Saturday, November 24, 2012
Today has quite the productive day! I was going to go out to do my groceries this morning, but the first snow of the season was falling pretty heavily. So instead of dealing with the wacky drivers and the weather, I opted to get stuff done around the house. I made my housework into exercise by getting really active with it. Actually worked up a sweat. Woo hoo! the dogs sat and watched me, following me as I cleaned each room.
After all was done and I had had a healthy lunch of peanut butter on multigrain bread with sliced strawberries on top (my clean-eating version of PB &J) and a rest with the dogs, it was time to go with the dogs for our daily walk.
As soon as I put my outdoor shoes on and grabbed my jacket, their butts were wiggling, they were so excited! LOL. My husband had just arrived when I was getting the dogs ready to go out, so he came along with us. We enjoyed the outdoors and the snow. Skeeter especially enjoyed it. He kept diving into the snow as we walked. Hilarious! :-) By the time we got back home, he was covered in snowballs on his belly and legs. We had to rinse the snowballs off of both our dogs. Now they're laying here resting between my husband and I, dried off and perfectly content. Life is good!
Tonight we're going to be going out for dinner and a movie. I already looked at the menue of the restaurant where we're going to go. I will be choosing Top Sirloin steak, plain baked potato, steamed veggies and sauteed mushrooms. I will definitely be enjoying every single bite of it and know that i've made a perfectly good choice for eating within my calorie range. Being prepared feels good. :-)
Monday, November 12, 2012
The wind is howling around outside and the rain is pelting against the windows tonight as I'm sitting here on the couch writing my blog. It is absolutely miserable outside! It's a good thing that I went for a long walk with my dogs this morning before the storm set in. I`m going to do a little Zumba tonight after I finish treating my last cllient. That will be a great stress reliever to finish off my day.
My day on the whole hasn`t been all that bad. But I am a little irritated at one of my sister-inlaws today. She has a habit of making a mountain out of a mole-hill and made my husband make a near 2 hour drive to Toronto from our place through bad weather and traffic to attend to their father who, supposedly is on death`s door, so to speak. My husband then finds out that she hasn`t even arrived at the hospital from her job to attend to their father, and that their father isn`t doing as bad as she said he was. She did the same thing to the other siblings. They live and work in the city....but STILL. I don`t understand why she has to be this way. She is an administrator in a hospital, but yet she thinks that she knows everything in regards to their father`s health issues. I think not! She made my husband rush up to the city through nasty weather and crazy traffic all for nothing. What if he had gotten into an accident over this nonsense? What then? My husband is stressed out over his father and family and that, in turn makes me stressed. I'm not saying that he shouldn't tend to his family when there are problems. Family is important to me, too. But this business of 'crying wolf' all the time and expecting us to jump for every little thing has got to stop.
Oh well, enough ranting and venting. Today I tried a new recipe. I had never made gnocchi before, so I decided to try it. This recipe was in Cooking Light magazine and is called Browned Butter Gnocchi. I had subbed sweet potato for the regular potatoes and it worked out okay. It all tasted ok, but then I found it just didn't sit too well in my stomach. It sat in my stomach like a lead weight. Ugggh. I ended up scrapping the whole business. It just isn't worth the gut pain of eating it again. Oh well, it was something new to try and now I know not to make it again.
On a brighter note.... yesterday just had to be the most awesome fall day. The weather was a balmy 17 degrees Celsius (about 68 Fahrenheit) here in southwestern Ontario. I was up at 6:30 a.m. , and took Skeeter and Buddy for a long walk around town. Then I made breakfast for all of us and we got started on decorating our yard for Christmas. I'll have to get some photos of it and post them. It looks fantastic! I also got the rest of my tulip and crocus bulbs planted in the flower beds, so we're all ready to rock for the spring! My husband and I got a lot accomplished yesterday and we were exhausted by the end of the day. Heck, we still went for ANOTHER walk that night with our dogs. But we both felt awesome for doing it all. Cheers!!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Today i'm going to write about a couple of things. First of all, I just had to write down this observation.....I was going through my fridge this morning, scrounging up breakfast eats, and I noticed that my produce from the week is almost all gone! It used to be that celery would go limp, cucumbers went to mush, apples wrinkled and berries.....well we won't there...lol. Yuck! Now, I eat so many fruits and veggies daily that I have to actually go a restock our fridge halfway through the week. We have no trouble getting at least 5 to 10 servings each and every day in our household. I have never experienced that and I've never felt better! Wow!
