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The Bees Knees

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Clumsy is my middle name. I had hoped to clean up our training room at home so that I could start working out again with Daily Burn. Sometimes the best plans don’t work out. Last week I was at work and went downstairs to pick up some food I had ordered and decided in my infinite wisdom to cut underneath the stair case to meet the delivery guy. The flooring under there is the color of marble and there is a planters ledge, without plants, surrounding the stair case that’s the same color. When looking at the floor, the colors all blended, not giving a sense that it wasn’t all flat. I didn’t see the ledge and ran right into it, sending me flying in slow mo, across the floor and landing directly on my knees. The pain was insane. A few people witnessed it, including the delivery guy. I quickly exchanged a tip for my food and went back upstairs to deal with the pain.

I hadn’t felt pain like this since breaking my toe years back. Worse than the pain was the embarrassment that I felt. People asking me if I was ok and my work mates seeing me like that was hard. The thought that maybe this fall wouldn’t hurt as much if I weighed less started plaguing my mind and still does as I write this. I don’t want to be in a situation, at my age (47), where I fall and can’t get up because of my weight. That just isn’t acceptable.

The doctor checked me out and I should be ok to work out in a week. Right now I can’t kneel down or put pressure on my knees. My work needed volunteers to help move computers this weekend and I wasn’t able to help out. This situation is not the bees knees. I haven’t had much good luck this year so far but I have to keep going. I think I can get the training room ready this week while I continue to heal so that I’m ready to get going again with working out soon. I’ve been thinking about training for a bike ride in May. A goal is always a good thing for motivation.  I need to see how working out goes before I commit.

Wish me luck on getting the room ready and for my knees to heal quickly.

See you soon! Eat well and prosper!

 

What’s your Motivator

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I hope everyone had a great couple of weeks! I missed my post last week, partly due being really busy, but deep down I know it was because I was feeling guilty. Food was not my friend and I ended up gaining three pounds and felt so defeated. This week I’m back on track and was able to lose two of those, which got me thinking. Are my motivators just not strong enough? What drives a person to be strong enough to turn down that friendly offer of a hostess chocolate cup cake? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate them.

Originally my motivators were being able to live a healthy life, lose weight, gain strength, and to be able to have fun in the outdoors like hiking, camping, getting better at kayaking and jumping back into cycling. Those are a lot of motivators so what’s wrong with them because they don’t seem to be keeping me from eating that cupcake?

In my effort to try to get a better understanding I decided to ask a few people what motivates them. My first target was one of my co-workers who has decided to get back into kick boxing. His classes ranged between 30 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes and he IS able to turn down the cupcakes. We also have some peer pressure from another co-worker who likes to say, “You have to treat yourself sometimes”, as he hands over that cupcake that he wants to share. And still my kick boxer says no thanks. His motivators are to look good for his fiance and to be able to protect her. Those were such strong motivators and to the point.

Another co-worker said his motivation was to be healthy, but he has been having a hard time getting to the gym. I plan to talk to others, but I think this gave me a good start to figuring this out. My kick boxer included just two things and to were to the point. As I’m looking back at mine I have quite a list, and just now realized as I’m writing this, that the second part of my sentence after the word strength are things that I have not been doing. Why am I waiting to have fun? Those things will help me achieve losing weight, being healthy and gaining strength.

After some contemplation I’ve decided that my motivators are strong enough, I just need to get busy doing the fun things and realize that they are just like the kick boxing. They enable me to achieve my goals and are even rewards for doing a great job.

I’ll be back next week, and until then, Eat well and prosper!

It’s Been too Long

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January begins a new year, and like many people, I’m starting fresh for 2018. It’s been too long since I’ve posted. I hit several road blocks that discouraged me and limited what I could do exercise wise. The flood waters of Hurricane Harvey caused a lot of deconstruction, I suffered another relapse of BPPV, and then right after I was beginning to get better I got the flu shot and had the mini flu. I know, the flu, doesn’t give you the flu, its not live, but the effects of my body building anti-bodies because of it felt very flu like. By the time I felt better the habit of working out was gone. Then I lost my damn mind during the holidays. Sheesh. But this is a new year and I have plans. I have a new job that has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and feel very optimistic.

