Monday, December 09, 2013
Well I am back from the city but still busy as ever!
The visit to the city doc turned out better than I expected it to!
Though I had reactions to the 1 med he put me on a few months back, the pill he had put me on at the same time was working wonderfully and he is very pleased with that result. He had talked about putting me back on a very minor amount of insulin, but I really did not want to go back on it, so I asked if that one pill was doing so well, ..could we not just add one more?
Yes and so that s what he did. So hopefully that will bring me right in line. It would be nice to kiss insulin good bye forever! That additional meds will kick in on thursday when my weekly meds are delivered.
I do not have to see this particular doc now for 6 months for a checkup. I will see the kidney doc in march. and who knows when I will see the vascular surgeon, I still have two years to go before my surgery.
Since I got back, It was a full day of activity yesterday! All the Lions club members met at Santa's sleigh, parked at the firehall. We then decorated it and loaded it on to the trailor and hooked it up to the truck that will pull it through the parade.
I then went home to cook! I made two dozen buns, put the large dish of party potatoes into the oven, and checked the meat. I had turned on my portable electric roaster that 10 lbs of moose roast onto low like a slow cooker before I left the house in the morning.
I had prepared the potatoes the night before, as that took a few hours to do. I also prepared the liquid for the slow cooker the night before. That took a lot of time out of what I had to do now.
Then I just had to make two batches of buns ready for dinner. Everything times beautifully! I was packed up and portable, just waitng for Graeme and Dolly to pick me up to take everything to the designated house for dinner. I love it when plans come together perfectly!
Everyone else had walked with the sleigh in the Santa claus Parade. They collected coins for kids, and had the help of the local popular hockey team to help! There was, apparently, a large crowd than last year, which made everyone happy.
So , there were goodies brought by some of the other women in the group - a big pot of soup, plates of desserts and pots of veggies to go along with what I had cooked for dinner. It was a loud, chatty dinner, with every one warming up and a frozen long walk. And I do mean frozen!
Here s a shot of the Lund harbor taken yesterday...
I mention this because I have never seen this salt water harbor frozen, well, any of the salt water around here frozen!
This harbor is at the end of Highway 101, which is "just down the road" from town. A small outlying community. It has a community hall, a small school, 1 hotel, bar and dining room establishment. There is also a small bakery, seafood shop, corner store and boardwalk. The biggest part of this community is the harbor, which ios on the right side of the picture and not shown here.
This spot shown, is near where My cousin susan and her hubby launch the sailboat every spring ( for those of you that follow my blog) The launch lift is just out side and to the left of this shot. There is a big cliff there and the lift bring the boat down, about 400 feet, to the water! Its incredible to watch!
anyways I digress!
So today, I must get back to work on the gifts I have chosen to make for giving. I gave the first wreath I made at the gift giving last night. And the person that recieved it......was exactly the one I had hoped would get it! How fluky was that!
At first someone else got it.. and I thought oh darn! though I am sure they would have liked it. Then it was time to steal presents if you so wished to swap it. And lo and behold! The person that had the wreath liked the look of the present that was being held by the person I had hoped would get it! Wow!
And she was absolutely thrilled and tickled to get it!
I have one other one made here and have 7 more to make now...then I am done for this year in the gift department...Yay!
On Thursday, I am to go to help decorate the hall for the christmas dinner. That is the one that I made the table centers for, awhile ago now. It will be interesting to see as the Lions president has gone with my suggestion of auctioning them off as a fundraiser. She gave in to this idea when the Kiwanis club informed her that they were having a raffle! That got her "goat" as the saying is....it had always been taboo to do these things at the dinner.
And they cut out the gift giving too, which is why we did ours last night. All in all though, the Kiwanis club has cut their own throats this year as the Lions are splitting away from this dinner next year and going back to having their own, alone. Even the food served will not be christmasy, just plain old roast beef, something that is served all year round at all their dinners.
We are even wondering if they will even have a christmas tree....
Could be that the table centers I made will be the only sign of christmas....
time will tell.
