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Click Here To Share Your Success Story / Over 80 Pounds Lost!
« on: August 16, 2012, 10:37:40 AM »
Well I finally caught up with Scott who lost 80 pounds in 52 weeks and made his goal last August.

It's taken me a bit over 2 years to lose the same amount. But the journey has been so worth it.
My health is so much better, I can hardly believe how great I feel! :) :) :)

Turtles Rule!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D

Hi Gang! :)

I'm a happy camper today!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

This morning, the scale reported that I've lost just over 75 pounds so far!
I've spent months in a virtual standstill. But lately, the scale has begun to move again.

I've been building new muscle mass due to the amount of activity (work) around our property.
And since muscle is heavier than FAT, pounds won't disappear as fast.
But the FAT itself, has been going away!

As you may know, I don't place a lot of importance on what the scale says.
Being (and staying) healthier is FAR more important!
However, it is nice when that little number moves downward.

So for all you fellow "turtles" out there... Keep the faith!
If you stick to the FTS rules, sooner or later, the fat AND pounds will disappear. 8)


Hi Gang! :)

Despite faithfully following the FTS rules, you're not losing!... What's going on?!? :o >:( :o
So what stands between you and weight loss? The answer... Your mind!!!

I was starting to really ask myself "why" a lot the last couple of months too.
I really know what it's like to have some doubts.
Then suddenly this week, out of nowhere... I dropped 3.6 more pounds!!!

Yesterday, I was watching the 700 Club while eating breakfast, and listened to Drew Manning's story of going from fit, to FAT, to fit again.

I thought, "Why would ANYONE, let alone a personal trainer who's physically fit, purposely gain 75 pounds?".
In his journey back and forth, he describes feelings and experiences that many of our FTS family members describe... including myself!

So the next time you stall or you don't think you're losing as fast as you should and are feeling discouraged,
remember Drew's story.

The process of losing weight is a PROCESS.
It's not like opening a "lid" on our bodies and pouring out unwanted FAT at some desired rate!
If you follow the FTS rules, and not forget it's a LIFESTYLE, weight loss WILL occur!... The science is rock solid!

ABC did a story on Drew as well;
Fit2Fat2Fit : The Journey of Drew Manning

Beverage Recipes / Zero Carb Cappuccino!
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:59:38 PM »
We're coffee lovers in this house and enjoy hot/cold cappuccinos from time to time.
Here's a recipe we like for cappuccino...


1 Cup Strong Coffee
4-6 Drops FTS ZERO
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 TBSP Heavy Cream


When making "strong coffee",  use 1-1/2 to 2+ times the normal amount of coffee per pot.
Brew coffee as usual.
Decaffeinated coffee also works if you want to avoid caffeine.

Add Vanilla Extract and ZERO to a coffee mug.
Add Coffee and stir until well mixed.

Some options...

Top with whipped cream & ground fresh cinnamon.

You can also add some unsweetened baker's cocoa to the mug.
Just add a little more ZERO to offset the cocoa's bitterness.

Add (or substitute) mint extract. Mint is so good in this recipe! :)

DaVinci sugar free syrups are also wonderful.
Just add less (or no) ZERO since they are already sweet.

This recipe can be made cold by mixing the cappuccino in a blender with crushed ice!

Be bold and experiment!
You'd be amazed at the wonderful cappuccinos you can create!

Enjoy! ;D ;D ;D

Hi Gang! :)

Here's a coleslaw version that I made last night when I was rushed to make dinner.
My wife and I were surprised at how good it was for being so easy!
Goes GREAT with BBQ steak!!! ;D ;D ;D

Makes 4 servings (1.75 net grams per 1/2 cup serving).

2 Cups Shredded Cabbage (6 carb)
2 TBSP Real Whole Mayonnaise (0 carb)
2 TBSP Sugar Free Raspberry Vinaigrette (1 carb)

Place cabbage in bowl large enough to toss cabbage.
Add mayo and vinaigrette.
Toss until cabbage is thoroughly coated.
Serve! :)

Product Reviews / Kroger CARBmaster White Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt
« on: March 09, 2012, 02:26:22 PM »
Hi Folks! :)

Earlier this week, I was shopping at my local Fred Meyer (Kroger) store and spotted this new yogurt flavor.

I was a bit skeptical about how it would taste.
But let me tell ya... It's WONDERFUL!!!
Tastes much like raspberries dipped in white chocolate... SO YUMMY!!! ;D ;D ;D

If you have a Kroger (or affiliated) store near you and like these flavors, try this yogurt out!
Only 4 net carbs per container! :) :) :)

Hi, Gang! :)

Some of you may have already heard about this, but I thought it was worthwhile to share with everyone.
It's a good thing we limit our sugar and eat high protein and fat (within reason of course!). ;)

WARNING!!!... Please share this with your doctor BEFORE changing anything about the meds you may be taking!

