Friday, November 05, 2010
I made chipotle chili last night and it was fabulous as always. For the longest time, I could not make chili to save my life. It was never just right. Until I found this recipe:
I do make some changes. I use stew meat instead of ground beef, for example. I leave out the onion because I hate onions and I see no need to put them in. I put in at LEAST 3 cans of beans because I love beans. I have put the sausage in, but it's fine without. But this is a fabulous recipe. It's spicy and smoky and just wonderful. If you need a good chili recipe, or just want to try something different than your standard, you have to check it out.
Speaking of recipes, a big to my Sparkfriend, VANESSAVOS784. She talked about minestrone in a blog several weeks ago, and explained to me what it was. I made some for lunch today and it was GREAT!!! Oh man, it hit the spot like nobody's business. I just put some chicken broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, carrots, mushrooms, and spinach in the crockpot and let it cook all morning. I was going to put in chickpeas, but we didn't have any!
By itself, it was great. Fresh, not to salty, plenty of garlic. But when I sprinkled a 3-cheese Italian blend over it (parm, romano, and asiago), it was AMAZING!!!!!! Oh man!!!! I want some more!!! LOL
I went for a walk today. It was colder than I expected. I came back and my arms were red and my ears were aching. Just made a hot bowl of soup even better though!
OK, so, confession time. I drank milk yesterday. But it wasn't a total failure. I had made a spice cake for Matt, and I wanted to see what it tasted like because I'd never had spice cake before. So I had a very thin (like, so thin it was hard to cut it that thin) slice of cake and ONE CUP of SKIM milk. Not 4 cups of 2%.
On a side note, the spice cake didn't thrill me since there's no chocolate involved. It was good, but I doubt I'll eat any more of it.
*edit: I know milk is healthy, but too much of anything isn't, and when I get into a milk-drinking habit I can easily slam down a gallon a day. It's really better for me if I just don't keep it around. I still eat cheese and yogurt for calcium.
Friday, November 05, 2010
I know most people long for the warmth of summer, and can't wait to get outside and spend time in the sunshine.
Somehow, I am the opposite. Sounds insane, but my exercise routine always dips in the summer because it's too nasty hot outside. I just want to stay indoors in front of the AC with a cold drink!
The heat zaps my energy, but the cold invigorates me somehow. It just feels good to be outside breathing that fresh, cool air.
I can't wait to get outside today and take a walk!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Last night, Matt made dinner and mashed potatoes.
I took a bite of the potatoes and said, "Wow! These are great! What's in them?"
He said, "A tub of sour cream and a brick of cheddar."
Thursday, November 04, 2010
I just don't understand this at all.
Last week I tried to put on my favorite jeans, the ones that I wore practically every day when I was in school (about 6 months ago). They used to fit perfectly.
I could barely pull them over my thighs. And there was no buttoning possible.
I cried. Seriously, how could this have happened? I'm getting about the same amount of exercise I did when I was in school. I'm eating WAY healthier- no more mayo-laden tuna subs for lunch, no more night snacking, I cut way down on diet pop and drink a ton of water.
Also, my boobs are busting out of my bra. I can't contain them in the cups- there's spillage no matter how I try to pack them in there.
I guess I have gained more weight than I thought.
All the more reason to get serious, I guess.
My no-milk streak is still going strong. No milk for 4 days, today will make 5.
On a happier, somewhat funny note, my mom and I were talking last week on her birthday about midlife crises. I know lots of women who got tattoos in their 40s and 50s. Men buy sports cars and date younger women, and women get tattoos. I joked to her, "Mom, you already have the sports car, you just need a tattoo and a date with a younger man!"
I planted the idea in her head... and last night she called me up, ridiculously excited to tell me she got inked. I can't believe she did that! She got a tiny rose on her ankle. It looks very cute.
My grandma went with her and apparently got a lot of stares from passing motorists. Heck, I'm surprised my grandma didn't get a tattoo also. She's a feisty old lady. Actually, I am more surprised about my mom doing it than I would be if my grandma did it. I am not lying.
Well, it's a craptastical day here... I need to run out to the store. I want to make chipotle chili tonight. I neeeeed to go to the gym too. I've been slacking because I was on vacation, and now I'm having trouble getting back into the routine. You all know how that goes.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Last week I blogged about the contributing factors to my weight gain. I said that while sweets were a problem, the accompanying milk was the bigger problem.
At my worst, I can drink half a gallon to a gallon of milk every day. Even drinking skim milk gives me at LEAST 680 extra calories per day.
And my boyfriend drinks 2%, so that's what I've been drinking too. No wonder I gained weight. Geez.
I quit drinking milk before, when I lived alone, and dropped weight without changing anything else in my diet or exercise routine.
I still eat cheese and yogurt, so no worries about calcium.
I haven't had a glass of milk since Saturday and I feel great! I think I might be a little lactose intolerant (or let's face it, maybe I just drink TOO MUCH milk) but it really bloats me up horribly.
The only milk I've had was a half cup of skim in my breakfast smoothies. And because of my "no milk" rule, I haven't had sweets either. Treats and milk go together for me. If I see a huge gooey brownie, a lack of milk will stop me from eating it. I just don't want sweets without milk.
I kind of forgot how easy this can be when I just make a concrete decision and stick with it.
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