Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
mmmmmmmmmmmm...Pad Thai! I made this Pad Thai recipe last night. It's in the Cooking Light Complete Cookbook (that I bought at Costco). It was very good- even dh really liked it, though the tots were not "sold." It works out to 7 points for a fairly hefty serving. I was tempted to sprinkled more than the recommended 1 tsp of peanuts on top of my serving, so save points for extra peanuts if you are inclined. They are the best part, imho. ;)
I'm going to try more ethnic dishes like this at home now and again. It's cool to shake things up from my usual chicken choices. I haven't had tofu in a very long time and it was very enjoyable in this tasty dish.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I got a message on my answering machine that the Wii Fit is available for pick up on Tuesday! (a little birdie asked me the other day if I knew about it coming out...the answer is YES!) Ever since my friend Karin mentioned that it was coming out I've been looking forward to it. Plus, I've been getting all the Nintendo emails (dork, I know), picking up pamphlets, reading reviews and getting more excited.
Why I'm excited about it?
(1) I love anything that seems like it might spice up my exercise routine. Boredom is the enemy.
(2) I'd like to incorporate some yoga moves into my workouts since my core muscles are what I REALLY need to work. I feel like I'm so much less flexible than I used to be AND I'd like to work on my balance. I'm very tippy when stretching out the quad muscle. kwim?
(3) I like that it has the BMI built in and shows your progression (hopefully) in decreasing your numbers. That is likely to keep me working at it.
(4) I'd like to work at improving pushups (I'm terrible at them) and adding other strength moves into my workout and this "game" has a section on that.
(5) It looks like a step and I'm all about the step aerobics.
(6) I also love to shop. I admit it: I'm a shopper. It's new and shiny and I'd like to own it. ;)
What I'm concerned about.
(1) Ok, you know you're getting old when you are worrying about your feet, BUT I don't like working out without my shoes on and all the pics and videos with this board show people without their shoes on. I feel ok about doing the yoga parts without, but anything impact-y, I need my shoes! (I do Dance Rev with my shoes on, btw.)
(2) I'm not sure about how accurate the BMI stuff will be (if it can ever be accurate anyway outside a huge lab with tubs of water- possibly in outer space- that apparently, accurately measure your BMI rate) ...and will the scale be accurate? Seems crazy that something from a video store could be. (I guess at least all the ww people will "know" where they are from their usual wi, but it will bug me if the numbers are really off...unless they are lower than my calculations. har.)
(3) I also do not want my kids stressing about their weight and body fat percentages. (Our local paper just did an article on the Wii Fit in this regard.) My kids will want to play it though. I wonder if you can play without registering your weight/bmi results? Hopefully!
I'll post and lyk how I like the Wii Fit after I try it out! Gotta love a new toy! :)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
I had take-out today at lunch. I looked up the points before ordering and took the higher "estimates" from the food tracker points listed, cause, hey! who does their salads and stuff the same when it comes to mom and pop restaurants? We have an amazing Lebanese restaurant near where I work and sometimes on Fridays we run over there for a quick lunch or do takeout. I LOVE their Fattoush Salad. It's so fresh and delicious. It looks a bit different from the one pictured here as everything is cut up more and theirs has stuff like cauliflower and more herb sprinklings. I love the lemony, olive oil dressing and the pita crisps (of course the most fattening part is the stuff I love best!) The falafel that came with the lunch special was very good, too.
