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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
This blog is dedicated to the low-carb menu challenge presented by Jimmy Moore. I'm living the Louisiana low carb lifestyle, where low-carb is the new way to go ! I live southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana....have three awesome kids. We are deep down in the heart of sweet Cajun Country, where we kick back and relax, go hunting, fishing, or make groceries! My doctor told me that my blood pressure numbers were getting too high, so I had to loose weight. She challenged me with ten pounds in three months. That was October 7, 2008. I lost 26 pounds !!! In February of 2011, I found that I had gained a few pounds more than I would have liked, weighing in at 170 pounds. I had to get back into the swing of living the low carb life again !! I am loving the 'low-carb' style and wish to contiue it . I exercise three times a week at the gym, and off the 'off' days, I learn to RELAX !! November 2011, finds me in different circumstances -- a new lifestyle, great community of friends and a challenge to keep that 45 pounds that I lost OFF. Feel free to read my blog, browse around, or just sit a spell!!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Easy Breezy....

Its a beautiful day here in the Big Easy.. Temps in the upper 60's & blue skies all around. A NICE way to send out the month of January !!

For Lunch I had chicken salad on wheat bread. For dessert I had cantaloupe slices. Some Planter peanuts and mozzarella cheese.

I walked for 20 minutes on my treadmill.

Nothing exciting going on today... But I'm OK with nothing going on. :)

For supper, I went out with a friend to IHOP restaurant. I had a cheese& egg omelette (a HUGE one), with bacon and ham bits in it. So I guess I will not be loosing any weight this week !!!




Friday, January 30, 2009

America's Worst Supermarket Foods

A supermarket experience is supposed to be a good thang.. NOT !

There may be no place on the planet more daunting than the American supermarket.

Read this article, and determine for yourself how detrimental supermarket shopping can be !!!


Diet & Fitness: Nutrition

14 Health Foods That Aren't

From the produce section to the frozen-food aisle, the modern-day market is loaded with 50,000 food choices, all vying for your hard-earned money. That's why we created the Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide, the brand-new follow-up to our national bestselling nutrition books that will help you cut through marketing mysteries and food-label lies in order to make the smart choices that lead to fast and permanent weight loss for you and your loved ones.
And there's no better way to start slimming down in 2009 than by eliminating the most egregious offenders in the supermarket from your shopping cart. Some are conspicuous calorie bombs, others are junk food masquerading as healthy food, but all 20 of these foods have one thing in common: They'll undermine your efforts to lose weight and feel great. So study up on the list of the Worst Supermarket Foods (and while you're at it, don't forget the 20 Worst Restaurant Foods in America), and resolve to master your market in 2009.

Gardetto's Special Request Roasted Garlic Rye Chips (1/2 cup, 30 g)
160 calories
10 g fat (2 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
40 mg sodium
Gardetto extracts the worst part of its Original snack mix and tries to serve it as a gourmet snack—a sneaky move that might have serious repercussions for even casual munchers. Each single serving exceeds the amount of trans fat deemed safe to consume daily by the American Heart Association.
Fat equivalent: 3 strips of bacon
Eat This Instead: Snyder's of Hanover Sourdough Nibblers (16 pieces, 30 g)
120 calories
0 g fat
200 mg sodium

Pillsbury Big Deluxe Classics White Chunk Macadamia Nut (dough; 1 cookie, 38 g)
180 calories
10 g fat (3 g saturated, 2 g trans)
13 g sugars
Stick to Nestlé Toll House when it comes to big-brand cookie dough; the people of Pillsbury have a penchant for scattering trans fats across your market's refrigerated section. This cookie has one load of dangerous oils mixed into the flour and another blended with sugar and interspersed throughout the dough as "white confectionery chunks."
Fat equivalent: 5 "fun" size 3 Musketeers bars
Eat This Instead:
Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (1 1/2-inch ball, 28 g)
130 calories
6 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
11 g sugars

Stonyfield Farm Whole Milk Chocolate Underground (6 oz.)
220 calories
5 g fat (3 g saturated)
36 g sugars
Stonyfield is notorious for being a little too generous with the sugar, but the nearly 3 tablespoons in their Chocolate Underground is bad even by their supersweet standards. Not even Ben & Jerry's makes a flavor of ice cream with this much sugar. (Check out the rest of America's Most-Sugar Packed Foods.)
Sugar equivalent: 4 Cherry Popsicles
Eat This Instead:
Breyers Cookies n'Cream YoCrunch Lowfat with Oreo Pieces (6 oz.)
120 calories
2.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
11 g sugars

