Monday, January 16, 2012
Quick one today. Although I've developed a good habit of daily mail triage to keep junk mail from piling up, I've gotten off track with my Flylady decluttering effort in other areas. Habit I want to restore: at least one 15-minute decluttering period daily.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I was reminded yesterday that we were already given a theme for this exercise: blogging about habits we would like to develop. My first thought was one that came to me last week, that of spending less time online. Of course, accomplishing this blogging/feedback exercise blows that habit out of the water, so that one will have to wait.
So...based on a breakfast experiment this morning, a new habit for me will be to try at least two new recipes each month, and I'm counting the one we tried this morning: Spinach & Cheese Frittata. We modified a SP version of the recipe that made one serving (submitted by THEMOMMYMOM) by doubling the ingredients and adding lots of veggies. The result for two people was a huge, restaurant-size portion, and we served it with Smithfield maple bacon and mimosas. Our thinking is that next time we will split the frittata into 4 portions and serve a bowl of fruit on the side. Anyway, here is the recipe we tried. The nutrition info for the original 1-serving recipe is included (which would be 1/2 of the frittata we made, not 1/4).
Spinach, Cheddar, and Veggie Frittata (2 or 4 servings)
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or regular spinach, roughly chopped)
1 cup egg substitute, liquid (we used regular Egg Beaters)
2 oz reduced-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (we used Cabot 75% fat-free)
2 tsp olive oil
1 dash salt (we left out the salt)
1 dash black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (we left this out)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/3 c green bell pepper, diced
1/3 c red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp finely-diced sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 - 1 c roughly chopped mushrooms (baby bellas would be good)
Preheat broiler. Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe pan) on medium-low heat on stove top. Saute onions and peppers till soft. Add tomatoes and saute 1 minute. Add spinach and mushrooms and saute until spinach is slightly wilted. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium-low heat until eggs are almost set (3-4 minutes). Place skillet in broiler 5-6 inches from the heat, and broil until top is set (took 3-5 minutes since there was so much moisture from the veggies). Serve immediately.
Nutrition for 1/2 frittata (based on how we prepared the recipe without added salt):
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Sodium 44 mg
Potassium 315 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 22 g
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Wonder how many blogs this week will start out something like this: "I'm not really much of a blogger...."
So let me begin. I'm not really much of a blogger. In fact, I'm writing this blog to support my Winter 5% Challenge team, hence the much less than intriguing title. So to make the week's challenge interesting to me, I guess I need some sort of theme. Now 11 months into SP and approaching my weight-loss goal, I think I'll take time to reflect on some lessons learned.
Lesson 1: It is NOT impossible to lose weight after menopause. For 4 years since menopause and for many more years before, I had resigned myself to being heavy, since my family tends to be heavy. I tried to convince myself I was "big-boned," but the reality is that I am not. No diet worked (and I tried almost all of them), so I decided I was going to just be fat. I shunned the camera, and if anyone insisted I be in a picture, I stood in the middle of the crowd or begged to be captured only from the waist up. As a result, I don't have a "before" picture in my weight-loss journey toolkit.
Then, toward the end of last January, after I returned from a work trip to Japan, someone posted pictures, some posed and some candid, of the group from the trip. What did me in was a candid someone took of the group standing around a workstation watching a demonstration. I happened to be standing in the back, and the photo from behind caught me unawares. When I saw it, I just about barfed because I could see the fat rolls on my back through my suit jacket. The next time I saw my weight trainer, I signed up for her winter weight loss challenge, and two weeks later I found SP (or SP found me). I poured myself into taking care of myself and relearning how to eat and admitting that I was doing virtually no cardio and....
Well, for someone who is not much of a blogger, I've gone on way too long. See you tomorrow.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I posted these words on one of my team boards, then decided to put them into a blog.
Yesterday was one of those disasters that happen sometimes. I did REALLY well through two holiday parties, sticking to fruits, veggies, one link of turkey sausage at the breakfast party, and one tiny piece of peppermint bark for a treat. Then the evening commute was hosed by the occupy protesters (wish they would GO AWAY) in already poor conditions with heavy rain. And, of course, there were the idiots who simply can't drive in the rain and who think I'm going to be nice and let them cut in front of me when I've been waiting patiently through three or four lights. By the time I got home, I was seething, dog-tired from too little sleep, and demoralized. I plopped myself on the couch where I watched trash TV, triaged catalogs, and munched through the evening. At least it was healthier stuff (reduced-fat cheese and Triscuits), but there was too much of it and probably too much wine with it. Things are better today, though, as I've done my cardio, I have a strength training session an hour from how, and I'm on track nutritionally. Sometimes, I just need to blow off the world. What feels really good is that I can do that now without berating myself and turning my back on my successes.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I am on a quest to declutter my house. Using Flylady techniques (www.flylady.net), I faithfully set my timer for 15 minutes and attack hot spots. Yesterday, my first hot spot was the home office, where I discovered FOUR mugs full of pens and pencils! Good grief! How many can we use at one time? I set about tossing pens that didn't write and pencils with hardened erasers, and I STILL have three mugs after I pulled out the ones tossed into the desk drawer. Then, as I wandered from room to room setting my timer for more hot spots, I found another mug full of pens/pencils at the kitchen desk and yet another in the bedroom. New rule: do NOT bring home pens from hotels, conferences, trade show exhibitions, or work. We have enough writing implements to supply a school.
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