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OhioRaven - Saturday Feb 23, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 208.0

1bread, 1egg, 1/4c beans, 1c soup.

SideSalad, 1/2 ChickenBreast, minipopcorn, pickle.

2c Puddle's Spaghetti, 1bowl chili, 1potato w/ranch.

2grapefruit, yogurt, banana, Apple, pickle.

All my water


20min treadmill

10min elliptical

Have a good weekend.

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

mylilsista on 02/23/2013:
Wow...your food plan for the day sounds delicious!

cybermom4 on 02/23/2013:
Just curious - how much water do you drink and do you find that it helps? - Great work on the machines!!

biscottibody59 on 02/23/2013:
Enjoy your day there!

Puddles on 02/23/2013:
Your doing good Raven. Have a great day.

niftyjack on 02/24/2013:
Thanks for the pep talk yesterday! e(^o ^)9

OhioRaven - Friday Feb 22, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 208.0

1bread, 1egg, 1c soup, 1/4c beans.

SideSalad, 1/2chickenBreast, minipopcorn, wholePickle.

1c soup, 2c DD cabbage.

2pickles, grapefruit, Apple, banana, yogurt.

Water gal+


21min StairClimber = 1000ft

Ok, this is NOT for the faint of heart (or stomach) you may not want to try this at home. I read on here someone's version of chopped cabbage, chicken, and diced tomatoes. And I responded, "sounds great, I'm gonna try that." Well after my usual Sauerkraut was gone I bought a head of cabbage, turkey, diced tomatoes, a big a-- onion, and minced garlic. Cooked it all down an delicious happened. It tastes a little like spaghetti without the pasta. I'm gonna search the old posts and expose who ever gave me this idea. (It was Puddy/Puddles)I'm calling it DD "Cabbage" and ill probably eat it till It's gone. Which won't be long, cause Darla likes it too. I just won't tell her its diet food :v)

Have a good day.

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

niftyjack on 02/22/2013:
... I'm confused as to why no one would want to try your cabbage pasta ... well, it's not sauce, is it... It sounds really yummy.

Also, re:peas and things - It's mixed frozen vegetables. Peas, corn, and carrot. I usually just call it that because that's what I call it out loud (minus the swear).

Puddles on 02/22/2013:
I am glad you enjoyed that. Nice to share our ideas gives us something new to eat. If you have new ones please share. I will give you some other ones that I like also if you want. Have a great day.

getmebackto150 on 02/22/2013:
Have a great day... If you meal is big and low calorie and you like it, then its a win:)

thenewMLE on 02/22/2013:
I'm not fond of cooked cabbage and I think it is the smell that bothers me. But I am buying a red cabbage this weekend to make the fish tacos topping. My hubby loves cabbage and brussel sprouts but I ask him to eat them at his Mom's because even if I don't eat them, I don't like to smell it in my house! I like to read people's menus because that is where I get ideas to try new things. Hope you have a good day!

legcramps on 02/22/2013:
Good on you! I'm not fond of cabbage either because of the smell, even though I <3 brussel sprouts and those buggers STANK when they're cooking too :)

biscottibody59 on 02/22/2013:
Enjoy your day!

lolla on 02/22/2013:
You are cool and I love cabbage too.

V on 02/22/2013:
Way to think outside the box with the cabbage..That really does sound yummo!! Okay I have another one for you that involves cabbage:

Brown 1 lb of lean Italian turkey sausage(you can use whatever meat you like) with onions, garlic and bell pepper(whatever your fave color happens to be) Drain the fat off the mixture if needed, add a can of Rotel Diced tomatoes, bring to soft boil and reduce the heat to low

Meanwhile,steam a head of cabbage til it turns dark green(or less if you are a fan of crunchy cabbage)..Remove the head of cabbage from water and transfer it to a colander.. Run cold water on it but don't immerse it.. Gently remove cabbage leaves off of the head (using the bigger leaves, you can use the remainder for side dishes/slaw) Put the meat mixture in the leaves(with room to fold every side) and fold like a burrito placing seam side down in a sprayed/oiled casserole dish..Top with another can of rotel, sprinkle fresh parm ontop..Bake for 30 minutes at 350 tastes like lasagna without the carbs :) Hope you had a good day Ohio :)

OhioRaven - Thursday Feb 21, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 208.0

1egg, 1bread, 1/2 bowl of leftover Wendys chili.

SideSalad, 1/2 ChickenBreast, minipopcorn, pickle.

2c Sauerkraut, 2c soup, sm. Potato.