Twix (1 package, 2 oz.)
280 calories
27 g sugars
14 g fat (11 g saturated)
Twix takes the already-dubious candy-bar reputation and drags it through a murky pool of saturated fat. With more than half the USDA's daily consumption recommendation for these dangerous fats in each package, this is one hazardous after-lunch snack.
Saturated fat equivalent: 11 strips of bacon
Eat This Instead:
100 Grand (1 package)
190 calories
22 g sugars
8 g fat (5 g saturated)

Eggo Original Syrup (1/4 c)
240 calories
40 g sugars
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but not when this sugar slick hits the table. Excluding water, the first three ingredients are all different forms of sugar. If you want real syrup, make sure it's 100 percent maple.
Sugar equivalent: Two Häagen-Dazs Vanilla & Almond ice cream bars
Eat This Instead:
Smucker's Sugar Free Breakfast Syrup (1/4 c)
20 calories
0 g sugars

Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter (1/2 c)
360 calories
24 g sugars
24 g fat (11 g saturated)
Häagen-Dazs makes great-tasting ice cream with an impressively short ingredient list, but that doesn't make up for the fact that their pints are consistently the fattiest in the freezer.
Fat equivalent: 1 McDonald's Double Cheeseburger
Eat This Instead:
Edy's Slow Churned Peanut Butter Cup (1/2 c)
130 calories
13 g sugars
6 g fat (3 g saturated)

AriZona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz. can)
353 calories, 0 g fat
82 g sugars
It claims to be blended juice, but only 5 percent of this can is any sort of real-fruit derivative. The remaining 95 percent is a blend of water and high-fructose corn syrup. (Believe it or not, this pales in comparison to some of the other Unhealthiest Drinks in America.)
Sugar equivalent: 4 Original Fudgsicle Bars
Drink This Instead:
Tropicana Lime Raspberry Fruit Squeeze (15.2 oz. bottle)
35 calories, 0 g fat
7 g sugars

Pop-Tarts Whole Grain Brown Sugar Cinnamon (2 pastries)
400 calories
14 g fat (4 g saturated)
5 g fiber, 28 g sugars
Whole grain ain't the whole truth. There's also a glut of vegetable oil and seven types of sugar stuffed inside.
Sugar equivalent: 1 Snickers bar
Eat This Instead:
Sun-Maid Raisin English Muffins with Cinnamon (1 muffin)
170 calories
0.5 g fat (0 g saturated)
2 g fiber, 13 g sugars

Healthy Choice Complete Selections Sweet & Sour Chicken (340 g)
430 calories
9 g fat (1 g saturated)
600 mg sodium
29 g sugars
Since when has fried chicken been healthy? Certainly not when it's cloaked in sugar.
Sugar equivalent: 2 scoops Breyers Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream
Eat This Instead:
Kashi Southwest Style Chicken (283 g)
240 calories
5 g fat (0 g saturated)
680 mg sodium

Quaker 100% Natural Granola, Oats, Honey & Raisins (1 c)
420 calories
12 g fat (7 g saturated)
6 g fiber, 30 g sugars
Granola, for all its good reputation, is usually weighed down by a deluge of added sugars. In fact, for the same amount of sugar, you could have a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles more than twice the size—and you'd get more fiber and save about 60 calories in fat.
Calorie equivalent: 8 chicken wings
Eat This Instead:
Kashi GOLEAN (1 c)
140 calories
1 g fat (0 g saturated)
10 g fiber/6 g sugars

Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo (1 c prepared with 2 percent milk and margarine)
450 calories
25 g fat (7 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
1,140 mg sodium
Once again Alfredo proves itself to be the biggest belt-busting option on the shelf.
This side has a meal's worth of calories, and if you try to turn it into a meal in itself, expect to top 1,000 calories.
Sodium equivalent: 4 medium orders of McDonald's French fries
Eat This Instead:
Pasta Roni Nature's Way Olive Oil & Italian Herb (1 c prepared with water and olive oil)
250 calories
8 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
800 mg sodium

Otis Spunkmeyer Banana Nut Muffins (1 muffin, 114 g)
460 calories
22 g fat (3 g saturated)
2 g fiber, 32 g sugars
Despite popular belief, muffins are very rarely healthy. Case in point: The first ingredient in this muffin is sugar. The result is metabolic mayhem: Blood sugar climbs, pancreas goes into overdrive, and the body begins storing sugar as fat. Shortly after, you'll feel sluggish and crave more sugar.
Sugar equivalent: 3 1/2 Rice Krispies Treats
Eat This Instead:
Vitalicious Apple Berry Muffin (1 muffin)
100 calories
0 g fat
5 g fiber, 10 g sugars

