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KathyBlue - Thursday Aug 26, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 228.2

Good morning, Ladies!

I'm sharing a bit of reading today, too. Still the End of Overeating.

Years of research had educated me about how sugar, fat, and salt change the brain. I understood some of the parallels between hyperpalatable foods and drugs of abuse, and about the links among sensory stimulation, cues, and memory. I'd met enough people like Claudia and Maria to understand how even the thought of food could cause them to lose control.
But I wasn't fully prepared for the discoveries I made about irresistibility and whoosh, the Monster Thickburger and Baked! Cheetos Flamin' Hot, about indulgence and purple cows. Without necessarily understanding the underlying science, the food industry has discovered what sells.

I was sitting at Chili's Grill & Bar in Chicago's O'Hare Airport waiting for a late-night flight. At a nearby table a couple in their early forties was deep into a meal. The woman was overweight, with about 180 pounds on her five-foot-four-inch frame. The Southwestern Eggrolls she had ordered were listed as a starter course, but the enormous platter in front of her had been heaped with food. The dish was described on the menu as "smoked chicken, black beans, corn, jalapeno Jack cheese, red peppers, and spinach wrapped inside
a crispy flour tortilla," and it was served with a creamy avocadoranch dipping sauce. Despite its name, the dish looked more like a burrito than an egg roll, an only-in-America fusion approach. I watched as the woman attacked her food with vigor and speed. She held the egg roll in one hand, dunked it into the sauce, and brought it to her mouth while using the fork in her other hand to scoop up more sauce. Occasionally she reached over and speared some of her companion's french fries. The woman ate steadily, working her way around the plate with scant pause for conversation or rest. When she finally paused, only a little lettuce was left. Had she known someone was watching her, I'm sure she would have eaten differently. Had she been asked to describe what she had just eaten, she probably would have substantially underestimated her consumption. And she would probably have been surprised to learn what the ingredients in her meal really were.

The woman might have been interested in how my industry source, who had called sugar, fat, and salt the three points of the compass, described her entree. Deep-frying the tortilla drives down its water content from 40 percent to about 5 percent and replaces the rest with fat. "The tortilla is really going to absorb a lot of fat," he said. "It looks like an egg roll is supposed to look, which is crispy and brown on the outside."
The food consultant read through other ingredients on the label, keeping up a running commentary as he did. "Cooked white meat chicken, binder added, smoke flavor. People like smoky flavor-it's the caveman in them."

"There's green stuff in there," he said, noting the spinach. "That makes me feel like I'm eating something healthy." "Shredded Monterey Jack cheese .... The increase in per-capita consumption of cheese is off the chart." The hot peppers, he said, "add a little spice, but not too much to kill everything else off."
He believed the chicken had been chopped and formed much like a meat loaf, with binders added, which makes those calories easy to swallow. Ingredients that hold moisture,  including autolyzed yeast extract, sodium phosphate, and soy protein concentrate,
further soften the food. I noticed that salt appeared eight times on the label and that sweeteners were there five times, in the form of corn-syrup solids, molasses, honey, brown sugar, and sugar.
"This is highly processed?" I asked.
"Absolutely, yes. All of this has been processed such that you can wolf it down fast ... chopped up and made ultrapalatable .... Very appealing looking, very high pleasure in the food, very high caloric density. Rules out all that stuff you have to chew."
By eliminating the need to chew, modern food processing techniques allow us to eat faster. "When you're eating these things, you've had 500, 600, 800, 900 calories before you know it," said the consultant. "Literally before you know it." Refined food simply melts in the mouth.

(to be continued tomorrow, I'd like to post the whole chapter, not much but would be too much for a day at least on the screen!)

About me: JOB INTERVIEW today. I haven't even been searching - they found me, YAY. We'll see. I'm going to tell you later, I have the appointment by lunchtime, at 1PM.

Today's menu:

07H30 - a cookie (50 kcal)

08H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

11H30 - 2 plums and a yogurt (150 kcal)

14H00 - veggie soup, 4 plums and a yogurt (550 kcal)

15H30 - a whole grain cookie (100 kcal)

16H30 - a soy dessert (103 kcal) and 2 peaches (150 kcal)

20H45 - salad (lettuce, corn, raw carrot, 2 cooked eggs and some tuna) vinagre and olive oil, with two thin slices of toasted whole grain bread with soy margarine, some octopus and melon and some grapes as dessert - 700 kcal

Grand total: 1950 kcal

Well - huuuuge dinner. But we made it to say goodbye to friends who are leaving tomorrow morning....


