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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2009|05:23 pm]
2009 Weight Loss

Ok so my attempt at making healthy and tasty cookies is over for the day. I tried twice and improved as I went and found something that fills my need for a tasty snack when Im craving cookies or chips or something. Sure it doesnt compare to oreos or cupcakes haha But I was just looking for a good alternative to snacking on raw veggies. Im sure I will make em different every single time since its easy to switch around ingredients.

Now here is one of the simplest recipes ever haha

First up..the ingredients!

1 3/4 cups of oats (i used some organic no name ones)
1 mango
3/4 cup mashed up bananas (1 large or 2 small...or a couple medium ones with bites out of em haha)
1/2 cup dried currants (no sugar added kind. i dont think i saw any with sugar added but i was going to get cranberries but couldnt find any that didnt have added sugar)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used a fruit cup that was apple/blueberry)
1/2 lemons worth of juice
1 pinch of cinnamon (literally a pinch. i know a pinch translates into something in some kitchens but i just pinch with my fingers and call it a pinch haha)

Step 1 - Put the bananas, applesauce, lemon juice and half the mango into the blender and blend the crap out of it.
Step 2 - Chop up the other half of the mango into lil chunks
Step 3 - Mix the blended stuff and the chunks of mango and the dried cranberries up in a big bowl.
Step 4 - Mis the cinnamon into the oats and then mix it in with the fruit.
Step 5 - Wait about half an hour or so. The oats absorb lotsa juices and stuff and it kinda melds together better. You can totally skip this part. I did for the first batch but they turned out a lil dryer and oatier tasting haha Oatier is a word!
Step 5 - Spray a cookie sheet or something lightly with nonstick spray
Step 6 - Make them into lil balls and flatten em out slightly. Mine were about the size of a piece of pepperoni (I miss pizza haha) they dont spread out so feel free to put em nice n close.
Step 7 - Stick em in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes. This part Im not totally sure on because I have no sense of time and always forget to look at what time it is when I put things in. So just keep an eye on em and take em out when the bottoms are kinda brown and they arnt oozing fruit juice or anything.

So thats what I did today! Mostly I just wanted to see if it would work. Basically its just a matter of getting the right consistency of oats n fruit which isnt that hard since I did it first try. I just adjusted fruit for taste and consistency. The first time I chopped up all the mango and it made them not stick together as well. They still worked out though. The first time I had no nonstick spray too so I just dipped the bottom of the balls in oats before I put em on the tray. They didnt stick but it does add more oaty calories and makes them dryer. But without spray or oats on the bottom they totally stick! Oh and I say half a lemon of juice because my second batch I accidently used a whole lemon and they turned out quite zingy. My roommate things theyre great though. So if you like things zingy add more lemon juice. I like things zingy I just like mangoes more and it takes away from the mango goodness.

The end! Well not really haha Im sure I will make these a buncha times with various fruit combos.

p.s. I figured out theyre about 25 calories each which isnt so bad.
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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2009|02:45 pm]
2009 Weight Loss

Today I started a mission to invent healthy and tasty cookies. The Oreos and chocolate chip cookies were mocking me at the grocery store. So far its going well...but they havnt been perfected yet haha The initial recipe was not too bad but kind of bland. Round was much better and round three was even better. My goal is to keep then at around 25 calories while making them delicious and satisfying enough to take care of a craving for a treat of some sort. I tried googling healthy cookie recipies but they just went healthy enough. I havnt strayed from the total healthy food thing since I started on Dec 30th so my "cookies" cant either. I put it in "'s because they kind of resemble really fruity lil round granola bars haha

Sadly todays exercise is suffering because Im devoting my time to this but thats ok. Its all for a good cause. If I dont invent a tasty treat thats healthy I might screw up and buy a bag of oreos or something. So thats how I will justify my semi lazy day. Although Im not totally lacking exercise. Walking to n from the grocery store twice is sommmmething haha
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2009|10:47 am]
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I got my pedometer in the mail today. You can get a free one at crystallight.ca and they even send ya a lil packet of cystal light with it. It shows you steps each day and calories burned with those steps...I havnt played with it yet but I probably will today.

woo. in the first day (or until i took it off) i did 13132 steps!
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2009|12:02 am]
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There will be a lil break in my healthy working out thang soon. But it should still be good! I get to go to Costa Rica for almost a month and a large portion of that time me and a friend plan on learning to surf..and the rest of the time will be spent hiking and climbing mountains and volcanos n stuff. When Im adventuring I tend to be too busy and excited to eat and Im always on the go so I think this will be good for my weight loss goal. Travelling across Canada last year I lost about 15 pounds and I lived on fast food most of the time. I dont plan on eating any fast food this time. And I plan on being a lot more active.

