Friday, March 22, 2013
Today I wanted a burger. Fish was not going to fill that need I need beef. I was admiring cows and thinking how nice they would taste. This is me who will not eat fresh meat, me who continues to fool myself that meat comes on styrofoam trays. I have no such respect for fish but I don't want to know that my meat was ever alive. But back to the point; how will I get a gluten free burger, lower in calories and no bread with a salad. Well macdonalds and wendys were out so I decide to make a my own. I used half beef, half turkey added some onions, garlic, ginger, parsley and celery. A little salt and pepper, added some raisens and made two small patties and 20 meatballs. I baked the meatballs and the patties made a green salad and that was lunch. The meatballs will be frozen for when I need a meat protein.
Wednesday I made a practice version of pudding and souse, a local favorite. I had promised that I would bring a large batch of pudding to a souse party ( lime ) on Saturday. I have to work my butt off walking the hills and boxing on Saturday so that I can lime with my buddies. This is NOT spark friendly. A souse party has three main things souse - boiled pork in a quick cucumber pickle with pepper, pudding - seasoned sweet potatoes (bonitos) with sugar, baked and rum- preferably aged rum like Mount Gay Extra Old. My practice pudding was excellent - gluten free and if you wanted to be healthy use stevia instead of sugar.
For the Saturday lime I also plan to make a side if hot mango pepper. Use habaneros or finger peppers (keep seeds), a little onion, garlic and a mango. Proccess in a small food processor into a fine chop using some salt and vinegar add rum to keep fresh ( any strong rum will do including white rum. This is Extremely hot so be careful. Keep refrigerated, excellent on pork or strong meats.
Enough yapping for now.
P.S this Is my personal recipe so if you want to put it on your blog or cookbook , please ask my permission.
I want royalties. Lol
Friday, March 08, 2013
I have been on Sparkpeople for a long time but a like a number of persons who start up but don't continue I found the site hard to navigate and understand. I read all these success stories and heard how important the teams and the spark buddies were in the process but nothing seem to work for me. I made a few friends but they didn't stay long and so i meandered along.
September 2011 I decided to try to change my life... slow and steady. My doctor had just diagnosed that I was hypothyroid; I also had PCOS and Celiacs. I knew losing weight would be difficult but I wasn't getting younger and I needed to do something about it. So I started back on Sparkpeople so that I could track my progress. I wasn't consistent. I found that I had the same problems; no real connection with anyone there, and sometimes the logging process was just too much. But I like the recipes and I the opportunity to blog so every now and again I would make the effort to use it.
In February 2013 I started to refocus on me and set out to try to log my food more consistently. I used "my fitness pal" for logging but I still liked the spark for recipes, information and reading about other persons so I also tried to Spark at least once a week. I discovered that logging food is tedious but useful and this week I used spark more than usual and I realised that... wait for it.... I NEED MORE PROTEIN! If I eat at the recommended levels for most persons the mathematics of calories in calories out was not the same for me as others. I read an very useful article on Sparkpeople on eating for hypothyroid and this led me to other articles and soon I had a body of knowledge that let me realised that I needed to focus not just on calories but on the makeup of the meal. I need more protein, less carb and to be careful what vegetables I used. I learnt not to eat raw broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, peaches, strawberries etc that they needed to be cooked or that they could impact my uptake of iodine. I learnt that I should NOT take my calcium tables close to the time I take my thyroid medication, I learnt that I needed Vitamin B (I take metformin so I need extra B12, D and Calcium.) I also learnt about the relationship between PCOS, Celiacs and Hypothyroid.
The true benefits of Spark I leant was not the ability to log (even though that was useful) it was the body of information in the articles and on the forums to assist me in improving my health. Yes I would still love to have a spark buddy to walk on this journey with me but even without the buddy I know I have Sparks "body of knowledge" to help me get there.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Today I woke at 4:30am and really wanted to go back to bed. But then my gym buddy texted to say "lets get moving!" so I hauled my tail out of bed and put on some exercise clothes, drank water and drove the ten minutes to the gym. I am so glad I did as today was using the ball and Allison (gym instructor) was on a tear.
