I joked with my husband today, saying that I could write a book, about this journey (I’m blogging so that counts). He asked about a time when I was happy with a weight loss tool. My first response was with Weight Watchers, I lost a significant amount of weight and I was super proud of myself. However I gained it back. His next question was “what about Curves”, yes I did that too. This got me thinking. I had done these things and more …Continue reading “Dieting for over 30 years”
One of the quickest meals to make in my family are sandwiches. We love them. Fresh bread, butter, mayo, deli meat and cheese. Just to name one. But in our house, we do it differently. We can never leave it at just that. Often playing with different breads, spices, cheeses and adding onions, roasted peppers or sauteed mushrooms.
Today I made a sandwich for my husband and I had fun with it. A grilled provolone cheese with crispy bacon, tomatoes, caramelized onions and harvest bread. (Sorry no pics, it was eaten pretty quickly). BUT, I wanted to eat too and unfortunately, I am cutting down on my carbs. So I made this:
I love food. I talk about food, alot. I believe that you can add descriptive words to make someone want to eat what you are making. For instance, lemon pepper chicken wings turns into crispy chicken wings seasoned with tangy lemon pepper, will get more people to the table. But if you are hungry, I guess just saying “dinner is ready” works well too.
Recently I started describing a few dishes that I’ve been making and I keep getting requests on how to make these recipes, so here goes. Continue reading “Stop telling me about it and tell me how to do it!”
I’m “that” person. Who, you ask? I’m the one that doesn’t like Sunday’s because they sit so close to Monday. But my feeling of doom doesn’t end there, nope. It’s now the end of August and for me that means I’m already feeling like summer is over. Usually this feeling will last for a couple of weeks. A melancholy, that I’m sure exists because I feel like I’m “losing” something. Of which I am. The Sun. Cue song …..
“WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS” BY GREEN DAY
On May 25th, I decided to go all in with Keto. Up until now I’ve tried recipes that are Keto friendly but I was apprehensive to go full out. But that day, I got on the scale, glanced at the numbers as they resolved on the display and started researching. One thing I’ve learned the last 7 weeks is to change my wording from “I can’t eat … ” to “I don’t eat …”. It makes difference. For instance, I don’t eat flour but that doesn’t mean I don’t eat pizza!!!
I’ve seen these mason jar omelettes but I’ve been hesitant to try them. The idea of putting the jars in the oven just seemed odd to me. But this weekend, while researching some recipes for Keto, I found one and had to try it.
I was reading a post on Humanthology by Ashley McCormack about eating with your eyes. When talking to her father about why he spent so much time making the food look nice on the plate, he replied, “Because first, you taste with your eyes.”
I’m not sure about you, but I’ve heard this before and it so true. Just last week, I made a Fish Pie and while it tasted great, it didn’t look very good. My family only ate about half. But wait, that’s not all the story. So, I may get the plating of the food nailed down, but what about that next step? Taking the food photo. For the most part I’ve focused on the actual dishes, but lately I’ve wanted to just be able to take a better picture. Then it happened. I got advice that I actually took. Thanks to my friend Angie (one of my ESO guild-mates, who lives in NC) who recommended that I purchase a photo box.
But like some of you, I’ve been using my own blog to look up salad recipes and then logging off. It started out because Christmas was getting close, then of course we had Christmas, followed by New Years. This holiday is not without a lot of travel, to visit family (sometimes 6 hrs away) and friends.
I wanted to try a new salad this week, something less complicated, which is hard since I feel like you need to have a lot of ingredients to really get all the health benefits. But after some searching I found Autumn, over at It’s Autumns Life. I did a basic search for: Chicken Keto and up came this delicious looking salad. So, I had to try it.
The ingredients go into the jar, but the soup, when ready, goes into a bowl. At least for me it does. But maybe next time I’ll try eating it out of the jar, it will make drinking up the last of the broth so much simpler.
So is lunch, dinner and snacks. I cannot even tell you how much time I spend thinking about every meal and what impact certain food has to my journey. I scour websites looking for recipes, usually I look at the images first because if it doesn’t look good, chances are it doesn’t taste good. I test those out that make the short list. Here’s a breakfast that looks great and taste amazing.
Do you cringe when someone asks you that question? If so, then you are probably in a rut like me. If not, well then, congratulations and keep up the excellent work. But like I’ve said before, this is a “journey”, it’s about the experiences and not the finish line. This isn’t a race. That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like to hit the fast-forward button and just land my butt on a beach in a bathing suit (the kind without a skirt attached).
As you know, my oldest son, Josh is leaving in less than a week to join the Army. He will begin basic training and we won’t see him for quite a long time. I’ve always relied on the fact that Josh is honest with me, he tells me about his life and what’s going on with him. Maybe not all his 22yr old secrets, but I’m sure I don’t want to know them anyways.
