Friday, October 15, 2010
but I had tofu for supper tonight. I'm trying to cook out of my pantry and refrigerator, and the tofu had been in there for a long time. Fried the tofu in a little olive oil, grabbed a can of stewed tomatoes and poured it on top of the tofu, seasoned it with herbs. It was pretty good! Our youngest son told me once he'd eat anything I fixed except tofu, because I once made a miso soup with chunks of tofu in it, which he liked until he found out what was in it! LOL!
The good news is that I had to actually eat something else to bring my calories to where they should be.... opted for a pear, which I saved from developing even more brown spots. Yep, just call me Mikey.... I'll eat all the remnants. I hate to waste food, and luckily, we have mostly healthy stuff in our house. My weight gain came from my love for desserts when we eat out, which used to be a LOT!
I also have a container of fresh mozzarella in herbed olive oil... I'll have to think a little on how to be "healthy" with that one!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I'm taking it as such. I had a banana at almost midnight tonight, when I was already 75 calories over my limit for the day. The reason? .... to bring my fruits and vegetables up to the required 5 so that my streak wouldn't be broken. (again!)
It would have been far better to have some low-calorie green beans, but this close to bedtime I'm not cooking. (hmmmm..... Although I almost never eat canned vegetables, this would have been one time to justify it.... I actually LIKE cold green beans right from the can.)
My overall goal is to be healthier, and I know the small amount of extra calories today won't take long to recover from. Having adequate fruits and vegetable will make me healthier. Just a small observation: I've noticed that if I eat enough fruits and vegetable, I don't crave sweets as much.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I've re-injured my knee several times from assuming I needed to exercise it, so my healing has been slowed down. Now I face a week of walking, stairs, standing on risers, singing and choreography, and at least ONE real vacation thing - a bus tour. My knee feels great today; the swelling is gone, there's no pain (just a sensation that it's not healed yet).... exactly the stage at which I would formerly re-injure it. And next week I'll be in Seattle with a performing group and my own habits of walking a LOT, and being very active the whole week. My roommates are all older than me (in their 70;s), and they will have to slow down for *me*. Embarrassing!
As in anything when you're restricted, now I'm dying to take a walk. Forget the fact that I got in this trouble because I had NOT been walking much, and then overdid it the first week of walking. Anyway.... angst for today. Very positive about my long-term health, just not so sure about short term. Bring on those positive affirmations.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
in the neighborhood.... [I do miss Mr. Rodgers]
I've got some spinach to plant, and some rosemary to plant on both sides of my mailbox; we've been here for 25 years, and the perfect plant for that area just now occurred to me. Slow learner? Yep!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Challenge: a very painful knee that's keeping me from exercising. Actually, I HAVE been exercising, and I don't think it's good for my knee. What cardio exercise can you do that doesn't involve your knees? I'm looking into water aerobics... I say "looking into" because I think our local rec center charges extra for using the pool. And I don't have a swim suit... well, the one I have hasn't been worn for 15 years. And I'm mortified at the thought of appearing in public in a swim suit. I looked a LOT better the last time I wore one, and I was already self conscious then.
So those are my excuses. It's funny how many things your mind throws up (interesting term!) when you really really DON'T want to do something.
On the good side, I've been aware lately that my self confidence has grown immeasurably. In connection to a club I belong to, I recently called our city offices and arranged for a proclamation to be made, and a city councilman to bring it and read it to our meeting. I've been easily intimidated by "officials," starting with school teachers, my entire life. For me to accomplish that proclamation is a big deal.
Which brings me to something I'm going to take action on. One of my desires is to do something of service to someone. It's been on my mind for a long time, and I've found the dream volunteer job for me. Through an article in the "Stroke Connection" magazine, I discovered there is a nearby stable that provides horseback riding to people with disabilities. I have wanted a horse my entire life, but will probably never have one. This volunteer opportunity allows me to be around horses (maybe), and provide assistance to people at the same time. Win, win! Whenever I listed my "gifts," a way with animals is in that list. I seem to understand them, and have always had animals in my life, starting with a sheep on my parents' farm that literally followed me everywhere.... just like the song goes.
I'll keep you posted....
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