Saturday, September 10, 2011
Found in the freezer:
half a bag of shelled edamame
a full bag of mixed Asian stir fry vegetables
three boneless skinless chicken breasts
Found in the fridge:
red bell pepper
half a bottle of President's Choice Memories of Szechwan
And in the cupboard:
whole grain spaghetti noodles
2 large cartons of chicken broth
Chinese five spice
red chili pepper
low fat peanut butter
I heated the chicken stock to boiling with about 3 tbsp soya sauce, the PC Szechwan (diluted with water to get every drop out of the bottle) and the spices, and added three stalks of the celery, chopped, while I was defrosting the chicken breasts: diced those and added to the boiling stock with the noodles, broken into 1 inch lengths (used about the amount I'd make for 2 servings of spaghetti . . . maybe a bundle an inch in diameter or so). Simmered till the chicken was done, the celery tender. Stirred in the grated carrot, about a cupful. (Rinsed out the bag with water and put that in the pot too . . . ).
Added the frozen edamame and mixed Asian vegetables (love those tiny corn cobs!). And then half a red pepper, diced, and about 10 snow peas, sliced. Brought it just back to the boil.
Mixed about 3 tbsp of peanut butter with boiling water and stirred it in: creamy, peanutty!! But the veggies were still bright and crunchy . And my soup pot is full again!
I'd guess the calorie count is well under 300 for a generous 1.5 cup serving, and there's gotta be a reasonable hit of protein from the chicken, edamame and the peanut butter.
That'll be my supper soup this week. Tried an "advance" bowlful after the gym for a late lunch and I like it!! Yeah!!
Monday, September 05, 2011
Here's a link to an article about a simple method to stop mindless binge eating while watching TV etc.: just switch hands.
Apparently if you're right-handed and switch to the left hand to munch on potato chips or popcorn, you'll eat less.
Ambisnackstrous? Here's hoping I'm not. Worth a try, anyhow!.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Got the notification this morning that I was a "Trivia A Student" in August!!!
Well, that sure was a long time coming . . . diligent efforts since May 2009 and yup, this would be the first time!!
Generally speaking, I've had a modest amount of academic success over the years. A degree here and there; even a few scattered scholarships . . . . .
But never ever EVER the elusive "Trivia A Student" designation. Until now!
It may never happen again. In fact, I'm thinking it's not likely to ever happen again. My record is dismal: I am just not at all clever at the kind of questions posed on the Trivia tab. But I do try just about every day. Even though I am quite capable of getting 3 wrong before I get 3 right . . . and not at all reliable about getting 3 right first try. All of this means that August 2011 must have been an amazing month, even though I wasn't paying a lot of attention to my cumulative score.
It was a surprise. And here I am now, basking in the glow.
My good SP friend Sandy (TRYINGHARDER61) knows full well how envious I've been of her Trivia scores: and I'm sure she will be rejoicing with me in my (temporary) success now!
Yay Trivia! Because even when I get them wrong, I've learned plenty! That's why this Trivia A Student accomplishment is for me actually right up there. Surpassed only with the amazing honour of having been named a Spark People Motivator.
(I know that the learning from playing and losing at Trivia has very much been linked towhat is genuinely my biggest personal accomplishment by far, way more important than degrees or job stuff: namely, taking 90 pounds off and keeping it off. I weighed myself after my workout at the gym, and I'm holding steady at 138 today even after a slightly indulgent supper last night . . . quite happy with that).
OK, just imagine me taking off the dunce cap, stepping down from the stool in the corner . . . yeah!!.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Wouldn't want EVERY day (or couple of days) to be so stressful but . . . it's the nature of the work I do that stuff comes in the door on an urgent basis. Requiring that you drop everything else and attend to it. Right away.
Get the facts, get stuff drafted, served, research, prepare submissions, make an appearance, be prepared to go. And while you're waiting to be heard, negotiate negotiate negotiate.
Try to get it settled . . . because there's more certainty and control and "custom tailoring" available in a negotiated resolution.
Fun? Not exactly.
But: gets the ol' adrenalin going, anyhow.
And reminds me that nope, I'm not remotely close to being ready to retire, that's for sure.
Because: I enjoy what I do. The strategy, the research, the analysis . . . all of that. A different kind of workout that brings together the intellectual with the people skills. Particularly if at the end I believe we've got to the the best achievable result.
Not perfection, maybe. But the best achievable result.
(Like Beck's lowest sustainable weight, I'm thinking!)
Last night, not so much sleep: tonight should be much more restful!
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