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A new craze!!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hi all! I have a new craze! Popping corn! I just bought a bag of unpopped kernels and I've been popping corn nearly everyday now! I've found that I prefer popping them on the gas stove over a slow flame. Not so many old maids that way!

If I pop them on the microwave, I will waste about half of them. On the stove, I only waste about 10 to 20 percent. The first time I tried it on the stove, I burnt the bottom of the pan but I think I got it down today! No mess today! I'm getting good at this!

I made a little too much today though. I will give the excess to my neighbour. I hope her little boy appreciates healthy popcorn! No caramel, I'm afraid. I just popped them in a little olive oil and sprinkled some brown sugar and cinnamon on them.

Actually, I don't mind my popcorn plain, not as nice as the buttery movie theater stuff but at least I don't feel so guilty afterwards.........

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MELAPHANTN 3/30/2011 10:15PM

    Popcorn is my favorite snack. I eat it all the time. The kids love it also. We sometimes put grated cheese over it. Also, very good.

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LAURAAT 3/29/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds delicious! I've never tried it, but I keep thinking how much I want to. Yum!!

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SARAHO228 3/29/2011 6:10AM

    I get tired of microwave popcorn. I too like popping it on the stove. I noticed though you need a good popping corn to do this or it doesn't pop well and has more hard spots in it. It still tastes good. I pop it in canola oil and put a little butter on it. I pop it in a normal sauce pan with a cover on it.

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PICKLEDGINGER2 3/29/2011 4:14AM

  Love Popcorn. I use a "dry" popper my daughter gave me. Yum.

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UNCOMMONANGEL 3/29/2011 4:13AM

    I remember cooking popcorn when I was a kid... we had an old pressure cooker/pan... and I remember locking the long lid handle and the pan handle together, and then having so shake it back and forth on the burner it seemed like FOREVER until the popping started... then as is started to slow down, to finally stop shaking it and quick remove it from the heat before it would burn. I used to think that was great! ...and then we bought a popcorn popper... a StirCrazy popcorn popper... it did the stirring for us. lol But I tried the other day, to pop some popcorn kernals in a pan... burned it miserably... it didn't even taste right when I didn't burn the 2nd batch... :(
I think I will need to cheat and find another StirCrazy, or at least an air popper! :p

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A lesson learnt!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

We always assume little bites are nothing, well, today I learnt that little bites do add up! And they also add up very fast too!

Before heading out to church this morning, I had 3 slices of homemade bread. Then I got to church and there in the church cafe was my favourite snack food, vadai, kinda looks like an Indian doughnut (it's savoury, though).

Yum,mmmm! I thought, well, I'll just have one, one can't hurt, can it.

Then I got home around 10.30am and my Mom has cooked Spaghetti Bolognaise with chicken breast, so I got tempted again and ate a huge bowl! Then I went and had a nice, long nap, woke up around 2.30pm.

Had a small bowl of spaghetti then wondered how all these little bites will stack up in the nutrition tracker, so I went online to SP and entered every one of these little bites into the nutrition tracker and lo and behold, I had already consume 1092 calories and it wasn't even 3pm yet! Whoa!!!!

So, damage control! I had to cut back and decided to have a salad for dinner but it was raining so I didn't feel like going out to buy fresh green lettuce. Decided to raid the fridge and fortunately, found some cabbage and a carrot. And I also remembered I have some light mayo.

So, I took 3 large cabbage leaves, shredded them fine and shredded half of the carrot and added a finely diced shallot (my secret ingredient for coleslaws) then topped it with the light mayo, tossed it and that was dinner.

To up my protein intake, I made a soft-boiled egg, well actually 3 quarters boiled, which is just the way I like it, the white firm and the yolk still soft. I ate it with some low-sodium soy sauce and freshly ground white pepper! Yummmmm!

Then I went back to the nutrition tracker and I found that I didn't go over my calorie limit after all! Yay! Damage control! Well, in the future I won't be so careless again. I now have confirmation that little bites, no matter how little do add up! Whew!!!!

