Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I have been on the lookout for loose tea for awhile, but wasn't having much luck around town. So when I was at Tweed and Hickory looking for some K-Cups for my Keurig coffee maker ( I love my flavored coffee too) I was excited to find they sell loose tea. Then came the hard part.. deciding what flavor to buy. I decided on Vanilla Cream and I have to say it was a good choice.
A friend of mine was out shopping and came across a kiosk at the mall for "The Tea Brewery", that was selling various flavoured loose teas. She purchased the Nova Scotia Blue.... yummy. If you like blueberry you will love this tea. The next day I was off to find me some more yummy flavours. I scored some at Sunnyside Mall. My favorite so far is Rum Truffle Rooibos..It is delish!! The others I brought home were Maple Fundy, Ginger Snap Rooibos, and Caramel Crunch Rooibos. I can't wait to give them a try. The great thing about it is they have $2 sample packs that you can buy so you don't have a big bag of tea you don't like. The Rooibos tea is caffeine free, a bonus there. I took this excerpt from Wikipedia
Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin  and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones.
Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
No food pics today. Huge Thanksgiving dinner yesterday at mom's. It was sooooooo yummy. She made "Boosey Pumpkin Pie" for dessert and it was awesome. Then I saw the recipe with the nutritional info. NOT GOOD!!! It was supposed to be 12 servings and I think ours was about 8. Can you say not figure friendly. I did manage to work out today. 30 mins treadmill, 30 mins Power Pilates, and some crunches. Every little bit helps. I may have worked off 1/8 of the pie...lol. I have to do it all again today at the inlaws. More turkey, gravy, and pie... what's a girl to do.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Does that look like any duck you've ever seen, I think not. Now I'm not a huge seafood fan. I like the usual haddock, scallops, lobster, salmon and the odd deep fried clam, but I just might be rethinking the whole clam thing after seeing this.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I am happy with myself though. I got on the treadmill again today. YAY ME!!! Managed to get 2o minutess in, then I thought I would dig out Wii Fit and give that a go for something different. I didn't have the energy for Wii Active. All in all I'm happy with today. Will the 2 day trend become 3 days? I certainly hope so!!
Breakfast - Oatmeal with blueberries and ground flax and Coffee. Today's flavour was Sugar Bush Maple
Snack - Apple with Peanut Butter
Lunch - Large Salad and leftover Tuna Casserole (Thought I would try a new recipe. It was not a hit with me. I actually don't like Tuna or most fish for that matter, but try to eat it because I know I should).
Snack - Larabar
Supper - Spicy Chicken Breast with about 20 baked french fries and some Tzatziki for dipping.
Oh, I almost forgot WI on Friday was not a big WOO HOO last week but that's ok. I haven't be exercising so I figured I would stay the same and I did.
Well, I think I'm going to ty for some sleep now.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I have been slacking when it comes to activity over the past week or so. Mostly because I haven't been physically able and as always the same pattern seems to be taking hold. I get discouraged because I can't put the effort in I want to put in. I will try to do a workout, and can't complete it because something or everything is hurting. Then I figure well it's been a week now, I'll just give it another day. Then that turns into two weeks, and so on and so on. I know on one hand what I should be doing when this happens is an easy workout, until I can get back to full strength, Some activity is better than no activity. On the other hand I tell myself, if I can't do it at full strength what is the point. It's a vicious cycle and my lack of sleep certainly isn't helping either.
I did manage to get on the treadmill for 30 mins tonight and do 40 mins of Pilates so that's progress. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. With any luck, sleep will not elude me again tonight and I'll be full of energy tomorrow. Fingers crossed!!!
I used to go to the gym with my friend and actually looked forward to going to the gym (I never thought that would happen), but, she doesn't go anymore and I really don't enjoy going by myself. Not too mention it is much more difficult to avoid going when the other person is on your case to get to the gym. I have a gym at home now so you would think it would be easy to walk in the other room and get on the treadmill but oh noooooo, it is much easier to turn on the computer, or the TV or read a book.
