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Making Good On My Word

What a difference a day makes!  I went out today to trudge through the snow and it was so beautiful and magical outside, I almost cried, guys!  In the morning sunlight, under a brilliant blue sky, the snow sparkled like snow fairies flitting about in the new untouched snow, the clean, crisp air made me feel reborn, smiling lovers walked by hand-in-hand, unicorns frolicked amongst the trees, rainbows appeared above the woodland squirrels, the little birds showered jewels and lace down on…what?  Too much?  I went a little too far there?  Uh…sorry.

 

So what I am getting at here is that I did what I said I would do.  And no one saw me do it either!!  I looked around, saw the coast was clear, then flopped back into the snow and made a snow angel!!!  With no horns appearing where my head was.  Impressive.  It was sheer joy!  I hadn’t done that in years and am so glad that I did!  (Note:  Do not make a snow angel when not wearing mittens, a hat, snow-pants or at least long-johns, or when en route to the library because whoever sits in the chair after you get out of it will not know you made a snow angel just before getting there and will thus throw a shocked look your way as you walk away…)

Taaadaaaa!!

Taaadaaaa!!

 

Ok, she looks a little “off”.  I was alone.  No one to help pull me up and avoid totally messing it up when I try to stand, as illustrated by the footprints and lame attempt to smooth over the snow with my hand after standing.  Don’t judge me.

Life, Tacos and Weigh Day!

Today is a day of celebrating the little things in my life.

Celebration #1:  I am alive.  I don’t mean it in the same way that my incredibly healthy grandfather used to say, “Oh, I’m hanging in there.  But I might day any day now”, for about 20 years.  I mean I survived the elements outside.  It is nasty out there.  It is very mild out (+2C, to get up to +8C), which means, on this miserable grey day, it is raining, which is melting the snow and there are puddles everywhere.  In many spots, there is no avoiding the puddles, only seeking to cross them in the shallowest spot possible.  The treacherous part is the ice.  I went out thinking that the pavement and sidewalks looked wonderfully bare; free from ice and snow, just wet.  I quickly discovered that layer of water and those puddles were hiding a very thin, very dangerous layer of ice at the bottom.  You cannot see it at all and thus cannot tell which areas are slippery and which are not.  I went out to meet some other job seekers at a cafe today, which should have been a five minute walk from my apartment.  It took me a little over 15 minutes to get there and my feet were soaked through in that short distance.  (Note to self, discount store winter boots that look very stylish, usually are just that, stylish.  Not leak-proof.  Spend the money next time, cheapo!  Arg.)  But I made it there and back without falling and cracking my head open.  Yay me!

This would have been better.  Slippery spots are easy to find!

This would have been better. Slippery spots are easy to find!

Celebration #2:  My night out was cancelled.  Only an idiot would be happy about a girls’ night out being shot down at the last minute, right?  I was supposed to meet some friends at a pub near my apartment, for $2 taco night.  I was looking at that as a celebration because I have been doing so well and knew I would be able to exercise great control at eating a modest portion.  Eating what I want but not really sabotaging my efforts.  I was going to avoid alcohol…or at least limit myself to one drink only.  However, for stupid reasons (like people having to work late at their jobs, pfffft!), we are postponing until next week.  And it doesn’t bother me at all!  I am actually relieved because under it all, I wanted just one more week to make it to a milestone that would make me REALLY happy and want to reward myself.  Don’t get me wrong…I don’t feel like I am depriving myself at all.  I am actually enjoying what I am eating and feel great.  But it is that great feeling that is reward in itself and keeps me going and makes me actually want to not eat out!!!  (What???  Who said that???)  So since I cannot celebrate going out, I choose to celebrate staying in!

Yep, this is the spot.  Actually very funky and retro inside.  With awesome tacos.

Yep, this is the spot. Actually very funky and retro inside. With awesome tacos.

Celebration #3:  It was my weigh-day!  What the…really?  That is worth celebrating???  Yes, I was happy about getting on the scales today.   No, I am not off my head.  In fact, I am beginning to look forward to it each week now!  It is like a little game to see just how I did this past week and a mini-rush of anticipation to see what the numbers hold for me when I look down.  I am pleased to report I lost another 1.5lbs this past week and that is a total loss of 8.5lbs.  Do I wish it was faster?  Yes.  But am I pleased to see a smaller number each time I step on the scales?  You bet your sweet a…uh…tooth, I am!!  And I keep reminding myself that if I had given up just because it is slow, I wouldn’t have seen those numbers change at all, or worse, I could have possibly seen them go up!  (shudder)  So, circling back to #2, I am glad that tonight ended up cancelled, because I would love to go out knowing I have passed the 10lbs mark.  And if I keep this up, I am sure I will be there next week!

Yep!

Yep!

Only thing that I am sad about right now, is I doubt I will be working much on my quest for 10,000 steps today.  But I have been achieving that quite consistently, so one day off won’t kill me.  Besides, with that ice out there, going out and trying to do it, I might wind up with an injury which would mean many days of not getting out!

It’s Recipe Time, Guys!

