Thursday, March 06, 2014
I knew my son was sick, but I sent him to school on Tuesday anyhow. His coughing got a lot worse, so I kept him home. He has asthma, so any cold he gets seems to settle harder in his lungs than other people. I hope that it's a quick cold for him, especially since the last cold he got sent him to the hospital a week later. I hate that my kids seem so much sicker than I ever was. My son especially has been to the ER way too often and I hope this time won't get him there again. So far we'll keep an eye on him and see if it's just a nasty cold that will keep him out until the break next week, I'm probably going to keep him home the rest of this week.
I've been getting a lot of questions about my breakfast. I know that I said in a previous blog what's in this mix, but I'll explain it again today. I found a couple of good frozen fruit mixes at Target. I used to eat the mixed berry mix which has raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in it, but they came out with this new mix in the last few months and I've switched to this. The new mix has cherries, strawberries, a few raspberries, small "wild" blueberries, and pomegranate seeds. I hardly notice the blueberries and am lucky to get one or two raspberries in a bowl, but really love the cherries in this mix. I top it with Stonyfield Farms organic vanilla yogurt, along with oats, which I mix all together so they are moist by the time I eat them, making them not too chewy. I am looking for an organic oat, but for now they're Quaker. I can only do so much.
I reheated some of the falafel for lunch again. I'm really enjoying the cucumber dill dip this week.
My son needs snacks for school still (he doesn't share these or I'd have to buy something manufactured and packaged, darn school rules for sharing) and I have found a decent recipe for granola bars that is easy to make. We had some dried cranberries sitting around still and he likes them, so that's what got added to this mix. He's not a fan of nuts, so no nuts this time. It's basically oats, honey, a little brown sugar (I tend to cut the sweets by half in most recipes), an egg, and some applesauce (I hate the taste of most oils, so I substitute). It's in the 1980's version of the 'Better Homes and Gardens' cookbook, for some reason it's not in the newer version.
I also added an orange to that snack. They need to be eaten up this week.
I had no idea what to make for dinner, so I looked on SparkRecipes and found a recipe for baked french toast. Well, I had no cream cheese, but I had the rest of the ingredients. I also wasn't patient and didn't let it soak for the minimum of 4 hours, but it turned out pretty good. Once again, the original recipe called for way too much sugar. I used the bread I just baked this week.
I opened a bag of nuts from my NatureBox. These are a tomato flavored almond. I like these for a little bit of savory. One can not do sweet all the time. They're good as a salad topping too, but I like a handful of nuts occasionally.
I like measuring by the handful. It's the right portion size for most of my items. It's less than the serving size on the back of most packaging. My handful is less than the ounce of nuts, half the serving size of potato chips, and holds a good portion of many other things. I know the size of my handful because I did, early on, measure out that ounce on a digital food scale. It proved that I was doing the right thing by grabbing a handful of my snack.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I'm getting that spring mindset. My home is nearly fully clean, but it's already cleaner than I usually have it. It's actually making me crazy, I don't have anything to put off anymore. I'll have to get back to some of my fun hobbies again.
I find that I'm going back to the way I was in my early 20's. I'm eating more like I did then, I'm doing the hobbies I had then, and I'm working on finding myself again. It's different because I have a family, but I'm still me when you look at all of it.
I got bored enough to clean off my computer desk and do some good dusting. I usually am in the internet to avoid my life, but now I'm going back to real life more. I'm not sure why I was so depressed for so long, but I feel myself finally coming out of my funk.
I started my day out like I usually do. I am loving the cherries in this right now!
Since no one was home, I had salmon for lunch. I used the cucumber dill dip I made for our dinner the night before and roasted a potato in some olive oil with some red onion. Fortunately I got enough fans going that I didn't stink up the house all day long. Fish sometimes does that.
I'm still working on that dry cake I made, it's still yummy, despite being dry.
For a change from the sweet, my later snack was the Lemon Pucker Pistachios I got in my NatureBox this month.
To use up some of the pita bread from dinner the night before, I make personal pizzas. Mine had fresh mozzarella and some herbs in addition to the meat.
Later I had an orange. They need to be eaten up before they start going moldy, so I better have one a day until they're gone. I'm looking forward to spring berry season, but will it come with the California drought this year?
I just need to work on getting active again. It's going to be warmer than the melting point this week! The energy I have needs to go somewhere and I can only clean so much.
Now I'm hoping that the cold my son has won't go through everyone. I'd hate to miss this nice week because with my luck it's just one week of nice and a few more weeks of freezing and I'll miss it with a cold.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Once again it was weigh in day. I decided it was also bread making day and make dinner from scratch day.