Progress as of today: 98 lbs lost so far, only 68.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/26/2010:
Interesting excerpt once again Kathy. Do you think that kind of eating is largely an American phenomenon? I've never experienced it in other countries I've traveled to. I absolutely loved the pace of eating in Italy in fact, where there is no rush to serve food or clear the plates. We lingered over our food (and substantially smaller portion sizes than what would be served here in the States) and it was just a much more relaxed environment overall. Another huge problem here (and I see it with my own in-laws) is eating in front of the television set. There is no ritual or order to meal times, the kids eat whenever they feel like it and everyone seems to bring a heaping plate of food in front of the TV set and then they scarf it down while mindlessly watching whatever show is on. I vowed never to do this with my own kids and we have 3 established meal times in which we sit at the dinner table and talk to each other. I think it has helped set my guys up for much better eating habits than the alternative. And that's just it - forming good eating habits is SO important.

Good luck on your surprise job interview!

loveray on 08/26/2010:
wow, thanks for the reading! it is scary what the food industry does to keep people coming, hmm? it's interesting- this technique is used even at fine-dining restaurants (i worked behind the scenes at a well-known atlanta establishment) and people would ask me all the time why the vegetables were "so addicting"...one would think this was a good thing, but what people didnt realize is that they were drowned in brown butter, tons of brown sugar and extra salt. the brain definitely triggers the effect to want to have more- and then have an enormous entree and dessert. makes me so appreciate farmers markets, cooking at home, simply prepared items and farm-to-table type restaurants. love to you!

liza36 on 08/26/2010:
So interesting. It makes so much sense that for good health reasons, unprocessed, whole foods are the best choice. thanks for sharing. Good luck on your interview.

Moody3 on 08/26/2010:
Very intersting read~I really need to look into this book. Is it from the same book you shared with us before?

Wishing you a great day!

geevee on 08/26/2010:
You had made a coment on someone's diary a day or so ago which reminded me of the book I was reading. Then today it was clear. I am reading the very same book! My son and I keep commenting to each other about it. WOw! It explains SO much!

zPortion size in the US is a major problem. Whenever I have a European guest and we go out to eat, they are always so happy with the gigantic portions which they completely finish! Give them a bit more time here, and they, too, will be obese like the rest of the American population.

I love to have guests for dinner because when I do, I can never eat all my dinner! I eat slowly anyway, but having conversation and sipping wine while trying to eat really slows everything down.

Breakaway on 08/26/2010:
My hubby read that book and he found it very interesting. I have to read it yet! Thanks for sharing

V on 08/26/2010:
Thank you for sharing that with us, This reminds me of going to brunch with alot of friends and although there were no time restrictions and you could go back for food as many times as you wanted, with the exception of myself and two other girls everyone piled their plate to the point of toppling over, watching them scarf down all of it was even more embarassing,it is a ritzy place and I was horrified at their lack of etiquette

KathyBlue - Wednesday Aug 25, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 228.2

Good morning, Sweet Ladies! 

I'm so anxious to reach the mini-goal soon. I really enjoy counting weight in LBS and KG's, because I have so many mini-goals! Look at this:

- minus 100 lbs (45,35 kgs doesn't mean too much, but a HUNDRED lbs yes!!! :-))

- being under 100 kgs (220,6 lbs, just imagine the feeling to turn to a two-digit number from a three digit one! 99 kgs or 100 kgs... a huge difference there is!)

- minus 50 kg (110,2 lbs lost will be 50 kgs lost which is a pretty round number, a good milestone)

and then ... minute by minute, I'm closer to the FINAL GOAL! Of course, there is no such thing as a final goal for me... I cannot say, like geevee for example, that 125 lbs is the final goal because... I'VE ALWAYS BEEN FAT. Since childhood. I'd already reached the 100 kgs when I was in the primary school (I went to secondary school when I turned 14, for the record)... so at the moment I don't know what does Healthy Looking No-Overweight Kathy mean. I hope I can find it out with your support!

An other topic I wanted to talk about is: New Members. I see we have new members now on a Daily Basis. I guess it happens because summer is ending and people are getting back to work, school, etc. and there are new goals to be settled. I'm happy to see them around, and I hope they will stay with us, regulars. Am I a regular? :-) I've been around since February... I come everyday. I'm near to be able to say: I've lost 100 pounds. I think I am a regular...


