Putting My Mom on a Diet: Week 3 Meal Plan and Weigh-In

by Andie Mitchell on July 8, 2013

Somehow, some way, week 3 has come and gone. If you’re new to the series, I’m putting my mom on a dietthis is her plan, here is her week 1 meal plan and weigh-in, and here are the week 2 results.

 

Monday

Breakfast: 2 cups Cascadian Farm Honey Nut O’s cereal (200) + 1 cup 1 % milk (110) = 310

salad

Lunch: Salad (veggie base is 3 large handfuls mixed greens, ½ cup chopped bell pepper, ½ cup chopped cucumber, ½ cup shredded carrot, 6-8 cherry tomatoes = 50 calories) with 1 hard-boiled egg (70) + 1 ounce extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated (100) + ½ ounce raisins (about 2 tablespoons = 60) + ½ ounce chopped walnuts (50) + 3 tablespoons Ken’s Light Raspberry Walnut Dressing (90) = 420

fruit and cheese

Snack: 2 cups cantaloupe and grapes (100) + 1 Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheese Stick (80) = 180

turkey lettuce wraps

Dinner: Chinese Turkey Lettuce Wraps (335) + ¾ cup brown rice (170) = 505

Total: 1415

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Tuesday

oatmeal with brown sugar

Breakfast: ½ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats (150) made with 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon brown sugar (60), 2 tablespoons chopped pecans (100) = 310

pistachio peach salad

Lunch: Pistachio Peach Salad with Honey Vinaigrette (click here for the recipe = 450)

strawberries watermelon

Snack: 2 cups watermelon + strawberries (100) + 1 Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese Stick (80) = 180

tacos

Dinner: Tacos 2 small flour tortillas (80 calories each = 160) + 4 ounces taco-seasoned 93% lean ground beef (170 for beef alone + 20 for seasoning = 190) + 1 ounce pepper Jack cheese, shredded (100) + shredded lettuce and tomatoes (~10) = 460

Total: 1400

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Wednesday

cinnamon raisin oatmeal

 

Breakfast: Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal: ½ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats (150) made with 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon brown sugar (60), ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons raisins (~30), 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (100) = 340

taco salad

Lunch: Taco salad: 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce (10) + ½ cup chopped tomatoes (20) + 4 ounces 93% lean taco-seasoned ground beef (170 for beef alone + 20 for seasoning = 190) + 1 ounce pepper Jack cheese, shredded (100) + ¼ of a medium avocado, sliced (~60) + 2 tablespoons salsa (10) + 1 tablespoon low fat sour cream (15) = 405

watermelon cantaloupe

Snack: 2 cups watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapes (100) + 1 Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese Stick (80) = 180

meatballs

Dinner: Meatballs and Veggie “Pasta” 2 meatballs + ¾ cup marinara sauce (this recipe = 320) + 2 ½ cups garlicky sautéed red cabbage and broccoli slaw (120)  + 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese = 460

To make 2 servings of the vegetable “pasta,” I simply heated 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet, then added 1/2 small head shredded red cabbage along and sauteed it until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. I then added 1 package broccoli slaw to the pan, and continued cooking until the vegetables were tender, about 3 more minutes. (If you need to add a few tablespoons of water to the pan for moisture and to prevent burning, feel free.) In the final 1 minute of cooking, I added 2 large cloves of garlic, minced, and stirred constantly until the garlic was fragrant and the veggies softened completely. I served this immediately as a bed for meatballs and marinara.

Total: 1385

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Thursday

*Andie note: Mom went down to Cape Cod on Wednesday night and stayed with her sister and her family for all of Thursday and Friday. While I made suggestions like, “Try to keep breakfast and lunch healthy so that you have a bit of wiggle room for a bigger/more decadent dinner if you go out to eat,” we didn’t head into the vacation with a set meal plan because it would have been impractical, fussy, and very likely would have made Mom feel hyper-restricted (not to mention sad) while her family ate the traditional summery grub. I believed in her, and I chose to trust that she’d be OK on her own for two full days.

Breakfast: Ezekiel Cinnamon-Raisin Sprouted Grain English Muffin (160) + 1 tablespoon butter (100) = 260

*Andie note: She packed the following from home: English muffins, raisins, and almonds. While I wish this breakfast had included a protein, I’m proud that Mom packed these muffins from home and that she chose a healthy breakfast when it was probably tempting to consider something more “fun.”

