Thursday, February 18, 2010
I adore oatmeal. I always have. Which is odd since I almost never had it growing up -- Mom wasn't too fond of it (altho Dad loves it).
So here are a few of my favorite blends (and a bonus or two):
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Prepare oats normally.
Sprinkle with semisweet chips, let melt a bit, then stir it all together.
Top with dark chocolate chips & enjoy!
This is a slight variation on a "dessert" from the Flat Belly Diet, but you know me, I eat it for breakfast. Only once or twice a week. It's still a treat, even if it's good for you. Which is why I love FBD, gotta love something that lets you eat chcoolate AND peanut butter.
I keep meaning to add cinnamon to this, but I keep forgetting.
Chocolate oats, take 2
1/2 cup oats
3 dates, chopped
1 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp peanut butter
Put dates in oats & prepare as usual.
Stir in cocoa & peanut butter (and sweetner if you like -- I used some agave nectar).
I got this from the Real Age site, and modified it with the peanut butter for staying power. On reviewing my food yesterday, I realized I was so hungry by the end of the day because I'd had so little protein.
Not quite sure how I feel about this one yet . . . but it occurred to me this would be awesome with dark chocolate peanut butter in place of the cocoa. And still pretty healthy.
I'm not generally a big fan of fruit in my oatmeal -- apple pie or banana pie oats to the contrary, but I do love dates. Of course -- they're very sweet! But they're very nutritious, too.
Apple pie oats
1/2 cup oats
1 apple, chopped
2 tbsp peanut butter
Cinnamon, to taste
Put oats in the bowl with liquid, add apples on top, sprinkle with cinnamon.
Microwave 2 minutes 30 seconds (or to desired doneness).
Put peanut butter on top, mix, and enjoy.
Try this with bananas, but put them on after you've baked the oats unless you like mushy bananas.
Notice I haven't told you how much liquid to add. It's a personal matter. I like my oats nice and thick, so I don't use as much water as called for (and don't use milk since I'm usually loading it up with other stuff, but they do say that makes the oats creamier).
2 frozen waffles, thawed
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Spread peanut butter on one waffle.
Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips.
Top with second waffle.
I use just a tiny bit of coconut oil on the outside of the waffles -- you can skip that, or use some butter or margarine or whatever instead.
Fry up in skillet for roughly 2 minutes per side. I have a bacon press that I use on top -- my home made panini press (works really well).
This one also falls into the treat category, but I'm going to play with amounts of peanut butter and chocolate chips until I can see what I can get away with and still feel satisfied. It does tide me over a good long time (and doesn't take real long to prepare).
On the weight front, my WI jeans don't feel any looser than last week. OTOH, I've upped my game with my mindful eating -- really minding my BLTs -- which isn't to say that I'm not having some, but I'm making them much more conscious and that makes me feel much more in control.
Have a favorite oatmeal recipe you'd like to share? What's your favorite breakfast? How many hours does it keep you full? Or can you not face breakfast in the morning? (I used to be that was as a teenager, but now I couldn't even think of not having a good breakfast). How are you doing with those BLTs?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
That's what they say, anyway. That in order to solve a problem, you have to be aware that you have a problem. Of course, you also have to come up with an action plan to solve the problem, as well.
BLTs (bites, licks, & tastes) will be the death of me -- literally. I've overcome a lot -- I am now able to eat a lot of foods that used to be trigger foods for me without much problem. Chocolate. Peanut butter. Cookies.
But those BLTs? They'll get you every time. I'm not even talking about the BLTs that occur when I'm baking. I'm talking about eating the half brownie when I put a brownie in my husband's lunch bag -- and not sitting down & savoring, either. Finishing up his food -- because it's so good and I'm still hungry. Or maybe I'm not even real hungry but it's so good how can you waste it?
The irony of "the" dress is that I went shopping because I'd gained a couple of pounds. Which is rather unusual for me, but I wasn't surprised I'd gained something, only how much. I was frustrated. Enter retail therapy.
I wasn't even looking for a dress. I don't have a lot of occasions to wear fancy dresses anymore. But I was wandering around the store, wanting to make sure I hit the cookware section in the back, when the dress just caught my eye.
I had done some baking that week. I wanted to make sure we had something for dessert on Valentine's Day in case I didn't want something at the restaurant (but their flourless chocolate cake was superb). And I want my husband to have something healthy to take along on his business trip.
My face was talking to me about the sugar I was consuming: I got a couple of zits on my chin. But at least I listened.
So now the problem is that I know the problem, but do I really? So I've decided to record my BLTs. Not necessarily adding in my points, but just record them. Get a handle on how often they happen, and how much of them there truly are. That is the first step.
I am happy to say that I took a small piece of a raw candy bar I made yesterday after lunch. Because I wanted a little something. Only instead of eating it standing in the kitchen, I put it on a plate and had it after I finished my lunch. I did not count the points -- not even quite sure how many there were, considering it was just a few bites. But it felt good, even so. I felt more in control.
When I got up, I thought I'll just count every BLT & the points, too. That lasted about 5 minutes. So far now I am baby stepping my way. The first step is to be aware. The first step is to really record everything I eat, even if I don't record (or know) the points.
What about you? Do you have problems with BLTs? What is your biggest obstacle to weight loss? How can you baby step your way to overcoming your obstacle?
Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
So I blogged a little while ago about my focus jeans (aka my skinny jeans). And I've come to realize that I need to be more focused in everyday life. You see, I have this pair of jeans that is practically falling off me. I pull them on every morning to take the dogs out. Only a lot of the time I end up never changing out of them.
This is a BAD THING. It's like giving myself permission to eat. The jeans are falling off me, I must be succeeding, so I can eat what I want, right? I'm more focused when I'm in something a bit more form fitting.
I pull on those jeans every morning because they're old and ratty and I don't have to worry about getting them messed up. Not that they really get messed up.
So now I am wearing the jeans that fit better. The ones that help me to hone my focus. I have a smaller pair of the loose jeans, but the smaller pair is still just too small to wear. As in they're not even focus jeans yet, because I can barely breathe in them. Weird, huh? The larger size is almost falling off me, but I still can't move down to the next size. I suppose there's a symbolism of my plateau in there.
As part of my week of birthday celebrations, I hunted down the local used book store. Used book stores are really dangerous for me, and so I've avoided it for 10 months.
One reason I love used book stores is you can find such interesting stuff in them. Old books you would never have known about had you not stumbled across them. And here's what I found and bought:
"The Weight Loss Diaries" by Courtney Rubin. Mixed reviews on Amazon, but generally good.
"Our Lady of Weight Loss" by Janice Taylor (who has written several books apparently). This one looks like a lot of fun. Also mixed reviews at Amazon, but again, the trend is good.
She has a Website at www.ourladyofweightloss.com , but that one seems rather commercial. She also has a blog at www.janicetaylorliving.com/blog/ .
So how bout you? Made any cool book discoveries lately? Any cool weight loss discoveries? Do you give yourself permission to eat more when you're wearing loose clothing? Do you wear loose clothing on PURPOSE so you can eat more?
I have several library books I must get thru before I get to these books, so it will be a while before I report on them. But for now, I'm honing that focus!
Monday, February 15, 2010
We'll get to those bananas. This is the dress -- the size 6 Calvin Klein. That is the upside of being so short and being so small on top -- you can wear smaller dress sizes. Dresses aren't usually all that hard -- shorts & jeans are a whole different story.
DH said keep the dress as a birthday present, and I could wear it at his conference in NYC in May. I don't know, I'd have to lose a little weight. I know it doesn't look that tight, but trust me, getting into it and sitting ain't easy. It would make great incentive, you'd think, but that sort of incentive always works more like pressure to me -- and while I usually work well under pressure, not when it comes to weight loss.
We didn't get a good photo of the red velvet dress. I blogged about this a while ago -- how I wore this once about 20 years ago, and have hung onto it ever since. I wore it to dinner last night. Maybe I'll get to wear it again next year!
Ok, you must make this. Not only is it healthy, it's addicitive:
Banana Walnut "Ice Cream"
2 ripe bananas, frozen
1/3 c soy milk
1/2 ounce walnuts
It really helps if you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, and it also helps to let the bananas thaw for about 30 minutes or so first.
Less than 200 calories for a good size serving. Delicious. Overripe bananas will never go to waste in this house again! I have other uses for overripe bananas, but this is hands down the best.
How did your Valentine's Day go? Did you overindulge in any form? If so, then get right back to healthy eating. Now. This minute. Even if you ate a pound of chocolate yesterday, as long as you get right back to your healthy habits you'll be fine.
Friday, February 12, 2010
. . . a blast from the past. I went ice skating today! Now, for some of you who've lived in the northeast your entire lives, this may seem a very mundane statement.
You have to remember I spent the last 17 winters living in TX. When I first moved to TX, one of the shopping malls actually had an ice rink in it. But it wasn't close to my house, so I never did go skating there, and it eventually shut down.
There was one other rink, but it was even further away from my house, and I was busy starting a business.
I haven't skated in 25 years. At least.
I only fell once! Within minutes of tentatively getting out on the ice. I hugged the sides for maybe the first 10 minutes, but then I was out and about with everyone else.
I even did a couple of tentative crossovers (not back to back!), although I almost fell each time -- but managed to stay upright. And just a tiny bit of skating backwards. I also just enjoyed the people watching -- I'd stop every 5 or 10 minutes for a little rest.
At first I thought what the heck are you doing? But after a while I remembered why I loved skating so much -- that feeling of gliding. It reminds me of swimming. They're the only two sports where I don't really feel my weight. I'm sorry I waited so long this year, now, because there's only about another month of skating before the rink shuts down. Maybe next year I'll take some lessons.
I am not a good skater, but I sure do enjoy it. I really debated bringing my cell phone -- really kind of scared I'd smash it to smithereens. Thankfully I didn't, altho it's always possible. Never had to worry about that when I was younger (there were no cell phones).
I grew up skating outside on ponds. Never had any lessons. Couldn't do crossovers at all or skate backwards at all, but I've always enjoyed it. It was in college, when I took a couple of classes for my gym requirement, that I really fell in love with it. I would go skating on the weekends just for the fun of it!
And of course I've always loved to watch figure skating.
It will be interesting to see how the legs feel tomorrow . . . today is normally my running day, and even tho I didn't get a lot of steps skating, I got enough so that I'm not going to run today. The plan is to do it tomorrow. I am definitely feeling that my legs were worked! And my core, too, for sure.
So what have you done lately to push yourself out of your comfort zone? What fun thing have you been putting off? What would it take to get you to do it? Do you need to ask for some help from an SO or a friend? What's stopping you?
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