Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Yesterday I managed to lose my FitBit. I had it one minute, then literally 5 minutes later it was gone. In my house, so I knew it wasn't gone forever, but I spent about 20 min last night looking and couldn't find it. Looked again first thing this morning, and couldn't find it. It's my fourth one, so I was really sweating it! Tonight when I got home, I looked again, and finally found it! It had somehow fallen down in the crack of the sofa cushion. Such a relief to have it again! Sucks though that I didn't have it all day today, because I've been being good about walking and now I don't know how many steps I really did today! Oh well, at least I found it LOL.
Tonight I made chicken pot pie. I had baked a chicken on Thanksgiving, and one of the holiday traditions that I always seem to miss out on with my family is eating leftover pot pies. My mom always bakes pot pies with leftover chicken and ham after holidays, but usually I've already flown back home and I miss out. So I decided that I would make a pot pie with my leftover chicken. I didn't want to try to make a crust, so I bought frozen puff pastry. My mom is on a cruise, so I couldn't get her recipe from her, so I looked online and sort of threw something together with what I had in the house and using a few recipes as a guideline. It turned out absolutely delicious!
I baked it in two smallish pans, and intended for it to be 4 servings. But it was so yummy I wound up eating one entire dish! Oops! Oh well, too many calories, but it was so worth it. Plus there were lots of veggies in it, so that makes it sort of healthy, right? I'm going to say so anyway. I'll do my best to make leftovers stretch into two meals, though!!!!
Seems like my blogs are turning into pics of food. Guess that's not necessarily a problem, especially since it means I'm cooking. One night healthy, low calorie eggplant caprese stacks, the next a somewhat sinful definitely not low calorie pot pie. Balance in all things, right????
Monday, December 02, 2013
Although I wasn't *trying* to watch my calorie intake, so far today I am well under what I have been eating recently, and well within my range! I ate a fairly hefty breakfast, then a big salad for lunch, and vegetarian dinner. I think maybe that is really the key - limiting my meat intake. Not only are there a lot of calories in meat, but I feel better when I don't eat too much. Don't get me wrong, I could NEVER be a vegetarian! I love a good steak too much LOL. But limiting my meat to at most 1-2 meals a day would be a good thing.
Tonight for dinner I made what I am calling "eggplant tomato goat cheese caprese stacks":
Quite yummy and pretty darn low calorie! Enough so that even with the beer I had with dinner my calories are still pretty low. As long as I don't eat anything else, I'm good!
The only problem with the beer is now I'm sleepy, and not in the mood to walk Peanut.
Well, after I've goofed off on the computer for a bit, I'll get myself motivated to take him out. We did do a mile this morning, so I can get away with just a mile tonight and he should be fine LOL.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
I am bound and determined to end this year with a bang! I've been doing pretty poorly on my journey to a healthier weight and lifestyle these last few months. I don't know what is going on with me, but it's time to kick it in the you know what!
I reset all my streaks a week ago, and started trying to get on SP every day, and to track food. I've had mixed success. Time to get some serious goals for this last month of the year, though!
Goal #1 - log onto SP every day
Goal #2 - track food every day
Goal #3 - make healthier food choices - I'm not going to set a calorie goal, because I think that's just setting myself up for failure - so instead I'm going to just keep my goal at making better choices - if I do that, and I track, then I think the calories will work themselves out - that's the plan anyway!
Goal #4 - exercise daily - at least something - even if only 5-10 min - I plan to do Zumba 3 days a week, yoga twice a week, walk the dog daily, and I'm going to try to work in either body pump or body combat, and if I can't do that, then some weight lifting on my own. I also am going to try some videos from a free website a friend posted a link to on facebook - I am doing a 30 day "squat" challenge but it's not just squats, it's a whole bunch of killer moves to get your a$$ in shape :-) and I'm telling you 3 days in I am feeling it! I have the calendar posted on my wall so I see it when I wake up, and I can check off as I do the exercises.
Goal #5 - blog regularly - I've said it before and I'll say it again - I do better when I get on SP, keep up with my friends, and write my own blogs! Something about putting it in writing that makes it more real and makes me stick to it :-).
That's enough for now I guess, with goals!
Recap of my weekend so far, since my last post was about my weekend plans.
Yesterday was a really good day. Started off with agility with Peanut in the morning. He did so so on the weave poles, which is my fault because I haven't been working with him on those :-(. But he did GREAT on a distance exercise we did - through the tunnel then sending him on ahead to a couple of jumps. I didn't think he'd do well, since he is pretty much a velcro dog, but he did awesome! The weather was really nice, too, for a change. After agility I goofed off for a bit, watched TV, played on the computer. In the late afternoon I took Peanut up to a park we haven't been too, and we walked around for an hour or so while I found a few geocaches. Then we met up with some fellow geocachers for a "flashlight flash mob" followed by some night caching. It's the first time I've been night caching, and both of the caches we found were completely cool. People spent a lot of time and effort putting these together. One was a puzzle cache - you had to follow the "map" and the reflectors to seek out the alien flight recorder. There were little lights hidden high up in the cypress trees, that led you through the woods to where the final cache was hidden. Very very cool. The other one was a cache where you had to first find a box with a laser, then put the laser in a special case mounted to a tree. The laser then pointed to the next tree, etc etc. There were maybe 5 or 6 stages like that before you got to the final cache. Also very cool. Had to cross a couple of streams, and definitely did some hiking, but we had a big group and most everyone had better flashlights than I did so it wasn't too dark LOL. Peanut had fun too!