Today's menu:

08H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

09H30 - an orange (100 kcal)

12H30 - 2 dark small breads with veggie soup and a tin of hot tomato sardines (600 kcal)

14H00 - a soy yogurt (100 kcal)

16H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

20H30 - a cookie + yogurt (120 kcal) and a slice of bread w/ a LF LC cheese, and 3 slices of turkey breast (400 kcal)

Grand total: 1520 kcal

Progress as of today: 98 lbs lost so far, only 68.2 lbs to go!

loveray on 08/25/2010:
you are almost to your mini-goal! congrats. you can do it, and i am so happy for you.

loveray on 08/25/2010:
no, its not related specifically to one religion, but it does talk about a "higher power /god" - but this is whatever you want it to be:)

liza36 on 08/25/2010:
You are definitely a regular, and I enjoy keeping up with your progress. You are amazing, and I love your positive attitude and your goal setting. Keep it up - you are doing great!

just42day on 08/25/2010:
Thanks for the kind words. Good luck w/your interview as well!

Umpqua on 08/25/2010:
100 pounds is my mother (that skinny b*tch) ;) That is a freaking amazing accomplishment Kathy and I can't wait to celebrate your mini goal with you!

Umpqua on 08/25/2010:
Wow, I don't do energy drinks thankfully! I've never had a problem with green tea, but everyone is different. Oh and my Mom is 5-feet-tall, maybe slightly less. I'm short and I tower over her. It's still not fair though!

hollybelle on 08/25/2010:
Yes, dear, you ARE a regular - and we are glad! Your posts are awesome! I love the thought that minute by minute we are closer to our goals when we keep on doing the good things for ourselves like we are doing! Great thought. It SO beats the pants off of the thought that if we had continued on in the "other direction" we would be so much closer to the grave! Or just staying the SAME - how awful! We will NOT think on that for long - just minute by minute we are CLOSER!!!

GEEVEE on 08/25/2010:
I accidentally posted my message to you about the recipe in my entry. Sorry. Check Liza36 for it in her entry yesterday.

About goals. I used to be almost 5'3", but I've gotten shorter and am now 5'1", so perhaps when I reach 125, I'll reassess and possibly change it to 120 or less.

For now, almost all clothes in size 6 fit which makes me very happy. A size 4 is awfully small. I don't know... What I do like is the disappearance of those two rolls of fat below my rib cage. I thought they'd never leave!

V on 08/25/2010:
Yahhhhhhh for Kathy!!!

legcramps on 08/25/2010:
You're doing great!

moogy on 08/25/2010:
I know what you mean kathy, my first goal is 100k, doesn't mean a lot to pound counter's but it is huge for me. Have a good day.

KathyBlue - Tuesday Aug 24, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 228.2

Back to work, back to jornaling... The first part is ugly, the 2nd part is conforting. :-)

By the way I'm leaving on the 2nd Sept. and be back on the 10th. I hope I can write meanwhile, but this time I'm going out - visiting family in Hungary, hoorray... :-)

My friends are still here, til Friday, and I'm happy with them. The child is really difficult but she's cute. It's difficult to keep the adventureous spirit in them while the child is having a raging cry attack.... well, as geevee said: education. It's true. My friend says that she doesn't give slaps to her because her father gave her when she was a child and now her relationship with him is not too close. But I think this is a weak excuse, really. I received my fair share of slaps, and here I am, healthy and I love my family... and I think she's difficulting her own situation because the kid will only be 2 yrs old next month, so she will have harder and harder times from now on! But, who am I to judge, I don't have kids and others raise their kids as they want. I have my own defensive technique: the other day the little lady was throwing stuff at my home to to floor, while watching Toy Story.. I took away the things she had nearby, and she started screaming, so I told her: "OK, so you're busy crying then why do we have the TV on at first place" and I turned it off. She threw herself to the floor, beating the floor with her hands and crying screaming, and I just turned away from her, because it was no use touching or talking, making her even madder... and then, miracle, noone gave attention so she stopped and started to play with toys like if nothing had happened... A small victory for me and for the house which is in constant danger....

Today's menu (it's sooooo recomforting to be able to write down my menu again!!!!):

08H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

10H00 - an orange (50 kcal)

11H00 - Lf milk w/ coffee (VERY COMPLICATED DAY!!!) (100 kcal)

13H00 - some eggplant dish with lots of veggies at the veggie restaurant (I missed this sooo much!) - 600 kcal

15H45 - a huge prune yogurt, bio, soy 100% vegetal (400 kcal) ---> PORTION CONTROL FAILED...

