Thursday, May 24, 2012
Yes, we all know we should be getting our veggies. I thought I would show you MY favorites to keep around in the fridge. I find the hardest part of getting my veggies in, is finding the time to prep them. Its gets annoying. Each of these takes about 15 min to make, but lasts for about 2-3 days. By making these, I have them around and really have no excuses! Great guilt free "snack" for when you have the nibbles at 4 in the afternoon!
On the left, tomato, cuke, onion, carrot, snow peas, peppers and some italian dressing (homemade here, but I've used bottle before). If you REALLY want a lunch salad that will last you all day , add some white beans here. On the right, a mixure of greens, washed, dried and ready to go. (From my garden here: arugula, spinach, kale & red leaf) When it comes time to eat, grab a handful of greens, plop some of the chopped veggies on top. They are already dressed, so you can eat in 30 sec. Or just skip the lettuce.
Add a splash (1/2 c) of juice (apple here, everything works, although I'm not a big personal fan of Orange - its too dominant) to a bowl. Add banana, pear, oranges, strawberries, mango, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi. Fresh is best, frozen is ok. You can add 1-2 dried fruits (raisins & apricots are my favorite, but DH doesnt like, so I started leaving out) to thicken the "sauce" that develops at the bottom. The sugar in the juice pulls out some of the juice in the fruit (osmosis, for my science geek friends) and ties the whole thing together. And it keeps your banana, pears and apples from turning brown.
Its a great smoothie base too. Grownups can add a dash of liquor for a party dessert. Bring a can of whipped cream and some purchased angelfood cake for some jaw dropping BBQ dessert action! (Put the cream in with the beer until its time to serve).
Strive for 5, stretch for 6, skinny with 7! (Servings a day, that is)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Needed to pick up DH's tux and then head to the wedding rehearsal & dinner. I had been good all day in anticipation of the dinner....and I was STARVING. So we decide a quick swing thru Wendy's for Frosty's would do the trick. And we split a med Fry too.
Only the cashier gave us Mediums instead of smalls. 750 calories of "Snack" later and I'm annoyed that out of my well planned day, I would have been On Track, but instead I was Way Over.
Frostys = Diet Bomb. (Delicious, and I wasnt hungry, which was good because we didnt actually get to the dinner until 3 hours later...but still)
(Yes there are better choices I could have gotten, but I had been good and figured a small Frosty wouldnt break the bank. WRONG!)
Friday, May 18, 2012
Yesterday, the seasonal switch happened, when I put all the sweaters away and take out all the shorts. And as much as I hate doing this, it provided a little muscle to the need to prune my wardrobe.
As healthy as I feel, its becoming difficult to get dressed in the morning. Who knows what is going to fit today? The XLs are starting to LOOK baggy instead of just feeling baggy. The 16s are sliding down my hips. I cant pull them off yet, but if I dont take action, its only a matter of time until they slide off entirely. My belt and I are BFFs. Its like some kind of perverse anorexia where I think I'm bigger than I am. (I'm not starving myself, nor do I wish to make light of a serious mental disorder.) But the pants dont lie, Its a NSV, but for someone like me who is fashion-impaired and frugal....
Items that renewed their lot in life or are reaching their end include:
3 pairs of too big pants (2 jeans and one dress) into the give-away pile, and toss another few items in the garbage (holes that I always meant to fix).
French cuff shirts - Fit - YAY, no boob-gap!
Fancy dress that I havent fit into in years - fitting again. Good too, because its perfect for the wedding tomorrow.
Favorite grey skirt, getting too big. (I'll mourn this loss.)
Summer dress in lime green with lemons and limes all over it (I call it my margarita dress.) Fits, but has it gone out of fashion?? Its times like this when I wish I had a fashionable friend who could come over and help me.
What to do with the interview suit in size 18 WITH THE TAGS STILL ON! $200, down the drain. Anyone need a grey women's pantsuit? Yes I will mail it to you.
Well, if I want to get any exercise in, I have to go now. NO EXCUSES has been my motto since starting work. (Only 2 hrs a day, but something is better than nothing. Its going ok. The time crunch will take some getting used to.) Too many appointments today for my regularly scheduled brick - I'll do some fartlek/ speed intervals instead.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
We went out for brunch this morning. I was starving when I woke up and had 1 cup of fruit salad and told my stomach to be satisfied until 10am. I ate the things I wanted to eat (ham! english muffin with eggs, ham & cheese on top, turkey in gravy, shrimp! artichoke salad, beets, cannoli and apple strudel) skipped the things that looked "boring"(pasta, tater tots, roasted potatoes, bagels, cupcakes, cheese cubes) And 4 mimosas! (They go down so easy...)
The good news, I didnt eat until I hurt. The bad news, I still ate ALOT. I was really full. Skipped lunch entirely and I just had a little snack for dinner, about 1 cup of chick peas and rice. Because if I don't, I wake up at 3am starving and that just sets the whole day off on the wrong foot.
So yeah, I dont really have a clue how much I ate in calories at brunch. So I made up a number: 1500.
The weather here was GLORIOUS yesterday and today, so I spent the rest of my Mother's Day outside finishing my home planting. Flowers, tomatoes, window boxes, mulched & watered. I've planted impatiens for years but this summer is forecast to be so hot and dry that I'm experimenting with some new varieties; vinca and nicotiana. I also am experimenting with a few extra tomato plants. Sometimes there are extra plants in the same "cell" when you buy them? I vvveeerrryyy carefully separated them and have them in their own little pots for recovery. If they are still around in a week, they'll get planted in the community garden, or I'll give them to my MIL.
DH and I emptied the shed, swept and reorganized. We were outside working all day. Didnt look at my heartbeat once, have no idea how much time I spent. The only time I willingly "exercised" was when I chose to walk to the community garden, about 1/2 mile away, and I chose not to stroll, I pushed my pace as much as I could without running as I was wearing sandals. But again, I didnt really look at how much time it took as I went there, did my watering, and then went home.
So today's trackers are complete fiction. I'm "shooting from the hip." Tomorrow, I get back to work.
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