I guess it’s true, when you don’t post, you don’t have anything for folks to read. Sorry about that. I had a rush job on a big project – that I unfortunately didn’t get done in time. The lesson? Don’t get bogged down in stuff that’s going to leave you exhausted and stressed!
So, I didn’t make a menu this week, and I’ve been struggling. I had an extremely difficult time when I went out of town, the food temptations were almost beyond my control.
I lost one pound. So did hubby.
Just one pound.
At first I was so discouraged. Disappointed and I just thought, what’s the use in trying so hard when the results are so very slim. Ug, wrong word altogether! But you know what I mean.
Then I thought about it. I have given myself a year to do this thing. If I lose only one pound a week, at the end of the year I will have lost over fifty pounds. Wow. Mind boggling.
One pound and that pound is going to be gone for good.
The strategy for the week – um the several days I’ve been absent: Climbing the stairs so many times I thought my hips would pop out of the joints. Walking the dog all the way to the end of the road. Okay, it’s only ¼ mile total, but I couldn’t do it a month ago. Doing tummy crunches before I get out of bed in the morning. I’m up to about a hundred and now. I’m doing leg lifts as well. And would you believe that when I finally do get up, I’m revived and feeling like I can tackle the world? I guess a bit of exercise gets the blood flowing. I think I’ll ask the doc about that next time I see him.
And I’ve been eating less than full portions. When I’m hungry I get a few crackers, or a celery stick and peanut butter, but not much. If I just get a bite or two into my tummy, the growling goes away and I can keep going.
I promised some recipes, but the best I could do so far was the oatmeal. My granddaughter said she’d like to try the triticale. I urge everyone to find it at a natural food grocery store. It’s amazing. However, my favorite breakfast food which is basically non-carb, is eggs.
I have my own chickens so I have plenty of eggs. Yes, I know that eggs have cholesterol, and not the good kind. I make scrambled eggs with five egg-whites and only two yokes. I get the protein, the flavor, the color, the nutrition, and the cholesterol is manageable. Oh, and the five eggs, that’s for two people.
But I don’t just do eggs, I do omelet. Sometimes I don’t feel like flipping a perfect omelet, sometimes I don’t have all the ingredients. So I scramble. The most important ingredient – besides the egg – onion. At least for me. Onion has all sorts of vitamins and minerals essential for health, but if you’re not able to eat fresh or freshly cooked onion, maybe the dried-minced onion will work for you. And don’t forget the garlic and parsley!
I like to use lots of cut veggies for my morning eggs. To keep things fast and easy, I cut them up ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Favorite veggies (for almost anything) Onion, Red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers, celery. I think they have a name for this mix, but I’m not sure what it is. I just cut up equal amounts, dice them nice and small, but I learned that the food processor just makes juice out of them, and mix them up in a gallon sized baggie. When I’m ready to cook, I measure out a bit and away we go.
For my breakfast eggs, I’ll use at least a half cup of my frozen cut veggies. Sauté in olive oil until soft, then maybe I’ll add some sausage or cubed ham (I only use natural without msg or nitrates) When the meat is done I add the eggs to make what looks like a beautiful Denny’s breakfast skillet. Yum! I also add frozen, chopped spinach, and a friend of mine loves to use asparagus in her eggs.
Notice I didn’t say a thing about potatoes because I rarely use them. That’s the carb factor. Without potatoes or toast or biscuits with this breakfast, you have a power-packed, protein-rich, low-carb breakfast of around 400 calories. Remember, the shredded cheese you might top this with adds a ton of calories, so choose with care.
I’m working on pages to add to this blog with my favorite recipes.
Do you have a success story to share? Or a favorite recipe? Share it in the comments.
Eat well! Eat healthy!