Aus, you need to take some time for yourself. Make sure you get enough rest and/or some meditation time in a slightly darkened room. Like I once told Laura. Take a bubble bath. Light some candles, turn off the lights and just soak. It can do wonders. Plus it's relaxing enough that if you do it an hour before bedtime, you should sleep better. Don't forget aromatherapy works. Get a jug of Johnson's "Sleepy Time" baby lotion and use it as your nighttime moisturizer.
Holly, Surprisingly, when I first was losing all my weight, I searched out the healthier breakfast cereals for my condition. I had high BP when I first started out, so was looking for lower sodium stuff. I chose brown sugar mini wheats too. I counted mine for the serving though. I think it was 23(or 25 pieces). Then had mine with unsw. vanilla almond milk. Counting the pieces seemed easier because , being square-ish, they didn't measure that easily in a standard measuring cup. Weighing them is also an option.
About your almonds. It's always easier to overeat when you are eating straight from the package. Make sure you measure or count out your serving and put the container away and out of sight after you get yours out. Although almonds are a really healthy alternative choice to chips or cheese doodles, they still can pack on a bunch of calories really quickly if you let yourself graze unhindered.
There you go , Aus. I posted two recipes. The second one, the one with the raisins is the one my mom always made , but could be made healthier with Stevia or honey instead of the sugar , LF mayo and turkey bacon as substitutes also. I never put the cheese in, as I don't really like cheese in any salads. But I'll tell you, if I did, I think that shredded parmesan cheese would be better than the cheddar in this. IMHO.
Holly, that discount would be like getting paid to lose weight. Really good incentive and it really does help your parent company, because insurance premiums are so much higher for people that are "at risk" levels of health. If you can lose and lower your stats, it helps them , it helps you.... it's a win win all the way around. I'm sure all of us are certainly rooting for you and will stand at the ready if you need some input. Don't forget. We aren't here just to "listen" to your daily food intake. If you are having a bad day or if you feel like something isn't working .... or if you want to celebrate something (even not food oriented) share it here. Your journey is about YOU, and everything that happens affects your journey. Good and bad. We are here for you through it all.
morning ladies. Kali, good work. Looks like your weight just keeps getting better and better.
Aus. it's the salt. And having to eat what your parishoners fix on Sunday, well, you just gotta go with the flow I guess. Right? Maybe it's time to fix a salad to go with you guys. Have you ever tried that chopped broccoli salad w/ a little bacon in it? You could sub in turkey bacon and it'd be even more healthy. It has raisins too, but craisins would work just as well. If you don't have the recipe I do and I'll share. This is a salad that is best fixed the night before, because it gets better as the flavors meld. You could take something like that as a passing dish, and then just have that and the meat course, since you can't control the seasonings others put in their foods it could be an option to help keep your journey on a more even keel.
Judy, back to heart to heart huh?
************** News!! Gage is walking. He evidently took off from a wall yesterday morning and walked across Alex and Monica's full living room. Last night he took off and walked across our living room, approx. 17 ft, then into and across the dining room , another 15 ft, then on into the kitchen a good 7 ft before he plunked on his butt. From that point on, he was testing himself all night. And today.... he still crawls a lot, but if he finds himself in another room from me, he finds a wall to "up" at , and walks till he finds me. He did take a bad tumble , face first onto the hardwood floor, early this morning. It took him a few hours before he tried again, but then he was on his feet most of the afternoon. He'll turn 1 mid April, so I think he's doing really well.
Hey, Ladies! Aus, good to see you. Sorry you had that trip again today. Do you take different routes to break up the monotony? As for being stuck. I wonder if you boosted your intake just a tiny bit, like 100 calories, and also did ... maybe some of Judy's jumping jacks or just a single step, step up/step down routine to some music to get some cardio. Not much... just for a couple of songs, maybe (?) I'm just starting to do that. The step thing. I have to do it early early before I get Gage or sometime after dinner. With him in his walker, I'd probably fall over him because he is always/forever getting right up behind me when I'm busy. LOL
Judy. I see you are back to your oatmeal. I will be getting back to mine here next week a couple of times.
Tonight is Walking Dead night, and the party is here this time.