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I woke up again to go to Pilates Class this morning…. I’m so glad I did.  I missed the class Monday, and with my eating highs and lows, I need this activity.

Tuesday turned into a really low day for eating right!!! Let’s start with the morning. I wasn’t able to make my juice, so I took it from a bottle of Bolthouse Farms Vedge Juice.

Breakfast 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water

Before I even had a chance to take my Mid Morning Juice… I was temped by the Donuts I bought for Mike ate a glazed donut.

Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Bolthouse Farms Vedge Juice

30 minutes before lunch 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

Then I warmed up yesterdays Minestrone Soup left overs… which were still delicious. I swear that soup at the Olive Garden was the best I’ve had since.

I was still a bit hungry, so I did a little digging in the freezer(BIG NO NO) and found two pieces of cheese and onion pizza from a couple of weeks ago. I poured some salsa on the plate  for dipping and proceeded to eat the pizza without taking the cheese off!

Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice TOTALLY SKIPPED

Instead I opted for a Yogurt and Cherry Sunday from Costco.  Eating both the cheese from the pizza and the yogurt sunday made me so bound up for the better part of the evening and into the morning. But that didn’t stop the madness.

30 minutes before dinner 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

Before we made it home, Mike picked up some Moby Dick Kabobs… so I ordered the Swordfish and Greek Salad. By the time we sat down to eat, I was not even hungry. My stomach was so heavy and uncomfortable it was weird. But I ended up eating half of the food anyway. I figured this lettuce and fish might help out the horrible situation going on in my stomach and make it better… 😦

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After a weekend of a lot of eating and entertaining it was time to get back on the Pilates Studio horse and work it all off. But as luck would have it, this Monday morning I got up and made it to the studio in the rain to find a locked door. No one was there… and no one showed up after about 10 minutes of waiting around.

While I was waiting I thought about getting how I planned to get a workout in today and possibly start the 14 Day Hallelujah Acres Eating Plan to lose this remaining 18lbs. before my June birthday. But as it turned out, the day was not going my way.

So, I turned around and headed home to get ready for the day. I made my breakfast of 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.  Then I made my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach which I drank on the road along with a premixed Barley Max.  I drank that mix 30 minutes before we made it to the Olive Garden for lunch, where I had my usual Italian Salad and Minestrone Soup. I decided to get another bowl of soup to take home and eat for lunch Tuesday.

We made it home just after 4pm and I grabbed the Bolthouse Farms Vedge Juice out the refrigerator for my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice. I ran out of Carrots, and didn’t make it to the store to buy more… thank goodness I have this juice.

While I was drinking the Tomato Juice I started getting hungry, so I started making a dinner of Green Vegetable Salad and Roasted Vegetables. The vegetables at the house were getting old and wrinkled, so I had to do something with them.

Green Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

Handful of Spinach Leaves

1/2Red Onion, Chopped

1Tomato, Diced

1Orange Bell Pepper, Chopped

2Cucumbers, Peeled & Chopped

Directions: Wash, Peel, Dice Vegetables and mix into bowl. Add Salad Dressing Balsamic Vinaigrette from Wish Bone.

Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:

1Zucchini

1Yellow Squash

4 Red and Yellow Potatoes

1/2Red Onion

2Tbls Olive Oil

Corriander

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Directions: Preheat Oven 450 degrees and Wash, Dice potatoes. Mix olive oil and seasonings and place them in a pan and roast. Once potatoes are tender, then add  Chopped vegetables and roast until tender and brown.

For an evening snack while I was watching Dancing with The Stars, I had a bowl of Stacy’s Pita Chips. I think I need to stop eating them, because I’m getting some soars in my mouth from all the salt.!!!!

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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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In an effort to be totally upright and in some to virtually no pain New Year’s Eve, I stayed in bed as much as possible Wednesday and then on Thursday…. I needed to pick up some things for our big night out to The Kennedy Center.

So, Mike had some business to do and I took his son shopping. He got some stuff and I got the stuff I wanted, we did some window-shopping. Amazingly enough, we had some fun together. We followed our big day up with a late lunch and early dinner at the Olive Garden. I got my usual Minestrone Soup and Salad. I did manage to eat three Bread Sticks. 😦

Later that night, while I retired to the bed and heating pad, Mike enticed me with some Sherbet…. which was great!!!! 

In an effort to be totally upright and in some to virtually no pain New Year’s Eve, I stayed in bed as much as possible Wednesday and then on Thursday…. I needed to pick up some things for our big night out to The Kennedy Center.

So, Mike had some business to do and I took his son shopping. He got some stuff and I got the stuff I wanted, we did some window-shopping. Amazingly enough, it turned out to be a very delightful day with his son, we had some fun together. We followed our big day up with a late lunch and early dinner at the Olive Garden. I got my usual Minestrone Soup and Salad. I did manage to eat three Bread Sticks. 😦

Later that night, while I retired to the bed and heating pad, Mike enticed me with some Sherbet…. which was great!!!!

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Before we left Kingman, I took another Benadryl and was out for the better part of the detour to Flagstaff. The roads were still closed because of Black Ice, and Accidents, so we decided to go south and then north on 17 back up to I-40.

When we got to Flagstaff, I relieved Mike behind the wheel and we stopped at a familiar place, McDonalds. This time, I got a Fish Filet. I hadn’t had a Fish-Filet since 1970 something. It was good, and killed the hunger pains, but it wasn’t a good move on the eating plan.

We made it to Albuquerque around 6pm and Mike wanted some Ministrone Soup(which sounded really good!) so I GPS’d the nearest Olive Garden Restaurant. Where we had the Ministrone Soup and I had a small plate of Noodles and Souce, over which we decided to call it a day and hold up in town. Which is good, because I’m needing another dose of the Benedryl and right to bed.!!! I just remembered, neither before lunch or dinner did I take my Barley Max either:(

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Got in Monday Afternoon…. to a sunshiney Colorado Holiday afternoon. Rushing over to visit my girl Kristie and hit Olive Gardens endless Soup and Salad. Then checked into the hotel and headed over to my brothers house for dinner.

He was making Burgers and Pasta Salad. While we were watching him prepare the meal, we were catching up. As he measured the Milk and Mayonnaise for the Pasta Salad, I had to tell him. Steve, I’m a vegetarian now and I don’t eat meat products or dairy. He had a look of OH! NO!…. And then quickly I said, don’t change what you’re doing.. I just wanted to let you know. Then I said, well do you have any Carrots or a Salad I can munch on. And he said, well of course…. it turned out to be better than I thought!!!

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