Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
No Crust Pumpkin Pie (2 points for 1/8 pie)
2 t grated orange peel
15 oz. cooked pumpkin (fresh or canned)
1 can evaporated milk
3 egg whites
¼ cup Splenda
¼ cup sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ t cinnamon
½ t ground nutmeg
½ t ground ginger
¾ t baking powder
⅛ t salt
Brown Sugar Topping
⅛ c packed brown sugar
⅛ c oats
2T wheat bran
Heat oven to 350º F.
Spray pie plate with cooking spray.
Blend all ingredients in blender.
Pour into pie plate.
Mix topping and add to top of pie during baking.
Bake until solid (about an hour).
Sunday, November 01, 2009
There are about eight weeks to Christmas and this is the season for Holiday Parties and usually weight gain. Now that one holiday is over, make a new plan for the next one. Let's see, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. One down, three to go.
So for November, are you going to say, "what the heck, the holidays are upon us!" And eat, eat, eat? Or are you going to say "Thanksgiving is just one day, and I will eat whatever I like on that day"? Or are you going to have one piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream after a sensible portion of turkey and stuffing and give thanks for all your blessings. You decide. Don't forget to plan something to do with all the leftovers. Maybe go so far as to not have any!
So, October stats for me. I did great with my goal to eat no Halloween candy. Not one piece. I went to a party and had a sandwich and one oatmeal raisin cookie. I really wanted some candy today though, but I passed. I took the left over candy and donated it to the senior center, better them eat it than me. So, there is no candy in my house now.
Weight 9/27 220.4
Weight 11/1 220
Loss for October .4
However, my weight was not steady for October. I had three weeks of gain, 1 lb, 1 lb, and 3.6 pounds. And two weeks of loss 2.8 pounds and 3.2 pounds. So in October I gained 5.6 pounds and lost 6 pounds.
I just really don't understand. I eat well, exercise, drink water, and gain. I eat well, exercise and drink water and I lose.
I can't control the number on the scale. But I can control what and how much I eat, when and how much I exercise, and how much water I drink.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Look at my beautiful lunch! It was just so pretty I had to take a photo. It is kale, spinach, purple cabbage, ham and onion, sauteed in a little olive oil, sprinkled with salt. It was fabulous! My body is loving me, it was so healthy.
Monday, October 19, 2009
How is your "diet" coming along? Are you stuffing yourself on free Halloween candy? Are you just eating too much? Are you getting the exercise your body needs?
I did an official WI yesterday and was down 2.8! Finally less than 220! Yippeee! I added an extra workout to my schedule, a small 15 minutes in the morning right after the kids go to school. I was really diligent about not eating sweets this week and I have still not eaten any Halloween candy!
What are you going to do on Halloween night? A plan will help you stay on top of your eating. No plan will get you eating everything in sight.
This is our quilting club that met last Tuesday night. There were about eight people there. We all love to quilt! The group was working on a project, but I was helping someone with a previous project, so I didn't get to sew.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I have been experimenting in the kitchen. This week I made some bagels!
Then I made some more bagel dough and filled it with leftover steak, peppers and shredded cheese and made portable sandwiches.
And the outcome of the taste tests? Outstanding! The kids loved it! Begged for more! And that is a sure sign of success!
Friday, October 02, 2009
Do you realize that it is only a couple of months until Christmas? 13 weeks more or less.
Do you have a plan for this Holiday Season? Is it going to be like last year? Or are you going to make healthier decisions? Are you going to throw in the towel or go out with a bang?
We are already starting our round of holiday parties. This weekend we are going to a friend's house for dinner, a potluck memorial service, a Harvest party and an Octoberfest. Is this a recipe for disaster? Or is this a chance to make good choices and enjoy my friends?
Here is my plan. Bring a salad to dinner tonight (the hostess is serving lasagna) and eat lots of it. Eat lunch prior to the memorial service and not stay for the potluck. Go to the Harvest party and enjoy lots of garden vegetables and fresh beef. Eat one plate of food at the Octoberfest, and enjoy every bite. Stay away from desserts and nuts, and stick to drinking water.
I will have to let you know how it goes. At least with a plan, I have a map of what to do. Without a plan, I would just eat a bunch of stuff and say, oh well, so much for the healthy eating today. And I really don't want to do that. I want to be in control of the food, not let the food control me.
I have found a blog I really like. Lyn is very open and honest and is a great writer. Click here to read about a real person struggling just like the rest of us.
Monday, September 21, 2009
How is everyone doing? Are you still in it for the long haul? Are you meeting your goals?
I have a spread sheet with charts and stuff to let me know how I am doing. I did a sheet makeover today and really looked at my numbers.
In 2008, I tracked for 41 weeks and I lost 39 % of the weeks and gained 58% of the weeks. There was one week with no change in weight. I lost a total of 22.8 pounds, an average of .57 pounds per week.
In 2009, I have tracked 38 weeks and I lost 59 % of the weeks, and gained 23% of the weeks. There were six weeks with no change in weight (no weigh in due to vacation and such). I have lost a total of 15.6 pounds, an average of .4 pounds per week. I have 14 weeks left in this year!
