New Mothers – 10 Health Tips for Women After Delivery

December 29, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

This video features 10 health tips for new mothers. These recommendations are based on expert clinical guidelines published in UpToDate online version 19.3, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. This video was produced by Nicholas Cohen, MD in 2011.

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THE HART-SERIES: March 8-13, 2008

March 14, 2008 by  
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* STILL Counting .. third time’s a charm~

This is what I have been eating this past week. The pictures from my last go around ended March 7, 2008 which was a Friday, so this starts on Saturday. I do my weigh-ins on Friday Mornings, so I will end on Thursday, March 13, 2008

Saturday March 8, 2008

* I didn’t take pictures, nor did I keep track and count my points. It was this day that I posted my previous post and pushed myself to going out and purchase another notepad and continue with my counting and recording of what I eat. Yup.

Sunday March 9, 2008

Displayed – My dinner – Pita with 100g turkey, mayo, lettuce and honey garlic BBQ sauce, melba toast and Maple Walnut Yogurt “ice” cream for dessert and some Smeckers Chocolate and Caramel syrops.

>> Today 36 points .. over by 4 points
>> Flex points 31 points remain for the week



Monday March 10, 2008

Displayed – My dinner – 2 peppered chicken filets, oven baked, with 3 weight watchers whole wheat toast and honey garlic BBQ dipping sauce! I also had 2 nutri gain bars for snacks afterwards

>> Today 36 points .. over by 4 points
>> Flex points 27 remain for the week


Tuesday March 11, 2008

Displayed – My lunch.. Pita with 100g of Chicken slices, and – My dinner .. I stopped at Sobies for some more #4012 Oranges MmmMMMMmm and ended up buying 6 home?made chocolate chip cookies and pretty much had that and 3 oranges for supper 🙂

>> Total points today 30 points – under by 2 points
>> 27 flex points still remain for the week



Wednesday March 12, 2008

Displayed – My dinner .. Pita with 100g turkey, orange, – also had same Yogurt Ice Cream as above for dessert\\

>> Total Points 33 points .. over by 1 point
>> 26 flex points remain for the week


Thursday March 13, 2008

Displayed – My breakfast – Weight Watcher’s size Whole Wheat toast, with peanut butter and honey. I was out all day and ate at Tim Hortons for lunch, and it was my wife’s birthday today for dinner – but, ate in – no pictures 🙂

>> total points today 39 – over by 7 points
>> 19 Flex points remained available – however, I should note that I didn’t count Saturday and probably went over by in excess of these unused flex points. I discovered dry Puffed Cereal (and it’s cheap!)


THE HART-SERIES: February 8, 2008 to March 7, 2008

March 9, 2008 by  
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February is always one of the busiest times of the year for me – next to April and then June – for my bookkeeping, accounting and income tax business. It’s obvious that I can’t keep up with a simple task of documenting and recording all of my food intake, and counting points trying to lose weight.

The good news is, that during this period, I weighed myself only twice. On the morning of Friday February 22, 2008 I weighed 273.5 lbs and on March 1st, 2008 I was back up to 276.0 lbs. The bad news is that I’m still heading upwards and on Friday March 7, 2008 (yesterday morning) I am back up to 279.0 lbs.

So What Is Wrong With Me?

First of all, (no Joke) but in February I was on a 6 day week. I was eating all over the place. If you scan the dates of the pictures below .. the missing dates were probably the dates that I worked all night or, slept very little that day with power snoozes. In my mind – I was working 24/7 .. well, feeling like I was anyway .. and only eating once a day. For the rest of the day I would have either toast and peanut butter for breakfast, coffee and maybe a few handfuls of Puffed Wheat or maybe a Thinsation snack of something like that. Mentally, each day – I would kind of guestimate in my head if I was over 20 Weight Watcher points and that would pretty much guide me to how much and kind of Supper dinner I would have. And, I would keep the camera on my kitchen table and religiously take the picture of my dinner. There was 2 days from February 8-29th that I ate out – once at Palatal Restaurant again for a Mongolian Stirfry and Feb 28th I pigged out at A&W with probably about 100 points (double Mozza, onion rings, large root beer, PLUS a whistle dog). I didn’t eat that day and was a little sick on the 29th from that excess, but booooooooy that burger and onion rings tasted good!

And – working my butt off – suddenly my deadline passed, and my adrenalin slowed down. I was checking emails more. Catching up on my blogging. Twittering. And eating as much as I did in February. Yet, I have gained weight. Also, I’ve been trying to get back on a 24-hour day (opposed to a 28-hour day) and trying to sleep 6-8 hours a day since the beginning of the month, and you know what? It’s hard. One night I slept 11 hours and woke up at lunchtime, which was my breakfast, and still had a quick lunch and then ate dinner at dinner time.

