Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sunday - Cassoulet
Monday - Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken over Rice
Thursday - "Unstuffed" Cabbage Rolls
Friday - Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Saturday - Fried Tofu and either Fried Rice or Pad Thai
All leading up to my birthday on Sunday. Have to decide whether to order my cake or make it... And next Sunday we'll be going out to eat somewhere. Right now I'm thinking "Big Fat Cheeseburger with Fries" but I'm still not 100% sure.
Sunday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Monday - 1.5 miles & 30 Day Shred
Tuesday - ZumbaLite & ST
Wednesday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Thursday - ZumbaLite
Friday - Nike Training Camp (NTC)
Saturday - End of Year 30 5k
* Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
* Buy supplies and start first craft challenge.
* Pack lunch every single day, save one (have plans to go out with a friend next week).
* Take my supplements every day.
We may go out on Monday for lunch or something. If so, my goal is keep health in mind when I'm ordering. It's a HCD, but that doesn't mean I have to go OTT (over the top).
It's the last day of 2011. What are you doing to end 2011 right?
I'm going to attempt 30DS so I can get some idea of whether it's going to hurt or not. I hopped on the elliptical last night to give that a go. Did 20 minutes with little to no problems. I did discover that the higher the crossramp, the better it is on my back and hips. Not really sure why. Upped the resistance too so it would be a good, but tough, workout. Glad to know that this will be a great back-up for me on Zumba days.
Plans for today are as follows:
* Play some Fable III. *big grin*
* Take down Christmas decorations and store for next year.
* Go grocery shopping for the week.
* Do 30 Day Shred.
* Drink 8 glasses of water, at least.
* Take my supplements with lunch (because I forgot with breakfast...OOPS!)
* Make tacos tonight.
* Drop by the video store (if open) for movies for tonight.
Plans for tomorrow include:
* Official weigh-in.
* Official measurements for start of 2012.
* Official "Before again" pictures for start of 2012.
* Maybe a fitness test too - push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats and jumping jacks.
Hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy NYE and a wonderful start to 2012!! (I could be totally annoying and say, "See you next year!" ...but I won't (except I just did..oops!) ;) )
Friday, December 30, 2011
A break from the normal "this sucks" blog. *lol*
So I've spent the majority of my time planning lately. I'll be the first to tell you that New Years Resolutions, in their traditional sense, do NOT work. However... (I hate starting sentences with "however") I think planning is extremely important to set yourself up for success. Even if it weren't the first of the year coming up, I'd still be planning and setting myself up for the next month because, yes, I'll admit, I think this month was a total wash. I didn't get much accomplished as far as my weight loss/fitness goals were concerned, and it had little to do with the holidays and more to do with what I just happen to be going through right now. So January 1st or November 1st, I'd be sitting here doing the same thing - planning for a positive, healthy, and successful new month.
That being said, there is a certain air of "fresh start/clean slate" on the upcoming month just because it is a new year (and will mean another birthday in just over a week). So, go on and make those NY Resolutions, I'd say - just make them reasonably. And don't waste today or tomorrow. Yes, I know, you'll "get started" on the first, and if you really want to stick to that, that's fine. But use the next 2 days to set yourself up better. Log everything you eat - yes, even the crap. Log and journal and plan, plan, plan - because it will all help you make a better start out of the upcoming month/year. I haven't had "successful" days this past week, at least not in my regular terms of speaking about the whole "healthy lifestyle" thing. I've eaten crap, and too much of it. But I've logged it all and I've started to get my arse back in gear with cooking every day and I'm taking small walks on all of my breaks at work. Each time I log something, take a walk, plan a meal, cook something new, I'm setting myself up for my "fresh start" on Sunday.
What have I learned?
