Quit Eating Like a Pig Diet - Day 11

No weight change from yesterday.
Menu today:
Breakfast - banana, coffee.
Lunch - fresh veggies in a wheat tortilla, water
Dinner - veggie chili, melba snacks, coffee
Lots of water
1/2 mile walk
Mood and energy great.

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Garden Fresh has been working toward certification for the past two years and has now completed the process. As part of the sustainability measures taken, Garden Fresh has upgraded to high-efficiency spray valves, energy-efficient lighting, Green Seal-certified cleaning products and recyclable glass, paper, aluminum, and cardboard packaging. Every year, Garden Fresh estimates it will save 2.1 million pounds of waste paper, 7.5 million gallons of water, 4.4 million kilowatts of energy and 3,194 cubic yards of landfill space because of these current changes.

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Fire Destruction Update: Clothing Request

Seeking clothing for family of seven who lost everything in the Bastrop fires this weekend.

Girl age 6/7 - size 6/7slim girls pants, size 7 girls shirts
Boy age 9 (turning 10 this week) - size 16 husky pants, size 18 husky shirts
Girl age 11 - size 12 girls pants, size 14-16 girls shirts
Girl age 14 - juniors size 3 pants, ladies small or medium shirts
Boy age 19 - mens size 42/32 pants, size xxl mens shirts
Mom - size 16 misses pants, lg/xlg misses shirts
Dad - size 36/34 mens pants, size xl mens shirts

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Quit Eating Like a Pig Diet - Day 10

No weight change. Increasing exercise!!

Breakfast - Tangelo, Coffee
Lunch - Veggie wrap (assorted fresh veggies wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla)
Snack - Carrots in Hot Sauce, Lots of Water with Lime
Dinner - Leftovers! Spicy Italian Potato Bake (potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato sauce, green chilis, onion, diced tomatoes, basil), Melba Snack Crackers (about 8), Coffee

1/2 mile brisk walk, 1/2 hour on stationary bike, leg lifts while on my back (to flatten tummy)

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Fire Destruction Update: Kitchen Items Requested

My husband's brother and his family (who are displaced by the Bastrop fires) have found a place to live until their house is rebuilt. I got an update from her. They are in immediate need of kitchen items. If you are local and can help, please email me at [email protected]. If you are not local and wish to help, please use the donation button on the top left sidebar of my blog. God bless you all for helping and thank you so much!! I'm so very touched by how many of you have reached out to help my family. You amaze me.
Update from my sister in law:
We move into our temporary house tomorrow in Elgin. The kids will have plenty of room to run around and a tire swing to play on. The kids have been able to see the burnt house and they dealt with it pretty well. Some are eager to sift the ashes for little treasures. We feel so blessed that God let us all get out. 

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Vegan Spicy Italian Potato Bake Recipe

an original Lisa Weidknecht recipe

Peel and wedge 4-5 potatoes. Boil 15 minutes in water on stovetop. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. In 9"x13" oven-safe dish, spread boiled potato wedges across bottom. Peel and wedge 2 large tomatoes, remove seeds. Arrange over potatoes in dish. Spread medium can of diced tomatoes with green chilis over sauce. Spread small can of green chilis over diced tomatoes. Mix 1 large can tomato sauce and 1/2 large tomato can full of water, pour over layers to cover. Shake basil generously over sauce. Cut up a slice of white onion and sprinkle over sauce. Break up some mushrooms and toss over sauce. Toss vegetarian fake cheese over top if desired (next time we won't be using it as it's pretty tasteless and mostly for appearance' sake). Shake black pepper over top sparingly. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with soup ladle. Serves four. Excellent meal.


