Thursday, April 05, 2012
Great Blog from LotusFlower about how she lost 99 lbs. Good ideas and some different ones like calorie cycling! I've always thought that helps.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I have a great new Sparkfriend named CurvyElvieSays. She posts vlogs every day and they often teach new things that help with weight loss and healthy lifestyle. She is always positive and uplifting to watch. She ought to have a ton of people checking out her vlogs, but she doesn't yet.. Needs more friends to enjoy her vlogs, in my opinion! I highly recommend this Sparkfriend!
Here's a link to her page:
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Today I am going to be cooking. I had asked DH to cook yesterday (his days off are Tues. and Weds. now), but he didn't start til midnight.. I had taken the almost frozen meat out at 2 pm so it was bad when he started.. It may have been bad to begin with, but we'll never know. He usually likes to cook, especially meat, and he's the one that likes to make bulk food for the week so I thought he'd like to help. Oh well.
I am making big containers of -
* Brown and wild rice,
* White Beans
* Baked Flaked Chicken (baked chicken with crushed cornflake coating).
We learned to make Baked Flaked Chicken at the "Cooking Matters" class I'm taking through Head Start. It's a free class and they give us groceries to make the foods we prepare in class. I have the ingredients for the chicken and for Glazed Carrots.
For Orange Glazed Carrots, you just reduce 1 cup of orange juice (or juice from 2 oranges) by 3/4 -- so cook it down to 1/4 cup. Meanwhile steam or boil a pound of carrots, add some dried basil and salt/pepper to taste and stir in the reduced orange juice. Yummy and lowfat and low calorie.
I also want to make the Southwestern Bean and Corn Salad (we had it with black-eyes peas, but I've got some white beans which I'll be cooking in the crockpot overnight after I parboil them an hour). For the bean salad you also put in bell peppers, a bit of olive oil and a bit of vinegar and spices to taste. It was great, but we used canned beans in class and they are very high in sodium. With dried beans it is much healthier. It was very tasty.
I'm hoping DH will make a big pot of pasta with either red sauce or cheese sauce for him and Nicholas to enjoy this week. Cooking ahead is the key for us to be able to plan meals ahead. The other key is to have a fully stocked fridge (and freezer and cupboards).
My regular fridge stock:
greek yogurt (almost out)
bell peppers (three colors)
grape tomatoes (out)
coldcut turkey and bologna
wheat bread and wheat english muffins
babybel light cheese
sliced American cheese
shredded cheese - cheddar or mozzarella
hummus (roasted red pepper flavor)
precooked steel cut oatmeal
light salad dressing - Newman's Own Sun Dried Tomato Vinaegrette
low sodium Teriyaki sauce
low sodium soy sauce
juice for the kid (out)
Bolthouse Farms Berry Smoothie (out)
Freezer has the stock of frozen veggies - broccoli, sugar snap peas, green beans
various mixed veggies, fish sticks, breaded chicken, and lots of other frozen meat that may be bad and should be tossed out, plus stock of bread, rolls, english muffins
rice and other grains, oatmeal, beans, cereal, soups, canned veggies, canned fruits,
I also have low sodium V8, grapes, 2% cottage cheese, whipped cream cheese, whipped cream (for the greek yogurts), light sour cream (sometimes), applesauce plain and blueberry applesauce, fruit cups of pears in own juice,
and on the counter: fresh apples, clementines, oranges, pears, bananas
mini tostitos, smartfood popcorn (indiv. bags) and FiberOne brownies (treat box) and Fiber Plus choc. almond granola bars (treat box), and 85% cacao dark chocolate bars - Lindt (treat box).
So what's in your fridge, freezer, cupboards?
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Yesterday I decided to walk a 5K here at home to make sure I could do it. I DID IT!!
A 5K = 3.1 miles and was three full walks of the regular ones I do daily, plus ond more big circle around my road. It shouldn't have taken one more and I question my Cardiotracker or the GPS On my phone, but I kept walking til the darn thing said 3.1 miles. I stopped at home after each full walk - to drink water and pee and the first time for some ibuprofen for my knee that was already hurting. But by about halfway through I was hitting my stride. I did it in 78 minutes, which was a bit faster than I expected. I was tired, but not too sore. The only bad thing was that I got a blister on the sole of one foot. OUCH! I learned to make sure to wear thicker socks. Also wondering if there is going to be a portapotty on the 5K or not, as I don't know if I can make it without a stop. I drink a ton of water, so that's important.
I also did 45 minutes of a Dance party last night. I was only aiming for 15 to 20 minutes. I just wanted to keep going and it felt good! I made a vlog for you all with a bit of talking and a full song Dance Party, but that is stuck on my DH's phone. It won't load up as a disk drive so I can't get it off. DH was sending it somehow, but I don't have it yet.
More about Food Planning in separate blog. I had it together, but it got tooooo long.
Have a sparkling day!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
First, apologies for the empty blog hold that was in this spot last night. I was trying to get my sparkpoints for a blog and I was still waiting for my husband to get the vlog off his phone onto my computer so I could post it. As far as I know, he did not get it off there yet. Annoyed. He filmed it at 10 pm or so and I asked if we could use his phone because mine was almost dead and needed charging. He was sure we could do that and get it off his phone easily, but my technology wizard DH wasn't able to. Baffling. Tempted now to go try it and I might EVEN Though I know he filmed it from a very unflattering angle for me - very low, sitting on the hassock while I was standing.
He's sleeping now and will be til at least 2 or 3 pm. Challenging to keep Nicholas quiet after school (1 pm), too. He was not happy either of us were asleep this morning and made a ton of noise while I was getting up and DH was starting to get to bed.
DH went to bed at 7 AM today and at 8 AM the day before. He goes to bed when I get up, which is disturbing. So he sleeps almost all day. This isn't necessary because when he works, he's done at 1:30 or 2:30. I guess he's doing this because he's had to walk home a few times (work shift ends after cabs stop running) and he's gotten here about 4 am and after 1.5 mile walk with the last part a steep hill, I'm sure he needs time to slow down first. But Tues. and Weds. are his nights off and I'm just frustrated. This schedule is not conducive to sharing company in the daytime nor nighttime. I was too tired and grumpy at midnight to do anything he wanted. I got the chills and my body just shut down. I had to crash. He tried to give me a massage and it just hurt. When I woke up at 6 AM because my son had the TV on and it woke me, I was shocked to find my son up already (he's going to be difficult all afternoon/evening from getting up so early) and my DH still awake. Sigh.
Ok, going to put the rest about today and my successes about yesterday in a separate blog for today.
OK, now I remember the problem. DH upgraded his phone somehow.. and so now it won't load up as a disk drive when you plug it in for charging. Uh oh! But it is charging faster on my charger line than his, so that helps. That vlog may be lost. I'll have to do it orally or make another vlog today about what I shared yesterday.
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