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Creative Cooking

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Last night I made chicken spinach soup from the SP recipes. Since I was making it for a main course, I added extra spinach, chicken and potatoes. It was a little bland so I added some spices. I used skim Lactaid milk (lactose intolerant) and sprinkled some parmesan cheese on each bowl before putting it on the table. It was already thick from the added veggies so I skipped the cornstarch too. It was a hit with my family! So yummy - in fact, I'll have a bowl for lunch today.
Tonight I'm going to make homemade pizza. I use whole wheat thin crust (156 cal. for 1/4 of the whole crust), reduced sodium pasta sauce, loads of veggies, lean, browned, ground turkey, lots of spices and part skim mozzarella cheese. I make it usually once a week. It is so yummy that we actually prefer it to Pizza Hut, Domino's or Poppa John's. I have trouble with just standing, so most of my creative cooking is done from sitting on a bar stool that I drag up to the kitchen counter. I'm loving trying new things and using more unprocessed ingredients. The taste of fresh foods is so much better - better for us too. It helps me control my sodium intake and ups my veggie intake. Already I'm looking for something good to make for the other nights this week. This is actually a lot of fun!
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NVR2HEALTHY 2/17/2009 3:24PM

    I find cooking with fresh food a joy! Fresh fruits & vegetables are like looking at a beautiful piece of art. In fact, I even took a picture of an arrangement of fruits & vegetables one day and blogged about them. One of our Sparkpeople members teased me, so the next day I took another picture of homemade humus and organic chips and blogged, just for her, using her user name for my blog title. I like to eat and play with my food!

Have a happy & healthy day!

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One Week To Go.....

Monday, February 16, 2009

I only have one more week until I go to the foot doctor and see how I'm healing. My appointment is on February 23rd. I can't wait. Even if I have to wear the boot a few weeks longer, I know that I can do this. I haven't had any pain at all since the end of the first week with the boot and it no longer hurts to the touch if you press on it. I know that when I get the boot off, the doctor is going to have to rein me in a bit. I'll want to go out and exercise and I know that I'll have to take it slowly for a while( but I should be able to go back into the water). I'm paying close attention to what I'm eating and taking my vitamins as the doctor told me to do, so I'm feeling healthy. Tonight I'm making a SP recipe - chicken and spinach soup to get in some dark green veggies. I did eat more than I should for the past three days but I'm back on track so it should take care of itself. Eating for health has made me experiment more with cooking. My husband is getting a kick out of what I've been coming up with and he's loving the variety (so am I!). I think the important lesson here is when you come upon a bump in the road, you do the best you can to eat healthy, track your food and activity and wait it out. Before you know it, you'll be over the bump and back on the road to success! Just stay the course because this is a lifestyle change (not a diet) , if you stick with it everything will come out okay in the end. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 2/16/2009 10:26PM

    What a wonderful blog and a testament to your strength and commitment to good health! You have taken a bad situation and fought back and won. Now come here and teach me how to cook...please?

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/16/2009 10:22PM

    You have a wonderful attitude! I like it!!!

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OMALICHAND 2/16/2009 12:58PM

    I wish you all the best in your recovery. I totally agree with you on the fact that staying on course no matter what is the key.

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Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 14, 2009

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My husband and I decided to skip the special weekend away and we stayed home this year. I made some pretty cookies for him and for some of our family and neighbors. We watched a couple of movies and hung out. I did a bit of walking when I delivered plates of cookies. Later we went out for dinner. I had such a big helping of salad (no dressing and lots of different colors) that by the time I ate my steamed broccoli and about 3 bites of chicken, I was full! We packed it all up and brought it home with us. Now we have dinner for tomorrow night. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CINNIEMAY 2/15/2009 7:37PM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day with each other!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/15/2009 12:49PM

    Sounds like a perfect way to spend the day together!

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SUNNYGAL2011 2/14/2009 10:51PM

    awwww sounds like you had a wonderful Valentines~ Spent with your dear loved ones. :)
Happy Valentines~
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NVR2HEALTHY 2/14/2009 9:45PM

    A variety of colors is the key to a healthy life. Just think how boring life would be without color.

