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Sweet tooth run rampant

Friday, March 26, 2010

That's not quite true, but it sort of feels that way. My blog post on cookbookmaven yesterday talk about how I've been a bottomless pit lately. TOM has come and gone, and yet it seems to want to linger in my appetite.

One thing I've come to realize over the last few weeks is that I'm not eating a whole lot of whole grains other than my oatmeal. I'm going to attempt to rectify that a little next week with some rice dishes (brown rice, sorry DH). Of course it will be Passover and technically rice is off the menu, but not if you're Sephardic Jews and so I claim I'm Sephardic even tho I'm not.

Making rice on my electric stove is a pain. No matter how low you put it and how carefully you watch it, it almost invariably boils over. Small price to pay for eating healthier, I guess.

Of course, I also have some (hopefully) lovely matzo recipes lined up. Apple kugel. Cauliflower & leek kugel. We'll see how it goes, especially since the workers SHOULD be back with my counter tops.

I just missed my leader's second meeting of the day yesterday by a few minutes. If they'd just left a few minutes earlier. . . I've decided not to WI this week. I know I'll survive. Got other fish to fry today, so to speak. I do hate missing meetings, tho. I could get to one today, but I just have other things I want to do. Hopefully after next week I will settle back into my nice, safe routine.

On cookbook maven today:

Interesting blog posts from this past week (not mine)

Are bulk bins safe?
Is guilt a drug?
Tips for starting exercising or eating healthy
Tips for going vegan

Some interesting stuff in there, folks!

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GEODAWG 3/29/2010 12:30AM

    I have cooked rice forever and you simply turn the temp down just after it starts boiling. Leave the lid up just a bit until the rice settles down. Then put it on tightly. Just have to watch it when it first starts boiling. It is pretty simple.

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/28/2010 9:00AM

    Uh you are better than me, i use uncle bens microwaveable rice packages now that they have brown rice packages.

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BESSHAILE 3/28/2010 8:49AM

    My mother would never cook rice and I wonder now if it is because she had an electric stove. Of course - she wasn't much of a cook anyway - but I have rice at least twice a week. cooked on my gas stove.

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SANDRAFIVE 3/26/2010 9:45AM

    There is a very good recipe on Sparks for "Fool Proof Oven Baked Brown Rice". I made it and it was easy and good.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/26/2010 8:37AM

    Get a rice cooker! I'm still using the same one I bought twenty years ago, and I've used it for various types of rice, and even for oatmeal. Perfect rice every time....

I still can't make myself claim to be Sephardic. Silly, I know. And I'm not very fond of matzah. emoticon

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To WI & or not?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I couldn't go to my regular WW meeting today. I really, really, really hate missing my meetings, but they're still working away upstairs (btw, I have photos up on my cookbookmaven blog -- long, photo-intensive post tho).

I've been considering going to a meeting tomorrow, but my leader doesn't have any meetings on Fridays. I have gone to the Friday meeting a time or two before. The weather is supposed to be messy -- maybe a bit of snow tonight -- which makes walking the dogs in the morning difficult.

I may just skip my meeting this week. Hate to do that.

I was hungry, hungry, hungry yesterday. Not so much during the day, but after dinner -- and dinner was a very large bowl of pasta (whole wheat, with lots of veggies, it was actually only a single serving of pasta, just looked like more).

I eat when I'm bored. I eat when I'm tired. Yesterday I was both.

And I needed that rest. I hadn't been feel well for most of the week, nothing major, just annoying. I did actually feel better today after not doing much yesterday. I still got my 10,000 steps in, walked the dogs, and did some cardio DVD.

I take a week off of running each month, and this was my no-run week. So I've been doing Shaun T's Rockin' Body, which I haven't done in forever. It's a lot of fun, and a really good workout, too. And unlike some cardio DVDs, it's actually a whole lotta steps, too.

How do you deal with changes in your routine? Do you go with the flow or does it knock you for a loop?

