Snow, Thanksgiving, and Food

As I’m writing this post, NEPA is getting pounded with our first snow storm of the season.

Woohoo!  It is gorgeous out there.

My only worry is that I’m still down in the lowlands this afternoon, and have to travel to the heights to get home.  Should be interesting.  Adding to the excitement of heavy snow and low temperatures is the fact that I’m driving a different car than last winter.  My Sweet Ride got too tired to carry the load of a full size chassis up those hills anymore, so I went looking and found a lesser ride for a honey of a price and bought her, then brought her home.  We will see how she performs on those hills as we try to get home after dark tonight.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and we have decided to spend it at home this year.  We invited my brother-in-law for dinner, but with this accumulation of snow, I doubt he’ll come.  I have actually scaled up on the amount of food I will be preparing this year, but because we are making our meal at home, I get to used my reduced calorie way of making our dishes.  That’s a good thing, because my body just cannot tolerate all the fat and sugar others include in favorites on their tables.  I’m hopeful being at home this year will help to make my body a little happier as we push ourselves up to the Thanksgiving Day table.  We will be celebrating the day and God’s incredible provision over our lives before we eat.  Praying a return of thanks for the many blessings I have received this year is easy to do.  I have been sooo blessed!

I decided not to make the cranberry sauce this year.  It is a favorite with me, but I didn’t want to use all that sugar and using sugar substitutes doesn’t appeal to me either, so I’m just going to skip it altogether. I’m the only one in the family who likes it anyway, so while I might be tempted to miss it, a little, I’ve made a conscious decision not to have it on the table.  I will use the berries I bought to make a cranberry bread that many like and enjoy, thereby sharing the bounty with others and reducing the calories and sugar load for me.

I also bought a tiny turkey–only 8lbs–so that we won’t have endless leftovers.  Just enough to make one casserole after the big day. That should work to satisfy our turkey cravings, if indeed anyone have them.

I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving and hope that your table is filled with as much love and encouragement, as it is with yummy foods.  Have a great one, everyone, and remember, you matter!!!

 

 

 

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It’s been cold in NEPA this week. Burr cold. Freeze your nose hairs cold. Are you kiddin’ me, it’s only November cold. Too cold!

Did you see the pictures of what happened in Buffalo, NY this week? Yikes, this place is only 4 hours from our front door. Too close for comfort.

Buffalo, NY winter storm Nov 2014

Buffalo, NY winter storm Nov 2014

That was just yesterday afternoon and they are bracing for more snow.

Did you see the wall of snow that divided North Buffalo from South Buffalo?  Oh, my…

November 2014 Buffalo, NY The Big Storm

November 2014 Buffalo, NY The Big Storm

The good news: all this frigid weather has been prompting me to think about the holidays and what I’m going to be serving up on Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year I won’t be making the cranberry sauce I usually do–too much sugar. I’ve been scoping out a few alternative and I found a Paleo options I think might work.  Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 pound fresh cranberries (ideally organic)
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice or orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup honey or a few drops of stevia
Cranberry Sauce Directions:

Wash and pick through cranberries.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the berries begin to break, or for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cranberry sauce sit until it reaches room temperatures. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

This can be made up to 3 days ahead of time

 

Recipe provided by DrJockers.com, given to me by a friend who also loves cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. 

Food History Helps

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One of the reasons that I use a food journal is that I like to be able to look back at what I did in the past, what worked for me, and use that to plan for the future.

Lately, I’ve been scanning my journal entries and finding that there is not much there to help me formulate a future food plan. I wonder why I haven’t done a better job of journaling about my results with food choices and amounts?

Only God knows the answer to that question, but in frustration at not being able to pin point what worked and what didn’t in the past, I have devised a new plan.

Each morning I weigh myself, and record that number in my journal.

When I eat my breakfast, I record the calorie count for what I have eaten.

I record the date.

After lunch, I record what I ate and the calorie count.

After dinner, I do the same thing.

