Friday, October 22, 2010
I have a confession to make.
When I left my banking job after 28+ years at the end of last year, I came home and started to cook.
I didn't cook for a day. I cooked everyday for many months.
The cooking wasn't the problem, it was all the eating I was doing.
And I ended up putting on 27 pounds. That's 27 pounds on an already overweight body.
I had definitely 25 pounds or so to lose before I started my cooking marathon.
So by June, 2010 I had well over 50 pounds to lose.
I have lost about half that amount. The half that I should never had put on, but for many reasons did.
I really think it's been a blessing in disguise.
Because it made me sit up and take notice.
Notice of what I was and wasn't doing in and for my life.
It was at that point that I found Spark People.
And I give Spark People alot of credit for helping me 'unearth' the real me.
For helping me to re-learn how to eat and how to move - in a very healthy way.
While I have gained and lost weight too many times in my life to count; I haven't lost weight and changed my habits like I am now.
While I have had support along the way before; I haven't had the type of consistent support that I have found here at Spark People.
Every step of my way, I have been blessed beyond measure.
The God that has given me life, my life - has walked and continues to walk with me everyday. He has brought such wonderful, new people - Spark People - into my life. And I am so grateful!
My Spark Friends encourage and motivate me in ways I never imagined possible.
I have a ways to go, yet. And I have to learn how to live a lifetime with these new habits...but each day I feel more confident...that I don't have to do this all alone...there's support in so many ways, and offered by so many people - along my way.
Spark Friends, I thank you and I appreciate you!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I came across this poem today and decided to share it with my Spark Friends.
One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Inspirational Weight Loss Quotes
I went looking for inspiration today. Like if I could just find it, I could have it.
What I did find were some interesting, thought provoking quotes.
While just reading them won’t necessarily inspire me to change…they did get me thinking.
So I will share them here today with you.
Which one “speaks” to you today?
I tend to think like Mr. Iacocca – if I work at it and want it bad enough, I’ll get it.
Mr. Marston also made me think…My goals minus my doubts equal my reality? I have to work on getting rid of my doubts if I want the reality I am dreaming of.
You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.
You may delay, but time will not.
You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
George Bernard Shaw:
You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.
George S. Patton:
You're never beaten until you admit it.
You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
You don't realize how strong a person really is until you see them at their weakest moment.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
***Now We’re Cooking…Roasted Squash and Vegetables.***
I made a large pan of roasted winter squash and vegetables last evening for dinner.
It was truly a wonderfully flavorful way to eat more vegetables and to use some of the squash that we have (there’s a large wheelbarrow full!).
So, today I noticed that there’s a recipe and video on Spark People by Chef Meg for Roasted Vegetables.
Here’s my recipe:
Roasted Squash and Vegetables
1 small butternut (or any winter) squash, cubed
2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
1 red onion, quartered
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine the squash, red bell peppers, sweet potato, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Separate the red onion quarters into pieces, and add them to the mixture.
In a small bowl, stir together thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss with vegetables until they are coated. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
Roast for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through and browned.
123 Calories per Serving
4.7 g fat
45 mg sodium
20 g carbohydrates
3.1 g fiber
2 g protein
Monday, October 18, 2010
Cook This! Stuffed (Medjool) Dates
I found it! A recipe for stuffing my beloved Medjool Dates.
This recipe stuffs them with almonds & blue cheese and then wraps them in bacon.
How can this be okay to eat, you ask?
Well, first of all the recipe comes from the newly released “Cook This, Not That! Easy & Awesome 350-Calorie Meals.”
This recipe can be found in Chapter 3 – Appetizers & Small Bites.
A serving is 2 stuffed dates @ 220 calories.
It’s one of those foods I will make during the holidays (not every day!) and will limit myself to 2 (portion control).
I made a similar recipe last holiday season but I don’t even want to know the calorie and fat content of that recipe…plus, I sure didn’t think about portion size or control.
This takes me back to my philosophy that I can eat anything I want, if I really want it, occasionally and in moderation.
I did buy Medjools this past weekend at Trader’s Joes. I had 2 (serving size, 110 calories) with my lunch today.
Nice, sweet fruit serving that I will only eat in season. If you haven’t had a Medjool and you like dates, I urge you to try them.
See an earlier blog post where I talked about the nutritional value they posses. They are an awesome source of potassium.
Finally, here’s the recipe:
8 Medjool Dates
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
4 strips of bacon, cut in half
Black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Using a sharp paring knife, make a slit across the length of a date so that the pocket in the fruit is exposed. Remove the small pit inside the date and replace with an almond. Spoon about ½ tablespoon of blue cheese into the pocket, so that it’s tightly stuffed but not overflowing with cheese. Place the date at the bottom of the bacon strip half and roll up as tightly as possible. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining 7 dates.
Place the dates on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until the bacon has rendered and is brown and crispy. Top each with a bit of black pepper and serve.
Makes 4 servings of 2 per serving.
220 Calories per serving.
Estimated cost per serving: $1.76.
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