I’m still Not Giving Up!

I can’t walk away from this 3rd attempt to get back in shape, like I did the past 2 years. Tomorrow is a new day. So I have started a new notebook and I’m keeping it with my camera and starting tomorrow – a new day – I go back on my diet, and counting points. Hopefully the weather will start to let up and I can get some outside exercise .. but, I have been cycling in my basement on the exercise bike. The only thing is – compared to how many hours my wife works out a week … (about 7 hours) My 10 minutes of cycling while drinking coffee in the morning doesn’t cut it. I have to get serious on that aspect too.

So, this is what I have been eating anyway

I’ve discovered Pita pockets, and have enjoyed the convenience of having a quick sandwich .. rather than the time it takes to make a really tasty salad. Other than that, I’m pretty much eating the same ole same ole stuff. One day I will come back and shrink these pictures, but in the meantime .. please wait while the pictures are loading.


THE HART-SERIES: January 25-31, 2008

February 18, 2008 by  
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Days Twenty-four to Thirty, still trying to lose weight (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)

Sorry for delays … I am quite busy at the month-end time, and mid-month (for my offline work) and I accidentally uploaded my pictures to my laptop and deleted the pictures from my camera .. On my laptop, I deleted the pictures again, because I thought they were still in the camera. I assure everybody that I am still following my “diet” (at least counting the points), despite the slow posting in here and lack of pictures

Friday January 25, 2008

Coffee, Dry Puffed Wheat Cereal, oranges, Pasta Salad, Garden Salad with 100g turkey, red peppers, low fat Creamy poppyseed dressing, croutons, bacon bits, sunflower seeds, Flax cereal and Lucky Charms Cereal with 2% milk

– Total 29 points
– 35 Weekly flex points left
– No Picture Available

Saturday January 26, 2008

Coffee, and Tim Horton’s Coffee, Pizza Hut for dinner
>> We had stuffed crust Tuscani Pizza, and I calculated it to be 11 points per 1/12 of a Large Pizza .. I basically wolved down half that pizza (We moved my father-in-law out of his apartment to the Personal Care Home today)

– Total 68 points
– Over by 36 points – it wiped my weekly flex points .. -1 over weekly alotment
– No Picture available

Sunday January 27, 2008

Coffee, the last of HART’s Famous Pasta Salad, and then 73rd Birthday Dinner Party for my dad … we had Sobey’s Homemade Pizza, garlic toast and ice cream cake … Thanks to yesterday’s Pizza Hut for me eating in moderation, sort of!

– Total 46 points
– over by 14 points, now I’m -15 over weekly alotment
– No Picture available

Monday January 28, 2008

Coffee, Weight Watcher toast, Oranges, A&W Double Mozza Burger and Coffee, Thinsation Oreo cookies

– 33 Points today
– Over by 1 point, -16 points over alotment
– No picture available

Tuesday January 29, 2008

Coffee, Weight Watchers Toast with Peanut butter, Chunky Chicken Soup, Melba Toast, Quaker Rice Cake, Toasted Wheat Bagels with Peant Butter, Salad with red peppers, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon bits, croutons and Caesor lo-cal dressing

-26 points today
– under daily limit, but still -16 over weekly alotment
– picture of my lunch


Wednesday January 30, 2008

Coffee, whole wheat homemade pancakes, oranges, dry cereal, toast with peanut butter – that’s it.

– Total 24 points
– under daily limit, but still -16 over weekly alotment
– No Picture available

Thursday January 31, 2008

Coffee, weight watchers toast, oranges, Chunky Chicken Soup, Melba Toast, 2 pita pocket sandwiches with 100g turkey breast with lite mayonaisse

– Total 29 points
– under daily limit, but still -16 over weekly alotment
– No picture available

THE HART-SERIES: January 20, 2008

January 24, 2008 by  
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Day Nineteen trying to lose weight (Sunday)

Coffee – 1 point
4 Weight Watchers Toast with Peanut Butter – 4 points
Dry Fruity Cheerios Cereal – handfulls for snacks – 3 points
Mini Donuts @2 points each – >> 1/2 of this packet! 24 points
176oz Lean Machine Grilled Chicken Breast – 6 points (168g) diff to dogs as treats!~

> 38 Points, over by 6 points
> 28 splurge points remain

I went shopping today to Sobey’s to get some ingredients for HART’s Famous Pasta Salad and those Mini Donuts looked delicious! I forgot – that each mini donut counts as 2 points however!

Picture of My Snacks For January 20th & 21st


Picture of my Dinner


THE HART-SERIES: January 17, 2008

January 20, 2008 by  
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Day Sixteen watching my weight ..