21H00 - frango assado (grilled chicken Portuguese style) and mango, grapes and plums (600 kcal)

22H00 - a cookie before bed (50 kcal)

Grand total: 1900 kcal

BTW: the milestone (100 lbs lost) is to be reached before 2nd of September. I might have already reached it, I don't know - the scale is in the bathroom my friends occupy til Friday so the weigh-in day will be on Saturday morning. When I weighed in last week, I had the TOM and I weighed in at the end of the day. Who knows?! :-)

Progress as of today: 98 lbs lost so far, only 68.2 lbs to go!

selina on 08/24/2010:
great to see you continue doing so well even with the visit from zour friend staz well

moogy on 08/24/2010:
Hope you have a wonderful day kathyblue and perhaps a little less stressful.

Umpqua on 08/24/2010:
Welcome back, I envy you Europeans with all your vacation time. Sorry you're having challenges with your little house guest. Since I have a little one who just turned 2, I know what a challenging age it can be. Still, I don't think there's any excuse for throwing things and having screaming tantrums. We don't hit our guys but do time outs and they are very effective so far. They know the rules and even the little one knows how to behave, especially in someone else's house and in public. I taught them very young to respect other people's property and "private things." I agree that by not establishing rules and boundaries now, your friends are probably setting themselves up for future trouble. To each their own though!

liza36 on 08/24/2010:
I can't wait till you reach your big milestone soon!

Umpqua on 08/24/2010:
My husband only gets 14 vacation days and he has to wait several more years before it gets bumped up to 21. I was at my last job for 7 years and only ever got 14 vacation days per year. Kind of stinks, but I think it's the norm here in the US. Tomatillos are sort of like little green tomatoes. I roast them and mix them with a jalapeno, fresh cilantro and fresh parsley to make the relish. It's so good in the soup, but can also be used like a salsa for dipping veggies or chips (no chips for me!)

skinnygrlwithin on 08/24/2010:
Thank you for those words... I actually said that over and over again during the last few minutes of my run and I was able to push through the 2 mile mark!! =)

V on 08/24/2010:
I wish you luck with the little one...I don't have kids either so I am sure that you are more than you a little more than nervous she throws her tantrums so good job on ignoring her while this happens I hope it continues to work for you. I am so happy for your 100 lb loss!!!!! You worked really hard for it and you are so dedicated!!!! Love you girl!

ikiv on 08/24/2010:
Thanks for the welcome :) Congratulations on reaching your milestone!

geevee on 08/24/2010:
Oh, the memories your descriptionn of your mini-guest has recalled! My grand-daughterwas just as bad. She ruled the house and ALWAYS got whatever it was that she wanted. She'd also put her finger down her throat which caused her to vomit. There is no end to the horror stories. My son is doing a terrible job of raising his children. He will pay the price.

Anyway, you handled your guest monster very well!

KathyBlue - Friday Aug 20, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 228.2

YEAH, only 2 lbs to the big milestone of 100 lbs lost! We're going to have a PARTY here, girls! :-)

I had my fair share of walking today, too. Some photos? :)

2-3 : Sintra, Portugal (2. Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace; 3. Castelo dos Mouros - Mourish Castle)

1-4: Oceanarium, Lisbon, Portugal

Progress as of today: 98 lbs lost so far, only 68.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/20/2010:
love the pics, thx 4 sharing :) 100 pounds, getting closer and closer, soooo excited for u :D

selina on 08/20/2010:
These photos bring back wonderful memories! I visited Sintra, both the Palace and the Castle ruins, but the weather was so different... lots of fog (clouds?) coming in and it was very windy and cold! Think of a perfect setting for Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Your friend was so lucky to have the most perfect weather with great visibility! I remember mostly the black little kittens at the Moorish Castle, poor things, they were following me around!

So, if you went to the Pena Palace, and I can see you did, you did walk a lot! That's a steep hill to climb to the palace!

Can't wait to celebrate with you your 100 lbs mark!

nita51 on 08/21/2010:
Hooray for another 2 lbs sis! :) :) :) You're in the Zone! Go Girl! xoxo

KathyBlue - Thursday Aug 19, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 228.2

228,17 with TOM, end of the day - VERY PROMISING! :-) I had to weigh in, because I started to feel unsecure - I stopped journaling as you know because I'm on the road with friends and it is quite impossible to stop and write down, measure, calculate, etc... I wanted to weigh in later, after TOM but I just couldn't make it.... Anyway, I feel good now! :-)


Good morning, Ladies!

