Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My inlaws bought us a Wii for Christmas. Hub's cousin gave us a mall gift card for Christmas.
What do these two things have to do with each other??
I have heard a lot about Wii Fit and the newer EA Active, especially on the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans blog.
After a bit of research I decided on getting EA Active.
I am on Day 2 of the game's 30 Day challenge.
How do I feel?
Well, my lower body knows it's been worked out, that's for sure!! I love running on the track, and the inline skate game is fun and hard. By the end of the skating interval I am cursing at the perky personal trainer egging me on.
How is this different than an exercise DVD? Well, you can't cheat. The game has you hold controllers in your hands for the upper body exercises, and comes with a strap so you can attach a controller to your leg for running and lower body work. If you don't hold a rep long enough, or run fast enough, or lift your arms and legs high enough, the trainer tells you to do it again.
I love how the calories you burn tick off on the corner of the screen--very motivating. The game also charts your progress so you can look back on the work you have done and helps you set goals.
I did the easy workout yesterday to familiarize myself with the game. I managed to break a sweat. Today I did the moderate and think I will have to stay there for a while--I worked hard today!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Give it a try! Don't fear the pumpkin in the soup. It adds a creamy richness and gives some sweet contrast to the spices.
My kids like it with cheese on top. I like it with cheese and a dash of hot sauce.
Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup
(1 serving: 160 calories, 1g fat, 1,128mg sodium, 13g carbs, 12g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 10g protein)
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
4 cups fat-free broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
1 can black beans; drained and rinsed
1 cup corn
3/4 cup salsa (this is where you can add or reduce the spiciness)
*Optional toppings: shredded reduced-fat or fat-free cheese, and reduced-fat or fat-free sour cream
Spray pot with nonstick cooking spray and set stove to medium heat. Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin; stir for one minute. Add broth to the spices, and bring to a simmer. Next, add pumpkin and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Optional: Garnish soup with a sprinkle of cheese and a little fat-free sour cream on top. Serves 4.
*Nutritionals do not include optional toppings.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I am tracking my food and exercise, getting myself back in the habit of paying attention to what I eat. I am trying very hard to stop snacking in the evening. A selection of decaf herbal teas in my pantry is helping with that, as is my knitting.
So, here are my stats:
Last Weigh in Wednesday (in July...) 160.6
Last Week's Weight 160.0
Today's Weight 159.4
So, a hair over half a pound. It isn't great, but at least it is going down. I was derailed one day this week when I was perfectly on track, and then got invited to a dip party. Yes, I sampled. Yes, I probably overdid it a bit with the artichoke dip, and I KNOW I overdid it with the chili dip. BUT, I did not buy anything but seasoning mix for my lowfat buttermilk mashed potatoes and some sauce for chicken breasts, so that is something! I know better than to keep cheeseball mix in our house.
My two goals this week are:
- Reach for water first before snacks.
Monday, November 02, 2009
We are moved in and settled and (mostly) unpacked. Time to get back on the wagon. My muffin top is growing again. It is just all too easy to slip back into bad habits. How quickly the weight comes back on!
I feel a whine coming on:
- I hate being hungry. I hate feeling like all I do is think about food. Tracking my food is a pain, but it seems to be the only thing that works.
- I must either do the work, or quit complaining about how I feel and look.
- My shirt didn't shrink THAT much from going through the dryer.
My next step is to hide the tiny chocolate bars that are sitting in my kitchen. I was an idiot and fell for the 50% off Halloween candy at the grocery store yesterday.
Ok, here we go again......
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
She said something dancing and aerobics and fun. I dug out my workout clothes and tagged along.
An hour later, I was sweating, out of breath and my legs were jello.
I had So. Much. Fun! I didn't get all the moves, but the music was great, the instructor was friendly and I danced (a bit) of my bum off.
I may just have to go back and try this again.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
You need to bookmark
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Do it right now. I'll wait.
You won't be sorry.
