Saturday, December 15, 2007
Just going to blog & check in briefly on the message board tonight. I need to go over Scripture readings before going to bed, since I'm one of the readers in church tomorrow. I get to read Mary's part in the Annunciation, & then her meeting of Elizabeth & the Magnificat (also known as Mary's Song). What a privilege!
Our day went amazingly well. Soon after breakfast I went to two grocery stores (fortunately across the street from each other) to get food we would need for hosting a special dinner tonight & an afternoon Christmas dinner tomorrow. I had chopped veggies & mixed them with the needed spices last night, to have them ready to throw in with the chicken & rice tonight (see below). Had to do lots of thinking about strategy given all there was to do!
After noon we took the train downtown & participated with others in a small political "action" at Obama's campaign headquarters! We presented the manager with a letter & some other printed materials for Sen. Obama, & he listened patiently while we explained our position on a particular issue. We also handed out some flyers outside & held signs for a short time, even though it was snowing pretty hard. Everything worked out well--we were pleased.
Tonight we hosted a family we had wanted to get together with for about three years--at last everything had come together. I made arroz con pollo, my favorite chop salad, & fried plantains; I was delighted that the 12-year-old boy guest asked for more arroz con pollo about three times! :-) It was their first introduction to Colombian food. After dinner the 2 1/2-year-old, Emily, made friends with me & I got to play with her a bit. After Josh was done watching a movie in the living room, I played Battleship with him while the other adults watched--by then Emily was sound asleep on the sofa. It was fun to connect with both of the kids; I don't get enough chances for that. We adults had some significant conversation too. All around just a lovely evening.
The busyness continues tomorrow, as my kids come for an early Christmas celebration. The gifts I ordered finally arrived today (most of them); it's so late that "wrapping" will mean just sticking them into holiday bags. I'm going to serve tofurky--my son is a vegetarian, but this will be our first time to try it. I'll let you know whether we end up liking it.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Yeah, I was a bit slow figuring out how to track other nutrients. Now it's more complicated to try to balance my eating properly--but at least I can try. Coach Nicole is one of the SP experts; she writes articles, puts together exercise routines, & answers questions. A very helpful person!
I'm going to hurry off & check in on the message board because we have all this busyness this weekend: I need to get some food chopping done tonight so that tomorrow afternoon I can just toss it in the pot 45 mins. before our guests arrive. I'm going to make Colombian-style arroz con pollo (chicken with rice). Lots of veggies included.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Maybe other Chispa Chicks already knew this, but I didn't know how to track other nutrients besides calories, carbs, fat, & protein on the SP system. I left a comment on an article that mentions that all sorts of nutrients can be tracked here, & Coach Nicole posted the very simple instructions on my Sparkpage.
All I had to do was go to the nutrition tracker page, click on "Change Nutrition Goals" near the top, then click on "Add Another Nutrient To Track." I added calcium, fiber, iron, sodium, & selenium because those are my biggest challenges.
There is some kind of small glitch in the system: when I tried to save & add all the nutrients in one go (which you're supposed to be able to do), I got error messages. What worked was to close the little window after each individual nutrient was added, then click on "add another nutrient" again.
I take a few supplements because otherwise I'm chronically low on several nutrients. Now I can look at the combinations of what I get through food & what I get through these supplements, to make sure I'm getting what I need.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I'm still feeling the effects of the Belgian beer my husband & I had with dinner. It's 9% alcohol, so it's a lot stronger (& more calorie laden) than regular beer. Unfortunately, today it means that I went over my calorie range, though my food was VERY nutritious.
For supper I concocted a truly yummy stir-fry with onion, a couple of jalapeņos, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, & slices of turkey Polish sausage--my husband helped with the chopping, so it wasn't much work at all. I seasoned it with low-sodium soy sauce, a bit of ginger, & sesame seeds, & we ate it over brown rice.
I was going to describe what the dermatologist did to me today--which I can't see because it's on my back--but it doesn't go well with talk of food. :-) I ended up with one inner stitch & two outer ones; will have to go back one more time, the day after Christmas, so that she can remove the surface stitches.
Had a nice time with my friends last night, & I missed my train (which runs only once an hour at that time of night), so one of my friends drove me all the way home! So nice of her--it was quite out of her way.
EDIT to add: The mole had been biopsied, & the results showed not malignant but it was abnormal (growing down a hair follicle) & could eventually turn malignant. That's why the whole thing was removed with deeper incisions. My husband gets to continue playing nurse, cleaning the wound & replacing the Band-Aid every day for two more weeks!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I will get home late enough that I SHOULDN'T go online--I can always report my points tomorrow. Will have lots of extra walking, so I can count cardio.
I'm feeling a bit restless & tired, though I got good sleep last night. Am already tired of winter--must work to keep my spirits up. I'm hoping that the time with friends tonight will be positive & encouraging; occasionally it isn't, & then I wonder whether I should stop making the monthly trek.
Tomorrow I have yet another doctor's appt. (to remove the remainder of an "abnormal" mole from my back), so at least I don't have to get up early for the commute. I'll probably work at home the rest of the day so as to preserve sick days & use up my personal holidays around Christmas.
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