P r o g r e s s ……or, What I’ve Learned About Dieting So Far.

By: Jane

Jan 14 2012

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Category: Weight loss


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Been about 10 days now, and I’ve lost 3 1/2 pounds. At least, I had lost them as of this morning. We went out for dinner with friends tonight, and although I ate no bread and no dessert, I’m sure that, at best, I won’t weigh any less tomorrow.

Having said that, I took small steps of progress this week, thanks to my wonderful friends. A few posts back Nancy commented that she thought we should walk a couple of times a week. Now, Nancy is a runner..she certainly doesn’t need me holding her back. But she made this generous offer out of support for me, so Tuesday and Wednesday 5 of us began the weekly ritual (I hope) of walking after school. We’ve started out easy…. a mile and a half each of the first two days.

I was supposed to walk with Janet on Friday, in spite of frigid temperatures and wind, but we had a payroll screw-up at work and I had to come right home, get a deposit slip and actually go to the bank and deposit a real check. When was the last time you had to do that?! Anyway, next week, 3 days of walking for sure.

Kathy has been sending me daily recipes of the easy variety, since I don’t have the time, energy or talent to cook anything spectacular. These recipes are perfect for a non-cook like me, and tasty too.

A Treat


Here’s a recipe I got recently from a friend. It’s from Cooking Light, and is a really yummy hot beverage treat for cold days and nights.


Vanilla Almond Steamer
8 cups 1% or 2% low-fat milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Add cinnamon sticks to mild mixture and cook 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Do not let boil. Remove from heat and let stand 20 minutes. Stir in extracts. Place pan back over medium-high heat and cook for 3 minutes, or until thoroughly heated. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Can be garnished as desired with cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon, or whipped cream.
Makes 8 servings; adjust recipe amounts to the number of servings you need.

Rosemary Baked Chicken

1 spray cooking spray
1 lb. boneless & skinless chicken breast, 4-4 oz. halves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
2 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup canned chicken broth

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a small, shallow roasting or baking pan with cooking spray.

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Place in prepared pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with lemon juice, rosemary, and parsley. Pour broth around chicken to coat bottom of pan.

Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 30 – 35 minutes. Garnish with fresh lemon slices, if desired. 4 servings.

Mel is my personal health food Guru. She put me onto the multi vitamin I’ve been taking, “Super Food 100”, as well as the Red Yeast Rice and some “brain drops.” They’re really a tincture of Ginkgo Biloba. Since part of the reason I’m concerned about the cholesterol is its effect on dementia, which was a problem for 2 of my grandparents, I decided that t wouldn’t kill me to take one more thing. I’m also taking Res-Q 1250….Omega 3’s, also known as fish oil. (No wonder they call it Omega 3’s….would YOU voluntarily swallow FISH OIL? Yuk.) So, pill and supplement wise, I feel REALLY old. Depending upon how many fish oil gel caps I take, I’m ingesting a minimum of 8 pills in the morning. ( I use the term “pill” loosely. Some of those things are huge. And me with an easy gag reflex. I hate taking pills.)

I found out why insomnia leads to weight gain this week. It may or may not have anything to do with Cortisol. It definitely has something to do with getting hungry around 2 A.M. So, I lost that pound and a half in spite of an extra glass of low-fat milk and 3 cookies one night last week.

Last, my Bob Harper “Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation” dvd, recommended by Lynne, arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. I meant to try it this morning, but I suffer from “Saturday Morning Cartoons” syndrome. Tomorrow, however, is another day.


8 comments on “P r o g r e s s ……or, What I’ve Learned About Dieting So Far.”

  1. Congrats on the three pounds! My second weigh-in is tomorrow and I doubt I’ve done that well! Thanks for the recipe! Will try to chicken one!


  2. Keep up the great work! (I see those English muffins on the table. 😉

  3. Our county gov’t is running a group driven weight loss initiative loosely based on Biggest Loser TV show. Last week each group of 5 stood on a feed scale. There was lots of laughter. Our goal is 5% loss in the group in 12 weeks. There’s something to ne said for the group dynamic when it comes to weight loss, or maybe anything. IB

    • What a great idea. Contributing to a team effort is a big incentive. Do you know your partners, or we’re you randomly chosen? Are you supposed to be a support group for each other? That could be good for keeping the pounds off, too.

  4. I am anxiously awaiting to hear how you like the DVD. I am so completely hooked on them.
    Insomnia definitely leads to weight gain because of cortisol. I am confident that once you have your new regiment completely down you will start to sleep better. Exercise will help. I had insomnia this summer. So much so that I thought I had lyme disease I got so fatigued. I saw the dr. and he said my lack of sleep caused muscle fatigue and that was the cause of my pain. It was bad. I tried lots of different things…and honestly nothing seemed to work. Sleeping pills didn’t help. I even started hormone therapy because night sweats, the dr. thought could also have been keeping me up. So that got under control. When my mother had a fall and my life was in upheaval dealing with that, the exhaustion of that situation caused me to sleep…and I think I basically just broke my sleep pattern. It is funny, my doctor said when I went to him in August I think you are in a bad sleep pattern and you just need to break it…I think he is right. I seem to be back on track…took almost a year so I sympathize.
    Hang in there…remember not a diet but a lifestyle.

    • Most of the dvd is gong to be doable. The 2 biggest problems will be a} Carving out 45 minutes. I’m thinking that walking will be a weekly thing and this work out will be a weekend thing. I know 45 minutes doesn’t sound like much, but several days a week I literally run from work to some other structured activity….stopping briefly at home to let the dogs out. b) Self consciousness. May sound silly, but I really feel like I need privacy to do this sort of thing….because I am SO not good at it. So, not only do I have to find 45 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays…..they have to be 45 minutes when no one else is around. This from a woman who makes a fool of herself in front of 140 kids a day. Go figure.

      The 10 minute ab workout….beginner ?! I did most of it , but I couldn’t finish it.

      But, I have my weights, and I have my Lynne to keep holding me accountable for doing this.

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