Joined February 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
243.0 lb
Lost so far: 24.0 lb

Current Weight
219.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.3 lb a week

Goal Weight
175.0 lb
Still to go: 44.0 lb
Hi! I am Karen, and have enjoyed every age milestone I've passed. At 30 I celebrated with a new job that I loved, at 40 I celebrated by taking myself on a solo trip to Paris for a long weekend. At 50, I wanted to take a trip to the steep shores of Cinqueterra in Italy, and was not fit enough to take on the challenge.

I have wrestled with weight most of my life, going up and down by 50 lbs but never quite reaching goal. The past 5 years have been hard for me, as most of my work revolves around food. I am a freelance food writer, including a dining columnist, which requires a meal out each week. During the day I work at a soup kitchen, helping design meals that will feed 100+ hungry guests a day. I love that I bring culinary creativity to people who don't have the resources for a fancy meal.

I spend so much time doing for others, I've realized this is the time I need to do for myself. Other times it has been a matter of appearance, and this time it is a matter of health. I have blood pressure and blood sugar issues, and want to deal with those before I have real problems. I have a wonderful man who is joining me in this journey, and I hope one day we can take that more active vacation I've been dreaming of!

I am funny, creative and supportive. I understand the struggle of being in this for the long haul and welcome friends and support in the journey.


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cals: 124kcal | fat: 5.61g | carbs: 11.28g | prot: 8.73g
Spaghetti Squash with Cheese and Vegetables
Using spaghetti squash this is a veggie rich, cheesy casserole, almost like a lasagna and is a lower calorie alternative.
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Your healthy cravings!
I get spicy cravings now. I make a spicy thai soup and a spicy black bean soup and that usually tastes so good i almost forget about fried, carb,sweet or chocolate!
posted 11 Mar 2010, 21:43
Blowing it on the Weekends
I second K8! Drinking makes your judgement and willpower go out the window. Order Diet coke, Iced tea, or club soda & lime. In addition to saving calories, you will probably save money since many places offer free refills on soda or tea. (you could bank the money you save ($3 x 3 is $10+ a week) and splurge on a new dress - new hairstyle -manicure as incentive.) Caffeine will give you a little buzz and energy to dance later if you want.

Also, about restaurant choices. I'm a restaurant reviewer, and chains are last resort for diets. The kitchens are not flexible about deviating from the menu. cooks are young and not good with substitutions and nutrition. At an independent restaurant you can tell your server to ask chef to make substitutions you need. You are paying someone to cook for you- YOU call the shots!
posted 11 Mar 2010, 20:51
Reducing Redux
Up and down all my life, I've gained and lost several times. Other times have been for vanity. This time for health. Not gettin any younger, and want to enjoy most of my independent years traveling.

My job as a restaurant critic and food writer doesn't make it easier. What's better than free food right? Freedom of movement, freedom of choice in clothing, freedom to explore rocky coasts and mountain trails.

So here we go again. I have a great partner who is doing this with me because I asked for support. And a good friend who is also doing it for health. Love this site. I had a collection of old non-expiring WW coupons, but that gives you no access to online tools, so this freebie is just what i need!!

I am smart, funny and supportive. Full of good ideas. Drop me notes if you like. Always welcome online buddies and support as well as the ones in my RL.

posted 10 Feb 2010, 14:47
In Love with Peanut Butter xoxoxoxoxo
A friend's daughter is vegetarian and has been experimenting with alternative protien sources. She has tried Almond Butter and loves it for the taste. There are pros & cons to both. AB is slightly higer in Calories - 104 v 94. PB has more protien. I believe the WW points are about the same. PRICE is a kicker. PB $2-3 a jar vs AB $6 or so a jar. I would say if you need some variety from the PB to keep your taste buds interested - go for it. Also google Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter to see a couple blogs that analyze in depth.
posted 10 Feb 2010, 13:47
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18 February 2018

Brunch today - what witchcraft is this? New Hope Mills low carb pancake & waffle mix. Sugar Free, Non-GMO, 4.4 net carbs, 20 g protein, 220 Calories ...
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17 February 2018

I haven't been tracking food as closely, still being aware of carbs, calories and quantity. This morning weighed in with a 1 lb loss. Not much, but puts ...
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