I guess that's what happens when I have nervous energy. My house is so clean I have a lot of space. I have noticed I'm more comfortable in chaos. I like having stuff all around. It's a strange feeling to not have projects lying around or boxes of stuff on it's way out or working it's way in. I have found I am more comfortable with things lying around so that I have to walk around them. I am going to have to try hard to keep my home organized as it is now so that my kids can have a comfortable place to live. It's just strange having such a clean house. I will admit there are little cluttered places still, my computer desk being one of them, but the majority of it is organized again.
I stepped on the scale. It told me I was down another pound after holding onto the last one for two weeks.
I returned to my normal breakfast habit.
I decided to play with my new toy for lunch. You can make more than just waffles in a waffle maker. I added cheese and spinach to an egg and onions with hash browns.
By afternoon my bread of the week was done. I made Challah bread this week. Surprisingly braided bread was not as hard to make and I was more patient this week with no one home to bother me. The recipe made 3 loaves, so I have some in my freezer now.
Naturally I had to taste it as soon as it was done.
I had another piece of that dry cake, it's actually a little moister today, weird. That's what I get for trying new recipes and attempting to replace ingredients.
For dinner, I made falafels. I have dry beans, so I have to remember to start them the night before. I keep forgetting to add flour to help bind it, so they were a little bit too moist and falling apart, but I fixed that by also baking them after frying them. I used plain yogurt, cucumber and dried dill for the sauce and I pulled some lettuce out of my indoor garden, it's just starting to get big enough for a few leaves. The kids liked them, but not the sauce. At least they like some of it.
I decided to start taking pictures "Biggest Loser" style. As I said yesterday, I've always thought it seemed humiliating to get the people up there in nothing but sports bras and shorts, but I saw a trainer post something on their facebook page that explained the method behind the madness and it all made sense. When you take pictures like this, you get to see the changes better. You see the stomach shrinking and the legs firming and the muscles becoming more defined as you go along. I'll admit that, although this is not really my start picture, I have a long way to go and I want to see the real results. Pictures don't lie like your perspective of yourself in the mirror. You can physically put them up next to each other and see the differences, even if you take pictures like I already have in my gallery. So before I back out on this picture, here it is, my new "start picture", which I'll also put up in my gallery, time to change that up a bit and take down other ones that are the same weights.
Even if you don't post them like me, it's a good thing to have that nearly naked start picture. Take it with your arms out so you can see your midlines. Have someone else help you take it so you can get the full length picture. The naked truth will help you along.
Monday, March 03, 2014
I had some friends over today. I see her rarely and we were trying to get together for sledding, but once again it was really cold and we didn't want to risk frostbite, especially since 3 year olds don't understand why we have to say she needs to stop playing. Having such a young one around reminds me why I'm glad we're done with that age and don't want to have anymore. I was also convinced to buy a naughty game while they were here, now I just need to find a child free day so we can play it with some friends (Cards Against Humanity, they really are that bad).
My husband got me my normal breakfast, but he brought me the little bowl. I usually use the next size up so I can load myself with fruit in the morning.
We held off until my friends showed up and had lunch while they were here. I'll admit to munching on the fruits and veggies between pictures too.
Naturally we had to have cake, I still had more than half the cake left, so we had it while my friends were here.
I had leftovers for dinner, even funnier it was what remained after my daughter was done eating her dinner.
I attempted a new recipe for snack cake, attempting it with substitutions for the milk and oil. Apparently I didn't use enough of either substitution, but it still tasted pretty good.
There was one more piece of cake and my husband asked if I wanted to split it with him. I guess he didn't want to come home the next day to find it haven been eaten for lunch. Like I'd say no to it when he's eating the other half in front of me.
It was a decent weekend. My legs even stopped hurting and I was able to sleep a whole night. I'm hoping the weight loss trend line will continue, even if it's not as quick as the goal line seems to be.
I'm thinking about doing a new line of pictures "Biggest Loser" style. I always thought it seemed humiliating for them to have to be up there, naked to the world, but I heard someone make sense about the reason behind it. Getting down to shorts and a running bra allows you to see more of the transformation than simply wearing well fitting clothes. You can actually see the differences in your stomach and the tone of your arms and legs when you're practically naked (in shorts and a running bra for women and just shorts for men). Darn those things making sense to me. Now I'll have to start out a new line of pictures since I feel that I'm more comfortable at exposing myself to the world than I would have been over 40 pounds ago. I've always had no problem telling the truth about things as I see them and this shouldn't be any different. I may start this tomorrow?
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