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Cabbage soup was making me fat!

This is a long answer to a comment from yesterdays post.  Why is cinnamon bad for type O blood?

Here’s the Website: http://www.dadamo.com/

  These are two of the books available  if you are interested in reading more.  I borrow them from the library when I need another burst of encouragement – about once a year.

When my friend Alida mentioned this book I was more than a little skeptical.  I really didn’t need yet another diet book in my life.  But she applied it to herself and so did her daughter Louise.  It was Louise’s experience that made me delve further.  It wasn’t that she needed to lose weight – she just needed to feel better.  When she followed her plan she did.  That’s what made me try it.  And the fact that I wasn’t having a whole lot of success with the modified cabbage soup I was enjoying.  (I added kidney beans and lentils to that famous recipe – to give it more protein!)

This eating plan is based on your body chemistry and the way your body deals with food.  The interesting thing for me was the list of foods that “keep you fat”.  It’s a funny list for a maker of cabbage soup!

At the top of the list was wheat and gluten.  That’s why I eat mostly spelt and kamut.  Then there were brussels sprouts.  No big loss there.  But you know what else is on that list?  Cabbage, cauliflower, lentils and kidney beans – all of which I was adding to my soup!  I haven’t made cabbage soup since, although I’ve got a fairly similar recipe I’m playing with at the moment!

When I started eating this way I tipped the scale at 262 pounds.  (I had just recovered from a severely broken ankle as well)   I was not happy and something needed to give.  I’ve found, over the last 5 years, that when I adhere to this way of eating I feel better.  Losing weight is another by product of this way of eating.

This program doesn’t really delete any food groups.  What it does do is suggest foods that work better with your body chemistry as defined by your blood type.  I still eat legumes, just not kidney beans.  I still eat bread, just not wheat (well most of the time).  I don’t usually eat white potatoes either, just yams and rice.

If you are struggling with weight loss, or just plain feeling ICK, it might be worth a try.   I like it!

So Diane, I hope that answers your question a little bit.  I’m discovering that there is a life after cinnamon.  I’m not ready to give up my morning coffee though!

Have a wonderful day!



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Slowly, But Surely…

Another Monday has rolled around.  This week  I started my thirteenth week at the gym – which still has me shaking my head in wonder.  But  I like going in and making another mark on my goal sheet

At the gym there is a “Goal” Board, and this is mine.  I don’t know if anyone is watching it fill up, but every day I show up I make a mark.  I also have one for my weight, but that’s next weeks picture!  A goal, people say is a dream with a deadline.  My deadline is every day.  I get up, and instead of muddling through my morning I show up.  I am greeted by fellow travelers on the road to good health, and they have become another part of my cheering section, just as you are.

“Encourage one another and build each other up…” (1 Thess. 5:22)  That’s what we do together, and I am grateful for all the red envelopes, all the comments here and on Facebook, and the words I hear when I see you!

I totally forgot that I get to open my 236 envelop today, so lets see what’s in it!  (Drumroll Please…)  It’s a lovely card that says…

Each day is a gift from Heaven –

A chance to start over.

Change is a big deal

but if there’s anyone

who could make it work

in their favour, it’s you!

So that’s the thought for the day – applicable to any changes you are making in your life!  And to any journeys you are making!

After 12 weeks… 

(to Mar. 28)

Weight Loss Number of Visits Cost per visit Miles 


This Week 



1.5  pounds

6 Last week 




Year to Date 




70 This week 




Value Village never seems to have size 20 blue pants.  I’ve had to take in my 22’s .


Enjoy the journey and enjoy the day,




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My First Red Envelop!

“Success is  the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”

Robert Collier wrote that and Lisa wrote it on an index card, stuck it in my envelop (With a few other bits of inspiration) and a recipe which I will make later, and it arrived in my mail-box.  I wonder what my mail-man thinks about all these red envelops coming to my door.

She also sent me a recipe for “Health Nut Muffins” that you can find in volume 2 of the Best of Bridge Cookbooks.  I’ll be getting the ingredients and making them as soon as my current batch of muffins is done!

You might notice that it says 228 in the corner – and I am 9 pounds away from that just now.   Well, 238 hasn’t arrived yet, and somehow I managed to get two envelops for 228.  So I made an adjustment.

If you’ve decided to “get a little help from your friends” here’s a tweak I’m going to do with the rest of my envelops.  I’m not going to put a number on them at all.  I’ll add the number when the envelope arrives. That way, I’ll have the envelop ready when I need it!

I introduced this activity in my TOPS chapter.  We are sending each other envelopes, numbered 1 to 6.  We can either open one envelop per week or one envelop per loss.  We’re flexible!

I enjoy the anticipation of opening the next envelop, because I know I will be encouraged.  I have people in my life who love me enough to take time and give me what I need – accountability and encouragement!

Thank you my friends!


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Back on Track!

The last week has been quite unusual.  I vacuumed under my desk and lost my internet and couldn’t get it back.  So I switched providers!  I’ve lost the annoying buzz on my phone and I’ve also got a year’s worth of basic cable.

