Tuesday, October 30, 2012
So many nice comments on my last blog. I think when you are on a long weightloss journey, it is not always going to be exhilerating to do it. If I were experiencing more progress, it would be easier though.
I mentioned the Hungry Girl fudge yesterday and I want to report that mine turned out great! I combined a can of pumkin (on sale!) and a box of sugar-free brownie mix. I put it in my sprayed square glass baker. I melted 2 tablespoons of regular smooth peanut butter in the microwave and drizzled it over the top (it covered most of the top). I have a bunch of pecans in my freezer so I placed pecan halves over the top so that when I cut it, each piece has one half on top. I forgot to put in the chocolate syrup and baked it about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I cooled it a while on the counter and then put it in the refrigerator until it was completely cooled. When I sliced it, the pieces had a slight gelatinous texture and didn't crumble or break apart. It was really delicious too! It is not completely chocolatey, but for those of us that have a sweet tooth, it is a nice snack and isn't altogether unhealthy. I've made it in the past with regular brownie mix, but it's nice I can make it with a sugar-free mix and have acceptable results. Last time I made it, I kept it on the counter and after several days, there was mold on it. This time, I will store it in the refrigerator. Since the pieces cut so well, I think I'll just cut the whole thing up and put it in a plastic container with maybe a bit of wax paper between the layers. My husband likes it too. My kids don't like pecans and my son doesn't like peanut butter, so this treat isn't for them. They are welcome to eat pop tarts though. The recipe for this can be found at this link, or you can just Google "Hungry Girl fudge" like I do.
Here is a picture
Here is a picture of the beach from when I went beach walking on my birthday. We never really got rain, but there was strong wind and surf. Can you see the snow blowing? It looks like mist.
I have an interview at an alternative school tomorrow. In my mind, I feel I could do this, so I hope I get an offer of a job. I also received an email regarding an opportunity to work from home teaching English to non-speakers of English--I think it's adult clients. It will be a Skype interview and I think I'd really like this. In December, Bob and I will be attending a job fair in Atlanta to try to get jobs in a foreign country. We really want to do something like that best of all. Our kids are on board especially if it could be in Europe. My daughter is especially interested. My son would be glad to never move, but he has wrapped his mind around it. I wish I could get a job in a non-traditional teaching setting and that Bob could find joy in his job again. Then we could ride it out until the kids graduated, but Bob is not happy and shows no signs of turning the corner in his present situation. We are over 50, and our feeling is that the time will not get better for us to make a change than right now. Our parents are behind us as well. I am getting myself rallied for the interview tomorrow and will put my best foot forward. I could really use a job right now. Perhaps if we were to get a teaching position in a foreign land, it wouldn't come to pass until next fall anyway (we think we could go sooner though).
Wow! I wonder who could read this much! If you did, you have an excellent attention span! Keep on sparking!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Had a bad weekend food-wise. I have been reading a few blogs and a book where people are thinking that losing weight is too hard or near impossible to do and some of the those ideas got in my head. I'm not ready to give up though. I have to agree that constant portion control and weighing of foods and being careful is a hard life to lead and I doubt I want to do it for the rest of my life.
I made a goal to make my weekly fitness goal and was successful last week. It's pretty out, but I just couldn't get myself out there today. I did some working out around the house though with some weights work and high-stepping. I'm not doing to great on my water drinking.
I went to the bookstore and browsed the weightloss section--so many books! I am wondering what to do with my metabolism and saw Jillian Michaels's book so I took a peek. I read more about it on Amazon. To tell the truth, she's just saying to eat clean, get 5+ freggies a day, work out, get your sleep, avoid excesses in caffeine and alcohol. Nothing ground-breaking. I need the reminder though.
Felt hungry today so I cooked some chicken thighs in order eat something that wouldn't be carby. It was pretty good. I have some for tomorrow.