Well, last night I had the first "Okay, that is ENOUGH!" moment when it came to eating the crap. It's been a LONG time since I've gotten to this point. I felt the effects. And I hated that even more than my "loss of willpower" over the candy floating around my house. Know what I'll be doing tomorrow? CLEAN HOUSE, baby! This stuff is finding it's way out of my life for now because I know I'm having a crap time controlling myself around it. (Just think what would have happened if I had "waited" until January 1st...I would've set myself up for failure right there.)
I've also caught the cooking bug again. (Thank goodness!) I've been making crockpot meals, recipes I've found online or ones I've simply "made up" (a skill I learned this year and really does work wonders). I'm starting to feel that pride again in cooking something I know that I made - something in which I know every single ingredient, down to the last dash of salt. This is what "eating clean" is to me. Eating meals that I've cooked, with simple and controlled ingredients. (We can argue how this isn't exactly what they mean by "clean eating" but what does it matter if it works for me?) I'm starting to use recipes and adapt them to cut down on the calories or fat, increase the amount of veggies in them, and otherwise make them less greasy, more healthy, more filling, and less "guilt-ridden." (I'll let you know when I finally find the holy grail - a great tasting, healthy version of Mac-N-Cheese.)
I'm back to drinking my 8 minimum cups of water a day and have been taking my supplements. All these little things add up. I'm also getting my body used to walks again. Sucks that I have to resort back to this, but I know in my heart that people have lost ALL their weight doing nothing but walking. Hopefully one day I'll be able to go back to my KickArse AmpedUp Workouts, but until then, I will walk and adapt every other exercise to make it work with what I've got. "Do what you do."
I've also taken this time to re-evaluate what 2011 meant to me and have come to feel pretty proud of what I've accomplished. I no longer say, "I ONLY lost 20 pounds." I now say, "I lost 20 pounds this year!" Because I went thorugh a lot of crap, and in the past I know that I would have simply given in and given up and would have to say that I gained those 20 pounds instead of losing them. I like this route better. And I learned a crapton about myself too, which will help me mentally adapt to the next phase of this journey. (Because I now see my journey in parts or phases, and 2011 was part of the in-between phase I usually have. Last time that "phase" lasted 5 years and I gained 50 pounds over those 5 years. This time I hope to look back and remember that it only lasted 1 year and I LOST 20 pounds.)
So, yes, I've been planning. And eagerly awaiting the new year to "unveil" my plan to everyone. *lol* This morning I thought, "How friggin' stupid is that?" THAT is something that doesn't require waiting to do...as starting your healthy lifestyle doesn't require a set date, neither does unveiling my plan - jotting it down, proclaiming it to the "world" so I'm held accountable. So, here it is...in all it's glory. And please keep in mind that I know fully well in my mind that this plan probably will change from time to time, depending on my back/hip issues...so I've given myself back up plans as well.
JANUARY 2012 WORKOUT SCHEDULE
1/1 - off
1/2 - 1.5 miles & 30 Day Shred
1/3 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/4 - off
1/5 - ZumbaLite
1/6 - NTC (adapted as needed)
1/7 - 3 miles
1/8 - MY BIRTHDAY!! (off)
1/9 - 2 miles & 30DS
1/10 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/11 - off
1/12 - ZumbaLite
1/13 - NTC
1/14 - 3 miles
1/15 - off
1/16 - 2 miles & 30DS
1/17 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/18 - off
1/19 - ZumbaLite
1/20 - Elliptical & 30DS
1/21 - 4 miles
1/22 - off
1/23 - 2.5 miles & 30DS
1/24 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/25 - off
1/26 - ZumbaLite
1/27 - NTC
1/28 - 4 miles
1/29 - off
1/30 - 2.5 miles & 30DS
1/31 - ZumbaLite & ST
* This schedule allows for 2-3 days of ST per week, plus 5 days of some sort of cardio. I've reclaimed "Zumba" as ZumbaLite to remind me to keep it light...but if Zumba starts messing with me again, I'll have to sub it out for the elliptical machine, and I have no problem with that because they both burn a lot of calories. I'm also going to try 30DS, but I don't think I can do it every single day right now. I may not even be able to finish level one right now, but dangit I vow to at least attempt to do as much as I can of it every single day I've got it scheduled.
