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  • cbabiecbabie Member Posts: 1,035 Member Member Posts: 1,035 Member
    Morning everyone..I can't believe I didn't post yesterday. My days seem to be out of control. On Tuesday, I went 1200 over my calories...I binge ate anything and everything that was in a bag..Yesterday was much better..only 100 calories over. I didn't get a walk in yesterday, BUT I got my 10K in, so I guess I was busy other ways. I am not sure about walking today...I have 2 meetings starting at 9-11 today..we will see.

    @TeresaW1020 LOL I used to have a lot of knick knacks...I still have some believe me. I know some I can't get rid of. My DH made me a box something like a shadow box one year for my birthday...I put my most treasured (little) ones in there. I am there with you both on the complicated cooking..I like easy.

    @theslightedgeforever luckily my DD ate it all (jello) or I would have...LOL How's your knee?

    @trooworld Glad you felt better in the afternoon and got to read...how relaxing. Congrats on your weight going in the right direction!!

    Cbabie
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member
    @teresaw1020 I don't know if the exercising is making my leg better or worse. Now I have ankle pain. It's not in the joint but in the soft tissue area. Maybe I over stretched. I finally broke down and took an Aleve last night. I'm tired of the aching pain all day. Yaaay on your exercise and food.

    @trooworld Good for you on your 100% I got 50%. So far at 75% today. So I'll be doing 100 :fingers crossed: Oh share the WW eggplant parmesan recipe. I love that.

    @cbabie Good for you for reigning it back in. Everyday we have a new day to make good choices. What are you doing for exercise today. I think the extent of mine will therapy exercises today. I might walk 10-15 min. Still no X-ray result. :/


    I made some really good butter chicken and rice. But I'm on a points day so I'm not having any. I saved a portion for tomorrow when I'm on a carb day. I'm determined to stay within my boundaries today.

    Red Day- Went Over 116/100 carbs
    Exercise 30 min walking 10 min therapy exercises
    edited March 25
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Member Posts: 2,587 Member Member Posts: 2,587 Member
    @trooworld I actually don’t have that many knick-knacks, but what I do have just isn’t working for me in this house. For instance, in my other house I had a kitchen cabinet that I had painted dark teal on the back wall and on the top shelf that was lit with LED lights, I had a white ceramic owl, two white artichokes, and these two white modern water pitchers. In this house, I have them on top of my kitchen cabinets and they just die up there. I need more color or something with more contrast. I also want to change out the picture in my breakfast room and things like that. :) Glad your headache when away. Fingers crossed for your weigh-in tomorrow. My fingers are crossed for mine too.

    @cbabie That is a good idea for the shadow box. I don’t really have much that is little, but my mom sure does in her room. She loves things that are little and sparkly. :grin:

    @theslightedgeforever That is the problem when we have pain. Do we make it better or worse if we try to exercise or vice-versa if we don’t do anything? That butter chicken looks good! I’ve seen recipes for it but haven’t made it. If I did, I would pile it on cauliflower rice. :grin:


    Hello! Today, was busy with church work. I almost gave in to temptation because I got so hungry and had some candy at the church. But I thought first and looked at the carb count. 22 carbs for 2 pieces!! I put it back and quickly walked away and took a big guzzle of my electrolyte water and went back to work. I ended up fasting for 23 hours. Fingers crossed for a nice loss on the scale tomorrow…or at least NOT a gain. :grin:
    2021 Word: TRANSFORMATION
  • trooworldtrooworld Member Posts: 2,541 Member Member Posts: 2,541 Member
    @cbabie What caused the binging? Can you work on coming up with an action plan for the next time you are triggered so you don't binge? I read something either here or on WW Connect the other day, this woman took a small makeup bag and put things in there to help her from binging: lip balm, essential oils, etc. someone suggested she put little sayings on papers in there, too. You could make something like that? That's great you got so many steps. Yes, it was very relaxing to read for the afternoon, I so rarely get to do it.

    @theslightedgeforever I got 100% again yesterday. 75% at 9:37 am is great, I can imagine you must have drank more after your post. Well done! I will share the recipe below. It was really good. That butter chicken looks delicious! Are you willing to share the recipe? Good for you for holding out, I'm not sure I could lol.

    @TeresaW1020 Ah I see. It should be fun shopping for new knick knacks, right? I hope your weigh-in goes well...mine did! ;) Good job avoiding the candy!