Lunch: None

*Andie note: This is a longtime habit of Mom’s. All my life, she’s been loose about meal times, frequency, and regularity of eating. As much as I’d like to “fix” this, I also notice that when I tell her, “Mom, you have to stop in the middle of the day and eat,” she often looks at me somewhat desperately and asks, “But Francie, what do I do if I’m not hungry?” I’m tempted to tell her to eat anyway, because, as far as the clock goes, most people would be hungry four hours after breakfast, but I think one of the most important lessons I can teach Mom in this journey we’ve decided to take together is to be mindful about food, to eat more intuitively. The answer, for now, is packing snacks in her purse so that she’s never without something nourishing.

Snack: Small handful raisins (1/4 cup =130)

*Andie note: I tend to think Mom would find this snack more satisfying if she had eaten a few nuts in addition to the raisins for a dose of fat and protein. 12 almonds would have tacked on a mere 80 or so calories, about 3 grams of protein, and 7 grams of heart-healthy fat. Without the nuts, the heavy hit of natural sugar in the raisins can cause a whopper of a blood sugar spike and a subsequent crash, leading to perhaps more cravings for sugar. Then again, what I said above about wanting Mom to develop an intuition about food and what she wants to eat holds true. If raisins were all she wanted, maybe raisins were all she needed.

Dinner: 6 ounce burger made with 85% lean ground beef (300) + 1 ounce American cheese (100) + 1 hot dog (180) = 580

Total: 970

*Andie note: Today’s total caloric intake was far too low. Far, far too low.

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Friday

Breakfast: 3/4 cup dry oatmeal made with 1 1/2 cups water (225) + ¼ cup raisins (130) = 355

*Andie note: As I was walking out of the grocery store on Friday morning, I saw that I’d gotten two text messages from my stepdad, PJ. The first read, “Can Mom have a Belgian waffle?” The second, sent ten minutes later, read, “Nevermind, she went with oatmeal instead.”
Part of me–the oatmeal fanatic part–smiled with pride, while the other–the part that makes sure syrup sinks into each square of her waffle, felt heavy-hearted knowing the struggle between craving decadence and aiming for healthfulness. I thought of Mom mushing her way through a bowl of oatmeal at a restaurant while all of her other dining companions were enjoying pancake stacks and jellied toast points, and I remembered all too well that feeling. I was reminded that this meal, the one where oatmeal sat in front of Mom where a waffle might historically have been, and I knew that this was just part of the process. And that’s not to say that eating healthy means sacrifice and a constant sensation of longing. It’s not even to say that healthfulness exists as this lonely island where you’re the only option is exactly that which you don’t want; it’s just–sometimes you have to make the hard choices to achieve your greater goals.

No lunch

*Andie note: [sigh]

Snack: 2 cups pineapple (160)

Dinner: 8 ounces fried haddock (~400) + “about 10 French fries” (200) = 600

Total: 1115

*Andie note: Today’s calorie intake, like yesterday’s, is too low.

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Saturday

belgian waffle

Breakfast: Waffle (1/2 cup Aunt Jemima Complete mixed with water = 225) + 2 teaspoons butter (~60) + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (100) = 385

*Andie note: Knowing how much Mom loves waffles and considering her experience Friday morning, I just had to find a way to make one for her. Aunt Jemima was the mix she had in the house already, so I worked with that; otherwise, I would have opted for a whole grain, all-natural version, like Kodiak Cakes.

Out to lunch: Chef salad with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, 1 slice each of turkey, ham, roast beef, and provolone cheese, and fat free Italian dressing (350)

Snack: 12 almonds + 1 ounce raisins (180)

creamy chicken and veggie saute

Dinner: Creamy zucchini, broccoli, tomato, and chicken sauté: 1 cup sliced zucchini (20) + 1 cup broccoli florets (25) + 1 cup grape tomatoes (30) + 3 ounces chicken breast (90) sautéed in 1 tablespoon olive oil (100) with 2 cloves minced garlic (0). To create a creamy sauce, I added 1/3 cup chicken broth (5) to the pan, brought it to a simmer, then added 1 ounce of cream cheese (100) and stirred until it melted, coating the chicken and veggies. I seasoned the whole pan with salt and pepper, then stirred in ¼ cup fresh basil leaves and served it immediately. = 370

Dessert: 1 serving Blueberry Cream Cheese Crumble (this recipe!) = 300

Total: 1585

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Sunday

breakfast

Breakfast: 2 eggs (70) + 1 cup (25) + ½ cup spinach (5) + 1 teaspoon butter (~30) + 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese (20) + ½ cup halved strawberries (25) + 1 cup raspberries (65) = 240

Out to lunch: 8 ounces battered and fried haddock (~400)

*Andie note: Mom and I have talked about this, but in general, my take on this haddock decision was: “I applaud that you did your best given the restaurant (she did), but let’s try to limit fried food to once a week, if that. Since you had it on Friday, I would have preferred a different choice today.”