* Also, you'll notice I've simply put a mileage number for my old "run" days. If I get back to feeling like I can run (and get the go ahead from the doc) I will try to run part of these. If not, I'll walk it. And on those long days, I'll do what I can - take a break - and then finish my mileage later. Even if that means a LOT of short 15 minute walks (15 minutes seems to be my breaking point right now), that's what it means - that's why I scheduled them on Saturdays!
JANUARY 2012 FOOD GOALS
Allowed High Calorie Days
* Jan 2nd - I'll be home from work with the boys and am thinking this might be our one "eat out" day that week
* Jan 8th - My birthday! We will certainly be eating out that day (hopefully) and I have my eye on a vegan chocolate cake with vegan "buttercream" frosting - not because of dietary concerns, but because the best cake/cupcakes I've eaten in my life have been vegan. *shrug* Maybe my body just likes them more...
* Jan 15th & 22nd - Both Sundays, which I think will be my regular HCD, unless there's a special event or something
- Again, this whole "high calorie days" is a tester type thing. When I started losing weight in 2004, I used to think it a horrible idea to weigh in more than once a week. But last year I started weighing in every day and I noticed it takes the sting out of the numbers for me. I feel somehow better about my progress by "checking in" every day, and starting my morning on the scale reminds me that I have a job to do, that I have a goal I'm reaching toward, so I need to be on the ball each and every day. (Now, I'm not promoting this. This works for me. This could be disasterous for you -- some even say it can lead to eating disorders! -- but I gotta do me.) I'm hoping that this "high calorie day" thing will break me from binges that last a week because I've been trying so hard to be "good" for months and I just can't take it any more. I want to "lessen" that feeling of "all or nothing" and know that if I want a friggin' cupcake, I can have one...and it doesn't mean I have to starve all day to do it. I'll have it on my HCD and then move on. I have no clue if this will work, but it won't hurt to try, right?
Other food goals:
On days not HCD, I need to stick to around 1700-1900 calories. (Haven't found that sweet spot yet, so I'm just going by nutritionist recommendations and what I know about what my body does when I have "successful" weeks.)
Only eat out 1-2 times per week. This includes special occasions and lunches, so no making special "exceptions" for these. If I grab a Subway sub on Tuesday at lunch, then I've used up one of my "eat out" cards.
When eating out, be mindful of what you're ordering! Since I know about cooking now, I know a lot of what types of oils, butters, and sauces pack a calorie punch right in the kisser. So I'm going to be mindful of that and try to order wisely.
Make meals at home. Of course, since we'll be eating out less, that means I'll be cooking at home more. This is why I've been testing out the whole "slow cooker" method of making dinner to see how well that will work into our lives. Right now, it's looking good! I can give myself a "night off" from cooking, while still enjoying a warm home-cooked meal. I think we'll be using our slow cooker 2-4 nights a week in January!
Make healthy lunches for work. This is something I've been working on. I do not enjoy/get filled up on/like the taste, cost, or sodium in those TV dinner type meals. When I eat these, I end up hungry an hour later. No lie. They can say it's got tons of fiber and whatever else, but my body just soaks it up (or maybe just gets rid of it...TMI?) and I'm hungry again. It just NEVER seems like enough. So I need to keep making my own lunch. Something I KNOW will fill me up and keep me going. Of course, this part has always been lacking for me. If I can make enough food the night before, I can usually swing some leftovers. But I live in a house with 3 males - one is 31 and works stocking shelves all night so needs a TON of energy from his food (=eats a LOT), another is 12 (=eats a LOT! *lol*). (The other one, my 9 year old, is still a picky eater and rarely finishes the scaled down portions I give him anyhow, so I can't totally blame this on him...it's just the oldest 2 in the house hogging the food.) This means that, try as I might, sometimes there just AREN'T any leftovers to be had. So I need healthy, quick lunch alternatives other than the fall-back salad and ham sandwich. (Feel free to give ideas!)