Im soooooo excited. Plus if Im learning to surf I want to be in the best shape I can be for that so I will be working out as much as I can until I leave (in a month)

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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2009|06:51 pm]
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Woo! I have reached 20 pounds! I think I said I wanted to lose 40 by the end of May but that was kinda the one I told people so that if I did reach it I could say I made it. But really my goal was 60 pounds haha I just didnt say that because then if I only did 40 I'd have to admit that I failed. But ya....Im aimin for 60 pounds by the end of May. As long as I keep at this I think I can do 40 more pounds. I know its going to get harder but I think I can do it. I am only 3 weeks into the 5 months so I have a lot more time to work on it.

So yeah...20 pounds! On wii fit on the scale o fatness the line was above the word obese...now its below the word obese! Soon I will simply be overweight! I might be the first person to yell "WOOHOO IM OVERWEIGHT!!" haha

Hows everyone else doing? Any lazy people? If so you should stop being lazy...its really not as hard as you think once you kinda get in the habit of ignoring unhealthy food and exercising while watching tv instead of just sitting. It just keeps getting easier too. Which sucks cuz then I have to think of harder exercises. But ya.....WOO! 20 pounds!!!!!
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(no subject) [Jan. 14th, 2009|08:47 am]
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[Current Mood |depressedin need of encouragement]

Ugh. I overdid it on the strength exercises yesterday morning and I'm paying for it today. And you use your stomach muscles so much more sitting on a kneeling chair like I do. And plus I've been going up not down. I know a bit here and there is just regular fluctuation but it feels like I'm so much farther from the two week goal now. :(
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2009|09:52 am]
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Yesterday was the first day since I started this quest that I didnt really exercise. I got some exercise from walking through snow going to return my laptop and get a new one but thats all. New toys are just so distracting haha
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2009|06:24 pm]
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Woo! I made my lil wii fit time piggy bank thing turn gold today because I'd made it to 40 hours plus I made it to my two week goal...in less than a week again! To celebrate I made a kickass salad! I used to celebrate with pizza....*sigh* hahaha
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Free Step [Jan. 11th, 2009|04:42 pm]
2009 Weight Loss

[Current Location |Plymouth, MN]
[Current Mood |determined]

Today, was the first time I was able to use the Free Step.  Wow, I like it even though it's repetitive.  Plus, I have to keep switching back and forth to see where I am at.  The problem is, to switch back and forth isn't exactly as easy as 1 push of a button.  Though,  at least when I don't want to anything else I have that as an option :)
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2009|02:36 pm]
2009 Weight Loss

I wassss going to take it easy and not exercise today because my ankle is kinda dead (actually it feels ok but Im the type that always screws things up right as soon as they feel good because im impatient) and just chill today and hope I dont undo too much of my work. Then I decided standing cant hurt my ankle toooo much compared to step exercises and hula and running so now Im doing an awful lot of boxing in Wii Sports and I think Im going to work this ito my everyday routine. Its more tiring than anything in wii fit. But it requires me to pay more attention. But I'll probably try n fit in an hour a day of whacking people in the head. I have no real strategy I just throw punches wildly haha Its not like Im trying to get lotsa points. Mostly just burn calories and win.

So new plan...box til my arms are jelly then stepping and running til my legs are jelly then box til arms are jelly again then back and forth. But today Im leaving the leg part out due to ankle. Oh and toss in some wii fit jackknifes and yoga where I see fit...and continue to eat right lol That my nifty people is my plan lol

Hows everyone else doing? Yesterday I was down about 13 pounds overall which works out to about 4 pounds a week. I wish it wasnt so snowy out so I could ride my bike or do other outdoor stuff.
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