Snack: 1 slice cheese (50)

steak tips

Dinner: 3 ounces steak tips (180 for the steak alone + 30 for the Stonewall Kitchen marinade = 210) + ½ grilled sausage (120) + 1 ½ cups mixed salad (10) with 2 tablespoons Ken’s Steak House Light Caesar Dressing (80) = 420

cake

 

Dessert: 1 normal slice birthday cake (350)

*Andie note: 1. It was my cousin’s birthday party. 2. The cake was from White’s, our happy place.

Total: 1460

 

Week 3 Weigh-In:

Starting Weight: 210

Week 1 Weight: 201.4 (down 8.6)

Week 2 Weight: 199.4 (down 2.0)

Week 3 Weight: 199 (down 0.4)

Total Pounds Lost: 11

 

Mom’s thoughts on progress so far:

“Hi to all my friends at Can You Stay for Dinner!

I’m heading into my fourth week on a diet and no, I haven’t started walking yet!  Truth of the matter is, it has been so hot here that I can hardly stay outside for more than 15 minutes without feeling like I’m going to keel over.

I am 57-years-old and have not been able to tolerate the heat for the past two summers.  The diet seems to be getting easier to follow this past week.  The beginning was tough and I wanted to eat everything in sight, but now I am starting to realize that this is not just a whim but a new lifestyle and truth be told, I do like the way I feel now compared to the constantly bloated and stuffed feeling I had.  I have been able to see foods that I like and not feel I had to eat them.  There is always food at my work and I just don’t have it.  My husband and I spent the Fourth of July holiday down the Cape with my sister and her family and I survived!  My sister welcomed me into her home and told me that she had all of my favorite treats: a twelve-pack of Coca Cola, pastries, chips, and candy.  I had to tell her about my diet (which was hard because I don’t believe that everyone has to diet just because I should!)  She was very gracious and did not tempt me with any more sweets.  We went out for fish and chips and even though I had half a piece of fried haddock, I did not eat the coleslaw, French fries or onion rings that we also ordered.  I went shopping and saw a big bag of circus peanuts by the cash register (at a time when I was starving) but noooo, I did not buy them.  I also spent three hours at Homegoods alone and didn’t buy my usual Coke and cotton candy when I checked out.  By the way, they sell the whole bucket of cotton candy right at the register.

OK, enough about what I didn’t do, now a confession about what I did do!   We celebrated my niece’s birthday at my house tonight and Andrea went and got her a White’s birthday cake and come Hell or high water I had to had a piece.  You can’t pass up a piece of White’s cake (what if I don’t survive the night and I missed a perfect opportunity, damn!) After having one piece, it was almost impossible to not want another one.

That will do it for indulging for me and it’s back to business as usual.  Gratefully I am eating well and loving the variety.  I even had a waffle yesterday with a small bit of syrup.  I had a dinner last night that was made with cream cheese, sautéed vegetables and chicken and it was delicious.  I am thankful for all your support and kind words and most of all for being there for me.  For anyone following along on this plan, we can do it and will do it!

-Maryellen

P.S.  Thank you, my little Francie, for sticking it out with me. I love you so much!!!!!!!!!”

 

*Andie note: I love you more, and I’m so proud of you :) [love fest love fest love fest]

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemary July 8, 2013 at 5:36 am

What a wonderful loving relationship between mum and daughter. Maryellen, I wish you heaps of success in your weightloss journey. God bless the both of you.

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Hannah July 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

Your progress is great – 5% weight loss in 3 weeks. One thing that I think is particularly great about this week is that you travel, we’re away from home, and continue to move toward your goal. Keep up the good work this week!

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kristen | verbs and vignettes July 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

hi andie + maryellen! i wanted to say thanks for sharing this diet journey on the blog. it’s really refreshing to see a meal plan that works for the person, instead of one that’s 100% whole foods/ideal choices and looks completely unattainable to me. you guys also give me hope that if you want to change enough, you will. i can’t imagine getting to this point with my own mama, but in the meantime, i love the weekly updates here. :) awesome job so far!!!

