Start Weight:(14 Mar 14) 303.0 lb
Current Weight:(29 Aug 14) 265.2 lb
Goal Weight:145.0 lb
following: LuC2's own diet
performance: losing 1.5 lb a week

Height: 5'2" -- Age 43. Wife to one, mom to two (sons 16 and 9), sister to three, business owner of one (marketing/business analysis firm). 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 (diet/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, but it doesn't matter whether they continue...I must. 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! DONE
250 - Pay myself five dollars 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 Buddies

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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

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
It's a Thin Line between F-i-T and F-a-T!
Hey, y'all! I mentioned earlier that the theme song to "Green Acres" has been stuck in my head for TWO days now! (Remember that show?) I was researching some food and natural skincare and, BOOM! I was humming Green Acres! What the foolishness?!?! Where'd that come from?Confused

Now, I'd be lying if I said that I haven't always kind of walked to my own tune (which happens to sound like the theme song to Mister Rogers Neighborhood mixed with a little of the one from Will & Grace...but that's another journal Cool). Likewise, I've always been very willing to walk to my tune even when not another soul hears it and I am the only one walking and laughing! But this was a little weird even for me. Number One, Green Acres is a tad before my time (but I'm a sucker for a good theme song). And Number Two, farm living only appeals to me from a distance. Like coffee beans, hot popcorn and cotton candy...looks great, smells delicious, but never quite the 'gloriousness' that I expected. So, no, I would NEVER consider myself a country girl. Jiminy Cricket! I wouldn't even live in a town without a mall that carried MAC cosmetics! I'm a woman who has only gone camping when I was assured a cabin, plumbing and electricity. (If there's no plug for my CHI iron...then it's definitely not the place for me.) And here I am humming old, country Green Acres. What gives? So...I couched myself.

No, seriously, I laid myself on the couch, face to the ceiling and wondered about Green Acres. I thought about what it could mean...especially since I had been engrossed in something seemingly unrelated...and then it hit me!

I'm Eva Gabor,
"Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue."

But then there's this little issue of
the way I WANT to live my life.

I want to eat clean food. I really do care if my beef has been injected with hormones. Oddly, I no longer want to cleanse my delicate face with chemicals that end in -el, -al, -ine or any other synthetic no-no. I so want to remember what fresh, wild boysenberries tasted like growing against our chain-link fence (right here in the urban city). I want to walk and visit my neighbors and not seem weird. I liked that my public library used to show a feature-of-the-week. And you know what, (doggone it) I miss sending and receiving actual letters! Wow. When did I become the poster child for the simple life? I want "Green Acres" with all the modern conveniences of Park Avenue!

Like many of you, I've been working feverishly to merge these two selves when it comes to my eating and exercise. I want it to be healthy, but it's GOT to be quick! There is a part of me, a huge part, that is a fully modern woman. She's carried a briefcase, worn stilettos, spent a small mint on power suits and face powders. She works and faces the world every day. Conversely, I'm also interested in churning butter, have nursed little ones back to health, cooked scores of four-star meals and wonder what it's like to root around in the dirt and watch seed birth sustenance (among other things). AND just like you, the person that needs to cook so she knows exactly what's in her food is usually at odds with the clock and pace of our modern world.

Still, you and I are here on FS. We're making the effort every day to find the simplicity that is demanding its place in our lives. Food. How hard can it be? Is it really that difficult to feed ourselves the right way? When it comes down to it, am I not worth the cost of a bag of Gala apples vs. two $0.99 six-packs of honeybuns. Is it really a chore to give my body the simple exercise it needs? It's not. Living life is not a chore. We can do this. I will do this for me.

You know, I wouldn't trade anything for the many experiences (both good and bad) that have worked to shape the person I am today -- physically, spiritually and emotionally. Some of the bad things have been the very issues that defined me and made me a fiercely determined person. When I was so unceremoniously ousted from corporate America, it took me a little while to ground myself because I could no longer see my face attached to the image of my American Dream. But then I lurched forward into a new pursuit. One that might not involve corporate. This time I'm in pursuit of happiness. And I found out that getting FIT makes me happy. Knowing I'm doing something as a preemptive strike against diabetes, cancer and aching joints brings me great peace and happiness.

By the way, ever noticed that the words 'fit' and 'fat' are only a vowel apart in spelling? Personally, I accept that since the letter "A" comes first, FAT can easily find its place with me. But to get to FIT, I've GOT to do the work! Are you willing to work for yourself? I've decided that I don't have another moment to NOT lose.Wink And so we're right back to balance. I am determined to live my Green Acres health and wellness life in the middle of our fast-paced, Park Avenue world. For once, I am slowing down just long enough to care for me and, hopefully, leave a clear path for those coming behind.

"Green Acres" Theme Song
posted 06 Jun 2014, 20:35
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