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I can’t even remember the meals I had since Monday afternoon of last week. So, I’m going to just come clean and admit I didn’t do a very good job of logging or even watching what I ate.

As the week progressed, I did make it to my morning Pilates Classes and generally followed the menu of Barley Max for Breakfast, Mid Morning and Mid Afternoon Juices, and then a very sensible, raw lunch and dinner with a Tsp. of Barley Max 30 minutes before each.  

Until Thursday, when I decided to take a flight to Buffalo, New York for a weekend visit. I did pack my Barley Max and made sure I took my Tsp.  before each meal. But I was not able to get my juicing in for the weekend… and my eating habits veered from the raw beat and path occasionally.

There was Chocolate Cake one day, Pizza and Frozen Yogurt another day, and it seemed a continuous amount of alcohol throughout.

Monday night I returned home and thus started getting back up on the wagon. 

I resumed my Pilates Tuesday morning, and boy am I feeling like I missed several days of classes.

For Breakfast I mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water and proceeded to make my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach.

I pre-mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water so I can drink it 30 minutes before lunch. Where we stopped at Wegmans Grocery Store to eat from the buffet there. Amazingly enough the buffet was really packed with some Vegan, Vegetarian options. I loaded up on a Green Salad: 

Wegmans Green Salad Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Green Salad Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

Leafy Greens

Spinach

3 Cherry Tomatoes

Sliced Cucumber

Red Onions

Blanched Broccoli

Mushrooms

Shredded Carrots 

Then I had a mix of a delicious Lentil Mix, Lima Bean Salad, Vegetable Egg Roll and Stir Fry Vegetables. I washed this great food down with a Fresh Tangerine Juice.

Wegmans  Lentils, Lima Beans & Roll Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Lentils, Lima Beans & Roll Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Fresh Tangerine Juice Tuesday Menu

Wegmans Fresh Tangerine Juice Tuesday Menu

We came home just in time to make my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrots, Celery, and Spinach.

Then 30 minutes before dinner, I mixed 1Tsp. of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz Distilled Water.

Dinner turned out to be a Garden Salad w / a Tomato Basil Dressing:

Garden Salad w/Tomato Basil Dressing Tuesday Menu

Garden Salad w/Tomato Basil Dressing Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

Spinach

3Radishes Sliced

Small Bunch of Broccoli

1 Diced Celery Stalk

1Chopped Green Onion

Tomato Basil Dressing:

2Cups Tomato

2Tbls. Lemon Juice

2Garlic Cloves

2Tsp Dried Basil

Herb Seasoning

Directions: Chop, mince ingredients and add into blender until desired consistency.

Then I turned on the oven and made a bunch of Roasted Asparagus:

Roasted Asparagus Tuesday Menu

Roasted Asparagus Tuesday Menu

Ingredients:

10 Sticks of Asparagus

2Tbls. Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Cumin

Sea Salt

Directions: Heat oven to 450 degrees, wash and cut ends of asparagus and place into roasting pan. Add the Olive Oil and remaining seasonings and roast for 15 minutes. 

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I did a lot of snacking today… I guess I thought I deserved it after my Pilates class this morning.!?!?

I took a small bowl of Almonds, Cranberries, and Raisins Trailmix… then I got a taste for some of my favorite Hummus. I found a box of Ritz crackers… the new ones that are mixed the ritz cracker and pretzel. I had probably about 20-30 crackers and several spoonfuls of Hummus.

Ritz Crackers & Hummus

Ritz Crackers & Hummus

Then Mike got back from Jacksonville, where he dropped off his son at the airport and picked me up a new Beach Cruiser Bike. I took it for a spin around the neighborhood, and I really need to get used to it. It’s not really the bike I want.. plus I still have the bike at Sears that needs to be picked up. There’s been one delay after another getting it delivered to the Daytona Beach Mall and then they have to assemble it still.