I am sure more things will come up to do, over the next few days. Far be it for my life to be dull and uneventful, at least that is the way it seems these days!
Friday, November 29, 2013
I have just finished going around and re subscribing to a few of my blogger friends on SP. I think it is annoying that if you dont go to the blog through the email that is sent and you do not find the time to reply at that point......... the subscription cancels itself, making you have to go around and resubscribe.
And more annoying is the fact that no where that I have found, does it tell you about this habit.
I was not well and hadnt been able to respond to my blogging friends...they all got cancelled and "duh me" I hadnt really noticed that I wasnt getting the alerts as I thought not only had I been busy but so had my friends! No one had time to blog. Wrong! As I found out this morning when I went around to see if anything was going on. So I corrected that little problem.
I have been super busy making all my christmas presents, and also getting ready for a trip to the city for a doc appointment next week. I had cleaned off my table on tuesday ready for meeting on wed. Late wed found stuff creeping back on to the table and yesterday was full on, back to working on the gifts I had chosen to make.
I will be glad when I can get back to my normal routines of painting daily, but for the next few weeks, that is not what I will be doing.
I dont actually care what it is I am doing crafts , painting, whatever. As long as it involves me enough , that I get something done as well as it keeping me out of the kitchen and therefore, NOT EATING! I am thankful that this is a side effect of working on these things as it is very beneficial to my well being and health.
And theraputic. I am much more centered and feeling good about everything, since I started painting daily and now making the things for the lions club and for my gift giving.
I get involved in these projects of mine and thoughts either work themselves out or just fall away so that I am not actively thinking about them.. In the long run, that is helping me to stay on track with myself too.
I have all my paperwork done for travelling next week, confirmation numbers are phoned in and accepted for medical passes on the ferry, going and coming home. Hotel rooms are booked, Doc appointment is confirmed. Only thing I have to do now, will be to go to the bank and get money out for meals, hotel and gas expenses, and stop in at the drugstore to pick up my meds. I will do both of those things the day before I go, as well as pick up some fruit for snacks while traveling.
So I think I have all that under control, just hope the weather holds ....it is slated to be snowing next week. I do not relish traveling the highways when it is snowing. I have complete trust in my driver, but some drivers I have seen on the highways , dodging in and out of traffic like crazy people....make me a little leery. Just never know what the other driver is going to do, especially in snowy conditions.
I know it is only because we dont have that sort of driving in the area I live in. No freeways here, and rarely is anyone in a hurry enough around here, to pass cars on the road.
Country hick town, I know.
And I also know, everything will be alright.
I go through these kinds of thoughts everytime I contemplate having to go to the cities. Part of the ritual I guess. Kind of like a check list of things I need to think about before embarking on a ferry and going somewhere.
I am also kind of proud of myself. I made fresh buns and cookies for a friends elderly mom and dad. They love it when I make them these things. Anyways, I didnt give them the whole batch of either as they don t eat much anymore. Just a getting older thing....
so I had given some to another friend but still had some left. I immediately put them in the freezer so as not to be a temptation to me.
I did eat 3 cookies, frozen, the day after making them. And I had one small bun with my dinner, two nights ago. Other than that, I have left them alone! I am proud of myself!
I never make these cookies cause they are my favorites. Ones you will never find in a store or bakery. Temptation is usually too great for me to resist.
One day at a time....... that is my motto. It works for me. So does having my food tracker as my home page whenever I open internet explorer, which I do many times a day.
That keeps me mindful of the food I eat and accountable as well. I am a numbers girl, always have been. I love playing with numbers, so it makes sense that I would take to calorie counting.
I remember years ago, I wrote down everything, looked up numbers in my faithful calorie counting book. My bible. I kid you not. I wore out three of them before I found SP. So it is no wonder I took to SP so well.
I do not trust everyones numbers on the search data base. I have found too many errors, which I think I just country to country errors. I have noticed these things before, something in canada hads a different calorie count that the same brand and all from the usa.......the difference being, usually, serving sizes. Doesn't say where the person is from, just says calories per serving, no ones fault.
