Thursday, August 09, 2012
I posted this on my Spark People teams. Thought you might like it.
I bought Oikos Greek Yogurt, Plain, and mixed it right in the cup with a heaping spoonful of White Chocolate flavored sugar free instant pudding. Stirred it very well, put the foil top back on and left it in the freezer for almost an hour.
A thin layer of ice had formed on top right under the foil. (I think I was supposed to stir it at least once while it was freezing.) I just stirred that right in and ate my frozen yogurt "ice cream". It was really good! And COLD. Just what I needed.
I have some sugar free "cheesecake" flavored instant pudding, I'll be trying soon. I think you must use GREEK yogurt because the regular kind has too much liquid in it.
When I made the second batch of frozen yogurt yesterday, I put the contents of each carton into a glass ramekin with a snap on lid. Then I mixed in the spoonful of instant pudding and stirred well. Put the lid on tightly. When I took one out an hour later, there was no layer of ice on top. It was perfect!
This is really good. The Greek yogurt is richer than ice cream and the little carton satisfies me. If I was eating real ice cream I’d be eating a quart at a time, lol.
I've been trying to "like" plain yogurt for a long time, but even adding fruit just didn't make it right for me. The way I'm making this is perfect and frozen treats are so nice in the hot Texas summertime. It takes away my craving for ice cream and has only 5 gms of sugar (in the plain Greek yogurt) and less than 100 calories.
You could add any flavor of sugar free instant pudding that you want. I just stick a regular spoon in the packet and put a rounded spoonful into one carton’s worth of the yogurt. You could add more if you want sweeter.
Try it and let me know if you come up with a really fabulous flavor! (It's low carb, low sugar - 5 gms in the yogurt, low calorie - under 100 cal., and NO fat. What a deal, lol.)
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Watching one of the Olympics commercials yesterday, I heard one athlete say, "I haven't ordered dessert in two years." Sounds like me. I guess I won't whine about it. I've only been avoiding desserts for about 8 months.
Here's another diet-helpful tip from the Olympians: They never give up!
If you've listened to some of the stories of past "failures" and of waiting another FOUR years to try again; if you've watched Makala Mahroney, considered to be one of the best gymnasts in the world, fall flat on her rear at the end of a perfect routine and lose the GOLD, in front of the WORLD; if you've heard the interviews of all who DIDN'T get a medal; you know why they call it the Olympic TRIALS.
You also know the athletes are so incredibly UPBEAT. They move on and tackle the next step, the next trial, the next competition, immediately. They are dedicated. They KNOW it's not easy, won't ever be easy, and that they must train continually to keep winning.
Sounds like us? Those of us trying to get thin and healthy and stay thin and healthy. There is no giving up, no stopping. It's our personal competition. We must stay in training to win.
And what do you hear in almost every competition? They must focus, keep their mind intent on everything they do, and trust themselves.
Our Gold medal is putting on cute clothes that fit; our body getting out of bed with no pain; moving easily across the floor; the yard; the walking path; the places we choose to go and the things we choose to do.
Athletes learn that lesson much sooner than we do. And to stay an athlete, they never forget it.
If "Life is a journey, not a destination" then being healthy is also, 100 times more.
Oh yeah, we can learn a lot about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle from the Olympians!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
More than one person has asked me about my way of eating. I first explained this on this blog: Try This Simple Plan. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I’m going into a little more detail here.
First, let me tell you that I'm no expert in this. Or anything else, really, lol. This is just my own trial and error way to better health. I monitor my blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol numbers faithfully.
I use a protein drink that I get at GNC - Gold Standard 100% Whey. It has 24 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbs and 1 gram of sugar. It tastes surprisingly good just mixed with cold water. I buy the vanilla so it mixes well with anything I want to add. It's also very reasonable compared to other protein drinks. Thirty something dollars for a 2 lb. container which makes a lot of smoothies. There are lots of protein powders out there. Some of them have more carbs, if that is what you want. If you have a hard time adding enough protein, this one is a good way to get it.
When I say I avoid starch, please understand I don't search for every tiny gram of starch, lol. I feel that our diets are so poor to begin with that any change in the right direction really benefits us. So I DO EAT LEGUMES (dried beans). They have a lot of protein and fiber which, in my opnion, mitigates any starch they may have.
I simply stay away from potatoes, pasta, pastry, rice, bread, etc. Not sure if I've mentioned it but I realized not long ago that Joe and I had reformed our diets so much that we no longer consider "starchy side dishes" a part of our meal. That is HUGE CHANGE for the way I have eaten all my life. Dinner wasn't dinner if it didn't include bread, potatoes, pasta, etc.
Now dinner includes some sort of meat, veggie casserole or steamed or roasted veggies and maybe some sort of beans or lentils. Lunch is often a large salad that includes all of these things. I rinse canned pinto beans and add some to my salad, along with a boiled egg or two or some chicken breast and all the multi-colored salad things I can find.
I don't eat conventional fruits much. But if you do some research you find that tomatoes, avocadoes, peppers, olives are technically fruits, therefore I do eat lots of fruits, lol.
If giving up starch is really, really hard, just drastically decrease it.
Put lots of veggies in your rice or pasta. My "pasta salad", when I have it, is mostly veggies and grilled chicken with a little pasta in it. Just keep decreasing the starchy part and adding to the veggie part.
