Quick update

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I'm keeping on keeping on. I have been very much in control of my eating (I think). I'm tracking. My main source of sustenance has been soup lately. It was a little cool in these parts and I got in the mood to make lamb stew. Today I made black bean soup. My kids at first tun their noses up, but then they eat it up and say they liked it. Yesterday I made a quinoa/spinach dish I read about on SparkRecipes. I had all the ingredients. Everyone liked it. I also made twice this week some Hungry Girl-inspired muffins. You just take any "moist" cake mix and combine it with a can of pumpkin. I made it with spice cake first and the kids gobbled them down. They usually think spice cake isn't good, but they liked the muffins. When my daughter tried to turn her nose up to eating spice muffins, I told her to think of them as "sugar" flavored. She ended up having 3. I am proud to report I only had 2. Today I made a lemon cake mix and added poppy seeds along with the pumpkin. I have only had one today, but they are very yummy despite being so orange! These are so easy to make and I'm glad the whole family can enjoy a lower-calorie treat with no fat.

As for my weight, it's not decreasing to any great degree. I might try to stop eating wheat and see if pounds will come off. This will make me more low-carb and maybe that's what I need. Low carb has always worked for me. I really like a lot of wheat products and so does my family. I'd have to give up my grape nuts cereal I have sometimes, rice-a-roni that my kids love, any kind of sandwich I like on low-cal bread, my muffins! But I gotta do something.

I've been doing some fitness on the Wii--so not enough I know. I tried to do some lunges and squats one of my SP friends described. It kills my knees. They don't hurt all the time, but they do when I do these exercises! This friend suggested I try using a low seat to do the squats. I did that and I have to concur with Wii Fit that my abs are weak as water! I'll need to keep practicing and see if the abs can be strengthened!

I am off to Atlanta on Saturday for a job fair. Hubby and I want to get jobs overseas. I had an initial contact with a recruiter and he led me to believe we would certainly get offered jobs. I am so hopeful. Have to go to the unemployment office tomorrow. I just hate to go there! I hope I can get a job soon! Another Spark friend told me about a company that hires people to work from home that I will investigate when I get back from my job fair.
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  • KAREN608
    Yeah i think if I gave up wheat products, it would help my weight.
    But oh how I enjoy eating them.
    2361 days ago
    Don't you hate it when games tell you that you are weak? It's really no fair, right? Thankfully I do not have one of these as I am sure it would hit me while I was in the wrong mood and would be used as target practice somewhere.

    I am trying to get my attitude in check, but I am feeling very Scrooge-like. I am not proud of my outbursts lately, but that is exactly what stress does to me... it makes me grumpy and I lack emotional intelligence.

    So, like a rabid dog, I try to bite everything that comes near me so it will just leave me alone to my own devices. I have beena a bad Sparker and have not been cheering myself on at all. So Monday is a new day and I will strive to adjust my attitide to better suit my SparkFriends' needs!

    Hugs to you! And hopefully there will be something great for you that will allow you both to travel and see the world!
    2361 days ago
    good luck at the job fair! keep on with the wiifit - if you aren't at a high fitness level, it can really be quite challenging and help you get stronger/more fit.

    sounds like you are continuing to make progress!
    2361 days ago
    Good Luck friend!!
    2362 days ago
    If you find out more about the company that allows you to work from home, let me know. I've been unemployed for over a year now after being the primary bread winner for years. Unemployment runs out the end of the year, and I have no good prospects right now.
    I also have some bad knees, and abs like water. LOL I just started doing some ab exercises to help try and strengthen them. As for my knees. who knows. I can walk for miles and miles, but no squats or lunges.
    The spice muffins sound wonderful. How many calories per muffin though? Right now I am really focusing on my nutrition and trying to get the scale down closer to the 200 mark. I have been stuck for over 6 months, so it's time to focus on something. :)
    Hope things go well at the job fair. :)
    2362 days ago
    Keep on Keepin' on! That's what you do. As you continue on your path you will find things that work for you and things that don't. This is my 5th year here and I'm just now finding the path that works for me. emoticon

    Good luck at the job fair! I truly hope you find what you are looking for.

    2362 days ago
    Sounds like you are working hard! Good for you. I always start dropping weight when I knock off the wheat products. Good luck with your job search! Have you tried yoga?
    2362 days ago
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