Thursday, November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope everyone has someone to spend the day with, even if it's just for a few minutes or for a bite to share.
I'm thankful for the chance to modify my usual Thanksgiving fare so that I can keep with my regular diet without feeling denied.
I made dressing without butter or oils, and it tastes just fine, still decadent and otherwise naughty but much lower in fat than before. For the main dish I made wild rice stuffed squash, which features mushrooms and cranberries, also with not one drop of oil.
I'm going to have mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberry relish, and if there's time, dry-roasted root veggies. I'm already roasting brussels sprouts and root veg to take with me, but will not be eating any of either since I'm using evoo in those.
Whatever I end up with on my plate, there will be plenty, and I won't go hungry, and definitely I won't envy what anyone else is having!!
I'd hoped to have time to concoct a pumpkin pie for dessert, but can do that later.
It's truly a blessing that I have the freedom and wherewithal to be able to cook anything at all today, and after that, to have somewhere to go to share stories and food with others.
Well, there's a gluten- and dairy-free coconut cream pie in the oven (but not fat- or egg-free, and it's not for me anyway) and it is about ready to come out. I've got much to do yet.
On top of that, I'm watching a friend's dogs for a few days so there are 4 wild and crazy pooches here keeping me on my toes. Mostly they're a well-behaved bunch. I'm cooking them a special meal of salmon and cod for their feast later.
Blessings to all, and may your harvest meal be most bountiful and luscious and awe-inspiringly delicious.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I found a recipe that uses a delicata squash. I loosely followed it to make a stew instead of a soup, but the point is I tried the squash, which until now never heard of. The meat doesn't have to be separated from the rind; this is a huge "selling point" for me. I washed the outside very well, carefully cut it up into small chunks, and tossed it into the pressure cooker with red lentils, onions, peas, and some other stuff, and a large can of petite dice tomatoes. I also generously seasoned it with lots of curry and a dried Thai chili. I set the pressure cooker to the lentil setting and in 30 minutes had a lovely, fragrant, delicious stew. The squash all but disappeared, except for bits of the rind, which turned out very tender like zucchini.
I'm now a huge fan of delicata squash!! For wintertime dishes, I hope to find other squashes that don't need de-rinding in order to cook and eat.
Oh, and the Redrun was a blast!!! The run part was no problem for me, except the hilly bits were quite steep and I ended up walking up the majority of them. I was able to complete 5 of the 6 obstacles. I couldn't crawl through the corrugated drainage pipes, so I didn't. It's alright.
It was a beautiful day, there was a huge turnout (nearly double the expected entrants), and except for some not-so-nice behavior by some of the runners and some of the zombies, a grand time was had by most. Part of the course ran through Virginia City and the other part into the hills on the outskirts, along the V&T train tracks, through that tunnel, and then down into the open-pit mine area where the last big obstacle was, the "blood bath" slog. I had trash bags to tape over my feet but they lasted halfway through and then got torn so I was just as soaked to the toes as everyone else. Yikes!!
I had so much fun, I hope I'm still in the area next year so I can do it again. Next time, though, I will reserve my hotel room months in advance so I get my favorite room at the Silver Queen Hotel.
Last but not least, I finally stopped chickening out and got in touch with my sister, whom I have neither spoken to nor seen in about ten years. It was pretty much as I figured it would be... she mentioned hoping I've dealt with my "anger issues" but still invited me for Thanksgiving and her big bash birthday party next year. I said I deal with my anger by identifying and eliminating the triggers, and that I must always avoid known toxic environments to stay sane, so I'd like to stick to email right now. Perhaps I could have been more diplomatic, and perhaps I could have lied, but for a long time I gave my power to be away to others, and to her, and I'm not "going there" anymore. I will always think her husband is a first-class jerk (to be polite), and I will not set foot into her home while he lives there as well. My sister has always been the type who disappears herself into her husband's family (she did it with hubby #1 as well), and that's not my business. I don't have to buy into her world view, so all I can do is wish her well and leave it at that.
We all have to make choices in order to survive in this world, and to find our happiness, or some facsimie thereof, and it's not up to the ones on the outside to judge the motivations of another's choices.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
I finally started going outside to train for the zombie dodge run. August 31 I jogged for .8 mile, September 1 1 mile, September 3 1.5 miles, September 4 2 miles.