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MELAPHANTN 3/21/2011 11:19AM

    Way to recover for dinner! Those little bites do add up. I have done the same thing. The important thing is you did realize what happened and found a great healthy choice for dinner.


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WENDYSPARKS 3/20/2011 7:37AM

    You are doing good!! Hang in there.

Wendy :)

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A success! And a new handbag!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Well, I've managed to cut back on food and snacks today without feeling super hungry. I've also kept within my allowed ranges for everything, except that I don't have enough folate, according to the food tracker but I do take Vit B supplements, so I'm not too worried.

Oh yeah! I took a short walk to the neighbourhood boutique to pick up this adorable sling bag! It's a sweet pink colour, it's a Hello Kitty sling bag! I know I'm in my late 30s but I still love entertaining the child within me! It's sooooo cute!

So, I guess the new bag is my treat for the month! Actually, I've had several treats already, the movie on Tuesday plus the popcorn, the ice-cream and float yesterday......Well, at least the handbag won't show on my hips/butt as the food treats possibly would.

But I'm not going to let that happen coz I'm putting myself back on track!

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MELAPHANTN 3/18/2011 9:22AM

    Yah! I'm so happy you are doing well. I love handbags. You are never to old for Hello Kitty!

Have a great weekend!

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CHBADILLO 3/17/2011 11:43AM

    I LOVE purses, some purses can hide hips LOL j/k

I lost last week and so I bought a new purse too. REWARDS are awesome aren't there. Just more purses less food treats. LOL

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PLAYBLUES22 3/17/2011 11:41AM

    Sweetie good for you. You deserve a treat for a job well done emoticon

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I started off so good today because of my good intentions to cut back today. I had the remainder of my summer salad greens with smoked salmon and a croissant for lunch. I woke up too late for breakfast today.

Then, when I got home I was super hungry. My Mom decided to treat the family to delivery pizza. 2 large pizzas for the 4 of us, we each had 4 slices.

Then, when I was about to go to my room to do my cross-stitch sewing, a friend of mine called and we went out for drinks, her treat. I ordered a humongous orange fizz float and a blueberry ice-cream!

Now, I'm not normally a sweets person but I like ice-cream. Oh! Good Lord, I'll have to cut back starting tomorrow. No more treats starting tomorrow! I've had several treats too many! (refer to previous blog)...............

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ILOVEGRAY 3/16/2011 3:50PM

    Sounds like a great splurge...back on track tomorrow....I always have to think twice before eating the doughnut that my son can eat that I shouldn't!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHBADILLO 3/16/2011 3:15PM

    Well at least you know you need to slow down. LOL That's half the battle, now renew your vigor to cut back! :)

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I'm still in control! (despite today)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Well, I had a free day today so I went to see a movie, Black Swan. It's got an unexpected twist and it was quite good actually. Though it's not really my kinda movie, I'm just a Natalie Portman fan, to be honest.

Well, I had a not so healthy lunch, deep-friend soft shell crab with sushi rice and 4 pieces of inari sushi, along with cups of hot green tea. Then, I supersized my popcorn and iced lemon tea because it was so tempting (just spend a dollar something to get the bigger size) and the small popcorn looked puny.

I reasoned with myself, I want the popcorn to last till the middle of the movie at least, which it did, bcoz I ate very slowly and savoured each bite. I don't go to the movies that often anyway, so I thought, what the heck.

I made my own salad with greens, italian dressing and smoked salmon. The stuff I bought to make the salad is enough for 2 meals, so I ended up saving about RM24 as compared to what I would spend in for a single, oversized salad in a cafe.

The remainder of the salad and smoked salmon I'll eat for lunch tomorrow along with the croissant I didn't eat this morning.

Yes, I was naughty today but I'm not naughty all the time. I'll just get back on track tomorrow and onwards......

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MELAPHANTN 3/15/2011 1:56PM

    Your salad sounds yummy! I may have to make that also.


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LAURAAT 3/15/2011 11:58AM

    A treat here and there is a good thing! This way you're not feeling deprived. Tomorrow is a new day, leave yesterday behind. :)

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