Monday, May 16, 2011



I am down 32 lbs and fitting into a size 12. I think I am going to try for a size 9

I still have a muffin top and a roll (smaller in size, but still there)  and would like to get rid of that also. It's that damn middle age spread all around my middle.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Down 30 lbs...this is the most I have ever lost any diet in all the many diets I have tried. It is also the first diet I can see doing for the rest of my life. Learning to eat to live...instead of living to eat.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Not following cycles

Mike and I are taking what we learned on two rounds of cycles and going it alone. So far it is working, because we are still losing and feeling great. If we start to gain..we will start over on cycle 1

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kale Chips

I made the Kale Chips today. First batch I used to much salt...the second batch turned out GREAT! They really do sound and feel like you are eating potato chips.


I am taking the next few days off. Watching what I eat but not sticking to the diet. My birthday is Monday..and Easter on Sunday. I will start over on Cycle 2 Round 2 on Tuesday. Let's see how good I am when it come to the scale next Friday.

Happy Easter!!! I am so thankful I don't have the chocolate sweet tooth!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Weigh-In C2 D1 R2

I am down 26 lbs..and that means...size 14 size jeans fit great...hope to be in a size 12 very soon!!!!! Yippers!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

C2 D1 R2

Breakfast: Oatmeal and Green Tea

Lunch: Red Grapes and Yogurt Green Tea

Dinner: Turkey with FF Beef Gravy with mushrooms, onions and Brussels Sprouts

Snack: Yogurt

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

C1 D17 R2

Breakfast: Grapes with Yogurt, green tea

Lunch: Apple and more grapes...eating on the run does that

Dinner: A big salad with egg and chicken and other veggies. Green Tea

Snack: some sliced turkey and BabyBel Cheese

Last day on cycle 1...I purchased a new scale yesterday...I will set it up this weekend...and record my weight when I do that.

On to cycle 2 and feeling GREAT!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

C1 D16 R2

Breakfast: Red Grapes, Strawberries, Yogurt and Green Tea

Lunch: Hard Boiled Egg, carrots and some shaved Turkey, Green Tea

Dinner: McD's Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad. Green Tea

Never be afraid to try, remember...
Amateurs built the ark.
Professionals built the Titanic.
Author Unknown

Monday, April 18, 2011

C1 D15 R2

Still don't feel good and food as no appeal to me. No pictures today either...LOL

Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberries..I know it's a cycle 2 food...but it is the closest thing I have to comfort food..and I need some comfort. Green Tea

Lunch: Yogurt Red Grapes and Green Tea

Dinner: Left-over Cauliflower Pizza, Green Tea

Sunday, April 17, 2011

C1 D14 R2

Breakfast: Yogurt, Red Grapes and a small Apple

Lunch: Turkey, Cottage Cheese and a few Sweet Potato Chips

Dinner; Cauliflower Pizza

Ok, they say third times a with that in's pizza for dinner. I am on second shift next week so I wanted to make a family size pizza, so there would be left-overs to take to work.

Here is the recipe I used:
1 large head of  raw cauliflower..I used a food processor to rice it.
3 eggs beaten
2 cups FF or Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tablespoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends ~ Pizza & Pasta Magic

Pizza Sauce or Marinara Sauce
FF or Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Toppings of your choice
(I added broccoli, onions and peppers this time...and decided I would microwave these for about 2 minutes to start the cooking process before placing them on the pizza, or they don't tend to get done enough)

Pre-heat oven 4:25
Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray

I cooked the riced cauliflower in a pan on the stove. I think it worked this way better because it did not add any moisture to it.  In a large bowl add cauliflower, mozzarella cheese and beaten eggs and spice. Mix and then press evenly into the pan. Not to thick.

Bake 17-22 Minutes..check offen
Remove pan from the oven add sauce and toppings...return to the oven and bake until cheese melts.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weigh-In C1 D13 R2

Down 25.5 lbs Mike 26.5 lbs

C1 D13 R2

Breakfast in is good...just wish the weather was. At least I have my appetite back...still don't feel 100%, but getting there.

April 16th and it is raining/snowing outside...what else is there to do..but to go shopping. We decided to check out the "Bulk Foods" store on Highway 15.

What a awesome place. Look at all those colorful baking sugars & sprinkles, and candy as far as the eye can see. Well, we didn't come for that kind of stuff...but it is eye candy for the organizational freak in me.

They did have a nice selection of natural peanut butter. I picked up some almond butter....and that is the only thing listed in the ingredients.

They did have a lot of no-no's, but instead of those...we decided to grab a small bag of Sweet Potato Chips and be just a little naughty.
I also picked up some flavored sea salt, mango green tea, whole wheat pasta, rice and popcorn.

We also decided to give the Baked Parmesan Onion Rings a try today.

I really enjoyed them. I didn't even miss the ketchup. We will be making these again.

