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Day 41-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- The Day of Leisure

YESTERDAY’S DINNER- FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE A RECIPE CARD!

I spent the day working and getting into the rhythm of this diet program. We had a snow storm hit, so no reason to venture into the tundra.

I mostly made videos about my skincare for reels on IG

Lean and Green was a shrimp salad thing and I did a skin peel with L’BRI, after taking a long soak…

Day 41-

WEIGHT: didn’t weigh in. Going to do it once a week from now on.

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 again, yuck
13,280 steps
28 min cardio
 today was just a lazy day. Period.

10: 40am- 1st fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT CRISP BAR and coffee
1:40 pm- 2nd fueling: CHOCOLATE PUDDING
3:40 pm- 3rd fueling: CREAMY CHOCOLATE SHAKE
6:45 pm- 4th fueling: ZESTY LEMON CRISP BAR
9 pm- Lean and Green meal: shrimp and avo salad and cottage cheese
11 pm- 5th fueling:  Shake

92 oz of water

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Day 40-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- so busy today

I made Filipino garlic fried cauliflower rice with shimp for the lean and green and it was already better than the last one- so good. Today’s blog is short because I was so busy.

Day 40-

WEIGHT: IDK, had 2 meetings to run to and was late, so missed that window

RESTING HEART RATE: 77 yall!! it is GOING DOWNNNNN! WOOHOO!!
11,953 steps
40 min cardio
 yes!

10:35 am- 1st fueling: DOUBLE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR and coffee
2:00 pm- 2nd fueling: CHOCOLATE PUDDING
5 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE with laughing cow lite
7 pm- 4th fueling: CARAMEL MACCHIATO SHAKE
9:40 pm- lean and green meal:  shrimp with cauliflower garlic fried rice

100 oz of water

11 pm- 5th fueling: fell asleep again

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Day 39-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- FRUSTRATION

LAST NIGHT:

3 am and I have insomnia. The kiddo has to be up tomorrow for her horse riding lesson since the Pandemic began and she is super excited.

When she went to bed, I finished the owl lamp she wanted so badly. I wasn’t going to pay 250 bucks for a resin one from a bit company. Instead, I picked up a small vintage bisque owl lamp from the 60s or 1970s and spray painted it in a copperish metallic; bought a 20 dollar burgundy shade from the grocery store and painted it with her initials in Gryffindor colors- and put it on her nightstand while she slept. She is going to be shocked when she wakes up!

THIS MORNING:


SO frustrated- not by my weight, even though I’ve stayed around same for a couple of days- but by my COVID RECOVERY. My weight loss and skincare I am super pleased with… my tachycardia is improving, but not fast enough for my liking.

Tonight I made Filipino garlic fried rice with chicken and it was almost EXACTLY spot on- or maybe because it’s been too long since I’ve had rice, idk. Enjoyed food for first time in eons.

Tomorrow I will have shrimp something or other.

I was able to get my steps and cardio in. I need to get my strength training/yoga started… which I keep saying, but have yet to do.

Day 39-

WEIGHT: 162.2

RESTING HEART RATE: 78 STILL, but it went lower tonight when I slept.
13,044 steps
51 min cardio
 yes!

11:10 am- 1st fueling: DRIZZLED BERRY CRISP BAR and coffee
2:15 pm- 2nd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS
5 pm- 3rd fueling: OMG THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING IS SOO GOOD!!
7:15 pm- 4th fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE with laughing cow lite
10 pm- Lean and Green meal: filipino garlic fried cauliflower rice w chicken (SO GOOD)
11:30 pm- 5th fueling:  fell asleep ugh

100 oz of water

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Day 21-Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary- HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE (even if Betty White passed away)

Ooooh- my friend came by to see me for the first time since this diet began and said I look A TON THINNER. I snapped a pic before my shower and I am amazed at how tight the skin is on my body and how my belly fat is just *POOF* gone!

I am feeling this weight loss thing. I feel like I am getting BACK TO ME again…

tonight’s anthem kicks off my evening-

Cooking Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and rice), collard greens, cornbread tonight for NYE. Stayed on plan all day and am ok with this. I don’t plan on drinking more than a toast of bubbly at midnight, so I am good.

hoppin john, cornbread, collard greens for New Year’s good luck!



I was horrified to discover Betty White didn’t even make it to her own 100th birthday. This must be the Harbinger of the Apocalypse if there ever was one. So sad. This doesn’t bode well for 2022.

More pics of our evening- I didn’t drink. It was a nice, chill night with fam. Wore makeup for the first time in eons.