When I say veggies, I generally mean what WW and most diets usually consider FREE veggies. Those are non-starchy.
Here's the number one reason I'm sticking with this quest to avoid starch and eat more veggies. I absolutely FEEL WONDERFUL when I do it. I mean, there is a HUGE difference in the way I feel.
Starch seems to me to be a "heavy" food and when I eat it my mood is heavy. When I avoid it and eat veggies, a lighter food, my mood is also lighter. I sleep better. I move better. I'm just BETTER.
So the next time that you're planning a starchy dish for your meal, cut it in half with veggies, and see how that works. You have to start somewhere.
This is what I've learned that seems most important.
PERFECTION IS NOT NECESSARY.
Don’t even think you must be perfect about this.
Just head this general direction and you'll be so much better off.
Monday, July 23, 2012
People are always asking me, "Who is Joe?" I mention him a lot and people can't quite figure out the relationship, lol.
I was married for decades to Jim, the love of my life. We raised two wonderful sons. He’s now deceased.
I met Joe about 13 years ago when he moved in next door to me. We became friends. He’s been my good buddy and best friend for all these years. He started by knocking on my door to say the postman had put my mail in his mailbox. That happened many times. Later I accused him of taking my mail for his own purposes, lol.
Initially, he invited me over for Reuben sandwiches, a specialty of his. I told him I didn’t like those and declined the invitation. When I told my friend Lillie about it, she said, what is now a famous QUOTE in our history, “You FOOL! A 35 year old man wants you to come over for dinner. You go over there and eat whatever he gives you!” LOL. I remind her often of when she called me a Fool. AND thank her, lol. (By the way, I now love Ruebens!)
I was about 50 yrs old then. Joe is 16 yrs younger than me. Which is why it took me so long to “catch on”. He says I needed a cheat sheet on dating, lol. I had been married all my life. I didn’t have a clue.
Anyway, we progressed. We both loved books and read a lot of the same non-fiction. We have traveled together and continue to spend time together every day. We don’t seem to tire of each other’s company. If I were younger, MUCH younger, I would call him my boyfriend, but I detest that word!
Surely, in our American English language we can come up with a dignified, more mature version of “boyfriend!” Once you’re over 40, it just sounds silly to me.
Joe has his own house. I have mine. We lived next door to each other until about 4 yrs. ago when I bought a house about a mile away. Joe had always stopped in to see me before he went to work, which is pretty early, about 5 a.m. I thought this would stop when I moved, but no, he drives to my house every morning. Now that I’m retired, I still get up at 5 a.m. Wouldn’t you do that if someone wanted to give you a hug and a kiss before work? We have a signal system. If my light is not on, it means I am not up and he doesn’t stop in. But I’m telling you, that’s a rare occasion, lol.
So here we are, very happy in our little world, together but independent. I get asked all the time when we are going to be married. NOT. I don’t want to. And what other reason do I need? Why do people try to talk me into something I don’t want to do? We are both very happy this way.
You can see photos of Joe on my SP photo page. And the photo of me in the red dress was taken about the time I met Joe.
So here is where I need some help from my imaginative Spark People friends. –
Think of another word for BOYFRIEND for all of us “mature people” who have them, lol.
I'm just looking for an easier way to introduce him!! LOL.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I ate so many tasty veggies from the local farmer's market this week, mostly squash, cucumbers and tomatoes! I just ate some tasty beef or pork with them and had a low carb diet, which not only got me a 3 lb loss this week, my fasting blood sugar this morning was 84!
My blood sugar is always good EXCEPT when I first wake up it's a little over 100. So having it UNDER 100 makes me pretty happy. Also, my BP yesterday afternoon was 118/80, best it's been in a long time. Carbs cause water retention which affects blood pressure, and inflammation, which affects everything!
I basically eat all I want of every veggie that does not require cooking. (This means I avoid or keep count of (restrict) things like potatoes, starchy beans, etc.) I've become a veggie-pusher, telling everyone that the more veggies and the wider variety of veggies that you eat, the better you will feel. And of course, stay away from SUGAR.
My Mother called yesterday morning right after I came home from my swim. She was on the floor and could not get up. She didn't fall, and she wasn't hurt, she just couldn't get up. I had to call Scott (my son) because even though I was going right over there, I am reminded that I can never get her up. She's not obese, but weighs more than me and I have a wimpy back. Her vitals were all good, so it was just her almost 90 yr. old knees that give out now and then.
Poor Scott couldn't stand her apartment anymore, so he went and got cleaning supplies and changed clothes and came back and spent 6 hours in there cleaning - with her griping at him all the way. I told her I didn't know anyone in the world who would volunteer to do what he was doing and she should thank him. Yeah, right. I tell him all the time that he is a wonderful son and goes beyond the call of duty as a grandson.
Anyway, I helped as I could, but it was hard work. Would have taken me days and I'd have been in bed after that. Besides, I just can't stand the griping and constant negativity. I am blessed with wonderful sons and she is blessed with wonderful grandsons. The difference is, I know it and she doesn't.
Thanks for letting me vent, Dear Friends. I'm headed back over there this morning to bring her some kitchen items.
I started to label this blog "Mother Troubles, Again" but I'm feeling too good to dwell on that. My goal in the latter part of life is not to let her get me down!
I hope you all have a great weekend!
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