Coffee – 1 point
Crunchie Bar – 15 points
Junior Caramels (149g – 4 points per 42 g) – 14 points
Robin’s Donuts Coffee with Flavor Stick – 2 points
Robin’s Donuts mini Cinnamon Bun – 6 points
Cereal Lucky Charms and Cheerios with milk – 11 points

>> Total Points – 49 points, over by 17 points
>> No splurge points availble, and now negative 17 points~

I was caught off guard in meetings all day, without breakbreast. I stopped for gas and saw the Crunchie and Junior’s and just bought it. I munched the Crunchie down quite fast, as I haven’t really had any chocolate since XMAS week! The Junior Caramels were good .. as I was able to eat a few balls throughout the day. It’s annoying that a “serving” is 13 balls or about 42 grams, but the box was 149g. It just doesn’t make sense the way they package and mark these nutritional ingredients when it’s larger than a serving. 13 pieces? That’s a serving?

I didn’t get home until after The Celebrity Apprentice was over … (who was fired?). Thank goodness for Cereal and low maintenance dinner. I didn’t have any Caramels left to photograph, but I did take a picture of the package!

Picture of My Juniors – Remember these?


THE HART-SERIES: January 16, 2007

January 20, 2008 by  
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Day fifteen watching my weight ..

Coffee – 1 point
4 Weight Watchers toast with Peanut Butter – 5 points
Cereal – Lucky Charms w/2% milk – 7 points
Salad with yellow peppers, sunflower seeds, bacon bits, caesar dressing, parmesan cheese – 5 points
Cereal – Lucky Charms for dinner! – 7 points
President’s Choice Sweet & Salty Almond bar – 3 points

>> Total Points – 28 points, still under
>> Still no available Splurge points this week

I’m a simple guy. Lucky Charms Cereal. Anytime 🙂

Picture of my Dinner


THE HART-SERIES: January 14, 2008

January 15, 2008 by  
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Day Thirteen watching my weight …

Coffee – 1 point
Flax Cereal w/2% milk – 7 points
2 Rice Cakes – 2 points
1 Thinsation cookies – 2 points
2 Sweet & Salty Snack bars – 4 points
Chunky Prime Rib lean beef Soup 540ml – 5 points
4 whole wheat toast with peanut butter with 2 types of honey from farmers market – 9 points

>> Total 30 points, under
>> Still no splurge points remain

Picture of my Dinner


THE HART-SERIES: January 12, 2008

January 15, 2008 by  
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Day 11 watching my weight

Coffee – 1 point
Cereal Fruity Cheerios w/2% milk – 7
All-You-Can-Eat Chinese-Buffet-Dinner – 1000 points!~

Today was a planned event with my wife and in-laws, preparing my father-in-law’s old apartment for an estate sale. He was recently in a car accident in November and now has brain damage, and has now been officially placed in a personal care home. We had planned to go out to dinner after spending the entire day packing up the apartment, and that is why Friday I managed to eat very little (19 points). It turned out there was an all-you-can eat buffet in the area, and that gave us the cheapest bang for our buck (there was 6 of us). I took the night off from my watching my weight.

>> Total points >> Unknown!
>> Wiping out all my splurge flex points for the week to 0 points.

Picture of my Dinner

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet restaurant was packed and I felt uncomfortable to take pictures .. but, I pigged out on the following:

>Dinner: lemon chicken, fried chicken wings and legs, bourbon chicken, chicken balls, steak fries, chicken fried rice, beef chop suey, sweet and sour sauce, egg rolls (little of each)
>Refill dinner: lemon chicken, bourbon chicken, plum sauce, steak fries
>Salad: pasta salad instead of garden salad, with cucumbers, carrots, and celery
>Dessert: bowl of jello squares, small scoop of each blue licorice ice cream, cotton candy ice cream, and chocolate ice cream, fortune cookie.

Ya .. I know. *sigh* But I worked hard not only packing, but moving 2 sets of 8′ sectional sofas.

THE HART-SERIES: January 10, 2008

January 12, 2008 by  
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Day Nine – Thursday

Coffee – 1 point
cereal Reeses Puffs – 8 points
Homemade Chicken Fingers and Fries w/Gravy – 17 points
Regular Beer – 3 points
Premium Nature’s Blueberry Bagel – 6 points
Thinsation – 2 points

>> total 37 points, over by 5 points
>> unused splurge points – 6 points! (after 9 days)

>> RESET AFTER TODAY. Splurge Points will now end on Thursdays as, Friday Morning I will be weighing in!

Picture of my Dinner

This was actually a picture taken February 1, 2007 .. homemade restaurant in one of my hotel clients .. It was the same, except add homemade gravy on top!