I just came to post a photo or two, and then I'm off to town! :)

and... a swimming-suit photo, yes... my body is horrible now because of the weight loss, and even before it was always horrible but I'm trying to get it better, right?! :)

I'M BRAVE I'M BRAVE!!!! ... look at the details: Aljezur (Portugal) Sunset at Amoreira Beach (Praia da Amoreira) ! :-)

Progress as of today: 98 lbs lost so far, only 68.2 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/19/2010:
Beautiful photo's, have a good day whatever you are doing today!

loveray on 08/19/2010:
you and your surroundings are beautiful!!! i love your attitude. hope it rubs off on me today. xo

Umpqua on 08/19/2010:
Great pictures, and bravo on posting a swimsuit photo. I really like the cut of that suit, the lines are great and you can't go wrong with basic black. I'm afraid to post any photos of myself, but I will need to do it soon. I'm almost always the one with the camera, so there are few photos of me these days.

tangalyn on 08/19/2010:
great pics, as always.. have a great day :)

geevee on 08/19/2010:
Did you remove the bathing suit photo? I don't see it.

just42day on 08/19/2010:
You're not only fully enjoying your vacation, you're doing so great with your weight! You're almost at that incredible 100 lbs lost milestone. Fabulous! You should be so very proud of yourself :)

geevee on 08/20/2010:
I took a much closer look at the sunset/silouette photo and then realized that it was the bathing suit photo. It is so dark I did't even see the few details the first time I looked. Yes! You are brave! I wish I could find the photo I have of me when I was wearing a larger size suit. I was pleased at the time with it but in retrospect, I wish I had had another taken once I was down to 125 the first time. Was that a brief visit!

selina on 08/20/2010:
These are wonderful photos Kathy! I love the swimming suit photo, imagine you've lost nearly 100 lbs! I can't wait to see another one a year from now!

You are an amzing photographer and I love the photos you post!

KathyBlue - Wednesday Aug 18, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 231.0

Hello, girls!

You know, I'm with friends playing tourists (they ARE tourists, I'm a local but I enjoy the backpack and the sunglasses+hat and the maps in the hands). We walk a looooooooot in Lisbon these days and I'm not posting because I work with PC's and now I'm not working so PC's are the last things I want to see during this week! I'll be back on next Tuesday from work... *sigh* ...

Foods are OK and exercise too as I'm walking all day! :-)

Kisses to all! :-)

Progress as of today: 95.2 lbs lost so far, only 71 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/18/2010:
I'm glad you're having a great vacation and all that walking is wonderful!

moogy on 08/18/2010:
I hope you had a great time with your friends and being a tourist. I used to have to do that whenever friends or family came to Sydney - but it is kinda nice so see your city through tourist's eye's.

KathyBlue - Monday Aug 16, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 231.0

Hello, girls!!!!

I'm doing good! :-) I went to Aljezur, Portugal on Saturday with friends who arrived safe and sound! :-). On the food level: I haven't done anything extraordinary, but I had too much cookies yesterday and today... it's because of the 2-year-old, we had cookies in our hands all the time to try to feed her but she was NEVER in the mood to eat... Where does this energy comes from? And now she takes everything from its place, from the shelves and we are living in constant fear because of our LCD TV.... :-o

We are about to re-think if we want children or just stay with the cats ... :-)))

Today my menu:

08H30 - LF milk w/ cereais and coffee (200 kcal)

during the journey to Lisbon, I had: cookies, an apple, a white bread and cheese with tomato, orange and plum (600 kcal)

16H00 - a hungarian sweet (dark chocolate and curd inside), 3 cookies and a soy yogurt (500 kcal)

Grand total: 1300 kcal

Progress as of today: 95.2 lbs lost so far, only 71 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 08/16/2010:
glad to hear ur doing good, have a wonderful day

just42day on 08/16/2010:
Ahhh, they look so harmless when they're sleeping don't they? Then again, so do cats and we KNOW how much mischief they can get in. (ie- mine opens the freezer!)

2luvself on 08/16/2010:
What a cutey! Cookies...bane of my existence besides ice-cream and chocolate. I shield my eyes from your cookies.

legcramps on 08/16/2010:
Hilarious! Cats or children, too funny.

moogy on 08/16/2010:
I think you get more joy from children but cats are easier to look after, for a start you can put them outside if they are playing up!!!LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2010:
those pics are ADORABLE! be glad the 2 yr old doesn't have too big an appetite.

hollybelle on 08/16/2010:
Oh the sleep of angels! Nice coastline, too!! Hang in and hold on.

nita51 on 08/17/2010:
Beautiful Baby! Hey sis, you still ate well. You deserve a little treat. I just know it won't hurt you a bit, because you're on your way to skinny ville. :) xoxo

geevee on 08/17/2010:
Homes definitely have to be child-proofed when children come to visit. Also, the way their parents teach them has a lot to do with their behavior. Well-behaved children don't take things off shelves, out of bookcases, etc. They are taught not to, so keep that in mind. One of my sons has done a horrible job raising his children. They are a mess. So don't base your your future plans on the behavior of just one child.

nita51 on 08/17/2010:
Sis, I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed the documentary " 10 Things you should know about weight loss." It taught me a lot. Thanks. Talk to ya later.