But he caught me off guard yesterday. He walked into the game room, I was playing Xbox and he sat down to ask me how I was doing with my plan. Was I eating well and when was the last time I went to the gym. Now most people wouldn’t have the nerve to ask these questions, because you just don’t bring that up to people, at least you don’t if it’s obvious that they have fallen off the wagon. But not Josh. So, I answered as best as a I could. My answers sounded weak to me, but they were honest.
Food? Well, I eat mostly healthy, up until dinner and snack time. I’ve allowed copious amounts of carbs to sneak onto my plate and I sometimes have a late carb laden snack. But it’s summer and well, I’ve just gotten off track. (um, well true, but technically it’s September now, so what’s the plan?) He pretty much asked me that follow up. So, I said that I would focus on getting back to cutting out the carbs.
Exercise? About that. Well, I really love the gym I go to, but I’ve had some family stuff that I’ve been dealing with and making time to fit my schedule to the gym has been very difficult. I want to get the basement gym back into shape and work out like I used to, with some yoga added. So again, I told him that this too would change and I would make time for me.
It’s not always comfortable to be asked how you’re doing (be it a home improvement project, diet, blog, project or any task that you’ve told people about) but think about why it makes you a little sick to your stomach to answer the question. My guess? Well, you’ve probably let your progress slide, maybe stalled or even gone a few steps backward. It’s OK. Just stand up, brush off the dust (or crumbs) and get back to making better choices.
Maybe the next time my husband asks me how my blog is doing, I won’t grimace and mumble that it’s fine. But instead tell him to go check out my last post.
“Plan for tomorrow, because tomorrow you won’t have time”
It’s not the freshman 15, because that would be better since that 15lb is added over a year of school. But a vacation 5 is accumulated in a 2 weeks or less [insert sad face emoji]
But that said, the vacation was totally worth it. Spending 9 days with my husband on an adventure that I have always wanted to experience, was spectacular.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one that says this. Let me set the scene, you’re out at a restaurant, eating a great meal and you say to (yourself) or the people that you’re with “I could make this”. My kids are so used to me saying this that they now offer up the suggestion. Often starting a conversation with ” hey mom, you could make this into a salad jar right?” Well, challenge accepted. I SUPER love East Side Mario’s (ESM) Garden Salad. We don’t have an ESM near us (but hey, we have four, count’em – Mary Browns, Swiss Chalet, KFC and Popeye’s, chicken restaurants in town). Here is a picture of my most favourite restaurant salad.
Things are pretty much the same, well, the food is always changing as I find what works and what doesn’t. But my path hasn’t diverted. I’m still working towards improving my overall health, that involves increased physical activity and paying attention to what I’m eating. I find, with me anyways, I eat great, completely on plan then, I slip a little. With that slip, I tend to fall into some old patterns, this year, I’ve noticed that while I do slip, I don’t fall. Instead, I acknowledge that the spoonful of Reeses Peanut Butter spread is FREAKIN’ delicious, but it’s not worth it to finish the entire jar in one sitting. Believe me, I could do it.
So, my biggest struggle the last couple of months has been coming up with something to eat. Well, not only eat. Plus it wouldn’t hurt if my family enjoyed the meals we were eating too. They are not picky but we do love food. The metabolic plan hasn’t been going very well the last couple of months i.e. no change on the scale. I needed to find some way to keep my success on track. Then I discovered Linda. WOW, what a difference it makes to finally have a place to research recipes, plan my meals and come off like a star, all at the same time!
I’ve heard about Crossfit for a few years now, one of my son’s friends has been going for a long time and loves it. Recently at work, several of my co-workers have begun crossfit and they really seem to like it. I’ve been told that its addictive. Well, if I could choose an addition, I guess I would choose one that helps me on my journey (sorry Moscato Wine, you do not help). Lucky for me the studio I chose also has Yoga! Yeah me!
I normally name my post before even typing it. I’ve checked out other bloggers how to guides and many suggest typing your post before applying a title. The reason I do it this way, is because my posts start with a random thought and I want to make sure that I stay true to that idea as I type. Case in point, I was going through my phone and saw a picture of a salad that I made last week and thought “wow, the Greek salad I make is good, but I really made it great when I changed it up”. Hence my post title.
Whenever I’ve heard this before I’ve pictured my husband with a hammer in his hand or a mechanic under the hood of a car. But I never thought that using my ultra-comfy mat for a hot yoga practice was a bad thing. However my experience a couple of months ago, where I slid off my mat (yes slid, as in I was very sweaty) was my go-buy-a-hot-yoga-mat alarm. I purchased my mat over a month ago at the Yoga Show, from B YOGA.
This is from their site (I am doing this review on my own, I purchased the mat, it was not gifted):
B MAT Strong (6mm – 71″), Weight: 5.0lbs
B MAT® Strong offers superior cushioning for the yogi looking for more comfort and support. B MAT® Strong is perfect for those with a higher impact practice, such as Vinyasa, or for those who simply value extra comfort and cushioning during Savasana, Yin or other practices.
A cloud bread that is. Have you tried this? What a great way to get the “bready” feel in an appetizer without all the carbs. I’ve heard about the bread but never really gave it much consideration. Until today.