Get some healthy snacks going! I'm going to limit myself to 2 healthy snacks at work. Of course, I'm here for 10 hours, so the first snack can be small, but the last one needs to carry me through (especially considering I workout after work). I need to make sure to pack things like my homemade peanut butter and other things that might "stick" to me and give me the fuel I need to round out the day.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water EVERY DAY!
Take my supplements. (Right now I'm taking B-Stress Complex, Potassium, and Glucosamine. Maybe that will give my body the help it needs to REALLY heal. I'm already feeling a little better after just 3 days of it.)
REWARDS FOR JANUARY 2012
Okay, so this month my rewards are based off my exercise, because we've discovered that exercise keeps me motivated. If I find this is making other areas (like eating right) slide because I have that "well, if I just workout..." mentality, we'll switch things up. My rewards are on a sliding scale, trying to get me toward consistency without demanding immediate perfection.
There are 22 workouts scheduled in January 2012.
If I complete....I get.
22/22 - A full makeover - new outfit, haircut and color, mani, pedi.
20/22 - Haircut and new clothes
18/22 - Haircut and a new pair of jeans/pants
16/22 - Haircut and a new shirt
15/22 - Haircut
(I need a friggin' haircut! *lol* For serious. I will be SO mad at myself if I don't make it to the lower level ... *lol* But I have faith in myself that I will. I'm already "shopping" for my new outfit. The only thing scaring me is that pedicure...I've never had one and I have REALLY ticklish feet.)
At least 1 "daytrip" or weekend excursion with the family. I've got my eye on Ohio Caverns for January, but if we can't swing that even a movie and lunch day on a Sunday could work wonders!
Get crafty! I think engaging my creative side helps me too...plus, when you have a hobby you spend time doing something other than thinking about food! *lol* I'm thinking I'll either knit myself a pretty scarf (I LOVE scarves and hats...and I don't know how to knit hats yet...) or I'll get together my recipes into a family recipe book. Other crafty ideas I've had: frame a picture of my own, scrapbook my journey thus far, a new coupon organizing system, paint the living room and do house repairs (even that can be "crafty" for me).
So there it is. The plan for a new month, a new year on the calendar, a new year in my life. I'll be turning 31 and I want to start off the year on the right foot. As for NY resolutions and all that? I've decided I'd like to lose 52 pounds in 2012. That's all I got. That's my goal. One pound a week. That's totally doable...and will put me around the 250 range, which is super close to the gym-set goal for me of 230. Oh, and I'd like to get into some new (smaller sized) clothes for sure! I'm ready to save up and go shopping again! *lol* (I love buying new clothes when I know I might go down a size...makes it more fun to shop and see the progress of my hard work reflected in the mirror!)
So what's your take on NY resolutions? Are you making any? If not, are you planning for next month or just "flying by the seat of your pants" into January?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I did so well yesterday. Woke up in the AM. Had 1/2 a bagel with my homemade peanut butter (which, compared to the other stuff is not only better for me but less calories). I drank my coffee. I was feeling good.
On my first 15 at work, I stood around outside reading for a while before I thought to myself, "I could be walking." So I walked back and forth twice outside in front of my building. It wasn't much, but it felt good to move.
On my lunch break, I did 4 back and forths (or maybe 5?) after eating my 1/2 turkey sandwich (seriously, this thing was big enough to count as a full sandwich) from Hubs. Again, it felt good to move. My back didn't hurt too much, though I was starting to feel it on the last little back/forth.
I repeated the first 2 on my last break. I stayed away from candy all day. I chewed gum. I ate a protein bar for one snack. I felt more in control than I have in a while.