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Rhonda July 8, 2013 at 8:33 am

Congratulations to MaryEllen! I am inspired by you and your daughter. I have been reading the blog for some time now, and I hope to use your meal plans and recipes to lose weight too. Keep them coming. Best of luck.

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Gayla July 8, 2013 at 9:37 am

When I started reading your blog…I didn’t know that the both of you would plant a seed for me to start changing my way of eating. I’m 63 and really dislike the heat…I live in Phoenix. I can’t change that…so my exercise is in a small pool where I walk and walk. I’m doing about 5000 steps a day. The weight loss is small…but the inches are getting less. People tell me how good I look and ask how much weight I’ve lost. Something is working. Congratulations to Maryellen and I will be there with both of you for as long as you are there. Thank you!

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Sally July 8, 2013 at 9:41 am

Go MaryEllen! You’re showing such discipline and strength. Keep it up!! :) Great post, as always, Andie. Everything looks delish!

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Maria July 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

Maryellen – I don’t know you, but I’m so proud of you! Reading these posts each week has been refreshing and inspiring. Cheers to you and Andie for making a change in a way that’s healthy, sustainable and delicious. :)

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Sophie July 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

just wanted to tell you how much i enjoy your blog. your recipes are wonderful and your writing sucks me in completely! i’ve been going through a lot of your posts, even reading recipes that include meat (while i’m a vegetarian), just because i enjoy your writing so much. i have a question for you: is there a way to read your blog ‘from the beginning’? i’m confused by your archive search box – it only seems to show one entry per month, which i suspect is not correct. i would love to read through everything! (creepy? sorry!!)
i love this new series, and i wish your mum lots of success. her attitude and positive outlook are inspiring :)
xx sophie

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Jully July 8, 2013 at 11:01 pm

HI Sophie- When you are in the archives click on the post that comes up. Once you are in the post, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, you have the option to either click on the next post or previous post. Hope that helps!

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Sophie July 9, 2013 at 2:43 am

hi jully, that does help, thank you!!

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Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hey Sophie and Jully!

This is an issue I hope to get sorted out–it’s terribly wonky and I get that it’s hard to go back and look at archives. Working on it :)

Andie

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Mary July 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

I love following along, as I’m on a diet too, with my daughter! Finding some motivation and inspiration for dinners! I have to try some of your recipes Andie! Good luck mom, love this blog.

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven July 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Go, girls, go! So proud of you both for keeping with it. And that creamy veggie and chicken saute looks amazing!!

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Stephanie Hanson July 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Keep up the good work – you are doing so awesome! I know it is often hard to overcome temptations, but you are doing an amazing job and I commend you for allowing yourself to indulge a bit while on vacation!

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Amelia July 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I love following your mom on this journey! She has a great attitude about it all and is seeing considerable progress in a healthy time frame.
It’s so refreshing to see actual, fresh and realistic meal plans. I had gained more weight than I feel comfortable with this past year at school. I’m cleaning up my eating and I love the variety you have here. Tons of inspiration!

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Shannon July 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Andie!
I love, love, love this new series you’re doing! I have been following you for a while now, and I have a diet-unrelated question: why does your mom call you Francie? :)

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Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hey Shannon!

You know, I don’t really have the answer to this one. Mom? Why?

If she doesn’t answer now, I’ll have her update us in the post this upcoming Monday.

Mom, in general, is the type that makes up a nickname for EVERYONE (a first and middle name is standard, and odd ones, I should mention). And since I was a kitten, she’s been calling me Francie. But then, she also calls me Skippy and Puddin’ Chops, too, so…Francie wasn’t the one I questioned.

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Janet Vaught July 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

Thanks for asking this as that is what I was going to ask as well. Please let us know Puddin’ Chops!

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Shelley B July 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Your mom mentioned that it was too hot to walk outside and I agree–has she thought about doing an exercise dvd, particularly a strength one? 30 Day Shred or something similar will help her build strength and add muscle tone. Or she could try an indoor group exercise class, like Zumba ( I LOVE Zumba and so do a lot of people who try it).

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Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Hi Shelley,

I’ll ask her about trying a video!

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Allison July 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

You are both doing so well! I wish I had someone to make up meal plans and cook meals for me! haha I love how you are both working together to do this! So amazing! Keep up the good work!

