Have been compiling some new recipes and tomorrow I will be printing them up to put into my new cookbook that I am making. It is starting to look good and am looking forward to trying some of them.
I have a new 'paper' to track my food for the week on. I do track it here on Sparkpeople to get the calories / nutrients but because I attend TOPS we have a weekly draw for anyone that brings in their food journal for the week. I was not doing this regularly as I did not want to have to print up 7 pages from here. But I found a neat pad of paper that is called 'What to Eat' - and it is going to work out really well. On the top of the page I write down my current weight and then at the bottom of the page I weight after eating all the food listed. That is something extra I added to the paper.
I also have a 12 week chart that I am using to go along with the above food chart. The weight chart shows Week #1 ect, the date, the weight (from TOPS), pounds lost, pounds gained. And at the bottom of the page I have in the date I started the chart (week 1) with 'waist measurement and a line to put it on. Then below that the week 12 date and waist measurement. I have never kept a journal showing waist measurement but have decided that this is going to be one of my changes.
So at the end of the 12 weeks (which by chance is December 31) I will have in a binder the weight chart for 12 weeks and my food per the new sheet as mentioned above. I will then be able to look over them to see what improvements I can make for the next 12 weeks. And on the food journal when I try a new recipe it will be listed with a comment whether we liked it or not.
I have also decided on a reward for making changes / meeting a goal. I regularly get my feet taken care (every 6 weeks I have a nurse cut the nails, any calluses if any are removed and then she moisturizes both legs from the knees down and the feet as she massages them - oh how nice it is. I have her do this due to having diabetes as she knows how to properly care of diabetic feet. So what I will reward myself after losing 10 pound (goal is to accomplish this by the then do the 12 weeks) is to have a deep massage of my upper back. Have arthritis in it and the doctor suggested having the massaged across the top of my back around the shoulders and neck - and I must admit I am looking forward to this. I mentioned this to my sister and she laughed and said 'once you have it down you will want to have it down every month' - so that might be an incentive to eat properly to release some weight each month.
Three things I am grateful for today are
(1) grateful that I have taste buds allowing me to taste all the wonderful food my Lord has blessed me with
(2) grateful for having our new car - now that the weather is getting col we can start the car from inside the house and when I go get in it is nice and warm - oh how spoiled we are
(3) grateful that though I have some mobility issues I can still get up an move - just slowly - but so thankful that I still have that ability
Here are my Streaks
2 days not eating after 6:30 pm
25 day of blogging my journey of making changes
26 day of logging onto Sparkpeople
26 day of tracking all food and water
26 day of reading the Bible with my husband - we are in the book of Esther