And then I went to the gym...and everything fell apart. First I got annoyed by the pre-jumpers. If you aren't a regular gym-goer you might not understand but all the gyms start to pack in the numbers around New Years as people make those blasted resolutions. It's a tough first couple months for us regular gym-goers because we're just waiting for the fall out so we can get back to our routine, which, believe it or not, does not involve waiting for you to finish your 1 of 4 total workouts for the year on the machine we almost always use on this day at this time. *sigh* I know it will be worse in the next couple weeks, but I always start to notice a little pre-NYE push from those people who don't want to be seen as jumping on the NYE Resolutions bandwagon (but really are). To make it even better (*dripping with sarcasm*) right now they're bouncy chicks at the ripe old age of like 12 (okay, maybe they're 17) in their teeny-tiny shorts and sparkly tanks in full makeup and hair done. *rolls eyes* I'm sorry, but I could never consider the gym the place to meet someone. I know people do but...ugh. I'm there with my battle face on, my headphones in, ready to put my entire attention and effort into my time there and make it count. I'm not flitting around all half-hazard on the treadmill, making sure my boobs look good as I blast through 10 seconds at 6.5 speed, just so the dudes (who, btw, are NOT paying attention) know I can go fast and look hot doing it.
So, yeah, there was a little annoyance at the lack of treadmill space, but I just went with it and figured I'd pound it out on the (stupid) track upstairs. (For the record, we don't have one of those fancy tracks. This thing is tiny...someone once told me it takes 17 laps to equal a mile...which means you're going around and around so much I almost get dizzy. Plus...it isn't level. There are bumps here and there. That track kinda annoys me...probably mostly because, if I'm not going to be on a treadmill, then I want to be outside on the pavement. Sometimes I *hate* that I have to check in at the gym to stay in my insurance program.)
But the real kicker was that, while I was only scheduled to WALK at a somewhat brisk pace (and, in my defense, I was going kinda fast - around a 15-16 min/mi pace...fading the whole time, though) for 20 minutes...and I nearly died. After 5 minutes I was feeling it, but I knew that was from the "resting" (or "slacking off"...however you want to look at it) I did the past couple weeks. After 10 minutes, I was just reminding myself that I was halfway there, but could tell I was slowing down no matter how hard I tried to keep up my pace (all the while cursing because I really, really, really wanted to run). By 15 minutes though, the pain in my back was causing significant problems. I wanted to stop, but I had promised myself 20 minutes, so I limped my way through the last 5 minutes and felt dejected and stupid that I had just completed a whole 1.22 miles in about 21 minutes. *rolls eyes*
I know you all are going to hurrah me for getting out there, but I'm so friggin' frustrated still. Just a month or so ago I was running 5 miles. Now I want to die after WALKING ONE MILE?! *bangs head on desk repeatedly*
What's worse...I'm having that nagging, "What's the friggin' point?" ghost haunting me. I asked the Chiro this. I explained that I'm frustrated because I've worked SO hard to lose over 100 pounds and now I'm less mobile than when I was 100 pounds heavier. And then he said what I figured a doctor would one day... "Well, sometimes it's not because of your weight. After losing over 100 pounds, I doubt this issue was caused or is affected by your weight." And while part of me doesn't believe him, part of me was laughing hysterically. Remember all those doctors, year after year, problem after problem who attributed every damn thing I had to my weight? *snort* I kept screaming inside, "Surely every single problem I ever have cannot be because of my weight!" I knew it was mostly a cop-out. And now, straight from the horse's mouth, there it is. "This probably wasn't because of your weight."
I get it, I do. Go with the most obvious solution first. Girl is fat - girl has back problems = girl's back problems could most likely be caused by her being fat. Yea, apparently not.
