I heart My Fitness Pal

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Apologies for the lame post title, but I thought it fit with the lameness of the name of my new favorite app: My Fitness Pal. Why Mike and Albert Lee, the brothers-developers who created this wildly handy app, thought the word ‘pal’ was a good idea I’ll probably never know. But in the end I don’t care – because this app is awesome.

Though I will admit to the need of dropping a few post-holiday pounds, I was not in the market for an exercise or food tracking tool. I like love technology, sure, but the thought of tapping into my iPhone every single morsel of food that passed my lips sounded…let’s just say less than fun.

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Grilled Char and Arugula Salad

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Freshly back from vacation, where my lo-co diet sadly also took a vacation, I was determined to make better food choices.  So after I unpacked and noticed the veritable forest of arugula growing on my deck planter, I searched online for an arugula recipe.

And voila – Cooking Light came through again. Their Arctic Char and Arugula Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette looked intriguing.  And since it was listed in their ‘Eat healthy in 20 minutes…with these superfast, easy main-dish salad recipes,’ I knew I could make this recipe while dealing with mountains of laundry. Woot.

Turns out,

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The 7 Week Itch

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It’s been seven weeks since I began my going lo-co journey, and I’ve hit a wall. The first couple of weeks were a welcome challenge: searching for new recipes and learning about lowering cholesterol was interesting.  But that was sadly short-lived.

Fast forward to week seven and I’m sad to report that my desire to transform to a lo-co lifestyle desire has simply vanished.  Everything about trying to lower cholesterol without meds now feels like a chore, rather than a challenge.  Or punishment, if I’m being honest.

Not surprisingly, both my exercise and meal consumption have taken a turn for the worse. 

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The I HATE Salad dinner

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We all know that salad – without too much dressing, of course – is a healthy lunch or dinner choice.

But here’s the trouble.  I don’t really like salad.  I don’t like making it. I don’t like eating it.  For me, salad is just not very appealing.  And for dinner?  Frankly, I find it a bit sad.

But it is a good Lo-Co option.  And it’s easy to get it quickly on the table.  So at 6pm when – again – I have not planned a Lo-Co dinner, I can make a salad for myself and serve my husband and son something totally different,

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Goin’ Low Cholesterol

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Changing to a low cholesterol lifestyle (read the About Me page for WHY I have to change) feels, well, totally daunting.

I started with good intentions and high hopes.  How hard could it be?

My first step of course was to google ‘low cholesterol.’  (Thank goodness correct spelling doesn’t matter because it is nearly impossible for me to type cholesterol’ correctly.  That ‘e’ always ends up as an ‘o.’)

But the results were disappointing.  All I found were diets that I could buy (and even those looked sketchy), a bunch of medical jargon, and loads of disparate and very basic info about proper diet for lowering cholesterol:  cut out animal fats and start eating oatmeal,

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