Sunday, October 12, 2014
Last week we focused on our calcium intake. I was stunned that I did not achieve my daily allowance. I take a One-A-Day Woman's 50+ and "assumed" that it had more than enough so I would not have to worry about osteoporosis. I am going to go back to the drug store and re-evaluate my vitamin!!
I stayed in calorie range everyday and lost 1 pound. My hubby talked me into going out to dinner too many times last week. I told him we are not doing that this week. I have been getting a lot of exercise, but know that food is my number 1 factor in losing weight. I have control of what food goes in my mouth at home, never sure of all of the ingredients when we are out.
I did awesome with breakfast and lunches. I enjoyed my homemade 11 bean soup with smoked ham and grilled chicken cubes. I froze the rest of the batch.
This week I made a 29 bean soup. I added pot roast I brought home in my doggy bag from a really good restaurant last night. I added tomato, tyme, and peppers from my garden, along with onion. I put the soup in 1 1/3 cup microwave containers. They are ready for the work week. I still have homemade minestrone soup in my freezer. I will be grabbing a bag or two of that as well to mix them up this week.
I also made 3 bean chili with extra lean ground beef for dinner. My husband loved it. He will be taking it to lunch this week.
My freezer is stocked with individually wrapped portions - courtesy of Schwan's, and I have lots of yummy veggies (primarily broccoli) from my local farmer for the week. The only dinner I have to pay close attention in Tuesday night, when we go out with neighbors to dinner at a local restaurant. I will be getting a salad and bringing bottled water.
Yesterday I jarred jalapenos from my garden. I love the colors. Here are some pictures:
Fresh garlic and oregano and Pepper Picante EVO...
Now they sit three weeks. Four will be given out as Christmas gifts.
Last week, I spent two full days in the attic at my work, sorting through 20 years worth of accounting paperwork. I will be back up there tomorrow. It is involving a lot of lifting as well, and this week I will be carrying a lot of boxes down very steep stairs and out to a truck. I will be burning lots of calories and working on muscle mass.
I did stop hoola hooping. My left upper back began aching and it got worse and worse -- to the point of affecting my sleep. Around day 5, it occurred to me it was from hoola hooping!! I was leaning on one side to hoop!! Ugh!
So now I am on to push-ups!!
I hope you have a fantastic week!!
Sunday, October 05, 2014
The second week of the Fall challenge got off to a shaky start. I battled bronchitis most of the week. I won! I am feeling a lot better now. I made and ate Split Pea Soup and Minestrone Soup every day for lunch and/or dinner. I also enjoyed my local farmer's eggplant with tomatoes from my garden:
I didn't get in as many exercise minutes that I had planned and didn't run. As the week progressed, I gained energy, lost the cough and slowly increased my walking. Today I vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed and dusted and also got two nice walks in with Roxy. She didn't want to walk the second round - literally wouldn't move - so I carried her. I was carrying an extra 13 pounds, figured I was burning more calories!!
Here is some pictures of our walk:
My little girl looking at me like "hurry up, Mom!"
The leaves on our trees have not really started to change color. The trees budded later last Spring - maybe because of the long winter (?). I think that's why they are delayed in turning.
I did lose 2 more pounds last week. I started out on a role, then went out Saturday night and gained 1 back today. I am hoping it was salt. I always seem to do really good until I go out to a restaurant. Red wine doesn't help either!
I do have all of our meals lined up for the week - we will be eating at home.
I am really liking Schwan's. I love their individual portions. Today I made a huge pot of eleven bean soup. I added a little bit of chicken, smoked ham, my garden tomatoes, onion, garlic and spices. It smells heavenly. I am going to be taking it to work for lunch this week, and volley it with minestrone that I froze last week. I got a plan ! I also want to stop at the local Y and see if I can buy a 1 month membership to use the pool. I notice several of my Sparkbuddies collecting exercise minutes from swimming, and it has peaked my interest.
I thought you may want to see some interesting pictures, not related to the challenge. Saturday morning we had an unusually high tide. I am wondering if the Blood Moon had something to do with it. Full moons bring high tides.
This was taken off of my deck:
My neighbor walking on water!!
Piers under water:
I love living out here. I get to see Mother Nature at work everyday!
I hope you have a fantastic week!
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Earlier this week, I saw this post and picture on Chris Powell's (Extreme Weight Loss) Facebook Page.
Chris wrote "Such a powerful image. We are all the same underneath it all! Body fat is just a 'blanket of energy' covering our bones, organs, and muscles. When we eat less energy (food) and move (exercise), the blanket of energy get smaller!!"
Even a week later -- I keep going back to this picture in my head.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Good news: I lost another pound.
Bad news: This bronchitis is getting old! Yesterday I went to work and felt fine until lunchtime. The tired feeling hit me all at once. I thought my split pea soup might uplift me - it did not, though it tasted quite yummy! I did a little bit of more work, then went home and took a nap! Later I made dinner then went back to the couch.
This is driving me nuts! I not used to so much sitting. My doctor ordered me a refill on my antibiotic. I am hoping it kicks in soon. I miss my run!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I lost 2 pounds during week 1 of the 5% challenge. I have 6 more to lose (in 7 weeks) to hit my goal. I am feeling good and feel like I am going to do this!
I was sick last week, and in fact, ended up with bronchitis. I still need a nap in the afternoons, but, I definitely feel better and am starting to get my energy back. I am not feeling body aches anymore. I am eager to run again - as soon as I get over my cough. In the meantime, I am walking and today I even tried hoola-hooping! I am going to work on it every day until I get it figured out. I am going to look on line for direction!!
Last week, I made minestrone soup. I had bought the dry bean pack at Marshall's - I love that store! I ate it every day for lunch. Salad just doesn't taste good while I am sick. The pack made so much that I ended up freezing 4 pints. So this week I made split pea soup from another dry bean pack I bought at Marshalls. I prefer to use dry beans to avoid all the salt that come with canned beans. I added fresh onion, fresh garlic and a little bit of deli-ham. I will end up freezing half of that batch as well, and alternate the two soups this week for lunch.
My husband, Roxy and I went out on the Sassafras River by boat Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Another couple we know, and their doggie, went on their boat and met up with us. It was very hot during the day - the minute the sun went down it got cold. We hung out on the deck of a restaurant and watched the sun go down. We walked around a lot. I was very mindful of my portions and drank a lot of water. The dogs went everywhere with us. They were so good.
Here they are sunning on my friend's boat...
Tomorrow is my older son's 26th birthday. Last year I didn't think he was going to make it to his 25th. He says he loves his new job and new apartment in San Diego. I am so relieved. He is already bugging us to come visit him and he has only been gone a little over 3 weeks!! His grandparents are going out for Thanksgiving so he is going to have to be fine with that. California is way too far from Maryland to be visiting all the time. And, my hubby and I are planning to go to Missouri for my younger son's graduation from boot camp in early November. We have received one quick phone call and one letter telling us how to send a letter to him. I spotted him in a couple photos - the site reminds me of the ones I am linked with when I run a half marathons.
Now that I am done getting my son's house ready to rent, I am going to focus on my own house and change all of my décor to Fall. It will take me two days. I find working on my house so relaxing.
Have a great week!!
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