KathyBlue - Friday Aug 13, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 231.0

Hello, Ladies!

Friday, 13th, isn't it great?! And most of all because I'm going on VACATIONS!!!! :-)

Yesterday I had way too many kcal's, but what the heck it was my birthday and nothing crazy happened. My man invited me to the sushi restaurant, half of the staff was on holidays so the service was slow and crappy (half of the food we asked never got onto our table but nevermind, this way we didn't overeat that much, LOL). I could have skipped because I wasn't hungry but I didn't want to hurt his feelings... 

My friends arrive today - FINALLY one of my BEST friends visiting me, never happened coz Hungary is so far from Portugal (it may sound ridiculous to US-citizens but... yeah ) and noone came so far. I mean, no BEST friends. Other friends yes, but now this is very different. We all (me+man and maybe the cats but they don't know yet hahahaha) are looking forward to have them here. Them = M. (my best friend) + Z (M's husband) + Anna (2 yr old daughter). They arrive around midnight and tomorrow we are going to Aljezur, Algarve (Portugal), basically: BEACH and we're staying in a camping. So I'll be writing my foods offline, but then I backlog and of course I bring you photos! :-)

But... before all these happen: WORK WORK WORK and... TENNIS tonight to burn some extra calories...

Today's menu:

07H00 - a peach (80 kcal)

09H00 - MF milk w/ coffee (150 kcal)

10H30 - a plain yogurt (100 kcal)

13H00 - a chicken leg w/ veggies and a yogurt (400 kcal)

16H00 - LF milk w/ coffee, a plum, a whole grain cookie (250 kcal)

21H00 - COULDN'T DO TENNIS - WORK STUFF... really 13th Friday... BAD DAY! 

a sandwich with whole grain bread, a LF cheese and 2 slices of ham, veggies (400 kcal)

Grand total: 1400 kcal


Here we are, born to be kings
We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting to survive
In a world with the darkest powers

And here we are
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Here we belong, fighting for survival
We've come to be the rulers of you all

I am immortal
I have inside me blood of kings (Yeah, yeah!)
I have no rival
No man can be my equal
Take me to the future of you all

Born to be kings, princes of the universe
Fighting and free, got your world in my hand
I'm here for your love and I'll make my stand
We were born to be princes of the universe
No man could understand
My power is in my own hands

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
People talk about you
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I'm a man that will go far
Fly the moon and reach for the stars
With my sword and head held high
Got to pass the test first time, yeah
I know that people talk about me
I hear it every day
But I can prove them wrong 'cause I'm right first time

Yeah yeah

Alright, let's go, let's go
Yeah...watch this man fly
Bring on the girls
C'mon C'mon C'mon!

Here we are (here we are)
Born to be kings, we're princes of the universe
Here will we belong

Born to be kings, princes of the universe
Fighting and free, got your world in my hand
I'm here for your love and I'll make my stand
We were born to be princes of the universe

Progress as of today: 95.2 lbs lost so far, only 71 lbs to go!

Selina on 08/13/2010:
Freddie Mercury, yay! Hey, I've got a laptop for my vacation! Maybe you can get one, too, during your vacation. I hope you'll have a great time with your best friend and her family! I have never been toAlgarve but I hear it's beautiful! Stay well! and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

moogy on 08/13/2010:
Wow, you are one excited girl, how great to have a special friend visiting, that's wonderful. Have a great time and make some terrific memories.

tangalyn on 08/13/2010:
awwww im glad ur so happy today, ur post is so cute... glad to hear ur birthday went well.. of course u cant worry tooooo much bout ur calories on ur bday.. what fun would that be :) hope u, ur man, and the cats have a great time with ur friends :) im excited for u too.. enjoy ur day :D

V on 08/13/2010:
i am happy that you had a wonderful birthday!

Donkey on 08/13/2010:
Oh that vacation sounds wonderful!!!! Enjoy!!!

liza36 on 08/13/2010:
Have a fantastic weekend and vacation with your friends!

nita51 on 08/13/2010:
So True!

hollybelle on 08/14/2010:
Have a great time with BEST friends! Cool.

