Health and Fitness Goals:
1. 1,400 calories. 1,392
2. 100 oz water. 124
3. Calorie deficit 5,000 for the week. -821
4. Exercise 7 hours. 50 min
5. Log everything, especially weekends! Y
6. Weigh daily and post. 169, 165.8
1. Finish 1 rabbit cage and start a second. N
2. Start Valentine letter. N
3. Speak at school. No, don't have to the principal took care of it for me.
4. Housework, 1 hour daily + 1 load of laundry. YY
5. Cross off 10 items on "the list". 2
6. Fix the elliptical again. Ugh, that thing is a piece of junk. N
When I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and saw 169, I about burst into tears. I was bad over the weekend, but 5lbs seemed a rather harsh slap upside the head. My brother and his family flew in last Friday afternoon for Christmas. My SIL has a new job and couldn't take vacation over the holidays, but they happily gave her MLK off. My mother makes a weekend out of it any time they visit, so we ate mom's cooking for 3 days straight
. I did fine on Friday night and Saturday through lunch, but my willpower imploded on Saturday night. My mom is a really good cook, everything she makes is delish, but almost none of it is healthy. And being that we were celebrating Christmas, she didn't hold back. Traditionally we fondu on Christmas, so I ate piles of meat and mushrooms cooked in oil and then dipped in butter, plus big fat chunks of sourdough bread smothered in beer cheese sauce, all washed down with mulled red wine (nary a drop of water down my gullet all weekend!). Okay maybe 5lbs wasn't all that out of the question after all. I'm glad to report that at least some of that weight is gone this morning. And the good news is that yesterday I craved water and healthy food, so I should probably get my butt to the grocery store before that feeling abandons me eh?
Darlene, when I make butternut soup, it's more of a technique than a recipe, sorry but I've never measured any of it. First I slice the squash in half, scrape out the seeds, put it cut side down in a baking dish with about an inch of water and bake it until it's soft. I usually like to wait until the skin over the seeds turns slightly brown (an hour or more depending on the size of the squash). At the same time I like to roast an onion and/or a bulb of garlic. When the squash is cooked through remove it from the oven and scrape the flesh out and dump it into the mixer along with some of the water in the pan and the onion and/or garlic and blend until smooth, it ends up somewhere between applesauce and loose pudding. Put the puree in a stock pot and add a can or two of chicken or veggie stock (or a couple of cups of water and some bullion cubes). Heat the soup but do not bring it quite to a boil, then add in either a tub or two of Greek yogurt or 1/2 a tub of fat free sour cream, season to taste and serve. If you're in the mood for a savory soup add in red pepper flakes or a little cajun seasoning, if you want it to be sweeter skip the onion and/or garlic add in a little maple syrup or some splenda and some cinnamon and vanilla. You can also use almond milk as a soup base instead of the stock or water, and then you can lower the amount of yogurt or ff sour cream. On chili I've put my recipe into a recipe calculator and it's 143 calories per cup, that was with with 1 lb ground beef, 2 qts. home canned tomatoes and 2 15oz cans of dark red kidney beans. I have a friend that does not like tomatoes and she makes her chili with pureed butternut squash. I've never tried it, but her family wolfs it right down.
Mike, those red beans sound awesome. I'm so sorry you have to go to an all day meeting, that sucks. There were times I ate myself sick at those sort of meetings just because I was bored out of my mind and trying to stay awake. Hopefully yours won't be that bad. There used to be a commercial where people imagined themselves turning into pastries, one woman had cinnamon buns hanging off her fanny, and another one had a guy wearing a doughnut around his middle. Just envision yourself with a giant pastry butt or a chubby muffin top, and maybe you can avoid some damage.
Tori, did you ever watch SNL? There was a recurring character (Kurt Smalley maybe?) where the guy would say, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and gosh darn it, people like me". Okay yes it was a goofy bit intended to make you laugh, but you would not believe how often I've said those words to myself in seriousness. So now you do it. Another time I saw an interview with Catie Couric, who is older than me, but not by much and was the youngest woman to ever land a job as a news anchor. Anyway I remember her saying that growing up her parents always told her the key to being successful and happy in life was to just be yourself. And when you think about it, that's really great advice, because once you start worrying about what everybody else thinks, it changes your behavior and consequently the way people perceive you. So squash that insecure school girl, she not the real you, she's only a figment of your imagination.
runbikeski, don't read this post, instead go get some water AND DRINK IT! I can totally relate to having issues getting the water down, I've been slipping on that one lately myself. Drat, now I'm hungry for a BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
Mern, congratulations on being a great granny again!!! For the record I was just trying to give you some motivation to get back on the wagon. I too fight with that little voice in my head shouting "you took one bite, and it was soooo yummy, so let's throw in the towel and eat the whole potful". It's too early to call that test a done deal, 40 days is a lot of time, and I still think you can make those numbers with flying colors. You won't know unless you try right?
Well the kiddos have a 2 hour delay for fog. It doesn't look too foggy to me, but I guess the low lying areas are down to less than a 1/4 mile visability.