31 Days of Weight Loss

July 30, 2010

Thirty-one days ago I decided to lose some weight.

I haven’t made any huge changes in my diet, just cutting down on how much I eat, when I eat it and what it is. Soda is nearly gone, as are sweet coffee drinks. I no longer graze, and if I do need a snack I lean towards something healthier. For example I started keeping trail mix at work instead of hitting up the vending machine for a candy bar or something.

A month later I’m down about six pounds. It’s not a super smooth curve, but it’s gradual and it’s easy. I’ll keep on trucking, and I need to add some exercise in there, so we’ll see what the next few months hold.

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  1. BenM says:

    Hey, thanks for Beef Taco, John! Loved the gentle way you and Abine resolved a potential flame situation – all power to open source and to open sourcerors lke you.
    May you continue to lose weight in good health – I’m on the same trail as you, 15 lbs down now and still going, albeit slowly, since bodies do indeed slow down with time. Oh yes!
    I can recommend chomping on green stuff for snacks – celery, chicory (aka endive) and watercress – one of the few salady things with real flavour. Watercress works well with meals, and can be popped into hot soup to good effect – ymmv!

    All the best, Ben

  2. john says:

    You’re welcome! Long live Open Source.

    I’ll have to try expanding my snack repertoire with some fresh stuff, never had watercress before.

    Thanks for the encouragement, it’s something I’ve needed to do and it’s nice to know I’m not alone!

  3. This is something I got from a friend a while back. It’s a pretty cool recipe for healthy snack bars. I like to “unhealthy it up” a bit by adding M&M minis, but that’s because I’m a disgusting pig. Anyway, here’s his recipe:


    mix in a bowl:
    3 cups oats ( I had one cup quick-cooking and 2 cups rolled)
    1 c. crushed almond slices
    1 c. raisins
    1/2 c. flaxseed
    1/2 c. sesame seed
    1/4 c. mini m&m’s
    1/4 c. craisins
    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    evenly coat with:
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    2 tbl melted butter
    1/4 tsp vanilla

    I pressed these into a bar pan, but the recipe called for a 9×13
    bake at 350 for 20 minutes (chewy) to 25 minutes (tough chewy)

    important: Cut immediately after removing from oven. Also, some said they needed to use butter/cooking spray before pressing into the pan, but I used stoneware and didn’t have any issues. however, I let them set up in the pan for maybe 10-15 minutes. I think if I would have let them stay there too long, I would have had difficulty removing them.

    The nice thing about this is that you can use 3 1/2 cups of anything you want and add it to the oats. I also added the cinnamon and the vanilla–you could add cocoa, nutmeg, whatever you wanted. you could even use other spices and salty ingredients if you wanted to go that route. With that being said, these are the best granola bars I’ve ever had. …all that because I found a can of sweetened condensed milk that was about to expire and I didn’t want to throw it away.

  4. john says:

    Nice, thanks. We were just looking at granola bar a recipes and wondering if it would be any good. Now I have one where I can blame someone else if they come out bad :-)

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