Monday, June 13, 2011
I think everything went well when I cooked dinner for my friend. At least, I had a good time!!! I got to cook and had some one to talk with while I was doing it!!
The big question of the evening was, "you are going to deep fry WHAT??!!" HAHA
When I showed her the wash and dredge I put the pickles and olives through, she was surprised. And when she tasted the end result, I could tell I had a new fan!!!!
Everything else was well recieved too (especially the stuffed mushrooms) and I even packed some of the leftovers for her to take home.
As she was leaving she said she would be happy to come back any time I had the urge to cook!!!! I think she likes my kitchen skills.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I am having a new friend over for dinner tonight. I thought I would share the menu I am planning to make.
For the first course I am making marinated mushroom caps that I will stuff with Italian sausage and mozzarella. Then I sprinkle with grated parm and put them under the broiler just long enough to melt and brown the cheese. With them I will deep fry (I KNOW - NOT GOOD!!!!) dill pickl spears and green olives.
The main course will be my own idea of crab, shrimp, and coconut cury, served on a bed of seasoned brown rice. With that I will have toasted garlic bread and steamed asparagus.
We will end with a chocloate mousse which is very light as it is made with fat free jello pudding, skim milk, and fat free cool whip.
My friend is even coming over early so she can watch me make all this stuff.
It should be a fun afternoon and evening.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
On May 10th (a date dear to me as it was the second anniversary of the beginning of my SparkPeople journey) I stopped smoking, an addiction I have had for over half of my life!!!!! I am very sure that many of the things I have learned about myself through SparkPeople have helped me overcome the cravings, urges, and all that go along with ending this habit, but I have to confess that I replaced it with another addiction!!!!!
I have become addicted to riding my bike!! I ride it every day that it isn't raining HARD, and when it is too nasty to get out, I ride my recumbent bike indoors. I just can't seem to stay off the bikes.
I am not a speedster at this point, but I am using the biking to get my legs ready for my knee replacement surgery on June 17th.
I am already missing the few days (I hope it will only be a short time) that I won't be able to ride and I haven't even had the surgery yet.
Even though I will need to stop riding "cold turkey", I expect to get back on track very soon. I will be hanging on to this habit as long as my knees keep bending!!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I spent Tuesday driving the 3 hours from Devils Lake to Fargo to see a cardiologist about the results of the stress test I had 2 weeks ago. My friend (and primary doctor) told me the results were not completely "normal", so he wanted me to see a specialist.
After reviewing the report, asking all kinds of questions about my activity level and any symptoms (which I DO NOT have), listening to my heart, and checking pulses everywhere, he told me the good news.
He said that although there is a slight reduction in the blood flow to a small area low in my heart, the stints in my coronary arteries are doing just fine, and my heart is functioning at a good level. He said as far as he was concerned, I should have the knee surgery and keep up the activity level I am at.
Then I stopped at my friend's clinic just for a visit and during that one he checked my records and took me off one more of my medications!!! MORE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!
I will have the rest of my pre-op physical in about 2 weeks and then it is onward to the new knee in June!!!!
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