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Valentine’s Week Fun
Wasn’t Valentine’s week fun, with so many blog parties to bless those of us in the Sandwich Generation too busy caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren to get out? I did have a chance to enjoy time with my grandkids as we played a couple of games on their Valentine gift of the Wii games in the Summer Sports 2 and Game Party 3. They turned out to be quite fun for the kids as well as their baby boomer grandmother! My oldest grandson and I LOVED the racquetball! And my youngest was enthralled at the idea of even more fun bowling games! Good fun, good family memories, and even some good exercise. Which is good, since I have a not-so-good confession to make.
After I managed to lose 8 pounds a while back with the South Beach Diet phase one Supercharged recipes – putting me back into my “comfortable weight zone” – three family crises, two major holidays, and a ton of chocolate chip cookies that were given during them (not to mention McDonald’s oatmeal cookies) all led to my gaining it back. Sounds like the after-Christmas version of A Partridge in a Pear Tree, doesn’t it? 🙂
I kept thinking, “I need to get back to healthy eating,” but the Oreos and oatmeal cookies kept calling my name while my enlarging tummy kept glaring at me (can a tummy glare?). I have one of those nasty Pear-shaped bodies that are supposed to be so bad for you. All the weight goes straight to my tummy. Sooo, when I spotted a Get Healthy / Winter Weight Off at 5MinutesForMom.com, I knew it was God’s perfect timing for me. They’ll be posting tips and ideas for the next few weeks to encourage us and give us more creative ideas to lose weight along with stomach fat. 🙂
New Diet Choices
I considered using the South Beach Diet Supercharged again, since it has has been quite helpful for me in the past. The Serotonin Power Diet is another I’ve used successfully and liked. But Prevention sent me an email reminding me about their Flat Belly Diet-MUFAs foods which I’d looked into in the past. I looked over the foods they offer for options, including dark chocolate AND cashews, (which are healthy monounsaturated fats – MUFAS foods) that can help cut the belly fat driving so many of us nuts. “How fun to explore something new, and share it all with you,” I thought. 🙂 So I ordered two of the books for it, The Flat Belly Diet and The Flat Belly Diet Cookbook and will be giving it a try and sharing the results with you.
Flat Belly Diet-MUFAs Foods Win
I will say, I am not crazy about the first 4 days of the plan as they want you to start off with a 1200 calorie diet that is supposed to be geared so you don’t get hungry. Since I have hypoglycemic issues, I’ve decided to skip that and head straight into the regular 1600 calorie part. I started mid-day four days ago and it’s gone well. I’m liking the food choices, not going hungry (unless grandkid duties are keeping me too busy to grab a snack) AND my scales were 3 pounds friendlier to me today! (Of course, each of us is different, and your results might be different. If you try it, or any other healthy eating and/or weight loss ideas, we’d love to hear how you do! 🙂 )
By the way, one other reason I decided not to do the first 4 days is that you are not supposed to have any diet sodas, among other drinks. I have been thinking about cutting back or cutting them out. I know there are some health concerns about them. On the other hand, they do give me extra energy to keep going, even late at night. Do you drink diet sodas? Any thoughts? 🙂
Mt Vesuvius cola-style
And speaking of Diet colas, I thought you might enjoy this amusing tale of Mt. Vesuvius – cola-style. Have you ever stuck a soda into the freezer to do a quick chill? My senior mom and I do that occasionally.
I especially love it when you catch it just right and it has those yummy ice crystals.
But what happens when you forget it? Ahhhh, that’s when you end up with a cola-volcano and frozen pepsi all over the inside of the freezer walls and splattered on all the frozen food. VERY time-consuming to clean up and very frustrating for this busy Sandwich Generation baby boomer. Except, I was too busy laughing about it all to get too upset. 🙂
I even did my very first SandwichINK YouTube Video with this – aren’t you proud of me? 🙂
If nothing else, I’m thinking this could make for fun science project activities for grandparents and their younger grandchildren. Perfect for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, don’t you think? 🙂 And perfect for getting some cute pictures. 🙂
Healthy Dinner With Flat Belly Diet MUFAS Foods
In the meantime, I’m off to enjoy my healthy dinner with my Flat Belly Diet-MUFAS foods. Have a great dinner too! 🙂
P.S. Happily, I gave up ALL colas AND sodas last year and don’t miss them at all! Hooray!
I always put my diet coke in the freezer for a few minutes when I’m going to drink it out of the can and I too have forgotten a couple of times. Not a pretty sight!
No sodas here, but especially not diet sodas! You should cut them out! 😀
Visiting from SST
Great blog post! For the past 8 years, I haven’t worried at all about my weigh because I lost 8 pounds as soon as I retired from teaching. Who knows why! Then some extended-family problems affected my eating and I lost more. HOWEVER, I just weighed today and all my pounds are right back on! I have always had diet drinks, but I watched a Today Show piece the other morning that raised red flags. If diet sodas are a REGULAR part of someone’s diet, one study shows that there is a 60% greater chance of stroke. I’m 68, so I’m taking that to heart. I know water is better for me, anyway. Continued good luck with your weight loss.
I know, Samantha! I really should. But, maybe, not, quite, yet… 🙂 🙂 🙂
Ain’t that the truth Deb! 🙂 🙂 🙂 But OHHHH so good when it works right. 🙂
Hi Evelyn, Thanks for writing. I know the feeling.There’s just something about our metabolism that changes as we get older – it’s like the rules all change even though we aren’t doing anything different! The good news regarding that study is that they’re not sure it is really valid. But I’m praying for wisdom about it. 🙂 And I love water too so I do drink tons of that too – hoping they counterbalance each other. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Hi Kelly, Boy, I can SOOOOO relate! Keep me posted on how goes with you as well – both the weight AND the soda! 🙂 Thanks for the visit. 🙂
I’ve often wondered about the flat belly diet… hope it works well! 🙂
Those are sweet shots, btw. I’m a Coke Classic girl myself, but I can appreciate a nice, frosty can of soda any day (sugar or not). 🙂
Kaye – I am so glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment. Your comment brought me here to you. I will look into the diet as with our family emergency, education emergencies (2) and holidays, I have, well, filled out some, ahem. I am sitting here with one or two sodas remaining in my arsenal. I have decided that I need to cutback and then quit completely the soda addiction. My husband, through research, has convinced me that soda, especially that with aspartame, is not, not, not a good thing. Since we still have three kids at home and have a grandchild living with us (my little helper), I have a need to live longer. I will be following along and am off now to check out your suggested diet. ~Kelly
Hi SomeGirl – Me too! 🙂 So far, I’m still down 3 pounds. So I haven’t bounced back up and that’s nice. 🙂
I definitely need a flat belly diet, and yes, I think bellies can glare at you! I’ll have to check it out, and if dark chocolate and cashews are ok, I think it’s a diet I can stick with!
Hi Carol, HEHEHEHEHE – Mine is glaring at me quite evilly at the moment. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on how it goes 🙂
I have never frozen a pop like that before… I will be careful if I ever do! LOL 😉
GOOD WORK girl!
Very wise Janice! 🙂 It’s a time-consuming process to clean it up, that’s for sure. 🙂