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desert_solitaire_524

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Jun 27, 2010, 3:12:53 PM6/27/10
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Hello from Tucson, AZ!

My name is Dennis and I'm a 58 year old man living in the desert south
of Tucson, a little town called Sahuarita. I became a vegan last
December after coming across the PCRM 21-day kickoff on FB late last
year. Although that was to start on January 1st, I thought I should
practice a little first to see if it was going to work for me. Turns
out that it was much easier than I expected and the results were so
overwhelmingly positive immediately that I have never touched animal
products since.

I'm starting off this morning at 200 pounds, so I calculated needing
2800 calories per day. Although I work out pretty strenuously much of
the year, mostly by hiking and walking 3 - 8 miles daily, June and
July are pretty much off months because the outside temps are
generally over 100 degrees every day. So I'm going with the .14
factor for this project.

I had angioplasty 13 years ago and so I try to follow Dr. Ornish's
plan of 10% of my calories or fewer from fat. That is tough to do
unless you really work at it. So for this project, instead of 30%
fat, I'm going to try to put an extra 10% in carbs and an extra 10%
into protein. So my servings numbers come out to 8/17/3.

I had a smoothie for breakfast this morning with a bananan, pear,
apple, watermelon, spinach, kale and water. I calculated that at just
about 0/6.5/0. For lunch, I'm looking at homemade refried beans,
quinoa, red chard and some ricemilk. Should be about 5/2/0. That
still leaves 3/8.5/3 for dinner, which I haven't though about yet.

Anyway, this is going to be fun and interesting. Good luck to all of
us!

Peace and Love,

Dennis

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Jun 27, 2010, 5:07:14 PM6/27/10
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Dennis this is an incredible post and exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to see shared between people in the program!!

Thank you (& thanks to Carol for also sharing and introducing herself!)

- HH (Lindsay)

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Jun 27, 2010, 8:08:10 PM6/27/10
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Dinner was HHs mock tuna salad. It is mostly chickpeas with some fat
free, vegan mayo (I use Nayonaise), pickle relish, soy sauce, celery.
So I had one sandwich on a ww pita (which I counted as just one
serving of carbs since it was about 110 calories) with about a third
to a half of the chickpeas mix (2 protein servings), a cup of rice
mile (1 protein) and half an avocado (1 fat). So day 1 ends up as
7.5/8.5/1. Since I was supposed to be 8/17/3, I think this leaves me
more than a thousand calories short. YIKES! I could get skinny if I
kept that up!! lol Well, it was well over 100 degrees today and so
that kept the food consumption down. We'll see what happens tomorrow
on a work day...

Hope everyone else is doing will so far.




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*~*Gymmie*~*

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Welcome Dennis :)

Gymmie in Texas

Weight Loss Blog: www.gymmiesgettingfit.com
Noms: www.vegangymmie.com
Twitter: twitter.com/vegangymmie

Exercise is the rent I pay for a healthy body. The higher the rent, the better the "house" I live in. I really like living in the "high rent district" and I bet if you just take yourself in hand and tell yourself you are going to do it and like it (or else), you'll end up loving the benefits so much that eventually you couldn't imagine not working out.

I've spent enough time in the ghetto...I wanna live out the rest of my days on Park Place!

desert_solitaire_524

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Jun 28, 2010, 8:05:09 PM6/28/10
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Day 2 was pretty similar to day 1 (except that it was spent at the
office... ). A green smoothie for breakfast (1p/4c/0f), my usual
"beans, greens and grains" for lunch (4p/6c/0f) and leftover HHs mock
tuna for dinner (2.5p/1.5c/1f). Assuming no snacking tonight (that's
a big assumption...), I am at 6.5p/11.5c/1f. A little less protein, a
little more carbs today than yesterday, but below my 8p/17c/3f again
today. Nonetheless, I feel great! I hope everyone else is doing well
also.

