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Day 21

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My strategy for Day 21 was to lower the calories in my dinner choice. I would have usually made a chicken breast with egg and bread crumb crust. I used to drizzle with butter as it roasted and wait for everything to become a calorie rich crust.

Instead, I checked the Spark recipes using the words, 'chicken breast'. I changed out the bread crumbs and butter for herbs! The recipe I chose was pan fried, instead of baked, so I'm not guaranteed that the calories were extremely lowered... but the flavour was there and I will bake it next time I use the thyme/ pepper coating again.

I ate half the chicken breast and still used the luncheon plate (instead of a dinner plate) so I'm trying to build on my previous strategies of October.

Smaller dessert too. I ate 3 digestive cookies.
Why am I programmed to want a sweet after my meal? That is going to be a tough change for me.
I think I know what my Day 22 strategy will be. I must curb the sweet tooth.

  
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IUHRYTR 10/23/2012 4:47PM

    Wasn't dessert part of our dinners when we were growing up? Maybe that's part of the reason we crave them so much. But, everything in moderation. If those cookies didn't put you over your calorie limit for the day, then don't worry about it and enjoy them. That's my thought. Meanwhile, keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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SHERIO5 10/23/2012 12:03PM

    You are doing so well!

If you figure out how to tame that sweet tooth (especially after dinner!), please let me know!!!

I try to have frozen fruit with some yogurt, but when it's cooler outside, I want a cookie or brownie-ish treat...

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Day 20

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I spent a day with a girlfriend who wavers in and out the dark regions of depression. I got her out of her housecoat and into 'outdoor' clothes. We took a trip to Michael's to look at paint brushes and canvases. She didn't want to buy anything, but it was a positive foray into the neighbourhood.

Did I wear my pedometer? Nope. I just tried to balance my sit-down hobbies and some get-up-and-go activities.

The grass got cut. Laundry washed and dried... even got put away!!

I made a healthy salmon dinner, acorn squash and green beans on the side. We invited our neighbour over to share the meal. I just knew the excursion would exhaust her too much to make a healthy choice. She loved the company and we got a charge out of watching her take on more calories than she usually does. :)

Oh, did I mention that yesterday had been grocery shopping day? That's why I had inspiration in the kitchen last night.

I treated myself to a video evening to do knitting until bedtime. I love watching the campy fairy tale, The Princess Bride. Who couldn't love a farmer boy who keeps saying, "As you wish"!!!???

  
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SHERIO5 10/22/2012 11:44AM

    It sounds as if you had a very active day! What a goood friend you are!

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IUHRYTR 10/21/2012 8:13PM

    Thank you for caring about your friend. -- Lou

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PICKIE98 10/21/2012 3:44PM

    You are a great friend.

I LOVE the Princess Bride..

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L*I*T*A* 10/21/2012 1:51PM

    your kindness and generosity shine.................... emoticon

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GEORGE815 10/21/2012 12:56PM

    Great blog to comment on. Nice of you to care for your troubled girlfriend. Hope she is able to rise above what troubles her. Great dinner you shared. Love that Princess Bride. I have viewed in many times. Love the Peter Cook as the minister, declaring Marwedge. The guy battling the hero, switching wines, Thisscilian. Its all good!

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Day 19

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My restaurant meal was a success! I did divide the dinner into halfs: ate one, brought the other home.

Today I will be doing housework to keep active. The lawn needs its last cut of the season, 2 loads of laundry, vacuuming and whatever else looks 'needing to be done'.
I have walked my morning route and breakfast was within a healthy quota.

Have a good day! Let's keep ourselves positive and grateful.

  
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L*I*T*A* 10/20/2012 8:31PM

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IUHRYTR 10/20/2012 8:10PM

    Count those housecleaning and mowing cardio minutes! I think the next front yard mowing wil also be my last one. Hope so, for both of us. -- Lou

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SHERIO5 10/20/2012 7:57PM

    I did the house cleaning and am working on laundry today. Great job on your meals!

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CREEKLADY1 10/20/2012 1:23PM

  You have a great weekend!

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XHENA16 10/20/2012 1:17PM

  Yes I am about to get into a major housecleaning frenzy myself - good for you physcially AND mentally :)) I like your Sparks Page - very pretty!

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Day 18

Friday, October 19, 2012

Today I was surprised to be asked out for dinner. I am usually concerned about restaurant portions and the habit I have to try to empty my plate.

Ever notice how easy it is to talk and enjoy the people at the table? All too often I concentrate less on the quantity of food because people are speaking to me. My strategy was to divide the meal in half. As delicious as it was, I was able to save half the meal for my lunch the next day!

I feel triumphant! I really can do it if I put my mind to it!

  
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IUHRYTR 10/20/2012 8:09PM

    Small victories are often more important than big ones. Good going. -- Lou

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DONE_LISA 10/20/2012 9:10AM

    good idea! eating out is tough somtimes! let us know how you made out!

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I always make sure I drink a lot of water while out eating.. Helps with the hand to mouth habits some of us have. LOL

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Day 17

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Strategy today is adding water to my intake. It's a simple thing but so necessary.

Will you have a cool glass too and join me in a healthier month?

  
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SHERIO5 10/18/2012 11:43AM

    Absolutely!

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L*I*T*A* 10/18/2012 10:49AM

    emoticon here is to too!!!

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SUZI219 10/18/2012 10:37AM

    Water is the best!!! I will definitely have that nice cool glass right along with you emoticon emoticon

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