Friday, December 03, 2010
I didn't post a weight loss goal. Gained a little over the course of the month.
*Log at least 1200 cardio minutes - Goal met
*Track calories 5 days a week and stay within ranges - nope
*Burn SP recommended calories (1430) through exercise each week - did this in two of four weeks
*At least two gym visits a week - Goal met
*ST at least twice a week - did three times a week as part of our team 3x3 challenge
I'm finding that I start the month out pretty well, but slack off toward month's end. Life seems to happen in those last couple of weeks of the month. I'm not sure why.
At any rate, I've decided to post weekly goals rather than monthly. At the moment, it's all I can do to take one day at a time so even a week seems daunting!
This week is almost past but I'll post a couple of goals for the weekend:
*Track and stay within ranges
*Partake in MINIMAL holiday treats when caroling tomorrow. (Practice saying, "Nein, danke...sehr nett von dir aber nein, danke...danke, nein...sind bestimmt lecker, aber nein."
*Get in two more ST sessions to meet 3x3 challenge goal.
*Minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day
*Catch up on Spark blogs
*Drink massive quantities of hot liquids to get rid of this COLD. It's putting a serious crimp in my exercise activities!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
It's dark and ugly outside, even though it's 3 in the afternoon.
It can't seem to decide if it wants to rain or snow.
I'm tired, even though I slept 10 hours last night.
I feel like taking a nap but, then again, I have a million other things that I could attend to this afternoon.
I'll be working out at the gym tomorrow so I could just skip it.
No one will ever know if I don't go running like I usually do on Sunday afternoons.
I did it anyway.
Thanks, SP and fellow Sparkers for helping me cultivate a "do it anyway" attitude.
For any country music fans out there, the "Anyway" song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE3S7VcyOPU
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I finally got my winter tires put on yesterday --- and today it reached a high of 66 degrees?
I'm going to have a very tight couple of weeks till my next paycheck from the language school. It will include my Christmas bonus, however! Yay to that! Austerity measures are in force - more walking, living off the food that's in the house. Should be good for the waistline as well as the pocketbook!
Made a date with a friend for him to help me wallpaper and paint my hall on Friday.
Spoke to two old friends on the phone this weekend, one I haven't seen in 17 years. We've kept in touch from time to time, and now more regularly thanks to Facebook.
Went to a WONDERFUL concert on Friday with the Christian band Casting Crowns. What a super evening of music, testimony, Scripture in action. I so seldom stay out that late anymore that I've been wiped out all weekend --- but wiped out in a good way :)
I worked yesterday afternoon. I have a student/client who is moving up in his company and needs more English for his future duties. The city was really happening - Christmas decorations being put up in the train station, major union demonstration in the middle of town, Saturday shoppers. I guess I should start thinking about Christmas plans too?!
After a nap this afternoon, I got in a short run in this beautiful weather. Thought of Catherine and other Sparkers running the San Antonio marathon.
And that's that : Good week, everyone! Be blessed!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
That's what I've titled this photo. It is what it is.
Hokaido pumpkin has been "in" lately. You can use the skin, too. So I just cut it up, remove the seeds, boil it, add bouillon or salt and spices, and puree it for soup. They're smaller than regular pumpkin, so it's the right size for a single like me.
Those cute green-and-white ones are called Sweet Dumpling and they are especially tasty. I halved one, removed the seeds, brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with thymian, salt and pepper. Baked for 40 minutes and then ate it out of the "shell." It tastes a lot like sweet potato but nuttier. You could also fill them with some kind of vegetable or meat stuffing. They would look real pretty too, as the skin keeps the color even after baking.
Zucchini is an old standby, of course. Not sure about the white one. I liked the name - Pattipan. We'll see how it tastes.
The butternut squash missed the photo op. I made it into lasagne. It was excellent. It was a recipe from a German magazine so I'll have to translate it and post it later.
UPDATE: Here's a link to the lasagne recipe. You'd need to make some modifications if you don't use metric measurements:
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