Iím baking today! They are almond date breakfast bars by the Smitten Kitchen, for me they are a fairly healthy alternative to cookies. And they are easy to make! I make them without wheat flour by substituting ground flax seed for the wheat germ in the recipe. I like them a lot, so I am making them to take on my trip where I will SHARE them with the friends that are traveling with me. Hereís a link to the recipe:
We leave tomorrow for a cross country ski vacation in Washingtonís Methow Valley, with the Central Oregon Nordic Club. Methow Valley has a huge network of interconnected ski trails and over 100 miles of groomed trails. I am going with 6 friends, but really the whole group of 30 is very friendly. The group has a few EXCELLENT skiers that whiz by us doing beautiful skate ski gliding motions. There is an adventure all day ski group that takes on challenging long distance classic skiing. I mostly go with the intermediate skiers, and my roommate SpunkyLB likes to do easy loops in the meadow. The lodge includes all meals, and the food is great. I have prearranged with SpunkyLB to split dessert at every dinner, and of course Iím not required to eat everything! Iím very excited to be going. It is a total break from everything.
WUB: This past week was challenging for me with food. I ate plenty of fruits and vegetables. I just ate too much (umm.. my previous trial batch of the almond date bars disappeared in 4 days, and NO ONE helped me eat them). I limited my alcohol to 2 drinks last week, which met my goal; but I drank both those beverages at the same event which was not the best idea. I drank plenty of water. In November, I achieved a goal to give up my (sugar-free) energy drink habit and weaned myself off sleeping medication. This past week I backslid Ė not back into total caffeine addiction, but I had 3 energy drinks. I will STOP that next week (nothing like being at an isolated ski lodge for breaking a bad habit!) I kept up the dancing challenge; I danced 6 out of 7 days!
I continued with home organizing Ė donated more over-sized clothing, cleaned the back bedroom closet, organized the bathroom cabinets. Itís so much easier when I do it in small chunks!
I was somewhat shocked by my credit card bills this month. This monthís bills greatly exceeded my monthly salary (and I pay off my credit card each month, so there was no carryover from the prior months). I did calm down and realize that a LOT of that bills were going to be reimbursed or had already been reimbursed ($2,000 for items I purchased for mom; $1,200 reimbursable business expenses; $500 insurance deductible that was refunded Ö) Ė but I still spent too much, due to holiday spending, holiday entertaining, and travel. I will control spending for the next 2 months to build up a healthy cash reserve! At least the ski trip is prepaid (part of that whacking big credit card bill). $$$$$ -- I can do it!
Goals for next week: Exercise LOTS! Itís a ski vacation! Ski everyday for between 3-6 hours daily! And go to the lodge gym with Spunky LB at least twice in the evenings.
Dance! SpunkyLB wants to keep up Zumba so I will bring my IPhone, which has Zumba tunes loaded. Maybe Hanne will join us (she LOVES Zumba class also)
Eat moderately but well.
Limit alcohol or no alcohol.
Control impulse spending (this should be easy! No shops there)
On the long drive to Washington and back, take several breaks for short walks (SpunkyLB and our friends also enjoy short breaks)