2Orange, 2grapefruit, banana, yogurt, tsp. Sunflower seeds.

Water gal.+

20min workout video.

Felt hungry all day. Snacked on the healthy stuff. Did the 20min video in the morning and used muscles that have been on vacation. I was stiff all day. I don't think I'll be doing this again soon. We'll see.

Y'all have a good day.

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/21/2013:
Yesterday must have just one of those days - I was also hungry. It is nice to know that we can get through it in a more sensible way now and not just go off on a big eat everything in site. Congrats on your exercise. Your muscles must be vacationing at the same place mine have been for the last year or so. LOL LOL Have a great day Raven.

graindart on 02/21/2013:
I saw you mention on oldguy's post about Hutch (assuming Hutchinson, KS). I lived there for several years and my wife was born and raised there. We moved away about 12 years ago, but visit her parents / family there at least once per year.

supercheese on 02/21/2013:
Ahaha hope youre not too sore! Have a good one!

legcramps on 02/21/2013:
Great job on the workout video!!! I know it's hard at first when every muscle in your body hurts because you're using muscles you haven't for awhile. It does get better if you keep at it! Have a great day today :)

biscottibody59 on 02/21/2013:
Enjoy your afternoon!

lolla on 02/21/2013:
Food looks super healthy, great fuel for an adventurous exercise man!

V on 02/21/2013:
It does get better with time and practice..The soreness will diminish too, I hope you didn't injure yourself..Good job giving it your all..

RYC sure you are a shining example IMO.. You know I think that you will do great at the buffet, and if you do indulge a little, it won't offset all the hard work you have put in, ya know..I meal is not a deal breaker.. I so hear you as far as when you get to goal weight..When I reached goal weight, I was so afraid of adding variety to my daily intake so I kept going and lost far too much(I was scary thin :( ) Thanks to my dear friends Sweetpea and Umpqua, who was brutally honest about me taking it too far and I def listened to what they said.. With that being said, I for one can take the truth when it is coming from a place of love and concern..However I get what you are saying about not wanting to offend anyone..

Sorry that you don't have many guys here to discuss guy stuff with.. I come from a family of 5 brothers and most of my friends and coworkers are male so I guess DD is my girl bonding time in a way, LOL... Hope you had a great day!

OhioRaven - Wednesday Feb 20, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 208.0

1bread, 1egg, 3/4c beans, 1c soup.

SideSalad, 1/2 ChickenBreast, 1/2 pickle, minipopcorn.

Wendy potato(plain w/2scoops broccoli+liteRanch), 1/2 bowl chili.

Yogurt, banana, grapefruit.

Water 1gal.+


20min warehouse walk.

Thanks for all the responses about the water. It was very interesting. You all made me think about it and understand its importance.

In the refrigerator at work, I still have 3 bottles of root beer that I haven't touched since January 1st. I swear that's the last time I had a sodapop. I was hoping a couple of co-workers would just take them. I'll put a free soda sign up. That should do it.

At Wendy's I ask for water now. At first Wifey would give me the "eye roll" and thought I was just being cheap. Now she knows differently.

During my meals I will catch myself with a mouthful if food, chewing, and dipping my fork into more food so I can have it ready to shovel in right after the previous bite has cleared the runway. Pretty efficient method if you're wanting to make a few plates of buffet disappear. I have probably been doing this all my life without realizing it.

But now when I catch myself, I put the loaded fork down, and take a big drink (count at least ten swallows) of water. I swear this breaks up my "shovelling" technique. And it makes me feel pretty full.

Well, I just wanted to say Thanks to the Group. Have a healthy day.

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 02/20/2013:
good to hear ur learning the importance of water.. thats always been a challenge for me as well... ur doin great.. have a good day!

Puddles on 02/20/2013:
Water is not something I crave for but I know I just have to drink it. I sit down at 1:00 pm and drink my 8 mandatory glasses and usually I have finished them by 2:30. Then in the evening will drink one or two more and its done for the day. I don't think I would do it if it was not the fact that I know it helps me loose weight. Have a great day.

IndependentEm93 on 02/20/2013:
Have a great day!

supercheese on 02/20/2013:
What a great idea.....Im gonna try the counting method now!

supercheese on 02/20/2013:
i have also uploaded my last dr. pepper drink also. thanks for the inspiration!

mylilsista on 02/20/2013:
Was scrolling through your diary and saw you lost FOUR lbs!!! Congratulations (doing the happy dance for ya!) Hope you got out and enjoyed our unseasonably warm day here in Ohio, Monday! Of course, this IS Ohio so the very next day the temperatures dropped, it began snowing, and we had high wind! I'm SO looking forward to spring! I took two nice, long, walks Monday. But today, it's too cold for that so I'm heading to the gym. Have a great day!

lolla on 02/20/2013:
I was watching a show the other day and they said that people that diet are interesting because we obsess about food and then when we finally sit down to eat it we shovel it down and pay no attention to it. Good job being aware of your eating habits, that is oh so very important.