Makeup and skincare by L’Bri at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

Day 21-

WEIGHT: 167.1

RESTING HEART RATE: 67 (had a bit of fever last night, so that explains the slight spike)
9,226 steps
20 min cardio

NOON- 1st fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BROWNIE
2:30 pm- 2nd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE
5:00 pm- 3rd fueling: Garlic black truffle cheesy potato cakes (waffled and hacked recipe I invented)
7:30 pm- 4th fueling: collard greens
9:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE
11:45 pm-5th fueling: WENT OFF PLAN FOR NYE
OVER 100 OZ OF WATER

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Over 50 and Pandemic Weight Loss Diary Day 6

2.2 lbs gone by the morning of day 6- not too shabby.

Mama was rushed to the hospital yesterday and admitted, after a series of falls that left her with 4 cracked ribs. She also has other more alarming issues that we cannot pinpoint yet. She throws up a lot, her troponin levels are high, and her bloodwork is off. She is 77 yrs old, with vascular dementia, and lives at an amazing care home.

We (both the owner of the facility and I) had a helluva time getting the visiting doctor’s office and doctor.

Our elderly are seen as disposable in this world, especially once they have dementia and this is so grossly unfair and inhumane. Needless to say, I put my foot down this time and wouldn’t budge.

This diet has helped me not to binge in the midst of crisis, something I am normally super prone to doing.

Today’s “Daily Prompt” from my support group was to write down no less than 10 of my strengths. This is a difficult one for me, but here goes:

1. I am persistent

2. I am loyal

3. I have a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility to others and myself

4. I am funny

5. I am loving

6. I am fearless

7. I am lucky for others

8. I love making people feel good about themselves

9. I am inuitive

10. I am weird

Ok, so that was hard and seemed way too self-centered for my comfort. Ugh. I love these exercises because they take me out of my comfort zone and I like it. I enjoy being out of my comfort zone for some reason. It always leads to growth.



I am going to focus on eating less bars and doing more shakes and soups and variety. All of my fuelings are still in the big box because I have nowhere to store them yet.

R bought a ton of shrimp for my lean & green meals, so I need to eat that for the duration. I am getting a bit sick of salads, so maybe a scampi-type thing next with cauliflower rice for dinner. Whatever is easy. It doesn’t matter. Food is fuel for me right now.

Day 6
Morning Weight: 171.6 (woot, going back down despite the fact that I must be made of pure cortisol from the stress)
15,245 steps
1 hour 10 min. cardio

92 oz of water

12:55 am- 1st fueling: CARAMEL CRISP BAR and a big cup of coffee

3:15 pm– 2nd fueling: WILD RICE & CHICKEN FLAVORED SOUP W/CARROTS, CELERY, ONION, PEAS, AND SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS (had this before. It needs a pinch of salt and some spices. My body doesn’t retain sodium well, so I need to adjust everything for my body).
5:45 pm- 3rd fueling: SOUR CREAM & CHIVE WAFFLED POTATOES with laughing cow cheese
7:45 pm- 4th fueling:  YOGURT BERRY BLAST shake

9:45 pm-Lean and Green meal: GARLIC SHRIMP AND CAULIFLOWER (R BOUGHT SO MUCH SHRIMP, I NEED TO USE IT UP- plus I needed to start eating earlier. I can’t deal with big meals so late at night,) It was SO good, so satisfying. 7 oz of shrimp is A LOT. I think I may have gone over my fat allowance, but not by much.
11:30 pm-5th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS

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Over 50 and Pandemic Weight Loss Diary Day 4

I know that the initial loss is almost always water weight, but it still makes me super happy-

I find it interesting that I quit daily weigh-ins back in April when I was already upset about my creeping weight.

My initial (small) weight loss goal is 160. My pre-Maisie weight is 133-140, which is my ultimate goal. At that size, I am generally a size 4/6. Any smaller and I look too thin… but I don’t even remember what ‘too thin’ is. I’ve always been a sturdy human, albeit a muscular one.

Until now I’ve just been getting steps by rebounding with a Leaps & Rebounds mini-trampoline. That thing saved my LIFE/our LIVES through Covid and pulmonary embolism and lupus autoimmune disease.

I have a lifetime discount from the company. If you’re interested in one use MISSMAISIE10 to get 10% off your order at leapsandrebounds.com.

Starting tomorrow, I hope to incorporate DDP yoga into the mix. I bought the program years ago, but it’s still a tried and true winner for me. I will also be going back to the gym to hit the weights by 1 January. I haven’t lifted in years and at my age, I need the muscle.

I need to remember to keep setting my alarms for the fuelings. I was late for my second one yesterday and it messed up my eating schedule. Having dinner at 11 pm is not ideal for me.

I am in a group where they told us to write a letter to our younger selves. I would have told myself to quit smoking, start working out daily, take vitamins, DRINK WATER, and WASH MY FACE 2x a day and BEFORE BED WITHOUT FAIL. I would have told myself to get my a** into therapy. I would have told her she was enough and stuff was going to work out AND TO ALWAYS GO FOR IT.

