1. Reading about all the calorie issues is giving me a headache. I am on week 2 of "eating well." Last week I lost 0.6. I believe that next week I need to progress from just eating well to counting points. Another two weeks and I plan to go from one stint of exercise to two… (My hope is that I will have settled any issues of feeling hungry before I begin exercising more diligently.)

  2. Chili's Quesadilla Explosian Salad – 1400 calories 🙁 That means blowing almost a whole days worth of calories…..ON SALAD!!

  3. I have a head cold which I hope explains why I spelled "explosion" wrong! Misspelled words are my pet peeve in blog world (and everywhere else for that matter!)

  4. Hi Sandy, you are certainly not alone. My husband of 12 years use to be a personal trainer and I have packed on 23 lbs since Sept. I am not exactly sure where it came from either, but I have a sneaking suspicion that calories are involved! My problem is…I was a nice 157 @ 5'9" at the end of Aug when we took a trip to San Diego. I thought, WOW, I am at a good weight; I should start working out and get *toned* and a little definition. Before I knew it I had started working out and I just kept gaining and gaining. My biggest struggle is stress and emotional eating. Then on top of that, the more I work out the hungrier I get, I feel like the more I have to deny myself. UGH!

    Best wishes babe, you are not in it alone -Kara

  5. Sandy, great job on that .2! Someone very wise once told me that "Something is better than nothing" 🙂

  6. I just discovered a great dressing recipe (from Food Network magazine, this month's issue – it is actually for a shredded carrot salad but it's great on a regular salad too!): zest of 1 lime plus juice of 2 limes; 1 tsp. grated ginger, 1 clove crushed garlic, splash of healthy oil. Whisk away, and that's it! The lime is a refreshing change from the lemon juice trick and does the same thing to intensify the flavors of the veggies. SO GOOD!

  7. OJ is my coffee in the morning-at least two glasses. There are 110 calories in 1 Cup so looks like my second beverage consumption will be water:)

  8. Yes, those same foods have given us trouble over the years in my family also. It's amazing once you actually write down what you're eating, you see it clearer.

    I also walk by our recycling bin and check what foods are in there. It gives a quick analysis of what packaged foods we're consuming without realizing it. (I know, crazy)

    Keep up the great work; we're all in this together! 🙂


  9. I love reading all your comments. Especially since I now feel like the entire world is looking at the size of my hips and knows the timing of my monthly cycle. Is nothing sacred?

    Fiddlin Momma, I'm totally trying that recipe. Yum.


  10. So I had posted a comment and I noticed that it's not showing up…so I'll try again. 😀 It's just too good not to share!!

    I learned a salad dressing tip from a Health and Nutrition class that I took in college. That is the ONLY thing I remember from that class. Might as well be something practical, right?!

    So here it is…when eating a salad always have or order your dressing on the side. No brainer, right? Well, instead of taking it and pouring 1/2 of it or even all of it on your salad you, instead use this ingenious trick.

    Take your fork and dip it into your salad dressing, then stab away at your salad. Insert loaded fork into your mouth and strangely enough it seems like your salad is drowning in dressing. It's delicious and you don't feel like you're missing out or having to deprive yourself while everyone else is eating a little salad with their ranch.

    However, unlike a salad swimming in fat and calories, when you've finished your salad you will noticed that you have barely used any dressing. Maybe…maybe half. But it won't taste like half. It's weird, if you pour half it seems dry, but using this method it tastes very, very naughty.

    Try it and enjoy!!

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