September 7 2 miles, and today 2.12 miles. I'm increasing the distance by gradual increments, and nothing I can't do safely, and having a lot of fun with friends who are serious about making sure I can dodge zombies. There are tons of logging roads very close by, and I'm using them because the route for the Redrun is a lot of hilly, rocky, uneven dirt roads and probably a good mile or so along train tracks.
I feel very good! I'm doing my stretches, warm up and cool down routines, and just learned of a technique called "tapping" to help release any negativity or doubt that I can finish what I start.
I did some investigation into a raw or mostly raw diet and decided it is not for me. I haven't got the time or money to invest in the stuff I would need to maintain good health on a mostly raw diet. I work for a living!! I don't have the opportunity to eat every 20 minutes! Egad. But I admire anyone who can maintain a raw diet lifestyle, as long as they are healthy. It's just not something I want to do.
But I'm still cooking a wide variety of foods, foods without added oils or fats, whole foods and good, healthy foods that are delicious and filling and low fat. I eat a lot of raw, fresh foods, too - my almost-daily fruit bowl, sandwiches with veggies, salads.
Life is GOOD.
Friday, August 16, 2013
I did it. I joined an online dating site about a month ago. After thinking long and hard about it, I came to several conclusions. First, I don't expect to meet Mr. Right in my town or surrounds. I need to expand my horizons, and darn it, it's kind of frustrating to never have a date because I'm just not interested in any of the locals for one reason or another or several. Second, I like the idea of taking the time to get to know someone with the safety net of distance and perhaps some amount of anonymity until trust and friendship have been established. Third, in a world where so many people judge books by their covers, I like the environment where someone can see just what I look like and if they aren't impressed, no harm no foul, just delete that profile no one's the wiser, and the same goes for me if I am not entirely sure I want to wake up next to "him" some morning. Fourth, with some amount of my usual hardnosed practicality, I can present the me that "he" is going to meet in reality down the road, and believe me that's a pretty good weeder-outer right there. I'm not the Rainbow and Butterfly girl. I'm not the Goth Tattoo Mistress, either. I'm a chunky, independent (sometimes fiercely so), reasonably easy-on-the-eyes woman who is self-sufficient and a complete, whole person all by herself.
Fifth, reading how other men compose their profiles, how they write, the things they say, gives me great insight as to whether they are the kind of men I want to hang out with. Anyone who writes, "I want to live life to the fullest!"... out the door goeth that profile. Anyone who writes, "I am looking for someone who is slim and fit..." same direction.
I can't do typical date stuff. I don't drink, get panicky in crowds of strangers, have too many dietary restrictions to be able to eat out con mucho gusto, can not watch a movie in a movie theater because I talk at the screen too much, etc.
After all was said and done, I met a man who seems to be a strong contender for a lasting partnership. I'm going for the whole enchilada (vegan of course, and low fat, and low carb, and under 300 calories per serving...). As I told him, if nothing else we each have gained a friend.
Wish me luck, and wish me love!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Riding my bicycle isn't enough. My course right now is all flat, and the only challenge is some wind when I turn up the airport road.
A friend suggested that I buy a mini-trampoline, especially for nights I'm on call (or weekends) and am stuck at home. I did buy one, and have used it nearly every night since! In two weeks I've missed 3 workouts. I jog in place, and put on netflix or a series of 80's dance videos on youtube, and just go for it.
A milestone: Last week I was able to clip the waist clip on my lead apron skirt, first time since I've been using it. It's the largest skirt we have, and the only one that goes around my belly, so this is truly a major milestone. And... I could still breathe normally after clipping the waist clip!
I know I'm on the right track to fitness. Using the mini-trampoline has made a huge difference for me, and it won't be long before I'm actually jogging outside on the road.
The Redrun is October 12 and I need to be able to run for 6 miles. It won't be a straight up run, because there are obstacles to overcome, and the route is neither level nor safe. Plus, there will be zombies to dodge. I may not need to maintain a 6 mile constant run but I will be physically challenged no matter what. Looking forward to it!
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