Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The unwavering summer heat has really taken a toll on our garden. Even our little yellow plum tomatoes are not producing very much. Still, I am determined to cook what little I can harvest. Tonight I made a stirfry using sliced baby eggplant, (from our garden), onions, halved yellow tomatoes (again our garden), Trader Joe's frozen artichoke hearts, garlic, and oregano from our fresh herbs.
I sautéed them with olive oil and let them caramelize. To finish I added balsamic vinegar. Holy moley, it made for one mass of ugly on our plates. I served them next to ground chicken burgers. This mixture is not going to make the cover of anyone's cooking magazine. It was such a mass of brown stuff, we hesitated to take the first bite. Much to my surprise, it was good. Ugly, but good. This is one dish I would not take a picture and share with anyone.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
After my monthly reassessment and frustration of not meeting my goals, I ran over to Sunflower Market and purchased BioChem Whey Protein to use as a meal replacement. I chose this brand because I am lactose intolerant. Much to my surprise its pretty tasty. I throw 2 scoops of the powder, 1 cup of cold water, 2 teaspoons of Truvia, a cup of mixed frozen fruit and a little ice into the blender and let her rip. It makes a huge, sweet shake that fills me up.
This week I had the shake instead of lunch 3 times and twice for breakfast. Much to my delight, the scale showed a loss of 1.6 lbs. Not an earth shattering weightloss, but YEA! the scale is moving in the right direction again AND I am having something cool, creamy and filling. Takes care of that nasty sweet tooth too.
Friday, June 01, 2012
On this first day of June before I flipped the May calendar page and put the month behind me, I took a few minutes to reassess how my quest for health and weight loss is progressing.
May was a difficult month. As usual, there is the constant battle to carve out time to create jewelry and fit in time to exercise. I only lost a little over 2 lbs. My measurements stayed the same. I had to rethink my exercise routine - it got so blazing hot so quickly this year and it left me scrambling to find some other activity beside walking during the week. I gave the Gazelle a few trys, but it felt too easy . The out door pool water was really cold and took a while to warm up. Now that it has, I put in at least 30 minutes 3 times a week swimming and still walk over an hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
I successfully completed the Sugar Challenge. That was good, but...still eating the sweets. This is an area that is going to be an on going challenge. It is one area that uses up my calories and keeps me from enjoying larger weight loss. I bought some protein powder so that I could make some diet "shakes" for meal replacements. Hoping this helps fill the sweet craving and jump starts the weightloss.
My garden is producing and we are eating the rewards from that. Eating more fresh produce is one of my goals. My daughter and I have been trying new recipes (yes, some from the Spark Cookbook), and that has been fun and delicious too.
With 5 little pounds standing in the way of my first major weightloss goal I am going to have to find a way to MAKE IT HAPPEN this summer. My commitment is there. On the days that my will power is weak, I will fake it to make it. The answer to this is to just keep on keeping on. That means I will continue to track my foods, plan my meals, make time for exercise and keep my goal pants with in eye sight.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
We hit 106 yesterday and to combat the steadily rising heat and to fit more fresh veggies into our diets, we had a cold veggie dinner. Homemade hummus in whole wheat pitas, topped with olives, lettuce and feta cheese. Long strips of red peppers, carrots, jicama, and green onions dipped in Walden farms calorie free dressing. It was beautiful to look at, deliciously refreshing and I took pride in serving up such a healthy dish.
Later on last night, pride went out the window as my craving for sugar hit full force. Yes, I distracted myself, drank water and even started cleaning. It didn't take long before I was rummaging around my cabinets for a sweet treat. I grabbed an open box of Who NU vanilla sandwich cookies - you know the ones that advertise how good they are for you...chock full of vitamins and fiber. I had purchased them for my grandson, but he didn't like them. I then proceeded to munch my way though a dozen of the tasty little calorie bombs.
Disgusted with myself, I headed downstairs to brush my teeth and headed for bed. I woke up a half an hour before the alarm with my intestines doing the Texas Two Step. What followed next was not pretty, let's just say that I started the day clean as a whistle.
Who knew that those yummy cookies actually contained all the fiber they claimed? I'd say that I'd gotten my just desserts.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
It is rare for me to skip my workouts, but this week I have to miss them until Sunday. We sold very well at the last show, which is a double edged sword...its fantastic to have great sales, but then I have to make more inventory. This week's show is at Casino Del Sol and starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday.
I take care of my Grandson from 5:30 am until 4:00 pm. By the time I make dinner and clean up It leaves me with very little time to make more jewelry and even less time to exercise. Unless you count cleaning the house and gardening. Anyway, I am writing this blog to remind myself that I am not super woman and some times we can only do so much. I will resume my workouts on Sunday. I have not fallen off the exercise wagon no matter how much guilt I am feeling.
The festivals and craft shows slow down after May to once or twice a month. I will have plenty of time to work hard and stock pile product so that I will not have to continue to miss working out when my show schedule gets busy.
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