Sunday, November 28, 2010
My 5 Mile Walk & My Mystery Pants
My Walk Today:
I was out shopping today and ran into a ‘new to me’ Leslie Sansone DVD on sale.
It’s her “5 Mile Fat Burning Walk.” You can choose 1 Mile, 2 Mile, 3 Mile, 4 Mile or 5 Mile.
What was I thinking? The most miles I have ever walked at one time with Leslie in the past was 3. That’s her Walk Slim – 3 Fast Miles!
I have been wanting to move up to her Walk Slim – 4 Fast Miles or her Walk Slim – Fast & Firm – 4 Really “Big” Miles! But just haven’t felt like I was ready to try that yet. What made me decide to buy her “5 Mile Fat Burning Walk” today?
1. It was on sale.
2. I like to walk with Leslie.
3. I have been wanting to add a new DVD to my collect to ‘shake things up’ a little.
Well, I did it! I walked the entire 5 Miles at one time! Yes, for me it was a real work out! But I did it and now I have another ‘exercise tool’ to use to help me get fit.
I did this DVD today because tomorrow I don’t know if I will be able to commit to exercising.
You see, here in Minnesota we are starting a recount of ballots for our new governor. The race was too close to name a winner in the November 2nd election.
I am a precinct election judge – this was my first year. It was an interesting experience – the training, the primary & the general election. I never thought that I would be “called in” to help with the ballot recount. Our county auditor called me a couple weeks ago and asked if I could help out. They needed 6 election judges to help from our county. So tomorrow I will learn how this recount process is done and I will be helping to do that here in my home county. I do hope to get home and get some exercise in tomorrow – even if it’s just a mile. I would be happy with that effort.
I am sure some of you also have 2 pair of pants hanging in your closet where they are the exact same pants – just 2 different sizes.
I went to pull out my charcoal gray dress pants for tomorrow’s ballot recount.
I was a bit disappointed when I put the pants on. They weren’t as loose as I had hoped they would be. But that was alright, at least they fit me.
I was going to press them up a little when I noticed the size tag.
It was my smaller pair – size 14 – not the size 16 I thought I had pulled out.
That was a pleasant surprise!
I guess I am thrilled to be wearing a size 14 pants again!
Small steps are helping me get to where I want to go!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Is eating healthy during holidays really possible?
I have been reading some of my Spark Friends’ blogs about how they plan to navigate thru the holidays as they continue to eat and move in healthy ways.
I had to ask myself the question: Is eating healthy during the holidays really possible? I believe it is. But I also acknowledge that it can be challenging. It’s these challenges that we all want to be prepared to handle to the best of our abilities.
When I was a child, I remember the holiday eating season kicking off with Thanksgiving. My grandmother would come for Thanksgiving and stay for several weeks helping my mother bake for Christmas. We would have containers of cookies and candies that lasted well beyond January 1st. Often times, we were still eating Christmas cookies on Valentine’s Day. I still remember that time fondly. To this day, I associate eating favorite home made dishes with comfort & warmth. Food means love, to me. But I am learning that I can enjoy the company of family and good food – without overeating.
My mantra for the next weeks especially will be: All things in moderation.
I was reading an article written by the American Dietetic Association about how to eat healthy during the holidays. It repeated several points that my Spark Friends have mentioned in their blogs. Number One being: You should eat prior to attending a social gathering – you will eat less if you are already some what full. Makes sense to me. Weight Watcher’s used to suggest that too.
It was also suggested to re-make your favorite recipes by substituting healthier versions of the original ingredients. The ADA also recommends reducing fat, sodium and total calories by swapping a few ingredients such as egg whites for eggs to reduce fat and cholesterol. To reduce fat and sodium, use low sodium, fat-free chicken broth for foods like mashed potatoes and cornbread dressing. The ADA also recommends using fat-free or reduced fat dairy for salads and casseroles.
ADA acknowledges that unfortunately, fat, sodium and sugar enhance taste and texture, so any degree of change may be noticed. One should keep in mind if substitutions are applied correctly, minimal changes can be pleasing to the palate. The ADA also recommends replacing cakes, pies and bread pudding with fresh fruit dishes to reduce calories. This is easier said than done. If I really like a traditional dish, I probably will make it using my original recipe, but will use portion control to enjoy it.
ADA suggests that if you are guest, eat meats and vegetables and reduce starches. Choose only 1 dessert that is no more than 2 inches in diameter. I will be using this tip tomorrow when my family will be guests at our nephew’s home for Thanksgiving. I will also use it on Saturday when I will be doing the cooking for my extended family’s Thanksgiving get together. I will have control over how these dishes are prepared and I will choose what I really want to eat. Keeping in mind that meats and veggies are my best bets.
ADA also says moderation is the key for everything. Moderate fat, sugar, sodium and alcohol will not ruin my holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope you have a day full of blessings and great company and conversation. And also, good, wholesome food!
Monday, November 22, 2010
I mentioned today that I am making Sweet & Sassy Mixed Nuts for Thursday - Thanksgiving and was asked about the recipe.
I have posted it in the Recipe section of Spark People if you are interested in the Nutritional Information.
Sweet & Sassy Mixed Nuts
23 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 16, 4 cups
•1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
•1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
•3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•1 egg white
•3 1/2 cups mixed nuts (I use deluxe mixed nuts with no peanuts)
•1/2 cup dried cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 300°F and prepare baking sheet. I like to line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper, but you can grease your pan if you like.
2. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and cayenne, set aside.
3. In a bowl large enough to accommodate nuts, whisk the egg white; add nuts, cranberries, sprinkle with sugar mixture and toss to coat. Spread onto prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Cool completely.
5. Store in an airtight container up to a week.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Here is a quote I came across today and wanted to share with all my Spark Friends...may it help to carry you on your journey this week!
"Believe in yourself!
Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
--Norman Vincent Peale
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Friday, November 19, 2010
What's cooking for dinner tonight in my kitchen?
A pot of chili - I used both extra lean ground beef and round steak today. I also added pinto beans, black beans, & both light and dark kidney beans. My chili also contains beer, coffee, beef broth & cocoa...along with the traditional seasonings. Oh, and I like to add some cumin too.
I wanted to make some cornbread to serve with the chili tonight. So off I went in search of a new, interesting recipe. I have some unsweetened applesauce in the refrigerator and thought that there must be a recipe for applesauce cornbread. Well, when I searched the internet, I of course found many recipes.
I settled on one called: Blue Ribbon Applesauce Cornbread. It was made with everyday ingredients that I had in my pantry. It mixed up quickly - maybe took me 5 minutes. It baked in 25 minutes.
I know that this recipe could be revised to make it healthier. I did make it in it's original form today. One could use egg substitute instead of the egg. A combination of flours could be used instead of regular white flour. Honey could be used instead of the sugar. And olive oil might be used instead of the butter.
* Note: For nutritional information, I have entered this recipe in the Recipe Section of this site.
Here is the original recipe:
Blue Ribbon Applesauce Cornbread
•1 1/4 cups cornmeal
•3/4 cup flour
•1/3 cup sugar
•1 Tbsp. baking soda
•1/2 tsp. salt
•1/2 tsp. cinnamon
•3/4 cup milk
•3/4 cup applesauce
•1/4 cup margarine or butter (melted)
Sift together all dry ingredients. Add egg, milk, applesauce and melted margarine. Mix until dry ingredients are well moistened, NOT SMOOTH. Bake in greased 8 inch square pan in 425 degree F oven 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 9 Servings.
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