The moving truck comes in 11 days, 10 hours, and 37 minutes. I am only buying the bare minimum groceries right now--fresh fruit and milk, mostly. I am digging deep and shopping my pantry so I don't have to move as much. I found a lonesome can of lentils I bought before I knew the true depth of Hubby's dislike of them--I made chili and ended up passing the leftovers along to his Mom who eats anything. I discovered that sticky sushi rice makes absolutely fantastic rice pudding.
Anyone have ideas for an acorn squash? For some reason I bought two. Last night we ate one roasted with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon (YUM!) I need something new to do with his friend.
Why aren't I packing right now????
Saturday, August 15, 2009
How is the weight loss? Stalled at 159 lbs. Not too bad. I dropped three chasing Matthew at camp a couple of weeks ago and that is where the scale has stopped moving. I have noticed not having my kids home has changed how I eat. My bad habit is eating off the kid's plates when they are finished. I need to figure out how to really stop doing that when they get home in a couple of days.
Hubby and I have enjoyed eating grownup food for the past week--I bought the ingredients for California Rolls one day and then decided I didn't want to fiddle with rolling sushi. It turns out that tossing the ingredients (minus the rice and nori) in a crusty bun with sliced tomatoes and lettuce plucked from the garden makes a delicious sandwich perfect for eating on a hot summer evening.
My CSA box has me eating wonderful fresh vegetables every night. I cannot keep up with the zucchini, though. I have SEVEN in my kitchen right now!!!! I think I need to give this Zucchini Streusel a try...I don't know if I will try to pass it off as apple crisp though. Hubby still doesn't trust me after I served him potato salad made from cauliflower. (It did fool him, by the way!)
When we move I will be saying goodbye to my very productive apple trees. I canned 16 pounds of crababbles yesterday and have eight more in the freezer. This morning I plan on making a Dutch Baby pancake and topping it with some of the pie filling I made yesterday. Yum!
I hope you try some of the recipes I linked to! I will be sitting here counting down until I get to start cooking in my sunny new kitchen! What should I make to break it in???
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sometimes I care about this, more often I don't. Heck, I just bought a maxidress (muumuu??) yesterday.
I have moments. Right now I am blogging as my steel-cut oatmeal simmers on the stove. I plan on having a salad for lunch. There is a home showing at 6:00 so I am not sure about dinner.
I do know my blood pressure is rising at the thought of getting ready (again), and then listening to the realtor probably tell us the reason this person doesn't want my house (again). I am listening to heavy equipment tear the street up in front of my house. I wonder how this will affect people's opinions of our house and if it might cost us a sale.
I am letting my team down. Stress. My house is not selling. Stress. My daughter is going through a phase where every little slight against her (she wanted the yellow cup, not the blue; her brother is breathing in the same room as her; her other brother took her toy....) results in blood-curdling screaming. Stress. Stepping on the scale and seeing a gain. Stress.
So what do I do? Ben & Jerry's If I had a Million Flavours. Ahhhhhhhhh. Beer and Clam on my balcony. Ahhhhhhhhh. Working in my garden. Grumble grumble I have to walk there, oooh so many weeds, oh that work feels good! Ok, that wasn't so bad. Ahhhhhhh. Knitting. Ahhhhhhhhh. Streaming Dharma and Greg on my laptop. Ahhhhhhhh. I really really want to start smoking again. I have not done it for years, but lately my cravings are popping up again with a new venegance.
Ok, so maybe I should do more of the second part of the list and less of the first part, that should be a start.
What do you do when you hit a wall?
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Is it Wednesday already???
This past week has gone by in a flash.
I have been trying very hard to stop some bad habits that have snuck back into my life. I am trying to eat more salads again--having farm fresh lettuce delivered every week helps with that! Making muffins and pie from the farm fresh rhubarb also delivered did NOT help!
Discovering the yumminess that is Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale also probably didn't help, but it did take the edge off of a very noisy, busy day this week. (tangent: No, I haven't jumped on the lime-flavoured beer wagon. I don't plan on it. If I want lime-flavoured beer I will slice up a lime and add it myself.)
