Another Challenge was to try a new healthy recipe and blog about it. Ironically I have never tried spaghetti squash and I like squash. I often buy butternut, acorn, yellow and zucchini. One of my co-workers has talked about spaghetti squash several times so I thought I would give it a try.
Since I have never tried it I looked up a recipe in the Spark People recipes and found a very simple one. You split the squash in half, scoop out the seeds; add water to a baking pan and place the squash skin side up in the pan. Then bake at 350 for about an hour (depending on the size) or until the squash is soft enough to scrap out. Use a fork to scrap out the squash from the skin; it will appear somewhat stringy like spaghetti (thus the name).
I ate a couple of cups of squash with some spaghetti sauce and parmesan cheese. It wasn’t a total replacement for spaghetti in my opinion, but you can have a whole lot more of that for fewer calories. A half a cup of spaghetti squash is only 25 calories.
I have to admit is has been a very long time since I have stepped on the Wii fit and my husband was interested in seeing what it would say to me. I had a conversation with my son yesterday about his progress and what his Wii fit said to him and we both agreed that the game could give more encouragement. He has lost over 30 pounds, but he is still in the overweight category. He looks very good though.
Since it was a very rainy day today I figured I would charge the Wii batteries and maybe hubby and I would play it later instead of him watching television. He started with the Wii fit game and did all the weight and body tests. He has lost a little weight, but he hadn’t reached the last goal he met. He hasn’t tried real hard to take off weight, but he is taking a little bit off.
After he played a couple of fit games he encouraged me to get on. I had lost close to the same amount I have lost here at SP and my body mass index had moved from the high end of obese to overweight. Of course the game has that “You are overweight” comment. Yes, but doesn’t it recognize how far I came from Obese? I know it is not intelligent enough to give encouraging words since technically I am overweight. Guess what? That feels pretty darn good to me!
I actually find the game funny when you build your Mii and give it a height and size and then you weigh yourself and it plumps you up. I also find some of the rude comments it makes a bit on the funny side.
Thank goodness for Spark Friends. They understand and encourage even when we are still overweight!
The company picnic I attended today was catered by the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. I have only visited the restaurant itself a couple of times since it is an hour away, but I have enjoyed it very much when I went. Their corn bread and baked beans are out of this world!
I knew I would eat a bit out of my norm today, so I made sure I got some exercise in this morning and also ate a little lighter for breakfast. I also took my granddaughter out in a paddle boat and had to do most of the work so there were some more calories burned.
I was happy to see shrimp as an appetizer and I took advantage of it being lower cal than some of the other choices. I think I did rather well with portion control and when I logged everything in to my tracker I was still within my range. WooHoo!
In years past I would have eaten more of the beans and cornbread. This year I took a portion of the beans and I took one piece of cornbread. Those beans were so good it was hard to not go back for more though.
I blogged sometime back about the Santa Claus melon that my husband and I tried. it is in the Honeydew family and our local store also carries the Canary and Crenshaw melon. All of a honeydew variety. I personally and not a huge fan of honeydew, But I am always willing to give something a try.
This weeks choice was the Crenshaw - it is a cross between the Persian and Casaba melon. I've never heard of the Persian, but then again I had never heard of he others until this year. I think we have a war between two grocery store chains and they are offering more options.
My husband wasn't a huge fan of the crenshaw, he thought it was more like a cantaloupe, but I liked it and didn't really think that. I'm not a cantaloupe fan either.
For my August salad challenge I will probably be eating a fruit salad tomorrow which will include more of the Crenshaw melon. I have a company picnic for lunch and dinner and since the salad has to be a meal replacement breakfast is the only meal I have to replace. I take my challenges a little to seriously sometimes.
I have been just .2 pounds under my half way weight mark (48 pounds) for a couple of weeks now. Today got me over that mark and I even made it a couple of pounds higher to the 50 pound loss mark! I am very psyched about this number.
I was not thrilled with the picture of myself taken yesterday. I may have felt better if I had a before picture to really see the difference, but I never took one. Then today all I can say is Wow, 50 pounds! That is half of a hundred – be happy with the results you have made.
Two goals in one day! That is something to celebrate!