Events, Announce Events Here / HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UMPA!!!
« on: December 13, 2011, 11:22:52 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Happy Birthday, Umpa!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

You are such a blessing to us!
Here's to wishing you many happy returns!

God Bless!

Dinner Recipes / Raspberry-Glazed Pork Chops
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:15:44 AM »
Hi Gang! :)

Here's a recipe I just stumbled upon as I've been going through my deceased sister's recipe collection.
I made this last night and my wife and I thought it was wonderful.

The entire recipe has about 3 net carb grams from the vinegar.


4 Pork Chops about 3/4" thick (I used boneless loin chops)
1 TBSP Butter
1/4 Cup SF Raspberry Jam (I used 50-50 brand)
2 TBSP Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP Balsamic (or Raspberry) Vinegar
1/4 TSP Ground Thyme
1/4 TSP Orange Extract
Season Salt


Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chops to skillet and lightly sprinkle on some season salt (I used Lowry's brand).
Cook chops for 8 minutes per side (turning once).
Make glaze by combining all remaining ingredients into a small pan and simmer for about 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly.
Spoon glaze over chops and serve immediately.

We accompanied the dish with Cauliflower in Cheese Sauce and a velvety Merlot... It was a heavenly experience!

Bon Apetit! ;D

Dinner Recipes / Broiled Parmesan White Flesh Fish
« on: November 13, 2011, 01:28:47 PM »
Hi gang! :)

I found this recipe yesterday at the bottom of a kitchen drawer and decided to make it last night using Talipia.
It was wonderful! ;D ;D ;D

Hey, Doug and Umpa... If you have any bass fillets still hanging around, this would be a fabulous way to prepare them.
If you do, please let me know what you think.

Broiled Parmesan White Flesh Fish

Makes four (4) servings.
Entire recipe has just under 4 net carbs.


2 lbs any White Fish Fillets
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup Salted Butter
4 tbsp Mayonnaise
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Basil (fresh ground is best!)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
1/8 tsp Ground Celery Seed
Seasoning Salt


1. Start oven broiler and allow it to reach broil temperature (gas ovens are instant).

2. Line a shallow pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave oven.

4. After butter melts, add Parmesan cheese, mayo, lemon juice, and other seasonings to melted butter and blend well.

5. Arrange the fillets in a single layer on the foiled pan.

6. Season fish with a little seasoning salt of your choice.

7. Broil a few inches from the heat for about 2-4 minutes (depending on fillet thickness).

8. Turn the fish over, and broil a couple minutes more.

9. Remove from oven and cover the fillets with the Parmesan mixture.

10. Return to oven and broil for about 2 minutes more or until the topping is golden brown and the fish flakes easily.

Bon Appetit! ;D

General Discussion / Sedona
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:27:17 PM »
Hi Gang! :)

My wife and took some pictures while on vacation in Sedona Arizona.
At Umpa's request, I've attached a few below.

General Discussion / Out of town Until Next Week...
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:08:34 AM »
Hi Gang! :)

After today, I'll be scarce around here for a while...
My wife and I will be starting our vacation tomorrow and returning the first part of next week.

We're headed for Arizona!
We'll be spending about 4 days in Sedona, 2 days in Scottsdale, and 1 day checking out Tombstone and the famous OK Corral.

My wife has been under a lot of stress at work the last few months.
I hope this trip gives her the R & R she so desperately needs.


1/4 cup Dehydrated Onion Flakes
1/3 cup Beef Bouillon Powder (without MSG)
4 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp crushed Celery Seed
1/4 tsp Xylitol or Erythritol

Crush the onion flakes in a baggie (leaving some larger bits) with celery seed using a meat tenderizing hammer.
Combine with all other ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Entire recipe makes about 1.25 cups of mix with 25 Net Carbs (@ 1.25 per TBSP)
About 5 tablespoons of mix (at @ 7.5 net carbs) are equal to a 1.25 ounce package of Lipton Onion Soup mix (at 17 net carbs).

To make onion dip:
Mix 5 tablespoons with one pint of sour cream. Makes 4 servings.
Carb count of dip depends on sour cream used.

This morning, I past the half way mark to my goal weight.

I'm in my 40th week living the FTS way.

A this rate, I should be at my goal by Spring of 2012.
That would mean a year and a half to get there.
But what a pleasure it has been. I've haven't felt so good in many years!

God Bless You Doug and FTS!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

If you don't already have one, I'd suggest a Taylor 7506 Precision Tech Lithium-Battery Electronic Glass-Chrome Scale.
They are currently $27.00 (including shipping) at

I took mine to my doc's office and weighed myself on it and on his digital medical scale.
They both had identical readings to 2/10ths of a pound.

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