V on 08/14/2010:
Enjoy your vacation beautiful girl :)

KathyBlue - Thursday Aug 12, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 231.0

Good morning, Ladies! :-)

I ended up making a yogurt cake yesterday. No oven, no cooking - marvellous, isn't it? :-)

I want to offer a virtual slice to each of you as today's my birthday - don't worry, it's 0 kcal !!!! :-) And don't forget to note it down in your food diaries online! I'd be glad, hehehehe... :-)

It is a 1200 kcal (the whole thing) treatie, comes directly from the fridge... it has:

500 gr yogurt (natural, can be LF, I used Danone normal, 56 kcal/125 gr)
1 pack of gelatine (strawberry flavour, also exists in LF but the problem here is sugar of course, maybe there is one Low Cal... I used a plain one)
a tablespoon of black sugar

Now these have to be warmed up on low intensity, careful not to boil them up, because of the gelatine!

Cut as many fresh fruits as you can in small pieces - I found some older fruits in the fridge and they served well - but you can buy a tin of peaches or ananas, can be used but careful with the kcal's... and mix it with 200 ml reduced fat cream.... when it's done, mix the whole thing together carefully and put them in a tupperware, those hermetically closed ones are the best....

To be honest this recipe is from Tupperware Inc., they have a special bowl where the darker part (see picture below) can be put to fulfill it, then it goes to the fridge to get solid (stays like picture 2. below) and then you place it on the plate upside down (picture 1. below) and remove the darker part (pic. 1) and it gets "sucked out" by gravity and pressure, right to the plate (beautiful picture above...):

The recipe is something suuuuper rapid... before the diet I haven't even given the work to cut fresh fruits, I used to grab a tin of fruits and a banana or two. It's done in 10 minutes! Then in an hour or two you can eat it... I wonder if there are really low-fat creams on the market, because one may skip the sugar part, and get a perfectly healthy and such good-looking treat! I got this from the family, they have 4 children there and this is the fastest thing on Earth to do and has precious proteins for kids! :-)


Today's menu:

07H00 - a cup of LF milk w/ LF cocoa powder and black sugar, cereals (350 kcal)

11H00 - a plain yogurt (100 kcal)

today: lunch out with colleagues! :-) @vegetarian restaurant (600 kcal)

16H00 - LF milk w/ whole grain "sweet" bread, sweetened with honey and cinnamon, called "rocha" (rock). I could stop at the half. Good... the rest is for tomorrow or for my man... (400 kcal)

Grand total: 1450 kcal

and today I will go to the sushi restaurant still! :-( I was invited by Man...

Sushi restaurant: 1000 kcal?

Total for birthday: 2500 kcal...


Progress as of today: 95.2 lbs lost so far, only 71 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/12/2010:
Very pretty, enjoy!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

just42day on 08/12/2010:
Have a great B'day! :)

loveray on 08/12/2010:
very pretty! hope it was good:)

V on 08/12/2010:
happy birthday beautiful!

tangalyn on 08/12/2010:
have a great birthday :)

hollybelle on 08/12/2010:
How pretty. Have a wonderful B'Day and thanks for "sharing"!

Umpqua on 08/12/2010:
Happy birthday! That cake looks wonderful!!

biscottibody59 on 08/12/2010:
Happy BD--enjoy your day!

liza36 on 08/12/2010:
Happy Birthday!! Your yogurt cake looks beautiful!

Maria7 on 08/12/2010:
What a pretty cake! Happy birthday to you! :-)

nosetwitch on 08/12/2010:
Happy birthday! Lovely cake. :)

sweetpea1977 on 08/12/2010:
What a cool cake! Ethan saw a picture of it and said "YOGURT!!!" He is a huge fan of yogurt, so he'd probably go nuts with that cake, lol

Im not sure if he fully understands the concept of him becoming a big brother. However, just this morning, he pulled my shirt up a little bit to reveal my belly and put his hand on it and said "BABY!". I was dumbfounded, because I dont think we've even told him that is where his sibling is growing!

skinnygrlwithin on 08/12/2010:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! The birthday cake looks AMAZING!!! My mom makes something kinda similar with jello, fruit, nuts, and brandy it's YUMMY!!! I will post the recipe for that ...

KathyBlue on 08/12/2010:

nita51 on 08/12/2010:
Yummmmmmy your cake was delicious! LOL. Enjoy this special day sis, I know you will probably get many best wishes and gifts today,,,but the greatest gift of all, is the gift that you gave to yourself > 95.2 pounds. Now, that gift is PRICELESS. Bunches of Hugs!

nita51 on 08/12/2010:
THAT IS - 95.2 lbs OFF! GONE! NEVER TO RETURN! AS TA LA VISTA BABY! (excuse my spelling) LOL. But you get my drift. I can't wait to give myself such a treasured gift. Take Care xoxoxo

KathyBlue - Wednesday Aug 11, 2010
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 231.0

Good morning, Ladies!

