Jan. 8, 2010

So far, 6 days in a row, 2.5 miles or more, 400 calories or more, per day.  Two less pounds.

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Really, 2010?

Oh boy.  I look in the mirror and the person looking back at me is definitely not 30 anymore.  And yet, if I am not looking in the mirror, the vision I have of myself is that of my 30 something self.  Darn it…that distance between reality and fantasy.  But folks, 2010 is here, and we are treading in a new decade of possibility, change, and hope.  So while I am no longer 30 something, I am on a mission to live my life to the fullest. When fantasy and reality merge, I am going to be me, in my house, mom of 3 kids, wife to a great man.  But I am also going to be a healthier, more positive version of me.  I am going to be more fit, more goal oriented, more organized, and more patient and kind.  I started by gearing up at the gym again, 3 miles…400 + calories per day as often as I can fit it in.  So far, 3 for 3.  Started Sunday…it’s now Tuesday.

My husband and I will be married 20 years this June.  And, in case you were wondering, happily!!  He wants to take me on a great vacation, “anywhere you want to go in the world.”  Hmm…that’s difficult.  Mostly, I just want to spend 4-5 days with him somewhere alone.  So were going to find someplace fun..head there, and enjoy a little r and r.  My goal:  To wear skinny jeans on the trip…and a bathing suit without a grimmace!

Crisp Evening

I volunteer at my church, and tonight I have been inside helping for hours.  I went outside for just a moment, and was surprised by a light little snow.  It was amazing how when the snowflake kissed my cheek, I glanced up and felt so close to God at that moment it made me smile, and caught me completely off guard.  What a wonderful reminder that He is everywhere, all of the time, watching over of us.

Weight Loss at Last

I finally lost 2 pounds after two weeks of nothing.  I am diligently writing my food down now, and exercising a minimum of 3 miles walking/running, eating less than 24 points (or working it off).

Weekends

Yes, the ominous weekend. I made it through and it was an especially tough one.  But that’s ok, because it’s a new day, a fresh start, and I’m keeping my eyes on the goal.  I made a simple lunch, a turkey sandwich with jello (fat free of course), and yogurt.  That’s my lunch.  Tonight, I’m making fish tacos or something yummy like that.  And I have popcorn for  a snack, so my day is set.

Today, my word is thankful.  I am so thankful for the things I have been blessed with in my life.  I am thankful for my family, for my faith, my friends, and my job.

Just darn good….

I have made these for my family a couple of times. They are delicious.

Cauliflower Fritters
This is a delicious way to prepare cauliflower. Similar to the taste of a potato pancake. Your kids will love them! Makes approx 24 fritters depending on size of cauliflower.
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: makes 24 Size: 2 fritters 4 oz • Time: 25 minutes Calories: 137 • Points: 2.5

  • 1 head cauliflower (4 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Steam cauliflower, then chop into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.

On medium-low heat, add 1 tbsp of oil in a 10 inch skillet coating bottom of the pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form fritters. You can fit 4 fritters at a time. Cook until golden brown, turn and cook another few minutes. Add a little more oil to the pan, and repeat with the remaining batter.

Sadness Exponentially

As a parent, there are some things that seem just unbearable. Today, at my place of work, I walked by a poster in our work room that read, “A Little Thing, A Big Difference.” It caught my eye and I stopped to read it. The details of the poster were that there is a child connected to someone in our school who is in the end stages of cancer, a brain tumor. He will not live to see Christmas. He loves Christmas cards, the poster said, so would we make his last days great and send him some. I grabbed a scissors, cut the address off, and am planning a little trip to grab a gift and a card to put in the mail yet tonight. My heart is heavy though. As a parent, I can’t imagine anything more completely and utterly devastating than loosing a child, a five year old innocent who still wants to sit on your lap, have stories read to them, climb into bed with you in the morning. My heart is heavy today with sadness that in a world full of excess, a little 5 year old wants a Christmas card as his last wish, and that there is nothing more that we can do than send him one. And pray. For his family and their strength in this desperate and sad time, for his days to be pain free and full of loving people around him.

Honey Lime Pork Chops and Sweet Potato Chips

So, I am having dinner at my friends house, and she loves the opportunity to eat someone else’s cooking. I am making this for she and her husband tonight, and…best of all, it’s on my weight watchers plan. The sweet potato chips are just thinly sliced sweet potato, sprayed with olive oil and baked in the oven until crispy…and seasoned with Kosher salt. Ymmm….

Honey Lime Pork Chop Recipe

Ingredients:
– 4 (4 oz.) lean boneless pork chops
– 1 package Onion Soup Mix
– 1 tbsp chopped scallions
– 3 tbsp honey
– 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
– 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
– 1/8 tsp ground or fresh ginger (I used fresh)
– dash of Kosher salt and pepper

Directions:
Start by making the marinade. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients, except the pork chops. Place 1/2 of the marinade into an 8×8 inch baking dish. Place the pork chops on top followed by the remaining marinade. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours (2 hours minimum), turning occasionally. Remove the pork chops from the marinade, discarding any left over marinade. Grill or broil the pork chops, turning only once, until the pork chops are done.

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” Living, Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia.

I live in a rural area of North Central Nebraska. It isn’t a terribly exciting place. My husband always says, “it’s a great place to live but you wouldn’t want to visit there.” And, sadly, he is right. There isn’t anything particularly beautiful about where I live, aesthetically speaking. We are 90 miles from the nearest Walmart, if that gives you an idea of the shopping opportunities. We are 4 hours from the nearest airport so traveling takes a little effort. And Amazon and Internet shopping have become a way of life.

It sounds like I don’t like where I live, which is absolutely not true. There are things, as with any place that I don’t love about being here, but it is, as my husband says, a great place to live. People know one another in our little community. They care about one another too. The saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” really rings true because everyone watches out for each other and each other’s kids. If I am in need of help, I only need whisper that to one person, and before you know it, I’ll have meals lined up for a week, people helping with my kids, or generally giving of themselves in any way they can. It is a great place to live, even if it isn’t terribly convenient, even if we don’t have shopping malls or movie theaters or Walmarts.

So, I’m a mid-western girl who likes to cook for her family, and unfortunately, I enjoy eating a little to much too. So, once again, I find myself in this situation, where I have 40 pounds to loose, and this time, I am convicted it will happen. I’ve joined a local gym (yes we do have that, but only recently), and I attend the local weight watchers. This is my first real week with the two combined and I decided to blog. Darn it, I want to record my ups and downs. It seems like this American epidemic is unique to us because, probably, food and everything else is done to excess.

I had the pleasure of spending time with a missionary and his wife from Nigeria. They talked about meals in Nigeria, as opposed to meals in the US, and let me tell you, we DO NOT know what it is like to be hungry. I grew up in a family that didn’t have much, and I grew up knowing that things were “tight”. We always had nice clothes, but we didn’t have alot of them, and they weren’t always new. My parents had us milk a cow so that we had milk in the refrigerator, and so they didn’t have to buy it, but we NEVER NEVER went hungry. We never knew what it was like to not care what kind of food we had, but just to want food. Our Nigerian friends have children to feed, and there are often times when they go DAYS without food or knowing where there next real meal will come from. We, meaning me and mine, don’t understand that. I really don’t think most Americans do.

So here’s my blog. It will be diary of sorts, a tracking of my efforts, or lack of efforts, and a documentation of progress towards my goal to a size 8. I WILL get there. It WILL be hard. I WILL need God’s help. I WILL celebrate by going somewhere fabulous with the man of my dreams, who also happens to be my husband of 20 years next June.

Let’s get started…..

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