and 10PM.   More calories around 4-5.   Veggies & beans & lots or hot sauce.   Oddly enough the best for me is the Walmart Louisiana one.   Lowest in sodium & cheap, a dollar a bottle.  Major plus is reduced sodium.

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/13/2020:
Well done. Sounds like a healthy stir fry.

I've made a shake with almond milk, banana, cocoa, vanilla before. Yum. I don't buy almond milk anymore though and use soy or coconut.

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2020:
Sounds far more palatable than the proposed soy protein powder shake! I will add cocoa or some of the zero calorie syrups. May have to swill quickly!

Maria7 on 11/13/2020:
Yayyyyy! Congratulations! Happy for you!

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2020:
Thanks, Maria! It gets so hard sometimes, but I am not giving up.

horn_of_plenty on 11/13/2020:
Congrats on breaking below 120! I really like your plan on cooking up tons of veggies.

I know my diary doesn’t reflect my usual type of eating - when I am working and busy, I usually count on lots of veggies to fill me up so that I don’t want to snack a lot after my lunch at work !

I used to eat more veggies, especially during my lunches when at work, than what I’m doing now. I figure it will be not too difficult to go back to how I used to be...

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2020:
I lived on protein bars when I worked outside the house in San Diego. Saw several different kinds in the clearance aisle at Walmart today. Decided to pass, but some looked good, like candy bars almost. But looks can be deceiving.

Maria7 on 11/13/2020:
Never tried eating soybeans before. I am a lima beans girl. Bet they are good, though and that is very high protein count in soybeans.

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2020:
Been years since I cooked soy beans. Hope they taste ok. I forgot. Love Lima and every other one I can think of. But none pack the nutritional bang of soy. Still good though.

Donkey on 11/14/2020:
Congratulations on breaking through to the 110's! You did it!

I don't know that I've had straight-up soybeans, ever, except for when I was a kid. I remember my grandmother having a dish of salted, roasted soybeans on her coffee table from time to time. Kind of like peanuts, but different.

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
Appear to be the most nutritious bean. Don’t know why so uncommon in the American diet. Had to order them from Amazon

Jacky82020 - Wednesday Nov 11, 2020
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 120.0

Ordered soy protein powder.  Been years since I went there, but moving towards a more plant based diet.   Out of frozen salmon, so added big bag to the weekly Walmart pickup list in progress.   Will go inside only for the produce. Need snap peas, cabbage, tomatoes, bananas and citrus.   And a big pomegranate for the parrots to share.


 Kept 120 after day of very healthy food & CR/IF.   So much want to get below 120, Soon! I will not fail. I shall overcome.

Tossed a pound of dry pinto beans in the crockpot.  analysis compared to soy beans bad!  3 to 1, carbs carbs v protein, no fat.  But only beans in the house & the soy will come from Amazon tomorrow.

Huge breakthrough in feral cat I've been feeding for a year.   A few days ago, he let me scratch his neck while he was eating treats.   I went in for a full back pet and Little Flash allowed it!  It's my fervent wish to bring him inside to live with the two house cats.   Never thought we'd progress to this point.  I did catch him in a Haveaheart cage last year.   It was a disaster. He escaped & hated me  for weeks, but apparently all is forgotten. He finally took to the heated outdoor cat house hidden in the bushes.


Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/11/2020:
We have a cupboard full of various dried beans. Hubby made veggie child the other night with kidney beans and Quorn mince.

Good job on the weight!

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
Thanks. Beans are the best! I use kidney beans in chili but have been lazy and buying the cans. Wish I had some dry ones. Black beans also great nutrition

grannyannie on 11/11/2020:
Husband uses a pressure cooker to cook the beans after soaking them. We also have black beans, chickpeas, etc.

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
Wishing now I had a pressure cooker. Usually soak overnight, but forgot. They have been in the crockpot all day and still not fully cooked.

Donkey on 11/11/2020:
I bought husband a Foodi a couple of years back and he loves it!

Your story about the feral cat makes me feel very hopeful! I leave cat food out in the winter, for anybody who might be passing by.

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
Today I tried sitting on the porch with the treats on my leg. He got close, but would not take them. He does eat from my hand, since a month or so. Big shock!

horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2020:
You motivate me to buy frozen salmon and then I can roast/ broil it or whatever and have leftovers.

Need better meet, fish, vegggies - I think I’m relying on chicken nuggets too much hahaha

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
Bad! Nuggets! Good! Salmon!

I am going to see if can find a funny pic for you.

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
I did, look at top of my feed.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2020:
i love these oversized gp's....i have a story that i'll tell when my brain is functioning about oversized GP's!!!!! to darn cute.

i wonder, g-d willing, when i'm older, what my next pet will be!!!!!!!!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
My Frankie said he’s afraid of guinea pigs now!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2020:

also, glad your cat is getting more comfortable with you xoxoxo

legcramps on 11/12/2020:
Little Flash LOL, love the name.

Jacky82020 on 11/12/2020:
Big Flash lives in the house. They are both black with a white “flash” on their chests. They appeared out front a year or so ago, maybe a few months apart. Big Flash is a lot bigger. lol. We caught him in a live trap & took him to the vet. She said he was a 3 yr old neutered male. He quickly tamed down, must have been someone’s pet. We advertised we had him in a little local online neighborhood group and no one knew anything about him. Little Flash is obviously feral.

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