Toll House Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich (1 sandwich)
520 calories
23 g fat (9 g saturated)
44 g sugars
Do you really want more than a quarter of your day’s calories to come from an ice-cream novelty? If you're going to take in this much fat and calories in one sitting, it better be dinner.
Calorie equivalent: Two slices of hand-tossed pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut
Eat This Instead:
Skinny Cow Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich (1 sandwich)
140 calories
2 g fat (1 g saturated)
15 g sugars

Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie (1 pie)
520 calories
45 g sugars
24 g fat (14 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
Skip past the enriched flour and water on the ingredient list and here's what you get: animal shortening, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, butter, chocolate liqueur, and so on. Any one of these ingredients alone might prompt you to raise an eyebrow, but taken together they should invoke a gag reflex and a sprint for something far healthier.
Saturated fat equivalent: 2 McDonald's Quarter Pounders
Eat This Instead:
Chocolatey Drizzle Rice Krispies Treat
100 calories
8 g sugars
3 g fat (1 g saturated)

Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Combo Lunchables (1 package)
680 calories
61 g sugars
22 g fat (9 g saturated, 1 g trans)
1,440 mg sodium
Here's your first clue that this meal has issues: The ingredient list—in its squinty small type—is a full 4 inches long. It includes just about every form of fat and sugar you can imagine. Your child deserves better.
Calorie equivalent: 15 Chicken McNuggets
Eat This Instead:
Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Fajita Beef & Salsa Flatbread (145 g)
280 calories
9 g fat (4 g saturated)
890 mg sodium

Bertolli Grilled Chicken Alfredo & Fettuccine Complete Skillet Meal for Two (1/2 package, 340 g)
710 calories
1,370 mg sodium
42 g fat (22 g saturated)
A dinner for two should get your blood flowing, not stuff your arteries with more than the entire day's saturated fat.
Saturated fat equivalent: 22 strips of bacon
Eat This Instead:
Birds Eye Steamfresh Meals for Two Grilled Chicken in Roasted Garlic Sauce (1/2 bag, 340 g)
340 calories
880 mg sodium
13 g fat (5 g saturated)

Jimmy Dean Pancake and Sausage Links Breakfast Bowls
710 calories
890 mg sodium
31 g fat (11 g saturated)
As if the calories, fat, and refined carbohydrates weren't bad enough, Jimmy D tops the whole thing with two Hershey's bars' worth of sugar.
Calorie equivalent: 6 bowls of Froot Loops
Eat This Instead:
Jimmy Dean D-lights Breakfast Bowls Turkey Sausage (198 g)
230 calories
730 mg sodium
7 g fat (3 g saturated)

DiGiorno for One Garlic Bread Crust Supreme Pizza
850 calories
1,450 mg sodium
44 g fat (15 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
The bloated crust and the greasy toppings will saddle you with 60 percent of your day's sodium, 75 percent of your day's saturated fat, and nearly twice the amount of trans fats you should take in daily.
Calorie equivalent: 6 slices Domino's Thin'N Crispy Cheese Pizza
Eat This Instead:
South Beach Diet Deluxe Pizza
340 calories
660 mg sodium
11 g fat (4 g saturated)

Hungry-Man Classic Fried Chicken
1,020 calories
1,570 mg sodium
57 g fat (12 g saturated)
They should rename the company Hungry-Men, because there's no way a single man needs more than a pound of fatty fried chicken, oily potatoes, and a brownie.
Calorie equivalent: 5 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts
Eat This Instead:
Banquet Select Chicken Parmesan
350 calories
870 mg sodium
15 g fat (3.5 g saturated)

Marie Callender's Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie
1,060 calories
1,440 mg sodium
64 g fat (24 g saturated)
Marie Callender's perpetrates the ultimate sleight of hand here: The nutrition information says this medium-size entrée has two servings, but honestly, when have you ever split a potpie? Lard-strewn pastry tops and cream-based fillings are the lowest common denominators of the nutritionally nefarious potpie, and this one, with an ingredient list that reads like an O-Chem final, beats out dozens of horrendous iterations to earn this special place on our list.
Sodium equivalent: 8 small bags of potato chips
Fat equivalent: 23 strips of bacon
Calorie equivalent: 7 Taco Bell Fresco Beef Tacos
Eat This Instead:
Marie Callender's Oven Baked Chicken (369 g)
320 calories
990 mg sodium
12 g fat (3 g saturated)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

"There are NO fat taste buds." Dr. Oz

I'm feeling "Easy" in the Big Easy today... treated myself to a day at the spa. Always feels good to treat yourself right.

