Friday, February 08, 2013
Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I hadn't been in many years and I knew I was overdue. No cataracts, no glaucoma, no macular degeneration - my eyes are looking good and healthy. My prescription hasn't changed now in more than 5 years, although I may just go ahead and get some new frames and some scratch-free lenses.
The doctor said something, though, that surprised me a great deal. First, he said that since I am thin -- he used the word thin -- and I'm thinking to myself you've got to be kidding, I'm not thin, I'm healthy. Then he said that because I am thin, female, over 60, I am at greater risk of dry eyes.
I knew that I was at greater risk of osteoporosis, but after my doctor told me she'd never seen anyone my age whose bones tested as dense, I didn't worry about that one. Now this dry eye thing. I searched on the Internet but could not confirm that thinner people are at greater risk. I was trying to see if I am lowering that risk by taking fish oil. If so, I'll be a little more regular about it.
I'm thinking that in the years to come much more will be known about how to live the healthiest life. In the meantime I'm enjoying low cholesterol and blood pressure, and much more energy than I had at a heavier weight. I have no doubt that I am much healthier than before, even if there should be a couple risks to living life at the weight I choose.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
I know creole is suppose to have onion, bell peppers, celery and tomatoes. But I didn't have any onion yesterday, so I decided to improvise. I had fresh garlic and big, fibrous carrots. I had red, orange and green bell peppers, a couple stalks of celery, and a can of no salt added diced tomatoes.
So, I put a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan, and sauteed the bell peppers, celery, and garlic. I microwaved the two carrots two minutes to give them a head start and then sliced them in rounds. When the sauteed veggies were soft, I added the sliced carrots and soon after the can of tomatoes. I added one teaspoon of Zatarain's creole seasoning. I would have added more, but it had salt in it. So I put it on the table so that anyone who wanted could add more. (On leftovers for the next day I added more cayenne pepper because there were only adults at that meal, and I liked it spicy hotter even better!) I covered it for a few of the minutes.
Here's what the dish looked like:
Here's what my plate looked like with some baby lima beans, a plain sweet potato, and the tuna steak to eat with my almost creole:
So that's a non-recipe that turned out pretty well. My husband liked it, too.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Yesterday, would you believe, I bench pressed 150 pounds? I did!! I did it during my third personal training session. It was the first time in my life I was ever "spotted." My trainer said if I ever do it without him to make sure the supporter grabs or supports my wrists, not lower on my arm, in order not to stress the wrists. That makes sense but I probably would not have thought of it.
I'm delighted that today I am comfortably sore, not terribly sore like I was the last week. Along with my unwavering three minute plank the day before, I can definitely say I'm getting stronger!!
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Today is Natalie's 6th birthday. I took a couple pictures of her yesterday. Here she is pretending to be the teacher and I was the student. She taught me a session she called, "what is a map?" Here she is drawing her "map" on the chalk board:
Here she is with her creation:
(If either one of these are sideways, I will fix it. Give me a minute!)
Today Natalie's dad is off work, so he has gone to eat lunch with her at school on her special day. Gwen is staying with me and I got her to smile for me:
Here you can read her shirt, "Fun to Be Me!":
(Well, I got the 2 pictures verticle now, but I had one wrong picture of Gwen. I'm still looking for the one you can read the shirt. Still learning.)
I am enjoying my Christmas camera!!
This morning I made it to the YMCA for a good short run and then my third personal training session. I wasn't sure I'd make it home in time to greet Gwen, but hubby promised he'd keep her until I got there, but I made it!! I told my trainer how sore I was last week and suggested maybe I shouldn't go so hard today. He told me it was good for me and to go for it! So I did. We worked on pecs, triceps, and biceps today. Hope I can move my arms and breath without too much pain tomorrow. We'll see.
This eve we'll be at Natalie's birthday supper. Should be fun!! I plan to enjoy myself, but stay within my calorie range. I've got a 10 day "in calorie range" streak going and don't want to break it!! I love those stars on my calendar.
Wishing you a healthy, happy day!!!
Monday, February 04, 2013
This Crockpot Mexican Chicken is the best easy recipe I've tried in a long time:
In order to reduce the sodium (I've been over sodium 2 days in a row this week, but had been on target the whole week before) I substituted a can of low sodium tomatoes for some of the salsa and then added a T. of chili powder and a tsp of cumin. I used lower sodium black beans and no salt added corn. Next time I may try to find a low sodium salsa or make my own. My daughter, who rarely cooks, said she will make this recipe. Her husband, who usually only eats one bite of veggies per meal, and both kids liked this recipe. I ate it with brown rice, but also had tortillas for the hungrier members of the family. I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on the kids' portions. We also had fresh unsalted green beans.
I forgot to photograph it while cooking and even when serving, so all I snapped was what was leftover:
So that recipe was definitely a success!
Natalie was sick last week and missed a couple days of school, but is back to school today. Gwen has the cough, runny nose, and no appetite today. So I'm exercising here at home rather than at the Y. Tomorrow her daddy is off work, so I'll have my personal training session in the morning. Then, since it is Natalie's 6th birthday, her daddy is going to go to school and eat lunch with her while Gwen stays with me. Tomorrow eve we have a special meal and Natalie gets to open her presents, but we still plan to go to Disney on Feb 23rd for even more celebration!!
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