    Hi all. I lost 1.8 lbs this week for a total of 29.6 lbs. I'm very happy about this, I wasn't sure I was going to lose anything. I hope today goes by quickly, I'm ready for the weekend! :)

    My phrase for the year: CHANGE HAPPENS

    Eggplant Parmesan (6 servings although for us, it made 4)

    2 pounds eggplants cut in 1/2-in-thick slices
    6 sprays Cooking spray
    1 tsp Fresh thyme chopped
    3⁄4 tsp Table salt divided
    1⁄4 tsp Black pepper
    2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
    2 large shallots finely chopped (1/2 c)
    1 pinch Crushed red pepper flakes
    28 oz canned whole plum tomatoes
    3⁄4 cup Part-skim ricotta cheese
    6 Tbsp Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano divided
    1⁄4 cup fresh Basil chopped
    2 Tbsp Panko breadcrumbs
    1⁄2 cup shredded Part-skim mozzarella cheese divided

    Adjust oven racks to divide oven into thirds. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

    Generously coat both sides of eggplant with cooking spray; divide among prepared baking sheets, arranging each batch in an even layer. Season with thyme, 1/4 tsp salt and ground pepper, pressing to adhere. Roast until golden brown and very tender, 20–25 minutes, turning eggplant and rotating pans halfway through.

    Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring often, until softened, 4–5 minutes. Add tomatoes and 1/4 tsp salt; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to break up tomatoes with a spoon. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

    In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, 1/4 c Parmesan, basil and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. In a small bowl, stir together panko and remaining 2 Tbsp Parmesan.

    Increase oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a 10-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 c sauce in bottom of prepared dish; top with a single layer of eggplant (10–12 slices). Dot eggplant with 1/2 c ricotta mixture. Top evenly with 1/4 c mozzarella, 10-12 slices eggplant, 1 c sauce and remaining 1/2 c ricotta mixture. Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, 1/4 c mozzarella and remaining sauce. Sprinkle evenly with panko mixture.

    Bake on upper rack until top is golden and sauce is bubbly, about 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into 6 pieces.

    Serving size: 1 piece
    edited March 26
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member
    @teresaw1020 You've heard of cat lady, I was imagining knick-knack lady. :D The older I get the more of a minimalist I'm becoming. I wish I could be a minimalist in my food. lol Your mom sounds like my mom. Likes things little and sparkly. The butter chicken was so easy. I can only disguise the cauliflower rice for my family with cheesy cauliflower rice bowl. They think it's rice. I love white rice with butter and sweetener for breakfast. I haven't had that in a while. Good for you for looking at the carb count on the candy before eating.

    @trooworld Yaaaay on your 100% I'm either really thirsty or I'm not. I did drink more and got in my 100. I woke up thirsty and had some water even before my tea which I never do. Here's the recipe. You could try and lighten it up to make it more WW friendly for you. https://savorytooth.com/butter-chicken/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=2 Thanks for your recipe. Woohoo on more weight loss.


    Green Day- Stayed OP 30/30 points
    Exercise- none

  • cbabiecbabie Member Posts: 1,035 Member Member Posts: 1,035 Member
    Morning all, today is again cloudy and dreary....I think I moved to WA state. LOL I did go for a walk yesterday...didn't want to..but baby girl. LOL I am so tired of WIND and gray. However, we are to be in the 90s next week. I went way over again yesterday...I know the trigger and ended up going to bed mad...but today is another day...

    @theslightedgeforever I LOVE white rice with butter and sugar...just don't eat it.. LOL I remember when I went on a rice diet for a week..I swear I have tried every diet out there. I hope your leg and ankle feel better soon.

    @trooworld Congrats on the loss... I know I need to to something to keep my hands busy...I was going to pick up my cross stitch again, but my eyes are so tired by the end of the day..I will keep working on it.

    @TeresaW1020 yea for not going for the candy..but 23 hours of fast...ugh I know I do better if I do a fast for the morning and don't eat until mid day..I just have to keep working on it.

    Cbabie
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Member Posts: 2,587 Member Member Posts: 2,587 Member
    @trooworld Wahhooo on your loss this week. Just proof that you can indulge as long as you get right back on track and do a little extra to compensate. Next week we will be celebrating your 30+ lbs. loss!! What weekend plans to do you have? Mmm, I need to make that Eggplant Parm! <3

    @theslightedgeforever Ohhhh no!! The Knick-knack lady in our family, who also happens to be the cat lady, is my sister! It could be that I’m just tired of my stuff and want to go shopping! When I worked at the furniture store this rich woman came in and bought over $5000 in accessories. She said that she did that sort of thing every two or three years. It was fun being her salesperson that day! :grin: Ohhh and after typing to you yesterday about butter chicken, my Pinterest home page thought I should see a few different recipes for it. Don’t you just love how helpful technology can be? :D

    @cbabie Yikes what a weather change to go from dreary to 90s! What happened to spring? :grin: You keep working on yourself and you will turn around your eating and get back to where you need to be.