After the bike ride…which was so nice we came home and I made a Fresh Vegetable Salad again with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Cup Snap Peas

1 Red Bell Pepper

4Sticks Asparagus

3 Green Onions

1 Avocado

3 Sticks of Celery

2 Carrots

5 Mushrooms

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Parsley

Directions: Wash and Cut Vegetables and mix into bowl. Add Oil & Vinegar and Seasonings.

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Almond Covered M&M's

Almond Covered M&M's

Saturday night, we went to go see the movie “She’s Out Of My League”… Mike’s son wanted to get something at the concession stand.

And so I graciously obliged and got a little something for myself too… Almond covered M&M’s.

The M&M’s with maximum blocking power… I was bloated the minute Mike and I finished the bag off until tonight (Sunday).

But that didn’t stop me from getting up this morning to take my early morning brisk walk!!! I felt really really really bloated doing it, but I knew it had to be done if I wanted any kind of relief.

So… we ended up going down to Orlando for lunch at Bahama Breeze Restaurant again.

Coconut Onion Rings

Coconut Onion Rings

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs

It’s turning into our Sunday afternoon thing of  St. Thomas Crab Claws, Breeze Salad with Cheese less Quesadillas and Chicken Kabobs. This time, we added Coconut Onion Rings to the mix (I was overwhelmed with the desire for them). Luckily, Mike’s son was there to help eat the Onion Rings. I managed to eat only 3 of them… yeah!

Again, we ran into rain while we were down there, so it put a little damper on our shopping trip to the outlets. But I did manage to pick up some good buys and some red-hot ticket items. Because of the rain, it seemed like we were on the road forever… and combined with all that shopping made for some hungry bellies on the way home.

Handfull of Trailmix

Handfull of Trailmix

So we stopped off at a gas station along the interstate and I got some Trail Mix filled with some goodies: raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and some other goodies.

When we got home, Mike’s son wanted his fathers world famous

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets

 Turkey Cutlets :

Ingredients:

1 Pkg Ground Turkey

3 Potatoes

1 Egg

1 Onion

Tumeric

Pepper

Salt

Directions: Boil potatoes to a soft touch, drain and  peel then add into bowl with Chopped Onion, Ground Turkey and seasoning. Mix the ingredients together and mold into patties and cover in flour. Then place patty cutlets into Coleman Grill with Olive Oil until nice and brown.

Turkey Cutletsfor dinner and I just put out my Fresh Chopped Vegetables I made Saturday and put the left overs from lunch on the table to munch on.

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Fresh Chopped Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Green Onions

Red Bell Peppers

Carrots

Celery

Directions:  Chop up all the vegetables in order listed… and mix into a bowl. Leave the vegetables clean with out any dressing. Add your own at the table, I used Oil & Vinegar with some Paprika, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley seasoning.

It’s amazing how much junk you think you can get away with kids and company around.. and it’s not something I enjoy admitting to either. Because just at dinner, Mike’s son was so proud of his efforts to help his dad with the cutlets he gave me one to try. So I had to try it, even though I didn’t want to. And the M&M’s… that was just me thinking like a kid.! Every time there’s someone around I do bad, as if I needed an excuse, because I can make bad decisions all by myself.

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I love how all the vegetables in my salads and dishes just sparkle with bright, rich colors. The minute I sprinkle Olive Oil on the veggies, they just seem to come alive. And I know that once I eat them I will come alive with nutrition and healthy cell rejuvenation!!!!

So, this morning I started with a brisk hour-long walk in the neighborhood. It was a great feeling after the food I ate last night.. I’m still kinda getting straight from the Hibachi Meal.!!!

Then we let Mike’s son take a ride on Mike’s bike around the neighborhood, while Mike and I took a walk down to the clubhouse. There, we waited for his other kids to come over to have lunch.

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables

We decided to grill some beef burgers, turkey burgers, and I made the token vegetable dishes. First on got crackin with the Grilled Vegetables:

Ingredients: Red & Yellow Bell Peppers

Zucchini

Asparagus

Mushrooms

Olive Oil

Dried Onion Flakes

Paprika

Cumin

Celtic Salt

Directions: I chopped up some zucchini, Bell Peppers Asparagus, and Mushrooms and put them into some Tin Foil paper and sprinkled some Olive Oil and Seasoning on the pile of vegetables and handed it off to Mike to put on the Grill. He kept it on the Grill shelf for about 15 minutes.