V on 02/20/2013:
Hey Ohio!! Just wanted to say that you are a great addition to the group and a shining example of focus and consistence, not to mention your sense of humor :) Hope you stick around after you reach goal weight :) Have a good one!!

niftyjack on 02/21/2013:
I don't think I shovel, but I really don't pay attention when I'm eating. It's something I'm working on.

Also, re: tofu scum - You know that film/skin that forms on the surface of hot milk? I don't know why they wanted me to eat it, but they did. (It wasn't very good.)

OhioRaven - Tuesday Feb 19, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 208.0

1egg, 1bread, 1c soup, 3/4c beans.

SideSalad, 1ChikenBreast, minipopcorn, Pickle.

2slices of liver, 1sm. Potato, 3/4c beans.

1c soup, 10 almonds, another pickle, 2grapefruit, banana, yogurt.

All my water (1gal. or more)

Prayers (before every meal)

20min treadmill.

Morning, Dieters, Diarist's, Journalists and health nuts.

Today I want to ask you all about water. Why do we drink it ? Why so much of it ? I swear before I started this "diet", I would never touch the stuff unless it was mixed with coffee. And anything else was sodapop.

But now I've found it keeps me feeling kinda full. And I drink all I can before starting to eat my meals. I hear it FLUSHes our bodies out.(that's definitely true). Other than that, I just don't know.

So, anybody wanting to chime in, or think they know the answer to this baffling question, please post below. Looking forward to any answers to why.

Y'all have a good, healthy day.

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

thenewMLE on 02/19/2013:
Gee, Ohio, you really cause me to pause and think...I, too, did not drink ANY water before my weight loss journey but when I look back at it, that is the reason I have had 2 kidney stone operations. Water, unlike soda, coffee and even juice is 100% natural like what your body was meant to have from creation. I think if we drank more, we wouldn't be so confused if we are truly hungry or thirsty. Just like your car needs water in the radiator to function correctly, we need water to hydrate our muscles and other working parts. It's more than just flushing the kidneys and ridding the body of toxins. Back in November I was suffering with terrible foot cramps and after an embarrassing appointment with an orthopedist he told me my problem was "self inflicted dehydration"!! Now, go figure that!! I would drink 3 cups of coffee (and he said that doesn't count toward water intake because it has some kind of other reactions involved other than hydration) and I would take a 12 ounce can of soft drink that I would drink maybe half of it over my 11 hour work day and bring the other half home to have with dinner. I am now pushing and managing 3 BIG glasses of water a day, and 1/2 a bottle by me bedside at night. The foot cramps are gone. He said that my muscles were spasming because of lack of water. So that's my take on it!! Had I drank water before, maybe I would not have had those painful kidney stones!!! Have a great day!

getmebackto150 on 02/19/2013:
Water... I have a touch time with it too... The way I see it and the way I was taught in biology and Anatomy and Physiology is that water is the flusher of all toxins and the replenisher of all cells. It is usable by the body in its exact form, no detoxifying necessary. You drink it, and it can immediately go to work doing its magic... Any other drink (soda, coffee, etc) needs to be broken down, taxes the kidneys etc before the body can utilize it and in the process some of it is wasted and it doesn't "flush us out" as well... Also there just isn't as much liquid left for the body to utilize... That said, I don't drink as much as I should:) Your menu looks great!!

IndependentEm93 on 02/19/2013:
I loved water before and now =)!

graindart on 02/19/2013:
Most of my daily liquid intake used to be Mtn Dew, with the occasional Pepsi to mix it up. For some reason I hated drinking water and it seemed to be hard to swallow it. Maybe it was drinking it from a bottle or cup as compared to most of my Mtn Dew intake being through a straw. I'd have to look back at my entries, but I think it's been 7 weeks now without a pop. The water intake was easy this time and might be due to me using the same large "pop jug" with a straw (just replacing the pop with water). In December, at the height of my pop intake, I was getting headaches which I figure were probably due to dehydration. Water may make me feel better and "full", but I do miss the taste and carbonation of Mtn Dew.

supercheese on 02/19/2013:
You are so much better with drinking water than me....I need to start doing this.......

lolla on 02/19/2013:
Water is life.

lolla on 02/19/2013:
by the way, four pounds down, you go boy!!!!