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Sonal July 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Well done to your mum Andie!! :) The meals do sound delicious and healthy! I cannot wait to get the pistachio salad and blueberry crumble recipes! :)

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Susan July 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

You are doing it!! You are making healthy choices on your own and sticking to your guns! I am proud of you and Andie for doing this!!!

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Dayna @kaleidoscopebrain July 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

We can do it! Keep up the good work! I believe in us! ;)

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Megan July 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I’m so proud of your mom for sticking with this! And thank you both for posting her meals (with the pictures–omigosh, they look good) because I love how they’re a great reminder of how much variety there is, even when you’re keep track of calories.

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Leanne July 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Andie: Do you have an idea for a healthy swap for avocado? Something with similar calories and fat? Thanks!

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Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hey Leanne,

Hmm…I’m blanking on a good healthy fat swap, unfortunately! If I think of one, I’ll update you!

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Robyn July 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

This is so touching to me… what a great Mom and daughter story! I really want to lose 15 lbs and am recommitting myself to doing it. This blog gives lots of good ideas for different foods. Question… do you try to eat your biggest meal at breakfast? I always hear that it’s smart to do that but it’s very hard.

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Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Hi Robyn,

I don’t personally believe in the idea that breakfast should be the biggest meal, but I understand that lots of folks find that to work for them in terms of satiety. For me, dinner is the highlight of my day–preparing a nice, big meal to be eaten with family. So, I like to keep breakfast and lunch moderate and dinner as the largest. It’s just how I’ve always done it, and, from what I’ve read and discovered while traveling, it’s how a lot of Europeans eat as well. Not to say that it’s the best or that it’s ideal, just that it’s my preference and it seems to be fairly popular in other countries I’ve visited as well (Italy, France, Spain).
Andie

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Sally July 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I’m really getting some good inspiration from the meals you are making your mom. I found myself loading up on fresh produce and lean meats today at the grocery store and then found myself craving tuna over a bed of lettuce with a side of apple salad rather than a tuna sandwich and chips today for lunch. So thank you! The meals are so PRETTY! Tonight I’m having the meatballs over veggie slaw. :)

Do you still have a book and/or cookbook coming out? When may we expect them?

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Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi Sally,

I do have books coming out! The first one, a weight loss memoir, will be out in late 2014/early 2015, and the second, a cookbook, will be out about a year later.

Andie

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Anne Weber-Falk July 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

I can hardly wait!

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Sally July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I can’t wait for your book and cookbook!! I know they will be top notch. Put me on the preorder list. :-)

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Samantha Jones July 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Your mom’s sentence: “You can’t pass up a piece of White’s cake (what if I don’t survive the night and I missed a perfect opportunity, damn!) After having one piece, it was almost impossible to not want another one,” is the perfect example of when it’s an indulgence is worth it!

As someone who has also had her own weight loss journey and struggled with learning this, I can’t tell you how grateful I am she’s already been able to recognize this!

Good luck Andie’s Mommy! I’m rooting for you :)

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Hootie July 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Hey re:Philadelphia….the other week your mom had Ezekiel bread and a boiled egg and I wanted to tell you then to put some cream cheese on that bread and throw the sliced boiled egg on top w S&P!!! Got that from my German friend not sure where she got it you will not BELIEVE the taste of the egg, cream cheese, & bread! Amaze balls! And I so love that you and your mom are sharing this with us as I am trying to eat more naturally and your ideas are helping me make positive changes. Love!

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AJ July 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Oh man, your mom is just adorable. I’m loving this series for many reasons, including the fact that it’s giving me lots of lunch & dinner inspiration!

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Michelle and Girls July 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Congratulations May May!! We’re so happy you celebrated Caroline’s birthday with us, so thank you for that, but more importantly keep up the great work! The dishes Andie is cooking for you look absolutely beautiful!

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annelies July 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

You’re doing great Maryellen! Keep it up!! Hugs from San Francisco.

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Laura Brooke Allen July 9, 2013 at 4:00 am

My eyes welled up with tears at that part about the oatmeal at the restaurant. So proud of you!

