Start Weight:(14 Mar 14) 303.0 lb
Current Weight:(24 Feb 15) 287.6 lb
Goal Weight:145.0 lb
following: LuC2's own diet
performance: gaining 0.9 lb a week

Height: 5'2" -- Age 43. Wife to one, mom to two (sons 17 and 10), sister to three, business owner of two (mid-market business analysis/strategy firm + organic face&body products). Always been chubby and always worn a lot of hats. And for most of my life, I have let those busy hats define my days. I lost about 60 lbs as a young woman in my early 20's -- the right way (real food|whole food|exercise). But life (love, marriage, kids, work) allowed me an easy path to put self on the back row. Now, I refuse to get any heavier or buy a larger dress size. I love clothes, shoes and makeup but it is not as much fun anymore at the "ms. plus" stores. I want each of my sons to enjoy his life and not be encumbered by weight (I was a chubby kid, so I know). They have missed out on DisneyWorld because I didn't think I'd fit in those darned spinning teacups! I'm finally researching food + nutrition and am ready to do something for me -- my health and to help secure a long life of quality years. My family is learning too and making changes with me (occasionally), but it doesn't matter whether they continue...I must (though I find it very difficult and guilt-ridden to leave them behind in my healthquest). If you're serious about getting your rear in gear, JOIN ME and let's laugh along the way!

299 - First 4 lbs lost back into 200's. Celebrate! DONE
293 - First 10 lbs off! Heap kudos on self. DONE
275 - 28 lbs off! Onward, and I deserve a new vampy, red lipstick! BACK IN HIBERNATION
250 - Pay myself a dollar for every new pound lost!
225 - Buy icecream maker for homemade frozen yogurt.
195 - Firmly planted in Onederland! A few new outfits needed.
185 - This girl deserves a luxury mani/pedi!
175 - This girl deserves a luxury full-body massage & scrub!
165 - Buy the "hope" dress, size 8
155 - Can I afford Louboutins? I'm worth it!
145 - An elegant night out in "the dress" with hubby!

FatSecret member since: 28 Mar 11

LuC2's Weight History

LuC2's Latest Member Challenges

  Spring/Summer Challenge
status: Completed
ended: 04 Aug 14
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  100 pound Weight Loss Challenge
status: Completed
ended: 24 Oct 12
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LuC2's Cookbook

cals: 108kcal | fat: 8.93g | carbs: 7.07g | prot: 0.09g
Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette
Using fresh ingredients you may never buy the bottled dressing again.
cals: 139kcal | fat: 1.63g | carbs: 29.50g | prot: 3.75g
Strawberry Protein Flax Smoothie
A healthy snack morning, noon or night. Also makes a good, protein rich breakfast-on-the-go.
cals: 179kcal | fat: 7.22g | carbs: 25.63g | prot: 4.88g
Savory Roasted Vegetables
A great side dish that uses up the vegetables in your fridge or serve over brown rice or whole wheat couscous to make a hearty vegan meal.
cals: 130kcal | fat: 8.05g | carbs: 15.76g | prot: 1.47g
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Oven-roasted spaghetti squash makes a unique side dish or light supper.
cals: 226kcal | fat: 8.56g | carbs: 35.30g | prot: 6.04g
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes
A tasty side dish or accompaniment to a vegetarian meal.
cals: 361kcal | fat: 20.52g | carbs: 21.24g | prot: 22.94g
Ricotta Green Open Omelet
An Italian cheese "quiche" (you won't even miss the crust).
cals: 299kcal | fat: 13.19g | carbs: 33.50g | prot: 9.13g
'My'Hop Whole Wheat Pancakes
A homemade version of what used to be a weekend favorite restaurant.
cals: 191kcal | fat: 3.02g | carbs: 36.82g | prot: 5.78g
Double Corn Cake Muffins
Like my grandmother's sweet cornbread with less sugar, a hint of corn niblets and half the fat.
cals: 165kcal | fat: 12.23g | carbs: 12.14g | prot: 3.70g
Cool Green Goddess Avocado Soup
A slimmed down version of cool, creamy avocado soup. Take advantage of the healthy fat in avocados for a meatless meal.
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LuC2's Latest Posts

Too funny! When my stomach is growling, you best believe my mouth is growling too!! Laughing Try adding extras to your daily menu like hummus with baked pita (other bean dips) or tomato soup and croutons to lunch. See if you can get your hands on a copy of "Eating for IBS" - Heather Van Vorous (2000), ISBN-13: 978-1-56924-600-9. Combination handbook and cookbook. I do not have IBS, but bought this book because the recipes looked tasty (I have a friend with Crohn's). Here's a simple recipe from the book to whet your appetite...adjust it and make it your own:

Fettucine with Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce (6-8 servings)

4 c fresh or frozen butternut squash, peeled diced and steamed until very tender
2 c plain soy milk
2 T cornstarch
2 T olive oil
2 c diced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t dried rosemary
2 t dried savory
2 t dried basil
1 t salt
2 t brown sugar
16 oz pkg linguine, cooked (1 c cooking water reserved)
Soy Parmesan

Whisk together the steamed squash, soy milk, and cornstarch until smooth. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Saute onion, garlic and herbs until very tender and golden. Add the squash mixture, salt and sugar and cook over medium low heat until the sauce thickens. If sauce is too heavy add some reserved pasta water. Spoon the sauce over the coked linguine and top with soy Parmesan.

Nutritional Analysis per serving
440.52 kcal | 13.94g protein | 81.25g carb | 7.48g fat |1g sat fat | 3.91g fiber

LuC2 note - Easy dinner but might make a heartier lunch with sliced, lean chicken breast and spinach salad on Day 2! As for unraveling nutrition and a healthy body, start here IIFYM Calculator to set your personal baseline. My other suggestion is to read journals on FatSecret and find buddies moving in the same direction with like-minds...people that read and research.
posted 24 Feb 2015, 13:22
Garcinia Cambogia
Dead-wood right, MummyDee! At one time I really thought Dr. Oz was a voice to be trusted. As of late, I'm in the basket with you guys -- when EVERY product is special, none is...
posted 07 Jun 2014, 19:14
Why would you eat nuts?
Nuts are expensive but keep very well in the, that's what I do. (I've taught my family that nuts are goodies and not to be chugged a pound at a time -- which was happening when I first started keeping them around). Now, I buy bulk, shelled nuts (almonds, pecan halves, walnut halves) a pound or two at a time depending on which nut, ziploc freezer bag and there you have it. When I'm ready, I'll add to oatmeal, homemade granola, cookies, roast off a few ounces for salads or pulverize for nut-crusted oven fish or poultry -- more protein and crunch vs flour alone. Homemade nut butters can last refrigerated in a mason jar for quite a while. You can get a lot of bang for the buck with nuts (as a serving is generally 20 nuts or fewer). Even more expensive pinoli, pistachios, brazil nuts and hazelnuts, etc., can give you a lot of 'flavor' mileage with just a few. You'd be nutty not to use nuts! Very Happy
posted 07 Jun 2014, 18:59
So I'm poor....
Exactly...veal shanks really not affordable these days except for a special meal! Sometimes I have sticker shock in the grocery when I remember what grew freely (or was shared freely) among neighbors. Having a limited budget AND not being a decent cook is a recipe for disaster for fitness and wellness. One thing I liked about Paula Deen was her country, recognizable food. I ignored all the butter -- because I knew enough about cooking to do so -- but seeing cabbage cooked on tv or bean soup was unusual. There's very little real cooking or real food showing up on Food Network these me anyway (Ohhh, except for my girl, Anne Burrell). Aside from my family, I learned to perfect some techniques watching PBS -- Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Emeril Lagasse (before he BAMMED his way into history), Paul Prudhomme, Jeff Smith (Frugal Gourmet), Martin Yan ("Hot wok and cold oil mean food won't stick"Wink, Justin Wilson (Cajun Country); and later Lidia Bastianich and Rick Bayless. I learned my lessons well and have the hips to prove it! (LOL)
posted 06 Jun 2014, 22:11
So I'm poor....
I'm amazed by how much produce can cost. I mean, pound-for-pound it's still much less expensive than processed foods, but "tough" kale and mustard greens or strange-shaped mirlitons (chayote) were poor people's food that the rich passed up! (Anybody priced out Osso Bucco these days?'s peasant food...sheesh!)

I am so grateful to have learned to cook with a grandmother and an even older godmother (with a garden). The ONLY way to (somewhat) get around the commercialization and industrialization of our food supply is to cook. Forget you, Kashi! I will buy oats, pepitas, coconut oil and turbinado to bake my own preservative-free cereals. I agree poverty does breed obesity and vice versa because obese people can have mobility or health challenges that keep them poor. A vicious cycle.

KENNI_Z, I've definitely been where you are. My suggestion, find the nearest IKEA for a low-budget, heavy set of pots and then start stacking your pantry a little at a time. If you've got a non-cooking friend, they may be willing to split costs with you on pots and basics to share in the weekly bounty. (I was a rare pearl to my non-cooking friends back in my college dorm many-many-ummmm-many years ago)!
posted 06 Jun 2014, 20:54
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