Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Here's my recipe. I LOVE vegetables and eat 10-12 servings a day on most days. Almost any recipe I do is always loaded with veggies, as this one is.
Here's some of my ingredients. Except for the bison, spinach, parmesan and garlic, everything is from my garden.
1 pound bison
2 large orange tomatoes
2 large red tomatoes
1 large yellow tomato
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 hot pepper (forgot its name!)
3 cups of spinach
2 golden zucchini
1 zucchini (regular)
1 large spaghetti squash
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
Fresh basil leaves to taste
Fresh oregano to taste
Fresh rosemary to taste
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste (I use no salt for my own)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
I ground the bison in a skillet (no oil or spray as it's a super non stick pan), added the chopped veggies (not the tomatoes yet)
Added the tomatoes
Added the spinach, garlic, pepper and herbs
I cooked on a low heat until the tomatoes reduced and the veggies were tender, about 1.5 hours.
My spaghetti squash was already cooked, shredded and frozen in a ziploc baggie, so I thawed it while everything else was cooking. If not cooked, here's how I cook mine:
I cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, add whatever seasonings you like (I use various Mrs. Dash's, depending on what I'm in the mood for) and bake for about 1 hour at 320. Once out and cool, take a fork and shred into strands and use as spaghetti noodles. I've also grilled them before and cooked them in the microwave (a large one only takes 10-15 minutes this way). Grilling is my favorite as it gives it a unique taste and the texture is coarser.
I arranged the spaghetti squash on plate, added the bison and veggie mixture and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
We just got a new IT company at work. Normally I can connect from home onto our server at work and then to my actual desktop at work. They were doing some server work day before yesterday and whatever they did, made my connection from home not work. I spoke with them and showed one of them yesterday when he was in. Last night I got home and still couldn't connect. He kept insisting it must be my laptop and I kept insisting it wasn't. I could still get to our server, but just not to my desktop. Anyway, after several hours, they had me up and running and I hung up from talking to them around 10 last night. Turns out part of the connection file got corrupt after our EHR tech was on there. I noticed that my IE favorites were all gone and my document folder was missing a lot of things and I couldn't access the network drives on the server to view patients incoming lab and radiology reports or our incoming faxes.
I emailed them last night and they got my favorites reloaded and they called me today to finish fixing it. We got everything working but I still couldn't find my documents. So he connects remotely into my computer while I'm on the phone with him and he starts looking through folders for the missing items. He comes across a folder I have labeled "Carla" and opens it. I wasn't even remembering what was in it, but here I am on the other end of the phone as he opens it and here comes up a big picture of my starting picture with me at my heaviest, over 200 pounds, in a pair of green bikini underwear and a bra, with back, front and side views!! Now mind you, I've known this new person for not even a whole week and I'm on the other line when he opens this. I got quiet and he just quickly closed the folder and said "nope, they're not in there!" He was polite enough to not say a word and I just thanked him for trying to find them and told him I'd keep looking. LOL.... now I'm off to go look for them and to take my personal pics out of that folder! I had them on there because we do weight loss counseling for some patients and the docs would have patients come to my desk to see before and after pics. I'm going to print them now and just keep them in a real life folder to show when needed.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
A group of mine, Fabulous Fitness had a challenge to make a vision board of goals we have. Here is mine:
My goals are very simple. I am having a new daughter in law in a month and a new (first!) Grandbaby. I want to be healthy, fit and be able to be here a long time to enjoy them and I want to be able to run around with my Grandson. Part of my board is to remind me that they are coming into my family and that they are part of my reasons for making a new me.
The biggest goal I have it to run a half marathon in March of 2012. The Rock 'n Roll in DC. I know with the proper training and support and tips from people who are runners, I will be able to do this. I've only done 5 and 10K's and I've walked/run those doing intervals. This is a hefty goal for me, but one I know I can reach!
Healthier eating, clean eating...is something I strive for. I don't eat 100% clean, nor do I eat healthy 100% of the time, but this part of the board is to remind me of my goal to do it most of the time.
At the very top, I had to have a reference to Spark People (it's small so you have to have really good eyes to see the little sparkpeople.com and the book, The Spark), because it is through this site that I have met all the fabulous people I have and it's where I learned to make small goals and to eat healthier. The tools here have been an enormous help! I've made incredible friends, both online and in person and each and every one of you is dear to my heart and all of you are part of my success. I can't wait to sign in here every morning to read about how everyone is doing and to support each of you as you have supported me. I love you all!!
Another section of my board is about breast cancer awareness. I am extremely active in breast cancer prevention events and I plan on another year of Susan G Komen events and breast cancer prevention functions and teaching. One day there will be an end to this disease and until then, I will continue to preach/teach about awareness and early detection.
The last part of my board is about fitness. I have come to love Zumba, so I wanted to have a little bit about that. I'm getting stronger every day and learning so many things about myself and what I AM capable of doing! Just a few short years ago, I'd be writing nothing about fitness and would likely still be sitting on the couch in front of the TV most of the time. Just because the fitness part is the smallest, doesn't mean it's the least important!
Thanks for an awesome challenge and one that made me think and be more aware of why I am here.
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