I have been doing good as far a staying on plan with my food. Although nothing too interesting there. A few frozen dinners last week and we all know how exciting Lean Cuisine is. I did cook a delicous roast last week. Hubby said on a scale of 1 to 10 it was and 11 so that's a bonus. It also fed him for 3 meals so an even bigger bonus. I thought I would treat him to his favorite. He is becoming meat deprived since I very rarely cook beef anymore.
So what do I need. I guess I need to refine my plan, and find my focus. I can find some inspiration in all these fabulous blogs. I am determined however, I am lacking in motivation so I guess I'll have to work on that one. As for divine intervention well... who knows
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I am wondering if a day or days will come when I actually get more than 3-4 hours of sleep. I've never been a good sleeper but good lord, this is getting ridiculous. I can't remember when I've slept more than two hours at a time, and the last few weeks I'm only getting 3-4 total most nights. This lack of sleep is starting to affect my interest in exercising, I just don't have the energy. It's much easier to sit my butt in front of the TV or computer. I'm sure if it keeps up my eating habits are sure to suffer and I'm so close to getting back to my WW Lifetime goal, and I was hoping to surpass that goal but I'm having my doubts now. :o(
Roast beef and all the trimmings for supper tonight, maybe all the yummy comfort food will help me sleep, fingers crossed!!!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Today I managed to work out which was a treat. I've been in too much pain lately to do much. I thought I would do some Pilates (40 min power pilates workout). Hopefully that worked off some of the pizza.
I had a head of cauliflower I had to use up today so I searched for something to do with it. I found a recipe for curried cauliflower soup I thought I would try. It was easy to make, healthy and tasted really good. You can find it here if you want to check it out. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/03/curried-cauliflower-soup-with-honey-recipe.html
The true test will be when hubby tries it. He is anti-vegetable so we'll see what he thinks.
That used up half of the cauliflower but I still have half left. I found something that suggested using it as a replacement for cous cous so I thought I would try it in my tabouleh as a replacement for bulgar. I was skeptical, I didn't want my tabouleh to taste like cauliflower but it worked out great. You just pulse the raw cauliflower in the food processor till it is the size of bulgar or cous cous.
That's it for today. I need to get a head start on my work for tomorrow (I've been avoiding doing it all weekend).
Bye for now
Friday, September 18, 2009
I haven't decided what supper is going to be yet. With any luck I'll be inspired while I'm on the treadmill!!
I'm going to try and get some pics on here later. I just have to try and find some. I hate having my picture taken so before pics are few and far between.
That's all for now. :o)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I have been wondering what I was going to write about for my first post and what I came up with is the outrageous cost of eating healthy. Now I only recently began looking at these items that you would find in the "speciatly section" of the grocery store. I decided to look at some items I have read about on blogs here and the daughter of a friend of mine, whos daughter was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, was telling me about the cost of items they have to purchase in order for her to remain healthy so I wanted to see for myself.
I have always been a big fresh fruit and vegetable person, so I am well aware of the ever increasing cost of fresh produce. I certainly look forward to the summer and early fall when there is fabulous local produce at markets around town, and in the Valley. Unfortunately living in Nova Scotia means that season is short lived and then we are forced to purchase what is trucked/flown in from the rest of the world.
Obviously if more people chose to eat this way instead of opting for the processed, pre packaged food, eventually there would be more of a selection and the prices should come down. However, I don't believe the average person can afford to do this for themselves let alone for a family of 3 or 4. For example it is much more cost effective to buy the no name white bread for .99 a loaf than it is to pay $5.99 for a loaf of Ezekiel bread.
Maybe someday we will have a Whole Foods here in HRM, like they have in the States. Although from what I hear the products in the States are very reasonably priced, but the products at Whole Foods in Canada are quite pricey.
I guess I am going to have to try and find a balance between the organic unprocessed foods and the regular grocery store items.