Hi Jean, actually those interview pants really depressed me. They were always so loose that I couldn't wear them without a belt, or they would fall to my hips. Now I could barely fit into them, and they were digging into me, very uncomfortable, plus the top button had to stay open (I concealed it with the top hanging over it).
I was surprised though that I could still fit into them with the extra 11lb on my frame. Of course my jeans from those days don't fit any more.
I saw the Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe and it looked good, but I was too lazy, as it seemed rather time-consuming: first preparing the filling, and then baking them for another 50 min. But it may be worth the effort, especially because they will be enough for 2 meals.View Thread
Maybe it's my washing machine, but my clothes are totally creased when dry! No way I could wear them without ironing.
I only use the dryer on rainy days and for big things like sheets though (electricity is hugely expensive here, and besides, I live in a sunny climate, so no excuse not to hang the stuff on a drying rack instead of using a dryer).
I hate ironing, but it a weekly part of my chores. I even have to iron my T-shirts for gym, or they would look as if I had slept in them.
Oh well, ironing must burn a few calories, I hope. PS I even iron my pajamas - pretty pointless, I suppose. I like the crisp shape of them when they are ironed though as opposed to looking so crumpled.View Thread
Who does the ironing then, Judy - your husband?! Or are your clothes all the type that don't need ironing?
Good to hear the chicken parm was such a success and that it will become a weekly staple.
I made a variation of the cilantro/lime shrimps on that Skinnytaste site. I just used a lemon (as I didn't have a lime) and only 1 teaspoon oil instead of 2; also, I thought 6 garlic cloves are too much (think smelly breath) and used only 2. It tasted good.
I had it with a mixture of veg that I cooked in the microwave: sliced mushrooms, sliced red capsicum, bok choy and parsley, and I threw in a handful of green beans I had left over.
I followed it with 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt with a few strawberries sliced into it.
Kim - you are very patient (with the sleeper). I think I would do it max twice, and then leave him to it. Hope the weigh-in showed the needle moving in the right direction.View Thread
When I had a heel fracture, I was far more active than recommended and hobbled around all over the place, sometimes even removed the boot, sometimes with the boot but even without the crutch. My fracture healed well, and I think it was a good thing I wasn't too passive. The increased blood flow helps the healing.
Not that one must go crazy of course, but the bit of activity also helps to keep the muscles from shrinking and deteriorating a great deal. So, I think you are doing the right thing with your finger and elbow exercises.View Thread
Phew, the interview is over, thank goodness. It is hard to say how it went, as I don't know what they really think of me of course! I think, though, it didn't go too badly. It was a nice informal chat with the boss and another female staff member.
I squeezed myself (my extended self) into my smart pants; luckily they don't know how loose the pants used to be!
The Executive Director said they would come back to me next week by Wed or Thu; if I make it through to the next round there will be a writing test, which will then be the next obstacle. It will be a few tense days until I know, but I am relieved I got this far!
Eating oats now about twice a week, and thanks for the ides about the wholegrain on top of fruit or yogurt - I'll do that for variety with the grains as well. I'm not a big bread eater.
I hope you will all have a Formidable Friday.View Thread
Thank you for all the good luck wishes. I will let you know how it went, although I am usually not sure in fact how it went after an interview. One can't really tell what they think of you...
I am trying to prepare as best I can, and will then just try to be as relaxed and natural as possible - can't do much more than that. If they feel I'm not the right candidate, then I will just look elsewhere; I'm not going to be shattered!View Thread
Thanks, Judy and Kim. We can all probably do with some calming of our minds. Very useful links.
That's why I like exercise so much - it's like my meditation: I just focus on the moment, breathe deeply, listen to music, think positive thoughts,move rhythmically, all while I exercise (and gain some strength and fitness in the process). For a good hour I am on a different planet, removed from the daily challenges. It really soothes me.
And I drink lots of hot tea, like the article suggests, probably much more than they would recommend!
Kim, I actually sleep quite well, once I get myself into bed! My problem is more that I resist going to bed, for some or other reason.
But my husband will be back from his travels by Monday, and then I will have to go to bed early again, as he gets up very early (and then I have to, as well, to make breakfast). Besides, when I eventually get a job, I will have to be up very early if I want to fit in a gym visit before work.
My main sources of stress are my husband and weight, to be honest. Once I start working, I'll have an added source of stress of course. That's why I'm keen to at least get my weight down and eliminate that one.View Thread