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  1. I'd agree- don't add anything. ;) The texture & taste should be fine since its pretty much a buttercream icing. Sounds YUMMY! :D
  2. If you have a grill, use that more. Buy a basket thingy to cook veggies (squash, peppers, onions etc) while you're grilling chicken. Some of our favorites: Thai/Asian Lettuce Wraps -Grill chicken w/ peanut sauce marinade...use bibb lettuce like a taco shell and fill w/ grilled chicken, bean sprouts, cucumber, cilantro, julienned carrots, spaghetti and top w/ peanut sauce. -Pasta 2-fer(cook once, eat twice) (1) Toss w/ grilled chicken breast,fresh basil & fresh tomatos (olive oil, salt & pepper of course) and top w/ parm cheese OR (2)hearty pasta salad -Grilled chicken on spinach w/ feta cheese, strawberries, red onion etc & fruit vinegrette- very refreshing
  3. Yes. I felt terrible by the end of day 1 and knew this wouldn't work for me. I think, after hearing so many people talk about this (and other low-carb type diets) there are some of us who simply cannot metabolically tolerate it as well as others. Its not a will-power thing of how much I eat, its more of 'what' I eat. I've been eating around 1600 calories a day and seeing my own, albeit slower, success. Hopefully you feel better after a night of sleep. :grouphug:
  4. :iagree: I'm just starting out as well, and when I realized that what DD requires is exactly what we've already been doing, well, it really helped me finally jump in and commit. :001_smile:Its only kindergarten, its only kindergarten, its only kindergarten. :001_smile: We have years to gain confidence before we get to dissecting a pig. :grouphug:
  5. I have 2 that I LOVE! First, w/ a fruit salsa on top. Diced Mango, red onions, tomatos w/ olive oil & salt & pepper to taste (let sit for 15 minutes for flavors to combine). Spread over cooked, lightly seasoned salmon - YUM! Secondly, a maple glazed salmon. You can double the recipe and marinate it for up to 5 hours first. :) Sauce: Add 2T. olive oil, 1T chopped garlic, 1T fresh grated ginger, 1 T soy sauce, 2 T maple syrup (adjust to taste)- pour over salmon and bake until done. SO good! A family favorite, for sure! Laura
  6. Regent University- MA in Theology (2002) & MA Human Services Counseling (2003)
  7. Wow. Just like any parenting book there is both good & bad. I think its unwise to categorically denounce or embrace the entirety of a book/author. Laura
  8. Great job! I'm glad it was such a good week for you!!! :grouphug:
  9. Well, not to be a downer, but in the interest of honesty, I have to report I'm off the wagon, on day 1. I was fine until I exercised in the afternoon(40 minutes, moderate intensity)..which was likely the culprit. After which I felt terrible and could barely eat anything, much less more protein. My husband, very lovingly but seriously reminded me that I have lost weight before simply counting calories while eating with the rest of the family- it might be a lot slower progress, but it will likely be a better fit for me (and my family). :blushing: Good luck to the rest of you! I've heard lots of great things about this, and hope its the jump start (or happy ending) of your weight loss journey. Laura
  10. I'm on day1 and thinking its a lot of food- LOL. Of course, tomorrow is fruits. :) Question RE exercise....are you supposed to exercise, or not? Is it 'bad' if you do? I was reading some more of the materials and they aren't fond of 'intense' exercise... Laurie~ Great job on 50lbs! :hurray: That AWESOME! hsmom3tn: GREAT JOB!!!!! 10lb loss would be my absolute best case (but I don't think its going to happen) scenario. :tongue_smilie: Are you going to do it again?
  11. I've decided to try this....I lost 50lbs (the baby weight) after my son was born and was maintaining w/ 5x a week of exercise until I injured my ankle and have had to take a break. So now, until my ankle heals, I have to rely on my diet to control my weight. This is my first 'fad' diet- I'm nervous, hungry & skeptical, but hopefully it will be worth the money.
  12. I love this workout, but have not been doing it everyday...simply because I believe that muscles have to rest & recover. I alternated every other day w/ Pilates. As for going to the next level...you'll know when you're ready because the current level seems doable. Not necessarily easy, but you feel you have mastered it. These are just my opinions- I'm not a professional- LOL That said, its an incredibly intense workout, huh? I've been sidelined w/ an injury so haven't been able to do any hi/low impact stuff, but still do the workout- just modify the cardio elements. That said, even when I was doing 5 miles a day and thought I was in good shape, I did this workout for the first time and by minute 12, thought I was going to pass out or fall over or throw up from the intensity. :) Laura
  13. They traded what- their privacy or their humanity? Regardless of differing opinions on the rights of celebrities, judging Jon & Kate (character, behavior, presumed motives etc) is unwise & unkind.
  14. I am so tired of everyone judging them. We are all flawed & imperfect. I can guarantee you that I am no better than Jon or Kate. I do, however, possess something they do not have- privacy. Laura
  15. My son took a 'chunk' out of my eye (dr's description, not mine) so I know the pain you're in. :grouphug: I hope you can find some relief until it begins to heal. By day 3, you should be seeing some improvement. :grouphug:
  16. I think its unkind to make generalizations about women- screaming or silent.
  17. Black Bean & corn salsa 1 can black beans (drained & rinsed) 1 can corn (drained) 2 cup salsa 2 T. olive oil chopped onions, salt & pepper, and of course TONS of cilantro to taste. Note: The longer this sits, the better it gets! Cilantro- Lime Dressing 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped 1 clove garlic 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root 1/4 cup lime juice 1/3 cup honey 2 t balsamic vinegar 1/2 t salt, or to taste 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves 1/2 cup olive oil Place the jalapeno pepper, garlic and ginger into a food processor or blender; pulse until the jalapeno and garlic are finely chopped. Pour in the lime juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, and salt, add the cilantro leaves; pulse a few times to blend. Turn the food processor or blender on, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated into the dressing. Season to taste with salt before serving.
  18. 600 miles. I was born & raised in Lancaster PA but haven't lived in the state since I left for school 15 years ago. I've lived in Dallas, TX, Virginia Beach, VA, and now in Lexington, KY.
  19. :grouphug: A friend had thyroid cancer- had surgery, radiation and is 100% ok today. :grouphug:
  20. I'm not sure what Taco Bell rice or Spanish Rice-A-Roni tastes like, I love this recipe that I found on allrecipes.com. It very much resembles the rice you get at Mexican restaurants :001_smile: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mexican-Rice-II/Detail.aspx INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup tomato sauce 2 cups chicken broth DIRECTIONS Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt and cumin. Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
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