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Courtney Hardy

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Jun 28, 2010, 9:30:56 PM6/28/10
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I started today, and had my all meals planned out (like a good HH guinea pig). Breakfast was cearal w/ raisins & peatnut butter (2/0/1). That is not a typo - there was no protein in my breakfast. I had a banana & some nuts midmorning (1/0/1). Then I had a nice mashed sweet potato wrap for lunch (2/1.5/1). Another snack of peanut butter/ banana sandwich (with 1 slice of bread) (2/0/1). 
Here is where I had plans to have tofu stirfry for dinner, but I ended up eating dinner at the hospital cafeteria. I had a black bean burger sans bun (how do you not have a wheat bun option??) with a tomato and then a nice salad. I think it comes out to be about 2/1/1. My goal for the day was 10/6/5 and I actually had 9/2.5/5. So not enough protein. 
I do feel good though, and I wasn't ever hungry during the day. Looking forward to having my stirfry tomorrow. Hope everyone elses days were less hectic :)

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Jun 29, 2010, 9:56:51 PM6/29/10
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Sounds like a pretty good day of meals, Courtney! And it really is
all about the planning, isn't it?

I didn't do so well today because I was lazy last night and overslept
a little this morning. So I had no lunch to take to work with me
today and had to go out to eat. I did have my usual smoothie for
breakfast and a light falafel dinner, but lunch was overloaded. I had
curried vegetables but they only had white rice and I'm sure the
veggies were cooked in way too much oil. I estimated lunch at 7c/2p/
3f. (I think I had the ordering wrong the last two days, but got it
right now, I think... anyway, not gonna get hung up on that...) So
overall for the day I came in at 13c/8.5p/4f. Not my best day so far,
but I'll be back on track tomorrow!
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Jun 30, 2010, 8:21:50 PM6/30/10
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So much harder to do well on a work day than on an off day. Today
started off pretty well with my usual fruit/vegetable green smoothie.
This came in at 5c/1/2p/1f. Then my usual beans, greens and grains
for lunch, totalling 5c/1p/0f. Then, later in the afternoon, I had a
bowl of Amy's Lentil/Vegetable soup and a couple of rye krisps for
another 2 1/2c/1 1/2p/0f. Then, my downfall, a bag of cracker jacks
(3c/0p/1f) and finally a bit of peanut butter and sprouts on half a
whole wheat pita (1 1/2c/1p/1f). That's it for the day... Total is
17c/4p/3f, so, pretty close to my 17/8/3 goal for the day, about 400
cals under goal.

Oh, and I weighed a pound less this morning than I did at the start on
Sunday! : )



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Courtney Hardy

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Jul 1, 2010, 7:42:06 PM7/1/10
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I would disagree with you about it being easier on an off day then a work day. The work day is easier for me because I work behind a desk all day so it's easy for me to eat on a schedule and am less likely to eat mindlessly, like I do on my off days.
 
Although I have to admit that I haven't followed the plan since yesterday morning. But, I also haven't eaten anything. A plum for lunch and nothing for dinner last night. I follow the feed a fever, starve a cold mantra. So I've had 2 pieces of ww bread, a banana & a mango today. I am feeling better & plan on starting again in the morning.

desert_solitaire_524

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Jul 1, 2010, 11:12:55 PM7/1/10
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Hope you are feeling better, Courtney and that you are working your
way back into the program. I haven't been sick in a long time, but I
can never remember how that mantra goes. Now that I have it in
writing though, I'll know to feed the fever.

I guess I have such a hard time about food at work because I have been
bored, or at least a little dissatisfied with my work, for some time
now. Happy to have a job these days, of course, but not really turned
on by the direction the work has taken the last year or two. So
sitting in front of a computer in a cubicle in a big, cavernous
building bores me, and then I start to think about eating...