Puddles on 02/19/2013:
The purpose of water is to clean out your system but it also waters down your salt and that is why you have to be careful not to dehydrate yourself. It also burns calories while your body is working at heating the water to your body temperature it burn calories about 25 to 50 calories within 30min to 40 min after taking a pint of water. There are several other benefits to water. Google water diet benefit and it will give you all sort of stuff on the subject. Have a great day.

biscottibody59 on 02/19/2013:
You'll die without some water!?!

Realize that most everything we eat has water, so it's not necessary to waterlog yourself. As we age the thirst mechanism may be altered so that you're not getting the cue to drink like a youngster would. And of course excessive thirst may be a sign of diabetes--T1 or T2.

I was reading an article on a study of sleep duration and interestingly short sleep duration is linked to not drinking enough water--at least in that limited study. It included an evaluation of other dietary factors in the participants. If you'd like to read it, I'll link to it in my next entry.

Enjoy your evening!

V on 02/19/2013:
Your have some really good comments so all I will add is that I LOVE it!! Hope that you had a fantastic day :)

nunnermack on 02/19/2013:
And, on top of what everyone else said....it keeps you skin youthful looking too! I can always tell just by looking at my face whether or not I'm hydrated. : )

niftyjack on 02/20/2013:
I'm glad you've asked that question. Everyone's responses are really interesting and informative.

OhioRaven - Monday Feb 18, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 208.0

1egg, 1bread, 3/4c beans, 1c soup.

1c sauerkraut, 3/4c beans, 1c soup.

Grapefruit, pickle.

No Water, coffee/tea only.


20min StairClimber

20min Treadmill

10min Elliptical

Yeah ! I lost 4 Lbs !

I am as surprised as anybody. I know, I didn't have much in the way of supper the last 2 days, but I wasn't "starving" myself, I just didn't want that much.

To be sure, its gonna take a super effort to keep all 4 off till next Mondays weigh-in.

Hope everyone does good on their weigh-ins. Have a healthy day.

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/18/2013:
congrats on your weigh-in - good job. Have a great day.

IndependentEm93 on 02/18/2013:

graindart on 02/18/2013:
Congratulations on the loss. So is 199 your final goal or just your 1st goal?

biscottibody59 on 02/18/2013:
Good job on your progress!

graindart on 02/18/2013:
Reply - I'm fairly "big boned" also and feel very comfortable in the mid 190's too. The last time I was in the 190's I became complacent and then felt "comfortable" in the low 200's, then 210s, then..... This time whatever weight I end up deciding is optimal I just need to put some effort into maintaining this time.

thenewMLE on 02/18/2013:
Congrats!!! Keep it up, but don't forget the water!! Yeah, I'm very sore, but hopefully it's all just skin deep. This elbow is really bothering me. I've got to pick up the water too because of the pain meds. Have a nice day!

grannyannie on 02/18/2013:
Great weigh in! Drink more water though!

RYC: yes very bad. But on my way to France where the food is the best in the world! I will be very very good when I come home! I swear!

V on 02/18/2013:
YAYYY!! Congrats Ohio :) You are almost to your goal, how exciting! Keep up the amazing job. Have an awesome day!

Tangalyn~ on 02/18/2013:
congrats on ur loss :D have a wonderful day!!

niftyjack on 02/19/2013:
Congrats! That's amazing work.

Also, re:glue - :D Don't worry. (Also, it'd probably cost more to ship here than it would for me to buy new shoes. :)

OhioRaven - Sunday Feb 17, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 212.0

1c soup, 1/2c beans, 1egg, 1bread.

McSalad, popcorn.

1c soup.





I only had a cup of soup for my dinner. I didn't plan it that way, I just wasn't that hungry. Also, I had a very busy day and didn't get home at a decent time to get downstairs for excersise.

Weigh-in tomorrow.

Y'all have a good day.

Progress as of today: 20 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/17/2013:
good luck on your weigh-in tomorrow also. Have a great evening

OhioRaven - Saturday Feb 16, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 212.0

1egg, 1 bread, 3/4c soup, 3/4c soup.

SideSalad, chick breast, minipopcorn.

1c soup, 1c kraut, 1c beans.

Blueberries, 2grapefruit, orange, pickle.



20min StairClimber.

10min treadmill.

Have a nice healthy day today. Be good to yourselves and others.