Long story short, here are my stats:
Last week's weight: 160.9
This week's weight: 160.6
Onwards and downwards!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
So, there is a gain this week.
Last week's weight: 157.9
Current weight: 160.9
Gain: 3 lbs
I am going to work harder this week and hopefully post a loss next week. I am quite disappointed in myself this week.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
When company comes I always like to have a clean bathroom for them, but doing a big scrub down is often not fesable.
Here is my quick and dirty, two-minute bathroom cleanup:
- Wipe down bathtub with your probably still-damp morning towel. Leave the towel in a heap in your tub. You will need it in a minute. Put a fresh towel out for your guests now.
- Wipe down sink and faucets with a baby wipe--you wouldn't believe the shine a baby wipe gives chrome!! Much cheaper than disinfectant wipes and you can use them for quick makeup removal too.
- Swish out your toilet with a brush if you have one handy, wipe seat and lid with another baby wipe.
- Here is the trick that separates me from Flylady: put a few drops of Tea Tree or lavender essential oil in your toilet bowl before closing the lid.--it really makes your bathroom smell fresh without it smelling like chemicals or fake air freshener.
- On your way out the door, grab that damp towel out of your tub and wipe the floor with it then toss in the laundry.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The rhythm of my life has suddenly changed. We put our house on the market on Monday. If I am not cleaning, I am quickly sweeping the kids and dog out for a showing. Mealtimes (and naptimes) have become unpredictable. Our Realtor promises I will get ample notice for showings, then turns around and says there is a potential buyer coming in 45 minutes. This is par for the course, but it makes it hard to chart food and exercise regularly.
I am watching portion sizes and listening to my body's hunger signals, but that is about as far as it goes right now. My workouts consist of cleaning and taking the kids to the park or playdates during showings.
Here are my stats:
Last Week's Weight: 159.4
Current Weight: 157.9
Total Loss during Challenge: 4.5
Total Cumulative Loss: 8.5
I am down to the last hole on my belt now.
Friday, June 19, 2009
The original recipe had over 500 cals per serving. By my estimate a big bowl of my version has 286 calories.
Slimmed-Down Pepperoni Pasta Salad
2 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup part-skim mozzarella, cubed
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
5 small turkey pepperoni sticks, chopped. (I use Freybe's I think it ends up to be around a cup of pepperoni.)
1/2 cup light zesty Italian dressing.
- Cook pasta until just a teensy bit underdone. Rinse well with cold water and set aside.
- Combine remaining ingredients and cooled pasta in a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Stir and serve.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here are my stats:
Last Week's Weight: 161.4
Current Weight: 159.4
Weekly Loss: 2.0
Total Loss during Challenge: 3
Total Cumulative Loss: 7
Onward and downwards!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Doesn't it look good??? I love crock potting!
Slow-Cookin' Pulled Chicken
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 149 calories, 1g fat, 462mg sodium, 10g carbs, <0.5g>POINTS? value 3*
This shredded BBQ chicken is FANTASTIC over salads, piled onto light buns, stuffed inside high-fiber tortillas with (rinsed) cole slaw, or eaten all by itself. Yummmmmm!
1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breasts, halved
1 cup canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. garlic powder
Optional: red pepper flakes, to taste
Place all ingredients except the chicken in the crock pot. Stir until mixed. Add chicken and coat well with the sauce.
Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours OR on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.
Remove all the chicken and place it in a bowl. Shred each piece using two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across the meat and shred it. Return the shredded chicken to the crock pot, and mix well with the sauce.
If you're serving a group, keep the crock pot on its lowest setting, so the chicken stays warm. If you like, season to taste with red pepper flakes. Eat up!
MAKES 7 SERVINGS
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This is week two of The Sisterhood's Shrinking Days of Summer challenge.
Here are my stats:
Starting Weight 162.4
Current Weight 161.4
Original Starting Weight: 167.2
Cumulative Weight Lost: 5.8
This is only one pound lost this week (which is all my body ever willingly gives up at this stage) BUT since joining my lovely sisters, this is pound number five to leave my body!! Whee! I can see things starting to change now. The barest hint of a jawbone, my belt feeling a bit looser.
