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.
I have been quilting, really I have. Just not much. I am making these flower blocks (design by Mary Ellen Hopkins) slowly as I sew with friends. I have about 30 flowers done, and it takes four flowers to make a block. I think I need about 30 blocks, so it is slow going. I am going to put the blocks together on point with green sashing and red cornerstones. All the flowers are different material, with the flower center being red and the leaves green. The greens are used many times but the flowers will all be unique. These are such cute little blocks.

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

We have been eating homemade bread for about two years, and I make it about once a week. I always use some whole wheat flour, and then add some oatmeal, rolled oats, wheat germ, flax seed, maltomeal, or some other whole grain product.

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!
I had a great weekend, in spite of eating out five times in two days! Friday night we went to a friend's house for a lasagna dinner. I brought and ate a lot of salad. Declined Halloween candy for dessert. On Saturday, we attended a memorial service and potluck and skipped out on the potluck. Then we went to a harvest party and I was sure there would be veggies so I would be ok. No such luck. There were two pound steaks, baked potatoes, lots of pasta salads and desserts galore. I had a piece of a steak, some bean salad, and a few bites of dessert. Then we had an Oktoberfest party. I was sitting at a table with a nut bowl, but I switched with the veggie platter at another table! I ate a part of a bratwurst, some sauerkraut, some potatoes and no dessert. Sunday, we ate one of the steaks from the harvest party we took home for lunch along with quinoa and salad. Then a friend invited us over for dinner. It was moose soup, tea, and crackers. Whew!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Diet Challenge 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.