On cookbook maven today:

Our kitchen rennovation

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VLVTGRRL 3/28/2010 3:29PM

    Changes knock me for a loop, apparently, as I have found out through my Kansas trip at the end of January. I never really knew that about myself before, so at least something good is coming from it... more self awareness!

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BESSHAILE 3/25/2010 4:51PM

    Not very well, I'm afraid - with changes, that is. I often find myself eating when I don't get to do what I'd planned to do. Sigh. And I really hate messin' with the routine of weigh ins. That's another thing that I'll one day be a little more calm about.

Happy Kitchen Cabinets to you

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/25/2010 11:33AM

    Glad you're feeling better. Was going to joke that I did my wii earlier this morning. Oh wait, that's not the one you meant. (smiling) Sorry, I couldn't resist being juvenile. Have a wonderful day.

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Why having your kitchen remodeled can play havoc on your eating

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yes, as I type, they are installing cabinets! Yeah! It will probably be another week before the counter tops are installed -- which means no toaster oven yet -- can't wait to use the darn thing, we've been here almost a year already and I've been missing it all that time.

I set up shop downstairs again last night. Made my salad, and it's waiting for me in the fridge. Cut up the apple for my oatemal this morning, even put the oatmeal in the bowl. Laid out my silverware for today and the thermoses I will need.

This morning I brought down my water carafe, my book, my planned snack (in a container because otherwise the dogs could get at it). Made my tea and my hot chocolate and placed them down here, too.

The problem with having your kitchen remodeled is that you have no kitchen access while it's happening! It hasn't actually been that bad for us, since they weren't doing anything to the existing cabinets, but I still need to be out of their way so that means getting everything ready the night before/morning of (like normal people do).

And did I mention they arrive at 7 am? Sharp?

I'm always up by then, but it's about that time I'm usually taking the dogs out, then coming back in to feed them, so I do have to get up earlier to make sure everyone has been fed and we can be out of their hair.

The cabinets do make the kitchen look sort of tiny again, but I really need the cabinet space, so I'll give up the open kitchen in favor of more space. Life is about compromises, after all.

What sort of compromises have you had to make to lose weight? (like that segue?) What sort of compromises WON'T you make?

On cookbook maven today:

How much exercise do we need?

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GEODAWG 3/29/2010 12:33AM

    I do not give up a tablespoon of half and half for my coffee. I have given up desserts (mostly) but I eat a lot of fruit so that satisfies the sugar craving somewhat.
Now when are you going to post pics of your new kitchen?

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LIKEMYCHILI 3/24/2010 12:00PM

    Soon everything will be absolutely wonderful!

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KARBIE18 3/24/2010 10:37AM

    Yay! Cabinets! I'm not surprised that you are well-prepared, though, and I'm sure the inconvenience will be worth it once you have a fully functioning kitchen again. It won't be long now!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/24/2010 10:35AM

    Yes, it's all discombobulating and requires creative solutions. But what fun to have new kitchen! Have a wonderful day.

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BZYBOYSMOM 3/24/2010 10:28AM

    I will not give in to the call of laziness by the fat girl in my head! Even though I work late tonight I will head to the park on my break and walk, walk, walk!!!

You sound like you are handling the remodel wonderfully! Yes, they can be stressful! We remodeled our kitchen and added a dining room years ago and I almost went insane and it took twice as long as promised. Kudos to you my fiend!!

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There be cabinets

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Not actually in the kitchen yet, but they are now physically in our garage. Tomorrow they are supposed to install them. THEN they order the countertops (so that they actually fit the cabinets).

Exciting stuff! We've only been waiting on these almost 2 months now. And almost missed them again . . . they said they'd be here in the afternoon, then called my husband around 9:30 to say they were dropping them off.

Only problem was I was out walking the dogs. Even if I'd taken my cell phone (obviously I didn't), that call still would have come at my half way point and I was almost half an hour away from home.