Unbelievable!  I went out on my daily quest for 10,000 dollars steps and it was -8C!!  Practically a heatwave out there!  And sunny too!  What a perfect day for a walk, I tell ya!  It has been soooo many years since I was actually thought that -8C was “somewhat mild”!  I lived for so long in a land where 0C was practically armageddon.  It was an awesome feeling, breathing in cool, refreshing air and feeling the sun on my face…inspired me to walk even further than I had planned.

Waterfall in the park I walk through.  The front is frozen and the water falling behind the ice.

Waterfall in the park I walk through. The front is frozen and the water is falling behind the ice.  So pretty.

After exploring lots of paths, I made myself come back to reality, face responsibility and head to the supermarket.  Or the suupaa.  Or the grocery store.  Or the depanneur.  Whatever floats your boat. And I stocked up on lots of fresh goodness to make my food!  This is it!  Organization is kicking in somewhat!  Going to make meals for the week.

I came back home, ready and rarin’ to hit the floor, get my crunches, squats and pathetic push-ups out of the way.  Then I remembered I was going to use the slow cooker and had to get my butt in gear with cooking or I would be stuck eating my creation at 3am (<–perhaps a slight exaggeration)

Here is what I have achieved so far:

I have made a super-duper impressive version of something Mom used to make when we were kids (my brothers and I; not my mom and I…we weren’t actually kids together).  She used to bake chicken pieces in the oven after having marinated them in Catalina salad dressing and bbq sauce.  Yeah, you read that right.  And it was awesome!  I decided to get all adventurous and recreate it as a slow cooker dish (remember…multi-tasking, kids!  Slow cooker takes care of one thing while you do other stuff).  It is all very experimental at the moment and I really don’t have measurements to give you.  I just sort of throw in what I think will be enough.  If there is not enough of something, I add more of it.  If there is too much of something, I add more of something else to distract people from the first something.  Pure genius!

The ingredients are:

  • Catalina dressing
  • Bbq sauce (more Catalina than bbq.  Don’t ask me the ratio because I will just tell you that for this recipe, the ratio of Catalina to bbq is, “more”)
  • 3 or so cloves of garlic, minced  (I am a garlic fiend.  I actually used 4 cloves…find your comfort level.  Mine, apparently is to be immune to vampires.)
  • Grated ginger.  As much as you feel like putting in.
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped.  Again, whatever you want.  I guesstimate I put in about 1/4 cup.
  • Some onion.  How much?  I dunno.  I cut up some and you know…taadaa.
  • Saute the onion and garlic with a bit of extra virgin olive oil in a pan first.  Just to soften them up and bring out the flavours.  Throw all that stuff in the slow cooker.  Then add the chicken and kind of cover it with the sauce so it gets fully marinated as it cooks.  Oh yeah!  Squeeze the juice from half a lime…or a whole one.  (Hell, three if you want…sky’s the limit!)  Add that to the sauce too.  You can do that before adding the chicken, so that you get everything mixed properly or you can do it like I did:  About an hour after into the cooking, think to yourself, “Hey!  I have limes in the fridge!  I bet some lime juice would be yummy in that…why didn’t I think of that at the beginning?”, then add it, awkwardly trying to stir it around the chicken breasts so the lime flavour is distributed evenly in the sauce.  Maybe.
Turboed up version of my mom's old recipe.

Turboed up version of my mom’s old recipe.

I have no idea yet if this is going to taste any good or if I completely buggered things up.  I will let you know, if I survive it.  And if it does turn out to be good, I will make it again and actually measure stuff so I can call it a recipe.  I might even give it a name too…I can get fancy that way sometimes.

The other thing that I made so far was from an actual, real recipe.  Yeah, I have been known to do those.  Until I get used to them, then I don’t bother with all the pesky measuring nonsense anymore.  Measuring cups and spoons?  Pfft…those are for wimps.  (Ok, really, I don’t have a dishwasher and will cut corners where I can.)

My friend sent me the link to a blog that perhaps some on here might have heard of…I was probably the last on Earth to know about it:  Skinny Taste.  It is sooo well done!  It just might have more recipes than there are human beings on the planet.  Every recipe has the nutritional value breakdown, as well as the WW points from both the former system and the new one!  I love it.  It was an amazing find.  (Am I allowed to share my love of something that is not on WordPress??  I hope so, because I believe in sharing the love!)  What was really exciting was that the recipe called for mango and I had one.  That never happens, ever.  Those suckers are expensive but it just happened that last week, there was a sale on mango, so I actually had one just sitting around in my home!

I am so proud of making it, that I am posting my own pic of how it turned out.

Taadaaa!!

Taadaaa!!

Well, I have more to make but now that I have gotten that far, it is time to tone my tush, flatten those abs (someday, someday!), and try to regain some semblance of strength in my arms (I miss teaching little kids, I had pretty good endurance and strength from running around chasing them and having to pick them up all the time, no gym required).  Working hard to hopefully see a couple of more pounds gone when I jump on the scales in a few days!

I wish I could take a shortcut and get fitted with new abs.  Galvanized ones.

I would love to get fitted with new abs. Galvanized ones.

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