Then I chopped up Vegetables for another Fresh Vegetable Salad I’m saving for either tomorrow of later today!!

I also made a Cucumber & Tomato Salad and brought out all the stuff to eat on the patio. Before the meal, we were all munching on Hummus and Stacey’s Chips.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad:

Ingredients:

Cucumber

Tomato

Olive Oil

Dried Parsley

Cumin

Paprika

Celtic Salt

Directions: Chop up the cucumbers and tomatoes and sprinkle with 2 tbls of Olive Oil, Dried Parsley and seasonings.

Now, we’re relaxing and watching some TV…. I think I may have had too much Hummus and Chips.  But, hopefully my afternoon juice will help wash things down!!!

Speaking of juicing…. I ran out of Carrots yesterday and made juice with Asparagus, Celery and Apples. It was really good… it tasted different but good!!!

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After last night’s fried fishplate at the clubhouse down the street, this morning I needed to do some work. So I went to a Pilate’s class at the local gym this morning (Wednesday).  I can’t find any Pilates studio with reformer machines here in Palm Coast. Infact, Yesterday I was looking for a Pilate’s studio and went into the gym for a tour of their facilities. I got the schedule for pilates classes and today was the first class I took. It was good, but nothing like Potomac Pilates.

Afterwards, I went running around and met up with a friend for lunch. I did really well and had the Apple, Cranberry Spinach Salad with a vinegarette dressing. I did indulge though in two pieces of cherry bread.

For dinner, we went to Carrabba’s Restaurant in St. Augustine. That’s about 30 miles north of our house in Palm Coast. I didn’t feel like cooking, nor did Mike so that’s what we did. It was happy hour when we got there, so I had the house Pinot Grigio.

Carrabba's Fried Zucchini

Carrabba's Fried Zucchini

Then the waitperson suggested Fried Zucchini Strips so we tried it. And they were sooooo good.  I ordered a Mediterranean Salad with no cheese and Mike and I split the Penne Franco.  Penne Pasta with Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato with Olive Oil and Seasonings. A lot like the Rigatoni Martino that used to be on the menu. 

 

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While we were in Daytona running some errands we came across a new restaurant called Vince Carter. It’s a very spacious piano bar, sports bar and steak restaurant all in one. The food was great too.!!!

 

 

Riesling Wine

Riesling Wine

I had a glass of Riesling Wine, which I didn’t finish; it was just a bit too soon to be drinking after Saturday’s binge. Then we ordered this great appetizer of Roasted Vegetables (Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Squash and Mushrooms) with a homemade Hummus and Bread.

Roasted Vegetable & Hummus

Roasted Vegetable & Hummus

But when I took the picture, I had already eaten all the Vegetables and bread.

 

 

For dinner I had a wonderful Central Salad, which consisted of

Romaine Lettuce, Artichoke Hearts, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Tomato and Almond Slices with a very tart Vinegarette. 

Vince Carter Center Salad

Vince Carter Center Salad

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

OMG!!! I can’t believe that I did this.

Mike and I went to my girlfriend Robin’s house for a house warming she was having Saturday Afternoon.  So, I got up with every intention of making some salsas with the VitaMix to take to her party!

I made the Tropical Avocado Salsa – Again. Which turned out even better the second time???

Plus, I made a Pineapple Salsa:

Ingredients:

1Can Cut Pineapples

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2Small Onion, Peel

1/2Orange Bell Pepper

2Tbls. Cilantro

1/2 Lime, peeled

1/2Tsp salt

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper

Directions:

Oh they tasted soooo good. I also brought along some Tortilla Chips and some Ritz Crackers for dipping. After finishing the dips and running some last minute errands, we arrived at Robin’s house around 1pm.