    Hello everyone! I am so tired this evening. We had a couple of big storms move through in the middle of the night and my dog feels the need to growl and bark the entire time that thunder and lightning are going on. And while she got to lay around all day resting, I had to clean the church. We have every other pew still blocked off and I hated the way the ribbon was tied around the pews to hold the little “row closed” sign. So, I took them all off and re-did them, so they look neat and uniform. Then I washed every pew with Murphey’s Oil Soap. That was on top of the normal Friday cleaning that I had to do. By the time I came home, I was exhausted and collapsed as DH made me a cup of coffee and gave me a Greek yogurt. On a happy note, I did lose 2 lbs. this week! :grin:
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member
    @cbabie Here's an interesting question. What stops you from eating white rice with butter and sugar but you will go over on things like PB, ice cream, other foods, etc. ? You love it but choose not to eat it? So why that food and not others?

    @teresaw1020 I love upgrading my decor too. I haven't touched mine in about 12 years. It's time. The only thing new that comes into the house has been via bday gifts. lol Pinterest. Yes, my page is full too. I'm like, I already saved the recipe I want, you don't have to show me 20 more. Woohoo on the 2 lbs. You are doing a great job.

    I just realized I already checked in today. Oh well, you get to hear from me twice. Since tomorrow is my bookclub, I may not check in. I watched the movie today but of course the book is so much better. I have 50 pages left to read.
  • trooworldtrooworld Member Posts: 2,541 Member Member Posts: 2,541 Member
    @theslightedgeforever My husband also loves white rice with butter and, in his case, sugar. That's good you got your 100%. Is that the first time in a while? Thanks for the butter recipe. I could lighten it up or save it for a fun meal. I got 100% yesterday. How nice to hear from you twice! What book did you have to read for your book club?

    @cbabie LOL that weather! It was rainy here on Thursday for part of the day but cleared up yesterday at about 10am. It's supposed to be hot this weekend. Today IS another day and you can have a good day eating even if you have a bad day emotionally. That's a good idea to pick up your cross stitch again. I hope you do that.

    @TeresaW1020 Yes! That would be awesome to celebrate. Weekend plans: just picking up groceries from Walmart, *hopefully* finally taking those clothes and shoes to Goodwill, and other household chores. Also, I want to read a lot this weekend. I'm trying to finish my book. Yes, you could even use crushed-up pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs to save on carbs for the eggplant parmesan. Poor little Maggie. My dog hates storms, too. We are lucky we rarely have them. He'd lose his mind! You take such good care of the church, you can tell you really love it. Congrats on the loss, awesome!

    Hello all. I got up at 4:45 am this morning. It sucks. I will probably take a nap at some point today but I wish I could sleep in. My dog has to have eye surgery on Monday. He has a deep ulcer on his eye and we've been trying drops from the vet but that didn't help enough so the vet said the only hope is to do surgery. If that doesn't work, then they will have to remove his eye. :( I'm so sad about it. I hope the surgery works. He can't really see that well out of his eye anyway, he's mostly blind. But still, it's upsetting. Tonight, we are having this Georgian bread (not the state, @TeresaW1020 but the country!) stuffed with cheese and egg. We first had it at a Russian/Georgian restaurant and then I saw this recipe on the Cook's Country website. It's so good! We are having it with a beet salad.

    My phrase for the year: CHANGE HAPPENS

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  • cbabiecbabie Member Posts: 1,035 Member Member Posts: 1,035 Member
    Afternoon all, I have been busy working on my taxes...I hate doing taxes, but decided I had better not wait until deadline.. I was stressed and yesterday almost threw my computer at my DH...he ask the darndest questions...I wanted to say then you do THEM...LOL. I haven't done too bad the last couple of days. I tracked all my food, I was over a little bit on calories, today still on track. I have worship practice in about 45 min...

    @TeresaW1020 Yea on the loss and I LOVE Greek Yogurt...,but I had lowfat strawberry w/bananas for breakfast. LOL I remember cleaning the pews with Murphys oil...I laughed that you had to redo the bows..I would have done the same thing. Drives me crazy.

    @trooworld So sorry about you dog, I hope the surgery works. That picture looks YUMMY..

    @theslightedgeforever twice in one day...well you must have really missed us...Do you know I NEVER look at pintrest? I have a log in, but I have no clue what it is. LOL I think I am a creature of habit...same foods all the time at the same time each day...I will try to break that. LOL

    Cbabie
  • trooworldtrooworld Member Posts: 2,541 Member Member Posts: 2,541 Member
    @cbabie Yeah, best get those taxes out of the way. We did ours in the end of January and ended up owing for the first time ever. Thanks re: my dog. That bread IS yummy!