Breakfast: Scrambled Egg with mushrooms, onions, peppers, Green Tea

Lunch: Sweet Potato Chips

Dinner: Salad with Chicken, Veggies, Veggie Cheese, and onion rings, Green Tea

Product Review: Marie's Yogurt Mustard Dressing
This dressing as a nice flavor and a little tangy at the same time. I just could not handle the water downed FF dressing anymore. I now place the dressing on the side and dip each fork full in the dressing. I use a lot less and get even more flavor from each bite.

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J.K. Rowling

Friday, April 15, 2011

C1 D12 R2

Still, not feeling well. I did drink my lemon water this mornning and a Green Tea...that was all I could handle.

I did stop and get a McD's S/F Vanilla Ice Coffee....I know its not allowed on Cycle 1...but I thought at least it would be some calories and it would feel good on my throat. I promised myself I would eat dinner, even if I didn't have a appetite.

Dinner: Chicken Breast, Corn (not allowed in Cycle 1) with that Grill-mate seasoning on it...GREAT... and a tomato with some truvia on it..because this time of year tomatoes are not very sweet. Green Tea

If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

Thursday, April 14, 2011

C1 D11 R2

I still don't feel well. I have no appetite, but I don't want my body to go into starvation mode, so I am forcing myself to eat something. The hot Green Tea feels good on my sore throat. At least my body aches are not as bad as this I just need my sore throat to get better. 

Breakfast: Yogurt and Apple, Green Tea

Lunch: Shaved Turkey and a Yogurt, Green Tea
Dinner: Tilapia, Mixed Bean with Carrots, Green Tea

Product Review: Grill Mates® Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
If you want to add flavor to your fish...just shake on some of this seasoning. Instant flavor!  We have had it on Salmon and Tilapia so far. Great on both

If food is your best friend, it's also your worst enemy.  ~Edward "Grandpa" Jones, 1978

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

C1 D10 R2

I have not been sick all winter and I woke up yesterday with a little sore throat. Today it is really bad...there is no way I can drink lemon water...I think that would hurt to much. I don't even feel like eating. I did have a green tea when I got up...and later made a smoothie. That seem to help a little. Going back to bad hoping it will pass soon.

Breakfast: Smoothie and Green Tea

Lunch: Apple and a Yogurt, Green Tea
Dinner: Salad with chicken, FF 1000 Dressing, Green Tea

One should eat to live, not live to eat.  ~Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

C1 D9 C2

Breakfast: Scrambled Egg with sweet orange peppers and onions with Salsa on top. Yogurt, Green Tea

Lunch:Yogurt, Apple and a Nectarine

Dinner:Turkey Tenderloin with FF Turkey Gravy on top with Brussels Sprouts, Green Tea

snack: Yogurt

Monday, April 11, 2011

C1 D7 R2

Bad storm here last night...still no power this morning. No tea for me..or breakfast...had to run all our frozen items over to my Mother-in-laws freezer. Just to much stuff in there to take a chance.

Lunch: Veggie Salad from Culver's, Low Cal Ranch Dressing and a Diet Coke

Update: Power back on by afternoon....and iPhone is now is good again!

Dinner: Baked Salmon, Broccoli and Mixed Beans and Carrots.
Snack: Apple and Yogurt

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!  ~Author Unknown

Sunday, April 10, 2011

C1 D6 R2

Breakfast: Yogurt...that is all I had time for. Going to list my Moped on Craigslist today...with gas prices approaching $4.00 a gallon it should go right away. Had to go to my brothers to take some pics of things he wants sold also.

Lunch: Left-over Turkey from last night heated then mixed in some egg beaters. Topped it off with salsa and cottage cheese. It did not look to pretty...but it tasted great!
Dinner: Spinach Salad with Chicken and assorted Veggies. FF Ranch Peppercorn Dressing

Update....sold the Moped by late afternoon!!! Whohooo!! Thank-you gas prices!

If you don't make changes today... you'll be the same person tomorrow.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

C1 D5 R2

Breakfast: Heading down to Milwaukee for a visit with Amy and her boyfriend, so that means breakfast on the go! Red Grapes and Yogurt

Lunch: In Milwaukee at the Chancery
Tilapia with roasted veggies over Romain lettuce. AWESOME!!!! Mike had a salad with raspberry marinated chicken with mandarin oranges in it. I never thought of roasted veggies and putting them on a bed of Romain lettuce. It was VERY really don't even need dressing. You get so much flavor from the roasted veggies.

Stopped at Cabela's on the way home. I am so glad they didn't have the fresh kettle corn in the front of the store going. I don't think I could have said no to that.

Dinner: Taco Salad made with Turkey, RF Cheese, Salsa and Cottage Cheese...This salad is one of my favorites! Green Tea

Friday, April 8, 2011

C1 D4 R2

Mike made dinner tonight....I think he forgot what we could have on Cycle #1.   He made sauteed veggies with zucchini in it and Haddock, which are not allowed. But if that is the worse thing we do...I can live with it.We usually go out for the Friday Fish I think it was a good choice to eat at home.