I met Robin’s parents, her in-laws; it was such a lovely time. And Robin had out her appetizers (my salsas) and then a lunch which consisted of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, shrimp gumbo, and a big Strawberry Salad. I had every intentions of eating. In fact I was snacking on my dips that I had brought. But as the afternoon went on, my glass of wine kept getting filled (Not once was my glass of wine empty for more than 10 seconds) and before I knew it, it was around 7 or 8 pm in the evening. 

Well, Mike had to pull me away from the festivities which had winded down to an almost screeching halt and drive home. Needless to say, I jumped right into bed and passed out when I got home.

The next morning, I woke up feeling sluggish and brandishing a headache from the night before. I didn’t do much, but watch movies and drink some Fruit Smoothies, Juice and water. I did have enough energy to get up and make my own version of a Strawberry Salad for lunch and for dinner, Mike got take out from The Outback Restaurant. I ordered a Baked Potato and had some more of my Strawberry Salad.

Barbara’s Strawberry Salad:

Ingredients:

Baby Green Lettuce

Spinach

1Cup Cut Mushrooms

3Green Onions

1Carrot

1Small Bunch Broccoli

6Strawberries Fresh Cut

Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Directions: Wash, cut up all vegetables and fruit and mix into salad bowl. Pour Oil & Vinegar on individual serving.

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I made a promise to myself, that I would eat only good raw foods. It’s been like a roller coaster ride since September 1st, 2009 when I initially made the decision. And looking at the calendar, it’s nearing my June 2nd goal date and I’m not losing anymore weight, in fact I’ve gained.

So, now it’s down to the wire to curb my spontaneous and bad eating style. Being back in Florida, I’ve been monitoring what and how much I’m eating.  My juicing is a staple two times a day and I’ve been taking my Barley Max once a day. I’m actually thinking of beefing that up to two times a day.

Since Tuesday, I’ve eaten Minestrone Soup and Salad at Olive Garden for lunch and then I made a Layered Vegetable Salad for dinner.  Wednesday I had lunch with Mike and his daughter at a pizza shop and of course I had Pizza with a twist. I asked for two slices of pizza with Onion, Broccoli, Mushrooms and NO CHEESE with a Greek Salad with NO CHEESE. s at Carrabba’s Restaurant where I had an Insalata Furilluci Salad with Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Olives with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing. I also ordered Rigatoni Martino with no meat and cheese (Mike and I shared that!).

Carrabba's Green Salad

Carrabba's Green Salad

Dinner wa

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad

Thursday I ate the left over Layered Vegetable Salad for lunch and then it was back to another Carrabba’s Restaurant where I had the Insalata Furilluci for dinner and we ordered Bruchetta for appetizers. 

Bruchetta

Bruchetta

I have to admit, I did indulge with four pieces of bread and both evenings I had a small carafe of wine.:(

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I think there has been a turning point for me this week….in the way I am approaching food.  In the last couple of months, I’ve been struggling with my eating, how much I’m eating, what I’m eating and how it’s affecting my body and weight. So I think I’ve been able to muster some self-control.

One thing that’s really been a great help… is the Pilates. Regularly, I’m attending classes in the morning and it’s definitely making a difference. I’ve noticed more definition in my arms, legs, and even in my stomach. Which is great, because I have a wedding to go to this weekend and that’s going to make a difference.

Today (Friday), as I’ve been doing since we’ve been here in Potomac, M.D., I juiced some carrot, celery, apple and this time through in some Spinach. I read yesterday, that you get a lot of protein from Spinach and thought I was neglecting the green leafy food, so I threw it in the mix.

I was dropped off at the mall, while Mike had some meetings. While I was there, I got really hungry and Mike didn’t pick me up until after 3pm.

Cinnamon Dolce Frapuccino

So, my defenses were compromised and I ordered a Starbucks Grande Cinnamon Dolce Frapuccino.   The only saving grace for that miscalculation was Mike drank half of it!!!Veggie Spring RollBuddha Rice Bowl

 Then since neither one of us had lunch; we stopped into P.F. Changes for a late lunch/early dinner. I had two Spring Rolls, Buddha Rice Bowl with Brown Rice and a Glass of Riesling.