For Christmas my husband bought me a Fitbit Charge 2. I’m not into the community aspect of it, maybe one day, but I’m really enjoying the goals that I can set and achieving them. I’m starting with goals that I know I can achieve and then setting them higher. My workplace is very healthy minded, they even have their own community site that support the fitbit, and you commonly see people out walking. It’s really refreshing to work there.

Blogging is going to also be a regular thing for me. Hopefully I haven’t lost too many of you due to my disappearance.  My goal is to blog every Sunday at the very least so that my blogs are regular. I know that this is important and it’s my sincerest hope that my journey will bring hope, encouragement and the feeling that you are not alone.

My husband, daughter and I also have plans to get out and have more fun this year. Last year felt like a constant series of chores and very little fun. We hope to get our dogs to where they don’t pull on the leash when walking so that we can explore trails. I recently found out that there are some trails very near our neighborhood. Natural Bridge Caverns is on our list too as well as a trip to Corpus to see the aquarium and the beach, and a deep sea fishing trip as well. I’ll be blogging about those trips as well. I believe that getting outside and being active will help with our attitudes about living a healthy life.

I’m no longer doing the Hello Fresh plan. I did save some of the recipe cards of the meals that we loved, and I highly recommend it to those who want a boost of eating well. Instead we are shopping online with HEB and doing the curbside grocery pickup. We’ve done the delivery too but this is where it gets costly. I’ve noticed the few times we’ve done it that it not only saves us time, but it also keeps us from seeing the unhealthy items in the aisles and keeps us on track. I’m really liking it!

I fully believe that 2018 is going to be a great year and I look forward to sharing this year’s journey with you.

Eat Well and Prosper!

 

 

ElliptiGO

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What is an ElliptiGO? Is it some kind of food? Not this time. I’ve been on a foodie review kick lately so I understand if that’s the first thing that comes to mind. I’ll give you a couple of  hints. It’s a tool you use for exercise, it rides the streets (manned by a human) and it’s a cross between an Elliptical trainer like the ones you see in a gym and a bicycle.

This morning as I was taking out the trash, one of my new jobs since my hubby had knee surgery, and a man on an ElliptiGO stopped to ask me a question. He’s been riding in our neighborhood for years, and it seems like he’s ALWAYS out there. Not matter what time it is. I’ve never talked to him before, mostly because I know that once you are in your groove riding, you kind of want to keep going. He asked about a kid in our neighborhood that was giving him some trouble every time he passed by on that street, so I took the opportunity to ask him about the bike.

I’ve never seen one an organized bike ride out in the flats or the hills, but after looking this one up on the web on the ElliptiGO website, I found out that the Long-Stride is made so that it can go up hills. He said the price is kind of steep. This model is $2,500.00.  Well maybe not too shocked. My road bike cost me $1,000.00 but I’ve had that bike for 10 years and this guy has had his for at least that long. I believe if you are going to use it, then invest in something that will last. He even told me that the next time he sees me, go ahead and flag him down and he’ll let me try it out. Whhhattt?? OMG that would be awesome! When I get to test drive it I’ll write up a review.

Another interesting thing he said to me was that it doesn’t matter how much you exercise, or in his case ride, nothing helps you lose weight if you have a bad diet. Hmmm….this sounds like something my boss told me a few blog posts back. My boss is a runner and he said something to the effect of, “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” I have to admit that over the years I wondered…how does he keep the weight on when he rides all freakin day? He said years ago he was riding 25 miles and still weighed 300 pounds. He still had some powerful great looking legs i must say. Today he just rides 14 miles a day. Again   JUST 14 miles you say?? But he looks much healthier now that’s he’s also watching his diet. I’m so glad he stopped by and we talked after all these years of passing each other by on our bikes and merely waving.

Hopefully, crossing my fingers, I will be posting a review on the EllptiGO from the driver’s seat soon.

Ride Well and Prosper!

Where to Breakfast?

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Over the past couple of months I really haven’t been eating out in order to watch what I’m eating and to keep the calories down, and it has paid off. With Ten pounds gone and more to go, one of my next steps is to go out and eat responsibly.  Now that I have my mission, where does one go to breakfast? Armed with my daughter in tow we were determined to make this happen.

