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raspberry walnut dressing

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I posted this in the forum but I wanted to share it with everyone.

If you love raspberry walnut dressing on your salad, try this...

raspberry walnut dressing

1/2 cup Rice Vinegar - (no sugar added)
2 tb (good) Olive oil
2 tb Sugar Free Raspberry jelly
1 tsp Splenda
4 large walnuts

With a stick blender whisk the first three ingredients then at the end of it toss in the walnuts and pop them a few times to mince them up a bit. (I like the nuts a little on the chunky side).

It's awesome on your salad. It's also very cheap on calories! emoticon


Holiday Eating

Friday, May 23, 2008

Note on the Holiday...

Planning ahead is what works for me at family gatherings. We usually cook out on the grill. So I make sure I've got a fabulous salad to go with any meat we cook. If we cook anything "taboo" I either make a very low fat version of that food for myself or I just eat a small portion of the naughty food. Either way I fill up on salad and the meat very easily. Usually there is a very nice fresh fruit side dish on that same table... It's about choices and trade offs. What are you willing to give to get the thing you want?

I remember one Thanksgiving, I cooked a whole dinner and did not eat the stuffing! Now that was willpower eh? :)

My views on gatherings... it's one meal and need not become such a stumbling stone. Get back on track with your next meal if you find you have weak resolve to behave. But try very hard to have a game plan ahead of time and "SEE" yourself successfully eating healthy foods and having fun with your family.

Recently I made some Mango Salsa and ate it with Low-carb baked tortilla chips. Made out of 1 Low Carb Tortilla sliced into wedges and baked in the oven till golden and crispy. ... Then munching them with that yummy salsa really calmed down my "CRUNCH" need.

Mango Corn Salsa-
1 ripe mango cubed
3 ears fresh golden corn
1/4 large purple onion chopped fine
1 lime - squeezed
1/4 c rice vinegar (no sugar added)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 T. Spenda

Enjoy emoticon


May Notes

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hey... I'm not doing badly on the program of eating right. It's been a roller coaster but I'm on track. I've not lost weight since April but it's not because I've not tried. I'm also not discouraged because I know how this poop goes. Your body looses the first 15 lbs fairly easy, and then the grunt work happens when it realizes you are changing things it's used to getting. I am down too 212 from 230.

They are just numbers. What really matters is that I feel amazing. My body feels good and I’ve not felt GOOD in ages. That’s really the key; making changes which will stay with you and which will help you stay healthy and live longer.


Exercise and the Koi Pond creation

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Exercise and the Koi Pond creation

I hate Exercise and it’s not exactly a secret. Doing all those repetitious gyrations and movements might look OK on TV but me doing it, sort of reminds me of crop rotation.

Anyhow, about the time I figured exercise was out of the question, I had to save two Koi fish from a pond that was drying up. After the rescue they got stuck in a broken down PVC pond with a fiberglass patch where it cracked down the side. We tried to keep them in that for about a week and it became obvious it wasn’t going to work long.

I searched out my yard until I felt good about a location to begin DIGGING a koi pond.

With a pressure washer I carved out the shape I wanted in the ground. I used it to blast past the top layer of dirt and expose the roots of nearby trees. I didn’t want to hurt the tree so searched for the large roots and avoided them when I planned the shape. Then onto the
shovel… and several people’s backs.

By sometime that night I had a hole in the ground roughly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. After refining the shape I (had help) lined it with some very thick felt material, to keep the roots from sticking a hole in the liner. Then by evening the hole was ready for the fish.

The filter was now in place and some makeshift edging material to keep the liner from falling into the hold on top of the fish (Remember this was emergency tactics to save fish only). So we have a makeshift koi rescue pond. Now what? (Laughing)… (Oh if only I knew then what I know now).

Since that fateful day, I’ve grown from a smallish koi pond into two smallish koi ponds and we’ve improved on the effort immensely from that first roughed out salvation koi pond. It’s taken a lot of work and it’s been mostly myself who’s been doing it. So, I am getting a lot of working out.

Oh, yeah… I forgot to tell you, that one day we found a guy who’d cut down our huge Pine Trees. We had about 30 to take down… You wouldn’t think that would make-work, unless you are country person. You’d realize that with trees being cut down a lot of branches remain; cuz the cutters take the wood and not the branches. Those little gems are yours alone. We have a whole quarter acre full of em to deal with. That’s both of us cutting and hauling… Also, if you are country, you now know we also have massive stumps left behind which need grinding down. Well the stump grinder man left last night, and now we have mountains of saw dust to shovel into the wheelbarrow.

… I’m no longer concerned I won’t get exercise… God help me.



Thursday, May 22, 2008

I really hate it when you post stuff and get an error message ... then you loose all you type out. OK lesson learned.... I'll type it in WORD first and cut it out and paste it in here.


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