MYST 156: Desserts

I hope that you make desserts an occasional part of your weight loss journey. But you may need to follow four simple rules:

  1. Occasional
  2. Planned
  3. Delicious
  4. Portion-Controlled

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My Rice Pudding Recipe

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1/4 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (you can use Splenda if you want–I choose to use Splenda so the calories reflect that choice.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional–I don’t use them)
  • Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 300F
  2. Spray a 1.5 quart baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Pour milk into dish. Add sugar and rice. Stir.
  4. Bake uncovered for 2-3 hours (a larger and shallower dish will need less time than a deeper dish.)
  5. Stir every hour (to mix in the “skin” that will form–this is optional)
  6. After 2 hours, stir in the vanilla and raisins. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Bake for 30 more minutes (or until the texture is thick enough to your preference.

The exact time will vary for everyone. Altitude, humidity, the type of rice, the depth of the dish will all play a factor in determining total cooking time. Personally, I assume it will take 3 hours, and I give it a stir twice while baking.

This can be served warm or cold.

For six portions (approximately 1/2 cup each):

  • Calories:      126
  • Fat:                5.3g
  • Sat fat:             3g
  • Chol:        16.3mg
  • Sodium:   69.9mg
  • Carbs:         13.8g
  • Sugar:           8.6g
  • Fiber:            0
  • Protein          5.6g

Using 2% milk would only reduce total calories by 10 per serving. Skim milk would make each serving 93 calories (but I’ve never made the recipe using skim milk, so I cannot guarantee the end result.) If you only make this occasionally, I’d suggest using whole milk and just enjoying the richness of it.

A note about vanilla. Use REAL vanilla extract, not the artificial kind. The price is worth it. Personally, I find that Penzey’s makes excellent vanilla at a reasonable price, and they offer free shipping for orders more than $30. Here are their vanilla options. (This post was not sponsored by Penzey’s and the link is not an “affiliate link”. I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for many years, and I just like spreading their name.)

Learn about “Real Ice Cream -v- Faux Cream” here: MYST 145

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 155: Change

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Learn about “Gentle Exercise” here: MYST 153

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 154: Nothing for Nothing

TANSTAAFL: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

You get what you pay for.

My phrase: You don’t get nothing for nothing.  (Yeah. I know it’s poor grammar.)

The bottom line is if you don’t take the right actions, you won’t get anything. That applies to school, on the job, at home, and certainly as you try to lose weight. Why do I say “try” to lose weight? Because many (most?) people aren’t willing to totally commit, to be fully engaged, or to put their money where their mouth is.

How many balls must be hit before a golfer becomes great? Can you skip that step in attaining greatness?

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 153: Gentle Exercise

Exercise is important, but it does not need to be painful, cost money, or require a membership at a fitness center. IT can simply be the act of getting off your LazyBoy recliner and start moving.

If she can get her daily steps, why can’t you?

Photo via Pixabay.com by Kaz.

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

MYST 152: The Basic Rules to Reach Any Goal (Scott Wilson, part 3)

If you want to succeed, you must first be willing to fail–over and over–without loss of enthusiasm. Does that describe you?

How many times did Bruce Lee fail before he was good enough to be memorialized by this sculpture?

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 151: The Secret to All Success (Scott Wilson, part 2)

In the second part of Scott Wilson’s interview, he talks about an action that, if you are unwilling to perform honestly, you have greatly reduced your chances of success. Then he tells you the secret attitude needed to overcome any obstacle, and finally, explains why golfing and hockey are a great metaphor for weight loss success.

Keep shooting, even if you miss!
Was Tiger Woods born to be a great golfer?

Photo via Pixabay.com by Skeeze (Hockey) and 12019 (Tiger Woods)

Here is a link to Scott’s first interview in MYST 20.

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 150: Are You Strong Enough (Scott Wilson, part 1)

Achieving any goal takes strength. Losing weight is no different, but physical strength is not as important as emotional strength. In today’s episode, we talk with longtime friend of Make Your Someday Today, and fellow LoseIt Moderator Scott Wilson. We first talked with Scott in MYST Episode 20, back in June 2014. Today he rejoins us to bring us up to date on his journey through life, and what he feels is the most important strength a person needs to reach life-changing goals.

The strength of Superman is not necessary to succeed.

And no, you don’t need to be Superman to succeed.

Photo via Pixabay.com by NeuPaddy.

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 149: Failure

Is it possible to be working toward success and yet failing at the same time? Not only is it possible, you might be doing it right now.

It’s all about the choices you make.

Are your choices trapping you and setting you up to fail?
Are your choices trapping you and setting you up to fail?

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 148: Participation Trophies

Weight loss is an unforgiving foe. There are no participation trophies given out because you “tried hard” and “always showed up.” The trophy is only given when you reach your goal and can be taken away if you regain your weight. So how can we deal with that?

Self-reward mini-goals!

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 147: BMI is accurate (mostly)

BMI is inaccurate, but so is every other type of measurement. However, for most people, it is a valid method of determining their weight status. Are you one of the “most people”? Probably.  And if you are, then your number is valid, whether you like it or not.

Are you walking your tracks alone or with support?
Are you walking your tracks alone or with support?

Here is a link to Episode 102 about how Anxiety can derail your weight loss efforts.

This was the source for my BMI information. Do you want to calculate your own BMI? Here is a good calculator.

Photo via StockSnap.io by Jonathan Pendleton

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over

work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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