Anyway, today was about where it should have been - green smoothie for
breakfast; beans, greens and grains for lunch; homegrown sprouts
sandwich after work. A few pretzels and a few dried figs brought me
to a total of 16.5c/6.5p/2f. Just 300 calories below my calculated
goal of 17/8/3. Not really a weight loss day, but a healthy one
nonetheless.

One more day and then a three-day weekend! YAY!! Gonna splurge on
Sunday and barbecue HHs Italian Sausages I think along with some corn
on the cob and homemade baked beans.

Courtney Hardy

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Jul 2, 2010, 6:59:17 PM7/2/10
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I am felling much better, thank you Dennis.
 
I can having a difficult time at work with foodif you're getting bored. Thats why I have a problem on my days off. My work day is so busy I don't have an oppurtunity to get bored or think about food. I have even gone almost a whole day without eating until I realized I was starving (not a good idea) because I was so busy. It may not be the most fulfilling job, but it does keep me busy. Weekends are when I get to thinking about food and mindlessly eating, but I'm getting better about it.
 
Today was more normal for me. My throat still hurts, so I'm sticking with softer foods. I had oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast, a banana for a snack, peanut butter sandwich for lunch and loaded HH mac & cheese for dinner. I figure it comes out to 10/9/4, which is a little above my goal of 10/6/5.
 
I'm looking forward to Sunday. I'm going to a "potluck" wedding (It's her fourth & his third time; they said instead of gifts they wanted everyone to bring something for the reception). I'm making vegan nachos. I made them a few weeks back & they were delicious.
 
I hope everyone has a fun & safe holiday weekend!

desert_solitaire_524

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Jul 3, 2010, 8:55:55 AM7/3/10
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Glad to hear that you're feeling better, Courtney! And the potluck
wedding this weekend sounds fun! I bet the vegan nachos will be a big
hit, they sound pretty delicious to me.

Friday was a pretty decent day, food-wise. I had my usual green
smoothie for breakfast (6/1/0); soup and a couple of rye krisps for
lunch, a pint of blueberries and later, a bag of pretzels from the
machine (5/1/0) at work; and a couple of peanut butter and sprouts on
ww pitas for dinner, along with some soy yogurt, a bunch of black
grapes and a cup of juice (7/1/3). So the whole day ended up as
18/3/3, pretty close to my target of 17/8/3.

Oh, and this morning I woke up another pound lighter, so three down on
the week! woo hoo!! Who knew all I had to do was easily track how
much I was eating?!!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Jul 3, 2010, 9:03:46 AM7/3/10
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Glad to hear you're feeling better Courtney! I'm also thrilled to hear of Carol & Dennis' successes! 

Dennis, I absolutely love how you've taken to the program -- it's intended to be this flexible and not strict. Estimations, generalizations... are ideal. You're a stunning example!


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Thanks, Lindsay! I figured that's what you were wanting, but the
confirmation is helpful.

I weighed myself on the last day of summer last year and the scale
read 221 pounds, the most I've ever weighed. Looking at myself in the
mirror, I decided there and then that something had to be done. So I
started hiking again, several times a week, either in the mountains
around town or just walking the dirt roads in my rural neighborhood.
3 - 8 miles a day. In May, for example, my GPS recorded 99.98 miles.

Needless to say, the pounds started coming off.

Another change happened in December when I saw Paul McCartney
narrating the Glass Walls video. I was appalled. About the same
time, I saw an advertisement on FaceBook for PCRM's 21 Day Vegan
Kickstart program. I have a couple of acquaintances who are vegans
and after seeing the video, I thought that this was something I had to
do. Rather than waiting for January 1st to start PCRMs program
though, I thought I should practice a little ahead of time to see if
this was going to work for me.

I saw immediate improvements in my energy and my general well being
and so, on December 14th, 2009, I became a vegan, a decision I have
not regretted since.

