Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Am Running!

And I don’t mean for exercise either, although I wish I could.  Sure would be some great stress relief. 

This week has been nonstop. I dutifully took pix of all of my meals all week…but by the time I finished working/kids/dinner/fight everybody off the computer/etc. and sat down to blog I have been waaaayy too tired!  And even then I can’t seem to type a sentence without constant alternating interruptions from the other four people in the house!

And work was busy too so I couldn’t even steal away a few minutes this week from there to blog.  (I am self-employed and work from home so I am not really stealing from anybody from myself when I do this!)

Girl Scout Camping

Last weekend we camped with the Girl Scouts.  Isn’t this cabin cute?  We fit 12 girls and 4 leaders in that cute little cabin!  Girl Scouts are spoiled and don’t tent camp…we use cute cabins!  (Wait until my rustic Peace River trip next month with the Boy Scouts.  No cabins there! or even bathrooms for that matter.)

cabin camping

Meals were provided but I packed myself a whole bunch of my own goodies for just in case.  I packed fruit, salad, Almond milk, Amazing Grass, spinach, my magic bullet type blender (to make Green Monsters at camp!) chickpeas, an amazing salad, balsamic vinegar, soba noodles, Via coffee, feta cheese and some snacks.  I was a good scout…I was prepared!

packed meals

….and just in case was on Saturday lunch when they served hot dogs.   I pulled out my beautiful salad with all sorts of crunchy veggies piled on, topped it with the chickpeas and feta cheese, and then added some of my soba noodles with peanut sauce.  It was sooo much better than hot dogs! 

awesome salad Soba Noodles in Peanut Sauce

And I am so proud that my daughter, on her own, told them while she liked hot dogs, she  would opt for the pizza because the hot dogs were not healthy.  PROGRESS!  I SEE PROGRESS!!!

Weighing In

When I snuck onto the scale Sunday night, in full clothes (I KNOW, I KNOW!) I was down one whole pound from last week.  I felt good and I figured I would be down for the “official weigh-in” Monday morning.

Of course that was before we  went to Olive Garden for my mom’s birthday dinner! 

The “official weigh-in” brought me back to the previous week’s weight.   But really I know it is less because I still carried the weight of the meal from the night before.  I am still quite pleased with my weight loss.

Produce Box

I also picked up our fresh organic veggies for the week….what a fantastic bounty!  This definitely makes us eat more produce in this house!

produce boxproduce box (2)


Tomorrow I am going to try and fit in a chair yoga class that I found.  I haven’t really talked about it, and will probably elaborate more in a future post, but I have a mild form of a neuromuscular disease which causes my arm and leg muscles to be very weak, and at this point, at this weight, I cannot get up from the floor by myself.   I am hoping the weight loss will help that, but honestly I don’t know if my muscles have degenerated to the point where even with the weight off I will be unable to do that.  At this point I am still hopeful though.

So back to the yoga…I know I need to add exercise to my routine.  It is something that is hard for me physically…and I am envious of you runners, it sounds so freeing to throw on a pair of sneakers and go for a run, but I will probably never be able to do that.   Right now I can walk, and I can walk 2 miles (3 is pushing it!) and I am happy with that.  But I would like to do something to help the flexibility of my muscles and yoga sounds great.   But I cannot do regular floor yoga.  I am excited to try this chair yoga, which is supposed to stretch and work on all of your muscles including the legs.  Hopefully I can fit it into my schedule tomorrow.

And after this long-winded update, I will leave you with some photos of what I ate today:

Pear Oatmeal with cinnamon and almond butter:

Pear oatmeal

Fresh made carrot/apple juice (not green!!! but oh so good!)

carrot juice

Finally finished off the soba noodles with veggies and peanut sauceSoba Noodles in Peanut Sauce

Dinner was:

Vinegar dressing:

vinegar dressing

Cukes and sweet onions waiting to be dressed:

cucumber saladDressed salad:dressed cucumber salad  

A surprise photo from a sneaky daughter:

daughter's nose

Cauliflower stirfry….even the cauliflower-hating husband said this wasn’t bad!  Finally!  YAY!cauliflower stirfryMy complete dinner of Boca Burger/Balsamic roasted asparagus/stir fry cauliflower/Thai cucumber salad.  Oh this was good!  I started eating and forgot to snap pix at first!

cauliflower stirfry 2

WOW!  This ended up being a mega-post!

I could finish it up finally because everyone else is asleep!

And as I post I am enjoying a glass of Merlot…but I am too lazy right now to deal with taking the memory card out of the computer, putting it back into the camera, taking the picture, putting the memory card back into the computer, uploading the picture, and then posting it into this post,    Waaay too much work for me at this moment…so you will just have to use your imagination.   It pretty much looks like a glass of Merlot though.

And on that note….I am tired and Cookie and I are going to go off to bed as well.



Karilynn said...

Jewel, your food not only shows your amazing abilities as a chef, but I swear you are a food artist. It all looks so beautiful and well put together. When I get desperate and I'm out of chicken salad ingredients... I eat a turkey dog with mustard! BLAH!! ;o)

Vicki said...

What beautiful food pictures. I have considered forcing myself to take a picture of everything I eat before I eat it.... mine definitely wouldn't look as nice as yours :)

Jewel said...

Oh My Goodness you guys are sooo sweet! I look at some of the professional food bloggers and I feel foolish sometimes, like such a complete amateur...but mostly I am doing this to journal my journey so I close my eyes and keep on going with it!

I sure wish I could remember to photo log everything I eat...and then the time to upload. I think it would be very cool to have a complete day-by-day record to look back on once I have lost my 60 pounds...but either I forget to snap the pic (I never seem to remember when we are eating out!) or I run out of time and never get it uploaded.

Really I have no special abilities and I think you guys would both do great too! I read a lot of recipes to try and make the food more interesting...and many times just make simple variations or experimentations.

Lorie said...

I worked at a Girl Scout camp one summer and we had platform tents. I love that cabin though!

jewel said...

We stay in those platform or Baker tents all the time with the Boy Scouts.

The first time I camped in one of those platform tents my son was about 10 and I was single and this was my first experience at a real Boy Scout camp and those Baker tents were OPEN! I missed my safe secure bathtub, zip tight tent.

I didn't sleep a wink!