Still, as funny as that is to me, it's still frustrating to feel like I'm back at square one. Over a year done here with consistency, sticking with it. I never disappeared for more than a week. I took only 1 full week off from exercising. Sure, I wasn't perfect, but I kept getting back up time and time again. I kept fighting. And there I was last night, walking that track, sure that every new little thing in there was staring at me thinking it was my NY resolution to finally lose weight and doing whatever pathetic thing she could, them all thinking that they'll outlast me at the gym...not knowing I'm a regular. And while I'm walking, pathetically, my body is feeling like it's day one too. And I hate that feeling. I've lived off the "It doesn't get easier, you just get better" motto for so long and now I'm faced with "and sometimes you get worse" crap.
So, yeah. Another stupid rant from me. Sorry about all these. I know how annoying it is to hear it, but it's more annoying to live it, trust me.
I followed my stellar day and pathetic performance at the gym with a tiny binge session last night of some of the sweets we have, and felt horrible for it. All before AND after I'd eaten the dinner I had prepared, telling myself not to eat out, to control my food, and I'm shoving down carmel corn and sugar cookies like they're going to run away or disappear. I even ate one of the buckeyes that I, surprisingly, no longer care for and a no-bake cookie that sucks. No, make that 2 of those crappy no-bakes. (I lost my recipe and the one I found online was NOT right.) *bangs head on desk again*
Today is another day. I'm going to attempt a better performance. I packed my gym clothes again. I plan on going out in a moment to take my first 5 minute walk. It may not do much in the way of losing weight, but at least it makes me feel like I'm trying.
Put the pulled pork in the crockpot before I left this AM, so dinner is taken care of...just need to make it through this day with only what I have on hand (cassoulet for lunch, a banana, and a granola thin) and then resist the temptations at home. Gotta break the cycle. Gotta stop eating my frustration. And, sorry, but I gotta keep venting here in order to have any hopes of doing that.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
...of 2011! Can you believe it?!
I popped on here today not to tell you about the disappointing visit I had with the Chiro (he has no clue, but is trying a few different things - one of which is putting me on potassium supplements and asking me to just walk for a while) and how it makes me feel. But, you all already know (if you've been paying any attention at all) how I feel about that, so we won't even go there. (I'm to see how I feel and call him when I need him. He spoke some scary words about possible MRIs and injections and such and I cried like a baby and apologized for doing so. blah-dee-blah-blah...)
What I came on here to do was to bring you a report on my new food processor. Two words -- LOVE IT!
Yesterday alone I made homemade peanut butter (going to make almond butter next!) and used it to chop the onions and carrots and mash the beans for my Cassoulet. Couldn't be happier! The peanut butter is SO good. I added a little honey so it's a touch sweet, just like they make it up in Amish country. I tried to figure out the calorie count using the Spark generator and it's hard to gauge considering I'm not quite sure how many servings I have there. I used about 2 cups of peanuts and have a good bit of peanut butter from that...so I guessed around 24 servings and got a totally happy figure back. We'll have to wait it out and see, though. Maybe I'll try to guess a little better when I get home and have it in front of me. Either way, slapping a bit of that on my 1/2 a bagel this morning was pure bliss next to my fresh ground coffee. NOM!
I've been eager to cook again with all my new toys. (I also got a new sharp knife - which was great for cutting the pork last night...was like cutting butter almost! and a huge cutting board! YAY!) I'm finding recipes I like or making them up as I go along and then I'll adapt them to suit our nutirional needs. This week I just kinda went with the recipe as is, and then I'll rework it next time.
Last night was the ever famous Cassoulet. My family LOVES this dish and it's seriously packed with yummy, hearty goodness.
*note to self - buy more Herbs de Provence
This morning, I stuck in the crockpot the frozen meatballs I made with Ethan last night. Didn't take too long to make, really, so that was nice. Was also nice that I could make one part one night (the meatballs), and then put it together the next day - cuts down on prep time.
(I'd show you a picture of our meatballs, but my email is being wonky right now.)
