Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A couple weeks ago, I made the strange decision to buy an entire flat of baby lettuce. A flat is forty eight plants.....and I'm here by myself eating it. I'm giving some of it away, but every day I harvest several BIG bowls full of the stuff.
Did you know that you can cook lettuce just like spinach? I've discovered that it tastes remarkably similar to baby spinach. Since I'm growing a combination of green and red romaine and bibb lettuce, it's very mild. It's actually quite tasty!
I love growing veggies and anyone who has grown their own has faced the challenge of what to do with the excess. Zuchinni toss anyone?
I'm in my fourth week of tracking all my food and exercise. No weight loss this week, but I know why....lots of company and eating out over Easter weekend. The good news on that score is that there was no weight gain and I got to feed lots of people lots of lettuce!!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
It's not that hard, and it works!!!
I started tracking all my food and exercise again three weeks ago. Just the simple act of tracking makes me more likely than not to eat in range each day. It also makes me more aware of how many minutes I'm exercising, along with the calorie burn for each particular type of exercise I do.
The weight is coming off.....again.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Yesterday, I met a fellow Sparker, RCWESTERVELT (Carol), for the first time. I had posted on the Middle Tennessee Spark team that I was planning on walking a 5k in Cookeville TN and wanted to know if anyone else was doing the race. To my delight, Carol posted back and said she was coming. What fun!
Carol is recovering from foot surgery and I have been having problems running with asthma, so we both enjoyed walking the race. Here's a picture of us before the start of the "race".
It was a lot of fun getting to know Carol as we walked. We both live in the same town and both like to walk....so chances are good that we will be doing more of it together in our own town.
My husband came in third in his division....he was really happy with that since he just started running a few months ago. It was a very small race, but I think it's nice he won a medal. It will encourage him to run more.
All in all, it was an awesome thing to meet a fellow Sparker! Anyone who says SparkFriends aren't real, doesn't know what they are talking about!
Have a great day,
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
A couple years ago, I became addicted to $2 flip-flops like the kind I used to wear all summer long as a child. I used to keep them organized in bins, but this year I came up with a great little way of organizing them that I thought I would share.
Our closet has that awful cheap wire shelving in it that with a little imagination I turned into a flip-flop organizer.
By the way, do you see how all my coat hangers are hanging backward on the rod? That's actually my system for figuring out which clothes I actually wear and which ones need to go to Goodwill. Each spring and fall when I put my seasonal clothes in my master bedroom closet, I put all the hangers in backward. Each time I wear something and return it to the closet, I turn the hanger around. If the hanger is still backward at the end of the season, that means I never wore it. It helps me figure out what I need to give to Goodwill or some other cause.
Just thought I'd come out of the closet!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Last weekend, my husband and I made an 11 hour drive and ate healthy the entire way. I usually pack healthy foods for this type of trip, but this time the only thing we took with us were our brita refillable water bottles. I'm really pleased with how we ate along the way, so I thought I would blog about it.
For breakfast, we stopped at a truckstop with a Subway. We had never tried Subway for breakfast, but heard about it while watching a Biggest Loser episode on Netflix instant streaming. Subway has eggwhite sandwiches now for breakfast. We discovered they were both filling and delicious. We each had a 6" sandwich with eggwhite and ham filled with tons of veggies. Excellent choice!
For lunch, instead of going to a chain fast food place, I used Trip Advisor on my smart phone and found a highly rated Vietnamese restaurant in a town along the way. We had fresh spring rolls (my favorite food in all the world), and pho soup. It's a broth based soup served with a big plate of fresh sprouts and herbs. You add the fresh things to the soup and enjoy....Enjoy I did!! It took a little longer to stop there, but it was only about 5 minutes off the interstate and it gave us a chance to see a little of the city and enjoy a local restaurant. Once again, we hopped back on the road feeling full and happy.
When we pulled into Crossville, Tennessee, our destination, it was pouring rain. It had been raining for the last three hours of the trip and driving in the rain up a mountain is not my idea of fun. It was past my dinnertime and I knew there would be no food in our house. I was hungry and tired and just wanted something to eat NOW!!! We had done so well with healthy eating out on the rest of the trip that we didn't want to blow it all at the end. Neither did we want to spend forever in a restaurant. After discussing the options, we decided to go to Capt'n D's. They actually have several healthy meals there. I had wild salmon on rice with green beans and a salad side. They serve bread with the meal, but I didn't eat that. The rice was plenty of starch for the meal.
The rain stopped while we were eating, the sun came out and we were able to drive the last couple miles to our house with a beautiful sunset in view and a very satisfied feeling of having eaten well all day...on the road.
I tracked all my food along the way using the SP food tracker app on my phone. I was in my calorie range and felt great as we pulled in the driveway. It was nice to be home!
Hubby and I were both very happy with our food choices along the way. Like I say, I usually pack healthy foods for long trips, but it's nice to know that good health food can be found along the way.
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