Friday, March 07, 2014
I have done two more paintings this past week so I thought I would post them for you, rather than letting them get stacked up and posting a bunch at once.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Ima, my friend, this is in response to your commenting on preferring red potatoes, when you eat potatoes. I could not get it to postin comments to yesterdays blog so I decided to post it as a blog page, thinking perhaps others would like to know this.
The red potatoes are my favorite as well, and the only ones I will eat when I choose to eat some potatoes (which is not very often any more) This also led me to wonder if you knew, out of all the potatoes you could choose from, that these are the best ones for a few reasons.
These potatoes as we obviously know, do not get that floury dry pulpiness to them when they are cooked, because they have a slightly different type of starch in them. Because if that difference, the conversion of these potatoes from raw to cooked, becomes a better choice because the difference makes the conversion to a Low Glycemic Index choice. This makes it good choice for the metabolic response of an individual to a food.
In other words, of all the potatoes to choose from, this one potato is the best choice that doesn't not raise a diabetics blood sugar as high as another potato would. Though You still have to watch your portions, they are a lower calorie choice with more vitamins, for a potato, as well!
As a matter of fact, when you buy the "baby" or small red potatoes, you can eat 5 of those for 60 calories. To mash and measure for comparison, the same amount of a russet potato is approximately 80 calories.
Another way to look at it is from the G>I> rating, the red potato has a rating a low of 56, whereas the russet potato has a rating as high as 101, almost double!
Therein shows the biggest difference.
When people look at the calories, they think there is not really that much difference, but it does add up as the amount consumed increases as well as the way it is prepared.
Anyways, I just thought you might like to know that you are making good choices for yourself with choosing this particular potato
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Another cold and dreary day as people trudged into the meeting room this morning. We put off weighing in, as we were waiting for Graeme to arrive...and we waited. He is usually early as he likes to be ready for everyone.
His mother arrived in her own car, so I knew something was up as she always rides with him.
According to his mom, Graeme was not feeling that great, so he stayed home.
Weigh in was, in one word, a disaster. There were no losses. There were no maintains.
We anonymously decided to put off starting the book study for yet another week. We discussed instead, just where we all thought we went wrong this week.
We all knew exactly where the trouble was. For myself, three restaurant meals, a meal at the church and a birthday party, took care of 5 meals off track. Enough to really put me up as well. And I did try to eat sensibly at these meals, leaving things on my plate that were high calories, or too rich in fats. But there is no accounting for foods and how they are cooked , when you have not done it yourself. A little extra salt, extra oils and other fats, and so on...they all make the difference, especially if you do not use salt or fats any longer.
For others, some stated no exercise all week, some that track, they did not track and a few others said foods out and perhaps some alcohol too. It all makes a difference.
AND no one said..."I have no idea why I gained this week"
At least, that proves that no one is lying to themselves anymore, about where their weight gains are coming from. Half the battle is being truthful with oneself, about what foods you are or are not eating, about what exercise you are or are not doing. There are no excuses to hide behind when you are being truthful with yourself.
So once again, we all vowed to do better next week.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
My great nephew had his first birthday party yesterday...a few days after his first birthday, but that was ok to most of us. The only one that took offense to this was his grandma (Brandi's mother)
And you know what? She is always believing the opposite if everything Brandi does, so she was being true to form.
There was a lot of fun as we witnessed Carter's fingers dipping into the edge of the Frosting (whipped cream and yogurt mixed together) on his cake, and his first time of a party balloon popping while he was holding it
My brother was apparently travelling home and did not arrive until after I had left....I had been nervous about that event occurring but I guess God likes to do things gradually as my brothers wife, mother in law, and the younger two of his daughters did arrive while I was there.
The mother in law was the first one to come over to me immediately and speak with me. I was surprised and it was the first of a few surprises in my day there. The second surprise was the oldest of the two visiting daughters, estranged from me for almost 20 years, and she stepped right up and started chatting with me, She used the food as an opening, commenting by saying great buns are they homemade auntie?
After a few minutes of conversing, she turned around and brought her boyfriend of several years forwards and introduced me to him. He was probably wondering where the heck this aunt had come from, as more than likely, he had never heard of me before.
So a big day for firsts. Will it all lead to reconciliation within the family? I don't know. But the women and I have proven we can be civil to each other at future events involving Brandi and her son. It still remains to be seen, on my half brothers part. Perhaps God thought that would be enough for today.....Next time will be the big one, face to face.
He may well be a different man, as there are some big changes in his life. For one thing, he is sober for just over a year now....that in itself is a huge thing, as he has been a heavy drinker/alcoholic since his early teens, and he is now approaching retirement age.
