Sunday, October 23, 2011
So my weight was UP 1.2 lbs today, instead of down the way it's supposed to go during the 5% challenges. Could be partly because last night I attended a wine/cheese reception to raise money for my church's after-school program for neighborhood kids, & the food (which had to serve as my supper) was all salty--cheese, crackers, sausage, shrimp chips. Oh, except for the sweet pepper strips.
But even if the salt made me retain some extra water, it wasn't the only culprit. I wasn't as careful last week as I should have been. Too little exercise & too many extra treats.
I hereby promise to be CAREFUL this next week, especially with my eating. I am committed to trying to make my 5% goal--it's doable & I'm going to take it seriously.
Today was a crazy cooking day. My exercise consisted of a brisk walk to & from the supermarket (I came home carrying two heavyish bags of groceries) & another brisk walk to & from a smaller grocery with less selection but great prices (I carried the same bags, again heavyish, on the way home).
With these groceries plus some contents of the last CSA box of the season, I cooked like a fiend:
* Dandelion & mushroom tart recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1630576 --except that I used beet & radish greens, swiss chard, & bok choy instead of dandelion greens. And parmesan cheese instead of feta. I haven't actually tasted this yet, but it looks great. I made two!
* Stepfanie's quinoa-black bean casserole recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1239857 This is what I had for supper tonight. VERY nutritious, & pretty tasty too (with a few additions that I list in my review)!
* Tomatillo salsa verde recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=218022 I love this recipe SO much--I've made it several times.
* Tuna salad--my own Sparkrecipe! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=190626 One of my favoritest lunches, & definitely lower in cals than the typical mayo-laden tuna salad.
* Nutty muesli--also my own recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=187800 I eat this almost every morning & never get tired of it. Oven-toasting the muesli has left the house cinnamon-fragrant.
No wonder I'm super-tired! I've been on my feet almost all day. But I loved it, & now housemate & I are all stocked up on good stuff to eat this week. I can ENJOY losing weight when I'm eating food this yummy!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I like the Spanish verb "estrenar," meaning to wear or use something new. Today I wore my new size-10 dress coat for the first time! It's been very cold & blustery yesterday & today so I needed more protection than my goofy little swing coat provides. When I bought this coat last spring at a deep discount, it was a bit snug. Now it's just right, even comfortable over my blazer.
My slacks today are another story. I bought them recently too--but had a brain fart & ordered size 12 instead of 10. Or maybe it wasn't a brain fart, just me thinking that surely they would shrink & fit me OK after a few washings. Well, it's me that's shrinking! I have washed the pants a few times, but they are quite baggy in the seat & legs. Maybe after next laundering I'm dry them at a higher temperature. They are quite long even for Tall size, so they can afford to shrink in both directions.
The other thing I'm "estrenando" today is a pair of shoes. With a Groupon I recently bought two pairs of very compact ballerina flats that fold in half. Each pair comes in a little bag. The idea is that you can take them with you & switch to them when your feet are tired of high heels but you still need to look classy. I never wear heels higher than an inch or two--but I wore rubber boots today because of the weather, so it was great to bring along these little black shoes & change into them when I got to the office! They're called Fit in Clouds--I wouldn't have paid full price for them, but they're really useful.
Enough about clothes--back to my editing of the Spanish-English dictionary!
Monday, October 10, 2011
I went to see my doctor today. I was really pleased with my blood pressure reading: 104/58. Pretty great for a 57-year-old!
But the reason I had to go was that I've been having a flareup of my TMJ issues. Got a mouth guard last fall/winter, & I wear that every night. I also had several months of PT for my problem--which mainly served to shift the pain from my right jaw to my left! That's where it has stayed, & it has gradually diminished. But one month ago I had my annual dental checkup, & my dentist sternly admonished me to get back to daily flossing, as my gums were betraying the effects of my slacking off. Following his instructions, near as I can tell, has indeed strengthened my gums but has also led to this TMJ flareup.
So I have a referral for an evaluation by the expert PT who helped me at the beginning of the last round.
I have really great news about my food budget. This morning my housemate totted up our grocery expenditures for Sept. 10 (her move-in day) through Sept. 30. Her finding: we are spending only about $80-90 per month per person on groceries! Of course that doesn't include meals out. We are delighted! We both like eating mostly legumes (beans & lentils) as our main source of protein, & we're eating dinner together most nights. She has a bit more time to cook than I do, but we're both contributing recipes & prep, & enjoying great food in the process.
This is definitely going to help my debt reduction process! Yay!
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