It sounds like you're have a happy & healthy emoticon day!

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JMCAMJ1 2/14/2009 9:32PM

    sounds great, congradulations on sticking to your gun even when out celebrating!

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Valentine's Day Is Coming

Friday, February 13, 2009

My hubby and I usually try to treat each other with love and kindness on a daily basis. Some days are nicer than others of course. Over the years we have two distinct occasions (other than birthdays and Christmas) when we take time out to do something really romantic for just the two of us. One occasion is our anniversary and the other is Valentine's Day. Sometimes we decide to take a weekend here and there too but these two times have become sort of a tradition over the years.
In years past we've rented a cabin at a spa, flown to Florida (that was before we moved here of course), flown to Las Vegas, rented a room at a motel in our general area for a Valentine's Day package, had a spa day, took a cruise, stayed home and drank champagne and ate strawberries and the list goes on and on. We didn't always spend much money (we often times didn't have much money so we had to get creative) but we had each other and made the effort to be romantic. This year we have been trying to find a romantic get away that is within 1 -1.5 hours of our home and it has to be something we can afford. I found this little place which is an historic house set up like a French Château. They have themed rooms like the Sunset Room, the Garden Room, the Lake Room. Every room is decorated to reflect the view and has antique furniture. The only problem is that the first free night is February 21st. Maybe we'll just stay in this year and light candles, listen to music and have a nice dinner. A night at home is sounding better and better the longer I research this. I've been looking for 3 weeks now. There are lots of big special events that have booked a lot of the best places in our area; starting with the Super Bowl, the State Fair and the Gaspirilla so this year dining and romancing has hit a premium price! That's why a quiet, romantic evening at home is very appealing right now. Although the French Château may be a possibility in the near future. Ahhhh what a romantic soul I am. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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NVR2HEALTHY 2/13/2009 1:44AM

    Create your own French Château in your home, that's very romantic! Enjoy! emoticon

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I'm Growing Spiritually and Emotionally

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today was devoted entirely to my emotional and spiritual growth. I finished writing about the old topic this week and decided upon a new topic. I intend to spend the next two weeks writing about this new topic. I will take a look at how far I've come in my personal growth in my selected area. I will remember to ask daily for God's guidance on this portion of my journey to health. I believe that the journey to health includes physical, emotional and spiritual health. You can't improve one part without working on the other two. Since I have to spend so much time on my posterior end because of my foot, I am devoting that time to my emotional and spiritual growth. (I've discovered that I have some work to do on both!) At first, I was afraid that I would find this a painful journey and I kept putting it off. Now that I've had time to access the situation, I'm forging ahead, pain or no pain because in order to grow, it has to be done. I've shed quite a few tears since I began two weeks ago but that's okay. I've come to grips with some very heavy stuff. I feel like I'm making some headway but as I look at the list of topics that I'd like to cover, this could be a rather daunting task. So, I've decided to apply the baby steps rule to this portion of my journey. I believe that every day I make a little more progress and I'll keep looking forward. I've been rewarding myself with some very positive self talk. It seemed silly at first but in actuality it has been very helpful. More positive self talk is starting to become a habit, which is great! I've also opened this ongoing dialog with God. I find myself chatting with him as I do chores or when I'm on my way back and forth to the doctor's office. The people in the other cars probably think I'm dotty but they don't know what I know. I'm having a spiritual event while they are screaming at the other drivers or flipping them off. I would wager that my stress level is a very small fractional part of theirs!

  
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CINNIEMAY 2/12/2009 11:06PM

    I know know that you are feeling less stress because of your great outlook!

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/12/2009 7:41PM

    I've been speaking out loud to God for years through joy & tears. Hey that rhymes!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/12/2009 7:28PM

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For me, this journey to good health as always been body, mind and Soul. The whole package has to be dealt with for good health. Yes, sometimes it can be painful but the results are always good.

At the end of the day I tell myself what I did right and areas I want to improve in and set one mini goal in each of the three areas. I never tell myself I failed anymore. I do still have to catch myself with negative feedback during the day.

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