Quit Eating Like a Pig Diet - Day 9

No weight change from yesterday.
Breakfast - Oat cereal, rice milk, coffee
Snack - Carrots and salsa
Lunch - Wheat tortillas with lettuce, pickles, tomato, black olives, red onion, and spicy brown mustard, coffee
Dinner - Spicy Italian Potato Bake (potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato sauce, green chilis, onion, diced tomatoes, basil)
Lots of water with lime

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This is so fun! You just have to go play with this dress up room on JustKidCostumes.com. You can upload your photo (I mean your child's photo) and try on all kinds of great costumes! Look at these great costumes I tried on.
I could dress up as a Glamour Witch for Halloween this year. I'm sure my three sisters would say this was a perfect choice for me. JustKidCostumes.com has the largest selection of children's costumes online at great prices. Flat rate shipping is now just $4.95.
I could dress as Cleopatra and order everyone around to wait on me! Wait, that would make me sound too much like a teenager. Over 3000 costumes and accessories, and no worries your kids will see inappropriate adult costumes while you shop! Okay, what else do we have in this dress up room?
How about the Real Buzz Lightyear? I wonder if I could get my husband to dress up as Woody. Now that would be something to see! Be sure to see all their great party supplies too.
Awwww, I'm bringing home a Baby Bumble Bee!!! I wonder if this one comes in my size? Or maybe it comes with wrinkle cream to smooth out those not so smooth areas of my face. Bee serious, aren't these adorable??? Go try some on (on your kids, I mean, really).
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Alphabet Exercise DVD - Review

Finding appropriate videos for children is always a challenge. I want them to watch educational shows, but if the videos isn't fun the children won't watch. I'm so glad I found Rock N Learn videos. I'm working on building an entire library of these fabulous videos. I received the Alphabet Exercise video and could hardly wait to let the kids watch it. Normally children are very passive when the telly is on, but not this time. I love this company and their videos!

The music and narration of this video captures and holds their attention, leading them through moving their bodies. It develops listening skills while helping them build large motor skills by stretching, dancing, jumping and even resting. I was so excited to see these kids jump right in and participate. What a super rainy day activity (if we ever get rain again in Texas).
The letter recognition component of this video is such an added bonus! One of my absolutely favorite things about Rock N Learn videos is that when you put them in the DVD player, there is NOT twenty minutes of commercials!!! The video begins immediately. The people at Rock N Learn are geniuses!!! I recorded a bit of the kids for you, because photos just don't do this video justice. Enjoy!

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Quit Eating Like a Pig Diet - Day 8

No weight change since yesterday.
Total first week weight loss 6.4 pounds.

Breakfast: shredded wheat cinnamon cereal in rice milk, coffee
Snack: carrot sticks dipped in salsa, water with lime
Lunch: wheat/vegan spaghetti leftovers, coffee
Snack: one slice vegan mango cake
Dinner: veggie salad with scotty b's hot sauce (because becoming a vegetarian doesn't have to be boring!) cinnamon applesauce, lots of ice cold water with lime
1 mile brisk walk (the dog now thinks I'm crazy)
Mood and energy fabulous!

I've had several of you comment on my lack of dairy and protein, and I truly appreciate all your comments. I understand this is an unconventional menu plan, but we're following a plant-based diet in order to prevent and reverse heart disease, outlined by Dr. Esselstyn's recommendations. We are taking a daily vitamin as well. Honestly, I don't miss eating the meat or the dairy. My energy level is up, I feel healthy, and my moods are excellent. The rice milk works perfectly with my cereal and I never liked cow milk anyway. Last night my husband noted that I was walking much faster during our evening walks. I'm also doing some strength exercises to hopefully prevent sagging as the weight comes off.

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Quit Eating Like a Pig Diet - Day 7

No weight change from yesterday

Breakfast: cheerios in rice milk, coffee
Lunch: brown rice, corn, coffee
Snack: raw veggies and couple of green olives
Dinner: wheat spaghetti noodles with homemade veggie spaghetti sauce, salad with vegan dressing, homemade mango cake, coffee
Lots of water with lime
1 glass of wine before bed
1/2 mile brisk walk
Mood and energy great


Vegan Mango Cake Recipe

Vegan Mango Cake
- an original Lisa Weidknecht recipe -

Chop one large mango into small pieces, dump in big bowl. Chop up four small apricots, dump in same bowl. Break up two bananas into same bowl. Using mixer on low speed, puree into a thick sauce.
In a separate small bowl, mix 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp sea salt. Pour dry mix into the bowl of fruit puree, then add 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 1/3 cup of pure cane sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Use mixer to blend all ingredients well.
Pour into 9"x13" metal pan, let set while preheating oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, then bake mango cake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack one hour. Cut into small squares and enjoy. They came out really good and my husband, my two teenage boys, and I all like them.