I had to get a tire on Bob's car so I went to Publix to peruse the fresh vegetables that weren't overly starchy as so many are this time of year. I got some salad fixings and broccoli slaw and stir-fry mixes-these were only a dollar a pack! I can put together some healthy meals with these ingredients. I also got some portabella caps. I like them pan fried and eaten like a hamburger. I had the idea of doing that again combined with a boca burger to really attack a big appetite. I also made some Hungry Girl fudge using a sugar-free brownie mix. Hope it tastes good. I put pecans on top for added goodness. I am going to try to steer clear from excessive carbs this week but I DO get a sweet tooth so I hope the fudge turns out okay. Last time I made it, one piece was very satisfying and hubby liked it too.
Well, Sandy is far from us but it is a concern for a lot of people. I hope everyone who reads this are safe and dry and doing what they can to make their dreams of health and fitness come true!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Another spark friend posted her goals so I thought I would too.
Get into the 220s.
Achieve the fitness minutes and calories burned prescribed by SparkPeople. I have never done this so this week will be the first!
Drink the water--I pledge 6 cups to keep my streak going, but often drink more. Often I don't make it, so it's a mini-goal to keep a streak going.
Finish my online class--I have a hard time with motivation.
Get into the 190s (ONE-derland) by Valentine's Day.
Get my K-12 Reading Endorsement which might help me get a job.
Wear clothes purchased in the regular department of a store instead of plus-size.
Never get this big again!
Find a job if not in education in something I can do for the next 15 years and make decent money doing it.
Happy sparking to you all!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I am trying to stay positive but it is pretty hard.. I had an overeating day yesterday and baked a cobbler. It was pretty good and thankfully gone now. After eating the last of it this morning, I took a half-hour walk in the neighborhood to atone. I just feel like the whole month of October has been really difficult for me as far as my weightloss program has gone. I try to stay in my eating range most days and I have added some fitness. I am drinking water like crazy too. I wish there were someone who is home like me that would like to do this with me. It's hard to be motivated all the time. I'm still all in with a lifestyle change, but I will be the first to admit that it is not a breeze, it's not easy.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Love the photos some of you guys share on here of all the fall foliage. It's fall here too, but it's a subtle season. We are still wearing shorts almost every day.
These first pictures the walking track around the baseball fields at a local park that is a mile from my house.
I would like to know the length of this trail.
I also walk in my neighborhood. It's an old in-town neighborhood. During the day it's pretty quiet. Luckily there isn't much traffic since there aren't sidewalks on all the streets.
The shade is nice.
wildflowers on the side of the road indicate it's fall--most of the trees are evergreen.
The neighbor has an orange tree that is full of oranges. Oranges are in season late in the year--get to your nearest fruit stand and stock up!
We DO have sidewalks too! Isn't the shade terrific?
I'm lucky to live so close to the beach. This one is on Amelia Island, which is off the coast of Florida--only 30 minutes from my house. I love an excuse to go to this area for shopping, eating out, or going to these beautiful beaches. This time of year means very few tourists or locals since all the kids are in school.
Today I went to the county seat to vote. They have a terrific boardwalk along the river and a walking track that I don't know how long it is. I walked for about an hour, but stopped a lot to take pictures of flowers, trees, and butterflies. We do have a bit of color here that signifies the season, but like I've said before, it's subtle.
Along the river the plant life is profuse.
I love Autumnal decorations. These people are really in the spirit of the season!
A tree with rusty leaves--we do have them here and there!
Palm trees are much more common and their leaves don't change.
Pretty berry bush. Botanists might know it's name, but it's pretty and colorful!
See the butterfly in the wildflowers? There were a lot of both today!
I can't believe how good this phone's pictures are! I couldn't resist trying to capture a lot of butterflies and to get shots of each kind of wildflower I noticed.
These people said it would be okay to take their picture. See how nice it is? Jackets only required in the air conditioning!
The river is really swollen and strong here. This same river flows through my mom's town and it's so different there--kind of narrow and shallow. Here it has strong currents and is very deep. It's not far to the Atlantic Ocean where it dumps out.
Whew! Hope you guys enjoyed the tour. I look forward to similar photos from where you live.
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