Breakfast: Grapes and Strawberries, Yogurt and a Green Tea

Lunch: Same Salad as last night...just smaller, Carrots and a Green Tea

Snack: Yogurt and a Green Tea

Dinner: Sauteed assorted Veggies in EVVO, Baked Haddock

 If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner.  ~H.S. Leigh

Thursday, April 7, 2011

C1 D3 R2

Breakfast: Grapes, Yogurt and Green Tea

Lunch: Salmon Patty and Carrots and Green Tea

Dinner:  Huge Mixed Greens Salad with chicken, red peppers, onions, tomatoes, R/F shredded cheese, FF Peppercorn Ranch Dressing  on the side. Green Tea

Snack: Cauliflower Popcorn..(love it)

Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back.  ~Robert Quillen

Something New!

Look what I found at a Thrift store...Brand new Salad Spinner...I always wanted one...and at $4.99 I thought perfect. I plan on planting a lot of greens in the garden this year...this will really come in handy then.

Cauliflower Popcorn

I thought I would give this a try. Everyone on the 17 DD Facebook PAGE that has tried this...LOVES IT

Here is the recipe:
Cauliflower Popcorn

Ready to go in the I just have to wait for an hour to taste it.

 TICK TICK TICK.....and here it is an hour hint...make sure your oven is clean before doing this...or your smoke alarm will go off. But I have to say..I AM IN LOVE with this stuff. I ate half the head and packed the rest for my lunch tomorrow. But to tell you the truth..I seriously could have eaten the whole thing. I think kids would even like these. I think this would be a great late night snack or late afternoon...when you just have to eat something.
You must admit you have self-control before you can use it.  ~Carrie Latet

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

C1 D2 R2

Breakfast: A Giant Orange, Yogurt and Green Tea

Lunch: Left-overs from last night. 1/2 Chicken Breast with Broccoli and Cauliflower Mix and Green Tea

Dinner: Salmon Patty, Brussel Sprouts and Salad with mixed Greens, RF Cheese, Tomatoes and Broccoli Slaw for that need crunch on a salad. FF Dressing on the side and Green Tea
Product Review:  Salmon Patties are not all created the same. We have had some not so good ones. This Trident brand was very tasty, (yes like salmon) flaky and moist. We will be buying this brand from now on. Mike purchased them at Copps Grocery Store
Snack: Yogurt with EVOO stirred in.

When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the "I still have more to go" crap.  You worked hard and you deserve the compliment!  ~Jillian Michaels

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

C1 D1 R2

 And we start again....I think I forgot a few things..we went shopping last night after we went out to eat. I didn't realize it till this morning...that I purchased nectarines and they are not Cycle 1 friendly. They are very small ones...and I will not waste a whole bag of we will eat them...I guess that is not the worse thing I could eat! 
Breakfast: Red Seedless Grapes with Yogurt

Lunch: Carrots, Shaved Turkey and my bad bad Nectarine

Dinner: Chicken Breast with Salsa on top, Broccoli and Cauliflower Mix
Snack: Yogurt

To lengthen your life, shorten your meals.  ~Proverb

Monday, April 4, 2011


Breakfast: Oatmeal and Green Tea

Lunch: Carrots, Orange and Green Tea

Well, we made to the end of cycle 3. I lost 23.5lbs and Mike lost 24 lbs. We decided to go out to eat and get it out of system before starting over. We both like Chili's Chicken Tenders and of course they have the two for $20 deal and that comes with a appetizer. We got the cheesy fries. I could only eat half my tenders and my corn on the cob with some of my fries. We are now ready to get back on track and actually looking forward to Cycle 1 again. I want to lose another 20 lbs, so I am hoping I can do that with the next 3 cycles, then move to Cycle 4 and my new lifestyle changes!

It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.  ~Mick Jagger

Sunday, April 3, 2011


One more day and we get to start over on cycle 1

Breakfast: 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Natural PB and SF Jam

Lunch: 2 Egg omelet with Turkey and RF Cheese and Salsa on top and some Cottage Cheese
Dinner: Shrimp with broccoli and some wild rice 

Snack: Yogurt

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Popcorn Treat

Mike got a new microwave popper. OMG it works so good.
Presto PowerPop Microwave Popper I actually enjoyed this even more then the high calorie stuff. Even better is the seasoning he used. I can't wait to try other flavors on other foods.

C3 D15

Breakfast: Did not have time for breakfast, but did get my lemon water in before my sister came to pick me up for some thrifty and antique shopping today.

Lunch: Grilled chicken honey mustard warp and I did sneak a few of her fries also.

Dinner: Mike and I went to the Glass Nickle for dinner. I had half of a Spinach Salad and we shared a half of veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread. Very good and it felt good going out to eat and feeling like I stayed on my weight loss journey.