"Leave your sleepy faces behind you or go back home to your man/bed. I only want your energy in here." she said and proceed to put on some techno music ( I prefer calypso but the tempo was good) "get them steps out and put up four risers" we moving today." You should have heard the collective groan. "what! stop complaining in here," she said "my gym, my rules, so get moving." Then we proceeded to warm up and stretched the legs. "We working on some of the smaller, stabilising muscles and some thigh work" and then she asked us to jump onto the step and back off. Those of us who couldn't (like myself) were asked to step up and down. After the first 35 I checked to see if my legs were still there. "What small muscles she talking about, the big ones in my legs hurting, " I thought. When I stopped she said "wait you tired.. let we do some burpees instead." Now for sure I knew she joking because my legs done weak. "Move it D, you gotta get that bungee (buttock) in check" she said when I stopped to rest during some squats. The rest of the class continued in the same vein. She asked us to roll on the ball up to our knees and then raise one leg to use the stability muscles. (I would have loved to have tried but I still looking for them.) We did tricep dips, stomach crunches, leg push backs, squats over the benches etc. By the end of the class I was sweating in places too embarrassing to tell you but I was happy. We worked out hard, traded insults back and forth, and had a ball. When I got back home, I was so full of energy; my hubby asked what I was drinking in class. I am still on a high even now.
It is amazing how hard it is to get out of a warm bed to go and exercise but how rewarding it can be when you do. Yes I want to lose weight but the benefit of today's class went well beyond weight loss. Nothing can make me upset this day, I can do anything, ignore any one and smile all the time like I have some internal joke and energy fountain. A good start makes a great day!
PS. The oatmeal recipe I found somewhere on sparkpeople helped too! Here is my version for this morning.
Oatmeal (no cook) breakfast
1/2 cup dry roll oats
couple raisins (less than 10)
6-8oz Almond Breeze original unsweetened (you can use soy but I don't)
cinnamon (to ur taste, I like a lot)
Put everything in a plastic bowl, cover and put in the fridge the night before (or early morning if you forget) put a plastic spoon on top.
When you are running out of the house in the morning, grab the bowl and spoon. (you can microwave for 1 minute if you like it warm) and go. Open bowl and eat.
P.S.S It is written in "mostly" English but the sentense structure reflects my dialet and accent, so English teachers out there; yes I am aware of the differences between this and standard English. I could have written it in full dialet but few would have understood it. So all ah wunna people out dey, doah matta 'part yah is, luv and peace."
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Let me post my disclaimer here. I do not now nor have I ever thought of myself as "christainly." I was raised in the Anglican church with an Adventist mother and an Agnostic father. My relationship with God has always been a little weird and while I am working on my faith, my purpose here is not to try to lecture anyone on theirs. I have friends who I very much admire who are are Buddhist, Muslin, Atheist and so on and so I have always been open on the topic of faith and religion.
Having said the above why talk about lent? Well for me Lent has been a time to remember that there is pain in this world and that I should strive to at all times give to others and work on my faith. It is a time for personal sacrifice, generosity and giving and most of all love. So for the next forty days I will work to meet the following goals:
I will exercise every day
I will give up all sweets - no chocolate, sugar, only water and unsweetened tea.
I will reduce my vanity -I will wear no make up
I will give generously to others
- positive comments,
- offering comfort, and
- offering financially to those less fortunate
I will go to church at least three times during lent.
I will pray daily
I will read my daily reflections
So I went to church today to have this conversation with God and t0 ask for strength to take me through this period. But as with losing weight it is easy to back slide so this blog is my covenant with myself. My chance to write my plans so that I will have a greater sense of accountability.
This will hopefully strengthen my ability to commit to my personal weight loss/ health journey. It all begins with one step!
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