Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Haha - During the greater part of April and May we had mostly cloudy, rainy, gloomy, dreary, depressing, and COLD days. That, and other factors out of my control, kept me from getting out there for my favorite pasttime, walking. The last few days of May went out like a beast--we had thunder, lightening, more rain, and a tornado that tore down huge trees and took the power out. We were lucky that all we had were humungous tree limbs all over our yard. All you could hear on Friday and Saturday was the buzzing of chain saws.
I wished for warmer weather. Well......today, June 1, is sweltering humid hot! Can't easily go walking in that, especially because I've become out of shape from lack of exercise and emotional overeating.
Sounds grim, doesn't it? Well, I won't be defeated. I may have to cut my 5 mile walk to 3 miles. Maybe start out with a couple of shorter walks, one with the dogs (who tenderly slow me down).
I've been going to Weight Watchers for over a year, and since January I've been gaining every week instead of losing. I've wanted to quit several times. My sister's illness has been the hardest thing I've EVER had to deal with in life. I am learning through it all, but it's a painful process. I'll write about that some time, but right now the emotions are too raw. Suffice it to say that I've not been taking care of myself the past few months and have been soothing my emotional pain through food. I've gained back 20 of the 40 lbs. I lost last year. I've not been in a good place, which is why I haven't blogged. I don't want to dwell on it. I will pull myself out of it.
Next Monday morning I'm going to try a nearby meeting of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). I may hate it, but it's worth checking out because it's significantly less expensive than what I'm paying monthly at Weight Watchers. I'm paid up at WW until the end of June, so I'll continue going to those meetings. And if TOPS isn't my cup of tea, I'll contine with WW for however long it takes to get to my goal - which keeps bouncing around in my mind from the 162 I negotiated with my doctor...to 155 which is the WW goal and at the top of the BMI for my height,...to 145 which is right in the middle and my dream goal. Right now I'd be ecstatic to get to 175 which is the weight I got to last year and felt great.
Life is full of challenges and guaranteed to have highs and lows. I MUST learn how to deal with the ups and downs of life without having my weight go up and down along with it. I have learned more than I'd like to about coping with crisis. I have to write down my strategies because when I'm in the midst of it, my brain stops working. I forget all of the things that made sense when life was sane.
I know that I will get through this. I know that this damn pancreatic cancer is going to get my sister, I just don't know when. This time in-between is wrought with fear, unbearable hurt, anger, grief, relief, gratitude, faith, hope, and love. It's a rollercoaster ride and I need to buckle in tight. Reaching the end of the ride will seem like falling off a cliff. But throughout the coming months I will build a parachute. I will land softly on the ground, pick myself up, and continue on. My sister would want that.
Friday, March 11, 2011
...not the instant kind, mind you. It's so easy and quick to make hearty oatmeal from whole oats. Here's all you need:
Measure out 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup water into saucepan.
Add 1 small (1/2 large) fresh apple, peeled and cut into chunks
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cook on medium, stirring occasionally. The oatmeal will bubble and thicken. On my stove, it takes about 5-7 minutes to get it to the right consistency.
Take about a handful of walnuts, which is about 1 oz., and chop.
Pour your cooked oatmeal into a bowl and add fresh blueberries (Note: if I don't have fresh on hand, I add frozen blueberries during the cooking time).
Sprinkle with the walnuts and a little more cinnamon if you like.
Top it off with 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup.
Oatmeal is known to lower cholesterol. The fiber in oats creates fullness
Cinnamon is known to regulate blood sugar.
Blueberries are a superfood full of many powerful nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Apples are full of pectin which creates fullness, as well as having many nutrients also.
Walnuts contain omega-3 healthy fat to combat cardio vascular disease and increase satiety.
Besides being healthy and protecting my body from illnesses, this breakfast warms my tummy, is hearty, filling, and totally delicious....I call that a PERFECT breakfast and a great way to start my day!!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
This was dessert and is now one of my all-time favs!
1/2 cup plain almond milk
2 cups Dole frozen mango chunks
1/8 cup honey
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Whirl in the Vitamix until 4 mounds appear.
Top with unsweetened coconut.
Makes 2 generous and satisfying servings (approx. one cup each)
Monday, February 28, 2011
First I have to mention that it's the most dark and dreary day today! It's raining and the yard and driveway are all a mass of slush and huge puddles. The sky is full of gray clouds. This kind of weather is very typical in March and usually sends me into quite a depression. And yet, I'm feeling quite peaceful and content this morning.
I'm so happy that I'm having a slight positive influence on my husband.
I got a VitaMix last fall and have been using it everyday for smoothies, soups, and sorbets.
A few weeks ago, DH was coming down with a cold. As it was just the beginnings of one, I had him take a zinc tablet and time-released vitamin C. I whipped up one of my smoothies and convinced him to drink a glass for all the anti-oxidants. He was amazed at how good it tasted. And the best part is that he never came down with a full-blown cold. The sniffles were completely gone in a couple weeks. Now, every time I make a smoothie I have to always make a large amount because he wants a glass.
Here's one of my favorite combinations:
1/2 cup red grapes
1/2 peeled orange
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup fresh pineapple (I cut in chunks and put in the freezer)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh cranberries (I also keep the bag in the freezer)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Tbs. fresh ginger
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 large date (pitted)
1 1/2 cups kale or spinach
1 1/2 cups water
Makes about 2 1/2 TALL glasses. Chock full of nutrition and very yummy!!
Last night I made us a real treat in the Vitamix - strawberry sorbet:
1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/8 cup honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Whirl until four mounds appear. Top with slivered almonds.
So simple, and BETTER THAN ICE CREAM! I find that it fills me up instead of leaving me wanting more. You can substitute any other frozen fruit such as peaches, mangos, etc. Or use a fresh orange and add a couple cups of ice cubes.
I LOVE my Vitamix!!!
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