Sunday, August 12, 2012
Photo from Bonnie Jackson, Canada
Birds of a feather, lol.
What are they looking at? What are they thinking?
Can you imangine?
Can you write a caption?
Sunday, August 12, 2012
"This would be a man that loves going to work and does not dread it the night before. Upon entering the Magic Kingdom, one of the security guards said to Alli "Excuse me Princess, can I have your autograph." I could see that the book was filled with children's scribbles as the guard asked the same question of many little Princesses. Alli could not get over the fact that the guard thought she was a real princess. "
From Our amazing world! by Tony Patrick
I found the above photo and caption on the web and thought it just too priceless and wonderful not to share.
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 Iíd 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 cartonís 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
Iím 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.
Donít even think you must be perfect about this.
Just head this general direction and you'll be so much better off.
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