Last night I caught a CBC show called “Village on a Diet” – at least that’s what I think it’s called.  You can check it out on the CBC website.  http://www.cbc.ca/liverightnow/village/ I didn’t get to watch the whole series, but last night was inspirational at least to me.  It just goes to show what a difference a few changes can make.  And when one person starts to change, there’s a ripple affect that starts to move others in new directions too.

After last weeks “Numbers” post, I had intended to do some others, but then I lost the internet connection.  I  took some time off from the computer, Farmville and the Internet in general.  It was okay.  The result is that I’m not beating a path to my computer first thing in the morning, and other things are getting done!

Things haven’t changed much at the gym.  I seem to be getting there a little earlier than I used to, but not early enough to do one of Patrick’s 6 o’clock boot camps.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday are weight days.  I haven’t increased the weight at all, just that “burning hold” in the middle of each set.  The other days are moving days.  I spend about 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, trying (and mostly succeeding) to achieve my 12 minute mile.  After that hard work is done, I move to the bike and pedal there for about 15 minutes.  Then I go onto the treadmill for 15 minutes and the cool-down.  Nothing complicated and easily done in an hour!  Join me sometime!

Anyways here are the numbers!

After 9 weeks… 

(to Mar. 7)

Weight Loss Number of Visits Cost per visit Miles 


This Week 



4.5  pounds

6 Last week 




Year to Date 


15 pounds 52 This week 




As you can see, I’ve lost last weeks blip and a little more, which is pretty exciting!  I can feel the difference in my work clothes, which is kind of annoying.

And I got to open one of my envelopes!  It was a package that I got from the Arthritis Association.  I haven’t had a chance to read it all, but it has some good information!

That’s where I’m at today!


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Would you like to send me a Red Envelop?

Two posts in one day!  Got to be a record for me but I got this idea, and I’ve already started doing it, but I don’t want to leave you out if you want to be in on it!

A journey of 100 pounds is not a short one, in fact I expect it to last at least 2 years.  It’s also not a journey that you should take by yourself.  You need people to encourage you along the way.

I can’t tell  you how much it means to me when someone comments on the blog, or on Facebook, where I post a link.  It surely does keep me encouraged.

Somewhere along the way I got the idea of giving people an envelope (red of course) with a stamp and my address on it.  In the top left corner I wrote a number between 200 and 238.

Today I gave away three envelops at the doctor’s office.  My health team loved the idea.  All I asked was that they put something in the envelope – a “success” story, a recipe, an inspirational saying.  Nothing fancy, definitely nothing costly, but a surprise that I could open when I reached that number on the scale!

If you are on a similar journey, I think this is worth a try.  It’s not costly.  I got my red envelopes from a card store after Christmas.  The cards get sent back to the manufacturer but the envelopes get recycled.  If  you want different colours, wait for the right holiday and ask then!

If you see this on Facebook, send me a message.  Otherwise leave a comment on the blog.

I need all the help I can get!

Have a good night!


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It’s Hard. Period.

You’d think that after 4 weeks or 5 weeks, the journey to the gym would get easier.  It isn’t.  I get up with time to spare.  But there are distractions – the book I’m reading.  I’ve read it several times, and enjoy it, but I know the story.  Still I stay in bed reading it.

Yesterday I got distracted by the snow – lots of it!  Shovelling took the place of my weight routine, and I was late arriving.  But, at least the side walk was clear!

This morning it was the unfinished slipper I was crocheting.  It just needed one more row to finish it!  So I did.  I wonder what the distraction will be tomorrow?

Having said all that, I did make it to the gym – five days last week, which is my new minimum.  Saturdays is too  unpredictable given my schedule and the gym hours.  Not that I won’t try to make it – but I’m not going to fight my schedule anymore!


Weight Loss

Number of Visits

Cost per visit



This Week


2 pounds


Last week


9.2 miles

Year to Date


10 pounds


This week




As you can see, I’ve managed to get past the distractions, at least in this area, for the moment.  In other areas of my life however,  it’s a different story.

Any ideas on how to get past them?

Have a wonderful day!



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Hello world!

Well, I thought this would be easier than it is, but starting is a challenge,

My brother, Leon, says that I want everything to be perfect so I won’t start until it is.  He’s probably right.

I have some goals for this blog.  Here’s what I’d like it to be:

  • A sharing of my financial journey.  I want to share how I do life on a limited budget.
  • I am in the process of losing 112 pounds.  Some of them are lost already, and I believe the journey is worth sharing.
  • A place to share the things I make, why I make them, and what I learn in the process!

Most of all, I hope it will be something that people will enjoy reading, and will be encouraged by!

Knitting on the London Eye!

Knitting on the London Eye!

I thought a picture of me – doing what I love – much higher than I like being, would be fun.  Because I was able to save a chunk of change, I could have this adventure.  Knitting kept me from panicking, because I do not like being this far off the ground!

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