Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Hello again, hope everyone had a great week.
This is the first time in years that I have had a few days off, and I have three in a row. Yea, and I thought I would just get tons done...right! But I did do my exercises and top cleaned the house. Yea, you know make the beds, pick up the same towels, clothes and deposit them in the laundry. Then I look at the laundry basket and it looks back at me.. Nope, not today, I am sure you will be there tomorrow.
Nothing to crazy last week, but we did get a new kitten. Her name is Brooklyn, big name for a tiny, bitty kitty. We already have two big dogs (both part labs), a cat, a rabbit, and two birds. And then we shook them all up around here. Actually everyone is adjusting but the old cat. I think it is too little for her to like. But I am hopeful.
On another good note. The CRCT testing here in Ga is over. Seems like they want to throw everything they didn't teach into one month, so they can get the CRCT testing done. It is just crazy. I would figure, now get you everyone has an opinion, but if you started a little bit everyday and then just review before, it would be less stress.. but hey what do I know.

Recipe for the week. (please note, I just cook for my family. I use no recipes, and I just make stuff. So if you have seen it somewhere else, then maybe I did too and I adapted it to my tastes, so I am just sharing what we like)

Salmon Cakes

1 can of salmon
1 box of stuffing mix ( i got a generic one on sale)
diced onion (optional, just had some in fridge)
a bit of water to moisten to make patties
olive oil

mix together and pattie in your hand, I made twelve palm size small patties. Saute them in a bit of olive oil until brown on both sides.

Served with a bit of brown rice.
Other options, you could take frozen peas and carrots (nuke just a bit to take the cold out of them) and put in your pattie mix.
I didn't use any seasoning, but a bit of lemon, lemon pepper or oldbays would probably make these take good.

Tips Corner... Just me talking to you.....
For the kitchen:
>When I finish with my grill, mine is george foreman, I wet paper towels and lay them on the grill and close it. I wait till it all cooks and it seems to clean easier.

For diet control:
> I bought some plastic 6 oz cups (got them at big lots, hard plastic, the kind you keep.)
I scooped two scoops of ice cream in each, and put foil on top. I keep these in the freezer stacked up. Perfect serving size. Works real well with the kids and husband. Keeps from eating enourmous amounts at one time.

For exercise:
> This week my goal is to add another mile to my exercise bike, and 10 more steps on the stairmaster. I am also going to try a 5 minute tape of an exercise ball. The last time I rolled off and was soooo graceful. Wish me luck.. baby steps, remember...like I said before it is 5 minutes more that I wouldn't have been doing, so it all counts.

Well that was my promised blog for the week and it feels great. I will come back and share my news with you again. Feel free to always add, a good idea or even a comment.
This is a journey for me and I would love to share it with you....
Thanks again...till next time...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Recipe for week April 21st

I am going to post a few recipes of mine that I am using this week, so we I can share a bit.

Sausage, Peppers, Onions

1 pack of 6 Italian Sausages (browned these) cut in chunks
1can of diced tomatoes (Kroger has some their brand with basil)
1 onion chopped in hunk
1 green pepper chopped

I put all this in a crockpot on low all day. I serve with rice. Or sometimes I serve it on a bun. But I am trying to watch my weight.


Tuna Melt


6 English Muffins (toasted)
2 cans of tuna (mixed with a bit of lt mayo and a bit of relish) (or how you like it) just not too watery.
3 pieces of american cheese

lay out the muffins and put the tuna on top, top with 1/2 slice of cheese and put under broiler.


Greek Fries

4 potatoes (cut into wedges)
greek seasoning
parchment paper
olive oil

Put potatoes wedges in bowl, drizzle with olive oil and greek seasoning. lay single layer on parchment paper and bake at 400 for about 40 minutes. You can flip them 1/2 way.

(We eat our own fries from potatoes, it seems to be much healthier. I also leave the skins on them. )

If anyone tries these, if it is new to you, let me know how it comes out.. I love feedback..
Have a great day...

Tuesday April 22nd

I am in the processing of promising to hit my blog atleast once a week. I always feel like I have lots to share.
I matter of fact, just last week, went to the Endocrinologist, being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, in December, I had a check up. He was very impressed with the determination that I was showing. He said I was doing very well. Lost the big 15 lbs... yea on that point.
Weight has always been a big problem with me. I know all the ways we justify it. But this time I own it. I am determined to change my mindset, and then my body. I have also been working on loving myself no matter what size I am.
Diabetes was a very scarey word to me. I don't think that it was the turning point of trying to change my habits, but it sure directed me a bit. I was very sad at first, I figured it was a death sentence, you know one of those 100 plus year sentences, that can drag on out. Lots of medicine, needles and doctors. I stopped all those nagging bad thoughts dead in their tracks and figured that hey I will change it all, or atleast keep trying.
So I promised myself to be true, and to change it one step at a time. Baby steps.

My exercise tip for those who struggle like I do.. or even those who just want to change a bit. I like to be an all equal sharer..
I started out on my exercise bike, at one mile a day for a week. Then every week I add a mile.
I am now up to 5 in two different sittings. It took a while, but you know, "Hey, it is more than what I was doing before." And I am starting to feel better, gradually.

My diet tip for the week:
Is all about portions. I have bought the rubbermaid screw on two cup containers. I bought 3 packs (only cereal goes in these) and then I buy cereal, healthy, and low fat, high fiber. I make my own portion containers. I also do this for my family. It is really working. I know my children are in their teens but I am teaching them what it is to eat right. I factored in the "lazy factor"- definition, my family is too lazy to find a bowl and fill it up. So it is already to go.

On a humorous note, while I am writing this, I am looking out the window, and my dog has just done the flounder (all out slide on the belly) as he tripped on the lines layed for a new deck my husband is building. It never fails around here. It is a crazy place.

Well gonna roll out of here, Hope you enjoy reading my blog... catch you all back soon.
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