*I've checked the nutritional information for these. The only adjustment I made last night was to use wheat flour instead of white to coat them before popping them in the freezer. Each person will get 4 meatballs for about 324 calories, 21.6 g of fat tonight. That's a LITTLE high considering we'll be sticking them on our spaghetti...so I need to adjust a bit. If they turn out good, I'll try lean ground turkey next time and cut down A LOT on the calories and fat.
Here's the recipe for those:
Tomorrow night we'll be having Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Now, let me preface this by saying that I have ALWAYS hated barbeque sauce. That may be somewhat un-American of me (and thank goodness I don't live somewhere like Texas!) but I just never liked the flavor. At least it's kept me away from things like wings and pulled pork before... but this week... well, it's another test for us.
Couponer that I am, I can't miss great deals. One of my great finds was barbeque sauce for around 50 cents a bottle. So I've had two of those sitting on the stockpile for a while now. Pork was on sale this week so... yeah, here we go! The Bull's-Eye website (the BBQ sauce I got) has a recipe for something just like I was about to try to make, so I'll be adapting part of that. This one will be a bit of an experiment for all involved...so I'll have to let you know how it goes.
Friday we'll be having Chicken Parmesan - which I expect to be nothing less than amazing. It's a little high cal, so we'll have to see next time where I can cut back...we'll also have to see how filling it is. If I eat less chicken, I can make smaller portions and thus lower the calories without altering a thing. We shall see.
It's another slow cooker recipe...here you go:
And.... *bangs cymbals* ...just what is our festive meal to round out this year on Saturday?
Look, I went to the store a few weeks back and they had boxes of taco shells (name brand) marked down to 1.39 per box. On the box, was a coupon for $1 off any product by that company. Considering they last for like ever (we're not going to even think about how right now)...my stockpile now contains about 20 boxes of taco shells, which I got for .39 cents each. Thankfully, my entire family loves tacos, so this is a perfect fallback food. Whenever they have ground beef, chicken or turkey (I've used all, the boys don't care either way) on sale, we add in a taco night. This week, ground chuck was on special, so Taco Night it is. And it had to be Saturday because I needed a night when I had a little more time to cook it.
I'm looking forward to finding more great recipes for the family and adapting them to the healthy diet (or finding ones that are already just healthy). I'm always looking for new things to try and especially love having "themed" nights where we do (Americanized versions of) dishes from other countries/regions. We have our New Orleans night when we chow down on our Jambalaya (thinking of trying Gumbo too..though finding recipes for that is maddening...there are SO many versions!). We have Mexican night with our tacos. We do French night (and Mommy annoys everyone by answering their questions in French and asking them inane questions like "Quelle heure est-il?" and "Quel est votre nom? Je m'appelle Esther." (Yeah, gotta love that French minor...doing great things with that these days! *lol*)
What's your favorite dish to make? Got a recipe that is always in your/your family's rotation? SHARE PLEASE! (Especially if it uses a food processor at some point...because I like using my new toy! *lol*)
Tonight I'll be headed to the gym to have a walk date with myself. I've thought about maybe adding in some boxing too. Will give me some core work and make me sweat without being too over the top. Will have to see how I feel later. Other than that, doc says drink lots of water (I think he noticed the inflammation too...or as us girls feel - BLOATED!) On Monday I weighed in at a hefty 9 pounds higher than the day before. YIKES! The number stayed the same yesterday. (No time to weigh this morning though.) I can feel it too. Maybe it's the junk that's been finding it's way to my mouth lately, maybe it's the not working out thing, but either way, Momma's body is swollen like a fat mosquito. Lots of water and a bit of moving about should help that out.
The best news is that I didn't wake up this morning wanting to scream, like I have for the past, I don't know...MONTH. I'm feeling a BIT better...and I'll take a bit better over no better any day.
(And, for my own record, yes, I took my potassium supplement today. Also started taking a B Stress Complex hoping it will help the constant headaches I've been having.)
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