Speaking of right thangs, check out my lunch today :

Blended Steamers Veggies, Artichoke Dip (4 tablespoons) Snap Beans with slices of Ham.

Ham and Chicken Slices on my homemade Bread machine Bread. Slices of Mozzarella Cheese.

Lots of veggies in there today.. As Dr. Oz put it mildly, "There are NO fat taste buds." LOL

Well, my taste palate was in high gear today ! Ta to Dr. Oz :)


For supper, I had two cheeseburger patties from Mc Donalds and a Diet Coke.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Like "Alfalfa"..

Sometimes kids say the 'dardnest' thangs.. (quote from Art Linkletter here).. If you old enough to remember Art AND remember Alfalfa, from 'Our Gang.'..and "ALF" then you'll appreciate this tiny story...

My 9 year old said the kids at school were calling him "Alfalfa" , and 'why would they call him a plant ??"... So I tried to explain to him that plants have many qualities, etc. but that was NOT why they were calling him that, and proceeded to google "Alfalfa" and showed him who the kid was. His 'HAIR STICKING STRAIGHT UP' That got him the name, because our son has had hair like that since he was a baby, it just sticks straight up, unless you put some detangling cream or something in it every morning.

So then I showed him "ALF"... and he laughed at our space alien friends looks.... So when they call him "Alfalfa'., and can shoot back with "ALF"..

YES, I explained to him that name calling is NOT a good thing and they were making fun of him, and he knows its all in jest.... so... let THEM google "ALF".. LOL
Have a Blessed Day !!
For lunch :
2 Jimmie Dean Sausages
Chicken salad on my low carb homemade bread
Five strawberries.
I exercised for one hour at the gym today.
For supper :
Ham on my low carb bread. 100 calorie popcorn.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lunch & Dinner -- anyone ??


I'm SO ready for today's lunch. My homemade bread machine low carb bread, romaine lettuce, tomato, pickles, chicken breast & Kraft mozzarella cheese slices. For dessert : 100 calorie cheeto puffs and cantaloupe slices. My bread will be adorned with Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard.

Its quite a pleasant morning, temps in the low 70's, sun is trying to peek through here.
For dinner, I had mesquite Chicken bites (skinless boneless pieces), Lettuce & tomato salad with Kraft dressing, and some fresh snap beans I purchased from the farmer's market over the weekend smothered in onions and ham. Bon Appetit !!

How is your day going ?

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Toned" Down !!

I exercised to Leslie Sansone's 5 mile DVD this morning at home (bout an hour). Also went to the gym to work out for about two hours. I did bout an hour of cardio (bicycle, elliptical, & treadmill), followed by an hour of the weight machines. ( I worked on my tummy, arms, and legs)

I weighed in at 137 today, DOWN BY 1 !! (And who thought "1" Was such a LONELY number after all??) When you add up the '1's" they are GREAT !!! So far, I've lost a grand total of 27 pounds since Oct. 7. .. and kept it off.

For lunch today, I am having tuna and egg salad sandwich on my low carb homemade bread. (I made another loaf yesterday.) Fresh strawberry and cantaloupe on the side.

Did anyone happen to notice the figures on those guys and gals at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Last Night ?? Wowza !! I just loved all those bodies, and they were not only toned, but did NOT in any way look 'muscular'.. that's how I want to end up... all over toned. I have the giggles in the back of my arms, and this is a new area that I want to firm up.

Any suggestions for exercises ?? Or any url's that have video's for them ?

Anyone know when we are expecting Jimmy Moore back ?? I miss his Low Carbin blogs !!

Keep the comments a comin !


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday !

For Breakfast:

Jimmie Dean Sausages on Wheat Toast

For Lunch :

Hillshire Farms Summer Smoked Sausage (grilled)
Lettuce & Tomato Salad with Ranch Dressing
Steamed Califlower

Friday, January 23, 2009

"Teas" & "Fuze" Me

Harry left a comment on yesterday's blog about teas. I love teas ! Yes, especially when you are feeling like crap, teas have a way of working magic on you.

My favorite brands are Yogi Tea and Celestial Seasonings teas. I like chamomile organic Yogi Tea & Candy cane lane green tea & Gingerbread spice Herbal caffeine free Celestial Seasonings teas.
Thanks Harry, for stopping by my blog, and posting such a sweet suggestion to make me feel better.


Onto another subject..

I just love Fuze Drinks... they are low carb, come in a variety of flavors and offer an alternative to the water or tea drinker. HOWEVER, It was not until I actually LOOKED on the label and noticed that in little letters "LOW CARB", but other than that, they look the same. I thought ALL FUZE drinks were low in carbs.