Today, the group asked what our younger selves would have replied. Mine would have been pretty shocked and happy, I think. She’d be a little upset that I got this heavy and had a chronic illness. She’s also be shocked with how I look, which is exactly how I envisioned and hoped I’d look when I was younger. I am almost 53 and didn’t expect to weather this well as a young’un.

I *do* represent the L’BRI company and it’s the secret to my oddly Benjamin Buttoning face. Check it out at linktr.ee/missmaisieandme. I was my face 2x a day and it keeps my head and neck from falling on the ground. Best skincare I’ve ever experienced in my ENTIRE LIFE.

Hell, I didn’t even know how to wash my face properly until my 52nd birthday when I tried it.

Now I want my body to match what’s going on from the neck up.

Wave of fatigue hit me around 9 pm. I am so sleepy, but have one more meal (the Lean and Green) to go. I also have steps that need doing. I think it’s time for a laydown.

my first 26 days on L’BRI from last Spring. My skin looks even better now. I was in an active lupus flare before and had the butterfly rash to prove it.

OK, NOW FOR MY STATS OF THE DAY:

Day 4
16,034 steps
1 hour 46 min cardio

80 oz or more of water

10:45 am- 1st fueling: CHOCOLATE MINT COOKIE CRISP BAR (kinda tastes like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie)

1:00 pm– 2nd fueling: DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER BAR (will order again, so far my fave)


4:00 pm- 3rd fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS (still not my fave, kinda like spicy cheetos, but I need to eat them up- won’t order them again. Some people adore them, just not my thing)


6:00 pm- 4th fueling: ROASTED GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES waffled with a pinch of reduced fat cheddar- WOW! MY FAVE FUELING SO FAR!! DEFINITELY re-ordering these next month.

8:45 pm- 5th fueling: SPINACH PESTO MAC AND CHEESE (my first time trying this one. Also required microwaving, like the penne.)
VERDICT: NOT A FAN, EVEN WITH DOCTORING. I will eat it up, but never again. Gimme the penne every day. This tends to overboil in the microwave. I cook them in pyrex measuring cups, for convenience.
I am leaning toward liking the savory hearty things best for flavor and the bars for convenience. I have only tried one of the shakes, mostly because I am sick to death of shakes after trying the 310 program (unsuccessfully).


10:45 pm- Lean and Green meal: Black truffle omelet with salad, avo, mushrooms (I needed to use up the other half of the avocado)

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Over 50 and Pandemic Weight Loss Diary Day 3



Ok, so I woke up to THIS:

THAT’S ONE WHOLE POUND LOST OVERNIGHT!! HOLY SMOKES!!!

I honestly do not know what I weighed prior to day 1. I was too scared to weigh until day 2. I am no longer fearful of weigh-ins.

I need to do some before/after pics soon and keep regular track of the progress. Another person recommended that I also measure my inches lost.

I was late for my second fueling due to a visit from the plumber. The water heater went out.
I am much more tired today, but I didn’t sleep well. I haven’t in a while. My dad was exposed to Covid the other day and now I am having severe anxiety… this is in addition to the other hellish illnesses and deaths happening all around me.

I am also noticing an increase in crankiness, which isn’t abnormal when I begin a new program. At least I am not fasting. I am not pleasant during fasts AT ALL. Hangry is a real thing, folks… but I am not noticeably hungry. I don’t have as much energy today- probably not from Optavia, but because of insomnia and little sleep the night before.

**UPDATE: Maisie is NAPPING, which is unheard of unless sick. I hope we weren’t exposed to anything 😦

By 11 pm, I was FAMISHED AND READY for my Lean and Green Meal. It was fantastic and I could eat seafood daily. Happy tummy. I actually prefer it to chicken breasts.

I didn’t get as many steps today as last week, but I am ok with this.

Day 3
14k steps
43 min cardio

80 oz or more of water

10:47 am- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR (still just ok. I won’t order next month)
2:00 pm- 2nd fueling: DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER BAR (will order again, so far my fave)
4:30 pm- 3rd fueling: DECADENT CHOCOLATE BROWNIE w/ 1 tbsp light cream cheese in batter (made in a mini waffle maker) (THIS IS SO GOOD. SO good- and I am not actually into sweets or chocolate- think I went over condiment allowance with this, though. Will not use cream cheese next time.)
6:30 pm- 4th fueling: HONEY MUSTARD & ONION STICKS (because I was too tired to do anything else and they remind me of those Snyder’s Pretzels)
8:45 pm- 5th fueling: RUSTIC PENNE (reminder to self: ORDER MORE, because I love it more today than yesterday. It’s awesome.)
11:00 pm- Lean and Green meal: Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Mushrooms and Greek Vinaigrette