Friday, June 05, 2009
So, today, after Hubby gets home from work, we will go.
I am packing a picnic so I don't have to be forced to choose from the bad options there.
Here is what I'm packing:
Fruity Chicken Salad
carrot and celery sticks
home made whole wheat buns (hmmmm....I should get on that!)
skim milk pudding cups
sugar free iced tea and low sugar lemonade
I will pretend I cannot see the mini doughnuts.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
It's that time again! A new challenge has been given at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I am on a team with five other lovely shrinkers and the goal is to lose the most weight as a whole. I have been on hiatus from my food journal for the past couple of weeks, so it is time to get kicked back into gear.
Here are my stats:
Starting weight: 162.4 pounds
This is the ending weight from the last challenge, so I am glad to say I have maintained despite some chocolate that I had to review for my other blog and a perfect storm of PMS/Home Buying Stress/MIL fighting that started a three-day binge.
Right off the bat my first goal for this challenge is to not eat in my pantry. If I can't take the time to put my food on a plate, I should not eat it. I will also avoid the mini doughnuts at the fair this weekend, Girl Guide's Honour.
Hello team mates!
Do any of you have blogs I can link to?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
What I choose to eat for breakfast seems to make a big difference too. A strange side effect that I seemed to have kept from my pregnancies is the need to eat carbs and not much else for breakfast. Anything but carbs and I get very queasy. Toast or cereal is just not filling and is usually loaded with too much sugar. Where does that leave me?
Oatmeal is filling, high in fiber, low in calories and you have complete control over additives and sugar. Cinnamon adds flavour with no calories and also helps keep your blood sugar stable.
Of course, oatmeal on it's own can get pretty boring pretty quickly. The trick is to keep switching things up. Here is a rundown of some of my favourite things to do with oatmeal.
- Grated apple, cinnamon, sugar-free maple syrup, spoonful of peanut butter
- add a teaspoon of plain cocoa powder to your cooking water, then top with 1/2 banana, cinnamon and Splenda (it's like dessert!)
- frozen berries , cinnamon, fat free vanilla yogurt
- Fruit cocktail and vanilla soymilk
- More ideas from Hungry Girl
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Well, it is the end of the Shrink into Summer Challenge at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I joined during the last three weeks and have faithfully lost a pound each week.
As I mentioned in my previous post I learned the hard way last week that weigh in after respite night is not pretty nor an honest picture of how I am doing. I hold salt like crazy and restaurant meals seem to be packed with them so I am always bigger the next day, even if I stay on track with my calorie allowance. I now weigh in the day before respite night so my weigh in Wednesday is really a Tuesday. (Funny--that used to be my Weight Watchers meeting day.) I then drink my weight in water the next day to flush the salt out and de-puff myself.
I also found that being brutally honest on my food journal, for better or worse, is really helping me keep on track. I can't say enough good things about The Daily Plate. I am Prairieknitwit there. If you are a member, friend me and we can snoop on each other's journals.
So, without futher ado. here are my stats so far:
Beginning Weight: 166.4 lbs
Finishing Weight: 163.4 lbs
Percentage lost: 1%
Doesn't look like much, but I am only beginning. Just wait until the next challenge!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
1. I weighed in today instead of tomorrow. My respite night is tonight so even if I stay under my calorie goal, the sheer amount of salt in whatever I eat will negate any loss. (Down one pound! Yay!)
2. I can barely keep my eyes open today so it is a real struggle for me to stay away from sugary carbs right now. There is only so much caffeine one can have before you are just tired and jittery instead of just tired.
3. Since I can barely keep my eyes open today the only exercise I could muster was a couple of laps around the mall while running errands. Every little bit helps, right?