Anyway, the whole point of this was to comment on how this program is
helping me further. My goal last September was to lose 50 pounds, to
get back to my ideal, college weight of 171 pounds. On May 5th I was
excited to reach the halfway point. But then I stopped losing weight,
partially because by June it was getting to hot to hike anymore, work
was getting stressful and I was getting a little lazy I guess. So for
two months my weight ranged from 198 - 201 and never got back down to
the halfway mark of 196 again.

Until this week!! Thursday I was at 199, Friday 198, Saturday 197,
Sunday 196 (back to the halfway mark!) and this morning I hit 195.
How exciting!! The key here for me has been consciously recording
everything I eat and keeping track of it in a journal. I don't want
to write down that I ate ice cream or this certain other junk foods,
so I don't eat them. Now I realize that I can't keep losing a pound a
day for long, but it's great to be moving in the right direction
again!
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Jul 5, 2010, 11:00:32 AM7/5/10
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I want to wish congrats to Dennis as well! 

I'm still getting a hang of the program, but it's the part where I take in more calories. Since I've more than doubled my intake, it's had good moments and bad.

Some days I'm so full it seems impossible to get all my calories and on others there is a disagreement between brain and body on whether I'm hungry. I must admit that the fats are the hardest for me to finish, then carbs. Protein is easy at only 5.

It is getting easier though and I'm finally not getting blood sugar drops like I had been. It was so frustrating to not be able to work to my potential.

I'm still sitting around 255, but I'm no longer sitting at 260 going up because my body is freaking out. I'm trying not to worry too terribly much as my body is still adjusting.


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Jul 5, 2010, 6:01:53 PM7/5/10
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Good for you, Carol! It's always good when we are moving in the right
direction.

I made some organic lentil vegetable soup on Saturday. Ingredients
were all organic except the lemon juice that I put in at the end. The
soup is delicious, but was my first calculation/estimation challenge
for this project.

The ingredients included:
1 1/2 cups dry lentils, which I estimated to double in size during
cooking, so 3 cups cooked lentils for 6p.
1 large red onion which I estimated might be about 1c
6 carrots for 2c
4 celery, they were smallish, so I counted them as just 1c
4 cups spinach (mmmmmm....) for 1c
1 box of organic vegetable broth was 60 calories, so I said 1c.

So the whole thing, which actually made 10 cups of soup, was just 7c/
6p/0f. I've been eating 2 cup servings of this soup at a time, which
seems to come out to 1.4c/1.2p/0f. If this is right, it's no wonder
I'm losing a little weight here. Delicious, filling, nutritious and
practically free when it comes to calories. Gotta love that!!

On Saturday, I had the soup, a green smoothie and a bag of cracker
jacks (I hate to admit that, but they ARE vegan and except for the
extra sugar, not too bad once in a while as far as treats go....) For
the whole day then, I figured 10c/2p/1f. Way below my 17/8/3
allotment, but fairly typical for a hot, summer weekend day.

Sunday was a quiet day for me and I just ate a couple of vegan Boca
burgers (160 cals each) on Orowheat multigrain sandwich thins (100
cals each) with tomato and lettuce and Annie's organic ketchup (my
favorite). I calculate these as being about 3c/2p/1f. Add 2 cups of
my lentil soup, a banana and a pear and I ended up somewhere around 6c/
3p/1f. And still didn't go to bed the least bit hungry!

Nice to have the day off work today. I'm hoping that the rest of the
work week will be nearly as good as this weekend has been.

On Jul 5, 8:00 am, Carol Baylor <racingk...@me.com> wrote:
> I want to wish congrats to Dennis as well!
>
> I'm still getting a hang of the program, but it's the part where I take in more calories. Since I've more than doubled my intake, it's had good moments and bad.
>
> Some days I'm so full it seems impossible to get all my calories and on others there is a disagreement between brain and body on whether I'm hungry. I must admit that the fats are the hardest for me to finish, then carbs. Protein is easy at only 5.
>
> It is getting easier though and I'm finally not getting blood sugar drops like I had been. It was so frustrating to not be able to work to my potential.
>
> I'm still sitting around 255, but I'm no longer sitting at 260 going up because my body is freaking out. I'm trying not to worry too terribly much as my body is still adjusting.
>
> Carol
>
> "No matter what, I want to continue living with the awareness that I will die.
> Without that, I am not alive. That is what makes the life I have now possible."
> - Banana Yoshimoto (from Kitchen)
>
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Courtney Hardy

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My week has been going well. The disagreement my computer & I had this week seems to be over.
 