I don't know what you did but I had a much better day yesterday! :-) I worked 14 hours and got home very tired, but today I'm "all in" again. You're right, I should turn the phone off, but you must know how it is to have the family far from me - I mean, I pray everyday for my mother's health, etc. and I need the phone so she can call me anytime. I don't even turn it off at night.. And she calls me from a withheld number, just like the company, grr.... it's difficult. But now I know a tecnique, I pick up the phone and don't say anything, I let the other side talk first, and this way I know who it is and I just disconnect if I don't want to talk to the person... LOL, how rude but effective! :-)

Dunno if I make the cake today or not, 100F degs and I'm very reluctant to heat up the house... even the cats are dying, poor furry friends...

Today's menu:

08H00 - a finnish rye toast with a triangle LF cow cheese and veggies and a cup of LF milk (200 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

13H00 - the last grilled quail I had, with a chicken leg and jasmin whole rice, and a custom-made tzatziki salad (cucumber, 1% F yogurt and mushrooms) - 600 kcal

14H30 - a yogurt with prunes (60 kcal)

16H30 - soy yogurt (prune flavour) (300 kcal), with a plum and LF milk with coffee, just to see if it makes me WC..... :-)

21H00 - a pack of mini-whole toasts (80 kcal a pack), 2 slices of ham, 1 LF laughing cow cheese, and veggies. Finally a soy dessert! <3 (300 kcal)

Grand total: 1700 kcal

I wonder if anyone remembers the musical / film HAIR... :-) It's an old movie, and my mother always says that if the movie wouldn't existed I wouldn't either... because my father and she went to the cinema and then things got wild... LOL...
As my birthday's coming, I listen to the music of HAIR... I want to share the lyrics "I Got Life", I think it's very appropriate for all of us! :-)

I got life, mother
I got laughs, sister
I got freedom, brother
I got good times, man

I got crazy ways, daughter
I got million-dollar charm, cousin
I got headaches and toothaches
And bad times too
Like you

I got my hair
I got my head
I got my brains
I got my ears
I got my eyes
I got my nose
I got my mouth
I got my teeth
I got my tongue
I got my chin
I got my neck
I got my tits
I got my heart
I got my soul
I got my back
I got my ass
I got my arms
I got my hands
I got my fingers
Got my legs
I got my feet
I got my toes
I got my liver
Got my blood

I got my guts (I got my guts)
I got my muscles (muscles)
I got life (life)
Life (life)
Life (life)


Progress as of today: 95.2 lbs lost so far, only 71 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/11/2010:
How about changing the ring tone and having a special one for your mom. That way you are still in conrol. Have a great day!

just42day on 08/11/2010:
Glad yesterday was a good one for you. I'm sure you'll have another one today! Enjoy!

loveray on 08/11/2010:
so glad you had an awesome day!!! love the poem, thanks for sharing. xo

V on 08/11/2010:
Good morning Sunshine! I hope that your day goes great! You can always make that cake later on in the evening when it's cooler.

hollybelle on 08/11/2010:
Do I remember Hair??? Of Course! I saw it last summer here in our town at an outdoor musical theatre. It was still wonderful. Although this version didn't produce naked actors on the stage at the end-our community is very conservative! "Give me down to THERE Hair - shoulder length or longer.......Gimme head with hair, Long beautiful hair, Shining, gleaming,Streaming, flaxen, waxen...." Gotta love it! Got Life is terrific and good to see those words!

Umpqua on 08/11/2010:
Let the sun shine, let the sun shine, the sun shine in......I'm glad to hear you're having a better day today!

liza36 on 08/11/2010:
You asked about the concept of Weight Watchers - it advocates a change in lifestyle, not a diet. Each food has a point value, and it's calculated based on the number of calories, fat grams and fiber in each food. You get so many points a day, and it's different for each person based on their current weight. WW teaches healthy eating - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, healthy oils or fats, limit sugars and alcohol. You can eat what you want - so if you wanted to eat fast food you could, but it's not really changing habits to heatlhy ones. WW also encourages exercise, drinking water, and other lifestyle habits. There are meetings once a week where you weigh in, and stay for a 30 minute meeting. Mainly it's the support you get at the meetings. I love the program, and have been more successful in the past. It just takes consistency, which You are so good at!

legcramps on 08/11/2010:
LOL, great tune for today!

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