Sunday, February 27, 2011
While I now have nice, warm weather, I love being reminded by picture that my winter wonderland truly is a wonderland. Hereís Old Main from my alma mater.
BUT [as for] you, teach what is fitting and becoming to sound (wholesome) doctrine [the character and right living that identify true Christians].
I happened to have my camera in my pocket while walking for a cone last week for this sunset.
Hope youíre enjoying your day regardless of the weather.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Yippee! The Teddy Bears landed safely in Antananarivo, Madagascar! Enjoy the local trips and tours, as well as the exotic animals!
How it is that 100 things can go right and then one really weird thing happens that throws can throw us into emotional chaos. For a while, I nearly made myself sick over it. While the funk only lasted a minute or two, (in the past, it might have lasted days or weeks), it just goes to show how fickle our emotions can be. Don't you just love progress? - WooHoo!
Of the hundred right things that happened, I'm still losing weight. I feel better when I hop on the scale and get dressed each day and I have exceeded my expectations in reaching my challenge goals.
Thursdayís Progress on key nutrients:
Sodium (3269 Pizza!)
Rewards are an important part of reaching goals. I bought myself some flowers that happen to be a great buy at the check-out counter at my local supermarket.
It's politically correct in today's society to live by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The bible has just such a rule as well:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Do something good for yourself real soon!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Being a pasta fiend, I have a case of garlic and parsley Fiber Gourmet (.com) pasta coming at the end of March when I return to my beautiful winter wonderland. This pasta has about half the calories with 18 grams of fiber and tastes good! WooHoo! With all the great fruits and veggies I eat, I actually have to be a little more cognoscente of staying within my maximum fiber range. While it goes against the bargain hunter in me (buying in bulk), it's probably just as well that this pasta comes in smaller serving packages so I donít overeat.
Wow, my magnesium made the recommended amount two days in a row! It was the pork that got me over the hump.
And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.
For it doesnít go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.Ē (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods ďclean.Ē)
While I eat meat, I'd be fine without it and didnít miss it one bit when I spent three weeks in central and northern India last summer.
When Iím with my Indian friends, I happily eat vegetarian and love the Thai and Indian restaurants most of all. When Iím with my Nepalese friends, I do not buy or prepare beef. When Iím cooking for my cousin, I buy soy yogurt when I make Pakoras Curry as I know they prefer non-dairy. I like to think Iím pretty flexible when it comes to food. Thanks to having such grand Sri Lankan friends, I don't even need utensils to eat: Fingers work just fine, in fact better! For the most part, I'm a flexitarian living in a non-vegetarian household. So far, my breakfast and Ciciís pizza and salad buffet for lunch were vegetarian. To my Jewish friends and non-pork eaters, please accept my apologies for this blog.
Wednesdayís Progress on key nutrients: Another Jackpot on all seven!
This morning was my weekly Weight Watcher weigh in. I have to make a concerted effort to lighten up on the salt for two days before a weigh-in. That makes the value of SparkPeopleís nutritional tracker that much more valuable. WooHoo, I'm happy to report I managed a 1.2 lb weight loss.
I hope youíre meeting your goals today!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I've tried making spaghetti using whole grain pasta, and hubby found it too chewy and just didn't like it. It's just not very convenient to fix two types of pasta or let alone, find two big pots; so while I love the regular stuff, I've been relinquished to using the less nutritional pasta. I havenít tried it the last few years. Is one brand better than another or do I need to cook it longer?
The other day, I shared my love for hot dishes. Iím thinking it must come from growing up Lutheran, where pot lucks were a common day in the church as drinking water for most of us. Now days, itís hard to find a good potluck: I attribute this to the growing germaphobes we have today.
My pot roasts are all sliced up and ready to both eat and freeze. They slice up so much better after they've been chilled. I made 10 (lean) 4-oz snack bags that can be thawed for hot dishes, sandwiches, wraps, pho (soup) or as is for a dinner with 20 oz to go with mashed red potatoes and yummy gravy.
For the ultimate in fast and convenient food at home, take a hamburger helper (5 servings), bag of mixed veggies (5-6 servings), and 8 oz of lean slow cooked meat, and while you may have poorer quality of pasta and higher salt content, you have a complete meal in about 20 minutes.
Call for Help! - Do you have a good suggestion to make a similar hotdish from scratch without using high-salt soup or prepackaged flavor packets? I may love to cook, but I also enjoy the convenience of ďfast and easyĒ whenever possible.
Tuesdayís Progress on key nutrients: A Jackpot on all seven!
The biggest surprise today was reaching my magnesium goal, something I only do every now and then: it was the hot air popcorn and broccoli that did the trick. I have to be honest, I really don't pay attention to everything some of you probably think I do . . . I've been at this losing weight and improving my eating habits for nearly five years now and I take one element and try to make improvements little by little. Just as I get one element down pat, I hear The Doctors or Dr Oz bring out another great tidbit of information that gives me yet another element of eating to work on. Thank God for life-long learning!
ďHear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
Hope youíre finding progress in something youíre doing today!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Salt has been just such a journey for me. Like most people, I have a love for this seasoning. Even the bible says, salt is good! However, too much of a good thing, has its consequences. SparkPeople reminds me with tracking every day that now is as good as anytime. It sure beats having to wait for that trip to the emergency room to be my eye opener.
While I havenít made the full trip to eliminate excessive salt, something really cool happened this week: I tipped my dash (1/8 tsp) of salt in my oatmeal and it was too much. Yesterday, I barely tapped any salt (perhaps 1/16 tsp) in my oatmeal and it was fine. This morning I ate it without any salt, canít say I was all that thrilled about it, but it did grow on me: I may need to stay with a small sprinkle. One thing for sure, I have to make my own soup Ė light and nutritious Ė the veggies speak for themselves without all the added salt. This is definitely progress!
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?
Itís interesting that the white of a large egg comes with 55 mg of sodium! I love my egg whites. When I make egg salad or potato salad, I use twice as many egg whites, eliminating excessive cholesterol and fat. I canít say that I miss the flavor or the extra creamy factors!
Iím so happy to be coming off of a couple great days of fitness. Reading so many Teddy Bear blogs this week has been most inspiring. We have a terrific team with great leadership who know the keys to success in how these challenges work! Race day is on and Iím going to try to continue to exceed my fitness goals today. WooHoo!
Mondayís Progress on key nutrients:
Sodium (my Progresso soup nearly put me over!)
Carbs (but only 11 grams too many)
While Iím in a bit of a funk on the scale -- I think itís only water retention and that by weigh-in day (now a Thursdays Weight Watcher class) Ė Iím hoping to be able to remain in the Last Teddy Standing challenge. Regardless, it's all a wash and I'm doing fine if I simply stay on track!
Hereís to progress, one step at a time!
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