Monday, June 23, 2008
I've mentioned my salads before... I love throwing anything and everything into them. I usually carry them for lunch.
For me, salad creation is a very emotional process with few rules. I don't have to have lettuce... veggies can be canned or raw... fruit is a favorite add-in for a touch of sweetness (which is great with my sweet tooth)... etc. If you have a decent amount of veggies as a base, you can throw in just about anything, excepting the kitchen sink.
My husband has long been fond of using cottage cheese in place of dressing. I like it because it is mild in flavor and has an interesting texture. I usually throw in a small amount of fat free italian or ranch dressing, just for a bit more accent flavor.
My salad today, has half a leftover baked potato, leftover broccoli & leftover asparagus as the base, with tomato, green beans, cucumber, cottage cheese, ham, and fat free italian dressing. It's really good. I'm loving the baked potato as an accent. This salad is really a meal and it's got about 4 veggie servings in it.
I love my salads. They really help me to get the veggies I need in a quick format that I love. Throw in a little bit of lean lunch meat, or tuna and you can have quite the tasty treat.
So if you aren't usually a salad person, think outside the traditional lettuce bowl and try the kitchen sink method! You might create something really unique and tasty!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I sort of did that last night. I was really hoping to find Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and Leslie Sansone's 5 Mile Walk @ my local Wally World... but those titles were not available and I really knew what I was wanting.
So instead, I ended up at Barnes & Noble and found both, at $13 more than ordering from the Wally World website. However, after finally finding a copy of Mansfield Park (Jane Austen), which I'd been unable to locate at the library even, I was happily trotting out the door when I saw a stretchy band/exercise ball set with book & DVD for $20. I have a stretchy band, but I have been wanting a stability ball... and a video to help me use both better. So I snapped it up.
Later note: I inflated the exercise ball without a moment's problem. I just used the inflation thing we used for pool toys and air mattresses. It has a long nozzle sort of thing on it. Seems very sturdy!
I did the level one workout today and I am still feeling it. I read some of the reviews on B&N and they aren't very good. I haven't tried to inflate the ball yet... which seems to be the biggest complaint... but we have an exercise ball here at work, so I used it to do the workout. It was challenging, fun, and easier than I thought it would be (in terms of keeping my balance). It was sort of a circuit training with the ball and stretch band. Instructions were clear and easy to follow... although it wasn't that easy to see my computer monitor over my desk. (GRIN)
Anyway, I recommend this set if you are looking for something a little different and reasonably priced. I figure that most stability balls go for at least $15... so to get that, a stretchie band, a book & DVD is a good deal. However, it's better if you order it online, come to find out... at www.bn.com, it costs $4 less. So if you want instant gratification, go to your local B&N, if you wait, save some $ and order it online.
Also I was down another 6/10 this morning. Today is also day #70 of consecutive exercise! 5K is 2 days away!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Great stuff today:
1. I weighed in at 163.6!!!!!! That means I have lost a full 41# or 20% of my starting weight.
2. I ran a mile plus walked 1.7 miles at lunch.
3. I'm drinking hot, freshly brewed coffee here at work.
4. The 5K is only 3 days away.
Funny thought of the day... sort of stems from a joke my husband came up with when a friend was wanting to lose weight:
Q: How do you lose weight?
A: You drive off into the woods, far far away, and you leave it there. But you have to be careful to make sure it doesn't follow you and find you again.
My thought process lately has been sort of weird, silly and strange... Where does weight go when you lose it? Doesn't it have to go somewhere? Does it find someone else? My mind says it can't just disappear... even though I know it does just go away... heh funny!
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