Friday, May 14, 2010
I read a blog, "Woman Loses 100 Pounds on Step Diet", and was inspired.
She was in her 40s and so am I. She was REALLY BIG and so am I. She had tried everything and so had I (before SP). THIS TIME, she had kept it off.
And I wanted to be able to say - "and so did I".
I did goals in Jan 2010 for the first time in a few years. I prayed about them too. My first goal was to finish my goals by Jan 31st, so I would have 11 months left to accomplish (or at least start) them.
My two lifelong nemeses, and the Lifestyle Changes I struggled most with were: Food and Exercise. I had made progress on the Food lifestyle change, but was and am completely sedentary on the Exercise front.
Then I read April WALKING__GIRL's blog in Jan while doing my goals and was inspired:
I had lost 30lbs my first year on SP, and THEN I found the No S Diet to handle Food; when you find something that "works for you" you just know, that you know, that you KNOW. And I had that same feeling, after prayer and working on goals, when I read April's blog and found The Step Diet, that this was going to be "THE answer" for Exercise.
SP has a bazillion teams, so I thought for sure someone already had created The Step Diet team, and all I had to do was search for it and join it. Not!
April and I shared a Leslie Sansone team (that's how I found April) so I already knew there were a million Leslie and WATP teams, and when I searched I found a million more Step, Walking, and Pedometer teams.
But no "The Step Diet Team".
Oh well, I thought, I can make do with one of the other step teams, or just keep the Leslie team I'm on.
So I was so happy when April made this team!
I am going to get the book. When there was no The Step Diet Team, I wasn't going to get the book, but now I'm inspired to get it. New at Amazon it's only $15.61 but I'm going to get it at Borders or Barnes & Noble:
I am pedometer-challenged. So the book and pedometer are my next goals. Definitely the pedometer first, so I can start counting steps.
Here's the team link:
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today I finished making the homemade chicken broth (see blog below), and finished cooking small red beans in the crockpot.
For supper I had half a bag of salad in a big serving-size bowl (large salad), with cold diced chicken breast (reserved from making the broth) and chopped boiled egg and sunflower seeds on top, 2 TBSP dressing which wasn't enough, plus added balsamic vinegar, yum yum yum. The addl vinegar does the trick without the calories.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Yesterday I had a very unusual day, especially for Sunday. I don't buy groceries (or anything else) on Sunday usually.
I worked on my weekly menu and weekly planning and administration as I normally do on Sunday. Since March I have been focusing on using up things I have on hand*. My Menu:
MON *tacos, guacamole, chicken-stuffed jalapeno boats
TUE *lasagna & salad
WED broccoli *beef over *brown rice
THU chicken *enchiladas (or fajitas) & guacamole
FRI *salmon patties, cheese *rotini, *kale
SAT *homemade pizza, salad, roasted *potato wedges
SUN make-ahead *manicotti & salad
Last night I made the whole house smell good with Apple Cranberry Cinnamon Crisp. Yum yum!! I cored and peeled the apples while I watched TV on the computer, so it seemed effortless. It turned out delicious; even better today. It also used up some *apples and *cranberries & *oatmeal . . .
When it came out of the oven I moved the plants indoors for the night (too cold last night) & then did errands.
I got air in my tires they needed it bad. They didn't look bad but I could tell because gas mileage was poor.
Then I went to some grocery stores.
Food Lion had split chicken breasts for $ .99 lb, and strawberries for $1.67 a carton, and I was out of salsa so used a raincheck to get Taco Bell salsa in a jar for $1.50; a better price than generic!
Went to Superfresh because I had a $2 coupon with a May 9th expiration date for Wisk laundry deterg, so had to go yesterday it was the last day; and Superfresh had a sale for $3.50, so I got the Wisk for $1.50!
They also had an in-store coup for Minute Maid OJ for $1.49. Alot of people must have stopped drinking juice like I have, because of the sugar, for the price to be so low?? I eat whole fruit instead. I got the kind with calcium and vitamin D, and will be careful to drink 4oz or less at a time.
