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Wincing in Denial

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 01:39:24 +0000

How about I don't acknowledge the fact that the last time I blogged my little boy was just starting to crawl at 6 months. Now at 10 months he is just starting to walk. I've got to not wait for major milestones before blogging again!! I glanced through some of my old archives, and aside from the fact that I wrote much better before "mommy brain" struck, I notice a common thread through the years. I never seem to stay totally compliant for long, and my biggest downfall is ALWAYS sweets. On the good side, the lifestyle changes that have stuck from the beginning (such as no chicken, corn, oranges, beef, soda, etc.) are still sticking to this day. I also have a good handle on eating my personal superfoods (turkey, tuna, lemons, greens, broccoli), but I seem to waver widely on the in-between parts. I'm still an expert at letting life get in the way, and allowing stress to take over. Thankfully, now that I'm a mommy (with another on the way!!) I don't have all that much time to think about it. My biggest goals in the house as we head into the holiday season is to keep the fridge stocked with bennies and neutrals, and to limit the sweets as much as humanly possible. We're on the right track as we've been having turkey leftovers, and tonight I made collard greens, beans and brown rice (so yummy, and by Thursday there will be collard omelets gracing our breakfast table!).

I hope that this finds you all well, compliant, and restful as the busy season approaches. Remember to make good choices, not to stress over the bad, get in your lemon water in the morning, and sleep a little extra when you can. With hopes of writing again before the baby is potty trained...much love in the BTD!

Flaky AB

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:46:38 +0000

I am giving up on writing a tempeh blog for a little while since the entire one I wrote last time was reduced to 55 words leaving off with hubby being a carnivore (for the record, he also really enjoys his veggies!!!). Now that the baby is 6 months old, I'm finding that we are in a bit more of a routine within the household. This is a good thing, as I am able to get more done around here!! The other exciting thing about hitting this milestone is that our little man gets to start trying out solid (very mushy solid!!) food. I'm not sure of his blood type, but plan on introducing all foods anyhow. As he gets older, I can look at having him eat right for his type. It will be neat to see if the foods that make him gassy, fussy, etc. end up being avoids for his type. I do plan on buying only organic for him (we haven't made the leap for ourselves yet...though we are growing food this year out in the garden) and making as much of his baby food as I can. It will be fun to see him trying out different items; he's already makes funny faces at different textures in his mouth (fabric, papers, plastics, etc.).

On other notes, I am feeling frustrated with myself and my eating habits. I've gotten way back into the sugar and find myself eating volumes of food. It seems like I make up for the times that I can't eat because of the baby. I'm not nearly as active as I was before he was born, so my body isn't burning the extra calories. I've only lost about 15 pounds since having him. Hubby is in a similar situation so we are both hanging by our fingernails trying to claw our way back onto the proverbial wagon. We just got home from a week's trek to see family and friends, so I was able to restock the 'fridge with bennies. I've done an inches measurement on myself and am considering posting it here. I will probably simply report on the amount lost in the blogs. I feel like I need some accountability to prime the pump for this process. I'd really like to have the "baby weight" off before getting preggers again. I must say that it's humbling to realize that the flab doesn't just melt away like it did ten years ago!

That's all I've got for today. Take care, be well and stay compliant!!

Tempting Tempeh

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 14:00:33 +0000

Okay, so here I am writing directly into the website system again. Hopefully this time the post won't disappear before I can upload it!!! I am going to attempt a blog about tempeh again.

It's so yummy!!!

The best part about reintroducing it into my family is that my hubby (who is a known carnivore)


Tue, 27 May 2008 14:02:26 +0000

Grrr...I tried to do the right thing by posting a blog about tempeh today, but it just disappeared before I could post it. I'm now out of time and feeling frustrated that I didn't get a blog up, so I'm posting this rant. It seems clunky to write a seperate document to cut and paste, but at least it won't disappear before I post.

Anyway, more to come about tempting tempeh...but not now, I have to do a couple of chores before the kid wakes up.

Take care, be well and stay compliant!!!

And Baby Makes Three

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:29:04 +0000

Our baby turned three months this's so amazing! I thought that the time could never pass through those first difficult weeks. Now I look at him and wonder who replaced my bitty newborn with a full fledged infant!!

On more domestic fronts, I have been settling into a routine with the help of spring sunshine. My daffodils have come up, the tulips are close behind, and I've been making dinner every night!! Hubby respectfully requested that I start trying new recipes since I fell into the rut of four basic meals over and over again. It has been so fun, and delicious!! I'll share some of my faves as the days go on.

Baby is waking now, so I've got to run, but with this new blogging platform I'll be on more often to post quickies!!