Years back restaraunts started posting the calories in their food and posting them online, which helps a lot in making good decisions BEFORE you even get there. Of course you have to pay attention to the number of servings the posted calories are for. I’ve caught this a few times where I was excited that the meal would be just 300 calories but when I checked the servings it was for two. Not cool. To make our challenge even more challenging, my daughter eats gluten free.

We both set out the night before, checking restaurant near by that had the calories posted, and also had gluten free options. Lucky for us we live near an area called The Woodlands and there are a bunch of healthy options in that area. After about thirty minutes we decided on a restaurant called Another Broken Egg Cafe. They have a section called Sensible Selections. The first column is calories and the second one is fat calories. They had several other columns for nutrition as well.

The Skinny Omelette was a contestant, but I could’t get over the idea of having asparagus in my omelette so I chose the Monterey Omelette. This was pretty high on the calorie count. Breakfast is 300 calories for me, and morning snack is 200, so I could combine those two to get 500 calories, but I had to alter this breakfast to get there. This omelette, as posted on their website, comes with the following:

MONTEREY OMELETTE

Egg white omelette filled with baked chicken, avocados, onions, green chilies and tomatoes. Topped with Monterey Jack cheese and green onions. Served with an English muffin, fresh fruit and salsa.

Putting my thinking cap on I requested that they omit the chicken (probably saved me 100 calories) and decided not to eat the english muffin (another 100 calories)and eat just some of the fruit. The waitress was more than happy to accommodate and even swapped out the english muffin for fruit for my daughter’s decadent Cajun Louisiana Crawfish Skillet meal. She was on a gluten free quest, not for calories. It was her free meal of the week.

The meal and service were amazing and we decided that this will be our breakfast place to go once a month where we can both enjoy meals that will be on our new eating plan. As it turns out I was only able to finish half of the omelet, didn’t eat the muffin and ate just a few pieces of fruit.

There were several wins here. I had a nice breakfast and was able to stop myself when I was full. From a very early age I had been programmed to eat everything on my plate otherwise I’d be wasting food. As an adult I hated wasting money on food not eaten and would eat it all for money sake. Peer pressure eating has always been an issue for me too. If my eating mate decides on a stack of pancakes with bacon and hash browns then dangit I wanted it too. I did not do this here either, and believe me when I say my daughter’s meal was decadent. I was also able to hit my calorie goal, focus more on the atmosphere and enjoy the company of my wonderful daughter.

Another Broken Egg  Café is definitely a winner and will be repeated often. Great healthy-minded restaurants. who are willing to accommodate different people’s diet needs are out there, and if you live in The Woodland’s Texas, then you are really lucky!

Eat Well and Prosper!

Hello Fresh Country Gravy Pork Chops

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Last night I prepared the Country Gravy Pork Chops meal from Hello Fresh. This is my second attempt at preparing the meal plans from Hello Fresh, and I’m happy to say that this time the food tasted really good. I halfway wish I had chosen this one to start out with.

My previous post Hello Fresh Lemony Shrimp  reviewed the packaging and delivery so I’m going to jump right in on the food portion since the packaging is the same.

Directions–  This time the directions felt a bit more intuitive and flowed together pretty nicely. I did skip around to try to save some time, but wound up finishing in 30 minutes as the directions stated. I’d give this set of directions 4 stars. It was easy to follow, and I liked that the meal was cooked in one pan, keeping the dirty dish count low. Below is a picture of their plating of the meal, along with the direction sheet.

 

Flavor– I was impressed with the flavor and texture of this meal and I’m going to go ahead and give this portion of the review 5 stars. The flavor packet that you mix in with the flour for frying (in olive oil) really gave the meat a nice flavor, and the crust was so crunchy, and didn’t slip off the meat like some breading does on fried foods. The taste of the collard greens tasted really good mixed in with the potatoes and it was easy to try to mimic the plating to make the meal look fancy.

