Sunday, January 13, 2013
A gripping title, yes?
So: two things to talk about.
1) making soup.
I live next door to my mom. It's a cold day, so I am making a pot of soup for her - for me too. We will gnosh on this for a couple of days. She likes Beef Barley soup. I have a couple of lean steaks, some chicken broth, a big handful of barley, some white wine, some home-made, home-grown tomato sauce, half an onion, some dulse (seaweed - micronutrients!!) & a couple of cloves of garlic simmering in the kitchen. Eventually I will add celery, carrot, peas, more onion, chard, herbs & spices, maybe some olive oil, & whatever else asks to go in the pot. I will nibble and taste as I go. At the end I will add a little hot sauce and a dollop of full-fat plain yoghurt to mine; mom won't want that in hers. It will be tasty, plain food. That's how I cook. So how to track this? How many calories? What's an appropriate portion? (portion will be the issue - I will have a bowl with mom, but will also be nibbling on it all afternoon not to mention what was nibbled while cooking). If I'm gonna lose weight something about this slapdash, spontaneous method will have to change. Any suggestions? Oh, I'm drinking a little glass of the white wine too - or I will be, when I go back in the kitchen where I left the glass...
2) I could spend 6 hours a day on Sparkpeople - how does everyone find time??? Reading blog posts, watching videos, reading articles, posting to my team (HI, TEAM!) - forget television, this website could be all I do when I'm at home. In fact... what do I smell??
OK back now. I spent so much time reading posts that all the liquid cooked out of my soup and I BURNED IT! Mostly salvaged, in another pot, with new liquid (Including my glass of wine!) it's simmering again while the original pot, coated with blackened barley - soaks by the sink.
Back to my question - which includes more than just time to spark - TIME. It's a problem for me. I make a strong effort to sleep at least 7 hours a night. Including commute time my work week is 5 am to about 5 pm Monday - Friday. If I work out weeknights I don't get home till 8. I visit with Mom, come home and feed the cats, & go to bed. Weekends there's laundry, housework, grocery shopping, errands, yard work, etc. which make Saturday and Sunday as busy as weekdays. There are not enough hours, and I (getting older) don't have as much energy as formerly - and I've never been the high-energy type. Thinking differently, changing food priorities and procedures, slows me down and swamps my demanding schedule. So it's a problem.
Anyone have any thoughts?