Results are starting to really show. I had to buy new jeans because my old ones are way too big and baggy now. Even my bra size has changed. It is now easier to shop for clothes again. My husband is so proud of me, he told me this himself. He pushes me on our walks and walk/jogs to go harder and faster all the time. He's my best friend, my biggest fan and my greatest coach. He's awesome.
I just have to make a note as well about the restaurant called Applebee's. We went there the other day for lunch. It had been my choice because I figured I could get something healthy there that wouldn't totally derail me for the day. I took one of their lighter options called the Asian Chicken and Broccoli Skillet. It tasted great and the calorie, fat, protein and carb contents weren't bad. But later, when I was inputting the food into my tracker and I looked up the full nutrition info on the food on website, I was FLOORED by the sodium content. Over 3000mg of sodium, to be exact. YIKES!!!!! Who needs that much salt in their diet?! I was not impressed with that info. As a result, I knew why I was feeling bloated the next day. My question is this: why do some restaurant chains and food companies feel that they have to put more crap in food (ie. sugar, salt) to compensate for some of the crap they take out? How can they get away with calling it healthy? It just erks me, when I'm trying to make the best choices possible when I'm eating out and then find that it wasn't a good choice at all? This just goes to show that a person who wants to live a healthy lifestyle really has to be wary when eating out. You can't control what is put in your food when you're not making it yourself. That's why I like to make my own meals. I enjoy playing in my kitchen! Applebee's is just one of those restaurants that I'm not going to go to UNLESS I want to really treat myself and go all out. Hey, if I'm gonna splurge the odd time, I may as well splurge and get it over with. It's just crazy what some restaurants and food companies do when they're trying to tout there food as being healthy. Sometimes the full fat version is actually better for you. Sparkers be wary, be VERY wary.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Hope all is well with everyone today. Well, I do have to say that I'm pretty proud of myself after this weekend. This past weekend, I had travelled with a my friend down to Kentucky to have a girl's weekend. I had been worried about how well I was going to be able to stick to my guns with eating and exercise over the weekend.
I managed to make healthy choices most of the time when we were eating at restaurants, I drank plenty of water, had the odd food splurge, AND I tracked everything every day. I believe that this was key in my success for the weekend. I didn't walk as much as I would have liked, and I certainly didn't go at the pace that I normally do (my friend has major back issues and just can't walk very fast at all), but I did try some pilates on the spark videos in the evening when we were in our hotel room watching TV. I couldn't believe just how intense on the abs those exercises can be. When I weighed myself this week, I had dropped a pound and a half, so I'm very happy! Tracking definitely does pay off!
At the beginning of the week though, I don't know whether it was all the driving I had done (10 hrs each way and in between as well), or the change of the weather (nasty cold, rainy, gloomy weather), or a combination of them both, but my energy was sapped. I even went to bed at 8:30 pm a couple of nights ago. It took all I had just to walk the dogs on those days. I kept up with it though, because even if I wasn't going at the maximum level that I could normally handle, AT LEAST I WAS MOVING. That is what is important.
That's it for now. Keep Sparkin'!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
This week so far, I do have to say that I've been pretty spot-on with the healthy living. Things have been going great and I've made very good progress, regarding weight loss and health improvement, so far.
I'm just worried about 'blowing it' this weekend. I'm going with my girlfriend down to Kentucky for the weekend shopping and sightseeing. Eating out is going to be inevitable. This weekend, I'm going to take some packets of my multigrain hot cereal with me (very high fibre, tasty, and filling) to snack on in the hotel room. Since I can't transport any fruit across the Can/US border, I'll plan to stop into a grocery store as soon as we cross into the US and buy some fresh fruit that I can snack on while I'm driving, as well as some higher protein snacks. I've also examined different restaurant menus on the web to get an idea of what I can safely order while I'm away. And I'll make a point of walking for an hour each day we're away.
I just have to stay focussed on my path and remember all the great progress I've made so far. I'll still be tracking every day on our trip. Hotels normally have WiFi.
I'll just have to keep in mind all the progress I've made thus far.
Wish me luck!
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