Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I just want to thank everyone for the support I have received in the last few months with this whole weight loss thing. It really has meant a great deal to me. I feel incredibly blessed and loved.
Maintenance is going to be a journey unto itself. One of those strange new adventures, especially because I am committed to continuing with the exercise and eating habits that I have established over the last 8 months.
When I started, I was hoping to be into a size 12 by the next New Year's... and I'm in an 8 or 10 (depending on brand and age of clothing). I am quite satisfied with that.
When I started, I was hoping to be more physically healthy... I never dreamed I'd run/walk my first 5K in June... and now I find, though running is HARD, I LIKE it. My body craves exercise and physical movement. (Tonight I'm going a little neurotic on where I can fit in 45 minutes of exercise before or after choir practice.)
When I started, I had no idea how much happier I was going to be, and I was already a relatively happy person.
When I started, I had no idea how much stress relief I was going to find... and trust me, I have had some backbreaking & mind-bending stress in the last 8 months.
When I started, I didn't know how many physical aches & pains would find relief... nothing earth-shattering... but my low back pain is only an infrequent visitor now... YAY!
When I started, I had no idea how much clearer my mind would be and how much more energy I would have... I feel like I could understand calculus while climbing a mountain now!
When I started, I thought I had no self-control and now I find it to be a natural part of my decision-making process...
In short, I have realized everything I wanted and so much more and I am confident the discoveries will increase.
Now the news comes out that if you are physically active, especially running, you can delay serious declines normally associated with aging by an average of 16 years.
So my feet are going to keep easin' on down the road or treadmill until they just won't go no further!
Good afternoon and greatest blessings to you all!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I did manage to get up yesterday morning to run a mile on treadmill with .25 mile warm up and a .25 mile cool down. I had a great day.
This morning, I looked at the clock at 5:30, when my eyes opened again, it was 5:45 and then again at 6:00. Needless to say, my butt wasn't exercising this morning. Then it dawned on me, if I want to change it, I need to set a goals... small, measurable ones... like getting up to exercise once per week and then increase it every few weeks until I am happy with the result. (DOH!)
I'll try again in he morning.
Today I managed a lot of exercise... 3 miles with Leslie Sansone and the I used the strength exercise list from SP and did treadmill in between each of the exercises! It basically became an intense 76 minutes of circuit training... really good...
Since I've burned tons of calories today, I get chocolate.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Just because of my failed success of a recipe...
Somehow this morning I ended up on YouTube looking a a clip from a German cooking website (I really don't know quite how)... the lady was making a tasty-looking pastry with a Quark & vanilla pudding filling. (Quark is sort of analogous to cottage cheese, except it's smooth.)
So I went to the website and used Babelfish to translate it... and with my knowledge of German and the translation and video, I proceeded to make the recipe usable with American ingredients.
I had a laugh over a translation, that while literally accurate, was hilarious in and of itself... under the recipe categories, "Backen" was listed on the German page... but on the translated page, it was listed as "Cheeks"... that is the noun, but the verb "backen" is "baking"... I just sort of looked at it and saw "Back" and then "Cheeks" and thought of buttocks. I giggled until I had tears in my eyes.
Anyway, I made some substitutions and got the recipe underway. It was going just fine... until I tried to spread the pudding/pureed cottage cheese mixture onto the pastry. It was far far too liquid and proceeded to leak out onto the counter as I was rolling it. (It was supposed to just roll up and be sliceable and then baked.)
I ended up kind of wadding the whole frakking thing up on a baking stone and shoving it in the oven in despair... not knowing what would come out after I decided the baking was done.
The filling ran all over the oven (bad!) but what remained on the stone browned nicely and smelled good... so I took it out to cool and my son (my PICKY child) grabbed a little spatula and whacked off a hunk. He had a quizzical look on his face on the first bite and then smiled ear to ear... he LOVED it! He has had 3 more pieces in the course of the evening.
Hubby loves it too. I think it's mighty tasty. And my darling daughter (the NOT picky one) who'd said earlier, "you couldn't pay me to eat that!" has now had 2 big hunks and has declared it's what you get when you cross banana bread with cake, and "I like cake".
I hope there's some left for breakfast!
I'll post the recipe when I get it to where it won't run all over the oven and try to carry the stove away upon its escape.
Get An Email Alert Each Time OAKBORN Posts