    Hi all. Well, it was my husband's turn to cook last night and he didn't feel like cooking by the time he told me this, I was starving, and needless to say, we made an unhealthy decision, we ordered delivery pizza. I hadn't eaten since eating an acai bowl in the morning. Actually, I had some pineapple and a banana but that's not a meal. So, I was starving and the pizza didn't arrive until a little after 9:00 p.m.! I didn't do well with portion control after starving all day. BUT...my weight is down this morning a little bit. It's supposed to be hot today: 80s. I already have a headache because of the weather change. I'm wearing shorts for the first time in years: I bought 2 pairs of jean shorts from Kohl's...I decided screw it, I don't care how I look in shorts, I'm not going to be hot and uncomfortable anymore! Picture is of my acai bowl which was 16 points but worth it, it was delicious.

    My phrase for the year: CHANGE HAPPENS

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  • trooworldtrooworld Member Posts: 2,541 Member Member Posts: 2,541 Member
    Hello everyone. Today's the day of my dog's eye surgery. I hope it goes well. Yesterday was a pretty good day: I stuck to my eating plan and tracked everything and ended up rolling over 2 pts. We had air fryer buffalo shrimp with a salad for dinner, it was delicious but really spicy. The weather yesterday was really nice: in the 80s. @cbabie, I bet your weather was good too, huh? Well, have a good day everyone.

    My phrase for the year: CHANGE HAPPENS
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Member Posts: 2,587 Member Member Posts: 2,587 Member
    @theslightedgeforever Pinterest needs a better way to opt-out of things so when I do a quick search on something they don’t think I need to see that something for the rest of my life! Most annoying. Books are always better than movies in my opinion. :)

    @trooworld Ohhh I sure hope all goes well with your dog. How old is he? I know you are going to be a very worried mama today! Those food porn pics of yours are making me hungry!!! :p I’m going to be brave and buy some shorts too this year. I am not cleaning the church this summer and sweating to death. Heck, I might even wear a tank top before the end of summer! :D

    @cbabie Ugghh I would hate to do taxes! DH takes care of all that stuff by taking it to a tax lawyer friend of ours. DH keeps trying to get me to take interest in managing our finances and I’m like, “Uhhh no thank you!” Although, I know with him being 23 years older than me, there is going to come a time when I will need to so that I’m not sitting here in the dark because I didn’t pay the electric bill. :grin:


    Good morning! It’s a gorgeous day here but boy-oh-boy the yellow pollen is now on everything! We have dark hardwoods and this morning there were yellow footprints from DH and the dog. Soooo much sweeping and mopping will now be happening! :# My plan after a workout this morning is to get in my closet and start cleaning it out. Most will go to Good Will but some of the nice things I have, I’m going to see if Clothing Mentor will buy any of it. I figure some money is better than no money. :)
  • trooworldtrooworld Member Posts: 2,541 Member Member Posts: 2,541 Member
    @TeresaW1020 Thank you! He's about 11, which is still fairly young for a pug (our last pug lived to be 17 3/4 yrs old!). Yes, I am going to have a hard time concentrating at work. ;) LOL sorry to make you hungry! You definitely should buy some shorts and throw in a couple of tank tops. It was nice not being too hot yesterday in my shorts. Oh gosh, I didn't realize how much pollen you get there. My allergies are acting up here, I can only imagine I would be suffering down there. That's a good idea to take the nicer stuff to a consignment shop. Have fun cleaning out your closet!

    I forgot to say that I am going to work out this morning before work. Leslie Sansone.

    My phrase for the year: CHANGE HAPPENS
  • RetiredAndLovingItRetiredAndLovingIt Member Posts: 966 Member Member Posts: 966 Member
    Hi all, short note. Colonoscopy went well & we are in OK for a few more days. I can vouch for Georgia’s terrible yellow pollen. Dd always said it looked like snow! Eating has gone downhill, but will start again when we get home. Then I have to start the elimination diet. 😒 Yesterday I managed to get over13,000 steps just doing normal stuff..no actual exercise, so that might help!😂

    Hope your doggie does well!
    edited March 29
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member
    @trooworld 50% Yaaaay on wearing shorts now. As long as you feel good that is what matters. You are doing so well. Yaay on your Leslie Sansone Your bread looks good. I make something similar but I sprinkle black sesame seeds on the dough. Just cheese, no egg. Yes, on the 100% question. Bookclub was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. There was a movie made about it. I recently tried an acai bowl for the first time and liked it. How is your doggy?