4. I am eating dinner at 8:00 PM tonight at a new pizza joint. I need to try very, very hard to not eat all the kid's leftovers when they have dinner. I WILL make a big salad and chow down on that to take the edge off. Girl Guide's Honour. I can't make any promises about the pizza.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
No good news here. I am up a pound. I had a triple-whammy of birthday party, mom visit and Mother's day this week and I lost control. I am really mad at myself. I did journal every transgression so I can see the damage I have done in black and white.
Onward and upwards, right??
Edit: I weighed myself the day after posting this after Mother Nature showed me I was also in the throes of PMS last week. I am down two pounds after all!
I am not going to rest on my laurels. Clearly my current plan is working.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
I have been lurking at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans for quite a while now. They are very down to earth and inspiring people.
I have had to lose weight three times in my life. Once, when I was newly dating Mister Hummingbird Metabolism and in Nursing School--keeping up with him and enjoying a studious and sedentary lifestyle packed a lot of extra pounds on my body. My rock bottom was seeing 180 on the scale and having to shop in the plus-size department for the first time in my life. I started in Weight Watchers, and ended in a teeny town that had no pizza delivery, but a 24 hour gym. I dropped the weight just in time to marry Mister HM, and get pregnant before the ink was dry on our paperwork.
I then gave birth to my sweet Emmett, who is now 5 and 7/8ths. I packed on 40 lbs growing him and only lost around 20 before getting pregnant with my darling Charlotte, now 4. I joined WW again and dropped over 30 lbs. I was back in size 8 and feeling great. Five minutes after I bought the cute jeans I got pregnant with my adorable Matthew, now 1-1/2. I am back where I started. I won't disclose my weight here right now, but I am wearing size 13 pants and they are tight. People ask me when my baby is due and I haven't been pregnant in two years.
I have been stopping and starting. Doing well for a week or two, then resorting to binge eating in my pantry. I exercise sproadicaly. It is time to make some changes. I hardly recognize the face I see in the mirror. I am tired of trying to figure out what to wear that doesn't make me look pregnant. I am back on the wagon.
I chart my food, exercise and weight at The Daily Plate. I know I can't do this alone.
I am so excited to finally dip my toe in and participate with other shrinkers!
Friday, February 06, 2009
Here is today's hint:
If you have stainless steel appliances or countertops, don't waste money on fancy polishes.
Plain old cooking oil works like a charm. Simply clean your surface with vinegar and water, then buff a little bit of oil (canola or olive) onto the surface with a soft cloth. Old flannel pjs or t-shirts work well for this. You won't believe the streak free shine you get.
Cheap and safe too!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I discovered that if the dough is generally compliant, but just a little bit sticky I can spray the surface of my dough with non-stick spray (and my hands or rolling pin too). Adding the oil keeps the dough nice and soft and it spreads or rolls out very easily without toughening up.
- The kids got a Sesame Street Sandwich toaster for Christmas and I wanted to try something grown up in it.
- I love Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread. Seriously. So cheesy and salty and carby. Perfect PMS food.
If you don't have a sandwich toaster or panini press, fear not. I will tell you how you can make it without. It will be fabulous.
4 slices whole wheat bread (thinner slices are better here--the cheap bread from the grocery store is perfect in this recipe)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
10 stuffed green olives, diced
2 tablespoon diced green onion
Sandwich toaster, panini press, or a nonstick skillet plus a cast iron pan or a pot with a heavy can placed inside of it
- Preheat Sandwich toaster or Panini press according to their directions. Alternatively, place your nonstick skillet over medium heat to warm up.
- Spread a thin layer of mayo over each slice of bread, leaving a 1.5 cm border around the edges.
- Sprinkle cheese, then olives, then onion evenly over mayo on two of the slices of bread. Place the other slices, mayo side down over top.
- Place sandwiches in the toaster, press, or on the dry skillet.
- Grill according to manufacturers directions. If using the skillet method, place the heavy pot or skillet on top of the sandwiches to weight them down and grill for 2-3 minutes. When one side is brown, carefully turn the sandwiches and weight them and brown the other side.
- Let cool for a few seconds, and then slice sandwiches. Eat. Don't burn the roof of your mouth with molten cheese.