Also Superfresh had an in-store coupon for ground beef $1.49 lb, a 4-lb bag of oranges for $1.49, and a whole chicken for $ .89 lb, and Sunday newspapers with coupons.
Salad was another thing I was out of. I didn't have time to go into the neighboring town I usually go to, I make my own salad from whole heads of Romaine and green leaf and red leaf. However, Superfresh had bags of salad on sale for $1.25 ea; and the date was tomorrow, so in addition there were dollar-off manager's special coups on the bags! So I got bags of salad for 25 cents can you believe it. Still don't have tomatoes and celery and onions and other "produce run" things I need from my regular stores, but, I do have cukes and carrots so that's enough and I'll make do.
Superfresh also had Sargento shredded cheese for $2 on sale - all varieties. Normally I would not buy it, Sargento brand is too high and I would wait til another brand is on sale in a dif week to buy cheese; but I had a coupon for a dollar off one, reduced sodium. So I got 8oz bags of Sargento reduced sodium cheese for a dollar ea! AND it's reduced sodium, which usually costs more.
The $1.49 lb ground beef at Superfresh was even cheaper than my Giant raincheck price of $1.99 lb. By making lasagna I'll use up the ricotta cheese in my fridge, the lasagna noodles in my pantry, and the ground beef and Sargento cheese. I have fresh garlic but am out of onion; I prefer fresh but I'll use onion powder instead. In the freezer, I have homemade crockpot Italian sauce to use, for the lasagna, as well.
I looked up internet recipes last night for homemade chicken broth. It is cheaper and healthier, and better tasting!, to make it instead of buy it, and I have the chicken from the sales. So I'm going to make homemade chicken broth today with the split breasts.
I'll use dried spices instead of the fresh some of the above recipes call for, since that's what I have on hand. I'll use the meat for soup, chicken enchiladas, shredded chicken on green salad, quesadillas, in stuffed jalapenos, and freeze the rest.
I also have a butternut, acorn, and a mystery squash to use up, so I also looked up soup recipes last night.
Will make butternut soup using the homemade chicken broth. I'm going to look at SparkRecipes, and this recipe below, which is curried:
And then will create my own cinnamon tumeric butternut squash soup recipe. I'm not into curry but tumeric (which is an ingredient in curry, but doesn't taste completely like curry) is a very healthy spice for cancer and inflammation, and cinnamon is very healthy too for blood sugar, so I'll use them both in the recipe I create. I always enjoy the color contrast of butternut soup in a white bowl, so that's how I'll serve it, just like the picture.
My final stop last night was I went to Safeway to use their in-store coupon for eggs, 18ct for $1.49, and to get milk on sale for $2.50 so I can use up the cereal I have on hand so I don't have to move with the cereal or throw it out (another instock pantry item). The cereal was on sale for 99 cents a box last summer so I know it needs to be used up, though the dates are still good and will be for awhile. Cold cereal in hot summer is good. Also I am having problems eating breakfast again and I know how important breakfast is, especially to keep my gallbladder!, and for weight loss, so I thought I'd get milk which I usually never buy or eat and then use up the cereal, two birds with one stone.
While I was at Safeway for eggs and milk, I found a Kosher turkey for $ .49 lb. Wooo hooo! It's an unadvertised special and there was only one, so the date must have been close. What a super, super, SUPER bargain (this the Empire brand Kosher turkey that is usually $2.49 lb). I usually read the labels and ingredients especially in turkeys because of the crap they put in them, read the fine print including the stars, follow the stars to locate more fine print on the label in a different location to see what they injected it with - it was so wonderful to be able to just put the turkey in my cart!! I went to Safeway as my last stop deliberately because of the eggs and milk; if I had known about the turkey I'd find there, I would not have bought the whole chicken. However, the turkey will take 4+ days to thaw out in the bottom of the fridge, so it won't be available to use this week anyway. No problemo.
Are you hungry yet? Come on over and I'll feed you.
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