Wednesday, April 01, 2015
A week ago, after eating poorly for a couple of weeks (by poorly, i mean not perfectly. Meals were ok but too much eating out and some snacking). I decided to get in gear with the Eat to Live Program once again as it is the only thing that has helped me. I told myself I would not weigh myself again until 2 weeks had passed. Well today the suspense was killing me and I weighed myself. It was the same weight as I'd started at a week ago.
I know that I'm still eating out too much. I try to order things that are in line with my manner of eating...but it's almost impossible. I have to recover my determination and amp up my desire. right now I'm only really cooking for myself. Sometimes DH will want dinner but most usually not. And DD is almost never home. But when she is, she is happy for a ETL dinner.
Tonight I want a salad. And then I will make some Brussels's Sprouts. I made a new salad dressing yesterday. 2 bananas, 2 tbsp walnuts., 2 tbsp raisins, and flavored balsamic vinegar.. I used raisin infused which I made the day before yesterday.
Tomorrow I need to use up some of the zucchini I have...or else it will go bad. I'm going to make baked spears of zukes coated with onion and garlic powder and sprinkles with homegrown oregano. You bake it ...I have a french fry crisping "tray" (it's really a mesh sheet with upturned sides...but it's good to prop the zukes up on that raised side and the mesh makes them crispy all around. My DD loves this dish. It is supposed to also be coated in paremesan but I don't have any (I just have some vegan substitute which I will use on mine.) I think I will bread the zukes wth homemade seasoned whole wheat crumbs. If there is not any cheese on it, my husband may like that also.
I need to come up with some satisfying desserts or snacks to have on hand. you really aren't' supposed to snack especially in the first six weeks of the program....but it is better to have them and not use them than to not have them and eat junk. I made a really good pudding the other day. It was so good I ate it in two sittings. I'm not sure how it was calorie wise. I think it was fairly high calorie. But that's the great thing about this plan. You eat so many vegetables that you can afford to splurge a bit on sauces and desserts. I think i will make a banana /peach sorbet for after dinner tonight. I need to use some of my bananas....there's no more room in the freezer for them and more are arriving on Friday. I have some frozen peaches which I will put in with a little almond milk.
I have been trying too slow down enough to thank the Lord for the food before I dive in. I have been trying to slow down...to savor the flavors and to chew the food completely. This is hard for me. I tend to wolf my food down---I'm usually the first one finished, (unless I'm eating with my dad....he out-eats me every time)
I need to break through the exercise barrier. My breathing has not been good which makes me a bit nervous to do anything that would cause me too be short of breath. Plus my ankles are very bad...so walking is out. I've been doing some isometric stuff by squeezing a stress ball. My doctor told me to do that, he said it will improve the quality of my veins. Normally they have to try six times or more to get an IV in me and when I'm in the hospital they put in a PICC line. Maybe I can avoid it by using the ball. (you can also use a tennis ball).
I added up what I spent on eating out this past month. Over $150!! that's insane. That's a full week's groceries. It will mean a big dent into my social life....but I just can't eat out every Sunday and every errand day and every MD appt day. For the errand day and the MD day I can pack a lunch or dinner. After church? if they are having a fellowship after the service (which they do every two weeks) I can pack my own and bring it. I know I will get teased for doing that. But they don't offer any healthy options. Donuts. Meat stews, pies...you get the idea. And for the week where there is no lunch I should have a plan or have something pre-made (like a soup or some wraps) because I will come home ravenous from church.
I have an MD appt tomorrow. Normally my dad and I eat out afterward. I have some soup made that I can bring and I can make some wraps. However where can we eat them? EAting in the car isn't too comfy. And a lot of restaurants have signs in their doors saying that no outside food is permitted. I don't see how they can get away with that if one of the party is buying food there. Once the weather gets nice, sometimes my dad and I will go off the beaten trail and find a lovely spot where we can pull over and eat our food. It's not getting dark until after 7:00 so maybe tomorrow after my 3:00 appt. we can do that.
Sorry for the wanderings of my mind. I would like to hear your comments. How do you manage not to eat out when you are out and about? If you are disabled, how do you stay in shape? What is your "go to" recipe when you come home ravenous? How do you still have a social life if you don't eat out or don't eat what everyone else is eating?