The whole deal wasn't low pointswise, but that's what I like about WW. You can plan for it, count it and happily move along. A few of my co-workers are doing a wacky starvation diet right now. Think they could get a falafel with fattoush? no, I tell you! They only get dizzy heads on their starvation menu. Me, I'm dining internationally! ;)
Sidenote: I've been thinking of cooking more with beans, chickpeas (as in the falafel) and stuff. I hardly ever do that. Must look up some recipes...! and earn some APs- I'm still full from lunch! :)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I know there are people who get offended by people who seem to work out strictly to earn APs. I exercise for a number of reasons: I enjoy it (mostly), love the difference it makes on how my body looks and how I feel, I love my proud feeling of accomplishment and I love getting together with friends when working out- BUT I don't think it matters why you work out, if it's getting you moving and being more healthy. Hopefully it will start an exercise habit and build up confidence and a love (or at least a liking) for your body shape NOW. kwim? Exercise helps you love your body a little more, I think. What with its ability to walk over to the sofa after all you put it through with that workout. ;)
A note for my mother in spirit (as she doesn't have a link to this blog): Happy Mother's Day, Mom! Thanks for never worrying about your weight in front of us. Thanks for all the freshly grown vegetables (that I sometimes hid, but that's not your fault!) and healthy, home-cooked meals. Thanks for never obsessing about food and making wonderful cookies. Thanks for always making us feel loved. Thanks for your colourful wall of pictures.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Lululemon stuff is so comfy and flattering. It isn't cheap, but it washes and wears so well, that their clothes survive many, many washings and look good. This top (pictured below) is nice since it flatters the pear shaped woman (such as myself) and flows away from the belly (muffin top area- lol) at the bottom. When I teach my Girl's Fitness step class at school, I wear a cool max t-shirt over this kind of top. I like the belly coverage that this layered look adds- when confronted with facing uber-skinny teens- if you kwim. ;P It still flatters the shape (even layered with a cool max tee) more than those super large t-shirts we all own.
Thanks to Wendy for her fitness tip about family workouts! I am definitely trying to do those more and want to find fun stuff to do together. I've been playing Dance Revolution with my daughters (we bought 2 mats) and we've been bike riding together lately. One thing about working out with them though- though they have boundless energy at times, kids can't getting into the "longer workout". kwim?
On our super long hike through the woods and downtown last weekend, the only thing that was keeping my youngest daughter (who insisted on coming) going (marginally) was the promise of Tim Hortons as the halfway point. lol. We ended up having to call my husband to pick us up cause there was no way she was making it all the way home. He kept calling himself "our hero." :P Next time we'll make it a shorter distance or I'll go back to the run/walk alongside their bikes. They are sweet about "waiting" for me when we do that.
On a final note, my wi day is today and I'm down 1.5 pounds for the week. Woo hoo! :)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I'm also all about the snack rewards- especially to fuel the upcoming large AP weekly goals. These are some of my current favourites:
*Cravings mini cheesecake cups from Zarky's (only 1 point! woo hoo)
*BBQ rice cakes (8 for 1 point)
*Cadbury Thins (I have a box of the Almond ones from Costco- so good!)
*Chapman's frozen yogurt (cappucino is definitely my favorite. I get mine at the A&P)
*various types of Thinsations cookies and crackers (for when you feel like a cookie...)
*Skinny Cow sandwiches and sundae cups (They lost the transfat I just discovered!)
I also like to have a cup of herbal tea as part of the snack- to make me stop eating during my snackiest time period (mid- evening). It's usually enough to make me feel satisfied or calm enough to get a hold of mysef (before I fall face first into mindless eating).
Monday, May 5, 2008
Anyway....I did two recipes yesterday from the new Cooking Light (May 2008).
"Summer's Best Garden Salad"
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup yellow pear tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped orange bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 cup) *This I didn't have.
1/2 cup chopped avocado *Don't you just love avocado in anything?!
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk.
2. Combine lettuce and the next 6 ingredients (through squash) in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over lettuce mixture, and toss gently to coat. Top with avocado.
6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup salad and 4 teaspoons avocado)
Nutritional Information CALORIES 64(52% from fat); FAT 3.7g (sat 0.6g,mono 2.3g,poly 0.5g); PROTEIN 1.6g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 28mg; SODIUM 123mg; FIBER 2.4g; IRON 0.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.8g
The salad was really good. I'm really going to try to make more interesting salads. Following a recipe like this totally makes me add stuff I wouldn't ever think about adding...and speaking of that, I couldn't find the yellow squash at Fortinos. I'm thinking they didn't mean a big spaghetti squash- right?!
I also made the Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs from the same issue. It was super easy and good, too. I replaced the thighs with boneless chicken breasts (they didn't have boneless chicken thighs and I didn't feel like I had time to debone). We also did it on the BBQ instead of on a grill pan. Here is the link for the recipe:
Finally, tonight I made Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes from the CL Complete Cookbook (partially motivated by the fact that my litre of buttermilk was about to expire). We all really loved them. I think I've bought pancake mix too many times. The made-from-scratch ones are so much better.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I plan to get back to working out everyday (at least do something!) and eat interesting, but healthy foods. I will not focus on having a perfect body, but try be happy with a healthy, somewhat strong one.