So anyways, my favorites are all things I have entered. And I might enter something 5 times.....in the amounts I usually have of that one thing at any given time, especially if I have it often. time consuming in the beginning, yes, but I do reap the rewards now! Tracking only takes a few seconds, just go down the list and check things off and enter.
No stopping to put in a certain amount, no hunting through things in the search data banks, hoping to find the exact match to what you had. You know its in the favorites cause you put it there...wonderful! And a snap!
I also mark it all down before I even take a bite of anything. That way, if the number is too big for that meal, I can skinny it down by having less if I need to.
All tricks to make something work perfectly for the given lifestyle and the ease of dedication to staying on track. these are the things that work for me!
what are the tricks that work for you?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
There were no big losses this week in the club, I was the biggest loser with .7. The biggest gain was 1 pound. So while there were no big numbers either way this week, it was not one of our best weigh ins.
We all vowed to do better next week!
The discussion this week was about salt. Where we find it the most and how the salt numbers add up in the products that we use.
Most people realize all the extra salt we find in canned kidney beans, black beans and so on. And likewise a lot of people rinse these beans off before using them, or better yet, take the extra time and use dehydrated ones. But that is not the only place where salt lurks in big numbers.
The table discussion was very avid as the members were throwing out places where we thought the biggest salt numbers were. Some of those were ketchup, soya sauce, ham, canned soups and so on. One lady threw a couple out there that surprised a lot of members, simply because they never thought about it...salt water taffy and licorice.
Salt comes to us naturally in many foods without us adding the salt to them. It is best not to cook with salt and add it on later if you must, but how many people do you know that add sprinkles of salt on to their food BEFORE they even taste it?
Also discussed were alternatives that we could use in place of the salt shaker at the table. Mrs Dash products were favored by several of the members, while one person used a salt substitute. I particularly favored the use of various herbs and spices though I do not add these to all foods. I actually prefer the "clean" flavors of many foods with out the addition of anything on them.
The discussion went around the table about that and the general out come was that most people thought it was insulting to the cook, to salt their food before even tasting the offering first. I was surprised about that idea, as I never thought about it being an insult to the cook.
I personally, only add salt to eggs, with the salt shaker. For some reason I just can not eat eggs without salt. Oddly enough, with my confession of that particular habit, there were several that agreed with me, that they added salt to eggs too.
There were a couple people that cook foods, particularly potatoes and pasta, in salted water. When I asked why they thought those two tasted better cooked in salted water, the statement came out...that it was the way they were taught to cook. I asked if they could actually tell the difference of cooking without the salt and cooking with the salt, when it came to pasta and potatoes. Those that do this thought they would try cooking without the salt this week and see if they could tell the difference, especially knowing that it would be better for them to do so.
I also stated that I was always told that when soup tasted salty, that the addition of a potato seems to absorb some of the salt out of the soup. I dont know if it is true or not
as I have never tried this particularidea, due to it being very rare for me to add salt to soup when cooking it.
This started a round of discussion on ways to make a tastier soup without adding salt. I told them about saving all vegetable waters up in the freezer, and adding all bones, bits of left over meats and poultry into a bag in the freezer as well as all the pan scrapings from cooking. I also said that sometimes rather than keeping all the bones and bits, that I added them to the pan they were cooked in, boiled them up right away, drained them and putting the broths in the freezer.
I said it did not take much extra time to do these things as the veggie water can be poured into a container rather than down the drain. The meat/poultry scrapings and bones can be boiled while eating dinner. Drained and poured into a container when doing kitchen clean up after dinner. What was hard about that? I also stated that I boiled the broth down so that it was strong and concentrated.
And that I froze some of the stronger tasty broths in an ice cube tray. This then makes salt free boullion cubes to add to dishes for more flavor, rather than store bought boullion cubes. Just pop them out of the ice cube tray into a large freezer bag for storing after they are frozen, then your ice cube tray is still useable for ice.