I’m hoping this helps with tracking in the future. We’ll see.

weekend food traps

000moesJust coming off an honesty weekend, where I tried to record everything that went in my pie hole. It was hard, because I ate out Saturday and went to a Harvest Dinner celebration on Sunday afternoon.  What I had seen as a bright spot in my weight loss efforts was quickly devoured in the lack of attention I gave to food over the weekend.

When will I learn?

I did learn something from the experience:  There are wayyyy more calories in fried nachos than I could have imagined.

We went to Moe’s on Saturday and I chose wisely from the menu. I got a salad with no rice, beans, fresh veggies and I did not eat the tortilla bowl it came in.  All great choices. Problem–I ate Moe’s nacho chips with salsa, forgetting they are fried in grease.

Ugh.

When everything was said and done those nachos cost me as much as my salad did, calorie wise.

Next time I will know better.  Lesson learned.  At least I avoided the queso.

A Week of Being Honest

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Dinner last night: Grand Fail!

The good news: I learned a lot from it.

We went out for Veteran’s Day, celebrating hubs service to his country and our family.

Thank you, Bob! You’re the bravest man I know.  Muahhh!

Our restaurant of choice was offering a free onion to all vets. Yum, my hubs love them. Little did I know that thing had 649 calories.

Yikes! What?! No kiddin’?!!!  Ugh!!!!!!

And if that was not enough, I went on to have a bowl of soup, a roll, steamed broccoli (108 calories, really?!) and 2 small pieces of chocolate candy. Actually, I ate the candy before we left the house, because I had eaten a very light lunch and didn’t want to have low sugar symptoms while we waited for a table.

Interject here some helpful info about the onion place.  If you call ahead, their rule is that you won’t wait more than 20 minutes to be seated once you enter the restaurant, regardless of the normal wait time.  We called ahead, and although I was skeptical, the did seat us on the 20 minute mark. Good job, OSH!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled post:

When all the eating was done for the day, I calculate I swallowed a whopping 2,149 calories yesterday.

Who knew. It didn’t feel like a lot going down. 😉

I’m trying to look at this in a positive way today.

My goal for this week was to honestly record real values concerning what I ate. I’ve struggled with food lately, too much, so I decided it was time to get real about what I was actually putting in my pie hole.  The holidays are coming soon and there will be lots of opportunities to sample, bite, munch, and devour delicious recipes made by many, so I’m concerned. I don’t even want to think about how many calories are in most people’s Thanksgiving meals. And Christmas munching, forget about it!

I needed to take stock of what I was doing before the holidays began to unfold.

I’m not happy about the number of calories I ate yesterday, but I’m glad I’m counting them. An honest inventory of my behavior with food helps me course correct. I’m all about change these days, so having a better handle on what I’m doing is a good, good thing. This is the only way I’ve found to stop eating too much.

I hope your Veterans Day was an opportunity for you to spend quality time with your sweetness.  If your hon is not a veteran, I hope you found a veteran and thanked him or her for the service they provided while in our military.  America is strong because of their sacrifice.

If you’re reading this and you’ve served in some capacity to secure my freedom–THANK YOU!

I’ll end with a picture of my veteran as a babe in arms.  Sooo long ago.  When the world was young…

5 Steps to Change

Happy Feet make for Slim Thighs

Happy Feet make for Slim Thighs

Change is possible, it’s always possible, but in order for things to change I have to do something different from what I’ve been doing.

Doing the same thing again and again, while expecting a different outcome, is insanity–or so I’ve been told.

These are the things I am doing right now to CHANGE my future:

1. Counting calories.

2. Reporting my food daily.

3. Exercising 30 minutes a day, every day.

4. Embracing the willingness to believe that God has a solution for me regarding food obsession and that if I will relax, it will come to me.

5. Seeing service to others as a way to lessen the importance of food in my life.

I have great hopes for these solutions to the food problem, because I know that they have worked for me in the past, and if something has worked for me or others in the past, it is likely it will work for me in the future.

I’m listening to that intuitive voice inside that say: Little Changes Make a Big Difference!

Yay, I’m excited about the possibilities of this way of thinking.

What little changes could you make today that would result in a big difference?  What are three things you can do right now that would help you reach your goal?