My vegan nachos were a big hit at the reception on Saturday. Monday was a bad day for me. I had way to many carbs by mindlessly eating, but was able to get back in gear on Tuesday. I made HH apple crisp muffins Tuesday morning. I figure they are about 1/0/0 each. I've been having 2 for breakfast and 1 later in the day for a snack. I had a salad for lunch today, with flax seeds for 2/0/1. I had a tempeh stirfry with sesame seeds for dinner for 2/2/1. I'm gonna have some strawberries with chocolate soymilk in a little bit for 1/1/0, leaving my day at 8/3/2.
 
Hope everyone else is doing well too. 

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Jul 10, 2010, 2:17:50 PM7/10/10
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This was a rough, stressful workweek for me, so I apologize for not
keeping my log up to date this week.

In terms of food, the week was good, though I did eat a lot...
Thursday, for example, I had my usual smoothie in the morning (made,
for the first time, with chocolate soy milk... now that could get
addicting!), 4 cups of homemade lentil/vegetable soup, 4 cups of
soymilk throughout the day and evening, a small bag of pretzels and a
small bag of cracker jacks and, finally, a Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake
dinner. This last is pretty delicious, made with plantains, sweet
potato and other deliciousness. I want to see if I can come up with a
recipe to make my own. Very tasty! Anyway, all that food and I still
figure on just 15c/8p/3f, nearly right at my calculated goal of
17/8/3.

Friday, I ate even more, I suppose in response to the week's worth of
stress. Started off with the usual green smoothie, had a couple of
cans of soup and 4 rye krisps, the rest of my home made pesto, a
peanut butter and sprouts sandwich, an Amy's vegan enchilada dinner
and, before bed, a bowl of shredded wheat and rice milk. All that put
me a little over at 21c/4p/4f for the day, the first time in the
nearly two weeks that I went over the goal. Not to worry though. I
woke up this morning at 195 pounds, still 5 pounds below my starting
weight.

Hope everyone has a peace-filled weekend. Here in Tucson, AZ, we're
praying for the monsoons to really get a good start today or
tomorrow. They said on the news last night that we haven't had any
measurable rain at the official location in 68 days. It's getting a
little parched here in the desert.

Courtney Hardy

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Jul 12, 2010, 9:18:52 PM7/12/10
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Things have been going well here. Although I have come to a realization that I have been looking very narrowly at this. I seem to have the same few meals/snacks. I don't know if it's laziness or just that when I buy ingredients that I need to use them up & keep making the same things. A few years ago I had a resolution that I would make 1 new recipe a week and I'm thinking I need to bring that back.
 
Again I had cereal with blueberries for breakfast (2/0/0) and cashews & a banana for a snack (1/0/1). I had butternut squash soup for lunch (2/1/0). Then I bought a slice of raw vegan pizza, which I didn't really think about before getting. Now that I look at the ingredients, I'm thinking of how much fat is in it (the 'crust' is made from seeds). I think my single slice comes out to be about 2/0/4. I did treat myself to a raw vegan 'oreo' which works out to be either 0/0/3 or 0/1/2. So my total for the day came to 7/1/8 or 7/2/7; definitely shy of my goal of 10/6/5.
 
I'm not a raw vegan, but I do have a raw vegan restaurant on my way home. Sadly, it's the only vegan restaurant I pass on my way home & I drive over 20 miles each way to/from work.   

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