Saturday, April 23, 2011
It could have been bad. My lovely FiL's 76th birthday party. A family dinner with cake.
Here it is, end of the night, and I have 200+calories available still in the range. I even got in a bonus workout today - even though it was raining, raining, raining. I'm proud of the choices I made today.
It started first with the workout. SiL, who is staying with my in-laws for the weekend, asked if I wanted to go for a walk in the morning. This morning, one hubby talking to another, what was me saying a tenative "is she sure she's up to this? aka it looks really wet out there" was translated into "how committed are you?" - which is more like a challenge, than an escape route - to which her reply of "only if she REALLY wants to" got translated as "yup, she wants to go." When we realized, 1k out and dripping wet how we'd been duped, we had a good laugh.... and walked another 4.5k before we were done. The distance goes quickly when you're yakking & we were moving at a good clip.
SiL also turned out to be a great ally in turning dinner into a healthy affair. We the 2 couples sat down to discuss the menu, hubby asked "what do we want" & I piped up "something healthy & tasty"... and to my pleasure, everyone agreed. We ended up having a tasty chicken/rice dish.
For dessert, I decided 2 kinds were in order: the traditional rick chocolate cake & a low-cal banana cheesecake cup. People ended up eating more of the cheesecake than the chocolate.
Good time had by all & I still respect myself at the end of the day.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Today's exercise was - again - snow shoeing. I enjoy it & it's a great calorie burner, especially because of all the hills. I'm a glass 1/2 full kind of girl at heart.
So here are a couple of pictures for those of you in hotter climates to look and and dream of a crisp 5C & playing in the snow.
This one is at our community field. We still have old-fashioned field days here with games and races and food. Gives you an idea of how deep the snow really is.
Here is a beaver-made lake, almost thawed out.
I'm still following the clean eating and really enjoying the food. Tried another recipe today: Lemon Grilled Chicken & Bulgar. I'd give it 5 stars , but hubby says only 3.5 Not cheesy/meaty enough for him. lol It was my first time trying bulgar. I like it more than the brown rice I regularly eat, so I think bulgar is going to be a new staple. Lesson here: don't be afraid to try new things!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I grew up on Vancouver Island, the most temperate climate in Canada. Spring starts late Feb/early March. You can plant peas in March. April daffodils and tulips bloom. May brings cherry blossoms. The air is sweet, the birds sing.... sigh, had a homesick moment... anyhoo....
Now, I am living in Quebec... and this is what April 20th looks like this year:
Spring Activity #1 - Snowshoeing with DeeOhGee.
After all my late night scramblings to get my French homework done, class was cancelled because of last night's snow storm. I'd baked the carrot cake to share with the class - and I did NOT think it was a good idea to keep 2 loaves worth in the house. So I had hubby take some to nearby family & I delivered some by snowshoe to an old hermit that lives out in our neck of the country. I made a trade with him earlier this year, his good but unused dog house for me bringing a few servings of goodies every time I bake. Worked out pretty good for both of us.
This part of the province is full of "characters". This fellow looks a bit like Rip Van Winkle. Lives in a 1 room shack without running water. Hubby says he looks exactly the same as when hubby was a kid, but I found out recently he went to school with hubby's aunt & he's only 65.
Spring Activity #2 - Shovelling the deck.
For those who follow my blog, the set up behind me is where we boil the maple sap down to syrup. We reduce it outside on a propane stove until it's 80% done then finish it on the stove inside.
Here is what my favourite forest trail looked like today. This is definitely spring-like because you can see the area where the snow is starting to melt. lol
I don't mean to whinge... ok I do mean to and I'm going to... I am heartily sick of winter. Enough already with the snow. Bring on flowers and birds....
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I've been watching Carolyn1213 transform her body with clean eating for the last year or so. If you haven't come across her blogs yet, you really should. She's been an incredible inspiration to me. In some ways, I feel like Carolyn's journey is a blue print for me to follow. She's just a bit ahead of me in this journey & I find I learn so much from her.
I've just finished reading the Tosca Reno's book and have spent the last 2 days following most of her guidelines. I'm still eating splenda in my 2 morning coffees & also I baked cookies with it last night.
I am eating 5-6 meals a day & each one in a complex/carb combination. With the exception of the splenda, it's all whole foods. Also, I've flipped my daily calories - I used to save the bulk of my calories for dinner & evening snack & now the biggest meal is breakfast: egg whites, fruit, oatmeal, flaxseed, maple syrup. It all feels a little strange, but I have noticed that I don't feel very hungry in between meals & I feel awake and energetic.
I tried out two new clean eating recipes today & both I'm giving 5 stars! Both passed the hubby test with him going back for more of the lasagne & defending his right to the 2 pieces of carrot bread I was going to take to a neighbour.
Pasta Roll-ups with Turkey and Spinach
Total Fat: 6.4 g
Cholesterol: 74.4 mg
Sodium: 857.9 mg
Total Carbs: 20.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 27.4 g
1 serving of this, paired with salad, has me filling stuffed. Hubby went back for more but couldn't actually finish the whole piece. So the calories for this are excellent.
Clean Eating Carrot Bread
Total Fat: 3.0 g
Cholesterol: 17.7 mg
Sodium: 225.9 mg
Total Carbs: 23.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
Protein: 3.2 g
This is so good. I substitued maple syrup for the agave. I'm going to take this in to French class tomorrow to share since I've been telling them about us tapping our own maple sugar this year.
Speaking of French class, hubby is teasing me. Once again it is late on Tuesday night & I still haven't done my homework due Wednesday morning. He keeps threatening to call my grown son and rat me out for this bad habit. So many years of nagging Jordan & here I am procrastinating on the homework. lol Must go write a witty little speech on the health benefits of maple syrup... right now.
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