Sunday, October 17, 2010
Yes, we all know that fruits and veggies are good for you, and very healthy. But sometimes when we make up that big delicious salad to stay on our healthy lifestyle -- we turn right around and sabotage our results by pouring on heaps of bleu cheese dressing (or something equally as fattening!) What to do???
I was browsing through the aisles of SPROUTS one day several months ago and in the salad dressing display there was several bottles grouped together that said on the label "NO CALORIES - NO CARBS - NO FAT" and I thought "It must taste like cardboard." But...... who knows? I tried the Ranch Dressing (with reservations!)
OMG! The dressing was delicious! I checked on my next trip to that store and saw they had Bacon Ranch, Asian, Bleu Cheese, Italian,Balsamic......and the list goes on and on. Also found a chocolate syrup that made the same claim. Needless to say, I have tried most of themby now -- all delicious. In a short, fat jar I also found a CARAMEL TOPPING. Tried it-- didn't like it (aha, all good things must come to an end sometime).
I happened to take 2 or 3 bottles with me when I visited my daughter last time, and when she returned from her trip I received a call from her -- "Mom! Where did you find this dressing with NO CALORIES???" Unfortunately for her, there is no Sprouts store in the Las Vegas area. I live in the Phoenix area and have seen these same dressings on the shelves of Fry's Market Place also.
Hopefully you can find them in your area. Delicious!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It's almost worth being away for a few days just to experience the excitement and love that pours forth from your dog when they see you again.
I went to pick Amber up at about 11:30 this morning and I'm sure she realized it was me at the door, so even though she normally would not bark at me -- she let out a couple of excited barks. The door opened and she came zipping out the door at full speed, with her whole body wiggling with joy!
We walked inside the house and I sat down on the sofa, she jumped up, I hugged her, she jumped down and ran like crazy through the house. Then back up on the sofa again, more hugs -- and she repeated this little scenario about 10 times before she quieted down enough to simply come and sit by me. So much love and joy, and it was so obvious.
When I got up to leave she looked at me, probably wondering if I was going to take her with me. I said, "yes, you get to go for a ride." And those words brought on a whole new set of excited barks and spinning around in circles.
God Bless our pets -- NOW THAT IS TRULY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
I'll have to admit I was worried that I might come back from our cruise looking like the Goodyear Blimp -- and although I'm only on Day #3, I'm no longer worried. Between climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, hitting the gym daily, and just the usual walking to find the spots we are heading for -- well, let me say, I'm walking more now than I EVER did at home!
And as far as food goes -- I have settled into a routine for myself. Fruit only for breakfast (along with coffee, of course) and lunch still is on the light side, fish if I see something good, otherwise a more substantial salad, or if I decide on the buffet I can make my own healthy salad. Evening is when I allow myself to splurge just a little with dessert. If it's fairly low-cal I eat it all, if it is one of my "real temptations" that I only treat myself to once or twice per year, I try to eat only half of it, then ask for a cup of coffee or tea.
All the extra walking is great for me, and while I haven't had a chance to weigh myself -- I feel good about my weight right now. The food on the plane made me feel more full and literally "stuffed" than I ever feel now that I'm on the ship.
Wish me luck and see you in about a week! Eve
PS - Rhode Island yesterday, Boston today -- tonight we sail toward Canada and Nova Scotia, so no more Internet for me. Boo Hoo!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I made an unrealistic goal to lose 4.2 pounds within a 6 day time frame. And..... being unrealistic, it did not materialize. But I did lose 1.2 pounds, so rather than feeling like a failure, I feel thankful that I lost what I did. I tried....... I didn't reach my goal; but the key word here is "I TRIED" so it shows that I'm not perfect, somewhere along the way I probably didn't make all the right food choices, perhaps I didn't get as much exercise as I should have. To me, what's important is that I made SOME progress and that beats going in the opposite direction.
You hear it everywhere you turn, baby steps, go slow to keep it off, no one is perfect, keep trying, and on and on. Most people tend to feel guilty when they don't reach a goal (even unrealistic goals) and we beat ourselves up over it. It is not only important to change our eating and exercise habits as we strive for a healthy lifestyle, we need to change our mindset. And by that I mean...... get over all those guilty feelings we harbor each time we stumble, chalk it up to experience and MOVE ON! If you can NEVER give in to temptation what would life be worth? Just remember that giving in to temptation doesn't mean eating the whole pie -- it means having a very small piece!
May your scale head 90% of the time! And when you are taking those steps, remember, they are still steps of progress!
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