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4 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsibility

How many adults do you know, individuals who should by now know the basics of what it means to assume responsibility, haven’t the slightest clue? Unfortunately learning how to be responsible starts at a young age, and many children do not learn these lessons early. Responsibility is acquired through force of habit, and does not just come automatically. Even though it can be tough to teach responsibility, your children will thank you for it later. Here are a few ways to get started on this particularly important lesson early on.

1. Teach your child how to save money.
Saving money is perhaps the one responsibility that the least amount of adults ever learns. Consider our current economic situation, it is the one most important skill for anyone to pick up as they grow older. Of course, the easiest way to teach your child how to save money is to give them an allowance. To take it one step further, ask your child to set a savings goal every month—a little bit of money that they set aside after receiving their allowance. If they meet their goal each month, double their savings. If they meet their yearly savings goal, reward them with something special.

2. Consider acquiring a pet.
Although not every child may be ready for a pet, pets are a great way to instill in children the importance of caring for something every day. From feeding a pet to cleaning it to giving it love and affection, caring for an animal is the best way to teach children that there are other beings who do, and will in the future, depend on their ability to be responsible.

3. Encourage your child to get a summer job.
When I was a teen, getting a summer job was considered almost mandatory. Now, however, I’ve noticed that for most teens, getting a summer job is something that some kids do if they feel like it. In my experience, having your of-age child work is one of the best character-building experiences, simply because they learn to understand early what it means to show up on time, interact with strangers politely, and do as their told by an adult other than their parents. It gives them a good insight into the future, in which you will be forced to do many things that you don’t necessarily want to do.

4. Let your child fail.
This perhaps is one of the most important skills that anyone can learn, because failure is an instrumental part of life. If children don’t learn early on that there are consequences to actions, then they grow up believing that they are infallible. When they finally do fail later in life, they will not know how to cope. Even though many parents feel guilty when they expose their children to disappointment, learning how to fail and get back up on your feet is a key part of assuming responsibility for your actions.

Even though there are very specific things that you can do teach your children responsibility, it is not something that happens overnight. It is a quality that grows with consistent direction on your part.

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This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.

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Quit Eating Like a Pig Diet - Day 6

Weight Change from Yesterday is -0.4 lbs
Cumulative Weight Change from 9/6/11 is -6.4 lbs

Menu 9-11-11

Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal with Strawberries in Rice Milk
Lunch: Whole Grain Tortilla with Veggie Shreds and Salsa, Watermelon, Coffee
Snack: Banana, Peach, a few whole wheat Melba snacks
Lots of Water
Dinner: 1 cup Whole Grain Rice and 1 cup mixed Veggies (cauliflower, carrots, corn, broccoli) mixed together with Salsa, Coffee
1/2 mile walk

Book Review: Fatal Incident by Jim Proebstle

I just finished reading Fatal Incident by Jim Proebstle. It is a novel, based on true events. It is an amazing story of World War II conspiracy, including American traitors, Russian spies, and government cover-ups in the 1940s. The story follows a pilot named Nick Morgan, through a life of dating, marriage, private piloting, and then being swept up in flying for the army's Air Transport Command in Alaska. The story has many twists and turns, with a myriad of characters that range from easy to like to easy to hate. The callousness of some of the situations will anger you and a few things that may even bring you to tears. My most un-favorite character is probably Cricket and I really liked Nick up until the point where he does something I felt was immoral. Robert certainly made my skin crawl through most of the book. As the plot unfolds and the different characters join in their roles in the conspiracy, the story twists and turns, making it very hard to put the book down. Nick's plane is highjacked because it is connected to atom-bomb documents and he and the other nineteen on board face very dire circumstances. It is definitely a gripping story and didn't end at all the way I thought it might. Worth the read!

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