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Dreading the numbers ...

April 19th, 2015 at 06:32 am


And not the numbers you think!

Calories. I'm in the middle of trying to cook for someone who needs to gain weight (daughter has 6 weeks before a nurse check to see that she has gained 2.5 pounds) and who needs to lose weight (husband just had physical and his doctor told him at the rate he is gaining, he will 300 pounds in 5 years - he is a stress eater and clearly has lived a stressed life lately).

Scored some deals this week: Nutella for daughter was only $6.xx at Sam's. She also eats the full-fat mac and cheese from Trader Joes which is $2.98/serving but yields 600+ calories. Jewel has vegetables (frozen in bags) for $.88. So I'll be back to stock up on those for husband.

The rest of us are sort of blobbing along with our regular menu. And we're now back to running in 18 different directions most nights, so the crockpot needs to kicking into high gear.

Breakfast: I am doing better with having muffins vs. Poptarts. We also froze some waffles left over from a dinner. We still go through tons of yogurt and fiber bars. I should try to find a recipe for the fiber bars online and make myself, but time is really short here. (Insert excuse: School is way harder this time around).

Ok, off to catch up on the bogs. Have a wonderful and restful day!

11 Responses to “Dreading the numbers ...”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7001/cinnamon-berry-granola-bars

    http://minimalistbaker.com/healthy-5-ingredient-granola-bars/

  2. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Thanks!! I like that second link (I consider myself a minimalist baker since I'm usually missing at least one key spice!!)

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Ha! I'm usually missing a spice, too!

  4. scottish girl Says:

    What does your daughter have for breakfast? I'm still trying to gain weight and struggling for ideas - or at least putting them into practice, especially when I'm at work. I might just need to buy in some supplement drinks.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Mmm... Nutella ....

    Unfortunately I'm more along the lines of your DH than your DD, so no Nutella for me ...

  6. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Breakfast is usually 2 piece of toast with about 3 teaspoons of Nutella (that's 300 calories), and some fruit or yogurt (we switched her to regular instead of lowfat, to that is about 150 vs 90 calories), and she likes chocolate milk. She doesn't eat junk food (but we are trying to get her to eat things like peanut-butter filled pretzels and chocolate covered raisins). Its a slow battle.

  7. scottish girl Says:

    Thanks! Smile

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    It's fascinating to me, needing to gain weight, since I feel like I and everyone I know would like to lose a few pounds. I've never had to think about it.

    Here's a good link:
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/underweight/faq-20058429

  9. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    @ ceejay, my daughter has always been in the 5-15% for weight and 85-90% for weight since birth. She was sick and lost about three pounds. She is now 5'7.5" and 97.5 pounds. She gets her period and has a good appetite for healthy food. She dances about four hours a week. She looks much healthier than she did at 5'5" and 92 pounds. She's modeling and apparently she has "the look" - whatever that is.

    The whole thing is so foreign to me, being finally happy at 5'4" and 125-130 lb range.

    Thanks for the link. I am off to check it out now. Smile

  10. scottish girl Says:

    Good link CJ Smile

  11. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Thanks for the link. Those are all practical positive things that can be done. I've already switched her drink at lunch from water to Arnold palmer's 1/2 tea and 1/2 lemonade and I send her to dance with Gatorade. She also is embarrassed by this but she goes and has a snack during her study hall which is halfway between start of school and lunch time. I sent the link to her via email. Smile

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