Perhaps with out the alcohol, he will be a non abusive person. I am proud of him, to be taking control of his addiction with alcohol, and I will give him the benefit of a doubt.
As a christian, I forgave my four half brothers the deeds they heaped upon me when I was younger...BUT that still does not mean I will nor can forget the past...
Friday, February 28, 2014
Today, the club was subdued in spirit. There is a big hole in this club when Graeme isnt attending. He is the jokester of the group and can always be relied on to lighten someones mood.
He is also our official weight recorder, so everyone comes into contact with him each week.
So weigh in room wasn t the cheerful place it usually is either.
After weighing in, I chose to open the meeting with a prayer for Graemes recovery with us all holding hands. Yes, there are a few in the group that are not particularly religious, but they do not make a thing about it, just hole their neighbors hand, and let be said whatever is to be said.
I think Graeme would have appreciated that being done while he was actually in surgery. I know his mom had a tear in her eye... I was actually surprised to see her arrive for the meeting. (knowing she was worried about him and her hubby as well)
After that, we resumed our regular meeting. Weigh in results were kind of split roughly half and half for gains and losses overall. I, personally, had a maintain for this week.
This week, we talked about grocery shopping. The minefield of disasters that we try to avoid while in the grocery store.
Writing out a list and STICKING to what is written on the list, that can be a real big help, but not everyone can pass up a good buy when they see one. Blinders would really help, but I think we would all look pretty silly walking around with them on....
My favorite, sticking to the outside rim of the store. Graeme says whenever he is looking for me in the store he walks the perimeter first. And he usually finds me. All the produce, meat, and dairy are the perimeter of the stores. The aisles are where lurks the dieters enemy lol
It is easy for me to stay out of the aisles as I get all my different soaps, toiletries and such at another store. There is no reason for me to venture down those aisles, with the lifestyle I have chosen for myself.
You will also notice, in the aisles, that the most colorful and enticing packages and cans are level with the buggy seat where a small child might be. And people wonder why the children are always reaching for things...it is natural color attracts them. Then they learn to recognize their favorite cereal boxes and chip bags ....the building of the dieters minefield in my eyes.
My niece Brandi, who's son turned one today, has told me she does not want Carter to know the taste of chocolate/sugar. I said she may very well succeed in her own house, but I do not think, in this day and age, that she will be able to stop him from knowing that particular pair of tastes. Between the two of us, it is easy as neither of us have it in our own houses, but I do believe Carter will be a popular young boy, so that means birthday parties all over the place, and a lot of parties have heavy cake (often chocolate) and ice cream. She is making angel food cake for his birthday party, which is what I grew up having and still prefer.
She has taken after me in a lot of ways , as she too, only shops the outside aisles. I didnt think she had paid that much attention when she was little but I guess she did as she said she learned it from me. She is also a thin beautiful young woman, so it paid off.
Anyways, I also said another trick I use on myself. The ingredients list. If the list starts with any kind of sugar or sodium, it stays in the store. Secondly, If there is more than one word I can not pronounce, it stays in the store. So yup, a lot of stuff stays in the store.
"Instant" type foods stay in the store. Healthier for you that way. I heard lots of but but buts ... There are some foods that people really like , I know, that are instant, just add water or milk or whatever. Hamburger helper, kraft dinner, ravoili, yup, I know.
This is something that comes down to a personal choice/ a lifestyle that you chose to live.
Do you know, for 1/2 a cup of puritan beef stew, thats half of the small can, I can have an egg sandwhich (2 slices of ww bread, an egg, a slice of no fat cheese), or a bowl of veg soup and a pita pocket sandwich, or even a large chef's salad? What would your choice be? It is an easy one for me, cause 1/2 a cup of anything doesnt go very far...
The grocery store is where all our challenges start and end. What we buy there, makes the difference of whether we succeed overall or fail, when it comes to our lifestyle choices. If something is not in our houses, then it is a little harder to fall of the tracks, of how we chose to live.
Again, I heard a lot of buts and what about the other people in the house. Well, as I have stated time and again, If it isnt a healthy choice for you, couldnt they stand to be without it too? Are we teaching people to eat healthier or teaching them to eat what ever you want cause I do n t care if you are healthy?
If they really want it, they can go to the store to get it themselves (in most cases) And really, if you ( or they) dont have something for awhile, you tend to lose interest in having it (in most cases) It is usually the sugar/carb monster that makes us crave certain foods. Once you go with out for a little while the monster lies down and goes to sleep until you wake it up with something that will feed it.
it was an interesting meeting, as usual.
And tonight I find myself wondering how Graeme made out with the surgery. I don t know if his mom would think to phone me, so I may have to phone her tomorrow to see if she has heard anything.
have a good night everyonw
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