Saturday, March 23, 2013
I ate it! Quickly, but I ate it. I mixed some mayonaise and sweet pickle relish together for tartar sauce. It was a rather high carb lunch. I coated the fish with panko crumbs, and we had wild rice and mixed vegetables, and a half piece of flat bread each. We split an apple for dessert.
DH was thrilled. He didn't know I had thawed out the tilapia.
What was the difference? Panko crumbs. This was the first time I'd ever used them, and they were very good. They added crunch without all the fat of frying. I used the recipe on the panko crumb box. I was going to use Chef Meg's recipe, but I noticed it didn't have all that great of reviews. She recommended making a parsley pesto, which gave me an idea. I have basil pesto in the freezer from our garden, which I love. Maybe that would help me get fish down. I'd never thought about having pesto with fish.
I also sprinkled fresh rosemary on top of the fillets before I baked them. (It's actually still alive and growing. The oregano is too.) I had never put rosemary (one of my favorite spices) on fish before. I do like the way rosemary tastes, but the big benefit today is that the kitchen doesn't stink like it usually does after cooking fish. I haven't used any air freshner yet or lit a candle. Tilapia doesn't smell as bad as most other fish do.
So, finally, I had an acceptable eating experience with fish. Now, it's on to a couple of Aunt Lois' peanut butter cookies......
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Fish has never been my favorite food. If my friends or family wanted to go to Long John Silvers, I would go, but it was never my first choice. I really hate baked or steamed fish. I don't like the way it smells. I don't like handling it. It tastes revolting.
So I was surprised a couple of days ago when I had a taste for tilapia. It's finishing baking in the oven now.
As it nears time to eat it, I am losing my resolve. We are out of tartar sauce, and I don't want to go to the store.
My husband's favorite food is fish. He could eat it every day. A few years ago we came to an agreement that when he wanted fish, put it on the grocery list, and I would get it for him, but I was going to eat something else.
The timer just went off. Gag. We do have one leftover bowl of spinach romano soup.....
Monday, March 18, 2013
The water was clear and beautiful, 84 degrees. It was so good to see all my locker room friends again. I am so used to swimming being the go-to exercise when I am injured, I was surprised at what happened when I got in the pool. I dropped in the shallow end, like I usually do. I walked half a length several times with my friend Lisa and got caught up on what all is going on with her. I got my goggles on and dunked to get wet all over. I launched from the side of the pool and took my first stroke. OH MY GOSH. The pain took my breath away.
My chiropractor warned me I might be able to swim yet. I did not take him seriously. The rest of my time in the pool was spent cautiously testing what I could and could not do.
Everything on my stomach except slow breast stroke is out. Front crawl is the worst. Using a kickboard is out. I can't do backstroke. Anything that involves reaching and stretching my arm over my head is a no no.
I can float on my back with my arms at my side and kick.
I was in a lot of pain the rest of the day. I went to the chiropractor the next day and almost cried when he adjusted me.
Since the adjustment I have progressively had less pain. I had a good work day Sunday afternoon. I did cooking for the week and cleaned up the kitchen. I baked some bread. Saturday I cautiously raked leaves off our irises and daffodils. I even burned them. Activity is less painful than sitting. I just need to be careful what activity I do and how fast I do it. No zipping around getting things done.
So, here is my plan: Go to the pool two times a week and do the following workout.
20 minutes water walking - Alternate forward, backward, and left and right sides.
Back kicks. Start with 100 meters. See how you feel after your workout before you increase.
Slow breast stroke. Start with 100 meters.
10 minutes of strength and flexibility exercises on the side of the pool.
It looks like for awhile I will be joining my 70 and 80+ year old friends for their workouts rather than swimming laps.
I seem to have made the adjustment to eating less calories. My appetite is somewhat suppressed, so hopefully, I won't gain weight. I am hoping for really slow, steady loss. I will be happy if I get through all this without gaining.
We still don't know for sure how my ribs got bruised. No big accident or fall.....Weird.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Oh, my gosh, what a pain I've got!
Send for the doctor as fast as you can trot!
Give me a bottle of I don't care what!
Just so it cures this pain I got!
That's a little poem my mom and Aunt Lois would jauntily rattle off to us when we fell, or stepped on a bumble bee, or were whining in general. I thought about it for the first time in years this morning as I was ATTEMPTING to get out of bed.
The heel spur is healing. It feels much better. I'm not impact exercise ready yet. I have a podiatrist appointment coming up. I'll know more then.
The bruised ribs....that's another matter completely. They were SO much better yesterday. Then, rolling over in the night, I must have twisted wrong or something, and we are back to square one again this morning. They hurt as bad as they did the first day. I see the chiropractor this morning.....I'm anxious for this healing phase to be over so I can exercise and EAT again!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I wanted to make Spanish Rice to go with our Spinach and Black Bean Burritos this week. I am cleaning out the kitchen, and I was out of rice. I had two bags of quinoa! I just substituted the quinoa for the brown rice. I was surprised that even the cooking instructions were the same. The exception was letting the quinoa set covered for 15 minutes, off the heat after it was done.
Delicious! I think I like it better than the brown rice I usually make it with.
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