But it's all good, I saw the truck go by as we turned into our road, and the cabinets are now in our possesion, if not in our kitchen, and I have the rest of the day to relax and/or do stuff.

I've been feeling a bit eh the last couple of days (including today), so just haven't been getting as much done as I've planned to. And tomorrow I will be prisoner in my own house again, but I'll willingly do that to finally get my cabinets! And here we are almost halfway through the day already . . .

On a totally different subject (sort of), I wanted to talk a bit about the vision collages. Mine is really simple. I wrote out my 10 goals for the year. Some of them have some visuals to go with them; some of them don't. I've been meaning to add to it, but I haven't.

It isn't even somewhere that I see it every day -- but apparently I see it often enough so that it's working. I am slowly ticking those goals off my list. Few of them have anything to do with weight, btw. It's more about how I want my life to be.

Just thought I'd share how simple it can be, for those who are stuck on that phase. Of course you can get more elaborate.

I also find I have to be diligent about putting my weight loss goals first, too. Sometimes they slip away from me. Oh, not the things I do every day -- the planning, the water drinking, the exercise. But sometimes the big picture gets all fuzzy while I concentrate on other things. I can always see that happening when I'm not reminding myself just why I really want to lose weight -- I have a list. And when I don't read that list, I tend to forget.

Have you sat down and listed the reasons you REALLY want to lose weight? When was the last time you looked at that list? Changed the list? Does the list help you focus your weight loss efforts?

On cookbook maven today:

Are you REALLY digesting your food?


Relaunch of cookbookmaven.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

That's where I've been! Working on relaunching my food blog -- www.cookbookmaven.com . Won't bore you with the details of why it disappeared, just now it's back & I'm blogging daily (or trying to).

Remember when I was bloggin what I ate every day here? Well, that's what's going on over there. Plus some recipes as I concoct them. Which isn't really often, as I'm better at following other people's recipes. Plus lots of links to cool foodie stuff as I come across them. And the occasional cookbook review. Maybe these blogs will get shorter now -- and maybe not.

I could sure use comments, so if you love food or just want to see what the heck I eat ever day, take a gander. Don't be shy -- leave a comment! The latest recipe is chocolate orange scones -- not exactly health food, but healthy for scones.

Those vision collages do work, you know. This was one of my goals for this year. It's on my vision collage. And now it's started (along with registering for my first 5k -- done, finishing the kitchen -- we're hoping maybe done by next week). I'm basically about halfway thru my goal, and the year isn't half over, so I guess that's good.

Have you done your vision collage? Did you find it made a difference in your life?

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SHEALUNA 3/23/2010 7:39AM

    Oooohhhh! Thanks for the link. That scone recipe looks TASTY! Looks like you've got some seriously yummy food over there, so will have to go read more in depth later.

As for the vision collage... not done it yet. I have posted a picture of myself when I was at the weight I want to be and also a list of goals for this month. That's really helped me stay on track!

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BESSHAILE 3/23/2010 6:43AM

    NO I haven't and I think it would be a very valuable thing for me to do. I just can't seem to break free of the It Must Be Perfect bonds. gotta talk to my inner reptile about this. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 3/23/2010 5:19AM

    My VB is working - and not only that - my pile or scattering of books on the coffee table which forms a non-formalised VB - have directly paid off - spontaneous acceptance of suggestion to meet daughters for a weekend in Paris, going with family to rock concerts, lots more besides.

heading straight over to your blog now

see you on the other side


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CRAVE_FREE 3/22/2010 4:53PM

    I will definitely check out your site. I was wondering where you'd gone in the blogosphere. I hung my vision collage up where I weigh in, so it motivates me if the scale isn't my friend or it reinforces my efforts when I do see progress!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/22/2010 2:48PM

    Wow, your website gave me a lot of good ideas. Good for you in trying lots of things.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/22/2010 8:15AM

    I never have really done one - assembled a few pics that inspire me, but never really did the job properly. I honestly don't know where to begin, and I'm not creative. Perhaps I need to rethink this....

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