It was a good discussion, with everyone learning a thing or two along the way.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I am trying hard to get back into my normal routines...I do not find it easy to do at this time of year. With the holiday season approaching fast, my duties as a Lions club member as well as the duties of being the Leader in TOPS combined with the christmas gifts I make all are eating up my time.
I am glad that I am a retired person
But then if I was working, I wouldn t allow myself to get in so deep with everything.
So, I struggle along, hoping for the best. I am watching the meals that I do have control over, also hoping that being careful then will offset those meals that are prepared by others.
I was at a workparty event last night with the Lions. I was not expecting the meal to be too far out of line as those in the workparty for this were mostly diabetics. Well, I was wrong. Pizza came through the door where we were working.
Yep pizza is okay in moderation. I know that. I usually have one small piece, a salad and a large glass of water, sometimes I might even have 2 slices. But those are thin crust pizzas, with just veggies, perhaps one meat and perhaps some pineapple...definitely on the lower end of calories and bread
These one were big honkin' pizzas. Homemade...crusts that were probably an inch thick with every possible kind of salami, pepperoni, ham and good knows what kind of meat and tons of full fat extra cheese. ( I usually have light cheeses or part skim mozzerellas cheese) I could feel the weight piling back on just looking at this thing... and I could feel my blood sugars rising too!
I was looking behind her, hoping to see her hubby bringing up the rear with a bowl of salad, no such luck....he was carrying a couple of plates of calorie ladened sweets for dessert.
I saw no way out for me, short of havuing a blood sugar crash by refusing to eat the offerings because I knew we weould be there for another 3 - 4 hours. So I took the smallest piece I could find and ate it. It was still too much but it was good.
And I tried not to watch the other diabetic as they plowed happily into the pizzas, picking the largest slices and having 2-3 pieces each. I dont normally watch people eating nor do I normally notice how much they eat. But for some reason I was noticing last night.
And I remember thinking that either they have meds set for a high amount of food at meals, or they run high blood sugars often. I didnt think this was either way but that is my own opinion, I am not a doctor, nor am I any of these people
I do watch myself. I do care about my health/blood sugar numbers. I do want to be on earth as healthy as I possibly can be.
And I know the next time there is a workparty with this bunch....bring my own food! Don't rely or assume on there being good choices to have to eat just because they are mostly diabetics. Lesson learned.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I am still trying to get back to my normal routines, sorry if any of you have missed the club chats over the last while.
This week, I chose to have discussions on handling the holidays, as they are right around the corner! One of the club members mentioned the first of many christmas parties was on the first of december.
I commented that it was a real early party! Apparently, it is their neighborhood Light up party. They have a huge pot luck as they all turn on their outside christmas lights on december first, marking the beginning of the holiday season. I have never heard of this kind of party before but it doesnt surprise me as there is never much need of an excuse to get together to enjoy company and food!
It was a pretty rambunctious meeting, as many tales were told of disastrous events as well as those that went off without any problems. When it comes to those of us that are trying to watch our food intakes and avoid those calories laden treats, it is temptation after temptation bombarding our senses. Sometimes we win the battles and sometimes we do not.
There was much rehashing of all the hints we share over the year, of how to avoid over eating in party atmospheres where it is mostly finger foods. Staying away from the buffet table, walking around the buffet table before choosing the foods to put on your plate. Keeping a plate in one hand and a glass in the other so you have to think before you eat anything, rather than just mindlessly popping something into your mouth while some one is talking with you.
We discussed alternative choices to choose to bring to potlucks, making sure it is something that is safe for you to eat, therefore allowing you to know there will be an option that is safe to eat. We also discussed which would be the better choice to have if you had to choose between one thing and another.
Sometimes it is not an easy choice to make! I remember one time seeing a Ceasar salad so laden down with dressing croutons and cheese that the better choice was the scalloped potatoes.
The whole discussion came down to one statement...Be aware of the food choices, but spend most of your time far away from the table and counters that have foods on them as it is very easy to eat a mindblowing amount of calories in the holiday season.
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