NO ICE CREAM FOR DESSERT ALL WEEK!!!

Infact, I’ve been having some pretty healthy and substantial meals while eating out this week. Last night we went to Olive Garden and I had the Minestrone Soup and Salad.

Minestrone Soup I did devour one Bread Stick and drank a Glass of White Wine. Then we went to a place called Moby Dick where I had a great tasting Veggie Wrap with Mushrooms, Alfalfa Sprouts, Onions, and Tomatoes on White Flat Bread.Mody Dick Veggie Wrap

Then we went to a Restaurant called Wildfire in the Tyson’s Mall for drinks, which turned into dinner. I did order 2 Glasses of White Wine and a Greek Salad after which I had some of Mike’s Cod Fish, Baked Potato and Asparagus.

I HAVE NOTICED I’VE BEEN INDULGING IN WHITE WINE MORE THESE DAYS!!!!

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First thing Saturday morning, I got up to hit the Pilates Studio for an hour of core strength training. Plus I needed to work off the Blizzard I had the day before while we were on the road. But that Blizzard is nothing compared to what I managed to whip up later today.

We managed to bring all the vegetables, lettuce, and fruits from Florida to Maryland so nothing spoiled.  And from there, for lunch I made a great Vegetable Salad with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1/2Can of Chick Peas

5Small Cucumbers

2Tomatoes

1/4Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

1/4Tsp Coriander, Paprika, Crushed Pepper, Sea Salt

Directions: 

Wash, Peel and Chop up Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onions in a bowl. Open can of Chick Peas, drain and add half of can to the bowl. Add Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and mix.

I noticed some of the food I packed to bring to Maryland, there was a bag of Pearled Barley. So I cracked open my cookbook and looked up a recipe to make with Barley. I found the Barley Vegetable Soup and decided to make it, because again we hit Maryland just in time for it to snow on our parade. But I didn’t have all the ingredients it called for, so I improvised and mixed up something better!!!

Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup-Improvised

Barley Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Vegetable Soup Stock or Water

2Stalks Celery

1Cup Green Beans or Mushrooms

1CupBarley, Uncooked

2Tbps. Parsley

1/2 Tsp. Marjoram or Coriander

1Cup Onions

2Parsnips or Turnips

1Cup Whole Peas

1Cup Carrots or Extra Celery

1Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2Tsp. Thyme

1/2Tsp. Cumin

1/2Tsp.  Garlic

Directions:

Chop Onions, dice carrots, celery, parsnips or turnips, slice mushrooms. Place in pot with small amount of water or soup stock and steam for about 10 minutes. Add the remainder of the water or soup stock and bring to a boil, add barley and allow coming back to a boil. Cover and turn down to low for about 45 minutes.  Add peas and mushrooms and all seasonings except parsley and continue cooking another 40 minutes. Mix in parsley just prior to serving.

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake w/Peanut Butter Frosting

While I was making that, Mike’s son wanted to make a cake. So I found a Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix box and started adding the ingredients together: 3 Eggs, 1Cup Oil, and 1/2Cup Water. I had Mike’s son mix it together while I prepared the pan and 12 Ice Cream Cones to put the Cake batter into. We had some fun putting the batter into the Cones (we made a bit of a mess) but then got everything into the 350 degree preheated oven to bake for 25 minutes.   

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cones w/Peanut Butter Frosting

We didn’t have any frosting, so Mike’s son looked up on U-Tube how to make a frosting. He settled on a Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting. He added 1Cup Peanut Butter, 1Stick Butter, 1/4Cup Milk and mixed it together for the Glaze. We poured it on the Chocolate Cake, the Chocolate Cake Cones, and I did a little decorating on them, because he just had a birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Vegetable Salad w/Oil & Vinegar Dressing

So for dinner, we had the left over Vegetable SaladBarley Vegetable Soup and I managed to polish off 2 of the Chocolate Cake Cones.

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