Thursday, January 24, 2008


There. Done for the day. They say that the longest journey starts with the first step. I just practiced counting reps.....

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Frozen in Time

January has been a complete blur. I have spent the last two weeks in and out of bed, too tired to do much more than attend to more than basic hygiene and the odd whirl of retail therapy via the shopping channel. January is just about over though, so things just may be looking up. I know the scale sure is. Although I have been trying to mind my points, the lack of activity in this winter wonderland has taken its toll. I am still playing with the same four to five pounds, up, and down. Up and down. My food choices remain the same, as I have not been very creative, and rely on standard fare for most meals, that I know the point value of by heart. Of course, now that I am used to eating so well on WW, it is impossible to go back to eating less, so that means the only alternative left to me is OH NO!!!!!!!! exercise. Well, there goes my bubble. What are you supposed to do in 40 below? Jog? As if having an ample bosom doesn't curb that one, do you think four layers of clothing might prove a bit awkward? Just may have to finally spring for a treadmill. Not as much fun to research as new accessories for the living room, but at this point in time it is becoming very clear that something needs to be kick started around here. And I seem to have discovered a big red target on my backside......

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Where does the weekend go?

Already half over! I have been trying new recipes that have been really well received, and kind to the point count, too. I think Friday night was the best - a simple salad with romaine lettuce, red onion, orange zest (I cut up the orange and tossed that in too!) a tablespoonful of EVOO and the juice of a whole lemon. It made a great accompaniment for the Sicilian meatballs that I "pared down" to make more WW friendly. A basic meatball recipe with the addition of Pecarino Romano, currants, toasted pine nuts and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Cooked on a bed of diced tomatoes for about 45 minutes, they came out of the oven with an aroma matched only by the taste! The novelty was the size...about two to two and a half inches across....but how dainty does it sound to say you only had a bit of lettuce and a meatball for supper? LOL Weight Watchers certainly does not let you starve by any stretch of the imagination! What a great combo it was - the heartiness of the big flavourful meatball with the tart lemony taste of the salad.

Tonight I made baked beans with apple, onion and brown sugar. Served with pork sausages on the side. A bit pricey point wise, but a little goes a long way. Again, the majority of my plate was occupied by a tasty salad, with just a bit of the richer items. I discovered that when you are making a Greek style salad, you get fabulous flavour by using the brine from the black olives to thin the dressing. Tonight, I mixed it with a tablespoonful of Tzatziki with a tablespoonful of EVOO, then poured it over the chopped cucumber, red onion, romaine and iceberg lettuces. Top with a fine crumble of Feta cheese and voila! Done for dinner!

My oh my. What will happen in the kitchen tomorrow?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Looks like

a warm spell is heading our way... which makes it so much more pleasant to venture out! Hopefully everyone has their returns done, and it will be safe to do a little grocery shopping. My craving of the week is for cooked spinach. I rinse half a bag, then toss it all into the fry pan with a touch of butter and garlic. Within seconds, it seems, I have the best topping for mashed potatoes! Incidentally, I usually mash potatoes with a little skim milk, but last time, I added a half cup of sour cream. Now that, coupled with the spinach? Could have made a meal on its own, if I hadn't had to share it with two others!

It feels good to have things back to normal...hubby is travelling up a storm for the first couple of months of 2008, so I am really glad to have the new car, even if the cost of gas has gone up. I only go through about a tank a month anyway, so the increase is bearable. With that thought in mind, I am off to buy fresh fruit today, and enjoy the sunshine and mild weather while I can!

Menu Yesterday:
Breakfast: egg & extra white omlette with mushrooms, TMex Cheese, toast sk milk 8 points
Snack: turkey pepperoni 3 points
Lunch: smoked turkey sandwich, Reese's Peanut Butter Bar 7 points
Supper: Cod & Chips 14 points
Snack: Coffee Crisp, popcorn, toast 13 points

Menu for today:
Breakfast: eggs & toast, 1 T Cheez Whiz, glass of skim milk 11 points
Snack: turkey pepperoni 2 points
Lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich, and diet pop 5 points
Supper: Chicken breast, sauteed spinach, mashed potatoes 7 points
Snack: apples 2 points

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I don't do the resolution thing...

but I am resolved to get back on the wagon and behave myself! Over the last month, I have been coasting along, and bouncing up and down five pounds. It is bizarre how the body can do that! There is so much to do in the house, but hubby has such a full calendar over the next few months, that we will be doing good to see one another let alone get into decorating. He is away to Edmonton for the night, and I am going to enjoy the time to myself. It is very rare that he goes away without me, so I am going to play while the cat is away. I am still in my PJ's and just finished breakfast...does that tell you what a wild child I am?

Planned Menu for January 2:
Breakfast: 2 eggs & toast, skim milk 10 points
Snack: turkey pepperoni 3 points
Lunch: homemade chicken noodle soup 2 points
Snack: 2 sliced apples and pretzels 3 points
Supper: Feta, dried blueberry, toasted almond, romaine salad with olive oil, raspberry vinegar dressing - rye bread 7 points

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Is only one hour and thirty-two minutes old. It just seems like yesterday, I was grasping the concept of having to add another year to the date on my test papers at school. Who knew there was even such a thing as 1958? Hadn't the date always been 1957? But look how many times I have upped that number since! And even the whole Y2K thing is soooooo history!

It was a madhouse at the stores today. You would think that people would never see food again. I will be glad when their Visa bills come in January, and they stay out of the stores. Everyone seemed so stressed and rude. For instance, I went to use a cart that was sitting by the door at the grocery store, when a woman hollered at me for "walking away with her cart". Well, gollllllleeee, there wasn't a purse in it, it looked abandoned to me. And I hadn't taken a step. I had just put my purse in it! Whatever, lady! Take a chill pill! There would have been a nicer way to remind an old lady that you had dibs on the thing! Why not stay with it, for one, and take it inside the store? Grrrrr. I am starting to really dislike old people. Cranky, mean-spirited things that they are. Every young person I encountered was pleasant, and polite. What kind of example are we setting for the younger generations? And then, the old fuddy duddies have the nerve to complain about the kids today. I like them. Much nicer than the stupid old farts I have run into lately, that is for sure! So there. I have said it out loud, and I am not sorry!