Saturday, April 17, 2010
We've had to say "good-bye" to our dear friend, Romeo (my background picture). He's been my "puppy" for 14 years, but a full body stroke signaled the end. Our vet was gracious enough to meet us on a Sunday to help us ease our sweet dog into the next life, but it was a hard, hard decision. His ashes will go into the garden he loved so much so he'll always be with us.
On the good side, I'm up to 1 hr on the treadmill, at an average speed of 3.5 mph. I vary the speed and incline to keep it interesting, but I'll be glad when I can find a gym and return to the elliptical and the strenthening equipment. Our gym was the latest victim of the economic crunch so it's going to be hard to find a new one. Hubby gets home from work in time to use the local rec center, but they close early and are really crowded. But until I am fully healed, I'll be satisfied with my trusty treadmill, some healthy gardening, and my hand weights.
I've done well with nutrition, but I've stumbled across some really awful recipes. We've had some great meals and some that went straight down the disposal. Not all cookbooks are good, friends! I've tossed 2 and gone back to the ones I've used in the past.
I'll be heading out to CA in May to see the newlywed's new home. I'm looking forward to my first trip to the desert! I also have a precious new granddaughter who is about to celebrate a first birthday so life is good.
Oh! And I've lost 7 lbs! Woo-Hoo!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
While I was recovering from foot surgery this past December, the blasted Fat Fairies invaded my kitchen and took it over! I never saw them, never realized they had been there, never really cared. I was completely sidelined. I couldn't walk without crutches for over a month, and then VERY limitied mobility. Just a few weeks I got the "go ahead" to start doing some very gentle exercise. I promptly went out and bought a cadillac of a treadmill, charged up my iPod, and dusted off my weights, stability ball and videos. I started very slowly, but at least it was a start and I've really missed working out. Who woulda figured????
Anyway, to get the proverbial ball rolling, I decided to get my starting weight.....just so I could post it on my SP page as my starting point. ONE HUNDRED SIXTY POUNDS????? Where did all of THAT come from? I'm a balloon with a limp! So I dutifully posted it, reset my goals and started posting my food and exercise again. I also started checking my recipes and reading a few SP articles. The first one I read was "Kitchen Makeover" and decided I'd need one. That's when I discovered that I had been invaded by the fat fairies!
Who put those Lays potato chips in my pantry??? And what heathen put ice cream in my freezer? Where were all of my fresh veggies and my yogurts??? It was definitely time for an exorcism of my kitchen, not a simple makeover! I grabbed the trashcan and went to work! All white flours, sugars, pastas, etc. hit the trash. Followed by sugared cereals, cake mixes, and heavy condiments. I made a grocery list and headed for the store. NOW I'm back in business!
Next I went to work reorganizing the kitchen so everything was close at hand. I sharpened all of my knives and found all my mixing bowls and measuring cups that had gotten scattered. Put all of my cooking tools in open pots for easy access and put a new battery in my kitchen scales. There! Much better!
In the same vein of getting back on track, I made a big pot of country lentil soup (I'll be adding the recipe shortly). I also cooked down (southern term for reduction) some plums we had frozen last year with light butter, cinnamon and Splenda. I'll use this on top of angel food cake or fat free icecream. It's about time for fresh plums and I needed to get them out of the freezer (cleaned that sucker out too!).
Finally, I've gotten menus planned for the week and all shopping is done. How does Greek orzo salad sound? Not bad, eh? Much better than McDonalds! Broccoli salad is all packed in the fridge, fresh turkey for sandwiches.....yep.....MUCH BETTER!
I can't do much about not being able to do a lot of high impact exercising, but I CAN do something about those fat fairies! They've been completely eradicated and I'm being more vigilant lest they return. Amazing how easy it was to slip into old bad habits just because I got a bit sidelined.
I'll try to keep you posted, but now I'm busy cooking, planning and walking on the treadmill!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This is HARD! I made it to the gym again last night, but my efforts were pitiful. I'm doing much less and feeling it much more than 2 mos. ago. But I'm sticking with it and clutching my bottle of Advil.
Also took a nice long walk with the hubby and a Leslie Sansone walk (1 mile was all I could stand!) with co-workers.
Nutrition is right on track, but that's never been too hard to adhere to. But a week in California with some awesome Jewish deli food cost me! (It was seriously delicious though and I intend to do it again, next trip!)
Off to dose up on pain relievers and try to get some work done.
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