Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I am cooking a pot of Beef Stew for dinner tonight. Very simple to toss together and smells wonderful already. The recipe is one of Paula Deen's recipes.
Healthy Comfort Food!
Here's the recipe...
Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe
2 pounds stew beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
3 large carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
*** I browned the meat and then tossed everything into the pot and cooked it for 2-1/2 hours. I then thickened the gravy by adding 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with enough water to mix it into a paste. I then stirred it into the stew and cooked it for a little while longer.
I also added a can of mushrooms. You could add any other vegetables that you like.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 10.5 g
Cholesterol: 86.2 mg
Sodium: 154.2 mg
Total Carbs: 9.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
Protein: 35.2 g
Monday, October 24, 2011
Drink Water before Every Meal & Shave 270 calories!
Drinking two glasses of water before eating may reduce your consumption by 90 calories a meal, report Virginia Tech researchers.
Want other strategies to eat less?
Eating slowly can help you shave 66 calories per meal; chewing gum before you eat can cut another 68 calories.
These ideas are By Emily G. W. Chau @ fitbie.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I just had some one comment on a blog post I made on October 28, 2010 - ELEVEN Months ago. I had to re-read it to see why anyone would care to read it.
It has helped me this morning to realize WHY I am doing this...
*Since I started SparkPeople I am 58 pounds thinner & 9 pounds below my Spark People goal...trying to make maintenance my new way of life!
Here's that Post...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My Story: How did I End Up at Spark People Anyway???
I had a new Spark Friend ask me to tell her more about myself and my journey.
As I wrote my reply to her, I had to sit back and just go through in my mind when and how this Journey all got started.
I will share those thoughts here today, as they have helped me understand and put it all into better perspective.
It’s a journal entry that is shedding some light on various issues for me.
Here’s a bit about me & my journey. I’m married (22 years), a Mom to one daughter in college (20). I worked in business for 31 years (28+ in banking) left my job at the end of last year and gained 27 pounds from January to June, 2010 on an already overweight body. I like to cook and bake and want to find a way to continue to do so but in a healthier manner.
I have struggled with weight issues for as long as I can remember. I went on my first diet when I was 16. I weighed 150 pounds (5’6”) and thought I was overweight – based on all my shorter, skinny friends. I thought 125 sounded like what I should weigh – so I went on a diet that summer. I lost 15 pounds – not 25 and thought I was a failure…can you see how we get sucked into believing there’s something wrong with us at such a young age and we can’t shake loose of it? From that point on, I gained weight. I sure wish I weighed 150 right now! LOL!
My Mom was a chronic dieter. She belonged to TOPS and Weight Watchers…so that’s where I got the idea I needed to diet and that 125 should be my goal…because that was her goal (she’s only 5’2”). How unrealistic was that?
Yes, Weight Watchers was a good program. I lost 80 pounds on it when I was 19 -21 years old. It was a diet. I thought I had to diet to lose weight. I have thought that most of my adult life.
Until I got to age 45. I said to myself “enough dieting, I’m not doing this anymore!” “If dieting doesn’t work? What does?” I always thought if I could just eat like a thin person I’d get thin.
I started by walking…I bought a pedometer (Digi Walker SW-200) that just counts steps. I really researched which one to buy. I wanted a simple step counter that was VERY accurate. I started using it and discovered that I was walking 4,000 to 4,500 steps a day (real shocker!).
My goal was to get to 10,000 steps a day. I had read that people who count steps move more than people who exercise for 30 minutes a day. I since have determined that is true! 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles.
As I focused more on increasing my steps…I found I was eating less, making better choice in foods. The weight started to drop. I went from 200 pounds to 155 in about a year. And I wasn’t dieting. I thought this was the way to go! I felt so good!
Then for whatever reason…I wasn’t walking as much, I started eating more and not focusing on my choices. I lost the magic! I realize now there is no magic. I need to stay aware of what I am doing.
So here I am, using those tools that helped me on that leg of my journey.
But I also realizing after talking to my doctor that I need a program that helps keep me more accountable.
He suggested Weight Watchers…I told him that I think DIET when I hear Weight Watchers.
I had read about Spark People. So I came to the website on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. I had been to the doctor on Friday, June 11th – had a nephew’s wedding on the 12th – started to be aware of what I was eating and started walking again on Monday, June 14th. I also weighed myself that day. Since that day I have lost about 25 pounds.
I eat healthy foods that I want to eat. I use the calorie range Spark People has given me. But I choose the foods.
Do I eat perfectly? No – there’s no such thing. I do eat better and well.
I exercise almost (I schedule 6 days a week with Sunday off – but still want to reach 10,000 steps) everyday for about 60 minutes. I walked outdoors during the summer.
Some days for 60 minutes at a time, other days 20 minutes 3 times a day… I tend to break it up.
I live in Minnesota so I needed to find a plan I could use indoors for the winter months. I am using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim and right now am using 3 Fast Miles. It’s 45 minutes. I add additional walking or yoga to it.
I’m not breaking any records here, but I am moving forward slowly and surely. It doesn’t feel like a diet. I do have to motivate myself to exercise. But I am always glad when I do because I do feel good. I’m trying to take it a day at a time.
And, yes, I pray about it – everyday.
And my Spark Friends are an awesome help to me!
Monday, September 26, 2011
That was a question I read on the message boards this morning.
It got me thinking - which led me to a little slip of paper I keep in a nutrition counter I have on my computer desk.
In September 2007 I read the book: "The Beck Diet Soultion."
(I think I will pull that book back out sometime soon and look at it again.)
Anyway, one of the projects at the beginning of the book was to 'record the Advantages of Losing Weight." It was called making a "Response Card."
Reasons I Want to Lose Weight...2007
Here's my list from September, 2007
Advantage Response Card - to be read atleast twice a day:
(I need to read my Advantage Response Card at least twice a day if I want to resist temptation. I'll take only a few seconds. It's not a big deal. I might not need it psychologically today, but I'll need it soon. I have to cement these reasons in my mind for when the going gets tough.)
I'll be healthier
I'll live longer
I'll feel more comfortable in my own skin
I'll be more positive and upbeat
I'll feel better about myself
I'll be able to execise without getting out of breath
My knees, ankles, hips and back won't hurt anymore
I'll have less aches and pains
I'll be more flexible
I'll sleep better
I won't sit on my butt as much
I'll be able to buy cute clothes that fit and flatter my figure
I'll enjoy shopping for clothes
I'll have better self esteem and be more confident
I'll be less self conscious
I'll have amazing energy and won't get tired as quickly
I won't have to worry if I'll be comfortable in public
I'll feel like a normal person
I'll be proud of myself
Today, September 26, 2011 - I CAN say YES to ALL of the above!!!
I wrote this list in September 2007 (I joined SP in June 2010) and I can say that today, September - 2011 I have accomplished all of these things on my list and I need to create a new list - so I can keep growing!
Just reading this list helps to keep me motivated each day - because I smile and feel good about what I have done for myself!!!
What Keeps YOU Motivated? Please share your tips with me, too! Thanks & have a wonderful week, friends!
~Maria in Minnesota
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