Too Funny

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 14:58:00 +0000

So I’m horrified to see that the last blog I wrote was at 6 ½ months preggers. The baby is now 2 ½ months old!!! There are a few funny coincidences though…I wrote in that blog that all I could hold on to was spicy food. If I remember correctly, that eggplant tofu was my last spicy meal; the heartburn won out over my love of spicy foods. I’m back on the juice now and just made that same recipe this week! I’m thrilled to have spicy back, because the baby is very sensitive to “gassy” foods, so it’s been no beans, broccoli, cauliflower or brussel sprouts for me…so sad…my favorite veggies!!

Okay, to catch up. First of all, the login info for my blog has been locked in my laptop. It is now on the home computer, so I’ll be able to blog a bit more frequently (shouldn’t be hard to beat my last record of 4 months!). Secondly, we had our baby!! We had a little boy toward the end of January. He was born nearly 7 ½ pounds and 20.5 inches long. He’s still a long, skinny little guy!! I love my precious little gift, and have had so much fun learning to be a mommy. My husband is a natural at fatherhood, and has been an excellent spouse riding the rollercoaster of hormones/emotions following birth.

I ate right for my blood type all the way until the end of my pregnancy. Then it was cold and snowy outside, I couldn’t eat the things I like, and I couldn’t eat much at a time. I was still teaching exercise classes every day, and needed fuel to keep me going, so I turned to heavy comfort foods. I did a lot of pasta, and certainly indulged in the sweets. That trend continued post-partum. I gave birth naturally, and had no idea how long the physical recovery would take. I went from working out every day to sitting on the couch for 4 weeks straight. Needless to say, the comfort foods continued.

I’m only now getting my head above the water where eating is concerned. The massive hunger attacks of breastfeeding have subsided, and I’m able to eat more normally now. It’s getting warmer and thus easier to eat salads again twice a day, and I’m sick of my out of shape body, so BTD it is. The only real things I need to do differently are to cut out all the sweets, and cut down on the volume. I never strayed into my major avoids (chicken, corn, oranges), and tried to stick with my super bennies as long as they didn’t give my little man gas. I’m also back to my old self physically, so the baby and I are looking forward to going for lots of walks through the spring. I’m back at the Y teaching only one night a week (daddy has to leave work early for me to teach class), but it’s great to be back in the pool even just one day a week. We’re hoping to work something out over the lunch hour as there’s a Y right next to my hubby’s work. I’m hoping that he can take the baby for 45 minutes while I whip though laps a couple days a week.

Whew!! This has been a whirlwind, scattered blog!! I will collect myself and my thoughts and write a bit more coherently in the future. I got a few emails about the eggplant tofu recipe. I think that I’ve blogged about it before, so I’ll see if I can locate the original blog and repost it.

I hope that this finds you all well, happy and compliant!! Smiles…

Shortness of Breath

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 01:40:00 +0000

It has taken six and a half months for me to look pregnant, and it’s even more fun now that I do!! The only drawback is that with the expansion happening on my insides, I’m not able to draw air as easily as usual!! I’m sitting on the couch with my laptop as I write this, and between dinner, the baby, and my positioning…I’m heaving for air!! I know that I should change positions, but I’m propped up pretty well right where I am!!

Anyhow, all else is going well. After the second trimester binge, I am back to eating very compliantly because there’s just not room to not! I feel like I’m eating less food overall, but am eating all the time…so what does go into “our” bodies needs to pack the largest nutritional punch!

Thanks for humoring this very rambling blog…just a quick dash off to check in. Tomorrow’s dinner will be spicy eggplant and tofu (so delicious); so far my heartburn has been limited to fried foods, not spicy ones!! Let’s hope that continues…

Take care of you, be well and stay compliant!!!

Flat Omelets

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 13:43:00 +0000

My new favorite way to make eggs (since I can’t do my preferred gooey yolk fried egg over rice with the pregnancy) is to have omelets. However, I’m a horrible omelet flipper, so I decided to start making them the way I had them at lunchtime in Europe.


I love them because I can add in whatever ingredients I want (usually leftover veggies…squash, mushroom, onion, garlic) with a quick stir-fry, pour the 2 whisked eggs over the top (I always add a spice to the eggs…dill, marjoram, thyme, parsley), cover it on medium heat until set, flip for a minute or so…and voila! A delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner meal fit for a hungry BTDer. It’s sometimes a special treat to put a dollop of lowfat sour cream on the top too.

I also appreciate the fact that they are full of protein and proper nutrition without making me feel full to bursting. And…a flat omelet just looks so darned attractive sitting on a plate with whatever ingredients have been added just peeking through the yellow. They are especially handy with a side of veggies (broccoli or wilted greens look the prettiest) for a quick and easy dinner.

I got back from working out this morning and was famished, so I cut up three good sized mushrooms, fried them for a couple of minutes, added whisked egg with dill, and had a quick, yummy breakfast with very little clean-up. Rock on!!!

That’s all for now, hope this finds you well…happy living…