Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thanksgiving is over and it was a great holiday! We went to my nephew's and it was delicious but no leftovers! So today, when grocery shopping, Publix had some turkey breasts on sale! One was $3.27 and the other was $3.15 cents and both about 3 lbs each. They were partially thawed so had to be cooked today so they are in the oven right now. And I'm going to cook green beans and we have cranberry sauce! So to get back to the stuffing, I bought a package of Pepperidge
Farm Herb Stuffing mix which was what my mother always cooked. I chopped a celery stick and some onion and sauteed in a small pat of butter. Then I added 2 cups of stuffing mix, and about a cup of beef broth and a raw egg. Stirred everything together for a few minutes and then put it into a casserole to join the turkey. That's how my mother always made it and I've continued the tradition!
Now how can that be fattening? On the package it says the 3/4 cup prepared stuffing is 170 calories. It's just like a piece of bread and there isn't much butter in it and egg is protein and broth is calorie free. So why the bad rap?
I guess it is when we slather it with gravy and other things that make it fattening and the name, stuffing doesn't sound too thinning. Actually it is the portions that make us fat, not the ingredients. And second helpings.
Actually I'm encouraged. I weighed this morning at a solid 185. Seems like I've been there for 2 years. True story. But I am eating less and I'm trying to be cognizant of my portions like the Sonoma DIet suggests. I'll be sure and have a good helping of green beans for dinner. During the day, if I think I ought to be snacking on something, I think again. Most times I don't get anything at all. And the freezer is free of ice cream and klondike bars or I would for sure get some of that.
We have a slew of holiday parties ahead. I don't know how we got so popular but we have half a dozen or so and always food. I made my famous fruit cake and will take it to the barbershop chorus Christmas gathering. It disappears quickly. I was thinking of offering to bake little loaves of it for $5 each. Fruit ingredients can get expensive. This is a Golden Fruitcake recipe I cut out of a magazine years and years ago. It is loaded with fruit and never comes out dry. Also, has a cup of some sort of rum or sherry. It calls for cream sherry but I never have any so this years version has rum and calvados in it. Drained those bottles.
Anyway, have a great evening and we will certainly enjoy our second Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
One of my favorite dress stores is Coldwater Creek. The new holiday catalog has just arrived and in it is a beautiful dress that is just my style, 30 lbs ago. It's a beautiful rose color with a diamond neckline with pleats. It has a draped waste with a rosette detail and draped. A light a-line and short. I have cut the picture out of the catalog and posted it on my bathroom mirror to inspire me. I never did a visual collage so this is a start. I would love to be able to wear it at New Years and I'm sure I could get into a 14 if I set my mind to it, even with the holidays coming.
For the past 3 days I've eaten modestly and no alcohol and no ice cream. I told hubby to keep the ice cream out of the house as that is my downfall. I am going to follow the Sonoma Diet faithfully, even with Thanksgiving tomorrow. My sister is cooking the pies and she doesn't do so well with them so I'll have a slice of pumpkin and nix the crust. I'm taking green beans and have 2 lovely bags of them so there will be plenty.
I have another good reason to lose weight. For the last 45 days I have been using a CPAP machine and have been sleeping soundly, no snoring and have more energy than ever. However, it was a loner and I had to give it back on Monday. My insurance won't pay for one because my sleep test wasn't bad enough but I know that it helped me. In addition, I had gained 3 pounds in that 45 days. So I left the office and vowed that I was going to lose the 30 lbs that has been dragging me down for years. Hopefully, that will also help with the snoring. To buy a CPAP, we are looking at $1000 and I'd rather buy new clothes with that money.
I started the Sonoma Diet team here a few weeks ago. We now have 4 members and it is up to me to lead us to weight loss! I am going to do it.
On a good note, My found a decent job today! He left the best job he ever had in May to pursue a new career. He completed EMT school but failed the test. And has been underemployed ever since. He is retesting in Dec and studying with another fellow who also failed the test. And he will be starting work on Monday at a Greek restaurant as the asst manager. Thank goodness as we have been helping them financially. If he can pass the test, he can then find work as an EMT and still work the restaurant job. Life is good. I just need to be skinny.
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