Thursday, January 28, 2010
Well I will keep going as strong as I can, and hope the few little splurges won't cost me the weight I have already lost.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well, one more week till the big weigh-in. Good luck everyone! We are all making such great changes in our lives!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I'm getting a little more creative in what I am eating and still enjoying it. Curious if anyone has tried a quince. It is a fruit I picked up the other day. I was so excited to try it. I ran a search online to see how to fix it...and you have to cook it. Seriously, this yellow fruit looks like a deformed lemon the size of a grapefruit with a little of a pear shaped core and rock hard. You peel it and cook it for 1 hour -- 1 whole hour. It changes to a pink color and then you can eat it. Well, I peeled mine and cored it, which was really hard because it was like a rock. I put it in the pan to cook. I forgot about it...and we all know what happened about 2 hours later...It was burnt to the bottom of my pan. LOL. So I will have to try again sometime.
The exciting news is my pants are slightly sliding down!!!!
I am still not doing well with the exercise. I think part of the problem is I am tired all of the time. Then, exercise becomes one more thing. I am trying hard to get more sleep so my body can have the strength to exercise. But baby steps -- one thing at a time. I know Tuesday was just here, but I can't wait to jump on my scale again. I now am very happy with my 2.4 pound loss. As long as that scale keeps going down, I'll keep moving on.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I was thinking about cheating for the first time: I want some ice cream! Only because my husband has left it sitting out on the counter for the past hour. So I want just one bite. How bad would that be? And would it really effect me? But then I know one bite leads to one more bite, and then I might as well have a whole bowl...So I picked up Tosca Reno's book and am rereading the section on cheating. So let me share with you from her book to give us all a little strength, for when we do happen to cheat (which I haven't chosen to do yet). "Believe it or not, cheating serves a purpose. Once you've indulged in your particular brand of sin, the pleasure is short-lived. The treat tastes good while you're indulging but soon afterwards you feel as if you've made a big mistake." It causes you to focus on all the hard work you had accomplished to this point. And can help to re-motivate you to head forward in the direction you are going to a healthy body.
So I have chosen to not have the ice cream. I have done so good, and I am determined to stay committed. So here is one more quote from her book that rings true..."One of the most difficult decisions you can make is to go on a diet. Tougher still is staying on it." I AM STAYING ON IT!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Pan-Fried Chickpea Salad1 tablespoon clarified butter, olive oil, or coconut oil2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), pat them completely dry with clean dish towel1 cup of chopped leeks1 medium clove of garlic, mincedzest of one lemon1/3 cup plain yogurt1 to 11/2 teaspoons curry powder (or to taste)scant 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt1/2 cup of loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped1/2 cup red onion or red spring onions, chopped
Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet and add the chickpeas. Saute over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until they start getting a bit golden in color. Stir in the leeks and cook until the chickpeas are more golden and the leeks have browned a bit as well, roughly 7 - 10 minutes total. At the last minute, stir in the garlic and the lemon zest. Remove from heat, and set aside.
While the chickpeas cool, make the yogurt dressing by combining the yogurt, curry powder, and salt in a small bowl. Taste, adjust, and set aside.
When you are ready to serve the salad, toss the chickpea mixture with most of the cilantro and most of the chopped red onion. Add about 1/2 of the yogurt dressing and toss again. If you like more dressing, keep adding until you are pleased. Serve on a platter sprinkled with the remaining onions and cilantro.
Serves 4 as a side.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I'm moving forward this week, even stronger than the last! I feel great and am going on!