Nutrition– Again I had to change some things up to make the portion a reasonable size for someone trying to eat right and keep the calories low. 660 calories is really high for me, trying to stay in the 400 to 500 calories range for dinner. For fairness sake, the name of the meal does say Country Gravy Pork Chops, which screams, “I’m not healthy! Stay away!” But a girl can do her best to alter things and still eat yummy food. Who wants to eat salad all the time? So to keep the calorie count low this is what i did:

Each pork chop weighed in at 6 ounces (according to healthy sites and my nutritionist a healthy portion is 4 ounces or the size of a deck of cards) so I cut off some of it.

I only used half of the potatoes. I saved the other half to use with eggs for breakfast so that wasn’t wasted.

I just drizzled on some of gravy to get a taste of it and wound up using just 1/4 of the gravy per serving.

This meal had you frying and covering everything in olive oil. Sure, olive oil is still better for you than many of the other oils, but the amount in this one was excessive. I limited my use of it.

Knowing what I already knew about the lack of flavor from the previous meal I did add more salt to this one. Bad I know, but I did it anyway.

For the nutrition portion of the review, out of the box without my meddling with it, I’d give this one 3 stars. It does have some healthy veggies in there.

My overall experience with this meal was very positive. If I get the chance to order it again, I will. Below is a picture of their plating and mine. This one looks better than the first one I tried.

Eat well and prosper!

 

Hello Fresh Lemony Shrimp Review

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Last night I prepared our first Hello Fresh meal, the Lemony Shrimp Risotto. If the meal prepared by me turned out to be half as yummy as the picture sent in the package then we were in for a real treat. I’m going to separate the review into categories to try to cover all of the things that were important to me.

Packaging– Just how did Hello Fresh Manage to mail all of the these ingredients and keep them cool and fresh? I give Hello Fresh 5 stars in this department. The cardboard box was thick, the insides were insulated in a thick silver material, there were two large freeze packs at the bottom and when I opened it up all of the ingredients were cool. When it was delivered the temperature outside was 90 degrees.

The package we ordered contained three meals. The meat was below the freeze packs and each meal’s other ingredients were packaged in separate recyclable bags clearly labeled with the name of the meal.

Ingredients – How fresh are the ingredients? Again I give Hello Fresh 5 stars. I couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately I forgot to put the shrimp in this picture.

Directions– Were they easy to follow? I would say yes, but in this department I would give Hello Fresh 4 stars. They sent a nice sheet with instructions that have pictures, and an estimate on how long it should take to make. This meal’s estimate was 45 minutes. The reason I give it four stars is because the rossitto could have done with one cup less water and I chopped all the veggies first to try to save time. This meal actually took me an hour because I was trying to figure out how to fix the issue with too much water in the rossitto.

Flavor– How did the end product taste? I had heard from reviews that meals from Hello Fresh were bland and needed adjusting. In this department, for this meal at least, I would agree and give Hello Fresh 2 stars. I really don’t like giving such a low rating, but the texture of the end product was that of porridge, and from their picture I can tell they grilled the shrimp, but the recipe had you put the shrimp right into the risotto to cook it. The recipe also said to put in the whole unstripped branches of the thyme and they said that a few leaves will come free. All of the leaves came free, which I don’t mind, but I wasn’t able to retrieve all of the stems and had to fish the ones I had missed out of my food while eating. The recipe also called for a few squeezes of the lemon, but due to the bland taste I squeezed the whole lemon in there and still ended up with just a hint of lemon flavor.

Nutrition– Was the meal healthy? For this category I would give Hello Fresh 4 stars. They sent a sheet for all of the meals offered that week which included their calories and other information. I had hoped Hello Fresh would have been lower in calories than Blue Apron, but they turned out to be pretty close to each other. The plan we chose was for 2 servings a meal, but this meal turned out to be 3 servings. This is nice if you want to take left overs to lunch the next day, but if you aren’t into left overs then this was a waste of food. Thinking positively, by taking out the extra serving, it was easy to transform this meal into an appropriate calorie count for the meal.

Overall the experience was a positive one. No shopping, no meal planning, just take out the bag and directions for that meal and get started. This was also my first time making rossitto, so perhaps the mishap with the texture was partly my fault. I’ll be making another meal tonight and will keep my mind open.

Before I go, here is a side by side picture of their picture of how the meal looks, and what it looked like after I prepared it.