Whoo Hooo! Sistah Pat is back in the game! Stepped on the scales this morning and weighed in at 206. That’s a five pound loss in the first week of getting back in the game. Of course, I know it probably won’t stay off and it’s going to slow down but it was just the kind of boost I needed to see this morning. Renews my committment and determination.
Yesterday was not a good day and it would have been easy to slip back into bad habits. I didn’t have time for breakfast, didn’t have time for lunch. Not good. Dinner was a little bit off track. I planned bean soup with ham and whole wheat cheddar popovers. Because I hadn’t eaten anything but a grapefruit all day, I ate two large bowls of bean soup instead of one. On top of that, I was exhausted and didn’t exercise. Then, to top it all off, I succumbed to the family’s request that I make good old-fashioned popovers instead of whole wheat. They turned out huge and crusty on the outside and, although the guys really like whole wheat popovers, they think the big puffy ones are a little bit of heaven. Ummmm…me, too…so I ate two of them!
Okay, that’s the bad stuff. On the good side, our youth service coordinator called me and said they had tons of food left from an event they’d had the night before and wanted to know, if he sent it upstairs to the library, would I set it out and send an email to staff to invite them to partake. They sent up meatballs, mini quiches, and veggie trays. I set it up and walked away. At the end of the day, there were still lots of meatballs and mini quiches leftover and I brought them home for the guys. None of the goodies passed my lips. I also discovered a box of chocolate mint truffles a friend gave me for Christmas in my desk drawer. They’re still sitting there. Unopened. Finally, even though I caved on the popovers and made the big puffy ones, I used Brummel and Brown Yogurt spread instead of butter to top them off.
I know I owe a lot of the week’s success to preparing a full menu and making sure I stocked every single ingredient for the week, it was a lot of work and took a long time to get it done. The advantage was that it was complete and I didn’t have to give it another thought all week. The disadvantage was the amount of work that went into getting it set up and trying to find room in the fridge and pantry. I’m thinking I might just go for the first three or four days this time and update it later in the week. That will give me a pretty good handle on it without consuming an entire day of my weekend. I love to cook and I’ve got DH looking through my Cooking Light cookbooks to find a new recipe for the week. I tried two new ones from Sparks People last week. The Crock Pot Salsa Chicken was okay and I may use it again but the Hearty Ham, Cheese, Rice and Broccoli Casserole was a total bust. Dry and flavorless. Three fourths of it hit the garbage disposal.
If I spend less time on preparing my menus, preparing the grocery list and shopping, I can have more time this weekend for other things. I still haven’t been able to get upstairs and uncover my treadmill and I’m avoiding walking on the street because it’s killing my ankles. I’ve lived in this house for thirty years and the irony of my exercise this week has really made an impact. I used to jog two miles to the neighborhood school and then cool down by walking the block around my house. This week, my exercise consisted of walking around the block. My old “cool down” has become my new “workout”. Still, I can’t help it. My ankles are really giving me trouble and I know I’ll do a lot better if I can walk on the cushioned treadmill to soften the impact on my ankles.