I am kinda like the gal that makes groceries, and brings home tomato PASTE instead of tomato sauce. Cest la vie !!
I exercised for two hours at the gym today AND walked 4 miles with Leslie Sansone walking DVD.
For lunch, I had chicken salad on my low carb breadmachine bread. I had Cheetos puffs 100 Calorie packs for a snack.
For supper, I am planning on eating the other half of my Chef Salad with Kraft dressing.
Have a Blessed Weekend !

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still Hangin...

For lunch I had a chef salad with kraft dressing.

For supper, I had a cheese sandwich on my low carb bread.

I also had two scoops of breyers carb smart ice cream tonite. (ok Im hungry and STILL feeling under the weather).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Getting down to business

My delicious low carb lunch !!

For lunch today I had chicken salad on my homemade low carb bread machine bread. It was served with lettuce tomato & pickles and a touch of mayo. To top it off, I had a slice of mozzarella cheese & about 1/2 cup of steamed veggies . For dessert I had about 1/2 cup of blackberries, topped with Cool Whip topping. I'm ready to EAT now ;)


It's about time we got down to business. Our new President is roaring to go, making new changes and policies. Isn't about time we do that in our own life. I finally got down to work and decided to forgo the 'no doctor' policy. I already had an appt lined up with the dermatologist, so I kindly explained to him about my never-ending cold, and he gave me some Keflex that would cover help my psoriasis AND my cold out.

I was excited, because it was the first time in a while I'd actually gone into the doctor's office to weigh on THEIR SCALE. Not that the one at the fitness center is not accurate.. but just to have something to compare it to. The scale said I weighed 138.. so I know that is right :)

I want to start feeling a bit better, so I think I am going to eat more. I've never really upped my carbs, but I do know I eat between 40 and 60 carbs per day. I just mean I'm going to be filling up my plate with MORE low carb foods than usual, until I'm feeling better.

On that note, I wish everyone reading this blog that yall feel better too. Its been a lousy beginning of the week for me, and it SURE feels like hump day !!

I'm with getting down to business, how about yall ??


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

An "Inaugural'' Lunch

Today, there is a new sheriff in town, congrats to our new President :)

My "Inaugural" Lunch"

I'm feeling somewhat better today. My lunch looks real good, doesn't it ??

For breakfast, I had three Jimmy Dean sausages on my low carb breadmachine bread.

For Lunch today ;

2 boiled eggs, pickles, Honey Mustard from Hickory Farms / mayo , four strawberries cut up, drizzled with whipped cream, and a Hershey kissie on top ! Also a handful of peanuts from CVS 75% off Christmas stuff :)

I exercised for one hour and 15 minutes today.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Today, I exercised for 1 1/2 hours at the gym. I intend to do the treadmill for 20 minutes later on today.

For lunch, I had string beans with diced ham. A hamburger fresh off the bbq, lettuce, tomato and my homemade low carb bread. I am also topping my bread with the sweet hot mustard from Hickory Farms.. (amazing stuff !) I have different cheeses : Smoked, cheddar, and 'three cheese onion wedge slices -- consisting of Monterey jack, aged & mild cheddar cheese, also compliments of Hickory Farms.

Their 75% off sale may still be going on at http://www.hickoryfarms.com/, OR check your local mall if the booths are still set up there to save on shipping.

I"m feeling a bit under the weather today, congested head and drippy nose.. but hey at least I got in the workout, and LOST ANOTHER POUND !! Yippee.! Now, I'm weighing in at 138, for a total of 26 POUNDS LOST , since Oct. 7th, 2008.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Second-Chance Bread

Good thing for second chances !

Today, I decided to give the low carb bread machine recipe another try using my 1.5 to 2 lb. loaf bread machine.

As yall know, I screwed up the first loaf, by not adding any salt, and not adding more splenda.

I did it right this time. The recipe turned out fine, when doubled... but I found these attributes lagging.


The bread came out beautiful today, It has a very good quality and taste to it !

For breakfast, I had two scrambled eggs and one slice wheat bread.

Lunch: Hickory Farms Summer Sausage drizzled in olive oil, fried in my skillet. I made a sandwich with them on my freshly made low carb bread above !

Tonite, I had one cup of broccoli, some lunch meat slices and three strawberries cut up drizzled with whipped cream.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Hey baby.. it's COLD outside !!

Its been very cold here today. Freezing in New Orleans, is NOT my idea of fun.

Today for lunch, I had the rest of my Chef salad from yesterday with Kraft dressing.

For supper, just a light sandwich of turkey and mozzarella cheese on wheat.

I did the treadmill for 25 minutes today.

It was too cold to go out & make my way to the gym.