Selfies and Travel

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This is me, working on vacation. Actually, I was working to book a room for that night, after staying up too late searching the internet for a good rate on a nice room in the Lake George, NY area.  I found one not too far from Great Escape and the outlet malls.  We were at a spa and resort in NH when this was taken, and afterward left to Concord to meet up with some friends I have not seen in a few years.  We weren’t able to make the meeting, even though we made it to Concord.  A terrible storm blew in from the west, and hubs and I had no desire to travel rt. 4 through VT on our way back to NY when it was both dark and rainy.  We cancelled our plans as we sat in the parking lot of a DDs and lamented with our friends over the deluge of rain that kept coming, coming, coming down in sheets.  By this time the road surface was awash and one could barely see while traveling 70 mph on the highways around Concord.  Yikes, we made our apologies and headed west as fast as we could go, only to find that the roads in VT were wet but the rain had passed through already.  We were sad to have our plans change, but hey, change is what life is all about and we’d done what we thought we had to do to stay safe and sane.  Our dinner plans will happen another time. Maybe this spring.

DSC_1264Here is me, in the same room at Margate Resort near Laconia, NH, taking a weirdly posed selfie.  I’m not very practiced at this art, so to me it looks weird, but for some reason or other I wanted to document my image on our trip. Maybe reference for future post comparisons of body image.  We’ll see.

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This one is a picture of hubs and me at the top of Prospect Mountain in Lake George.  This was taken as a reflection of ourselves in the Ford Flex back side window. That vehicle is LONG, but we enjoyed driving it on our travels.  The windows were tinted black, so the image came out pretty sharp.  Hubs is holding the blue bird I got as part of my grandma’s estate when she passed.  I carry it all over the place, taking pics with the lil guy.  It’s one way of keeping gramma close and remembering all those we wish were still here with us, but aren’t.  Someday I may start a blog called the Blue Bird Chronicles, but for now its just fun to take snap shots with the lil cutie.  Hubs loved getting in on the action.

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Traveling with someone who you love is the BEST!  My hubs and me, we don’t get a lot of quality time alone, so when we go on vacation its extra special.  This was on the trail heading down from the Prospect Mt. State Park summit.  It was a gorgeous day and we met up with family who just happened to be in the area at the same time we were, so we all walked the trail together.  What fun.  Oh, you want proof?  Okay, here goes…

DSC_1504This picture reminds me how far I’ve come.  Lately, I’ve been waffling with my weight and up a few pounds from where I was.  I don’t know what I’m doing to make that happen, because one fault I have is that I don’t record my food like I should.  On the days when I step on the scale and nothing has happened, or it shows I’ve gone up a few tenths of a pound from last week I cringe and want to quit, and berate myself for not doing better.  Yep, I do. Not over that habit yet.  But looking at these pictures reminds me of what life was like when I weighed 100 lbs more than I now do.

I would never have gone to the summit of the park at my starting weight. I would NEVER, NEVER has hiked back down.  It’s not a long hike at all and the terrain is easy, but not when you weigh what I weighed.  At that weight, everything is harder, including getting outta a chair, standing in line at the check out, and most certainly hiking on a hillside.  Today, I don’t shy away from those activities like I once did.  I know I can do them now.  I didn’t know that before.

I believe in me now. I didn’t believe in me before.

I look forward to doing new things now. I never did before.

Before, all I wanted to do was eat.  All I thought about doing was eating.  Food was my life.

Over the last week I have once again been obsessed with food.  What I have done to deal with the obsession is begin again with my reporting of my food…

Begin again with writing on my blog.

Begin again with reading the blogs of successful and normal sized eaters.

Begin again to believe I can make a difference in my own life, if not another’s.

These are some of the things that I did that helped me lose 100 pounds.  I need to lose more.

Recently I’ve discovered that a willing heart and an open mind is all God needs to get me where I need to go, I believe THAT.  So today I’m believing and writing and reporting and letting go once again.  Can’t wait to go on my next hike.  We will see you soon, Vermont.  Hopefully, in the spring!