Today was a lazy day, took Peanut for a long walk this morning, then vegged out until this afternoon when I did Zumba. Then watched a movie tonight.
Back to work tomorrow, but hopefully the weather will stay warmer so I can get some good walks in with Peanut.
Hope everyone else had a good weekend!
Friday, November 29, 2013
I guess I didn't blog yesterday, oh well. I actually didn't eat too horribly yesterday, but that's what happens when you don't do anything on a holiday! I was feeling a bit sorry for myself since apart from talking on the phone with my sister I had no human contact yesterday, but then I read Kitty's blog about family drama and realized I don't have it so bad after all!
I actually ate worse today than yesterday, for some reason I let myself cave in to the urge to stop and get KFC on the way home from work UH OH! Kinda feeling yucky now but boy did it taste good LOL. Got to take Peanut for a nice long walk tonight to make up for it a little.
Tomorrow should be a good day - Peanut has agility in the morning, and I think it won't get canceled for a change! Last weekend it was raining, so we missed Sat class as well as Mon class. Then if the weather holds out I have yard work to do. Then in the evening I am doing a geocaching "flashlight flash mob" followed by some night caching. I've never been geocaching at night, so it should be fun! Picking up a fellow cacher and taking Peanut, since it's in a dog-friendly park. It'll be cold, but hopefully not too bad.
Not sure what I'm doing Sunday - thinking about seeing a movie, but can't decide between The Hunger Games and Frozen. Anyone seen either?
Have a good weekend all my spark peeps!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Feeling alliterative tonight LOL.
So for those who were wondering why I was inspecting taxidermy places yesterday, here's the low down. People can only bring certain "restricted" animal trophies into the U.S. when they go to an "approved facility". So if someone wants to bring in trophies (hides, skulls, antlers, etc) from animals that come from countries with diseases the U.S. doesn't have, those products have to have special handling and treatment to kill any nasty diseases. USDA sends people like me out to inspect these facilities, and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to do. It's not something I've done before, and I know absolutely ZILCH about taxidermy, so it was challenging to say the least. I had a couple of days to try to give myself a crash course in taxidermy, but I was a bit less than successful. Oh well. The sad thing is that both facilities I went to were surprised that I actually wanted to look around and see what they are doing, apparently that hasn't been happening in the past. So apparently even in my ignorance I'm doing a more thorough job than the last person who did it LOL. I did get to see some cool things, one place had a gorilla, another a giraffe head and neck. I personally don't hunt, and normally I'm not a fan of that type of thing, but it was interesting nonetheless. There was a big box of trophies that had come in from Zimbabwe that they waited to open until I got there, so I could see what they do with it. There was only one "restricted" item but it wasn't packed separately, so then everything inside had to be treated as restricted. Big oops for whoever shipped it, because that means a lot of time and money for the owner. The restricted item was a warthog hide - kinda gross really but they come in "flint dried" so the skins are hard as wood, and obviously not stinky!
I wound up eating poorly yesterday, but at least I tracked it! I haven't been tracking lately, and resolved that I needed to be consistent about that. Even if I'm eating way too many calories, as long as I write it all down then I'm happy for now. No hiding the fact that I'm overeating when I track calories :-(.
Good news is that the scale is still under 150lbs (barely LOL). Not good since at the start of the year I was just under 145lbs, but still way under the 203lbs I started at 2 years ago! I need to focus on what I've accomplished and not what I haven't accomplished.
Today was a short day at work, we had a 4 hour early release which was nice, especially since I almost never get to actually leave early! Picked Peanut up at the kennel and then vegged out for a bit. Had to go grocery shopping, poor planning on my part since of course the store was insane with people doing last minute Thanksgiving shopping. I splurged and bought a NY strip steak for dinner. Found a recipe for a shallot-red wine sauce, which was YUMMY, and ate the whole steak with all the sauce. Oops LOL not healthy but boy was it good! I also made brownies - I've been craving sweets and decided to make something. I found a recipe for "cocoa pecan brownies" and had those for dessert after my steak dinner. I haven't made any dessert from scratch in forever. They were also yummy, but most definitely NOT low calorie!!!
(not a picture of my actual brownies, but they looked similar!)
I figured since I'm not doing anything for Thanksgiving tomorrow, then tonight's dinner of steak and brownies would be my "pre-Thanksgiving" holiday feast, and I'll try to eat better tomorrow! I bought a chicken, and plan to roast the chicken and have that and a big salad. I'm hoping the weather will be nice and I can take Peanut out for a nice long hike somewhere fun. He's been sleeping all afternoon after I got him from the kennel - he was tired from playing for 2 days straight! Always makes me feel better about leaving him when I can tell he had a good time :-).
Anyway, I guess that's enough turkey talk for now :-).
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
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