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Easy A(ssignment) w/ Update

Ok, this has nothing to do with my one of my daughter’s favorite movies with Emma Stone. It has everything to do with my HMR assignment for this week. I “like” (click FB link here) this kind of assignment. We are to create, consume, enjoy a hot drink made with an HMR meal replacement shake mix. I looked at several delicious recipes to accomplish this assignment but like most things I put a BarryDean slant on it. I call it the Hot Mint Cocoa. The ingredients are pictured in the attached photo.

Hot Mint Cocoa

8 oz. water

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 heaping scoop of HMR vanilla shake mix

2 shots of Peppermint Paddy SF DaVinci syrup

I nuked the water in a mug for 1 minute and then poured it into the blender. I then added the shake mix, the cocoa, and the syrup. I then blended all this in the blender for about 10 seconds, poured the mixture back into the mug and enjoyed.

Notes: I heated the water first because the shake ingredients seem to have an easier time of blending together. I also use the vanilla shake mix instead of the chocolate and add unsweetened cocoa for that chocolaty taste because the vanilla seems to have a sweeter taste to me.

Update:

Last night for class I weighed in for a loss of 3.4 lbs. for the week. That is a total weight loss of 12.2 lbs in three weeks. The weight loss is great, but the increased energy, attitude, and better sleep ranks much higher in my achievement stack. I am able to walk over 2 miles at a rate of about 3.2 mph, I am doing 30 minutes without stopping on the elliptical trainer, and working out with weights for about 45 minutes every other day. Can I just say “I wish I had started this earlier.” ? But I believe in a sovereign God, and He is giving me the strength to do this now.

Soli Deo Gloria!!

 

Excited over syrup

Today our shipment of DaVinci Sugar Free Syrups arrived. I have been looking forward to this shipment in order to put some more variety into my HMR shakes and cereal. The whole family is looking for some variety in their coffee drinks. In the provided picture you will see the syrups we ordered. If you cannot read the label (you can click on it to enlarge it); from L to R – Coconut, Egg Nog, Pumpkin Pie, Orange, Butter Rum, Peppermint Paddy, and Peanut Butter. We also ordered a couple bottles of the SF sweetener syrup.

First up – Chocolate HMR shake with Peanut Butter syrup. Delicious!

Soli, Deo, Gloria!!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2011 in DaVinci Sugar Free Syrup, HMR

 

Seasons are for Change

This morning as I walked out to the mailbox to return a Netflix DVD, I noticed something. Maybe I’m not the most observant person in the world, but I noticed that fall had come, basically over-night. Our yard was beginning to get that ever consistent colorful covering, you know, leaves. UGH!! It looks like some raking will be in order this weekend. (BTW, the movie was called “Red”. See it. I recommend it.)

Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. The days are not as hot and the nights are cooler. The leaves on the trees begin to change color and the air has the distinct smell of wood being burned in fireplaces. Aside from the spring season, fall is replete with signs of change and change about to come. It reminds me of our God and creator and how he set the earth in its rotation. As this blue rock rotates around the sun it also tilts on its axis causing the changes in the seasons. Depending where you live on this beautiful blue rock, throughout the year you are getting nearer the sun or further away. I know, Earth Science 101.

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in change, Fall, Galatians 6, God, HMR, seasons

 

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Strong Start

Strong start is a term I am now associating with the HMR WM program I am in. It refers to additional consumption of the foods I am allowed to eat or additional physical activity. I can also associate the term with the amount of weight I’ve lost in my first week.

During my weigh-in for HMR class last night the scales showed that I have lost 8.7 lbs of me so far, and the first week wasn’t even a full week. The weeks in our class go from Tuesday to Monday. I am looking forward to see what God has in store for me in this week. We have two assignments: One is to double up on a shake during our first day of this week (today), this refers to “strong start”. The other assignment is to add some physical activity in one of your days that burns 50 more calories than your best day last week. Lord willing I can accomplish this. My best physical activity day last week was 475 calories.

Soli, Deo, Gloria!!

 

Pumpkin Pie Shake

Tomorrow is October 1st and fall is beginning to crest in Nebraska. The days are warm, the evenings are cool, and football games are saturating the airwaves. These are my favorite days of the year.

Today I found an appropriate HMR shake drink to match the season. It is called a Pumpkin Pie Shake. It is delicious and I am enjoying one as I write this. Below is the recipe.

In a blender combine:

8oz water

1 scoop of HMR Vanilla 120 shake powder

1/8 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

4-6 ice cubes

Blend, and pour into your favorite glass.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Fall, food, HMR, Nebraska, shakes

 

Day One

Last night I attended my first instruction/accountability class for the Alegent Health Weight Management program, and picked up my first order of food. I began my first day of the program today with a breakfast of HMR Hot Cereal and a serving of strawberries. I have also had an apple for my mid-morning snack, and an HMR Mexican Enchilada entree with a serving of black beans for lunch. My mid-afternoon snack will be a chocolate HMR shake with a serving a raspberries. My dinner plan is to have the Beef Stroganoff with Noodles entree with green beans, and a shake for dessert. My late snack will be a Vanilla HMR shake with a serving of raspberries.

So far for my daily activity I have gone outside on this beautiful Midwest day and walked for 20 minutes. I also plan to do some form of weight lifting for about 20 minutes later.

My diet will consist of at least 3 shakes, 2 entrees, and 5 servings of fruit or veggies. That is the least I can have from the program appropriate foods. I can have as many fruits and veggies as I can stand. The HMR philosophy is “more is better”.

As promised, I have provided a before picture. Since I have gained so much weight I have shied away from having my picture taken let alone post it in a public place. I am hoping this will be a motivational factor. The Lord willing, I hope to have have thinner pictures to follow. All for the glory of God.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Update: I forgot to include the ugly starting point facts. 

Waist size – 44

Poundage – 294

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Alegent Health Weight Management, diet, exercise, HMR

 

Rebuilding the temple

Scripture teaches that “our bodies are members of Christ”, and “our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit within us”(1 Corinthians 6:15,19 ESV), and we are to be good stewards of them. I know the referenced verses speak more to sexual sins with the body but I also believe Paul was writing about the general subject of our bodies. Over the past several years I have neglected my temple. By busying myself with my career in software development and learning other development platforms I have created quite a sedentary life for myself. I used to be a stickler for exercise. Running at least 3 miles every other day and weight training on the other days. This used to be my regimen. Good habits are too easily broken.

So with the Lord willing, great encouragement from my bride, other family members, and friends, I am embarking on an adventure to lighten my load so to speak. Wednesday, Setptember 28th I will begin an organized regimen of diet and exercise supported by Alegent Health Weight Management in conjunction with the HMR program. My goal is to lose approximately 20% body fat and at least 85 lbs.

our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit within us (ESV)

I plan to use my blog as a means to chart myself and keep anyone who is interested up to date on my progress. Stay tuned: An awful “before” picture to be posted next week. Please keep me in your prayers and feel free to comment and hold me accountable.

Soli Deo Gloria