    @cbabie So I'm wondering how strawberries would be high fat? Maybe with some cheesecake added. lol So how are your habits working for you? Time to create some new ones? Pinterest is so much fun. One stop shopping for ideas of any kind. All free.

    @teresaw1020 Yaaay for buying some shorts too this year. Pretty soon you will be at that 90 lb mark. I like to do the finances because I like knowing it's done. But then of course with that goes the taxes and budgeting, etc. So good and bad.

    @retiredandlovingit Good news on the colonoscopy. Enjoy the time with your grandchildren. Your movement will help on the occasional splurge.

    I got my knee x-ray results back. Early onset bilateral osteoarthritis. Now my own thinking is that if that is all this is then why does it only hurt on one side? But after doing a bit of research, it says that a flare up can happen when there is trauma or injury. Which did happen on one side. It can also be hereditary. Thanks Dad. So now I will begin working on slowing the progression of it. I bet if they were to xray my ankles they would find same thing in my ankles. So I have found some exercises on youtube and will add them to my regimen. Now I know that there is nothing seriously wrong with me, I will resume my regularly scheduled exercise program that I have been half-way doing.

    Yellow Day- Went Over 186/164 carbs
    Exercise-Rest Day



  • cbabiecbabie Member Posts: 1,035 Member Member Posts: 1,035 Member
    Afternoon all, my daughter and I took my babygirl to the park today...it was the first time out among people for her...I was stressed and tried to wipe everything...there was a little boy and they just played and had no thought of COVID. I video all that I could, she screamed when we left wanted to play more. I came home and finished laundry, made beds and now here. I gained all that I lost last week..so going to try again this week.

    @TeresaW1020 LOL I always do finances..DH stresses out, he wants all in savings and we don't eat or breathe..LOL I don't like me in shorts either...only wear them at home. We will see how I feel this year. I am glad I don't live where you are...my allergies would be horrible. We are going to be in the 90's this week, we may have hit it yesterday.

    @RetiredAndLovingIt Glad you got your medical stuff done and yes, you can get back on track when your visit is done. Great job on the steps.

    @trooworld your food looks so yummy...never tried that before. I pray all goes well for your doggy. Yes the weather here is great...we had to turn on our swamp cooler yesterday. Me I am always cold, but babygirl sweats at the sign of the sun..lol

    @theslightedgeforever I am so sorry about your knee...did you hear mom saying mommy pay back time? Just be different that dad and at least do the therapy..LOL

    Cbabie
  • trooworldtrooworld Member Posts: 2,541 Member Member Posts: 2,541 Member
    @RetiredAndLovingIt I'm glad the colonoscopy went well. Thanks re: my doggie...he did do well! Have fun in OK.

    @theslightedgeforever I got 100% yesterday. Thank you! Your bread sounds yummy too. How was the book club discussion for Unbroken? I haven't read it. I love acai bowls, I think they will be perfect for summer so I may buy some frozen acai and try to make them myself. My doggy is doing good. He did well in the surgery and is home resting. They said he wasn't grumpy this time lol. That's good you got your x-ray back. Did they offer you physical therapy? It sounds like you are taking matters into your own hands and skipping the physical therapy which is something I would probably do lol. Nothing wrong with that!

    @cbabie Must be nice to be a young one and not have to think about COVID...I envy baby girl! <3 That acai bowl was really good and filling. Thanks, my doggy did well. He's at home and happy to be home where the snacks are lol. Wow, she's going to have a hard time in that AZ weather, isn't she?

    Hi all. My dog did well and now we wait 4 weeks to see if the operation helped. I really hope it does. I'm picking up a home sleep study kit today to see if I have sleep apnea. I hope I do not, I do not want to sleep with an apnea mask. But it would be nice to know why I wake up all night. Last night, I had a horrible time sleeping because the dog was pushing me out of the bed. I was on the very edge of the bed. :(

    My phrase for the year: CHANGE HAPPENS
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,609 Member
    @cbabie Part of your gain might just be some sodium bloat. You have been tracking every day so that habit is forming. woohoo Now look at what you are eating and how you can make some small adjustments.

    @trooworld 25% Book discussion was really good. We always hear so much more about what happened in WW2 in Europe versus the Pacific. I have a friend whose father was a Japanese POW captured by the Americans. I'm doing physical therapy once a month for my hip so I assume they will just add some knee exercises in there. The therapist has me do daily exercises for my hip Which right now I'm doing about 4-5 times a week. So I need to do better on that.

    I went over on food yesterday. No sweets just constant eating it seemed.
    Did not exercise.

    I gained a lb. So really need to get back to my exercise even if it means taking some painkillers.
    edited March 30
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