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Danielle @ D.Sells Seashells July 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

You can tell by reading these posts about your mom’s diet that you two have a relationships based on love, trust and friendship. I wish I had that with my mom! Big thanks to your mom for letting us follow along with her on this journey, and a big thanks to you for taking the time to keep us in the loop, share your comments, and show us such beautiful photos of your mom’s meals :)

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Sirilla July 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Go your mom! I’m impressed by the both of you. It takes courage to say “I will change” and actually do it. And so systematically she does it, with the help from you!
In my eyes, this is the way a new lifestyle should be introduced. With real food and some thought behind it (not just recklessly aiming at a lower number on the scale).
I can’t fathom that people would want to live on shakes or powder for three months just to lose pounds they eventually will gain, because no one ever lived a life just on shakes. They might survive, but what life is a life where you don’t eat ovenbaked sweet potates, strawberries with honey, a good burger now and then and all the other wonderful things there are to savour on out there?
I’m looking forward to reading the progress
And I must say Andie, I really like your blog!

the best
xx

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Becky July 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

Oh, how I wish you and your mom would do videos!!

You’re doing so wonderfully, both of you! Amazing how fast time goes by. I need to start following along, or else in 6 months, Mary Ellen will be all slim and trim and I’ll be saying, “I should have started when she did!”

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Anna July 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

Maryellen you are doing great! You have so much will power and are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing your journey with us! And thank you Andie for being there to help her along the way. I love all the yummy recipes and pictures you post! Keep up the good work ladies!!

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Hailey July 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

GO MARYELLEN!
This is so awesome and I love to read about the journey. I live in Virginia Beach and have been following Andie’s blog for more than a year-and-a-half now. Her recipes have definitely helped me eat healthy and low-cal while still having something super tasty. The tuna lemon burgers are one of my favorites and keep you full forever. A must try :)

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Jessie July 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I came by for the recipes and just planned come back sporadically; however, I believe this will be the third blog I keep around. Not only am I impressed with the number of recipes to inspire me, I am truly touched with how kind and thoughtful you are and the sweet, loving relationship between you and your Mom. Keep doing everything you do and I’ll be sticking around to cheer on Maryellen and cook some good food!!

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Cindy July 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I live on Cape Cod and I can attest, it has been WAY too hot to do anything around here (and I run triathlons, Andie’s mom, so… your reason for not walking is solid with me).

I kind of came in on this late but have been having such a good time reading about your progress. Love this. The two of you are darling.

And, really, there would have been no way I could have avoided attacking that White’s cake when no one was looking, or even when everyone was looking. Good job.

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Colleen Smith July 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I am almost 61 years old and I went to the doctor’s office on Thursday and was shocked to see that I too weighed 210. I am only 5’1″! I knew my weight was up but I didn’t think I had gained more than 10 lbs since my scale died. Anyway, he wants me to lose 1 lb a week by cutting 500 calories a day, just like you told your Mom. I don’t have a daughter and I am a little jealous of your Mom having not just a daughter but one who cooks like you do. Anyway, I am following you on bloglovin and I didn’t realize that your meals were around 400 calories. That’s great. I am sure I will be cooking some of your recipes on my weight loss journey. My parents both died of heart attacks when they were only 5 & 7 years older than I am now. I had to get serious. I want to see my grandchildren grow up!!

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Anne Weber-Falk July 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

You make me smile, both of you! You are doing well and I’m happy for you that you are feeling so much better physically and mentally. Bravo to you. I have been trying the South Beach Diet for the past month or so and it’s okay but rather restrictive. Andie, I like what you are doing. So now I will join you. Thank you for all you are doing for your mother and now for me. Thank you Maryellen. Your determination has inspired me to do the same.

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Janet Vaught July 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

It has to feel good to break that 200lb barrier! Great job Maryellen!

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Briana Azar September 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Andie

LOVE this blog! your story is incredible! the way you write, heartfelt. your honesty…admirable.

but i have a question!!! you have definitely motivated me to start eating healthier and to eat oatmeal make my own salads and have cheese nuts and fruit for snacks but I have to ask
for the fruit
do you weigh it out
as in 8 oz of grapes or melon on a food scale
or 1 cup as in using measuring cups to calcalute portion and calories?
Please let me know as I am on my own weight loss journey and would love your feedback.

all of the lord’s blessings to you and your family!
keep blogging, your changing lives with your words
your telling us all in the most unobvious way, you are not alone
and that you get us. and we get you.
and that really is the point of this journey we call life now isn’t it. :)

-b

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Shelley November 7, 2013 at 5:24 am

You are an amazing person, i love the plan for your mom and am going to try and follow this as best I can, I am wondering do you have a weekly or bi-weekly grocery shopping list that can help.
Thanks and keep on doing what you do. Hoping for more recipes here or on Pinterest

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