I'll catch up on exercise this weekend.

How did everyone else do today ?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A "Moldy" Situation

My beautifully-baked bread machine bread got moldy...
but it wasn't an "old'y"

I did not put it in the tupperware container hot,
yet it had a lot of mold spots.

I am sad, but am glad
that I learned my lesson well.

Cut a few pieces, refrigerate,
and things will turn out swell.


ANY ideas on how I could have kept my beautiful bread machine bread from molding ?? I had it in a plastic tupperware bread container, and today, I opened it up, the bread was moldy, and I had to throw away a 1/2 of the loaf, which was really ONE loaf, cause I doubled the recipe !

I'm really sad.. LOL, but need to know what to do, to avoid the situation again. Thanks !


For Breakfast, I had Jimmy Dean Sausages and wheat bread.

For Dinner, I had Chef Salad with Dressing. It was a huge one so I 'll probably have the rest of it tomorrow.

Have a Blessed Evening

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Getting Ready"

This is a test. It is only a test.

If this were your actual life, you would be given better instructions.

Myrna Neims


Life is a test, isn't it ?

I spent most of the afternoon and into the early evening at the orthopedist's office with my son yesterday. He had sprained his foot, this time playing football with some neighborhood kids a couple of weeks ago, and is only now coming to complain about it ?? Right.

The orthopedist gave him some type of 'sandal' to slide his foot into that has velro straps. Another two weeks and he should be as good as new. Reminder : This is ONLY a test. LOL


I worked out today for 1 1/2 hours at the gym. Switching up my routing and 'confusing' the muscle memory really seems to be paying off. I find that doing the weight machines FIRST, then the cardio, it gives me more stamina. I am going for more repetitions, and less weight.

Breakfast :

4 Jimmy Dean Sausages on wheat

Lunch :

Grilled Chicken Breast, Broccili with cheese , Diet Coke

For Supper : Chicken strips, one boiled egg, and half a dinner roll.


I'm really in a happy mood lately. I just hate fighting traffic, waiting for the doctor, etc... But at least I"M NOT THE ONE BEING SEEN BY THE DOCTOR. So that really is A GOOD THANG !!

Have a Blessed Evening !


Monday, January 12, 2009

"Two for Two "

Today for lunch, I had chicken salad, lettuce and tomato on two slices of the low carb bread I made yesterday.

For dessert, I had 1/4 cup of blackberries and three strawberries cut up and drizzled with whipped cream topping.

I worked out for two hours at the gym this morn. I weighed in at 139 & Lost TWO MORE POUNDS ! THIS makes the second week in a row I lost two pounds, Yippee !! Since Oct. 7, 2008 , I have lost a total of 25 pounds !!

I think by changing up my routine, and doing more repetitions, its beginning to pay off big time.

Now that I have my low carb bread made -- I'm all set :)

Have a Blessed Day :)


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Not by "Bread" Alone...

Today's Low Carb 2 lb Bread Machine Loaf !! Yeah !!

If I had to rely on my bread machine to make the perfect low carb bread recipe... I'd be starving by now !! This is my fourth attempt at making low carb bread in my 1.5 - 2 lb. bread machine. It seems EVERY low carb bread recipe (INCLUDING the ones in my low carb book) call for ONE POUND Loaves ! I've tried doubling a one pound recipe before, with little success.

I received an interesting low carb bread recipe on Jimmy Moore's Low Carb Discussion Board


"Best Low Carb Bread"

I cliked on the ingredient 'dry yeast' in the recipe, and it brought up a definition.

" Active dry yeast comes in envelopes, jars or bulk and can be regular or quick rising "

So , I decided NOT to use my bread machine yeast, and went with the Fleishman's regular yeast.
I doubled the recipe, as yall suggested to make a 2 lb. loaf.

It looks so far so good in the bread machine. I'll let yall know in a few hours. Thanks for all of the tips !


I'll know in three hours if this works !!


For lunch today, I had homemade chili. Not sure about the carbs, but I had bout 3/4 cup, so I do think it must be less than 30 carbs, and I had a couple of saltine crackers to boot.

The bread today actually rose ! It was great in height, and texture. It had a beautiful light crust.
On the downside, I found it needed a bit more salt and I only used ONE of the Splenda, when I should had used TWO. (I read a review that if you used two it would be too sweet... so I'll know better next time.. Enjoy the pics, I'm stoked :))
Off to church now !!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Down , but not Out.

I had a REALLY bad day yesterday, not food-wise, but I let a little sheet of paper I received in the mail with some news on it get the best of me. How I allowed such a thing, and give it power is beyond me ! Thanks to my friends, and some much needed prayer time, I was able to best deal with the situation, and am proceeding in the right direction.

