Thursday, October 16, 2014
A friend gave me a recipe for pumpkin muffins that is super easy. She said it was a Weight Watchers recipe. I modified it then entered it into the calorie counter I use. Give either a try - you may want to enter the ingredients into your own calorie counter just to make sure they are correct.
One box of reduced-sugar yellow or white cake mix
One can of pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 c water
1/2 bag of cinnamon chips
This is a Weight Watchers recipe that makes 24 muffins. 2 muffins = 3 points.
One box of spice cake mix
One can of pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 c water
My daughter was able to get 20 muffins out of this recipe. The calculation (if I did it correctly) gives it 81 calories per muffin (like I said, maybe enter these yourself).
For both recipes: Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Monday, August 04, 2014
On impulse, I bought a water bottle based on a spot I saw on Good Morning America's "Deals and Steals." It is a personal water bottle that allows you to have flavor-infused water.
My water flavor of the day is cucumber cilantro. My sister first used hers with a blueberry basil infusion.
The bottle was designed by a teenager who wanted to have different flavors of water. This way no sugar or artificial stuff is needed - just fruit, herbs, veggies, whatever.
I thought you might be interested being as we're all doing what we can to get more hydration. I've seen some blogs here where people have made some tasty waters. Here is a site that has several recipes, too.
Stay hydrated, my friends.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Read this on my LinkedIn account today (if you have an account, you probably saw it, too):
"Stay committed to your dreams and you'll see them reflected in your future."
and the image that came with it - very cute...
Have a great day!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Since putting my then 66-year-old father in a nursing home full-time last year due to his Alzheimer's disease, my mother has not had a break -
* She remodeled the basement of her home, which was 'almost' an apartment, to make it into a livable apartment.
* She moved into said apartment (still being worked on), getting rid of most of her furniture, boxing up everything, painting, etc., and is still surrounded by boxes
* She cleaned out her closet and struggles with getting rid of Dad's stuff
* My brother and family moved in to the main part of the house, so now she's sort of laughing about being "the mother that lives in the basement"
* She has a half-empty bed where her husband lied with her for nearly 48 years
* Her life revolves around when to go see Dad, making sure he's being taken care of, that his medications are right, etc. She has taken only a few nights off from seeing him for nearly a whole year but hasn't left home for a single night, making sure to eat dinner with him every night and spending most of all day on each Saturday and Sunday at the nursing home with him.
So as my husband and kids are camping (I'm more "indoorsy") I told Mom to come stay with me for a few days or as long as she wants. She lives 2 hours from me, so it's not like a quick jaunt around the corner. She took me up on it (surprisingly!!!).
Tuesday - I met her at an outlet mall then we had lunch. She followed me home.
Tuesday night - I took her out for tapas at a Spanish restaurant. She claims it was the best sangria she ever had.
Tuesday late night - watched and "slept-watched" the movie "Young Frankenstein" on DVD, a favorite of ours.
Wednesday - up and drank coffee and chatted for about 2 hours. Went and got spa manicures & I got a pedicure too (FABULOUS!!!!), with my fingers painted "Ruby Slipper." Wandered around the shopping area and bought a few things. Had lunch at Brio.
--BTW, I rarely do my nails. It felt so good I wanted to melt. I told Mom I was inches away from getting a designated driver home I was so relaxed. :-)
Wednesday night - as I attended a funeral, she simply relaxed (with my dog :-) and read while laying down for the few hours I was gone. When I got home we had some semi home-made stir fry then watched the movie "Easy A" - I love it, but because I'm a John Hughes fan (child of the '80's). The movie is a fantastic tribute to John Hughes (Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Can't Buy Me Love, Say Anything...) but definitely with a 2000's vibe with cell phones and more liberal language.
This morning - went to the local market which has gourmet foods, a coffee bar, etc., and had a 2 hour breakfast. She's driving home right now.
Hard habit to break, enjoying food. And not just with her, anytime. If I only enjoyed food on our few visits together, that would be different. :-
Regardless, she said she slept really well, which is what I was hoping for. I really hope she felt relaxed and like she's finally had some time just to get away and re-energized a bit because of it. Even though we've asked her on vacation with us this summer, she doesn't feel right going without Dad. I certainly understand.
She's amazing. You know when you don't FEEL strong but when other people see you as strong you're surprised? I think she lives her entire life that way. She just does what needs to be done then later looks back and wonders how she got through it. She's a faithful woman, so she knows God gets her through everything, but from the human side, she still wonders how she doesn't just break down sometimes.
I was thrilled to have time with her. I'm more happy that I felt like she really had a little vacation of "me" time for her, that she was able to relax without being surrounded with reminders of all the things she has to get done.
I already miss her.
Hug your loved ones.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I watched an episode of "Extreme Weight Loss" tonight, quite by accident. I'm traveling, and was flipping through channels in my hotel room as I sit at my computer. I came across it, and watched.
And cried, of course.
I'm learning what the difference is between a person on "Extreme Weight Loss" and others of you out there who have lost 10 lbs, 20, 30, 40, 80, or whatever amount of weight, and me. The difference between all of you and me?
You don't quit.
Despite all the obstacles, the rough schedules, the emotions, the personal challenges, the wanting to slide back into bad behaviors, you simply DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOURSELF.
You don't lose sight of your goal.
You don't give yourself reasons to eat mass amounts of 'comfort' food.
You don't make excuses for not moving.
You don't make excuses for not tracking.
You don't make excuses for not eating right.
You go at the weight loss like a job: whether you like it or not, you show up.
Day in and day out, you commit, and you don't lose sight of your goal.
You don't give up on yourself.
The fact is, I am choosing to be an undisciplined mess, eating sh*t whenever I want, and ultimately sliding back down.
No need to try to pick me back up. I go here way too often, and if you look at my January blog, you'll see that I've done it for the past 5 years I've been on this web site (and far longer than that). I just am not sure why I give up on myself when I clearly see and feel results when I do the right thing for myself.
I'll let you know when I decide to get my head out of my "I don't give a sh*t" funk. It will probably take some photos of myself to really see my reality, to recognize that what I see in a photo is not what is what I see in the mirror (a trick mirror where I decide I look thin when I'm not). Photos show the harsh reality.
The difference is simple. You don't give up (so why do I?)
Good night Sparkers. You are awesome.
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