Great Neighbours & Delicious Food

Seventeen years ago, my husband and I made the best decision of our lives. We decided to move to Keswick and have been thankful every day since. Sometimes when I describe my neighbours to others that I know, the most common reaction is “must be nice”. A lot of my stories involve food, like this tasty dish here:

Delicious white fish with vegetables in a foil wrap
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Why I take cooking classes

To learn new recipes and techniques. These are great reasons. But it’s more than that for me. The first time I went, it was to learn new appetizer recipes for the Christmas season. It was a great experience. But ultimately it was lonely. I wanted to share with my friends. It would have been great to turn to someone you know and say “We’ve got to make these the next time we get together”. So the next time I went, it was with a friend. Thank you Jean for signing us up for the Mexican interactive cooking class (circa 2017).

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Comfort food & Low CArb, wait … WHAT?

Who would have believed it, but yes, you can have comfort food and it can be low in carbohydrates. I’ve spent the last few months researching and creating recipes that both taste good and have low carbs. There have been many successes, like the lasagna stuffed Portobello mushrooms, creamy chicken with bacon and of course Zucchini cheese casserole. But yesterday I made chili and cornbread, that my family LOVED.

Butter Bob’s Famous Chili
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Dieting for over 30 years

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 …

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Stop telling me about it and tell me how to do it!

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.

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Say it ain’t so …. summer? Almost gone? No …

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

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I eat pizza

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!!!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Breakfast is the most important meal

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.

Savory Egg Muffins – Mushroom, ham and cheese

 

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How’s the diet going?

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). 

 

Me and Rachel in Dominican last year for her wedding.

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. 

Josh and I, a couple of years ago

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.

Karenlee

“Plan for tomorrow, because tomorrow you won’t have time”

“I could make this” … famous words

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.

East Side Mario’s Garden Salad

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Stumble, but catch yourself and prevent the fall

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. 

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Eating on plan, made easier with help from Linda

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!

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Time to try Crossfit

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!  

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The right tools for the job

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.

B Mat by 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.

 

 

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