Monday, May 5th 2008

Wow, can you believe it. I came back. I have actually made time for this. I feel that something great is coming of me writing. If not for anything, then for practice, venting, and letting go of all the stuff I like to talk and share. I hope it hasn't become to dull for you guys.

Last week, we adopted a baby kitten, and it is very wild around here. I would have thought it would have shyed away from the big dogs, but no, it knows no fear. Imagine if we were all like that. Just do it, get past the fear of it all. I think sometimes, that fear is an illusion. The gate to the path of the unknown. Just because it is unknown is not a bad thing. Like they say if you don't try it you will never know.
I feel as if in the last 6 months, that I too am on an adventure. Something separate yet tied back into my family. I think sometimes mothers feel, well I felt this way, that if you do something separate or just think about your self, that you take from the others. Yet if you don't take care of yourself you will not be able to give anything to your others. I know this by feeling so bad, and not healthy for the last 5 years. I always felt drained and lack of any creativity. I got out of this funk by just taking control of my life. Prayer is an important part of my life.
One of my main problem is that I like to control things. It still is important, yet as I get older, I am having to let go of somethings. It seems as if it pulls me down. I am learning more now that I have to trust myself and God. I really have to let it just work out. I can't always fix it.
I can tell you every day is a journey.
My diet is doing so great. All I did was pick the amount of calories I needed and try to stay on the healthy side and exercise. And trust myself to do the right things. I really don't know the outcome of this journey with my weight. All I can do is keep going, keep trying and let it work out.. get it.. work out.. okay...seriously..I have lost 26lb since December. Yea, Yea, Yea

Recipes of the week (be sure to leave a comment if you try these)

Talipia (I never do say this write.. it is one of those words that just throws me... So I will call it the fishy thing dish..hahah)
breadcrumbs (croutons)

I was short on the breadcrumbs this time, I looked all over and all I had was croutons. You know the kind that everyone liked in the beginning and then forgot about. Well I put them in my blender and made them the crumbs.. sprinkled in a bit of lemon pepper and that was that
I rinsed my talipia and just dipped in the crumbs. (didnt use any eggs or flour) placed on a pam sprayed cookie sheet.
Baked for about 20 minutes at 400. I had to go a bit longer.. you want it to be flakey.
It was really great.. made homemade tartar sauce. Mayo and a bit of pickle relish

Lemon Grits

4 packs of instant grits
1/2 water
1/2 the lemon juice
(optional lemon zest)
nuked like on package.

These went really great with the Talipia and even my salmon cakes from the other week.

Tips .... Just me talking to you.....

Kitchen Tip

For weekly salads I precut all the fixings, In one container I put enough for the week. And in 5 sandwich baggies I prepare salads, and the veggies. Then squeeze air out. In the snack baggies I put the salads proteins and cheese. My husband takes one everyday, with a squirt dressing and his collapseable bowl. Cheap and easy. Just prep.

Diet Tip

Everyone loves French fries. I portion them before they go on the baking pan and put them on the plate. NO seconds and believe it or not without the pan sitting around, no one even asks. Eat slow and they taste like you have been eating a ton.


This week I will just keep adding one more set to what I do every day. I have got to figure out how I can continue in the summer with the kids. I get so wrapped up, time flies and there I have missed my exercise time.

Well that is what I had to share this week. By no means think I got it all undercontrol. I am just leaning back and moving forward slowly.
Everyone have a great week.. till next time... keep hanging on.......


Songbirdtiff said…
Control? Fear? Honey, I could have written those things myself. Thank you for the reminder and congrats on your weight loss!!!

Tiff (TBS727 from FV)
Ann-Marie said…
I wanna try those grits and fish. We like grits but need new ideas to use them.

And you are right, if you don't take care of yourself there will be nothing left to take care of everyone else. I think I was doing that to myself.

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