These lean and green meals are huge
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Revisiting My Collard Greens recipe, this time, with an actual recipe!via Soul Food Fusion Feast: Collard Greens, White Truffle Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese, and the Works!Since I am making my greens for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I decided to include an actual written recipe with the repost:

Collard Greens w Hog Jowl Bacon

2 pkgs (the big ones) of shredded collard greens from the produce aisle (walmart carries them)

1 chopped onion

1 tsp red pepper flakes

4 tsp chicken bouillon

garlic powder (lots, to taste)

black pepper

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4-1/2 cup white vinegar

one BIG HUNK of Jowl bacon, chopped in bigger chunks

Fill a huge stock pot with the greens and everything. Cover with water just to line of greens. If it seems too much for pot, it will reduce- don’t worry.

Put pot on high and bring to boil- keep tasting the broth throughout the cooking process and adjust the garlic powder/ vinegar/sugar ratio. Turn down to simmer and cover til greens are tender and bacon is fork tender and melty- about 3-5 hours-

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VINTAGE RECIPE: My Great Aunt Susie’s Deviled Eggs Recipe! (My 2018 Updated Version)

deviled eggs Aunt Susie's

In my effort to chronicle my paternal great-aunts’ best recipes, I have another that I want to experiment with. All of these lovely women have since passed away- and even my health is in question currently- so it just feels like the right thing to do.

To put it in perspective, my grandfather was born 100 yrs ago this year, to me, it’s imperative to write these things down before they get lost to future generations.

This recipe was given to me by my cousins Jeremy and Meleta- Aunt Susie was his grandmother.

A zillion thanks to you guys-I love you!

Today, I will attempt Susie Donoho Stoke’s family-famous deviled eggs:

I cheated and bought pre boiled/peeled eggs, because it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and I already have too much to do.

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I used Miracle Whip, because I remember my grandmother and aunts using this instead of mayo, except I did a ratio of 3 part MW to 1 part super creamy, high fat mayonnaise.

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Maisie loves onions, but hates pickles, so I opted for the onion option.

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I used a squirt of regular yellow mustard, as I couldn’t find my dry powdered.

I added parsley for color (and also because my garden is currently overrun with flatleaf Italian parsley)

 

I used Sweet Gherkin juice, but any sweet pickle juice will do.

I sprinkled paprika on at the end for color.

The verdict by the other family members?

This is a definite keeper! It’s a little stronger flavored than my great-aunt’s, but that’s ok, we love strong flavors. I am not a fan of bland.

Aunt Susie Donoho Stokes’ Famous Deviled Eggs- 2018 Update

20 Hard boiled & peeled eggs

2 tsp of any sweet pickle juice

1/2 tsp mustard, to taste

1 small onion- chopped finely OR grated OR pulverized in food processor

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp chopped fresh parsley

Paprika (I used Sweet Hungarian)


Cut eggs in half and put white on tray.

Either grate by hand or pulverize onion in food processor

Put yolks in bowl with all ingredients except the paprika.

Use a hand mixer or stick blender to blend well.

Fill plastic baggie or pastry bag with yellow filling.

Snip corner, if using plastic bag.

Pipe filling into the whites and garnish with paprika.

Makes 40 deviled egg halves


 

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VINTAGE RECIPE: My Great Aunt Ellen’s Chicken and Dumplings- MY NEW VERSION- Now w/saffron and truffle oil!!

Making this again for the first time since the original post in 2016- my nephew is here visiting from Palau and I wanted him to try the foods of his American ancestors 🙂

I added a new, modern twist to this recipe- a pinch of saffron and extra garlic in the chicken cooking water- and truffle oil to finish the thing off, to taste.

It’s incredible with the new umami flavor profiles! Photos below of my nephew rolling and cutting the dumplings- and the last batch of ‘sauce’

Miss Maisie and Me

TO SEE PART 1, CLICK HERE

My version

After I finished writing the last blog post, I started on the chicken and dumplings.

img_4133-1 The original version omits any thickener for sauce

right away I could tell that 2 tsp baking powder in one cup of flour was WAY too much- also, most recipes call for some form of fat, which I added.

Aunt Ellen used ‘chicken cooking water’ and canned broth. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make my OWN broth.


CHICKEN AND BROTH:

2 packages of boneless skinless chicken breast (3 breasts per package)
a couple stalks of celery, leaves on, broken up in large chunks
a couple unpeeled carrots, broken up into large chunks
UNPEELED onion, cut in quarters.
water to cover
handful of fresh parsley (do not chop)
tablespoon of chicken bouillon

Basically, I just dumped it all in a pot on high-…

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