Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This week was our first weigh-in for our stay on the ball contest. I only lost 1/2 a pound, but every little bit counts. It's weird because on my home scale I lost another 2 pounds this week. I weigh first thing in the morning in my nightgown. TOPS is in the evening so I'm sure it has something to do with what I have eaten during the day and what I wear. Oh well, at least it was a loss, so my sticker is still on the ball.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
I was thinking about this scripture last night while I was laying in bed before I sleep. My body truly is a marvelous work of God. It s amazing when I stop and think about it. My lungs absorb oxygen into my blood. My digestive system breaks down what I eat so that my intestines can absorb calories and nutrients that I need to function normally, and efficiently eliminates what I don't need. My heart works to pump blood all around my body so that every cell gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs to sustain life. My blood carries away waste products from the cells that are filtered out by my kidneys and leaves my body. And that is just an abbreviated list of the the endless amazing things my body can do. All of this goes on unconsciously. It just happens without having to give it any thought. It's impressive how all of these functions of my body work so well together, and I see how wrong things can go when something isn't working properly.
Unfortunately, or not, depending on how I look at it, I seem to have a more efficient metabolism that absorbs every single calorie I consume and stores it on my hips. That's where I run into trouble. I eat too many of the wrong kind of calories. Some people seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain any weight, like my brother-in-law. It just doesn't seem fair, but then, nothing about life is fair. I somehow have to learn to work with the type of metabolism that God gave me.
Truth is if I was living in a time of worldwide famine people like me with a slower more efficient metabolism would survive, while those always thin people, who I love to hate, would not do so well. But, I live in a world with an abundance of food with easy access. I'm assaulted with food commercials on TV constantly and temptations all around at the store, and I live a fairly sedentary lifestyle. These things can combine to work against me if I allow it to. I have to learn to eat healthier foods to make the best use of the calories I eat and I have to find ways to exercise that I enjoy to move more and burn off of those extra calories. It's a long drawn out process and it's not always easy. If I do these things I know I will enjoy my life much more. With no obstructions to 'weigh' me down I can become an even more marvelous work that God intended for me to be and fulfill his purpose for my life to the fullest.
Friday, August 15, 2014
We started a new contest at our TOPS meeting this week. It came from the Aug/Sept issue of TOPS News. Each member who wants to participate writes their name on a sticker that is put on a ball. We are using a beach ball since it's still summer. The rules are very simple and straight forward. The idea is to stay on the ball. If you gain at your next weigh-in, or have an unexcused absence, your sticker is removed from the ball. If you lose at your next weigh-in, your sticker stays on the ball. The contest goes on until there is only one name left on the ball, the winner. We added a little something extra to make it more competitive. Each participant paid a dollar entry fee so the winner gets the pot. Sweet.
Friday, August 15, 2014
I made Chicken Fajitas for dinner last night. They were very colorful, healthy, nutritious, and delicious. My niece was here for dinner too and everyone liked them, even my brother-in-law. He doesn't eat anything green unless it's an m&m so that was a nice surprise. My sister took the leftovers for lunch today. They want me to make them often.
I used 1 each, green, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers and half of a large onion all sliced into strips. It looked like quite a pile of veggies, but they cooked down a lot. I sautéed the veggies in 4 tsp EVOO with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin to taste. I added a little water too so the veggies wouldn't get too dry while they were cooking. I used Tyson frozen grilled chicken breast strips, thawed of course. I weighed the servings, 3 oz each and warmed them in the same skillet after the veggies were done so they got some flavor from the veggies and oil. I found some Mission Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas that were only 80 calories each. They were just the right size for fajitas, a little bigger than taco size, but not as big as burrito size. I warmed the tortillas one at a time in a small skillet. We each got 2 tortillas. My sister and niece had some shredded cheese and sour cream on theirs, but I chose to have mine al-fresco.
The grand total for the al-fresco fajitas was only 367 calories for two very full tortillas. Cheese and sour cream probably add at about another 100 calories, but even so that's still under 500 calories. What I liked best is that it was a very filling satisfying meal. I didn't feel deprived, or like I was missing out on anything. This is definitely going on the dinner menu at least twice a month. Yummy!
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