For lunch today I had

100 Calorie Cheetos Puffs (9 carbs)

Two Slices of Wheat bread

One Slice Cheese

Chicken Breast and Turkey Breast

Lipton Diet Iced Tea

Exercised for one hour with my 'medicine ball', those inflatable balls you see at the gym, very cheap, less than $10 at Wal Mart. I recently subscribed to some sports channels on Cox Cable tv out here and one of the channels is called the 'Fitness Channel.' Today they exercised with those medicine balls, -- quite a workout ! Also , went walking this afternoon around our town.
For dinner, I had chicken salad on one slice of wheat, mozzarella & cheddar cheese slices & 3 strawberries cut up, and smothered with whipped cream ! Yummy !!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

"The King"

Seemed we just celebrated a Happy Birthday to the Eternal King, and today's birthday is Elvis, "The King of Rock and Roll.' In New Orleans, on Jan. 6th, it's known as King's Day or the 12th night, and we begin to start rolling out the 'king cakes
to introduce to the entire world, that Mardi Gras season is beginning !! Soon parades will be rolling, and bayoubabe will hit the streets and party with the best of them !
Whether the 'kings' of this world are celebrities, athletes, crowned heads, or tycoons, they come and go. Their influence may be immense, and their followers fanatically loyal, but it doesn't last forever. I think one of the many things we do unique down here in New Orleans, is that the kids are out of school for an ENTIRE WEEK during the Mardi Gras Holiday. What a blast !!
Now if someone could only invent a low-carb king cake ?? Perhaps one exists !
For breakfast this morn, I had Jimmie Dean Sausages on wheat bread.
For lunch, I had a grilled chicken salad. It was yummy.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hickory Farms, Oh My !!!

I exercised for two hours at the gym today, and came home to this wonderful Hickory Farms Plate Lunch !!

I had a great time at lunch today. I took some of the Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage and sauteed it on my indoor grill. The bread you see to the right is the oatmeal molasses bread from the bread machine. I had some lettuce and tomato on the side (made myself a sausage sandwich!). I also had some Hickory Farms smoked cheese. Up top of the plate is those Green Giant Vegetable Medley (8 carbs).
I was so full just from eating what you saw on the plate.

For supper, I had a Mc Donald's cheeseburger patti & a Blue Bell sugar free popsicle.

Enjoy !
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Connecting to Each Other !!

We're all excited to get this New Year started off, & one great way is to be with FRIENDS !!!

Today was my outing with my Christian Connection buddies , we gather every couple of weeks or so, do Bible Study, Bless the Lord & these ladies can cook and make wonderful hostesses ! I even tried a couple of yummy desserts sitting on the table in front of me.

For breakfast today, I had three Jimmie Dean sausage links on one slice of wheat bread.

For lunch, I had Mesquite Chicken Breast with two different kinds of cheeses, lettuce , tomato and Ranch dressing. I also had some 'cajun pretzels' one of the ladies made.
Y-U-M-M-Y & a diet coke. Also had some peanuts on the side.

Tonite, I had a slice of cheese on wheat.

We exercised one mile to Leslie Sansone. It was fun to be with the women of our community :)

I also walked around our town this morning for about a half hour.

Yall Have a Blessed Day !


Monday, January 5, 2009

Down by TWO !!!

How low can I go ???

Today was weigh-in day at the gym. I felt pretty good after loosing one pound last week, as I exercised more, but it took TWO weeks to loose that one stubborn pound.
Imagine to my amazement, as I stepped on the scale this morn, and lost a total of two more pounds !!! Yep, I guess changing up the exercise routine (doing the weight machines first, and doing more reps, adding minutes to the cardio) is starting to pay off.

I now weigh 141 pounds. Down by 23 pounds since October 7. I'm so stoked !!!

To 'celebrate' my accomplishment, I had chicken salad on my bread machine oatmeal/molasses bread. I also had smothered down some snap beans with onions and ham, so I finished up the rest of those. Topped it all off with a cold glass of Diet Coke. I feel really full right now, and so dern excited, -- I'm about to bust.

I worked out for two hours at the gym this mornin... so I'm "good to go" as they say. Now, if I could only find the perfect low carb bread machine bread that actually RISES , I'd be all set !
Have a Blessed Day, everyone! :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

We had at least 5 inches of rain in the metro area late into the evening, it knocked me offline here.

Today for lunch I had the turkey, ham & cheese on wheat. Also had a Popsicle. I'm experimenting with the different flavors of my Hickory Farms cheeses I got at Christmas time.
So far, I've tried the Gouda and the sharp cheddar.. Yummy !

