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Diet- Day 2

So far so good!  Of course, it's only been, like, what, 24 hours?  I'm sitting here with my 1 cup portion of Irish oatmeal, sweetened only with equal and a little vanilla extract but it's still too hot to eat.  I remember from my culinary school days that oats are great for your heart.  I think mine is needing a little help.  I notice that when I'm feeding Joey, depending on how I'm holding the bottle, my hand falls asleep. 

So I've got Steve on the bandwagon too.  We're both in big need of help.  We need to exercise more-- as if chasing two rugrats around isn't enough of a workout.  The weather hasn't really been conducive to it lately. 

I have a lot of inspriational role models though.  mom2cole has lost a ton of weight on Weight Watchers, an old friend who recently moved from NYC to LA lost a bunch of weight and looks really fit.  My mom had to get her weight in control because of her diabetes.  So now it's my turn and I'm planning to attack it in stereotypical Juli style, which is to say, total focus and concentration until I win, er, succeed. 

Yum, this oatmeal is good. 

The food I'm supposed to be preparing isn't too wacky or awful sounding.  There's a lot of basic stuff.  Lots of veggies, which is typical.  I gotta get myself past this hatred of squash.   The only way I'll currently eat zucchini is baked into bread or breaded and fried.  If anyone has any suggestions, please send 'em along. 


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Jun. 27th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I need to get back in gear. I'm hovering around five pounds over my highest possible goal weight and I need to kick my own butt.

Speaking of which, I need to get over to ww_hp. You should come too!
Jun. 28th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
I actually started my own weight loss community with some of my other mom friends.

Jun. 27th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
This month's issue of Cookie magazine has a section on squash. Every month they do a "how to sneak in" something kids don't usually like and offer several recipes to make it more palatable (they've done things like fish in the past).

They do not have the nutrition information for the recipes, unfortunately, but you could figure out things by the ingredients. They have recipes for Summer Squash Sloppy Joes (lean beef or turkey, onion, carrot, tomato paste, etc.), Baked Zucchini Fries (probably not great for a diet), and Chocolate-Zucchini Mini Muffins (which has a bunch of ingredients you could substitute lower-fat and lower-sugar things for.

Just a tip. Do you get Cookie on the newsstands there?
Jun. 27th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
No, I've never heard of it, but it sounds cute!
Jun. 27th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
It is, and it gives some good ideas, but sure makes me feel poor! ;) The kids' clothes in it are astonishingly expensive. But I look at it like any other magazine--you take the ideas from it and adapt them for yourself.
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
this weeks people mag has a feature article on kirstie alley and her 71 pound weight loss. no personal chef, no personal trainer, just her and jenny craig and some friends for support. reading it has helped kick my butt back into workout and diet mode. i want to do a weightloss challenge type thingy in one of my online communities, but i always feel bad when i dont end up having time to exercise, or when the pounds stop coming off. id love to do an lj challenge with other people i "know". maybe we could start one?
Jun. 27th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
I need all the motivation I can get! What do we do?
Jun. 27th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
we can set up a community and start a challenge ofr anyone who wants to join. i was in the CC challenge, and heres basically how it works:

1) set a length of time for our challenge. usually 1 month to 6 weeks is a good length.
2) each of us does an intro with our name, weight or size, if comfortable sharing, short term goals, long term goals, strategies to reach goals, weaknesses, maybe something else but i cant remember.
3) we set a day for weigh in. you dont have to post how much you weigh, but post how much you lost.
4) we generally just cheer each other on.

i lost interest because there wasnt a whole lot to do in there between weigh-ins. so maybe we could hold ourselves even more accountable with daily check in posts, saying what we ate, how much we exercised, or give our lame excuses why we ate crappy and sat on our butts all day ;) it could clutter up our friends lists, so we could do one daily post and everyone replies there, or require that everyone post behind a cut or something. but i like the idea of posting what we ate and how we exercised. i get bored eating and doing the same things, so i need to get new ideas.
Jun. 27th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Nance-- this sounds AWESOME!!!! I don't mind the friends list clutter, I don't have that many people on my friends list.

Let's do it!
Jun. 27th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
cool! ok, im about to post some stuff to trading post and a diaper site, i can start it up after that unless you want to start it.
Jun. 27th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oooohhhh...I am up for a challenge!!! I need to lose this last 15...keep me accountable!!
Jun. 27th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
(((JULI))) You CAN do this girl...you CAN!! I will be here cheering you on every step of the way...every.single.step!!!!

Jun. 28th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm so proud of you Jules! I know you can do it! You know I think you're gorgeous but I do want you healthy and living long for those gorgeous boys of yours! :)

an old friend who recently moved from NYC to LA lost a bunch of weight and looks really fit.

I think this is really the only permanent answer though. You must move to LA to have continued success! ;)
Jun. 28th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I found myself dreaming of a weekend getaway to LA a few days ago. I've never been further west than Las Vegas and I have a few friends out that way I'd love to visit: you, Mike (said friend who got in great shape), Stephanie and Marc from college. I've always wanted to see Los Angeles.

So Steve just walked in and I told him this: as motivation for continuing my diet, my reward for myself when I achieve my goal is a trip to LA.

Jun. 28th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
I LOVE oatmeal! I used to hate it when I was a kid. I dress it up with some slivered almonds, some brown sugar and some raisins.

That is so cool that you got your husband in the health kick too! I have been trying to get Dave more proactive about getting back into shape. Right now, he just bitches that he is "getting fat" but he doesn't do anything about it.

I like to grill my zucchini with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. If you slice it thin so it carmalizes a little, it has a nutty flavor.
Jun. 29th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
I bought some zucchini and I'm going to try it tonight. I'll let you know how it goes.
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