Sunday, June 26, 2011
Well, here I am at home, my Dad is watching a DVD but I'm bored and..........hungry......
So, I thought, what snack can I fix myself that's both healthy and filling? Well, I have some romaine lettuce : Bingo! Homemade Ceaser Salad!
The Dressing : 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine, mixed with light mayo and mustard. Set aside and allow flavors to develop.
Then I chopped the romaine lettuce to bite sized pieces, you can also tear the leaves in 2s or 3s. Since there is half a cucumber waiting to be used in the fridge, I chopped them and added them to the lettuce.
The Croutons : Cut a slice of day old bread into cubes; sprinkle with olive oil, you may also sprinkle some dried herbs like rosemary and thyme like I did, bake in a toaster oven for 30 minutes or so till crispy. The croutons have to golden brown to be done.
When croutons are done, put over salad, sprinkle some real or vegan bacon bits, pour the dressing over and toss! Walla! Homemade Ceaser Salad!!! Bon Appetit!!!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wow! Talk about lucky! I spun the daily sparkpoints wheel today and got 20 points! Then I spun the bonus wheel and also got 20 points!!!!
Whhoooooo Hoooooo!!!!! Just had to share! This has never happened to me before! I wish it'd happen everyday! Then I'll visit sparkpeople even more often! lol!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
It's a hot day! Again, I find myself longing to go to the nearby cafe, Coconut Groove to try their huge and icy Coconut Shake. I've never tried it before and it looks good on the menu. But it'll probably be a bad idea because 1) it's not exactly cheap 2) it comes in this huge jug which frankly to me looks like it could be shared with a family! Not a good idea for a dialysis patient like me; who need to control her fluid intake.
Also, as always, I have cravings for a McDonald's Double Cheeseburger, which again is not a good idea because of the cost, the amount of fat I'll be ingesting, not to mention sending my protein and phosphate levels rocketing sky high! Just think : 2 slices of cheese, 2 fatty beef patties, bad idea, not to mention the sodium. And don't even get me started on 'saving' money by ordering the McValue Meal, which adds more fat and sodium in the form of fries, not to mention the sugar-laden soda (soft drink) that comes with it.
But still I'm longing for something cool to drink as it's a hot day. So, what did I do? I went to the fridge and poured myself a small cup of ice-cold water! Ahhhhhhh! Bliss! So, you can save money if you really want to. Anyway, the sun out there is just frightfully hot, I don't even fancy walking out of this air-conditioned room where my computer is to get my burger or coconut shake.
If I'm hungry, my Mom's noodles will do. She cooked a huge batch to last us from lunch to dinner. I'll be saving money by not eating out. Inflation in Malaysia has driven the prices of everything up and up!; including cafe prices.
So, if you're hungering for some store bought food, ask yourself : is there anything in your fridge or pantry that is just as good, if not better and healthier? Then eat in, not out! Saves you money and you get to cool off in the comfort of your own home.
Just imagine popping your own popcorn with those cheap raw corn kernels. No butter or sugar, takes some getting used to but I think plain olive-oil popped corn is delicious! Then eating that pre-portioned bowl of popcorn and watching a movie on your DVD player in your air-conditioned hall! Now, that can't be beat! So, stay home when you can in your free time and be creative!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I declared today my laundry day. I woke up very late, about 1pm but the sun was shining so nicely, that I thought : "nice day to wash the sheets!". So I changed the sheets and pillow cases and washed not only my sheets & pillow cases but also my comforter and the blanket I bring to dialysis as well as the pillow I rest my dialysis arm on.
And then, the day became cloudy as the washing machine finished it's cycle. But I put the sheets and blankets out to dry anyway, I'm trusting that it won't rain, I was actually wishing for rain for weeks now, but it never did rain!
Why today as laundry day? Well, the water supply ppl have sent emails notifying us of water supply disruptions from Wednesday to Friday, so far no water disruption, but I'm washing everything before the water cuts off! I'm not taking any chances, I also decided to wash my clothes too! In case I run out of underwear if the water supply is disrupted!
Oh! Goody! Clean sheets to sleep on tonight, and not having to worry about laundry in general for a week or more at least!
Monday, June 20, 2011
I'm not a morning person, that's for sure! But today was exceptional, I woke up at 6.45am and decided to go for a walk. I didn't head out straightaway as it was still dark out. I had a cup of hot tea and a slice a bread, then headed out, it was about 6.55am when I finally headed out.
I walked/jogged for about 45 minutes. It felt good but I didn't sweat much. But then, I normally don't sweat much. It's so nice and cool early in the morning, but I had to stop around 7.40am because the sun was out and it was starting to get hot. This is a country on the equatorial belt, after all, y'know, summer all year round and all.
I'm determined to do this every morning as I can only go out after 7pm these days if I exercise only in the evenings as Malaysia is in the middle of another heatwave. That's doesn't leave me much time to work out. So, hopefully, from today onwards, I'll supplement my daily workouts with morning walks.
I'm not a morning person but I have to try! I certainly need the exercise! I'll zap that belly roll someday..............
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