Progress as of today: 20 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/16/2013:
Have a great day!

V on 02/16/2013:
Have a wonderful weekend Ohio :)

IndependentEm93 on 02/16/2013:
Have a great weekend!

getmebackto150 on 02/16/2013:
Have a great day:)

biscottibody59 on 02/16/2013:
Enjoy the weekend!

Puddles on 02/16/2013:
I wish you a wonderfully peaceful weekend.

OhioRaven - Friday Feb 15, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 212.0

1egg, 1bread, soup, 1c beans.

Side salad, ChickenBreast, 1/2pickle, minipopcorn.

2c kraut, 2c DarlaBeans, 1c soup.

Yogurt, blueberries, 2grapefruit.



10min StairClimber, 20min treadmill.

Didn't go to Olive Garden :v( Daughter was sick with some kind of woman stuff. Her and Mom went to the hospital, she is fine now. They both got flowers, candy and cards from me. And I got kisses from 2 pretty girls :v)

I thought of something very interesting. It's easy for my to hand out advice to people I don't know, and when It's my time to get hungry between meals...well, It's hard to take my own advice sometimes. And again, when It's time to get off the couch and do my 30minutes down in the gym...It's hard to take the same advice I've been spewing to you good people.

Just want you all to know I appreciate the fellowship, and I'm learning a lot about myself in this group, and understanding more of what everyone else is going through.

Have a good, healthy day.

Progress as of today: 20 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

IndependentEm93 on 02/15/2013:
Have a great day!

V on 02/15/2013:
Sorry that you have to postone your plans..Thank goodness your daughter is fine now..I am sure it was quite the scare for you..Have a good day Ohio!

Umpqua on 02/15/2013:
Sorry to hear about your daughter but I'm glad she's OK now. You are so right about handing out advice - it's always easier said than done. But all of us mess up here and we are all supportive of each other through the good and bad. That's why I stick around here ;)

lolla on 02/15/2013:
Glad daughter is well, as a parent myself it is also hard to see them suffer. Yep, it is quite a bumpy road this trying to lose the darn weight!!. We will not give up! The war will be won through many battles. Good luck to you my friend!

grannyannie on 02/15/2013:
You're doing well with food and workouts. Hope your daughter is okay.

Porridge is very similar to oatmeal.

graindart on 02/15/2013:
Your food and consistency looks good as always, keep it up.

OhioRaven - Thursday Feb 14, 2013
(Clean eating, exercise.)
Weight: 212.0

1egg, 1bread, 1c soup, 1/4c beans.

1/2salad, chickenBreast, 1/2pickle, minipopcorn.

2c kraut, 2c Darla's bean soup, 1c soup, 1peice cornbread.

Yogurt, 1/4c blueberries, banana, 2grapefruit, Apple.



10min treadmill, 10min stairclimber, 10min elliptical.


Tonight we're going to the Olive Garden. I have Card and Candy ready.

Ok, Wifey's beansoup (an Internet Recipe) looked watery and thin. But smelled and tasted great :v) She used; a whole bag (1Lb) of 15 different beans, peppered and smoked ham, whole big A-- onion, bunch of diced garlic, a can of diced tomatoes (which I thought was weird) and some olive oil. I think she made too much of it. 1/2 the bag would have been better. I'll be eating them for breakfast for a while.

I was hungry and "snacky" all day, but I went for the fruit and hot tea for help.

Wifey made the comment, "you look thinner," she said with a smile as I passed in front of her Dr. Phil program. I think she smiled because I didn't block out Phil as long this time with a smaller belly :v)

You all have a Happy Valentine's Day.

Progress as of today: 20 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Puddles on 02/14/2013:
That sound good. Wifey sure sounds sweet. You are very lucky. Have a good night out with your sweetie. Happy Valentine's Day to both of you.

IndependentEm93 on 02/14/2013:
Olive Garden<3.

getmebackto150 on 02/14/2013:
Love the you look thinner comment!!! Its so nice when someone notices:) Have a great Valentines day!!

legcramps on 02/14/2013:
:) love the comment from your wife; she's a keeper ;)

Umpqua on 02/14/2013:
Aww, take the nice compliment from your wife. I'm glad you enjoyed the bean experiment - hope you have a fantastic dinner out!

V on 02/14/2013:
Hahahahaha! I am sure you do look thinner..You are too funny Ohio :) That soup sounds deelish! Have a wonderful evening with the wifey.. Happy Valentine's day :)

niftyjack on 02/15/2013:
:D I think your wife comes up with the nicest compliments.

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