I love alliteration! Anyway, this is going to be one of those rambling type posts again when I jump around here and there. And anyone who knows me in real life is not the least bit surprised by these types of posts since I tend to do this in my conversations!
Things have been going well for me in the weight loss arena. I have lost a total of ten pounds and you wouldn’t think that would make much of a difference but it has. I decided to try some clothes that I had tucked away in my closet and they fit! So I now have 3 new skirts and 3 new tops and I didn’t even have to spend any money. That’s my kind of shopping!
So for this week’s weigh in…
I gained/lost zero pounds.
Total lost ~ 10 pounds
I do believe that most of my weight loss is due to working in the garden. Since we had VBS last week, I just did not work outside like I did the week before when I lost all of the weight. I’m back outside this week so hopefully that will come across on the scale.
Weight Loss Goals and Plans
Before I closed my weight loss blog, I mentioned that I was trying to make changes a little at a time so that I would not burn out from doing so many new things all at once. I said that I would start with eliminating my drinking of soda. I am still working on that goal though it is much better than it was. I have now moved on to my second goal.
Goal #2 ~ To eliminate refined, white flour products and eat whole grains.
Since starting this goal, I have discovered Ezekiel bread. (Just for fun, I included this recipe for Ezekiel bread. I do not have a grain mill so I can’t make it but I thought it was neat that I found a recipe too.) I found the bread at the health food store and it is so incredibly yummy! David and I love it toasted with a little natural peanut butter and honey. Mmmmm… Here’s the funny thing about the bread. Since it is made of whole grains, it is chewier than white bread. It actually takes you longer to eat it. By the time you finish your sandwich, etc, you are actually quite full. Hence, you eat less!
I like it with a little melted cheddar on the top though I will be making a switch soon to a healthier cheese so this may be for a limited time only.
I’m still working on making the switch from white rice to brown rice. I love my white rice but the brown is growing on me. I wish I could say the same for my kids!
Monday’s cook ahead progress
In a previous post about our weekly menu, I included plans for a cook ahead session for Monday. Well, I’m not the least bit surprised that I over planned. That’s pretty much how I do things. :) I did make some progress but not as much as I would have liked. Here is what I learned from my first day of cooking ahead:
- It is hard to cook ahead if you are cooking regular meals too. Plan it for a day when you eat easy meals or eat out. Yeah, that sort of defeats the purpose, huh?
- Plan to cook ahead on a day when you have help with the kids… for me that is Saturdays.
- Large families must plan to cook a lot more than the recipe. (I found this out today when I doubled a recipe and the kids wiped out most of it. I do have two older boys who have hefty appetites so I must take that in to account.)
So I did not actually get as much frozen as I intended but you live and you learn. I will try to do what I can on Tuesday and I will plan my next cook ahead session for a Saturday. (sorry ~ no pictures because I forgot!)
I love gardening…a lot…but I may agree with a neighbor who said that it was easier to go to the store than to grow food when it comes to potatoes! Man, that was some hard work and it was some kind of hot when I was digging. Though it was kind of fun to hunt for the potatoes. I did not have as big of a yield as I had anticipated but my soil is heavy. Next year, I will amend the soil to help my potatoes out a bit. Oh, and I’ve not dug up the Yukon Golds yet. It won’t be much longer before those are ready though.
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?
I know people usually talk about the weather when they don’t have anything to talk about but is it as hot where you live as it is here? It was so hot today (our thermometer registered 100 degrees) so I was incredibly thankful for the pool after I finished digging potatoes!
Those are some of my thoughts from our Monday. I hope you had a great Monday too!