For supper, I had mesquite chicken breast chopped into a lettuce tomato and cubed cheese salad. It was delish :) I topped it off with Kraft dressing.

Weather mostly sucks, more rain is expected today. On the upside, the kids go back to school tomorrow (Do I hear an AMEN in the room ?) Two weeks with the kids home is enough to drive anyone crazy.

Friday, January 2, 2009

"DOH !!!" Moment...

I don't have senior moments -- I have "DOH" moments...

I kept wondering WHY my bread baked in the bread machine would not RISE , or had a different texture to it, -- well today something OPENED my eyes.. and yes, Virginia, there really are some "DOH" people out there, and I AM ONE OF THEM...

Today, I got the ingredients for "Mom's Oatmeal Molasses Bread'' in the book "500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender. I got all excited, measuring each item meticulously... plugged in the bread machine, added the bread machine yeast and sat back to read this book, further into the 'bread making' section..

This recipe, Dana said was, " the decarbed version of the bread that won her mom first prize at the county fair.. and had the BEST texture of any low carb bread she knew of...'' so how could I go wrong ??

Further reading OPENED MY EYES... At the beginning of the bread making chapter, said 'these recipes all use plain old activated yeast -- NOT 'BREAD MACHINE' OR RAPID RISE YEAST. I can't guarantee the results if you use another sort of yeast.

So there it was, right in front of these eyes.. all along.. so I hurried to the store to get the correct 'yeast', and just dumped it into the machine. I mean whats the worst that could happen ? A yeasty bread ? The bread rises so tall, it makes the lid go UP ? lol.. Stayed tuned, I'll let yall know.

P.S. These recipes call for a ONE POUND LOAF machine. Mine is a 1.5 to 2 pound loaf, so.. I'm experimenting this time also to see if the 1.5 pound loaf setting will work with the one pound loaf ingredients. Who knows AYE ?? LOL

The Rest of the Story...

Ok, so it did NOT rise like it should, or maybe it did, I'm not sure. The loaf is REALLY small, but it IS a one pound loaf, so anywho, it IS very good tasting, and the crust is awesome... ONly thing is it did not poof up and rise so yall know i"m gonna half to fix me another loaf real soon :)


Ok I worked out at the gym for an hour this morn, rode my bike around town here, and did the treadmill for 20 minutes at home.

I had the lovely Jimmy Dean sausages on a slice of wheat late in the morn, which held me over till evening, and then I had a couple slices of the bread I made today, and I smothered down some green beans with onion and ham and its GOOD also.

So, let's hope no more DOH !!! Days !!


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Evolver !!!

It's a new day. A New Year ! Are you an Evolver ? That's what I want to be this year. I want to come forth gradually into being and develop new characteristics in my life..

To be honest. I've never been good with New Year's "Resolutions'' -- long range goals. I'm a spur-of-da-moment, live day-by-day kinda girl. If a friend calls me up and says , "Hey ! Let's go do this or that... " I'm game. (Dedicated to my friend, Mary ;) )

What does this have to do with anything ? After last year's health problems, repeated office visits, exams, tests at the hospitals (3 months of pain, followed by a Hysterectomy in August), I'm ready for a CHANGE. I do know one thing : Since being recommend by my doctor to loose weight, and join a gym, my life has changed. I lost 21 pounds, and have NOT been to the doctor's office since Oct. 7, 2008. THIS is a major ordeal for me. When you know everyone in a hospital or doctor's office environment by NAME -- that should send up a HUGE FLAG !!

Things I regret doing last year:

(1) Not visiting my doctor sooner when I had developed cervical pain.

(2) Having my hysterectomy operation in August.

(3) Evacuating (driving) because of an approaching Hurricane, just three weeks after my surgery . ( If you live near New Orleans, you should NEVER schedule major surgery during the months of June, July, Aug, Sept. or Oct. -- Hurricane Season -- DOH !!) I drove for four hours to Laurel Mississippi (only place around available to escape to that had hotel openings. Hubby was working shift work, so I had to do this myself.)

(4) Not paying attention to my weight (was 164 pounds).

Things accomplished last year :

(1) Lost 21 pounds since Oct 7.
(2) Stayed away from doctor's office since joining a gym
(3) Purchased two acres of land and plan to build a place on it to 'evacuate to' in case of oncoming Hurricanes.
(4) Teenage son got his driver's permit. (really helps when you need someone to drive you around when you are in pain).
(5)Started reading Jimmy's Low Carb Blog (and everyone else's !!)

Let's "Evolve'' & get the party Started !!

Have a Blessed New Year !!


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