THE HART-SERIES: January 9, 2008

January 12, 2008 by  
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Day NineEight~

Coffee – 1 point
Premium Nature’s Blueberry Bagel – 6 points
Cereal Reeses Puffs & 2% milk – 11 points
Salad with onions, red peppers, croutons, dressing, bacon bits, sunflower seeds, marshmallows – 8 points
Premium Nature’s Blueberry Bagel – 6 points
Astro Fat Free 100g Raspberry Yogurt – 1 point

>> total 33 points, over by 2 points
>> 11 splurge points remain

Picture of My Dinner

I did not take a picture of my dinner today.

THE HART-SERIES: January 8, 2008

January 9, 2008 by  
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Day Seven.

Coffee – 1 point
Breakfast Cereal Reeses Puffs – 8 points
Breakfast Premium Nature Blueberry Bagel – 6 points
Tim Hortons – Coffee with Butter Caramel Flavor Shot – 2 points
Dinner Cereal Reeses Puffs – 11 points
Dinner Premium Nature Blueberry Bagel – 6 points
Strawberry (extra generous squirts of Nestle’s Quik) Milk – 7 points

>> 41 points, over by 9 points
>> 13 splurge points remained – which, would have been reset today but I’ve postponed the official weigh in dates to Friday mornings now.

I have to get rid of that extra large family size box of Reeses Puffs and get back to a cheaper point cereal, like Cheerios .. which is 2 points per cup, where as this cereal was 3 points per 3/4 cup (but, Reeses Puffs is a tasty treat! :D)

Picture of my Breakfast and My Dinner!


THE HART-SERIES: January 7, 2008

January 8, 2008 by  
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Day Six

Coffee – 1 point
4 whole wheat toast with Peanut Butter – 7 points
Cereal Reesers Puffs (2 & heaping bowl for lunch) w/2% milk – 11 points
Nature’s Premium Blueberry Bagel – 6 points
Carrots – 0 points
Red Peppers – 0 points
Green Peppers – 0 points
Calorie Wise Creamy Poppyseed Dressing – 4TBSP – 6 points

>> Total 31 points, under
>> 22 splurge points still remain

Picture of my dinner


THE HART-SERIES: January 6, 2008

January 7, 2008 by  
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Day Five

Coffee – 1 point
Kellogs All-Bran Bar – 2 points
Cereal Fruity Cheerios with Skim Milk – 4 points
HART’s Famous Hash Browns (with 2 eggs) – 14 points
Toasted Bagel with Peanut Butter – 5 points

>> 26 points, under
>> 22 splurge points still remain

Picture of my Supper


THE HART-SERIES: January 3, 2008

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Day Two

Coffee – 1 point
Oatmeal to go Bar – 3 points
Quaker Rice Crispy 100g Snack – 2 points
Cereal – Heaping bowl Cheerios w/2% milk – 5 points
Subway – 6″ Turkey with double meat with single bacon – 9 points
Subway – 3 chocolate Chunk Cookies – 15 points

>> total 35 points >> 3 points over
>> 32 weekly splurge points remain

Picture of my dinner


THE HART-SERIES: January 2, 2008

January 3, 2008 by  
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Day One .. Third Try ..

I’m back on my diet .. so-to-speak. By diet, I am meaning that I am really eating whatever the heck I want, but I’m also keeping track by writing down everything as I am able, and counting points as if I was still back on Weight Watchers. Most of the points can be found on my “recipe/points” page or found elsewhere. Hopefully, besides portion control .. this journal will help keep me on the straight and narrow (losing weight) and help me help myself get back into shape.

The posts of my daily meals will start with .. “THE HART-SERIES:” .. in case you wanted to skip over 100% of these boring articles which are basically my daily journal. If I don’t post something daily, I’ll just recap as soon as practical .. but don’t worry – I’m still writing everything down daily.

As for included pictures, I plan to take a picture of one meal per day and post it in the blog. Hopefully, the pictures will automatically appear in my Gallery, although I am not sure in what order. Back in 2005, where my weight was a little higher .. I was limited to 32 points per day and I’ll keep that as my upper limit throughout 2008. Also, I am allowing myself 35 extra “splurge” points per week that all points over 32 points in a day will be deducted from. If I don’t make 32 points in a day, I will not add points to the splurge points.

For more detailed process of the Weight Watcher process that I am following, feel free to check out the archives the the HART: Getting In Shape category!

Anyway .. here we go!

January 2, 2008

Coffee & low fat cream – 1 point
Fruity Cheerios w/2% milk – 5 points
Palatal Restaurant – Mongolian Stir fry – 9 points
Salad – with 100g turkey, red peppers, sunflower seeds, bacon bits, dressing – 7 points
2 whole wheat toast with Peanut Butter – 4 point

>> total 26 points // under
>> 35 splurge points remain.


* If you have a diet blog or are fat-blogging and documenting your weight loss and getting back into shape during 2008 .. please let me know! I’ll start a page and link everybody up and perhaps, start a Battling Obesity Biggest Loser contest or something~ (we’ll see!)

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