I have been feeling very discouraged and unmotivated (although that has not changed my actions!) and looking for something to get me going again mentally. I think this has done it. I am doing a great job! It doesn't get much better than losing 59% of the time!
So, if you are feeling discouraged, look back at your progress and celebrate your victories!
I would like to share two websites with you that have helped me. Check these sites out and let me know if they have motivated you too. PeerTrainer and Flylady.
My kids and I got to go on the Alaska Railroad to Denali Park last weekend and this is the best picture! Doesn't my dd look happy?!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
I looked closely at this quilt and the handapplique is really almost invisible! The quilt is quilted at about 22 stitches per inch, no lie. It is the smallest quilting I have ever seen. Many of the applique blocks are designed by the maker of the quilt.
Please let me know if you would like more info and I will put you in touch with the seller.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I have lost a total of 35.4 pounds since March of 2008. I lost 20 of those in 2008, so that means I've lost 15.4 pounds in 2009.
I have had an up and down summer, not losing much but at least the numbers are mostly going down. Two weeks ago I reached one of those "memorable" numbers, 222. In 2003, I had lost down to 200 pounds and then my husband got sick and was in the hospital. I started gaining the weight back, and in October was up to 222. I laid on the bed and just bawled. I was so unhappy. You would think I would have used that misery to inspire me to lose the weight then. But no, over the next five years I gained another 40 pounds. So 222 represents a time when I was totally miserable, and I happy to report, I am miserable once again.
Last week, I gained 1.2 pounds. However, it was an unusual week. Tuesday, I ate lunch at a meeting, then dinner was at a potlatch (like a potluck). Wednesday was dh's birthday celebrated with a cookout and cake. Thursday was a dinner meeting. Friday was lunch out with a friend and dinner at someone else's house. Saturday night was another potluck. Sunday was dd's birthday, celebrated with cake. How could I possible lose weight with a schedule like that?
This week, I will eat healthier than I could last week. I will continue to drink water, and I will get some good exercise in.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is my friend Harriett and her quilt. I put the feathers in the border for her. She had quilted all the rest of the quilt.
I climbed up a moutain beside a glacier!
I went out in a paddle boat for about 40 minutes!
I hiked another hill!
WOW! I even worked out at a gym five times!
Weight update: Lost .5 pounds.
Total loss 2009: 18.6 pounds.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Since summer has rolled around, I haven't been doing much sewing or quilting. But my daughter and I made this bear for her. She might call it Polar.
I also quilted some feathery borders on a quilt for a friend. I might get a photo of that and post it later.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
An excerpt from
The Power of Discipline
By Brian Tracy
Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?
I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.
And then I began asking, "Why are some people more successful than others?" This question changed my life.
Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, "Success is tons of discipline."
Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.
A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.
With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.
It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.
After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, "Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?"
He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, "The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, 'Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.'"
He went on to say, "There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work."
Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.
In the pages ahead I will describe seven areas of your life where the practice of self-discipline will be key to your success. These areas include goals, character, time management, personal health, money, courage and responsibility. It is my hope that you'll find a few "nuggets" that will help make your dreams come true.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I have lost 15 pounds so far this year. Whoooo-hooooo! Last year I lost 20 pounds from March until December and I wanted to double that this year and lose 40. So I am doing really well! I don't think I can lose another 5 pounds in just a week and a half but I am really trying!
I started out last year not being able to wear a pair of 26/28 jeans. I could get them on, but not wear them. This skort is a 16W. My shirt has gone from a 26 to a XL(16).
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Look what I did today! I am so proud of myself!
I did not sleep well last night, there was a mosquito in our room and by 4 a.m. I couldn't take it anymore and got up. I read for awhile, and then napped on the couch. Therefore, I was tired this afternoon when my son wanted to go to the playground and play tennis. I didn't want to go, I wanted to take a nap. But I decided to ride bikes to the playground and play with the balls and raquets. We went to the store on the way home for ice cream (I got a diet soda) and while I was there I saw they had rope by the foot for sale. My kids have been wanting me to put up a rope swing in this tree. There have been other swings there before we moved in, but the ropes were broken. I bought some rope and went across the street and borrowed a ladder. I CLIMBED the ladder and cut off the old ropes, and put up the new one. I cut a length of tree for the seat and tied that on. I learned how to tie the knot from the man I bought the rope from.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
I don't have an email address for you. Please contact me again!!
I am looking for someone to quilt some tops for me. I am looking for someone to do this as charity work, or for very little cost. I give quilts away to kids in my small town, and if you would like more info on what we do, click here. I need 10 couch size tops quilted, nothing fancy. Please comment or email if you could do this for me, or know someone who could.
These are some of the tops I need quilted.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I finished this wallhanging and it is up on the wall. It is so beautiful! I need to add bead eyes to the hummingbirds.
I have so few finishes this year, I have been reading instead of quilting.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I made a list of favorite healthy dishes and went shopping for ingredients. I made oatmeal bread today, a good bread with lots of fiber.
I discovered I now weigh 10 pounds less than what is listed on my drivers license!
Total loss: 32 pounds!